Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New month; new challenge at Scrappassion!

This month we have a very special challenge at Scrappassion, because September is birthday month for Scrappassion and the blog is celebrating its SECOND birthday! So ... to celebrate we have a regular challenge and an additional one! Both the sponsors: Dolls and Decorations and De Scrapheap are giving away a prize this month, so there is a double chance on this too!
And how about the regular challenge? Since it is the second birthday you have to make a project or layout with the number 2 or the word two on it. If you click here you will see the projects and the layout made by the team. This is the layout I made. In Dutch the word 'two' is spelled 'twee' and I made a layout about my twin sister and my self.

But ... I mentioned an addtional challenge as well. This is what you have to do: become and follower of the Scrappassion Blog (unless you already are a follower of course) and make a card with a birthday wish and the number 2 or the word two and send the REAL CARD to Ria. She will email you her postal address after you have emailed her a picture of your card. If you would like to win a prize you have to post the card to her in the mail! At the end of September we have a Scrappassion weekend and the Creative Team will pick a winner!
There are a few more surprises, but I am not going to say anything about those, because you will find out about those if you win one of the two challenges! Have fun!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Different ways to use and make inchies (part 3: Inchies & Inchie Stamps)

Today is part 3 of my 'inchies series'. Two weeks ago I showed a few ways of using handmade inchies on cards and last week I showed different ways of making and using inchies on your scrapbooking layouts. If you missed these blog posts, please click HERE (to read part 1) and HERE (to read part 2).

Today I would like to show you some inchie stamps, which are especially designed to create inchies with. For these cards I have used 'inchie stamps' from Inkadinkado. Tan also sells this wonderful set of of clear stamps. There are 23 clear stamps and they are just gorgeous and so versatile. You find these 'inchie stamps' HERE. Here are the four cards I made:

I made the first card by stamping four of the 'special thoughts' images directly onto the white cardstock. I used Stazon ink, because I wanted to use my water colour pencils to colour the images. If I had used pigment ink, the images would have gotten very blurry.

This is what the images looked like when I coloured them in:

Since I coloured the images with watercolour pencils, I added a bit of water with a tiny brush and 'painted' the images a bit brighter:

It is hard to see, but I also added a bit of glitter here and there too:

I used a border punch to create a decorative edge on the right side:

I doodled around the scallops and the images:

For a final touch I wanted to add some liquid pearls. I LOVE that stuff! It is such an easy and economical way to add 'pearls' to your card or layout!

How quick and easy was this card! And ... I am sure any girlfriend would love to receive it!

I made the card below for my husband. We love going out to have a cup of nice coffee somewhere. I used quite girly images, but by using male colours and Grunge paper, I think he'll still like it! The stamped circles 'coffee?' are part of the same set of inchie stamps. I cut two of the circles and put them on black cardstock. I used foam dots to 'pop them up'.
The following two cards are made with papers and die cuts from KaiserCraft's 'Child's Play' collection. I stamped the same image on different scraps of paper. I cut nine inchies and placed them in a square onto the cardstock. Since that looked a bit 'boring' I placed one inchie out of the square at the top left corner. I punched two butterflies and stuck them on. Done!

I made this card with the same inchie stamps, but didn't make any inchies with them! I just wanted to show you that these stamps can be versatile and you don't need to make inchies with them if you don't want to ... LOL ! I used quite a few die cuts from the Child's Play collection. On the two die cut tabs I stamped 'thinking of you'. I also stamped the word 'believe' a few times, and the birds too. This card can be used for many different occassions!

Now ... after all those weeks of showing inchies it is your turn! I'd love to see you create some cards and/ or layout using inchies! Or ... if inchies aren't your thing, why not try

  • Rinchies (1 inch round)
  • Twinchies (2 x 2 inches)
  • PSI = Plus Size Inchie (1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches) ?

I'd love to see what you made, so please make sure you upload it in the gallery of Scrap 'N' Craft with T!



Friday, August 27, 2010

Siebe's birthday celebrations at the beach ...

Yesterday we celebrated Siebe's 40th birthday at the beach and we ended the day with a lovely dinner too. Here are some photos ... Today is our last day in Spain ... it is so true: 'Time flies when you're having fun!'

Tom took this photo of Siebe and me and he also took a photo of me by myself ... he has been our personal photographer for a while now:

Some refreshing fun in the water:

Instead of an actual birthday cake we had chocolate chip muffins on the beach; not a bad way to celebrate a birthday!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Happy 40th birthday to Siebe and ... a some photos from yesterday!

Today is Siebe's 40th birthday! Happy birthday, honey and remember: 'You're not 40, you're 18 with 22 years experience'. Love you!

Here are some photos that we took yesterday. We went for a drive around the area and ended in a beautful little town at the beach: Villajoyosa.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Terra Mitica; what a wonderful theme park!

Yesterday we went to Terra Mitica; a theme park about 15 minutes away from where we're staying. Opened in year 2000, Terra Mitica is a wonderful place for people like us who love thrills and scary rides. What is unique about this park is that it carries a mythical theme, as it is divided into sections such for eras like the Greek, Egyptian, and Roman. There is also the Islands region and the Iberian zones of the park. It feel like you're going on a journey through time.

Conveniently enough, Terra Mitica has divided its rides into categories, based on the strength or mildness of the ride. I liked that idea a lot (since I am the 'chicken' of our family - not my words, but my kids' ..LOL). I have been in all the scary rides though, but I do regret it today, since especially my neck is really sore. Yesterday I felt quite 'funny' as well, so I think my thrill rides times are over ... Here are some pictures of the park:

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A walk around town ...

We have been in Spain for a week now and it has rained about 15 minutes in all those days. But when it rains, it pours! Within minutes the sky was black and the rain came down fast! Minutes later the clouds opened up and the sun came out again!

Yesterday we went for a walk around town and love the little streets of Altea. Here are some pictures. Some have been taken by our own photographer: Tom.