zaterdag 27 februari 2010

We are family

Hey there, hope you are enjoying your weekend.
I've worked so hard the last two week, I treated myself on a pyama-day.
Stayed in bed till ten o'clock, walked around in my pyama all day and did nothing but scrapping. Loved it!

I'm not sharing my stuff with you yet, because it's for a DT call.
But I do have another project to share with you which I made for the 'layout of the week' item in the store.

The picture is showing me and my brother and is taken in our backyard last summer.

Paper: Jenni Bowlin
Rubons: Jenni Bowlin
Tools: EK Succes Scallop circle punch 2", Martha Stewart edge punch Arc Lattice, Dymo label writer, Tim Holtz tiny attacher
Other: buttons, scrappers floss, photo anchor, Distress Ink brushed corduroy

Thanks for stopping by!

woensdag 24 februari 2010

Cards Only 12

Today the new Cards Only 12 arrived in the store.
It's the third Cards Only again in which I'm pubbed :)
I love the variety of cards and projects in this one. So many different styles and new ideas! And look at Nina's cover card, ain't he sweet!?!

We're incredibly busy in the store. Magnolia is on the way and today we received 6 boxes of Prima Marketing! Including the new collection papers, swirls, albums, alphabet stickers and loads of gorgeous flowers! (O how I love my job :) )

Do you also love Prima? Than stay tuned, I have a surprise coming up........
(for those who already know what I'm talking about, hssssss don't tell yet!!!)


vrijdag 19 februari 2010

Tons of new stuff

It took us all day yesterday, and we're not finished yet....
Tons of new scrap stuff came in and everything has to be checked, priced and put into the store and in the webshop. I just love the hectic around that.
There's Teresa Collins, Best Creation, Graphic45, more Magnolia stamps and magazines, American Crafts, Martha Stewart, Nikki Sivils....We want everything in before the big demo tomorrow.
I'll show various sorts of flowers tomorrow, with different kind of techniques and materials.
Need some inspiration?!? Come on over!

woensdag 17 februari 2010

Some things to cheer up

The snow was melting today and the sun tried to get through the coulds.
It won't be for long, but it's a start....

Yesterday Kim, one of our new Papergirlz, came to the store to get all the things for her workshop 'Mini Tote & Album' on March 6th.
We have been waiting for weeks and yesterday the thick felt for the tote finally arrived. So she can start creating the tote at last. Ofcourse the idea was there all along and now I've seen all the materials together I'm totally in love.
I'm sure it's going to be an awesome workshop. So if you want to create a fabulous tote 'a la Kim' for yourself (have you seen her bag in Scrapbook Magazine?!?!) hurry up, cause the amount of felt is limited (and with that the spots as well).
You can sign in here
We'll make sure to post a sneak asap...

Today I've counted and priced all the new Martha Stewart punches. Pffff... that wasn't easy... So many new punches!! I have no time to update the webshop. So if you'd like to see them, you'll have to come over...

And I'm sure I can't find time tomorrow either because right after closing time today a very large shipment of 19 boxes came in from Amerika.
I always love opening all the boxes. Ofcourse I know what's coming, but it's still a little party when you can hold the hottest stuff in your hands ;D
So tomorrow I'll be busy unpacking and pricing.
In the shipment is also Nikki Sivils, a new brand in our store. Very cool and I know Lea and Ingrid already created stunning layouts with these collections for the next Scrapbook Magazine (no29: April/May).

About the SBM29, Fons our photographer was in the store today to shoot all the beautiful new projects of all the Papergirlz. Amazing layouts and gorgeous mini albums, great job girlz!

This week I will publish the names of the new Papergirlz in the newletter, so stay tuned!


maandag 15 februari 2010

Please, let it stop...

No, this time I'm not talking about the snow, although I do wish the blame it on the weather.
Last night my collegue and friend Sam has lost her dad, totally unexpected.
Not only am I sorry for her loss, but for all my friends who have lost their loved ones in the past few weeks. All around me people have to say their last goodbye to the people they love and my heart aches when I see their sorrow.
I secretly hope that when to sun starts shining everything will be less sad. And that it gives them strength to deal with their emotions.
I usually never blog about the sad things in life, but I want you girls to know ýou're in my thoughts and that I wish you all the strength you need for you and your loved ones.

Firm hugs,

zaterdag 13 februari 2010


I just came home from shopping (I just hád to get that spring feeling, I'm so tired of all the snow and ice...) and look what my sweet Valentine bought for me...

So cute! Thank you mannetje, I love you!!
I had these roses in my wedding bouquet, a little more than 7 months ago allready...
I love how big they are and they will become even bigger. They look so pretty in bloom.

Happy Valentine's day!

woensdag 10 februari 2010

Wedding cake

One of my layouts for CHA was with Couture Cardstock and Graphic45 'Le Romantique' and it was displayed on the booth of Graphic45.
The background is Couture Cardstock, with a beautiful ray of marble, which looks a lot like our wedding cake.
Our cake made by 'Patisserie Hartog' was really beautiful white cake, with white roses on top. It had a peach creme stuffing which tasted delicious.

I wrote the text on Couture Cardstock as well. This kraft cardstock has a cool texture. I'm not sure weather you can see it on the picture, but trust me, it's fab!

Cardstock: Couture Cardstock
Patterned Paper: Graphic45 'Le Romantique' collection 8x8 paperpack
Tools: Martha Stewart 'Doily Lace' punch, McGill tab punch
Rubon: Lily Bee 'Three Little Birds'
Other: ribbon, tape, date stamp

Thanks for stopping by!


dinsdag 9 februari 2010

Graphic45 Design Team call

Graphic 45 is looking for Paper Artists!
It's that time, Graphic 45 is building a new team for 2010! And we are looking for a wide variety of skills, so be sure to show us what you got! Don't be shy, get out the scissors, grab some adhesive and get busy!

As a Graphic45 design team member you will receive:

* A box of Graphic45 product supplied every three months including new products that are coming!
* Receive product periodically from our education partners and for blog hops
* Your name, bio and headshot featured on the Graphic45 main website
* Prominent exposure on the community site, blog, main website gallery and other media
* Possible teaching, publication and manufacturing opportunities
* Eligible to participate in creating projects for trade shows, such as CHA and other venues.

What are we looking for?
Graphic45 paper and products are unique and vintage in nature, so we are looking for a variety of team members that can produce high quality cards, layouts, altered art and home decor projects that show off our papers and future embellishments.

Our team is education based, so we will need you to have good photography skills, the ability to create tutorials with instructions and size images for blog and website use.

This call is open to International and domestic applicants. For International applicants, you will need to have a project ready to ship if you are chosen due to the shipping time.

How do I apply to be on the team?
Our design team search will consist of two rounds. Please read the entire contents of both rounds, as there is quite a bit of information.

First Round
Email the following to by March 1st, 2010.

- Full Contact Information, include your blog/website address
- Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your design strengths are
- Tell us why you want to be on the Graphic45 design team
- List any companies that you have designed for in the past or currently work with. Please keep in
mind that being on a team past or present is not a requirement.
- Include images of a minimum of ten (10) projects up to 15 if you are including close ups, they can be cards, layouts, altered or home decor. Please send images at 72 dpi and no larger than 1000 pixels on the longest side.

We would like to see what you do with Graphic45 paper, however, you are free to submit several projects that are non Graphic45 as long as they are representative of your style.

We will be choosing 20 finalists from all applications. These 20 finalists will be contacted by March 5th with additional information on our final round.

Final Round

The 20 finalists will be required to send one completed (1) project directly to the corporate office in Portland, Oregon for review by Graphic45 staff including Diane Schultz, the CEO and designer of our products. Please note: this item will not be returned, keep this in mind when creating your final project and it must be mailed by March 12th in order to receive in our office by March 19th.

Once we receive all projects, we will review them and make the announcement on APRIL 1st and get the design team boxes out!

We look forward to seeing what you bring to table, show us what you got! Don't be shy, we are looking for a variety of skills and you may be who we are looking for!

Yesterday I was still waiting for my 'strike a pose' picture with Tim, but here it is! :)

It's unbelievable how many patience Tim has with his 'fans'. He's never tired of posing or people taking pictures of him. He does his job with so much enthousiasme, it's just contagious! I can't help it, I'm just a BIG fan :D

maandag 8 februari 2010

So cool!

Today was just awesome!
One of the great things about my job is visiting classes to learn all about new materials and techniques. And today I went 'back to school'.... together with Jolanda and Sammie we joined TIM HOLTZ his class!!!
I looked forward to this since the day I knew he was coming to The Netherlands and today was the day! I met him before, while he was doing a demo, but today he was teaching classes and I was so lucky to join two of his classes.
First class was all about Distress Ink, we created 5 tags with different techniques using Distress Ink, Crackle paint, Grunge paper, Stickles and his awesome new stamps.
The second class was all about Alcohol Ink and Paint Dabber techniques. Again five tags, with various ways to use the products. I just can't wait to share it with you all! So many cool stuff! And the new colors Distress Ink are so gorgeous... they are exactly the colors you miss while you want to complete your project in a shabby way.

Ofcourse we learned other things, like using the new feature on the Slice with the magnatic plate (a brilliant invention), we watched the Gypsie of Provocraft. Worked with the new Tattered Angels products and saw a lot of new stuff.

Sammie made the pictures and I'm still waiting for the one of Tim and me posing :)
So... To Be Continued....

I can tell you... I'm pretty tired right now....


donderdag 4 februari 2010

On the boardwalk

The layouts I've created for the booth of Graphic45 at CHA, made with the 'A Proper Gentleman' collection are going to be published, so unlike everybody else, I can't share them with you.
I had no time to create something with the new 'On The Boardwalk' collection for the show, but now I did had some time and created this first layout and card.

I know the pictures are bad, sorry, but the weather still isn't helping...

A few week ago I created a sketch and layout for, but it took a few weeks to upload. But if you're interested, click here!
Ain't he cute?

Thanks for stopping by!
I will be back tomorrow with more to share...


maandag 1 februari 2010


Wowwiee!!!!! I just grabbed these pictures from the Graphic45 blog!!

They are the actual proof of me being a part of the show! I know I'm not the only Dutch girl who's layouts were featured all the way over in the States, but I sure am proud of it!
Maybe when you look closely you recognise two of my layouts I created for the CHA winter 2010 in Anaheim... Both layouts are made with A Proper Gentleman Collection papers and Couture Cardstock.
I'm still searching for more pictures, but thanks Candy for sharing these with us!!