Back in the groove!

Slowly, but steadily, I’m coming back in the groove.
First I finished a page for my “BOM” (Book of Me)
On August 16 the prompt for a new page was about hidden talents.

When I thought about it, I smiled.
Yes, I do have a “hidden talent” and with this page I throw it out in the open…


Any idea yet?
WRONG! I can’t sing!!!
I’ll translate the (Dutch) journaling and you’ll know all about it….

“Just turn on the radio on a station that plays old music (before 1990)
– in Holland “Arrow Classic Rock” or “The top 2000″ – 
and right from the first tones I know the song including the lyrics!
It’s all in my head!”

Played with my new spray inks here… I bought two kinds of blues last Sunday
(“Denim” and “Stream” colorwash – Ranger – Tim Holtz)
I used the “Top 2000 list” from an old morning paper as a background.
The mask is also Tim Holtz and the music pages (left and right) are from an
old book with nursery rhymes.
I cut the “radio” from Cosmo Cricket paper and the little notes (stickers) 
come from my stash.
The title is made with rub ons (same ones as used on this layout)

I love messing around with my spray ink!
If you’re not familiar with using spray or (glimmer) mist, you should go to
“The Next Step” 
This is a challenge blog that highlights a certain technique every Month 
showing examples, tutorials etc.  This Month is all about spraying and
misting and even though I know my way around with spray ink, I find it
very informative and inspiring!

I had some trouble with this following card….

You know, I told you about “Get Sketchy“???
The new Card/challenge/sketch blog my friend Bree started?
The one Angèle is a Design Team member???

Well, Angèle dared
me to make a card…
and since a good
friend of my mum
is ill, I thought of
making her a card 
using this “Get
Sketchy” sketch.




I really don’t know why, but whenever I start working on a card, I just “block”.
It’s weird, ’cause when I work on a mini book with the same measurements,
I have no problems at all.
I think I just have to accept that card-making is not my cup of tea…!

I started over
3 times!!!
The first two
were FAILURES!!!
(in capitals, yeah!)

This one is kinda nice.

Mwaaah… I think it’s
good enough to show
you, and send to that
ill friend.
So here it is Angèle.
And please, will YOU
stay the card master!
I’ll stick to my layouts
and art journal!

The word “Sterkte” means something like “hold on” or “be strong”
It’s something you put on a card to wish someone well.
I cut out handwritten alpha’s and used that as a mask to my spray ink. 

The technique
I used for making
this star is called
“paper casting”
It’s super easy
and gives a lovely
look! Read a
tutorial about it



I still have some prompts for the “Book of Me” on my to do list.
I skipped a few (didn’t like those prompts) but there’s four more to make,
and there’s still one coming up every day until August 31, so I’m sure
you will see more pages coming on my blog soon!

I’ve also shifted my to do list – and put something else on top ’cause
you guys (girls!) keep commenting on my blog (THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
THANK YOU!!! LOVE IT!) and the one-thousand comment is approaching
rapidly!!! As you know, if YOU are the lucky “1000 comment” you get
something from me!

I won’t say which number we are now (but if you’re real curious, you could
start counting all the comments right from the beginning…. pfew!
Good luck with that!) but I guess the lucky one will be commenting on a post
somewhere in September….

OK. This was it for today. I’m off to cook some dinner now.
I’ll be back on Friday to show you something SPECTACULAR, FABULOUS,
So visit me then to see what it is that I created and am so enthusiastic about.

Je t’embrasse!

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15 Responses to “Back in the groove!”

  • cindy Says:

    Fabulous BOM layout … I love to read the techniques you use … I need to start trying new things … you are such a inspiration. 🙂
    Great card sketch too and love your take on it, your card is awesome. 🙂
    Glad to see you have your groove back … mine has gone on vacation … hopefully it’ll be back soon.
    Looking forward to seeing your next post. 🙂

  • Dani Says:

    I always have such trouble making cards – I have no idea why but I do. I really like yours though – love the stars.

    Love the BOM page – spray inks are one of my very favorite tools for sure.

  • Ang Says:

    Marit… your card rocks! En dat meen ik! Prachtige kleuren! De paper casting techniek heb ik ook al geprobeerd

  • ~amy~ Says:

    Gorgeous LO and I love what you did with the sketch Challenge!!!!!! Fabulous work! Thanks for joining us over at Get Sketchy!

  • ~*~ Patty Szymkowicz Says:

    It is always fun coming to visit you Marit. Your creativity and enthusiasm make it great!

  • Lene Says:

    Love the LO! The mist/mask look is awesome! I’v just recently gotten a couple of bottle of Glimmer Mist and I’m still learning =)

  • Bree Says:

    This card totally rocks.. you are fabulous.
    Thanks for playing with GET SKETCHY!

  • Birgit Koopsen Says:

    Wat een gave LO voor je BOM! Super gedaan met de spray inkt!!

  • Vivian Says:

    Je BOM pagina is geweldig!!! En ongelooflijk dat je al die liedjes kunt meezingen 🙂

    En dan je kaartje, het is precies hoe mijn moeder het beschrijft; Paper art!

    Ben benieuwd wat je morgen op je blog gaat plaatsen!

    Alvast een fijne vrijdag, liefs Viv

  • Lene Says:

    Hello again, Marit! I found your blog on the Mr. Linky site =). And thank you for leaving a comment on my blog!

  • Bethany Kartchner Says:

    Beautiful art journal page! And I don’t know what you’re talking about. That card is so amazing! I love what you did. It is so YOU! Wow.

  • Tania Says:

    Marit I LOVE your BOM page, it’s beautiful! And I am the same way with music, I always somehow remember those old songs and their lyrics. 🙂 I am quite enjoying the Tim Holtz lines myself lately 🙂

  • Dora Says:

    Amazing artwork! Great take on the sketch!
    thnx for playing!

  • Cynthia Says:

    I am loving the card you made 🙂 And thanks for the heads up about the mist tutorial. I have a couple of bottles of it and have never gotten around to using them 🙂 thank you 🙂

  • lucy edson Says:

    Beautiful journal pages, Marit!! I love how you masked across both pages!!