The other way around

I played just for fun the last days and – inspired by all your
“Christmas layouts” – I made a “winter layout”…
I didn’t look at challenges until I finished it, but I had the idea
there might be challenges around that fitted my layout…

So after my layout was done, I surfed all challenge blogs to see
what challenges my layout would match – HA!!
I found a few even!!!

At The Next step they played with cheese cloth

The theme over at The Three Muses was: “Fun and Games”

And… well I’ll be damn….
Lotus Paperie had a challenge fitting my layout!
I did visit their blog last Friday, but it wasn’t on my mind
anymore… somehow, there must still be vibes from Lotus
coming my way – “Use foam stamps”

It was funny to discover challenges that matched my layout!
It is “playing the other way around” and I loved it for a change!


Let It Snow

I bought those (semi) old postcards a little while ago with the intention
to use them on a layout. I have more of those (even a Christmas one!!)
and I’ll use them for sure in the (near) future, such fun photographs!

For The Next Step:
It isn’t cheese cloth  (that might have come out even “smoother”)
but I used a piece of old net (lace?)curtain and shaped it with gesso.
It’s simular to cheese cloth but maybe a little bit stiffer. 

For The Three Muses:
Although sledging is FUN… (look at the expression on the face of the man
in front! But maybe that’s more due to the nice lady hanging on to his
shoulder??!!) Sledging isn’t much of a “game though…
but I thought I’d mention The Three Muses anyway, ’cause this challenge
blog – run by three “art journal ladies” – deserves some more attention
from the “scrapbookers world”. You can play along and send in any “art”
you want. If it’s altered items, ATC’s, layouts or something else… it
doesn’t matter – just use the theme and leave a link on their blog! ”
Go take a look and be inspired!!! They deserve it!

For Lotus: I used
two kinds of foam
alpha stamps with
white acrylic paint
to stamp the title
(the big and the
middle letters,
for the small ones
I used rubber stamps)

(Click on the photo
to enlarge for a
much better view)


After stamping
with the paint,
I stamped again
using Versamark
and embossed
the characters
with blank
embossing powder.
It gets a softer
look that way!


These alpha’s have
more of a mat look.
That’s due to a
little accident.
There was a bit of
black ink left on
my stamps,and
that mixed with
the paint. I tried
to repair it with
the first thing
handy, which was
white Stazon ink..

(that’s what happens if you save your paint upstairs and don’t want to go all
the way up there to go get it again!) After that, I embossed the alpha’s and
learned that heating over white stazon ink turns it yellow!!!!
So I went upstairs after all, to get my acrylic paint again, and brushed over
the blank embossed alpha’s again… it turned out to be lovely!

Lessons learned here:

  1. I better go climb those two stairs to get the stuff I need immediately
    instead of trying to “save time” – and spoil something – which will
    lead to a problem that only can be solved by climbing those stairs 
    after all!
  2. Always be careful with heating Stazon ink! (especially the white one)
  3. Some accidents force you to think outside the box when you try to
    repair it and you end up with results that turn out even better then
    what you had in mind at the beginning!

An overall white page, clean and simple… but I knew I wanted something
extra… so I put out my “white lace” box.
Nothing useful there…
I tried “snowflake formed” little stickers… nope.
But the idea of snowflakes stayed… so I looked in my stash for “pearl beads”.
I found just a few, and they were blue-ish… so I hopped on my bike and
went into town. One of my favourite stores ‘t Smitje is a shop filled from top
to bottom with haberdashery. Ribbon, lace, buttons, crocheting and
embroidering thread, felt… it’s like a big candy store for scrapbookers who
like that stuff! (Uhhhmmm… Revlie!) I looked for some cheap, plastic,
pearl-like beads but bumped into these little ones…. OH MY GOSH!!!

I fell in love with
these little beauties
right away – don’t
they look exactly 
like snowflakes?
It cost me double
from what I’d
budgeted but I
bought them
anyway… and
sewed all of them
(minus 6)
on my layout!!!


It took me 2 hours, but it was worth it!

I started on a new layout already (hope to finish it before Friday) and
I got something else to show you next week (can’t show you yet… I’ll
explain later) so I’m “mucho” creative lately – but this is it for now.

Je t’embrasse!

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15 Responses to “The other way around”

  • Beverly Crawford Says:

    What a delightful snow scene, and I love the texture of it! Thank you for joining in our challenge, and also, thank you so much for your kind words about our challenge site.

  • taluula Says:

    This is a really clever piece and full of fun and games and happiness. I love the textures and white on white, it really does make it look cold and snowy. This is a gorgeous piece and I’m so glad you decided to enter it here at the Three Muses. Also THANK YOU so much for your kind words about our challenge blog. Bravo.

  • Jeanet Says:

    Wow.. Marit dat is prachtig!! Mooi die sneeuwvlokjes… wat een werk en dat embossen en verfen is super! En dat is het mooie van per ongeluk… je krijgt soms iets mooiers dan verwacht.. en hup, ..weer een techniek erbij!
    Ik vind deze super mooi met al die structuur en wit op wit… fantastich! ik zal ook es gaan kijken op dat challenge blog!

  • Viv Says:

    Ja `t smitje, daar komen mam en ik ook graag 😉
    Prachtige LO met al dat wit en de vele pareltjes, leuk om een keertje te gaan scrappen en dan te bekijken met welke challenge mee te doen(ga ik onthouden)!

    Groetjes Viv

  • Angèle Says:

    Prachtige lo Marit! Ik hou van wit-tinten! En die bolvlokjes! Daar word ik zo hebberig van!

    Jij weet altijd zo leuk te vertellen. Les 1 kende al een poos. Les 2 heb ik nog niet ervaren en les 3 leerde ik vorige week toen ik flink wat tape op de ‘verkeerde kant’ van mijn dubbelzijdig papier plakte! Paniek, want het was een restje! Maar het reultaat was verrassend, want de andere kant matchte veel spannender met het geheel dan de kant die ik aanvankelijk uitgekozen had!

    Enne… ‘t Smidje! Als ik lint nodig meen te hebben! Wat een heerlijk winkeltje! Gelukkig kom ik snel naar Eindhoven. Heb je wat bolletjes achtergelaten? 😉

    Liefs, Angèle

  • Marie aka Ozstuff Says:

    What better fun and games are there to be had than whizzing about on the snow. (Well, according to my dreams as it NEVER snows in my part of the world which is south-western Australia). Thanks so much for your wonderful reference to the Three Muses. Everyone is welcome and any type of art is appreciated and enjoyed.
    Thanks so much for joining in the challenge this week. Your card is beautiful.

  • Jocelyn Says:

    Oh My Goodness…this is stunning!!! Love all the details to the LO!!!!! LOVE…LOVE…LOVE!!!! Thanks for all the wonderful comments that you leave me!! I so appreciate them!! 🙂

  • Jenneke Says:

    Ik ben het helemaal met de vorige reacties eens: dit is een geweldig mooie en originele layout!!!!
    Al die verschillende technieken met een prachtig effect, goh Marit, wat ben je toch creatief!!!!
    Die sneeuwvlokjes zijn gaaf maar….wat een werk, hihi..
    Ben benieuwd wat je volgende week voor ons in petto hebt!


  • cindy Says:

    GORGEOUS … you always amaze me with your work. Stunning and fabulous. 🙂

  • Mirjamc Says:

    gaaf marit! die sneeuwvlokjes vind ik helemaal super en mooi hoe je de tekst hebt gedaan!!!
    als ik de boom op de kast heb en alle ballen hangen erin, dan maak ik een foto hoor 🙂 🙂

  • melanie Says:

    wow! the 2 hours of sewing really paid off! what a great texture!

  • Bethany Says:

    What a beautiful LO! I love what you did!

  • iris Says:

    jeetje creabea goed gewerkt hoor! Super lootje! Mooi wit op wit en al die verschillende technieken. Grappig dat je met je gemaakt lo gelijk voldoet aan 3 challenges!

  • ~*~Patty Says:

    ooo Marit, Love the white on white, so beautifully done! I think there are no mistakes … someone once called them “flopportunities” 😉 It really does give us a chance to go another way doesn’t it!
    Lovely winter going on here, such sweet details!

  • Cynthia Says:

    So, captures winter fun!!!! Adore the old postcards 🙂 and that white on white!!!!!!!