Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Art Playground DT Layout July 2018

Hello everyone,

and welcome to the new challenge on the blog from Art Playground.

My inspiration for you is also my first DT member project.

I am so happy to create with lovely, talented ladies together for the next 6 months.

Here is the link: artplaygroundblog


Collect beautiful moments...

To tell a story behind a layout...
how do I tell a story, or better, how do I make a story  about my project.
In my case it is the photo...
A long time ago I started with a new scrapbook layout serie called: women faces around the world.
I have deliberately ventured to women faces older than a half century.
Maybe it`s because I myself have reached the 50 year mark. Anyway.
In all cases of the old women photos, it is something that appeals to me.
The face of an old women tells a story "the story of life".
I try to create a new story with these photos, that I can best if I start on white cardstock.
But what will my story be?
First of course color, color, color....
I am a little bit crazy about stamp images on my layouts. Stamp with color waterproof ink
in this case yellow and green and than I try to set accents with black ink stamp images and black gesso.
The stamp-designs tell my story, about my mood of the day, my feelings and my love of creativity.
The butterflies stands for freedom, the figure of Leonardo da Vinci for aesthetics, the swirl for movement 
and the circles for recurrent.
I hope that I can inspire you to create a new story behind your project...

I used for this layout:

Lindy`s spray, Yellow Rose of Texas.
Distress Ink, mowed lawn.
Prima black gesso.
Tim Holtz sticker.
White Cardstock.
Versafine onyx black ink.
Archival ink, buttercup.
Unity stamp company stamps.

Our Rules:

1. Create project, any project you want. We would love to hear if the monthly tips helped you in your project 
2. Use colors from our monthly color scheme (you can use one, two or all! you can also add black, white and metallics if you feel like it )
3. Your project should be new and never been published before.
4. When uploading your project, make sure to include our monthly challenge banner and a link to our blog (specifically to the challenge post)
5. When uploading your entry link, make sure it leads directly to your project post.
6. All projects must be uploaded until July 31
7. Use the Inllinkz in the end of this page to upload your project ( you may enter as many projects as you wish! )  

I hope you play along with us? 
This will be awesome.
I see you on the blog from Art Playground.

Monday, July 2, 2018

art journal page with video tutorial for More Than Words 07/2018

This blogpost contains advertising of scrapbook products.

Hello there,

I am here with a new  inspiration for the July challenge by More Than Words.

Here is the link to MTW: morethanwordschallenge

I made an art journal page with lots of maritime stamps images and

a sea painting on the background.

Beach fun:

The word BEACH inspired me to make this art journal spread. The beach, the sun, the sea... all this I associate with holidays. Lying in the sand and looking at the seagulls, this is what I love and need for relaxing in the Summer. For the creative challenge, I added lots of stamps depicting SEASHELLS

I made also a video tutorial for you..


I am looking forward to see your entrie into our new challenge.

Have a beautiful day.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

June ART playground layout Inspiration...

Hello my dear blog readers,

last month I introduce you to a new challenge blog called: ART playground

 Here is the Link:  artplayground

Congratulation dear Sharon for the amazing success and all the work behind the challenge.

But now it is time for the new challenge.

The June mood board comes with soft pastel colors and the theme:

"go with the flow"

 In order to "go with the flow" 
it`s not only needed to have good mediums and lovely papers to work with.
That means also to me to have a beautiful and clean desk, a cup of tea and music, too.
This is what I need for "go with the flow"
I also have a desk where all my favorite products are standing open....
I need that to be inspired and also to create with a flow.
The same applies to my creative process... I need order to create a mixed media layout.
Eight years ago when I started with scrapbook and mixed media ...I watched a lot of tutorials on YouTube
and after that I made a list  with each steps.
Afterwards I repeated this steps on dollar store paper over and over again, until I could do everything without looking at
my list...I started to play with the steps....I skipped some steps, or I added a different color or, or, or.....
This means for me "go with the flow" 
I do not want to encourage you to copy ...I want to encourage you to come into the flow
by having confidence with the products you have..

and here is my layout for you:

I used for this layout:
Regular white Cardstock.
Pan Pastel, Permanent Red Tint and Ultramarine Blue Tint
Prima modeling paste, 
Distress oxide, picked raspberry.
Archival Ink watering can.
Unity stamp company , HUG stamps.
Lindys spray chateau rose, sidewalk chalk, geranium coral blush embossing powder and angel wings mauve embossing powder
Memory box DIE: large ringlets, honeycomb remnant.
Faber Castell polychromos venetian red.
Also from my stash: Lace, feathers, pearls, drops, paper lace, metal wings.

My dear friends I hope you feel a little bit inspired

to play along with the beautiful mood board.

Many thanks for reading my blog post. Cant wait to see what you will create for this challenge.

Until then I wish you a great month wherever you are...


Scrap FX Australia DT work...

Hello my dear blog readers,

today is my turn to inspire you with my DT work for the company

Scrap FX Australia. Here is the link: .scrapfx.

My first work is a layout with a video tutorial.

I made a page with a photo from the keeper Bayern-München.

Here is the video:

I used for this page:

Soccer Theme Pack

Boxed stamp

Maze stamp

Harlequin Stamp

Radiant Circles

Polygonic stenci

Thanks for reading my blog post.

Have a nice day. 


More Than Words June DT layout

Hello June, hello dear blog readers...

can you believe, June already... time flies so fast...

We had here in The Netherlands very warm days...I spent many hours in my garden.

All my flowers grows and grows so beautifully. I love my outside room.

but now it is time to invite you to the brand new challenge on the blog from More than Words.

Here is the link: morethanwords

Journey and Maps...


What does the word JOURNEY inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it.  Since words are an integral part of our challenges, we want to know how this month's word stimulated your creative process, so please do explain in your blog post how 
it inspired you if it isn't obvious in your work.

For this month's creative challenge, we want you to use a MAP to get creative and go exploring! We want to see something from a map on your project. You may decide to add components like land outlines, roads, a compass, arrows, a legend or even a globe. You may want to tuck a piece of the map itself in between your paper layers or make your entire background a map. Let the map be your guide and inspiration on your creative journey!


 For this challenge I decided to take a photo of our youngest daughter Mia which was taken in Turkey. It was the last vacation week of elementary school ( this was also our first daughter and mother vacation) and I find that the word JOURNEY fits perfectly with the photo. I included the creative challenge 
by using a MAP stamp on my background.

Maybe you would like to join us this month?

but you need more inspirations, no problem...go to the blog from More Than Words

to admire all the beautiful design team work.....

and maybe this is wat you need to join in this month..

I see you on the blog from MTW.

Have a beautiful day.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Scrap the boys June layout

Hello June and hello my dear blog readers,

welcome to the new challenge by Scrap the Boys.

Here is the link: scraptheboys.

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                                                    Memories are stitched with love!!

I used for this layout:
Regular white Card-stock.
13@rts clear Gesso,
13arts link.
AALL& create stamps.
Prima black Gesso.
Posca pen white.
Faber Castell Polychromos 9201: 171, 264, 168.
Archival Ink: vivid chartreuse, olive, viridian.
StaZon: olive green.
BoBunny stickers.
Lindy`s spray: shabby turbine teal and freaky franken lime.
.lindysgang link.

I did for the creative challenge from STB:

hand stitching and machine stitching.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog..

xoxo Heike

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Day Dreamer.... art journal page with video tutorial

Hello everyone,

today I will share with you my new art journal tutorial in whimsical style.

Weeks ago I started with a new serie of this cute little art journal pages.

15 cm x 15 cm.

I used on the background an old technique, called Bokeh.

The name Bokeh comes from the photography (the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light)

Lots of tutorials about this technique can you find on YouTube.

TIP: It`s always fun to try new techniques, but once in a while go back to the

 beginning with a new perspective.

As a mixed media artist , I use a wide range of materials, which I have been

collected for a long time. Many mediums are still coming out of my painting period.

I chose a bright color scheme for my background which is for me a perfect combination to the

 black and white photo. My art journal pages are always embellished with little animals

(butterfly, birds, bunny, or, or, or...) I think that`s just too cute by the little children.

Day Dreamer...

I used for this page:

Ranger glossy special stamp paper.
Schmincke Acrylic Ink: Cobalt-blue, Titanium Yellow Green Shade,Scarlet, Brasil-brown
Posca Pen: white, sky-blue.
Gouache deep gold
Liquitex Aqua-green, Cadmium red
Twinkling H2Os: kiwi, guatamalan, hot cinnamon,
Stabilo pen
Pentel black brush
Prima modeling paste and black gesso.

black gesso the final touch that really set the tone for the page, this is my favorite step of the process.

Color Box Ink black
WOW clear embossing powder.
Tim Holtz stamp
DYL leaves stamp.
Hero Arst unicorn pigmebt Ink
Versafine onyx black Ink.

There is also a video tutorial for you...

My dear blog readers thank you so much for reading my blog post.

Have a beautiful day.



Friday, May 18, 2018

Art Journaling You Tube Hop Video

Hello lovely blog readers,

here is my video for the Hop on You Tube.

Thank you so much for watching ...

Please read also my blog post for this Hop..

xoxo Heike

Art Journaling YouTube Hop.... Together,,,

Hello and welcome my dear blog readers,

today I want to show you a special blog post.

 I was asked by Keren Tamir if I would like to join in for the

 Art Journaling YouTube Hop  which is organized by her.

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There was no time for me to think about it, I did not want to miss that chance.

That`s why I`m so excited....

But before I will start with my  story behind my art journaling,

I will say THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the sponsors.

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One of this prizes can be yours... by following the rules..

Rules: 1. leave a comment on each video.

           2. Subcribe to each art journaling hop artist channel.

The winner will be chosen randomly from different channels.

Easy right!!!

I will show you a video tutorial where I create a page for my

fariytale, whimsical art journal book in the size 15 cm x 15 cm.

With fashion kids photos from magazines or pinteres.

TIP: open your heart and mind to something new like a new art journal technique.

I have three different art journal books.

One book is  from Ranger and two handmade books. All these books are different.

I use one book for my urban and architecture sketches which I combine with

vintage photos, stamps, watercolor and washi tape. I like to use images, stamps

and drawing elements to communicate my feelings and mood.

TIP: convey all of your emotions in your art jounal. Trust your intuition.

My second art journal is a handmade art journal in the size 24 cm x 32 cm.

I used these pages to test new colors or try to see how new stamps and stencil looks.

For me is this art journal an exercise book....I can mess this up, my journal is for my own

 self-expression and creative development, so there are no wrong pages...

TIPS: to keep colors vibrant, dry between each layers,

 this helps to prevent making colors muddy.

 Using stamps is a great way to add visual interest to your background.

Using highlights (White pen) or shadows (black pen) help make your art journal

page more dimensional.

Be creative with washi tape and tissue paper.

Different paper made a different color result.(watercolor-paper, special stamp paper....)

Never think that you are not good enough to enjoy a creative life...

There is beauty in imperfection...

Let be creative together...

I used for this page: 13@rts clear Gesso, Ranger collage medium, Lindy`s spray,

Finnabair modeling-paste and black gesso, regular white cardstock, Acrylic- medium,

Lindys spry: bells of Irland green, hags bWart Orange, Yellow Rose of Texas, Hi Maintenance

Magenta, LaBlanche Germany stamp, Archival Ink. vivid chartreus and catus flower,

AALL&Create stamp, Carabelle studio stamp, Art Journey stamp, Versafine onyx black ink,

 Archival jet black ink, Hobbyshop stencil 063, Posca pen, Faber big brush pen, Ranger DYS 34223,

Lindy`s embossing powder prima donna purple, WOW embossing powder earthtone olive

and primary sherbert, Ranger emboss it, Stabilo pen, Ecoline nr. 100, Gouache deep gold,

tacky glue, Scrap fx Australia silhouette.

Order of the Artist: Tusia Lech,
                                Tiffany Solorio,
                                Sanda Reynolds
                                Maka Art
                                Heike`s AugenBlick
                                Asia Marquet
                                Keren Tamir
                                Einat Kessler
                                Vicky Papaioannou
                                Jenn Engle
                                DeeDee Catron
                                Athanasia Papantoniou
                                Olga Heldwein

Thank you so much for reading my blog post.
Enjoy the day.
Until next time.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone and welcome on my blog,

Happy Mother`s day to all my blog readers.....

on the blog from Mixed Media & art the current challenge is a fantastic mood board,

in deep rich blue with elements of rust.

OMG I feel in love... and today it is a raining cats and dogs day...

perfect for a crafty day...

The photo in the middle below and also the sketch were my inspiration.

Here is the mood board...

Deep.Inside is a fantastic name for this challenge.

Blue is one of my favorite colors in combination with Quinacridone Gold.

step by step .....

I started with Paynes Gray and Ultramarine Acrylic color  for the whole background.

After drying I stamped some flowers from Unity Stamp Company with Cobalt Achival Ink.

After then I colored the flower with Vermillion Acrylic and Fresh Orange.

Amsterdam extra heavy medium to a stencil was my next step.

After drying from the medium I colored the medium with twinkeling H2O`s.

A little bit text stamp work with Versafine onyx black. ready was my background.

For my layering I used: Laces, Chipboard, DIE cuts, metallic embellishments.

My title...

Sometimes I wonder how you put up with me.

Then I remember oh, I put up with you.

So we`re even....

I wish you all a fantastic day  with awesome memories...

Good luck everyone for the challenge by Mixed Media & Art

Here is the Link: mixedmediaandart

Thank you so much for reading my blog post.



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Play Layout inspiration.

Hello and again for today.

I have for you a mixed media layout which I designed for the new challenge blog


Here is the Link:

Exciting that there is a new challenge blog.

Sharon a talented mixed media artist is the owner from this site.

She invites me for a guest design.. Thank you so much my dear friend.

Here my dear followers is the mood board.

All about the center...

I created for this first challenge a mixed media layout.

My May Challenge Monthly Tip:

First I am always looking for the perfect photo (the center of the layout).

The selection can by influenced by: my day-mood or my day-color

or my day-song....... or in this case the mood bord form the challenge blog.

For me the most important thing is  the background work.

As for the old Masters I prefer to start on a white paper.

Stamps and stencil with waterproof Ink is always my first step.

The photo is my guideline that means I put the photo on the paper over and over again,

 to control where I have to stamp, where I have to add color, where I have to work with the stencil.

The embellishment part is dependent from what I have designed in the background.

Sometimes I glue my photo directly on the paper with a title and done,

or I add laces, sisal, wire and and and ....

I wish everyone best luck for the May challenge.

There are awesome prizes to win.

Lindy`s, 7 Dots studio, Lemon Craft and Worth Products...

I used for this layout:

Archival Ink, Distress Ink, Acrylic Ink, 13@rts gold Ink, Ecoline Nr 100,

lots of leaves stamps, Chipboard ....

I hope you feel a little bit inspired.

Dear Sharon I would like to say thank you so much for

being a guest designer for your first challenge..

Thank you so much for visiting my blog post.

Have a nice day.



More than Words May DT layout with video tutorial

Hello everyone,

and welcome May.

May is one of my favorite months of the year. Why?..

Well first of all it is not too hot outside,

the gardens are in a tender of green shades,

the birds are singing and also one or the other butterfly comes flown by.

I am enjoying my morning coffee in my garden and that is

pure quality of life for me.

But anyway...

The beginning of a new month means also a new challenge.

I have for you as inspiration for the new More Than Words challenge

a stamp background layout with video tutorial.

Our challenge theme is: Memory and Frame


My fair Lady ...was the first musical I saw...

I think I was about 12 years old. It was also my first movie with the actress

Audrey Hepburn.

I was deeply impressed by this beautiful women.

When I came across this photo I knew it !! 

That photo is perfect for our May challenge..

For the creative part of the challenge. I made a frame stamp images background.

I used for this page:

Ranger special glossy stamp paper 30 cm x 30 cm.

Archival Ink: Sepia, Coffee, Jet Black, Watering Can.

Original Different Color: Roots

StazOn: Jet Black

Lindys Stamp Gang Spray: Gag Me With a Spoon Gray, Steampunk Sepia.

Tim Holtz stencil Nr. 034 and Flashcards.

TCW stencil.

Prima black gesso and Finnabair stamps.

For more information behind the challenge go to the blog from MTW.

Here is the link:  morethanword

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Enjoy the video...

I hope you feel a little bit inspired and you will join us this month.

Thank you so much for your time to visit and read my blog post.

Have a lovely May month.

Many hugs and kisses...


Scrap The Boys May challenge layout with video tutorial.

Hello my dear blog reader,

now it is again a week ago that I was with my hubby in Rome.

This time, only we two alone, is so special and pure joy.

So we could enjoy the old Masters and the old culture of Rome

and of course the friendliness of the Romans.

But anyway:

On the blog from Scrap The Boys there is this month an amazing color mood board

to play with. Lots of blue and green: very beautiful.

I made a layout from my first grandson.

I used for this layout:

Distress ink, blueprint sketch.

Archival ink, garden patina, ultramarine, forget me not, vivid chartreuse, aquamarine.

Tim Holtz stencil. Nr 100, 004, 020. and word stickers

La Blanche Stamps.

Posca pen black and white.

WOW clear embossing powder.

Distress paint, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon.

Prima Finnabair black gesso.

Echo park stickers.

Here is our mood board:

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To catch up all the beautiful inspiration from the whole team from STB,

here is the link: scraptheboys.

I made also a video tutorial over my DT member page.

Enjoy the video:

I hope you fill a little bit inspired to join us this month.

I see you on the blog from Scrap The Boys.



Sunday, April 29, 2018

Junk Journal Cover for Scrap FX Australia

Hello everyone,

after my city trip to Rome, (what a beautiful city to visit),

it is my turn to inspire you to work with the fantastic new Junk Journal from

Scrap FX Australia. Here is the link to Scrap FX: .scrapfx.

My choice was the laces Junk Journal to work with.

Beautiful DIE cut elements on the sites and a beautiful paper composition.

Here is my cover:

I deliberately kept my cover decoration very minimalistic, to bring out my

beautiful vintage background.

I used for this cover from Scrap FX:

Street Art

2018 Year Pack

and for my insert:

Learning to Fly

Scribble Butterfly

Apartments stamp

Art Phrase stencil

I also used:

Distress Ink: tea dye, ground espresso, gathered twigs, vintage photo and walnut stain.

Distress Oxide: vintage photo and broken china.

Ranger perfect pearl gold.

Ranger ultra thick embossing powder.

Ranger emboss it.

Heindesigns Germany Sternenstaub embossing powder Pastell Türkis.

Schmincke goldocker acrylicink.

13@rts clear gesso.

Primary Elements Autumn Leaf

Tim Holtz stamp.

Unity stamp company clock stamp.

Acrylic medium.

Here is my video:

So that was my blog post for today.

Have a nice day... until then...



Monday, April 16, 2018

13arts challenge layout

Hello everyone,

today I have for you a layout which I have created for the current challenge

at 13arts.

They have a beautiful mood board with rich colors.

Here is the mood board for you:

Here is the link to 13arts : 13arts

A few months ago I started with a new scrapbook layout series:

"women around the world.This challenge mood board got me back to

create a new layout. Thank you Anguree for your inspiration and for the mood board.

At the beginning of my new series, I still glued young women faces on my layouts,

but I quickly came to the conclusion that it looks good but not good enough for me.

I wanted to tell stories  and stories are not on model faces but only on older ladies.

There is nothing more beautiful than a happy old face. I`ve always thought that getting older has

something positive. Since I crossed the 50 years mark, I feel relax and positive too!!

Now my life is filled with happiness, love and respect for each other. I also know that many people

do not have this luck...I am very grateful for everything I have...

"women around the world"

She is so beautiful, right??

I used for this page:

13arts clear gesso, Ayeeda mist in chalk woodbine, chalk dark brown , pearl old gold

Ayeeda ink gold and black pastel mist.


Archival Ink, Black gesso, carabelle studio stamp, AALL&CREATE stamp,

Hobbyshop Sandra stencil Nr. 174.

My dear blog reader, thank you so much for your visit today.

Until next time.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

April DT layout for Scrap FX Australia with video tutoria

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my April DT post for Scrap FX Australia.

Here is the link to: .scrapfx.

Fallen by an April rainstorm and dying on the grass

whispered the tulip her secrets like glass wind-chimes. ( Heike)

this quote written by me inspired me for a mixed media layout

with a tulip photo. The Dutch national flower.

At the moment April lets see what April has to offer:

 Storm, sun and rain also a little bit of snow.

I love this month: so much energy from mother nature.

April is also the birthday month of our second son Joshua, my lovely

mother-in-law and our king.

So much to celebrate but anyway... here is my page...

I used for this layout the products from Scrap FX Australia:

Boho Arrow Border

Polygonic stencil

Art Phrase stencil

Lace A Loops stamp

Harlequin Stamp

Grunge Alphabet stamp

Fancy Feather stamps

Buttons B Script stamp

Round & Round stamp

Captured Memories MINI

also the products:

watercolor paper 30 cm x 30 cm,
Lindy`s stamp gang spray: urban amethyst and hi maintenance magenta.
Archival Ink, magenta hue.
Different Colors Ink, roots.
StazOn Ink, gothic purple.
Distress Ink, dusty concord and wilted violet.
Alcohol Ink, purple twilight.
Gouache, deep gold.
Ecoline Nr. 100
Prima black gesso and modeling paste.
Galeria, white gesso.
Jane Davenport, washi tape.

I hope you will enjoy my video tutorial.

So my dear blog readers that was it for today.

Maybe you have fun and time for my second blog post for Scrap FX Australia

at the end of April. Then you are more than welcome.

Until then....



Sunday, April 1, 2018

More Than Words April challenge DT layout

Good morning my dear blog readers

and welcome to my second post for today.

on the challenge blog from More than Words is the new challenge now online..

Here is the link to: morethanwordschallenge

I would like to invite you to be creative with us. We have an interesting challenge for you

with the theme: Nature and Animals...

Here are our rules: Please, read the rules exactly to be eligible for one of our prizes.


Our Prizes: Magenta, Pion Design, 2Crafty, Lindy`s, 49 and Market and and and...

For this challenge I took a photo of our Africa trip.

Wild beast of Africa....

I used for my mixed media  layout :
Prima marketing paper, fairy rhymes collection
BoBunny, noteworthy.
Scrap FX Australia chipboard, Nature
Lindys Spray, Yellow Rose of Texas, Freaky Franken Lime, Bells of Ireland Green.
Art stones, medium and small.
Prima marketing modeling paste.
Transferfolie, mint green.
Accent Scrapbooking, badge funny moment from Kareen Dion.
Viva Decor rust paste.
Darkroom door, Essentials 7 collenction stamps.
Archival ink, sephia.
Memory box metal DIE.
Ecoline Nr. 100

Maybe you will join in this month?

Maybe you need more inspiration?

Then let yourself be inspired by the whole team of More Than Words...

I wish you all a nice Easter weekend and a wonderful start of the

new month.

Thanks for stopping by ....

xoxo Heike

Art Playground DT Layout July 2018

Hello everyone, and welcome to the new challenge on the blog from Art Playground. My inspiration for you is also my first DT member pro...