Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Scrap Fx Australia #2 December Scrapbook Layout

 Hello my dear blog reader,

and welcome to my second blog post for this month for the company ScrapFx.

Here is the link: http://www.scrapfx.com.au/blog/

I hope your Christmas was filled with lots of happiness, love and laughter.

For my second blog post I was inspired by the abstract art of Hilma at Klint.

Hilma at Klint was an Swedish artist born in 1862.

The Swan 1940 Hilma at Klint.

This is the painting which inspired me the most.

I have consciously placed the women photo in the middle of my scrapbook page, 

just as Hilma at Klint did by her painting the Swan (picture above).

I don`t know what inspired you, or what motivated you to create art. 

I my case it was the abstract art from Robert Rauschenbach, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and

Hilma at Klint. But there are so many more artist which I really love.

I like to scroll through art books, that is for me the best inspiration and motivation

to make and create art. 


I don't know if you feel the same way but the eye immediately pulls to the photo when you look at the layout above. That is so cool!
This effect arises when you paint the focale point in a different color than the background. Important here is that the focale point is not decorated with embellishments. The embellishments reduce the strong contrast between the photo and background.
And you knew it already, I like to be a bit different, at least in my scrapbook art.

A closer look.

The skull images is actually a collage paper sheet from ScrapFx, designed by Tanya Froud.
I painted some parts of the skull design with bigbrush pens. My photo is from Finnabair.

For a little bit texture on my page, I added to all wet stamp images WOW embossing powder in the color black.

Before I added all my stamping work, I started with Archival ink and the beautiful new 
river bubbles stencil from ScrapFx. Above you can see it a bit, under the stamp images.

A closer look to my background work.

I started on a glossy paper sheet with markmaking lines.
Therefor I used red, yellow and orange Crayons, Inktense-pencils and Polychromos-pencils.
After that I added a layer clear gesso from 13@rts. 

I used for my next step a palett-knife and orange acrylic color and after that I added
 in the wet paint markmaking lines with a toothpick. The orange color is applied thickly. After adding the color it takes a little time to dry. After the color is dried, I did the same step with another acrylic color but this time in  the color red. And last but not least my third color was white acrylic paint. 
But this time I have no markmaking lines attached in the wet paint with the toothpick.
I wanted to have the white color nicely smooth for my next steps.

I used from ScrapFx:

Skulls & Roses by Tanya Froud collage paper

Art Inspiration rice paper

Circle collage stamps

Journey stamp

Number Crunch stamps

Scratchings & Scribble stamp

Art Words transparency

Label Maker Negative transparency

River Bubbles stencil

Please use the link above for your visit of the company ScrapFx.

I hope I was able to inspire you to create with the beautiful products of ScrapFx.

And if you need a little inspiration, give it a try and look at art books. 

With that in mind, I would like to wish you all the best for the coming New Year.

Until then.




Monday, December 28, 2020

Blog post for 13@rts altered wooden painter`s palette

 Hello everyone,

and welcome to my design team work for the company 13@rts.

I hope you had a beautiful Christmas time with lots of lovely memories.

Our Christmas time was quiet, J├Ârgen my handsome hubby had  to work in the hospital.

So we only had the Christmas Eve lunch with three of our four kids.

I enjoyed the time we had together. It is so sad that the time for Christmas music is also over.

I love Christmas music and one of my favorite songs is: 

"Walking in the air"

"Walking in the air" is  a song from Howard Blake created for the 1982 animated UK Christmas special "The Snowman" based on the book by Raymond Briggs. The song was sung by choirboy Peter Auty.

The song has become a kind of Christmas standard in the United Kingdom,

as the animated special has become prominent in British culture airing annually similar to

 "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in the US.

Here is a short lyric from the song.

Walking in the air

We `re walking in the air.

We`re flooting in the moonlit sky.

The pepole far below 

Are sleeping as we fly

I`m holding very tight

I`m finding I can fly

So high above with you....

Here is a link to the song:

(1) Peter Auty - Walking In The Air - YouTube 

But any way:

I created for you an altered mixed media project, more precisely

a wooden painter`s palette.

A closer look.

My focal point photo is with clear embossing powder covered. I also used the little palette opening as frame for another photo which I covered with clear embossing powder also.

A short description about my background steps:

I started on my wooden painter`s palette with a layer of black gesso. After my black gesso was dry

I cut a paper-sheet from the sunrise paper collection and I glued this

 to my wooden palette with gel medium.

I protected my paper with a layer of clear gesso.

After that I cut a piece  of the travel the world transparency folie and I glued this with gel medium on my wooden palette.

After that I have added lots of texture with multipurpose medium, crackle glaze,

 modeling paste and a stencil, powertex balls and 3D powders. I let the hole thing dry overnight.

My photo image shows the wet texture on my wooden palette.

My color choice for this project was quite dark and vintage looking.

That means Color Glow powders in dark blue and brown with gold and bras should

 be the main colors on my wooden painter`s paltette.

I used from 13@rts:


Paper sheet -In-the-wind-SUNRISE




Cardstock words-elements-TRAVELLING-12x12

Rust liquid-30ml




Gesso white-500-ml













Powertex balls-3D-Medium

Powertex -3D-Sand


ALLOY-silver alcohol ink




Silicon brush-50mm

I hope I was able enough to inspire you to create with the beautiful products of 13@rts.

There is a Facebook pagina for 13@rts friends to showcase there projects.

Here is the link: facebook.com/group

We love to see what you create.

Have a beautiful day.



Saturday, December 19, 2020

ScrapFx Australia #1 Scrapbook Layout and Art Journal Page

 Hello my dear blog reader,

welcome to my first blog post in the month of December for the company Scrap Fx.

I created for you one scrapbook layout in mixed media style and one art journal page.

We have here in The Netherlands cold, frosty days and I am so glad that our house is now warm and cosy with the new Kingspan isolation. 

Since Monday we have a lockdown here in The Netherlands until 19.01.2021.

Hopefully, we have the virus then behind us and the vaccine shows us the first effect.

But anyway, my Christmas layout has a non Christmas color combination, at least for me.

Cobalt blue with a bright yellow color on a dark red background and white highlights.

I started on  yellow cardstock with a layer of clear gesso.

After that I cut a sheet of the 13arts Victorian paper collection in stripes.

Then I painted the edges with cobalt blue acrylic color and I glued the stripes to the 

yellow cardstock.

After that I paint a little bit with the yellow and cobalt blue acrylic color and I added a mix of red acrylic and gel medium to one of my favorite stencil of Scrapfx.

Black ink stamping was my next step.

For the chipboards from Scrapfx I used the color combination dark red and cobalt blue acrylic 

and I highlight the chipboards with Finnabair wax.

The eye on my focal point is actually a collage paper image from Scrapfx which I glued on  white cardstock and after that I added a layer clear embossing powder also.

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas is my title

A closer look:

I used from Scrapfx:

Number Crunch stamps 

Flower Buds stencil used with a mix: gel medium and acrylic color.

Moroccan frame chipboard

Face Features rice paper eye image on my focal point.

I also used:
White lace, yellow and blue pearls, blue wire, white snowballs, vintage photo image, glitter Old Holland acrylic color, Posca pen,
13@rts paper and mediums, Versafine black ink, WOW clear embossing, left over fuzzy cut images and DIE cut leaves. 

My next inspiration is an art journal page.


You know already that I love DIN4 art journal pages.

On this page I chose my color combination first. Blue, lilac, ochre and orange.

Black and white as neutral colors. 

The photo is from Tim Holtz. One of the washi tapes is from Jane Davenport.

The tiny word stickers are from 13@rts.

I started with the beautiful stencil of ScrapFx. This stencil comes with the same design as stamp.

A perfect combination for art journalers and scrapbookers.

I used from Scrap Fx:

2020289 Dream Phrase stencil

Circles & Squares stamp

Please my dear blog reader use this link for your Scrap Fx visit.

I wish you a Merry Christmas, 
until my second blog post on the 29.12.2020


Saturday, December 12, 2020

December challenge More than words: Childhood and Gold

 Hello my dear blog reader,

todays inspiration is for the December challenge More Than Words.

Here is the link: https://morethanwordschallenge.blogspot.com/

 The beauty of Christmas, is the beauty of CHILDHOOD. I decided to create a Christmas scrapbook layout in mixed media style for our main December challenge. I love everything about the festive December month. The smell of homemade cookies, hot chocolate, the tradition decoration in red, green and gold, the secrets and the family togetherness. The memory of my Christmas-childhood long time ago was my inspiration for the December page. I used for my layout the Dreamland paper collection of 13arts and I added lots of gold glitter ink and WOW gold embossing powder on the background. Also a little bit gold glitter ink on the clock. I wish you a Happy Christmas with many beautiful memories.

Here are our MTW rules:

Our prizes:

(as voted by our DT) 

(as voted by our DT, in no particular order) 

$25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY
$25 USD value prize from KORA PROJECTS
$25 USD value prize from LINDYS GANG
$25 USD value prize from ARTSTACKS
(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from SCRAPMATTS

(hand picked by our Admin team - two entries not in our Top 5,
but that have that special something that captured our attention)

$25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET
One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, may be invited to be our Special Guest Designer.

We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes.
To learn more about any of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our

Please link up your projects
by clicking on the "Add Link" button below.
PLEASE be sure to include your personal name and country in your InLinkz title.

Challenge closes December 31st at 11:59 pm EST.

I see you on the blog from MTW



Thursday, December 3, 2020

December challenge 13@rts #97

 Hello everyone,

and welcome to the new challenge from 13@rts.

We have an amazing winter wonderland mood board to create with.

Rules of the challenge

1. Create a project based on the mood board (details above).
2. Publish your project on your blog/intstagram/facebook and add link directly to the post using Inlinkz tool at the right side bar.
3. Please add a link and info about our challenge, where your work is published.
4. You may submit as many entries as you like. 
5. You can enter your project with a maximum of 2 other challenges and your work must be new, not published before our challenge has started. 
6. The challenge ends on the 31st of December. Winners will be announced on the 10th of January.
7. Use at least one 13@rts product in your project.

Here is the link to the #97 challenge:

I created a scrapbook page in mixed media style, with soft and light colors.

The Dreamland collection from 13@rts is perfect for this mood board.

Two of us...

I used from 13@rts:





/Papier-In-my-dreams-DREAMLAND background paper sheet.

Papier-Hello-December-DREAMLAND torn paper sheet.

Papier-Wonder-of-nature-DREAMLAND fuzzy-cut paper sheet.







/Gesso-500-ml black


Mist Spray-Old-Gold





Mikro-3D Glas


I see you on the blog from 13@rts.

Thank you for your visit.

Have a beautiful day.



Sunday, November 29, 2020

Scrap FX second blog post in November

 Hello my dear blog reader,

and welcome to my second blog post for the company Scrap Fx Australia.

Here is the link: http://www.scrapfx.com.au/blog/

 There is still a lot to do, this week, before the festive December month starts. We let our house this week completely insulate. So that we use less electricity and gas to keep our house warm. This is our contribution in 2020 for a better climate in 2020. For next year, maybe a rain water system so that we use less tap water. 

But anyway, here is my project for you as inspiration to work and create with the beautiful products of 

Scrap Fx.

I created a mini book in accordion style. This is always so much fun to do.

I used a DIN A4 size watercolor paper which I colored and collaged first, before I cut and fold into a mini book. There are plenty tutorials on YouTube for this kind of mini book.

I fold the longer sides on top of each other and then I cut them through. I glue the two pieces together to make a long piece. My book is then 10 cm by 46 cm long. Then I score at: 6 cm, 12cm, 18cm, 21cm, 28cm, 34cm, 40cm and 46cm. 

After that I decored my book with stamps, stencil images, with collage paper and chipboards.

Tiny words from Tim Holtz and heart pearls and my book was done. 

Class of `62

I used from ScrapFX:

Art Inspiration rice paper

Triangle Pentagons stencil

I hope you've been a bit inspire to create with the products of ScrapFx.
 See you in December. 
Have a beautiful day.
Love and greetings to you.
xoxo Heike

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Christmas Special Post 13@rts "Santa is coming to town"

 Hello everyone, 

and welcome to the special blog post for the company 13@rts.

Our design team special post is all about "Christmas".

I created a scrapbook layout in mixed media style in the colors  light blue and red.

The inspiration comes from the Christmas photo from a magazine

Christmas is always something very special, with the decoration. Every year I think again, I should change my colors of the Christmas decoration. Normally I have red, pink and rosegold as colors for my Christmas decoration. My new favorite combination is: blue, brown and rosegold. Let's see if I'm going to change it this year... I still have a bit of time to think about it.

Santa is coming to town.... is my title for my scrapbook page.

My perfect Christmas red is a mix from Rainbow Color scarlet, Watercolor-set the red color and Ayeeda Medium liquid medium. 
For the light blue, I used white gesso and Color Glow blue saphire.
For the stencil work, I used: Gel medium and Rainbow Color scarlet and WOW sherbert embossing powder.
I cuted the animals from the paper collection:  "travel the world" after that I embossed with Distress glaze embossing powder.
My chipboards are painted with the New acrylic inks in black and turquoise, (word Beautiful and Christmas)
The flower chipboards are painted with chalk blue light mist spray and finish touch with Finnabair wax.

I used from 13@rts: 

DREAMLAND-12x12 paper pack

Papier-By-the-fireplace-DREAMLAND background paper sheet

Papier-Hello-December-DREAMLAND torn paper background












Papier-Daylight-SUNRISE fuzzy-cut paper









Chalk-Blue-Light mist spray




Of course I created another project a little Christmas town.

I created this decoration with the beautiful new paper collection Dreamland and the new ART book.

I used from 13@rts: 




Papier-Wonder-of-nature-DREAMLAND fuzzy-cut paper





Thank you so much for your visit.

Have a beautiful day.

xoxo Heike

Thursday, November 19, 2020

ScrapFx Australia inspiration November #1

 Hello my dear blog reader,

welcome to my first blog post in the month of November.

Here is the link to the company ScrapFx. Please use this link also for your visit:


I created for you an art journal page, a scrapbook layout and a mixed media project.

We had in The Netherlands a couple of rainy days.

Perfect for this kind of hobby, right...

I also have a new desk with the matching chair and with the view in my garden.

I'm such a happy girl that I have a place to create and I enjoy my favorite place, every day.

But anyway.

Here is my first inspiration.

Ancestral memory, a little mixed media art.

This little piece of art is my decoration on my new desk.
So lovely.
I started on a mini easel with a layer of black Gesso.
After the Gesso was dry I added with a dry brush acrylic color in blue, rust brown 
and patina green. My next step was painting the beautiful chipboards of ScrapFx
with the same colors from the easel. For the finishing touch of the chipboards I used embossing powder and vintage wax.
I don't know if you have also a little treasure box on your desk, with little pieces from friends, kids, from the nature or, or, or... I found in this treasure box a photo. I think it's a photo fromTim Holtz or Finnabair, doesn't matter. I wanted to have an old effect on this photo. I added to the photo Ink refresher from Ranger. After the photo was dry I added Distress Ink to the photo and acrylic glitter ink.
Fuzzy-cut stamp images with Distress glaze embossing powder. Silver folie 3D flower with alcohol ink
and another treasure from my desk box. I glued the whole thing together with a piece of laces between.
3D medium products as finishing touch and I was done.

My next inspiration is an art journal page.

Most of all I prefer for my art journal pages DIN A4 watercolor paper, which I keep in clear plastic folie.
This kind of art journal storage works best for me.
For this art journal page my focale point was the beautiful gothic-window stamp from ScrapFx.
My color combination was dusty rose and mint green chalk paint. I stamped also with this chalk paint.
For adding the color to the stamp I used a little cut-and-dry foam from Ranger, perfect for this step and kind of work.

And last but not least my scrapbook layout in abstract style.

Create your own path...

I started on a white cardstock in the size 12 inch by 12 inch which I covered with clear Gesso.

Gesso is a perfect base and layer between paper and mediums.

I have different gessos in my assortment. For white backgrounds I prefer Krylon spray gesso.

For design paper backgrounds I prefer 13@rts acrylic base gesso and for mixed media projects I prefer 

Liquites gesso. I have also already used self-made gesso but quickly realized that a project

 also needs good material to bring the colors to life.

For the fantastic chipboards of ScrapFx I prefer black gesso or white gesso as base.

For my  scrapbook layout  today I used for the chipboards black gesso and then

acrylic color in two different blue shades.

You know me already, I really love abstract art and  I'm not afraid to connect different styles.

 There are the folkart flower chipboards called: fabulous flowers. The black and white photo from 1950s and the metal flowers and the collage paper combine perfectly together.

Scribbeling and transparency for a wonderful abstract finishing touch.

This kind of art makes me happy:)

I used for my dt member projects :

Blueprint ricepaper

Veined Leaf LARGE Black silhouette

Fabulous Flowers chipboard

Chevron Panel chipboard

Thank you so much for your visit.
I see you for my second blog post.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

November singel blog post 13@rts "HOT Chocolade"

 Hello my dear blog reader,

I hope you are well and you enjoy the Autumn season. 

I created for you a scrapbook layout of course in mixed media style, with my thoughts on the 

 festive month of December. I love hot chocolate with wipped cream, so yummy.

For me this drink is part of feel good in the cold months.

Here is my favorite recipe for hot chocolate:

You need: 

 250ml milk, 

 a pinch cinnamon,

 a teaspoon of brown sugar

 and 45gram dark chocolate (broken into small pieces).

Heat three teaspoons of milk with the rest of the ingredients until a creamy substance is formed.

Then add the rest of the milk. Fill the hot chocolate in a cup. 

Finish touch: wipped cream, mini marshmellows and a pinch cinnamon. Cheers!!

My title of course is called:

Hot chocolate.

How I start my layout:
When I start a scrapbook layout in mixed media design, I usually start with the embellishments. 
In my case it was the cut-out paper of the Bella paper collection. 
After that I go on the search for a suitable photo and background paper. My favorite free photo site is "Pixabay".
Then I start with a so-called raw design: I put the photo and my embellishments (without glue) on my background paper. Then I search again for more decoration products and embellishments.
After that I decide about my color combination, my 3D effect mediums and the use of stencil and stamps.
If I am happy with my so called raw-design, I start with the fun part of my design. First adding of clear gesso on both sites of my background paper. I let my background paper air dry. In the mean time 
I paint and color my embellishments. 
This is how I start my scrapbook layout in mixed media style.

A closer look:

For my layers behind the photo I always use the A6 paper packs. 
Perfect also for DIE cutting ( Doiley in the left corner behind my photo) 

Here is a perfect closer look to the new glas nugget from 13@rts.
I glued the glas nugget on the dier images from the new ART book from 13@rts.

DIE cutting with the A6 Victoriana paper and finishing touch with embossingpowder.
Underneath a piece of the Bella transparency.

Each new paper collection comes with a cut-out paper sheet. 
Sometimes I have the feeling with the cut-out paper elements that I have to change the colors a bit so that they fit better to my design. Therefore I mostly use watercolor and for the finishing touch 
I use Color Glow.

I used from 13@rts

Papier-Wonder-of-nature-DREAMLAND background paper sheet.



Papier-Ciao-Bella-BELLA cut-out paper sheet




Basic mediums:




Gesso- black-500-ml

Color and 3D mediums:


13arts- spray-Gold






My favorite tools:

13arts.pipetten for spray


Glas mat-Tim-Holtz-A3

Heat tool-Ranger

I hope I was able enough to inspire you to create with the beautiful products of 13@rts.

Stay safe my dear creative friends.



Monday, November 2, 2020

More than Words main challenge leafs and season

 Hello everyone and welcome to the new main challenge for the 

challenge blog More than Words.

Our rules are:

Here is my description:

No festival season 2020... is my title for this challenge.

I created a scrapbook page in mixed media style

with a photo from "Thirty seconds to mars".

Unfortunately there was no festival season this year because of the pandemic.

I am happy that I have Spotify, where I can hear my favorite music. It doesn`t replace the feeling and joy of a festival. I know that of course... But it`s better than nothing!!

For the creative challenge I create my own leafs with watercolor from 13@rts which I attached 

to my focal point. I also stamped with a leaf stamp on my background.

I see you on the blog from More than Words.

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