n*Studio | Stampendous Summer Hop


Hi there! Welcome to the Nathalie Kalbach and Friends Summer Hop!

If you would like to start at the beginning of this hop, then please check out the Stampendous Blog. They’ve started hopping on Monday, so there is loads to discover there!

I’m sharing this iconesque Fashion Dame today:

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Fashion Dame Hop

Here’s how I created her:

1 | Cut a sheet of grey board into four 4″ x 6″ pieces.

2 | Set two cards aside. Cut a rectangle window in one of the remaining cards and a Gothic arch in the other.

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Fashion Dame Summer Hop

3 | Use Archival Ink to stamp the Fashion Dame and her attire on one of the plain cards. Cut the Fashion Dame pieces out.

4 | Give the Fashion Dame pieces a coat of gesso and the other cards a coat of gold acrylic paint. Leave to dry.

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Fashion Dame Summer Hop
Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Fashion Dame Summer Hop

5 | Use the Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil to stencil the background card in turquoise and dark blue. Use embossing ink to stamp a halo with the smallest of the Kaffee Klatch Cling Stamps, sprinkle on some Vintage Jade embossing glitter and heat set the powder with a heat tool.

6 | Take the Gothic window card. Use an old plastic (credit) card to apply gold paint to the card through the stencil that comes with the Elephant Foam and Cling Stamp Set. This will create a nice raised texture. Leave to dry completely.

7 | Take the rectangle window card. Use embossing ink to stamp with one of the stamps of the Fiesta Cling Stamp Set. Sprinkle with Blueberry Cheesecake embossing powder and heat set the powder with a heat tool. Use your finger to apply a bit of pink, blue and gold paint on top of the embossed frame.

8 | Adhere the Gothic frame to the background card and the rectangle frame to the front of the Gothic frame.

9 | Apply colour to the hands and face of the Fashion Dame with Neocolor II’s and a watercolour brush. Use acrylic paint to paint the lips and clothing.

Use one of the Fiesta Cling Stamps to stamp on top of the cardboard pants with embossing ink, sprinkle with Blueberry Cheesecake embossing powder and heat set to create the patterned pants.  Stamp over it once more with the pants stamp and Archival Ink.

Stamp and emboss the jacket with embossing ink and Mint Macaroon embossing powder.  Add black dots with a Posca marker.

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Fashion Dame Summer Hop

10 | Adhere the Dame to the icon frame and add small turquoise dots with a Pearl Pen.

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Fashion Dame Summer Hop

11 | Leave the card as is, or paint an old frame pink, apply gold stencilling with the Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil and adhere the Fashion Dame icon to the front of the frame.

For more inspiration, featuring Nathalie’s fabulous stamp sets check out all the wonderful projects in this Summer Hop!

Here are the links to the other designers participating in the hop today:

Stampendous Blog

Rae Missigman

Katy Leitch

Alison Heikkila

Mark Gould

Stampendous is kindly giving away three prize packages of Nat’s foam stamp sets. So don’t forget to comment for a chance to win and be sure to check out the Stampendous Blog to find out more! The give-away is closed! Winners are announced here!


Ooooh… and before you leave! My post for the n*Studio Creative Squad is coming up on Tuesday, so be sure to check out Nathalie’s blog next week to see the spin off project I created with these leftover pieces:

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Enjoy your day!


n*Studio products:
Fashion Dame Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Kaffee Klatsch Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Fiesta Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil
Batik Stencil

I also used the stencils that come with the
Elephant Foam Stamp, Cling Rubber, and Stencil Set
Urban Scribble Foam Stamp, Cling Rubber, and Stencil Set
Mish Mesh Cling Rubber Stamp Set

Grey board
Acrylic paint (Talens Amsterdam: Deep Gold, Lamp Black, Phthalo Blue, Turquoise Green, Quinacridone Rose)
Gesso (Liquitex)
Watersoluble crayons (Caran d’Ache Neocolor II: Apricot, Pink)
Pearl Pen (Viva Decor: Turquoise)
Permanent ink (Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black)
Embossing ink (Tsukineko VersaMark)
Embossing powder (Wow!: Blueberry Cheesecake, Mint Macaroon, Vintage Jade)
Paint markers (Uni Posca: Black, Pink, White)
Sewing machine + thread
Cosmetic sponge
Old plastic gift card

n*Studio | Stampendous Blog Hop

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Blog Hop

Hi there! Welcome to the Nathalie Kalbach and Friends Blog Hop!

The n*Studio Creative Squad is joining the Stampendous Design Team today for a blog hop focusing on Nathalie’s awesome foam stamp sets!

If you would like to start at the beginning of this hop, then please check out n*Studio. Or go over to the Stampendous Blog: They have been hopping there all week, so there is loads to discover there!

I’m sharing this art journal page, featuring Nat’s Elephant Foam Stamp, Cling Rubber and Stencil Set:

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Blog Hop

The idea came to me when I was flicking through an old Flow magazine and found the image of two acrobats, doing a stunt on a couple of horses. They were just made for Nat’s Elephant!

Here’s how I created my art journal page:

Print | Monoprint a background with a Gelli Plate. I started by pulling a print of just plain red paint. Then I covered the Gelli Plate with rows of ultramarine, light blue and white paint, put the Lily Wallpaper stencil on top and pulled a print on top of the red layer.

Stamp | Cover the solid Elephant foam stamp with white paint and stamp the Elephant onto the page. Once that’s dry, stamp over it with the Elephant cling stamp using black ink.

Collage | Stamp another Elephant (cling) image onto a sheet of copy paper using neon pink ink. Cut out the elephant’s cloth and collage it over the stamped image on the page. Cut out the acrobats and collage them on top of the elephant. The guy was missing part of his legs, so I sketched them back in.

Stamp some more | Use the Fiesta Cling Rubber Stamp Set and the stencil that comes with the Elephant Foam Stamp Set with white paint to create curtains for the ‘circus tent’.

Glaze | Darken the area under the curtain with a glaze. This is a thin layer of translucent paint that I created by mixing black paint with a glazing medium.

Doodle | Add details with paint markers, pencils and gel pens.

Finish | Add more stamping, more stencilling and splatter paint until you feel the page is done!

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Blog Hop

For more foam stamp inspiration, check out all the wonderful projects in this Blog Hop!

Here are the links to the other designers participating in the hop today:

Nathalie Kalbach

Louise Healy 

Janelle Stollfus

Gwen Lafleur

Michelle Rydell

Cheiron Brandon

Lea Fritts

Pam Hornschu

Wendy Price

Stampendous Blog

Stampendous is also kindly giving away three prize packages of Nat’s foam stamp collection. That’s three x three foam stamp sets with a foam stamp, a cling stamp and a stencil each!!! So don’t forget to comment for a chance to win and be sure to check out the Stampendous Blog to find out more! The give-away is closed! Winners are announced here!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Blog Hop


n*Studio products:
Elephant Foam Stamp, Cling Rubber and Stencil Set
Urban Scribble Foam Stamp, Cling Rubber and Stencil Set
Fiesta Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Lily Wallpaper Stencil

Canson Mixed Media Imagine (8.3 x 11.7 inches, 120 lb.)
Gelli Arts Gelli Plate
Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Hero Arts Neon (Neon Pink)
Liquitex Soft Body and Heavy Body Paint
Liquitex Matte Medium
Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
Stabilo Write 4 All (Black)
StazOn (Black Cherry)
Uniball Signos
UniPosca markers
Charcoal pencil (Black and white)

Birgit Koopsen and Carabelle Studio Blog Hop & Giveaway!

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Hello, hello!!!

Welcome to the Birgit Koopsen and Carabelle Studio Blog Hop & Giveaway!

If you happen to follow me on Instagram you may already have seen photos of the launch of Birgit’s first collection of 6 mixed-media stamp sets with Carabelle Studio at Stempel Mekka over the weekend:

And if being there for the big release wasn’t enough… Birgit also invited me to try out her beautiful designs and be part of this exciting blog hop!

She sent me the following awesome sets to play with:
Punchanella Background

Punchanella Background

I Heart Washi Tape

I heart Washi Tape



Here are some of the projects I’ve created with them:


If you hop on over to Birgit’s blog you will find a GIVEAWAY!!  BUT… if you comment here too you will have another entry into her giveaway! Even better: if you leave a comment on all participating blogs you will have as many chances to win one of her stamp sets! How cool is that?!

So leave a comment on each of the listed blogs and on my blog. Let us know how you like the stamps and the projects and which one of the stamp sets is your favourite. Birgit will randomly pick six lucky winners. Comments will be open until September 23, midnight CEST. Comments are now closed! Please check back Friday September 26th for the winners!

Make sure to check out all these amazing designers and their beautiful projects!!!

Birgit Koopsen

Revlie Schuit

Marsha Valk <- You are here!

Riikka Kovasin

Janna Werner

Lilith Eeckels

Loredana Bucaria

Magda Bolinska

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Ana Bondu


Chris Scrap

Carabelle Studio

And finally: don’t forget to check out all the fabulous stamp sets on the Carabelle website!


Thank you so much for stopping by!

Enjoy the rest of the blog hop, good luck and have a lovely day!

Follow the White Rabbit


Happy Easter!!!

Welcome to Paperiliitin’s Easter blog hop! Let’s tumble down the rabbit’s hole together and hop after the White Rabbit. The rabbit hops from blog to blog, from country to country all around the cyber scrapbooking world!

Here are the hop stops:

Elena Sevrina START HERE

Ashli Oliver

Riikka Kovasin

Em Stafrace

Eila Sandberg

Jessica Lohof

Georgia Heald


Marsha Valk YOU ARE HERE!

Nathalie Kalbach

Els Brigé

Adrienne Ford

Helena Virpi

Evgenia Petzer

Minna Enqvist


Christin Grønnslet

All the designers participating had a free choice on what to create for the hop and all pieces of art have something in common. If you’re familiar with Alice in Wonderland, you might remember that the White Rabbit had a pocket watch. So in this hop the common theme is the time piece. You can find an interpretation or a way to incorporate a clock in every creation! Inspiring, right?

Remember to leave a comment at every stage if you want a chance to win the wonderful give away that Riikka has put together from donations from 7 Dots Studio, BadgesFolie, Garn&Mehr, Stromsvigt and Wycinanka. You’ll have just a week to participate (to April 8th at noon GMT)! The give-away is closed, the winners are announced here!


Enjoy the hop and find the inspiring Wonderland of scrapbooking!


When Riikka asked me to participate, I jumped at the opportunity but I didn’t have a clue about what I was going to do. I was thinking along the lines of a lay-out or a card… But then I saw a couple of cheap clocks while running for errands and quickly changed my mind!

Of course the really cheap clocks were not to my taste, but then I found this one with a 20% discount at my favourite department store HEMA:


Perfect! It was a little beaten up around the edges, but nothing that can’t be fixed!

I started by taking the clock apart in order to get a clear idea of what parts I would be able to alter and how I would be able to do it. It turned out that I could just take all the hands off and easily put in a new clock face. The old one was actually just a piece of paper stuck down with double sided tape!

The idea for the new clock face came from this amazing art piece by Martin O’Neill that I had seen floating by on Pinterest.

I had a couple of things on my mind when I went to look for a suitable photo to use. I wanted it to be an Instagram image, I wanted it to be mostly grey tones and I really wanted it to be one of those ‘random’ photos that I tend to take when out and about.

The one I chose was taken in Enschede, during a walk around the city centre with my mom. The text written on the wall is a poem by Jules Deelder called ‘Blues on Tuesday’.


And then I went on from there. I adhered confetti to the photo and I gave the clock frame a coat of gesso before I decoupaged it with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap.

Here’s one more look at the result:


Simple but effective!

Thank you Riikka for inviting me to participate in this Blog Hop and thank YOU so much for visiting!

And now the White Rabbit is hopping along, so you’d better hurry! Next stop is the überawesome, übersweet and übertalented Nathalie Kalbach!

Blog Hop: Dutch Dare #100!!! (and a give-away)


For those who don’t speak or read Dutch… The following post is (partly) written in Dutch because it is part of a Blog Hop to celebrate the 100th Dutch Dare! Please scroll down a bit for a fun give-away and a tour of my craft room!

Trots! Op de 100e Dutch Dare. H-O-N-D-E-R-D, hoe leuk is dat! En omdat we trots zijn op deze mijlpaal maken we er een dubbel feestje van!

Ten eerste ben je bij deze van harte uitgenodigd op het feestblog van de Dutch Dares! Daar vind je deze maand niet alleen een Dare en inspiratie in de vorm van lay-outs, maar ook een kaartschets waarvan je de uitwerkingen kunt bekijken middels een Blog Hop langs de verschillende blogs van de DT-leden. Bovendien geven we superleuke cadeaus weg!!!

Als je via Mandy op mijn blog bent gekomen, dan weet je inmiddels dat ik een letter voor je heb! De letter B:


Ben je hier niet via Mandy terechtgekomen dan kun je het beste naar het Dutch Dares blog gaan om daar de Blog Hop te beginnen. Tijdens de Hop ga je op zoek naar letters die samen een woord vormen. De oplossing mail je naar dutchdares@gmail.com!

De volgende stop in deze Blog Hop is Mirjam! Maar… vóór je daar een kijkje gaat nemen, raad ik je aan nog heel even door te lezen!

Per blog wordt er ook een leuke RAK weggegeven en in dit geval ga ik niet één, maar twee (!) lezers blij maken met de spiksplinternieuwe april edities van de Scrap365 en de Craft Stamper! Wil je kans maken op deze give-away, beschikbaar gesteld door Traplet Publications, laat dan hieronder een berichtje achter!

Give-away! Traplet Publications has kindly offered to send me not one, but two (!) sets of the latest Scrap365 and Craft Stamper magazines to give-away. That’s right: two of you will have the chance to win the April/May issue of Scrap365 as well as the April issue of Craft Stamper magazine!

So if you haven’t been able to find these fabulous magazines at your local news-stands, this is your chance!!! All you have to do is leave me a comment below!

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Tot zover de huishoudelijke mededelingen… Nu je hier toch bent, vind je het misschien wel leuk om even rond te kijken in mijn scrapkamer! Kom binnen!

Since you’re already here, would you like a peek into my craft room? Please come in!


De inrichting verandert nog wel eens. Ik ben altijd op zoek naar iets wat beter, efficiënter of misschien wel mooier kan. Zo staan er nu voor mijn gevoel iets teveel kasten, maar zolang ik het aantal spullen niet down size, kan ik het aantal kasten ook niet verminderen…

I tend to move things around from time to time, always looking for a better, more efficient or maybe nicer way to store and display my supplies. Right now I would love to move one of the book cases out, but I would have to get rid of some of the stuff in there first…


In de grote kast bewaar ik o.a. mijn verpakkingsmateriaal, canvassen, embellishments, grote gereedschappen (ponsen, Big Shot), apparatuur en teken- en verfartikelen.

En in de boekenkast in de hoek zit het grootste deel van mijn cardstock, printerpapier, art journals, foto’s en onderhanden werk dat al geruime tijd geen prioriteit meer heeft (de zogenoemde UFO’s: UnFinished Objects).

In de IKEA ladenkastjes op de onderste plank zit naaigerei, borduurgaren en mijn voorraad lijmproducten.

I keep all my shipping materials, canvases, embellishments, punches, die-cut machines, art materials in the big cabinet.

And in the book case in the corner I keep cardstock, printer paper, art journals, photos and UnFinished Objects (UFO’s). The IKEA drawers on the bottom shelf contain my sewing thread, embroidery floss and my collection of adhesives.


En dit is mijn werkstation. Met alles wat ik veel gebruik onder handbereik. Verf, inkt sprays en stencils in transparante plastic bakken onder de tafel, restjes papier, inkt, pennen, scharen, stempels, acrylblokken, washi tape, babydoekjes, lijm op de tafel.

Er zit een lade in de tafel en aan het handvat hangen mijn heat gun en een doek. In de vintage platenkoffer zit mijn volledige voorraad design papier.

And here’s my workstation. Everything I need is at arms lenght. Paint, spray ink, stencils under the table in plastic containers, paper scraps, ink pads, pens, scissors, stamps, acrylic blocks, washi tape, baby wipes and adhesives on the surface.

My heat gun and a rag always hang from the table’s drawer handle. I keep all of my patterned paper in a vintage record case.


Op m’n tafel staat deze natuurlijk ook nog klaar:

This card on my table is part of the Dutch Dares Blog Hop. It’s created after a card sketch that can be seen on the Dutch Dares blog. You’re more than welcome to take a look!


Leuk dat je langskwam! En nu hup door naar Mirjam voor de volgende feestelijkheden! Vergeet niet om een berichtje achter te laten om kans te maken op de give-away! De give-away loopt tot en met 31 maart 2013, de winnaars worden op 3 april bekendgemaakt!

Thank you for visiting! Don’t forget to leave a comment if you want a chance to win a set of magazines! The give-away closes on March 31st The give-away is closed and winners will be announced April 3rd!

Blog Hop: Faber-Castell and myStamp BOX!

Hello there!

Welcome to the Faber-Castell and myStamp BOX Partner Blog Hop!

If you just found our event, please begin your journey on the Faber-Castell blog. Many of our wonderful designers are joining us today to show off some inspirational creativity. See how well Faber-Castell and myStamp BOX products work together!

START AT: Faber-Castell
Marsha Valk (You are here!)
Linda Abadie
Jaine Drake
Janet Zeppa
Els Brigé
Jolene Johnston
Rita Barakat
Jennifer Mattot
Mou Saha
Isolde Pyncket
Agata Pfister
Jill Hildebrand
END HERE: myStamp BOX Blog

We are giving away some amazing product from both participating companies. All you have to do is COMMENT on all participating blogs along your journey to WIN. Our three blog hop winners will be drawn from all participants, so be sure to leave comments by Sunday March 25th at 6pm EST. We will announce the winners on the myStamp BOX blog and Faber-Castell blog on Monday, March 26th. Good Luck!

Here is what I made using products from Faber-Castell and myStamp BOX:

I took the myStamp BOX sets Cherry Blossoms and Lovely Houses and created a small canvas using lots of Faber-Castell Gelatos and the Faber-Castell Mixed Media Sampler Green.

Not only did I use the Gelatos for water colouring the stamped images, but I also took the metallic green and metallic gold Gelatos to highlight the texture of the background:

I am really happy with the result :-). Faber-Castell products are really great to work with and combining them with some of my favourite myStamp BOX stamps was great fun!

Now it’s time to HOP along and find out what the next talented designer has created. Your next designer is Linda Abadie! Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to WIN one of our THREE product giveaways!