woensdag 29 juni 2011

One winner and a my favorites

Thanks to all who enjoy the 10th Artjourney Challenge 'bookmarks'. So wonderful bookmarks you all created!

Iedereen bedankt die heeft meegedaan aan de 10e Artjourney challenge boekenlegger!
Jullie hebben allemaal prachtige boekenleggers gemaakt.

My favorites are: Mijn favoriete boekenleggers zijn:

Willy de Bruijne:

boekenlegger AJ uitdaging




And the winner of the 10the Challege is: Delia


Congratulations Delia! Gefeliciteerd Delia!

Please e-mail Louise at info@artjourney.nl to claim your 10 euro's gift

Mail even naar Louise (info@artjourney.nl) voor je tegoed bon van 10 euro!

Woordenboek - Dictionary

Een tijdje geleden kreeg ik een klein woordenboekje van een lieve stempelvriendin.  Ik kan het niet over mijn hart krijgen om het te verscheuren.  Daarom ga ik er in stempelen. 
Dit zijn de eerste pagina's:  Roos en Peer.

A while ago I received this cute little dictionary from a sweet stamping friend.  I didn't want to tear it apart, so I decided to stamp in it.
Two pages so far:  Rose and Pear.

Art Journey stamps:

maandag 20 juni 2011

Less is More: Monogram

Deze kaart heb ik gemaakt voor de Less is More uitdaging met thema 'Monogram'. Gestempeld met Versafine Onyx Black, geëmbossed met clear embossingpoeder en gekleurd met Adirondack dabbers Cloudy Blue en Mushroom.
Made this card for the Less is More challenge with theme 'Monogram'. Stamped with Versafine Onyx Black, embossed with clear embossing powder and coloured with Adirondack dabbers Cloudy Blue and Mushroom.
Stamps are from Art Journey's Sea sheet.

zondag 12 juni 2011

Sponging and masking

Wat started of to be two items for two different challenges ended up in two different cards with the cute Art Journey sheet: Boys. So I am not entering these two challenges but showing them  here instead. The squares and rectangles have been done with maskingtape and then I stamped and sponged them with several colors Adirondack and Distress ink.

zondag 5 juni 2011

Last but not least.

Hi all,

In the last few months you have been introduced to the incredible Art Journey designteam. I am so fortunate to have such great girls in my team. They are all lovely ladies and very talented. Each one of them is unique in her own way, ofcourse in their Artwork, but also as a person. Unfortunately I haven't met some of the girls in real life (Paula, Deborah and Jo) but who knows what the future will bring. Just another reason to make a trip to England and Canada I guess. LOL.

And okay, they all have introduced themselves, so for the people who don't know me, I will try to tell something about myself.

My name is Louise Kolker, I'm 52 years old and I am married to Jos. We are married for 23 years now and are living together for 28 years. We have a son of 22  who studies law and lives in Groningen.

me and my dh
 We live in a lovely village called Sleen in the North-East of Holland. Sleen is a small village with 2311 inhabitants (just looked that up) and that's also the location of our Stamp Store.

The view outside our window last winter

Our house covered in snow
I run the Stamp Store known to you all as Art Journey. I started out with Art Journey 8 years ago, just trying to get people acquainted with stamping by giving workshops at my house in my attic. But you all know how stampers are, they don't only want to learn how to stamp, they also want to get their hands on all those lovely stamps. As there weren't alot of shops in Holland that sold "my kind of stamps" that's where I jumped in. I remember mailing Sija a picture with three shelves on the wall of my stamproom with about 25 stamps and proudly annoucing: This is my little shop! Five years ago I launched my first website and three and a half years ago we moved to the shop I have now as the whole house was filled up to every nook and cranny with boxes and stuff. There was no space so I had to move out. This was a very scary enterprise, but I haven't regreted it one second.
And now last week again we launched a new website as the old one didn't "get along" with the new browsers and we needed it to be more up-to-date. I can tell you it was a hell of a job, but we did it and now not only the Dutch customers can shop online, we also have thought about the English and German speaking customers.
Our new website, click on the flag on the left upperside to select your language http://www.artjourney.nl/
I am very fortunate being able to make a job out of my hobby, but the downside is that sometimes life is so hectic ( I also have a job as managemet-assistent in a HR-department of a hospital for 2 day's a week), there isn't enough time to do alot of stamping myself. But hey, who's complaining? Some people would kill for a job and I've got two.

Last year, Jeanette (my best friend) and I discovered a new hobby. Geo Caching. And yes this is also an ediction. Geo Caching is kind of treasure hunting with a GPS-device and we really love it. You can read all about our Geo Caching trips and other travel adventures on our blog: De Dames Reiziger. Sorry it is in Dutch. More about Geo Caching in general you can read here.
Jeanette and I on one of our Geocaching adventures
So thats it I guess. I hope you have enjoyed reading about us all. We also hope that you continue to visit this blog and the private blogs of all the designteam members and that it will inspire you for all your own artwork.
Thanks for stopping by.

woensdag 1 juni 2011

Art Journey Challenge #10

It's June and time to start the 10th Art Journey Challenge. Thanks again to all the participants of the Birthday challenge! This month it’s my turn (Hillie) to choose a theme and I have chosen: BOOKMARKS. You've got 4 weeks to show us your BOOKMARK creation. The deadline is on the 28th of June. Then one participant will be randomly selected for a 10 euro’s gift certificate to shop at Art Journey. To win this gift certificate you are required to use MAINLY ART JOURNEY STAMPS. Put your new creation on your blog or Flickr (with a link to the challenge post on this blog) and leave a direct link to your blogpost in the 'Add your Link'. Please don’t include links to work that has been posted prior to the first day of the challenge. HAVE FUN !

Het is alweer juni en tijd voor de tiende Art Journey Challenge. Allereerst natuurlijk nogmaals dank aan iedereen die aan de verjaardags challenge heeft meegedaan! Deze maand mag ik (Hillie) een thema kiezen en dat is geworden: Boekenleggers. Je hebt 4 weken de tijd om je boekenlegger creatie te laten zien. De deadline is 28 juni. Uit de deelnemers wordt er een willekeurige winnaar geloot die een Art Journey tegoedbon krijgt van 10 euro. Voorwaarde om deze tegoedbon te winnen is dat je HOOFDZAKELIJK ART JOURNEY STEMPELS gebruikt. Zet je nieuwe creatie op je blog of Flickr (met een verwijzing naar het challenge bericht op dit blog) en laat een directe link naar je blogpost achter in "Add your Link". Plaats svp geen link naar werk dat je al vóór de eerste dag van de challenge op je blog hebt gezet. VEEL PLEZIER!

The Design Team made some samples to inspire you. Get out your Art Journey stamps and join us!

Het Design team heeft voorbeelden gemaakt om je te inspireren. Haal je Art Journey stempels uit de kast en doe mee!