The Kraft Journal has a website which I discovered just a few weeks ago. Inspiring and hosting nice challenges. For nr. 51, "Try Something New", I created a small gift bag.

Materials I used:
Little Yellow Bicycle - Magic Christmas Collection (paper) and sticker.
Prima - Journaling notebook.
American Crafts - Christmas ribbon.
Hero Arts - Stamp #c2919 Take Time.
Ranger - Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy.
Other - Ribbon, Baker's Twine, brown tag, star pin, felt heart.

Thanks for your visit.


X-mas workshop

The first workshop since we moved nearly a year ago.

A housewarming together with a little free workshop is what I had in mind.

Because of the holidays a small paperbag was the item they could work with. A lot of talking, laughing, sipping tea and coffee, eating delicious X-mas cookies and chocolates and finally going home with a beautiful gift bag. The evening was fun and it was so good to see the girls again. Thanks for the nice evening Sil, Linda, Gitta, Margriet, Anja, Elly and Anneke.

Hope to see you next time.


Fresh start

My first post in months is a happy one.

Serious health problems with DH kept me from blogging. Now everything changed for the good and I'm happy to pick up my creative things.

Evelien asked me to join the DT again, so the first layout I created in ages is for the Hobby Farm blog.

A typical boys layout about Jeffrey passing his tractor exam. The title and writing says: Tough - Since you were a little boy you drove on the tractor but today is your day and you can hit the road.


Materials I used:
Prima - Harmony Collection, Blooming Retro (paper), Chipboard # 551254, Flowers #552473.
7Gypsies - Familiy Documents (paper).
American Crafts - Thickers nutmeg.
Cosmo Cricket - Tiny Type # TT581.
Other - Ribbon, rope, buttons, staples, fineliner and sewingmachine.

It's good to be back, wish you all a good week.


Nice email

Look what I found in my mailbox a few weeks ago:

Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 15:34:37 -0700

Subject: May we feature My Scrappin' Point of View in our Best of the Web?
From: scott@become-inc.com
To: kmp_hofmann@hotmail.com


I’ve just discovered your website and I’m very impressed with your crafting hobby. I particularly like your cards that you make. We have a home d├ęcor blog, Be @ Home, which features anything from interior design tips to room trends, and from time to time, we feature crafting-related content.

We would like to feature you in our Best of the Web, our weekly series recognizing the most informative websites on the web. We are always looking to feature new websites that have content relevant to our readers and would therefore love to share links with your website.


You will find my website linked here: http://pocketchange.become.com/2011/08/best-of-the-web-be-home-34.html

Wish you all a good weekend.



Demo Fancy Arts

It was a busy day at Fancy Arts in Emmen. An ad in the local newspaper reminded people about the demonstration with the Slice Fabric. So the whole day the machine was running to show the possibilities of cutting fabric, felt, foam, cardstock, etc.

I created different items showing that this small and handy tool is very useful for cardmaking, scrapbooking, patchwork and home deco.

Thanks to Fredie and her family for this nice day, which was full of chats with enthousiastic clients and unexpected things.

Wish you all a nice weekend.



Old stuff ...

While organizing my scraproom after we moved, I came across an old layout. Created this one for the Hobby Farm blog with the sketch Evelien e-mailed me.

Next Saturday Fancy Arts, a new craft store in Emmen, has it's official opening. Kars asked me to do a demonstration with the Slice Fabrique. At this moment my scraptable is full of Tilda fabrics, paper, buttons, lace, etc.

It would be nice to meet you there ....

Greetings Mariska



What a nice evening it was yesterday .....

The ladies of the Blanckendaell volleybal team enjoyed their first time scrapbooking. None of them ever scrapped before, some make cards but that's all. It's always a great challenge to work with a group like this. Thanks again for the invitation Helen.

Everything packed and ready to go.

Location this evening was the mill, a wonderful place to be.

Here are a few pictures of a very creative evening.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your week.

Greetings Mariska


Where did time go .....

It's a long time since my last post in November 2010! Many good things happened since then .....

October 22nd we got the key to our new house. That was also the start of a very busy period, many hours of painting, cleaning and decorating the house. Three months of hard work and January 15 we moved to our new place. From that moment on a lot of little chores had to be done. The final thing inside the house was to organize my scraproom. Later on, when the weather became better, we started outside with the paving and yet the garden has our priority.

In the meantime many cups of coffee and tea were served to those who came to visit our new home. We celebrated all four our birthdays, Jeffrey turned 18 and Jarno 16.

It's hardly unbelievable but I didn't scrap for 8 months. My last creative outburst was an article for "Creatief met Kaarten" (Spring issue) which I finished in October. Used the beautiful Graphic 45 papers - Steampunk Debutant, Colorcore cardstock and Prima flowers. And guess what .... for the first time I made the cover of a magazine. A small picture though, but still .....

These are the five cards I created with the wonderful stuff Kars send me.

Two weeks ago a collegue asked me to do a workshop for 19 ladies of a volleybal team. That's what got me started to pick up my scrapwork again. A fresh start also needs a new look for my weblog.

Happy to be back and hope to see you next time, wish you all a sunny week.

Greetings Mariska