Author Archive | Hetty Sanders

Panda Thank You


Hello Stampers! Hetty here with a thank you card. As we do not celebrate Thanksgiving in The Netherlands, I wanted to make something related to this. I see all these post by people telling every day what they are thankful for. Well, I am thankful for being on this design team and able tho use Annette’s wonderful stamps. So thank you Annette for having me! I love using your wonderful stamps. As a panda is always eating lots of bamboo, I thought this was as close to Thanksgiving as I could get.


For my card, I colored the background with distress ink and on top I used a stencil. I have more detailed pictures on my Craftchaos Blog for you. After I finished the background the Walking Panda stamp was stamped once on the background and twice on another piece of white cardstock. So I cut the panda’s and used foam tape to add this to the panda that was already stamped on the background. The Thank You stamp was stamped on a piece of white cardstock and decorated with the same bamboo stencil. For decoration I added 2 bling gemstones.

Thank you for looking and wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends.


Wedding Anniversary

Wedding Anniversary

Hello Hetty here, sharing a wedding anniversary card with you that I made for a friend. This card is not a normal card, but called a box frame card.I made them before and have a tutorial on my own Craftchaos Blog that you can find here.

The images I used to make this card are The Embrace, and the flowers are on a sheet called Fun and Japanese Vintage images. Inside the box I stamped the couple with black ink and colored it with pencils. Then around the couple various flowers are stamped and cut out and taped down with foam tape. In the heart of the flowers sticky pearls (red) and gemstones are added. Also the girl has some jewels in her hair.


Here you see how this box card can stand up. Inside you can add your writing. It is a 6 x 6 inch frame. On the frame there are punched out flowers and the same from inside the frame. The Best day sentiment can be found here. The leaves are made with a sizzix die and on top you find a golden ribbon. More glittery gemstones in the heart of the flowers. Thank you for looking and have a creative day!

Paper Hugs, Hetty


Napkin Art


Hello, Hetty here with a  card for today with a napkin background. It is the technique of the month in the Art Neko stamp group. I took one of my napkins and only used one layer. I glued it to a piece of white cardstock. Then I embossed it and added some fossilized amber on the raised parts. For the center part i stamped 2 images on top of each other. First a script stamp in the fossilized amber distres ink and on top the Birds on a Blossom Branchhs_artneko_birds_on_flowery_cherry

In the center of the flowers  there are some sticky gemstones. I have not yet added a sentiment for this card can be used for all kind of occasions.

Thank you for looking and until next time. Have a creative day.


Lucky Coffee Cat


Hello Hetty here for you, with this lucky cat card. You find the stamp here. As I am playing with a coffee blog hop, I decided to make a coffee themed card here too with the lucky cat. The dark red background is embossed with coffee beans, then you see a die cut with craft paper and in the middle the cat. The cat is stamped on watercolor paper and I colored the cat with distress markers. Not direct to the paper, but I colored on my craft sheet and took a brush and water to color the cat. All the cups are cut with a die and tiny sticky gemstones are added for decoration. The leaves on the left and the right are cut out of a sheet of polyester “fabric” paper. You find the paper here. And finishing of the card with tiny paper roses. Have a great day and enjoy your coffee or tea!


Three women


Hello everyone! Hetty here with a new card, This time I used the stylized geisha’s in a stylized frame stamp. You find it here. For the background I used a stencil (that I thought looked like a bunch of parasols) and various colors of distress ink: fossilized amber, worn lipstick, wild honey and rusy hinges. By using washi tape, you can set the colors next to each other.

hs_art-neko_woman_stencilWhen I finished the background with colors, I added some smokey black splashes. Then the 3 women are stamped and colored them with the same distress inks as used for the background. After cutting out the image it is mounted to pink and black paper, the same as the card. A ribbon and a sentiment complete the card.

Thank yiou for looking and have a creative day!




Iris Folded Dragon



Hello, Hetty here with a fun technique card. Have you ever tried iris folding? It does look very complicated, but in fact is is super easy. It is just a bunch of folded papers and some cellotape and a template to follow. I found this free template of the dragon HERE. Now you can give it a try too. Click on the image, it will get larger and you can safe it to your computer with a right mouse click.



For the dragon I used various gold colored papers and the eye is a brad. The background is embossed. I did that before I cut out the dragon shape.



You find the birthday sentiment with kanji here.

Thank you for looking

and have a creative day!




Birthday Card


Hello! Hetty here.

I have a masculine birthday card for you. It so happens today is the birthday of my husband and he loves fishes, especially koi fishes. We did have a pond, but now that we have grandchildren, we decided to cover the pond. I am sure in the future we will have one again. So for this card i used the koi stamp here and a wave stamp for the background here.


I started with the white panel and cuting a circle out of it, stamping the wave for background. Then I stamped the fishes on a separate piece of paper with black ink and colored them with orange distress ink and a water brush. After the fishes were cut, I placed one behind the circle. A piece of blue holographic paper behind the white panel and then the other fish was placed on the card.  On light blue I stamped the birthday sentiment and cut it out with a circle die. With one that was a little larger I cut also a circle from the holographic blue paper. Glued together and punching 2 holes I attached the circle with white scrappers floss to the card. Finishing off the card with sticky gemstones.

Thank you for looking and I hope you have a creative day!


Dragonfly Pocketletter


Hello! Hetty here again.

I was making some atc’s (cards of 2,5 inch by 3,5 inch) for trayinding and had so much fun that 3 cards suddenley were 9 cards and I had enough to make a pocketletter. You see them quite a lot these days. The main stamp I used on all the cards is the dragonfly background stamp. All other stamps I used are the large winged dragonfly pair, dragonfly medallion, dragonfly triplets, flower and sentiment.


Here a little close up of the first 3 cards. I started with stamping the dragonfly background stamp on different surfaces in the blue color (salty ocean distress ink). Next I stamped the dragonfly medaillion on yellow paper with black ink and colored the wings with light blue glitter glue. On the middle one I sponged yellow ink as the moon through a piech of a 1 inch punched out circle. On top of the blue I stamped the set of 3 dragonflies with black ink. On the left card I used a left over gold embossed piece of the dragonfly stamped background. On all the 3 cards I added tiny red sticky pearls.


For the center cards I first used two pieces of black paper and embossed the background stamp with white embossing powder. The center piece of these cards are a stamped flower and paper cut out with a honeycomb dye. The middle card is totally different. Here I stamped and gold embossed the background stamp on brown paper. Then cut out a circle with a die and used a crumpler. With the black strips on top and bottom it looks like a chinese lantern. The dragonfly on top is punched out with one of those handheld punches.Top and bottom of this card are glittery washi tape.


And the bottom cards are different again. Stamping the background stamp on various papers. Left to right: regular cardstock colored in blue ink and dragonflies stamped in black, middle watercolor paper, first backgroundstamp in blue and next larg winged dragonfly pair in black and right the background stamp on top of a piece of bookpaper. On all these cards i used the dragonfly sentiment.

Hope you get some ideas. For more info about what  exactly is a pocket letter go HERE.


Dragonfly Tag


Hello, Hetty here with a tag for you. I am a big fan of Tim Holtz and I follow his blog. Every month there is a tag with a tutorial on how to do it. This is the August tag. Tha base of the tag is colored with red and mustered seed distress stains, then I used a Asian text and colored with vintage distress ink and some water drops. On top the honecomb cut out with Asian papers inside. On top you find the Starry Eyed Dragonfly stamped in versamark and embossed with camelion embossing powder. The tag is finished with some sewing on the lefthand side and a poem stamp.

Hope you all have a wonderful and creative day!


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