Saturday, 16 September 2017

Challenge up your life: Challenge #75 Sketch

Hello Crafters,

it's challenge time again at

This week, we have a beautiful versatile Sketch for you:

Challenge #75 Sketch

I personally struggle quite a bit with sketch challenges, I usually tend to leave them out. But this one I liked so much, I couldn't stop myself and created three cards - with the intent to do a whole series with all my critters and washi tapes. 

I have been playing with my Polaroid frame dies a lot lately and this sketch made me reach for them once again. So I chose a cute doggy and a few accessories and coloured them with alcohol markers. Then I added just a few strips of Washi tape and a slim sentiment strip and that's it. Very clean and simple.

After a day or two with this card still sitting on my craft desk, I decided to go back and create a second card. This time I chose two fish stamps by Dyan Reaveley, because they are just so hilarious. I coloured them in greens and yellows and added yellow and aqua Washi tape. For a pop of colour I chose some Washi with Flamingos and added a sentiment strip in the same Flamingo pink.

For the third card I picked one of the cats in the Tim Holtz set and coloured a bit of a background scene  to ground him.

For all three envelopes I just added strips of the same Washi tape under the address area.

Now it's over to you, what will you make of this sketch?


Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday
The Daily Marker: 30 days colouring Challenge 
AAA Cards: Creatures Great or Small
Nightshift Stamping: For boys/men (the dog card)
Simon says Stamp: Clean & simple

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Tiny Polaroid Frames

Hi Crafters, 

How are you? Hope you're having a better week-end than me. 

I am suffering a bit from lack of sleep and worry right now, because last night my older cat Phoebe had some kind of epileptic seizure. We had to go see the vet in the middle of the night and afterwards I sat up all night with her, because she was under strong medication and I had a bad feeling about her condition. I didn't want to sleep and not be there fore here, in case anything more happened. 
It all looked pretty bad at the time and even though she is better now, she obviously is still not well.

To balance my worrisome news, I have a quite cheerful card for you today. For this one I used some supplies, that usually make me struggle a bit: patterned paper, a border punch and alcohol markers. 

I love patterned paper, but I really really don't know how to use it. I find it a bit scary and on top of that, if I like it a lot I really struggle letting it go. Cutting  into it is really hard for me. 
Therefore I have decided not to buy any paper packs anymore, with few exceptions. One of them is paper I can use as a backdrop for my card photos, which I keep separately in a pizza box, to avoid accidentally using it. A bit paranoid really, as I am so reluctant to cut any patterned paper.
The other exception is a crafty outlet I visit every now and then. If they have papers I really like, I get several sheets of the same patterns. This way I am not so worried of using them, because I know I have enough. That's were I got this paper as well. I love the cheerful colours.

Punches are not so scary to me, but as I store them in a box, I tend to forget them. That is why only recently I moved the most versatile ones to a drawer, where I can easily access them. Otherwise I would probably not have used the scalloped border...

And as for alcohol markers: I own hardly any Copics, I use a German brand which is much cheaper, but most of them have bullet tips and I struggle with them quite a bit. But I am trying to get more accustomed to them.

I started out on this card, with several ideas I wanted to combine. I knew I wanted to use a row of tiny Polaroid frames with some small critters and I also wanted to use that paper again. I made another card with it only recently and loved how it turned out. And of course I wanted to use my alcohol markers for some very simple shading. 

So this time, I pretty much did what I had planned. The sentiment means Congratulations (actually we congratulate) in German. It got lost a bit on the pattern, therefore I stacked it up to give it more dimension. 

I also embellished the inside of my card, with a strip of the same pattern and a few circles, which I cut out from the backside of the same paper.

I didn't create an envelope yet, but I think I will just go with a vellum envelope. They look wonderful with almost any card. Besides I probably hand over this card personally, because of the bulk. 

That's it from me for today, have a great day. 


Stempelküche: Haustiere/Pets
AAA Cards: Creatures Great or Small  
Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday
Simon says Stamp: Stamp it
The Daily Marker: 30 days colouring Challenge 
CAS on Sunday: #116 Color me Pretty, use Pencils or Markers

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Schorschi the donkey

Hi Crafters,

how are you today? I am feeling fine, though already pretty fed up with school. It's been only three weeks, I wonder how I will ever make it through the year. 

Today, I'd like to intruduce you to our newest familiy member Schorschi, isn't he adorable? I think he is so cute!

He originally is a Freebie digital stamp, and you can get him at Birka's. She had a few of her freebies made into actual stamp sets, Schorschi among them, and I won him last week at the Task for Two Panda Challenge. Thanks again Birka!

When he arrived I was having a rather tough day, and by the time the kids were in bed, I really needed a  bit of me-time. So, I coloured him with alcohol markers, in cool greys and neutral greys, and a bit of peachy pink for his ears and belly. Then I cut the panel to look like a torn page from a notebook and added the small happy Birthday sentiment strip, which is heat embossed, as usual.

For the background I wanted to imitate some of the beautiful pattered paper with water colour stripes that are out there at the moment. I chose a skin colour and mixed in the tinyest bit of red to match the pink on the ears and belly. As the panel is regular cardstock, I used only very little water. Then I die cut the panel to a convenient size and adhered it to a black card base.

Schorschis panel was popped up with foam tape and I also added a star shaped paper clip.

So, that's it from me today, I hope you have a good day

Stempelküche: Haustiere/Pets
AAA Cards: Creatures Great or Small  
Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday
Simon says Stamp: Anything goes
The Daily Marker. 30 days colouring Challenge


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Challenge up your life: Challenge #74 Moodboard

Hello Crafters,

it's challenge time again, so please check out

This time we have a colour / moodboard challenge for you. Isn't the image adorable? I love the fog between the trees.

Challenge #74 Moodboard



However, this was a real challenge for me. I generally find colour challenges difficult and with these colours, beautiful as they are, even more so. 

In the end, I decided to stick very close to the image and try my masking and ink blending skills. They can do with quite a bit of practise. I used worn lipstick, shaded lilac, dusty concord and black soot to create the circle area and stamped some wildflower silhouettes over the circle.

Originally, my intention was to keep it very simple, with just a sentiment, but when I had the panel finished, I felt it needed a bit more. So I chose a purple card base, which was just a touch to pale for my taste, so I blended a bit of black soot over the whole card front. Not much, just a tiny bit. Then I cut down the panel, rounded the corners and used a border punch to create the top edge. Is there a name to that kind of border?

I did the same with a piece of vellum and adhered both panels on top of each other at an angle. As an embellishment I added a pink paper clip arrow. 
For the sentiment, I punched two small tags from vellum and the same purple card stock (darkened again with black soot) and chose a small German sentiment, which I heat embossed in white onto the vellum. 

Now it's your turn, I'm curious what you will create.

Simon says Stamp: Anything goes

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

No line water colouring

Hello Everyone, 

I hope you are having a good day. 

Today I have a watercolour card for you. I practiced my  no line colouring.

I created the panel just for practicing, and I think the right flower looks a bit odd. But I still wanted to use the image on a card. So after I had the panel lying around for weeks, I decided to tear the edges and stick it onto a plain grey card base. I added the beautiful sentiment, which means "for you" and a vellum envelope. 

Very simple, but I like how it turned out. 

And something entirely different: 
My Pandas actually won the Panda-Challenge, I am sooo happy!

Have a great day!

Creative Friday: #186 No-line colouring

Saturday, 26 August 2017

School Pandas

Hello again, 

last night I had a night off so I spent some quality time with myself and my craft supplies. I actually managed to create three cards, but I'll only show you this one today.

The Panda images are a freebie for the Task for Two Tuesday Challenge. As one of my daughters is currently nonstop doodling this Panda image (below), I absolutely wanted to try them.

The little lady for whom the card is intended is going to start school only next year, but this way I am at least prepared...

I coloured the Pandas with my alcohol markers and die cut the Polaroid frames for them. Then I stamped, coloured and cut out the books as an embellishment. I heat embossed her name, Nala, on the chalk board, because it practically screams "Write on me". 

I struggled a bit with the background, I really liked the images on white, but I wanted it more cheerful for a child, so I ended up using the water colour rainbow gradient I created ages ago. 

Now, over to you, I strongly encourage you to check out Task for Two Tuesday, I love their cards and challenges and they also have some adorable freebies.

Have a great week-end

Task for Two Tuesday: #83 Freebie Panda
Simon says Stamp: Back to School

Friday, 25 August 2017

Evolutionary card making

Hello out there, 

how are you? Me, I am glad the week is almost over, it's been a rather trying one, including a broken water-tap, a power outage and the requirement of a new house lead-in. So hopefully, next week will be better.

Today, I have another school themed card for you. Or rather, I have two. 

My friend asked me to help her create some school themed invitations, for her foster son's birthday party. So we mass produced these cards.

We stamped the white card front with an alphabet background stamp in green. For the blackboard frame we used craft card stock and a large wood structure stamp with brown ink. The blackboard itself is black card stock, with quite a bit white pigment ink and white heat embossing. And we cut up a sponge for all the little sponges. The sentiment says "Invitation" in German.

My friend initially wanted to create the card fronts with a rainbow colour scheme, but that was just a bit much for a mass production. But I used the idea, to create a card for the boy himself, as he started school shortly after his Birthday.

I used the same design, except for the colour scheme and the sentiment.

As my friend needed these cards rather at short notice, I fell back on a design
idea I had used several times in the past, but none of the cards look the same. The original idea by Tami was actually a Valentine's card.

See here 's the evolution of a card.


I think it's rather fun to see how one idea can lead to so many different cards over the years...
Which one do you like best?


Night Shift Stamping: No patterned paper
Simon says Stamp: Back to School

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Sentiments only

Hello Everyone, 

how are you doing? I hope all is well for you. 

Today I'll share two cards I created from leftover paper strips. 

My friend needed more than 100 invitations for a school event, so our kids and us spent a whole afternoon messing with a lot of colour. Unfortunately, we didn't take pictures, so I can't show you these cards, but the result was a whole stack of leftover white card strips, about an inch wide, which gave me the idea for this card.

I stencilled some embossing paste on a black card base and while it dried, I stamped all kinds of Birthday sentiments in black ink onto my paper strips. Then I cut down the strips, coloured them with alcohol markers and arranged them on the dried card base. 

I did the same for this card, only with a rainbow colour scheme, clear embossing paste and a different stencil.

I am amazed, at how many Birthday sentiments stamps I have - considering that I never seem to find the perfect one for the card I am making at the time...

Lots of Love

Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday
Simon says stamp: Add a sentiment 
Stempelküche: Glückwunsch/Congratulations 
CAS on Sunday: Birthday

Monday, 21 August 2017

Honorable mention at Fusion

Hi Crafters,

I am so happy to announce, that one of my cards won an honorable mention at the Fusion challange blog.

I feel so honoured, thank you very much! 
After a rather dreadful week-end, this really does me good. You just made my day so much better!


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Challenge up your life: Challenge #73 Summer

Hello Crafters,

two weeks have passed again already, how time flies. Over here were I live, school started again last Monday, so my girls have successfully made it through the first week back at school and work. Good thing it's the week-end now. 

And it is challenge time as well, over at

This time, we are encouraging you to create a summer card!

Challenge #73 Summer

Here's what I made. 
My girls were invited to a pool party during the summer holidays, which is rather unusual, because view people have a pool in their garden here. So I wanted to make a water related card for that occasion, but the only stamp set I could think of, was from lawn fawn and I felt it might not be cool enough for an almost-teenager.

Therefore I wanted to make it special in another way, so he could overlook the cuteness of the critters and I created my first ever pop up box card.

I cut out the box myself, as I don't have a die for it, but that wasn't too hard. I sponged the front and insides with light blues and aquas and a wavy stencil, to create the watery look. I also did that for the inserts, which I cut to a wavy top.

Then I stamped and coloured the critters with alcohol markers, and cut them all out. For some of them I tried mirror stamping, to make them swim in different directions, and one of the fish is hand drawn because that was less effort than mirror stamping, as it was such a simple shape.

I placed them all inside the box, either directly to the inserts or side or with  an acetate strip if they were to go higher up. 

For the sentiment I coloured a piece of paper with my alcohol markers to create the gradient effect and then die cut it with a German sentiment die (means "we congratulate"). I love that die, as it is rather large, very fitting for all kinds of occasions and the dots on the i's are connected to the next letters, so you can't lose them. 

For the personal greeting, I die cut a stitched white panel and glued it to the back. This way we can write something personal, without spoiling the effect on the front. I also embellished that panel with 2 more fish.

So, now it's up to you, have lots of fun creating a summer themed card for us.

AAA Cards: Summer fun
Simon says stamp: Add a sentiment
Just add ink: #373 Just add stencils