Saturday, 14 October 2017

Challenge up your life: Challenge #77 Arrows

Hello Crafters,

If you have been reading my blog, you might  have noticed, that I hardly ever use patterned paper. Mind you, I love patterned paper, I just can't let go of it. And I am not good at using it on cards, I never seem to know what to do and where to place it. For today's card, I actually did! So it's a double challenge for me because this card is for another challenge at





This time, we are encouraging you to create a card with arrows:


Challenge #77 Arrows



I actually found this one rather challenging indeed. I knew I wanted to use my AladinE StampO Arrow stamp set, because these are pretty much the only arrows I own. And besides I bought them years ago, because they were rather inexpensive, and hardly used them since.




So I started out stamping a panel of different arrows in green ink, but then I was a bit lost as to what else to do. I decided I wanted them to pop out more, so I outlined them with a grey alcohol markers and a blender, creating a shadow.

After that I spent some time pushing it around on a black and grey card base, feeling a bit lost some more, before I remembered that I have seem some really neat layering with several smaller layers lately. Mostly on scrapbook pages, but I decided: I can do that too! So I die cut a stitched panel from green card stock and vellum and from my arrow panel as well and tried to arrange those, but it just wasn't working for me. So I pulled out a leftover piece of that brightly striped patterned paper. I love that one, it's so cheerful. And I have several sheets, so I can actually use it. With a panel of that paper, it finally worked for me, but I wanted a bit extra for the card base, so I pulled out stencil and some clear embossing paste to create a subtle texture. 

I arranged the panels and added a black die cut and a white embossed sentiment strip. It means "Hello how are you?" in German. 

I only recently invested in quite a few German sentiment dies and I really love them. I generally tend towards German sentiments, as I am making cards for friends and family, who mostly don't share my love for the English language.

I adhered the die cut to the black strip, which was in turn adhered with foam tape. So the Hello floating over the panel. I also added a, arrow paper clip, to tie in the arrow motto some more.

For the envelope, I used the same patterned paper and my envelope punch board.


So, now it's up to you, I hope you join us!
Ela



Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Unicorn stickers

Hey Crafters, 

how are you all? I hope you're all well.

Today I'd like to show you another card with the colouring stickers. This time I used one of the girlie sets, to create a Birthday card for a school friend of my daughters'. Unicorns are very popular at our school right now. 



I started out without knowing where I wanted to go with this card, I just knew I needed it quick. My girls suggested unicorns, and since I don't have any unicorn stamps I decided to use one of the stickers. I chose the easiest one, because I wanted rainbow hair and the sectioned mane seemed best for that. I coloured the image with alcohol markers, with rather simple shading. As I wanted to pop up the sticker, I adhered it to white card stock and cut it out. 

When trying to arrange it on the card base, I decided the image is a bit small, so I coloured the cloud and rainbow as well and also stuck it to card stock. 

I had planned to just sponge a bit of blue behind the unicorn, but with two images that didn't seem a good solution anymore. So I decided to sponge on some clouds. Turned out, I don't even own a cloud stencil, so I used a piece of card stock to create my own. I used a rather long strip and cut cloud shapes from both sides, so I could turn and move the stencil to get different arrangements. I think that turned out pretty cool, I'm glad I did it that way. 

I stamped a nice Birthday sentiment and added a few sequins in rainbow colours. At last, I added lots and lots of Wink of Stella, because unicorns must be glittery. 

When I was done, by daughter instantly claimed that card for herself and didn't want to give it away, so we recreated it with a different unicorn for her. Only hers is not a card, just a panel, so she can put it on her magnet wall. In the end she was very happy to keep the new version, because we had made it together and she'd done all the sponging and part of the colouring herself.


Now have a magic day!
Ela


Challenges: 
Fusion: Sunshine on a cloudy day 
Stempelküche: #79 Märchenhaft/fairy tales
TCP:  #340 Sparkly
Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday 
Addicted to Stamps and More: #262 Make your mark




 




Friday, 6 October 2017

Alien Party Alarm

Hi Crafters, 

how are you? we are enjoying the holidays a lot.

A while ago, I found some amazing stickers at the Dollar store (actually Euro store, but that sounds wrong to me). They are colouring stickers, so you can customise them yourself. I bought a pack with robots, because I liked them a  lot and I have that cogwheel die, that goes so well with them. But it turned out there are 4 sheets (48 stickers) in the set, with all different images: robots, pirates, dinosaurs and aliens.


So I guess that's sufficient for all the Birthday cards for the two baby boys in our family for the next few years, and it cost me only one Euro. I have actually already gone back and got myself some of the other sets, with unicorns, mermaids, fairies etc.



I started by colouring one of the images, just to try how they would stand up to alcohol markers. They do, but they bleed quite a bit, if you apply lots of colour, so I had to be a bit careful with my colouring. 

When I was done I though "Man, he looks grim, can I even use him?" So I decided the sentiment would have to  be something aggressive, like party attack or party alarm. 

That decided, I created a galaxy background with water colours, because I really, really wanted to try that for ages, and never had a great idea how to use it. So this was my chance, and I grabbed it. 

I didn't like who my first galaxy turned out, so I created a second one. I think that one could have been darker in places, but as the first was too dark, I went with it. I didn't want it to end up too dark again. 

To give the alien something to look at, I coloured one of the smaller images, a planet. Then I die cut the word party from white card stock and created an ombre effect on the letters with my alcohol markers. I also die cut a that spiky comics speech bubble, coloured it bright yellow and stamped alarm on it. 

When I had it all adhered down, I realised  that the dark background shimmers through the stickers, but I couldn't peel them up again. Next time I want to use and of them on a dark background I'll back them with white card first. 

Anyway, I like how it turned out and I am very content with these stickers. Here's a closer look at the boys set.


Have a nice day
Ela



Challenges:
Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday 
Addicted to Stamps and More: #262 Make your mark
 
  








Saturday, 30 September 2017

School robot

Hi Crafters, 

how are you all? 

I am fine today, over here the fall holidays started and I am  more than happy to be rid of all the homework for two weeks. The last few weeks were really tiresome. 

So, today I am showing you a school related card, even though we're already 5 or 6 weeks into the new term. 

A few days ago, I found to photos of cards I made on my mobile, that I had totally forgotten. Here's the first of them. The school bag is a digital freebie and the robot is from a digital stamp collection. Both are printed on watercolour paper. I coloured the images with water colours, but I am not sure anymore, which medium. Probably my Inktense pencils.



Then I just adhered the panel on a green card base. No sentiment this time, I wrote a personal message on the inside. 

Also, I am proud to announce, that my card with the little dog made the top 3 over at Night Shift Stamping.


 
Hugs
Ela




Challenges: 
Less is More: #348 Water Colour
Simon says Stamp: Anything goes
Addicted to Stamps an More: #261 Anything goes
Always Fun Challenges: #25 Anything goes

 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Flying Hearts

Hello Everyone, 

how do you do?

A while ago, I received a pad of patterned paper as a surprise gift from a friend, which made me sooo happy (thanks again!). And as you may know, I struggle a bit, with letting go any patterned paper, so I decided to use the first sheet right away, just to make a start on the pad.

And I wanted to send her a card in return, so I combined both ideas. I created a small envelope with my envelope punch board and punched out some tiny hearts from a scrap of red card stock. I adhered it all to a white scalloped panel, so the hearts would fly out of the opened envelope.


Then I mounted the panel on a craft card base with a strip of the same patterned paper peeking out. I also embellished the inside and the envelope with some more hearts and covered all of the hearts in Glossy Accents, except those on the inside.


That's it from me, have a great day!
Ela


Challenges: 
Addicted to stamps: #261 Anything goes
Always Fun Challenges: #25 Anything goes

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Birthday cat

Hello again, 

here's another Birthday card for you. You can't ever have enough of these...

As you may know, I love cat stamps, and when I found this fish bone stencil, I knew I had to have it. 








To try it out, I wanted to create an ombre effect with embossing paste. Unfortunately that didn't work out as intended, but I used the panel anyway. 

I stamped, coloured and fuzzy cut the cat and embossed the sentiment on vellum. I adhered the cat to the card front, so that it looks like it's hanging off the sentiment strip.


See you soon
Ela




Challenges:
Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday
Just add ink: #378 Texture

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?

Hugs
Ela



Challenges: 
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. 

Hugs 
Ela


Challenges:
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
Ela



Challenges:
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.
Ela



Challenges:
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!
Ela



Challenges: 
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
Ela



Challenges: 
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.


2013
2014
2015
2017

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?



Love
Ela


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