Friday, July 21, 2017

Tissue Paper Circles

And as promised in my last post, here is the other card I made using this glittery tissue paper. It matches the sketch at the current Inkspirational almost perfectly but I have to admit that I made the card before I even saw the sketch. How is that for a coincidence?

Stamps: STAMPlorations (sentiment)
Dies: Nestabilities (circles) 

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CAS Mix Up Challenge July

Inkspirational Challenge #139 "Sketch"

And some more photos from our trip. We went to Nuremberg for a day. Beautiful city. Hadn't been there in decades.

Be well,

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tissue Paper Angel

At the CAS Mix Up Challenge this month we are to use Tissue Paper. I watched Loll's video where she showed us different ways to use it. I do want to try those but my first thought went to some tissue paper that I couldn't throw away but didn't know what to do with, either.

Stamp: Hero Arts (feather)
Dies: Alexandra Renke (angel with heart), SSS (stitched rectangle)

When I was in Germany I finally got some things from Alexandra Renke, amongst them this adorable angel! With a glue stick I glued the tissue paper on some white card stock, cut out the angel with the heart, colored the heart with a sharpie, and covered it with glossy accents.

I made another card with the same tissue paper so please check back in! I am really excited about this technique as I can't throw out beautiful tissue paper!

Before I let you go I want to show you a photo I took on a hike we did in the first week of our vacation. It was south of Munich near Tegernsee where one of my nieces lives.

Be well,

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I'm back! With a fern card...

Thank you so much for your patience. After my return from Germany I did not have any mojo. It was worse than other years. I even played with the idea of giving up blogging! I realized how much time I spend just commenting... But then missed you all, started making a few cards and now I'm back.

Over at Time Out Challenges we are to CASE one of Cornelia's cards and it motivated me to take out this tree ring stamp AND the fern die from my NBUS box. To be honest I have two boxes, one for stamps (which is bursting at it's seams) and one for dies. Why do I keep buying stuff, people??? Stamp companies, if you are reading this, please stop bringing out such fun products that I can't resist! Bloggers, please stop inspiring and tempting me! (Just kidding, of course!)

First Cornelia's fun card:

And here is my take:

Stamps: Concord & 9th (treerings), SSS (sentiment)
Die: Memory Box (fern)

I cut out the fern from a scrap leftover from the first card in this post. Have I ever mentioned how much I love ferns? That's why I really wanted the Memory Box die (which is probably discontinued by now) and now I am so happy to have finally used it. As well as the tree rings and the sentiment was also in that NBUS box. I think this would be a good card for my husband's birthday, hmmm...

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

Time Out Challenges #87

Grab Our Badge!

Hope to be back soon with another card and maybe some pictures from Germany...

Be well,

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Playing with Embossing Paste - Take 2

Before I show you my card I would like to let you know that I will take a blogging and commenting break to spend some time with my family in Germany.

In my last post I promised to show you the card I made with a stenciled panel that didn't buckle because I used heavy Stampin' Up card stock. Julia inspired me to use colored cardstock. This time I also added some sparkle to the embossing paste. (Can't tell you right now what it was I added because I am not at home while I type this...) You can see it in the close up, although it didn't sparkle as much as I hoped for. This card looks very different from my last one...

Stamps: Altenew (flower, leaves), Uniko (sentiment)
Other: Memory Box (stencil)

Here is a close up to show you the sparkle in the embossing paste.

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CAS Mix Up June Challenge "Embossing Paste/Gel"
My choice is fussy cutting

Time Out Challenge #84  'Flowers and Friends make life a garden'

Grab Our Badge!

The Flower Challenge #9 "Anything Goes"

Be well,

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Playing with Embossing Paste

So, this month's theme at the CAS Mix Up Challenge is Embossing Paste/Gel which prompted me to have a play with them (it's been too long anyway). My first attempt reminded me that you need heavy, sturdy paper because thinner paper will buckle. Normally I would use Bristol or Watercolor paper (my Mixed Media is too flimsy) but I wanted to use colored card stock. Anyway it buckled and when I lifted the stencil I smudged it! I saw that one strip looked good and so I cut it off and made this card!

Stamps: PTI (Happy)
Dies: STAMPloration (Birthday), PTI (pink star), SSS (heart and white star)
Other: Stencil (Memory Box), white spray (Mr. Huey's)

I used the same grey card stock for the card (because the strip didn't look good on white), splattered it which resulted in several more grey splattered panels. Isn't it funny, I get so excited when I am able to use a scrap on a card but each card that I make creates many more scraps! Anyway... I just received happy mail from STAMPlorations and really wanted to use this cool Birthday die (cut from a scrap).

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CAS Mix Up June Challenge "Embossing Paste/Gel"

My choice is die cutting and/or splattering

STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge
Probably without the twist of masculine colors, although there are guys who like pink

Stay tuned if you want to see the card I made with the embossing paste panel that came out ok... Hope to post it soon!

Be well,

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Four Hugging Mice Sending Warm Fuzzies

Many months ago the fabulous Elisabeth from "auf's papier gebracht" suggested that we make cards using the same stamp and post them at the same time. Now if you don't know Elisabeth you should definitely visit her blog, she has this unique, loose style, I would call it CAS Free Style maybe? I once told her that I hope to create like her when I am all grown up, hehe!
Anyway, she picked the stamp set and the stamp. Her choice surprised my quite a bit as I didn't think that it was her style. So I can't wait to see what she came up with.

My first thought was to color with my polychromos on kraft and while I was thinking about a layout I had another idea and that's why I made two cards.

Stamps: Penny Black (Mice), Hero Arts (sentiment)
Dies: Nestabilities (circle), SSS (hearts)
Other: We 'R' Memory Keepers (embossing folder), patterned paper from my stash

The hearts on both cards are covered with Wink of Stella, the one on the second card is also coated with glossy accent. I might add some on the first card, too...

(click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Little Critters"

Addicted to Stamps #242 "Make your mark"
I used Polychromos pencils
Uh oh, linky closed already...

Penny Black Saturday Challenge "All Things Love"

Grab a badge for your blog...

And now come with me to Elisabeth's blog and find out how she used those cute mice.

Be well,

Monday, May 22, 2017

Another Graduation Card and More Splatters

Yes, I splattered some more! It seems like I can't stop!
I needed another graduation card for a friend who got her Master's degree while being a single parent to two young kids and working! In my eyes she totally rocks, that's why I picked this sentiment.

Stamps: Winnie & Walter (sentiment), Inkadinkado (cap)

The splatters are dark green not black as they appear on the screen...

So you know where this is going, right...?

CAS Mix Up May Challenge "Splattering"
I also used heat embossing, water coloring, die cutting, washi

Be well,

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Watercolored Wild Hibiscus

Before I go to bed I would like to share a card with you using gold embossed and watercolored flowers that had been sitting on my desk...

Stamps: Altenew (flowers, leaves), Create a Smile (sentiment)

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CAS Mix Up May Challenge "Splatters"
My choices are watercoloring and heat embossing

CAS Watercolor May Challenge "Flowers"
ETA: This card won "Outstanding Design"! 

So glad, that I finally managed to combine these two challenges!
Have a fabulous week and

Be well,

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Reminder for Time Out Challenge #83

Hello there,

Just popping in to remind you that you still have time to CASE Hannelie's fantastic card for the Time Out Challenge #83
Here it is again:

Stamps: Altenew (flower, leaves), Hero Arts (background), STAMPlorations (sentiment)
Die: Nestabilities (circle)
Other: Brushos

As you can see I stuck with the same color scheme but used it on the flower this time (stamped on the same Brusho panel). I also used a negative circular die cut and lots of black and white. I am a bit disappointed with myself that both times I didn't use any splatters considering how much I like them! On this card I sprinkled a few gems around to imitate the splatters.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

CAS Watercolor May Challenge "Flowers"
ETA: This card won "Outstanding Design"!

STAMlorations May CAS Challenge

I had so much fun CASEing Hannelie's card, now it's your turn! I hope to see your creation in the gallery! You have until May 25th to enter and you could win a $15 voucher to Happy Little Stampers! For more details go to Time Out Challenges.
Thank you very much Nonni and the DT for inviting me to guest design!

Be well,

Saturday, May 13, 2017

It's Graduation Season!

I have two cards to show you today but before I do that let me give a warm welcome to two new followers:
Kara Lynne
and Hannelie

You might know and already follow these inspiring card artists but if not, please take the time to meander through their blogs and be amazed!

Graduation season is upon us in these parts of the world and I have a niece and a nephew graduating from college this year. The colors for both colleges are blue (slightly different shades) even though they go to very different schools. Because of the color scheme and because I used stars (I'll take any excuse to use stars, hehe) on both of them they look pretty similar.
First the one for my nephew which is slightly more CAS:

Stamps: My Favorite Things (sentiment strip)
Dies: My Favorite Things (graduation cap), WPlus9 (stars), SSS (smallest star)

And this is the one for my niece:

Stamps: Inkadinkado (numbers)
Dies: My Favorite Things (Congratulations, cap), WPlus9 (stars), SSS (smallest star)
Other: Sizzix (star embossing folder)

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CASOLOGY week 248 "Commencement"

The Male Room Challenge #60 "Stars"

CAS Mix Up May Challenge "Splattering"

Hope you find time to create and have fun!

Be well,

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