Monday, July 23, 2018

Danke x 3

After our return from Germany I needed 3 Thank You cards which I would like to share with you today.

Stamps: Rubbernecker (background), Inkadinkado (dragonfly, butterfly)
Dies: My Favorite Things (letters)

Stamps: My Favorite Things (flower background)
Dies: My Favorite Things (letters)

Stamps: Inkadinkado (dragonfly)
Dies: Alexandra Renke (flowers), My Favorite Things (letters)

As you can see I took advantage of the perfectly lined up letters on the tape and used them on all three cards! I really love Alexandra Renke's style and got more from her while I was in Germany. Did you know that you can buy her stamps, dies, paper, and embossing folders now also at Ellen Hutson, Simon Says Stamp or Starlitstudio? And no, unfortunately I don't get paid for mentioning this...

This last card works for the current
CAS Mix Up Challenge

Be well and keep in touch!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wedding Explosion Box Card

Warning: Picture-heavy post!

You might have noticed that I rarely do anything other than regular folded cards but for my niece's wedding (pictures below) I decided to try my hand at an Explosion Box card. It was quite time consuming and one of the reasons I didn't blog much before our departure. I didn't go overboard with embellishments as I didn't think that was their style. Also I went for sort of a rustic look as I got the feeling that the table decorations, etc. would be in that style. Forgive the quality of the pictures, it was hard to get good ones...

One of the hearts on top is gold, btw...

Stamps: My Favorite Things (wood background), Stampin' Up (swirls on cake), Inkadinkado (letters and numbers), Hero Arts (branch with hearts)
Dies: SSS (distressed heart), Impression Obsession (hearts on stems), My Favorite Things (letters), WPlus9 (big wooden heart), Nestabilities ("plate" for the cake)
Other: Punches (all the flowers, heart in the "O")

For those of you who have never seen one of those boxes, the sides are not attached and fall open when you take off the lid hence the name.
I started out with the cake which was quite fiddly I have to say (that's why it doesn't have a third layer, hehe). But I like how it came out.
The plan was to die cut the letters for LOVE on the outside but I discovered that all my dies were too small so I hand cut them intentionally in a loose, sort of organic way to add to the rustic feeling of the card. The top part is where we put the monetary gift and the lower part is where we wrote our wishes for the couple.

And here is a picture of them. They live and got married south of Munich in the mountains and were dressed in the tradition of the area.

And look at the fun car (vintage Ford) they had. A friend of the groom owns it and drove them from the church to where the party took place.

Well, if you made it this far, thank you very much! Your visits and comments are always very much appreciated!

I am sending this card to Time Out Challenge #113 focusing on the word "heart" and because there are lots of reasons to smile at a wedding!

Be well and keep in touch!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #7

We just returned from our yearly trip to Germany to visit family and friends and it is already time for the new Twofer Card Challenge! I especially enjoyed seeing the gallery last month filled with creative tree cards! This month the word prompt is

It doesn't matter if this makes you think of cold, refreshing or warm, comforting drinks, alcohol or soda - it's up to you (and your supplies)!

I played with the sweet tea set from Uniko. I really love tea (one of my favorites is a good Earl Grey) and wish that we had a place here that served a proper English tea with little sandwiches, etc. While in Germany I met a good friend at a tea house there. That was fun! Anyway here are my cards:

For the birthday card I embossed the cup with Antique Gold from SSS, added the flowers, colored them a little und cut the cup out. I backed it with a punched out oval of lavender colored vellum, added a layer of PP featuring little cupcakes, and an embossed panel. I was going for a Victorian look...

Stamps: Uniko (tea cup), SSS (sentiment)
Dies: PTI (border), SSS (banner)
Other: Taylored Expressions (embossing folder)

To make my other card look different, I stamped, colored and cut out three cups, added white enamel dots, and stacked them together. Added a bit of stenciling in the background, some Washi tape, and a sentiment from the tea set.

Stamps: Uniko (tea cup, sentiment)
Other: PTI (stencil), Washi tape

Now it's your turn! Which type of beverage will you choose?

Please find all the rules and lots of inspiration from my teamies as well as our two fantastic guest designers, Bonnie and Marianne on the Twofer Card Challenge blog

Be well and keep in touch!

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