Friday, October 20, 2017

Merry Making

Do you know Online Card Classes? After seeing so many awesome creations out there, I finally decided to sign up for the Merry Making online card class. And though I didn't have enough cryfta time during this week, I loooveeee all the inspiration and tutorials I found there!
The first lesson is all about backgrounds for Christmas cards, and look what I created!

The background is blended with Ranger distress oxide inks in non-traditional Christmas colors. Then I die-cut and embossed a full-cover die by Memory Box. The cute seal is by My Favorite Things, the German sentiment saying "Merry Christmas" is by Klartextstempel.

I added some Wink of Stella and Ranger Black Enamel Accents on the seal's nose and some Nuvo Jewel Drops on the background.

Another card I created as a homework for the online card class is this one:

The Bokeh background technique is taught by Kristina Werner, and it's not that simple as I thought first... But I finally came up with this sparkly creation, and I really love it!

The sentiment die is by Gummiapan, snowflake stamps by Inkadinkado and Impression Obsession.

Can't wait to go on with the next lesson...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Gift card from the Arctic

Hi and happy Monday!

When I saw this fab polar bear stamp by Woodware for the first time, I fell in love immediately! When I took a closer look, I thought, oh my, it is a really HUGE stamp! And then I had the idea that the polar bear should absolutely use his huge paws to hold something - so I came up with the idea for a gift card holder.
Whenever I use huge stamps like this one, I try to position them in an asymmetrical way to make them look less giant. In this card I could place the icebear's paw even partially outside of the card for an additional eye-catcher. But let's start from the beginning: The background was created with Ranger Distress Oxides Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans, then sprinkled with water and white Dylusions Paint to achieve the look of fallling snow. I stamped the bear with Memento Tuxedo Black onto white cardstock and colored him with Copic Markers, then I embellished his nose with clear Wink of Stella and Ranger Glossy Accents.The sentiment was created with Versamark ink and white embossing powder. I fussy-cut the ice bear, glued him diagonally onto the background, then cut along the edges of the background panel. I glued the background panel onto some blue double-folded card and placed the paw with foam tape over the edge.

For the inside, I followed exactly the same steps as for the front panel, but this time I placed the bear in the center of the page and cut two semi-circular slits about 1.5 cm from the lower edge (you can easily cut these slits with the help of a penny). The I placed both paws with foam tape as if they were holding the gift card.

I punched mini tags from light and dark blue cardstock with the and stamped the sentiment on the light blue one with Memento Tuxedo Black, then tied the two mini tags together with some baker's twine and attached them with a staple.
Finally I glued the panel on the inside of my double-folded card and put the gift card into the slits - there you are.

So what are you going to put into the ice bear's paws?

Materials I used:

Creative Expressions - Woodware Clear Stamps Set XMas - Self Portrait Ranger - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Salty Ocean  Ranger - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Faded Jeans  Ranger Dylusions Paint | Acrylfarbe - white linen  Memento Stempelkissen TUXEDO BLACK  COPIC ciao Marker 72er Set A   ZIG Wink of Stella Brush Clear Glitter MS-55/999  Ranger Glossy Accents  Tsukineko VersaMark Emboss Ink Pad clear - Embossing Kissen transparent MBoss Embossingpowder | Embossing Pulver - White   3D Foamtape - 2 m Rolle, 1 mm dick GARN & MEHR Bäcker-Garn rot  Kesi'Art MétaliKs - Stanze - Tags

Friday, October 6, 2017

Gym Update...

Our Blog Hop is over, but it's still Snarktoberfest. so here's one more snarky card!

I stamped this good old Penny Black image with Versafine ink and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brushes.
Hope this makes you giggle!

Please share your own snarky cards on social media using the hashtag #snarktoberfest2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Snarktoberfest Blog Hop

It's Snarktober!

You know the word snarky? If not, that's what the Urban Dictionary says:
A witty mannerism, personality, or behavior that is a combination of sarcasm and cynicism. Usually accepted as a complimentary term.

And yay, there's a whole community of snarky stampers out there, and we want to celebrate with you!

Let's start the fun with a blog hop with lots of prizes!
Everybody who leaves a comment by October 5th 9pm PT/ 12am ET on all of our blogs has a chance to win one of the prizes from our sponsors:
So let the fun begin!
Here's my card:

These three funny guys are created with stamps by Gummiapan. You can get them at Swedish House Crafts, a fab stamp shop in the UK which carries the most adorable stamps and other goodies by several Swedish manufacturers.
I made a background using Ranger Distress Oxide inks and a cloud stencil, drew a line for the birds to sit on it and positioned the birds on the line with one layer of foam tape. I cut a slider channel into the background and placed a die-cut blotch as the sliding element into the channel. I hid it behind the owl by positioning the owl over the top of the slider channel with a double layer of foam tape.

So if you lift up the card, well... ummhhh... something's happening 😜!

 Wanna see it in action?


Hope I made you laugh!
More snarky cards to come during Snarktober!

And now don't forget to leave me a comment and then hop on to the other blogs on the list below to have the chance to win one of the awesome prizes! Have snarky fun and good luck!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Learning the ABC

My niece just started school, and to help her learn the alphabet, I had the idea to create this ABC poster for her!
I cut out the letters from colored cardstock with my Silhouette machine. The images are all colored with Copicmarkers and come from several stamp sets.
A - Affe - ape from My Favorite Things Sweet Safari
B - Bär - bear from My Favorite Things Wild Woodland
C - Chamäleon - chameleon from Clearly Besotted Colour Chameleon
D - Dackel - dachshund from My Favorite Things Top Dog
E - Elefant - elephant from My Favorite Things Sweet Safari
F - Fledermaus - bat from My Favorite Things Witch Way is the Candy
F - Fuchs - fox from My Favorite Things Critter Clan

G - Giraffe - giraffe from My Favorite Things Giraffing Me Crazy
H - Huhn - hen from My Favorite Things BB The Whole Herd
I - Igel - hedgehog from My Favorite Things Wild Woodland

J - Jaguar - as I didn't find a jaguar image, I altered a lion image from My Favorite Things Lions and Tigers
K - Kuh - cow from My Favoite Things BB The Whole Herd
K - Katze - cat from My Favorite Things Cool Cat

L - Löwe - lion from My Favorite Things Wild About You
M - Mammut - mammoth from Neat and Tangled Prehistoric

N - Nashorn - rhino from Gerda Steiner Designs Party Animals
O - Otter - otter from My Favorite Things Otterly Love You
P - Papagei - parrot from The Alley Way Stamps Land HO!

Q - Qualle - jellyfish from Create a Smile Glowing Seaside
R - Reh - deer from My Favorite Things Deer Friends
S - Seekuh - manatee from Hero Arts Manatee Stamp & Cut

T - Tiger - tiger from My Favorite Things Lions and Tigers
U - Uhu - eagle owl from Hobby Art Ltd. Owls
V - Vogel - bird from My Favorite Things Birds of Paradise

W - Wal - whale from Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea
X - Xaver - I couldn't find an animal with X, but this cute little dragon told me his name was Xaver... He's from My Favorite Things Magical Dragons.
Y - Yak - I drew this yak myself because I couldn't find a yak stamp.
Z - Ziege - goat from My Favorite Things The Whole Herd

My niece loves this poster - hope you like it, too!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Just married!

On Saturday, Jeanin, one of my sweetest Instagram friends, got married. So many of the happy crafty friends decided to create together a mini book with our congrats for her. Each one of us created one page measuring 10 by 10 cm with rounded corners, and then we put all the pages together. Look at the finished project:

 Isn't it fabulous?
And here's the page I contributed to the project:

I created a background with Ranger Distress oxides Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers and some stencils. Then I die-cut the tree with the Penny Black Tree of Love die out of red and white cardstock. I used the main part of the white die-cut, discarded some of the white hearts and replaced two of the white hearts with ted ones. I glued some more red hearts in the top right corner of the panel and added the sentiment by Clearly Besotted with Archival Jet Black ink.

Look at all the other pages by hopping along the blogs on my blog roll, most of them participated.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A bit of autumn...

Where's the summer gone? I somehow have the feeling that we didn't have a real summer at all, and now it's already beginning to look like autumn with colorful leaves everywhere. This inspired me for my project today. Take a look...

The Ranger Distress Oxide inks include some awesome autumn colors. I chose spiced marmelade, fossilized amber, wild honey, candied apple, peeled paint und lucky clover to blend over the Dutch Doobadoo Fabric stencil with the Ranger Blending Tool onto a piece of white cardstock. I then splattered some water onto it to create the light sprinkles and added splatters of Ken Oliver Liquid Metals Copper. They create a really lustrous metallic effect. This is what the panel looked like:

I cut a bunch of leaves with the Waffle Flower Greenery dies out of this panel. Don't they look just gorgeous?

I created two cards with the die-cut leaves.The sentiments are from the Waffle Flower stamp sets Enveloper Hello and Happy Day. I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Have a late summery week - autumn only on these cards 😉!

Materialliste /Materials I used
 Ranger - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Spiced Marmelade Ranger - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Fossilized Amber Ranger - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Wild Honey Ranger - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Candied Apple  Ranger - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Peeled Paint Ranger - Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad Lucky Clover  Dutch Doobadoo Dutch Mask Art - Fabric Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool 2,5cm round  Ken Oliver - Color Burst | Liquid Metals - Copper Waffle Flower Dies - Greenery  Waffle Flower Stamp Set - Enveloper Hello  Waffle Flower Stamp Set - Happy Day   Memento Stempelkissen TUXEDO BLACK