Out with the old, in with the new

Hello hello,

I’m just checking in with a happy little trio of cards – all of which are birthday cards.

The other week, I was swooning over this stunning creation by Rebecca Luminarias and I knew I wanted to make something like it, just using what I have on hand. (I’m very much looking forward to placing my first order with The Stamp Market, though! Such gorgeous products!! ❤ )

The fun color scheme immediately drew me in and so I scoured my craft stash for ingredients that would fit the bill.

As you can see, I chose to use the Concord & 9th “Yay” die in white. It really pops against the background of colorful cardstock strips. To emulate the “Confetti Dots” background, I used a leftover piece of Crate patterned paper I had lying around.

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The stamp at the bottom is by Savvy Stamps.

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I added some zig-zag stitching for extra interest and left the center die-cut otherwise unattached, giving it more dimension. I love how it turned out – so cheerful!!

Now onto the other two: As soon as I had laid eyes on the pretty cards that Laurie had made with the use of the Confetti Stencil and the Birthday Wishes die, I knew I wanted to recreate this seemingly simple, yet very effective design.ptg_temp_save
The ink colors for the above version (mounted on Spring Rain CS by PTI) are Citrus (Adirondack), Emerald (Altenew), Seedless Preserves and Worn Lipstick (both Distress Inks).

The sentiment is one layer of white sandwiched onto two layers of Scarlet Jewel by Papertrey Ink. Making four of these cards took me about 6 hours in total (the part where you die-cut the sentiment – in my case 12 times – and layer it all took quite a bit of time).

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This one is my favorite of the bunch. On the above version, I blended Pink Pearl (Altenew), Picked Raspberry (Distress Ink), Mountain Mist and Volcano Lake (both Altenew).

The sentiment is Scarlet Jewel cardstock by Papertrey Ink (atop two layers of white) and it was all mounted onto a Sweet Blush card base (PTI).

I hope you like them and I’d love to hear from you 🙂
Have you already started with the colorful spring cards?
I think it’s such a fresh breath of air! ❤

Enjoy your weekend!
Nina

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Christmas Tags & Cards

It’s almost March already? How on Earth did that happen? 😀

I still hope everyone of you had a wonderful Christmas and a great start of 2019 – it’s been supremely busy here and the cozy Christmas/ New Year slump has finally worn off, albeit not without two (!) nasty cases of the lurgy – one at the beginning of January and one at the beginning of February. It’s the gift that keeps on giving 😉

Needless to say, I haven’t gotten ’round to doing much more than staying alive, working and really barely anything else. I was considering just not posting any of my many Christmas/ Holiday cards since it’s already March, but then again it’s my blog and I can post whatever I like, so here goes – grab a cup of tea and get comfortable! 😀

So just to separate tags from cards, let’s get started with a little gallery:
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The tags with the cool blending technique were a total CASE of Cathy Zielske’s awesome idea, to be seen here. I love Cathy and all that she does!

(The dies are ‘Avery Elle Tags a Lot’ and ‘Simon Says Stamp CHRISTMAS TREES’; the stamps are by Lora Bailora, bastisrike and Kelly Purkey)

Now onto a roundup of a great number of cards that I made for Christmas. It was a lot as you’ll see in a moment, and a few of these were produced several times, to be sent off or hand-delivered to the 54 (!) recipients that there were in 2018.

Let’s start with the cards featuring a tree motif:

A few deets on some of them: The first four are inspired by the incredible Laura Bassen and her beautiful use of the Christmas Trees Wafer Dies by Simon Says Stamp: see here.

As you can see, I started out copying her idea, just using the papers and stamps I had on hand. I then switched up the design and incorporated other elements like the splatters and staples as well as a tiny star (taken from the Home & Hearth Die Set by Julie Ebersole for Ellenhutson.com).

With card #5 above, I again started out by copying this awesome idea of Julia alias der kleine klecks, the second card however shows another use of the tree detail with different ingredients thrown in the mix. I adore the stamp there, it’s from the Scrapbook Werkstatt advent calendar my sweet boyfriend had gotten me. Spring Moss makes for a great card base and a Home & Hearth star was added for good measure. I love this one!

BTW the beautiful banner on card #6 is by Concord & 9th – so cool to really show off busy background paper! (Saw that idea somewhere on Barbara’s blog.)

Next up: Polar bears!

These adorable little critters on card #1-4 are from a stamp set by Lora Bailora, colored in simply with colored pencils and cut out with my trusty SU! paper snips. This was the first time ever that I’d tried out a blending tool and for that, I’d say those starry backgrounds aren’t half bad 🙂

For these cards, I had no plan whatsoever and just kept pushing things around and adding things until I liked it. The cute polar bear Post-It note is by Paper Poetry and the background stamps on this card are from an old set by the Girls Paperie.

The last pic here is a card design that is a total CASE from this genius creation by Kay Miller, which I – as suggested in the post – stamped with my MISTI in order to mass-produce this mail-friendly one-layer wonder to send out to dear colleagues this holiday season.

Moving on to another design I made multiples of:

A slight variation of this wonderful creation made by Angeline Yong Jeet Leen, who so ingeniously used the Piestra Tile from Memory Box that I just *had* to have it. (I know you understand 😀 )

The paper used here is gorgeous Rustic White by Papertrey Ink, the washi is from Crate Paper and the silver splatters (sparkly IRL) are Mr. Huey’s. Feel free to ask about other supplies that I’ve not mentioned specifically.

These weren’t as mail-friendly as expected because the Garn&Mehr bows did make for a bulky card in the end. Oh well 😉

These two here have a bit of an old & new theme going on:

For the first one, I wanted to use my new supplies including the “Ho Ho Ho” embossing folder as well as the “Frohe Weihnachten” (Merry Christmas) die, both by Mundart Stempel from Switzerland.

The second one is certainly one of my favorites from the whole bunch, it uses an image and a greeting from a free Christmas postcard I snatched up at a store downtown a few years back. I had to fussy-cut it and the red parts all have a cool glossy finish, which makes it really stand out. The background was stamped with that same Girls Paperie set I love to use, some silver splatters for some extra glam and the Sweet Blush card base really make the red pop. I’m smitten! ❤

And drumroll… last but not least: Some jolly Santas! Recycled ones, at that!

These were cut out from wrapping paper I had saved from some years ago – I thought these Santas were just too cute to toss! So they were fussy cut, added to some cardstock and popped up with foam tape. I love the “Santa’s on his way” sentiment (Santa’s Flight by Julie Ebersole for Ellenhutson.com) combined with the winking Santa.

And of course that very last card is a nod to one of our favorite shows: RuPaul’s Drag Race. If you know it, that’s the very pose RuPaul always strikes before the final runway on each episode, always announcing “And may the best woman… win!”. So when I realized that, I was sooo excited 😀 It was clear that this Santa plus a matching witty sentiment would *have* to be on the Christmas Card for the boyfriend this year. *grin*

So there you have it! 😀

Sorry if some of the pics are less than stellar – it was nearly impossible to get any good shots before these were mailed off due to the utter lack of light in December.

I hope you like the cards, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

See you soon!
Nina

Freitagsfüller #500!

So, ihr Lieben –

hier kommt (mit einem Tag Verspätung) wie versprochen der 500ste – in Worten *Fünfhundertste*!!! – Freitagsfüller! Unglaublich!

Einen großen Applaus und ein herzliches Dankeschön an Barbara, die der Online-Scrapcommunity schon so viele Jahre die Treue hält und uns immer wieder mit tollen Inspirationen, Ideen und Aktionen begeistert!

Hier kommen meine Antworten für dieses Wochenende:

1. Am Nikolaustag findet meine Mom in ihrem Adventskalender eine Flasche “Heißen Hirsch” (natürlich in rot) und den passenden Spruch dazu.

2. Wenn ich zur Zeit das Lied “I see the light” höre, bekomme ich urplötzlich “Schnupfen”. 😉

3.  Hast du Sch*** am Fuß, haste Sch*** am Fuß – excuse my French, aber so manche Dinge im Leben sind einfach mies und damit umzugehen ist oft nicht leicht.

4.  Nach Weihnachten geht es über Silvester nach Spanien und das ist ja schon ganz bald. *whee*

5. Ich kenne jemanden, der mir sehr ähnlich ist und auch oft mit seinem eigenen überquellenden Schwachsinn kämpft. 😀

6.  Nächste Woche dolmetsche ich ein Seminar über Umwelttechnik im eventuell verschneiten Harz, das wird sicher sehr spannend.

7. Was das Wochenende angeht, heute Abend freue ich mich auf Pizza & Couch mit meinem Süßen, morgen habe ich geplant, die Weihnachtsgeschenke für die Familie zu erstehen und Sonntag möchte ich ein paar der überflüssigen Möbelstücke online verkaufen!

Dann hoffe ich, ihr habt einen wunderbaren Samstag und könnt vielleicht auch ein bisschen in eurer eigenen Weihnachtswerkstatt mit Papier spielen!

Ho Ho Ho,
Nina

Freitagsfüller #499

Ewig hab ich nicht mitgemacht, aber bei so einem Jubiläum muss es einfach sein, deswegen bin ich dieses Mal (etwas verspätet, whoops!) und nächstes Mal (hoffentlich pünktlich 😉 ) dabei – hier ist der Freitags-Füller Nr. 499 von Scrap-Impulse, dem tollen Blog von Barbara:

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1.  Drei Dinge, die ich am Advent liebe: Die Stimmung, die Lichter, das Basteln. (Nur drei Dinge? Es gibt so vieles!!)

2.  Freitags liegen wir im Allgemeinen platt auf der Couch.

3.  Es war bisher kein leichtes Jahr, aber doch mit so vielen schönen Momenten.

4.  Weihnachtlich dekorieren werde ich diese Woche, aber eher dezent (im Gegensatz zu unserer Nachbarin, hihi!).

5.  Gott sei Dank ist die Wohnung nach dem Umzug langsam wieder in einem begehbaren Zustand. 😉

6.  Niemals werde ich perfekt alles schaffen, was auf meiner To-Do-Liste steht – aber ich gebe mein Bestes. 🙂

7. Aus der Freitagsperspektive geschrieben: Was das Wochenende angeht, heute Abend freue ich mich auf Pizza & Couch, morgen habe ich das Ausmisten meiner alten Klamotten geplant, und Sonntag möchte ich Weihnachtskarten basteln!

Ich hoffe, ihr hattet ein tolles Wochenende und konntet euch auch ein bisschen Zeit für euer Hobby nehmen 🙂

Liebe Grüße,
Nina

A last summer hooray!

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Hey there, everyone!

So interpreting season is in full swing (yay!) and The Move is happening (and has been happening for a few weeks now). It is therefore safe to say I have my hands full 😀

I also just came back from a week in South Tyrol, which was spent interpreting and enjoying the beautiful fall sunshine in this marvelous landscape.

Today I have two last summery cards for you – number one was made for my brother’s birthday and I was very much inspired by Julia‘s amazing use of leaf dies and that stunning paper flip-flop display created by Steffi Ried (who I had the chance to meet last weekend!! We had a great time making a mini album!).

Beauty_rde6_FotorThe flip-flops were hand-drawn on the back of a piece of patterned paper (Pink Paislee Confetti wishes 09) and then cut out with a craft knife.

The straps were cut with my guillotine trimmer from some matching PP (Crate Paper Poolside Sunshine) and everything was assembled by tinkering with the width of the straps and of the cuts in the soles a bit.

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I popped the handmade sandals up on some foam adhesive and backed everything with a few pretty Monstera and Sorbier leaves (c/o Charlie & Paulchen and Kesi’art) and a sort of “sun” (an older PTI die).

The stamped sentiment is Kristina Werner with SimonSaysStamp and adhered with dimensionals as well.

Next up, we have a “Thank you” card using brand new Dani Peuss Klartext stamp sets, again inspired by Julia’s magnificent die-cut leaves and meant to put a smile on the face of a special someone 🙂

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Using the Mini Misti with this set makes stamp positioning a breeze and before you know it, you have a beautiful sentiment for your card.

I added the two words atop by hand (first drew them lightly with a pencil, then used a simple black fineliner – Edding 88 is my all-time favourite – to finish it off).

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Black Mr. Hueys to complete the look and the papers used here are Mahé, Basic Grey, Crate Paper and PTI Raspberry Fizz.

Since this little card was sent from South Tyrol, I am a bit weary regarding its whereabouts and whether it will make it to the recipient… oh the Italian mail service… I don’t trust them one bit, but really wanted to finally mail the card! What a dilemma!

Anyway, I’m off to do some more moving stuff from one room to another and organizing and writing invoices – may the extra hour mean getting more done!! 🙂

Cheerio,
Nina

Grandpa’s Birthday

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Hey everyone 🙂

How are things? Over here, the sun is very much trying to melt us and I have now entered into a relationship with a wet tea towel and the fan. The boyfriend knows, though 😉

A few weeks back, my gramps had his birthday and I made him this little number to congratulate him:

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It features some more random border strips and scraps, some Crate Paper, some My Mind’s Eye, assembled in a way that is pleasing to the (read: my) eye.

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I then stamped the laurel wreath from the Ellen Hutson Set “Home and Hearth” (by Julie Ebersole) in Silver Fox and Fog (Avery Elle) in a slightly overlapping fashion and sprinkled some Mint Julep and Seafoam Mr. Huey’s on top.

I then decided to add a vellum banner, a vellum star and a matching sentiment (Danipeuss Klartext + Papierprojekt).

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The vellum items were set in place using the Tiny Attacher – I find it always lends a cool/masculine touch to any project.

My grandpa loved his card and my grandma had to convince him that this was actually handmade by me, he couldn’t believe it 😀 (Honestly, that makes me wonder where he thought the cards came from all these years – I’ve been making them for exactly 10 years now and I guess he must have thought I buy them or whatever 😀 )

Ah, grandparents. They’re just cute sometimes, right?
(Which immediately reminds me of Iliza and her Netflix special “Confirmed Kills”, I quote: ” ‘Oh my god, you guys, my pip-pop is so cute. Sometimes at Christmas, when pip-pop falls asleep, we like to decorate him with Christmas bows. Isn’t that funny? Silly pip-pop!’ – Pip-pop’s got 53 confirmed kills!!” Anyway, I digress – but go and watch that Netflix Special, so worth it!)

Alright, that’s it from me for today, hope you liked it and see you soon!
Nina

Wake up! It’s your day!!

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Hey there 🙂

Just checkin’ in to show you my latest creation – again a masculine birthday card (I know!!) and again making a dent in the huge amount of border strips and scraps I have lying around:

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I’m making good use of my beloved Savvy Stamps “It’s your day” wood-mounted stamp, and this time it came in super handy since I picked an alarm clock ephemera piece which I believe is from one of Shimelle’s first collections.

I took a pencil to wrap a bit of thin wire around it, just 3 coils, and then used two foam adhesive squares to attach the wire to the clock and to the card. So you can give the clock a tiny bit of a push with your finger and it wobbles! How fun is that?!! 😀

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The ink is Versafine Onyx Black, just stamped off a few times to really get the “alarm clock going off”-feel across.

The “Jippie!” stamp is from catsonappletrees and the border strips are a wild mix from my stash – Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye, American Crafts etc.
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Hope you like what you see – feel free to leave a comment if you did 🙂

Today I’ll be off to seeing “Ocean’s 8” in the cinema – honestly, I’d say the weather rather calls for swimming in a lake, but I’ve promised my friends to go to the movies with them, so… ah well.

Have a great Sunday, y’all!