Make a wish

Hey there!

Just a quick hello from the balcony :)
Do you know that feeling – every time you count, you have one more mosquito bite?
Yeah, that’s me right now. But anyway, the weather is glorious and all that additional vitamin D makes me positively giddy.

Some of my favourite people have their birthday at this time of year as well and thanks to a new phone I managed to take a picture of two cards I made for such occasions.

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Both cards were made with the stamp set by Studio Calico featuring Kal Barteski’s ubercool brush script handwriting :)
On the first one, you can see my new Dymo machine (comment from my boyfriend: “What? That old thing? I have one in the basement somewhere! I thought you wanted one of those new label makers!”) and also some gold chipboard arrows (Crate Paper). The ink is Avery Elle Pigment ink in raspberry (lovely colour and great coverage).

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The second one features a chipboard party hat (Crate Paper) and the lime ink is Citrus by Adirondack. It is a dye ink though, so I had to ink up those clear stamps with clear Versamark first and with dye ink then, so that it doesn’t bead up.

Anyhow, gotta go and prep some classes for tomorrow.
Have a great week!
Nina

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And I learned and I learned till my lesson was learned

So, I haven’t been here in a while, I thought it was high time for an update :)
The last months have been full of work and I truly hadn’t touched any scissors or glue in… well, too long.

Since some friends and family members had their birthdays in March, I made a handful of cards, but obviously didn’t take a picture before sending them off.

Anyway, here’s a card I made just now that, to me, screams “spring” and has “hello” written stamped all over it.

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The stamp set is from Wplus9, the ink is citrus by Adirondack and the butterflies are a Kesi’Art die.

And here’s another little number I made using die-cut scraps (die cut by Maggie Holmes), a bit of silver glitter tape (it’s cool but it’s hardly a replacement for the now-unavailable AC glitter tape, I find) and my sewing machine. The sentiment is computer generated.

IMG_1020-002As for me, I’ve just finished my second semester(s) teaching Business English at college level and this time around I had to create a final 120-minute exam for two classes. That was no easy feat and I’ve been working on correcting those 50 exams for about two weeks now (while still teaching and translating stuff and not interpreting nearly as much as I would like).

I’ve found time at the beginning of the year to finish ten more pages for my neglected December Daily 2013 – I am now at Dec 24 and I’m pretty damn proud of that. You see, I’m easily satisfied ;)

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No really, I’m happy if I get any crafting done at all, so I try not to put any unnecessary pressure on myself in that department.

In unrelated news, I’m escaping to Crete before my 29th birthday rolls around (gasp) and I’m enjoying all the sunshine we’re getting here and all those lovely bursts of colour that are popping up everywhere in the form of sweet spring flowers (on our balcony, too). The bees and bumblebees have returned and the birds and squirrels are busy as ever, which is quite fun to watch.

One more thing about my life recently – I’ve been working on a more sustainable lifestyle and it’s been a long time coming. Among other efforts, I started with food in summer 2013 by moving from a “complete omnivore” diet to a vegetarian-except-for-one-meal-per-week regime and after two vegan cooking classes, some cool recipes and vegan cookbooks, I am now aiming at mostly vegan cooking in an attempt to balance out the impact of my once-a-week rule. I have started to get more informed on the topic of clothing as well in an effort to make better choices now and in the future. (Apart from mending, recycling and using what you have, there’s armedangels.de – a really cool site for fair and organic clothes that look fresh and trendy). There are many more areas to tackle, e.g. cosmetics and palm oil. I’m on it and as corny as it sounds, I’m hoping to make the world a better place (or at least a less terrible one).

Here’s a cool song I discovered yesterday thanks to a friend from Blogland (and her blog actually made me write a post today since I’m on her blogroll and that showed me that I hadn’t posted in 2 months):

Ewert And The Two Dragons – Pictures on MUZU.TV.
(Somehow can’t get the player to embed into this post, so here’s the link instead.)

Anyway, that’s what’s going on in my neck of the woods; hope you’re enjoying a beautiful Sunday wherever you are!
Nina

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Winter Wonderland

I’m sitting here, somewhere near Zurich, watching the snow falling in big, fluffy flakes, listening to Mom practising piano and enjoying the calmness of those days after Christmas.

I wanted to show you some of the 52 cards I made this Christmas – they’re all different, yet most of them have a coherent theme going on. So here are some, in no particular order:

So these are just a fraction of the total (and they were photographed in pretty bad lighting, sorry). The stag silhouette die is by Maggie Holmes for Crate, the stamps are The Girls Paperie, Kelly Purkey, Wplus9 and Hero Arts. The ribbon is Stampin’ Up and the splatters are Mr. Hueys, except for the gold which is by Tattered Angels. Many of the cards have silver or gold accents, e.g. the splatters or silver thread, glitter or glitter washi etc.

How many cards did you make this season?

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Happy Snowdays to all of you!

When he came to the first little house on the square…

Hello there,

look, I got an award:
6a00d834528b4769e201bb07ab640c970d-800wiHaven’t visited this place here in more than two months.
Lots of work and many cool things happened in the meantime.
I teach English at college level now and some pretty amazing opportunities to interpret presented themselves. Among them this one here, which was undoubtedly my highlight:

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Five days in south Tyrol, the most beautiful weather, a jaw-dropping scenery and living legends to interpret with brilliant colleagues in perfect working conditions.

Anyway, I have finally started the Christmas card production for this year and here’s number one:

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And look, some cookies we made this weekend:

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Hope you’re having a particularly nice time leading up to Christmas!
Nina

P.S. No December Daily for me this year – I still need to finish the two from last year and 2012! :D

Getting to Know Me – Blog Hop

Hey there!

My friend Dana has tagged me for the fun “Getting to Know Me” blog hop – thanks for the kind words, sweetie! :)
Having just spent the weekend at her place, chatting away, soaking up the sun and crafting/shopping/meeting other fellow paperlovers, I feel once again revived and enabled.

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[from left to right: Sandra, Alex, Paige, Dana, me]
[Photo snuck from Paige Evans’ Instagram]

Okay, so here goes:
Five questions about my crafting process and style and at the end I’ll get to nominate two talented ladies as well.

1. What creative projects are you currently working on?

Ha, I really hope you don’t mean “are still unfinished” by that – as Calvin (&Hobbes) once so cleverly said: “I  was put on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.” – my DecemberDaily 2013 is at page 11 is all I’m sayin’ ^^
Anyhow, I’m currently working on an album about my Mom’s 50th birthday – she’s got her 51st coming up and there’s still a lot to do! I have also received the photos for my Handbook about our holiday to France this August, so I’m itching to get going with that one, too.

2. What inspires your designs?

For cards, it’s mostly the receiver who inspires me – for instance: my grandma loves florals; my brother loves the outdoors and anything technical, but hates buttons (I’m not kidding, he doesn’t like to have buttons on his cards! :D), so when I’m creating a card for them I look for things in my stash that would fit the bill or I look around on Pinterest for a card that speaks to me.

I love blogs and try to keep up with what’s going on in the papercrafting world. I also love browsing the Studio Calico gallery whenever I need some eye candy or something that sparks my creativity and makes my fingers want to grab my supplies and Make. Something. Now! :)

3. What method / process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?

Phew, good question. I guess most projects take waaay longer than I am willing to admit to myself. There really is no method behind what I’m doing, I mostly rely on my inspiration and/or gut feeling for that.

4. If you had to describe your ‘signature’ style, what would it be? 

Playful? Pretty? Cool? At least that’s what I’m aiming for.
“With a girly twist” is how Dana described it, I think :)
I love to try new things (this goes for cooking and baking as well as for papercrafting!) and so I will always look for new ideas and techniques and looks that I can incorporate into my crafts.
Here are two recent projects I made:

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5. What three crafting tools/products can you not live without?

Does my entire craft room with all of its contents count? :D
Okay, just kidding.
I love patterned paper – I rarely place any new order without adding some to my cart (I have built quite the collection over the last 6 years).
Mr. Hueys is another must-have. And item three… I’m torn between washi tape and my guillotine paper trimmer… okay, fine, the paper trimmer it is!
To tell you the truth, some years ago I dreamt that the house stood in flames – I remember that in my dream, I took my dog, put on my shoes and before leaving my flat was contemplating whether I should take my guillotine paper trimmer with me ^^ So clearly even my subconscience is convinced that this was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made :)

Okay and now onto the ladies I nominate:

Michelle de Leon – She is such an amazing artist! Her work is magic. I swoon over every single layout, PL spread and mini album she makes. I know she’s a busy, busy girl, but I’d love her to pick up the baton and tell us a bit about her papercrafting process.

Sandra – Her writing is witty (German only, sorry), her layouts are fabulous and even though I’ve never met her so far, she has been on my blogroll ever since I discovered her blog way back in 2009. She also sometimes posts super genius organization ideas for the scraproom (my clear stamps are organized the way she showed, works like a charm!)

I’m curious to see what they’ll tell us about their crafting (if they accept, it’ll be live on October 6th on their individual blogs) :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have a lovely week!

Nina

Slight delay

Hey everyone,
Just a quick heads up to tell you that the Getting to Know Me blog post will go up tomorrow instead of today. I’d love to tell you it’s because of some technical glitch, but unfortunately the truth is that we’ve had a bereavement in the family yesterday and that’s the reason why.
But I promise to finish and post it tomorrow.

Xoxo
Nina

Just two quick cards

Hey there,
it’s Friday night and I can’t think of a creative title.
So instead, here are two little birthday cards I made:

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This one was made using watercolor paper and some BG Highline paper plus some sequins and two stamps. Technique is the same as here.

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And this one here really needs no explanation, it’s pretty straightforward and I can’t remember the name of the paper line right now :)

In other news, I’m a college teacher now as well and my schedule this fall/winter is packed so tightly I’m afraid I won’t really have time to do anything else but workworkwork.
Luckily, at the end of August we had a lovely week in the south of France to get our minds off of things and got to enjoy the incredible sea air, local food and wine at the beach:

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Oh how I miss that soft, warm Mediterranean sand. I’m ordering the photos just now so that mayyybe I’ll manage to put them into a Handbook sometime soon. I’ll let you know how if that one worked out (my December Daily from last year is still on day 11, I believe… don’t ask).

Have a great weekend!
Nina

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