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! 😀

There’s beauty in tomorrow

Hey there 🙂

Just went to the Rifles concert in Mannheim yesterday and I have to say: They’re the coolest.
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(The photo seems kinda blurry when minimized, so if you click on it, you can see much better.)

It was a lot of fun and the crowd was enthusiastic. I managed to get some nice shots and at the end one of the roadies gave me a set list! With duct tape and all! Yay!
So now I know what to stick onto the background of that layout-to-be 😉

If you’ve never heard of The Rifles, I highly recommend listening to some of their song on Youtube, some of my faves are Local Boy and Winter calls:

Oh and the title of this post is also taken from their lyrics to “You win some” (from their new album “None the Wiser”).

Anyhow, you probably came here looking for some papercrafts, so look! A card I made some days ago! (totally and shamelessly stolen from Julie Ebersole’s magnificent creation)

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I played around with my watercolours (water-based dye inks, watercolour pencils, gelatos, peerless transparent watercolour papers) and here’s a close-up of that super cute little birdie:

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It was created using PTI Enchanted Evening Ink on watercolour paper, the Hero Arts Birdie stamp and a brush with water-tank. I’m not too happy with the placement of the sentiment, but oh well. I’m sure the recipient won’t notice 😉

And this is my desk and just a tiny part of the mess I make when I pull out paint and paper 🙂

IMG_2502-001Yeah, so I hope you like and see you soon!
Nina

 

P.S. I just found out that this is by no means the first time I’ve used a Rifles lyric as a title: Jimmy was a local boy (post after my last Rifles concert in 2009), Join a local gang and get a cool nickname (Dec 2009), And I don’t see and don’t believe (Dec 2009 as well). Seems I’m a repeat offender ;D

Hello everyone, how’s your weather? We’ve had snow last weekend (as Dana has pointed out as well), although only above 400m – which is a shame, really, ‘cos I love snow. Anyhow, back to the old rain/grey/cold weather, but hopefully with some nice and sunny ones thrown in! While dinner is cooking, I’m gonna show you some cards I made recently:

Why, of course I jumped onto the gold/glitter/feathers bandwagon, what did you think?! 🙂

For this classic wedding card, it was old and new and nothing blue, for the birdy stamp is from Basic Grey’s Urban Prairie Collection (remember that one?) and I think it’s just perfect, embossed in black glitter Zing!

The following, in no particular order, are some projects from this year that I hadn’t taken pictures of (so far) – yes, I still have them, that means they’re actually for nobody but for myself to keep! I’m fearless, people, I try new stuff even if it’s scary 😉

That’s a mini album (using the MakeSomethingSplendid Tutorial [I had purchased the full kit, but I didn’t take pictures of the one that I created with it]) which has all the photos and stuff from our trip to Munich last year.

That little number (oh Boy!) is just a tiny, stapled book to hold all the business cards I receive these days.

The idea came from the cute daybook Amy Tan(gerine) was carrying around. She just washi’d the memory tags and photos down, which I thought was genius, since if you only washi tape one edge, you can still lift up the tag to read what’s on the backside.

This layout and the following two are shameless CASEs from those beautiful layouts by Rahel Menig. They’re 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, quite an approachable size for a cardmaker 🙂

A more christmassy one. (In case you’re wondering, that’s sunlight on top of the page, not warped paper. Oh yeah we get sunlight. Sometimes.)

Yes, it is 🙂

And that’s a really simple card, more than just loosely inspired by this lovely creation from Kimberly Crawford.

Sooo, we’re coming to the end of the little show & tell and so here it is, last but not least, the pièce de résistance (after which I could indeed not resist anymore and had to start scrapbooking on 12×12 – like real scrapbookers do!! *gasp*):

It`s me! Holding up a 12×12 layout that I did all. by. my. self.
Except that it was a class taught by no other than the wonderful Amy Tan herself.
Aaaand she took an instagram picture of me! With my layout! And posted it onto her Instagram page! And *the* Céline Navarro commented on it! Telling Amy that she “knows that girl”! Eeeek. *nerd out*

Ahem. Yeah. Where was I? Oh right, that was all – for now. 🙂
See ya, ladies!!

Fire over the horizon

Hey guys! I know it’s been some time since my last post! Sorry 🙂 I’ve got some stuff to show ya! First off, I wanted to show you a card I created, but I can’t find the file right now… Anyhow, the card matches this frame (it was the first time I made one, so I used these ones here from Alex Rath as a guide):

I had to take a night shift to finish it off, but that was totally worth it – the recipient liked it a lot.

So last weekend, we went to a lovely concert with this band:

And they were kinda surprised when the crowd turned their backs on them…

(It was their last concert in Germany, so the Crew had given out a written note to everyone of us, to do what you see on the photo as soon as the band would ask us to sing along.) We had a great time – the songs are much more powerful IRL and Valeskas enthusiasm on stage is just adorable. Also: she looks like a fairy.

Thanks to Wiebke, I managed to snag their autographs onto my new CD:


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 really want to make a mini album about this weekend (even though I still have New Zealand, Munich and Fischermühle waiting in line… argh). Thanks Dana, for the drive and thanks to Marco & Wiebke for everything! 🙂

See ya!

P.S. The title stems from Sara Bareilles’ song “Carolina”.

25 Random Things and the one and only KALK!

Apparently there’s some kind of virus going around in the world of Facebook called “25 Random Things About Me” and even though I haven’t been tagged so far, Amber said we could consider ourselves tagged. So I started to think that, well I wouldn’t know what to write about myself (apart from the stuff you already know). But once the first fact popped into my head I started to write down more and more until I had 28, hee. The worst three were deleted so now you’re left with 25 that might be just as bad ;D So consider yourself warned, lenghty random post ahead!

1. I never broke any bone except for my nose when I was in the 4th grade.

2. I am really bad at caring for plants. I have trouble watering my little ivy plant regularly. Luckily I’m not a medicine student, cos you know the saying: Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died 😉

3. I can’t stop buying cushions. (I know I’ve mentioned that before but I think it’s weird enough to be mentioned twice)

4. I love Craig Ferguson and would marry him on the spot. He wouldn’t want to though 😉 Going to his show and seeing him live is on my bucket list.

5. I used to have gerbils when I was younger but some of them died soon after I got them, so my brother used to call me “pet pathologist”.

6. I can be really grumpy when tired – no more humor competence and/or joke tolerance.

7. When I was 13 my family wanted to emigrate to New Zealand. Ever since I’ve been intrigued with these islands and their culture.

8. Thanks to lactose intolerance (which I’ve developed recently) I can’t have IKEA Hot dogs. Damn it.

9. My first proper word was the name of my crèche teacher. I still remember her dark curly hair and the neon yellow cardigan she wore.

10. I love Phil Collins & Genesis (no, I’m not 46, I’m only 22) and I saw them in Stuttgart in 2006, the coolest concert I’ve ever been to.

11. I can’t catch. Or throw.

12. I have to be very cautious about worship, otherwise my flat will look like an Audrey Hepburn shrine in no time.

13. I had a car accident when I was 17 and have had back ache ever since. I just recently had another one – obviously I’m not lucky when it comes to white transporters.

14. I once dated a guy 13 years older than me.

15. I grew up in the former GDR, in a very beautiful city called Jena. And yes, we have electricity there.

16. When I had just started to speak I used to point to the wood panels we had on the kitchen wall and say “midap”. My parents were puzzled but finally my father found out that this was my word for “cat” when he discovered that the knotholes really looked like a kitty.

17. I have pretty good salesmanship skills.

18. I have a major crush on Keith Murray from We Are Scientists. I still wish I would have waited at the back door after the concert… to get a photo or an autograph or his (room??) number 😉 Yeah I know, I’m bad.

19. Ever since I was 13 I wanted to become an interpreter. Apparently I will 🙂

20. I had glasses when I was in elementary school. Today I can see stuff that is really far away, I have 20/20 vision.

21. I almost always use quotes from songs as titles for my posts or categories. I hope one day it’ll be recognized 😀

22. I’m afraid of most insects and height (I once was to a high ropes course and cried when I was back down on the ground, that was just too much for me).

23. I hate horror movies. Make me watch one and I’ll slap you.

24. I “web-stalk” people from blogland that I would love to meet one day. (Hi Amber & Terry *wave*) Yeah I’m a nerd.

25. My best friend once called me “Miss Thighs” when I was like 18. I’m still holding onto that ;D

Whew, what a bunch of stuff you never wanted to know. Anyways, now onto today’s picture. If you’re not from Germany and don’t speak German you’ll probably not know him. He’s a comedian and media critic, he’s hilarious and my friends and I went to see his show Wednesday last week. Without further ado, the incredibleeeeee Oliver Kalkofe:

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He was soo nice and signed everything and took pictures with everyone. He’s just the coolest guy. I gave him a card I made (with the crazy dog from Inkadinkado since I knew he likes dogs).
And no, it’s not necessary to tell me that I look somewhat tired around the eyes and my face is shiny. I don’t know how to use Photoshop, so sue me.
Anyway, we had lots of fun and if you don’t know him or his TV show “Kalkofes Mattscheibe”, make sure to watch some episodes on Youtube, you’ll laugh your ass off. Well, if you know any German, that is. In case you’re wondering about the snippets (mostly at the beginning): yep, that’s stuff that is really airing on German television, it’s literally calling for satire, isn’t it.

I’m tired from a long working day and hanging pictures, my paintings and bookshelves on the walls. Next time I’ll show you some more cards. Have a great weekend!