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! 😀

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? 😀
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

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

That was the old me

Hey friends!
How’s it?
Just a quick note about random things this time.


First off, as promised, the nail polish from Kiko (hi Tina!) – I bought a charcoal coloured one (looks almost black on the nails [two layers – one is too thin]) and, of course, an emerald green one (such a trendy colour atm [something that Dana pointed out to me], had to have it) – I’m lucky I already own an emerald green cardi, now all I have to do is pair that with every possible item from my wardrobe – autumn here I come 😉

I really want to get scrappin’ again, yet there are a million things on my table right now that need attention (yet aren’t that enjoyable), so I’m pretty lucky I got some cards done at least.

Gonna show you photos of those next time, here’s a photo of cross boule equipment instead:

(oh and there’s said cardigan, haha that was coincidence)

Have a nice weekend!

P.S. Wow, I am so much quicker writing a post with a glass of wine next of me – now why is that, I may ask? (Amber, you with me here?) ;))
PPS. The title is from a current favourite, One Republic – Feel Again (nope, didn’t see that one coming)

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”.

The Power of Love

… is what I hope will guide my boyfriend safely through his surgery. Two very experienced chiefs of medicine and their competent team will do just as well. Anyhow, I’m sitting here, waiting for a call. It’s what I’ve been doing for the last um several hours. Let’s hope for the best.

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On another note, it’s my best friend’s birthday today and so I’m going to share two of the birthday cards I’ve crafted recently using my brand-spankin’ new sewing machine. Enjoy!

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BildThe title, as usual, is a great song by Huey Lewis & the News, (as heard in “Back to Future”).

See ya and please keep your fingers crossed for Nico.
Thank you.

ETA: I just got the call I was waiting for – the surgery went well and he is doing okay 🙂 So relieved. Thanks to everyone who sent thoughts and prayers. Xoxo