Party Animal Birthday Card

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Hello, hello 🙂

Today I am back with something I made to grow my always depleted birthday-card stash.
I find it tricky to create masculine cards, since I have to steer clear of bows, pink, glitter, butterflies and all the other things that make life a little more sparkly 😉

Fortunately, birthday cards are always fun, so here is one more of the “Use your border cuts and snippets” series – this time using the “Party Animal” stamp set by Avery Elle with some American Crafts Turquoise Pigment ink stamped in a Die-Namics double stitched circle:

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This also uses a cute wooden “Jippie!” (=”hooray!”) stamp by the German company catsonappletrees stamped in Versafine Black Onyx ink, some Mr. Hueys for the paint splatters and the paper strips on the bottom are Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye, Cosmo Cricket and Studio Calico, if I remember correctly 🙂

One little thing I did was to curve the otherwise straight sentiment strips to fit around the circle perfectly. You can do that once you’ve placed the strip on your acrylic block and then use the die-cut circle as your template. A tip here would be to stamp the sentiment before you pop the circle up on foam, just to make your life easier.

Anyhoo, that would be all from me now, I hope you’ve had a splendid week (mine was… well there were ups and downs, let’s put it that way. Imagine being pushed into a pool of… manure… through no fault of your own other than standing too close to said pool without even realizing and now it is your daily task [on top of all other tasks] to use that teaspoon you have been given to dig your way out of that mess. Yeah. My mantra is: One day at a time, one step at a time.) and that this long parenthesis of tmi in the middle of what was just going to be a wave goodbye if at all made you count your blessings 😉

Have a great new week and see you soon! *wave*
Nina

 

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But wait, there’s more!

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Hey there 🙂

I got the luxury of a day off this week (which for me just meant a day without appointments, not a day without paperwork, emails and such 😉 ), so I thought I’d stop by and show you another creation with the name of an extremely cute newborn.

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This time, it’s for a baby boy (or rather – his parents) and I made good use of my Papertrey Ink alphabet dies, arranging them around a curved shape and layering some cute patterned paper behind the cutouts.

Beauty_v50z_Fotor.jpgAgain, a great way to use your little border cuts and snippets and make them into something beautiful 🙂 (Behind the “M”, there’s the word “Liebe” which means love, just a little extra detail ❤ ) The finishing touches are a stitched line in a powdery mint green and some wooden stars. What do you think?

And while we’re on the subject of personalized cards – a good friend had a birthday this Monday and I thought since she is quite the globetrotter, why not use my Tim Holtz’ Air Travel stamps for her birthday card?

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Absolutely essential for stamping on watercolor paper: The Misti.
Add four different sheets of the Peerless Watercolors and an Aquabrush to the process and you’re good to go!

The stitched border is elegant and gives everything a handmade feel at the same time. I remembered to layer my punched hearts and added a banner with her name to make the card even more personal.
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I think it turned out pretty cool, and given that she’s a cool lady I’d say: It’s a match! 😉

That’s all for me this week, hope you’re having a good weekend wherever you are!
Nina

P.S. Just for my personal record: This has been one of the shittiest weeks in my life so far, but I am determined to not let these events get me down. I will fight and continue to be grateful for all that I have and for those who are supporting me. Love wins.

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Hey there, just a quick hello to show you a few pics from my eight days in NYC (pre-Christmas) – just a few favourites:

Click on the pictures to a) see them in full and b) also get a little description of what you’re seeing there.

My conclusion?
I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. Just give me like at least another year to earn enough money for that, though ^^
My hosts (booked through AirBnb) were so sweet and this was truly a long-held dream that came true.

I hope your 2016 will also be one of dreams coming true for you.
Be kind to one another and our planet.

Love, Nina

Two? Make that three, which is not nearly as pathetic.

So I just got that annual year-in-review mail from WordPress – looks like I’ve blogged twice this year. Ouch.
Now I’m increasing that number by one post, which makes, you must admit, a major difference ^^

Anyhow, here’s what I’ve been up to last week:

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That’s right, ice skating at Bryant Park in the city that never sleeps.
A visit to the US has been number one on my bucket list for longer than you may think and I am very, very glad I finally did it.
It was simply magical.

On that note, I wish everyone (anyone?) reading this merry days and a great start into what I hope will be an amazing year for all of us.

Best,
Nina

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

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