My precious

Today there is some serious eye candy I have to show you!
But first of all I wanted to thank you for all of the sweet comments about my new haircut – thanks girls, you really made me smile big-time!!

This week my postman brings quite lovely stuff – first those divine ATCs from our swap and then today my new earrings and bracelet (fresh from the States). I bought them on Etsy from GlitzGlitter – super nice and thoughtful (she even asked me the size of my wrist to adjust the bracelet without any extra fees). The jewellery had a great packaging – safe AND pretty!

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Bountiful Harvest Bracelet

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Eclipse Oxidized Black Pearl Earrings

I didn’t take those pictures, they’re both from the store.
I’m in love with my new jewellery and will wear it a lot! Thanks for everything (and also for the super fast shipping), CeeBee!
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As I can’t seem to make short posts, here’s a small list of tutorials I recently found and adore.
Such clever people!

Fancy Christmas Wreath (seems like a lot of work, but soo pretty)
Handcut Title for Layouts (uuh gotta try this)
Easy Folded Gift Boxes (I think this is what most of my Xmas presents will come in)
Spring Ruffle Top (I wish I could sew like that. Want.)
Scrap Flower (are these fun or what?!)
Crochet Flower (this week a friend showed me how to make them, heehee)

Hope you find something you like!
Now to finish, meet today’s card & have a nice evening!

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Kraft CS from PTI, Rubons by Cosmo Cricket

ETA: The bracelet was found via Moxie Fab World, thank you so much, Cath!

Broken

This weekend my mom was here and on Saturday evening we wanted to watch a DVD. Precisely 10 minutes later my laptop died. Rest In Peace, poor little TravelMate.

This week I will send him to the repair unit and maybe he he’ll come back to me with a new hard drive and new will to live. But maybe he doesn’t – in which case, things are going to be even more expensive.

So I can’t show you any card at the moment, instead I’ll show you a skirt I love.

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And some underpants 🙂

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Both items are from a Portland based designer that I sincerely love.
And they love you back 😉

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If you click on the logo you’ll get to their store, but they also have a stylish blog. At the moment there’s a giveaway but I wanted to tell you about them anyway, so this is the perfect opportunity.

Enjoy and hopefully I’ll see you soon.

Today, I am happy

Hey peeps!

Yet another post, because I want you to leave a comment – not at this blog-o (although that would be nice as well) but over at Cosmo Cricket.

They are donating a dollar to the food bank for every comment to this post.
Their goal is to donate $ 1000 – at the moment they are at slightly over 500 comments, so COME ON!! LET’S DO IT!

Helping to feed poor children & other people who are not as lucky as we are is just a click away!
Thank you!

Cosmo-Blinkie

P.S. I chose this title because today is the first day of the holidays! Woot woot! What a great day to do something for a good cause, dontchya think?


UPDATE: We’re at 726 comments, getting closer and closer! C’mon ladies!!

You’ve been with me a year to the day

Having a sore throat is a pretty good excuse to have maple walnuts ice cream, isn’t it? 🙂

Otherwise I’m doing good, looking forward to our mini-vacation at the end of the week for mom’s birthday. I’m still working on her gift, a mini envelope book for photos, so stay tuned for pictures!
Currently I’m building my schedule for the semester to come and also, I just booked evening classes, one for muscle relaxation and one for learning how to sew (yay!!!) and I’m really looking forward to that.

Do you know what day we have?
Um yes, today is World Translation Day, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about.

It’s Bucks anniversary!!! One year ago today we picked up the little fluffball (okay maybe rather big ball o’ fur… it’s totally unfair that he leaves hair everywhere and doesn’t have to clean it up – he should be vacuum cleaning the flat, not me!!). He brings happiness and hair joy to our lives. I am so grateful for having a friend like him and I can’t imagine my life without his wet little nose nudging my hand anymore. I’m sure those of you who have dogs as well can relate to those feelings.

I feel I’ll have to make a scrapbook page for this memorable date. (Actually I could make a whole book with all the cute pics I already got… well step by step!)

He looks really blurry on this smaller version, if you click on the picture you’ll see the photo without the blur.

Today as we were preparing lunch (oven-roasted fish with a variety of vegetables) I was reminded of sharing this great link with you:

I am sure there is an English equivalent somewhere out there in the world wide web, but for the benefit of those of you who happen to understand German, this site gives you the inspiration you need for cooking and baking delicious food. The huge variety of recipes (at the moment there are almost 113 thousand of them) is a big bonus AND – now comes the best part – the recipes are evaluated with up to 5 stars by the community members, depending on how much they liked the dish that was prepared on the basis of the recipe shown. So for example, if you have chicken left and coconut milk, you just type both terms into the search box and you get all the results, then you sort them by rating and soon you’ll know which ingredients, how much time and what you need to do for a delicious meal!

Every year, for example, I choose a different cake to make for Renés Birthday and so far I have done good with using Chefkoch.de.

Every year, for example, I choose a different cake to make for Renés Birthday and so far I have done good with using Chefkoch.de.


Here are some of my favourite recipes I found thanks to this page: the yummy CINNAMON ROLL CAKE, the so-called Yogurt Bomb(e) or the very delicious Salmon-Spinach Lasagna. And by the way: the access to the recipes is free! Enjoy!

Now to some cards I made recently:

This is a tri-fold card on the basis of Ruth Hinds’ Birthday Card. I wanted a special card for Renés 25th and as the original card was already in masculine colours, it wasn’t hard for me to imagine my version of it. René said he really likes it, so: Thanks, Ruth!

For the outside I used the Squiggle Circle Border from Stampendous with Baby Blue Versacolor Pigment Ink, my 1 1/4″ circle punch and Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon with a staple.

For the second side I stamped Hero Arts “Graphic Dots” – again in Baby Blue ink – all over the paper and punched another 1 1/4″ circle.

When doing the final layer I realized that I don’t own a single birthday stamp 😀
So I improvised, cutting out a template in order to imitate the cake from the “eat cake” SU set. I think it worked pretty well. On the right you can see the scallop circle I punched out as well as some Certainly Celery DSP and the circle from the Priceless set mounted on dimensionals. All of the words in this card are handwritten (I tried not to let my real handwriting shine through ;D).

The following picture isn’t nearly as nice as the card would deserve it, but I needed to take a pic to show it to you immediately!

Now before you say anything, I know that the sentiment is crooked. I still like it though. These adorable lantern stamps are from Inkadinkado and were not exactly a bargain, but totally worth it! I was inspired by this cushion (which sits on my bed, oh I love it so much!) by Impressionen Versand

I really have a “thing” for cushions. I don’t know why I am so attracted to them, I just can’t stop buying cushions – strange, huh?! If my boyfriend knew how much I already spent on cushions, he’d call me nuts. Seriously. But you know, that would come from a guy who spent a total 2.300 € on two bikes… Heehee!
Back to the card: I stamped my own patterned paper and adhered it to the back of the layer where I cut out some sections of the lanterns. Then I used some Old Olive Twill Ribbon and paper ribbon from Ikea for additional interest. Next time I will try to stamp the lanterns directly onto DSP, I’m excited to see how that will work – I’ll let you know!

Before I end and hop blogs until I can’t hold my eyes open anymore go to bed, I have to show you some more of my favourite blogs about paper crafting:

If you’re familiar with Papertrey, I am sure you’ll recognize this incredible woman. It’s

HEATHER NICHOLS

and her creations make me speechless, really! I visit her blog at least three times a day *grin* Take a look at her work – much better than me trying to explain how awesome she is!

This pretty face belongs to another amazing paper crafter:

DAWN McVEY.

She is a part of the Papertrey Design Team as well and if you’ve seen her work, you’ll know why! Many of her cards are so adorable they make me want to sit down and recreate something similar immediately, she is so inspiring!

Anyway, that was all for today, I hope you’re having a great week!

Random stuff

So here are just some things I wanted to fit in an entry but have not a lot to do with each other, so it would’ve been difficult to connect them.


[1] Saturday we went shopping (yay!) for some clothes for René and I didn’t buy anything (ha!) but at the very end I ventured into a beauty store and bought my FIRST EVER BENEFIT Make Up.
Yes, you read that correctly. Until only 3 days ago I used to be a BENEFIT VIRGIN. There you have it.
I’ve always wanted to try out their products since I read quite a lot of good things about them over at Hey Dollface, but of course they’re not for a student’s budget. So anyway, I didn’t really know what to buy so I chose the “realness of concealness” kit. That way I get to try several products at once, which is great if you’re not sure if and how well they work on you.

[2] Now what I wanted to share with you as well is a link to the blog of a friend, it’s FILMABEND by Thorsten and is only for those of you who understand German – sorry! He used to write movie reviews, so on his blog you’ll find exactly that plus some personal stuff etc. What I’ve read so far was exactly what I thought of the movies as well and I am really impressed with his observation skills. So go and check out his site! 🙂

[3] Over to some of the cards I made recently:

This is the “Crazy Dog” by Inkadinkado and the sentiment is the “Posie greetings” from Stampendous. The River Rock DSP and the River Rock double stitched ribbon are complimented by a Bo Bunny Brad (Chocolate collection). The combination of the brad and the ribbon was inspired by a card that I can’t seem to find now. If it was your card, please stand up (if you’re slim shady, you may keep your seat).p>


There we got a card clearly inspired by the Stampin’ Up Celebrate Notecard which I loved the second I laid eyes on it. Clean and fresh – just how I like it. Ingredients include the Priceless Flower Stamp (SU) and dotted ribbon from Making Memories.


What I got inspired from to make this card were the window cards by Joanna Wassens – she does some great stuff, make sure to check her blog! To create this, I used the “Paper Salon Tailored Tins Smitten Alphabet” – the sentiment is stamped in Certainly Celery on special cardstock with shimmering fibers inside, that’s where the shadows come from (the “asterisk” is actually the tiny flower from the SU Priceless Set). What you see through the circular windows is a very wide dotted chocolate coloured ribbon, so if you opened the card you’d see the whole strip of ribbon.


Now here’s a card I needed to make, the original is just soooooo cute! And it’s so incredibly easy to make!!! I wrote the sentiment with a white gel pen on the arrow I “eyeballed”. The ribbon is from “Spice it up”, everything else is from my local craft store.

So that is all from the card front for today, hope you enjoyed it!

[4] Here’s a bit of information for you, if – like me – you’re located in Germany and searching for scrapbooking/ rubberstamping/ cardmaking supplies:
In order to help you, I’ll tell you where I bought my stuff so far:

The first (big!) order I got from the USA was from Krafty At Krafts and I can totally recommend it. They have lots of different brands in stock, amongst them some my favourites like Stampendous, American Crafts, Inkadinkado…

A second order (bigger!) I got just recently from Addicted To Rubberstamps . The quality of the products is impeccable, unfortunately they declared the stuff just as they were so I had to go to the customs office and “buy” my package from them (they charge the tax rate depending the kind of products), but still it was very nice to work with them and they shipped sooo fast!

Of course I also ordered stuff on eBay (especially Stamin’ Up!) and I can recommend it, although ordering from many different American & Australian retailers is not a bargain if you’re thinking of all the additional shipping costs. Yet still you just don’t get all the great stuff here, so eBay has become a good friend of mine ever since I started to stamp.

Soon (not this month though – I decided to go on a shopping diet – so no crafting supplies until October!) I’m going to place an order at Papertrey Ink. Their stuff is too cute to be true! I love their style and I’m looking forward to the new releases for winter.

Another online store that is going to get a big order is Two Peas in a Bucket. At the moment they have quite a large SALE section, where everyone can find reduced items to his or her her taste.

Where do you shop for crafting supplies? I’d be happy about some more tips!

So, thanks for stopping by, I’m off to buy a new printer cartridge (for the cute Nancy Kubo designs!). See yas!

Blog-hopping deluxe

I’m a girl that’s not so easy to please (that sentence will get me a nod from René ;)). I’m very picky when it comes to layouts, cards and all that stuff. Well, everyone of us has their own style and likes/dislikes.

Now I’m going to recommend some of the blogs I read frequently at the moment:

First of all:

This is my favourite blog, written by the same incredibly talented woman who is the author of The Fashion Police.net. She lives in Scotland (very rainy) with her husband (very funny) and her dog (very scary ;)).
I love her stories and the hilarious stuff – she writes oh so well! (I have to admit, I sent her a handmade Christmas Card last year just because I love her stuff so much… Does that make me a geek?)


A great blog for my new hobby is

She’s only 4 years older than me and I admire her! She designs for several companies and her work is really inspiring. Her blog is a constant source of eye candy and her handwriting is to die for – seriously! I’m picky as I told you, but Kristinas style is just so… so…
I guess WOW describes it best 🙂


Another must-see blog is

She’s a Designer & the Co-owner of Papertrey Ink, one of my favourite companies where I’m going to place an order in the very near future (hello gorgeous stamps, hello tasty colours, helloooo cute ribbon!!! [hello empty bank account!]). Anyhow, her blog contains awesome creations and I love her often very clean and crisp layouts. Go and have a look!


Now last but not least I’d like to mention

    ANDREA WALFORD

She is an extremely successful Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Canada and I find her blog so inspiring! Be sure to check out her wonderful creations

So, as much as I love Germany (wouldn´t want to live in the States even if you paid me for it, sorry – although… scratch that! If you paid me, I totally would – I’m young and need the money), I am sooo jealous of all the ladies that live there since they get to do classes, parties, conventions… and all that stuff. Let me tell you, I envy you guys!

I’m a jinx

Guess what happened two days ago when my mom, our British friend James and I were driving through the countryside?

A car ran into ours!
In my defense, I wasn’t the driver.
Well, I reckon that might be enough of bad luck for years (hopefully) to come. Today I had an appointment with the chiropractor and he helped my aching neck after the two times whiplash. So now I’m able to turn my head better than the last two days.

While we’re at the subject: there are two cute little “escape the room”-like online games called Jinx & Jinx 2. They are both quite easy but I love them for their humour and the cheerful layout.

Anyway, as I’m with my mom at the moment, today we did a little shopping tour and I got me some expensive adorable boots for autumn and winter – at least one thing I can look forward to wearing in the next time, even though I still wish summer would come back again.

Now a picture that has absolutely nothing to do with what I wrote, but I have to show it to you anyway (I love love love this picture! Thanks bro for capturing this perfect moment!)

Starring: me, René & the cutest dog the world has ever seen – Buck!

It’s already six o’clock, I gotta go and dress up for a girls night out (I’m gonna wear my new boots! Yay!) See ya!

The people who rob my bank account on a regular basis

As promised, I’m going to present some sites to you that I’m particularly fond of.

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Today it’s the online shop of “Impressionen Versand”, which is a German retailer for fine clothing, shoes, jewellery and home furnishing.

Each season their catalogue is delivered to my home and twice a year I have to convince myself to throw it away immediately since I know that if I open it, I’ll find so many lovely things that I’m going to be bankrupt for the next two months. So that’s already all the bad things there are to say about Impressionen.

They also have an online shop which has just recently had a makeover, so now I expect it’s going to be even easier to find the things you’re looking for. Their concept is to offer special things, beautiful design and fashion with a twist to communicate a certain lifestyle of lightness and joy with a “nordic touch”. For me, it’s already soothing to look at their photos. The light in them is always so special! In my eyes, the photographer is a genius.

They also ship to other EU countries*, except for the bulky items (those have a little truck sign in the article description). In Germany, Austria and Switzerland (where they have their separate catalogue) they also have a 24h Express Service. And by the way: If you’re looking for a special item, I highly recommend the search, because only selected new articles are to be found in the regular shop (I guess this is for style reasons).

So have fun online shopping and I’ll be here, lusting over some items, including:

* Edit: Unfortunately the site is NOT available in English, so you’ll need some German (www.dict.cc)

Who’d you vote for?

Vote For President

If you were an American, you would soon be able to elect the future President. By clicking on the banner above, you can pretend to do just the same, except for the fact that it doesn’t matter where you live.

So folks, who should become the next Head of State of the “U S and A” if it was up to you?
(I already voted, of course, for Obama.)

Let your voice be heard!

A Little Step for Humanity, a Big Step for um… me

So there it is, my own page.
I actually started this because I was sick of my old html website (which was really bad and… I didn’t really bother to change a thing since the day I made it, which was two years ago, ahem…).
The second reason I got me a blog is… there is a blog I read daily (well you couldn’t possibly guess that now, could you?) – Actually it’s not daily as I check for new entries at least twice a day. It’s fab, it’s fun and it’s brilliantly written – it’s theee faamoouuusss Fashion Police!


I’d say: Thou shalt have no other blogs before “The Fashion Police”. Period.
It’s by Amber McNaught, a scottish writer and it’s all about the good, the bad and the indeed very ugly of fashion. I luurrrve it and I higly recommend this to you, my dear audience.*

*I just imagine there really was somebody reading this.