But wait, there’s more!

Hey there πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰ ), 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 πŸ™‚ (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! πŸ˜‰

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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What’s in a name?

Well hello,

Didn’t expect me that early in the week, huh? πŸ™‚

Here we are with a card featuring the name of a very cute girl that was recently born.
A personalized card somehow makes for a more special statement – and what could be more special than the day a new life comes into this world?

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This is another instance where I’ve made good use of my stash of snippets (NΒ° 1 see here) – it’s mostly Crate Paper, with a tiny bit of Stampin’ Up and an old book page thrown in for good measure. If you look really closely, you’ll find the words “Liebe” (love), “Dank” (thanks) and “Freude” (joy) on there ❀

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The bottom of this landscape card was embossed using PTI’s Cane Print Impression Plate and everything was finished off with a banner cut with the Silhouette, a handwritten sentiment and a lovely bow using embroidery thread in a soft, buttery yellow complementing the book print “N” and the backgrounds of some of the other letters.

The alphabet dies are Papertrey Ink as well.

I’m entering this card in the “Task for Two Tuesday” ChallengeΒ which is all about names this time – I know my card is missing a mascot, but it has all the other elements πŸ™‚

Cheerio!
Nina

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Little Birdie Thank You

Hey all,

How’s it?

Over here, we’ve got summery temperatures and tonight’s the first of three castle fireworks events this year in Heidelberg ❀

Card-wise, I’ve got something clean and simple for you today, featuring a sweet little bird saying “Thank You”.

20180514_183744_FotorThe background was stamped with a cute Cats On Appletrees stamp in “Fog” (Avery Elle), I then added a label (forgot where that was from) and a bow (embroidery twine), popped that up on some foam adhesive.

20180514_183750_FotorThe little bird is Marianne Designs, cut from Kraft yardstick and adhered to a ticket I had lying around, patterned paper is older Cosmo Cricket. A few enamel dots and there you go! πŸ™‚

Clean, simple and cute.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, wherever you are!

Nina

Birthday Shaker Card

Hey everyone,

How are things in your neck of the woods?

Today I’ve got a cute and girly card for you, using up some of those many, many border strips I’m sure most of you paper crafters have lying around en masse.

20180514_192333_FotorSo I decided to finally utilize some of the heaps of border strips and cuts I have, and to do that I first sorted them roughly into three categories: “masculine“, “feminine” and “neutral“. As a cardmaker, these are the categories most cards will fall into.

Got pink or glitter, butterflies and bows?
That instantly says “feminine”.

Got blue and green, texture and a cleaner design?
That might give your card a more “masculine” feel.

IMG_20180525_142729_681With this one, I first placed some border strips in a way that pleased me, then glued them down. Next, I cut a circle (Inside and Out Stitched Circle by Die-Namics, love that stitching!), sprinkled on some ink splatters (Mr. Hueys in Inky Black and Warm Calico) and glued some vellum underneath it. Using foam tape, some paper confetti in fun, coordinating colors and a piece of white cardstock, I turned it into a shaker window.

Yay for confetti!! *whee*

20180514_192245_FotorTo finish it off, I added a “Congrats” (Studio Calico) die-cut from golden shimmer cardstock and added a bow with some of that lush Garn&Mehr bakers twine.

This card was then written and sent to my best friend for her birthday, because I thought it really matches her fun, playful personality and also she does love pink πŸ™‚

Anyhow, that’s it from me for today – bye for now!
And always remember: Wherever you go, bring your own sunshine ❀

Have a lovely Sunday,
Nina


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Mother’s Day

Hello there πŸ™‚

So, Mother’s Day was last Sunday and of course I thought about what would put a smile on my mom’s face.

Now she loves flowers and at some point she complained how in German, you don’t say “I love you” to your mom & family, because this is generally reserved for romantic love. German has “Ich habe dich lieb” for close family, a somewhat toned down version (more a “I am very fond of you” thing) which some believe is rather fitting for the German soul/style in general πŸ˜‰

Well, in order to circumnavigate any linguistic pitfalls and make her truly happy on Mother’s Day, I decided to go bold and do a watercolor card as taught by the awesome Cathy Zielske here.

And yes, Cathy is partly responsible for me buying that gorgeous stamp set by Altenew (Beautiful Day) and very much responsible for me buying a fair amount of those a-ha-mazing Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers πŸ˜€ As she herself would tell you: Those pens are the shiiiizzz πŸ˜‰

Now, onto the card:

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I decided on a slightly softer version than the original, stitching a delicate frame with the sewing machine.Β Marker colors are Scarlet Red, Carmine Red and Mid Green.

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I really played around with some different colors and different approaches to coloring the images – this one was done with some blotting off before going back in.

And as you can see, my mom got her “I love you” (sentiment by Ali Edwards), both on the card and in the words I wrote to her, to thank her from the bottom of my heart for all the things, big and small, that she’s done for me and us over the years. She’s an awesome mom ❀

I’ll leave you with that and will see you soon with one of the next creations I have up my sleeve πŸ™‚

Wishing you a lovely long weekend,
Nina

It’s aliiive (cue Bach’s Toccata)

So, it’s been a while, huh? πŸ˜€

I have, in fact, not vanished from the face of the earth. I have simply not really made a lot of cards and whenever I did, I forgot to take a picture (which means I was either last-minute or too lazy to take a decent one, let’s face it…).

Freelancing – which sounds so much more relaxed than it really is – has also meant that I have not been creating a lot or at all.

It seems I have now found some of my mojo again and so without further ado, here is a new card I recently made:

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It’s always good to have a masculine birthday card on hand – and wouldn’t you know it, this one is already on its way to the recipient!

The recipe is easy – some pale green CS from Artoz, a WRMK embossing folder, steel dies are Kesi’Art (Feuille Edwin) and Papertrey Ink (Birthday), Savvy Stamps stamp (Avery Elle Fog ink) plus some Studio Calico Mister Huey’s in Mint Julep and Lunchtray. Topped it off with some machine stitching and that was all.

I have to say I am on a bit of a roll with cardmaking again, which makes me really happy πŸ™‚

So stay tuned, because there are quite a few more creations I made (and keep making) that I’d like to share with you in the weeks to come.

See ya!
Nina

Make a wish

Hey there!

Just a quick hello from the balcony πŸ™‚
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 πŸ™‚
On the first one, you can see my new Dymo machine (comment from my boyfriend: “What? ThatΒ 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 withΒ dye ink then, so that it doesn’t bead up.

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