Mother’s Day

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Hello there 🙂

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 😉

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 😀 As she herself would tell you: Those pens are the shiiiizzz 😉

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. 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 🙂

Wishing you a lovely long weekend,
Nina

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It’s aliiive (cue Bach’s Toccata)

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So, it’s been a while, huh? 😀

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 🙂

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

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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

Make a wish

Hey there!

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

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

Winter Wonderland

I’m sitting here, somewhere near Zurich, watching the snow falling in big, fluffy flakes, listening to Mom practising piano and enjoying the calmness of those days after Christmas.

I wanted to show you some of the 52 cards I made this Christmas – they’re all different, yet most of them have a coherent theme going on. So here are some, in no particular order:

So these are just a fraction of the total (and they were photographed in pretty bad lighting, sorry). The stag silhouette die is by Maggie Holmes for Crate, the stamps are The Girls Paperie, Kelly Purkey, Wplus9 and Hero Arts. The ribbon is Stampin’ Up and the splatters are Mr. Hueys, except for the gold which is by Tattered Angels. Many of the cards have silver or gold accents, e.g. the splatters or silver thread, glitter or glitter washi etc.

How many cards did you make this season?

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Happy Snowdays to all of you!