Il n’y en a pas cent

… but today there are two posts!

Just because I promised to show you the baby album I made for my cousin and there’s a set of two cards to participate in another challenge. I tend to be a promise-keeper, see?! πŸ˜‰

First up the challenge: A Passion For Papertrey – Inspired by autumn. The Papertrey item is some of their Vintage Cream Topnotch Twill Ribbon. So pretty that I’ve just ordered another roll!

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My cards were not only inspired by autumn, but also shamelessly CASEd from this card by Maren Benedict (third picture). When I saw this I was reminded of my poor unused “Haunted” Rubons sitting in my drawer. So I just had to play along!

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Soooo, now you’re going to lay eyes on aforementioned album. It’s relatively small (6×6″) and I made it with a template from Amy Celona.

cover

Click on the small pictures to zoom.

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overview

page 1 and 8

page 2

page 3

center page

page 5

page 6 and 7

There’s too much product involved to list it all, but if you have a question, I’ll be happy to answer it!

Some details about the album:

– In the first small photo you can see two wax sheets with handmade embellishments. I made them so that my cousin can also embellish her photos after she’s put them into the album.

– The large areas covered with patterned paper are for photos and I included quite some journaling lines for notes and thoughts.

– The words on page 3 say “It’s a girl”.

– On the center page I’ve included a see-through pocket for something like a lock of hair or the hospital bracelet of the baby. Above it is a line for the calculated date of birth .

– In the label on the right flap of the center page it says “My name is” and below there’s space for details about the actual date of birth, time of birth, length, weight, hair and eyes.

– And on page six there’s another sheer pocket.

Whew what a lengthy post. Tell me how you like it, I’d really appreciate it!!
BTW the babys name is Mathilda and she’s super cute and super tiny πŸ™‚
It’s late, ta ta for now!

P.S. The title’s from the lyrics of “La Lettre” by singer extraordinaire Renan Luce.

There it is again – that lock of hair that won’t sit still

I woke up this morning to the delivery of this special parcel:

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It might look really nice in photo, but rest assured that IRL it is super duper pretty!
It shows me once again how special receiving a handmade gift is πŸ™‚

I’d like to thank the girls over at A Passion for Papertrey for the Papertrey Ink ATC swap, especially Stephanie who put all the time and effort in making the boxes and sending everything out! Thank you so much for making it happen, it was definitely lots of fun!

Now look closely and I’ll show you a magic trick…
BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Heehee πŸ™‚

I wanted to link up all the girls who participated in the swap (or at least those who have a blog as well), here they are (fltr):

Stephanie
Shaz
Ann
Aimes
Hanne
Vicki
Kate
Emma
Basteltinchen
Bekka
Dawn
Sue

Today I lost some hair and 50 bucks (ouch) and this is the result:

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BTW I can’t quite show you how it looked before b/c nobody has ever seen that πŸ˜‰ (most of the time I wear a ponytail). So of course you can’t compare, but if you like you can tell me what you think anyway πŸ˜‰
See you around!

Henrietta, we bought no flowers for you

I’m back πŸ™‚
Yep, just as announced, I stuck to my plan of MIA until everything was over. And I made it. On Wednesday I had my presentation and it went very well and just some hours ago I finished my essay.
Yee-haw, people!!

So, what happened in the meantime?

First of all, Buck turned three!!
(He got a big birthday bone which for me resulted in waking up to choking noises and other horrible things the next day, I’ll spare you the details.) The last year was not the best one for you, first moving then being diagnosed with Leishmaniasis… So here’s to hoping that the new year in your life will be much calmer and happier! Look at this little birthday boy:

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Love you, cutie!

Next up, I wanted to show you the earrings I made with the help of my friend Anastasia while I was in my hometown over the weekend.

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I love them, they are so cool. Plus I made them. Which makes them even cooler. Whaddya think?

Last but not least a Thank You card I made for Kate & Steph over at the Passion for Papertrey blog and which – surprise – is made of items they sent me. I also made it with the new challenge in mind, which was to use buttons – easy peasy πŸ˜‰

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If you have any questions, let me know.
Holidays start tomorrow, so I finally get around doing all the stuff that needs to be done (good intentions…) and creating some stuff as I’ve been yearning to craft for the last weeks…!!

See you soon!

There are many things that I am not

Hello everyone!

I would have posted earlier, but…
it’s the end of the semester and I have to meet some tough deadlines. So I won’t be posting much in the next time, sorry. OR I will be posting more than ever in the history of this blog-o, b/c I try to avoid doing what I am meant to do – we’ll see πŸ˜‰

On Saturday I got my goodies from the challenge over at Passion for Papertrey – yum YUM!
It was the first time I won and besides paper and ribbon I also got a very cute handmade card from Stephanie – who’ll hopefully soon announce where her new blog will be!!
Anyways, a huge THANK YOU goes to Steph and Kate for organizing the challenges and giving away those precious Papertrey items!

Of course I had to sit down and create something right away, so here’s a little card I made using the stuff I won:
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Whaddya think? The Dark Chocolate Cardstock as well as the Polka Dot Paper were in the lovely mail from the UK πŸ™‚ The day I made it, I made 7 cards in a row – I was on a roll…!

First was the following creation, made for the next Challenge over at A Passion For Papertrey: Use two flowers or more! I did so by using the flowers from PTIs Out on a Limb Set stamped in Landscape Palette Ink over Polka Dot Basics in Dark Chocolate plus the cutesy felt flower. The overall idea and layout came from Kristina Werners MACM Card.

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In my next post I will show you pics from the earrings I made while staying in my hometown over the weekend, but this time I wanted to share three videos (1st one found via The Dingbats Agenda). They’re stop motion and seriously amazing. Enjoy & read you soon.

The Nicest Thing

I can’t actually type because my head feels like it’s going to explode any second, but if I was in the mood I would tell you that…

a) I won! I won! I won! On Monday, in the random drawing of A Passion For Papertreys Challenge. Totally made my day – a huge THANK YOU to these amazing girls for organizing the challenges! Of course I’ll let you know when I get my goodies!

b) Yesterday we went to Circus Flic Flac. It’s the only kind of circus I will ever go to, because it’s without animals. It was fabulous, a breathtaking show with incredible gymnastic artists, jaw-dropping performances in dizzying heights and eight bikers in a globe of steel. We were basically glued to our seats! For scrapping purposes I kept the tickets and both of us kept one of the glitter scraps that flew around at the end. πŸ™‚

c) I found two great things on Youtube, first of all the wonderful Kate Nash with the song that I used as a title for this post. Awesome lyrics. The other one is brought to you thanks to Thorsten. Now lean back and feel free to laugh your ass off πŸ˜€

See, now I told you what I’m up to despite being sick. Stupid swine flu πŸ˜‰
And on top of it all, I have to walk the dog now, damnit…
I guess complaining doesn’t help, so…
See you!

Feels just like it should

Tonight is a reaaaally good one πŸ™‚ We’re having some yummy homemade dinner, Kir PΓ©tillant and good conversation. Love it.
Of course I have to show you the card I made for the Passion for Papertrey Challenge. The girls challenged us to make round cards, so I made a birthday card for a friend using 1 1/4″ circles punched out of Papertreys exclusive Stampers Select White Cardstock.

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The cute patterned paper is from Basic Grey (Blush & Offbeat) while the idea came from “A Year in Cards – February” by Kristina Werner.
Hope you like it!

Dance With Somebody

Happy Mothers Day everyone!

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This is the card I sent my mom, if you think you’ve seen that before, you’re right. It’s a shameless CASE of Kristina’s Finally Friday Card “Flowers”. I loved it so much, I couldn’t resist. I hope my mom likes it, too πŸ™‚
So for all the Germans out there: don’t forget to give your mom a call and/or a hug today!

Concerning the title of this post: The girls and I went dancing yesterday, and there actually was GOOD MUSIC!!
(Words to live[dance] by: Gud music I dance, not gud music I not dance)

Yay for “Rollercoaster” party @ Karlstorbahnhof! Very cool stuff, finest Brit pop/rock etc.

But one thing about parties: I don’t know if it’s just me, but d’you know when people walk by you and of course the place is crowded. So when they try to squeeze past you, they put their hand onto your arm or back?!! I. Hate. That. Exclamation Point! Drives me crazy. Also reminds me of those slimy guys that try to tell you something by whispering in your ear, but they kinda cup your head in their hand, arrrgggh this is so disgusting! Makes me seriously aggressive. My message: NO. TOUCHY. Got it?

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Anyways πŸ˜€
The next card was made for the Passion for Papertrey: Recycle Challenge.

I’m not 100% happy with how the card turned out, but I’m showing it to you nonetheless.
The recycled part is of course the house cut out of old “Le Monde” news (from an edition printed on December 6th 1997! Hee).

Papertrey stuff: Dark Chocolate Ink (my all-time favourite!!!), Landscape Palette Ink, Out on a Limb Rev. Stamps and Dark Chocolate Satin Ribbon.
Maybe you like it more than I do, the friend I made it for definitely did, hehe. Mission accompli πŸ˜‰

I have to go for a walk with Buck now, have a great Sunday!