In All I Do

Hey there!
How are you doing?

Time for an update: I’ve got all the paperwork ready, all I need to do the next three days is: packing. Which means packing all the stuff inside and around my furniture into boxes. And of course, in the end, packing my huge suitcase. As mentioned, I am allowed 30 kg plus 7 kg hand luggage – I have no idea whether this will work out!
{Note: When listening to this album from Dick Brave and the Beackbeats, packing seems to go much quicker and more easily}

On Friday my brother and my mom will come to the airport, really happy about that.
Yesterday I said goodbye to Buck and my friends…
I’m getting more and more giddy with each passing day, but at the moment it all still feels absolutely surreal πŸ™‚

Here are two cards for you, both CASEs from the fabulous recent work from my favourite paper crafter Kristina Werner.

For this first card, I tried to mimic the background using the solid Journaling Lines from Papertrey Ink stamped in Dark Chocolate on Lemon Tart CS.

The sentiment had to fit in with the purpose of the card, so I chose “bye” instead of the word “hi” Kristina used in her original card.

Those are fabric thickers, btw. Too fabulous!
The patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Wisteria Collection and the ribbon is PTI Berry Sorbet.

Next up, I saw Kristina’s super cool retro flower card and I knew that I had to try making one as well – using what I have on hand. So I took my Journaling Lines stamp set and stamped those (partly only inking one or two lines) with Staz-On Stone Grey ink.

I layered two Sprites NΒ° 3 Flowers with a Rayher brad and added some Vintage Cream twill ribbon to finish it off.
[CS: Stampin’ Ups Neutrals, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird]

One thing I haven’t even told you: On Monday I was a model. Yes, you read that correctly. Now of course I’ve never done that before, but I think the result is quite okay πŸ˜‰ The picture will be printed on page 1 of a magazine for shoe retailers. {I know I’m a tease, but if you’re interested in seeing the picture, just ask}
And I got a skirt! It’s super cute and you’re going to see it soon – it’ll be featured in about every second picture of me (that’s how much I love it) πŸ˜‰

Anyhow, there are still loads of books and whatever that need to go into one or another cardboard box.
Have a great day and leave me a comment πŸ˜‰

Lucky Girl

Hey there!

Yes, I am indeed still alive.
Lectures end on Friday, it’s February… things are starting to get more and more exciting.
One great thing: Yesterday my topic for the diploma thesis was accepted. YAY me!!
Many other great things are happening and are to happen still.

I just made a card (that I can’t show you yet, damn), but instead I’ll show you some frames I made for Christmas.

This one was for my mom:

Ingredients:
IKEA frame, Rub-On by Lily Bee Design, Holiday Mix Vintage Buttons (Papertrey Ink) [adhered with Glue Dots], Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Jack’s World, Lil’ Man) , My Mind’s Eye (Snowed In, Be Merry), October Afternoon (Good Cheer, Cherry Hill), Basic Grey (Figgy Pudding, Blush).

And this manly version was created for my friend Thorsten:

Thanks for looking!

Leaving on a jet plane

Hey there!
How are you? It’s been way busy over here, for the last weeks I’ve been running around like a headless chicken and there’s no end in sight. Well actually, that’s untrue. The end will come on February 19th which will apparently be the day I get on a plane and fly far, faaaar away (Auckland and Heidelberg are precisely 18,244 km apart). So, now you know. I still don’t know how I am supposed to survive without my crafting stuff though (there’s a limit of 30 kg plus 7 kg hand luggage). Not for more than two weeks… and certainly not for five months.

Meet today’s card, it’s a sweet mix of Cosmo Cricket and PTI goodness. Rustic Cream cardstock, some Early Bird patterned paper, clear embossed polka dots and BG chipboard letters – voilΓ !

Anyway, gotta go, still lots of work to do, people to call, forms to fill in… you get the picture.
See yas!

EBKTS Challenge

Hey there!
Just a quick post to show you the card I made for the current EBKTS Challenge.

I’m sorry for the crappy lighting, it’s about half past ten over here and snow keeps falling outside. Maybe I’ll exchange the picture tomorrow (if the sun is shining or even if there’s any light at all…).

The challenge was to use wrapping paper, which seems really appropriate after the holidays.
The ruffles on this card are therefore made of IKEA wrapping paper. The card base is PTI Rustic Cream, rhinestones are from BG, the patterned paper is from Cosmo Cricket. The tree stamp is PTI as well while the sentiment is American Crafts. Inks are Palette Noir and VersaColor Sage.

BTW this is the last card my poor little broken Corner rounder punch was used for. It will rest now and the indeed very cool Corner Chomper will fill its place. Such a great tool, I’m all excited… πŸ™‚

Anyhow, thanks for looking, have a good night!

P.S.: The polls for choosing your favourite Xmas card are still open!

ETA: I’ve updated the pictures from the card, they’re still not perfect, but way better πŸ™‚

Jimmy was a local boy…

but he’s seen much more than the change in the weather… *jumpityjump*

Ah well, the Rifles concert yesterday evening was way cool πŸ™‚

Today I’m officially pooped out since we had our first Monday conference on the causes and effects of the economic/financial crisis. Complicated stuff, heavy on special vocab and this time each booth (two people) had to cope with the whole thing (1 1/2 hrs). The speaker was very fluent and it was quite interesting, but his sentences were kinda endless and very dense. Phew, at least I survived.

Anyhow, I hope I don’t get sick since on Wednesday Maximo Park will come to Frankfurt – today I took some time to listen to their relatively new album (Quicken the Heart) as a whole and I can’t express properly how happy their music makes me. They truly are my favourite band and I’m super grateful to get the opportunity to see them. Wheee!

To finish, meet some cards I made using Basic Greys Offbeat Collection Pack, some buttons and bobbin lace. Sentiments are Rubons respectively a stamp from SU. In the background there’s some Heather Bailey fabric. Some candy was harmed in the making of these pictures πŸ™‚

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butterfly offbeat closeup

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three offbeat minicards

Hope you like ’em πŸ™‚
I’m gonna lie around in my bed now and beg for not getting sick, puh-leez!!!!
See you around!

Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?

Just popping by to say hi and to share a card.
On Thursday we saw “(500) Days of Summer” – very cool film. If you think about seeing it, take a look at this fun video (which is not included in the film, they did that just for fun).

Love love LOVE her outfit. And the song you hear is from Zooeys band “She & Him” – yep, not only is she stunning, a great actress, has a neat sense of style AND can dance – she also knows how to sing like a nightingale. Talk about fair… πŸ˜‰
Anyhow, it was a very enjoyable movie!

Yesterday the notorious Rollercoaster Party took place and since I didn’t catch an awful lot of sleep, I’m going to slouch on the couch for most of the day. Ready for my latest Xmas card?

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Bling from Basic Grey, sentiment by Stampendous, tree by PTI, ribbon from BoBunny, patterned paper from stash, Cardstock is retired SU (Cranberry Crisp), inks are PTI Landscape and L’amour Red

Bye everyone!

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.

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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.

Die Jahreszeit der klammen Finger

… ist angebrochen.

The weather gets cooler, I get sick, my favourite blogger Amber is whining again – gotta be autumn now, don’t you think?

Some random notes:

1. I need a new haircut.

2. I’m typing this from my new acer aspire, because my old laptop couldn’t be restored. This was super expensive and so I can’t buy any food until… summer next year. (Just kidding – winter next year is more likely…)

3. I already finished 10 layouts for The Album.

4. I still need to find an album to put them in though. Any recommendations?

5. I am really excited to see what Stampin’ Up! will have in their new catty that comes out the 1st of October.

6. The election of the German government will take place on the 27th and if you don’t know who to vote for I’d highly recommend the Wahl-O-Mat.

7. In case you don’t want to vote, please take a look at the following video featuring the very intelligent Ulrich Wickert (if you happen to understand any German).

7. If you don’t understand any German, you could watch the election-related video I posted some time ago featuring the wonderful Craig Ferguson instead.

8. Meet todays card:

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The sentiment was written with a black SU marker by yours truly πŸ˜‰ But it’s copied from the “French Script” font that I adore.

Gotta go to sleep now, have a good night!

ETA: The vid was found by the genius that is Thorsten. Thank you for telling me off, Mr. Perfect… πŸ˜›

Sofa so good

Yesterday I finally covered the lower part of my couch with the new fabric I bought. It’s striped, so it took quite some time to get everything straight and stapled – but! It’s finished and it looks so cool! I’ve had my old sofa for… oh ages and the pattern was so “90s” (ugh!). Now I just need to figure out how my new / old sewing machine works, then I can finish sewing the upper cover and voilΓ  – my couch will be as good as new! I’ll share a picture when everything’s done πŸ™‚

Now lookit what I got in the mail today…

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Say “awwwwwwwww” πŸ˜‰
These are from My Cute Stamps and I think they’re indeed irresistibly cute! Those were also what I had in mind when I made the following card:

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The base is Basic Grey “Two Scoops – Very Berry Sundae”, the cherries are from SU!s Tart & Tangy Set. I inked them up with Real Red and Old Olive markers, stamped them in a random pattern and used glue and Dazzling Diamonds to make them sparkle. My SU! Scallop punch took a bite out of the top right corner (5 out of the top layer, 4 out of the bottom layer to give it some 3D effect). The chipboard letters are Basic Grey as well and the ribbon bow is Stampin’ Up!.

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Notice the Hello Kitty popsicle stick? Yep, I had Hello Kitty ice cream that day, then decided that the stick was too cute to simply throw it away. So I thoroughly cleaned it, let it dry and in the meantime made the card πŸ™‚ Whaddya think?

Have a great, sunny day!

P.S. Just to give credit: Popsicle cards were around everywhere last summer, my source of inspiration was Lynn Larson. I stumbled upon the “Sweet Kawaii” set because of the hilarious Krystie Lee and her adorable samples using the set: for example this card, that card and the onesie. She’s super talented, no?

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!