Summer Splash

Another post, another alliteration πŸ˜‰

How is everyone? I hope you’re all enjoying your summer vacation and have gone/are going on gorgeous trips to lovely places.

Let me show you a couple of cards I made last night in sort of a crafting fit after having been very productive – for a Saturday anyway πŸ˜€

The idea for this card came from this fantastic card by Yana Smakula I had pinned and when I browsed my Paper Love pinboard yesterday night, this stunning creation once again caught my eye.

I then looked through my stash to find a stamp set that would lend itself to the technique and grabbed my Paper Smooches “Reflections” set as well as a good number of inks I thought would work well together.

I made sure to start with the black sentiment, stamped doubly with the Misti and also followed Yana’s other instructions from her video. I loved listening to her and think she explains everything really well πŸ™‚I started stamping the largest elements first and worked my way towards the smaller images, always keeping that white 1/4″ border in mind that Yana mentions.

The trickiest part was really to find a color combination that works. I don’t have a large collection of inks and the ones I do have are from different manufacturers such as Altenew, Distress, PTI, Archival, Avery Elle, MFT, Studio Calico etc. I tried to orient myself towards the color combo Yana had used and ended up using all dye inks.

The second card uses the same recipe, I just switched out the turquoise color and filled the space a bit differently. Finally, I took some colored pencils to give the stamped images more depth and texture – that makes all the difference, I believe. The card changes from “flat” to “more texture” and from “simply stamped” to “more artsy”, I’d say.

Again, I don’t have a huge collection of colored pencils, but the ones I have were a good match, I find πŸ™‚

What about you? Are you an ink collector? How do you find good color combos with the inks you have? I’d love to hear from you! πŸ™‚

Nina

Grandpa’s Birthday

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Hey everyone πŸ™‚

How are things? Over here, the sun is very much trying to melt us and I have now entered into a relationship with a wet tea towel and the fan. The boyfriend knows, though πŸ˜‰

A few weeks back, my gramps had his birthday and I made him this little number to congratulate him:

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It features some more random border strips and scraps, some Crate Paper, some My Mind’s Eye, assembled in a way that is pleasing to the (read: my) eye.

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I then stamped the laurel wreath from the Ellen Hutson Set “Home and Hearth” (by Julie Ebersole) in Silver Fox and Fog (Avery Elle) in a slightly overlapping fashion and sprinkled some Mint Julep and Seafoam Mr. Huey’s on top.

I then decided to add a vellum banner, a vellum star and a matching sentiment (Danipeuss Klartext + Papierprojekt).

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The vellum items were set in place using the Tiny Attacher – I find it always lends a cool/masculine touch to any project.

My grandpa loved his card and my grandma had to convince him that this was actually handmade by me, he couldn’t believe it πŸ˜€ (Honestly, that makes me wonder where he thought the cards came from all these years – I’ve been making them for exactly 10 years now and I guess he must have thought I buy them or whatever πŸ˜€ )

Ah, grandparents. They’re just cute sometimes, right?
(Which immediately reminds me of Iliza and her Netflix special “Confirmed Kills”, I quote: ” ‘Oh my god, you guys, my pip-pop is so cute. Sometimes at Christmas, when pip-pop falls asleep, we like to decorate him with Christmas bows. Isn’t that funny? Silly pip-pop!’ – Pip-pop’s got 53 confirmed kills!!” Anyway, I digress – but go and watch that Netflix Special, so worth it!)

Alright, that’s it from me for today, hope you liked it and see you soon!
Nina

Wake up! It’s your day!!

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Hey there πŸ™‚

Just checkin’ in to show you my latest creation – again a masculine birthday card (I know!!) and again making a dent in the huge amount of border strips and scraps I have lying around:

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I’m making good use of my beloved Savvy Stamps “It’s your day” wood-mounted stamp, and this time it came in super handy since I picked an alarm clock ephemera piece which I believe is from one of Shimelle’s first collections.

I took a pencil to wrap a bit of thin wire around it, just 3 coils, and then used two foam adhesive squares to attach the wire to the clock and to the card. So you can give the clock a tiny bit of a push with your finger and it wobbles! How fun is that?!! πŸ˜€

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The ink is Versafine Onyx Black, just stamped off a few times to really get the “alarm clock going off”-feel across.

The “Jippie!” stamp is from catsonappletrees and the border strips are a wild mix from my stash – Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye, American Crafts etc.
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Hope you like what you see – feel free to leave a comment if you did πŸ™‚

Today I’ll be off to seeing “Ocean’s 8” in the cinema – honestly, I’d say the weather rather calls for swimming in a lake, but I’ve promised my friends to go to the movies with them, so… ah well.

Have a great Sunday, y’all!

Party Animal Birthday Card

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Hello, hello πŸ™‚

Today I am back with something I made to grow my always depleted birthday-card stash.
I find it tricky to create masculine cards, since I have to steer clear of bows, pink, glitter, butterflies and all the other things that make life a little more sparkly πŸ˜‰

Fortunately, birthday cards are always fun, so here is one more of the “Use your border cuts and snippets” series – this time using the “Party Animal” stamp set by Avery Elle with some American Crafts Turquoise Pigment ink stamped in a Die-Namics double stitched circle:

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This also uses a cute wooden “Jippie!” (=”hooray!”) stamp by the German companyΒ catsonappletreesΒ stamped in Versafine Black Onyx ink, some Mr. Hueys for the paint splatters and the paper strips on the bottom are Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye, Cosmo Cricket and Studio Calico, if I remember correctly πŸ™‚

One little thing I did was to curve the otherwise straight sentiment strips to fit around the circle perfectly. You can do that once you’ve placed the strip on your acrylic block and then use the die-cut circle as your template. A tip here would be to stamp the sentiment before you pop the circle up on foam, just to make your life easier.

Anyhoo, that would be all from me now, I hope you’ve had a splendid week (mine was… well there were ups and downs, let’s put it that way. Imagine being pushed into a pool of… manure… through no fault of your own other than standing too close to said pool without even realizing and now it is your daily task [on top of all other tasks] to use that teaspoon you have been given to dig your way out of that mess. Yeah. My mantra is: One day at a time, one step at a time.) and that this long parenthesis of tmi in the middle of what was just going to be a wave goodbye if at all made you count your blessings πŸ˜‰

Have a great new week and see you soon! *wave*
Nina

 

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But wait, there’s more!

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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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It’s aliiive (cue Bach’s Toccata)

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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

New thread

Hey there πŸ™‚
Just a quick heads up that I am, in fact, still alive. I’m just snowed under and really looking forward to our holiday. One more week! Yay πŸ™‚

IMG_3674-001This is just a little masculine birthday card I made for my grandpa, loosely based upon this lovely card by DanaΒ (second card in her post).

IMG_3680-001Now I’ll quickly hit “publish” before my battery dies (can’t find my charger, argh).

Hope you’re doing well!
Cheerio!

P.S. Title stems from this lovely versionΒ of a song I’m really liking lately (I know!! :D)