Grandpa’s Birthday

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Hey everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜€ (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 ๐Ÿ˜€ )

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

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Wake up! It’s your day!!

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Hey there ๐Ÿ™‚

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?!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 companyย catsonappletreesย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), so I thought I’d stop by and show you another creation with the name of an extremely cute newborn.

Beauty_uzou_Fotor.jpg(Sorry if the picture isn’t the best – another thunderstorm was just about to start…)

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ (Behind the “M”, there’s the word “Liebe” which means love, just a little extra detail โค ) 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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? ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_3674-001This is just a little masculine birthday card I made for my grandpa, loosely based upon this lovely card by Danaย (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 versionย of a song I’m really liking lately (I know!! :D)

It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.

Hey peeps,

You know that whole “sorry I haven’t blogged for so long yada yada yada haven’t fallen off the face of the earth but was so busy bla bla”, so I’m gonna spare you with that ๐Ÿ™‚
Instead, there’s some cards for you to look at and also a photo featuring a sheepy friend and canned tuna. Yes, you read that correctly.

First of all this one – especially for my friend Ngawini :

Baasley tracked this one down in a German supermarket, isn’t that neat? ๐Ÿ™‚ Give the byuuutiful furson a little cuddle from us ๐Ÿ˜‰
(if you’re not Ngawini or Amber and now therefore confused, look at the last picture from this post)

Anyhow, on to some cards I made recently (some events required those non-holiday cards):

This one was inspired by Kristina (who else, really ^^) and I put my Stampin’ Up Small Heart Punch to good use with some Early Bird PP.

The idea from this card stems from a creation by Kelly Maria a.k.a. LawnFawn (I would’ve linked the exact card [and my data says it was from April 2010] but I can’t for the life of me seem to find it on her blog). There’s some Nutmeg paper from Cosmo as well as Thickers by American Crafts.

And now last but not least a card I made for a friend’s birthday:

The stamped images are from Stampin’ Up. Paper and ink are Papertrey.

In the meantime, I am working e-v-e-r-yย  s-i-n-g-l-eย  day (and I have lectures, too, of course) which actually leaves no time for buying (let alone making!!) Christmas gifts, baking cookies or reading blogs and getting into the Christmas spirit, really. [Plus, I apparently have moved in with the Grinch himself, which might or might not explain the above title and which might or might not account for my lack of Christmas coziness {or even the illusion thereof}] But I did make some Christmas cards. And I will hopefully get to take a decent photo of the good ones before I send them out/ give them away.

That’s it from me for now, have a good week!

Nina