Why can’t we always meet under a cloud of mystery

Hello everyone 🙂
How’s your weekend going?
I’m busy working on my to-do-list which contains lots of cleaning and university-related stuff.

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As the title and my last post suggested, we went to see Maxïmo Park in Frankfurt on Wednesday. They truly are my favourite band and even though the concert lasted for about an hour only, we had so much fun. (And the warm-up band were the Blood Red Shoes, really cool as well!) I made it to the fourth row and therefore was able to see Paul close-up performing. He’s such an entertainer and really professional (there were sound problems plus he said he had lost his voice this morning). Loved everything about it. So here’s a card I made (total and utter CASE of Kristina Werner’s recent autumn card) in order to thank them for this great concert. [I had trouble finding their postal address, so I don’t know where to send it yet.]

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Cardstock: SU!, PTI; Patterned Paper: BG Lemonade; Stickers: Cosmo Cricket; Other: Leaf Punch, Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Punch, 3D glue dots, Signo White Gel Pen.

Autumn is in full swing over here, lookit 🙂
Enjoy & have a nice Sunday!

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P.S. That little innocent-looking creature “cleaned out” the fridge just one day after the cupboard incident. Oh boy.

Things I have learned today

About my dog:

– he knows how to open drawers and doors
– he knows where the food is
– when I come home, he does look guilty while I keep standing on the doorstep, totally stunned

– he likes toast and will happily eat a whole loaf plus a whole container of lard
– he dislikes white gummibears but will gulp down some other sweet stuff complete with its packaging
– he doesn’t care for the chewing bone on his blanket though
– stuff he rips open but does not eat: cake mix, flour, baking soda, salt, pasta
– he cannot relate his actions to later puking and/or diarrhea

– secretely he wants to be Taz (to quote Wikipedia: “Taz is constantly hungry and devours everything, animate or inanimate. His efforts to find more food are always a central plot device of his cartoons.”)

– you basically cannot leave him alone because you can never tell when he’s going to behave badly and it’s not a matter of how long you’re gone

– a long walk before leaving him alone will not increase the chances of him behaving
– he knows how to turn a good day into a bad one
– I can actually hate him. Not him personally though, just what he did.

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Generally:

– a not correctly installed built-in fridge may prove advantageous
– luckily strained tomatoes come in sturdy packaging
– it’s always a good idea to empty the garbage before leaving the flat
– coming home is not always a happy moment
– painting your cupboards could be useless if you happen to have a dog
– experiences like these make you feel pretty much powerless

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So we haven’t talked ever since I got home today. I’m not sure what to do the next time I have to leave him alone (tomorrow for two lectures)… I can’t tie him to the table, I can’t lock him into the bathroom, I most certainly can’t take him with me. Ah, great, I love stuff like that, don’t you just wish you were me… Any suggestions?

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No card today, the food has gone away. Sorry.

posters can be bought at http://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com

And the good news are…

a baby was born! A baby was born!
Last night my cousin delivered her baby! Yeah!!! I didn’t think I’d be as excited, but I am 🙂
So this is the card I made some months ago for exactly this moment:

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This is a CASE from cards by Danni Reid that I can’t seem to find for the life of me…
I also made an album, which I have to show you later (I didn’t snap any pictures so far).

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There’s also another reason why today is a good day (despite the fact that I’m sick…):

IT’S BUCK-DAY! YAY! 😉

Yep, two years ago we got him from an Animal Shelter Organisation near Frankfurt. He is still the sweetest little stinker, very calm and loving. Sorry for getting all sappy on you, but he truly is the bestest dog I could’ve wished for. Love you, baby!

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— Out.

Henrietta, we bought no flowers for you

I’m back 🙂
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 😉

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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!

And every time I hesitate I’m feeling kind of cold

G’morning everyone!
Not an awful lot to tell you this time, my head is feeling a little mushy b/c I didn’t sleep much the last two nights.

We got the result from Bucks blood test and yes, indeed, he’s got Leishmaniasis. So now he’s on medication and we’ll see how that goes. Otherwise he’s doing fine.
On Thursday we went to see Roman Holiday and I thought it to be a very cool movie. Gotta love that Audrey 😉
Now onto some cards I made not so long ago for a colleague:

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This went to a girl in her family for her confirmation.

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I used Basic Grey’s chipboard letters to spell out “Alles Gute” (best wishes), the bird from Inkadinkado was stamped in Colorbox chalk ink (from the misty meadow queue) and embellished with a violet glitter pen.

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This card was for the Holy Communion of her niece, so I needed something girly yet elegant. I used my SU! Priceless Butterfly along with some bling and Berry Sorbet Satin Ribbon from PTI. The base is shimmery white cardstock.

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Last but not least I made her this one for her daughters 21st birthday. The sketch & idea came from A Year In Cards – March by Kristina Werner.

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The brown & the brightly coloured paper are from BGs Offbeat Collection Pack. That’s also where the letter stickers came from, I pimped them with Glossy Glaze. The stapling technique can be seen on the TwoPeas class page I linked up above.

I better get going, Buck is waiting patiently for his walk. See you later!


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She would tell me a secret. I would lose it the next day.

It’s a great day for America – it’s Friday!! Yees, it’s Friday everyone…
Okay I’ll stop channeling Craig now.

First of all, I just got back from Karlstorkino, a little artsy movie place in Heidelberg. Currently there’re “Audrey” weeks and so tonight they screened “Charade” – one word: LOVE.
Imagine me doing a little happy dance here 🙂
It’s such a great movie!! Brilliant dialogues, an exciting plot and of course the legend that is Audrey Hepburn complimented by the wonderful acting of classic Cary Grant. Many scenes to laugh, to hold your breath, to smile…
I really recommend seeing this movie, I’ve definitely put it on my “favourites” list. I’ll probably buy the DVD if I can get hold of it somehow.

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Now a totally different topic, something rather upsetting:

Buck has Leishmaniasis.

I knew there was something wrong with him getting some kind of nodes in his ears. When he had eye surgery one week ago they removed a small mucosal excrescence. The vet said they’d check on what it is and now they’re pretty sure he’s got Leishmaniasis. Which sucks. More than you can imagine. We don’t know yet how serious this is, they took a blood sample from him today. So I’ll tell you how the results are when we get them. I’ll go and hug and squeeze him a little now.
Have a good night!

P.S. The title is from The Fratellis, currently loving their song “Ole Black ‘n Blue Eyes” though the lyric comes from “For the Girl”.

I’m not… Wonderwoman!

This title is brought to you courtesy of “Black Books”.*

Now I’m warning you, lengthy post with loads of pictures ahead!
Ha, you’re still there. Well then, here we go:

I made a stationery set for a friend of mine, now I’ll show you the ensemble in all its glory 😉

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As you can see, the first image depicts the 10 sheets of paper I stamped, the next three pics show the matching envelopes (I made 5 of each design) and the five final photos show the five coordinating cards of this set.

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Now, what ties the set together can easily be seen:

First of all the paper – the basic paper is all the same kraft-like colour with a light structure (the envelopes look lighter in the pictures but IRL they’re the same colour), I added patterned paper from Basic Grey’s Wisteria Collection and of course some Very Vanilla, Dark Chocolate and Whisper White.

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Ink: 3 colours, namely PTI Dark Chocolate, Versacolor Amethyst and some Colorbox Frost White Pigment.

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Stamps: PTI Polka Dot Basics, PTI Mixed Messages, PTI Borders & Corners – Circles, Inkadinkado Birds Galore, Stampendous Mod Dot Butterfly.

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Ribbon: Papertrey Ink Plum Pudding in almost all its variations

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Accessories: punches (corner rounder!!), embossing powder, white & purple buttons, hemp twine, white thread, white gel pen, glossy accents… just to name a few 😉

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Yes, the zig-zag border on the last card is hand-stitched, it was very useful to poke in the holes beforehand (using the template from SU’s Mat Pack) in order not to bend the cardstock too much.

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I just got a message saying that Buck will have to have a light anesthesia on Friday morning. He has something in his eye and the doc apparently wants to make sure it’s nothing serious. Now I know it’s not dangerous and all, but you know how this is, yet still I’m worried. So if you could think of Buck on Friday, I’d be very thankful.

Have a good night!

*If you have no idea what this might be, go watch the following clip:

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Watch it. Now. You know you will regret it if you don’t.

I’m a hybrid person

I just brought Buck to his, um “other residence” and as it is always the case, now I feel strange.

When he’s there I feel more or less like a parent, bearing responsibility and taking care for him. He was sick the last days (had to get an injection, antibiotics etc. because of a wound on his leg) and I was of course worried and also: angry.
He was with his “owner” when he got injured and I was – again – the one to worry and take him to the vet. These are things I’m never going to understand. And I’m just mad and also sorry for Buck, because he deserves better. He depends on us. It’s not okay to ignore this. I don’t expect him to cook for him or entertain the dog 24/7, but holy bejesus, it’s about his health-!

So now I left him “there” and tomorrow he has to go to the vet again to see if the antibiotics have worked and I expect to get some kind of report on how it went. I’m not really comfortable with knowing that a person who hasn’t proven reliable in the last time is in charge of something as important as the health of my dog…

So every time I leave Buck there, I feel like a hybrid person – half dog “mom”, half independent. It’s a strange feeling, every time I’m also relieved not to be in charge of him all of the time. But it’s still kinda hard to bring him there and go home alone.

Anyways, I didn’t want to bore you, I just wanted it off my mind, because I still have to learn and read quite a bit, because tomorrow is the first “Monday Conference” (Moko) for me EVER. And I sit in one of the booths and interpret the first half. Whew. Of course I won’t let you go without some eye candy. Enjoy!

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Yep, I made that lollipop flower, cute ay 🙂

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BTW the fabulous fabric is from Heather Bailey, check her collections out here.

3 – 1 = 2

Hey all!
I have just finished a card for a colleague and thought I’d share this (and some other things) with you before I head to bed. This was the first time I used my Coluzzle and I really like this circle as the main focus.

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First I made half a “text circle” with GIMP 2.0 and then typed the name out in a font I liked (called “MA Sexy” lol and is to be found at one of my favourite web pages, where you’ll find great fonts and dingbats for free: dafont.com – btw this is also where the elements of my header are from, see “sidewalk” and “loosydings expert” – love this!).
Second I cut out a circle of white cardstock with my Coluzzle in a matching size and using my light table and a black gel pen I traced the outlines of the font and coloured it in. I added some paper piercing and I used my PTI Dark Chocolate ink pad to give my circle a vintage feel. I then added the green buttons and white paper ribbon from Ikea to dress them up.
The branch from PTIs Out on a Limb set was stamped onto (retired) SU Wild Wasabi CS and the leaves were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. (Thanks to my toaster! I don’t own a heat gun yet, heehee!)
Concerning the ribbon, the knot on the right is SU Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Grosgrain and on top of the circle I threw in a little bit of PTI Dark Chocolate Swiss Dot Satin. I then used dimensionals to add more dimension and there you have it! I really hope my colleague likes it. Ah and the circled text reads “Best wishes for your future”, because she leaves the company for further training.

So while we’re at it, yes I HAVE A NEW JOB 🙂
I like all the stuff I do there (it has some connection with my studies, which is a great plus) and the people are really nice. So at the moment I like working better than being at home, as you can probably imagine.

Now for all of us (me!) a photo of my baby ❤ so that I can sleep.

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I’ll post some more over the next days and because it’s currently snowing outside (yay! snow!) I’m in the mood of posting some xmas stuff I made recently.
Well then – G’night, peeps!

You’ve been with me a year to the day

Having a sore throat is a pretty good excuse to have maple walnuts ice cream, isn’t it? 🙂

Otherwise I’m doing good, looking forward to our mini-vacation at the end of the week for mom’s birthday. I’m still working on her gift, a mini envelope book for photos, so stay tuned for pictures!
Currently I’m building my schedule for the semester to come and also, I just booked evening classes, one for muscle relaxation and one for learning how to sew (yay!!!) and I’m really looking forward to that.

Do you know what day we have?
Um yes, today is World Translation Day, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about.

It’s Bucks anniversary!!! One year ago today we picked up the little fluffball (okay maybe rather big ball o’ fur… it’s totally unfair that he leaves hair everywhere and doesn’t have to clean it up – he should be vacuum cleaning the flat, not me!!). He brings happiness and hair joy to our lives. I am so grateful for having a friend like him and I can’t imagine my life without his wet little nose nudging my hand anymore. I’m sure those of you who have dogs as well can relate to those feelings.

I feel I’ll have to make a scrapbook page for this memorable date. (Actually I could make a whole book with all the cute pics I already got… well step by step!)

He looks really blurry on this smaller version, if you click on the picture you’ll see the photo without the blur.

Today as we were preparing lunch (oven-roasted fish with a variety of vegetables) I was reminded of sharing this great link with you:

I am sure there is an English equivalent somewhere out there in the world wide web, but for the benefit of those of you who happen to understand German, this site gives you the inspiration you need for cooking and baking delicious food. The huge variety of recipes (at the moment there are almost 113 thousand of them) is a big bonus AND – now comes the best part – the recipes are evaluated with up to 5 stars by the community members, depending on how much they liked the dish that was prepared on the basis of the recipe shown. So for example, if you have chicken left and coconut milk, you just type both terms into the search box and you get all the results, then you sort them by rating and soon you’ll know which ingredients, how much time and what you need to do for a delicious meal!

Every year, for example, I choose a different cake to make for Renés Birthday and so far I have done good with using Chefkoch.de.

Every year, for example, I choose a different cake to make for Renés Birthday and so far I have done good with using Chefkoch.de.


Here are some of my favourite recipes I found thanks to this page: the yummy CINNAMON ROLL CAKE, the so-called Yogurt Bomb(e) or the very delicious Salmon-Spinach Lasagna. And by the way: the access to the recipes is free! Enjoy!

Now to some cards I made recently:

This is a tri-fold card on the basis of Ruth Hinds’ Birthday Card. I wanted a special card for Renés 25th and as the original card was already in masculine colours, it wasn’t hard for me to imagine my version of it. René said he really likes it, so: Thanks, Ruth!

For the outside I used the Squiggle Circle Border from Stampendous with Baby Blue Versacolor Pigment Ink, my 1 1/4″ circle punch and Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon with a staple.

For the second side I stamped Hero Arts “Graphic Dots” – again in Baby Blue ink – all over the paper and punched another 1 1/4″ circle.

When doing the final layer I realized that I don’t own a single birthday stamp 😀
So I improvised, cutting out a template in order to imitate the cake from the “eat cake” SU set. I think it worked pretty well. On the right you can see the scallop circle I punched out as well as some Certainly Celery DSP and the circle from the Priceless set mounted on dimensionals. All of the words in this card are handwritten (I tried not to let my real handwriting shine through ;D).

The following picture isn’t nearly as nice as the card would deserve it, but I needed to take a pic to show it to you immediately!

Now before you say anything, I know that the sentiment is crooked. I still like it though. These adorable lantern stamps are from Inkadinkado and were not exactly a bargain, but totally worth it! I was inspired by this cushion (which sits on my bed, oh I love it so much!) by Impressionen Versand

I really have a “thing” for cushions. I don’t know why I am so attracted to them, I just can’t stop buying cushions – strange, huh?! If my boyfriend knew how much I already spent on cushions, he’d call me nuts. Seriously. But you know, that would come from a guy who spent a total 2.300 € on two bikes… Heehee!
Back to the card: I stamped my own patterned paper and adhered it to the back of the layer where I cut out some sections of the lanterns. Then I used some Old Olive Twill Ribbon and paper ribbon from Ikea for additional interest. Next time I will try to stamp the lanterns directly onto DSP, I’m excited to see how that will work – I’ll let you know!

Before I end and hop blogs until I can’t hold my eyes open anymore go to bed, I have to show you some more of my favourite blogs about paper crafting:

If you’re familiar with Papertrey, I am sure you’ll recognize this incredible woman. It’s

HEATHER NICHOLS

and her creations make me speechless, really! I visit her blog at least three times a day *grin* Take a look at her work – much better than me trying to explain how awesome she is!

This pretty face belongs to another amazing paper crafter:

DAWN McVEY.

She is a part of the Papertrey Design Team as well and if you’ve seen her work, you’ll know why! Many of her cards are so adorable they make me want to sit down and recreate something similar immediately, she is so inspiring!

Anyway, that was all for today, I hope you’re having a great week!