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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Nยฐ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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:
lovebird felt

Whaddya think? The Dark Chocolate Cardstock as well as the Polka Dot Paper were in the lovely mail from the UK ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

felt flower clean

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.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰
Now onto some cards I made not so long ago for a colleague:

silv konfi closeup

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

silv konfi

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.

silv kommu

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.

silv bday closeup

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.

silv bday

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!


Out

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

ananas paper

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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ananas env2

ananas env3

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.

ananas one

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

ananas two

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

ananas three

Ribbon: Papertrey Ink Plum Pudding in almost all its variations

ananas four

Accessories: punches (corner rounder!!), embossing powder, white & purple buttons, hemp twine, white thread, white gel pen, glossy accents… just to name a few ๐Ÿ˜‰

ananas five

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.

buck buddeln

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:

Watch 1×01 – BBooks in Unterhaltung  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

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

Dance With Somebody

Happy Mothers Day everyone!

kwerner flowers
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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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?

new home limb

Anyways ๐Ÿ˜€
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

The book closes and we try to forget

Yesterday all the bulky furniture was moved to my new home, yay! Thanks to my brother and my friend Thorsten, I have to say. That rhymes, so it’s gotta be true ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, now I’m sitting in a pretty empty room and so far I haven’t done a thing for the two tests (both medicine) coming up in three days/ one week. The classes were really interesting, but I’m such a slacker when it comes to actually memorize stuff for one test or another.
On a different note, I’m all excited for the new closet, bed and cupboard I’ll order in a week or so. Then the “holidays” will have started and I can finally move out here. So looking forward to having my very own flat!

Now, as I promised in the last entry, I’ll show you something I made in my sewing class at evening school: The famous Card Sending Kit, very much inspired by Heather Nichols’ incredible example! As soon as I laid eyes on this little treasure, I knew it would be perfect to make as Xmas gift for my mom and – as silly as this might sound – this very kit was the decisive factor that made me want to take the class! Blaming it all on Pine, heehee.
Voilร , mission accompli:

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It was my very first project (never used a sewing machine before EVER) and it took me 2 classes (6 hours) to finish the felt etui. I used light grey thick felt, a soft dark grey thin felt and cutesy buttons from my local craft/sewing store, white and light blue yarn and Papertreys lovely Aqua Mist Grosgrain Ribbon.

The supplies for the cover are: PTI Kraft Cardstock, SU Whisper White CS, SU! Linen Twine, Inkadinkado Snowflake (from the Holiday Collection Rubber Stamp Set) stamped with an Encore Silver Pad and the sentiment is from Stampendous Tiny Tags Clear Stamp Set in Perfect Match Dark Chocolate Ink.

Concerning the etui, one thing you really have to pay attention to is that if you use two layers, the outer one will be quite a bit shorter because of the bend. And also, you have to watch out for the creases when sewing together the long edges, otherwise it won’t look as nice. A very good hint from my sewing teacher concerning seaming together the different tissues (the ribbon is smoother than the felt and therefore runs faster): take a piece of sturdy paper or something similar and place it between the top of all your tissues and the presser foot, just beside the needle. Here’s a look at the inside:

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In the pockets I tucked five matchingly stamped envelopes, a pen (embellished on the inside and outside with Stampin Ups retired Buckaroo Blue Double Stitched Ribbon) and the following cards:

csk1von5

csk2von5

csk3von5

csk4von5

csk5von5

All the same, yet all different. ๐Ÿ˜€ The cutie bird is from Inkadinkado’s Birds Galore Set and the yummy DSP is SU! Wintergreen (retiring!! Can you believe that?!! I soo love this paper, it has all of my favourite colours, boohoo). The “Danke” (Thanks) was stamped in Versamark Sage Craft Ink, SU! River Rock and SU! Certainly Celery and the black writing was done with a black gel pen (using my computer for copying nice fonts – did I mention my own handwiriting is SO not pretty :D).

Well, I hope you enjoyed this, I am now off to start reading stuff for the tests. And in a week or so I’ll move the rest of my things to my new home.
NEW LIFE STARTS IN 3… 2… 1…

Take care!

P.S. If you need a laugh, look at Ambers new entry about sleep talk – made me laugh!

So this is Christmas

… and what have I done?
I was pretty busy in the last time, and I know you all were, too. It’s Christmas, d’uh!
Anyways, I was also busy wrapping gifts and making cards, so I decided to post my top ten of the cards I made (must have been about 25 total). Here they are, enjoy!

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4squares

snowman-feltstar

branch_button

baubles-and-buttons1

snowman-button

sew-wintergreen

handsewn-pink-buttons1

branch-feltstar1

pomegranate-snowman

Now it’s up to you to decide which one you like best!

Which card is your favourite?
#1 – Happy Holidays Flag
#2 – Four Squares
#3 – Snowman Felt Star
#4 – Branch Button
#5 – Baubles and Buttons
#6 – Snowman Button
#7 – Sew Wintergreen
#8 – Handsewn Pink Buttons
#9 – Branch Felt Star
#10 – Pomegranate Snowman
Auswertung

I won’t list all the materials I’ve used to make these, but just to give you at least some ideas what the cards are made from:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft CS, SU Wild Wasabi, SU Buckaroo Blue, SU Old Olive, SU Sage Shadow,SU Purely Pomegranate, SU Very Vanilla
DSP: SU Wintergreen, SU Dashing, SU Chocolate Chip
Ink: PTI Dark Chocolate, Versamark White, Versamark, Encore Silver, SU Real Red

Ribbon is from PTI & SU, I also used some white Embossing Powder, SU Hodgepodge Hardware Silver brads and the rest is from local stores.
The cutie snowman I used so much is from Inkadinkado (the baubles & the snowflake are, too), the branch is from the PTI Out on a limb Set, the sentiments are from Stampendous, Inkadinkado and PTI.
If you have questions, feel free to ask!

Anyways, we’re all getting ready for opening presents and as it’s already dark outside, it won’t be long ๐Ÿ™‚
I hope all of you are having a very merry Christmas & a great holiday season, take care!

XoXo – Nina

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Renรฉs Birthday and so far I have done good with using Chefkoch.de.

Every year, for example, I choose a different cake to make for Renรฉs 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 Renรฉs 25th and as the original card was already in masculine colours, it wasn’t hard for me to imagine my version of it. Renรฉ 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 ๐Ÿ˜€
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 โ‚ฌ 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!

Random stuff

So here are just some things I wanted to fit in an entry but have not a lot to do with each other, so it would’ve been difficult to connect them.


[1] Saturday we went shopping (yay!) for some clothes for Renรฉ and I didn’t buy anything (ha!) but at the very end I ventured into a beauty store and bought my FIRST EVER BENEFIT Make Up.
Yes, you read that correctly. Until only 3 days ago I used to be a BENEFIT VIRGIN. There you have it.
I’ve always wanted to try out their products since I read quite a lot of good things about them over at Hey Dollface, but of course they’re not for a student’s budget. So anyway, I didn’t really know what to buy so I chose the “realness of concealness” kit. That way I get to try several products at once, which is great if you’re not sure if and how well they work on you.

[2] Now what I wanted to share with you as well is a link to the blog of a friend, it’s FILMABEND by Thorsten and is only for those of you who understand German – sorry! He used to write movie reviews, so on his blog you’ll find exactly that plus some personal stuff etc. What I’ve read so far was exactly what I thought of the movies as well and I am really impressed with his observation skills. So go and check out his site! ๐Ÿ™‚

[3] Over to some of the cards I made recently:

This is the “Crazy Dog” by Inkadinkado and the sentiment is the “Posie greetings” from Stampendous. The River Rock DSP and the River Rock double stitched ribbon are complimented by a Bo Bunny Brad (Chocolate collection). The combination of the brad and the ribbon was inspired by a card that I can’t seem to find now. If it was your card, please stand up (if you’re slim shady, you may keep your seat).p>


There we got a card clearly inspired by the Stampin’ Up Celebrate Notecard which I loved the second I laid eyes on it. Clean and fresh – just how I like it. Ingredients include the Priceless Flower Stamp (SU) and dotted ribbon from Making Memories.


What I got inspired from to make this card were the window cards by Joanna Wassens – she does some great stuff, make sure to check her blog! To create this, I used the “Paper Salon Tailored Tins Smitten Alphabet” – the sentiment is stamped in Certainly Celery on special cardstock with shimmering fibers inside, that’s where the shadows come from (the “asterisk” is actually the tiny flower from the SU Priceless Set). What you see through the circular windows is a very wide dotted chocolate coloured ribbon, so if you opened the card you’d see the whole strip of ribbon.


Now here’s a card I needed to make, the original is just soooooo cute! And it’s so incredibly easy to make!!! I wrote the sentiment with a white gel pen on the arrow I “eyeballed”. The ribbon is from “Spice it up”, everything else is from my local craft store.

So that is all from the card front for today, hope you enjoyed it!

[4] Here’s a bit of information for you, if – like me – you’re located in Germany and searching for scrapbooking/ rubberstamping/ cardmaking supplies:
In order to help you, I’ll tell you where I bought my stuff so far:

The first (big!) order I got from the USA was from Krafty At Krafts and I can totally recommend it. They have lots of different brands in stock, amongst them some my favourites like Stampendous, American Crafts, Inkadinkado…

A second order (bigger!) I got just recently from Addicted To Rubberstamps . The quality of the products is impeccable, unfortunately they declared the stuff just as they were so I had to go to the customs office and “buy” my package from them (they charge the tax rate depending the kind of products), but still it was very nice to work with them and they shipped sooo fast!

Of course I also ordered stuff on eBay (especially Stamin’ Up!) and I can recommend it, although ordering from many different American & Australian retailers is not a bargain if you’re thinking of all the additional shipping costs. Yet still you just don’t get all the great stuff here, so eBay has become a good friend of mine ever since I started to stamp.

Soon (not this month though – I decided to go on a shopping diet – so no crafting supplies until October!) I’m going to place an order at Papertrey Ink. Their stuff is too cute to be true! I love their style and I’m looking forward to the new releases for winter.

Another online store that is going to get a big order is Two Peas in a Bucket. At the moment they have quite a large SALE section, where everyone can find reduced items to his or her her taste.

Where do you shop for crafting supplies? I’d be happy about some more tips!

So, thanks for stopping by, I’m off to buy a new printer cartridge (for the cute Nancy Kubo designs!). See yas!

Handmade

To give you some more pleasant pictures than the ones I posted earlier today, here are some pretty cards I made in the last days:

That’s one I made really quickly, using the ideas of this card by Andrea Walford.

Supplies:

SU Priceless Stamp Set, Saying by Inkadinkado
Sky Blue Card, SU Polka Dot Designer Paper, Wasabi Green CS,
White Linen Paper, White CS
Versamark Cyan Ink, Versamark Black Onyx Ink
Brads and Metal Accent from SU Hodgepodge Hardware Silver
Scallop Scissors, Needle

This card was inspired by the Gift Card Holder from Andrea Walfords Tutorial. I love the little ladybugs, they’re so cute! If anyone is looking for the supplies list, let me know by posting a comment and I’ll get back to you.

This is a card I made for my mom because she wasn’t feeling so well. I guess the cutesy apples and colours cheered her up ๐Ÿ™‚ I made it with my beloved Tart & Tangy Mini Stamp Set and the layout ideas from… Andrea Walford! (NOOOO I hear you scream in amazement)

Now last but not least the famous popsicle card I made for my brothers birthday:

This is an idea perfect for the Tart & Tangy Stamps, CASEd from Lynn Larson. It looks great in person and is such a fun card, easy to make and absolutely lovely looking.

Now that was the first series of my leisure time activities photos, I hope you enjoyed them!