Wake up! It’s your day!!

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Hey there 🙂

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?!! 😀

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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 🙂

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!

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But wait, there’s more!

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Hey there 🙂

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 😉 ), 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 🙂 (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! 😉

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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What’s in a name?

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Well hello,

Didn’t expect me that early in the week, huh? 🙂

Here we are with a card featuring the name of a very cute girl that was recently born.
A personalized card somehow makes for a more special statement – and what could be more special than the day a new life comes into this world?

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This is another instance where I’ve made good use of my stash of snippets (N° 1 see here) – it’s mostly Crate Paper, with a tiny bit of Stampin’ Up and an old book page thrown in for good measure. If you look really closely, you’ll find the words “Liebe” (love), “Dank” (thanks) and “Freude” (joy) on there ❤

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The bottom of this landscape card was embossed using PTI’s Cane Print Impression Plate and everything was finished off with a banner cut with the Silhouette, a handwritten sentiment and a lovely bow using embroidery thread in a soft, buttery yellow complementing the book print “N” and the backgrounds of some of the other letters.

The alphabet dies are Papertrey Ink as well.

I’m entering this card in the “Task for Two Tuesday” Challenge which is all about names this time – I know my card is missing a mascot, but it has all the other elements 🙂

Cheerio!
Nina

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Birthday Shaker Card

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Hey everyone,

How are things in your neck of the woods?

Today I’ve got a cute and girly card for you, using up some of those many, many border strips I’m sure most of you paper crafters have lying around en masse.

20180514_192333_FotorSo I decided to finally utilize some of the heaps of border strips and cuts I have, and to do that I first sorted them roughly into three categories: “masculine“, “feminine” and “neutral“. As a cardmaker, these are the categories most cards will fall into.

Got pink or glitter, butterflies and bows?
That instantly says “feminine”.

Got blue and green, texture and a cleaner design?
That might give your card a more “masculine” feel.

IMG_20180525_142729_681With this one, I first placed some border strips in a way that pleased me, then glued them down. Next, I cut a circle (Inside and Out Stitched Circle by Die-Namics, love that stitching!), sprinkled on some ink splatters (Mr. Hueys in Inky Black and Warm Calico) and glued some vellum underneath it. Using foam tape, some paper confetti in fun, coordinating colors and a piece of white cardstock, I turned it into a shaker window.

Yay for confetti!! *whee*

20180514_192245_FotorTo finish it off, I added a “Congrats” (Studio Calico) die-cut from golden shimmer cardstock and added a bow with some of that lush Garn&Mehr bakers twine.

This card was then written and sent to my best friend for her birthday, because I thought it really matches her fun, playful personality and also she does love pink 🙂

Anyhow, that’s it from me for today – bye for now!
And always remember: Wherever you go, bring your own sunshine ❤

Have a lovely Sunday,
Nina


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Mother’s Day

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Hello there 🙂

So, Mother’s Day was last Sunday and of course I thought about what would put a smile on my mom’s face.

Now she loves flowers and at some point she complained how in German, you don’t say “I love you” to your mom & family, because this is generally reserved for romantic love. German has “Ich habe dich lieb” for close family, a somewhat toned down version (more a “I am very fond of you” thing) which some believe is rather fitting for the German soul/style in general 😉

Well, in order to circumnavigate any linguistic pitfalls and make her truly happy on Mother’s Day, I decided to go bold and do a watercolor card as taught by the awesome Cathy Zielske here.

And yes, Cathy is partly responsible for me buying that gorgeous stamp set by Altenew (Beautiful Day) and very much responsible for me buying a fair amount of those a-ha-mazing Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers 😀 As she herself would tell you: Those pens are the shiiiizzz 😉

Now, onto the card:

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I decided on a slightly softer version than the original, stitching a delicate frame with the sewing machine. Marker colors are Scarlet Red, Carmine Red and Mid Green.

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I really played around with some different colors and different approaches to coloring the images – this one was done with some blotting off before going back in.

And as you can see, my mom got her “I love you” (sentiment by Ali Edwards), both on the card and in the words I wrote to her, to thank her from the bottom of my heart for all the things, big and small, that she’s done for me and us over the years. She’s an awesome mom ❤

I’ll leave you with that and will see you soon with one of the next creations I have up my sleeve 🙂

Wishing you a lovely long weekend,
Nina

Wedding Album – Part Two

Hey there 🙂
Today, as promised, I’ll show you the rest of the album from my last post.
Let’s start where we left off:

IMG_9164As you can see, I made a little banner using the fabric that also covers the outsides of the book. In between every page, there is some extra paper to account for the thickness of the photos that are going to be added to the album later. Thus, you avoid the spine being to thin and the book gaping wide open after filling it with your pictures.

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The french newspaper lent itself perfectly for the occasion – the bride and groom had lived together in Paris for several years before they moved to Beijing later. On the left you can see a little pocket containing a tag for some secret journaling to be added. (Yes, the flower got a bit smashed, not a biggie.)

IMG_9170Stamping those butterflies and splattering Mr. Huey’s onto patterned paper produced some great results and was really fun. (Why yes, that ginormous splotch of pink was placed there intentionally, what did you think?!?!)

IMG_9176I don’t know if you know the feeling, but whenever I make an album for anyone, I’m always thinking: Ha, the whole paper-hoarding was good for something after all! 😀 (and therefore, I do not have “too much” paper, because duh! the next album could be needed really soon and then I’d better have all the supplies ready!)

IMG_9181 And the last page is mere embellishment (gotta have at least one of those, too!) and a little white tag in a glassine bag for the happy couple to include journaling about their special day.

Aaand that’s all 🙂 Again, a huge “thank you” to Tara Anderson for that marvelous inspiration. So, let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you here again next week!

Have yourself a lovely weekend!
Nina

 

Wedding Album – Part One

Hey y’all!
How’s it? Hope you had a nice Easter holiday!

I’m just stopping by today to show you some photos of an album I made for a friend’s wedding but never got around to showing you.
So here it is, heavily inspired by the great Tara Anderson and her wedding album.

First off, the cover:

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It’s a japanese binding; the chipboard was covered in Heather Bailey Fabric and my favourite Maya Road ribbon was stitched to the backside so as to be able to close it in the front with a bow.

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I included 20 layouts, all embellished and then sorted, glued together back-to-back, punched and bound into the album.

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The papers are mixed –  some old, some new – Crate, October Afternoon, Sassafras, ILS, Basic Grey, Studio Calico, My Mind’s Eye and Pink Paislee.

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As you can see, the general color scheme is white/pink/yellow/black and silver.

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To keep the look consistent, I continually used silver sequins, splatters, flag/ banner shapes, butterfly stamps, old French newspaper, four types of washi, doilies, tickets, tags flowers and twine.

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Different kinds of glue/dimensionals as well as stitching and mini staples were added to attach the embellishments.

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Okay, and that’s it from me today, I hope you enjoyed and come back for the second part of the album next week.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to use the comments form below 🙂

See ya!
Nina

ETA: Added the link to Tara’s wedding album post. Make sure to have a look, it’s gorgeous!