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

My newsprint fingers are turning a page

Hello all!
You might not believe it, but I’m still alive πŸ˜‰
After two weeks of Easter break plus 1 1/2 weeks of unplanned extension of my holidays (thank you, volcano), I find myself buried under heaps of work. Not surprising, is it?
Today I’ve got a test and tomorrow there’s an essay due that I’ve spent the whole of the weekend on (which means I haven’t learnt a thing for the test yet… oh my).
Anyhow, I have not yet been able to edit all the pictures we took, but rest assured that the next post will contain some πŸ™‚ In the meantime, here are some cards I made recently, enjoy!

This one might remind you of a Finally Friday from some time ago and since I had this cute butterfly lying around, I tried my hand on it. Btw I have no idea why the coral panel is wavy, but I suspect it has something to do with Auckland entering monsoon season…

This and the third picture were shot with my new camera, whaddya think? πŸ™‚

This card was for the birthday of a friend’s grandma. All the patterned paper is from the BG Lemonade 6×6 pad and yes, it took quite some time and glue-y fingers to create that background πŸ™‚

Last but not least, this little card follows in the footsteps of the recent Finally Friday card by Kristina Werner. All sorts of goodness on here: a leftover strip MME, a snip of Pink Paislee ribbon, a label from SU with a sentiment from Prima and the little heart is a Dear Lizzy glitter sticker.

Gotta go look at some slides from my course now, I hope you have a great week and don’t forget to go and say “happy birthday” to my friend Thorsten! πŸ˜‰

See you soon!

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 πŸ™‚

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 NΒ° 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 πŸ˜‰ 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) πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰

I wish I was someone better

Hey there!
How’ve you been? I hope you’re off to a great start for the New Year!
I’m back at home after the Christmas celebrations – did you have a great time, too?
My Christmas was lovely, I had so much fun seeing my family and some friends.

I wanted to share with you a selection of this year’s Xmas cards (41 altogether).
There’ll be some cards you have already seen, but without further ado – here are my 15 favourites from Christmas 2009:

(#1) Below you’ll find a poll, so pick your favourite – I’d love to see what you thought of them! This card was already featured in this post from October 2009.

(#2) This is a card you already know as well, see this post.

(#3) That one was created for Dawn’s 19th Color Challenge as can be seen here.

(#4) And finally the last card you will recognize from a post on my blog, made for the Moxie Fab Challenge “Christmas in the Old Country”.

(#5) This little round card has its “bigger brother” over here at Kristina’s blog, Holiday Card Series Day 6. I love love LOVE this tree. So adorable.

(#6) The inspiring example here was this card from Kelly Marie aka Lawn Fawn Cards. Love the simplicity and effectiveness of using all the different patterns. Plus this card is flat enough for mailing!

(#7) Another one from Kristina Werner’s Holiday Card Series – this time from Day 22. The colour scheme is pretty untraditional, PTI’s Saddle Stitch Ribbon in Lemon Tart is a perfect match!

(#8) If this one looks familiar to you, it might be that you’ve seen Day 21 of the Holiday Card Series from Kristina Werner.

(#9) This one’s a looser interpretation of Day 14 of the Holiday Card Series. If you like, here’s a detail picture.

(#10) The background of this card was embossed with glittery clear embossing powder (shortly before my heat gun died…), unfortunately you can’t really see that in the picture. It’s also a pretty straight forward CASE of Day 23 from Kristinas HCS.

(#11) That one is based upon this non-holiday card by Kelly Rasmussen. Just changed the butterflies to snowflakes and voilΓ !

(#12) This card isn’t based on anything, really. I needed some cards that were flat enough for the snail mail and this is my very favourite one, I think. It’s very sparkly IRL (see the sparkle in this picture?) and I wrote the sentiment myself πŸ™‚

(#13) This was one of my absolute faves from Kristina’s HCS – Day 12. Love the stripes, the buttons, the snowflakes, the sentiment, the colours – everything, really.

(#14) I’m not sure where I got the inspiration for this card from, might have been several cards from the HCS as well… I also wanted to break out my silver embossing powder! All in all I think this one turned out pretty masculine, I kinda like the look πŸ™‚

(#15) Last but most certainly not least, one of my top 3 this Christmas – based on Day 4 of the Holiday Card Series from Kristina. Here and here are close-ups of this card.

Now it’s up to you, which one do you like best?


Which card is your favourite?
#1 – Rhinestone Tree
#2 – Gingham Ruffles
#3 – Dawn\’s Colours
#4 – Old Country
#5 – Round Tree
#6 – Circles
#7 – Frohes Fest
#8 – Dots and Snowflakes
#9 – Jingle Bells
#10 – Wood Snowman
Auswertung


Which card is your favourite? (continued)
#11 – Colourful Snowflakes
#12 – Glittery Tree
#13 – Stripey Panel
#14 – Silvery Gifts
#15 – Circle Snowman
Auswertung

I know there are two polls, but please vote only once. Thank you πŸ™‚
If you have any questions about the materials I used, I’ll be happy to answer them!
Thanks for looking!
See you you soon!

P.S.: The title of this post refers to this song by Blood Red Shoes.

I’ve stopped keeping track

Hey friends!
How are things going in your corner of the world?
Over here it’s a grey day (great song btw), but at least it’s not raining (important thing for dog owners).

Anyhow, I’d like to share two cards for a challenge and there’s a blog award!

First off, I decided to take part in Dawn’s Color Challenge, here’s attempt #1:

Love the non-traditional colour scheme!! The idea is a total CASE from Heather Pulvirenti’s adorable snowflake card.
Everything is PTI (CS: Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Raspberry Fizz; Ribbon: Aqua Mist Grosgrain) except for the lavender/light pink bling (Basic Grey), the punched snowflakes (LSS) and the rub-on (SU).

And another try, this time as a birthday card for my Kiwi friend Amber (her bday is only in december, but I think she doesn’t read my blawg ;))

The deets are pretty much the same as in the first card, the letters are SU’s Jumbo Outline alphabet, the sentiment is from the SU set “Absolutely Fabulous” and the leaves (PTI Out on a Limb) were stamped with Versamark. Sorry for the bad pics, as I said it’s really dreary outside, hence the bad lighting. (BTW this is another shameless CASE from KWerner)

Next up, I got a blog award!! Yay!
Thanks to lovely Naomi *wave*

The rules are : I need to pass this award on to five people, comment on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word. (anybody who knows me, will know how incredibly difficult this is for me… ;))

1. Where is your cell phone? Desk
2. Your hair? Brunette
3. Your mother? BEST
4. Your father? dunno
5. Your favorite food? Spaghetti
6. Your dream last night? nothing
7. Your favorite drink? Alexander
8. Your dream/goal? NZ
9. What room are you in? no-brainer ^^
10. Your hobby? crafting
11. Your fear? failure
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? north
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something that you aren’t? perfect
15. Muffins? lemon
16. Wish list item? patience
17. Where did you grow up? Germany
18. Last thing you did? photograph
19. What are you wearing? jeans
20. Your TV? non-existent
21. Your Pets? Buck
22. Friends? awesome
23. Your life? rollercoaster
24. Your mood? lazy
25. Missing someone? yes
26. Vehicle? bike
27. Something you’re not wearing? earrings
28. Your favorite store? Impressionen.de
29. Your favorite color? green
30. When was the last time you laughed? yesterday
31. Last time you cried? yesterday
32. Your best friend? Julian
33. One place that I go to over and over? bathroom ^^
34. Facebook? yes
35. Favorite place to eat? Dossema Weinhof

Whew πŸ™‚ I’m passing this award on to some of my favorite bloggers as well:

* Silke (who sent me the outline alphabet stamps – dankeeee)
* Kerstin (fab German SU demo I met some weeks ago)
* Ute (a German scrapper whose creations are marvellous)
* Berdien (super inspiring dutch blog)
* Kalyn (a new addition to my reader :))

Now go have a look, you won’t regret it!
Okay, gotta go back to the 44 pages of presentation that tomorrow’s (insane?!) speaker sent us ^^
Have a great Sunday!! (and leave a comment ;))

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚ 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.

Feels just like it should

Tonight is a reaaaally good one πŸ™‚ We’re having some yummy homemade dinner, Kir PΓ©tillant and good conversation. Love it.
Of course I have to show you the card I made for the Passion for Papertrey Challenge. The girls challenged us to make round cards, so I made a birthday card for a friend using 1 1/4″ circles punched out of Papertreys exclusive Stampers Select White Cardstock.

blush birthday

The cute patterned paper is from Basic Grey (Blush & Offbeat) while the idea came from “A Year in Cards – February” by Kristina Werner.
Hope you like it!

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 πŸ™‚
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 πŸ˜€
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 πŸ˜‰

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

Challenge virgin ;)

Hey everybody!
It’s me with a quickie post for today, wanting to show you the card I made for Kristina Werner’s Color Inspiration Challenge #50.

042509-colors

Yes, it’s true – I’ve never ever participated in a challenge before πŸ™‚

Unexpectedly, I had a really great time today at the Monday Conference (whispered interpreting German into English at a guided tour in the State Horticultural College and Research Institute in Heidelberg, Germany) and so when I got home I was all cheered up and in the right mood to make my card as a contribution to the 50th CIC. I’ve seen all of her challenges so far and I’m constantly amazed by her talent and her willingness to share it with us, so:
Thank you Kristina, you’re the best!!

‘Nuff said, here’s what I made:

cic-50

I decided to use Kristina’s “Retro Elephant” card as a guideline. I cut some Cosmo Cricket “Jacks World” paper with a hobby blade and Fiskars Scallop border punch. Before adhering it to the PTI Dark Chocolate Cardstock, I decided to embellish the yellow scallop strip with a small hole punch. I then drew some faux stitching with a Signo White Gel Pen, threaded SU!s retired (why???) twill ribbon in Chocolate Chip through the cute little felt star (Making Memories) and punched out the scallop circle from another sheet of CCs “Jacks World” paper (first a 1 3/8 inch circle then centered the scallop circle punch over it). I popped it up with cut up dimensionals and covered it in Glossy Accents. Done! πŸ™‚ [In case you were wondering, yes the blemishes on the Cosmo Paper have to be there. If you’ve ever had a close look at some Cosmo Paper, it’s just how it looks like. Vintage and all ;)]

I really hope you like it – if you do, I’d really appreciate if you leave a comment!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Blog-hopping deluxe

I’m a girl that’s not so easy to please (that sentence will get me a nod from RenΓ© ;)). I’m very picky when it comes to layouts, cards and all that stuff. Well, everyone of us has their own style and likes/dislikes.

Now I’m going to recommend some of the blogs I read frequently at the moment:

First of all:

This is my favourite blog, written by the same incredibly talented woman who is the author of The Fashion Police.net. She lives in Scotland (very rainy) with her husband (very funny) and her dog (very scary ;)).
I love her stories and the hilarious stuff – she writes oh so well! (I have to admit, I sent her a handmade Christmas Card last year just because I love her stuff so much… Does that make me a geek?)


A great blog for my new hobby is

She’s only 4 years older than me and I admire her! She designs for several companies and her work is really inspiring. Her blog is a constant source of eye candy and her handwriting is to die for – seriously! I’m picky as I told you, but Kristinas style is just so… so…
I guess WOW describes it best πŸ™‚


Another must-see blog is

She’s a Designer & the Co-owner of Papertrey Ink, one of my favourite companies where I’m going to place an order in the very near future (hello gorgeous stamps, hello tasty colours, helloooo cute ribbon!!! [hello empty bank account!]). Anyhow, her blog contains awesome creations and I love her often very clean and crisp layouts. Go and have a look!


Now last but not least I’d like to mention

    ANDREA WALFORD

She is an extremely successful Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator from Canada and I find her blog so inspiring! Be sure to check out her wonderful creations

So, as much as I love Germany (wouldnΒ΄t want to live in the States even if you paid me for it, sorry – although… scratch that! If you paid me, I totally would – I’m young and need the money), I am sooo jealous of all the ladies that live there since they get to do classes, parties, conventions… and all that stuff. Let me tell you, I envy you guys!