But wait, there’s more!

Hey there πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰ ), 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 πŸ™‚ (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! πŸ˜‰

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.

MerkenMerken

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What’s in a name?

Well hello,

Didn’t expect me that early in the week, huh? πŸ™‚

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 (NΒ° 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” ChallengeΒ which is all about names this time – I know my card is missing a mascot, but it has all the other elements πŸ™‚

Cheerio!
Nina

MerkenMerken

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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 πŸ™‚
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? πŸ™‚ Give the byuuutiful furson a little cuddle from us πŸ˜‰
(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-yΒ  s-i-n-g-l-eΒ  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

I don’t beg, I don’t borrow, I steal.

Nice lyrics, aye? And she can sing, too. NOT FAIR. πŸ˜‰

How’s your weekend been? Over here in autumnal Germany we did some planting, some pumpkin soup cooking and the odd translation thrown in to torture me for good measure. Gotta get my olde self back into shape for the semester, otherwise there won’t be any thesis-writing, but rather there’ll be my arch enemy called procrastination – and one thing is for sure: I can’t afford that.

I got two things to show you today: Firstly, I made some wedding invitation cards for a friend.

They had to be simple and mailable while being appropriate for the occasion. The cardstock & flower stamps are from Stampin’ Up, the alphabet is American Crafts, the ampersand is from Studio Calico. Ink was Staz-on Stone Grey as well as Berry Sorbet, Raspberry FizzΒ  and Certainly Celery. The butterflies were punched from patterned paper by Basic Grey (Bittersweet), Cosmo Cricket (Early Bird) and October Afternoon (Cherry Hill).Β  The two lower corners were rounded using the Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers. That’s all there is to it πŸ™‚

On a more christmas-sy note, I did totally not show you all the stuff I made for Christmas last year and since time is ticking away (only 2 more months, can you believe it? Soon I’ll be digging out Xmas carols again, wow) I though I’d start sharing some more.
Here are some ornaments I made using plain wooden trinkets from Ikea (I’ve not seen them there this year, unfortunately):

I made two or three more that I didn’t give away and still need to take pictures of. These are really inexpensive gifts and everyone loved them, so maybe you’ll give it a whirl this season. If you have any questions, let me know.

Oh well, I’ll better get some rest, got early lectures tomorrow.
See you!!
Nina

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˜‰

Lucky Girl

Hey there!

Yes, I am indeed still alive.
Lectures end on Friday, it’s February… things are starting to get more and more exciting.
One great thing: Yesterday my topic for the diploma thesis was accepted. YAY me!!
Many other great things are happening and are to happen still.

I just made a card (that I can’t show you yet, damn), but instead I’ll show you some frames I made for Christmas.

This one was for my mom:

Ingredients:
IKEA frame, Rub-On by Lily Bee Design, Holiday Mix Vintage Buttons (Papertrey Ink) [adhered with Glue Dots], Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Jack’s World, Lil’ Man) , My Mind’s Eye (Snowed In, Be Merry), October Afternoon (Good Cheer, Cherry Hill), Basic Grey (Figgy Pudding, Blush).

And this manly version was created for my friend Thorsten:

Thanks for looking!

Leaving on a jet plane

Hey there!
How are you? It’s been way busy over here, for the last weeks I’ve been running around like a headless chicken and there’s no end in sight. Well actually, that’s untrue. The end will come on February 19th which will apparently be the day I get on a plane and fly far, faaaar away (Auckland and Heidelberg are precisely 18,244 km apart). So, now you know. I still don’t know how I am supposed to survive without my crafting stuff though (there’s a limit of 30 kg plus 7 kg hand luggage). Not for more than two weeks… and certainly not for five months.

Meet today’s card, it’s a sweet mix of Cosmo Cricket and PTI goodness. Rustic Cream cardstock, some Early Bird patterned paper, clear embossed polka dots and BG chipboard letters – voilΓ !

Anyway, gotta go, still lots of work to do, people to call, forms to fill in… you get the picture.
See yas!