Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?

Just popping by to say hi and to share a card.
On Thursday we saw “(500) Days of Summer” – very cool film. If you think about seeing it, take a look at this fun video (which is not included in the film, they did that just for fun).

Love love LOVE her outfit. And the song you hear is from Zooeys band “She & Him” – yep, not only is she stunning, a great actress, has a neat sense of style AND can dance – she also knows how to sing like a nightingale. Talk about fair… 😉
Anyhow, it was a very enjoyable movie!

Yesterday the notorious Rollercoaster Party took place and since I didn’t catch an awful lot of sleep, I’m going to slouch on the couch for most of the day. Ready for my latest Xmas card?

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Bling from Basic Grey, sentiment by Stampendous, tree by PTI, ribbon from BoBunny, patterned paper from stash, Cardstock is retired SU (Cranberry Crisp), inks are PTI Landscape and L’amour Red

Bye everyone!

Colleagues! Non-flushing is terrorism!

This title was the subject of one of the spam-mails I got some weeks ago – I thought it was hilarious, so there you have it 😉

Anyhow, I’m still visiting my mom (and I’m still sick), she had a great birthday and I managed to get the 24 layouts finished just in time. Stay tuned for pictures from the album, I’ll post them (one layout at a time) soon!

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Here’s a list of random thoughts.

#1 – Some really enjoyable movies I watched recently: “Up” from Pixar (super hilarious, esp. if you’re a dog owner), “Benny & Joon” (from 1993 with a very young yet brilliant Johnny Depp) and “Me & Marley” (boy did I cry… is there anything sadder than a dying dog?!!).

#2 – My Google reader currently lists 431 unread articles. Apparently not being online for four days means loads of great stuff to read/see. {insert happy sigh}

#3 – I’m too sick to visit my cousin and her new baby. Dang. But I made her a video message (imagine a camera, lots of smiling and too much head wagging).

#4 – The semester starts in about a week and I have this kind of ambiguous feeling of looking forward to new challenges vs. being scared to death because of the expectations (of teachers, family, but probably of mostly myself).

#5 – I just bought my first-ever paper flowers (Generally not a big fan of Primas and such) – Sprites N° 3. We’ll see how we get along 😉

#6 – My printer refuses printing. The very moment the new semester starts I will have to print stuff (speeches etc.). This means buying a new one. Grrrrr-eat… What is it about all those expensive electronic devices dying?

#7 – In my next post there will be pictures of the baby album I made, so for now just a card (above: with siblings). Enjoy!

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ETA: The idea for these cards came from those beauties by Dawn McVey.

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 😉 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.
Voilà, 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:

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All the same, yet all different. 😀 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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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
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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 🙂
I hope all of you are having a very merry Christmas & a great holiday season, take care!

XoXo – Nina

My New Favourite Thing

So I got me a new hobby.
As I’ve always loved crafting, it was only a short hop to scrapbooking and rubber stamping. First I discovered the cute projects at Stampendous.com in my search for inspiration for my last year Christmas Cards. (I have quite a large family, so it’s impossible to buy a suitable gift for everyone, that’s why everyone gets a handmade card.)

Anyway, I am all new to this hobby and I still don’t have all the tools and stuff I’d need (yeah I know, just another excuse to spend a whole lot of money…) but it’s so much fun and somehow therapeutic. You don’t have to think really hard about anything, you just sit there, cutting things, adhering stuff, measuring and stamping… It’s really meditative.

I’m going to post some of the cards I made recently, here’s N° One:

That’s a square card which I CASEd (Copy And Steal Everything) from someones blog. The crisp and simple design looks great!

Btw I really love it when people (most do) have a Copyright Sign over their images since I save them to my inspiration folder and afterwards I can’t tell where I got the idea from. So if this picture looks familiar to you, please tell me where this is originally from so I can link to the other blog.

I made this for a good friend of mine who moved out of town and will be spending the next semester in Granada as Erasmus student. I’ll really miss her and so the saying on this card was just what I wanted to say.

Supplies:

SU Priceless Stamp Set
White Square Card ( x ), Lime Green Cardstock, White Linen Paper
Versamark Amethyst Ink, Versamark Lime Ink
SU Flower Brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware Silver Kit