Nachlese Xmas 2012

Hey peeps,

a Happy New Year to everyone of you!

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In case you were wondering – I’m still alive and well, it’s just that the holidays, a vacation and that whole being-self-employed thing can take up quite a lot of time. Also, in December I have posted some things in forums as opposed to my blog which added to my blogging hiatus.

So, without further ado, I’d like to show you some of the Christmas cards I made – hope you’re not too tired of looking at Christmas-related stuff 🙂

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This year’s go-to card design – very flat and mailable, yet with trendy elements like sewing, washi tape and glitter splatters.

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IMG_6088-002A little emerald green and woodgrain plus gold…

IMG_6094-002Some fun winter scenery courtesy of this lovely card made by the very talented Julie Ebersole.

IMG_6104-002Cute snowman (a brand-new Tim Holtz blueprint stamp) on diagonal stripes…

IMG_6247-001A little bird bringing winter wishes to dear friends…

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IMG_6081-002Some more sewing and stamping…

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IMG_6250-002Unfortunately, this lovely number apparently didn’t make it to its destination…

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IMG_6242-001And that would have been the card for my (celebrity superstar ;)) friend Dana, if the Swiss post would have bothered to deliver it to her… *insert grumpy face*

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I did hop onto the bandwagon of December Dailies in 2012 and since mine is not even halfway finished, here’s a sneak peek of the cover 🙂

What do you think? Any favourites among these?

Thanks for looking and see you soon!

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 🙂
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? 🙂 Give the byuuutiful furson a little cuddle from us 😉
(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-y  s-i-n-g-l-e  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. 😉

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 Fizz  and Certainly Celery. The butterflies were punched from patterned paper by Basic Grey (Bittersweet), Cosmo Cricket (Early Bird) and October Afternoon (Cherry Hill).  The two lower corners were rounded using the Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers. That’s all there is to it 🙂

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 🙂

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 N° 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 😉 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) 😉

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 😉

Color Inspiration #57

Thanks to ever busy Kristina, there’s another colour challenge!
I decided to take part despite the – for me – difficult colours.

Yep, those are six (okay, minus the neutral white there are five) colours, including mustard and red, whew.
Since I needed to stock up my stash of Thank You cards, here’s my take on the challenge:

I used my new Martha Stewart punch “Medium Glacial Snowflake” (super cute) and some patterned paper (MME Andrea Victoria, MME Bloom & Grow, Stampin’ Up So Saffron, PTI Pink Patterns, PTi Bitty Box Basics) to punch out the snowflakes, adhered them to a 4 1/2 inch square card (SU Whisper White CS) with 3D Glue Dots and stamped the sentiment (PTI Beyond Basic Borders) in L’Amour Red ink (PTI) before providing a finishing touch by rounding the corners with the 1/2 inch side of my beloved Corner Chomper.

I tried my best with the pictures, but it’s grey and snowing outside…

Anyway, thanks for looking and don’t forget:
The polls for the Christmas Card 2009 are still open 🙂

So long!

Il n’y en a pas cent

… but today there are two posts!

Just because I promised to show you the baby album I made for my cousin and there’s a set of two cards to participate in another challenge. I tend to be a promise-keeper, see?! 😉

First up the challenge: A Passion For Papertrey – Inspired by autumn. The Papertrey item is some of their Vintage Cream Topnotch Twill Ribbon. So pretty that I’ve just ordered another roll!

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My cards were not only inspired by autumn, but also shamelessly CASEd from this card by Maren Benedict (third picture). When I saw this I was reminded of my poor unused “Haunted” Rubons sitting in my drawer. So I just had to play along!

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Soooo, now you’re going to lay eyes on aforementioned album. It’s relatively small (6×6″) and I made it with a template from Amy Celona.

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Click on the small pictures to zoom.

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page 1 and 8

page 2

page 3

center page

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page 6 and 7

There’s too much product involved to list it all, but if you have a question, I’ll be happy to answer it!

Some details about the album:

– In the first small photo you can see two wax sheets with handmade embellishments. I made them so that my cousin can also embellish her photos after she’s put them into the album.

– The large areas covered with patterned paper are for photos and I included quite some journaling lines for notes and thoughts.

– The words on page 3 say “It’s a girl”.

– On the center page I’ve included a see-through pocket for something like a lock of hair or the hospital bracelet of the baby. Above it is a line for the calculated date of birth .

– In the label on the right flap of the center page it says “My name is” and below there’s space for details about the actual date of birth, time of birth, length, weight, hair and eyes.

– And on page six there’s another sheer pocket.

Whew what a lengthy post. Tell me how you like it, I’d really appreciate it!!
BTW the babys name is Mathilda and she’s super cute and super tiny 🙂
It’s late, ta ta for now!

P.S. The title’s from the lyrics of “La Lettre” by singer extraordinaire Renan Luce.

Die Jahreszeit der klammen Finger

… ist angebrochen.

The weather gets cooler, I get sick, my favourite blogger Amber is whining again – gotta be autumn now, don’t you think?

Some random notes:

1. I need a new haircut.

2. I’m typing this from my new acer aspire, because my old laptop couldn’t be restored. This was super expensive and so I can’t buy any food until… summer next year. (Just kidding – winter next year is more likely…)

3. I already finished 10 layouts for The Album.

4. I still need to find an album to put them in though. Any recommendations?

5. I am really excited to see what Stampin’ Up! will have in their new catty that comes out the 1st of October.

6. The election of the German government will take place on the 27th and if you don’t know who to vote for I’d highly recommend the Wahl-O-Mat.

7. In case you don’t want to vote, please take a look at the following video featuring the very intelligent Ulrich Wickert (if you happen to understand any German).

7. If you don’t understand any German, you could watch the election-related video I posted some time ago featuring the wonderful Craig Ferguson instead.

8. Meet todays card:

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The sentiment was written with a black SU marker by yours truly 😉 But it’s copied from the “French Script” font that I adore.

Gotta go to sleep now, have a good night!

ETA: The vid was found by the genius that is Thorsten. Thank you for telling me off, Mr. Perfect… 😛

Sofa so good

Yesterday I finally covered the lower part of my couch with the new fabric I bought. It’s striped, so it took quite some time to get everything straight and stapled – but! It’s finished and it looks so cool! I’ve had my old sofa for… oh ages and the pattern was so “90s” (ugh!). Now I just need to figure out how my new / old sewing machine works, then I can finish sewing the upper cover and voilà – my couch will be as good as new! I’ll share a picture when everything’s done 🙂

Now lookit what I got in the mail today…

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Say “awwwwwwwww” 😉
These are from My Cute Stamps and I think they’re indeed irresistibly cute! Those were also what I had in mind when I made the following card:

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The base is Basic Grey “Two Scoops – Very Berry Sundae”, the cherries are from SU!s Tart & Tangy Set. I inked them up with Real Red and Old Olive markers, stamped them in a random pattern and used glue and Dazzling Diamonds to make them sparkle. My SU! Scallop punch took a bite out of the top right corner (5 out of the top layer, 4 out of the bottom layer to give it some 3D effect). The chipboard letters are Basic Grey as well and the ribbon bow is Stampin’ Up!.

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Notice the Hello Kitty popsicle stick? Yep, I had Hello Kitty ice cream that day, then decided that the stick was too cute to simply throw it away. So I thoroughly cleaned it, let it dry and in the meantime made the card 🙂 Whaddya think?

Have a great, sunny day!

P.S. Just to give credit: Popsicle cards were around everywhere last summer, my source of inspiration was Lynn Larson. I stumbled upon the “Sweet Kawaii” set because of the hilarious Krystie Lee and her adorable samples using the set: for example this card, that card and the onesie. She’s super talented, no?

Secondary translation: you’re doin’ it wrong!

Of course there’s also a card to share, but first of all I have to tell you that I went to see “Milk” – a very good movie! Sean Penn was incredible, really. Great actor.
One thing though: I’d rather have seen it in English, which apparently had better voices and of course no bad translations.

Seriously, some mistranslations hurt me physically. I’m not saying I’m perfect, but these are mistakes that translators just shouldn’t make. Or of course, if the following examples weren’t translated by a professional, here are some good reasons to employ one:

In the movie, one guy says something like “Is it just me or is this guy incredibly cute” – the German version was “Bin das nur ich oder…”
-.-‘

Or in one episode of the Gilmore Girls, Rory declares “I’m cool with that” and they translated it with “Ich bin cool damit”

Or look at this bad boy AKA a Ben & Jerry’s ad:

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I’m sorry, but “in 2009” is not German.
And yet it’s conquering the German language – help!!

Some of the worst translational mistakes can be seen in the German versions of Stampin’ Up!s catalogues though. For example this little ugly thing:

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Just a little explanation: The English >>equivalent<< is "Kind people are the best kind of people." I don't think there's anything else to say but: WTF??!!!

I'm sorry, this might be what you'd call "Berufskrankheit" (occupational disease) but it makes my eyes bleed.
Seriously, people @ SU! Germany: You missed the point. Entirely. Please stop making all those gross mistakes. Produce something that we can use, for heavens sake! Thank you.

To finish, meet todays card:

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Have a good night!

Just overwhelmingly neat and sensational

It’s too damn hot to sleep!

How was your weekend?
Mine was fabulous in more ways than you can imagine. Hee.
Except for the facts that a) I didn’t get to sleep an awful lot and b) I have about a gazillion gnat bites. Well otherwise it would have been too perfect anyway 😉

I got to make a card kit for a friends birthday using the All Boxed Up template from PTI. She’ll receive it tomorrow, so I can’t show it to you yet, but instead I can show you a similar kit I made some time ago for another birthday girl 🙂

I made it using Basic Grey Offbeat Paper plus their matching stamp set “Farmers Market” as the main theme to tie everything together.
Other supplies are mainly from PTI, Stampin’ Up and Cosmo Cricket.
If you click on an image, you can see it in full and if you have any questions, don’t hestitate to leave a comment below 🙂

Hope you like it and you have a fab, sunny day!
Talk to you soon!