Montag, 26. Juli 2010

May I have this dance?

Et voilà! Another non wedding card ^___~ This is the second card I made for my grandmother. It is even simpler than the first one, but I like it. Sometimes more or less clean and simple is just so much better.

I'll submit this card for the #2 challenge at Wild Orchid Challenge.

I'm a little short on time, so no details on what this card is made off. Sorry!

Hey and if you have a minute after reading this, would you click the shiny new banner under my blog's header. It's for my boyfriend's christmas present, a really good cause ;o)

Sonntag, 25. Juli 2010

Little Tilda makes a wish

I promised you no more wedding cards for at least one post and here I present you: Not a wedding card *lol*.

My grandmother asked me to make some birthday cards for her to stash away for whenever she needs one. I managed to make two before I left for my parent's on Wednesday, so this is the first one. I kept these cards a little simpler, not so many incredients than I used for the last 4-5 projects.

Ink: Tuxedo Memento Black, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass
Paper: Pearlescent cardstock, Magnolia
Coloring: Copic
Flowers & leaves: Wild Orchid Craft
Other: Doily, glimmer spray (self made), Spellbinders, Stickles

I have another one with Tilda left to show you next and after that I'll try to do some non-cute, since Tilda isn't the best choice to give to you 80 somewhat old sister for her birthday. At least this is what my mother thinks XD

Bad news from the weekend: My car didn't make it. I went to my parents, because my car had to get a new goods vehicle test certificate. But my exhaust and seemingly also my brakes didn't survive the horrible winter we had intact (damn all that salt!!) and that is a much to severe defect to get the sticker *sigh*.
See, my car is already over 13 years old, every repair might well be more expensive than what my car is worth. But a friend of ours promised me he could fix it once more and it would not cost over a 1000 Euros like I would pay at the shop, so I had to leave it behind. I'll get it back after August 16th.
I really need to start thinking up a savings plan, because I have to face reality: It's very unlikely I'll get another certificate sticker in 2012. One probably never wants to lose their first car, do they? I still remember when my mother bought it in 1997. How I convinced her that she had to take the black version (it was a limited special edition only available in black or red... the red was ugly). She already said back then that this car would be mine one day. *gg*
Well... keep your fingers crossed for my little baby.

Mittwoch, 21. Juli 2010

And again the wedding bells ring

I solemnly swear that I'll not show a wedding card with my next post ;o)

I made this card for a friend of my mother and kept it a bit simpler than the last 2. Oh, and I used Distress Ink Spun Sugar for the first time. What a delicious color that is!

Stamp: Magnolia Wedding Collection
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Lulu Lavender, Distress Ink Spun Suguar
Coloring: Copics
Paper: Pearlescent cardstock, Tim Holz
Flowers: Wild Orchid Craft
Other: Lace and beads from stash, doily from Joanna Sheene, satin ribbon dyed with Copic R81, glimmer spray (selfmade), Nellie Snellen Die Cut, Martha Stewart punch

Dienstag, 20. Juli 2010

Golden Wedding

Several months ago my grandmother asked me to make a card for her to give away at a golden wedding she'll be attending in August.
This project really could be called "the waiting project".

First I found THE perfect Kanban paper on QVC UK. It was on waitlist, so I ordered it... an waited.
Then I heard that Magnolia was releasing a wedding collection. Up to this point, I had planned to use my Whiff of Joy Wedding Stamps, but I absolutely obsessively adore Magnolia... so I waited until they could be ordered.
I wanted to do this Vintage Glass effect for the image, just letting it look more like an old photo, not only big cracks, but small crackles as well... but I didn't have regular clear embossing powder and our local store didn't stock it. I had to go to Mainz to by it... again waiting.

So I finally finished that card yesterday. Woohoo. About time though, I'll be gone Thursday and Friday to visit my parents and my grandmother and that will be the last time before that wedding.

Stamp: Magnolia Wedding Collection
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Walnut Stain & Brushed Corduroy
Paper: Pearlescent cardstock, Kanban, the mysterious paper I got from someone from the forum and which is just so very perfect for Copics.
Coloring: Copics
Flowers and crystal stem: Wild Orchid Craft
Lace: Quixotic Papery
Other: White satin ribbon (dyed wiht Copics), flatback pearls, Nellie Snellen Dies, Nestabilities, loads of clear embossing powder and golden glimmer spray

Sonntag, 18. Juli 2010

Late again - here the promised card

Sorry, I'm late. But I overslept and didn't have time to post before the wedding. We are back now and before I go to sleep, I thought I'd suprise you and post right away *lol*

I just love this Magnolia Wedding Collection. It's gorgeous. Especially this pair and the couple which was also the collection sneak peek.

I submitted this card for the first challenge at Wild Orchid Craft Challenge.

Freitag, 16. Juli 2010

No card, just a little "award"

I'll have a card for you tomorrow... finally. I just can't seem to do any crafting when it's so damn hot.

But I made the top three at the very first Steckenpferdchen Challenge. This pirate project was like a good luck charm. Top 3 at Steckenpferdchen, won at Simon Says Challenge... I alway loved pirates, I adore them even more now *gg*

Samstag, 10. Juli 2010

Shabby Princess Card

I sent this card together with the note board I showed yesterday. It was a present for someone, but I'm not telling yet for who. She should have gotten it by now, but I haven't heard back so it's still pssssst ;o)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap
Papers: Tim Holtz, pearlescent cardstock and some very cool paper, which works just as well with Copics than Neenah, I just don't know the brand
Coloration: Copics
Flowers & lace: Wild Orchid Crafts
Other: Flatback pearls, paper doily, Nellie Snellen Dies

Freitag, 9. Juli 2010

Shabby note board

I have so much an my to do list, but it was just too hot to do anything the last couple of weeks. One shouldn'b be sweating while sitting at the crafting table, that's just so wrong.

This week started out cooler (but that's already in the past again *sigh*) and I managed to meet a deadline with this note board:

I think this time I did get the shabby part of shabby chic right. I really like it and nearly hate to see it go *lol*. But the good thing is, I can do one for myself, so no need for me to be envious ;o)

And here a detail of the pins I made using shrink plastic. I couldn't convince my camera to properly focus on the right one, sorry for the blurry image.
I used shrink plastic for the first time and it really is a fun stuff to use, I love it. Mine shrinks a bit uneven though. You might see that the sunflower Tilda looks a bit bigger around the waist than the rest who all look a little too tall. Not sure why my shrink plastic does it, but depending on the direction you stamp the image on they turn out elongated or somewhat compressed.
Is this normal or should I get another brand of shrink plastic? Any experience anyone?

Anyway I am pretty happy with how this project turned out.

Ink: StazOn black, Distress Ink Victorian Velvet
Coloring: Prismacolors
Flowers & pin: Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace: From stash (got it from ebay)
Other: Cork note board, white wood stain, white acrylic paint, Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence, Glimmer Mist Tattered Leather, pins

Freitag, 2. Juli 2010

Damn, it's too hot

It's just too damn hot here, I am in kind of a heat coma or something. You breath, you sweat!

And I think my cats feel with me, because they are doing nothing all day but this:

Poor things, all that fur.

No, I'm not much of a summer person. I like that everything is brighter (good for pictures) and I like that it isn't dark so damn early, because working fulltime and crafting often means crappy artificial light, but I absolutely, truly hate heat. *sigh*