Donnerstag, 31. März 2011

Card of the month at the Stempel-Café

Voting was closed this morning and my card did actually win! Isn't that amazing? And now I am also able to post it on my blog.

This card was an amazing experience. As always I decided in the very last minute to make it and had a very intense and concentrated crafting Sunday to finish it and get some decent pictures done before the deadline. I just barly managed, but I have to say I love this card to death. There are some not perfectly straight edges, but I still love everything about it.
It will be my mother's birthday card. At least I don't have to worry about the card any more, but I'm not so lucky concerning the present. Two more weeks to come up with something O__o

Since I think it's quite fitting, this card will enter:

Allsorts Challenge
- For A Special Lady (My mum is truly special and not just because she is my mother. She is a totally amazing woman.)

Stampin' for the Weekend - For Mum / Mother's Day

PaperPlay Challenge - For Mum


Stamps: Magnolia & Whimsy Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Frayed Burlap & Victorian Velvet
Cardstock: Rayher Vanilla & Bazzill Vintage Pink
Design Paper: Magnolia White Lace and I think it's called Pink Heart Lace?
Coloring: Copics & Spica Glitter Pens

Dies: Spellbinders Classic Circles & Beaded Circles
Embellishments: Flowers "Athens" by Prima, cotton lace from Wild Orchid Crafts & 3mm and 6mm white organza ribbon from stash
Ohter: Tons and tons and even more tons of double sided sticky tape. You'll need it, believe me LOL

Freitag, 25. März 2011

A recipe card and a present

I just finished my recipe card for a swap and lets just say I am absolutely not happy with that thing.
I do like the backside with the ingredients and instructions, I think this turned out quite pretty. But I hate the front with a passion. I look at it and everything seems wrong to me... don't know.
Of course I did the front first and without doing everything over again for which I don't have the time anymore I couldn't change it. I hate when this happens :o(

But on a happier note, I had a very short visit from Susanne yesterday and got a little present *yay*

Isn't it just dead cute? I love it ^____^. Thank you soooo much once again!
And I really admire everyone who can actually master a sewing machine. I can't sew for the life of me and I would so love to be able to do it.
I still ponder the idea of taking evening classes, perhaps that would help...

Anyway the girls met up last week to visit the Creativa and I couldn't come. Now I can savely admit that I was totally jealous of the other girls when all of them got one of these *lol*.

I think I'll use it as a handbag enhancer. And what a good excuse to get a new bag as well *rofl*.

Dienstag, 22. März 2011

Spring is here - WoJ GDT Call

It time for the bi-monthly GDT Call over at Whiff of Joy once again and I am trying once again *lol*.
I knew right away I wanted to use this stamp when the call came on and I coloured this cutie in the very same afternoon, but then my muse left me completely. Originally I wanted to do a card, but I just couldn't come up with anything and then yesterday my rescue appeared when I saw this little tutorial over at Bine's blog.
I finished the lamp itself last night and left the decorating for today. The tree took up most of the time I spent on doing that ^___^, but lets just say me and these rolled flowers... no, we won't ever see eye to eye. We pretty much despise each other. After I tried for the uptenth time to get it right and the flower just didn't want to stay rolled and stick together I gave up and used plain white printing paper. This was pretty compliant, thanks God. And because it was I could make the flowers much smaller than I first though possible. After they dried I used some Glimmer Mist to solve the white-problem and in the end they turned out just fine, but oh what a pain in the ass they were.

Now that the cramps in my left hand from holding these devil flowers have subsided, I have come to quite like my little lamp. I might even keep it for myself, which I don't do all that often, as you already might have noticed if you've been following my blog for a while.

Anyway, I have a recipe to go with this lamp:

Stamps: Whiff of Joy & Magnolia
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa & Bamboo Leaves
Cardstock: Vanilla and Ligh Olive, I think both are Rayher, but since I picked them up on the local craft store, I am not all that sure. Not Bazzill though. White cardstock for the image
Other paper stuff: White printer paper and 1,5mm chipboard for the tree
Coloring: Copics

Dies & Punches: Whiff of Joy Grass Die, Tim Holz Branch Tree Die, Leone Em Floral Punch "New Ash Family"
Other: Glimmer Mist "Yellow Daisy"

Challenges I am going to submit this to besides the GDT Call:

Steckenpferdchen Challenge - Frühling/Spring

PaperPlay - Embossing (the acetate is embossed)

- Frühlingsfarben / Spring Colours

Kreative Stempelfreunde - Frühling/Spring

Stamp with fun - Frühling/Spring

Montag, 14. März 2011

Little Mermaid has got her own treasure box now

Okay, I managed some pictures. Damn, that was war *lol*. The first picture shows you pretty clearly just how dark it is here. But just as well my camera stubbornly insisted it was bright enough to leave the flash off... nooooo, it was not. I really have to get hands down with the manual soon, I just can't figure out, how to force the flash. With my older camera it was pretty easy, but this one... mystery.

Anyway, this is a little box I made corresponding the mermaid card I showed last week. It will also go with the card, filled with little birthday goodies this afternoon.

The size is more or less A6 and it's the first box I ever build from chipboard myself, so I'm pretty proud how it turned out. I expected it to be at least a two-tries-project and hoped I wouldn't encounter more than one failure, but except for taking much longer than I thought, it went like dream.

I used Nicole's workshop to make it, since I didn't want to use any kind of liquid glue.

So, challenges... just two this time.

Hanna and Friends - Box with Spellbinders (pretty obviously the challenge that gave me the idea for this box)

Wild Orchid Craft - Dieing to punch it out (sadly I haven't used any WOC products on this project, which is a really rare thing to happen to me, but since you don't have do, I'll submit it anyway)

Recipe time

Kraftin' Kimmie Moonlight Whispers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Summer Sky
Cardstock: SU Not Quite Navy / Mittelblau, white blank, Kanban glitter dots cardstock, no clue if it has a name
Design Paper: None really, I used brown packing paper for the box, hope that counts *lol*
Coloring: Copics & Spica Glitter Pens

Dies: Spellbinders, I think label 17?
Ribbon/lace: Seam binding ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, lace and this other stuff I don't know the name of from stash
Other: Stickles "waterfall"

A Little Yummy...

Since I can't show you the card I made this weekend yet and I didn't take any pictures of the box I also made (and it's way too gloomy right now to do so), I'll show you something truly yummy:

I made these cupcakes (using Cynthia Barcomi's Carrot Cake recipe) last Wednesday evening. There used to be 16 actually, let's just say, my boyfriend liked them a lot and by the time I whipped together the frosting on Thursday morning I only had 9 left. Mast have been the mice or something LOL.
Once the frosting was on he noticed that they tasted even better with the stuff and he shouldn't have eaten so many without beforehand. Doh! ;o)

Very delicious, but I really don't want to know how much calories just one of these little cupcakes has O__o.

This was a test run actually. I'll make another batch for Easter brunch.

If the light gets a little better I'll have my first chipboard box ready to show you. I worked on it the whole Saturday, but I think it came out quite good, especially for a first try ^____^

Samstag, 12. März 2011

For Your Confirmation

I used little Lucia Tilda to make a confirmation card for my goddaughter. Her confirmation will be sometime in the next couple of months (and yes, it is a sad thing that I don't KNOW when it will be, since I am JUST the godmother, but that's the wonder of estranged family for you folks).

I love it, though I don't know if she'll like it. I don't even know her favourite colour, so I went with a trend colour. You can never go totally wrong with those, can you?

I got the idea for this card, when I saw a card on Rach's blog a while back and the tutorial can be found at Pam's blog.
I adjusted it just a bit, because I'll use the backside for text instead of the inside and since my card wouldn't keep standing properly, I used force *lol*

Good thing I decided against using the inside, before I started sticking the design paper on it, because it started acting up AFTER I did that and I wouldn't have been all that amused if I'd decorated in the inside just to stick it together afterwards.

This card will be entering the following challenges:

The Crafty Pad - Use Ribbon

Stampin' for the Weekend - Springtime (because of the flowers and butterflies and confirmations always happen in spring)

Simon Says Stamp
- Anything Goes

I forgot to take a picture of the copics I used so let's try to get the recipe down by memory (oh dear).

Stamp: Magnolia
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Lulu Lavender, Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
Cardstock: Rayher Vanilla, Bazzill Heather, two other Bazzill cardstocks for the butterflies, but I don't know which, those were tiny scraps
Design Paper: Magnolia "White Lace", pearlescent paper for the flowers and leaves.
Coloring: Copics (Face: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, R21; Hair: E30, E31, E34; Dress: W0, BV11, BV13, BV17, same for the flowers and bows in her hair; Leaves: YG13, YG17)
Dies & Punches: Magnolia for the flowers and leaves, Marianne Design for the flourish, Martha Stewart for the butterflies, Spellbinders for the ribbon tag, and Nellie Snellen for the purple Oval
Embellishments: 3mm white organza ribbon, 6mm white satin ribbon, both from stash, white flatback pearls 4mm, silver flatback pearls 3mm from Karin Jittenmeier. The sentiment is from Kanban

Donnerstag, 10. März 2011

Little Mermaid in her glittery underwater world

Good morning everyone. I finished a card yesterday, at last. All those secret projects are taking up a lot of time this month, but this one I can show you right away:

It's only the second time I inked up one of my Moonlight Whispers Mermaids. It's such a shame, they are a truly beautiful, magical thing.

Although I am a glittery, shimmery girl, I usually don't go this heavy on the glitter, but this card is for someone who loves glitter, so I hope it's not too much *lol*.

I'm going to submit this card to the following challenges as well:

Creative Card Crew - No Flowers

ABC Challenge - P is for Pearls

Charisma Cardz
- Easel Cards

Since I am feeling under the weather today, I am going to keep it short today. I'll try to edit the recipe for this card later, bare with me.

Sonntag, 6. März 2011

Storage 101

Hello everyone! Like I said yesterday, I don't have anything crafted to show you today, but it's still crafty. I believe, crafters are all pretty much the same. We buy tons and tons and tons of stuff and need a lot of storage space for it or at least some clever ideas, if space is limited.

I in particular am a very glittery girl. I don't use it too much on my cards, because I know most people don't appreciate too much bling bling *LOL*, but I still have a huuuuge amount of Stickles at hand. And these little bottles are a real hassle to store intelligently, if you ask me.
You should keep them upside down to avoid air bubbles and the likes, but keeping them in baskets or boxes like I did until a few days ago is never a good idea if you have lots of them.

I wanted a new storage. One that wouldn't take up huge amounts of space on my craft table, but would allow me to see all my Stickles at one glance. And keep them upright down of course.
This is what I came up with:

The Alcohol Inks don't need to be stored in any special way, but I had some space left and wanted them out of the way, so what would have been more obvious.

So, what is this? These are acrylic T-Displays (there are L-Displays as well, but you won't be able to use both sides on those so I preferred the T-version) and I used simple self adhesive velcro dots to keep the bottles in place. The displays are A4 size.
It works and beautifully so. I have had them since Wednesday and everything stays ins place, loading up both sides isn't too heavy and they are easy to move around.
Also A4 is the perfect hight for the Expedit racks from IKEA.

What do you think?

Samstag, 5. März 2011

Another "Fast and Fabulous" card

I made this card today, while I for the first time in three weeks was out of work (I usually work from home on Fridays as they tend to be the most boring day of the whole week). Initially I intended this image to be nothing more then a practice run and used water colour pencils for the first time in aaaages, I'd dare say, years.

Still, I somewhat liked how it turned out and used it for another card. Making these more or less bare, clean and simple cards is still really hard for me. I always think they look naked and have to restrain myself from throwing tons of ribbons, flowers and other embellilshments on it LOL.

But I still like this card and it's always good to have a stash of more simple cards to send out, isn't it?

So this is it craftwise for me at least for the weekend. I'll have another post ready for Sunday, but it won't really be about crafting, more about storage solutions, since I finally found one for my Stickles, which works beautifully for me and I therefore wanted to share with you.

Bye for now!

Freitag, 4. März 2011

A very fast card

Gooood morning, everyone.

Not much going on here on my blog at the moment and I sincerely appologize for that, but I have been asked to be the Guest Designer for April for the "Stamp With Fun" Challenge Blog and I am currently working on my two required projects as well as a "Secret Easterbunny" (Secret Santa, just for Easter), which of course won't be shown here beforehand either. Then there is a birthday coming up soon for which I need a card (which I might show as soon as it is ready though)... so I am pretty busy, I am crafting, I'm just not telling yet ;o)

But I made this very quick card yesterday and even though it's not much, I still wanted to show it, just to keep the blog at least a little alive.

I am currently in full Stampin' Up mode, so I might make and show more of these rather fast and clean cards in the next few weeks.

For this card I used the "Fast and Fabulous" hostess set and I am absolutely in love with it. I bought it from ebay though. I'd never be able to earn it, since I haven't the space to host a party, two very pesky cats, because they are complete attention whores und it just won't do if the house is full of people and no one is doting on them at alle times *lol* and the amounts you have to spend are ridiculously high in Germany ;__;. You are very lucky in the US, I tell you. If I could order from a US demo, I would do it right away. Need some exsamples?

SAB. You need to spend $50 to get a free SAB set. That are give and take about €40. We need to spend €60.
Earn a level 1 set: You need to spend $150 (€120), we need to spend €225.
Level 2: You $300 (€240), we €450
Level 3: You $550 (€440), we €750

Even with shipping and taxes I would save a fortune that way. *sigh* But it's not to be so... I keep buying hostess sets from ebay *harhar*

Anyway, have a nice day and I promise I'll try not to be too absent.