Friday, August 18, 2017

Guest designing for Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge

Hi guys!

I am tickled pink that I was asked to be guest designing for the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge #78, yay!

This time it is all about dots and/or stripes, such a fun and easy one!! :-)

I created two cards for your inspiriation - let's start with the first one!

I love this set called "Coffee and Tea"! I wanted to create a cozy and homy feeling so I grabbed lots of different patterned papers out of my stash. I combined a red gingham patterned paper with some wooden patterns. And of course I had to create a coffee cup with dots! This is also stamped onto patterned paper. I just added shadows in different shades of blue Copic markers. Then I diecut that beyond adorable coffee mug out of white cardstock and added a piece of the same dotted patterned paper as a sleeve and added some shades to it, too. Eyes and mouth are colored with Copics as well. Then I glued the arms onto the sleeve and added a full heart diecut (it is separate since the one of the dicut won't be a full one). I love how those teeny tiny arms are holding that heart :-D

To give my red and white striped gingham tablecloth a special something something, I added a white scalloped border diecut. I think at least such details make the difference! The sentiment is heat embossed twice (make sure the first embossing is cooled down well before starting the second layer!) with white embossing powder. To finish off my design, I added a little bunting with the same gingham paper.

I really like how it turned out, I hope you like it too!

My second card is a complete different style, using lots and lots of layers of Distress Oxides and regular Distress ink:

This stamp set called "Look for the miracles" is so versatile and gorgeous! The design of the flowers and leaves allows a lot of different techniques.

First, I heat embossed all pieces (flowers and leaves) and the sentiment with white embossing powder. Then I added Distress ink over the entire images with a finger dauber (mowed lawn and twisted citron for the leaves and fossilized amber and picked raspberry for the flowers) and just added some dots and details to the flower petals with a Stabilo marker. Now I fussy cut all images and left a small border around each image.

The main panel is a blend of Distress Oxides (fossilized amber and spiced marmalade) and regular Distress ink (fired brick) . I love the heat embossed resist technique (the color won't stay onto the white heat embossed parts), you can create easily outstanding backgrounds!

So now I could start assembling my bits and pieces onto the panel. I always take my time for a nice composition; I try to create a well balanced design so that the eye is a kind of guided when looking at the card.

Then I stamped the dots cluster (also included in the stamp set) with white pigment ink between the free spots on the panel. This makes such a difference!

I hope you got inspired and you will play along with us on the Simon Says Stamp flickr challenge

And thanks again to Simon for having me!

Have an amazing day!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Basteltraum's challenge #56: Anything goes

It is the 15th of the month again and this means a new fun challenge is starting over at Basteltraum's blog!

And this time you are TOTALLY free of what you come up with because anything goes!!! YAY!

I definitely did my doctorate with this card, lol. Well, I blame myself because I could have done it way easier... but let's begin from scratch :-)

Lawn Fawn released this year an amazing diecut set called "Magic Color Slider". It is a huge set which allows you to create beautiful color slider cards. All pieces you need for it are included in this diecut set. Lawn Fawn has a nice intro tutorial where you can see a step by step tutorial how the mechanism has to be assembled. So... I did my magic color slider card with the adorable pirate set, also by Lawn Fawn. I stamped and masked a little scene onto a piece of cardstock and stamped the exact same scene on a piece of acetate again (including masking! this was quite a bit tricky :-)) ). Then I colored the scene with colored pencils and assembled the whole mechanism together. So when you are now pulling the kraft cardstock slider, the color will be revealed like magic because the acetate and the colored piece are layered on top of each other. How cool is that?! I barely could stop playing :-))

Then I stamped the sentiment on a banner stamp and embellished it with several flowers and leaves. A little anchor diecut out of my stash and a piece of red and white striped patterned paper finished off my design. As the interactive part is super cool, the card itself doesn't need a lot of additional embellishments.

This kind of card might be a bit more time consuming - but trust me, totally worth it! Color slider cards are SO MUCH FUN!! :-)

I hope you will play along - you have to - because anything goes! :-)

See you there and happy crafting!



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Basteltraum's Challenge #55 : Color scheme

Hello fellow crafters!

Have you been on holidays already? Or are yours coming soon?? Well, mine will start tomorrow! We are going to Italy for one week, I am so excited!!

But first I have to announce an new challenge for Basteltraum. This time it is all about colors. You are totally free what subject on your card will be, just use one (or even all) colors of the inspiration image! (You will see it at the very bottom of this post).

The stamps and dies I used are all from Lawnfawn this time. I diecut everything from white cardstock and colored in all pieces with my copic markers. The background is sponged with a finger dauber and two different dye inks, also by Lawnfawn (butter and fake tan). The cute owls are colored with copic markers, too. I really enjoy creating scenes like this one, although it takes me quite a lot of  time to figure out my final design, lol. But that's what cardmaking is all about, being creative, right??!

So I would love to see you playing along with us!

Enjoy the summer!

Crafty hugs,

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Birthday happy mail for a lovely friend

Hi guys!

Today I have a very special card for you. First, because it is for a very sweet and special crafty friend of mine, sweet Steffi. So again, happy happy birthday to you, Mausi!! And this brings me to my card for her. As we call each other "Mausi" (which means "mousie" in German) this digital stamp seemed PERFECT for this occasion! You can find that image over on Isabel's etsy store and many more adorable digital stamps. Isabel is crazily talented and super sweet. And I am so proud to call her as dear friend of mine, too. So you might check out her instagram feed too, she creates so many adorable things!

I wanted to create something special for Steffi, so I went for a flexible shaker card with no bulk at all. I used my fuse tool to create a pouch for my shaker elements. This tool is super handy and so easy to handle. I definitely can recommend it! I filled my pouch with all those tiny bits and pieces and closed it with the final fusing line. So easy!

As the whole front will be transparent, I had to create a back part of the hot air balloon. But Isabel made it an easy job, as she did include the back side of the mouse in the digi stamp set. So I cut out the mouse and adhered it to the plain hot air ballon. Voilà, here is my backside! ;-) The images are all colored with my copics. The cloudy sky is sponged with Disdress oxide ink (broken china). I have to admit - those inks are GREAT for seamless blendings!  They flow like butter ;-)

I diecut an extra frame out of white cardstock for sandwiching my shaker pouch between the card base and that frame. I used a very strong tape adhesive, I think this works best for such small and thin areas.

Then I glued the hot air balloon onto the pouch and the back on the inside onto the pouch and voilà - here is my special birthday card for Steffi! :-)

I hope you like it and you will give it a try as well!

So I just hope my card has arrived today and Steffi will like it, too!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Basteltraum's Challenge #54: Water

Hello fellow crafter!

We are back with a new challenge over at Basteltraum's blog. Theme of the month is everything water related. So let's jump into a crafty world full of splashes and fun!

For my inspiration card I chose the uber cute mermaid by a newer set from MFT. I colored everything with my copics and gave the mermaid's hair more definition and depth with some colored pencils (I used Faber Castell Polychromos). Then I heat embossed the background with this gooorgeous background stamp (also from MFT) and colored it with regular water colors. And because I had so much fun creating it, I made an other one, same coloring and background technique, only a different stamp. The big "Happy Birthday" is one of my favorites (by Mama Elephant).

I hope you got inspired and will play along with us! I would love to see your creations!

Crafty hugs,

Monday, May 15, 2017

Basteltraum's Challenge #53 : All about men and boys cards

Hello my friends!

I am just popping in with a veeery simple and quick card! I was thinking of a solution to use my, let's say, 1278 rolls of washi tape I have in my stash.... I bet you are with me, huh??! :-)))

So for the new challenge of Basteltraum (which starts today) we had to create a card for men and/or boys. So I grabbed all my blueish and greyish washi tapes and created those super simple birthday cards: I just taped side by side pieces of different washi tapes in a row, cut out a "Happy" (it is a word die from MFT which does not cut at the bottom. Then I extended the cut with my craft knife in a straight line to the end of the paper) and glued this stripe over the washi tapes.  For more interest, I diecut a frame and mounted it with some foam tape over to the panel. Some stars and a tiny birthday tag (bot cut out from balsa wood) finished off my design. So easy! Most of the time took me to figure out my design - the cards were made in 20 minutes both!

I hope you got inspired and I would love to see you playing along with us!

Crafty hugs,

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Exciting News!!!

Hello crafty friends!

I am SO excited to announce that I am a part of the Krumspring Stamps dream team from now on!! Wohoo!!!

Head over to her blog to read all about it! Also, how I made this mother's day card for my mom :-)

Have an amazing Sunday!

Crafty hugs,

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Insta Girls Easter Blog Hop

Hello, crafty friend!

It is the second time for me joining the Happy Insta Girls blog hop and this one was so much fun!! It was all about Easter and little treats. As usually I didn't know who will send me a card - I just knew for who I had to create one :-) Lovely Birka is our little fairy who does all the work for us :-D

So let's dive into the card and treat I got - from Vanessa!

Look at that super yummylicious card!! I'm so in love with all those rainbow colored eggs!! And the treat bag matches the cards SO well!! Oh, by the way -  my daughter liked the "Kinder Country" a lot :-)) Besides the chocolate, Vanessa added some super pretty patterned papers, too.

Thank you again for it, Vanessa! *please insert here a squeezing hug* :-))

So this is the card and the sweet surprise I made for Reni:

As I decided to send a simple chocolate bar (as I had to send it from Switzerland to Germany) and the packaging was quite simple (but isn't that bunny super cute??! It is a complete die set by Mama Elephant), I decided to go for a shaker card with lots of details and fun elements. I colored the images with my copics, the rest is colored card stock and patterned paper. All dies are by Lawn Fawn, one of my favorite brands. And that set with those cute chicks and these bunny hats are beyond adorable, aren't they?! And the sentiment was perfect for Reni :-))) 

So hop over to her blog and check out what amazing things she created :-) You will find a list of all blog addresses at the bottom of this post.

Happing hopping - and happy Easter to you and your family!!


Blog hop list:

Tina (you are here)

Basteltraum's challenge #52: Mother's day / cards for women and girls

Hello crafty friends!

In more or less a month we will celebrate Mother's day! So there is still time to create something beautiful for your own mom, your bestie or an other amazing mom
out there who would deserve a little handmade kindness of you :-))

That is the theme of this month's challenge by bastel-traum.  I went for a card completely made of die cut pieces. I am SO in love with these scene building dies by Tailoredexpressions. I only colored the little birdie (which is also a die) with colored pencils, the rest is colored card stock. Oh, yes, the background is made with a cloud stencil and that fabulicious new ink pad from Lawnfawn, called "Moonstone", looove it! Ah, and the teeny tiny butterfly with its trail is stamped :-))

I hope you got inspired an will play along with us!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Basteltraum's Challenge #51 Easter / Dots & Polka Dots

Hello, crafty friend!

I am totally in the mood for spring, what about you? The weather we had in the last days helped too to get my mood into the direction of Easter... well, in a month we are there! So how about to start with Easter cards?? Today, the new Basteltraum's challenge has started and it is all about Easter, dots and polka dots. You can combine both or pick just one theme - this is totally up to you!

As I am a big fan of polka dots, I combined the two themes. I used mostly Lawn Fawn products. That cute stamp set is an older one called "Eggstra special easter" . I looove the pun with the "earresitible" part - it matches so perfectly to that chocolate bunny which has a bite in its ear :-D

I colored everything with my Copic markers and added some super thin eyelashes to the bunny (with a Copic proof black liner, 0.05 point tip).

First, I sponged a nice sky with a selfmade stencil (made with a "Puffy cloud border die"). I used distress ink "tumbled glass".

For the ground I used the "Grassy border" and cut it out from polka dotted patterned paper, which is also from Lawn Fawn. And to finish the card, I added a frame with the "Stitched Rectangle Frames" to finish off the design, together with a few shiny sequins from my stash.

I hope my card inspired you and you play along with us - see you there!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Guest designing for Dani Peuss' March card kit

Hello and happy Monday, crafty friends!

Woah, I am guest designing for Dani Peuss - such a honor!! I am so proud that they asked me if I want to create eight cards out of their March card kit - yeah!!!

But before we dive into my cards, let's have a look what is inside that kit:

Lots and lots of lovely precut images, 12 x 12 inches patterned paper, a set of 8  folded A2 (american) standard size kraft cards with matching envelopes, enamel stickers in triangle shape and a clear stamp set. I think that stamp set is very versatile, there is a huge "thank you" stamp which goes with a lot of different smaller sentiments for any occasions.

So let's get started!

This was a new experience for me, I never guest designed for a card kit before and what I first did, I spread out all things from the kit and did a little brainstorming... so bit by bit my ideas came together and I took some loose notes of what my mind came up with :-)

I challenged myself to mostly use only supplies from the kit, except of course basic supplies, such as glue, foam tape or white acrylic paint or some glitter paste etc. So it was clear my focal point will be the lovely precut images. I used a lot of dimension, especially for the big and shiny sentiments that they really popped off the card. And I used on some cards white acrylic paint splatters (applied with a middle size paint brush) to bring the whole design together, as the precut images all have a white border.

I love to use stickers in a different way than you would think of first - so on one card I created a little bunting out of them - I think this is a lovely idea and gives the card immediately a more cheerful touch.

I love stamping on clear acetate - thats what I made with the shaker card. I used white staz'on ink to stamp and it came out pretty crisp. But the sentiment didn't show enough for me so I put a layer of vellum behind it - and voilà, problem solved :-)

I cheated a bit with the bicycle card - for the background I used the brick wall stencil by MFT which I had in my stash, it is not included in the kit. I just wanted to create a kind of a little scene on that card and the brick wall stencil was just perfect for that :-)

So here are my eight cards I created for you. I hope you got inspired and maybe you will give it a try, too!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bastel-Traum's Challenge #50: Birthday / Birth cards, white and one color of your choice

Hello my crafty friends!

How are you today?

It seems there is a horde of super mean germs on the way - me and my family are having a kind of constantly cold - I am soooo ready for spring!!!

Nevertheless I found some time for crafting because today starts a new challenge over at bastel-traum's blog! It is all about birthday, birth cards a lot of white and a color of your choice!

That's what I came up with - a cute shaker birth card with some dicut pieces in it and a lot of sequins and micro beads. The stamps are by MFT and I colored them with my Copics. For the background, I used some washi sheet (the blue part with the white polka dots) and on the white top portion I used an embossing folder to imitate some wallpaper. The sentiment is by Createasmile and it means "welcome little bundle".

I hope you play along with us, as this is such an easy theme and lovely to play with!

Have a great day!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Challenge #49 by Bastel-Traum: Friendship / Love

Hi guys!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far and found some time to get crafty! Today there is a good reason to get crafty, because a new challenge at Bastel-Traum's blog starts today! It is all about friendship and love - what a lovely theme to play with!!

For my inspiration card I colored those two cuties with my copics. They are from C.C. Designs but it is an older red rubber stamp and I am not sure if they are longer available... Anyway, you may find here some of the C.C. Designs collection, too.

For the background I used a stencil by Create a smile and sponged some distress ink (vilted violet) over it. Then I took off the stencil and blended some more ink over the whole panel. Towards the upper part of the panel, I slightly faded out the color.

The "love" sentiment is from the newest release by lawn fawn. I combined it with a word stamp (sending) by My Favorite things and added a tiny envelope stamp to add a bit more of interest to the whole design. That is it! :-)

I hope you got inspired and will play along with us!

Have a relaxing Sunday!


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