Dienstag, 8. September 2020

Thanks - You're an A+ kind of friend

Hello everyone,
I hope you are all doing well and that you find some time to play and be creative ;o) I am glad I did for the newest PINspirational challenge. Even though this card doesn't feel like "my style" I really, really like it. Without this challenge I don't think I would have ever created it... This is the inspiration picture for you to pick a colour (combo), theme, saying, or whatever you like really ;o)

I decided to go with the theme of pens and also used the pink as inspiration for the wrapping paper around the crayons. First I was tempted to go for the donut, but then I would have only wanted some pastry - that way I only wanted new pens ;o) 
For my cardbase I picked a kraft coloured cardstock and stamped a repeated pattern on it with the ruler- image and only left a gap for the (heat embossed) sentiment. Next I added the crayons which I had stamped and fussy cut. 

Lastly I added the die cut word which I had cut twice: once from black paper and another time from a rainbow patterned paper. I layered them together and glued it directly to the card base. I hope you are getting inspired by the fun inspiration picture and that you are going to join us at PINspirational challenges! Have a wonderful week and happy crafting everyone ;o)

Dienstag, 1. September 2020

Autumnal Congrats

Hello everyone,
this is my card for the September challenge at Challenge Up Your Life. The theme this time is "Autumn mood" and this is my take on it:

I love this little bear by Neat and Tangled and Simon Says Stamp - it is from a Stamptember stamp set. This cute scarf around his neck just speaks Autumn to me. 

The background was created with Distress Inks and then covered up with this fun die by Altenew. Those huge leaves just look amazin I think. I would love to see your take on the "Autumn Mood" theme! Have afabulous week, stay safe and happy crafting my friends! Hugs, Maike

Stamps: "Hello Pumpkin" by Simon Says Stamp and Neat and Tangled
Dies "Striped Leaves Cover Die" by Altenew

And here two more cards I made with the same stamp set:


Montag, 31. August 2020

A Fairy Nice Day

Hello my dear crafty friends!
I hope you are all doing fine and that you get to enjoy some sun outside or some light over your craft desk ;o) I happen to have an idea for the latter: How about joining us at the Crafty Cardmakers with a "Things With Wings" themed project this fortnight??! I had so much fun pairing this cute fairy with the beautiful "Bloom" stencil by Create A Smile Stamps:

It is a rather simple card but I do love it for the vibrant colours. Also when you look at it for some time and focus on the fairy's feet the card gets a more dimensional look. At least it is that way for me. 

For the "Blossom" itself I used three different Distress Inks (Mustard Seeds, Pink Raspberry and Peacock Feathers) and made sure they overlapped quite a bit, to get all the other blended shades too. I didn't want the sentiment to take anything away from the background so I decided to just stamp it there using the MISTI tool to get a really deep black line. I hope you are going to join us for some fun with "Things With Wings" and would love to see your project in our gallery ;o)

Stamps: "Little Fairies" The Greeting Farm
Stencil "Blossom" by Create A Smile Stamps

And if you like fairies, here is another card I made using the same stamp set:

And a whole bunch of fairy goodies for my dearest "Klosterschwestern" in 2018. The tree log contained a special rubber to help when one made a little booboo ;o)


Dienstag, 25. August 2020

Hay Chick

Hay everyone ;o)
Every second Tuesday is very PINspirational - or so I find ;o) We have a new challenge for you over at PINspirational Challenges today and this is the inspiration picture:

I love the chicken images I have by Purple Onions Design, so I immediatly thought of them when I saw this picture. I started my card with the die cutting part (rectangle and next the peek-a-boo windows) to have an inkling on where I would have to place the images I wanted to use. I had cut a piece of Copic friendly paper to size and made sure you could still see what I wanted to be visible when I placed the window piece back on top - I hope that makes sense ;o)

When I had the scene stamped and coloured I added the sentiment "HAY CHICK" with letter stickers by Create A Smile Stamps in yellow and light green and also that cute little chick and then used foam tape to pop the panel up. Lastly I added the speech bubble, just to add another fun element to the card.In order to really draw the eye towards the chicks I decided to use a yellow panel under the blue one as well and that finished my card. I hope you like it and that the chickens or anything elso in the picture inspires you to create a card or other crafty project. If so I would love to see it in our gallery at PINspirational Challenges

Dies: "Peek-A-Boo Windows" by My Favorite Things (discontinued)

If you like the images, maybe you like this card as well:


Samstag, 15. August 2020

Congratulations - Bear with Cake

Hello everyone!
Today I am back with a new card for the "Animals" challenge at Papercraft Challenge. We are happy to say that our very kind sponsor Gerda Steiner Designs is offering a $15 prize for their shop ;o) So what are you waiting for... ahhh, yes of course ;o) inspiration ;o) And here is comes:

I started with creating a super fun and vibrant background for this cute bear, die cut it with a hexagon frame die (it seems I have been thinking of bees and honey...) and glued the frame right back into place but upside down ;o) I stamped some confetti splatters on the inside of the frame and adhered the bear on top. 

Freitag, 14. August 2020

Precious Baby

Hello my friends,
I have been super busy with the first few days at school this week - everything is different and strange and there is a lot of need for reflecting on how things went and adjusting to it for the next day. So I hope you will forgive that I am very, very late publishing the newest PINspirational Challenge inspiration card... This is the super cute inspiration picture:

I obviously went with the theme, but also thought I would like to use a grey card base and, as the baby clothes are kind of in the focus, I used a onesie as my focus element as well. But as you can see I felt that a baby card needed a bit more colour, so I decided to go with greens and blues as well. 

I hope you are going to join us any am looking forward to seeing your lovely projects. Happy crafting and take care, yours Maike

Supplies: tba

Samstag, 1. August 2020

Aloha friends

Heya my dear crafty friends!
Great to see you today ;o) Can you believe it is August already??? July somehow just flew by in a blink of an eye... Well, the beginning of a new month always means that there is a new challenge at Challenge Up Your Life. This time it is "Faraway Contries" and at first I was really stuck, but then I looked through my stash and found the Hoola-girl by MFT and thought that she would be just perfect. So here she is:

Making this card was bitter-sweet, because travelling is not an option for me right now with Covid19 going on and I really miss it. However, I really like the Hawaiian feel of the card, the sand and the palm-trees and it made me miss the beach a tiny bit less. ;o) I started this card by stamping the palm trees using the masking technique and next I added the "sand" using Distress Ink. After drawing in the sandy hill I cut away everything that wasn't needed and was left with a beautiful beach scene. 

I added the cloud patterned paper behind it and also matted it with a rainbow coloured paper to match the skirt of my hoola-girl. I had coloured her with Copic markers (for her skin tone I used E17, E13 and E11) and when it came to making the decision about the colour of her skirt I didn't want to use green, yellow or brown (which for me would have been the obvious choices) I could deice on just one colour and went with all of them ;o) For her hair I used markers from the E40ies and also a Y21 to give the hair a yellowish undertone. I hope you are going to join us and create a layout or card or whatever that reminds you of a "Faraway Contry" that you have visited or would like to visit ;o) Stay safe and happy crafting everyone ;o)) Hugs, Maike

Happy crafting everyone ;o)))
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