Dienstag, 14. Mai 2019

Happy Birthday "Picture" card

Hello everyone!
For the new challenge at Papercraft Challenge we ask for "Ribbons" on your card or project. This is my inspiration for the theme:

I had one of these polaroid pictures prepared on my desk and thought it would be great to have the colours of the collar represented on the card with ribbons. 

They help accent the sentiment as well I think. I didn't want the card to be too "empty" so I stencilled some stars on to the card base itself and after adhering the polaroid I also added loads of Nuvo drops to make it even more fun. I hope you are going to grab your ribbons and join us in this challenge! Have a wonderful week and happy crafting, yours Maike


Donnerstag, 9. Mai 2019

Be Silly

Heya everyone!
This is my card for the newest PINspirational Challenge:

As my inspiration I chose the row of photos and for this (and for other things as well...) I love these images by Your Next Stamp! They always make me smile ;o)

And I love the sentiments in the set!I hope you are going to join us for our challenge. Remember, everything about the photo can inspire you - just let us know what it is ;o)


Montag, 6. Mai 2019

1,2,3 Challenge with a Fox

Hello everyone ;o)
I hope you all had a great weekend! The theme for our new challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers is "1,2,3" and almost as easy as that ;o) We would like to see your creations using 3 of one thing, 2 of another and 1 of a third. For example, 3 patterned papers, 2 diecuts, 1 image. It would be helpful if you could mention in your post what your 3,2,1s are! (I totally stole this explanation from our blog boss Lin - I hope she won't mind!) Here is the card I made:

I am really happy about how it turned out - mostly because I love this cute fox so much I think, but also because the challenge theme really helped me get out of my comfort zone a bit ;o) As for my 1,2,3s: I used 1 large image, 2 patterned papers and 3 sentiment strips.

I hope you are going to join us for this fortnight's challenge and share your work in our gallery! Have a great week and happy crafting my creative friends ;o) Yours Maike

Stamps "Be Her" by Waffle Flowers
Dies: "Stitched Dome Frames" by My Favorite Things


Sonntag, 5. Mai 2019

Have a Blast! (Space Explorer)

Heya my friends!
During my vacation a PINspirational Challenge went live that I had a card made for, but never got to share with you on my blog. Before the next one starts on Tuesday I would love to show the cute astronaut with you, though. So here it is:

The background was created using Distress Inks and some Copic Opaque White for the many stars (aka tiny white dots) ;o) 

The images are from the awesome set "Space Explorer" by MFT which I have used so often in the past already. (Let me tell you, when I bought the set I thought it would be one I loved but wouldn't get to use often. Well, I am glad that the set turned out so very versatile, because I also love colouring the little astronaut...)

The white frame gave me an ideal spot for the sentiment and I love the dimension the strip of baker's twine gives. I finished the card with some enamel stars and hope you like it as much as I do ;o) Have a lovely Sunday and I hope you had fun if you played along with our last challenge - and if you didn't... there is still a little time ;o)
Happy crafting, everyone ;o))))

Stamps: "Space Explorer" by My Favorite Things
Dies: "Essential Cover Up Horizontal" von My Favorite Things (retired?)

Samstag, 4. Mai 2019

I'm not Squidding

Heya my dear crafty friends!
If you have been looking for the new Challenge Up Your Life task last Saturday you might have noticed that there was no new task. This was due to our decision to make CUYL a monthly challenge so more of you get the chance to participate ;o) We hope you are as excited about the change as we are and dive right into our newest challenge themed "Vellum". This is the card I made as an inspiration:

I created a background using Copic refills in various shades of blue on some Yupo paper and I love the look of it. You can achieve such neat looks with alcohol inks that I can promise this won't be the last you'll get to see ;o) I ripped a piece of vellum to get the white looking edge, embossed the sentiment on it and glued it to the back of the Yupo paper so I wouldn't have to use any adhesives at the front. That way I didn't have to worry about the placement of the elements and could just go ahead and put them where I wanted them.

I have combined images from different companies on this card, because I thought they would nonetheless work perfectly together. What do you think? Well, I hope you will join us for this month' challenge and create something awesome with vellum ;o) Have a lovely weekend and happy crafting everybody!!!

Stamps: "Totally Narly" by Your Next Stamp
              "Under The Sea" by C.C.Designs
              "Critters In The Sea" & "Gleeful Gardens" by Lawn Fawn


Mittwoch, 24. April 2019

Dragon with a Surprise

Hello everyone!
I am just back from a wonderful vacation in Andalusia, so I am a little late with posting my inspiration card for the Crafty Cardmakers this time. I hope you won't mind too much ;o) The current theme is "Dragons" and this is what I made:

I decided to create a square card this time with a round shaker focus panel on which my dragon could sit comfortably ;o) The shaker elements are a mix of star shaped sequins and butterflies punched from the same paper I have used as my background. 

As a surprise for the recipient the dragon holds a yummy cupcake in its paws or hands.... (What do you call that particular body part of a dragon I wonder ;o) Well, I bet you know what I mean.) And also added the sentiment behind the cake. With the aid of some glittery dots my card was finished. I hope you like it and that you will join our "Dragon" Challenge! Have a wonderful day everyone and happy crafting, yours Maike

Material / supplies:

Samstag, 30. März 2019

Sending Birthday Sunshine and Rainbows (Inksmooching)

Heya my dear friends,
today it is time for a new task over at Challenge Up Your Life. This time we would like you to use the "Inksmooching" technique on your project - whether it is a piece of decoration, a layout, a card or whatever you can thing of. This is my inspiration card:

I used four colours of Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feather & Twisted Citron) and placed them all together on a piece of acetate, but leaving a rather big gap between the colours so that I would still have some "wiggle-room". I spritzed the acetate lightly with water and put it down on a piece of watercolour paper. Afterwards I went in with only one colour at a time and added a little bit more texture until I liked the result. Then I adhered the coloured piece of paper behind a die cut frame and added the cute images as well.

When I read the theme of this fortnight's challenge I felt a little uneasy at first, because I usually don't like not having the control over what I do - splatters on a card are the most I do in that category I'd say ;o) However, after creating some ink smooching background I think it is a great starting point for a project at least for me and I will use it more often now! Have a lovely weekend my dear crafty friends, try this technique and link your project to our gallery! I would love to see your ink smoochings ;o) All the best, yours Maike

Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Rain or Shine" von Simon Says Stamp / Mama Elephant (discontinued)
Stanze / die: "Cover Up horizontal" von My Favorite Things (discontinued?)

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