Mittwoch, 3. Juni 2020

Super Duper Hero

Heya everyone!
"Hero" is the theme of our newest challenge at PINspirational Challenges or better this picture is:

I created a friendship card with the hero-theme, because I consider many of my friends heroes. Some are awesome mums or great, inspiring teachers others are brilliant with people or animals or plants... So I will have to choose carefully whom I will send this card to in the end ;o)

Wishing you all a wonderful week, hope you get to meet up with some of your own heroes and happy crafting everyone ;o) Maike

Supplies: tba

Montag, 1. Juni 2020

Älter? Besser! (Cat)

Hello everyone!
This card was made as inspiration for the newest theme "Woodgrain Background" over at Challenge Up Your Life:

I used a card base by Lawn Fawn and added all the other elements directly on top. This card is meant for a man so I kept it fairly simple and kept the colours more neutral than usual. ;o) I wanted the cat to have some kind of frame, but didn't want to take away from the background so I decided to go with a vellum circle behind it.

The cat is an image by Gerda Steiner Designs which I really love a lot. You can customize it with a sentiment or another image and for this card I decided to use the sentiment "Älter Besser!" which means "Older Better!"

The tiny star stickers are from Create a Smile and are perfect to add a bit of embellishment. I hope you are going to play along with our challenge this month! Have a fabulous week and happy crafting everyone, yours Maike

Stamps: "Cat holding sign - Digi" by Gerda Steiner Designs
Dies: "Scallop Circle" by My Favorite Things (discontinued it seems)

Dienstag, 19. Mai 2020

Oh Happy Day (Cats in Frame)

Hello again ;o)
Today I am back with another inspiration card but this time it was made for the newest PINspirational Challenge. This is the current inspiration picture:

Obsiously I used the cat as an inspiration but also I went with "Oh happy day" as my sentiment because of the famous song ;o) For my card I started by colouring in all those cute cats with Copic markers and fussy cut them out. Next I made a card base from dark pink paper which I also die cut the frame from. I backed the frame with a yellow paper and adhered the cats on top of it.

In order to pay credit to the oevrall grey feel of thge inspiration picture I used a grey paper as my backdrop and adhered the frame over top. And because I had gone with the polka hearts I chose yellow hearts as embellishments on my card. I hope you like it and that you are going to play along with our challenge (maybe again?) this time around ;o) Each picture provides so much inspiration depending on what one focuses on - that is one thing I really love about picture inspirations ;o) have a fabulous week everyone and happy crafting,
yours Maike

Stamps: "The Cat's Meow" & "Picnick with Friends" by Mama Elephant
Dies: "Wonky Scalloped Frames" by Avery Elle

Montag, 18. Mai 2020

Shimmering Butterflies

Hello everyone,
for the newest challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers with the theme "Butterflies" I created this card as an inspiration:

Using a stencil I created the background in an ombre fashion and went on die cutting all the butterflies next. I die cut the big butterfly from some sturdy vellum and die cut the intricate design from the shimmery cardstock next. I did put "Stick It" behind the paper before die-cutting because I am really not good at adhering down tiny things.

I really love the effect the paper gives. Depending on how you tilt it in the light it catches the light differently and thus the card never really looks quite the same... 

I added the small butterflies as extra-embellishment and in order to give the eye something to move along with - and yes, I admit it, because I love the paper so much and wanted even more on my card! I hope you are going to join us for our "Butterfly" challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers! Please stay safe, have a wonderful week and happy crafting!!! Yours Maike

Stamp: "" by Simon Says Stamp
Dies: by Memory Box, though they don't seem to have the exact one I have used any more...
Stencil: by My Favorite Things (discontinued)

Samstag, 16. Mai 2020

Have a happy birthday (elephant)

Heya everyone,
just a quick post today because I am late as it is and the last days have been soooo busy - so I hope you'll forgive me if I don't elaborate too much ;o) This is my inspiration card for the newest Papercraft Challenges challenge ;o) The theme is "Spring" and we are kindly sponsored by Gerda Steiner Designs:

I printed the digi stamp on Copic paper as a watermark so that I could only barely see the outlines, because I wanted to go with a light, no-line style for the "Spring" theme. After I had coloured everything in and had added a nice grassy hill and blue sky to the image I die cut the scene with a rounded rectangle die.

I chose a yellow paper for my background to draw the eye towards the birdie even more and also added the lovely tall letters by Altenew which I had die cut from a rainbow patterned paper. I hope you are going to join us at Papercraft Challenges with a "Spring" related project! Please stay safe and have a wonderful weekend everyone! Happy crafting, yours Maike

Supplies: tba

Mittwoch, 6. Mai 2020

Dog Gone Awesome Birthday

Hello there,
thank you for stopping by ;o) Today I would like to share with you the card I made for the newest PINspirational Challenge. This is our current inspration picture:

I do not own a lama stamp, so I thought I would use the striped from the background as inspiration plus use an animal and have it be mainly white. Many of my friend's are dog lovers so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to use this cute puppy which is one of my newest stamps. I gave it a present to give to the recipient and made it a birthday card. I love how the white dog looks against the colourful and bright stripes. What do you think?

I hope you are going to join us for this fun and happy challenge. I would love to see your project in our gallery! Please stay safe and happy crafting, everyone ;o) Maike

Stamps: "Puppy`s Favorite Things" by Neat and Tangled (it will be discontinued, but you can get it in the sale right now)
              "Party Pals Clear Stamps" by Avery Elle
              Sentiment by My Favorite Things (retired)

Montag, 4. Mai 2020

Celebrate - Gnome

Hello everyone,
"Celebrations" is the theme for the newest Crafty Cardmakers challenge. I love the theme, because it is so versatile and so I created a card with the theme as my sentiment:

I  let the Scan N Cut do the cutting work for me and then coloured the image with Copics. The little bug at the top left makes me smile everytime I look at this image which I think is totally cute, don't you?

The sentiment was created using the letter stickers by Create a Smile, which I love as well. (I make sure never to be without them actually, because they have helped me out of tight spots cardmaking-wise very often in the past...) I hope you are going to create a "Celebrations" themed project as well and share it with us in our gallery! Until then, please stay safe and happy crafting ;o) Yours Maike

Stamp: "Gnome on a Swing" by Stamping Bella
Dies: "Wonky Stitches Elle-Ments" by Avery Elle

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