Dienstag, 19. März 2019

Magical Birthday Wishes

Hello everyone!
With the theme being "Fantasy" for the new Papercraft Challenge I decided on using this "Sweet Dragon" image and the "Blank Book" by "A Day For Daisies" who are sponsoring a $8 prize for their online store. This is the card I made with the two images combined:


I love giving books for birthdays (to people who love to read) and my favourite genre is fantasy, so i thought it would be a perfect opportunity to create a card for such an event. The background was made using Distress Inks and a lovely stencil by Tim Holtz.


After stamping the sentiment I added a few drop of glitter glue to some of the bubbles and my card was done! I hope you are going to join us with a "Fantasy" project as well. Have a fantastic and hopefully sunny week my lovely crafty friends! Happy crafting, yours Maike


Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Sweet Dragon" & "Blank Book" by A Day For Daisies
                              "Pixie Dust" by Avery Elle (linked to Ellen Hutson, discontinued at Avery Elle)
Stencil: "Bubble" Tim Holtz

Challenges:

Samstag, 16. März 2019

Spring time fox

Heya everyone ;o)
Winter has been long eneough now, don't you think? So we at Challenge Up Your Life want to see some spring themed projects this time! I decided to create a birthday can with this lovely Penny Black stamp that has so many spring-elements combined:


I cut the coloured piece of paper down and added a metallic blue border around it by swiping the ink pad along the edge of the paper. It does look really cool and shimmery in real life. I added it to a card base that I had created by die cutting the panel piece two times, scoring the one in the back at about 1 inch from the left and gluing them together. Sometimes I really enjoy a different card base, don't you?


Lastly I added the strip of red paper with the white embossed greeting and my card was done. I'd love to see you "Goodbye Winter" card, layout or other project in our gallery at Challenge Up Your life. Let us fill the blog with springthemed happiness ;o))) Have a fantastic weekend and happy crafting y'all!!! Yours Maike


Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Woodland Friends" von Penny Black
Stanze / die: "Large Pierced Scallop Die" von Avery Elle (discontinued at Avery Elle, linked you to Seven Hills Craft and Simon Says Stamp in case you would like to grab one of the last available dies :o)

Dienstag, 12. März 2019

Best fairies wishes


Hello all!
It is already time for another PINspirational Challenge and as Deanne wrote on the blog "it is a yummy one" ;o) This inspiration picture let's my mouth water and me longing for summer ;o)


I don't own any strawberry stamps or dies, so I let myself be inspired by the colour (pinkish red) and the fun sprinkles which can be found on my piece of background paper. The two cute fairies are from Purple Onion Designs and I love their sweet round faces ;o)


I hope you are going to join us with a Pinspirational (p)inspired project! I would love to see many yummy creations in our gallery - just to remind us all that summer is coming ;o) Have a great week and happy crafting! Yours Maike


Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Flynt" & "Goldie" von Purple Onion Designs
                              "Birthday Wishes" von Pink And Main (discontinued)
Stanzen / dies: "Wonky Squares Frames" von Avery Elle
Papier / paper: Lawn Fawn & Gummiapan












Challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge "Feminine / Girly"
Creative Craft Cottage "Spring Fever"
QKR Stampede "Anything Goes"
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge March
Creative with Stamps "Friends"
Unicorn Challenge "Spring"

Montag, 11. März 2019

Big Panda Hugs

Hello everyone!
How are you today? I hope you had a good start to the week and are looking for new crafty challenges. I have one for you if you like the colour "Green" which - incidentally - is the theme of the newest task at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) This is my inspiration card:


Even though I chose to go with pink letters, my card is mostly green and think that the two colours work really well together. I have tried it with green, black and white letters, but the card ended up looking kind of blahhh, so it had to be pink ;o) 


I hope you are going to join us with a (mostly) "Green" project over at the Crafty Cardmakers gallery ;o) Have a fantastic week and happy crafting! Yours Maike


Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Happy Panda" (discontinued) & "Watercolor Stripes" von My Favorite Things 
Stanzen / dies: "Big Hugs Die-namics" von My Favorite Things
                         "Wonky Squares Frames"von Avery Elle

Challenges:

Samstag, 2. März 2019

Komm Einhorn, wir gehen!

Heya everyone!
"Crazy" ist the new task at Challenge up your Life and this is the card I made for inspiration:


My German sentiment says something like "They are all crazy around here- come on, unicorn, let's go!" and I love it! It makes me smile everytime I read it! ;o) For the background I have used a new stamp of mine by Gummiapan and stamped it in rainbow colour, because rainbows and unicorn simply are awesome together - at least in my world.... 


Also glitter is a super addition for both unicorns and rainbows ;o) So I glittered the mane and the horn to give it a lot of sparkle! I would love to see any "Crazy" projects from you in the Challenge Up Your Life gallery! Until then: have a fantastic weekend and happy crafting, yours Maike


Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Unicorn Wishes" von Reverse Confetti 
                              "Big Brush Stroke" von Gummiapan
                              "Einhorn Texte" von Kulricke
Stanzen / dies: "Wonky Stitches Elle-Ments" von Avery Elle

Mittwoch, 27. Februar 2019

Welcome in Plaid


Heya everyone!
This is the inspiration picture for the newest challenge at PINspirational and you can see the card I made for it above ;o) I tried making a black and white card but try as I might I never liked the result, so I went back to playing with my lovely bright colours ;o)


For my card I used a piece of patterned paper by Lawn Fawn with lovely orange and pink stripes. I die cut the frame and coloured the inside piece with Oxide Inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Worn Lipstick and really loved the effect. Even more so after flicking some droplets of water on the surfice and taking it off again quickly afterwards with a towel. The cute stuffed elephant is an older image by Clearly Besotted, but any cute image iin a sitting position should work for this layout I think. 


The sentiment was stamped and then I went over it with a glaze pen to give it more dimension. And simply because I feel that stuffed toys should never be alone I stamped to more on the inside of the card. I hope you are going to join us with one of your wonderful projects! Have a great week and happy crafting!


Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Cute & Cuddly" von Clearly Besotted
Stanze / die: "Wonky Squares Frames" von Avery Elle


Mittwoch, 20. Februar 2019

Ganz liebe Panda Grüße

Heya my dear crafty friends!
I hope you all had a great start to this week! Today I would like to share my inspiration card for the Papercraft Challenges with you. Our theme is "All Critters Great and Small" and our awesome sponsor is Gerda Steiner Designs. You could win a $15 gift certificate to their shop. This is my inspiration card made with one of their lovely digi stamps:


After colouring the panda bear I cut a white piece of paper to the size I wanted, stamped the greeting  and added loads of grey hearts to add a bit more interest to the background piece. Using the same shades of pink I had for the hearts I also coloured a strip of paper to punch the edges and also to die cut the hearts from. 


The hearts help to "break" the design a bit and guide the eyes over the card from the top left to the bottom right. Whenever a card feels too empty I like to add little elements like hearts, stars or dots to it. If you love critters on cards like me I would love to see one or even a few of your projects in our gallery! Have a wonderful rest of the week and happy crafting to all of you ;o)))

PS: About a year ago I made a card with the same digi stamp and the same dies. If you interested in seeing the panda in a slightly different surrounding just click here ;o)


Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Panda in Love" von Gerda Steiner Designs
Stanzen / dies: "Mini Hearts Set" von Simon Says Stamp 
Punch: EK Success

Challenges:

Samstag, 16. Februar 2019

Happy Birthday Winter Owl


Heya everyone!
We at Challenge Up Your Life always want to provide inspiration for you, so this time we thought we would challenge you to CASE our Design Team members: Simply choose a card from one of us and use it as inspiration. You can case the layout, the colour pallette, the motive or anything you like really as long as we can recognize how you got inspired. My card was inspired by this fun and cute card made by Silke of KartenKram:


I stamped the owl on a piece of Copic friendly paper and die cut it after colouring. To get the coloured frame I die cut a second slightly larger circle and coloured it with the same shade I had used for the scarf so it would match the image. I added it on to some designer paper and stamped the sentiment on a banner to match Silke's card.


I hope you are going to play along with our "CASE the Designer" challenge and I am looking forward to seeing your projects in our gallery! Have a lovely and sunny weekend, everyone and happy crafting ;o)))




Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Flora" von Purple Onion Designs
Stanzen / dies: "Stitched Circle Stax" von My Favorite Things 
Patterned Paper: Gummiapan

Dienstag, 12. Februar 2019

TA-DAAAAAA ;o)


Hello everyone!
Finally the winter break is over at PINspirational Challenges! Personally I love getting inspiration from a picture. There are colours, motives, shapes and themes to choose from. This time I got the idea for the card's background from the picture. But have a look yourself:


I punched loads of hearts from cardstock in four different colours and used those hearts to embellish the lower part of the card base. I had created a blue ombre beforehand, so that the colours of the hearts could pop off a bit more. 


Using a circle frame and vellum I created a shaker window and filled in some more of the same hearts and added the focal image over top. As a sentiment I used alphabet stickers to spell out Ta-Daa which I felt was perfect for this image, don't you think? I hope you like the card and also our inspiration picture! I'd love to see your card in the PINspirational Challenge gallery


Material / supplies: tba
Stempel / stamps: "" von C.C. Designs (retired)
Stanzen / dies: "" von Lawn Fawn
Punch: EKSuccess Heart Punch
Letter Stickers: Create A Smile

Challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge "Love / Hearts"
Sweet Stampes "Stitching Real or Faux"
Shopping Our Stash "Make Your Mark"
Use Your Stuff "Hearts pink or red"

Montag, 11. Februar 2019

Sending Love and Hedgehugs

Heya everyone!
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The mid of Febuary is quickly approaching and so is Valentine's Day. Keeping that in mind you might not be super surprised that we chose the theme "Love, Love, Love" for our current challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers. This is my take on the theme:


The focus is definately on this cute hedgehog, so I tried to give it a lot of dimension with Copics and the help of a white Gelly Roll Pen.I also created an ombre-background for it using "Picked Raspberry Oxide Ink" and spritzing it with water to give it a bit more interest. After stamping the sentiment I raised the front panel up using foam tape and also added a baker's twine ribbon. That's my card all done ;o)


I hope you like my inspirational card and that you are going to join our challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers. Have a lovely week my crafty friends and happy crafting to you all!!! Maike ;o)


Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Unmounted Stamp Set 05" von Magda Polakow
                              "Happy Hedgehogs" von My Favorite Things
Stanzen / dies: "Stitched Arch STAX" von My Favorite Things
                        "All Prettied Up" von Mama Elephant

Challenges:

Samstag, 2. Februar 2019

Love is in the ... SEA ;o)

Heya everyone!
Today I'd like to share my card for the current challenge at Challenge Up Your Life with you. The theme is "Love is in the air" which I have altered slightly for my card:
 

For this card I created a background using Distress Oxide Inks: Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and a bit of Mermaid Lagoon. I die cut a heart from the panel and dry embossed it as well as giving it a darker edge for more interest.


The cute image is from C.C.Designs, but it seems it is discontinued. However I think this card would work with any two fish facing each other, don't you? The sentiment stamp was only partially inked and I added the word "sea" instead of "air".  I hope you like the card and that you are going to join us for this fortnight's challenge ;o))) Have a lovely weekend and happy crafting, yours Maike

http://challengeupyourlife.blogspot.com/2019/02/challenge-105-liebelove.html#.XFVjvWnuOUk

Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Love is in the Air" von Hobbywelt Kreativ
Stanzen / dies: "Heart Frame" & "Wonky Stitches" von Avery Elle
Embossing Folder: "Bubbles" von Taylored Expressions



Challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"
Simon Says Monday Challenge "Love is in the Air"
Cards in Envy Challenge "Love"
Pile It On "Land or Water Animal"
Pattie's Creations "Love, Love, Love"

Dienstag, 29. Januar 2019

Happy Happy Happy Panda

Heya my dear crafty friends!
Today's card is my inspiration for the new "Texture" challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers. I added texture in lots of ways to this birthday card. Can you spot them?


An easy way to add texture to a card is an embossing folder I find. Because I wanted it to take it up a notch I used Nuvo Embellishment Mousse for the top background which adds a metallic look. Next I created the second background for the back using Distress Oxide Ink. Dripping wate on Distress Inks and drying it with a paper towel would have given some texture on that piece as well, but I decided against it because I wanted the window area to look crisp and clean - compared to the rest at least ;o)


Another way to add texture to a card is dimension, so I created three for this card. The third one being the balloon which I die cut from some "nuvo'ed" paper and added an extry layer of enamel dots. I hope you like the card and that you are going to enter a card with texture to our gallery ;o) Have a wonderful week and happy crafting, yours Maike

A close-up, so you can see the layers and the shine a bit better ;o)
Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Happy Pandas" von My Favorite Things (discontinued)
                              "Birthday Wishes" von Pink and Main (discontinued)
Stanzen / dies: "Party Balloons" & "Small Stitched Rectangles" von Lawn Fawn
Embossing Folder: "Graphic Impressions -Birthday" von Taylored Expressions


Mittwoch, 23. Januar 2019

Happy Birthday Polaroid

Heya everyone!
Have you managed to keep away from germs and whatever the plural of virus is? ;o) I hope you did!!! I'd would like to share my card for the "Bright Colours" theme at Papercraft Challenges with you:


When I think of bright colours the colours of the rainbow always come first to my mind... That's why I coloured the sentiment and the stripes on the camera that way ;o) The digi of the fun camera was kindly sponsored by Dr.Digis. I glued it to a stencilled background after colouring it with Copic markers and cutting it out. I lifted the polaroid picture up using a tiny piece of rather flat foam tape, but that was enough to give the impression of that part sticking out from the camera.


For a final touch I added some Nuvo drops around the digi and darkened the edges of my panel a little. I hope you are going to join our "Bright Colours" challenge and hope to see you again soon ;o)Take care of yourself my crafty friends and happy crafting to all of you, yours Maike


Material / supplies:
Stanze / die: "Wonky Stitches Elle-Ments" von Avery Elle
Schablone / Stencil: "Concentric Circles" von Create A Smile
 
Challenges:

Sonntag, 20. Januar 2019

Warm wishes to a cool friend

Heya everyone!
This post comes to you a little bit too late, because I am ill at the moment with a fever, sore throat, a nasty cough and all the fun that comes with it... However, I wanted to share my card for this "Moodboard" challenge at Challenge Up Your Life with you: 



I created the dots on the card panel using my Mini Ink Blending Tool. The colours are Mermaid Lagoon, Saty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. Once I had stamped the sentiment and found a spot for the two critters I added a few snowflakes to give the card that extra bit of frosty feel and called it done ;o)

I would love to see your cards in our gallery as well and wish you all a fantastic week and happy crafting, yours Maike

http://challengeupyourlife.blogspot.com/2019/01/challenge-104-moodboard.html#.XEStRWnuOUk

Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Polar Pals" von My Favorite Things
Stanzen / dies: "Stitched Snowflakes" & "Mini Snowflakes" von Lawn Fawn


Challenges:
Sweet Stampers "Winter / Snow"
Di's Digi Challenge "Snow Much Fun"
Allsorts Challenge Blog "Make it Masculine"
Craft Rocket Challenge "Winter"
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