Dienstag, 21. Mai 2019

Huge Birthday Wishes

Hello everyone!
It's time again to be PINspired ;o) This time I went with the overall theme "music" rather than picking an individual design element and created a card with a music note background. This is our newest inspiration picture for you:

I went for a birthday theme and used those cute, big animals by Avery Elle from a set that is retired but still available at some places (like Ellen Hutson - where I will link this set to.) I love those huge critters combined with the tiny birds by the way. What do you think?

I stamped the balloon on patterned paper by Sunny Studio because I love the pattern and the colours and the fact that it gives the card a more fun feeling still. ;o) I hope you are going to join us in our newest challenge! Happy crafting, everyone! Yours Maike

Stamps: "Wild Birthday" by Avery Elle 
             "Cling Music" by Create A Smile Stamps
Patterned Paper: "Rainbow Bright" by Sunny Studio

Montag, 20. Mai 2019

Interactive birthday card with Donut Treats (Magic Picture Changer)

Heya everyone ;o)
For the "Birthday" themed new challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers I created this card as inspiration:

It doesn't look like very much yet, but if you pull that tab...

the pictures changes to this:

I just love how cute the mouse looks smiling at you from behind the stack of donuts ;o))) To create the card I used the "Magic Picture Changer" die by Lawn Fawn and the Add-on as well. 
As for the ink, I have used the Fadeout Ink-on-3 and love the result. When you stamp it at first you'll have an outlined image and with time this ink fades out to give the impression of no-line-colouring. I am sold on this ink for a no-line look for sure, because it was really easy to colour ;o) 

I would love to see your "Birthday" cards and projects in our gallery at the Crafty Cardmakers! Have a lovely week and happy crafting everyone ;o) Yours Maike

Stamps: "Donut Treats" by Mama Elephant
Dies: "Magic Picture Changer" & "Add-On" by Lawn Fawn

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

Stamps: "Photo Booth" by Your Next Stamp
              "Birthday Wishes" by Pink and Main (discontinued)
Stencil: "Big Stars Polka" by Create A Smile Stamps

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)

Stamps: "Photo Booth" by Your Next Stamp

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?)

Freitag, 29. März 2019

Happy Happy Birthday

Heya my dear crafty friends!
Time has just been flying by these last two weeks and I forgot to post my card for PINspirational Challenges... This is the inspiration picture:

As you can see I chose the wood as my background and also added those cute images by Purple Onion Designs to reflect the bird house from the picture. 

I added the middle frame with foam tape while the other two are glued directly to the background paper, because I wanted to raise the birds a little bit. To finish the card I added some blue stars and a heart next to the sentiment. Hope you like the card. Again, my apologies for posting this card late! Hope you have a great weekend and happy crafting ;o) Maike

Material / supplies:
Stempel / stamps: "Peep" & "Garden Bugs" & "Star & Sky" von Purple Onion Designs
Stanzen / dies: "Polaroid" von Gummipan
Polka Dot Paper von Gummipan


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


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

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


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

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