Dienstag, 10. September 2019

Hedgehog Hugs

Heya everyone!
Today I have an Autumn inspired card for you and though I am sad to see summer leaving, I am already looking forward to the forest changing colour, because I really love the look of it! This is the inspiration picture we have for you over at PINspirational challenges and you have two weeks to join us with any kind of project inspired by this photo:

For my card I created a whole bunch of Autumn leaves using the ink blending technique and Distress Inks in red, brown, yellow and green which I die cut the leaves from once the paper was dry. Then I coloured one of the cute MFT hedgehogs and placed a leaf in its paw, before gluing it to the card.

As a sentiment I used the negative part of the "HUGS" die which looks really cool and bold I think. I hope you are going to join us at PINspirational Challenges! Have a creative and fantastic week. Happy crafting, Maike ;o)

Stamps: "Happy Hedgehogs" by My Favorite Things
Dies: "Small Stitched Leaves" by Lawn Fawn
         "Big Hugs Die-namic" by My Favorite Things

Montag, 2. September 2019

You`re a pearl

Heya my dear crafty friends!
I have a new card for you today and it was made as an inspiration for the newest challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers: we would like to see "Pearls and/ or Gems" on your projects. Here is the card I made:

I created an underwater background using Distress Oxide Inks in three different shades of blue and used the lightes shaded to create those light beams with a stencil. The effect gives it a little more dimension I find and interest.

The little mermaid is just too cute and as she is holding a pearl and wearing jewellery out of pearls she was the perfect image for the challenge. I coloured her with Copic markers and added glitter glue to all the pearls. I hope you are going to join us for our challenge and share your talent with the Crafty Cardmakers. ;o) Have a fabulous week and happy crafting ;o) Yours Maike

Stamps: "Under the Sea" by C.C.Designs
               (was just retired, so if you find it anywhere and like it - grab it ;o)
Dies: "Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames Die-namics" by My Favorite Things
Stencil: "Ray of Light" by My Favorite Things


Sonntag, 1. September 2019

It's Your Birthday - be a little shellfish

Heya everyone ;o)
"Shells" is the theme of the new challenge at Challenge Up Your Life. My lovely friend Sonja of "The Art Of Stamping" gave me a lovely stamp set a while back with a shell and this lovely sentiment and I thought it was THE perfect set for our challenge. But I'd better let you be the judge of that:

I mixed and matched a lot with this card, but I really like the way it turned out. The pearl inside the shell was paper-pieced. I stamped it on some textured cardstock thatt I had covered with Nuvo Mousse in "Pearl", cut it out and placed it over the original pearl if that makes sense. 

The background is a stamp byStampingbella and I coloured it with Copic markers. It did take a while but I like the feeling of depth you get from the drawn scene. Once the alcohol from the marker had fully evaporated I heat embossed the sentiment over top. I hope you are going to create a "Shell" themed project as well and share it with us at Challenge Up Your Life! Have a wonderful month of September and happy crafting ;o) Yours Maike

Stamps: "Year Six" by Lawn Fawn
              "Under the Sea Backdrop" by Stampingbella
              "Little Mermaids" by the Greeting Farm
              "Party Like A Pirate" by My Favorite Things

Samstag, 31. August 2019



Hello everyone!
School has started here in Germany and that is a) the reason why we chose this picture as inspiration for you over at PINspirational Challenges

and also the reason why I am posting late! I had the card ready, but the day before the challenge was when school started for me and it seems I had my head in the job and nowhere else. I would like to apologize to you guys for posting late and also to the fabulous Deanne who is the soul behind PINspirational

But now on to my card: 
I chose to go witth the blackboard, used the letters as inspiration to decorate it and because I am me I had to have a cute animal on there too somewhere so I coloured the mouse and placed the apple to its side. 

Because I wanted a little bit more colour on my card I decided to stamp the word "Endlich" (which means finally in English) in rainbow letters and filled in the rest of the cardbase with school related images in a light grey, just to give it a bit more interest.

I hope you like the card and that you are going to play along with us ;o) Have a fantestic weekend and happy crafting,
yours Maike

Stamps: "Page Huggers" & "Sketchy Letters" by Mama Elephant
Dies: "Single Stitch Line Rounded Square Frames" by My Favourite Things (discontinued)

Donnerstag, 11. Juli 2019

Mehr Meer oder I sea it's your birthday!

Heya guys!
I am so sorry, but I completely forgot to post this card! It is for Challenge Up Your Life and you can still play until the 27th of July ;o) Here is my inspiration card:

I used the super cute stamps from Purple Onion Designs and created a background for my scene with Distress Inks. The clouds in the sky are barely visible in this picture, but believe me there are some and they look really nice in real life! ;o)

I hope you are having a great day and that you'd like to join us in our "Vitamin Sea" challenge at Challenge Up Your Life! Happy crafting, Maike

Stamps: "Sammy" & "Sandy" & "Shelly" & "Beach Toy Set" & "Beach Umbrella"
               by Purple Onion Designs

Dienstag, 2. Juli 2019

Beary Happy Birthday!

Hello everyone ;o)
I am back with a new card for the "Dies or Punches" challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers blog: 

For my card I used three different kinds of dies: the panel die, a letter / sentiment die and a letter / banner die. In my head I had pictured something fun and colourful so I started by creating the background paper. I have used Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers and Fozzilized Amber and blended them together to get a kind of ombre background and splattered it with water to get these fun drops in the background.

Once the background was dry I glued it to a card base and added the panel die-cut on top. The bear fit perfectly size- and themewise for what I had in mind, so I took out my Zig markers and coloured it in. 

Once I had the bear adhered I added the sentiment. I always loved the banner letters and thought they would be perfect for this challenge, so I spelled "beary" with it and finished the sentiment with a die-cut "Happy" and a stamped "birthday". I hope you are going to join us for our challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers! Happy crafting, everyone ;o))) Maike

Stamps: "Birthday Bears"  by My Favorite Things (retired it seems)
Dies: "Circle Panel Die" by Your Next Stamp
          "Stitched Banner Alphabet Dies" by My Favorite Things
          "Happy Birthday Wafer Die" by Simon Says Stamp


Samstag, 29. Juni 2019

Have a happy colourful birthday!

Heya my friends!
This card is for the current Papercraft Challenge. We would like to see some "Stars" on your project and as you can see there are loads of them on my card ;o)))

I have ink blended a background using Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Melonade and Peacock Feather to get all these beautiful colours. The die and the super cute chameleon are from Your Next Stamp and I love them both ;o)

I have used a sentiment stamp from the set but added the "Happy" on pink from a different set, because I love a vivid green combined with pink. I hope you are going to join us for our "Stars" challenge and I am looking forward to seeing your starry projects ;o) Have a wonderful day and happy crafting ;o) Yours Maike

Stamps: "One in a Chameleon" by Your Next Stamp
Die: "Star Panel Die" by Your Next Stamp


Freitag, 28. Juni 2019

Geht's Dir gut? Stempelbar Hop

Heya my dear crafty friends!

I was lucky to be part of a wonderful hop last weekend: the Stempelbar-Hop on Instagram. Stempelbar is a shop located in Berlin and they have wonderful unique images but also you can get loads of well known brands from their store.
This is the card I made for the hop:

I love this crazy cow very much and it always makes me smile to see that huge funny head ;o) If you are interested in seeing more projects from the hop just go to this instagram post of mine ;o)

Hope you like the card as much as I do ;o) Happy crafting, everyone ;o))))

Montag, 17. Juni 2019

Taufkerze für Felix

Hello dear crafters!
As you might know I truly enjoy making cards. As I myself found out recently I detest working with wax, but I love how the candle turned out. But first things first: The Crafty Cardmakers dare you to make "Anything But A Card" this time around. I thought I'd give myself a real challenge and created the candle for my nephew's christening:

It isn't perfect, but it is handmade ;o) So I am almost certain Felix will like it when he is older. Is there something you would like to create apart from a card? Yes? Perfect! ;o) Then I hope you will share it with us at the Crafty Cardmakers. I may not feel tempted to play with wax again anytime soon, but I am absolutely glad I tried it. Have a wonderful and crafty week ;o)

Dies: "Finley's ABCs" by Lawn Fawn

Dienstag, 11. Juni 2019

Thank you- Box with a fox

Heya everyone ;o)
Today I would like to share a little project with you that I made with some kind people in mind. They have been helping with our bicycle training at school even though they have loads on their plates as well. So I thought I would create a little gift box for all of them. That fit perfectly with our "No Cards / Keine Karten" challenge at Papercraft Challenges which starts today.

I am not sure what will go inside the boxes yet, but I will hopefully think of something soon ;o) The cute fox image is a stamp by Purple Onion Designs. I coloured all of them differently using the watercolour pens from Winsor & Newton. They are lightfast and also have very rich colours. 

I hope you will join us in our "No cards" challenge! Have a lovely week and happy crafting ;o) Yours Maike

Stamp: "Free Spirits" by Purple Onion Design
Dies: "Pillow Box" by Lawn Fawn
         "Danke 5" by Gummiapan


In case you are interested in some other kinds of gift box as inspiration, here are a few examples:

Dienstag, 4. Juni 2019

Whaley Huge Birthday Wishes

Hello y'all ;o)
Yesterday we published a new task at the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge blog. We would like to see "Masculine" cards and projects. This is my inspiration card:


When you know some of my cards you'll see that this is a particularly "empty" one for my stile, but I really like it. The background was made quickly with two different shades of blue Oxide Inks (Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch) and spritzed with a few drops of water which i removed with a cloth almost immediately.

While the card base dried I coloured the whale with Copic markers in light blue shades, so it would be clearly visible against the background. Lastly I added the sentiment with Archival Jet Black Ink and the card was done. What do you think? Do you like a very CAS card once in a while?

I hope you are going to play along with our challenge and link your project to our gallery ;o) I also hope to see you soon and wish you a wonderful and crafty week! Yours Maike ;o)

Stamps: "Totally Narly" Your Next Stamp
              "Wild Birthday" von Avery elle
                     (sentiment - unfortunately discontinued so linked to Ellen Hutson)


Have A Hoot

Hello everyone!
We have a new PINspirational challenge for you:

First I wanted to go with a black and white card, but then I found the cute owl stamp by Cats on Appletrees and thought it would be the perfect image for this task. I "sat" the two birds on one of the stamped watercolour stripes and also gave them a balloon to hold to make it more of a birthday card image. 

Next I stamped the background and added the sentiment "have a HOOT" to go with the owls. That was it - a really nice and simple card, but I like that it would work with different colours and that it would be easy to reproduce if necessary. 

Aren't they cute? I hope you are going to join us in our challenge. Create whatever you like, just let us know how we have inspired you, if that isn't visible at first sight (as with my card) ;o) Have a lovely week and happy crafting, everyone ;o) Yours Maike

Stamps: "Lotta & Mathilda" Cats on Appletrees
              "Big Brush Stroke" Gummiapan
Die: "discontinued?" Your Next Stamp

Crazy For CAS "Birds"

Samstag, 1. Juni 2019

Von Herzen - From the Heart

Heya everyone!
I hope you have remembered that Challenge up your life now is a monthly challenge and seeing as it is the 1st of June we have this Tic-Tac-Toe for you:

As you can see I went for the first row: blue-heart and stencil. I created an ombre-background with the awesome stencil by Create a smile using Oxide inks in Blueprint Sketch, Satly Ocean and Tumbled Glass. 

I added the bear which I have coloured with Copic markers and also the speech bubble with the embossed sentiment which means "from the heart". I am trying to learn to stop, when a card is done, so I thought I'd leave it like this. And I still really like it. Hope, you do, too ;o) I also hope you are going to play along with our Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at CUYL. You have almost a month to create something wonderful and share it with us. For now I wish you a wonderful and hopefully creative weekend! Happy crafting, yours Maike

Stamps: "Unmounted Stamp Set 05" by Magda Polakow
              "Kleine Sprüche" by Create A Smile Stamps
Dies: "All Prettied Up" by Mama Elephant 
          "Speech Bubbles" by Create A Smile Stamps
Stencil: "Big Hearts Polka" by Create A Smile Stamps

PS: If you like Magda Polakow's style check out this card with her cute hedgehog as well ;o)


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

Day of the Month Card Club "Rhinos" (Danke für den Tipp, liebe Gundi)
Allsorts Challenge "Birthdays" (And happy 10th birthday to your blog and to the next 10 ;o) )
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