Montag, 6. April 2020

Frohe Ostern - Bunny with Easter basket

Heya everyone,
this is my inspiration card for our "Easter" challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers.

It is made with images by Gerda Steiner Designs and some lovely Lawn Fawn paper. I used a sketch I had put into my sketch book a while ago and love the result - especially with these light colours. I hope you like my inspiration card too and that you will join us for our current challenge. I feel that in the current situations handmade greeting cards are even more valuable than usual as they give a personal touch - so join me in sending out as many as you can ;o)))) Happy crafting and take care everyone ;o)

Donnerstag, 2. April 2020

Kroküsse in pink

Heya everyone,
over at Challenge Up Your Life we would like to bring spring into your craft rooms by making the next challenge a "Focus on Flowers" one. If you know my blog you might know that I tend to use animals as my focal image 98% of the time - if not more so this was a real challenge for me. I love the flower images by Create A Smile, so I looked through them and found these crocus-images which I love so I decided to go with them and then I let myself be inspired by a wonderful Christmas card I got from Karolin. (You should definately hop on over to her instagram account, she makes such amazing cards!)

For the background I used the Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish in Lush Pink which really gives a wonderful rich colour and a lot of shine! (You can see it clearly in the first picture.) I placed the stamped and Copic coloured flowers on top taking my time to arrange the blooms and before glueing them down for good I also stamped the sentiment. The last thing to add was some Nuvo drops and my card was done. I hope you like it and that you are going to share your flowery projects with us in our gallery! Remember, you do have time until the 27th of April to do so and we would love to see what you come up with.
Have a wonderful month of April, take care of yourself and your loved ones and happy crafting ;o))) Yours Maike

Stamps: "Kroküsse (Deutsch)" or "Crokisses (English)" by Create a Smile Stamps


Dienstag, 24. März 2020

Hey chick

Hello everyone,
today I am back with a new card for PINspirational Challenges. When I think of spring I think of flowers, bunnies and chicks and decided to use the latter for my card ;o) This is our inspiration picture for you for the coming fortnight:

I loved colouring the cute images by Purple Onion Designs and creating this scene. The background was created quickly using watercolour markers in two shades of each colour. I added a few dots using the colour I had used for the roof of the hen house to create the illusion of flowers in the grass. For the scene panel I chose to go with a cross-stitch edge and also added a yellow panel to pull it all together. I love these happy images and hope you like the card, too and that you are going to join us with a spring-creation of your own ;o) Please take care and happy crafting, Maike

              by Purple Onion Designs
          "Cross Stitch Frame" by My Favorite Things (retired)


Montag, 23. März 2020

Sending Smiles - turtle

Hello everyone!
In these crazy times I quite like that making a card still fills me with the same joy and calm, so I am very happy to share a new card with you today:

I made it as an inspiration card for our newest challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers. The theme this time is "Spring" and I love to see all the bees and butterflies coming back to our garden, so I thought I would use this cute image by Gerda Steiner Designs. 

I die cut a somewhat flower-shape from the patterned paper I had chosen and also die cut a frame to go around that opening. Next I heat-embossed some butterflies on a light blue piece of paper and glued that on a the front of a card base. I place the tortoise on a strip of paper on which I had stamped the greeting and then adhered averything on top of the blue piece with foam tape. Three tiny butterflies in a deeper shade of pink were added as an afterthought to give a bit more interest to the background. I hope you are going to join us in our challenge and create something that makes your heart smile! Please take care and happy crafting, Maike

Stamps: "Hello Friend Tortoise" by Gerda Steiner Designs
              "Butterfly Ink Splatter" by Your Next


Sonntag, 15. März 2020

Birthday cake in pastell colours

Hello my crafty friends!
It's the middle of the month so we do have a new challenge for you at Papercraft Challenges ;o) This time our theme for you ist "Pastell Colours" and this is my inspiration card for you:

You (might) know I love rainbows and so when I saw this cake digi stamp by our kind sponsor Dr. Digi I thought it would look wonderful in soft colours. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind a cirthday cake like this ;o))) I used Copics to colour the image that I had printed as a watermark version to get very light lines. That simply worked better for me when I thought about a soft look. 

When the image was coloured I chose a patterned paper to match the image and cut it to the size of my card front. I then die cut the frame from it which I have raised with three additional frames in white beneath it. Next I added some Nuvo drops to the card and the sentiment which I had die cut from black paper to make it stand out. For me it didn't look finished only having the black sentiment so I also added the three black stars to tie it all together. Do you like soft colours on a card? I would love for you to try it and share your result in our gallery ;o) Have a wonderful rest of March with lots of sunshine, cake and crafting time! Take care and happy crafting, yours Maike

Stamp: "Cake and Candles" by Dr. Digi 
Dies: "Wonky Scalloped Frames Elle-Ments" by Avery Elle
          "Handlettered Happy Birthday Wafer Die" by Simon Says Stamp


Dienstag, 10. März 2020

Rainbow beans

Heya everyone!
I hope you are all well and also feeling creative, because our newest challenge at PINspirational Challenges brings with is a rainbow full of inspiration! This below is our current inspiration picture and I think that you can find loads of ideas for cards in it. I used the (almost) rainbow colours as my starting point and used the glass idea as well as you can see above ;o)

When I looked through my paper stash I came across the striped rainbow coloured one by LAwn Fawn and thought it would be perfect as a backdrop for my card. Next step was to find a good stamp and I feel like the "How You Bean" set as well by Lawn Fawn was indeed perfect for what I had invisioned. I stamped the glass, added the beans inside and stamped out some extra beans for extra interest. I coloured them with Copics  in the four colours from the inspiration picture and cut them out. 

Next I die cut a banner piece from a white piece of cardstock, stamped the first part of the greeting between the holes and glued the jelly beans on there as well. Lastly I added some string and glued everything to the front of the card. After a load of glitter added to the glass I called the front done ;o) Inside I added the label saying "Happy Birthday" and finished it off with some more beans. I hope you are as excited as I was about the wonderful inspiration of this PINspirational Challenge! See you soon and happy crafting my friends! Take care! Maike ;o)

Stamps: "How You Bean" by Lawn Fawn
Dies: "Stitched Party Banners" by Lawn Fawn
          "Wonky Stitches Elle-Ments" by Avery Elle


Have a purrfect day (Cats)

Heya all!
So glad you stopped by today, because it is time for a new challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) Our "Green" challenge is a kind of tradition already. It is a theme that always gets me to think a lot about my stash and how I could make a card interesting with such a limited colour palette. This is what I made for this years challenge:

I decided to go for cats that are playing in the garden. That gave me the chance to add many different shades of green and also have the cats look different but still keeping to white and grey. Unfortunately the cat images by My Favorite Things I used for my card seem to be discontinued. I hope you are going to join us in our "Green" challenge. Have you played along with one or more of the previous ones? I would love to hear if this is a challenging theme for you as well and how you go about creating it.
Well, have a wonderful week, take care and happy crafting! Yours Maike

Stamps: "I knead you" by My Favorite Stamps (discontinued, but still availabe here)
Dies: "Meadow Borders" by Lawn Fawn
          "Essential Cover Up" by My Favorite Stamps (also discontinued)


Sonntag, 1. März 2020

Happy Holidays Snowman (circular card)

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! 
I hope you had a lovely weekend! A crafty one maybe? Well I did and this was the result ;o) It is my inspiration card for the "Fun Fold Card" challenge at Challenge Up Your Life. I decided on a round card base paired with the circular sentiment die.

I love that this challenge has made me think outside the box and I am so glad I did. I filled the inside of the sentiment with glitter paper by Lawn fawn and added a stamped piece of paper behind that. All this makes the snowman in the middle really be the star of the show.

I hope you are going to join us for this "Fun Fold" challenge! Have a look at the other DT's cards - they are a fabulous inspiration and I hope they will make your fingers itch to craft ;o) Have a lovely and wonderful week everyone! Take care and happy crafting, yours Maike

Stamps: "Santa's Wonderland" by Neat and Tangled (available at Simon Says Stamp)
              "Background Stamp" by My Favourite Things
Dies: "Stitched Circle Stax" & "Happy Holidays Circle Frame Die" by My Favourite Things

Montag, 17. Februar 2020

Be Jolly penguin

Heya everyone!
Today I would like to share my inspiration card for the newest challenge at the Papercraft Challenge. The theme is "Winterfun" and I sure hope the little penguin on my card likes ice-skating:

I die cut the frame twice for this card from differently coloured cardstocks and coloured the outside edges of the inside pieces to introduce a third colour as well and added some white sprinkles to them as well. 

I adhered those pieces to a white cardbase and added a lot of glittery white snowflakes and the white embossed sentiment on red cardstock. The combination of red, blue and white always works well, don't you think so too? My little penguin was adhered last, because I wasn't sure if I wanted it raised or not, but in the end I decided to glue it directly to the paper for mailing purposes ;o) I hope you are going to join us with some "Winterfun" as well and will share your talent with us in our gallery! Have a great week everyone and happy crafting! Yours Maike

Stamps: "Skating Party Stamp" by Hello Bluebird
              "Winter Big Scripty Words" by Lawn Fawn plus coordinating dies
         "Photo Booth Panel Die Set" by Your Next Stamp

Dienstag, 11. Februar 2020

Soaring by to say (bird)

 Heya everybody,
so glad to see you on the blog! Today I would like to share my card with you that I have made as an inspiration for the newest PINspirational challenge. This is the current inspiration picture:

I decided to have a look through my stamps and find a bird-stamp I would like to use and I have always liked this rather large image by Your Next Stamp, so I went with that cute parrot. I die cut the frame and used a stencil by My Favorite Things to add some light pink clouds to the inside piece to give it a bit more interest and also added some fine sprinkles. 

I stamped the sentiment twice, once on the white paper and a second time on the pink, because I wanted to layer them. Unfortunately it is not as noticable as I had hope - but it is still always worth it trying something new, don't you think? Is there a technique or anything you have tried in card making lately that has surprised you? I would love to see one of your projects in our gallery as well, so why not snoop through your stamps as I have done? It really was fun ;o))) Have a lovely day and happy crafting everyone, yours Maike

Stamps: "Soaring by" by Your Next Stamp
Die: "Wonky Squares Elle-Ments" Avery Elle
Stencil: "Clouds" by MY Favorite Things (retired)
Paper: Lawn Fawn

Montag, 10. Februar 2020

Ganz liebe Grüße (Bunny)

Hello everyone ;o)
January has gone so fast hasn't it? I am always amazed about how one day or even one appointment can feel like a whole week, but looking back it all went by so quickly... Just shows that we ought to make the most out of the time we have, right? So I did what I like most: I made a card to make someone smile:

I created this card as an inspiration for our newest challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers. The theme is "Love is all you need" and just perfect for all the Valentine's or just "Hello"-cards you want to make. I decided to go with this super cute bunny by Purple Onion Designs and instead of the flower that she is usually holding, I wanted to give her a heart balloon. For it I went ahead and cut out a heart shape from a piece of paper, so that I could use the negative part as a guide which I could then fill with loads and loads of heart die cut pieces. After the "balloon" was complete I just had to glue the image to the matted piece of background paper and add the sentiment and my card was done. I hope you like the idea of altering a stamp to fit your needs and also that you are going to play along with us (again?) this time! Have a lovely week and happy crafting! Yours Maike

Stamp: "Bella - bunny holding long flower" by Purple Onion Designs
            "immer schön lächeln" by Klartext
           and loads of different heart dies (almost all I own in fact ;o)

Samstag, 1. Februar 2020

Have an ice day! (Bunny and Bear)

Hello everyone!
Januar hasn't been half bad here in Germany... How was the weather where you live? I am asking because for this month we would like to challenge you to create a "Winter Scene" crafty project and share it with us at Challenge Up Your Life!

For my card I used the sweet images from the "Skating Party" stamp set by Hello Bluebird. I used the masking technique to create an almost one layer card because I knew I wanted to add the puffy snow later and didn't want the card to become too thick and have too much dimension if that makes sense. After I had stamped the images I masked them and used Oxide Inks for the ice and the sky and die cut the panel from it. The images then were coloured in using Copic markers and I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxido Black ink.

Unfortunately I didn't wait long enough before I added the puffy snow and so it turned pink in some places. In the end I don't mind it very much, because it could be a reflection or something, but if you would like your snow to stay crisp white make sure to give the ink eneough time to dry completely.  After adding some white dots for a bit more added fun to their winter outfits my card was done. I really hope you are going to join us for our "Winter Scene" challenge at Challenge Up Your Life and that you all are going to have a wonderful weekend! Happy crafting, yours Maike

Stamps: "Skating Party" by Hello Bluebird
Die: "All Prettied Up" by Mama Elephant

Mittwoch, 29. Januar 2020

Have your cake and eat it too ;o) (Bird)

Heya everyone!
I am back with a card for our newest PINspirational challenge. This is the inspiration picture we have chosen for you this time:

I just love the colours and at first thought I'd create a card using the colour palette, but I also liked the cake and just like too many other times in my life the cake won... Though luckily this sweetness doesn't go straight to the hips ;o) 

I created the front by stamping and masking the bird popping out of the box and next stamping the cake behind that and covered that image with a mask as well to be able to add some colour to the background. Using the same ink (Merman Ink by Lawn Fawn) I also added the bubbles to give the background more interest. Now it was time to remove the masks and to colour in the images with my beloved Copics! The confetti was added last and even though I couldn't have the pieces light yellow, I think it still works this way and saved me a lot of work! 
The images are from a rather new to me stamp set by Lawn Fawn which was created with a magic picture changer in mind. I like that the set has two images, that go together: like the cake with the candles lit and then

someone has blown them out and tried a piece of that cake. So I decided to use the second image on the inside as a little unexpected surprise. I hope you like my card and that you are going to join us at PINspirational for this super sweet challenge ;o) Have a lovely day and happy crafting, everyone! Yours Maike

Stamps: "Birthday Before'n Afters" by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: "Layering Stencil: Bubble THS 002" by Tim Holzt


Montag, 27. Januar 2020

Black and White Christmas

Hello everyone,
today I am sharing a rather unusual card with you I'd say ;o) The Crafty Cardmakers dare you to create a card in black and white only and I thought I would try to create a Christmas card with this specification:

When I created this card I was thinking of how a teacher would maybe decorate the blackboard with chalk for their class right before Christmas and believe I nailed the look ;o) What do you think? To create the card I first stamped the cats and the huge sentiment, poured the embossing powder over it and heat set it. Next I added the snowflakes in the same way.

Next I used Picket Fence Distress Paint to paint in the snowy hill and also to add the flicks of paint to the background. To finish the card I covered the cats in Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen and also added a tiny bit of Nuvo Clear Drops to the right side of the cats. I really hope you are going to join us in our "Black and White" challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers. See you there and happy crafting, Maike

Stamps: "Snow Friends" by Mama Elephant
              "Warm Holiday Wishes" by My Favorite Things

Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2020

Frohe Weihnachten (Bunny in the Snow)

Hello everyone
and welcome to our first Papercraft Challenge of the year. We have decided to run the challenge monthly now to give you even more time to create a project and share your talent with us. The new theme is "Use at Least 2 Designer Papers", which is always a real challenge for me, but also perfect, because (after tidying up my craft room over the Christmas break and realizing just how much paper I really own - way too much let me tell you-) I vowed to start using more patterned paper on my cards and this was my first attempt of that:

Yes, okay, they are very subtle patterns, but a girl has to start somewhere, doesn't she??? ;o) I love this little bunny by Hello Bluebird having fun in the snow. I used the white frame to put a focus on the little scene and also to have enough space between the scene and the pattern if that makes sense... The lovely red die cut which means Christmas in German is by Create a Smile and was just perfect for this card.

I hope you are going to join us for our "Use at Least 2 Designer Papers" challenge and maybe I find new ways to combine papers to be able to use more of the lovely papers I have neatly stashed away in my craft room ;o) Have a lovely week everyone and happy crafting, yours Maike

Stamps: "Skating Party" by Hello Bluebird
              "Yeti for Christmas" by Mama Elephant
Dies: "Weihnachten x3" by Create A Smile (also available in English: "Christmas x3")
Papers: "Sparkle Cardstock Pixie Dust" & "" by Lawn Fawn

Dienstag, 14. Januar 2020

Happy New Year 2020

Heya everyone!
Today I would like to share a "Happy New Year" card with you as my contribution and inspiration to the newest PINspirational challenge. This is our inspiration picture for you:

Please remember, you can go with anything from the picture that inspires you to create a card ;o) For mine I went with the obvious inspiration here and used the cute snowmen by Mama Elephant to send out some New Year's greetings. I love the look of so many of them to cramp into the circle frame to be able to wish the recipient all the best for 2020.

For my card I created a blue background with Distress Oxide Inks and splattered it with Opaque White droplets. Next I stamped a whole bunch of snowflakes in Simon Says Stamp "Fog" ink on to a white cardstock and die cut my panel from it. I wanted a very subtle and non distracting background, but plain white just was too white ;o) The snowman are all shaded with a BG10 and a BG000 marker which doesn't show very much in the picture, but really gives just enough shading in real life to give them a rounded appearance.  Before assembling everything I stamped the greeting on the circle frame and heat embossed it in white to make it stand out and to help the eye by guiding it from the upper left to the lower right of the card. I hope you like the card and that you will take another look at our inspiration picture and see what grabs hold of your attention ;o) Have a wonderful week and happy crafting, yours Maike

Stamps: "So Many Snowmen" by Mama Elephant
               "Snowflake Splendor" by My Favorite Things
Dies: "Wonky Stitches Elle-Ments" by Avery Elle

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