Mittwoch, 1. Juli 2020


Hello everyone!
Wow, this time it worked out so that I got to post three days in a row to inspire you for different challenges ;o) Today I would like to inspire you to play along with our newest theme "Vacation Mood" at Challenge Up Your Life. It made me so happy to create this vacation inspired card, because we won't be going on holiday anytime soon it seems. Anyhow, this is the card I made:

This really takes me to the beach and I hope you'll join me there, if only for a brief moment ;o) For this card I used a background stamp from Purple Onion Designs and also the cute, cute penguins by My Favorite Things ;o) First Istamped a palm tree, masked it and stamped it again. Next I stamped over it with the background stamp and coloured everything with Copics. Once I was happy with how it looked I die cut the scene using a stitched rectangle (nothing too crazy, because there was a lot going on already) and added the fussy cut and also Copic coloured penguins. 

Lastly I added the sentiment and also stamped another penhuin on the inside of the card just to make that look extra special as well ;o) I hope you are going to join us at Challenge Up Your Life with a vacation themed project. Have a great day and happy crafting! Thank you for stopping by, yours Maike

Stamps: "Penguins in Paradise" by My Favorite Things
              "Sand Dunes" by Purple Onion Designs
Die: "Wonky Stitches Elle-Ments" von Avery Elle

Dienstag, 30. Juni 2020

Relish the day - Let's BBQ

Hello everyone ;o)
Today I am back with another card! This time it is a pop up card as an inspiration for the newest PINspirational challenge:

I went with the BBQ theme and thought with Corona still keeping us from meeting with friends I would like to have some cards ready for when we can have bbq-parties again ;o) I kept the outside quite simple and clean, because there is a lot going on inside the card. 

For the pop up - mechanism I used a die by Lawn Fawn which really makes creating a card like this very easy ;o) When you open the card the inside twists and opens up, so that you can see the whole scene but the card still fits in an envelope.

This is what it looks like from the side, so that you can get a good look at the machanism itself:

The one thing one has to keep in mind is not to add too much bulk to the inside and that if you would like to have an image "sit" on two panels it is wise to score the image before adhering it down. That helps a lot to have the card lay relatively flat. I would love to see your creation in our PINspirational gallery as well ;o) Remember you can use anything as an inspiration from the picture: theme, colours, images,... whatever you can think of! I hope you are having an amazing week and happy crafting, yours Maike ;o)

Stamps: "Let's BBQ" by Lawn Fawn
Dies: "Pivot Pop Up" by Lawn Fawn

The Crafting Challenge "Summer" (BBQ is summer to me)

Montag, 29. Juni 2020

Big Hugs - Rainbow Background

Hallo everyone ;o)
I hope you are all doing fine and that you get to enjoy some nice summer days! Today I would love to share this super cute card with you which I made for the new "Create Your Own Background" challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers:

Even though it might look different there were only three Distress Inks involved in creating this background: Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers. I love how you can get a lot more colours simply by overlapping them. It still is magic to me ;o) Once I had the background piece ready I set it aside to let it dry completely and went on die cutting the sentiment three times. I glued the pieces together to make the word die stand out even more. 

In this picture you can see the effect quite well. I am lazy so I usually put "Stick it" behind sentiment dies. Do you glue them together differently? If so I would love to hear which adhesive you use, because all the ones I tried are too runny or too thick when I lay them down and my beloved snail glue doesn't work for me either... Well, back to this card ;o) I had stamped the image in a very light grey and coloured it in a no-line fashion. I thought it would work well on an elephant ;o) I added it to the sentiment strip, added an additional dot detail to the background and my card was done. I hope you like it and that you will join us at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) Happy crafting everyone ;o)

... to you all!!!

Stamps: "Adorable Elephants" by My Favorite Things
Die: "Big Hugs Die" by Neat and Tangled (Linked to Seven Hills Crafts)


Mittwoch, 17. Juni 2020

Make A Splash - Shark

Hello everyone ;o)
I am back with yet another card today. This time it is the inspiration card for PINspirational Challenges. This is the picture that inspired me to my card and will hopefully get your creative juices flowing as well ;o):

The first thing I noticed about this picture were the beautiful colours. I loved the white, blue and red together and I also took the fact that it was made at the beach or sea into consideration. The first thing I did was to create some waves to go behind the image of the shark which I had coloured with Copics. 

Next I die cut the super cool letters and the frame. For the letters I made sure to have "Stick It" behind the paper before die cutting it. Thin letters always make it hard for me to glue them down without making a mess, so "Stick It" saves me everytime. Everytime I think to use it beforehand that is ;o) Before stamping the first part of my sentiment I put all the individual elements on the card to make sure I had good placement. Then I adhered everything down, added the transparent water drops and also added the speech bubble. Now my card was done and I do hope you like it and that our "theme picture" inspires you to make something wonderful. If so, please share it over at PINspirational Challenges! Happy crafting and please stay safe everyone ;o))) Yours Maike

Stamps: "Peek-A-Boo Summer Pals" by Avery Elle
Dies: "Wonky Scalloped Square Frames" by Avery Elle
          "Tall Alpha Die Set" by Altenew

Liebe Grüße aus der Ferne - Butterfly

Hello there,
hope you are all doing great. This card - that I made as an inspiration card for the newest challenge "Geometric" at Papercraft Challenges - is the perfect card to just say hello to any friend whom you might like to make smile I think. This is the card:

The image-stamps I used are from a small German company called "Stempelschmiede" and are rather old, so that unfortunately I can't link you to the same ones, but I will link you to the shop if you are interested in having a look what other stamps the offer ;o) I love this cute butterfly in the rainbow look and I hope it brings a smile to your face as well ;o)

I am aware that I paired the images with a rather unlikely background, but I had that one laying around and I really liked the look of the purple and pink geometric pattern paired with the colourful images. What do you think? Would you have liked a green background better? I would love to see which geometric pattern you will create and hope to see many of your makes in our gallery! Have a fabulous week and happy crafting everyone ;o) Take care, yours Maike!

Stamps: "Aus der Ferne" by Create A Smile Stamps (available in English as well "From Afar")
Stencil: "Stencil Triangles" by Create A Smile Stamps 

Montag, 15. Juni 2020

Catcher of Beasts - Male card

Hello everyone
and welcome on my blog ;o) Today I would like to share my inspiration card for the newest challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers with you. Our theme this time is "Male Cards" and so I thought I'd go with a blue and grey colour scheme as well as with a geometric background design. But have a look yourself:

I got to play with my first set of Kindred Stamps this time around, because I thought the image resembling the main character from "Phantastic Beasts" would be perfect for a male recipient. I hope it will make them feel like a nifty wizard ;o))) I gave them both a piece of metallic looking vellum to stand on, so that the background is still visible but it adds just a hint of magic to the card too ;o)

For the background I have used a new stencil which I thought would look good with the theme as well as give me a chance to introduce a bit of colour to the card. I decided to go with an ombre look in blue-green colours and have used Distress Inks to create it. I hope you are going to join us for this fun theme and happy crafting, yours Maike ;o)

Stamps: "Catcher of Beasts" by Kindred Stamps (linked to Stempelbar)
Stencil: "Falling" by That Special Touch Mask (linked to Stempelbar)

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Something Metallic"
Aud Sentiments "Anything Goes + Sentiment"
Cute Card Thursday "Masculine"
Dragon Fly Dreams "Make it Masculine"
Catch The Bug Challenge "The Man, The Myth, The Legend"

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

Stamps: "Tiny Heroes" by Mama Elephant
Dies: "Wonky Stitches Elle-Ments" by Avery Elle
Stencil: by MFTstamps, but discontinued. (Here is a similar one however.)

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


Freitag, 1. Mai 2020

Tippe Tappe - a card for a vet

Heya everyone,
I hope you are all doing good and that crafting or other hobbies, people, phone-calls, ... help you through this strange time. Challenge Up Your Life's new theme for the month of May is "Animals", so I am hopeful our gallery will overflow with your lovely projects at the end of the month ;o) This is my inspiration card:

A friend of mine needed a card for a vet who had opened their own office (or is it clinic?) and I had so much fun making this one for her. This is the front of the card and I wanted it to look like you were looking through the windows into the office. 

Though the windows you can only see the dog and the cat, but when you open the card... will find a few more animals as well. The card can be opened one more time to give room for a text and - as I understood it - loads of signatures from friends to wish the vet good luck. I hope you like the card and I hope even more that you will link an "Animal" themed project to our gallery at Challenge Up Your Life for us to see! ;o) Please take care everyone and happy crafting, yours Maike


Heya everyone,
this is my card for the latest PINspirational Challenge! I am a bit late - well very late really, but life is getting in the way all the time recently... So I hope you'll forgive me. This is our challenge inspiration picture, though it is an "Anything Goes" theme at the moment to give everyone the "room" to create whatever is good for them or needed at the moment ;o)

I created the card using a background die by HEllo Bluebird and an older stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. 

I hope you are all well and that maybe if you feel like crafting you will share your project with us at PINspirational Challenge! Take care and happy crafting, everyone ;o)))

Supplies: tba

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