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

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