Tuesday, 15 August 2017

More balloons

Hello Everyone, 

did I mention, that I love my balloon background stamp? 

Today I'd like to show you another card I made with it. Jennifer McGuire show the technique I used on her blog last January, and when I saw the video, I instantly knew I wanted to try that with my balloon stamp.

It is best done with a stamping tool like the MISTI, where you can be sure to stamp in the right place every time.

I created a card base from water colour card. Then I stamped the background stamp on masking tape and chose a line of balloons along which to cut. Jennifer used flower stamps, so she didn't need a mask, but since I was using a background stamp, it needed it to create a natural edge. 



I lined up the mask with the matching area of the stamp and inked up only the area I wanted stamped. (Make sure you clean your stamp well, before you do that). 

Then I stamped the image on the inside of the card and on the card front as well, and heat embossed both images with white embossing powder. 

Next I carefully cut off the embossed balloons on the card front. This way the recipient can see the balloons that are stamped on the inside. 

I coloured them in reds and yellows with my ZIG markers and added a black sentiment strip and die cut and some matching sequins. The sentiment reads "Today is your Birthday" in German.

With the piece I cut off the front, I created a similar card, which never the less looks completely different.


For this one I chose a black card base and coloured the balloons in blues and teals. I adhered the panel with some foam tape and added the same sentiment (different die though). The first part is heat embossed directly to the card base, and the die cut is coloured with the same colours in an ombre effect.

I especially love this version, I think the colouring on the balloons turned out great and I love the colour scheme. I am amazed at how much the black makes the colours pop...

How about you? Which is your favourite?

Lots of love
Ela



Challenges:
Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday
CAS on Sunday: Birthday
Fusion Card: Sketch

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Back to school

Hi Crafters, 

how are you all? Ready to send your kids back to school?

For us, school starts again on Monday and I am quite sad the holidays are over already. I am not a morning person and the challenge of all three of us trying  to occupy the bathroom at the same time - before coffee - rather gets on my nerves.

So, for the occasion, I'd like to show you a school shaker card I created, using a German school themed stamp set. It includes a blackboard, a globe and many, many, little school related items, like pens, books, rulers, scissors, a smartphone, even tiny paper clips. 

I wanted to use a whole lot of these in a shaker window, so I stamped and coloured them with alcohol markers. Fuzzy cutting them was a bit of a nuisance, but I did it anyway...

Then I used embossing paste and my much loved brick wall stencil, to get some structure on the white card base. While that dried, I stamped the blackbord on a white panel and created the shaker window. 

I wanted to use the sentiment in the set, which reads "Have lots of fun at school", but I fidgeted quite a bit on the where and how to place it. In the end I setteled on a black strip all across the shaker panel and white heat embossing. I embellished the sentiment with the globe, which I adhered with foam tape. 

Looking back, I probably should have chosen a black panel behind the shaker, to make it look more like a blackboard, but then I would have had to colour the shaker elements much lighter.


So that's it for now, enjoy the rest of the holidays.
Ela



Challenges:
Night Shift Stamping: Anything goes 
Simon says Stamp: For a  Child

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Welcome Paul Maximilian

Hello Crafters,

my niece had a little son a while back (makes me feel so old, my sister is a granny now).
And today I'd finally like to show you the card I created for his birth. 



I didn't want the card to be too cutesy-baby, because it's not really the parents' style. I went for something more classy and timeless. 

I chose some off white card stock for the card base. As I didn't have a large bold star stamp, I used a die by Paper Smooches to create my own fun foam stamp. Then I stamped the stars with antique linen ink. The impressions are not perfect, which makes it look a bit distressed. But that was fine with me, it suited the card.

I adhered alphabet stickers for the name and some tiny wood veneer stars I still had for embellishments. 

It's a  very simple card, but I love how it turned out. That's it from me today, hope you have a great time
Ela



Challenges:

Paper Smooches: Anything goes
Stempelküche: Personalisiert
Simon says Stamp: For a child (I hope this card qualifies, despite the non-childlike style)

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Challenge up your life: Challenge #72 Circles

Hello Crafters,

it's time for another challenge at





This week, we are challenging you to use circles on your cards or layouts.


Challenge #72 Circles


I started out, with an entirely different idea. I meant to use an embossing folder with circles, a wide strip of a rainbow gradient I still had lying around and a circle focal point with some kind of image. 
 
I went through my stash and picked a humming bird from WPlus9. I coloured it in blue, green and purple, but then I got stuck... I couldn't make my elements work for me... 

I decided to drop the rainbow and created a whole bunch of circles, I coloured them with alcohol markers in matching colours (blue, lilac, purple, green and grey) and arranged them on a white card base. But it still didn't work, so I dropped the bird as well. 

Now I needed a new focal point. But luckily I  had just received a new sentiment stamp set with the most beautiful scripty sentiments. It's actually an add-on set meant to go inside a circle element, but I didn't get the main set. I just loved the sentiments, and I think they work just as well without a circle.


I stamped the sentiments on a white circle and matted it on a slightly larger grey circle, which was adhered to the card front with foam tape. The sentiments reads "kind regards", but in German that is less formal than in English.

Now, I hope you'll join us in using circles on your projects.

Lots of love
Ela

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Block stamping with water colours

Hey Crafters, 

today I'd like to show you three cards, inspired by Jennifer McGuire

She did a whole buch of amazing cards with block stamping and water colours a while ago. I'll not explain how I created them, if you're interested in the technique, please check out Jennifer's video.

This technique is always fun, so when my daughter wanted to craft with me the other day, we went for it. 


I especially liked Jennifer's cards with the torn edges, so this is how my cards turned out. By the way, I didn't add stitching, because my sewing skills are non existant... Beside I've lost the power cord for my sewing machine. Don't ask me how.




Which one do you prefer?


Lots of love
Ela


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Birthday flowers with Polychromos

Hello everyone, 

Debby posted this wonderful flower card last week, and I instantly fell in love with it.

As always, my first thought was "I need that stamp", but you can't have everything... I decided to use a child free evening and find something in my stash to make it work without spending money.

I stamped the image with Versamark ink and coloured in the flowers with my Polychromos pencils in a similar colour scheme as Debby. 

My craft card stock was a bit too smooth, so I had a hard time laying down as much pigment as I wanted to, all the while thinking it's wouldn't turn out good. And while it certainly cannot compare with Debby's original, I am still rather pleased with the end result. 

I had to fidget quite a bit with the final card design. I couldn't use my stitched rectangle dies, because the stamp is so large and I didn't want to cut off too much. I decided to go for an over-sized card base and just a white border on both sides. The stitching is a wonderful detail, but I simply didn't have the supplies. 

The sentiment reads "Today is your Birthday". The first part was stamped with brown ink, the second part was die cut from a scrap piece of paper, that I coloured with the same pencils. I quite like the ombre effect. 

Due to the unusual size of the card, I had to use patterend paper to create an envelope, because my normal cardstock was too small.

As I had some more spare time the next day, I went ahead and did the same again, only with white and yellows on grey card stock. I wanted to try my other idea and adhere the panel at an angle. Also that card stock has bit more of a tooth.
For the card base, I used white wood structure card stock and rounded corners. The sentiments reads "for your Birthday".

So, if you like, tell me which one you prefer, because I am still undecided. 

Lots of love
Ela






Thursday, 27 July 2017

99 nine not-so-red balloons

Hello Crafters, 

how are you? 

My daughters' Birthday was last month and we're having a rather big party every year. This year, it was even bigger, because of the new school and new friends and we celebrated with another girl who's Birthday is only one week later. So we needed heaps of invitations this year.
This is, why I wanted to keep it very simple, but I still wanted them to look really good.
 
I picked this lovely balloon background stamp and heat embossed a whole bunch of water colour card panels. I love this stamp, doesn't it just remind you of that old Nena song? 

While I was stamping and embossing, my girls helped me by colouring the balloons with my ZIG markers. We had chosen several colour schemes beforehand, because I didn't want them to use too many colours and create mud. 


Then we spritzed the panels liberally with water to make the colours run into each other and set the panels to air dry. We did 2-3 layers of colour on each panel.

Next we created vellum strips with nice torn edges and layered them around the lower third of the panels. On the top layer, I stamped and embossed the sentiment, which of course means "invitation".
In the end we embellished the panels with sequins and little heart die cuts and adhered them to white, black  or grey card bases, depending on the colour scheme.

I personally like the first card (the blue one) best, but my girls preferred the pink and yellow colour scheme. 

Hope you all have a great day
Ela


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Edit:
The balloon stamp is by Create a smile, if anyone is interessted.
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Challenges: 
Simon says Stamp: Anything goes
The Paper Players: Sketch 




Sunday, 23 July 2017

Two Doggie Birthday shakers

Hi Crafters, 

it's been a while, live was rather busy for me lately. 

However, today I'd like to show you two cards I created for two dog lovers.

I created the green card first. I really like that bright apple green at the moment, so I picked that colour for the card base. For some interest, I added white embossing paste through a brick wall stencil.
 


Then I stamped the dog and about a million bones and tennis balls. I coloured all the pieces with my alcohol markers. Just very basic colouring, nothing fancy.  

As the tennis balls and bones were meant to go into the shaker, I covered them with clear embossing powder, to make them slide better. 

I didn't invest in the matching dies for the stamp set (I generally don't), therefore I had to cut out all the pieces by hand, but that wasn't too bad. I also die cut the Polaroid frames and stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the frames. 

Then I assembled it all with foam adhesive.



The red card was created several weeks later, after I had given away the first one. 
I totally forgot about the stencilled brick wall, which I actually just realise right now, while I write this post. That explains, why it seemed so wrong to me, at the time. Seeing them side by side I think I would have liked the stencilled background on the second card as well.

For that card I needed a dalmatian, so I used the larger dog. Instead of clear embossing powder, I used transparent liquid glue, to seal in the bones. For me, both methods weren't really worth the bother, so next time I'll probably just leave out that step.


I arranged the Polaroid frames a little differently, because the dog was taller and facing the other way, and ended up with a lot of empty space. Therefore I chose to stamp the sentiment on two banners and tucked them behind the dog. I also added a paper clip arrow to the top left corner. 

I apologise for the bad photo quality, I only took a few snapshots with my mobile before I gave away the cards. 

Hope you all have a great day
Ela 




Challenges:
Seize the Birthday: Anything goes Birthday