Saturday, 22 February 2020

Floral Birthday

Hey Crafters,

how have you been? My daughter has been ill all week, and now I caught the bug from her. I hope it'll skip my other daughter, I don't feel stong enough for another sick child yet.

Today I have lots of colouring to show you, and a very simple design.



There is not a lot to say about it, I coloured the background with ZIG markers, cut out a panel with a stitched die and adhered it to a white card base. Then I popped up the sentiment strips with foam tape.



The hardest part about this card, was taking the pictures. It took me about three attempts over several days to get a picture that was close to the true colour.

Have a happy day
Ela




Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Big Birthday Heart

Hi Crafters,

how have you been?

I am suffering from crafter's block these days. Mostly caused by the mess in my craft room, that never gets cleaned up, because there is so much more urgent house work to do all the time. Tonight's happy plan is folding a ton of laundry, yuk! The weather has been nice and dry, I've been washing like a maniac, so I could dry it outside.


Anyways, today I have a very simple stencilled and doodled Birthday card for you. One of my very rare one layer cards. Not much to explain, pretty straight forward.


Have a beautiful day
Ela


Challenges:
Seize the Birthday: #181 Stencils


 

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Casing myself again

Hi Crafters,

today I have a second take on the wall paper card, but this time with a very different look and without wall paper.

I coloured the same image with a very different colour scheme and cut it out the same way. Since the flowers were so pale, I wanted some contrast in the background, so I created a black card base and added some clear glossy structure paste to it through a stencil. I love that effect on black card stock and use it way to rarely.




This time I didn't add a sentiment strip, but stamped the sentiment directly to the white water colour paper with the flowers.

I love the stark contrast and the softness of the image. 

Lots of love
Ela



Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Card for a Christening

Hi Crafters, 

today, I'd like to show you a very simple card, I created for a Christening in the family a while back. This baby by the way, is none of my nieces, he's my great-nephew - yes, my sister is a granny. Am I getting old?

I was running a bit late, and we still had travel arrangements to make, so I kept it very simple, with little patterned paper banners. I don't think it needs much explanation, it's pretty straight forward...



By the way, the card matched our gift.

The parents only asked for money, but I wanted to at least present that in a special way. So I created a hot air balloon and decorated it with banners from the same papers. It can be hung up in the baby's room just as it is, or even be turned into an actual lamp (which is what the parents did). And the raccoon was holding the envelope.

Should have taken the picture from the other side, that looked better, but it's too late for that now... 


Lots of Love
Ela



Sunday, 5 January 2020

Using wall paper for cardmaking

Hi Crafters, 

at our new place, we have a wall with a faux wood planking wall paper. I like that a lot, I like the colours and the structure and that it's not just a plain wall. I would like it as a backdrop for my card photos, but it's in the inside hall so there is little natural light. 

I do have half a roll left over, so I decided to use a tiny bit of that, to make a card. 




Í coloured the image with my ZIG markers and cut out the right side and top of the flowers, leaving the bottom left corner as it was.  Then I adhered the wall paper to a card base, added the image with foam tape and heat embossed a very simple sentiment (we congratulate) and some matching washi tape. 

Have a lovely day
Ela








Thursday, 2 January 2020

Happy new year 2020

Hello Crafters, 

and a very happy and healthy new year to all of you. 

I hope you all had a good start into 2020. 




  



These cards I made for my friend, who likes to sent out separate new years cards. It was her Christmas present and I made 21 of them. She needed 20, so I created one more to account for last minute adjustments. normally I would have gone for 25 or 30, thinking she could use them later, but since the year is on them, she won't be able to use them next year, so I made only one extra. 

I used liquid water colours for the vibrant backgrounds. Most of them in rainbow colours, some I did reds and yellows or blues and greens. Then I stamped the happy new year sentiment across the panels, adhered the die cut numbers and stamped the sentiment again, over the numbers. To do this, a stamping platform comes in really handy, to get the placement perfect. 

Last I adhered the finished panels to a white card base with foam tape.

I meant to take pictures of them all, but I completely forgot, so I apologise for the poor picture quality. 

But I have to say it sure was fun to receive one of them in the  mail. 

All the best to you
Ela






Challenges:
Simone says Stamp: Something new
Always Fun Challenges: #143 New Year 2020

Monday, 30 December 2019

Embossed snowflake

Hi Crafters,

I hope, you have had peaceful and wonderful Christmas celebrations, wherever you are. 

We did enjoy Christmas a lot, we celebrated at our place. 
In Germany we celebrate on Christmas eve. My family was due to arrive at about 3 pm, so we could attend church at 4 pm. But since my girls' Dad needed to leave rather early, so see his other family, we agreed that he should come over an hour early, to he could spend a little more time with the girls. 

Our tradition is to set up and decorate the tree on the morning of the 24th (yes, that late) together. So, running late with preparations, as usual, I decided that he could do that with the girls, while I was finishing the last tasks in the kitchen and around the house.

Well, nice in theory, in actuality, he ran half an hour late, by which time the tree had already fallen over once, because I was maybe a bit overenthusiastic when I bought it. Meaning I got it fresh from a local farmer and in the large barn without any other trees to compare it with, it just didn't look as huge as it is. It almost reaches the ceiling and is a bit big for our tree stand.

So, when my Ex arrived, we set up the tree - again - weighted it down with stones from the garden and got ourselves tangled up in the light chain, at which point my sister-in-law and here family entered the house (I had left the door open when I collected the stones).

In the end, my brother-in-law and I sent off the rest of the family to church, decorated the tree and the presents underneath, set the table (yes, I hadn't managed that in time either) and finished preparing dinner. With all that done, we were actually ready early and enjoyed a nice cup of coffee while re-installing the TV set, which had returned that day from repairs.

Now, to the card. This one is an idea I have seen on the Internet in many variations, with the single snowflake and a simple sentiment strip.  I created a watercolour gradient back ground and adhered the silver embossed snowflake on top, then I added the sentiment with foam tape.



Wishing you a fantastic new years celebration and all the best for 2020
Ela


Challenges:
Shopping our Stash: #410 Happy Holidays

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Mass producing Christmas cards

Hello crafty friends, 

can you believe it, only four days to go - well in Germany at least. We celebrate on Christmas eve. 
I am in full fledged panic mode by now. With all the drama and action this December, I am far behind, even though I started out so well in November. 

Today, I sent the last packages out and bought the postage stamps for all my Christmas cards. Those however, I didn't have finished, so I decided to mass produce the final 18 cards I still needed tonight. 

The idea was inspired by a card I once saw in a shop and the design is very clean and simple. 





I started by cutting the white panels and stamping the beautiful long sentiment in the lower 3rd. Then I cut slits in the panels, just below and above the sentiment, where I could tuck in my little stars. 

The stars themselves are cut from different Christmas patterned papers I collected over the years. After I had tucked all of them in, I created and scored all the card bases from light grey card stock and adhered the panels down flat.

With this batch, I didn't take the time to embellish the envelopes, as I would usually do. But I did pick red envelopes, for all the cards that had red stars. All the other cards had to make do with white.

There is still so much work. We are celebrating at our place, so there is cleaning cooking and more gift wrapping to do. Not to mention that all the cards still have to be written and posted. That bit I must achieve tomorrow. 

And I still have to create a batch of Birthday cards, that I mean to give to my wonderful friend and landlady. I already have the design in mind for those. I am planning to re-use the design of this years Birthday invitations using Birthday sentiments and more colour combinations. All cards will be similar, so they make 4a nice set, but each one a little different.

And there is another friend, who I know could use a set of Birthday cards to give away. But she was invited to our Birthday party, so I can't use the same idea for her set. I have to come up with something different. 
But at least those gifts will be handed over in person, so I still have the week-end.

And right after Christmas, I will start making Christmas cards for next year, while I am still in the mood. Seriously, I did that a few years back, and it was brilliant. And I still want to use all my lovely Christmas supplies, that I didn't get to use enough this year.

So, I do hope you are are not as stressed as me, but if you are, tell me about it, so I don't feel so alone.

Hugs and kisses
Ela

P.S. Sorry for the bad pictures, I had to take them in poor lighting. 


Challenges:
CAS on Friday: #170 Christmas
Shopping our Stash: #410 Happy Holidays




Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Cherry blossom thanks

Hi Crafters,

to balance my very sad news, I'd like to  tell you something more cheerful today, even though to me it feels bitter sweet right now.

Some of you may know, that my girls and I moved house just before Christmas last year. Our  landlady lives downstairs from us, in the same house, and we instantly connected. She is a lovely person and she and I have a lot in common for example our cats. As you know, my girls and I had three cats (sadly now only 2), among them our red tom Benny. She too had a red tom called Benny. We laughed a lot, when we first found that out. 

Unfortunately her Benny disappeared last summer without a trace and all of us were heartbroken. We have been searching everywhere, asking around, but he simply didn't turn up anymore. 

On Friday the 6th (St. Nicolas day) I received a phone call from the pet registration agency, asking for my landlady. She had given them my number, when she went on holiday. The little stray has actually turned up, happy, healthy and for some reason well fed, at the other end of town. Nobody knows where he's been in the past 6 months, but a lovely family noticed him and had his chip read out.

I immediately called my landlady and she point blank refused to believe it, until she had proof, for fear of raising false hope. Since she couldn't leave work at the time, I went to pick him up right after I finished that call. Now he is back home, dozing on the oven bench, his favourite spot. And all of us are so happy for the two of them. Since he has the same name and colouring as our Benny, we almost feel like he's ours as well.


So, to go with our St. Nicholas wonder, I picked a thank you card for today's post. It's a very simple one layer card. I coloured the cherry blossoms with Polychromos pencils and added a Thank you sentiment. 

Wishing you a nice day
Ela 




Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Beloved Nala

Hey Crafters, 


I've been absent a few days, I am morning the loss of my beloved Nala. 
As I wrote last week, I went to the vet again the same day but she couldn't save her life. I am still very shaken and would rather not tell the whole story.

So I am concentrating on her life, rather than her death. 

She was a lovely girl, very small, slim and agile with a small round head and huge green eyes. Her fur was long and silky and wonderfully coloured in bright red, black and white. 

She came to us, from a family who couldn't cope with her liveliness. Nala was a very playful kitty and she demanded to be played with. It took here merely a few weeks to realise, that chewing cards and papers was the way to get my full attention. She loved to play fetch with hair ties, chasing them across the living room and returning them to me. I don't remember how we discovered it, but it was nothing we taught her, she started that herself.

I know, this could be dangerous, but hair ties was the only thing she didn't try to eat. Otherwise she quickly taught us to clear away all kinds of plasticy things, like decorative ribbon, balloons etc. She's chew and swallow all of that, if she got hold of it.

 A very agile cat, there was no spot in the house she couldn't reach. My little queen loved sitting up high on some shelf and look down on her subordinates. 

But she was also a very cuddly cat, when she wanted to. She used to sleep on my laptop while I worked, every once in a while getting up and demanding to be loved and groomed. Then she would curl up on my lap until she had enough. Seeing the empty spot there breaks my heart.

I still cannot understand how that could have happened. 

I hope you'll have a good day, despite my sad story and leave you with a few more pictures of my little girl - actually, I may have overdone it  a bit. 

Love Ela