Friday 30 August 2013

Investigator wrapping paper

Hello again,

to match the card I showed you on Wednesday, I created matching wrapping paper for the gifts. I created by own little footprint stamp, because I didn't want to do them all with the sponge dauber. Unfortunately my brown ink pad isn't juicy enough any more for my self made stamps, so I stamped them in black. I really need to get some new ink pads. Except for the peeled paint distress ink pad I have only old and rather cheap little ones. Until I got that, I never knew how all of you got such crisp images...

I' also like to show you a card I made recently for Christmas including a matching envelop.

Happy crafting

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Die drei Fragezeichen - The three Investigators

Hello there,

my godson's birthday is coming up this week-end and he's planning a motto party: The three Investigators. In German "Die drei ???".

My daughters received a rather creative invitation, cut like a magnifying glass with the text in code on it, so we had to decode it first.
Therefore it was plain, that our birthday card needed to be special as well, and fitting for the occasion of course.

So I googled for a nice picture of the three investigators to colour in and came up with this card:

Once again I used my daughters' watercolour pencils and one again am not all that happy with my colouring, especially as I have seen all the beautiful things everyone else has done...
My printer's ink has always been bleeding a little, but since I had to replace the ink cartridge is REALLY bad. In my first attempt, I tried to retrace the lines with my embossing pen, but the image was simply to intricate for that. Or else the pen not fine enough. So I printed and coloured it a 2nd time without embossing and without bothering much with any shading. I just concentrated on keeping away from any printed lines as best as I could.

For the footprints, I free handed a little mask from a post-it note and dabbed on VersaColor brown ink with a sponge dauber, both on the card and the matching envelop.

I also tried to distress the edges of the watercolour paper a little with my scissors, as I don't own a Tim Holtz paper distresser.

Simon Says Stamp is calling for "anything goes" this week, so I'll put my link in there. Sorry to the design team, it's not a picture from the greeting farm, but at least I did some colouring.

So despite the blotchy colouring I'm rather content with my card and hope you'll like it too.


Tuesday 27 August 2013

3 Cards, 4 Challenges

Hello out there,

this week the Paper Players are challenging us to with the following sketch:

I found it rather difficult, first I didn't find a stamp with the size I wanted, then I decided for a digital stamp by the alley way. When I started colouring, I found that my printer's ink bleeds quite a bit...
The arrows and mat are card stock, covered with Washi Tape, because I wanted to combine the sketch with the current challenge by Less is more, but in the end I was not sure if it would qualify as "clean and simple", with all those layers, so I didn't submit it there...

So, I'm not entirely happy with my card, but anyway, here it is:

I also created my first dry embossed card with my brand new big shot for Crazy for CAS, using the embossing folder "Swirls 1" by Hobby Solution and the butterfly from the Sizzix Basic Shapes die that came with the big shot starter kit. The black banner was created with one of the border stamps from the SHEart Doodles set by unity stamp company (same as the borders up in the 1st card).

And for the 3rd card I combined the Sketch of Fusion Card Challenge
 with the challenge of Creative Friday, which includes selfmade design paper. So this is the sketch. As you can see I used only the sketch, not the foto:

For the selfmade design paper I stamped and embossed snowflakes on a piece of cardstock. Unfortunately I don't remember, by whom the snowflake stampset is. The reindeer stamp is by Butterer. I stamped it with Ranger Archival Ink in black and colored it in with my daughters' watercolour pencils. The patterned paper banners are from the "Bissful Blizzard" 6x6 stack by fancy pants.

Did you notice? There definitely is a trend for my current favourite colour...

See ya

Monday 26 August 2013

Back to school and Lightning McQueen

Hello out there,

one of the reasons, I finally started my own blog, is that I've always wanted to participate in card making challenges.

So let's start with this back to school card, I created for Simon Says Stamp Challange Blog. It says "School is cool". The words "Schule" is stamped with Heyda alphabet stamps, the rest is either handdrawn or from the stampset Tween Scene by Scrappy cat.

School is cool

And I have another one, which happened to fit perfectly. Paperminutes called for cars this week, and I happend to need a birthday card for a little cars fan, so here is my result. I coloured in Lightning McQueen and the flash with my daughters' watercolour pencils. The greeting I had in mind, just wouldn't fit in, so I decided against it.

Lightning McQueen

Sorry the pictures are so bad, they were taken with my mobile...

See you soon

Ela est là

Hello World,

here I am - this is my very first blog post ever.

I am Ela, 37, from Germany and on this blog I'd like to show you the results of my newly discovered card making obsession.

My first two cards are a similar pair of thank you cards and matching envelops. The inspiration came from Kris Werner, I simply love her cards. If you don't know her blog, you should definately check it out.

Have a great day