Friday, 30 April 2021
Sunday, 25 April 2021
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Since it was a bit narrower than the card base, I decided to leave a white border and spell out Birthday along the edge. I also added a strip to say happy. I've had that stamp set for a long time, but I've only made it work for me lately, with my stamping platform. Before I was never able to get good coverage on any of these sentiments because they have so much solid area.
Thursday, 15 April 2021
how are you keeping? I am glad we're heading into summer. But compared to last year, the general mood is very different. People are more grumpy, less hopeful, I feel everybody is worn out.
I myself feel it too, it's getting to me, but we need to hang in there. I am trying to be grateful for the things I have. There are so many people out there, whose life is so much harder, who have lost their job, who are alone, who have lost loved ones.
So I am thinking of them and trying to see what I have rather than what I miss.
To the card... When I made last year's Easter cards, I had to cut off strips of each panel, so I had all those lovely spray-inked stips left over.
I didn't want them to go to waste, so I glued them to a card base and made an uneven border. I meant it to be a landscape card and thought of it as a fence, but in the end, I liked it better in portrait orientation.
I finished it off with a sleeping racoon, coloured with my ZIG markers, in a polaroid frame. I love those frames they are so versatile.
Stay safe out there
Thursday, 8 April 2021
Over the rainbow clouds
did you have a good Easter weekend? Since my girls aren't small anymore, we took it very relaxed and had a lazy weekend.
I created this card last year, for my great-niece's first Birthday. At the time I'd seen a lot of rainbow clouds on the Internet and wanted to try it out myself, so found my cloud stencil and blended a lovely rainbow directly onto the card base. Then I looked through my stickers and found an image to go with the idea.
I kept the colouring very simple because the stickers don't handle too much blending with alcohol inks. But since the banner happened to have just the right number of triangles, I personalized the card by adding her name.
Otherwise, I kept it simple. I stamped the sentiment directly into the clouds and reinforced the sticker with a piece of card stock so I could adhere it with foam tape. I also found a sticker to dress up the bright yellow envelope.
I love how the clouds turned out, clouds should be rainbow in real life...
Monday, 5 April 2021
how are you?
I made today's card for a workmate who is in the process of adopting a kitten.
I coloured the kitty like the one she is adopting with my ZIG markers. Then I did a bit of fiddly surgery and cut off the balloons with a craft knife and a straight edge. I glued the cat behind the polaroid frame and the balloons on top, to get a continuous image, and popped it up with foam tape. I love the contrast with the bold black stripes.
I'll send it to her when she actually get to collect the new fur baby, with a few treats. I think she'll love it.
Sunday, 4 April 2021
Hello friends and happy Easter,
I had this card base already prepared from another crafting session when I was assembling my Easter cards. Not wanting it to acquire feline bite marks or footprints, I decided to use it now and quickly stamped coloured and cut another chick, just like the others.
I adhered the chicky with foam tape and added a simple Easter sentiment. I think the playful font goes well with the image.
I also created my own envelope with one of my very old unused patterned papers, I am proud of myself for trying to finally use them up.
I hope you will stay safe over Easter and still have a lovely time
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
how are you keeping up? Me personally, I've been sick of Corona measures for a long time now, but we are still sticking to them anyway. After all, it's worked for us so far, no one in the family has had it.
Since we're not able to see people this year - again - I made some Easter cards.
Also, almost all of the supplies I used were a Birthday from the best Penpal there ever was (XOXO) and I wanted to play with them so, so, soo much.
I started out without a clear idea, by stamping and colouring the chicks and cutting them out. I love that stamp, it's so cute and can be used for Easter cards, without screaming Easter...
Friday, 8 January 2021
Happy Birthday from the heart
how did the first week in 2021 go for you all?
I had 4 days off work last week, which was wonderful and desperately needed at that. I am not much looking forward to having to work again next week, but at least everyone will be back from their Christmas holidays. The last two weeks of December were very stressful...
Today, I'd like to share some die-cut inlay cards I made, with the is very intricate hearts die.
Friday, 1 January 2021
Happy New Year 2021
I'd like to wish you all a happy and above all healthy new year. I sure hope 2021 will turn out better than 2020 did.
I don't send out extra New Year's cards myself, since December is always a busy time. But my friend does and we have the (still new) tradition of me giving her a set of new year's cards for Christmas.
This year I wanted to make an early start, while she still hadn't given me the latest count. So I decided on 25, assembly-line style, since the year before she had needed 20 cards.
First, I stamped each of the balloons individually with the main colour. I left the stamp in place in my stamping platform and stamped each balloon again, with a darker shade blended around the edge to achieve the shading. Then I set out to die-cut all the individual numbers and stacked them up for more dimension. After they were all ready, I blended on some yellow ink from the bottom and adhered them to the card base, using a straight edge to get them straight.
Next, I stamped, heat embossed and cut out all the sentiment strips. They read "healthy new year" in German. Before I adhered them, I loosely doodled in the balloon strings.
Normally I would have put glossy accents on all of the balloons, but since they were so many I didn't do that this time.
I was very glad to finish these cards in mid-November because I knew that would be the most involved Christmas present this year. 300 die-cuts, I must be losing it...
Stay safe and healthy and a happy new year!