Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Playing with Embossing Paste - Take 2

Before I show you my card I would like to let you know that I will take a blogging and commenting break to spend some time with my family in Germany.

In my last post I promised to show you the card I made with a stenciled panel that didn't buckle because I used heavy Stampin' Up card stock. Julia inspired me to use colored cardstock. This time I also added some sparkle to the embossing paste. (Can't tell you right now what it was I added because I am not at home while I type this...) You can see it in the close up, although it didn't sparkle as much as I hoped for. This card looks very different from my last one...

Stamps: Altenew (flower, leaves), Uniko (sentiment)
Other: Memory Box (stencil)

Here is a close up to show you the sparkle in the embossing paste.

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CAS Mix Up June Challenge "Embossing Paste/Gel"
My choice is fussy cutting

Time Out Challenge #84  'Flowers and Friends make life a garden'

Grab Our Badge!

The Flower Challenge #9 "Anything Goes"

Be well,

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Playing with Embossing Paste

So, this month's theme at the CAS Mix Up Challenge is Embossing Paste/Gel which prompted me to have a play with them (it's been too long anyway). My first attempt reminded me that you need heavy, sturdy paper because thinner paper will buckle. Normally I would use Bristol or Watercolor paper (my Mixed Media is too flimsy) but I wanted to use colored card stock. Anyway it buckled and when I lifted the stencil I smudged it! I saw that one strip looked good and so I cut it off and made this card!

Stamps: PTI (Happy)
Dies: STAMPloration (Birthday), PTI (pink star), SSS (heart and white star)
Other: Stencil (Memory Box), white spray (Mr. Huey's)

I used the same grey card stock for the card (because the strip didn't look good on white), splattered it which resulted in several more grey splattered panels. Isn't it funny, I get so excited when I am able to use a scrap on a card but each card that I make creates many more scraps! Anyway... I just received happy mail from STAMPlorations and really wanted to use this cool Birthday die (cut from a scrap).

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CAS Mix Up June Challenge "Embossing Paste/Gel"

My choice is die cutting and/or splattering

STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge
Probably without the twist of masculine colors, although there are guys who like pink

Stay tuned if you want to see the card I made with the embossing paste panel that came out ok... Hope to post it soon!

Be well,

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Four Hugging Mice Sending Warm Fuzzies

Many months ago the fabulous Elisabeth from "auf's papier gebracht" suggested that we make cards using the same stamp and post them at the same time. Now if you don't know Elisabeth you should definitely visit her blog, she has this unique, loose style, I would call it CAS Free Style maybe? I once told her that I hope to create like her when I am all grown up, hehe!
Anyway, she picked the stamp set and the stamp. Her choice surprised my quite a bit as I didn't think that it was her style. So I can't wait to see what she came up with.

My first thought was to color with my polychromos on kraft and while I was thinking about a layout I had another idea and that's why I made two cards.

Stamps: Penny Black (Mice), Hero Arts (sentiment)
Dies: Nestabilities (circle), SSS (hearts)
Other: We 'R' Memory Keepers (embossing folder), patterned paper from my stash

The hearts on both cards are covered with Wink of Stella, the one on the second card is also coated with glossy accent. I might add some on the first card, too...

(click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Little Critters"

Addicted to Stamps #242 "Make your mark"
I used Polychromos pencils
Uh oh, linky closed already...

Penny Black Saturday Challenge "All Things Love"

Grab a badge for your blog...

And now come with me to Elisabeth's blog and find out how she used those cute mice.

Be well,

Monday, May 22, 2017

Another Graduation Card and More Splatters

Yes, I splattered some more! It seems like I can't stop!
I needed another graduation card for a friend who got her Master's degree while being a single parent to two young kids and working! In my eyes she totally rocks, that's why I picked this sentiment.

Stamps: Winnie & Walter (sentiment), Inkadinkado (cap)

The splatters are dark green not black as they appear on the screen...

So you know where this is going, right...?

CAS Mix Up May Challenge "Splattering"
I also used heat embossing, water coloring, die cutting, washi

Be well,

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Watercolored Wild Hibiscus

Before I go to bed I would like to share a card with you using gold embossed and watercolored flowers that had been sitting on my desk...

Stamps: Altenew (flowers, leaves), Create a Smile (sentiment)

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CAS Mix Up May Challenge "Splatters"
My choices are watercoloring and heat embossing

CAS Watercolor May Challenge "Flowers"
ETA: This card won "Outstanding Design"! 

So glad, that I finally managed to combine these two challenges!
Have a fabulous week and

Be well,

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Reminder for Time Out Challenge #83

Hello there,

Just popping in to remind you that you still have time to CASE Hannelie's fantastic card for the Time Out Challenge #83
Here it is again:

Stamps: Altenew (flower, leaves), Hero Arts (background), STAMPlorations (sentiment)
Die: Nestabilities (circle)
Other: Brushos

As you can see I stuck with the same color scheme but used it on the flower this time (stamped on the same Brusho panel). I also used a negative circular die cut and lots of black and white. I am a bit disappointed with myself that both times I didn't use any splatters considering how much I like them! On this card I sprinkled a few gems around to imitate the splatters.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

CAS Watercolor May Challenge "Flowers"
ETA: This card won "Outstanding Design"!

STAMlorations May CAS Challenge

I had so much fun CASEing Hannelie's card, now it's your turn! I hope to see your creation in the gallery! You have until May 25th to enter and you could win a $15 voucher to Happy Little Stampers! For more details go to Time Out Challenges.
Thank you very much Nonni and the DT for inviting me to guest design!

Be well,

Saturday, May 13, 2017

It's Graduation Season!

I have two cards to show you today but before I do that let me give a warm welcome to two new followers:
Kara Lynne
and Hannelie

You might know and already follow these inspiring card artists but if not, please take the time to meander through their blogs and be amazed!

Graduation season is upon us in these parts of the world and I have a niece and a nephew graduating from college this year. The colors for both colleges are blue (slightly different shades) even though they go to very different schools. Because of the color scheme and because I used stars (I'll take any excuse to use stars, hehe) on both of them they look pretty similar.
First the one for my nephew which is slightly more CAS:

Stamps: My Favorite Things (sentiment strip)
Dies: My Favorite Things (graduation cap), WPlus9 (stars), SSS (smallest star)

And this is the one for my niece:

Stamps: Inkadinkado (numbers)
Dies: My Favorite Things (Congratulations, cap), WPlus9 (stars), SSS (smallest star)
Other: Sizzix (star embossing folder)

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CASOLOGY week 248 "Commencement"

The Male Room Challenge #60 "Stars"

CAS Mix Up May Challenge "Splattering"

Hope you find time to create and have fun!

Be well,

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Guest Designing for Time Out Challenge #83

Hello crafty friends,

Today I have the honor to guest design for the Time Out Challenge #83 because they picked this card of mine as the winner.

For Challenge #83 we are to CASE the following fabulous card of "Desert Diva" Hannelie
I am sure you already know her because she is on several Design Teams but if you happen to be new to the stamping world please check out her blog. I promise you won't regret it but come back inspired! Here is her card for this challenge:

Isn't it gorgeous? As you will soon see I was inspired by the colors, the negative die cut, the black and white image, the white space, as well as the digital sentiment.

Stamps: JudiKins (crane), Desert Diva (digital sentiment)
Dies: SSS (little heart)
Other: Martha Stewarts (punch), Brushos

Now if you are one of the three people who doesn't know Hannelie I would like to tell you that she loves to create and use her own digital sentiments which she generously makes available for free on her blog. Over the years I have been following her I have downloaded several of her sentiments but have to admit that I usually forget to use my digital stamps. This challenge inspired me to use one of her digital sentiments. I also used her color scheme (one of my favorites), a black and white image, and instead of a negative die cut I dug out one of the magnetic punches from Martha Stewart (let me know in the comments if you remember them or even still have them) which I have never used but thought it was perfect for this challenge. I am so happy that I finally created something with it. It makes me feel much better about buying it...

And now hop on over to the Time Out Challenge to check out what the amazing Design Team created and then get creating! Maybe you will be the winner of the $15 gift certificate to Happy Little Stamper, our generous sponsor for this challenge.

ETA: Gundi of "papierelle" fame has pointed out that this card would work for her challenge so I am entering it there!

Be well,

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pink, Navy & White

A few weeks before her birthday my niece Anja, an avid reader of my blog, sent me a picture of a combination of fabrics in case I wanted a "challenge" for her birthday card. I loved the idea and tried to use all the colors and patterns. Here is the photo she sent me.

And here is the card she got:

Stamps: Dotted background (Hero Arts), roses background (Impression Obsession), sentiment (SSS)
Dies: Heart (Wplus9), banner (SSS), butterfly (Poppystamps)

The pink I used was an envelope in a former life that I recycled and it shimmers although not quite as much as the fabric.

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries)

CAS-ual Fridays #172 Color Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes"

Time Out Challenge #82 "Flowers with the optional twist of kissing"
No twist

Grab Our Badge!

Seize the Birthday "Anything Goes"

Have a fantastic week and

Be well,

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Masculine Birthday

Really wanted to play in the current CAS Mix Up Challenge and I needed a male birthday card for work so here I am (again) just before the challenge closes...

Stamps: Birthday (My Favorite Things)
Die: Happy (My Favorite Things)

The card is 5 x 6.5 in and cream colored even though it looks white in the picture. I used my precious wood veneer paper since the recipient is an avid wood worker. The green paper I made with Brushos - yes, I finally played with them and they are so much FUN!

Challenge (you really should pop over there to check out the gorgeous samples by the DT and the fabulous entries in the gallery):

CAS Mix Up April Challenge 
My choice is watercoloring with Brushos

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Be well,

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