samedi 16 février 2019

Winter Trees

Hello everyone!
This week our theme at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is

Winter Trees

I made a very simple card for this week's theme and played with the Basi'Colors again.
I wet the paper, dripped blue and pink ink and let it dry. I trimmed the colored paper into the necessary size and stamped an imaginative winter tree (Katzelkraft). I stuck the panel with adhesive foam pads and added the sentiment. (You can see another version here)

Have fun!

Stamps: Tree (Katzelkraft); Sentiment (Stampin'Up)
Inks: Rose Guimauve (Scrap plaisir); Smokey Gray (Versamagic); OST Blue Brusho

vendredi 15 février 2019


Hello everyone!
Could'nt resist to take part at the current Twoffer challenge - STARS.

Although I already showed one of the two cards this morning for another Challenge, I still dare to take part. 
I used the same die for both cards.

For the Christmas card I cut a piece of blue cardstock into the right size. I stamped the winter tree (Katzelkraft) with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Next I die cut the upper part with the star die and inserted this part to the panel again. I added some cut out stars on the top. The sentiment is from Stampin'Up. 

For the birthday card I wet the paper with water, dripped blue, yellow and pink ink on it and let the magic work. I cut the colored paper a little smaller than the card.
The magician (Stampin'Up) is colored with watercolors and die cut. I added a black panel at the bottom and stamped a sentiment from the same set as the magician with Cloud White (Versamark). For more "magic" I added the remaining stars from the first card.

Hope it will be okay for the challenge.

Linked up with:
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (The magician)
Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes (The winter tree)
Fun Friday Challenge - Die Cuts (The winter tree)
Color Crazy Craft Challenge - Anything Goes (The magician)

Stamps: Magician and sentiments of both cards (Stampin'Up); Wintertree (Katzelkraft)
Inks: Basi'Colors (Scrap Plaisir); Cloud White (Vesamark), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies: Magician (Stampin'Up); Stars (Action)

Magical Day

Hello everyone!
It's time for a new challenge at the Dream Factory! - This month's movie is

The crimes of Grindelwald
Grindelwalds Verbrechen 
Les crimes de Grindelwald

Keywords: Fantasy animals, magicians, magic and also Harry Potter.

In the last days I rediscovered my ink sprays and played a bit with them.
I wet the paper with water, dripped blue, yellow and pink ink on it and let the magic work.
 The magician (Stampin'Up) is watercolored and die cut. I added a black panel at the bottom and stamped a sentiment from the same set as the magician with Cloud White from Versamark. For more "magic" I've added some blue stars here and there.

Have fun and be enchanted by our challenge!

Linked up with:
As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Birthday or Christmas (I adore doing both but this time I needed a birthday card)

Stamps: Stampin'Up
Inks: Basi'Colors - Jaune Citron and Rose Guimauve (Scrap Plaisir), Blue Brusho  
Dies: Magician (Stampin'Up); Stars (Action)

lundi 11 février 2019

Gel Printing with Distress Oxide Inks

Hello, everyone.
Last Saturday, during a workshop I discovered Gel Printing and the Distress Oxide Inks - yes, I know they have been around for a long time.... 😏
To be honest, I'm not the one who experiments a lot - fortunately there are workshops for that!
We made a lot of prints with different colors and images but time was a bit short and I could only finish my card at home.

At first I was a bit hesitant and the first try went totally wrong, but slowly I had a better feeling and the prints got better and better! :)) - Saturday I had no idea how I would use these prints, but today was a good day.....! 
With the addition of the stamps the Gel-printed background looks very effective and I have to say that I really like the result! Let's see, maybe a new passion is awakening - I already ordered the Distress Oxide Inks! 😊

Linked up with:
Addicted To Stamps - Anything but a square
International Art & Soul - Make Your Own Background
Stamping Sensations - All things bright and BEAUtiful
The Library Challenge - The Note ( I was inspired by the cover)
Love To Create Challenge Blog - Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes

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The Note: The book everyone's talking about by [Folbigg, Zoë] Love to Create Challenge Blog...sponsored by Polkadoodles

Stamps: Car and water drops (Katzelkraft); Speedo (Tim Holts); Sentiments (Stampin'Up);
Inks: Distress Oxide inks (sorry, I don't remember the colors); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Gelli Plate and 

samedi 9 février 2019

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone!
This week we have a color scheme at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.


A very quick and easy card today!
I stencilled the firs, covered them with thin paper and embossed them. - I had to cover them because I used pigment inks. They dry very slowly and I didn't want to have any color on my embossing folder.
I then drove the card flat through the Cuttlebug, so that the embossing does not look too strong. - I liked it better that way! I added some stars and the sentiment and stuck this to a white card base. - As I said, quick and easy!!

Have fun with the colors!

Stamps: Sentiment and stars (LoraBy Lora);
Inks: Lime (Color Box); Silver (
Stencil: Scrap Plaisir
Embossing: Stampin'Up

samedi 2 février 2019


Hello everyone!
It's Sketch time at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!

I played with one of my Katzelkraft cats today! - It seems to have troubles with Christmas ^^....

Don't be worry, he looks a bit grim, but in reality it's a very nice guy! 😉
I glued black glitter foil on my base card to get the background. I die cut and dry embossed the frame and sponged it with Crumb Cake (SU). I also embossed the inside of the frame and colored it in light blue. The cat, the santa hat and the packages are colored with alcohol markers and then fussy cut. I used a very old stencils (Fiskars) for the HOHOHO 
- truly very old, I think I bought it when I started cardmaking in 2005! 

Have fun with the sketch!

Linked up with:
Crafty Friends - Animals/Birds
Craftyhazelnut's - Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas
Digi Design - Emboss it (Wet or Dry)
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Festive Felines

Stamps: Cat (Katzelkraft); Santa hat and packages (Scrap Plaisir);
Inks: Crumb Cake (Stampin'Up); Alcohol Markers
Dies: From Action
Embossing: Stampin'Up
Stencil: Fiskars
Black glitter foil

mercredi 30 janvier 2019

The best things in life are sweet!

Hello everyone!
A quick reminder for our current challenge at the Dream FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory

I dry embossed a piece of white cardstock. Stamped tiny images on a second one and colored with felt-tip pens. Added faux stitching at the edges. I put blue cardstock between the two white parts and then backed all with brown and pink cardstock. Finally I added the tag. how it turned out!
...yes, I played with my watermark - wanted a new one! 😉

There are still two weeks to play - make it colourful and sweet!

Linked up with:
The Card Concept - Rainbow Cupcakes
Artist Inspirations - Anything Goes/Optional Theme Tag your it
Papercraft Challenges - Bright Colours

Stamps: All Stampin'Up
Embossing: Action
Felt pens, quilting wheel, paper cord

samedi 26 janvier 2019

Little Snowflakes...

Hello everyone!
It's the last week of the month at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, which means that we have a Technique challenge for you....

...we'd like to see Heat Embossing on your cards.

First I heat embossed several snowflakes on a piece of white cardboard paper. I sprayed water over it and then spread watercolours in two different shades of blue on the wet paper. - The embossed aeras remain white. This technique is also called "Emboss Resist".
To make it flat again, I put an acrylic block  and a bottle of water on the paper and let it dry overnight.
Next day I die cut small stars from the panel and trimmed and backed it with a slightly wider light yellow paper. I wrapped some silver string around the panel and glued the label with the text on it. I added some Wink of Stella to the stars, to give them shine.
Finally, I glued the panel on the white card and added some half pearls.


Linked up with:
Paperminutes - Winterzauber
Cuttlebug Mania - Winter
Winter Wonderland - It's Snowtime
Your Next Stamp - Colors of Winter

Stamps: Snowflakes (Stampin'Up); Text (Kesi'art);
Inks: Bermuda Bay and Tempting Turquoise (Stampin'Up);
Dies: Stars (Scrap Plaisir); Rectangles (Action);
Silver string, half pearls

dimanche 20 janvier 2019

Welcome little one...

Hello everyone!
A friend asked me if I would like to make a card for her nephew's upcoming birth.

....I couldn't say no!

My friend had three wishes: 
a 3D teddy bear, not too much decoration and the word Congratulations.

I printed out the image several times and fussy cut the parts I needed to create the 3D image. The frame is die cut from white paper, dry embossed, sponged with blue ink and then glued with foam pads onto a larger white square. Underneath there is a layer of gauze, a punched strip of lace and a narrow blue organza ribbon. The light blue design paper in the background comes from a craft magazine. I sponged the edges with darker blue ink and stamped some hearts and sentiments. The final touch was 3 buttons and the Congratulations label.

I think I matched the challenge - my friend was thrilled with the outcome!

Linked up with:
Allsorts Challenge - Make it Masculine
Craft Friends Challenge - New Beginnings
Catch The Bug - Bingo (Button - Player's Choice - Ribbon)

Image: Tatty Teddy
Stamps: Sentiments (Katzelkraft); Hearts (Florilège design); 
Inks: Quite Navi (Stampin'Up);
Dies: Squares (Action); Buttons (Stampin'Up);
Punch: Stampin'Up
ribbon, gauze,

samedi 19 janvier 2019

Silent Night

Hello everyone!
Today is Saturday and we have a new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!
Our challenge theme for this week is...

Silent Night.

When I saw our topic, I immediately thought of these beautiful watercolor Christmas cards from the past. I got some inspiration from Pinterest and then tried to capture my nostalgic thoughts on this hand-drawn card.

...and of course, I swapped my felt-tip pens for watercolors today!

I added a die cut branch that I also coloured with watercolour.
I cut a narrow strip of gold glitter paper with a serrated pair of scissors and stuck it on the right side of the card. -   
....looks a little torn like that!
The initial letters of the sentiment are painted with gold paint and then, like the roof of the church and the stars, embellished with Wink of Stella.

And now have fun with the challenge!

Linked up with:
Cute' N Crafty Christmas - Christmas/Winter

mardi 15 janvier 2019

Sweet Moments

Hello everyone!
First of all, I'd like to welcome all the new followers who have recently joined my blog - and of course also those who have been around for a while! -- Thank you for being here! <3

Well, we're already halfway through the month, and that means a new challenge at the Dream Factory! - This month's movie is...

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik
Charlie et la Chocolaterie

Key words:  Sweets, fantasy, colorful, snow, England

There is not a lot of chocolate on my card except the chocolate cupcake, 
but it is very colorful and appetizing! 😋
The cupcakes are fussy cut and watercolored with felt-tip pens. 
I added some faux stitches with a quilting wheel along the edges.

Have much fun with this challenge 
....but do not salivate too much otherwise there will be spots!  😁

Stamps: Action
Inks: Onyx Black (Vesafine); Melon Mambo for the hearts (Stampin'Up);
Quilting wheel

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