mercredi 6 décembre 2023

Let it snow

Hi everyone!
I have the great honor to be guest designer for The Paper Funday Challenges this month. 
In case you want to do some crafting and work on your last Christmas cards for this year, this is the challenge for you! 
The theme is: Use Snowmen and/or Birds - I'm sure you have plenty of them in your stamp collection...... 

The sentiment and Christmas trees are stamped directly onto the background, which is made up of two differently embossed pieces and lightly sponged in blue. I colored the fun snowman and his friend the bird (both from Yixuan) with alcohol ink markers, fussy cut them and added them to the card. I brushed the snowman and lower part of the card with wink of Stella - this gives it a nice shimmer, but does not show up well on the photo. Finally, I cut the panel to size and pasted it on a blank card.

I hope you like this. Thanks for stopping by! 
...and don't forget to link up your card with The Paper Funday Challenges!

Linked up with:

Stamps: All (Yixuan), except the fir trees (Scrap Plaisir)
Inks: Mermaid Lagoon (Distress Oxide); Onyx Black (Versafine);
Embossing: Stampin'Up
Alcohol ink markers, Wink of Stella, 

mardi 5 décembre 2023

'Tis The Season

Hi everyone, 
Today is Katzelkraft day! :))
Are you afraid of snakes? The one on my card might change your mind, because it's one of the cute kind :)) 
It's one of the six funny snake stamps recently released by Katzelkraft.

I recently saw this kind of folded card on Stempel Spass
my friend Cornelia's blog. That gave me the idea of the skiing snake... 
The super simple folding technique creates two small compartments in which you can place beautifully wrapped banknotes, gift cards or another small, flat gift. - You can see how to do it here.

I stamped snowflakes on the lightly blue-sponged background (not really visible in the photo) and glued design paper to the front pocket.
I stamped the snake, colored it with alcohol ink markers and cut it out. The small gifts it is carrying and the scarf are from Craft Emotions. The Santa hat is a sticker. The skis are from the "All mad here" stamp set, but had to be adapted to the length of the snake with a few strokes. I put it all together and adhered it to the card.

I kept the inside very simple. I just used a small Christmas tree and one of the Christmas sentiments from last year's Katzelkraft stamps.  Added liquid pearls to the tree.
I will wrap a few banknotes like presents and put them in the inside pocket next to the Christmas tree.

Hope you like it. - See you next Tuesday with a new Katzelkraft inspiration! ;)

I used:

...just click on the images to go to the store and see them in full size.

Linked up with:
Christmas Kickstart - If it's Christmassy, Link it Up!
Cardz 4 Guyz - Festive Creatures
Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge
Passion for Markers - Mega Christmas Challenge - Add a Sentiment
613 Avenue Create - Anything Christmas Goes w. opt. twist: Any Winter Holiday
A Place to Start - Anything Christmas Goes 

Stamps: Snake, skis, inner sentiment and Christmas tree (Katzelkraft); gifts and scarf (Craft Emotions); outer sentiment (LoraBylora);
Inks: Onyx Black (Versafine); Salty Ocean (Distress Oxide); Tranquil Tide and Pear Pizzazz (Stampin'Up);
Alcohol ink markers, liquid pearls, design paper, sticker,

samedi 2 décembre 2023

Jingle Bell Croc

Hi everyone!
New Saturday and new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown
As usual in the first week of the month we have a sketch for you. (see below)

Today a somewhat unusual Christmas team has made its way onto my card...
May I introduce: Croc and Crab.

I stamped the animals and the presents, colored them with alcohol ink markers and cut them out. It was a fiddly job because lot of the pieces were very small. 
I die cut a black square and stamped white fir branches on it to form a wreath. 
I put Croc and his friend Crab in the wreath. Glued little presents all around the wreath, in Crab's claws and in Croc's mouth.  Added some red liquid pearl dots to the wreath. 
I backed the black square with a pink one and glued it to an embossed panel. Stamped the sentiment, cut it into labels and stuck them on. I pasted the finished panel onto a blank card. 

52CCT-Sketch - December 2023

Linked up with:
Cardz 4 Guyz - Festive Creatures
Crafting Happiness - Christmas Music
Crafty Calendar - Christmas 
ABC Christmas - 'W is for Wreath'
Can You Handle The Pressure - Anything Goes Embossing with a twist of CHRISTMAS
A Place to Start - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w. opt. Twist: Any Winter Holiday

Stamps: All Craft Emotion ;
Inks: Onyx Black (Versafine); Shark Tooth White (Atelier); 
Embossing: Stampin'Up
Dies: AVEC
Alcohol ink markers, liquid pearls,

jeudi 30 novembre 2023

Let's be jolly

Hi everyone!
We are entering the second half of our current Dream Factory Challenge. The movie of this month is 

Elliot the littlest Reindeer
Anything that is Christmassy or wintry and features a reindeer or a stag goes.

To make the snowflakes stand out better, I dabbed the embossed background of the ATC with a white ink pad. 
I masked the area for the snow and stamped the fir trees and log cabin (Katzelkraft). I stamped the cabin a second time on Bristol paper, colored it with alcohol ink markers and cut it out. I glued the lodge onto the ATC and then stamped the fir tree in the foreground. I applied the "snow" with gesso, which I also used for the fir trees - used the heat gun to speed up the drying process. Once the gesso was completely dry, I stamped the reindeer (cats on appletrees). 
Finally, I stamped the moon with Fossilized Amber (Distress Oxide) and highlighted three embossed snowflakes again with a white gel pen. Added the sentiment.

Linked up with:
ATC Around the World - Die Farbe Blau
Time Out - Winter/Holiday
Peace on Earth - Anything Christmas Goes + Inspiration Board
613 Avenue Create - Anything Christmas Goes w. opt. twist: Embossing
Allsorts Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes with the Colours of Winter
Can You Handle The Pressure - Anything goes Embossing w. a twist of Christmas 
A Place to Start - Anything Goes

Stamps: Firs and cabin (Katzelkraft); Reindeer (cats on appletrees); sentiment (LorabyLora);
Inks: Onyx Black (Versafine); Jet Black (StazOn); Fossilized Amber (Distress Oxide); Shark Tooth White (Atelier);
Embossing: Stampin'Up;
Gesso, alcohol ink markers, white gel pen,

mardi 28 novembre 2023

Katzelkraft - Smile like a Monkey...

Hi everyone!
Let's go Katzel-kraft!!! :)) 
I'm back with a new card featuring some of their new stamps that have recently been released. 
There are eight new A4 and two A6 sets, but I'm pretty sure you've already seen all those amazing stamps! ;)

Today's card shows one of the monkeys from the chimpanzee set, combined with some greenery from the foliage set.
The chimp doesn't actually have a smile on his face, 
but as he is happy about the fresh bananas, I gave him one.

I stenciled leaves to set the background. I then stamped the banana leaves on gel print scraps, cut them out and glued them on. Stamped another few plants next to the banana leaves.
I stamped the monkey and bananas (Stampin'Up) onto Bristol paper, colored them with alcohol ink markers and cut them out. I opened one of the stencilled leaves with a precision knife to place the chimp behind it and finally added a narrow strip of washi tape to the bottom.
The sentiment is made up of letters that I cut out and put together, using various quotes from Katzelkraft. (see the sets below)

If you would like to see more of my Katzelkraft creations, 
just click on the Katzelkraft label at the end of the post, or here.

See you next Tuesday with a new Katzelkraft inspiration! ;)

I used:

...just click on the images to go to the store and see them in full size.

Linked up with:
Happy Little Stampers - November Stencil Challenge
Just Add Ink - Just add Alcohol (I colored with alcohol ink markers)
A Place to Start - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Path of Positivity - Anything Goes

Stamps: All (Katzelkraft), except the bananas (Stampin'Up);
Inks: Onyx Black (Versafine);
Stencil: Craft Sensations,
Alcohol ink markers, whasi tape, gel print,

samedi 25 novembre 2023

Warm and cozy hugs

Hi everyone!
Let's go for a new 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge. 
This week we want you to do a 

Shaped Card

It's getting colder and colder outside, so I came up with the idea of a warm beanie!

The simple design of the cap consists of a rectangle and a circle. I cut both out of embossed patterned paper. Rounded the corners of the rectangle and cut off the circle about halfway through. I colored the edges of both parts with Mermaid Lagoon (Distress Oxide). - The rectangle got a little more color.
I glued the two pieces and a die cut pompom to a blank card and cut out along the cap, leaving a small white border.  
As embellishment, I added silver thread and a snowflake composed of various die-cut parts. 
The sentiment is from Yixuan. 


Linked up with:
Try it on Tuesday - Baby it's cold outside
Fab 'n' Funky - Blue Hues
Craft Rocket - Wintertime
Allsorts Challenge - Colors of Winter
Inkspirational - Seasonal
A Place to Start - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w. opt. twist: Embossing

Stamps: Sentiment (Yixuan);
Inks: Onyx Black (Versafine); Mermaid Lagoon (Distress Oxide);
Dies: Snowflake (Marianne Design); pompom (Stampin'Up)
Patterned paper, glitter cardstock, silver twine, 

mardi 21 novembre 2023

Katzelkraft - #vacances

Hi everyone, 
Today is Katzelkraft day! :))
Just back from vacation, I thought I had do something with this awesome background stamp...
We spent a wonderful week in Gran Canaria, where streetcars are just a distant memory. 

Now it's the rats' turn! ....Look, how happy they are!

One stamp and the card is almost finished! Isn't that cool?
I colored the image with watercolors. Two of the rats were already in my stash. The third one was quickly stamped, colored and cut out. To place them in the streetcar, I cut out the windows along the vertical and bottom lines and folded them back. I inserted the rats and folded the windows back into their original position. To ensure that nothing slips away, I taped the back with washi tape. I added the third rat, the little travel bag and the text and wrote "Rue de Paris" on the street sign. I then cut the panel to size and glued it to a blank card.

Hope you like it. - See you next Tuesday with a new Katzelkraft inspiration! ;)

I used:

...just click on the images to go to the store and see them in full size.

Linked up with:
Shopping Our Stash - Splish, Splash
Happy Little Stampers - November Watercolour challenge
Mix It Up - Anything Goes + optional Stamping
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
A Place to Start - Anything goes
Path of Positivity - Anything Goes

Stamps: Tramway background and rats (Katzelkraft); sentiment and bag (Scrap Plaisir);
Inks: Onyx Black (Versafine);
Alcohol ink markers, watercolor,