24. Juli 2017

Yay for cupcakes - a sketch and color challenge


When my mojo is on strike and my creativity got stuck and I don't know where to start or what to color I usually turn to card challenges for some input. 
I used the current sketch and color chart from MFT card challenges to get my creative juices flowing.

I recently got some new mft stamps - the cute hippos and an awesome handwritten sentiment set. And I'm in love with the "yay for cake" sentiment. That was the inspiration for this card.  Who doesn't love cake for birthdays and what is better that a shower of cupcakes ­čśŐ


The triangled shape from the sketch I dipped in oxide ink and in my mind it looks like those sunshades from the bakery shops. Since it's raining cupcakes I spritzed the coral background with some perfect pearls water to give it some sparkle and shine.


I simply love the black soot oxide ink - it gives such an awesome chalkboard look, perfect for that written sentiment - don't you think? 




Lieben Dank f├╝rs Vorbeischauen ❤ thanks for stopping by ❤
habt einen tollen Tag und bis bald,   have a great day

taking part in:



Material / supplies: 
  • Papier / paper: smooth bristol CS Clairefontaine; XL Aquarell by Canson
  • Stempel / stamps:  "happy hippos", "handwritten happiness" by My Favorite Things
  • Stempelkissen / ink pads: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark both by Tsukineko  
  • Distress Oxide: black soot, broken china, peacock feathers by Ranger
  • Distress Inks:  abandoned coral by Ranger
  • Stanzen/ dies: "stitched scallop basic edge" by My Favorite Things
  • Farbe/ color: Copic Marker 
  • Sonstiges/ misc: perfect pearls by Ranger;
    Embossing Powder white by Hero Arts

17. Juli 2017

Jaw-some Birthday


Hallo ihr Lieben

heute zeige ich euch die Geburtstagskarte, die ich f├╝r meinen Dad gemacht habe.
Ich wiederhole mich bestimmt, aber Karten f├╝r m├Ąnnliche Empf├Ąnger zu basteln, die ├Ąlter als 12 Jahre sind, f├Ąllt mir schon etwas schwer. Man m├Âchte ja nicht zu niedlich gestalten und immer nur Motoren, Sport oder Alkoholisches ist auf Dauer auch langweilig.
Today I have a birthday I made for my dad to show you.
Surely I'm repeating myself in saying that creating a card for a manly recipient, who is more than 12 years old, is definitley not easy and challenging. One don't want to make sth too cute and using themes like sports, motorcycles or sth with liquor involded is getting pretty boring over time.

Da kam der nette Hai von Lawn Fawn gerade recht.  Das ist doch schon ein sehr m├Ąnnliches Motiv, oder? Zumindest hatte ich andersrum "Probleme" ihn f├╝r weibliche Empf├Ąnger zu verbasteln.
So this cute shark by Lawn Fawn is just about right for that, don't you think? Because I had a little trouble making a girly card with it.


Dazu passt der softe kreidige-blaue Hintergrund, den ich mit den Distress Oxides gestaltet hab.
Eine neue Technik hab ich daf├╝r ausprobiert: stempeln mit einem Acrylblock. Daf├╝r nimmt man einen Acrylblock, der m├Âglichst keine Rillen hat. Am einfachsten in rechteckig oder quadratischer Form. Auf diesen presst man direkt das Stempelkissen - ich habe auf eine H├Ąlfte das hellere Blau und auf die andere das dunklere Blau gedr├╝ckt. Dann gut mit Wasser einspr├╝hen und den Block vorsichtig umdrehen und auf das Papier dr├╝cken. Ich hab den dort einige Zeit liegen lassen und ein bisschen hin und her gewackelt, damit sich die Farben etwas vermischen und diese auch Zeit haben ins Papier einzuziehen. Dann vorsichtig vom Papier l├Âsen und trocknen lassen. Mit dem auf dem Acrylblock verbleibenden Farbrest hab ich noch Farbspritzer an zwei der Ecken verteilt.
The soft chalky blue background goes perfectly along. I made it with Distress Oxides and tried out a new technique: stamping with an acrylic block. You just take an acrylic block, any size or shape will do. Press the ink pad directly onto the acrylic block - I used two shade of blue. Mist heavily with water, carefully turn the block and press it onto the paper. I just let it sit for a good amount of time, wiggled it a little bit to mix the colors and give them time to soak into the paper. Carefully remove the block from the paper and let dry. I used the remaining ink on the block to create some additional splatters.


Aus Kraftpapier hab ich mir einen d├╝nnen Rahmen gestanzt um dem ganzen noch etwas mehr Spannung zu verleihen. Den Spruch habe ich diesmal auch mit Distress Oxides gestempelt - ein Traum, vorallem die Farbe "frayed burlap" stempelt f├╝r mich den perfekt passenden Kraftpapier Ton. Ich bin gl├╝cklich.
I die cut a small frame from some kraft cardstock to create some more interest on the card. The sentiment I stamped with Distress Oxides this time as well - I am soooo impressed, especially the color "frayed burlap" is the perfect kraft color for me. I'm a happy girl.



Lieben Dank f├╝rs Vorbeischauen ❤ thanks for stopping by ❤
habt einen tollen Tag und bis bald,   have a great day




Material / supplies:
  • Papier / paper: watercolor paper von Rossmann (local drugstore), Kraft CS; smooth bristol CS Clairefontaine
  • Stempel / stamps:  "duh nuh" by Lawn Fawn
  • Stempelkissen / ink pads: Memento tuxedo black von Tsukineko
  • Distress Oxide: broken china, frayed burlap, salty ocean by Ranger
  • Stanzen/ dies: CreaNest XXL No.22 (stitched squares)
  • Farbe/ color: Copic Marker

12. Juli 2017

Birthday Wishes from Space


Hallo ihr lieben, fr├Âhliche Mitte der Woche euch allen ❤

Ich musste gerade nochmal durch meine bisherigen Karten schauen - aber tats├Ąchlich ich hab noch nie einen Weltraum Hintergrund mit Distress Inks gewischt. Und dabei geht das so einfach und der Effekt ist so sch├Ân.
I just needed to look through my older cards - and indeed I never ever blended a space background with Distress inks. And yet it's so easy to do and it looks awesome.

Diesen Hintergrund habe ich jedoch mit Distress Oxide Inks gewischt. Die Farben an sich 'knallen' zwar nicht so wie ihre dye ink Verwandten (Distress Inks) aber ich finde gerade durch das kreidig Matte bekommt der Weltraum fast noch mehr Tiefe.
Allerdings 'musste' ich f├╝r den schwarz gewischten Rand doch auf Distress Ink zur├╝ckgreifen, da der Kollege "black soot" in Oxide zwar traumhaft sch├Âne Tafeloptik liefert, aber leider nicht die Schw├Ąrze, die es meiner Meinung nach f├╝r den Weltraum braucht.
This background I blended with Distress Oxides. The colors aren't pop the way their dye ink colleagues do, but just with this chalky matt finish the space seems to be more ddimensional in my opinion.

Nach dem alle Farben aufgetragen waren, habe ich noch mit klarem Wasser, sowie mit anger├╝hrten perfect pearls powder, verschieden gro├če Tropfen ├╝ber das ganze Papier verteilt. Nach dem Trocknen konnte ich dann die Buchstaben Stanzen anordnen und durch die Big Shot kurbeln. Hat schon einen Vorteil wenn das Stanz-Alphabet mehrere Buchstaben einer Sorte hat.
After all the colors were blended onto the paper I used clear water and some perfect pearl water to spritz on droplets. Then I dried it thouroughly and finally I could lay on my letter dies and crank it through my Big Shot. It's a big benefit if you have multiple dies of one letter. 


Da die Karte zu einer lieben Bastel Freundin fliegt, habe ich ein Astronauten M├Ądel coloriert, begleitet von zwei kleinen Planeten.
Since this card is flying to a dear crafty lady, I colored the little astronaut as a girl and she has company in two little planets.

Die Karte war mir dann noch 'zu leer' und daher hab ich mich f├╝r das fliederfarbene Sternchen Konfetti in den Ecken entschieden.
Somehow the finished card looked a bit 'empty' to me, therefore I decided to put some violet star confetti onto the corners. 



Lieben Dank f├╝rs Vorbeischauen ❤ thanks for stopping by ❤
habt einen tollen Tag und bis bald,   have a great day




Material / supplies: 
  • Papier / paper: watercolor paper von Rossmann (drugstore); Neenah Classic Crest solar white, cream cardbase
  • Stempel / stamps:  "out of this world" by Lawn Fawn
  • Stempelkissen / ink pads: Memento tuxedo black von Tsukineko
  • Distress Oxide:  faded jeans, picked raspberry, wilted violet by Ranger
  • Distress Inks:  chipped sapphire, black soot by Ranger
  • Stanzen/ dies: "Alphanumeric 3/4inch" Thinlits Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix
  • Farbe/ color: Copic Marker 
  • Weiteres/ Misc:  "pearl" perfect pearls pigment powder by Ranger;
    tiny star confetti from the dollarstore

6. Juli 2017

Sweet Wishes with Milk and Cookies - Distress Oxide on black


Who doesn't love milk and cookies? It's sweet and reminds us of our childhood days, when grandma was baking cookies and we steal one right from the baking sheet. And the cookie dough - ooooohh

A few days ago I got the new Distress Oxide Inks - the second set with all those bright and fun colors ❤ They show perfectly on dark cardstock and stamp fantastic - I mean look at these detailed lace circles - those are stamped with Distress Oxide!!!


I used almost all the images from the 'milk and cookies' stamp set and colored them with copic markers. I cut them by hand and popped some of them up with foam tape. 




Lieben Dank f├╝rs Vorbeischauen ❤ thanks for stopping by ❤
habt einen tollen Tag und bis bald,   have a great day




Material / supplies: 
  • Papier / paper: smooth bristol CS Clairefontaine; black CS
  • Stempel / stamps: "Milk and Cookies" by Lawn Fawn; "stitches" by BoBunny
  • Stempelkissen / ink pads: Memento tuxedo black, VersaFine onyx black both by Tsukineko
  • Distress Oxide: antique linen, peacock feathers by Ranger
  • Stanzen/ dies: CreaNest XXL No.24 (stitched rectangles) by CreaLies
  • Farbe/ color: Copic Marker 

28. Juni 2017

Fabulous Flamingo Birthday Card


»Sei ein Flamingo in einem Schwarm von Tauben«
»Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons«


Flamingos sind einfach fabelhafte V├Âgel f├╝r jeden Anlass
Flamingos are fabulous birds for any occasion card 

Zuerst habe ich Distress Oxide Inks ├╝ber eine Schablone auf schwarzen Cardstock gewischt. Man kann es auf dem Foto sehr schlecht erkennen, aber links hat das 'Wei├č' einen Hauch Lila. Das ist das Sch├Âne an den Oxides - wenn man sie auf dunklen cardstock wischt bleibt der 'oxidierte' Teil sichtbar - was haupts├Ąchlich wei├č ist mit einem Hauch von Farbe - denn der dye ink Anteil der Oxide inks wird vom Papier aufgesaugt. Um das 'Oxidieren' noch mehr hervorzurufen, habe ich den cardstock ganz schwach mit Wasser bespr├╝ht. Aber ich habe nicht den cardstock direkt eingespr├╝ht, sondern das Wasser in die Luft gespritzt und den Cardstock durch den Nebel gezogen. Dann noch ein paar Tropfen der Distress Oxides dr├╝ber und anschlie├čend habe ich es mit einer rechteckigen Stanze mit Nahtpr├Ągung ausgestanzt.
I started on a piece of black cardstock and blended Distress Oxides through a stencil. You can hardly tell on the picture but on the left is hint of violet on all the white. This is the beauty of oxides, once you blend them on darker cardstock the oxide part remains - which is mostly white with a hint of color - because the dye part of the oxide ink absorbs into the paper. To get the oxide to 'bloom' even more I lighlty mist the cardstock. But I don't spray right on top. Instead I spray in the air and swipe the card through the mist. Added some droplets of Oxide Ink as well and die cut the piece with a stitched rectangle die. 


Die Feder habe ich aus einem ├╝brig gebliebene St├╝ck Aquarellpapier gestanzt, dass ich mal mit Distress Inks gestaltet hatte. Ich hebe solche Reste immer auf. 
For the feathers I die cut them from a left over piece of watercolor paper that was colored with Distress Inks. I always keep scraps like that.

Es sollte eine Geburtstagskarte werden, aber ich hatte nicht den passenden Spruch, der mir vorschwebte. Also habe ich mir mit einem meiner Alphabet Stempelsets selbst den fabelhaften Spruch gestempelt. Alle W├Ârter sind mit wei├čem Embossing Pulver gemacht.
 I wanted it to be a birthday card, but I didn't have a matching sentiment for what I had in mind. So I used on of my alphabet stamps to create my own fabulous sentiment. All the words are white heat embossed on black cardstock. 

Ich habe dann hin und her ├╝berlegt, ob ich ein wei├čen oder pinken Hintergrund unterlegen sollte....am Ende habe ich mir dann meinen eigenen mit passenden Distress Inks gewischt.
I was debating wether to put the finished piece onto a white card base or a pink.....in the end I blended my own with matching Distress Inks.



Nimm sie gerne als Inspiration mit auf Pinterest.
I'd love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest



Lieben Dank f├╝rs Vorbeischauen ❤ thanks for stopping by ❤
habt einen tollen Tag und bis bald,   have a great day


Material / supplies: 

  • Papier / paper: smooth bristol CS Clairefontaine; Imagine Mixed Media von Canson;
    black CS; watercolor paper Rossmann (local drugstore)
  • Stempel / stamps:  "Flamingo together" by Lawn Fawn; "
    calli letters" (fabulous) by Mama Elephant
  • Stempelkissen / ink pads: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark beide von Tsukineko
  • Distress Inks:  abandoned coral, picked raspberry by Ranger
  • Distress Oxide:  wilted violet, worn lipstick by Ranger
  • Stencil:  "feathers" layring stencil by Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous
  • Stanzen/ dies: "Fanciful feathers" by Wplus9
    CreaNest XXL No.24 (stitched rectangles) von CreaLies; 
  • Farbe/ color: Copic Marker 
  • Sonstiges/ misc: Embossing Powder white von Hero Arts

25. Juni 2017

Pinapple Smile - Lawnfanatics Challenge No7


Hello there,

off to a new Challenge! It is all about watercolor and hey that's my favorite medium when it comes to backgrounds - especially when I'm using Distress Inks  

I just love all the techniques that you can use Distress Inks for but my favorite by far is ink smooshing. You press the ink pad onto your craft mat, spritz it with water then take a piece of plastic (old packaging) and transfer the ink droplets onto your paper. You can smoosh the plastic around on the paper to cover a larger area or just dip it on in some places to create spots. Try it if you haven't but it's addictive. 

I always dry the layers inbetween, but you can't avoid the colors from mixing, because they stay reactive to water, so don't try to use to many different colors, because some won't mix as nicely and you get a muddy brown. 


The scripty smile is one of my favorite word dies by Lawn Fawn. I cut it two times from black cardstock, glued it together and covered it heavily with glossy accents. The sunglasses are coated as well, love the shine. 





thanks for stopping by ❤
have a great day



taking part in the Lawnfanatics Challenge #7 watercolor





Material / supplies:
  • Papier / paper: Aquarellpapier von Rossmann/ watercolor paper (local drugstore);
     Imagine Mixed Media 
    von Canson; black CS
  • Stempel / stamps: "Aloha" (Pinapple), "Life is Good" (Palm Tree) both by Lawn Fawn
    Sentiment is from different Lawn Fawn Sets
  • Stempelkissen / ink pads: Memento tuxedo black, VersaFine onyx black beide von Tsukineko 
  • Distress Inks:  fossilized amber, mermaid lagoon, mustard seed, salty ocean by Ranger
  • Stanzen/ dies: "scripty smile" by Lawn Fawn
    CreaNest XXL No.24 (stitched rectangles) von CreaLies; 
  • Farbe/ color: Zig Clean Color Real brushes by Kuretake
  • Sonstiges/ misc: glossy accents by Ranger 

24. Juni 2017

Hello Otter



Ein fr├Âhliches "Hallo" von diesem quietschfidelen Kerlchen
Ich finde bei den aktuellen Temperaturen kann man jede Abk├╝hlung gebrauchen, daher gibt es heute eine erfrischende Karte mit viel Wasser

A cheerful "hello" from this jolly fella
These current hot days call for a cooling-down, so today I have a refreshing card with lots of water 

Schade dass man das helle "tumbled glass" auf dem Foto so schlecht erkennt, aber es ist tats├Ąchlich da, sonst wurden die Fische ja im Nichts schweben.

It's a pity one can't see the light blue background on the picture, but believe me it is there, otherwise the fish would float in midair 


Den gestanzten Kreis habe ich mit einem dunkleren Blauton gewischt und beide Fl├Ąchen mit glitzrigem Wasser (Perfect pearls Pulver mit etwas Wasser verr├╝hrt) besprenkelt.

The diecut circle is blended with a darker blue color and I spritzed both pieces with shimmery water (perfect pearls powder dilluted with a little bit of water)


Um das "hello" zu betonen hab ich es insgesamt dreimal ausgestanzt. Einmal aus Aquarellpapier, damit ich mit den Distress Inks einen Verlauf wischen konnte und noch zweimal aus wei├čem Cardstock. Alles aufeinander geklebt und auf die Karte. Zus├Ątzlich hab ich das Wort noch mit wink of stella glitzern lassen.

To emphasize the "hello" I die cut it three times in total. One time from watercolor paper to blend a gradient with Distress Inks and two times from scraps of white cardstock. I glued all pieces together an onto the finisched card. I used wink of stella to give it a little shimmer too.





Lieben Dank f├╝rs Vorbeischauen ❤ thanks for stopping by ❤
habt einen tollen Tag und bis bald,   have a great day





Material / supplies: 
  • Papier / paper: smooth bristol CS Clairefontaine;
    Aquarellpapier von Rossmann/ watercolor paper (local drugstore)
  • Stempel / stamps: "Otterly Love You" by My Favorite Things
  • Stempelkissen / ink pads: Memento tuxedo black by Tsukineko
  • Distress Inks:  mermaid lagoon, tumbled glass by Ranger
  • Stanzen/ dies: "hello there", "Wonky Stitch Circle STAX" both by My Favorite Things;
    CreaNest XXL No.24 (stitched rectangles) von CreaLies; 
  • Farbe/ color: Copic Marker 
  • Sonstiges/ misc: Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder "perfect pearl" by Ranger;
    wink of stella brush "clear" by Kuretake Zig 

4. Juni 2017

Cosmic Girl - out of this world card


"She's just a cosmic girl, from another galaxy......."
(lyrics from 'cosmic girl' by Jamiroquai)


Everytime I see those space themed stamp sets this song comes to mind
I loved to listen to it a lot years ago - so I wanted to color a girl astronaut :D 

All these different planets and the rocket - oh how cute is that rocket?   I decided to make a multilayer card so I can place all the images on different levels - looks almost like a black hole ­čśä 


You might be interested how I made this card, so I take some step by step pictures to show you the making of the background. 

Step One: 
You need three pieces of black cardstock all cut to the card size of your choice. Then I cut different sizes of circles in two of them. First I cut the bigger one of the circles, I offset it towards the left side. Then I placed this piece on top of another and decided where I want my smaller hole to be. It's place towards the bottom right of the bigger hole so that if you stack all three pieces on top of another it creates like a short spiral.
As you may noticed I cut my front panel with a stitched rectangle die. You need to do this before you cut the circles otherwise you won't have perfect alligment of the cut cirlce openings.


Step two: 
Now we get some color onto the panels :D
I used a variety of Distress Oxides to create different galaxies on each panel. The Oxides show up great on the black and soft enough to get that halo some galaxies have. For the really small almost dust like splatters I used a tooth brush and for the bigger spots I used a small flat watercolor brush. On the middle panel (with the smaller circle) I sponged on the oxide around the circle opening and spritzed with water to get more coverage. I used a heat tool to dry in between colors.

This would work as well with acrylic paints if you don't have the Oxides - yet ;)


Before I stacked the panels with a single layer of foam tape I heat-embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. I often forget to put on the sentiment before putting everything together and I learned the hard way that it is no good to heat-emboss on a finish card ;) 


The planets, the rocket and the astronaut girl I colored in bright colors and are glued to the different layers, sometimes with foam tape for even more dimension.





Lieben Dank f├╝rs Vorbeischauen ❤ thanks for stopping by ❤
habt einen tollen Tag und bis bald,   have a great day




Material / supplies: 
  • Papier / paper: smooth bristol CS Clairefontaine; black CS by Rayher
  • Stempel / stamps: "Out of this world" by Lawn Fawn
  • Stempelkissen / ink pads: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark von Tsukineko 
  • Distress Oxide:  cracked pistacchio, faded jeans, fossilized amber, spiced marmelade, wilted violet, worn lipstick by Ranger
  • Stanzen/ dies: Circles by Sizzix; CreaNest No.24 (stitched rectangles) von CreaLies 
  • Farbe/ color: Copic Marker 
  • Sonstiges/ misc: Embossing Powder white von Hero Arts

12. Mai 2017

Underwater world - Lawnfanatics Challenge No4


"This must be underwater love..... follow me now to a place you only dream of...."
(song lyrics of 'underwater love' by smoke city)


Since I got the new Distress Oxide Inks I am fascinated how awesome they work on dark cardstock colors. 
I love them on Kraft (as you can see here ,here and here) and I wanted to try them on black ever since - so here we are :D

I used a stencil and some Oxides to create some kind of kelp forest were the mermaids use to play hide and seek and cute little jellyfish and starfish illuminating the underwater world. 
The Oxides really pop on the black cardstock and the droplets look like airbubbles. I am in love - and it definitely won't be the last time I used these great inks on black 

To complete the underwater world I die-cut a grassy border from black cardstock as well and treated it the same way like the background: sponging and spritzing on some Oxide inks.


The happy mermaid and her friends are colored with copic markers and have some white gelly pen and wink of stella glitter details. 






thanks for stopping by ❤
have a great day


taking part in the Lawnfanatics Challenge #4 black, white & bright

 




Material / supplies: 
  • Papier / paper: black cardstock
  • Stempel / stamps: "Mermaid for you", "so jelly" both by Lawn Fawn
  • Stempelkissen / ink pads: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark, by Tsukineko 
  • Distress Oxide:  broken china, cracked pistacchio by Ranger
  • Stanzen/ dies: "meadow border" by Lawn Fawn
  • Farbe/ color: Copic Marker, gelly roll white by sakura, wink of stella clear by kuretake zig
  • Sonstiges/ misc: Layering Stencil "THS079 Feathers" by Tim Holtz;
    Embossing Powder "white" by Hero Arts