16. Dezember 2016

Nessie in Winter Wonderland │ An unbelievable Christmas

I haven't see a single snowflake yet. I love the shimmery blanket of fresh fallen snow. All the glitter and sparkle :D

In the summertime I sent Nessie on vacation in the caribbean, you may remember the card - you can take a look here: Nessie on vacation 
I decided to make a similar card but wintery white. So here it is, Nessie in sparkly winter Wonderland. 

For the background I blended some blue Distress Ink onto watercolor paper and used some glimmer mist to add a whole lot of sparkle. Nessie is colored with cold grey copic markers and then I covered her heavily with clear wink of stella to give her a frosty shimmery look. She reminds me of an ice dragon. There is soooo much shimmer, the picture is showing just a glimpse of the magic :) I try to upload a short video on my instagram

The sentiment seems to be black at first, but I used a special embossing powder on the word 'unbelievable'. The embossing powder is a clear one with a bith of shimmer in it, but the magic happends when you heat it with your heat tool. The longer you heat it the shimmer changes color in rainbow order. So I put more heat towards the center of the word and it changed to orange and yellow where both ends are still a bluish purple. It's so fascinating, I love it. 

And that's not the end of glitter. I used everything glittery I could find in my stash ;) I die-cut the star frame and the snowflakes from silver glitter paper and added some foil flakes.
Is it too much??? - what's too much glitter anyway :P 

Have an icy nice day

see you soon

Material I used:

paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock by Ranger, bristol cardstock by exacompta, 
silver glitter wrapping paper (yeeees! can you believe it???)

stamps: lovable legends, frosty fairy friends (word 'christmas') all by Lawn Fawn

inks: VersaFine onyx black, Memento tuxedo black

dies: stars by Little B, crystalline border by memory box

Distress Ink: tumbled glass

glitter: embossing powder kalaidoscope by Gütermann, glimmer mist (dazzling diamond, silver sugar, patina), foil flakes, wink of stella brush pen (clear)

11. Dezember 2016

Happy Insta Girls Advent Blog Hop

Willkommen auf meinem Blog. Die Happy Insta Girls hoppen wieder :)

Wir sind eine kreative Truppe, die eine 'kleine' Sucht für Stempel, Papier und Co hegen und damit Karten und andere Kleinigkeiten basteln. Alle teilen wir unsere selbst erstellten Werke auf Instagram. Dort haben wir uns kennen und lieben gelernt. und wir feiern diese gemeinsame Leidenschaft ab und an mit einem Blog-Hop der besonderen Art. 

Unsere Birka lost uns jeweils einen geheimen Partner aus, für den wir dann zu einem bestimmten Thema eine Karte basteln und zusenden. Wie ihr schon der Überschrift und den voran gegangenen Blogs entnehmen könnt ist unser Thema passend zur Vorweihnachtszeit:

Seid ihr noch gut eingedeckt mit Kaffee oder Tee und Wegzehrung in Form von Plätzchen??? Denn es gibt noch viel zu sehen. Wir sind mittlerweile ein ganz schön großes Grüppchen geworden. 

Und los geht's

Ich habe eine grandiose Karte von Biggi im Briefkasten gehabt. 
Ein Weihnachts-Post-Panda *aaaaaaahhhhhh 

Ich bin ja ein riesengroßer Panda Fan und abgesehen von Türkis ist eine meiner Lieblings-Farbkombis Grau in Verbindung mit Rot - hachz also ich bin hin und weg. Wunderschön liebe Biggi 

Und schaut, sie hat mir noch einen ober-niedlichen Nikolaus/ Weihnachtsmann Stempel geschickt. Ist der nicht toll? Der kommt als süßer Absender auf meine Weihnachtspost 
❤ Vielen lieben Dank Biggi 


Nun noch zu meiner Karte, die ich für Tanja gemacht habe.

Ich habe mich für die lustigen Rentiere von Mama Elephant entschieden und Rentiere fliegen ja über den Nachthimmel, wenn sie mit Santa die Päckchen zustellen. 

Also habe ich mit Rudolph eine slider Karte gebastelt und er kann auf dem Nachthimmel hin und her fliegen. Den Nachthimmel habe ich mit Distress Inks gewischt und diesmal statt nur Wasser Glimmer Mist drüber gespritzt. Und um noch hellere Sterne zu bekommen habe ich zusätzlich noch weiße Acrylfarbe mit Wasser verdünnt und auch drüber gespritzt. Ich sag euch, mein Basteltisch sah aus als hätte er Masern 😄

Den Spruch habe ich mit VersaFine Pigment Ink in schwarz gestempelt und glitzriges Embossingpulver drüber gestreut. Am silber-weißen baker's twine habe ich noch zwei kleine silberne Glöckchen festgebunden. So hört es sich bestimmt an wenn man den Weihnachtsmann von Ferne herbeifliegen hört 😊

Und nuuuuun...... fliegt weiter zu Tanja, mal sehen was sie schönes gewerkelt hat.

Hier nochmal die ganze Blog Hop Liste - ganz schön lang oder?

--> Claudia <-- (ihr seid hier)

Habt einen schönen dritten Advent
Bis bald



Papier: Aquarellpapier, Karteikarte von exacompta

Distress Inks: blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire, shaded lilac, soot

Stempel: reindeer games, jingle greetings beide von Mama Elephant

Inks: Memento (tuxedo black), VersaFine (onyx black)

Stanzen: puffy cloud borders, slide on over beide von Lawn Fawn

Weiteres: Acrylfarbe weiß, Glimmer Mist (dazzling diamonds) von tattered angels, Embossingpulver von WOW (cocnut ice) 

7. Dezember 2016

Baby, it's cold outside - Alpaca in the snow

Bbbbbrrrrrrr, it's freezing outside and it's no winter wonderland - yet.
But alpaca my scarf and my gloves and going outside, enjoying a walk in the woods

I colored the alpaca with dark grey copic markers - I always use the warm greys for animals. For the background I blended some distress inks and spritzed water droplets on top to create a falling snow effect.

The white layer is embossed with an quilted pattern and the little felt bow I just made quickly with a pair of scissors - no die needed.

Stay warm and have a cozy winter 

See you soon


Materials I used to make this card:

paper: smooth bristol cardstock by Exacompta; off-white cardstock

stamps: winter alpaca by Lawn Fawn

Distress Inks: chipped sapphire, dusty concord, shaded lilac, spun sugar by Ranger/Tim Holtz

Inks: VersaFine black onyx. Memento tuxedo black all by Tsukineko

dies: stitched hillside borders by Lawn Fawn; Crea-Nest XXL No.24 by Crea-Lies (stitched rechtangles) 

embossing folder: "quilted" next level 6x6in by We R memory keepers

misc: copic markers; craft felt in white; sequins; Stickles "icicle" by Ranger

6. November 2016

Happy Bird-day

No it's not national bird day :) 

It's the birthday of Julia aka @mimizukupapeterie (blog: pieces for happiness) and Mimizuku is the latin nomenclature for a sweet little owl known as the scoops owl or eagle owl :D 

So I made her a birthday card with a cute little owl by Averyelle and did a little change to the greeting ;)

For the background I used my watercolors to create a pinkish base then I used the gold color from gansai tambi and spritzed some golden droplets on the dried background. I also painted the die cut feathers with browns and highlighted some parts with the gold.

For even more structure I used a stencil and some embossing paste on the background. The sentiment is stamped onto vellum and kraft cardstock.

Have a beautiful sunday
see you soon


Materials I used:

paper: watercolor paper Torchon 275g/m², (vellum) tracing paper smooth 110g/m² (55lbs) both by Hahnemühle; kraft cardstock

stamps: (owl) woodland wonders by Averyelle; (words happy + day) mom + me by Lawn Fawn; (word bird) calli letters by Mama Elephant

dies: fanciful feathers by Wplus9

colors: watercolors by White Night, gold by Kuretake Gamsai; copic markers

stencil: custom made with my Silhouette Cameo

misc: white embossing powder by Hero Arts; white embossing paste Wendy Vecchi by Dreamweaver

5. November 2016

Skating by to decorate the tree

Time to get some christmas cards done ;) I'm always starting to late and this time I am trying to start early and send them in early december too :D

Some huge help this year is the 6th coloring challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin over at Instagram, started November 1st. It's a coloring challenge and it's about taking a few minutes each day to color some of your favorite stamps or coloring pages/ books. You don't have to color every day but it's so much fun I've been doing this challenge everytime since the first challenge and I always had such a great time and met some wonderful crafters, some of them even become friends in real life. 

I always enjoy this creative me-time and on top it gives me a lot of colored images ready to make a card with. Today is day five - and by the way it is not to late to join in - and I break in my penguin stamps I got a while ago. Since the penguin isn't a lot to color I try to make a quick card.

I colored the penguin with copic markers, got him a little santa hat and a christmas bauble and he's ready to decorate the tree - swooooosh

For the background I lightly blended on some blue Distress Ink and stamped some snowflakes in aqua and platinum.

I mounted the background onto a white cardbase on which I blended the edges lightly with the same blue Distress Ink.

Have a n-ice day :D
see you soon


materials I used:

paper: smooth white bristol cardstock by exacompta

stamps: arctic penguins, jingle greetings by Mama Elephant; 
snowflakes from various Lawn Fawn stamp sets

inks: VersaFine onyx black, Memento tuxedo black, VersaMagic sea breeze, Brilliance platinum planet all by Tsukineko

Distress Inks: tumbled glass

dies: crea-nest XXL No24 stitched rectangles by Crea-Lies

30. Oktober 2016

Peek-a-boo to Someone new

This my first baby card  ever ;) 
Technically it's for a baby shower party and the mum to be is announcing the gender of the baby on said party. So I wrecked my brain how I could make a neutral baby card or a card that include both boy and girl elements......

I came up with a spinning wheel card and I used both typical baby colors: light blue and pink :)

The first sentiment you can read in the circle window is "Hello Baby"

The soft embossed quilted look the embossing folder made looks like a fluffy baby blanket to me. 

If you turn the wheel you can read the second sentiment which says "Boy or Girl"

And then there are these cute doggies by Mama Elephant - one is blue......

.....and one is pink - of course.

Have a nice Sunday
see you soon


materials I used:

paper: Imagine MixMedia by Canson, bristol cardstock by exacompta, vellum

stamps: lunar animals, calli letters, calli upper letters all by Mama Elephant; 
Milo's abc, Owen's abc by Lawn Fawn

Distress Inks: faded jeans, spun sugar, tumbled glass, worn lipstick

Inks: (copic coloring) Memento tuxedo black, (stamping sentiments) VersaFine onyx black, (stamping on vellum) StazOn jet black, (baby blue) VersaMagic sea breeze all by Tsukineko; (baby pink) Shadow Ink bubblegum by Hero Arts

embossing folder: "quilted" next level 6x6in by We R memory keepers

dies: circle framelits by Sizzix

I made the spinning wheel element using a tutorial by Sandy Allnock on her YouTube Channel

29. Oktober 2016

monstermäßig gestreift - a birthday-monster card

Heute hat die liebe Wiebke (buntebastelecke) Geburtstag. Zu ihrem Ehrentag habe ich ihr eine monstermäßige Geburtstagskarte gebastelt.

Today is the birthday of lovely Wiebke (buntebastelecke). For her special day I made this monster birthday card.

Für den Hintergrund habe ich mit Klebeband diagonale Streifen abgeklebt und habe anschließend mit verschiedenen Distress Inks in Pink- und Rottönen drüber gewischt.
For the background I mask of some diagonal stripes with low-tacky painters tape on watercolor paper. Then I blended on some Distress Inks in various shades of pink and red.

Wie süß ist bitte diese kleine Monsterchen wie es da mit dem Stift schreibt? Coloriert hab ich es mit Copic Markern.
How cute is this little monster writing with its pencil? I colored it with copic markers.

Das gesamte Design der Karte ist von dem kleinen schreibenden Monsterchen inspiriert. Also habe ich selbst einen Rand um den Hintergrund mit einem Fineliner geskribbelt. Und auch das ausgestanzte "happy" musste dran glauben, um ins Gesamtkonzept zu passen.
The whole design of the card is inspired by the writing monster, so I scribble a border with a fineliner around the background and even scribbled on the "happy" script die cut word to match the overall design.

Have a sweet day
see you soon


materials I used:

paper: watercolor paper; bristol cardstock

stamps: monster jam by Mama Elephant

dies: happy script by Mama Elephant

Distress Inks: abandoned coral, picked raspberry, spun sugar, tattered rose

inks: Memento tuxedo black, VersaFine onyx black all by Tsukineko

misc: fineliner pigma micron by Sakura; clear droplets; tiny star sequins

28. Oktober 2016

Coffee and Cranes - Enjoy the little things

It's this time of year in Germany that the cranes starting to fly to their wintering grounds. Which means it will getting colder really soon. I love to watch them flying by in their perfect v-shape formation and listen to their cawing - it is such a reassuring sound. I'm always deeply touched and it reminds me to enjoy the little things in life.

So that was the inspiration for this card. Pix standing there with her hot beverage, looking into the sky watching the cranes flying by

You may have recognized that those bird shapes are no cranes ;) I believe they are ducks.
I stamped some with second and third generation stamping, to create more depth.

Pix is watercolored with various Distress Inks. Her to-go cup looks a bit like it has a leo-print, but I wanted to mimik those cups which have all-over coffee bean pattern :)

For the background I used a wash of Distress Inks onto wet paper to get a soft transition of the colors

Have an awesome day
see you soon


materials I used:

paper: (background) watercolor paper, (watercoloring Pix) Canson Imagine MixMedia paper

stamps: (bunny) Pix's Favorite by Mama Elephant; (flying ducks) comfort and joy by Winnie & Walter; 
(sentiment) enjoy calligraphy by Sweet Stamp Shop

Distress Inks: (background wash) blueprint sketch, mermaid lagoon, twisted citron

dies: Crea-Nest XXL No24 stitched rectangel by Crea-Lies; clouds by paper smooches

ink: (sentiment, birds) deep sea by Lawn Fawn; (watercoloring) StazOn jet black

19. Oktober 2016

A magical day - Lawnscaping Challenge No140 "Color Scheme"

There's a new Challenge over on the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog and the task is "use black, purple and a color of you choice". That practically screams for a magical card. 

I love the fairy friends stamps set from this years spring release so I was over the moon when Lawn Fawn released wintery fairies lately called frosty fairy friends. There is an adorable tree house in the stamp set and the fairies are dressed in wooly winter outfits with ear-muffs, sooooo darn cute. 

So I paired the fairies from the spring release (because I wanted to create a magical but not yet wintery card) with the tree house and the berry branch from the frosty fairies stamps set. And I really love the mix and match sentiments and the different type of fonts in the frosty fairy stamp set. 

As for the third color I choose a bright yellowish green. I think it looks both like magic and nature and reminds me of all the green fairies like tinkerbell or the absinthe fairy (I just love how Kylie Minogue played her in Moulin Rouge).

All the images are watercolored with distress inks on heavy weight watercolor paper.

The Background is blended with Distress Inks and spritzed with water

From some purple cardstock I die cut some stitched hillsides and some tree skeletons and sponge all of it lightly with blueprint sketch to create some depth. 

The semtiment was actually an accident. I initially wanted to emboss the sentiment with platinum embossing powder. But I glued everything together before I noticed that I forgot to stamp on the sentiment ;) And I learned the hard way that it is no good to heat emboss on something that is already glued together. How I could solve my situation.... 
I stamped the sentment with VersaMark and VersaFine Ink and brushed perfect pearls powder over the words. Both inks are slightly sticky and the perfect pearls adhere perfectly and give a nice subtle shimmer. And the fun part: you can read "have a magical day" right away but the addition "fairy" you can only read when you're tilting the card.

Have a magical day
see you soon


taking part in:

Lawnscaping Challenge No140 "Color Scheme"

sponsored by Lawn Fawn

Materials I used:

stamps: frosty fairy friends, fairy friends, jump for joy all by Lawn Fawn

dies: stitched hillside borders by Lawn Fawn; Trees in the forest Die-namics by My Favorite Things; CreaNest XXL No. 24 (stitched rectangles) by Crealies

Distress Inks: antique linen, black soot, blueprint sketch, mowed lawn, shaded lilac, squeezed lemonade, twisted citron, wilted violet, worn lipstick

paper: watercolor paper, cardstock (black, purple) 

misc: stickles ( icicle ); perfect pearls (interference green, pewter) all by Ranger

Ink: StazOn jet black, VersaFine onyx black, VersaMark all by Tsukineko

13. Oktober 2016

Beast friend - a Halloween Yeti

Oh how I love this season :D Autumn with it's beautiful colors and it is the month of halloween too. My favorite holiday (besides christmas) - too bad it isn't celebrated in Germany much and not at all like in the USA.
I got some new stamps to play with: the Beast Friends from My Favorite Things. Isn't the Yeti the cutest??? I really enjoy the halloween color combination and I decided to create a halloween-ish card since the Yeti is some kind of beast too - and the punny sentiments are so damn funny.

I blended the background with Distress Inks - as usual :D
I used low tacky tape to create a border and blended wilted violet on getting lighter towards the top. Then I darken it with blueprint sketch at the bottom. And at last I spritzed it with water - it never cease to amaze me :)

For the Yeti I used at first a light wash of Distress Inks - antique linen for the white part and pumice stone for face and belly and such - then I colored in details with colored pencils.

Have a creative day and see you soon



stamps: "BB beast friends" (Yeti, paw prints and sentiment) by My Favorite Things; "Pick 'N Mix" (tiny bats) by Avery Elle

Inks: VersaFine onyx black pigment ink pad (for the sentiment); StazOn jet black solvent ink pad (for watercoloring) 

paper: watercolor paper (for the background) von Rossmann (local drugstore); Canson Imagine Mix Media (for stamped image and die cutting)

Distress Inks: antique linen, blueprint sketch, carved pumpkin, pumice stone, twisted citron, wilted violet

colors: Polychromos colored artist pencils by Faber Castell

dies: hillside borders by Lawn Fawn