Nov 24, 2015

Reindeer Tower

Hello, today I wanted to show you this card. I did a sneak peak on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and I finally found the time to post it now. 
Currently, I reaaally love kraft cardstock. That's why I wanted to do some fun coloring directly on kraft. I used the reindeers from Mama Elephant and the little santa from Create A Smile and stamped a reindeer tower. I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used masks to stamp the reindeers and santa.


Because I don't own any color pencil currently, I used the watercolor pencils from Faber Castell which worked also really well. I also used some Glossy Accents on top of the reindeers' noses and a gold gel pen on the reindeers' collars.


I didn't want to include a sentiment on this one because I found it speaks for itself. It was kind of hard to take a picture of it in my photo box because the white always reflected on the kraft cardstock. That's why the card seems to "glow"... 





Mama Elephant "Reindeer Games" - http://goo.gl/AoBz5W 
Create A Smile "Snow Dance" - http://goo.gl/NMQmQO (Kit exclusive)
Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock (SSS) - http://goo.gl/lwNRBm
Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock (CC UK) - http://goo.gl/XORzxE
Tsukineko Memento Ink "Tuxedo Black" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/3KakYL
Tsukineko Memento Ink "Tuxedo Black"(Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/QScX3r
Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencil Albrecht Dürer - http://goo.gl/IrNSfD
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (SSS) - http://goo.gl/WMsQXH
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/5e7AWW
Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel Gold (SSS) - http://goo.gl/4Tggnz
Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel Gold (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/s9PECc






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Nov 22, 2015

Thanks for picking me up

Hello and welcome back to another card I created. This time I used a digi by Craftin Desert Divas and it's the first time that I actually use a digi stamp. Had some trouble with my printer who always ate my paper... But I managed in the end using Neenah cardstock. I colored the hedgehog with Spectrum Noir markers (fur: EB2, GB8, GB10, prickles: TN7, TN8, EB5, eyes: IB3, BT6, BT8, flower: CT1, CT2, CT3; CR10, DR2, pumpkin: OR1, OR2, OR3; TN7, TN8; JG1, JG6) and also applied some glossy accents to her eyes and nose.


I wanted to create a nice seen for the little hedgehog and chose a pumpkin stamp from a fall set by Some Odd Girl. Using a masking technique,  I stamped multiple pumpkins. Because I wanted to use Distress inks for my background, I applied Pebeo Drawing Gum to the pumpkins to protect them from the ink. After the drawing gum dried completely, I chose brushed corduroy for the ground and abandoned coral, dried marigold, and squeezed lemonade for the sky. After the ink was dry, the drawing gum could be removed. To color in the pumpkins I used Zig markers (52, 70; 47, 44).



I used kraft cardstock as a cardbase and placed my background panel on it. And... I didn't like it. The colors were far to bright and the hedghog wouldn't get the attention it deserved. That's when I used vellum and placed it over the szene. And I love how it dulls the color just a tiny bit. Then I was on the lookout for a convenient sentiment. I had several options in the end but decided to go with the "Thanks for picking me up" sentiment from Mama Elephant which I thought was really nice because the hedgehog had, kind of, picked up the pumpkin from the ones in the background. I stamped it with VersaMark on the vellum and embossed it with Mandarin embossing powder from WOW.






Craftin Desert Divas Hedgehog Digital Stamp - http://goo.gl/z1LOnb

Mama Elephant "Tandem Extras" - http://goo.gl/KPDuVk
Some Odd Girl "Fall Friends" - http://goo.gl/Ukf4Mu
Neenah Solar White Card Stock (SSS) -  http://goo.gl/kX5flN 
Canson Mix Media (Amazon US) - http://goo.gl/AzQ8Zn
Canson Imagine (Amazon Germany) - http://goo.gl/lPWRsf
Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock (SSS) - http://goo.gl/lwNRBm
Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock (CC UK) - http://goo.gl/XORzxE
Bazzil 40 lb Vellum (SSS) - http://goo.gl/DS9dxB
Vellum 12x12 (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/Bj27Ta
Fun Foam White (SSS) - http://goo.gl/KdQv6l
Tsukineko Versamark Ink Pad (SSS) - http://goo.gl/pQUd0w
Tsukineko Versamark Ink Pad (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/sHjsBK
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Abandoned Coral" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/5DJWm2
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Abandoned Coral" (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/bTUCg1
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Dried Marigold" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/F5qLDq
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Dried Marigold" (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/27LZj8
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Squeezed Lemonade" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/oXhjqz
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Squeezed Lemonade" (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/KwM4FV
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Brushed Corduroy" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/zcViHa
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Brushed Corduroy" (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/1nrmtw 
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool (SSS) - http://goo.gl/EdTAV2
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/btnZ75
Ranger Archival Jet Black (SSS) - http://goo.gl/EaKnUg
Ranger Archival Jet Black (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/AF51UW
WOW! Embossing Powder Mandarin (WOW) - http://goo.gl/KRHjOd
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Deep Green 44 (SSS) - http://goo.gl/53CC8U
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Deep Green 44 (Scrobby) – http://goo.gl/xY4LcK
Zig Clean Color Real Brush May Green 47 (SSS) - http://goo.gl/HtYvjj
Zig Clean Color Real Brush May Green 47 (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/jnRCCR
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Bright Yellow 52 (SSS) - http://goo.gl/WWVEb2
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Bright Yellow 52 (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/wUNuOH
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Orange 70 (SSS) - http://goo.gl/g85k5P
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Orange 70 (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/kCpzCR
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (SSS) - http://goo.gl/WMsQXH
Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/5e7AWW 
Pebeo Drawing Gum (SSS) - http://goo.gl/rjBZL5

















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Nov 20, 2015

Snow or mostly white - Simply Create Too #99


Good morning! Today starts another challenge at the Simply Create Challenge Blog with the topic Snow or mostly white. Go check out the challenge and link up your creations!

I have to say that it took me some time to create this card. I think it is not easy to make a card that has mostly white colors in it. Well, I cheated a bit and used white and light blue but I think it works! :)


This was the perfect opportunity to use the snowflake die from the Create A Smile Snow Dance kit. And because I love, love, love shaker cards, I had to create one with this beautiful die. First, I adhered some acetate behind the window (which I, again, forgot at first and I had to remove the foam tape that I've already put down) and used a ton of foam tape to create a shaker poket. I filled it with clear irridescent sequins and clear beads. Behind the pocket, I adhered some of the white/light blue striped pattern paper from the Snow Dance kit. 


The last time I was in England I bought another card making magazine with some adorable images. The stamps are not good quality and I had to stamp a few to get a crisp image but they are just too cute. I colored the polar bear with Spectrum Noir markers (fur: Blender, IG1, IG2, IG4; scarf: IB1, BT3, ice skates: IG6, IG8) and adhered him with foam squares to the shaker panel.


Because I forgot to stamp the sentiment on the front panel before adhering it with foam tape to the background, I decided to use another stripe of white cardstock, emboss it with silver embossing powder on both sides and stamp the sentiment "Frohe Weihnachten" (Merry Christmas). I used Tumbled Glass Distress ink to stamp the sentiment because it had the perfect light blue shade to math the scarf of the polar bear.

This card participates in the following challenges
Bastel-Traum - Glitzer/Glitter



Create A Smile "Snow Dance" - http://goo.gl/NMQmQO (Kit exclusive)
Polar Bear Clear Stamp (I have to check for the company)
Dani Peuss  Klartext „Fröhliche Weihnachtszeit“ - http://goo.gl/vYudZ6
Neenah Solar White Card Stock (SSS) -  http://goo.gl/kX5flN 
Judikins Embossable Window Plastic Sheets (SSS) - http://goo.gl/c1fSoR
Tsukineko Versamark Ink Pad (SSS) - http://goo.gl/pQUd0w
Tsukineko Versamark Ink Pad (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/sHjsBK 
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Tumbled Glass" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/8rPDRN
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Tumbled Glass" (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/xcFAsM
WOW! Embossing Powder Metallic Silver (SSS) - http://goo.gl/UbOnP8
WOW! Embossing Powder Metallic Silver (WOW) - http://goo.gl/sEQb2S
3M Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape (SSS) - http://goo.gl/1WtDjq
3D Foam Squares (SSS) - http://goo.gl/v4K8BJ
Sequins Irridescent (German Shop) - https://goo.gl/9vocFx
Art Ingredients Glass Beads "Crystal" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/xla4BM





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Nov 18, 2015

Wobbly Christmas

Hello crafy friends, today I wanted to show you another interactive Christmas card.  I used images from My Favorite Things, stamped them on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.


For my background I used Gansai Tambi watercolors which give a really bright look. Unfortunately, I currently forgot which colors I used but I will add the information later. I put some color down onto a slick surface, sprayed it with water, and pressed my mixed media paper into the color to create this spotty look. After it dried completely, I adhered it to a slightly larger dark green panel. 


I adhered down the tree and the little girl but for the santa I wanted somthing more fun. I have seen some cards using wobble springs. I didn't have any but found this YouTube video showing how you can make your own using thin thin wire. Fortunately, my local drug store had thin wire in stock. I also tried it with smaller images but because the spring itself has to be smaller, it didn't work as well as with this larger image.


I also wanted to include a sentiment I used a German one from Create A Smile, stamped it on black cardstock with VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.


video


This card participates in the following Challenges
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Christmas




My Favorite Things "Jingle all the way" - http://goo.gl/XfLZz5
My Favorite Things "Jingle all the way" - http://goo.gl/XfLZz5
Neenah Solar White Card Stock (SSS) -  http://goo.gl/kX5flN  
Canson Mix Media (Amazon US) - http://goo.gl/AzQ8Zn
Canson Imagine (Amazon Germany) - http://goo.gl/lPWRsf
Simon Says Stamp Card Stock "Green Leaf" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/wj5ELv
Simon Says Stamp Card Stock "Black" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/FHGQyQ 
Tsukineko Memento Ink "Tuxedo Black" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/3KakYL
Tsukineko Memento Ink "Tuxedo Black"(Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/QScX3r
Tsukineko Versamark Ink Pad (SSS) - http://goo.gl/pQUd0w
Tsukineko Versamark Ink Pad (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/sHjsBK
Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 (SSS) - http://goo.gl/Wv8jU2
Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/a0VGqA
WOW! Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White (SSS) - http://goo.gl/s8i6Gc
WOW! Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White (WOW) - http://goo.gl/KqlXOY
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (SSS) - http://goo.gl/HlY8JX
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/l9EkXc 
3M Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape (SSS) - http://goo.gl/1WtDjq









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Nov 16, 2015

Merry Christmas (Mama Elephant)


Hello, today I am showing you another set of Christmas cards that I made using one of the newer Mama Elephant stamp sets! Aren't the images just adorable?
First of all I stamped the little elves and pinguins on Neenah white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers.
 



I wanted to keep the background rather simple. For that reason I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and applied it with a blending tool in swirly motions on some mixed media paper by Canson. I tried to fad it out as best as I could


Below the distressed area,  I stamped the sentiment that is included in the set with VersaMark ink and embossed it with silver embossing powder by wow. 
The, I adhered the distressed panel on a kraft card base (I just love kraft!) and also adhered the elves and pinguins in the center of the panel using 3D foam squares.


That's when I thought that something was missing. The top of the card had to much white space and I didn't really like it. And then I remembered the Baker's Twine that I recently ordered and included some white and green twine.
I poked a whole through the fold of the cardbase and wrapped the twine around, tying a little bow on the right side. I adhered the bow into place with a glue dot because it didn't want to stay where and how I wanted it.






Mama Elephant "Christmas Spirit" - http://goo.gl/2s6VNM
Neenah Solar White Card Stock (SSS) -  http://goo.gl/kX5flN  
Canson Mix Media (Amazon US) - http://goo.gl/AzQ8Zn
Canson Imagine (Amazon Germany) - http://goo.gl/lPWRsf
Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock (SSS) - http://goo.gl/lwNRBm
Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock (CC UK) - http://goo.gl/XORzxE
Tsukineko Memento Ink "Tuxedo Black" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/3KakYL
Tsukineko Memento Ink "Tuxedo Black"(Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/QScX3r
Tsukineko Versamark Ink Pad (SSS) - http://goo.gl/pQUd0w
Tsukineko Versamark Ink Pad (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/sHjsBK
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Tumbled Glass" (SSS) - http://goo.gl/8rPDRN
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad "Tumbled Glass" (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/xcFAsM 
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool (SSS) - http://goo.gl/EdTAV2
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/btnZ75 
WOW! Embossing Powder Metallic Silver (SSS) - http://goo.gl/UbOnP8
WOW! Embossing Powder Metallic Silver (WOW) - http://goo.gl/sEQb2S
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (SSS) - http://goo.gl/HlY8JX
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider (Scrobby) - http://goo.gl/l9EkXc
3D Foam Squares (SSS) - http://goo.gl/v4K8BJ
Mini Glue Dots (SSS) - http://goo.gl/utu69y
Mini Glue Dots (Scrobby) -  http://goo.gl/V8RSjZ
Baker’s Twine Dark Green (Amazon US) - http://goo.gl/r15p29








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