Saturday, August 12, 2017

Embossed Map of the world

Another thing I love are maps. Looking at maps, decorating with maps, buying craft supplies featuring maps, etc. Maybe it has to do with my love for traveling... There are two challenges at the moment that have a map theme and have inspired me to play. Even though I have a lot of stamps featuring maps I decided to take out this NBUS embossing folder.





Stamps: Hero Arts (sentiment)
Other: Darice (embossing folder)


I dry embossed it on watercolor paper, went over the continents with an embossing marker and heat embossed them with different shades of embossing powders, then watercolored the oceans.


Challenges 
(click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

Time Out Challenge #89 - Photo Challenge






The Male Room Challenge #66 - Maps/Coordinates







ETA: Darnell suggested that I should enter it here (she is GD, check it out)
Just Us Girls Challenge #406 - Shine








And now finally some photos of my hometown.



The town hall



The last remaining tower of the old rampart at night



Yep, my hometown has gone artsy and colorful




And another empty house used as a canvas


And one more thing: You have to know that I am never one of the first to buy something, read a book or see a new movie. Don't know why I prefer to wait and see... But here is one of the rare exceptions. 




When the MISTI first came out I thought I didn't need it because I still have lots of wood mounted stamps. But then so many of you raved about it and showed techniques that one can do with it. So I slowly decided to get one. I hemmed and hawed (mainly because of the price) and hemmed and hawed some more until Tim Holtz introduced his stamping platform in January. I preordered it and finally got it a couple of weeks ago. Since I don't have the MISTI I can't really compare it. I can just tell you that I like how it works and that I am happy to finally own one of those fancy stamping positioners.


Be well,


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Understated Rainbow

If you have been reading my blog for a while you probably know that I love rainbow colors (amongst lots of other things...). So naturally I wanted to play in the AAA Cards CAS game #95 "Rainbow"
But what I ended up making will certainly be the most understated rainbow in the gallery! In case you don't see it - the flowers are in rainbow colors. A strip of washi tape down one side and a very CAS card is done.





Stamps: Heidi Grace (window), sentiment unknown
Other: Faber Castell Polychromos pencils






I am sorry but the pictures from my home town that I promised you in my last post will have to wait for the next one as I am short on time today... So you'll just have to come back ;)


Be well,


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Happy Summer!


With this little card I wish you (in the northern hemisphere) a very happy summer and hope you enjoy every minute of it! Stamp sets from several different companies played very nicely together on this card. Don't you wish that people (especially politicians) would do the same...?




Stamps: Stampin' Up (sun, watermelon from an old, retired set), Technique Tuesday (sentiment), Lawn Fawn (ants), My Favorite Things (gingham, wooden backgrounds)


Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

Gundi's Summer Challenge "Fruit"
Why don't you check out her blog and play along! She is so talented and generous; there are prices to win (she mails internationally)!




Time Out Challenge #88 Word Challenge

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely' 


Grab Our Badge!


And since some of you really enjoyed the pictures in my last post I am going to show you some more of the beautiful city of Nuremberg:












Did you know that there are over 1,000 different kinds of bread in Germany? This display looked so gorgeous...
Next time I'll show you some photos of my hometown which is much smaller and not as famous but still pretty.


Be well,


Friday, July 21, 2017

Tissue Paper Circles

And as promised in my last post, here is the other card I made using this glittery tissue paper. It matches the sketch at the current Inkspirational almost perfectly but I have to admit that I made the card before I even saw the sketch. How is that for a coincidence?








Stamps: STAMPlorations (sentiment)
Dies: Nestabilities (circles) 

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CAS Mix Up Challenge July







Inkspirational Challenge #139 "Sketch"






And some more photos from our trip. We went to Nuremberg for a day. Beautiful city. Hadn't been there in decades.











Be well,


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tissue Paper Angel

At the CAS Mix Up Challenge this month we are to use Tissue Paper. I watched Loll's video where she showed us different ways to use it. I do want to try those but my first thought went to some tissue paper that I couldn't throw away but didn't know what to do with, either.








Stamp: Hero Arts (feather)
Dies: Alexandra Renke (angel with heart), SSS (stitched rectangle)


When I was in Germany I finally got some things from Alexandra Renke, amongst them this adorable angel! With a glue stick I glued the tissue paper on some white card stock, cut out the angel with the heart, colored the heart with a sharpie, and covered it with glossy accents.

I made another card with the same tissue paper so please check back in! I am really excited about this technique as I can't throw out beautiful tissue paper!







Before I let you go I want to show you a photo I took on a hike we did in the first week of our vacation. It was south of Munich near Tegernsee where one of my nieces lives.






Be well,


Sunday, July 16, 2017

I'm back! With a fern card...

Thank you so much for your patience. After my return from Germany I did not have any mojo. It was worse than other years. I even played with the idea of giving up blogging! I realized how much time I spend just commenting... But then missed you all, started making a few cards and now I'm back.

Over at Time Out Challenges we are to CASE one of Cornelia's cards and it motivated me to take out this tree ring stamp AND the fern die from my NBUS box. To be honest I have two boxes, one for stamps (which is bursting at it's seams) and one for dies. Why do I keep buying stuff, people??? Stamp companies, if you are reading this, please stop bringing out such fun products that I can't resist! Bloggers, please stop inspiring and tempting me! (Just kidding, of course!)


First Cornelia's fun card:





And here is my take:





Stamps: Concord & 9th (treerings), SSS (sentiment)
Die: Memory Box (fern)


I cut out the fern from a scrap leftover from the first card in this post. Have I ever mentioned how much I love ferns? That's why I really wanted the Memory Box die (which is probably discontinued by now) and now I am so happy to have finally used it. As well as the tree rings and the sentiment was also in that NBUS box. I think this would be a good card for my husband's birthday, hmmm...

Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

Time Out Challenges #87


Grab Our Badge!



Hope to be back soon with another card and maybe some pictures from Germany...


Be well,


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Playing with Embossing Paste - Take 2

Before I show you my card I would like to let you know that I will take a blogging and commenting break to spend some time with my family in Germany.

In my last post I promised to show you the card I made with a stenciled panel that didn't buckle because I used heavy Stampin' Up card stock. Julia inspired me to use colored cardstock. This time I also added some sparkle to the embossing paste. (Can't tell you right now what it was I added because I am not at home while I type this...) You can see it in the close up, although it didn't sparkle as much as I hoped for. This card looks very different from my last one...






Stamps: Altenew (flower, leaves), Uniko (sentiment)
Other: Memory Box (stencil)


Here is a close up to show you the sparkle in the embossing paste.




Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):


CAS Mix Up June Challenge "Embossing Paste/Gel"
My choice is fussy cutting







Time Out Challenge #84  'Flowers and Friends make life a garden'



Grab Our Badge!



The Flower Challenge #9 "Anything Goes"







Be well,


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Playing with Embossing Paste

So, this month's theme at the CAS Mix Up Challenge is Embossing Paste/Gel which prompted me to have a play with them (it's been too long anyway). My first attempt reminded me that you need heavy, sturdy paper because thinner paper will buckle. Normally I would use Bristol or Watercolor paper (my Mixed Media is too flimsy) but I wanted to use colored card stock. Anyway it buckled and when I lifted the stencil I smudged it! I saw that one strip looked good and so I cut it off and made this card!





Stamps: PTI (Happy)
Dies: STAMPloration (Birthday), PTI (pink star), SSS (heart and white star)
Other: Stencil (Memory Box), white spray (Mr. Huey's)


I used the same grey card stock for the card (because the strip didn't look good on white), splattered it which resulted in several more grey splattered panels. Isn't it funny, I get so excited when I am able to use a scrap on a card but each card that I make creates many more scraps! Anyway... I just received happy mail from STAMPlorations and really wanted to use this cool Birthday die (cut from a scrap).



Challenges (click on the links for more information and lots of inspiration from the DTs and the galleries):

CAS Mix Up June Challenge "Embossing Paste/Gel"

My choice is die cutting and/or splattering







STAMPlorations June CAS Challenge
Probably without the twist of masculine colors, although there are guys who like pink






Stay tuned if you want to see the card I made with the embossing paste panel that came out ok... Hope to post it soon!


Be well,


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