16. August 2018

birthday penguin * MFT Summer School

Yay! Part two of MFTs Summer School has started and the first topic is "monochromatic". Part one was so much fun, so I couldn't resist playing along the second time as well. :-)



Usually, if I have to pick just one color, I would chose a mint or teal shade. But this time, I got inspired by some beautiful coral MFT pattern paper. You can see the paper that inspired me on the penguins pants. I did some paper piecing and Distress Ink blending on them.


The Distress Ink color "abandoned coral" matched just perfectly with the paper. I used it on the background and on the die. I die cut the happy birthday circle three times, glued all three pieces together and added Distress Ink for an ombré look. To add some interest, I used the stitched strip die, some sequins and some confetti. Lucky me, the confetti had the perfect color as well. 


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"Penguins in Paradise" MFT
"Happy Birthday Circle Frame" MFT
"Stitched Strip" MFT
Abandoned Coral - Distress Ink
Calm & Cozy Chevron - Pattern Paper by MFT
Spectrum Noir Markers
Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh
Confetti "Polka Parade" by Little Things from Lucys Cards

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Join the fun and hop over to the MFT blog for more information.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a colorful day,
Nicole

15. August 2018

Basteltraum Challenge * Schule/Arbeit

Passend zum Ende der Sommerferien gibt's eine neue Basteltraum Challenge zum Thema Schule/Arbeit. Uns hat der Alltag wieder fest im Griff und was gibt's da besseres, als sich ab und zu etwas Zeit zum Basteln zu nehmen?!


Ich mag es, Stempel von verschiedenen Firmen zu kombinieren. Hier treffen sich My Favorite Things, Altenew und Lawn Fawn zum Schulstart. 

Den Wandtafellook mag ich sehr, er ist einfach aber (wie ich finde) wirkungsvoll. Dazum habe ich nur den Text mit weissen Embossingpulver gestempelt und danach mit einem Schwämmchen weisse Pigmentfarbe vom Stempelkissen drübergetupft. Fertig!

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"Love Letters" Lawn Fawn
"Super Script" Altenew
"Small Brick Wall" Stencil - My Favorite Things
"Inside and Out Stitched Rectangle Stax" My Favorite Things
Distress Ink
Versafine Onyx Black
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Wie immer hast du einen Monat Zeit um dein Werk auf dem Basteltraum Blog hochzuschalten. Wir freuen uns auf viele kreativen Beiträge!

Lieben Dank für deinen Besuch auf meinem Blog.
Ich wünsch dir einen bunten Tag,
Nicole


10. August 2018

a ton of fun

Well, this color combo is a bit out of my comfort zone, but hey, it's called a challenge, right?! And I love MFTs challenges. They are just so much fun!




This card is inspired by the current Color Challenge by My Favorite Things. There's still plenty of time for you to join the fun!



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"Safari Friends" MFT
"Die-Namics Blue Prints No. 31" MFT
"Warm and Cozy Chevron" Pattern Paper MFT
"Die-Namics Grassy Fields" MFT
"Mini Cloud Border" Stencil MFT
Distress Ink
Versafine Onyx Black
White Gel Pen, Black Gel Pen
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Thanks for stopping by! 
Have an awesome day,
Nicole

9. August 2018

you're really awesome

I'm playing along the current Sketch Challenge by My Favorite Things




Join the fun and hop over to the MFT Challenge Blog :-)

I'm challenging myself to create more cards using my pretty pattern papers. It's a bit out of my comfort zone and it chances the look of my cards but I like that change and I really enjoy playing around with the wonderful papers.

What about you? Do you use pattern papers often?


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"Safari Friends" MFT
"Die-Namics Blue Prints No. 31" MFT
"Grassy Fields" MFT
"Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips" MFT
"Fab Foliage" MFT
"Tiny Hearts Pastels" Pattern Paper MFT
Versafine Onyx Black
Spectrum Noir Markers
Color Pencils, White Gel Pen, Black Gel Pen
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Thanks for stopping by!
Have an awesome day,
Nicole

5. August 2018

Biggest Blessing

It is super hot and dry in Switzerland and my craftroom feels like a sauna. It's quite hard to get creative for me when it's that hot, so I'm super happy for challenges, because they inspire me a lot! I combined two of my favorite challenges for this card.


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 "Hello, Little One" MFT
"Tiny Hearts Pastels" Pattern Paper MFT
"Calm and Cozy Chevron" Pattern Paper MFT
Inside and Out Stitched Rectangles & Squares MFT
"Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips" MFT
Versafine Onyx Black
Spectrum Noir Markers
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I got inspired by the MFT Color Challenge and the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge. A third inspiration was the pretty patterned paper I really wanted to use. I love pattern paper but I use it way to little so I challenged myself to use it :-)



Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy day, Nicole













4. August 2018

Safari Friends * MFT Sketch Challenge

This lion is just the cutest and I love this tiny little bird as well.


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"Safari Friends" MFT
"Grassy Fields" Dienamics MFT
"Mini Clowd Edges" Stencil MFT
white embossing powder
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Inks
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This card is inspired by the MFT Sketch Challenge.



Thanks for stopping by!
Have a colorful day,
Nicole


27. Juli 2018

MFT Blätterstanzen

Manchmal kommt es anders als man denkt... Diesen Distress Ink Hintergrund hatte ich für zwei Karten gemacht. Dieses Stück Papier war eigentlich schon beinahe im Müll, doch dann kam mir die Idee für diese Karte und nun mag ich die sogar lieber als "die geplanten" :-)




(Die Karten sind schon im Frühling entstanden.)

Liebe Grüsse und danke für's Vorbeischauen,
Nicole

   



23. Juli 2018

Christmas in July * Paper Smooches Challenge

I'm playing along the Paper Smooches "Christmas in July" Challenge. It can't be wrong starting early with christmas cards.




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"Botanicals 2" Paper Smooches
"A Blessed Christmas" Paper Smooches
"Warm Hearts" Paper Smooches
Gold embossing powder - Ranger
Distress Ink
Dye Inks by Lawn Fawn
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I got inspired by a card tutorial by May Park which was part of an Online Card Class hosted by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. I used non-holiday stamps from the Botanical 2 stamp set to create this card.

There's still time for you to join the fun as well. Check out the Paper Smooches Blog for more information.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a happy day,
Nicole

21. Juli 2018

Online Card Class * Simply Watercolor

I joined the Online Card Class "simply watercolor" by Kristina Werner. I started following her on YouTube a long time ago and she's one of my favorite cardmakers to watch. She's very good at watercoloring and I only used my watercolors for simple backgrounds... so this summer, I thought I'd give it a try and I'm so happy I did.

This is my first card, inspired by day one's topic.


Day two of the class was about critters. Kristina made it look so easy to draw a simple and fun animal, that I just had to try this. It turned out to be my favorite part of the class. But I must say that day four and five are very close to being no.1 as well. 😊



I did try lettering with brushes for day three but I didn't really like the results. I am my biggest critic, especially when it comes to my handwriting. I feel much more comfortable with pens or brush pens but not with actual brushes. 

I was really looking forward to day four and five. I loved to learn how to draw easy landscapes and a bit of nature. Of course I couldn't craft without a bit of my beloved stamps (although you don't need them for this class) so I'm sneaking in a cute critter by Mama Elephant.





I really enjoyed painting florals. Although some paper ended up in the trash, it was fun to practice something new. I will absolutely use techniques I learned in this class for my future cards.


Check out Kristinas blog here -> K Werner Design
and Online Card Classes here -> OCC

💖 Thank you very much, Kristina, for sharing your work and techniques and being such a wonderful teacher. I had a blast joining your class! I really hope, there will be more classes in the future, even though I know how much work they are. THANK YOU!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a colorful day,
Nicole


16. Juli 2018

Crafting With Compassion

Neat & Tangled has a new and very special challenge going on. It's called "Crafting With Compassion" and it touched my heart. You can read all the details on their blog.

I made this card for my friend, Claudia. She's the founder and head of KreaKids. She's an amazing person and had such a wonderful idea that turned into an AWESOME and huge project!



🎨 What is KreaKids?
  • It's a crafty afternoon program for 5 to 12 years old kids. It's located in my neighbor village (in Switzerland). The name KreaKids simply comes from "creative kids".
  • Before they get crafty, someone tells a story from the bible but the program is open to everyone, no matter what they believe in or where they're from.
  • They try to keep the costs very low, so that every child (for example from a family with less money) has the opportunity to join the fun. 
  • KreaKids is financed by donations. The helpers do all the work voluntary and they encourage teenagers to help them teach the kids how to do the craft they prepared. 


😀 Crazy and amazing facts!
  • It all started in Claudias living room with just a hand full of kids and now they have about 100 kids each afternoon!!!
  • Claudia plans all the afternoons by herself, she's always looking for inexpensive but super fun crafts and her basement is full of crafty stuff. Her husband totally supports her by doing the finances and paper work. 
  • Claudia even managed to get a second project successfully started. It's called "Müslinest" which means "mouse nest" and it's a play time meeting point for parents and their babies and toddlers.



💖 Why this means a lot to me...
  • Claudia is such a wonderful person. She does so much for other people and I think this needs a shout out. I can't imagine the time, heart and energy she put's in her projects.
  • Crafting has always been close to my heart and giving so many kids the opportunity to hear Gods word and craft is just wonderful.
  • I can't help Claudia as a volunteer (because I'm busy with my little ones and because I have a hard time in a room full of people) but this doesn't mean I can't help her at all. We support this amazing women and her work financially and sometimes I make thank you cards for her, so she can give them to the volunteers. 
  • Me and my boys really enjoy going to these parent-kids play dates that Claudia started to offer. And it's always a good thing to say THANK YOU. 


💌 Why I made exactly this card...
  • I usually make clean and simple cards, but this time, I wanted to do something different. I made my own patterned background out of paper stripes and dye ink stamping. I filled the card with cuteness and colorful confetti. 
  • I wanted something playful and fun, like the crafty afternoons.
  • The bears stand for the kids having fun and saying thank you.
  • The background is full of crafty supplies matching the crafty theme.
  • In the stamp set, there's the sentiment "throw kindness around like confetti". That's what inspired the confetti on the card, because Claudia does exactly this. She throws kindness around like confetti! 🎉

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"Happiest Birthday" - Neat and Tangled
"Crafting is my Jam" - Neat and Tangled
"A lot to say" Nice and Neat Die - Neat and Tangled
Spectrum Noir markers
"Sprinkles - Polka Parade" - Little Things from Lucy's Cards
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Distress Ink
colored cardstock scraps
"Mermaid" dye ink - Lawn Fawn
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There's still time for you to join this special challenge!
Check out Neat and Tangled for informations about this challenge, lots of inspiration and wonderful products.


Check out KreaKids.ch (it's only in German, because it's a Swiss German project).


Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy and colorful day,
Nicole






15. Juli 2018

Basteltraum Challenge * alles geht

Für viele stehen die Sommerferien vor der Tür oder haben bereits begonnen... Falls du etwas Zeit zum Basteln hast, machen wir es dir dieses Mal ganz ganz einfach zum Mitspielen. Das Thema lautet "alles geht" und somit kannst du einfach jedes Papierprojekt einreichen.


Ich habe mich für ein neues Lieblingsstempelset entschieden. Diese Tierchen sind einfach zuckersüss und erinnern mich an Bilderbücher. Der Hintergrund ist mit flüssigen Wasserfarben von Avery Elle gemacht und absichtlich ganz schlicht gehalten.



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"Dandelion Wishes" Mama Elephant
Spectrum Noir markers
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
White Gel Pen
Liquid Watercolors - Avery Elle
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Ich wünsche dir einen tollen Sommer und freu mich, dein Werk auf dem Basteltraum Blog zu sehen!

Liebe Grüsse,
Nicole



9. Juli 2018

a little birdie told me... * Reverse Confetti

Wasserfarb-Hintergründe und hübsche Stempel mit Spectrum Noir koloriert... das ist zur Zeit meine Lieblinkskombi für Karten.




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"Nuts about you" Reverse Confetti
"Lift me up" Reverse Confetti
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Memento Tuxedo Black
Avery Elle Liquid Watercolors
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Danke für's Vorbeischauen 😊
Liebe Grüsse,
Nicole

enjoy your day * Avery Elle

Diese Badehäuschen oder Umziehkabinen sind einfach wundervoll. Mit den vielen kleinen Details sind sie auch toll zum kolorieren.


Die flüssigen Wasserfarben von Avery Elle haben es mir total angetan. Lange war ich auf der Suche nach den perfekten Wasserfarben für mich und ich glaube, bei denen bleibe ich. 😀



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"Beside the Sea" Avery Elle
Liquid Watercolors - Avery Elle
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Versafine Onyx Black
Glossy Accents
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Danke für's Vorbeischauen 😊
Liebe Grüsse,
Nicole

5. Juli 2018

Summer School by MFT * Symmetry

We have day five of the Summer School Challenge by My Favorite Things and it's time for a card with symmetry. I really enjoy how these topics challenge me to try something new.


As I went through my stash of MFT stamps, I was looking for a stamp I could use to make a cute couple because I had the mirror stamping technique in mind. I found this swan stamp set that already had a symmetric couple in it. So I saved some time and used these wonderful swans to create a wedding card.


I usually don't make cards that are as symmetrical as this one but I really like how it turned out.

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"Splendid Swans" My Favorite Things
 Distress Inks
Spectrum Noir markers
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
White Gel Pen
Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen
Glossy Accents
Lawn Fawn Dye Ink
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There's still time to join the fun over on the MFT blogHop over and get inspired :-)




Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day,
Nicole

Summer School by MFT * Complementary Colors

We had primary colors for day two of Summer School Challenge by My Favorite Things and now we have something new for day four... :-)



This fish stamp set is one of my new favorites. I love to make underwater themed cards and that set ist so versatile! Such a fun challenge to use just complementary colors on a card. That orange and blue combo worked just perfectly. 



What do you think about complementary colors? Are they easy to use for you? 


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"Gill Friends" My Favorite Things
"Block Happy Birthday" (Die) My Favorite Things
 Distress Inks
Spectrum Noir markers
White Gel Pen
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There's still time to join the fun over on the MFT blogHop over and get inspired :-)




Thanks for stopping by!
Have a colorful day,
Nicole