DT bastel-traum.ch Challenge #58

15.10.2017

Good morning everyone,

there's a new challenge theme over at the bastel-traum.ch blog – this time it's all about «Thanks».
http://bastel-traum.blogspot.ch/ 
This challenge will run until November 15th, 8:55 am CET (Central European Time).

Fall is taking a little break and it almost feels like spring where I live. So I made this floral «Thanks» card.

I stamped lots of flowers and leaves from the My Favorite Things «Pretty Posies» set with their Premium Dye Inks in shades of Coral, Aqua, Petrol and Grey. Then I cut them out using the coordinating dies.

For the background, I did some Inlaid Die Cutting to create a frame around the focal sentiment. Therefore I used the stitched scallop die from the «Blueprints 27» set and one of the «Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX» Die-namics. The peachy paper is from the «Watercolor Wash» 6x6 Paper Pack.

I also die cut the large word «Thanks» («Twice the Thanks» Die-namics) from turquoise foil cardstock and inlaid it into the center piece of SU «Naturals White» cardstock. The sub sentiment comes from the «LJD Spring Wreath» set and I heat embossed it with Ranger «Liquid Platinum» embossing powder.

Finally, I arranged all the stamped images and popped up some of the flowers with foam tape for more dimension. To decorate my card, I added Pretty Pink Posh sequins («Sparkling Clear» and «Rose Gold») in different sizes.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Enjoy your Sunday!
Anja

MFT Bundle of Baby Clothes: Welcome Leonie

14.10.2017

Good morning,

today I have a very special card which I made for a dear friend who gave birth to a sweet baby girl a couple of days ago. I created this customized card for her using the My Favorite Things «LLD Bundle of Baby Clothes» Die-namics.

I had so much fun die cutting, paper piecing and putting all these cute baby clothes together. I used patterned paper from the MFT «Sweet Celebration» and the «Dots & Stripes Sorbet» 6x6 Paper Packs. I framed the little scene with a stitched scallop die cut that I made using two dies from the «Blueprints 27» set. I popped up all the die cuts with foam tape, so it looks like the clothes are really hanging on the line.

For the pastel background, I softly blended together three light ink colors: «Tumbled Glass» Distress Ink, «Insulation Pink» and «Bubblegum» Premium Dye Ink by MFT. I stamped the German sentiment (which means «Welcome»; Stampin' Up! «Kleiner Wort-Schatz») and heat embossed it with Ranger «Liquid Platinum» embossing powder.

I stamped and colored the adorable little bear from the «Snuggle Bunnies» set and adhered him to the frame. To spell out the baby girl's name, I used some very old Quickutz Alphabet dies. I finished off my card by adding lots of shiny Nuvo Jewel Drops.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!
Anja

MFT World Card Making Day 2017: ROYGBIV

08.10.2017

Hi peeps,

on the occasion of yesterday's World Card Making Day, MFT came up with some fun challenges over at their blog.


I simply LOVE rainbows! So I'm entering the ROYGBIV challenge with this Clean and Simple «Thanks» card.

At first, I blended together Distress Oxide Inks in rainbow order. When everything was completely dry, I sponged white pigment ink through the «Petal Pattern» stencil. Next, I adhered it to the center of my black card base.

To try something different, I created a 'floating' die-cut. Therefore, I partially die cut the word «thanks» from white cardstock (it's all one piece!) and popped everything up with foam tape.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a cozy evening!
Anja

DT bastel-traum.ch World Card Making Day Blog Hop

07.10.2017

Hello everyone,

today is World Card Making Day and to celebrate this special event the bastel-traum.ch DT comes together for a little inspiration blog hop (big thanks to Nicole for organizing ).

As much as we love creating handmade cards, we also enjoy receiving happy mail, right?! That's why I made this card using the cute panda bears from the Mama Elephant «Incoming Mail» stamp set.

For the background, I masked off a strip and did some ink blending with Distress Oxides («Seedless Preserves», «Picked Raspberry» and «Abandoned Coral»). I really love how easily those inks blend and the color combo looks so yummy! I also added some water droplets to lift the color here and there.

Next, I colored the images with Copics and fussy cut them out leaving a small white border. I cut the Simon Says Stamp «Sending» word die from black cardstock as well as two little hearts using the ME «Confetti» Creative  Cuts. To give them some extra shine, I covered the die-cuts with clear embossing powder. The sentiment, which I stamped in VersaFine «Onyx Black», is from the SSS «Sending Happy Thoughts» set.

Now I invite you to hop over to Nicole to see the wonderful creation she made.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!
Anja

DT Stempelgarten Challenge October

05.10.2017

Good morning,

Phew! Time goes by really fast these days and we have already October! There's a new and fun theme over at the Stempelgarten Challenge: «Spooky».

http://stempelgartenchallenge.blogspot.ch/

I created this Halloween card combining some cute My Favorite Things stamps with a detailed Impression Obsession die and a Distress Ink night sky.

For the dark background, I blended together the Distress Inks «Black Soot», «Chipped Sapphire» and «Seedless Preserves». To give it a bit of texture, I sprinkled on some water droplets. Next, I cut a spooky scene from black glitter cardstock using the Impression Obsession «Halloween Hill» die. I put small pieces of yellow cardstock behind the windows and the pumpkin. I also did some shading with Copics so it looks as if the lights were glowing.

To create the circle window, I used a die from the MFT «Starry Circle» set and cut it from white cardstock. I added another stitched detail by using the rectangle die from the «Blueprints 29» set. I adhered the glitter die-cut behind my window opening and for more dimension, I popped everything up with foam tape.

I stamped and colored the cat and pumpkin images from the adorable Birdie Brown «Witch Way Is The Candy?» set. The sentiment was heat embossed with Ranger «Liquid Platinum» embossing powder.

You will have time until October 31st, 2017 to join our challenge and this is the prize you could win:


A craft package from the Stempelgarten Online Shop with a value of CHF 20.–.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Anja

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest Innovation Master

21.09.2017

Hi crafty peeps,

Yippie! I'm so glad that I managed to make a final card for the My Favorite Things 2017 Card Design Superstar contest.

https://www.mftstamps.com/blog/you-could-be-a-2017-card-design-superstar/

I had this idea of a fun fold card in my head for a couple of days and wasn't sure how to realize it. I wanted to create a card with a little surprise inside, so when the recipient opens it, there would be something special. I picked the adorable Birdie Brown «Happy Hippos» stamp set which is perfect for Birthday/Celebration cards.

At first, I decorated the front of my card. The patterned paper is from the «Sweet Celebration» 6x6 Paper Pack and I added a petrol «Stitched Square Scallop Frame» die-cut on top. I stamped the hippo and the balloons as well as the little birdie and colored them with Copics. The sentiment was stamped in VersaFine «Onyx Black» and I cut a banner with one of the «Stitched Sentiment Strips» Die-namics. I used lots of foam tape to adhere my card elements. I decorated the card front with enamel dots and covered the balloons with Glossy Accents.

For the inside part, I scored a piece of peachy cardstock in a Zig-zag fold. I left it blank, so I'd be able to add some handwritten birthday wishes later. To create the heart window, I placed the die («Heart Full of Love TRANSFORM-ables» Die-namics) right into the middle of the cardstock.

I stamped the inside of the plum card base with the «Tiny Stars Background» in VersaMark and heat embossed it with sparkly WOW! «Frozen Berries» Embossing Glitter. Next, I fixed the peach cardstock to the card inside by only adhering the two outside flaps. I fit in two further cute colored hippos behind the heart window.

So this is what it looks like, when you open the card (it wasn't easy to take an accurate photo):

It almost looks like your sneaking into a secret birthday party ;-)

Here's a little close-up:


Although this isn't the most innovative card *giggle*, I really enjoyed creating it. Thank you MFT for challenging us with this wonderful contest! I love to see all the wonderful creations everybody made. Keeping my fingers crossed and wishing good luck to everyone.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have an awesome day!
Anja

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest Coloring Virtuoso

20.09.2017

Good morning everyone,

I made a second card for the ongoing My Favorite Things 2017 Card Design Superstar contest.

https://www.mftstamps.com/blog/you-could-be-a-2017-card-design-superstar/

I'm entering the Coloring Virtuoso category with an one layer card that I colored with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils.


I used four! different Birdie Brown stamp sets to build the entire scene – «Cool Cat», «Our Story», «I Knead You» and «Lucky Dog». I love how perfectly all those images fit together, just as if they were from one set. And I always enjoy coloring them in, too!

This card is pretty much CAS but with a fun little twist because I wanted to tell a story. At first, I stamped and masked all the images. I don't make scenes like this often, so I really had to plan everything in advance. After all the images were protected by hand-cut masks, I sponged some «Insulation Pink» Premium Dye Ink through the «All Lined Up» stencil to create the subtle striped wall background. It's always like magic when you remove the masks :-)

Next, I carefully colored in my scene. I gave the dog's pillow a denim texture and added little details with a white gelly roll pen. The flower vase and the dog's nose are covered with Glossy Accents for some extra shine. I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Ranger «Liquid Platinum» embossing powder. To finish off my card, I also put on small Nuvo «Rosewater» Jewel Drops.

Big thanks to MFT for hosting this amazing contest – there are already so many creative and outstanding submissions!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Good luck to everyone!
Anja
 
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