DT Make it Crafty CAS Inspiration | Beach Wedding


Hi crafty peeps,

I'm back again with another Make it Crafty Clean & Simple inspiration card.

For this wedding card I created a fun scene by combining two MiC digi stamps: Over the Threshold and Tropical Beach.

For the sky background and the sand I did some Ink Blending using Dye Inks (Simon Says Stamp and Memento) and Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools. To secure the other images I masked them off. Therefore I did a lot of fussy cutting – but it was worth it in the end ;-) The rest of my beach wedding scene was colored with Copics.

To make the sentiment (which is from Stampin' Up! and means «Congrats to you two») pop against the sand I heat embossed it with Hero Arts white embossing powder.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Homework OCC | Watercolor: Exploring Mediums | Day 2


Hi everyone,

Today I want to show you my homework for the Online Card Class Watercolor for Card Makers: Exploring Mediums.


I made a Baby card for Day 2 where Kristina Werner showed us how to do No-Line Watercoloring with Distress Inks.

At first I stamped the elephant, bunny and soap bubbles from the cute Mama Elephant «Ella & Friends» stamp set in «Pumice Stone». To get a lighter impression of the images for the no-line coloring look I stamped them on a piece of scratch paper first. Then I stamped the 2nd generation onto my Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock. I colored the elephant with «Iced Spruce» and the bunny with «Pumice Stone». For the light blue wash around the images I used my one and only ;-) Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Real Brush (036 – Light Blue).

The sentiment is from the Mama Elephant «Just Hatched» stamp set and I heat embossed it with «Liquid Platinum» embossing powder by Ranger. I used the largest «Stitched Rectangle» die from Simon Says Stamp to cut my watercolor panel. I also die-cut the ME «Femme Frames» scalloped rectangle from blue cardstock and adhered everything to a grey card base.

I embellished my card with two paper banners and a tiny blue die-cut heart.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

DT Skipping Stones Design | Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Hello again,

if you're looking for my Skipping Stones Stamp & Share Challenge #2 post, please click here or just scroll down.

Today, Skipping Stones Design has the honor to take part in the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

I created this fall-themed coffee card using images from the Skipping Stones Design Funny Coffee Vol.#1 stamp set.

I colored the coffee travel mug with Copics and fussy cut it. The patterned papers are from Echo Park and Fancy Pants. To cut out the striped patterned paper I used a Simon Says Stamp «Stitched Circle» die and matted it with another circle of Dark Brown cardstock. I also die-cut the SSS «Circle Loops» from Ivory cardstock. The banner die which I used for the sentiment is from Stampin' Up!. I cut a thin strip of Coffee Glitter Cardboard and also punched out a little heart.

The pretty wooden leaves are from my stash and I tucked them behind the coffee travel mug which was adhered with doubled-up foam tape. I embellished my card with Enamel Dots from Studio Calico and My Mind's Eye.

Now please head over to the Skipping Stones Design Blog to see what the DT created for this special hop. SSD is giving away a Funny Coffee set and a $15 gift card!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

DT Skipping Stones Design | Stamp & Share Challenge #2

Hi peeps,

today starts our second Skipping Stones Stamp & Share Challenge.

This time we have an inspiration photo for you.

photo source

And here is my take:

Since the inspiration photo has a special mood, I decided to do some Ink Smooshing on my card incorporating the grey and turquoise tones. The Distress Inks I used are «Pumice Stone» and «Peacock Feathers». I also added some random ink splatters with a paint brush. When everything was completely dry, I white heat embossed the bird on a branch and the «Hello» sentiment from the Heartsong 2 stamp set.

For the challenge details and the cards of my team mates please hop over to the Skipping Stones Design Blog. And don't forget – a free SSD stamp set will be given away to one random entry!

Thank you so much for stopping by! See you later today with another fun post!

If you want to share your SSD creations with us on social media, use #skippingstonesdesign
and if you upload to Splitcoaststampers use the key words SSD and skippingstonedesign.

DT Skipping Stones Design | Ombré Butterfly


Hi everyone,

today I'm back again on the Skipping Stones Design Blog to share with you another Butterfly card (yes, I really LOVE butterflies *giggle*).

I used one of the larger images from the Breathtaking Butterflies set and stamped it with an Ombré ink (Tide Pool to Navy) by Hero Arts. I really love the gradient you can achieve with just one ink pad. I stamped the beautiful LIFE quote underneath the butterfly in Versafine «Onyx Black» which gives a really crisp impression since the text is very small.

When I looked at my card it reminded me of a butterfly specimen in a nature museum's exhibition or something like that. So I had to frame it using the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!

If you want to share your SSD creations with us on social media, use #skippingstonesdesign
and if you upload to Splitcoaststampers use the key words SSD and skippingstonedesign.

Faux Watercolor Flower Wreath


Happy Saturday everyone,

a couple of weeks ago I tried something new. Since I'm not that good in freehand coloring I decided to use some stamps from Winnie & Walter (In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya) and My Favorite Things (Desert Bouquet) to create my flower wreath.

At first I draw a thin circle pencil line and then stamped the different flower and leaf images to build a wreath. I used Studio Calico Color Theory Dye Inks on Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper (140 lb). To achieve that Faux Watercolor look I carefully went over the stamped images with a ZIG Watercolor Brush to make them more blurry. I didn't put any water to the smallest images which I used as fillers because I wanted to keep the crisp stamped lines.

After everthing was completely dry I stamped the «Make a Wish» sentiment from the My Favorite Things «Brushstroke Birthday» stamp set in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with «Gold Rich Pale Regular» embossing powder from WOW!. The brushstroke is from the MFT «Abstract Art» set. I stamped the middle of the aqua flowers in Tsukineko Golden Glitz ink to add a little bit more gold to my project which measured approximately 8" x 11" in the end.

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

DT Make it Crafty CAS Challenge #5 | Studio Set


Hello everyone,

Today I want to show you the full card which I made for the current Make it Crafty CAS Challenge #5 with the theme «Shades of Black & White».

I created a Farewell card for a co-worker who retired a couple of weeks ago. He is a passionate photographer that's why I chose the Studio Set Digi Stamp.

I wasn't quite sure how to color the image with only shades of black and white because I never did an image like this before. So the pre-colored image in the Make it Crafty Store was really helpful ;-)

I added a sentiment with my computer before printing the image. Then I used my Copics (Cool, Warm and Neutral Greys) to color in the scene. I embellished my card with some die-cuts and a Tim Holtz film strip. The only tiny pop of color is the little red heart *giggle*.

You still have time to enter our «Shades of Black & White» challenge by the end of the month. You can find all the details HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

DT bastel-traum.ch Challenge September


Good morning everyone,

it's time again for the bastel-traum.ch Challenge and the new theme is «Thanks».
The challenge will run until October 15th, 8:55 am CET (Central European Time).

I made a fall-themed project which was inspired by this beautiful card from Debby Hughes. The background totally reminds me of fabric patterns.

I stamped the background using the leaf images from the Simon Says Stamp «One with Nature» stamp set onto «Fog» cardstock which is also from SSS. The solid leaves were stamped with the following Simon Says Stamp Dye Inks: «Catkin», «Duckling» and «Orange Peel». The outline leaf images were stamped in SSS «Stone», Versafine «Onyx Black» and some were white heat embossed.

Then I created a window by die-cutting with one of the Simon Says Stamp «Stitched Circle» dies. I adhered a piece of black cardstock behind the window and popped my panel up with foam tape. The gorgeous scripty «Danke» (which means «Thanks») chipboard is from Create A Smile. Finally, I decorated my card with some Enamel Dots.

With my card I'm joining the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Use A Stamp.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

DT Skipping Stones Design | Tip/Technique Hop #1


Hello everyone,

welcome to our very first Skipping Stones Design Tip/Technique Hop. Today each DT member will share a technique, tip or suggestion for creating or organizing. You should have arrived from Tanja, she's one of our guest designers this month. We hope you'll find lots of inspiration while hopping along (see the complete link list is at the bottom of this post). For your chance to be a random winner of a Skipping Stones Design stamp set simply leave a comment at each stop of the hop. You'll have time until Wednesday September 16 at 5:00 pm EST to comment.

Before the summer finally ends I wanted to create a card with the Tropical Birthday stamp set.

I used two fun techniques on this card: Masking and Ink Blending. I stamped the palm tree and the sweet hula girl in Memento «Rich Cocoa» (it's a dark brown, although it looks almost black in the photo) to make my little summer scene. Then I took a matching marker to extend the line of the sand bank.

I stamped the images a second time on «Stamping Mask Paper» from Inkadinkado and fussy cut them. I applied the masks over my stamped scene before I started the Ink Blending for my warm sky background. Therefore I used the Mini Ink Blending Tools from Ranger and Simon Says Stamp Dye Inks. This gorgeous color combo was totally inspired by Laura Bassen aka as the «Queen of Ink Blending» ;-)

Tip: You will have to use a very light hand and circular motions while blending the inks to avoid ugly strokes. To get rid of too much ink on the foam, tab the ink blending tool lightly on a piece of scratch paper first before bringing it to your cardstock. It requires some patience but you will end up with a beautiful smooth result.

The coloring was done with Copics and I added some Glossy Accents to the coconuts. I white heat embossed the funny sentiment at the top and stamped the «Happy Birthday» at the bottom of my card. Finally I rounded all the corners using my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

If you get lost along the way here is the line-up of all the hop participants:

Tanja (Guest Designer)
Anja —> that's me

Make sure you leave a comment below and now hop over to see what Ilina created!
Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

DT Stempelgarten Challenge September


Good morning everyone,

today starts the new Stempelgarten Challenge with the theme «Up in the Sky». You could use balloons, birds, planes, clouds, sun, moon or stars etc.


I created a card with one of the older Penny Black stamp sets called «Hugs». I've chosen this cute little mouse flying across the sky with a balloon and spreading a whole bunch of flowers.

I colored the image with my Copics. To add a little dimension I stamped the balloon a second time, fussy cut and adhered it with foam tape. I also did some Negative Die-Cutting using the My Favorite Things «Flat Bottom Clouds». The patterned paper in the background is from the «Let's Polka» paper pad by Lawn Fawn. The sentiment which was stamped in Versafine «Onyx Black» is from the Penny Black «A bunch» stamp set.

You will have time until September 30th, 2015 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.–.

We are also looking for new DT members, so please take the chance to apply by joining this month's challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

DT Make it Crafty CAS Challenge #5


Hi peeps,

time is flying by these days and it's already time for a new Make it Crafty Clean and Simple Challenge. The theme for September is «Shades of Black & White».

Here is a sneak peek of my project:

Now hop over to the Make it Crafty Store Blog to see the full card and all the beautiful creations from my lovely team mates. We also announced the winner and the Top 3 of our «Cropped Image» challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

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