Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fruit for Thought - my first stamp set is out now!

Hello there crafters,

Stopping by to share some exciting news with you! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a glimpse in my Stories...WOW Embossing Powder gave us girls on the Design Team the amazing opportunity to design our very own stamp sets! Mine, called Fruit for Thought, was actually released on Hochanda TV (a British craft TV channel) earlier but now it's finally available on the WOW website too! THANK YOU WOW!

You can find it HERE.

A bit about this stamp set, before I'll show you a few samples I've created with it. Since WOW is an embossing powder company, the stamp set had to be "embossable" if you know what I mean hehe! I'm obsessed with solid stamps that I can create backgrounds with, using multiple colors, it only made sense to make a stamp set that is just like that! I designed this early summer so I had fruits on my mind, ha! I think it would definitely work for fall projects, teacher appreciation gifts and more, though!

OK without further ado...here are my projects :)


I've used the following embossing powders/glitters:





I've used the following embossing powders/glitters:




I've used the following embossing powders/glitters:






I've used the following embossing powders/glitters:





What do you guys think? I hope I'll have time to make more projects with this set in the foreseeable future!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Check out the WOW website for the stamp sets designed by my DT peers too! Oh oh! Before I forget! You can use code WOWDTZM to get 10% off of your order! This is valid on the whole site not just my stamp set!

Any questions, leave a comment below, or if that doesn't work, my email address can be found on my blog too.

Have a great day!

X


In the spotlight: Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month - November

Hello there crafty friends,

Today I'm back with some new projects I've made with the gorgeous Spellbinders November Card Kit of the Month! More Christmas cards yay! I love making Christmas cards most of all, I could create them all year long haha!

As a reminder, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
These are all a great value, have a look! You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

Here's a look at what you get in this month's kit:


It's jam packed right?!
It was very easy to create quick cards with this kit. I generally spend hours on my cards (mostly thinking about the most unimportant little details lol!) but these all came together quickly.


All these cards are just layers of patterned papers and embellishments really. You can't go wrong with this kit because it's all wonderfully coordinated, color and style wise as well. With Spellbinders kits there's always 2 of each die cut in the ephemera pack - on these two cards I actually doubled up on everything so I don't waste anything! I have so many Christmas supplies, I'm afraid I would never use them up otherwise!



I love this navy-gold-pink color combo, it's so elegant I think!




Did you know that there are always dies included in the card kits?! On the next two cards I've used these dies - there's some you can create ornaments with and some others that create these pretty layered poinsettias! 




On these last 3 cards I used my favorite papers from the 6x6 pad! These colors remind me of some of my favorite My Mind's Eye Christmas collections!





That's it! I hope I piqued your interest in this fabulous kit! Should you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I'll get back to you!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have an awesome day!

X

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - November

Hi there crafty peeps,

I'm excited to share my projects with the awesome Spellbinders November Small and Large Die kits with you today!

As a reminder, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

Let's start with the large dies, shall we? This month you have the option to create a Santa, a girl or boy elf and there's also an add-on kit, Santa's Reindeer, that you can combine with these dies to create a reindeer shaped card. That's right, you can actually create shaped cards with these dies but I ended up just adding the die cuts directly onto my A2 size card bases.


First I wanted to go with a non-traditional color scheme but then scratched the idea and just went with the traditional elf colors. I might try some other colors later, these could be a fun addition to my December Daily this year!



I've mixed color card stock with some scrapbook supplies, patterned papers and embellishments mostly from an older My Mind's Eye collection.


Here it is! The reindeer die I mentioned above: Santa's Reindeer. I haven't used the large die kit, just the Add-On kit, which is the reindeer head. The body would be the same as that of the Santa and the elves - if you wanted to create shaped cards!


Isn't this reindeer just adorable? I've used patterned papers from the November card kit - I thought the colors were perfect, especially the brown one with the white dots.


The Small Die kit is called Kaleidoscope Snowflake and you can create different layered snowflakes with it. On the card on the right I actually used the die cuts as single layers and on the card on the left I created a large, layered snowflake.


Papers and sentiment die cuts are from this month's card kit.

I added a bit of watercolor behind the large snowflake and dry embossed the panel. I like to use this polka dot embossing folder on winter/Christmas cards, I think it's a good alternative to a snowflake embossing folder.


It seems like I really like these colors because I found matching buttons in pretty much all of them in my stash haha!


That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way! Should you have questions, just leave a comment down below!

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a lovely day!

X

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Last minute Halloween decor idea - DT project for Paige Evans

Hello crafty friends,

Happy Halloween to all of you who celebrate it! It's funny, I seem to have a blog post scheduled every year on Halloween! I don't mind though, I love working on Halloween projects even if we don't actually celebrate it. 

Some months ago I bought a few different gold hoops at my favorite store here in Germany, thinking I could create wreaths for all kinds of occasions. Well, this is the first haha! 

Paige has soooo many awesome Halloween themed cut files, it was really hard to choose. I was looking for a spider web in the shape of a heart I remembered seeing but didn't find it, so I went with an older cut file, Spiderweb (Design ID: 216765) - once I cut it, I found the other one I was looking for hahaha: Spiderweb Heart with Spider (Design ID: 304677), plus a second one, Spiderweb Heart (Design ID: 278648)!


My ring is just a bit smaller than 12" so I cut the spiderweb as big as I could from a 12" black card stock so that it has some overhang. Not all ends are long enough but there's a few I could attach to the ring.

I die cut some bats too in various sizes from the same card stock - for these I used the Bat Background (Design ID: 221100) cut file. 


I then went through Paige's collections to find some purple, orange and green papers for my flowers.  There's actually quite a few of these, and, in retrospect, I probably should have used more to add different hues of these 3 colors. :( I also regret using my Oh My Heart orange paper when I only had one while I have several orange papers from other collections. Ugh!

Now, I don't quite remember which cut files I used exactly but I'll try to be as precise as possible! Honestly, you can use any of Paige's layered and rolled flower cut files, they are all amazing!
I used my hot glue gun to assemble all the flowers. I then covered about half of the ring with a lime green elastic band I bought for my traveler's notebooks years ago. You could use ribbon too, whatever you have in your stash!

Oh, one more thing I die cut, the BOO sentiment - I just used the Impact font for these.



Once everything was die cut and assembled, I could start putting my wreath together! I attached parts of the spider web to the elastic band, others to the ring, using hot glue. I arranged my flowers and glued them in place. The big letters followed, finally the bats. I added a few enamel dots to the middle of the layered flowers. Last but not least I attached some ribbon in coordinating colors, so I could hang the wreath on our door.


That's pretty much it! I already forgot how much I love working on rolled flowers!

I hope you'll give this idea a try!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a fang-tastic day!

X

SUPPLY LIST:
Truly Grateful collection: 12x12 Paper Pad, Paper 3, Paper 10
Whimsical collection: Paper 8, Paper 22
Oh My Heart collection: Paper 20

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Non-traditional Christmas cards - DT projects for Pinkfresh Studio

Hello there Pinkfresh fans,

I'm back today with some non-traditional Christmas cards I've created for Pinkfresh Studio. Do you guys prefer traditional or non-traditional color combos and designs? I'm not very picky, I love them all! I generally don't like red and green together except on Christmas projects. Lately however I replaced green with blue and I'm loving it. I've always loved navy+white clothes (lots of stripes!) with red accessories, so why not try these colors on Christmas cards? What do you think, yay or nay? I won't be offended ha! To each their own right?!


First I stamped my background using the Adore Alpha stamps. I really prefer using a stamping tool but I wanted to stamp "HO" many times randomly and I wanted the two letters always to be lined up the same way. So I had to hand stamp these. Luckily the inks are wonderful and I really wouldn't have needed to double stamp the images. Oh by the way, the inks I've used on all these cards:
You can also buy these in a variety of bundles:

Back to the card. I stamped some details on the lighter letters using a color in a darker shade. I cut off a piece of this panel and glued the bigger part on my white (dry embossed) card front. I added two thin red strips for interest. I then die cut 3 wreaths from white, light and dark blue card stock using the Layered Wreath die set. I layered them up and glued them together. I added some red berries that I had left over from previous projects (I colored these with the Candy Apple ink). To finish off this card, I die cut a sentiment from pink card stock, using the Classic Holiday Words die set (seriously my favorite sentiment die set!) and glued it down in the middle. 


For my next card I dug out an older stamp set, Constellation. I first stamped the image with Sapphire ink, then inked up only the edges of the circle with Stargazer. The colors are soooo gorgeous in person, unfortunately my photos don't do them justice. I was planning to add some die cut wreath to this but they would all have covered up the beautiful dark blue edge, so I had to come up with a different solution! I white heat embossed the sentiment from the lovely new Season's Greetings stamp set and I stamped the wreath from the same stamp set in embossing ink. I was going to white heat emboss this too but again...the dark blue edges would have been covered up plus I really liked the tone on tone look! I die cut this circle and a larger red one - layered these up, using foam tape. I prepared my card base, added a dry embossed, white panel to it as well as two pink strips. I glued the circles on top and added some twine bow as a finishing touch.


For my last card I die cut a white panel with the Geo Star 1 die, and a pink one with the Geo Star 2 die. I also die cut HO HO HO from white card stock using the Adore Alpha die set, then using Berrylicious, Slumber and Stargazer inks and the Adore Alpha stamps I added color to these letters. If you know the Adore Alpha die set, you know it cuts not only the letter but also a super cool outline. I did not want to throw these away! I layered the Geo Star die cuts on my card base. I die cut the letters from heavy weight card stock a bunch of times, so I could create dimensional letters. I then attached both the letters and the outlines in a random way, adding some playfulness to my card. To finish it off, I added some twine at the top.


That's it for today guys! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

X


Friday, October 18, 2019

Cards for boys - DT project for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty people,

I'm stopping by today to share a bunch of cards I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team. None of which features flowers...wait whaaaaat?! I'm all for flowers. I mean, I'd always go with flowers on any card, especially when I don't use stamps. When I was a little girl, I got a book from a botanist friend of my parents, called "Zsófi kertje" (Zsófi's garden), because I loved flowers so much (plus she thought the little girl on the cover looked liked me haha). She figured maybe I'd become a botanist myself - a thought that never actually crossed my mind for some reason. In fact, I am so bad with plants it's comical. So I'll just stick to paper flowers that can't die on me :D. BUT lately I've realized I never have cards that my son can give to his friends, so I decided to make a few to have on hand when he needs them.


I've mostly used the Truly Grateful collection plus a few things from Horizon too. I went with a blue-green color scheme because there's plenty of papers and embellies in these colors in both collections. All of my cards are mounted on A2 size top folding card bases, which is my preferred format for my cards. 


I then selected and cut a few of Paige's cut files: Anchor (Design ID: 300203), Llama Alpaca (Design ID: 293591), Today is a Good Day (Design ID: 290292), Star (Design ID: 289468) and Fish Background (Design ID: 299191). I more or less designed the cards in Silhouette Studio already, so that I knew what size the cut files should be. I then backed them all with patterned papers.


The sentiments were a bit tricky and I swear I spent the most time on selecting those! I would have preferred to write Happy Birthday on all of them but I didn't want to use a stamped sentiment so I just went through all embellishments from both collections, multiple times, before I finally settled on these five. I like my sentiments to be meaningful - as in, I want to use something that makes sense when I give the card to someone. I didn't just want to add some random die cut. So you see why this part took me ages haha! But I think most of these will work for birthdays or at least as "just because" friends cards or so.


I was going to back this big Today is a Good Day sentiment but quickly changed my mind when I saw the size once it was cut ha! The thought of cutting al those miniature letters was just too overwhelming! Instead, I cut a bunch of strips of various patterned papers - which I've been loving to do for awhile - and created a colorful background. I then just glued the cut file on top. I added some of the inner pieces too, for interest.



I had to make a llama card because Maxim loooooves llamas. I'm not sure he will be too excited about the bling I put on it but he does have a friend who appreciates everything shiny, glitter etc :D. I used some dies to create my background as well as an embossing folder to add texture to the white paper at the top. This sentiment comes from one of the 2x2 paper pads!


Personally, I love this last card the most. I fell in love with this cut file when Missy used it on her amazing layout a while back and I've been wanting to use it ever since. Fish work for boys cards just fine :). 



That's it! I didn't go into details because I think it's easy to see how these cards were put together. But if you have any questions, just ask below or send me a message, I'm happy to help!

I hope I could inspire you in some small way!
Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!

X

SUPPLY LIST:
Horizon collection: Paper 5Paper 8, Epoxy Stickers