Always look on the bright side of Life

Cards, Spectrum noir

Hi all! Its nice to get back into crafting more regularly again and even though it took a while for me to find my creative mojo, it’s back and I intend to cultivate it again. I know that the more I do, the more the ideas come so I’m not worried. Its more difficult for me to organise myself between my new job and crafting!pink-fresh-studio-smooshed-bg-1.jpgAfter 5 years of not working with people, as in face to face and not through blog land or social media, I was seriously missing the business chitchat! But what could I do in Germany, when I didn’t speak the language very well? Well, teach English as a foreign language of course, like most foreigners in my position do… To be honest, I used to look at this job as a last resort kind of thing, and not really a real profession. I do have loads of respect for teachers in schools and institutions, of course, they chose to do this and were trained to do it.  But just teaching a language cause you’re a native speaker, didn’t seem very professional to me. Now that I’ve done it though, even if it’s only been 2 months, I feel the weight of the responsibility! People are paying me to get better at something and I can’t just “wing it” through each lesson.

Luckily my 25 years in business communication has prepared me to train professionals in Business English and I love preparing for my classes, interacting with my clients, and even after a tiring non-stop 6h teaching day, I don’t want to stop after my last lesson of the day. And I must be doing something well, cause the offers are pouring in… So maybe I’ve found another new passion in my life, together with crafting and painting!Pink Fresh studio smooshed bg blogSpeaking of which, I made this card using the smooshing technique, which is to put down some water-reactive inks, like my Spectrum Noir Harmony die inks, on an acrylic block, spritz it with water and just slide my card stock over it. I also brushed over some light blue watercolour with my Aquatint marker. The only difficulty in this method is to know which colours to choose from! The diecut comes from Pink Fresh Studio and as it is such a delicate diecut, I brushed over Art Potch (like Mod Podge?) directly on the diecut on my smooshed background. It gives a shiny finish, which is not very noticeable, but you might want to brush over the whole card if you’re a little fussy.

Well thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend doing something you love! I know I’ll be doing a weekend of marathon crafting to prepare for a HUGE event in September. It’ll be Spectacular!

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AECP – Let It Shine!

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, WoW embossing powder

When I first started card making 2 years ago, a fellow crafty friend told me my signature was having some form of heat embossing on my cards. I didn’t realise it but it was true…and that was when I stopped heat embossing as I realised I needed to diversify. 2 years later, my signature today would be watercolour cards, I guess, but only cause I LOVE water-colouring and not because I don’t know how to do anything else as I have learnt so many different techniques since then. And with the Altenew Academy Educator Certification Program, I am learning even more, every single day, as I gave myself the challenge to finish the classes in this course in 30 days!

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Today’s course talked about the different ways to add shine to our projects so I brought out my Wow embossing powders and they were quite happy to shine again on my card! I used Altenew’s gorgeous “Watercolor Bouquet Stencil” which is a layered stencil, meaning you add the first layer of colour through the large flower, turn the stencil around and add a darker colour through the other part of the stencil.

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Here you can see better what I mean. The top flower is where you put the base colour and the bottom part of the stencil are the highlights you add the darker colour on. I used my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to blend in the colours that I had put down using my Zig clean color real brush pens and it works like water, blending the colours so well and adding a beautiful shine, which I tried to capture on camera but it doesn’t do it justice.

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While the card was drying, I started on my gold embossed sentiment diecut from Stamplorations. I preferred to first heat emboss a strip of paper with Wow gold embossing powder and then die-cut it, rather than the other way around as its alot less finicky. Once everything dried, I cut this panel with Altenew’s “Cross Stitch Canvas” die and matted it on a rose card base, added my sentiment, and lastly added some clear water drops with my Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray. Instead of using the spray, I unscrewed the cap and just dripped afew drops where I wanted it and once dried, its hard and transparent!

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To have a raised sentiment, I had cut a second sentiment to go under the gold diecut and I had used a spoilt card for it. But it was so nice & blended so beautifully with my water-coloured flower that I really couldn’t decide if I wanted to add the gold sentiment in the end! What do you think, which do you prefer?

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In the end, my son decided he preferred the gold sentiment, and as today’s class was called “Let It Shine“, I decided to stick with the original plan. If I wasn’t a little hungover tired from a night out with friends, I would have made a second card and have both…

Well I hope you liked my card. I was really inspired by all the little extra details I learnt from Carissa Wiley during this course and I will be going back often when I need further inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear from you!

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I’m sharing this card over at:

Paru.pngParu’s cardmaking challenge – Make a card or tag

tuesday throwdownTuesday Throwdown – Stencilling

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Make your own background

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Watercolor

stamplorations.pngStamplorations Cutplorations challenge – They’re on holiday so its a Anything Goes challenge

die cuttin divasDie cutting Divas -Anything Goes

Pause dream enjoy.jpgPause Dream Enjoy challenge – Use stitched dies

watercooler wed.jpgWatercooler Wednesday challenge – Feminine Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

Its summer in Ulm!

Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing, mixed media, stamping, Stencil, Watercolor

Yes! After the long cold winter, summer has come early to Ulm! Since the beginning of June, we have been having sun and temperatures up to 30deg C! I’m already so tanned just spending late afternoons swimming in our neighbourhood lake, after the kids come out of school. Heres a pic of me and the kids… lol!

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Yes we share the lake with a family of swans and they can get quite aggressive! Have a look at a funny video I took of them here.

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So warm temperatures and blooming flowers inspired me to make this “mixed mediums” card, along with the gorgeous inspiration picture from the challenge at Time Out. I call it mixed mediums cause it has stamping, stencilling, heat embossing, embossing paste, die cuts, water colouring…!

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If you follow my blog, you know I’m not really a mixed media person, but I have been looking at my own bookmark creations above, which have been sitting on my crafting table ever since I made them for my book club 2 months ago, and they are a constant reminder that my few attempts at it didn’t turn out too badly 😉  So I decided to try a mixed media card with as many mediums as I could fit in without it being too “heavy”!

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I used the Stamplorations “Bloom Boldly” stencil. To colour in the leaves I used a sponge dauber and Stampin’ Up inks, and gold embossing paste for the flower. As I didn’t mask the leaves when adding the paste, I wasn’t able to get a smooth finish on the flower, but now it just looks like light reflecting off the petals… 😉 The dabs of pinks were added in by my Zig clean color real brushes.

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For the Hummingbird, also from Stamplorations, I first stamped it on watercolour paper with Versamark and heat embossed it using Wow embossing powder. I then had a lot of fun colouring it with my Zigs! I fussy cut it and stuck it onto my card.

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The “Love you” die cut from Xcut added the balance I think it needed on the left, along with the pink sequin.

So I hope you like my “many mediums” card and leave me a comment to let me know what you thought! Hope its heating up where you are too.

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I’m playing along at:

time out Time Out Challenges – Isn’t the inspiration pic gorgeous?

mixed media card challenge.jpg Mixed Media Monthly challenge – Its their 3rd birthday and they’re asking us to use one of their past challenges as an inspiration! I went with #32 Put a stencil on it.

STAMPlorations-anythinggoes Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge

sssmchallenge Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Lets take a vacation…to a tropical place! I want to go home! 🙂

artistic inspiration Artistic Inspirations challenge – Anything goes with option of stamps or stencils…and I have used both!

dare2beartzy Dare2beArtzy – Summer