Using My Stash – Pink Fresh Studio Shaker card

Cards, Distress Oxide inks, Pink Fresh Studio, Prima Marketing watercolors, Stamplorations

I’ve been a little MIA lately , sorry about that, but I was preparing for my first Christmas market sale this weekend! More of that at the end of my post.

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I didn’t really stop making cards though, just lagged a bit about writing about them here. You can find all my cards, as soon as I make them, here on Instagram. Today I’m continuing with my series of cards made from my stash as I slowly go through them, before I’m allowed to put them away! I used a die from Pink Fresh Studio and die cut it with my Big Shot Plus, from a card stock I had previously  coloured with my distress oxide inks. I then stamped the sentiment from Stamplorations with Versafine ink.

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For the shaker part, I cut out a piece of acetate from Hero Arts and glued it behind the                       diecut. I then put double sided foam adhesive under this panel, flipped it over so that the coloured panel was facing downwards and added the sequins. I carefully placed my card base onto the foam adhesive and my card was finished!

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This is a pic of  me at the Xmas market to sell my shadow box cards. It was a small affair, in a little 15th century chapel, with beautiful Frescos on the walls… but luckily with floor heating! No the Germans were not THAT advanced during the Middle Ages, the flooring was redone I was told, which is lucky for me as I’ve attended a few concerts in beautiful old cathedrals and chapels, freezing my toes off at the same time!

Anyway I digress. I had spent the last month preparing for this market and I really didn’t know what to expect and how many cards to make. So I ended up doing 70 cards, which if I didn’t sell, could easily be sent for Xmas gifts and my online sales. I even created a few special cards to show the sights of Ulm, the German city I’m living in! The card on the left shows the typical transport boat called the “Ulmer Schachtel” which was used to transport goods on the Danube River. It was made of wood and once the merchants sold their goods, they dismantled the boats, sold the wood and went home and made new ones!

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It was a 2 day affair, the first day lasting 10 hours, but I didn’t mind as it was a really good excuse to just sit and make crafts and paint without having to make meals for the kids…! ;)) It also didn’t hurt that I was provided free really good gluhwine!! People also liked watching me make the cards and paint my gift boxes.

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I used Prima Marketing Metallic accents paints to paint the Kraft boxes and you can see how they shine here! If practise makes perfect, I think I ‘m now an expert as I painted 30 of these boxes!!

Well thanks for stopping by and bearing with me until the end! I would love to hear your comments too. Have a great week!

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I’m sharing my card over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

just add ink.jpgJust Add Ink – Just add glitter. I hope my sequins count are glittery enough?

world wide design team.jpgWorld Wide Open Design Team Challenge – Anything Goes

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge – Anything Goes

A Child is Born + Giveaway + Winner

Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing, Shadow box cards, Silhouette portrait

I am really proud and happy to announce the birth of…a new shadow box card design! Those of you who know me must just have let out a breath of relief that I didn’t have another child! Don’t worry, I am happily in my “menopausing” stage and our kids are nowhere close to being parents! I am surrounded by younger friends though who, along with my kids, keep me young, so these cards were made for them.

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  I made this card for my daughters’s favourite teacher, who is expecting in March.As she doesn’t know the sex of the baby, I used orange and green to keep it neutral. The one below is going to my cousin Jessie who just gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl! Congratulations Jessie! I used the baby wrap in your baby photo as the inspiration for this card!

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The cards are a personal design done in Silhouette studio and cut with my Silhouette portrait plotter. I wanted a fresh nature theme to these cards and also bring out the handmade aspect with some water colouring.

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They are decorated using flowers from Winnie & Walter’s “The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mum” digital cut file and stamped with flowers from CASual Fridays “Bold wishes”, using Momento and Stampin Up inks. The stork was coloured using my Zig clear brushes and the typewriter sentiment comes from W&W’s new release “The Big, the Bold and Baby” stamp set. Justrite’s “Congratulations” was stamped and heat embossed with Wow embossing powder.

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The sides were also decorated with stamps from the same CASual Friday set. I made them in three colours and I’m in the process of making one for twins too!

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Heres how it looks illuminated with a led light that is put in a slot behind the card. It would make a great night light too I think.

So to celebrate this birth, I will be giving away one of these cards! Just leave a comment here by 28th February, telling me which one is your favourite card. You must be a follower of my blog to be eligible for the prize.

Speaking of prizes, in the Breast Cancer Awareness post here, I offered to send some love to a commenter, with the card I made and a Hope paper ribbon. I want to thank you all so much for your kind comments, it is really heartwarming to know you appreciated the card I made. So the winner is Mary Holshouser!

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Congratulations Mary! I like the idea that you will wear the ribbon to remind other ladies to get themselves checked too. Send me an email at desperatehousewifecraft@gmail.com with your postal address so I can send them to you.

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Oh I just have to add that I was interviewed for the first time as a crafter, in a Singaporean craft group called Crafty Singapore! I’m so excited and honoured to be part of their group and to be recognised as a crafter! You can read the interview here if you like.

Thanks for stopping by and helping me celebrate my new baby!

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I’m playing along at:

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Use your favourite tool. Again my heat tool, but I have to say my Silhouette plotter comes a close second!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Fantastic florals

Winnie & Walter’s Three challenge with Shay – There are 3 layers to my card!

Love to create – Anything Creative/Mixed media goes

Imagine that creative playground – Anything Goes

Crafting with Drangonflies -One for the girls

Through the craftroom door – Anything Goes

 

Kids Free Week!

Cards, Heat embossing, Shadow box cards, Silhouette portrait

This year, our kids’ school was considerate enough to organise their outward bound week and ski week at the same time so I could have a kids free week! No chauffeuring or cooking different meals for different tastes for 5 days, yippee! Well my hubby still needs to eat, but he loves cooking for me after a tiring day at work, so who am I to argue! 😉 I might even be able to get away from being a maid for 5 days, but I’m a little undecided on that point. Then I thought, when I was working full-time at an office, I never asked myself if I should clean the house before I go to work in the morning (or when I came back at night…) so why am I torturing myself with that question now? I just started a business, so I should behave like a full-time business woman…at least for this week.

So I’ll start work at 08h30 everyday… ok, at 09h30 (I never started at 08h30 even back when), make a long list of to dos, which I should actually be able to do as I don’t have bosses or colleagues coming to ask me to do more “urgent” stuff… Bring out 4 new creations for my shop, blog daily, enter challenges daily, leave loving comments on all my favourite bloggers posts and Instagram accounts, meet my tax advisor, make recycled paper, hold at least one craft session, buy more stamps…easy peasy! Or as we say in Singapore, no sweat lah! Oh I have to add 2 German lessons and organise a book reading club for March somewhere in there too…hmmm.

Anyway, I managed to finish 2 shadow box card designs for my Etsy shop. So here’s one of them. Its a gold version of my red heart design I made last week after a dear friend from My Piece of Craft suggested I make a fancier version for weddings and anniversaries.

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This was self designed in my Silhouette studio software and cut with my Silhouette portrait machine. The heart die cut comes from Spellbinders Heart & Flutter die set and I stamped everything with Versamark and heat embossed it with Wow gold embossing powder.

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The sentiment from Justrite was also stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Wow’s Heart throb embossing powder which is a mixture of gold and red.

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I found this wonderful stamp set from Aladine, which I bought around 4 years ago when I first started scrapbooking, and never used, but I think that is going to change now as all the stamps in the set (with no name) are beautiful different mandalas.

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Heres the shadow box lit.

So I managed to finish 2 of the 4 designs planned. Blogged today and left some love out in Blog land and Instagram, planned my book club in March and I’m now going to meet my tax advisor. All in all, not a bad start to my working week! Just goes to show how much we can accomplish when we don’t do the cleaning! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by.

I’m playing along with:

Die cutting Divas – Anything Goes

Try it on Tuesdays – Hearts and Flowers

Come and get it challenge – 3 or more layers

Valentine’s Day is for everyone

Cards, Die cuts, Shadow box cards, Silhouette portrait, Watercolor

I just finished a new design for my Valentine’s Day shadow cards collection, and as I was creating this card, it brought back memories of the time I was in high school. It was an all girls school and we used to secretly give Valentines Day cards to girls we admired! It was always nice to receive a card and know that someone thought you were special. Which is why I think Valentines Day shouldn’t just be for lovers, but for everyone we love, be it family or friends!

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This card is a personal design done in Silhouette studio and cut using my Silhouette portrait machine. The heart design is actually an outline of the heart die from Spellbinders Heart & Flutter die set, which I scanned into my Silhouette studio app. I used Red Roses brushos to paint the roses and my Zig real brush marker to paint the heart.  I then adhered the Spellbinders heart die cut, which I cut using my Big Shot. The sentiment from Stamplorations is from Becca Crugar’s Big Grins collection called “Funny Kinda Love” and was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Wow embossing powder.

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I hope you liked it and thanks for stopping by!

I’m playing along with:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything but a card

The Card Concept – Fresh and Bold, inspiration board. I think my card is Clean and layered card concept.png

Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with dies

HLS AG with Dies Badge

The Paper Players – CAS flower challenge

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Come get your Christmas cards & gifts!

Cards

I have finally decided to publicly sell my creations by opening my very own Etsy store! You can see it here. Its a tiny shop with only 3 items, but all my other creations are for sale too. I was wondering how I could show all my friends a sort of catalogue of my creations for Christmas and decided the best way is to use my blog. This decision came after a friend, and supporter since the beginning of my craft adventure, told me I should put all my cards into a catalogue and sell them. All the support from my family and friends (physical and in blogger land) have also given me the courage to take this big step. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you everyone!

This shadow box card is a 3D pop up card that is lit with a led light from behind (included). The front and side panels come in gold, silver or blue. Papercut is with a machine then hand pieced together and coloured with dye inks and powdered paints.

7€ excl. shipping

These shadow box card are a 3D pop up card that is lit with a led light from behind (included). It comes in white or painted pink & blue/grey. It is decorated with glass glitters. Papercut is with a machine, then hand pieced together and coloured with dye inks.

7€ excl. shipping

Celebrate

4,00€ excl. shipping

Spirit of Christmas

4,00€ excl. shipping

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Green Washi tape bauble

4,00€ excl. shipping

  • All cards are made on order and come with an envelope
  • Cards may be customised with other sentiments. Please choose from below.
  • Cards are shipped in a bubble envelope within 1-2 days of order. Shipping costs:
    • 1,45€ within Germany and 3,70€ everywhere else for the shadow box cards
    • 0,70€ for the other cards within Germany and 0,90€ everywhere else
  • Standard shipping may take 1-5 days in Europe, 1-3 weeks everywhere else but I will ship express if requested and will inform you of the extra costs
  • Please email me at: desperatehousewife@gmail.com for any orders or questions

Sentiment choices:

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