Creative with Stamps – Reindeer

Cards, Creative With Stamps, Patty's Creations, Silhouette portrait

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Hi all. Theres a new challenge over at Creative with Stamps and for the next month, the theme is Reindeer! So come join us with any of your creation featuring reindeers and some stamping and you could win 3 digital stamps from our sponsor Pattie’s Creations!

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I used one of Pattie’s digi images called Reindeer in Snow to make my card today but  I transformed it into a cut file using my Silhouette Studio app! I love messing about in my Studio app to transform images into cut files. Strange isn’t it that I can love crafting and painting, and creating with technology at the same time.

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Today’s image took some time to transform as I had to separate the reindeers from the background but I do it by modifying the editing points in each image. Once that was done I cut the files using my Silhouette Portrait cutting machine. I coloured the background using my distress oxide inks, added white splatters with acrylic paint and left it to dry. I added glass glitters using Serviette varnish and glue as this helps to stiffen the paper too.

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I stamped the sentiment from Joy Crafts with Versafine ink and assembled my card using Scor Tape. I then adhered the whole card onto a lilac card base so that it could stand on its own. I really had fun creating this card for the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations over at Creative with Stamps!

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know what you thought about my card!

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I’m sharing this over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp – Anything Goes

addicted to stamps & more.jpgAddicted to Stamps and More – Photo Inspiration. I took the reindeer from the image.

Crafty creationsCrafty Creations Challenge – Anything Goes

watercooler wedWatercooler Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

create and makesCreates and Makes – Anything Goes

 

Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge – Where in the World

Cards, Shadow box cards, Silhouette portrait, The Sisterhood of Crafters

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I am so happy and proud to announce that I am now part of the Design Team for a great Challenge blog called The Sisterhood of Crafters! Woohoo! I was in the car on my way to France for our first beach vacation in 3 years, when I received the email from Darlene to inform me that I was picked to be one of their 4 new DT members! It was great but frustrating at the same time, as all I wanted to do was turn around and head home to make a card for my first challenge with them! Lol!

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But that was the first thing I did do once I got home! The theme for this fortnight is “Where in the World” and we have to make anything that represents the part of the world, country and/or state where you live. It wasn’t that easy for me as I didn’t have any stamps representing Germany, so I decided to create a cut file with my Silhouette Portrait and make a box card.  The above image is the silhouette of Ulm from the other side of the Danube River.

As I made a card about where I have been living for the last 4 years, I should maybe tell you something about it too. Ulm is a small city (pop 123k for 119km2) between Munich and Stuttgart, but it is situated in a very rich part of Germany; Baden Württemberg and Bavaria, with an unemployment rate of 3,4%. It is the place where Albert Einstein was born, and it also boasts the tallest steeple (161,53m) in the world, on the Ulmer Munster Cathedral (which was incidentally financed by the citizens of Ulm, and not the Church).

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The boat you see on the Danube, which I coloured blue with my Prismacolor pencils, (and by the way I have never seen the Danube blue and I’m wondering which part of the Danube is blue to have merited the song about it…) is a typical flat bottom boat called “Ulmer Schachtel” – “box of Ulm” -from which it was built, during the 16th Century. It has a flat bottom so as to carry heavy loads and transport goods, by floating with the current downstream to the communities of Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, and the Black Sea. Once it arrived at its destination, it was dissembled and the wood was sold off, and the merchants walked back and built a new one!!

If you look at the tower on the right which is leaning a little, there is a funny story about that. It seems some butchers were jailed there for having sold bad meat and as they were all very heavy and crowded in one corner of the tower, the tower started leaning on its side!

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I coloured the sky with my new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz, flicked some goosebumps and water on it, added a few stars and the background was done. I stamped the word “Mitbringsel” using Karten Kunst stamp with Versamark clear ink, poured some silver Wow embossing powder on it and melted it with my heat gun. “aus Ulm” was handwritten by me with a silver marker. Together they mean something like “Memories from Ulm” and I intend to give this to a friend who is leaving.

So I hope you’ll join in the fun and make something that represents where you’re from. I can’t wait to see your creations!

Please remember to follow these few simple rules:
  • No backlinking
  • Three (3) entry limit
  • Must follow challenge theme to qualify for prize (when one is available)
  • Direct link to your challenge entry … not your entire blog.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll go over and visit my new team members over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and leave them some love too!

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Note: The stand in metal, which is propping up my card, is of the Ulmer Munster Cathedral & holds a stone from the cathedral itself. This was specially made by some friends of mine at their company Sailer for our kids school’s find raising event.

I’m also playing over at:

sssmchallenge Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Distress It

Just us girls.png Just Us Girls – Ink Blending

Classic DT Challenge.png Classic Design Team Open Challenge – An Anything Goes challenge for any design team members

kreativeinkauf Kreativeinkauf Challenge – Special Shape card

 

 

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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