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! ūüėČ 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 РFresh 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 РCAS flower challenge

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1st Christmas card!

Cards

Its only October but I decided I would have to start making Christmas cards if I want to have enough to give to friends AND have enough to sell them at my first market participation! Yes, I will be testing my cards out to see if they are good enough to be sold in a small German Christmas fair this year.

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This card was made using a new die I received, which is from Spellbinders. I cut it from paper I had previously painted using my also new Gelli plate. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to create really beautiful pieces to use as a background, but they work well to cut dies, I think! I added more reds and browns to the die cut but the rest I left untouched. I added the bottom design using an Efco stencil and¬†my perfect pearls powder. The beautiful sentiment from Penny Black was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed it with this fabulous embossing powder from WoW, that I think is just perfect for Christmas!

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It creates a gold and red sparkly effect that is simply beautiful! I adhered the panel onto the card before adding the die cut wreath on it to finish. I used the sketch from MFT Sketch challenge to create this card.

I’m finally able to play along in all the Christmas challenges out there!

Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge – Embossing

Christmas Card challenge – decorations

Merry Monday Christmas challenge – Vintage/Retro. I’m not sure if my card is considered retro

Shaving Foam Art!

Cards, Die cuts, Marbling

I’m always on the look out for new techniques to create art and I just found the strangest one yet…using SHAVING FOAM! I discovered it over at The Male Room challenge blog and there are some handy videos showing you how to do it too. I do wonder though how it was invented. Probably some man cut himself shaving and a caring wife was beside him wiping off the blood, saw how the foam left a pretty blood splatter on the tissue and thought…hmmm this will make great art…? ¬†The end results also remind me of my “pour and smear” art I make from time to time. Anyway its going to be a long post as I show you the method and some examples of what I did.

All you need is shaving foam, a flat plastic dish, alcohol inks/food colouring/liquid paint…, a flat spatula/ruler/window wiper and lots & lots of tissue! And if you use mint shaving foam, your cards will come out smelling nice and minty too!

  1. First spray shaving foam in your tray, then add your inks. I added both food colouring and alcohol inks. (top left pic)
  2. Use a stick ( I use old wooden chopsticks) to swirl your inks around (top right pic)
  3. Lay a piece of card stock, glossy paper gives a nice shiny finish, on the foam and press gently down
  4. Remove your card by lifting it or pulling it across the foam and place it on scrap paper
  5. Use your ruler/window wiper/spatula to remove the foam. Using tissue to clean off any foam leftover will not disturb the ink on the paper.
  6. Leave to dry before use

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This is what the end result looks like! Pretty isn’t it? I used it as a panel on an orange card stock and added the Sizzix butterfly which I hand coloured with my Tombow pens and painted on some gel to make it shine. I did the same with the Tim Holt’s “Celebrate” sentiment. As this card is for a boy, I added some paint splatters to make it look messy. They sparkle cause I went over the splatters with my Sakura gelly roll pen!

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I was inspired by these challenges when making this card:

the male room The Male Room РTechnique РShaving Foam. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful technique!
Freshly Made Sketches –¬†freshly made sketch
MFT Color challenge –¬†MFT color challenge

For the next card, I used the same foam, flattened it a little and used a Kraft card to catch the ink. The result gave a nice soft background! I stamped a rose from Stamplorations, painted it in with my water pen and the white ink left on the stamp, and outlined it with my transparent Sakura glitter gelly pen. The sentiment comes from Impressions Obsessions and it is stamped on an oval stitched die cut from Spellbinders. I added 2 drops of gel/glue to look like dew drops.

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I entered this card in:

CASology – Dream
Addicted to Stamps and more РMake Your Mark
Just Us Girls РColor Week jugs.png

Last card (for this post) is actually the first card I made with this technique using pinks and greens. I used the border die and sentiment from Memory Box, which was cut from the same piece of dyed paper. I mounted it all on a green card.

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This card goes into:

Simon Says Wednesday – Make For the Border
Cards and More – Color combo pink and green
Seize the Birthday РAnything Goes seize the birthday.png

Before I go, here are some other cards I “painted”. Apart from the pink background ones, the others were made with the same shaving foam of my 1st two cards above. Trick is to start with light colours and add darker ones after. The brown/blue and raspberry/ green, was made after I had already used the same foam three times, so you don’t have to keep on using new foam for very card.

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I also found a great video here to create some gorgeous art through stencils using shaving foam too! Hope you enjoyed this post and that it inspires you to create with shaving foam too!

Thanks for staying through this long post and have a great week!

 

 

 

 

Purely die cuts

Cards

The kids are back from their holiday in Spain and even though I am soooo happy to see them again after 2 weeks, they have thrown my crafting schedule (and every other schedule) out the window! There was also the yearly “Oath Monday” here in Ulm where, in the tradition of the constitution of the Reich Town (‘Great Proclamation of Oath’) of 1397, the Mayor of the City of Ulm appears on the balcony of the Schw√∂rhaus (Oath House) on the last but one Monday in July, and swears an oath to uphold the town constitution!

The days before and after that is filled with parties, bands and my favourite the “Nabada”! Floating down the Danube in any boat or object you can get your hands on, while throwing water at your neighbouring boats! We usually do it every year but this year the kids didn’t want to get wet in the 16C deg water so we skipped it but had fun watching anyway…and the kids got soaking wet in the end! Heres¬†some pics to give you an idea of the madness! There were many bands playing on the boats floating down the river too!

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But as my creative urges were just screaming to get out, I made a really quick card just with die cuts I had previously cut from paper I had painted with distress paints and brushos. This is the first time I think I have made a card only with die cuts!

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I pasted my Spellbinders flowers and butterflies and Memory Box Happy Birthday sentiment on a glossy gold card stock and voila! Heres a close up so you can see the colours better.

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I actually pre-colour many sheets of watercolour card stock with my brushos and lately with distress paints too. I even use cards where the stamping was “spoilt”and colour over them cause once you cut them into your shapes, you only see the wonderful blending of colours!

Hope you liked it!

I entered this card in:

Seize the Birthday – Bold and Bright challenge. Its my 2nd entry as I love their theme!

AAA Cards РOne stash favourite challenge.AAAcards  Its my Brushos! I think if you look into my blog, the majority of my cards have brushos on them in some form or other! I hope this card shows the variety of colours I can get from them, especially on the sentiment die cut!

Virginia’s View Challenge – All about colours¬†Virginia view¬†I hope my card meet the criterias. I did layer many colours using different mediums on my die cuts.

HLS Anything goes with dies HLS AG with Dies Badge