Monday, April 23, 2018

Spotlight stamping...

Hi there it's Anja again with another technique for your cards.


I wanted to give the spotlight stamping technique a try. You can use this technique in several ways here I used the diecutting and only coloring the diecutted pieces.
And since there is another challenge going on with flowers I thought I use those lovely flowers.

I started with the diecutting of a white panel using the stitched stacked rectangle dies. And stamped and masked several flowers and leaves.
Then I diecut three different circles out of the panel and started coloring only these circles.
I took a black cardbase and diecut another white panel and adhered it to the cardbase.
For some extra interest I used a piece of patterned paper just slighty bigger then the flowerpanel. Combined everything together and placed a small strip with the white heat embossed sentiment onto the card. Diecut 4 times the word YOU out of black cardstock and adhered it. SOme iridescent waterdroplets and some glitter onto the YOU word finished the card.


Fun Flowers and All about you.

Cool cuts (dies)

Double stitched rectangles and You twice.

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Hugs Anja

Sunday, April 22, 2018

April Release - Stencils Part 2

Hiiii!!! How many of you like using stencils? I do! But I don't experiment with it enough. Last week, I've attempted using Distress Inks but today, I will put them to rest and go for something, everyone will have, for sure!  

 Today, I'm using the Blossom Stencil! Here over to the store if you want to get it! 

If you guessed that I've used a black pen/marker for this, you're right! I've used my black Faber Castell marker pen to trace the stencil. Why did I choose to use this instead of say, black distress ink or anything similar? It's true that it would have been faster and even easier but I find that using a black pen or a marker with fine nib, gives you a starker black. And also,  I just wanted to give it a try :) So why not? 

Taking advantage of the stark black stencil, I choose to add bright pinks and purple to the card with sequins and die-cut. I really like this colour combination and it's one I have not done before. I'm looking forward to try more colour combinations that I have not used.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

You Mean the World to Me Card

Hi there!
Samantha here, and today I'm sharing a bright, happy card for someone you love and appreciate!


When I saw the sentiment 'you mean the world to me, I just had to make a heartshaped world to go with it!

Let's make this card together!

- I used a heart die cut that was on my desk, and free hand sketched some 'countries' to resemble the world! I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers! It was so fun! And the best part is, it didn't have to be perfect! You eye automatically recognizes it as the 'world'! 
- set aside to dry
- heat emboss the big 'you' in black, onto vellum and then fussy cut out
- heat emboss the remaining part of the sentiment in white onto a black strip of cardstock

- on the card front, use white embossing paste and the stencil to create the background

- clean the stencil and dry it
- once the stencil and the paste are dry, put the stencil back on the card front, directly over where you had just added the paste
- add color with gelatos and Distress Crayons! yay for rainbows! yay for the pop of color!
- adhere your card together and pop up the banner part of the sentiment with foam tape

I could have left the embossing paste white and the card would have had a more classic, modern look. And you know I do LOVE some white embossing paste on white cardstock - the texture is awesome! But this time, I just had to add a rainbow! Lol!

I used the amazingly versatile All About You stamp set and paired it with the super fun Focal Point Stencil


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

clean & simple ideas 5/10 * radiant rainbows

Hello crafty people, Nicole here.

This is part five of my clean & simple cardmaking series about "how to spice up clean & simple cards".

Clean and simple cards are super fun but because there is so much white (or blank) space on them, you don't want them to be boring, right?! I made a little series about my favorite ways to keep clean and simple cards interesting :-)

My fifth tip is RADIANT RAINBOWS. Rainbow colors are just so much fun and an eye-catcher for sure! You can use them for your backgrounds, for the sentiment, to color your image ... there are so many possibilities!

Just try to find out what layouts you see on clean and simple cards you like and use them for your personal creations :-)


 for the card on the top
  • stamp the bugs on a piece of (alcohol marker friendly) paper, color them in fun rainbow colors (I used alcohol markers) and cut them out
  • stamp the bottle on some white card stock and cut along the black line with an craft knife. 
  • die cut a rectangle from the paper with the bottle on it
  • glue some transparent sheet behind the bottle 
  • assemble the card using foam tape and by putting the bugs behind the transparent piece to make them look like they're in the bottle.
  • stamp your sentiment on a piece of black paper and add white embossing powder.
  • add some enamel stickers for a finishing touch.

Flaschenpost / Double Stitched Rectangles / Enamel Stickers Fruitalicious

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Have a happy day :-)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

It's Your Birthday

Hey stampers, Anni here!

I took a few weeks of because life was crazy but today I am back with a rainbow card.

I really love the set Alles Über Dich / All about You: All these different fonts and sentiments you can choose from are amazing. There is something for every occassion. And especially I just love Christine's lettering.

  • I started by stamping one of the "du" (you) several times in rainbow order with Distress Oxide Inks. To complete the background I added some ink blending with Distress Inks and spritz some water on my background so colours would blend.
  • Then I die cut a stitched rectangle from that piece of cardstock.
  • When the background was finished the rest of the card came together easily.
  • I die cut a "du" from black cardstock and a circle from vellum.
  • On a stripe of black cardstock I heat embossed the rest of the sentiment in white.
  • All that was left to do was to assemble the card.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hello Blossom

Hi everyone and welcome back to our crafty space.Raluca here with a new card showcasing the gorgeous new "Blossom" stencil, along with the fabulous "Hello Twice" die set.

As soon as I saw this beautiful stencil I imagined how beautiful it would look in black.

* I started my card by die cutting a white panel using the largest stitched rectangle.
* Using a black ink pad I ink blended the Blossom stencil in a corner of the panel.
* I die cut the hello die from black cardstock and the second hello die from gold holographic foil cardstock and glued them together.

* I adhered the Hello word to the panel and stamped a second part to the sentiment using a stamp from Just Saying Hello set.
* I mounted the panel on a teal card base using craft foam.
* For a more colorful look I glued some enamel dots from different colors that go well with the teal from the card base and my card was done.
Fast, easy and beautiful result!!! Love it! 

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