Valentine’s Day Card – Bastel Traum Challenge #61

Hello crafty friends! Welcome to the Bastel Traum Challenge #61, which is also my very first post of 2018. I’m really excited to kicking off a new year with a Bastel Traum Challenge post. 2017 was a hectic year, juggling home, work and crafty commitments, and my monthly Bastel Traum posts helped me keep my blog active and make time for crafting, even when things got really nuts! So I really look forward to another year of playing along with the Bastel Traum Design Team  and with all of you out there who choose to play along with us each month!

The subject of this month’s challenge is “Love / Valentine’s Day”. For this challenge, I put together a tag/card using one of the images I coloured during last year’s Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge (by the way, Kathy Racoosin is launching her next Colouring Challenge today, so stay tuned for that post also, which will stay pinned to the top of my blog for the duration of the Challenge).

The stamped image is from JM Creation and I coloured it using my colour pencils. At the start of the last Colouring Challenge I exchanged a few stamped images with my friend Nicole, from the Bastel Traum DT, and this was one of the ones she sent me. Both the Outside In Stitched Heart Stackable Dies (red heart) and the Lacy Heart Stackable Dies (white heart) are by Lawn Fawn. The tag die is by Neat and Tangled, and the sentiments are from Heffy Doodle‘s “Beary Big Heart” Stamp Set.

Are you making any Valentine’s Day cards? Share them with us over at the Bastel Traum Challenge Blog for your chance to win a 15 chf certificate to the Bastel Traum Online Shop (they ship worldwide!) This month’s challenge will run until 15 Feb. 2018 at 8:45 am GMT+2. Until next time!

 

Day 24: Bastel Traum Advent Calendar 2017 Blog Hop!

Hello everyone and welcome to what will probably be my last blog post of the year (thank goodness for people like Jennifer, Kristina and Sandy, who continue posting between Christmas and New Years!) Today we are celebrating day 24 of the Bastel-Traum Advent Calendar for 2017.

We have a great line-up today, so sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

1. Bastel-Traum Blog
2. Nicole Vögeli
3. Karin Åkesdotter
4. Ute Berger
5. Anja Bytyqi
6.Dennice Watts – You Are Here!
7. Claudia Meier
8. Bastel-Traum Blog

Today’s project is an an extra special Christmas card, since I created it on a “Come Craft with Me” live YouTube session last night over at my friend Hungry Heffy Crafts’ YouTube Channel. Lesley is the creative genius behind Heffy Doodle, the brand of stamps and dies I used to create this cutsie little last-minute Christmas card (which reads “Be a little naughty” on the inside).

Thanks for sharing my crafty journey with each like, comment and heart here, on IG and over on my YouTube channel! I wish you all a very happy holiday season and may 2018 bring you all the health, happiness and crafty supplies necessary for it to be a craft-astic year!

Christmas Pageant – Day 17: Bastel Traum Advent Calendar 2017

Hello crafty friends! And thanks for joining me for day 17 of the Bastel-Traum Advent Calendar for 2017.

Before we kick off today’s post, I just wanted to share with you that my little chap stick cards from day 5 were a total hit! It was heartwarming to see all the recipients smiles as they were pleasantly surprised with our little tokens of appreciation for all their hard work and friendship. Hooray!

For today’s project, I’m using the “Christmas Pageant” stamp and die set from Neat and Tangled to create a Christmas thank you card for my son’s teacher, Mrs C. My son and his class dressed up as snowmen for this year’s Christmas Assembly, so this card was absolutely perfect for his teacher!

To create this card, I used my Lawn Fawn Wavy Border Dies to cut out the curtain, some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins to decorate, and a bit of Distress Ink Blending for the floor of the stage. My snowmen were coloured using Copic Markers. Mrs C was very touched when she got it!

What Christmas projects are you working on? Only eight more sleeps to go!!! Until next time.

Chap stick Cards – Day 5: Bastel Traum Advent Calendar 2017

Hello lovely peeps! Welcome to my blog and to day 5 in the Bastel-Traum Advent Calendar for 2017. Throughout the month of December, the Bastel-Traum Design Team, along with a few top-notch Guest Designers, will be bringing you lots of crafty inspiration for your year-end and holiday projects!

As the calendar year draws to a close, I find myself thinking of ways to thank the people who matter most in our lives. In the case of our little family, this includes the people who look after our two children while my husband and I are at work: my son’s teacher and teaching assistant (who will be receiving a set of handmade cards each this Christmas), but also my daughter’s nursery school teachers, my son’s after school care teachers, the school bus driver, the librarian, etc. Since our budget doesn’t stretch out to too many big presents, and my schedule simply doesn’t allow to make a set of handmade cards to gift to every single one of them, I will be making sure they each get one of these Christmas-themed thank you cards with a little chap-stick included.

To create this card, I used a few crafty products from a bunch of different brands. First off, I threaded a bit of red baker’s twine through a little hole on the front/left of my card and tied a little bow with it on the front/right of my card. I made sure it would stay put by adding a dot of Ranger Glossy Accents to it to the back of my knot. I then cut out the hole for my chap sticks and inserted them in using the “Die-namics Lip Balm Window and Frame” and “Lip Balm Pouches” by My Favorite Things. I then stamped my “Thanks” panel using the “Many Thanks” turnabout stamp by Concord & 9th and four colours of ink: red, green and grey, followed by Versamark ink and a coat of gold embossing powder. Last but not least, I cut out my stamped panels into strips of 3 columns and adhered them to my card front using some double-sided foam tape.

And that’s my project for today! I will write a short message on the inside of my cards, slip them into some clear cellophane envelopes and hand them out to those people who matter most during the last week of the year. Please remember to visit the Bastel-Traum Blog for more creative ideas and stop by the Bastel-Traum Online Shop to find all your crafty materials (they ship worldwide.) Until next time!

Birthday fishes to a cool friend! – Shadow Box Card

Hello Heffy Doodlers! Today I’m over at the Heffy Doodle Blog sharing a super fun shadow box card using a mix of awesome Heffy Doodle products. Although this is not my first time playing with Heffy Doodle’s yummmies (check out a few of my past projects here), it IS my first ever project as a Guest Designer on the Heffy Doodle blog, so I’m super excited to be here. So feel free to leave me some love! (Hint, hint! He he…)

As some of you may already know, I’m the tired… erm… happy mum of two healthy and (mostly) lovely kiddy-winkles: a 4.5 year old boy and a 1.5 year old girl. My son is in his first year of school and, as you can imagine, birthday parties throughout the year abound! And today is no exception, as this afternoon we will be attending his good friend Nandini’s 5th birthday party. Happy birthday Nandini! You hold a very special place in our hearts.

To create this card, I used a shadow box die (although you don’t need one! Just google “shadow box card instructions”) along with my Heffy Doodle “Warm Hugs” Stamps (HFD|SSS) and Dies (HFD|SSS).  The full sentiment on my card reads “Birthday Fishes to a Cool Friend” and to find that “BIRTHDAY” sentiment I simply reached out for my Heffy Doodle “Happy Snappy Crocs” Stamp Set (HFD|SSS), from Heffy Doodle’s first release. Don’t you just love how the font in all of their stamp sets matches so perfectly?! Makes sentiment-building possibilities endless!

For my colouring, I was also inspired by Sandy Allnock’s human rainbow series to try and make the cute little boy and girl on this card look like my son and his friend… and I’m really chuffed with the result!

As for my creative process, I did a bit of ink blending on my card base using my distress inks. I used a home-made stencil (cut out from acetate using a cloud border die) to create my cloud background. I stamped my sentiment using some black pigment ink and I stamped my images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on some mixed media paper, as I knew I would be colouring them with my Prismacolor pencils. When I was done colouring, I went over them with my stumps and a bit of baby oil to smooth out the colours, and I applied some Wink of Stella shimmer pen pretty much everywhere (although, perhaps for the best as I went a bit overkill with my sparkle, you can’t really see it on my photos!)

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and, if you did, please leave me a comment and let me know what Heffy Doodle set you would like to see me play with for in my next Guest Designer Post. I also hope my project inspires you to get creative with your Warm Hugs Stamps (HFD|SSSand Dies (HFD|SSS) as well as from our first release goodies. And last but not least, please remember to tag us on social media so we can check out all the beautiful things you create with our products. It warms our hearts!!! Until next time :o)