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)

Holiday Card Series 2017 – Bastel Traum Challenge #59

Hi everyone! And welcome back to  another monthly challenge over at the Bastel Traum Challenge Blog. This is your chance to play along for a chance to win a 15 chf certificate to the Bastel Traum Online Shop (they ship worldwide!) The subject of this month’s challenge, which will run until 15 Dec. 2017 at 8:45 am GMT+2, is Winter/Christmas/Stardust.

This post is a very special one, since it’s a two for one. On the one hand I’m hoping to inspire you to play along in our Christmas-themed monthly challenge over at the Bastel-Traum blog, and on the other hand I’m kicking off my very first Holiday Card Series!

I’m not sure how many holiday cards I’ll be able to bring you this year, or how frequently I shall be able to share a video. But you can be sure I will do my best to bring you at least a bit of crafty inspiration this holiday season, both here and in the Bastel Traum Challenge Blog (where we’ve got a fun surprise for you all in the making. Stay tuned in the month of December!)

This month I’m sharing a very special card with you since, in a way, this card kick-started my online crafty journey. So, without further ado, here it is!

I look forward to all your beautiful Christmas submissions to the Bastel-Traum Challenge and wish you a beautiful autumn day. Until next time!

Newborn Baby Girl Gift (Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #16)

Well hello everyone! And thanks for stopping by. Today is a very happy day, since in a couple of hours I’ll be heading out of the house to meet sweet baby Zoe: my friend A’s newborn baby girl. Some of you may remember that a few months back I created a piece of home decor for my own baby girl. That piece hangs in her bedroom and it puts a smile on my face every time I look at it. So when it came to creating the prefect gift for baby Zoé, I thought of making something similar. And for an extra bit of fun, I am also entering this piece in the latest Lawn Fawnatics Challenge, where we are being challenged to use our oldest Lawn Fawn set (this one came out in 2012!)

A few months back, my friend A decided to start watercolouring for the first time in her life. I was so excited when she told me about this, that I immediately offered to stamp out a few images for her to practice her watercolouring and create something beautiful. She graciously accepted my offer and, a few days later, found herself playing with a few images from the “Flutter By” Set by Lawn Fawn (available in the US / Switzerland).

When she was done watercolouring, she didn’t make much of her images, so I asked her if I could have them back and make something with them. Little did she know that a few months later I would be creating this piece for her newborn baby girl! So, in a way, this is a present from baby Zoe both from me, but also from her own mummy! I can’t wait to hand it over to my dear friend A and see her surprised face! (If she’ll let me, I’ll snap a picture and share it with you soon).

Do you also own this classic Lawn Fawn set? If so, what has been your favourite creation with it? Leave me your links, I’d love to check out your projects and get inspired to create a bit more! I hope you enjoyed today’s home decor project and… until next time!

 

Heffy Doodle Release 2 Blog Hop!

Well hello Heffy Doodlers! And welcome to Heffy Doodle’s Release 2 Blog Hop. Can I get a “Hoot, hoot?!” This is such an exciting day for the Heffy Doodle family and a dream come true for the people behind this awesome family-run business which has made it this far thanks to your love and support. We love you guys and we LOVE seeing what you create with the products we so enjoy bringing you!

Now, time for some crafty fun! In today’s card I used two awesome stamp sets from Heffy Doodle’s Release 2: “Geology Rocks“, a super original set like no other one out there,  and “Jet Alphabetters“, which is perfect for spelling out personalised sentiments.

Now, since I know you all love Lesley’s card stories, here’s the story behind my card! Although you may have never guessed it from my name, I grew up in Mexico – right next to an active volcano called the “Popocatépetl“. As I child, when leaving my house for school, it wasn’t uncommon to see the top of our volcano peeping out through the clouds. At times it was nothing but a snowy-topped mountain, but every now and then it would get excited and the ashes from its eruptions would reach us where I lived.

A few years back I moved to Europe and married a native English-speaker. When I first took him back home, I proudly pointed out the Popocatépetl to him (not that he could have missed the darn big thing!) and challenged him to repeat the name. To my surprise, he got it right the first time and spent the rest of our time in Mexico showing off about it.

When I asked him how on Earth he could have possibly gotten the name right from the start and managed to remember it, he said: “Easy: it’s called the “Pop-A-Kettle-On!”

Thanks for stopping by. Please make sure to stop by each of our amazing designers’ blogs and leave us a comment for a chance to win some Heffy Doodle goodies.

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Heather Hoffman

Olga Moss

Cassie Tezak

Jessica McAfee

Kelly Martin

Maria Rudolph

Dennice Watts – you are here!

Laura Sterckx

Tallie Clewley

Lesley Oman

Lydia Evans

Sandy Allnock

A random winner will be selected for a $25 gift certificate + free shipping to the Heffy Doodle store. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 11/7/2017. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle blog. Happy hopping Heffy Doodlers!