My first ever Halloween card

Do you make Halloween cards? I have never really made Halloween cards in the past, nor have I really celebrated this holiday. However, I have seen such adorable Halloween stamps available this year, I have decided to treat myself to a single Halloween set to make a few cards for my American friends. The lucky chosen one was this cute mini stamp set by Waffle Flower Crafts, called “Boo Stamp Set“, since this bear is one of my favourite stamp characters out there!

The moon was die cut out of a shimmery cream paper and the “Boo” sentiment was custom made using my “Cutaway Alpha Stamp Set“, also from Waffle Flower. For the cloud background I used a stencil I previously created myself from some acetate (check out how I did it on this video) and some purple ink. I used my Caran d’Ache Luminance colour pencils (Prismacolors are hard to come by in Switzerland) to colour in the images in this card, then used a little stump and some baby oil to smooth out the colouring. The stumps and the baby oil really help smooth out those lines without having to inhale all of those Gamsol fumes!

I had previously shared this card on my Instagram and since its now on its way to its recipient, I figured it was about time I shared it here too! If I was making it again, I would probably use the little cobweb stamp to go underneath the “Boo” sentiment instead of scribbling that wriggly line. Still, I’m pretty chuffed with this card. My first ever Halloween one! Make sure to tag me on IG if you’re also making Halloween projects this year. I would love to see what you create!

Until next time!

Bastel Traum Challenge #57 – Tic-Tac-Toe Card Recipe

Hello Bastel Traum friends! It’s time for 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 is SUPER original since it’s a tic-tac-toe recipe. The idea is to choose any three elements from the tic-tac-toe board above, forming a straight line horizontally, vertically or diagonally. I chose to go diagonally from top to bottom, left to right, which set my card theme as polka dots – flowers – clean and simple. And this is what I came up with!

Isn’t that the coolest challenge theme ever!? To create my card I used the “Flutter By” stamp and die set by Lawn Fawn. For the sentiment I decided to reach for my “Big Scritpy Words” stamp and die set, also by Lawn Fawn! I did a bit of card stock layering (full product info in my video tutorial, link below!) and kept it clean and simple as the recipe called for!

Please click here to watch my process video.

I can’t wait to see all of your projects for this month’s challenge. To link up your entry, simply click on the image below. May the best card win and… until next time!

Two Rainbow “Thank You” Cards

Hello crafty friends! The autumn has well and truly arrived in Switzerland and all this rain makes me yearn for rainbows. And so it is that I have created these two rainbow “thank you” cards (in good time for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving!) which I’m sharing with you today.

The first card is really on the CAS side. I put it together by water colouring a rainbow on to some watercolour paper and then stamping on top of it (3 or 4 times actually, since watercolour paper is so porous!) using some Versafine onyx black ink and my super cool “Thanks4Maricela” stamp set by The Stamps of Life.

In true Stephanie Barnard style, I finished off my card design with some baker’s twine. I love the fact that this stamp set includes a “thanks” in so many languages (perfect for crafty friends around the world). And because it’s a single stamp, it’s also great for bulk card making!

My second rainbow “thank you” card design also features another awesome product by The Stamps of Life simply called “Rainbow Dies“. It was inspired on a project from their idea gallery which I personalised with my “Essential Sentiments” stamp set by My Favorite Things.

And that’s it for today. I hope you like my projects and that your day is full of reasons to be thankful for!

Cards Created with Images from #thedailymarker30day Challenge

Day 10 – “You’re a hoot” stacked rectangles card
Stamp by Your Next Stamp (retired)

Day 14 – “Feel Better Soon” card for the best Teaching Assistant ever!
“Get Well Gang” stamp and die set by W Plus 9 Design

Day 9 – “Zen Bouquet / Zen Flowers” Note Card by Honey Bee Stamps

Day 13 – Halloween-themed birthday card
“Happy Snappy Crocs” stamp and die set by Heffy Doodle

 

Birthday Happy Mail Haul!

In today’s post I simply want to share with you some of the STUNNING creations I received on my birthday last week from some of my crafty friends. So please click on each photo to visit my friend’s blogs and IG accounts.

  • Hand-sketched watercoloured Quetzal, by Aenny (she’s not online, sorry!)

  • By Nicole:

  • By Snow:

  • By Tina:

  • By Ute:

  • By Yainea:

None of the pictures do these beautiful cards justice, but I hope that they will at least lead you to my talented friend’s sites, where you will no doubt find more crafty inspiration!