Simple Colouring Birthday Card: Bastel Traum Challenge #62

Hello Bastel Traum friends! And welcome back to another one of our monthly challenges, where you can play with us for a chance to win a 15 chf certificate to the Bastel Traum Online Shop (they ship worldwide!) This month’s challenge will run until 15 March 2018 at 8:45 am GMT+2 and the subject will be “Birthday / Party”.

Today’s project is a cutesy scene card I created using the Lawn Fawn “Yay, Kites!” Stamps and Dies, along with the “Big Scripty Words” Stamps and Dies, the “Stitched Hillside Borders” and some “Perfectly Plaid Rainbow” paper for my grass (also from Lawn Fawn) for my grassy hill.

I’ll be honest with you and say I hesitated about whether or not this card was actually Design Team material. In the end I decided it was and here’s why. This was one of the first stamp sets I purchased from the Bastel Traum Shop a couple of years ago. Back at the time I didn’t own any fancy watercolours, Prismacolor pencils or Copic markers. All I had was a supermarket-bought pack of 18 colour pencils. So back in the day I stamped and coloured out my images with those pencils and it was very straightforward. I was starting out in card making and I had no idea about the colour wheel, light and shadow, and how more advanced colouring can help bring images to life. I just coloured these happy little critters for fun, no pressure, no blog posts, nothing. I simply coloured to my heart’s content, die cut and stored them away in a little tin container for lack of a better idea of what to do with them.

I still own that little tin container and I continue to fill it up with images I colour on the go. I was searching through it to find some coloured images which might lend themselves to our challenge this month and found these little guys. So I personally challenged myself to show you guys that I could make a project I was proud of, even if I didn’t really feel very confident about my colouring. The fact of the matter is, practice makes perfect, and not being an expert at a given technique doesn’t mean we can’t have fun or create something beautiful with it.

I hope you will see the same beauty in this project as I see in my early days colouring. I’m still no master at colour pencils (you can head over to my friend Ute’s blog if you’re looking for that kind of magic!) But I am having fun and I hope you are too, whatever your skill level might be!

I look forward to the projects you will share with us this month, whatever the techniques or skill levels they may reflect, because I’m hoping you will have had fun creating and sharing them. That’s what crafting is all about. Until next time!

Heffy Doodle Release 3 Blog Hop!

Hello Heffy Doodlers! And welcome back to another awesome Heffy Doodle Blog Hop full of tons of crafty inspiration, big names and prizes. This time we are celebrating our amazing Release 3. And to share the love,  a random winner will be selected amongst all our Heffy Doodlers to win a £25 gift certificate + free shipping to the Heffy Doodle store. To be eligible, leave comments across the entire blog hop by 11:59 PM PST on 15 February 2018. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle Blog. You should have arrived here from Alexandra Stapleton‘s blog and I invite you to head on to Jessica Frost-Ballas‘s blog once you’re done here.

To create today’s project I used three products from our new release: the Lucky Friends Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies, along with the Lucky Heffy Cuts word die. 

Our line-up is long and all projects are beautiful, so I won’t keep you for long. I only hope that today’s blog hop will have helped you choose the Release 3 goodies you’ll be treating yourself to and to find lots of inspiration for new ways to share handmade kindness through this amazing hobby of ours!

Have a lovely day and, until next time, happy hopping!


Thank You Card – feat. SSS Kind Flowers Card Kit

Hello Crafty Friends. It’s Sunday night and, like my kiddos, I should really be in bed by now! However, since my hubby went off to the cinema, I couldn’t resist a bit of playtime before bedtime. Nevertheless, I’ll have to keep it short and sweet.

After a fun and love filled Christmas (with many a surprise in my mailbox from my crafty friends, near and far) I have a bunch of thank you cards on my to-do list. So don’t be surprised if you see a few come up here! I created tonight’s card using the stamp and die included in the Simon Says Stamp Kind Flowers Card Kit. I coloured it in using my Prismacolor pencils, and added a bit of texture with some embossing powder (clear for the flowers, gold for the sentiments). For the wonky stitched details on the white card panel I used an Avery Elle die set.

This one is going out to a very special crafty friend in A Coruña, in Spain. So if that sounds like you (and I only have one such special crafty friend!), look out for it in your mailbox! What’s your favourite stamp set for thank you cards these days? Let me know it the comments box below.

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!