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Happy, Happy, Happy Summer! – Bastel-Traum Challenge # 67

Hello Crafty 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 August 2018 at 8:45 am GMT+2 and the subject is easy-peasy this month: “Anything Goes”.

My project for this month’s challenge is a sweet little summer card.

I created this card using a combination of products from some of my favourite crafty companies. The little girl and the stamped sentiment are from the “Summer friends” stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh; I created the big “SUMMER” sentiment using the “Stitched alphabet” die set by MFT; and my scalloped frame is part of a set by Waffle Flower Crafts called “Lacy layers 2 die“.

To create the sand line I used a stamp set by Sunny Studio Stamps called “Oceans of joy“, whilst the little seagulls I sketched myself by hand.

I hope you’ve enjoyed it and that it inspired you to get crafty and play along with us this month.

And make sure you check out the beautiful projects by the other Bastel Traum DT members. From dragons to helicopters, you are sure to find something that inspires you to create today. Until next time, happy crafting!

Fantasy-Themed Card: Bastel Traum Challenge #65

Hello crafty friends! And welcome back to another Bastel Traum Challenge blog post, 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 June 2018 at 8:45 am GMT+2 and the subject will be “Rainbow Colours / Fantasy”.

The subject of this month’s challenge was “Rainbow Colours or Fantasy”. I have seen so many beautiful rainbow cards lately, that I decided to work with the “Fantasy” theme instead (but do click here if you’re in the mood for rainbows!)

To create this card I used a few images from the “You Gnome Me” stamp set by MFT. I don’t actually own that set. My friend Nicole sent it to me last autumn, when we had a stamped-image swap ahead of one of Kathy Racoosin’s 30-day colouring challenges. It was such a fun experience and an affordable way to colour and play with a few stamps I haven’t bought yet and share a few of my own collection with a friend.

After I coloured my images with my Copic markers, I fussy-cut them out to position on my card. I used a shimmery blue card base, Lawn Fawn’s “Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop” die over some kraft cardstock for my front panel, the “Stacked Edges 1” dies by Pretty Pink Posh for my sentiment strip, and an actual sentiment from the “Fairy Friends” stamp set by Lawn Fawn.

What is your favourite fantasy-themed stamp set out there? Let me know in the comments section below. I do hope you’ll play with us in this month’s challenge. We look forward to seeing what you create!

 

Flowers for Mother’s Day: Bastel Traum Challenge #64

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 May 2018 at 8:45 am GMT+2 and the subject will be “Flowers/Mother’s Day”.

For this month’s project I chose to create a card set for my mother-in-law:

She is a big fan of my handmade projects and in the past she would often ask me for a thank you or a birthday card with a specific theme and for a specific occasion. Nevertheless, with work and family obligations, most of the times I would be to busy to get the card to her on time.

So for the last couple of years, I have made her a little card set every April as a combined birthday/mother’s day gift and it’s been a total hit!

This year I used the Build-A-Flower stamp layering set by Altenew and a few sentiments from different stamp sets by various companies (“Celebrate” is from a set by Paper Smooches, “Many Thanks” is from a set by Pretty Pink Posh). My used a wonky stitches die to decorate the edges of my card panels. The beauty of this design is that you could use any sentiments you like from absolutely any stamp set already in your stash!

Once my card panels were ready, I adhered them on to a set of kraft cards and packaged them in a little see through box for delivery. And that’s it for this project! I hope you’ll find our theme for this month’s challenge inspiring. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

Easter Chocolate Egg Tote Bags: Bastel Traum Challenge #63

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 April 2018 at 8:45 am GMT+2 and the subject will be “Easter”.

My project for this month’s challenge is a cute little tote bag full of chocolate Easter eggs. I created it using a bunch of Lawn Fawn products, including their Tote Bag Die (BT/LF), Happy Hatchling Die Set (LF), and their Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Paper (BT/LF). The little chick is stuck on to the bag with an action wobbler, so there is also an interactive element to this card!

I’ve made a bunch of these and I plan to give these to a few people who are close to my heart. What is YOUR favourite way to celebrate Easter?

 

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!