Category Archives: Card Making

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!

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!

Bastel Traum Challenge #58 – Teacher Thank You Card Set

Hi everyone! And welcome back to another Bastel Traum Challenge, where you can play along with us for a chance to win a 15 chf to the Bastel Traum Online Shop.

The subject of this month’s challenge is “Thanks” – a perfect theme for autumn and for those of you celebrating Thanksgiving – and so it is that I have created this “Teacher Thank You Card”.

My son started school 6 weeks ago and he’s about to break for a week. He’s taken such big leaps in his writing and general learning that I felt a thank you card for his teacher would be appropriate. I have used a bunch of products from quite a few different cards in this project: a background stamp from MFT; that notebook page stamp, the thank you sentiment stamp and the little star dies from Sunny Studio Stamps; and the pencil die set from Paper Smooches.

I will have a process video and full product details later this week so please check back in a couple of days! In the mean time, make sure to stop by the Bastel Traum Challenge blog for more inspiration from our amazing Design Team. Until next time!

 

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!