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!
Hello crafty friends! This week I have felt totally inspired (as I am sure many of you have too!) by Jennifer McGuire’s video on creative uses for stacking dies. What I liked best about this technique was that it allowed me to create a number of cars in one go. So here I am sharing a few shots of the cards I created. The colour combo for the first three was more on the girly side. This one went out to my talented crafty-friend Zsofia (happy birthday, my dear!):
The following one will be going to my kind and thoughtful crafty friend Maria towards the end of the month of May (Maria, I hope you’re not reading this too early!):
And this one will be for my office mate mid-June (we share a love of cake and it shows on our waistlines, I’m afraid!):
All of these were created using the following products by The Stamps of Life:
stitched squares die set and birthday sentiment set.
The following two cards I’m sharing today are belated birthday masculine cards. Masculine cards are always so much harder to come up with for me (part of the reason these two are late!), and this technique made it as easy as finding two more “masculine” colours to match together!
One for my father-in-law:
And one for my brother-in-law:
I created these two using the stacked edges dies by Pretty Pink Posh, and the year two stamp set by Lawn Fawn. Leave me a comment below and let me know which one of them all is your favourite. Until next time, happy paper-crafting!
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?
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!
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!