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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fish and HELLO to 3 new members!

Again I can greet 3 new members to my blog - you make me happy! 


Thanks for joining and I hope you visit often and like what you see. 

And here is the picture I choose for you:

It is a two-ton, 13 by 11-foot marble mosaic by Hildreth Meiere, depicting Hercules sailing past the Rock of Gibraltar. It is now in the Newark Museum. The mural was composed in 1959 and was first installed in the lobby of Prudential Financial’s corporate headquarters in downtown Newark, where it remained until 1999. (The Rock of Gibraltar is Prudential’s corporate symbol.)
And just for the fun of it - when you visit my new members you can find out why I picked this piece of art for my greeting.


Dabbling in a different style..... Not sure why..... Wanted to make something different, I guess. And that's what came out of it. A fish card. I actually like fish. I enjoy watching them in an aquarium or out in nature - very enjoyable and meditative. Never mind - I also like to eat them.

I am participating in the All Sorts Challenge with this card -the theme is animals, so here we go. No sentiment here - its in Japanese (haha - lets pretend it says - FWishing you well!). The water droplets are from Ryn Tanaka, the school of fish are Papersource and the framed fish I have no idea - (perhaps Stampsmith). I spritzed this with Adirondack color wash and put tiny droplets of glossy enamel onto the water droplets.I hope you like it - I kind of do.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dynamic Duos and Glitter Trim

With this card I am combining the Make it Monday Challenge from Papertrey - Glitter Trim with the Dynamic Duos challenge
and last but not least I am linking this card up with the Simon Says Anything goes challenge

Dawn McVey made this great video about how to make your own glitter trim with a Xyron machine. Now I don't have one, but I have Score tape and that works beautifully. Stuck it onto old cardstock, die cut it with the Papertrey Zig zag dies, peeled off the cover tape and glitttered it with the dynamic duos colors. The daisy die is from Memory Box  - Fresh Daisys die,  the sentiment is Papertrey - Iconic Images and I added 3 little dots with Stickles. Simple, fast and easy.

Hope you like it!

Have a fantastic day!

Silver birthday card

No sure, what's wrong with me lately..... thought I'll combine the Make it Monday Marvelous Monogram challenge from Papertrey with the


Challenge, but no, it was not the regular Make it Monday, it was a blog hop ending yesterday. Alt least I did not screw up with the silver challenge. It took me a while to come up with something - actually Papertrey spurned my imagination  - as you can see. I made this card for my nieces birthday - those are her initials. I just hope she has more important things to do than checking my blog, I would like this to be a surprise.....

It was kind of tricky gluing on the letters After some trial and error I managed to adhere them with glossy accents. The bigger silver circle is glued to chipboard, to give the card some dimension.
And here is another challenge this card will be part of :  CASology CIRCLE  - as my new member Kimberly just told me - I wanted to make something else for this one, but hey, this card fits, too....

Materials: Sentiment Papertrey Cutting Garden, stamp: Papertrey Dot Spot, Cuttlebug alphabet die, Spellbinders circle dies

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

RIC#30 - Erdem

First of all - thanks you everybody for the overwhelming response I got on my blog entry from 2/23 - the paper pieced card. I got sooooo many lovely comments. Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. It means so much for me and is so encouraging.

And here comes my favorite challenge again - The Runway Insipred Challenge #30. Don't you just love these dresses and the gorgeous way they are photographed?

I used yellow background paper and a Martha Stewart border punch. I immediately thought about this punch when I saw the picture. The small butterflies I made with a Memory Box die, coloring a strip of watercolor paper (see below). The bigger butterflies are Martha Stewart as well. The sentiment is Hero Arts Fancy Script Messages. 
I think I captured the dresses, but I am not totally happy with the way the card looks. Perhaps I should have tried more to incorporate the shabby wall somehow? Perhaps I should have chosen a different background for the photo? What do you think? Maybe I give it another try later.

Monday, February 25, 2013

OLW# 128 - Feminine Birthday Card

I just got my latest order of Papertrey stamps and dies. This set is from their new release and I had to have it. Dawn McVey made this beautiful card with that set - she was the main reason I bought it. I tried her technique (CASEd it....) and I actually like the result of it. My card is kind of similar to hers.....Originally I wanted to make the blossoms blue, but since the challenge is about feminine cards I opted for red. Not sure why - Heather Telford made a blue card....Perhaps later I
ll make a blue version.

I am submitting this to the OLW challenge.
Materials: Papertrey - Cutting Garden,  Hero Arts Heart Felt Messages (Cl150), Hero Arts April (Cl051), Distress Inks

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Polka Dots at the Twinery

The Twinery has now a challenge and the theme is polka dots. I don't have a lot of differently colored twine, so I left it with a little bit of the standard Baker's twine. I used my Kaleidocolor inkpad to ink up the polka dot background stamp from Inkadinkadoo. The sentiment is Hero Arts Essential Messages. I mounted it on a red cardbase. Then I cut a piece of chipboard and glued white cardstock on top to make it more substantial. 3 small gems are finshing the card. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Paper Pieced masculine card with Flames

Before I get to today's card I want to say HELLO and WELCOME to my two new members


Both have fantastic blogs that I have linked, feel free to check them out!

All my new members get a welcome picture - usually some piece of art I really like and hope you enjoy it, too. This picture I took in the NY City subway. The 14th Street/8th Ave station is full of delightful little sculptures by Tom Otterness. Here two workers are cleaning old subway tokens from the walkway. You really have to pay attention to see them - they are quite small.

I also want to thank everybody who continues to visit my little blog and leaves me comments. It is so uplifting to read them and they motivate me making cards. You make my day!


Yesterday it was gorgeous - sunny and pleasant. I had the day off work and took the change to go skiing - probably the last time this very short season. Today its dreadful outside - wet, cold, drizzling rain - in one word YUCK! What could be better than spending time in my craft room.....

At CASology this week's theme is "flames" and at Addicted to CAS the theme is masculine cards. I decided to combine those into one card. And since all good things are three as we say in Germany (Aller guten Dinge sind drei) I am playing in the KIS challenge as well - the theme is paper piecing. 

Just saw that the theme at Less is More is also paper piecing. I can't resist, I'll link this card up there as well.

Update: Obviously I can't read - as Chrissie pointed out its paper piercing, not paper piecing! That little R makes all the difference....Well, its too late, can't retract from the challenge, but they can throw it out!

The car stamp is amuse. I stamped it, clear embossed it and colored it with Copics. I fuzzy cut it and mounted it on foam cushion. The sentiment is Hero Arts - Four Bold Messages (Cl226), which I masked. the flames I sponged, using part of a TCW stencil.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Less is more and Paper Players #133

I thought long and hard about the "Up in the Air" challenge at Less is more and really did not have any ideas. I did not want to repeat airplanes, birds or butterflies or anything else that is quite obvious. And finally I thought I would use this fun tightrope walker stamp. It is really not my original idea, I just played with it, using a card my sister made a little while ago, that I have posted on my blog here

The tightrope walker is from Stampsmith, the skyline I have no idea. The sentiment is computer created and the sky is patterned paper. I used hemp cord for the tightrope.


Not much time left, to play in this weeks Paper Players challenge - I thought I'll miss it, but I lucked out this time. I made the card a couple of days ago and then things got really busy and I never got around photographing it. I was not even sure if I should show it in public. Not one of my better cards. Neither bows nor buttons are my thing - I think it shows. It won't be a winner, but most cards are not anyhow. So who cares, here it is:

The dies are Lifestyle Crafts, the sentiment is Papertrey.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Annabelle #156

I am always a sucker for anything ORANGE
A while ago I won an Annabelle challenge and I got myself this beautiful stamp set. Time to put it to good use....
For some reason my camera fails at displaying the orange correctly - it comes out much more yellow than it is. Too bad...I added some Stickles to the flowers and some orangy pearls. 

All stamps are from Annabelle.

Monday, February 18, 2013

KIS #7 - Schneemaenner/Snowmen and Hello to a new member



I am very happy you joined my little blog. And as is customary on my blog I greet  my new members usually with a special picture of artwork that I have discovered on one of my museums trips. This time I choose glass artist Toots Zynsky. One of his pieces is in the Newark Art Museum. I found it stunning and very different from other glass artists. He fuses colored glass threads to create his pieces. Very unique. I hope you like it. I linked his name to his website, where you can see many more pieces better photographed than mine.....


Now here is a real challenge - to pull out those winter stamps when we almost have spring temperatures outside. I seriously thought about skipping this challenge, but then I got over it and made this card. And to keep in line with the KIS challenge - its snowing on my blog. 

I actually had so much fun, I made two cards. This is the first one. The second card, I showed yesterday. I stamped the snowman three times, first on the aqua cardstock and then on white paper and cut it out, mounted it on foam cushions and cut out the "carrot" nose.

Here is a close up:

Materials: stamps - Rubber soul, border punch Martha Stewart

Sunday, February 17, 2013

White on White

I gave the White on White challenge at Simons Says a try. It is not easy. I wanted to keep the design clean and simple.

I used the Simon Says Fresh Daisies die cut, scored the card and added the sentiment (Hero Arts Sending Smiles Messages - Cl 490) with Platinum ink. I thought black ink would be too harsh.


Here is my second card that I made for the KIS challenge Schneemaenner/Snowmen. I actually thought I'll post this later, but then changed my mind an I am posting this one first, why not......

I used the snowman die from the Papertrey made of snow die collection, dressed him up with a hat and mittens with some glossy enamel. The sunglasses are Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment is a snag'em stamps. The background snow is Stampin' up.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

SOS February 2013 Card Chain Challenge

I signed up for the SOS February 2013 Card Chain Challenge, since its always so much fun, to get a self made card form somebody else. I treasure those cards and they usually stand on my mantle forever!

I made this card for the "FRIEND" theme. I could not use the colors - too challenging for me - ha ha - just opted for the easy way out. Although this card is not my usual "style", so that was a little challenging. I used the Hero Arts Friends background, did a generous mask around the cute little Penny Black mice and slightly sponged over the background. Some of the friend words I outlined with pencil to add a little more color. The sentiment is also from Hero Arts (Spring Borders Cl 128)
This card I sent to Sanna in Austria - I hope she likes it! She has an awesome blog - go check it out!

CASology #31

RED is the theme at CASology this week - goes alog with Valentine's day. But since that is  in the past already I decided to make a general card, that can be used for just about any occasion. I could at first not make up my mind how to use that beautiful stamp from Judy Kins, which I got last year from my niece. So I made two cards. I like the first one better, my son and husband like the second one better. 
I colored both cards with Copics. The stamp itself on the second card I clear embossed and made some accents with Prismacolor pencils.

Sentiment: Hero Arts Sending Smiles Messages (Cl490)

Sentiment: Papertrey Mixed Messages

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Papertrey color inspiration #3

Today  - after cleaning my messy craft room I decided to play along with the Papertrey color inspiration #3


Those colors appealed to me as did this gorgeous inspiration picture. And here is the card that I came up with, using Papertrey 's Polka Dot Basics set and chalk inks. The sentiment is Hero Arts Fancy Script Messages (LL157). I put three little dots of Perfect Pearls next to the sentiment.

And guess what - Linky has expired, oh well. I still had fun making the card.


And to make this not so boring I am going to show you some pictures from a a walk I did near my house last Saturday after the big snowstorm. Of course most of this has melted away by now - how sad.

I hope you enjoyed this little excursion through winter wonderland. thank you for all your beautiful comments you are leaving on my blog - they always put a smile on my face!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pinspired #3 and Hello to 3 more new members!

I have three new members, which I want to welcome to my blog today!
Heute habe ich gleich drei neue Mitglieder ("Verfolger"), die ich recht herzlich auf meinem Blog begruessen moechte!

They are all from Germany - my home country and all of them have fantastic blogs, which I have linked. I want to welcome you with this piece of art, that I saw recently in the Newark Museum in New Jersey. It is from the African artist El Anatsui, which creates these stunning pieces out of scrap metal, such as liquor bottle caps. I linked a slide show of some of his works from the New York Times to his name and from there you can get the New York Times article, if you are interested to read about him.

Alle meine neuen Mitglieder sind aus Deutschland - meiner Heimat und alle haben tolle blogs, die verlinkt sind. Wilkommen, neue Mitglieder, es freut mich, dass ihr zu mir gefunden habt. Das Photo von dem Kunstwerk ist von dem AfrikanischenKuenstler El Anatsui, der diese aus Altmetall herstellt, z. B. aus Kronenkorken. Sein Name ist mit einer Diashow von der New York Times verlinkt und von dort kommt man zu einem Artikel, der zufaelligerweise am Wochenender veroeffentlicht wurde. 

But now - back to card making.
Zurueck zum Karten basteln.

That pinspired inspiration photo really inspired me. I immediately thought about a card that I learned to make in last years Clean & Simple class. It is a window card and has that rosette glued onto the inside of the card. the  rostte is made of 6 1 inch circles. From a 7th circle you cut a triangle and use this as your folding guide.

Das Pinspired Photo hat mich gleich an eine Karte erinnert, die ich letztes Jahr in der Clean & Simple Klasse gelernt habe. Die Karte hat ein Fenster und die Rosette wird auf die Innenseite der Karte geklebt. Die Rosette macht man aus 6 1 inch Kreisen. Aus einem 7. Kreis macht man ein Dreieck und benuetzt das als Schiene um die Kreise zu falten.

I also entered this card in the Just Add Ink challenge #152- Just Add Hearts!

Other materials: Background stamp Hero Arts - Tiny Heart Pattern (H3786), Simon Says Holiday Shapes Heart dies, circle punches - 1 nd 2 inch diameter, sentiment: amuse - animal wishes and a pearl popped up on a foam cushion 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Be Our Valentine PDCC168

The Play Date Cafe challenge proved to be challenging for me. I rally am not a pink person and I am pretty much done with Valentine's Day. But I decided to play anyhow, after all that's what a challenge is about - to challenge yourself, I guess.... 

My first attempt is the one with the lips -  I did not like the result at all and the tucked in heart did not really improve it. 

Here is my second attempt - much more "me". I used Hero Arts Pop Stems (K5162), adorned with Perfect Pearls and Stickles, although the Stickles don't really show in the picture. The sentiment is Inkadinkadoo (Chelsea sentiments)

And again - thank you for leaving so many sweet comments on my blog - they are all cherished and greatly appreciated! Good night.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Snow, New Members and Some Cards, of course....

The weather forecast was right - we got a lot of snow overnight and I can feel  my muscles after all the shoveling I did - what a great workout! I actually like shoveling snow - I know its weird. and this is how it looked like this morning:

A winter wonder land! Isn't it gorgeous? Except for the all of a sudden low dangling electrical wires....

And now a welcome for my new members:

Anja (hauiline)

Go and checkout their blogs - they are fabulous! 

As my welcome gift to you - I made a cake, which I would love to share with you, but since that is impossible I'll share the recipe. I made this cake quite often - everybody in my family loves it, even my husband who gets very picky, when it comes to sweet things. And the best thing about this cake is that it gets better as it gets older, usually its the other way around. So in case you'll give it a try, bake it at least one day beforehand, to let the flavors develop.

Cardamom Vanilla Pound Cake

2 1/4 sticks unsalted softened butter
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
add one by one
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and 1 T vanilla extract
Mix in
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk,
alternating dry ingredients with the milk

Spoon batter into buttered and floured bundt pan; bake at 350°F for about 1 hour
Cool in pan 1 hour, then invert onto a rack and cool completely, about 1 hour more.
 You may dust the cake before serving with confectioners’ sugar if you want.

This recipe is from epicurious – only slightly altered.

Are you still with me? Here are those cards I promised:

I tried myself on the technique so fabulously explained by JJ Bolton on the C&S 1st bonus day class. Everybody probably know her, if not, I linked her name to her blog. I fiddled around with that technique, which is really not that difficult to do, but it is time consuming. I cut the triangle shapes with my Big Shot and Lifestyle Crafts diamond shaped dies. I am not so happy with the first card. Probably should not have cut the corners on the upper right, but it is, what it is. It improved a bit with adding Stickles to the hearts. I am entering this card in the "Love Theme" VSC #8 Challenge.

With the second card I gave up on the spacing, just taped the die cut together with Scotts tape and trimmed it to a conical shape. I like the second card better. I am entering this card into the die cut divas untraditional Valentine's card challenge.

The sentiments are Hero Arts Hugs N Hearts (Cl301), Hero Arts Spring Borders (Cl128).

Have a great weekend and enjoy the snow - if you have any!
Thanks you all for those lovely comments you keep leaving on my blog - they are all very much appreciated!