Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Basteltraum's Challenge #51 Easter / Dots & Polka Dots

Hello, crafty friend!

I am totally in the mood for spring, what about you? The weather we had in the last days helped too to get my mood into the direction of Easter... well, in a month we are there! So how about to start with Easter cards?? Today, the new Basteltraum's challenge has started and it is all about Easter, dots and polka dots. You can combine both or pick just one theme - this is totally up to you!

As I am a big fan of polka dots, I combined the two themes. I used mostly Lawn Fawn products. That cute stamp set is an older one called "Eggstra special easter" . I looove the pun with the "earresitible" part - it matches so perfectly to that chocolate bunny which has a bite in its ear :-D

I colored everything with my Copic markers and added some super thin eyelashes to the bunny (with a Copic proof black liner, 0.05 point tip).

First, I sponged a nice sky with a selfmade stencil (made with a "Puffy cloud border die"). I used distress ink "tumbled glass".

For the ground I used the "Grassy border" and cut it out from polka dotted patterned paper, which is also from Lawn Fawn. And to finish the card, I added a frame with the "Stitched Rectangle Frames" to finish off the design, together with a few shiny sequins from my stash.

I hope my card inspired you and you play along with us - see you there!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Guest designing for Dani Peuss' March card kit

Hello and happy Monday, crafty friends!

Woah, I am guest designing for Dani Peuss - such a honor!! I am so proud that they asked me if I want to create eight cards out of their March card kit - yeah!!!

But before we dive into my cards, let's have a look what is inside that kit:

Lots and lots of lovely precut images, 12 x 12 inches patterned paper, a set of 8  folded A2 (american) standard size kraft cards with matching envelopes, enamel stickers in triangle shape and a clear stamp set. I think that stamp set is very versatile, there is a huge "thank you" stamp which goes with a lot of different smaller sentiments for any occasions.

So let's get started!

This was a new experience for me, I never guest designed for a card kit before and what I first did, I spread out all things from the kit and did a little brainstorming... so bit by bit my ideas came together and I took some loose notes of what my mind came up with :-)

I challenged myself to mostly use only supplies from the kit, except of course basic supplies, such as glue, foam tape or white acrylic paint or some glitter paste etc. So it was clear my focal point will be the lovely precut images. I used a lot of dimension, especially for the big and shiny sentiments that they really popped off the card. And I used on some cards white acrylic paint splatters (applied with a middle size paint brush) to bring the whole design together, as the precut images all have a white border.

I love to use stickers in a different way than you would think of first - so on one card I created a little bunting out of them - I think this is a lovely idea and gives the card immediately a more cheerful touch.

I love stamping on clear acetate - thats what I made with the shaker card. I used white staz'on ink to stamp and it came out pretty crisp. But the sentiment didn't show enough for me so I put a layer of vellum behind it - and voilà, problem solved :-)

I cheated a bit with the bicycle card - for the background I used the brick wall stencil by MFT which I had in my stash, it is not included in the kit. I just wanted to create a kind of a little scene on that card and the brick wall stencil was just perfect for that :-)

So here are my eight cards I created for you. I hope you got inspired and maybe you will give it a try, too!

Have a great day!


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