Think simple - Quick makes

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This time, it's back to my all time favourite Picadilly from Basic Grey. This format is 12.5 x 12.5 cm and all you need is two patterned papers and cardstock for the background and flower.

I like Spellbinders because they give a clear cut even for intricate die cuts like these Layered Flowers. Just use a pricking tool to remove the areas inside the flower while it is still attached to the die. I found that the easiest way to get the die cut out is by going around the edges of the die with the pricking tool and gently lifting the paper flower.

These are really simple, lightweight cards and a good way to use paper leftovers. Here are two of my makes:


 
Hope you enjoyed this time. Next on my list are Easter cards, so stay tuned!
 
Pick your favourite!
 
Nic

Think simple - Cards for men

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Hi y'all,
 
I wish I could say that it was a crafty weekend, but instead I enjoyed the bliss of doing nothing. My hubby and I went on a short break in Northamptonshire where we stayed in a teeny tiny village. Meanwhile, our cat Jess was pampered by the neighbours, lucky her! As soon as we returned and everything was unpacked, I worked on my cards again.
 
I got a special request last week for male birthday cards. Nothing easier than that! I had made some before with the stylish papers of Wild Rose Studio's Man About Town. All you need are the papers, a bit of red and black and you can even add some ribbon. Why not? Just keep it simple and tidy and don't fuss around with embellishments. Here are the results:
 
 
 
Ok, ok... I just can't do without my scalloped circles!

 
Ready for my favourite? I made this one in the colours of the Union Jack, but how much fun would it be to personalise it with the colours of his favourite national football team? The weaving was made with Man About Town & Bo Bunny's Double Dot papers.

 
I hope you found some inspiration today. Happy Crafting everyone...

... and don't forget to pick your favourite!
 
Nic

Greetings from India

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Today, it's all about India and some colourful cards, of course! It's almost a year ago that I returned from my adventures in India and the memories are still alive. I toured Rajasthan for the first two weeks of my journey and it was a good introduction to a country that was entirely new to me. Rajasthan just seems to burst with colours! One memory that will always stick to my mind is how stunning and beautiful the women look in their saris. It's like a splash of colour against the desert landscape. Here I am in my own sari, all wrapped up in fabric:


Back to my cards... A little while ago, I was asked to make a birthday card for a 21 year old. I decided to make a gift box with it and use my new A Happy Heart papers from My Mind's Eye. Just needed flower dies from Nellie Snellen, a paper rose and a bit of bling to produce this little beauty. I call it the "Bollywood Birthday Box".

 
I made a few more cards with the same papers because I love the colours so much. Hope you enjoy them:


 
 
That's it for today. Next week, I'll tackle the challenge to make cards for the guys.
 
Pick your favourite!
 
Nic
 
 



Back to basics II

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Another precious weekend gone... We had such fantastic weather yesterday and it felt like spring for the first time. Our cat Jess decided to make the most of it and go sunbathing:

 
Here she is enjoying a hot stone massage:

 
Isn't she adorable? I wanted to spend some time outside, but I had too many little projects to finish. This week, the Bazzill theme continues. I wanted to create something different with the same rectangular card. I decided to stick to the same colours and use my Cottage Cutz Heart Doily and a small flower punch. The images were stamped with Bella with Flowers and Bella and Butterfly
 
I played with idea of not colouring my stamped images for a different effect and it goes well with the papers and the overall simple look. Finished them off with some bling and there we go:
 


 

Does the red and white theme remind you of something...? You can turn it into a Christmas card with a Christmas die and snowflake punch.
 
Hope you found some inspiration on my blog today. Next time, I'll share some memories of India with you. Curious???
 
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pick your favourite!
 
Nic

Back to basics -

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I discovered Priya-n-Papers' blog the other day and was suprised what stunning cards you can make with little material and beautiful papers.

I have so many Bazzill papers, so I set myself the challenge to make cards using single colour cardstock only - on a rectangular shape! If you are selling your little pieces of art, keep in mind that in most countries, square is not standard format and postage can be twice as much.

For these cards, I used different Bazzill colours with matching gemstones. I pretty much decided what colour I would go for depending on what was left in my little gemstone collection. I recently bought the beautiful Spellbinders Flowers which I haven't put to use until now and the leaves were made with Sizzix Dies. I used Bo Bunny papers to punch the butterflies.

 
Hope you like the result!
 
Pick your favourite colour! More to come as I still have a busy Sunday of crafting ahead.
 
Nic

Easy-peasy stamping

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To my German fellow crafters:
Kurz vorab ein Gruß an alle Bastelfeen und Interessierte, die meine Webseite besucht haben... und zurückgekehrt sind! Ich hoffe, ihr findet etwas, das euch gefällt.

Lost in translation anyone?

This week seems to fly by so quickly and I can't wait to try some new ideas this weekend. I decided that for the fun factor, I will also post some older projects here. You know what I'm talking about... The wobbly start into cardmaking.

I've got two bright and colourful cards for you today. I received this cute owl stamp set from Woodware with one of my craft magazines and I immediately put them to the test. I'm usually not a stamper but this one was fun to work with. Here are the results:

 

The woven background was made with papers from Echo Park So Happy Together and my all time favourite Picadilly from Basic Grey. The stamp "Celebrate" comes from Stamping Bella. It was one of my first purchases when I started making cards but I had never used it before. It's something different than the usual "Happy Birthday" sentiment. The owl was stamped on Bo Bunny's gorgeous Ambrosia papers.


 
For this card, I used papers from "So Happy Together" and "Picadilly" for the background and the owl was stamped on Bazzill papers. I always stock up on tons of Bazzill Basics but seem to run out of it too quickly! Got the star punches for almost nothing in my local hobby store. I always keep the tiny scraps of papers because I can still use them to make small stars.
 
Hope you found some inspiration today! Don't be shy to leave a comment.
 
Pick your favourite!
 
Nic


Child's play

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It's beginning to look a lot like... Christmas? I can't believe that the snow is back, but it was a pretty sight to wake up to.

Back to crafting and two cute cards that I wanted to share with you. A while ago, I made some "lollipop" birthday invitations for my niece to hand out to her friends. I had just bought the Sizzix scalloped circle dies and got some lollipop sticks and ribbon.

I came up with different designs for the girls including gems, butterflies and tea bag folding flowers. This is the boys' version and it's still my favourite:

 
Guess what...? You can even stick them in a flower pot as decoration and the girls can use them as fairy wand. This would work particularly well if you replaced the scalloped circle with a star shape.
 
I picked up the cowboy toppers in Hobbycraft (if you rummage through their clearance boxes, you might find them half price!). I still had some left, so why not try it on a woven card? Here are the results.
 

 

The papers come from My Mind's Eye Indie Chic and Basic Grey Picadilly. I'm such a big fan of the Picadilly papers that I always stock up on them. Just love the bright colours! The bunting was made with Little Claire stamps.
 
Hope you enjoy my designs. Pick your favourite!
 
Nic

Colour me beautiful!

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I'm hooked up on craft magazines. When I started making cards, I drew a lot of inspiration from them. Nowadays, I make my own designs but still I cannot resist picking up the latest issue of my favourite magazines. The free gifts are just too tempting!

This month's Papercraft Essentials gave me the idea for a little challenge: Stamping and colouring... with coloured pencils! I found a basic set of pencils in my stash which I have kept throughout the years. Glad that I did!

I used Bo Bunny's bright & colourful "Ambrosia Collection" papers and the adorable flower girl from Wee Stamps. Used Promarkers for the skin tones only.

 

On to the second card. Here I used "The Wild Ones" birthday collection stamps that came free with one of the papercraft magazines. The papers are from My Mind's Eye A Happy Heart and Indie Chic.
 
 

 

Pick your favourite!
 
A long crafty weekend is coming to an end and I will share more pictures with you this week.
 
Have a fabulous week and thanks for visiting my blog.
Nic
 



The story so far...

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In 2011, I picked up a Tatty Teddy Christmas kit at the hobby store. I made these Christmas cards for family and friends.

 
 
I absolutely adore this little fella and couldn't resist making another batch for last year's Christmas cards.
 
 
The next big project was to make our own wedding invitations. I did not have a die cutting machine back then but wanted to use die cut flowers. I went to my hobby store one evening to join the Scrapbooking ladies and I cut flowers for two hours straight.
 
 
My first handwoven card for my niece's communion... and that's where we are today.
 
 



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