Make it Shine

While it has been a little quite on my blog and social media these days, I've been working behind the scenes to whip up some fun handmade cards for a German craft supply store, I'm very happy to be their guest designer for the June 2017 card kit which is aptly named "Make it Shine". It was super fun to unpack a pizza box of craft supplies again, not least because Reni packed it up herself and included one of her beautiful cards with a personal message. 

Her take on the no-line watercoloring technique is stunning, isn't it? I have washi-taped it up on the wall above my desk so I can admire it daily :) If you're curious to find out which supplies come in the June card kit box, you can watch Reni's video below - there's also some inspiration on how to use the kit towards the end of the video. 

My single favorite item from the kit was the powder tool - seriously! I hadn't used one before and the last few times I tried to order it from Dani's shop it was temporarily sold out. Also, I didn't think it would make such a difference... boy, was I wrong. Usually, when I heat emboss, there are lots of tiny sprinkles of embossing powder in areas where they aren't supposed to be (aka outside of the stamped image). Trying to clean the image up with a brush before heat setting had actually taken the fun out of heat embossing for me. This time, though? Zero sprinkles, not even on the vellum - I'm impressed! Betcha, there will be lots of heat embossed sentiments this month. 

The cute papers are from Pebbles Inc.'s Tealightful collection. Above is a first look at a 3x4 inch card made with the card kit. I really like the small format and it's super easy to punch a whole in the upper corner and add bakers twine to turn it into a gift tag.

More cards with the "Make it Shine" card kit are coming soon! Meanwhile, I hope there is some sunshine where you are and - if you are in Germany - have a fabulous long weekend with lots of fun and some craft time, too. 

Happy Insta Girls Blog Hop - Easter Edition

Hi and welcome to our Happy Insta Girls blog hop! For this new round, we each made an Easter card and some kind of treat packaging to send to one random participant as a surprise. I was lucky to have received a beautiful box of surprise mail by Biggi alias @mimizitrone. Not only did Biggi make a cute bunny card, I also got lucky to open two lovely treat boxes, one with a Tombow brush pen and the other filled with yummy chocolate. How cute is the idea to die-cut a peek-a-boo window into the pillow box packaging? Thanks so much!! :)

I myself had the chance to surprise Jeanin, her Instagram handle is @some_bits_and_pieces. I really loved that I was drawn to send her a card and treat b/c in last year's Easter blog hop, I got a ginormous, super cute package from her - thanks again :) 

Your next stop is Jeanin where you'll get to see what's inside that decorated egg carton and, moreover, to find out what she herself thought up to surprise Jessa. Thank you for hopping by and Happy Easter, everyone!



AnikaClaudiaBiggi, Dana (me), Jeanin



Happy Insta Girls | Christmas Hop

Hey hey, anyone looking for Christmas card inspiration? Well, there's not really actually one in this post. Ha! But, let's take it from the top just in case you don't know what this Happy Insta Girls Blog Hop is all about. We're a group of girls (obvs!), all card makers, who met through Instagram. Now, social media is all fun and games but why not share your cards in real life with people appreciating your crafts? So, every once in a while we pick a theme and send each other cards, then share them in a blog hop. This November the theme naturally was Christmas. 

Except, it looks like neither Nicole nor I did feel ready for full blown Holiday cards four weeks ago. Nonetheless, how super cute is that squirrel card she sent me?!! Her clean and simple approach was right up my alley. The photos below don't do justice to all of the details and beautiful shading on the die-cut. Also, her sentiment was just what I wanted to hear on the day her card hit my mailbox on a dull Friday afternoon. It felt like the perfect excuse to curl up with cup of coffee and relax for a bit. Thanks so much for your lovely card, Nicole!! :*)

Now, I told you, I didn't fully buy into the Christmas theme as well. I recently got a new winter stamp set from Dani Peuss Klartext line which I wanted to ink up and then there was this leftover piece of pattern paper from Studio Calico's older Winter Wonderland collection - it all came together fairly quickly from there. Too bad though that all the sparkle from the Wink of Stella marker doesn't show up in the images. It looked like the elk's scarf fell into a fairy's glitter pot :)

Thanks for hopping by! Your next stop is Katrin who got (and hopefully liked) my wintery elk card. Can't wait to see what everyone prepared for today :) 

Blog Hop Participants:

Steffi • Julia • Tina • Anika • Wiebke 

Nina • Reni • Kerstin • Vanessa • Maike

Jeanin • Biggi •  Claudia • Tanja • Jessa • Lisa

Sonja • Nicole • Dana (me) • Katrin • Birka