Cute Elephant Card

A while back Simon Says Stamp came out with an adorable stamp set with an elephant, giraffe, lion and penguin. The set is called “Wild Cuddly Critters”.

So far, I used the set for two cards which I want to share with you today.

The first card is a baby card where the giraffe and the elephant hare holding a banner.

Elephant & Giraffe Baby Card

Elephant & Giraffe Baby Card

The second one is a birthday card I made for someone who loves elephants. I kept the design fairly simple but decided to make the elephant blue.

Blue Elephant

Blue Elephant

I mounted the panel on a colorful background patterned paper for some pop and called it done.

Blue Elephant Card

Blue Elephant Card

Elephants are just adorable, don’t you think!

 

Want to see more Adorable Critters? Read the post.

 

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Woodland creatures from my sketchbook

Hi everyone!

Today I want to share something a little different from the usual cards. Recently I got back into drawing – I was never any good but I really enjoy it. I have a tiny sketchbook that I started a couple of years ago but didn’t get very far with it.

Somewhere along the road I got really intimidated and had this crazy notion that everything I drew must be perfect. Which is really stupid – for so many reasons. One being that I never learned the basics. Also, what’s perfect anyways?

However, one of my new year’s resolutions was to draw more. And I am not talking about great pieces of art but I needed to start somewhere. So, in February this year I decided to get on with it and do a 30-day drawing/doodling challenge.

When I finished the challenge, I felt a lot better about my drawing skills – not that they have improved a lot, but I felt comfortable to just put pen to paper and just create.

I even feel comfortable enough to share some of my drawings with you! So, here is a series of cute woodland creatures….

I started sketching out an idea I had with a cute fox on printer paper and really liked it. So, I used my light box and transferred it to better quality paper with my Staedtler pigment liners. Then I used some watercolor and watercolor pencils to color the image in.

Fox

Fox

I was so happy with the result that I created 4 more similar drawings featuring adorable woodland creatures. Some of them are nestled into half-wreathes and some feature cute mushrooms.

Here are the sketches of the Woodland creatures-series.

Sketches

Sketches

Beside the fox I also drew a rabbit, an owl, a fawn and a squirrel.

Rabbit

Rabbit

Owl

Owl

Fawn

Fawn

Squirrel

Squirrel

I hope to keep it up and draw more in the future.

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World Bee Day

Hi everyone,

Did you know, today is the first World Bee Day? According to the official website  “Slovenia proposed that the United Nations (UN) proclaim 20 May as World Bee Day. On 20 December 2017, following three years of efforts at the international level, the UN Member States unanimously approved Slovenia’s proposal, thus proclaiming 20 May as World Bee Day” (www.worldbeeday.org/en/about/the-project).

Coincidentally I started reading a book about Bees just two days ago, “The History of Bees” by Maja Lunde. So, when I learned about World Bee Day, it just felt right to create something around this topic and honor those incredible animals with a card.

I have this cute Bee stamp that I used as a starting point. Everything else came together after that.

card preperation

card preperation

For the background I decided to go with a green leaves-pattern which I created with my Misti.

greenery background

greenery background

gold embossed bee

gold embossed bee

finished card

finished card

inspiration

inspiration

Happy World Bee Day!

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Watercolor Lavender for Mother’s Day

Hi lovely people!

Since tomorrow is Mother’s Day I want to share with you the card for the Woman who lovingly is filling it for the job.

Every year her children and me gift her something for her garden. This year I’ll give her some beautiful bell flowers and lavender. And with the flowers she will receive a matching card – of course.

This card is however a little different than my other cards: I drew the flowers myself. Now, I am not that good at drawing but I thought I’ll give it a shot.

 

Watercolor Lavender

I opted for a very loose style of lavender stalks that were easy enough to pull off. I started with the stems and then started to paint the flower petals with watercolor.

Watercolor Lavender

Watercolor Lavender

Lavender

Lavender

When the watercolor was dry I went over the image with a black fine liner. Then I stamped my greeting and drew a black line around the card to tie everything together. Lastly, I mounted the panel on a violet card base and voilà.

finished card

finished card

Watercolor Lavender

Watercolor Lavender

I sure hope she’ll like it!

Bell flowers & Lavender

Bell Flowers & Lavender

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!

For more Flower – inspiration check out my post „Ready for Florals?“ 

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Floral Bliss

Hi everyone,

Now that we are a bit closer to spring I want to share some Floral Bliss with you. In the July 2017 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit was a cute stamp set called Floral Bliss which I used to make two cards. For both cards I used the main image – the flower bouquet and stamped it in a light color. One I colored with copics, the other one with colored pencils.

I used the same colors for both images, so pink and yellow flowers. But with the copics I was able to get a vibrant effect and the colored pencils made the image really soft.

I personally like both variations though I feel more confident with the copics. I am not very practiced in blending colored pencils.

Floral Bliss Colored Pencil

Floral Bliss Colored Pencil

Floral Bliss Copics

Floral Bliss Copics

Which one do you prefer?

Want to see more floral cards? Check out my blog post Springtime Florals from a couple of years ago!

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The Easter bunny was here

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a very nice holiday and a visit from a hard-working Easter bunny!

Easter Sunday was a bit windy and cold in Austria, nonetheless the Easter bunny hid all the sweets & eggs in the garden for the children.

Anyways, today I want to share this year’s Easter cards with you. I used the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit “Choose Joy” for the cards. The stamp images are just so cute: the adorable Easter bunny and the planted rain boots were my favorites from the beginning.

And so I stamped away. I made two cards with kraft card stock and colored pencils; I adore the effect you can achieve with that technique.

white Easter bunny in progress

white bunny in progress

white Easter bunny

white Easter bunny

Don’t you think that the white dots on the boots make the image pop?

in progress

in progress

Easter bunny & boots

Easter bunny & boots

After that I also made some cards on white paper. I really wanted to color the cute images with copics.

stamping

stamping

chicks

chicks

I made two cards with the adorable chick image and another one with the rain boots that are planted with spring flowers.

chicks cards

chicks cards

planted boot

planted boot

I hope you have a great start into spring!

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A red Hibiscus flower for a Birthday!

Hi folks,

Today I want to share a birthday card with you that I made for a friend of mine. My friend has a garden, that is always full of beautiful flowers. So, I decided to make her a card with a red Hibiscus flower.

red Hibiscus flower

red Hibiscus flower

I stamped the flower twice and colored the images with my copics. For extra dimension I cut out the flower portion of the second image and layered the on top of each other.

I wanted to keep the rest of the card simple and elegant, so I just gold embossed the greeting and the edges of the notecard and put it on a white card base.

Materials for the red Hibiscus flower

Materials

As a final touch I put some Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen on the red part of the flower.

red Hibiscus flower 2

red Hibiscus flower

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Cards made with easy backgrounds

As you might know by now I follow Jennifer McGuire on social media, who often inspires my cards.  For this card series, she also inspired me. I used her technique to make easy backgrounds using almost all of the sentiment stamps I own and the Misti.

I used a similar color for stamping on the paper so the backgrounds would not e too overwhelming.

For me as a social media manager the background looks very appealing because it reminds me of a tag cloud.

After the backgrounds were finished I added a simple focal point with flowers and cute critters and a focal sentiment in black and white.

flower blue

flower blue

blue bird

blue bird

flower blue

flower blue

blue chamaeleon

blue chamaeleon

green frog

green frog

green chamaeleon

green chamaeleon

 

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Cuteness & Coffee: Valentine’s Day Cards

Hi everyone,

I hope you are having a great day! Seeing that today is Valentine’s Day I want to share some Valentine’s Day Cards with you.

This year’s theme was coffee & tea, because it combines two important things: Love & Coffee.

For the cards I used Simon Says Stamp’s last year’s card kit “Coffee Tea and Cocoa”. The images of the stamp set are adorable and of course go very well with the patterned paper it came with.

Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine’s Day Cards

Especially the small patterned paper lend itself very well to my idea to use it for the stamped images.

Valentine's Day Cards

Simon Says stamp set

After I found a layout I liked I stuck to it and made two cards with the paper coffee cup and one with the cup & saucer image.

Valentine's Day Cards layout

Card layout

Valentine's Day Cards #1

Valentine’s Day Cards #1

Valentine's Day Cards #2

Valentine’s Day Cards #2

Valentine's Day Cards #3

Valentine’s Day Cards #3

Valentine's Day Cards overview

Cards overview

Hope you all have a beautiful day that you can spend with someone special!

See here also my Valentine’s Cards from 2015 and my Love Bird from last year!

Valentine's Day Cards dimension

Valentine’s Day

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How I made 150 cards in 3 months!

Last year I made 150 cards for Christmas. Yes, 150!

Before we get into the madness that is making 150 cards let me start with this: I am very lucky! For the fourth time my boss at Clip Mediaservice, the company I work for asked me to make Christmas cards for our clients. That’s awesome! However, this time he asked me to make 150 (!) cards. Still awesome, but…

…it is quite a bit of work.

So where did I start? First, I showed my boss some ideas and we agreed on the design you see below.

Christmas Card 2017

Christmas Card 2017

Cute, right? And looks simple enough: A moose in front of a blue background, snowbanks, some trees, our logo and the sentiment.

Well, try doing that 150 times. I started on September 1st and just finished in time so we could send them out beginning of December.

a million moooose

a million moooose

overview 3

overview 3

overview 2

overview 2

overview 1

overview 1

Oh, and did I mention that they are all hand written and hand-addressed? (I didn’t do that part though).

Anyways, I still had a lot of fun making them and I am looking forward to the next 150 or more Christmas cards!

Christmas Card 2017 2

Christmas Card 2017

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