Mittwoch, 21. Dezember 2011

15th Anniversary & homemade envelopes

Today is our 15th Wedding Anniversary!

As I was absolutely in love with the card I made for Tom last year, it was really hard for me to come up with something I like at least roughly the same...but then I saw the gorgeous papers from the Lost & Found collection by My Mind´s Eye and instantly bought the Breeze "Boyish" Handsome Paper.

So here´s this year´s card - quite CAS :

I made an envelope too, so that I can participate in the CAS-ual Fridays´ challenge (card with a coordinating envelope)

A while ago I wondered, if I should buy more envelope dies, because I love the one that I have so much (the mini envelope die by Papertrey Ink) - but those envelope dies (doesn´t matter which company) are really expensive here! And I would still have only some certain sizes. 
So I decided to make all my future envelopes myself - it´s so easy! Just a matter of a few minutes!

My dear friend Dj told me that she likes to make huge cards up to 6" x 7-1/2". So I wondered, how I would do an envelope for such a card, so that the points come together right .... I thought it would be best to measure the dimensions of the card and make some pencil marks on a 12"x12" paper before scoring...

I made a small drawing to explain, what I mean - the card is represented by the yellow sticky note:

I would score along the sides of the card then, fold the paper and cut off the needless corners.

Does anyone of you have another or better idea to do this?

******** Vegetarians : skip this following sentence! ***********

Ok, I´ve to "fleet" to the kitchen now - preparing our anniversary-dinner: salmon toast with Prosecco and steaks with potatoes - yummy!


Thanks for stopping by today!

Dienstag, 13. Dezember 2011

Basking in the glow of yellow

Thank you everybody for your nice comments on my last blog post! I promise to travel with you again!

Today, I´d like to participate in some really nice challenges with this easel card:

I used an "A day for daisies"-image ( "Holding Fire Flies"), so I´d like to mention this challenge first ("anything goes").
Then there´s a "fany folds card" challenge at Bunny Zoe´s Crafts.
Do you know the new "Runway inspired challenge" blog? Here´s their inspirational photo:

Then "Anything EXCEPT Christmas" at the Corrosive Challenge Blog and "Anything but Christmas" at Totally Papercrafts.
And last but not least "All creatures great and small" at Secret Crafter.

PS: Oh, I feel so "yellow" today :-) I´d also like to show you a cake I made for my parent´s wedding anniversary... a Mangocream-Chocolate-Cake ... I know, the embellishments (out of white chocolate) are not formed perfectly, but I like that - so you know that it is "homemade with love" :-)
For the centerpiece I edited a wedding picture of my parents with Photoshop ( I added some digital gems) and sent the file to a company, that printed it out on sugary "paper"...

(I think it was such a unique idea of my Mum to leave out the flower bouquet and take a Bible instead!)

Thanks for visiting me today!

Donnerstag, 8. Dezember 2011


Anybody ever heard of Piran?
Maybe not - it´s a small town/seaport in Slovenia, first mentioned in the 7th century.

Here´s a view from the ancient city walls:

One of the most famous houses of the town is the Venetian House - built in the middle of the 15th century - it was a present from a Venetian merchant to his beautiful mistress in Piran:

As you can imagine, this was a big scandal then and common talk of everybody! So the merchant installed an inscription on the wall, that says:" Let them talk."

In my imagination I can see this beautiful woman standing on her balcony ...

It was really nice strolling through this "steeped in history"-town.... but it wasn´t too warm, so hubby and I decided to warm up in a nice little tavern... we LOVE fish, so - being at the sea - we got fresh, unbelievably delicious fish dishes to eat ... just look at this fish soup:

... and can you imagine, that this was grilled seafood for ONE person?!

"Beam me up to Piran again, Scotty!!!" :-)

On the ground floor of the Venetian House we found a shop, that was selling sea salt for all purposes and table salt in several qualities. I bought some salt as souvenir and small present...

As we crafters never give away a gift unembellished and without a card, I used some leftover scraps to make a small card... the black patterned paper behind the Maya Road cardboard cameo is a leftover and also the grey strip at the bottom - there was a piece missing on one corner, but I hid this by adhering a rose...

Just in case you´re wondering why on earth I´m telling you this: there´s a challenge at the Cuttlebug spot :  Left Overs - use them!

... the stamps are from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Thanks a lot for traveling with me today :-)

Sonntag, 4. Dezember 2011

"Snow" cute!

I needed  a cute wintry and "snowy" image lately and remembered that my dear friend Dorcas used a super cute image last winter... so I searched for it, found it and bought it instantly... Mo Manning´s images are so adorable!

By accident this week´s challenge at Mo´s Digital Challenge is "The Great Outdoors", so I think, my card fits in this challenge....

As I´m no natural talent in coloring and drawing, I colored the image partly with Photoshop and added glitter glue...

... a little stamping inside the card...

Just in case you´re wondering what´s inside...

And I think you agree, that a gift is twice as nice in a pretty gift bag!

 I bought new cutting dies from and love them!

I´d also like to participate in the following challenges:
Di's DigiDesigns Challenge : all white except image
One Stop Craft Challenge : Let it snow
Sweet Stampin´Challenge : "snowmen, snowflakes, snow people or just snow"

THANKS for stopping by today!

PS: I enter this card also here:


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