Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Some Nifty Cards and an Inspiration!


Alcohol inks, snowflake punches, Tim Holtz punch, Ribbon and lace, crystals, sparkle beads, Christmas sticker.

Sparkles Christmas Challenge- No designer paper
Whimsy Stamps Challenge-Christmas in July (ok so it's August now)
Happy Little Stampers, Christmas Challenge- Add some sparkle
52 Christmas Card Challenge- Use red and green
Case-ing Christmas- Case the card they showed_which is much nicer.
Christmas Cards All Year Long- Snowflakes
Christmas Hazelnut Challenge-Something beginning with "S"
CHNC-Anything Goes


OK this is for me, meh. I put a lot of work into this one but I don't like the result. I think I added too much as per norm for me. At least it has a little sparkle. Ughh, let's move on shall we:)


cuddlebug, embossing folder, die cut, bird stamp, rose stamp and saying stamp. Gold embossing powder, pastel colour chalks, border stickers.

Glitter and Sparkle- Add some flowers
Craft Your Passion-Always Anything Goes

So a friend's mom passed away about a month ago and I don't send out cards right away because people get all the cards and flowers immediately and then...nothing. Life moves on, but for the people who have lost a loved on, life has dramatically changed. I send a card later just to let them know they are on my mind. I don't see this person too much any more because she is a very negative, caustic person but she still deserves a card. This turned out much better than my Christmas card.


Pretty paper, cuddlebug, die cuts, silver dye pad and silver embossing powder, mermaid stamp, twinkling H2O's, mermaid metal dangling thingy, stickles,  beautiful stones that are a deep blue and sparkle!

Alphabet Challenge- Mermaids
Craft Your Passion-Always Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu- For the Pink team-By the Sea

I am really happy with this card! This goes to my hubby's Aunt for her birthday. I received these beautiful stones from Liz at Bead Contagion and I was going to make a card back in March but that is when I got really sick and could not participate so I finally used some. The only sad thing is that it took me over an hour to try to thread the little beads through a small thread. Do you think I could thread the needle? I almost hurled  them through the closed window! I called hubby who threaded it in 2 seconds! Needless to say I can't sew.  I know it is more in the sea than by the sea but I think it can still work...right?? :)


Silver shimmer paper, cuddle bug and sizzex machine, die cut, flower embossing folder, Dreamweaver paste, pussy cats in love brass stencil, pastel chalks, border stickers, blue ink pen, flower punch, crystals.

Glitter and Sparkle Challenge-Add some flowers
Craft Your Passion-Always Anything Goes

So this is my inspiration card. From where you may ask? Well, I love listening to all the Battle of the Bands posts which a number of people participate in on the 1st and 15th of each month. They post 2 different artists who perform the same song and we, anyone who wants to listen, can choose which one they prefer. I am learning so much from this series and enjoy it that I thought I could create a card using one of the songs as an inspiration. This Battle is co-hosted by Stephen T. McCarthy and Far Away Series. In fact, Far Away's song choice is what inspired me. The song is "So Nice" about love and caring and dreaming with a cherished loved one. Now I hope she does not mind that I used my own interpretation but I thought of this stencil with the 2 pussy cats and just went with it. Who knows, I may do it again if you all do not mind:)

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  1. Hi, dear Birgit! I love each and every one of these cards, even the one you don't like as much. There is nothing wrong with subtle shades of color.

    I like your idea to wait for a while before sending a sympathy card to your friend who lost her mother. Your beautiful card and the kind gesture of making it and sending it will surely help transform her into a more positive person. I also like the birthday card for your aunt, especially the kitty cats with tails entwined.

    Happy Tuesday, dear friend BB!

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    1. Thank you Dear Shady:) I remember when my dad died and all the commotion around that time and then after he was buried....nothing. Yet, my life changed dramatically. I think it nice that one still hears from someone a month later just so they know they are still thinking of them. The kitty cat card came in handy-I met someone yesterday who lost her husband 5 years ago and she is still greatly saddened by his death. She lives in the country and has 22 cats! Strays that she helps out and they help her so this card was meant for her.

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  2. They're all winners in my book, Birgit. I like your first design. I don't think you put too much stuff. Maybe what bothers you is that the red border is big in comparison with the other elements. Maybe if you cut the border down in size so the candle holders are the same as the snowflake's, it'll suit your eye.

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    1. I thought of that but I liked the ribbon in between. Oh well, it is done now but thank you:)

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  3. Third one is really nice. And cool Battle of the Bands inspired the last one.

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  4. Especially love the second card. Anything I attempted to make would be worse than 'meh'.

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    1. I am not sure on that besides you have a gift of creating beautiful gardens which I can't do since I have a black thumb

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  5. These are really pretty cards, I especially like the mermaid one!

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  6. Great take on Steph's CASE-ing Christmas inspiration card. Love the border you used and the snowflakes. Thanks for playing along with us at CASE-ing Christmas.
    Blessings,
    Belinda

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  7. I love making cards! Love your metallic papers.

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    1. Oooh-Love to see some of your inspirations. I love those papers also.

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  8. I like all your cards. I think you have a lot of talent in them and put love into them too. I like your concept of not sending a card right away; I'm going to remember that down the road. Before I got transitional glasses, it was next to impossible to thread a needle, LOL :)

    betty

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    1. Thanks! Yes I started doing that after my dad passed away and we didn't receive anything after 2 weeks. My life was totally changed yet life carried on as norm but my life was not norm so a thought from someone else would have been nice. I could never put the blasted thread through the needle, glasses or not:)

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  9. Hi, Birgit! What a GORGEOUS array of cards, friend! They are all so beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at CASE-ing Christmas! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

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    1. Thank you so very much-glad you liked them

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  10. You have been busy! I love the mermaid and the birds. I now have Like a Bird on a Wire got round in my head (a.though admittedly it doesn't take much to get me singing a Leonard Cohen song!) Anabel's Travel Blog

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    1. Hahahaaa-Never thought of that song but that would work:)

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  11. Third one really catches the eye indeed. Can't beat two cats tail hugging too haha aren't you nice, able to send a card to a negative nelly. Not sure I would. I'd blame the cat lol

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    1. Glad you liked them. Yes I sent the card even though she is so caustic but she has more than enough issues and life will be weird for her and her brother as they still live at their parent's home even though she is 52 and he will be 50

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  12. Those cards are gorgeous. You can send me one anytime.

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  13. Wow! BIRGIT, these are all great cards.

    Believe it or not, I think my favorite is the second one - the card you liked least. I love all the dark, muted colors highlighted with that shiny gold. Beautiful... in a darkly - truly beautiful - intriguing way. It has a "classic" look to it.

    That 2-cat BOTB-inspired one is really clever! I especially like the way the top of the fence posts form a heart between the two tails.

    How long does a card take, on average? And when will you create one that stars "the sexiest man on the planet"? (I can send a photo if you need one in order to really capture my features.)

    Ha!

    It's a good think so few peoples take me overly seriously.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. I have been gone for a couple of days so catching up. Glad you like my Christmas card. The average card, for me can take an hour to 2 hours depending on what I do. I generally don't have a full concept for the card right away so much of my time is going through papers I think might work and what style I will do or technique. Now as for sexiest man...I didn't know you were really Hugh Jackman? Joel McCrea? Insert Evil grin

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  15. A beautiful mermaid card. Thanks for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenges. Caz

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  16. Nice use of the shimmery red cardstock and the alcohol inks on the first card. Thanks for sharing it with us at 52CCT.

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    1. So glad you like that card. I got frustrated.

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  17. I love the mermaid card. It's stunning. And I thought that there was a beading needle that had a longer eye to make it easier to thread? I'm not much of a beader, so I could be mistaken.

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    1. Oh there probably is something like that out there but the only sewing stuff I have I got from my mom and never would think of buying something related to sewing.

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  18. Hi Birgit,
    Love all of your cards. Sending works of art disguised as cards must be so much fun. I wish you could see the faces of the people who receive them as they first look at them. I have been popping in to read your blog, but the summer has been so full of changes my blog footprint has been small. As the seasons progress I hope to become more active again. I have to say at least in part because of the beads your mermaid card is my favorite! Thanks for your note:-)
    Liz (bead contagion)

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    1. It can be so busy at summer-so many things to do. Glad you like that card and that you liked how I used the beads.

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  19. Looks like someone is getting a little creative mojo going! These are all very cool, and I have to say that I just love that second one! It's so soft and romantic! Your metallic mermaid is pretty nifty, too!

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    1. Thanks Becca. Glad you like the 2nd card and the Mermaid which was inspired by your blog birthday colours you love

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  20. Oh my word! You have been busy, Birgit. What fabby array of cards. Really can't pick a fave. I like something about each of them. At a push I'd say the one you like the least. It's so pretty. Go on, admit it - you were just looking for an excuse to save the best for yourself! :)
    hugs, Asha

    P.S.Thank you for sharing your lovely project with us at
    CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #28

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    1. Oh thanks that you like my Christmas card. I had another image in my head which didn't translate to the card-oh well. Glad you like it though:)

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  21. Oh wow. So cool!!! I want that last one. And the colors on the purple one are amazing!

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    1. Anytime you would like one, I can always send one to you. I actually met someone at Petsmart the other day who lost her husband 5 years ago and she has 22 cats! All strays and rescues-she lives in the country and the cats got her through the worst days so that card was meant for this lady I met.

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  22. Love the blue one with the birds. You do put a lot into these creations don't you.

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    1. Thanks. Yes I do because I enjoy it so and love to make them for someone in mind

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  23. Beautiful cards, I love the gorgeous mermaid image and all of the sparkle! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
    Tammy x

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    1. Glad you love the card-always need sparkle and shine

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  24. I like the Christmas card, and there is a surrealist element to the mermaid card. The cats linking tails, now that is a cat lovers delight!

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    1. Glad you like that first card and the mermaid one is my favourite. Yes those pussy cats are purrfect for each other.

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  25. I love all of the, actually! Why didn't you like that one? It's simple and yes not sparkly, but it's lovely. And I have a good friend who would LOVE the mermaid card!! I so want one to give to her!

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    1. I felt the first one looked busy and it didn't come out the way I had it in my mind. Oh well I am making another mermaid card since that one was spoken for and would be happy if you want me to send it to you.

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  26. Oh my gosh. I'm lusting after these cards. They're the best ones yet.

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    1. Thank you so very much!! Anytime, just let me know

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  27. The cat card is perfect, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Mermaid card. The metallic paint just makes it pop! Great job, girl!

    Sie sind ein talentierter Künstler , weil Ihre deutsche Genetik. Ha ha!

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    1. Danke Schon! Can't do the umlaut:) Yes the mermaid one is my favourite as well.

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  28. Pretty cards! Thanks for joining us at CASE-ing Christmas!

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  29. Such lovely cards! The mermaid is just brilliant - I felt like I was swimming around under the sea!

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    1. Thanks! Wouldn't it be cool if we actually saw mermaids for real

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  30. Beautiful card, lovely colours and design, thanks for joining in our "Mermaid" challenge at Alphabet.

    Pat xx

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  31. Looks like you've had a very productive time crafting lately. Four beautiful cards that are all unique and creative. Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers.

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    1. Glad you liked all of them. I have fun:)

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  32. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for CCAYR August challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team - and thanks for entering this for both of my CHNC challenges x

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    1. Thank you! I had a great time and hope to do more

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  33. You are so refreshing, Birgit! I simply get lost in your writing as you take me on your card-making journey and introduce me to the recipients! I think, in spite of what you say, that each card is terrific and very thoughtful!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. Oh so happy you like my cards because yours are so beautiful

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  34. Love all three of your cards Birgit! Your CASE of Steph's card was great. Beautiful trim on that one. Thanks for joining us at CASE-ing Christmas!
    Donna

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    1. Thank you so much-glad you like that card

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  35. Beautiful cards Birgit! I love the glitz and glam you've added to each one. I love your artsy style!!

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  36. Lovely cards. I do like the diecut border on your traditional red and green Christmas card. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week, and I'm sorry to be so late commenting xx

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    1. No worries but glad you like the card

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  37. Very pretty cards. Lovely card layouts!
    Thank you for playing along with us at CCAYR.
    Have a wonderful day!
    ♥ Lena - DT
    Lena’s Creations

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    1. Thank you and glad you like that one:)

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  38. Lovely selection of cards...thank you for sharing them with us at Sparkles a Christmas. Babs...x

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  39. Great background! Great idea execution Christmas cards. The unusual composition of the card.
    Regards,
    BozenA DT HLSCC

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  40. Your Christmas card has such beautiful and glamorous borders and the details of this card just make is a showcase and it sparkles and shines!! Wonderful job and Thank you for joining us at CASE-ing Christmas - we are thrilled that you joined us - please join us again in September!!
    Taunya Butler
    CASE-ing Christmas Design Team
    http://daisiesgirl.com

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  41. Great CASE of the Christmas card for Case-ing Christmas. I just love that trim! Thanks for playing along with us this month!

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  42. A lovely selection of makes...lots of lovely sparkle on the first. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge this month. Carol DT x

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  43. A lovely bunch of cards. The one for Eclectic Ellapu is perfect for our challenge. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Birgit, your cards are lovely! SO many great projects! Love your take on the CASE-ing Christmas card. SO happy you joined us! XX

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