24 March 2018

Hoppy Easter - an eggstra special party using Neat and Tangled | Laureen Wagener

Hi crafty friends!
Today I am up for a party - so why don't you join me in celebrating an early Easter party!

I am joining the awesome new challenge over at Neat & Tangled - the Throwdown Party Ensemble challenge!

How fun is that?! I love party decorations and themed parties - my pinterest board is full of amazing ideas I have yet to finish ;)

Because Easter is fast approaching I decided to give it my best and use the CUTEST easter themed stamp sets to create my party - Cottontail Cutie and Eggstra Special are my main focal point.
I also threw in some other Neat and Tangled products into the mix to finish everything up!

My baking may not be the best and most fancy looking - more like a poo on my cupcake - but they were yummy nevertheless and have the cutest embellishments to go along my Easter theme!

I started by preparing a banner for my cake - I created scalloped circles, folded them in half  and adhered little elements fromCottontail Cuties and then used the Egg from Eggstra Special in between each scalloped circle.

I decided to create little signs for each main sweet dish using the sentiments from the stamp set naming my items little bunny related things - so I have a "chickie" cake, "cottontail cutie" cupcakes and "hunny bunny" cookies!

My cupcakes are topped with little cupcake toppers that feature the cute bunnies from the Cottontail Cuties stamp set - they are each holding one of the small embellishments and look so cute peeking out behind the frosting of the cupcake!

I created some bunny shaped cookies - so the name "hunny bunny" cookies match absolutely perfect! To create the signs I cut some cardstock and folded it in half, did some ink blending and attached the name that I stamped on vellum onto my girl that carries the wagoon with the eggs.

How could it possibly be a party without cute milk bottles all dressed up?!
I created a sleeve for those, used a scalloped circle on top of a vellum circle and attached one of the girls from Cottontail Cuties on top of that. The color of her coat matches so perfectly with the color scheme of the party!

As an eyecatcher for the party I created a card/ sign that I can also send to a friend!
I used the Nesting Hexagon cover plate die and embossed that onto a piece of cardstock by using a silicone embossing mat for the BigShot.

Then I used some Distress inks to blend my background and to make the design of the cover plate pop. I attached my girl on a grassy mat and used some trees and a little bird from Lumberjack love to finish up the card!

As a finishing touch I was missing something in the background - so I created a banner that reads "Hoppy Easter". I hung it up in the background and love the pop of color it brings and by using a bunny girl again it ties everything together!

Now I really hope you enjoyed my little party and I got you inspired for your next Easter get together with friends or family!
Have a great day and happy crafting!

Supplies: Neat and Tangled Cottontail Cutie stamp set | Neat and Tangled Cottontail Cutie dies | Neat and Tangled Eggstra special stamp set | Neat and Tangled Eggstra special dies | Neat and Tangled Lumberjack Love stamp set | Neat and Tangled Lumberjack Love dies | Neat and Tangled Nesting Hexagon cover plate |

03 March 2018

Love you with Altenew and Pinkfresh Studio | Card

Hi everyone!

Today I thought I'd share a card I have recently made with you!
I used the beautiful Floral Background stamp set from PinkfreshStudio for my image and then the Label Love stamp by Altenew.

I stamped the background onto some watercolor paper and heat embossed it in white.
I used Prima Watercolor Confects in Tropicals and colored all the florals in bright spring colors and then to make the colors really pop colored the background in a very light grey.

To add some interest to the colored panel I cut it down, so it would be a strip in the middle of my card and used a edge die from Avery Elle that also adds a stitched detail.
My sentiment  is from the Label Love stamp set by Altenew, which I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a great weekend, 

10 September 2017

Photobook - a review | Saal- Digital

Hi there,

today I am back to share a review on a super fun product with you!
I am a sucker for photography - and for printing my photos! But I never managed to combine photos that belong to a specific event into some sort of album - so I decided to create a photobook and get that printed with my favorite pictures!

The book I printed is from Saal Digital.
I decided to use some pictures from my trips to Paris and combine them.
Some details about my book:
It is 28x 28 centimeters, includes 28 pages - the cover is matte and the book itself doesn't have a barcode- I decided to not have one printed because I wanted my cover photo to wrap around and look nice and neat ;)

I placed my order on August 4th and it arrived on August 11th - how crazy fast is that?!
When I opened the package the book came wrapped in a soft cushion like material to protect it. After I took it out I was amazed by the feel of cover - so soft!
The quality is beyond amazing, the cover is matte and first I thought it would show every single finger print - but it doesn't at all. The matte effect makes it look very high- end and high quality!

For the inside I went with a mixture of layouts. Once you download the software there are premade layouts where you just need to fill in pictures and text, but I wanted to keep things simple and with the focus on the photos. I created some pages with a small white frame around the pictures and on some pages I spread the photo, so it becomes a two- pager.
Those are by far my favorite, and I am completely loving how they look. You cannot even tell the line from the middle of the book, because it lays completely flat once open.

The pictures inside are 100% sharp and give me massive Paris and travel vibes.
I think this is such a great way to preserve memories!

Overall I am more than impressed with the service, the super fast shipping, the awesome customer service and most importantly the quality of the book! I am already planning my next book as a gift and can only recommend the service for anyone within Germany or Europe!

Now, why don't we let the pictures speak?!

There are a lot more pictures inside the book but I picked my favorites - I think you can tell I love the double- page spreads right?!

Have you ever printed your own photobook? If not, I can only recommend Saal Digital. I will defintely use their printing service for future projects and for printing my pictures!

Have a great week,

02 February 2017

Altenew - Loved

Hi friends -

today I have a new layout to share with you! It is different than my usual layouts as I used no patterned papers at all, only three word stickers from my stash and one Chipboard Thicker from the Maggie Holmes Gather Collection.
You would think that this layout is minimal and super simple but I also used a gorgoeus stamp set from Altenew for adding my own Ephemera pieces and to create my own patterned paper.

These stamps are absolutely gorgeous and quickly became my new favorites! The set is called "Vintage Roses". If you are within Europe and are looking for a place to grab Altenew sets Scrapbook Werkstatt now sells this amazing company!
You can get the set by itself here or - like I did - in the Altenew Stamp kit "Layered Rose". This stamp kit comes with the stamp set "Vintage Roses", with the set "Painted Greetings", with six mini cubes for stamping the florals (three shades of pink, two shades of green, one black) , an acrylic block and an inspiration booklet - AMAZING value for the amount of products you receive.

You can get it here at Scrapbook Werkstatt. Now let's move onto the layout, shall we?!


Loved by Laureen Wagener

DESCRIPTION: I desperatly wanted to use the the flowers from the Vintage Roses set to create my own patterned paper. I embellished with the flowers and only a few items from my stash to really keep the focus on the beautiful roses.

HOW TO: Use a piece of white smooth cardstock and stamp the roses from the stamp set like the layering guide explains. You start with the darkest color and the smallest stamp as this will later on be the most detailed part of the rose. Continue to stamp until you use the lightest color with the solid stamp. In the kit there are three shades of pink - as my darkest color I used the black ink included for the stamps that require four layers. You can also stamp the Ruby Red twice for a darker impression. Stamp out roses were you'd like them - if you want to overlap roses create a mask out of sticker or masking paper and place it over the flower you want to be "on top" and then stamp the other images behind like other flowers or leaves. Stamp more flowers onto a different piece of paper and die- cut them with coordinating dies or fuzzy cut the images. Place a strip of washi tape on your page and layer tissue paper on top for added dimension - place your "patterned paper" on top and stick it down with foam squares. Create clusters using the flowers and leaves around your picture and place your title.

SUPPLIES: Stamps: Altenew Vintage Roses, Stamp kit: Layered Rose, cardstock: American Crafts, adhesive: American Crafts; ink: Altenew

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!

18 January 2017

Felicity Jane - I can & I will

Friends - I acutally crafted just for me, for a personal layout without having a due date or commitment! And it felt absolutely great!

I tried to make a small dent in my Felicty Jane stash and therefore I created this layout yesterday using the Felicity kit. It will function as a reminder to stay positive and will be hung on the wall beside my bed.

I can & I will by Laureen Wagener

DESCRIPTION:Trying to make a dent in my stash so I used my favorite Felicity Jane kit to date - Felicity. It is the September 2016 kit and I couldn't love the colors more! I really needed a positive reminder and so I decided to create a layout to be hung right next to my bed. Using a cut file made this page come together quit easily.

HOW TO: Chose your favorite cut file - I used one from The Cut Shoppe and modified it so it would be a Fold and Cut. If you use a Fold and Cut, fold over the shapes and use a bone folder to flatten the crease lines. Back the open spaces with lots of different patterned papers. Try to not ue the same pattern next to each other. Create lots of layers behind your picture - use patterned paper, vellum, tags or a doilie. Embellish around the picture to draw the focus on your picture. Stick down your title onto your picture if there is space left for it.

SUPPLIES: Felicity Kit: Felicity Jane, cardstock: American Crafts, adhesive:American Crafts;Cut file: The Cut Shoppe