Sunday, July 10, 2016

Das doppelte Lottchen #167

It's sunday, that means it's Lottie and Lisa time! 

Lottie and Lisa means Anni and I usually pick a stamp or stamp set or die that we both have (we nearly have the same taste!) and create a card with this product and another task.
Today I made a wish, and it is:


Create A Smile - Es ist serviert! / Served up!

&

Kissing Technique


This combo turned out a bit challenging fpr me - because I usually use the kissing technique to create an interesting focal point or for cards which are more on the elegant side. But with the served up set I had to clear my mind and go for something different.
I took out the bold solid thank you set from the "mini Thank You" stamp set and used he Mandala from the upcoming release to "kiss" some fun texture onto that word. I used different colors of Dye Ink to create a fun background which has lots of idetail, but hopefully doesn't take too much attention off the focal point. What do you think?



The Vellum helps that little guy to stand out a bit :) I also added some Glossy accents to the baverages and some droplets at the end of the sentiment banner.




Now hop over to Anni's blog to find her creation :) She'll knock your socks off ;)

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Das doppelte Lottchen #166

It's sunday, that means it's Lottie and Lisa time! 

Lottie and Lisa means Anni and I usually pick a stamp or stamp set or die that we both have (we nearly have the same taste!) and create a card with this product and another task.
Today I made a wish, and it is:


Sweet Stamp Shop - Hippo

&

Background made with tiny stamps


I am totally in a pirates-mood lately, so I went for the hippo with the pirate's hat. I found a small skull-stamp in an older Simon Says Stamp stamp set that I hardly ever used and created this background - I think it turned out super fun!
The text stamp says "Hey Landlubber" and is from an upcoming Create A Smile stamp set.


Now hop over to Anni's blog to find her creation :) She'll knock your socks off ;)

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Das doppelte Lottchen #165

It's sunday, that means it's Lottie and Lisa time! 

Lottie and Lisa means Anni and I usually pick a stamp or stamp set or die that we both have (we nearly have the same taste!) and create a card with this product and another task.
Today I made a wish, and it is:


Mama Elephant - Pandamonium

&

Use a Background stamp


You might notice that we took a short break from our Lottie & Lisa fun - we've both been super busy, but now we're BACK - yay!
I remember that I had s great design on my mind when I wrote down today's challenge - but as always I forgot and I felt like I couldn't create something super unique. 

Question: Do you have phases when it comes to crafting?
Sometimes I fall for background stamps, two weeks later I can't come up with ANY idea using them. Sometimes I love to use patterned paper and sometimes I don't touch them for weeks. Sometimes I love to watercolor, sometimes I'm like "Meh, it looks all the same!".
Those phases keep me struggling, but I am happy I am not completely stuck with one technique only - my phases change and so do my designs - that's fun.

However, I did not feel like using background stamps when I made my first card and I found it boring, even if the rainbow of colors pop:



The card is okay, but I still found it boring.
Then I remember a card Anni made years ago for one Lottie and Lisa and I decided to somewhat CASE it. :)


I loved that she cut down her background into strips to add dimension and interest to her card, so I tried that;



I think this turned out quite cute and I am so happy there are so many inspiring creations out there whenever i feel uninspired. 
(Fun Fact: I hadn't looked at Anni's card again before I made mine. Her's is from November 2012 and still my card looks like a super close CASE. Anni's designs have always been my fav and I studied her art in a way that makes me remember cards even after 3,5 years - hehe!)

Oh, by the way: The sentiment on this card says "Hug?"

I would also like to share another card with you that I made for the current challenge in our Create A Smile Friends & Family Facebook-Group.





Join the group if you'd like to play along and win a gift card to the store!


Now hop over to Anni's blog to find her creation :) She'll knock your socks off ;)

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Das doppelte Lottchen #164

It's sunday, that means it's Lottie and Lisa time! 

Lottie and Lisa means Anni and I usually pick a stamp or stamp set or die that we both have (we nearly have the same taste!) and create a card with this product and another task.
Today Anni made a wish, and it is:


My favorite Things - Cool Day

&

Gold


We've had a mostly cold and grey week over here inGermany and I am totally not in the mood for Christmas cards, so I struggeled with Anni's wich. And gold will never ever (in no way) be my fav. color. 

I thought I'd make a cool background with just a bit of gold embossed details, spend some time coloring and really liked how this turned out. Then I colored and fuzzy cut the bear  and realized that the background and the bear would be competing on one card, so I decided to make one card for each, but both only turned out "okay" for my taste.






 I would also like to share some more cards. I got a huge bunch of new dies yesterday and had to try some of them out. I also used watercolor on all of them :)
 Here are the results:







Allsorts - In the pink
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Just Add Ink - "b" (Birds)






Now hop over to Anni's blog to find her creation :) She'll knock your socks off ;)

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Watercoloring a large image

Hello everyone :)

Today I'd like to share this card using a HUGE image:


I'm happy to share this card as a



When I picked this stamp (Penny Black 40-429 Fab Friend) I knew it was totally different from the style that I usually tend to use but I think leaving your comfort zones in the best way to learn, grown and stretch your creativity. So I picked this super large image with two precious ladies :)
I thought it would be perfect for watercoloring, SO I pulled out my Schmincke watercolors (I really need practice!) and took my time to color. It was like meditation and I enjoyed it a lot!


I didn't wat to add a stamped sentiment that would interfere with the image, so I pulled out my hello die (Penny Black 51-104 Hello), cut it from the colored panel and carefull adhered it with some foam tape, to make it show up.

Everything else is pretty obvious :)

The card felt kind of unbalanced at first. I was colored nicely, has some sequins, an interesting layout, but it just felt incomplete. I then adhered that small panner from some patterned paper in a matching color and this little pice of paper really had a big impact. It pulled everything together and balanced the card. Sometimes it's worth to just add a super small element!

Hope you like the card - I think it turned out pretty cool, even if this is not my go-to-style :)

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Das doppelte Lottchen #163 (three of them)

It's sunday, that means it's Lottie and Lisa time! 

Lottie and Lisa means Anni and I usually pick a stamp or stamp set or die that we both have (we nearly have the same taste!) and create a card with this product and another task.
Today I made a wish, and it is:


Memory Box Large Circle Burst Die

&

minimal coloring

Okay, I admit, I don't knoe what I was thinking when I came up with this challenge. I clearly had something in mind, but I just couldn't remember. So today I have three cards for you - from a very mininmal layout to a busy one, but all of them only have a little bit of coloring on them :)

 The first card is the most minimal one. I used the die to create a stencil and inked some white pigment ink onto my kraft cardstock. The fox got a tiny bit of Polychromos coloriing.

Not coloring as much as I normally would  - so not coloring the best I could - freaked me out and I wasn't too pleased with the result, so I decided to make another one:


The second card got a more interesting Layout, is still pretty CAS and only has a bit of coloring because these images only need very little color. I liked how this turned out but thought I might try again...


The third card is super busy with lot of diecutting and stamping Action. Is has lots of dimension, different Textures and still not too much coloring:


Hoewever, I feel like I colored to much oneach of the cards, so I think I cheated on my own challenge - so sorry! Hope you liked the cards anyway!

Now hop over to Anni's blog to find her creation :) She'll knock your socks off ;)

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Das doppelte Lottchen #163

It's sunday, that means it's Lottie and Lisa time! 

Lottie and Lisa means Anni and I usually pick a stamp or stamp set or die that we both have (we nearly have the same taste!) and create a card with this product and another task.
Today Anni made a wish, and it is:



&

interactive card


Oh, I am in love with interactive cards right now, so this challenge is right up my alley :) And as a coffee lover I love this cute little monster holding the mug <3

I made a slider card that says "get together?" on which you can actually bring those two cute monsters together. I used Copics for coloring, the new Create A Smile Alphabet stickers (love love love!) for the sentiment and some washi as an accent. Pretty simple! 
For the actetate strip that you grab to pull those friends together I used some Create A Smile Enamel stickers because those chevrons make it easy for the recipient to recognize that this is interactive ;) It just screams "pull me!" :)




Look how cute they are when they get together like this:



I also have a video showing you how easy it is to pull:

video







Now hop over to Anni's blog to find her creation :) She'll knock your socks off ;)

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