Monday, April 8, 2024

And all the little birdies went "tweet, tweet, tweet!"

Back again for another outing with the sweet little bird quartet in the latest GSD digital stamp-Happy Birthday Birds.  These little cuties are so much fun to play with and they are really quick to color up, which is great, if you need a card in a hurry.



This time I used the full-size digital image with the blank signs, cutting off a bit of the top and bottom, so I could add a splash of color with a little bit of border.  And once again they insisted on going outside to have their picture taken!!




The birdies can be any color, but I stuck with my favorite birds.  And of course you can color in the background, but I didn't want to take anything away from these sweet little birds and the message they were sending, so I chose to just outline the tree, birds and musical notes with light blue.

Bluebird:  FB2, B24, B32

Cardinal:  R29, R27, R35

Robin:  E74, E71, E70, glossy accents used on the spectacles

Goldfinch:  Y08, Y15, Y06

Beaks:  Y17, Y15

Tree trunk:  E29, E59, E27

Outlining:  B00

These little birds are sure to delight everyone.  They really are just "so tweet." 


Have fun and happy crafting~Debbie


Friday, April 5, 2024

YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE


Hello all you creative minds, 
Nicole here again from Hamburg/Germany.

Today we're going underwater and meeting some friends from the stamp set "A Whale of a Time".




For an underwater shaker card I used a great design paper from Whimsy Stamps "Under the Sea".

First I punched out the design paper with the punching template.




Then colored the stamp impressions with the markers from Ohuhu.
Color combination:

Waale: MG020, MG030, MG060, MG100

Octopus: GY7, G260, G270, G470, G080

Cheeks: R120, R188

And then cut out.





Before you glue the windows of the card, you should consider positioning the cut-out backgrounds on the base card. I tend to forget that from time to time!­čśë

Then you can fill the shaker elements into the squares and apply the front card with 3D tape.



I embossed the stamp text with WOW embossing powder/white and then attached it to the card with the cute friends.
In the beginning I always thought shaker cards were too much work, but once you understand the system, you can turn all the punching templates into a great and effective shaker.



For more inspiration, come and visit me on Instagram under "Stempelfiziert".

I would be delighted to help you.



 I hope you enjoyed my post and that it has inspired you a little.


See you soon 

Nicole aka Stempelfiziert

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Have a mice day




Hi everyone!

I'm thrilled to be back, sharing another card using the new release "In your corner".  I stamped the image from this set on a piece of watercolor paper and colored in using Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush.  Once this dried, I used the smaller 'rectangle' from AALL & Create Splodazzlers to cut out the image. 

 I used the larger 'rectangle' from the same die set to cut a backing from black cardstock.  The set also comes with several dies in the shape of splotches, which I used to cut some pieces from black cardstock.  I attached the watercolor piece to the black background, attaching this whole piece to an A7 ivory card base.  Finally I stamped the sentiment from 'In your corner' in the lower right corner and glued the two circle cutouts in the upper left.

This was really an easy card to put together.  Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a mice day!






Wednesday, April 3, 2024

We're here to "chirp" you up. . .

I'm here today to take the latest Gerda creation out for a "test flight" - Happy Birthday Birds.  This is a digital stamp collection packed full of possibilities.  You can simply print, cut, color and give, or you can add an extra touch of creativity.

For my first outing I have these sweet little birdies serenading bunny and friend*, as they lounge beneath the birdies' tree.   

I resized and rotated the digital image with the blank signs, to create a portrait card.  With the addition of a hillside for the bunny to rest on, I only had to extend the lines of the tree trunk a bit, creating some distance between the branch and the ground.  To minimize background coloring, I outlined the tree, birds and notes in light blue and cut the hillside from patterned paper.  I used a copic multiliner to add my sentiment to the signs.

And yes, I also took my birdies outside to have their picture taken.  They insisted!!



The birdies are colored with copic markers in the hues of my favorite birds.

Bluebird:  FB2, B24, B32

Cardinal:  R29, R27, R35

Robin:  E74, E71, E70, glossy accents used on the spectacles

Goldfinch:  Y08, Y15, Y06

Beaks:  Y17, Y15

Tree trunk:  E29, E59, E27

Bunny:  E34, E33, E31

Outlining:  B00

*Bunny and birdie are from the GSD "How Are Ewe" stamp set.  Additional sentiments are from the GSD "Cup of Love" stamp set.

Have fun and happy crafting~Debbie

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

So Grateful


Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing a card using the newly released "Best Mom Best Dad" and one of my favorite sets "Grow Happiness".  I wanted a cleaner look for this card and also decided to stay with more neutral colors.

I started this card by choosing three of the plants from the "Grow Happiness" set and stamping them on Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper (this watercolor paper is closer to a bright white than some others I've used).  Next, I used Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush to color the plants.  Hint, for plants and flowers it's more realistic to use several different colors or shades on the leaves.  In this case I pulled some browns in with a couple greens.  After coloring the pots, I added a neutral grey to the edges to add some dimension (this is the same grey I used for the shadows underneath and on some of the leaves, pulling everything together).  Once this dried, I used Gina K Designs master layout one to cut the image out and cut a black mat for the background.



I decided to keep this card on the generic side since I didn't know what I was going to use it for yet.  I used the row of hearts and 'so grateful for you' from "Best Mom Best Dad" in a Misti to stamp the sentiment below the plants.  When working with watercolor paper, it's best to use a Misti or similar stamping device since the rougher paper usually requires you to stamp several times for a better image.  After layering the two pieces together and attaching to a kraft card base, this card was finished for me for the moment.  Any of the other sentiments (listed below) in the "Best Mom Best Dad" set will work great stamped inside of the card once I know who it's for.
Happy Father's Day
Happy Mother's Day
Thank you for all you do
You are the best

So grateful to all of you for taking the time to read about this card, happy crafting!
 




Monday, April 1, 2024

In Your Corner

 Hi everyone!

Stacey with you today sharing a really sweet encouragement card created with a new stamp called, In Your Corner.

Here is a look at the card that I created:


That little mouse is too cute!
To create my card, I started by folding a piece of white cardstock in half to create my A2 card base. I used a stitched die to cut out a piece of patterned paper to layer on top and added a bit of doodling around the perimeter. I stamped my In Your Corner image onto a piece of white cardstock and colored it in with my Copic markers. I stamped the image once again onto a piece of floral patterned paper and fussy cut it out to give the card a bit of a wallpaper vibe. When I paper pieced the patterned paper onto the wall, I raised it ever so slightly to give the illusion of a baseboard. At least that is what I was hoping for lol! I added a little scallop frame on top and adhered my image to my card front. I stamped my sentiment and used a banner die to cut it out, adding it underneath my image to complete my card.

What a sweet and thoughtful stamp set!

Copic Colors Used:
--Wall: C00, C1, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7
--Floor: G40, G21
--Mouse: E40, E41, E42, E43, R20
--Heart: R81, R83, R85

Thank you so much for stopping by!
I hope you have a great crafty day!

You can find Stacey on Instagram: @staceyscreativecorner




Friday, March 29, 2024

Have a Happy Easter

 



Hello dear creative friends,

I am sending you lovely Easter greetings from Germany with this Easter card in a clean and simple style. 

I used the stamp set "Peeking Easter Friends" 
The images are so cute as they peek around the corner. 

For the card I punched out 2 times the same base card with a stitched rectangle cutting die. In one of them I punched out 3 more holes  and the other one I wiped with Distress Oxides as a gradient with the colors Moved Lawn, Bundled Sage, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Broken China.

I simply cut the cute saying from the "Peeking Easter Friends" set into thirds by always covering the parts I didn't want to stamp with masking tape.

As always, I colored with Copics and added a few white accents with the Gelly Roll 10 from Sakura.

I hope you like my simple little card and wish you all a happy Easter and lots of fun with the egg hunt. 

Yours, Nicole

https://www.instagram.com/kimbaslydog/



Wednesday, March 27, 2024

In your corner

 


Hi everyone!

This little guy, from the new release 'In Your Corner', is too cute not to share.  The sentiment is also extra special.

I started this card by stamping the image from 'In Your Corner' on a piece of watercolor paper.  Then I used Derwent Inktense pencils, graphitint paints and a water brush to color in the image.  I used circle dies from Gina K Designs master layouts to cut out the mouse image and a piece of grey cardstock for the backing, attaching these to each other.



For the background, I used the two larger dies from AALL and Create's 'Frayed Frames' dies to cut a piece of white card stock (smaller piece) and black cardstock (bigger piece).  I attached these two to each other, then loosely laid the circle on the rectangle piece to estimate where the sentiment should go, stamping the sentiment using a Misti.

I used a blending brush and a dark grey ink to darken the edges of a grey A7 card base.  Next I attached the rectangle piece to the card base.  Finally I used foam squares to pop up the circle in the middle.

Thank you for reading and I hope you have someone in your corner!




Sunday, March 24, 2024

Let's Go Wild On a Night Safari!

 Greetings everyone! It's me again, Jessie Scott (@chevy.scott on IG), Guest Designing for Gerda Steiner Designs!

Today I have another fun collaboration with Pear Blossom Press products to share. I wanted to try a night safari with the super cute (and back on the site to order) Go Wild! stamp set



 

The critters were easy to color with my Ws for the elephant, Ys for the giraffe and OR/Cs for the bird. The Jeep was the hardest for me to color but I settled on this combo. I used my OLO Markers, then cut out the headlights and window for some fun detail with vellum headlight covers and acetate for the windshield. 

 

I blended the beautiful safari sunset with Distress Oxides and then sealed it with the Distress Glaze (rub on with paper towel and smooth off excess) to hold that bright color. I always seal my oxide blends that I want to keep bright otherwise over time the color will go chalky since it is water reactive with the moisture in the air. 



Next up is getting all of this together as a completed light up card! Head on over to my blog today for the companion post! I even have a fun assembly video to see how easy it is to make this jeep wobble and headlights on just in time for sunset!


Here's the finished project!



See you again soon!

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Dachshunds having fun

 Hello lovelies,


another week has passed and I may show you another card of mine.



I am an absolute fan of dogs ...... For me, dogs are the better people. ;o) And so I decided to use the "Dachshunds" set for today's card.  I just love the postage style and can't stop making these kinds of cards. I hope you don't get tired of it. :o)





I covered the images with masking tape, so I wiped the background with stencils and Distress Oxides in the colors broken china, bundle sage and rustic wilderness.




The images was colored with these Copics:


Dachshund: E37, E35, E33, E31, E30

Balloon: R29, R27, R08

Collars: R29, R27, BG49, BG15, YG25, YG01

Flower: YR04, Y17, N1

Tennis ball: Y25, Y01, Y17


Some accents are set with white gel pen Gelly Roll 10 from Sakura.


Thank you for stopping by and if you like, feel free to visit me on my Instgram account.

https://www.instagram.com/kimbaslydog/

Have a great weekend! 

Nicole




Thursday, March 21, 2024

29 AGAIN?



Hello dear creative minds, 
here is Nicole again from Germany/ Hamburg.

I am happy to be able to contribute to the blog once again and have made a birthday card.

I used the "Cupcake Mice" stamp set.



We are all 29 in the head, aren't we? That's why the colorful card doesn't reveal the correct date of birth ­čśë

I stamped the cute mouse on a Perfect Coloring Paper and the same on a label paper (which I used for masking). Cut out the print on the label paper and stick it on the print as protection. Then you can start working with the stencil and the distress oxides. I applied the inks from light to dark.

On the 2nd picture you can see which Distress Oxide and which Stencil I used, but I'd like to note it again here:

DistessOxide: mustard seed, carved pumpkin, festive berries and dusty concord.
The stencil is available at Memories4you.



I colored with the markers from Ohuhu Art . The combinations are:
Mice: CG2, CG1104, CG5, CG1107
The hat and the cupcake: V160, V070, V160 and Y030, Y080 and Y3
The ears: R120 and R188




If you have any questions or other suggestions, please feel free to write to me on my Instagram profile   " Stempelfiziert"



And now it's time to celebrate and, of course, to continue crafting.

See you soon and best wishes

Nicole Kayaalp

 

Somebunny Special


Hi everybody!

Easter is coming up fast and I'm happy to share this adorable bunny today.  I started this card by stamping the bunny from the set 'Easter Bunnies' on watercolor paper.  Then I used Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush to color in the image.  Once this was dry, I fussy cut the bunny out and used a black marker along the edges to cover any white areas.



For the background, I started with a generic birch tree stencil and laid it on a piece of watercolor paper.  Then I sprayed over the stencil with some Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains in candy apple, dried marigold, squeezed lemonade, and uncharted mariner. 

 While this dried, I embossed a piece of white cardstock with an embossing folder to add a little texture.  Next, I used an egg shaped die to cut an egg from the center of the embossed piece and trimmed it down to be slightly smaller than an A2 card base.  Once the backing was dry, I moved the stain sprayed piece around until I like the colors that were showing in the 'egg window'.  I trimmed off the extra paper and attached this piece to the embossed white cardstock.  I had an extra 'strip' of stained watercolor paper that I stamped the sentiment from the set 'Hoppy Easter' and used a banner die to cut this out.  Last, I attached the sentiment and bunny to the backing with glue and taped the whole piece to a A2 white card base.

Thank you for reading and I hope you're inspired to make some colorful Easter eggs!





 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Happy Easter by Noga Shefer



 

Hi crafty friends,  Noga  here and I am so happy to share with you another project for Gerda Steiner Designs today.

 My card featuring the adorable  Easter Kitten stamp set.
How cute is this kitten?

To make this card I took an A2 panel of Bristol smooth cardstock and die cut scallop frame
out of purple cardstock. 
Behind it, I ink blended a background using Distress Oxide in shaded lilac, splashed it with water and  and glued it behind this frame.

Next I colored the sweet image using copic markers: E37, E35, E30, R21, R20, R000, RV02, RV00, Y13, Y11, BV01, BV00, BV0000, N2, N0, C00, BG11, BG000, G02 and YG11.
 Than I glued the sweet image to my panel with foam tape for dimension.

Than I stamped a greeting from Easter Bunnies stamp set using black ink.

For a final touch, I added purple bubbles .

I hope you enjoy the card I created and feel inspired to create!

Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, March 16, 2024

A little Easter gift basket

 

Hello dear creative community,

 

greetings from Germany again today.

 This time I don't have a card for you, but a little tutorial for a small Easter basket.







It is modeled on the typical fruit crates. You can decorate it however you like.

 

All you need is photo card, glue, scissors, a scor pal or something similar, a ruler and I think that's it.

 

First you need a piece of photo cardboard measuring 6" x 8".  This is folded from each side at 1" and cut as shown in the picture.


 

The side pieces are folded up and glued together to create the base of a box.


 

For the next step, we need 4 pieces of photo cardboard measuring 1.5" x 3.5". These are folded lengthwise in the middle and then glued in each corner.








Now we need 4 pieces of photo cardboard measuring 6" x 1" and 4 pieces measuring 4" x 1". These will be the cross struts of the box and glued to the long and short sides. And now the box is finished and can be decorated and filled. I think everyone will be happy about this little gift at Easter. Especially when there is not only something sweet inside, but also a cute GSD stamp.

 















Have a great, creative weekend.

Best regard,
Nicole

 

And if you like, feel free to check me out on Instagram. 


https://www.instagram.com/kimbaslydog/