Friday, June 28, 2013

Bi Weekly Challenge at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #42


Hello Fellow Crafters,

It is time again for another challenge over at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Blog. Can you believe that it is almost 4th July? My has this year gone by fast! The theme for this weeks challenge is 4th of July and Red, White and Blue. Our sponsor for this week is DRS Designs. We were allowed to pick our stamp, by the way, they have some amazing stamps! For my card I wanted to celebrate our Troops. So here is my card....

 My choice of stamp was the "Support the Troops" Ribbon. I colored it in with my Copic Markers and the background was created with my Cricut. I had not used my machine in a while. The cartridge I used is Stand and Salute. I used some of the border images that would represent the branches of our Troops. Army , Navy, Air Force and Marines. As a native German that has been living in the USA now for 21 years, I am very supportive of the troops. They do so much for us and fight for our freedom here! Thank you all for your Service!!! Now just a few more pics of some of the details of the card.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will have some time to check out the other amazing creations my Design Team Sisters have in store for you over at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Blog. If you have been inspired to share some of your creations then you even have a chance to win a $10 gift certificate from our Sponsor DSR Design.

Until soon,

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Great News!

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog  
Welcome to The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog's DT Introduction Blog Hop!  
If you have arrived from Michelle K's blog, you are right on track. If you are just happening by, you will want to start on the TCCCB Blog .Stop and leave some love on each blog along the way then leave a comment on our main challenge blog hop post to win one of two FABULOUS PRIZES!

 My name is Nadja Robbins and I am a wife, mother and a Manager of a Convenience Store in Las Vegas. After all that I am an avid card maker that enjoys trying out different ways to express my creative side. Since I was very little I have been surrounded with crafts in many different ways through my mother and grandmothers. Knitting, tatting, cross stitching and many others I have done. My heart though is with paper crafts, Copic Markers and Stamps. 
I am so super excited to be part of this great Design Team and can't wait to get the new challenges going with you!

Here are a few of my favorite cards that I have created in the past 6 month:

Your next stop on the hop is Fiona’s blog at . In case you get lost on the way here is the complete line up for the blog hop.
Good luck and thanks for leaving us all love in welcoming us to the team! 
And if this was not enough fun for everyone we even have another Group of so talented Crafters to introduce to you and this will start on Saturday!!!! 

Until soon,

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Liebster Award

Oh my Goodness I got my first Blog Award!!!!!!  I want to thank Pam Kimper at PJ's TREASURES for nominating me for a LIEBSTER Award!  I'm sure she'd love a visit!

What IS the LIEBSTER Award?  I asked the same thing!  I had seen the button on a lot of blogs; but never inquired about it.
Simply put, it's an honor that gets passed around by bloggers with less than 200 followers. It's a great way for the newbie, like me, to network and meet others.
It's a way to 'Pay It Forward".  Liebe means LOVE in German!

"The real "gist" of the Liebster Award is that there is no real award. There are no judges, no special rules. No website with an official team to congratulate you and hold your hand. It's mostly what you want it to be. If you receive the award, you can 1) accept it and 2) pass it along. It's that easy."  Sopphey over at SOPPHEY SAYS 
Stop over and say HI!

And here are the rules:
  • Thank your nominator & include a link back to their blog!
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator
  • Post 11 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-11 {I’ve seen various numbers} other up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers for the award–no tag backs!
  • Come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Let your nominees know you nominated them so they too can pass on the Liebe!
 Here are my 11 questions Pam asked me:

1.  What is your favorite craft?
       Coloring with Copic Markers
2.  And  your favorite food?
       Potato and Pasta
3.  Dog or cat?
4.  I'm going on vacation, where would you recommend I go?
       Depending on your likes I would like to see Hawaii.
5.  Who would you love to meet (past or present)?
       ZZ Top
6.  What is your favorite song?
       If loving you is wrong I don't want to be right
7.   If you won the lottery, what's the 1st thing you would buy?!
       A House
8.  Pepsi or Coke?
9.   Are you a morning or evening person?
       Morning all the way....
10. Why did you start a blog?
        To share my love of crafting with others
11.  Black or white?

1.  I have 4 kids.
2.  I am German living in the USA since 1992.
3.  I am a morning person.
4. Crafting keeps me sane.
5. My favorite color is green. 
6.  I love my Copic Markers!
7.  I love sweets
8.  I love bold designs on paper but do not know what to do with it, so I keep collecting!
9.  In the mornings I need a coffee to wake up.
10. I love to read.
11.  I have yet to find my crafting style.
Here are the bloggers I have nominated:
1.  Marti at  Pez-A-Doodle Designs
2. Chitra at Bluewindow08
3.  Debbie at Beautiful Art
4.  Erica at  Erica Rose Creates
5.  Sarah at It's What Keeps Me Sane 
Please pay them a visit and congratulate them! 

Here are the questions they ^^^^^^ have to answer:
1. What is your favorite drink?
2. What is your favorite crafting technique?
3. How long have you been crafting?
4. Who has been the most influential person in your crafting?
5. What craft have you not tried but want to?
6. Your favorite color?
7. On paper, big print or small print?
8. Where do you like to eat out at?
9. Indoor or Outdoor person?
10. Are you a need crafter or messy?
11. If you have a Die Cutting Machine, which one do you have?

Thanks again to Pam for the nomination! 
And to Marti, Chitra, Debbie, Erica, & Sarah-pass on the Liebe!! :)  (You ladies are more than welcome to copy and paste this post and add YOUR info.  I think that will make it a little easier for you! : ))

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Father's Day" Blog Hop!  

We're so happy you could join us today to honor Fathers, Brothers, Sons, Uncles or any other man who has been a great influence in our lives!

 You should have arrived from Vicki -

 If you happened by my blog or are joining me from your dashboard, head over to Miranda's blog to start at the beginning.  
We don't want you to miss any of the fun! 

In addition to seeing a lot of awesome projects, there is some blog candy available too.  Miranda will be giving away a Michael’s or JoAnn's gift card (winner's choice).  To be eligible for the blog candy, you are required to visit each stop in the hop and leave a comment!  
The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 19th on Miranda's blog! 

Here is my Project:

I bought the frame at Michael's a while back with Father's Day in mind. I just did not see what it would turn out to be. 
Then the inspiration hit me...

Two of our children. I love their expression on their face and it is a good reflection of them and their personallity. Oh by the way I think this post will be a bit picture I think the only thing I did not use is my kitchen sink. Since both of them can write, more or less, I wanted them to be a bit involved with this project. Here is what they wrote...

From there it was just an overload of inspiration and I have used a lot of Tim Holtz products that I had in my stash. I will highlight a few techniques that I used and then I will just add some more pictures so I do not bore you to pieces.

For this background piece I sprayed it heavily with water and then started crunching it up. Once I had it the way I liked it I used the heat gun to dry it up. After that I used the walnut stain ink pad and rubbed it all over. The next step was that I added some embossing powder on the top and with the heat gun from underneath the paper melted the powder.

This is very simple to create! Use ink pad and rub it all over the embossing folder then spray a bit of water ( I used distress ink, walnut stain) and then ran it through the machine.

Here are some more details from the project-

The bird cage is on the very bottom of the frame. I had to hammer quiet a few nails into the outer part of the frame and I was surprised that the frame held together so nicely!
Alright, next on the hop is:
 Angela at!!!

Should you get lost along the way, here is the entire line up:

 Miranda -
Vicki -
Lori -
Lissa Marie
Connie -
Pam -
Lisa ~
Ashley -
Carla -

I hope you enjoyed my project and will continue on to the next in line. We have such a talented and creative group of crafters waiting to share their Father's Day projects with you. Relax and have fun!

Until soon,

Friday, June 14, 2013

100 Acre Woods Blog Hop

Welcome to the 100 Acre Woods Blog Hop  

Blog Hop

Today we invite you to come check out this great  group of crafters who will be showcasing cards, layouts, or projects featuring  our favorite Winnie the Pooh Characters. 
Connie Can Crop is the  first stop on this fun Blog Hop.
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate  your leaving a comment to encourage all my fabulous crafty friends to continue  sharing their ideas and creations.  

We have an awesome sponsor and giveaway for this  hop!

Mae Sunshine Designs will be giving away a cute stamp set to one lucky person.

So what do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of us a  comment letting us know what you like best about our projects.  

Then come back to Connie Can Crop and post that you  followed the rules.
You will have until 9:00 pm Sunday to finish the  hop and leave your comments. 
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment  along the way!
Ready to join in the fun?

And here is my project:

This is the first time I use this cartridge from Cricut. When I saw this image from Pooh and the beehive I knew what I wanted to create. The background of this card was created with Ranger inks and a piece of paper with a wavy edge that I cut with fancy scissors.

Once I inked the clouds and grass I used a darker green and a sponge to give it some texture. After that the rest was easy.

I added some more dimension with some markers and the final touch was to add some sparkle with some flowers in the grass.

 Up next is Sarah at:

Here's our lineup in case you get lost:
1. Connie-
2. Pam -
3. Lucy ~
4. Nadja -
5. Sarah -
6. Tonya -
7. Georgiana ~
9. Wandy
10. Kathy
11. Jessi
12. Holli
13. Miranda -

I hope you are having a great time looking at all these amazing creations and enjoying yourselves. And maybe we sparked some "creative juices" to try some fun projects with Pooh and his friends.

Until soon,

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bi Weekly Challenge at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #41


Hello Fellow Crafters,

It is time for another great challenge at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge Blog! This time I am so super excited to share my card creation with all of you. Our sponsor for this challenge is Kenny K. I love his designs! They are so edgy and detailed. We also had to choose from a Bingo grid. If you never played along with a Bingo grid you must use the suggested items within a row, column or diagonal line on your card. How much fun is that?!

Es ist wieder Zeit fuer eine neue Challenge fuer Chocolate, Coffee und Cards Challenge Blog! Ich bin so begeistert Euch allen meine neuste Kreation vorzustellen. Unser Sponsor ist Kenny K. Ich liebe  Seien designs! Sie sehen so toll aus und haben wunderschoene details. Um unsere Karten zu vervollstaendigen mussten wir auch diesem Bingo grid folgen. Falls Ihr noch nie einem Bingo Grid gefolgt habt, so geht es: benutz die vorgeachlagenen Dinge in einer Reihe oder diagonal.

Here is my card for the challenge:
Hier ist meine Karte fuer die Challenge:

I chose Paige Parasol Digi Stamp. When I first saw this design I knew that this is the one. My fear at the time was that I never had colored anything this detailed before and to be honest it was a challenge for me. At the end I am very happy with the outcome though. I have to take a step back sometimes and realize that it has only been a year that I am coloring with my markers and not very often or as often as I would like too.

Ich habe mir Paige Parasol Digi Stemple ausgesucht fuer diese Challenge. Schon auf dem ersten Blick wusste ich das ich diesen Digi Stemple haben wollte. Meine Angst war aber das ich bis jetzt noch nie einen Stemple der so detailiert war bemalt habe. Ich muss schon sagen dass es fuer mich eine grosse Sache war. Aber als alles fertig bemalt war bin ich sehr zu frieden mit dem Endergebnis. Es ist erst ein Jahr her dass ich angefangen habe mit Copics zu malen. Von daher bin ich schon sehr zu frieden mit meinen Ergebnissen. Und ich wuerde viele lieber mehr malen als ich zur Zeit schaffe.

Here are the copics that I used
Hat, Boots, Corsett, Parasol/Haare, Stiefel, Corsett, Schirm: C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, BG10, BG13, BG15, BG18
Dress/Kleid: V2, V15, V17
Skin/Haut: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair/Haare: Y23, YR24, E35

And now some more close ups from my card.

 Und nun noch eine paar Bilder von meiner Karte.

And now it is time for you to check out all the other wonderful and creative cards that my Design Team Sisters have created for you.Go to Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Blog and I hope these cards will inspire you to join us in this challenge. I can't wait to see what you have created for us to view. 

Und jetzt geht es mal schnell zu unserem Blog damit Ihr Euch die anderen wunderschoenen Kreationen von meinen Design Team Schwestern anschauen koennt. Geht zu Chocolate, Coffee und Cards Blog und ich hoffe das Ihr Inspiration findet und mit macht bei unserer Challenge. Ich kann es  kaum abwarten Eure Kreationen zu betrachten.

And hier are the challenge I like to add this card:

Paper Crafting Journey- Pearls and Swirls
Challenges 4 Everybody- Anything goes
Sunday Stamper #261- Purple Haze
Make It Monday- Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge- For a Girl
Lacy Sunshine Challenge- Anything Goes

Until soon. Bis Bald