Trend Spotting

Despite the great tips and some very cool samples from Lisa and Kelly in their Studio Calico Trendspotting Class this week, I'm not on friendly terms with the neon trend (yet). Still, I wanted to make something and thought I'd rather go for a trend that I already love - woodgrain :)

Pixels and Glue - Handmade Wedding Card

Pixels and Glue - Handmade Wedding Card

I made this card on request for a colleague whose Swiss friends got married this last weekend. It seems the bride likes handmade and also makes things herself. Love when my cards fall into appreciative hands :)

Stamps: PTI Wishing You
Ink: PTI True Black and Vintage Tea-Dye
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Pretty Party
Cardstock: PTI Vintage Cream and Kraft
Other: PTI Notched Flower, Spiral Notebook and Turning a New Leaf dies, PTI Impression Plate Woodgrain and Book Print, PTI Vintage Button Aqua Mist, The Twinery Bakers Twine Aqua, Studio Calico Mister Huey Shine


slices of melon and nectarines

some weeks ago, i started this on my former blog as a lightweight kind of project life. i really hope you like them as much as i do since these little currents will make an appearance here, too. so, here you go:

time: 10:56pm
location: couch
watching: gangs of new york.
drinking: water
eating: cookies, but still craving the above :)
wearing: sweat pants. the notable thing is: i wore hot pants today. me! which basically means that despite the super hot weather (around 35°C / 95°F here), hell must be freezing over. especially since the only pair i own is from when i was a teenager. and they. still. fit.
needing: a hair cut. still.
looking forward: to a new trendspotting lesson w/ studio calico. we'll learn about neon tomorrow.

Ombré-esque Watercoloring

I don't know if you have already seen this card on the ScrapARTzine blog for their Wednesday Inspiration but I wanted to share it here, too, especially since I'd consider it a great option for the dreaded man cards ;-) 

handmade "masculine" birthday card with Silhouette Cameo die-cut

Some good weeks ago, I had a chance to extensively test a Silhouette Cameo* and one of the cuts I designed back then, was this fun chevron pattern. My inspiration for it came from a beautiful Dawn Gardner poster, which I just accidentally noticed on the Urban Outfitters/Society6 print shop. For the background, I had a go at two trendy techniques: ombré and watercoloring. I like the look I was able to achieve with the watercolors and some Mister Huey's. Though, if you want to try this for yourself, I would recommend to use at least structured cardstock. I took smooth PTI cardstock and it immediately soaked up all of the water. 

handmade "masculine" birthday card with Silhouette Cameo die-cut | detail

And just in case anyone wondered how I take photos for the blog when the weather is windy (or should I say fickle in general...?): Yes, a simple, clear box in the open shade is the way to go for me!

set-up of how I take photos of my crafts during summer

Well, that's it for today. Hope you have a great weekend, friends!

Stamps: Klartext Schmetterling
Ink: PTI True Black and Smokey Shadow
Cardstock: Jillibean Soup Kraft, PTI Stamper's Select White
Other: SC Mister Huey's (Clover, Lemonade, Mint Julep), Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist (Peacock), October Afternoon Sprinklers (Paper Doily), PTI Impression Plate (Book Print), sewing machine/thread, Silhouette Cameo, watercolors

* After much pondering, I meanwhile call one my own... ooops! :)


Hello everyone, I'm glad you found your way here to my new blog! Let's just get started with a fresh little notecard, okay? This is one I tucked into a package to a fellow crafter.

hand-stamped button card with die-cut paper flower

hand-stamped button card with die-cut paper flower - detail

I am not one to often use flowers on cards, my go-to focal points are (still) butterflies... but this simple and modern version... love! What do you think? Do you keep coming back to a certain focal point for your paper crafts? Do you like the new blog and bigger images - or is it even too big for your screen? I would love to here from you!

Oh, and if you have a spare minute - please, update your news readers with my new blog feed! Thanks for looking and have a wonderful week :)

Dana xx

Stamps: PTI Button Boutique and Turning a New Leaf
Ink: PTI True Black and Berry Sorbet, other from stash
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite, Crate Emma's Shoppe
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Vintage Cream,
Other: PTI Baker's Twine in Dark Chocolate, Martha Stewart Starburst punch, PTI Notched Flower dies, PTI Vintage Buttons Melon Berry, ribbon from stash, SC Mister Huey's Warm Calico