Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The year comes to an end...

I first thought that I would be happy to leave 2008 behind. But after I thought about it a little more I think 2008 was ok. I had a lot of problems with my health but I´m sure they will not suddenly vanish because it´s 2009 now! ;o) And I had some great times in 2008 too! We went on our honeymoon, moved in a great new home, I made lots of new friends (even international!) and enjoyed some great time being creative. And best of all: I spend precious time with my family and friends! Thanks to all of you that have been at my side this year! *hugs*

Surely I can´t finish my blogyear without something creative! :o) Here´s a new kind of box I did. I saw something like it here. But be carefully if you go there! Danielle has some really gorgeous stuff on her blog! Tons of inspiration! Here´s my box:

I think the mini-hÄnglar & stÄnglars are just perfect for this kind of box! :o)

Ok, that´s it for 2008! Enjoy new years eve and have fun tonight! Hope to see you in 2009 again! - Coni

Monday, December 29, 2008

Back to Scrapbooking!

Yeah! I finally found my way back to do a LO again! *woohoo* Don´t ask me how long it took but I just can say it was waaaay longer than I usually need. And I´m a slowly scrapper! ;o) I used some pics of christmas eve. Fresh pics are a great start!

When I was finally done I just started the next one and finished it the other day. It´s with an actual christmas-pic too. Ok, honestly I use those new pics because I *NEED* to sort through the older ones first. They are all just waiting in a box... But I´ve plans to sort them soon because I need more pics to scrap. I don´t wanna pause for such a long time again!

Here´s the second LO:

And here´s a close-up because I couldn´t take one good pic of the LO:

If you have any tipps for me how to take better pics of 12x12´´ LOs they would be more than welcome. I really don´t like my photos. I think my LOs look different (in my oppinion better) in real life than on those pics.

I hope you all have a great time! - Hugs, Coni

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas and some snowflakes

I hope you all had a great chistmas-time! I enjoyed the time with my family. We celebrated christmas eve with my mom, her dh and my sister here at home (if you don´t know: we celebrate christmas eve here and get the gifts then here in Germany). Above you can see our tree. :o)

The next days we went to my inlaws in Düsseldorf and celebrated with Andis family. It was so much fun to see almost everybody of our family for the holidays!

Before christmas I needed some more cards for some friends. I saw a snowflake-shaped card on the internet and wanted to try this too. So I cut some with my Cricut and when I seached for the images to use I thought that the sitting kids from Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar work just perfect. I´m glad every girl liked her snowflake! :o) Here they are (with some close-ups):

As I said we had a great time celebrating the holidays. The only thing I missed was snow! We had just one small snow-shower so far and that was a while ago. And it didn´t last long. So I decided today to do a snow-card with one of my loved Elzybells-stamps. These stamps are just too cute! :o)

I really like the color-combination. I think it works perfect for the winter-themes! :o)

I got some new stuff to play with for christmas. Now I "just" have to decide what to use first! But since I haven´t scrapped that much in a long time I wanna start with this hobby first. So I cleaned my scrap-space today and now I´m starting with a LO. We´ll see how long it´ll take! :o)

Have a great day! Hugs, Coni

Friday, December 19, 2008

My christmas-Stampin´Up!-workshops

I had my last Stampin´Up!-workshop last week. So now it´s time to rest and enjoy the christmas-time. And surely I´ll start to prepare the workshops for the beginning of 2009. But before I start this I´ll show you what I´ve done at my workshops in December. One thing was a christmas-card. I did this two examples:

Most people here in Germany like the traditional christmas-colors red, vanilla and green. That why I used those colors for the cards.But since I do christmas-workshops since the end of september I don´t wanna see this color-combination that much any more! I so love other colors too!!! :D So I did this little gift-box in purple. I know that a lot of people don´t like purple but I do! But to make everybody happy I always have other cardstock-colors with me for the workshops! Here´s my example:

I was really glad that everybody enjoyed the workshops!I wanted to do so many christmas-cards this year but I didn´t!

I´m really sad I don´t have enough cards for all the lovely people I wanted to send one. But I guess it´s too late now and so I guess I should start with my card-produktion for the birthdays in 2009. I wasn´t very successful with this in 2008 too. :o(

Hope you´ll have a great day!!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

1 year ...

... and one day ago this pic was taken.

We had our 1. wedding-anniversary yesterday. I can´t believe that it´s already one year!! But I´m sure that this was the bestest day of my life! I married the love of my life and I´m really grateful that I have this great man as my husband!!!

If you need proof of this I can tell you that he is always there when I need him! He´s my best friend too. You wanna see it yourselve that he´s great??? Ok, than I´ll show you his x-mas gift for me ;o) :

Any more questions? :o) This sewing- & stiching-mashine is so awesome!!! I´m not sure if there´s anything she can´t do! Andi says I just wanted it because it looks so beautiful. *lol* And to be honest: it looks beautiful, doesn´t it?? :D But it has so many options like f.e. that it has a USB-port so you could use it with you computer!!! And last but not least: it´s fun to sew with! I started with simple things and than I finished this bag that I started in my sewing-class:

The pattern and the fabric is from Amy Butler. I really love her stuff! I´m sure I´ll sew this cute little bag again!

Before I close this post for today I´ll show you so more of my christmascards for this year:

The next card is not "typical Coni" I think. It´s an image by Thomas Kinkade. I like his stuff and the stamps. But it´s really hard to color them. Here I used my pastels and later highlighted the lightbulbs with stickles.

When you move the card it looks like the lights are shining. I like this card but I´ve heard that a lot of people don´t like this kind of stamps and prefere my "typical Coni-style" more. Whatever: I´m sure there will be more cards like this one!

Hope you´ll have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

For Katarina

Usually I don´t participate in Blog-candies, but this is a very special one: My friend Katarina from Sweden is celebration 10 years with the love of her life Bengt. She´s such a wonderful person and does beautiful creations! I love the idea of her candy because she wants to spread the LOVE with it! Every time someone joins she will add something to her candy because love grows when you share it! Isn´t that a wonderful idea???
I´ve you wanna join too, go HERE!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY my friend! *hug*

Magnolia x-mas

Last week I got some new Magnolias. I really love their stamps. I was really happy that I got all the stamps I had on my wish-list. I had some time to stamp last weekend when a friend and my sister came over to have fun together. So I mounted and used my new stamps. I wanted to use my watercolor-pens again. I hadn´t used them in a long time! When I had colored this cutie in "my" colors I immidiatly wanted to do a card with her. Here´s what I did:

The colors are brighter in real life but I´didn´t had the best light when I took this pic.

When I searched for the leaves shape I found the Quickutz rub-ons I got with my "Vixen"-alpha. I really love them so I never used them. I always thought that they are way too prescious to use. Sometimes I´m crazy! I buy stuff to use it biut just couldn´t do it because it´s just too great! Do you know this feeling? Whatever, this time I decided to use one of the rub-ons because I thought the sentiment works perfect with my card. :o)

I have colored two more images and hope to make cards from them soon!

Have a great day! - Coni

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas is near!

I starting to look a lot like christmas! :o) And I´m way behind with my christmas cards. :o( But from time to time I find some time to stamp. Here are two cards I did:

Since I do most of my Stampin´Up!-workshops using red and green since September I ´like to use other colors in my "private" stamping. ;o) And I think with these images light colours like the blue and the pink work very well! :o)

About 1 1/2 weeks ago we had our first snow. *yeah* Honestly I just LOVE snow!!! I was so happy that I was at home so I could grap my camera and take a pic. This was the view from our living-room:

Beautiful, isn´t it? The snow lay everywhere for a while but just a few hours later everything melt and the world looked gray. :o( I hope we´ll have lots of snow and sunny winterdays this year! For those of you that need to drive I hope for "winterfree" streets too! ;o)

Inspired by the snow I wanted to use a new stamp I bought at Whiff of joy. Isn´t that a cute little snowman?

I use my cuttlebug-folders more often now and I really love them! Here I used the ColorCore-cs and aged the embossed images to show the lighter color inside the cs. I think that´s a beautiful effect.

Hope you all have a great new week! - Coni

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Patchwork and a LO

I sew a lot lately! I guess it´s my new addicition. Not that I don´t have another addiction and way too much time! *lol* But it´s so much fun!!!

And this table-coth was my first "real" patchwork-work:

I epecially love the fabrics from Tilda and Amy Butler. That´s why I went shopping last week and bought these:

I can´t wait to use these fabrics! I already started sewing the bag with the Amy Butler-fabrics. But I guess it´ll take some time before I´ll be posting them here.

Last week I started working on the Big Picture-class again. I´m waaaay behind but it´s so great to scrap again! Can somebody please send some time? I soo need it to do all the projects I have in mind! *lol*

This LO is about our visit in Austria this spring. I´m so sorry I couldn´t show a better pic but whatever I did the quality doesn´t change. :o( In real life the colors where really bright and warm!

Maybe you could see the colors better on here?

Right now it´s really hard to dicide what to do in my free time: stampin´, scrappin´or sewin´? Oh, and did I ever mention that I love to play "World of Warcraft" and there´s a new add on to that game out? I guess everybody else palying that game is playing instead of doing crafts! *lol* Whatever! I will not find more time so I should just enjoy whatever I do right?

Have a great day! - Coni

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pink christmas

As I´ve mentioned before I love the pink/lightgreen-combination for christmas. That´s why I´m so happy that tehre are so many great papers in these colors availible at the moment. The paper I used for this card are from K&Company and I bought the whole paper-pad. :D

I used an Elzybells-image again. I really love these cute images and wonder why I didn´t use this one before (or the other that still are not used...)!

Here´s a close-up again.

I´m so in the mood to be creative at the moment. And it´s always the same: I didn´t find the time! And when I´m home with a little time on hand I start cleaning my desk first - till the times over. Always the same! Do you know this feeling too???

Have a great day! - Coni
stamps - Elzybells, sentiment: Stampin´up! (USA)
cs - Stampin´Up!
pp - K&Company
fowers - Prima Marketing
brads, snowflake-punch, scalloped boarder-punch (Stampin´Up!)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

New bag...

Tonight it was time for my sewing-class again. I wanted to start sewing my "flying pig" but spontanously decided to sew a bag. I bought everything I needed in a kit when I was at the convention. Andi saw the bag and showed it to me. Isn´t it great to have a hubby that feeds your addiction? *lol*

I was really happy that I could finish it in just one evening! Here are the pics:

I´m sorry that the photos don´t show that the light fabric is a pale pink. :o( But it´s hard to get the colors like they are in real life. I´m not sure what to use the bag for. I have several ideas. What do you think? Oh, it´s ca. 26x26 cm (10 x 10 inch).

Ok, I guess next week I´m starting with the pig, um? ;o)

Have a great day!

Monday, October 27, 2008

House Mouse- Challenge #11

I don´t patizipate in challenges often. Mostly it´s because I don´t find the time or when I see the challenge it´s not something I´m in the mood for. But I´ve been watching the House Mouse-Challenge-Blog. I really love all the creations there and the ideas for the challenges. When I lurked in today again I loved the challenge! And since I had some time I decided to join! :o) The theme this week is "Natural". So I decided to use natural colors:

The scalloped circle and the ribbon are dark-brown. On the pic they look a little like black. :o(

It was great to use a House Mouse again!! Thanks for the hint to use them! ;o) I didn´t used them often lately which is sad!!! I had so much fun using this cute mouse and I had a lot of fun joining this challenge. I´ll surely be back soon! ;o)

Have a great day!

Stamp - House Mouse
cs - Stampin´Up!
Ribbon - American Crafts
Embossing - Folder by Cuttlebug

colored with Tombows

Friday, October 24, 2008

Forever friends-christmas

Do you know "Forever friends"? As some of you know I´m a huge teddy-bear-fan. So I love this littel, cute bears for years now! What Sarah Kay-stuff was in my childhood, Forever friends were to my earliy teenage years. :o)

My dear friend JayJay told me that there are some Forever friends-stamps out now and showed me a UK-shop sending them to Germany too. I surely couldn´t resist and buy some of those cute stamps! ;o)

Ok, I guess I needed some more! *lol* I couldn´t resist to use one soon too so I did this x-mas-card with one of them:

Isn´t this bear a cutie??? ;o)

Have a great day!

stamps - Hallmark, Stampin´Up! (sentiment)
cs - Stampin´up!
pp - Basic Grey
Proma-flower, brad

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Purple winter...

I saw a wonderful background last week and wanted to try it immidiatly! The girl who did this just stamped some snowflakes in the same color like the cardstocck - just a darker version. Then she lightly goes with her white pen along the lines of the stamps. This looks sooo cool! So I tried it on this card:

Here´s a close-up of the background.

I used my new cuttlebug-folders too - finally! I have them for some a while now and still haven´t used them. To make the embossing more visible I used a white chlak-inkpad to highlight it a little. Now I´m not sure anymore if I still like it or if it is too much. What do you think?

I´m sure I´ll do more cards with those backgrounds. It´s a good way to safe patternd paper. But I´ll use pp too - I just love it too much to not use it! ;o)

stamp - hÄnglar & stÄnglar, heart: Darcies
cs - Stampin´Up!
Ribbon und Uniball Signo (whit pen), 3D-pads

Monday, October 20, 2008

SU!, Tilda & Co.

The last days were filled with a lot of action. But all this action was fun! :o)

Last thursday I´ve been to my sewing-class again. I spontanously decided to sew a small bag from my new book "Tildas winterworld" from Tone Finnanger. So I bought the fabric and started. Stupid me! I hadn´t bought enough fabric! So I decided to do the bag even smaller than I wanted to do it. When I was done the whole class laughed. Here´s my new bag. I put a stamp next to it so you can see the size.

Since I had some more fabric (just not for the bag I wanted) I sew another of the boxes like I´ve done before. It´s just a very small one too this time. But it´s perfect for some tissues! ;o)

On friday and saturday I did some Stampin´Up!-workshops again. We did little giftbags for x-mas (like I did at another workshop before). Here´s my example:

I´m really sorry I didn´t think of taking pics at every workshop I did this bag! We always had so different bags in the end! That´s something I really like! But I took one pic on saturday. We were just five people (many couldn´t come because they became ill) but we had fun! :o) Here´s our little gallery:

It´s great to see the different results! That´s something I really like about being a SU!-demo! There´s so much inspiration for me! :o)

Yesterday I´ve been to a crafters-convention in Lübeck. There wasn´t a lot for stampers or scrappers (I bought 3 paper-sheets, that´s it). But there´s a lot for those that sew. And since I´m a big fan of Tone Finnanger I bought some Things to sew more of her stuff:

The tan-tanned fabric is for a flying pig I want to do. It´ll (hopefully) look like the little wooden one I bought. I so love this pig! And yes: I´m trying to sew one of the Tilda-dolls. There´s everything I need for this in the box.

I´m going to a patchwork-workshop for christmas on the 1st of November. So I wanted some fabric for this too. And I was sooo happy when I found this patterns:

I really like pink/lightgreen for x-mas! I just bought some pp with these colors. I know lots of people prefere the classic red/green-combo. I like that too but I love pink/lightgreen! :o) Now I just need to decide what to sew! ;o)

So this past weekend was over in a rush and I can´t believe it´s already monday! But here it is and the new working-week has started! I wish the weekends were longer and the working part sooner done! ;o)

Whatever: have a great new week and a wonderful day!

All materials for the x-mas-giftbags are Stampin´Up!