Happy Birthday! (oh, and Merry Christmas!)

Daring Cardmakers are celebrating their 7th birthday this week and as ever, I was looking forward to Friday morning to find out what the challenge for this week would be. I was not disappointed! The theme this week was of course “birthdays” mixed together with a colour combo – rainbow.

The cake looks sooooo good! Don’t you think? Sometimes I think about visiting other blogs but quite frankly, I don’t have the time. Plus, the teams blogs are full of great ideas. As I had some extra time on my hands today, I decided to give the Christmas card a go too. I tried to use more or less the same layout for both cards. I really enjoyed having a bit of “me” time today just sitting at my desk for a few hours. Here are the cards I made…….

Materials used:
Paper: Forever Christmas Cards Paperstack (free in a magazine)
Doodle Deux Collection 6×6
Regular plain cardstock
Premimum glitter scrapbook paper – Santa Claus
Stamps: Dani Peuß Klartext Stempel
My Paper World – Christmas Decoration and Embellishments
Ribbon: Idee
Tools: Big Shot Machine, XCUT Build a Scene Garden party set, heat tool
Other: Fineliners, embossing powder, ink pads, Martha Stewart border punch, sticky-back pearls

I really like my birthday card but I’m not so impressed with how the Christmas card turned out. I guess maybe I’m not feeling Christmassy enough yet!?

Anyway…..Happy Birthday Daring Cardmakers! http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.de/

Danielle xxx

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Autumn is here!…….

Although I really enjoyed the gorgeous weather this Summer, I’m always happy to welcome the Autumn! I think it’s my favourite season for decoration. I love the colours, the scenery, the smell of the air and the yummy Autumn food such as pumpkin, sweet potato, chestnuts etc. I like to send cards to people not just for special occasions like birthdays, but just simply to say hello and to let them know that I am thinking of them. A few weeks ago, I deleted a certain social network account. It has certainly challenged me in finding other ways to keep in touch, whether it be a phone call, meeting up for a coffee or simply sending someone a bit of “snail mail”. Anyhow, here are 2 of my favourite Autumn style cards that I made…… as ever, you can see some beautiful ideas by visiting my favourite craft blog http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.de/ where this week the theme is Harvest Festival.

Have a great weekend!
Danielle

Signature Style

Every Friday I love to take a look at my favourite crafting blog…..http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.de/ Every week the team post a new theme and there are always plenty of lovely cards and ideas to see. This week the theme is “Signature Style”, basically there are some methods/materials/colours etc. that we tend to use over and over again in our cards. I think my signature style changes from time to time. At the minute I am obsessed with my Big Shot machine which I received a few months ago for my birthday. I love using the embossing folders and dies! I’m really into blue at the minute and have recently bought some lovely new papers in blue tones. A bit of glitter is also a must for my cards! Here are a few cards that I have made which I think sum my “Signature Style” up. Enjoy!

Danielle xxx

the case for ‘pre-loved’

I was just reading a Blog from a friend of mine and thought I would share her thoughts here. I found this post really interesting, really gave me something to think about. I hope it may change your mind too…….

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Anyone who knows me knows I love a bargain. I break all rules of conversational etiquette when someone compliments me on something I’m wearing by responding with an enthusiastic declaration of how little it cost, and from where. Charity shops, second-hand sales, eBay – I love ‘pre-loved’.

But, over the last couple of years, I’ve been challenged to make this a central part of my shopping philosophy. Let me explain: I’m not talking about casually wandering into charity shops, buying the odd thing or two which, quite honestly, we don’t need anyway. I’m talking about changing our lifestyle so that we don’t buy new unless we absolutely need to.

Mister needs a bed – we search the community furniture store. We need a camera – we browse eBay. The kids need next season’s clothes – I scour charity shops and second-hand sales.

Unless we need to buy something new (e.g. for…

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All things Schwarzwald

I’ve been a very busy bee over the last few months. I’ve had lots to do at work and for my studies, appointments here and there etc. but luckily I had time to spend a great weekend in the Black Forest. We didn’t have the best weather but it didn’t matter, we had our rain gear with us! We spent 4 days in Simonswald, a gorgeous place right in the heart of the Black Forest. On the first day we managed to climb a “mountain” Hohe Steig……1003 meters high. Well we didn’t climb all of it, just 500 meters or so but we did make it to the top! The second day we had a beautiful hike following a trail where we saw lots of Mills. The third day we went to Titisee and if I’m honest, I wasn’t so impressed. If you like being a tourist then this is the place for you! On our final day we did a high ropes course and I highly recommend it, it was soooooo much fun. However, be prepared for a work out!!! The Highlight of the Weekend was definitely my very large piece of Black Forest Gateaux, or as the Germans would call it: Schwarzwälderkirschtorte. They really like long words……..I hope to get back to some crafting soon, pictures to follow.

Alles Liebe

Danielle

Friends

Friends are the family we pick for ourselves!Friends are like flowers. They are the family we pick for ourselves……..

It’s been quite a while since I have blogged about anything. Well actually, I don’t think I ever really got started. A very dear friend of mine visited this past weekend and I had the best time. We spent hours talking, eating, laughing and of course CRAFTING!!! She is a very talented crafter and has once again inspired me to sit down at my desk more often, taking the time for myself and for others as I craft. Here’s a link to her blog, have a look at her creations, they’re simply beautiful. http://bastelmiri.blogspot.de/

Here are some of the pictures of our creations and our time together.
Thank you Miri for a wonderful weekend.
Ich hab dich lieb!!!