Krumspring does NYC

Hello there 🙂

A lot of you have asked about my big trip to NYC and if I would share some tips and must-see/do. And of course I will – it has taken me a some time to write this blogpost, but it is finally here 🙂

Beforehand I asked my wonderful friends on Instagram, if they had any tips or must see/do in NYC and of course – recommendations for crafty trips.

You can see the post and comments right here. I really loved how many chipped in with suggestions and tips. Makes me feel so grateful for our awesome crafty community.

Snapshots from our travel ( from top left corner) – airplane food, pulled pork burger at Helsinki Airport, Me at the moomin shop, Santas Official Gateway sign, me hot and sweaty after a long travel and then crazy hot weather in NYC, Jacob leaving our appartment in Denmark, Jacob at the airplane, our gate in Helsinki and our hotel lobby in NYC.

Our travel schedule over there was as follows:

  • We flew from Copenhagen Airport at 8:55 Thursday May 18 to Helsinki. We landed in Helsinki Airport at 1,5 hour later. We flew with FinnAir to Helsinki and later to New York. We did flew the direct opposite direction of New York to get to Helsinki, but we saved a bunch of money by doing so + flying with FinnAir is something I can highly recommend! Great service, space and the airplane food was good. This is my first long distance flight, and they made it an excellent one.
  • We flew from Helsinki to New York in 8 hours 40 minutes. I got terrible air-sickness on our way down, but other than that it was a smooth ride and I got to see my favourite movie “We Are The Millers” 🙂

We booked our plane tickets 2,5 months in advance via www.ticket.com. I spend a lot (like a lot a lot) time on this to get us the best deal.

Our hotel was booked 6 weeks in advance via www.hotels.com.

When we got to NYC we walked out into a wall of heat! It was 37 degrees celsius. Totally crazy!

We took the subway to the hotel. Our hotel was in MidTown, which was perfect! We walked every where and everything was closed by. We were literally right in the middle of everything.

I had my very own Spiderman join me on the trip. Every time we turned a corner he had a new Spiderman analogy.

New York City is just amazing, fascinating and a little scary. I mean – soooo many people and tall buildings! For a small Dane like me it was like walking around in a movie 🙂 So fun.

What we saw

Before we left I had made a list of what we wanted to see. I had divided it into the sections of the city based on my Lonely Planet New York City book.

We only had 5 nights/days so I thought it better to be prepared.

As a basketball girl, visiting the NBA store was a must! This is me and Shaquille O’neals shoes comparison.

Midtown

  • Times Square
  • Empire State Building (more on this further down)
  • Chrysler Building
  • Rockefeller Center and Top of The Rock (more on this further down)
  • Fifth Avenue stroll
  • New York Public Library
  • Grand Central Station

Lower Manhatten and Financial District

  • The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
  • 9/11 Memorial
  • Brooklyn Bridge walk
  • Wall Street
  • If time: Free ride with the Staten Island Ferry

Upper West Side/Central Park

  • Explore and picnic in Central Park + John Lennon memorial.
  • American Museum of Natural History

Other:

  • Flatiron Building
  • Highline
  • Chinatown

And I also had a must-see stores list with me (it IS the perfect shopping city!)

  • The NBA store (I got myself some EPIC Lakers pyjamas pants)
  • Blick
  • Michaels and The Ink Pad
  • Paper Source

I had printed Coupons for Paper Source and Michaels on their websites beforehand. Do not do it too early before your trip, other wise the coupons will be outdated.

Blick

This was such an amazing store. And with great deals on Copic markers – the more you buy, the more you saved. I saved almost 40 % compared to the Danish prices. The markers were locked inside a cabinet and they had to watch me take my picks and then bring the to the cash register. It was a little unusual and made me feel like I was buying Diamonds.

Michaels

I was really disappointed with the selection and did not buy anything here. It was a bit more scrapbook and planner minded.

The Ink Pad

This store is definetly worth a visit 🙂 Check out their site here: www.theinkpadnyc.com

Paper Source

IN LOVE. This store was so beautiful and had so many fun crafty, paper goodies. Including stamps and tools. I had a 10 % coupon for my entire purchase, that I had printed before we left.

Rockefeller center and Empire State building

I booked our tickets for both of these experiences online before our trip. We went to Empire State Building by day to get a good view of the entire city in the day. Since it was a clear day we could see super far. It was such a fun experience.

From Empire State Building

We went up to Top of The Rock late at night when it was dark. We decided to do it this way, so we could see the light on Empire State Building.

We saw both on the same day. When I booked our tickets for Top of The Rock, we had to choose a time for our visit and I chose 22:30. Which in hindsight might have been a little too late lol. We had been up at 6 am in the morning after our loooong trip the day before so were quite busted and jetlagged after seeing SO many things that day. Jacob had fallen asleep in our hotel room beforehand at around 21.00 I had to wake him up and tell him, that if we didn’t leave RIGHT NOW I would fall asleep on the floor and we would miss it. So we went outside and sat with a coffee and waited until it was time.

But it was SUCH an amazing experience. Definetly one of my absolute favorite of the trip.

Breathtaking, right? It was amazing.

THe Statue of liberty and ellis island

The day we went to Liberty and Ellis Island the weather had shifted. It was grey, raining a tiny bit and a little colder. Miss optimist went outside in bare arms and legs at first, but went back to get her jacket though. It was nice that it lightened up a bit with the heat.

I can recommend getting an NYC pass. We did not have this, but when we were standing in line for this + American Natural History Museum, people got a bit faster through the queue with this. I also believed they saved some money. I would definetly do this next time. We did not stand in line that long for this trip, but we did for ANHM.

This trip is amazing because of the New York skyline! I was completely in love.

We was also recommended taking a FREE boat ride with the Staten Island ferry. This would have been a great way to see the skyline, and I am a little bummed that we did not have enough time for this.

American Natural History Museum

The first time we really stood in a long queue and the rain was pouring down!

We had so much fum with this museum. Especially the Dinosaur department. We combined it with a walk in Central Park, seeing where John Lennon lived and was shot as well as hunting some Pokémons. Fun day!

I had wet shoes, socks and feet the entire day though. Must bring socks to change next time. Or maybe at least and umbrella lol.

 

I had to have a hot cocoa from Starbucks (I do not drink coffee)!

Well that got a bit long, and I could EASILY carry on for a few more pages lol. But I will spare you.

If anybody has any questions, please leave them in the comment section and I will do my absolute best to answer them. I am a travel newbie though, so please bear with me 🙂

And ooooone last recommendation – EAT AT WAGAMAMA when you have had too many donuts and burgers lol. It was SO good 😉

We had our best meals and Shake Shack (YUM!) and Wagamama. We chose not to spend too much money on food, but these places were DELICIOUS. Definetly visiting Wagamama in Copenhagen soon.

Next time I go there I also want to:

  • Visit Highline and go for a walk (we did not have enough time)
  • Walk through Chinatown (again – time)
  • See a Musical on Broadway (Lion Kind for example – or maybe Kinky Boots?)
  • Take a free trip with the Staten Island ferry
  • Visit Central Park when it is not raining cats and dogs, and have a little picnic
  • DO IT ALL ONE MORE TIME!

Okay, now I am done! Promise 🙂
Hugs

Maria

Summer Theme Week part 3

Happy friyay!
Best day of the week 🙂 And in Denmark, the summer has completely disappeared – the rain is pouring down and it is also quite cold. Lol – that is the heart of the Danish summer though.

We still have our Summer Sale going on in the shop – click on the photo to go directly to the sales page in the webshop.

Today we have Janni and Dana sharing some amazing summer cards. All these summer cards have really made me want to get my craft on!

Dana

Dana is the master of thinking outside the box – she created this amazing summer card with the Leo starsign for summer birthdays. Love that she used the doodle from You Are Awesome to created this beautiful galaxy for the starsign.

Janni

This Monkey Madness gorilla is just too cool for school – and the yellow You Make Me Fly balloons! Well count me in 🙂

Love that Janni challenged herself with the bright yellows instead of her usual pastels 🙂 The Adventures Ahead hot air balloons pairs perfect with the sentiment from You Are Awesome.

Hello there cutie / Monkey Madness 🙂 So cute right? And she even snuck in some pastel colour for the Funky Pineapples.

Well now the Dream Team is on summer holiday for July but they will be back with a BANG for our Anniversary celebration in August 🙂 🙂 🙂

Wishing you all an amazing summer.

Hugs

Maria

[ Supplies used ]

You Are Awesome

Monkey Madness

Funky Pineapples

Adventures Ahead

Summer Theme Week 2017 part 2

Happy thursday peeps!

I am back here today, to share more of the Dream Teams amazing summer cards. Oh, and to remind you all of our big sale going on in the shop right now 🙂 Lots of money to save! Click on the photo, to go directly to the sales page on the shop.

I also just happens to have a bunch of more awesome cards to share with you all ! Yes, I feel so lucky to be able to do this.

Natalie

Natalie is actually on maternity leave right now, after giving birth to a beautiful babygirl on friday. Stop by and wish her congratulations.

The coloring of the Peacockness Peacock is out of this world. And the One Triangle At A Time background in green behind the vellum? Okay, I am in love!

Rowena

Yes, please to pineapples with sunglasses on!
Rowena used the brand new Funky Pineapples set to create this epic summer card.

Do you feel inspired? 🙂 I sure do – must hurry into my craft room and dig out some pineapple sunglasses and peacockness !

Have a happy day!
Hugs, Maria

[ Supplies used in this blogpost: ]

Peacockness

Funky Pineapples

One Triangle at a Time

Summer theme event + SALE

Hello there

Summer is finally here – at least it is in my part of the World 🙂 And that is cause for a celebration!

Therefore we will be sharing happy, summer cards this week on the blog and social media. BUT that is no all – no no no.. To go along with our summer theme, we have a BIG sale going on in the shop! Wohoo! Save 10 – 15- 20 – 50 % on selected stamp sets, in the category “1ST SUMMER SALE“. It is time to stock up for the summer crafty projects 🙂

Today we have some wonderful summer cards to share with you all.

Erica

Erica used the ultimate summer theme flower – the Sunflower – for this card. I love that she used the Colourful Triangle Vibe stamp, to create little green hils for the Sunflower.

Tina

That background! I mean, SWOON! Tina used the Awesome Triangle Wizard stamp as a template to create this amazing beach.

Rosali

You can almost sense how hot this dinosaur from For My Caveman is, walking in the desert. Love how Rosali used the Awesome Triangle Wizard stamp to create a scenic background too.

The Peacockness Peacock is PERFECT for summer cards. I really love the colours and hot background for this card, also using Awesome Triangle Wizard

Don’t you just feel the summer vibes now!? I hope you do 🙂
Remember to stop by the shop and stock up on sales items!

Enjoy your summer day

Hugs, Maria

[ Supplies used in this blogpost ]

For My Sunflower

Colourful Triangle Vibe

Awesome Triangle Wizard

For My Caveman

Beautiful Butterflies with Tina

Hi guys!
I am back on the Krumspring blog with some new inspiration for you – this time I dedicated my craftyness to the beauuuutiful stamp set called „Spread your wings“. I made two cards; one is on the clean and simple side and the other one is acutally made from leftovers of previous projects. I am sure you all know this: you start with a cards, you have some certain ideas in your head and in the end it looks completely different, LOL. So never, never throw away anything you might have created while your card making process, one day you will have the perfect occasion using it!

So let’s get started with my first card ☺

I heat embossed the butterflies onto vellum (120g/m2, quite heavy) with white embossing powder and fussy cut them out. Using a heavy vellum makes them nice and sturdy. So I diecut a stitched panel of craft cardstock and adhered both butterflies with gluedots underneath the body (this way, the gluedots won’t show off). Then I simply added a diecut „hello“ (I cut it out three times for a nice dimension) plus the word „beautiful“ (from the same set), also white heat embossed onto black cardstock and glued them onto the panel as well. Some white Nuvo drops finished off my very clean an simple card. It took me about 15 minutes to create it. I think although it’s CAS, it is still sweet and feminine. So if you are in a hurry lately, this might be a card you wanna try out! 😉

So we jump right to my second card which is made out of leftovers:


I made this pretty watercolor background for a previous card project and in the end I didn’t use it. I have a drawer full of things I began but never finished. So I grabbed for that panel because I thought the colors would be a nice background for my pretty vellum butterflies. To add more interest, I decided to diecut a frame out of glittery cardstock. I heat embossed the big „Happy“ in white and the small „birthday“ in gold. They are both included in the set „The Necessary One“. I added some sparkling sequins to imitate the trail of the smaller butterfly. As I already hat the watercolor panel, this card was also finished in about 20 minutes. It is always a highlight for me finishing a card in such a short time – I need more or less 3 hours for one card in the average ☺ ☺.
I hope you got inspired and give your leftovers a good home on a card very soon!
Have an amazing day! Hugs – Tina

[ Supplies I used ]

Spread Your Wings

The Necessary One

Take Me Away with Erica

Hello, hello! Erica on the Krumspring blog today.

I’ve only got one card today but it’s bright and cheerful, which has recently been my card MO. This one is also a bit soppy as I made it for my husband. He’s currently away scoping out the new place we are moving to in a few months and I’m missing him a little bit. I’m also feeling quite excited to go there myself and see it all.

Right, back to the card. That’s what you are all here for, isn’t it? Not listen to me jibber-jabber on about the non-crafty side of my life, lol!

I started with the You Make Me Fly stamp set and grabbed my Zig markers. Before I stamped the balloon cluster and the teddy bear with VersaMark ink I used my anti-static tool on the watercolour card stock and then sprinkled white embossing powder on it. I set it with my heat tool and got to work! As I wanted something really bright and happy, I decided to do a rainbow coloured cluster of balloons. The bottom balloon got coloured yellow and then I worked my way through the colours until I was out of balloons. The little teddy bear I also coloured in with the Zig markers. Once both pieces were dry, I fussy cut them out and set them aside.

For my background I also used the Zig markers but only two light blue ones. I swish-swashed these loosely all over the panel. I sped up the drying process with the heat tool and then loosened up the colour a little bit in places where I thought it needed it and then set it with the heat tool again. The anti-static tool came out again as I decided to add some clouds to the background. The cloud stamp I used came from the Adventures Ahead set and I stamped it randomly all over the panel before adding the white embossing powder again.

The sentiments I decided to use both come from the You Make Me Fly set. I stamped the two I picked out in different shades of blue ink on white card stock and then cut them out. I started assembling the card and placed all the bits where I thought they should be before adhering them to the card using foam tape. This is always my process when making a card as I don’t want to stick anything down before I’m sure that’s where it should go. The same with sequins. And speaking of sequins.. I may have added a few of those too, even though this card is for The Man and he’s not a bling-lover but oh well. He knows I am and will probably love the card more for what I write inside of it rather than what’s on the outside.

Ok, well, that’s it from me for this time. I hope you like the card and will feel inspired to make one yourself, no matter the occasion. The two stamp sets I’ve used for this card have got to be two of my top five faves from Krumspring stamps. They are so cute and fun to colour, I can recommend adding these to your stash for sure!

Have a great week and see you all soon again!

Happy crafting from Erica

[ Supplies I used ]

You Make Me Fly

Adventures Ahead

Loose watercolor background with Rowena

Hi friends!! It’s Rowena here I’m back with a simple card using ‘ You are Awesome‘ and ‘Spread Your Wings‘ stamps.

For my card today, I wanted to create a card using my favorite technique…a loose blended watercolor background!! It’s one of my go-to technique when I want to create that watercolor look.

Let’s get started shall we!!! 😊

I wanted to add interest onto my card panel and the ‘You are Awesome‘ is the perfect stamp for the job! This is such a awesome stamp(pun intended 😉) for making your own unique background or using it as a focal point on your projects.

To create my background, I white heat embossed the scribbly circles focusing mostly on top of my panel.

I did a bit of ink blending using mustard seed distress ink. I then lightly sprayed the panel with clean water and with the help of a waterbrush moved the colors even more to achive that loose watercolor look. I added a bit of wild honey distress ink just to brighten the yellows more. Sprinkled yellows and purple to add more interest to the card.

Next I simply colored the cute little butterflies from ‘Spread your Wings‘ stamp with watercolor. I kept the colors simple and fun. I added a bit of shimmer and foam tape to give the butterflies a bit of dimension. I added the sentiment from the same set to complete the card.

Hope you all like today’s post!!! Till next time and happy crafting everyone😘

Hugs,
Rowena

[ Supplies I used ]

You Are Awesome

Spread Your Wings

Colourful triangle backgrounds with Rosali

Hi, Rosali here!

Today I want to show you two ways to make a coloured background the star of your design! I’m sure you all know how Maria’s stamp line started with her drawings of triangles and they are still some of my favorite images from her stamp designs! I was very excited when I held the “Awesome Triangle Wizard” background from the latest release in my hands for the first time and because I like it so much I chose it as my focus for this blog post!

For card no. 1 I use the ink smooshing technique. Which means, I smooshed some Distress Ink minis on a piece of laminated cardstock (you could also use a craft mat or an acrylic block), spritzed it with water and then tapped the heat embossed background panel into it several times holding it at different angles.

I dried the paper in between and tapped some more. After that I coloured some of the triangles with the leftover ink and a small brush. This method was inspired by a video by Kristina Werner, one of my favorite crafty Youtubers ever!

To keep the whole background visible I stamped my sentiment “You Are Awesome” from the same-named stamp set on vellum. A few sequins on top-finished!

On card no. 2 I tried out colouring with coloured pencils on black cardstock, something I wanted to do since I got my pencils! I saved up for a set of Luminance pencils earlier this year and they are supposed to look great on dark cardstock! 🙂

To get an idea of where to colour I stamped the center part of “Awesome Triangle Wizard” using a white pigment ink. In hintsight I would have used a second generation impression or a darker ink as some of the white ink showed through where I didn’t wanted it in the end. To fix it I went over these areas with a black marker, problem solved!

I chose the beautiful big “Happy” from “The Necessary One” and the small “Birthday” from “Monkey Madness” for my sentiment. I kept it in simple black and white to avoid drawing attention from my pencil colouring.

The triangle background took me about two hours to colour but all the different colours created a pretty unique look, don’t you think?

I hope you have an amazing day! ♥

Rosali

 

[ Supplies I used ]

Awesome Triangle Wizard

You Are Awesome

Monkey Madness

 

 

The Necessary One

Guest Designer Vera Rhuhay – Part 3

YOU ARE AWESOME

When I saw You Are Awesome set, I wanted to create a galaxy background.
So, I grab my Gansai Tambi watercolor and paint galaxy background on 300gr watercolor paper.
Let it dry and then white heat embossed the doodle circle and stars from Star power set.
I finished off my card by added here and there some sequins.

Supplies : You are Awesome | Star Power

Thank you so much for Guest Designing this month Vera – YOU ROCK! 🙂 – Maria

Don’t forget to follow Vera on social media:
[ Supplies used ]

You Are Awesome

Star Power

Birthday cards with Dana

Hello, Krumspring friends!

It’s Dana here coming back with two birthday cards to share with you. Let’s get started!

For my first card, I started by white heat embossing the triangle background from Awesome Triangle Wizard stamp. I ink blended it with dye inks using mini blending tool. I then die cut it with letter dies. At this time, I saved negative pieces for next card 🙂

I heat embossed again with butterfly image from Spread Your Wings stamp set using gold tinsel embossing powder on vellum paper. I fussy cut it with scissors.

Next, I trimmed black card stock as shown in the picture. I then adhered glittery papers matching with front panel’s colors.

To finish, I mounted triangle panel on the white card base using glue tape and foam mounted black panels, too. Lastly, I embellished gem stickers around butterfly.

 

For second card, I combined Tou-can do it! stamp set and Funky Pineapples stamp set.

To start, I stamped toucan images with distress ink, Antique Linen two times onto different papers. I colored them with alcohol markers using no line technique. I then fussy cut the one of their wings and adhered it to the other toucan. Do you remember my very first DT card I made for Krumspring stamps? I think I love flying toucan! Haha.

I then die cut hearts in two sizes from white card stock and yellow-green vellum paper. I stamped pineapples using masking technique with Versafine Onyx black (line image) and dye inks (solid image). To vellum heart, I applied Wink of Stella brush. And I glued them each other like gift packet for toucan’s friend.

Next, I adhered silver glittery washi tapes each side of A2 sized white card base. I mounted watercolor look paper on it and arranged all pieces where I wanted them using foam adhesive and glue. To finish, I embellished clear sequins here and there.

Hope you enjoyed these cards! Have a happy weekend!

Love,
Dana

[ Supplies I used today]

Awesome Triangle Wizard

Spread Your Wings

Tou-can Do It!

 

 

 

 

 

Funky Pineapples