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

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

Introducing New Dream Team Member – Tina Krauer

Hi peeps

Yes I am continuing to expanding the Dream Team with some AMAZING ladies 🙂 I am pinching myself with how lucky I am to have such an amazing team. Today I can introduce a new member, and I have been so excited.
Please welcome Tina from @teenaleee on Instagram 🙂

I love Tina’s happy cards and her cheerful person – I know she will bring something really fun and happy to the table. Please welcome her and leave her some love !


My name is Tina, I was born in 1977. I am living in the heart of Switzerland, near Lucerne, together with my awesome husband and my little daughter. Ah yes, we also have two furry friends in our family – Candy and Chili, the best cats on this planet 🙂 During my pregnancy in 2013, I came across with the Big Shot machine and the adventure of papercrafting and cardmaking has begun. I am hooked to it ever since 🙂 I really love coloring, especially with my copics. But all kinds of coloring media have my heart, I barely can resist when I discover new colored pencils, makers, watercolors & co. :-))

My style of cards is not a particular one – I love everything, except overloaded cards. I hope I can inspire you with my passion for card making and papercrafting!


Hello fellow crafters!

I am SO happy and excited being a part of Maria’s amazing dream team from now on!! For my very first blog post I decided to go with two of my favorite sets of her entire collection. So let’s dive into it!

For my first card, I used the set „Adventures ahead“. I really love these hot air balloons – so many possibilities to put color on them! You even could put a little critter into the basket, peeking out from there… ☺ but this time I decided to create a non-cute card which will be perfect for a male recipient. I stamped the hot air balloons with versamark ink, then heat embossed them with white embossing powder. Then I pulled out my good old fashioned watercolors (just the ones in pans) and colored the balloons in rainbow colors. The great thing about heat embossed images is that the lines get raised. So the watercolor won’t move outside every portion – this is so helpful when coloring with watercolors!

After it was dry, I fussy cut the images with my scissors. I even cut out the inner portion between basket and balloon with my craft knife; I didn’t want to have a white space there.
To match the hot air balloons, I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder onto my panel, and then I sponged a background over it with different distress inks – just a pretty blue sky. Then I diecut some clouds and added some clear sparkling sequins to create more interest to the card. Voilà, here we go for an almost all occasions fitting card for your card stash! ☺

My second card for today was a bit more intricate. I really wanted to showcase this beauuuuutiful sunflower from the set „For My Sunflower“. I stamped it with a very light distress ink (antique linen) onto watercolor paper and gave the entire flower a first wash with regular watercolors. Then I pulled out my watersoluble colored pencils to define the sunflower and for adding more depth to it. Take your time for this kind of coloring! It took me about 45 minutes for the whole sunflower – but totally worth it, don’t you think? After that, I fussy cut (be careful!) the whole flower and put it aside.

Then I diecut a frame for my shaker window and a base panel. I sponged a pretty cloudy sky to it. Then I glued some acetate to my shaker frame and added a double layer of foam tape behind the acetate. This way, the sequins have plenty space to move. I wanted to imitate some sunflower petals, so I put in some yellow matching sequins and for more interest, some tiny stars and for the nice shaker sound, a few micro beads. I just looove that sound ☺

To add more interest, I decided to put the sunflower in front of a garden fence and some grass behind which is peeking through. When I finished the card, I came up with the idea to put a sentiment on a tiny tag and hang it over a picket there. I really like adding details like that ☺
I hope you got inspired and will get crafty too now!
Have an amazing day! Hugs – Tina

[ Supplies I used ]

Adventures Ahead

For My Sunflower

Guest Designer Niki – Part 1

Hi peeps!
Today I am excited to introduce this months guest designer Niki from Niki Bee Handmade 🙂 I love the simple elegance that Niki’s cards always contains! It requires a great sense of design to use whitespace and colours like she does – so I was thrilled when she accepted the invitation to become this months guest designer!


Making cards is a wonderful hobby, sharing them with others is where I find the most joy. I’m a 34yr old wife and mother to a sweet 5 yr old boy. When I started making cards a couple years ago, I did so as a way to connect with my friends and family who I lived a long way away from. It all started with Pinterest, cheap cardstock and buttons… so many buttons. I have zero artistic talent, so when I discovered stamping, a whole new world opened up to me. I finally found myself, I could be creative using other talented people’s designs and I could both share and be inspired by others using similar supplies. The community and friends I have made are what has made this hobby the joy it is now. People from all over the world creating and sharing kindness. This is my happy place.


I must admit, I was beyond chuffed when the owner of Krumspring Stamps asked me to do a Guest Design spot. Maria has grown a business that is so authentically her. Those triangles, geometry and clean lines are quintessentially what she was creating herself with a pen. I’m so honored to be able to create with her stamps.

As its Mothers Days this weekend, I instantly knew that I wanted to create with the Adventures Ahead stamp set with a bold background.
So I started off by creating two backgrounds, one a sun set scene and one a day time blue sky.
I masked two panels off and started ink blending. For the Blue background I used three blues inks to create an ombre effect, I masked this one off at three equal spaces and softly pounced the ink onto the cardstock.


After I ink blended the sunset panel, I took a stencil, spritz some water onto the rays and used a paper towel to dry off the excess followed by glossy texture paste to create sun rays.

Next I stamped out the hot air balloons from the Adventures Ahead set with my MISTI using versamark and heat embossed some platinum embossing powder.

Using the Distress Oxides I blended two to three colours on each Balloon. This is a super quick way to colour and its one of my most favorite. I spritz both with a shimmery mist. Once they were dry I fussy cut them out.


Once cut, I put them to the side while I stamped out the sentiment from The Necessary One set (brillant name!) on to both panels.

I used foam tape to mount the Hot air balloons to the background and finished up with a sprinkling of clear sequins and drops.

I loved creating these cards, these balloons will certainly be getting a work out in my craft stash as they are super versatile. Oh and of course I had to stamp a matching envelope!


I hope you enjoyed the making of these cards and happy crafting to you!
Cheers, Niki

[ Supplies I used : ]

Adventures Ahead

The Necessary One

Introducing New Dream Team Member Janni

Hi Peeps – happy saturday ! I am bringing some fun news to you all this lovely day – we have yet another Dream Team member 🙂 Woohooo! This time it is the lovely Janni who will be joining us!
Please share some love and welcome her.


How lucky am I – I just love Marias awesome stamps, and now I am on the Dream Team, can you believe it?

For my very first card I will share with you, I used the cool Hot Air balloon, and cloud from “Adventures Ahead” combined with the happy stamp from “The Necessary One”.

That Hot Air Balloon really makes me happy.
I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black, and did my coloring with Copic Markers. I used grays for the airballon, because I wanted the clouds to me highlight of my card. The clouds are colored in peach, pink, prawn colors.
I am a big fan of scallop edges, and white cardstock, so I made a white die cut scallop background at first, and then added a white die cut layer using a stitched edge. I stamped Happy directly on the background and added letter stickers BE.


Next I fuzzy cut the hot air balloon and clouds, added a lot of foam to the back of the images. To create some more life to the card I used sequins in the same colors as the clouds.

For my second card I used this totally cute avocado mom-to-be from “Avocado Family” and made a white and green shakercard. Ohhh I love shakercards!
I stamped my image with Memento, and colored with Copic Markers, using the colors Milky white, lots of greens, added a little pink for the cheeks and brown for the stone. How cute is she?!


For the background I used my scallop die twice on white cardstock, and once on a foam sheet. I used a smaller die to make the shaker window, and added a sheet of acetate to the window. Before taping it all together I stamped the sentiment “You are one hot mama!” on the background, added a small portion of green and silver sequins to make the shaker. I didn’t want to take the focus away from the cute miss avocado, so I used a much smaller portion of sequins for this shaker.
I hope you liked my first posts for the Krumspring Dream Team – I can’t wait to make new cards to show you.
Janni

[ Supplies I used ]

Adventures Ahead

The Necessary One

Avocado Family

Guest Designer Mia Allerup

Today I want to introduce Mia, who did a inspiration demo in my booth during the Danish Convention I attended this weekend. I asked Mia if she would create a blogpost with her beautiful cards, and luckily she accepted 🙂


Hi all! My Name is Mia and i’m a lucky guest designer today here at Krumspring stamps ☺
First a little introduction of me I’m almost 30 years old, mom of two boys in the age of 2 and 4 years old and living together with my husband in a small town in Denmark. I have been scrapbooking more or less the last 10 years and tried almost all genres of this amazing hobby. Lately it has been project life and cardmaking with copic colouring that has taken my fancy.

I have known Maria (owner and creator of krumspring) for about 6 years now and I’m so happy to see her follow her dream and how well all of you have welcomed her and her stamps ☺
Well enough of the chitter chatter let´s get to the Cards!

Straight away when I saw the Adventures Ahead stamps, I was in love and I have already colored them many times as they are perfect for all kind of cards.


The first card I did was the one with the green air balloon.

For the cloud background I have used some smooth cardstock and my beloved distress inks. I made a stencil/mask with a cloud border die and then gently applied the distress ink to the cards base – slowly moving the mask to create the clouds. After this I took a die to create the card base and make it look a little nicer. I then took some velum and stamped with the text with The Necessary One stamp set and stazon.

I then Stamped the air balloon with Memento tuxedo black ink on some Neenah cardstock which is my favorite for copic coloring. As I wanted a good contrast and a more boyish color scheme I went with some green copics and just flicked the colors into each other.
As a finishing touch I covered the whole image with wink of stella clear glitter pen and some enamel dots around the background.


The second card I wanted a more feminine feeling so I once again took out my distress inks but this time I used some watercolor paper instead and I then used the ink smoshing technique. Ink smoshing means you take a sheet of plastic or packaging – put on a dab or two of the colour ink you want – spray it with a little water and then fold the plastic sheet with the ink and water ( on the inside of the fold) and mix ink and water – then you turn the and lightly fold the plastic out again so the ink and water is facing down the paper and tap on the colour as much or as little you wish and start playing ☺ Between each color let it dry a bit – in order for the inks not to end up too much a mess.
I have used 3 colours of ink on my card. Once completely dry I diecut the background into shape.
For the air balloon I did the same thing as on card one – I just chose some copic colours that would match my background ☺ For my sentiment I used the Danish Text set “Favorit Sæt“.


Put on some sequins and the card is done.
I hope you have enjoyed my cards and I hope you will try out the techniques as they are quite fun and easy but surely make a beautiful touch on a card ☺

Hugs, Mia

Follow Mia on Instagram here: @missallerup

[ Supplies I used ]

Adventures Ahead

Favoritsæt

The Necessary One

Guest Designer Natalie – Part 2

Hello again Krumspring fans, it’s Natalie here again from One Scrappy Doctor, and today I’m sharing two more projects with the new release stamps.

First up I wanted to show you this colourful card I made with the Adventures Ahead Set. I started off by creating the blue background panel by sprinkling some Brusho onto wet watercolour paper and watching the colours magically spread and blend. When this was dry I trimmed down a strip to adhere to the left of my card, and used some of the leftover to stamp the clouds onto with white embossing powder before cutting them out and using them as embellishments.

For the hot air balloon itself, I stamped and embossed it onto watercolour paper and then used Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens to colour it. I adhered this to my card as the focal piece using foam tape to give it extra dimension.

The second project I made is something perhaps a little bit different for this blog and that’s because I made a series of cards to be used in a pocket-page album.
When I saw the Avacado Family Set I just knew it was perfect timing for me since I am currently pregnant with my fourth child and I’ve been meaning to start a new album for this baby! This gave me the perfect excuse to make a cover page for the Project Life album that I plan to continue adding to as the pregnancy progresses, and of course after the baby is born.

I wanted my page to be brightly coloured and so I’ve stamped the Avocado people onto different patterned papers before trimming them out. For the main card in the top right I wanted to represent our family as it currently is, so I masked off the avocado seed from one of the larger stamps so that it became the father figure, while leaving the seed in with the other one so that it would represent me with my pregnant belly! Then I stamped three other little avocados for each of my other children.

I also made a couple of other cards for my page using similar techniques of stamping onto patterned paper and cutting them out. I used some of the sentiments to add captions to the cards, stamping them in black ink. Over all, I think this page makes me very happy with it’s cheery colours and fun images!

Next week I’ll be back one last time to share what I’ve done with some of your favourite classic Krumspring stamps!

Natalie

Find Natalie on social media:

[ Supplies I used ]

Adventures Ahead

Avocado Family

Release 5 stampbundle

Releaseweek wrap up post and giveaway winner!

  • First of all – THANK YOU so much for all the amazing feedback for the new release. I am blown away ! 🙂 You are amazing.

We had a giveaway on out kick off post, and the winner is this comment:

Winner has been found via random number generator. Kristina, please e-mail me at info@krumspringshop.dk within 48 hours to claim your prize.

And now for the full reveal:

The Necessary One

Avocado Family

Adventures ahead

Dahlia

Spread your wings

Release 5 stampbundle

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All stamps will be for sale tomorrow morning at 9am – UTC+01 / Central European Time

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Maria

Release 5 – Inspiration with Rowena

Hello friends! Rowena here today I have a couple of projects showcasing some awesome new goodies. So here we go!

For my first card, I created a birthday card using ‘Adventure Ahead’ stamp set. This set is fun for any occasion. The set came with two cute hot air balloons and tiny clouds.

For my card I used the smaller image, I simply colored the hot air balloon with copics. I then fussy cut the image and adhered it with foam tape.

For the background I used a cloud washi tape to create a sky background. I splattered black ink and a few sequins to add interest.

To finish the card I stamped a happy birthday sentiment from ‘The Necessary One’. This set is packed with all sorts of sentiments. It’s a definite must have 😉 That finishes the first card.

For my second card, I created a congratulatory card for my dear friend who is expecting their second child.

I did a watercolor background to create my scene. I stamp the little family from the ‘Avocado Family’ stamp set. I colored the images with copics and adhered it with foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment from the same set with versafine onyx black ink. I splattered perfect pearls solution to the background and added a few sequins to finish the card.

All stamps will be available for purchase on April 1. I hope you all got inspired and I cannot wait to see all your beautiful cards.

Hugs,
Rowena

Release 5 – Inspiration with Erica

Hi there, Erica here! Today it’s my turn on the blog to show you what I have done with the newest release from Krumspring Stamps. I was so excited when I opened the package with these and immediately I fell in love with the Dahlia stamp! Hardly a surprise, I guess. Anyone who knows me crafty wise knows that I love flowers and I bet you thought I’d go for that Dahlia stamp first. Hmm? Who did? Come on, show of hands. I know there must have been at least one! I was one of those so you aren’t alone, lol.

Well, I thought I’d try and not be totally obvious and a one-trick-pony, so I decided to forgo the flower stamp for my first card no matter how much I wanted to use it. Instead I went for the BUTTERFLY. Something I couldn’t resist doing still is making a few cards with the same design, just different colours or techniques. I think that is such a great way to show the versatility of a stamp. There have been many, many times where I have seen someone use a stamp set in a totally unexpected way and it’s really blown my mind so I try my best to show each stamp from many different perspectives and using different techniques myself. You never know who it might inspire and that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Ok, enough jibber-jabbering about things not card-making related now. Let’s dive into the cards I have got to share with you today, shall we? I started by cutting out two stitched rectangle panels in Strathmore Bristol Vellum cardstock, I always use this when I’m going to watercolour with my Zig markers which is what I planned on doing here. Placing the butterfly where I wanted it on the panel I also added the sentiment ‘Happy Birthday’ using THE NECESSARY ONE. Before stamping anything, I dusted my panels with my anti-static tool, then I grabbed my very old and not very juicy Memento Black Tuxedo ink. I had to stamp three times to get a solid black outline, thank goodness for the MISTI!! I really need to either get a re-inker or a new ink pad, stat. Once I had the image and the text nice and solid, I quickly stamped the same thing once more time with the VersaMark ink and I used clear embossing powder, which I set with the heat gun.

These two panels looked exactly the same at this point and I decided to do one in yellow/teal/green shades and one with pink/magenta/purple. I find it so relaxing to colour with Zig markers and water colours in general. Swish, swish, swoosh.. bliss! Once I was happy with the colouring, I set them aside to dry. Which took no time at all as the sun was out! Yay!

I decided to add some gold splatters on both panels using the Champagne Gold colour in the Gansai Tambi Starry Color palette. On the green one I managed to make a big blob boo-boo and then the colours ran from the butterfly when I tried to fix it… gah!! I toyed with the idea of adding a few sequins to hide the glaring blob but re-considered as it really did just draw the eye to the mistake as it’s in an awkward place.

Once all the colouring and splatters were dry, I mounted the panels on a lovely linen textured card stock which I tried colour matching as close to one of the butterfly colours as possible. The card base I cut to leave around 1/2cm frame on each side, what’s the point of using nice card stock if it doesn’t show, right?

The third card is a bit different technique wise as I had to stamp the butterfly and sentiment on a piece of paper, scan it in and then print it on card stock with my laser printer so I could foil it. I chose to do the panel in black to really make the foiling stand out. The foil I decided to use is a gold and pink ombré one from Heidi Swapp and I ran this through my Minc machine but unfortunately the foil didn’t go on completely flat and as a result, it looks a bit cracked in places.

This panel I also mounted on a linen textured card stock, in light pink for this one to soften up the look a bit. For this card I did get a few sequins out as there was too much black space. Splattering gold water colour on this felt like too much of a gamble as the card stock is plain card stock and not water colour paper. I used Metallic Rose Gold from Pretty Pink Posh sequins in three different sizes and adhered these with glossy accents.


For this card I decided to use the smaller of the two hot air balloons from ADVENTURES AHEAD stamp set and create a cloudy sky where they were floating away.

My first idea was to heat emboss the balloons and then do ink blending over them with one colour and add a second colour by dotting it on using an ink blending brush. I started with yellow distress ink and so far so good. Then it all went downhill… I thought purple would be a nice contrasting colour over the yellow but it just made it look dirty and horrible. #EpicFail.

I tried saving it by adding Zig markers over this and it actually worked, not perfectly but good enough to save the balloon from the bin. The underlying distress inks blended out a bit when I was colouring over it with the markers so it is darker than it would be without the first layer. I will not be doing this again, it will either be ink blending OR Zig markers… Well, anyway, after having had a rather steep learning curve with the first one, the second balloon was an absolute breeze.

Fussy cutting images that are heat embossed is tricky, it’s easy to break the embossing lines or get really sharp angels that don’t look quite right. I tried filing these down a bit with a nail file but it didn’t work that well. I know, right? This card was giving me all sorts of attitude!

My trials were not over either, no ma’am. Deciding to do a blue distress ink blended background which I was then going to cut out the cloudy sky with using an MFT cover die, I had another ‘oh, you have GOT to be kidding me!’ moment. Yep, it was so not my day. I lost control over my brush I was using to splatter water over my finished background piece and it got soaked! It was a good job I had my towel on hand to basically throw on it and desperately dabbing up the excess water! Honestly, I was close to giving up on this altogether at this point.

Once the background had been diecut, it didn’t look terribly awful after all, so I went ahead and assembled the card. For the card base I used bright white linen textured card stock to give the clouds a bit of interest. The balloons got adhered using different height foam tape and then I stamped the sentiment ‘Let’s fly away’ from the YOU MAKE ME FLY stamp set on a small banner and adhered that too.

For finishing touches I added sky blue sequins a little bit all over the place.

And that, my friends, was it! Ok, so it was a bit of a drama getting all the bits and pieces done and avoiding craft-astophies (craft related catastrophes) took more time that I wanted but next time I’m sure this card won’t take all that long. If it does, I will take it as a sign from the cosmos that it’s not that great of a card and I shouldn’t make any more! LOL!

Happy crafting and I hope you like the cards!

Hugs from Erica