Friday, July 24, 2015

Berlin Crafting - Kartenchaos in Berlin

Hi friends and folks :)

I'm back from a super exciting trip. On Monday I took the train to Berlin - to meet my muse, friend and crafting-idol Anni from Annikarten and my sweet crafting friend Birka from Mit Herz und Schere - both for the very first time.

I'll keep this story short. We had a WONDERFUL time, those girls are super lovely and we talked, crafted and laughed a lot (well, and did a teeny tiny bit of shopping, haha).
I guess my favorite time was crafting together, so let's focus on that part.

1) We got spoiled with wonderful snacks - a perfect start for crafting (and they even look so good).

And believe me - these ladies spoiled me all of the time. Good Coffee (important!), good food, nice trips (We visited the Tempelhofer Feld on Monday - it was beautiful), good conversations,...

2) Crafting together and all that chit-chat on colors, products, trends, techniques, papers (yes, we talked a lot about that part) was so much fun. Everyone had a completely different way to start off and we all had a different tempo (haha...!)

When I first met Anni on the internet 5 years ago I would never have dreamt of sitting next to her crafting (and being on the same photo with her - woohoo!). It was a pleasure, but everything felt so natural like we all knew each other for ages. Birka and I talked a lot - we're similar kinds of girls (but she likes pink a lot - I just ...don't. No. Not at all. Sorry Börki!)

3) Birka and I spent a lot of time browsing through Anni's stash - with lot's of "ooooh!" and "aaaaaah! "and "Ohmygosh, I need this!"-kind of conversations. 

So of course - we crated a mess. A huge pile of mess. And some cards as well.

The next day we went shopping and had a wonderful BBQ at Birka's house. (More spoiling - yay!)
Let's just say I went a bit overboard when we went shopping. We don't have a single stamping or papercrafting store where I live and most of our crafty stores don't offer cute products... So I had to take the chance, right?

We had such a great time that we stayed with Birka until past midnight before we said goodbye. 

Thanks girl for everything you did, for your warm welcome, all the fun and heartiness - you rock! And I'll be back!

So let me share my cards now. I like most of them a lot - crafting together (and with new products) really sparked my mojo. Before you look at the cards: You can find more photos and Birka's version of that story HERE:

 1) Plant smiles
This was just a very simple card to keep my mojo going. I used some of Birka's dies for this one.

2) Cool Day
You gotta LOVE the new MFT Penguins - I just couldn't resist. Anni is the Polychromos and Prismacolor-coloring expert so I thought I'd try that with her direct advice. I never used Prismacolors before - but I am happy with the result (even if Anni's coloring is WAY smoother. Now that I know how much time she takes for coloring with pencils I am happy with that :) )

3) Happy Birthday Bear
Lime and Aqua is one of my favorite color combos, so I made another card using these in a different way. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens for the coloring. Quick and easy :)
When I card the cardstock for the cardbase the Blase was a lottle dull. So I destressed all the other edges as well - I like that effect!

Seize the Birthday - Anything goes 

4) A male birthday card
ZIg Real Color again - but super intense and bright this time. The muted background (using up some of Anni's paper scraps) makes the lion (I neeeed that Reverse Confetti set. Excuse me? These are the cutest lions I have ever seen!) pop and keeps the card simple at the same time.

5) Hip Hip Hurra!
That irritaed looking bear is so cute, I had to use it! And the left-over frame lying around was the perfect way to bring that card together.

The Paper players - CAS including Frames

6) Los, ausflippen (Come on, freak out!)
This is my favorite card that I created that day. That super cute lion and the paper scraps with that retro-feel are such a perfect combination. Puffy heart love this! I need to use more oval shapes in the future (I'll actually precut some with my silhouette after i finished this post!)

Stampin' Royalty - Keep it Simple
Stamping sensations - Feature a Creature
Kreativzeit - Tiere an Land

So, that was me in Berlin.
What a fabulous way to start off my holidays. Thank you girls, for all the fun, the gifts and a great time!


  1. Annis Colorieren mit "tempo" zu bezeichnen.. hihi....aber das Ergebnis spricht ja für sich. Und ich liebe all deine Karten und DICH :-) Ich bin soo happy dass die Tage so schön waren und wir uns endlich kennenlernen durften udn sooo eine tolle Zeit zusamen hatten :-)

  2. Die Pinguin-karte ist sehr putzig. Tolle Farben. Danke dass du bei usnerer Stempelküche-Challenge mitmachst :-)

  3. looks like you had a wonderful time and love your card for us-great use of washi and sweet little lion-coloured perfectly!-thanks for joining TO

  4. Looks like a fun time was had by all - what a wonderful range of cards you have to show for your week of crafting efforts. Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  5. It looks like you had a wonderful time! I always love to get together with friends and craft. Lovely cards all! Your little penguin card is adorable! Great card to send to someone having a heat wave. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  6. Oh my gosh, I am so glad that you and Anni met (endlich!!). Sounds like you had a super fabulous time! The cards that you created during this meet are all darling and beautiful! Now you must know why I love to meet crafting friends :)

  7. Christine, First of all your cards are all FANTASTIC! Second, super jealous that you got to meet and craft with Anni! She is Uber talented and so, so kind. Although, now that I perused your blog, you are as talented as she is! Sounds like an amazing day! Thanks for playing along with us over at Seize the Birthday, hope to see you and more of your talent again soon!

  8. Na toll - ihr seid ja richtig kreativ fleißig und habt euch bestimmt auch gegenseitig inspiriert . Mir gefallen deine / eure Arbeiten sehr gut, spontan und ausdrucksstark, handwerklich perfekt - rundrum toll !!! Ich alte Oma kann leider nicht so modern sein und alles so einfach auf den Punkt bringen - aber mir gefällt es eben ! Das wollte ich mal sagen . . . Weiterso, ich schaue sehr gern in deinen Blog! Renate

  9. Hey Christine, freut mich, dass ihr eine so tolle Zeit zusammen hattet! Und irre fleißig seid ihr ja auch gewesen - sind tolle Karten entstanden.
    Wo wart ihr denn shoppen? Sicher auch in der StempelBar, oder? Sind die beiden süßen Löwen aud Nr. 4 & 6 aus dem selben Set?
    Grüße, Wiebke

  10. That is so cool Christine! I am so glad you got a chance to meet Anni and your other friend to have a crafty session together... I can tell by reading your post you had a fabulous time!

  11. I love your gorgeous lion card! A great CAS design. Your other cards are lovely too! Thank you for sharing them with us at Stamping Sensations.


  12. Wow, it looks like you ladies had a fantastic time, how great to meet up. Love your little haul from the craft store, there are none where I live so I rely on very rare craft shows or online. I adore your penguin card, you'd never know you haven't used Prismacolours before, and the little lion with the paper scraps is adorable. Thanks so much for sharing at ATSM this week, Anita x

  13. Sooo viele megatolle Karten! Toll, dass ihr 3 euch getroffen habt, es gibt bei euch allen eine Menge an schönen Werken zu bestaunen! Die Löwen sind wirklich knuffig, zum Verlieben! Aber auch der Sommer-Pinguin ist supersüß und passt perfekt zur Sommerzeit-Challenge der Stempelküche. Schön, dass du mit der Karte dabei bist! LG Biggi

  14. Noch so ein toller Berlin-Bericht. Danke, Christine, ihr scheint ja wirklich viel Spaß gehabt zu haben. Da kann man beim Lesen richtig wehmütig werden. Und dann habt ihr noch so viele tolle Karten gebastelt! Ich bin ganz hin und weg. Die sind alle ganz wunderbar. Aber die mit dem Pinguin ist mein absoluter Favorit. Dass du mit genau der bei der Stempelküche-Challenge mitmachst, finde ich ganz großartig.

  15. You looked to have had a whale of a time playing with your crafty buddies. I love the cute lion you used on the card for ATSM, perfect for this weeks challenge. TFS :)

  16. All of your cards are simply awesome. The penguin and palm tree is simply awesome. I adore the sentiment too. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

    Tamie DT

  17. Fab photos and amazing cards! It looks like you had a great time and came away with lots of inspiration to share with us. That lion is the absolute cutest (fab colouring) and such a treat to see him over at Time Out :)

  18. I am sooooooooo glad you had so much in Berlin!!!! It really looks and sounds like you has such an amazing time! I LOOOOOVE the cards here!! You make me want to run out and get every single one of these products you used!! The lion (squeal!!!) the bear and bunny and the hysterical tropical penguin!! Looooooooove! I would LOVE to craft with you girls some day!! Although, to be honest I would probably get stage fright and not be able to make anything! Ha!!

  19. Wow! What a whole lot of fabulous creations. They are all absolutely stunning. Your time crafting looks absolutely fabulous. Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out!

  20. What an awesome time you had!! I don't have any craft shops where I live (in New Zealand) so can totally understand you going crazy and shopping up large. So wonderful to meet your friends in person and sounds like they really looked after you. All of your cards are super amazing. I've come from the Time Out challenge to comment on your Lion card, so it was lovely to see all the others you created. I love this Reverse Confetti set and you created a fabulous masculine card. So very happy to see you at Time Out and look forward to more posts about your holiday adventures!

  21. wow, tolle Karten! Und der Bericht hört sich nach sehr viel Spaß an! Danke für deine Teilnahme bei der Stempelküche-challenge. LG,Beate

  22. I just read the whole story and admired all your cards you have made these past few weeks wow you are on a roll. How great you have met Anni and Birka and had so much fun it sounds awesome.


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