This year I started making christmas cards very late and i don’t have much time. So I have to hurry up and make fast cards. Like this.

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I also decided to use as many recycled or left-over items as possible.

For the image, I used a napkin that was part of a pattern book – I have two pattern books of napkins from a friend who used to work at shop. Both ribbons heve been rescued from the trash bin last christmas or the christmas before.

I want to enter this card into the CHNC – it’s super cool that her challenge is still up and running – as this week it’s CHNC challenge 310! Thank you, Hazel for your work. Theme this week is vintage or anthing christmas.

Have a nice sunday,

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PS: If you want to know what “Zockpfötchen” are, just follow this link to my blogpost from yesterday.


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Gaming paws.

Yes, I love playing video games. At my computer I have one big problem: Cold fingers, more ice than flesh. Some years ago, I knitted some things that you hardly can call mittens. For gaming they are too loosely fitted. So I knitted some new ones with an owl, cables and perfectly fitted for the grip on the mouse.

I call them gaming paws. Allthough I also wear them  outdoors, I love thinking that they are specially designed for me playing video games.

Btw: with calling them “paws” I dodge the question whether you should call the gloves or mittens – it’s hard to decide when you aren’t a native speaker and the defining property is absent. If you know, whether the correct term is fingerless gloves or fingerless mittens, please comment on this post.

Wer viel vor dem Rechner sitzt, kennt das vielleicht: Kalte Finger, teilweise ein Eisklotz an der Maus. Schon vor Jahren habe ich mir ein paar Stulpen mit Daumenloch gestrickt, die als fingerlose Handschuhe zu bezeichnen ziemlich hochgegriffen ist. Sie funktionieren ganz gut zum Recherchieren, zum Blogschreiben und für solche Dinge. Aber sobald ich mehr Präzision an der Maus und der Tastatur brauche, sprich zum Spielen, sind sie zu locker. Ein neues Paar musste her. Eines, das sich wirklich fingerlose Handschuhe nennen darf, die Hände warm hält und perfekt sitzt.

Letztes Jahr habe ich das erste Paar gestrickt und gleich am ersten kalten Tag verloren.

Deswegen kommen jetzt die Bilder vom zweiten Paar, das ich genauso gestrickt habe. Detailierte Aufzeichnungen sind echt was Praktisches.

Material:Baby Alpaka von Wolle Rödel

Nadelstärke: 2,5 (ich wollte möglichst kleine, feste Maschen)

Die Eule habe ich hier her.

Die Zockpfötchen halten schön warm, kratzen nicht und nerven beim Spielen kein bisschen.

Die Fotos entstanden nicht bei mir zuhause -mein Rechner steht in einer Ecke, in der das Licht nur  richtig schlechte Fotos erlaubte. Deswegen passt auch die Maus nicht ganz so gut in meine Hand, falls sich jemand wundert.

Und welche Spiele finden sich auf eurem Rechner? Oder bevorzugt ihr eine Konsole?.

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robotics card

03Oct15

And another robot on this blog today.

This time I used one of my favourite stamps that I won from a blog candy some years ago. You can find it here and here and here and here, also.

I hope that robotics count as science for the CASology team.
The equations are from my robotics lecture – of course some are shortend for aestetic reasons.

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“Herzlichen Glückwunsch” (-> Congratulations) stamp from Kartenkunst.

I have my lucky weekend: Geek chic as theme at the City crafters and Science at CASology. It feels like card making heaven for me.


Dark necklace

03Oct15

When I read the Macabre Monday challenge for septembre (The Nights Are Drawing In) I knew I wanted to create a black necklace with some night accent.
Whether to meet the challenge theme or just for myself.
I dreamt of a necklace made from my grandmother’s jacket.

I found these pictures and used them as an inspiration for this necklace.

I used bottle caps, black fabric and thread. And a needle… and some studs from ALDI.

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The black fabric from my grandmother’s jacket. She died last year at the age of 94. She kept useful things and loved when I told her about my recycling atempts. The black jacket had a stain on it, so we couldn’t give it to charity. I rescued it from the trash bin – primarily for the buttons. But this simple black fabric looks so good in this necklace. So, it’s a perfect tribute to my grandmother. I think she would have liked it.

It’s so typical for me: I start with a challenge and come up with something different.
It’s not very macabre but I prefer dark elegance to horror.


Chez Geek

03Oct15

The City Crafter Challenge is hosting a Geek Chic challenge this week.

I now could wonder why a part of mainstream culture is still tagged as “geek”. I even could write a complete blog article about this strange wording.

Or I am simply happy that I can enter a card I made for a friend and it will go with the challenge.

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It’s a typical card for my messy but simple style with some recycled stuff and cute robots cut out from a magazine advert for a computer game. I kept it for some years only because of these cute robots and I was so happy to use it now on this card for a dear friend.

I have to admit that the game (machinarium) is still on my todo-list. Shame on me.


Deadlines

29May15

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

This quote by Douglas Adams would also work for me. But this time I did it.
I started about 90 minutes ago and finished the card with plenty time left (2h30) to enter the card and to even write a little bit about it.

The card was made for he Daring Cardmakers challenge. They got me to sit down and make a card after months of card making abstinence.

Now, you want to know the challenge theme? Well, I started with a quote from Douglas Adams, so you could guess it. Yeah, it’s Science Fiction.

So let me start to show you my card.

Step 1:
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A maritime card for science fiction? lachsekatze, are you sure you’re not going nuts?
– Wait a moment, just a moment.

Step 2:
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More dolfins? lachsekatze, you’re sure that you know what science fiction means? I mean, this is nature themed but science fiction is about spaceships, robots and travelling to the stars.
– Just be patient and le me work. Please.

Step 3:
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Voilà, fine?
– (silence) –

I hope you’ll like my card.
If you have a moment or two, maybe you could leave a comment. And maybe you even have an answer to my question: What is your favourite version of the hitchhiker? The original radio series, the books, the TV series or the movie? Or even something else?

So long, an thanks for all the salmon.


Gerade schon im “Blogger denken nach“-Post veröffentlicht, gibt es jetzt noch einen eigenen Post für die Bärenschachel.

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Eine kurze Anleitung:
Eine Schachtel Pralinen geschenkt bekommen, leer futtern und in die Recyclingkiste legen.
Ein in Packpapier eingepacktes Päckchen in Empfang nehmen, auswickeln und das Packpapier in die Recyclingkiste legen.
Packpapier und Schachtel aus der Kiste nehmen.
Papier knüllen und wieder glattgestrichen in Stücke reißen. Diese mit Bastelkleber auf die Schachel kleben. Trocknen lassen.
Weiße Acrylfarbe nach Belieben mit Perlmutt-Effektpaste und etwas Wasser vermischen und die Schachtel grundieren. Eventuell nachstreichen, bis die gewünschte Deckkraft erreicht wird. Trocknen lassen.
Serviettenmotiv ausreißen und vorbereiten. Mit Serviettenkleber und Pinsel aufkleben. Trocknen lassen.
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Mit wasserfeser Stempelfarbe den Text auf die rückseitige Lage der Serviette stempeln, ebenfalls mit Serviettenkleber aufkleben.
Blümchen häkeln, in der Geschenkbandkiste wühlen und das am besten passende Band auswählen. Beides aufkleben. Fertig.
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Die Bärenschachtel wird jetzt noch beim Upcycling-Dienstag reingestellt.

The box with a bear on it.
Material:
– box of chocolates, emptied,
– kraft paper from a parcel, crumpled and torn into pieces, glued onto the box
– acrylic paint (white) mixed with metalic effect paste,
– napkin with bear on it,
– crochted flower, used ribbon