One Little Word Blog Hop – March 1

OLW Blog HopIt’s hard to move forward when there’s something looming in the near future that you’re definitely NOT looking forward to. Our lovely cat Joschka was diagnosed with cancer ten days ago, he has an apricot-sized tumor in his chest and probably hasn’t much time left.
It breaks my heart 🙁
ankejoschkaHe has been our furry friend for over twelve years, so cuddly and goodhearted <3

And isn’t it cynic – 3 years ago he was diagnosed with a heart disease, one that usually leads to death within a few months. He survived that only to die of cancer now. That’s just not fair.

Joschka has to take three types of medicine daily. Until a few months ago, he always took it without any problems, but now he won’t eat anything which might contain his medicine. I have to open his mouth and force him to swallow the little pills, it doesn’t hurt him – but it feels horrible both for him and for me. Now I’ve come to a point where I ask myself if it weren’t better to just let him be. Make his last days (weeks?) as pleasant for him as possible, not forcing him to take the medicine.

I just don’t know.

Anyhow, that’s what is on my mind 24/7 these days. And believe me: The OLW community is a tremendous help in coping with the situation. It is a haven of kindness, encouragement and comfort. Thank you to ALL of you <3

The February prompt was to make a vision board for our word. As I don’t own any magazines which I could have taken for my collage, I decided to make a digital vision board with quotes from my OLW 2015 Pinterest board. My vision board is now my computer’s desktop wallpaper, and I love it!


We’re moving forward day by day.


One Little Word Blog Hop 7

OLW Blog hop hostedHow exciting, my very first blog hop!
And it’s all about the “One Little Word” journey and its participants.
My word for 2015 is “Forward”, but I’m one of those who haven’t finished their January prompts yet.


Hey, Anke, it’s already February! My inner critic gets louder every day, yelling “get going, move forward!”. Well, actually I do. When I became a mom two years ago, I reduced my work life to a minimum. I’m a teacher for early music education, and I have several treble recorder students (the typical first musical instrument here in Germany). Besides, I am a freelancer in graphic design (and font design, as you can see here on my website). Now that my son is three years old, I feel it’s time for me to start new classes in early music education – my little one will be able to participate!

Did you do the math? I became a mom two years ago, and my son is three… yep. We got him when he just started to walk. That’s why I changed the spelling of my first name in Facebook, this way I’m a little more private and won’t be found by my son’s biological family. Can you say the word “uncle” without the l? That’s how you pronounce my name 😉

AnkeFotofixWhen I signed up for this blog hop I had a look at the other blogs, of course. Erin wrote that she’s the ENFP personality type, prone to start things without finishing them. This is so true for me, too – my own personality type is INFP, I’m easily distracted and have more ideas than time to realize them. Or, to summarize it: I never finish anyth

I am working on it, though.

Do you know Mister Bean? My nickname in school was Mrs Bean because I have a huge repository of facial expressions. I have a twisted sense of humor, and I can be incredibly silly… If I was more extroverted, I would have tried to become a professional comedian. I’m pretty good at playing the Musical Saw, too! Stupid stage fright 🙁

Well, now it’s time for me to go to bed. It’s shortly past midnight here in Germany, and in about 8 hours I’ll have to take my son to kindergarten. Why does the day have to start so early? Can’t social life start sometime around 11 am? My most creative time of day starts at 9 pm *sigh*…

So have fun hopping from blog to blog, and leave your link below if you’d like to join in! I can’t wait to visit you all 😀 Oh, and if you like, sign up for my newsletter to get notified about freebies —->

Lindsay @ Funky Lindsay
Anke @ anke-art
Cheryl @ Scrapstorian

One Little Word & 12 Tags of 2015 2

One Little Word, or OLW, is a word which you choose to be your “companion” for one year. The idea comes from Ali Edwards, and during the past years, it grew to be a wonderful group of creative people who support each other on Facebook.
My word for this year is “Forward”. In 2014 I had to deal with lots of health issues, and as an additional nuisance my website was hacked. I felt like I was stuck, so now my motto for 2015 is “Forward”.

timholtzpaperworldBut what are “12 Tags”? Have you ever heard about Tim Holtz, an incredibly creative guy from the USA? He uses those manila tags as a sort of tiny canvas, and he turns them into stunning works of art – look here in case you haven’t seen his art yet. Last year I was lucky to meet him in person at the PaperWorld fair in Frankfurt. Seeing him work with inks and stamps is like watching a magician.

Back to the topic.

The 12 Tags of 2015 are monthly inspirations by Tim Holtz. He posts step-by-step instructions on his blog, showing how he works with inks, pens, sprays, and embellishments. He’s been doing this for several years now, but somehow I was never on time. This year I’m joining the challenge from the beginning, yay!

End of the long introduction 🙂


You’ll see a little gallery with short descriptions of my steps. I made the background stamp from an incomplete strip of little letter stamps which I had found at a playground (!). Lucky me.

The tag's outline on paper

The tag’s outline on paper

Stamped napkin, the outline is visible as a guide

Stamped napkin, the outline is visible as a guide

glued onto the tag

glued onto the tag, crinkly on purpose 😉




Some cyan acrylic color and a swash stamp


Silver ink (Mica Gloss) applied with a …


… “Make-up Egg” which is used for foundation. Great for crafting! 😀


A few drops of Adirondack “Cranberry” ink


Covered a piece of cardstock with blue glitter pen


Attached a piece of double-sided tape


Removed the foil and pressed onto a crackled CD


Voilà: A piece of sparkling paper!


Cut two arrows and attached them to the tag


Used a blue “Giotto Turbo Glitter” pen for the letters


Attached the word and outlined with black pen …


… & added two small “CD glitter” arrows


Put some Stickles on the numbers


Attached them and …


… added a blue outline.


Done! The elements sparkle in different colors, depending on the light source.


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