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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Do what makes you happy...

Oldies But Goodies!.... for some that means cooking, for others it means eating (that's me), and Chef Pierre - test is a great choice for both groups.
Chef Pierre comes in many different versions, you can find them all in the Bugaboo store.

This image required very little coloring, just a bit of color added to the veggies, his skin, his scarf and the saucepan and that's about it. The sentiment is from a set from Marianne. I used a scrap piece of a paper which makes me think of a table napkin, added to a die cut border using a die from Dienamic, mounted with foam. A spotted DP and 3 black enamel dots and voilĂ .

This post is scheduled, but things will get back to normal in a few days and I'm probably looking forward to that now:)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tag with Santa

Happy Monday everyone! This post is scheduled, so I have no idea about the weather, but I hope it's rather enjoyable wherever you are!

 I made this tag with AKV Santa - snow for my Anything But a Card Monday post over at Catch the Bug.

I don't make many tags, and each year I tell myself that THIS year everyone is going to get own made gift tags on their Christmas pressies. Well, perhaps it's going to be a reality this year...
I used lots of bits and pieces and leftovers from other projects. I've got loads of scraps, which is another good reason for me to make those gift tags myself this year.
Take care!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fireman


I was invited to be a Guest Designer for Sami Stamps and I got to choose one of the new release images to play with. My choice was this cute fireman.
I used orange cardstock and a DP with stars and some left over pieces for the stars and banners. I cut out an oval using a Dienamics stitched die. The sentiment is made using my Dymo.


I'm sorry I haven't been visiting many blogs this past week, I've been preparing for holiday.  I'll catch up again at the end of the month:)

Wishing you all a lovely summer.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Crafting for all Seasons - It's A Boy Thing
2) Papertake Weekly - Something For The Boys

Thursday, June 11, 2015

To a cowboy...

There's a new challenge over at  Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week's optional twist is to make a Father's Day card or a card inspired by nature. I went with the masculine option. I've used an image from Stitchy Bear Designs - our Sponsor for June.
I colored the image using my Promarkers. I rummaged through my huge pile of DPs and found two I found suitable for the cowboy theme. Then I cut out some stars from brown card stock, added a torn piece of corrugated cardboard and added a metal cowboy hat attached with string. The sentiment is made using my Dymo.

I'd like to enter these challenges as well:
1) Penny's Paper-Crafty - #231 Use Your Favorite Embellishment
2) Cardz 4 Guyz  - #54 Texture
3) Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #300 Masculine
4) Crafty Boots - Father's Day / Man in your Life

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Stripes!

I hope you all have had a lovely weekend.  I'm here to share my DT card for the new "Stella Says Sketch" challenge over at Catch the Bug.

I used an image called "Zebra". I made it in two different sizes, used a black Promarker to color the stripes, fussy cut them and mounted them onto a stitched die cut oval.
I stamped a greeeting saying "Today is your day" and used a striped paper and 3 pearls. A very simple black and white card.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Seize The Birthday - Birthday + Topping Animal
2) Brown Sugar – #149 Anything Goes
3) Crafting with an Attitude - #4 Anything Goes
4) Moving along with the Times - Happy Birthday

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Gus with Flashlight

Over at Catch the Bug we have a new challenge for you and this week it's ANYTHING GOES! Enter and you are in the chance of winning images from the Bugaboo store.

I used Gus Tidbits - Flashlight for my card. Gotta love Gus. Look at that face. And I love that sentiment - so true!

I used my Promarkes for coloring, glossy accent on his glasses and a black pen to make the doodled lines. Banners and rectangles are made using dies from Lawn Fawn, circle with sticthed lines from MB. Papers from Doodlebug Design.


This card is for these challenges:
1) Simon Says Stamp - Make It Masculine
2) Love to Scrap - Father's Day or Masculine Project
3) Aud Sentiments Challenge - #133 Bingo + A Sentiment (Marker+Image+Die cut)
4) Creative Corner - Just For Dad
5) Simply Create Too - #87 Masculine

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Music

There's a new challenge over at  Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week's optional twist is to make something music inspired. I've used an image from Stitchy Bear Designs - our Sponsor for June.

I colored the image using my Promarkers and I fussy cut it close to the lines. I took a red card stock, cut out a rectangle with a Lawn Fawn die, attached the image to it and added a music themed DP behind the cut out opening. A few musical notes were added, made with Dienamics dies. Apart from the coloring and cutting, a really quick and easy card:)

I'd like to enter these challenges:
1) Shopping Our Stash - #204 Red, Red Wine (use red as main color or wine as your theme)
2) Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
3) Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes or Twist of Die Cuts

Monday, June 1, 2015

Fairy and Stars

Over at TIME OUT there's a CASE challenge - the smaller image shows Deepti's beautiful card.
I was inspired by the ripped paper, the vellum and black and white.
The stars are made with embossing paste and a Memory Box stencil. I used Spellbinders dies for the fairy and oval panel with sentiment, the small cut out stars are made fith a Lawn Fawn die. I used a corner rounder punch on two of the corners - that's not typically me, but I do like the effect, I think it softens up the design a bit.

I'd like to enter my card in these challenges:
1) TIME OUT Challenges - #32 CASE
2) Seize The Birthday - Birthday
3) Moving along with the Times - Texture
4) Simply Create Too - #86 Keep It Simple

Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's five o'clock somewhere...

Over at Catch the Bug we have a new challenge for you and this week it's a RECIPE challenge, just choose one of the cannisters and you are in the chance of winning images from the Bugaboo store.

My choice of image is Stella Summer Blocks - 5 o'clock (I so agree with her!) and I chose cannister #2, added die cut flowers and a piece of ribbon for leaves. With the colorful image and patterned paper I kept the card base and panels rather clean, adding only gold cardstock and gold thread.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) 4 Crafty Chicks - #248 Summer
2) Clear It Out - Theme: Girls Stash: Die Cuts, Punches
3) Pile It On - #70 Coffee or Wine / Adult Beverages
4) Brown Sugar - #148 Ribbon & Flowers
5) Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - #92 Summer Fun

Thursday, May 28, 2015

By the Beach

Over at Outlawz Twisted Thursday it's ANYTHING GOES this week, without a twist. How simple is that! Our sponsor for May is Sami Stamps.
I didn't use a sponsor image this week, but one of Nicecrane Design's gorgeous images. It's a precolored one, so all I had to do was to think of a suitable layout, colors and embellies. The sketch over at Sketch Saturday helped me a long way with the layout, as well as the left over piece of a DP from Authentique, it's been on my desk for some weeks now waiting to be used. I cut it into panels and distressed the edges.
I used my beloved stitched oval dies from Dienamics along with a banner die from Lawn Fawn. I added 3 pearls and 3 wooden butterfly buttons and some cheesecloth from my stash.The sentiment is heat embossed and my panels are made with gold cardstock along with a black glittery one.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Sketchy Colors - #249 Sketch
2) Come and Get It - Tic-Tac-Toe (DP+Sentiment+2 or more layers)
3) Allsorts - Happy birthday
4) Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
5) Incy Wincy Designs - Lots of Layers OR No Layers

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love Cats in Paris

Today's card is made without the use of stamps - I think it's been quite some time since I last made such a card. And I made it a shaker card, I love making these. I used a mix of purple sequins in combination with white stars, it's supposed to look like a starry night sky.
I added a die cut stitched frame, attached a silver die cut Eiffel Tower (Spellbinders) and a cat couple (Marianne) on top. The white papers have a striped structure, but it doesn't show up well in the photo. The purple DP is a leftover piece from my scrap pile - I'm trying really hard to use scraps rather than cutting up unused papers at the moment. I'm quite embarrased to admit I now have 2 XL sized boxes full of scraps, but it's how it is when you don't let much go to waste, lol.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - Purple + option love
2) City Crafter Challenge - #263 - Sequins
3) Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes or Twist of Die Cuts
4) Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
5) Crafty Creations - #290 Creatures

Monday, May 25, 2015

Anything But a Card Monday

It's Monday and over at Catch the Bug that means we've got some "Anything but a card" inspiration for you.

I used one of Jodie's sheep images to decorate a box of macthes. The wool is made with a snow pen and I've used Promarkers for the coloring.
Papers are Maja Design scraps. There's not much space to decorate but I die cut an oval frame, added a little piece of ribbon and pearls. 

This was tricky to photograph as I wanted you to see that it is in fact a matchbox, hence the odd angle and poor quality of the phtoto.

This is also for these challenges:
1) Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Something die cut or punched
2) Creative Corner - Anything Goes
3) Crafty Ribbons - #119 Animals
4) Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Christmas Goes
5) Top Tip Tuesday - Animals

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ava Mermaid

Happy Staurday! We are enjoying some really nice weather in Oslo today, it's not going to last, so will try and enjoy the day! And tonight's plans are to be in the front of the TV, it's the Eurovision Finale and Norway has qualified.
Over at Catch the Bug we have a new challenge for you and this week it's a COLOR challenge. Join us in the fun and be in the chance of winning images from the Bugaboo store.

I used an image called Ava Mermaid and the little fish is from the Mini Set - AKV Under the sea. I used Promarkers, gel pens and glitter glue to color my images. The cardbase is a dark blue and the background DP as well, although they look black in the photo. I've used my stiched dies from Dienamics again, the oval and border, as well as the banner with birthday greeting. The bubbles and leaves are made with Memory Box dies. I've also used a Martha Stewart punch.


I'd also like to enter my card in these challenges:
1) Crafty Catz - #280 - Kids
2) Polkadoodles - #20 Girly, but no Pink
3) Simply Papercraft - #5 Anything Goes
4) Aud Sentiments Challenge - #132 Cute + A Sentiment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Birthday Balloons

Over at Outlawz Twisted Thursday our optional challenge theme or twist this week is to use "Your favorite colors". Our sponsor for May is Sami Stamps.

I used an image called "Giraffe Birthday Balloon". I colored it with Promarkers and used my favorite colors - brown, orange and purple - in a color combo I've never tried before. The stars on the image are made using a Memory Box stencil and distress ink.


The paper was a freebie with a magazine, the only piece I had left, and I attached the circle cut image onto a doily.
The stars are die cut out and I doodled with a black pen around the edges of some of them and added some purple pearls.




This card is also for these challenges:
1) Incy Wincy Designs - Exotic Animals
2) Inky Impressions - #210 Faux Stitching/Doodling
3) Natalie and Amy's Challenge - #32 Animals
4) Inky Chicks - #51 - Pearls
5) Paper Minutes - #384 - Stencil

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Birthday Elephant

Over at Catch the Bug we have a new challenge for you and this week we are playing BINGO. Join us in the fun and be in the chance of winning images from the Bugaboo store.
I used an image called Birthday Elephant and used the bottom horizontal row. No DPs today (I'm always a bit proud when that happens - I'm addicted to DPs - AND I've used some of my washi tape too! The sentiment and border are made with dies from Dienamics, the circle one is Memory Box. I machine stitched with red thread around the edges.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Digi Sketch Challenge - Sketch and/or Animals (T)
2) Creative Knockouts - #89 Washi Tape
3) Shopping Our Stash - #201 Oldest Washi Tape
4) Top Tip Tuesday - Animals
5) C.R.A.F.T. - #311 Birthday + Blog Hop

Friday, May 15, 2015

Ruby

Today I'm sharing a card with Ruby June - you can pick her up for free in the Bugaboo store as she's this week's freebie.

I colored the image with Promarkers. I added Wink of Stella to her dress so it's beautifully sparkly IRL, and I gave her pearl earrings.I die cut a frame using a Spellbinders die and added liquid pearls to it. I used a scalloped border die from Dienamics, ribbon and flowers from my stash. The leaves are die cut using a Marianne die. DP I believe is Fabscraps.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Everybody-Art-Challenge - #324 Wedding
2) Crafty Boots - Ribbon or Lace
3) Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #85 Anything Goes with a twist: Add Some Flower

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Waiting for You

Over at Outlawz Twisted Thursday our optional challenge theme or twist this week is to use "Flowers" of any kind. Our sponsor for May is Sami Stamps. I used an image called "Waiting for You". You can get it in a silhouette version, but mine is just colored with a black Promarker.
I used papers from Papermania, black lace from my stash and flowers from Prima. The oval stitched dies and the banner are made with dies from Dienamics and the Kaisercraft sentiment is heat embossed with white EP.

This card is also for these challenegs:
1) Sami Stamps - #25 Anything Goes
2) Creative Fingers - #79 Anything Goes
3) Crafter's Cafe - #116 Feminine
4) Crafting By Designs - Flowers
5) Digi Choosday Challenge - #19 - Flower Power

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One Layer wih Water

Okay  - one layer - not one of my strengths, and that's an undertstatement. But I do like to challenge myself and I need some cards that won't cost a fortune to send by mail, so here goes!

LIM's challenge this week is One Layer+Water, so I made this card using my gelatos to make the water.
All stanps used are from the same Lawn Fawn set.
The frog is colored, but the rest of the details are stamped using different colored inks.
I scored two lines above and under the frog, but the bottom ones got covered by the water.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Less Is More - One layer card & water
2) Crafty Catz - #278 CAS

Monday, May 11, 2015

2015 Christmas Card #11

Today I'm showing you my 11th Christmas card so far this year.

I picked inspiraton from Daen's gorgeous CAS card and I challenged myself using a mist and no DPs.

I used a stamp set from Lawn Fawn to make this scene. The trees were heat embossed with black on kraft and I used my white gel pen to color it. I colored the cardinal and stamped the snow lines. Finally I added a bit of Frantage for falling snow.

I'd like to enter my card in these challenges:
1) CASE-ing Christmas - CASE #19
2) Addicted to CAS - Birds
3) Addicted to Stamps and More - #142 Holiday
4) Cards in Envy - When Nature Calls

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Flowers in the garden

Over at Catch the Bug we have a new challenge for you and the theme is "In the Garden". Join us in the fun and be in tha chance of winning images from the Bugaboo store.

I used an image called "Sketchy Rose circle". I wanted to give my card a shabby chic flair, so I colored my image using soft pink and grey Promarkers before I added crackle paint to the whole image and sprinkled loose glitter on the roses. The die cut panel with the sentiment also got crackle paint.
For the leaves I used a brownish DP with text, added gesso, let it try then die cut the leaves using a Marianne die. The DPs, from my scrap pile, I distressed and added them to black panels. I also added some lace from my stash and 3 white pearls.

I'd like to enter my card in these challenges as well:

Fab 'n' Funky - #258 May Flowers
I love Promarkers - #268 Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge - #323 Happy Birthday
Perfectly Rustics - Use 3 of something(3 die cut leaves, 3 pearls)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Owl in a tree

Over at Outlawz Twisted Thursday our optional challenge theme or twist this week is "Add a charm". Our sponsor for May is Sami Stamps. I used an image called "Snowflake Feathers".
I decided to make him a spring scene, adding die cut leaves made with a die from Marianne and a metal flower charm onto wich I attached one pearl.
The background is embossed with a Darice woodgrain EF, matted onto kraft cardstock.
I was thinking about adding a sentiment, but decided against it so that I can use the card for any occasion I might need it for.

I'd like to enter my card in these challenges:
1) Make My Monday - Trees or Leaves
2) Crafty Boots - Things with Wings
3) Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - #90 Spring Has Sprung

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 Christmas Card #10


To avoid the last minute stress in December I try and make Christmas cards throughout the year. I should make an average of 3 cards a month to cover my needs, and with this card my stash of Christmas cards now counts 10.
This time I was inspired by Mynnette's card, choosing an image with wings and picking inspiration from the layout.
I paper pieced the image, made with a stamp from Marianne, and cut it with my Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die. I also used a snowflake die and a stitched border die. The sentiment tag is from LOTV.

This card is for these challenges:
1) CASE-ing Christmas - CASE #18
2) Cut it Up - #70 Paper Piecing
3) Sparkles Forum Christmas - # 52 Tag, you're It!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Charlie

Tuesday is new release day over at  Bugaboo. Jodie has made several versions of the dog Charlie, personally I love them all, and this is the latest addition.

I colored the image with my Promarkers, added glitter glue to the balloon and cut out the image and kraft frame using my new much loved Dienamics stitched oval dies.
I love the combo of blue with kraft, so I embossed the top panel using a chevron EF and placed it onto a DP with spots, from Doodlebug Design.
The rosette I made using a Tim Holtz die and I added a stamped birthday greeting to it.
Finally I added 3 yellow pearls.

I also wanted to show you the inside of my card, not because there's something spectacular about it, but it's a typical "me" design for cards that aren't meant for much more than a small personal greeting. I love my papers and don't let much go to waste, so I typically cut out the centre of all papers, and the leftovers are either used to make the inside or goes into my scrap pile. There's a reason for why my scrap pile is huuuuge.



I'd like to enter my card in these challenges:
1) Little Claire's - Use kraft card
2) Creative Knockouts - #87 Complete The Inside of Your Card
3) Creatalicious Challenges -  #74 Embossing (dry)
4) Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes

Sunday, May 3, 2015

2015 Christmas Card #9

Hi folks! I hope you all have had a lovely weekend.  I'm here with my 9th Christmas card made so far this year.

We have a new "Stella Says Sketch" challenge for you over at Catch the Bug. I used an image called "Santa Clause" - you can find it here - and I colored it with Promarkers.

I used a piece of DP leftover from a previous project as well as red, brown and gold card stock.
I used my Dienamics border die to make the panel, and I cut out a snowflake and Christmas sentiment using dies and white craft foam. 

This card is also for these challenges:
1) 4 Crafty Chicks - #244 Anything Goes
2) Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
3) Fab 'n' Funky - #257 Christmas

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Card with Bargello Technique

Over at Catch the Bug we have a new challenge for you and it's "Anything Goes". Join us in the fun and be in tha chance of winning images from the Bugaboo store.

I wanted to try something new, so I used strips of paper scraps and made my underwater background using the Bargello technique. The fish are colored with Promarkers, they're part of a set you can find here.
I used my new Memory Box circle dies with stitched edges and I left a narrow border of white. I used another MB die to make the bubbles. The sentiment was in my leftover pile, I think it's from From the Heart.

I'd like to enter my card in these challenges as well:
1) Addicted to Stamps and More - #142 Make Your Mark
2) Crafty Creations - #288 Photo Inspiration (Colors and rectangles)
3) Perfectly Rustics - New Technique
4) Brown Sugar – #144 Anything Goes


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Different Fold Card

Over at Outlawz Twisted Thursday our challenge theme this week is "Anything Goes" without a twist. Our sponsor for April is Besties Designs.

I very seldom make cards with more than one fold, but this one have lots! I found the tutorial for it in a Norwegian craft magazine called "Ett Trykk", but they haven't named this card fold. If anyone knows the name of this fold or have a suggestion of what to call it, please feel free to share:) It envolves folding corners for inserting a removabe panel or tag. I chose to insert my square panel in the bottom corners. As you can see from the smaller photo the card opens like a gatefold. The card base requires a 12x12 sheet, and before I started folding I used a Martha Stewart punch to get decorative edges.
I colored my Bestie image with Promarkers and a white gel pen.I added seambinding ribbon, flowers and pearls and 2 handcut banners with birthday sentiments.

I think this is very different from my usual style, mostly keeping to plainer square and A2 cards with less embellishments. But it's fun to try something different.

I'd like to entermy card in these challenges as well:
1) Creative Card Crew - #86 Fancy Folds
2) Shopping Our Stash - #199 Opposite Day (card with lots of folds and embellishments, stash: flowers)
3) Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes
4) Inspiration Destination - #31 Always Anything Goes
5) Love to Scrap - Anything Goes




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Card for Mom

Every Tuesday there are new releases in the Bugaboo store, and this is one of today's new images.

So how did I make this card?
I started by printing the image onto white paper, hand cut it, applied old paper distress ink, then a coat of crackle paint and sprinkled loose glitter on it. It doesn't show off in the photo, but the heart is sparkly. Then I used Silver liquid pearls and applied it around the edges of the heart and the card base.

For the background I used strips of Papermania papers, cut them diagonally and glued them onto a piece of paper before I used a circle die to cut it.

I used a Memory Box Chandra Stem die for the flowers and applied glitter glue to them. The sentiment says "the best mom in the world" and is heat embossed with silver EP and cut out with a Dienamics oval stitched die. As a final touch I punched a small butterfly out of vellum and added liquid pearls to it.




This card is also for these challenges:
1) Allsorts - Bring on the bling
2) Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - #223 Anything Goes
3) Polkadoodles - #17 Anything But Square
4) Simply Papercraft - #3 Anything Goes or Lots of Layers
5) Inspiration Destination - #30 Always Anything Goes

Monday, April 27, 2015

2015 Christmas Card #8

It's been a while since I last made a Christmas card. Well for me that is as I like to make Christmas card throughout the whole year. This is card number 8 so far in 2015.

Seeing Cohenna's card over at CASE-ing Christmas I had a hard time eliminating ideas. But I finally settled with a really quick card idea, a bit CAS and masculine in design, inspired by the layout.
The sentiment is from Create With TLC and I used a die from  Lawn Fawn to cut it. I embossed the kraft paper and used a Tim Holtz die to make the bow. And finally I added 3 star sequins and attached a pearl to each. Easy!

I'd like to enter my card in these challenges:
1) CASE-ing Christmas - CASE #17
2) Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - 20 minutes or less
3) Simon Says Stamp - Clean and Simple
4) Cards und More  - # 130 No Motive
5) Rudolph Days - April Anything Goes