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Friday, November 21, 2014

Snowman on Bauble

YES - finally Friday! The week-end is near and Friday also means you can pick up a new freebie in the Bugaboo store.  Today I'm sharing my GDT card showing you this week's freebie - Stocking Santa ornament.

I'm a DP addict, but this card is actually made without any DPs. I used kraft and red paper sprinkled with white mist. The kraft paper also got white frantage. I distressed the edges with walnut DI and stitched around the edges - a bit rough and randomly.
The image is colored with Promarkers and I used lots of gold glitter glue for the bauble. I used a sentiment from a stamp set from Dylusion. I cut two pieces of straw and tied a golden bow around it for a little bit of decoration.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) 4 Crafty Chicks - #221 Make it Sparkle
2) Aud Sentiments Challenge - #120 Use a Sentiment for any December Holiday
3) Make My Monday - Glitter
4) Sparkles Forum Challenges - The Big Guy (Santa)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Too much or not enough?

Over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday this week's optional twist is to use your favorite colors at Christmas time. I love red and and white, lots og glitter, gold and silver, and I used them all on my card.

I've used an image found in store over at Stitchy Bear Designs (Floppy Latte's "Bird and Bauble Ornaments") - our sponsor for November.

The image is colored with Promakers, gold and silver gel roll pens and I used lots of glitter glue as well. For the branches I used a MS punch and glitter paper. I'm not sure about those, I've been thinking I should remove them or add more - or leave it as it is now... I think I'm going to ponder about this until the card is put in the letter box... Maybe you can help me by sharing your opinion?

I'd also like to enter this card in Without Words - Christmas Preparations challenge.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Owl on Tree Branch

I've made a simple card based on the sketch over at Addicted to CAS. To keep it clean I didn't use a DP as background, but kraft paper distressed with walnut DI.  I used my much loved star stencil from MB and embossing paste to make the starry sky. I mounted the decorated panel onto blue paper and used foam to raise it from the card base. A MB die was used to make the tree branch. The owl is part of a stamp from Marianne - the owl is actually sitting on top of a letter box, but I cut it out, paper pieced it using scrap pieces and mounted it on foam. I added glossy accent to its eyes. The Christmas sentiment is stamped.

I'd like to try my luck in these challenges with my owl card:
1) Addicted to CAS - Sketch
2) A Gem of a Challenge - #132 Paper Piecing
3) Open-Minded Challenges - #23 Fowl of Any Kind 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Howdy!

Today is the start of a new Stella Says Sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug, and this is my Guest Designer card.

My starting point was the cute image AKV 2 cowboy - howdy.
I chose a star patterned DP and chose elements I felt suited the cowboy theme.
I tied a lasso using string. The banner with the sentiment is hand cut, and I decided to add some burlap behind the paper for texture.
I added 3 star brads that have been in my stash for ages. 

I'd also like to participate in these challenges with my card:
1) Creative Knockouts - #63 Banner
2) Meljens Designs - #236 Hot Chocolate (use brown)
3) Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes 4 Kids

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Happy Now?

Today is the start of a new challenge over at Catch the Bug and this time we're playing BINGO!
I'm a big fan of Stella, I love her sense of humour and many of my friends and family do to, and with the extremely hot summer we had this year this image is perfect. Now I'm just waiting for some snow to arrive...
You can find Stella here. I colored her with Promarkers, added glossy accent to her glasses, Star Dust stickles to the ice and snowflakes and I used a snow pen. The liquid of the snow pen becomes great fluffy looking snow as you heat set it.
I used the bingo squares with Bugaboo image, 2 designer papers and brads. My two papers are a snowflake patterned one from Bo Bunny and some scrap pieces of a paper from Doodlebug Design, for which I made my punched snowflakes. I decoarted them with pearl brads. I added fine lines of glitter glue around the edges of both squares.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Paper Shelter Challenge - #182 Snowflakes
2) Clear It Out Anything Goes Stash: Use 3 of The Same Thing (Brads and punched snowflakes)
3) Craft Your Passion - Something beginning with B (brads and blue papers

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Purple and Silver for my Angel Bear...

Over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday this week's optional twist is to make something with a "Thank you" theme. I've used the image Angel Bear found in store over at Stitchy Bear Designs, our sponsor for November. The bear is colored with Promakers, fussy cut and mounted on foam.

The layout is inspired by yhe sketch over at Sketch Saturday. I've only used 1 DP for this card, but I used both sides of it. I mounted the paper onto panels of kraft and added diamond stickles around the edges. I added plenty of it on the wings as well. The sentimet is stamped and heat embossed using silver EP. I used a scrap piece of silver mirri card and some silver string I found in my stash.  

I'd also like to enter my card in these challenges:
1) Papertake Weekly - 2 or 4 legs
2) Crafting By Designs - Give thanks
3) Sketch Saturday - Sketch #335

Monday, November 10, 2014

Gift Bag with a Reindeer

Monday means a new week with new possibilities!! Today I want to share a little gift bag I made for Catch the Bug's "Anything but a a Card Monday" post. You can find this cute "Plush Reindeer" here in the Bugaboo store.

The bag is made with white paper and a die from Lawn Fawn. I chose a spotted DP to decorate the front as I wanted to create a snowy scene. I used Walnut DI on the edges.
I cut out a circle, added acetate and placed the cut out circle behind it so I could add a tree scene and glitter snow for a shaker effect.
The trees are made using a die from Marianne. For the snowflakes I used a punch, and each snowflake was decorated with a pearl.
The reindeer i colored with my Promarkers and a white gel pen.

This gift bag is also for these challenges:
1) I love Promarkers - #244 Cute Christmas
2) A Crafty Mess - #1 Anything Goes
3) Completely Christmas - #37 Anything Goes with a Twist Let's see some Blue
4) QKR Stampede – #113 Let's Talk Christmas

Friday, November 7, 2014

Marshmallow Snowman

Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing my Bugaboo GDT card with a sweet marshmallow snowman - he's this week's freebie, so head over to the Bugaboo store if you want to fetch him!

For my card layout I was inspired by the sketch over at Technostamper. It allowed me to use a scrap piece of striped paper. The image is colored with Promarkers,  I used light blue chalk for the background, white frantage for the snow and 3 sequins from my stash for a little sparkle. And the candy cane has a generous amount of glossy accent added to it. I used red and white string and  a tag which I made using a LOTV stamp.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Technostamper's Monday Lunch Time Sketch Challenge - Sketch
2) C.R.A.F.T. - #284 Winter
3) Incy Wincy Designs - Inspired by a Song, Book or Movie (Frosty the Snowman)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Christmas Gift Bag in non-traditional Colors

There's a new challenge over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week's optional twist is to make something with "Button(s)".
I've used 2 digital DPs from Panda Bear Designs' "Chocolate Dreams Paper Pack 2" - you can find it in store over at Stitchy Bear Designs, our sponsor for November.

Non traditional Christmas colors is something that has grown on me this year, and I quite like the combo og beige, browns, white and gold.
I printed using Bazzil paper, I quite like the textured look it has. I decorated the bag with a die cut corrugated paper star, twine, button and a gold glitter embossed Christmas sentiment on vellum.

I'd also like to enter my gift bag in these challenges:
1) Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge) - Bingo (Glitter+2 DPs+Diecuts)
2) Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes (I used Embossing Powder)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Housewife's Day

Did you know that November 3 was Housewife's Day? This Stella image would suit the occasion perfectly! If you want her too you can find her here in the Bugaboo store.

I'm no housewife material myself, no good cook (I usually burn something), and when cleaning I start in every room, leaving a mess, but in that way I HAVE to finish what I started. I'm organized though, going through closets and drawers once a quarter, a rather good habit that I've kept from the days I needed to move a lot.

Enough embarrising details about me, let's focus on my card:
Image colored with Promarkers. DPs are from Doodlebug Design and Authentique. White gems and a leftover piece of flower ribbon found in my stash. Very simple really, I wanted Stella to be the star on this card.

I would also like to try my luck in these challenges with my card:
1) Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
2) Brown Sugar – #118 Anything Goes

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Little Wizard

Today is the start of a new Stella Says Sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug, and this is my Guest Designer card.

My sister seems to be in constant need of cards for young boys as her two sons now are in school and they seem to be invited to so many birthday parties. So I decided to go with this cute wizard, you can find him in the Bugaboo store here.
As background I used a chevron patterned DP decorated with stars, I used a MB stencil and embossing paste. The border is made with a scrap piece, I used a MS border punch and decorated with twine and stamped a birthday greeting.

I'd also like to participate in these challenges with my card:
1) Top Tip Tuesday - Chevrons
2) Open-Minded Challenges - #22 Halloween or Dressing Up
3) C.R.A.F.T. - #283 Fantasy
4) Allsorts - Masculine

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Christmas Mouse with Ornaments

Happy weekend everybody! Today I want to share with you my GDT card for Catch the Bug where the theme is Anything Goes.

Christmas seems to be just around the corner, so I decided to make a Christmas card with the adorable mouse that you can find in the Bugaboo store here.

I'm addicted to DPs, so it's very rare I don't use any on my card, but for this one I stuck to plain red, white and kraft paper. I used a snowpen to make the snow and the image is colored with Promarkers and a gold gel pen. I added twine and a gold metal bell, and the sentiment is a piece of fabric.

I'd also like to participate in these challenges with my card:
1) Fab 'n' Funky - #235 Christmas
2) Little Claire's -  #50 Christmas
3) Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - No patterned paper

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Easel Card with Teddy

Is it only me or do the weeks pass by in a flash?! There's a new challenge over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week's optional twist is to make an "Easel Card". I've used an image from Lee's Digi Shop, our sponsor for October.
 




The teddy is colored with my Promarkers and the balloon is covered with glossy accent.  DPs are from Maja Design, chosen to match the colors of the wrapping of the gift. I've used dies to make the pennants and the bonbons. I stamped a birthday sentiment and also added a button with a birthday greeting. This card was really hard to photograph due to both the design and light conditions, but I hope you'll get the idea...

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Clear It Out - Theme: Use Orange Stash: Orange Things (pearls)
2) PDE Linky Party - #24 Easel Cards
3) Love to Create - More than One Fold

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Issues with word verification??? Help!

I've been away on holiday, came back and suddenly it seems word verification has been turned on, even though it says 'no' under 'settings' and I haven't changed my profile. Strange isn't it?
I've tried to change from pop up comment box to embedded, it seems to be working, but when I change back to pop up word verification is again turned on... So I've changed to embedded again to leave out word verification (or so I hope...)
Anyone else having experienced this? I'd love to hear your advice....

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cool Cat

There's a new challenge over at Catch the Bug today, the theme is color inspiration, and I thought this Cool Cat from the Bugaboo store was perfect for it.
I colored him up with my Promarkers and fussy cut him.

For the background I used a houndstooth DP from Doodlebug Design and my buildings die from Memory Box. The sentiment is die cut using craft foam and a die from Dienamics. I also added a few star sequins.

I'd also like to enter my card in these challenges:
1) Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Animals
2) Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - #76 For the Boys

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Circle Shaped Card with a Teddy

Yippi, it's Thursday! One more day and the week-end is here and I'm off to a week in the sun!
We have a new challenge over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week's optional twist is "Use your favorite technique"! Well I've used two of them - paper piecing and fussy cutting.
I've used an image from Lee's Digi Shop, our sponsor for October.
 




The teddy is colored with my Promarkers and the balloon is covered with loose pink glitter and glossy accent.  I used dies to make the frame and the circle shaped card base. DPs are from Doodlebug Design.  I stamped a small birthday sentiment and adhered it to a hand cutted banner. I also added 3 pink pearls.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Crafty Calendar - Bingo (pearls+sentiment+die cuts)
2) Polkadoodles - #41 Anything but a Square
3) Eureka Stamps - Shaped Cards
4) Digi Sketch Challenge - Pink & Sparkly

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cake anyone?

October 14 was "National Dessert Day". I couldn't resist making a card with the French Chef, Pierre, and his masterpiece cake - you can find this image in the Bugaboo store here.
I colored him with Promarkers, fussy cut him and mounted him on foam. I added Diamond stickles to the cake.

I used DPs from MME. The sentiment is in Norwegian and is from Kort&Godt. I made it into a rosette, cutting some strips from of a scrap piece. I used a white gel pen for the faux stitching around the edges.
The layout is inspired by this week's sketch over at "Sketch Saturday".

This card is for these challenges:
1) Sketch Saturday - Sketch #331
2) Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #49 ATG with a Twist Stripes
3) Glitter n Sparkle - #105 Include Some Black and White

Monday, October 13, 2014

Christmas Baubles

Purple is my favorite color and seeing the color inspiration over at Inkspirational I wanted to play along immediately!

I went with a Christmas design, using my neglected Christmas bauble dies from Memory Box.
For the bottom layer I chose silver cardstock and for the ornate pattern I used silver mirri card.
I attached each bauble to a silver string. I felt they needed something extra so I used seambinding ribbon to make the bows.
The panel is made with purple card stock and my new Sizzix embossing folder. I mounted it to silver cardstock and a black card base.

There's nothing original about my design, but I still like how this turned out, using no stamps.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - Purple and Silver
2) ABC Christmas Challenge - Tree ornament
3) Top Tip Tuesday - Non Traditional Christmas
4) Pile It On - #41 2 or more die cuts
5) C.R.A.F.T. - #280 Christmas

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Snail mail

Today's card is inspired by fall, which is the theme of the newest challenge over at Catch the Bug, where I'm a Guest Designer.

The image is called "Snail mail" and can be found here. I colored it with Promarkers, fussy cut it and placed it on top of a bed of leaves made with a set of dies from Lawn Fawn.

I chose papers from Doodlebug Design and a stamped postcard from TPC as background. I machine stitched with red thread aroind the edges.

The sentiment is cut out from red craft foam with a Dienamics die. I added a bow of yellow seambinding ribbon decoarted with a brad.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Fab 'n' Funky - #232 Anything With Ribbon
2) Moving along with the Times - Doggone it (or any animal)
3) City Crafter Challenge - #232 Leaves
4) Ooh La La Creations - Use a Bow

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Gift Bag with Snowman

    Anotther Thursday,  another challenge over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week we have the optional twist of  "Outdoors"!
    Snowmen are obvisously found outdoors, so that's why I opted for this cute image from Lee's Digi Shop, our sponsor for October.
     




    I used my Promarkers for coloring.
    The gift bag is made with the help of my new die from Lawn Fawn.
    I used my Memory Box stencil and embossing paste to make the background of stars and spots.
    I cut out the image and panel using circle dies. Then I added some grey seambinding ribbon and attached a red flower and punched branches to it. The sentiment says "Merry Christmas" in Norwegian.



    This gift bag is also for these challenges:
    1) Sketchy Colors - #228 Colors
    2) Creative Corner - Anything But a Card
    3) Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes Christmas
    4) Eclectic Ellapu - Texture paste/embossing  

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    Bugaboo New Release Tuesday - Birthday Balloon Boy

    My card today shows a brand new image - you can get it over at the Bugaboo store as from today!
    I love making boy cards, and I'm sure you're going to see more of this little fella in the future.
    He's a birthday boy and when I think of children's birthdays I think of sodas and straws, so I added one to my card. I attached different birthday themed sentiments to it. I went with a red, white and blue color scheme, one of my favorites, stars and stripes. I added a die cut number and 3 red enamel dots as well.

    My party themed design is also for these challenges
    1) Sketch N Stash - Sketch (new stash image and straw)
    2) Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - #196 - 3 Of The Same Letter (stars, stripes and straw)

    Sunday, October 5, 2014

    Autumn Leaves

    Today I'm sharing with you an autumn themed card made with the inspiration from the sketch over at Catch the Bug, where I'm a Guest Designer for the next 4 months.
    You can find the beautiful leaves here - Mini-Set Leaf Blocks.

    I dug out my inks to add color to the leaves. I printed the leaves twice, cut them out and mounted them on foam. The frame is colored with walnut DI and a golden pen. I placed the images onto a piece of burlap and gold paper, added a button to each image and chose a DP I felt would match the autumnal colors of the leaves. The sentiment is made with a Dienamics die and craft foam.

    I'd like to enter this card in these challenges:
    1) Crafty Little Fairies - Use only one designer paper
    2) Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - #196 3 Of The Same Letter (buttons, burlap, brown)
    3) Brown Sugar - #114 Autumn/ Fall
    4) Open-Minded Challenges -  Fall / Autumn 

    Saturday, October 4, 2014

    Golden Fairy and Stenciled Background

    Just a quick CAS card from me today! Hadn't planned to post anything, but suddednly I had the urge to make this card - and after all, today is World Card Making Day!

    I've used a fairy die from Marianne. I cut her out of gold paper and and adhered her to craft foam for a bit more dimension.

    The background is covered with blue paint and I used my new Memory Box star stencil. I added embossing paste and some gold glitter frantage on the stars.

    I left out a sentiment as I was trying to avoid the trap of adding more and thus moving away from the CAS style. It's also practical having some cards with no sentiments available, and I think this design will work for several occasions.

    I'd like to enter this card into these challenges:
    1) Addicted to CAS - Stencil
    2) My Time to Craft - #261 Die cuts only
    3) Crafting When We Can - #79 No Designer Papers
    4) Crafty Boots - Gold

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    Bugaboo's Freebie Friday - Boo Halloween Princess

    Happy Friday everybody! Today I'm sharing with you my first card as a Bugaboo Guest designer.

    The image I've used is called Boo Halloween Princess and you can pick her up here for free as she's this week's Freebie Friday over at Catch the Bug.

    For my card I've used papers from Doodlebug Design. I love spots and stripes and I love orange! I didn't want to make it too spooky for this little darling, so I die cut trees using my Memor Box die and I stamped and fussy cut two cute bats. I also used a die cut fence from Marianne, I cut it in two and placed a piece on each side of the image.

    This card is also for these challenges:
    1) Pile It On - #39 The Witching Hour/Halloween
    2) Crafting for all Seasons - #87 Too cute to spook
    3) Crafty Creations - #273 Orange

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Taking a ride...

    Yippi, it's Thursday! One more day and the week-end is here!
    As usual we have a new challenge over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week's optional twist is "Taking a ride"!
    I've used an image from Lee's Digi Shop, our sponsor for October.
     




    She's colored with Promarkers in shades of browns and blues to match the DP with bicycles from Authentique. I placed her onto a folded frame - I found the tutorial for it here.
    I used dies from Marianne for the tree and fence, cut out of kraft. The clouds are made with MB dies. I stamped a small birthday sentiment using black ink.

    This card is also for these challenges:
    1) Incy Wincy Designs - Something Old (DP, dies), Something New (image, fold technique)
    2) Cutie Pie Challenge - 3s (3 dies and patterned papers)
    3) Melonheadz Friends Challenge - Fun Folds
    4) Shopping Our Stash - #171 - Sunshine on a cloudy day
    5) Simon Says Stamp - Transportation

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Retirement Card

    Hello! Monday soon over - that's a good thing!
    CoffeeLoversBloghopLogoI've made a CAS card with a coffee theme for a man who's going to retire soon.
    I was inspired by the layout of this week's card over at The Cutting Edge, but I'm not going to enter it there since I did not use any die cuts.
    I printed the digital sentiment from Raindrop Echo Desigs directly onto the card base.
    I've used stamps from a set from Lawn fawn. The coffee beans are stamped with brown ink and the coffee cup and steam with black. I stamped onto a scrap piece of DP and brown paper. And that's about it!

    I'm linking this card to these challenges:
    1) Inkspirational - Beverages/Drink
    2) Cuts Crops & Creativity - Coffe Lovers Bloghop
    3) Addicted to Stamps and More - #114 CAS
    4) Sweet Stampin - Just for men

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    A Froggie Hello

    THE STUDIO...Happy Thursday everybody! There's a new challenge over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week's optional twist is "Anything Goes"!
    I used an image from Oak Pond Creations, our sponsor for September. I love this little frog, he makes me think of Kermit the Frog from the Mupppet Show. I loved this program as a child, and I had a mug with Miss Piggy, a puzzle with Animal and a pajamas with the whole crew. I colored the frog using Promarkers in  different shades of green, and I added glossy accent to the eyes. The papers are from Doodlebug Design. I used a die to make the leaves (I believe it's from Poppy Design). I mounted it onto a piece of thick cardstock to get it raised from the background. I did the same with the sentiment, made with a die from Dienamics.

    This card is also for these challenges:
    1) Love to Create - Fussy Cut
    2) Allsorts - #277 Based on a film title (The Muppet Movie)
    3) Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #47 Anything Goes, Twist Spots or Dots

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    What's this?


    I'm not sure how to define my card. It's not CAS nor embellished. It's not typically female, masculine or childish. It's not very autumn like, nor does it say spring, summer or winter. 

    I don't know what this is, I just know I wanted to use my cute owl stamp from StampingBella. And I wanted to make a wooden frame. And I love my birch tree die from Memory Box. And I wanted to use that freebie paper and my favorite flowers at the moment. And I wanted to reduce my stash of small bits and pieces, hence my paper pieced owls.  

    No sketch, no color inspiration, only the words of wings, flight and forest, which resulted in this card, made for these challenges:
    1) Inkspirational - Flight

    2) Sparkles Forum Challenges - Things with Wings
    3) Craft Room Challenge - Forest Friends

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Pumpkins

    THE STUDIO...Thursday means a new challenge over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week's optional twist is "Autumn".  
    I used an image from Oak Pond Creations, our sponsor for September. I colored it with my Promarkers and cut out a frame for it using a Spellbinders die. I used another die from the same set to make the card base.
    The background paper is a scrap piece with orange and green lines, I chose this one as I felt it didn't take away the focus of the image and die cut details.
    I stitched with gold thread around the edges of the frame and panel and added to wooden leaves.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Dies R Us Challenge - #10 Fall Festival
    2) Craft Your Passion - Harvest Time
    3) Incy Wincy Designs - Shaped Cards
    4) Come and Get It - Use a Digi with An Autumn Theme