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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Teddy Love

Today I have two posts, my last ones for June, I'll be back in the beginning of July.

This is my DT card for "Loving Day" and the "Humor me Wednesday"-post over at Catch the Bug. The image is named Girl and Teddy Picture and is totally adorable.

I colored the image using Promarkers, fussy cut it and added stickles glitter on the frame.

I used some washi tapes and flowers from my stash, die cut a few golden hearts to make the leaves and a white one for the birthday greeting. I machine stitched around the edges.

This card is also for:
My Time to Craft - #322 Teddy Bears Picnic
Challenge Up Your Life - #43 Frame
Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes for Kids

Card Kit Swap with Nonni and Marina - take #1

I'm doing a "Card Kit Swap" with Nonni of Nonni's Handmade Cards and Marina of My Perfect Life. We're supposed to make 4 cards out of the kit and we can add some of our own stash too as we're keeping it really simple and fun.

Nonni sent us the first kit, it contained 4 sheets of patterned papers, 1 dry embossed one and 2 heat embossed ones. And there were stamped flowers and leaves, sequins and bling. 
I sure had fun with Nonni's kit and here's what I made:

Card #1: A "just because" card
Everything on this card is from Nonni, a part from the embossed sentiment on vellum and the metal thread. I kept the colors limited, I only added Wink of Stella and colored a few details in with a golden gel pen. I used embossing powder similar to the color of the DP. The sentiment is in Norwegian, it's the definition of flower "FLOWER - a beautiful and unique gift from nature created for sharing".

Card #2: A birthday card
The die cut panel with sentiment and butterflies are my own, everything else comes from Nonni's kit. I so love the animal printed paper in blue!

Card #3: A "with sympathy" card
I loved this stamped paper and had a hard time cutting into it, afraid of ruining it, and I certainly didn't want to risk anything by inking. So I just cut it to make a panelled card, added a sympathy sentiment and a die cut rose.

Card #4: A card for a 50th birthday
I was a bit anxioussponging the embossed paper with red ink, but I didn't mess up. Added a strip of one of the patterned papers and made a square card. The flowers were colored with Promarkers and Wink of Stella. From my own stash I added some black lace, a die cut swirl and banners with DYMO sentiments.

I'd love to hear which card is YOUR favorite and why.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

June sketch

Sunday and it's time for a new "Stella Says Sketch" challenge.
From May through August the sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug is running on a monthly basis, so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the days of beautiful weather.

I made my card in different shades of peach and pink, using paper scraps and white ribbon and lace. The image, which you can find here, is colored using Promarkers and fussy cut. The die cut swirls are made with dies from Marianne and Magnolia, there's a bit of frantage added to the die cut gold circle. A bit of stitching and distressing the edges and that's about it.

This card is also for:
Open-Minded Challenges - Use Your Favorite Technique (Fussy cutting the image)
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons - #127 Make It Girly

Saturday, May 28, 2016


It's Saturday and that meanswe have a new challenge over at Catch the Bug. This week we're having a PHOTO challenge.

I was inspired by the yellow and green colors. I also chose a creature with wings - meet "Poppi Penguin" - you can find him in the Bugaboo store here.

I colored him with Promarkers, fussy cut him and added glossy accent to the lemonade details and sunglasses. The sentiment was sent to me by Monika - thank you so much! I just added some WoS on it for a little sparkle.

This card is also for:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Aud Sentiments Challenge - #156 Anything Goes + A Sentiment
I love Promarkers - #309 Anything Goes

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016


    A photo challenge which is also kind of a color challenge - that's something that would usually scare me away. But I recognzed the colors as the ones of some of my newest Distress Inks and I thought, why not use them all!

    Made the background, sort of had a plan of doing something else but found the colors to give me more of an 80s vibe, so out came my unused robot stamp from a My Minds Eye set, heat set it and colored it using grey Promarkers. Needed to spike up the background, so used the number stencil from Tim Holtz. The background is made using a stitched frame die from Dienamics, put cut the paper to put on top of it, so it works as a panel and not a frame.
    The design is much like the card in my previous post, but the colors give the card a different feel I think. There are no embellies on here and the background made of inks was very quick to make. All in all, this must be one of my quickest makes ever.

    This card is for:
    Inkspirational - #109 Color Inspiration
    Cards und More - #159 Use Lot of Colors
    Use Your Stuff - Get Inky

    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Monster and numbers

    I still love my patterned papers, but I also love trying to use my stencils and inks more. So for this monster I decided to make a background using my Tim Holtz number stencil and black DI.

    I colored the image using Promarkers and stamped a sentiment on a die cut banner and placed it in the monster's hands. I machine stitched around the edges.

    And there isn't really much more to say about this CAS card...If you want to pick up this image for free I suggest you pop over to the Bugaboo website as it's this week's Friday Freebie image.

    This card is also for:
      Moving along with the Times - #20 Man Or Boy
      Fab 'n' Funky - #305 No Designer Papers
      Cards und More - #158 Masculine cards

      Monday, May 16, 2016

      Happy 50th Birthday, Sandie

      It's Sandie's 50th birthday today. I've been following Sandie for some time now and I love her very CAS style. She's constantly coming up with new CAS designs and new ways to use her stash. If you don't know Sandie I highly recommend you pay her a visit over at her blog - London Days.

      I know Sandie loves purple. Sorry, no purple card from me, I have all my stash tucked away as I'll be hosting a breakfast tomorrow - it's the Norwegian Constitution Day which all Norwegians celebrate in their finest outfits - and my crafting space - which actually is a dining room - needs to be used for that purpose for once.
      But I had this Altenew freebie set at hand, got hold on some of the red and green inks, used some already prepared panels, circle die cut and red card base and got to work. The sentiment was also a freebie at some point, and three enamel dots (I know Sandie love those) were added.

      I'm linking my card up to the birthday event hosted by Kylie of Kylie is Addicted to Stamps here as well as these challenges:

      Card and Scrap - #118 Flowers
      Aud Sentiments Challenge - #155 Anything Goes with a sentiment
      Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Embossing

      Saturday, May 14, 2016

      Princess in Tower and Flowers

      It's Saturday and that means a new challenge over at Catch the Bug. This week we're having a THEME challenge, Flowers Galore.

      My image is called Princess Charlie - Tower and I colored it with Promarkers, added glitter to her crown, fussy cut it and attached it to a dry embossed brickwall background.

      But the theme being flowers I cut out a strip with a grass border die from LaLaLand and attached my flowers of various colors and brands. I also used my new butterfly die from Poppy, cut out in golden card stock.

      This card is also for:
      Crafty Boots - Queens, Princesses, Crowns
      Everybody-Art-Challenge - #368 Flowers
      Shopping Our Stash - #251 April Showers Bring May Flowers
      Fab 'n' Funky - #304 For A Child

        Sunday, May 8, 2016

        Sketch time

        Sunday and it's time for a new "Stella Says Sketch" challenge.
        From May through August the sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug is running on a monthly basis, so you'll have plenty of time to join and still have time to work, do gardening or whatever your daily life tasks consist of.

        I needed to make some more boy cards for my stash so I used the image called Bugaboo Cowboy - Fence and colored it using Promarkers.
        I'm not sure of the brand of the DP, but I used the front and the back of the same sheet and added a piece of my jeans ribbon. Star brads from my stash were added and I stamped a birthday greeting in the bottom right corner.

        This card is also for:
        City Crafter Challenge - #310 Feeling Prickly (star brads used)
        Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #344 Nature
        I love Promarkers - #308 Lace and/or Ribbon

        Thursday, May 5, 2016


        It's Thursday and time for an OLDIE BUT GOODIE over at Catch the Bug.

        I've made a birthday card which I find rather gender neutral - I like having some cards like this in my stash for any last minute needs.

        I colored the image using Promarkers and added glossy accent to the balloons and the eyes.

        The white paper is embossed with my new embossing folder from Spellbinders. I layeres it onto silver and black panels and machine stitched using really tiny stitches.

        I added a birthday greeting made with my Dymp and 3 orange enamel dots from my stash. 

        This card is also for:
        Make My Monday - Party Paraphernalia
        Challenge Up Your Life - Critters
        Incy Wincy Designs - Clean & Simple
        Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes

        Monday, May 2, 2016

        Vehicles - with a feminine twist

        Let me be honest. I don't belong to the group of people having a tidy desk. No, far from it. There's stuff all over the place on mine, things I like, that I plan to use soon, new and old, and sometimes all these elements just end up on the same project. It's rare, but it happens. Like with this card. I've combined elements I normally wouldn't and I was a bit daring in adding lots of stuff. But the card is still non lumpy and flat.

        So how did this card come to? I was inspired by the theme of vehicles. Normally this word inspire me to make a masculine card, but I had this scrap piece with cars on it and it happened to fall down on my desk where the woman just happened to lay cut out and ready for use. The car die was on my desk too - it's been more than a year since last used. The film strip was already cut - intended but not used for a previous projcect. The same goes with the TH film strip. Lace laying around (on the floor, ahem...), bought on a trip at Easter. New NY cityscape die (Dienamics). Brown DP and the checker pattern one picked from my scrap box. Attached elements using a stapler. Added three wooden stars, just for the sake of reducing the empty space at the top. Lacked a sentiment, used my Dymo.No stamping at all.

        This card is for:
        Inkspirational - Vehicles
        Cards in Envy - Just us girls
        Simply Create Too - #108 Ladies only

        Saturday, April 30, 2016


        It's Saturday and that means a new challenge over at Catch the Bug. This week we're having a RECIPE challenge: Use image,  papers and  embellishments.

        My one image is called pretty flower girl and is colored with Promarkers and Distress Ink pads.
        My two papers are one with spots and one with stripes. The spotty one is die cut with a Dienamics border die.
        For my 3 embellishments I went with 3 different types: flowers, pearls and ribbon.

        This card is also for:
        Double D Challenges - April Showers Bring May Flowers
        Paper Shelter Challenge - #246 Pearls
        Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #343 Make it Digital (image)

        Tuesday, April 26, 2016

        Body parts

        Today I've got a Christmas card to share, one that came to from the inspiration of using "body parts" stamps (no digis). Having no such stamp and having used the legs of my Prima doll stamp in the previous challenge I felt I had to come up with something other than that.
        So I used two Santa children stamps from Panduro, just using the heads, hiding the rest behind some Christmas gifts made with a Magnolia stamp.
        I paper pieced their hats using paper scraps from Maja papers, the gifts were stamped onto kraft an I colored in some of the details using Promarkers and silver and white gel pens. The sentiment, also from Panduro, was stamped onto a die cut banner made with a Lawn Fan die.
         The lace was bought on a trip abroad, sequins and pearls from my stash.

        This card is also for:
        Twofers - #18 Body parts
        Use Your Stuff - Use Scraps
        Rudolph Days Challenge - April
        Christmas Card Challenges - #21 Anything Goes

        Monday, April 25, 2016

        Santa tag

        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 my favorites of Jodie's sweet stocking Santa images, colored it with Promarkers and a black pen and glittered it up with silver glitter. I fussy cut the image and placed it onto a piece of kraft paper.

        The kraft was dry embossed using my favorite falling snow embossing folder. I used white ink on the raised pattern. The tag is cut using a die from Dienamics.

        I added a strip of lace, ribbons and twine from my stash and there's a little metal charm hidden there too stating "Merry Christmas".

        This tag is for:
        C.R.A.F.T. - #360 Christmas
        ABC Christmas Challenge - 'H' is for Hat (Christmas ones)
        Crafting By Designs - Get Ready For Christmas

        Friday, April 22, 2016

        Cupcake tray freebie

        Here's my card featuring this week's Freebie Friday image-  you can pick it up at no cost in the Bugaboo store.

        I colored the image using Promarkers and teamed it up with a sentiment from TLC that was a freebie in the past.They go so well together don't you think?

        I kept my card very simple, layering white papers onto silver mirri card, and I used my Martha Stewart punch to make a decorative border for the top panel. I also added some microbeads onto some of the cupcakes, but that's all there is to this simple card.

        This card is also for:
        Crafty Boots - Use a Sentiment
        Use your stuff- #219 Punches
        4 Crafty Chicks - #295 F is For Food

          Monday, April 18, 2016

          Pink ombré

          One of the things I like to do the most is to CASE other designers. Over at City Crafter they are celebrating their 6th birthday with a CASE challenge, I chose card number 3.

          I was inspired by the ombre effect in pink, the layout with the die cut leaves, the black sentiment and gems.

          I started out sponging the background with spun sugar and picked raspberry DIs. I cut out a rose bouquet using a die from Memeoy Box. Then I heat embossed some Bo Bunny stamped butterflies on inked paper, fussy cut them and mounted them on foam, slightly bending their wings. 

          The sentiment is in Norwegian, it's the definition of "greeting".
          Various gems and sequins from my stash.

          This card is for:
          City Crafter Challenge - #307 CASE
          Creative With Stamps Challenge - #1 Butterfly
          Moving along with the Times - #18 Spring Flowers

          Saturday, April 16, 2016

          Flower Umbrella

          It's Saturday and that means a new challenge over at Catch the Bug. This week we're playing BINGO. I went with the buttom row of Bugaboo image + Embossing + Sentiment.

          The image is one of Jodie's many umbrella images, colored with Promarkers. I added wink of Stella to the flowers and added liquid pearls to their centre.

          The image is fussy cut and placed on to oval die cuts made with dies from Spellbinders. The bow is made with a Tim Holtz die.

          The background is heat embossed with silver EP, I used one of my new background stamps from Tim Holtz. I matted the piece onto silver card stock, added zigzag stitching with silver metallic thread around the edges.

          The sentiment is also heat embossed, it's one that can be used for birthdays or for a congratulations occasion.

          This card is also for:
          Tuesday Throwdown - #289 Use your Die Cuts
          Love to Scrap - Bow
          Cut it Up- #94 Spring Flowers
          Open-Minded Challenges- #4 Easter/Spring/Pastels 

          Friday, April 15, 2016


          Here's my card featuring this week's Freebie Friday image-  you can pick it up at no cost in the Bugaboo store.

          I colored the image using Promarkers and a gold gel pen, fussy cut it and placed it onto a bright yellow doily. What my favorite color is varies betweens seasons and moods, but yellow is always one I've loved for it's cheerful effect and I think looks pretty with many colors. This time I chose black, embossed the paper with a woodgrain EF from Darice.

          The spoon is made with a die from Marianne, it looks quite authentic in silver mirri card. The sentiment is cut with a die from Dienamics and says "happiness is a cup of fresh tea" or something close...

          My card is for these challenges:
          Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Favorite color
          Crafty Gals Corner - #67 Die Cuts or Punches
          Digi Choosday Challenge - Emboss It

          Wednesday, April 13, 2016

          Watercoloring using my DI pads

          I treated myself to some new crafting goodies on Saturday. I think I have few flower stamps in my stash, and mostly small ones, so I bought a stamp set with several flowers from Tim Holtz.

          I stamped and clear embossed the flowers onto watercolor papper. Then I used these Distress inks to color the image:  wild honey, fired brick, walnut stain, forest moss and twisted citron. Finally I masked the image and sponged salty ocean DI.

          As final touches I added a few micro beads to the flowers and stamped a sentiment in Norwegian (the definition of "greeting", so very versatile) and heat set it.

          This is very different from what I normally make, but I'm finally being more daring using my inks.

          This card is for:
          TIME OUT Challenges - #54 Home Sweet Home (inspired by blue and orange)
          Cards in Envy - Flowers and/or Fantasy
          Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes

          Tuesday, April 12, 2016

          Gold and White for Christmas

          Being inspired by some challenges running at the moment I finished this card yesterday. I've only used gold and white for this card, I really like the look of these colors together.

          I had a general plan for the layout in mind and started out embossing the background, using a Tim Holtz EF.

          I cut the poinsettia with dies from Marianne, layered it with a sequin and pearl in the centre. Behind it I attcahed some gold metal thread and a few berries on a stem.

          I placed the poinsettia onto a gold heat set piece of vellum, using a script stamp from Glitz.

          This card was made for:
          ABC Christmas Challenge - 'G' is for Green or Gold
          52 Christmas Card Throwdown Christmas color
          House of Cards - Script and/or colors

          Sunday, April 10, 2016

          Summer penguin

          Can't wait for summer to arrive! So my DT card for the new "Stella Says Sketch" challenge that starts today over at Catch the Bug is quite  summery.

          I used an image called Poppi Penguin - popsicle colored with Promarkers. I mounted the DPs onto panels of yellow and stitched with red thread around the edges. I added buttons as embellishments. Stitched dies, ovals and scallop, are all Dienamics ones. Die wise I think they were my best investment ever - I seem to use them over and over again, and I see that stitched dies are very much popluar out there in blogland too.

          This card is also for:
          Dies R Us Challenge - #46 Use Scallops
          Through the Purple Haze - #99 Layers
          Crafting for all Seasons - #123 Use Die cuts/Punches

          Saturday, April 9, 2016

          Flowers for you

          A very clean and simple card today. I was inspired by the April's CASE designer over at HLS for both the layout and theme.

          I used a to me new stamp from Penny Black, embossed with clear embossing powder and colored using Distress Inks. I followed the colors of the photo over at ColorQ.
          A panel in the middle was cut out and raised on foam, and I only colored in the image on the raised panel.
          The sentiment is also heat embossed, it translates "for you" and is from Norsk Stempelblad.

          This card is for these challenges:
          ColourQ - Color Challenge #336
          Happy Little Stampers - April CASE the Designer
          Penny Black and More - Birthday
          Ett Trykk - Clean and simple
          Twofers - #17 Birthday

          Thursday, April 7, 2016

          Similar cards - different themes

          My mother needed a card for someone who has moved, so I made a card using my stamps from Hot Off the Press. I started out stamping the house and fence onto kraft, colored in the details of the house with a white gel pen, cut them out, then I chose two DPs ans layered them onto kraft panels. That being done I thought "this is going nowhere".  Ideas totally gone. I decided to pull out a tree die from Marianne and some lace from my stash. The card felt empty at the top, so pondered a bit, took out my star die from Marianne, heat embossed the cut with EP. It got better, but I wanted to add a sentiment to, used my Lawn Fawn banner die to cut it, moved the piece  around and finally settled for a spot.
          I was sure this was destined to be a card that would end up in the "get back to it later pile" (yeah right) but when finished I actually liked the whole layout so well that I decided to make one similar but with a Christmas theme.

          I know that on the photo the roof lookes like moulded cheese, but I used my snow pen for texture and added some glitter and IRL it looks quite nice. I used another tree die, also from Marianne, chose white lace and stamped a Christmas sentiment.

          The cards are very similar in design and I've used many of the same items, but I feel I acheived two different looks. Now I would love to hear your opinion - which one is your favorite?

          The "Home is where your heart is" card is for these challenges:
          Inspiration Destination - #80 Always Anything Goes
          Creative Card Crew - #110 Die Cut
          Cards und More - # 155 - Use Kraft

          The "Joy to the World" card is for these:
          Happy Little Stampers Christmas - Die Cuts (tree and star dies from Marianne)
          Addicted to Stamps and More - #188 Holiday
          A Snowflakes Promise - #20 Anything Christmas Goes

          Tuesday, April 5, 2016

          Bear with ladybug wings

          This is my DT card to showcase one of Jodie's new releases. She's currently taking a break, but will be back later this week and then this image will be available in the Bugaboo store.

          I colored the bear with Promarkers, added glitter and glossy accent to the wings and sponged with shaded lilac DI. I added flowers and ribbons from my stash.

          The background is made using a DP from Maja Designs, I used an embossing folder that was a freebie with a magazine, spomged with white ink on top so that the pattern shows better.
          The sentiment is die cut using fun foam and a di from Dienamics.

          This card is also for:
          Come and Get It - Tag You're It
          Through the Purple Haze - #98 Flowers
          Incy Wincy Designs - Use your Favorite Colouring Medium (Promarkers)

          Sunday, April 3, 2016

          Stencil used as stamp

          Over at Happy Little Stampers the CAS challenge of the month is to use a stencil as a stamp. I loved the sound of the concept and got to work, using my Memory Box star stencil as stamp, blue DI and water. I didn't acheive a perfect result, but kind of loved how unperfect it looked, so went ahead.

          I added a fussy cut ADFD image, colored with Promarkers and decorated with red glitter. Then I stamped and heat embossed a birthday sentiment from Whimsy Stamps, mounted it all onto a dark blue panel and card base and that was it.

          I didn't add any embellies and it's a non fussy card, but I'm worried  it's not CAS enough, but I'll enter it as a CAS card into these challenges and we'll see:
          Happy Little Stampers - April CAS: Stencil monoprint
          Less Is More - White space but not white
          A Day for Daisies - #144 Add Glitter (added glitter to the flowers)
          C.R.A.F.T. - #357 Create Your Own Background Paper

          Thursday, March 31, 2016

          Pig party!

          It's Thursday and time for an OLDIE BUT GOODIE over at Catch the Bug and a new challenge over at Outlawz Twisted Thursday.
          This will be my last card as an Outlawz DT, I've decided to step down but have really enjoyed the experience since my first post on August 22 in 2013.

          This week the challenge theme is ANYTHING GOES and the sponsor for March is Bugaboo.

          I've used a fun birthday image with pigs for my card, colored with Promarkers, decorated with glitter and glossy accent on the eyes.
          The paper was an unsuccesful attempt at splooshing, using gelatos in different shades of pink. So i Covered the background using a stamp and gold EP. The frame is die cut with a Dienamics die.

          This card is also for:
          Addicted to Stamps and More - #187 Make Your Mark
          Make My Monday - Circles
          Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

          Monday, March 28, 2016

          CASEing Kim

          I'm a follower of Kim's blog - Cupcakes, Cards and Kim - and she's the designer to CASE in March over at Happy Little Stampers. I love visiting Kim's blog as she gives me much inspiration, especially when it comes to color combinations.

          I loved her colorful card to CASE, I was inspired by the layout and went for a Christmas theme, using a poinsettia die from Memory Box. I cut it out using silver mirri card. The white base was embossed, then cut into panles and stitched in place using silver metallic thread. I heat embossed a sentiment in silver and added white pearls. Trying to keep my Christmas cards flat and non heavy (therefor no frills) to keep postage costs down.

          This card is for:
          Happy Little Stampers - March CASE
          ABC Christmas Challenge - Frills or no frills (no frills)
          Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - #68 Use your stash (pearls) 

          Sunday, March 27, 2016

          Pirate and parrot

          I'm here to share my DT card for the new "Stella Says Sketch" challenge that starts today over at Catch the Bug.

          I used an image called AKV Pirate parrot, colored with Promarkers and fussy cut it.The background is made by using a honeycomb like embossing folder as stamp, I sponged the background with DI and finally used a Prima map stamp and black ink. I cut a out a part with a Dienmaics banner die, layered it onto a black one and onto the leftover of my own made paper. A leftover piece of a Maja Design paper and jute paper was used. The banner was die cut, inked and stamped, and I used a black pen to make the lines along the edges.

          This card is also for:
          Crafting By Designs - 3 or More Layers
          Craft Rocket Challenges - #11 Anything Goes
          Send a Smile for Kids - For the boys