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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nautical Scene with Lighthouse and Boat

"Lighthouse" - that's our optional twist over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday this week. Our August sponsor is Marker Pop.
I used a Maja Design DP for the frame and as background for the vellum with map. The map is made with a stamp from Prima, I heat set it with blue EP. The lighthouse stamp is Graphic45. I used a metal boat charm from Storyteller, and cheesecloth to make the ocean. The birthday greeting is made using my Dymo.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Sweet Stamps - #184 Masculine Birthday
2) Come and Get It - Anything Goes with a Sentiment
3) Eclectic Ellapu - Seaside or Nautical
4) Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It looks blue, but it is purple!

No, it's not a baby card or a card for a child, its' a card for a grown-up lady who loves purple and teddy bears. The thing is, the DP with spots look blue in the photo. I took pictures outdoors, indoors, with light and dark backgrounds, but it comes out blue whatever I did. But it's a purple paper, I'd describe the color as dark and light lavender. But never mind:)

I took inspiration from the design of Laurie's pencil boxes, you can find them here. I loved the office supplies look, so I made a notebook page using my Fiskars punch and used a paper clip with a star that has been in my stash for at least a couple of years. I also used 3 enamel pearls, string and a wooden teddy bear. The birthday greeting is made with my Dymo.

This card is for these challenges:
1) CASE Study Challenge – Anniversary blog hop + CASE
2) Crafty Creations - #270 Use something from your Stash (paper clip, string and pearls)
3) Try It On Tuesday - Use Your Stash (paper clip, string and pearls)

Candy Winner - Cardmaking and Papercraft issues no 133 and 134

The winner of "Cardmaking and Papercraft" issues no 133 and 134 is number 23

.... and that's you CHRISSY

Please contact me with your address so I can send the magazines to you!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Birthday card for Nonni

I made this card for Nonni's birthday, which is today. She's on several DT, but I met through Inkspiriational, a challenge blog I've been following since the start.

You can see Nonni's beautiful work on her blog Korttikarkuri. I'd describe Nonni's style as mainly CAS and colorful. She's made a lot of cards using some really cute owl and bird images, so that was what I had in mind making this card for her.

I started paper piecing this bird, made the background and suddenly realized I had used the colors of this fortnight's challenge over at Ink! So I'll be entering it there as well.

The bird is made with a stamp from Papermania, the sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps, papers are Doodlebug Design. I also added some yellow and orange pearls.

If you want to make a birthday card for Nonni you can link it up here.
And Ink's "Red, orange and Yellow" challenge can be found here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Boys will be Boys

Boys will be Boys - that's our optional theme over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday this week. Our August sponsor is Marker Pop.
For this card I haven't used any stamps. I love this boy image, he reminds me of my youngest nephew, so this will be his birthday card. He will turn 6 later this year, which is a big thing for him. The image and sentiment are cut out from a designer paper. I used neutral colors for this card - kraft paper, white paper, corrugated card and a DP with stars - and white gesso. The star I cut with a die.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Moving along with the Times - Feeling a little Vintage
2) Perfectly Rustics - Masculine Card
3) Unstampabelles - A Significant Birthday
4) The Male Room - Seeing Stars
5) Fab 'n' Funky - #226 For the Kids
6) Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes Birthday

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vintage Child Image

I've wanted to make this card for a whole week now, but since I've barely been at home I haven't got any playtime in my craftroom until today. My layout is inspired by the sketch over at House of Cards. My papers are from Fabscraps, and I've used a pre-colored image from Nicecrane, you can find it here.  I cut it out with a Spellbinder die and used two others to make the silver frame. For the leaves I used a die from Memory Box. The crocheted flowers I bought on a sale, the brads are from my stash. I stamped a greeting on a strip of paper and curled up the edges with the help of a paintbrush for a for a vintage feel. I machine stitched with white thread.

This card is for these challenges:
1) House of Cards - Sketch (Vintage)
2) A Gem of a Challenge -  #126 STITCHING
3) Dies R Us Challenge - Die cuts and Stitching
4) Crafty Creations - 2W - #269 Flower
5) Shopping Our Stash - #164 Back In The Day
6) Sweet Stamps - #182 In The Garden

I also want to remind you of my candy - I'll give away 2 issues of "Cardmaking and Papercraft"and the freebies that came with these magazines. You can check out the details HERE.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fairy Mother and Baby

Our new challenge over at Outlawz Twisted Thursday is Anything Goes with the optional theme of "Spread Your Wings and Fly". Our August sponsor is Marker Pop.

For this card I've used a darling image from ADFD. I colored it with my Promakers and added glitter glue to the fairy mother and baby's wings.
The frame is made with a die from Marianne. I cut it out of kraft paper and added a coat of white gesso and then distressed lightly with ink. The butterfly border is made using a Tim Holtz die, the sentiment is Memory Box. I used 3 different DPs but I don't remember where they're from, I've had them for a very long time. The lace I bought on one of my travels, flowers from my stash.  

I also want to remind you of my candy - I'll give away 2 issues of "Cardmaking and Papercraft"and the freebies that came with these magazines. You can check out the details HERE.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Digi Sketch Challenge - Sketch and/or Fairies (T)
2) Crafty Little Fairies - Cute and Cuddly
3) The Stamping Boutique - #28 Use Lace
4) Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - #71 Fairies
5) Eureka Stamps - Things with Wings

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Candy - "Cardmaking & Papercraft" issues 133 and 134

I just got home from a weekend away visiting friends and family in Sweden. We've spent about 660 miles total in  a car from Friday-Sunday! I'm looking forward to doing a bit of relaxing and catching up in blogland during the week.

Since my last "Cardmaking and Papercraft" candy I've received two new issues - no 133 and 134 - and they came with a die and a paperpack.

If you'd like to be in the chance of winning all you need to do is:
1) Be or become a follower of my blog (No candy only blogs)
2) It would be great if you could help spread the word by mentioning my candy on your blog, but it's not a requirement
3) Add your name in Mr Linky below
4) Add a comment to this post

I will post the prize anywhere in the world.
The winner will announced on August 24. Good luck!
 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Men @ Work

It's Thursday and we've got a new challenge for you over at  Outlawz Twisted Thursday! Every week is Anything Goes with an optional twist - for this week it's MEN @ WORK. Our August sponsor is Marker Pop.
For this card I've used one of my favorite LOTV stamps - I love this little painter! I colored him up using Promakers. I used my new oval dies to make the frame for the image and a bow die from Tim Holtz. I stamped the birthday greeting and made a frame for it as well. The DP is Maja Design. I used blue pearls from Storyteller.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - #62 - Use markers or pencils
2) Come and Get It - It's All About Dies
3) Allsorts - #270 Favorite Things (boy images, kraft, dies)
4) My Time to Craft - #254 Use Kraft
5) Storyteller - #21 Bling/Pearls
6) Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monkey Business

I just had to have this monkey from Bugaboo. I printed it in a size bigger than planned, so I needed to be a bit creative with the layout to make it fit.
I used papers from BoBunny, one with spots and one with animal names and sounds, for a feel of wild life. Since I used green for the frame of the image I mounted the DPs onto green panels. The bush I made with a Memory Box die. I stamped a birthday greeting onto an oval die cut and embellished with glittery brads.
My sister has 2 young boys, aged 7 and 5. The oldest one started school last year, and the youngest will start this August. With school age comes invitations to lots of birthdays, so this one will probably go to one of their classmates.

This card is for these challenges:
1) The Squirrel & The Fox - #75 Inspired by a Song or Movie (The Jungle Book)
2) Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - #70 Polka Dots
3) Cardz 4 Guyz - #30 A Song Title (Monkey by George Michael)



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Three Boys on a Horse

This image has been on my work desk for some time, I've been waiting for the right sketch to pop up as I've been lacking ideas for a layout to suit this image.
For the background I used corrugated paper which I gave a coat of white gesso. I sanded the pattern of the beige embossed paper with stars. The sentiment is cut out from a DP. A bit of texture was added with string and cheesecloth. I stitched around the edges using brown thread and added 3 star shaped brads.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Sketchy Colors - #219 Sketch
2) Pile It On - #31 Stitching Real or Faux 
3) Simply Create Too - #67 Old/Vintage
4) City Crafter Challenge - #222 Animal Magic 
5) Card Mania - Vacation or Travel

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bubbles

It's Thursday and that means we've got a new challenge for you over at  Outlawz Twisted Thursday! Every week is Anything Goes with an optional twist. This time the twist is FEET.
Our July sponsors are Anne's Digital Art and Paper Temptress.

I decided to use a stamp from Penny Black of a barefoot girl making bubbles. I loved doing that as a little girl. I colored the image using mainly grey and pink Promarkers, and I chose these colors for the panel and cardbase too for a clean look. I just stamped a birthday greeting and decorated the card with 3 rhinestones.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Addicted to Stamps and More - #106 Anything Goes
2) Penny's Paper-Crafty - #187 Anything goes
3) Cards und More - # 111 Summer Fun
4) Simply Create Too - #66 For a Child

Monday, July 28, 2014

¡arriba!

When I spotted the sketch over at Sketch Saturday I immediately knew I wanted to use it. I've been pondering for some time over what to pick as inspiration from Time Out's photo, and I ended up using many colors, patterns and texture. I needed to pick an image that suited my choice of colorful DPs, I went with the Mixican inspired donkey from Meljens. I used burlap for texture and the metal flower is a brad.


This card is for these challenges:
1) Sketch Saturday - #320 Sketch
2) Meljens Designs - #220 Feature Presentation (The Mexican)
3) TIME OUT Challenges - Home Sweet Home
4) Crafting By Designs - Hats
5) Top Tip Tuesday - Material Girl (I used burlap)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vintage Santa

For this card I've used my new and favorite Santa stamp from Tim Holtz. I stamped and heat embossed onto vellum and attached the image to a panel of kraft, machine stitching with gold thread around the edges.

I made the background using two DPs, I stamped the plainer one with a sentiment stamp that came with the same set as Santa, and I tore pieces of a DP that came free with a magazine and inked the edges with Walnut DI. Then I attached this panel onto a striped DP from Maja Design.

I used a die for the Christmas sentiment in Norwegian, a Martha Stewart punch for the greeneries and 2 chipboard buttons.


This card is for these challenges:
1) 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Blog Hop + Recipe
2) Die Cuttin' Divas - #175 Christmas In July
3) Papertake Weekly - It's A Jolly Holiday
4) Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes/ Buttons
5) Craft Your Passion - Christmas in July 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My First Pop Up Box Card

It's Thursday and time for a new challenge over at  Outlawz Twisted Thursday! This week's challenge is a nice and simple Anything Goes with the no optional twist.
Our July sponsors are Anne's Digital Art and Paper Temptress.

This is the first time I've made a pop up box card. I've been admiring those by others for quite some time. We've been invited a party this summer to celebrate a couple who got married last year, who were unable to celebrate it back then. So I wanted to make them a keepsake rather than a wedding card. This is the result.

I used papers from Maja Design, distressed with walnut DI. I've used several dies: heart from Memory Box, feathers from Spellbinders, clock from Marianne, a butterfly that came free with a magazine and a word that is part of a Penny Black die. All die cuts, apart from the clock, are decorated with different embossing powders and frantage.

I made a roll of notes paper and added flowers. Since they will receive a money gift, I also rolled some bills and attached them with a seam binding ribbon. I have used no stamps.
    I want to enter this project in these challenges:
    The Vintage Challenge - must be vintage DO NOT use stamps
    Party Time Tuesdays - #182 Anything Goes
    The Crazy Challenge - Die cuts and punches
    Penny's Paper-Crafty - #187 Anything goes

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Holiday in Venice

    For today's card I've used one of my favorite stamps - a cling stamp from Penny Black with the views of Venice. Never been there, but it's on my wishlist of places to see. What I love about this image, apart from the design, is that it's so easy to use with various designs and techniques. In the past, I've paper pieced her, I've colored her with Promarkers and Distress Inks, but today I chose to leave her uncolored, having stamped her onto a DP. Previously  I've cut her into a square shape, into a circle and today it was the oval shape's turn!
    You can't see much of the lace, which I bought during a trip to Latvia. I often stock up on lace while abroad. The flowers and DP for the image are from Prima, the striped DP is Maja Designs and pearls are from Storyteller. I didn't want to ruin the elegant look with a sentiment, and in this way I can use this card for many kinds of occasions.

    Those of you who visited my blog last week know I participated in Bugaboo's Christmas in July 7 day event. Guess what??? I was the lucky winner of the Grand Prize!!! I'm so happy, look at what I won:
    Images 7 Free per month for 6 months ($126 value)
    Free Bugaboo Christmas in July images
    4 month Guest Designer Term

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Make My Monday - Vacation
    2) Open-Minded Challenges - #15 Vacation Related
    3) Sweet Stampin - Use your favorite Stamp
    4) ABC Challenge - P is for Pearls
    5) Tuesday Throwdown - #204 Take Us On Vacation
    6) Eclectic Ellapu - Travel/Holiday

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Bugaboo's Christmas in July - Day 7

    YES! I did it! 7 Christmas cards in 7 days! The final challenge over at Bugaboo was to make a card with something with 'C'.
    I used my candy cane embossing folder, candy striped paper, circles and it's a cute and childish design.
    I'm quite pleased with this card, and I actually chose to use pink on my card, even though I didn't have to! Pink for Christmas has definitely grown on me.
    I also had to add a bit of glitter paper, I like sparkle for Christmas. I used by bow easy to make the bows and I used a frilly ribbon. For the tags with sentiments I used stamps from LOTV. Silver mirri card was used for the panels. Image colored with Promakers, I used my blender pen quite vigorously!

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Catch The Bug - C is for.... (Day 7)
    2) House of Cards - Add a Bow (or more than one) + Cute
    3) C.R.A.F.T. - #268 Christmas in July
    4) Divas by Design - Christmas
    5) Crafting for all Seasons - #81 Tic Tac Toe (Ribbon+Square+Pink)

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Bugaboo's Christmas in July - Day 6

    imageDay 6 of Bugaboo's Christmas in July challenge is photo inspiration. As you can see I was inspired by the beachy theme with sand, blue water and sky, so I made a scene with left over DPs and kraft in these colors for my Santa. With his coconut drink in his hands I wanted to create a tropical feel, hence the palm tree and paper with coconuts and pineapples, which is part of a digi set called "Aloha" from Doodle Pantry. The red DP is from a Christmas collection. I stamped two postmarks in the corner. I chose tags from LOTV for the sentiments and attached them with a red brad. I also used gold paper for the panel and frame.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Catch The Bug - Photo (Day 6)
    2) Doodle Pantry - Make it Christmas or Make a Splash
    3) The Crafting Cafe - Feeling Fruity
    4) Bearly Mine - Let's go digital
    5) Sparkles Forum Challenges - Christmas in July

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Bugaboo's Christmas in July - Day 5

    imageDay 5 is a bingo challenge. I chose the top horizontal row of Bugaboo image + funny sentiment + embossing.
    I kept this clean, only using 2 gems as embellishments to decorate Stella's earrings. She's colored with Promarkers and I gave her hat some glitter. The sentiment is part of the set, but without the speech bubble frame.
    I used an embossing folder that came free with a magazine. It's a border one, but I used it several times, avoiding to put my paper in the same place within the folder for a more random pattern. I mounted it onto panels of red paper and silver mirri card.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Catch The Bug - Bingo (Day 5)
    2) Crafting with Dragonflies - #30 CAS
    3) Inky Chicks - #33 Christmas in July
    4) Completely Christmas - #20 Anything Goes

    Paper Pieced Flowers

    It's Thursday and that means there's a new challenge over at Outlawz Twisted Thursday where this week's challenge is
    Anything Goes with the optional twist of SUMMER. Our sponsors for July are Anne's Digital Art and Paper Temptress.
    I've used one of Anne's images. I paper pieced the flowers and fussy cut them, then I mounted them onto a panel of white paper decorated with leaves made with a MB die. I used a black pen to draw the fine black lines around the panel and card base, and the sentiment is made with letter stickers.

    This card is also for this challenge:
    Shopping Our Stash - #160 I can't put it down (or away)
    I often end up fussy cutting my images, and I love paper piecing too, so I couldn't be without a pair of good scissors

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Bugaboo's Christmas in July - Day 4


    The challenge for day 4 is a recipe challenge: kraft, snowflakes and embossing. For this card I chose to play with the ice skating Sunbonnet image. I colored her with Promarkers and gave her some glitter on the brim of her bonnet. For the sky, I used blue paint and a snowflake stamp from Fiskars. I heat embossed with white EP. The houses are made with stamps from Panduro. I stamped onto kraft and used a white gel pen for the snow. The ice is made of foil, I got it from my sister who's a hairdresser, she uses this type when doing highlights. She's also given me some green and pink foil to play with. They come in very practical small rolls.
    I added seam binding ribbon with an ice skate metal charm, as well as letter stickers for the sentiment.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Catch The Bug - Recipe (Day 4)
    2) Passion For Promarkers Challenge - Christmas In July
    3) Card Mania - How charming
    4) Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking
    5) Glitter n Sparkle - #93 Anything Goes
    6) Sparkles Forum Christmas - A Winters Scene

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Bugaboo's Christmas in July - Day 3

    For day 3 it's a color challenge. And THAT turned out to be a challenge for me! This is my third attempt, I do struggle with non traditional colors and Christmas. The biggest issue was to add something yellow, I kept wanting to add gold, I tried ribbon and what not, but digging through my boxes with embellishments I found this button shaped brads and on they went:)
    The image is paper pieced and fussy cut. The sentiment is from Dylusion.
    Another A2 card fit for postage!

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Catch The Bug - Colors (Day 3)
    2) Crafty Boots - Christmas in July
    3) QKR Stampede – #96 Paper Piecing
    4) My Time to Craft - #253 Paper Piecing

      Monday, July 14, 2014

      Bugaboo's Christmas in July - Day 2


      imageDay 2 at Bugaboo's weeklong Christmas in July event is a sketch challenge.
      The image is colored with Promarkers. I've held on to this DP for a while, it's one of my favorites, but I recently came to the decision to start using my favorites FIRST, while loved. I mounted my DP onto a panel of silver mirri card. I used  oval dies and a lattice die from Spellbinders to make the frame. I used lace and seam binding ribbon, a stamp and glitter frame for the sentiment and rhinestones from my stash.

      This card is for these challenges:
      1) Catch The Bug - Sketch (Day 2)
      2) Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Christmas Critters
      3) Sweet Stampin - Christmas in July
      4) Simply Create Too - Christmas in July
      5) The Stamping Boutique - #25 Fussy Cut Something
      6) The Glory of Christmas - #37 Anything Goes Christmas

      Sunday, July 13, 2014

      Bugaboo's Christmas in July - Day 1

      You will see lots of Christmas cards coming from this week as I aim to participate in all of  Bugaboo's yearly Christmas in July challenges, which started yesterday. There are 7 in all, and for the first day we were to make a card with a Santa on it. Since I'm a slow cardmaker it's quite a challenge for me:)
      I used 52CCT's sketch as inspiration for my design. Santa is colored with Promarkers and I added loads of gold glitter glue to the star. The sentiment is heat embossed. I used sequins and pearls from my stash.
      I kept the design clean, it's a A2 size card that will fit neatly into an envelope for postage.

      This card is for these challenges:
      1) Catch The Bug - Show us your Santa (Day 1)
      2) 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - July Blog Hop + Sketch
      3) Winter Wonderland - Three of Three (Sequins and Rhinestones)
      4) Addicted to Stamps and More - #103 Holiday

      Saturday, July 12, 2014

      Snowflake Sticker

      Over at 52CCT there's a stash challenge - use stickers. I've got tons of stickers from the time before I had any stamps and did other crafty things than cardmaking. If I'm not mistaken, this snowflake sticker should be at least 5 years old. So it was time to get it used!

      The card has several layers of silver mirri card, glitter paper and blue panels. When I first had decided on the design the card came together quickly.
      I kept wanting to add a sentiment or some ribbon, but finally settled with a clean layout and only added 13 rhinestones.

      It's quite tricky to take photographs of cards with so much sparkle and shine, but I hope you can imagine how it looks IRL.

      This card is for these challenges:
      1) 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - July Blog Hop + Stash Stickers
      2) Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #185 Glam it up!
      3) jingle belles - Something from Stash at least 1 year old
      4) Shopping Our Stash - Bonus Challenge with jingle belles
      5) Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Christmas
      6) Love to Create - Fussy & Fancy OR Clean & Layered

        Thursday, July 10, 2014

        Fun in the Sun

        It's Thursday and time for a new challenge over at Outlawz Twisted Thursday! This week's challenge is Anything Goes with the optional twist of FUN IN THE SUN.
        Using the twist will earn you a second entry in the draw, and in July our sponsors are Anne's Digital Art and Paper Temptress.

        This is the first time I've merged two digital images. The fence is made by Anne and the boy and his dog is a digi from Pink Gem Designs.The image has been colored with Promarkers and a blue paint for the sky.
        I've only used scraps for this card and I chose to go with bright colors for a summery feel. The dies used are MB clouds, Spellbinders frame and Dienamics sentiment. I mounted the clouds on foam and also added a wooden sun from my stash.



        This card is also for these challenges:
        1) ABC Challenge - O is for Orange
        2) Digi Sketch Challenge - Theme "In the Garden"
        3) Incy Wincy Designs - Summertime Activities
        4) A Gem of a Challenge - #123 Any Animal

        Monday, July 7, 2014

        Pink for Christmas!

        This time I've challenged myself to use non-traditional colors, being inspired by the color scheme over at 52CCT. I'm not quite sure about how I feel about this card as I usually make Christmas cards in traditional colors or in brown and beige tones.
        I've used lots of pink: the DP with spots, panels, seam binding ribbon and rhinestones. The snowy DP is grey and the punched greeneries are light green.
        I've used a Santa stamp from Tim Holtz and a sentiment stamp from LOTV. The stars are made with Memory Box dies.
        The layout is inspired by the sketch over at Sunday Sketch and Stamp.

        This card is for these challenges:
        1) Sunday Sketch & Stamp - #212 Sketch
        2) 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Color challenge
        3) Completely Christmas - #19 Anything Goes