I think this snowman from Bugaboo is going to be found on many of my Christmas cards this year. So fun and easy to color! I was inspired by the sketch over at Bugaboo's challenge blog and decided to make a shaker card with glitter and transparent pearls. I used my Marianne die to make the trees. I used silver mirri card and a Spellbinder die for the frame. The red paper was a leftover and I used an embossing folder for the brown paper. Some red gems and a big candy cane striped embellie and my card was done!
When I saw Dawn's amazing nautical shaker card here I got this idea for a Christmas card. I was inspired by the pattern and layout, and I decided to go with the shaker card theme as well. Since I knew what I wanted to make this card came together really quickly (and that's nothing that happens often to me).
I tend to make Christmas cards in traditional colors, but lately I've found myself wanting to try new color schemes, so this time I went with blue, white and some brown from the wooden reindeer. I wanted to add a bit of sparkle, so I changed my original plan of using white snowflake sequins and replaced them with golden star ones instead. I also used gold glitter EP and heat set my sentiment on a strip of vellum. The DP is from Authentique. To make the frame I used a Marianne die.
"Lighthouse" - that's our optional twist over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday this week. Our August sponsor is Marker Pop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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The winner will announced on August 24. Good luck!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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, circlesand 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!
Day 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.
Day 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.
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
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.
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!
Day 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.
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.
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.
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.