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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boy and Dog


There's a new challenge over at  Outlawz Twisted Thursday it's "Anything Goes" without any twist this week.  I've used an image from Stitchy Bear Designs - our Sponsor for February.

I colored the image using Promakers and made a cityscape scene with my Memory Box busildings die.  The red embossed background I've made with a die from Poppy. I mostly use my dies for cutting, I tend to forget that they work for embossing too... The background DP is Graphic45, the sentimeny is heat embossed on DP and I embellished it with a star metal charm. It was found in my stash of unused elements intended for a previous project.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Come and Get It - Layer It On
2) Send a Smile for Kids - punches/ die cuts
3) Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Christmas Card #7

The showcase card over at CASE-ing Christmas was what gave me the idea of this design.

"God jul" means "Merry Christmas" in Norwegian - I die cut the letters using Dienamics dies. I cut them out using a wooden printed DP and thick cardboard. I stamped the stockings, using stamps from Panduro, onto scraps of DPs and punched the greeneries using a Martha Stewart punch. The background DP is from Kaisercraft. I used kraft for the panels. 3 green sequins were added and I was done!

This card is for these challenges:
1) CASE-ing Christmas - CASE #8
2) Rudolph Days - February
3) ABC Christmas Challenge - D is for Die Cuts
4) Crafting for all Seasons - #96 Die and/or Punches
5) Christmas Card Challenges - #12 Anything Goes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunshine colors

Today is the start of a new "Stella Says Sketch" over at Catch the Bug. This is my interpretation of the sketch, using bold colors and a flower image from Bugaoo - you can find it here.

 

Today we have a little bit of sunshine,but for the most part it's been greatly missed for several months now, so I made this card  adding bright sunshine colors that cheer me up.
I die cut the image using a circle die, I colored the blue background while the image was still inside of the die, leaving a narrow white strip along the edges. I placed it onto a die cut scalloped edged circle. I handcut a banner for the sentiment and chose two use two yellow enamel dots as only embellishment.


I'd like to enter my card in these challenges as well:
1) Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - #214 Circles
2) Addicted to Stamps and More -  #132 Make Your Mark (Image colored with Promarkers)
3) Creative Card Crew - #81 Birthday with Sentiment
4) Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes with a Twist of Sunshine (sunshine colors)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Picnic time!

Over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday this week's optional twist is to make an "Easel card".  I've used an image from Stitchy Bear Designs - our Sponsor for February. 

I colored the image using Promarkers. I don't use green very often, but with the longing for spring and to create an outdoor's scene I think it was required.

I created a scene by adding die cut leaves and rolled flowers using Memory Box dies and a fence created with a Marianne die. The flowers are decorated with a rhinestone and some glitter glue. I also added glitter glue to the butterfly's wings.

The sentiment ie heat embossed with blacp EP and I decoarted it with one wooden butterfly button.



This card is also for these challenges:
1) Ooh La La Creations - Add Something Green
2) Inky Impressions - #197 Cute and Cuddly
3) Die Cuttin' Divas - #203 Odd Card

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2015 Christmas Card #6

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

I love this little mouse, so versatile. With Valentine's Day behind us I thought I'd make a Christmas card and try coloring on kraft with with my Inktense pencils.

I embossed my image with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and I gave the snowflakes a little treatment with white gelato.

The hearts are shiny of glossy accent. I used different scraps from my stash, I thought the sketch over at Sketch Saturday was great for just this purpose.

I stitched with white thread around the edges and used a die cut snowflake (Memory Box) which was and sentiment, both in my stash of ready to use items.




I'd like to enter my card in these challenges:
1) Sketch Saturday - Sketch #348
2) Simon Says Stamp - All Creatures Great and Small
3) Christmas Cards All Year Round - Red and White 

Monday, February 16, 2015

2015 Christmas Card #5

I must make at least an average of 3-4 Christmas cards per month to avoid the last minute stress in December. Seeing Donna's card over at CASE-ing Christmas I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make my 5th card so far this year. There are so many possibilities with Donna's card, and I took inspiration from the layout and the sentiment, only I made the background of sentiments instead.


I've used some odd bits and bobs, non used items intended for other previously made projects.
I made a forest scene for my metal charm reindeer, using a stamp from Lawn Fawn, stamped onto a DP with wooden pattern.
The hollies are cut out from a wreath image made by Anne Fenton. I die cut a frame using a die from Marianne and some white twine. The sentiment is stamped and I handcut into a banner.



This card is for these challenges:
1) CASE-ing Christmas -  CASE #7
2) Allsorts - Any occasion other than birthday
3) Fab 'n' Funky - #246 Charm Us
4) Crafting When We Can - #88 Stitching Real or Faux

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tequila JJ

Today is the start of a new challenge over at Catch the Bug and the theme is "Girls wanna have fun". This is my DT card featuring JJ Tequila and Shoes - Tequila colored with Promarkers.

I made an easel card with various papers from my stash. I wanted to make it look like she sat down on the floor, so I used woodenflor paper and one that I thought would work as a wallpaper.
I had a little mishap on the upper left corner that I had to cover up so I added a pieve from a swirl of pearls and flowers from Panduro. I heat embossed a birthday greeting with silver EP on black and added flowers there as well.

I'd like to enter my card in these challenges as well:
1) Creative Knockouts - #76 Floral Delight
2) Penny's Paper-Crafty - #214 Embossing
3) Through the Purple Haze - Flowers

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Girl playing dress up

Over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday this week's optional twist is to "use a doily".  I've used an image from Stitchy Bear Designs - our Sponsor for February. 

I colored the image using Promarkers and a white gel pen. I used several scrap pieces of DP, some of them came free with magazines, and I mounted them onto panels of silver paper.
The design idea was to a make scene with the girl standing in front of the big mirror, checking out how she looks after rummaging through her mother's closet. Silver mirri card actually works very well as mirror, so well in fact I had to put a paper between me and my camera to avoid having my reflection caught in the mirror!
The dresses are cut out with a die from Memory Bow, and the dresser with a Spellbinders die. The sentiment is heat embossed with silver EP.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Cutie Pie Challenge - Doilies + Cute
2) Digi Sketch Challenge - Any Sketch + For the Girls (T)
3) Incy Wincy Designs - Punch or Die Cut

Monday, February 9, 2015

Box with drawers

I tend to make cards, but sometimes I want to try something new, like making this little box with drawers. I covered the box with rose patterned paper from Maja Design. I printed the silhouette image from Bugaboo onto a DP wtih spots, I cut out a frame using a scalloped circle die and decorated with flowers and brads from my stash. The top and bottom panels are cut out using a Spellbinders die.
If you'd like more ideas for making anything other than a card you should hop over to Catch the Bug - every Monday there's a new post with ideas. 

This is also for these challenges:
1) Card and Scrap - Use Flowers
2) Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes
3) Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - AG / Something with wings
4) Brown Sugar - #132 Anything Goes

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Little Bunny for a Little Boy

Today is the start of a new ANYTHING GOES challenge over at Catch the Bug. This is my card featuring Bobblehead Farm Rabbit, you can find it here.

I kept the design clean, using white paper with striped structure, blue paper and a square piece of DP with letters.
I printed the rabbit onto a DP with spots, and I used a white gel pen to colors in the details of his ears and paws.
The sentiment, from Lawn Fawn, is heat embossed with white EP on kraft.
I also added 3 blue pearls.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/141581982011217620/
This card is also for these challenges:
1) Open-Minded Challenges - No pink, no red
2) If You Give a Crafter A Cookie... - #11 Photo Inspiration (colors, ears, spots)
3) Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes

Thursday, February 5, 2015

3 Hearts

My Guest Designer term over at Bugaboo is now over, but you'll see more Bugaboo projects from me as I'm now a fulltime DT member. Yippi!

This is my card for "Oldie but Goodie" Thursday over at Catch the Bug, I've used an image called "3 hearts" that you can find in the Bugaboo store. And I used them to make a birthday card - I think hearts work for other occasions than Valentine too.

The image is colored with Promarkers and a gold gel pen. I attached it to a piece of corrugated paper and I sprinkled the whole panel with frantage.
The birthday sentiment is heat embossed with gold EP. With all the black and clean lines I think this card has a masculine feel to it.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - #211 No patterned paper
2) Fairy Tale - #110 Something with a Heart
3) Cards in Envy - 2 or more Hearts

    Big Catch?

    Over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday this week's optional twist is "People" - just add an image or any other element with a person or persons on your project and you've included the twist. Simple! I've used an image called "The Big One" from Stitchy Bear Designs - our Sponsor for February. 

    I colored the image using Promarkers. I used several scrap pieces of DP mounted onto kraft - I have lots of DP "frames" as I often cut smaller pieces from the centre of the paper rather from a corner - a great way to reduce all those strips and it's a great way to get the most out of one sheet.
    The sentiment is heat embossed with brown EP, the stamp came free with a magazine last year. I used craft foam for the clouds and I found a sheet of fishing themed stickers in my stash - it makes the man's catch look even smaller, hihi.

    This card is also for these challenges:
    1) Addicted to Stamps - #97 Lots of Layer
    2) Cardz 4 Guyz - #56 Kick Back and Relax
    3) Clear It Out - Theme: Anything Goes Stash: Anything Goes (stash of stcikers and paper scraps)
    4) Cuttin and Stamping Challenge - Masculine
    5) Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #282 One for the Boys

        Monday, February 2, 2015

        Little Bunny on Big Blanket

        I made this card for the occasion of welcoming a little girl to the world. I do like rather simple baby cards and I thought this embossing folder and white paper would make a great background for my little bunny. I think it looks like a big baby blanket.
        The bunny and sentiment are stamps from a Lawn Fawn set, I used smaller pieces of scrap pieces of pink DP.
        I cut the sentiment in shape using a Spellbinders die. 3 different sized white pearls and voilĂ  - not much more to say about this quick skinny card.

        I'm sorry about the poor quality of the photo, I do struggle taking nice pictures of cards with a lot of white. But I hope you'll get the idea...

          I would like to enter my card in these challenges:
          1) Come and Get It - Texture
          2) Inkspirational - Rose colours
          3) Creative Knockouts - #74 Animal Antics
          4) Crafty Creations - #281 Something old (embossing folder and die), something new (Lawn fawn stamps)

          Saturday, January 31, 2015

          Paper Pieced Roses

          Today is the start of a new RECIPE challenge over at Catch the Bug - the theme being a CAS project with a 3 word sentiment, 2 flowers and 1 image. This is my GDT card featuring Sketchy Rose circle, you can find it here.

          The roses are paper pieced and I used green Promarkers to color the leaves. The sentiment is heat embossed with gold EP. I also added 3 pink pearls.

          For the background I used a stencil with script and walnut DI. It's mounted onto a panel og gold paper and a brown card base. I used a rounded corner pun


          This card is also for these challenges:
          C.R.A.F.T. - #296 Valentines Day/Love
          Crafter's Cafe - #101 Make your own background

          Friday, January 30, 2015

          Rose Vases

          It's Friday! Yippi! There's a new challenge over at  Outlawz Twisted Thursday it's "Anything Goes" without any twist this week. My image is one you can find in the shop of our sponsor for January - Bugaboo.








          I colored the image with Promarkers, grey shades only. I layered the image onto a silver panel and a white layer for a clean look. I heat embossed the sentiment using silver EP and added two rhinestones. And that's about all it is to say about my CAS card.

          I'd like to enter it into the following challenges:
          1) Pile It On - #53 Hearts and/or Flowers
          2) Addicted to Stamps and More - #129 CAS
          3) Cards in Envy - Gray

          Wednesday, January 28, 2015

          Ombre Skinny card

          Ombre... Oh how I have admired ombre cards - a technique that can be used for every style, CAS or really embellished cards... And oh how difficult I found it to make one myself!  I don't know how many attempts that have ended up in the bin. I was aiming for a CAS card and look what turned out! I'm very pleased about the final result, but I never thought it was going to be such a struggle to create ANYTHING ombre.

          I've tried inks, mists and newly bought Gelatos. I ended up turning to my DPs and found one from Authentique I felt suited. I added die cut leaves and a heart made with Memory Box dies and a fairy from Marianne. The fairy I mounted onto black craft foram for a bit of dimension and I added frantage to her wings. 2 flowers from Prima and one of unknown provenence. A heat embossed sentiment on vellum, found in my stash of ready to use elements, two blue sequins decorated with pearls. Blue tulle. And voilĂ ! (after 1 week and I don't know how many attempts, lol)

          This card is for these challenges:
          1) Inkspirational - Ombre
          2) Fussy and Fancy - #131 Things with Wings
          3) Simply Create Too - #77 Happy Mother's Day or for a Female
          4) Crafting for all Seasons - #94 Things with Wings

          Tuesday, January 27, 2015

          Pink Ballerina

          Eeeeek! Look at all that pink and girly stuff - not something you see often over here at my place. But this adorable little ballerina from Bugaboo, one of today's new releases, just screamed for it! So pink it was!

          I colored her using Promarkers and her tutu has also dots of glitter glue.

          The top I decorated with lace and pink ribbon. I placed stamped greetings a bit randomly, added a flower, three die cut notes and rhinestones.


          I'd also like to enter my card in these challenges:
          1) Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes 4 Kids
          2) Come and Get It - Ribbon and Bows
          3) Creative Knockouts - #73 Lots of Embellies

          Monday, January 26, 2015

          2015 Christmas Card #4

          Oooops, another card with lots of red... This time for a Christmas card.
          Over at 52CCT they have a challenge of inlaid die cuts, a technique I had never tried before, so I thought it was time. And Rocky's card over at CASE-ing Christmas gave the idea of the design. I was inspired by her tall and skinny design, mine is 3,5x6 inches. She used 3 stamped snowflakes, I chose die cut hearts.
          When I had layered my white base onto red mirri card and had inserted the glitter paper die cuts heart I thought it looked a bit plain, so I ran it through a Tim Holtz embossing folder. I used my white gelato pen on the red embossed areas. I also die cut a Christmas sentiment with red mirri card, but I mounted in on top of the panel.

          Maureen of "Scraps of Life by Scrappymo" has taken over the Rudolph Days challenge as of 2015, why not head over and have a look.

          This card is for these challenges:
          1) 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Inlaid Dies
          2) CASE-ing Christmas - CASE #4
          3) Rudolph Days Challenge - January
          4) Cut it Up - #63 Embossing

          Sunday, January 25, 2015

          Red and Turquoise

          I love red and I have been using this color a lot lately. But I've never used it with turquoise. Seeing the photo over at Sketchy Colors I decided to give it a go. But I didn't have any other plan.
          I rummaged through my enormous stash of DPs and found two from Kaisercraft I thought could be a good starting point. I like the reddish colors of the bricks and the worn wodden look. I heat embossed the birthday sentiment directly onto the DP and framed it with a red cut out made with a die from Marianne. I had these flowers from Prima in my stash, and I also found some red lace and blue tulle. I felt it lacked something so added a die cut for leaves and flowers using a Memory Box die. I covered it with frantage and red pearls.To avoid the opposite corner being too empty I added three sequins.

          I'd like to enter this card in these challenges:
          1) Sketchy Colors - #240 Colors
          2) Allsorts - Lace and Pearls
          3) Crazy 4 Challenges - Opposites (colors)

          Friday, January 23, 2015

          Bugaboo's 5th Birthday - Day 7 Recipe

          It's day 7 and the final day of the week long birthday party over at Catch the Bug - we celebrate Bugaboo's 5th birthday!
          You can win daily prizes, and if you choose to participate in all the challenges this week you might be the winner of the Grand Prize.

          Today's challenge is to make a card following a recipe - I chose the "sno cones" option, but there are more to choose from.

          This image is this week's freebie, so why not head over to Bugaboo to catch it.
          I could not resist using my new background die again. This time I chose to cut  in my yellow chevron patterned DP and let the blue panel paper shine through. I mounted my image on a panel made of the same blue paper, and I also decorated with sequins, a heat embossed sentiment, glitter glue on the spots on the umbrella and glossy accent on the rain drops.


          This card is also for these challenges:
          1) Penny's Paper-Crafty - #211 Anything goes
          2) Cards und More - # 124 - Animals
          3) Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes

          Thursday, January 22, 2015

          Bugaboo's 5th Birthday - Day 6 Clown

          It's day 6 of the week long birthday party over at Catch the Bug - we celebrate Bugaboo's 5th birthday!
          You can win daily prizes, and if you choose to participate in all the challenges this week you might be the winner of the Grand Prize.

          Today's challenge is to make a a card using one or more clowns.
          To be honest, when thinking of clowns what first pops to mind is the thought of the film "It" based on a book from Stephen King. I don't mind clowns, but the film sure made an impression. I remember seeing it being all by myself with the light turned off. Bad idea...

          I used papers from Doodlebug Design. I've used lots of red lately for some unexplicable reason.



          My layout is inspired by the sketch over at Sketch Saturday, I just turned the sketch upside down. The birthday sentiment is heat embossed and I added three star and round sequins. The clown's body and the balloon are popped up with foam.

          This card is also for these challenges:
          1) Sketch Saturday - #344
          2) Tuesday Throwdown - #228 - Embossing

          Trees

          It's Thursday and time for a new challenge over at  Outlawz Twisted Thursday, we have the optional twist of "lovely as a tree" this week. Just add trees in some way, an image, die cuts, paper with trees on, tree embellies - it's up to you. My image is one you can find in the shop of our sponsor for January - Bugaboo.








          I colored the image with Promarkers I made a frame of a DP that came free with a magazine way back. For my trees I used a die from Marianne and I made a little forest. The clouds are made using Memory Box dies and scraps, and I stamped a birthday greeting on one of the clouds.
          Lots of cards with Bugaboo images from me these days as they're both sponsoring Twisted Thursday and are having a week long birthday celebration party (my GDT card will be published a bit later today.)

          I'd also like to enter my card in these challenges:
          1) Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes
          2) Through the Purple Haze - Spring
          3) Pile It On -  #52 Fantasy

          Wednesday, January 21, 2015

          Bugaboo's 5th Birthday - Day 5 FUNNY Birthday Card

          It's day 5 of the week long birthday party over at Catch the Bug - we celebrate Bugaboo's 5th birthday!
          You can win daily prizes, and if you choose to participate in all the challenges this week you might be the winner of the Grand Prize.

          Today's challenge is to make a FUNNY Birthday Card!
          I chose Stella and the sentiment that comes with her for this card.  I colored the image using Promarkers and attached it to a die cut background with birthday sentiments.
          I would also like to share a tip: I have mainly 6x6 paper pads and I often start cutting the paper from the center if I need a smaller piece for a project. It leaves my with a scrap piece "frame" I can use for other projects, instead of just paper strips if I had started cutting from a corner. The left over frame can be used as a frame or a backing paper for future projects. For this card I also cut a thinner frame of red paper, and the one that you can see through the cut out sentiments is actually the card base.  I think this creates a little dimension, like an actual frame.

          This card is also for these challenges:
          1) Top Tip Tuesday - Something New (die with cut out birthday greetings)
          2) Aud Sentiments Challenge - #123 Anything Goes

          Tuesday, January 20, 2015

          Bugaboo's 5th Birthday - Day 4 Color Inspiration

          It's day 4 of the week long birthday party over at Catch the Bug - we celebrate Bugaboo's 5th birthday!
          You can win daily prizes, and if you choose to participate in all the challenges this week you might be the winner of the Grand Prize.

          Today's challenge is COLOR INSPIRATION!
          I chose to play with one of the images that is part of the set of images you can win. Too cute! I colored the image using Promarkers and attached it to a die cut background with birthday sentiments. You're going to see more cards where this die has been used, I love it so much. The crackers are made with dies from Memeory Box, and the balloon is stamped and attached to foam.

          This card is also for these challenges:
          1) Glitter n Sparkle - #120 Cute
          2) Natalie and Amy's Challenge - #28 All Things New (die with cut out birthday greetings)
          3) Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes 4 Kids Challenge
          4) Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - #82 NO Circles

          Monday, January 19, 2015

          Bugaboo's 5th Birthday - Day 3 Photo Inspiration

          It's day 3 of the week long birthday party over at Catch the Bug - we celebrate Bugaboo's 5th birthday!
          You can win daily prizes, and if you choose to participate in all the challenges this week you might be the winner of the Grand Prize.

          Today's challenge is a PHOTO INSPIRATION! I was inspired by the balloons, spots and stripes, and I chose to play with Frame it - Bears birthday.  I colored the image using Promarkers and I added lots of loose glitter and glossy accent on the balloons.

          The DP is from Maja Design. The sentiment is die cut, I added buttons from my stash to give my card some more color, and I used string and made a bow for the bland one.


          This card is also for these challenges:
          1) ABC Challenge - B is for Buttons and Bows
          2) Cards Galore Encore - Anything Goes

          Sunday, January 18, 2015

          Bugaboo's 5th Birthday - Day 2 Sketch

          It's day 2 of the week long birthday party over at Catch the Bug - we celebrate Bugaboo's 5th birthday!
          You can win daily prizes, and if you choose to participate in all the challenges this week you might be the winner of the Grand Prize.

          Today's challenge is a SKETCH!

          I chose to play with the lion which is part of "Mini Set - Tall Jungle blocks". I colored the image using Promarkers. I atteched the image onto a panel of burlap. The circle sentiment is heat embosed with brown EP, the stamp was a freebie with a magazine some time last year. I added three star sequins and attached a green enamel dot to each. The DP is DoodleBug Design.



          This card is also for these challenges:
          1) Creative Knockouts - #72 Birthdays
          2) Cardz 4 Guyz - #53 - Happy Birthday