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Monday, September 29, 2014

Retirement Card

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

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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Froggie Hello

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

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

Monday, September 22, 2014

What's this?


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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pumpkins

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

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Creative Blog Hop

I was nominated by Janet from Mainely Cards to do The Creative Blog Hop. We're on the same DT over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday The Creative Blog Hop happens every Monday and hops from crafter to crafter. We all answer the same questions. I'm a day late, I hope you can forgive me - better late than never, right?

1. What am I working on?
I'm always working on something. I've got images colored up, ready to use, card layouts prepared, cards waiting to be embellished... Sometimes I just need my projects to lay there for a while before deciding on how to finish them...
2. How does my work differ from others of my genre?
I'm not sure I have a specific style as such, I'm a bit all over the place. I love vintage and cute, elegant and simple, you name it. I especially love making Christmas cards, and I do perhaps make more than the average number of masculine cards during a year.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I've always enjoyed crafting, for me it's a really relaxing activity. Nowadays I make mostly cards, but I used to make lots of jewelry, knitting, cross stitcing,... Crocheting is something I'm really bad at though.
4. How does my creation process work?
I love sketches and CASE challenges, and I also find inspiration from themes and others' work. I definitely find color challenges the hardest.
Sometimes I have a colored image ready and pick papers and embellishments afterwards. Other times I start with the papers and layout and decide on the image later. It depends on my source of inspiration. I'm a REALLY messy crafter. When people show photos of their messy craft deks I'm thinking "this is my craft space on a really good day"... I like to have many things at hand (= lots of papers, images and stash laying around on my desk), so I can try out different options before I decide to stick everything to my card. That's probably why I'm a slow card maker.

I'm nominating Jackie of Kreate with me 2 as the next hopper. I love her cute and colorful style, great coloring skills and her eye for layouts and detailing.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Maculine Birthday Card with a Rosette

I've got a sheet with male stickers from "Old Guys Rule" in my stash and this is the first one I use.
I needed to make a card for a man who prefers the clean & simple style, and he's got a great sense of humour, so I thought this sticker would be a good starting point.
I wanted to make a decorative card with no fussy elements and details, so I decided to add the sticker onto a die cut rosette made with a Tim Holtz die.
I found the light blue ribbon in my stash and thought the color matched the background of the sticker perfectly.
I used a dark blue paper and an embossing folder to make the background and I framed it using white paper and stitching before I attached the panel onto my dark blue card base.

I'd like to enter my card in these challenges:
1) Crafty Catz - #246 Clean & Simple
2) Crafty Cardmakers - Dry Embossing
3) Dream Valley Challenges - No Stamps
4) Unstampabelles - Funny + Frame It
5) Darnell's NBUS challenge #2 - NBUS Sticker and in general my neglected stash of ribbons

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sunflowers and a Ladybug

THE STUDIO...Thursday means a new challenge over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week's optional twist is "add a Ladybug".  
I used an image from Oak Pond Creations, our sponsor in September. I colored it with my Promarkers and added yellow enamel dots the flowers' centers.
My ladybug element is a brad from Totally Gorjuss which I mounted onto a crocheted flower. Papers are from Doodlebug Design. I stitched with golden thread around the edges and added a die cut sentiment, made with a die from Dienamics. I also used lace from my stash.

This card is also for these challenges:
1) Come and Get It - Autumn In The Garden
2) Love to Create - Flowers & Stitching

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Christmas Card with Tag

I've got a quick and easy card to show you today.
I was inspired by the theme over at Winter Wonderland - Scandinavian Christmas - and I also wanted to try something new to me - I made a tag to put on the card front! I got to use my Crop-A-Dile for the first time and use an eyelet from my huge stash.Yay!
The background with snowflakes I made myself with a Fiskars stamp and white embossing powder. The tag is made with a DP from Wild Rose Studio and letter stickers. The teddy bear is a wooden element. I also used white string.

I'd like to try my luck in these challenges with this card:
1) Winter Wonderland - – Scandinavian Style
2) My Time to Craft - Teddy Bears Picnic
3) Operation Write Home - Create your own background
4) Darnell's NBUS challenge #2

Monday, September 8, 2014

Inspired by a Peacock

Hello! I hope you've had a good weekend and a great start of the week! I've got a new card to show you, and this one is rather 'international' with paper from the UK (thanks Sandie!), doily from a food store in Dubai and gold/bronze paper bought in Sweden. My choice of colors is inspired by the photo over at Inkspirational. I pondered for a week about what to do, should I use my peacock stamp, a peacock metal charm, lace... I decided on a simple 'hello' card as I've got mainly birthday and Christmas cards in my stash right now. Once I had decided on what to make the card came together rather quickly. The feathers are cut out with my Spellbinders dies, and for the sentiment I used on from Dienamics. Pearls from my stash. I machine stitched using white thread.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - Photo
2) 4 Crafty Chicks - Sewing Real or Faux
3) Aud Sentiments Challenge - #114 No Birthday Sentiment

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Wedding Card with Cats

For me this is a really embellished card. I picked up inspiration from several challenge blogs to make this one.
My first inspiration was wedding/love. I decided to use my new cats die from Marianne and red heart shaped sequins for a shaker card. I covered the cats with frantage.
The theme of music also came to mind, hence my choice of DP from Landstoken for the cats' background and the flowers from Storyteller as both have musical note patterns. I then chose to keep with lighter colors, so I used a die from Marianne to cut out a frame of kraft covered with white gesso. Other DPs from Fabscraps. String, pearls and wooden butterfly button from my stash. I machine stitched with white thread and ruffled up the edges. For a sentiment I used vellum and curled the edges to make a scroll. The stamp is from Marianne, and I heat set the sentiment - "L'amour" - with gold glitter EP.

This card is for these challenges:
1) TIME OUT Challenges - #13 If music be the food of love play on
2) Marianne's Design Divas - Anything Goes (2 dies+1 stamp)
3) Storyteller - #22 Wedding (brown flowers)
4) City Crafter Challenge - #227 I see clearly (acetate+vellum)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cat with some Sparkle!

THE STUDIO...Phew... What a week, I've been away for work this week, it's so good to be back home and tomorrow is Friday, yippee!
But first - Thursday means a new challenge over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday and this week's optional twist is "Make Something Sparkle".  
I used an image from Oak Pond Creations, our sponsor in September, and gave it a silhouette look. I cut the image close to the lines, colored it with a black pen before I covered it with black holographic embossing powder and heat set it. The heart hanging from the cat's tail got red glitter glue on it. I die cut a sentiment with a Dienamics die and added 3 red enamel dots. For the background I used a DP from Authentique, mounted onto a red panel.

I'd also like to enter this into these two challenges:
1) Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking
2) Ooh La La Creations - CAS

Monday, September 1, 2014

Shaker Card with Snowman

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!

This card is for these challenges:
1) Stella says sketch - Sketch #213
2) Sweet Stampin - Embossing
3) Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - #23 Anything Goes
4) The Glory of Christmas - Bingo (red+digi+tree)
5) Completely Christmas - #27 Anything Goes

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Christmas Shaker Card

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.

This card is for these challenges:
1) CASE Study Challenge – Anniversary blog hop
2) Jingle Belles - use Gold
3) Allsorts - #274 Early Christmas makes
4) ABC Christmas Challenge - Q for Quick and Easy
5) Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Something old (sequins)+Blue (paper)+Something new (reindeer and DP)
6) City Crafter Challenge - #226 Shake it up - Shaker Card

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
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