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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Under the Sea - Bingo

We are celebating the 7th birthday of Bugaboo over at Catch the Bug with daily "Under the Sea" challenges over at Catch the Bug. For day 4 we have a bingo challenge and I have used a new image that will be available soon.
Here's the bingo board:

I used the middle diagonal row: waves + Bugaboo image + sentiment. Again, keeping it CAS with a one layer front with no DPs, no die cuts, just the image printed, sentiment stamped and a Memory Box stencil used with two DIs. Coloring with Spectrum Noir pens and Promarkers, glossy accent on the eyes and glitter glue on the bubbles. I had very little time to make this card, I think it was all done in half an hour, give or take, which is a very short time for me.

This card is also for:
Happy Little Stampers CAS January - Stencil
Challenge Up Your Life - #57 Selfmade Background
Creative Knockouts - #176 Celebrations

Monday, January 16, 2017

Card box holder in colors inspired by the beach

We are celebating the 7th birthday of Bugaboo over at Catch the Bug with daily "Under the Sea" challenges over at Catch the Bug. For day 3 we have a color challenge with colors inspired by the beach and ocean:
I  have made a card box holder for this challenge. This box will contain all the cards I will make for this week and be given as a present. I plan on making more of these boxes and different themed cards, I think they will make great personal gifts. Here you can see a pic of the inside:
The papers I used comes from a paperpad from Tilda that was given to me as a Christmas pressie from my mum. I think the papers pick up several of the colors of the inspiration picture. I used a Martha Stewart punch to make the decorative border. The little merman was colored with Spectrum Noir pens and I used an embossing folder, stitched oval dies and one with bbbles, covered it with glitter.

This card box is also for:
Crafty Calendar - Something New (papers and the card box holder design)
Daring Cardmakers - Try Something New (the card box holder design)
Brown Sugar - #233 Anything Goes

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Under the Sea - Sketch

We are celebating the 7th birthday of Bugaboo over at Catch the Bug with daily "Under the Sea" challenges over at Catch the Bug.
For day 2 we have a sketch.

I went to my scrap pile for this one, using two leftover DP pieces and an embossed white background. Added a doily (a Christmas calendar gift from my sister), die cut bubbles, a dymo sentiment and 3 gems. I machine stitched around the edges with silver thread. The image is called Crab scuba and is colored with both Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pens.

This card is also for: 
Crafty Gals Corner - #103 Patterned Paper 
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafting-With-Friends - Anything Goes

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Under the Sea - Photo inspiration

Today is the start of the week long Bugaboo 7th birthday celebration over at Catch the Bug, with daily challenges and lots of possibilities to win prizes. The theme of the week is "under the sea".
For day 1 we have a photo inspiration.  I chose to color up the sweet ava mermaid with Spectrum Noirs and a gel pen, and I used my DIs to make her the underwater scene. I know many of you have probably went down this road before, but I haven't been confident using my inks for that long yet. I used blue, purple and green DIs.
The "seagrass" is made using a freebie stamp and I stamped a birthday greeting in Norwegian. I also added some silver liquid pearls to her hair and the water. The bubbles have glitter glue. A little sprinkle of water before I added a coat of Perfect Pearl for a shimmery effect, which I didn't capture in the photo. I attached the panel to a black card base. It's rare I don't use any sort of dies or DPs, so this is a bit different for me. Its'a 100% flat and if it weren't for the cardbase it would be a one layer.

This card is also for:
Crafting By Designs - Inspired by a Movie (Splash)
Everybody-Art-Challenge - #394 Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge- #171 Anything Goes (+ A Sentiment)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Argyle day

Wednesday is "Humour me" day over at Catch the Bug, and this is my DT card marking argyle day.
My argyle paper is a freebie from a few years back. I think it makes this card look masculine.
Last week Jodie's new release included a bunch of cute puppy and cat images, and this is one of them, colored with Spectrum Noirs.
My layout was inspired by the one over at Sketch Saturday.

I used a Memory Box heart die and used sentiment stamps I got from my sister in December.

This card is for:
Allsorts -  #397 Cats and/or Dogs
Sketch Saturday - #445 Sketch
The Male Room - #51 Anything goes

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hello 2017

This is my attempt at going CAS using sponging, stenciling and water coloring as well as trying to go with the ombre look. I'm not sure it qualifies as CAS, maybe I should have left out the gold metallic string. But I'm quite happy with the color.
I used DIs candied apple, fired brick and aged mahogny. I also used a brusho, brillant red, for coloring of the flower. The flower stamp is Tim Holtz and I also used one of his stencils on the upper part of the card.
I sprinkled a bit of water and used a freebie stamp for the sentiment.

This card is for:

Less Is More - #310 Ombre
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes Watercolour + option of stencil
The Crafty Addicts - #32 Anything goes/Monochromatic

Monday, January 9, 2017

Black, pink and green

I'm giving up on those New Year's celebations designs, I managed one. The attempts after that were no good.
So over to flowers, using a Penny Black stamp. It's a quite large stamp, but I love this one. I had cut a smaller panel of white paper, attached it to the card base with tape and stamped. I then removed the panel, added a black one for contrast and kept the stamped parts on the card base uncolored. I stamped a greeting and colored in the flowers, picking colors inspired by the photo over at Color Throwdown. It's quite CAS and I'm actually rather happy with the result...

This card is for:
Color Throwdown - #424
Penny Black and More - Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle - #221 Anything Goes

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hey chickie

Today starts a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug. Sketch and CASE challenges are my personal favorites. And the sketch we've got this fortnight I'm sure I'm going to use again.

I went with a rustic style card for a chick, using "Hey chickie" from the Bugaboo store, colored with Promarkers.
I've used a DP and an embossed paper that Monika of Creative With Monika sent me a while back.

My "new" items are the doily die and sentiment stamps. They were actually pre-Christmas gifts from my sister (we make each other advent calendars, very childish but SO fun!). I also just recently bought what I used as hay, I just can't figure out the English word for it, but I hope some of you will share that with me:)

This card is also for:
Sweet Stampin - Something New
Crafty Gals Corner - #102 Use Something New
Craft Rocket Challenges - #30 Something New

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Monster selfie

Today is the start of  a new challenge over at Catch the Bug - it's ANTHING GOES week.

I went with bright and cheerful colors. I'm actually still in Christmas card making mode, but needed a little rest. So out came the fun selfie image with monsters and my new Spectrum Noir markers. And some new sentiment stamps I got from my mum and sister for Christmas. Some glitter glue was added and I stitched with black thread.

This card is also for:
Cute Card Thursday - #459 What's New (markers, sentiment stamps)
Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar – #232 Anything Goes

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Penguins on the ice

I'm going to make some 70ish Christmas cards this year. So I'm not ready to give up winter and Christmas just yet...

For this card I used a Hero Arts stamp set to make the background.
The penguins are made with stamps that came free with a magazine last year and have been colored with Promarkers.
I die cut an oval of silver mirri card to make the ice.

Simple and light weight, the latter being a main focus for this year's Christmas cards...

This card is for:
Tuesday Throwdown - #324 Winter Critters
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Snowflakes
Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #376 Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Birthday dogs

This is my card showing one of the new images you can find in the Bugaboo store today. Aren't this trio of dogs cute?
I colored them using my new Spectrum Noir markers and some of my older Promarkers. I chose mostly colors in shades of brown and peach/pinks.
A DP from my older stash of papers, a ribbon I got for Christmas and a piece of brick embossed paper.

This card is also for:
Sparkles Forum Challenges - #87 Happy Birthday
Sweet Stampers - #2 Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - #337 Something New (image, ribbon, markers)
Creative Knockouts - #174 Anything Goes

    Monday, January 2, 2017

    Happy New Year card

    Hi all - and happy New Year! I haven't posted anything since December 16, mojo left me. And with that and limited time I didn't finish all Christmas cards I needed, so I'm making a few New Year's cards as well.
    This is my first, using a Dienamics cityscape die and DIs, brushos, gesso and gold EP to make the sky.
    I don't have a New Year's greeting stamp, so I went with a best wishes stamp and I die cut 2017 and attached it to the black die cut piece. Stars were made with a MB stencil.

    I'd like to enter this card in:
    Allsorts - #396 Something New (New Year, new sentiment stamp)
    Inkspirational - #125 Photo Inspiration
    Creatalicious Challenges - #106 - Anything Goes + Option Happy New Year / Wishes
    Glitter n Sparkle - #220 New Beginnings 

    Friday, December 16, 2016

    Two snowmen

    Hello! This is m DT card using an "Oldie but goodie" image over at Catch the Bug.

    This a really simple and quick card. I started out coloring a white paper blue, then I heat embossed with white EP using a Tim Holtz stamp. I mounted the image, colored with Promarkers, with foam onto the background. Frantage used as snow. White seambinding ribbon, a stamped and die cut tag and some glitter gems and that was it.

    I'm sorry I haven't been around visiting blogs much lately, I actually haven't had much computer time/time home at all. I miss visiting and will catch up from the middle of next week as I'm heading for a holiday in Prague first.

    This card is also for:
    The Male Room - #50 Christmas/Winter Wishes/Dec Celebrations
    Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute + A Day in the Snow
    Use Your Stuff - Let It Snow

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Santa with stocking

    This is my card showing one of the new images you can find in the Bugaboo store today - a Santa that comes with different elements to put in his hand, here I chose the stocking.

    I colored Santa with Promarkers, added glitter glue to the fur trimmings and frantage for snow. I also added two snowflake sequins and added glittery gems in the middle.

    The layout is inspired by the April 2016 sketch over 52CCT:

    I used a freebie paper and an embossed half circle. The Christmas sentiment was stamped.

    This card is also for:
    52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Pick a Previous 2016 Challenge (sketch #49)
    Winter Wonderland - Frame It or Night Scene
    Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Christmas/Holiday
    Creative Knockouts - #171 Snow Much Fun!

    Sunday, December 11, 2016

    Christmas seal

    I still need a few Christmas and winter cards. So here's one made with a couple of new items.

    The seal stamp came with a magazine recently, and I used grey Promarkers for coloring. I added gloassy accent to the ice.

    The doily like circle was made with a die I got from my sistser as a Christmas calendar gift a few days ago.

    The DP is from Maja Design. I mounted it onto white and red panels and machine stitched with grey thread.

    I made the sentiment with a die and stamp and added a couple of snowflake sequins and two gems.

    This card is for:
    Always Use Rubber- #5 Festival
    Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - #311 Grey or Silver
    Sweet Stampin - Animals 

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    Crabby cat and last day of Holiday Chaos

    Today is the last day of the week long Holiday Chaos event over at Catch the Bug. Today is BINGO time.

    I used the row of glitter/bling + snowflakes + Non-traditional Holiday Colors (pink and brown).  The crabby cat image is this week's freebie. I used Promarkers for coloring and glitter glue on the cat's hat. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set. The cat looks nothing but "joyous" which is why I chose it. To ground the image I added a strip of washi tape. I heat embossed snowflakes with white EP and used two pink DIs to make them stand out more. I also used 3 sequins.

    This card is also for:
    Crafty Boots - Christmas
    Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas
    Addicted to Stamps and More - #223 Holiday

    Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Christmas Chaos - use old paper and image

    Today is the 6th day of the week long Holiday Chaos event over at Catch the Bug.

    Today is about using an old image and and an old paper. I used the image Kidz Christmas Boy and his Dog colored with Promarkers and took and old DP in beige and browns to cut the background. I added different types of glitter and frantage, made a frame with an old DP from Bo Bunny.

    This card is also for:
    Cards und More - # 173 Ooooh, so Cold
    Crafty Creations - #330 Masculine
    Sparkle N Sprinkle - Always Anything Goes: use loose glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Holiday Chaos - CAS & Elf

    Today is the third day of the week long Holiday Chaos event over at Catch the Bug.

    Today is about making something 'as clean as snow', that means making something without DP. My card features a new release image colored with promarkers, decorative tape and die cut /dymo sentiment.

    This card is also for:
    Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Christmas/Holiday
    Crafter's Cafe - #162 Christmas and/or Birthday
    Allsorts - #392 Clean & Simple

    Monday, December 5, 2016

    Holiday Chaos Tag with red and white stripes

    Today is the third day of the week long Holiday Chaos event over at Catch the Bug.

    Today is about making a tag with red and white stripes. I used Spellbinders dies to make the tag base and panels.
    The image is part of the prize set that can be won for this event. It comes with different elements to place in Santa's hand, here I chose the list. Image is colored with Promarkers.
    Lace and eyelet from stash.

    This tag is also for:
    Sparkles Forum Christmas - #71 Anything but a card
    Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Christmas Goes
    Open-Minded Challenges - #11 Christmas/Hanukkah

    Sunday, December 4, 2016

    A week of Holiday Chaos - Bugaboo sketch

    For the second day of the week long Holiday Chaos event over at Catch the Bug we have a sketch:

    I've used some of my older Christmas papers and one of the newer Bugaboo images. This sweet elf comes in different variations in the store. Coloring with Promarkers and I used frantage and a snowpen to make the snow. A die cut scallop border, lace, string, a die cut snowflake and a pearl, and voilà.

    This card is also for:
    Moving along with the Times - #34 Anything Goes With Christmas
    Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - #86 - Anything Christmas
    Creative Knockouts ¨- #170 Winter Wonderland

    Saturday, December 3, 2016

    Bugaboo Holiday Chaos - All that sparkles

    Today starts the week long Holiday Chaos event over at Catch the Bug.

    For day 1 the theme is "All that sparkles".
    I've used silver glitter paper, silver mirri card for the die cut half circle with stars and holographic snowflake sequins. I also added glitter glue to the stars on the image. Image colored with Promarkers. The sentiment says "Christmas hugs" in Norwegian. This card with the little Harry Potter look-alike will go to my nephew Noah. I'll post it, it's extra special to get it in the mailbox with stamp and all.

    This card is also for:
    Christmas with the Cuties - Anything Cute & Christmassy
    TIME OUT Challenges - #71 Christmas With An Optional Twist Of Glitter/Shimmer
    Addicted to Stamps and More - #222 Make Your Mark
    Crafty Creations - #329 Christmas

    Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    Reindeer in wreath

    When I saw this sketch over at Sunday Stamps I flipped it and  I roughly knew what items I wanted to use:

    I mounted an embossed woodgrain panel onto the kraft card base. Made a square with a Spellbinders die and some musical notes DP. The Hero Arts die cut wreath got punched greeneries decorated with little gold stars and red and gold pearls made with pearl pens. The deer is made with a die from Kort&Godt and I heat embossed with a mix of brown and bronze EP. When everything was put together I added white frantage and the sticker post mark.

    This card is for:
    Sunday Stamps - #140 Sketch
    Christmas Card Challenges - #50 Anything Goes Christmas
    Allsorts - #391 Anything Christmas

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Bugaboo Freebie

    Today I've got a card to show you featuring this week's Freebie Friday image-  you can pick it up at no cost in the Bugaboo store.

    I colored the cropped image with Promarkers, added glitter glue, WoS and glossy accent and framed it with a frame made with Memory Box stitched heart dies. T he DP is from Maja Design, I cut of the center part to make 2 layers of tge same paper. I machine stitched around the edges.

    Wishing you alll a great weekend!

      This card is also for:
      Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
      Die Cuttin' Divas - #293 Anything Goes
      Aud Sentiments Challenge - #169 Anything Goes + A Sentiment
      Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Anything goes

      Monday, November 21, 2016

      Angel with vellum wings

      I made this card with two challenges in mind- Always use Rubber and Time Out.

      The stamps I've used are an angel one from Kort&Godt, but since her wings weren't very visible I used other stamps (brand unknown) to make wings with vellum and white EP. I cut around the head the get the wings inserted and tucked behind her head. The sentiment on the tag is from a Hero Arts set and the background is a Tim Holtz one.

      I was inspired by this photo:

      I usually find photo challenges quite difficult as I can't seem to concentrate on just a couple of things. But with this card it was quite easy. First, pink paper, gessoed and stamped with the angel.  Dies chosen as they came to mind seeing the shape of the pink bench. Additional wings as above the bench. The white ribbon with roses, as in the photo, to add some more embellishment, along with the white seambinding ribbon and tag. And the pearl string.
      Then I tried to mount the die cut panels onto a plain white card base. I thought it didn't work, looked bland. Then I tried an embossed snowflakes background. Too messy. Then, as seeing the pattern on the mirror in the photo I thought of my Tim Holtz stamp. I chose to keep the wooden like look by using kraft paper and heat embossing with white EP.
      This was a fun card to make, I had flow and found everything I needed to use quite easily - which isn't always the case...

      So this card is for:
      TIME OUT Challenges - #70 Photo Challenge
      Always Use Rubber - #4 Things with wings 

      Saturday, November 19, 2016

      Bingo challenge

      This week's challenge over at Catch the Bug is BINGO. Here's the board:

      I chose the row of Brown + Ribbon + Bugaboo image. The image was colored with Promarkers and fussy cut.
      I attached it to a snowflake embossed panel covered with white and gold frantage and some die cut pine branches with gesso for snow.
      I added  brown organza ribbon and die cut snowflakes with pearls. The sentiment was heat embossed with gold EP.

      This card is also for:
      I love Promarkers - #322 No Patterned Paper
      Crafty Creations - #328 Animals
      Crafty Gals Corner - #98 Any Holiday

      Tuesday, November 15, 2016

      Card Kit Swap with Nonni and Marina - We're preparing for Christmas #3

      I'm doing a "Card Kit Swap" with Nonni of Nonni's Handmade Cards and Marina of My Perfect Life. Each month one of us sends the other two identical kits and we make 4 cards each using mainly the same supplies, but we can add some of our own stash too as we're keeping it really simple, fun and stress-free. 
      I made the kit this time, it contained 2 patterned papers, 2 embossed panels (Tim Holtz EFs), a stamped snowman (North Star stamps), various small stamped and die cut images (Hero Arts), a die cut wreath (Hero Arts), reindeer (Kort&Godt) and children (Kaboks). None of us have included sentiments before, but I did add some die cut and DYMO made ones I love to use myself.

      Here's a photo of the kit:

      Card #1: Snowman
      The image and sentiment are from my kit. I colored the image using Promarkers. I masked it and sponged the background with blue DI. Then I added drops of water and dried them gently off to make the snow. A die cut lamp post was used as well.
      This card is for: Sweet Stampers - #1 Christmas

      Card #2: Winter scene
      I used the embossed panel, wreath and stamped images from my kit. From my own stash I added stamped snowflakes and sentiments as well as some silver string.
      This card is for: Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog - Anything Christmas Goes 

       Card #3: Children
      I used the the embossed panel and design paper from my kit, as well as the die cut children. A  snowflake (Marianne die) and a button onto which I attached a tag and sentiment and there's some of that silver string again.The DP is cut using a stitched frame die from Dienamics.
      This card is for: Brown Sugar - #224 Anything Goes

      Card #4: Reindeer
      The DP, reindeer and sentiment are all from the kit. I've held on to some pearl swirls for so long and decided now was the time to use one. I also added some stamped and die cut pine branches.
      This card is for: Christmas Card Challenges - #48 Glitter
      Posts with more than one card tend to be heavy and difficult to comment on, but I'd love to hear what card is our favorite and why. I promise - no hard feelings at all, I appreciate an honest feedback:)

      Candy troll

      This is my project showing one of the new images you can find in the Bugaboo store later today - a cute little troll.

      I'm behind on my gift tags so I decided to add one to my stash with this image. Each year I tell myself that next year I'm going to make my own tags. Maybe this will be the  year? We'll see, I do struggle making something with such limited space...

      I colored the image using Promarkers and a silver gel pen, and the candies got a coat of glossy accent. I kept it all really simple, just adding a piece of ribbon, lace and string.

      This tag is also for:
      Come and Get It - Ribbon or Twine
      Glitter n Sparkle - #214 Anything Goes
      Crafty Catz - #346 Anything Goes
      Winter Wonderland - Add Ribbon/Lace

      Monday, November 14, 2016

      Lady in Venice

      As some of you might know I used to participate in the Twofers' challenges. The team is back but with a new blog called "Always Use Rubber". Their third challenge is DESTINATIONS and my beloved lady in Venice stamp got to see ink yet again.

      There where a few mishaps here, which, hopefully, you might think was part of the plan from the start:) I had started to color in the image, giving the lady a grey dress and hat. As I wanted to move some of my smaller Distress inks to another part of m desk to get more room I lost the red one over the image and there were lots of red ink in the bottom right corner. So I added more, with a little pink mixed in and water...

      I used a panel of patterned paper, had intended to make it cover the whole front, cut it wrong, so went with a sketch inspiration instead (you can see the sketch here, but I can't enter my card in the challenge as it isn't CAS).

      I stamped the white card base with some stamps from Panduro and silver ink. I also added some onto the image. A pink rose was attached to the hat, three pearls, machine stitching and voilà.

      This card is for:
      Always Use Rubber- #3 Destinations
      Cards und More - # 171 Girls, Girls, Girls
      Crazy 4 Challenges - #362 Sewing related