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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cherries and window

I had this bowl of cherries all colored up and decorated with glossy accent, waiting for an occasion to be used. I decided to make a window scene, from the inside looking out. I used a dark brown paper for the die cut window and mounted it with foam. I added acetate for the glass. Papers are from Maja Designs. Parts of a die cut branch and leaf were added as well as a stamped and fussy cut butterfly. Sentiment was stamped.

This card is for:
City Crafter Challenge - #354 Through The Window
Tuesday Throwdown - #335 Add Dimension
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

Monday, March 20, 2017

You are my anchor

This is my attempt on doing some watercolor smooshing.

I added blue DIs, brusho and lots of water and just smooshed my paper around.
Before that I had heat set my stamped anchor and sentiment that translates "you are my anchor".

I added two silver sequins and a red one.

This card is for:
Inkspirational - Watercolour Smooshing
Addicted to CAS - Seaside
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour - Anything Goes + option of Smoosh

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sketch #506

Today we have a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug. I used the image Make it Snappy -thinking of you
It was colored with Promarkers.
I used a striped textured paper for my card base and I used a Dienamics die to emboss the border frame. A piece of red paper as well as a scrap of spotted paper. 

    This card is also for:
    Creative Knockouts - #185 Border Time
    Deep Ocean Challenge - #150 Dots and/or Stripes
    Cards in Envy - Keep It Simple

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Black, gold and green for a card for a woman

    I used to shy away from color challenges, but now I feel they are a good aid for using my neglected rubber stamps. This is such a stamp, from Prima. I also used a much used butterfly stamp from a Bo Bunny set and a sentiment stamp from Poppy.
    I used mostly black and gold with touches of green on the leaves. I machine stitched around the edges with a golden thread and heat set the sentiment using gold EP. I also used a gold gel pen to color in  a few details.

    This card is for:
    Color Throwdown - #434 Color Inspiration
    Craft Rocket Challenges - #35 Make It Feminine
    Crafty Cardmakers - #184 For a Special Woman 

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Napping day

    Over at Catch the Bug we are celebrating odd events and holidays each Wednesday, like napping day which was on March 13. I wish I could spend a whole day napping. Here's a dog and cat doing just that. They've got company of a bird. This came to from scraps and several dies were involved (Dienamics frame die,
    Memory Box bird and cage an an oval die for the carpet). When I find my 'home sweet home' picture stamp I will add it on here, as a picture on the wall. I know it's in my stash somewhere...

    This card is for:
    Crafting By Designs - For a Man
    Die Cut Divas - For the love of animals
    Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper

    Sunday, March 12, 2017

    HELLO baby

    I did get around to make that baby card today, using  a set of stamps from Lawn Fawn and some butterflies from Bo Bunny. There are quite a few dies used: grass (La La Land), hills (Poppy), rounded square and banner (Dienamics) and my newst addition, the pierced shaped dies from Kort & Godt. It's a layered design, but surprisingly leight weight.

    I was inspired by the colors of the current photo/color scheme over at Color Throwdown. The blur color is cornflower blue, and I used a Promarker with this name as well as forest green to color the paper used for the grass and hill.

    This card is for:
    Color Throwdown - #433 Color Challenge
    Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #385 It's a Boy
    Sweet Stampin - Anything but a Birthday
    Dream Valley Challenges - #151 Lots of Layers

    Saturday, March 11, 2017

    Snowflakes and snowman

    I went to my craft room with the intention to make a baby card, then this is what happened! I just had to play with my favorite and most used stamp set (Hero Arts) and dies. Well, I don't mind it turning out to be a Christmas card, I need plenty of those at the end of the year, so better get going, sooner rather than later.

    I stamped and die cut the snowman and trees, then I added snowflakes of second and third stamp generation to make the background. I die cut snowy hills (Poppystamps) and a frame (Dienamics), and I finished off with adding WoS and die cut snowflakes (Elizabeth Craft Designs).

    This card is for:
    Happy Little Stampers - Always Anything Goes with Dies
    Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes for Christmas
    Craft Rocket Challenges - #34 No Patterned Paper

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    F for Family

    I have made only a few Christmas cards so far this year,  I'm behind compared to last year, and the number I'll need is increasing for each year.
    Most of the cards will be posted so I need them to be postage friendly ones. This is such a card. I covered the front base with a DP with pink and grey trees. I think I'll make more of these cards with slight variations.
    Here I used 1 stamp for the sentiment in Norwegian (which translates to something like: it is in the children's sparkling  eyes one finds the great Christmas joy). 
    The snowflakes, snow hills and children are all die cut. The children reminds me of my 3 youngest nephews, Noah, Liam and Levi.

    This card is for
    The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - #1 Anything Christmas Goes
    The Paper Players - #334 Cut It Out!
    ABC Christmas Challenge - "F" for family

    Sunday, March 5, 2017

    Waving chicken

    Today starts a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug.
    I used one of last months freebies - Kitchen Chicken - Basket. There's a new freebie every Friday.

    As you can see I didn't use different papers for the strips at the bottom part, I did score stripes and I used the inlay die cut technique for a sentiment too, but it doesn't really show up in the photo.
    Papers are from Doodlebug Designs, flowers from stash.

    This card is also for:
    Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
    Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
    Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes

    Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Skiing snowman

    Today starts a new challenge over at Catch the Bug and this week is photo challenge week.

    I was inspired by the skier and went with AKV snowman - ski and colors and DP for a masculine look.
    I cut out a mask for the slope and sponged the blue sky, added water and a bit of frantage.  A Christmas sentiment was used and I stitched along the edges.

    This card is also for:
    Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas
    Fab 'n' Funky - #339 Christmas
    Creative Corner - Winter Wonderland
    Moving along with the Times - #39 For A Man

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    White ink

    I finally found a white ink that shows on black paper. I used a house, trees and clouds from the same stamp set, I added green and brown ink to the trees and colored in a few details with a white gel pen.
    Seeing my card now I think I should have left out the clouds, but that will be for another time...

    This card is also for these phto inspiration challenges:
    Cupcake Inspirations - #395
    TIME OUT Challenges - #77

      Monday, February 20, 2017

      Colors and dies

      I try to enter the challenge over at Color Throwdown each week as I find it very useful to being challenged to use different color schemes. And sometimes I have to dig deep in m stash to find a siuting image, but that way I also get to use some of my older and/or not often used supplies.

      I used a Tim Holtz window die which hasn't been used in a while. I cut it with kraft paper and used a woodgrain stamp. I cut the leaves using the Leafy Sprig Border die from Poppy.
      The strip of flowers were stamped with white and blue ink, the larger flowers only with blue, the colors turn out a bit greenish with this kraft paper. I colored in the details with a white gel pen. I believe the flowers are part of one of my first ever stamp sets, from Panduro. The bird was stamped with brown ink and I colored in the empty parts with a gold gel pen. I embossed the brickwall and applied white ink to whitewash the kraft paper.

      This card is for:
      Color Throwdown - #430 Color Inspiration
      Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
      Allsorts - Anything Goes

      Sunday, February 19, 2017

      Stella says Sketch and no pink or red

      Today starts a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug.
      I used one of Jodie's water can images, there are several to choose from in the Bugaboo shop.

      There's been so muuch red and pink lately so I wanted to use other colors, so I picked an image with flowers I believe looks good in shades of blue.
      Lots of WoS for shimmer and stitching with a glittery silver thread.

      This card is also for:
      Open-Minded Challenges - #14 Flowering in February
      Dies R Us Challenge - #67 Think Spring
      Crafter's Cafe - #167 No Red or Pink
      Brown Sugar -#238 Birthday

      Saturday, February 18, 2017

      Bingo: Image, ribbon and pearls

      Today is the start of  a new challenge over at Catch the Bug - it's BINGO week. went with the top row of ribbon, Bugaboo image (Rose Vases) and pearls.

      I colored with Spectrum Noirs, added WoS on the roses and sponged spun sugar DI on the white background.
      Then I used my favorite stash element at the moment - the sentiment stamps I got as a Christmas calendar gift. Unfortunately I don't know the brand as the set wasn't in it's original wrapping, but I love how you can build our own sentiments using this set.
      I added a few pearls and ribbon, I've held on to this for a while, it was part of a wrapping of some Christmas decoration I bought, and I love the gingham pattern. I also want to share this card over at As You Like It: even though I love lace I prefer ribbon because it's easier to add later in the card making process. I hadn't planned on using ribbon here to keep it CAS, but I felt my card lacked something on top, so I added the ribbon as a final finishing touch.

      This card is for:
      Sweet Stampers - #4 Add a Sentiment
      Crafty Gals Corner - #110 Use Your Favorite Things (unknown sentiments stamps)
      As You Like It Challenge - Do You Prefer Ribbon Or Lace

      Wednesday, February 15, 2017

      Stella filling in for cupid

      Wednesday is "Humour me" day over at Catch the Bug, and this is my DT card marking Valentine's Day, which I'm sure you all know was February 14:)

      I used the fun Stella Calendar Months - February and colored her with Promarkers and added sparkle to her wings.  I was inspired by the colors of the photo over at Cupcake Inspirations.

      I embossed the DP, made a frame sing dies and added a ribbon.

      A quick and simple card which is also for:
      Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration #394
      Cards und More - # 178 Valentine's Day
      Everybody-Art-Challenge - #396 For Girls Only or Valentine
      Glitter n Sparkle - #226 Love is in the Air!

      Sunday, February 12, 2017

      Time to celebrate

      There are lots of heart and love themed challenges out there, but today I wasn't really in mood for going with reds and pinks or hearts, so I took inspiration from the photo of Color Throwdown.

      I also wanted to try and join Time Out's challenge with this inspirational phrase: 'Friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can't break them apart.' I chose a stamp I like to use for cards for friends, then I chose a sentiment that included the word time.

      I stamped the image, added clear EP and colored in only with orange, then fussy cut it. Then I die cut a black frame, colored the white space inside it with a color I believe is teal, or close to it at least.
      I needed go 'ground' the image, so I used a black and white pen to color the floor. Then I stamped the greeting with a Poppy stamp.

      This card is for:
      Color Throwdown - #429 Color Inspiration
      TIME OUT Challenges - #76 Inspired By Words
      Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

      Wednesday, February 8, 2017

      Take good care of yourself

      Wednesday is "Humour me" day over at Catch the Bug, and this is my DT card marking World Day of the Sick (February 11).

      I used the sweet Nurse Bear - Bandaide and colored her with both Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs.
      There are plenty of hearts on my paper and on the die cut circle, I'm no Valentine's card maker, but hearts can be used for so many other occasions as well.
      I stamped the sentiment (which is one advising to take good care of yourself) and the heart rate border at the bottom.

      This card is also for:
      Pile It On - #126 Hearts on Fire
      Challenge Up Your Life - Hearts
      The Paper Girls - With Heart

      Monday, February 6, 2017

      Love you a latte

      Normally I don't do Valentine's cards as I don't really need them, but I can make a couple, just for fun. It's hard not to get inspired by all those lovely cards in blogland and the colors associated with them.
      I stamped my own background using the smaller stamps that comes with the Lawn Fawn set with the coffee mugs and sentiment I used on the tag. I inked the paper with spun sugar DI. The tag was stenciled with brown ink and I also added a few hearts before I attached the mugs, stamped onto a left over piece of DP. The ribbon was part of a Christmas gift and I used brown string.

      This card is for:
      Addicted to Stamps - #141 Love + a Stamp
      Creatalicious Challenges - #108 Anything Goes + Option: add some hearts
      Creative With Stamps Challenge - #11 Valentine
      Color Throwdown - #428 Color Inspiration

        Sunday, February 5, 2017

        Cat and Dog

        Today starts a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug.

        I used one of Jodie's new realeases from January - a cat and dog in perfect harmony, colored with Promarkers and Spectrm Noirs. Just a few red accents otherwise it's all in black, grey and white. I uused glitter glue for the snow on the ground, but it's not easy to spot.

        This card is also for:
        ABC Christmas Challenge - "C" for Creature and "D" for dimension
        Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas
        Cards und More - # 177 Pets and other Furry Friends

        Monday, January 30, 2017

        Penguins on the ice - New York style

        These sweet penguins are made with stamps that came free with a magazine last year and I've colored with Promarkers. The hat and scarf are from the same set which also included dies to cuut them out.
        I've used these stamps earlier this year and made them a frosty landscape (see here), but this time I made them a New York evening scene. The sky is made with brusho, inks,  and a white mist. I die cut the cityscape and border of trees, metallic tape was used to make the ice.

        I'd like to enter this card in these challenges:
        Rudolph Days - January
        Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute + Winter Warmers
        House of Cards - Add a Building and/or Inspiration photo (buildings)
        ABC Christmas Challenge - "A' anything goes or something beginning with "B" (Blue+brusho)

        Sunday, January 29, 2017

        Watercolored flowers

        Back in June 2016 I had my first card kit swap with Nonni and Marina, and Nonni's kit contained this lovely flower backgrond. I was so happy when I found this Hero Arts stamp some months later. But it's actually the first time I use my own stamp, so this is my NBUS element #1.

        I was inspired by the color scheme over at Color Throwdown.

        I used my spun sugar DI and 2 gelatos in mint and aqua for my watercoloring. I finished with a coat of Perfect Pearls. I used a die to cut my panel for the sentiment. Then I stamped and cut the little butterfly, it was a stamp that came with a freebie set a few years back and looking at it I saw it hadn't been inked et. So this NBUS element #2.

        This card is for:
        Color Throwdown - #427 Color Inspiration
        Darnell's NBUS challenge - #9
        4 Crafty Chicks - #335 Watercolour

          Thursday, January 26, 2017

          Sweet Angel

          Today is "Oldie but Goodie" day over at Catch the Bug and I've made a card with the image "Sweet angel" that you can find in the Bugaboo store. I was inspired by this sketch:

          I colored the angel with Promarkers and a silver gelpen for the halo and I added glitter glue to her wings. I inked the white space with spun sugar DI and silver embossed the sentiment.
          The papers are back and front of the same DP and I used a doily. Christmas gifts from my mum and sister.

          This card is also for:
          Sketch Saturday - #447 Sketch
          Crafting By Designs - Pink, Pretty and Girlie
          I love Promarkers - #327 Anthing Goes
          Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes

          Wednesday, January 25, 2017


          I really liked the Freshly Made Sketches' sketch #271, so I made a second card, but it's past the deadline so won't enter it there. I'm quite sure this layout will be one of my "go to" layots in the future,..
          This time I made a card in black, white and gold. I took out my butterfly stamp from Memory Box, heat embossed with gold EP and cut out just a few of them and attched them to a dry embossed panel. I also used a golden paper from my stash. The sentiment stamps are new, the comes with different, separate words so you can compose your own sentiments.

          This card is for:
          Inkspirational - #126 Flutter
          Shopping Our Stash - #287 All That Glitters is Gold

          Monday, January 23, 2017

          CAS New arrival

          I have very few baby cards laying around, so with the LIM's challenge "New beginngs" this week I thought it would be a good opportunity to get a head start on at least this year's known births. Even though you normally have about 6 months to prepare for the new arrival, I always seem to be making baby cards at the very last minute. And nowadays the gender is usually known well in advance too.
          I have a colleague who's expectiong a baby boy in May. This card might be for her. I used a little boat stamp with red and grey ink and I traced the black lines with a pen afterwards. I also did the waves. I was inpsired by the sketch over at Freshly made Sketches:

          I added 3 enamel dots, two grey and a red. There's no blue on this card but I think it suits a boy anyway. The colors are inspired by the photo of Color Throwdown.

          This card is for:
          Less Is More - #312 New Beginnings
          Color Throwdown - #426 Color Inspiration
          Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch #271

          Sunday, January 22, 2017

          Crabby dog

          Today starts a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug.

          I went with a really simple version of the sketch, using left over strips from a 6x6 sheet of DP and mounted the pieces on foam. I used a  precolored image, cut with a stitched die, then added a stamped "smile". I also stamped and cut the birthday sentiment. The card base has a nice striped textured look.
          Quick and easy!

          This card is also for:
          Brown Sugar - #234 Anything Goes
          Creative Fingers - #123 Anything Goes
          Glitter n Sparkle - #223 Four legged friends

          Friday, January 20, 2017

          Under the Sea - Freebie and recipe

          This is the 7th day and the final "Under the Sea" challenge over at Catch the Bug.
          Today is freebie day and this image you can grab for free in the store later today. I colored m image using both Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs as well as a white gel pen.
          As I went ahead and designed my card I almost forgot about the recipe. But there are at least three layers here (I never know how to cont them), along with two bows and 4 pearls. I should perhaps have left the doily out, but I had already glued it down when I remembered the recipe. With so many single layer/no embellies cards created latel this card feels loaded, lol.

          This card is also for:
          Digi Choosday Challenge - #3 Anything Goes
          Craft Rocket Challenges - #31 Add A Bow
          Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes

          Thursday, January 19, 2017

          Under the Sea - card for a child

          We are celebrating the 7th birthday of Bugaboo over at Catch the Bug with daily "Under the Sea" challenges over at Catch the Bug. For day 6 we have a really easy one - or so I think - make a card for a child.
          I used a shark image from Mini Set - AKV Under the sea as I know two of my youngest nephews are quite fascinated by these creatures. To be honest I'm too, and I'm no youngster.
          Sharks resized and repositioned,  colored with Promarkers.
          DIs used for the background, along with my Memory Box waves stencil and splashes of water. Different stamps used to make the sea bed and a Promarker to make the sandy bottom. A birthday greeting in Norwegian was stamped too.

          This card is also for:
          Through the Purple Haze - #116 Happy Anything
          Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
          Crafty Creations - #333 Always Anything Goes