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Monday, December 30, 2013

Sunburst Technique and Crackle Paint

This is the first time I try the sunburst technique - it was so fun! I used papers from Maja Design. The image is made with a LOTV stamp. I colored the image using Promarkers, put Old Paper Distress Ink on top and added a thick coat of crackle paint for a distressed look. I quite like the finish it gives, but I had to stitch my image to the background as it did crumple up quite a bit. I ended up stitching around each sunburst, it's a bit rough around the edges, but I think it's OK for a vintage look. I used parts of a Marianne tree die to make the leaves and added Storyteller flowers. The sentiment is heat embossed with brown powder. I used a stamp from Whimsy Stamps "Film Strip Sentiments" set, vut it out with an oval die to cut it and used Walnut Distress Ink around the edges.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - #46 Anything Goes
2) Crafty Little Fairies - Anything Goes
3) Fussy and Fancy - #104 Chocolate
4) Here Come the Boys - #66 Anything Goes (2nd entry)
5) Totally Gorjuss - #216 New (Sunburst technique/crackle paint)
6) Sentimental Sundays - #187 Pick from our favorite challenge (stitching)
7) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

    My Favorite Five Christmas Creations

    Debby has a candy over at her blog and to participate in the draw you need to make a post with your favorite five Christmas creations from 2013.
    Go check out her fab cards and candy, as well as what creations other people chose as their favorites!
    Here are my picks:

    I love vintage style cards and I love CASE challenges
    It was really fun playing with inks and mists and embossing powders
    It took me quite some time to get hold of some acetate so I could finally make a shaker card - this card was so fun making
    Playing with dies and a photo challenge as a Guest Designer for Inkspirational
    LOVE this Santa image and I really enjoy paper piecing

    Friday, December 27, 2013

    One Layer Card with Santa

    Over at  The Outlawz Twisted Thursday we have a new Anything Goes challenge for you, this time with the optional twist of One Layer. A lucky randomly drawn winner will get to choose images from our December sponsor, Stitchy Bear.
    I've used the grumpy Santa again - you can find the image here. I printed the image onto a kraft base. I masked my Santa before I sprayed the background with white glimmer mist. I didn't color the image, just added a paper pieced beard and some glitter to the fur trims of his hat. I used a snow pen for the ground and stamped some snowflakes, heat embossed with white embossing powder. I also added a doodled frame using a black pen.

    This card is also for these challenges:
    1) Crafty Boots - Snow and Sparkles
    2) Christmas Card Challenges - #4 Make it Masculine
    3) Here Come the Boys - #66 Anything Goes
    4) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Grumpy Santa Tags

    I had hoped to get time to make my own Christmas tags for all presents this year, but I've realized I got started too late as these only make tags number 6-8 out of 30 needed! Oh well, now I know what my goal for next year should be...
    I've used an image from our December sponsor over at  The Outlawz Twisted Thursday - Stitchy Bear. The image is called Bah Humbug and can be found here.
    This week there's no twist - you can make whatever you want (as you always can), except for this time you'll get two entries into the prize draw for each entry!
    The Santas have been colored with Promarkers. The snowy backgrounds have been made with white mist on dark blue paper. I tore some white paper to make the ground and machine stitched around the edges. I used red cardstock to make the tag bases and decorated them with twine. I made each tag slightly different, choosing a circle shaped stamp from LOTV, a punched snowflake and a LOTV tag stamp. These gift tags will be used for gifts for some of the men in my family.

    My tags are also for these challenges:
    1) Cuttin & Stampin Challenges - #50 Christmas Tag
    2) Craft Your Passion - Christmas + Anything but a Card
    3) Kaboodle Doodles - Christmas Colors
    4) Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - #155 Whatever is urgent to make (tags)
    5) Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Snow
    6) Crafting with Dragonflies - #17 Christmas tag
    7) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Magic Birthday Card

    I haven't been able to be around in blogland much this past week, but I will try and do a catch-up tonight. I got myself an iPad yesterday - I think it's going to have its permanent home in my handbag so I can bring it everywhere - lol.
    This is the card I made for hubby's birthday this year. I used two images from QKR - "Magic Card" on the front and "One Year Older" for the inside. I colored the images using Promarkers and added some dry glitter to the sentiments on his panels and gold glitter glue to some of the stars surrounding him.
    For the front I used DP and an embossed paper with stars. I sanded the paper to allow the stars to be more visible. I die cut a couple of stars from gold glitter paper and a circle of corrugated cardboard, and finished it all off with a piece of twine.
    For the inside I used the same colors and some die cut stars, and the birthday sentiment is placed onto a piece of washi tape using peel off stickers.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Crafty Sentiment Designs - Birthdays
    2) Sweet Stamps  - #148 Glitter
    3) Card Crafter's Circle - # 105 - Golden Days  (stars and peel off stickers)
    4) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

    Candy Cane Stripes

    This card is inspired by the sketch over at Addicted to Stamps. I've used an image from Di's Digistamps, colored with Promarkers. I've added glitter to the fur trimmings of the hat and coat, gold glitter glue to the star and snow paint to the ground. The image is mounted onto a Spellbinder die cut frame. The snowflakes are made with a punch and they're decorated with pink pearls from my stash. The striped candy cane paper is from Vibeke Spigseth, and I've used a DP with different Norwegian Christmas words. The stamped sentiment is made using a LOTV stamp. I've machine stitched with white thread around the edges.

    This is for these challenges:
    1) Addicted to Stamps Challenge - #71 Sketch
    2) Creative Belli - #184 Candy
    3) Papertake Weekly - Christmas Creatures
    4) Stampin' For The Weekend - Use Some Red
    5) Digi Haven – Merry Christmas
    6) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Snowflake Memories....

    .... is the name of this image. It's an image that can be found over at Stitchy Bear - our sponsor for the month of December over at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday. This week the optional twist is to add snowflakes, and I thought this image would be perfect for this theme.
    I did have some hick-ups coloring this penguin, so I ended up paper piecing him with a black DP with stripes. I added glossy accent to his eye.
    I decided to make a gift bag for a change. I used a DP from Maja Design, grey with white snowflakes. I layered the DP onto panels of silver paper and used white thread and machine stitched around the edges. I added a bit of cheesecloth and seam binding ribbon for texture. I added a gem in the center of each snowflake of the image and also added two punched ones and a snowflake metal charm. Even the Christmas sentiment has the shape of a snowflake.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Top Tip Tuesday - #116 Snowflakes
    2) Incy Wincy Designs - Let It Snow
    3) Lexi's Creations - Snow
    4) The Glory of Christmas Challenge - #20 Snow
    5) Totally Papercrafts - #196 Anything Christmassy But A Card
    6) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    Christmas Tags with Robins!

    Those of you who are familiar with my work and my comments know that I'm no tag-making girl. But I've decided to make all gift tags for my Christmas presents this year. Earlier this year I've made two (2!) only, and here are 3 more. And I need 30 something tags! I'm not panicking... Yet... Considering the amount I need I'll have to keep them quite simple, yet I want them to be decorative.
    These 3 have robins are from Pink Petticoat. I colored them using Promarkers. I used glitter glue and red liquid pearls. Each tag is decorated with a flower from Storyteller and red twine. I wanted to use traditional Christmas colors - red, white and green - as my gift wrapping papers are without patterns and I've got a metallic red one, a white one and a kraft/brown one

    These tags are for these challenges:
    1) Storyteller - #5 Jul eller Nyttår
    2) Crafty Boots - Christmas
    3) Through the Purple Haze - Your Favorite Christmas Colors
    4) Dream Valley Challenges - #71 Anything but a card
    5) Songbird Challenge Blog - #30 Merry Christmas Everybody
    6) C is for Challenge - Traditional Christmas
    7) Make it Monday - #169 Anything Goes

    Monday, December 9, 2013

    Winter Card with Shades of Purple

    I wanted to make a winter card with this beautiful Bestie image that can be found here. I gave her an outfit of lavender and grey and lots of sparkle. I used mye Go Kreate dies and two halves of a doily to make the frame. The ground is covered with flower soft, pearls and flower ribbon from my stash. The DP with snowflakes came free with a magazine, the one with scripture is from Authentique. I punched two snowflakes and added pearls in their centres. The sentiment is made with a Penny Black banner stamp. I heat embossed with purple embossing powder. I machine stitched around the edges of the card.
    I've got mixed feelings about the outcome of this card. Whenever I make a girly card I usually end up feeling it looks quite messy as I try and add more elements than what's typical for me. But I'm sure going to practise on those girly designs and use this image again!

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Pile It On - #48 P is for... (Purple, Pearls, Punches)
    2) Inky Impressions - #137 Winter/snow
    3) Fab 'n' Funky - #196 Frost
    4) Craft Your Passion - #192 Let it Snow
    5) Crafty Bloggers Network - Girly
    6) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Saturday, December 7, 2013

    Robin with Mistletoe

    This is my last post as a Guest Designer over at Inkspirational - I'd like to thank Marina and her team for giving me this possibility!
    This fortnight we've got a photo inspiration challenge for you. I was inspired by all the white with touches of red and green, and I also used a bird. Instead of a cardinal I chose a robin from Pink Petticoat. I colored the robin using Promarkers.
    I used 3 dies from the Spellbinder set "Nestabilities Timeless Rectangles". I also used a Sizzix embossing folder with spots, a little piece of DP from Authentique, a flower from Storyteller, twine from my stash, liquid pearls and a stamped LOTV tag.

    This card is also for these challenges:
    1) Come and Get It Challenges - Christmas + Blog Hop
    2) Songbird - #29 Die Another Day
    3) ABC Challenge - A for Almost Christmas
    4) Card and Scrap - Christmas
    5) Crafty Catz - #210 Use 2 or more Dies
    6) Winter Wonderland - Embossing
    7) Make it Monday - #169 Anything Goes

    Thursday, December 5, 2013

    Not easy being Santa...

    It's bingo time over at the Outlawz Twisted Thursday! I chose the vertical line in the middle to make my card.
    My fun Santa image lives over at Stitchy Bear - our sponsor for December. My image is called "Busted" and can be found here.  Just look at Santa's face - I  think his expression says all we need to know about how he feels being attacked by the family pet! Not easy being Santa...
    I colored the image using Promarkers, paper pieced his bag with hessia patterned DP and mounted his head on foam for dimension.
    I wanted to make a scene depicting a living room, so I chose a DP from Echo Park to make the wallpaper and a Tim Holtz Sizzix die to make the window. Behind the window made of white paper and acetate I used a dark blue paper sprayed with white mist.  I used 2 tag stamps from LOTV, heat embossed using brown powder on kraft, attached them with a bow of twine and a brad. This was a fun card to make. I might make variations of this design, just redecorating the living room and using different images.

    This card is also for these challenges:
    1) Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge- Christmas + Blog Hop
    2) Crafty Catz - #209 Santa Claus is Coming To Town
    3) Lexi's Creations - Christmas
    4) Through the Purple Haze - Christmas is coming
    5) Hobbycutz - #27 Make a Scene
    6) Deep Ocean Challenge - #66 Santa is Coming
    7) Make it Monday - #169 Anything Goes

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Vintage Santa

    I've had the day off work today - had planned to make many cards and spend lots of time blogging, that didn't go exactly to plan. I went to the post office, popped by a beauty salon and I've cooked! Something I usually hate doing as I always make a mess and over cook all food! I made a stew - from scratch and with fresh vegetables - well, as fresh as they get this time of year - and it tasted delicious, I'm very proud of myself...
    I also made this vintage card. No stamps used! The patterned DPs are from Maja Design, I'm not sure of the Santa image. I attached the image to a die cut oval (Spellbinders Opulent Ovals) and I added some cheese cloth behind the oval. The Merry Christmas sentiment is made with a die from KaBoks. The little red polka dot button was part of the advent calender gift I received today. I machine stitched with white thread around the edges

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Craft Room Challenge - Vintage Christmas
    2) Unstampabelles - Christmas (no stamps!)
    3) Christmas Card Challenges - #1 No Stamping
    4) Sugar Creek Hollow - Vintage Christmas
    5) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Sunday, December 1, 2013

    Christmas Card with Shades of Grey

    I believe I'm still a bit short of Christmas cards, I need to do a full inventory check later today...
    I've chosen non-traditional colors for this card, keeping to black, white and shades of grey. This image is called "Snuggle Christmas" and can be found at Di's Digi Stamps store. I colored it with Promarkers, added lots of glitter to the fur trim of the hat and glossy accent to the nose.
    I've used 2 DPs, the bottom layer  one is from Authentique and the one with snowflakes is from Echo Park.
    I used clear stamps from Kort&Godt to make the postmark details - I just stamped them randomly. I also added 3 pearls and a chipboard corner that I covered with glitter.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown - Pick a Previous Theme (Winter Animals - #15)
    2) Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - #152 Non Traditional Christmas
    3) Pattie's Creations - #81 Christmas Card
    4) Totally Papercrafts - #195 Ho, Ho, Holidays
    5) Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Glitter/Embossing Powder/Flocking
    6) Make it Monday - #169 Anything Goes