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Monday, June 26, 2017

Fluttering butterflies

I made this card being inspired by the LIM sketch as well as the colors of the Inkspirational photo.

I don't use butterflies much on my cards, for a reason unknown even to me, but I have this stamp from Nemory Box I really like.
I started by heat embossing the image, masking off areas using my own made stencil, then I used two blue DIs and blue brusho. I added WOS to the butterflies and colored the smallest ones with a white gel pen. 3 sequins were added for a little bit of shine.

This card is for:
Less Is More - Sketch
Inkspirational - Photo Inspiration

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Boy and Dog

Today starts a new challenge over at Catch the Bug and this week it's time for a photo challenge.
I was inspired by the licking dog but chose a boy character instead of a girl - you can find the image here.

The image is colored with Promarkers and I stenciled a wall for them to sit on. Papers are from my scrap box (one of many, lol).
I added a few staples and a button with twine. Challenge 400 - 20th June 2017

This card is also for:
Cardz 4 Guyz - #172 Stars
City Crafter Challenge - #367 Hashtag
Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #400 Sketch

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bingo and Stella

Today starts a new challenge over at Catch the Bug and this week it's BINGO TIME!

I used the row of button, Bugaboo image and sentiment. And for my card I chose the hilarious Stella August Passport with a sentiment I find to be so fitting.
Lots of circles here, and I also included a wine glass charm. I scored the DP for the background. The bright pink paper was a gift from Mimi, thanks!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Birthday fish and lots of designer papers

Today is "Oldie but Goodie" day over at Catch the Bug and I've made a card with an image called Make it Snapppy Birthday Fishes.

I fussy cut the fish and bubbles and layered the parts onto a die cut circle panel. 
The fish is colored with Promarkers and I added glitter glue to the bubbles.
Plenty of patterns here that I felt could pass for bubbles and sea weed.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Groom & Groom

I was asked to make a wedding card for a groom and groom, and this is what I came up with.
I decided on a top hat stamp as main element, stamped onto a brownish paper with structure and fussy cut. Then I added some die cut hearts (using Memory Box dies) and made a shaker card with heart sequins in silver and red. The frame (made with a Dienamics die) is glitter paper. The background inside the shaker is heat embossed vellum and I used a leftover piece of DP with tartan pattern, mounted onto a piece of burlap paper. I added a stamped greeting and a single flower.
I'm off for a week's holiday in the sun (or so I hope). I'm not going to be much around this week but I've got a couple of DT posts scheduled.

This card is for:
The Male Room - #62 Off the Edge
Come and Get It - Weddings
Allsorts - #419 Use at least 2 dies
Fab 'n' Funky - #354 Marvelous Men 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Window and House

I'm in Christmas making mode. And that is a good thing, because I'm behind on my schedule of making 4-5 cards a month.
So there were two words that inspired by and led to this design - window and house.
I had a clean-up in my craft room, and I sorted all the already printed and colored images and die cut elements, and the house and branches were all read to be used.
The house was stamped on kraft, colored with a gel pen, and there's a stamped fence in there as well, hidden in between my die cut hills. The branches were treated with gesso and glitter. Then I die cut a window with a die from Marianne and a lamp post with a Memory Box one. I added embossing powder to the lamp post. I decided to go for a shaker design, adding two different glitters and some sequins.

This card is for:
Inkspirational - Windows
Christmas Cards All Year Round - House or Cottage

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Neopolitan is this week's challenge over at LIM. It's the ice cream I know as 'tricolor', yummy and perfect when you can't decide on just one flavor. I used two cupcake stamps, colored them in pink and brown, added a bit of glitter and some pearls. I used pink DI and a Tim holtz stencil on a cream colored paper, much the color of vanilla ice cream. And I stamped a birthday greeting. I've come to love doing color challenges. I used to find them too tricky, they still are challenging,  but the hardest part is to settle on what stamps to use, then it gets easier. I rummage through all my stamps before I settle on one, it's a good reminder to see what I already have in my stash, and it's extra fun whenever I get to use a NBUS one.

This card is for:
Less Is More - Neopolitan
Seize The Birthday - Birthday + Optional Topping of Sweet

Monday, June 5, 2017

I finally made a tag...

Today it's my turn to show you an 'Anything but a card' project over at Catch the Bug.
I've made a tag with Teddy Christmas Stocking, colored him up with Promarkers and a white gel pen, and I used loose glitter for all the fur trimmings.
The tree is cut with a die that came free with a magazine. I used die cut ovals as my tag base. I'm not really into making tags but my goal is to make all tags for this year's pressies. Ok, we'll see about that, but at least everyone should have one present with an own made tag. In any case, at least the children, lol.

I'd like to enter my tag in these challenges as well:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Always Anything Christmas Goes
Polkadoodles - #22 Anything Goes


Sunday, June 4, 2017

12 legs

Color Throwdown wants us to use blue, soft pink, gold and white for this week's challenge, and those are the only colors I used.

I was thinking of using flowers or something nautical, then went with a Christmas theme instead.

Pink sky, blue stamped trees (Hero Arts) and blue panel (it may appear to be black in this photo, but it's a dark blue), gold deer made with a Memory box die), white for the stitched die cut hills and stamped sentiment, I also added a die cut Merry sprinkled with frantage in white and gold.
For sparkle I used Perfect Pearls on the pink sky and some stickles to the trees. Nice IRL, but not very visible here.

This card is for:
Color Throwdown - #445
Allsorts - Christmas in June
Sparkles Forum Challenges - #92 Four or more legs

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Card made with gifts

It's been a while since I last made a vintage card. This one was made using several gifts.

From Mimi I got the harlequin patterned paper which I cut out two pieces of with my Kort&Godt shaped dies. The tag and the die cut leaf, which I stamped, was also from Mimi.
The powder pink lace I received from Mervi. The label for the sentiment I cut with a die from a set I won from Brenda on a previous challenge over at Allsorts.
The lady image was a gift from my mom, I think. I don't remember where I got the doily, it was fairly big, perfect for the size of my design.
The rose ribbon I bought on a trip abroad, cheesecloth and flowers from my stash.

This card is for:
Allsorts - Vintage Style

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Urban life 1950s style

    Urban. Well, yes, however 1950s style. Made it a shaker card. Used my Memory Box building die and a car die I got as a gift from my sister. A piece of washi to ground the scene. Upper part was stenciled as it felt empty. Sequin flowers. Red and black cardstock to match the woman's outfit.

    This card is for:
      Brown Sugar – # 252 Use Sequins
      Inkspirational - Word Prompt: Urban
      Glitter n Sparkle - Anything Goes

        Sunday, May 28, 2017

        Muse and masculine

        I haven't played with Muse Card challenges for quite a while, but I do love to visit the blog and see how others get inspired by the "muse" card. Kim is a new muse and she did this ultra cute card box that I wanted to case, but going with a simpler A2 design.

        I was inspired by the outdoors scene with animals, trees and the banners. My stamps are from Lawn fawn. I colored the images with Promarkers.
        I didn't find a gingham paper in my stash as soon as I had so hoped, so I gave up and picked a woodpatterned one instead. I think it added a masculine feel to my card.

        This card is for:
        Muse Card Club - Challenge #217
        Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #396 Make It Manly
        C.R.A.F.T. - #417 Father's Day/Male

        Friday, May 26, 2017

        Hello friend

        For this card I was inspired by this week's photo over at Color Throwdown.

        I used a flower from a Prima set, stamped randomly and colored the flowers. Then I took my new Tim
        Holtz stencil and just inked in a few of the white spaces. I added some green splatters, gems and a die cut sentiment I got from Monika a little while back. I also stamped the word friend.

        This card is for:
        Color Throwdown - #444
        TIME OUT Challenges - #84 'Flowers and Friends make life a garden'

          Thursday, May 25, 2017

          Gold fish

          Today is "Oldie but Goodie" day over at Catch the Bug and I've made a card with an image from the underwater set from Bugabo.

          My nephew, Noah, turns 10, he has an aquarium and is really into this, so I made an aquarium inspired card for his birthday.
          I added two fish colored with Promarkers and a DI sponged  background, added sequins and bobbles made with a Memory Box die. 
          I used dies from Dinemics to make the shaker frame and added cheesecloth underneath along with some green ribbon.
          The card is cut with die from Kort&Godt.

          This card is also for:
          Allsorts - Happy Birthday
          The Male Room - #61 Die Cuts
          Crafty Creations - #341Anything Goes


          Saturday, May 20, 2017

          Bingo - dog and chair

          Today starts a new challenge over at Catch the Bug and this week it's BINGO TIME!

          I used the top row of sparkle, stitching and sentiment,
          I used two images from the Bugaboo store, the dog and chair element, and I merged the two images and colored it with Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs. I masked the image and made m own background, using a Promarker to color the floor and DI Milled Lavender for the walls. Then I made the wall paper using a flower stamp with silver ink and gave the centres a touch of glitter. I used silver thread to machine stitch around the edges.
          I haven't been around much since last weekend, MIL is on a one week visit, so limited time for blog visits and crafting.

          This card is for: 
          Fab 'n' Funky - #351 Create a Background
          Addicted to Stamps and More - # 242 Make Your Mark
          Crafty Gals Corner - #123 Add Flowers (I used stamped flowers)

          Monday, May 15, 2017

          Christmas Card Box Holder

          Today it's my turn to show you an 'Anything but a card' project over at Catch the Bug.
          I've made a card box holder before and found it to be very useful when giving card sets as gifts. So here's one for a Christmas themed set.
          I used a stocking image, colored with Promarkers. I used an old DP with stockings from my stash, added a few die cut pine branches and a die cut bow. The label us also die cut and says Christmas post.

          I'd like to enter my card box holder into these challenges as well:

          Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Christmas Goes
          Simply Create Too - Use a Digi Stamp
          Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes for Christmas

          Sunday, May 14, 2017

          Funny pup

          Today we have a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug. Sketch challenges are my favorites, and the more you play with sketches, the more confident you'll be moving the sketch around. Like here, I turned it upside-down and then mirrored it. See? The thing about sketches, I think they're great for giving you inspiration as for layout, without limiting you too much.
          I used the image Funny pup. Colored it with Spectrum Noir and Promarker pens. A strip of paper, flowers from my stash and a birthday greeting in Norwegian and border stamped with white ink on kraft.

          This card is also for:
          C.R.A.F.T. - #415 Birthday & A Blog Hop
          Seize The Birthday - Birthday + Optional Topping of Creatures/Animals
          Addicted to Stamps and More - # 241 Anything Goes

          Friday, May 12, 2017

          Dog walker

          Happy Friday! I'm here to show you my card featuring this week's Freebie Friday -  you can pick it up at no cost in the Bugaboo store.

          I used my Promarkers to color the image and I used a self made stencil to make the cloudy sky.
          The sentiment is in Norwegian and translates "There are no perfect lives, but we can fill our lives with perfect moments".

          This card is also for:
          Open-Minded Challenges - #17 Men in May
          Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes/Optional Twist Masculine
          Incy Wincy Designs - Clean and Simple

          Wednesday, May 10, 2017

          Yellow and grey

          Over at LIM there's a challenge of using grey and yellow. One of those color combos I love to see but struggle a bit with myself. In general I seem to be a " three colors" kind of crafter, less or more and I consider it a real challenge...
          And here's the thing about CAS, you don't want to add too much. Here I used a stencil on the background, and before I did the overall impression was probably more CAS than the finished project..
          The flowers are fussy cut out from a stamped Hero Arts background. I used DIs and gelatos to color.

          This card is for:
          Less Is More - Yellow and Grey
          Creative With Stamps Challenge - #14 Flowers

          Sunday, May 7, 2017

          Wings and spring

          This week's color scheme over at Color Throwdown I found both  springlike and romantic, so I took the opportunity to make a card that could be used for an anniversary or a wedding as I don't have an such cards in my stash right now.

          I used DIs and gelatos with water to color the image, some WoS to add sparkle (not visible here) and a sentiment that would fit the occasions mentioned above. I used my own cut stencil to make the cloudy sky and a flower stamp to make the flowery ground. The stamp with the two birds is from Whimsy Stamps. I used a Tom Ho,tz die for the bow and added a pearl.

          This card is for:
          Color Throwdown - #441
          Whimsy Stamps - #94 Anthing Goes with a twist of Spring
          Cut it Up - #121 Wings

          Saturday, May 6, 2017

          Another Christmas card done

          Today starts a new challenge over at Catch the Bug and this week it's ANYTHING GOES! I took the opportunit to make one more Christmas card for my stash, using the image Xmas Blocks Trio.

          I colored my image using Promarkers, stamped a sentiment, then mounted it onto a panel of red mirri card. The background I made myself using white ink and stamps, both from Hero Arts.

          This card is for:
          ABC Christmas Challenge - "K" for Keep it Simple
          Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes for Christmas
          Christmas Cards All Year Round - Precipitation (snow)
          Sparkles Forum Christmas - #76 Snowflakes

          Friday, May 5, 2017

          High Heels

          Happy Friday! I'm here to show you my card featuring this week's Freebie Friday -  you can pick it up at no cost in the Bugaboo store.

          I used my Promarkers to color the shoes in different shades of peach and grey, and I chose those colors and silver for the rest of my card.

          The striped paper is sticker paper and the embossed background was covered with silver gelato. The EF came free with a magazine Doily from my stash, banner dies from Dienamics and I used one of my oldest die sets to cut the image.

          This card is also for:
          City Crafter Challenge W - #360 - You Can Do It! (I created my background using an embossing folder and silver gelato)
          Creatalicious Challenges - #114 Anything Goes, Option "For the Girls / Mother's Day"
          Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes

          Monday, May 1, 2017

          Kissing technique

          Just a quick post as I want to meet the deadline over at Color Throwdown which closes in an hour or so.

          I used yellow ink on the solid stamp and used the "kissing" technique with purple ink for the script as well as the layers of the roses.
          I embossed just a strip of the paper, added purple and green splatter with a brush and some yellow pearls. Sentiment stamped with purple ink.

          This card is for:
          TIME OUT Challenges - #82 Flowers with the optional twist of Kissing
          Color Throwdown - #440
          CAS(E) This Sketch! - #219

          CASE and Make a wish

          City Crafter Challenge Blog is celebrating its 7th birthday by doing CASE challenges throughout the month of April.
          This week we're CASEing Marina's card. I was inspired by her choice of colors, layout and use of a partial image.

          I used my Prima Doll stamp and paper pieced her outfit in brown colors. I know Marina also loves to paper piece. Then I stamped a sentiment using a LOTV stamp and added a few pearls.

          I might be back later today with another card...

          This card is for:
          City Crafter Challenge - #359 CASE the Designer Card
          Crafter's Cafe - #172 Feminine
          Crafting When We Can - Clean & Simple

          Sunday, April 30, 2017

          Sketch 509

          Today we have a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug. I used the image AKV Love, it might not be available in the Bugaboo store yet as Jodie is redoing the store.It was colored with Promarkers.
          I used shaped pierced dies from Kort&Godt to make the card base and layers, lace and pearls from my stash.

          This card is also for:
          Cardz 4 Galz - #46 A Shaped Card
          Creative Knockouts W,2E,C8 #191 Friendship
          I love Promarkers - #333 Anything Goes 

          Tuesday, April 25, 2017

          Bear and umbrella

          Every Tuesday you can find new releases in the Bugaboo store. This one of today's images.

          I colored the image using Promakers and Spectrum Noir pens and I used a blue DI to make an inked sky. I'm new at this and the sky is very subtle but much more visible IRL.
          I used a sentiment that came free with a magazine, washi tape from stash and lastly I used a black pen to make the doodled frame.

          This card is also for:
          Allsorts - #410 -I Spy (Bear, Bow, Blossoms)
          Crafting When We Can - One for the Girls
          Aud Sentiments Challenge - #178 Use a Stamp For Your Sentiment

          Sunday, April 23, 2017


          If you ask me to do a one layer, it's like Phew, ooh, aaahh, like I've got pain in my body somewhere. But when taking a photo of this card I was like, I did a one layer without being required to! AND I had un making it! AND I followed a specific color scheme!

          I started off using a splatter stamp given to me by Donna, using orange and red ink. Then I added the Kaiserkraft sentimentin purple and red. I also used some sentiment stamps I got from my sister, using purple and red inks. I lacked a bit of yellow, so I used a star stencil and yellow ink for that. The bottom felt empty so another stencil was used along with red and orange ink. There wasn't enough yellow so I added a few yellow gems.

          This card is for:
          Inkspirational - Graffiti Stamping
          Color Throwdown - #439 Color Inspiration
          Happy Little Stampers Blend - must be Clean and Simple

          Saturday, April 22, 2017

          Jacobean Bird

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

          I used an image called Jacobean Bird 1 that you can find for just a dollar in the store. I used pastel colors for the flowers and leaves and I used my cherry blossom embossing folder and mounted the panel onto a DP from Maja Designs.

          This card is for:
          Moving along with the Times - #43 Birds & Feathers
          Cards in Envy - Pretty Pastels Card Challenge
          Crafty Creations - #338 Anything Goes

          Thursday, April 20, 2017

          Rose on stamped background

          Seeing the photo over at TIME OUT this design quickly came  to mind.

          I used several sentiment stamps from different sets and created my own background by stamping with silver ink.
          Then I used an Altenew stamp and die set that came free with a magazine to make the rose.
          I cut out the sentiment with a Dienamics die from the stamped paper and added a layer of black craft foam underneath it.
          I drew a black line around the edge of the panel. Thi card is a 4x4 inch card.

          This card is for:
          TIME OUT Challenges - #81 Inspired By Photo
          Shopping Our Stash - #299 A Rose By Any Other Name

          Tuesday, April 18, 2017

          Flower boys

          I hope you all had a nice Easter.
          I did get a lot of cards done, here's one inspired by the sketch over at Allsorts this week.

          The only thing stamped here - heat embossed in white - is the sentiment. The bottom layer is an embossed paper which I covered with gelato and some mists. I used 3 different DPs. I used a die cut tree border, lace and flowers from my stash.

          This card is for:
          Allsorts - #410 Sketch

          Crafty Creations - #339 Always Anything Goes 
          Path of Positivity - #48 The Beauty of Nature