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Thursday, December 2, 2021

November Card Chain Challenge reveal

 This is the third time I participate in The Card Chain Challenge - anyone can enter as long as you are willing to snail mail a card to a fellow crafter. For the December challenge, you can sign up here until til 6th of December.  


THE CARD I SENT

I sent my card to  Dawn in New Zealand. For my card I followed thetheme of snowflakes - there are 3 on my card. And I used my new and already much used Stamping Bella stamp. The background is made with white stencilled trees on kraft, and I chose pink for the panel and the girl's outfit you.



THE CARD I RECEIVED

I recieved this pretty card and some die cuts (thank you!) from Hilary in the UK.She chose several of the challenge prompts we could choose from - well done doing so many and the card is so elegant and perfect for the season. It's been put on the wallboard in my crafting room for admiration and inspiration:)



 

Saturday, November 27, 2021

INK #253 - Plaid

For our new challenge at Inkspirational we have the theme of PLAID, chosen by Marlena and yours truly. I love plaid patterns, or gingham or tartan or whatever you like to call it, and this time I chose it for the background and also the paper pieced outfit of the little girl from Stamping Bella.

For the most part I aim to buy gifts, but sometimes a gift card or money is the best option, and then it's nice to personalize it with a handmade giftcard- or money holder. This one is kept closed with white string. 

Plaid papers are from Maja Design, I used a scalloped border die from MFT, the others are Pinkfresh Studio.

Please head over to the challenge blog to see the my INK-teamies have made.  

This card is also for:
Fab n Funky
- #540 Checks and/or Plaids
Moving along with the Times
- #136 Anything But A Card
November Rudolph Days Challenge

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Christmas cards with stencilled moons

Christmas is quickly approaching and I'm focused on getting all my Christmas cards done  - some have already been posted.
Sometimes lately I've been making two cards at a time, using many of the same supplies. For both cards I used a Spellbinders moon stencil as well as the same sentiment stamp, from Concord & 9th.


Card 1)  Centre placed moon

I stencilled the moon with grey and yellow inks and the night sky with blue, purple and black inks. The silhouette was a freebie stamp with a magazine. I stamped the sentiment with grey.  The snow was splattered with metallic champagne colored watercolor.

This card is for: Happy Little Stampers Stencils - November Anything Goes



 

Card 2) Moon placed over the edge

I stencilled the moon with grey and yellow inks, this time placing the moon off centre and cutting the panel with a mini slimline die. The blue nightsky has snow made with water droplets. The silhouette stamp and house are from Lawn Fawn and I added die cut trees.

This card is for: Peace on Earth - #4

Monday, November 22, 2021

Ice skates

Those of you who have been following me for a while probably know that I love playing with sketches. This time I couldn't resist having a go at the 512th sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, as I saw it as an opportunity to get some washi tapes used. I love those tapes more and more as I use them.
I went large with the stamped image. The skates are made with a stamp from Papirdesign, a Norwegian brand. The largest snowflake is Concord & 9th, the smaller ones I'm not sure of. The sentiment sticker is from Tim Holtz.

This card is for:
Freshly Made Sketches - #512
Stamping Sensations November - Christmas
Little Red Wagon - #628 No Patterned Paper

Saturday, November 13, 2021

INK #252 - Photo Challenge - Chair

For our challenge at Inkspirational this fortnight, we have a photo of a chair. You can interpret the theme however you see fit, I chose a stamp set from Penny Black to make my 3 cards, heat embossing with gold on a dark blue background.
I used mini slimline dies from Pinkfresh Studio. One sentiment was stampoed (same PB set as the images), the other 2 are Tim Holtz stickers. I layered the stamped panels onto gold colored cardstock. One card has a die cut star, another one 3 rhinestones.

I'm sorry about the quality of the photos, some seem very dark, others light and grainy, but after several attempts I had to settle with these. But I quite like how the crads turned out IRL.

 
 
Please head over to the challenge blog to see the wonderful makes of my INK-teamies. 

 
This card is also for:
Happy Little Stampers Christmas November - Anything Goes + option: Make a Scene
 
 
This card is also for:

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

October Card Chain Challenge reveal

This is the second time I paricipate in The Card Chain Challenge - anyone can enter as long as you are willing to snail mail a card to a fellow crafter. For October there were 27 pariticipants across the world. If you'd like to join in for the November challenge, you can sign up here until til 6th. 

THE CARD I SENT

I sent my card to  Joanne of Ambrosia and Iron in the UK, along with some images and sentiments from the stamp set I used, the Altenew Tall Tale stamp set. For my card I followed the sketch, I placed it upside down to fit on the bookshelf..

THE CARD I RECEIVED

I recieved this sweet card and some die cuts (thank you!) from Suze of craftysuze in New Zealand. I'm a cat lover, so this is a suitable card for me. 


 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

INK #251 Cheer - One layer Christmas card

For our new challenge at Inkspirational we have a word prompt - CHEER. I was thinking about the greeting Christmas cheer but couldn't find a stamp with this saying in my stash, then I thought of this cute image from Colorado Craft Company. The rabbit and the hedgehog have their arms raised, like they are cheering for the falling snowflakes.

First I stamped the image and clear embossed. Then I masked it off and started stencilling the moon, using a Spellbinders stemcil. I masked off the moon before making the blue night sky. The snowflakes from Tim Holtz were heat embossed in white. The senitment is from Hero Arts. Coloring is done with with my Inktense pencils

Please head over to the challenge blog to see the my INK-teamies have made.  

This card is also for:
Little Red Wagon
- #625 - Outside
Sparkles Forum Christmas
#129 Flora and/or Fauna

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Blue girly card for Christmas

I love playing with sketches and I'm sure you'll see me use this one also in the future.
For this card I used a die from my new Pinkfresh Studio mini slimline dies set, as well as a new Stamping Bella stamp. She's perfect for paper piecing! I put her on a DP with snow and added die cut snowflakes.
I heat embossed the Christmas greeting with white emossing powder and added white string. 

This card is for:
Try Stamping On Tuesdays - #528  Sketch, Technique or Both
Alphabet Challenge - O IS FOR OUTDOORS


 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

INK #250 For boys or men

We have a new challenge at Inkspirational and this time I was the one to choose the theme: For boys or men.
This card is definetely for a grown up man. I gave snarky cat a top hat, a moustache and a bow tie, and I used my favorite sentiment. The die cut frame and stencil background are made with supplies from Altenew.

I so look forward to seeing the inspiration from both team members and participants.

This card is also for:
The Male Room - #155 Black&White
Stamping Sensations - Animals, Birds and Bugs
Cheerful Sketches Challenge Blog - Sketch 

 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Vintage Christmas - card #3 and 4


I received this paper with 12 vintage images as a advent calendar gift from my mum some years ago, now I'm ready with card # 3 and 4 in this series.

1) Card with the tag

For this card I cut the image with a tag die and raised it on foam. I added seambinding ribbon, twine and textured ribbon, as well as die cut pine branches and pearls. The papers, the striped one and the border with buildings, are both freebies. I used a die and my Dymo to make the sentiment.

This card is for:
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - October: Something starting with S and/or T (seambinding ribbon, tag, twine, texture)



2) Card with the oval frame

The lamp post was made with a Memory Box die, I decorated it with pine branches and pearls.
The wreath on the oval frame was a freebie gift together with some of the DPs used.I decorated the middle panel with powder pink lace.

This card is for:
Allsorts - #645 Embellish It

Saturday, October 2, 2021

September Card Chain Challenge reveal

This is the first time I partcipate in The Card Chain Challenge - anyone can enter as long as you are willing to snail mail a card to a fellow crafter. For September there were 21 pariticipants across the world. If you'd linke to join in for the October challenge, you can sign up here until til 7th. 


THE CARD I SENT

I sent my card to Linda W of Scrappin', Stampin' & Singin' in Minnesota, USA, along with some die cuts. For my card I used several products from Altenew: the debossed background, the sun medallion and the paper pieced flowers. I never know how to arrange them, so I just covered the inside of the circle as best I could.


THE CARD I RECEIVED

I recieved this card and goodies from Gail of Crafty Nomad in Norway. Thank you so much, Gail, I've already started using the stamps!

INK #249 Fox cake photo

For our new challenge at Inkspirational we have a photo. There are foxes, mushrooms and leaves on the cake as well as on my card. The white on the cake inspired me to leave the images uncolored, and I picked up the greens and browns with my papers.

The mushroom stamps were an advent calendar present from my mum at some point, the other stamps were all freebies that came with magazines.

Please head over to the challenge blog to see the my INK-teamies have made.   

This card is also for: 
As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Autum - I love the colors of autumn and the mix of sunny and rainy days
Krafty Chicks - #579 Anything goes

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Vintage Christmas - lots of freebie stash and DPs

 I have not made many Christmas cards so far this year, which is unusual for me. But I think (hope) I'm on a roll here. I received this paper with 12 vintage images as a advent calendar gift from my mum some years ago (no, I'm never going to be too old for that, lol), and finally I had the courage to cut into that paper. Sometimes when I like something so much, I want to "save it" for a special occasion.
All the other DPs used are freebie ones that came with 2 different magazines. 

Here are the first two cards I've finished using these vintage images. 

1) Card with the rectangle shaped topper

The lamp post was made with a Memory Box die, and I heat embossed with thick embossing powder, I like the metallic look it gets. The wreath I used to decorate it with was a freebie gift together with some of the DPs used.
I added red and white twine and gold elastic ribbon and strip of DP with sentiments on it. 

This card is for:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - #560 Anything Christmas Goes (or include the word Joy)
Make My Monday
- #158 EMBOSSING (the lamp post)


 

2) Card with the rounded tag shaped topper

This lamp post was a freebie gift together with the DPs used. I attached red and white twine to it.
I added a die cut fence, the word Christmas (Hero Arts) which I combined with a Dymo sentiment,

This card is for:
Dream Valley Challenges - #255 2 or MORE PATTERNED PAPERS (3: the background, the border with buildings and the topper)
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - #38 Anything Goes



Sunday, September 26, 2021

R is for Red and Rhinestones

I'm a cat person and I love Tim Holtz fun cat images and sarcastic sentiments. I fussy cut the cat and heat embossed the sentiment.

I stamped the background with the Pinkfresh Diamond Tiles stamp and added red glitter embossing powder. It might be hard to see in the photo, but IRL it adds a nice sparkle.

The Snowflake Swirl die is from Amy Design. I cut three poinsettias with a die from Marianne. 

Finally I added rhinstones and frantage for snow effect.

This card is for:
Christmas
Crafts All Year Round - Something starting with Q and/or R
September Rudolph Days Challenge


Saturday, September 18, 2021

INK #248 Retro

For our challenge at Inkspirational this fortnight, we have a word prompt: RETRO.

When I think of retro I think of spots and dots and women with beautifully styled hair.
I found such a lady on a DP I belive I had for close to a decade, so I cut her out, placed or onto a tag, then the tag was placed onto a bottle tag with red spotted paper. I heat embossed the sentiment with red, I thought it fit the image and being on a bottle tag.
My mum likes to use my bottle tags on wine she gifts on birthdays for her friends, it makes the gift more personal and is appreciated by her friends.

Please head over to the challenge blog to see the wonderful makes of my INK-teamies.  

This bottle tag is also for:
AAA Birthday - #29 NOT A CARD
Crafty Catz
- #564 ANYTHING GOES with Optional Twist Use 2 or More Design Papers

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Gnome in field of paper pieced flowers

I love this gnome from Stamping Bella, it's a favorite, especially for masculine cards.
I chose to paper piece the flowers, I heat embossed with white EP, used a white Posca pen for the centres, along with Wink of Stella for a touch of sparkle, not visible in the photo.
The background has been made with my new- and favorite - stencil, called the Deco Wallpaper from Altenew. And I think you'll see more of this too on future cards, the Altenew Mid-Century Frame Die.
Sentiment is made up with dies from Concord&9th and Penny Black.

This card is for:
Stamping Sensations
- Stamp of the Moment
Allsorts
- #641 Favourite Stamps with the option of Paper Pieced Flowers

Monday, September 13, 2021

Mice and sweets

For this card I've followed a sketch and a color challenge.
For the background I used old Magnolia sweets stamps and grey ink. The stamped panel was mounted onto light cardstock.
The cute mice from Colorado Craft Company are new to me, I find them perfect for many occasions and suitable for cards for a person of any age and gender. As my family contains mainly males this card will probably be put in my selection of masculine cards:) The sentiment is from the same set.

This card is for:
Cardz 4 Guyz - #279 Blue, Yellow, Gray
Freshly Made Sketches - #502 Sketch

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Not my typical choice of colors

I wanted to make a card for a man using other colors than those I typically use, like black&white, blues, greens and/or greys. So out came red and yellow inks and markers, and a grey one as well!

I picked a favorite Stamping Bella gnome stamp and I cut the image to put the tag at an angle. The background has been made with 2 stencils - the Deco Wallpaper from Altenew, and the numbered one is Tim Holtz.
I debated whether only to use string, but I liked the effect of the yellow seambinding ribbon in there. I think both ribbon and flowers can be used for masculine designs as long as it's not "too frilly". The birthday greeting is made with my Dymo. 

This card is for
The Paper Players - #557 By The Numbers
Addicted to Stamps and More - Birthday
The Male Room - Nature's Bounty 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

INK #247 - Autumn leaves

For our new challenge at Inkspirational Lindsey has chosen the theme of autumn leaves! Even though we've enjoyed summer temperatures in my end of the world lately, you can feel the colder autumn air approaching.

I've enjoyed working with some new goodies for this card - a stencil from Altenew, stamps from Colorado Craft Company as well as old Lawn Fawn leaf dies. I used a mix of Distress and Oxide inks in autumnal colors.I heat embossed the sentiment in gold.

Please head over to the challenge blog to see the wonderful makes of my INK-teamies.   

This card is also for:
Cute Card Thursday - #692 Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #54 Anything Goes with a Critter



Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Tall Tale - his and hers

In connection with the Altenew bloghop I saw my Inkspirational-teamie, Lindsey, had made a card using the Tall Tale stamp set. I liked it so much so I had to get the set myself. You can see her post here.

I've been trying to make 2 cards at a time lately, I'm a slow cardmaker, and I find it doesn't take double the time making 2 cards at the same time. Yay, efficient and fun!

For both cards I used a DP as wallpaper and an embossing folder to make the floor/desk. 


Card 1) For her - Colored version based on a sketch

This card is for Sunday Stamps - #264 Sketch


Card 2) For him - Black and white version with woodgrain

This card is for Shopping Our Stash - #452 Wood You Believe?