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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Christmas in July - Sketch

It’s time for my favorite event of the year, Christmas in July over at Catch the Bug. A week of daily challenges, you can see them all in this post. Day 2 is a sketch.

I used the image Winter Bird 2, colored it with Promarkers and cut it with an MFT die. The die cut frame is also MFT and the Santa with sleigh is from Marianne. The red/kraft colored papers are Tim Holtz ones, the musical notes strip was a leftover from my stash. I used my Dymo to make the Christmas sentiment.

This card is also for:
Sweet Stampers - #22 Christmas
Crafty Catz - #426 Anything Goes/dies/punches option
I love Promarkers - #362 Anything goes/Christmas option

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Christmas in July - Baby it's cold outside...

It’s time for my favorite event of the year, Christmas in July over at Catch the Bug. A week of daily challenges, and day 1 is a really easy one,  Baby it’s cold outside.

I used a snowman for my card. I sponged blue DI on the background, added drops of water for snow effect and also white frantage. I cut the panel with a MFT stitched frame die.
A subtle detail, which is almost invisible in the photo, is that I masked off the snowman and stamped a few trees with white ink and heat embossed with frosted embossing powder. Quite nice in real life.
The sentiment is a combo of dymo and a Tim Holtz die cut.

This card is also for:
Tuesday Throwdown - #401 - Stitching - Real or Faux (Stitched frame)
Creatalicious Challenges - #143 Anything Goes/Option No Patterned Paper
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Today I have two cards to share for the  Twofer Card challenge where the theme is beverage. For both cards I used the champagne bottle and glass stamp that was part of freebie set with a magazine recently. I also used a sweet mouse from Penny Black. The frame dies are from MFT, I used the two largest ones.

Card 1) Happy New Year 2019
This is the first card I made. I stuck a freebie paper onto the card base and added sticker numbers. I stamped the mouse and masked him before I used champagne bottle and glass stamp. The bubbles came with the same freebie set. I stamped and cut out one extra glass. I covered the glasses with glossy accent.
This card is also for:
Crafty Friends Challenge - #88 Food / Drink
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper

Card 2) It's your day (birthday card)
For my second card I used a DP from Lawn Fawn. The cheers sentiment came with the same freebie set.The larger sentiment is from KaiserKraft. I used a part of a doily for table cloth and ounted the mouse and one glass on foam.
This card is also for:
Inkspirational - #165 Birthday
Fab 'n' Funky - #402 Gingham

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Yellow flowers

For this card I’ve used a Penny Black flower stamp together with grey ink.
I colored the image using both yellow DI and Promarkers. I added blue DI with a brush to get a light color on the background, then I added a bit of splatter.
After adding the sentiment I felt the card felt a bit empty so I used a script stamp and grey ink.

This card is for:
Allsorts - #476/477 Flowers All Over
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - #207 Flowers + A Sentiment

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Flamingo, Pink and Hello

It's a rare one for me, but this is a card with no stamping at all, I've only used die cuts.
The flamingo was a gift from my sister, I colored with my Promarkers and added a little WoS on the wings.
The sentiment and lace frame are MFT dies, the sand banks are made with dies from Poppy and the tall flowers I've used for grass and straws are from Tim Holtz.
I colored with blue DIs to make the sea.
I added the panel onto a piece of kraft card stock.

    This card is for:
    City Crafter Challenge - #420 In The Pink  (pink, flamingo, hello)
    Crafty Cardmakers - #215 At least 2 dies/punches
    UnstampaBelles - #81 Fancy frame or border

      Sunday, July 8, 2018

      Trees and snowman with stocking

      I have made this card for this week's challenge over at Catch the Bug - it's Anthing Goes week.

      I've been digging through my stash of ready made items, which were intended for but not used on previous cards. There I found the snowman from Bugaboo as well as the squirrel (Lawn Fawn) and the stamped trees and stocking (Panduro). I just cut the panels and the banner (dies fro MFT), embossed the smaller panel and used a tree stencil (Tim Holtz) on the larger one. The sentiment came free with a magazine.

      This card is also for:
      Sweet Stampin - Christmas in July
      Sparkles Forum Christmas - #90 Christmas Stockings
      Winter Wonderland - Snowmen

      Thursday, July 5, 2018

      In the ocean

      It's Thursday and Oldie but Goodie day over at Catch the Bug.
      It's very hot and I envy this little monkey his dip in the ocean.
      I made a pocket of vellum to make the water and stitched it closed after adding a few fish and starfish sequins. I ct the image in two to pop the upper part on foam on the water surface.

      This card is also for:
      Crafting By Designs - July Anything Goes
      Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

      Wednesday, July 4, 2018

      Red roses

       It's been almost a month since my last post. But after a change of internet solution (which wasn't the smoothest), a holiday and a funeral (my Father in law) everyting is getting back to normal. A part from the weather, 30 degrees celsius isn't exactly normal, but I'm not complaining.
      I treated myself to this stamp set of roses earlier this week and thought they would be suitable for the sketch over at Sunday Stamps.
      I stamped the roses with red and black ink, a grey one for the script background and I also used a new set of dies to make the frame. 

      This card is for: 
      Sunday Stamps - #182 Sketch
      The Library Challenge - The Rose Garden
      Moving along with the Times - #74 June Blooms

      Tuesday, June 5, 2018

      Floral corner stamp

      Tuesday is new release day in the Bugaboo shop and this is one of of the images you will find in the store today.
      I printed it twice and cut out the large pink flower, the red rose and butterfly and mounted them on foam for extra dimension. I also used some of my clear stamps to add some extra print. There's WoS and glitter glue detailing as well as some sequins. 
      I used blue DI to color arond the flowers and grey DI to distress the edges.

      I haven't been able to spend much time in blogland lately due to very poor internet connection. They are changing internet solution in my building and it's apparently taking some time to get it all good and fixed. So several evenings with no internet at all, plugged in or wireless, and some periods where loading of a website takes what feels like forever. Waiting for better days ahead:)

      This card is also for:
      Crafty Calendar - Three of Something (sequins)
      Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes

      Sunday, June 3, 2018

      Sketch with a bee

      There's a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug and this is my inspiration card.

      I used a sweet bee image - you can find it here - and colored it with Promarkers. A strip of leftover DP and a piece of washi tape were added.

      We're having +30 degrees Celsius here in Oslo and the weather has been fantastic for a long time now. But with no air condition I'm looking forward to the coming week with temperatures of 20 something...

      My card is also for:
      Send a Smile for Kids - Anything goes 4 Kids
      Sweet Stampers - #20 Birthday
      Aud Sentiments Challenge - #204 Summer + A Sentiment 

      Saturday, June 2, 2018

      52 Christmas Card Throwdown Guest designer spot

      I was invited to be a guest designer for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and I love making Christmas cards and sketch challenges are my favorites so I was really happy to see this great sketch.

      I chose Tim Holtz' fab car die set as my main feature on this card and I teamed it up with 3 different scraps of DP. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. I sed glitter and frantage for snow and an extra wintery feel.

      This card is also for:
      Craftaholics R Us - #22 Gingham
      A Snowflakes Promise - #51 Anything Goes

      Friday, May 25, 2018

      Balloon and monkey

      This little monkey is the Bugaboo freebie this week.
      I used a simple layout and made a quick card. 
      I cut the image with a wonky stitched die, added a stamped sentiment and layered the panel onto a background of two DPs.
        This card is also for:
        Crafter's Cafe - #196 All Creatures Great and Small
        Send a Smile for Kids - Anything goes 4 Kids
        Crafty Gals Corner - #166 Anything Goes

          Monday, May 21, 2018

          Bride and groom

          I was inspired by the bookcover over at Marina's challenge and made this wedding card.
          Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh. File this under "gorgeous novel." Perfect pick for Downton fans.
          My inspiration was the bride, the car, the colors and my DP had a banner printed on it - quite fitting. I used sand ink and a freebie stamp and held my breath while stamping as it was the last thing I added to my card. The image is from Stamping Bella, colored with Promarkers and lots of WoS on her dress.Several dies used and a paper from Maja.

          This card is for:
          The Library Challenge - Brideshead Revisited
          Crafty Friends Challenge - #84 Letter B is for... (bride) 

          Sunday, May 20, 2018

          Butterflies X 2

          Today I finished two cards for Twofer Card challenge where the theme is butterflies. My butterfly stamp is from Penny Black.

          Card 1 - Roses
          For this card I used a freebie set of Alternew roses. The butterflies are stamped with sand colored ink and I attached a pearl to each butterfly. The label is stamped and I chose an old looking paper.
          This card is also for:
          Allsorts - #468 Happy Birthday
          Fussy and Fancy - #212 FAVORITE FLORALS

          Card 2 - Wildflowers
          Here I was inspired by the colors yellow, blue and green. I used a TH stencil and the sentiment as well as the butterfly are Penny Black stamps. The butterfly is popped on foam and I kept the die cut wildflowers white.

          CAS Colours & Sketches - #272 Color Challenge
          Penny Black and More - Anything goes
          Crafty Calendar - Things with Wings

          Sunday, May 13, 2018

          Sketch With Santa

          There’s a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug and since I feel I’m behind schedule for my Christmas card makes I chose this fun Santa. I cut him into a tag shame, adding ribbon and twine. The DP is Maja design. A stitched Christmas sentiment stamp in Norwegian, and again some sequins. They seem to be on all my cards lately.

          This card is also for:
          A Snowflakes Promise - #51 Anything Goes
          Simply Papercraft - #56 ANYTHING GOES
          Winter Wonderland - Christmas in the snow

          Saturday, May 12, 2018

          Say it with flowers

          I have made this card for this week's challenge over at Catch the Bug where the theme is 'Say it with flowers'.

          I've been digging through my piles of DPs again, where I fond two to combine. The imag has been colored with Promarkers and DIs together with water. The sentiment is made up with two staps fro different sets. I die cut a frame with a MFT die and stapled on some gold squins.

          This card is also for:
          Always Fun Challenges - #56 FOR A FEMALE/MOM
          Artistic Inspirations - #199 ANYTHING GOES
          Cut it Up - #147 FLOWERS

          Thursday, May 10, 2018

          Color and sketch - Tim Holtz Runway image

          May is a month full of bank holidays and days off work. Today I've enjoyed a 2 hour walk in the sunshine, a little time in my craft room to make this card, and tonight I'll be wathing the Eurovision semifinals part 2 on TV.

          For this card I used an image from Tim Holtz, colored with
          Promarkers. The sentiments are made with two stamps, one from Penny Black AVD one from Pavduro. Three yellow enamel dots were added.

          My card is for:
          Color Throwdown - #492
          I love Promarkers - #358 CAS
          CAS Colours & Sketches - #271 Sketch Challenge

          Monday, May 7, 2018

          Card made with a kit from a magazine

          I made this card with a Hunkydory topper and paper from a set called `Love Christmas`, which came free with a magazine a while back, I'm not sure which.
          I cut the paper into sections to mimic the sketch over at 52CCT,  then attached the reindeer topprt onto a die cut star shape made with dies I received from Mervi (thanks!).
          I stitched around the edges and added frantage, a die cut + Dymo sentiment and I stapled on a few sequins.

          This card is for:
          52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Sketch Challenge
          Back To Basics - #2 Use a CD or Kit From Magazine
          Sparkles Forum Christmas - #88 Reindeer

          Saturday, May 5, 2018

          Flowers for mum

          I have made this card for this week's challenge over at Catch the Bug where the theme is 'Anything Goes'.

          I've been using more DPs again lately. I have a huge amount of papers and I love them. Spots have alwas been a favorite of mine and I think the color of the paper matched well with the image colored with Promarkers. I also used a scrap for the panel and the border is made with a die that came free with a magazine.

          This card is also for:
          Addicted to Stamps and More - #290 Photo Inspiration
          Shopping Our Stash - #352 Mother's Day
          Die Cut Divas - Flowers 

          Thursday, May 3, 2018

          Christmas + Play

          This piece of blue green DP has been sitting on my desk for awhile. Finally it was put to use. I cut out the middle section to use both sides of the paper, having musical notes in the centre and snowy edges. I teamed it up with a vintage image of angels playing. 
          I found it to turn out a bit too dark in color, so I went with a white paper and a corner poinsettia die. WoS added to the leaves. 
          Then a die cut merry from Tim Holtz and a stamped and gold embossed Christmas. A few sequins for sparkle.

          This card is for:
          Inkspirational - #159 Word Prompt: Play
          Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Anything Goes
          The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - #28 Anything Christmas goes

          Monday, April 30, 2018

          Christmas roses x 2

          I have two cards to share today. For both cards I used some Christmas roses stamps from Panduro.

          For the first card I was inspired by the sketch over at LIM, keeping it all very simple. The sentiment is a freebie. I used a stitched die to cut the panel, and I also want to give credit to Imke of My Crafty Place for her idea of stapling on the sequins.

          This card is for:
          Less Is More - #370 Sketch
          4 Crafty Chicks - #400 Less Is More
          Rudolph's Day - April

          For the second card I was inspired by the CASE card over at CCC, but I went with a Christmas theme. I used a MB heart die and a background stap from Tim Holtz, heat embossed with white and I applied grey DI.

          This card is for:
          52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Knitting or Sewing
          Crafting By Designs - Christmas
          City Crafter Challenge - #09 CASE the provided card

          Sunday, April 29, 2018

          Here's Jack

          There's a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug and this is my inspiration card. 

          I used one of Jodie's newest images. With 5 nephews I was delighted to see the cute new range of Jack images - this one you can find in the store here.
          Papers are from Maja Design, no embellies, just DPs and a die cut heart with a birthday greeting.

          This card is also for:
          Aud Sentiments Challenge - #202 Masculine + A Sentiment
          Crafty Cardmakers - #210 BIRTHDAYS
          Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

          Saturday, April 28, 2018

          Kidz Ice cream

          I have made this card for this week's photo challenge over at Catch the Bug. I used the image Kidz Ice cream.

          The background DP was my starting point, and the DP and image are matted onto panels. Then I added a scrap, a piece of washi and lace along with some flowers and sentiment.

          This card is also for:
          Back To Basics - #1 Matting and Layering
          Sweet Stampers - #19 Too Cute
          Crafty Gals Corner - #164 Anything Goes

          Saturday, April 21, 2018

          Bingo with puppies and balloons

          I have made this card for this week's Bingo challenge over at Catch the Bug. I used the row of die/punch + sentiment + texture.

          I used two images - Birthday Puppies and balloons from the Birthday Unicorn set - colored with Promarkers. There's a black die cut circle, a DP I've had for ages, a scrap of cardboard and a sentiment cut from a paper. And I couldn't resist adding the nevenly stitched line.

          This card is also for:
          Addicted to Stamps - Balloons/Bunting/Presents
          Always Happy Birthday - Birthday + option of Balloons
          Seize The Birthday - Birthday + Option Of Vibrant Colours
          Aud Sentiments Challenge - #201 Happy Birthday