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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Let Your Dreams Take Flight!

I made this card with the Inkspirational sketch in mind. I've used blue, grey and silver colors. I used my Darice chevron embossing folder for the background. I cut stars out of silver glitter paper and the rounded tag using Sizzix dies. The sentiment doesn't show so well in this photo, but it says "let your dreams take flight - it's been heat embossed in white. For the sentiment and the hot air balloon I've used stamps from Our Craft Lounge. I've colored the image with ProMarkers. The DP with spots and the card candy came free with a magazine. 

1) Inkspirational - #13 Sketch
2) Creative Card Crew - #33 Masculine
3) Cupcake Craft - Card for a Man using Cool Colors
4) Sparkle N Sprinkle - Glitter
5) A Gem of a Challenge - #72 On the Move
6) Ooh La La Creations - Male-themed
7) Passion For Promarkers Challenge - #191 Bingo - Die cut + Free (Embossing) + Glitter
8) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Sunday, March 24, 2013

CASE Card with Dressmaker

This card is inspired by the CASE card over at Inkspirational. I took inspiration from the dressmaker and the layers of rectangles.
I used a Spellbinders die for the dressmaker. To give it a metal feel I covered it with Platinum colored Ultra thick embossing enamel and heat embossed. Since the ladies on the background DP has dresses with spots I wanted to give my dressmaker a similar look. I also wrapped a bit of tulle around it and added a black bow as a belt. I mounted the dressmaker on foam onto a panel of black and kraft paper to create a layered effect.

I enter this card into these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - #12 CASE
2) Pile It On - Dots
3) 613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
4) Happy Campers - #13 Add Dimension
5) Charisma Cardz - #11 Die Cuts
6) Paper Crafting Journey - Ribbon or Lace
7) Craft Your Passion - Ribbons or Lace
8) My Craft Spot - Embossing or Glossy Accents
9) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Yellow Baby Card

This cute little child's toy is from Meljen's Designs and I thought it would be great for paper piecing. I chose yellow and orange papers (came free with a magazine), in addition to kraft, as I think these colors go well for both baby girls and boys. I used some wood patterned paper for the wheels and added a button too. For the banner I used a KaiserCraft stamp. For the background I used an embossing folder with spots.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Stampin' For The Weekend - Child's Play
2) Polka Doodles - Embossing
3) Desert Island Crafters - 2+6+9 (Yellow+Sentiment on front+Paper piecing)
4) Created With Love Challenges - #33 Button Up
5) Eclectic Ellapu - Pregnancy or Baby card
6) 4 Crafty Chicks - #134 Circles
7) Divas by Design - Babies/toddlers
8) Penny's Paper-Crafty - #119 Gingham/Checks (2nd entry)
9) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easter Card with Rustic Feel

    I haven't planned to make many Easter cards, but one or two would come in handy. There are so many gorgeous cards out there with the sweetest of bunnies and the softest of colors, so I decided to take another direction and go with a rustic look, using red, white and kraft.
    This image lives over at Meljen's Designs. I made a patchwork background using Maja Design papers. I colored the image with Promarkes. All squares have been machine stitched using red thread. The sentiment is heat embossed with white embossing powder - the stamp came free with a magazine. Some straws and a red bow of paper twine make up the embellishments.

    I enter this card into these challenges:
    1) Celebrate the Occasion - #104 Happy Easter
    2) Digital Tuesday - #202 Easter
    3) Shopping Our Stash - #94 Easter Or Spring
    4) Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - #80 Easter
    5) Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Easter
    6) Stamp and Create - Fur or Feathers
    7) Creative Moments - #13 Animals
    8) Penny's Paper-Crafty - #119 Gingham/Checks
    9) Whimsy Inspiration - #57 Stitching
    10) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    Embossed Flower

    I love the combination of kraft with white and neutral colors. So I heat embossed my flower with white embossing powder and used beige/white patterned papers from Maja Design.
    I machine stitched with white glitter thread around both the inner and outer squares - it really adds some nice sparkle to the card, too bad it can be seen in the photo.
    I added some cheese cloth behind the inner square for texture.
    The sentiment is made with letter stickers and means "good luck".
    I didn't want the card to have too much embellishments, keeping the design rather clean, so I punched out 3 butterflies from kraft paper to fill out some of the empty space

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) 'ABC' Challenges - #21 Bring on the Flowers
    2) Crafty Boots - Flowers
    3) Creative Creations Challenge Blog - Things with the letter B (butterflies)
    4) Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet - Favorite color with Kraft
    5) Make My Monday - Monochrome
    6) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

    It's springtime!

    As a child I remember I thought the best thing about spring was that our father took out our bikes again. My mother would make us a bucket full of soapy water and give us a sponge each so that the bikes could get a good wash before use!

    My inspiration for this card are the colors of the Inkspirational photo and the sketch found at Feeling Sketchy.

    For the bike image I used a KaiserCraft stamp. I colored it with Promarkers and started fussy-cutting the image. Regretted my decision half-way - my fingers still feel numb - I  need to remember to put a good pair of scissors on my wish list! I mounted the bike on foam pads. For  the clouds I used a stamp from a set from Our Craft Lounge.

    The green paper with spots is from Graphic45 and the brown with music notes is from Landstoken.
    I machine stitched with brown thread around the edges.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Inkspirational - Photo
    2) Feeling Sketchy - Sketch #50
    3) Pattie's Creations - Green for St. Patrick's
    4) Card Makin' Mamas - Springtime
    5) QKR Stampede – Dreaming of Spring
    6) Eureka Stamps - #30 Spring has sprung
    7) Moving Along With The Times - Spring is in the Air
    8) Allsorts - #198 As Easy as 1 2 3 (1 image+2 DPs+3 clouds for embellishment)
    9) Make it Monday - Anything Goes 

    Friday, March 15, 2013

    Congratulations - It's a Boy

    I was asked by Deepti if I would like to be a Guest Designer for her challenge blog, Catchy Challenges. Of course I said YES! The theme was to make a Congratulations card using the colors of the inspirational picture. I created a baby boy card and kept the design clean.
    I used kraft paper for the card base and DPs from Maja Design. The brown DP has been embossed using a brick wall embossing folder. For the image and sentiment I used a set from KaiserCraft called "Bundle of Joy - New Arrival". The image is colored using Promarkers. I made a window using Sizzix framelits oval tags dies.

    I enter this card into these challenges: 
    1) Crafty Boots - Old (embossing folder), New (stamps), Borrowed OR Blue (paper)
    2) Little Red Wagon - #176 Window
    3) Deep Ocean Challenge - #47 Cute & Cuddly
    4) Cute Card Thursday - #260 Anything Goes
    5) 4 Crafty Chicks - #133 Clean & Simple
    6) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Heat embossed Sea Shells

    I skipped a season and made a jump from winter to summer with this card! I made the different elements for this card over a period of time, without having a specific design in mind.

    I used a cream colored paper for the background and added a blue frame for contrast. I cut out an oval to create a layered effect, using a lattice die cut, with cheese cloth behind it.

    The sea shells I made by inking white paper with "old paper" distress ink, before I heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I fussy cut them all and put them together to make an oval frame. It took quite some time, I must admit!

    The angel image has been paper pieced, and there's a touch of glitter stickles on her wings.
    The banner is stamped on kraft paper, using a KaiserCraft stamp.

    I enter this card into these challenges:
    1) Make My Monday - Heat Embossing
    2) Tuesday Throwdown - #138 Paper Piecing
    3) LEJ Designs - #44 Things With Wings
    4) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    CAS Baby Girl Card

    I hope you all have had a lovely weekend. Here's a little card I made yesterday, inspired by the sketch found at "CAS(E) this Sketch.

    I used two stamps from the  KaiserCraft Bundle of Joy - New Arrival set. The image is colored using ProMarkers, and the sentiment is heat embossed with white embossing powder.

    I made the card A2 size and embossed the base using a Boofle embossing folder.
    I made a border of kraft using a Martha Stewart punch, the edges have  been inked with walnut stain.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) CAS(E) this Sketch! - #18 Sketch
    2) Stampin' Royalty - #166 Clean and Simple
    3) Fab 'n' Funky - #161 Cute and Cuddly

    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    Girly Card with a Spring Feel

    This design is inspired by the sketch over at Sketch Saturday. I had planned to make an Easter themed card with this image, but changes happened during the making process (as is often the case), so it turned out a bit different, but I think it has a spring feel to it, with the blue colors and the barefoot girl.

    I used DPs from Maja Design to make this card, some light blue paper for the scalloped border and clouds, and a piece of kraft to make the frame.
    I used 4 different sets of dies: Memory Box cloud dies and birds dies, a Magnolia die for the scalloped border and Sizzix dies for the rounded tag shapes.
    I machine stitched around the edges of the card base with silver thread and I also added some pearls to the border. I didn't put a sentiment on as I would like the keep my options open.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Sketch Saturday - #249 Sketch
    2) Di's Digis Designs - All about Children
    3) Delicious Doodles - Use Die Cuts
    4) 4 Crafty Chicks - #132 Die for Dies
    5) The Squirrel and The Fox - #39 Autumn or Spring (Spring)
    6) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    Shades of Green

    Oh boy... Green colors... Not my strong side! I don't have much green stash and I don't manage to color with greens, so this was a real challenge for me! I've been playing with this card during most of my spare time since Wednesday! I've colored numerous images that ended up in the trash, so I decided to have a change of plan and go with die cuts instead.

    For the the set of cup and saucer I've used a Marianne Craftables die. The tag is made with a Go Kreate die. The decorative corners are made using a Spellbinders die, and I added a pearl to each die cut. I used a doily as a table cloth to avoid the cup and saucer hanging in midair. I also added a metal spoon, a treat I got myself last weekend! I added a piece of twine to the tag.

    The DPs are from Maja Design. I used a Storyteller stamp with a sentiment written in Norwegian, meaning "May your day be filled with smiles and laughter". I like the sentiment because it can be used for any occasion, like birthdays, or for a "just to say hi" type of card. I used white embossing powder for the sentiment.

    I've got mixed feelings about  this card, but I'm really proud I managed to finish it considering the struggle I had making it. So I'll enter this card into these challenges:
    1) Inkspirational - #10 Shades of Green
    2) Card Makin' Mamas - Green
    3) Creative Corner - Go Green
    4) Simply Create Too - St Patricks day or use mostly green
    5) Clearly Inspired - Die Cuts
    6) Shelly's Images - Roll 'em (6 Embossing+ 2 Twine + 1 Die)
    7) Southern Girls - #64 Tag
    8) Make it Monday - Anything Goes 

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Resting Birds on Tree Branch

    I've a clean card to show you today, with no bling at all, as a contrast to my previously posted card which was filled with pearls!
    I used 3 Memory Box dies for this card: Woodland Branch, Resting Birds and Puffy Clouds.
    I couldn't quite find a paper that I thought would fit for the birds, so I covered them with Platinum Colored Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel from Ranger and heat embossed them.
    For the branch I used a brown DP and the clouds are made with white shimmering paper. I used 2 different DPs for the background - the one with beige and  white squares is from Maja Design and the green patterned one is from My Mind's Eye.
    I machine stitched around the edges of the inner square, and all edges are inked with Walnut Stain ink. I stamped a greeting working both as "happy birthday" and as "congratulations" in Norwegian, so the card can be used for different occasions.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Party Time Tuesdays - #110 Die Cuts
    2) Artistic Inspirations - Things with Wings
    3) Crafting When We Can - Earth, Air, Fare, Water (Air)
    4) Make My Monday - Inspired by Nature
    5) Make it Monday - Anything Goes 

    Sunday, March 3, 2013

    Love Birds and plenty of Pearls

    This is my second card using the Inkspirational sketch.

    I attended a crafting fair yesterday and WOW did I leave with many goodies! For this card I've used one of them - the Marianne Craftables clock die. I cut it out of white paper and attached it to a grey background.

    I embossed a silver colored  paper using my Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder from Craft Concepts.

    For the image I used a rubber stamp from Whimsy Stamps called "Bird Swing" - it's definitely one of my favorites! I colored it with Promarkers using different shades of grey, purple and green, and a touch of orange for their beaks.

    The sentiment ("Congratulations") is heat embossed with purple embossing powder. Lots of pearls for embellishment and stitching around the edges.

    This card is for these challenges:
    1) Inkspirational - #9 Sketch
    2) My Time to Craft - #211 Embossing
    3) Sweet Stampin - Embossing
    4) ABC Challenge - I is for In Love
    5) Happy Campers - #11 Use a favorite Stamp
    6) I love Promarkers - #157 Lace/Pearls
    7) Make it Monday - Anything Goes