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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Book Card for a Confirmation Boy

I've posted many male cards - and confirmation cards - lately, but what can I say - it's the season:) I've used brown and beige colors for this book card. The image, from North Star Stamps, has been stamped directly on a DP from Authentique, and it's been heat embossed with brown embossing powder. The background paper is from Maja Designs. I've used a leftover to make the frame using a die from my new favorite set - the Timeless Rectangles from Spellbinders. I've used brown paper to make the back of the book, I scored some lines to make it look like a good old one, and I used the same paper to decorate the corners on the book cover's front. The butterflies are cut out from a DP from Kort & Godt. To close the book I added brown organza. The inside has been decorated with a DP printed with confirmation sentiments. I used a die cut which was part of a candy I received from Shirley-Anne, and I heat embossed a confirmation greeting on it. All edges have been distressed with walnut Distress Ink.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - #22 Anything Goes
2) Celebrate the Occasion - #114 Fluttering By
3) Creative Craft Challenges - #11 For The Fellas
4) Die Cuttin' Divas - #117 Shape Card
5) The Corrosive Challenges - "I`ve Been Framed"
6) Stampin' For The Weekend - Monochrome
7) Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - #125 Get Into Shape
8) Crafty Catz - A Fancy Fold or Two
9) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Monday, May 27, 2013

Explore your wild side!

This card looks nothing like I had envisioned! In my mind the chevron embossed paper would look elegant cut and panelled onto squares. Instead I think it ended up looking like tire tracks -lol. So I had to improvise - goodbye flowers and butterflies, and hello to another male design.
I  ended up inking up a car stamp from Kort & Godt for the first time.  I chose a sentiment from a set from Whimsy stamps. The stars are from the same WS set and they're there for a reason - to cover up the joints of a paper strip, since I felt the black panel was made to narrow at the top. This card is a great example of how things might not go as planned, mistakes have to be hidden, but these bits of paper still turned into a card - one has to be flexible sometimes:)

This card is for these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - #21 Sketch
2) The Crazy Challenge - Use Sentiments
3) Cupcake Craft - Boys
4) Crazy 4 Challenges - No patterned paper
5) Cards For Men - Dad
6) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Blue Jeans

For this card I was inspired by the Deconstructed Sketch.
I used a chevron embossing folder for my background paper. I used sandpaper to make the pattern more visible and to give it a distressed look, and I inked the edges with Walnut Distress Ink.
The panel with sentiment has a heat embossed sentiment in Norwegian, meaning "Wishing you a day filled with smiles and laughter". I used brown embossing powder, and the bronze colored look of the paper is created with a peach colored mist on kraft.
The jeans pocket I cut out from a DP, as well as the banner with textured pattern. I stamped and heat embossed 2 stars for embellishments.
The small picture shows the inside of the card. A die cut pocket, with golden thread for the stitching and a sentiment. I've used mist also for this paper.
I liked this sketch so much, so I'm working on a female version as well, in between all my confirmation cards for boys.

I'm a bit behind with my commenting, but I will do my best to try and catch up. Between blogger issues, internet issues and all those confirmation cards to make it's been a challenge to keep up with you all:)

This card is for these challenges:
1) Deconstructed Sketch - Sketch #102
2) QKR Stampede - #40 One for the Boys
3) Moving Along With The Times - Embossing
4) My Heart Pieces Digital Stamps Challenge - Be Sentimental
5) Inky Impressions - #109 Distress
6) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


This card came together in about 20 minutes. For me that's a record, because I can spend hours choosing papers and moving little bits and pieces around!
I've used a stamp from Stampendous, I heat embossed it with blue embossing powder and left it uncolored. The papers are from Maja Design. The large sailboat metal charm is from Storyteller, and I used twine and buttons from my stash. I haven't added a sentiment - I'd like to keep my options open for this card.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Crafty Sentiments - Buttons
2) Here Come the Boys - Must have Buttons
3) Tuesday Throwdown - #148 Sail Away (Nautical)
4) Artistic Inspirations - Cards for Men
5) Card Mania - Spots and/or Stripes
6) Incy Wincy Designs - Metal Mania
7) Kaboodle Doodles - Stripes and/or Circles
8) That Craft Place - Makes for Men (2nd entry)
9)  Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Monday, May 20, 2013

Confirmation Card with Birds

I've made another confirmation card - I still have 3 or 4 more to do before next weekend!

I just love my new set of Spellbinders dies, and I used the largest die to make the card base. The second largest is used to make a frame for my scene of die cut birds (Memory Box) and fence (Marianne).
I chose a silver paper for my card base and decided to use blue patterned papers from Authentique for my panels. I've got so much paper in my stash, but visiting a craft shop a few weeks back I just couldn't resist buying two different Authentique paper pads.
The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder on a hand cut banner. No embellishments used!

This card is for these challenges:
1) Allsorts - #207 True Blue
2) Dream Valley Challenges - Animals
3) Crafty Catz - 3+2+1 (3 birds+2 DPs+1 sentiment)
4) Natalie and Amy's Challenge - Things with Wings
5) Charisma Cardz - #19 No Digi's Allowed
6) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Retirement Card

Taking a break from the confirmation cards and made one for retirement. The design is inspired by the CASE over at Inkspirational, but I went for square and circles instead of rectangular with rounded edges. I also used twine instead of ribbon. I've used the white, red and green color scheme, but decided to add black as well, as the image has a black circle frame around the flower. The flower I colored using Promarkers, and I also added Glossy Acent to the rose. The flower is a digi from Bugaboo, the sentiment is from Raindrop Echo Designs.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - #20 CASE
2) Crafty Creations - #222 Keep It Simple
3) Creative Moments -#17 Circles
4) I love Promarkers - #168 Simple
5) Without Words - Floral
6) Crafty Ribbons - #45 No designer paper
7) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Black, White and Kraft and a Silhouette Image

I'm still making my confirmation cards for a boy. I haven't decided yet if this is my card no 4 or if I should use this for another occasion...

I've used a sweet vintage digi from Artfire for this card, cut out with a Spellbinders die. I love silhouette images, and I immediately fell for this one. It looks great both uncolored, like on this card, with paper pieced or colored details - so versatile!

My color choice for this card fell on black, white and kraft. The black background paper is shimmery, and I wanted to keep it plain apart from a machine stitched border with white thread.

For more white I chose to heat emboss my sentiment with white embossing powder - it's from a Dylusions stamp set.
I used a MB die to make the white flowers. I added a white pearl and some glitter in the center of each flower.
The leaves have been made with a Spellbinders die. I drew a black line around the edges and added glitter.

This card is for these challenges:
1) CRAFTS AND ME Challenges - #133 Use a Digi
2) Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - #171 Favourite Embellishment (Kraft and Spellbinders die cut leaves)
3) Crafty Bloggers Network - O's & X's Challenge (Flowers+Stamps+Stitching)
4) Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet - Red, White, or Blue
5) Love to Create - Flowers
6) Paulaholifieldcrafts - Kraft It
7) Songbird Challenges - Flowers
8) Tuesday Throwdown W- #147 Smell the Roses
9) That Craft Place - Makes for Men
10) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I've made a tag!

I haven't made many tags before, but I had so much fun making this one, with inks and mists and embossing powders! And I'm quite proud of having made a tag - at last! It's not my usual style or choice of colors. I started out spraying this the tag with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, color Peach Delight. Then I used a Panduro stamp with script and Old Paper Distress Embossing Powder. I stamped three times using the same swirl stamp and heat embossed with Zing Apricot embossing powder. For the sentiment, made with a Dylusions stamp, I used Zing Purple. I needed to add something white and yellow, so I decided to add the three flowers. To fill out the space I used a metal butterfly and some purple punched ones.

This tag is for these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - #19 Photo
2) Flutterby Wednesdays - #239 Open
3) Crafty Creations - #221 Something old, something new
4) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Black, White and Silver

This is my take on black and white + one, for which I chose silver.

For the image I used a Tim Holtz stamp. I heat embossed it using black embossing powder on white background.

The sentiment is from Dylusions, I heat embossed it with white embossing powder onto black paper.

I also used heat embossing for the die cut key, I added silver embossing powder before I cut it out with a Marianne Design die.

On the top left corner I added a feather and a key silver metal charm and a white ribbon bow. On the bottom I added a white feather and some gems.

I' used a, to me, brand new set of Spellbinders dies for the card base and the frame for the image on the front and for the sentiment on the inside. I added another die cut key on the inside, using white paper. The birthday sentiment is heat embossed in black.

I enter this card in the following challenges:
1) Frosted Designs - Black, White + One
2) Charisma Cardz - #18 Black and White Plus one color
3) The Corrosive Challenge Blog - #174 My sentiments exactly
4) A Gem of a Challenge - #79 Things With Wings
5) Just Us Girls - #188 Use White
6) My Time to Craft - #221 Show Us the Inside
7) Creative Corner - #18 Things with Wings
8) Crafty Sentiments - Use a Sentiment
9) Deep Ocean Challenge - #51 Let's Sparkle
10) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Vintage Sailor Boy - Confirmation Card No 3

It's the season for confirmations, so this is the third confirmation card I've made for a boy.
For this one I chose to use a  vintage image of a sailor boy. I went with blue, white and sand colored papers and embellishments for a nautical feel.
The DPs I've used are from Maja Desgin. To add some feel of texture I embossed a square of paper, I machine stitched around the edges using silver thread, I put cheesecloth behind the image and a bit of jute to make the frame.
The anchor is die cut using a Die-namics die, and I embossed the paper with platinum ultra thick embossing enamel to give it a metallic look.
The embossed square opens up, and on the inside I've made a pocket for a gift card or money and space to write. I added to die cut rounded tags to make the flaps for the square and decorated them with candy. The sentiment I chose to put between the flaps, it's a confirmation greeting and it's been heat embossed with blue embossing powder.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Digi Sketch Challenge - For the Boys
2) Ooh La La Creations - Vintage/Nostalgic
3) Penny's Paper-Crafty - #126 Diecuts/punches
4) Everybody-Art-Challenge - #235 Fabric
5) Stamping Sensations - Embossing and Texture
6) Delicious Doodles - Something for the Boys
7) Fairy Tale - #66 - A Very Special Occasion
8) Paper Creator's Crafts - For the Boys
9) 2 Sisters - #141 Bingo (Embossing+Patterned Paper+Die Cuts/Punches)
10) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Feminine Birthday Card

Color challenges - I both love and hate them! Love them because they make me try out new color schemes, hate them since I often find myself struggling to find what I need for my card. If you're a pink girl you'll have lots of pink stash, If you love blue - like I do - you'll have loads of blue papers and embellishments.

Purple - no problem - I had some purple card stock and used an embossing folder with spots. I also heat embossed my image using purple embossing powder.
Green - don't have loads of green stuff, but found some pearls decorate my image with, as well as green card stock to make the panel for my patterned paper.
But peach? I found loads of papers that were either too yellow, too orange or too pink. I still don't think I've got the color quite right, but I hope the Inkspirational girls will forgive me - it was the closest I could get. I will certainly get some peach papers in the future - it's quite a pleasant color!

I finished off my card by stamping a birthday sentiment with black ink.

This card is for these challenges:
1) Inkspirational - #18 Colors (Grape+Peach+Olive)
2) Seize The Birthday - #16 Sketch
3) The Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Mother's or for a female
4) Inky Impressions #107 Spots and/or Stripes
5) The Perfect Sentiment - #77 Feminine
6) Everybody-Art-Challenge - #234 Pearls
7) Paper Playtime - Emboss
8) Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Joy Fold Card - Confirmation Card No 2

I'm having a bit of a struggle making my confirmation cards for boys, but when I discovered the Joy Fold card tutorial over at Come and Get It Challenges, I though it would be a great idea to make one having a gift money pocket on the inside.
This card is HEAVY! I've put plenty of layers on this card, mixing blue and white printed papers from Maja Design together with blue, white and kraft card stock.
I chose to add a blue ribbon to better be able to close the card. I've machine stitched with blue and white thread, I've heat embossed the sentiments using white embossing powder and I've decorated the card with cut out butterflies, a die cut clock (Marianne die) and some leaves (Spellbinders die).
The paper is dark blue, it comes out lighter in the picture than in real life.
This card is for these challenges:
1) Come and Get It Challenges - Joy Fold Card
2) ALBC - Kraft It
3) Our Creative Corner - Anything Goes
4) Crafty Sentiments - The Letter B (Lots of blue and butterflies)
5) Love to Create - Punches and/or Dies
6) LEJ Designs - #51 Anything Goes
7) Artistic Inspirations - Lots of Layers
8) Make it Monday - Anything Goes