Friday, November 9, 2018

A tree made of trees

I'm back today with this card made for Skull and Cross Buns. I just can't get enough of the new christmas goodies this year.

For this card I made a christmas tree out of christmas trees using the Christmas geometric tree stencil. I masked it of to just reveal a large tree shaped triangle and dabbed green distress oxcide ink through the stencil. After removing the stencil I masked off the triangle shape and ink brushed a light layer of green on the vrest of the triangle as well. I used the Stars and sparkles stencil to create the star on the top of the tree and created a thick layer of gold stickles glitter glue through the stencil.

After the star and tree had dried I masked the edges of the tree and ink brushed a light blue on the top part of the card panel leaving a white area around the star to make it appear to glow. I also ink brushed a couple of brown colors on the bottom part of the panel to suggest the ground or maybe a wooden floor.

I then drew on a tree trunk using my copic markers and stamped and colored a few christmas presents using the stamps from the "Santa's workshop" stamp set to lay around the tree. I also glued on a few wooden stars and decorated the tree using gold stickles glitter glue.

To finish the card I stamped the sentiment from the "Quirky sentiments" stamp set in dark brown and mounted the whole panel on a craft card base.


I am submitting this card to the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp monday challenge - Make your own background
* Time out challenges - #122
* Creative craft cottage - Christmas is coming
Daisy chain challenges - Christmas/Winter

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Happy fall y'all

It's a new day and a new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz. This time we are playing with pumpkins and we would love to see your pumpkin cards as well.

For this card I colored this lovely pumpkin image that I have used for an earlier card as well. I love how the same image can look so different by using other colors. The image is stamped using a stamp by Scrapping for less.

I used my copic markers to color it. I also covered the pink parts of the image with iridecent glitter ink from Hero Arts. Love the effect. If you look closely on the detail image further down you can see the glitter.

I decided to use two yellow colors of oxcide inks to create a diagonal messy background to ground the image on and I also cut the background panel using a stitched rectangle die.


Amongst my stash I found the three purply pink hearts that went perfectly with the colored image so they naturally got a space on the card. I have no idea where the hearts came from though. They are ancient.

Finally I glued on the image, stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set as the image and glued the whole panel on a pink card base.

I really love this card and the fun colors on it! 


I hope you will join us in the pumpkin feast at Cardz 4 Galz the next couple of weeks.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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In my imaginary neighbourhood

I'm going all primary colors on you today for our new challenge at The Male Room. This time we are inspired by famous artists.

I have such a fascination for Piet Mondrian and his works so I just had to choose him for my card. I have chosen his caracteristic geometric patterns in his colors and since his style often is associated with architecture I used some houses as well.


Well. I started coloring the stamped image from Concord & 9th's City Stacks stamp set. I used copic markers in all soft browns, warm greys and brownish reds, but used primary colors for the doors in the three little houses.

I then started measuring and designing my Mondrian style pattern and colored it also using my copics blending the colors from dark to light to make some depth in the pattern.

I die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die and cut it in half. I popped it up on foam tape and glued the panels on the top and bottom of a white piece of cardstock. I also popped the houses up on foam and tucked it behind the bottom Mondrian panel.


To finish the card I stamped one of the sentiments from the same stamp set as the houses and glued on 5 wooden stars on the "sky".

You can see where my insiration comes from on the Mondrian work below.


I hope you will dig out your inner famous artist and play with us the next couple of weeks.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp monday challenge - Make your own background
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Anything goes
* Colour crazy challenge - Anything goes 

Monday, November 5, 2018

You rock

For the card today I used a kit from Scrapping for less. I love old radios so this beautiful stamp from Create a smile stamps spoke to the instant I saw it.

The stamp made me think of the 50s and 60s and the cool interior style they had in those days with all the rounded edges and cool patterns. To create the right vibe I used a very fun die from Gummiapan to create those rounded connected frames. I then glued the blue arrow patterned paper behind it. I glued the rectangles on a piece of the greyish brown patterned paper and cut a rectangle using a stitched rectangle die.


To color my stamp I used copic markers in browns and warm grays and glued a couple of brown sequins to bling up the knobs on the radio. I then popped up the image on foam dots and placed it on my panel.

To finish my card I glued a couple of glass drops on the card and glued the whole thing on a white card base.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Just us girls - #465 Music
* Allsorts challenge blog - #492 Pretty paper
* The library challenge - The lion, the witch and the wardrobe (inspired by the blue, white and browns in the picture and also the rounded shape of the wardrobe)
* Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned paper challenge - November challenge

Card Chain Challenge october reveal

The days have gone by and I have totally forgotten about sharing my october card in the Card Chain Challenge. This is such a wonderful challenge blog and I love the idea that you are making a card for a fellow crafter somewhere in the world and receiving one as well. What a lovely gift to give and be given.

I made this card and sent it all the way to New Zealand where Karren lives. I used a kit from Scrapping for less and colored the very cute image using my Copic Markers. I mounted the image on a strip of vellum and glued them both on a piece of patterned paper from BoBunny. I then used a stitched rectangle die to cut the whole panel down to the right size and matted this using a dark green piece of cardstock.

I scattered some sequins around the image for interest and stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set as the image and white embossed it. To finish the card I mounted the whole thing on a white card base.


And of course I have to show you the beauty I got in my mail box from Hilary in Great Britain. I have borrowed her picture of the card to show you below. I love the colors and the shine in the leafs. Thank you so much, Hilary.


I really hope you will also sign up for the next challenge. It is so much fun.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Cozy, sweet hugs

A new challenge is up at the Cardz 4 Galz challenge blog today and this time we are playing with digital elements in our cards.

For this card I have used some of the downloadable elements from the Lollipop box club september kit and also stickers and die cuts from the same kit.

I arranged all of my embellishments on two strips of leafy paper elements. I popped the "sweet hugs" element up on foam tape to make it pop even more. I also tied a piece of string, also from the kit, around the card panel.

For finishing touches I glued some golden yellow sequins around the embellishment cluster and then I glued the whole panel on a craft card base.


I hope you will join us the next two weeks in this fun challenge.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

You got a grip on my heart

We are using tools in the new challenge at The Male Room today. Unfortunately I couldn't find one single tool amongst my stamps, patterned papers or embellishments to make my DT project, so I had to draw one. I found this wrench in our tool cabinet and tried to draw it as best as I could.


I colored it using my Zigs, or really just one Zig marker, and used a water brush to create the shading. I love how much you can do with only a few of these markers. I also made some small spatters using grey and black watercolors.

I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle die and glued it on a black card base. I also made a black banner on wich I created a punny sentiment. The "GRIP" is created by silver embossing lovely alphabet stamps from Citrus Twist and coloring the insides of these with color pecils in greys and white.

I wrote the rest of the sentiment using my white gel pen. To finish the card I used black and silver Nuvo drops around the wrench.


I really hope you will join us in our tool challenge. I look forward to visiting your blog/instagram.


I am joining the following challenges with this card:
* TGIF Challenges: TGIFC182 (Inspired by the colors)
* Always fun Challenges: #81

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Oh christmas tree!

It's so difficult to get deasent pictures of my makes these days. The weather is dark and rainsy and the darkest time of the year is here. It has been raining for so many days now that I fear we will drown. Not easy to find the christmas spirit one need to make christmas cards in this weather.

BUT when I get to play with the cute new christmas stamp set from Skull and Cross Buns I manage to find the christmas spirit anyway. I love how versatile this stamp set is and how many very different projects you can make using the one stamp set.


The background is a blue shiny cardstock from Bazzill. I used stickles glitter glue through the pretty star stencil and cut a snowy hill from a piece of white cardstock. The starry sky shows a lot better on the picture below than the picture above. I cut a big christmas tree freehand from a left over patterned paper and plased it on the background.

I stamped the candies and gingerbread men and colored them using copic markers and then fussy cut them all and placed them on my tree. I also cut some baubles from silver glitter cardstock. I used the same stencil as on the background to create the silver star on the top of the tree.

To finish the card I stamped the sentiment (wich means "Merry Christmas" in Norwegian) on a piece of white paper and colored the sentiment using my copics. I glued my whole panel on a white card base.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September Card Chain Challenge reveal

I tried something new this September; The Card Chain Challenge. The idea is that you sign up on the challenge, you get a challenge and then you send your finished card to a person you get assigned and then you get a card from another person.

My card was sent to Laura and looked like this. I used the august my monthly hero kit to create the card. I stamped the images and colored them using copic markers. I then used some of the puffy embossing powder on the cream to make it look creamy and yummy. I also cut some steam using dies from the kit.


I stamped the swirly background using an add on background stamp and cut this to a rounded rectanglish shape using a combination of a stitched rectangle die and a stitched circle die. I glued this panel on a orange panel that I matted using gold cardstock.

I glued my images on the heap of layers and stamped and white embossed the sentiment on a piece of brown cardstock wich I also matted with gold cardstock.

To finish the card I glued the whole thing on a brown card base.


And look what I received in my mail box yesterday; A lovely cat card from Gail (image borrowed from the Card chain challenge website). I am definently the right person for this card as I love cats and everything they are. Thank you so much, Gail.


I am entering my coffee card in the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Anything goes (03.10)
* My time to craft challenge blog - Food & drink (04.10)

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Exciting day

It's a big day at in the Skull and Cross Buns family today as today is the premiere at the UK show Create and Craft TV. Both we at the design team and Emily, the owner of Skull and Cross Buns can't wait to show you all the great bundles of creative goodness that Emily have in store for you.

I hope you will all tune in and watch her show in about half an hour (At 10 AM UK time) on this link.

I am sharing a card made with the brick pattern stencil and the "tropical party" stamp set and the "Quirky sentiments" stamp set. I colored the stamped images using Zig clean color real brush markers and used my distress oxcide inks through the stencil.


I also used stitched hillside border dies and stitched rectangle dies from Lawn fawn to create the waved panels that I raised from the brick panel. I also used a sentiment from the Quirky sentiments stamp set on one of the wavy panels.


I glued the whole thing on a white cardbase and finished the card by making a few dew drops on the flowers and wall using Nuvo drops.

I wish Emily all the best of luck in the show. I can't wait to see it and as I said before; I hope you all will tune in too. These products are really so much fun to play with and I am not only saying that because I am on the design team.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

You make life fun

A new challenge is up at the Cardz 4 Galz challenge blog today and this time we are trying new things. New stamps or dies or paints or techniques or theme. You choose your new thing.

I have chosen to try my new die set "Reveal wheel" from Lawn Fawn. And since I already had this great stamp set with the tree in front of me ("Let's play" by lawn Fawn), because of my previous make, I figured that I could make use of the tree once again.

I started with the making of the reveal wheel mechanism and once I had that in place I started making the scene. The frass and the sky and the inside of the tree is all colored using distress oxcide inks. I also embossed a tiny branch with leafs many times on the wheel using clear embossing powder.


I colored and fussy cut more elements from the same stamp set as the tree and used the girl from the new "Screen time" stamp set also from lawn Fawn. The images are all colored using Copic markers and highlighted with a white gel pen.

To make the flowers on the grass pop a little I colored them using yellow and white Nuvo drops.


To finish the card I stamped a couple of birds from the Lawn Fawn "Happy village" stamp set and stamped the sentiment from the "Let's play" stamp set.

I then mounted the whole scene on a white card base and revealed summer turning to fall.


I hope you will try something new over the next couple of weeks. We look forward to seeing you at Cardz 4 Galz.



I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Lawn Fawnatics - Something old, something new (30.09)
* Crafters cafe - Autumn and/or spring (30.09)
* Stinkin Inkers challenge blog - Leaves are falling (29.09)