Thursday, July 19, 2018

Coffee and flowers

I'm back with a flowery DT card for the new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz. This time the theme is food and drinks and although we might not want to drink that flower soaked coffee, it's still there.

I have to say that I really like the bright colors and summery feel of this card. I really look forward to giving this to someone who loves her coffee.

I started stamping the flowers from the Avery Elle "Spring bouquet" stamp set and the the coffee cup from Simply Cards and Papercraft. I colored them both using my copic markers. I cut a slit in the middle of the coffee and planted the flowers right in the middle of the coffee. 

I made a background panel using papers from the june Lollipop box club kit. I really, really love that kit club. They have such amazing things. I used som rectangle stitch dies to frame the papers a bit. I popped the coffee and flowers up using foam tape and placed it on the background panel to create some dimension and also to separate it from the busy background.

The sentiment is a stamp from the Newton's Nook stamp set "Newton loves coffee". I fishtaled the sentiment strip and glued on top of the coffee cup.

As a finishing touch I used some glittery Nuvo drops to accent the pollen bearers on the flowers and the coffee beans on the cup.

I hope you will join us on our food and drinks challenge. I urge you to take a look at what the other design team members have made.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

You gotta know when to hold 'em...

Howdy! It's time for a new and very fun challenge at The Male Room. This time you are supposed to include an unexpected item. 
When I was crafting the other day my son came into the room asking me to play cards with him and placed a stack of playing cards in front of me. "Ok", I thought, "Bye, bye playing cards" and then I snagged the aces away. (Luckily we have several stacks of cards so I could play cards with my son later that day.)

Another unexpected thing about this card is that I used that folded and stitched news paper border that I have been hoarding for maybe 10 years. It's so old that I have lost the packaging and have no idea who made it. Could it be K & Company or maybe Making memories?

Anyway; I distressed the edges of the playing cards and the newspaper border using distress inks and placed them on a background panel.

The background panel is made using a equally old woodgrain stamp wich I distressed using several brown distress inks on.

To finish the card I attatched a Tim Holtz metal embellishment using some twine in a messy bow and a couple of metal plates with stars cut in them. I also scattered some gold sequins on top. No poker table without gold.  

I hope you are playing along with us. Dig in your stash to find things that wouldn't normally go or go on a scavenge hunt in your house; a spoon, a coin, a couple of nails... Glue them all down.

Shake it

I was so lucky to be chosen as Featured Stamper at Color Throwdown last week and got tyo join the faboulous DT this week using the beautiful colors below. So much fun!

This card was made using the "Wingman" stamp set from Heffy Doodle. I have been loving this set since I first saw it and I finally got to play with it now. I also used left over flowers from a card I made earlier. They matched the design so much so I threw them on. The flowers are stamps from Altenew's stamp set "Dearest friend".

All the stamped images are colored using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and highlighted using a white gel pen. I also used my Wink of stella glimmer brush pen to glam the images up.

The background panel is made using the background stamp "Just for you" from La La Land Crafts. I matted the stamped panel using black cardstock. I hung the bird sitting stick (is that what it's called in english? My family and I have now spent several minutes discussing this matter. ;-) ) using some embroidery thread over the panel.

I then white embossed the sentiment on black cardstock and popped the sentiment strip up on foam tape across the panel.

I glued the panel onto a white cardbase and spread the flowers across the panel and card base. and that finished this fun card. I really love that sentiment!

I hope you will join the challenge with me this time. I loved working with these colors.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dearest friend

Some days ago I saw this gorgeous inspiration picture and sketch over at Fusion Card Challenges and I just had to make a card using the inspiration. I am also enjoying my new stamp from Altenew and with the Allsorts Challenge blog's current flowery challenge this just had to become a very flowery card. Yesterday evening I got to work and the result was this card.

I started stamping the large flower cluster stamp from Altenew's stamp set "Dearest friend" and colored it using my Zig clean color real brush markers. I made some highlights and details using my white gel to make the flowers more interesting to look at.

Imade a white background panel that I attatched a strip of loight blue patterned paper to. I had the intention to follow the sketch as well at this point and then I glued the fussy cut stamped image to the panel.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set as the image. I stamped it onto a fish taled white strip of cardstock wich I matted onto black cardstock. To follow the sketch I should have turned the image around and glued the sentiment the other way, but doing that I would have covered to much of the image so in the end I just followed the sketch to a certain point.

To finish the card I dotted a few drops of white Nuvo drops on the background and image and also glued on some beautiful sequins that unfortunately isn't photographing right. They actually shift in color between green and blue and gold.

Finally I matted my panel on a black card base.

I am entering the following sketches:
* Fusion Card Challenges - Cactus Door
* Allsorts Challenge Blog - Flowers all over 

Friday, July 13, 2018

You're amazing

Don't you love summer? And freebies? And summer freebies?

Today I am sharing some summer deliciousness from and for Skull and Cross Buns. This card is made using the very cute freebie stencil that I got from Skull and Cross Buns. Emily designs a new little stencil every month to give you when you order from the website. The freebie changes every month and this was the June one. Be sure to join the Skull and Cross Buns Rubber stamps Scrumtious group to see what this months freebie is.

I love strawberries and nothing shouts summer for me like a bowl of fresh, sweet strawberries with sugar and cream. Yum! And all the better if I can eat the strawberries on the beach.

For this card I drew the outline for the strawberries using the stencil and fussycut them out. I colored the inside of the berries using my copic markers.

I then stamped a sentiment from the "quirky sentiments" stamp set all over the background. I used black ink except one that I stamped using red ink.

I matted the background using black cardstock and popped it up on the card base using foam tape. 

To finish the card I popped the strawberries up on foam squares and attatched the around the red sentiment and finally covered the with glossy accent to make them shine and look yummy.

I hope you are all having a beautiful summer day.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp monday challenge - Summer fun

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Play in the puddles

Yesterday I shared a sweet kittycat card that I made for my daughter. I should have known that I couldn't just give her a card and not have a card for my son as well... He found the whole thing SO unfair and really wanted a card for his own. 

So today he helped me pick out the images he wanted me to use and then I just had to create a "just because I love you-card" for him too.

I started the card stamping the images. The elephant, puddle and umbrella is from the stamp set "puddle play" from Hello Blue Bird Stamps. The flowers are cut out from floral clusters from the "Dearest Friend" stamp set from Altenew.

I colored all the images using my Zig Clean color real brush markers and drew some highlights on the images using a white gel pen.

I then made the background using grey ink on my MFT cloud stencil. I also masked of the bottom part of the background and sponged on vintage photo distress ink to make a dirt ground.

I mounted the images on the background panel, most of them on foam dots. To finish the card of I mounted the panel om a black card base and gave the middle of the flowers and the umbrella a coat of wink of stella glimmer pen.

I love the result. The flowery rain reminds me of the warm summer rain and taking long walks in the rain without getting cold.

I am entering the card in the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp monday challenge - Summer fun (Playing in the warm summer rain)
* Altenew - July 2018 inspiration challenge (Color inspiration)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Little boxes

I just love Newton's nook stamps. The images are really too cute and I have recently bought my first two sets. As a (almost) crazy cat lady I love the kitty images and my daughter who loves cats just as much as me had to get the first card made with the "Newton loves boxes" set.

I made this card for the Inky Paws color challenge where I hade to use black, white, red and green.

I started stamping the image. I wanted a tower of boxes so I created masks to build the tower higher using several images from the set. I then colored the box tower and the cats using my copic markers.  For some highlights on the boxes and fur I used a white gel pen.

I stamped a heart on one of the boxes using a stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I also stamped the sentiment and more hearts on my background panel. I then colored the hearts red using copic markers.

I cut a frame from black and white checkered patterned paper and used that to ground my stamped image.

As finishing touches a tied a green bow around the frame and applied some glossy accents on my red hearts and the orange kitty's nose.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
* Inky Paws challenge - #76 Color challenge
* Show us your pussycats challenges - #32 Furrything goes 
* Tuesday morning sketches - #461

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dolphin birthday

We have started our family summer vacation weeks and have started our annual visiting tour in the north of Norway where both me and my husband come from. That means that I have some extra time to craft in the evenings.

We have plenty of ocean here on the coast of Norway, but not dolphins, but as long as I can play with paper dolphins I am happy.

I used this beautiful sketch at CAS(E) this sketch and got totally inspired by the Color Throwdown and the result is this card.

I started making the background using the layered ocean stamps and inks from Hero arts June My monthly hero kit. I masked of the ocean and mixed several distress inks and some white Hero Arts ink to create a pretty blush color for the sky. I also used some of the same marine colored ink I used for the ocean to make the border that sealed of the ocean and sky.

Then for the images. The dolphins are from the Hero Arts "You and me by the sea" stamp set and the sea shells are from the Hero Arts "Seas the day seagulls" set also from Hero Arts. I colored all the images using my Copic markers and glued them on the finished background panel.

Finally I covered the sea shells and some of thewaves with Wink of stella glimmer pen and gold embossed the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn "critter concert" stamp set.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* CAS(E) this sketch - #279
* Color Throwdown - #500
* The paper players - PP400 - Celebration
* A blog named Hero - Summertime fun

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Greetings from my happy place

Hello. Today I am sharing a card I made using elements from Hero arts - June My monthly hero kit and one of the add on stamp sets.

I am from the coast of Norway and I love the sound of the ocean against rocks and shore and the sound of seagulls shouting so this card really shows my happy place.

I made the background using the layered sea stamps and inks from the main June My monthly hero kit. I turned it upside down to create waves in the sea. The sky was made using distress ink in the "salty ocean" color. I also made some clouds using the layered cloud stamps using grey and white inks.

For the images I turned to the "Seas the day seagulls" stamp set and stamped some seagulls, a couple of logs to sit on and the light house. I also printed the pier from Pixelpaperprints and colored all the images with my copic markers.

Finally I stamped the sentiment from the main kit and highlighted stripes in the sea and the windows in the light house using Wink of stella shimmer pen. 
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
* A blog named Hero - Summertime fun
* Double D Challenges - Nautical Challenge
* Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Red, white and blue

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Here's a dino hug

Is it possible to make a baby card using a huge bone embellishment? Of course, it is.

Today I have a sweet little baby card using goodies from Skull and Cross Buns.

I adore the "Dinosaur gang" stamp set. There are so many cute dinosaurs in this stamp set and all kinds of cute extra images to spice up your dino project. But for this card I just wanted this long necked, and calmly smiling dino to play the main role.

I colored the dino with my copic markers and placed it on the jumbo bone embellishment. I tied a little yellow bow around the bone and glued the whole thing on a stitched frame.

I created a panel using my stitched dies and rubbed some yellow ink from hero arts to separate the frame from the panel.

I stamped the sentiment from the "Quirky Sentiments" stamp set using grey Hero Arts ink and drew a dark grey shadow on them and added the handwritten "dino" part of the sentiment

The finishing touches is the small Nuvo drop dots. 

 I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
* AAA Cards - CAS Game #118 - Use a frame (Frame behind the dino)
* Addicted to CAS Challenge - #140 - Baby (Baby card)
* Daring cardmakers - July's elemental inspiration (Yellow, grey, white lumps, window frame)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Girls and galz

Good morning!

Yes, it really is a good morning because I have another sweet news to share. I have been selected to be a part of the Cardz 4 Galz design team and will provide you with all kinds of girly challenges. I am so happy to join the team.

My first assignment was making something for a little girl. So I made this cutsie cute pink kittycat shaker card. I know at least one little girl who would have loved this card to bits.

The glittery pom pom frame is from Pink fresh and I filled it with seed beads and some sequins. I mounted the shaker on the pink patterned paper from Lollipop box club.

I then colored the stamped images using my copic markers. The cat is from the stamp set "Newton loves coffee" from Newton's Nook. Behind the fish there is a coffee pot, but it didn't suit the theme so I glued a sweet little fish from Pixel paper prints in the little cats paw instead. Looks like he is giving a little gift. The little mouse is from Gerda Steiner designs' stamp set "On the bookshelf". The sentiment is also from this stamp set.

I finished the card with a cute bow and some Wink of stella glitter pen.

That brings me to the challenge; Find your girliest embellishments and join us the nest two weeks. I can't wait to see what you create.

I'm joining the following challenges for this card:
* Inky Paws Challenge - Cute animals
* TGIF Challenges - All that glitters

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wonderful news

I'm so happy to tell you that I have been chosen to be a part of The Male Room design team. I'm really looking forward to create for this blog as they have so many fun challenges. I love a challenge and The Male Room has lots of them.

My very first task was to make something fishy and this is what I ended up making. The blue background is made using distress inks in many shades of blue to make some movement in the "water". I also spritzed it with water to make it look like air bubbles. The top panel is cut out using a stitched rectangle die.

The silver layer is made using Lindy's stamp gang starburst spray over a piece of cardstock.

The fishing net is a piece of cheese cloth that I colored using the same spray as the silver paper layer. It made the net really shimmery and beautiful.

And then came the fish. The fish are all digital stamps from Pixel paper prints on Etsy. I colored them all using my Copic markers and highlighted and added some extra details on them using a white gel pen. I also covered their bodies with Wink of stella glitter brush to give them a little shine.

I finished the card gluing on tiny sequins to mimic air bubbles in the water.

I really hope you will join us in making all kinds of fishy creations the next two weeks.

I'm entering the following challenges with this card:
* Simon says stamp - Monday Challenge - red, white and blue
* Simon says stamp - Wednesday challenge - Red, white and blue
* Tuesday throwdown - The great outdoors 
* The Paper Players - Celebration