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)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

You are vibrant

Good morning! It's yet again time for a new challenge at The Male Room challenge blog and this time our theme is the great outdoors.

I have to admit that I am kind of obsessed with my own card this time! You know that feeling when you are so happy with your own work that you feel the urge to screem. I have been screeming for two days about this card! lol

Well...this is masking bonanza and aaaalmost a one layer card. The fishing boy, the cat, the boat, the straws and the ducks are from the "Fishin hole" stamp set by hello Bluebird. The trees are from the "Let's play" stamp set and the moose is from "Critters in the arctic" stamp set. Both of these stamp sets are by Lawn Fawn.

I colored the whole image using my Copic markers and highlighted some of the elements using a white gel pen. I love how vibrant the image turned out and how well the images from Hello Bluebird and lawn Fawn works together.

I heat embossed the white sentiment on a piece of brown cardstock. The sentiment is from the september My monthly hero kit.

I cut the image to size using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die and stretched it by letting the die hang outside my cutting area on my diecutting machine and lining the paper up on the die again from the other side.

Lastly I mounted the colored card panel on a white pocket that I folded and created a pull notch and tab by using dies from the new "Double slider surprise" die set from Lawn Fawn. I glued the tab onto a white tag that fits inside the pocket.

I hope you will join us in out great outdoorsy weeks on The Male Room.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Lawn Fawnatics - Something old, something new (30.09)
* Cards in envy - Feels like fall (30.09)
* Make my monday - Autumn/Fall colors (30.09)
* Stamping sensations - Something starting with B (03.10) - Boat, Birds, Blue, Birch trees
* Classic design team challenge - September (27.09)
* Scrap from your heart - Høstfarger (28.09)

Happy bee-day

I am so honored to be asked to be a guestdesigner for Copic Norge (Copic Norway) and they (and I) are sharing my bee-day card in their birthday month.

To create this card I used the absolutely lovely stamp set "Bee happy" by Hello Bluebird. It's so very cute I can't handle it. I chose some images from the set and colored them using my Copic markers and used a white gel pen for highlights.

I also highlighted the honey in the glass bucket and the wings using a Wink of stella glitter brush pen.

I made cut three circles using Lawn Fawn outside in stitched circle dies and colored these using distress oxcide inks. I then popped the circles up on a white card panel cut using a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn and glued my bees and strawberry plant on top of the circles and beside them.

I heat embossed a white sentiment from the same stamp set on a piece of black cardstock and let one of the bees hold the sentiment.

I mounted the white card panel on a gold glitter mat and then I glued the whole thing om a white card base.

To finish the card I made some dots using black Nuvo drops.

Thank you so much, Copic Norge for letting me play with you this month.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* CAS Colors and sketches - #291 Sketch (01.10)
* Stamping sensation - Something starting with B - Bees (30.09)
* Always happy birthday - September challenge (29.09) 
* Creatalicious challenges - Anything goes with optional circles (30.09)

Monday, September 24, 2018

A fairy congratulation

Lawnfawnatics have a really fun challenge going so I have been playing all yesterday to make this card and I had so much fun.

It's kind of hard deciding what is old releases and new releases, but I decided that the "Fairy friends" stamp set is an old one. I also used the "Toadally awesome" set wich I don't know if I am going to call old or not. But I guess the "Screen time" set is new.

I started stamping a whole bunch of images while trying to picture me scene. I already knew I wanted to use my new "Double slider surprise" die set, but in a different way since my thin tape is all gone, so I had two scenes to build.

I used my copic markers to color my images and highlighted them using a white gel pen. I also covered parts of the images with my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen (fairy wings, butterflies and wands). I love the sight of lots of colored and fussy cut images that I can play with and this time I totally fell in love with the fairy house that I colored to resemble a strawberry. It's so cute!

I made the sky, grass and water by blending oxcide inks on pieces of cardstock and activate them by drizzling some water drops on the pieces. I then cut the water into shape and cut the grass using a lawn fawn grass border die.

I glued on all my images, drew on some flying trails for the butterflies and the sentiments from the "Screen time" stamp set. I glued on some tiny "diamonds" for some extra sparkle and framed the panel using a Lawn fawn stitched rectangle frame die.

I created a little pocket behind the framed main panel to put my tab panel in and glued on a tab wich reads "pull" in norwegian. I popped the whole thing up on a white and then a yellow mat. I completed the card by glueing everything on a white card base.

A time consuming, but very fun card to make. I loved every second of it...even the fussy cutting part of it.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Lawn Fawnatics - Something old, something new (30.09)
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Bling it on (26.09)
* Pattie's creations design challenge - Fairytale/fantasy (04.10)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Strut your flamingo stuff

I LOVE the "Tropical party" stamp set from Skull and Croos Buns. It is so  fun and I feel like I can use the stamp set for almost every occasion and for both feminine and male cards and for everything in between.

For this DT-card I chose the girliest of the girly approach and created a flock of flamingoes strutting their flamingo stuff on their way to a party. Btw. have you seen this movie clip of the dancing flamingoes! That's strutting for you!

Ahem...back to the card. I stamped the flamingoes using masks on a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock and rubbed a little bit of blue distress ink by their feet to imply water. I then colored the flamingoes using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers (Who is responsible for this extremely long name on the markers?) I blended several of the colors to create shades of pink and purples. I then coated them with a layer of Wink of stella glitter pen. to make them even more ready to party.

I then diecut the flamingoes to a circle using a stitched circle die and matted this wit two more circles (a glittery silver one and a hot pink one), 

I then diecut a white stitched rectangle panel and matted this using silver glitter cardstock. Before I glued my circle panel on the rectangle panel I stamped 6 leaves where I knew the circle was going to make them peak out from behind the panel.

And then I popped up the circle on the leaves before I stamped the sentiment. Both the leaves and sentiment is also from the "Tropical party" stamp set. To finish the card I glues the whole panel on a white card base and found a couple of "dew drops" that I scattered around the front of the card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Pop it up (19.09)
* Dream valley challenge - #186 Girlie (22.09)
* A Gem of a challenge - One for the Girls/Ladies (27.09)
* Addicted to CAS - Tweet (28.09)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A latte love

We are celebrating fall at Cardz 4 Galz today and are using all things fall related. For my DT project this time I have made a stack of coffee cups sitting on fall leaves. I can't imagine anything better than sitting with a coffee cup in my hand and a blancet on my lap listening to the sound of a fall storm outside and watching a movie or a TV-show on the TV.

Or maybe even taking my family out in the woods and bringing a good lunch and warm coffee and cocoa and spend time eating outside and collecting lots of red and orange leaves.

Yes, I do love fall time.

Well...for my card I started glueing a piece of leaf patterned paper on a piece of white cardstock. The patterned paper came from my big pile of left over pieces of paper so I have no clue who made it. It could be DCWC, but I am not sure.

I then cut out a panel from the cardstock and patterned paper using a stitched rectangle die.

I then stamped my three coffee cups from the August My monthly hero card kit and colored these using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I chose browns, oranges and a deep red color to enhance the fall feel of the card. I cut a slit in the coffee of the bottom two cups to put the top two cups in. I also stamped a red heart on each of the cups and colored these red. I then popped them up on some foam tape before I glued them on my card panel.

To finish the card I stamped the sentiment, also from the August My monthly hero kit and coated the red hearts on the cups with clear Nuvo drops. I then mounted the whole panel on a white card base.

I hope you will join us in our fall challenge.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* The Library Challenge - Winnie the Pooh (22.09) - Inspired by the colors, the cup and the story about the blustery day
* City Crafter challenge - Fall colors (17.09)
* Stinkin' inkers - Leaves are falling (28.09)
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Pop it up ( 19.09)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Geometric time

Hi all. I hope you are well. Today I am sharing a card for the new The Male Room challenge. This time we are playing with geometric patterns and I found this really old Dylusions stencil in my stash and went to town with my distress oxide inks in the colors Mowed lawn and Twisted citron.

The stenciled piece of cardstock became my card panel that I matted with a green glitter cardstock from Simon says stamp. I also cut out a piece of Tonic mirror cardstock using a stitched rectangle die that I also matted on the same glitter cardstock. I also stamped a sentiment from the July My Monthly Hero kit on the mirror cardstock.

Now for the cute air balloons. These are also from the same My monthly hero kit as the sentiment. I colored three of them using my copic markers, cut them with a coordinating die and then coated them with a layer of glossy accents.

To finish the card I glued all the elements on the card panel and tied a piece of brown string around the whole thing. Lastly I glued the panel on a bright green card base.

I hope you will join us in our geometric challenge.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Stamp it (12.09)
* Crafty Sentiments challenge - Dies or punches (17.09)
* Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C451 (15.09)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Happy Happy Happy!

Another beautiful august day. The summer is almost over and that means lots of rainy days to enjoy in our crafting areas surrounded by coffee and crafting goodness. Today I am sharing my DT- card for the new challenge on the Cardz 4 Galz challenge blog.

This time we are making our own backgrounds. No patterned papers allowed. So there you have it. Go crazy with your inks and paints and stencils and stamps and whatnot. I look forward to seeing what you make.

For my project I made this distress oxside crazy background as a base for the stamps from the My monthly hero July kit. I was a bit hesitant to this kit. I really didn't think it was going to inspire me a lot, but that was until I sat down, made a couple of sketches and created 8 cards in a day. What a fun stamp set. This is my first card using the kit.

I started masking off where the water was going to be and where the sky was going to be and first made the sky and then the water. Both the water and the sky was made using Distress oxside inks in various colors. When I was happy with the result I spritzed little drops of water on the card panto create a little interest in the color. I also used a white gel pen to make some ripples and waves in the water.

Then for the stamping; I stamped the fair scene in black and embossed it using clear embossing powder. It created such a beautiful shine against the bright sky. I then stamped a "curtain" of stars using the star border stamp from the stamp set in several lengths and silver embossed these.

To finish the card I used the "Happy" sentiment from a previous My Monthly Hero kit and stamped the sentiment three times and silver embossed these as well. I mounted the panel on a black card base and called the card done.

Simple and very fun!

Now it's your turn to create some magical backgrounds. See you in our challenge gallery.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* A blog named Hero - Sparkle and shine (silver embossed stars and sentiment)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Say cheese!

Strike a pose! At The Male Room today we are feeling a bit paparazzi and invite you all the find all your photo related stamps and embellishments for the next two weeks challenge.

I have been MIA a bit the last two weeks being a away for a work trip and for a funeral and finally I got really ill, so I have to admit that there is a bit of a feverish DT card I am sharing today.

For this card I found this big camera wich I fussy cut from a patterned paper a good while ago. The lens in the middle had this baby pink color so to give the camera a bit more masculine feel I made a cardstock circle and colored it using grey Hero art ink. I drew a couple of circles on the circle before I glued an extremely old gem stone that has been lying around in my stash for many years to create a colorful lens.

I used a piece of a yellow patterned paper from Simple stories to ground the camera on and raised them both up on foam tape on my card panel.

The "happy" is an acrylic embellishment that I got in a Studio Calico project life kit many moons ago. The birthday sentiment is a stamp from the Lawn Fawn "Beam me up" stamp set that I white embossed on a piece of craft cardstock.

Finally I finished the card by "hanging the camera" in some string that I attatched behind the card panel. I also glued on a couple of red, yellow and grey sequins before I attatched the whole panel on a white card base.

Now it's your turn. I hope you will join us in our photographic challenge.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Inkspirational - Snap
* Use your stuff - Lots of colour 
* Dream Valley Challenge - #185 Autumn colours 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Flowers with punch

Good morning! Today I am a bit girly because we have a new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz again. This time we are making cards using our dies and/or punches.

For my design team card I decided to go all frilly on my background and dug out a couple of border punches that I haven't used for a while. I punched out some borders and glued them on my card panel. This made this subtle and frilly and clean background to put my stamped image on.

The stamped images are from La-La-Land Crafts and came with the background stamp set "Just for you". Such a cute set! I really like it.

I used my Copic markers to color the image, glued it on the card panel and found a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology small talk sticker book.

To finish the card popped the card panel up on foam tape and glued it on a white card base and squeezed on a few glittery Nuvo drops (They are hard to see on the pictures).

I hope you will join us in our dies and punch challenge.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
* Time out challenges - #116 Bright (bright colored flowers)
* Papercraft challenges - #18 Summer
* Dragonfly journeys - #124 Flower Power
* Inspire.Create.Challenge - #24 Floral