Wednesday, September 18, 2019

You are loved

How much do you love it when you find an embellishment that you made a year ago that go perfect with the patterned paper that accidentally lies just in front of you! It's like christmas and birthday at the same time. lol Perfect for our new challenge at The Male Room.

I made this little scene of the fox and mountain out of some leftovers from a hip kit club scrapbooking kit a couple of years ago and it never got used, so the fox have been running in a small box for ages until I suddenly found it rummaging my stuff for cute embellishments. I cut the scene to size using a stitched circle die and glued it to the patterned paper I found on my desk (by Pink and Main). 

My sentiment is an ancient Tim Holtz metal embellishment that also was just hanging out in a box. I attatched the sentiment to a piece of jute string and glued it to the panel.

I then glued on a few wooden stars to the scene and a couple more on the rest of the card. For the finishing touch I covered the snow and the stars in glitter brush pen to add some extra shine.

To finish the card I popped the panel up on foam tape and glued it to a white card base.

I hope to see your embellished cards in our challenge.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Dandelion wishes - Inspired by Cindy

We are sharing inspired by-projects today for the new challenge at A Blog Named Hero. For my first entry this month I am inspired by the lovely Cindy aka Crncards at Instagram.

Cindy's flower cards are so pretty and when I decided to channel my inner Cindy I noticed that many of her flower cards features flowers entering the card panel from the top and especially the top corners. She often uses water colors and paint drops and I have also noticed that she sometimes places her card panel down in a corner. My result is this Cindyesque flower card.

I started by stamping my flowers from the December 2018 My Monthly Hero kit and the plate from the September 2018 MMH kit. I stamped all the images using a very pale ink to be able to do some no line coloring using my water color Zig Clean color real brush markers.

I retraced the seeds using a brown pen to make them stand out a bit. I also stamped my sentiment (also from the December 2018 MMH kit) using black ink. I also used the same colors from the coloring to create paint drops across my panel.

I cut the panel to size before I glued it on to a frame that I had cut using the Wood frame infinity dies on craft cardstock.

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

I hope you will join us in getting inspired by all the lovely crafters out there.

Friday, September 13, 2019

A garbage can raccoon on a beach trip

Hello everyone. I am sharing a last stretch your stamps-project with you before we start a new theme at A Blog Named Hero. I love using stamps and dies for different themes than they are supposed to be used.

For this card I have used the cute racoon from the "Love bandit" stamp set. He is in his original form sitting in a garbage can, but I wanted to give him a beach trip. I colored him and also the sand castle, bucket and spade from the "You & me by the sea" set using copic markers. I also stamped an cut the sail boat from the My Monthly hero June 2018 kit.

For my sand dunes I used the mountain dies from the My Monthly hero July 2019 kit. I cut them in craft cardstock and colored them lightly using copic markers and a white gel pen to create the illusion of sand in shadows.

I needed to create a warm and sunny background for my raccoon so I cut a circle shape to mask my sun and colored the sky using the ink colors fiesta yellow, just rust, ultra pink and raspberry jam.

I cut a piece of leftover patterned paper to create my waves, stamped a couple of birds and the sentiment also from the July 2019 MMH kit before I attatched the images and sand dunes and glued my card panel to a white card base.

I hope your day is as lovely as the raccoon's beach day.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Autumn thanks

So it's time for a new challenge at The Male Room and this time we are making some autumn themed projects.

I made the background by lightly coloring a piece of white cardstock using distress oxcide inks in blue and browns before cutting it to size using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die. I tied a piece of light brown twine around the card panel and tied a bow.

 I stamped and copper embossed the sentiment "Thank you" from the "Dearest friend" stamp set by Altenew. 

I then dug out an old Scrapping 4 less - Flavor of the month kit from september 2018 and found these gorgeous cut apart papers from the "Amber moon" 6x6 paper pad by Prima. I fussy cut a few vegetables and attatched them to the right side of the card panel using foam tape. I also glued on a few leaf shaped sequins also from the same kit.

To finish the card I glued the panel on to a white card base using foam tape.

I hope you will join us in making pretty and cool autumn things for the boys and men in our lifes.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Spread your wings

After a long summer vacation I have finally managed to get my craft space tidy and fun again and I am loving it. I am looking forward to many autumn evenings by my desk listening to audio books and creating fun things.

Today I am sharing my DT-project for The Male Room's new challenge; "Flight". For this challenge you can choose airplanes, hot air balloons, paper planes, bees and birds, anything that flies. I chose birds.

I just came from my childhood paradise where I grew up in the far north of Norway, where the sun never go down in the summer and where you can see these beautiful flaming evening skies, like this, and where you always hear geese talking away.

I started by masking a line where sky and water would meet. I then masked off a circle where my sun would be before I ink blended the sky using yellow, orange and red tones of distress oxcide inks. I then removed my sun mask and flipped my horisont line mask up to create the water the same way. I spritzed on a few drops of water to create texture in the water and sky.

I stamped my mountains and birds using the July My Monthly Hero kit. I also stamped ripples in the water using blue and white ink, also using a stamp from this kit. The sentiment is from the March 2018 My Monthly hero kit.

I cut the panel to size using a stitched rectangle die by Lawn Fawn before I mounted the panel on a white card base.

I hope you will join us in taking flight the next couple of weeks. Can't wait to see what you create.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Enjoy the ride

It's time again for a new challenge at A Blog Named Hero. It's an exciting one this time and I really can't wait to see what everyone can come up with. For this one we are stretching our stamps and using them in unexpected ways.

For my design team card this time I have made this funny speed loving cat racing down a hill on a bike.

I started by stamping the bike from the January My Monthly Hero kit and the cat from the "sledding stamp n' cut" stamp set. The cat was originally facing the wrong way to sit on the bike so I reverse stamped it by first stamping it on a rubber mat and then by pressing a piece of cardstock on top of it. Great way to force your stamps to fit the surroundings you want to use them with.

The cat also had a santa's hat, but using a white gel pen I changed it to fit my theme better. I colored my images using copic markers and then I fussycut the adjusted cat and diecut the bike.

I used a patterned paper by Pink and Main as my sky and glued a piece of grey cardstock at an angle across the card to create a scary hill. I then cut the scene to size using a stitched rectangle die by Lawn Fawn.

I stamped my sentiment and cler embossed it for some shine. The "happy birthday" sentiment is from the July 2018 My Monthly Hero kit (originally meant for fun fair cards, but works just as well for crazy cats). The "Happy birthday" is from the "It's your day" stamp set.

For finishing touches I glued on a few black sequins before I glued the whole panel on awhite card base.

I hope you will join us the next month in making unexpected things.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

How a barbie dress turns into snowy sky

My daughter had this beautiful Elsa dress for her barbie it's a snowy sky on a card. Just for the record; She knows all about it and the dress was used to pieces before I cut in it. lol

I am sharing a christmas card for A Blog Named Hero today completing the month og christmas cards on our blog. Take a look and see all thos wonderful cards the design team and our lovely partisipants have made.

But on to my card. I cut the dress to get those snow crystal pieces of fabric and glued it on a piece of white cardstock. I then freehand cut a couple of snowy mounds and popped them up on layers of foam tape to get three hights in my window. I then cut a frame using a stitched frame die by Lawn Fawn and loosely attatched it to my scene.

I stamped and colored the the cute raccoon, the christmas tree and the star from the October 2018 My Monthly Hero kit and colored the images using my copic markers and glued them in and on my frame making the raccoon hold the star wondering how the heck he is supposed to untangle himself and also how to get the lights and star on the big tree. I think he needs some help.

I stamped my sentiment, also from the same kit, on my "ground" using a stamp positioning tool to get it just right.

I used a rectangle die, also by Lawn Fawn, to cut a piece of patterned paper by Pink and Main to size and glued it on a white card base before I glued my scene to the middle of the patterned paper.

A fun and very cute way to used broken barbie dresses. Just be sure to ask your kids before stealing them... lol

Joining the following challenges:
* Merry little christmas challenge blog - #13 Anything christmas goes
* Crimbo crackers - #190 Anything goes
* Christmas crafts all year round - Add a tree
* Dream valley challenges - #207 Hand colored image

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Male Room is 6 years old

We are celebrating The Male Room's 6th birthday by creating birthday cards the next couple of weeks.

After being away for the summer I am now back to my house, craft room and back to work. And since I have only recently landed to the ordinary life again I took a little dive into my box of colored images that I haven't come around to using. i found these planets that i colored many moons ago. I also found a scrap piece of reverse stenciled pattern and decided to combine these.

When I created another card awhile ago I used distress oxcides through a star stencil and I loved the colors so I dabbed the reverse side of the stencil off on another card stock. This created this messy and cute starry sky.

Some of the planets are made using the "To the moon" stamp set by Create a smile stamps and the others are hand drawn. I colored them using my copic markers to recemble all the planets in our sun system. I highlighted them using a white gel pen.

I cut a circle out of the stenciled cardstock using a circle die by Lawn Fawn and popped it up on foam tape and glued it to the corner of my card panel before arranging the planets randomly around the edge of the circle. I used the biggest planets on top of the circle and the tiny ones directly on the panel. This created a fun dimensional effect that I really like.

I stamped my sentiment using a stamp by Norsk stempelblad and it reads "happy birthday" in Norwegian.

Finally I glued my panel on to a smoky blue card base and covered the planets with glittery Wink of stella (that does not show on the pictures unfortunately).

I hope you will join us in our birthday weeks. i can't wait to see what you create.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fall smooches - GD for Gerda Steiner designs

Hi everyone. I'm here again to show my second and last card as this month's guest designer for Gerda Steiner designs

For this card I have chosen to make a fall smooch shaker card using several of Gerda's stamp sets.

I started by stamping the kissy-mice (from the "Fall in love" stamp set) and the mushroom and wreath (both from the "Foxes" stamp set).

I colored all the images using copic markers and gave them some details and highlights using a white gel pen. I then fussy cut the images.

I cut a circle from my card panel (cut to size using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die), glued my wreath on top of the circle and glued a piece of acetate behind the panel. 

To create the shaker I doubled up foam tape around the hole on the back, filled the shaker with beautiful sequins that shifts in color between yellow, orange and green depending on the angle you look at them and to complete the shaker part of the card I glued a piece of cardstock to "close" the shaker.

I stamped the sentiment (from the "Frogs" stamp set) on the panel before I glued on the mice and the mushroom. I popped the mice up on foam tape to create dimension.

I attatched the card panel on a white card base and finished the whole thing with a drop of glossy accent on the noses of the mice.

Take a look at the video below to watch the shaker card "in action".

I wish you all a wonderful day.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Catch the christmas spirit

It's time for a new challenge at A Blog Named Hero today and the theme is "Christmas in July" the next month.

For my design team project I have made a christmas card in very untraditional colors, but when you think about it, what is the prettyest and joyeous color when you are a mouse? Yellow, of course. Not that I have any friends that is a mouse...


For my card I started by stamping a mouse and the cheese from the "Christmas mice" stamp set. I also drew a long mouse tail. I colored the images using copic markers and attatched the cheese to a circle cut using a Lawn fawn stitched circle die. I raised the cheese up on foam tape and also glued the mouse and tail to the back of the circle.

I used the geometric snowflakes bold prints background stamp to create the background with a bright butter yellow ink pad and also a fiesta yellow pad that I got in a previous MMH kit. I then cut the panel to size using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die.

I stamped the sentiment from the "sledding stamp 'n cut" to the panel using inktense black ink before attaching the images using foam tape above it.

Finally I glued the panel to a white card base before scattering a few sequins aross the card.

I hope you will join us in our fun Christmas in July challenge.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

An elephant remembers everything

Hello everyone.

I am sharing this card for the A Blog Named Hero blog today. I love the elephant from the June My Monthly Hero kit. He is so adorable. I decided to use him with the sentiment from the May 2018 My Monthly Hero kit, because, as you know, an elephant never forgets the beautiful moments.

I also wanted to use the thorn tree die, but since I am on my summer vacation I didn't have my die cutting tool with me. So...I needed to be creative. I used my die as a stamp in my stamp platform, raising the platform up using fun foam. My image was barely visible so I traced the image using a black pen and voila...the thorn tree could be used. I colored the thorn tree and my elephant using copic markers and highlighted them with a white gel pen and then fussycut them both.

I cut my card panel to size using a stitched rectangle die by Lawn Fawn and then ink blended my background using the following ink colors on white cardstock:
Grass: Green hills and Nest
Sky: Just rust, Orange Soda and Ultra pink
For the blending I used blending brushes to create an almost canvas-like texture.

I attatched my images using foam tape and stamped my sentiment using black ink before adding even more foam tape behind the panel to raise it up from my white card base.
I finished the card by scattering a few sequins on the card coordinating them to the color beneith.

Make yourself a lovely day.

Joining challenge:
* Copic marker Norge #108 -  Alt er lov option fargelegge dyr

Thursday, July 11, 2019

When pigs pick apples - GD for Gerda Steiner designs

Hi. I am so happy to be this month's guest designer for Gerda Steiner designs and I must say; I love her stamps and the cute images from this company. I have so much fun creating with these stamps and it's so easy to combine stamp sets (wich always is something that I enjoy doing).

Since Gerda Steiner's own shop is closed a couple of weeks I am not able to link up the stamp sets I have used, but as soon as the shop is open I will add the links to the stamps.

For my first card the next month I have made this cute apple picking pig-card. I'm not sure how he did manage to get up in the tree, but boy does he love it up there.

I started by stamping the pig from the "Chicken scratch" stamp set and the tree and apples from the "Fall in love" stamp set. I also freehand drew a basket for the apples.

I colored all my images using my copic markers and then fussy cut the images.

I cut a card panel using a stitched rectangle die and some grass using a grass die. Both dies by lawn Fawn. I colored the grass and sky using several blue and green ink pads by Hero Arts and then I created my scene.

I popped all my images up on foam tape. I also cut a slit in the basket to place my apples inside it. I stamped the sentiment that I found on the "Foxes" stamp set before I glued my panel on a white card base.

This card make me giggle every time I see it. Look at that happy face!

Through the following month I will be sharing two cards at Gerda Steiner designs blog and 4 on my own blog (2 of these are the two on the GSD-blog).

I am adding this card to the following challenges:
* Copic marker Norge - #108 Alt er lov
* Always fun chllenges - #118 Anything goes
* Stampotique designers challenge - #327 Something funny
* Crafty gals corner - #195 Summer fun