Saturday, June 15, 2019

Thinking of you

And then we're off to a new challenge at A Blog Named Hero and for the next month we are making those sad projects that are all so important to give when someone are going through a rough time; sympathy projects.

For my DT-entry(ies) I have made two cards using the same design element, namely a tiny branch from the September 2018 My Monthly Hero kit (still in stock). I stamped this branch several times on each of the cards, to create a bush, using the clear embossing stamp pad and embossed it using copper embossing powder.

For the purple and blue card I then colored my card panel with blue and purple water paint watering it down the more away from the buh I got. I then drew white stripes across the panel and white dots inside the flowers for texture.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment from the "Color layering dragonfly" stamp set for both of the cards and matting them with teal cardstock for the white card and purple cardstock for the blue and purple card. For the white card I cut the sentiment strip at an angle. I glued them on the card panels using foam tape to create dimension.

I matted the blue and purple card on purple cardstock before glueing it all on a white cardbase. For the white card I glued my card panel directly on to a teal card base.

For finishing touches I scattered a few tiny, clear sequins across the cards.

I hope you will join our challenge.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Let's shell-ebrate!

Hi everyone. I am here today to show you my last inspiration card for the Celebration theme at A Blog Named Hero made using the “Pet turtle” stamp set as my inspiration jump off.

I stamped and colored the relaxed turtle using my copic markers and then I needed to create the rest of the card.

I remembered the layered sea stamps that I got in my June 2018 My Monthly hero kit and that you can also buy separately now and I thought it would be perfect as a relaxation spot for my turtle. I stamped the ocean using the Deep ocean, summer sky and soft sky ink blocks and also lightly colored the sky using the summer sky ink. I cut a slit in my sea and put the turtle in.

I stamped the sentiment “Let’s shell-ebrate” from the “Pet turtle” stamp set on the top part of my card panel. And now I needed a few more bits and pieces. I stamped and colored the clouds and flying seagull from the “Seas the day seagulls” set and glued them close to the sentiment and I also stamped an colored the bottle with the message from the “You & me by the sea” set and placed it on the sea as well.

I thought I was done at this point and glued my card panel to a white card base and then I saw a leftover light post from a previous project lying around on my desk (The light post is from the MMH October 2018 kit). The light posts bottom part looked just like the handle on a fishing rod, so… with minor surgery it became just that. I drew on the fishing line and hook and “attatched” the fishing line to to the bottle. A perfect last detail to the card.

I'm adding this card to the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp monday challenge - Vacation
* TGIF Challenges - #215 Color challenge
* Little red wagon - #501 Sea it
* Crafty sentiments design - Water

Jump for joy - GD Time Out Challenges

Oh, look at that cutie! I am here today to remind you to add your cards to the Time Out Challenges "Nature" themed challenge since I am lucky enough to guest design for them for this challenge.

For the reminder post I made this card using the extremely sweet deer from the "Kitsch christmas" stamp set by Avery Elle. I decided to make this card a no line coloring-card as I did with my first card for this challenge.

I stamped my deer and my birch trees ("Joy to the woods" - lawn Fawn") and my leaf mounds ("Jump for joy" - Lawn Fawn) using the "Barely beige" stamp pad by Simon Says stamp. Since the ink is so light there was no need to mask the images before I stamped them. My copic markers would cover up the double lines here and there anyway.

I think I might have used every green color I own for the leaf and grass. I colored some of the leafs in the mounds and then I drew other shaped leafs as well and I also drew lots of grass and green in between to make a grassy and leafy hill for the deer to stand on. I used warm greys for the birch trees and a few browns and reddish browns for the deer as well as pink for the ear and nose. I also used a white gel pen for highlights and for the white spots on the deer's butt.

I lightly swiped a couple of very light blues from the bottom of the images and up to suggest the blue sky.

I stamped the sentiment using black versamark ink and then embossed it using clear embossing powder by Hero Arts. The sentiments are both from the "Jump for joy" stamp set by Lawn Fawn.

To finish the card I glued my one layer card panel on a white card base.

And that's that for my appearance at Time Out Challenges as a guest designer. It was such fun and I am very happy to be asked.

As I mentioned above you still have time to join the challenge if you want to make something nature related. I hope you will as you have the chance top win a lovely prize sponsored by Uniko.

I'm joining the following challenges:

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Interactive cake card

We're doing some cooking and baking over at The Male Room the next two weeks and I have made the following card as my design team project. I also got to use my brand new magic picture die by Lawn Fawn for the first time. Very fun!

So I started this card bu stamping and coloring the cakes (both the before-one and the after-one). They are both from the Lawn Fawn "Birthday before 'n' afters" stamp set. I made sure to use the same colors in the same way using my copic markers.

I then cut the images using the magic picture dies and then assembled the pieces to try the mechanism. It was really easy and very quick. I used some patterned paper and craft cardstock leftovers to create my frames to make the mechanism pretty. The big frame and the "pull" tab is from the add on set to the dies.

I glued the magic picture to a craft card baseusing foam tape to create room for the pull tab to be pulled before I consentrated on more embellishments. I stamped and colored images from the "Lawn Fawn "Baked with love" (frosting bag and rolling pin) and "Sprinkled with joy" (frosting box). I also stamped the sentiment from the "Birthday before 'n' afters" set on a white paper strip and glued all of these stamped images and sentiment around the picture frame.

I finished the card by adding a few white Nuvo drops across the card.

I hope you will join us in our baking weeks. I can't wait to see what manly (or boyish) baking projects you will make.

Joining these challenges:
* Lawn fawnatics - #54 Perfect for parties
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Masculine
* Die cuttin Divas - #424 Masculine 
* Crafty Friends - #111 Men/Boys

Thursday, June 6, 2019

A bullfinch on a branch - GD Time Out Challenges

I am so happy to be guest designing for Time Out Challenges the next couple of weeks and I am sharing my first card for their new challenge today. The theme is "Nature" with an optional twist of a one layer-project. And you can also win a lovely prize from Uniko.

For my card I made my very first no line-cloring project. I started by stamping the bird and the branch from the "British garden birds" stamp set that I got in a Simply Cards and papercrafts magazine. I stamped the images using the "Barely beige" stamp pad by Simon says stamp. The bullfinch is heavily associated with christmas here in Norway (I don't know if it is in other countries as well) so I needed to make this a christmas card.

I colored my stamped images using copic markers and drew on needles on the branch to make a it christmas tree. I also stamped on three layered pine cones from the "Color layered trimmings" set by Hero Arts. I also used a white gel pen to highlight the images.

I drew on a few snowy hills behind the images and used a stamp pad from Hero Arts to brush on a light blue sky.

The sentiment is also from the "Color layered trimmings" set and is stamped in versamark black ink and then clear embossed.

I cut my scene to size using a stitched rectangle die by Lawn Fawn before I glued på one layer-panel on a red card base.

I hope you will make some nature hemed card and upload them to the Time Out Challenge blog the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to see what you make.

I will share another card made for this challenge next week.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Computers and chibitronics

I've gone all technic for The Male Room's new challenge that is all about computers and/or gaming. I have made this card for my nephew's confirmation in a couple of weeks. That boy is all about computers and games so this challenge was perfect.

I also got to play with my chibitronics led lights as well. So much fun. I can't wait to make more light up-cards.

So this card included a lot of handdrawn images. I drew the screen, keyboard, mouse, cabinet, gamepad, phone and soda bottle. I also stamped the bowl of chips (From Lawn Fawn "Forest feast" stamp set) and the screen "foot" (Lawn Fawn - "Screen time" stamp set). I colored all these images using my copic markers and highlighted them using a white gel pen.

I then made the window with the starry sky using a few colors of distress oxcide inks and sprinkled the sky with silver glimmer mist by Tattered Angels and white paint spray. I also stamped and silver embossed a star constellation from the Lawn Fawn - "upon a star" stamp set.

I colored a piece of vellum grey using a copic marker and stamped and silver embossed the sentiment "Reach for the stars" also from the "upon a star" stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I then doubled up the vellum and placed it behind my screen wich I had already cut out the middle part from.

I found a scrap piece of patterned paper that looked like striped wall paper and used it for my background. I marked off where my chibitronic light and battery would end up (light behind the screen and bettry behind the keyboard and made my copper tape connection between my light and battery.

I then placed my table ( a piece of white cardstock), computer and the rest of the images on my card panel. The table with all the things are raised quite a bit from the rest of the card since the battery is kind of thick and needs it's space. And then you can press the keyboard to make the screen light up!  Yay!

This card was so fun to make.

I hope you will join us in making male computer cards the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to see what you will create.

I'm joining the challenge:
* Lawn fawnatics - #53 Spectacular skies
* Simon says stamp monday challenge - Frame it (framed screen and picture on the "wall")
* Papercraft challenges - #38 For men and boys
* Make my monday - #97 Interactive - Kinetic (light up- card. Press keyboard for lights)

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Hero Arts blog hop time = Party time

A Blog Named Hero has been asked to join the Hero Arts blog hop day 2 today and for my card I have used my very first Hero Arts stamp set that I bought in April a year ago and boy did I get hooked on Hero Arts, stamping and cardmaking that very second after being a strictly scrapbooking and very non cardmaking kind of girl for 14 years. LOL

I started by coloring my mouse using my Copic markers and a white gel pen for highlights. I then diecut him with a coordinating die.

For my background I used Hero Arts ink cubes in several colors to create the sky and desert after masking it if to only let the background be on approximately 1/3 of the panel. I dotted the desert with a copic marker to create impression of sand dunes and then dabbed the ink cubes on my craft mat , sprayed it with water and used a water brush to sprinkle ink drops on the scene as well as across the rest of my card panel.

I used a stitched rectangle die from lawn Fawn to cut the panel to size.

My mouse was popped up on foam squares before I glued him on the scene. I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set as the image, cut it to size, popped it up on foam aquares and attatched it beside my mouse.

I stamped and white embossed the clouds from the April 2019 MMH kit in the sky. I also used the birds, also from the April 2019 kit, stamped using grey Hero Arts ink.

To finish the card I glued it on a white card base.

Be sure to join the blog hop to have the chance to win loads of prizes! Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days (today is day 2) - comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST, and Hero Arts will announce the winners on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Start at the top of the list below to join today's hop. I am sure you will find loads of lovely inspiration on your way through the blogs.

Hero Arts
A Blog Named Hero
Amy Kolling
Cheiron Brandon
Clare Prezzia
Donna Mikasa
Jana Millen
Jenn Shurkus
Kathleen Graumüller
Laurie Willison
Lisa Spangler
Lydia Fiedler
Nichol Spohr
Scrapbook & Cards Today

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Three billy goats on a bridge

As a little, stubborn kid I don't want to use stuff the way it's meant to...not always anway. So the first card I made when my April My Monthly kit arrived was NOT at all a Venice card, it was a Norwegian folktale-card featuring "De tre bukkene bruse" ("The three billy goats Gruff" translated to English).

So this is what i did, Since the Norwegian mountains don't look much like Venice I added two dies from Jeanines art to make the mountains and the trees. I freehand cut the green hills and colored the sky, mountains, trees and hills using a few Distress oxcide inks in various colors.

When I had my landscape ready I used the water die from the kit to make the river by distress ink coloring three of the water diecuts and then glueing them alongside eachother on top of blue glitter paper. After I had done that I freehand cut a river to fit my landscape.

I then cut the bridge and then extending it to the both sides. I colored the bridge using my copic markers to look like a stone built bridge. I hand drew my goats, colored them and glued them to the bridge. i also cut the railing of the bridge and then glued it on again behind the goats to make the goats more visible.

I popped the bridge and goats up on foam before attatching it all to the landscape, across the river. I also glued on some trees in the background as well as a couple in front of the bridge.

To finish the card I stamped the "Happy birthday" sentiment and three birds (from the kit) before I glued the card panel to a white card base.

Such a fun card to make.

Monday, May 20, 2019

No laundry today

I'm here to tell you something amazing today; There is NO laundry today...well, that is if it's your birthday anyway...

So today I am sharing this quite clean and simple card using the April My Monthly hero kit. After making all kinds of intricate scenes with layered buildings and water and whatnot, my mind went a little silly and the result is this card.

I started by masking the bottom part of the card while I was creating a fluffy cloud sky using a light blue oxcide ink. I then masked off the sky to create the grass in the same way, but this covering the whole panel. We don't want fluffy clouds in the grass.

I then cut a couple of strips of white card cardstock that I colored to make posts for the clothes line to hang. I also cut the clothes line using a die from the kit.

I colored the posts and the clothes using my copic markers. I created patterns on the clothes both by using different shades of copics and also by using a white gel pen to make dots, flowers, stripes and seems.

I glued the posts and clothes on the card before stamping the birds and the "Happy birthday" sentiment, also from the kit before I wrote the "no laundry today" sentiment using a black pen below the "happy birthday".

I glued my card panel on purple cardstock from the kit before I glued the whole thing to a white card base.

A really simple and colorful and quite silly card.

I am adding this card to the following challenges:
* Addicted to CAS - #159 Horizon
* AAA Birthday Challenge - #1 Anything birthday goes
Allsorts challenge - #520 Happy Birthday
* Colour crazy challenge - #19 Anything goes

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Icy river and a new process video

My son looked at the romantic card I showed earlier and noticed the water and asked if it was ice on the water. Of course it wasn't meant to be, but it totally gave me the idea for the card below. This card is also in part 2 of the "10 cards - 1 kit" process video featuring the April My Monthly Hero kit.

Because; It could be possible to make a scandinavian christmas scene from the Venice themed My Monthly Hero April 2019 card kit couldn't it? And as I sometimes channel my inner Barney Stinson I couldn't leave it. Challenge accepted!

I started by coloring the houses from the kit that I had cut to fit my project and that I had drawn "stamped" lines around. I chose cold grey colors and yellow for the windows. I also colored the tree and bench from the October 2018 kit. All coloring was done using my copic markers.

I made a sky and water using distress oxcides and layered the water with the uncolored water diecut to make it look like ice floating on the river.

I freehand cut snowy slopes and layered the water, slopes, houses, tree and benches on the background panel creating a christmassy scene.

I stamped a sentiment from the kit and glued the whole thing on a white card base.

To finish the card I glued on a couple of silver sequins to the ground (and possibly to cover a black smudge...)

If you want to see the process of making this card you can see it in the process video below:

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Color Throwdown - #543 (grey, aqua and green)
* Through the purple haze - #156 I've got the blues 
* C.R.A.F.T Challenge - #513 Christmas
* Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge - #438 Anything goes

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Oh wow! It's a new day and a new challenge is up at A Blog Named Hero today and this month we are all about celebrating Hero Arts' 45th birthday with them. Our selected theme is of course "Celebrate".

For my design team project I have made this birthday card for a guy celebrating his 40th birthday. He was the project manager in the restoration of the building I have freehand cut a silhouette of and that I have glued behind the sentiment.

Ok, so for this card I started with the foreground wich is a white die cut from a fancy die from the August 2018 My Monthly Hero kit. I cut away some of the die cut to open it up a bit. I also cut away one of the tables and moved one of the chairs to join the other. I cut away all of the coffee cups because I wanted this to be a table for wine drinking.

I colored the remaining parts of the frame using copic markers with highlights in a white gel pen.

I cut another white frame and cut away all the colored bits to only have the frame itself and glued this on top of the other frame.

To create the background I blended red and orange inks well before spritsing the sky with some water to create variation in the colors. I then glued on my freehandcut building and the ground. The ground is made by dotting some warm grey copic colors on to a grey piece of cardstock.

I white embossed a few clouds from the April My Monthly Hero kit and also stamped a few birds from the same kit.

And then for the one thing that sparked my idea for this card, the wine glasses. I stamped and colored these (still using my copic markers) and put these on the table. I also stamped the sentiment. Both the sentiment and wine glasses are from the April My Monthly Hero kit. I then cut a white piece of cardstock to put on the menu sign and wrote 40 on this.

To finish the card I glued it on to a red card base made from the cardstock in the April kit.

I hope you will join us in the celebration of Hero Arts this month. I can't wait to see your projects.
Please visit the other team members and see their projects as well. I promise you; they are all amazing:

Lise Mariann (That's me)

Life is beautiful

Well...doesn't time just fly. It's already time for a new challenge at The Male Room Challenge. This time we have an anything goes-challenge for you, but if you're up for it we encourage you to do the optional twist of origami in your project.

For my design team project I made this CAS card with a stamped origami paper plane and handstitching.

I started by coloring a blob of light blue using distress oxcide ink to suggest the sky. I then stamped my paper plane from the "Yappy happy mail" stamp set by Heffy Doodle. I then stamped my sentiment from the April My Monthly Hero kit.

I colored my plane using a white gel pen and a silver pen for the shadowed part of the plane.

I poked holes where I wanted the plane's flying trail to go, connecting the plane and the sentiment, before I handstiched the trail using dark grey embroidery thread. I connected the flying trail dots using a silver gel pen.

I cut my panel to size using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die before matting the panel with some silver glitter cardstock. I glued my panel on a white cardbase and for finishing touched I covered the silver pen parts with a coat of Stardust Stickles glitter glue for some extra shine.

I really hope you will join us the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to see what you will make.

I am adding this card to the following challenges:
* Through the purple haze - #156 I've got the blues
* Jo's scrap shack - #281 Anything goes
* AAA Cards - #140 Up to one third
* Crafty sentiments designs - Pastel colors