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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Some vitamin sea

It's The Male Room time again and this time we are going a bit wild. The theme for the challenge this time is "wild and free". For my design team card I chose to interpret this as wild and free animals. I have always loved sea turtles. They look so struggling when they are on land, but as soon as they are in their right element, as soon as they are in the sea, they fly, float, dive and just simply excist with all they are. I love them. It makes me so sad when I see the heartbreaking pictures of the creatures trapped in plastic and junk that we humans dump in the sea.

In my card though...the turtles are free, drifting in the ocean currents. For this card I used Echo Park stuff from the June Flavor of the month card kit. I stamped the 5 turtles from the "Vitamin sea" stamp set using green ink and then outlined the stamps and the "lines" inside of the images to make the images more crisp. I also made som highlights on the images using my white gel pen.

For the background panel I used a bubbly Echo Park patterned paper and swiped a white ink cube from hero arts across the paper. I then poured some white embossing powder on the ink and made some scratches in the owder and ink before I heat set the whole thing. It made kind of an ocean  current  feel that my turtles could swim in.

I stamped the sentiment and the corals from the same stamp set directly on the patterned paper. It worked well since they are so bold. I also matted the background panel on black cardstock to bring the black in a bit more.

Before I mounted the whole thing on a green card base I popped the turtles up on foam tape and placed them on the ocean currant and glued on a bunch of blank sequins to mimic bubbles.

I hope you will join us in our wild and free weeks.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Dream Valley Challenges - Animals
* Ike's world challenges - Anything goes/all at sea
* Always fun challenges - Going around in circles (patterned paper and sequins) 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

With love for stencils

What would you do if you had the "Small double arrows" stencil by Skull and cross buns? My first first project where I used it was a stamped background and that worked out great because it is a very fun stencil. But I like to look for other ways to use my stamps and stencils so I just had to try it again and have a second look at it. And when I looked... I saw christmas trees.

I started this card by blending salty ocean distress oxcide ink on the bottom part of a white cardstock and then cut out a card panel using a stitched rectangle die. I used a white gel pen to create some subtle hills. And then I used my stencil. I placed the stencil a couple of centimetres above the first stenciled line of trees to create taller trees. I drew on tree trunks with a brown pen and gold embossed 5 wooden stars and glued them on the tree tops. To create some extra shine I used gold stickles on top of the stars.

To create the sentiment I gold embossed the "with love" from the "quirky sentiments" stamp set and created a white fish tailed banner around it. I matted the card panel on gold glitter cardstock and a plaid patterned paper before I glued it on a white card base.

To finish the card I created some snow using white Nuvo crystal drops. here and there on the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Distress it
* The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge - Anything christmas goes
* Sweet stampin - Christmas in August 
* Merry Christmas challenge - August-September challenge

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kitty fishing

I am totally in love with the "On the bookshelf" stamp set by Gerda Steiner designs. I can see so many uses for the set and since I am a total book nerd I just had to have it. I have earlier shared a card using the set here and I have also shared another card on Instagram which you can see here.

But a couple of days ago an idea dawned to me using these stamps that didn't include any books or shelves. I felt that the kitties in the set should take a fishing trip and this card was born.

I recently purchased my first distress oxcide inks and I have to admit that I didn't really understand the fuss about them. I could get great results using the regular distress inks, but I have to say; WOW! They are so fun to work with. They are so smooth and saturated and lovely! I am ready to fuss about them as well.

To create some interest in the water and sea floor I spritzed some water on it and I also dotted the sea floor using my copic markers.

I stamped the images and colored them all using my copics and highlighted them using my white gel pen.

The dock is made using the shelf from the stamp set and the mouse sits in a boat made of the vase also from the stamp set. I drew a little snorkel to avoid the diving kitty to drown.

To complete the scene I used fish and plants from the stamp set "Fishin' hole" by Hello Bluebird and sea shells and starfish from Hero Arts's stamp set "Seas the day seagulls". 

To finish the card I drew some air bubbles and a fishing line and hook for the mouse's fishing rod. I also swiped a little glitter from the Wink of stella glitter pen over the fish and stamped the sentiment also from the "Seas the day seagulls stamp set".

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge: Distress it
* Classic design team challenge: Anything goes
* Tuesday throwdown: Anything goes

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A little puff

My first "Flavor of the month" card kit from Scrapbooking for less didn't arrive before I went for my summer vacation so I have desperately wanting to play with it all the time I was away, but the last couple of days I have been diving into the kit and it's so much fun. Love the 4 mini kits in the kit.

Today I will show you the first card I made with the kit (june kit).

I stamped three of the blow fishes from the Avery Elle stamp set "Sea-prise" and colored them using my copic markers. I also made some gold party hats and replaced the "old ones". I highlighted the images using a white gel pen.

The background was made masking the background panel and drawing lots of lines with several copic markers in the BG-colors. I started with the sark ones and used lighter colors to blend the dark ones. I also used a white gel pen to create ripples and bubbles in the water. I also covered the water with my Wink of Stella glimmer pen.

I mounted the fishes on some foam tape to make them pop and finished the card by glueing on some enamel dots and stamping the sentiment from the same stamp set as the fish.

I glued my panel on a aqua card base and called the card done.

Clean and simple and very fun coloring work.

If you want to see more of the things I make look me up on Instagram by my username lisemaa.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
* Cute card thursday - #541 Anything goes
* Freshly made sketches - Challenge #349
* Always happy birthday - August challenge
* Der challengeblog vom kreativeinkauf - #65 Unterwasserwelt

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Christmas carols in northern light

Lawnfawnatics have this fun challenge going about favourite places to be. For me this meant combining two things; northern lights and christmas. If I can have both I am in total bliss. I come from the northern part of Norway where the northern lights are totally amazing. We have them here in the middle part of Norway as well, but as beautiful as in the north. And I love christmas; everything about it.

I bought the "Critter concert" stamp set by Lawn Fawn right before the summer vacation and I haven't used it until yesterday. The critters are so cute and I love the music instruments and how they sway and stamp their feet to the music. Look at that owl! Adorable!

The critters are all colored using my copic markers and highlighted with white gel pen. They didn't have any Santa hats so I drew three of them. The fox didn't get one as it has a bullfinch on it's head.
And then I made the background using distress inks in blue, purple and black. I splattered some white paint on the northern light sky and drew some extra stars.

I mounted some stitched hills on the background and covered them with Wink of Stella. In real life the snow really glitters under the stars.

I mounted the fox, bullfinch and note stand directly on the background panel and the polar bear and owl on foam tape to create extra dimension.

To finish the card I silver embossed some notes all around and the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn "Sprinkled with joy" stamp set.

I just got to say it; I'm in love with these critters!

I am entering the card in the following challenges:
* Lawnfawnatics - #34 My favourite place
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Make your own background
* Dream Valley Challenges - #183 Christmas in July 
*Crafty Hazelnut's christmas challenge - #397 Anything goes with optional embossing

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wish you were here

Hello! I hope you are enjoying your summer. Today I have a summery card for the the Cardz 4 Galz challenge #77. This time its's a fun little sketch we are playing with.

For this card I am using lots of elements from the June Lollipop box club kit. The papers are exclusive for Lollipop box club. The flowers and bees are made for Lollipop box club by Happy Scatter. I also made a frame using the gold patterned washi tape from the kit.

To add some fun texture i handstitched the bee trails around the sentiment. The sentiment is from the Altenew stamp set "Dearest Friend". To finish of the card I dotted some Nuvo drops in the color simply white on the card and glued the whole thing on a white card base.

 I hope you will join us in this sketch challenge. I look forward to seeing your creation.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


It's challenge day again at The Male Room and this time we are all about birthday. The Male Room celebrates it's 5th birthday so that calls for a beer.

I had this idea about a giant glass of beer at the front of the card, but I didn't have any beer stamps so I just had to draw one. I found some inspiration online and drew the best I could and colored the image using my copic markers. I really love the color of the beer. It ended up so vibrant and cool. I drew in some highlights with a white gel pen. The sentiments are from the cheers Ali Edwards stamp set and the march Hero Arts my monthly hero kit. I gold embossed these.

The background was made using an old stencil. I shifted it around and used several different shades of brown to make a messy dotted background. I also found some left over pieces of patterned paper and glued on a couple of strips of them.

Finally I popped the beer glass up on some foam tape and attatched it to the background panel and made some yellow dots using my Nuvo drops. I mounted the whole thing on a dark brown card base. 

We are hoping for a little extra help in the celebration. Off to the craft rooms and find something birthday themed.

Thursday, July 26, 2018


Hi. It's time for a design team card for Skull and Cross Buns using their fabulous crafting goodies.

This time it's the jumbo anchor embellishment that play the main star of the card. I wanted it to be attached to a ship so I drew a ship with a sail and colored it with my Copic markers. I also needed a chain to attach the anchor to the ship so I braided a chain using some wool thread from my mother's knitting basket (You take what you can find when crafting when you are on vacation).

After a while I realized that the purple color that the anchor originally had was all wrong for the project so I decided to heat emboss it using silver embossing powder. It turned out really good.

For the ocean I used the small mermaid scales stencil and dabbed some distress ink in salty ocean, mermaid lagoon and shaded lilac through it and then cut it out.

I stamped the palm trees and the "happy birthday" sentiment from the "Dinosaur gang" stamp set and drew a little island around the palms and colored it using Copic markers. The sentiment was embossed using silver embossing powder. I also found a "Ahoy" sentiment from the stamp set "You and me by the sea" by Hero Arts.

Lastly I needed a sky so I used what was left on my blue blending tool to create a soft blue sky. I also drew some birds on the sky.

For a final finishing touch I used some Wink of Stella on the waves.

Entering in:
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Anything goes
* TGIF Challenge - In the "heat" of summer

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Trouble above

Hello from aummery north of Norway. I am currently on vacation, but I did bring some crafting stuff to play with in the evenings.

I have been dying to use the stamp set "On the bookshelf" from Gerda Steiner designs. But yesterday I got this idea that you see below. Look out sleeping kitty. All hell is about to break loose.

For the "floor" and "walls" I used papers from a Citrus Twist kit. Love the calm and cool colors. I stamped my images and colored them using my copic markers. I have been trying lately to get my fur coloring just right and I feel like I am getting closer to making the fur look like fur now.
I wanted the shelf to look like wood so I drew some wood grain markings using a dark brown gel pen and then colored over it with my markers.

I also used a white gel pen to create some highlights on the images.

I arranged the images on my background panel, popped the images up on foam tape and finished the card with a pretty, blue bow to ground the poor, sleeping kitty.

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.