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 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Poppies in Venice

Hi everyone. I'm up on the A Blog Named Hero challenge blog today to end this month's Clean and Simple theme by showing you the card below using all kinds of Hero Arts goodness.

I started this card by cutting white cardstock to a long rectangle that made my image panel. I then stamped my poppies using the Color layering poppy stamp set. For the flowers I used the colors: Pale tomato, Red Royal and a red reactive from the My Monthly hero July 2018 kit. For the stems and buds I used the colors Forever green and Green hills.

I arranged the flowers on the rectangle and tied a red bow around the whole panel before popping it up on foam tape on a white card base.

I used one of the dies from the My Monthly Hero April kit and cut the white Venice buildings and glued them directly on the card base to make it look like it goes across the whole card.

To finish this poppies in Venice card I stamped the sentiment "Wishing you the best" also from the April My Monthly Hero kit.

I hope you have a wonderful day. Make it a good one.

 I'm sharing this card at:
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - For a special lady
* Cut it up - #173 Mother's day
* Cute card thursday - #580 Tie a bow
* Addicted to stamps - #174 Flowers

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Thinking of you

I hope you are having a romantic saturday, because today I am sharing a very romantic card and also a process video showing the first 5 cards I made using the April My Monthly Hero kit.

I started this card by coloring the top part of the sky and the bottom part of the card where the water is using different blue and purple distress oxcide inks and blended these using my new lovely brushes. I also sprinkled a few drops of water on top of the sky to create what could be stars.

I cut a couple of die cuts using the water dies from the kit, colored these using a lighter color than the water beneith and glued them onto the bottom part of the card.

I then dug out the May 2018 My Monthly Hero kit and stamped a few branches on the top left using versmark black ink.

I popped the distant houses and church, die cut using a die from the kit with black cardstock from my stash, up on foam squares and glued it where the water met the sky. I also hand drew and cut a bigger bridge inspired by the small bridge in the kit. I popped up my bridge on foam an glued it to the bottom of the card.

The card now looked so romantic and I really wanted to take my husband and jump right into my scene so I decided to stamp and die cut the boy and girl also from the May 2018 kit and I placed them on the bridge, holding hands and dancing under the starry sky.

I finished the card by stamping the sentiment "Thinking of you" from the kit before I glued my scene on a white card base.

I have to say that I really had my doubts about this card kit, mainly because I hade already seen so many beautiful scenes where people had used the die cuts (remember I live in Norway and my kits take FOREVER to get here... lol) and I felt like everything I did would become copies of what had already been done.

Imagine my surprise when I ended up making so many cards and getting new ideas everytime I sat down by my craft table. There you go. Imagination is a lovely thing.

If you would like to see the first part of my 10 cards - 1 kit video you can have a look at it below:

I am adding this card to the following challenges:
* Simon say stamp wednesday challenge - For a special lady (This card is from a guy a know for a girl he loves)
* Time out challenges - #135 Inspired by words (Dancing under a starry sky)
* Inkspirational challenges - #186 Adventure (Love adventure in Venice)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Happy spring

Sometimes stamp images just make me giggle like crazy. That is the case with this naughty sheep from Skull and Cross Buns. He just seems like an old grump and when the sentiment is "Happy spring" it just cracks me up. I also placed a flower in his mouth and now he seems to say "Well... I am eating your flower bed. Try stopping me..." He is not just naughty. He is a thug!

Anyway; For this card I used the "Spring friends" card kit with a couple of additions. I started with the images and stamped the naughty sheep from the "Spring friends" stamp set and also stamped the bee and the daffodils from the "Spring motifs" stamp set. I stamped one of the daffodils in the sheeps mouth since he looked quite "hangry" (hungry and angry).

I colored the images using my copic markers before fussy cutting them. I also highlighted the images using a white gel pen.

I colored a blue "blob" on a white piece of cardstock to suggest a blue sky and I also cut a couple of grass borders using a Lawn Fawn die before coloring these. I colored both the sky and the grass using distress Oxcide inks. I also sprinkled a few drops of water on top of the colored elements to create some extra interest.

I layered the grass on top of the sky panel and cut the panel to size using a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn.

I then placed my images on the panel, popping some of them up on foam squares. I stamped the sentiment from the "Spring friends" stamp set and drew a flying trail for the bee.

I cut another stitched rectangle using one of the pretty patterned papers from the "Spring friends card kit" and glued it on a green card base also from the kit. To finish the card I popped the panel up on foam before I glued it to the patterned paper.

I hope you'll have a happier day than my sheep!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Of all the fish...

Hi. I'm back today showing another card from the March My Monthly Hero card kit. All the stamps used on the card is from the kit. I have to say that I am kind of deeply in love with the color combination on this card

I made thsi background by blending purple and blue distress oxcide inks and spritzed it with water to create bubbles. I cut the background panel to size using a Lawen Fawn stitched rectangle die.

I stamped the sentiment with versamark embossing ink and embossed the sentiment with Hero Arts copper embossing powder. It's such a beautiful color. I also stamped three sting rays and copper embossed these too.

I then stamped lots of the sea grass (and I mean lots) with different shades of green.

Before assembling the card I cut my sting rays and sea grass using the coordinating dies from the kit and then I glued everything in place. Some of the sea grass is flat on the card and some of them are raised on foam squares. I also popped the sting rays up on foam squares.

I cut the overhanging seagrass from the card panel before I raised the whole panel on foam tape and glued it to a white card base.

I am adding this card to the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp monday challenge - Add something metallic (copper embossing powder)
* The paper shelter - #381 Love is in the air
* Classic design team challenges - May challenge

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Blowing bubbles

One of the most fun things I do when making cards is combining stamp sets and making up stories that isn't in the original stamp sets.

I recently bought the adorable new "Butterfly kisses" stamp set by Lawn Fawn and by pairing it with the "Rub-a-dub-dub" stamp set, also by Lawn Fawn I created a cute blowing bubbles scene.

I started by creating a colorful sunset sky by combining pink, coral and yellow oxcide inks. I sprinkled some water to activate the inks. I then used the outside in stitched rectangle and stitched circle dies (also by Lawn Fawn) for my white window panel. I also colored a piece of cardstock using two green colors of oxcide inks and cut some grass using Lawn Fawn's grassy border die. I mounted the grass directly behind the white panel and popped the panel up on foam tape creating dimension between the sky and the grass.

I then started my stamping and coloring I stamped a heep of bubbles and the bubble bath bottle from the "Rub-a-dub-dub" stamp set. I masked the bottle to remove the "bath" from the bottle and drew some bubbles in it's place.

I also stamped the cute fox, three butterflies and the hand net. I masked the net to create a big soap bubble rod. I then colored all my images using Copic markers. I drew on some highlights using a white gel pen and covered all my bubbles using my Wink of Stella brush.

I placed my images on the card panel, some directly on the background, some on foam tape on the background, some on the white panel and some popped up on foam tape on the white panel. This created all kinds of different levels and dimension.

For my sentiment I stamped a sentiment from the "Rub-adub-dub" stamp set, clear embossed it and cut it into a banner using a stitched banner die. I popped the banner up on foam before glueing it on to the card panel.

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

I am adding this card to the following challenges:
* Lawn Fawnatics - #51 Card sketch
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Happy Birthday
* Time Out Challenges - #134 Playful
* The Card Concept - #114 Galoshes Galore (Inspired by the colors in a clean and layered style)

Friday, May 3, 2019

8 cards - 1 kit - My Monthly Hero - March 2019

I have been playing! Lots of playing using the My Monthly Hero card kit from March. When I got this kit in the mailbox I thought it would be fun, but I didn't expect myself to love it to bits like I have been doing. And I still have lots of ideas how to use it that I will have to investigate later.

You can see the video for my 8 cards below, but I thought I would showcase this card for you today. I made this card by cutting a pocket from a page protector and filling it with liquid glue, glitter and ink and then I fused the pocket using my fuse tool. I then colored the images from the stamp set "Fishy stamp and cut" using copic markers and a white gel pen. I also used my wink of stella brush to create some extra glitter.

I stamped the sentiment on the top part of the card and clear embossed it.

I then cut out the water from the fish bowl before I glued my own watery bag of glittery glue behind the image. I glued my fish in front of the "water" and placed the whole thing on a powder blue card base.

When you move the card the water also moves and the glitter just sparkles like crazy. You can see it in the video below.

I'm adding this card to the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Happy Birthday
* AAA Cards - #139 Sketch + optional twist shaker
* Time out challenges - #134 Playful 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Birthday card with an age

Hi everyone. I'm back today to share a new card made for the brand new challenge at The Male Room Challenge today. For this challenge we are using an age on the card.

My card is for my son's friend' 6th birthday which is coming up.

For this card I used supplies from the Uniquely Creative coloring kit from February. I love the cute little dino sleeping beside his stack of books.

The coloring is by copic markers with highlights by a white gel pen. I cut the images using coordinating stamps before moving on to the background.

I cut a piece of white cardstock to size using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die and blended yellow and green oxcide inks careful to make a soft, but still noticable difference between where the grass ends and the sunny sky starts. For the blending I used my new Picket fence Life Changing blending brushes. So much fun to work with.

I then used a sunshine stencil by MFT and white ink from hero Arts to create the sun and sunbursts. I sprinkled a few drops of water across the card to create depthin the background.

I then stamped the sentiment wich reads "6 years old" in Norwegian. My stamp set is from Citrus Twist and doesn't have the letter Å in it so I used a red cap embellishment from the kit to dot the A to make it an Å. I also colored the sentiment using my Copics.

I glued on my images on foam squares and scattered a few cap embellishments and stamped a couple of hearts and colored them red.

To finish my card I glued my card paenl on a white card base and covered the red hearts and the sentiments with glossy accents to add shine.

I hope you will join us in the age challenge the next couple of weeks.

I also urge you to take a look at the other design team members gorgeous makes. They all make me swoon. Below is a list of all the ladies on the team.
* Åsa (guest designer)
* Andreja
* Crafty Linby
* Faith 
* Lady Joyful
* Lise Mariann (That's me)
* Ma-Mi
* Monika
* Wei
* Ana

I'm adding this card to the following challenges:
* Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Happy birthday
* The library challenge - #32 All creatures great and small (Inspired by green hills and yellow sky)
* International art and soul - #57 Birthday