Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chrismas Drawer Box

I've seen many drawer boxes and thought that I would give it a try. They are very easy to make so I added an easel card. I thought this could make a perfect box for a chocolate lover hence the brown and beige colours. The image isn't a Christmas one, but with some glitter over the grass and the flowers it can work as one. Now when I look at it I think I'll add some more of my white glitter. And that I need to buy some more Penny Black stamps :)

Stamps: Penny Black image and Kortmakaren sentiment, it says Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year in Swedish.
Colouring: Derwent watercolour pens
Decor paper: Panduro
Tools: QK leaves, square punch for drawer, Spellbinder label dies
Accessories: embossing powders, glitter, brads, Distress Inks, ribbon, thread, buttons, Stickles and Dimensional Magic

Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Christmas in July

Hope you are comfy and have lots of fun crafts to work with today.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday 60

Happy Wednesday evening! This week I have a better pic of my sewing machine cover. I love to sew but I've been neglecting my sewing machine for my new hobby, card making. I have some fabrics waiting so I've been tidying up the workdesk. There's a finished card and a used stamp I'll sell. I've been moving it around for some weeks now.

And here's my ironing board aka my work desk. Some papers for a blue Christmas card, new adhesives and my small waste bin. Oh and you can see I have a magazine under the craft sheet, some of my stamps gives better images when I have this extra layer beneath when stamping.

If you want to see more work desk, visit Julia!
I'll try to visit as many as I can :)


Vintage Tilda

I tried to make a vintage Tilda Christmas card without the usual Christmas decorations, got a friend who doesn't do Christmas but I want to send a card to her in December.

I'm quite pleased with how this pic turned out, you can actually see the Perfect Pearls shimmer on the white card base. They are so difficult to capture on a photo. The flowers do look a much better IRL though, you can't have everything, eh?

Stamps: Magnolia image, plate to sit on and text, TH flourishes for card base
Colours: Derwent watercolour pens
Decor papers: MME and a download music sheet
Tools: QK flowers and leaves, Cuttlebug flowers and vintage ornament, Sizzlitz flourish, Spellbinder oval
Accesories: Perfect Pearls, Distress Inks, Miss Cutie Pie Ticket, Liquid Pearls, embossing powders
Gems, brads and ribbon are from my stash.

Just Magnolia: vintage
Cupcake Craft Challenges: pastel Christmas
Friday Sketchers: a fab sketch this week too
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: dots (Tildas clothes)

Hope you're having a fab week so far.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Gingersnap Creations has a lot of fun challenges going on, one is Sunshine.

I didn't come up with the idea for this card myself, I followed one of Michelle Zindorf's fab brayer tuts but used other stamps and inks.

The background is brayered with Distress Inks on Glossy Paper and I used masks to create the sun and the reflection of it. The stamps are TH and highlights are added with a white Sakura pen. The dew drops are coloured with Alco Inks to get a better colour match. The dragonfly brad is from my stash.


Monday, July 26, 2010

One Layer Wednesday 13- Christmas in July

This week on One Layer Wednesday the theme is Christmas. Perfect for my PB tree and the Landstoken sentiment that says "Time for Advent".
I had envisioned the layout and thought that this one would be an easy one layer, but it took some time and some stamping to get the colours right. In the end I used two Distress Inks for the PB stamp as one wasn't enough, it looked so lifeless. I inked the stamp with a light green and added a darker green ink by gently tapping the ink pad on the stamp. It made all the difference. Wish I could take better pics to show the difference.
I coloured the bird with a black Sakura pen and added some Stickles to the image too. The card was finished with an EK Success corner rounder.


Friday, July 23, 2010

A Lazy Hazy Summer Day

Good evening! Hope you're ready for a relaxing weekend. The weather has at last turned cooler today, only around 20 Celsius. Perfect for a paint project. I have painted an ordinary wooden frame with acrylics, then stamped on the wet paint with a TH rubber flourish. It gives a fab effect. If you don't get a good impression on the first try, just brush over it and stamp again.

Remember to use good quality stamps and to clean the rubber stamp with a damp cloth after stamping on wet acrylics.

Here's the final result, MIL created the patterned fabric and I put an Inkido butterfly there.

Sir Stampalot: Lazy Hazy Days Of Summer


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yet another Tilda cook card this week

I had almost forgotten that I had this Tilda. So this week she's in good use, hope you won't get bored with her :)

Stamps: Magnolia
Colours: Derwent watercolours and Distress Inks
Tools: MS border punch
Decorpapers are a Shabby Princess download, a Panduro and a K&C.
Flowers, brads, golden half pearls, ticket and ribbon ( a white ribbon coloured with inks) are from my stash.

Just Magnolia: follow a fab sketch by Bev, this was lovely to work with
Stampin' for the weekend: follow recipe- 3 decor papers, 2 flowers and 1 ribbon


Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday 59

Happy Wednesday everyone! This time I'll show my real workdesk, it's a fab but tiny working space. I've got a box with cards ready for use and for selling (I was lucky enough to sell all my cards in June, so I need to make a lot more). A pile of papers, my Cuttlebug and my sewing machine.
As you can guess I'm not working here. I'm using my ironing board as a workdesk, but not today as I need to do some ironing. Sad but true.
Here's a pic of my stamp positioner! I use it for sentiments and for one layer cards.
My sons have abandoned their LEGO blocks so I used a few of them to build it. I guess you can use whatever you want as a corner, some metal tools can stain the paper though. The acetate sheet is from a Spellbinder package. Love to reuse things and spend on new stamps :)

Oh, I almost forgot the link for Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday 59, it's here!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Warm pink, white and chocolate

Hope you're having a fab weekend! I've had fun making this card. It was such a fab sketch to follow, easy and rewarding. After working with this card for a while I want to eat a strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Cards do effect us in funny ways :)

Stamps: Magnolia image, Panduro cupcake, Kortmakaren sentiment (it says Happy Birthday in Swedish)
Colours: watercolour pens, Distress Inks, Versa Color, Liquid Pearls, Perfect Pearls, Alco Inks
Tools: Spellbinders Labels and butterfly dies, QK flower and leaves dies, Cuttlebug flower dies
Decor papers are from my scrapheap. I'm still working my way through it, he he. But it helps to make own flowers with many layers!

Cupcake Craft Challenges: Acetate
Colour Create Challenge: Girly with warm pinks, white and chocolate
Creatalicious Challenges: 3D something
Friday Sketchers: fab sketch by Janneke
Simon Says Stamps Challenge: use fruit, there's strawberries on the cupcakes

Thanks for visiting and your comments. Love to read them!


Friday, July 16, 2010

One Layer Wednesday 12-Watercolour

At One-layer-Wednesday the challenge is to use watercolour and I do love to colour with my watercolour pens from Derwent. I usually stamp the image with inks and then colour it, this time I coloured the stamp itself with the watercolours. It was quite tricky to get enough water but not too much. I guess the card could be better, but I'm embracing imperfection this time as well as all the soft whiteness.

As usually with one layers I now have a pile with not so good cards, I'll hide the ugly stamping with decor papers and no one will ever know :)

I stamped with Penny Black's Leopard's Bane and a sentiment from Kortmakaren. It says Thank You in Swedish. I used my stamp positioner to get the text on place, this stamp is just awful to get straight by eye sight. At least I can't...

Hope you get a fab day filled with crafting and sunshine!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Thought I would join the fun and show my work desk at WOYWW. As I got problems with my back I'm mostly standing when crafting and my work desk is an ironing board covered with a waxed table cloth. My messy crafting easily leaves stains. Glamorous crafting at it best :)

From the left you can see my tool box with everything I need for stamping. My IPod, love to listen to a book when crafting. Craft sheet, cutting mat and a container for beads. You can read more about the card in my earlier post. The towel to the right is for cleaning off ink from stamps and craft sheet. The jug contains small tools I often use.
Here's my toolbox with all my inks. The cut out sponges are for distressing and the LEGO construction is my Stampamagic tool. I'm using it with a plain piece of acetate.

Thanks for visiting!


Peach and Pink Fairy-now with faux stitching :)

Good morning! Hope you're all doing well. We're enjoying the heat and the white nights, taking cool dips in the sea and eating ice cream. In November we'll be embedded in cold a darkness again, but that's far far away :)

Crafting is a bit slow now and my colouring skills, has gone on a vacation. Can't get the colours to work as I want. Small worries, eh?

Image is from The Greeting Farm and text is Magnolia. I used watercolour pens and a lot of Stickles. Magical Dimensions for her hair to get a shine ( her hair did turn greyish, doh). Butterfly is Spellbinders (stamped with Inkido butterfly with embossing ink) and leaves are QK (stamped with TH script). Flowers are made with QK and Cuttlebug dies. The flower and leaves did get some highlights with Liquid Pearls and the butterfly is heat embossed to get some shine.
Tulle ribbon, gems and decor paper are from my stash.

Creatalicious Challenges: fab sketch to follow and stitching
Colour Create Challenge: baby pink, peach and black with the optional tulle

Thanks for visiting and any comments you may leave,

big hugs

Monday, July 12, 2010

One-Layer Wednesday 11: Be Funny!

Good morning! Hope you had a fab weekend and are ready for a new week. I'm ready for much more stamping. At Saturday I bought some more storage for my crafty stuff . It has multiplied since I started to make cards so some new storage will make it easier to find everything. Eventually!

This week Susan Raihala at Simplicity wants to see some fun one layered cards and the colours should reinforce the fun. This was challenging, it's easier with a spoken joke, you get the reaction at once. I love that! But I do find my chosen Magnolia stamp fun in a quiet way. Maybe not my chosen watercolours though :)

Edwin did get copper red hair and freckles and colourful clothes, he reminds me of my brother when he was young. He had the brightest copper red hair you'd ever seen...and freckles...and was always up to something

The fab gems are KC and the text is handwritten with Sakura. The orange gems against all the whiteness makes me think about egg yolks.

I might colour the cock black instead to match the orange colour better.

Thanks for visiting,


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tilda card

One more just for the fun of it! Followed a layout at the crop and I do believe I got everything right this time. That doesn't happen too often. Instead I went a bit too far with the Perfect Pearls gold, it was so fun but as my youngest son told me "you need to know when to stop"! He's talented at Arts :)

Stamps are Magnolia and Inkido. I used watercolour pens and Distress Inks for colouring. Decor paper and tickets are free print outs. Flowers are QK, flourish is Sizzlits and ovals are Spellbinders. Halfpearls are KC and ribbon is from my stash.

Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Seaside Tilda

Hope you've had a good week! We've been an a small trip to a rented cottage by the seaside. Love the seaside when the weather is as hot it is now. They've been talking about a tropical heatwave coming up here. He he, tropical and Sweden are as far as they can be from each other in my mind. Anyhow, we'll need some cooling colours in the heatwave :)

Decor papers: an old Funky Fairys (sadly they don't excist any more) and one that I stamped and coloured with Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls
Stamps: Tilda,text and label from Magnolia, Impression Obsession for the decor paper
Colours: Derwent watercolour pens, Liquid Pearls, Stickles
Tools: Sisslitz swirl die, Spellbinders oval and butterfly, QK leaves and flower, Cuttlebug flower
Ribbon, brads and dew drops are from my stash.
The flowers are made by several layers of die cuts fastened with brads, sprayed with water and curled up. For the orange flower I made a paper with my acrylics and Perfect Pearls to get the wanted colour. For the smaller ones I used some small scrap pieces.

By the Cute and Girly: warm and summery days
Friday Sketchers: fab sketch by Jacque
Gingersnap Creations: HEAT (used the HEAT colours for the flower)
Just Magnolia: recipe- one ribbon, two decor papers, three flowers
Simon Says Stamps challenge: photo inspiration
Sir Stampalot challenge: Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

Thanks for visiting and any comments you may leave. They do brighten my days!


Friday, July 9, 2010

Butterfly love

Still showing cards from the midsummer crop. We made cards with inspiration from a song. I did chose one about a local park, Haga, and its butterflies. It's a very beautiful formal park, we call it English style here :)

The fab decor paper is from Websters Pages, butterflies are Inkido, text is Magnolia and half pearls are KC. The butterflies are embossed and 3D. The antennas are made by flower stems. All paper edges are distressed with Distress Inks. I cut out the banner by hand- I'm very proud of it, he he.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Small book for layouts

I made this small book for layouts for the midsummer crop at Swedish Scrapbooking. Now I can have them all in one place, that's my hope, he he. I just need to remember to put them there. That can be troublesome as I find it much more tempting to start the make of a new card.

Decorpaper is fab Websters Pages. I stamped on it with some TH stamps. (It feels odd to stamp on a fab paper, doesn't it?) I used Distress Inks.
Flourish and alphabet are Sisslitz. Green flowers are Prima. The fussy flowers are made with QK and Cuttlebug dies. Ovals are Spellbinders. Small baby blue half pearl look a likes are made with Liquid Pearls.

Thanks for visiting!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Stampscapes card

Love to play with my Stampscapes, but I'm less sure about glossy papers. I have tried with different inks to get a stamped image that stays without smudging if touched. I believe that receivers like to touch their cards!
At least the Distress Inks works beautifully when I'm colouring. I used masks and stippled the background colours. I have added some fireflies (or they could be fairies!) and flowers with Sakura pens.
Birds and sentiment are TH. Green flower is Prima. All other embellies are from my stash.

This is also one of the cards I made for the Swedish Scrapbooking crop.

Thanks for visiting!


Saturday, July 3, 2010

OLW goes patriotic

Good afternoon everyone! Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Yesterday we went to the Old Town of Stockholm, it dates back to the 13th century. There were a lot of tourists enjoying the good weather, the Royal Castle and all narrow winding cobbled streets. Just as we did :)

That really set me up for Susan Raihala's One Layer Wednesday Challenge as the challenge this week is to make a patriotic card honouring your own country's heritage.

The use of Three Crowns is an old tradition here, so I made good use of the TH crown. I stamped it with Versa Color gold and embossed it with golden embossing powder. The sentiment is also TH and stamped with Distress Ink Broken China. I believe that our forefathers had a lot of dreams that they made come true.
Three golden half pearls were needed to balance the card.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Keeping it clean

Hope you're all well and comfy! I'm done with all the meetings for this week and enjoying the glorious sunshine. Mostly in the shadow or indoors at midday I might add, I'll only turn red in the sunshine even with thick layers of SPF 30.

I've gone for the clean look with this card, nice as a change. The sentiment says Happy Birthday in Swedish. My first attempt to sew the checks to create a quilt effect was very awkward, I sat there sweating, he he. But my second try was better. Sometimes the clean look is more difficult to create, with a lot of embellies you can always hide your small faults.

Image: Penny Black and Kortmakaren
Colours: watercolour pens, Stickles for gift and grass
Tools: Nestabilities, sewing machine
Papers are from my stash. The blue one is glossy to add more interest to the card.

Simon Says Challenge: Check it out!
Penny Black Saturday: Paper Patch
A Spoon Full Of Sugar: Animal Crackers (sorry, couldn't get my teenage sons to leave their computer games for card making, isn't that surprising, he he)

Thanks for visiting and any comments you may leave.