Thursday, September 30, 2010

Some exciting news!!!

I'm honoured and very excited to be a part of the very talented DT at Penny Black at Allsorts!
I'm so excited that I can't sit still and colour images, I start to think about new things to try and what new stamps I might need, he he. So today I have a downloaded image! I've had it in my drawer since last Christmas and didn't write down where it came from, could be from one of the blogs at my sidebar (the digi download list).

I've added some more colour to the image with Rangers Cut-n-Dry brush tips and Distress Inks, the edges are also distressed with inks.
I used fabric and Cuttlebug folders for the flowers and some fab small pearls. The drew drops are made with a glue gun and Liquid Pearls. I've also added Liquid Pearls to the K&C edge and the embossed panels (Cuttlebug). The image is placed on a Spellbinder label.

Colour Create Challenge: All White and the optional embossing
Friday Sketchers: A fab sketch by Jeanette!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Indian Summer

I'm still trying to find out how to use the Stampscapes stamps and how to make decorated cards with the images, so bear with me for showing my test results :)

I used the stippling technique with Distress Inks on glossy paper to create the background, stamped the images (with Memories and DI) and coloured them with Rangers Cut-n Dry brush tips and DI, and added highlights with Sakura pens.

For decoration I used Cuttlebug corner dies, home made dewdrops created with Glue Gun and Stickles, DYMO labeller with card stock, ribbon, plants and tag from stash.

By The Cute And Girly: Indian Summer
Stampin' for the Weekend: Tag it!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Success with a digi stamp

Phew! At last I've managed to colour a digi stamp! I had issues with the ink smearing, but I found out that printing drafts and letting the image to dry a few days was the answer to my problems. So now I can use my Mo Manning stamps I won at a challenge. Yay!

I used watercolour pens, Sakura glitter and glaze pens, a bit too much Stickles, Dimensional Magic, sewing machine and bits and pieces from my stash. And no decor papers!

Mo's Digital Challenge: Bling, bling and more bling!
Moving Along With The Times:
A button (or more)
A new technique (colouring a digi stamp)

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Grunge card

It's fun that something starts as a music style and evolves to a style of crafting! Some people are saying that the grunge music doesn't exist any more, but we can still listen to the old goodies and craft grunge :)

I used TH stamps (bird, swirl, letter and sentiment), Distress Inks, Versa Color, Perfect Pearls, Stickles, Tsukineko embossing powder, Sizzix swirl die, QK and CB flower dies and small findings from my stash.

Simon Says Stamp and Show: Grunge
Gingersnap Creations: Neutrals and one colour

Hope you'll have a fab weekend filled with lots of fun!


Thursday, September 23, 2010


Gingersnap Creations has a wonderful variety of inspirational challenges and tutorials. The Ancient Ages Challenge caught my thoughts at once, could I make something and how. I remembered a trip to Italy when I was young, the chalky touch and the soft colour of terracotta and the muted green leaves (...and the food and the Italians!).

The image is a computer download transferred with reverse glue technique to add shine. The green paper was made with Distress Inks. The decor paper was made: -with a layer of Gesso, scratched with a plastic knife when it still was wet
-a colour wash of acrylics, the excess wiped off with a wet rag
-a Judikins stamped with Distress Ink

The bay leaves are made of a paper painted with acrylics, stamped with Exchangeable clear stamps with golden Versa Craft, heat embossed with golden Tsukineko powder and then cut out and layered to look like a laurel wreath (I can recommend the Tsukineko embossing powders, the really pop up).

The bling pearls are K&C and the chipboard is from my stash. I guess that the prisoners in Colosseum did want to escape their fate and we want to escape our every day life when visiting Rome!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lace it up!

And boy, did I find a lace big enough for this card!? It has been hidden amongst all the fabrics until I went through all the piles and found it.
I started the card making with thoughts full of muted colours, but my hands reached out for the brighter ones and the card became summer influenced.

I used watercolour pens for the Magnolia image.
Decor paper is Maja Design.
Glitter was added with Worn Lipstick and Faded Jeans Stickles.
Butterflies were cut out with a pair of sharp scissors.
Everything else is from my stash.

Just Magnolia: Lace it up!
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Anything goes!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

House Mouse Christmas

Last year I stamped this fab House Mouse on the envelopes for Christmas cards, but he didn't get a card of his own. This is the first time he's coloured too! Hm, or is he a she?! Not easy to tell :)

I used Derwent watercolour pens and gave him a few speckles with golden embossing powder on one side, you might be able to see them if you click on the pic.

The text and the brads are also embossed ( it's an easy way to change the colour of your brads, just heat them and dip them in the embossing powder and heat again, repeat until you have a nice coat on them - don't hold them with your fingers as they get very hot!).

The text says Merry Christmas in Swedish and is made with Exchangeable clear stamp alphabet.

Decorpapers are Laura Ashley, the scallop edge was made with EK Success corner rounder, circles were cut with a QK die, I also used Stickles and Distress Inks.

The oval is a chipboard coated with Crackle paint and Dimensional Magic. Thread is from my stash.

House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge: fab sketch by Lorraine and Two-Year Anniversary Blog Hop! Congratulations!!!

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Big hugs

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Let's move it!

A happy hello to everyone! I've tried something new again, this time it's a spinner card. The fab penguin lady spins around from one side to the other. You can easily find fab spinner card tutorials on Youtube if you want to try one too :)

The decorpaper is Maja Design, buttons and thread are from my stash, the image is coloured with my youngest sons Alpha Markers. Thanks W! (Yes I know, I shall buy my own markers!)

You can see the rest of the material here:

If you have a Stampin' up window word punch it will be perfect, it has better depth and rounded corners. Can't recommend the alphabet stamps above, they smell :(
I bought them for nothing at my local book shop, you often get what you pay, eh?

Simon Says Stamps Challenge: Move it!

Hope you'll have a fab weekend!


Here's a first try with a video, sorry for the poor quality.
The penguin can spin much faster!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Red and brown, a new colour combo

Yes I know, red and brown isn't a new colour combo, but I think it's the first time I use them for a card. Isn't it funny that you can feel very bold when using new colours for a card. Some people try scuba diving or hang gliding...well I'm not that bold, hehe.

Stamps: Magnolia
Colouring: Derwent watercolour pens
Decor papers: small pieces from my scrap folder
Tools: MS border punch
Accessories: bling pearls are K&C, Distress Inks for distressing
Flowers (attached to each other with floral stem tape), satin heart and ribbon are from my stash.

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge: Fall colours
Cupcake Craft Challenges: A fab sketch by Lovely Liza
Moving Along With The Times: Christmas
Sir Stampalot Challenge: All distressed
The ABC Challenge: D is for distressing

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Halloween kit

Hope you're having a fab weekend! I've been making a Halloween kit with two second hand Magnolia stamps, they've been waiting a few months in a drawer for some ink, I almost forgotten the poor things! But I'm sure Dracula is used to wait in small dark places, he he.

Edwin is coloured with watercolour pens, highlights are made with white, clear and clear metallic Sakura pens.
The larger decor paper is made with a Magnolia pumpkin.
The bats (nameless foam stamps) are heat embossed with Distress embossing powder.
Flowers and leaves are made with Cuttlebug and QK dies and sprayed with Perfect Pearls. I also used Liquid Pearls. Ribbon, buttons and spider are from my stash.

I made a small box in the shape of a coffin to match the card. Cuttlebug and QK dies are used to make the layered flowers. The white roses are made from quilled long papers strips.
It's a pity I can't show the fab golden shimmer the lid has, I took so many pics and not one of them shows the sprayed golden Perfect Pearls.
You can see golden Distress Stickles and maybe some of the last drops of Star Dust (on the white roses). The spikes around the edge are made with Liquid Pearls.

Here's the inside, a recycled decor paper and Edwin again. Had to use him twice as I had forgotten him for so long :)

Simon Says Stamp: Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas and blog hop!
Cupcake Crafts Challenges: Books or Stories - Count Dracula!
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Animal Crackers - bats, Count Dracula transforms into different animals too!

Have a great Sunday evening, I'll go blog hopping soon.


Monday, September 6, 2010

A Party Invitation

I found a lovely criss cross card tutorial in Magnolia Ink Magazine. I added a colourful decorpaper, a matching button and a velvet lace for the vest.
Faux stitching and a button for the jacket
And liquid pearls for the shirt. The invitation card slides in between the shirt and the yellow decorpaper.
Here's the invitation card; Edwin is coloured with watercolour pens, the belt buckle and the glasses did get a coat of Stickles (shock and horror, the Star Dust bottle is soon empty!) before I added some Dimensional Magic.
I don't know about the colouring, doesn't Edwin look like he needs a diet?!

Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Pearls and Lace and optional Magnolia image
Moving Along With The Times: Real or Faux Stiching

Thanks for visiting! Many hugs to lighten your Monday!


Friday, September 3, 2010

Still working with the 8 is enough project

I'm following the 8 is enough project, in which you create four diverse layouts or cards with just eight products from your stash of leftovers. (Basics like cardstock, a trimmer, and fonts count as "freebies.") So here we go again with the Christmas Tilda, velvet ribbon and Laura Ashley papers. This time Tilda did get a 3D head, it looks so much better with the bulky flowers.

The other products I used were a Cuttlebug, a tin with brads and bling, a folder with with red and green paper scraps (some of them were already stamped pieces), a text stamp (not shown above) and a Judikin stamp (see the swirly leaf pattern in the circle above).

Stampin for the Weekend: Shabby or Vintage

A Spoon Full of Sugar: fab sketch by Paola

Just Magnolia: Anything goes or crackle effect

Hope you have some fab plans for the weekend. I have a lot of apples and pears to take care of and this year I'll be trying some new recipes for marmalades.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Summer lovin'

Trying to keep up the summer feeling? I sure am! Even though we have only 5 degrees Celsius in the early morning he he. During daytime it's still warm enough to go out in a cardigan.

This card was made with the emboss resist technique, the PB stamp was heat embossed with clear and all the background papers were coloured with three different Distress Inks. I was a bit heavy with the water spraying and the card is now will get some pressure to straighten up.

Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Summer lovin'

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