Saturday, November 27, 2010

Show your Distress Inks!

Or show me your inky fingers! This project turned into an Inky Fête with ink everywhere, even my nose glowed in green and glitter at one point, luckily enough I noticed it before leaving the house.

This started with the idea of a Christmas wreath and using the TH Tattered Florals die, the larger flowers have been a bit too large for the cards I've been making and I wanted to make good use of them too. I also wanted to incorporate fabrics to my project, before cardmaking I used to sew a lot and I've been missing the fun of using fabrics.

I cut out a huge pile of tattered florals from a white thin fabric, coloured them with green Distress Inks, stamped some of them with TH stamps, sprayed with Perfect Pearls, added Stickles to add pattern effect and to harden some of the flowers (didn't want them to hang down). They are layered on a cut out cardboard circle and a few of them are tucked in under the layered flowers to add dimension. Then some copper wire, tiny silver stars, red wooden beads and red ribbon to create interest. And some more Stickles!

I'm entering the Show your Distress Inks challenge at Simon Says Stamp an Show.

Hope you have some great plans for the weekend, I'll stay warm and comfy indoors and catch up with commenting. Still got the cold and it's -12 degrees outdoors, so lots of tea and blogs to visit is just what I need.

Hugs
Maarit

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!


Happy Wednesday! Time to pop over to Julia and have some fun! Didn't manage to visit so many last week as I had a bad cold, but aiming for all of you this week :)

The pic is very gloomy today, not much light outdoors as it's snowing today.
So from the left you can see the last Christmas card waiting for the finishing touches, storage for larger dies, cell phone, a tin with cut'n dry nibs and inks, stamps and adhesives. And not much more as there's no room for more, but it's easily cleaned! And half of it falls down to the floor, he he.

To my right I have a storage box with inks, an old rag to wipe off ink from craft sheet and stamps, the weights for weekly training, large pockets for paper scraps and a note board with thread storage.

And here's the finished card:
Image, scroll, snowflake and text are Penny Black (Christmas treasure set)
Versa Fine black ink, Distress Inks, Sakura glaze pens and Liquid Pearls
Cuttlebug snowflakes and Spellbinders ovals
Ribbon, gems, charm, threads and papers are from my stash

I'm entering:
Colour Create Challenge: Robin Egg Blue, Sea Foam Green, Cream and Winter
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Anything goes!
For Fun Challenges: Anything goes!
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: A fab sketch by Pauline
Simon Says Stamps Challenge: Let it snow!
Stampin' for The Weekend: Winter

Hugs
Maarit

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Wednesday evening!

I have four candy cones ready for the Christmas calender on my desk. I used Penny Black stamps and my favourites: Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, Stickles, Sakura pens and embossing powders. I can't pick just one favourite :)

Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Favourite things!

I also have a finished card and a just started wool cardigan waiting for my attention on my desk. Really need to speed up the knitting as I need that cardigan asap, the evenings are so cold, you should see me here with my extra socks and comfy home pullover, he he.

If you want to find out more about the Wednesday fun pop over to Julia's place.

Hugs
Maarit

Monday, November 15, 2010

Male spinner card?

Hmm, well a young boy might like it! God Jul is Merry Christmas in Swedish.

I used:
Penguin with attitude from Simon Says Stamp
Sakura pens for colouring and 3 D glue
Maja Design papers
MS border punch
Distress Inks for text stamping and paper distressing
Alphabet stamps, bits and pieces from my stash

I'm entering:
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Distressing
Simon Says Stamps Challenge: Prince Charming

Hope you're enjoying the week so far. We celebrated a birthday in the family yesterday and had a fab chocolate cake for dessert. Can there be any better way to start a new week!?

Hugs
Maarit

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Snowflakes!

Not a card today, can you guess what it is? Or maybe you visited me yesterday and already know... it's a part of a Christmas calender filled with chocs, yum! And I'm very boring this week, didn't even taste one, it's almost chocking, he he.

You can almost tell that I had to rush to take a photo, the hedgies are crocked as I wanted to catch the sun when it was out for a few seconds. Now when I've straightened the images it's cloudy and too dark for a pic, wonder if I can find some kind of fab light bulbs for the winter season. The sun is an unusual guest during the winter season over here, hmm, any season really :)

I used:
Penny Black stamps from the Christmas Treasure set and the Hugs! set
Derwent watercolour pens and Tsukineko clear embossing powder
A kitchen roll cut into four pieces with a thin and sharp knife, mind you fingers!
Cardstock for top and bottom and scrap pieces for covering the roll
Ribbon (from a super market, don't we all love bargains?) and DMC thread
Black Sakura pen, Christmas red Stickles and 3D glue
Cuttlebug snowflakes and numbers (Babyface) dies

I'm entering:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Let it snow!
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Snowflakes!
The ABC Challenge: H is for Holiday!

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs
Maarit



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk?

Happy Wednesday! I haven't been playing around for a while, but as I'm free from my course this week I have time to join and visit a few desks later today.

My crafty corner have real goodies for once as I'm making an advent calender. The tissue paper rolls will be transformed into small drums filled with chocs - yum!

I have some DT work for Penny Black at Allsorts hidden in the pile on my sewing machine, haven't yet decided which one to use, will probably make one more, if I'm picky?! Yes!!! But I'm sure the cards will find new homes anyway :)

Visit Julia if you want to join the Wednesday fun too!

Hugs
Maarit

Monday, November 8, 2010

A White Christmas

Hope you're having a good start on the new week. I did get loads of inspiration at the craft fair I visited at Saturday. They showed the most amazing quilts and loads of fabulous cards, so I'm in for a crafty week :)
We are having frosty mornings now, only - 7 degrees Celsius this morning, brr, and that gave some ideas for this all white card. It's glimmering beautifully in real life but the photo doesn't show all of it.

I used:
A digi download from Vintage Stamper, you can find the link at my sidebar.
Inkido butterfly stamp and TH corner, harlequin pattern, old script, clock and part of floral border, they are stamped with Tsukineko embossing ink and covered with Pearl Perfect Pearls.
3D glue, Crystal Stickles and Pearl Liquid Pearls.
Spellbinder ovals dies, butterfly die and embossing plate, TH tattered florals die for paper flowers and fabric leaves (tucked it in beneath one of the flowers).
Bazzill diamond edge die cut.
The charm is from Silverpärla, gems and silver thread is from my stash.

I'm entering:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: All white
Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenges: All white
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Favourite TH stamp - the clock
Stampin for the Weekend: A Sketch with a Twist

I'm keeping fingers and toes crossed so that Mr Blogger won't make my photo disappear again, See you soon!

Hugs
Maarit

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tiny beads all over


So here it is again (the pic seemed to disappear, maybe Mr Blogger wanted it for himself or is just playing silly games, hope this one stays) my first card with a charm on it. The card was waiting for me when I got home after the craft fair yesterday and it just needed some finishing touches. Sometimes those last minute ideas ruin everything...but I was exhausted enough after the fair to not have any grander illusions, he he.

I used:
Magnolia stamps for image and tag, Penny Black snowflake stamp
Derwent watercolour pens for colouring, Sakura glaze and metallic pens
Distress Inks for stamping and distressing, Frosted Lace Stickles
Cuttlebug snowflake die
Maja Design papers
DMC thread, charm from Silverpärlan, tiny beads from Panduro


I'm entering:
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Relish to embellish
For Fun Challenges: Use metal
Just Magnolia: Anything goes and the optional beads
The ABC Challenge: G is for Glitter
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Winter Wonderland and optional snowflake
Critter Sketch Challenge: Christmas...Anything Christmas
Stamp and Create Challenge: Tis the Season

Hope you're enjoying the weekend, we have a wonderful sunshine and frost today, cold but oh so beautiful!

Hugs
Maarit

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Twinkle, twinkle...

I recently got an order for Christmas cards with a special star on, but didn't have any stamps or dies that did fit in to the description and after spending hours (it felt like that) searching web shops with no result I almost gave up.
But as my friend really wanted a special card I began to think about how to make one; so I grabbed a pile of excess rubber from unmounted stamps, cut out chunky pieces and assembled them on EZ mount and ... voilá! A star was born! Or something resembling a star, he he. My friend was very happy with the result so I'm lucky.

I brayered and sponged Distress Inks on glossy paper to make the coloured background, stamped Stampabilities swirly background with Memories ink, stamped the star with golden Versa Color and heat embossed it with Tsukineko golden embossing powder, added dots with a golden Sakura pen. The orange backing paper is a Bazzill Bling and the green one is a digi paper distressed with Distress Inks.

I'm entering:
Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge: Pumpkin, Eggplant & Avocado
Love to visit them for all fab tips and workshops, there's so much inspiration!


Hope you're having a fab weekend full of fun, I went to a craft fair earlier today and brought home some things I really needed - adhesives and cardstock - and some other goodies, amongst them my first real charms for cardmaking, I'm suddenly feeling like a grown up, not only using home made things!

Thanks for visiting and any comments you may leave, love to read them and to be able to visit you too.

Hugs
Maarit

Monday, November 1, 2010

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"

A new month and time for a new challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts. We have a fab theme for you: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas". It's perfect for any Christmas card you want to make as long as you use a Penny Black image. Our prizes are fab too, too bad I can't join!

As this is my first challenge as a DT member I had to get some new stamps (any excuse will do) and found the wonderful clear stamp set called Christmas Treasures. I used the birdcage as an image, stars and text for the background, snowflake and snowflake scrolls for the decor paper. Love stamps I can use for decorating too!

I also used:
QK dies for flowers, leaves and stars
Cuttlebug dies for snowflakes and flowers
Spellbinders oval dies
Liquid pearls
Memories and Distress Inks
Tsukineko clear embossing powder for image
Buttons, gem and papers are from my stash.


I made a small treat box to go with the card, the Christmas wreath and the text are from the PB stamp set. I used a Tim Holtz alphabet die for God Jul (Merry Christmas in Swedish), a Sizzix die for the scroll and a EK Success corner rounder to create the scalloped edges.
The chocs were very yummie! (Chokladfabriken is Chocolate Factory in Swedish.) Will need to get some new for Christmas!
I need to make a few more Christmas cards too, I've already sold all I've made so far and I have an order waiting, but card making and blogging is slower now when I'm at a course three days a week. I'll visit my team buddies later today or tomorrow and you too if you join our challenge.

Thanks for visiting and big hugs to everyone,
Maarit