Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

This is the last card for this year and it's for you! Many thanks for being there, it means a lot for me. I wish you all the best for 2011 - love, good health, peace and of course - a grand craftylicious year with lots of fun!

I used:
Magnolia glass image, Penny Black stamps for background (Leopard's bane and snowflake from the Christmas Treasures set), Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, Stickles, Liquid pearls, Tsukineko clear embossing powder, Papermania pearl brads, TH's Vintage Market alphabet die, Cuttlebug flower die, Anita's ribbon.

I'm entering:
Simon Says Stamps Challenge: Time to Party/Celebrate!
Just Magnolia: Anything goes!
For Fun Challenges: New Year!

Warm hugs

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk this 5th day of Christmas?

I have escaped from the kitchen to make a winter scene card, thought that I was done with all the wintery cards, but nope one more pops out just by accident. I had and still have an idea of brayering a fire work scene, but muddled up the inks and didn't want to throw away the piece so it became a wintery scene instead. I'm almost out of glossy cardstock now so I hope that next try works out.

But I could do with some craft shopping as there's a pile of rubbah just waiting to be mounted and some cut out pieces to make a home made one of.
Most of my stamps are stored on these laminated sheets. I have unmounted some of the smaller ones from their wood blocks, it's easier to store them like this and it was a question of storing clothes or stamps. I still need the clothes!

Here's a the few with wood blocks and the pile of often used clear stamps. Love to just look at the TH stamps...does it sound silly?! He he, well it won't harm anyone!

Visit Julia if you want to join the desk tour.


Monday, December 27, 2010

A Sunset Card

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas filled with love and laughter. We have still a few left overs in the fridge, but the cookies and the sweets disappeared at once!
I have had time to craft with some of the pressies that Santa brought - a scalloped circle nestie and a text stamp from an Elusive Stamps set - and made a male card.

The sunset image was masked and brayered with Distress Inks on glossy paper and stamped with images from Stampscapes. The highlights were added with a white Sakura pen.
The wooden panels were distressed with D Inks, stamped with Hero Arts wooden background, embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and then distress again with the darkest D Ink.
Brads and card holders were coloured with Alco Inks, copper thread and ribbon are from my stash. The design paper is an Origami paper. The text was heat embossed with Tsukineko clear powder.

I'm entering:
Friday Sketchers: A fab sketch to work with.
Moving Along With The Times: Anything goes (not Christmas).
Scrapbook sisters: It's a mans world!

Wonder if it's possible to make a firework image with a brayer, sounds like a perfect project before New Years Eve, see you later!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Have A Wonderful Christmas!

We're ready for Christmas here, all decorations are up, the pressies are gathered around the tree and most of the food is prepared. Cookies, a fruit cake and sweets safely stored in tins and my sons are still fast a sleep, so I had time for some just for fun tags.

I used some free ornament tags as a base and covered them with MME Bella Bella paper, distress them with Distress Inks, filled in the pattern with a white Sakura pen, stamped with Penny Black stamps from the Christmas Treasure set (a wonderfully versatile set) with Colorbox Frosty white (best white ink so far) and embossed them with a sparkly pearl powder (mixed two powders to get the effect).

These three were covered in cardboard (cut it out from a box, just peel off the side with stripes on it), glued on glitter, G├╝terman metal effect thread, a fabric star, paper from an old dictionary, scraps and tiny beads. The stamp is a free Squiggly stamp from a magazine; the hair and clothes are paper pieced and the face is coloured with Derwent watercolours. Added glittery effects with Sakura pens and Stickles.

I'm entering:

Simon Says Stamps Challenge: Anything goes
For Fun Challenges: Anything goes
Critter Sketch Challenge: Anything Christmas
By The Cute And Girly: For Children
Stampin' for the Weekend: Christmas

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas!

Warm hugs

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What's On Your Christmas Workdesk?!

Happy Wednesday! Time for a snoop around the desks again, visit Julia if you want and have time to join the fun.

I have a male card on my desk today, I used lots of TH stamps and Hero Arts grid pattern to make it. The design paper is MME Bella Bella, the metal thingie says Change Your Perspective and I think it's from one of hubby's shirts, it fits in with the travel them. I'm entering Sir Stampalots Challenge with it.

The finished coffee filter album is hidden again, I'll show it the 1st January. I'm altering Christmas tags with a free stamp from a magazine and have a pile of cardboard cut out from a box, will use bits of it for the tags.

My crafting and commenting has been slow since the two bombs here in Stockholm, I had plans to visit a shop just by one of the bomb sites that day but luckily I had to do something else and none of the shoppers was hurt. Just now I'm looking forward to a peaceful Christmas with family and lots of cakes and chocolate. The best cure for mojo downs :)

I wish you all the best for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!

Good morning bloggers! Hope you're having a great week, I'm working with a DT project and have almost managed to hide it but a small sneak peak can't harm. You can see that it involves coffee filters, hole punch, distress inks and clear stamps. I've even used my sewing machine, well hidden under it's cover. But a small tip, don't use a lot of adhesives where you're going to sew, they smear the needle awfully. I always learn the hard way! Hope I'll remember it next time and that I remember to change the needle, he he.

Above my desks I have to shelves with things I often use : brushes, dies, embossing powders in boxes, a mini suitcase with Stickles and adhesives, tins with pens and embellies. And all small bits and bobs I think could be useful sometime!

Visit Julia to join the Wednesday fun! I'll come back for visits after work.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!?

Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you're having a fabulous week so far. Yesterday evening Mr Postman delivered me some new goodies and for the first time without a new stamp, it feels strange, love to play with new stamps, but I have a few uninked I could use. Never thought I would have some unused stamps!
I have a new knitted hat on the desk and a card for someone very special, must remember to post it tomorrow. Oh, and now I spy my hanging bin, need to empty it.

Visit Julia if you want to join the fun of visiting desks too.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

For someone special

Hope you're keeping warm or staying cool, depending on where you live, and that you're not stressing to much with this seasons preparations. I'm done with the cards and the shopping, so easy with the web shops! So I treated myself to some time in the craft room and played with a fantastic stamp set from Penny Black called Illuminations, I used it both for the image and the backing paper. So nice to leave the Christmas card making for lovely flowers.

I also used:
Old page from a dictionary coloured with Distress Inks.
Tsukineko embossing stamp pad and embossing powder for the image.
Distress Inks to make the image pop, for stamping and distressing the backing paper and for the Prima Flowers.
Liquid Pearls for flowers and Perfect Pearl mist for flowers, backing paper and image, the poor daylight doesn't make any justice to the fab shimmer.
MS border punch, gems and ribbon from my stash ( I actually cut the very short piece of ribbon in halves, it still looks as it goes all the way around).

Simon Says Stamps Challenge: a fab sketch by Domi, thanks sweetie!
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: stamp on anything but white card
Moving Along With The Times: for someone special (can't tell, it will be a surprise)


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!?

Happy Wednesday everyone! Time to have a good snoop around all fab work desks, visit our Desk Queen Julia if you want to join the fun.

So what did I have on my desk this morning? I was finishing two Christmas Crackers. Two wooden rings; don't know what to make with them yet. A chewing gum tin with Sakura pens. Bottle with varnish and a bottle with PVA glue. And yes, the sewing machine cover I've made years ago :)

I'm keeping it short and sweet today, will visit as many I can!

I used stamps from Penny Black, The Christmas Treasures set. Laura Ashley design paper, embossing powder, Sakura pens and MS border punch.

I'm entering:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Monochrome Christmas
By The Cute And Girly: Children (the crackers are for children, big and small)

Keep safe and warm

December Challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts

Already December... and it means that we have a new challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts, perfect to keep the Christmas stress away. This month the theme is:

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.

You can create absolutely anything you like showing what the theme means to you; Nature, fairies, love, your favourite colour, animals and so on. The choice is yours, as long as you use a Penny Black stamp or Stickeroo as the central focus of your work.

The choice was easy for me, it had to be something related to the beauty of Mother Nature and as I needed one more Christmas card I made a winters night scene. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out in the end.

I used:
Ornament and sentiment stamps from Christmas Treasure set
Tsukineko golden embossing powder
Scrap pieces for trees and snow, the blue paper is a Laura Ashley, old dictionary paper for backing.
They are all distressed with Distress Inks (sponged or with Cut n dry nibs) for depth
Small glass beads sewn with golden thread to paper
Crystal and Frosted Lace Stickles and Distress Inks to create snow shadows
Golden ribbon from my mum

I'm also entering:
The ABC challenge: I for Ice and Snow