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
Maarit

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.

Hugs
Maarit

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!

Hugs
Maarit

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, Güterman 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
Maarit

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!
Maarit



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.

Hugs
Maarit

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.

Hugs
Maarit

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)

Hugs
Maarit

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
Maarit

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

Hugs
Maarit

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

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Think Pink

Are you thinking pink this month? I'm thinking pink five minutes every month since a close relative did get the dreaded diagnosis; she's well now thanks to the early discovery!

I used Magnolia stamps for the image and they are water coloured with Derwent pencils. Cuttlebug dies for snowflakes and fabric flowers. MS border punch for edges. Stickles, Liquid Pearls and Perfect Pearls for shimmer and sparkle. Distress Inks for paper distressing and stamping TH stamp (small swirl) on backing papers. Flower brad, ribbons and glitter thread are from my stash. (The glitter thread is used by fishers, thanks mum and Bengt!)

Just Magnolia: Think Pink!
Simon Says Stamps Challenge: Punch 'em!
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Let's get Punchy!
Friday Sketchers: Fab sketch by Jacque!

Thanks for visiting and take good care,

hugs
Maarit

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Romantic card

I found a fab sketch at Friday Sketchers this week, it was perfect for this card.

The image is from Vintage Stamper (you can find a link to her on my sidebar), it was printed on photo paper for the glossy look.

The design paper is Laura Ashley, thr edge punch is MS, the ovals are made with Spellbinders, the flowers and leaves are made with QK and Cuttlebug dies and two different Stickles gives some interest. Everything else is from my stash.

Hope you're having a good week so far and can stay warm and cozy.

Hugs
Maarit

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cool Dude


Hope you've had a wonderful week and are ready for a great weekend, I'm so ready for a relaxing weekend, bring me loads of chocolate, a blanket and a DVD film and I'll be more than pleased. I've just started a course to be able to go back to work again and it's fab, but I'm so sleepy today, he he.

So an easy card this time, the decor papers are digi downloads, stars are QK, alphabet and charm are Cuttlebug. The image is a fab Mo Manning coloured with Derwent watercolour pens, I added some metal details and shiny spots with Sakura pens. The brad is from my stash.

Some cards take me ages to finish but this one was a fast one, I bet the next one will be very time consuming!

Mo's Challenge Blog: Fab sketch to follow!
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: An easy no cook recipe to follow!

Thanks for visiting and any comments you may leave! Love to read them!

Hugs
Maarit

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Winter Wonderland

I've been playing with my Stampscape stamps again. I stamped them with Memories black ink and brayered the backgrounds with Distress Inks and added highlights with a Sakura white gel pen.
For the background paper I used a Hero Arts stamp, Versamark, pearly and sparkly embossing powder (a mix of two powders) and Distress Inks for distressing.
I also used QK flower die, Cuttlebug snowflake die and Spellbinders oval dies and Liquid Pearls. Brads, gems and ribbons are from my stash.

A Spoon Full of Sugar: Winter Wonderland
The ABC Challenge: F is for flowers
Thanks for visiting and for any comments you may leave!

Hugs
Maarit

Friday, October 8, 2010

The perfect blend

Today I had a lunch with hubby close to his office. It was a great treat as we usually are so busy and don't get much time just the two of us together. The lunch was a delicious buffet and I did even get a slice of a wonderful nut and toffee pie to the coffee. Yum! A good start for the weekend and perfect inspiration for a card.

I used a digi win from The Cutting Café, I printed it out as a draft to give a slight impression of a stamped image. I cut out several cups and glued them together and added shimmer with Sakura pens. Shame on me, no coloured image this time, it feels like I'm cheating :)
At least I did get inky fingers as I distressed the papers with Distress Inks!
The gingham paper is Laura Ashley and the others are from my scrap folders.
Ribbons and buttons are from my stash.

Cupcake Craft Challenges: Happy Hour!
For Fun Challenges: Something you bought and haven't used (the white ribbon, it's actually upside down, the colours of the other side don't match any of my papers)

Hope you're having fab plans for the weekend. I'll be sorting out a few cards for sale this weekend; the box with ready cards is bulging again and I will need some space for Christmas cards.

Hugs
Maarit

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Two very different cards today

The first one is for Simon Says Stamp And Show Challenge - show your numbers. I've used lots of TH stamps and his number masks, Distress Inks, Versa Fine, bleach to blend the black ink, Sakura pen, vintage downloads and Tsukineko embossing powder for the film strip. The film strip and the panel with the masked numbers are attached with 3D tape to add dimension to the card. Paper clips, edge and buttons are from my stash. I'm quite surprised with the result, didn't know I could make a card like this one.

This one was more predictable and I'm pleased with the result. I get so often carried away when making cards that I never know what I'll end up with.

I made a quilt pattern (an easy one) with small scrap pieces and distressed all the edges with DI. I used a MS punch to the red backing paper. I made a small sock, stamped the edges with a TH stamp, added some stitching for texture and Stickles and Liquid Pearls (the white border) for sparkle and shine. The sock is attached with 3D tape to create dimension.

A Spoon Full Of Sugar Challenge
: Sparkle and Shine.
Gingersnap Creations Blue Moon Challenge: Quilt Patterns

I'm honoured and very happy, I was picked as an Ancient Ages Ginger Gem. You made my day!

Thanks for visiting and any comments you may leave! Love to read them and to visit you too!

Hugs
Maarit

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Autumnal colours

Aren't the colours of autumn just glorious, so vibrant and hard to catch on a card, but beautiful in the crisp and clean air. I love to take walks and admire the leaves, but today the weather is so windy, maybe it calms down later. It's much better to stay warm and cozy in the craft room :)

I used Penny Black's Leopard's Bane for the image and the decor paper, and a Stampabilities background flourish around the image.
Distress Inks for stamping, distressing and colouring (the ribbon).
Alco Inks and marbles in a plastic box to create the smaller decor paper.
Prima flowers.
Tsukineko clear embossing powder for image.
MS border punch and Cuttlebug embossing plate and border.
QK small leaves die and a Sakura pen to draw the veins.
Acrylic paints to make the paper for the leaves.
Buttons, threads, ribbon and gem are from my stash.

For Fun Challenges: Fall
Stampin' for the Weekend: Autumn
Sir Stampalot Challenge: Autumn Breezes, Buttons and a Bow(s)
Simon Says Stamps Challenge: It's Autumn and a fab photo for inspiration

And you can also join Penny Black at Allsorts with colours of autumn, wonderful chances for prizes this month!

Thanks for visiting and leaving comments! Love to read them and to be able to visit you too.

Hugs
Maarit

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Distressed

I've been tearing, scratching and sandpapering to make this card and it still looks very clean. I guess it's the colour choice and the white background...well I tried and had fun whilst doing it :)

Stamps are TH : clock, script, umbrella man, sentiment and truck.
Distress inks for stamping and distressing (even on vellum; you need to heat fix it and it will give a nice parchment-like texture, how cool is that!?).
Perfect Pearls for shimmer and Distress Stickles for highlighting the truck.
Tsukineko and Distress Embossing powder.
Cuttlebug flower die and Sizzix flourish.
Notes on vellum is a download and I made good use of an old dictionary with a broken back. Brads are from my stash.

Simon Says Stamp And Show Challenge: Distressed/Sanded Projects

Hope you have some fab plans for the weekend, I was spoilt with a Cappuccino and a cake today and I'll even have time to create something autumnal :)

Thanks for visiting, hope to see you soon again!

Hugs,
Maarit

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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Maarit

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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Maarit

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)
Glitter
A new technique (colouring a digi stamp)

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Maarit

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!

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Maarit

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rome

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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Maarit

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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Hugs
Maarit

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!!!

Thanks for visiting and any comments you may leave! Love to read them and now my when my web connection is better I can visit you too!

Big hugs
Maarit

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!

Hugs
Maarit

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

video