Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter Blues

We have a new lovely challenge at Sweet Stampin'; Black and White with a splash of colour. We're being sponsored by Marianne Designs and Di's Digis with a fantastic prize for the winner, check our blog for all details and the teams fabulous projects.

I went for my fav colour, blue, obviously! I've seen a lot of this kind of cards lately so I thought that I've have a go too.

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamps: Photo Inspiration

Materials used:
Inkylicious trees stamped with black Versa Fine ink on to water colour card.
Torn copy paper to make masks for the slopes.
The blue Distress inks were added with the stippling technique.
Splattered Gesso for wild snow fall look, tiny beads for texture, extra dots made with a white Sakura pen.
Stickles for icy feel.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated. Have a wonderful weekend sweeties! I'll have a relaxing weekend, it has been two busy weeks at work and now at last I can put my feet up for a moment and have a choccie or two before the Christmas preps. Stay safe and warm!


Love and hugs
Maarit

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Canvas for Mum

I found a lovely challenge blog; A Vintage Journey. Their theme is celebrate and thought that I'd have a go with a canvas. I think this is my second, love the size that allows much more to be made. The canvas is for Mum to celebrate her, she's got the big C. A Vintage Journey also has a very special Christmas Give-Away


I used:
Tim Holtz flower dies, flourish mask, honeycomb stencil, Distress inks, Distress Crackle paint, Liquid pearls and silver Perfect Pearls, stamps
Cottage Cuts flourish die, Prima Marketing beads, Liquitex modelling paste, Itsy Bitsy stamens and embossing folder.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Friday, December 12, 2014

White Stampin' for Craft Stamper

I'm honoured to be a Guest Designer at the Craft Stamper Challenge, they want to see some white stamping. 

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp: Bling it on and Kaiser craft
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: Last minute Christmas
Fab'n' Funky: Christmas


Materials used:
I used a neglected Penny Black image, Berry Branch and my homed stamp-a-magic. I stamped the image first with white Color Box ink and the moved the stamp-a-magic just a few millimeters. I guess you could use a T shaped ruler if you have one and line up your stamp. The second imprint was made with black Archival ink. Then the image was heat embossed with extra fine clear powder.

The background was sponged with blue Distress ink hues, layer them up to create depth. The image was cut out with a Nestie label and the edges were coloured with a black Memento ink. I sponged the distress inks once again. The Penny Black clear stamp stars were stamped with white Color Box ink and some Stickles were added to get that frosty look. 

The gems are Kaiser Kraft. Some of the embossing powder went rouge, but it looks like snow adrift.


Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! I'll make some blog hopping tomorrow, this week has taken it's toll, one more week before I can put my feet up and munch some Christmas choccies.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Things With Wings

 This week we're having a fabby theme at the Sweet Stampin' Challenge; Things With Wings. It could be angels, birds, butterflies...whatever stamp you have with wings. I believe I even have a clock image with wings somewhere.  Is sweet Tilda a well dressed angel?! We're being sponsored by Stamp & Create, so dig out your winged stamps and join us.


Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday: Little Angels
Simon Says Stamp: Christmas/Holidays


Materials used:
Tilda image coloured with Aqua Markers and Derwent inktense and watercolour pens, Stickles for glitter, white Sakura pen for highlighting, gesso for fur trimmings. I stamped the huge Christmas present with a small Penny Black stamp with white ink and added some Star dust Stickles and sealed with Glossy Accents. The image was layered with 3D squares.

The white panels were made with Liquitex modelling paste and a That Special Touch stencil.

Nestie circle dies and sentiment stamp that brings Christmas wishes in Swedish, can't remember the make of it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Colourful Christmas

So, hope you're having a wonderful week! We've had a bit of sunshine today, it's been a very dull November otherwise, hence a very colourful card for Christmas.

Challenges:
Less Is More: Jingle All the Way!
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge: Getting Ready for Christmas
Pixie's Snippets Playground: Use Snippets
Materials used:
Papermania baubles stamped with embossing ink, a mix of two embossing powders (pearly and sparkly).
They were coloured with Winsor & Newton watercolours and cut out. 
The sentiment is Joanna Sheen, stamped with Distress ink.
The dot lines are Penny Black stamped with London Fog Memento ink.

Thank you so much for visiting, it means the world! 

Love and hugs
Maarit

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Sweet Stampin' !!!!

Yay, Sweet Stampin' is turning 5 and we're celebrating it this week!!! Join us with a Birthday card and you'll have a chance to win a prize from Wild Orchid Crafts, Crafty Devils or Marianne Designs. Isn't that something?! Check our blog for details and to see the teams fabulous cards.

I played with my new favourite clear stamps, Paperbabe stamps, a challenge win. The stamps give a fabby clean impression, but hey ho, the card became so CAS that it feels a bit empty, could it work as a male card?

Challenges:
CASology: Flags ( colours of my flag, Blue and White for Finland)
Fab'n' Funky: Happy Birthday

Material:
Paperbabe Stamps, DQWV metallic paper, black Archival ink,  extra fine embossing powder for sentiment, 3D squares, book page, Distress inks.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! And a warm welcome to new followers, glad you're here! So do you have some special weekend plans? I'll have a cupcake with my midmorning tea to celebrate Sweet Stampin', perfect to keep the all day november dusk away. 
Love and hugs
Maarit


I went a bit further and added a bit more details.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Wreath

Hope you're having a great weekend! I've been down with a cold, put I'm back on my legs and have enjoyed some easy cardmaking. All pieces were cut out of snippets that lay on my table, I've been pushing them around for a few weeks not knowing what to make with them.

Challenges:
CASology: Festive
Crafty Catz Challenge: Christmas is Coming
Marks Finest Paper: Tutorial Challenge #122 wreath

Materials used:
Joanna Sheen pine dies, Memory box wreath die, Papermania sentiment stamped with black Versafine and heat embossed with extra fine clear powder, White Paper Pen.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! Sometimes cardmaking is quite fun; dear hubby thought that the pine cones were leaves, oldest son that they were eggs and youngest son asked if they could be pine cones?! So I wonder what the receiver might think, hehe. I'm looking forward to seeing my students tomorrow! Have a great start on the new week!
Hugs and love
Maarit


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Poppies for Sweet Stampin'

Sweet Stampin' want to see poppies or red for remembrance this week. We're being sponsored by Crafty ribbons, so please check our blog for all the details.

Crafty Catz Challenges: Ribbon and/ or Lace
Crafts 4 Eternity: Ribbon and/ or Lace
Docerela:  Red, green and white
Frosted Designs: White Space

Materials used:
Aqua Markers, golden Perfect Pearls, Penny Black sentiment stamped with black Archival ink. Nestabilities label dies and Itsy Bitsy lace border die.

Thank you so much for visiting! It's much appreciated. I hope you'll have a lovely weekend.

Love and hugs
Maarit
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Give thanks!

Time for a new challenge a Simply Create Too. This weeks challenge is about being Thankful or Giving Thanks. Please check our blog for all the details, I would love to see you there.

This is my version with the lovely digi image from Whimsy stamps. Isn't she cute?

Challenges:
Crafter's Cafe: Thank You

Other materials used:
Pro Markers, Cuttlebug sentiment die, Panduro designer paper.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated. I hope your looking forward to a lovely weekend. I'm off to Mum's, she's a bit poorly and I'm so hoping that she'll soon be on the mend.

Love and hugs
Maarit


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Glistening snowflakes

Something different for Christmas, it's a bit fun to stretch the stamps.

Challenges:
Less Is More: Non Traditional Christmas
Cute Card Thursday: Razzle Dazzle
Bearly Mine: Christmas Cards
Crafty Calendar: It's all about Christmas

Materials used:
Uniko stamps, Penny Black sentiment cut in pieces, Distress inks, baby blue Liquid Pearls ans Stickles.

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you're having a wonderful week.

Love and hugs
Maarit


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Birds of Feather

....flock together. I was inspired by the dark and spooky Halloween colours, well it looks like this at evenings this time of the year. Summer, anyone?

Challenges:
Timeout Challenges: Birds of Feather

Materials Used:
Stampscape stamps, Memento black ink for the edges, Versafine black ink for stamping, Distress inks for the background and a mask for the moon. Stickles and silver Perfect Pearls for shimmer.

Keep warm and safe sweeties! See you soon again!

Hugs and love
Maarit

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Craft Stamper Win

I hope you're having a great weekend, I've lit a candle for my father as it's All Hallows' Day here and I thought I'd share a very serene card for Christmas, I do love the sentiment. Sentiment and stamp are Penny Black.

Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
Fab'n' Funky: Christmas

I would also like to share this; I'm astonished and I've shed a few tears of joy; my favourite craft magazine has picked a card! It's truly unbelievable! It's actually the only craft mag I read!!!

The same card was also picked by Heather Telford at the One-Layer- Simplicity Challenge, I'm overwhelmed! Heather is a fabulous card maker, wowsers! Life is a roller coaster!

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated. I'll hide in my crafty corner today as the rain is drizzling and then I'll visit you.

Hugs and love
Maarit

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

News for Christmas


Howdy, howddy, howdy! I hope you're having the most wonderful week. Recently I had a win at Less Is More and I received the prize from Uniko Studios. The owner had included a beautiful hand made card I felt really touched, such a lovely gesture. And mojo is back from it's vacation!

Challenges:
Less is more: Newsprint
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Materials used:
Hero Arts large rain drop background stamped with white Color Box ink onto a recycled package backing. 
Uniko Studies snow flake die, newspaper glued onto a piece of thin paper to get a bit sturdiness.
Kaiser Craft half pearl and DQWV card stock for matting.

Enjoy the rest of the week! And I hope the bugs keeps away, so many of my students are couching and sneezing, well it's that time of the year.
Love and hugs
Maarit

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Soft as falling snow


Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! I've been making a few Christmas cards even if mojo went south.

Challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: N for No Coloured images
Rudolph Day: Christmas Cards

Materials used:
Inkylicious image and Prima Marketing text image stamped with Broken China Distress ink.
Itsy Bitsy velvet ribbon.
Distress Stickles and Liquid pearls for interest.
The sentiment says Happy Christmas in Swedish, I believe it's a retired stamp. It was stamped with Stormy sky Distress ink, the ink was also used to make the mat.
Bazzill pearly creme paper.

I stippled the inks to create a dark winter sky feeling.


My second card for Rudolph Day: Christmas Cards. Thank you SARN for reminding me, I read the part of two cards and then I forgot all about it, so sorry!

I would also like to enter Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Embellish It and Pixie's Snippets Playground.




Thank you so much for visiting, I'll try to lure back mojo, I'm a craft addict and it feels strange to not have inky fingers.

Love and hugs
Maarit






Saturday, October 25, 2014

No cards at Sweet Stampin'

This week we want to see Anything But A Card at the Sweet Stampin' Challenge, you have the chance to win prizes from Dis Digis  and Marianne Design, please check our blog for all the details.

I made a few tags for coworkers saying that you made a smashing good work in Swedish. Something that works for males I think.

Materials used:
Vilda stamps sentiment, Distress inks, zig zag scissors, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinder oval dies and branch, EK Succes corner adorner, Itsy Bitsy gems, DQWV designer paper. Ribbon from stash.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! I hope that you'll have a wonderful weekend. I've been counting weeks and realised that I need to make a few more Christmas cards, where did the time go? See you later sweeties.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Oh, bugs!

Hope you're having a wonderful week sweeties! I've had a lovely day, I even managed to squeeze in some crafting. Todays' card is merging little creatures and leaves.

Challenges:
Less Is More: Little Creatures
Crafty Catz Challenge: Black and White plus one colour (green)

Materials used:
Penny Black bamboo, bugs and sentiment.
Inkylicious trees, Distress inks, black Archival ink, Sakura pens, Perfect Pearls, Spellbinder leaf and oval dies.

Thank you so much for visiting, it means a lot to me. I'm always glad to see you!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Saturday, October 11, 2014

For A Friend

Happy news, I'm in the DT for the Sweet Stampin' Challenge, wohooo! This week the challenge is For A Friend and the sponsor is Flat Friends who are giving away 4 digis! Please check our challenge blog for all the info.

I've seen a lot of home decor ads with the cluttered oriental style, so I tried to merge it onto a CAS card! If I do like challenges?! Yup! The sentiment says in Swedish that there's nothing more precious than a true friend.

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Challenges:
Crafty Calendar: Bingo (Embossing, Sentiment, Sparkle)
Simon Says Stamp: Use Watercolours (Distress inks)

Materials used:
Itsy Bitsy background stamped with Distress ink.
Vilda stamps sentiment stamped with Distress ink and heat embossed with extra fine clear powder.
Fabulous embellie from Itsy Bitsy.

So I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Today I'll stock for the winter by shopping gloves and wool socks, some mornings and evenings are really cold. I'll also call a friend and see if she's up for something nice.

Warm hugs and love
Maarit

Friday, October 10, 2014

Orange for October


I've been making a lot of happy dances lately, I'm in the DT for Simply Create Too!!!! The theme this week is Orange or Halloween. The sentiment says Party in Swedish.

I've had to two wins this too, so this is a very exciting week!!!
and


Materials used:
Hero Arts background stamped in Distress ink.
The Vilda Stamps sentiment is stamped in Versa fine and heat embossed with extra clear powder.
The window is cut out with a Nellie Snellen die, the whole piece was layered and half pearls were added.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! I hope you'll play along with Simply Create. I'll be back with another card tomorrow. Ta ta for today! 

Hugs and love
Maarit



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wake up...

...and plant flowers every day! Even if it's fall and the rain is drizzling down. 

Challenges:
Less Is More: Autumn's Bounty
Craft Stamper: Multicoloured stamping technique
One Layer Simplicity: Turning to fall
A try to show the subtle glimmer.
Materials used:
Stampscape stamp coloured with Aqua Markers, spritzed with a mix of water and golden Perfect Pearls. Then stamped onto Bazzil Basics hammered cardstock.
The retires sentiment stamped with black Archival ink.

Thank you so much for visiting, it means the world! I hope you're having a wonderful week. I've enjoyed mine even it's a bit hectic at work with a lot of examinations. I went on my first jog in a year, the doctor told that I might not be able to jog again and felt miserable, but hey ho here we go again, I'm feeling blessed.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hello Sweet Friend

Here's an easy one made from snippets only, I hade the cardstock ready to go, I'm in chock! My cards usually take days to create, I'm trying to picture myself as a suffering artist...but, nah, I'm a chocolate loving lady in her best age, hence the brown square.

Challenges:
Less Is More: Mostly Words ( I hope it isn't too busy)

Materials used:
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Technique Tuesday die, Promarkers to colour the paper strip I used for cutting
Panduro snippet and snippets for layering.

Oh, I need to show a lovely badge I received from the Snarky Sisters:

Thank you for visiting! Hope you've survived the Monday and will find something nice to do, like a bit blog hopping, it's calorie free!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A blue flower for autumn

My small garden lot is slowly getting ready for frost nights, some mornings have been very chilly. I've bought some flower bulbs and planted them so hopefully there'll be some tulips, crocuses and grape hyacints when spring comes. I went for blue and white colours and the thought hit me, are there any blue autumn flowers? The card got one!

Challenges:
ATCAS: Cuddly
Cute Card Thursday: Dies and Punches
Pixie's Snippets Playground: Use Snippets
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Brown, Blue and White

Materials used:
Penny Black mouse stamped with black Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers.
I used the same blue Promarkers to colour a white snippet, it was punched with a MS punch.
The brown card stock and Panduro designer paper were in my snippet folder waiting to be used.
The circle was from a cotton pad package.

Thank you so much for visiting! Enjoy the weekend sweeties!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tag It for Xmas

Friday at last and a fabby weekend for crafting and everything else that's been neglected during the week.

Challenges:
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Keep it crafty ( I hope there's enough craft)

Materials used:
Backing from something I bought, can't remember what. I cut out tags from it, embossed with two plates (Cuttlebug and Creative Expressions), distressed with Distress inks.
 I stamped PB poinsettias with Brilliance ink and stars with Distress ink, splashed dots with Distress crackle paint.
The poinsettia is cut out with a Britannia die and the leaves with a Quickutz die, some Distress inks, Stickles, and half pearls added.
 The sentiment says Happy Christmas in Swedish, can't recall the make. The background paper is DCWV.

Thank you so much for visiting and leaving encouraging words, it means a lot! Hope you'll have a wonderful weekend. I guess I have some house hold chores that need to be done, but I'll fill in the gaps with some fun.

Love and hugs
Maarit



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Cuppa Anyone?

Howdy folks!? I had in mind to make an autumnal card but ended up with a hot beverage card. My mind takes strange moves today. This small notecard reminds me of food markets in China, all those sacks with food and spices, even tea. I recently won the fabulous background stamp at Pixie's Snippets Playground, thank you so much Di...and parsnip of course! It's a terrific and huge stamp!

Challenges:
Addicted to clean and simple: Oriental (cup of tea)
Less Is More: Beverages
Pixie's Snippets Playground: This was a leftover paperstrip 
Snarky Sisters: O is for One (colour)

Materials used:
Craft Stamper freebie stamped with Memento black ink onto a leftover piece of heavy card stock. The image was stamped onto printer paper and used as a mask, leaving the cup bare. The Just Rite burlap stamp was inked with different Distress ink and stamped. I made shadows with Promarkers.
I used a score board ro make embossed lines and stamped the background stamp again.

Thank you so much for visiting, it means the world! I'll have some exciting news in a few weeks, I wont tell yet.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Creative Blog Hop

I'm a bit late with this post, I scheduled it, but must have forgotten something....better late than never though.

My tagger is the talented Liz at the Crafty Sunflower, go and check her lovely projects, I think we met at Pixie's Snippets Playground at first.

My Interview:
I'm a science teacher by heart and soul, and also in charge for the educational development at our small school. I've worked with small children up to the adults I meet nowadays. I believe that I learnt most from the 6 year olds, they didn't hesitate to tell their minds. I love my work as I can't never tell in advance what will happen during the day, when you work with people there's always something you learn or need to do. 


Welcome to my craftroom:
My craftroom is in our walk in closet, not so girly of me, but there's room for a table with a sewing machine, paper cutter and the beloved Cuttlebug. Some shelves for boxes with embossing powders, dies and embellies. An Ikea drawer storage for all the stamps. I keep the papers on a shelf in a wardrobe where we also keep our clothes, I could do with some more place for the clothes though. Crafty stuff goes first!!!

What Am I working on now?
A card for the Less is more challenge, chocolate and mint, I got an idea, we'll see tomorrow if I succeeded.

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I can't really tell, I like a clean look, colours and nature and I like to surprise by trying something new.

Why do I create what I do?
My work can make me feel that I've done enough for the day, but that's why I craft, it's me and all the lovely crafty stuff, it gives a lot of pleasure and peace of mind. I'm a better person if I get some crafting and exercise done and get my daily square or more of chocolate.

How does my creative process work?
Often I get inspiration from fellow bloggers and try to mimic something, often ending up with something completely different. So I'm like a crow, stealing lovely new shiny ideas and making arranging them in my way. Sometimes I success to case a card.

Would you like to be tagged and write a post Monday the 15 September? Tell me and I'll add your name to this post.

Warm hugs and love
Maarit

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Welcome Anastasia

Howdy?! It's time to welcome the lovely Anastasia, I've had her in my computer for a few months as I get distressed every time I need to print out an image and then colour it...with different colours. I wanted to show her as she's lovely, so I spent yesterday watching colouring tutorials and I found one where the fantastic card maker made a few small colouring faux paz and that bit encouraged me the most. She just carried on and said that it was nothing to worry about. So I felt quite silly and began to colour.

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Stamptember Blog Hop
Simply Create Too: Something New (the digi stamp and the designer paper)
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: The Great Outdoors (the weathered wood panel)

Materials Used:
Whimsy Stamps image coloured with Promarkers and mounted on 3D tape.
Vilda Stamps sentiment stamped with Distress ink, EK Success small corner adorner.
DQWV designer paper, ribbon and the white cardstock for printing and stamping are leftovers.

Thank you so much for visiting! It means a lot to me. I'll catch up with reciprocal visits as last week was a bit hectic. Hope you'll have a nice evening, I'll go out and admire the full moon, we're still having summer temperatures to enjoy. Imagine, it's all ready September and we have 22 degrees Celsius, isn't that grande!

Love and hugs
Maarit