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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Skiing snowman

Today starts a new challenge over at Catch the Bug and this week is photo challenge week.

I was inspired by the skier and went with AKV snowman - ski and colors and DP for a masculine look.
I cut out a mask for the slope and sponged the blue sky, added water and a bit of frantage.  A Christmas sentiment was used and I stitched along the edges.

This card is also for:
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas
Fab 'n' Funky - #339 Christmas
Creative Corner - Winter Wonderland
Moving along with the Times - #39 For A Man

Friday, February 24, 2017

White ink

I finally found a white ink that shows on black paper. I used a house, trees and clouds from the same stamp set, I added green and brown ink to the trees and colored in a few details with a white gel pen.
Seeing my card now I think I should have left out the clouds, but that will be for another time...

This card is also for these phto inspiration challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations - #395
TIME OUT Challenges - #77

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    Colors and dies

    I try to enter the challenge over at Color Throwdown each week as I find it very useful to being challenged to use different color schemes. And sometimes I have to dig deep in m stash to find a siuting image, but that way I also get to use some of my older and/or not often used supplies.

    I used a Tim Holtz window die which hasn't been used in a while. I cut it with kraft paper and used a woodgrain stamp. I cut the leaves using the Leafy Sprig Border die from Poppy.
    The strip of flowers were stamped with white and blue ink, the larger flowers only with blue, the colors turn out a bit greenish with this kraft paper. I colored in the details with a white gel pen. I believe the flowers are part of one of my first ever stamp sets, from Panduro. The bird was stamped with brown ink and I colored in the empty parts with a gold gel pen. I embossed the brickwall and applied white ink to whitewash the kraft paper.

    This card is for:
    Color Throwdown - #430 Color Inspiration
    Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
    Allsorts - Anything Goes

    Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Stella says Sketch and no pink or red

    Today starts a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug.
    I used one of Jodie's water can images, there are several to choose from in the Bugaboo shop.

    There's been so muuch red and pink lately so I wanted to use other colors, so I picked an image with flowers I believe looks good in shades of blue.
    Lots of WoS for shimmer and stitching with a glittery silver thread.

    This card is also for:
    Open-Minded Challenges - #14 Flowering in February
    Dies R Us Challenge - #67 Think Spring
    Crafter's Cafe - #167 No Red or Pink
    Brown Sugar -#238 Birthday

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

    Bingo: Image, ribbon and pearls

    Today is the start of  a new challenge over at Catch the Bug - it's BINGO week. went with the top row of ribbon, Bugaboo image (Rose Vases) and pearls.

    I colored with Spectrum Noirs, added WoS on the roses and sponged spun sugar DI on the white background.
    Then I used my favorite stash element at the moment - the sentiment stamps I got as a Christmas calendar gift. Unfortunately I don't know the brand as the set wasn't in it's original wrapping, but I love how you can build our own sentiments using this set.
    I added a few pearls and ribbon, I've held on to this for a while, it was part of a wrapping of some Christmas decoration I bought, and I love the gingham pattern. I also want to share this card over at As You Like It: even though I love lace I prefer ribbon because it's easier to add later in the card making process. I hadn't planned on using ribbon here to keep it CAS, but I felt my card lacked something on top, so I added the ribbon as a final finishing touch.

    This card is for:
    Sweet Stampers - #4 Add a Sentiment
    Crafty Gals Corner - #110 Use Your Favorite Things (unknown sentiments stamps)
    As You Like It Challenge - Do You Prefer Ribbon Or Lace

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    Stella filling in for cupid

    Wednesday is "Humour me" day over at Catch the Bug, and this is my DT card marking Valentine's Day, which I'm sure you all know was February 14:)

    I used the fun Stella Calendar Months - February and colored her with Promarkers and added sparkle to her wings.  I was inspired by the colors of the photo over at Cupcake Inspirations.

    I embossed the DP, made a frame sing dies and added a ribbon.

    A quick and simple card which is also for:
    Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration #394
    Cards und More - # 178 Valentine's Day
    Everybody-Art-Challenge - #396 For Girls Only or Valentine
    Glitter n Sparkle - #226 Love is in the Air!

    Sunday, February 12, 2017

    Time to celebrate

    There are lots of heart and love themed challenges out there, but today I wasn't really in mood for going with reds and pinks or hearts, so I took inspiration from the photo of Color Throwdown.

    I also wanted to try and join Time Out's challenge with this inspirational phrase: 'Friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can't break them apart.' I chose a stamp I like to use for cards for friends, then I chose a sentiment that included the word time.

    I stamped the image, added clear EP and colored in only with orange, then fussy cut it. Then I die cut a black frame, colored the white space inside it with a color I believe is teal, or close to it at least.
    I needed go 'ground' the image, so I used a black and white pen to color the floor. Then I stamped the greeting with a Poppy stamp.

    This card is for:
    Color Throwdown - #429 Color Inspiration
    TIME OUT Challenges - #76 Inspired By Words
    Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    Take good care of yourself

    Wednesday is "Humour me" day over at Catch the Bug, and this is my DT card marking World Day of the Sick (February 11).

    I used the sweet Nurse Bear - Bandaide and colored her with both Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs.
    There are plenty of hearts on my paper and on the die cut circle, I'm no Valentine's card maker, but hearts can be used for so many other occasions as well.
    I stamped the sentiment (which is one advising to take good care of yourself) and the heart rate border at the bottom.

    This card is also for:
    Pile It On - #126 Hearts on Fire
    Challenge Up Your Life - Hearts
    The Paper Girls - With Heart

    Monday, February 6, 2017

    Love you a latte

    Normally I don't do Valentine's cards as I don't really need them, but I can make a couple, just for fun. It's hard not to get inspired by all those lovely cards in blogland and the colors associated with them.
    I stamped my own background using the smaller stamps that comes with the Lawn Fawn set with the coffee mugs and sentiment I used on the tag. I inked the paper with spun sugar DI. The tag was stenciled with brown ink and I also added a few hearts before I attached the mugs, stamped onto a left over piece of DP. The ribbon was part of a Christmas gift and I used brown string.

    This card is for:
    Addicted to Stamps - #141 Love + a Stamp
    Creatalicious Challenges - #108 Anything Goes + Option: add some hearts
    Creative With Stamps Challenge - #11 Valentine
    Color Throwdown - #428 Color Inspiration

      Sunday, February 5, 2017

      Cat and Dog

      Today starts a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug.

      I used one of Jodie's new realeases from January - a cat and dog in perfect harmony, colored with Promarkers and Spectrm Noirs. Just a few red accents otherwise it's all in black, grey and white. I uused glitter glue for the snow on the ground, but it's not easy to spot.

      This card is also for:
      ABC Christmas Challenge - "C" for Creature and "D" for dimension
      Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas
      Cards und More - # 177 Pets and other Furry Friends

      Monday, January 30, 2017

      Penguins on the ice - New York style

      These sweet penguins are made with stamps that came free with a magazine last year and I've colored with Promarkers. The hat and scarf are from the same set which also included dies to cuut them out.
      I've used these stamps earlier this year and made them a frosty landscape (see here), but this time I made them a New York evening scene. The sky is made with brusho, inks,  and a white mist. I die cut the cityscape and border of trees, metallic tape was used to make the ice.

      I'd like to enter this card in these challenges:
      Rudolph Days - January
      Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute + Winter Warmers
      House of Cards - Add a Building and/or Inspiration photo (buildings)
      ABC Christmas Challenge - "A' anything goes or something beginning with "B" (Blue+brusho)

      Sunday, January 29, 2017

      Watercolored flowers

      Back in June 2016 I had my first card kit swap with Nonni and Marina, and Nonni's kit contained this lovely flower backgrond. I was so happy when I found this Hero Arts stamp some months later. But it's actually the first time I use my own stamp, so this is my NBUS element #1.

      I was inspired by the color scheme over at Color Throwdown.

      I used my spun sugar DI and 2 gelatos in mint and aqua for my watercoloring. I finished with a coat of Perfect Pearls. I used a die to cut my panel for the sentiment. Then I stamped and cut the little butterfly, it was a stamp that came with a freebie set a few years back and looking at it I saw it hadn't been inked et. So this NBUS element #2.

      This card is for:
      Color Throwdown - #427 Color Inspiration
      Darnell's NBUS challenge - #9
      4 Crafty Chicks - #335 Watercolour

        Thursday, January 26, 2017

        Sweet Angel

        Today is "Oldie but Goodie" day over at Catch the Bug and I've made a card with the image "Sweet angel" that you can find in the Bugaboo store. I was inspired by this sketch:

        I colored the angel with Promarkers and a silver gelpen for the halo and I added glitter glue to her wings. I inked the white space with spun sugar DI and silver embossed the sentiment.
        The papers are back and front of the same DP and I used a doily. Christmas gifts from my mum and sister.

        This card is also for:
        Sketch Saturday - #447 Sketch
        Crafting By Designs - Pink, Pretty and Girlie
        I love Promarkers - #327 Anthing Goes
        Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes

        Wednesday, January 25, 2017


        I really liked the Freshly Made Sketches' sketch #271, so I made a second card, but it's past the deadline so won't enter it there. I'm quite sure this layout will be one of my "go to" layots in the future,..
        This time I made a card in black, white and gold. I took out my butterfly stamp from Memory Box, heat embossed with gold EP and cut out just a few of them and attched them to a dry embossed panel. I also used a golden paper from my stash. The sentiment stamps are new, the comes with different, separate words so you can compose your own sentiments.

        This card is for:
        Inkspirational - #126 Flutter
        Shopping Our Stash - #287 All That Glitters is Gold

        Monday, January 23, 2017

        CAS New arrival

        I have very few baby cards laying around, so with the LIM's challenge "New beginngs" this week I thought it would be a good opportunity to get a head start on at least this year's known births. Even though you normally have about 6 months to prepare for the new arrival, I always seem to be making baby cards at the very last minute. And nowadays the gender is usually known well in advance too.
        I have a colleague who's expectiong a baby boy in May. This card might be for her. I used a little boat stamp with red and grey ink and I traced the black lines with a pen afterwards. I also did the waves. I was inpsired by the sketch over at Freshly made Sketches:

        I added 3 enamel dots, two grey and a red. There's no blue on this card but I think it suits a boy anyway. The colors are inspired by the photo of Color Throwdown.

        This card is for:
        Less Is More - #312 New Beginnings
        Color Throwdown - #426 Color Inspiration
        Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch #271

        Sunday, January 22, 2017

        Crabby dog

        Today starts a new sketch challenge over at Catch the Bug.

        I went with a really simple version of the sketch, using left over strips from a 6x6 sheet of DP and mounted the pieces on foam. I used a  precolored image, cut with a stitched die, then added a stamped "smile". I also stamped and cut the birthday sentiment. The card base has a nice striped textured look.
        Quick and easy!

        This card is also for:
        Brown Sugar - #234 Anything Goes
        Creative Fingers - #123 Anything Goes
        Glitter n Sparkle - #223 Four legged friends

        Friday, January 20, 2017

        Under the Sea - Freebie and recipe

        This is the 7th day and the final "Under the Sea" challenge over at Catch the Bug.
        Today is freebie day and this image you can grab for free in the store later today. I colored m image using both Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs as well as a white gel pen.
        As I went ahead and designed my card I almost forgot about the recipe. But there are at least three layers here (I never know how to cont them), along with two bows and 4 pearls. I should perhaps have left the doily out, but I had already glued it down when I remembered the recipe. With so many single layer/no embellies cards created latel this card feels loaded, lol.

        This card is also for:
        Digi Choosday Challenge - #3 Anything Goes
        Craft Rocket Challenges - #31 Add A Bow
        Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes

        Thursday, January 19, 2017

        Under the Sea - card for a child

        We are celebrating the 7th birthday of Bugaboo over at Catch the Bug with daily "Under the Sea" challenges over at Catch the Bug. For day 6 we have a really easy one - or so I think - make a card for a child.
        I used a shark image from Mini Set - AKV Under the sea as I know two of my youngest nephews are quite fascinated by these creatures. To be honest I'm too, and I'm no youngster.
        Sharks resized and repositioned,  colored with Promarkers.
        DIs used for the background, along with my Memory Box waves stencil and splashes of water. Different stamps used to make the sea bed and a Promarker to make the sandy bottom. A birthday greeting in Norwegian was stamped too.

        This card is also for:
        Through the Purple Haze - #116 Happy Anything
        Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
        Crafty Creations - #333 Always Anything Goes

        Wednesday, January 18, 2017

        Under the Sea - Funny

        We are celebating the 7th birthday of Bugaboo over at Catch the Bug with daily "Under the Sea" challenges. For day 5 we have a "make it funny" challenge and I have used a new image that will be available soon.

        Image colored with Spectrum Noir pens, sentiment from the same set as the image, I just added the "sending". Splatter made with blue brusho and a brush. Paper from Maja Design. 3 red enamel dots. I think it ended up looking a bit nautical, and more masculine than feminine.

        This card is also for:
        Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
        Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
        Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper- Anything Goes with Patterned Paper

        Tuesday, January 17, 2017

        Under the Sea - Bingo

        We are celebating the 7th birthday of Bugaboo over at Catch the Bug with daily "Under the Sea" challenges over at Catch the Bug. For day 4 we have a bingo challenge and I have used a new image that will be available soon.
        Here's the bingo board:

        I used the middle diagonal row: waves + Bugaboo image + sentiment. Again, keeping it CAS with a one layer front with no DPs, no die cuts, just the image printed, sentiment stamped and a Memory Box stencil used with two DIs. Coloring with Spectrum Noir pens and Promarkers, glossy accent on the eyes and glitter glue on the bubbles. I had very little time to make this card, I think it was all done in half an hour, give or take, which is a very short time for me.

        This card is also for:
        Happy Little Stampers CAS January - Stencil
        Challenge Up Your Life - #57 Selfmade Background
        Creative Knockouts - #176 Celebrations
        QKR Stampede - #226 CAS

        Monday, January 16, 2017

        Card box holder in colors inspired by the beach

        We are celebating the 7th birthday of Bugaboo over at Catch the Bug with daily "Under the Sea" challenges over at Catch the Bug. For day 3 we have a color challenge with colors inspired by the beach and ocean:
        I  have made a card box holder for this challenge. This box will contain all the cards I will make for this week and be given as a present. I plan on making more of these boxes and different themed cards, I think they will make great personal gifts. Here you can see a pic of the inside:
        The papers I used comes from a paperpad from Tilda that was given to me as a Christmas pressie from my mum. I think the papers pick up several of the colors of the inspiration picture. I used a Martha Stewart punch to make the decorative border. The little merman was colored with Spectrum Noir pens and I used an embossing folder, stitched oval dies and one with bbbles, covered it with glitter.

        This card box is also for:
        Crafty Calendar - Something New (papers and the card box holder design)
        Daring Cardmakers - Try Something New (the card box holder design)
        Brown Sugar - #233 Anything Goes

        Sunday, January 15, 2017

        Under the Sea - Sketch

        We are celebating the 7th birthday of Bugaboo over at Catch the Bug with daily "Under the Sea" challenges over at Catch the Bug.
        For day 2 we have a sketch.

        I went to my scrap pile for this one, using two leftover DP pieces and an embossed white background. Added a doily (a Christmas calendar gift from my sister), die cut bubbles, a dymo sentiment and 3 gems. I machine stitched around the edges with silver thread. The image is called Crab scuba and is colored with both Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pens.

        This card is also for: 
        Crafty Gals Corner - #103 Patterned Paper 
        Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
        Crafting-With-Friends - Anything Goes

        Saturday, January 14, 2017

        Under the Sea - Photo inspiration

        Today is the start of the week long Bugaboo 7th birthday celebration over at Catch the Bug, with daily challenges and lots of possibilities to win prizes. The theme of the week is "under the sea".
        For day 1 we have a photo inspiration.  I chose to color up the sweet ava mermaid with Spectrum Noirs and a gel pen, and I used my DIs to make her the underwater scene. I know many of you have probably went down this road before, but I haven't been confident using my inks for that long yet. I used blue, purple and green DIs.
        The "seagrass" is made using a freebie stamp and I stamped a birthday greeting in Norwegian. I also added some silver liquid pearls to her hair and the water. The bubbles have glitter glue. A little sprinkle of water before I added a coat of Perfect Pearl for a shimmery effect, which I didn't capture in the photo. I attached the panel to a black card base. It's rare I don't use any sort of dies or DPs, so this is a bit different for me. Its'a 100% flat and if it weren't for the cardbase it would be a one layer.

        This card is also for:
        Crafting By Designs - Inspired by a Movie (Splash)
        Everybody-Art-Challenge - #394 Anything Goes
        Aud Sentiments Challenge- #171 Anything Goes (+ A Sentiment)

        Wednesday, January 11, 2017

        Argyle day

        Wednesday is "Humour me" day over at Catch the Bug, and this is my DT card marking argyle day.
        My argyle paper is a freebie from a few years back. I think it makes this card look masculine.
        Last week Jodie's new release included a bunch of cute puppy and cat images, and this is one of them, colored with Spectrum Noirs.
        My layout was inspired by the one over at Sketch Saturday.

        I used a Memory Box heart die and used sentiment stamps I got from my sister in December.

        This card is for:
        Allsorts -  #397 Cats and/or Dogs
        Sketch Saturday - #445 Sketch
        The Male Room - #51 Anything goes

        Tuesday, January 10, 2017

        Hello 2017

        This is my attempt at going CAS using sponging, stenciling and water coloring as well as trying to go with the ombre look. I'm not sure it qualifies as CAS, maybe I should have left out the gold metallic string. But I'm quite happy with the color.
        I used DIs candied apple, fired brick and aged mahogny. I also used a brusho, brillant red, for coloring of the flower. The flower stamp is Tim Holtz and I also used one of his stencils on the upper part of the card.
        I sprinkled a bit of water and used a freebie stamp for the sentiment.

        This card is for:

        Less Is More - #310 Ombre
        Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes Watercolour + option of stencil
        The Crafty Addicts - #32 Anything goes/Monochromatic

        Monday, January 9, 2017

        Black, pink and green

        I'm giving up on those New Year's celebations designs, I managed one. The attempts after that were no good.
        So over to flowers, using a Penny Black stamp. It's a quite large stamp, but I love this one. I had cut a smaller panel of white paper, attached it to the card base with tape and stamped. I then removed the panel, added a black one for contrast and kept the stamped parts on the card base uncolored. I stamped a greeting and colored in the flowers, picking colors inspired by the photo over at Color Throwdown. It's quite CAS and I'm actually rather happy with the result...

        This card is for:
        Color Throwdown - #424
        Penny Black and More - Anything goes
        Glitter n Sparkle - #221 Anything Goes