Tuesday, July 31, 2012

 Prima sunkiss mini album

 I wanted to make a mini album for Simon says stamp challenge anything goes. The album was a piece of cake compared to the rest - LOL!

Besides starting a blog about my work, I also got me a facebook acount...
To document the album I took more then 20 pictures and that's not even with specific details, but just the pages in the album?! So I got the brilliant idea to make my first youtube-video... What was I thinking?! This is a lot for a techno beginner!

But here it is folks:)


The album is made of Neenah super smooth desert storm paper. The size is adjusted to mainly fit primas sun kiss 6x6 paper pad.

All pages are pockets with inserts and the tabs are from a stampin up punch. They where all lightly distressed with vintage photo. I also stamped throughout the album with prima stamps and the inks I've used that coordinated with the papers are:
Adirondack Hazelnut
Adirondack Butterscotch
Archival in olive
Distress ink bundled sage

I've used Prima's sunkiss paper, but also used some pads I had in my stash. So I took some of the brown paper from Bo bunny's Gabrielle collection and some paper from Bo bunny's welcome home with home or family since it was for a newborn baby boy. I also loved the farirys in Primas nature garden, so I mixed some of them as well.

I hope the video works, hopefully it will do the album more justice to show the pockets and inserts etc...

If you have any questions or if it doesn't work I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cheeky nurse card

Hi everyone!
Just a quick entry to some challenges here. I believe I will qualify to three challenge blogs.

My card is a 5 X 5 inch base and I had a really cool double sided paper with stars on one side and stripes on the other from Maja design Skärgårdsliv. Unfortunately I could not find any other paper to match the red, then the Mariposa paper. So with tears in my heart I had to cover it with Maja design. In order not to waste any of the Maja design paper I die cut the strip left over with the first place award ribbon from MFT. I hope that will count as my stripes for the TGF challenge.

Fingers crossed that these stripes will qualify!!!
If you look closely you'd see that there are tiny stars
among the stripes and stripes in the background of the stars as well.
So it's more stripy then you'd think from a first look.

I stamped the sentiment and die cut it using parts from the well worn greeting set. To have an outline around it I traced the die and cut it with scissors from scraps of the Mariposa paper left. Then I die cut a leafy flourish also by MFT. All the flowers are from IAR and sprayed with LSG creme bruleé starburst spray. I also used a pearl spray from "my" collection handmade from a youtube tutorial by Luvleescrapping, I mentioned it in one of my earlier posts.

You'd think I could have made a sketch challenge as well, but I'm a bit short for time and didn't dare to overload my creative stream to much. Maybe next time...
The olymipcs are running, so the next couple of weeks I should hopefully be able to scrap with a pure conscious as hubby-to-be will have loads of sports to watch - LOL! 

I also finally got my hands on the Cheeky geeky stamp. OMG that has really been a challenge. I wanted it ever since I first saw it, but it's been out of stock everywhere. I thought self portrait right away - me and my glasses, as you can see - LOL!!

Thanks for stopping by! 
If anyone has any questions about any of my work, please don't be shy - LOL!

P.S I also got a facebook page, so really putting myself out there - LOL! I'm not sure what to do with it though... Any ideas?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Words of wisdom for a young lady

This week Simon says stamp vintage challenge is "Hey Girl". So Bring out the ladies!

OMG I had so much fun with this challenge and it probably took me longer to decide what I wanted to make, then to actually finish the work. Right away I got so many ideas for this challenge and of course not enough time!!! It was some time ago I sent my BFF a fun card, TGF cheeky collection came to mind. I have some layouts that need to be done, several mini albums that I should get started on, I could make something with G45 papers, the list goes on... So the challenge this week was actually to choose - LOL!

Recently I've gotten some printable vintage "photos" and I've been dying to try them out. This is the first time I use something like this, so it's also my crafting evolving. I've seen Racho113 done some wonderful art utilizing printed images of vintage girls and now I got the chance to try it myself. So next choice which picture?? They're all girls!!! I had sweet babys, adorable flower girls, vintage ladys, bridal ladys, marie antoinette - now that's a girl, right?
I decided to make a tag, since it has been a while and I love making tags. Unfortunately, I have such little space to store them, I rarely make them - unless I gift them. 

Anyway, I used a ranger no 8 manilla tag. For background I stamped parts of the large background stamp from the papillon set in Adirondack dye hazelnut, In the same ink I also used the word definition stamp from the lost and found set. I then distressed the edges of the tag with vintage photo. Then I ATGed my image randomly at the tag, which I also lightly distressed with vintage photo to hide the stark white cutting edge. I continued to stamp some script from the mini ornates set in Archival coffee. Because I still wanted the picture in focus I stamped the script on a piece of scrap paper and then stamped across the image without reinking.

The sentiment is from the lost and found clear stamp set and I stamped it in Archival coffee. I inked the edges straight from the ink pad in vintage photo in order to have really darkened edges. Perhaps I should to and get myself a walnut stain... Another step out of my comfort zone. The filmstrip is made with the same stamp set as the sentiment, but stamped in Hazelnut and distressed with the inking tool.

To top it of, I glued some IAR flowers and tied some ribbon at the top. It came together much faster then I imagined and I believe I will make more of these. We'll see if this may not be the only entry this time - LOL!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Unique moments with LSG and IAR

Entry for Simon says stamp vintage challenge "No rules"!

For the most of it I make cards and albums (I go for mini albums, but they never get so mini - LOL!). But I've ohhed and ahhed over all these altered pieces that you talented people make and I've felt so inspired but having nothing to alter... How can that be, you ask. Perhaps it's an issue of space, as I don't have a lot of it, where would I store them?
Anyhow, the perfect moment has arrived. My mother made up a song for me as a kid and I've forgotten all about it, until she called me and told that she also forgotten about it 'til recently for some reason. So she now kept the lyrics on the refrigerator literally in bits and pieces, as she had it coming back to her. I therefore had the opportunity to make this frame, where I've printed the text for her - still to keep in the kitchen:)

The frame is made from a simple card stock 12x12. As I wanted it as light as a feather, I didn't add any chipboard, but hid several magnets beneath the printed text and the inside of the cardstock. The frame is 1cm deep and 2cm thick. I printed the text on some sturdy white paper and coloured it with distress ink vintage photo, LSG van dyke sepia and dark chocolate tryffle. I also dabbed some LSG burnished brass here and there. Furthermore, I continued to spray the paper frame with the same LSGs.

I'm not sure if it will show, the pics are really poor quality - sorry! But I put some tissue paper on all sides of the frame, in various amount, which I distressed with some vintage photo to make it melt into the frame. I also tried some corset binding on the left side of the frame. I'm really pleased with how that came out, so much better then I first imagined. The ribbon is actually bright yellow, but I added some LSG van dyke sepia and water to "age" it - loved the effect, i use this technic all the time now a days.

The flowers I used are all from 

All the flowers were sprayed with LSG a bit o' bubbly - my all time favorite. I just love its subtle shimmer! The brown spray also got a hint of burnished brass as the frame. The rose leaf is coloured with LSG envy me green. I tucked the yellow spray in the corset and cut apart the brown one, most of it is in the down right corner and one flower is on the left side if you can spot if right above the butterfly charm.

Other embellishments I used are clear wheat leaves, TH muse tokens, a garment pin and a butterfly charm in tibetan silver. Also, what project is complete without prima pearls?

I also wanted to add some butterflies from Spellbinders fanciful flight, I glued two pieces of scraps from the sturdy paper I'd printed the lyric on. But add on the LSG dark chocolate tryffle, to add a contrasting shimmer I also sprayed some LSG cadbury chocolate. After I die cut the butterfly I also added some grab me guy gold instead of embossing it. Then I covered the entire thing in distress paint candy rock, as it dried it curled just perfectly and the crackle adds a fragile look to it, but oh so shimmery. I don't believe the photo is making it justice.

I know I keep saying that each project was superfun to make, but isn't that the reason why we're all doing this. It's so much fun seeing our projects take form and I can't tell how much this gift was appreciated. But again, isn't that part of why we are doing this. 

Thank you all for being such an inspiration and support!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hats off Anya

For my latest card I used the miss Anya stamp from the collection "rain snow shine". I've really missed her - LOL! She is actually the reason I found TGF. I saw Hats off Anya and Cheeky mate on a scrapbook exhibition and it's been true love ever since.

So I decided to use her again for this weeks sketch TGFSC22.

I also recently did a card where I used my distress inks too and sort of rediscovered how much fun it was. So I used the brushed corduroy, black soot and milled lavender on the card as well. I'm very pleased with the colour combination, I'm kind of into the vintage feel at the moment. Unfortunately, the camera does not seem to pick the colours up, I'm afraid...

I challenged myself to keep the buttons from the sketch. I've seen so many cute projects where buttons are used, so I've gotten me some - but I just can't seem to make them work?! So, for me it was quite tempting to swap them from the sketch. The papers are scraps from DCWV tradevind and Bo bunny timepiece. I made the scalloped edge by using the reverse of a scalloped border. I don't have a solid scalloped border, but I think I can get away with it this way - LOL! I strung twine around the background and tied a ticket on which I stamped an Eiffel tower and set an eyelet. To top it off I added a cherry blossom and a rose in brown from IAR. For the butterfly I used the same paper as I used the reversed scalloped boarder.
The colours I used

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pink Lemonade

I'm on a roll with challenges now, must be something in the summer air perhaps - LOL! But seriously, I don't know what's changed, maybe it is the deadline adding pressure to the creativity vein or maybe I'm ready to graduate after a semester of youtube inspiration. I'm telling you, whatever it is, it's because of all of you. So thanks to all of you for taking the time to share!

The Greeting farm's FFF challenge for this week is pink lemonade. I'm not very girly, but I recently bought LSG set nantucket pearls, which has a super light pink - salt water taffy. Earlier for my Easter card I got a glimmer mist from tattered angels in lemon zest which I thought would be sweet with pink. Since there was a hint of summer in the challenge, I already had the perfect stamp ready. I've been dying to use TGF's Rain Snow Shine cling stamp and what could add more summer to my card? Luckly, I had some scraps of a pink glitter card stock, I've had it so long I don't even remember where I got it from and I made my own paper by glimmer misting a piece of white card stock. To try something new I embossed it with TH regal flourish folder and rubbed it with some pink metallic rub ons from craf-T Products. This is something I bought years ago, but never knew how to use - until youtube! I made a banner with the MFT's fishtail banner with sprayed paper, but I could not come up with a good sentiment and as I already was in grabbing things that's been lying around for years, I also found some old stickers. Since there was only scraps left, there was not much to work with. There was no "S", so for example "sun" was not an option. But I think I sort it out pretty well - LOL!

The flowers are IAR S10 - 153 in soft yellow and R8-roses which are sprayed with LSG salt water taffy. I had some pink and yellow flowers from Panduro, these were the first flower embellishment I bought. I painted one of the yellow ones with the Lemon zest glimmer mist, but it darkened to much and I layered another one behind it. The little pink one remind me of prima I've seen on someones haul, but they're from Panduro. 

All in all, let me know what you think!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Layered 10minutes-card

 I have followed graphic 45's blog daily, since they started to show the new collection "Birdsong". As I have roots in Asia, what could be more perfect? As it happends, I also just returned from a journey of 4 weeks in Asia. So you see why I need to get my hands on those papers - LOL! 

Anyhow, that's how I got the notice of the 10-minutes challenge for July. The challenge, I suppose, is to create a card in 10minutes - which truly is a challange for me. Normally, I take a day to  put a card together. Perhaps it's because I have all my stash both high and low? I don't have a scraproom (yet - LOL!), so my storage is sort of placed here and there all over the apartment. I have a very understanding and patient fiancé! Now I'm getting off track...

In short, I decided quite early that I was to use layers, everyone who has seen Arlene's card with Graphic 45, knows how layers can give a strong effect quickly. She makes it looks so effortless! As I don't have any graphic 45 papers with contrasting colours...

I do have an... lets say "vintage" lady - LOL! She is practically my nana, we're very close and I been thinking lately that the communique papers would be fun to make a card for her. She's basicly from that time era. 

However, it turned out that there is nowhere to find that collection anymore. This is so typically me, since I don't have a specific genre, but rather go by mood swings. I tend to be the last person in the scrapbooking world who jumps on the latest trend - it's actually the same in fashion... Now, what to do? Fortunally, for me, I bought the kraft reflections paper pad recently, thinking if I wouldn't use it perhaps I could use it as kraft stock that everyone is talking about. A product I have never seen, is it different from card stock?
Oh dear, now I'm getting side tracked again. My point, the kraft reflections also have some vintage ladys. But there are no strong colours, as I wanted for the layered effect. So I turn to Tim Holtz, the master of adding colours with a vintage touch. I have the distress inks in black soot, brushed corduroy and aged mahogney.

This card was so much fun making, as it needed to be completed in a short amount of time. I spent several days planning everything. So I use layers and tim holtz distress inks. 
Once I try the colours out I realise that I have a pack of IAR cherry blossoms that will fit nicely. The S3-310 mix of classic colours. As I retrieve two of the cherry blossoms from the top of my closet, I also find a mix of roses in the same brown tone R2-310.  Add some prima say it in pearls brown and some lace from graphic 45 stapels trim. Now we must be good to go?

So... To the card... (If you've read all my rambling thoughts above, hat's of to you!)
1. I cut one of the papers from the paper pad to use as my base and scored it in the middle. (The card is 5,5 x 6, let's say it was meant to be and not a misstake from my part)
2. I cut 2 sheets of black cardstock to act as a contrasting layer. Both on the front and inside the card.
3. Repeat step 2, but with graphic 45 paper. ATG together.
4.Cut out some ladys and the stripe of accessories of the Feminine heart paper.
5. Layer the ladys on black card stock.
6. Hot glue the lace, hot glue = instant drying time
7. Add the rest of the layers
8. Hot glue the flowers and add bits of prima. 

The tag is from TH "Tiny Tabs & Tags" This is what I made when I tried my colours out. The stamps is from TH papillon and mini ornates. It literally took just a minute to make.

I'm so pleased with the result and I believe my cards will come together faster from now on. I just need to overcome my overthinking habits.

I will also enter this card to simon says stamp vintage challange, as I need $50 to spend when the "Bird song" collection arrives - LOL!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog - it means a great deal to me!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A card for two challenges

I've followed challenges for a longer period of time now, i e I get the weekly sketch from MTF every week. But I have never managed to finish a card in time. So this week I'm extra proud to say that I hope to enter my card in two challenges - I hope that's allowed? I've seen people say they've entered the same card in several challenges, but I don't know if there are special rules to consider?

I'm in love with all of TGF's stamp and I have most of the cheeky collection, some of the creepers crew and a mix of other set. But the wishlist just keeps adding to with new releases - LOL! The challenge was to use a a stamp at least 6 month old and to make it sunny and summertime. Cheeky beach seemed like the perfect choice for me. I coloured her with alcohol pens. I tried for tanned, but she might have gone a bit splotchy in the end, i don't know... The other colours on the card are distress ink in dried marigold, antique linen and bundled sage. The background is from Tim Holtz paper Lost and Found. All are mounted on a piece of cardstock or kraftpaper, you might call it.
In my mind the colours are sunset on a beach surrounded by tropical water.

Distress techniques

All the edges are distressed with a distress tool, then I inked the edges of the "beach" and the "sunset". For the sunset I used distress stain in dried marigold, I also sprayed with LSG salt water taffy to add some pinkish depth. I'm really pleased with the result, I don't think it show on the picture though I'm afraid. After the paper dried, I stamped it with flourishes in dried marigold and added some colour to the edges again. The beach is antique linen sprayed with LSG baked clam beige to add shimmer. It still looked a bit flat, so I took the reinker in antique linen and made spots in the corners and made it look like small pebbles near the edge of the water. It came together better than I imagined! The leafy flourishes are painted with distress crackle paint rock candy, just to give them a look of water.

The sentiment is from a Hero Art set

MFT Wednesday Stamp Club sketch 78

I can not make a project without using the MFT's dies - they're great for all occasions!
I recently got my order from MFT and I had the opportunity to try my new Stax label 1 die. I used the largest for the image, then I traced the outline of the die on paper and with scissors cut out the other shape to make it longer behind the image. You could also just cut the die cut in half, but as I traced the outline, I also got a size bigger.
I also put several of the small leafy flourishes to act as sea weed.The colour of them is bundled sage and LSG sea grass green. I then added some bling to them as traces of water. I've had this blingage for ages, as I purchased them with a vacation album in mind a couple of years ago. So I just went crazy with bling on the card - LOL!

So, wishing you all a day full of sunshine and summer smiles!
Ta ta for now!