Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sept IAR challenge - A round Halloween card

This month challenge for I am roses is to make a circle card with a Halloween theme. Great fun!! I've been inspired about circle cards since Arlene´s card for La-la-land crafts. So here I had the best excuse to finally cave in and get the scalloped circles framelits - LOL!

But as luck have it, I don't have a single Halloween article in my stash... But fear not, I said to myself. It was the same thing with the school-themed challenge. Also held by IAR and also inspired by Arlene. So I sat down and like Italian Winne the Pooh "Penso, penso, penso..." And this is what I came up with!

The base of the card is black cardstock die cut with the scalloped circle. The other dies cut in black are Cheery Lynn design's garden gate and Tim Holtz's Holly branch - just the branch... In orange paper I die cut MFT's dog tag and cut away the top part with the pre punched hole in. The same orange paper was used to cut the smaller scalloped circle. All orange paper was edged with spiced marmalade and sprayed with Lindy stamp gang marigold yellow orange. 

Torn skeleton leaf to act like spider web

Dried glue looks like gooey drippings

I would like to say that this card came together quite fast when I got the idea out in the open. However, I just kept adding flowers and rose buds, which I coloured, thus drying time... There are so many rose buds in there it's crazy. I love IAR products, when I get started, it's hard to stop:)

You can glimpse my only Halloween article in there.
A ticket from Tim Holtz's set odds and ends.

I am roses used:
R22-310, old R21-410 
GP2-827, the darkest tone

Dyed with LSG Marigold yellow orange , french lilac violet and Tattered angel's slate.

The birds are from Tim Holtz's mini ornates and stamped in archivals ink jet black.

Dies used:
Alterations Tim Holtz sizzix Holly branch
MFT dog tag
MFT ticket die
Cheery Lynn garden gate
Sizzix framelits scallop circles, the 2 largest

As this card turned out so dimensional I had to fold it backwards in order for it to close properly. You'll see what I mean in this youtube-video.

Thanks for taking the time to visit!!
Have a great upcoming week!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Still inspired by creamy latte

As this week's challenge at Anyone for Anya is one of my absolute favorites to work with, what to do but to let creativity flow - LOL!

The background for this card was found among my scraps. It has a metallic sheen to it and at a close look some linen texture, think cotton sheets. The colour combo is to die for, but I actually used the other side for Christmas cards (four years ago?! - you can imagine the size of my pile of scraps!), it has a vivid pattern i bronze tone on white.

As the paper itself gives the card some shimmer, I did not find the need of LSG's on the flowers. Thus this card came together pretty fast - armed with a glue gun and an ATG:)
The flowers are from I am roses and kawaii flexible mold roses.

Cherry blossom, mix pack of browns, S3 - 827
Rose buds, ivory, T1 - 147
Brown flower, S10 - 40

The image is from the greeting farm, as always - love TGF. The majority of my stamps are from TGF, but that's about to change. I recently won some stamps from C.C design and as I about to design for the rubber buggy who carries Magnolia, Sarah Kay, Mo Manning and Bildmalarna you will soon see some other stamped images - so bare with me:) 

I coloured cheeky rockability with:
Face - Ivory, E50 and blush
Hair - E51, E53 and cinnamon
Dress - E50 and soft green
Shoes - Satin

The TGF-FFF is about lace and I had some scrap pieces from my stash in a brown and a green tone. The sentiment is from complimentary greetings set from MFT and are not our BBF one of the heroes in our lifes? I believe so, I am lucky to have such a person, therefore I will cross my fingers and hope this card qualifies for Simon say stamp vintage challenge about heros. The sentiment is stamped on a die cut set from MFT too. The image and die cut are pop up with foam tape, but I left her little leg out and it does add more dimension and depth to the card.

I also entered this card in:
Whimsy stamps - anything goes 
Paper crafting journey - my sentiment exactly 
Natalie and Amy's - anything goes

If you have any questions, leave a comment.
Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Explore the heroes

Simon says stamp vintage challenge this week is heros. I don't have anything resembling heros, but I recently bought this prima stamp set with this beautiful ship which I thought could represent all the heroic explorers you read about in history classes.

The background is distressed with tumbled glass, weathered wood and chipped saphire. I also did some masking and the ship is stamped with archival ink jet black. For embellishment I used the stax labels 1 from MFT, some flowers and a ship wheel from a flexible mold

I have the honor of being part of the rubber buggy's design team. There are some greatly talented ladies participating. I'm so excited to share the rubber buggy with you soon! Don't forget to check us out!!!

Ta ta for now:) 

Relax & rejoice - inside & out!

New challenge at Anyone for Anya's! This inspiration is
creamy latte - yey, my absolute favorite combo!!!
I love latte or coffee colours - all colours from cream to espresso, love it! I am roses mixed packages in ...-827 - love them!! Lindy stamp gang dark chocolate truffle - love this one too!!! 

So I was really thrilled to participate this week:)

I'm also really fond of my new damask Teresa Collins stamp and the colour toffee crunch by memento ink. As well as my me time set.

I coloured the skin with letraset promarker ivory and copic E50, E51/53. The robe and head bun are coloured with promarker satin and cinnamon. The damask is stamped in memento toffee crunch and I edged it with art glitter pink champange. Love this stuff - need to get some more:)

The background is stamped with 
TH papillon in archival ink coffee.

The flowers are cherry blossoms from i am roses, S3 - 827 and S3 - 151, to add shimmer I painted them in LSG creme bruleƩ and dark chocolate truffle.

So, my favorite latte is caramel latte macciato - can you tell, LOL!!!

It's hard not to ache for a cup of coffee when you're working with all these yummy colours:)

Sunday, September 9, 2012


A while back, inspired by RachO113, I bought myself a moleskin journal. It has not been used many times i'm afraid. But I like to have the option, that if I should be in the mood for something other then a card or LO, I can still create in my so called art journal. I've also been thinking about collecting small pearls of wisdom that may not be suitable for a card - but that idea has never gotten further than anything more than an idea.

However, inspired by Anyone for Anya - anything but a card, I now dug through all the dust and cobweb - LOL! No, not that bad. But it was far in among all my stash. It turned out better than I imagined at first, so I'm quite pleased, although it shows that I'm a new beginner to art journaling.

I incorporated several challenges into my page, which was the main purpose, but I was not in the mood for a card. I have also been playing around with some more monochromatic colouring, I need to get more pens though. TGF-FFF was to use bright colours, in my interpretation I make the image pop more among the colours. TGF retro-fresh challenge turned out to still be open, so I used yellow, orange and blue (oops, I just noticed I forgot about the "baby")...
As it was to be a journaling page, I also incorporated a lot of text and script, therefore I can enter it in simon says stamp's read all about it and it's all about stamps. The layout is inspired by TGFSC29.

I started by covering my page in distress stain "dried marigold" and sprayed it with LSG "marigold yellow orange" to get it all shimmery. The stamps in the background are in distress ink "spiced marmalade"  The stamps are from Hero art and whimsy stamps. In the ledger stamp I have also used a  french script stamp in "dried marigold" to make it look like journaling. But I left the space if I want to add a quote later. I have also used parts of an old splatter stamp. The carte postale and the stamp is from TH clear stamps - french market. The tickets and the flourishes are from MFT dienamics. The tickets are stamped in "dried marigold" with stamps from MFT, TH papillon and Unity itty bitty dream big. The flourishes are also stamped in "dried marigold" with the script from TH mini ornates set.

If you have any question don't hesitate to ask!
'til next time:)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Simon says put a stamp on it and read all about it!

Simon says stamp has two super fun challenges this week. One is to use stamps - what else I ask:) and one is to put some words/text out there. Both challenges also include a bit if blog hoping. How much more inspirational can it be?! So after finishing the challenge blog's blog hop I had inspiration bursting out my fingers, so I decided to make more - LOL!

This was made in minutes, excluding all the fussy cutting. I'm the slowest cutter ever!
The inspiration as probably many of you can see is Teresa Collins vintage finds. When I saw bluemoons scrapbooking showing this collection I new I wanted all of it.

Except from the background, that is TH papillon, the stamps are from Vintage finds set #1 and #2. The ink used is tsukineko memento dye in Toffee crunch - love this colour! Thank you bluemoon:)

As the DT of SSS had used washi tape on most of their cards, I did not want to be left behind and also used some of the tape from TC.I also heat embossed the vintage clocks in copper. The background itself has plenty of different script, as does the damask, but I also stamped words from the set in archival ink coffee. This turned out so well, I had to finish the inside, just to be able to stamp some more:)

Well, have I used all the inspiration yet? Not even close! And it's not even noon - I have a feeling of this is becoming a very creative weekend - LOL!!!

I also has some super exciting news!!
I have been paper crafting all my life, but just recently took the plunge to go public with my work. The reason for that is my discovery of youtube a year ago. I've been so inspired by all you talented people out there and my own paper crafting has evolved tremendously thanks to you all. So I wanted to give some back and started this blog, a facebook and youtube. The response have been overwhelmingly more than I expected! I've entered challenges and truly have had so much fun to play with all of you!

Now last week I won the challenge for Anyone for Anya and this week I was offered a membership in The Rubber Buggy's first ever design team!!! This is so exciting I could just burst in flames here and now!!!

So I hope  all of you who takes the time to visit me also will stop by the rubber buggy. I found out about the DT call through splitcoaststampers, but it turns out to be this hidden little gem of stores and for all you international stampers - super great shipping prices!! They offer free shipping after spending just $100!!! For all you in the US, this may be expensive. But for us in Sweden... This could easily be spent at home as a G45 12x12 cost a little more than $30. A TH alterations die just about under $30 - you see my point... Thus, the shipping cost still makes it worth shopping online, but the low shipping cost is greatly valued:)

Thank you for popping by!
All comments are greatly appreciated, have a great weekend!! 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A white tag

I was fortunate enough to win the challenge inspired by time at Anyone for Anya - happy dance!!
This is my first challenge won - so I have no idea what's happening now, do I get a blinkie now?
I really don't care, I'm just so happy - LOL!

For this week the challenge was anything but a card - yay, a tag! And TGF-FFF is white out, therefore a white tag!

Now, how to challenge myself...
I have never coloured monochromatic (did I say that right??), so that's a winner...
And I have some metal tags that takes alcohol ink I've been wanting to play with for ages...

Here's the result!
I had so much fun trying to colour in black and white - this is my best effort. I believe I will continue practice - so much fun!!

My metal tag was alcohol inked in pearl. I wanted it white, but as I am on a personal mission to de-stash I forbid myself to hop of to my LSS - it was all to tempting!!! Therefore, I did not get the tag as white as I wished to. In the end, it kind of fit though... It looks whiter in reality than in the picture - oh dear, I hope it still qualify for the white out challenge...

To follow the white theme, I decorated the tag with box pleated trim from Melissa Frances in white. I also added some white prima say it in pearls as well as some small flat backs to her hair. I also made a small spray with white beads to add some dimension. The flower is from prima. I also continued to layer iridescent mini pearl trim on top on the pleated trim. I used this trim on my last card "me time" too.

Challenges entered:
Anyone for Anya - Anything but a card
Simon says stamp challenge blog - Put a stamp on it! (And blog hop!)
TGF FFF - White out (well, would you believe it?! I missed the dead line with just minutes:( )

This tag came together much faster then I expected, I had super much fun making it. Next project will be a lot of blog hoping, since it's stamptember and Simon says stamp is arranging weeks of fun and inspiration. There are also awesome prices and giveaways, so come along and play!!!