fredag 21 december 2012

Snow Globe Tags

Inspired by Betsy Weldman, I made these three tags.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Stuff used: PTI patterned paper and ribbons, copics, bling stones, pearl, "sparkly snow" embossing powder, prisma glitter, silver glitter
Stamps: Winter Snow Globes by PTI
Dies: Limitless Layers 1 3/4'', Tag Sale #1 (both PTI)

torsdag 20 december 2012

The Duke wishes a Merry Christmas to all!

I've decided to enter this card in the Paper Smooches SPARKS challence "everything goes".  :D
As you already know Paper Smooches has the best stamps ever!

I was really bummed out because I haven't had much time to make cards for Halloween this year...
Making up for it, here is the third card in the "Silly Series".
I don't know what happened, it just assembled itself ( - almost)!
So... one of my most serious stamped backgrounds (alcohol inks, glossy paper and real red rubber stamps with archival ink) - and a bat from Paper Smooches - Voilà!

This card also reminds me of a December when a bat lived in the main hall of a school, because it was a particularly cold December. On the last day of school, when everyone was gathered in the main hall (and it was the first time the main hall was used in a long time) the bat started to have a flight show during the Christmas songs. The bat was flying out of the hall eventually, and some teachers let it out. The bat went back inside the main hall after the celebration was finished, and survived the harsh winter.
The next year, there was no bat living in the main hall, but when the headmaster started his yearly speech, it was not his usual speech. To all the participants' delight he read a letter from "The Duke", the bat from the year before, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Stuff used:
Stamps: Falling for you (Paper Smooches), B Line Designs - Lizzie's Home, Crafty Individuals 209
Other: Copics, twine, Memento tuxedo black ink, alcohol inks, Ranger archival ink (jet black), blingstones, glossy cardstock, blue cardstock from Panduro.

Silly Birthday Cows... I mean Cards.

I've decided to enter the first of these cards in the Paper Smooches SPARKS challence "everything goes". 
The stamps from Paper Smooches are always making me laugh out loud !

Grattis på födelsedagen = Congrats on your birthday!
And sorry about the light. I live in Sweden and it's not ever much light at this time of the year!
I have two cards for you today. I was complaining to my crafty friends that I don't know what's wrong with me, because I've been trying to come up with a serious card all week, but this is what comes out instead! Birthday cards - featuring cows! Well, I guess I needed a good laugh! Don't we all?

Heavy embossing on glossy cardstock. You can hear the soundtrack to this mooovie, right? :D
I do. I know it's just in my head, but it's there!

"Oh, and I got a tractor for my birthday! The other cows in the barn will be so jealous!"

Stuff used:
Card 1: The Lonesome cowb...oh, sorry I mean bull!
Way out west (WMS), Chubby Chums (Paper Smooches), Creative Expressions: U-Mount Create-A-Scene Unmounted Stamp Set - Countryside, Slöjddetaljer 8962 from 2012/13.
Alcohol inks on glossy paper, Ranger archival inks, Versafine black onyx... and some brownish hybrid inkpad...
Brown twine.
Cardstock from Panduro (I think!)

Card 2: Every Cow should have a tractor!
Stamps:Green Acres (Paper Smooches), Oxford impressions - Country girl, Slöjddetaljer 8962 from 2012/13.
Alcohol inks on glossy paper, Ranger archival inks, Versafine black onyx.
PTI dark chocolate ribbon

tisdag 18 december 2012

A Professor in the Corner

A detail.

R and I are cooperating on a layout! Yay!!! I'm not allowed to show the whole thing, because there's lots of people in it that haven't agreed to be published...
...But here is the professor from Paper Smooches!
(My cards are coming later...)

söndag 4 november 2012

Why I make cards

My sister's youngest.
 This is the reason to make cards! 
The older kids made cards for R and me.

tisdag 30 oktober 2012

Inspired by Bunnicula

I got a very silly book from my fiancée as a Halloween gift, it's called "Bunnicula", and of course it's already gotten me to giggle. I really do appreciate weird stories! (I plan on rewatching "The Curse of the Were-rabbit", very soon, I have to add.)
I wanted to give my youngest niece a little Halloween card, but it couldn't be too fancy, because I'm a bit worried that she may eat everything that's not properly glued down. Being in the spirit of Bunnicula already, I thought I'd use the little trick- or treat bunny.
Well, here is the result. Very CAS to be me!

Couldn't resist a bit of dimensionals.

Inspired by Bunnicula card:

Stamps: American Crafts – Spooky
Ink: Brilliance graphite black
PTI Cardstock: Enchanted evening
Special copic paper
PTI Orange Zest Damask patterned paper
Crop-a-dile corner chomper: stub/deco

måndag 29 oktober 2012

HahaHalloween Card / HahaHalloween Kort

I'm no Melissa...But I had fun. That's what counts!

Not too long ago, Melissa Philips posted a MIM video (#83) on how to make one of her fantastic cards. I've been yearning to try, though I haven't had any time until now. My time is filled with work, and I wonder if I work 100% or 150%?... I'm rather sure it's closer to the latter!
Anyhow, I decided that I'd finally try it.
I use the same layout (almost) as Melissa, but I do my own take on it, as usual.


Inte för allt för länge sedan gjorde Melissa Philips en video som visar hur hon gör ett av sina fantastiska kort. Jag har längtat efter att testa själv, men jag har inte haft tid förrens nu. Ibland undrar jag om jag verkligen jobbar 100% - det har varit närmare 150% efter sommaren!
Jag bestämde att jag måste göra något åt saken och här är resultatet. Jag använder (nästan) samma layout som Melissa gör på sitt kort, men jag har gjort det på mitt vis, som vanligt.

Melissa P's card. The original.

hahaHalloween card supply:

Stamps: Martha Stewart Witch 2010, Impression obsession cover-a-card Branches, Recollections Spooky
Ink: Versafine black onyx, Distress ink Black soot, Brilliance graphite black.
rustic cream, enchanted evening, true black (PTI cardstock)
PTI Orange zest damask patterned paper
Felt: Limade ice PTI
Dies: Spellbinders circles (large), PTI Block alphabet die collection (lower), PTI Spiderweb trio die collection, Love lives here die collection (the little heart!)
Copics: C-3, Slate
Bling from Panduro, Fine black embossing powder from Ranger.
Glossy accent (dimension to the tiny heart).

onsdag 24 oktober 2012

My First Halloween Card 2012

Right now I don't have time for anything! My workload has been a bit extreme lately, to say the least. I was so stressed out that I just had to take a break and do something else for awhile. This is what happened yesterday evening, when I decided that I needed to make something fun, just for me, for just a couple of hours...
The lesson learned: It's very much easier to work when you take breaks!

Stuff used:
Bazzil cardstock, Panduro kartong, PTI patterned paper Orange Zest Damask
Old button, green twine, red leafy ribbon
Stamps: Inkadinkado "trick or treat Halloween 99133", Clear choice stamps "Pressed leaves"
Ink: Versa Magic Sage, Brilliance Graphite Black
Copic markers
Stickles: Orange, red, white and brown
Embossing folder: Sizzix Textured Impression SUGAR

lördag 22 september 2012

Pirate cards!

It all started when my co-worker started to play "pirate music" one afternoon. It cheered me up and I got the pirate music in my head - and it stuck!
You've got to go with the flow, right? This is what happened!

A Caribbean Pirate Adventure Card:
Stamps: “My Island” by Waltzingmouse stamps, “Skull bottle label” by Inkadinkado, Sparkling spring #2 (Prima), Travel Almanac (Prima), Printery (Prima)
Inks: PTI True black, Adirondack alkohol inks, Ranger’s archival ink (Vermillion, Jet black, Sepia), Versa Color Pinecone.
Cardstock: Pti Ocean tides, DCWV Teal
Embossing folder: Sizzix Textured Impressions CIRCLES & DOTS Embossing Folders 656974
Other: Martha Stewart Vampire Bling Stones, Brass charms from Shipwreck beads, twine, homemade coffee filter flowers, foam dimensionals and patterned paper from my stack.

Machine Room Pirate Card:
Stamps:  Disney Pirate Party, Travel almanac (Prima), Berry leaf background (Prima)
Inks: Alkohol inks, Ranger’s archival ink (Plum, Vermillion, Sepia, Jet black)
Cardstock: Bazzil brown, PTI true black
Paper: Martha Stewart Vampire collection
Other: homemade background (see earlier post), homemade coffee filter flower (see earlier post), twine and wine bottle charm from Shipwreck beads.

tisdag 18 september 2012

My Cousin the Farmer

The farmer from Oh Crop! looks suspiciously like my cousin - who is a farmer! Is the spitting image a coincidence or did the artist really do some research to see how a proper Swedish farmer looks like? The similarity is stunning! :)

Anyhow, he had to have a barn, a duck in the barn and some chickens around it. Looks like he got some hay in, even though we had a wet summer!


Stuff used:
Stamps: Hero arts s5215 clouds, BB: farm and barn (PTI), Oh crop! (There she goes stamps)
PTI dies: Shape up: Barn, Block alphabet (lower case), On the farm dies
Other dies: MFT fresh cut grass
PTI inks: Aqua mist, Pure poppy
Other inks: Mango madness (Versa Magic), Tea dye (Distress ink)
Other: Stamper’s select white cardstock (PTI), Ripe avocado cardstock (PTI) Purpe poppy cardstock (PTO), True black cardstock (PTI), olive green cardstock (Bazzil), tissue paper, googly eyes (Panduro), dimensional foam, Copic markers, Faber Castel PITT artistic pen, glue pen, glue gun tape.

lördag 15 september 2012

Jane Austen's sliding frame card

Don't you just find interactive cards very interesting? I do! I thought it'd be extra interesting with a sliding old picture from Jane Austen's time, especially since the birthday girl happens to be a big fan of the books. I heard that she liked it. :) I hope you like it too!

Orna’s birthday card:

PTI dies:
Movers &Shakers – sliders
Block alphabet (lower case)
Simply Jane

PTI stamps:
Simply Jane
On the farm
Movers & Shakers Sentiments

Home made coffee filter flowers (see earlier post)

Cardstock: PTI pure poppy, aqua mist, dark chocolate
Patterned paper: Tilda collection 2011 (Panduro)
PTI ink: Dark chocolate, Spring rain, Harvest gold, New leaf, Ripe avocado
Distress ink: Tea dye, black soot

fredag 14 september 2012

The last plunge of the year?

Too bad you can't see the foam adhesive! That bridge is high above the water! :)

I just had to make a flip flop card! I've been planning on that for a long time, I just didn't have the time.... I was inspired by this card by Betsy Weldman:

Stuff used:
Die: flipping out (PTI)
Cardstock: blue (Panduro and DCWV), Classic craft (PTI)
Ink: Memento - rich cocoa
Distress ink: -tea dye, broken china
Versa Mark watermark
Stamps: BB: farm and barn and Faux ribbon (PTI)
Impression plate: sunshine (PTI)
Distress stickles: picket fence
White embossing powder – Reprint
Embossing pearl powder – Ranger
blue bling stones

söndag 9 september 2012

Finally - a cover for my mini book!


Finally, I have a cover for my PTI Stamp-a-faire mini book! Just thought you may like to see the result... including my Block alphabet dies. I'm reposting the rest of the images from earlier so you can see what I am talking about! :)

Stuff used:
Turning a New Leaf and It's a Jungle Out There (PTI) stamp set.
All dies from PTI: (Heart prints collection, Love lives here, Block alphabet lower case)
PTI Ink: Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate, True Black, Simply Chartreuse, Pinefeather.
(I used some green Memento Inks too - London Fog, New Sprout, Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves and Versa Colour Sage as well.)
PTI CS:  Ocean tides, Pure poppy
Overlay, patterned paper from my stash.

lördag 8 september 2012

A Christmas Barn

I don't know, it's a bit early for Christmas, but I started to play with my barn die... and all of a sudden my project turned into a Christmas card! I got most of my new Christmas stamps a bit late last year, and because of that I have some new stuff that I need to try out!

Some tips and tricks concerning aging the barn:
  • Stamp the wood grain stamp on Pure Poppy cardstock with Pure Poppy ink. (It looks much better in real life!)
  • The white trimmings on the barn were aged down with Old Paper Distress ink. (None of my other ink colours looked good at all!)

"God jul" means "Merry Christmas" in Swedish.

Stuff used:

PTI stamps: Holiday Lights, BB: Farm and Barn
PTI dies: On the farm, In the meadow, Block alphabet die collection (lower case), Holly jolly and Shape up: barn die.
Inks: PTI (True black), Versa Magic (Turquoise gem, Aquatic splash, Mango madness)
PTI CS: Pure poppy, Ripe avocado, Sweet blush, Vintage cream and Classic craft.
Other: Embrodery floss, blingstones, small pearls, washi tape and glossy accent.

tisdag 14 augusti 2012

Adventures in Alcohol Ink

(This is about the real size of the image! It's hard to get the colours right on a photo. The inks are much deeper and you can't see the silver at all!)

I am doing my first experiments with Adirondack Alcohol Inks... I have such respect for Tim Holtz being able to master these inks! To make an understatement: these inks dry fast!
This little picture is just 3x4" in real life. I've used lots of blues, greens, alcohol inks blending solution and silver ink mixative.
The stamp is "Serenity" from Artistic Outpost stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink.
Jag håller just som bäst på med mina första experiment med Adirondack Alcohol Inks...Jag har sådan respekt för Tim Holtz som bemästrar dessa extremt snabbtorkande färger!
Den här lilla bilden mäter bara 3x4" i verkligheten (= ungefär lika stor som bilden ovan). Jag har använt massor med olika blå och gröna nyanser, alkohol inks blending solution och silver ink mixative.
Stämpeln heter "Serenity" och är från Artistic Outpost. Den är stämplad med Jet Black Archival Ink.

måndag 23 juli 2012

My favourite tutorials from Stamp-a-faire 2012

I just wanted to list some of the tutorials from this weekend that I enjoyed extra much!
Here they are:

My 5 favourite tutorials from Stamp-a-faire 2012:
(In no special order, except from the first one - that is my very favourite!)

Melissa makes a perfect card.

Nichole makes patterns with shaving cream!!! Wow!!!

Erin makes a fancy cake! (I love this one!)

The best instruction ever on how to tie bows. Dawn's tutorial, of course!

Betsy's ingenious ribbon flowers! (She uses fire!!!) :D

(There are plenty more tutorials at Nichole's website.)

söndag 22 juli 2012

Stamp-a-faire Farewell Shot

We'll talk soon again!
Oh no!!! The two days of crafting are over! I've had so much fun! Thank you to all PTI Stamp-a-faire participants and a special thank you to Nichole and PTI for making this online event!

Please, let's do it again!

All my projects - and a bit of the mess!

Oh, and I shouldn't forget the 5 badges I earned:

"Memory Preservation Badge- Mini Book Challenge"
"Craft Conservation Badge- Limited Supply Challenge"
"Correspondence Badge- Camp Card Set Challenge"
"DIY Badge- Homemade Embellishments"
"Knots Badge- Ribbon Techniques Challenge"