So I actually finished a card today, i have fought the damn card for weeks and I dislike the result but i felt I had to finish it so I could move on. No matter how the card look I did like my coloring.
I just love how the elephants skin and jacket turned out. The reindeer is a mess but I’ll blame that to an too overfilled E25-pen.
The challenge over at deep Ocean Challenges this week is to show of your craftspace so I took the challenge as an opportunity to clean my desk a bit:)
Not much have change sense the last time I showed my space. I recently received more Stampin’ Up stampstorage so now the entire shelf to the right is filled with those cases. The cases is colorcoordinated by brand and every case have the brand and the stampset-name on it. Due to this my paperpacks have been moved to my shelf to the left.
Last Friday our administrator at work celebrated an even number and we will celebrate her tomorrow so I wanted to make a card. I deiced to use this beautiful stamp that i got home last week and I just love how it turned out! The colors are just so wonderful with the ribbon.
Even if the card turned out great the evening have been terrible. First my papertrimmer broke- the wire that guides the blade broke and turned to a big ball of fuzz. When i finally found my old one so I could cut the last pieces my adhesive ran out… really not my night…
Sorry for the blurry photos but due to the fact that it’s dark when I go to the job and when I get home they won’t be better then this until weekends or a fairy brings me a new camera:)
Stamp: House Mouse – Gruffies – Thanks a bunch – Lilac Bouquet. Penny Black -Critter Party – Happy birthday.
(sorry for the bad quality of the photo but due to winter it’s dark and my camera just can’t handle that kind of light)
So this weekend I found the time to sit down and play with some papers. Due to Christmas closing in (and I’m totally unprepared so far) I dug out some Christmas-papers and go really inspired. I have to admit that I made this card pretty quickly and I didn’t like it from the start but it really grows on me.
The papers I used is from Echo Park’s collection Very Merry Christmas and I just love the nice colors, they are deep and soft at the same time – and the paper with the ornaments are just so darling. I chose the James Bear from Lili of the Valley to go with my card and i colored him with my copics. The little gift have been paperpieced with the backgroundpapers. I wanted to try to keep some parts white, I usually don’t and I always regret it. So the tinsel is white and i have glittered it with some Martha Stewart glitter and I used the same glitter on the white ribbon. I used a strip of my dubbelsided tape and just glittered one side. I really like how the white glitter ties the card together and the fact that the “strips” goes in a similar angle as the tinsel. The star is first colored and then coated with yellow stickles. The ribbon is from stampin’ up and i love how easy it is to tie it, i usually use satin and its really hard to get the bows to stay tied- this was easy and really looks soft.
The inside is simple with a “Merry Christmas”-greeting and some vertical strips of the ornament paper one the sides.
Another thing I have to say is that I love my new scissors! I have tried several small scissors but I don’t think any have been good, they have had a to big tip, been uncomfortable and so one. I decided to try the stampin’ up one and I’m truly in love! It’s easy and comfortable (or as comfortable a pair of scissor can be) and they are super-sharp and are really easy to get into small areas. Just love it! I know I’m a bit over enthusiastic but I think I have to play some tomorrow also (Just found out I’ll be home alone:))
Stamp: Lili of the Valley – James Bear – Deck the Halls
So i have finally finished the thank you-cards for the wedding. They all have the same design but there are 5 main color-schemes, which you see above. I like the two at the top best. The black-red one makes me think of candy somehow and the blue-purple one make me think of blueberries:). My least favorite is the one at the bottom but it was my first and i wanted a more masculine feel so it suits it purpose.
I have used the Papertreyink hexagon die and Happy Hexagons stamp and I just love how they turned out! All the inks are Memento. The sentiment “Tack” (Thank you) is from Vilda stamps.
Inside is a photo from the wedding and a thank you message.
This card is for a fellow teacher that have found another job. Unfortunately I’m still a bit stressed and exhausted so I can’t say that I’m happy with it, or even making it. But it u´turned out OK. I just wish I made the sentiment more like a tag, creating some life.
The “splashes” is some water, distress ink and glossy accent. The sentiments is latin and means something like “We know you will miss your colleague, drown your sorrows”. Due to the sentiments and the fact that the gift we got was beer-glases I did the splashes thinking of beer-drops.
So this week on Sweet Stampin’ our challenge is Autumn Leaves/trees. I decided to make a card for my grandmother that have hurt her leg. Due to the nature of the card i decided to use this adorable image from House Mouse.
I kept the coloring in classic autumn colors and made the ground dotted to give the feeling of falling leaves. The Image have been distressed with Antique Linen and then a bit with Potters clay. I did keep a white border just to make a contrast. The sentiment on the image means “you make me happy”.
The papers are just fabulous and I found them the other week which just made me so happy, I think I have to go buy some more:) I paired up the papers with a couple of (whole and pieces) of the Cheery Lynn Flourishes. All the papers have been lightly distressed wit memento bamboo leaves just to hide the white edges. The leaves on the bottom is made with papers from the same collection and is punched and embossed with Nellie Snellen’s Floral punch: Leaf ( the green ones are debossed).
The inside is made to match even if I didn’t embellish as much.
This weekend we will celebrate Oskar’s first birthday. Gosh the time flies by but it’s gonna be fun to see everyone again and see Oskar blow his candle for the first time.
A few weeks ago i found this darling papers from Doodlebug and I just loved it (especially the owl-pattern that I didn’t use here). So I wanted to do a really traditional baby-boy-card so I just dug out all the baby-blue things i had, lots of glitter and stars.
The image is from Lili of the Valley and I love how the bear turned out! It makes me happy to look at him. I did place the “1” on the car to symbolize Oskar’s first birthday. The “1” is cut in the same blue cardstock as the rest of the card but I colored it with some E43 to dull it down to fit the rest of the image.
The card have been decorated a bit with yellow stickles on some of the yellow dots on the background-paper and the ballon have been coated with some stardust. The ribbon is a regular baby blue satin ribbon that I embellished a bit with a blue button and some green embroidery-thread. The ribbon is not glued down all around and on this photo it have slided down a bit, I didn’t notice when I took the photo and don’t wanna take a new one.
Welcome to another week on the Sweet Stampin’ Challenges. This weeks challenge is Vintage. For this week we have two lovely sponsors: Joanna Sheen wit a £10 voucher and Crafy Ribbons.
Oh I found this challenge really hard. I have no idea to get the softness that i associate with vintage cards. But after some brainstorming i came of with wrinkly and brown for my card.
I started out with stamping this music background from Hero Arts in Rich Cocoa. I then wrinkled the paper and distressed it with antique linen and vintage photo. I then tore the edges and the scraped them a bit. I wanted to keep the card clean due to the rich colors but it looked so empty i just needed to fill the space in someway so i dug out this flourish-die. The flourish stem is glued down but the leafs i put up a bit with gluedots.
Stamp: CC Design – Amy R Sentiments – Big Words. Hero Arts – Music Background.
Welcome to another week on Sweet Stampin’. This weeks challenge is “Use Sentiment as a focal point“.
I don’t own that many sentiments that are long enough or lyrical enough to use as a focal, in my liking. But I do own this one from Tim Holtz and I really like it and use it far to rarely. I wanted to play some with my new papers from Echo Park so I ended up with a masculine card.
I got the layout from last weeks Mojo Monday Sketch. I haven’t done a Mojo Sketch for a long time and I had forgot how much I enjoyed them. The red of the papers are bit bit more dull and rust-colored in real life.
The black banner is a bit raised due to the fact that i curled it up a bit with a pen. The stars dimensional. I first adhered the paper to a piece of black foam i had and then cut it out with MFT’s Stacking Stars. I just love how it turned out, I have to to this more often, I think I’ll try some letter next.I did doodle around the edge of the sentiment, it looked far to empty.
The inside is made with the same thought and material. The only exception is that the brads are different,I ran out off the smaller ones like on the front. I also forgot that dimensional stars might not have been the best idea for an inside but it closed good enough.
Stamp: Tim Holtz – Urban Chic
Paper: Echo Park -Note to self
Dies: Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Circle, Pinking Circle. My Favorite Things – Stacking Stars. Nellie Snellen – Lace Edge Border.