Clean and Simple Spring-card

So  today I wanted to practice my CAS-cards and deiced to use a Penny Black image. I haven’t used one in a while and I have a couple that is perfect for spring cards. I’m longing for a nice flowery spring instead of the rainy and gray one i have outside right now.

In the CAS-ual Fridays challenge for this week you are suppose ti choose opposite colors from the color-wheel and i Choose a green for my stems of the flowers and then matched it to the opposite, red, for the roses.

The stamp is from Penny Black’s set Piece of my heart and the sentiment is from another Penny Black set called Garden Friends. To frame the image i Embossed Spellbinder’s Label 18 using a emboss only technique I first saw on Stamp Tv.

To also be able to join this weeks Penny Black Challenge I added a striped ribbon and made some dots on the pot. On the pot i tried out some of my new copics (the E95-99) and i really do love them. They give a very nice terracotta tone. The only problem i find with the lightest ones (E93, E95) is a slight bit to pink for me, i would have wanted a color between E95 and E97.

I need to apologize for the poor photo but my dear husband-to-be is making a big mess in the kitchen which is the place i usually photograph in due to the big window.

Stamp: Penny Black – Piece of my heart, Garden friends

Copic: E95, E97, E99, 0, R35, R37, R39, G14, YG16, G17, E11, E51, E93, E40, E43, E57, E37, E49

Other: Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Labels 18

Girly But no Pink Allowed

So here comes my first contribution as the DT member for Sweet Stampin’. The theme for this weeks challenge is Girly but no pink allowed.

Our sponsors for this week are Pollycraft which will give a lucky winner 5 digis.

We also have our Monthly sponsor Joanna Sheen that will give a £10 gift voucher.

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So onto my card; I usually don’t use Pink but just because of the challenge everywhere I look in my stash i see pink, and i have to admit that I have been very nervous to make this card and post so the process of this card have been a very hard one.So I got this lovely digi from Pollycraft called Cupcake Party and are featuring Celeste Amberglow. I don’t have a printer at home because it broke down like two (or more?) years ago so I normally print at a friends or my moms house. I think the nervousness got the better of me because the first print I didn’t bring copic-paper, the second one I destroyed when i was fussy-cutting and the third one I mangled in my cuttlebug… so after those sad attempt i deiced to make a serious run so I printed the dear Celeste like 10 times so I wouldn’t have to run over to our friend again and at the same time giving me some room for more mistakes (which of course i didn’t do now when i had the materials for it).

First when i saw this image I really wanted to make a bright and happy card so I found my Bo Bunny Peacock Lane collection and started to color. I have to admit that The card was far to dark and everything just looked a bit off so I had to start over. Luckily for me a new flash of inspiration came this Tuesday when my big order from the USA came. I had ordered a lot of new copics and several nice dies so I decided to us as much new things as possible. The new pens I got were from the 90-seriers so I went for the V90’s for the color-scheme on Celeste. I know that it’s dangerously close to pink but it’s purple so I think I can get away with it. To really bring out this dusty purple i deiced to go for all black and white on the card so all the other coloring (except the skin) is made with the cool grays.

I framed Celeste on my new Spellbinders Large Rectangles and Large Scalloped Rectangles and distressed the edged a bit with Weathered Wood. I then put my sentiment (which is a a tired minds wordplay on the cool grays I used and a nice sentiment for a young girls birthday) on the shapabilities double ended tags. Sense it’s a 10x15cm card I didn’t decorate it much but i did use soem brads and I ribbon just to give it something more. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn’s Critters in the snow stampset and I stamped it with Archival Brilliance Graphite Black.

Stamp: Pollycraft – Celeste Amberglow – Cupcake party. Lawn Fawn – Critters in the snow

Copic: E51, E21, E11, E93, 0, B91, B93, V91, V93, V95, V99, E35, YR23, C0, C2, C4, C6, C8, C10

Dies: Spellbinders – Nestabilities – Large Rectangles, Large Scalloped Rectangles. Spellbinders – Shapeabilities – Doubled ended tags.

Inks: Memento – Tuxedo Black. Distress Ink – Weathered Wood. Archival – Brilliance – Graphite Black.

Soft Peachy Tilda

 Last week I decided to practice coloring fold, simple folds, and i choose this nice Sweetie Tilda from Magnolia to practice on. I have also for a long time been wanting to use my YR00-YR02 for this nice peach-color so I got on with it and this is the result. I’m really happy with the bottom-part of the dress and the hair but I should had made the belly-area a bit darker, but that will have to be for the next time.

After little Tilda’s dress was done I went looking for papers that would fit and I found this collection from Bo Bunny called Kitchen Spice. I think these papers are just beautiful with it soft and at the same time vibrant tones. I tried to match the hair and shoes to the paper and then making a dotted background (that I went a bit overboard with) to match.

As I’m not use to working with light colors like this I decided to try to use some flowers to get a easter/spring-feeling. And for being to things I’m not that comfortable with I’m very happy with how the card turned out. I have to admit that i just couldn’t chose a lighter cardstock, i still needed contrast but i still think it feels bright and light. I have no idea what brand the flowers are but i bought them in the Magnolia-shop in Borås like a year ago i think. I really like their color and shape.

The greeting “påsk” means Eater in Swedish and I intend this card to be an easter-greeting for one of my grandparents, I haven’t decided which ones yet. I’m not that into the whole Bunny-themed easter so this card is more of how i view eater, spring but still a bit chilly:). The letters i used is from Quickutz alphabet Harvest, which I love the look of. But i do hate the die (in my cuttlebug that is)… I never get it to cut everything so i always have to go over it with my knife. And i have tried like dozens of was to sandwich and fill out with cardstock but nothing works. If anyone has a tip I’d LOVE to hear it! I would like to use this die more often…

Stamp: Magnolia – Sweetie Tilda

Copic: YR02, YR01, YR00, YR000, E49, E29, E93, E11, E21, E51, E29, E39, E35, YR23

Paper: Bo Bunny – Kitchen Spice

Dies/punches: Spellbinders – Nestabilities – scalloped and normal circle. Nellie Snellen – Borders. Artemio – Butterfly 3 (small). Quickutz – Harvest Alphabet.

Other: Sakura – Gelly Roll – white

Table-placements

So i have finally finishes all the table-placements (which i did like two weeks ago), photographed them and now actually posting them. So here comes a group photo and some samples of the three kinds I made.

All the hearts is made with Spellbinders heart dies and I did use the second smallest one. The dresses are made with a skin-colored heart and a patterned paper heart a bit off-set to get a dress and neck-line. The jackets are made with a colored heart for a shirt and a black, gray or dark blue one that i cut out a triangle to form the jacket, there can be duplicates among the mens costumes. The kids hearts i simply a single heart with a flower-shaped paper-clip.For all the backsides i also attached a black heart so the person on the opposite of the table don’t need to see a ugly back of the hearts.

The white base is made from a white 225g smooth white cardstock measuring 8x12cm. I scored the paper at 1, 5,5 and 9 and then cut folded it as a triangle with a 1cm flap to keep it all together.

I’mreally pleased how they all turned out and I just can’t wait to see them all one the tables on the wedding!

I of coarse have to start off with the ones for me and Björn. The dress that is for me a copy of the ones on the invitations but a size smaller. On Björn’s jacket i did make a pocket to get his jacket to be a bit different from the others (It was actually Björn’s idea). Björn is also the only one that has a white shirt.

When it comes to the womens dresses I have tried to keep the colors and pattern to what color the person do like and on the ones I didn’t know I have either tried to imagine them In this kind of color or I took one I liked.

As I did say the mens hearts are made up with a few different colors and patterns on the shirt and black, gray or dark blue for the jackets. There might be some duplicates but it’s more like to be like that at the wedding anyway.For the kids I deliberatively tried to take bright and fun colors and patterns due to the fact that I think they will see them as more fun then. I also gave them all a paper-clip that is removable so the bigger kids can play with.

Purple Kitty Katastrophe

This Tuesday it’s my baby-sisters birthday and i have been working on this card for quite a while now. I started to colors this like months ago in this nice purple tone. I recently found it just laying around so I deiced to make i for my sister, it’s a very fitting color and image for her. So I did the last coloring, like the hair, to suit my sister even better. The haircolor I chose I one that i think mimics the color my sister have right now. The frame for Kitty is made with nestabilities small labels and i started out with a white paper and then distressed with weathered wood. I do now own this stamp, I stamped up a couple on my copic-course in September so I have two left I think.

Anyway, i did use this weeks Sketch Saturday-sketch for my layout and i tried to keep with the purple tones from the coloring. The purple papers are from Maja Design’s collection “Ska vi ta en fika?” and the gray paper is from the Little black dress collection. All the papers have been distressed with either Dust Concord or Weathered Wood.

The top embellishment is a black satin ribbon that i tied some knots and the bottom one is a border made with Martha Stewart’s borderpunch Modern Garland. The butterflies are some fabric butterflies in pink and blue that I made black with a permanent marker and just stapled on. They have a bit of the shimmer of the old color which gives them a nice depth. The greeting is using some alphabet-pearls from Panduro that i glued in place with some glossy accent.

The inside is made with the same paper and idea as the outside and I left a nice big space for the greeting.

Stamp: Kenny K – Kitty Katastrophe

Paper: Maja Design’s -Ska vi ta en fika?, Basic Gray – Little Black Dress

Copic: V17, V15, V12, V000, E51, E21, E11, R22, E35, RY20, YR21, YR23, Y19, Y17, N9, N7, N5, 0, N3, N1

Other: Gelly Roll pen – White, Gold. Distress Ink – Dusty Concord, Weathered Wood. Martha Stewart  – Modern Garland. Spellbinders – nestabilities- small labels.

Sneak Peak of Table-placements for my wedding

And the second reason for me not posting for a while is that I have been preparing to make my table-placements for my wedding. On Wednesday every should have left a response so I should be able to finish them.

I wanted the placements to have a connection to the invitations (you can find them here) so the thought is that they are based on the heart-dress or heart-jacket. But to get a more fun and relaxed feeling I have used lots of colors. All the dresses or made from different papers and I have tried to connect specific people to specific colors and patterns. I only used papers from my little scrap-box and i found it a nice way to get a bit fewer scraps. For the men i changed up the color of the jackets and that are in either black, navy or gray (not so many gray due to the fact that i didn’t have much scraps of gray). I also changed up the color of the shirts for the men, always using papers of some kind of texture. The mens shirts are not unique and there is a couple of ones that are the same.

I have made a document with the names so tomorrow I will buy myself some nice medium/heavy-weight paper and then print them. Hopefully I will also have time to assembly them tomorrow but we will have to see… But until then here comes a sneak peak.

Crafting corner

So it have now been a while sense i posted and it have been to reasons for that. The first one is that i for like two-three weeks ago bough myself (or to be exact my mother and father gave me as an early birthday gift) a IKEA Expedit shelf. I have wanted one for my crafting corner for a while but haven’t been suer on if i could make it fit there. But after some measuring it make it work.

So after a trip to IKEA and some assembling I have been rearranging my crafting corner, form top to bottom and you can see the result here.As you can see my corner now contains an Expedit-shelf, a desk and a Benno-shelf.

One of the first things I did was to make another Copic-storage (you can see the first one here) and then i just put them together. After i was done i did realize that the top was a nice platform for my distress inks. Next time or sometime in the future i will make the top level so they will stand better. The angle isn’t very good for my memento dew drops but it will have to due for now.

In my new Expedit i put in my paper-storage and it feels really good to have all the papers in one place and nearby. The other 3 shelfs i filled with things i want to have nearby. The middle one contains my ribbons ( i also made two nice boxes for my ribbons), stickers, pearls and brads. The second one to the bottom is containing my folder with dies, craft spinner and other stuff. In the lowest one i have all the stuff that i have a hard time sorting but also big things like my heating gun, tea-lights, and jars of flowers. Someday when i get rich i will get doors for the bottom second and the middle one so i can hide the mess.

In my Benno i still have almost all my stamps, stored in cd-cases. I hope to be able to switch them to the Stampin’ Up cases very soon and as you can see I only have 8 right now, and they don’t have the covers i want to but they will. In the small middle-compartment i have my hairbrush and stuff like that ( i don’t have another place for it right now). Under that i have some small jar of buttons and my diecut letters. On the two lowest compartments i have my small paper-packs. On my paper-packs i have written the brand and name of the collection on the back so I quickly can find then easier.

I’m really happy with how things work right now and all I think i have to do is to alter my kleenex-box a bit.

Marine birdy

So tonight i wanted to make a card for my mother in laws boyfriend. His birthday is in a couple og week, but he gave me the perfect reason to use my new stampset By the sea from Gina K and this beutiful papers for Maja Design.

I Wanted to make a scene for this card, i have been very inspired by Theresa Momber and her scenes lately and i just have to get some more sets to make better and more naturescenes.

Anyway. This card is made with the though of Gothenburg’s seaside, and thats why I bought this papers from the beginning. The layout is from this weeks Gina K challenge.

I have to admitt that im not happy with the sky at all. The darker part is made with faded jeans but on the sky it only came of as gray wish made my spring sky to a bit more stormy but it will have to be for this time. I do like the sea but next time i think i will make a less straight horizon.

20/3-2012
I just saw that i won Anything goes challenge for this week. I’m just bubbling of happiness!

Paper: Maja Design – Life by the sea

Stamp: Gina K – By the sea, Garden Silhouette

Copic: YR14, YR23, YR21, B93, E40, E43, N9, N7, N5, N3, E35, E57, 0

Ink: Distress Ink – Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Memento – Tuxedo Black

Dies: Spellbinders – oval and scalloped oval, . Provocraft – Vintage

Other: Gelly Roll Pen – White

A Brown Forestdragon

So this weekend is my dear friend Martin’s birthday so i wanted to make him a card. He, as I, love dragons and this cute one landed in my mailbox a week or so ago. His name is Autumn Happiness and are from Wee stamps.

The dragon is as usual colored with copics and i cut him out using the Large deckled rectangles nestabilities. I didn’t want to make him the regular green dragon but i still wanted to get him a feeling of wood and nature sense that is what Martin is all about, so he became brown. I inked the inside lightly with the Dandelion memento ink. I backed him onto some Basic Gray paper, from the Origins collection. The sentiment is from Gina K’s Garden Silhouettes. The ribbon I used was from the beginning a white satin-ribbon but i colored it with E37 to make it match the dragon. The stars I used are from a die-cut-sheet and i cut them out and colored the white backside with the Rich Cocoa memento ink. All the edged have been inked with memento to make the transition smoother.

26/2-2012
I Just saw that this card was the spotlight card for Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge this week! I’m just so happy!

 

 

 

 

Stamp: Wee stamps – Autumn Happiness. Gina K – Garden Silhouettes

Copic: E31, E33, E35, E37, B93, YG17, YG13, YG11, YG67, G29, Y17, Y15, Y13, R39, R59

Paper: Basic Gray – Origins

Ink: Memento – Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, Rich Cocoa

Other: Spellbinders – nestabilities – Deckled Rectangles Large