onsdag 30. oktober 2013

Tags & bags

My oldest son was 14 yesterday (happy birthday, son!) and I needed a card for him. On top of his wish list was hard cash - he's saving up for (yet) an electronic device *lol*, so I needed a gift bag too.

At CAS-ual Fridays they had this fun challenge wich gave me the idea for the card/gift bag:

And here is the gift bag/tag I made:


Paper: OA (plated), Echo Park (Brown)
Numbers: AC. Brad: Freckled Fawn. Other: unknown
Back & insert:

Card size: 4*6"

Youngest son has his 11YO birthday on Monday, and he has the same wishes, I made a gift & tag for him, too:


Star paper: October Afternoon. Other paper: LYB
Numbers: AC. Other: unknown

Back and insert:

Card size: 4*6"

Actually, I think thse kind of cards/tags would be perfect for Christmas, too, so I'm going to make some this weekend.

mandag 28. oktober 2013

Feathers! (The Studio Challenges Pinterest Challenge)

Wow, there is so many ways to get inspired by the October Pinterest Challenge at The Studio Challenges (TSC): the colors, the deco, the mask themselves etc etc. What is the first thing that comes to Your mind when you see this?

My first though was "feathers"! We have two budgies at home, and you have no idea how much feathers they leave!

In fact, I often use real feathers from the birds if I make a layout about them, but this time I din't have any on hand, so I used a large one from Bella Blvd. 

Backround pp: Glitz Dsigns. Other pps: MME. Jourmaling Cards, bird trim & fabric bird: Websters Pages.
Chipboard: Maya Road. Wood frame: Kaiser Kraft. Flair: The Paper Bakery. Washi & other trim: unknown

Bird trim, fabric bird, journaling cards with a bird on, bird chipboards, wings chipboard - birds are all over in the scrapping industry, so it wasn't hard to find the right embellies for this layout.

What did come to your mind first when you saw the Pinterest image? Please head over to the TSC blog to see how the other DTers were inspired, and Our followers, too!

lørdag 26. oktober 2013

The Shipping Magnate - CSI #95

DS10 has wanted his own boat for a long period, and when grandpa gave him some money late this summer, he knew exactly how to spend them!

Patterned papers: MME (blue), SEI (grey & Brown). Metal, wood & badge: unknown (The Paper Bakery Kits)
Paint: Panduro. Mask: Club Scrap

Close up of journaling:

This week's wonderful CSI case:

How I solved the case:
*All colors used.
*Evidence: Paint, wood, metal
*Testimony: Photo study details

Do we see you at CSI this week?

torsdag 24. oktober 2013

A card - just for fun!

OK, that's not completely true - I got an order from one of my frequent (card) customers, a young carpenter at work - he wanted a card for his MIL who turns 50 this weekend. He gave me pretty free hands to make whatever I wanted, so I made this:

Patterned papers: Webster's Pages (green dotted pp: MME). "What's up": Studio Calico.
Flowers, Pearls: Petaloo. Chipboard: Memory Maze. Numbers: AC. Pebble: Prima
Ribbon: Unknown. Dies: LifestyleCrafts

My customer was thrilled when he saw the card, and said he couldn't wait to show it to his wife and give it to his mum. What a lovely feed back.

Do you make Cards for other People, or just for Your own use?

tirsdag 22. oktober 2013

All 405 (CSI Special Scrap Case 365-2)

We're excited to reveal our second special Case File created for our collaboration with Scrap365, UK's biggest and best scrapbooking Magazine.

This special Case File will be open for investigation for the entire month of October. We will have a new Scrap365 Case File every other month, with the publication of a new issue of the magazine. After this Case File closes, we will be selecting our five favorite layouts to feature, and those people will be invited as CSI Deputies (guest designers) for December. To read more about the prizes, and to play along, please log in at this CSI post.

The Case:

My take on it:

Patterned papers: MME, Echo Park, Webster's Pages, Studio Calico. Alpha: SEI. Stamps, spirals & bottons: unknown

My husband has collected Disney Pocket books since he was a child, and for this particular Collection he has all the 405 issues (!)

Journaling goes: "Once upon a time a boy started collecting Donald Duck Pocket books. He kept buying every issue, and at the age of 47 he has them all"

Detail of mix of faux stitching (stamps) and real stitching:

How I solved the case:
*all colors used
*Evidence: Spirals, buttons, stitching. book page
*Testimony:Douments something about books/begin with "Once Upon A Time"

Do you collect books?

søndag 20. oktober 2013

Curious, me? CSI #94

This is Mercedes, our Maine Coon/Norwegian Forrest Cat mix. She is one year old today, btw - happy birthday, kitty - and probably the most curious cat there is.

Black CS: Bazill. Patterned papers: MME (red), Crate Papers (yellow). Cut outs &sticker borders: Crate Papers.
Alphas: Basic grey (red), AC (black). Flaire: Cre8tive cre8tions.Label: Sturdio Calico.  Anything else: unknown.

On this photo I was soaking my feet in a bucket to do a pedicure, and off course she had to check out what I as doing :-)

This week's case at CSI:

 How I solved the case:

 *All five colors used
*Evidence: Cat accents, black background, silver metal (star)
*Testimony:Journal from Your pet's point of view. Journaling says: "No, not curious. Just afraid to miss anything. Mercedes 10 months, August 2013"

Don't you love that color combo?

onsdag 16. oktober 2013

Gyro Trampoline - CSI 93

This week we have this cool color combo and sketch for you at CSI:

Here is my interpretation of the challenge:

Patterned papers: Amy Tangerine (backround pp), October Afternoon (print), MME (blue striped), Lemon Owl (grenn dotted). Flashcards: Ocotober Afternoon. Alpha: AC & Ocotober Afternoon. Wood planes: Studio Calico.
Adventure Tag: WRMK. Enamel dots: MME. Metal clip & washi: unknown

The story behind (=the journaling):

Beitostoelen June 2013 - we had the chance to use a gyro trampoline. M&T were in their usual teen mood and had big plans about how high they would jump and which stunts they would perform. Then it turned out that a gyro trampoline is completely different from an ordinary one - and they acomplished nothing - they didn't dare to perform any of what they had planned.

For the record: I did not try this one myself. Due to inner ear issues, anthing moving makes me dizzy for days: roller coasters, trampo, even fast going elevators...

How I solved the case:
*All colors used
* Evidence: Airplane accents, numbers (on trim), ribbon,text print, triangels (on washi), tag
*Testimony: inspiration Words

Have you ever tried a gyro trampoline?

mandag 14. oktober 2013

Hello! Hello! Hello! (card)

The has been a package of stickers laying on my desk for a while. I have made a layout with some of the stickers, and a card, but I never got round to use the rest of them. But when I saw this great sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch, I knew exactly what to do:

I admit it, for the past year, just because life has happened a little too much, I haven't been the best to keep in touch with people. I wouldn't be surprised if I was sent a card like this - a reminder of giving a friend a call.

CS: Bazill. Hello-stickers: Pebbles. Washi: Studio Calico (?). Badge: Freckled Fawn. Hemp:Hemptique

Yes, I think I'll send this to myself, with a list of who I need to start socializing again with..
Could you need a card like this, too?

søndag 13. oktober 2013

The optimist - a yellow, monochromatic LO for the TSC


Today we have a new challenge for you at The Studio Challenges (TSC):

Today's challenge is to create a monochromatic layout.

 For those of you that need a little help with the word, 'Monochromatic' means using different shades and hues of a single colour!
The TSC DT members have all picked different colors, so please visit the blog to see what they have done.

I picked yellow as my color and her is my example for you:

Title: The Optimist

Background paper, ric-rac: unknown. Other papers: Studio Calico. Pinwheel:Queen &co. Tag: Chic Tags
Enamel dots: MME Alpha Dies: LifestyleCrafts

My youngest kid is a creative one, in many ways. He wanted to test out if the loan mower could be used to pull him on his long board. It didn't work out as he planned, though: The combo of long grass and small wheels, was a bad one. This made have worked on a smother surface, though :-)

To create a true monochromatic layout, I inked all white parts on the patterned papers with yellow ink.
Photoshop + me = not friends. I printed my photo in b/w and simply used a yellow marker on the parts I wanted to be colored. Easy peasy :-)

Have you ever made a monochromatic layout? Will you give this a try?

PS This month TSC has a wonderful sponsor: Teresa Collins Stampmaker. Hop over to the TSC blog to see how you can win stamps!

lørdag 12. oktober 2013

Christmas Cards part 3


Today I have two Christmas cards in a more traditional style for you.

But let's start with my source for inspiration: this lovely sketch found at Cardabilities:

Card #1:

Patterned papers: Panduro. Pins: Maya Road. Pearls: unknown

Card #2

All papers: Kaiser Craft

Pre cut  pieces stacked to add some dimension. A little Sticles around the edge and on the ornaments makes it sparkle.

Thank you for stopping by - I'll be back with more Christmas cards in about two weeks, in the mean time I'll feature some  layouts and all purpose cards :-)

torsdag 10. oktober 2013

Christmas Cards Part 2

As I promised you in my previous post, I'm back today with Christmas cards featuring sequins and chevrons. I got the idea for these cards when I spotted this week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays:

Even if I find traditional patterns and colors for seasonal cards easy for the eye , I admit I like using non traditional ones, too, like those I used for the first card today ( which is my entry for the challenge)

Patterned papers: Amy Tangerine. Sequin bow: Freckled Fawn
Twine: The Twinery. Stamp: Imagenicse. Sequins: unknown

Close up photo:

Ornament dies: LifestyleCrafts

A second card with sequins and chevrons, this time in more traditional colors:

Patterned papers: Little Yellow Bicycle. Washi (merry Christmas): Panduro
Sequins: unknown. Glitter: Sticles

Close up - a little glitter makes the card more festive!
And that washi rape is perfect for cards!

Ornament dies: LifestyleCrafts

 What do you prefer for Christmas cards: traditional or non traditional colors and patterns - or a mix?

tirsdag 8. oktober 2013

Christmas Cards Part 1

Do you think it's too early for Christmas cards? I actuallay do, but as I know the next month will be busy, I thought it would be wise to start right now. I send quite a lot, and sell some, too, so I need a few *lol*

To kick my mojo I started off by browing some of my favourite card challenge blogs.  At CAS(E) this Sketch I found this lovely sketch:

Here is this first card I made. This is my entry for the challenge:

Cardstock: Bazill. Foam glitter trees: Making Memories. Twine & stamp: unknown
Size: 4"*8"

When I know I need more cards I often made three based on the same idea - it't time efficient. But as I hate to do duplicates, they all turn out slightly different.

Here are two more cads based on the same sketch:

Cardstock: Bazill. Washi: Panduro. Anything else: unknown (from my stash)

Cardstock: Bazill. Stickers: Heartwarmingvintage. Overlay: unknown

Thank you for stopping by. Have you started making your Christmas cards yet?

PS. Come back on Thursday - I then will show some cards featuring chevrons and sequins.

lørdag 5. oktober 2013

Barony Rosendal - CSI File Case #92

Good morning!

A new inspiring challenge is up for you at CSI!

Visiting the Barony Rosendal, which is situated on the other side of the country, has been on my bucket list for ages. I finally got the chance this summer and the place was even more magic than expected: the place itself, the history behind it.

This layout is made mainly with scraps and pieces I have laying around, therefor I'm unsure of the  manufactorers this time.

 How I solved the case:
*All five colors used
*Evidence: Rhinestones, pearls, heart, ribbon, lace, cameo
Testimony: Inspiration Words

Do we see you at CSI this week?

tirsdag 1. oktober 2013

OUAS October challenge has gone live!

Hey everyone!

Another month, another challenge at Once Upon A Sketch (OUAS)

I hope you all get a chance to play along this month. There are SOME AMAZING prizes up for grabs and don't forget about the OUAS Facebook contest!!! When you play along this month please post your layout at the OUAS Facebook Page HERE, toowhere a RANDOM winner will be chosen to win this prize from our monthly Facebook sponsor 13arts.

Here is the October Sketch:

And this is the Ocober journaling theme:

 "The Journey..."

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journalling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journalling (hidden journalling is fine). Acceptable journalling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journalling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journalling is! 

My example for you

Papers/stickers: WRMK. Paper Clip, enamel dots & fabric brad: Freckled Fawn.
Other brads Teresa Collins. Stamps: Jillibean Soup

I chose to go with a bold color sheme this time, to match the colors in my photo:
The photo was taken during or road trip this summer, and the journaling says:
"This is the Message you don't want your GPS to display, particulary not when the option is 140 km (100 miles) longer, But luckily, the GPS was wrong, and the short cut was open".


Do you trust your GPS - always?
Now head over to the OUAS blog to play along and to see the rest of the DT's fabolous examples!