Monday, 30 June 2014

Wedding invitations tutorial

The wedding invitations have now gone out and I even made a tutorial on how to make them. If you're interested and want to see more photos - head over to my tutorial at instructables.com to see it.




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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Wedding invitation samples

It's been forever since I blogged and although I haven't made any cards except for some Christmascards last year I'm keeping busy with crafting. Sewing, crocheting and even cross stitching lately. Everything at once of course so nothing is finished :D

Hopefully this long break from blogging is over now. I know how much you've missed me and I wouldn't want to disappoint you again ;) I've also freshened up my blog for this fresh start in blogland - I hope you like it.

Right now I'm in panicmode with making invitations for a friend's wedding. I have the design made and they both think it is beautiful. Now I just need to get my butt out of the wagon and make 30 of them. Deadline: sometime next week. If you don't know this about me yet you will soon learn that I work best under pressure. Who needs to be done on time when you can swoosh in a minute before deadline? I like to live dangerously.

When I was going to make samples for the weddingcouple I only got the colorscheme: white, amethyst and silver. As neither of them are cardmakers they had no ideas about what the invitations should look like. I was all on my own. The place looked like an absolute mayhem when I was done with my samples (more than usual I might add). All because I had so many ideas. I wanted to show them all possible options. Funnily enough they both went for the card I made first (which meant I hadn't had to make the other ones until 4 in the morning, haha)

So here are the ones that didn't make it. The one they chose I will show you at a later date. Wouldn't want to spoil the surprise for the people that are invited in case any of them find their way here.

Crown die from quickutz' "flirt" alphabet pack
Embossing folders: left one from cuttlebug and the right one unknown (think it's from an english maker)





Stamp from reprint. 

I cut out the heart and played around with the idea of having the text on the inside show through or add a panel with the couple's initials.

Here are some other ideas I played around with:
So none of these got chosen. Aren't you curious about what the invitations will look like? Stay tuned.

Monday, 10 December 2012

First Christmascard of the year

 
 
After the longest cardmaking break I've ever had I'm back with a card for Christmas. I didn't think I was going to make any this year, but after getting some cards from my friends I decided to see if I felt like making any. And I did. I dug out some coloured images that I had and some stamps I never got the chance to use. Despite my huge mess in my craftingcorner I managed to find a tiny piece of table to work on. I had forgotten how fun/frustrating/rewarding/exhausting it was :)
 
This stamp is from stampavie and coloured with promarkers. Papers from prima called "north country".
 
 
 Challenges:
I love promarkers - anything goes
Papertake weekly - anything goes

  
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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Crocheted doxie


Can't believe it's been so long since I blogged. So long ago that even blogger changed their posting look. I have made a couple of things in fabric and yarn, just haven't felt like blogging and showing you. Not sure if I have any readers left after ditching you, so if you're there give me a holler. My excuse is that I was on a 2 weeks vacation to Thailand for my 30:th birthday, only 2 years too late. I couldn't go on my 30:th so it has taken 2 years to get there. I came back 3 weeks ago and haven't felt like crafting since then. The experience was so amazing it kind of lingered after I got home and I've been walking in a haze since then :)


I have a few things to show you still and today I would like to show you a tiny doxie I made for my mum as a Christmasgift. We had a flatcoated one just like this when I grew up. We both loved that dog to pieces and I knew my mum would love this gift (which she did as it brought tears to her eyes). I made it following a pattern from a book I got for myself at Christmas. It's written by a woman called Mitsuki Hoshi and there are a lot of different dogbreeds. I must say that the pattern was a bit hard to follow mainly because it isn't written step by step how to increase/decrease. It can say for instance: from 24 sts increase to 30. I found it a bit tidious having to figure out where and how many increasing stitches there would be. The result of the poochie is amazing, so I'm glad I stuck with it, but it was not my favourite pattern, let's just leave it at that.

I got my eyes with washers on the back which worked perfectly, since the washers are bigger they made these arched eyebrows that dachshunds have. The washers for the nose were almost too big, but it worked ok. I guess I could have cut them down a bit. I got my supplies from a girl at etsy called Clara which I really recommend. If you need a special listing, just ask. She made a special mix for me since I didn't know what sizes I needed. Will shop there again when my supplies run out.




Bye for now from little old me.

Edited:  
Hannah, the pattern is from a book with different breeds of dogs, but I haven't tried any of the other ones. The book is by Mitsuki Hoshi.

preschool toys, thanks for the compliment. I don't remember how long it took me to finish it as I tend to take long breaks in between my projects, but a couple of hours. It's quite small so the biggest timeconsumer was attaching the little parts together.


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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Amigurumi dragon/alien






















I have made a couple of amigurumis lately so it's time to show them to you. This one was the first one I started on. I made it by a pattern from pepika which was easy to follow even for someone like me that never had made any amigurumis before. I'm a quick learner though. The only thing that was a bit off was when I was supposed to position the eyes. I used those ones with washers on the back and didn't think it mattered where I put them. When I came to the end of the pattern it said that you need to be careful where you position them. But in the pattern she used eyes that you sewed on after crocheting the whole thing. I had to attach my eyes while working on the head. At least that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Now I will know for next time how to position them if I don't want the drafon to look like a little alien :)












































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Monday, 20 February 2012

Happy birthday mr President...

Have you missed me? I've been busy with crochet and sewing for the last month and had the flu that totally wiped me out for almost 3 weeks. I have a few things to show you, hopefully when my computer works better. We're trying to install a new program and it just doesn't want to play along. The card is scalloped at the top, making it look like a tag. I cut the patterned paper doublefolded directly with the die. I added 3D foam tape to make the image stand out and distressed all edges.


I made this card for a 30:th birthday boy. I just had a few hours since I had been procrestinating for days. I'm quite happy with how it turned out after that short time. I have used a stamp from Kraftin' Kimmies that I colored with my promarkers. The little swirls around the image are stamped with a distress ink. Text is handwritten and the shape of the card is cut out using one of the big nestabilities.



Challenges:
Bunny Zoes - birthdays
Crafty catz - favourite things (my promarkers and KK stamp)
Cute card thursday - flower power
Paper sundaes - birthday
Promakers - distressing
Simon says stamp - tag it


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Monday, 16 January 2012

Blogcandy at sweetpea stamps

Place this ad on your blog, with a link to the sweetpea website, then post your blog address in the comment section on the sweetpea blog and you will be entered to win a 10 count grab bag. You must post this by tomorrow, Jan 17th. Lynette will pick one winner on Wednesday, Jan 18th and post it on the blog. 


And don't miss out on the $1 $2 and $3 SALE that's going on. There is also a Valentine's sale just in time for february.

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Little decorated bag
























I'm excited to show you today's project. I played with stamps and fabric, together with embroidery. I used an usual piece of white cotton fabric. It was too white so I dipped it in some tea to age it a bit. The images I have used are from ching chou kuik's collection from sweetpea stamps. They are called Nostalgia and Spring luna from plate #30.























I stamped the images with black fabric ink and then used fabric pens to color here and there. I know it works with promarkers too if you want a neater finish. To add interest to the images I embroidered details with a glittery thread and added some matching beads. Then I just sewed the two pieces right sides facing, a little tunnel for the ribbon on top and voilá -  a little bag for jewelry or as a giftbag. If you want a bigger bag you could use four images, kind of like an Andy Warhol piece.



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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Angel paperdoll and happy new year!























Hope you're having a fantastic new year, all ready for more inspiration and new releases from sweetpea stamps. This time I have gone all out, hoping to get your crafty fingers itching. Time to long for spring :)
Unfortunately my sweetie has gotten the flu and I'm on my way there too, so no partying for us tonight, but my doll will be dancing...























The stamps I have used are from ching chou kuik plate 33 by sweetpea stamps. This is one of my fav sheet of all times. Sayings for the arms and legs are from different sheets. The images are colored with promarkers and watercolor pencils. The edges are inked with different distress inks. The doll is cut out in white paper and heavier designer papers for the back and wings. The images for the skirt are masked. I made the pattern for the doll myself. For the top and skirtpart I used 3D tape - thicker for the skirt. The joints of the legs and arms are attached with brads. I made sure the back was as beautiful as the front in case it would hang in a window or similar so I added matching little flowers for the joint's backs. I also added some pretty organza ribbon for the hem and top of the dress.























The doll is about 10" (25cm) tall and you can bend the joints.


I want to wish all of my visitors, readers and commentators a big

 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!

I hope you will continue to stop by for more inspiration and to give me much appreciated love. You all keep me going. 
BIG HUGS!

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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Little glittery seahorses and mermaid ATC


It's been a while since I made an ATC (artist trading cards) so I thought I'd give it a go again. I've been away to see my mom before Christmas and brought my copics to practice my coloring skills. I love making ATC's out of those images since I don't have to bother about matching them up with any papers. Coloring that way makes it more free.


The image I have used is by Elaine Cox and it's called little seahorses mermaid by sweetpea stamps.

Challenges:
Simon says stamp - bingo (ribbon, gems and glitter)
Stampin for the weekend - anything goes

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