Today I want to show you a Christmascard I made with one of the adorable house-mouse stamps. I used some leftover papers and ribbons and colored it with promarkers to match the colors of the paper and ta-daa. A quick and easy Christmascard.
Looking through my blog I've noticed how long ago it's been since I posted anything. No wonder I can hear crickets every time I open my blog :D It's not like I haven't made anything, just haven't felt like blogging about it.
Yesterday I started on a few Christmascards. I wasn't planning on making any this year as I was making decorations and cards for a wedding at the beginning of december. But I took out a few images, matched some promarkers with the papers I wanted to use and BAM!
All I can say is: the papercrafting bug is back. Can I hear a YEY!?
So yesterday I managed to make four cards. Usually I don't like to repeat myself, but since everyone will only get one card, no one has to know that the others got similar ones, am I right? Still, even if I used the same paperline and colors I still used different images because let's face it, how fun is it to color the exact same image? I get bored after two, haha.
I was quite pleased with how fast my coloring skills came back. The cards are quite simple, but I invested the time in nice coloring instead.
For these two cards I have used images from Magnolia.
The papers I got years ago in a crafting magazine.
I have used promarkers to color the images, my lovely cuttlebug for the shapes and some random flowers and embellishments for decorations.
I'm entering some challenges too. Jeez, it's been a while. I wonder if anyone remembers me? :D
I also noticed I need to update my challenge bloglist. You're gone a year or so from blogland and POOF - half of the challenge blogs are gone. What challenge blogs do you enter? Please leave a message and I'll update my list (which you can see to the right)
It's been sooo long since I made any posts. I must admit I didn't think anyone popped in here so I thought: no one will care if I write or not, but now I see that you are still lurking out there :)
During the previous year or more I haven't been making many cards except for some Christmascards and the weddingcards. I've made a few tutorials, but mostly I've been...well, not crafting much. A lot has to do with the HUGE amount of junk I have had around my craftingspace (I know you know what I mean and don't pretend otherwise). The truth is that I haven't had any space to craft because it's been filled with stuff I don't know what to do with. Sooo...it has led me to the inevitable purging process of my craftspace which was easier than I thought being a hoarder and an overall "good-to-have" person. But with the purging of stuff you've never used for the last 8 years comes freedom and I'm so happy I started. It's been two or three months so far and I'm starting to see the light. I've dug up my sewingmachine (yes, DUG up is the appropriate word here) and actually used it a few times. GASP! Still have some fabrics to go through, old boxes that have been sitting under the table for years etc etc. It took 9 years to collect it so it will take a few months to get rid of it.
Anyhee, on to my post for today:
I've dug up a quilt I started years ago. I know the fabrics are from the 2011 panduro catalogue so I must have started around there. I sewed the horisontal panels together (5 of them) and left enough fabric in case I wanted to add another one. Or so I thought. The thing is that I kept a few pieces of fabric, but I measured it wrong so they are 1cm to narrow! Oh no!
I think I originally planned to have strips of solid fabic between the horisontal panels (mostly because I get annoyed when the meeting points aren't perfect and thought I wouldn't be able to pull it off) But now when I started sewing I forgot all about that and sewed all panels together and you know what? Most of the corners meet up perfectly. Just a few here and there that are off with 1mm and I can live with that.
The problem though is that the quilt is now a bit too short which leads me to my need for an extra panel in the bottom. But I'm out of fabrics! I've posted on forums and even contacted private bloggers that I've seen use Tilda fabrics. I'm that desperate, lol.
I should get the green panel in the mail soon, but I'm still on the lookout for the pink and turquoise one. If you have it, please contact me and we could do a swap. I have a lot of other Tilda fabrics. The pieces are 10x25cm.
Keeping my fingers crossed!
UPDATE: I got the green fabric in the mail the other day and actually got an e-mail from another woman saying she can send me the other two fabrics. Woohooo! Don't you just love fellow bloggers, crafters, sewers who know the pain of not being able to finish a project due to stupidity?
UPDATE2: Now I have them all. The outlet store that sell Tilda fabrics actually had ONE piece of the green fabric. Isn't that just great? I guess it was meant to be :) So now I have sewed the new pieces and have a ready front of my quilt. Yey!
From the "fruit garden" collection: rosy teal, rosalie pink and rosy green.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
I hope you will enjoy my blog and that you will come back often. Please feel free to comment. It would make me happy to know that you have appreciated my posts and what I make. A creative soul always needs encouragement ;)
Lili of the valley stamps, WOJ new Alison Acton stamps, HM stamps, Anya stamps, Martha Stewart edge punches, motivet stamps, lulu stamps from stamping bella, manga stamps from secret crafter, a new iron, steam iron device.