Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Cricket - the sport, not the bug :)

Cricket Derek card Dr digis house of stamps
 Has it been a week already? Sheesh time flies when you're having fun. Yesterday I went thriftshopping - found a lot of jewelry and accessories, but not much for crafting. 
However, I've been quite busy with other projects so stay tuned and make sure to check out my 
And don't forget to vote for me.
Let me show you my card for my last week as the guest designer for the 

This week we've been playing with stamps from 
who is also this week's sponsor.
Cricket Derek card Dr digis house of stamps
I made the card using folds so it looks like he is standing at the top of the hill. I added "balls" by punching out circles and drawing lines on them. Together with the polkadot paper it turned out quite well. Sometimes you have bright ideas, but they don't translate too well when you realize them. This one I think was not one of them.
Hope you'll join us in our "sport" challenge at the I love promarker challenge blog. What's your take on it?
Image: Digi stamp "Cricket Derek"  from Dr digi's house of stamps
Paper: Wild asparagus "Pretty little girl" Dots/Blue paper
Color: promarkers
Other: Circle punch, Martha Stewart border punch
Bunny Zoe crafts  - Summer
Crafty creations  - Anything goes
Everybody art  - For a man/boy
My time to craft - Summertime
Penny's challenges - Anything goes

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Stylish petbed from an old drawer TUTORIAL

Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint
Front says "snug as a bug"
How much don't you love your pet - or would if you had one? Wouldn't you want it to have a bed that is front and center in your bedroom instead of being hidden somewhere in the corner?
By making your own petbed you can style it any way you want and with so many free images out there the sky is the limit.
Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint

I made this one from an old drawer by using Annie Sloan's chalk paint and printed images. 
The color is custom made by me using mostly white, then blue, gray and yellow.
I applied the images using a transfer-on technique and by using free images from 
Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint back
Back of the "bed"
You can find more pictures and the whole tutorial on my instructables page

Vintage DIY bed for your pet painted with chalkpaint

If you like it, please consider voting for me in the 
"cat contest" 
"dog contest"  
 or both ;)
You vote by clicking the orange "vote" button in the top right corner of my instructables page
Click it and you will have a choice of casting your vote for the two contests.

Winner will be announced july 4:th 2016.
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Friday, 17 June 2016

chalk paint birdie darling heart

Chalk paint birdie heart

I'm finally ready to show you a project using Annie Sloan's chalk paint. I've been so excited to show you this project and even though the paints dry quickly there are still a lot of steps that you need to wait for to dry.

Chalk paint birdie heart lady

I have used a wooden heart (about 10x11cm) and started by painting it with "Emile" and after it dried with a dilluted "old white".
Then I printed out mirrored images on a laserjet printer and using decoupage glue I attached the images to the painted heart.
This is an image transfer technique that I really enjoyed. Let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial.

Chalk paint birdie heart flower

After the images were fully transfered I used a satin varnish on the image to seal it and then Annie Sloan's clear wax to the rest of the surface.
As a final step I added dimensional glaze to the center of flower and crackle medium to the leaf. I will say that the dimensional glaze worked well, but the crackle medium kind of "pearled" itself to the middle and didn't really stick the way I wanted. I think next time I will try adding this before I add the varnish.

Chalk paint birdie heart

So what do you think?

Paint:  Annie Sloan's chalk paint in "Emile" and "Old white"
Glue: plaid decoupage glue
Varnish: Winsor&Newton artists' acrylic satin UV varnish
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Naughty or nice Christmas card for GDT spot

Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard
Welcome to my blog. Today I'm showing you a card I've made as the guest designer for the 

This week we're asking you to make a project for a child and as always using any type of promarkers.
I have to say that this is my absolute favorite way to color images. I've tried copics, watercolor- and oilcolor pencils, twinkling H2Os, distressinks and probably a bunch of other coloring techniques too, but promarkers are by far my favorite.
Would you like a tutorial or tips on how I color my images? Comment down below and let me know.
Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard closed
The image I have used is from Kenny K stamps and it's called "Xmas tree".
Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard inside
I made the card resembling a package so it's more fun for a child to open. Inside I sprinkled some stars to give more of a surprise moment. 
One less card to make for Christmas - I know I'll be greatful for this one right around the end of november :)
Kenny K Christmas tree boxcard tag
Papers: scrappieces from my Christmasstash
Image: digistamp from Kenny K called Xmas tree 
Color: promarkers
Others: sakura gelly roll (to add sparkle to tag and details on Christmastree)
ABC challenge  - J for Just as you like
Allsorts  - fancy bows and ribbons
Alphabet challenge - H for hand colored image
Crafty creations - tic tac toe (sentiment, image, tag)
Fab 'n' funky  - shaped cards
Kraftin' Kimmie  - anything goes
Penny's challenges - anything goes
Southern girls - the kids are all right
Winter wonderland - ribbon and bow 
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Friday, 10 June 2016

Altered seathemed box for GDT spot

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box detail
Tiny glassvial filled with "pearls". I colored one of the beads with shimmery black paint to make a "black pearl" out of it. I also added copperwire and a beadcap to it. The vial is about 3cm high.

Hello my dear readers and welcome to my big reveal.
I'm so pleased to finally be able to show you my altered project as the guest designer for the 

I'm so honered to have been invited as part of the amazing design team for this month. Have you seen their other creations? 

So for my seainspired altered box I have used papers from 
Graphic45 "Voyage beneath the sea"
 I absolutely LOVE these papers and they were a blast to work with.   

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box
The box measures about 15x12.5x3.5 cm and can be hung by the handle on top with a pearlstring.

I started by painting the whole box with gesso. Then I added smears of ranger's distress crayons in the colors rusty hinge, fossilized amber and peeled paint. I also used distress ink in the color evergreen bough and vintage photo here are there.

The crayons I rubbed first with a dry, then with a moist stiff brush to get the desired look.

I kept checking the papers to get the perfect colorscheme.

I then chose papers and used ranger's matte collage medium to glue them onto the box in different panels. Before I glued them on I distressed the edges and rubbed them with vintage photo distress ink. 
The medium dries fast so you need to keep up.

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box
After that it was a quest through my embellishments to find odds and ends that would fit this steampunk underworld scene. I found things like small gears, pieces of glass, goldwire, seashells, stones, mirror mosaicpieces, pearlstring, a glasscabochon with fitting and a tiny handle that I colored with Annie Sloan's chalk paint. Among other things...

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box shell
I painted the shell with gesso, then I added stickles glitterglue "waterfall" in the grooves. When it was dry I rubbed the edges with distress ink in the color "vintage photo". Finally I cut up a turquoise flower and stuck it in the shell to make it resemble some kind of anemone. I also added the same glitterglue to the anemone's edges for some extra pizzazz.

Arranging it all together took the longest and I waited - no joke - a week before the right combinations presented themselves.
Do you get that too where you can't figure out what's "wrong" with a piece and you keep looking at it and something is missing for it to be completely done? I sometimes struggle with being patient because I just want the project to be done and move on to the next, but it's always worth the wait. 

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box mermaid

The last thing I did was making the "starfishflower" with the fishcabochonbutton (custommade with an image from the line) and adding the gold crumped wire to the side. That was ultimately what gave the box the oomph I was looking for and made me feel like it was made to perfection.

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box cabochon

I must say I'm quite pleased that it's finished and am happy to clean up my table and start new adventures. But I'm so glad I waited as long as I did for the piece to "reveal" itself because I'm so extremely pleased and proud of it.
You can't rush creativity, right? 

Graphic45 voyage beneath the sea altered box top

Papers: graphic45 "Voyage beneath the sea"
Color: distress crayons in rusty hinge, fossilized amber and peeled paint, distress ink in evergreen bough and vintage photo
Tools: starfish die from Impression obsession DIE077-W
Others: Ranger's collage medium matte, wooden box, embellishments

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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Chalk paint tutorials

 Just a quick note to let you know I found a fabulous site with lots of tips and tricks on how to use the Annie Sloan's chalkpaint. If you make a project using the chalk paint - let me know. I'd love to see what you've made.

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Friday, 3 June 2016

Find joy in the little things...Guest designer

Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

Finally june and that means my guest designer spot at the 
This week I have been given this cute image to play with. 
It's by digital delights by Louby Loo and it's called 
Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

I wanted to make a bright and happy card to match this image. I was thinking about summer and taking vacationphotos. I found these brightly colored papers in my stash and thought they worked wonderfully with the theme in mind.

Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

I used three different patterned papers, but only used the sentiment and butterfly cutouts from one of them (middle). I actually colored the image to match it and in the end only used those tiny pieces. Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow.

Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

I used two different punches and a die to get all these butterflies. The border punch is very versatile as you can cut out the different butterflies and get lots of different ones.

Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

The image is colored using promarkers. I usually use 2-3 shades of the same color. For instance, the camera is colored using three different ones: soft green, pastel green and tea green.

Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card
Detail of all the shimmer and bling that doesn't show as well in daylight.
Digital delights "Say cheese Polly" card

Tip of the day:
Instead of matting you can use tiny slices of paper to add to the edges. This gives a similar look to matting, but saves cardstock and makes your card lighter.

Papers: making memories - Flutter - "paper stripe flutter", heidi grace designs - it's my party - "tall flower", imaginisce - lucy bird - "tweet talk"
Color: promarkers, sakura gelly roll (glitter pen)
Dies: spellbinders shapeabilities "butterflies two", Martha Stewart punch monarch butterfly and butterfly border
Other: blingstones, dimensional glaze 

All sorts - in the pink
Alphabet challenge - G is for girlie
C.R.A.F.T. challenge - recipe (1 image, rhinestones, 1 ribbon, 3 papers, 1 sentiment)
Crafty catz - add a butterfly
Creative inspirations - anything goes + sketch
Kraftin' Kimmie - anything goes
Penny's challenge  - anything goes

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Happy mother's day card

Whiff of joy safari animals card

This sunday we celebrated mother's day here in Sweden.
I made a very cute "safari" card for my mother-in-law.
She loves watching real-life safari so I thought these stamps from Whiff of joy would be perfect for her.

Whiff of joy safari animals card
The text says: "On mother's day to the world's greatest, greatest mom, (and mother-in-law" on the inside)."
I wanted to make a card that you could pull out and that would contain the words "world's greatest, greatest" on each panel.
I didn't follow any specific measurements, just made a template in copypaper and transferred it to cardstock. The paper is scored at 7,7,8,8cm and is about 15cm high. The lion and monkey are on the smaller panels.

Whiff of joy safari animals card front

I glued on a diecut tab and drew an arrow so it would be more clear that you needed to pull out the inside.

Whiff of joy safari animals card lion

The words I wrote with my dymo labelmaker. Love the look it gave together with these papers.

Whiff of joy safari animals card monkey

The patterned papers are scrappieces I had that I combined together myself. Love the kind of African vibe they have.

Whiff of joy safari animals card

Stamps: Whiff of joy
Colors: oilpencils (animals) and promarkers (details like bouquet, balloons and branch), gold marker
Papers: Mixed scrappieces
Die: quickutz nameplate RS 0801 
Other: dymo labelmaker

Aud sentiments - anything goes + sentiment
Creative inspirations - anything goes
Cute card thursday - holidays/vacation
Ooh-la-la - 4 legs, not 2
Passion for promarkers - furry friends 
Penny's challenges - anything goes 
Simon says wednesday - anything goes 

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

A Can-Can happy birthday easel card

Kraftin' Kimmie feathered birthday card

Welcome back to my blog. Hope you had a great weekend.
Let me show you a joyful birthdaycard today. 
It is so simple to make and makes such a statement. Looks quite advanced, don't you think?

Kraftin' Kimmie feathered birthday card

The way you make it is that you take a piece of "normal" card with the folding on top and fold the top part once more in half. This is your cardbase.
Then you do your imagepanel and attach it by using adhesive on the bottom half as seen on picture. Am I making any sense?  
If not, search for "easelcard".
You can see another easel card I made HERE.
Kraftin' Kimmie feathered birthday card
You will however need something that stands up a bit on the bottom part, that will hinder the card from sliding and help it stand up. Here I used a strip of patterned paper I glued on a piece of heavier card and attached it with 3D-tape (dimensional tape). This works as a "stopper".

Kraftin' Kimmie feathered birthday card

On the pink panel where the card is signed I made a "shadoweffect". I did this by cutting out the same shape, but in black cardstock and adhering it a bit to the side. This gives the panel this shadow-effect.

Kraftin' Kimmie feathered birthday card
Detail of the hairdecoration. I've used dimensional glaze for the heart and the lipstick (drawn out with a toothpick) and liquid pearls applied with a toothpick for the "pearls" around the heart. The feather gets some glitter from a glittery gel roller.

When I make a card I usually start with the image. Then I think about the person I'm making the card for or what feel I want to convey. To this image and for the recipient I wanted to make a kind of explosive card with bright colors and some pizzazz.
After choosing the image I needed some papers to match. I do it either by taking a whole paperline or matching myself by looking through my scrappile. For this I went through my scrappile. Would you be interested to see how I sort my scrappieces?

Kraftin' Kimmie feathered birthday card

When I've chosen the image and papers I look through my promarkers and choose the colors to match the papers. I have most of the colors and keep a chart where I draw a line with the marker and next to it write up the name of the color. I keep them colorsorted and have them drawn near an edge so I can keep the edge against the papers and compare which color works best. Right now the colors have faded so I need a new one. Let me know if you'd be interested in seeing it here.
I was a bit hesitant on just using a simple layout with the round image on a square panel, but with the papers being so busy and the image so explosive I decided it didn't need that much more. The last thing I did was the feathers that I arranged so it looked like fireworks and a panel to the right with a handwritten "GRATTIS" (which means "congrats" in swedish).
I found it a bit boring applying such a fun panel to a plain folded piece of cardstock and remembered the idea of the easel card. This makes the card more interesting, adds a fabulous inside and if you don't want to write more than just who it's from - it is perfect for you. 

Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie "Suzette"
Papers: Main background paper: Glitz design, sei - lovebirds - "love note" (the shimmery stripe on the inside)
Dies: Spellbinders circle, tags and feathers
Coloring: promarkers and watercolor pencils (aquarells)
Others: dimensional glaze, 3D-tape, liquid pearls, pearls on a string, glitterpen 

All sorts (celebrating 7 years of challenges. Yey!) - happy birthday
Crafty catz - Anything goes
Crazy challenge  - your favorite color (fushia/pinks)
Everybody art  - For girls
Fussy and fancy - Dies and/or punches
I love promarkers - Anything goes
Simon says stamp monday  - make a wish
Try it on tuesday  - I can hear music
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Friday, 20 May 2016

New project on the way and a guest designer spot next week

Annie Sloan chalk paint nightstand

Let me show you my next project in waiting. It's this horribly ugly nightstand that I'm "dyeing" to get some paint on. It has a wonderful shape though and I think it will look great when it's transformed.

I've purchased Annie Sloan's chalk paints (white and basic colors) and will mix my own hues. I want the nightstand to be some kind of shabby white, but I don't know what color to use underneath. Which color would you like to see? I'm thinking about a pale grey or lilac, but maybe you would like to see babypink or some kind of green? Leave a comment and we'll see what this will turn out like.

It will be up for sale (Skåne area) so if you love the shape of it and are thinking about any specific shade, let me know. It doesn't matter to me what color I play with and don't worry - you're not obligated to buy it if you don't like the endresult. 
It measures about 38x37x56

Then I have some other news to share with you. Remember this?

I have made a project with it. I ended up not using the Annie Sloan paints, but some fabulous papers from Graphic45 instead.
The absolute best part is that it will be shown as my guest designer project on the

I think I will be able to post it on this wednesday so make sure to check back by then. Here's a sneak peak:

Wishing you a fantastic weekend.
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