Friday, 29 April 2016

Bird key cabochon necklace


Bird key cabochon necklace

Three weeks ago I made a post asking which of three projects you would like to see first. I didn't get that much feedback so I started on this necklace.


I have used a key with a glass cabochon, which is a piece of glass polished evenly. Under the glass there is a beautiful image of a bird. I think finding the perfect image for this necklace took me almost as long as making the necklace itself. But I'm glad I was so stubborn to find the perfect piece since I think it really makes the whole thing very coherent.


Bird key cabochon necklace

I have used blue fresh water pearls with a hint of pink (that match the image perfectly). I also used  crystal AB polished beads that give a hint of pink and blue. These are the ones that look clear, but catch the light like a prism.
I also have some blue wax beads with silver beadcaps and two silver colored birds.

Bird key cabochon necklace back

The beaded part measures 78cm and the key is 7x3cm.


Bird key cabochon necklace

This necklace will eventually be available in my etsy shop for under $30+shipping. If you are interested in buying it leave a comment below or e-mail me (address by viewing my complete profile top right)

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Sending you a note

Another tuesday and another card. Today I have made a sweet "girly" card using stamps from Kraftin' Kimmie. It's been years I feel like since I used these stamps and I have quite a few that haven't seen ink yet, poor things.
So today I used some of them.
Kraftin Kimmie Marie Antoinette closeup

I used "Marie Antoinette" with the matching sentiment and a rosestamp from "The swan princess". 
Around the image I stamped the rose using a clear inkpad and clear embossing powder. I then went over the area using a distress crayon in the color "peeled paint". I rubbed it on and used a waterbrush to smear it out.
 
Kraftin' Kimmie Marie Antoinette side

The image itself is colored using promarker pens. The sentiment is stamped using a distress pad in the color "peeled paint" aswell. 
I added glitterglue to the butterfly and to the girl's roses in her hair. I also used liquid pearls and a toothpick to add tiny pearls to the decoration in her hair to make it resemble beads.
Kraftin' Kimmie sending you a note card

Supplies:
Stamps: "Marie Antoinette" and "The swan princess" from Kraftin' Kimmies
Color: promarkers and distress crayon (peeled paint)
Papers: "Gossamer" from memorybox 
Dies: circle and scalloped circle: nestabilities, fleur de lis punch: ek success, pink scallop: shaped scissors, butterfly: martha stewart punch

Challenges:
Fab n funky - winged things
I love promarkers: pastel colors
Kraftin' Kimmie - seeing double + sketch
Simon says wednesday - make it girly
 
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Happy birthday mouse

Welcome back to my blog. Today I have a happy birthday card to show you. It is made with an image from the insanely cute house mouse stamps. Aren't they just the cutest thing? I wish I had cute mice like these, preferably ones that like cleaning up after me in my creative mess :)
 
house mouse bday card closeup
 
I have a box with tiny pieces of paperscraps, so I went through it and found five pieces of paper that I thought worked great together. I then got some help from my trusted friend the cuttlebug (which I on occasion call "the cutiebug") to cut out circles using a nesting die. I also made a cardbase using embossed white cardstock. In the lower right corner I cut out an aparture.
 
house mouse bday cardfront
 
I cut out five hearts in the same scrap papers using a punch and distressed the edges of the circles. I then added the hearts using 3D foam tape to create dimension and make them stand out. Then I added the circles to the frontpanels and handwrote "HAPPY" on the hearts.
 
house mouse bday card side
 
Finally I colored the house mouse image using promarker pens in colors that matched the papers. I cut out around the image, used a rounded corner punch and adhered it to the inside of the card. I also added three strips of paper to the inside. 
 
house mouse bday card inside
 
To finish it off I added a handwritten "BIRTHDAY" sentiment and tied the card together with some pink string. 
 
Image: house mouse (I think it's discontinued)
Papers: scraps
Tools: circle nesting die, heart paper punch, promarker pens

Challenges:
Crafty calendar  - anything goes
Creative inspirations  - anything goes
Everybody art - birthday
House mouse  - anything goes
Passion for promarkers - bingo (ribbon, image, sentiment)
Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - birthday (SSS is celebrating their 7:th anniversary! CONGRATS!)
Sketch saturday - sketch
 
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Friday, 8 April 2016

Which project to do next?

3 different project suggestions

So many ideas, so unorganized. I can't even blame it on "so little time" because I do have time. The issue is to decide which project to do next. They are all so exciting!
So I thought I'd let you decide which of the following you would like me to take on first. Comment below or on facebook and let me know what you think.

The first option (A) is a small wooden crate and some chalk paint from Annie Sloan. I recently took a beginner's class in chalk paint and this is the startkit I bought. 
If you'd like me to play around with this and show you what I can come up with, let me know. 
Annie sloan chalk paint project


The next option (B) is a jewelry project with blue freshwater- and waxpearls and silver detailing. I also have a cabochon pendant - a technique I've never tried before, so that could be interesting :)
Jewelry project in blues and silver

Last, but not least (option C) is a bunch of different plates, cups and candlesticks. If you're curious about what I can make with this, let me know.
 
Plates and glassware project

Can't wait to see what you're curious about the most.
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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Joyous easter

Easter card cherubs and butterflies

Today I want to show you an easter card I made. It's very simple in design and when I need to make a batch of them I love to use images like these. Usually one scrapbook sheet has many of these themed images and this specific one had about 20-25 different images so you get a lot for your buck.

Easter card cherubs and butterflies

I wanted to let the pretty papers show so I focused on the details instead. The design is very simple, just layers and for the image I used a crackeling medium after I assembled it all together. I let it dry for an hour or so and that's it.

Easter card cherubs and butterflies detail

Challenges:

ABC challenge - everything goes
Crafty calendar - anything goes
Creative inspirations - anything goes
Cute card thursday - transport
Daring cardmakers - elemental inspiration (I used egg, bunny, flowers)
Everybody art - pastels 
Fussy and fancy  - pastel colors
Penny's challenge  - anything goes
Southern girls - anything goes

Crackle medium: Ranger ink crackle accents
Papers: Spring time - "easter tags" by inkido, bunny on egg and fairy by reprint
background paper (little chicks) Spring time "Happy easter" by inkido.

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Sunday, 3 April 2016

New crafter's guide blog up and running

For those of you who haven't found it yet, I have another blog called crafter's guide. There I'm linking to challenges, free tutorials, shops, companyblogs etc. So if you're looking for anything take a look there first. I will be updating the links over the next few weeks and as a result this blog will get less crowded. If you have any tips for me or want me to find something, please leave a comment.

There are changes brewing and I'm so excited!

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Monday, 25 January 2016

House mouse card

House mouse Christmas
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.


House mouse Christmas

Challenges:

Simon says stamp wednesday challenge - Create with critters


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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

I'm back with some Christmascards


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)

Bunny Zoe's - Sparkle
Creatalicious challenges  Something old (papers, images) and something new (glitterpaper)
Cute card thursday  - Glitter
I love promarkers  - Anything goes
Pile it on challenge - Anything Christmas/winter
Promarker challenge  - Let's celebrate
Sketch saturday - (the sitting Magnolia card)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Desperately looking for two Tilda fabrics to finish my quilt

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!

Tildaquilt fruit garden


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.

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