Saturday, 2 May 2009

My new nesties!

Just wanted to show you what was in my mailbox on tuesday: my first ever nestabilities. I never knew they could be so much fun! Now I understand why everyone is so crazy about them. Originally I wanted some of the labels, but since I'm so slow with ordering and deciding they were sold out :( So I got the basic shapes that were my second choice: the big scalloped and small ovals. It took me a while to understand the difference, but I'm glad I researched a bit because I originally wanted to get both small. The difference is that when you have both the same size the space between them is smaller and I think it looks better when more paper is showing. I hope you understand what I mean, it's past 2am and I've been bloghopping like crazy today, lol. If you need more info I have the links to some great sites explaining the difference around here somewhere...Just let me know if you need the info.

I also got the qk hinges. I have seriously been looking for them since I got my squeeze and that was over 2 years ago (or was it over 1 year...) Doesn't matter how long, but I've been wanting them and they have been discontinued. Now I finally found them and on sale even! Woohooo! Now let's see what I can do with them...

I really like using the nesties to cut out parts of a picture (like the bunny on the post below). I just need to figure out how to make that dry embossing border around. Do you need a special mat or does a mousepad work fine? Anyone knows?

Phew, I'm off to bed. I went up pretty early today (for me) and now I'm pooped. Ta ta for now :)

Penny Black challenge #46

This week on the penny black challenge blog the theme was "anything goes". Since I feel like I have lost my style in cardmaking I'm being a bit cautious when I join challenges now. I want to avoid getting caught up and "boxed in", so I'm trying to avoid the ones that are too "controlled" if you know what I mean. This challenge was great since the only "must" was a PB image and I love working with those anyway.

It was so great making a card after my own devices again. I almost had forgotten how much fun it was. Since starting my blog in autumn I have joined in on so many challenges. I have developed tremendously, but hadn't really tried my wings on my own.

I'm happy with the card I made. I think it shows my "developed" style, lol. I love the papers and the whole feeling of the card. It is supposed to be a "mother's day" card. I thought about adding a text in the upper corner, but thought it took the attention away from the bunny.

The grey paper on the bottom of the card is grey bling embossed with the script CB folder.

Friday, 1 May 2009

May blogcandy

I can't believe it's already may - can you?! I found so many candies in april. I haven't found as many for may yet, but it's just the 1:st today, so I might stumble across more later. And if you keep your fingers crossed for me (I need some luck) I might even have a candy of my own :)

First candy of the month is:

Gracie is celebrating her son Kae's first holy communion and in commemoration of this blessed event she's giving away a fab candy. There are some great stuff to be won. Ends 2:nd.

Kim is celebrating her first blogoversary with over 20,000 hits! You can find a lot of goodies to play with in her candy. Ends 2:nd.

Tracy has a "thank you" candy with images, papers and embellishments. Ends 6pm may 2:nd.

Jennie has an amazing candy coonsisting of a wholse set of stamps. Make sure to read the whole post before you sign up for the candy and don't miss looking through her blog. It's awesome. Winner of the candy will be chosen on sunday 3:rd.

Siobhan (how cool name is that?!) is celebrating over 3000 hits. To celebrate she is giving away a stash of Papermania Candy! I've never even heard of this line, so I would like to try them out :) Winner for the goodies will be chosen on Sunday 3rd 6pm.

De is celebrating her blogoversary. She's giving away a bunch of papers, stamps and embellishments. The deadline to enter is 4 May midnight EST.

Séverine is celebrating her first blogoversary. The blog is in french, but I'm hoping it's open for everyone :) Ends 5:th.

Debs is having her birthday and celebrating 1000 hits on her new blog. Make sure to sign up before the 4:th.

Heather is offering her visitors to get their own personalized stamp! You have until the 4:th to enter.

Linda has some really yummy candy on her blog. All you need to do is spread the word and become a follower. Ends 5:th.

Tracie is offering some great candy to celebrate her birthday that was on april 28:th. She will even add something extra, but that's a secret ;) Happy birthday! The candy ends 5:th 10pm.

Judith is celebrating her son's 23:rd birthday. She has a great modern orange/lime/black set off stuff in her candy. Winner will be drawn on the 6:th.

Janet is celebrating her hits and birthday. The best part is that the more comments she gets the more she will add! You can earn several comments. There are already over 650 comments and if she reaches 700 she will add something more :) Ends 8:th.

Kate is giving away a great loot as a thank you for reaching 10,000 hits. There is a bit of everything in there. Go check it out for yourselves. Ends 11.59pm on Friday, 8th May.

JayJay is celebrating having written over 500 posts! Her candy has a great selection of embellishments and stamps. Winner will be chosen on sunday 10:th 8pm EST.

Twiddleybitz is having a great giveaway on their DT blog. There are 11 small prizes to be won and one huge. The lucky winner will be picked on the 10:th.

Tina is celebrating her 40:th birthday. Let's give her a big horray!!! Pop over to her blog and wish her happy birthday :) She also has a candy if you're interested. Winner will be chosen on the 10:th.

Malin is giving away a whole bunch of stamped-up images, mostly Magnolia and hÄnglar. If you want to join do that before sunday 10:th.

Irina is giving away some candy to her followers. If you like her blog, sign up as a follower and you might win some great candy. The winner will be chosen from the list of followers on monday 11:th.

Stampincaz is celebrating her birthday (on tuesday 12:th) and for reaching 20,000 hits! Congrats to you. For every 20:th comment she will add something to the candy. There are 192 comments now...Ends 12:th I think.

Ila has a lot to celebrate and does it with not one but two candies! The candies will end on the evening 12:th.

Marcea is celebrating her birthday on the 11:th and she has a great pink/purple candy for us. The winner will be announced 11am on Wednesday 13:th.

Serena is having a fab candy full of goodies at her blog. Winner will be drawn on 14:th.

Crystal is offering some great candy. If she reaches 150 followers she will throw in a stamp into the pile. Ends 14:th.

Fiona is celebrating her son's 7:th birthday with a wonderful stamp giveaway + a bunch of other items. No wonder she got over 560 comments, lol. You have until midnight 14:th to enter.

Susana has a new line of stamps to reveal on friday 15:th. And to make it more festive she's offering them as blogcandy! There's only a sneak peak, but they look wonderful and I'm sure they are going to be on every blog as soon as they are released.

Victoria is also offering the whole line of Victoria Case "Hearts and Hugs Collection". Go to her blog, see the sneak peak and read all about the new release.

Jacqui is having a giveaway again. This time for almost hitting 90,000 hits! Can you imagine?! The candy is fab as always and ends 15:th.

Dulcie is giving away a big pile of stamps. You need to hurry though because it ends 15:th.

Donna is celebrating 10,000 hits and to celebrate the launch of her two new CD's Designer Extreme Vol. II and Designer Inserts Extreme. Here's the candy which ends 15:th.

Scrap a la carte are having a candy. I'm not totally sure about the rules since the site is in french, but if you know french better than I you might want to join. It ends 15:th.

Jude and her hubby are celebrating their wedding anniversary and to celebrate she's offering a yummy candy. Runs until 17th May 10pm (GMT)

Kristine has a lot to celebrate and has decided on a candy for us! Woohoo! She has a nice little treat I'd like to get my hands on :) Ends Wednesday May 20th, 6PM(GMT+1)

Aurora is offering a great candy to celebrate her birthday. She's from UK so there are lots of papermania stuff. Yum! Ends 21st MAY AT 9pm.

Debbie is celebrating her birthday and she's offering a bunch of her fav products. They are definately worth checking out. Ends Saturday 23rd May 10 pm (GMT)

Create 4 fun has reached almost 5000 hits and she's giving away a great candy.

Clare has a bunch of stuff to celebrate, among them for reaching 8000 hits! Congrats Clare. She has two great candies that end 4.45pm Saturday 23rd May (when her son was born :) Here's the first prize you can win:

Denise is celebrating her birthday with a fab candy. You know she is the owner of Whimsy stamps so there is a $15 giftcertificate to her shop among the goodies... Ends Sunday, May 24th at 11:59pm EST.

Anne has made 250 postings on her blog and to celebrate this she has a candy. I love dovecraft products since I can't seem to get it so I think the candy is great. Make sure to join before midnight on Mon 25 May.

Iris will soon be reaching 7500 hits and to thank everyone she's offering a great candy. There are a lot of goodies there. Ends 25:th 11:59 pm EST.

Dianne is having a memorial day candy. She wants to inspire others with her blog and also find new ones. Here's what you can win. It ends midnight 25:th.

prickiform is a shop that sell card and scrapbook items and also personal stamps. They have launched a new line of personal stamps and are celebrating with a special price. They are also having a candy on their blog. Let them know which of these stamps are your fav and post this pic on your blog. The more comments they get the more prizes there will be. I think it ends at the end of may, but not sure.

Susie is a big fan of Disney and she's offering two candies to celebrate her b-day. Make sure to join before noon 26:th.

Sandra is celebrating her b-day and for making so many great friends through this hobby. She is giving away 10 of her fav products. Ends midnight wednesday 27:th.

Lisa is a handbag maker that is on her way of making a book about handbags. And now she is offering a candy where you can win...yes, a handbag, but not just any handbag. An Amy Butler! Hurry to join before 28:th.

Yvonne will be having her first blogoversary on may 28:th. To celebrate she has put together a great candy for us. Itwill stay at the top until the 28th may at 12pm.

Maria is also having her blogoversary and she's giving away a terrific candy. She's also having her birthday. The candy ends Friday 29th May 11pm (GMT) - a day before her b-day.

Trudy has the most amazing secret candy ever. How I know? She has posted some sneak peaks :) AND there will be two winners. Woohoo. She's celebrating with this candy for being featured at "the greeting farm". Make sure to check out her cards, they are awesome! Winners will be drawn 30:th.

Helen is having her first blogoversary and she's giving away a great candy she got at the glitter garden. Ends 30:th 6pm.

Nilla has given her blog a new look and to celebrate she's having a candy. Check out her new blog and let her know what you think. Candy ends 30:th.

Josianne (who lives on Malta where I went diving last summer :) is having her candy to celebrate 10,000 hits! Ends 30:th.

Shimmerz blog are having a candy too. Hurry and check it out before 30:th.

Susie is celebrating her birthday and has some great Dovecraft products together with an english magazine I love. Ends 31:st.

Gayle is also celebrating her birthday with a wonderful treat. Make sure to sign up before midnight 31:st.

Inkywings is a swedish company and now they are giving away blogcandy. You can win 65 stamps! Here's the loot. Ends 31St noon EST.

Danielle wants to thank her visitors and blogfriends for their support by offering candy. There's a great selection of goodies so make sure to sign up before the evening on the 31:st.

Trak has launched her new website craftycat957 where she's selling digital art (I think). To celebrate the launch she's offering a candy on her blog. Ends 31:st.

Simply scrapping is an online interactive community that has gotten over 200 members since the launch 2 months ago. You need to sign up in the community to win the candy. Ends 31:st.

Lesley is having her first annual "Unleash Your Creativity Blog Giveaway". She will be having 10 different prizes - all online classes and tutorials. If you want to learn something new then this is the candy for you. Winners will be drawn june 1:st.

Toodles and binks is a stampcompany that have released some new stamps. They are also offering a candy and if you're not lucky enough to win you'll be automatically entered in a "I Want It All" draw on 31st December 2009, when somebody will win all the 2208/2009 Toodles & Binks Stamps, Zoomz, SG-me! embossing powder and lots more. The more people that join the bigger the prize! This candy ends may 31:st.

Kay has a candy for those of you that live in the UK. Ends 31:st.

Vikki is having a weekly mini blogcandy every sunday. This week is pink themed and it's supercute. Winner will be chosen around 9pm on Sunday 31:st.

Siv is giving away a beautiful birdcage in her candy. Since I'm totally nut for birds I'd love to win it. I don't know when it ends, but I think it's at the end of may. The blog is in norwegian :)

Maria is giving away a beautiful shelf that would go perfectly in my hobbycorner (I noticed the two I have are not nearly enough, lol) Ends 31:st.

Carolina is giving away babyclothes to two lucky winners. Ends 31:st. Here are some of them:

Maria is giving away a beautiful set of Pilgrim jewelry. You have until the 31:st to link her candy to your blog and write her a comment.

Karen is celebrating 10,000 hits along with her and hubby's b-day. There will be 3 winners and she will post worldwide. Ends 31:st.

Good luck!

Cuttlebug challenge blog hop

I hope you're not missing all the fun at the cuttlebug challenge blog. The whole weekend there will be tutorials and other stuff. Today I found this tutorial on how to make an organza flower. I'm not sure I will do it again since I'm not thrilled with the result, but it was fun trying something new.

I only had a piece of blue organza scrap. It didn't want to go through my CB dies, so I cut out a couple of round shapes. When I was done with the edging I put on some glitter. Here's the result:

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Whiff of joy candy

Katharina - the owner of Whiff of joy is giving away two summer stamp kits in her blogcandy!

The kit consists of 6 main character stamps, 5 accessory stamps and 4 sentiments (in english). It's drawn by the very talented Elisabeth Bell. The stamps can be bought seperately later on, but to a higher price, so if you love these kinds of stamps the kit is definately worth it. It can be preordered for a limited time (until may 4:th for the summer kit) and they come out 4 times a year. Now it's time for the summerkit and as I mentioned - you can win the whole kit! Just go to Katharinas blog and read how you can enter. Open until may 1:st.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Looking for fabrics!

I have a friend that is crazy about the sailorfashion - you know the white/blue red/white stripey fabrics, anchors etc. I want to sew her a make-up bag or a small purse. I've been looking like crazy for fabrics like that in the small shops here, but not found anything. We have one big fabricstore outside of town and if I won't find anything there I never will.

So I started looking on the net and I found one great shop in the UK with two fab fabrics that would be perfect, but they are not replying to my e-mails! They have one of those forms and I have sent 3 messages with no reply. I wanted to know how much the shipping would be, but since they are not answering I don't dare ordering at all. Anyone knows what's up with the shop or where I can buy similar fabrics? The shop is called JB quilting fabrics.

Fabric 1

Fabric 2

I'd apreciate any help, thanks.

Woj and sukkersött challenge

It was so much fun to make a card again. It was hard in the beginning, but after a while I got in "the flow". I had forgotten how much fun it was! I had a friend that visited over easter and then I got the stomachflu so I haven't been crafting for weeks. The horror! lol.

I still have some Whiff of joy images that my friend sent me. They are mostly Christmas/winter images but they are stamped on aquarelle paper so they work really well with my tombows. I've been playing around with my tombows lately since they leave such a different look from promarkers which I usually use. And there is nothing wrong with having some extra Christmas card at the end of the year, am I right?

I made a card using Charlie for the Whiff of joy challenge. The challenge was a great sketch that I think I interpreted pretty well. I used small plastic pebbles I won in a candy a while back as snowballs. The pretty paper speaks for itself. I'm quite proud of the way I made the imagesquare. Instead of layering it on a bigger piece I dryembossed a square around Charlie and coloured with drychalks to make the image stand out more.
I also noticed that the colours I had used workes great for the sukkersott challenge blog. The challenge was to use the colours green, blue and brown.

So what do you think of my first card after being sick?

The sketch:

Monday, 27 April 2009

Easter swap project

I'm still recovering from the stomachflu I got after easter. I'm getting tired fast and still feel a bit weak from time to time, but I'm getting stronger every day. I haven't had the energy to do any project (because I have to clean up my space first, lol) but I've been colouring a bit out on the balcony in the wonderful sunshine we've been having.

Since I don't want you to totally grow tired of me (I know how boring it is to check blogs that are never updated) I thought I'd show you what I made for my secret easter swap person.

I sew two birds and a birdhouse from the latest Tilda Finnanger book. I wanted to make the birds "lovebirds" and the house to be their lovehouse. I used fabrics and colours that would match. I made one bird red with turquoise details and the other one turquoise with red details. And finally the house an even mix of both.

I used beads so you can hang the birds and house and I also attached metalwire to the base of the birds so they can be assembled on a birdhouse for instance. The wire can be easily pulled out. I also managed to find some metal charms:

I thought the gift was quite thought through even if it wasn't the most advanced one. But concidering this was my first stuffed animal project I think I did quite well. Now I'm off colouring some more and hopefully joining some challenges. Hope you'll come back ;)