Saturday, 15 August 2009

Jumping for joy

I have made another Christmascard, this time for the sunday sketch and stamp challenge blog. Here's the sketch they had:

and here's my card:

I've used a digistamp that I got from a blogfriend. It was enclosed in an english magazine last year I think. There is a whole sheet of adorable doggies and cats so I'm sure I'll be making more Christmascards with them. Don't you just love the pooch trying to escape his square, lol?
The image is coloured with promarkers: burnt sienna, apple, marsh green, berry red and carmine. I used white liquid appliqué on the furry part of the hat. I also used the dimensional liquid thingy on the pooche's nose, on some of the bulbs and on the text (I can't remember what the dimensional thingy is even called right now. Help anyone?). The text is from a piece of cardstock. I like buying papers with text on them because it gives you an easy and cheaper way to add sentiments.

I'm also putting up this card on our creative corner where the challenge is: "Christmas in august".

I hope you liked my card and that you will leave a comment :)

Friday, 14 August 2009

Goodiebag contest for Swedish bloggers

This is a post for swedish bloggers where we have a shot at a great goodiebag filled with different beautyproducts etc.

Nu pågår en tävling hos Julia Berg där du kan vinna en goodiebag fylld med en massa roliga saker! Reglerna är enkla, var med och tävla du med, tryck HÄR! Sponsorer för tävlingen är: Pärlsmycken, Bambubutiken, Happystore, Glamouren, Wishdesign, Blingit, Beautifulme, Karin Herzog, Girlstuff, Design Atenga, Frozza, Pay less 4 quality, Puss, Bemi Smycken, Smyckespecialisten.

Christmouse for Christmas

It's been a while since I've joined the Penny Black saturday challenge or made a card using my PB's. I liked the sketch this week (AND the prize, lol). After my latest extremely bright card and the elegant/damask one (not sure what it's called in english) I felt like doing a Christmas card. I don't have many Christmaspapers although I have been buying some on recent sales. I'm really itching to buy some X-mas paperpacks later on and maybe sharing some in an upcoming candy (hint hint ;) Anyhow, I bought these papers last year and they are one of my fav colourcombos for Christmascards.

Here's the challenge sketch:

My take on it:

I have a box where I keep all of my Christmasstuff. It's a great idea since I only need to look through that box to find things for X-mas projects. I got some cutouts many years ago - before I had learned to use them. I wanted to find a snowflake since I don't have any in my qk collection (they were out when I shopped last). I found this one and I embossed it with my snowflakes CB folder.

I used a blue brilliance pad when inking the image. I tried to emboss the flake, but since brilliance don't emboss well I added some glitterglue instead.
At first I thought the card was a bit too busy with all that glitter and stones only on the upper part, but now I like it. The silver charm "peace" I bought at my local jewelrystore.

I've noticed that if you layer the patterned paper on some cardstock it looks more professional. It might sound simple, but it took me a while to figure it out, lol. I'm feeling so proud of myself making these cards. Blogging has REALLY helped me improve!

I'm also joining this week's challenge on the Dutchdare cardchallenges. The theme this week is "Christmas in august" which suits me perfectly since I missed all of the "Christmas in july" challenges.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

A new challenge blog

I have found a new challenge blog called creatalicious challenges. They are a monthly blog and held on the 15:th. You can do whatever you like and combine it with as many other challenges as you'd like.
To start off the new blog there is a prrrretttyy niiiceee candy for those of us who are spreading the word (me me me!)
If you want a chance on the candy too, you need to enter before the end of today (13:th)

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Count your rainbows...

This week I've been playing with the sugarbowl blog. I just love those Sugar Nellie stamps and this week you could've had a chance to win six stamps of your choice!!! I just had to join :)
The challenge was to use a sketch and doodle. I've doodled around the limegreen paper, around the image and I've actually also doodled the whitish horisontal patterned part.

I love these papers and had a lot of fun making this card.

My doodled part (the white on black. It's drawn with a white gel roller and then distressed with Tim Holtz' ink.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Scrapbook paperbag album

Stephanie has made this amazing paperbag album and since she's so pleased with it she's giving it away as blogcandy!
It is truly amazing, you have to go check it out for yourself. Stephanie has made a little video where she shows all the details. It is one of my dreams to be able to make things like this. I just adore the whole vintage look!

I'm not sure when the candy ends, but I think the winner will be drawn sunday 23:rd.

Winner of my candy

Candy has been claimed :)

The winner of my candy is:


I have decided to wait with my candy until september since there were so few participants. I think I will have a bigger candy instead and keep it open for longer. So check back in september :)

Louise, please mail me (address under my profile) or leave a message here. If I don't hear from Louise by sunday I'll pick a new winner.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Cheer up - my first DT card

Today I manages to finish my first DT card for Sweet pea stamps. I love the cute look on this girl's face and just had to make something bright and cheerful. I bought the patterned paper the other week and was itching to use it. I'm very pleased with it since I'm trying to develop my "busy cards" style. I think there is so much going on on this card, but I kind of like it.

I made this card after a sketch at sketch saturday. The little brads and ribbons in the right upper corner were perfect for the sketch.

There is also a great challenge at a spoon full of sugar. The theme this week has been "floral fantasy". Don't think it can get more floral than this, lol.

Last, but not least I used the challenge theme for the Simon says stamp
"buttons and bows".

Do you see something different with my photos? I followed a tutorial on Kristine's blog on how to make blurry edges on your photos. I think it looks nice, but it would probably look even better if my blog had a white background.

Items used: promarkers; lime green, saffron, petrol blue, orange, berry red and an old pantone yellow, although you could use canary. Paper from DCWV.

New item on etsy

Just wanted to let you know that I put up a very cute new item on etsy. It's a holder for needles or can be used for brooches. I know I need one for my needles - right now they are just laying around in different boxes or are stuck in a scrap of fabric.

I also noticed it could be used for a couple of brooches when travelling for instance. If you know someone who would be interested, please spread the word :)

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Candy bonanza time!

Candy has been closed and claimed. Winner is Louise! Congrats!

This post will stay on top until the candy closes sunday 9:th august at midnight GMT+1. Scroll down for newer posts.

It's august and I've decided to have a big celebration throughout the whole month. I have so much to celebrate and I want to do it with all of you! I will have weekly smaller candies and at the end I will have a bigger one.
Some of the things I want to celebrate:

* Getting published for the first time in a stampmag. See details HERE

* Finally making a designteam. I'm the proud member of sweetpea stamps. They are having a sale until sunday 9:th, so go and check it out. Great stamps for 50% off!

* Having 37 followers - without any threats, lol.

* Reaching over 2000 hits (honestly I thought it would be more since january, but maybe the counter is broken? ;)

* Celebrating my 10:th year engagement

* Getting accepted to the university so I'll be studying again in september

and so on...and on... :D

Here's what you can win this week. It's a selection of matching 6x6" papers, flowers and brads. The candy is slightly small this week, I just needed to get my butt out of the wagon, otherwise you could've waited forever, lol. I'm planning on some hÄnglar images and a hÄnglar stamp in the next candies so make sure to come back.

Here's what you need to do:

* Spread the word about my candy and link your post/blog in the commentsection letting me know where I can find it (I will be checking ;) Let everyone know there will be candy all month. Don't panic if you don't see your comment straight away. I need to accept it before it gets published.

* Follow my blog if you find it inspiring and you think you want to visit again.

That's it. Make sure to come back on monday to see if you won. I won't notify you - you need to contact me if you're the winner or I will draw a new one.

Something about Simon

I don't think anyone in crafty blogland has missed Simon says stamp. If you have then where have you been?
I must admit I haven't been shopping at their store yet, but I hope to very soon :)
I have been going through their selection and they have so many different things - maybe too much, lol. The shop is quite easy to navigate. The only thing I'm not superhappy about is that you can't get a bigger picture when you click on the items. I miss that, but other than that it's super. Each item even has a detailed discription, measurements etc. so you know what you get, how many of each and so on. If you scroll down when you look at a paperstack you get to see ALL of the patterns included in the stack. I LOVE it! No ugly surprises when you get the things home.

When proceeding to checkout you can do that as a guest - no need to sign up and register first. I hate when it takes forever just to register and then you forget the password until next time anyway. Here you have a choice. If you shop often then register, if not, shop as a guest. Brilliant.

One of the biggest reservations I have when shopping on the internet are the shippingrates, but even here the SSS are great. Outside the US (and under $100 in items) you only pay the flatrate envelope of $12. The domestic rates are even better and there is even free shipping for both US and international customers when ordering over a certain amount. That's the kind of shipping I like.

Hmm, come to think of it, I'll pop over now and see what I can't live without ;)
And I suggest that you hop over to the Simon says stamp blog and find out how you can win $100 worth of products.