Saturday, 22 August 2009

New item on etsy

Just a quick note letting you know I've uploaded a butterfly bag on etsy. You can see more details and description of it HERE. Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Basic Grey blogcandy

Basic Grey challenge blog is back and they are offering a biiig candy to celebrate their return. Look what you can get your hands on:

Make sure to join before 21:st 10pm GMT.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

If friends were flowers...

Today I finished a card for a couple of challenges. The card is in a distress/vintage style that isn't really "me". I'm trying to develop that style though and I think I'm getting better and better at it.

I used a sketch from the Besic Grey challenges. Did you know they are back again? They disappeared for a while and now they're back - better than ever! This is the sketch they have for challenge number 1. I thought it was wonderful so I used it. But Imust admit I had a hard time cramming every detail in there, lol. I couldn't make the tag with the text so I had to make it a little plaque instead.

In order to join the challenge you need to use at least one item from Basic Grey. I used patterned papers that I had bought on a sale. They are called Wassail and I love that vintage look!

I decided to join just magnolia's challenge this week too by using a Magnolia image and the theme for this week: "friendship". I thought the papers and image worked beautifully together as did the text: "If friends were flowers I would pick you".

Finally lili of the valley have a challenge where you need to use charms. I went through my jewelry stash and although I mostly work with silver coloured metal I did find some bronze/golden chain and the butterfly. The butterfly hangs loose on the chain but I'm thinking about glueing it to the middle of the ribbon. Can't decide :)

Promarkers used: coral, ruby, saffron, marsh green, pastel yellow and primrose. Hair coloured with an old pantone pen, similar to promarker's sandstone. The outer flower is a white one coloured with marsh green to match the image exactly. I also used my square nesties and CB embossing folder.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Vintage Paris bookmark

One of my absolute fav stampsheets from sweet pea stamps is the Paris - plate 6 (that is on sale by the way for only $5.63.)
I've been wanting to play with it ever since I got them last week and today I finally felt creative enough to do something with it.

I decided to make a tag/bookmark - getting inspired by Tim Holtz's Christmas tags. I finally got to use my alcohol inks that I bought ages ago. I think I have the wrong tools for them and that's why they haven't been working properly. The felt I have is too thin and the paper too porous.

I started by cutting out a piece of shrink plastic in my cuttlebug. I used one of my big tags. After that I inked the big Paris stamp with black staz-on ink, right side up I put on the shrink plastic and rubbed a little to get ink all over the tag. After the ink dried I turned it over and on the BACKSIDE I inked it with alcohol inks. I used butterscoth, cranberry and eggplant. Then I heated it so it shrunk and after it cooled down I coloured the edges with a goldpen.

The big tag is coloured using the same inks, blotted around at random. After I coloured it I stamped the big Paris stamp over it with staz-on ink and edged with the goldpen. Finally I found a coordinating fiber and attached the small tag to the big one. Voilá - we have a fabulous bookmark!

I made this bookmark for the Simon says stamp challenge - "anything but a card" and for stampin for the weekend. Their theme was "days gone by". I think this tag has that Vintage romantic look.

I hope you liked what I did today. I think even T!m would've been proud :)

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Which witch? The cute Halloween one?

I'm on a roll today, lol. I'm having so much fun making cards. So many ideas...I love it!

Ok, so I know it's a bit early for Halloweencards, but I got so inspired from the latest stampsheet from my DT kit from sweetpea stamps. I'm so happy to be on the team. I never thought the stamps would be so easy to work with and so inspiring!

I've made this card using a sketch from the Charisma cardz blog.

I've used the girl from the latest stampsheet from sweetpea stamps, the Halloween sheet. It's only $6 if you preorder it by 15:th (so you need to hurry). Original price is $12 so it's a good price too I think since you get so many stamps and texts.

This card almost made itself. I just had these two Halloween papers. It suited the stamp perfectly since one of the texts were: cute little witches. Perfect! We don't really send cards to eachother on Halloween here in Sweden so I don't buy many of those papers. I had a hunch earlier this year though that I might want to make a Halloween card or two. I'm glad I was right! I coloured the image yesterday before going to bed and put it together today in maybe 1 hour (that's fast in my book ;)

I used my promarkers again to colour the girl: ivory, lilac, pumpkin, warm grey2 and lime green. I embossed the orange panel with one of my CB folders. It's supposed to be branches of some sort, but I think it might pass as spiderweb. Now I regret not buying that pumpkin embossing folder earlier...Grrr...
Hope you enjoyed my card.