Friday, 4 September 2009

Love-ly card and blogcandy!

I have finally been able to play a little with my new stash. For this card I used a Sarah Kay stamp (I just knew it had to be my first SK the second I saw it), some new papers and my new red distress pad to make the swirls and tattered rose on the edges of the image. Oh, and I used my crackeling medium on the "adore" letters.

I made this card using a sketch from sketchsaturday DT call sketch. The time has run out an I will apply with this card for the spot. I hope they think it's innovative enough.

I'm also linking it up on the Charisma card challenge blog. This week's theme is SWIRLS, CURLS (with the added extra hearts) Doesn't this card just fit the criteria perfectly? I love my little swirly heart dies. I couldn't decide on which size to take so I bought them both thinking I would use them in this exact way. They are actually two seperate hearts, I just cut the small one open and attached it to the bigger one. Aren't I the smartest cookie ever, lol?

I used my promarkers as usual. I love the way the colours match the papers. I'm quite happy with how the scalloped border turned out. I used my scalloped scissors and then punched holes to make the decorative edge. My fiskar's border punches have given up so I need to be creative. I wonder if I can write to fiskars and get the borderpunches exchanged or something. Does anyone know?

Now on to the candy: the sweet pea blog are having a wonderful Christmas candy. You can win the new set of stamps and a whole sheet of sentiments. They are so new that not even the DT have layed their inky paws on them :)
The sooner you link up the blog the more entries you get, so spread the word and keep your fingers crossed. Ends 7:th.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

My latest loot - my first Whiff of joys!

I wanted to share with you what I bought lately. First I managed to find a blog of a woman named Michelle that also has a store. She had great prices and also had a 20% off so it was even better! As you may know I've been dieing to get some Whiff of joys (and especially the Alison Acton ones. I think I have a crush on Charlie, lol) Michelle had the "maid Charlotte" one that's been on top of my list. I also like the Elisabeth Bell one with basket so I got that one too. And some other things got into the shoppingcart...
I'm very excited about the distress inks. I only have the tea dye and I like to work with it. Now I finally had the chance to get some of the other colours.
I can really recommend Michelle. Check out her store here:

If you shop, tell her I sent you :)

My second package arrived today from They had a 25% off when I shopped so I got some items...I wanted the popcorn bears for a while and was so happy when I could buy them for about £4,5! I also got some Christmas and birthday papers. But I'm so disappointed with the bears. They are not at all the size shown on the sheet. The bear with the presentpile is actually about 4"! That is waaay too big for a normal sized card. I'm so disappointed with that. There's not much freedom to add embellishments unless you want the card to be huge. You can always use part of the stamp, but then the cute duck won't show. Such an anti-climax :( The whole afternoon has been like that for me today, yuck! The other bearstamps are huge too. The ones with the snowmen are about 4x3" Is it an english thing? I thought americans liked it big, lol. The only thing I'm actually happy about is the crackeling glossy accent (if it works that is, haven't tried it yet)
One thing that I'm extatic about is the snowflake punch I got today at a sale. It was about $4 and I got the poochie brads for free too.

Last but not least I got some fabrics last week. Brown is not my colour, but I couldn't resist these patterns. They work so well together and I can see some make-up bag with the bigger pattern on the outside and the smaller as a lining. I also got half a yard of the birdie fabric. It was just too cute.
I didn't find that many fabrics that I really really liked so I'm planning on buying them from the net in the future. The birdie fabric was an exception though. I would love to sew a case for my dayplanner out of it, but I don't know how. I think I need to ask one of the sewing wizards or maybe if you know how I should do it, let me know.

(The fabrics aren't really that shiny. The flash from the camera makes them a bit too glowy.)

Can't wait to start playing with my goodies. But I have to plan my time. I started school this week and I need to focus on my reading. But we can all use a break from time to time, right? And besides, there are some fab challenges and DT calls out theere that I just can't miss :)

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

September blogcandy

Hi everyone. Time for another month of candy! Do you know I managed to find over 80 candies last month?! I wrote earlier that I didn't win anything, but I actually won one of the ones ending last! Wohooo. It pays off to be stubborn, lol.
I want to give some of the love back and I have a bunch of things already put away for a candy, but I just don't have the energy to fix it. I'm also thinking if I should have several candies or one big. I have so much to celebrate and I have my blogoversary on the 23:rd :)
Candies are in (somewhat) chronological order. I'll be adding more throughout the month, so check back on this post.

Kristyn is having her first candy to celebrate 1000 hits and the fact that school starts. Ends 1:st.

Scrapadilly rocks are having their first candy giveaway - it's a box full of goodies. Ends 1:st.

Asia-eight is a polish blogger that has opened her own e-shop with items for scrapbooking. To celebrate this occasion she's giving away some of her new items. Rules are asusual: spread the word about her candy and leave a comment. Ends when her counter's first number hits 4.

Karina is celebrating her birthday with a great candy, see for yourself. Ends 2:nd.

Liz has already started thinking about Christmas and she's giving away a bobunny Christmas candy. Ends 2:nd.

Lisa is celebrating the launch of her new stamps and the opening of her webshop The stamps - minxs - are adorable. Winner will be chosen on the 4:th.

Amy has gotten invited to be a high hopes diva and being a guest designer for cute card thursday. To celebrate she's giving away 17 high hope stamps that will be devided between 3 winners! Ends 4:th.

Jo is having a Basic Grey candy from the wonderful indian summer collection. Ends 5:th.

Grya is celebrating 3000 hits since february and for blogging for almost a year. She has two candies and the winners will be drawn on the 5:th.

Katikk has a wonderful flowercandy to celebrate her or her daughter's birthday (my russian is a bit rusty) Ends 5:th.

Encza has a polish blog and she is now offering her first candy to thank her visitors and kind comments. Ends 6:th.

Camilla has some lovely candy to thank all her visitors. There are a lot of yummy things, but the best prize is her hÄngel box that everything will be delivered in. Isn't it lovely? Winner will be chosen on the 6:th.

Susan is having a candy to celebrate 2,000 hits and for tidying up her craftspace (I know I would need to do that *blush*) Candy ends 5:th.

Pennihas upgraded and is giving away her Crafter's Companion Ultimate. It seems to be a DVD filled with ideas and instructions for crafters to push you to the next lever (I did some research, lol) Winner will be chosen 6:th - on her kitty's birthday. You have until midnight 5:th GMT to enter.

Tara is thankingher readers for allthe visits and comments. She has a wonderful candy with paperpads, stamps, dies and other items. Ends 6:th 10pm GMT.

Lolodesigns has reached 4,000 hits and is thanking her visitors with a Christmas coloured candy :) Ends 6:th.

Jude is having a candy every day. You need to sign up before 8pm.

slowef is having her first candy to celebrate her blogoversary. There are several great prizes to be won. Winners will be presented on the blog 7:th.

Jude has prepared a wonderful Christmas candy to get us all set for the winter cards. She is also having a daily giveaway, so make sure to check her blog every day. You need to claim your prize if you win or it goes to someone else. The Christmascandy runs through 7:th.

Cass is celebrating her birthday with a beautiful shabby chic candy. The draw will take place on the 8:th.

Karen is celebrating her 25:th anniversary on sept 8:th. Great goodies to be won as usual. Winner will be picked on the 8:th around 5pm.

Dianne is giving away candy in celebration of labour day and because she has been picked as a guest designer. You have until midnight Sept. 7th CST to join and here's what you can win:

Froggy is giving away a Martha Stewart punch to celebrate the release of stamping scrapping 8 new stampsets. You get to choose from 2 different punches if you're the lucky winner. Who that is will be announced on the 11:th.

Domi is giving away a Penny Black stamp of your choice sponsored by Simon says stamp. Candy ends 11:th.

Ellen is having a big birthday treat with lots of yummy things. Ends 11:th and winner will be announced 12:th.

Jude is having a fab candy every day! Today there are some great Christmas items for grabs. Make sure to join before friday 11:th 9pm gmt.

Sharri is celebrating her blogoversary with a bunch of great items - and she will add to the list. Candy will run until the 12th of Sept 7:00 pm central time.

True is offering more candy again. This time it's to celebrate her cuttlebug challenge DT spot and what better way than to offer some CB folders? Ends 12:th.

Kristen loves the approaching Halloween and is offering a bootiful candy. Winner will be drawn 13:th.

Oliwka has sewn these adorable little feltbirds and she's offering them for her first candy. I think they are the cutest ever and would love to live with my other birdies in my hobbycorner. Unfortunatelly they will be split, so there will be 2 winners. Winners will be drawn on the 13:th.

Hilde has been a guest designer for Whiff of joy during july/august and she's giving away some of the stamps she got from Katharina. Winners will be drawn 12:th.

Amanda has looked through her stash and found some items she's giving away in her candy. There are some goodies there (copics too!) Winner will be chosen on the 13:th.

Angie is giving away some very cute Betty Boop images. Her candy ends 13:th 7pm GMT.

Helen is celebrating her first blogoversary and for almost reaching 15,000 hits. There are a bit of everything in there, but you need to join before 13:th 9pm GMT to be in a chance of winning.

SophistiCAT challenges is a new challenge blog and to celebrate their launch they are offering a huge candy. Are you drooling yet, I know I am. Candy ends 12:th, 6pm.

Kerry is giving away a whole bunch of Halloween stuff - everything you might need to make a bunch of projects. Winner will be announced on the 14:th.

Jude is having her last day (I think) of daily cadies. Today you can win a clearstamp set of adorable Christmas stamps. Ends sunday 13:th.

Caryn has prepared a special Christmas candy for us. Ends 14:th.

Motivet is a great stampcompany with cute images. They are offering their new stamps (yes, all 8 of them) as candy. Make sure to join before 13:th.

The stamp man is having a summercandy. Ends 14:th.

Joni seems to have two candies on offer. One by clicking her name and the second one Here. The more hits she'll get the bigger the candy so pop on over :) Ends 14:th.

Paula is giving away two fantastic polly design stampssets that haven't been released yet. The stamps are so adorable, take a look. You will also be able to buy the new promarkers with her. Candy ends 14:th.

Jenny is giving away a fab candy. Make sure to chech out their etsy shop full of wonderful digi images. Candy ends 14:th.

Caroline is offering a cute Magnolia stamp as her candy. Ends 16:th.

Tasha is giving away two stamps from Whiff of joy. Ends 16:th.

Priscilla has a huge stampcandy you don't want to miss. Ends 18:th.

Susie is sharing some of her bling. Ends 17:th.

Rach is giving away a Whiff of joy stamp, paperpad and some embellishments. Ends 19:th, 9pm GMT.

Julie is celebrating having over 100 followers. There is also a celebration at the open window, but I can't seem to find a link to it. Hop over and see if you can find it. Candy ends 18:th midnight CST.

Arline is celebrating her last birthday as a single gal on the 19:th. You have to make a birthday card and load it up before 7pm on the 19:th to be in the candy. Arline will choose her fav to win the candy.

Jacare has opened her own shop with digi images that she draws herself. They are so wonderful and for the candy the winner will get to choose a theme and Jacare will design an image just for you! Ends 19:th.

Vanessa thought it was time for a candy and she is giving away a whole bunch of stamps and goodies. Open until 19:th.

Jo is giving away a fabulous Basic Grey candy. You can get your hands on two lines that haven't even been released yet! Ends 19:th.

Emma has some nice bright coloured candy on her blog. What a wonderful set! You have until 19:th to enter.

Jacqui has a thanksgiving candy which consists of a Whiff of joy stamp and some beautiful embellishments. Winner will be chosen 20:th.

Sarah is giving away a very wonderful candy. There are all sorts of embelllishments there, stamped up images and even a stamp! Ends 19:th in the evening.

Kim has such a yummy papercandy it makes me drool, lol. To make things even better there is a Whiff of joy stamp thrown in there. Ends midnight GMT+1 on the 19:th.

Bev is one of the DT members of Whiff of joy (I'm so jealous) and she has gotten a stamp from Katharina to give away. She has also included some things to the pot. Ends 20:th.

Teri is celebrating her birthday on the 20:th and to celebrate she's giving away two Christmas sets of stamps! Candy ends same day as her b-day.

Kath has also put together a Christmascandy to celebrate her moving into her new cubbyhole (?!). I'm guessing that's her craftyroom, lol. Ends 20:th midnight GMT.

Buddy (that is Kath's pooch) is having a candy of his own. He things we're being conned with candy you can't eat so he's offering come chocolate candy! LOL ends 20:th.

Ila has a late summer candy. Ends 20:th.

Saskia has been blogging for 7 months and since it's such a sunny summer she's giving away some candy. There is a paperpad with matching buttons and a wonderful popcorn the bear stampset. Ends 20:th.

Nulka is celebrating her second blogoversary on the 21:st with a fab candy! Hop on over and congratulate her and you might win these wonderful things. Ends 21:st at 21.09 (that's 9.09pm)

Carolyn is having a fall thanksgiving candy. There are at least two cuties in the candy :) Ends 22:nd.

Carlyann has been blogging for a year and is celebrating her blogoversary on the 23:rd - same as me! There will be two prizes and you have until 23:rd 8pm GMT to join.

Sarah is celebrating an opening of a new craftshop in walkingdistance form her! That's what I call dangerous, lol. Her candy - 5 grey shades of promarkers - closes 24:th.

Jacqui has gotten a new mousestamp from the owner of Whiff of joy to give away as candy. Jacqui has added some extras to make your Christmascards a success this year too ;) Ends 23:rd.

Ida has two candies in her giveaway. It's to celebrate three years of blogging! She has two candies, one for the readers and one for followers. Both candies end 24:th.

The create 4 fun design team have reached 10,000 hits and they are offering a Double Do XL Die-cut and embossing machine!!! Everyone can enter and you only need to do three simple things. Winner will be announced 9pm 24:th.

Sharon is celebrating her blogoversary and is giving away a fantastic Christmas candy. Ends 9pm 26:th.

Tracy is celebrating the launch of a new blog called squiggle stamps. Squiggle stamps carry a unique range of cute and whimsical stamps. Candy ends 26:th midday.

Debby has a candy to thank all her readers and followers. The candy consists of some fab stamps and papers. Ends 25:th.

Barbara also has a candy to share. There are some beautiful papers and other embellishments in her candy. Ends 25:th 12pm.

Grace has just about everything you need to start stamping. A wonderful candy. Winner will be drawn 26:th on her husband's birthday.

Danielle has made a wonderful Magnolia pocket holder and she has filled it with candy! The best part is the pocket holder, it's really a treat, see for yourself. Candy ends 25:th.

Tanja is giving away a wonderful Magnolia candy on her blog. She has also sewn a cute snail that she is including. Candy ends 25:th.

Steph is celebrating her 7:th wedding anniversary with a generous Sugar Nellie candy. Winner will be announced 28:th.

Aija will soon celebrate her 40:th birthday and she's offering a great stampset for her candy. Ends midnight GMT+1 26:th.

Linda will be celebrating her 21:st birthday - AGAIN! LOL. She has two candies to offer and the winners will be drawn on the 27:th.

Semsee is celebrating two DT spot and the new look of her blog. She's doing that by offering 3 candies! They will end 26:th.

Michelle has gone through her stash and found loads of things she doesn't want anymore. She's trying to find the things a new home. Anyone want them, I know I do. Candy ends 26:th.

Judy is celebrating her blogoversary with a wonderful pink candy. Ends midnight GMT on the 27:th.

Diecut dreams is a challenge blog with challenges every monday. There is a candy up for grabs now. Ends 27:th.

Jenn is having a humongous candy to celebrate finding out the sex of her baby. You have until sunday night to spread the word about the candy and guess if it's a boy or a girl.

Christine had her birthday on sept. 23:rd and she's celebrating by giving away a giftcertificate to Susana's custom art and card design. That means you can get anything you'd like! For every 25 entries there will be another winner. Right now there are 51 entries which means 2 winners. Winners will be drawn 28:th.

Amy is celebrating 10,000 hits with a huge stampcandy donated by several companies. Winner will be drawn on the 30:th.

Vikki is having a surprise candy for her followers on her blog. You have until the 30:th to enter.

Rowena is celebrating 20,000 hits with a giftvoucher and stampcandy. Ends 29:th noon GMT.

Jacqui is giving away a stamp from Crafters companion together with a bunch of other goodies. Crafters Companion are now stocking SCACD Stamps and broadening their range and are now also stocking the full range of Christmas Nesties, Cuttlebug folders and lots more new goodies, they also have a brilliant delivery service usual next day if ordered by mid-day. It is great to be able to by Susanas SCACD Stamps in the UK what with the customs duty and long wait for delivery when buying from the US lately. Winner will be drawn monday evening 28:th.

Heather is having a candy to celebrate 40,000 hits and to thank her readers for the support during her move to Germany. Candy ends midnight GMT 30:th.

Maddie is having her first candy and it's a secret one. For every 50 followers she will add something else and maybe put up a pic of the goodies. Ends 30:th 9.55pm.

Karin is celebrating 16,000 hits and for having over 100 followers. On october 1:st she will announce 2 winners.

Anne is celebrating her blogoversary this month and she's doing that with a sugar nellie candy. For every 50 comments she will add to the candy. Ends midnight 30:th.

Samantha is also celebrating her blogoversary with a "candy on a budget". If you want to join you need to do it before the 30:th.

Cheryl is giving away a great candy that both she and Bec from bizzy becs have donated. Candy ends 30:th.

Patricia is celebrating a couple of things, one of them her blogoversary, another her 7:th anniversary with her boyfriend. She will add some misc. paper for every 50 followers. Last day to enter is october 1:st.

Katrina is another blogger that's celebrating her blogoversary this month. She will have two candies if she reaches 100 entrants, so spread the word! Right now she has 78, so we're almost there :) Candy ends 30:th.

Lana is celebrating getting on two designteams: doodlepalace and your next stamp. Ends 30:th 12pm GMT.

Sonja is celebrating something, but I can't figure out what :D She has a bunch of goodies to share. Ends 30:th.

Sonia is giving away a candy in celebration of CUTTLEBUG CHALLENGE BLOGSPOT First birthday and to also celebrate the Sixth Birthday of PEACHY KEEN STAMPS. Ends 30:th.

Ingvild is offering an amazing RAK to thank her visitors for 20,000 hits. The candy is huge, but the best part is a beautiful tag she has made for the occasion. Candy ends 30:th.

Aud is giving away a great candy just because and no strings attached :) Ends 30:th.

Tasha is giving away a cute Whiff of joy candy. Ends 30:th.

Chelsea is the owner of the cute gurleegirl stamps. She is now having a candy where there will be five winners! They will be announced october 1:st.

Ageeth is offering some wonderful Christmas candy. Winner will be announced on oct. 1:st.

Cabio is having a huge candy in celebration of her DT spot at your next stamp and having over 12,000 hits. Ends 30:th.

Tracy Suzanne has a Martha Stewart party kit as her first candy. Ends 30:th.

Brises has been accepted to be on the DT spot ICS and she's celebrating with a wonderful box full of goodies and other yummy things. Ends 30:th.

Szmatka latka is a polish quiltblogger that offers some great Christmas fabrics in her candy. Just take a look below at all the gorgeous patterns! To enter the candy leave a comment on the post from the 20:th. Ends 30:th.

Fern has a decoration, paper and imagecandy. For every 50 comments she'll get she will throw in something extra. There are 143 comments right now...Ends october 1:st.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Doxie woof

Dachshunds are my absolute fav breed of dogs. I had one growing up and she was my best friend. I was devestaded when she died and haven't had a dog since.
I've been looking for a doxie stamp for years that shows off the breed's personality. I hadn't found one until the other week. This is a stamp drawn by a woman that makes the stamps herself. She sells them on Tradera which is Sweden's equivalent to ebay. When I saw this stamp I just had to have it. Unfortunately I missed the auction and somebody else got the stamp. Eeeeek! But I contacted the woman and she had one left. Phew. I grabbed it before she could change her mind, lol. I'm never letting this little stamp go, that's for sure. Isn't she the cutest thing you've ever seen?

I made this card using a sketch from the midnight madness challenge blog that I rotated. I'm always missing this challenge, but now I have added it to my challenge list so hopefully I'll join more often. I used a calender die from quickutz to mount the image on. The tab works as an embellishment and I wrote "woof" on it. Thought it was quite clever. I also added a boneclip and pawprint decoration to the card. The swirls are also from qk (from the sophisticate alphabet box). Papers are the same as I used for the sugar nellie fox card.

Click on the photo to get a bigger view.

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In case you had a doubt: I just LOVE the eiffel tower stamp from plate #6 from sweet pea stamps. I also managed to ask Lynette for this set with sentiments in my DT package. I think it's a brilliant set! I haven't seen sentiments like this anywhere else. You get so many different ones for a very low price, especially with the "buy one get one for free" deal that is on now in the shop. You have to check it out. The texts are perfect for those square 6x6" cards. That's the size of my card below.

I stamped my image with versamark ink and rubbed different chalks on it. Then I edged it with a gold pen and layered on a red panel. I stamped the sentiment directly on a red card with versamark and sprinkled gold embossing powder on top. The reason I used versamark and not a goldpad is because in case it gets wrong it doesn't show. I can just heat the ink (so it dries) and stamp again. That way the embossingpowder doesn't get stuck to the first stamping.

It's such a simple yet elegant card. I love this stamp and think it's sooo versatile. I have some more ideas for it, but for that I need a special Tilda...Those Magnolia stamps are really sticking to me :D I never would've thought. Hope you've enjoyed it :)

I made this card for a sketch challenge called sketch and stash. You need to use your new stash and the new things I've used for this card is the sentiment stamp and the red/brown glittery brad I purchased on a sale last week. Oh, and the papers are new too.