Monday, 20 December 2010

Secret sweetpea bloghop

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Today in Sweden we are celebrating Lucia and as it happens, as a secret Christmas gift to Lynette, (owner of Sweet Pea Stamps) the design team are throwing this blog hop! We are so glad you have decided to join in the fun - today you will find many beautiful creations made by the Sweet Pea Stamps design team.
As our gift to you, our wonderful followers, visitors and Sweet Pea Stamps customers, one lucky person will win the ching chou kuik Fantasy Art collection Red Riding Hood sheet of stamps (Plate #65). Just leave comments along the way.

Thank you so much Lynette for choosing me for your designteam. I've been on from the start and have watched sweetpea grow over this past year. I feel so lucky as Lyntte is a wonderful and understanding person. She let me stay on the team when I was very sick and couldn't live up to my commitments. I really believe that staying on the team kept me sane. I was my anchor and I'll be eternally greatful to you for that Lynette. Big hugs to you and I look forward to making even more wonderful projects in the next year if you'll have me.

Each comment you leave will earn you an entry - so the more comments the better the chances! The drawing will take place on 12/20/2010.  Below you will find the list of stops - if you joined us somewhere along the way don't worry as it is a circular hop. Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

Sweet Pea Stamps
Alexandra Lundgren
Angela Sowell
Christine Riley
Connie Piotter
Holley Barnhart
Jennifer Willis
Katarina Maserak (you are here)
Kym Kreates
Randi Wall
Traci Porter

Now for my project. I have made a card and a matching flower to put on a gift. The stamp is called poinsetta fairy from plate 60, drawn by ching chou kuik. I really love the "airy" feeling of this stamp - wind in her hair, flowers all around - such a sweet Christmas image. I immidiately thoought of this stamp together with the papers when I came across them in my stash. All three of them (even the striped stripe) is from imaginisce. The line ins called snowy jo and I got them last year at a sale. It's like they are made for this image.

The fairy is coloured with my promarkers and cut out using a nestie shape. I cut along the lines of two of the flowers in the patterned paper making an insert for the image. I didn't want to overwhealm the beautiful fairy or the green patterned paper so I left the layout simple using a sketch from cardpatterns. I love how the card has a Christmas-feel to it even though it is full of flowers. The flower theme is perfect for this week's theme at sewmanychallenges and cute card thursday.Who said flowers aren't for Christmas?

The flower:
Although it doesn't show I used three stamps from plate 17 for the flower. I cut out a couple of circles using my scalloped nestabilities from copying paper. I then stamped in different distressinks and moistened the paper with a minimister. After that I scrunched them up, opened them and dried a little with a heatingtool. While still being a bit moist I put a brad through the middle and arranged them as shown with the smallest circle in the middle. Finally the flower is set to dry completely and as a final step I added some distress ink and stickles on the edges. The leaves are cut out by hand. The flower measures about 3" (7,5cm)

Hope you're enjoying yourself and all the wonderful creations made by the very talented sweetpeas. Make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win a whole sheet of free stamps. And as always, make sure to stop by the sweetpea blog. There is always a great deal going on and tons of inspiration. Why not wish for a giftcard for Christmas? Right now there's a great offer:

Buy $25 gift card get $30
Buy $50 gift card get $65
Buy $75 get $100

And finally Lynette is looking for a new design team member. If you love sweetpea stamps and would like to be a part of our team, contact Lynette at and she will get back to you with the requirements.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun hopping.

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Happy Days said...

Just beautiful and I love your flower. x

Larisa said...

Love the green a lot!!! Nice flower! All looks so great!!

Dawn said...

so pretty and the flower is fab

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Katarina, what a beautiful card. What gorgeous images and what a nice surprise for a blog hop. I've got the contagious bug of loving Sweet Pea Stamps and will look forward to more wonderful creations in 2011. can't wait to see what makes it over here to the UK. I'd certainly love to be put in the draw to win anything. Best wishes, Kym xxxx

Lisa said...

oj! vilket fint kort!

Connie said...

Lovely card Katarina but that flower is to die for!!

jennifer said...

beautiful card and I love the flower - so pretty!

Alex said...

Beautiful. The card is perfect and I love the way you cut out flowers to tuck the image in. The flower you made is GORGEOUS! Great colors and I REALLY love the leaves!!!!

Angela said...

Katarina, this is gorgeous and I know Lynette will love it.

Dawn said...

You did an amazing job... the colors, the papers you chose and the flower... perfection! I just love your card...

Renkata said...

Magical card. Beautiful design.

ChickieChirps said...

This is a gorgeous card! Your colouring of her is just perfect!


gobeagirl said...

Hi Katarina. I have to say that I just love how you have colored your image. You can just feel her hair blowing in the wind. OMWord, you are very very good at your shading. Great card, I just have to say it again, I love it. Thanks for sharing with us. Hugs, Lisa G

Doreen said...

A gorgeous card Love the

miskyla said...

This card is so BEAUTIFUL!! You did an amazing job :)

sweetpeastamps said...

Katarina, I just love the colors you used. Her hair is gorgeous. And that bow is to die for. Very pretty

Christine - Cndn Stamper said...

Love how you cut around the flower for the card. It just ties the image and paper together.

The flower is FABULOUS!

KymKreates said...

I am in love with this project!!! I love this image and that flower is amazing!!!


WickedPixie said...

Those papers do seem to be made for that image! Gorgeous card! I love the flower, too, and how you did the sentiment on the leaves! :-)Traci

Anonymous said...

This is just lovely. Love the beautiful image and colouring is fantastic. Also love the blooms you have used. :)

Thanks for joining us at Sew Many Challenges this week. Hope you will join us next week :)

Randi said...

Gorgeous creations Katarina! Love how you matched the embellies with the poinsettias in her hair! That flower is amazing!!

Lynn said...

Wonderful card with another beautiful Sweet Pea image:)Love the flower and petal, so creative :)
Lynn xx

Vanja said...

Gorgeous card! Fabulous colouring.
Thank you for joining us at CCT! :)

Hugs, Vanja

Sherry said...

Stunning card and thanks for the info on making the beautiful flower

NinaB said...

Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Card Patterns this week.

Karina said...

Your creation looks so lovely, Katarina. Love how you made the card with this wonderful image. And the flower is a dream!
Hugs, Karina

Juls said...

this is stunning! your flower is amazing!!! Hugs Juls

led lights said...

nice posting keep blogging,

Sharon Caudle said...

Hi Katarina!!! So sorry it's been FOREVER since I've visited you! I hope you're doing well! Your card is gorgeous and your coloring is spectacular!! I love it! Thanks so much for joining us at Papertake Weekly, and hope you join us again this week for our "anything goes" challenge! A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!!
hugs, Sharon

Sharon Caudle said...

LMAO!!! I just finished doing my posts for PTW and I'm brain dead from exhaustion LOL! Scao please forgive my ignorance!! Your card is gorgeous!! Have a very Merry Christmas!!
hugs, Sharon