Friday, 5 February 2010

Hold fast to dreams...

...for if dreams die, life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly.

I'm very proud to show you my first altered project! I'm so ridculously proud of it. Mostly because I manged to silence that little voice in my head (coming from my mum) asking "what's it for?" and just going all out! It inspires me and makes me happy. Maybe that's what it's for? I've never tried it before so I never realized that could be the answer.

I started by having my new Whiff of joy stamp Willow catching leaves and a clear stamp set from Hero arts. Somewhere in my mind I put those two stamps together. I initially wanted to make a card, but it would be quite big so I decided to alter something. Luckyly I came across this box at a sale for $1. It has a clear sheet window that came off (probably why it was on sale). It suited me perfectly. I started by painting the whole box in brown shades with golden smears here and there (only shows on the back) I glued on a sheet of paper from old world stack from Die cuts with a view. I bought it years ago. It was sooo expensive so I've just used two sheets so far, lol. I added silky ribbons to the front edges with a buckle on the brown ribbon and lace around the sides.
Willow is coloured with my promarkers and I used different versamarks to colour in the birds before I embossed them with clear EP. All the flowers and cut outs are from a paperpack I bought a while ago. It's from Webster's pages called magical wishes & a sweet life.. Box measures around 18x20cm (7x8").

I made one of my custom made birds by cutting it with a qk die and embossing it with a CB embossing folder.Then I added "tailfeathers" by cutting up a flower and using three petals that I distressed and edged with red ink. I computergenerated the saying to fit one of my cuttlebug labels. The flowers are different prima with different pearls and blings added to the middle.

I added a metalcharm to the upper flower. It was silver in the beginning, but I alcohol inked it with "espresso" and "butterscotch" to make it suit the project better. Thought I was very clever with that. I remembered Tim (Holtz) saying you could colour anything in in the shade you want. I did the same with some of the middle pearls. They were very yellow golden from the start. I also added a decoration to the left flower and something else to the right. Can you spot the purple shrink plastic butterfly?


I'm entering this project to a Swedish challenge blog called handarbeta scrap that wanted you to alter something.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project as much as I did making it. I'm definately putting this up somewhere in my corner.

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Thursday, 4 February 2010

You are so deer to me

Whaaa, I only have 10 min left before the challenge closes so this will be a quick post.

I made this card for the sugar bowl blog. They had a sketch and "lace" as their challenge. I couldn't find any lace that matched so I made a lacey border instead.

I will edit this post and add better photos tomorrow. Now it's 1am here and I need to go to sleep.
Hugs to you all.

PS. I love how the card turned out. I just whipped it up in an hour. Pink is just so easy to work with! I had planned to use this stamp and qk die as soon as I saw them. Took me several months to get them, but now I finally have them!

Promarkers: putty, tan, blush, vanilla, umber, baby pink, cocktail pink, dusky rose, lavender, slate, blender.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Happy birthday Tina

I'm very happy to be showing you a b-day card I made for a woman named Tina that I shared room with at the hospital. I used my new stamp from Whiff of joy that I think is sooo cute! I just love the content look st his face. The bright colours and glittery papers wrap it up.

He is coloured with promarkers. Did you notice the shade he casts under him on the gifts? I'm quite proud of that colouring. I feel like I'm getting better and better at that :)

I used a sketch from Lili of the valley. The sketch was absolutely brilliant but I thought I was too late to enter. Then I noticed it ends tomorrow, so I just made it! I'm also entering this card for the promarker challenge that had "all creatures big and small" as their theme. Cute card thursday had "blooming gorgeous" and dutch dare cardchallenges had "summer in winter". Pile it on also wanted summery colours and one stop craft challenge wanted something personal. ABC challenge had N for new this week and I have new papers, stamp and flowers.
I also found a bunch of new challenge blogs to add to my long list. Here are a few that my card fit:
belli challenge - RIBBONS (I've had this ribbon for ages and never found anything to use it with)
Crafty creations  - WINGS (the little dragonflies)
Your next stamp - ANYTHING THAT SPARKLES (Wish you could see these beautiful glitter papers)

Hope you enjoyed my card. Now I'm off to make another one. I also need to get strted on my DT card for sweet pea stamps. I got january off due to me being sick, but now I'm back, so you'll be seeing at least one sweet pea card/week. See you soon ;)

Promarkers: tan, putty, walnut, cinnamon, pear green, moss, sunflower, ginger, honeycomb, amber, pumpkin, orange, blender
Papers: SEI
Stamp: Whiff of joy

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Monday, 1 February 2010

Big 30:th birthday celebration candy!


I'm so happy because I have FINALLY photographed all candy I've put together for you. It was freezing being on the balcony photographing, but so worth it. I've been wanting to do a candy since summer and now it's finally here! I'm having it mainly to celebrate my 30:th birthday on march 13:th. Have you noticed the fancy border and text I've added to the right corner? I'm so proud I managed to figure it out, lol. Here are some details of the candy:

Ok, so hopefully now you are very tempted and eager to find out how to join. First of all there will be three winners splitting the goodies listed above:

1. This prize below will go to one of my 58 followers I have so far. I want to show you how much I apreciate you for reading my ramblings and for signing up. Still not sure why you did it, but I'm greatful :D It consists of some papers, a clearstamp, flowers, decorations, some images and a handmade crocheted brooch I made the other day that has a charm that says "made with love". Just a little token to show my apreciation. I just learned how to make crocheted flowers and this was my first one. I'm so proud! Hopefully you'll find it useful.

2. This candy below will go to one of you that send me a birthday card. I don't have much contact with my family and don't have any friends in the town I live, it's just me and my sweetheart. Even though we have fun and celebrate it feels a little sad during my b-days. I would love to have a surprise party filled with people that love me and I love back. I'm not very good at making friends though so I'm hoping my blogfriends will want to celebrate me.
If you want to send me a card e-mail me (address found under my profile in the sidebar) and I will send you my snail addy. I don't want to post it here. Write "b-day candy" in the subject line to make it easier for me to sort. If you have a blog mail me the address too so I know who you are. That way I have better control of who gets my address.
The candy consists of some doublesided papers, images, a HÄnglar stamp, flowers and decorations.

3. And finally the big candy for everyone that spread the word and become a follower. Candy consists of:
*stamped images from companies like Whiff of joy, sweet pea stamps, magnolia,penny black,house mouse hÄnglar&stÄnglar etc.
*buttons, beads, postage stamps
*all sorts of cut-outs
*stampsheet plate #16 from sweet pea stamps

Ok, so here are the rules:

A: Prize1 is only for my 58 followers so far.
B: If you want a chance on prize 2 you need to send me a b-day card (to Sweden). E-mail me and I will send you my snail addy. E-mail me when you have sent your card so I know to expect it. It takes about 1 week for letters to get to Sweden from the US and about 3 days from Europe.You don't need to add any comment here (unless you also want to join prize 3 of course) I will draw a name among the cards sent in. If winner lives in Sweden, Norway or Finland I will give them another candy and draw another winner. This is because I want the hÄngel stamp go to someone who can't buy it themself from the hÄnglar shop. If you've found this candy close to closing date and you still want to send me a card, it's ok. Just e-mail me saying it will be late. I trust you send it.
C: Prize 3 is for everone in blogland. You need to sign up as follower, spread the word that it's my 30:th b-day by grabbing the image below and putting it in your sidebar (or/and posting about it). And if you could leave a comment telling me how I could improve my blog, what's good, what you would like to see more of (eg. more pics, tutorials, more detailed description etc.) Add your name to mr linky (hopefully it works) I  will be checking to make it fair to everyone. Only one entry per person please. I will ship internationally.Candy ends on my b-day march 13:th 23.59 (11.59pm my time - see clock in my sidebar) and I will annonce the winner shortly after that. I won't contact the winner, so you have to get back to me. The winner will need to get back to me within 3 days or I'll draw a new winner.

EDIT: I'm leaving the candy open for a couple of extra days - until sunday march 21:st. Candy B is closed though.

Clear as mud hopefully :D Let me know if it's not. Now let the spreading begin ;)
HERE you can see the cards I've gotten so far.

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Sunday, 31 January 2010

February blogcandy

So many lovely candies last month. Did you enter any? I did and actually won two of them. However I didn't get back to one of them in time and she drew another winner. Funny thing is that on the other one the second prize winner didn't get back to her so she decided to give me both prizes. So in the end it all evens out I guess :D

Here's is a list of all candies I can find in february. I update this list when I find new stuff so check back often. I'm linking this list in my sidebar under candy so it's easier for you to find. Hopefully this month I will finally get my own candy together. I've been very fortunate lately and want to spread the love. Good luck in your entries and I see you in blogland.

'Paula has a wonderful minicandy to celebrate her spot in blogland. Ends 11pm GMT 1:st.

'Amy  is celebrating 30,000+ hits and 250+ followers with a Valentine's candy. Ends 1:st.

'Maren  is giving away a punch of your choice. Ends 1:st.

 Jane has one of the new Whiff of joy girls to give away. Candy ends 8pm 2:nd.

Tracey is giving away 5 rubberstamps and 5 digis from Ends 2:nd.

Jane  is giving away a Whiff of joy stamp from the new release. Ends 2:nd 8pm.

Jacqui  has a Whiff of joy candy from the latest collection. Ends 3:rd.

Jacque  has a lovely paper, punch and decorations candy. Ends 4:th.

Mina  has a lusious candy too. Ends 5:th.

Sandra  is having a surprise candy. Winner will be drawn 6:th.

Lexi  is celebrating her b-day by giving away 9  rubber stamps of Scruffles. Ends 6:th.

 Birgit has a candy to celebrate her blogoversary. Ends 6:th.

Sally  will be drawing two winners for her candy. The winners will be chosen 7pm 6:th.

Ebba is celebrating her first blogoversary by giving away one of her handsewn angels. I have seen them in real life and trust me - they are even more beautiful than on the pics. Ends 6:th and winner will be drawn 7:th.
Kristine is giving away a set papers designed by herself by inkindo. Ends 8pm GMT 7:th.

Nicolchen celebrates 10,000 hits with a pink/brown candy. Ends 7:th.

Claudia  is giving away 2 whiff of joy stamps in her candy. Winner will be chosen 7:th.

Leann  is giving away a Valentine's candy. Ends 7:th 8pm GMT.

Drutten  is celebrating her blogoversary by giving away two items she has made herself. Ends 7:th.

Ledia  is a spanish blogger that has a great candy to thank all her readers, followers and blogfriends. All you need to do is follow her blog and spread the word. Winner will be drawn 8:th.

Jeanette  is celebrating for being chosen as a DT member. Ends 8:th.

Nikki  is having a candy in honour of Valentine's day. Ends 9:th and here's what you can win:

Kellie is kicking off a new blog where she posts all non craft related things. She has a huge candy to offer. Winer will be chosen 10:th.

Julie  is giving away candy just in time for Valentine's. She will be adding more the more followers she gets. Ends 10:th.

Angiie  is giving away a 'Mothers Day 2010' Cricut Cartridge! Ends 10:th.

Liza  is having her first blogcandy ever. Winner will be chosen 10:th.

Amanda  is giving away three winter minis from cricut creations! Ends 10:th.

Dawn  has a great inkadink candy on her blog where she also has a tutorial on how to use them. Ends 11:th.

Kristine is having a birthday candy. Winner will be chosen on her b-day, 12:th.

Mel  is celebrating a couple of things with a candy. Ends 12:th.

Scrapmurmur is giving away one of the new Whiff of joy candies. Ends 12:th.

Mia has a papercandy with decorations. Ends 12:th.

Reprint  are giving away some beautiful sets. Four winners will be chosen. Ends noon 13:th.

Teddy kind  is giving away the cutest little bear I've seen. Ends 13 Moscow time.

True  is celebrating being a DT member of embeelish it online. She's giving away a $500 giftcertificate to the shop. Ends 13:th.

Ania is giving away a pattern book with the wonderful characters of Tone Finnanger. Candy ends 13:th.

Kimmi  has a candy to thank her visitors and followers. Winner will be chosen 14:th.

Ingela  is giving away three cute jewelery she's made herself. Winners will be chosen 14:th.

Chelsea  will be picking three winners for the New Gurlee Girl Valentine Collection Stamps. Winners will be chosen 14:th.

Tess  is giving away one of her beautiful handmade necklaces. Winner will be announced 14:th.

Svensk scrapbooking are having their biggest candy ever. There will be 50 prizes!!! Winners will be drawn on Valentine's.

Pappersbiten wants to celebrate Valentine's with a candy. Winner will be drawn 14:th.

Chantal has a bit of everything in her candy. Winner will be drawn14:th.

Lillblomman  is celebrating 50,000 hits! Winner will be drawn 14:th at 6pm.

Diane  is giving away an amazing altered item to celebrate Valentine's. Drawing will be - on Valentine's of course!

Rach  is having two candies in honour of Valentine's and her son's 2:nd birthday. Candy open until Valentine's.

Britt  is giving away three prizes perfect for your crafting - different tea and coffees from her shop aromboden :) Ends midnight 14:th.

Tefrossa  is also having a tea candy just in time for Valentine's. Ends 14:th.

Veronica  is giving away a bracelet from her fav brand pearls for girls. Ends 14:th.

Angie is celebrating over 10,000 hits with a fab candy. She will add more the more followers she gets. Ends 14:th.

Pat  is giving away Valentine-themed fabric on her blog. Ends 14:th.

Renata  is celebratin 30,000 hits by giving away two stamps. Ends 14:th.

Hanna  is giving away cute Valentine candy. Ends on Valentine's of course :)

Susie  has reached over 1000 followers and is giving away a Whiff of joy stamp among other things. Ends 14:th.

Jenny is celebrating her blogoversary and birthday with a candy. Ends 14:th.

Linda is also one of the bloggers that celebrate her blogoversary. Ends 14:th.

Reasonable ribbon are giving away ribbon to a total of 50 yards! Ends 15:th.

Cindy  is celbebrating her first blogoversary with a candy to one of her followers. Ends 15:th.

'Kaza  is celebrating her blogoversary with a fab candy. Ends 15:th.

'Justine  has a lot of achievements to celebrate. Her candy ends 15:th.

'Karen  is having a candy to celebrate her position with sunflowers and dragonflies. Winner will be chosen 15:th.

'Rosette  is celebrating getting on Mo's dream team and Elisabeth Bell's second Digital stamp. Winner will be chosen 16:th. Here's BG origins you can win:

'Siri is celebrating her blogoversary. Ends 15:th.

'Lily  is a russian blogger that has several candies to her readers. Winner will be drawn 18:th.

'Mandy  has a surprise candy to celebrate getting on the Dt for pink gem designs. Ends 18:th.

'Michelle  is celebrating her blogoversary by giving away a giftcertificate to the store of your choice! Ends 19:th.

'Jan&Francis  are celebrating 50 followers with a great candy. Ends 20:th.

'Linda is having a birthday candy full of goodies. Ends 20:th.

'Steph  has a candy to celebrate her blog makeover. Ends 20:th.

'Jen Marie  has a beautiful ippity stampset in her candy. Winner will be chosen 21:st.

Vanessa  has a huge bling candy to celebrate the things she loves. Ends 22:nd.

Mandy has a candy to celebrate 40,000 hits!!! Ends 22:nd.

Marianne design is a new challenge blog that will start on feb 25:th. To celebrate there is a great candy on the blog. Winner will be chosen 21:st.

Nicole has a spellbinder in her candy. Ends 22:nd.

Brenda  is giving away a hero arts surprise goodie bag. Ends 22:nd.

'Tanya  is giving away a crop-a-dile II on her blog. Winner will be chosen 19:th.

'Jacqui  has a candy to thank all her blogging friends. Drawing will be on the 23:rd - Jacqui's birthday!

Lena  is a russian blogger that has a Tim Holtz candy to thank all her visitors. Candy ends 23:rd.

'Jan is celebrating her first blogoversary. Ends 23:rd.

'Dawny has a bit of a guit candy on her blog :D Winner will be chosen 24:th.

'Tusinfrynd  is giving away beautiful scarves on her blog. Three winners will be chosen 24:th.

'Dominique  has an adorable Penny Black set to give away. Ends 24:th.

'Sofia  is giving away a beautiful bowl from Marimekko to celebrate 70,000 hits. Ends 24:th.


Rosette is giving away the cutest stamp from Belles 'n whistles. Ends 25:th.

'Karina is giving away one of the wonderful sweetpea stamps. Ends 26:th.

'ABC toys and crafts  are having three different candies! You can win a Martha Stewart punch set, a tag curler and tags set or/and a tool set. Ends 25:th.I think.

'Nikki  is celebrating her second blogoversary with a huge candy. Ends 25:th.

Maria  is chasing the cold winter blues with a candy. Ends 8pm EST 26:th.

Michelle  has a huge candy on her blog. Winner will be announced 27:th.

Sarah  is having her first candy to celebrate 10,000 hits. Ends 27:th.

Fern  has a very generous candy. She is giving away $100 to the shop of your choice. Ends 27:th.

'Corrie  is celebrating her birthday and half-year blogoversary. Her candy ends 27:th.

'True is celebrating her blogoversary with a bang. Ends 28:th.

'Mag is celebrating having over 100 followers. Her candy ends 28:th.

Jane has a lovely embellishments candy. Ends 28:th.

'Mary  has a lovely greeting farm candy on her blog. Ends 28:th.

'Jacque  has some flower soft candy on her blog. Ends 28:th.

My  is celebrating over 1000 visitors and for getting nice comments on her blog. Her candy ends 28:th.

'Ikamphuis  is celebrating her blogoversary and reaching 200 followers. Ends at the end of the month.

'Virkhörnan  is celebrating getting three awards. She's giving away books and fridgemagnet-poetry. Three winners will be drawn march 1:st.

'Lorraine  has a popcorn-bear candy as a way to introduce herself to the blogging world. Not sure when it ends though, so sign up straight away!

'Fonda  is celebrating 10,000 hits and is closing in on 12,000. Candy will end when she reaches 12,000.

Stampi  has a lovlely candy. Not sure when it ends.

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