Thursday, 23 December 2010

A couple's Merry Christmas

Here is my second to last Christmascard of the year. I made it especially for my friend and his wife. The image is a Rachelle Ann Miller from Stampavie and papers are from last year's Basic Grey collection called Wassail. I didn't have much time to work on this card so I decided to focus on the image and colouring. I chose the papers first and then my promarkers to match. The border is made with a Martha Stewart punch. I bought my first ones and got them in the mail the other day. It's funny because this was the one I thought I would use the least. I got a bunch of other cute ones with flowers, bunnies and cupcakes, but this was the only "neutral" one. Now that I've used it I like it a lot just because it's so versatile. I actually think it's perfect for Christmas as it almost looks like a mistletoe.

I used these challenges for this card:

ABC - keep it simple
Crafts and me  - anything goes
Create 4 fun - sketch (that I turned upside down)
Promarker challenge - anything goes
Rainbow lady's - your fav past challenge (I chose #131, vintage delight)
Sarah Hurley - last minute Christmas cheer
Simon says stamp and show - yesteryear
Stampavie and more - red

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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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Sunday, 19 December 2010

Sparkly swirly Christmas shopping

Second post for today - I'm trying to finish all the Christmascards I have started. Still have a couple of coloured images that are matched with different patterned papers.

This card is a delight in bright shades and glitter. I wanted the main paper to stand out and for the card to sparkle. I used glitterglue and sakura clear gelly roll to add shine to the "fur", trees and swirls. The image I used is from llili of the valley - a candy I won earlier this year - coloured with promarkers. I also added the swirls to the image's edges. Otherwise I think the card is quite simple and speaks for itself.

Challenges used:

Cute card thursday - one for the kids
Lili of the valley - sketch
Promarker - anything goes
Stamptacular sunday - TREEmendous
Totally gorjuss - for someone special

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Swirly snowman

Today I have a little different card for you. Blue isn't really one of my fav colours to work with, but I really wanted to join in some challenges so I made it anyway. And it isn't really a challenge if you're just using what you're comfortable with, right?

The image I have used is from a Darcie D's set. I love how the snowman blows an air of snow. Actually there is a butterfly at the end of the whirl, but I cut it off since I wanted it to look like he's blowing a big snowflake. I coloured him a little with two blue promarkers and with white twinkling h2os. The swirl and snowflake from the patterned paper is coloured with a sakura clear gelly roll pen. The leafy background paper is vellum and it's only attached in the corners. I added the crystals to cover up the glue splotches shining through.

Challenges I've used:

All sorts - anything goes
Paper sundaes - cut it out
Promarker - anything goes
Simon says stamp - blue, white and silver
Sketchy colors - blue, white, silver and sketch

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