Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Approaching easter...

When the request for "three cards in the warmest, brightest, happiest shades of orange you can possibly find" came in, I didn't even bat an eyelid. I just sat down at my desk and vacuumed my drawers for any and all things orange and got to work. It's been a while since I worked in these colours and it was such an energy kick! Most of the matierials here are scraps and leftovers, but the tag is K&Co and the biggest flower is from Papirloftet. The little gems provide some sparkle!

Monday, March 28, 2011

37/52: Simple pleasures

The greyest day all week was,
in fact, the brightest one.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Celina 31 years

Finally, some green! I nearly had some serious abstinence symptoms after all the brown, pink and white cards lately. No wonder this card fell together in a rush, when I finally made myself sit down at my desk! The papers are BG kraft basics coupled with Bazzill cardstock and a scrap of green woodgrain print from the DCVW Latte Stack.
Some decoration on the inside as well. Not exactly fantastically embellished or revolutionary creative, but it has to go in the mail after all, so keeping the total weight of the card under a kilogram or so is definitely an advantage. The white paper was too bright against the rest, so I toned it down with some Distress Ink Vintage Photo. The Stempelglede stamp reads "Good friends are life's true treasures".
I really need to get myself a stamp with my blog adress. Or develop a nicer hand writing style. I think I know which is easier...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

When all else fails

This is my fallback position whenever I don't quite find my card making mojo... One Prisma-coloured stamp, one sentiment stamp, and that's it. Maybe on a single layer mat, but other times just like this, stamped straight onto the kraft card. This time I gave the edge some ink, just to define it a little bit. Thanks to Krissie for the loan of stamps, as I had forgotten all of mine at home. ;)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Big flowers, big statement

Pink and brown make such a lovely pair. Aren't they pretty? This is a fairly high-contrast card in relation to my latest cards in the same colourway. I struggled to find something that worked and just had to glue something down to get on to the next card... And if you think you've seen many cards in similar colours lately, well then, you're right. Nearly all my cards lately have been made on card making days at HobbyHimmelen, my local paper crafting shop - and I didn't bother unpacking my stuffed suitcase between visits, so I've been restricted to brown, pink, white and silver every time. I promise to expand my horizon soon - I just have to unpack first!
The huge flowers are from a discontinued Bazzill line, and the paper is from Jillibean Soup.

Monday, March 21, 2011

36/52: The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand

It was a bizarre set of night shifts, but in a good way.
Maybe the moon's close pass affected us all?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

CAS flowers - yellow edition

Second attempt at colouring this particular stamp with my Prismas. Still a bit tricky, but getting better. I long to colour a long, flowing dress instead... Like this one for example!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

CAS flowers - pink edition

This card could hardly be any simpler! One Stempelglede stamp, coloured with Prisma pencils, matted on kraft. I have to admit, though, that this stamp is a challenge to colour. I've tried it before with watercolour pencils, and it's definitely easier with the Prismas, but still... I can't seem to get it completely right. Ok, enough complaining already! The stamp is lovely and makes a big statement. I'm tempted to add something more to the card, but I think I'll wait and see if it sells like this first. You never know, someone might be looking for a clean and simple card.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Taking flight

I made the lovely Tim Holtz stamp the focal point of this simple card by stamping it on some Stickyback Canvas and matting it with torn, corrugated cardboard. The DP is one of those dark ones that I find tricky to use, but it seemed to work well here. There's no sentiment, so this card can work for any occation!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Carte postale

This card is made from the same sketch as my previous card. Can you see the similarity? I have a tendency to interpret a sketch quite literal the first time, and then making a simpler, much more abstract version... Usually in a completely different style, well demonstrated by these two - one bright and girly, the other rough and raw. The lovely bird is a stamp from Tim Holtz. I've heat embossed it using Distress embossing powder in Walnut Stain, so it has a really rough appearance, almost like sand paper. Very cool. ;)

Monday, March 14, 2011

35/52: All you need is love

"Kind words are short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless."
-Mother Theresa-

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Winter mitts

It's nearly too late to post these kind of things now... The sun is finally managing to make an impact on the huge mounds of snow around here, and I have to drive in carefully placed zig-zags to avoid the huge water-filled gouges appearing in the 10 cm layer of ice on the road from my house. But it's still fairly cold at night and a good pair of winter mitts can still find their use, I hope.
A little heart suddenly appeared when I shot these cuties... :) I've tweaked my recipe slightly from the first, improvised pair, but that's only in the little details. They're pretty much the same. This pair is comissioned for the girlfriend of the recipient of the first pair (the one with the lover's mitt) - the two colours work together nicely I think! Details on my Ravelry page as usual.
The knitter's gift tag has to be included of course. :) I love making these and they lend a professional touch to gifted and sold items.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gorgeous & sweet!

Gorgeous and sweet - great words to describe these wonderful papers from Maja Design! I've tried to make more cards that works with several occations lately. This one could be a card (birthday or other occation) for a young girl or a woman who's not afraid of girly pink - or it could be given for a newborn baby girl, or even as a christening card. Take your pick!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

White and silver

There's so much shine going on in this card... White and silver is such a luxurious combination! And I've used some really gorgeous papers - the left base is striped and the right has debossed butterflies and they are both fantastically shiny. Add to that some more shiny silvery paper, embossed silver cardstock from Panduro, Bazzill Bling, and top it all with an extravagant Prima bling swirl. Instant bliss! This card is actually made from the same sketch as my previous card, but that's about all they have in common... ;)
The little stamp is heat embossed in silver and the feathery flower is from Prima.

Monday, March 7, 2011

34/52: Still going strong

There are the occational slip-ups.
I try not to panic and just get back on track.
Who knew this system would work so well.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


This card was made after a sketch at a card making/scrapping day at my local paper crafting shop, HobbyHimmelen. The sketch was made for a 12x12 layout and had too many elements to fit onto a small card, but this is pretty close. I used Maja Design papers, Tim Holtz tickets, Stempelglede sentiment stamp on Stickyback Canvas and some random stuff from my stash.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Helge 60 years

So you've seen this layout before, you say? I know... Forgive the recycling, but it works and I needed something quick. Those dreaded man's cards, I'm sure you've all wrestled with them! This one doesn't have any particular theme either, so I just found some BG papers that worked together, added a few embellishments and rub-ons and called it a day!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Angelo 30 years

This card just kept on becoming too dark and dreary, despite my best efforts to keep it a little bright and cheerful. In the end it's not too bad, as I managed to squeeze in some brighter greens in the mix. Angelo has some musical talents, so I made that the theme. It's quite fun to look at my stuff with one particular thing in mind, because so many music related things, that I hadn't thought of at first, suddenly turn up...
Materials used include: BG papers, Tim Holtz tickets, QK Studio letters, 7 Gypsies overlay, numbers cut from Tim Holtz embossed grungeboard and coloured with Glimmermist and StazOn, some Prima packaging and other random stuff.