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lørdag 26. november 2011

A little Gift

Here's a little something I made the other day - maybe to be used as a little gift when visiting a friend, or maybe on ones own breakfastable...
It's a Teabox, made of papers from Papirdesign - the teabags are blue so I figured I had to use blue papers too...
The picture is a cutout from a collagepaper I cant' remember where came from, but I think this two kids playing in the snow are sooo cute (I really, really wish for a little snow now!)
The snowflakes are made with a Magnolia Die, a Martha Steart punch and a Tonic punch.
I made this teabox for the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge "Make a Gift/ Anything but a card", that is into its second week now.
Come and join us, and show us your gifts...

I'll send my teabox into the challenges at:

PaperCrafting Journey
- Anything Goes

Charisma Cardz Challenges - Snowflakes

søndag 20. november 2011

November Christmascards

Today I have finished my November Christmascards for Hjertebodens Juleblogg. It's been so fun foolowing their year-long challenge of making three christmascards every month! Some of the summermonths were quite hard - but even then, sitting down in the middle of July, trying to make christmascards, I somehow managed to find the christmasfeeling and make the cards :)
At this time of year I'm bubbling with christmasfeeling, and makes a lot more than three christmascards a month, so on these three I tried to use the same style, to make them quite similar, but yet different.
This post is full of pictures, so to make it easier (at least for myself), I'll list the challenges I'll enter below each card.
It may be right to warn you, that here comes lots of pictures:
Inside I made a pocket for a giftcard.

This card will be entered into the challenges at:
Hjertebodens Juleblogg
MDUC - Debbies Sketch
Creatalicious Challenges - Christmas with Sparkle
By the Cute and Girly - Christmas Girls
I LOVE ProMarkers - Christmas Trees
The Craft Garden - Christmas, but NO red or green
Crimbo Crackers - Make it Sparkle
Heidis Hobbystuggu - Julekort med Bling/ Sparkle (Christmascard with Bling( Sparkle)

This second card has much of the same papers (Papirdesign and Vibeke Spigseth for Poppydesign). It has a "frame", a "window", where I placed a tree. The greeting inside the frame is stamped upon a plastic sheet and placed in the frame. I also used a lot of swirls and pearls and snowflakes and the lovely ribbons from Martha Stewart, and a snowflakecharm.
(It sure isn't easy photographing the sparkly papers from Vibeke Spigseth - but I can't resist using them...)
Inside the card I had to find a creative solution to hide the back of the frontsides frame, so I used Magnolias fireplacestamp and a lot of firbranches (Spellbinders Foliage), and, of course, put on some red bling in the branches. Then I placed two Tildas by the fireplace - aren't they cute, so shy standing there, waiting for christmas - I love them :)

Here come two close-ups, of the front and the inside:

Now, my second card will go into these challenges:

Hjertebodens Juleblogg
Just Magnolia - Ribbons
Crimbo Crackers - Make it Sparkle
Heidis Hobbystuggu - Julekort med Bling/ Sparkle (Christmascard with Bling/ Sparkle)
Creatalicious Challenges - Christmas (Make it sparkle)
By the Cute and Girly - Christmas Girls

And, finally, my third November christmascard. I've wanted this stamp for sooo long, but haven't been able to find it 'till a couple of weeks ago. I was so happy when I got it in my mail, and I love it soo :)
Again, same papers, plus one from Panduro (I may remember wrong here).
The picture below shows the insides. I used Spellbinders Lattice Rectangles for the panels. (I got this set for my birthday last month, a really surprisegift, from my aunt and uncle who was on holiday in America - isn't it lovely!)
...and a close-up of the stampimages...
My last November Christmascard will be entered into the following challenges:
Hjertebodens Juleblogg
I LOVE ProMarkers - Christmas Trees


tirsdag 15. november 2011

Small Mailbox in Red and White

Yesterday I made another mailbox, this time a smaller one, in brighter, more "christmaslike" colours.
It's been quite some time since I used an Edwinstamp, so I found two of my "ChristmasEdwins", and "christmasdressed" them - coloured with ProMarkers (of course).
I used a DP from Magnolia (So Jolly). Because the paper has a waxsealprint, I made a waxseal to decorate the box with, as well. I also tied a ribbon with two bells on around a cinnamonstick - decorative and it gives a wonderful smell :)
I used dies from MarianneDesign and Spellbinders and a Martha Stewart Borderpunch - I'm sure you can see where...
On one side of it I put a paperbag with a tag inside. On the tag I stamped a little greeting, and there's place to write either a personal message or "to... - from...", if it's used as a giftbox.
The giftboxaspect is the mainreason (plus that it is decorative) why I put on the ribbon/bow on the toplid - it doesn't show very well in the pictures but there's two ribbonends hanging down, that can be fastened to the box, to close it.

Now; I'll put my mailbox in these challenges, and hope both they and you will like it:

TOMIC #24 - Use a paperbag on your project and get inspired by the photograph
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Christmas
CSAYL - Never seen ink (it's the 1. time I use Edwin with christmasgift, though he's old...)
Scrapperiket #39 - Bretteteknikk (Foldingtechnique)

søndag 13. november 2011

Christmas Card in Kraft, Cream and Gold

Early, early Sunday morning, noone else awake in the house. Sounds like it'll be a windy, rainy day. Outside it's dark, nothing to see - I'd really wish it would come a little snow now...

Well - over to what I am here for (in the early morninghours); posting my latest christmascard :)
Totally Tilda has the theme Christmas, but NO reds, NO greens and NO blues - "exciting", I thought, "can I do that"
Magnolia Stamp Lovers latest challenge is also "Christmas", but with no restrictions on the colours, "but what about combining those two..."
- then I saw the challenge at Crafty Creations, wich is Kraft/ Brown, White/ Cream and one other colour, and an idea started in my head (love those moments!)
SO - I found papers, actually only Kraftcardstock and a Creamcoloured Bazzillcardstock.
I picked the Tilda I wanted to use, and the rest of the stash, and sat down.
Somewhere in all this I remembered the Treestamp from Magnolia I have, and figured that it would be nice to have in the background, so I stamped it upon the creamcoloured cardstock and started to cut it out!
Oh my, what a fiddly process!
But I think it turned out rather nice - with glitter on
(I L O V E glitter, especially around christmas)
I used dies from Spellbinders and Mariannedesign.
Most of the trees (all but one) and the sentimentdiecut are glued down to the cardstock, on the rest I used 3D-foampads, to give it a bit of depth.
I also distressed some of the paneledges.

Inside the card I used a text from Kort&Godt.

I used a lot of different browncoloured ProMarkers, and the Blender, to get the brownshade as close to the Kraftcolour as possible.

So - here are the challenges where I'd love to play along with my Christmascard:

Totally Tilda - Christmas, but NO reds, NO greens, NO blues
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Christmas
Crafty Creations - Kraft/Brown, White/ Cream and one other colour


lørdag 12. november 2011

Red and Green Christmascard

Here comes the card I made in more "proper" christmascolours (Hedda was very pleased with this one).
Again I used the sketch from Sketchy Colors latest challenge.
The image is also on this card from Sugar Nellie, this one is Winifred, bought at Funky Kits.
And again coloured with ProMarkers.
I think these girls are simply irresistible!
I used dies from Spellbinders (Classic Ovals and Fancy Tags) and Nellies Multiframes (MFD 007).
The hollys made with a punch (of unknown producer) and some red halfbeads.
I put on three poinsettias (the colours of them were sooo perfect for this card, I just HAD to use them).
The sentiment on the frontside is from Ladybug and Friends (I love those tiny greetings), inside I used a stamp from Norsk Stempelblad (21B).
To finish it off, I sprayed the whole card Glimmermist (Dazzling Diamonds) - I just sprayed into the air and put the card through the light shower, that gave the card a very gentle glittery touch :)
Before I write a list over challenges I'll send this card into, I'll put in a few more pictures:

First the card standing upright:
Inside the card - simple, with a greeting on the upper part, and place to write that personal greeting on the lower part (I sprayed the inside too with glimmermist):
A close-up showing the supercute Winifred
(this picture also gives a little show of the glimmermist
- AND - can you see she's got teenytiny beads on her shoes - LOL)

Now; here are the challenges I'll enter with my more traditional christmascard:
Sketchy Colors - Sketch
Marianne Design - Traditional Christmas Card
Charisma Cardz - Cutesy
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - Cute

Christmascard in Non-traditional Colours

Sketchy Colors have an absolutely lovely sketch out - again!

I loved working with this one.

I decided I'd try to make a christmascard in other colours than the traditional red, green and gold-colours, AND to keep it clean and simple - but still try to give it a christmaslook.

So, I chose green and pink for the maincolors.

The image is Victoria Standing, one of Sugar Nellie's newest digistamps, bought at Funky Kits. Isn't she just adorable???

I coloured her with ProMarkers in pink, green and beigetones - colours I picked up from the designpapers (a 6x6" paperpad I've had for years)
I, myself, was quite pleased with how it turned out..., as Hedda, later that day, came into my room I was SO excited to hear what she thought (of course she had to like it, I figured...)

She was terrified that I even thought of calling it a christmascard - the colours were all wrong (Pink is NOT a christmascolour!) It had far too little decorations and bling and stash - it doesn't even have any glitter on(!)

This was all wrong, and I had to make a new, proper christmascard!

(Of course i did it, and will show that card later today :) )

Well, I think it's cute, and have decided to play in these challenges with my pink christmascard:
Sketchy Colors - Sketch

Charisma Cardz - Cutesy

C.R.A.F.T. Cahllenge - Cute

Here's the card from some different angles:

Inside the card, clean, simple and cute ;)
Here's a close-up, showing Victoria Standing - there are three more new lovely digi-girls in the Funky Kits-shop.

fredag 11. november 2011

Be Thankful/ Feature a Sentiment

Our latest challenge at Fussy and Fancy Friday is called "Be Thankful/ Feature a Sentiment".
Only thinking Thanksgiving-cards, as we do NOT have any tradition for in Norway, I found it a bit difficult to find the inspiration. Then I started thinking more different, more "what do I have to be thankful for", and the idea came right away!
Of course!
A man who's always there when we need him!
My father. A man of so much knowledge, humour and patience. No matter what we ask of help, he tries to give it. And for his grandchildren (my children), he is the one who never says no to any card- or boardgame, he takes them on boattrips. He's even learnt my son both how to drive a boat and where to drive it safe.
And - on Sunday we celebrate Fathers Day in Norway!
I made an envelope for the card, using the same sketch, from Sketch Saturday.
The backgroundpaper, with the Pappaprint (Pappa = Father) is from Papirdesign. The other papers I choose because I think they suits him :)
The sentiment and the greetings are goldembossed. I also used a MS edgepunch, and cut out an anchor from a designpaper.

Now I hope you'll come and join our challenge at Fussy and Fancy, and see what the rest of the DT have made too :)

Here's the envelope...:'s the card:

...and here's the inside of the card:

This goes for the challenges at:
Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Creative Card Crew - Thankful

søndag 6. november 2011

CD Giftbox/ basket

In their latest challenge TOMIC had a great Tutorial on this kind of basket. First I made a smaller one, to try if I could make it - then, while making the first one I started thinking ... Could I manage to make a bigger one... I could use it for CD-gifts and that sort of stuff.
So when I had finished the first ("the attempt"), I started measuring, to figure out how big such a basket hat to be to hold a CD - and easily enough, 6X6" was a perfect size to start with (No, that easy solution didn't come just that easy to me! - LOL)
Then I figured I had to decorate it in a kind of music/ christmas-style. I used CLPs sketch decorating the basket.
The tag doesn't show well, but the backside of it is meant for a personal greeting - all pictures of the backside of the basket (where the sentiment is) were too bad to show.

Here you can see that there's room for a CD inside the basket (even a wrapped CD).

I'll play along these challenges with my giftbasket:
TOMIC - Create a Basket
Scrapperiket - Innpakning/ Gaveposer
CLP - Sketch
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Wrap it up!
Crazy 4 Challenges - Wrap it up!


tirsdag 1. november 2011

Black and Green Christmascard

This was a tough one, and I've used quite some time to finish it... I started it actually as a project for a different challenge a time ago, but found it too difficult so I put it away.

Now there's a "Black challenge" going on over at Magnolia Stamp Lovers, and I really wanted to join that challenge, so I found my "old, neverfinished" card, and sat down to finish it.
I'm no good using black, in fact it is a colour that kind of scares me - so I chose to use black for the decorative elements in the card. I even found some black glitter (!) that I used on the big swirl.
I had to gold-emboss the greeting, just to make it a little cheerier for christmas, and to cheer more up; Tilda is (again) blowing glitter :)

Inside the card I used the same papers and almost the same layout as on the outside.

So - my black and green christmascard goes into these two challenges:
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Black
Just Magnolia - Christmas is Coming