mandag 6. mars 2017

7 Dots Studio challenge: feb/march 2017

The current challenge at 7 Dots Studio is called: 'Love is in the air', and this is my take on it.

I've had this photo of my sister and her oldest daughter for some time, planning to make a layout one day. And this just seemed to be the perfect opportunity.
I've used papers from the collection Homegrown.
Some tissue tape and mesh first, then some white gesso.
Lots of random stamping, and then layering pieces of papers and tags.
The title is cut out from one of the tags. And finally, lots of splatters combined with enamel dots and sequins.
I just love this photo, and so happy I finally made a page with it.

This is the inspirational circle from 7 Dots Studio.


fredag 17. februar 2017

Together - More than Words Challenge

This is my take on the February 2017 Main Challenge at More than Words.
The Word Inspiration is Together, and the Creative Challenge is Ampersand.

I didn't use the word 'together' on my page. But the photo shows my twin girls who are together 99% of the day.....
I covered the paper with clear gesso, and then stamped the circles. Using stamps from Stampendeous and Carabelle. Then I filled the circles with distress ink and crayons mixed with water.
 I applied gesso through a stencil, and added lots of random stamping.
I decided to go with bright pink and lots of circles because of the title: You & Me & Bubblegum...
And continued the circle-theme with punches, sequins, enamel dots and buttons.
The photo is actually a selfie, which the girls just happened to show me some time later. And I just knew I had to make a page with it.


søndag 29. januar 2017

Celebrate - More Than Words Challenge

I really like the challenges at the More Than Words-blog, and now I finally found the time to enter for the first time.
The January challenge is Celebrate and Bling, and this is my take on it.
The photo shows my daughter at Christmas Eve, having fun decorating herself with the ribbons from the gifts she was opening.
I decided to go with black and gold. A combination I've never tried before, at least not for a layout. The patterned paper from Papirdesign got some strokes with black Gesso. Then I mixed soft gel medium with gold Mica powder and applied through a stencil.
At first I thought the gold looked too reddish, and wouldn't match the other gold elements I wanted to use. But decided to go with it anyway, and actually using two different shades of gold just made it more interesting.
I combined pieces of paper, vellum, doilies and chipboard behind the photo. The gorgeous chipboard comes from SnipArt, and I almost felt bad for cutting it into pieces....
Some washitape, glitter hearts, lots of sequins and bling.
I also splattered with white gesso and gold ink.
Not easy to take good photos this time of year, but the layout is sure sparkling in real life.
And I love how sometime things turn out even better than your original plan.

This is the board image from More Than Words:

onsdag 25. januar 2017

A new card - finally.....

It's been too long since I've updated my blog. Got caught up in making Christmas cards, and totally forgetting about posting them. Too late for Christmas cards now, so here is something quite different.

I made this card for my husbands colleague, who recently retired.
The image of a tractor (found on Internet) was just perfect. I used papers from 7 Dots Studio and Joy Crafts. Mixed media die from Tim Holtz, and stamps from North Star Stamps.
Black and turquoise are one of my favourite color combinations.

onsdag 16. november 2016

Høstfarger/The colors of fall...

I made this card for a friend of mine, and was totally inspired by a gorgeous card made by Kristina Werner.
Completely fell in love with the triangle stamp, and it didn't take long before it arrived in the mail...

I just love the colors of fall, so I chose very different colors than the original card. But followed the same steps to create the background, using white embossing powder, and then different Distress Inks.
The sentiment is embossed in gold, and I put together some leaves and skeleton leaves behind it.
Finally some sequins, attached with Multi Medium Matte from Ranger.

I've made several backgrounds like these, in different colors. And it is so much fun every time to see how they turn out.

mandag 14. november 2016

Farsdagskort/Fathers Day

Søndag var det farsdag, og jeg laget et Kvikklunchkort til min far.
Synes disse kortene er enkle og kjekke å lage. Jeg brukte Kraftkartong til å brette kortet, og ellers bare restepapir.
I made this envelopecard containing the Norwegian chocolate called Kvikklunch for my father. 
Brukte et stempel fra Papirdesign, og ellers printet tekst. (Oppdaget at jeg ikke hadde noen farsdagsstempler i det hele tatt.....)
Et stempel fra Kort & Godt inni kortet, og borrelåslukning fra Joy! Crafts.
The base is made of Kraft cardstock, and then just some leftover papers to decorate it. Stamps from Papirdesign and Kort & Godt. It is closed using Hook & Loops from Joy Crafts.

Må igjen vise kortene mine døtre laget, med bare bittelitt hjelp fra mor..... ;-)
Et kort med embossingfolder, stempling og diecuts. Det andre med bakgrunn laget med stensil og distress ink, litt stempling og Dymo.
Mottakeren var ihvertfall veldig fornøyd! :-)

Finally showing the cards my daughters made for their father, with just a little bit help from me.... :-)

fredag 4. november 2016

More Halloween......

I wanted to make Halloweencards for my daughters as well. They both love Halloween and all kinds of spooky stuff....

I used stamps from Joy! Crafts, Vintage Homes. Clearly not meant for Halloween, but with dark colors and spiderwebs they are easily turned into spooky houses.
I stamped on watercolor paper, and made the backgrounds with Distress Ink. The little witches are stamps from Clearly Besotted, colored with watercolor pencils.
For the first card, I also made a bright moon, and found some mini bats that were perfect for the theme.

The next one is made with the same techniques. Here I also stamped some spiderwebs and a raven.
The mummy is made out of a piece of cardstock, and then lots of cheese cloth wrapped around it.

Finally, I just wanted to show the Halloweencards made by my 12-years-old girls themselves.
They totally fell in love with the 'Day of the Dead'-stamps from Tim Holtz. And did a great job coloring them with watercolor pencils. Some extra stamping, and the cards turned out amazing!

Have a nice week-end!



mandag 31. oktober 2016

Happy Halloween!

I just love the colors and the different images for Halloween, so I just had to make some cards.
First I made this one, totally inspired by Debby Hughes/Lime Doodle Design.
I stamped some circles with stamps from Joy! Craft, and embossed them with white embossing powder. Then I used several layers of watercolors. The black center of the eyes are made with enamel accent.
Some more stamping in black, and some of them are embossed. Finally splatters and sequins.

The next one is inpired from many cards I've seen lately, with backgrounds made with Distress Ink.
I used grey and purple together, after masking a circle. The treeline and the small bats are stamps from Tim Holtz. And the adorable huge bat is a stamp I've had laying around for years. Finally I found the perfect card for it.
It doesn't show very well, but I also highlighted some parts with a glitter pen from Wink of Stella.

My daughters have been out 'trick or treat'ing tonight, in an awful weather! So now they have changed into dry clothes, and are waiting for me to make them cocoa....
Have a nice Halloween!

lørdag 22. oktober 2016

Shabby chic.....

I made this card for my american cousins 60th birthday this summer.
The papers are all from Maja Design. I really like to make personalized cards, so I tried to incorporate things my cousin likes.
She loves bikerides and travelling, works on a cruiseship, and loves everything Norwegian.
The metal embellishments are from Prima. I used dies from Kort&Godt to make the tags, and another die from Tim Holtz to make the doilie..
Finally some splatters of white gesso and gold mist.

Have a nice week-end!

søndag 9. oktober 2016

Crazy Dogs

I just love the Crazy Dogs from Tim Holtz, and here are two cards I made recently.
I saw a tutorial at Simonsaysstampblog, showing how to color images with Distress Crayons. And I just had to try it right away.
I stamped the images on Distress Watercolor Cardstock, and colored it with Distress Crayons + water. When it was totally dry, I created the background with Distress Inks.
The sentiment is a stamp from Dylusions, and I also used some metal stars from Finnabair.

This was so much fun, so I just had to make another one.
I used the same techniques as the previous one.
The sentiment is from Crazy Talk, and I embossed it with black embossing powder.

Distress Crayons come in so many colors now, so I'm planning some very colorful crazy birds next....