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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Everday Christmas card series #17- partial diecutting (gone wrong), with video

For #17 I wanted to do some partial diecutting with my new small plates. BUT those are thicker and they would go through the normal sandwich but left a pretty deep impression in both the plate and the paper :-(

I started the card bu making my own glitterpaste.
I used the ranger transparent gloss and Distress reinker in tumbled glass with blue glitter, mixed it in well and spread it through a Simon Says Stamp stencil (falling snow) onto the cardbase. I mixed just a tiny amount and had enough to make 4 cardbases.

then I traced a circle with the die onto a Crafter's companion neenah panel and stamped the snowman from Craft Sensations with My Favorite Things hybrid licorice ink.
Proceeded with the partial diecutting, you'll have to watch the video for the comedy act ;-)

I used Spectrum Illustrator to color the snowman.
Diecut the pine trees from Craft Emotions from black cardstock and used taperunner to add it to the window.

Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase that was now dry.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Let's prance votive

 For the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: shimmer and shine.
The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: pop it up showcasing Lawn Fawn.

I made a fold flat votive/shadowbox/card thing that is big enough to hold a (electric) tealight.
For it you need to strips of card 8,5inch x 4inch. Score at 1/2"and 4 1/2"on both strips on the long side. Then I like to notch the "catches".
Then I cut a window out of one of the sides. Any shape will do.
For the hills I used the Lawn Fawn forest border and My Favorite Things Snowdrift and I cut it from white glitter paper. I made it more sturdy by sticking it onto card first, then diecut.
The strips are 5 inches and I score at 1/2 inch and 4 1/2" so it will fit and it will have flaps to stick them down.

I'm kind of making my own version of the Lawn Fawn shadowboxes as I don 't have the die.
Also wouldn't be big enough to fit the tealight hehe

I used white glitter for the Monday challenge and also because it would look like sparkling snow.

The reindeer are from Clearly Besotted (let's prance) I stamped them on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper with SSS intense black ink and colored them with Spectrum noir markers. I gave them Christmas light noses (red, yellow and blue) as there can be only one Rudolph ;-). Cut them out with the coordinating dies.
Popped them up with a bit of acetate and gluedots and attached them to the scene. Popped a tealight behind it.

You can't see it, I think, but I chose this particular scrap paper as there's tons of mini reindeer on it, that I thought would look like there's more in the background.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this.

Everyday Christmas card series #16: Pernilla Nilsson digistamp, with video

I found these wonderful digistamps through the Youtube channel of Uniquepaper15.
Pernilla Nilsson had a Facebook page with albums, one is free downloads and the others are for sale. You write down "buy" underneath the picture you'd like to buy and Pernilla will send you a Paypal invoice and then all the digistamps via messenger.
To download them you click on the picture to open, then rightclick to choose "open in new window or tab" and then you click the magnifying glass and rightclick again and choose : "save as".  This is a bit laboursome, I know, but this way you get the actual size. You only have to do it once ;-)...

I positioned mine on a fullsize sheet for the printer in Photoshop and added the sentiments whilst I was there. I made them
as big as I could to fit on a cardfront. In hindsight if they were smaller I could position them behind a diecut window, to make the card a bit  more interesting...But you know me, CAS girl, so I printed them, cut them to size and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers.

I think my digi is a gnome, but I made him into a baby Santa ;-).
Added Nuvo shimmer pen (clear gloss) on the hearts and the glossy accents on the hearts as well.

Tape runner to adhere the panel to the cardbase.
Easy, no stamping as I added the sentiment already, so no mess ups with Versafine Onyx black ink lol...

See Pernilla's facebook page, here.
I think I bought 6 or 7 or 8, digis, she gave me a bunch for free and I spent 90 sek, that was 9.75 euro, so about 8.50 US dollars. Super cheap and I like to support these super artists. You pay through Paypal.

Unique paper 15, youtube channel is here.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

let your dreams take flight

Take flight is the challenge, this week at Less is More.
The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge i shimmer and shine.

For my card I used a panel of Bristol smooth cardstock, stamped the Katzelkraft hippo from Les Jungle in Simon Says Stamp intense black ink and colored it with my watercolor markers. Not sure I like these markers of this paper, but it worked.

The sentiment is from Stampendous tweet chirps and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink. Adhered the panel to a cardbase and added some blueish glittery enamel dots from Marianne Design to help your eye travel acrosse the card. also to repeat the blue int he wings...

I thought the sentiment was perfect with a hippo that only has one fly :-D

I used to dream that a lot when I was a kid too, but it never actually happened except for when I took a plane haha

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this.
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Everyday Christmas Card series #15: diamond shaker with video

For today's card I used nail art diamonds, tiny tiny diamonds, I think they're plastic but fabulously shiny and sparkly.
I got them from Ali Express, where I also go the sloping hill die.

I wanted to make a narrow shaker window, so I  measure the diecut and marked it on a panel with a pencil, then used a kraft knife to cut the opening. I don't have a die that size/shape.

I then stamped the sentiment from Casual Fridays stamps (must love snowflakes)  with Versafine onyx black ink.
Then I traced the opening on the cardbase and masked of the edges for inkblending. I used Distress inks (tumbled glass and broken china) fro my wintry sky. Then
splattered water and white Talens Ecoline for more snow.

Then I placed a piece of acetate to fit the window, I used red sticky tape to adhere it.
Then i cut the diecut to size and attached it with more red tape.
Built up the shaker frame with foam tape. One layer was enough as the diamonds are so small.
I added foamtape behind the diecut to support the tree and houses as I can't attach it anywhere.
Added the shaker material and closed the shaker compartment with more acetate.

Added a bit more red tape and adhered the panel to the cardbase.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

AAA cards Challenge #99: autumn colors, with video

Hello, this fortnight the AAA cards Challenge, is all about Autumn colors.

Our Sponsor this time is Uniko and you can win one in stock stamp set of your choice.

For my card I used a bunch of Distress inks: 
mustard seed
spiced marmalade
rusty hinge
vintage photo
aged mahogany
fired brick

I used the inkblock technique, meaning I smooshed a bit of each color randomly on the block, spritzed it with water and laid my watercolor paper on it, to "print".
I used Schut classics watercolor paper 300grams/140lbs and it's very textured, so the tooth of the paper actually impares the colors to transfer in the little "valleys". So I repeated the process a few times, heat setting in between each layer, Once I was happy I used Shimmer spritz sparkle instead of water to add a glorious glittery shine.

I then diecut the paper with 3 leaf images, mine are a generic brand, but any you have will do. I love the acorn one and the maple leaf, the third I'm not sure what tree it's from.

I placed the leaves on the card and  then knew where to position my sentiment. The sentiment is from an Art Impressions set ( happy fall set) and I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.

The I attached the leaves with Aleene's fast grab tacky glue and foamtape where needed.

For more information or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Must love snowflakes

That's one of the sentiments in a Cas-ual Fridays Stampsets I used.
The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is: it's written in the stars, add a star.
The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is: Clean and simple showcasing CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

The one's I used are : Must love snowflakes for the snowflakes and for the sentiment I've used Lovely snowflakes. They're a bit older, but any  you have will do, there's many across the industry. These are also the only ones I have .

For the little star I used the Simon Says Stamp birthday Balloons.

Obviously I took Shari's card and cased it pretty much :-D But I used stuff I had not the newest damask stampset, sorry.

I started with a grey-ish cardstock and cut it to size, then I stamped all the snowflakes in Memento London Fog and gray flannel and Lawn Fawn Yeti white. The blue is Memento Nautical blue.

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink wishlist though ;-)....

and used Wow embossing powder  Pacific wave. I REALLY love that SSS steel blue, but again I don't have it's on my

Adhered the gray panel with taperunner to a cardbase and then added some silver rhinestones for a bit of shimmer.

I hope Shari won't be offended by  my version, I really loved hers and wanted to show that and celebrate her genius color combos.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this.
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Oldie but goodie card series #17: diy stencil, with video

For today's card, I made a stencil with "splotches" dies I found on Ali express.
I cut it from cardstock, as I ran out of thin acetate.
I used only one of the splotches, my favorite one and applied Distress inks through it (mustard seed, candied apple and mermaid lagoon) with a mini ink blending tool. Kind of pouncing it on as the stencil is very delicate.
I positioned the splotches slightly more to the right so I could nestle the sentiment in on the left.
I used Technique Tuesday's You're fabulous by Ali Edwards, the Frantic Stamper still has 2 on stock at the moment of filming.
I stamped it using the Be creative stampers friend and Versafine onyx black ink.

A few rhinestones to add a bit of sparkle, I made sure to position them in a triangular shape in matching colors and colorless ones.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Everyday Christmas series #14, oldie but goodie #16, with video

For today's card I used a digital image from 2007 I don't remember where I got it, I think I googled Christmas puppy.
I sized it for my card in Photoshop and added the sentiment whilst I was at it ;-).
Printed it on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored it with Spectrum Noir and Spectrum Illustrator markers.
I used Nuvo shimmer pen, clear gloss onthe puppy's nose.
Adhered thepanel with tape runner to the cardbase.
Super quick and easy card.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Clean and simple genius?

Well wouldn't say genius, but aficionado for sure.
The My Favorite Things Superstar challenge is called clean and simple genius.

For my card I used the MFT set Party like a pirate for the boy, island sentiment and bird.
I also used the MFT ocean view porthole die and I cut it from gold mirror cardstock.
then I cut a circle out of a cardpanel and traced it on the cardbase to inkblend my sky and ocean (Distress inks mermaid lagoon and salty ocean).

I stamped the images with MFT hybrid black ink onto Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored them with my Spectrum Noir Markers.
Then cut them out. and I chopped of the border from the island so I could make it look like he's actually in the ocean instead of on top.

mounted the porthole with liquid glue to the cardpanel, then mounted everything with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. used either taperunner or foam for the pirate boy.

No shading beneath him, I think the porthole grounds him just fine ;-).

For more information on the My Favorite things Superstar challenge, see this

coloring virtuoso?

That's the category I'm entering this card.
First I thought  clean and simple, but it's not as clan as I could be ;-)
I used the My Favorite Things Beast friends for this card.
I stamped them with MFT Hybrid black ink on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers, the fussy cut them out as best as I could. I don't have the matching dies. I prefer to focus/spend my money on stampsets.
That's why I also only have some basic circle dies.
I partially cut one from a cardpanel, I made slightly smaller than the cardbase.
I also used the MFT snowbanks to cut out a few snowbanks.

For the background I inkblended Distress inks on the cardbase (chipped sapphire, blueprint sketch and wilted violet that is dissapeared completely behind a snowbank).
Then splattered with water, let it dry and used a white gel pen to make a few snowflakes.
Wasn't sure at first if all this was allowed, so I used a minimal supplies from other companies.

I added some glitter to the lights with the Nuvo Shimmer pen (clear gloss).
Layered the snowbanks with foamtape and then adhered all of it to the carbase.
Tucked one Yeti behind a snowbank and the other in front.

For more information on this awesome challenge set, see this

Sunday, September 10, 2017

You are pawsitively awesome

Stamptember is in full swing and the Simon says stamp Monday and Wednesday challenges are all about stamping. Preferably with their own brand.
Sadly I don't have any of the new things  (yet) so I used a SSS set called playful kittens.

I stamped them with SSS intense black ink on Crafter's Companion Neenah paper and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. I'm sorry the photo doesn't so it much justice, it's 9 p.m here..bit dark ;-)...
I Stamped the sentiment from the same set with my Stampers Friend and Versafine Onyx black ink.
Mounted the panel with tape runner to the cardbase and then applied glitter with the Nuvo Shimmer pen.

Of course I colored one of the kittens as my own, two seemed a bit dark on a card ;-)  It's hard to spot the difference, but the first one is Tjalk the lady and the other is the boy Tjeerd.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this
For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Everyday Christmas series #13, with video

For today's card I decided to make an inkblended strip on the cardbase in cool blue, frosty colors.
I chose one of my recipes, that uses cracked pistachio, but I toned down the green with Tumbled glass.
Now tumbled glass is so light, you need a lot of patience.
After inkblending I made sure the strip was really dry, by testing the embossing powder on it. You can see in the video how much kept sticking.

After I was happy with how well it dried, I placed the sentiment, but the one I chose first was too long. I didn't measure and I used this masked cardbase, I had it left over from a card I wanted to make, then changed my design ;-)...

So I got the Merry Christmas out of the Cuddly Buddly set (Toby tumble & robins).
I stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.

I then placed the snowflakes from Joy Crafts! on the blue bar, making sure they stick out on one side at least. I started with the biggest and my favorite and then placed the others around it.
Inked them with Versamark ink and sprinkled the Papermania superfine silver embossing powder on top and heat set it.