Wednesday 31 July 2013

Anything Goes at Addicted to Stamps and More!

Anything Goes, everyone's favorite, that's our theme this week at Addicted to Stamps and More! I decided to practice on my CAS skills since I think that's my weakest style in card making -mainly because I keep adding stuff and there goes the CAS style! :) ATSM has a sister blog, Addicted to CAS, their theme this week is glitter so I decided that glitter is what I need!

I started with masking the square with post-its, sponging the area with two shades of Distress Inks and giving it a mist of Fuzzy Navel Peach Stardust spray. I keep forgetting that I have these sprays and it's a pity -they give a really beautiful shine! After my square was dry I removed the post-its and stamped the Hero Arts chandelier with black Versafine, embossed it with sticky embossing powder and poured black glitter on top of it when the powder was hot. I think the chandelier looks stunning and the glittery effect is amazing but I can also tell you that I had to vacuum my craft-room afterwards... I ended up having the black glitter everywhere! It was also quite difficult to get the excess glitter out of the card although I had used an embossing buddy before starting, just to warn you off if you want to try the technique. :) To finish off the card I stamped the LOTV sentiment with my two DI:s -it's not completely straight but I decided not to mind. I'm trying to learn how to be merciful with small mistakes. :)

I hope I'll see you at ATSM Anything Goes Challenge! As always, there's plenty of DT inspiration  in the challenge blog and you'll find all the challenge rules and details there too. MelonHeadz sponsors the challenge. Happy crafting!

I'd like to enter the followiing challenges: Clean and Simple Glitter

Tuesday 30 July 2013

Birthday Party at Tuesday Throwdown!

Hi friends,
do you agree with me that she is dressed for a party?!? You are looking at Lovely from Saturated Canary, they are generously sponsoring our challenge this week at Tuesday Throwdown. I hope you'll feel like making a birthday card and joining us! I left the sentiment out since to me it was so obvious that she is going to a party. :) I really enjoyed coloring her with my Copics -it took some time and many practice versions though. I noticed that in coloring this type of hair (for me) it was better to have a bit more contrast between the marker number codes and not have the ones that are exactly next to each other. I believe I used E57, E33 and E31 or E30 (can't remember anymore!) -normally I would have used E57, E35, E33, E31, E30.

I hope you'll now head on over to our challenge blog ans see what the other DT members did with their Saturated Canary images. You'll find all the challenge rules an details in the blog too. Happy crafting!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Glamour and Glitz (I used Stickles in her rose and she is full of glamour I think!) Celebrations Anything Goes Anything Goes Anything Goes Hair coloring Celebration Use a digi

Monday 29 July 2013

Time for Dinner!

Hi friends,
It's the 5th Monday of the month so in the House of Cards Challenge we have a photo inspiration for you. This week you don't have to follow a specified card making style, your card can represent what ever style you wish, any card making style will do! Normally we give you a style to follow every week: Fun & Cute, Clean & Simple, Classic & Elegant or Vintage& Shabby. But as this is the 5th week of the month, you can choose your favorite style, yay!

Me, being in the Fun & Cute DT, have made my card to represent that style. At first I had hard time figuring out how to turn this photo of a classy dining room into something funny, but then it hit me... Dining room needs dinner and my Henry the Mouse from WOJ has just done some grocery shopping! This is my favorite Henry stamp -I just love that look on his face. I colored the image with Copics and searched for cute papers with orange hues. The sketch is an old sketch from Deconsturcted Sketches, I really love it. There will be new DT inspiration every day this week at House of Cards, I hope you'll visit the blog and join us in the challenge! Happy crafting!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Anything Goes Animal Antics Picnic Summer Food/Drink -I hope these picnic style groceries will do!

Anything Goes at Digi Sketch!

Hi guys,
I'm sure you'll enjoy hearing that for the next fortnight we'll have an "Anything Goes" Challenge for you at Digi Sketch! You can use whatever sketch you want, what ever style or theme -well, anything goes!

Our sponsor is Digi Darla's and I was lucky to get to work with their beautiful Sunny Bouquet image. The color inspiration of my photo comes from Color Throwdown and the coloring is done with Copics -as always. :) I hope you'll now head on over to the  challenge blog for more DT inspiration and all the challenge details. Thanks for popping by and happy crafting!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Friday 26 July 2013

Two Butterfly Cards for Jackie Rockwell's Challenges

Jackie Rockwell from Rockwell Designs is having a really fun color challenge -or 10 color challenges actually! Jackie has posted 3 of them so far and I believe she will post a new challenge every week from now on. All the challenges run until 22nd of September. Click here for all the challenge rules and details and learn more about the prize -it's a free blog header! I would soooo want to win that so fingers crossed! :) I'll try to make a card to all of the challenges and here are my two first cards.

The card above is for the Nectarine Challenge. I stamped the image (Stamp it Australia) directly on design paper and used kraft card base and some black gems. I'm quite pleased with how pretty this looks and with so little effort! I'd like to enter this card also to: Anything Goes Use a favorite (collage style stamps)

The card below is for Jackie's Tender Shoots Challenge. My card base is again kraft, I used grey as my accent color (neutrals are allowed) and a die-cut butterfly as my focal point. The sentiment is from a Penny Black set. This was another super easy card but I used more time figuring out my layout. I'd like to enter this card also to: Butterflies Wings Things with wings

That's all from me for now, thanks for popping by!

Thursday 25 July 2013

Sure Was Good!

Hi guys!
As my regular visitors and followers maybe remember, I recently started in a design team of House of Cards. HOC is a very fun and a bit different challenge, this is what the blog owners tell us about the concept:

Here is how our challenge blog works--we will have a monthly color palette or sketch and then each week we'd like to see a different card making style using those parameters.  If there is a 5th Monday in the month, we will have a photo inspiration and you can create using any card making style you'd like!  We'll also have a super fun photo inspiration challenge/blog hop that will happen at the beginning of December 2013.  The challenge will run from December 1st through December 15th and will also be a blog hop with a chance to win a prize package.  If at that point you feel so inclined, we'd love to have you enter our DT call that will be running at the same time!

The different card making styles are Fun & Cute (my DT group!), Clean & Simple, Classic and Elegant + this weeks style, Vintage & Shabby. The inspiration photo is seen below my card -I used two reds, the greyish white + blue as my accent color. The sweet vintage image is from Nicecrane -if I remember right, the collage sheet set is called "Born To Be Wild". Totally cute!

My sketch inspiration comes from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge -I altered it a bit so I totally understand if I'm removed from the linky -I just had to leave the whole doily to the card, I couldn't cut part of it off! :) That's it from me now, I hope you enjoyed my card and thanks for popping by!

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Photo Inspiration at Addicted to Stamps and More!

Hello friends,
time for another great challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week we are having fun being inspired by a picture, seen above. I didn't have any candle-related stamps so I had to think a bit with this one! For a moment I thought I would make a CAS card with rows of flowers but in the end I went to a completely different direction with stamped vintage image and sponged background. I'm pretty certain I saw a similar card in a quite recent Craft Stamper issue but I'm not completely sure! :)  The colors are inspired by the picture and so is the sentiment. I used glossy cardstock in my card -it made the sponging a bit difficult but the colors are glowing beautifully -I used Adirondrack inks this time. As always, ATSM Design Team has done amazing projects -head on over to the challenge blog for all the challenge details and DT inspiration. We are happy to have MelonHeadz continuing as our July sponsor. Happy crafting!

Saturday 20 July 2013

Curious Cat. :)

Hi guys!
Here's another card I made using an image from Sami's newest release at Sami Stamps (for yesterday's card, click here). For closer look of each of the individual images, head on over to Sami Stamp Shop.

I wanted to make a CAS card for a change and was inspired by CAS layout I saw at the latest Craft Stamper Magazine. I just love that mag and always wait anxiously for the newest publication! I was also inspired by the numbers challenge at CAS-ual Fridays -it made me remember the "measuring washi tape" I have. I'll take part in some other fantastic challenges too -please see the whole list in the end of this post!

At Sami Stamps we have also a monthly challenge and our July challenge, "Add something curious" is still running for a bit over 11 days. If you don't own any Sami's images yet you can use the freebie provided on the challenge page -and there's even more freebies at the shop. I hope you'll join us! Click here for the challenge. Happy crafting and thanks for popping by!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Count Me In Clean and Simple Use markers (my 2nd entry) Animals (my 2nd entry)

Friday 19 July 2013

Playful Kittens!

Hi guys!
It's a release day at Sami Stamps, Sami's newest release is called Playful Kittens and I'm sure you'll agree with me -these images are precious! Head on over to the Sami Stamp Shop for closer look of the individual images and from Sami Stamps blog you'll find more DT projects with these darling kittens. I had really fun coloring in my image and creating this card. I'll be needing a Thank You- card in August and the receiver really likes cats -let's hope she doesn't see this card too early now! For all you others, thanks for popping by and I hope you'll visit me soon again! :)

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Anything Goes Anything Goes Anything Goes Pastel Colors Anything Goes Cute and Cuddly Use your markers (mine are Copics) Animals

Wednesday 17 July 2013

Addicted to CAS!

Hi guys!
We have a new challenge for you at Addicted to Stamps and More, it's the favorite of many, CAS! Our design team is full of experienced CAS makers so if you are looking for inspiration, head to the challenge blog. You'll find all the challenge details there too -Melonheadz is continuing as our generous July sponsor.

My card is so simple that in my opinion, it's a bit boring! :) Maybe the main reason why I don't like it is the messed up text -I highlighted both the swirl and sentiment with white gel pen but messed up the sentiment, buhuu... I didn't have time to make a new card but I think I'll some day make a remake with maybe two swirls and sentiment without highlighting. Better luck next time!

Sorry for the short post, I'm writing this in the middle of my summer holiday travels and have a get-together in five minutes... So happy crafting for you all, see you again next time!

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Anything Goes at Tuesday Throwdown!

We have a new challenge for you at Tuesday Throwdown and this time it's everyone's favorite, Anything Goes! My Grafico is sponsoring us this week and we DT members got to work with their joyful, sea-themed images. Head on over to the challenge blog for more DT inspiration, you'll love what you see! :)

The colors in my card are created with various Distress Inks, no Copics in this card! After printing the crab, seaweeds and corals I sponged them with inks and fussy cut them all. Quite a lot of cutting... But the result is quite cute! The sea background is also done by sponging blue Distress Inks to a card and then I did some stamping with bubble wrap for more texture. The waves are a gift from a stamping friend and finish the card off nicely. I hope you'll join us this week at Tuesday Throwdown!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Summer (at least in my country, July-August is the crab-season! Poor crabs though!) Summer (oh that poor crab again...) Anything Goes Animal friends Use a digi

Monday 15 July 2013

Layer It Up!

Hi dear friends in blogland,
time for new Digi Sketch Challenge! We have a fun theme, "Layer It up" and as always we have a sketch for you too. There's 3 ways to enter to our challenges at Digi Sketch: follow the theme, follow the sketch or follow them both. We have recently had some changes in our DT group -we'll miss some of the lovely ladies leaving the team but are enjoying the talent of the new girls joining us -do head on over to the challenge blog and find out who the new DT members are! There's amazing inspiration cards for you and that's a promise! :)

Our sponsor this week is one of my favorite stamp companies, A Day For Daisies. The sweet sweet fairy image I got to work with is called Wild Rose Nymph. I'm really happy with my Copic coloring this time -of course there's room for improvement but I'm quite pleased with the flowers, dress and wings! The papers are from Glitz and the die cut circle is a gift from a stamping friend. Sentiment is LOTV. I didn't want to cover the pretty papers too much -that's why I didn't follow Sharon's lovely sketch- but there's still layers. I'm looking forward seeing what you guys create so please join us again this week. Happy crafting!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Use A Diecut Use a Digi Things With Wings Anything Goes

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Color Inspiration at Addicted To Stamps And More!

Hi guys!
Here's my DT card for the new challenge at Addicted To Stamps And More! This week we are enjoying of this beautiful color combination you see above -you don't have to use these exact Stamping Up colors, something similar will do!

I inked up a Stamp It Australia-stamp I once won in a challenge -I've not used it before and I'm glad I remembered it now -it's beautiful! I stamped the image with DI Walnut Stain and embossed with the corresponding DI embossing powder. I went through my stash for good papers for the color scheme and voila -this card came together really easily! :)

I can't wait to see what you create so please join us! There's plenty of more DT inspiration in the challenge blog and from there you'll also find all the challenge details. We are proud to have Melonheadz as our July sponsor. Thanks for popping by and happy crafting!

Saturday 6 July 2013

Fabulous Summer Day!

Here's a little card I made for the many summer-themed challenges around at the moment. Some time ago I bought several Mo Manning images and this is the first time I colored in this cutie with her strawberries, isn't she lovely! My color inspiration comes from Without Words Challenge -I was over the moon being their last month's winner with my You Rock-card, woot woot!  I colored my image once again with Copics and was really happy with the hair color I came up with: E07, YR14 and Y12. Note to self: I have to get more markers with skin tones for making the skin coloring more easy... I have E00 and E21 now -I definitely need something else too. Okey friends, that's all from me for now, I hope you like my card and thanks for popping by!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Summer is here F is for... Fabulous summer and Fun in the sun! Summer Picnic Summer Time Celebrate Summer Summer

Friday 5 July 2013

Curious Things!

Time for new release at Sami Stamps! Since it's the first Friday of month, there's a challenge to go with the release -this time it's a super cool one: "Add Something Curious" to your project. This can be interpreted in many different ways - You can add an out of place color, a pop up, a fun embellishment or object, etc. I'm working with Sami's new image called Curious Butterfly -it's part of the new release and an Alice in Wonderland-themed image. I have two curious things in my card: the clock as an embellishment -that refers to the story- and the hidden greeting tag. The sentiment in my tag says: "We are all stories, unfolding day by day -enjoy your next chapter, happy birthday!". Check out what Chaitali and Anat from the DT have made -you'll love their projects! All the challenge details and the fab, brand new images are to be found at Sami Stamps. Enjoy and happy crafting!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Color Combo Anything Goes Anything Goes

Color Inspiration from A.R.T. Challenges

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Make Your Mark at Addicted To Stamps And More!

Hi friends in blogland!
We had amazing entries in our Anything Goes challenge at Addicted To Stamps And More last week and I know there will be equally great entries in our currant Make Your Mark Challenge this week! We want you to use markers, pens, pencils, crayons... You get the idea, right! I colored this beautiful ADFD Vintage Freebie with Copics and created a vintage-card -vintage is one of my favorite styles. I owe gratitude to crafting friend Tuula for the die-cut oval and butterfly: they are stunningly beautiful. Thank you Tuula! :) I distressed all the paper edges with a distressing tool and inked them with DI vintage photo. Some embellishments for the hat... Sentiment from LOTV... And my card was done. I can't wait to see what you create for us this week! If you need more inspiration, head on over to the challenge blog -you'll find amazing DT cards and all the challenge details there. Our generous sponsor is MelonHeadz offering 1 bundle of choice to our Top Addict. Happy crafting!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Stress It

Tuesday 2 July 2013

Stars and Stripes at Tuesday Throwdown

Hi friends,
time for Tuesday Throwdown! 4th of July, U.S. Independence day is very near and therefore the Tuesday Throwdown theme is currant too: Stars and Stripes. I followed the theme by using the colors of the American flag and I think the baseball-themed image is really American too! It comes from our sponsor Robyn's Fetish and is called Go Team. I did my coloring with Copics and kept the card pretty simple -do you notice the small star I tied to the twine though? Cute! :) I hope you now head on over to the challenge blog for all the details and fabulous DT inspiration! Thanks for popping by and happy crafting!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Red, White and Blue Red, White and Blue Stars and Stripes Red, White and Blue National Day or Flag colors

Monday 1 July 2013

First Challenge At House Of Cards, Yayyy! :)

Time for first ever House Of Cards Challenge! House of Cards is a new type of challenge blog that inspires you to make cards in 4 different card making styles:

Fun & Cute
Clean & Simple
Classic & Elegant
Shabby& Vintage

I am proud to be in the Fun & Cute design team, yay! We always have a monthly color palette or sketch and then each week we'd like to see a different card making style using those parameters. If there's a 5th week in the month, we'll have a photo inspiration and you can choose which ever card making style you want for your creation!

So, on to the first challenge and my card: as you see we have a color palette for inspiration. I colored the darling Tiddly Inks Wryn (it's a freebie at Tiddly Inks blog here) with Copics and found matching papers from my stash. I love collage type cards with funky layouts but I have hard time figuring out that kind of layouts myself -this time I used a layout meant for scrapbooking and had really fun! The layout is by a Finnish scrapbooker and you can find it here from Skräppihetket. I hope I've inspired you to join our challenge at House Of Cards, I look forward to visiting your blogs checking out your Fun & Cute creations! For more amazing DT inspiration and all the challenge details, click here. Thanks for popping by and happy crafting!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Birthday Add a tag Happy Birthday Say it with flowers Fun with flowers

Nyt Grillataan! / Let's Have A Barbeque!

Tänään starttasi uusi Digi Sketch haaste: aiheena on "In The Summertime" eli kesäiset kortit ja luonnoksen näet tuossa yllä. Vaihtoehtoinasi on käyttää joko teemaa, luonnosta tai molempia eli kolme tapaa osallistua! Tämänkertaisen haasteen sponsorina toimii Bugaboo ja kortissani olenkin käyttänyt heidän suloista digiään Summer Butterfly Bear. Väritin digin Copiceilla ja tein kortin luonnoksen mukaan (lähes!), paperit koitin hakea toistamaan värityksen värejä. Kurkkaapas haasteblogista, millaisia korteja muut DT-tytöt ovat keksineet Bugaboon hauskoilla kuvilla! Seuraava postaukseni räpsähtääkin ilmoille muuten jo muutaman tunnin kuluttua joten tulethan visiitille vielä uudestaan... :)

Hi friends,
here's my DT card for the new Digi Sketch Challenge "In The Summertime". We have a sketch for you too, seen above. As always you have three ways to enter the challenge: follow the theme, follow the sketch or choose both! Bugaboo is our generous sponsor this fortnight and I've used their adorable Summer Butterfly Bear in my card, coloring is done with Copics. Head on over to the challenge blog to see what the other DT girls have done using Bugaboo images, thanks for popping by and happy crafting!

I'd like to enter the following challenges: Summer, Sun Summertime fun Show us summer fun Summertime