Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Craft Stamper - Cover Girl!

Hello everyone! Just a quick post today to toot my own horn! ;-)

I knew that I would have a 4 pages article in the Feb. issue of Craft Stamper magazine, but I had no idea that one of my whimsical houses - featuring my stamp company's Textured Houses and Textured Flowers - would make the cover! Yooohooo! *happy dancing*

The DIGITAL version of this issue is already available here:  and the printed issue will soon be available, too. I couldn't wait for my copy, so I bought the digital one today and I luvvv it! Craft Stamper has long been my #1 fave print magazine and every monthly issue is packed full of awesome articles, tutorials, and readers' submissions.  I think there is something for everyone here, from beginners and intermediate to the more experienced crafter. There are many tutorials with illustrated step by steps, which I find very helpful.

Anyway - I just wanted to brag, really. 
It's not every day that I can call myself a Cover Girl, is it? ;-)


Monday, 12 December 2016

Flower Power - Mixed Media Page

Hello, good people! Here is a piece that I've been working on for a couple of days. I've made it for the current challenge at That's Crafty, where the theme this time is Flower Power!

 Recognise the face stamp? I have used it before here and here.
The stamp is designed by my dear friend Donna Gray for That's Crafty in the UK.

I stamped the face on Strathmore Mixed Media paper and masked it with masking fluid.

When the fluid was dry, I sponged several colours of Distress inks on the background, misted it with water and Distress stains.

I used the side of an acrylic block dipped in white acrylic paint for the stripes. After that was completely dry, I stamped flowers and small texture stamps (all from Rubber Dance) randomly around the background. On the left you can also see part of a leaf stencil.

Once my background was finished, I peeled the masking fluid off the face and coloured it in with ZIG clean colour markers.

I made a negative mask around the hair and stamped the small flowers (Rubber Dance), also coloured with ZIG markers.

The flowers and leaves (all from Rubber Dance) were stamped on Strathmore MM paper, coloured in with ZIG markers and a waterbrush, cut out and placed on top of my picture.

I had great fun making this. Most of my makes lately have been CAS cards, so this was something completely different!

Stamps used:

Serena from That's Crafty!
Textured Flowers from Rubber Dance:

They go really well together, don't they?


I'm entering my make to this challenge:

That's Crafty: Flower Power
(deadline is December 23rd)

Thanks for looking!

Edited: This entry won me a Top 3 at the That's Crafty challenge! I'm so honoured!!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Soft Ball - Birthday Card for a Boy

Many things are soft so I have a few ideas for this week's challenge at CASology. I hope I have time to make more than this one, but I'm going away this weekend and have a few things to do before leaving. Anyway - here's my first of hopefully more entries:

This funny fella is a stamp from Stamp-It (Australia). The stamp comes with that sentiment, but I didn't like the font they had used so I cut it off and stamped the same text with a tiny alphabet stamp (unknown).   Image and text stamped on Strathmore mixed media paper with 2nd impression of black Archival Ink, as I do not have any water resistant grey and I wanted it to be soft. Coloured in with ZIG clean colour markers and a waterbrush. 

I added the yarn before mounting on a grey panel, then added the scissor charm from the Norwegian company Korthobby. I think those scissors were fun to add to a sheep card :-)

The Korthobby challenge right now is 'Masculine & Metall from' and I hope they think my ram is manly enough to pass! I used grey and blue to make my card suitable for a boy's birthday. (For any Norwegian who might not know: 'Have a ball' basically means 'Ha det kjempegøy', and it's also a play with words since the ram is a ball of yarn).

I'm entering my card to these two challenges:

Korthobby: Maskulint & Metall
CASology: Soft

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Need a Hug? (CASology #224: Embrace)

Here's a hug for you:  
I made this card for the CASology challenge, cue word 'embrace'.  I stamped #hug using the open letters from Alphabet Uno (Rubber Dance) with black archival ink on watercolour paper. Letters coloured in with Zig clean colour markers, then given a light mist of water. This is my 3rd attempt - too much water on my first two made it look muddy instead of CAS.



I coloured a heart of wood with a pink Zig marker and gave it a coat of varnish just to make sure the colour wouldn't rub off on the white background. These heart have tiny hearts for holes. How cute is that?

 I'm entering my card to just this one challenge:

Here, grab another hug before you leave:

One of my attempts, this time with clear beads trapped in Dimensional Magic. Meh...
But the hug is heartfelt nevertheless!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Blue Winter, Card with Dies and Stamps

Winter is upon us here in Norway. This is what it looks like just a few kilometres from where I live, but a bit further south we don't have any snow ...yet! It'll come soon enough, though ...


The stars and houses are from Rubber Dance (Textured Houses), stamped on Strathmore Mixed Media paper (my new favourite) with blue Archival Ink, coloured in with Zig Clean Colour markers and a waterbrush. I made the hills in the back by drawing a line with a Zig marker, then adding water with the waterbrush. The "hills" with the tiny trees in front of the houses are made with a cool die from Your Next Stamp (Evergreen Tree Border). The bigger trees in the front are a die by Dee's Distinctively Dies (Large Snow Covered Tree). I don't use dies very often, but I wanted to join a challenge (see below) and this card was such fun to make that I think I will be making more cards with dies pretty soon!

The big trees were cut out from cardstock that I had given a coat of Gesso. They are coloured in with ZIG Clean Colour markers and a waterbrush. I added some glitter on top of some of the branches. Finally, mounted my scene on a silver cardbase and added a shiny star

I'm entering my card to these three challenges:

1) Happy Little Stampers, November Challenge: 
Anything Goes with Dies 
2) The Crafty Addicts, Challenge #28:  
Anything Goes/Winter Blues
3) Craft Stamper, T.I.M.I. November challenge:
Anything goes, just remember to stamp somewhere!

Thanks for looking!

Update: This card won me a place among the favourites at Happy Little Stampers!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

CAS Stars Card

I love these star stamps from Rubber Dance and I know will be using them quite often on my Christmas cards this year. They are from the set called Watercolour Xmas and they're such fun to use:

I stamped the stars with Zig clean colour markers on watercolour paper and coloured them in by pulling the ink around with a waterbrush. I masked the stars before stamping the stars and dots inside them and doodled a black frame around the stars to make them pop. Mounted on apple green cardstock with blue glittery stars.


I made the card with these two challenges in mind:

Alphabet Challenge Blog: S is for Stars
Delicious Doodles Challenge: NON Traditionional Christmas

I'm so glad I found these two challenges, 
because I love stars and non-trad Xmas colours!

Thanks for looking!

Edited Nov 28th: This card got me an honourable Top 3 at the Alphabet Challenge Blog! Yoohoo! :-)
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Christmas Window Greeting Card

Hello everyone! I just want to show you one of my ideas for a card that looks like a window:

All stamps from Rubber Dance, Watercolour Xmas set.
Stamped with Distress ink on watercolour paper.
I masked the bauble and stamped the trees inside it, 1st and 2nd impressions.

What do you think? Am I on to something here? 
Any suggestions how I could improve my window/curtains?

Thanks for looking (through my window)

 PS: I made this card for a Norwegian challenge blog
 that my stamp company is sponsoring right now.
You can find it here.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Cat CAS Card

Hello, everyone! Here's a stamp that I've used a couple of times recently - Bentley the cat from That's Crafty, designed by the talented Donna Gray in the UK. The thinking bubble is from the same set as Bentley, while the sentiments are from Rubber Dance (Norway), the Beautiful Words stamp set.

I stamped the images with Archival Black ink on watercolour paper that already was torn on one side.
Coloured them in with a waterbrush and ZIG clean colour markers. Love them! I painted a shadow on one side of the cat to make him pop from the background, giving the image more interest on a CAS card. It was still missing something, so I added the turquoise frame on two sides of the card. Ta-da! Made all the difference.

I'm entering my card to these two challenges:

Scrappelyst: Clean and Simple

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

CASology Challenge, Week #223: TEAM

When I saw this week's cue word at CASology, the first kind of TEAM I thought of was a Design Team ... but how could I stamp that?  I wanted people on my card.... , and after some thinking back and forth I got an idea: Since my own team works for the Rubber Dance stamp company, how about a team of dancers?

I know, these three dancers might not look much of a Design Team to you, but humour me; the stamp is made of Rubber and they Dance, plus they're fun and colourful, so let me introduce to you:
The Rubber Dance Design Team!


This is a stamp from Rubber Dance, stamped on Strathmore Mixed Media paper and coloured in with ZIG clean colour markers and a waterbrush. For the colourful "floor" I first scribbled the three colours on an acrylic block, wet the paper where I wanted the colours to be, and used my waterbrush to pick up one colour at a time and let them flow around the wet stripe. I hope that made sense ...

I'm entering my card to this CASology challenge

If you like the colours I have used on my card, perhaps you want to join this challenge:
Rubber Dance: November Challenge
(I have used the colours, but not the optional theme)

Thanks for looking!

Added 15th of November: 
I got an Honorable Mention for this card. Hurrah!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Norwegian Elephant - Christmas Card

The elephant is not an indigenous animal in Norway, but this elephant stamp is made in Norway by Rubber Dance - so is the winter sentiment stamp.

Elephant and sentiment stamped with Archival Ink on Strathmore Mixed Media paper. Coloured in with ZIG clean colour markers and a waterbrush. The trees and the stitched line are dies from Your Next Stamp. I cut the elephant out and tucked it behind the trees.

I added Stickles glitter (Diamond) to the trees:

I'm entering my card to these two challenges:
#29: Norwegian Design
(i.e. the stamps I've used)
- Challenge open to people in Europe. I live in Norway.
Craft Stamper November Challenge:
Anything Goes!
(just remember to stamp somewhere!)

Thanks for looking!


Friday, 4 November 2016

CASology Challenge, Week #222: WELCOME

Welcome! I made this card for a new neighbour ... well, first of all I made it for this week's challenge at CASology  ;-)

House stamp from Rubber Dance, all dies from Your Next Stamp, including the stitched frame - which is actually just a long stiched line that I used to make a frame out of. House coloured with ZIG clean colour makers and a waterbrush. The only colour added to the white die cuts is the yellow inside the street lamp - I think the shadows they cast are enough to make them stand out from the white background.  Text made on my PC.

I'm entering my card to this challenge: 

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!

Hey! Today is NOT my birthday!

However, I will turn 50 on the 4th of December - so if you want to make me a birthday card, here's your chance: My stamp company's blog has a new challenge today and the theme is... you guessed it, BIRTHDAY! There is no need to send me a birthday card, just join our challenge and I'll "receive" it online ;-)

Here's one of the inspiration cards I made for our challenge, using this month's challenge colours - which juuust happens to be some of my faves:

Both stamps from my company, Rubber Dance: Elephant from African Animals,
sentiment from Funny Birthday.

Come join our challenge and help me warm up to my BIG day :)

See you there! 

Monday, 31 October 2016

When I'm feeling blue ... Zig Watercolour

Hello there! I'm back again with another watercolour using ZIG clean colour markers on Gesso coated cardstock. I really like working with the markers on this surface.

I'm pretty sure that my interpretation of the lyrics to 'A Groovy Kind of Love' is not what Phil Collins had in mind when I he made his cover hit back in the '80s:

I have combined two stamps by the very talented designer Donna Gray; the blue faced woman is called Beki and the other one is Serena. These stamps are sold by That's Crafty in the UK. I think they're super cool!! I wrote the text on my computer and hand doodled the frames.

I'm entering my card to the fun challenge blog Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. The theme right now is 'W is for Watercolour', and my card is that - and with my added text it's a bit snarky, too, I s'pose ... ;-)

Thanks for looking!

Happy Halloween! Dancing Skeleton from Cherry Pie

Hallo-weeeen! I'm not really into Halloween or anything scary for that matter, but this skeleton stamp from Cherry Pie Art Stamps is just cute, don't you think? Look how happy he is!

 I helped my nephew (18) make a custom this year - well, he did most of it, 
all I did was painting this symbol on fabric for him: 

He dressed up as this character from a computer game:

Sheik is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

My nephew doesn't want me to post pics of him wearing the finished costume, so you'll just have to take my word for it: It turned out great!!! I think it's really cool of an 18 year old to spend that much time making his own costume, instead of just buying one and be done with it. We had a blast sitting by the table creating together! He wore his costume for a Halloween party on Friday and will wear it again for another party next weekend.

We have bought lots of sweets in case some children from the neighbourhood come knocking on our door tonight. Hopefully there will be some sweets left for me .... (I better take a few now, just in case...).

I wish you all a very HAPPY Halloween,
or a just a regular Happy Monday :-) 

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

CASology Challenge, Week #221: CURE

Hello there! When I saw that the cue word at CASology this week was CURE, I thought long and hard about all kinds of serious matters ...until deciding on a funny cure instead:

My card is featuring yet another beautiful stamp designed by my friend Donna Gray for That's Crafty! This one is called Serena. (Previously, I've used Bentley, Donna's adorable cat stamp on this card, and Beki, one of her whimsical women on this card). 

I've used my new ZIG clean color markers again - this time on cardstock with a coat of white Gesso - a tip I got from Donna.

I find it very interesting to experiment with these ZIG markers on different surfaces, and this has got to be the less expensive method: I used cheap cardstock and a cheap brand of Gesso, which I diluted with tap water and painted onto the cardstock with a broad paintbrush. I left it to dry completely before stamping with black archival ink.

The beauty of this method is that no matter how long the ZIG markers are left to dry, and they do dry  quickly, you can still go back to it days later and lift the colours up with water, or go in with a Zig marker to add more colour or to blend the colours.

I used a waterbrush to blend the colours of Serena's hair, adding dots of more colour here and there as I went along. Her face is coloured with three light ZIG markers, and water just to lift up some of the colour on the tip of her nose, chin, and her right cheek (left side from where we're looking at her). Notice how I goofed on the shadow and light on her neck? They should've been be reversed, with the light source coming from the same side as that of her face. I didn't see my blunder till after I had placed the card here in my post. Oh, well ....

A note about the text on my card: I wanted to use my Dymo to spell that sentence, but half through it ran empty of tape and I didn't have a replacement. That's the look I wanted, though, as a hard contrast to Serena's soft face, so I made the text on my computer instead. The band-aid is real, though :)

I made this card with one challenge in mind, 
and I'm entering it to only that one challenge: 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 28 October 2016

Watercolour on Yupo Paper - Cats Galore!

Hello, everyone! I've been having such fun experimenting with my new ZIG Clean Color Markers, using them on different kinds of paper.

For the challenges I'm entering today, I tested the markers on Yupo paper. Yupo is a synthetic but recyclable, tree-free paper with a plastic feel to it. The ZIG markers worked great! The Yupo paper allows for a long drying time, so the colours were super duper easy to blend.


Isn't that cat adorable? It's a stamp designed by my friend Donna Gray for That's Crafty in the UK. The cat's name is Bentley and the stamp is quite big (which I love): 10 cm tall and 6,5 wide. 

I stamped Bentley randomly around the paper (20,5 cm x 10,5 cm) with Archival ink, which took some time to dry on the Yupo paper, but once dry it stays.

After colouring in the cats using the watercolour markers, and a waterbrush here and there, I held my breath (not sure if I'd ruin it all) and lightly misted the painting with water....... and I did achieve what I wanted (phew!). I really like the imperfect "colour outside the lines" effect.

I'm entering my watercolour card to these three fine challenges: 

Thanks for looking!