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!