Monday, 9 July 2018

Free shipping - new stamps!


Hey, good peeps! Are you ready for some new stamps? I have just released these two bjuuties over at my stamp company, Rubber Dance ♥

Both sets measure 13 x 9 cm and retail at only €9,75 each!
Finest red rubber, unmounted and deeply etched of course.


FREE shipping till 14th of July!
In the Rubber Dance web shop here.


Melina Dahl made the gorgeous samples below.

Dreamcatcher:




Floral Wreath:

Notice how the sentiments from this set fit perfectly inside the wreath:






Rubber Dance will pay for the shipping on these new sets,
just go to the web shop and order them right there. No coupon code necessary.

Offer is good world-wide,
till the 14th of July.



Happy stampin' summer, everyone!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥



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Saturday, 2 June 2018

New Stamps - FREE Shipping!

Hello, my crafty friends! ♥

Just a quick note to let you know there are brand new stamps over at Rubber Dance today! FREE shipping during release week! You will find the coupon code you need over at the Rubber Dance blog - where we also share lots of samples we've made using the new stamps. Here's one ....



 See you over at the Rubber Dance blog :-)

Thanks for looking!


Friday, 25 May 2018

Watercolour Birthday Card


Hello friends! I've made a card for CAS-ual Friday over at the Rubber Dance blog.

This gorgeous hydrangea stamp with birthday sentiment (and more) will be released at Rubber Dance on the 2nd of June, so here's just a little nibble ...


I coloured the stamp with watercolour markers, gave it a light mist of water and stamped it on watercolour paper. I filled in just a few petals and both leaves, using markers and a paint brush. For the sentiment, I also used markers on the stamp - but no water for a crisp impression.

This stamp set will be available in the Rubber Dance web shop on the 2nd of June.






Thanks for looking!








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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Hoppy Birthday Bunny Card


hOpPy Birthday!

Two of my friends have birthday this week! Gail turned 50 on Sunday and Donna is turning... something-or-the-other today! (I don't know whether her age is a secret, so let's just leave it that).

It's so nice seeing those young chicks follow in my tracks by a year (and a half or two), and Gail saying goodbye to her 40-somethings and finally turning 50! Welcome to a new decade, filled with awesomeness, glitter, and many more wrinkles! Hey, we've earned them all! :-D

Gail has this bunny hop running on her blog to celebrate, and here is my contribution - a colourful card with the adorable Bonny Bunny that Donna designed for Rubber Dance!



Bunnies might not like tulips, so I added some carrots for her in the bouquet: 



No birthday girl/woman is too old for glitter on her BD crown:


So with this, I wish Gail a happy belated 50th birthday (I know she celebrates all week)
and Donna a happy birthday today
and many more awesome years to come for you both!

♥ ♥ ♥  Love you! ♥ ♥ ♥

I'm entering my bunny card to Gail's hopping challenge:
https://craftynomad.blogspot.no/2018/04/its-bunny-hop-linky-post.html



Thanks for looking!

You may leave birthday wishes to Gail and Donna below,
and praises to me for a card well made, of course ;-)



 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Altered Kettle - published in Craft Stamper magazine!



I had an article about how to alter an old kettle in the April issue of the Craft Stamper magazine (which came out in March). If you have that issue, check pages 22-25 :-)

Here it is again, although without the step by step instructions - you need the magazine for that.

 

Interested in the magazine? Go to www.craftstamper.com to buy subscriptions, www.mags-uk.com for single copies, or the digital version from www.pocketmags.co.uk

For my kettle, I used colours that match our April challenge over at the Rubber Dance blog - as well as our theme this month; altered stuff. You may choose between the two (colours or theme), or make a combo of both:


http://rubberdance.blogspot.no/search/label/currentchallenge 

You have the whole month to join.



The kettle stands on my workdesk, filled with paint brushes I use - so it's not just for decoration.
During Easter, however, I've filled it with colourful tulips and placed it on our dining table.
Stamped used on my kettle are the Crazy Flowers from Rubber Dance.


Thanks for looking!





 




Saturday, 31 March 2018

Funny Easter Cards

Happy Easter, everyone! ♥

It's not custom here in Norway to send out Easter cards, but I made three just for fun. It doesn't say Easter on any of the cards, though, so maybe I'll use them as birthday cards instead - especially spring birthdays.

First is this chick - obviously born with a lot of confidence! :-)

 

All the stamps are from Rubber Dance:
Tulips from Crazy Flowers #1, Chick from Textured Spring, sentiment from Adore Me, and Rascal Rooster. I drew the stem of the flower by hand before stamping the sentiment on a separate piece of paper, which I cut out and adhered on top after colouring it.


 

Stamps used, all from Rubber Dance:
Bonny Bunny, Textured Spring (chick), Flower Power, Flying ink bottle (sentiment). I drew the speech bubble by hand and also some hearts to match those on the chicken.




Stamps used, all from Rubber Dance:
Bonny Bunny, Flower Power, Textured Spring (eggs). I made the sentiment using 'Hoppy' from Bonny Bunny and 'Spring' from Four Seasons.

I stamped all three cards using black Versafine ink on watercolour paper and coloured the images in with Zig clean colour markers, sometimes direct to paper and some places combined with a waterbrush.

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 I wish you all a very Happy Easter!
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Thanks for looking!



Monday, 26 February 2018

Easy Scenery Cards


Hi there! I love making scenery cards, even if I don't have a lot of stamps made especially for that. I'm all for using what one has available, including a bit of imagination ...

My first card combines stamps from the two sets from Rubber Dance; Carved Whimsy Wood in the back and a tree and leaves from Four Seasons on top, cut out and adhered with foam dots. I stamped the trees first, then drew the ground and grass with a waterproof pen before colouring everything using Zig clean colour markers and a waterbrush. Just goes to show that you don't need more than a few trees to make a scenery card - add a few pen strokes and you're all set! :-)

 The flower in the corner is from Carved Whimsy Wood, with leaves from Four Seasons tucked underneath.


The trees in the back (lighter colours) were stamped, masked and stamped again to make them look as if they are standing behind one another. I used the two leaves stamp to add branches to one of the trees (darker green). The ground and grass are easy to draw in like this - and it doesn't have to be perfect. All we want is the illusion of a ground that adds a bit of depth:



 If you haven't made scenery cards before, just give it a try. 
Start simple..... and before you know it, you've made a heck of a scene!



 Thanks for looking!

If you want to see more samples with the new stamps, 
please visit my post over at the Rubber Dance blog



 The stamps used are from the new sets - on sale just till the end of February.
 You can get either sheet at 15 % off in the Rubber Dance web shop.
OR both and save even more!

http://www.rubberdance.com/shop?shop_section=165931

 




Wednesday, 14 February 2018

9 Ingredients of a Loving Relationship


Hey, good people -  Happy Valentine's Day! I've made a shrine dedicated to LOVE and filled it with a few ingredients I think is important in a relationship - whether it's the romantic kind or one between close friends. 





Stampes used - all from Rubber Dance:
digits from Pick a Number, Paper doll stamp from Collage Elements

Other Supplies:
That's Crafty: Shrine Kit, Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive, Multi Surface Paint.
Prima: Finnabair White Crackle Texture Paste
Tim Holtz: Corked Vials
Various embellishments from my stash.

For a step by step tutorial on how I made this shrine, 
please see my post today on the Rubber Dance blog. 
 


The text on the tiny bottles represent what I personally think are important in a relationship, and the labels read as follows (except for the first, they're not listed in a prioritied order). 

Curiosity:
This is number one for me. By curiosity I mean being genuinely interested in understanding the other person, to acknowledge where they're coming from and seeing things from their perspective. That doesn't mean I have to agree with their opinions, but curiosity leads to tolerance. I want to know what makes them tick, to learn and understand about their inner dreams and fears. I want to learn what's important to them, their needs as an individual. When I manage to stay curious (it's not always easy), I don't get upset if they do or say things I otherwise would think were dumb, mean or unfair.
Respect: 
From Latin, re-spectare: To look back; to see once again. There is so much more to a person than what meets the eye. Again, be curious (I can't stress that enough), find out about and respect one another's core values; never force anyone to change those. Respect your differences and the fact that you're not always right. Respect one another's individuality and uniqueness.
Dialogue:
Communication isn't important, but good communication is! Mutual curiosity makes good communication a lot easier. A whole bunch of piles lot more easier!
Praise:
Give compliments to one another. Say nice things about the other person - also when they're not around! I think it's really sweet when people praise their partner/friend, and of course it warms my heart when someone tells me what my partner had said about me! Aww, my mushy, mushy heart! ♥
Forgiveness:
Don't keep scores. Let go of old grudges. Would you still be angry at your pet for something it did last month or even three years ago?? Far fetched, perhaps, but it makes me think twice when I compare. What if I, if just for a split second, could have the same unconditional love for my partner as I have for my dog? Feels rather nice, actually! And it makes me condone any of his blunders and excuse how he smells when it rains. Oh, wait - dogs smell in the rain! Alright, moving on:
Humour:
Be silly, be goofy! Laugh together! It's a scientific fact that laughter creates a stronger bond between humans. If you don't believe me, laugh and see for yourself! Alternatively, google it. 
Honesty:
I don't lie to my partner (nor to my friends), but I might not tell him everything - unless he asks. We have agreed to never ask questions if we're unsure whether we can handle an honest answer. It's not like we have any juicy secrets going on, but it can be little questions such as 'Does my butt look big in this?' (heck, I know it always does!), or questions that can be risky to ask, 'Did you miss me while you were away?'.  Let's add sincerity to the mixture: I say what I mean and, more importantly, I mean what I say. Knowing my partner always will be honest and straight-forward with me makes me feel secure - I don't have to doubt or wonder. If he said it, he meant it.
Intimacy:
To me this word means different things. Intimacy is being close; sharing, trusting, being confident in one another. It also means being affectionate, verbally as well as physically; whisper sweet little somethings, hold hands, hug. Kiss your partner, every. single. day.
The 9th Ingredient is Love:
Love is a feeling that might come and go. The trick is to keep doing all of the above also in times when the feeling of love might not be evident. Love is the attitude you have towards your partner/friend. Love can be a decision; I love you no matter what; I love you even if I think you're an idiot, because let's face it - so am I, at times ...

What ingredients would you add? Please share in the comments below!




May the Love be with You

 




I'm entering my shrine to these two February challenges:
That's Crafty!: I Heart You
Craft Stamper: Anything Goes (with stamping)

Monday, 12 February 2018

New Stamps - on Sale!

Have you seen the February sale over at Rubber Dance? I'm really happy with the two new sheets of stamps and they're a hoot to play with!

Below are two tags I've made with the new stamps.

Tag 1: Stamps from Carved Whimsy Wood.
I stamped the three leaves with black Versafine ink (which is waterproof) and gave them a coat of Glossy Accents. Once that was completely dry, I made the background by using make-up daubers and brown and green Distress Oxides, and a light spray of water. While the ink was still wet, I wiped it off the leaves - it comes right off the Glossy Accent. This way you can see the colour of the tag through the veins of the leaves:



 
Tag 2: Stamps from Four Seasons.
I made the background first, using a light green ink through a leaf stencil from That's Crafty. After stamping the images with black Versafine ink, I coloured them in using Zig clean colour markers:






The stamps used are from the new sets - both on sale all of February!
 You can get either sheet at 15 % off in the Rubber Dance web shop.
OR
order both the new sets and save even more!

http://www.rubberdance.com/shop?shop_section=165931 

You can find the stamps right here.

 
Thanks for looking!