Archive for March, 2009

Another challenge!

Oh, there was a new challenge at 365 Cards today, and I took a jump start on it. After a few minutes the kids joined in, so we made one entry each!



Kevin (9 yrs)


Kelly (7 yrs)


Cruise over to 365 Cards – and remember to put them on your Favorites list – there seems to be yummy stuff every day!

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is easy as 1-2-3! I’ve cut a flourish – which I have stamped, embossed, inked and was ready to use for another project when I accidently damaged it… So I used it as a mask instead!

Put a tacky-drying glue thinly on the back. I’ve used Kläber-fix but Wacky Tack, ZIG two-way or any other glue that dries tacky will do. If it dries too tacky, like Kläber-fix does, just dust it lightly with baby powder. Attach it to your LO or card and start using it as a mask, then take it off and store it on acetate until next time.


The flourish in the upper left corner has been covered with UTEE in black and gold:


The flourish in the upper right corner is in fact the mask… I managed to hide the damaged part under a flower.


Gloria at CropStop challenged us last week to make a Tim Holtz inspired tag, and here’s my take on it:


Alco Inks, UTEE, Distress Inks, a printed picture of a bag, Gazelle cut keysand some jewelry parts.

As I was about to make another project for CropStop on borders, I included the tag in this one:


BossKut border and Wildflowers and a key, all stamped and inked and a little UTEE on the key, Prima flowers and some AC Thickers alphas, some stuff from my stash. I like the BK stuff here, the border is great and the wildflowers are so easy to make in different ways!



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Oh yes, there’s a challenge over at 365 Cards today! It’s sponsored by CropStop, so go ahead and check both places out!

The challenge is to include three different textures on your project, and here’s my take on it:


The smooth cardstock is dry embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and I also added some Stickles to it, then heat embossed using stamps from Technique Tuesday and Gold EP from Ranger. The next paper is handmade from Svartvik Paper, and has inclusions of marigold. The top paper is also handmade from Svartvik, a wet embossed image of a hand and a leaf heart. The edges are enhanced with some Distress Inks.  I also added a skeleton leaf in dark brown (I love these!).

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My first challenge for the members at CropStop forum is now up, read more about it here!

This is my sample for it


Basically you have to make a front page for an album or a CD-cover with the title The Soundtrack of My Life. The background paper is Bazzill, stamped, embossed and inked, the flourishes BossKut and I have used various stamps, ribbons and flowers. The alphas are also cut with the Gazelle, the font is called Commodore and is very similar to QuicKutz Studio. Some jewelry parts are also included.

So, that was the weekly challenge which starts off today, last week it was all about stitching and I made this LO:


Webster’s Pages are among my favorite papers,  but my all time favorite isn’t even printed, it’s handmade papers from Svartvik, which I frequently use for journaling and photo mats. Many of them are so smooth you can run them through your inkjet printer, yet they have a lovely texture that really makes them stand out! This paper has inclusions of grass. Prima flowers, a skeleton leaf, some Panduro epoxy stickers and cuts from the Gazelle. Clock chipboard is Heidi Swapp, while the alpha chippy is MM painted with Ranger Crackle paint and the other alphas are MME. The ticket is cut with the Gazelle, and is sized to fit the ticket stamp from Stellas.

There’s a monthly sketch, too! Yep, we’re having fun all the time! Here’s my LO for the March sketch:


The patterned papers are HOTP, from the Retro stack. The photo mats are mulberry paper and the title and flowers are cut with the Gazelle – the BossKut die is called Wildflowers – the ribbons are all from Reasonable Ribbons. Some jewelry parts just happened to be attached, too… That is something I use a lot, as I still have them in my stash since I made jewelry (I still do, but not very often!).

We have a lot of fun at CropStop, come in and join us!

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No, pink is not my favorite color, but I do like it! And with a girly model hanging around the house it’s impossible not to use pink.


A pale pink Bazzill and a swirl bracket frame cut with the Gazelle (so are the tags and some of the flowers), decorated with stamps and Distress Inks. The photo mat is handmade paper from Svartvik. This has inclusions of Spanish Moss.


American Crafts PP, a swirl and some tags which is stamped and inked, and some stuff from my stash.


Most of the paper embellishments – such as the scalloped lace in the background – are cut with the Gazelle, then stamped and inked.


Handmade paper from Svartvik as a photo mat, it has been inked with Distress Inks. The heart border is made with the Gazelle, stamped and inked. I really love this little pink machine of mine – it gives me a lot of creative freedom as I’m not forced to use what I have at hand or wait for a delivery – I simply cut the alphas and decorations I want! Just imagine what I save not having to buy alpha stickers during a year…?

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