Saturday, May 31, 2014

Where do we go now?

Life changes always bring questions, don't they? But I heard something nice at the movies today; the wrong train sometimes take you to the right station. It had a soothing and comforting feel. But you could flip it; the right train can take you to the wrong station! Card making is so much easier than life philosophy, so lets move on...

I used a for me new technique for the card. Creating a background, adding a heat embossed pattern, colouring the background again and misting with perfect pearls. Then removing the embossed areas with an iron, using copy papers to protect the iron.

Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: Crazy Egg Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge: Anything Goes

I used:
Glossy cardstock, Distress inks
Hero Arts Plaid stamp, extra fine embossing powder, embossing ink
Perfect pearls for shine
Iron to remove the embossing
3D squares for dimension
Obsession Impression sentiment, Nestabilities dies
Star shaped sequins

I'm honoured to have received an Honorable Mention at CASalogy my card in the previous post.

Thank you so much for visiting and welcome all new followers, I'm so glad you found me. Have a wonderful weekend and step on right train if travelling in life.

Hugs
Maarit


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Summer breezes


We're enjoying a fabulous weekend with summer temperatures, I'm hiding indoors at midday for crafting as my skin never get a tan, it gets different shades of red. Love the new +50 SPF products and cooling shadows. I was going to write that I prefer to lurk in the shadows, but that gives an impression of a Quasimodoish type, doesn't it?!

Challenges:
Less Is More: Die Cuts
CASology: Flower
Cute Card Thursday: Text only, no stamped image
Pixie's Snippets Playground: Use them Snippets

I used:
Tim Holtz flower die
QK circle die
Itsy Bitsy background stamp, water mister
Aqua Markers, liquid pearls, perfect pearls
Retired sentiment stamp, it says get well in Swedish
Kaiser half pearl, Memento Black ink
Cut out the stem with a pair of scissors

Thank you for all your kind words, I'm feeling much better. I've been choosing to do something I love to do at least once  a day...and that really helps. The daily chores are there anyhow. I'm still a slow blogger though, so bear with me.

Love and warm hugs
Maarit

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Shabby Chic Roses


A very clean Shabby Chic try with vibrant pink and my favourite punch, the small butterfly.

Challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges: Things With Wings
Everybody Art Challenge: Ticket ( bottom right corner)
Cute Card Thursday: Handmade Embellies

I used:
Reprint ticket stamps, London Fog Memento ink, distressing tool
Wedo butterfly punch, Liquid Pearls
Rose image Slöjddetaljer, Stickles
Have a wonderful week sweeties!

Warm hugs
Maarit

Sunday, May 18, 2014

April Shower brought us May Flowers

Howdy!? Hope you're enjoying the weekend, I've experienced a few personal set backs and been a bit low. Nothing serious at all, I'll dust it off. I got a little help from the saying; April Showers brings May Flowers, there will come good things if  I have faith ...and with some hard work. So, as I work hard I play hard, hehe! I'm trying to learn to make pleasant photos of cards, something I often struggle with. The Northern Hemisphere can be a challenge light wise during the winter months, so I'll try to get a grip of it now.

Challenges:
Less Is More: Flowers
Charisma Cardz: May Flowers
Crafty Calendar: Showers and Sunshine

I used:
PB stamp, Aqua Markers, Derwent Inktense pens, Perfect Pearls, water mister,
Memento London Fog ink for ground
Impression Obsession sentiment, black Versa Fine ink
Kaiser half pearls
Wishing you everything good!

Warm hugs
Maarit

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Clean Congratulations

My second post for today and I just realised that the 3D squares are showing, too much light!!! And it's a cloudy day today!!! It's a pretty card IRL. Can I add a few more exclamations marks just to show off?!

CASology: Mettalic
4 Crafty Chicks: Flowers
Simon Says Stamp: Spring Flowers

I used:
Papermania sentiment, embossing ink, extra fine gold embossing powder
Papermanis flowers, half pearls
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Thank you for visiting
Maarit

Count your blessings now

Sometimes life comes to a turning point when the amount of lemons is overwhelming, it helps a bit to count your blessings and give thanks for them. A healthy amount of chocolate isn't too bad either!

Challenges:
Less Is More: One Layer Thank You Card
Crafty Catz Challenge: Black and white and one colour (grey)
ABC Challenge: K for Keep It simple
Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes

I used:
Freebie image stamps, Memories black ink, Distress embossing powder
Itsy Bitsy wall stamp, London Fog Memento ink
Obsession Impression sentiment
Kaiser half pearls

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Purple Rain

It should be spring, but the weather with cold rain says something else. Better cheer up with a purple card.
 This is my first attempt on clean layering, is it too busy? I'm still struggling with the camera, the card stock is white IRL.

Challenges:
The Card Concept: Monochromatic Purple (attempt on Clean Layering)
Pixie's Snippets Playground: Making good use of the snippets
Dream Valley Challenges: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp: Spring Flowers

I used:
Itsy Bitsy clear stamps with black Versafine ink, coloured with Derwent watercolours, some shine added with metallic Sakura pens, Liquid pearls
I think the sentiment is an old Prima stamp
Papermania papers and matching Rocailles beads, 3D tape squares for the flowers, layered snippets for the paisley to give some dimension
Thank you for visiting!

Warm hugs
Maarit


Sunday, May 4, 2014

More Flowers to Mum

Beautiful flowers to mum; the label is from Slöjddetaljer, Kaiser half pearls, Itsy Bitsy stamps for background, white Color Box ink, Changeables alphabet stamps, the words says "To my mother" in Swedish, the small rectangles were made from a notebook backing coloured with Distress inks and Perfect Pearls. The rectangles were punched out with a nameless punch. It's quite nice as it takes card board.

Challenges:
Charisma Cardz: Mother's Day
My Sheri Craft: In Celebration of Mums

Have a wonderful day!
Maarit

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pollen, the Essence of Nature?

There's been a pollen boom here which have affected many allergics. I tried to catch it in a card with three colours; yellow, green and purple. The pics are just dreadful, the card stock is actually white.

Challenges:
One Layer Simplicity: Fabulous Flowers
Less Is More: Three colours (or three shades of a colour)
Cute Card Thursday: Here Comes Summer
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Favourite Penny Black stamp

You can see the original green and yellow here.
I used:
Penny Black stamp, coloured with Aqua Markers, spritzed with water and stamped directly on card stock
Liquid pearls
Chocolate Baroque sentiment stamped with Distress ink
Enjoy the rest of the weekend sweeties, thank you for visiting! Oh, by the way, what do you think, should I attend a class with Frank Garcia? He's coming to Stockholm.

Warm hugs
Maarit

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Song For A Student

I'm in a weather man mood, so here's todays weather in Stockholm....it's soooo coooold! I'll probably thaw at Midsummer Eve. Ok, now I got it out of me, so lets check the card. A lot of Students got their hats yesterday and they'll have their examination day in a month, so why not a card for a student?! The sentiment says "Sing of happy days Student" in Swedish. 

Challenges:
Simply Create Too: Stack Em' Up
Dream Valley Challenges: Say It With Words
Simon Says Stamps: Anything Goes
As You Like It: Recycling, I love to recycle boxes and backings from note books, they're sturdy enough to go wild with colours

I used:
A backing from a notebook for the background. It was stippled, sponged and splashed with Distress inks, some Perfect Pearls added for metallic shine, stamped with Penny Black notes.
The flowers were made with Cuttlebug dies, the leaves are Quickutz, the car is Marianne design cut out several times and layered.
Itsy Bitsy chipboard letter sprayed with Perfect Pearl mist.
Kaiser half pearls
Inkido sentiment
Warming hugs for everyone who needs.

Maarit