Saturday, January 31, 2015

Recycling Christmas

One more for today, small snow flakes has been falling all day. It has been very beautiful and I just had to make a Christmas card, can you get better inspiration?

Challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: B for Bows, Bunting or Baking
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge: Something starting with B

Materials used:
Piece of old Christmas card cut out, edges distressed with Distress ink, matting made by colouring white paper with a Promarker pen, mounted on scraps for dimension, recycled a ribbon from a Christmas pressie, added lots of different Stickles for the glitter effect. Bazzill white hammered cardstock.
There's stamping on the inside, forgot to take a pic of it.

Thank you for visiting, hope you come back soon again! Have a lovely Saturday evening!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Just 4 You Sweetie

Good morning Sweeties!!!! Time for team Abi at Sweet Stampin', this week we want to see some Loooove ! We're being sponsored by Ribbon Girl with a fabby prize, check our blog for all info and to see the sweetest team's projects. I was inspired by a card the super talented Kim Dellow had created.


Challenges:
I used:
Hero Arts large rain drop stamp, Distress inks, extra fine embosssing powder, Quickutz heart dies, sponges for distressing, scissors to cut the banner, Joanna Sheen sentiment, 3D squares, Bazzill card stock

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! I hope you'll have a wonderful weekend.

Warm hugs and love
Maarit

Friday, January 30, 2015

Hearts for Valentine's Day

Simply Create Too wants to see Hearts/Valentine cards, check our blog for all details and to see the teams fantastic cards, they are a real treat for the eye. I went for Paris silhouette and dramatic colours.

Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday: Stamping Mad
4 Crafty Chicks: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Up in the clouds (like falling in love)
Snarky Sisters: Snarker's Choice I for Iconic

Materials used:
Tim Holtz Eiffel Tower stamped black Versafine ink and heat embossed with extra fine powder. The background was made with Winsor & Newton watercolours, Cosmic Shimmer spray, Liquitex modelling paste, That Special Touch stencil, G├╝termann and Itsy Bitsy sequins, Distress inks, Panduro heart punch

Thank you ever so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! Mum is feeling much better and has been moved to a smaller hospital. Thank you for all good wishes.

Warm hugs and love
Maarit

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sending Love

Hello sweet blogging friends, I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. We're having snow at last so a card with lots of white space does feel just like the right thing.

Challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Something New ( new washi tape)
Pixie's Snippets Playground: I used snippets for the image and the banner
Simon Says Stamp: Have A Heart
Less Is More: A sketch to follow, I twisted it a bit

Materials used:
Penny Black hedgie stamped with black Memento ink, coloured with Pro Markers, Wink of Stella, Star dust Stickles, black Sakura pen to define the stamped lines
Penny Black sentiment stamped with black Versa Fine ink, heat embossed with extra fine clear embossing powder
Bazzill hammered cardstock, DCWV blueish snippet, Washi tape from Gran Canaria (no name), Eyelets from stash

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! Mum's still at hospital, she's feeling much better, but the blood count was still low, apparently the Chemo thing. She can't have visitors as her immune defence is low, so I'm blowing heart shaped bubbles her way!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

Hello sweet stampin' friends! I have two New Years's Resolutions for 2015; To have fun and to use the heap of unused schtuff.....no buying before using the shiny things I have in the crafty corner. The workout bit is easy, I actually enjoy it...when I manage to get to the gym. I've come to the age when a cookie to much actually adds weight! So this never before used stamp sums everything up neatly.
The lovely Bugaboo stamp with a Wink of Stella
Challenges:
Crafty Catz  Challenge: New Beginnings
Crafty Calendar: Something New
Cute Card Thursday: Just for laughs?
Fab 'n ' Funky: Something New
NBUS: Anything Goes
Materials used:
Bugaboo image and sentiment, Pro Markers, Wink of Stella, Kaiserkraft gems, Spellbinder label dies


Thank you so much for visiting!

Love and hugs!
Maarit


Opposites Attract

Being a Science teacher, I found this card amusing to create....I'm a nerd/geek too! So Violet pinkish against Blueish Green, curved lines and straight, bold and thin text, circles and squares, glossy and mat, metallic and non-metallic, imperfect and immaculate...

Challenges:
One Layer Simplicity: Attractive Opposites
CASology: NBUS (never before used Schtuff, the Papermania stamp)
Craft Stamper's Take It Make It: Take a stamp, anything goes

Materials used:
Papermania background stamp, Peacock Feathers and Pickled Raspberry Distress inks dabbed onto crafting mat, spritzed with water and a hint of Silver Perfect Pearls,
Prima sentiment, black Archival ink and extra fine clear embossing ink,
Penny Black dot line,  embossing ink, fine golden embossing powder, 
Bazzill hammered card stock

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. I'm feeling proud today; the kind people at the Craft Stamper sent me the issue where my card is published. They even sent the card back to me! To be there amongst all the super talented craft people is amazing. I'm always thinking that I wish I could make such lovely projects they do. Thank you so much for this Craft Stamper!

Love and warm hugs
Maarit








Saturday, January 17, 2015

Masculine Card

It's already time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin'. This week we want to se Masculine Cards. Quixotic Paperie are sponsoring us this week with a fabby prize. They do have such lovely stamps, it was a real treat to just browse.

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp: It's A Guy Thing

Materials used:
Papermania star stamp (cut ot from a larger stamp with many stars), Joanna Sheen chain and cog stamps, Distress inks, black Distress embossing powder, QK star die, Vilda Stamps sentiment, black Archival ink, gesso, DQWV card stock, bronze and golden Perfect pearls, cord and unnamed Washi tape.

Thank you so much for visiting, it means the world! And thank you for all wishes for Mum, the operation went well and she'll stay at hospital at least one more week. The staff is very kind and effective, it's a huge relief, she'll soon be up and about again.
Warm hugs and love
Maarit

Sunday, January 4, 2015

My Top 12 of 2014

2014 had it's ups and downs; one of the ups was that a card was chosen to be published in the Craft Stamper February 2015 issue, it's out now,  you can find it at page 95. I'm eagerly waiting for the issue arriving to Sweden so that I can have a look myself. I guess it'll be a surreal feeling to find it there. I could never imagine that something I was inspired by at the bus home from work could end up in a magazine.
My dear friend died of cancer and Mum got the diagnos, you have to believe  in all things good here in life.
Remember and never forget.
Give thanks!
Enjoy life!

Enjoy Nature
You can't win them all!
Enjoy a cuppa and a choccie now and then!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Something New

Hiya, time for something new at the Sweet Stampin' Challenge. It could be a new baby, new stash or whatever new you would like to share as long as there's rubber or digi stamping. We're kindly being sponsored by Wild Orchid Crafts this week.


Challenges:
Crafty Calender: What's New?
Sparkles Christmas Challenges: Christmas Critter with Sparkle


I made good use of a win from Bugaboo stamps, some new red Pro Markers, a new Wink of Stella pen and a Nestie Label. Santa spoilt me a bit! The papers are DQWV.

Thank you so much for visiting, I've been down with the flu and will catch up with blog visits whilst drinking lots of tea. Oldest son ordered a sampler package with tea from China to me for Christmas so everything is good!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Friday, January 2, 2015

Time to Celebrate


We're celebrating at Simply Create Too, why not join us? Check our blog for all the details and to see the teams fabulous projects. I'm a bit late with the post, I had it scheduled but must have missed something. I'm wishing you all love, health an joy for 2015!!!!!

Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: Celebrate
Cute Card Thursday: Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party: Celebrations

Materials used:
The background was made with a large Hero Arts stamp stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with a pearl and sparkle mix of powders. Then coloured with Aqua Markers.

The Tilda glass was stamped with blackVersa fine and layered for dimension. Some Stickles and highlights were added, the later with a white Sakura pen. The bubbles were made with baby blue Liquid pearls.

The Vilda stamps sentiment says Too much of something can be wonderful in Swedish.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated. I'll be back with a new card tomorrow.

Love and hugs
Maarit