Monday, 29 May 2017

Make Some Noise

Hello.  Welcome.  Picked up a few stamps by Panduro on sale the other day.  Thought this one was perfect for the CASology challenge of Loud



I based my design on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge sketch.  I stamped the deer drummer and masked him.  I added the musical notes and then used a Rubber Dance splat stamp and loud colours of distress ink to make the background.  I coloured the deer with distress inks and gave him a loud jumper.  The stamp has the word play on the drum but I masked that out and used some small Stamplortaion stamps to add the Happy Birthday.  I know a few musicians so I am sure this will be a very useful card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CASology - Loud
Stamplorations CAS Challenge May
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 174 - Sketch
AAA Cards Game 91 - Birthday 
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Challenge 123 - Let's Go Wild 




  

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Rudolf Does Yoga

Hello.  Welcome.  Well, it's summer today in Norway with 28°C in the shade, 35°C in the sun and the greenhouse is like a nuclear accident site........  Best to just stay in there 30 seconds, stretch it to 45 maybe, then out again to cool down!!!  They have said we may have 2 days like this!!!!  Wow.  BBQ, bicycle race and cold drinks rule.  So in the spirit of summer, I decided to make a christmas card!!   Setting a new record!  This is the second one this month!!!  At this rate I will have 13 ready for the big day ROFL.  



Now ain't that the cutest little Rudolf you ever did see??  I used the sketch from CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  I stamped and masked the deer from a NBUS Panduro set and stamped the snowflakes.  I coloured the deer with distress inks and a waterbrush and edged the card with dark blue chalk ink.  Another contender for the yearly christmas card.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge 174 - Sketch
May Rudolph Days Challenge 
CHNC Challenge 335
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Little Critters 
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Law of Cat

Hello.  Welcome.  The challenge over at Dies R Us is shaped cards, so I decided it was time for another outing with the Sizzix Fancy Chair die.  This comes with a matching embossing folder and is a really fun die.  It's quite nice to have a free standing chair, and since Lost Coast have a cat event going on, I decided to fill my chair with a cat.  A happy cat, of course......



How cool is that??!!!  I cut the chair from corrugated card, which gets compressed as it is cut, so gives a nice strong card front, but remains quite light.  I embossed with the matching folder and tinted with Frayed Burlap distress ink.  I embossed some hot pink card and fussy cut the 'upholstery'.  I highlighted some details with a red pen and added some lace to the edge of the cushion.  Went a bit crazy with the pearls!!!   Most of the embossed 'buttons' are covered by the cat so only two pearls on the chair back, so I decided to embellish the chair arms as well.  



The cat is Lost Coast's Happy Cat, stamped wth black archival ink and fussy cut.  I stamped the sentiment with Staz On ink on shrink plastic.  It reads

'she decided to schedule some time each day to be 
overwhelmed by the sheer amazingness of it all'

She is a very wise cat.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity - Here Kitty Kitty
Dies R Us Challenge 73 - Shaped Cards/Projects
Scrapy Land Challenge 66 - Add pearls and/or Lace
More Than Words Mini Challenge - She 
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 36 - Put a Stamp On It



Monday, 22 May 2017

Flowers In Her Air

Hello.  Welcome.  I paper pieced the girl from the May KOTM.  Love the dimension this technique gives.  


It was a fun way to use some scraps.  I wanted to use warm colours.  The flowers are Sizzix Flower emboslit and gold mirror card.  These dies cut and emboss at the same time. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
CASology Week 249 - Warm I used warm colours and she's holding a cup of coffee
Dare 2 B Artzy - Girly Challenge
Hobbygarasjen Utfordring 48 - Blomster
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Floral Fantasy
Country View Challenges May 2017 - Flower Power

Green White Space and the Beauty of Dicentra

Hello.  Welcome.  A lovely inspiration photo over at the Stamplorations Cutplorations challenge.  Dicentra is one of my favourite flowers.  I love those dangly little heart shaped flowers. 



Keeping it clean with lots of green space.  The base card is green hammered card which I added some Mowed Lawn distress ink to to highlight the texture.  I cut a scrap of watercolour paper coloured with Brusho's using two of the Stamplorations Stitched Snowy Hill dies.  I cut Stamplorations Clustered Heart die from a scrap of white paper and coloured it with Picked Raspberry distress ink.  I wanted the bottom of the hearts to remain white, to reflect the colouring in the Dicentra flowers, so I used my waterbrush to add colour at the top and draw it down the die cut.  The happy birthday is a goldline sticker.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamplorations Cutplorations May Challenge
Stamplorations CAS Challenge May
Allsorts Challenge Week 416 - Happy Birthday
Kaboks Utfordring 13 - Bursdag 
Pixies Snippets Playground Week 281/282 


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Save the Beez

Hello.  Welcome.  Yesterday was World Bee Day.  I have noticed the decline of our buzzy friends.  I have noticed when the weather turns cold and wet and they vanish, only to reemerged a month later to work hard again.  We need them so badly.  Please take care of the bees.  Don't use pesticides.  They kill the good with the bad and often the good take longer to recover, so you get more bad bugs, then you spray them again!!  Cherish your dandelions for the precious early nectar they supply and the happy colours they bring to the garden.  Be brave, go wild.  


I decided to join the PaperArtsy challenge where they want to see assemblage.  I liked the tin can man in the challenge post and also Carol Fox's garden sign made me think about making a tin can to put bits in in my greenhouse.   I sprayed my can with copper laquer.  I used a stencil and some yellow acrylic on burlap fabric.  The metal flowers are from Korthobby.no with a few half pearls.   The bee is from Rubber Dance, stamped and coloured on shrink plastic.  The legs and antennae were a bit of a shrinky dinky nightmare but we got there in the end.  I made the sentiment on ye olde typewriter.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Paperartsy - Assemblage
Korthobby - Anything Goes

Hoppy Birthday Bunny

Hello.  Welcome.  I have a hoppy bunny card over on the Rubber Dance blog today.  Do pop over and check out.  Hugz


Do hop over to the blog and remember, if you are shopping at Rubber Dance you can use my code GTfreeship you can get free worldwide shipping on orders over €15. 
Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Monday, 15 May 2017

Just Fluttering By

Hello.  Welcome.  New challenge starting over at Rubber Dance today and the theme is Rule of Three.  We want to see three of something, or many threes of things.  Here's a little idea I had



I used Butterfly Trio, stamped and fussy cut.  I divided my panel into three using Stamplorations Snowy Hills Stitched dies and embossed the central panel with a Sizzix embossing folder.  

Hop over to the blog for more inspiration from the team for this challenge.


Hope you feel like making a little something and joining the fun.  You must use stamping, but any brand of rubber or clear stamp is welcome.  We would of course love to see your creations with Rubber Dance stamps if you have them.  

Don't forget if you are shopping for Rubber Dance stamps you can get free worldwide shipping with my code GTfreeship for any order over €15.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz 

Joining the fun at
Stamping Sensations Challenge - Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy
AAA Cards Game 90 - Embossing



Thursday, 11 May 2017

A Boy and His Reindeer

Hello.  Welcome.  Wow, a christmas card already this month!!  Might break my record this month!!! 




I used I Love You So Much from High Hopes Stamps coloured with water colour pencils.  I fussy cut part of the image so I could use the Sizzix Mixed Media die behind the image.  I cut the panel with Simon Says Stamp Stitched rectangle die and backed it with some patterned paper.  The Merry Christmas is an MFP stamp.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
High Hopes Stamps May Challenge - Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper May Challenge - Anything Goes
CHNC Challenge 332 - Anything Christmas
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 
Scrapyland Challenge 65- Anything Goes
Scrappelyst Utfordring for Mai - Feiring

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Hi Frank, Great Hair

Hello.  Welcome.  Murphy Nan reminded me it's Half-O.Ween.  That's halfway to that most wonderful time of the year...........Halloween.  So since Mr Mojo has returned with the rain, and there was this so lovely Frank die I just had to have.......



I cut a piece of Prima patterned paper, it had pink stripes on pale yellow with grey text, with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die.  Then I cut the end with Sizzix Torn Notebook die, which gives me a 4 x 5 and some journal card.  I used a large Pronty stencil and Picked Raspberry distress ink on the background and added some Picked Raspberry and Black Archival smears.  



I stamped the bauble garland from Unity KOTM and embossed with black embossing powder.  Uh,,, that's not very festive!  So I coloured the baubles with Galaxy Markers and used my gold Pilot marker on the strings and bauble hangers.  Much better.  Then I cut and paper pieced Frantic Stampers Frank die with some scraps.  Ain't he just so cool.  I added some extra stitching to his cardigan and shoes with a sharpie and gave him some gold bolts.  Ready to parteeeee.  



I generated my sentiment on a typewriter!!  A real one.  One of those little ones that were all the rage when I was young.  They called them portable!  Well, I suppose they were, but I wouldn't want to lug it up a mountain!!  We inherited this one recently and I grabbed it with joy.  No firing up the printer to waste a whole sheet of paper on six words.  And I bet it's more water resistant that printed ink.  Will experiment later!!  And when I messed up the 'new' whilst inking the edges I just typed it again, on the same scrap of card I had already chopped up.  Won't see a printer putting your sentiment on scraps, but my little typewriter will.  Limited fonts, and I maybe need to find a new ribbon, but a definite asset to the crafty stash.   But there is no spell check!!  Ah well, we aim for perfection but settle for reality.  



Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Hint of Pink 
Scrapy Land Challenge 65 - Anything Goes
Dream in Darkness Challenge
Pixies Snippets Playground Week 279/280
Stamplorations May Mixed Media Challenge 

 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Headhunter Hello

Hello.  Welcome.  We have had a week of hot, hot, hot and sun, sun, sun so I have been muchly in the garden.  A little rain this afternoon reawakened Mr. Mojo.  The Mod Squad Challenge really caught my eye and then Mr Postman brought some Sugar Skull stamps I was lucky enough to win in the Sin City blog hop and well........



I stamped the Sin City Female Sugar Skull on black and white card using Versamark ink and embossed with black and white powder, cut and spliced them and then cut using Sizzix TH Stitched Oval dies.  I cut the frame with the same die set from some chalkboard papers.  The background panel is from the same chalkboard papers cut with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die.  I used Sizzix alpha dies for the Head Hunter greeting and added some stitch detail with my black and white gel pens.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Mod Squad Challenge - Positively Negative
Dream in Darkness Challenge 
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge 36 - Use Faux/Real Stitching 
Country View May Challenge - Flower Power
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - It's a Frame Up 
Scrapy Land Challenge 65 - Anything Goes 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Hare Mail

Hello.  Welcome.  A couple of new stamps sets being released over at Rubber Dance today and they are soooooooo cute!!  Well, you know I have a weakness for bunnies!  I have a little something I want to send to a crafty friend so I decided to decorate the envelope and make some bunny mail art.  Carrots anyone??



How sweet is that little Bonny Bunny face!!??!  The address, in that space that I doodled under the bunny face, is obviously not my friend's LOL.  Most of the stamping and colouring was done with distress inks and my water brush.  

Do hop over to the blog to see the full release and also lots of luscious samples.  Then hop over to the web site and snaffle yourself these little beauties at a bargain price until 8th May.  And remember if you use my code GTfreeship you can get free worldwide shipping on orders over €15 as well!!  Now that's a real bargain!!  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Scrappelyst Grublis for April - Vår
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - The Great Outdoors
Happy Little Stampers May Watercolour Challenge - AG
Kreativ Scrapping Utfordring 5 - Vår
Scrappiness Utfolrdring 4 - Fargerikt

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Hello Bunny

Hello.   Welcome.  Just popping up to share the card I sent to LaVon for the April Card Chain Challenge.  In case you've missed it, this is an international card exchange where you make a card, send a card and get a card.  Everyone gets a card, everyone wins!!  



I used a dotty orange card base and highlighted the dots with orange distress ink.  I cut the banner using Simon Says Stamp Stitched die and some dotty paper.  I cut a piece of yellow card smeared with Twisted Citron distress ink using Stamplorations Stitched Snowy Hills die for the ground.  The bunny is an Anita's stamp coloured with Promarkers.  

If you would like to see all the cards that were exchanged in April the reveal is HERE

If you would like to join the May exchange the sign up is HERE and is open until 6th May.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge 36 - Faux/Real Stitching
Scrappelyst Grublis for April - Vår 
One Crazy Stamper Challenge - Anything Goes 
HeARTful Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes 
Dare 2 B Artzy Challenge - Anything Goes 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

I See It In The Stars

Hello.  Welcome.  I have a card over on the Rubber Dance blog today.  Hope you have time to hop over and check it out.  Here's a peek.  Hugz



The new colour challenge started yesterday with these lovely yummy colours



Hope you feel like making a little something and joining the fun.  You must use stamping but any brand is welcome.  We would of course love to see your creations with Rubber Dance stamps if you have them. 

Don't forget if you are shopping for Rubber Dance stamps you can get free worldwide shipping with my code GTfreeship.  Just between us, there's something exciting coming to the shop on Thursday.  I see it in the stars LOL.  Well, actually, I read it in the carrots.....  Hugz

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

GIU Winners

Hello.  Welcome.  Thanks to everyone who commented on my Growing in Unity posts last week.  Your amazing comments made the days very special.  You all rock.  A special thanks to those who took the time to leave more than a word or two and to those who chose to become followers as well.  And here's what you have been waiting for....

From Day 1 : Kristiina Majuri

From Day 5 :  Dotty Jo

Congratulations ladies.  You have both won a 25 stamp grab bag from Unity Stamp Co.  I'm sorry you couldn't all be winners, but Lisa has announced her winners as well, so do hop over and see if you are lucky there.   There are 4 chances every week in 2017 to win a Unity Grab Bag.  Join the Unity Show and Tell or Unity GIU groups to find out who is GIU this week.  

Kristiina and Jo, please email me (craftynomad at gmail dot com) your snail mail addresses so I can pass them on to Unity

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Monday, 1 May 2017

Simple Solutions

Hello.  Welcome.  May already and flowers bursting out all over.  I saw this sentiment and it was love at first sight.  I mean, you just got to have it.  Haven't you??



Any excuse to eat cake, eh??  The flower is a Gummiapan die and the mini Bunny Tilda Baby was stamped, fussy cut and coloured with Wilted Violet distress ink.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Floral Fantasy
Country View May Challenge - Flower Power
AAA Cards Game 89 - Bright and Beautiful
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrappelyst Grublis for April - Vår 


Birds Eye View

Hello.  Welcome. It's way past the witching hour so here's a simple bird inspired by Shirley



I cut the white panel using Stamplorations Double Crazy Stitched Rectangle die.  I stamped the bird uusing Versamark and embossed the top with black and the bottom of his legs with white embossing powder.  I coloured his bill with orange Promarker and paper pieced the body.  A googly eye and Stamploration sentiment to finish.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Stamplorations Cutplorations April Challenge I went with green and bird  
Stamplorations CAS Challenge April
Stamplorations April Challenge - Theme - Stamps and Wings 
Stamplorations Spotlight Project Showcase 
Stamplorations Things With Wings Spring Linky 




Sunday, 30 April 2017

Man From The Flying Squad

Hello.  Welcome.  Love this image.  Banksy rocks.  Did I tell you I saw Banksy's Brexit on a wall in Bristol.  The council had put a piece of perspex over it to stop over zealous graffitti cleaners LOL.  



I cut the panel using Stamplorations Crazy Double stitched rectangle die.   I used Cracked Pistachio distress ink and Aegean Sea chalk ink randomly on a white hammered card base.  I stamped and embossed the VLVS policeman on the die cut panel and stuck it on the card base.   Then I stamped the VLVS shoes hanging from the line.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
VLVS April Challenge 
Scrappegarasjen Utfordring 34 - Fargeutfordring 
Addicted to CAS Challenge 110 - Grunge
Stamplorations Cutplorations April Challenge I went with green and blue and oh my goodness that guy has a bird on his head.....
Stamplorations CAS Challenge April 





Do You Like Happy Mail??

Hello.  Welcome.  It was my birthday last weekend.  I'm chatting to my mum and she says she doesn't know what to get me.  Ahhh, well.  There's a package coming for me.  Why don't you send it on and it will be the perfect gift.  I knew it would be the perfect gift cos it was some crafty goodies I had had my eye on.  The really funny thing about this story was it was me, in Norway, ordering Swedish goodies from the UK, to be sent to Norway!!   Talk about round the houses!!  Anyway, here's a make using my perfect birthday present.  Thanks Mum.   


I cut a black panel using the Gummiapan Stitched Square die.  I have been wanting some square dies and the stitching is just such a lovely detail.  These cut really well and are excellent value for money.  Then I cut the Integrated Star die from gold mirror card.  I stamped and coloured the cute Mini Bunny Tilda with distress inks and fussy cut her.  These are less that 5cm, but very detailed, and I have a few ideas to see where I can perch them.  They are on offer at Swedish House Crafts if you are interested.  I think they will be perfect for ATC's etc.  I used another of the Stitched Square dies to cut my card base.  I couldn't find the sentiment or text dies I wanted so I scribbled my own words with a gold pilot marker and outlined with a white gel pen.

OK, so if you like happy mail, the Card Chain Challenge May sign up is open until 6th May.  This is an international card exchange.  You send a card and get a card in return.  Would love you to join the fun.  All details and past reveals of the fantabulous cards that have winged their way around the globe can be viewed on the blog.  The April reveal will be posted on 2nd May.  

Also, in case you missed it, I was Growing in Unity the past week and have two Unity stamp grab bags to give away.  Check out this post for details and all the links.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
De-Egel Challenge 32 - Use Black
More Than Words April Mini Challenge - Free
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Repeat Impressions Anything Goes Challenge - A2617 

Friday, 28 April 2017

GIU Day 5 - Get Out The Sun Glasses

Hello.  Welcome.  This week I am growing in Unity.  I have shared a project every day this this week featuring Unity Stamp Company stamps.  This is my final GIU post and I would like to thank you for your visits and your mega-awesome comments.  You rock.  I'd also like to thank Unity for giving me the opportunity to share my Unity creations with you, and for giving you the chance to win a Unity grab bag.  Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of two fantastic Unity grab bags.  Hugz

Yesterday I did cool blues for Christmas.  Today I wanted to go bright, in the hopes of encouraging the summer.  And today we have sunshine, so maybe it worked!!  I also wanted to use one of my favourite Unity Stamps.  I know, there are so many, but in the end I went with The Strength She Needs, definitely one of my bestest favourites.



See, I was serious about the sunglasses!!  I made my background using triangles of neon paper.  I stamped, embossed and fussy cut the girl and coloured her with distress ink and a red Promarker.  I stamped the sentiment using black Staz-on.  Not sure of the kit this comes from because I got it in a Unity grab bag.  I thought this might make a modern and alternative confirmation card.  Good advice for a young woman.

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Unity grab bag.  If you have missed my other posts this week they are here:  
Good luck.  I will announce my winners next week. 

If you hop over to Lisa's blog she is also GIU this week, and has two grab bags to giveaway too.  
Just in case you don't know there are two GIU gals every week in 2017, each giving away 2 fabtastic Unity grab bags.  If you want to find them you can join the fb 
HUGZ

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Kaboks Utfordring 12 - Konfirmasjon
Scrappiness Utfolrdring 4 - Fargerikt
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Challenge 122 - Favourite Stamp 
Allsorts Challenge Week 412 - I Spy Be, bright, body, bangle. 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

GIU Day 4 - Feeling Blue

Hello.  Welcome.  This week I am growing in Unity.  This means I will be sharing a project every day this this week featuring Unity Stamp Company stamps.  Leave a comment on all my posts this week for a chance to win one of two Unity mega-awesome grab bags. 

I used a lot of my christmas card stash last christmas so my plan was to make a new christmas card every week fortnight month.  OK, a little pathetic, but every little helps, and I'm sure production will accelerate after the summer.  So here's this month's contribution to the xmas card pile.  Featuring a girl and coffee, although I like to think she is cuddling a cup of hot chocolate.  I certainly would be.


The bricks and the window are from SMAK kits Focus on the Good and Be Different.  I masked the window before stamping the bricks.  I also added some snowflakes, stamped with silver ink, over the top of the bricks.  They look a bit yellow in the picture.  The snowflakes and the girl are from KOTM Warmth of Winter.  I stamped, fussy cut and coloured her with blue distress inks.  And a little touch of pink and red.  The sentiment is from Country Christmas Snowman.  Maybe not a typical christmas design but it's making me feel chilly!  Where's the hot chocolate??

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Unity grab bag.  If you have missed my other posts this week they are here:  DAY 1DAY 2, DAY 3 
You can also hop over to Lisa's blog.  She is also GIU this week and has two grab bags to giveaway too.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
April Rudolph Days Challenge
FSC Challenge 122 - Sound of Music - My Favourite Things  I went with warm woolen mittens
ABC Christmas Challenge - H is for Home
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 330 
As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Colour Blue, always been my favourite, and it works lovely for chilly winter, or lovely seas and skies.