This weekend I finally got some crafting done, I wasn’t in the mood for anything else so I just let myself sit and craft. It was something I needed, and I guess the cleaning will have to be done this week instead, he he.
Next week I’m going to a party for my mother’s parents in law. They both turn 80 and inspired by the card me and Jennie made for Malin, I decided to give them a 3 in one card.
Here’s the front, I used the sketch from this week’s Freshly made sketches challenge #86 to make a Dalarna inspired card. They both enjoy spending time in their house in Dalarna so I figured it’s one, among other, thing they both like.
The background is dry embossed and slightly sanded, the card looked so flat and boring before I decided to try that technique.
Here’s the inside of the card, one page for Britt and one for Rolf, I tried to use colors, stamps and patterns they might like. I hope they like it. I know Britt like green and purple and she makes jam and lemonade in the autumn, delicious! Rolf is a carpenter and he likes to fish so I thought both the stamp and background might work.
These two cards are based on the current challenge at seize the birthday
Instead of cleaning and taking a walk I made a last card for the pink gem challenge #80. It became a wedding card, I realized all my colored humans are brunettes so I decided to practice on coloring blondes. I found this lovely stamp from wee stamps in my stash and I played around with different light brown and yellow nuances. I think I need to purchase more nuances fit for blonde hair.
I’ll add a sentiment later on when the stamps I’ve lent out to Jennie are returned, it would be a shame to ruin the card with my horrible handwriting.
I recently purchased a new cutting tool, a guillotine cutter from Tonic Studios and I haven’t really used it yet until last Friday when I decided to cut my 12×12 papers into 6×6 instead. I never make any layouts, it’s just cards and other smaller projects and I very rarely use 12 inch papers for that, it kind of scares me to cut a tiny piece from one of them.
I started by sorting out all the simple patterned papers and those with smaller images that were meant to be cut out (I suppose?). This pile is like 1/3 of my collection, those I kept are more basic paper, great for card bases and backgrounds. I found no need to cut these too.
Here’s the pile after my cutting spree (I had a few copies of some of the papers which I kept in original size among a few weird patterned ones)
This almost doubled my existing collection of 6×6 and I realized I need a few projects badly.
I managed to make two cards this weekend and I got to use a few of my newly cut 12 inch papers and other stuff in my stash, a few new ones I got from a sell out. Awesome!
I made this card inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday challenge #291
This morning I made another card inspired by one of my cut papers, it’s a transparent/vellum like paper with some flowers and fruit and I got to think of my new magnolia stamps.
I got to use one of my new prima flowers and wooden embellishments. I also used another piece of one of the border stickers I purchased. I’m such a mindless shopper!
I made the card for the current Magnolia challenge which was to use a Magnolia stamp and vellum, perfect for my rediscovered paper!
So yesterday we went to our aunt to celebrate Easter with the family and to celebrate her youngest daughter who turns 14 on Tuesday.
My two youngest cousins were there too and I made them Easter bags with some chocolate and soft bubble bottles, I’m trying not to give them too much candy as their parents try to keep them away from sugar. I gave them handmade bags last year too with a small treasure hunting quest for the older boy. This year I made a trail with chocolate eggs for them to follow. They were super happy!
The bags are something I got from some kits and they’ve been lying around for a while now.. happy to get to use them and some other stuff in my stash!
I found some fun challenges to enter with these bags too!
The Ladybug crafts challenge: Anything goes
Alota rubber stamps #103: Springtime
Crafty creations #215: Easter
Magnolialicious challenge: All about spring
I love promarkers: Spring is in the air
A few of the items from my stash: the shaped buttons (helicopter and police car), bubble stickers and a butterfly sticker I found in Berlin at Karstadt I believe.
The buttons were a part of the Christmas calendar I got from my mother last Christmas, they have this ring on the backside which I cut off and that caused the button to fall apart! Glued it all together again and adhered it with some glue dots.
A closeup on the bunny, colored with pro- and flexmarkers. I colored the bow with a darker blue first and added a brighter shade on top, gives a nice touch!
And here is the birthday card for my other cousin who turns 14. Inspired by the Sweet stop sketch #204
So happy I got to use both some alphabet stickers and a few brads from my stash.
Least but not last I also finished off some cards to go with a few angels my other aunt ordered.
Inspired by this week’s Sweet stop sketch challenge #203 I made this card for my mother. I really like the card but I don’t think it is a birthday card. Unfortunately I had no time to make another one before the party started. The text is a song in swedish about a girl named Maja, which also is my mother’s name and she used to sing it for me when I was a kid.
A mid week finished card for once! Just to be able to participate in a few challenges. For this card I had 2 sisters challenge #134: pastels, the crafty bloggers network #9: spring or pastel and a gem of a challenge #70: floral frenzy (I marked those words, he he) in mind. And a bonus was to use the never ending paper flowers and brads from my stash. One tiny step towards extinction, yay!
I do feel that something is missing in the background but I’ll just leave this as it is, there’s just too much to do both at work and at my spare time this week, that’s life!
The colors do look slightly darker than they are, me and my crappy photos again! I guess the lightning in my closet is worthless for photos.. Could have figured that one out earlier to be honest! One day I’ll make myself a lightbox or something similar, when I have the time.