Saturday, 18 November 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi friends!

We are back with another challenge at Less Is More. This time we are CASEing one of our DT members, the fabulous Susan, whose birthday it is today! Happy Birthday, Susan! Susan is a wizard with Copic coloring and here's the card she has made for us to CASE:

Now let's get into the cards I made inspired by Susan!

Card 1 
The girl and the bear

In this card I used one of my favorite Christmas stamps from last year. This W+9 stamps image is so cute! I've colored the image with Copics, die cut it, and then die cut the shape 4 times out of plain white card. I glued all the die cut pieces together to avoid using dimensional adhesive -I love the way you can use scrap card for creating the dimension and saving your 3d adhesive for something else!

Card 2 
Christmas Elf 

In this card I've used the same die cutting technique. This MFT elf is not a Christmas stamp but I think it works for Christmas too! Again my coloring is made with Copics. The Christmas sentiment is Finnish (as in my first card). This challenge was perfect for making quick, fun Christmas cards! I embellished my elf with one die cut snowflake to make him look a bit more Christmassy. :) 

My apologies for the the blue tint in my white card in the photos... The lighting condition were not that great when I was taking the photos!

Our November sponsor is Dies to Die for. Play along for a chance to win a fabulous sponsor prize + you could be chosen as guest designer too! Happy crafting and thanks for popping by!

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hi friends!
We have a new challenge for you at Inkspirational. Our DT member Yvonne has chosen a fun Christmas card challenge for you:

Our challenge blog is filled with DT inspiration and we hope to see you joining us! Our guest designer this time is the talented Heidi -play along and you could be chosen as guest designer too!

My card is made with patterned paper, vellum and CAS-ual Fridays snowflake stamps and sentiment stamp heat embossed with white powder. I love how this turned out but the photo gives it no justice -I photographed this outside one morning when the sun was not really up yet (not that it shines too much in November anyway...) and the white in the photo looks very blue. It's that time of year again when taking photos of your cards is super annoying!

Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you joining us! Happy crafting! 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Time Out Challenges Reminder!

Hi friends!
I'm here to remind you of our current challenge at TIME OUT where we are CASEing this fantastic card by Michele:

Michele is one of my favorite bloggers and also a regular player at TIME OUT. I really love her style! If you don't know her blog I card Everyone, you know what to do next! :) 

I CASEd pretty much all the elements in Michele's card... I only changed the colors and layout. My hidden sentiment is very hidden, oops... But I guess you can somehow read it! :) Should maybe have added black layers under the top one instead of white. Oh well! The sentiment die is by Ellen Hutson (thank you TO DT friend Jill for sending me this last year!) and the stamped sentiment is by Happy Little Stampers, our sponsor. The stencil I used comes from Simon Says Stamp.

All our challenge details and lots of DT inspiration can be found HERE. Our guest designer this time is Bobby -also a regular at TO and one of my favorite card makers in blog land! Just love Bobby's eye for detail! Play along and you could be chosen as guest designer as well... Happy crafting!

I'd like to join:
CASology: Sharp (my masked circle has very "sharp", crisp and clean edges against the white background!) 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

STAMPlorations 3rd Annual Thanks Blog Hop

Hi friends!

I have a great pleasure to be joining in the STAMPlorations 3rd Annual Thanks Blog Hop! There's lots of inspiration and prizes along the way so do click on the link above and have fun! DT members from several challenge blogs are joining in and I'm actually joining from two design teams where I belong: Time Out Challenges and Less Is More.

Shery from STAMPlorations very kindly sent me a set of wonderful new sentiment stamps to play with and this is the card I created with the stamps. Very CAS but I love the end result! This is the stamp set I used:

Very cool sentiment, right!

The angel attached to my tag is recycled from a bottle of red wine, it was an embellishment in the wrapping. I've cut a STAMPlorations tag, heat embossed my sentiment, blended some inks on it and that's all there is to this card! The card base is pearlescent white, quite pretty!

From today onwards until the ned of November there's also a massive sale at STAMPlorations -everything is 40% off! Time to shop! 

Happy hopping! :)

Saturday, 4 November 2017

November Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers

It's already November... It's now or never for making Christmas cards, only 1 month to go! :) The November Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers is Anything Christmas goes with the optional twist of "tag". There's fantastic DT inspiration on offer HERE. Click HERE for information about the prizes. 

My card took some time to make, I always find shakers a bit fiddly... But I do love the outcome! I have to wrap up this post quickly so here's information about the products I used -let me know in comments if there's any questions!

*tag die by Sugar Pea Designs
*Santa stamp, colored in with Copics, by MFT
*Sentiment, heat embossed with white, from a set by The Greeting Farm
stitched border *rectangle die by MFT
*sequins, designer paper and a piece of ribbon for the tag from my stash

We hope to see you playing along at Happy Little Stampers! Thanks for popping by!

I'd like to join:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Christmas Gift tag (I hope mine is ok although it's attached to a card base!)

My Favorite Things: Sketch Challenge 
(The tag represents the fishtail shape and the Santa represents the square!) 
Santa + rectangle die by MFT

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi friends!
We are back with a new challenge at Less Is More and this time it will run for two weeks so you'll have lots of time to join in! It is a color challenge "fireworks" but you'll see from the DT cards that most of us have actually been inspired by the look of fireworks too, not only colors... Let's see how you'll be inspired!

New month brings in a new sponsor and in November it is Dies to Die for. Play along often for a chance to be our monthly winner and to be chosen as a guest designer too! This time our GD is Biggan, one of our regulars. She is a fantastically artistic card maker, her cards are often like small paintings... Love them and only wish I had such skills with water color! 

Välkommen till Less Is More, Biggan! (I try to practice my Swedish whenever I can!) 

Card 1 (above) Let's Celebrate
My first card is quite good for New Year's I think! The half-tone circle stamps by Altenew represent my fireworks and all the black stamping is made with stamps by Paper Smooches. I used Hero Arts neon inks for stamping the fireworks colors -I think these were the most bright and vibrant inks in my collection! The glittery card base was a last minute idea -I have lots of glitter card I don't use that much and I've recently tried to save white card and use other card stock that I have. Looks rather festive! A couple of silver sequins finish off the card.

I'd like to join:

Card 2 (below) Thanks

Here are the Altenew half-tone circles again and this time the sentiment is from the same set. Very quick and basic CAS card with plain stamping! The card base is dry embossed with a stripy embossing folder for extra texture and interest but it's very hard to see in the photo -maybe you'll have some luck if you enlarge the pic. I embellished the card with clear sequins around the sentiment. 

Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you playing along at Less Is More!

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hi friends!

Today begins our new challenge at Inkspirational:

I must admit I had absolutely no idea what are the current card making trends! I haven't had much time for blog hopping (or money for shopping!) lately so I'm totally out so to speak! Luckily our Ink boss Marina gave me a lot of good ideas (that lady knows what she is talking about! Marina is super trendy with her cards!) and here I'm using some of her ideas: pastel colors and black sentiment strip with white heat embossed sentiment. Using the flower came to my head from some clothes I've bought recently (yes, sometimes you sacrifice the crafting money for clothing...)  - dresses/shirts with roses and other floral patterned fabrics seem to be quite on trend at least here in Finland... So my Altenew flower came out to play. I went with a quite womanly/romantic look with this card using the scalloped rectangle die from W+9 in addition to the soft color palette and flower-theme! Hope you like!

Our guest designer this time is Linda. She has a wonderful card making style, she makes both CAS and more detailed cards, do visit her blog Loopyloocards and have a look! Our regular DT members also have made stunning, trendy cards for your inspiration -don't miss any of them, click HERE! Happy crafting!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

TIME OUT Challenge Reminder!

Hi friends!
I'm here to remind you of our current TIME OUT challenge:

Sympathy Cards with the Optional Twist of Distressing

No twist for me this time! I've made a super CAS card with minimal Copic coloring using poppy stamps by Clearly Besotted and sentiment by CAS-ual Fridays. Only the blooms are colored in with red Copies + I've added some white gel pen to two of the flowers. I quite like the red/white/black/grey color palette of this!

Our sponsor in this challenge is Happy Little Stampers, play along for a chance to win! You could also be chosen as a future guest designer -this time our GD is Sue whose CAS style (often with mixed media feel!) I really admire. Now it's your turn to take TIME OUT and craft!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi friends!
We have a new challenge for you at Less Is More, a fun recipe challenge: Stamp Layering. You could use layering stamp sets or just stamp in layers (as I've done) and play with different colored/types of inks and heat embossing for example. Our DT has a lot of inspiring ideas for you, click HERE to have a look!

Our sponsor in the month of October is Uniko. Play along and you could be chosen as our monthly winner!

In my card I've used leaf stamps by Altenew. I've used a scrap piece of green card stock that has some shine to it (that shine is the reason why my card is photographed flat this time, getting the sentiment focused with my normal way of taking photos did not work at all!) and looked for an ink color that matched it well for tone on tone stamping. My second layer of stamping is made with white pigment ink. I also used a scrap piece of vellum and heat embossed my sentiment in white. I attached the stamped panel to a base card I made with a lighter green card. Still trying to use up my colored card and save some white! :) 

Thanks for popping by and happy crafting! 

I'm playing along at:

CASology: Cherish

AAA Cards: Inspired by Film
Into the Wild
An amazing (unbelievable-leaf-able!) true story about a guy who goes to Alaska wilderness all alone to see how he survives there... And unfortunately this adventure has a sad ending. My card is inspired both by nature-theme and the courage of the main character. 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi friends!
We have a new challenge for you at Less Is More, a fun theme challenge "Monsters"!

The challenge blog is filled with DT inspiration, click HERE for admiring the cards and learning all the challenge details! Uniko is our sponsor in the month of October.  

The monster die cut in my card comes from Paper Smooches. After die cutting him I've sponged him with DI:s and splattered some water for texture. I gave him googly eyes just for fun. :) The banner die and sentiment stamp come from MFT. I embellished the card with clear sequins. Super simple! 

I hope you'll now head on over to the challenge blog and have a look what my inspiring team mates have made. Then it's your turn to make monster cards! Happy crafting! :)

I'm entering:

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hi friends!
It's time for a new challenge at Inkspirational where we are inspired by this amazing photo:

My main inspiration was the color palette and leaves but I did choose the "spiky" looking Altenew flowers as my leaves because of the twigs in the photo. I've colored my leaves with Copics and added white gel pen details. The sentiment stamp is an oldie from a stamp company that doesn't exist anymore (and right now the name escapes my mind too!). I attached my stamped panel to a black card base and this card was ready -very quick and easy. A couple of gold sequins for finishing touch.

I hope to see you playing along! Lot's of DT inspiration HERE.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

TIME OUT Challenges Reminder

Hi friends!
I'm here to remind you of our current challenge at TIME OUT, where we are inspired by this fun photo:

I chose the color scheme of the photo + glass: I used acetate to represent glass and made a simple shaker card. The beautiful butterfly dies are by STAMPlorations, our sponsor: the winner of this challenge will receive a $10 gift voucher to their store. The sentiment stamp is also by STAMPlorations but I think this set has retired already, at least I didn't locate it in the store! The dies are found HERE. I embellished the card with black Nuvo drops. The designer paper has word "Kiitos" on it repeatedly -"Kiitos" is Finnish for Thank You. I used tiny clear sequins for shaker element. 

The challenge blog is filled with DT inspiration, don't miss any of the fun, click HERE! Our guest designer this time is the talented Janet. She has such a pretty CAS style. Play along and you could be chosen as guest designer one day too! Happy crafting! 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi friends!
It's Saturday and time for a new Less Is More challenge! We have a color challenge for you and it's a fun one: hot and spicy colors! Our blog is filled with DT inspiration so please head on over there for more hot and spicy cards!

Card 1

My first card is very CAS with burning hot colors! I've stamped my Altenew bird, masked it off (along with adding a straight edge mask), sponged the top portion of the panel with orange DI and stamped some grid pattern (Kaiserkraft) on it with the same orange ink. My bird is colored in with Copics and I simply stamped a sentiment (STAMPlorations) to finish off the card. I adhered the stamped panel on card base out of red cardstock -I'm trying to use up my colored card and save some white! :) This card is inspired by the sketch (and well, the colors are very sunny too so by the photo too!) at Fusion card challenges:

And I'm also joining the grid-challenge at CASology. (I hope you can see the grid I stamped as extra interest on top of my inking! The photo didn't catch it very well.) 

Card 2 

My second card is sort of a re-make of my TIME OUT DT card from Thursday (click HERE if you want to check out that card, I really liked how it turned out!). I wanted to change the design a little bit and have a go with the hot and spicy colors. The stamp set is a stunner by CAS-ual Fridays stamps: Casual Comfort. This card is inspired by these challenges: 

AAA Cards: Sketch

My first time playing here... Glad to enter! These encouragement challenges are amazing!

Stamping Sensations: Autumn Glory

Before going I want to let you know that Uniko is our sponsor in the month of October and this week we have the pleasure to have Bev from Uniko as our guest designer. I love the mandala card she made for us! 

That's all from me this time, folks! If you made it until here... Well done! Quite a long post! :)

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hi friends!

I'm here with my DT card for the current Inkspirational challenge where my wonderful DT friend Sandie has chosen us a theme:

One of my faves! I often go very CAS with one layers but this time I wanted to fill almost my whole card base with a stenciled design. The fun, funky deer with almost tribal looking details is from a stamp set I got last Christmas from Gerrina. It's my first time using this stamp and I think I'll make many more Christmas cards with it this year -I love how this turned out! I only colored his horns this time (I used Copics) but I so want to do the whole image with some cool non-traditional Christmas colors... I love all the detail in this stamp. Thank you so much, Gerrina! The stencil I used is from STAMPlorations and the sentiment is super old by SSS. 

I hope to see you playing along! Don't miss any other DT inspiration and challenge details, click HERE.

I'd like to enter:
The Merry Christmas Challenge: Anything Christmas Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge: U=unlimited (anything goes) + v=vibrant

Thanks for popping by! Happy crafty weekend to you all!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

TIME OUT Reminder!

Hi friends,
I'm here to remind you of our current challenge at TIME OUT. Due to breast cancer month our theme is:

Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship 

This challenge is sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays and the winner will receive a $25 voucher to their store! Wonderful prize, right! 

In my DT card I'm playing with a wonderful stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays: Casual Comfort . I got this design idea immediately after seeing this stamp set but I must confess it's not my own: if you click HERE you'll see my "inspiration for one layer cards- Pinterest board" and find many examples of this kind of simple masking/layered stamping cards. I used a pink DI for sponging and and ink brushing my masked area and stamped some flower stems with that same ink, then I continued to stamp with black ink and in the end I did a couple of stems with golden Delicata ink. My DT buddy Jill used gold in her pink/white card last week and I loved it, I wanted to try the same color combo! Thanks Jill! I also used some sequins we DT members got as an extra gift from CAS-ual Fridays. Michele is always so generous to us, thank you so much!

Now it's your turn to take TIME OUT and craft if you haven't already! :) Please check our blog for even more DT inspiration from our design team members and wonderfully artistic guest designer Yulia