Wednesday, August 31, 2011


A few weeks ago we hosted a party at our place and for this I bought some very bright colored pennants for the porch. I actually didn't like these afterall -  I had more something like these soft colored pennants in mind... So pretty! Huh??

I remembered I had some linen and I then started out on a stamping project using the Spellbinders pennants die, the linen, a beautiful butterfly stamp from Hero Arts, broken china distress ink & some twine....

I was a bit too optimistic with my time schedules and all - so my small banner ended up as decor inside on a mirror instead ;))   

I now have on my future to-to list to create a banner with double pennants,  stitched on the sewing machine, for future use ... One of those projects for the winter time, I guess....

And we used the very bright colored one instead.... It was festive afterall ;))

(picture taken with the evening sunlight at the porch - my husband taking a break from the preparations)...

And I will leave you with a card also using pennants - these ones I created with washi tape and some great Hero Arts /Studio Calico Stamps.

Stamps: Hero Arts You are the Best ST510, Hero Arts Hooray ST509, Hero Arts Woodgrain Pattern S5100.
Other: Hero Arts notecard, washi tape, fiskars cloud punch, misc inks...

Sorry for the long post today. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

it's time to celebrate

Hooked on resist lately... it is soo easy to add coloring to a stamped image. I had a couple of these flowers already embossed and inked - so one of them found a home on this simple kraft background.

The sentiment is a fave of mine from the Find Joy set.The flowers are from this wonderful set from Hero Arts.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A very popular technique

Everybody loves the wonderful technique Resist Embossing! Myself included, and I have been making af few cards lately with this wonderful technique.  I love the wow effect it gives when you start adding color to the embossed images!!

Today there is a new challenge up at Lily Pad Cards challenging you to use that particular technique.

Here is my inspirational card (see my last two blog posts for more)... I chose to stamp & emboss the circles then color in with distress inks and punch out for this cluster type of card...

Some of the circles are adhered directly onto the background - others are pop dotted with some foam adhesive for a bit of dimension. I used Studio Calico/Hero Arts stamps for this card and was inspired by the Studio Calico style for my design here...

Stamps: Hero Arts Studio Calico / ST510, ST508
Papers: Bazzill kraft, Hero Arts layering paper Eggshell
Inks: Ranger distress

Resist embossed circles. The stitching is done with a built-in feature on my sewing machine...

Please do not forget to go to the Lily Pad Cards site to check out the rest of the inspirational cards (you are in for a treat !) and the details (any kind of resist goes).
Also there is a great list of tutorial links for this technique - if you haven't tried it before.

I hope you feel inspired to play along - I am sure you can't resist :-) !

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another resist embosssed card

Just a quick share today - another resist embossed card using Lotus Leaves & Lotus Background.

Did you see, btw how Sharon from the Flickr Group used that other leaf from the set as clams ?
Now....  that is a clever use of stamps - talk about looking differently at your stamps!!
Everytime I look at that leaf now,  I see a clam - haha ;)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Resist embossed vines & a lazy cat

I really like the new background stamp Vine Background from BasicGrey /Hero Arts.
Here I've used it on a card with some of my favorite colors - browns & greens - resisting the clear embossed vines on white cardstock. You can never stock too many birthdays cards, huh?

Stamps:  Basic Grey/Hero Arts Vine Background CG360, Hero Arts Find Joy CL497, Hero Arts Friend Definition.
Inks: Distress inks bundled sage, walnut stain, antique linen, memento rich cocoa, memories dye ink white.
Papers: kraft cs, bazzill cs,
Other; May arts silk ribbon (dyed with bundled sage), MS 3-1 butterfly punch, Spellbinders label 8, embossing powder.

Punching butterflies from the leftover embossed pieces ...

And I will leave you with a shot of our Fiona, the lazy cat, who took a nap at the window sill ontop of stamps and papers ;))

Have a great Sunday!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Alaska Girl

Today I am sharing a card I did for the new sketch challenge at Lily Pad Cards.

The sketch challenge is sponsored by The Greeting Farm,  known for cute rubber stamps and digi images as well. I chose the Chibi Alaska girl for my card. She is a cutie with that outfit ;))
I didn't follow the sketch 100% as I left out the sentiment and the corner details... Here is my take..

Digi Image: TGF Chibi Alaska.
Hero Arts pool designer & layering paper.
Prisma Colored Pencils & Hero arts fine glitter
Spellbinders Lacey Ovals die.

I was not too sure about the pom poms - suddenly they remind me of cheerleaders - haha!
But when I made the card they reminded me of winter ;)

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check out the challenge details at Lily Pad Cards.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pandas on wheel

I made this for the current Hero Arts Challenge. Love that yellow bus!
I did change it up a bit using the starry pencil from the same stamp set "Brilliant". The papers are the new Indie Bloom from Basic Grey. I love the green pattern paper - perfect for a green hill!

Stamps: Hero Arts Brilliant CL534, Hero Arts Clouds S5515.
Papers: Indie Bloom Basic Grey, Hero Arts snow notecard, Bazzil Kraft cs.
Inks: Memories dye ink black & Hero Arts chalk ink poppy for the envie.

A close up! I did some stitching on the hills and around the background, too.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Honey Comb / Frog's Whisker's Ink

Have you ever stamped on fabric / felt ? There is a new challenge up at Lily Pad Cards!

It is so much fun and amazing what you can create with some basic supplies. The linen I used on this card is a recycled liner for a basket which was broken - but I saved the linen to be used for sachets or .... a card!! 

Frog's Whisker's Ink generously provided the team with some stamps - I chose the Post card & Honey Comb stamp & chose to use both of them on this card.

 Stamps: Frog's Whisker's Ink  J575 - Post Card & F176 - Honeycomb, Hero Arts Antique Engravings.
Papers: Bazzill kraft, bo bunny double dot, hero arts note card
Inks: Ranger distress inks mustard seed, memories dye ink black. 
Other: Recycled linen, May Arts silk ribbon.

The cute honey comb stamp was ideal for a honey jar cover - so easy - but it makes a great handstamped gift

And a close up on some details...

 Thanks for stopping by today! Please don't forget to check out the challenge at the Pond!

Monday, August 8, 2011

2 cards in 90 minutes - for a good cause

Saturday evening Janet hosted a 90 minutes scramble at the Hero Arts Flickr Group.
As Jan (my dh) also felt like playing (computer games) at his desk I thought it would be fun to join again.

I love the feeling of people sitting world wide stamping at the same time - working with the same theme. So much fun!! This time the theme was thank you cards for Operation Marshmellows.

I really enjoyed making cards for a good cause and also going nuts with the all american color scheme and stars! I love stars!! Here are my two cards:

 Stamps: Galaxy of Stars (yummy), Tall Thank You.

Stamps: Hero Arts Antique Engravings, Hero Arts (an older message set - can't recall the name)

These cards are off to Janet who will forward them to Operation Marshmallow.

This reminds me that I have to get started on making cards for our own Danish Operation Skriv Hjem.

Now off to watch some tv...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Kathy's Lily Pad Palette August

The amazing queen of colors & coloring Kathy at Lily Pad Cards has come up with again a wonderful Palette of colors for the August challenge.  I really love this - blues & brownies - yummy!

The Design Team members got some Whimsie Doodles images from their August Release to work with and I chose the book worm for my inspirational card.

I printed the digital image twice - once on white cardstock and then again onto some Bo Bunny Double Dot cardstock for a bit of paper piecing (btw, I resized the image to fit a bookmark size).
The white image was stamped with Hero Arts Old Letter Writing and the edges were all distressed using walnut stain ink.

Supplies: Whimsie Doodles Digital image Book Worm, Hero Arts Old Letter Writing, Hero Arts Notebook paper, Bazzill papers, Bo Bunny Double Dot Powder, Google Eyes, Ranger walnut stain distress ink.

Go to the Pond to check out the challenge and the amazing creation of the DT members!!