11 april 2013

What's the color of love?

 Well, red of course.
 My sweet friend asked for black and white with just a hint of red for these big LOVE letters.
Just the shadow of "heart" is red. The background paper is a very pale checkered grey/white with glitter dots. I added some stamped butterflies aswell as a few punched ones, and three different tapes. The two washi tapes (Love and plain black) goes all the way around to the back. 
 For the O I picked a letterfilled paper that made it super easy to fit in the red accents. Super easy all together really, cause all I needed to add after that was a bouquet of paper roses and leaves.

 The white on white stamping on top of the O adds that little extra dimension.

This paper has big swirly flowers and I just put several different tapes over it, all following the V-shape. I also covered a chipboard heart with metal tape and glued it on top of it all. The red is represented by a thin metal thread wired a few times around the letter.

 Hearts, hearts and hearts. In the background paper, stamped, embossed, as stickers and the red wooden ones. To add weight I put two strips of doily tape in the lower part (the black is what makes it "heavier").  

 Love bunting with a red glitter heart.

A big hug to Veronica for making me make these. Love you girl!

1 april 2013

Read my lips

Racer boy's sister needed a letter too. Since she's no longer a little girl, but a lovely young lady, I wanted for her a more sophisticated look. It turned out to be the most CAS letter I've ever made, with very few added decorations.
The background paper was chosen because of her interest in makeup. What better way to illustrate that than these pouting lips? I don't think it shows very well in this picture, but the big lips near the base got extra shine with "lipgloss" (aka stickles). Other than that, I just added one or two stamped and embossed swirls and the row of hearts at the base, for a romantic touch.  

I really like butterflies on my projects, and this delicate pink one feels just at home here. Combined with the much more "raw" metal birthdate plate it all corresponds very well with the background.

Oops. This was a bright Well, you might be able to see the white on white stamping anyway. Actually I used a Silver pearl embossing powder here instead of plain white. It turned out softer, with a little shimmer. I added a swirl and some bling because....ja, just because. We all deserve some bling.

Isn't the brad just sooo right? :) Above it a glimpse of the bright pink felt swirly thing....

On the back of the tag is a "secret" message (okok, not so secret anymore...) and a glitter heart.
All in all, a lovely letter for a lovely girl.
I'll take part in the following blog challenges with Lina's L:
Pause dream enjoy - #7 Dew drops
Love to create - #59 Tag you're it!
Divas by design - Use metal
Papirdokkene - #46 Alt er lov
Crafts and me - #126 Pretty in pink
Whoopsi daisy - Bling

28 mars 2013

Racer boy

Vrrrrrroooom! This little guy loves anything with an engine, and quite a few things without one. A paper filled with cars seemed fitting.

I inked the edges green on this multicolored paper, and followed it up with green bubbles/circles and an arrow. The blue is matched up with bubbles and the tags, and so on.... His mother wanted happy colors and not just "standard" boyish theme with blue tones. I really like the outcome.

I had this skyscraper stamp in my drawer that I colored in grey made the blue background look like sky (with flying cars I guess... :)) and added some weight to the base.

The tiny cars are stickers, just the right size for the road. Arent they adorable?

After negotiations, I was allowed from my boys to glue this cutie onto here.

A yellow bike button to match the yellow cab.

Name embossed in green along the side.
I haven't entered any blog challenges in a looong time, so now's about time. Today, I wanna play along in the following challenges:
Cupcake craft - Cool men
OLLCB - It's a man thing
Craft your passion - Make it cute
Simon says stamp - Anything goes
Aud sentiments - For a child
Creative card crew - Masculine
Stampin' for the weekend - Anything but a card

20 mars 2013

Sunshine on a bottle

While waiting for some letters to dry I thought I'd share this little Easter treat with you.
I've been wanting to try the Staz-on ink pad on glass, and when I found these yellow bottles/vases at IKEA (on sale!!), the time was right. For 10 kronor I certainly can afford to fail.
I think it turned out nice though. The letters spruced up the plain vases and made them noticeable.  :) Would have been even better with some traditional swedish Easter twigs in them, as I imagined it. But with all the snow we got today, there's no way I'm gonna find that tonight.
Mr & mrs Goose will cover for the twigs on this photo... 

Now - back to finishing those letters!

28 februari 2013

DIY glitter votives

I had 10 minuters to spare the other night, wich turned out to be just the time needed to make these glitter votives.

Before - a simple IKEA votive in clear glass, and after - a luxurious goldshimmering eye catcher.

10 februari 2013

Thinking inside the box

For this project I needed an envelope...kinda. I found this altered box in my 'might do something with this later'-pile and just added the scentence. 

Inside, I wanted to put this greeting "card", made for my mother-in-law on her 75th birthday.

I used scrap papers from the stash with an adorable design, but sadly have nooo idea what brand it is. I'm sure some of you know though. :) The front  with the picket fence hardly needed any embellishment. I just added the dragonfly, the scentence and a few mini flowers, to create a 3D effect.

A closeup on the flowers.

Here's also a heart charm and what I believe to be a seashell pendant in a rich copper tone. As you might see, I heat embossed the greeting also in copper, to match.

The punchinella is copper too, that's why it's there. No other reason. :)

Page 2 with lots and lots of hearts stamped all over. The stamped crown is heat embossed in....ja, you guessed it; copper. To make the words I put paper strips in my old Dymo and punched away. Super neat!

Flip side of page 2 and front of page 3. And a little minitag in between.

Chipboard numbers, but really a closeup of the cute cute paper. Swirls and roses, and the color combination...yum!

On the back, it's brown/creme with garden plans...or something. Swirls too.
And I added yet another scentence.

Last, but not least. The butterfly was already there, so I just added the "Kramar" and the two stamps at the very bottom. Sometimes, less really is more.


This is what it looked like when finished. I wanted to keep the backs fairly simple, but not totally naked. For the very last one I added two grass stamps in blue, and a doublestamped "Enjoy".

27 januari 2013

Vintage cake stand

Just a few days before christmas I came up with the idea of making three tier cake stands as christmas gifts for my family. Great idea!
NOT so great that I decided this a bit late.... However, a quick raid to the thrift shop and a browse on the internet later I luckily had all the parts needed AND a drilling-willing husband (noo, I did not find him online :P), so I made it in time for christmas. Just in time I might add.
I didn't have time, however, to take pictures.  Ja okey, I forgot. There were more important things to focus on right then and there. :)

I've later corrected my mistake, so out of the four cake stands I've managed to photograph three. Tadaa!

The one I kept for myself. Picture's from christmas eve and we've filled it with homemade candy. Yummy! You can't see it here of course, but it's green-ish and top and bottom tiers have similar empire? baroque? OLD depictions that ties it together nicely. 

Cake stand #2, for my mother-in-law. Pale green and pink flowers for this one. The openwork saucer on top is  the icing on this cake.
The third one I gave to my mother. It has brighter flowers and gold lining, although the top bowl is more of a bold border.
I think I may have to make some more of these, as soon as I have time to shop for more vintage plates. It was FUN!