27 september 2011

Wedding purse

 I made this adorable little purse as a greeting for a 'retro'-wedding. Kinda 1950's feeling to it, no? Atleast that was my intention. :) I used the same template (najaa, it's really just in my head and not a template at all, but still..) as in the Birthday bag post, wich you'll find here if you're a curious person like me. ;) They are even both red. Haha :)
 Polka dots all over! Both design paper and 'handles' are speckled with those super duper cute tiny dots. [What's up with that anyway? Howcome dots evenly spread on a paper is soooo cute?? hmm..]
The card base again is cardstock, this time soft shimmering white, edges inked in brown. On the raspberry-red dottypaper I inked in brown and sew along the edges using a golden brown thread. Lace and ball fringe match the handles/ribbon nicely. Notice the heartshaped paper clip I used for a lock. 

 The key to my heart...

 Paper roses, my new absolute fave when it comes to embellishment! :) They are just adorably cute, and amazingly easy to make. Love it!

 For the inside, I used a rose patterned paper in pink and green. It's no perfect match to the cover, but it's not an absolute must to have the lining fit the outside of a purse. ;)
I stamped various hearts along the side and two rings to the top, added the greeting and a few extra decorations, and I'm done.

 A small wedding couple in the corner too...

These are the front and back of the circle on the inside. Some stitching here too, every part of the card  is stitched actually.

 The back, kept simple as always. :)

 Just a tiny little luggage label for that extra something. I'm a sucker for details. :)

I just can't resist entering in a few blog challenges too, it's a great source of inspiration and also they always leave the sweetest comments. Haha ;)
Anyway, This is what I found fitting this time:

OSAAT - Favorites (paper roses, duuh. ;))
Simon says stamp - Anything goes
Scrappekammeret - Vi vill se söm!
Whoopsi Daisy - Make your own embellish
Scrap-creations - It's a girl thing
Flutter by wednesdays - Open challenge
Top tip tuesday - 2 or more ribbons
Crafts and me - Flowers

26 september 2011

Combined card/envelope-box

This is my first ever card/envelope/box-thingie, wich I made to fit a gift certificate. It goes without saying but... it's for a birthday. ;)

 Hmm, from above it looks slightly askew. I'm pretty sure it was, too. LOL  :)
Made out of blue cardstock, and very colorful and party-ish paper. I really like all the glittery pennants.

 When opened, it first looks like this, with my sweet little penguin on the loose again. Actually one of the few times I've used the entire penguin, partyhat and all. 

Remove gift certificate and find the birthday greetings. The penguin is hanging only from the balloons, so he'll remain in the card.

A closer look. The Grattis-streamer is simply stapled  to the left side, and mr. Penguin's lost a balloon.

Is this a box, or an envelope, or what??

19 september 2011

Birthday bag

 I was asked by a friend to make a card in autumny colors, and if I could come up with something in a different shape that was more than welcome. After sifting through some magazines I came up with the idea of a hand bag. :)

 A creme cardstock base folded with a double (hm, actually it's a triple fold) crease and then cut with a curvy cutter. Edges inked in brown to soften. The handles are double punched circles with stitching. On top of that a layer of designer paper with stitches along the edge. Two ribbons, one with brown ball fringes and one in mustard velvet with added belt buckle embellishment, runs across the lower part of the bag. Finally a BIG multilayered flower with a fuzzy brown brad for centerpiece.

 For the back of the bag I just added the ribbons. A back is a back, no? ;)

 Here's the bottom with the tri-fold.

 There was room for a small tag also....

 When opened, the card looks like this. Maybe a bit hard to tell from this pic, but the brown circles that kinda float freely inside, are actually attached to the base with clear plastic strips. This makes them almost pop out of the card. :)

These are the flip sides of my 'pop' circles. Yeah, I know I just said a back is a back, but I just can't leave them empty. :)

 The bag from an angle. With the bottom trifold the card is able to stand like a real bag. A wee bit of lace around the handle keeps the bag/card closed.

There are - of course - some really neat challenges to enter. I'm participating in these:
Easy craft - 6 patterned papers
Creative craft  - New (new decade :))
Top tip tuesday - Birthday time
Cute card thursday - Anything goes

14 september 2011

Here comes the bride[card] :)

Tonight I finally took the time to make this dress-card for a contest, due on sunday. I'm otherwise veeery good at thinking I'm gonna....just to find out that submission date was yesterday. :P
Template (and contest) from Ziro.

I used a shimmering creme cardstock for the skirt base, cut and folded accordingly. Before attaching the lace border 'petticoat', I inked outside edges lightly with Atlantic inkpad. 

A closeup on the inked edges and lace (the lace is fretted in blue also, it's not ink smudges ;)). The skirt overlay is made of white vellum, stamped in Atlantic and heat embossed in Silver Pearl for that extra shine. 
 Here you can see the different layers. The vellum is attached only under the top of the dress for a softer, more romantic look.

 For the top (wich I btw altered slightly from the template) I got some more lace, a small border of vellum with a string of mini pearls and a heap of Pearl pen-pearls. A creme flatback heart is the icing on the [wedding] cake. ;)

A really fun card to make with all the itty-bitty details, lovely!

Like I said, I'm already entering this in a contest, but there's always room for some nice challenges too, right? :) Here goes:

OSAAT - Anything goes
Stamp something - Anything goes
Scrappekammeret - Kammerpikenes farge
The stampman - Monochrome + one color
Whoopsidaisy - More than one fold
Scrap-creations - Unique fold
Crafts and me - Add a heart

Sept 22. Edited...
You know what? I won the contest!!! :D :D :D Wow, I'm really so grateful for all the kind comments on my dress card from the lovely girls over at Pysselgruppen. Thank you!
Also, the talented Jani at Paper Compulsions, has a Show and Tell on her blog right now and I just want in! ;) Hmm... I mean, I really wanna show off this dress (yes, I like it alot!). :) Head on over to Jani's blog and check out all the other entries, there are some super cool stuff! :)

And YAAAAAY!!! I just now was made aware that I made Top 3 at Scrap-creations for the challenge "Unique fold". Happy happy day! :)

11 september 2011

Paper rose necklace

I've made myself a necklace. Ever since I came across a tutorial about making paper roses (as usual, can't remember where I saw it.. :P) I've had this idea in my head. Yesterday, just hours before going to a big party, I decided to give it a try. :)  

 Luckily the rose itself isn't too hard to do, so I was able to finish and go to the party with a brand new necklace. The pink and turqouise color scheme matched my outfit perfectly. But since it was my first try, and I had very little time, there are a few odd things about it that I'm most likely to do differently next time.

This was FUN!!

6 september 2011

diggin into the scrap heap 3

Here's the final scrap-cards, also very much inspired by the Paper Craft Magazine's Freebie Friday and the use of scrap strips.

Two all-occasion cards where I braided the slips together to make an interlaced mat.

They're pink, and they're slips... getting fired in this form would almost be ok! :D The heart is a chipboard covered with a more fitting color paper.
With the teal card I left the paper slips a bit more uneven, for a 'wilder' look. Stamped and embossed a fence in white on top of the plaid and stuck a button-tag-brad-thingie for the sentiment.
A closer look at the interlacing strips. I put a bit of adhesive where needed, but I liked the unconstrained  impression very much, so I kept it to a minimum.

diggin into the scrap heap 2

Ok, so I love a circle, or many... and thought this too would be a great way of making use of some stash. The fish scale pattern is so cute, and when combined with baby themes like here...naaw, I'm melting!
Added a bit of orange zest to spice it up.

This one even got decorated inside... :)

Another fishy-card, with bigger bolder circles. Very autumny, don't you think? :)

diggin into the scrap heap 1

Few days ago I stumbled across this super cool idea about making use of  scrap papers at Paper Crafts Magazine's Freebie Friday (haha, guess it was last friday I found this then :)) and  Betsy’s Scrap Basket Challenge – Revisited. I just fell in love!

 Originally this was one big square card, but I suddenly decided to cut them in half. Good choice I think. ;)

 The lower half covered with strips of scrap in teal color scheme, with hints of red. A red/white twine and a shiny round button resembling a christmas tree ornament. Simple, fresh.

The top of the card had all these stripes sticking up, and I meant to cut them....but came up with this idea instead. I kinda like it. A felt swirl completes it nicely.

But by now I got my brain boling with ideas about scrap pieces....

2 september 2011

Add-on cards

The fastest way to get from card base to scrapped creation sometimes is by a shortcut. It can be really nice going down that road from time to time. :) These cards are all made from ready-made card bases, with some add-ons. Perfect for that little note or greeting.
 Here's an all-occasion big bow card. With that prominent bow and brad, and some swirly peel-off stickers, it's catchy yet simple in design.  

 I recently noticed that my table is shiny enough to make reflections of the card in it... Coooool! ;)

 This flowered thingie was turned into a monogram card, with some strips of corresponding papers and a gloden chipboard letter.

Who's it for? Well, Mom of course :)

Some brighter cards, with lots of color. For this one I stamped a flower with many thanks, heat embossed in white and added a big flowery brad as the center. A crooked frame and a tiny "thank you"-tag and the card's all done.

 Petal peek.

 Here I made a striped card again. The idea is similar to the darker card above, but this time I used horisontal strips of paper and let them continue outside the card on both sides.

 Just a note... and a wee sticker.