lördag 16 september 2017

Pop-up birthday card with Newton and birdie

This stamp set from Newton's Nook just begs to be used with a pop-up element inside. The sentiment on the front and the really punny on the inside is just perfect.

I wanted to try my hand at some masking with the balloon image in the stamp set and this is what became of it. I'm quite happy with how it turned out. The balloons and birdie are all colored with Distress Inks on Canson watercolor paper. I finished it by splattering everything with some black acryllic paint (after everything was dry). I however covered the balloons, birdie and the sentiment before splattering.


The inside is created with dies from Lawn Fawn (Stitched clouds, stitched hillside and the pop-ups). The trees are from My Favorite Things. I used Lawn Fawn Rainbow plaid paper as well as the yellow in Watercolor wishes.

Challenge 
Seize the birthday - Balloons

Slider card with Lawn Fawn "Plane and simple" set

I absolutely adored the Lawn Fawn "Plane and simple"-set when it came out and have been wanting to try it out. I've seen some great designs on Pinterest that I wanted to try my hands at so I decided to make two cards at once.

First I ink blended two panels with Distress inks. The paper on the left is Ranger watercolor paper and the one on the right is Bristol Smooth. Interesting that there is such a difference in color intensity even though the same inks and the same time blending them on are used. I used Abandoned coral and Scattered straw for the colors. The lovely orange in the middle comes from blending the two colors together. I splattered the background with some water to get the mottled effect.
Ink blended backgrounds with Distress Ink on Ranger and Bristol paper

I then colored in a bunch of the images. (Want to make even more cards with this set). The idea is to use planes that have the same colors as the background.
Coloring the images with Distress inks

Here is a dry run on the two cards before stamping sentiments and making the slider.
Laying out all the elements

Here is the finished card with the slider element. I used a sliding disc from My Favorite Things behind the plane. The little clouds behind the plane are attached with a piece of acetate.
The finished slider card with Lawn Fawn Plane and simple
Do you want to see it fly? Check out the video on my Instagram below.

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Challenge
Lawn Fawnatics challenge #12 - Create a scene

söndag 10 september 2017

Course at Pyssloteket

Our wonderful local store Pyssloteket had a class in coloring which I just felt I had to take. 3 hours of playing with color, yes please.

We played with Canson watercolor and Bristol Smooth paper and used three coloring mediums in different ways; watercolor pencils, Distress Markers and Distress re-inkers. It was really fun trying out these mediums on different paper and with different blending techniques.
We all choose different stamps to try and color. I chose the cute elephant from Lawn Fawn's Elphie Selfie. I didn't really succeeded in coloring any of the images to my liking but it was fun to try.

The class ended with some great shopping. Some more Lawn Fawn goodies ended up in my stash =)


Altenew persian motifs flowers in blue

I got the Altenew Persian motifs stamp set and have been using my Zigs to color it. I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed it with white and then went to town in several color schemes. This is the blue one;

Altenew Persian motifs stamp


I finished it off by adding a strip of gold heat embossed cardstock as well as a strip of blue cardstock and then mounted everything to a white card base. The die is a new one from Gummiapan. It reads "thank you" in Swedish.

Challenges
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Stamptember Stamp it

Duh-nuh, DUH-nuh, DUH-NUH!!

When I saw Lawn Fawn's You are jawsome shark set, I just had to have it. Not everybody today has seen the movie Jaws but I have and could definitely relate! For this card I really tried to build up the suspense by having the shark fin rise higher and higher for each square.

I blended the background directly on the card base with some distress ink. For the front panel I used a My Favorite Things die. It actually only cuts three sides of the squares so you can open them yourself but for this one, I wanted windows so I simply cut the forth side off with a craft knife. I stamped the "duh-nuh" on the card base with Versacolor black ink using the Misty. I didn't want the sentiment to be crooked but perfectly centered under each square.
Shark fin coming higher and higher


When you open the card, you are greated like this:
You are Jawsome!
I used distress ink for the sky and waves using Lawn Fawn dies to create those. The sun is actually from the "Out of this world" stamp set and the clouds comes from the "Plane and simple" stamp set. All the images are colored with Zig clean color real brush markers.

I wanted to participate in Prairie Paper & Ink (AmyR) Happy mail haul and this one suited perfectly for the August theme of "Back to school/Teacher/Appreciation". I got it away on time and it showed up in Canada. You can see the Happy Mail Haul for August here.


söndag 3 september 2017

Congrats on a new home

I saw this idea as one of the mentions at the Lawnfawnatics blog and thought I had to create something similar for our neighbors who are moving to a new place.

I cut the little town border from white cardstock and also from some patterned paper from Doodlebug and replaced one of the houses with a more colorful front. I cut the grass from some green paper with a simple stitched hillside border. The sky is Lawn Fawn watercolor wishes paper and the cloud comes from their Plane and simple stamp set. I just love the little faces on the clouds, their adorable. Been using them a lot lately. The little butterfly comes from a My Favorite things stamp set (with the cute little elephant). The colorful mats are cut with Hero arts basic rectangles. The sentiment is Lawn Fawn, heat embossed in white.
Lawn Fawn all the way

Best of luck in your new digs!

Light up the holidays - take 2

I made a second version of this shaker card (Light up the holidays - take 1). I colored the exact same way, the differences are;
  • different background
  • kitty and snowy hill are mounted inside the shaker
  • different kind of sequins
Newton putting up christmas lights again

(see the card shake on Instagram)

Challenge
Inky Paws challenge -  Using polka dots (the snowfall get to double for polka dots here *smile*)

Light up the holidays - take 1

I had the idea for this card in my head since I got that Lawn Fawn leafy tree backdrop die quite some time ago. Now it finally came into fruition.

I  colored the kitty with distress inks Scattered straw and Wild honey. The lights are colored with Zig clean color real brush markers. I haven't been able to get them to work very well lately. I have tried several watercolor papers but can't really get the color to move. So, I went back to distress inks which worked as I wanted. The lights in the trees are cut from the kitty image (just remove the kitty) and placed in the tree.

Newton tangled up in christmas lights
(See the shaker in action on Instagram)

I cut the tree out of plain white cardstock and I used a patterned paper from Panduro as the backdrop. The snow is a Lawn Fawn stitched hillside border. The sentiment is white heat embossed on black cardstock cut with flag ends.

I cut a piece of transparency in A2 size and then mounted the hill, frame, kitty and lights on top of that. Then flipped it around to add doubled up foam tape. I used a power tool on the sides so that the sequins and stars would stick as little as possible to the sides. I placed all the shaker material inside the frame, removed the release paper and placed the background on top.


Challenge
Inky Paws challenge -  Using polka dots (the hearts get to double for polka dots here *smile*)
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything goes

You are jawsome

Playing with Lawn Fawn miniset You are jawsome. The shark and fish are colored with Zig clean color real brush markers. The background is heat embossed with Nuvo glitter embossing powder and then watercolored with distress inks Chipped sapphire, Blueprint sketch and Salty ocean.

There were more glitter initially on the card before I started to watercolor it so I might have to think of a different way to add that embossing powder. The cool thing is that the powder melts clear and just the glitter shows. So the color is actually the color of cardstock underneath. Something to keep in mind (I noticed it while I tried to heat emboss the same powder on the sentiment and the text wouldn't show up *big smile*)

The panel is die cut with a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle and then added with foam tape to a cardbase that has a mat of rainbow plaid paper, also that from Lawn Fawn.
Lawn Fawn stamps you are jawsome

Challenge
Lawn Fawnatics - Cards for kids

Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything goes

lördag 2 september 2017

Daily marker challenge on Instagram

I decided to put my coloring for The Daily Marker coloring challenge on Instagram. Just easier to post that way. If you want to have a look, check it out here;
https://www.instagram.com/melfving76/


fredag 1 september 2017

30 day coloring challenge - 8th edition

Tomorrow starts the Daily Marker 30 day coloring challenge. I'll be joining and hoping to advance just a teeny tiny bit by seeing all the wonderful work of the other people in the community.

You can share either directly on the blog, the link above or on a private Facebook group or Instagram by using #thedailymarker30day. If you want to involve your kids or grandkids, you can post under #thedailymarker30daykids. I think my 5-year old daughter will be very interested to join me.

The past couple of days she has been enjoying to finally try ink blending with mommy's extensive collection of Distress Inks. One very happy little lady;

Hopefully joining the 30 day coloring challenge

torsdag 31 augusti 2017

Happy purrthday fall sunset scene

A friend commisioned a birthday card for a cat loving friend and then I could finally break out Lawn Fawn's utterly adorable Meow you doin' stamp set.

Lawn Fawn Meow you doin and leafy backdrop

I colored the kitties and accessories with my Zig Clean Color real brush markers. The background is done with distress inks; Abandon coral, Picked raspberry and Mustard Seed. The grass is Crushed olive and a little Mowed lawn.

The tree is cut from brown cardstock using the Leafy tree backdrop horizontal die from Lawn Fawn. The leaves comes from that die set as well. Before cutting the leaves, I colored a piece of Bristol paper with several colors of distress ink; Crushed olive, Mustard seed, Spiced marmalade, Festive berries, Candied apple and a little Vintage photo.

Loved how this turned out.

Challenges
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything goes


Behind the scenes
You learn alot by watching inspirational videos on  YouTube. Nichole Spohr is a definite favorite and she shows a lot in her videos how she plans her card designs to make sure everything fits. For this card I tried it out and it worked really well. Almost turned out exactly like that ;)
Layout tip from Nichole Spohr



Kitty fall birthday wishes

Quite a few of my friends have their birthday during the fall. A perfect excuse to pull out the Lawn Fawn Meow you doin' stamp set, the leafy tree backdrop leaves die cut and some distress inks and other fun stuff.

Ink smooshing, stenciling and stamping

I got the inspiration from a gorgeous card on Instagram. It had some gorgeous colors that I wouldn't immediately have put together myself so I got out my distress inks and went to town.


I started by smooshing ink onto a laminated sheet I have. I used; Cracked pistachio, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean and a bit of Chipped Saphire. I sprayed them with water and pressed my watercolor paper into it. I dried it with a heat tool and then pressed it in again where I wanted more color. I did it several times.

Then it was time for some stenciling. I used two different Tim Holtz stencils with some Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink. I used a makeup applicator to dab on the ink.

Then I chose a couple of stamps that I wanted to use; sheet music and a text stamp and stamped that Distress Ink Chipped Saphire. I also used a texture stamp (little dots) with Versacolor silver pigment ink.

Then it was time to stamp the flowers using Distress Ink Dusty Concord. I used two different flowers from a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp set with flowers.

I finished the cards off with sentiments from Gummiapan heat embossed in white.

The cards are then mounted on a dark grey cardbase.


Loved how they turned out!

Challenges
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything goes

Dark cardstock outline with one colored flower

A while ago I got a flower stamp set from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz and decided to try it out with this tecnique; heat embossing/watermarking on dark cardstock and then adding one colored item on top.

I colored the flowers with Distress Inks and then added some glitter enamel dots/white pearls as a finishing touch.
Versamark on dark cardstock with watercolored flower



Heat embossing in white on dark cardstock with watercolored flower

I left the cards without a sentiment (wishes from my mom who wanted to be able to use them for "whatever" *smile*).

onsdag 30 augusti 2017

Rolling hills with trees, Lawn Fawn patterned paper

I got a great die set from My Favorite Things with trees. Today I tried using it together with Lawn Fawn's gorgeous Rainbow plaid patterned paper and their Watercolor wishes paper. Sentiment is also Lawn Fawn - Happy happy happy and the rest of the dies used as well.
Lawn Fawn patterned paper



onsdag 16 augusti 2017

Challenge at Pysslotekets

Found a very cute card on Pinterest that had an opening on the front and a beautiful sea scene on the inside. Since I've been wanting to play with my Lawn Fawn mermaid set, this was the perfect layout to start with.

I started by die cutting a circle window with a stitched circle from My Favorite Things. I stamped the greeting from Lawn Fawn's Happy happy happy in Merman ink and then attached two cute stars from the Lawn Fawn "I'm so jelly" stamp set.
Lawn Fawn


When you open up the card you get this sea landscape with tons of images. I took the greeting fromthe LF Fairy stamp set and the packages are from another set. The rest is from the mermaid stamp set.
Lawn Fawn



Lawn Fawn

Challenges
Pysslotekets sommartävling

tisdag 15 augusti 2017

Monoprinting, hugs and congrats

I used a stencil and the technique "monoprinting" to achieve the background. So much fun! You start by smooshing your chosen inks on your stencil, you spray it with water just til the ink beads up. Then you carefully turn the stencil around and place it on your watercolor cardstock and press. I put a paper towel on top as well so if any water comes ozing out through the stencil, it's caught by the paper towel. Then lift the stencil up and let dry. You never get the same result twice so it's always exciting to see what you get.
Monoprinting with bubble stencil

I finished the card off by die cutting them with a Hero Arts rectangle die. I also cut a blue mat with one size larger die and then mounted on a white card base. The sentiments are from Lawn Fawn, die cut in black card stock (3 layers) and then with some Wink of Stella on top.

måndag 7 augusti 2017

Scrap haul from Gummiapan

I noticed that Gummiapan had a couple of new releases when it comes to Swedish word dies so I jumped on their new and improved webshop and ordered some scrap candy. I got the dies "Tack", "Grattis" and "Gratulerar". Then I also found some great stamps as well.

The dies are gorgeous, very delicate. I immediately used them on this card I had sitting on my desk, post coming soon.
Dies from Gummiapan

lördag 5 augusti 2017

Vacation and me-time, ink smooshing and die cutting

More inspiration taken from Pinterest and then finally getting a full morning to myself and putting it together =)
Tree and landscape border dies
For this one, I used a cute tree die set from My Favorite Things. The landscape stiched border and the rectangle stiched frame is from Lawn Fawn. Also the paper is Lawn Fawn, love that paper!!


Ink smosching and stamping
Here I wanted to try out ink smooshing with some color combinations that I hadn't tried before; Cracked pistachio, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean and a bit of Chipped Saphire. I stamped the images with Chipped Saphire, Dusty Concord and also a Versacolor in Silver. A bit of Hera Arts white ink was also used through a Tim Holtz stencil. The sentiments are from Gummiapan. Loved how it came out!


måndag 31 juli 2017

Sea you soon - mermaid card

I finally got my hand on Lawn Fawn's "Mermaid for you" stamp set and have now had time to try it out. I made the background with ink smooshing on watercolor paper. The sand is kraft cardstock which is ink blended with Distress ink Vintage photo.

The images are colored with Zig clean color real brush markers except for the coral and sea weed which are solid stamps and stamped with Lawn Fawn ink and Versacolor inks. The sentiments and bubbles are stamped and heat embossed in white.
Lawn Fawn's sea you soon

I'm loving this mermaid set so there will be tons more coming soon.

Challenges
Lawn Fawnatics #9 - color inspiration board
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything goes

söndag 30 juli 2017

Hang in there birthday card with sloths

Finally got about to coloring this cute miniset from Lawn Fawn with the sloths. So adorable. The images are colored with Zig clean color real brush markers. I find it so hard to color a larger area, like the body of the sloth, getting the blending right. Need to practice more I guess. I got some texture in the body by simply spraying it a bit with water and dabbing it off.

The background is ink blended directly on the white card base. Then I also stamped with a Majestix stamp, a leaf branch with the same color distress inks as I used to blend (Cracked pistachio and Twisted citron). That last color is a late addition to my collection. Loving it.

The panel is die cut with an MFT stitched rectangle and then it's popped up with foam tape. The sloths are also mounted with foam tape.
Lawn Fawn sloth miniset


Challenge
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything goes

fredag 28 juli 2017

Waving hello with jelly fish

I used the Lawn Fawn ministamp set with jelly fish to create this card. I stamped and colored the jelly fish with Zig clean color real brush markers. I put a little pink Nuvo drops as the markings as well.

The sea is a piece of Ranger watercolor cardstock with distress inks Cracked pistachio, Peacock feathers and Salty ocean. Then I added a white panel, cut with Lawn Fawn's largest stitched rectangle (popped up with foam tape) and also stamped the greeting in Lawn Fawn's Peacock ink.
Lawn Fawn jelly fish stamp set


Challenge
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything goes

torsdag 27 juli 2017

Sunset city scape

I got this die from Marianne Design quite a while ago in a sale and have been wanting to try it out. I wanted to create a sunset background so I started out with ink smooshing a watercolor paper with distress inks. Then I placed the Tim Holtz sunset stencil on and applied some glossy texture paste. It didn't completely turn out as I had envisioned but it was fun to try.

I finished up by assembling the pieces with a black frame cut with Lawn Fawn dies. The sentiment is also from Lawn Fawn.
Marianne Design city scape die

Challenge
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything goes

torsdag 20 juli 2017

Vacation relaxation with Altenew Persian motifs

My vacation time of today, with small children, is far less relaxing than before children but I finally got some time to play with my new stamps *big smile*!! Just before we went on vacation I went to local store Pyssloteket and bought Altenew Persian motifs stamp set. I have not regretted it!!

I heat embossed the images in white and started to color them with the Zig clean color real brush markers and a water brush. I did 3 versions, one in blue, one in pink and one in yellow. Surprisingly enough, I like the blue one the best. I tend not to like flowers that are colored with an "unnatural" color (not a lot of flowers are blue like that) but it turned out quite nice. I'll turn them in to cards when I get home.
Altenew Persian motifs
Loving the Zigs for this type of coloring. I find it very hard to blend the blues compared to blending the pinks or the yellows. I wonder how come?

Altenew Persian motifs

Hope you all have a great holiday!

söndag 25 juni 2017

Flower wreath with Majestix stamps

Couldn't really get enough of stamping with my new Majestix stamps so here is another card with a different design. Not a full wreath, just a C-shaped one. I used distress inks to stamp (it works surprisingly well) in the colors of:
  • Shabby shutters
  • Bundled sage
  • Mowed lawn (just a few sprigs)
  • Victorian velvet
  • Dusty concorde
  • Hickory smoke (just a few sprigs)
Majestix c-shaped flower wreath
Shabby shutters and Bundled sage make the most beautiful leaf colors. Victorian velvet seems to be the perfect color for the clover flower.

The panel is diecut with the largest of the Lawn Fawn stiched rectangles. Just missing a sentiment, probably going to put "Happy summer" in there, and then we're good to go.

måndag 19 juni 2017

Card for wedding elopers

This past week, one of my colleagues let us now, in passing, that she'll be off on Friday because she's getting married. So, I took the chance and created this wedding style card with some stamps that I borrowed from Hillevi at the big scrap event in May. Thanks again!

Bicycle made for you - Lawn Fawn


The characters are colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush. I fuzzy cut the characters and their accessories (not my favorite thing, love coordinating dies *big smile*). The background is made with tree diecuts from MFT, clouds by Lawn Fawn and also the grassy hill and road is made by Lawn Fawn stitched hillside border dies. I also used Lawn Fawn watercolor wishes paper as well as their patterned paper as well. What can I say, I have a crush on Lawn Fawn =)

Challenges
Lawn Fawnatics - #7 Watercolor

fredag 9 juni 2017

And finally, the thank you cards were done

I spent some time making thank you cards to my children's daycare teachers and here is how they finally came out.
Thank you for everything
The two on the left says that says "Kram" simply means hugs. The dies are from Rox stamps and Gummiapan. They're made with Cardio flower stamps. I actually stamped with Distress inks and it worked great.

The one in the middle is the cutest little elephant from My favorite things. The paper is Lawn Fawn rainbow plad.

In the top right I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set, Mom+me, and did a lot of masking to get all the "kids" in there. Colored it with Zig clean color real brush markers.

And the last one on the bottom right is a background stamp from Hero Arts, I think, white heat embossed with distress inks in Seedless preserves, Wilted violet and Shaded lilac. The sentiment is a Lawn Fawn die, stacked three high.


fredag 26 maj 2017

Purrthday card with party hats

I seem to be needing and endless supply of birthday cards so for this edition of the Inky Paws challenge, I went with a birthday theme.

I first stamped and heat embossed the party hats in white. I then used Distress Inks Mustard seed, Spiced marmalade and Picked raspberry and sponged the background. I diecut two pieces of white cardstock and the distressed panel with a stiched rectangle from Lawn Fawn. I popped up the two white pieces with foam tape. I stamped the kitties on Britstol smooth card stock and colored them in with Zig clean color real brush markers. Some Wink of Stella for the ribbon and bag. I used a stiched circle and a sentiment stamped on to black cardstock to ground the kitties a bit better.
Newton's birthday bash stamps

Challenge
Inky Paws challenge #47 - Color challenge (yellow, orange, pink and teal)
Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Little critters
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - Furry friends

Purrthday card with balloons

I seem to be needing and endless supply of birthday cards so for this edition of the Inky Paws challenge, I went with a birthday theme.

I first stamped and heat embossed both the balloon in white. I then used Distress Inks Mustard seed, Spiced marmalade and Picked raspberry and sponged the background. I then diecut that piece together with two white pieces to get one single frame. I stamped the kitty on Britstol smooth card stock and colored him in with Zig clean color real brush markers. Some Wink of Stella for the pink ribbon. To ground the kitty a bit better I cut a stiched circle and framed him and also let him stand on the sentiment which is white heat embossed on black cardstock.
Newton's birthday bash stamps

Challenge
Inky Paws challenge #47 - Color challenge (yellow, orange, pink and teal)
Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Little critters
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - Furry friends

söndag 14 maj 2017

Penguin party

I wanted to participate in Lawn Fawnatics latest challenge which is Black, white and bright and immediately thought of the penguin stamp set to use. However, that is a winter themed one and I couldn't really think of a way to make it in to spring/summer so I simply went with holiday theme and a real penguin party!

I stamped the images on to water color cardstock and colored them in with Zig clean color real brush markers. The tree is a solid stamp so that is stamped with Twisted citron Distress ink and the stump is colored with a brown Zig. The background is done with distress inks and some masking. I did the rays with a Tim Holtz stencil and sponging. Then I heat embossed with Holographic embossing powder. I finished of the sky with some Nuvo glitter drops.


Lawn Fawn penguins in Merry and Bright

Challenges
Lawn Fawnatics - Black, white and bright

onsdag 10 maj 2017

Putting winner stamps from Lavinia to good use =)

During this past weekend I was attending a scrap event (Stockholm Hobby and Craft event) and had the luck to win a couple of stamps from Lavinia Stamps. Tonight I got to play with them. I borrowed the design from my table neighbour at the event and she was also the one who got me hooked on the "chunky white embossing powder". What effects you can get with that! Will be coming very handy as snow for Christmas cards. You do however have to look out since you heat your project from below (otherwise you'll blow the powder off) but I wasn't looking hard enough so all of a sudden I saw smoke coming from my project. It was ok though... need to look out more next time *big smile*

So here are my two projects, same design, different colors. I used Bristol Smooth cardstock for blending the background. My first time testing it. I must say that the blending is quite smooth but it is definately easier on the cardstock I normally use. Here the colors just keep gliding around. Hard to get the intensity I was looking for. Anyway, more practise needed.
I used Picked raspberry, Dusty Concord, Black soot and Scattered straw distress inks for the left one and Salty ocean, Blueprint sketch, Chipped Saphire, Black soot and Scattered straw for the right one.

My favorite. The square stiched die is from Gummiapan.


Was a bit too generous with the embossing powder here but...wiser until the next time.

Thanks so much Lavinia Stamps for the generous donations you made to Stockholm Hobby and Craft event. I have enjoyed them thoroughly!

Challenges
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - A hint of pink


tisdag 9 maj 2017

Trying out patterned paper

Inky Paws challenge #46 is a sketch challenge;

I wanted to play along and decided to try out some patterned paper I've been wanting to use from Jillibean Soup. Needless to say, I need more practise in how to pick colors/patterned paper but anyway, here it goes;
The bow ended up being that ball of yarn. Newton is cute anyway ;)

Challenges
Inky Paws challenge #46