søndag 12. april 2015

New sketch challenge at The Studio Challenges

Today we have this fun sketch by Valerie for you at The Studio Challenges:

My take on it:

Cardstock: Bazill. Patterned papers: MME. Cutouts/tags: Crate Paper. Hearts cut file: Paper Issues. Heart chipboard border: SA Crafters. Fabric ticket: Websters Pages. Alpha: Basic Grey. Stamps: Close To My Heart. Pearls: Kaiser Craft

I turned the sketch 90 degrees to fit my photo better and to give room for the big, long title.

The photo is featuring my DS12, licking the remains of strawberry coulis on his plate. Title says "Simen + strawberry coulis = true". If you don't know about coulis, check it here: it's just lovely with meat, such as veal!


Stitch stamps, even on the heart in upper left corner

Heart Cut file, chipboard border, fabric ticket, pearls

Come on over to The Studio Challenges blog to see the rest of the DT's loevly take on this sketch and to play along!

torsdag 9. april 2015

Happy campers - not so much (PI Online Crop Sketch Challenge)

Every August, my husband takes the kids camping on one of the nearby islands, together with the neighbourhood dads. No mums are allowed.

Last August their trip was wetter and more windy than normal:

Patterned papers & epoxy stickers: Bella Blvd. Paper stickers: Pebbles. Alphas: Jillibean Soup (red), Basic Grey (orange). Wood weener: Freckled Fawn.. Buttons: unknown

The inspiration for this layout is from the Paper Issues Online crop:

Jen Chapin's Sketch Challenge
It's time to break out those journaling cards! This sketch is perfect for 3x4 cards and embellishments! Or be creative and cut up some die cuts and patterned paper.
Create a layout OR card based on this sketch and you could win!

Layout details:

Cute papers!

Do you ever go camping?

tirsdag 7. april 2015

Embarking (PI Online Crop Make It Sparkle challenge)

This blog - and I - have had a week long easter break :-) We spent it at home and did a major spring cleaning - phew, it's amazing how stuff has piled up during the thirteen years we have lived in this house!

Before the brak, I participated in the Paper Issues Online Crop, and did lots of layouts, which I'm going to show this and next week. One of them was Sherri's Glitter challenge:

Sherri's Make It Sparkle Challenge

I challenge you to use embellishments that add a little sparkle and shine to your projects. Think gold, or silver, rhinestones, glitter, or even sequins. Here I've used some AC glitter hearts from the DIY collection to help document a quick thought on getting older. You have until Monday March 29 to create a brand new, never been seen before project for this challenge. 

Here is my take on it, featuring the embarking of the cruise we did last September:

All materials except overlay (Rayher): Me & My Big Ideas for RCCL


I thought it was a good idea bying themed papers onboard, but as they really aren't much my style, I struggle with using them.

Do you buy themed papers when visiting places?

søndag 29. mars 2015

Hello lovely (The Studio Challenges Pinterest challenge)

This week we have this challenge for you at The Studio Challenges:

29th March - Pinterest challenge, spring pin picked by Anna. 
How does this pin inspire you?

The image shoutet Springtime at me - and we had some signs of spring spring here in Norway, as the crocuses, before it all was covered with 10 inches of snow again. Sigh.  You will find items taken from the image as flowers and the bike in my layout

Patterned papers & patetrned stickers: Pebbles. Black stickers: Kaiser Kraft. Ribbon: unknown
I often use 3D foam behind parts of the stickers, to add depth to the design.

Journaling says: Crocus: A sign of spring and the coming summer: Long days with lots of light and plenty of time to be outdoors

I think I'll use the easter break to pull out the bike from the shed, and make it ready for summer!

Come see how the rest of the DT was inspired by the Pinterest image and play along: at our blog

lørdag 28. mars 2015

New goggles, much needed (CSI file #159)

This is my last layout as guest designer ("Special Investigator") at CSI in March, and here is the case to crack:

If you know me, you may have noticed I hardly ever use ink or paint or anything wet or messy, just because I don't have the patience for it. But this time I just kept adding like I was payed for it, and I loved how it turned out :-)

Patterned papers: unknown. Grid stamp: Kaiserkraft. Stensils: Thecraftersworkshop (grid), The Paper Bakery (hearts/circles). Rubons: Hambleys. Wood accents: Freckled Fawn. Epoxy heart; Heidi Swapp. Dymo: Dymo. Jewels & brad: unknown

How I solved the case:
*all colors used
*Evidence: Doodling, jewles, feathers, mixed media, grid pattern, rubons, love accents (the hearts)
*Testimony: Document things you love about you

Journaling says: " I love how I still challenge myself and go out of my comfort zone: I still ski and I have picked up equisterian again"

Ink & paint & my beloved dymo:


Feel like playing with us?

fredag 27. mars 2015

@ Beitostølen - layout Grid Style

I love grid design. It's something about the straight lines I find attractive - must be the engeneer in me *lol*

So when I saw this challenge at Paper Issues online crop, I knew I wanted to play.
March 21, 2015

Start with grid paper, sew a grid, lay paper into a grid pattern, anything goes! Your grid could be a circle grid, triangles, just so long as it is in a grid formation and your having fun! You have until Monday 3/29 to upload your new, never seen before layout to this album to be eligible for the prize.
US residents only. Sorry. 

I didn't read the fine print which says US recidents only, but who cares! I'm happy with my page, and all it means is that I cannot win any prize, which I probably would not do anyway, since there are lso many amazing entries for the challenge!

Here is my layout, featuring photos from our winter break in February:

Patterned papers, stickers & alpha: Doodlebug designs. Cork sign:Studio Calico. Snowflakes & trim: unknown

I love how winter outfits are so colorful that you can use non seasonal papers to match!

Close up:

Do you fancy grid design?

onsdag 25. mars 2015

Hello! A super quick and easy card!

Home made cards doesn't have to be time consuming to make, or require lots of papers and stash.
This cards is made from scraps only:

Cardstock: Bazill. Patterned Papers: Pebbles. Pearls: unknown

I used punches, bought for about a dollar each ages ago, for the butterflies and flowers, and a corner puch for the squares. I'll never let my punches go :-)

I use 3D foam to make the squares rise a bit, and glue dots for the butterflies and flowers so wings and petals are free.

This card was made for
Leah's BITS and PIECES midnight crop challenge!

Bring me your bits and pieces, crafty friends!

This challenge is all about using only PIECES and your project must be new and never shared... No whole sheets and no Project Life-sized cards - you can use thin strips or pieces cut from whole sheets, and you may use a photo mat and the actual cardstock or card. Everything else must be 2"x2" or smaller (this includes tags)! Feel free to slather on the bits and load up on the pieces, and you may create cards or pages to enter.

Hint: PUNCHES work great for these types of things, and if you have scraps, it's a fun way to use them up! Open worldwide - add your project(s) to this album and enter as many times as you like through Monday, March 29th. ·

It's still time to play at the crop so come on!