Thursday, October 31, 2013

Alter ego contest

I needed to make a card for my youngest daughter who turns 3 on Sunday, and I found this fun contest today on The Greeting Farms blog. It's about combining two or more stamps to make a girl who resembles yourself (or in this case my daughter). I wanted to use the sweet Glimmer bean together with the short hair from the Hope & Grace set, to make a cute little rascal who usually runs around half-naked at home... ;-)

Found some nice papers to use in the bg...

So, lets mount the card and decorate it a bit... And here is the final card. Thanks for looking! :-)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Salt distressing - part 3

And this third one is for my dear friend Åsa's birthday. She loves turquoise, so I found a chipboard with the right color and some pink dots on it. This time I salt distressed it with clear embossing powder to leave it as visible as possible.

I found cardstock that matched, and some vellum with small glitter on. I traced the chipboard and made some stamping on the bottom half, a Tim Holtz stamp with white ink.

I glued on the chipboard, and then finally mounted it together with some matching brads in the corners.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Salt distressing - part 2

The next I did was with hologram embossing powder, which made the chipboard piece semi see-through.

I used the other piece from the gesso bg that I made a while ago, and stamped it with a StazOn black flower. Used a black Posca pen to fill in the gaps and leaves, and a white one for the flowers.

Mounted it on a white paper.

Also added some Stickles to the flowers to match, and the chipboard. And finally I put it on a dark blue/purple card.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Salt distressing - part 1

In the February 2011 issue of Craft Stamper there was an article of DIY distressing with salt. I thought I might give it a try with some colored chipboard that I have.

This 1st card is done like in the example, with watermark inkpad and white embossing powder. Then heat again and sprinkle salt on the hot embossing and heat again to make it stick.

I then colored them with red Distress ink. Then I glued the cake paper on the card and gessoed it, and finally sprinkled glitter on it. Left a small border to match the flowers.

And here is the finished card with the flowers mounted, and a center of mother-of-pearl Pearl maker.

Birthday card for my father

Borrowed some of Åsas stamps from Tim Holtz to make a card for my father. Had a certain article from Craft Stamper in mind, a scene from London with Distress Stains (think it was in the January 2012 issue).

Since I dont have any Distress Stains, I thought I take my new Inktense pencils to color with.

I masked the areas I wanted white with Masking fluid, and let it dry. Then I scribbled with red, gray and some blue/greens.

Then I took a waterbrush to distribute the color, and added some more color where needed. The masking fluid didn't work so well with the water coloring, so some of the card came off when I removed it.

I also added a bird in the top corner, where the paper had become a bit rugged. I punched it out from double coated adhesive, and then sprinkled glitter on it.

Finally I mounted it on white paper, and a black card.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Crocheted iPad sleeve

I bought myself an iPad mini in birthday present, so I needed a sleeve for it to protect it in my handbag. I thought the one I have for my iPhone is nice so I decided to make one like that.

In retrospective though, I would have chosen a thicker yarn if I knew that it would take such a long time to do it... ;-)

Here's the finished result, with a small edge on it. Maybe I'll add some decoration later, like a flower or something.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gesso birthday card

I bought a bunch of back-order issues of my favourite mag Craft Stamper, and in the November 2012 issue there was a tutorial about making cards with gesso bakgrunds.

So first you start with 2 cardstock rectangles of the same size, and cover them both with a 1-2 mm thick layer of gesso. Then you put them together (gesso sides together) and press firmly. Gently and slowly pull them a part, leaving a nice pattern. Let dry overnight.

After that you can either leave them white with silver paint on the raised details, or paint them with some kind of water colors. I used 5 different blue and green Distress Markers, scribbled with them (leaving much white), and painting over with a wet paintbrush. Finally I removed the excess water with a napkin.

I decorated with a Tim Holtz stamp, using black StazOn to make it stick. I also had a goldfish stamp that suited well. The greeting is from Skipping Stones design, and is stamped with Moonlight white Brilliance ink on a black ribbon. You can also decorate the border stampings with Stickles, but I skipped this step.

I then mounted it on black paper, and put it on a card made from a midnight black/blue paper.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter crafts

I have a white candle that I wanted to stamp on, so I thought I'll follow this tutorial:

I started by stamping Easter Anya on a vellum sheet, and then the hearts from Glimmer Bean on the side (img).

Then I painted it, and cut it out.

However, the transfer didn't work, it just melted the candle. So I thought I'd do it the regular way with a napkin. I stamped Anya again, and then the flowers from Sitting lovely to sitt on the bottom of the candle. I then painted it with Pro Markers just like I painted the first one.

And I used a baking sheet and a heating gun to attach it to the candle (only using the outer layer of the napkin). But for me it still melted the candle more than neccesary, so for you that doesn't own one, just use the back of a spoon heated on the stove and hold it to the candle. More time consuming, but at least that result gets better...

I also wanted to decorate an Easter egg that you fill with candy. It was craft brown, so I used gesso to get it white. Then I stamped the same flowers round the border with black StazOn, and a bird from the Sunshine kit on the top.

It was hard to get the imprint of the flowers nice, but that will sort it self out when I paint it.

I started with painting the top and bottom with blue and green acrylic paint, and let it dry. Then I painted the petals with a red Posca pen, and put a white dot in the middle of them. The bird was painted with a yellow Posca, and a black dot for the eye.

Well, so what to do with the vellum Anya?! I made a brick wall by using Modeling paste on a brick templete, let it dry, and then used Distress ink Fired brick on it.

Since the vellum is transparent, adding it to the front makes her look like a ghost... So I made an aperture, and lined it with black Stickles. Finally I wrote a greeting on a dark gray scrap and put it at the bottom of the card.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Magnetic canvas

Been needing a magnetic board for a while, and now Panduro came with a canvas that has a steel panel behind it. So I thought I'll use the set Naughty or Nice from The Greeting Farm, and some pink and purple distress inks.

I also made a frame with some Tim Holtz Tissue tape before using the inks.

I started with the Spun suger color in the top right corner (where I'll put the angel) and continued down the center. The I took the Dusty concorde from the bottom left and up, and made the transition as good as possible. Finally I splashed some water drops on the canvas.

Then I stamped the girls and the texts with Memento black tuxedo in the corners. And here is the finished painting... TFL! :-)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Kjol av jeans

Har ett par Levi's inköpta i San Fransisco som inte sitter så bra, men har en fin brodyr på fickorna. Har länge tänkt att göra om dem till kjol, och har nu tagit tag i det.

Började med att klippa upp innersömmarna, och sprätta upp längs grenen. Eftersom jag inte ville ha någon extra tygbit baktill, så valde jag att sprätta hela vägen upp och nåla räta mot räta, och sy en rak söm därifrån. Se blå linjen på bilden.

Och så här ser det ut från rätan när det är ihopnålat...

Där fram har jag inget annat val än att ha en extra tygbit, så jag tar ett av de avklippta benen och lägger under "hålet" och ritar runt kanten.

Efter att ha klippt ut den ritade biten (med ett par cm sömsmån), lägger jag tillbaka den under och nålar fast från rätan.

Och så här blev framstycket. Sydde trekanten med raksöm 2mm från kanten. Fållade nederkanten 2+2, och sydde tvillingsöm med orange tråd.

Och så här blev bakstycket.