Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Watercolor from Vrångö!

Today I'm sharing a watercolor I painted on location. This is from a visit to an island called Vrångö in the Gothenburg archipelago - It is about 45 min from us with tram and boat and we love going there because it has a nice little beach where Ted can play while we relax - or paint (-; . 
I think painting outdoors is good practise for me because with  limited supplies you automatically paint faster and looser. I should remember to do it more often!

Hugs, Karin

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lawnscaping # 88 Texture anyone?

Hi Everyone!
I'm here to introduce a new challenge at Lawnscaping. This time we challenge you to make a card and incorporate a lot of texture.  This is my sample;

For my card I used stamps from this wonderful Lawn Fawn set; Critters in the Burbs. I also used LF stitched journaling card and stitched scalloped border.

Our fabulous sponsor this week is; Lawn Fawn!!! You can win a stamp set of your choice YEAH!!!

Pop over to Lawnscaping for all the info you need and to join!

Have a great day, Hugs, Karin

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Relax - It's the SUMMER !


Even if summer is almost over here in Sweden I'm  sharing a very summery card that I made for the Waltzing Mouse Stamps Inspiration blog. I used a WMS set called My Island which I absolutely LOVE. It has lots of great images and sentiments for tropical summer greetings!

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I stamped my image and the sentiments to a notebookpage diecut and added it to a large journaling card from Bo Bunny's collection Key Lime. I added some pearls and twine and voilá - couldn't be easier!

I was inspired by the challenge at Curtain Call which is called Tropical Trip and the Summer Challenge at Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge. I'm also entering it for the "anything goes" challenge at stamp and create.

Have a wonderful sunny day, hugs, Karin

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tag You're it #4

Hi everyone!!!
I'm here to introduce challenge #4  at Tag - You're it ! Here's my sample:

I used stamps  from Mama Elephant and Waltzing Mouse Stamps.This time we were inspired by this great tag by Marion Wagg - and now it is your turn to create your take on it:
For wonderful inspiration from my teamies and all the info you need to play along ; www.tagyoureitchallenge.blogspot.com

I was inspired by the colors from  Fabulous Friday's picture and I'm entering this for the Summer Challenge at Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge .
Hope to see you there!
Hugs, Karin

Monday, August 11, 2014


Yippie - there's a new challenge at Moxie Fab World - how I've missed playing along with the Tuesday Trigger. It is called Fabulous Friday and here's the picture to be inspired by this week:

I was also inspired by the  A color scheme from Make the day Special's August challenge at A blog named hero where the challenge is called; Die a  little or a lot - and since this Hello die from Mama Elephant really is to die for - so perfect for so many occasions I thought it fitting to use!.

Have a great week everyone - for me it is back to work after the most wonderful summerbreak ever - don't think Sweden has ever had a more beautiful summer weatherwise than this.
Wish I could say I'm full of energy to start working again - guess I'll find out soon (-:


Sunday, August 10, 2014

We totally Click!

Got some crafting time this morning and was inspired by the picture at papersmooches SPARKS . I was inspired by the rolls of washitape and the workspace feeling. I used stamps from a set called We totally Click
I added glitter to the details so I could play along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge too !

Have a great Sunday, Hugs, Karin

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Enjoy Your Day!

Enjoying my days is what I've been doing the past week! We just got back from a week in Clabria - the south of Italy- and we had a fantastic time - great weather - perfect sea and pool temperatures, wonderful food and a nice holel with really sweet staff on top of that - it just couldn't have been better!

Missed my papercrafting stuff though and when I got back I had 2 new Newton's Nook stampset waiting for me and of course I was inspired - and in the right mood too - to play along with their beach challenge!

Well, there was one thing to complain about - I got spam on my blog the first and only time I opened it on the hotel computer. Therefore I haven't been able to return comments and have a lot to catch up with checking what you all have been up to!
Does anyone know how to get rid of unwanted postings in your blog reader - it's as if I'm following a German film blog that I've never heard of and that I can't find in my "following" list - very annoying!

I'm also entering this for the "Anything goes" challenge at Stamp and create and Make the day specials color challenge: I used the greens, dark pink, orange and beige from the B scheme. 

 Newton's Nook Designs | Inky Paws Challenge #12 - Beach Theme

Here are some pics from Tropea;


 Both Ted and I found time for some painting 
- will share when I have time to photograph the results!


Have a great day! Hugs, Karin

Monday, August 4, 2014

Lawnscaping #87 Back to school

Hi Everyone!
I'm here to introduce a new challenge at Lawnscaping. This time we challenge you to create a Back to school card or Project.

Here's my sample;

For my card I used stamps from this wonderful Lawn Fawn stamp set; A good apple

And our fabulous sponsor; Simon Says stamp You can win a25 $ giftcertificate to the store YEAH!!!
Pop over to Lawnscaping for all the info you need and to join!

Simon Says Stamp Store Blinkie photo SSS_09_2103_zpsc2c6b992.gif

Hugs, Karin

Friday, August 1, 2014

ME and ME challenge # 2 August

Hi Everyone!!!

Today I'm here to introduce another fun challenge at  ME and Mama Elephant. 
This time we challenge you to make a birthday card or paper project using watercolors.

For my card I used stamps from ME called Up and away (sentiment) and the super adorable boy is from the set In my heart.

 It is super easy to play along, just create something inspired by the picture above using stamps from Mama Elephant. You can play along as many times as you want to before the deadline which is  for your chance to win a ME stamp set of your choice - YIPPIE!!!

Be sure to check out what my super talented teamies have created for more inspiration of how to interpret this picture! Hope to see you at ME and ME!

Have a wonderful day, hugs, Karin

I'm entering this for the "Anything goes" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tag You're it #3

Hi everyone!!!
I'm here to introduce a the third challenge at Tag - You're it ! This time we are inspired by this fun sketch by Gayatri Murali and CAS(E) this sketch.

I used stamps from Purple Onion and dies from WMS.

Foe wonderful inspiration from my talented teamies and all the info you need to play along ; www.tagyoureitchallenge.blogspot.com

Hope to see you there!
Hugs, Karin

I'm entering this for the "Anything goes" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy Birthday!


For today's card I was inspired by the colors (but in other proportions (-: ) and patterns from Runway challenge inspiration photo. I used heat embossing so I could play along with SSS Wednesday challenge. I will also enter this for the summer bloom challenge at Stamping sensations and the anything goes challenge at Curtain call

Have a great day, hugs, Karin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today's Watercolor ; Turn sunshine into rain!

That's the good thing with painting - you can do anything! For today's watercolor I used the reference photo below that I found on pinterest, but I wanted to make the nice summery scene a bit more dramatic, so I changed the beautiful weather to stormy, rainy day (-:

Tip of the day: I mixed a lot of that stormy sky color so that when I started with the rest of the scene I could mix a bit of that sky color in with all the other colors I used and get a more harmonious feel - the sky reflecting on the ground.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Watercolor - florals

Inspired by a visit to our botanical garden I've been painting some flowers. I'm not sure what these are called - bleeding hearts? Have to ask mum...

Edited; Thanks Lin and Laurel - the are Fuchsia and nothing else! (I am terrible with flowers - my husband takes care of our plants - and has to write me notes for what to do with them if he's away...)

 Again I wanted to try the difference between different kinds of paper. The first one is painted on Cotman's 300gr watercolor paper. It's a very smooth paper that I find really nice for florals and furry animals. The second one is on Arches 300gr Rough grain. It's a paper I absolutely LOOOVE - especially for lanscape scenes. I'm not sure which one I like the best this time though - I like the smoothness on the flowers on the first but the texture on the leaves and background on the second (-:

Have a great day, hugs, Karin

Movie Night


My mum is having Ted the coming week-end and I wanted to surprise my sweet husband with a movie and dinner. Here's the card I made for him - inspired by the dots and spots challenge at Simon Wednesday challenge and the "anything goes" challenges at Paper Smooches SPARKS and at Curtain Call.. I used the PS set "we totally click".

Have a great Tuesday, hugs, Karin