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.

Hugs!


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

Traveling journal - a note book!

Here's a last minute entry for the challenge at Make the day special  where you are to case yourself. I Turned my old "Bon Voyage" card (below) into a trevelling journal note book. Hope to get use for it soon!!!


I used this card from 2011 (http://peppermintpattys-papercraft.blogspot.se/2011/06/enjoy-your-trip.html) It was made from Paper Smooches cute freebie - didn't own any PS stamps back then - LOL


 

I chose this card so I could play along with "THe cutting edge" challenge too where this is the inspiration photo. + the "anything goes" challenge at Curtain Call.

Hugs!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lawnscaping # 86 Watercoloring

Hi Everyone!
I'm here to introduce a new challenge at Lawnscaping. This time we challenge you to make a card using Watercoloring (distress inks, inktense, paints, etc).  This is my sample;




For my card I used stamps from these wonderful Lawn Fawn sets; Into the woods.

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tag You're it #2

Hi everyone!!!
I'm here to introduce a the first challenge at Tag - You're it ! This time we are inspired by this amazing tag by no other that Laura Bassen.

Here's my sample;





I used stamps from Hero arts and dies from Mama Elephant.
I am also entering this for the Wonderful Word dies challenge at Moxie Fab World



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

Hope to see you there!
Hugs, Karin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Paper Smooches Milk bottle!

Today my husband actually said - Oh so you are crafting today ???? - and he wasn't ironic!!!
I've spent most of my spare time painting but it felt so good to take our my papers, stamps and dies again. This time I was inspired by the fun Picture Perfect Image at Paper Smooches SPARKS  and  made this;





For this project I used PS stamps from Chubby Chums and Denim and Daisies.

And I'm also entering it for Curtain Calls fun Birthday celebrations challenge; Anything goes!

  

Have a great Wednesday!
Hugs, Karin

Tuesday Watercolors - Fish





Hi

Today I'm sharing another watercolor. This time some fish - I've had a piece of Fabriano paper 300gr stretched out on a board with a sketch of these two fish under my desk for probably more than ten years. Now that I started painting again I been meaning to get it done so I could use the board for other paintings, but how I looked I couldn't find the foto I'd used - until last night, when I got a sudden impulse to go through our heavily overloaded bookshelves to see what we could donate for charity - I took down and started flipping through a photography book by Jan Grahn - and there it was!!!

Imediately inspired I spent last night painting instead of cleaning out our bookshelves!
For this painting I used a technique I seldom use, but which is quite fun for creating highlights - wax resist - I used wax from a an ordinary candle for the areas I wanted to remain white. I usually like more "control" but I think it worked quite well for the shimmer on the backs of these fish.



Hugs, Karin

Wednesday Watercolors - Apricots on three different Arches watercolor papers

Hi again!

More watercolors today - I just LOVE summer break (-:!!!

Those of you who follow my blog know my new years' resolution to start painting again is actually going quite OK  = I  haven't given up yet - but what I've done - being a restless soul-  is that I've jumped from one subject to another - probably not the best way for improving your painting techniques...
BUT today I did the opposite - I painted exactly the same thing Three times in a row - my plan was that I would loosen up my painting style for each time I did it, BUT at the same time I wanted to try the difference between 3 different types of Arches watercolor papers and compare results and feeling. I really loved doing it but because the papers behave so differently, I Think it prevented me a bit from loosening up as much as I had planned. As Always I blame the paper for everything (-:
Anyway here are the samples:


Paper Used; Arches 300gr Grain fine Cold pressed:


Paper Used; Arches 300gr Grain Rough Cold pressed:
























Paper used: Arches 300 gr Satine' Hot Pressed:



Have a great day, hugs, Karin


Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday Watercolors - cliffs and reflections




This time I've been practicing cliffs and reflections - chances are that I will be posting more cliff scenes here, they are so much fun to paint!

I'll be back soon with another shaker card - really enjoy making those too (-:. Hope to see you back here for that! Have a great Sunday, Hugs, Karin

Lawnscaping # 85 Summer Color Combo



Hi Everyone!
I'm here to introduce a new challenge at Lawnscaping. This time we challenge you to create a card or Project using this Summer Color Combo; turquoise, yellow, orange.

Here's my sample;







For my card I used stamps from these wonderful Lawn Fawn stamp sets; Flutter By and #Awesome


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


I also want to enter this for the Christmas challenge at Stamping sensations and the  "Anything Goes" challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Hugs, Karin

Birthday Bash Shake with wonderful word die cut !





Just had to make design shaker card - they are so much fun to make! This time I was inspired by the shapes and the colors from Curtain Call's photo ;



I am also entering this for the Wonderful Word dies challenge at Moxie Fab World and Simon Says Stamps shaker card challenge.

Have a great day, hugs, Karin

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tag You're it # 1

Hi everyone!!!
I'm here to introduce a the first challenge at Tag - You're it ! This is my sample;


 
This time we are inspired by these tags by no other than talented Virginia Lu:




I used dies from Hero Arts and papers from October Afternoon and am entering this for the Wonderful Word dies challenge at Moxie Fab World
 

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

Hope to see you there!
Hugs, Karin


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Paper Smooches - SHAKE IT - You deserve only the best!


The new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is called SKAKE IT. I used Paper Smooches stamps for SPARKS'  and Loves Rubberstamps "Anything Goes" challenges. I've done a bit of coloring on this card too, so I'm showing it off at  A blog named hero too - where the sponsor this time is no other than; Paper Smooches (-:


Have a great Wednesday, hugs, Karin

Happy Birthday!!!

There is nothing I LOVE better that coloring in on my cards so of course I had to play along in A blog named hero's new challenge and used the colors from Curtain Call's photo as inspiration;





I'm also entering this for the Simon Says stamp challenge Anything goes with more than 800 entries LOL!!!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mama Elephant - ME Challenge ME post

Hi Everyone!!!

I am SUPER excited to be here today to introduce the opening of the ME and ME challenge at Mama Elephant. 



For my card I used stamps from ME called Cosmic Stars and Up and away and the awesome dies are called  Landscape Trio Creative cuts.


This is the fun inspiration photo! 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 July 28th for your chance to win a ME stamp set of your choice - YIPPIE!!!
. Link up using the Inlinkz HERE. 

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!

I'm entering this for the anything goes challenges at :

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/ and Loves Rubberstamps




Have a wonderful day, hugs, Karin

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sunday Watercolors on a Monday

I've been away on a mini vacation to Legoland Denmark and to Stockholm and Örebro. We had a great time, but there's a lot to catch up with even if you've only been away for 10 days.

Like writing my Sunday watercolors post;


I'll keep it short, just want to point out that they are supposed to be Sharon fruits and not tomatoes (-:

Have a great week, hugs, Karin

Hero Arts - One layer card



Hero Arts has a new challenge - which really is a challenge - to me at least - One layer cards. I find this so difficult because foam adhesive is my best cardmaking friend. But I LOVE playing along in the Hero Arts challenges and I really enjoyed making this one;








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I used Hero Arts Thank You die for my ilayed sentiment, layered floral clear stamp and flower dot cling bg.

I'm also entering this for the Summer blooms challenge at Stamping Sensations.