Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thank You Card Set

Here's my last minute entry for the card sets challenge at Hero Arts. I went for Thank You cards because that's something I think very many of us need now after the holidays. (Unfortunately there's a storm here today so light is terrible - I hope you'll come back and visit my blog tomorrow when I promise better pictures.)

Cardsets shouldn't take too much time to complete and the stamp and emboss combos just makes beautiful cardmaking so EASY. I used the beautiful Floral Wreath # 657768  for my cards and I simply stamped my cardstock, colored the flowers,cut it out and sent it through my Cuttlebug in the embossing folder and then  attached it to my cardbase.
And voilá - you have wonderful cards! + This floral wreath "background" makes it perfect for adding any cute image to the middle - this time I chose to paperpiece the super cute fox E5465 and gave him a little flower to hold in his mouth, and attached him to the card with foam pads.

I will also enter these cards for the "Anything Goes" challenges at Simon says stamp challenge, Stampi'n for the week-end and the craft room.

Have a wonderful day, hugs Karin


Wednesday, December 28, 2011



Hope you've had a wonderful 2011 and are looking forward to 2012. I'm celebrating another great year designing for Cili in Papers (that's the place to get your stamps and other crafting supplies if you are in my neighborhood (-: !!!) and I'm looking forward to hosting a few new workshops there this coming year!

My card today was inspired by the "Cut" challenge at City Crafter's blog, the New Year's card challenge at Create and the "Celebrate" and "Party" challenges at Papere Sundaes and Crafty Emmas.

I used stamps from Hero Arts;  wonderful Silly Scapes and Magical Background
I'm also entering this card for the "anything goes" challenges at Simon says stamp, Stampi'n for the weekend and the Craft Room.

New Year's hugs, Karin

Monday, December 26, 2011

PTI December Blog Hop

It's time for another PTI bloghop - something I always look forward to - so much fabulous inspirtaion!
For this month Nicole challenged us to use Christmas leftovers. I had to make my card the 23rd since we are having visitors all week-end so for my card I used scraps/leftovers I found at work; a cardstock folder I was about to throw away,  the box we got the new knitting needles in and the twine that was tied around the Christmas present we got from work.
I used the Tiny Treats Christmas set and made a multifolded gift card or money holder.

I've used die cuts for Young Crafters Unites challenge and I used twine, a punch and multifold for Simon Says Stamp's bingo challenge and I'm also entering this card for the Snowmen challenge at Craft your days away.

                                                                           My leftovers!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Let it Snow!

This is my card for Lawnscaping's fun Texture Challenge. For texture I used linen fabric for the background that I zigzag stitched on my cardbase, and I embroidered French knots for snowflakes. I used lace for snow,  a toothpick for the sign and paper piecing for the snowmen.

I tried something new on this card - embroidery stitches for the Kraft Journal's challenge that starts tomorrow, I have fabric for Frosted Designs and I have Snowmen for Craft your days away. I'm also entering it for the "Anything Goes" at Wee memories.

Have a very Merry Christmas, hugs, Karin

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cute as a button!

My card today is made for the Lily Pad Card challenge to use buttons. I just fell in love with this one when I went through my grandmother's button box. ( a real treasure - she was a seamstress and clothes designer - so I know where I got my love for textiles and design from... (-: ) I used the picture from Runway Inspired Challenge as inspiration.
I used wonderful Basic Grey paper for their "Anything goes" challenge. I will also enter it for the Anything but Christmas at The Crafty Pad.

Have a wonderful Christmas day, hugs Karin

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Season's Greetings

Here is my take on the challenge picture at Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge. For my card I used stamps from the following cool PS sets; Chubby Chums, Surf and Turf and Swanky Snowdudes. Paper from Simple Stories.  It's also for the "Anything Goes" at Wee Memories.


I'm also entering this card at Wee Memories where it is "anything goes", the Christmas challenge at Papertake weekly and the Oldie but a Goodie's  Christmas animal challenge.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Stir, sip and enjoy!

Here's my last minute take on the Pot Pourri challenge at Moxie Fab World - I picked up the chairs, the mug and the doily in my design. Also I made sure I used a splash of aqua for the Play Date Café. 

I'm entering this card for the "Anything goes" challenge at Wee Memories and the "Anything but a Christmas card at The Crafty Pad.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Totally Happy!

I'm Totally Happy when I get to spend time in my craft "corner" = desk + bookshelf (no studio or craftroom for me - but with only a 3-room-apartment for my family of three I'm glad I get that (-: ). But unfortunately there isn't much sparetime at the moment with the end-of-term stress at work and Christmas preparations at home - so I decided to try to make a card that would fit some of my favorite challenges;

This card was inspired by the Tuesday Trigger Picture at Moxie Fab World, It has a splash of Aqua for the Playdate Cafe, It is Clean and Simple and comes with a coordinating envelope for Casual Fridays and I based my card on the sketch from Ippity Chick Challenges.


Have a great week-end, hugs Karin

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

You are so Stylish!

If you haven't heard already, there's a new, really cool challenge site called Runway Inspired Challenge and this is their first picture to be inspired by. Here's my take:

I'm also entering this at , the "It takes two (colors) at All Sorts and the "Anything but Christmas" challenge at Totally Papercrafts.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, hugs Karin

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Red and White Christmas

Happy Sunday!
Last night my little boy caught a terrible stomach bug so this card, for the Red and White  Christmas card challenge at A Passion for Papertrey and the Winter/Christmas theme at Simon says Stamp, was made between 6 loads of laundry and 5 bed changes and ... well, I won't bore you with more details. He's still not well so I expect another tough night and tomorrow is due date for the more than 120 grades I have to set at school )-: ...

I will also enter it for the Holiday challenge at Wee Memories, the It takes two (colors) at All Sorts, the "Anything goes at Papertake weekly and the traditional x-mas colors challenge at Crafty Emmas.

Have a great week, hugs, Karin

Gift bag with Christmas tree Ornaments!

There's both an inspiring bloghop (+ you can win awesome prizes just by commemting) and a fun challenge going on at Lawnscaping. For my bloghop post please scroll down two posts or click HERE. And this is my entry for their challenge to make tags or treat bags. I used the picture from this week's Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World  and Simon Says Stamp as inspiration .

For my bag I used stamps from the folloing wonderful Lawn Fawn sets: Ornate Ornaments and Critters in the Forest.

I'm also entering this for the Holiday challenge at Wee Memories and the "winter holiday sentiment" challenge at Aud's Sentiments

Have a wonderful Saturday, hugs Karin

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lawnscaping Blog Hop!

Welcome to Lawanscaping's "All about Red" Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be part of this bloghop and happy you made it here! You should have come here by way of one of my favorite designers Nette Kauffman of Netter's Notables -  what she does with her LF stams is absolutely AMAZING!!!
The hop runs from today, Friday, December 9th  till  Sunday, December 11th! Make sure to comment on all of the blogs because there are LOTS of prizes to be won! All the details can be found on the Lawnscaping home page .The hop is being sponsored by some amazing companies. Lawn Fawn, Mold Muse and Whiskers Graphics!

For my Christmas card I used stamps from the following wonderful Lawn Fawn sets; Critters in the forest, Ornate Ornaments, Cozy Christmas and Making Frosty Friends.
Now, head on to the talented Jeanette of On Dragons Wings  for more fabulous Lawn Fawn Inspiration.  If you've gotten off track, don't worry! Head on back to Lawnscaping to see the complete list of designers and prize information!

Have a wonderful hop, big hugs, Karin
I'm also entering this card for the Anything goes challenge at Papertake weekly

WMSC #77

YIPPIE!  it is Saturday again which means new fabulous inspiration from the Waltzing Mouse Sketch challenge. Here's this week's great sketch and my take on it. The stamps I've used for my card are from Santa Claus is coming to town. I'm IN LOVE with that Santa Stamp - he just IS Santa (-:
Paper from My Mind's Eye and Tim Holtz.

Head over to the WMS challenge blog for wonderful inspiration from the other Mischief Makers and to join in the challenge for a chance to win a set Waltzing Mouse Stamps.
I'm entering this card for the Traditional Christmas at My Mum's Craft Shop and Crafty Emma's, The photo inspiration challenge at Simon Says Stamp (see picture below) and the "Anything goes challenge at Papertake Weekly.

Have a great week-end, hugs, Karin

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Season's Greetings!


For this card I've used stamps from Hero Arts; Graph Background, Very Merry Christmas, Swirl Christmas and Joy to all. The starbutton in the middle is from Making Memories.
This card was created ispired by the following challenges:

Lily Pad Cards: To use buttons
The Kraft Journal: Gift Card holder
Hero Arts: Sketch + pocket card inspiration from Shari Caroll
Simon Says Stamp Challenge, Papertake weekly - Anything Goes
Wee Memories: Anything Goes