Hipp Hipp hurrah!

For a whilte now, my inspiration for making cards have been gone. I guess that it got a little bit too much before Christmas with all the Christmas cards and the brithday cards I made as a gift for my sister.

Late january and early february start with some birthdays and a newborn baby. I had to make some new cards. It’s out of the question to buy any; I have so much crafting stuff that I need to put into good use.

Slowly, as I started on my first card I found some well hidden inspiration. In pure happyness over this newfound inspiration I called mum and asked her if she wanted a card she could give to my sister, who’s got her birthday on sunday. Well, I didn’t put it like that, I just asked her if she needed a card for the weekend. She said yes. Little did I know that she said yes, that she was talking about a card for a friend of my parents. It was some confusing seconds until everything got cleared. And suddenly I got two cards to make; one for my siter and one for my parents friend.

It feels great to be creative again that way; it’s been a while since last time. Here is what came out of my creative outlet:

A friend of mine got a girl late in January. I made her this girly card – to match the girly name Madison Tate.

For my sister. This card is going to be from me. I bought some die-cuts a few weeks ago. Well, my colleague Sigrund bought it for me actually. I love the circle die-cuts; they are awesome. The package contained 21 pieces I think.

Another card for Hanne. Very simple this too. But you know me – I love simple cards.

This card is for a friend of my parents. He’s a hunter; every year he go moose-hunting. I knew I had to make a green card with a moose on it. I love to make card that reflects the person getting; letting the card say something about them. It’s not always easy, but I try my best. The text on the card says ‘big boys celebrates their birthday too – happy birthday’.

And last but not least; a birthday card for my nephew Emil. It’s not his birthday until March, but I found this awesome pirate pattern paper at Panduro and I just to make something of it right away. This card is different than most cards I make. I got the idea from Sigrund. She showed me a card she’d made and I instantly wanted to try it out myself. I really like cards with ‘wings’ and will try make more of them. My nephew Emil, he is very into everything pirat-y. So I had to make him a pirate card. This time I’ve even putten pattern paper inside the card; never done that before.

That’s all! (Like Meryl Steep says in awesome movie ‘the Devil wears Prada’.)

So what do you think? Do you like them? Would you be happy getting such a card from me?

Again something happened while I was making one of the cards; it was one of my sisters cards. I needed a color to color something on the card and I wanted it to match the color of the pattern paper. That proved to be hard. I didn’t have the exact colour that I wanted. I did find a colour that almost fitted, but it wasn’t perfect.
So yet another time, was I looking at the colour chart picking out what my next colours to buy would be. So far I’ve just written down the names. I need to wait after my salary comes in before I can buy anything (my dentist ruined me!). It itches in my fingers to go buy them right now. But I’m telling my self over and over gain; be patient!
I’ve come to the conclution, that I actually was afraid I would come to; I need all the colors there is. Promarker pens have over 100 different colors, at least; I’ve lost count.

I need to make one more card. Next sunday we celebrate Mothers Day, it’s always the second sunday in February. I need to make her a card. I’m looking forward to make one. Now I’m looking forward to go to bed ;)

More Christmas cards

I’ve had three days off this week. My dear friend Chantal from Alkmaar (Holland) came to visit me. She’s very fond of scrapping, but doesn’t have any scrapping equipment herself, so when she’s visiting me, we have to craft. We make cards. I was more than happy to spend time scrapping since it’s late november and I had lots of Christmas cards left to finish.

Within the six days she was staying at my place, we spent a lot of time scrapping and I made ten new cards. That is toally awesome. Now I only got eight cards left to make. Those last eight cards I will try to finish this week.

Here are some of the cards I made. I’m totally into making blue Christmas cards these days. And I’m also in love with my Cuttlebug and the shapes it can cut (like the one you see in the two bottom cards).  I keep my cards quite simple, that’s how I like them.

I can’t make just blue Christmas cards so I’ve made some brown and green ones too. Again, they are quite simple.

It’s always nice to have Chantie around when I’m scrapping. She always starts to organize my stuff and tidy up. My livingroom table is not so messy now, thanks to her.

We both had a lot of fun sitting at the table making cards. One thing was especially funny. Chantie was in need of a green color and with my 7 different kinds of green, she pointed out that I didn’t have the green color she was looking for. She is just as picky as I am with the colors and that’s why I have over 60 different ProMarker pens. As a result of her remark, I’m going to buy more pens. Not long ago I did order some pens, but that was not enough. Now I’m going to buy pens in the shades of green, red and yellow. I’m thinking I won’t stop buying pens until I got all of them.

Christmas is just around the corner; just little over a month left now! I’ve been asked by family and friends to come up with a wishlist for Christmas. So far I’ve only come up with a few things I want. I still haven’t sat down and made a list of scrapping things I want, but I know as soon as I make time for it, my list will be very long. It’s not always nice to have a hobby that cost so much money, because there is a endless list of things you can use/buy, but when the gift-exchange season comes up, it’s more than welcome.

 

the awesome bug


For a long time I’ve wanted a machine that can out different shapes. I knew that would open a lot of new door for me when it comes to making cards. On thursday I went to my favourit scrapping store Bikuben; I had finally decided to buy such a  machine. After a little help from my colleague Sigrund, I decided to buy a Cuttlebug. It was a small investment, since the machine alone costed 890 NOK and you need extra stuff and dies that costs a lot. But I knew it would pay off; in form of more fancy cards and a happy me.

In addition to the machine itself, I bought two packages of dies. The packages came with 12 and 16d dies. Both shapes of the dies is very pretty. I saw lots of cool shapes and it was hard to choose what to buy. I now know what will be on my future wishlists (like for Christmas) for the next years. *wink*

The machine is magical. There isn’t really much more to say about it.

Now that the machine is in the house, I’ve regained some inspiration to make new cards. That was really needed! I have lots of cards to make; three birthday cards (two birthday cards for friends of mine and one order for a friend), a fathers day card and 22 Christmas cards! Eeek.

So far I’ve made these cards:

What do you think?

Here a set with blue cards. The cards says Merry Christmas.


And here is a set with cards in green and red tones.

And to end it, a cute mouse. I like the other shape better than the one you get here.

I must say that the Cuttlebug is just awesome! Why didn’t I buy it earlier?!


It’s that time a year again…

It’s that time a year again; scrapping fair and the start of this years Christmas card production. The card production started about a month ago. I made five cards, where I used the pattern paper, rubber stamps etc I already had. It was fun to start again and go over all my stuff. There were a lot of familiar stuff, but also some stuff I had forgotten I had.

Going through my things, I found out that there were a few things I needed more of, like pattern paper, foam letters and some accesories. With a fair coming up I knew I had a chance to get some shopping done. I could of course not be sure to get all I wanted because previous fairs has shown lack of Christmas things, especially pattern paper.

Yesterday I went to the fair with my colleague Sigrund. We where there when they opened, because it’s important to be there early. There is less people and there is less chance to miss a good bargin / things are sold out.

The picture above shows all the things I bought. I got a whole lot of foam letters which I are in love with! They are so easy to use and they enhance a card enormously. I also got a lot of paper, both single color paper and pattern paper. This year I felt they had quite some nice Christmas pattern paper.

New this year, was two Swedish companies. Both Stampelkallen and Bildmålarna came and I was curious on what they would have to offer. I’ve been busy, so I hadn’t time to check them out before the fair. It didn’t matter, because they became a pleasent surprise. I loved them both and I’m pretty sure I will stop by their online shops to buy some more stuff in the future.

After I came home on saturday, I’ve been making Christmas cards. It’s important to start early when you got orders. This year, I so far have one order of 20 cards from mum and one order of 5 cards from my friend Linda. And I would need about 10 cards myself. Depends on how fast I work, I might take some more orders if someone is interested.

Here is what I did yesterday and today:

I’ve almost only used my new stuff on these cards. The round and square cardboard are plain coasters. I think they were meant to be used as that, but when I saw them I instantly thought I could use them this way. I’ve very happy with the way they turned out. I wish I had more of those coasters. Too bad I don’t remember which store who had them.

If I work in this speed, the cards will be finished in no time. But I doubt it. It takes time to make a card and I might not have a whole sunday to make cards. Well, we will see how it goes. I’m excited to continue with making the cards at least. Getting new stuff, always gives me a push; it makes me motivated and sparks my creativity. Now I got so many rubber stamps, it’s a bit hard to find what to use. There are so many nice ones, it gets hard to decide.

Stay tuned for more cards!

A few new cards

I’ve made a few more cards the last week. It have been a lot of fun. My livingroom table has been covered in all kinds of scrapping things; rubber stamps, paper, paper flowers, half pearls, glue, scissors, pens, ink etc.

I have so much stuff, but it seems like I can’t get enough. My colleague Sigrund texted me today saying there is a scrapping fair in March; the 12th and 13th to be exact. I was so happy about the news. Last week I asked her if she knew if there were going to be any fairs this winter; it usually is. She hadn’t heard about any. I’ve checked out the place where they use to have a fair around these days, but nothing was anounced. But now it is! I’ve checked the date and I got no plans so far. So I’m definitely going and I’m looking forward to it. It’s the big fair, that was last September, but still – it’s a fair!

This is the owl card I mentioned in a previous post. This is something new. I’ve never used so many paper flowers in one card before, and not like this. It’s fun trying out new stuff!

A birthday card with a cow on. Mooo! I got a friend working at a dairy (at the sales office) and I thought a cow on the front was suitable.

This is a card for my friend Linda. We’ve started a two-months competition; to eat more fruits and walk more. We’re gonna get a penalty point for every time don’t make our goal. The one with the most points will have to make the other a three course meal.

I made this card to kick start the competition. It says ‘let the competition begin’. And the corn is saying ‘good luck’. I love to create and send suprise cards like that. It makes people happy and then I get happy. Win-win situation.

 

Christmas cards for Cisca

I have a Dutch friend name Cisca. Last year I made some Christmas cards for her. She requested ten. This year I asked her if she wanted ten this year too. She did. Here are the cards I made for her.

Cisca is friends with Chantie. That’s how I came in touch with her. Chantie has bought me most of the pattern paper used in these cards. I find that a bit funny. I only have one ‘merry christmas’ rubber stamp. Here in Norway you don’t find many rubber stamps with english words. So you have to look in online craftstores in other countries or buy something on ebay. I didn’t do that this year. In stead I found some paper various Christmas messages where written in English.

I’ve kept the cards very simple like I always do. I’m not good at making card stuffed with thing. I really like them simple too, so it doesn’t really matter.

So far I’ve made like 45 cards or something. Not many left now. I have to sit down and figure out which one to send a card. After that I’ll know how many I got left.

Vintage Christmas cards

When I went to Bikuben (scrapping store) last time I found some sheets with pretty vintage pictures. I instantly fell in love and had to buy a few. I thought I could try to make some cards with a vintage look. So that’s what I’ve tried here. It hasn’t been easy and I’m not % satisfied with everyone. But most of them are fine and ok to send out / give away.

I’m going to try to make a few  more, since I still need more cards. Hopefully I’ll have time and inspiration later this week.

The candy cane is very American. The ‘god jul’ rubber stamp is awesome! I’m so, so, happy I found it!

Isn’t the cat cute? Adorable. The pine cone is very Chritmassy and I found them at Panduro. I bought the pine cone rubber stamp with the gift certificate my sister game me.  The cat-picture is supposed to be a polaroid photo.

Another polaroid-card. Finally I got to use the mistletoe accesories.

Yet another card with tilted picture. The white dots in the background makes me think of showflakes.

This is not a vintage card, but I photographed it, so it’s here. The background is pretty! I love the foam-letters with one sticky side. So easy to use and it makes for such a great result. I want more of those, in various colors and sizes.

So what do you think of my cards? Anyone  special you like?

Chantie and I making cards


Chantie visited me last week; she came on wednesday night and left on sunday. Whenever we meet each other, we have gifts for each other. One of the gifts she gave me was a set with pattern paper, christmas style. It was beautiful! I couldn’t wait to try it out. And that happened sooner than I could’ve hoped for.

Chantie told me she wanted to have a look at all my scrapping things and try make a card. I was happy. More than happy actually to show her my scrapping world. So we took out all my stuff; placed some on my dining table and some on the floor. It was funny to see her reaction as everything got placed in my livingroom. She was quite surprised by all the things I had; something I can understand. I have a lot of things. Of course not as much as some people, but if you’re a newbie, you’ll find what I have a lot.

First we went through all my things. She asked questions about how things worked and I answered her. Then she wanted to make a few cards for herself. First she started with two Christmas cards; one for her mum and one for her dad (if my memory isn’t playing with me).

She also made a card her friend Dennis, who took care of her cats while she was here.

This is a really cute card. I love the colors and the cute cats. For being the first time she’s been doing this, she did great! She also made a card which she gave me.

It says: Friends, today, tomorrow, always. Such a cute one! It’s goin up on my fridge.

I managed to try out the pattern paper Chantie gave me. I didn’t use any other pattern paper than the set she gave me. It had several beautiful patterns! And they came in size 15 x 15 cm; the prefect size!

Pretty show pattern. Fell in love with that one!

The snowflakes pattern is beautiful. I love the hint of silver.

One of my new rubber stamps.

The candy canes are über-cute! I just love them!

Some more snowy paper <3 And some new rubber stamps.

I had a blast making cards with Chantie. I had never thought she would enjoy it. As I told her, I thought she would be too impatient and get bored after 15 minutes. But she didn’t. Woot, woot! She really loved it!

Im looking forward to use the rest of the pattern papers I got. It will be so much fun making cards now!

Christmas cards and fair

I love sundays. Yesterday I sat by my dining table making Christmas cards for about 9 hours. I managed to make five cards. Why only five, you might wonder. Well, I was multitasking! In addition to make cards, I watched old episodes of CSI NY. 11.5 episodes to be exact. I know, it’s a lot. But hey, that’s why we got sundays. Sundays are created for CSI marathons. It’s also created for waffles for breakfast. Yes, waffles for breakfast. Nom, nom, nom.

I reap what I sow. All the cards I made yesterday was made by things I bought at the scrapping fair yesterday. Or the papers I bought at Panduro downtown; which I bought right after I came home from the fair.

We had three hours at the fair. By the three hours had ended, I had spend about 1100 NOK (180$). When we left, I had a feeling I hadn’t been able to look at eveything. A feeling I could’ve found more. I wanted some wedding- and friends themed stamps, but I didn’t get that many. When I came home and got a look at what I’d got, the feeling vanished. I had lots of cool things.

I’m in the middle of the process of making Christmas cards and I got lots of cute rubber stamps. What I need more of is Christmas themed pattern papper. None of the stores had many of that. It’s too early for that, Sigrund told me. You know, it’s only the start of September. So far I managed to use what I already got and some of the new I bought.

In stead of take a photo of all the things I bought, I’m in stead going to show you the cards I’ve made the two last days; they will present what I’ve bought.

So what do you think? Anyone you would like to get in the mail?

Christmas cards take one

I had a Christmas card bonanza this weekend. Managed to make 9 cards in two days. Not all of them are very creative, some are quite simple, and some almost look alike, but at least they are unike.

All though I got quite a few things to make cards out of, I wish I had more. And I’m really looking forward to the big scrapping fair in the beginning of September. I’ve already started to make a list of what I want to look for. I’m afraid that list will be looooong.

Here are the cards I’ve made so far.

This is very simple. Maybe too simple? Not all card can be super creative.

I made a card or two like this last season. I really liked the layout, so I thought I should use it this year too.

Two cards that are almost the same. When you’re doing 50 cards, you can allow yourself to repeat a card or two

It says Merry Christmas.

It says Merry Christmas this one too.

Here we have two with a Christmas cookie recepie.

Isn’t that mouse cute?

I will for sure be more creative as I progress. When I started on saturday all I ever wanted was to get started. It doesn’t mean I didn’t care about the outcome, it’s just that I knew I could be satisfied with some simple cards as well; and I did.

What do you think about them? Which one do you like the most?

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