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?

Christmas in July?!

A online scrapbooking store recently sent me a newsletter, saying it wasn’t too early to think about Christmas. They had sale on rubber stamps with a Christmas theme. So my head started to spin; yesterday I bought a few items (rubber stamps) and a bunch of envolopes thinking I should start early this year.

You may say it’s a bit early to think about Christmas cards as early as June. And part of me would agree. It’s ideal to think about them a little nearer Christmas, so the spirit of Christmas can make its way into the cards. But when you’re making as many cards as I do, it’s better to start early.

I know for a fact that I’m making at least 10 for myself (if not more). And mum needs 20. I’m also pretty sure that Linda would want 10 this year too. And who knows? Maybe Cisca, who ordered 10 last year, want the same amount this year?

I thought about putting out a word on facebook that I took orderes. But after carefully thinking it over, I’ve decided not to. It’s not that I think all my friends would come running and I would have 500 cards to make. Only 20 more cards would be a lot to me.

I wish I could make cards for everyone I know. But I’m afraid I would get tired of it sooner than later. And it would take up too much time. Making cards are quite time consuming.

I think I’m gonna start slowly this week. Maybe I’ll make a few cards today even? If I make two or three cards a week,  I won’t get tired and I will have enough cards read before Christmas.

I went through my scrapping things and found all my Christmas things; cardboard, pattern paper, rubber stamps, tree- and snowflake-brads etc. I expected it to be more actually. I don’t really need that much more, but I would sure like it. There is always a cute rubber stamp that you fall in love with. And it’s pretty hard to say no.

There is a another scrapping fair in September. Sigrund and I are going again. We just have to… I have to save up some money for that one! It’s gonna be a huge fair like the last year. There is two fairs a year; one huge and one tiny one. Like last year I’m going to buy Christmas themed things.

What I need right now is a way to store my Christmas things. I need a binder for all my rubber stamps. I do have one, but it’s almost full. It was quite expensive, so I’m not sure I want to buy another one. I better sit down and work out some storrage cheaper ideas.

Next time I blog, maybe you’ll see a Christmas card!

Untraditional wedding card

Today I’ve made a new wedding card. And sort of by accident, it didn’t turn out pink. I wanted to test out a new rubber stamp and some of the new Promaker pens I bought yesteday. So I started with the color yellow and followed up by the color blue; not really thinking it’s not standard wedding colors.

When I had finsihed coloring the picture my instant thought was ‘the dress is not pink!’ But it didn’t take long before I made up my mind and decided not to care. A wedding card doesn’t always have to be white and pink, does it? I think not. What do you think?

I ended up going for a yellow/blue theme with a hint of brown.

The text says ‘real love last forever’.

I decided to decorate an envolope as well. And I went for the same color-theme, yellow/blue.

The text says ‘to the wedding couple’ The bird-stamp is new. When I saw it in the store yesterday, I knew that it would look smashing on envolopes. It’s a pretty bird and so is the flowers and ornaments.

Now I’m inspired to do another wedding card. First I think I have to clean up a bit in my scrapping mess. The dining table is completely covered and things are a bit messy.

Wedding

I’m attending a wedding in August. It’s one of my cousins who are getting married. So I needed a card. Two actually, since my parents are going too and they would like a card as well. Maybe I’ll make three and give one to my sister as well?

Yesterday I went Bikuben, a scrapping store, to buy some new paper and other stuff; mostly wedding things. I was there for almost an hour!

Last week when I was looking at rubber stamps with a wedding theme, I came across a blog and a beautiful wedding card. I bought the rubber stamp she had used on her card. This is the card she had made.

I decided to make one myself, but not the exact same card. I wanted to take the idea and make my own version of it. Just copy it woun’t be fair to her or fun for me. Well… to be honest; I wouldn’t be able to make the exact card either. Her coloring skills are amazing and I wouldn’t be able to do it her way.

Anyway, this is what I ended up with.

I’m getting better in using acceories; the flowers, pearls, butterflies, hearts etc. My cards used to be quite simple and without all that. I’m now trying to use more of it. It’s not easy, but I’m slowly getting there. Looking on blos for inspiration helps.

Now I’m gonna sit down and try to figure out how my next card is going to look like. I think I’ll use the same rubber stamp. Don’t have much options since I’m a little low on wedding stamps.

Look online for new ones? Yes, I think so!

Easter

Easter is just around the corner. I’m not a Christian so to me Easter doesn’t evolve around Jesus being cruzified, getting up from the dead and travel to heaven. To me Easter is time off the office, eating eggs, watching criminal series on the TV, eating candy and be with friends.

This Easter I’m not going to be in Norway. I’m travelling to see Chantie (and Cisca), which will be awesome! So I won’t be able to see any of my other friends that I could’ve seen this Easter.

Not long ago I came up with the idea to create and send some Easter cards to some of my friends. I’ve never done that before, but one time have to be the first, right? I doubt I’ll make this a tradition, but since I’m going away I thought it could be nice. It’s always nice to get a card in the mail, right? I think so at least. I love to get written cards and letters. It’s so much better than getting an e-mail or something posted on your facebook wall.

So the past weeks I’ve created some cards. Four to be exact.

Each card says ‘Happy Easter’.

I bought a lot of different yellow and green cardboard for these cards. Too much. I haven’t used half of it. Well, I’m pretty sure I’ll get it used some other time. The rabbit is from a clear-stamp set I bought  few weeks ago. I first bought the clear stamp set (called Friends in the forrest) for my friend Sissel’s birthday. When she had her scrapping birthdayparty I borrowed it and liked it so much I had to buy it myself. I find that rabbit very cute and it fits as a Easter Rabbit.

In addition to the card I’m gonna put candy like pictured above in the envolope. Just to ‘spice it up’ a bit.

Sending a little surprise card to a few friends is something everybody should do once in a while. It doesn’t take that much time and I’m pretty sure it would mean a lot to the recciver. You don’t even have to make the card as I did, you can buy one.

Now go send someone a card! ;)

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