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 ;)

The new year

A new year has arrived. I thought it was time to blog again. It has been a while since last time, sadly. I don’t blog nearly as often as I want to. There is many reasons for that. Lately I’ve been quite pre-occupied with other things. There was Christmas and Christmas always brings a lot of preparations to do. A week before Christmas I still had Christmas cards left to make and I hand’t started on the gift tags I had planned to make. There were gifts to buy and gifts to wrap. There were also a social happenings; the offices Christmas party and a friends birthday party. I entered the new year being sick; had a severe cold. So there hasn’t been much time for blogging and being creative.

A new year always makes me… I don’t really know how to explain. I am full of ideas and got a big urge to be super creative; I want to do all sorts of stuff and blog about it. There is nothing like being creative. It makes me happy. It keeps me alive.

I’ve been thinking about what I want to do this year.

Photography:

  • I want to start on a new project. I am not thinking of a big project like a 365-challange (366 this year, since it’s 366 days in 2012), but a smaller one. It would rather be a 30 days of… or something like that. I’ve done a food themed project and that was fun. My 90 days of summer project was also fun. I need to ponder a bit more on what my new project’s theme will be.
  • Start up my door project again. I think I’ve talked a bit this before. I want to continue shooting doors. My plan is to make a book out of it called ‘doors of Oslo’. Oslo is not as great as Ireland/Dublin regarding doors, but there sure is some great doors in Oslo as well. All might not be as colorful as the doors in Ireland, but I’m sure I will find more great doors.
  • Take more black and white photos. I want to take monochrome photos on a more regular basis.

Books:

  • I want to finish my 2010 in photos book. I’ve started it and has choosen almost all the photos I want in it. I miss some fall photos, but they are not on my computer, but on my dads actually.
  • Create a book about doors of Oslo. I still need to shoot some more doors. I don’t have nearly enough. I want more special doors.

Crafting:

  • Start making Christmas cards early. I already have an order on 10 Christmas cards. And I know mum needs 20 this year too. My plan is to make some cards every month. Then it won’t be so much to do in November and December. It will prevent me from being tired of making the cards either.
  • Make more cards. And send more cards. I know I love getting cards in the mail. I also love giving. So I’m going to send more cards; not only for Christmas and birthdays, but also surprise cards like ‘happy holidays’, ‘happy Easter’ or just a ‘happy friday’.

I also wish to blog more regularly. Where have I heard that before? I’ve said it more than once before. I’ve proved to myself and this blog that blogging regularly is not easy. So I shouldn’t talk too loud about that. Many times before have I thought that ‘now I’m going to blog more often, at least twice a week, if not more often’. It has last only a few weeks and then I’ve fallen back into old habbits.

This reminds me of what I was thinking about when I wanted to write about the start of 2012. I wanted to write about not making any New Years resolutions. I always fail keeping them, so I think it’s best not to have any. I know that’s a bit defensive and that a very enthusiastic, optimistic, motivator / coach would say that if I’m thinking negativly like that, I surely won’t acomplish anything at all. I agree, but when history has repeated itself over and over, it’s hard to have high hopes.

Reading what I’ve written so far, makes me see I have hopes for the new year. I don’t want to call it New Years Resolutions, because it sounds so formal. I’m just gonna keep this as my wishes for the new, creative, year. This blog will tell me if my wish comes true or not.

 

 

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.

 

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 Bildm√•larna 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!

Back on the road again

For quite some some my inspiration to make cards was gone. I had a long list of cards I had to make (four birthday cards), but didn’t feel like starting on any of them. A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked for a birthday card. Even though my inspiration was gone, I said yes. I really wanted to help her out. And I thought that maybe I could retrive some of the inspiration I once had so much of. Luckily I did.

This is how my livingroom table looks like from time to time. I’m in the middle of making a card there. Various things I use for making the cards are scattered around the table. What you see here is only a tiny bit of all the stuff I got.

Here is the box with most of my tools, papers, paperflowers, pins, foam letters, glue, rubber stamps,ink etc etc. It may seem a lot, but you need a lot when you have a hobby like this. You can’t just have a few things, because it will limit you in how to make the card. As you see other cards, you get inspired and realise you need to have even more things. It’s very hard being modest when it comes to purchase things.

Well, all the stuff I have, made it possible to make these following cards:

Birthday card for a friend. It says ‘big boys also celebrate their birthday – happy birthday’.

Another card with the same rubber stamps, but made totally different. I like this card better.

This card I made for mum. She’s giving it to a friend, who is the mum of a friend of mine. Vigdis likes flowes a lot and spends quite some time in the garden. So a green card it had to be.

Pastel card. Made to a friend. That mouse is so cute! Its happy face makes me smile.

Now I’m going to contine make some more cards. Got two birthday cards I need to make. And I need to finish up a ‘best-friends’ card I’m giving a friend of mine. I’m very excited to dig into all those different kinds of pattern paper, rubber stamps, foam letters and make fabulouse 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.

 

First crafting in 2011

Today I’ve done my first crafting of 2011. I was a little bit fed up by the end of 2010 because of all the Christmas cards I made and all the cards I made as for two Christmas gifts. I gave away 13 cards in total and I made almost 50 Christmas cards!

Recently I’ve bought a few new things for my crafting; two new easter rubber stamps, a lot of green paper flowers, colorful half pearls and some paper cut outs. I really wanted to test it out and today was a perfect day to do so. It’s what sunday’s for!.

I’m fan of owls, so it will be fun to use those in some sort of card. But it was the tree that interested me the most today. Such a beautiful tree, with great colors. Mothers day is celebrated the 2nd sunday in Februar here in Norway. This year it’s on the 13th of february. I figured out I make that card.

This is the outcome. Up in the corner it says ‘with love’. On the left to the tree it says ‘mothers day’ and to the right ‘hurrah’.

My two next cards will be two birthday cards; one for my sister and one for a friend.

I’m looking at all my stuff at the dining table, I got a lot! Still I want more. Always. The green flowers I got, they have them in purple and blue too. I want blue as well! And I want more cut-outs, like the tree/owl set. It’s pretty and easy to use. In addition to all the cut outs, paper flowers and such, I need some more things to store all the crafting things I got. And I need to organize it better. Now I find things a bit messy. Im not sure how to best organize things though. Well, one thing I got a grip on is my rubber stamps. I got most of them all in my Tim Holtz stamp binder. The rest will soon be placed in a new one. I’m going to buy a new. Sigrund, a colleague of mine, showed me this online scrappingstore. Their prices are low, lower than I’m used to here in Norway. If I buy a Tim Holtz stamp binder, it will cost, with shipping included, almost half the price of what I would pay here! Whoa, is all I say! Too bad I have to pay custom duties for goods over 200 NOK.

More crafting stories will come in 2011. Hopefully some soon.

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