lördag 30 mars 2013

Cybercropping with YouDo

Have you seen that there is a cypercrop at the YouDo blog? If not, you'd better get in there and check out the challenges.

I am extremely proud to say that I will be guest designing for YouDo later this year, but I have already made some contributions to the cybercrop, in hope of inspiring the contestants a little. This is what I've made:

For the "Let it glitter" challenge:
 Here's a layout for the sketch challenge:
 One for the scraplift challenge:
 And a card for the challenge "Anything but square":
So, are you inspired? I hope so. The cybercrop is open for international contestants, and you have until April 14 to link up your creations at the YouDo blog.

Happy scrapping!


fredag 29 mars 2013


Hi everyone!
The Easter break has begun, and I started it by going straight to bed and sleep for twelve hours. I guess I needed that pretty badly...

Here's a layout I made with the Huntington Garden collection from Riddersholm Design.
I also used some of the Ink It flowers with it:
Have a nice Easter, everyone!

tisdag 26 mars 2013

Cutie Pie

Here's a quick post today with a layout made for Lillblomman's sketch blog.
There are some feathers here too, just like on my last layout. Well, since Easter is just around the corner, there are feathers everywhere in our house. I grabbed a few from Agnes, who was busy decorating the twigs we picked for the kitchen table, and added them to my layout.

måndag 25 mars 2013

Natural born crafter

My daughter is crazy about crafting. She doesn't scrap so much, but you often find her sitting with paper, glue, scissors and all sorts of things whe wants to recycle. Toilet paper rolls is all the rage right now, mostly because there is a television show on every saturday where the characters are toilet paper roll dolls, crafted and sent in by kids. Lord have mercy on the poor soul who dares to trow an empty roll away, because he och she will be scolded by Agnes, be so sure. So, we save the rolls for her, and (almost) everything else she claims she needs for her crafting, and slowly our dining room is turning into a dump from her stash. Only yesterday, she and I had a serious argument over an empty candy bag, which she really, really needed. I barely won that one, and the greasy bag ended up in the trash.

Here's a layout I made for challenge #42 at Challenge Me Happy. I was inspired by the colors in the photo, and the feathers, and since I had some papers from Pion Design's "Alma's Sewing Room" on my desk, with exactly the colors I had in mind, I could get right on it.
Have a great week, everyone!

torsdag 21 mars 2013

Graphic 45 Design Team 2013 Audition

Didn't see that coming, huh?

A few months ago, I got a package with some brand new Graphic 45 papers. I opened it, and it hit me. You know, that scent of new, freshly printed Graphic 45 papers. I swear, there's no other brand out there that smells even half as good as Graphic 45. It wasn't just the scent that hit me, but also the notion that I need to give it another go, and try to get on that design team once again. So, here goes. I'm taking the plunge.

I've got seven brand new projects to showcase for this audition. The first one is a layout with a mixed media background, featuring Once Upon a Springtime.
Next up is a layout, also with mixed media background, where I've used papers from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection, and some metal decorations from the Staples Collection.
 The next one also features papers and cut out butterflies from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection:
I have two canvases to show too, the first one fairly simple with Once Upon a Springtime:
The second canvas is embellished with some metal flowers and chipboard buttons from the Staples Collection, and letter stickers from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection.

I just had to make a spread in my art journal too, with some G45 stamps, and various Staples stickers. The patterned papers are from the Curtain Call collection. I had no idea where I was going with this spread when I started, but it turned out a tribute to Graphic 45. That's what I love about art journaling - when you start you never can tell where it's going to end.
 And last, but not least, a clean & simple-style card, featuring papers from Curtain Call and Le Cirque. Voila:
 It IS a bit scary, putting myself out there again, but I simply can't miss out on this chance. Graphic 45 is one of the best DTs to be on, and even though I know the chance is very slim, the dream of making it came true once, proving that amazing things can happen, so what's there to lose?

Have a fabulous day, everyone, and I would really appreciate if you could spend at least a couple of seconds of it keeping your fingers crossed for me. Thanks :)

fredag 8 mars 2013

Farm Girls Friday, March!

This month we are kicking off with a new event at the Riddersholm Design blog. We have a theme each month, all the DT girls will showcase something, and if you leave a comment on the FGF post, you are in the drawing for a very nice giveaway! How about that?

The theme for March is clean & simple Easter cards, and here's what I made:
Hop on over to the Riddersholm blog to check out what the other girls created, and be sure to leave a comment there to be eligible for the giveaway.

Have a great Friday!

onsdag 6 mars 2013

My Heart of Joy projects

I participated in Inzpira Magazine's Heart of Joy contest earlier this year. I really loved the challenges, and I ended up in 8th place in the contest. That made me really proud, and I just realized I haven't showed you any of the things I made for the challenges. So, here goes.

For the first challenge, I created a spread in my art journal, made from an old schoolbook. I went a little crazy with my mists and pens, and I used quite a lot of techniques with paper, for instance drawing, fussy cutting, paper weaving, etc.
The birch tree was actually in the book when I started. I coated the pages with gesso, but I made sure not to leave the tree, because it fit so perfectly into the theme for my pages, and I really liked it.
I cut out a hole in the page, and kind of lifted it a bit with 3D-dots from the page behind. That's where I placed my photo, of the farmhouse. I also coated all of the embellishments with gesso, to make them blend in and stand out at the same time.

For my second project, I went bezerk with a big canvas. First, I covered it with pages from an old bible (yeah, blasphemy, I know... but to my defence, it was falling apart already). Then I started layering - multi medium, modelling paste, gesso, acrylic paint, watercolor, mists, aluminum foil, masks, embellishments, metal, chipboard etc...
I also covered the edges and worked my way around them using even more paints and inks, and embellishments. There is a lot of texture on this canvas, and I relaly like how it turned out. It still sits on the shelf above the couch, where I photographed it, and I think it will stay there.

And for my third project... well, let's just say I'm not happy with that one. Not at all. It didn't turn out the way it was supposed to, but I didn't have any time left to make something else before the deadline. I just felt wrong, somehow, and wasn't happy at all about sending it in. So, I'm not going to bother you with it...

OK, it's time to hit the sack. Today has been a long day filled with things to do, and tomorrow will just as intense, I suppose.

Good night!

söndag 3 mars 2013

A determined little lady

Here's a layout with the Huntington Garden collection from Riddersholm Design. It's Agnes on the photo, having fun in the rain. I really like how she combined her raincoat with those tiny little shorts and wellies... She's such a crazy, silly girl, that one.
You can pop over to the Riddersholm blog if you would like to read some more about the layout.

We've had a really calm and nice weekend. The sun has been shining a lot, and as usual, the first real sunny days of spring have revealed something horrible... my extremely dirty windows. I hate cleaning windows, mostly because I'm no good at it. I just can't get them clean enough, and there's always some annoying stripe or stain left when I think I'm done. Of course I won't notice it until the next time the sun comes on. Ugh... Anyway, I caved in and cleaned the kitchen windows today. That was all I had time for, but it feels good to have at least that done. Now I only have the rest of the house... and then the farmhouse on top of that. Sigh.

Anyway, tomorrow's Monday, and a new week full of adventures awaits! Have a good one!