Friday, 31 August 2012

Dark, but darn cute!

I just can't believe that it already is the 31st of August! Where did the summer go? Or summer (?), I don't even think we had one in Sweden. What supposed to have been the summer has been very cold and rainy.
I really thought that I would have been more crafty on my summer vacation as well, but I probably needed the rest. I've been working for two weeks already but last week I cought a cold, not so very strange in this weather! I basically have been in bed or in front of the tv the whole week. It is not until today I ended up in my craft room. And that is because yesterday I read about a fun challenge on Lisa's blog b.creative. The challenge was DARKNESS, Lisa wanted us to step out of our comfort zone and look into the darkness of our souls! Hmmm!
I love challenges! It is so much fun to make something which is not your style. Here's my go at that challenge! I am quite dark actually, but I just looove everything cute!

The spider web is made out of wire. It was quite easy to make but it would have been a lot easier if I hade a pair of pliers. I really liked to work with the colors black, white and red, just like in the challenge from Svensk Scrapbooking, and I thought that it would suit this one too. It was hard to take a good picture since the white card is pearlescent.

Moth Fab - Stampotique
PM541886 (Flower4) - Prima Marketing
Small Pinwheel Posie - Memory box
Distress Ink - Black Soot
Tiny Alphas Stickers - Kaisercraft
Cross - Dollarstore
Baker's twine
Micro beads

Wednesday, 8 August 2012


I recently bought my first stamp from Stampotique, Moth Fab. I didn't like these quirky stamps in the beginning but have grown to love them! I am an avid reader of Craft Stamper and have seen quite a lot of projects using these stamps. They often have a very colorful background and I simply thought "Color!" when I thought of what to do with the stamp. And then I thought "Bleach!". Here's the outcome!

I used mists to color the paper. I don't have a lot of them so I made my own pink mist by using Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls. I tried to mix my own Picked Raspberry (since I haven't gotten around buying it yet) by mixing Worn Lipstick and Barn Door. It doesn´t look anything like Picked Raspberry! And then I just added bleach to the stamped image! Simple, and quite striking, if I might say so!

The card is in the shape of a bookmark since I promised to buy my sister a book for her birthday. We were abroad that day and I have actually forgotten all about it for months! I gave her this bracelet (at the bottom of the photo) for her namesday and on the same occation I told her that the book finally was ordered. I think I'm getting old! I tried to get the same shine to the sentiment ("she was a brave girl") as the bracelet so I used a nail polish that makes the nails more white (it has a bluish sheen to it).

On the picture you can also see a favourite plant of mine. Don't know the name of it, but it is super easy to grow and I have plants in almost every room of my house!

We celebrated the birthday of my sisters boyfriend the same day, so he got a bookmark card as well. Yep! We got him alcohol! I wrapped it up the american way! A bottle of Absolute Vodka, but I didn't have any vodka stamps so I used wine stamps instead. He likes wine, too! I used Distress Ink Refills to make the background (Dried Marigold and Pumice Stone, which is a favourite combination of mine), Distress Ink Pad to stamp the wine opener which I then embossed. The wine stains is Distress Stains!

My sisters boyfriend is very interested in vehicles in all kinds and he keeps them spotless. He polishes them a lot obviously. Still he could't guess what I have tied to the bookmark! (He might have been confused with the hearts I tied in it!). Don't know the english word for it, but it might be polishing tangles (look at the picture below!).

polishing tangles???