Saturday, June 30, 2012

Card for Christy

"We have a special post today. Our dear friend Christy's home was broken into and a lot of their things were either destroyed or taken. Some things held such sentimental value that nothing will replace it. What makes our community so remarkable is that we are there for each other even though we can't physically be near our friends. These "people" violated her home, the place where we are supposed to feel the most safe, where we raise our children and where we sleep in peace. I can not even imagine what she is going thru or the loss she has endured. Dealing with the police and insurance company has been and continues to be exhausting and frustrating for Christy and her family. She has been updating her facebook page with some details.

Edited July 6th - the operation is now closed

Some of Christy's friends have come together to help. We are of course making cards for her because that's what we do, right? But ultimately, the expense of trying to get her family back on their feet will be somewhat of a strain. Imagine having to replace household items, necessities in our world all while trying to rebuild a sense of security that we all most times take for granted.
So, we're asking for your help. We've tried to make it convenient for you to help Christy and her family. There's a PayPal button on each of our blogs. We are asking that if its your hearts desire, that you donate whatever you can to help Christy and her family regain a sense of safety and security. NOTHING is too small. Every little bit will make all the difference. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to help cover the costs of food, lodging and replacing at least some of the items taken.
           Thank you for even reading this post in its entirety.

If you're interested in seeing all of the cards, a full list of girls who are participating in the card drive is available at the Lawnscaping Challenge blog & A Blog Named Hero"
I'm entering this for the challenges; Things with wings at Craft your Passion 
 Dutch Dare Card Challenge - 2E, C8 - Flutterby butterfly
I Love Promarkers - Must use Promarkers - #123 anything goes
{Pin}spirational -  Photo Inspiration*  #13  (colors + butterfly)

WMSC #104

Here to tell you that there is a new wonderful sketch up at the Waltzing Mouse Stamps Sketch challenge - this week by our super talented Teresa Kline .

For my card I used WMS from Vintage Labels 10, French Country and Spring Baskets.

For my card I used WMS from Vintage Labels 10, French Country and Spring Baskets.

For wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Mischief Makers and some of the DT's and for all the info you need for your chance to win a full set of WMS of your choice go straight HERE!

  I'm entering this for the Stamp it Birthday card challenge at Moxie Fab World.
Did you see my Waltzing Mouse Stamps Card on page 130? (-;

                                                                 Have a great day!
Clearly Inspired -  Red, Green & White
Moving Along With The Times  Happy birthday
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Bingo*  Ribbon, embossing + congratulations
Papercraft Star - #103 embossing 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thinking of You makes me smile!

For my card I used Hero Art's Smiling Girl stamp and the sentiment is from the Wish you were here set. Papers from My Mind's Eye.
I was inspired by Hero Art's sketch challenge:

I'm also entering this card for the "Many Layers" challenge at Young Crafters Unite , the sprots/olympics challenge at Simon Says stamp (I used the olympic games colors + a running girl (-:)and the Girls, girls, girls challenge at Bunny Zoe's and the photo challenge at Paper Girls .

Have a wonderful day, hugs, Karin

Happy Birthday Vera!

Today is super talented Vera Yate's (I call her my cute-cards-queen)  birthday and over at Lawnscaping we are clebrating her in own own special way - by having made her some Lawn Fawn cards!!! This is is my card! Hope you have a wonderful day Vera! Big Hugs, Karin

I'm entering this card for:
the LOVE card challenge at Moxie Fab World and the Many Layers challenge at Young Crafters Unite.
Paper Shelter Challenge - 3E, SIO - #70 punches/dies
Craft Room Challenge - 2W, 3E - Friendship

Truly Madly Crafty Challenges - M, 3E - (June) Monochrome

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Today I have a card for two challenges at Moxie Fab world; The Card Creations Hello Challenge AND the Gingham challenge!
I used stamps from Lawn Fawn's sets: Stay Tuned, Critters in the Burbs and Claire's ABC's,  paper from October Afternoon and Cardstock from Bazzill.

I'm also entering this for;  PaperPlay - Use a Die

Monday, June 25, 2012

PTI June Bloghop

It's the 25th again and it is time for Papertrey Ink's bloghop. We got a picture (above) to inspire our creativity and I just LOVE working from pictures! It often forces you to leave your comfort zone - new patterns, new shapes and - new color combos for example (-:
I don't think I've ever made a card with bright yellow and Turquoise/green before, but I was actually quite pleased with the result:

I used PTI Itty Bitty Dots paper and stamps from Tagit's #2 and Signature sentiments. Ink; Tea dye cham.
                                             Have a great day and a great hop, hugs, Karin

Heroes Card Drive

It’s pouring here - no sunshine all midsummer week-end )-:! I'm just popping in to promote the Card Drive my friends over at Lawnscaping are hosting. My thoghts go especially  to Laurel  whose husband has left just this week on deployment with the U.S. Navy.
Click the badge to read more details and to participate!
See you soon!
Hugs, Karin

Saturday, June 23, 2012

WMSC # 103

The weeks really fly by and it is Saturday again - and Saturdays are great because that means I get to introduce a new sketch at the Waltzing Mouse Stamps Sketch challenge.

This week we have a great sketch from our talented Mischief Maker Edna Morrisedie:

For wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Mischief Makers and some of the DT's and for all the info you need for your chance to win a full set of WMS of your choice go straight HERE!

For my card I used WMS from Gingham and Co and Say it Loud. The patterned paper I used are from Simple Stories.  I'm also entering this for the gingham challenge at Moxie Fab world .
                                                              Have a great day!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

WaltzingMouse Blog Party!

It's blogparty time at Waltzing Mouse so get your stamps out and start creating! This time we are to design with some truly wonderful colors:
With the gray there I immediately saw a chance to ink up my brand new Half Pint Heroines. I just love these new stamps - so fun for coloring!
The Heroines set has a lot of great sentiments, but I decided to save adding the sentiment till I know whom this card is going to be for.

Have a wonderful Sunday evening (it's evening here in Sweden when I'm writing this (-: ) and enjoy the hop, hugs, Karin

I'm entering this card for:
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Hand Colored
Inspire Me Fridays: Always Anything Goes
Try it On Tuesday-anything goes

A Wish Come True!!!

I'm so excited today because I finally get to tell you that I am now officially on Lawnscaping's designteam!!! YIPPIE - It really is a Wish Come True!!!
I LOVE Lawn Fawn's stamps and I've been an admirer of the Lawnscaping team for a long time so I think you can tell that I am super proud to now be part of it!
There's a new challenge starting tomorrow - make sure you'll check it out because I know it is a really fun one (-:, but I, Elena and Jenn will not make our debut till the 2nd of July.  Hope to see you all then!!! Hugs, Karin

Saturday, June 16, 2012

WMSC # 102

Yippie it is Saturday again and only one more week of work before summer break starts. Well, Saturdays are always great because it means that  I get to introduce a new sketch at the Waltzing Mouse Stamps Sketch challenge.
Here's my sample;

This week we have a great sketch from our very talented Mischief Maker Edna Morrisedie:

The stamps I used for my card are from Gingham and co + Fancy Frames.
For wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Mischief Makers and some of the DT's and for all the info you need for your chance to win a full set of WMS of your choice go straight HERE!

 I'm entering this for the doily challenge at Moxie Fab world's Card Creation Week and the Bingo Challenge at Craft your Days Away - I played the top row; Flowers, Pearls and Doilies .

+ DON'T FORGET that it is Waltzing Mouse Blog Party Tomorrow!!! All the details you need to take part can be found HERE!!!
The inspiration picture is fabulous and I can promise amazing inspiration!!!

Looking Forward to seeing you tomorrow again! Have a great day!
hugs, Karin

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thinking of you!

My card today is for the Thinking of You challenge at Hero Arts. I was inspired by the flowers challenge  at Crafty Friends.

I embossed and then colored the flower wreath from the set CL499 Special Note of Thanks with promarkers. The leaves are from Layered Flowers and the sentiment is from the Just Find Me set.
Patterned Paper from Bo Bunny.
I'm entering this at Hooked on Crafts; All that glitters , the 1-2-3 (1 flower (or sentiment), 2 leaves and 3 pearls)challenge at Papertake Weekly and the heat embossing challenge at Amusing Challenges.

My crafting corner

Hi Everyone!
At Lawnscaping we've been doing a series of Friday posts where we designers have been sharing our carfty spaces and today it is my turn. At first I hesitated because as you can see my space is very tiny (this is also where I sew and paint ) and not fancy at all but then I thought - why not???   I'm probably not the only one with very limited space -so this could perhaps be a post where we could give eachother some compact crafting ideas.

We have a three-room- apartment in the center of Gothenburg and we LOVE  it here but of course I wouldn't mind an extra room or two! This room used to be our office till we had Ted 4 years ago. It is now his room but I've kept my crafty desk in one corner and I guess I'll find out how long he'll let me keep it there (-:

My crafting budget isn't very large so I have no specially designed furniture for my tools and supplies but have made use of things we already had at home; winebottle crates,  shoeboxes, cd-boxes, old bathroom cupboards and drawers. I like that I have everything within reach when I sit at my desk - just wish I was a more tidy and organized crafter, because unfortunately my desk turns into a bombshell disater withing minutes after starting a project and then the quickest solution is often to move  down on the floor and suddenly things aren't that easy to reach anymore (-; 

I have a pin board where I keep some of my favorite embellishments so I don't forget to use them! The stamps I use the most are also always within reach and so are my 6x6 paper pads. I have an IKEA box under my desk, next to my sewing machine, where I keep my 12x12 papers and cardstock.

I've printed pictures of all the stamps and stampsets I have and put into a photo album so I can easily  flip through that to find the perfect image or sentiment I for a card I'm working on. It is also great for when I'm Writing my blogposts and need to know the name of a certain set.
I keep my dies like this in a cd sleeve book. It is easy to find the dies and it doesn't take up a lot of space.

 Other ideas for compact crafting:
1. As soon as you know your not going to use an old product or tool any more,  give it away or sell it on ebay.
2. Before you rush to buy a new cool product or tool make sure you don't already have something very similar or have a product that can be used in different way with the same result.
3. Label all your boxes, files and folders carefully so you know exactly where to find what - searching for things have a strange way of eating up a lot of space!!!
4. Organize your desk so that the tools and supplies you use the most are closest to you - biggest chance of putting them right back after you've used them - I use my inkblenders and distress inks (-; and 6x6 patterned papers on almost all my projects!
5. I sort my markers by  putting a rubberband around colors that have the same tone, that way I don't need one box for greens and one box for blues etc.
It would be awesome if you would continue this list and share your ideas for compact/budget storage and crafting in the comments section below!

Have a great day!, Hugs Karin

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sorry I'm Late!

This is my second entry for the patterned paper challenge at Lawnscaping. I created a little Sorry I'm Late with my Birthday wishes scene. It's sad but after I started working full time again (teachers here in Sweden work 45h/week) after my maternity leave I find that I need more of these types of birthday cards )-:
For this one I used stamps from Critters in the Forest, Critters in the Burbs and Claire's ABC's. The patterned paper I've used are from Lawn Fawn's Bright Side collecton.

I used the ice-cream colors from All Sorts and I'm also entering this for the Bugs and Butterflies challenge at Stamping for the week-end and the challenge at Oozak with my perarlmaker flowers and butterfly embellies!

WMSC # 101

The weeks really fly by now and it is Saturday again - and Saturdays are great because that means I get to introduce a new sketch at the Waltzing Mouse Stamps Sketch challenge.
This week we have a great sketch from our super talented Mischief Maker Edna Morrisedie:

For wonderful inspiration from the winners from last week's challenge, rest of the Mischief Makers and some of the DT's and for all the info you need for your chance to win a full set of WMS of your choice go straight HERE!

For my card I used WMS Teeny Trees and Cameo Maker.  I'm entering this for the  Bingo Challenge at Sir stampalot's Bingo Challenge Green, Handmade flower and Bling, the flower challenge at Crafty Friends + the"Anything goes"challenge at Papertake weekly.

Have a great day!