Thursday, February 28, 2013

WOOHOOO - Wonderfully exciting news!!!

Hi Everyone!

Today I have some VERY exciting news!!! A little while back I got an e-mail you just dream of getting - a stamp company you LOVE ( There She Goes stamps) asking you if you want to join their design team!!!
Karin Akesdotter

-WOOOHOOO it took me no time to reply with a big YES, YES, YES!!!

There She Goes stamps have the most talented illustrators such as and Torico (you my followers know how much I've enjoyed using her images lately), Melyssa Connolly etc.  and on top of that there two new fabulous stamp illustrators;
  • Megan Suarez    
  • Wendy Leach
    will soon be joining us and I know you will just ADORE their super sweet and fun images!!!
    If you check my sidebar you'll see what a super talented team the Trendsetters are and I feel so
    blessed and excited to now be part of it! Can't wait to start sharing There She Goes projects with you!

    Have a wonderful day, hugs, Karin

    Waltzing Mouse Design Team Bloghop


    Hi Everyone!
    Welcome to a Waltzing Mouse stamps blog hop! All of us designers were asked to use our favorite set to date. I chose the Half Pint Heroes - It is just the sweetest and coolest set (and what happened to the Tiny Trees ???? - I've always said they are my no 1 favorite set and maybe they still are - it really is the most versatile set I know! - but after having played with the half pint heroes and half pint heroines I'm in love with them too!!! (-: I just LOVE these super sweet guys and gals - so fun to work with!!! - and they make the cutest cards for kids - just what I need now with a 4-year-old in the house - invited to birthday parties all the time!
    If you want to see the technique I used for this card I have a video tutorial here;

    Maybe you are already doing the hop so then just continue - but if you just happened to stop by here start at the beginning with Kim's blog! I can assure you WONDERFUL inspiration!

     But before you leave, maybe you'd want to enter my Favorite products giveaway (vintage lace and ribbon, doilies, stamps etc.) HERE.
    Have a wonderful day and a nice hop! Hugs, Karin

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    My first video tutorial!

    Today Kelly Marie shows my first video tutorial ever over at Lawn Fawn's blog. I've been so nervous about it and still think it is terrible to listen to my own voice (especially when speaking English !!!) and keep seeing things I could have done better or changed, but now that it is out there I thought I might as well share it with you here on my blog too:

    P.s. Make sure you come back on Thursday - I have some great news that I've been dying to share for the past week + there will be an inspiring blog hop to do for wonderful inspiration from super talented crafters!
    Have a great day everyone, hugs, Karin

    Edited to add this 1 March 2013

    I just have to show you a picture my dear bloggie friend Laura Jane sent me today - a picture of a card her son Mark had made for her - inspired by my video! Isn't it the sweetest card - I just LOVE his bg, his coloring and how he embellished his card with his favorite Lawn Fawn images. - Wonderful!!! Thanks for making my day sending me this Laura! Thanks also to eveyone else who's made sweet comments about the video. It means so much and I will try to find time next week to return them.



    Monday, February 25, 2013

    Favorite products GIVEAWAY !

    To celebrate my wonderful 300+ followers I decided to have a little giveaway of some of my favorite products. This giveaway is open for both old and new followers and even for those who don't follow blogs - just make a comment on this post and I'll draw a winner Monday the 11th of March. Last time I hade a giveaway I asked you to name your favorite radio channel/program or podcast and it was so fun getting some new favorites to listen to - so if you do listen to something fun that you think I'd enjoy - please let me know - absolutely not neccessary, just appreciated (-:

    P.s I'll ship worldwide!

    Hero Arts/ Studio Calico Silhouettes stamp set
    10 Heart Doilies + fabric embellies
    3 yards of handmade vintage lace
    4 yards of vintage ribbon
     2 Packages of Scotch transfer sheets (4 sheets in each)  - perfect adhesive to add to your cardstock before diecutting small tings like letters etc (no mess with glue)
    HS Lace flower embellie + a sheet of EAD stickers
    Maya Road mixed transparencies
    S-E-I box of flowers and 2 sheets of labels

    Have a WONDERFUL Monday, hugs, Karin

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    Happy Birthday with Stars!

    Catered Crop Recipe Swap Button

    Last week my polkadot card was picked as a Winning Recipie at Catered Crop  and that meant I got invited to join the fabulous Top Chef designers in next Sunday's Quickfire. The theme for that is Stars. Pop over to Catered Crop for the info and your chance to win some goodies! I am also guest designing this week for a wonderful challenge blog called ABC Challenges and their theme this time is H for Happy  Birthday! A great place to visit If you -like me- love card challenges !!!
    The stamps I used are from Anna-Belle stamps - If you haven't heard of them before, make sure to check them out right away - Andrea has so many wonderful sets you'll love!

    I used Birthday Blooms with Black Background and Border for the B-challenge at Deep Ocean Challenges

    I'm entering this card for a few challenges;

    Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - Pink - Pink +1 other colour
    Loves Rubber Stamps - Lots Of Layers (I have 8)
    Creative Card Crew - 2W - #31 Birthday
    Crafty Catz - 1E – Dies and Punches
    Have a wonderful Friday evening, hugs, Karin

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    SPARKS Color shades

    It's time for a new Cool Shades Challenge at Paper Smooches SPARKS and I just had to join in. It's called Carnival and I guess I was inspired by that too (-; Anyway, this is my card;


    I'm also entering this for the "Lots of Layers " Challenge at Loves Rubberstamps
    A Birdie on a Blue Background for Deep Ocean Challenge + pop-corn for

                                                        Have a wonderful day, hugs, Karin

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013



     Hi everyone!
    First of all I want to send BIG Thank You Hugs to Lenny of  Get inspired and be Creative. If you haven't visited her blog yet you should right away, it is full of sweet cards and wonderful inspiation. I was the lucky winner of her blog Anniversary candy and this is what I got in the mail the day before Valentine's day. It came in the sweetest package ever and I'm so grateful and happy for these wondeful goodies. I wanted to make something from it right away and this is the result.
    Of course I had to get inspiration from a few challenge blogs first!!! So this card is for:
    CAS-ual Fridays - black, white + 1
    Loves Rubberstamps; Lots of layers (I counted to 7+!)
    Hero Arts - love and Lace
    The Stamp Spothearts

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    Lawnscaping 52 ; Stamp a Scene

    Hi Everyone!
    I'm here to introduce a new challenge at Lawnscaping. This time we challenge you to make a card with a scene.
    We have wonderful guest designers with us this time too:

    For my card I used stamps from these wonderful Lawn Fawn sets; You've got mail, critters in the burbs and Claire's ABC's. 
    Our fabulous sponsor this week is; Lawn Fawn!!! You can win a set of your choice YEAH!!!

    Pop over to Lawnscaping for all the info you need and to join!

    Hugs, Karin

    Vintage Celebrations!

    This is my take on the challenges at A blog named Hero - Vintage
    Moxie Fab world's Camera Craze challenge. I used a metal charm for
    Ozaak - favorite colors; Dove blue and Kraft is my fav. color combo!
     Cards Galore - M, P1 - one for the men
    Vintage stamping challenges ; Blue brown beige
    The stamps I used are all from Hero Arts; The cameras on the bg are from A wonderful World and the plane from Past Times and the sentiment from ....
    Have a great Monday! I'm back soon with inspiration for Lawnscaping's new challenge - don't forget to check it out - If you love Lawn Fawn stamps it's an extra fun one (-:
                                                                                 Hugs, Karin

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

    WMS February Blog Party


    Yeah! It's time for another WMS blog Party!!! This time the theme is "Doilies"!
    For my card I used the Camelias  flower set - isn't it wonderful!!!!??? It works for so many different occasions and this time I deliberately waited with adding the sentiment inside till I know who this is going to be for.
    Hope you can join in! If you haven't made your card yet you still have 24 hours till the inlinkz collection closes. For all the info you need - go HERE.

    I used color and pattern inspiration from this week's Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World.

    Have a great day, and a great waltz, hugs, Karin

    (ps. I'll be late with my waltzing and commenting because we have visitors staying till Monday)

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

    I Adore You!

    CAS-ology has a challenge (red+cute) that ends in only a few hours and this is the card I made for it. It was also created with HobbyWorld's Valentine challenge in mind (hearts + red and pink). Maybe I'll make the deadline this time???!!! - The past week I've come only an hour or two late for entering 3 different challenges that I'd created cards for . That's what winterebreak does to you - or maybe I was just so exhausted from all the parent-student meetings I had to be done with before the break that there's no room for remembering due dates etc. Frustrating anyway,  so I'd better not babble on but get this posted instead (-:

    I will also enter it here;
                                                     Allsorts  Things with Wings, The Stamp Spot - hearts 
    Cute Card Thursday - an EYE for details, Carizma cards; Anything goes
    Without Words Reds, Pinks + Sentimental & Romance
                                                              Divas by Design - 2E - #72 Love/Romance
    Have a great week-end, hugs, Karin

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Smooches to You on Valentine's Day

    Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!!!
    This is the card I made for my DH. I hope he thinks those fishes are as adorable as I do (-:
    It was also made for the challenge at Paper Smooches; Hearts and the Valentine's Challenge at Hobby World
    I will also enter it here;
    Catered Crop - Polka Dots
    Cute Card Thursday - an EYE for details, Carizma cards; Anything goes
     Without Words Reds, Pinks + Sentimental & Romance
    Divas by Design - 2E - #72 Love/Romance
    Have a WONDERFUL Day! Hugs, Karin

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    You mean the world to me!

    For this card I was inspired by the paper piecing challenge at A blog Named Hero and Hero Arts  "Love and Lace" Challenge.
    I used stamps from Japanese Garden and the Map of the Americas bg. Lace from Hero Arts.

    I'm also showing this off here; Crafty Creations and Card Mania Love

    My Sweet Valentine!


    Torico shares the sweetest images on her blog and I just had to print and color this cute amigurumi bear and make a Valentine's card for a few of my favorite challenges;

    CAS-ual Friday -Love Song - Words don't come easy F R David

    Catered Crop - Polka Dots Staming Sensations; Fur
    Crafty Creations and Card Mania  Love Without Words - ) Reds, Pinks + Sentimental & Romance

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    I'm on Cloud Nine!!!

    My card today is for a few wonderful challenges that I love to play along with:
    Simon Says stamp - Have a Heart.
     CAS-ual Friday  -Love Song - Cloud nr 9 - Bryan Adams
    Card Mania Love

    Monday, February 4, 2013


    Today, after having seen Shari Carroll's video at HA blog I wanted to make a masculine Valentine's card.
    I used the Tuesday Trigger picture at Moxie Fab world (hope you didn't have to make a B-day card (-: ) , the CAS-ual Fridays Love letters challenge and by Oozaks challenge to use your favorite colors (blue grey with kraft is the most beautiful combo I know - and I think my blog design shows that these are my fav colors (-: )  as inspiration.
    I'm also showing it off here:
    The Ribbon Girls - Love You OR Valentine  Fashionable Stamping ChallengesShow Some Love
    Sweet Stampin - Love is all around

    Supplies: The wonderful Woodgrain bg + twig from Magic of Christmas + Lace by Hero Arts.

    Have a great day, Hugs, Karin

    Lawnscaping # 51; Valentine's Day

    Hi Everyone!
    I'm here to introduce a new challenge at Lawnscaping. This time it a challenge!!!
    We have wonderful guest designers with us this time too :

    Simon Says Stamp
    For my card I used stamps from these wonderful Lawn Fawn stamp sets You've got mail and Critters in the 'burbs.

    And our fabulous sponsor; Simon Says stamp You can win a25 $ giftcertificate to the store YEAH!!!
    Pop over to Lawnscaping for all the info you need and to join!

    Hugs, Karin

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Guest designing for ABC-challenges!

    Hi Everyone!
    This month I am so honoured to be guest designing for a really great challenge blog; The ABC-challenges! The theme this time is G - Going Dotty and this is the card I created.
    For my card I used a Hero Arts digi bg, the dies are from Lifestyle crafts and dotty stamp from Gel-a-tins.

    Have a great day, hugs, Karin