Friday, October 28, 2011

My Sweet Love...

Hello friends!!  Today is my turn to post for you and I have chosen to share with you a card I've actually made for my hubby!  It will be our Anniversary tomorrow and I wanted to let him know just how special he is! :)
I've taken the Belles 'n Whistles stamp called Sweet Love and personalized the heart in the middle with my own handwriting using my Copic writer.  I thought that was a great place to add the date and how many years that we have been married.  I've taken a circle sentiment and punched out some small hearts to add to it as well as add some liquid pearls on the hearts.  I've also added the liquid pearls to the stamped couple too.

I have a larger photo on my blog as well as a special photo of me and hubby if you'd like to pop on over for a look.  Thanks so much for checking in here today! 
I hope that both hubby and you have enjoyed my creation!!  Have a great weekend!! :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A girly card

Hi friends!
Today I want to show you a card for a sweet little girl. I have used this cute stamp of a girl and her teddy bear.
I have coloured the stamp with distress ink, reinkers and added some stickles. 
All the edges are inked and sewed.
The card is decorated with flowers and a lace. 
Thank you for visiting

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trick or Treat

Greetings!  I hope you are all having lots of crafting time.  This is the season where crafting REALLY gets fun.  I just love all the festivities of Fall, and then it runs right into Christmas holidays after that.

I thought I'd share a fun little Halloween Treat Bag with you today.  Believe it or not, this is something that doesn't take much time to put together.  I think the longest process was the coloring of the adorable little "Witch With Broom".  She's so adorable, I never get tired of coloring her.

The one thing I can't believe is that my dark purple ribbon running across the bottom and the knot barely show up in this photo.  In real life it's a beautiful contrast against the black.  Why my camera is playing tricks on me is anyones guess.  Isn't that little witch just the cutest?  Elisabeth Bell sure does know how to capture such precious moments in a the lives of little ones, doesn't she?

I really have to say that I'm loving the paper spider web in the background.  If I remember correctly, I cut that using my Cricut, and it had to have been cut from the "Paper Dolls" cartridge.  I really can't remember, but it sounds about right.  ha ha....  The little orange gift bag cost me less than a $1.00 and was the perfect bag to decorate and fill with all sorts of fun Halloween goodies. 

This project (without counting the stamping and coloring time) took about 10 minutes to put together.  I love it when there are moments when something is adorable, but still quick and easy.  Don't you?

I hope you have enjoyed this quick little treat bag idea today, and give it a try yourself.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Oh yes, and lets not forget, we have a brand new challenge going on over on the challenge blog this week.  Use your Pins & Pearls, and join in the fun.  We would love to see your beautiful creations.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lady Bug

Hej friends!
Today I have a little mini-card to show you where I used Breezy Going.
I love this Ladybug DP (that I got at our local craft shop - Pysselakuten) so much that I didn't want to cover it at all. That's why you only see pearls and a ribbon on this card - except for the cute little stamp of course.

Coloured her with my copics as always.
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

with love

Hally tuesday B'n'W-friends!

Today I am going to share a card I made using "A Pen Friend". This image is just so cute and I could use it again and again...
For today I went with browns and pinks and some cream. I tried to color the image quite soft, with enough shadows but not too many bright areas.

As the sentiment I decided to go with a postage stamp that goes wonderfully with the image. I didn't have the exact thing I wanted so I combined the frame of a Whimsy Stamps stamp and the heart and saying of Stampin' Up.

I also wanted to get a more distressed look here and used my Distress It All on the edges of my papers. I am a tool junky - but I really love this one! It's so much faster and less messy than distressing my papers by hand...

These are the Copics I used to color the image:

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Christmas is Coming Soon!

Hello friends!  Do you realize how close we are to Christmas?!
I love hand-made especially during the Christmas time!  I love making gifts, wrapping, tags and also enjoy the cookie-making process as well!  So I thought now would be a great time to start thinking about some fun gift-giving ideas for the Holiday Season!  (And don't forget our FUN "Advent Event" coming in December right here on this blog!  There is always so much fun and inspiration from the BnW team!  Be sure to follow along with us now so you don't miss a single thing!)

I was thinking of Summer and her new baby she had this year and realized that this would be her very first Christmas!  And with all of the new babies in our family, it was always a tradition to make an ornament for the new baby!  So here's what I came up with:
I've used some round 4" chipboard and covered it with papers so that the back of the ornament has a nice finish on it as well.  I've also taken some ribbon and placed it in between two coasters and glued them together so that it is a bit thicker and sturdier to hang on a tree.

I typed up the "baby's first Christmas" on the computer and punched it out to attach to the could also add in the year if you'd like.  I've taken an older Belles 'n Whistles stamp (the Christmas tree) and stamped it along the side of the circle so that there would be space left on the right side of the image.  I then separately stamped this very sweet Rockin' Around stamp, colored her with my Copic markers and cut her out and popped her up in front of the Christmas tree.

Now wouldn't this be a precious gift for baby?  You could customize it just by changing up the colors of her hair and added a name and date with it as well.  They're so fun and easy to make!  So be sure to grab up your favorite Belles 'n Whistles Holiday stamps and start making yours for the quickly approaching Holiday Season!!  Thanks for checking in today!!  See you again soon! :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Spooky but cute

Happy Friday!
Today we have wonderful Autumn day. The sun is shining, but Mr Frosty has paid us a visit during the night. Minus 4,5 C this morning...brrr....... So Isac and I are off to do some clothes shopping. Can't believe it how fast he grows ;-)

Today I wanted to show you a little cute card with warm Autumn colours and of course the cute little witch.
Colouring: Copics
Ribbon: SU
Flowers: Prima, Wild orchid

Hope you like it and have wonderful weekend! Tomorrow Isac starts the local ice-skating school - we'll see how that goes.

Kramis - Anki

Thursday, October 13, 2011

All Things Grow With Love

Greetings my dear Belles 'n Whistles Friends,
Wow, it seems like an eternity since I've posted here.  I certainly have not forgotten about all of you, our fabulous followers, but you know how it goes when life gets busy busy busy.....  I've kept myself busy with "behind the scenes stuff"  But ohhh I'll not tell what that is all about. Not yet anyway....

Today I thought I would share something I have made for an art journaling class that I'm involved in.  I have found a new love for creating an art journal.  Nothing is ever wrong, all kinds of crazy things are acceptable.  As a matter of fact, I found out that the further out of the ordinary for me, the better things seem to turn out.  This week the class theme was called "Bloom & Grow" ...  Well of course I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this theme....  So I took a couple of absolutely adorable little Belles 'n Whistles stamps, and set out to create a "Bloom & Grow" style art journal layout.  So today I am sharing my creation with all of you.

I of course used some of the darling little fairies from the fairy collection.  Aren't they just darling?
For my "Floral Stamps" I really couldn't tell you what company they are from, to be honest, they were just taken from my "Random Stamps" case.  You see, it's always good to search those dollar sale bins at the stores, you never know what you may find.

 I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Peeled Paint and Walnut Stain to create a distressed background.  I wrinkled the pages, ran them under water, and completely crumpled them up in my hands until they were a tight ball.
When I was done with that I lay them out to dry.
Once they were dry enough, I used clear Gesso for my pages, this made the pages a little more sturdy to work with, as well as accepting stamped and painted things a little easier.
I began my layout, and let me tell you, I had a TON OF FUN with this spread.

I am curious... Have any of you ever done "Art Journaling"???

I wonder what the vote would be on whether any of you would like to play along if we did a short class, completely for fun of course.

Maybe we could even incorporate some art journaling into our BnW Challenges? 
What are all of your thoughts on this?
Just my curiosity, you know how that goes, don't you?

Thanks so much for stopping in today, and I truly hope that you have enjoyed my Art Journal spread.
these fairies are just tooooo precious, I had to use them this week.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Belinda with Teddy

Hello Belles'n Whistles Friends, Iris here! Just a little reminder that our new challenge started on Monday! Lovely Elise is our host this time and she wants us to use our favorite Elisabeth Bell stamp. To read all about the challenge click HERE! And here is my challenge creation:

I colored sweet Belinda with Teddy with my Copics. DP is Basic Grey 'Kioshi'. To cut my card base I used my Cricut. Other punches and dies used are Spellbinders and EK Success. The flower, ribbon, rhinestones and button are from my stash. I did not use a sentiment so this card can be used for many different occasions.

Can't wait to see all your lovely creations!

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Hello Friends!  It's my turn to host a challenge over at Belles 'n Whistles .. and so I've chose a quite simple theme .. "Use Your Favorite Elisabeth Bell Image".   I have so many favorite images, so I just chose which one I wanted to play with next.  And I chose this cutie ... Planting Some Love.

I hope to see you over in our Belles 'n Whistles Challenge!  :)  My DT Sisters have created some GORGEOUS things for you to inspired by!  Thank you so much for visiting me and I'll see ya again soon!


Friday, October 7, 2011

twinkle, twinkle little star

Happy friday everyone!

I know, looking outside the window so not reminds us of christmas at the moment but you know it - it will be here soon. To be prepared I am already working on some christmas cards and today I want to share the one I made using "Star of Bethlehem".

I have been making a tutorial for the European Copic Blog on how to color golden - and this image was my # 1 pick. Not only because the areas were large enough to really show the single steps but the more since I always thought they will look like angels if their dresses would be colored in gold. Weren't I right?

I combined some golden glitter cardstock with really soft papers in white/cream with a hint of green. And there are also two little bells next to the flowers so it not only looks christmassy, it also sounds like it.
The saying is german and means "silent night, holy night".

Beside the YR23, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11, Y00 and the golden and clear Spica At You pens for all the golden areas I went with these Copics to color the image:

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

On the way

Hej ladies!
How are you these days? Has fall arrived yet? Here in Sweden we are experiencing what we call "November weather" -and with that - I mean rain, rain and rain.......
Today I have a short post for you - showing this cutie "Country ride". I decided to use Lynda's colour challenge red, blue and yellow for this card.
Hope you like it!
I also have a question for you - which one of the SweetArt girls is your favorite?
Also - don't forget to join us over at our BnW Challenge.


Monday, October 3, 2011

For You

Hello Friends!  Hope you're all doing very well!  I decided to make a tag with this adorable Sweet Apples.  I decided to make her black/white with dashes of pinks on there.  And then I also added some flower soft that I have around the edges since it contained pinks and greens like on my image.

Thanks for visiting us and I do hope to see you over at our Belles 'n Whistles Challenge Blog too!  Right now the challenge is to "Use Your Favorite Color Combo" ... sweet and simple and FUN!  :)

See ya soon!  Have a wonderful day!