Friday, 15 September 2017

Is This My Favourite Stamp?


If you had to pick a fave stamp out of your collection, would you know which one right away? Is there one stamp that stands out from all the rest, one that you love more than all the other ones, or one that you end up using over and over again?

I can never answer those "name your fave song/artist/movies/books" kind of question because there are so many faves, not only one. But the challenge at Rubber Dance this fortnight is to use our fave stamp...... Oh, maaan - that's such a tough question!! As with everything else, I have many fave stamps, many that I love and use over and over again. Sounds familiar to anyone?

After sitting here with my thinking cap on (it's purple and very becoming, in case you wondered), I came to realise that there IS one stamp in particular that I have used more than any other stamp I've ever owned! I'll explain why below. Here it is - the Giraffe from Rubber Dance.


I made the Distress Oxides background on a sturdy piece of cardboard, knowing my card would be quite long to fit a giraffe in all the colours of the rainbow - thereby using my fave colour as well: ALL of them! :-) The black stripes were made by dipping a ruler into black acrylic paint that I had  smeared out on my craft sheet. The stars and suns (also stamps from Rubber Dance) were stamped using the black paint as well.


 Bling, bling! I gold embossed the Giraffes and coloured them in using Zig clean colour markers. After gluing them to the background, I drew a black shadow with a marker to make them pop. Notice the heart - the frame looks a bit like giraffe fur pattern, doesn't it?

When this Giraffe stamp was released on a set with other African Animals a couple of years ago, I started using it on all the shipping envelopes. The stamp comes with the text Hello there!, seen on the card below, so all those envelopes had the giraffe peeping out from one of the corners with the greeting next to it, and that's how the giraffe ended up being the stamp I have used more than any other, ever!


This card was published in Rubber Stamp Madness :-) 


I haven't used the giraffe only on envelopes, though! Below are just a few cards I've made with it, 
but if you want to skip that part and jump straight to our challenge - here's the link again.











 
 

So...which is YOUR favourite stamp? Make something with it and show us by joining our challenge at Rubber Dance! You have until midnight CET on the 30th of September.


Thanks for looking!





Monday, 7 August 2017

Happy Accident Watercolour Card


Hi folks! When I was making some cards showcasing the new stamps from Rubber Dance, I stamped the magpie with Oxide inks and coloured in some areas with Zig clean colour markers. It looked OK, but kind of boring.... so I sprayed some water on it, and this happened. Whoopsie!


That wasn't my plan at all, so I put it aside and started on a new card ... but the more I glanced over at my magpie accident, the more it grew on me!  Who says we have to colour inside the lines, right?

So I made it into a card and did the same "accident" with the sentiment, only on purpose this time. 
I poked a hole through the beak for the silver string and threw some bling on it. So there you have it, my happy accident watercolour card, mounted on a glitter panel. Bling-bling!




I wish you all a happy week with many happy accidents! :-)

Thanks for looking ♥



Friday, 28 July 2017

Salty Stamp Sale & Tutorial


Heyyyy, lovely people! It's been a while, or should I say: Been a whale? ;-)


The whale tail above is just a sneak peek of my salty scene tutrial over at the Rubber Dance blog today. 
Pop over there and say hi!

There's a big sale going on - 20 % discount on all of Rubber Dance's beach & sea stamps:

http://www.rubberdance.com/shop?shop_section=160643 

Thanks for looking!

 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

CAS card - a little birdie ....

Hi everyone!

My stamp company is sponsoring the CASology challenge blog this week as well! It was such fun seeing the entries last week, when the cue word was 'house'. Have a looksie here if you missed it.

The CASology cue word this week is FLY, and here is the card I made with stamps from Rubber Dance:


My card is featuring stamps from the new set called Whimsical Summer, designed for Rubber Dance by Donna Gray ♥
I have also used the twig from Mama Owl, designed by Melina Dahl ♥, and the sentiment from the set called A little birdie ... You can see all the new stamps here if you like.


To join the CASology challenge,
jump over to their blog.
You have until Monday 3rd of July to enter.
The winner will get a whole sheet of stamps from Rubber Dance!

♥ Have fun and good luck! ♥


I'm entering my card to this challenge as well:
That's Crafty! Keep it Simple

This one runs till Friday 7th of July.





Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Clean House - CAS cards


Hi everyone!

Just a quick post today to let you know that my stamp company is sponsoring the CASology challenge blog this week!

Their cue word this time is HOUSE, and here are two cards I made with stamps from Rubber Dance:


 
This house and the hill stamp, and many more, are on sale this week.


To join the CASology challenge,
jump over to their blog.

The winner will get a whole sheet of stamps from Rubber Dance! 


♥ Have fun and good luck! ♥









Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Deep Sea Diva - Cards for That's Crafty!


Hi everyone!

That's Crafty! has launched two new stamp sets designed by Donna Gray! I have had the pleasure to work with these stamps a bit ahead of time and so far I've made the three cards below. To see many more sample cards with these beautiful stamps, pop over to That's Crafty's blog for a look.

I LOVE everything beach and sea, so I'll make more cards with these stamps when time permits. But for now, here go you - my first three cards using stamps from the Deep Sea Diva collection:




 


Here are the two sets. 
These clear stamps are both available in the That's Crafty web shop






Full Disclosure: Yes, I am affiliated with That's Crafty! and the designer of these stamps, Donna Gray, is a very good friend of mine. She's designing stamps for my own rubber stamp company as well. That's Crafty! gave me these two stamp sets to make sample cards. They also carry stamps from my company, Rubber Dance, which you can find in their web shop here. They will be addding more stamps from Rubber Dance soon (I'm working on their order as we speak; ready to ship later this week!)

I had great fun making these sample cards
and I hope you like them.

Thanks for looking!


 






Monday, 15 May 2017

Rule of Three - Rubber Dance Challenge


Hi everyone!

I would like to invite you to join our challenge over at Rubber Dance, where the theme is Rule of Three. You can make anything where you use three things - see our challenge post for more info. I've used three flowers on this card:

 
The flowers are from a set of stamps called Beki from That's Crafty!
Text and smaller stamps from Rubber Dance.


Join us over at the Rubber Dance blog!
You have until midnight CET on May 31st to join.

http://rubberdance.blogspot.no/2017/05/rubber-dance-theme-challenge-may.html



Thanks for looking!


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Gold Embossed Butterflies


Hi everyone!

Just a quick post to show you the card I made for the challenge reminder over at Rubber Dance blog today:


Background made with texture paste and a stencil, then coloured with Distress Ink Sprays and randomly stamped with tiny stamps. I used the same colours of ink spray on a piece of watercolour paper and gold embossed two of the butterflies from Butterfly Trio. The gold embossed text was made with stamps from Beautiful Words, a set full of words you can put together and spell your own sentences. 


You have until May 14th to enter.
Come join us!  


Here are the colours we want you to use:

http://rubberdance.blogspot.no/2017/05/may-colour-challenge.html 




Thanks for looking!



I would like to enter my card this challenge as well:
 
That's Crafty!: Bright!
For this challenge, we only have one requirement - your entries need to be bright please!
This challenge runs intil
7.55 am (GMT), Friday 12th May 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017

Funny Bunny - Masked Stamping


Hi everyone! I hope you like my silly card :-)

Card intro:
Claire couldn't quite put her finger on it, but for some reason she had always suspected that she might have been adopted ...

Stamp from the Bonny Bunny set, designed by Donna Gray for Rubber Dance
20 % off on both new sets until Monday (May 8th). All info is here.

I stamped three bunnies in the front, masked them off and stamped the two in the back, masked those off and stamped the final top bunny. All bunnies were coloured in using Zig watercolour markers, which I LOVE. I have never liked using markers, until I tried these. (I'm not sponsored by anyone to say that, I really do love'em!). I used them together with a waterbrush here and there. Anyway -  I wanted missis Claire to stand out more, so I stamped her on another piece of watercolour paper, coloured her in and cut out the image, leaving a thin white line around the image. Text was made on my computer and printed out.  




Thanks for looking!





Thursday, 4 May 2017

Speak No Evil - Owl Tag for Fremsnakk

This is my second post for today. The first one is here.


Hi everyone!

This post is written to support an ongoing "Talk Positively About Someone" campaign in Norway, hosted by the Nordsalten Hobbyklubb Blog. In Norwegian we have a relatively new word, Fremsnakk - which is the opposite of Baksnakk, which means slander, or literally translated "Back Talk" - to speak negatively about someone behind their back. So the opposite of that is to talk positively about someone, and let people know :-)

It's a very sad story why this campaign came about, after a Norwegian crafter blogged about her having been bullied in the crafting community. I know, shocking! I don't know that many crafters in Norway and I haven't witnessed any of the bullying and slander - all I know is this one person speaking up about it, and one person being bullied is one too many.

We all have a story, we all struggle with something or the other - some of us just hide it better than others, and that's OK too. Just as long as we know that we have no rights to judge a book by its cover. People are so much more than what we can see.
 

If someone slanders, do you listen?

Or are you wise like the second owl?




Below is the stamp I used. I stamped the images on watercolour paper, cut the images apart, and used the first and second owl, plus pieces of the branch. The images were coloured in using Zig watercolour makers. I made the texts on my computer.

http://www.rubberdance.com/owl-do-good



This zentangle stamp was designed by Melina Dahl in Sweden for Rubber Dance and it's a a tweak on The Three Wise Monkeys, who saw no evil, heard no evil, and spoke no evil. To me that includes "don't slander"; it means that if I hear any slander, I try to shut my ears to it (hear no evil), and I certainly don't spread any slander (speak no evil). It also means that I try my best to "close my eyes" to any negative sides of a person, and rather open my eyes to their positive sides - we all have many of those :-)


Besides - what you might not like about someone, is perhaps the very reason why I like that person, and vice versa. I like people who are straight forward and brutally honest, whereas other people might find them rude. I might be drawn to people with a peculiar sense of humour, you might find them silly or weird. We might also have a very different taste when it comes to arts and crafts;  what I like might not be your cup of tea - and the other way around. And that's OK! As long as we remember this:



Now, let's get back to the main reason for this post - my support the campaign called Fremsnakk, i.e. "to talk positively about someone". I know I can get better at giving compliments and telling people why I love this or that about them or something they do or have made. I might think to myself that I really like her or what she says/does/makes...., but people aren't mind readers, so let's all get better at giving one another compliments! :-) Not just in comments we leave on blogs (which is very nice, too!), but also in person - face to face, it being friends or strangers.

So - today I want to Fremsnakke a Norwegian crafter who I had the pleasure of meeting last year. We had emailed back and forth after I had joined one of her crafters' groups on Facebook, and she also appeared as a Guest Designer on my company's blog, (see her post here). She is extremely talented, very sweet, has an awesome sense of humour, and she has that straight forwardness people from Northern Norway is known for, which I really like.

So who's that girl? Her name is Jorunn Langås Andreassen and her blog is here. Go have a look! I don't know if there is anything this woman can't make - she makes everything from tags, ATC's and cards to scrapbook pages and 3D decorations. Here is just a tiny selection of things Jorunn has made:







And last, but not least - this greeting inside a card:

 
Bottom text is in Norwegian and reads:

You are worthy
because you are you

Always remember that!!


Thanks for stopping by today
Now it's your turn to give compliments to someone,
either face to face or in writing.
Words matter. Speak well of one another,
and of yourself