torsdag 29. november 2012

CSI Coordinates Cards

As I promised in my last post, I'll show some cards made with CSI Coordinates.

CSI Coordinates are printables which comes with every CSI challenge. There are both background papers, word art and (journaling) spots/tags etc. So convenient if you don't have what you need among your own stash!

Background paper, tag, frames: CSI. Ribbon/twin: Scrapbook Fantasies.
Cardstock: Bazill. Buttons: Unknown

I don't always use the Coordinates, as I do have planty of stash on my desk, but some times I do. Usually I don't use all of it, and it's a shame to just toss the remaining pp and embellies. So I got this idea - why not use them for cards? I bet somebody has done it before me, but I haven't actually seen it, so nobody can blaim me on beeing a copy cat *lol*

Patterned paper/frame/owl: CSI.  Ribbons: Scrapbook Fantasies.
Brads: Harmonie. Cardstock: Bazill

I printed one of the background papers from CSI Coordinates #46 on grey cardstock, grabbed the spots that I had printed and were left from designing my layout for the challenge, and came up with these cards.

Patterned papers, ticket & frame with deer: CSI.  Ribbon: Scrapbook Fantasies.
Twine: The twinery Cardstock: Bazill. Buttons: Unknown

I have some remaning patterned papers from CSI Coordinates #47 on my desk, and the matching spots are just lovely, so I think I will do it this week too.

Do you ever use printables for cards?

søndag 25. november 2012

18 things to do before I die

Are there things you really want to do but haven't got round to yet? I have a long list...

Some of them should be quite easy to tick off my list, because they are not very time consuming or expensive - it's more a kind of getting my butt in gear. Like taking a class in flower decoration, which I started on last week. I had had in my mind for years, but finally took the plunge when one of the local florists had an ad for it. I really enjoy it, and some details of my first decoration is shown on the layout below.

Then there are other things that have to wait. Like seeing kenguroos in Australia. It's not like something I can to in an afternoon, and I will certainly need some more money than I use on a class at the florists. But if I start saving...

Title: 18 things to do before I die

Background paper & journaling spot: CSI Printables. Frame: Imaginarium Designs
Ribbons: Scrapbook Fantasies. Tiles: Harmonie. Glitter pins: Marens Landhandleri
Alpha: AC, Webster Pages & Glitz. Wire: my florist. Buttons: unknown

The got the idea for this layout when I saw CSI File Case # 46

Evidence: frames, translucent element (some of the tiles), something that shimmers (glitter pins).
Testimony: 18 things - a list of 18 things I want to do before I die.

One thing I really like about the CSI challenges, is that they have a set of printables (or coordinates as CSI call them) along with each challenge. It's both backgrounds, tags/spots, word art and other embellies you can print out. For my layout I printed out one of the backgrounds on matte photo papers as well as a sheet of tags/spots. I used one of them only, but spent the remaining parts for three super cute cards I'll show you later this week. If you're curious about these printables, here is the link to Challenge #46 - scroll to the very bottom and on the left hand you find the printable files.

So what's on your list - what do you want to do before you die?

søndag 18. november 2012

Favorite room

Do your family have a favorite room in the house? In my family it's the kitchen: everything seem to happen there: School work, eating, cooking, it's the game zone, computer room, the pets' sleeping area, where we party, read etc etc.

It' nice to have a place where both family and friends gather, but it gets incredibly messy because of it, too. Like when the kids bring friends and they leave their jackets on the chairs instead of in the wardrobe. Like when DS10 has messed up his own room so badly, that he need the kitchen table for creating one of his giant paper projects. Or like when DS13 and his gang uses the said table as a gaming spot, and just leave it all there when they decide it's time to do something else.

I found inspiration for this layout in this week's CSI challenge:

My evidence is the woodgrain background paper and the buttons, my testimony is documenting a favorite room.

What's your family's favorite room?

fredag 16. november 2012

Not Your Bag! - OUAS November Challenge Reveal

Have you ever been to an air port, waiting for your luggage, and suddenly you realize you are all alone at the luggage pick up? There is one suit case left, going round and round on the luggage belt, but it's not yours. It is the same brand and color as yours, but is still not yours.

This happened to me this summer, in Corfu Greece. Luckily it is a small airport, and the airport staff was very understanding, so I left husband and kids with the strange suitcase at the belt, and ran out to see if I could find anyone with a suitcase belonging to me. And luckily I did, after just a minute or two, lined up in the taxi line.

At first the girl with my suitcase claimed the suitcased she held was hers, but when I asked if her name was what the tag said, she realized she had done a huge mistake. She probably understood how big her mistake was, when I told her I had spent enough time on the airport because of her, and that I had no intention on spending a minute more helping her out getting hers. Oh my, sometimes I can be so rude, but honestly - at least she could had apologized, but all she was interested in was why I hadn't brought her suitcase out. Hello, I'm not stupid - what if she had drugs in it, and I had been stopped at the customs? No, there was a reason why I didn't bring her bag.

Anyway - when we came home I saw this bright pink tag in a shop, and I bought it immidiately.

Patterned papers: Pink Paisley. Badges: ScrapButtons. Alpha: AC.
Wood Veeners: Studio Calicio. Large tag, pucinella, handbag Brads & chipboard: unknown

This layout is my example for team B's reveal for the November sketch at Once Upon A Sketch. This month's theme is "Anything Goes" and here is the lovely sketch which goes with the theme:

Please head over to the OUAS blog to see the rest of the DTs lovely creations, visit our sponsors which have amazing prizes for you, and to play along!

Finally, tell me: have you ever lost your luggage?

torsdag 15. november 2012

Cardabilities Sketch #63 is released!

Welcome to another fun sketch from Cardabilities!

Here is my take on it:

Chick Wire stamp: Teresa Collins Stamp Maker
Patterned papers: WRMK. Wood veeners: Studio Calico
Rubons: basic Grey. Star pins: Inkido

 Did you notice the chicken wire on the card? It's a stamp I have made by using the Photocentric Teresa Collins Stamp Maker. You see, fellow Cardabilities DT member Petra Ofrell is also in the DT at Photocentric, who has teamed up with Teresa Collins to develop the Stamp Maker. I had the chance to try it out at Petra's house a while back, and I'm telling you - this stamp maker is on my wish list! If you want to see how it works, click here.

Please head over to the Cardabilities blog to see the rest of the DTs lovely exampels, and to play along!

tirsdag 13. november 2012

Masculine Cards!

With four men in the house (two kids, hubby and FIL), masculine cards are the most demanded here. I never seem to have enough and now it's time to restock again.

Sketches always seem to get me started, and I found some fun ones this week I wanted to give out a try.

Card #1:

Patterned Papers: 7Gypsies.
Digistamp: Unknown. Alpha: Adornit

 Sketch and source:
Source: CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #5

Card #2:

Patterned papers: 7Gypsies. Twine:WRMK
Wood veener: Studio Calico. Alpha: BG

Sketch and source:

Source: RetroSketches Challenge #37

Please come back on Thursday to see another masculine card when my example for the Cardabilities Challenge #63 is released :-)

Thank you for stopping by - I hope you got some ideas for how to make masculine cards!

søndag 11. november 2012


I admit it - some times I get tired of having other's kids around all the time (at least it feels like all the time), especially when school is out. During those periods I never know how many there are for dinner, or who is staying over.

But on the other hand - it feels good that the kids like it at our house. They do have house rules to stick to, and they can't stay for weeks: it's like my wise, old father says: fish and guests stinks after three days *lol*
And as oldest son just turned into a teenager, having them around here give me a feeling of having a little more control.

Alpha  and background paper: BG. Other patterned papers and bracket overlay: MME.
Cheese cloth, ribbon & butterfly: unknown

Kids + a friend sleeeping on the porch in May

The inspiration for this layout as found at the CSI blog:

Here is how the challenge blog CSI describes this mont's theme: In November, our thoughts turn to the holidays and getting together with family and cozying up in our homes, so our theme that will tie our Case Files together this month is "Coming Home."

Here is how I solved the Case file #44:
Colors - all five used:
Evidence: Flowers (on patterned papers), transparent element (bracket overlay), something woven (cheese cloth)
Testimony: Document what you love about your home (the hospitality)

CSI Case file #44 closes today, but Case file #45 is open for investigation another week, so please head over to get some ideas on how to scrap your family and home.

onsdag 7. november 2012

Big Paper Bow Card

I just wanted to see if I could make a big paper bow. I have a crush on bows these days, but I don't always have the ribbons I need. But I do have papers!

So I made this bow using a patterned paper from Little Yellow Bicycle (Saturdays collection) and used scraps from the same collection for the background. The trick to make it look right, was to prefold some of the wrinkles, and to snip of some ends (I learned this from looking at DS10 when he makes his 3D paper model planes *lol).

Green Cardstock: Bazill. Alpha: SEI

"God jul" means Merry Christmas in Norwegian, so this is a card for the upcoming season. But I know I want to do more bow cards later - I have plenty of scraps (and new sheets) to use.

What would be your favourite pattern and colors on a bow card?

søndag 4. november 2012

Hair Cut Day - CSI Case File #43

My boys needed a hair cut a few weeks ago - here they are at the hair dressers:

Patterned papers: Crate Paper, MME. Cardstock: ClubStamp. Layered Stickers: MME.Ruobons: Jenni Bowlin, Kaiser Craft. Alpha: American Craft. Tab: Chic tags. Chipboard Scissors: Maya Road

Close up photos:

Pager Runners: Charms' Creations

The idea for this page came when I saw the CSI Case File #43:

Colors: all five used.

Evidence: Damask, Rubons (Bottom circle border, botton grid border, small black stains randomly over the layout,

Testimony: Formal letter: Letter of recommendations - I recommend this hair dresser to anyone :-)     Why don't you head over to CSI to check out the newest color challenge, #44?   


Do you need a fun sketch to get you started? This is the November sketch at Once Upon A Sketch:    

  This month's theme: Anything Goes. Yup, anything :-) As long as there is some journaling involved, and the sketch is used, you are may to link up your creation to the OUAS blog and get a ticket to the lottery with awesome prizes from our sponsors. To read more, and see some stunning examples from the DT, please visit the OUAS blog.

Do we see your creation there?