Thursday, December 16, 2010

Finally, all Christmas cards posted...

Today, I finally posted all the Christmas cards I've made, so now they're on their way to family and friends. Here's a couple of them. All the patterned papers comes from "Jolly by Golly" by Cosmo Cricket. On the first card I've used white embossing powder (the snowflakes and the snow on the trees). I've used quite a few rhinestones too...







Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Getting into the Christmas Spirit...

Here I am, sitting with my desk full of card making supplies, stamps, embossing powder, papers and so much more. Yeah, I'm having a lot of fun and really getting into the Christmas spirit. With a cup of "glögg" (similar to glühwein but sweeter and mine is free of alcohol) and Christmas songs playing it's not so hard to find that feeling. Outside it's lots of snow too...

Here's a pic of one card (made of kraft cardstock), I've stamped the golden flakes with Versamark Watermark stamp pad and then embossed with golden embossing powder. The patterned paper comes from Jolly by Golly, Cosmo Cricket. I also used a border punch from Fiskars.

Wishing you all a great December:)


Monday, November 15, 2010

Making Cards for Christmas?

Check out Kristina Werner's Holiday Card Series at her blog, 25 days of Holiday Cards, with a great video each day showing how to make the card. A great source of inspiration!

If you're like me, new at card making, here is so much to learn... She even made me start stamping and embossing, who would have thought that with a digigirl like me?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Free Online Class with Jessica Sprague...

Don't miss this FREE online class with Jessica Sprague, Inspiration Everywhere.

Visit her website here.

I hope you've had a wonderful IDSD (international digital scrapbooking day) and that you've had the opportunity to buy some new inspiring digistuff, not to mention all the blog hops with great freebies to download...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Little Freebie...

I made these brushes a while ago, intended to use behind photos, as a background (I painted and then scanned them). Here I've used them on a simple layout.





They come all 5, both as PNG-files and as ABR-brushes, made in CS3.
You can download HERE





Friday, September 24, 2010

Thank you so much for your support:)

Celebrating my birthday a couple of weeks ago, my nephew Wilhelm helped with the presents.
And I got hair at the moment as you can see, not all chemo treatments make you loose the hair.


I'm so very touched by the response I got after my last blog post! Thank you!!! After reading your comments I thought some about how important it is to work with those feelings and thoughts you have about death. All people who know they're going to die soon have them, it's very normal, and being able to put words to them or expressing them in other ways (art, poetry, dance, drama) you can manage them much better. You're mind needs to get it outside yourself and then it's easier to deal with, I hope I make sense here...
Anyway, making that layout felt good for me even though I understand that it can make other people worried.

I'm very fortunate in many ways, I know that. I live in the west in a country with really good medical treatments and hospital care. I've got a caring family and close friends that support me. Yes, I am fortunate indeed.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Reflections...



Just some personal reflections that I felt I had to express, I've been living now for a couple of years with spread breast cancer and there are a lot of thoughts that goes through my head from time to time. Particularly when I've got an upcoming visit with my physician as I've got at the moment...
I've been treated with different kinds of chemotherapy for 5 years now, there's really nothing left to try if the present one isn't working. But I've had a lot of fun too during these years, so everything isn't as black as it seems here...

Journaling: How much time is left, when will it all end? Minutes and seconds goes by, faster all the time. I thought in my ignorance that I would get used to the thought that I will die, but it doesn't work that way, you'll never get used to that. It doesn't feel like that long time ago when i was a child with an eternity of time in front of me. Now death waits around the corner and I can only silently accept that time is running out...

Credits: Art Play Palette Fall Nr1 and Artsy Clocks No3 by Anna Aspnes. Doodled Stuff 5 by Jesse Edwards Designs. Everything from Designerdigitals.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Remembering Summer 2010





It's hard to grasp that it's already September! And it's getting colder by the day. I sat a while today in the sun, enjoying a homemade cappuccino, but I had to wear a thick jacket. It was sooo cold:( 

I got an espresso-machine the other week from my sister and it's great to be able to make your own cappuccino. I really got the sweetest sister!

Now is the time to scrap all the summer pics, if you haven't already, remembering the summer of 2010. I made a layout today with a photo from our midsummer celebration using some of the gorgeous stuff I've bought lately from Sahlin Studios at Scrapmatter. She's got some really great freebies too on her blog.





Credits: Almost everything by Sahlin Studio (Scrapmatters); Vintage Vouge Kit, Everyday Kit and an add-on (freebie) to Vintage Carnival Kit which you can find here, on Krista Sahlins blog. Brushes: Onthecorner Nr1 by Katie Pertiet at Designerdigitals.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Wedding Card...

I've been away from my computer for a long while now. Probably not bad at all, although it wasn't by my own free will... Computer troubles hit me hard, but it's all fixed now. I've got a new hard-drive and it all seems to work. I was so lucky that I'd made backups on all important stuff, both on DVD:s and on an external hard-drive.

It took some weeks though before the computer was fixed and back home so I've been doing some hybrid work instead. I've got a laptop with Photoshop Elements so I used that for some parts, but honestly it was no fun scrapping on that small screen, and I missed my Photoshop CS3.

Here's a wedding card I've made with Prima Paintables, my local bookstore had some of them that probably have been lying around for a while as it seems that Prima has stopped producing them, makes me sorry...  I really loved bringing out my watercolors and paint some, it was a while ago since last time.







It's so fun to be back by my big screen that I feel like designing some digi-stuff. Perhaps a freebie later on...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Midsummers Eve...





We (swedes) celebrate our National Day on June the 6th, but Midsummer's Eve is really much more celebrated, this year the 25th of June (last Friday). Children and adults dance around the midsummer's pole, singing all the traditional songs, having a lot of fun...

My nephew Edwin (above) was so tired though that he preferred to sleep on dad's shoulder. His older brother, Wilhelm, disappeared in the dancing crowd with a friend, so I've got no photos of the actual dancing.

But when Wilhelm turned up again he wanted to jump in the "jumping castle" (not quite sure if that is the correct English name for it) and after that he looked like a red tomato, sweat pouring all over his face.




He even had to lay down for a while and rest, his little brother was very concerned....





Edwin played a lot with his new green ball which he won in a contest, it was quite the right size for him.





Credits: Layout Template by Tiff Keetch (freebie here), papers and buttons from "Summer Romance Kit" by Eva Marina (freebie here), flowers from kit "Softer" by Heather T. (freebie here), alpha: "Little Wooden Letters" by Misty Cato (freebie).
Font: DJB JenniferK.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Join a Free Class at JESSICASPRAGUE.COM...



Want to learn more about making hybrid cards? Join Jessica Sprague in "Computer Tricks for Cards"... It's free and registration begins today!


Jessica's site is also celebrating their 3 years with a birthday freebie blog hop, so don't miss out on Friday, June the 18th. 

 


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Some Cool Freebies...

Sometimes I stumble over some interesting free stuff and want to share my findings... Well, today I happened to visit Lisa Whitney's blog. She used to sell her designs at Scrap Artist but then gave up designing and at the moment she's very generously sharing her work at her blog. I love her stuff, much of her work is handmade and in any case very original. You can find this cool Stamped Alpha and many other freebies on her blog.

Do you use a wacom tablet? Even if you don't, visit Pen scrappers and download Michelle Coleman's (Little Dreamer Designs) beautiful free kit "Wild Hearts". You can then scrap with the kit and enter their contest and win a wacom "Bamboo Craft" tablet, isn't that great?


Thursday, June 3, 2010

My Beloved Teddybear...




Just look at this shabby teddy bear, so worn... I got him by my parents already in 1962, the year I was born. I couldn't sleep without him, my beloved teddy bear "Kalle". He's got sort of a sad expression I think, I still feel like I should hug him to comfort him, crazy huh?

Credits: Layout template; blog freebie by Timounette. Brown background paper and white paper; Card stock Neutrals by Juno {designs}. Striped paper; Kit Too Cute Boy (blog freebie) by Purple Tulip Designs. Little piece of paper with heart from "a story of friendship add-on" (blog freebie) by Sahlin Studio. Safety pin by FEI stuff. Fonts; Windsong and Walkway Bold.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Royal Wedding Chocolate...






Mm, I love chocolate so I just had to buy this box, celebrating the big event of the year in Sweden; the royal wedding. Our crown princess Victoria is getting married in a couple of weeks, the 19th of June to be precise, and the wedding is all the talk at the moment, media is full of it. Not that I'm especially interested in royalty, but nevertheless it's a historical event so I will watch it on TV. Victoria is also very much loved and respected by us swedes, even by those who want a republic actually. She's an honest and open person, deeply dedicated to her work.

This chocolate box was one of the smaller versions, it would be too dangerous to buy one of the larger ones, LOL, for my weight that is. I also liked the three different kinds of chocolate cream in this box; hazelnut, blueberry and lingonberry. The one with blueberry (and vanilla) was best I think. Hm-mm, it's not much left in the box now...




Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Finally a Photobook!




I've been working a long time on this book for my sister, 36 pages with my layouts about her two sons; Wilhelm and Edwin... so you can imagine how happy I was the other day when I finally got to see the final result. 

Although I noticed some minor differences in how I perceived the colors on my screen and how it looks in the book, the overall impression is very good and I love the size, 28x28 cm (ca 11 inches), and the binding is great, as you can see in the photos; the book lies flat on the table and you are able to see the whole page, nothing disappears in the middle.

It was difficult to choose the company that would print the book but I think Ifolor was a good choice in the end.
It's a European company which you can find in the Nordic countries; Norway, Sweden and Finland but also in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.




















Saturday, April 10, 2010

About Cooking...

I've been thinking a lot lately about the importance of learning as a child or teenager, at school and home, basic cooking. Reading about Jamie Oliver and his new American TV show and watching parts of it on YouTube made me reflect on the subject. I really admire the sincerity in his struggle.

Somehow I've been taking it for granted as we've been taught that for a long time in Swedish schools, even my dad had cooking lessons at school in the late 40s. I'm really grateful for all the lessons I got myself during my school years and the time I spent with my parents, watching them prepare food.
Of course, I do know there are other aspects that matter when it comes to eating healthy but I believe this is an important part anyhow.

We've (swedes in general) imported some really bad eating habits in recent years, all kinds of junk food, but fortunately it's not being served in schools.
I guess a big part of the problem is a stressful life, not having the time or energy to cook yourself...





Credits: Everything from Deca Designs freebie "Letter for Mom" which you can find in the Apprentice Gallery at LittleDreamerDesigns, except photo frame by Katie Pertiet, freebie at Designerdigitals and white paper by Kate F. freebie at her blog. Fonts; Capture It and Jane Austen.

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Spring Freebie...

It's kind of the beginning of spring over here in Sweden, well, we still got a lot of snow of course but it's melting slowly. That's a good sign! I haven't seen any spring flowers yet though...

So I thought of this little pack of 13 hand drawn doodles, colored with crayons and water color, that has been sitting on my hard disk for a long while. I made them after a vacation in a small cottage on the Swedish countryside.


Hopefully you can find use for them, you can download here.



Monday, March 1, 2010

Photo book project...

I have been busy working on a photo book for a while, still have a lot to do... 36 pages doesn't sound like so much but it IS! Here is the latest page, templates are great when you're in a hurry.

Credits: Template by VM [squared] designs (freebie at ScrapMatters blog), kit "In Good Company" by Paislee Press and Leora Sanford, Oscraps.







Thursday, January 28, 2010

Treat Bags for Valentine's Day...




I made some treat bags with yesterdays freebie, the treat toppers... So easy, you just print out (I used photo paper, satin-matt), cut the pieces, fold and fasten with staples. Before I printed out I also wrote a greeting in the white frame. I now have to hide these away until Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Treat Toppers...





So I made some treat toppers really quick, you can download here.

And if you want to make your own, you can download my In Love Doodles here
I'm off to make some treat bags with toppers for my DH...

Working on a Photo book...




I've been a really bad blogger for a while, sorry:(
I'm working on a photo book for my sister, all about her two boys. It takes a lot of time though... So that is what I'm concentrating on now. (While making cards in between, lol)

(Layout Credits: "Blessed" kit by Sahlin Studio at ScrapMatters)


I was thinking of making some treat toppers for Valentine's Day with my In Love Doodles, I'll see if I can make that into a freebie for you all.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Hybrid Birthday Cards...

Since I discovered Kristina Werner's design blog I've become more and more interested in card making. Her weekly card making videos are fantastic and SO inspiring! I wish I could do cards like her, well, she's a pro and I'm only a newbie:)
And she's got lot of tools and material I still don't have, but want of course. I'm drooling over clear stamps, embossing powder and corner punches, lol.

So I'm doing it the hybrid way, (for now anyway)... Peppermintcreative has this gorgeous paper pack, Birthday Boogie.





I used the paper with the cupcake pattern on my birthday card below. The pink ribbon has golden edges but it's hard to see on the photo. The font I used on the circle is Euphorigenic which you can find at dafont for free.

I'm off now to check on some of Kristina Werner's old videos, I haven't watched all yet:)





Saturday, January 9, 2010

A Year in Review...

I found a beautiful free collection of PSD-templates by Jessica Sprague today on the Shutterfly blog, templates for all twelve months of the year. Even a fancy front page, so you can make a book of it. Check it out:)

Oh, and use the first download link above the photo, the other one doesn't work!





Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Some Clean & Simple Freebies...

Hope you all have had a wonderful Holiday Celebration! I've had some great days with my family, rather relaxed actually which is nice. No stress here:)

The new year has already brought some changes to the digi-world. I've been a big fan of Ikea Goddess and her freebie list for a long while, and I'm SO going to miss her great choice of freebies. But I totally understand her, I admire her for sticking with it as long as she did, it's a huge assignment!!! Fortunally there is a new one now, Digital Daisy's handpicked freebies.  

I'm not going to turn into a freebie hunter myself but as I've found some really good one's this week I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy:)













If you're a fan as me of the clean & simple style and still havent found Cathy Zielske's blog Bits&Pieces you're in for some great reading and a lot of inspiring designs. You can also find her work at Designer Digitals! She's got a great sense of humour, don't drink anything while reading, lol. I've got personal experience of what it can lead to...