Thursday, 30 October 2014

The last Halloween projects for 2014

Hi there,

Here comes my last three Halloween Projects for 2014 and yes, they are all Besties by Sherri Ann Baldy, who makes the cutest digi stamps for this occasion (and others as well).

Challenge 53 # Anything Goes + Option Halloween

This project was so fun to make. I've used some Black lace as background and have distressed on top of it making a sinister background. I've made cob webs in parchment paper, the tombstones are hand cut and decorated, the bones are hand cut and so are both the ground, the bat (not very good) and the tree.
I often have to make do with what I have, so it's sometimes a challenge to make something nice, but I'm happy with the result.
For this project, I've chosen a striped background in purple nuances and on top of that purple lace. Since the Bestie is sitting in a pumpkin, which I see as a pot, I've added some Loose eyes here and there - and a handwritten sentiment - I'm too lazy to start my printer to print one sentiment!! I should make a whole sheet of variuos sentiments for next year. The broom is made of a toothpick and some paper, which is distressed to look dirty.
The last Halloween project for 2014 was fun and I had an idea, which I couldn't carry out. However, I'm very content with the result and think that the colours compliments each other. I've just watched a movie called Witch Mountain, so I thought it would be funny to make something out of that.

In case Sherri Ann Baldy see this page, I apologize for having amputated the tail of one of the ghosts, but I had a Promarker, which suddenly decided to bleed on the tail, and I couldn't save it. Only way to save the rest of the painting was to cut the tail off.

I hope you've enjoyed to look at all my Halloween Projects as much as I've enjoyed making them. If you like them, please leave a message in here.

I'm entering this last Haloween project into the Karleigh Sue Digis Challenge Blog Challenge #2 - Haloween

Be happy crafting!

By the way!!

Hi Again there!

I simply forgot to tell you that apart from winning the second place in the Besties Challenge, I won the honor of having a Guest DT spot on the Karleigh Sue blog with my second project under the message "More witches".

I will make a project for the blog and it will be displayed both in here and at the Karleigh Sue Blog on November 26th.

Looking forward to showing you the project I come up with.

Be happy crafting!

Assembling simple cards

Hi there,

Today I've been assembling a few simple Christmas Cards, which I loved to paint. I, myself, like the painting on the red Card better than on the blue Card, but by experimenting you find out, what suits you best and what looks the best, so it's all a matter of practice, practice, practice, as a very good friend of mine use to say. You know, who you are! :-) So here they come. The red one first:

And then the blue one:

In my next message, I'll slow you this years last Halloween Projects - I'm already on the Outlook for new Halloween Projects for next year.
Be happy crafting.

Monday, 27 October 2014



I just found out that I've won second place in the Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge "Orange" with this Project. It was my third ever project painted with my new Promarkers.

The fact that I won second place also gives me the right to use the badge.

My Price for winning is 3 (three) Bestie stamps from Sherri Ann Baldy. Juhuuuuuu!

I'm so happy and proud right now!

Be happy crafting.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Snowmen (too early, I know)

Hi there,

Everything is afterall not about witches, so I've made an exception - snowmen!

The snowman is a digistamp from Donna Marie Jerrett. It's been fun making him and great practice getting started with the Promarkers, which are not always behaving as I want them to. Beginners troubles I hope.

Particularly my bright orange, my ruby red and my walnut makers have a tendency to make huge bleeds, when I use them. I've tried to paint a whole page with each of them in order to get rid of the excess ink, but they still bleed. I'm now painting and crossing my fingers I'll notice just before they bleed.

It's very disheartening to have painted a Projects, and when you're nearly finished - major bleed. Then you really have to think if you can use the project; can I camouflage the bleed, can I use some of the project as 3D elements etc. etc.. Don't just through it away, some of it might be salvaged yet.

These two snowmen Projects I'm going to show you today are the first ones I made.

It's a relatively small card, as you can probably see. I used a die to cut out the striped paper and placed the snowman inside the cut. I made the greeting with a free clear stamp that followed a card making magazine I tried. And the flower is made of felt and I bought it at the supermarket.
For this card I just used the cut out from the first snowman card and put the snowman on top of this.
The two snowman cards are very simple, but nontheless very nice. I love the simplicity of them and hope you do too.
That's all for now, I'll hopefully be back with more projects next week.
Be happy crafting!

More witches

Hi there,

I must be related to witches - many might say that's true LOL - because I love painting them and putting everything together on a card. Please bear in mind that I've only made this kind of cards since I started this blog, so I still have lots and lots to learn, but I enjoy it and have fun thinking about what next to do, when assembling my cards.

I have no idea whatsoever, what can sudden trick my imagination. It can be something I read, something in nature, something somebody says or just seing some cards online. Maybe I've been asked to do a card with a special theme for an exhibition and suddenly it's there. I've always had the same feeling regarding my Parchment cards. If you'd like to take a look at them, please visit
I feel very blessed to be able to think creatively.

Now back to what it's all about for the moment - Witches!

This project is a digistamp from MoonFlower Digistamps, that I've really loved painting with my Promarkers. For the first time I felt that I got the movement in the skirt right, you know, mountains - light and valleys - dark. I've used my dies for the leaves above her and also for the crow.

The three pumpkins are - now you're going to laugh - cupcake toppers!! I just removed the toothpick.

When I saw them in the shop I immediately knew they were perfect for card making as well. And they were really cheap too. 25 pcs + 25 cupcake forms for DKK 10,-.

I hope you like her.

The next project is the last Halloween project for now. It's a digi stamp from Karleigh Sue Digistamps.

This witch has been entered into two facebook contests. I know I'm not good enough to win, but who knows, it could happen unexpectedly. Everything is possible, they say.

The one contest was all about painting a project in the same colour but in it's nuances, so i chose the Black/grey nuances.

For the other contest I could use the same project, as I applied all bows and her shoes as 3D elements.

I saw somewhere on the internet that Loose eyes had been added to a project, and this is just perfect for the Halloween theme, so I added a few.

The pumpkins are made with punches, and I used the orange paper, I'd had under the project, when I distressed the witch form my last post.

The flames are from a border die - or rather the part you usually throw away. I coloured it with Promarkers: ruby red, heatwave, bright orange and sunflower.

Ghosts and the cob web are stickers. The trick or treat sign I wrote myself.

That's Halloween for now - but I'm not finished yet, I still have a few witches to assemble. Cannot get enough witches, can you?? Will show you, when I've finished them - probably next week.

Have fun crafting.

A couple of old projects finally finished

Hi there,

Apart from spending a few days away, I've been busy with my pencils and Promarkers and I've finally had the time to turn a few things into cards.

The first one I'm going to show you is my red/pink version of the Aurora Turkey from Eastwind Digistamps that is in my post from October 14th. For now both her and the blue version are on my desk gathering dust. I'm having problems with seing her on Cards, but hopefully inspiration will come, and when it does, I'll show you the result.

From my post of October 13th, I've finally finished this Bestie witch painted with my Promarkers. I had much fun putting her together. I worked with my dies, my distress ink to give the background a sinister ambience and a freehand hand cut ghost. I never thought I would like to do this kind of cards, but it's actually a big challenge to put a card together and not to repeat yourself too much from project to project.
I hope you like her.
Have fun crafting.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Christmas Besties made in July

Hi there,

During the heatwave in July here in Denmark, I sat on my terrasse and painted these Christmas Besties. In the summer I prefer to use my Caran D'Arche aquarelle pencils first and then a water brush to finish with. It's easy and the painting medium doesn't dry while painting. Wednesday I finally got time to assemble these cards.

The first one I also have in a green version with a red Bestie with the 4 corners, and holly leaves + red gems as berries. Cannot remember where I saved that photo, so maybe it'll be added later.

The paper the Besties are on, I coloured myself by colouring a stamp block with markers, then spraying it with Water and finally rubbing the stamp block onto the cardboard.

The snowflakes are made from dies and punches and gems have been added to some of them.

On the red card I decided to use my poinsettia dies and replaced two of the corners with the them.

On the purple card the poinsettias have been replaced by big snowflakes with gems in the centre.

I'm entering this project into My Besties Deutschland Chalenge #8 Alles geht + Option Weihnachten here:

I've really had fun putting these three cards together and maybe you've been inspired to making them too.
Have a few more Halloween projects in mind, so back to those, and I'll show you in a couple of days.
Have fun crafting!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Old project and painting with Caran D'Ache pencils

Hi there!

Looking over my blog yesterday, I noticed that I'd forgotten to show you the final project of my first every Promarker project. I thought it was suitable as a birthday card for my youngest niece, so she got it for her birthday a couple of weeks ago. Well, it's about time to show you the project now:

Yesterday late afternoon I started on the Aurora Turkey from East Wind Digital Stamps. It's a wonderful digi stamp, and I had much fun making her. Amazing how few nice photos there are on the internet of turkeys, that makes it easy to define the colours. But I gave it a try with my Caran D'Ache pencils which I love. I hope that I in time will be able to control the Promarkers the same way I can control colouring with pencils. This project is also entered into a competition in October. Eventually, I'll have to make finished cards of all my Projects, and I will show them, but please be patient, it might be a little while before I get the inspiration to assemble the finished card. So here is the Aurora Turkey:
Well back to my painting media now. Hope to be back very soon, see you then.

Be happy crafting.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Practicing painting - Promarkers

Yesterday I finished my big project of making the wedding invitations mentioned earlier. I immediately found my Promarkers and some Card stock and started practicing painting with them.

Since I'm in Halloween mode at the moment - everywhere you see the most gorgeous witch digi stamps, so of course I jumped on the wagon. My first try was this witch, and I still need to make her into a card:
The painting on the hat is not great as it seems that the lightest grey "eat" the darkest colours when blending them. I've heard various theories to that effect, and am going to try them out in the nearest future to see, if I can avoid this problem. The Card stock might be the problem.

Well, I'd promised to try to participate in a challenge in one of the Facebook Groups of which I'm a member.
The witch in this Photo was entered - I know I could do a lot better with the painting, but the Promarkers are still way out of my comfort zone, so I'm as content as I can be at this stage of my painting. The hair is not perfect, and I have absolutely no idea how I managed to make her skirt see thru.
The spider web is made of ordinary parchment paper. The fence and the cat are die cuts and the label is a free digistamp from somewhere, not sure where I got it anymore.
I'm going to enter this Card in another competition and who knows, maybe - just maybe - .......

Have fun crafting!