Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waltzing Mouse Stamps August release day Blog hop and Giveaway!

Yay - it is release day at Waltzing Mouse Stamps and all the new goodies are avilable in the WMS shop. For my card today I used my top favorite from this release - the adorable Boo and Friends. I've already told how much I love those little ghosts! Should point out that they aren't actually that small which I think is great because using just one of them like I did with my last card (here) will still make a very reasonable sized card.

Samples of cards I've shown previously during this release:

To celebrate the new release we have a blog hop where the WMS dt's will show even more samples of what you can make with these wonderful stamps and dies and if you comment along the way you can win a stamp set of your choice - you have till at one minute to midnight GMT time (6,59 EST) August 29th to do that!
+ I know you'll be super inspired. So let's get started. You should have arrived to my blog from  Jen Cuthbertson's  blog. (If not, you can  always start the blog waltz hop over at Claire's blog.

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Have a great day and a great hop, hugs, Karin

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WMS August release previews - Day 3 : Boo and Friends, Peek a Boo sentiments and Great Big Owl

WMS August release previews day 3; Boo and Friends, Peek a Boo sentiments and Great Big Owl

Today I wish I could share the full set of Boo and Friends because I LOOOOVE  it sooo much - it has the most adorable Little ghosties - Clare is so talented!!! - you've ever seen and I just can't stop playing with this set! Good thing it is release day tomorrow and till then here are two of them - Aren't they just the sweetest!!!???

The second card I'm sharing today is from a Large set called Great Big Owl, and it is a perfect, versatile set for those of you who celebate Halloween.

It has two owls that can be combined with lots and lots of different Halloween sentiments. It also has a lot of owl details so that you can design your own owl any way you want him! So much fun!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow because it is Release day and we'll be doing a bloghop and you'll have the chance to win some goodies from this awesome release!

Now make sure you pop over to see what the other WMS ladies have created with these new sets:                                                                  

Anya Schrier Becca Feeken
Jeanne Jachna
Jen Cuthbertson
Julia Aston

Karin Åkesdotter

Kelly Schirmer

Renee Lynch

Sandie Dunne
Teresa Kline
Tosha Leyendekker

Claire Brennan

Wishing you a great day, hugs, Karin

Monday, August 25, 2014

WMS August release previews day 2

WMS August release previews day 2; Little darlings sentiments, Little darlings Images and 'Tis the Season

As you know from yesterday I'm here to share some August WMS release previews. Today it is time to introduce 2 more wonderful Baby sets and the best Christmas sentiment set ever!

First: Little darlings Images

For this card I used papaers from October Afternoon's Farmhouse.
The second card I'm sharing today is showcasing one of many  many great sentiments for cards and Projects for the new parents or parents to be:

I used a Journaling card and some stickers from Echo Park's Collection BOY for this card.

Last but not least is a card I made with the most wonderful Vintage Christmas sentiment set ever!

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See you tomorrow when I'll be back with more previews that I know you will love!

Now make sure you pop over to see what the other WMS ladies have created with these new sets:                                                                  

Anya Schrier Becca Feeken
Jeanne Jachna
Jen Cuthbertson
Julia Aston

Karin Åkesdotter

Kelly Schirmer

Renee Lynch

Sandie Dunne
Teresa Kline
Tosha Leyendekker

Claire Brennan

Have a wonderful day, hugs, Karin

The Creative Bloghop Monday Watercolors !

Hi everyone!

Recently I was invited by one of my favorite crafters and friends - super talented Miriam Prantner to be part in a bloghop called ; The Creative Bloghop. It is like a chainletter where you share answers to some questions and the invite new friends to be part of it.

Here's what I'm working on right now:

I am working on improving my watercolor skills and one way to do it is to look at other artists' work and try to practise the techniques they've been using. In my watercolor painting I'm often - or try to I should say - to be realistic but this time I wanted to get a bit more abstract. For this painting I used a painting by the amazing artist Sterling Edwards for reference.

I am a needle work teacher during the week and I try to inspire my students to be creative which is a lot of "giving" so I think that I do what I do because it is a chance for me to be creative too,  without it taking too much time or space! I hardly ever sew or knit any more which might sound strange, but I guess I get enough of it at work even if it is my students crafting and not me...

My creative process for my watercolor painting is usually me being inspired by a photo from either a Magazine or from Pinterest and then I try to rework it so that it would be good for watercolor painting. That process involves a lot of "simplyfying" which is hard and something I'm still working on improving!

Enough about me, let me introduce some super talented crafters that I love to visit for inspiration:

Hi!! I'm Melania Deasy. My friends used to call me Deasy :). I live in Surabaya, Indonesia. I love crafting and start making card from 2011. I work as a photographer specially for family and kids. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved drawing so I went to Communication Visual Design at the College. I think my life now is in the correct path. I just love my works, and it makes me really happy!

My name is Audrey Tokach. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 13 years, and I am a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful boys, ages 12 and 10.  I am an animal lover and a coffee lover.  I have always loved being artsy and creative, but it wasn't until I was expecting my oldest son that I got into paper crafting.  At first, I was a scrapbooker, and while I really enjoyed it, I didn't feel like it was a perfect fit for me.  I had tried stamping before, but it wasn't until I came across clear photopolymer stamps that I got hooked.  I started following stamping and card making blogs and placed a few online orders, and the love affair began!  I could stamp and color for hours (and often do!) I LOVE my Copic markers, but am enjoying working with other coloring mediums too.  A few years ago, I started my blog, Pink Ink Originals.  I hope you'll pop by for a visit and see what I've been up to! :)

My name is Barb Ghigliotty, although you may know me by my screen name ‘BarbGhig’. I live in central New Jersey, and have been married to my best friend Mike, for 39 years! We have 2 grown children and two sweet granddaughters. The only one left at home with us right now, is our fur-baby Movado (yes, that’s his name) who keeps us young with his unlimited energy and fun personality!

I began scrapbooking when my granddaughter Desi was born in 2006, but over time, I have found card making the most fun!  I love to play in challenges to push my creativity, and enjoy online card classes! My style is definitely ‘Clean and Simple’, but I do love to learn new techniques, such as water coloring, and try to implement them in my card making. I also love coloring images with my Copic markers.Please feel free to stop by my blog, ( anytime to say hello!

I've been exposed to arts and crafts since I was a little girl.  I won my first blue ribbon when I was 7 years old in eramics.  Later I joined 4-H and learned the basics to sewing.  I now use these skills to sew on cards, make comforters and Capri Sun bags.  I've tried my hand at macrame and counted cross stitching.  And one day I hope to learn how to knit and/or crochet, and I might even take some painting classes.  My current crafty passions include scrap booking, making polymer clay Christmas ornaments, and creating cards.  
I joined the blogging world 4 years ago to practice the skills learned in my EdTech endorsement classes.  I created my craft blog, Indy's Designs, and I have been loving all the inspiration, challenges, and products found on the Internet, not to mention all the people I've met in blogland from all over the world! 
When I'm not in my craft room or teaching 3rd graders, you can usually find me curled up with a book, out in the mountains camping, taking a walk with my hubby, or playing with my cat, Catapult. 

Have a great day, hugs, Karin

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WMS May release previews day 1 ; Vintage Baby Shower and Hello-Happy-Thanks

It feels wonderful to be back to back to share some new WMS Products! It's been a while but you are in for a treat (-:  There will be four Days filled with samples made from 8 !!! new sets that I know you will love! I'm starting off by sharing cards made from two sets called; Vintage Baby Shower and Hello-Happy-Thanks.

Vintage Baby Shower; This set has the most wonderful vintage baby images and will be perfect for not only baby shower invitations or Baby shower thank yous, but also for Welcome baby cards or other Baby Projects.

The second card I'm sharing today is a CAS card with such a fast design that I know will be using again! The sentiments in this set called Hello-Happy-Thanks, are perfect for any occasion - it's a set to come back to again and again!
For this card I used papaers from Carta Bella's Rough and Tumble. Sprinklers from Doodlebug design.
See you tomorrow when I'll be back with more previews that I know you will love!

Now make sure you pop over to see what the other WMS ladies have created with this new set:


Anya Schrier Becca Feeken
Jeanne Jachna
Jen Cuthbertson
Julia Aston

Karin Åkesdotter

Kelly Schirmer

Renee Lynch

Sandie Dunne
Teresa Kline
Tosha Leyendekker

Claire Brennan

Have a wonderful day, hugs, Karin

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Purple Onion Designs Anniversary sale!

 Between August 22nd and August 31st you can enjoy  a great sale at Purple Onion Designs - 25% off all stamps. Hurry to get your favorites right away!

For this CAS card I used a great stamp called Blooms.

Designing for Purple Onion Designs

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Watercolor from Vrångö!

Today I'm sharing a watercolor I painted on location. This is from a visit to an island called Vrångö in the Gothenburg archipelago - It is about 45 min from us with tram and boat and we love going there because it has a nice little beach where Ted can play while we relax - or paint (-; . 
I think painting outdoors is good practise for me because with  limited supplies you automatically paint faster and looser. I should remember to do it more often!

Hugs, Karin

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lawnscaping # 88 Texture anyone?

Hi Everyone!
I'm here to introduce a new challenge at Lawnscaping. This time we challenge you to make a card and incorporate a lot of texture.  This is my sample;

For my card I used stamps from this wonderful Lawn Fawn set; Critters in the Burbs. I also used LF stitched journaling card and stitched scalloped border.

Our fabulous sponsor this week is; Lawn Fawn!!! You can win a stamp set of your choice YEAH!!!

Pop over to Lawnscaping for all the info you need and to join!

Have a great day, Hugs, Karin

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Relax - It's the SUMMER !


Even if summer is almost over here in Sweden I'm  sharing a very summery card that I made for the Waltzing Mouse Stamps Inspiration blog. I used a WMS set called My Island which I absolutely LOVE. It has lots of great images and sentiments for tropical summer greetings!

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I stamped my image and the sentiments to a notebookpage diecut and added it to a large journaling card from Bo Bunny's collection Key Lime. I added some pearls and twine and voilá - couldn't be easier!

I was inspired by the challenge at Curtain Call which is called Tropical Trip and the Summer Challenge at Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge. I'm also entering it for the "anything goes" challenge at stamp and create.

Have a wonderful sunny day, hugs, Karin

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tag You're it #4

Hi everyone!!!
I'm here to introduce challenge #4  at Tag - You're it ! Here's my sample:

I used stamps  from Mama Elephant and Waltzing Mouse Stamps.This time we were inspired by this great tag by Marion Wagg - and now it is your turn to create your take on it:
For wonderful inspiration from my teamies and all the info you need to play along ;

I was inspired by the colors from  Fabulous Friday's picture and I'm entering this for the Summer Challenge at Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge .
Hope to see you there!
Hugs, Karin

Monday, August 11, 2014


Yippie - there's a new challenge at Moxie Fab World - how I've missed playing along with the Tuesday Trigger. It is called Fabulous Friday and here's the picture to be inspired by this week:

I was also inspired by the  A color scheme from Make the day Special's August challenge at A blog named hero where the challenge is called; Die a  little or a lot - and since this Hello die from Mama Elephant really is to die for - so perfect for so many occasions I thought it fitting to use!.

Have a great week everyone - for me it is back to work after the most wonderful summerbreak ever - don't think Sweden has ever had a more beautiful summer weatherwise than this.
Wish I could say I'm full of energy to start working again - guess I'll find out soon (-:


Sunday, August 10, 2014

We totally Click!

Got some crafting time this morning and was inspired by the picture at papersmooches SPARKS . I was inspired by the rolls of washitape and the workspace feeling. I used stamps from a set called We totally Click
I added glitter to the details so I could play along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge too !

Have a great Sunday, Hugs, Karin

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Enjoy Your Day!

Enjoying my days is what I've been doing the past week! We just got back from a week in Clabria - the south of Italy- and we had a fantastic time - great weather - perfect sea and pool temperatures, wonderful food and a nice holel with really sweet staff on top of that - it just couldn't have been better!

Missed my papercrafting stuff though and when I got back I had 2 new Newton's Nook stampset waiting for me and of course I was inspired - and in the right mood too - to play along with their beach challenge!

Well, there was one thing to complain about - I got spam on my blog the first and only time I opened it on the hotel computer. Therefore I haven't been able to return comments and have a lot to catch up with checking what you all have been up to!
Does anyone know how to get rid of unwanted postings in your blog reader - it's as if I'm following a German film blog that I've never heard of and that I can't find in my "following" list - very annoying!

I'm also entering this for the "Anything goes" challenge at Stamp and create and Make the day specials color challenge: I used the greens, dark pink, orange and beige from the B scheme. 

 Newton's Nook Designs | Inky Paws Challenge #12 - Beach Theme

Here are some pics from Tropea;


 Both Ted and I found time for some painting 
- will share when I have time to photograph the results!


Have a great day! Hugs, Karin