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The challenge on the Just Magnolia blog is distressing this week, so how could I resist entering? 🙂 It is my first time joining in this challenge, but I’m sure it won’t be my last! I used this week’s gorgeous sketch on the Truly Scrumptious blog.

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This photo doesn’t show it but the snow flake (a Nestie die) has a coat of Crackle Accent on the Broken China distress ink and it looks really cool IRL. The image is coloured with Distress Inks.


There is a lot of distressing, all papers are inked and scraped for a worn look.



papers –  unknown cardstock and Basic Grey’s Figgy Pudding patterned paper

stamps – Magnolia, Reprint (sentiment), Prima (frame around the text on the back of the card)

Inks – Distress inks (Broken China, Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Weathered Wood), Versafine (Black) and Versamark embossing pad

Other – Nestabilities (Snowflake die, Labels 1), Cuttlebug, Crackle Accent, lace from stash, half pearl, clear embossing powder.

Thanks so much for looking.

Ciao tutti!


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Some days I feel like this non-stop heat will be the death of me. But I also know that once summer is over I’ll be complaining about the cold, rain and wind, so there’s no pleasing me, is there? 😉

Despite the mind-numbing temps we’ve been having I managed to find it within myself to make a Christmas card. Crazy, isn’t it? I mean, it’s JULY. But Novmber will be here sooner than we’d like to think and I just don’t want to panic like I did last year.


Friday Sketchers had a wonderful sketch and I just had have a go at it.


Stamps: Stämpelboden (reindeer), HOTP (text)

Papers: Basic Grey Wassail, Bazzill

Brads: HOTP

Ink: Distress inks

Other: Spellbinders Snowflake die, Cuttlebug.

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Christmas cards

Merry Christmas everyone!

As we’ve already celebrated Christmas yesterday, this is a day to rest, have fun and eat leftovers. And for me it is a perfect time to update my poor, neglected blog while the kids are napping!

Here are a few christmas cards I made this year:kort-dec-08-010_editedkort-dec-08-015_edited

Hope you’re enjoying the season and thanks for stopping by!

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I have been so bad about blogging lately, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! In fact, I have many projects that I’m working on simultaniously, but it is slow going getting them finished. I am making a set of 20 Christmas cards for a friend, a mini album for mom for Christmas, 3 different scrapbook LOs, 3 kiddie birthday cards, not to mention that I haven’t made our own Christmas cards yet- so yeah, I’m busy! 😀

I decided to take a break today and do something just for me, for fun. I haven’t done a Splitcoast sketch challenge in forever and this sketch from last week just called out to me! LOL! Here’s what I made.


Take care, everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

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Last weekend I managed to finish a couple more cards for World Cardmaking Day. Man, I had such a BLAST getting these done on time.

Here’s one for the technique lovers’ challenge on Splitcoast. The challenge was to make a nested flower, using whatever you had on hand. I chose to use patterned paper (yes, chicken, I know… LOL) and I LOVE how it turned out. I am definitely going to make more of these flowers in the future.

I cuttlebugged the background paper using my new and fabulous d’vine swirls embossing folder. I cut out the leaves and blades of grass. Everything is distressed and inked, and I am pleased with the result.

Next up was a challenge to use a tree image. Well, I have no tree stamps (another thing that needs to be corrected ASAP) so I used a public domain image again. A christmas card seemed to be the obvious thing to do, so I did. I used Cosmo Cricket paper here.

The week has been pretty busy so I gave up trying to finish all the challenges for Creative Scrappers, no matter how tempting they were. There are limits to how much one can neglect one’s kids… LOL!

Hope you enjoyed looking at my cards!

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I had a fantastic day yesterday, feverishly making cards for challenges on two different forums – Splitcoast and Creative Scrappers. And I’m still not done! Thank goodness I have until Monday night to finish 4 more cards for Splitcoast and until the 12th to finish 24 (yes, 24 !!!) cards for Creative Scrappers. Holy crap, how will I find the time? There were awesome prizes doled out on Splitcoast during the day, but I wasn’t the lucky recipient of any. Oh well. I had so much fun making these, that it hardly matters.

So I got 5 cards done.

The first was a sketch challenge on Creative Scrappers

So made this a Christmas card:

It’s really sparkly in real life, because I used stickles on the snowflakes and on the sentiment. The red panel is embossed with my spanking new cuttlebug and a d’vine folder.

The next card I made was also for Creative Scrappers (they started the challenges bright and early for me, whereas I had to wait until 5pm to start on the Splitcoast challenges) and it was a sketch with buttons. Sometimes i feel like I’m button challenged, I never seem to find the right place to put them, so a sketch is just up my alley!

And here’s what I did with this: a kiddie birthday card.

My beloved Cuttlebug came into use again for the swiss dots on the yellow panel and for cutting the sentiment with my new Nesties. Can you tell I only have the oval Nestabilities so far? 😀 At 90 euro a set you better believe that I’m getting them one set at a time! 😉 The buttons took forever to sew to the card, but I guess it was necessary if this is going to end up as a kid’s birthday card, huh?

The next card was for Splitcoast and it was a sketch challenge. I love sketch challenges, I sometimes struggle to balance the card nicely and a sketch comes in handy.

I flipped it over to make a tall card and made another Christmas card.

I have realized, to my immense horror, that I have no Christmas theme stamps. Not a single one! This really has to change… 😉 Anyway, I used a free public domain image here, cuttlebugged the background with the d’vine embossing folder, distressed and inked the edges of the image panel and there you have it. I really like how it turned out, even without a stamped image!

The next challenge was Featured Stamper, where a cardmaker was picked out and the challenge is to find a card in her gallery and CASE it, changing just a few details to fit your needs. This was the Featured Stamper:

sherrylc05 and I picked this card to CASE.

I obvioiusly changed a few details, like the pink paper, the ticket punched corners, the brad placement, the stamped sentiment, the inked edges, but all in all I think it resembles the original in many other ways, like the use of black paper, the theme, the sentiment, the lace. I’m so pleased with how this turned out and I had a specific recipient in mind for this. 🙂

My last card for the night (by then it was way past midnight and this gal was t-i-r-e-d ! ) was the Inspiration Challenge. This catalog cover was used and we were to make a card inspired by it.

This is what I made and I must say that using these colours made me so happy! I am still mourning the end of summer, but now I feel a little better about it… 🙂

I was so inspired by that orange-yellow! I also loved the leaves on the image and I found these leaves in my stash, in reality they’re yellow-brown, but it doesn’t show here in the photo. I got this raffia in a craft store recently and thought it would go nicely here. The eyelets are Making Memories. The stamped flourishes around the image panel are made with a Heidi Grace stamp and Color Box ink in chestnut roan to complement the various yellow/orange shades used to ink up the panel.

Well, there you have my five cards from yesterday! I am so looking forward to completing the other challenges this week and since the kids are napping right now, I really should take advantage of the free time! Ciao tutti and thanks for looking!

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