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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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We’re back from a week in Geneva, Switzerland and although it’s been a fantastic vacation, I have missed my scrap stuff. It is such a big part of almost each and every day for me. Of course the kids have taken turns running really high fevers since we got back, just to make it a little harder for me to have some therapy time at my scrap table (well, dining room table, but whatever)… 😉

I wanted to make a thank you card for our friends who put us up in Geneva and I also wanted to participate in the Thinking Inking classes held over at 2 Peas in a Bucket. So.

Here’s what I made.

2009_07_02_4467 copyI inked the cardstock with Dried Marigold (distress ink) then placed some punched flowers in the bottom and inked over the whole thing with Broken China ink. I then took some Perfect Pearls powder and water on a brus and flicked it over. I attached the flower, made the leaves, stamped the sentiment and that’s it. Easy and quick and I think it turned out kind of nice. A bit darker than I planned, but whatever.

Oh, the frame around the photo? Downloaded for free from the awesome Kristine from her blog where she also has some Photoshop tutorials that are fabulous! And her cards? Stunning. Check it out for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by!

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I took these pics of my girl back in March and thought I’d use them to write a little about our favourite park here in Grottaferrata. It’s so worn down, most things are broken, yet it’s the one closest to us, it’s sort of cozy and we spend many mornings there. As our time in Italy is nearing its end I feel the need to document more about our life here.




Paper:  Generic cardstock, Crate Paper
Stamps: Prima Build-a-Frame and Build-a-Swirl, Inque Boutique (title)
Inks: Versacolor Black, Distress inks (Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmelade, Fired Brick)
Other: Cuttlebug and swirl die, Photoshop Elements (photo strip), Prima flowers, brads

Thanks for looking!

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I just found this new sketch blog, called Twisted Sketches and I just had to play along with their first sketch. The twist to this sketch was that one had to use ribbon (or such, I used lace).


And here’s my interpretation of the sketch. I flipped it over to suit my photo.

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I just love this paper from 29th Street Market. The green gingham paper is from my old stash (like really old, one of the first papers I ever bought, about 3-4 years ago) and since I am challenging myself to use up my old stash, so there you go. The book page is from an old book I bought at a market place in Rome. And of course there is a LOT of inking with Distress Inks, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

The title of the LO is The Age of Innoncence, because that is what I think of when I look at my two babies, so totally fascinated by the small things in life, such as these flowers. I am already feeling nostalgic about the day when they will no longer take the time to sit down on a field of flowers and study them, admire them, smell them and then bring me a handful of them, saying: these are for you mommy.

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Here are a few cards that I made in May, but forgot to show here.


I had help with this first one. My son, Oliver (3.5 yo), wanted to make a card for his grandma who is recovering from a complicated knee surgery. He proceeded to punch out the hearts and flowers, paint them with acrylic paints and glue them to the panel that I had prepared for him. Isn’t that just amazing, considering his age? Maybe I’m biased, but I do think I might have a future crafter in him… 🙂 He has so much fun doing crafty things and loves watching me do them too. It’s adorable.


The image on this one is a stamp from Stämpelboden. I’ve coloured it with Distress inks, which I’m still learning how to do, so obviously the result is such as it is. I’ve used an embossing folder on the base card and inked over it with distress inks to bring out the pattern more.


I liked how the embossed pattern looked on the inside of the card, so I didn’t cover it up when I decorated it.


The backside is very simple. The stamp around the text is from Prima. I have a love thing for Prima’s stamps. 🙂

The last card I have to show today was for my husband’s brand new niece. Unfortunately it seems to have gotten lost in the mail so they never received it. Very disappointing, obviously.


It’s another z-card, which I learned from SaSsa’s blog (link is in a post below). The teddybear is coloured with Koh-I-Noor pencils and a Dove blender pen.


The tag has a poem about babies written on it. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey. The stamped frame is from Prima, of course. 😉

Now I need to figure out if I’ll make another similar card for the baby or something totally different. I really do want to make another card though, as having a new baby is such an important event and I want her to one day know how happy we were welcome her to the family. And I am dying to see her! We are going to visit them in Poland in August if everything works out as we plan.

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I needed a birthday card and I decided to play along the sketch challenge on the Friday Sketchers blog. The card is for a baby, but I have decided that I am utterly incapable of making a decent looking traditional card for a baby, so I am just going to stick with what I like.




The Tilda image is coloured with Koh-I-Noor pencils and a Dove blender pen. The flower stamp is coloured with distress inks. All edges are distressed with Antique Linen ink. There is stickles on the flowers, the bling on them is from Heidi Swapp.  The frame around the text on the back of the card is a stamp from Prima. Oh, by the way, I am having such a blast with my new Spellbinders Labels dies!

Thanks for looking!

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I made these for my mother for her birthday. I am quite pleased with how they came out, it doesn’t show well on the photos but they glimmer a lot IRL.



I used some new stamps from Prima that I got recently, they are heat embossed for added texture. I’ve also used Prima flowers, some scraps of paper that I’ve inked with Distress inks, a seashell found on the beach where the photo was taken and lots and lots of Stickles.

Thnks for looking!

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