onsdag 4. juli 2018

Fun Summer Tags

Hello! This is my first blog post in a long time. I have been busy finishing my Master's thesis lately, so I have mostly just made some quick Instagram posts of the stuff I've been making in between. Anyway, some of you like to see how my paper projects are made, so here I'll explain how to make colourful tags.

Making tags is a nice way use paper scraps. Here I've used Neenah cardstock, which is great for solid stamps and ink blending. It's not meant for watercolours, but a little touch around the edges works fine.

First I die cut the tags and stamped the ocean. I've used the layering stamp from Hero Arts' June 2018 Monthly Hero Kit, but you can use any other ocean stamp, or a stencil.

Then I stamped the animals in black Versafine pigment ink. I chose bold contrast colours for the sky, and blended them onto the tag with a sponge.

The edges got a coat of Finetec gold watercolour paint, to give them a more elegant look.

I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock scraps in Versamark ink and embossed with white powder from Hero Arts. The pieces were adhered to the tags with foam tape.  

In the end I fixed the stamped images with a white gel pen and a black fineliner, as I didn't mask them off before adding the colours.

I tied some jute string to the tags for a more summery look.

Stamps: Ocean, palm tree, mermaid, sail boat, dolphin, foot prints and sentiments - Hero Arts (My Monthly Hero Kit June 2018), Animals - Cats on Appletrees

Die: Dress Up Tag - Simon Says Stamp

That's all! Easy-peasy. The final touch takes a little bit of time, but otherwise this is a painless way to make cards.

Thanks for stopping by!
Lillian :)

torsdag 15. mars 2018

Guest Design for Basteltraum #63: Frohe Ostern!

I was lucky enough to win the Gold Award in Basteltraum's challenge #60, yay! They asked me to do a guest design post for challenge #63: Spring/ Easter.

I'm hooked on the fabulous stamps from Cats on Appletrees these days. Each animal has so much expression and personality! I wanted to make a fun Easter card with soft watercolours.

First I stamped the scrabble letters in dark green pigment ink and embossed with clear powder before I masked them off and stamped the flowers in moss green pigment ink. The flowers are not embossed, as that wouldn't work with the animals I was planning to stamp over them.

The animals were stamped in black pigment ink and embossed with clear powder to make them stand out. The watercolour paper is fancy Arches lb140, which is great quality. It's not cheap, but it's easier to paint on this kind of paper and the result looks much better. In the end I fixed them with a black marker and a white gel pen where the flowers got in the way.

I chose Kuretake Gansai Tambi for the watercolouring part. I didn't want to use too many different colours, as that could overwhelm the main characters. I added some extra grass in between the flowers. The ground is supposed to look like dirty snow, just the way it looks here in early spring when the first flowers start popping up.

Hope you like the card and feel inspired to make lots of Easter cards!
Thank you so much to Ute and Basteltraum for inviting me.

Stamps: animal stamps - Cats on Appletrees, Game Tile Letters - Simon Says Stamp, Crocus Flowers - Lesia Zgharda Stamps

Happy Easter!
Lillian :)

søndag 25. februar 2018

Transparent envelope

I send a lot of snail mail. There's something special about writing long letters and sending them off in fancy envelopes to make the recipient happy! I try to come up with new ideas for how to do this in a fun way.

This time I made a transparent envelope from tracing paper. I cut it to the size I wanted and used my Martha Stewart scoring board, which has envelope directions on the backside. 

This was a bit of an experiment. Tracing paper is quite smooth, so I used pigment ink for stamping and let it dry for 24 hours. Still it wasn't completely dry. Next time I'll use embossing powder to avoid any risk of smudging, even though the heat might warp the paper a bit. 

I used strong double sided crafting tape to keep the flaps together.

The letter itself is written on good quality letter writing paper. I folded the letter and tied a green piece of ribbon around it. This gives it a more exclusive look as it shows through the envelope. Quite cool! For decoration I used a couple of fun snail mail stamps, but I tried to keep it simple, not to take too much focus away from the letter itself. And of course some wash tape for an elegant finish. 

Stamps: Inline Letters - Mama Elephant, snail mail stamps - Catslife Press 

Have a nice day!
Lillian :)

tirsdag 23. januar 2018

Cats on Appletrees: Christmas Cards with Gift Tags

I'm afraid I've neglected my blog lately, the days just don't have enough hours!
Even though I don't have much time to craft these days, I was able to cram some Christmas card making into my busy schedule in the middle of December.
Getting handmade Christmas cards in the mail is so nice!

In November I travelled to Germany and came across some lovely stamps by a company called Cats on Appletrees. They make old fashioned rubber stamps fixed to wooden blocks. The motives are solid images, mostly animals with funny expressions on their little faces. I went a bit out of control and purchased a whole load of them.

The stamps themselves are excellent quality. They stamp well and leave clean, crisp images on the paper. I have also cleaned my stamps a few times now with soap and warm water and they still look new.

For Christmas I needed several cards at the same time, so I tried keep it fairly easy, but not too simple. I spent some time coming up with a design I liked which can be used as a template and "mass produced". These cards did not require any time consuming colouring, just some colour blending with Distress Ink. The most complicated part of the process was the masking and embossing. Anyway, they are the type of cards one can make several of in one go.

The ornaments on the trees are liquid Nuvo Drops.
I used a background stamp from Simon Says Stamp to make the newspaper print. I stamped with grey Versafine pigment ink and embossed with clear powder. I love this stamp! It can be used for lots of different styles.
The coloured edge around it is die cut with a stitched rectangle die. The card base is Neenah Desert Storm cardstock.

Stamps: Animals - Cats on Appletrees, Retro Holiday Labels - Mama Elephant, Good Reading Background - Simon Says Stamp

Dies: Stitched Dress Up Tag - Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Rectangles - Simon Says Stamp

This project has been submitted to the following challenges:
Hjertebodens utfordring for desember og januar: Tradisjonelle julefarger

Have a nice day!
Lillian :)

lørdag 16. september 2017

GDT Basteltraum - Challenge #57

Last month I won the Gold Award in Basteltraum's challenge #54 - Water. Yay! I was asked to make a paper project as a guest designer for their September challenge #57 - Tic-tac-toe.

I wanted to make a fun card and chose these cute robots from Paper Smooches. The set comes with little screws and such, which gave me the idea of using them as Christmas ornaments.

The scene is one layer, I used masking paper over the images while I coloured the sky and embossed the snow.

The challenge task for September is using this tic-tac-toe board as a recipe for a paper project. I chose polka dots, cute design and stencil.

Basteltraum host such nice challenges! Their design team are super talented and you can win a gift card to the shop. This challenge will run until 15th October. You can enter one project each month. To check it out, click here!

The Christmas tree is a layering stamp from Hero Arts. I stamped the robots in grey ink and coloured with inktense pencils. The "ornaments" were stamped in Versamark and embossed with silver and gold.

The three images were masked off so I could colour the sky and emboss the snow. I used a torn piece of paper as a mask for the ground.

I stamped the poinsettia in Versamark and embossed with gold powder, then coloured with Mijello watercolours. This flower is quite big, so I cut away some leaves to make it smaller. In the end I adhered the poinsettia with foam tape for extra dimension.

Stamps: Boom Bots - Paper Smooches, Poinsettia - Hero Arts, Color Layering Christmas Tree - Hero Arts, text stamp from Gummiapan

Stencil: Snowfall - My Favorite Things

Thanks for stopping by!
Lillian :)

tirsdag 22. august 2017


Her har jeg faktisk laget et Halloween-kort. Halloween er ikke en dag jeg selv har et forhold til, men det er et festlig tema for morsomme papirprosjekter. Da jeg så disse artige stemplene ble jeg fristet til å lage et kort.

Jeg begynte med å stanse ut stjernene i akvarellpapir og laget en maskering til månen. Himmelen er malt med Distress Ink og svamp.

Figurene er stemplet på akvarellpapir. Jeg liker å bruke tykkere papir til detaljer som skal klippes ut slik at de ikke brekker så lett, her har jeg brukt luksuspapiret Fabriano. Jeg hadde noen rester til overs, slike er fine å bruke til små figurer.

Akvarellpapiret er festet på gullkartong slik at den synes gjennom stjernene. Jeg knyttet et sløyfebånd rundt dette stykket før jeg limte det på selve kortet. Figurene er festet med foam tape.

Stempler: Boo - Waffle Flower

Dies: Starburst Cover - Mama Elephant

Jeg har sendt dette kortet til følgende utfordringer:
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb: #136 - Fargeutfordring - BLÅ
Stamping Sensations: August - Anything Goes 
Scrappelyst: Utfordring for august - Forbokstav (Produkt: lim - L)
Kreativ Scrapping: Utfordring #8 - Stempel
Papirplaneten: #20 August - Alt er lov
Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday - July 2017

Ha en fin dag!
Lillian :)

mandag 21. august 2017

Watercolour Sympathy Card

This is a fairly quick watercolour card I made the other day when I needed a card for someone who lost a close family member. I wanted something a bit serious and grown-up, but not too dark. I went for a slightly romantic look and chose purple and green, which makes a lovely combination.

I started by stamping the Romantic Script background stamp on watercolour paper in grey dye ink. Then I stamped the flowers in Versamark and embossed with silver powder.

In the end the script in the background is barely visible, but it's there and it makes a nice detail.

I taped the piece down with masking tape and sprayed lots of water on it. I used a wet brush to pick up the watercolour and dabbed it on the wet paper.

The watercolour piece is taped to a piece of grey shimmery cardstock with stitched edges. The sentiment is adhered with foam tape.

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia - W plus 9, Romantic Script - MFT, text stamp - Kreativ Hobby

Die: Stitched Rectangles - Simon Says Stamp

I have submitted this card to the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations: August - Anything Goes
Scrappelyst: Utfordring for august - Forbokstav (Produkt. lim - L)
Papirlosjen: Utfordring juli/ august - Alt er lov
Kreativ scrapping: Utfordring #8 - Stempel
Papirplaneten: August - Alt er lov

Have a nice day!
Lillian :)