Tuesday, June 27, 2017

CAS card - a little birdie ....

Hi everyone!

My stamp company is sponsoring the CASology challenge blog this week as well! It was such fun seeing the entries last week, when the cue word was 'house'. Have a looksie here if you missed it.

The CASology cue word this week is FLY, and here is the card I made with stamps from Rubber Dance:


My card is featuring stamps from the new set called Whimsical Summer, designed for Rubber Dance by Donna Gray ♥
I have also used the twig from Mama Owl, designed by Melina Dahl ♥, and the sentiment from the set called A little birdie ... You can see all the new stamps here if you like.


To join the CASology challenge,
jump over to their blog.
You have until Monday 3rd of July to enter.
The winner will get a whole sheet of stamps from Rubber Dance!

♥ Have fun and good luck! ♥


I'm entering my card to this challenge as well:
That's Crafty! Keep it Simple

This one runs till Friday 7th of July.





Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Clean House - CAS cards


Hi everyone!

Just a quick post today to let you know that my stamp company is sponsoring the CASology challenge blog this week!

Their cue word this time is HOUSE, and here are two cards I made with stamps from Rubber Dance:


 
This house and the hill stamp, and many more, are on sale this week.


To join the CASology challenge,
jump over to their blog.

The winner will get a whole sheet of stamps from Rubber Dance! 


♥ Have fun and good luck! ♥









Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Deep Sea Diva - Cards for That's Crafty!


Hi everyone!

That's Crafty! has launched two new stamp sets designed by Donna Gray! I have had the pleasure to work with these stamps a bit ahead of time and so far I've made the three cards below. To see many more sample cards with these beautiful stamps, pop over to That's Crafty's blog for a look.

I LOVE everything beach and sea, so I'll make more cards with these stamps when time permits. But for now, here go you - my first three cards using stamps from the Deep Sea Diva collection:




 


Here are the two sets. 
These clear stamps are both available in the That's Crafty web shop






Full Disclosure: Yes, I am affiliated with That's Crafty! and the designer of these stamps, Donna Gray, is a very good friend of mine. She's designing stamps for my own rubber stamp company as well. That's Crafty! gave me these two stamp sets to make sample cards. They also carry stamps from my company, Rubber Dance, which you can find in their web shop here. They will be addding more stamps from Rubber Dance soon (I'm working on their order as we speak; ready to ship later this week!)

I had great fun making these sample cards
and I hope you like them.

Thanks for looking!


 






Monday, May 15, 2017

Rule of Three - Rubber Dance Challenge


Hi everyone!

I would like to invite you to join our challenge over at Rubber Dance, where the theme is Rule of Three. You can make anything where you use three things - see our challenge post for more info. I've used three flowers on this card:

 
The flowers are from a set of stamps called Beki from That's Crafty!
Text and smaller stamps from Rubber Dance.


Join us over at the Rubber Dance blog!
You have until midnight CET on May 31st to join.

http://rubberdance.blogspot.no/2017/05/rubber-dance-theme-challenge-may.html



Thanks for looking!


Saturday, May 06, 2017

Gold Embossed Butterflies


Hi everyone!

Just a quick post to show you the card I made for the challenge reminder over at Rubber Dance blog today:


Background made with texture paste and a stencil, then coloured with Distress Ink Sprays and randomly stamped with tiny stamps. I used the same colours of ink spray on a piece of watercolour paper and gold embossed two of the butterflies from Butterfly Trio. The gold embossed text was made with stamps from Beautiful Words, a set full of words you can put together and spell your own sentences. 


You have until May 14th to enter.
Come join us!  


Here are the colours we want you to use:

http://rubberdance.blogspot.no/2017/05/may-colour-challenge.html 




Thanks for looking!



I would like to enter my card this challenge as well:
 
That's Crafty!: Bright!
For this challenge, we only have one requirement - your entries need to be bright please!
This challenge runs intil
7.55 am (GMT), Friday 12th May 2017

Friday, May 05, 2017

Funny Bunny - Masked Stamping


Hi everyone! I hope you like my silly card :-)

Card intro:
Claire couldn't quite put her finger on it, but for some reason she had always suspected that she might have been adopted ...

Stamp from the Bonny Bunny set, designed by Donna Gray for Rubber Dance
20 % off on both new sets until Monday (May 8th). All info is here.

I stamped three bunnies in the front, masked them off and stamped the two in the back, masked those off and stamped the final top bunny. All bunnies were coloured in using Zig watercolour markers, which I LOVE. I have never liked using markers, until I tried these. (I'm not sponsored by anyone to say that, I really do love'em!). I used them together with a waterbrush here and there. Anyway -  I wanted missis Claire to stand out more, so I stamped her on another piece of watercolour paper, coloured her in and cut out the image, leaving a thin white line around the image. Text was made on my computer and printed out.  




Thanks for looking!





Thursday, May 04, 2017

Speak No Evil - Owl Tag for Fremsnakk

This is my second post for today. The first one is here.


Hi everyone!

This post is written to support an ongoing "Talk Positively About Someone" campaign in Norway, hosted by the Nordsalten Hobbyklubb Blog. In Norwegian we have a relatively new word, Fremsnakk - which is the opposite of Baksnakk, which means slander, or literally translated "Back Talk" - to speak negatively about someone behind their back. So the opposite of that is to talk positively about someone, and let people know :-)

It's a very sad story why this campaign came about, after a Norwegian crafter blogged about her having been bullied in the crafting community. I know, shocking! I don't know that many crafters in Norway and I haven't witnessed any of the bullying and slander - all I know is this one person speaking up about it, and one person being bullied is one too many.

We all have a story, we all struggle with something or the other - some of us just hide it better than others, and that's OK too. Just as long as we know that we have no rights to judge a book by its cover. People are so much more than what we can see.
 

If someone slanders, do you listen?

Or are you wise like the second owl?




Below is the stamp I used. I stamped the images on watercolour paper, cut the images apart, and used the first and second owl, plus pieces of the branch. The images were coloured in using Zig watercolour makers. I made the texts on my computer.

http://www.rubberdance.com/owl-do-good



This zentangle stamp was designed by Melina Dahl in Sweden for Rubber Dance and it's a a tweak on The Three Wise Monkeys, who saw no evil, heard no evil, and spoke no evil. To me that includes "don't slander"; it means that if I hear any slander, I try to shut my ears to it (hear no evil), and I certainly don't spread any slander (speak no evil). It also means that I try my best to "close my eyes" to any negative sides of a person, and rather open my eyes to their positive sides - we all have many of those :-)


Besides - what you might not like about someone, is perhaps the very reason why I like that person, and vice versa. I like people who are straight forward and brutally honest, whereas other people might find them rude. I might be drawn to people with a peculiar sense of humour, you might find them silly or weird. We might also have a very different taste when it comes to arts and crafts;  what I like might not be your cup of tea - and the other way around. And that's OK! As long as we remember this:



Now, let's get back to the main reason for this post - my support the campaign called Fremsnakk, i.e. "to talk positively about someone". I know I can get better at giving compliments and telling people why I love this or that about them or something they do or have made. I might think to myself that I really like her or what she says/does/makes...., but people aren't mind readers, so let's all get better at giving one another compliments! :-) Not just in comments we leave on blogs (which is very nice, too!), but also in person - face to face, it being friends or strangers.

So - today I want to Fremsnakke a Norwegian crafter who I had the pleasure of meeting last year. We had emailed back and forth after I had joined one of her crafters' groups on Facebook, and she also appeared as a Guest Designer on my company's blog, (see her post here). She is extremely talented, very sweet, has an awesome sense of humour, and she has that straight forwardness people from Northern Norway is known for, which I really like.

So who's that girl? Her name is Jorunn Langås Andreassen and her blog is here. Go have a look! I don't know if there is anything this woman can't make - she makes everything from tags, ATC's and cards to scrapbook pages and 3D decorations. Here is just a tiny selection of things Jorunn has made:







And last, but not least - this greeting inside a card:

 
Bottom text is in Norwegian and reads:

You are worthy
because you are you

Always remember that!!


Thanks for stopping by today
Now it's your turn to give compliments to someone,
either face to face or in writing.
Words matter. Speak well of one another,
and of yourself



Sale - New Stamps!

This is my first post for today, the second one is here


Hi everyone!

As most of my readers know by now, I own the stamp company Rubber Dance. Over at our blog today, you will find a RELEASE SALE on two new sets of rubber stamps, designed for Rubber Dance by my very dear friend Donna Gray!
I'm so happy and excited!! :-)

If that doesn't tickle your curiosity, how about this sneak peek ....

http://rubberdance.blogspot.com/2017/05/release-sale-stamps-by-donna-gray.html 

Pop over to our blog and let us know what you think! 
These are Donna's very first designs for Rubber Dance
and I know she's looking forward to your feedback!



Thanks for looking!





Rubber Dance Blog:
Rubber Dance Web Shop:




Monday, May 01, 2017

May's First Challenge!


Hi everyone!

I'm just popping in real quick today to let you know we have a new challenge over at the Rubber Dance blog, running from May 1st to May 14th. Come join us!


I haven't had time to make an inpiration card this time,
but here is a beauty from our teamie Dot in Australia:


You'll find more inspiration pretties on our blog,
and all the info you need to join our challenge as well.
See you there? 


Thanks for looking!
I'll be back on May 4th with something else for ya .... , stay tuned! :)




 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Join our Splash Challenge!


Hi everyone!

We have a new fortnightly challenge over at my company's blog where we ask you to use Black & White + One colour of your choice. Here is the card I made:




For my card I have used two of the new butterflies from Butterfly Trio (which is on sale until Tuesday, by the way), and a sentiment from Beautiful Words. I stamped the biggest butterfly onto cardstock and coloured it in using the Zig watercolour markers. I masked it before adding all the splashes (Distress ink spray). The other butterfly was coloured in the same way, then cut out leaving a thin white border. I curled the wings around a pen, glued  the body on top of the other butterfly, then coloured both their bodies with some blue glitter glue. Tomorrow I'll be giving this card to a dear friend of mine who loves butterflies!! She'll get the butterfly stamp set I used as well - well, not the one I used but a new one, of course! :-)


http://rubberdance.blogspot.no/2017/04/rubber-dance-theme-challenge-april.html


You'll find all the details you need about our challenge here. I hope you'll join us! :-)



Thanks for looking!



Sunday, April 02, 2017

Join our Challenge!


Hello everyone! I hope you have more time to create than I have had lately, and if your mojo is inspired by the colour combination below - come join the challenge over at Rubber Dance! You have until April 14th to enter and you don't have to use stamps from Rubber Dance - any stamps will do! :-)  For all the info you need, click here.

http://rubberdance.blogspot.no/2017/04/april-colour-challenge.html

I haven't made anything for our challenge this time, but if you go to the challenge over at Rubber Dance, you'll see some marvellous makes by the Creative Team to inspire you!

It's been all work and no play for me lately, but I'm not complaining! I love my job as a stamp manufacturer and I'm of course grateful that our customers keep me so busy! :-) I plan to take today off (I often have great plans ...), so maybe I'll get an opportunity to get some ink on my fingers. It's a sunny day, though, so I want to plant out some flowers while I have the chance. But who knows, there might be time for both - creating indoors and outdoors :-)

Anyway - pop over to our challenge post and look at the fab inspiration makes by the teamies!!



Wishing you a lovely day,




Monday, March 13, 2017

Rubber Dance Blog Hop


Hello there!

In celebration of my stamp company's new web shop, we invite you to our blog hop - with prizes to win! 
 

A new web shop needs some new stamps, of course :-) 
 Susanne has designed another beautiful sheet of stamps in her Textured Stamps series.   
Textured Spring is a 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inches) sheet full of gorgeous images:

http://www.rubberdance.com/textured-spring


Below is the card I made for our blog hop, using several stamps from Textured Spring and the stars from Textured Flowers. See what I have done to the lamb? I cut her head off so I could put it back at a different angle and I gave her feet as well (ideas by DT Gail - thank you, darlin'!). Notice the sleeping lamb, hiding between the flowers. I changed her eye so it looks as if she's sleeping - after counting sheep .....  
(No animals were harmed in the making of this card).



We have more new stamps in store for you - check them out on the Rubber Dance blog below.

Would YOU like to win stamps from Rubber Dance?
I bet you do! ;)

Prize # 1: One whole sheet of stamps of your own choice! See them all here.
Prize # 2: Any 3 single stamps of your own choice! See them all here.

To be in the prize draw, the only thing you have to do is: leave comments! Leave some love on the all the team blogs and on the Rubber Dance blog. (But hey, if you want to follow my blog as well, you're more than welcome to! ;-) This is not necessary to be in the prize draw, though!) 

Commenting is from today until Sunday, March 19, 23:55 CET. We'll announce the winners on April 5 in the March Challenges Winners post, so be sure to follow the Rubber Dance blog.


Ready to hop?

 Start here: Rubber Dance Blog

Sue
Bibi (you are here)
 Yasmina 


Thank you for hopping along with us
and good luck in the draw! 




Thursday, March 09, 2017

Tulip Card and Stamp Sale!


Hi everyone! I'm just popping in real quick to show you a card I made with some of the brand new stamps from Rubber Dance. If you're interested in seeing all the new stamps - visit the Rubber Dance blog where we're having a release sale on the new stamps. There are flowers and chickens and eggs, some adorable zentangle owls - and more!


I stamped the flowers from Textured Spring on watercolour paper with waterproof, black ink.
After colouring them in with ZIG watercolour markers, I cut them out and placed them in a bouquet on my background, which I had decorated with some colourful splatters here and there.
"Spring" was made using my good ol' Dymo label maker, I doodled the frame around it and the border at the bottom of the card. 

Tip: Place the cut out images on your background without gluing them down, move them around until you're happy with how it looks. Take a photo! Then you can take the images off your background and adhere them one by one, using your photo as a reference. 


For a few days you'll get 15 % off your order of any of the new stamps!
Go to the Rubber Dance blog for more info :-)


Thanks for looking!

 





Monday, February 20, 2017

Black is the New White


My friend Donna posted a stunning card on That's Crafty's blog the other day (see her card here), where the main panel is black instead of white. WOW! I had forgotten how beautiful a black card can be!

So, on my day off on Sunday I wanted to make a black card, too ... but I didn't know what or how or ...  Solution: I looked at my fave challenge blogs and browsed through Paper Playful as well to see if there were any challenges that would kick-start my idle muse. Oh boy, did she ever get kicked! I had to stop browsing after I had found SEVEN challenges I wanted to combine! I wrote them down so I wouldn't have to remember them all (my Post-It notes stick so much better than my memory ...).

I use my work table when I mix paints....best palette ever!

See if you can spot all the challenges:

 I white embossed the flowers and coloured them with alcohol markers,
same with frame around the card.


Layers: Check!
Sketch: Check!
Bingo: Check! (Black, Dies, Ribbon. Die cuts are the orange and blue rectangles)
Something new: The cone flower stamp from Penny Black is one I've had for an eon and a half; but the die cuts are brand new - they came in the mail last week and I hadn't even placed them in my die cuts organizing thingie yet.
Fave tool: Heat gun, by a long shot! (<--- no weapon pun intended). I use it not just for heat embossing like I've done here, more often for speed drying whatever I'm working on since patience isn't something I willingly practise .....
Ribbon or Lace: I don't use either that much, but I have a huge selection of ribbons from back in the days when I used them quite often, I even subscribed to a monthly ribbon club! I don't have that much lace - which is really why I use ribbon, if anything :)
30 minutes or less: Un-check, more like 300 minutes! :-O

I'm entering my card to only six challenges, then:

Rubber Dance: Layers
Penny Black: Use something new (+ a PB product)
Simon Says: Fave tool - heat gun * Rats, missed the deadline!
Fab'n'Funky: Bingo - black, die-cuts, ribbon
As You Like It: Ribbon or Lace + Why?
Cheerful Sketches: February sketch:
http://cheerfulsketcheschallenge.blogspot.no/2017/02/februari.html

Thank you for all the fun challenges, folks!
And thanks to Donna for inspiring me to make a black card!


Last but not least: 
Thank YOU for looking! ♥

  

Edited: This card was picked as one of the DT faves at Penny Black. Thank you so much!