Saturday, 26 May 2018

Allsorts - Insects, bugs, bees and butterflies

Time for a new challenge at Allsorts - this time it is to feature bugs, bees or butterflies on your creation.
I used lady bugs from Magnolia and made a gift tag. I coloured them with distress ink and put glossy accents on the hearts and stickles on the lace (why there is lace on a lady bug I have no idea) but you can't really tell from the photo, you just have to take my word for it :)
We've got a lovely stamp sheet from Rare Earth for a lucky winner.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Allsorts - Happy Birthday

Morning all, time for a new challenge at Allsorts and not just any challenge, it is our 9th Birthday challenge.

The theme is of course

Happy Birthday

Anything to celebrate a Birthday; a card, journal page, gift bag or box, something you are giving as a gift. So many options and we look forward to seeing what you create.

A special Birthday deserves some special prizes and we have nine of them including a store voucher from Craft Obsessions, that's one for every year.

And....................Brenda even says there may be a few more winners drawn as well, over the months a few prizes have gone unclaimed so this seems like a perfect time to send them to new homes

My DT contribution is a card with embossed background, decorated with ribbon in teal and silver, quite fitting for a male I would think. The lighting of the card is horrible, I know, luckily the brighter - and warmer - season is here at last to make photographing easier :)

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Allsorts - In the pink

This week at Allsorts it's Susan's turn to host and she chose In the pink as a theme. 
I made a gift bag, die cut the upper edge, made my own coloured paper with distress inks in Victorian Velvet, shaded lilac and Tumbled Glass and sprayed it all with perfect pearls. I hade to glue the pearls to make them look casually spread :)

Sunday, 6 May 2018

GDT Penny Black & More

There's a new challenge at Penny Black & More this month and since it's a sister challenge to us at Allsorts we take turns to be guest designers and during May it's my turn. The theme is Anything goes and I used Penny Black stitched flowers, stamped it first on the card and then once again to layer some of the petals. It doesn't show all that well on the card but fortunately it does in real life - otherwise the work would have been in vain :)

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Allsorts - Fancy folds

This week at Allsorts Mervi set the challenge to Fancy folds. So I went to it and folded a gable gift box, covered the sides with blue design paper and decorated it with a musical die cut. 
We are sponsored by Digistamp Boutique and Marianne Design, you don't want to miss out!

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Allsorts - Animals

Since it's National Pet Awareness month and RSPCA week Brenda wants us at Allsorts to feature a pet on our projects. Since I'm a cat person I went for cats, played around with the distress inks to make a background and finished off the card with a sentiment from Penny Black.

We have two animal inspired prizes this week, the first a new Woodware cat stamp and the second a collection of three sweet animal stamps.

Woodware stamp
Three smaller animal stamps

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Allsorts - Use pearls

This week at Allsorts it's my turn to host the challenge and I want you to Use pearls. I had a small jewellery box in rather vivid colours so I decided to paint it with white gesso and acrylic paint, distress the edges and put flowers, pearls and a ribbon on it. Suits me more now :)

And this is how it looked before the transformation...

We are sponsored this week by Marianne Design.

Other challenges:
I am roses - anything goes (using all roses, rosebuds and pearl string)

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Allsorts - Spring flowers or showers

This week at Allsorts Ellie set the theme to Spring flowers or showers. I went for showers and made a cover for a chocolate box. I paper-pieced the umbrella in the same paper as the cover. Really wish it would actually rain cause that would make the snow go away. The bottom layer is all icy so it feels like it will never melt away...

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Allsorts - be there or be square

This week at Allsorts  Kath wants us to use squares on our creations, just making the card square isn't enough.
So I made squares on squares :) using a Stampin Up stamp and sentiment. Distressed a background in lilac and turquoise.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018


There's a new challenge at Scraphuset this month - to lift (be inspired by) this layout. 

I liked the colours and the banners so I decided to use those elements for a candy box. I started with an empty box I had saved cause I liked the sturdy shape and the gold edges.

Covered it with some design paper and then I decorated it with handmade flowers, a banner, string and pearls.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Allsorts - new beginnings

This week at Allsorts Tracy wants us to use the theme New beginnings. I made a card for someone moving to a new home, using the supercute image from Lili of the Valley. 
Sponsor is Digistamp Boutique and we also have an extra prize in form of a stamp set called Wedding day.
Image result for cris-wed crafters companion stamp set

Other challenges:

Sweet stampin challenge: bingo (I went for sentiment, flower, cute)
I am Roses challenge - Anything goes

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Allsorts - black and white only

Just came home from Catania, Sicily yesterday. Been there a week with my Erasmus project partners at school. Weather was less fun than expected (last week they had very warm, the next week they will again, but this week was cloudy, rainy and cold - of course...) Oh well, we got lots of work done, saw lovely sights and views and had a wonderful time together.

This week at Allsorts Wendy wants us to use black and white only on our creations, you can still use images cause skin colours are ok, but apart from that it's black and white only.
I made a tag using a new text stamp set I got from e-bay recently. It took a couple of stampings to make the word YOU really black. So glad I made my own stamping buddy. The big butterfly is actually a placement card meant to be put on a glass, I bought a whole pack cause I liked the lasercut wing.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Allsorts - bring on the bling

This week at Allsorts Tracy wants us to bring on the bling in our creations. I made a gift set with a bag and a box, same glittery silver paper on both but the photo filter on the bag makes it look softer :)
Handmade foamiran flowers and a feather for the bag and a die cut and a silver snowflake for the box. The glitter paper are decoration in itself.

We are sponsored by Bildresultat för little claire designs

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Allsorts - fairy tales or nursery rhymes

This week at Allsorts Ellie wants us to be inspired by fairy tales or nursery rhymes in our creations. I used part of the nursery rhyme Rock a bye baby together with an image from LotV to create a gift tag for a baby girl.
 One lucky winner this week will get two adorable fairytale stamps from our sponsor Bee Crafty.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Allsorts - Ladies only

The theme at Allsorts this week is Ladies only and we don't mean that only ladies can join but that we want the creations to be feminine.

I made a tag and distressed it so that it wouldn't be so girly, but more aged, like for a grown woman. Not that I'm saying that when girls grow up they look rough around the edges :) I've just turned 50 myself so I know that is not true :)

We are sponsored by

and we also have an extra prize in the form of a stamp sheet from Kaiserkraft. Hop over to the challenge blog to check it out.

Other challenges:

Friday, 2 March 2018

Birthday card

Showing off the birthday card I did for the director of our chorus Snowflake singers. Scraphuset has a challenge themed spring and I figured the soft handmade foamiran flowers - yes I burned my fingers on the iron more than once... - would suit perfectly.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Allsorts - I spy...

This week at Allsorts, Brenda is challenging us to include something beginning with the letter B on our creations.

I chose B for Baby, Blue pearls and Bear costume and made a card in orange tones, totally outside my comfort zone but I'm still rather pleased with the outcome.


We have two prizes so there will be two winners, a Tim Holtz die 'B' for Birds and Birdcage and a set of Tattered Lace dies which include 'B' for Bride.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Allsorts - handmade flowers

This week I'm hosting the challenge at Allsorts and I chose handmade flowers. So make your own flowers and add to your project. There are so many ways to create nice blossoms, maybe check out a tutorial online and try something completely new. 

I always look for new ways to create flowers so I'm hoping for some tips visiting your blogs this week. 

I made my flowers using a sizzix daisy-die, some white stamens and a flatbacked pearl. Leaves are made by cutting apart a diecut maple leaf.

We are sponsored this week by Stickeryou, offering an amazing $65 voucher
 Custom stickers

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Allsorts - love is in the air

We're closing in on Valentine's Day so at Allsorts we naturally have the theme Love is in the air. I made a double gift tag (so that you can write the greeting on the tag behind the decorated one. It's very sparkly but the light during winter really doesn't do it justice.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Baby gift tag

Showing off a gift tag I made for the February challenge at Scraphuset where they want creations in red or pink. A Lili of the Valley image, coloured with distress inks, some scrap paper, roses and a ribbon that is not at all the salmon colour it looks to have on  the photo :)

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Allsorts - spots or stripes

This week at Allsorts the challenge is to use spots and/or stripes. I dry embossed a piece of vellum to get the spots to show clearly and decorated with some leaves made from a maple leaf die and a foamiran flower. I have just learned how to make flowers from foamiran so they might show up on other creations :)

Two sponsors this week, Digistamp boutique and Sizzix, so two lucky winners!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Allsorts - Old favourites

This week at Allsorts it's time to take out the old and treasured favourites. I chose to dust of the wonderful swirl set from Stempelglede that is so pretty but I sort of forgot it in a drawer, you know how it is :)
I inked some paper with blue and purple distress ink and embossed the swirls in gold. Simple but effectful. I won't put the stamp set back at the bottom of the drawer for a while now :).

We are sponsored by Fantastic Ribbon this week so good luck to you all!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Allsorts - butterflies

To balance last week's theme at Allsorts that I found a bit tricky - which you guys sure didn't :) - this week is an easy one: Butterflies.
I used a laser cut butterfly and a new sentiment I got for Christmas, a sentiment just up my alley :)

We have some lovely prizes from Tattered Lace up for grabs so good luck to you all!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Allsorts - no patterned paper

This week Tracy Mouse set the theme at Allsorts to "No patterned papers". Ooooh, tricky one was my first thought, I love design papers! But I'm not the one who folds easily so I made a dry embossed background, used some lovely Penny Black birds and a huge bow as focus so no one would even react to the fact that it's just plain white cardstock as a base :)

We're sponsored by

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Allsorts - something new

I hope 2018 started nicely for you all. It's a fresh new year now, gone are the Christmas decorations and it's time to look forward to spring (which is way, way ahead when you live where I do). We have a brand new challenge for you at Allsorts, and the theme is Something new. I used a new stamp from Lili of the Valley and just to be on the safe side I also have the theme new home on the card :).

I hope you all have a nice weekend, it's back to school on Monday for me after the Christmas holiday so I'm really savouring these last few days :)

Other challenges:
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Polka doodles - anything goes
MAWTT - flowers
Cute card Thursday - anything goes
Simon says - something new