Saturday, July 23, 2011

Skydiving Bunny Card

Hi everyone

I'm not sure if you've heard about this, but we experienced two horrible situations here in Norway yesterday. Living in the city where the bomb detonated feels quite surreal to me. We are all shocked, and these events have influenced us in a big way during these two days. There has been near continious news on our national tv-channel from yesterday afternoon, and we have watched the numbers of deceased people get bigger and bigger.
My sympathies goes out to everyone here in Norway that has been personally affected by these horrible situations, and also to those who may have found these events to be especially frightening.

Today, I needed a little break from watching the sad news on tv, and so I got to working on a card. I'm not sure if I really like how it turned out, but I couldn't see anything in the end that would make it better. I guess maybe my mind was not completely focused on the card. This card was made for the current Lawnscaping challenge:

Here's the card I made:

I used the little bunny from Lawn Fawn's "Critters in the 'Burbs" and the airplane and swirl from "Bon Voyage". The sentiment was stamped using "Jessie's ABC's". I made the parachutes by tracing around spellbinders circle nestabilities with my Memento marker, and adding in curved lines for the pattern on the parachute. The sentiment was diecut with the "Double-Ended Banners" die from Papertrey Ink.

I've just added a poll above the blogpost here on my blog. If you could please leave your answer to my question there, I would appreciate that.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Card

Hi everyone

Today I have a card to share with you, that I'll be entering into a challenge. Can you guess which challenge? If you said Paper Smooches' July SPARKS Challenge, then you're right! I am absolutely loving this challenge at the moment, and I am loving my new Paper Smooches stamps as well. So, here's the challenge badge (again):

I have used four colors from the top right corner of Cool Shades 5 (June), which you can find here.

Here's the card I made today:

Stamps by Paper Smooches

This bird (a pelicane, I think?) is one of my top favorites from "Surf and Turf". In fact, he was the reason why I had to have it =) It took me quite some time to use him for the first time, but I'm so happy with how it turned out! The little gift is from "Santa Paws", and it fits perfectly in his beak. I stamped, colored and paper-pieced him and the gift, and adhered them down to the white square layer. The sentiment is from "Sentiment Sampler", and I just stamped it directly onto the white piece. The scalloped square was diecut with a nestabilities die, and adhered to the cardbase with foam adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Special Ghost Card

Hi everyone!

This is my second post today.
Please scroll down or click
here to see the first one =)

In this post, I'll be showing you a fun card I did with the "Sugar Rush" stampset. The first time I inked up the popsicle-stamp, I noticed that the shape looked a lot like something other than a popsicle as well...

I'll be entering this card into Paper Smooches' current July SPARKS Challenge

I based this card upon a sketch from Designer Drafts 1, which you can find here

Here's my card:

Stamps by Paper Smooches

I used the top of the popsicle stamp to create a fun little ghost. I added a wavy line on the bottom with my Memento marker. The eyes and the bigger "loop" for the pink bow are from "Surf and Turf"

The smaller "loop" for the pink bow is from "Sugar Rush". I drew in eyelashes for the ghost's eyes with my marker.

I had originally thought to make the ghost a real, halloween-time ghost, but I didn't have a Paper Smooches sentiment for halloween. Call me crazy, but when I use Paper Smooches images, I prefer to use Paper Smooches sentiments as well =) I was looking at my "Sentiment Sampler", saw the "you're special" sentiment, and decided to make a cute, female ghost that loves to look pretty more then she loves beeing spooky =) Talk about a special little ghost, right?
This card is smaller then a standard cardsize, it is only 4 by 2 3/4 inches. Oh, and I could, of course, have used only one of the drop-images for the bow, but I like the quirky look of the two slightly different sized loops for the bow =)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Theatre Congratulations Card

Hi everyone

Today I have another card to share with you, that I'll be entering into Paper Smooches' current July SPARKS Challenge 

I made a card based on a sketch from Designer Drafts 1, which you can see here.

Here's the card I made:

I'm sorry about the crazy angle in this photo, I couldn't show the curviness of the masks in any other way...

I used the largest smiley face from "Sugar Rush" as a base for the masks. I got the idea to make masks like this when I saw the sketch I used, which reminded me of a theatre stage. I have actually done a project very similar to this before, and I'll tell you about that further down in this post. If you're not interested in reading about that, you can just stop reading after this paragraph. For the masks on my card, I made a template, traced it in pencil and drew on top with my Memento marker. I then stamped the smiley faces inside. To make the sad face, I simply inked up only the eyes first and stamped down. I then inked up only the mouth, turned it over, and stamped that below the eyes. To make the masks more dimensional, I curved them backwards, and attached them to the card using foam adhesive in their centers. I hand cut the scene curtains, and punched a scalloped edge on the top piece. I embossed the sentiment in white embossingpowder, and drew on the little black lines on the curtains with my Memento marker.

Okay, so I told you I would write about the project very similar to this that I have done before. Before, in this case, is a good couple of years ago, when I went to an arts and crafts-type of program in school. We got an assignment where we all went to see the (then new) Casanova movie, and then were asked to create our own posters for the movie. Everyone else tried their best at painting characters from the movie, but I went a different route. In one scene of the movie, Casanova goes to the costume ball with two women, having a stick with a mask on each end, one black and one white. I felt that this moment was very true to the Casanova character, and I so wanted to make something revolving around that scene. For my poster, I made a very CAS design, with the black and white masks separated by a striking red border. I was, and still am, very proud of it, and I love the striking color combination and design of it. I actually have it hanging on my wall still:

Well, when my teacher were to critique and grade my final piece, she was not at all impressed. She complained that my poster was not a work she could get anything out of, and that it was almost at the point where she couldn't grade it at all. I don't remember what she did grade it to, but it doesn't matter. Today, I feel that if the point of the assignment was to see how the students drew people realisticly, that would have to be stated as part of the assigment. I still feel that there are good design elements in this poster that she could have critiqued, and that the design works well. Now, this was not the only time I clashed with that spesific teacher. I now think it was because she had her own style and her own idea of what types of art is good and reputable, and my ideas of those was different then hers...
Well, that's my (rather long) story about the poster I made in school. As you can see, I used the same colors in my card, and I love how striking they are together! I'm very happy with how this card turned out as well =)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Monday, July 18, 2011

Warm Thoughts Card

Hi everyone

Today I'm sharing another Paper Smooches creation with you. I made this card to enter into the following challenges:

Paper SmoochesJuly SPARKS challenge

Wee Memories - Challenge #62

I based my card upon a sketch from Designer Drafts 4, that I flipped upside down for my card.

Here's my card:

(that drop on the green popsicle is glossy in real life, but it doesn't show in the pictures =)

I used the popsicle-stamp from "Sugar Rush" on this card, as well as a sentiment from "Sentiment Sampler". I drew in and paper pieced some scarves for the posicles using my Memento marker. The little drop is also from "Sugar Rush". I colored the popsicles with my new Copic markers. I've decided to switch from Promarkers to Copics, and I'm very happy about it. I love how easily they blend, and all the fabulous colors they come in =)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Decorated Chocolate

Hi everyone!

Today I haven't got a card to show you, but a decorated chocolate instead =) I will be entering this creation into the following challenges:

I used a color combination of the four colors in the top right corner from this Cool Shades:

- Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes!


Here are the pictures of my decorated chocolate:

I had so much fun making the pencil for my Pencil Breakout Card, that I wanted to do so again. This time, I decided to make it a pink pencil. To see what stamps from "Surf and Turf" and "Falling for You" I used to make the eyes, mouth and arms of the pencil, please check out my post for the Pencil Breakout Card here
The sentiment I used here, is from "Sentiment Sampler". The last 's' in the sentiment stamp has a little tail, as you can see here:

I just used my Memento Marker to make the tail longer, and adhered the pencil with it's tip at the end of that tail. I drew in lines with a thin marker, and stamped some dashed lines along the edges. That dashed line is from "Santa Paws"

I used a small circle (intended to be a bubble, I think) from "Surf and Turf" to stamp the open circles on my pencil's eraser.

The smaller dots were stamped using the ball tip of a stylus.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hand-drawing on cards

Hi everyone!

First of all I wanted to tell you something that has made me so happy! Today, on Paper Smooches' blog, one of my cards were featured in their PS Patrol post! This was the card featured:

Please check out my card along with the four other featured on this blogpost. I'm so excited and honoured to be featured there, along with other fabulous creations =)

Since I had done so much hand-drawing on that card, I thought today would be the perfect day to share with you a little video I made about hand-drawing on cards. You can view the video below, on my YouTube channel here, or on YouTube by clicking on the YT logo in the bottom right corner of the video-screen.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Baby Card and Lawnscaping #13

Hi everyone

I made a card a couple of days ago, that I have completely forgotten to share! I wanted to enter it into the current Lawnscaping challenge, and realized I had to get it blogged about and entered before the challenge closes. So, the current Lawnscaping challenge is:

I also followed the sketch from the current challenge over at Sketch Saturday. This is the sketch:

Here is the card I made:

I used Lawn Fawn's "Plus One" to stamp the mobile and the little rattle on the inside. The sentiment reads 'congratulations' in Norwegian. I colored the mobile-image with Promarkers, and the rattle on the inside with pencils, as I didn't want the back of the card to have the ink from Promarkers showing through.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Monday, July 11, 2011

Happy Christmouse Card

Hi everyone

Today I'll be sharing a card I made to enter into these challenges:
Paper Smooches - July SPARKS! Challenge

Moxie Fab WorldStamp It! Cards Week Challenge

I used a sketch from Paper Smooches Designer Drafts 4, to build this card. I did modify it a little bit, but no major changes. I've pointed to the sketch I used on this picture (sorry it's so small): 

Here's the card I made: 

The dotted pattern on the present was made with the dots on the cheek of the dog-stamp from the same stampset:

I used "Santa Paws" from Paper Smooches on this card. I stamped, colored and cut out the mouse and present, and diecut a banner shape using a Papertrey Ink die. I stamped the sentiment, and masked over it before stamping the mouse's tail overtop. I then adhered the mouse down, and added some black enamel accents to it's nose. The banner was adhered to a kraft panel, and I rounded the top corners. I used a white gelpen to add some dots to the one corner.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pencil Breakout Card

Hi everyone!

Today I have a fun card to share with you. The idea for it came with a situation that happened to me, with a package of stamps from Kim at Paper Smooches. I will tell you the background story after showing you the card.
So Kim, this one is for you!

Isn't it fun? I had a lot of fun making this card, and trying to figure out what to add to the scene and such =) 

I used three different Paper Smooches stamps on this card, but you may only recognize the greeting, which is from the "Sentiment Sampler". I actually also used a stamp from "Surf and Turf" and a stamp from "Falling For You".
From "Surf and Turf" I used the eyes and mouth of the little fish in the bottom right corner, to make the face of my pencil:

From "Falling For You" I used the monster's arm to add arms to my pencil:

Everything else on my card was hand-drawn. I used my ruler a lot to get straight lines in my drawings. I drew everything onto white paper and paperpieced the finished items onto the card. After adhering the jail buliding down, I drew in the barb wire fence directly onto the cardbase. I added the pencil to the card gluing the bottom down and popping the top up with foam adhesive to give it some dimension. I also added glossy accents to the two red warning-lights on the building. The greeting was stamped on white, cut into a strip and cut into a v-shaped end using a square punch.

So, I promised to tell you the story behind this card. On July 1st, Kim (owner and designer of Paper Smooches stamps) released three new stampsets for sale. Kim always shows card-samples made by the DT with the new stamps in the time leading up to each new release on the Paper Smooches blog. So usually, when release day comes, I know if there is any of the new stampsets I want to need to buy. To make things extra fun this time, Kim offered up a fun promotion for those that ordered from her within the first 24 hours of the new release. She would slip a decorated pencil of hers into five of the packages ordered within that time period. And then, when the package arrived to the recipient, and she found the pencil, she would get to choose one stampset for free as a prize. Now, I thought that was so fun, that I immediatley placed my order for two of her new stampsets. When my package arrived, I had a lot of fun squeezing the package before opening, feeling for a pencil. It really was a 'looking for a golden ticket' kind of moment. I didn't feel any pencil, and when I opened the package there was only my order inside and no pencil. But then I found something peculiar with the bubble envelope the order was sent in. It had a hole in the bottom, which was the size of a pencil. So I emailed Kim, telling her about the hole and asking if she had a list of the orders she had put a pencil in. She did have a list, and she had actually sent a pencil in my order. We wondered how the pencil had gotten out, if it had been customs taking it out or something. I figured out it had not been taken out by customs, as the hole was torn from the inside out, and not cut. In the email, I also told Kim how I could totally see that pencil before my inner eye, making its escape during shipping! So that was were the inspiration for this card came from =)
I'm so happy with how it turned out, and I love how quirky and fun that pencil guy looks =) Oh, and I chose the
"Sugar Rush" stampset as my prize. I love those smiling faces you can add to the different sweet images!

I also wanted to tell you that I will be making a video soon about how I hand-draw elements to put on cards. I will be talking about the tools I use and my process when hand-drawing things for my cards. I will probably get to making that video sometime next week =)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 
- Marie / Legojenta

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tip for lining up solid backed dies

Hi everyone

I just wanted to let you all know that I've uploaded a new video on my YouTube channel. In this video I'm showing a technique you can use to line up dies that has a solid back-plate. The die I'm showing in the video is from a die and stampset combo from my Favorite Things, called "Framed Greetings".

(You can see this video on YouTube by clicking the YouTube logo in the bottom right corner)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rainbow Flowers Card

Hi everyone!

Today I'll be sharing a card I made to enter into these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - A Stitch in Time (use stitching on your project)

Latrice's Lawn Fawn Challenge

Embellish Magazine - Rainbow Color Trends Challenge

Here's the card I made

I used the flower and stem from Lawn Fawn's "Critters in the 'Burbs" to create my rainbow flowers. I then stitched along the bottom of the flower stems using some green twine from The Twinery. I also added a twine-bow and rounded the top two corners of the white piece. The white piece was adhered to the black cardbase using foam adhesive.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie / Legojenta

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My favorites from the Young Crafters Unite bloghop

Hi everyone

Today I'll be looking back on the Young Crafters Unite! bloghop from this weekend. Both Britta and I will be showing our top five favorites from the bloghop today, so please check out her blogpost as well. You can find that on Britta's blog. Today is also the day for announcing the winners from the hop. We have seven winners (yes, you read that right, seven!) from the bloghop, and they will be announced on the Young Crafters Unite blog today. Please go check it out =)

So, Britta and I agreed that we would showcase five fabulous creations each from the bloghop. It was really hard narrowing it down to only five (or six, if you count the two winners for the bloghop that Britta and I also chose), but I got there eventually. I really enjoyed hopping through all of the 64 blogs on the hop (excluding mine), and seeing all of the fabulous creations people had made. I am so happy and grateful that so many of you could join us in this fun adventure! If you can, I would love for you to check out yesterday's post on the ycu (Young Crafters Unite) blog, and let us know what you would like to see in the future for ycu. Please do so by going to this post =)

So, without further ado, here's my top five:

Blogger #39, Danielle Daws

I love the beautiful layout, colors and texture of this card. The coloring is really special too, I love the texture that her coloring gives to the image! Be sure to check out more of Danielle's creations on her blog here =)

Blogger #35, Deena

I love the colors Deena chose for her card. I love the fun patterned papers, the tilted paper layers, and that cute onesie acting as the letter 't' in her sentiment! Be sure to check out more of Deena's creations on her blog here =)

Blogger #10, Chari Moss

This card is so fun, colorful and yet simple! I love how Chari made her pinwheels so colorful, and I love those vellum-clouds! Be sure to check out more of Chari's creations on her blog here =)

Blogger #6, Jen Rzasa

I love the simplicity to this card, the colors Jen chose, and the white layer on white cardbase. The bicycle really pops! Be sure to check out more of Jen's creations on her blog here =)

Blogger #12, Kelly Latevola

I really love the bright colors kelly used on this card, and the simplicity of it as well. It feels sunny and happy, for sure! Be sure to check out more of Kelly's creations on her blog here =)

That was all I wanted to share with you today. I hope you had a great time hopping along with us this weekend =) Oh, and if you weren't able to hop along, you still can! The deadline for commenting to win the prizes are obviously up, but there's still a lot of inspiration available for you from the bloghop =) A list of permalinks to all of the blogposts on people's blogs from the hop, has been posted on the ycu blog, so you can easily go back and look at all of the projects!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Be sure to check out the ycu blog for a list of winners, and for the list of permalinks from the hop =)
- Marie / Legojenta