Friday, August 26, 2011

quick post today...

I just wanted to stop by and share something with you. I have the honour of being featured over at the Paperie Designs Studio blog today!

There's an interview with me there and everything =) If you want to check it out, please click here.

I also wanted to mention that I posted a new video on my YouTube channel earlier today, showing some recent cards. Just ones that I've posted to my blog here earlier =) If you'd like to check that out, click here.

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Young Crafters Unite - Challenge #1

Hi everyone

Today is the day! We are launching our very first challenge over at the YCU blog =) I find it so exciting! Our first challenge for you is:

For this challenge, I made a happy birthday card with a Norwegian sentiment. I colored in my image using my new Copics. I just switched to Copics a little while ago, and I absolutely love those fabulous markers! Here's my card for the challenge:

Do you see that little design in the background? I tried using a background stamp to cover that area first, but it got waay to bold for behind the image. Instead, I took my Memento black marker and added tiny dots all over. I then went back with my Copics and colored on top of some of the dots. I'm very happy with how it turned out =) The sentiment, by the way, is in Norwegian, and says 'congratulations!'.

Now, I'f you haven't checked out our first challenge over at the YCU blog, please use this link to get there:

We have moved the blog to this adresss, without the .wordpress ending we used to have. Please bookmark this new adress for the YCU blog to be sure you visit the right blog in the future =)

We have an awesome design team on the YCU blog. Please go check out their fabulous creations for this challenge as well!

And lastly, my fellow co-creator of the Young Crafters Unite! blog

Britta Swiderski -

Before you go, I wanted to let you know that we have an amazing sponsor for our challenge! Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring us with a $25 gift certificate to their fabulous online store! Thank you so much, Simon Says Stamp =)
If you haven't seen it yet, you should really check out their store. They have a huge selection of cardmaking, stamping and scrapbooking supplies! Just click on their graphic below to go to their store =)


Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you'll be able to join us for this first challenge over at the YCU blog =)
- Marie / Legojenta

Bazzill Cardstock
Lawn Fawn Stamps: "Bake Me A Cake", "Say Cheese" and "Jessie's ABC's"
Memento "Tuxedo Black" Inkpad and Dual marker
Copics: Y06, YG 01&03, YR 15&07, BG 01&02, N 0, 0 (blender)
Die from Papertrey Ink: "Double-Ended Banners"
Foam adhesive and "Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Red apple card + new video

Hi everyone

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

CAS-ual Fridays - Embossing (I did heat embossing)

Here's my card:

Stamps by Paper Smooches
The apple is covered in clear embossingpowder so it's really shiny. I'm sorry it doesn't show up well in these photographs!

I used three stampsets from Paper Smooches on this card. The apple is from "Falling for You", the smiley face is from "Sugar Rush" and the greeting is from "Sentiment Sampler". The apple stamp I used looks like this:

I inked it up without the inner portion, and added the smiley face inside. I also excluded the line in the leaf when stamping. I colored the apple with Copics, and cut it out. I added a couple of layers of clear embossingpowder to the apple (not on the stalk and leaf). I then stamped the greeting on white cardstock, and added three little dots. I adhered the apple next to the greeting, and then I adhered the white panel to the cardbase using foam adhesive.

I also wanted to let you know that I've added anpother video to my YouTube channel. It's about how I clean my stamps and Stamp-a-ma-jig sheet, and I also show how I store my masks. Please check it out here.

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

Smiling Christmas Ornaments

Hi everyone

Today I wanted to share a card I made to enter into the August SPARKS challenge over at the Paper Smooches' blog. To go check out the challenge, please click the graphic below:

The challenge is to make a project using this beautiful photo as the inspiration


I took inspiration from the colors and the rhinestone bling in the photo. Here's my card:

Stamps by Paper Smooches
I used the large smiley face from Paper Smooches' "Sugar Rush" to stamp on the ornaments. I colored two pieces of white cardstock with Copics to match the blue and pink colors in the photo.
I then made templates for, and cut out two of the ornaments. The last one was cut with a circle punch. I cut out some toppers for the ornaments, and added rhinestones. To make the card even more sparkling, I added some clear stickles around the edge of each ornament. I'm sorry that I couldn't really capture that sparkle in my photographs of the card!
I added embroidery floss to the backs of the ornaments, and attached them to a brown cardlayer using foam adhesive. The ends of the strings were attached to the back of the brown layer, which was then adhered onto a brown cardbase with a white layer.

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

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lawnscaping #16

Hi everyone

Today I have a card to share, that I made to enter into the current Lawnscaping challenge:

I must say this was quite challenging! I hardly never ever do one layer cards =) But I'm happy with how it turned out in the end. Here are pictures of the card:

I had an idea to make the stork, from Lawn Fawn's "Plus One", carry two bags, for a mom or family expecting twins. I had to slightly change the placing of the original bag to make the image look more balanced (at least to my eyes).
I made a reverse mask by cutting masking paper with a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, and placing it over my cardfront. I then stamped my image, colored it in, and masked it off. I used a handcut cloud-mask, and sponged the blue background using Hero Arts' "Soft Pool" ink. I used sentiments from the same stampset to stamp my greeting. I simply used an 's' from a sentiment on the stampset to make 'bundle' say 'bundles' instead.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

YCU Design Team announcement!

Hi everyone!

Today is such a wonderful day over at the YCU blog. We are announcing our design team! We have gathered up a small design team of wonderful crafters, that will give you lots of inspiration once our first challenge starts =) We have pictures and bios of the wonderful DT members up on the YCU blog right now. Just click on the graphic to go there and check it out!

Speaking of our first challenge, it's only a week away. August 23rd is the big day! So exciting =) I hope to see you on the YCU blog in a weeks time!

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

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Random post: My wishlist

Hi everyone!

I've just gotten back into crafting after being away from it for quite some time. So I thought it would be great to gather up a wishlist for papercrafting stuff, that I can "work on" getting to purchase. To make it easier for myself, I made two lists. One "To Get" list and one "Wishlist". Over time I'll probably move stuff from my wishlist to my to get list, as I'm ready to purchase them.

Now, I got to thinking that it would be fun to share my lists with you. There are two reasons for that. First of all, maybe you'll discover something on my list you haven't seen before, that sparks your interest.The second thing I can hope for, is that you will want to share your wishlist with me and your own blog readers as well, to create even more oportunities for people to discover new products =)

Okay, so here are my two lists:

To Get

- Grey Copics. I'll probably get three-four shades of a cool grey color and the same number of a warm grey color

- Purple Copics. I'll probably get three-four shades of a purple color

Silver Rhinestones by Kaiserscrapbook

I'm almost out of the smallest size rhinestone in the package, and need to get more =)


- "Critters on the Farm" by Lawn Fawn

I love the cute cow and the fun pig and sheep in this set. And the other critters are so cute as well!

- "Critters in the Snow" by Lawn Fawn

This is an older set, but I have never gotten around to bying it. I think the bear and the penguins are really fun and versatile to create with =)

- "Fanciful Frames" by Lawn Fawn

I love how quirky and fun these frames are! And I love the nail and thread you can "hang" them on =)

- "Schoolhouse Backdrops" by Lawn Fawn

I didn't think I wanted this set when it was released, before I saw how the lines could be used to make grid backgrounds. Now I must have it soon =)

- "Friendly Robot" by DeNami Design
I don't have any DeNami stamps yet, but I think this one will have to be one of my first ones! He's so cute =)

- "Friendly Ghost" by DeNami Design

This ghost is so darn cute as well! I think he would be great for Halloween treats =)

- "Small Jack O'Lantern" by DeNami Design

I love the happy, happy face on this pumpkin =) He would also be so cute for Halloween treats!

- "Mat Stack #4" die by Papertrey Ink
I've just recently discovered this die, and I love the shape of it =)

- 6x6 "Splash" paper pad by Echo Park

 I love the fresh, bright colors in these papers!

- Versafine Black Ink by Tsukineko
Britta had tried this out and says it's a really dark black color. I'd like to try it out sometime soon =)

- Tim Holtz Designruler

I like how this ruler has holes for easy piercing, and a grid on it for perfect placement and cutting =)

Phew, I think that's it for now. Nice to get it all together like this =)
If you too want to share your wishlist on your blog, I would love to hear about it! Please leave me a link to your post with your wishlist in the comments, and I'll come over and have a look =)

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

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Huge Thanks Card

Hi everyone

It's been quite a while since I last posted here on my blog. In the first part of this post I will be showing a new card, and in the second part I'm sharing some exciting news =)

The card I'm showing today was made to enter into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - No Designer Paper
Simon Says Stamp challenge - All White with a colored image

Here's my card:

Stamps by Paper Smooches

I used all Paper Smooches stamps for this card. The whale and fishes are from "Surf and Turf" and the greeting was stamped using letters from "Alphadot". I colored the whale and fishes in with Copic markers, cut them out, and adhered them above the sentiment I had stamped in the white panel. I left two of the fishes going out of the side of the panel, to add some more interest. I rounded the corners of the panel, and adhered it to a white cardbase using foam adhesive.

Now onto som happy news!

First of all, I'm happy to say that Britta and I have been working hard on preparations for starting challenges over at the Young Crafters Unite blog! We have been able to gather up a fabulous Design Team, and we have decided to start our first challenge on August 23rd =) We will have a new challenge on the 23rd of every month, so that means participants have good time to get their entries in. We have been able to get an awesome sponsor as well, which is Simon Says Stamp! We are so excited to be sponsored by such an amazing online store, with their huge selection of stamping, cardmaking and scrapbooking supplies! Please check out their store here, it's totally worth the visit =)
I hope to see you sometime soon on the YCU blog!

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