måndag 4 juli 2022

The Notebook

Hello and welcome, 

Today I will show a tag that I have made for a challenge over at Simon Says stamp blog, Monday challenge. The theme this week is ”Inspired by a movie”. I love movies and one of my absolute favorite romantic movies is “The Notebook” with Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in the leading roles, so that was my inspiration. That movie is about true love.  ❤️ 

I have used Tim Holtz products for this project. 

I started with an Etcetera tag, gessoed the whole tag, and added a piece of Worn wallpaper with Distress collage medium. Then I sanded and inked the edges. I also torned some pieces off from the wallpaper for a more distressed look. I also used some Distress crayon in Gathered twigs on the edges. 

I inked my craft mat with Frayed burlap Distress ink, spritzed with some water and dipped the tag into the ink. Heated between layers and continued until I was happy. The I used Crackle paste and the heart stencil THS017. Waited until completely dried, then I used Gathered twigs crayon over the hearts, smeared and brushed it out, to get the crackles more visible. The small red hearts that I have used are diecut with 660226 Shape strips from sanded Kraftstock.

I stamped some stamps from CMS225 Correspondence on the background with Archival ink in Plum. The bow is Crinkle ribbon that I have colored with Distress ink’s (Barn door, Aged mahogany and Rusty hinge), Distress Oxide (Aged mahogany, Fired brick and Rusty hinge). I fastened a thought token with a loop pin. All metallic ideaology pieces are colored with Alcohol ink -Mushroom. I also sanded the edges on a Metallic sticker - Quatations, inked with Ground coffee Distress ink and fastened with 3D foam. 

The photo of the couple is a ideaology Snap shot which I have stitched around and the inked with Frayed burlap DI. I used two mini fasteners in the upper corners on the photo, a mini paper clip to hold a small heart on the left side of the photo and finally a Tiny clip in the lower right corner. I stamped the “countdown” stamp from CMS081 At the Movies, with black Archival ink, inked the edges, then glued a piece of ideaology Film strip ribbon over the whole stamped image and then put a mini fastener at the top. Glued it to the tag with Collage medium. 

I made the book from an old book. I cut it to size approx 4x5 cm. I used 4 signatures from the book so it is about 0,8 cm thick. I glued the signatures to a piece of paper as a spine, then I made the front and back cover. Glued them to the book and then I finished it of with a piece of fabric tape on the spine. Inked the edges and cut the red corners from sanded Kraftstock. I took a piece of hemp string around the book, so it will not open, and put a ideaology heart charm. I also glued a Kraftstock heart to the book. I used a thin pencil and wrote the title. 

The bookshelf is made from Etcetera pinked trims and Woodgrain cardstock. I cut pieces of cardstock, colored them with Weathered wood, Pumice stone and Walnut stain DI. I don’t have the matching dies for these trims, unfortunately, so I had to cut all the pinked edges. Lol. The story in the movie is based in Seabrook, so I wanted that on my tag to. I diecut from an old Sizzlits Decorative strip - Typeset, and Kraftstock. Glued the letters to the shelf with Collage medium. I used two nail’s from Ideaology Vignette hardware on each end of the ledger. 

I used CMS394 Tiny text, for the stamp “love with all your heart”, beside the Snap shot. Here you can see the Tiny clip as well. 

I will as mentioned above try this tag over at Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Inspired by a movie. 

I hope you enjoy this tag. I have really enjoyed making it. And if you haven’t seen the movie “ The notebook” you are in for a real treat. Don’t forget to take some paper tissues with you. Because it is a bit sad in all it’s beauty.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and take care.

/ Susanne

söndag 26 juni 2022


Hello and welcome, 

Have you seen the inspirational live or replay by Tim Holtz when he released new stamps and stencils with Stampers anonymous a couple of weeks ago? If not, you are in for a real treat. Here is the link for the release blogpost over on Tim’s site. I was so inspired by Igirlzoe’s make Eccentric and Emma Williams “91” card and I love numbers so I decided to make a card for a collegue who will turn 60 in July. 

I cut 2 tags from White heavystock with 657859 Tag & tie die. (These tags are available to by precut from Ranger now.) I inked Frayed burlap Distress ink on my craft mat and spritzed some water, then dipped the tag and heat dried with my heat tool. Repeat until happy with the result. Then I used the new Freight stencils and Micro glaze applied with my ink blending tool through the stencils. Then I inked my craft mat with Distress ink in Ground espresso and Rusty hinge, dipped the tag, spritzed some water on the tag and then sprayed some Distress Oxide spray in Walnut stain. Heat dry. Then I sprayed a some more water on the tags. 

I used my splatter brush and some Distress paint in Salved patina over the tags as well. Inked the edges with Distress ink Ground espresso, and stamped some images from CMS448 Eccentric with Black soot Archival ink. Then I used my sewing machine and stitched around the edges. 

For the background of the card I cut a piece of White heavystock and inked my craft mat with Frayed burlap Distress ink and sprayed some water. Then I dipped my card in the ink and heat dried. Repeated until happy with the result. Then I used the new CMS449 Bubbles and Frayed Burlap Distress ink and stamped on the background. This is such a cool stamp, useful in so many ways. 

I stamped the “For skill…..” stamp from CMS448 Eccentric with Barn door Distress oxide and then with Archival ink in Black soot (a technique Emma W used on an earlier project), using my stamp platform. The bullseye is stamped from CMS432 Inquisitive with the same technique. 

The “Guaranteed to be …” stamp is stamped with Archival ink Black soot and colored with Distress ink in Candied apple and Frayed burlap. As you can see I used my sewing machine and stitched around the edges. I made some splatters on the background with Rusty hinge Spray stains.

The pointy finger is stamped on water color paper and then colored with Distress reinker and Distress inks. Inked edges with Ground espresso DI, and fuzzy cut. Adhered with a Hex fastener and 3D foam. 

The tags are stitched to the background with red thread with my sewing machine. I “linked them together” with a Ideaology Swivel clasp, Loop pin and a Jump ring. I sanded the edges on a small talk sticker and mounted it to the tag with 3D foam. 

I fastened a Mini marquee letter “H” (my colleague’s name starts with an H), with my Tiny attacher. 

Up in the right corner I glued an Adornment star which I have painted with red acrylic paint, sanded and then put on some Alcohol ink in Mushroom for that aged effect. 

I mounted the card with 3D foam on a piece of sanded Kraftstock and then on an inked cardboard piece, finally to a black card blank. 

I will try this card in a challenge over at Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Something beginning with ‘S’. For this card the S are, Stamps, Stencils and a Star. 

Thank you very much for visiting today, take care,

/ Susanne

lördag 25 juni 2022

Uncharted Mariner

Hello and welcome, 

I really hope you have seen the new Beautiful Distress color, Uncharted Mariner. A fabulous blue with so many hues in it. 

My first project with this blue color is this tag, made with Tim Holtz products, (accept from the Crackle glaze, which is from Deco art.)

I started to cut the tag from Distress white heavystock stock with my tag die. I put some Frayed burlap Distress ink on my craft mat and spritzed some water. Dipped the tag a couple of times in the ink, dried between layers until happy. Then I inked up the new Tim Holtz CMS449 Bubbles stamp. I lightly sprayed some water on the stamp and then stamped it over the entire tag. Heat with heat tool. 
Inked the edges with Ground espresso Distress ink and put a quite thick layer of Deco art Crackle glaze over the whole tag. Let it air dry. Then I used Distress crayon over most of the tag and “smeared” it with my fingers so it went down in the crackles. (Ranger/Tim. Holtz have also Crackle glaze in their assortment now, but I want to use up what I already have before buying a new jar). 

For the window and propeller I die cut chip board and Platinum Metallic Kraftstock with 664185 Steampunk parts die from Sizzix. Then I glued the metallic pieces to the chip bord pieces.  Then I sanded all the edges and inked all them with Ground espresso Distress ink.
I added Translucent grit paste on random places and let dry. Then I put Distress crayon in Walnut Stain over the dried paste and used y Water brush to even out the crayon. Then I did the same with some Distress crayon in Rusty hinge (a little less of that color). I love this look of the Metallic parts, it looks so old and worn.
Now it is time to mount all the metallic pieces together. I cut a circle shaped piece from Mica tiles as the window, and glued it between the thin circle and the wider circle piece. Very cool look with the Mica! I have used Distress Collage medium for all the glueing on this tag. 

I stamped the text “Go see explore” with CMS394 Tiny text and Archival ink Ground espresso on some White heavystock which I have inked the same way as I started the tag. Inked the edges with Distress ink Ground espresso and next put a layer of Crackle glaze. Let air dry and crackle. Then I smeared some Distress Crayon in Walnut Stain over the crackle. I fastened the “label” to the tag with Mini fasteners. In the window I placed a photo from Photo booth, I think this young man looks like a real sailor or marine. I also glued two “washers” at the top of the tag. I colored some Mummy cloth with Distress ink Uncharted Mariner and some Frayed Burlap, and tied it through the hole on the tag. 

Behind the window I placed some Frayed Burlap inked Cheese cloth. 

In the down left corner I placed a Ephemera Number strip, which I inked the edges with Distress ink in Ground espresso and put some Crackle glaze on. Then I smeared some Distress crayon in Walnut Stain over the yummy crackles. 

On the right side of the propeller I glued two real seashells which I have inked a little with Distress ink Ground espresso. 

I will try this tag over at Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Something beginning with ‘S’, where I have used the Sailor, Sea shells and the Stamped background. 

I hope you will try this new Distress color! 

Thank you very much for visiting my blog, 

/ Susanne 

söndag 19 juni 2022

Mickey card

Hello and welcome, 

Just popping in and share a card that I made for my husband’s birthday this year. We are Disney fans so I thought a Mickey card would be nice. 

I cut Mickey out with my Cricut and used sanded Kraft cardstock. For the rest of the card I used Tim Holtz products. 

I started with the background, cut a piece of Distress Kraft cardstock and used the 3D folder Cobblestone #2. I used some Archival in in Hickory smoke in the folder. Then I inked the background with Ground espresso and Black soot Distress ink. Finally some more Archival ink in Hickory some and Ground espresso. I also inked the edges with Distress ink Ground espresso. 

I wanted this card to be like a comic strip, so I inked up the CMS238 Crazy thoughts, colored them with Distress inks and fuzzy cut. Inked all the edges with Distress ink in Ground espresso.

I highlighted both Mickey and the stamped images with a white Posca pen. 

I placed Mickey over a Ideaology Window frame, which I have sanded. After that I put some Translucent grit paste in random places around the frame, let dry and then applied some Distress crayon in Walnut Stain. 

Then I cut pieces from Kraftstock in red and yellow, sanded the edges and mounted the card onto them. Finally I mounted the card to a black card blank. I used 3D foam between the layers for dimension. 

I will try this card in a challenge over at Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Frame it.

Thank you very much for visiting my blog, 

/ Susanne

fredag 10 juni 2022

Tag card

Hello and welcome, 

I have made this ”tag-card” for a girl who have moved to Sweden from Los Angeles. She is a skin therapist and have started a beauty salon in my hometown. She really put’s her soul in every treatment/customer, so I wanted to thank her with some flowers and this card. 
This card is made from some of Tim Holtz chapter 2 dies. 

I die cut a tag from Distress White heavystock, put some Distress inks on my craft mat, sprayed some water and “dipped” the tag. I used different colors of green. Dried with my heat tool between layers until satisfied. Then I used the new Woven 3D embossing folder, for some great texture. I then used Distress ink Frayed burlap directly on to the surface, to hit the raised areas of the background. Also inked the edges of the tag. 

I inked some White heavystock with green Distress and some with Saltwater taffy. Then I die cut the word “Tack” which means Thank you in Swedish, with 665205 Alphanumeric bold. Inked the edges and glued the letters together a little bit offset. 

I love the texture from this 3D folder.

Up next was to die cut the flowers from White heavystock with 665853 Modern floristry, and then inked them. (Mix of Distress inks and Oxides). I sprayed some water on them and also inked the edges.

This is a very versatile die.

When I have glued the flowers to the tag I cut a card base from green cardstock and mounted the tag with 3D foam pads for dimension. I also inked the edges on the card base. Finally I put a piece of string in the hole of the tag. 

I will try this card over at Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Bright and cheerful. 

Have a nice weekend and take care.

As always, Thanks for visiting. 


fredag 20 maj 2022

Choose to shine

Hello and welcome, 

Orange is one of my favorite colors, I think it is a ”Happy color”. So I decided to make a tag with Tim’s bold text #2 dies. (The other products used are also Tim’s). 

I started to cut a tag from Distress white heavystock using my Tim Holtz tag Bigz die. 
Then I inked my craft mat with Distress inks and some Distress Oxide Saltwater taffy. Then I added some water and dipped the tag in the ink. Dried between layers until happy. Then I stamped the “bullseye” stamp from CMS432 Inquisitive, with Crackling campfire DOX. (You can see it behind all the ideaology elements.) I also stamped with an old wood mounted “grid stamp” from Tim Holtz, using Archival ink in Hickory smoke.Then I stitched around the edges with my sewing machine. I also inked the edges with Crackling campfire Distress ink. 

For the texture I used the star stencil THS115, some Texture paste crackle and some Wild honey Embossing glaze. Let dry, then heat emboss. 

I then inked some Distress White heavystock with mostly Crackling campfire Distress ink and Oxide. I diecut the words from 665925 Bold text #2. I also cut the bird from 665861 Silhouette birds from the same  paper. 

I sanded a photo from ideaology “photo boot” and stitched round the edges with my sewing machine. Then I sprayed a milk cap with water and “ruffed” the edges. I inked the edges on a “flash card” with Distress ink in Crackling campfire. 

I stamped the bird with the text stamp from CMS328 Entomology, with Hickory smoke Archival ink. And adhered a piece from Ephemera pack - Curator with a mini fastener. Then I stitched a “line” for the bird to sit on with my sewing machine. 

Then I painted a adornment star with a wash of Quinacridone gold acrylic paint (from Deco art). 


I will try this tag over at Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Add texture. 

Thank you very much for visiting, 

Take care and “Choose to shine”, 

/ Susanne

torsdag 5 maj 2022

Masculine card

Hello and welcome, 

Today I will share a card inspired from the latest challenge over at Simon says stamp blog, with the theme “Masquline”. I like to make masculine cards and the grungy look. 

For this card I have used products from Tim Holtz and Deco art. Techniques from Tim Holtz and Andy Skinner.

This is how it ended up:

I started with the tag, using the Digits THS145 stencil and some Micro glaze. Then I sprayed the tag with Distress spray stains, Peeeled paint, Iced spruce and Rusty hinge. Then heated. The Micro glaze resist the inks and gives a very cool effect. Then I used Distress grit paste translucent around the edges of the tag, when dry I used Distress crayon in Walnut stain over the paste. 

Then it was time for the background. I cut a piece of silver metallic Kraftstock and used it with the Mechanics 3D embossing folder. Then I sanded it and “stippled” brown acrylic paint over the surface. I applied translucent Grit paste around the edges, let dry, then applied dark grey acrylic paint. Let dry. Last step was to apply a thin layer of Quinacridone gold over the grit paste and also on some places over the background. That makes the grungy rusty effect. Learned from the talented Andy Skinner. 

I have used the same rust technique on the Machinery head and the “volt meter” from Ideaology. I also sanded the “volt meter”. The “ Loyalty” piece is an old Ideaology sticker. 
I sprayed a piece of Mummy cloth with Distress sprays stains and put it in the tag hole. 
I hand stitched 3 crosses with blue thread.

The ruler piece that I have used as a bench for the two gentlemen is a piece of Ideaology layers - Urban. I sanded the ruler, glued it to a piece of chipboard and then did the same rust treatment as mentioned above. 

Here you can see one of the hand stitched crosses. And some of the rust.

The paper dolls are colored with a brush, some water and Distress crayons.
I stamped an inked piece of paper with “No 161” from CMS225 Correspondence, put it in an Index clip and then on to the card. The clip is painted with acrylic paints, brown, grey and “Quin gold”. 

When finished I mounted the card on a piece of inked cardboard, then on a sanded Kraft cardstock (black) piece with 3D foam for dimension. 

I will try this card in the challenge over at Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Masculine.

Have a nice day, and thank you so much for your visit.