Card making!

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I have a lot of things I want to make for Christmas, and I now and again need pauses from all the sewing, so now I have started making some cards! This one is actually the first card I have made. It was made with the set from Panduro for the card base and the grey star background. The balls were from an old card set from there as well, and the god jul also a stamp from panduro. The sides are a tape with merry christmas in a lot of different languages.

It was really easy, and I like how it turned out.

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Then I decided to try a bigger project where I had to make everything from scratch! It is a 13 X 13cm project, with a 3d card where the window is actually 1cm into the card itself.

The idea came from a Norwegian Christmas card greetings magazine I bought, and I tried to make it as good as possible without the same materials.

I will keep from saying too much about how to make it, since you can find the tutorial here. But I can add some pictures from the path to the hardest paper thing I have ever made XD.

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I had a base of around 27 X 13 cm, and bended it in around 1 cm at the middle so you have a thick bend when it is closed. Then I make a 9 X 9 cm square where I want the window, and then put a second square around 0.5 cm in. Then you just mark both of them hard with a object to make a crease. Then you cut a X over the middle of both squares, and bend it all into the card like you see in the picture. Then you find a paper to use on the front, and cut it out how you want it to cover. I used the purple note and snow paper from Panduro’s nutcracker christmas collection.

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After that I had a lot of small work to do. I found black thick paper to make the image in the window on. I used the square I cut out of the purple paper to see how big the image had to be, and I got a picture of santa and lightly taped it to the black, before I used white and green ink pads to make the image above. When it was done, I pulled the santa image off to leave a nice negative of santa. I added some ink on top as well, to leave an idea of clouds.

Then I cut out a window to put over the top of the card after putting the image into the holed out square. The window is sort of hard to make, but as long as you measure up what you need, and use a ruler, it works.

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Then I added it all together and got a 3D layered window card. The mix of green and white ink allowed the image to have a nice glow to it, but I am sad I didn’t have a few blue tones, as it would have fitted a night sky better.

After that it was just to add the small touches. Like some greetings on the front, and some snowflakes made with a normal die cutter. Then some stamps and phrases from various christmas sets, and I added some things inside the card to cover up the part where the card is cut in, and a page for writing a greeting to whoever gets this.

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All in all, this was a really fun thing to do. I hope I don’t get addicted, because it sort of sucks to do something this fun and then sit back with the card and feel like you can’t give it to anyone! XD

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My Scrapbooking ventures

I have done a lot of different things since I posted last, I just haven’t had the time to post much. I have had work, and I have played a lot of Final Fantasy XIV (still doing : D) but now that summer is coming, and vacation is just around the corner, I thought I should just try to post a few more things here.

First I will try to show some pictures of my adventures in Scrapbooking! I know I posted some about it earlier, but I’ll try to tell and show a little more of it now.

Some of the basic sets I bought later, because even if the book I bought with the first set was good, it was really small, one of these had a medium book, that seemed better for me to use at journaling.

Some of the basic sets I bought later, because even if the book I bought with the first set was good, it was really small, one of these had a medium book, that seemed better for me to use at journaling.

I always just thought scrapbooking looked really boring, and I mostly saw it as making pretty family albums or just more hardcore cards. But I found

I bought a set at Panduro first, with how to books, and all you needed to start, I also got a lot of things beside that, so I think I got broke the first time I started XD

I bought a set at Panduro first, with how to books, and all you needed to start, I also got a lot of things beside that, so I think I got broke the first time I started XD

out I could actually do more with it than that, when my little brother’s girlfriend started wanting to make a scrapbook journal. I raided Panduro when I got back home that summer, and got all the journaling stuff I thought looked cool. After that I realized I sadly am not one for journaling. But, on the other side, I like making stories. And what better to give a fairy tale feel with, than fantasy filled scrapbook art?

I already posted some pictures from my original story book idea that I were working on as a gift for my niece. I weren’t able to finish it for christmas because of lots of work, but I will still work on it as time goes, and hopefully it will be finished while she can still enjoy it. Someone also told me it could be a good idea for a children’s book, so who knows?

Other than that I started working on an original short fairy tale story based on my own stories. I even bought a really pretty album with a fairy tale theme, together with the background papers that came along with it. It has everything from dragons, fairy tale quotes, to really fantasy inspired designs, and I know I will get to use most of them in time. I also bought a lot of different design papers at different shops in town, and I feel quite pleased with a lot of the things I have gotten. Stamps with ABCs on them, and different stamp colors. A lot of smaller design papers to use in different ways, and also lots of pretty things to put on to make the designs even more unique.

To be able to do something smaller as well, that I can just really focus on, and then get it done without feeling like I have hundred more things to do with it, as an eventual book would do, I also started a small project. A sort of series with one picture done at a time. It will be a series of unique ideas, all linked together with it being about the characters from my books. So basically each of them gets one verse, and one page to their unique personality and story. So far I have only made one, but I really liked how it ended up.

 

 

 

 

Once upon a early start on gift season

I am usually the sort of person that uses a lot of time during Christmas to get people gifts. I enjoy getting gifts myself, but because I am over 18, I don’t get much from not close family anymore, and most of my friends lives too far away. So my satisfaction, is to give gifts to the people I care about and hope they enjoy it. I think I each year actually tell them to not open any gifts from me before I am standing before them so I can see if they like it. (I am so sorry family XD)

Last year I found out something new and fun to do, and that was to make the gifts. I have a lot of fabric, so I made table runners and decorative stuff to have for christmas. I at least hope people liked it ^-^.

This year I have started on some other projects, which I will not tell of here, since most of the people getting them know me on facebook and will then sort of know what they will get for Christmas. But there is one special gift I am making this year, that will be a challenge at least, and I am quite sure she does not have a facebook yet.

My little brother’s girlfriend started doing scrapbooking during the summer, and when I got back to Bergen, I might have raided Panduro, and then Nille…. and then hobbykjellern… and then more Panduros, and then all the Nilles…. So now, I have a really big collection of various paper and stuff to make scrapbooks. I then found a really nice album, and ordered a pretty one with lots of fairy tale papers from America.

So, since I love fairy tales, I decided to try and make a original fairy tale book, with scrapbooking and soft pastell colors on black, for my youngest niece, and about my youngest niece.

So far I have just done a little, but I hope I can get it done for Christmas ^.^

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