tirsdag 28. mai 2013

To Chicken Coops!

My oldest son in front - the expression in his face clearly tells what he thinks about having a chicken coop in the garden (his brother in the background, suggesting this play house would be perfect as a chicken Coop).

Background paper: SEI. Other patterned papers: MME. Alpha: Basic Grey. Paper clip: AC
Chipboard: Maya Road. Pom pom trim: unknown

 Journaling says: "S and Mum cannot understand why M, and dad too, is so against having hens. If you mention "Chicken" to M you get a weird face or weird words in return, or he goes for a deal, like "You can have hens if I get a net for my trampoline".

This layout is my take on this weeks CSI Challenge:

 Don't you love it?

All five colours used.
Evidence: bird, pom pom trim
Testimony: The 1/3/06 prompt ("Why?")in the prompt link

søndag 26. mai 2013

Memory Maze May work + blog hop winner


A week ago it was my turn to share ideas on how to use useboards on the Memory Maze blog. This time I focused on how to you small items/ATC sized chipboards on different creations. If you want to read the entire article, please visit my post at the Memory Maze blog, but here is the short version:

I started by making these three 2,5"x3,5" pieces.

The first one is used on an ATC (You find all the product information on the Memory Maze blog post):

Chipboard: Memory Maze. Stamps: Kaizer Kraft, Teresa Collins Stamp Maker
Alpha: Adornit: Paint: Parma. Ink: Ranger. Pen: Zig

The second is used on a card:

Chipboard: Memory Maze. Patterned Paper: AC. Alpha: Crate Paper
Pearls: Inkido

The third one is used on a layout (There is a lot of white-tailed deers where I live. As my gardens is fenced, just a low fence so my dogs can run free in it, they usually don't visit us. Spring this year must have been tought on the deers with lots of ice on the ground, making it hard to find anything eat, becuase they decided to pay my garden a visit - and they ate the pancies I had on a table next to the kitchen window).

Chipboard: Memory Maze. Patterned Paper: Harmonie. Bling: Petaloo.  Ribbon: AC. Cheesecloth: unknown


Memory Maze blog hop winner

Thanks to everyone who played along with our first ever blog hop for Memory Maze. And thank you also for all the lovely comments and for joining my blog. Without further ado the randomly chosen winner of my blog hop is................Tone-Lill Angelsgård. Congratulations Tone-Lill - please email me your address (see the right hand bar) so that I can ship you your prize ~ a card kit.

torsdag 23. mai 2013

The Studio Challenges - The Five Things Only Challenge


If you are looking for the Memory Maze Blog Hop post, please scroll further down or go here.

The Studio Challenges never run out of ideas to get your mojo kicking and keeps providing you with clever inputs on where to start your creations. Some challenges have techniques as a suggestion for a starting point, others colors or sketches, some are recipe challenges etc etc. This week we have a Five Things Only challenge for you. Yepp, that's right: Five things only (+ cardstock, pens etc) :-) See details on the TSC blog.

Patterned papers: DCWV, DaisyD. Alpha: DCWV. Chipboards: Memory Maze. Twine: Unknown

I have used these five ingrediences + cardstock &alpha:
  • Two different patterned papers - one of could be cut into different colored blocks
  • Two chipboards, one globe and one polaroid frame
  • Twine
DS10 in Stanstead Airport on our way home from London this Easter Break.
We don't have any Starbucks near us at home, so we took advatage of the one
at the Stanstead Airport :-)

Memory Maze is this month's sponsor and I have chosen to use two of their chipboards on my layout.

Please head over to to the The Studio Challenges to see the rest of the DT's fabulous examples and to find out how to play along and how to win a lovely prize pack from Memory Maze. You have the rest of May to play with both this challenge and our May Sketch Challenge.

mandag 20. mai 2013

Memory Maze's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Memory Maze's first ever blog hop!!

If you didn't come from Sharm Nidyanandan's blog or you popped upon this blog and didn't realize we were blog hopping you need to go to the Memory Maze blog and start the HOP! 

You will need to comment on ALL of the blogs to be eligible for the prize. Plus some of our awesome designers are giving away a prize on their blogs as well. 

 Here's what you could win from Memory Maze.

The Winner will be announced at the Memory Maze blog on the 26th May !

Our theme for this blog hop is Technique, each of our wonderful design team members will show you how to decorate those chipboard pieces or create new chipboard pieces.

My contribution is to show how  to make skin structure to chipboard - I'm going to do it on a dinosaur chipboard.

Start with covering your chipboard with gesso or other paint.
This will prevent your chipboard from sucking ink/paint and
will give crisper colors

Paint or ink your chipboard in desired colors. I have used both
acrylic paint and ink (Ranger Distressing ink)

When paint/ink is dry, cover areas you want a skin structure
on with crackle paint i(t's easier to see the crackles at this photo 
 angel, even if it means colors are not)

To make the crackles more visible, paint over crackle paint with
acrylic paint when crackle paint has dried. While acrylic paint is
still wet, wipe off access paint with a baby wiper. Cover other
parts of chipboard with a glossy varnish for a more even surface.

When completely dried, mount painted chipboard on project.

Memory Maze Product used 
Other products: Patterned papers: Kaiser Kraft (Background), Studio Calico. Rubons: Basic Grey.
Alphas: Crate Paper (Scrabble), Basic Grey. Washi: Unknown
To celebrate this blog hop, I feel like giving away a small prize, too. All you have to do to have a chance to win a card kit, is to be a follower of my blog, either by BlogLovin, NetworkedBlogs or Google Follower - see badges on the right hand, and to leave a comment on this post. Winner will be announced on the May 26th.

Our blog hop runs from today, Monday 20th May, invite your Friends to play along. You must comment on all the blogs for a chance at the Grand Prize. 
The Winner will be announced here on the 26th May, as well as on the Memory Maze blog!

The next stop on the blog hop is Victoria Freze, so pop on over and let them know what your favorite piece of Memory Maze chipboard is.

 Here is a list and order for our blog hop.

Hilde Aaslund --- (You are here)

Thank you for playing along with our first Blog Hop, we hope that you had fun and will be back to join in again.

onsdag 15. mai 2013

Memory Maze blog hop

I'm sorry this blog have been quiet this week, but I have been working on sunday's blog post at Memory Maze and the blog hop starting on monday (and a new The Studio Challenges layout and some CSI color challenges - all so you can have fun!)

Are you ready to hop with us and to win some cool prizes along the hop?

lørdag 11. mai 2013

Got Wheels (CSI Case File #71)

Earlier this spring my oldest son said he NEVER would buy a scooter - according to him scooters are dead boring. But his younger brother bought one, the oldest want tried it out - and now he wants one, too. What a shame he has spent all his savings on computer games....

Background paper: Lemon Owl. Other papers: Studio Calico, Kaiser Kraft. Washi: Teresa Collins.
 Chipboard: Memory Maze. Wood weeners: Studio Calico. Alpha: Webster Pages (grey), Sassafras Lass (red).
Pens: Zig. Flair: AC

 Some detail photos:

This layout is my take on CSI Case File#71:

How I solved the case:

All colors & sketch is used.
Evidence: Bicycle, doodling, bird (on flair)
Testimony: Add hearts to your journaling spot

Don't you love this challenge/case file??

tirsdag 7. mai 2013

The London Eye (A new The Studio Challenge is up!)


Are you as much as a sketch fan as I am? In that case, check out this great sketch from The Studio Challenges, created by Valerie.

I used this sketch to make this page about the London Eye:

Petterned paper, washi & banners: Teresa Collins. Chipboard: Memory Maze. Flairs: The Paper Bakery
Alphas: Webster Pages (thin), Crate Paper (fat)

Closeup photos focusing on chipboard from the May sponsor Mamory Maze:

Chipboard painted with acrylic paint.

Inked chipboard words. Painted hipboard cogs

I took my family to London during the Easter break, and it was a wonderful trip, even if it was cold and without any signs of spring. I just love London, and have visited the city several times, but this is the first time with kids. And thay had a blast, too - there is so much to see and do in London. We visited the usual tourist traps as Madame Tussauds, the London Eye, the aquarium and Hamleys, but we did a lot of walking, too, and got to see a lot of known places: Big Ben, Trafalguar Squares, parks, Covent Garden etc etc. We only had four days, so we didn't reach every place worth seeing, but we're surely coming back. And beware of more London layouts in the future :-)

What do you say - do you want to play with us at The Studio Challenges, and maybe find out how to win a fabolous prize from the chipboard manufactorer Memory Maze? You have the entire month of May to do so. Welcome!

søndag 5. mai 2013

Spring Cleaning - CSI Case File #70

I wish spring was just about pretty flowers blooming, sunny, warmer days, and letting go of the heavy winter boots and clothes. All those mentioned are off course a huge part of the season called spring, along with a massive increase in day light hours in my part of the world, but there is one important issue which I must not forget:

Spring Cleaning!

Patterned papers: MME (Green), SEI (the rest). Chipboards: SEI. Wooden butterflies: Studio Calico
Alphas: AC (large), October Afternoon (small). Bling: Scrappers Choice

After a long winter both the house, the patio and the outdoor furniture need a good cleaning. And it's amazing what the snow and ice hide: old, often broken, toys, remains from the new year eve fire works etc etc.

This layout is my first layout as a DT member at CSI, and my example for Case File #70.

Don't you love the colors and the journaling promts?

Here is how I solved the case:

Colors: All five used
Evidence: Vertical stripes, wood (butterflies), flowers (printed on chipboards)
Testimony: Documenting spring

Do you need to do spring cleaning, too, or can you enjoy just the pretty parts?

torsdag 2. mai 2013

You'll never know if you don't try...

My youngest son, the 10 years old, is a very creative boy. He has tons if ideas, and is very DIY - and he has technical skills and the patience to try out what occupies his brains. The internet is a true source for getting clever ideas, like transforming an ordinary electronic fly killer to an electro shock baton - oh, was I happy for that one (insert ironic grin here), but he also wants to invent new, never seen or done before, creations.

Last summer he wanted to test out what happened if he attached an oversized A-framed wing to his bike. Would he jump longer with the wing on? Would he be able to fly if he run fast enough? He claims he jumped longer, but admits he never succeeded in taking off...

Patterned papers: AC, Lily Bee Designs, Studio Calico. Die Cuts: Crate Paper. Alpha: Jillibean Soup
Flairs: The Paper Bakery

I got the idea for the design of this layout when I saw Sketch #2 at The Paper Bakery blog. I have rotated the sketch to make it fit my three landscape oriented photos better, but except for that I have stayed pretty close to the sketch.

Did you notice the fun mix of papers and the lovely flairs? They are all from The Paper Bakery.I have been looking for a scrap kit club for a while - some times it's handy to grab coordinated papers and embellishments when you have an idea and don't want to spend time on putting it all together yourself. I have tried out a few clubs, but haven't been happy with them - either the kits weren't my style, they were over prized or had lousy customers services (or a combination of these three). Then I stumbled upon The Paper Bakery, put in an order as I fell in love with both their kits and the flairs, and so far I'm very happy with them. No, I'm not sponsored to promote them - I just wanted you to take part in my experience :-)