tirsdag 15. november 2016

Who wants a cold beer?

I was in Lisbon, Portugal,  with some coworkers in June. I just loved the food and wine and the beautiful old city! The weather was just perfect so we did a lot of sightseeing - and walking in the sun meant getting thirsty. When asked - who wanted a cold beer?

Papers: Simple Stories. Wood words: Heidi Swapp. Buttons & beer sticker: from my stash


This dimensional sticker has been on my desk for years. It finally found it's final placement :-)

These papers are from a Simple Story pocket page collection, but they are perfect for traditional layouts, too!

Asking: Who wants a cold beer?

The design is from the November sketch challenge at Creative Scrappers and My Creative Sketches::

I could use this over and over again :-)

Thanks you for stopping by - you know it means a lot to me!

søndag 23. oktober 2016

Cherry Pickers

Our cherry trees carry more than we can eat, and as I still had several jars with canned cherries from last season, I didn't care about canning this year. The birds are happy, though! Honestly, they empty the trees within ten minuts when they discover the berries!

Patterned papers, cutouts & buttons: Doodlebug Designs "Flee Market". Alpha: American Crafts. Cardstoock: ClubScrap

The design is a scraplift from one of the October scraplift Challenges at Paper Issues. Here is the the original design:

The design was a lovely inpiration and I really enjoyed lifting it!

Need some more inspiration? Visit Paper Issues! There is so much going on there!

torsdag 20. oktober 2016


Inspiration for designs and details on layouts can be found lots of places. One of my fav places is Paper Issues (PI) which not only is a store, but also have a creative design team which whip up monthly fun challenges on PI's FB-page. One of them is "Pawsitively Pets" and the september twist was to use, on your page "something new to you, and something you have hoarded".

Paper pieces & frames: Simple Stories. Wood veeners: Jillibean Soup (?). Alpha: AC. Enamel dots: MME. Buttons & cut out love heart: unknown


I often mix manufactores and it works out just fine!

I had, new to me, a package of photo frames and paper pieces (to be used on pocked pages) and desided it was time to dig into them. I am a button hoarder - I love buttons, and the wood cats are hoarded, too. Time to let them go!

Do you hoard scrap stuff, too?

tirsdag 18. oktober 2016

Rock Hard!

Feel free to interpret the title as you want to:
  • Is it me telling my mum to (still) rock hard?
  • Is it her beeing rock hard (no, she's really a sweetie, but she's quite tough, too)?
  • Or is it just the feeling you get when you hug a cairn?
Your choice :-)

Papers & cut outs: Pink Fresh. Alpha: American Crafts. Sequin covered hearts & enamel hearts: Freckled Fawn. Brads: MME


Since I don't do any DT work atm, just scrap for my own amusement and to preserve memories, I suck inspiration wherever I find it. The idea for this spesific design came from a lifting challenge at Paper Issues (where I also bought the papers):

I have a hard time using large heart shapes, I replaced the large hearts in the layout with pieces of paper. I still you still can see the main design in my lift. Agree?

torsdag 13. oktober 2016

Garden Gnome Model

We spent last weekend hiking in the Norwegian mountains. It was one of those wonderful fall weekends when the days start out with chilly mornings, just below the freezing point,  and end up with sun and temperatures at least 15 degrees higher. Mix it up with some wind and there are hours you take mittens and bonnets on - off - on - off - just because it's either too hot - or too cold.

I took some snapshots of my oldest son one of those hours - he really could not decide if to keep the bonnet on or not. With the bonnet half way off he reminded me of a garden gnome...

Papers & stickers: Bella Boulevard. Alpha: Echo Park & American crafts. Cut outs & buttons: Pebbles

 Close ups/details:

The deign is taken from this lovely sketch from Creative Scrappers.

Thank you for taking time to stop by! Do you have a garden gnome, btw?

tirsdag 11. oktober 2016

From this - to that

Last wekend was spent hiking in the Norwgian mountains: me, the kids, my husband and my mum.

Two years ago my mum had an accident and smashed her ancle really bad. Ten surgeries (!) later she is like a goat even in harsh terrain. I'm so happy for her! Did I mention she's 72, btw?

Patterned papers, stickers, chipboard, flair & cut outs: Shimelle for American Crafts. Alpha:Echo Park. Wood veeners: Jillibean Soup
 Close ups/details:

The design is taken from the October 1th Sketch at Stuck!? 

I find sketches a great starting point when creating, especially like now when I have been "out of business" for a while.

Do you like sketches?

lørdag 10. september 2016

Pretty birds

Scrapping hasn't been on my priority list this summer. I have spent the season wisely, though, both done som travelling and also spending hours and hours doing garden work. I just love it so much! But now, as we're facing fall first, then a long winter, I might find time to scrap again :-)

Our garden has been through some major changes this summer: we put up a greenhouse, made a pond, dug up boring old shrubs and planted more perennials. For some reason I also got this sudden urge for pink flamingos! The weren't easy to find, but finally I did. I can't think of anything more kitchy than pink flamingoes! Here they are, with me.

Papers: Echo Park Cut outs: Fancy Pants Designs. Dotted overlay: Bella Boulevard. Sequins: Studio Calico. Cut file: Silhoutte Design Studio
 Close ups/details

The design is taken from the September sketch at Stuck?! Sketches.

Please com back next week as I have more layouts to show!

tirsdag 26. april 2016

Lockers in Wroclaw (Scrap lift)

I visited Wroclaw, Poland, in December. The main reason for the trip was the Christmas market, but we did some sightseeing, too.  Oneone of the bridges lovers had put up lockers to show their love, and I found the collection so pretty and colorful, that I needed to take a photo of it.

Papers: 4heures37. Word stickers: American Crafts. Wood weeners: Project Lift/Becky Higgins. Twine & charm: unknown

The idea for the design came from one of the April scrap lift challenges at Paper Issues. Here is the layout to lift, made by Janet Grzanka-Dlugokenski 

I used the layout as a sketch and kept the main elements, like the large vertical paper strip and the right side embellishment cluster

What a surprise: I doodled :-)

Cute wood weeners
Please come back later this week, as I have more up the sleeve for you :-)

mandag 25. april 2016

A wine drinker's heaven


Do I need to say more?

Some times themed/ photo papers work out on layouts (why do I keep buying them, when I find them difficult to use?)!

Background paper: Paper House Design. Other papers: unknown Alpha: American Crafts. Corrugated word: Jillibean Soup. Wood weener words: Becky Higgins for American Crafts. Chipboard: unknown

Close up of cluster (and wine)

The background paper is bought recently, but the other must be 7-8 years old. 

The design is taken from the April 15th sketch at Stuck?! Sketches

It might be hard to recognize the sketch because of the image of the big wine bottle on the background paper, but it's there, just have a look - layers, cluster and title *lol*

Thank you for stopping by - your visit means a lot to me!

søndag 24. april 2016

Saddle up (Scrap lift)

After my long scrapping break I found myself a little rusty: I still have the technical skills, but haven't been into doing my own designs for a while. I'm a big fan of sketches, and have always been, but scraplifting has taken it one more step further: watching designer's details and tecniques is so inspirational!

Paper Issues has a new scrap lift challenge every weekend, and over the next week I'm going to show my take on the April lifts.

Let's start with "Saddle up":

Background paper: Lemon Owl. Rubon & alpha : Basic Grey.
Stickers: Sandylion.
Here is the layout I lifted:

Layout by Kelly Feldmad
I was attracted to the general design and multiple photos, and chose to have a bottom border, too, to keep the layout balanced. Actually, scraplifting is pretty much like using a sketch: you take inspiration from it and make it yours as you feel like. No need to copy every detail!


Mix of stickers and rubons

I wonder what I was thinking when I bought these themed stickers. Who cares, they turned out to be handy :-)

Lovely old rubond from Basic Grey. It was time to use them, as they don't stick that good any longer when They get old.

Your thoughts on scrap lifting?

Please come back on Tuesday when I have a new scrap lift to share!

søndag 17. april 2016

Good Times (Stuck?! April 1th Sketch)

For my birthday last year, husband and kids gave me a riding weekend  up in the Norwegian mountains.

Summer can be chilly in the mountains, but it still was a wonderful weekend - good, sturdy horses and a beautiful landscape. I was teamed up with the horse Hogda Viljar - a good choice made by the instructors - not too hot a horse, but not completely dead either :-)

Papers & stickers: Doodlebug Designs. Words: American Crafts. Wood weener: Freckled Fawn. Brads: unknown
Even if the mpintains hadn't dress in fall colors yet, I found the Doodlebug Designs Friendly Forest collection perfect:

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Saddlebag - for food and extra clothes

The design is taken from the April 1th Sketch at Stuck?! Sketches, a great sketch to work with.

I hope I can do i similar tour this summer, too, but might find one with a little more speed and action!

onsdag 13. april 2016

Tons of Work (Scrap Lifting part III)

I am a garden junkie. I love digging, weeding, cutting and getting dirt under my nails. My long time goal is to have a pretty, low maintenance garden, but I I'm not sure if I'll ever get there :-)

One of the thinkg we do to keep weeds away/down is cover up areas with thick layers of bark. We haven'd refilled in ages, so last summer we needed tons to get back on track. Actually, me & the husband managed to get rid of this huge pile in just a short weekend, using nothing else but wheel barrels & shovels!

All papers & cut outs: Pebbles. Alpha: American Crafts. Ribbons & brad: unknown

Some vellum cut outs without (!) doodling.

The bright green freshes up the page a bit!

The design is taken from the base layout at one of the March Scraplift Challenges at Paper Issues. I just loved all the layers and the big bow!

Do you enjoy gardening?