It rhymes with…. door hinge?

I am sure that plenty of the regular brands sell stamp pads in various orange colours, the problem is just that I haven’t found them in any of the Swedish stores I visit. So, now that I have “discovered” the ColorBox Inkpads I also finally found my orange stamp pad(I dunno why I didn’t really see them before, maybe because I’m so used to shopping the VersaMarks and Brilliance ones, ’cause they are sold everywhere). Maybe orange is just so darn popular it’s always sold out… Anyways, I am thrilled to have added this colour to my pads. I found it at Ljunggrens …

Reinvent and Recycle

I like to think I do my part when it comes to the climate issue; I recycle my trash, mainly travel by public transportation or walk, buy organic food when I have the chance… I do believe that everyone can contribute and that even the choices that seems minute matter. So, taking up scrapbooking as a hobby sometimes seem a bit ironic to me. It’s a hobby and an industry that seems to thrive on production and consumtion of paper, plastics and gawd knows what. Wasteful, some might say, but when one’s grandchildren flip through the scrapbooks, that might be the thing furthest from one’s mind. I …

Where buttons live

Ma’ Clay Buttons needed somewhere to live so I decided to alter this tin. It used to contain some nice dark chocolate Jonny gave me but now when that’s gone (how, oh how?). This is my first “real” altered object, I’m rather pleased.  I just l love those dots!      

Super Light

When I started out, two years ago now, there were so many products I thought I’d never use.  And I never thought I’d be so into making my own embellishments either. But now, a few years later, here I am, spending precious time trying out things that often does not end up the way I thought it would (more often than not it requires a few tries). This is one of those projects, making my own buttons. When I begun this hobby I never thought I’d ever put anything remotely like a button on a project. It just didn’t make any sense to …

More Urban Sphere pics

“Hello” I chose this paper as the colour reminded me of one of those gorgeous sunsets you can get in a city when the sun and the sky reflects in all the windows. The patterns is made of fuzzy crushed velvet flock, which I think go rather well with the kitties living in the building :)   I glazed the windows and worked on the fasade to get something a bit grungy in colours that would match the background paper. It’s basically brown cardstock that I painted, sandpapered, embossed and inked.   “It Must Be Bunnies” Being a softy for pop cult …

Urban life

I have all these ideas in my head and all I want to do is go home and grab my scissors and glue! But, of course, I have to support my addiction somehow so I am stuck at work for a few more hours. I hope to get a couple of good hours of glue madness on Saturday! Tricks pictures of the tiny houses on the street light really hit the spot with me. I love street art and guerrilla art, how citizens takes charge in the public room, and how often it turns out to be something soft and sweet (like …

Scrapping in my sleep, really?

Daydreaming about scrapbooking is something I do every day. Trying bits and ends inside my mind, trying to figure out how something would look in combination with something else, etc. But has it gone a bit to far when I even do that in my sleep? Is that normal? Should I get worried? So I had this dream where I stamped words all over a paper, then embossed a big oval shape with a deep, metallic powder, and finally placed a leaf on top. Cutting out the oval shape and masking the card felt so real that when I woke up the …

Tricks rocks!

I had a few friends over for beer and Rockband this weekend, such a great evening! That game is so much fun, it really makes you feel like somewhat of a rock star, and it’s something you do together with your friends, big plus! Tricks brought this gorgeous bouquet of roses, and she had altered it!  Getting fresh flowers is such a treat, and when someone also has spent the time to scrap something for it it’s just lovely :) She’d made these awesome guitars with cords and buttons and everything, totally neat. Also she’d glazed them so they’re all shiny. I …

Holy artichoke, Batgirl!

I’m thinking a lot about the stamp carving and about what motifs I want to do. Thematically I have an urge to go with cooking related motifs, since I do a fair amount of scrapbooking for my recipe binder, and I haven’t found a lot of stamps for that which suit my style and plans. Why not make them myself? I had a nice big piece of the linoleum left and wanted to do an artichoke. It’s a simple shape and a very pretty vegetable that can be stamped in so many nice colours. I also wanted to do it a …

How to do an outing in search of tools, step by step

We’ve been planning to go on a hunt for The Tools, and so last week we found a day! We were both off from work and had been thoroughly searching the web for a good place to go, planning the day step by step. Ironically, it turned out that a good and cheap starter set was available at our very local art supply store (and I mean local, it’s a 2 minute walk from our street, literary around the corner). Go figure, huh? We set out kind of early so of course we had to start off with a huge latte. When you …

The Research of the Carving of the Stamps

I am addicted to Google, you can find anything on the net, believe!   Thought I’d jot down the links from my research regarding carving your own stamps so that I have them all in one place: Val Webb shares a post about carving botanical stamps all the way from her studio in Alabama, with some really nice illustrations http://valwebb.wordpress.com/2007/11/01/make-your-own-botanical-rubber-stamps/ Craftpudding has some good links to tutorials and also sells her own hand carved stamps, http://www.craftpudding.com/ Ciara Elend presses her own t-shirts and has a good post about prepping a linoleum block, http://ciaraelend.wordpress.com/2007/11/29/prepping-the-block/ Really informative tutorial by Carolyn Hasenfraz, found on Craftpudding, …

Last X-mas I gave you my tags

Tricks made a set of incredibly creative tags for her sisters x-mas tree, and posted a couple pictures a while back. Thank you, Tricks! I was so curious about those tags, you’d told me about them but i didn’t get a chance to see them before the big day. I love how you do the unexpected, how you can get cheerful clouds and pink swirls and a trumpet-playing rabbit to be so x-massy :) I’ve made sort-of-tags for my x-mas gifts before, I rather do something hand-made (even though it looks like it was made like a 3-year-old) when I …