Sunday, May 30, 2021

Quotes & TIME ~ Altered Books

Helt siden jeg var liten har jeg likt å pynte forsiden på skolebøker, dagbøker og notatbøker, men etter at jeg begyndte denne hobbyen for rundtom tyve år siden har det blitt mere mixed media på dem enn vanlig gavepapir og klistremerker..

Akkurat disse bøkene må jeg ha kjøpt på slutten av nitti-tallet en gang, ettersom bildene på forsiden er Madonna fra den tiden hun ga ut CD'en 'Ray of Light'. Favorittsangen min derfra er 'Frozen' ❤️ 

Har alltid hatt øye for en god deal så de bøkene var nok til salgs for en tier eller noe, og så har jeg tenkt at dem kunne jeg gjøre pene - men det tok meg alltså over tyve år!!! LOL

Bøkene er mitt DT bidrag hos Creative Fingers #209. Er litt forsinka, beklager det - har hatt migrene i dagevis .. og jeg er ganske sikker på at denne gangen har Finnabair voksen skylda! Jeg satt på scrapperommet og koste meg og så BANG! Kvalme og skallebank.. Jeg reagerer ofte på sterke lukter, spesielt parfyme, og den fra Finnabair er ekstremt sterk på lukt... Viva Decor voksene har derimot nesten ingen lukt, helt trygge å bruke. Veldig synd at Prima har valgt å ha sånn sterke luktestoffer i voksen da de er helt nydelige i fargene og helt kremete og lett og bruke, kommer nok ikke til å kjøpe flere enn de to jeg har nå. Hvis du vet om andre typer voks som er trygge å bruke, tips meg gjerne!

Angelique har sponset Creative Fingers utfordringen med en flott premie! Dermed har vi hatt fritt frem med kreasjonene. Som alltid har vi et 'Lag-hva-du-vil' tema, og velkommen skal du være! ❤️


Ever since I was a child I've been decorating my notebooks, wether its schoolbooks, journals or diaries. But after starting my crafting hobbies about 20 years ago, its been more mixed media  and art journaling than the regular old giftwrapping papers and stickers I used to have!

Theese books I must have bought sometime in the late nineties, going by the photos on front of them (before altering), as the photo of Madonna is from the time when she sang 'Frozen'. I love that  song so much ❤️ The 'Ray of Light' album its on is one of her best in my opinion.

I've always had an eye for a good deal, so I reckon that I got those books for next to nothing on a sale, with the intention to pretty up the covers - but here we are... it took me more than twenty years to do so!!! LOL

I am a couple days late with my contribution, sorry about that, I got a massive migraine just when I was almost done working on theese. Was having a fun time creating when BLAM! Feeling sick  and queezy with a massive headache. And I'm sure it was the Finnabair wax this time that did it 🙁 I often react to strong odors and fumes, especially perfumes, and theese waxes has a very pungent scent to them. It is such a shame that Prima chose to add that, as they're otherwise just gorgeous to work with, so creamy and beautiful colors! The Viva Decor waxes I also use are practically odorless, so they are safe to use. Probably not going to buy any more than the two Prima waxes I have now. Please do let me know of any other brand of waxes you know of that are safe for me to use!

My two altered books are my DT inspiration for challenge #209. at Creative Fingers, wich is sponsored with a fab prize from our DT Angelique. As always it is an 'Anything goes theme', and you are more than welcome to join with your creations ❤️

inside the Quotes Book

inside the TIME Book

I enter my books in theese fab Challenges: [Ends on]
Simon Says Wednesday ~ Anything goes [June 2nd.]
Through The Craft Room Door ~ Always AG
[June 1st.]
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #PIP2121. ~ Always AG [May 30th.]
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #158. ~ Always AG [June 5th.]
We Love 2 Create #6. ~ AG Mixed Media!
June 10th or 23rd?]
Crafts Galore Encore #87. ~ Anything goes [May 30th.]
Mixed Media Lovers #1. ~ AG Mixed media!
May 31st.] X
The Creative Crafters #40. ~ Always AG [June 8th.]


My process in the making of the books.

First I cut a square piece of fabric for each of the books, no measuring needed as its easy to estimate. But I cut it quite enough bigger than the books to be able to easily wrap it around the edges and then fold over and adhere inside the bookflaps - as shown in the photos.

The trick to making the wrapping pretty is by first tucking the corners inwards, then the sides. If like me you mess up and there is an open gap when trying to adhere the sides over the corner - you just add a tiny piece of cloth (or paper if you use that for your book) in the corner, tucking it in.


After stencilling on the front covers and adding the waxes, I was left with a lot of leftovers - and I am not one for wasting - so I dilluted the wax with water and using my paintbrush and a splatter brush I made pretty golden paper and some papers with speckled gold and black. Before adding those papers to the inside of my bookcovers I taped some gold threads on each side to be able to keep the book closed together when it eventually will be filled with stuff :)
Stamps: ...  Fabric: Jysk bord løper 'In Home - Gedeblad' (table runner imitation black suede leather made of polyester/polyuretan fabric).
Images/Papers: Bazzill cardstock. Plain white cardstock. Prima Marketing inc. 'Almanac collection' A4 Paperstack Designerpapers and images.

Embellishments: tvunnet gull snor / threaded gold twine. Misc Washi tapes, mostly from Panduro Hobby.

Tools: EK Success® Whale Of A Punch 'Large Circle 1.75'.

Stencils/Embossingfolders: Visible Image 'Time flies' stencil. Hunkydory 'Starry skies' stencil.
Dies: QuicKutz (now LifeStyle crafts/WRMK) 'Nesting Star DC0173' and 'Parade alphabet DA0312'.
High-Tack adhesive tape Sookwang Scor-Pal tape &/or Red tape.

See photo tutorials! When adding waxes to the cover - after the stenciled images with the aid of a spatula were dry to the touch - I used my fingers to rub wax on the covers here and there. The waxes I used are from Viva Decor Inka Gold 'Copper', 'Gold', 'Old Silver' and 'Brown Gold'. Prima Marketing inc. Finnabair Art Alchemy wax Cire Cera 'Firebird'. Black Gesso from Royal Talens Amsterdam. I used my paintbrush as well as a Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush to make the fine gold & black speckles.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Nostalgia & Flower Fairies


Cicely Mary Barker er en av mine favoritt kunstnere helt siden jeg var liten jente. Jeg ser ofte gjennom bøkene jeg har av hennes nydelige Flower fairies og henter inspirasjon til fargelegging ♥ Du kan finne mange av hennes Flower Fairies illustrasjoner og dikt på den offisielle nettsiden, tilogmed noen sider til å printe ut og fargelegge selv!

Jeg har aldri vært spesielt glad i blomstrete klær eller interiør ~ og såkalte 'grønne fingre' har jeg vel aldri hatt... Snarere tvert imot! Kun plast eller tørkede blomster overlever hos meg ;) Men jeg er glad i å fargelegge blomster så dette er et perfekt motiv med en av favoritt blomstene, rød-kløver.  Husker da jeg var liten brukte jeg å komme hjem til mamma med kløver, blåklokker, geitrams og løvetann .. og kansje litt ugress! Flere av de eldre naboene pleide også få meg på besøk med litt pjuskete blomster i fine små buketter ♥

Kortet mitt er DT bidrag hos Creative Fingers 208., hvor jeg er sponsor denne gang. Premien er et kjempefint vintage/steampunk stempel!
Som alltid har vi et 'Lag-hva-du-vil' tema, og velkommen skal du være :)

🌻 🌼 🌷 🌼 🌻
'Gratulations on the day'


The Fairy:
O, what a great big bee
Has come to visit me!
He’s come to find my honey.
O, what a great big bee!

The Bee:
O, what a great big Clover!
I’ll search it well, all over,
And gather all its honey.
O, what a great big Clover!


One of my favourite artist illustrators ever since I was a little girl is Cicely Mary Barker, the woman who created the gorgeous Flower Fairies ♥ I have several of her books wich I love to look through for inspiration, especially for the way the fairies and flowers are colored. You can find much of her work here on the official Flower Fairies website and the accompanying poems. There is also a section with several free coloringpages!

I have never been a fan of floral clothes or floral interior designs, nor do I have any flowers thats alive.. (dried or plastic only survives in my home lol) however I LOVE coloring flowers and got so many lovely flower themed stamps ♥ The Red Clover is one of my favourites in nature, when I was I child I used to pick dandelions, blue-bells, clovers and rose-bay willow herb to give to my mum ~ and all the elderly people in the neighbourhood got some flowers & weed bouquets from me as well I remember! ;)

My card is DT inspiration for challenge #208. at Creative Fingers, of wich I am the sponsor of this time with an awesome vintage/steampunk themed clingstamp ♥ As always it is an 'Anything goes theme', and you are more than welcome to join with your creations :)

I enter my card in theese fab Challenges: [Ends on]
Simon Says Monday ~ Things with Wings [
May 16th.]
Ally's Angels #46. ~ Anything goes
[June 7th.]
Crafty Gals Corner #219. ~ For the ladies [June 8th.]
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday ~ May: Blooming Beautiful! [May 31st.]
Word Art Wednesdays #wk.491-492. ~ AG with sentiment
May 25th.]
WaterCooler Wednesday #WWC315. ~ Feminine [May 17th.]
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #PIP2119. ~ AG [May 16th.]

Scandinavian Challenges: [innen]
Scrappelyst ~ Mai: Feiring [30.mai.]


inside detail
'Wishing you a super day'


Stamps/Images: Studio Light Clearstamp set FF04 'Flower Fairies ~ Fuschia & Red Clover' art by Cicely Mary Barker. Kort & Godt CS 'M-457'. Hero Arts 6x6 Clingstamps 'Bold Prints - Novel prose CG839'.
Papers: I prefer Canson Montvale aquarelle paper (200 g/m coldpressed) for my motifs. Bazzill cardstock. Plain white cardstock. Panduro Hobby 'Christmas' speciality paper pad (green bling pearly cardstock). Creo-time A6 cardstock blanks & envelopes.
Embellishments: Nille Memories Bling green/clear gemstones.

Tools: Distress tools from Ranger Ink ~ Tim Holtz® Mini Ink Round Blending Tool & the Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and Foams. EK Success® Whale Of A Punch 'Large Circle 1.75'.

Dies: Spellbinders™ Nestabilities 'Curved Rectangles S5006'. Crafts-Too Presscut 'Circle Nesting Dies PCD46'. Lawn Fawn 'Fancy wavy banners LF#1923'.
Essentials/Adhesives: Bonefolder.
High-Tack adhesive tape Sookwang Scor-Pal tape &/or Red tape. Tonic Studios Nuvo glue pen.
Techniques/Mediums: I used misc. Luminarte Twinkling H2o's Shimmering Watercolors, and Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads to watercolor and distress image and papers.