onsdag 1. november 2017

Christmas tag in traditional colors

Hello everyone.

We have a fabulous new challenge for you at House of Cards this month!  You can be inspired by the colors or include the holiday theme on your card or be like me and use both.

To day it is the first day with snow here, and I have been in real Christmas mood here. So this months challenge was just all joy. And I wanted to start making some tag for the Christmas presents later this season. And here are the first one.




So here is my lovely Christmas Santa tag, or Nisse as we say here in Norway.... our nisse are small and lives in the barn or in the woods and are all kind to the animals and do tricks on us humans these weesk before Christmas. So if anything goes wrong, blame it on the Nisse. :D


I always have enjoy to color since childhood. And for this tag I use one of my very first stamp ever, one I have very dear and want more of the same style. So if you know of any let me know ;)

This one is from Ladybugs and Friends, and I don't know the designer of this. So if any know the desinger, I like to know. 

This one I have used a lot, and used with my Promarkers and watercolor on, but never my Prismacolor. So of course this one had to be done with my pencils and on my craft cardstock. 

I just use the pencils, and no mediums needed when blending on craft or sketch paper. Started to ink it up with Memento London fog, a ligth gray and then colored it.

Die cut it with a tag die from Die'desire. Inked up the edges with the same ink. It needed some more so I used my Martha Stewart branch punch and punched out some branches in green scrap papers and added some red half pearls and a dark green ribbon.

So hop over to the House of Card challenge this month and enter your craft and enjoy the first of winter and snow. I know I will.

Here is the graphic for the challenge

Holiday and/or Colors





Happy crafting everyone. 
 (✿◠‿◠) Ma (Merethe)

søndag 1. oktober 2017

Autumn colors / Høst farger

Hello again. 

Are you ready for another challenge over at the HOUSE OF CARDS?
This months theme is about CAS Halloween and/or Colors.

Here are my cards :)




I randomly inked a sheet of paper with distress ink i orange, soft green and grey colors. 
I did diecut the leaves from this. The tree is diecut out of some black cardstock.

1.st card I just randomly glued the leaves on the frame and tree, before I glued it all on the base card.

2nd card I cut a circle from a postit note and inked the grey area, I also teared up a paper edge as I inked for some clouds. Removed the postit note and inked the moon. Glued the tree frame on this and cut around and glued to the basecard. At last the leaves where glued on.

Scrap papers for the base and the tree.

Happy with my cards, and hope you got inspired to make one or more too....


 (✿◠‿◠) Ma (Merethe)

tirsdag 1. august 2017

Fun Folded Twist Card

Hi everyone.

Ready for another month for the challenge at the House of Cards
This month it is all about flower or and lilac/purple colors.

I struggle to find my inspiration, rather beeing out in the sun and enjoy the summer right now. 

But looking around I found this Fun Folded Twisted Card at the The Paper Crafting - Scandinavian edition. HERE a link for a Youtube tutorial I used.

 Here is how mine turn on this Fun Folded Twisted Card.


I folded it in the opposite directon so my front got just one panel, and the pocket is on the left when you opend the card.


It is an easy and quick card to make, just remember if you use two sided pattern paper, do cut with the side you want too use up, otherwise your panels pattern can be upside down. 
I think this card will work great as invitations too, as you can make 3 out of an 12x12 background and an pattern paper.




That's why it is rose pattern on all the large panels at mine. I also glued it down so it stayed as an pocket card. And I made a little note card for the pocket but it dissapeard between my craftroom and my outdor photosession. Sorry.


I have used Bazzill craft for my base and two sided pattern paper from Maja desing.
Used dies from Tattered Lace and Marianne design.
And my stamps are from Norwegian Storyteller, and are all about friendship.
Rinestones from Staz.
Used a Sakura clear glaze gel pen on the sentiments to let pop a little.


The flowers got a sprinkle of mist from Tattered Angel and 13@arts, and shaped before gluing.

So that is my card, hope you enjoyed it, and enter your card for the challenge.

Here is our graphic for the Challenge





Happy Crafting
 (✿◠‿◠) Ma (Merethe)


Enter these challenges:


15/8-17 Scrappiness - #7 Lag egne blomster  
26/9-17 Kreativ Scrapping - #8 Stempel 

lørdag 1. juli 2017

MixMedia Friendship Tags


Hello and happy summer to you all.


I am back here with another challenge at the House of Cards. This month the theme is 


Here is my tags for the challenge.


My stripes are the ribbons, the gesso and the texture of the cardboard, also choose the colors. 

Did not find my tags, (still unpacking) so I made some from a cardbox. 
For texture I took of the top layer, which I stamped the sentiment on, and the bottom layer made the texture for the tags.


Have used Gesso, Gelatos, Acrylic Paint markers and paste on the backgrounds. Leftover ribbons, (could have used paper scraps to) old watch parts. These I used alcohol inks on. The other metal embellishment did get layers of light gold paste and green gelatos. 


I also had som diecuts in yellow and green, worked perfect here.


On this one I added som micro micro glas beads.


And this got some yellow star sequins.


 This is the color theme for this challenge. You can also choose stripes or both.


Hope to to see your creations for this challenge.

Have fun crafting in the sun 

(✿◠‿◠) Ma (Merethe)




søndag 7. mai 2017

Editing white balance to your photos

Editing white balance to your photos


Hi peeps.


(This is a blogpost I made for the DT blog on house of card and thougt it is to know for others to)

Just had to share this with you. 

I often had problems that my photos are not white, but blue/gray around the card. Since we dont have much daylight in her in the winter, I ofte not getting enough light on my photos. So when I came over this blog I had to try it out.

And it is working!!!! 

I dont use her program, but I find the topic she is talkin about it in the one I use.


Befor and after 

So pop over to the "Scrap Escape" blog and check this great tutorial on this topic.


Hope you find this as useful as I did.

Take care and hugs
(✿◠‿◠) Ma

mandag 1. mai 2017

Spring card and Sequins



Hello again. 

We have a fabulous new challenge for you at the House of Cards, add sequins and/or colors. You can be inspired by the colors or include some sequins on your card or be like me and use both! And here is my ispiration card.




I am ispired and by KittieKraft and have followed her blog for years. Her diecut cards with the tinies 3D flowers are stunning and I thougt it would be nice to use one of the dies I have with those tiny flowers this time. 




Vintage photo as the main image and tried to layere the card for some dimension. Shaped the flowers and and added some micro star shaped sequins here and there.




Papers are from BoBunny Soirëe Collection and some scrap paper.

Tiny flower die from Impression Obsession, branch die from Marianne Design.
Stikles baby blue in the eye of the flowers. Have no clue where the sequins are from.Vintage photo from Pion papers. All layerd on some premade cardbase from Staples with thick foam tape.

Hope you got some inspiration and want to add a card for our challenge.

Happy crafting and take care.

(✿◠‿◠) Ma (Merethe)



mandag 3. april 2017

MixMedia styled card

Hello everyone.

Back with another card for the challenge at the House of Cards.
This month it is all about feathers and/or colors. I choose to do both, and here is my card.
I knew right away when we got the theme for this challenge. 

I wanted to make a mixmedia card, based on a card I have made on 
class with Kirsten Hyde a while ago.
For my card I have used die cuts, flower, sequins, chains and feathers (from an old earring)
Embosssed a white paper and added some Distress ink randomly and disstressed egdes and torn them to. 
Build up the the card layers with the die cuts and foam tape and the flowers. The feathers I stuck under this layers. The sequins feader I put randomly inbetween the flowers. Secured the chains under all the layers with a tweezer.
I have seen a quot that I just loved, and wanted to try out lettering, and for once I was happy with it.
Found it useful to do it on a narrow strip of paper, easier to do an even size for the letters. 
Then I use some light Gesso, acrylic paint and acrylic marker and made drops around the card in two shade of torquise, one with shimmer. Painted also on the chains with the shimmer one. 

Head over to the blog and see the other girls fabulous creations and I would love to see your take on the challenges over at the House of Cards.

(✿*‿*) Ma


I entered my card to these challenges:
15/4-17 Words and Paintery - You are a Diamond dear
16/4-17 Scrappiness - #3 Mixed Media 
25/4-17 Hobbygarasjen - #47 Alt er lov
30/4-17 Hjerteboden - Vårfornemmelser med Blomster

onsdag 1. mars 2017

A simple winter scene card

Hello crafty peeps.
Ready for another month of challenges at the HOUSE of CARDS?

This month you can make a scene and/or colors.

Here is my inspirations card.


I kind of used both scene and color. I always struggle with those simple, one layer CAS cards. But I think I managed a simple one layer card at least :)

When I was emptying my boxes now, I found a chalk sett, that was some of the first thing I got when I started scrapping. I have not used it for years, but thought hmm.... way not... and I think i got the look i wanted.

The shape is just masked of with some tape. Tip is to fasten it to your jeans couple of times so it is not so sticky, and will not torn your paper. And I just need to find my fixative to fix the chalk to the card now, or you smudges it easily. ;)

Stampset from Impression Opsession, has this nice text I wanted to use together with the tree and the swing. Thers also a bird, and a tyre swing and another text too in this set. I stamped with Memento gray flannel, but should have used my Versafine as it give you a crisper finish.

I wanted snow since it still is very cold and lots of snow here still. So I used a glue pen and added some white snow glitter along the branches and at the ground.

Happy with my attempt for a simple one layer card.

Here is this months challenge graphic: 

Make a scene and/or colors.


Hope to see your creations in the challenge.
Happy crafting


 (✿◠‿◠) Ma (Merethe)

onsdag 1. februar 2017

The looooong break - Back with the House of Cards

Hello Peeeps :)

It has been a long break for me. But I am back, and with lots of ispirations stored in my mind and eager to start crafting again. I have bought me a little house on my own and have a new craft room. This I will show off in a blogpost when I am all done there in a short time. I am so pleased with it, and proud.

But now, this month challenge theme, LOVE or color over at the House of Cards.


I choose to dekorate a chocolate box. Norwegian Freia Melkehjerter - Thiny flakes of heart shaped milk chocolate. Yummy. ;)

Why, because I think it is boring to give "just" money or a gift card, so I like to dekorate a chocolate box or something to put the real gift into it.


This is what I do, open the packing all the way to it is completly flat. The container with the chocolate and proctection film, I put in the frigde.... dangerous to have it beside you....  hehe

I cover it all the on the outside, no need for doing ht inside... I cover and cut the paper alonge your "template". Then glue it all together. PST! You need to leave one side open so you can put your chocolate container inside wen your done.

You can use any of your favorite chocolate boxes or other treat boxes.

I like to decorate the inside before I do the the outside. But before I do so, I ink up every egde and corner so I dont see the white egdes of the papers.

Here I have made a pocket for money or a gift card.





Here is a detalje og how it look.
I have used a die sett from Marianne design and it made it more feminin.

I rekomend to stamp on the smaler heart before you glue it to the other panel. When you are happy with your stamping and layering, then glue it to the inside, just glue along the egdes of the V of the heart, leaving top and inside opend.

Tip is to fold some scrap paper and leave it in the pocket to it has dried.






The theme I choose for this box became vintage, a style I often use and like a lot. But you use what ever you like to decorate with.

Here is layer, bling, metals, lace swirls and vintage photo. Doilie napkins and ornamented dies I also used. Pleased with how it all worked together.


Hope it inspired you to make a something fabulous for this months challenge.

 (✿◠‿◠) Ma (Merethe)


Here is what I have used:
Freiea Melkehjerte box (unfoldet)
Pattern papers - Fabscraps "Victorias's ballet dress c49 003 both sides)
Main motiv photo - Papirdesign - cut out sheets "Vakre damer"
Dises - Lifestyle Crafts - Nesting Circles
Nellie's multi frames - MFD020
Marianne Design Craftables - CR 1225 Hearts
Stamps - Scrappers Choise - confirmation plate "konfirmant"
Lace - unknown
Ribbon - unknown
Bling swirl - Kaisercraft Rhinestone Flourishes Champagne
Metal flowers - Prima
Pink cameo - Nellie Snellen Cameos
Bling flowers - ukjent
Ink - Memento espresso truffle
Everything is layered with - Rx Lim og Glue dots

onsdag 1. juni 2016

End of term bloghop at the House of Cards

Hello everyone!

Can you believe we've are at the end of our fifth term here at House of Cards?! And we're celebrating with a blog hop!

Here is my MixMedia card inspiration for you.


I choos to use stamp from Reverse Confetti one of ours sponsors.


I have played with my Distress ink, water, watercolor paper and gesso.
Love this stamp from the set I recived,
"Friends forever, mainly because you know to much

and you've seen me ugly cry"
Had to make it as a focail point.
Different flowers from WOC.
Wood and heart pins embellishment
Gave the diecut and flowers some strokes of gesso to finished it of.

Happy with the result.

This hop will run FROM June 1ST AT 6:00 AM CST THROUGH June 15TH AT NOON CST,  ANY CARD STYLE is welcome and we've got a gorgeous photo inspiration for your crafting enjoyment!

***PRIZE WINNERS FROM THE BLOG HOP WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE 20TH OF JUNE.***
***CARD WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT MONTH ON THE 15TH, AS PER THE USUAL HERE AT HOC.  THANK YOU!***

Here is the photo inspiration~


So, are you ready to get hopping?!  Yep, it's time, but first we've got some fabulous sponsors to share with you!  Make sure you leave a comment at each person's blog along the way because the prizes are hidden and we'll be doing random drawings from the blogs where they are hiding! :)  After you're done, make a creation to share with us here, too, for another chance to win!

Here are all of our fabulous sponsors.
Our team will be using a variety of products
from these amazing companies!


Prize: $25 Gift Certificate
REVERSE CONFETTI offers on trend, high quality photopolymer stamps, high quality CONFETTI CUTS steel dies and exclusive paper products to coordinate with our releases…all made in the USA.


Prize: 3 Digital Images
A Day For Daisies provides themed categories of over 1000 digital illustrations, including fairy tales and magical mermaids, cutie kids, vintage illustrations, sentiments and lovely designs for all occasions!


Prize: Prize Package
Great Impressions was founded in 1984 by Ken and Deone Mackenzie.  With a love for stamping, the company grew.  The result is a quality rubber stamp in either wood mount or stickable mount backing for all your stamping needs.  Great Impressions' goal is to provide the highest quality stamps and to inspire creativity!


Prize: Any three products of your choice!
MHKDesigns is a vintage digital stamp Etsy shop owned and operated by Mynn Kitchen from On A Stampage.  She creates vintage stamp sets and digital paper packs for all your crafting needs.  Contact her with any requests you have at mhkdesigns.etsy@gmail.com!

And now, here's your hop order~

Mynn 
Em 
Jane 
Judy 
 Leslie 
You are hereMerethe ---------------

Now get to hoppin'!  Your next stop is Merlinas's Blog!  

Don't forget to link up a project with us after completing the hop for an extra chance to win a mystery prize from one of our fabulous sponsors, too!  

HUGS and happy stamping to you all! :)


(✿◠‿◠) Ma (Merethe)


Enter these challenges:

2/6-16 Allsorts challenge - Week 365 - In the Pink

10/6-16 Scrappegrasjen - #24 stempel

15/6-16 Kort'O Mania - #154 Alt er lov

26/6-16 Scraclub Donetsk - Wood

30/6-16 Hjerteboden - Sommer

25/7-16 Hobbygarasjen - #38 Alt er lov

26/7-16 Kreativ Scrapping - #6/7 sommer og sol