tisdag 29 december 2015

A watercolour pencil ATC

Hello again! Hope you're having a good time with family and friends during this festive period of the year. A couple of weeks ago I treated myself with a set of watercolour pencils from Faber-Castell. To try them out I made a little drawing which then conveniently turned into an atc.

This card was also entered into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations #341 Anything Goes
Nordsalten Hobbyklubb #130 Alt er lov - Anything Goes
Allsorts #342 - 343 Anything but Christmas

Thank you for visiting! Wishing you all the best for 2016!
Love Outi

måndag 28 december 2015

A Christmas Card

Hello everybody! Hope you've enjoyed Christmas your way. Personally I prefer a calm quiet Christmas taking the days as they come without having too many plans. This Christmas I've had some creative time in my crafting room and it's been great.

Browsing around looking for inspiration I found some challenges I'd like to enter:
As You Like It: Favourite Christmas Colours and Why

I wanted this card to have a vintage look in pale blue and cream colours. Unfortunately it's difficult to take photos during this time of the year so the blues don't show very much on this photo. Anyway I like these soft colours because they are calm and soothing yet beautiful and perfect for Christmas cards.

This card was also entered into the following challenges:
Deep Ocean #119 Anything Goes
Kort o Mania #143 Christmas

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you all a Prosperous New Year 2016!
Love Outi

lördag 7 november 2015

My Cards in iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2015

These are the postcards I made for iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2015. I played with a few colours and tried not to be too hard on myself. Sadly I often judge myself and the outcome of my experiments. I really need to let go...

Thanks for stopping by today.
Love Outi

måndag 2 november 2015

Atc på temat "Post"

Hej! Här är en bild på de atc:er som jag gjorde på temat "Post" i en Facebook-grupp där man byter kort med varandra. Jag har sparat massa frimärken för att använda till collage, och nu passade jag på att experimentera med dem. Det svåraste är att acceptera att allt inte blir snyggt. Känns lite jobbigt, men man lär sig ju inte om man inte testar...

Tack för att du tittade in idag!
Kram, Outi

söndag 4 oktober 2015

You are invited to the DIY Postcard Swap!

It's time for iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2015! Just click on the picture below and you will be redirected to more info on how to participate. You won't regret it!


I just signed up and will get started on my ten postcards right away!
Wishing you all the best and hope to see your creations in this swap.
Hugs Outi

söndag 16 augusti 2015

A Set of ATC:s

Hello everybody! Today I'm back with some atc:s I've been working on. The atc card size is both fun and challenging to use. These will hopefully be swapped later this month. On each card there is a little die cut frame in the center on which the flowers and other stuff are arranged. I just love that miniature frame die!

This set of cards was entered into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday # 86 Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #97 Frame It
Card and Scrap #101 Alt er lov/Anything goes

Thank you for visiting!
Love, Outi

lördag 25 juli 2015

A Small Collection of Summer ATCs

Hello again! This time I'd like to share a summery collection of atc:s which I made for a swap on Facebook. The theme is Summer and I've tried to show the waves on the ocean using scrap pieces from my stash, a sandy beach and a red ball to play with. Happy summer!

I'd like to enter my atc:s into the current challenge at Crafty Cardmakers #143 Water.
Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs Outi

Christmas in July - My third card

Rain has been pouring down most of the day. You know what I've been doing? Sure you know! Today I'd like to share my third Christmas in July card. I thought I'd try a slightly different colour scheme than I usually do. Actually that means LESS colour from my point of view as you can see below.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Sparkles Christmas Challenges # 54 Use Ribbon Lace or Twine
Crafty Ribbons Challenge # 124 Anything Goes with Ribbon

Thank you for stopping by today.
Hugs Outi

måndag 20 juli 2015

Chrismas in July Again!

Hello everybody! Hope you're enjoying the season as much as I do. Summer is great! Our garden and the surroundings are green, green and green, and I love it. That doesn't mean I'm out in the wilderness all day long. Today I began my day making yet another Christmas card as I took the challenge at Winter Wonderland to make a card in traditional Christmas colours.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Winter Wonderland: Traditional Christmas Colours
Creative Fingers: Challenge #87 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs Outi

söndag 19 juli 2015

Christmas in July

Hello fellow crafters! Hope you're having a great day whatever you do today. In south Sweden where I live it's sunny and windy at the moment. Within a few hours I will be on my way to visit some of the finest private gardens in this county. It's Open Garden Day today and I hope I will get some inspiration for our own garden. In my opinion there is too much open space in our garden and recently I have planted some shrubs, dug a new flower bed, no two actually, and we've also planted a cherry tree. Problem is that there are rocks everywhere beneath the lawn. And I mean everywhere.

Now I am lucky enough to have a partner who is very down to earth (LOL) and he gets things done, house, cars and all other things. And how handy wasn't it when he found a rather used little excavator and bought it. Planting has become so much easier since then...

Anyway enough about our garden. Today I'd like to share a little Christmas card inspired by some current challenges.

This card was entered into the following challenges:
Live & Love Crafts: Challenge 37 Christmas in July
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: Challenge 108 Christmas in July
Papertake Weekly: Don't Be A Square

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a fine day today!
Hugs, Outi

fredag 10 juli 2015

For My Niece - Till min systerdotter

Hello all! Long time no see... I've simply been busy with other things than paper crafting. First there were some major changes at work and I was happy to get tasks which I'm more comfortable with than those I used to have, so I feel like a winner in a lottery. It took some time though to adapt to new routines but everything has worked out fine.

Now I'm on summer vacation and there are plenty of things to do at home. Gardening for instance. On a rainy day like today it feels great to be excused from lawn-mowing and so forth.

I made this card for my niece on her Confirmation Day. Service at church was a bit different than it was 33 years ago on my Confirmation Day. I won't go into details, lets just say the church was crowded and we laughed a lot. The laughing part was never an option back in the days...

This card was also entered into the following challenges:

The Sketchy Challenges: Challenge 88 Cordine's Sketch or Anything Goes (not entirely following the sketch, more like anything goes)
Hjerteboden juli-utfordring Alt er lov/Anything goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog: Week 318 How does your garden grow
The Ribbon Girl: July Card Challenge Anything Goes
Card and Scrap: Utfordring nr 100 Allt er tillatt/Anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers: #141 Sentiment

Thank you for stopping by!
Love, Outi

söndag 8 februari 2015

Valentine's Again - Ytterligare ett kort till Alla Hjärtans Dag

Hello all! My second post today will be short. I've made yet another Valentine's card and it was also entered into the following challenges:

Bunny Zoe's January Challenge Hearts
Card and Scrap #90 Brug blomster
Kort o Mania #123 Some Love
Deep Ocean #96 Laces and Pearls
The Shabby Tea Room #245 I (heart) you
Crafty Calender February challenge Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #132 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog #297 Love is all around
Cute Card Thursday #359 Crazy in Love
City Crafter #247 Roses and Lace

Thank you for stopping by and welcome to take part in my Blogoversary Candy.
Hugs, Outi

Hej alla! Eftersom det här är andra inlägget idag, så blir det bara ett kort sådant för att visa ytterligare ett kort till Alla Hjärtans Dag. Den är också med i ovanstående utmaningar.

Tack för att du tittade in! Välkommen att vara med på lite bloggodis om du vill.
Kram, Outi

A New Batch of ATCs - En ny omgång av atc:er

Hello all! Hope you're doing fine and have some fun in your crafting areas. I've just finished a batch of ATCs to send off for a swap. The theme is Trees and this is how my cards turned out. It was great fun making them and I'm so looking forward to seeing all the other ATCs of this swap.

These cards were also entered into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge: #132 Anything Goes
Crafty Calender February Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by today and welcome to take part in my blogcandy here: http://pappersgalen.blogspot.se/2015/01/2015-blogoversary-candy-2015.html

Hugs, Outi

Hej allesammans! Hoppas ni har det bra och har kul i era pysselrum. Jag har just avslutat en omgång med atc:er som ska skickas iväg i en swap. Temat är träd och så här blev mina kort. Det var kul att göra dem och jag ser fram emot att få se alla de andra korten i denna swap. Just denna swap-grupp finns på Facebook och alla är välkomna att vara med. Du hittar den här: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATCswap/

Tack för att du tittade in idag. Välkommen att vara med på min bloggcandy som du hittar här: http://pappersgalen.blogspot.se/2015/01/2015-blogoversary-candy-2015.html

Kram, Outi

torsdag 5 februari 2015


Hello all! The day before yesterday it was all romance, love and hearts for Valentine's Day. Today it's time to share another Valentine's card. There is a chance I might share yet another one tomorrow too. Well, we'll see about that later.

Today I've used the sketch at The Sketchy Challenges but I sort of lost it entirely when I got to the flowers. I could have filled the entire card with flowers so I had to restrain myself. LOL!

This card was also entered into the following challenges:
Kort o Mania #123 Some Love
Allsorts #296 Flower Power
Card and Scrap #90 Use Flowers
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog #96 Laces & Pearls

Thank you for visiting today! Please feel free to take part in my giveaway here.

Hugs, Outi

Hej alla! I förrgår var det romantik, kärlek och hjärtan för hela slanten. Idag blir det ytterligare ett kort till Alla Hjärtans Dag. Jag utgick från sketchen hos The Sketchy Challenges och höll på att fylla hela kortet med blommor. Vet inte riktigt vad det tog åt mig - ha ha ha!

Eftersom jag gillar utmaningar har jag anmält kortet till flera såna. Länkar finns ovan ifall du också vill vara med. Det finns alltid så fina inspirationsalster på utmaningsbloggarna, så man blir verkligen sugen på att vara med.

Tack för besöket! Var gärna med på mitt bloggodis som du hittar här:

Kram, Outi

tisdag 3 februari 2015

Romance... Love... Hearts... It's Valentine's!

Hello all! After some browsing I got so much inspiration I just had to run upstairs and start creating cards for Valentine's Day. This is the one I've finished so far. Large flowers, plenty of ribbon and hearts and vibrant red design papers for background.

It was entered into the following challenges:
Fairy Tale Challenge: #110 Something with a heart
The Ribbon Girl: February Challenge Romance is in the air
Kort o Mania: #123 Some Love
Card and Scrap: #90 Use Flowers
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #110 Hearts and Ribbon
En liten butik i Mörrum: Februari månadstävling Kärlek

Thank you for stopping by today. Also welcome to my giveaway here.

Hugs, Outi

ATC hos Ett Trykk

Hej allesammans! Den norska tidningen Ett Trykk firar 10-årsjubileum och på deras blogg finns just nu en atc-utmaning. Det kommer att dyka upp fler utmaningar under februari månad, så titta gärna in och inspireras!

Här är min atc, monterad först på svart papper och sedan på vit cardstock som endast syns som en tunn ram runt det svarta. Fjärilen är stämplad på tidningspapper som först blivit slarvigt infärgat med Distress Ink.

Tack för att du tittade in idag. Var gärna med på min bloggcandy som du hittar här.

Kramar, Outi

torsdag 29 januari 2015

Lace, Hearts and Pearls

Hello! Just a short post today to share a card inspired by the current challenges at Bunny Zoe's Crafts January Challenge - Hearts, and Allsorts Challenge Blog Week 295 - Lace and Pearls.

Thank you for stopping by today and welcome to take a chance in my Blogoversary Candy.
Hugs, Outi

Hej! Idag blir det bara ett kort inlägg för att visa ett kort som är inspirerat av utmaningarna hos Bunny Zoe's och Allsorts, med teman som hjärtan, spets och pärlor.

Tack för att du tittade in och välkommen att delta i min bloggfödelsedagscandy!
Kramar, Outi

söndag 25 januari 2015

A Mother's Day Card

Hello all! Today I've been browsing and blog hopping and getting lots of inspiration from many fabulous blogs, among them some of my favourite challenge blogs. At Papertake Weekly the theme is Get In Shape which was the inspiration for this Mother's Day card. For my card I used a beautiful die from Joy Crafts. It's just visible as the swirly part at the top and bottom of the card. I also used a heart die partly hidden by flowers, ribbon and a silvery thread. There are also three types of lace and a pair of heart shaped pearls. This card was entered into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations January challenge Dies and Punches
Party Time Tuesdays #194 Anything Goes
Kort o Mania #122 Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #110 Hearts and Ribbon
Wags'n Whiskers #146 Hearts
Dream Valley Challenges #98 Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by today. Please feel free to take part in my Blogoversary celebration candy here.
Take care!
Outi x

söndag 18 januari 2015

CAS Thank You

Hi there! For once I've managed to make a card in less than an hour and it's not a secret I chose to make it CAS. Inspiration from CAS-ual Fridays current challenge, as well as the current challenge at ScrappaLoss helped me with some ideas and this is the result. The birds are felt die-cuts and there are also some sequins here and there.

Remember there will soon be a Blogoversary celebration at Papercrazy so make sure you pop in to have a chance at some candy! Thank you for stopping by today.
Outi x

Hej! För en gångs skull har jag lyckats tillverka ett kort på under en timme. Det skulle aldrig ha hänt om det inte varit ett CAS-kort. Det ska ju liksom inte vara så mycket på dem. Jag hämtade inspiration hos både CAS-ual Fridays och ScrappaLoss januaritävling. CAS är ju inte riktigt min gren, men antar man en utmaning så får man alltid ett tillfälle att öva sig lite. Fåglarna är av filt och sen har jag strösslat lite paljetter i hörnen.

Kom ihåg att det snart dyker upp lite bloggfödelsedags-godis här hos Pappersgalen, så titta gärna in så har du chansen att vara med i utlottningen. Tack för besöket!
Kram Outi

Hearts and Ribbon - Hjärtan och band

Hello all! Recently I've been enjoying myself exploring the world of ATC:s. Making some, swapping and enjoying those beautiful little works of art which have found their way to my mailbox irl. My collection is still small but slowly growing and I love it!

For this card I used a die to punch a heart shaped hole in the design paper. Then I cut stripes from a small bright pink paper bag, folded them and glued them into the heart shaped hole. At the moment I can't recall the proper name of the technique so if you know it please leave a comment below.

This ATC was entered into the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #110 - Hearts and Ribbon Theme
Party Time Tuesdays: #194 Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: Die Cuts and/or Punches
Kort o Mania: Utfordring #122 Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by today. There will soon be a Blogoversary celebration here so make sure you pop in to have a chance at some candy!


Hej allesammans! På senare tid har jag roat mig med att utforska det här med atc:er. Har gjort några själv, varit med på några swappar och njutit i fulla drag av alla de små konstverk som har dykt upp i brevlådan här hemma. Än så länge är samlingen liten, men den växer stadigt och jag är väldigt förtjust i den!

Det här kortet gjorde jag genom att stansa ut ett hjärtformat hål i mönstrat papper. Sen tog jag en gammal illrosa papperspåse och skar i remsor som veks dubbelt och limmades i det hjärtformade hålet. Just nu kan jag inte komma ihåg vad tekniken kallas, men påminn mig gärna genom att skriva en kommentar.

Tack för att du tittade in idag. Det kommer snart att bli bloggfödelsedagsfirande här så se till att titta in framöver så har du chansen att få ta del av lite godis!


Summary of 2014 Top 10

Hello everybody! Christmas seems already so far away and I'm busy looking for signs of spring. During the second half of 2014 my blog activity sank to zero because of me feeling so tired I hardly managed working full time. The cause of my feeling so tired was revealed at the doctor's in the autumn - shitty (pardon my language, but that was what it felt like) blood status. Plenty of pills later I now feel better and I hope this year will be a healtier one.

Today I've put together a simple summary of my paper crafting projects of 2014 beginning with my take on iHanna's DIY Post Card Swap. Visiting iHanna is always like taking off on a journey of creativity.

Below is one of the Mother's Day cards I made. It was for sale at the local flower shop and there were two customers fighting over it... I regret I didn't make two of them and I will make sure there will be several to choose from this year LOL!

 This card is a rather small one I made for a challenge at The Shabby Tea Room, one of my favourite challenge blogs as there is a fab design team to get you going with loads of inspirational works of art.

The card below was a result of a challenge at Hobbyworld. Usually I play safe but this time I wanted to challenge myself. As you see there is not a piece of patterned paper...

I love decorating boxes and this is one of those from last year.

Here's a large matchbox which was subject to a make over.

The focal point of the card below is the lovely retro image. I just couldn't help buying these images and this was my first attempt to using one of them.

Not a year without making a bunch of birthday cards. This one was made for our youngest grandchild Joline who turned six last year.

We also celebrated a 30-year-old in December last year. I love those soft subtle colours of this card.

Finally some atc:s I made for a swap. The theme was masculine vintage and it was really a challenge since I usually make romantic things with loads of flowers.

Thank you for stopping by today and welcome back soon. Within a few days I plan to announce a candy open to everybody who runs a blog and I hope you will find it yummy.

Wishing you all a fabulous 2015!