Monday, January 15, 2018

Bird in a Nest

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend and a big thank you to everyone who commented on my SSS Friends Blog Hop post on Saturday. I always enjoy reading all the comments and appreciate them a lot. I had a lot of deadlines to work on this weekend, but also went on two walks and did some experiments with Anton (he got an experiment box for Christmas).


This week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a Birds of a Feather theme, which you can interpret in any way that you like. Don't miss the project by our January guest designer Amber Sheaves.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

I made a dimensional bird's nest for this week's challenge, and the most special thing with it for me is that the project includes a whole bunch of items from nature that I found on one of my favorite walks. It's a beautiful walk that always fills me with a sense of peace. In my project, there are twigs, pine-cones and pieces of mica that I found on my most recent walk.

This Prima Relics and Artifacts Finch has been sitting in its box on my desk for a while now and I was happy to find a home for it. I decided to paint it in the colors of one of my favourite birds, the Blue Tit, even though it doesn't have quite the right shape. The bird has just landed in her nest for a bit of a rest.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

For my base, I used two circles die cut from mat board and glued them underneath a scalloped and embossed circle that I found in a scrap bag. On top of them I layered Prima's Documented Beauty flowers, which were first inked on the edges.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

For my nest, I rolled up some Prima fibers and twine and then it was glued on top of the flowers, with two twigs in between.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Dina Wakley paint

The bird was painted with Dina Wakley's paints, mixing them as needed.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

I also added a little bit of pearl paint to the bird, which is a little hard to see in the photos.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

After I had glued down the nest, I added the bird and then continued with flowers, pine cones and a die cut word.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

Most of the flowers were inked around the edges.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

My sentiment was die cut from two shades of blue cardstock using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Words Script.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

Here you can see the other side of the nest.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

Here and there, I glued pieces of mica which I had found on my walk.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

The bird was painted relatively roughly, and when I took the photos, I noticed that the highlight in the eye is a little large. I will fix that later.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

Some of the St Tropez flowers consists of several layers and can be shaped.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

I also glued two flowers on the bird, to hide a hole in its tail.

Layers of ink - Bird in a Nest by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Prima flowers and Finch

The mica consists of very fine flakes, and glimmers really nicely. It is one of my favourite materials. You can also use bought mica flakes for the same effect.


I hope you will join us this week in our Birds of a Feather challenge. As always, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to do some fun shopping at Simon Says Stamp. You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.





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Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today! I will be back again before Christmas. 

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

SSS Friends Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I am happy to take part in the Simon Says Stamp Friends blog hop, to celebrate the latest release, which is called Friends. If you are following along the hop, you have come here from Heather Hoffman, and I am sure she shared some wonderful card ideas with you.


The Friends collection consists of forty gorgeous dies, stamps and stencils. Most of them are very versatile and can be used for many different projects and themes.

I made two things for the tutorial, and both have step photos below. There are two similar Valentine's cards that I made for my boys, and a board book that I made for my youngest to help him learn the colors.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Let's start with the cards. These are Valentine's cards, but I forgot to immediately hide them, so my oldest have already seen them. Anton likes to check out what is going on on my desk every day, and never fails to notice new things. I used the very cute Picture Book Zebra for the cards. Do you spot the mistake on the cards? The last thing I did was to quickly stamp what I thought was 'I love you' in the upper right corner, but when I took the photos, I realised it read 'I love and', so the phrase should have had a continuation (check the stamp set below). I will fix it later, but didn't have time to take new photos.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends Collection

These are the stamps and dies that I used from the Friends collection: Stained Glass Love, Handwritten Love, Picture Book Elephant, and Picture Book Zebra.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I started with a piece of watercolor paper that had been colored with Paper Artsy's Infusions. It came from a Winter Penguin card that I made at the end of last year, with the Picture Book Hugging Penguin. I die cut it with the 3 Sided Scallop to make a shaped card.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Picture Book Zebra

The Picture Book Zebra was die cut from wool felt and pieced together. I don't know if you can see it here, but I didn't use black felt, but really dark blue felt. It looks almost black. I keep reaching for felt when using the Picture Book dies, since they look so soft and lovely in felt. For another example, check out the Framed Animals Baby Gift nursery decor that I made for my nephew, and on that project, I turned this Zebra into a giraff instead.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Die cut the Sketch Heart from Deep Sea Blue glimmery cardstock, and from white cardstock and vellum. Use only the center piece of the latter two and stamp a sentiment from Handwritten Love on the white one.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Die cut the Birthday Wishes frame from White Diamond Glimmery paper and cut away the sentiment and trim the bottom edge.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I also die cut a piece of vellum with one of the Eyelet Arch Borders dies. The small sentiments come from the Stained Glass Love set, and the larger one is from Handwritten Love. I will use Label Letter stickers to write 'you' over the 'and' in that sentiment at the top.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The sentiment that I wanted to use for this card was too large for the heart, so instead I stamped it on a die cut Stitched Circle. It was stamped with a dark blue ink, Night Archival ink from Dina Wakley.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Picture Book Zebra die.

The only part on the Zebra not done with felt are the eyes, which I die cut from black cardstock. I like to press the die into a piece of cardstock to make an impression and cut that out roughly with scissors to give myself a base to work on with the Picture Book dies. It makes it much easier to glue everything down.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I really like the speckled look of the background here.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Here's the second Zebra card, which is pretty similar to the first one.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The sentiment fitted perfectly into the heart.

Layers of ink - Scalloped Zebra Cards Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The hearts were die cut with the Clipping Heart die, from the same white and dark blue felt that was used on the Zebra.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends Collection

My little one, Leo, is learning the colors, but struggles to say most of their names, and has made up his own words instead. For some colors he uses the names of the fun kid's characters called Babblarna. He loves elephants and when I saw the Picture Book Elephant, I thought it should be the star in its very own book. So this is Leo's Happy Book of Colors.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with Eileen Hull Sizzx Journal die.

I used Eileen Hull's Journal die to die cut the pages, but you can do them by hand too. The base is Little Sizzles Mat Board and I cut each panel in half, cut off the binding part and rounded the corner where I had made the cut. The pages are 4.3 x 4.5 in.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends Collection

Stamp Happy from Stained Glass Love on the mat board with blue, red, yellow and green.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Picture Book Elephant

Die cut elephants using SSS cardstock, which comes in such a lovely range of colors. I also die cut the eyes and the tusks from white paper.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Picture Book Elephant

The elephant on the front cover is the original grey one, and got googly eyes to make him extra fun. I also stamped some small hearts on the cover, from the Stained Glass Love set.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Picture Book Elephant

Punch holes with a Crop-a-dile.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

I wanted doors that he could open on the inside and used Simple Stories Basics papers, making the doors look like wood. If you want a more elaborate version, you could use a different paper for the background and a second one for the door. I cut the doors with a metallic ruler and a craft knife.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

Glue the elephants inside the doors. Have a look at the elephant's eyes here - later you will see that I added a black dot, to make them look more alive.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

On the opposite cover, I stamped the name of the color using the Sketched Alphabet set and a variety of SSS inks.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

Repeating the same word in different colors work well for many types of backgrounds, and all the words in the Stained Glass Love set could be used like this. Or you could stamp them many times with the same ink, or perhaps emboss with a pretty powder.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

I bound the books with rings, which was lucky, since I forgot to include a brown elephant, and will add that later.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

Blue is the first panel, because he names that color correctly.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

Each wood paper is different. You can use any type of patterned paper, or use cardstock and stamp a background on it instead.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

Here you can see what a difference the black dot makes for the eyes. You can also die cut them from black and add a white highlight.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

The green cardstock and the green ink matches almost perfectly. 

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

This is my favourite of the wood papers. You can also use the same technique for the inside or outside of a card. Kids always enjoy interactive projects.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

The pink elephant was die cut from glimmery paper, which gives such a nice shine.

Layers of ink - Happy Colors Board Book Tutorial by Anna-Karin Evaldsson with SSS Friends release

And here the purple elephant peaks out. There is also a yellow, orange and black elephant, but I don't want to load this post with too many photos.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Of course there are prizes to be won too! On every stop of the hop a $25 Simon Says Stamp gift voucher will be given away. All you need to do is to leave a comment. The winners will be posted on the SSS Store blog on Wednesday.  Don't miss the Friends blog hop that took place yesterday too, for even more inspiration.

Your next stop on the hop is the wonderful Barb Engler, who will share fantastic cardmaking inspiration. She made a lot of cards, and there is also an example of how to use that little sentiment that I made a mistake with. :) If you get lost along the hop, these are all the stops:










Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)



Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you will have a lovely weekend!

Happy crafting!!

Anna-Karin

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