; One year later…..

There are times when all you want to do is just curl up in bed and just evaporate from the face of the earth.

A year ago that´s what i did… I thought I died… I just wanted to vanish from the earths surface and not come back. EVER!

I hid from the public, not wanted to do anything of those things that have made me really happy my entire life. I didn´t want to create. I hid all my art stuff.. sold most of it or just tucked it in to a box in the closet. I was not in the mood to be an artist anymore. My love for creating sort of died. I focused on being a present mother and teacher… but no, not an artist.

But the other day something happened….

I have the most fantastic friends… I love them to pieces… They never let me back down or hide. They dare to speak the truth,even when it hurts like hell… and one of my friends said:

– Why are you doing this? Why are you killing yourself, giving up what you love the most? you are not YOU without the paint and camera…

I didn´t have a good enough answer, and that bugged me.

I went home…. thought about it… I really thought about it…

And it nagged me, it bothered me to hell that she put the nail spot on…

I didn´t want to.. didn´t want to be an artist anymore…. or was she right??

When I sat there alone in my apartment… It started to itch…you know,, that creative itch.. I didn´t get it out of my system.

And I started a treasure hunt… finding my paints, papers, trimmer, and I even printed photos (No my camera is still in the bag, but I have a few in my phone)

And you know what?!

I sat there… singing out loud… and I bet my neighbor wondered what was wrong with me at 2 am in the morning… But I had so much fun.  And my friend… She was right,,, as usual. This is what I love!

I looked back at the past year… and I wouldn´t change anything… not a bit. I have the most fantastic friends… and I have a life that I actually like, no I love my life. So.. I hope that this creative itch is staying a while now.

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The Studio Challenge March=M

This time the challenge is M for March – make a layout using the letter M! It could be the title or anything being with M!

Create and have fun..

I created a real EGO boost for this challenge:
Me, Myself and I

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I have really had fun, using loads of distress inks, and flowers. The stickers are from my all time favourite Hambly, that unfortunately isn´t around anymore :(
Materials used:
Distress Ink- Tumbled glass, Antique linen, pumice stone, picked raspberry

Veneer-Prima

Flowers- Wild Orchid Crafts

Masks-Prima

Stamps- Studio Calico, Bo Bunny, Prima, glitz design

Stickers- Hambly

 

My Sweet Girl!

Today I have had a nerve-wrecking day, and to let go of some of the stress I was a bit creative tonight. I love it when I have that possibility, to just sit down and have a sip of wine, a piece of chocolate and create… well today minus the wine and the chocolate… :(

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Materials used:

Distress Ink- Tim Holtz

Stencils- Prima

Stamps- Prima, Bo Bunny, Glitz Designs

Flowers- Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts

 

Posted in LOs

It´s finally official!!

well there are a few secrets in my life at the moment.. all of them art related, and this is one of them..

I have been invited to join the Studio Challenges team….  And today there is a new challenge up on the blog.. Scrap-lift yourself.

 

I chose to scraplift this old LO from 2010

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I love this old LO, and I used the cluster and decorations as inspo when I did this new LO:sweet-amazing-Katarina-Damm-Blomberg

 

Materials used:
Bazzill Basics White

Prima- Masks, Flowers and Wood embellishment clock, brads

Finnabair/Prima- punchinella stamp

Tim Holtz- Distress Ink

Wild Orchid Craft- flowers

Studio Calico- Wood Veneer letters, Word stamps

Silhouette Cameo

Getting Inky with it……

Today, when I had my early day off work, I got home and got a bit inky… I have had so much fun letting ink drip, and splatter around, and I think my fingers looks like I´ve been in an accident, blue, black, orange and purple…

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materials used:

Distress ink- Spiced marmalade, Tumbled glass, Stamps- Bo Bunny, Stamps-Studio Calico, Punchinella, Flowers-Prima, Masks-Prima 

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Materials used:

Masks Prima, Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Tumbled Glass, Tim Holtz Distress stain-brushed Pewter, ArtAnthology-Color Spray Honey Bee,  Enamel dots-My Minds Eye, Stickers-Basic grey, Stickers-Simple Stories.

I guess you can tell my favorite masks are from Prima, right…. they are really absolutely amazing, love the texture and patterns.. and the other day I found some lovely Finnabair/Prima stamps at the local shop. And I was all over the place… yeeeeeeeah…… happy!!!  together with some lovely metallic ink dabbers and it was like heaven!!

Posted in LOs

Tittut! -peek-a-boo!

This is the second page i did yesterday playing with some new photos I took of my children the other day.

With this one I played around with some lovely color spray,  distress inks and my favorite stencils..
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Bazzill-cardstock white

Silhouette Cameo- chevron/arrow

Little Birdie-Pins

Flowers, masks-Prima Marketing Inc.

Art Anthology- Color Spray

Tim Holtz- Distress Ink, and Distress Markers.

American Crafts-Stickers

 

Vinterlek-Winter games

The other day me and the kids visited a friend, and we had loads of fun… before we went home we took a stroll through the neighborhood. The kids played around, and when my Son found an old concrete pipe, he yelled… mom its PHOTO-TIME!!! (yup I have scrap-damaged kids) the photos of him and his darling sister turned out really well… and I scrapped them right away. This is one of the LO´s I did today. The base of this LO is really simple, I made the pattern using an pilot ink pen, and my Silhouette Cameo to draw this whimsical background, added some dots using a Prima Marketing stencil, and beautiful Tim Holtz Distress ink and distress marker -Pumice Stone.

The flowers are from Prima, and Wild Orchid Crafts. and other than that its a Manila Tag, and some patterned stripes of paper from Carta Bella.

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LOVE

There are a few fun creative things going on behind the scenes… and today I have been scrapping some great papers from Color Conspiracy and some oldies but goodies from Jillibean Soup.

There is rarely any photos of me and my husband together… wonder why? there are tons of pics of our children and about three of me and my husband on the same photo.. and one of those are our wedding portrait. I think I need to get some of my scrappy photographing skilled friends to help me out with a photo-session of the entire family this summer…

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Materials used:

Patterned Paper- Jillibean Soup

Patterned papers- Color Conspiracy

Mists: Tattered Angel

Ink-Tim Holtz

Die cuts- Silhouette

Flowers- Wild orchid crafts

Flair-Cre8tive Cre8tions

Stencils- Prima

Stickers-Pebbles

Have a great day!
//Katarina

ROCK ON!

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There come times when you just need to create.. your entire body is itching to be creative.. and today have been one of those days.

This weekend I have been diagnosed with contact dermatitis, and that gives my hands itchy blisters… not fun at all… and that means that I have to use cotton gloves in everything I do. And with my hands covered in bandages… what happens?? The MOJO strikes big time… so its been a struggle using those gloves and handle glue and inks… but I got it done :)

Materials used on this page:

Twine-The Twinery

Flowers-Wild orchid crafts

Stamps- YouDo

Stencils-Prima

Ink-Tim Holtz