Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Great Christmaspresent tip for all who want to learn how to draw

A quick tip for those of you who are early with your Christmas shopping:

This guy has some really awesome tutorials on youtube on how to draw with pen and ink. His tutorials inspired me to give doodling a go and I'm so greatful to him for it. 
He has published a book on this subject. It's been out for almost a year now. Apparently I haven't kept up with his tutorials lately (which piled up to be a year, but that's my idea of "lately") so I didn't know about it. But now I do and it's oh so going up on my Christmas wishlist.

You can buy it (among other places I'm sure) on:
Here's one of my drawings following his tutorial:
seascape drawing following Alphonso Dunn's tutorial

Check out that tutorial here and while you're at it subscribe:

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Youtube premiere!

Yesterday I started my youtube career :)

A quick video that shows how I make my metalwire jewelry.
So much I had to learn with editing and computerstuff so I'm quite proud the way it turned out, even if it's quite basic.

 Small steps, am I right? If you have any suggestions on what you would like me to film, let me know here, on facebook or on that video. Constructive criticism is also welcome. 
While you're at it, like the video and subscribe.

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Friday, 7 October 2016

Tilda "fruit garden" quilt - my first big quilt

Tilda Tonne Finnanger quilt fruit garden

If you are a follower of this blog you might remember a looong time ago I was desperately looking for three scrappieces of a Tilda fabric.
Thanks to some very nice fellow crafters I managed to get those last pieces I needed to finish this quilt. It's been finished for a couple of months, but it took me a while to photograph it. 

Tilda Tonne Finnanger quilt fruit garden

This is my first finished big quilt. It measures about 105x145cm. You might remember the first finished quilt I made for baby Alicia, but it was much smaller. 

 For this quilt I used Tilda fabrics designed by Tone Finnanger. The collection is called "fruit garden". The back is a fushiacolored cotton fabric.
I made up the pattern myself. I started by cutting 9x24cm pieces. Three of the patterns were to be joined horisontally and three vertically. 
Every of these three fabric pieces made a square. I attached them together and got a pretty neat pattern. Originally I wanted to have strips of fabric in between the squares to hide any imperfections, but it turned out I had been quite good with keeping exact measurements and the squares joined up perfectly. Almost the whole quilt is machinestitched except the fushiaborder which is handstitched with about 1cm long stitches. It took a while, but I wanted to make it properly like a quilt is supposed to be made.

Tilda Tonne Finnanger quilt fruit garden

Do these colors match your decor perfectly? Then good news! 
This quilt is up for sale. It has been machinewashed once in 40 degrees C and comes from a smoke- and petfree home. I am currently working on a webshop where it will be available, but if you're interested, you can book it straight away. Just e-mail me at: kamadesign@gmail.com. 

Tilda Tonne Finnanger quilt fruit garden

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Friday, 30 September 2016

DT call presentation


I'm Katarina aka kamadesign. 
I've been crafting for about 15 years and had this blog since 2008.
Over the years I've tried many different crafts and I'm always eager to try out new ones. 

The crafts closest to my heart are: 
papercrafting (cardmaking, altering, etc.) 
sewing (and making my own patterns)
crocheting amigurumis

I'm comfortable in a lot of crafts like papercraft, altering, albummaking, sewing, jewelrymaking, drawing and the list goes on. Recently I started to repaint furniture and other things I find at the thriftstores. My style is very different depending on the supplies and inspiration and one of the best things about me is that I never make the same thing twice. That's why my blog is full of different styles. From time to time I make tutorials and I am currently planning to start up a youtube channel.
I've been on different designteams, the sweetpea, skapahobby (a swedish craftstore) and been invited as a guest designer for many others. You can check the "achievements" tab on top to see in detail what I've been up to.

My top 3 favorite projects up to date are
(click the title to be taken to the project's post):

Seathemed box

Currently I'm not signed with anyone and am looking to join a great design team. If you're interested in my work please contact me at:

My social media:
Instructables (tutorials)
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

A package full of love on your birthday

Penny Black cat card by kamadesign

It was time for another birthdaycard this week and again I used a Penny Black image. This cute kitten was a delight to color. I used my favorite colorcombo pink/green and of course my beloved promarkers. 

Penny Black cat card by kamadesign

 Just like last time I used patterned papers from my scrappile. I used a piece of string and it wasn't until I was done with the card that I realized I had colored the string on the cat's package the same color. Love when those kind of "accidents" happen, don't you?

Penny Black cat card by kamadesign

This card could be used for any number of occasions. Since the image is so cute I didn't want to make the card too cute with pastel colors or heart shapes. Instead I used a darker pink/green colorcombo and instead of a heart charm I used a leaf - perfect for a fall-themed card. I think it looks kind of vintage-y and I'm very pleased it turned out so "grown up" as it's sometimes hard to achieve with cutesy stamps.
Finished card measures 12.5x18.5cm (about 5x7")

Creatalicious - anything goes
Cute card thursday  - vintage
Fab 'n' funky - inspired by nature
Passion for promarkers - clean and simple
Pile it on - autumn colors/theme
Simon says wednesday - clean and simple

Stamp: Penny Black "Fragile" 1920K
Promarkers: ivory, blush, pastel pink, ice grey 1,3 and 5, blender, chestnut, walnut, moss, marsh green, apple and meadow green.
Papers: "Valentine stripes" by Chatterbox, "Discreet" Whisper collection by prima marketing.
Dies: Spellbinder's circle and scalloped circle

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Celebrating your birthday with cats and butterflies

Penny Black celebrate card with cat by kamadesign

So many friends and family celebrating their birthday this and next month so time to make some birthday cards. Here is my latest one. The recipient's favorite color is orange and preferably with black or blue. I couldn't believe my luck when I found this patterned paper in my stash. The whole background is just from one sheet of patterned scrapbook paper. You gotta love those. 

Penny Black celebrate card with cat by kamadesign

The image is from Penny Black colored with my promarkers. The text is a cut-out from a sheet of scrapbook paper. I added some stickles glitterglue to the letters for some extra sparkle and 3D glaze to the middle of the flowers. The bigger butterflies are shapeabilities dies from spellbinders and the small one a Martha Stewart punch.

Penny Black celebrate card with cat by kamadesign

And of course the inside has got to be as pretty as the outside:
Penny Black celebrate card with cat by kamadesign

When assembling my cards I always try different options. Here's a photo of the different layouts I played around with before deciding on the last one:

Crafty cardmakers - layer it up 
Creative inspirations - anything goes
Cute card thursday - animals/creatures
Everybody art - anything goes
Fab 'n' funky - fall colors
I love promarkers - spots and stripes (stripes under the sentiment and spots on the yellowish swirly pattern)
Moving along with the times - anything from the first verse of Dana's song "all kinds of everything" (I used butterfly)
Ooh la la - anything goes
Passion for promarkers - beautiful butterflies
Penny Black and more - sentiment
Penny Black saturday - nature
Penny's challenges - anything goes
Simon says stamp wednesday - stamp it
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Friday, 9 September 2016

Fisherman's bag - 1:st place winner!

Quilted fisherman's bag by kamadesign
The bag measures about 45x25x20cm.
As a crafter we have so many ideas and projects we want to start on. The problem is finishing them and not just jumping into another one when we are faced with boring parts of the projects. Because let's face it - as fun as crafting is there are always parts that are boring or hard. 
I like learning new things and have learned most of my crafts by watching tutorials or trial and error. Most often I'm too impatient to go to classes. That doesn't mean I'm sloppy. Quite opposite. I research a lot to do things the "right" way (which honestly seems like a contradiction when it comes to creativity). Evidently this puts a hold on my project, like with this bag.
I started making this for my stepdad a couple of years ago. I'm sure it's been over 5 years. I had all parts done, just needed to sew the pieces together. The instructions didn't make any sense and I couldn't figure it out. So I thought that I could come up with a solution by leaving the bag for a while. 
5+ years later...

I'm looking through and sorting my stuff and realize that the bag hasn't magically assembled itself (shocking, right?). So with my new attitude of "finish it or toss it" I decide to give it one last try before I give up. I go back to the quiltstore where I got the fabrics and she explains to me how to finish it. It involves ripping out some seams (which quite frankly I hate doing because it feels like taking five steps back). I follow her instructions and ta-daa. 
A bag is created. 

You crafters know what I'm talking about. 
This love-hate relationship with you finished item :)

Quilted fisherman's bag by kamadesign
I freehandstitched some "seaweed" onto the green panels.

Quilted fisherman's bag by kamadesign

The inside of the outer pocket has patterned polkadot fabric - same as the inside of the bag.

Quilted fisherman's bag by kamadesign
I added a fishbone charm to the zipperpull for some extra pizzazz aswell as a metal "thingy" (can't remember what it's called) so you can add a strap to the bag.

Quilted fisherman's bag by kamadesign
 And of course - the inside must be as wellmade as the outside :)

I entered a sewing contest on a swedish site with this bag and won 1:st place! If you want to check out the other entries you can see them HERE.
So what project or part of a project do you struggle with? 
Comment below and let me know. 

Fabric used: Northern shores by Holly Taylor for Moda.
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Friday, 26 August 2016

Owl always love you

A quick post today to show you one of my latest amigurumis. Don't know what it is?  

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, usually cute stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is a portmanteau of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture.
(source: Wikipedia) 

Crocheted amigirumi owl kamadesign

I followed the pattern for this owl called Mr Murasaki which can be found at amigurumei if you want to give it a try. 
The pattern is quite simple using basic crochetstitches working in a circle. If you're a newbie at crocheting amigurumis - this pattern is a good place to start. 

I didn't finish my owl as it is done in the description. Instead I added two black brads as eyes. I also used two colors of yarn (my first try and it was surprisingly easy, especially since you don't have to cut the yarn in between, just work with both skeins at the same time alternating as you finish each round.)
I worked with a 2.5mm hook and the finished owl measures about 5cm.

Originally I had plans to add some more detailing to him, but alas, I needed a quick pick-me-up gift and thought this owl was funny looking and if he makes at least one person smile then he had done his job. And I can reveal that he did bring out a giggle from the reciepient. Job well done.

Tip: I added some beanbag filling to the bottom of the owl to make him heavier and easier to stand up. The beanbag filling looks like little pellets of plastic. If you don't have some at hand you could probably use rice or raw beans to add some weight.

So what do you think? Did the little owl make you smile a little? Has he done his job of adding a smile to people's faces?
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Thursday, 18 August 2016

My first finished quilt ever. Happy 1:st birthday baby Alicia!

Baby quilt Deb Strain moda fabric Love U

 Ta daaaa!
(Just took 7+ years, but that's not bad in crafteryears is it?)

I thought it wouldn't take quite that long and the top part actually came together quite fast (sewing colorful squares together is so much fun). But then quilting the whole thing together - the sewingmachine eating the fabric and the bulk of it all...Nightmare! And apparently the soft minky fabric I used for the back is a known nightmare to work with and not recommended for newbies. Of course that I learned after I was almost done with the quilt :D 
You live, you learn, right? 

Baby quilt Deb Strain moda fabric Love U

Last year I made a big cleanout in my craftingcorner. I gave away lots of new things I'd never used and decided to give my unfinished projects a one year deadline. If they slip down my prioritylist and are still in the same stage one year later - off they go. 

Just deciding on this state of mind kicked me into gear and I started taking on the task of this quilt that had been laying around for years. I already had the whole front sewn together and the backing and wadding already bought. The only thing that was left to do was to quilt it all together and finish off with a border. Shouldn't be that hard, right?
Well...it wasn't that easy especially as I still had my old mechanical sewingmachine from the 70-ies in trendy orange and brown, haha.
I had to take out stitches every now and then - probably around 40% of the time, but it was worth it in the end. No point in spending that much time on a piece and then making a bad job finishing it.

Baby quilt Deb Strain moda fabric Love U

 The way I quilted it was to make a straight stitch along the onecolored panels. Then I followed the edge of every other square alternating like a brickwork. It was enough to hold everything in place. The final part was to handstitch the green dotted fabric to the edges. 

Baby quilt Deb Strain moda fabric Love U

The night before I decided to customize the quilt so I drew and handembroidered a monogram to the right lower corner. 

Baby quilt Deb Strain moda fabric Love U

This quilt was a gift for baby Alicia's Christening last year. I can't believe she is already one year old today!

Happy, happy birthday to the cutest little baby I know!

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Friday, 12 August 2016

Tilda lovebirds with house

Tone Finanger fabric Lovebirds zoomed
I've been looking through some old craft photos and found this cute pair that I don't think I've showed you yet. I made it many years ago when I bought my first Tilda book called "Tildas landsted" (by Tone Finnanger).

Tone Finanger fabric Lovebird

Tone Finanger fabric Lovebird

 I made them for a sewing swap where I got the Magnolia Tilda doll you can see HERE
Each bird have a charm sewn to the front - a locket and a key - and the house has a charm that says "love". According to the pattern you are supposed to add beaks made from skewer sticks, but I was worried they might break in the mail so I skipped them. I think the birds are just as cute with their fabric beaks. 

Tone Finanger fabric Lovehouse

To be able to hang everything up I added beaded string to all parts. One of the birds have white beads, the other one red and the house is a mix of both colors. I also sewed on a piece of wire to the bottom of the birds so you could put them on a perch somewhere in your house.

Tone Finanger fabric Lovebirds

It's fun to see how much my sewing skills have improved since I made these. Sometimes it's hard to apreciate your skill when it feels like it's not going forward. So if you have doubts about your skill: take a look at some of your older pieces and you might be surprised at how far you've come.

Until next time.
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