Friday, 30 September 2016

DT call presentation

Hi

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)
jewelrymaking 
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 written tutorials with photos and I am currently making videos for my 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 a proud member for the 

 I love promarkers challenge blog

I'm always interested in guest designing or collabs. If you're interested in my work please contact me at:
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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")


Challenges: 
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:


Challenges:
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. 

FINALLY
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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