Friday, 27 March 2015

Card - Spring Happy Birthday!

Hi, welcome to my blog!

Today I have another birthday card to share with you! Although I have used paper cuts from an autumn collection, white, orange, green and brown colors remind me of spring and I love to call this card spring happy birthday card! This card was inspired by the amazing Kristina Werner. Kristina is a professional graphic designer and papercrafter and I really love her work! You can find her original card here.

Making this card was quite a challenge to myself, as I had to try many alternative techniques, some totally new to me. The first alternative technique was making the embossed background not with an embossing folder but with a stencil. For this one, I used my Big Shot machine by placing one cutting pad, a sheet of felt, my cardboard, the stencil and on the top the second cutting pad. I love the embossing result! 

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For the fox and the fawn, I stamped them on watercolor paper and colored them using distress inks and a water brush and watercolor markers. This was my second try for watercoloring stamped images (you can find my first attemp here) and I have to admit that I'm not quite satisfied yet. But we all need to try, right?! After coloring the images, I hand-cutted them and colored the white edges.

I made the sentiment by stamping with brown archival ink on velum and embossing it with clear embossing powder. Archival ink isn't the best choice for stamping on velum but as I didn't have a brown StazOn ink or a brown embossing powder, I had to use it and it hold quite well on the velum. 

For the shaker window, I have used two sizes of scallop circle dies to cut the paper border. In order to achive depth for the window, I have also die cutted with the dies a piece of foam sheet and glued it under the paper border.

For the content of the shaker window, except from the ordinary sequins, I love using other small things that I can fit inside, like wood veneer embellishments, small paper die cuts, and beads.

With this card I participate in the challenge "Anything Goes" of the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

That was my card for today, I hope you liked it! I would be happy to get your comments or any questions. Thank you for visiting!


  • Sizzix Big Shot machine
  • Sizzix Circles, Scallop 8 dies
  • Memory Box Scraped Paint Stencil
  • Bo Bunny 6x6 paper pad Autumn Song Collection
  • Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps Into the Woods
  • Ranger Distress Ink spun sugar, tea die, walnut stain
  • Tombo ABT markers 899, 977
  • Ranger Archival Ink Potting Soil
  • Zing! Embossing Powder Clear
  • Hero Arts "Find Joy" Clear Stamp Set
  • Simon Says Stamp White Cardstock
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Design doodle twine take note
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer Shapes Tiny Stars
  • Martha Stewart Flower Shower Punch Around the Page Set
  • Moon Shaped and Circular Sequins
  • Velum

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Card - You're the greatest!

Hi! Welcome to my blog! 
Today I have a new card to show you and this one is of romantic style! My mom loves romantic and shabby chic style and this one is for her!  If you would like to make a similar card, the how-to-steps for making it are the following:

1) Use a watercolor cardstock, stencil with white modelling paste your favorite background pattern and let it dry.

2) Apply with a brush two or three matching watercolors on the background, spray it with water and let dry. You can repeat this step until you are satisfied with the background coloring. Make a border to the background with a watercolor too.

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3) Make your focal point like a heart, a butterfly, a flower etc. using patterned paper of matching colors, attach it on your background using foam tape, make a sentiment banner and place it on it too. You can embellish it more if you feel like it by coloring it and using some gems.

4) Use some of the background colors to color a ribbon and tie it into a bow. Use some embellishments like twine and brands and attach it on your card.

5) Glue your card panel on a cardstock and you're finished! Here is the resulting card again! I hope you like it!

Thank you for visiting, I'll be happy to get your comments!

  • Simon Says Stamp White Cardstock
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock
  • Galeria Modelling Paste
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - old paper / worn lipstick / scattered straw
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology - Crinkle Ribbon
  • The Crafters Workshop 6x6 Stencil - Mini Peacock Feathers
  • My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad - Lost & Found
  • Elle's Studio Sentiment Tags
  • Ranger liquid pearls - Flamingo

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Card - You mean so much to me!

Hello! Welcome to my blog!

Today I have a new card to show you. This one comes out very late, as it was made for the Valentine's day, but you know what? We can give a card to our loved ones everyday and not just for the Valentine's day, right?!

What I sometimes find difficult to make, is to combine a love and appreciation theme of card, with a masculine style. So this card started with a white cardstock base but it looked so...not masculine! And then, as my hubby's favorite color is black, it 'hit' me. Let's introduce some black here! Then, it all came out easily. The black background would match perfectly with a combined black banner, and this is the result!

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I love the texture of the red painted modelling paste!

I have also used a matching brad that says "you're my treasure" and a bow made from thick twine.

And here is an other view of my love-masculine card!

I hope you like it and got inspired to make yours! I would be happy to get your comments or answer your questions. Thank you for visiting my blog!

  • Simon Says Stamp white cardstock 
  • Black canson paper
  • Galeria modelling paste
  • Martha Stewart "habanero" satin acrylic paint (red paint)
  • Prima "Stationer's Desk" paper pad
  • Lawn Fawn "Peace Joy Love" paper pad
  • Bo Bunny "Altitude Collection" paper pad
  • Thick twine (from handware store)
  • Prima "Stationer's Desk" brads
  • Simon Says Stamp "Postage Stamp Edge Frames" Craft Dies
  • WOW Opaque bright white embossing powder 
  • Hero Arts "Find Joy" clear stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn "Into the Woods" clear stamps

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Proud for...!

I'm so happy for this blog post! 

With my last art journal page "Let Go" I have won the spotlight designer's badge from 
the Simon Says Stamp Team! 

And here it is:

Thank you so much for picking up my project and for the great comments! 

Wish you all many happy and creative moments!

P.S. Stay tuned! New creations are coming soon!