Monday, November 13, 2017

The magic of Christmas

Hello there! Wow, can you believe we are already in the middle of November? Just a bit over a month and Christmas will be here. I'm so excited! This year I'm actually on top of things with Christmas cards and presents - I can't believe it! lol I still need to make a few more cards (2 or 3) and there are still bits of this and that that I need to buy, but most of the things are already bought or at least ordered. Are you ready for Christmas to come?

Today I want to share another Christmas card I made. 


I just love these cute elves from MFT and I think they are just perfect for CAS cards. I did the colouring with pencils and Promarkers and I added some liquid applique on the white parts of the hat. 


I really like the sentiment on this card; it is a Hobby Lobby stamp. I embossed it with gold embossing powder.


So much from me today. Talk to you again soon. :) xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Words 2 craft by: Abundance
Simon says stamp (Wednesday challenge): Snow white
Stamping sensations: One layer Christmas card
The ribbon girl: Card challenge
Word art Wednesday: Anything goes
The corrosive: Anything goes
ABC Christmas: W for white
Lemon Shortbread: Anything goes
Sugar Pea designs: Mix it up challenge #37 (photo inspiration - colours)
heARTful stamping: Anything goes + stamp

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Happy holidays

Hello there! How are you doing? Did you have a nice Halloween? Did you do anything special on the scariest night of the year? We don't really celebrate Halloween here so it was just an ordinary day for us.

Now that the spooky holiday is behind us we can concentrate on Christmas. Yay! :D Have you done any Christmas shopping yet? I have already bought some presents, but not all. And for a change I am also on track with my Christmas cards this year - score! I'm about to show you the most recent one I made. This forthnight we have a sletch challenge at The sketchy challenges and the ard I am going to show you was made as inspiration for this challenge.



As you can see I decided to make another card in non-traditional colours. The papers I used are from Lawn Fawn and I really like them. The adorable snowman is a Stamping Bella stamp. I did the colouring with pencils. I embellished the card with some lace, crystals, sequins and "happy holidays" metal charm.


I hope you will come play with us. Have a wonderful day!

I would like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge: Use patterned paper
Noor design: Winter
7 kids: Anything goes
As you like it: Christmas or non Christmas: I chose Christmas, because that's my favourite holiday
Cute card Thursday: Anything goes
AnMa Creatief: Christmas/Winter
Crafty creations: Anything goes
One crazy stamper: Christmas/Winter fun
Creative inspirations: Sparkle
Deep ocean: Inspired by a song/movie (song Frosty the snowman)

Monday, October 16, 2017

A box of sunshine

Hello my sweet friends! How are you? We had a lovely (lazy) weekend as family. We went out for walks, did some cooking at home, watched some telly, played some games... Perfect! Hope your weekend was nice as well!

Have you ever heard of "box of sunshine"? I came to this term a while back when I was browsing the internet. Basically it means that you take a box and fill it with lots of yellow things and send/give it to your friend/relative/penpal... I loved that idea so when one of my friends wasn't feeling well I just knew that I wanted to send one of those boxes to her. :) I tried to get many different yellow things that I thought she would like. Here's what I bought.


I also bought her 2 wooden Gorjuss postcards (she collects postcards), but forgot to add them to the pile when I took the picture.

Of course I also had to make a card to send it with the parcel. 


I sticked with the sunshine theme and made this CAS card. I didn't use any design paper, just yellow and white cardstock. White cardstock was embossed with Cuttlebug's embossing folder. I used googly eyes on the sun and drew the mouth by hand. Sentiment is a TGF stamp (Mini remix- Happy). I embellished the card with a few sequins.


So much from me today. have a sunny day! :) xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
The Greeting Farm: Monochromatic
7 kids: Anything goes
Word art Wednesday: Anything goes
HeARTful stamping: Anything goes + stamp
Fab'n'funky: Word art

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Haunted house

Hello there! Can you believe October is already here?! Eeeek! Time's flying by with the speed of light. Do you celebrate Halloween? We sometimes get together with some friends for a chat and friendly dinner and usually we carve a pumpkin, but that's pretty much it. We don't dress up in costumes, we don't go to Halloween parties etc. Halloween just isn't very big here. I normally don't do any Halloween crafts either - simply because I have no use of them. So the new (Halloween) challenge at The Sketchy Challenges got me scratching my head. I wasn't sure what to do. At the end I decided to make a Halloween decoration for the table. my hubby likes spooky things and was excited that once for a change we would also have a Halloween decoration on the table. ;) I got inspiration and idea for my project on Pamellia's blog (here), though you have to know that my project is FAR simpler and less detailed than hers - in my opinion hers is a masterpiece.

I knew I wanted a "crooked" house, but I am terrible at making "special" templates. I just can't get the numbers right. *sigh* So I asked my dad to make one; he knows how to do these stuff. ;) I asked him to make something simple, not too big, but has to be crooked. So, once he made me a model from the cardstock, I went crazy with paints, stencils etc. and made this...



I only used one die - for the fence, everything else (including windows, door etc. was hand drawn and cut the old fashioned way - with scissors. The whole project took me quite a long time to make, because I only had short periods of free time in my hands, but I did it (with a little bit of help of my hubby). Originally I wanted to include a couple of pumpkins as well, but I just couldn't find any that would be the right size in the stores here. If I find any before Halloween I can always add them.

Here are some more photos of the house - those were taken at daylight, only to show you the details, textures etc.



I used stencils and homemade textore paste for the bricks on the house and hor the "tiles" on the floor. Floor was first painted with acrylic paint, then sprayed with Shimmers and at the end inked with black ink pad. House was painted with acrylic paint and later inked with VersaColor black ink pad. I made the tiles for the roof with gesso, shimmers spray and crackled accents. At the end I also inked them with black ink pad. Door was embossed and inked with black ink pad. For the porch columns I used black straws.


The roof of the house can be opened so I can put in the lights.

And that's pretty much it. If you have any question feel free to ask. I can't wait to see your Halloween projects!

Have a wonderful day! xx

I'd like to enter my project to the following challenges:
Deep ocean: Colours of Autumn
Noor Design: Fall/Autumn
Creative inspirations: Anything goes
Double D challenges: Fright night
Simon says Monday challenge: A walk on the dark side
Through the craftroom door: Anything goes
Creatalicious: Anything goes
Just keep on creating: October anything goes
Crop stop: Linky party #32 (brands from the store: Sizzix/Tim Holtz, Ranger, Tsukineko)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Shaker card

Hey hey! Phew, two cards in one week. I'm getting better at this bloging thing again. ;) I participated in a card swap and the card I'm about to show you was made for my swap partner. I was inspired by the sketch that is a new challenge at The Sketchy Challenges. I hope you will come play with us!


I don't know about you, but I really like shaker cards, even though I don't make them very often. I cut the base for this card with CC designs scalloped rectangle die. Then I cut a smaller scalloped rectangle die and made a "window" with the rectangle die. Before I glued (with foam pads) the smaller rectangle die on my card I took a piece of white cardstock, stamped on it with Stampabilities Faded tect background stamp and glued that on the base of my card. Then I just added some green, gold, white and silver sequins from my stash and placed the previously made "window" die cut on top of my stamped background. Over that I just glued a piece of white cardstock and I put a green bow to the center of it. That's it, easy peasy. :)


I can't wait to see how your projects will turn out, so come play with us. :)

Have a beautiful day! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Bizzy Becs: Anything goes

Friday, September 1, 2017

Just another Christmas card

Hey, hey! Today was a BIG day. It was my little girl's first day of daycare. I have to admit I was *terrified* of this day. I mean REALLY terrified! I didn't know how Amadeja will react to all the other children, the teachers etc. Everything was new to her! Well, at first there was some crying, and for the first 10 minutes or so she was scared to go more than 1 meter away from me, but soon she started exploring the new toys and started playing with her new classmates. Today we only stayed there for about 90 minutes and probably will be more or less the same on Monday, but on Tuesday I will probably leave her alone for a short period of time and then the same on Wednesday... I know it'll be hard for both of us, but from what I saw today I am confident that she'll enjoy her time in dayscare.

Now that I got that off my chest let me show you the most recent card I made. It's another Christmas card - I still have plenty of those to make!


Once again I used one of the adorable Whimsy stamps digi images. I did the colouring with pencils and Promarkers and I added some liquid applique on the white parts of the penguin's dress.


Papers that I used are from DoCrafts and Scrapworks. I only used some lace and gold crystals to embellish the card.


Die cuts used are from Joy crafts (rectangle frame), La La Land (banner), Nellie's (stars), Marianne design (doily) and Cottage Cutz (border lace). Image and frame were raised on foam pads to give the card some dimension.


So much from me today. See you again soon. :) Bye, bye! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge: Use Patterned paper
Whimsy stamps: Anything goes
Christmas cards all year 'round: Use leaves
Winter Wonderland: Dots or stripes
Simon says stamp (Wednesday challenge): Anything goes
Your next stamp: Sketch and color challenge 72 (I chose colours)
Dream Valley: Use a stamp or digi image
Love to scrap: Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society: Anything goes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Happy snowman

Hey, hey! How was your summer? Did you have a nice time? Did you travel anywhere? Are you ready for fall? Here the temperatures dropped, so I can feel autumn is already knocking on the door. And before we know it December will be here too, so I thought I better start working on my Christmas cards. Here's the latest one I made.


I decided to use the cute snowman digi stamp from Whimsy stamps. Colouring was done with pencils and at the end I covered the snowman with Wink of Stella, so in person he's really sparkly, but unfortunately you can't see this in the photos. Papers and embellishments are from my stash. I added layers on top of each other with foam pads, which gave the card some dimension.

I made this card for the Whimsy stamps DT call and even made step by step photo tutorial for it, because that was one of the requests for applying. So in case you are wondering how I put this card together, check the photo below.


Some people asked what dies I used on this card, so here's the list:
Cherry Lynn: Polynesian Sails
Spellbinders: Standard large circles, Picot edge circles, Floral ovals
Joy crafts: Ice crystal border
Sizzix: Snowman
Nellie's: Stars
Unbranded: small decorative border

I hope this helps. :) If you have any other question just ask!

So much from me today. See you again soon! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Crafty creations: Anything goes
The paper shelter: Pearls, gems and/or enamel dots
Crafty gals corner: Punches and/or dies
Words 2 craft by: Vacation (we always take vacations durigh the Christmas holidays and if only we have snow, we always build a snowman :))
Craft-alnica: Okvir
Scrapbook stamp society: Anything goes + option use punches/die cuts