Wednesday, September 20, 2017

MFT Challenge: Innovation Master

Hello friends,

I'm submitting my card for the MFT Superstar Challenge in the Innovation Master category. I used MFT's stamp sets Jingle all the Way  and Santa's Elves for this card. I think all these Santas with their funky clothing and beards are a cool and innovative way to look at the old traditions, would you agree? :-) Anyway, I thought pop-art style with its simple coloring will bring some unexpected twist to these awesome Santas :-) Thank you for dropping by!

MFT Challenge: Coloring Virtuoso

Hello again,

I'm posting my card for MFT's Superstar challenge in the Coloring Virtuoso category. I used MFT's Strike Up a Band stamp set (aren't those bunnies adorable?) for the main image, and MFT's circles background stamp with some pale blue Adirondak dye ink. It looks like both stamps have been discontinued, but they're super amazing and I love them and use them :) I colored the bunnies with Tombow markers and a bit of Wink of Stella glitter brush on the musical instruments. The skies were colored with KOI watercolors, the grass was colored with Zig clear brush markers, and the main image panel was diecut with Die-namics Stitched Rectangles. Thank you for visiting!

MFT Superstar: Clean & Simple

Hi friends,

It looks like the only thing that inspires me to blog is my favorite stamp companies' challenges :-) :-) It's been a while since I posted anything, but I've been making cards all this time nonetheless :-) Today I'm posting a clean and simple card that I made using My Favorite Things stamps and dies, to take part in the Superstar challenge that's happening right now :-) I stamped Wavy Coloring Book background stamp with Versamark on a piece of smooth cardstock, then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged some fun Distress inks on top, to add color and make the background stamp pop :-) Then I sprinkled a bit of extra fine Warm Highlight glitter (by ArtGlitter) at the top of the panel and re-heated it again, so that the embossing powder would seal the glitter. I like the frosty effect on just a part of the image! I then played a bit more with the background - added golden glitter in another part of the panel, and then decided to trim it a bit. Well, I ended up trimming away 2/3 of the panel :-) And I used the "trims" for two extra cards! I added a diecut flourish on top of my trimmed panel, stamped the sentiment from the Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set and heat embossed it with holographic embossing powder. I added a few white glossy drops for some snow effect, and that was it! Simple and clean :-)

And I couldn't resist :-) Here are the other two cards, using parts of the same panel (with golden glitter):

Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

PTI 9th Anniversary

Hi Friends,

After a loooooong silence I'm back to my crafting blog, and it took no less than a huge celebration that is going on right this moment :-) Papertrey Ink is celebrating its 9th anniversary and the fantastic design team of PTI is inspiring our crafting minds with hundreds of totally out-of-this world creations! The crafting community is happy to partake, and I could not possibly stay out of all the fun!!! Today I'm posting a card that I made for one of the challenges, where we were to create a card with supplies that we could grab in 5 minutes! This was a REAL challenge for me, because I normally hibernate over my stash for quite some time, trying to figure out what stamp set & colors are calling for my attention. A limit to this thinking process meant (to me!) - grab whatever your hand can reach, and just go with it. Challenge!!! I grabbed one of my all-time favourites, Quilled Elegance stamp set, the Wet Paint stamps and dies, KOI watercolor markers (love them dearly!!) some colored sequins, and here is what I made:

Thank you for dropping by!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Birdday :-)

Hi friends,

Today's weather is simply fantastic! It's warm and sunny outside, and my card today coincidentally reflects the warmth & beauty of early summer (yep, that's what our weather is notorious for - a jump from winter into summer with half a day of spring :-)

Today's birthday of my dear friend Annie K., so this card is for her. Happy BirDday, Annie! May warmth & sunshine be with you always :-) And this is the bluebird of happiness that just dropped by to wish you the same :-)

Thanks for dropping by and have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Enjoy this lovely day :-)

Hi friends,

I have neglected my blog for a while, hope I'll have a bit more discipline posting & participating in some fun and exciting challenges in the cardmaking world :-) Today I'm sharing my very impromptu card that was made in a spur of a moment :-) I guess all crafters go through experimenting with inks, papers, stamps, and a number of cool techniques, and I think this free-flowing experimentation mode is what attracts me the most here...

My card today is a result of a number of  my past experiments with various things I learnt in the last couple of years :-) At some point, I had a new embossing folder on my desk that I just opened and was itching to try out with a piece of some scrap cardstock. I ran the paper through the machine, loved the image, but could not figure out how to use it. So I put it aside. For, like, 6 months... Then I was browsing through Make It Monday challenges over at PaperTrey Ink and found a fun technique with scraps that I immediately needed to try out too. I pulled my bag of scraps, diecut them into nice triangles and made a neat quilt-like circle, which, once again, I had no idea how to use on a card. Aside it goes for another couple of months... Then I was playing with the Wet Paint words (oh, I'm TOTALLY addicted to the WetPaint collection!!!) and was looking for some background layer that would take those diecut words nicely. That's when the long-forgotten embossed piece of paper came to light! I pulled it out, ran some Distress inks over the top to emphasize the embossed image a bit, then decided to add a bit of metallic rub-on inks on top to make & irresistibly shiny, then recalled my guilt-like circle, and all these random pieces started coming together for a fun & colourful card :-) I also had some "unsuccessfully colored" binding seam cuts, stashed in my "put-away-and-forget-it-ever-happened" box - you see, I had my share of play with Glimmer Mists at some point... Well, one of those pieces actually worked out absolutely great for this card! I love the end result, though it took about a year (maybe even longer!!) to make the card lol :-)

Thank you for dropping by, hope your day brings you joy and sunshine! Our weather is finally improving, with a ton of sunshine & warmth in the last few days, the spring is here, yay!!!

I'm posting the card for Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is 'anything goes' this week.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas mail

Hi Friends,

Today I'm posting a card with a fun envelope as the main image :-) I love the fun look of it, and the happy feeling it instills! The image stamp is by my beloved Stamping Bella (not sure if Em is carrying it any more), the greeting is by JustRite, colouring is done by Copics, and that's pretty much what it took to make this card. Well, a tiny bit of Glamour Dust glitter, MFT's stitched circle die, Cuttlebug's snowflake embossing folder and a piece of mirror-like cardstock for the background layer (part of which, by the way, reflects me taking picture of the card lol). The light is a bit off, and the card looks a tad dull, but in reality it's bright and sparkly :-)

I'm still using the window of opportunity over at Simon Says Stamp, and posting this card for the current Christmas/Holidays challenge.

Thank you for dropping by!

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Hi Friends,

Today I'm posting a card with one of my all-time favourite stamps - Mo's Snowman with cardinal. I just love this image, it can work with any background and any colour scheme. I've colored it with Prisma pencils, used some Versa chalk ink to colour the image's background and then added some Glamour Dust glitter around, for additional sparkle. My challenge with this card was the puffy snow under the snowman. I haven't used the snow liquid for about a year (lol), so it became quite thick. So, here is me, done with the card, trying to add this little final touch, and the bottle just wouldn't cooperate!!!! It took me about 30 minutes to clean up the bottle's nozzle, then thin out the snow liquid for that final 30 seconds touch to the card... By the time the nozzle was cleaned, I was so frustrated that decided not to bother with researching what will work to thin the snow liquid, so just added plain water to see if that would work. It worked pretty well at the end, and now my snow liquid is running and puffing when heat is applied :-)

Oh, and after taking the picture, I realized that the twigs were uncolored! That's now fixed :-)
I'm entering it into three (wow!!) challenges - Mo's Snow or Snowflake theme, Simon's Christmas/Holidays theme, and Lia's Sparkle or Metallic theme.

Thank you for dropping by!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Happy Santa

Hi Friends,

Today is a new day, and time for a new card. I've used a stamp that I got years ago at a scrapbook festival, and I believe it was one of my first rubber stamps ever. I just couldn't stop giggling when I saw it on a stand. Coloured, it brings my face to smile even more. It's a fun image, and to me it's just an illustration of good holiday mood :-) I'm entering my card into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, which is Christmas/Holidays this week.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Winter bliss

Hi friends,

I'm back into the crafting world after another loong break! I've been busy changing my job and going painfully through the learning process, but it's about time to focus on fun! Christmas/New Year are just around the corner, and I'm now deep into Xmas cards bliss! Today I'm posting one of my first snow cards, to be sent next week to one of my ex-colleagues. I find it quite challenging to figure out what people celebrate - Christmas, Hanuka or New Year... I love love love reindeer, Santa, Christmas tree and all the snowflaky stuff, so I'm just going along with what I like, and if I send a wrong card to my lovely recipients, folks, I just don't know any more :-))) Love you anyway and hope you'll still love me too!!!

This was a quick and pretty easy card, I wanted to use my abandoned background stamp with random spots for a snowfall feeling, and voila - it worked out! I'm also posting my card into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Christmas/Holidays this week.

Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful holiday season! More cards are coming! :-)