Thursday, October 8, 2015

Oh Christmas tree

Hey, hey! :) Phew, I can finally breath again. The last two weeks have been absolutely crazy. I've been so busy with work that I barely had any time for other things. But things are calming down and now I can breath again. Time to start playing "catch-up" again me thinks. lol

Are you in the mood for making some Christmas projects? I hope so, because we have a countdown to Christmas "event" ready for you at Crafty ribbons blog. Til the end of the year all our challenges will be somehow in connection with Christmas and I hope you'll play in many (if not all) of them. During this "event" all our challenges will only last 1 week. And this week's theme is "Christmas carols". I chose "Oh Christmas tree" as my inspiration and the result is this card.

I'm sorry for the crappy photo, but I was finishing this card at the very last minute. I didn't use any stamps, but I used this pretty Christmas tree die cut that I once received with RAK for the center of my card. I randomly glued some teeny tiny pearls on the die cut.

Papers are from DCWV and pearls, sequins and cheesecloth came from my stash. I also used some gorgeous volcan viscose lace from the CR store

I hope you'll come play with us this week. Have a great day. xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
The ribbon girl: Add lace and pearls
Papertake weekly: Anything goes
Word art Wednesday: Anything goes
Wags 'n Whiskers: Use a die cut
Bizzy Becs: Anything goes

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Autumn colours

Hey, hey! Can you believe it's October already? September flew by so quickly for me! I have no doubt it'll be the same with this month as quite a lot will be going on. Autumn is already here and the leaves have already started changing colours. It's pretty. Now I just need to get my hands on some chestnut too ... ;) 

Anyways ... Let's talk some crafty things now ... I was asked to be a guest designer at Stamping Sensations blog and of course I said yes. The theme this month is "Autumn colours" and I decided to make a birthday card. At this time of year many of my friends and relatives have their birthdays so I thought I better stock up. 

I went through my stash and brought out some leftover pieces of papers in brown, orange and yellow tones. I also found some dimensional stickers (flowers and yellow frame) in those colours so I decided to use those as well. Image is from House Mouse and I coloured it with my pencils.

I embossed the white cardstock behind the image with Mpress embossing folder. Doily, brads, ribbon and pearls came from my stash.

I hope you'll join our challenge this month. Can't wait to see your autumn creations. :)

Have a wonderful day! Hugs! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Love to scrap: Anything goes
Deep ocean: Autumn
Dream valley: Recipe (pearls, patterned paper, flowers)
Little Claire's designs: Autumnal theme
House Mouse and friends: Autumn/Halloween or Anything goes
Timbroscrapmania: Use metal (I used brads)
Papertake weekly: Take your pick (colour theme - autumn colours and technique theme - embossing)
Creative inspirations: Anything goes
Scrap and craft inspiration: Autumn colours
Simon says stamp: Anything goes

Thursday, September 24, 2015

No stamping

Good morning my crafty friends! How are you doing? I'm having a very busy time at work right now. It'll be like that for another week or so, but after that I expect things will calm down a bit. 

Can you believe that September is almost over? This month just flew by for me. So much has been going on ... 

A new challenge started at Crafty ribbons blog today and this time we want to see lace somewhere on your project. I love using lace. I think it gives the project that perfect elegant, elegant and feminine touch. At CR store they have lots of gorgeous lace that you can choose from, so go take a look.

As for me, I decided to use Chantilly cotton lace - callac.

I was going for a shabby chic and romantic look with this card. I used several leftover scraps of paper from my stash and distressed all of them with my scissors and distress ink. I made this flower a long time ago with TH tattered florals die. 

Besides lace I also used some pearls and doily. To make decorative borders I used my craft punches.

I hope you'll come play with us. I can't wait to see what you can make with lace. :)

Have a great day!
Hugs! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Craft your passion: Anything goes
Crafting from the heart: Anything goes
Bizzy Becs: Anything goes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pink and black

Hello my sweet friends! How are you doing? I hope you've been enjoying the week so far. I've been busy with work stuff, but I am enjoying it. My throat is getting better, which I'm very happy about. Looks like honey and lemon did their magic. In case anybody wants a recipe for a home-made "medicine" that helps getting your immune system better, here it is ...

What you need:
1 liter honey
6 lemons
1 ginger root (be careful with ginger, because it has a very strong taste; remember you can always add more, but you can't take any out)

What to do with those stuff:
Squeeze lemons and either squeeze or grate ginger root (if you grate it, make sure it's very, very finely grated) - I prefer to squeeze ginger root though, so I get juice out of it. Mix everything together and voila, you're done. :) Easy peasy, right? Again, be careful with ginger, because it has strong spicy taste. I love it (I love spicy things) and I usually use one big root (sometimes even more), but you might want to start with a small root or only half of the root and then add more if you want. You can either drink this on its own (a table spoon of this syrup in the morning and another one in the evening seems to work just fine), or you can make a tea out of it. Just put some syrup into the tea cup and pour hot (not boiled!!!) water over it. Yum! I can't have ginger right now (boohoo :( ), so I was making this mixture without ginger. It was ok, but I missed that spicy "touch". ;) Anyways, this thing is awesome - trust me, better than those pills etc. - and it helps. And it tastes sooo good too! ;) Maybe this is also an idea for the Christmas gifts this year - to give to your loved ones. :)

Ok, enough about that now. Let's talk some crafty things ... Today I'd like to show you a card I made with some leftover scraps of Prima's paper. Most of them are scraps from the Romance novel paper pad, which I absolutely love (I don't want to throw away even the tiniest little piece).

I love pink and black colour combination and even though I'm "scared" of using black on my projects I thought I'd give it a go. I created the background using several stripes of paper, which I inked with distress ink. As you can see I used lots of different lace and some flowers on this card.

I didn't do any stamping for a change. Instead I chose those beautiful butterfly die cuts to be in the center of my card.

In the center of each butterfly I put a crystal - you can never have too much bling, can you? ;)

So much from me today. Have a wonderful day! :) xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn designs: Things with wings
Deep ocean: Shabby chic
Papertake weekly: Animal magic
Frilly and funkie: Stamps be gone
Scrap and craft: Butterflies
Craft heaven shop: Anything goes
Simon says stamp (Wednesday challenge): Die crazy
Craft-alnica: Živali
The ABC challenge: R is for recipe (pink, dies and/or punches, lace)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Atered trinket box

Hello everybody! I'm sorry I haven't been visiting your blogs lately. I just started a new job on Thursday and it's keeping me busy. I know it's only been a couple of days, but I'm enjoying it so far. I have quite a lot of work and I'm still adjusting and figuring out stuff, but otherwise so far everything seems great! 

On the other hand I've been starting to feel that I'm coming down with sore throat. Yikes! Not something I want! So I've been googling to get some ideas how to prevent this from getting even worse and how to heal it (preferably over the weekend). Right now lemon, honey and tea are my veeeery good friends. ;)

Yesterday when I went shopping I saw firt Christmas decorations in the store. I was like "Seriously?! It's only September!" I love Christmas - it's my favourite time of the year - and each year I'm waiting impatiently for it to arrive, but Christmas decorations in September ... That's too early even for me. What do you think about that? When do they put Christmas decorations on shelves where you live?

Speaking about Christmas ... Christmas cards are definitely something I *should* start working on already. And some Christmas presents too. If I don't start soon, I'll be in big trouble (again!) when the season comes. If you'd like to start working on your Christmas projects soon too, you might want to check out the Crafty ribbons store. Why? Because they just added some gorgeous festive ribbons and buttons to their store. You can see all of them here. I'm hoping to find some time to play with those over the weekend.

For today, I have something a bit different to show you. A box.

I had this La La Land Crafts trinket box in my drawer for a while, patiently waiting for me to find some time to decorate it. And I finally came around to do it. :) I took some scraps of paper from my stash, some embellishments and went to work. 

This is what the top looks like.

I used several different dies from different companies, some gems and sequins, Viva decor stamp and button for the center of the star. And voila, this is the result. :)

This is what the box looks like opened up.

Ok, so this is what's been happening on this side of the world. I hope to do some blog hopping later today to see what have you been up to. 

Enjoy the weekend! xx

I'd like to enter my box to the following challenges:
Craft stamper: Take a stamp
Hiding in my craft toom: Super scraps Saturday
Cheery Lynn designs: All about texture
Simon says stamp (Monday challenge): Stamp and punch/die cut
Die cuttin' divas: 3D project
Scrapy Land: AG + dies (Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn, Whimsy stamps, Sizzix-TH)
Allsorts: Buttons (I used a button for the center of the star)
Little Miss Muffet: Anything goes

Monday, September 7, 2015

A poppy for you - just because

Good morning my crafty friends! I hope you had a lovely and relaxing weekend and that you are ready for this week's challenges. I did some crafting over the weekend and yesterday we had some friends over in the afternoon so besides a little bit of crafting in the morning I also did some baking.

One of the things I made is this card with the adorable Fergus with poppy image from WRS. 

Papers are from different brands - I'm clearing out my stash. ;) All of the embellishments came from my stash as well.

I coloured the image with distress inks. I like the soft look they give.

I raised the image on foam pads for some extra dimension. 

Have a wonderful week! Hugs! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Papertake weekly: Anything goes
The paper shelter: Embossing
As you like it: Favourite layout and why (my favourite are cards with lots and lots of layers - I think the layers give the card more dimension/depth and make the card more interesting and fun)
Crafty Catz: Anything goes
Allsorts: Lots of layers
The ribbon girl: Add flowers
Penny Black and more: Anything goes
Craft stamper: Take a stamp

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Butterflies and birds

Hello my crafty friends! How are you doing? Do you have any plans for the weekend? I'm hoping to do some crafting and if the weather is nice I might also do some hiking. We'll see about that.

After a break we are back with a new challenge at Crafty ribbons blog. As usually you have 2 weeks to enter our challenge and be in the draw for a fabulous prize kindly donated by Ali and Tony. We thought we would start with an easy challenge so the theme is "Butterflies and birds + ribbon". I don't know about you, but I love using butterflies on my creations. I just love those little critters. :)

This card will go to one very special lady who is currently fighting cancer. She's a very brave lady and I wish her lots of strenght fighting this nasty illness. I hope this little card will brighten her day.

A while back I received some gorgeous papers and die cuts from a friend of mine (thank you so much girl!) and I used a couple of those on my card. For a change I didn't do any stamping on my creation. The big red flower is handmade and I finally put some of my long forgoten beads to some use - I used them for the center of the big flower. The other flowers are store bought. The dotty ribbon I used on my card is from Crafty ribbons and can be found here.

So, I think this is it for today. I hope you'll come play with us! Have a wonderful day! xx

I would like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Crafty calendar: Bingo (pearls, kraft, flowers)
Allsorts: Roses
Cheery Lynn Designs: Anything goes (CL die used: butterfly)
Inky chicks: Hearts
Marianne's design divas: Anything goes (MD dies used: Anja's leaves 2 - LR0227, Flower fantasy - LR0128, Rectangle - CR1202)
Simon says stamp (Wednesday challenge): Anything goes