Thursday, August 21, 2014

Who wants a hug?

Heya! Oh, what a lovely sunny day we have here today. I'm still enjoying my days off and am trying to stock on Christmas cards and gift bags, as well as getting ahead with my DT works. Surprisingly I'm doing pretty well. Usually I'm a "doing-everything-at-the-last-possible-second" type of girl, but once for a change I'm actually ahead. And it feels good! ;)

The other day I was going through my stamps and I realized there are quite a few I haven't inked in a while (or never *eeek*). One of those is also the super sweet Bob the yeti from Yumi & Fumi Handmade. I love this little fella so I immediately took it out of the bag, inked it up and used it on my project. :) Here's what I came up with.


Isn't he oh so fluffy?! I just wanna give him a hug. lol I did the coloring with Promarkers and Faber Castell pencils. Papers are leftover scraps from my stash. Blue stars are made with my Nellie Snellen die. They were cut out of the light blue ardstock, which I later covered with glitter glue. The gold stars are actually a trim - I just cut them apart. You can get this trim at the Crafty ribbons store. The other ribbons (except the white satin one) are from Crafty ribbons as well. Pearls and doily came from my stash. I embossed the oval behind Bob with Mpress Mystic clouds embossing folder. The sentiment ("joy") is a wooden embellishment that I've had in my stash for quite a while. I added some small pearls on it as decoration.


That's it. Bob and I wish you a wonderful day! :D Fluffy hugs! xx

I'd like to enter my gift bag to the following challenges:
Sweet stampin': Christmas in August
Papertake weekly: To die for
Divas by design: Pretty pearls
Crafting from the heart: Anything goes
Deep ocean: Christmas in August
Through the craftroom door: Anything goes
My craft creations: Anything goes
Southern girls challenge: Anything goes
Sugar pea designs: Anything goes

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bella with dahlia

Heya! What a lovely start of the week - the sun is shining, temperatures are just right and I have plenty of time for crafting. Sounds perfect, doesn't it? ;) My Big shot seems to be working for now too, so that's good as well. 

Today I have another gift bag to show you. But the difference is that this one is not for Christmas. ;) With the help of my sweet friend I managed to get my hands on this cute stamp from Wild rose studio and I couldn't wait to play with it.


Now, isn't this image just too cute? It brings a smile to my face each time I see it. :) I coloured Bella with distress inks and made some dots around the image using Viva decor pearl pen.


And this is what the whole bag looks like. The design paper is from Wild rose studio as well. Flowers, doilies, lace, pearls and pearl string all came from my stash and the ribbons are from Crafty ribbons. I also used Spellbinders oval dies and small butterfly punch.



Well, that's it from me for today. Have a wonderful week! :)

I'd like to enter my bag to the following challenges:
7 kids college fund: Anything goes
Crafty creations: Flower power
Inky impressions: Animal friends
The paper shelter: Punches and dies
Brown sugar: Anything goes
Wags 'n Whiskers: Birthdays
Magnolia-licious: Anything goes
The crazy challenge: Cute little animals
Stamping sensations: Anything goes
Crafty little fairies: Cute and cuddly
Bunny Zoe's crafts: Summer colours

Friday, August 15, 2014

Golden Christmas

Good morning! Just one more day and it's weekend again. Yay! Do you have any plans? I will probably just stay at home and have a 2 nice and relaxing days. That is, if there won't be any "surprises" (like running to the craft store to buy a new cutting machine). 

Yesterday something terrible happened - my Sizzix Big Shot "died" (or so I thought). :( It's been making some strange noises for the last month or so, but it was working normally, so I wasn't paying much attention to it. And yesterday I just couldn't roll it. It was completely jammed. And you know what this means, right? Yes, it was time to PANIC!!! But my sweetie came to the rescue. He took the machine apart and checked if there was something he could to make it work again. It looked like the gears were still ok so he just helped me clean and oil the machine. Then he put the machine back together and now it seems to be working again. Well, kind of. I can roll forwards, but when I try to roll it backwards, it still has some problems occasionally (but most of the time it seems ok). I'll have to wait and see what this means - when the machine is put to test this weekend. Fingers crossed I won't have to buy a new one (at least not just yet).

Anyways, I've been doing quite some crafting lately - mostly gift bags. And here's another Christmas one that I'd like to show you.


Yes, it's a bit different - it doesn't have a cute character in the middle. ;) Instead I used a Christmas tree rubber stamp and embossed it with Ranger's Queen's gold embossing powder and used that as my main image. The papers are from Papermania's First Noel collection. I used Spellbinders dies for the ovals and LLLC dies for (bigger) poinsettias. I drew the templates for the small poinsettias myself and then cut them out with scissors. I tried to make something similar to the LLLC poinsettias, but much smaller. I also added some sequins and bling to my bag. All of the ribbons I used came from the Crafty ribbons store.


Enjoy your Friday and have a wonderful weekend! Hugs! xx

I'd like to enter my bag to the following challenges:
Crafting from the heart: Anything goes
CRAFT challenge: Christmas
Through the craftroom door: Anything goes
Loves rubberstamps: Out of season
Crafty girls challenges: Anything goes
The crafter's cafe: Anything but a card
The squirrel and the fox: Anything goes
Natalie and Amy's challenge: Die cuts and flowers
Crafty calendar: Anything goes
Winter Wonderland: Anything goes

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Let it sparkle

Hey, hey! :) How are you doing? I hope you have a weekend off so you can relax a bit and maybe even do some crafting. I've been having a wonderful last couple of days. On Wednesday and Thursday me and my sweetie went to short one day trips and we had an amazing time. For the first time in my life I tried summer toboggan run and even though I was a tiny bit scared at first, it was an amazing experience. I'm definitely not sorry for trying it and if I get the chance to do it again, I will. :) 

I also did some crafting. I've been working on more Christmas gift bags and here's one of them.


I used papers from Papermania's First noel collection and some red cardstock from my stash. As you can see, I used the sweet Pickle from Wild rose studio a my main image. I coloured this cutie with Promarkers and Faber Castell pencils. I covered the white parts of Pickles' cap with glitter glue.


I used glitter glue to cover the snowlakes too. I like my creations to sparkle. lol :) The oval behind Pickle was embossed with Anna Griffin's embossing folder. Ribbons, doily and crystals came from my stash. I created the decorative border with my border punch.


I'd like to enter my bag to the following challenges:
Magnolia-licious: Animals or accessory stamps only
Simon says: Make it sparkle
Winter Wonderland: Anything goes for Christmas
Hanna and friends: Animals
Delightful challenges: Anything goes
Crafty little fairies: Cute and cuddly
Stamp and create: Anything goes
Papertake weekly Anything goes
Loves rubberstamps: Anything goes
ABC Christmas challenge: P is for penguins
Sparkles Christmas challenge: Snowflakes
Sparkles monthly challenge blog: Christmas in July

Monday, August 4, 2014

A flower just for you

Hey, hey! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Me and my sweetie were invited to lunch to my parents' on Saturday. We had a bbq. My grandparents were there as well and we had a lovely time. Other than that, we've been having lots of concerts and other events going on this weekend at out town, because it' town't holiday (so it's the same every year at the beginning of August). The good thing about living in the city center is that you don't need to go anywhere - you can listen to the concert(s) from your balcony and have the best view. :D

While listening to all those concerts, I also did some crafting. I made a card I'm about to show you.


On this card I also used one of the cute Mo Manning images. :D I really like these little fairies. They are so darn cute! And perfect for all those girly creations. :) I coloured the image with distress inks and on the wings I also used diamond Stickles. I also used Stickles on the flowers and even on the brads which I used for the center of my flowers. ;)



All of the embellishments I used on my card came from my stash. The purple paper with hearts is from Magnolia and the rest of the papers came from my stash as well. I made circle with Spellbinders die.

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
7 kids college fund: Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's crafts: Bingo (lace, pearls, die cut)
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge: Use patterned paper
Sweet stampin': Bingo (lace, brads, flowers - I used brads for the center of my flowers)
Delightful challenges: Bling it on
Crafting from the heart: Anything goes
Inky impressions: Anything goes
Simon says: Anything goes
Bearly mine: Anything goes

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Christmas gift bag

Hey hey! I hope you are enjoying your week so far and that the weather is nicer where you live than it is here. We've been getting rain, rain and more rain over the last couple of days. So this means all my planned trips around the country are postponed. Oh well, at least I have some more time for crafting, which is not bad either. :)

I made another gift bag that I'd like to show you. This one is for Christmas. I've decided that this year I'll be giving away Christmas gifts in either gift bags like this one or in the handmade gift boxes (which I still have to make) - depending on the size (and shape) of the gift. So, here's the gift bag I made recently.


I used another of Mo Manning's adorable images. This one is called Winter fairy Talva. As usually, I did the coloring with distress inks. I had some pom pom trim in my stash and I used it to frame the oval behind Talva. Doily, lace and sequins came from my stash as well. I embossed the oval with Cottage floral embossing folder by Craft concepts. The big snowlake is cut out with Marianne design die and the small ones were cut with Sizzix die. Snowflakes were cut out of white cardstock, which I later covered with Stickles. I used Stickles on Talva's wings, snowball and on parts of Talva's dress as well. 


The ribbon I used for the handles is from Crafty ribbons.


I'd like to enter my gift bag to the following challenges:
Simon says: Anything goes
Delightful challenges: Add ribbon
Crafty Catz: Anything goes
Divas by design: Anything goes
The corrosive challenge blog: Christmas in July
Inky impressions: Anything goes
Sparkles monthly challenge: Christmas in July
Tuesday throwdown: Other than a card or tag
Let's craft and create: Ribbon or twine
Pile it on: Emboss it

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Little fairy gift bag

Hey, hey! How are you doing? I'm enjoying my time off (while it still lasts). Me and my sweetie were planning to do some short trips around the country, but the weather forcast hasn't been very nice and we didn't want to spend another day at home, so yesterday we decided that we'll go on a "trip" to Ikea instead. This isn't bad either, right? ;) We bought some decorations for our home and I did some clothes shopping in the nearby shopping center as well. 

Anyways, I was also able to do some crafting in the last couple of days. I wanted to do something a little bit different, so I made a gift bag. This was so fun to make. It's the first gift bag I made out of a brown paper bag, but definitely not the last. You'll definitely be seeing more of those in the future. ;)


What do you think? I was really pleased with how it turned out. I really like this Mo Manning image. Isn't it adorable? Just too cute! I coloured it with distress inks and I added stickles on the wings. Papers are from Magnolia (Summer memories collection). I've had this big lace in my stash for a while, but wasn't sure what to do with it, because I thought it was a little bit too big for the cards, but I think it's perfect for this paper bag. And on top of it I added some red lace from my stash as well. All of the flowers are from my stash and so are the doily and the red ribbon. The dies I used on this project are from Spellbinders, TH, Cart Us and Quick Kutz. Butterflies were made with my craft punch.


And here's the close up of an image ...


Have a wonderful day! Hugs! xx

I'd like to enter my gift bag to the following challenges:
7 kids college fund: Anything goes
My mum's craft shop: Bright colours
Stamping sensations: Summer blooms
A creative romance: Let's do lunch
Wags 'n Whiskers: Anything goes
Crafting from the heart: Anything goes
Deep ocean: Lots of layers
The paper shelter: Anything goes
The crazy challenge: Die cuts and punches
The crafter's cafe: Anything goes