Saturday, April 22, 2017

Staying warm

Hey, hey! A new challenge just started at The Sketchy Challenges and this forthnight we have a sketch challenge for you. Here's what the sketch looks like.


And this is the card I made.


I'm trying to work on my Christmas cards, but so far I'm not doing very well. I think this is only the second one I've made so far. Oh my ... I inked the adorable image from TGF and coloured it with Promarkers and pencils. I used papers from Kaisercraft and some lace, pom pom trim, pearl string and sequins to decorate the card.


I hope you'll come play with us! Have a great day! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
7 kids: Anything goes
The ribbon girl: Use any image
Incy Wincy Designs: So so cute
The corrosive: Anything goes
Hiding in my Craft room: Any holiday (Christmas)
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge: Use patterned paper

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Just because

Hello my crafty friends! How are you doing? I'm enjoying warm(er) spring days. I try to go out with my little girl as much as possible, so this means I have even less crafty time than usual. But I do get some in the evenings, which is perfectly fine with me. :) 

You probably know I don't use digi stamps oftern. In fact, almost never. I have quite a collection of them though (some I won, some I bought), but they are still waiting for their turn to appear on my card(s). While I do like the fact that you can resize digi images and create the whole scenes with them, there are even more reasons I personally don't like using them too much. 
1.) I almost always print the wrong size - can't seem to get this right. *sigh*
2.) I like colouring with distress inks and watercolor pencils, and despite all the tricks and tips for colouring digi images with watercolour mediums, my ink still runs when I do the colouring. Annoying!
3.) I find it MUCH faster to stamp my image than opening word, trying to figure the right size for the image, turning on printer etc. 
4.) Ink cartrige is empty - need I say more?!

That being said, I still play with digi stamps every now and then. And just recently I made this card using the panda digi from Maria Medel Rodriguez. I made this for a lovely lady, for who I know loves this stamp. :)


I decided to use soft colours for this card; I thought that would make a nice contrast against the black and white image. I used scraps of design papers from my stash and some lace, pom pom trim and tiny pearls to embellish the card. I coloured the image with Promarkers and pencils.


So, that's it for today. See you again soon! Bye bye. :) xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge: Use patterned paper
Stamping sensations: Anything goes
As you like it: Favourite card bas shape (for me that's square, because I find it easiest to decorate and add layers to it)
The ribbon girl: Card
Hiding in my Craft room: Super scraps Saturday
The corrosive: Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet: Anything goes
Crafty creations: Anything goes

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Easter candy ... Yum!

Heya! How are you doing? I'm enjoying the warm and sunny spring days. Coffee and chats outside with friends, walks through the park ... Ahhhh, love it!!! Spring is definitely my favourite season! :)

And in spring there's also Easter. Perfect excuse to eat some (more) chocolate. :P He he. I don't make Easter cards often, but I wanted to make (at least) one this year. I like this House Mouse image and wanted to colour it. :) And I decided to make an Easter card for the new new sketch challenge at The sketchy challenges

Here's what the sketch looks like ...


I rotated the sketch and made this card ...


I used one of the adorable images from House Mouse and coloured it with Promarkers and pencils. The little Easter eggs and the sentiment banner are TGF stamps. papers are from MME. To decorate the card I used some lace, flowers and sequins from my stash.


Now it's your turn. Grab your papers, scissors and other crafting supplies and get creating. ;) I can't wait to see what you'll make! xx

Challenges: 
Word art Wednesday: Anything goes
Simon says stamp: Use more than one die or punch
Simon says stamp: Work it Wednesday
Deep ocean: Flowers everywhere
Noor design: Spring
One crazy stamper: Anything goes
The ribbon girl: Any image
Bastel Traum: Easter/Polka dots

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Some winners

Heya! This will be just a quick post ... I promised to give a small candy to someone who commented on the post I made on February 20. Well, at the end I decided to have 3 winners. :) 

As this was the candy I offered to celebrate my baby's first birthday, the first prize goes to the person who wrote the first comment on that post and that's you Samra. :) 

Second winner ...
There were 22 comments all together and I asked my hubby to pick a number (any number) from 1 to 22 and he chose no. 5 - that's you Michelle N.

Third winner ...
It kind of felt right to get Amadeja involved in the whole winner picking thing as well, so I wrote all the numbers on pieces of papers, mixed them up and put them in front of my baby girl. The first one she grabbed had no. 2 on it, so Kathleen, you are the last winner.

Congrats ladies! :) Please contact me with your mailing info - you have one week (til March 8th) to do so.

Have a beautiful day! xx

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Longing for spring

Hey there! :) Are you ready for the weekend? I am! We have a carnival here today so there will be lots of kids (and probably even some adults) dressed up everywhere. I'm not dressing up (not my thing), but I will dress up Amadeja. He he. ;) We had different ideas about what costume will we get for her; our first thought was "Jon Snow" - trust me, this costume would be perfect for her, but none of our relatives watch Game of thrones so no one would understand this costume and we really didn't feel like explaining it to everybody. Anyways, after lots of thought we decided she would be an angel this year. I know it's not original or unique, but she is our little angel, so it makes sense. :) One of our traditional masks has the "job" to chase away winter and bring spring to the country. I hope they will succeed. 

Talking about spring ... This is the new challenge theme at The Sketchy Challenges. I hope you will come play with us!

I haven't used a Magnolia image on my cards for a long, long time, so I decided I would make a card with one for this challenge.


When someone says "spring" I immediately think about flowers, butterflies and pastel tones, so I used all those things on my today's card. And I thought this cute Tilda was perfect for a spring card. What do you think? Papers I used on this card are from MME and all of the embellishments came from my stash. I coloured the image with Promarkers and pencils.


So much from me today. See you again soon. :) 

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Creative inspirations: Petals and pearls (I used tiny pearls on the butterflies)
Simon says stamp: Anything goes
Magnolia-licious: Anything goes
Midweek Magnolias: Anything goes with Magnolia image

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy birthday, my sweet little girl

Exactly one year ago my life changed completely - I became a mummy to the sweetest little baby girl. A lot has happened in this year and even though it was hard at times, I would never go back. This year was magical and the joy this little girl brings into my life every day is indescribable. I love her to bits.

To celebrate this special birthday, of course we needed a special cake as well. I think I've said it before, but will say it again ... When it comes to baking, my mum rocks! So I asked her if she could make a special cake for her granddaughter. And she said she would. And boy, oh boy, she made an AMAZING cake. I could almost say she made the impossible possible. Why? Because we wanted to have a FRUIT cake in the shape of a mushroom. And she did it! Believe me, it was quite a challenge and A LOT of effort, hard work, time and love (not to mention the ingredients) went into this cake, but the result is simply stunning. But why I am just telling you this, I'll rather show you the photo (I have my mum's permission to share this cake on my blog).


After we also also added my baby's name and shaped candle (no. 1) to the cake.


Doesn't this look like a fairy house? I just LOOOOOOOOVE this cake. Love, love, love it! And it didn't only look amazing, it was also DE-LI-CIOUS. Filled with raspberries, strawberries ... Oh, yum, yum. YUM!

Ok, now that we've covered the most important thing, I'll show you the invitations that I made for Amadeja's birthday. I made two different ones and I kept them simple, but I hope you will like them.



I created shaker cards, using the CC designs scalloped rectangle die and CC designs birthday mice stamps. Aren't they adorable? Love them! I did the colouring with Promarkers and pencils. Sequins came from my stash. I created the cloud background with homemade cloud stencil and TH distress inks.

I'd like to enter my cards to the following challenges:
Allsorts: Anything goes
Bastel Traum: Birthday/birth/white and one other colour
The ribbon girl: Use any image
Die cut divas: Using red or pink
One crazy stamper: Party time
Cute card Thursday: No patterned paper
Creative inspirations: Anything goes

Are you still with me? Hope so, because I have some more sweet news from you ... I can't share cake with you (shame, I know), but I do want to celebrate this big day with you, so I will send some crafty goodies to someone who leaves a comment here. No need to share anything on your blog, but you can if you want. Also, you don't need to be a follower, though I would be thrilled if you were. I'm not telling you what's in the candy, but will tell you that I will choose a winner on the first day of March. :)

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs! xx

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Daphne with daffodil

Hello everybody! How are you doing? I'm doing fine. We finally got some sun yesterday and today and we used it to go for a short walk around the town earlier. The temperatures are getting higher too, which is also nice. Looks like spring will come here soon. Can't wait! :)

My baby girl is turning one later this month (goodness, where did this year went?! O.o) and I wanted to make a special birthday card for her. I brought out my favourite maja design papers (HVALA Jana!) and the super cute Daphne with daffodil stamp from Whimsy stamps. I love this image and I thought it woud be perfect for my card.


Since I wanted a shabby chic and romantic look on my card I decided to colour the image with distress inks (pads). I also used some liquid pearls (made with Viva Decor paper pen) and real tiny pearls on the wings. It's not visible in the picture (boo hoo), but I also used Wink of Stella brush on the wings and headband. I just love the shimmery look.


I decorated the card with different flowers (most of them are from I am roses and the others are from my stash), a charm, lace and I also used 2 small gems on the die cut hearts. I also used different die cuts from Cheery Lynn, Marianne design, Little darlings rubber stamps ... The tiny butterflies were made with Martha Stewart punch.



I hope you like the card. See you soon. have a wonderful day! xx

Hugs! xx

I'd like to entermy card to the following challenges:
Deep ocean: Hearts
Sugar Pea Designs: Mix it up #28 (I chose photo inspiration)
Crop stop: Anything goes (Linky party #25) (brands from the store: Tim Holtz/Ranger, Viva decor, Martha Stewart, Spellbinders)
Noor design: Have a heart
I am roses: Anything goes
7 kids: Anything goes
Scrapy Land: Add texture + use brands from the store (I used: Cheery Lynn, Little Darlings, Spellbinders)
Allsorts: Hearts and/or flowers

Thursday, February 2, 2017

On your wedding day

Hey there! Today I don't have a card to share with you, but a mini album. I started working on this album last year (in September, I think), but I had sooooo many (other) things to work on at that time (as well), there was also December, when time flies by with the speed of light, as you know, that it took me til now to finish it. I made this album for a lovely lady who got married in October. I was going to send it to her as a wedding present, but as I am so late with it (oooops) she will get it as a surprise happy mail.

This wedding album is a bit different than you might expect. It's not SO elegant, but it's cute. Not something I would normally do, but to this particular lady and her hubby is perfect (in my opinion). Some of you might recognize the lady I'm talking about and if you do, please do NOT mention this album, this post or this blog to her, because I want this to be a surprise! So shhhh, ok? ;)

The colours of the wedding were blue/purple/pink, so I made album in those tones. And as the lovely couple got engaged at Disney World, I wanted to include some Disney magic in the album as well. For a change I knew immediately which paper pad I wanted to us - Sandylion's Disney Tinkerbell paper pad. Not only the papers in that pad are gorgeous and just the right colours (pink/blue/purple), they also have that "Disney magic" I was hoping for.   The pad comes with lots of stickers and die cut elements too, which is an added bonus. Plus, I know the bride likes Tinkerbell, so - score! :D 

Let's go to the pics, shall we? Here's the cover ...


Since this album will be mailed and has quite a long way to go, I didn't want to fill the cover with tons of flowers and other 3D embellishments. Instead I spelled "our wedding" with stickers that came with the paper pad and decorated the album with Tinkerbell sticker and flower die cuts that came with the pad and a small metal heart embellishment from All my memories.

First two pages ...


Tags and those small dragonfly stickers came with the paper pad and the flowers are from my stash. 

Third and fourth page ...


The corner on the left side is a chipboard piece which I painted with white gesso and then covered with light pink embossing powder. Over it I glued die cut word "love" and decorated it with some heart shaped crystals. Ribbon came from my stash. On the right page I created a pocked and decorated it with some lace and a sticker from the paper pad. In the pocket I added some tags.

Fifth and sixth page ...


On the left I created a double flap page and on the right page I created a "pocket" and put two tags behind. I decorated it with heart shaped crystals and some flowers. Behind the flower I tucked 2 small tags from the paper pad.

Seventh and eighth page ...


I just love those waterfall pages in the mini albums. Not only they hold lots of pictures, they also look very pretty in my opinion. I decorated it with a big handmade flower. On the right page I created a pocket that holds a tag and I decorated a pocket with one of the stickers from the paper pad and a paper heart from my stash.

Ninth and tenth page ...


Isn't that frame just too pretty? It came with the paper pad and I just raised it on foam pads so the happy couple can easily put a picture behind it. Then I just added some flowers on as decorations. On the right page yu see another pocket that holds one handmade tag and several Tinkerbell tags from the paper pad. Sentiment is a sticker that came with the paper pad as well.

Eleventh and twelfth page ...


Last two pages of the mini. On the left I added a pocket and added a tag in it. I decorated it with some die cut hearts and some small tags and a sticker from the paper pad. On the right page I randomly glued down some words - those are all stickers that came with the paper pad.

And the back ...


Each page of the mini album has a pucket and in each of those pockets is a tag. Here are the pictures of those tags. 

(front)

(back)

I hope this album will make it safely to its destination and that the newly weds will like it. I also made a video of it.



So much for today. Have a wonderful day! xx

I would like to enter this album to the following challenges:
Allsorts: Let's celebrate
Noor design: Have a heart
Dies R Us: Hearts
Crafty creations: Anything goes
Crafting from the heart: Anything goes
Crafts galore encore: Anything goes

Monday, January 30, 2017

Celebrate

Hello there! I can't believe January is almost over. Can you? I feel like it was only yesterday that we were wishing each other happy New Year. Sometimes I am wondering if days really have 24 hours. Mine sure seem much shorter. Several of my friends celebrate their birthdays in February so today I am going to show you a birthday card I made. 


It's a CAS card. I love this WRS image so I wanted it to be the center of attention of my card.


I did the colouring with Promarkers and pencils. The butterflies were cut from a beautiful butterfly ribbon from Crafty ribbons. In the center of each butterfly I placed a pearl. In the upper left corner I glued some gems. Sentiment is a G Studio stamp.


I would like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Allsorts: Let's celebrate
Winter Wonderland: Spring fever - sunshing, flowers, romance
Word art Wednesday: Anything goes
Creative inspirations: Cute critters
Djkardkreations: NBUS #10 (I've had the "celebrate" stamp for a long time, but haven't used it til now)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Following the sketch

Hello everybody! How are you doing? It's freezing outside so I am enjoying my time inside and I only go out if I absolutely must. 

A new challenge started at The Sketchy Challenges today and it's a sketch. I received some new crafty goodies for Christmas and I couldn't wait to play with them. One of them is this adorable snowman stamp that I used on today's card.


I hope you are not tired of seeing winter/Christmas cards yet. I've decided that I will be mainly (but not only) making those this year. My crafting time is getting very limited, so I want to use it wisely. And since I love sending out Christmas cards, I want to have a big pile of them ready when December comes. 

I used papers from DCWV and I embellished the card with some cheesecloth and some crystals.


This cute little snowman is a Stamping Bella stamp. How cute is it?! I love it! It brings a smile to my face each time I look at it. :) I did the colouring with Promarkers and pencils.

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

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Deep Ocean: Winter Wonderland
Crafty calendar: Something new (new stamp, new border die)
The ribbon girl: Any image
Simon says stamp (Wednesday challenge): Anything goes
Simon says stamp: Work it Wednesday (January)
The corrosive: Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge: Use patterned paper
Penny Black and more: Anything goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society: Anything goes + option ribbon/lace and pearls
Scraps of life by Srappymo: January Rudolph days challenge

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Shabby chic birthday

Hey, hey! Two cards in a row, Not something that happens often on my blog. lol But I had some free time and decided to use it for another blog post. Doesn't happen too often I have some extra free time on my fands these days so I am trying to make the best with it when "it comes around". And to be honest, I couldn't wait to share this card with you. I was so pleased with how it turned out - even though it's not my usual "cute style". I hope you will like it!


It was really fun to make a card without a coloured image for a change. But also challenging, as I had to fill that empty space some other way. So I used a lot of different die cuts from Memory box, Sizzix, Cheery Lynn ... and some gorgeous frowers from I am roses. I made the butterflies myself using the mod podge molds and mod melts. I finished the card with some lace, a metal key charm, crystal and tiny pearls. Sentiment is a stamp from Whimsy stamps. It's hard to see in the picture, but the white frame around the sentiment was first painted with gesso and then covered with crackle accents. Papers are from Maja Design.



I would like to enter my card to the follwong challeges:
Scrappy Land: Anything goes using brands of dies SL sells (I used Sizzix, Cheery Lynn, Memory Box)
Live and Love crafts: Smorgasbord (I chose B - Louise's bingo card: metal, flowers, pearls OR pink, two designer papers, pearls OR lace, vintage, pearls)
Dies are us: Anything goes using dies
Crop Stop: Anything goes (brands from the store: Sizzix, Ranger, Memory box)
Deep ocean: Anything new (new papers, new flowers)
Creative inspirations: Fabulous flowers
Noor design: Anything goes
7 kids: Anything goes
Maja design: January mood board

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Little birdie with a bauble

Heya! I hope you are not tired of seeing Christmas cards yet. I was thinking and I am mostly (but not only!) planning to make Christmas cards and 3D paper projects this year. I have quite a few birthday and everyday cards on stock, so I can take a "break" from those, however I am always in need of (more) Christmas ones. So I thought to myself "Why not make more of those through the year?". 

Here's one Christmas card I made in traditional colours - red and green. Shocking, I know. lol I like this combination, but for some reason I don't use it very often. Hmmmm ... I wonder why not. Anyways, here's the card.


I used some different design papers from my stash. The image is from WOJ and I coloured it with Promarkers and pencils.


On the snowflake I added some diamond Stickles.

To decorate the card I used some tiny pearls, pom pom trim and doily.


So much for today. Have a great day! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Hanna and friends: Christmas
Sugar Pea designs. Mix it up challenge #27
Inky chicks: Anything goes
The crazy challenge: 3 of a kind (3 stars/banner flags)
Hiding in my craft room: Freestyle
Create and inspire: Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge: Use patterned paper

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sleepy Christmas

Heya! I'm back with another Christmas card. I did a Christmas card swap with one lady and I knew she liked House Mouse images, so I decided to make a card with one of those cuties. She has already received the card, so it's safe for me to post it here. :)


I wanted the image to stand out, so I "framed" it with crystals. Besides those I only used some pearls and sequins to decorate the card. Papers all came from my stash,

I coloured the image with distress inks and pencils.


So much for today. Have a great day! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
House Mouse and friends: Anything Christmas goes
Dream Valley: Christmas
Hiding in my craft room: Freestyle
ABC Christmas: A - anything goes, B - blue
The crafter's cafe: Monochromatic
Dies R Us: Anything goes using die cuts
Penny Black and more: Anything goes

Monday, January 2, 2017

Playing in the snow

Hey hey! Happy New Year! :D How are you doing? Did you have a nice time celebrating New Year? We were staying at home, enjoying a quiet time together. I have to admit I didn't make it til midnight - I went to bed at 11 pm. I was just soooo tired! *sigh* Oh well, there's always another year. ;)

I still haven't showed you all the Christmas cards I sent out last year, so expect to see them in the following days; first one coming right up.

I'm sorry for the bad quality of the photo. The card was made in the late afternoon and had to go in the mail in the morning the next day, so it was dark when I took photo of it.


Again I used this adorable image by Tiddly Inks. Papers and embellishments came from my stash. I was going through my things the other day and I noticed I have so many half used (or even brand new!) stuff that I really should use those first before I buy any more. Dots on the snowflakes were made with liquid pearls.


I coloured the imafe with pencils and Promarkers. On the white parts of the dress and hat I used diamond Stickles.

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

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Cute card Thursday: Anything goes
Christmas cards all year 'round: Add a snowflake
Card Mania: Layer it
The ribbon girl: Card challenge
Creatalicious: Anything goes
Scrapbook stamp society: Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge: Use patterned paper
AnMa Creatief: Use stones