Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holiday Card Series 2016 (Part 3)

Hello, crafty friends! I'm topping by today to share the latest creation of mine that features a couple of my favorite stamp sets by Gerda Steiner Designs and "Neat & Tangled". I've recently had a chance to visit a workshop in Slovenia hosted by super talented Dorota Kopec. This was definitely a great experience where we've learnt a couple of techniques used by Dorota in her works. So today's vintage card with non-traditional Christmas colors was created based on what we were shown at the workshop:

Something a little bit different but still super cute and fun:) What do you this of this? 

Hope you've enjoyed today's card! Have a nice day and thanks for stopping by!

Some challenges I would like to enter this card in:
Send A Smile 4 Kids: Winter Fun 4 Kids Challenge
Paper Creator's Crafts: #54 Christmas
Let's Craft and Create: #120 Christmas &/or New Year
Melonheadz Friends: Winter Is Here Challenge
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #170 Christmas For Your Love
Moving Along With The Times: #35 Christmas Scenes
Creative Corner Challenges: Christmas Time
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #228 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: U for Use Something Red
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge Blog: #218 Anything Goes
Scrapping4funChallenges: #80 Christmas
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog: #106 A Day In The Snow

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Guest Designer Spot Over At Gerda Steiner Designs - Part 4

Hi there, everyone! I'm back today with something new:) DIY envelope which might come in handy for your presents for the upcoming holiday season. This envelope is made from just one piece of design paper and you can actually fold one in less than 5 minutes. Still don't believe me? Then head over to Gerda Steiner Designs blog for step-by-step tutorial:

And I have a bonus card to share with you:

This creation was inspired by December image from Gerda Steiner's Monthly Progressive Challenge. This little Santa and a hedgie from "Hedgehog with Coffee" stamp set are so much fun and easy to color. 

I hope you liked my little inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

I would like to enter these projects into the following challenges:
Envelope:
Southern Girls Challenge: #149 Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #108 Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog: #281 Pretty Packaging
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenges: #341 Always Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #263 Christmas Creations
DigiDesigns Challenge Blog: Traditional Christmas Colors
Artistic Inspirations: #169 Anything Goes
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge Blog: #217 Traditional Christmas Colour

Card: 
Send A Smile 4 Kids: Winter Fun 4 Kids
PINspirational Challenges: #180 Photo Inspiration
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #170 Christmas For Your Love
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #393 Winter
Moving Along With The Times: #35 Christmas Scenes
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog: Ice Inspiration
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog: #91 Winter Wonderland
Simon Monday Challenge Blog: Christmas Gifts
Paper Creator's Crafts: #54 Christmas
City Crafter Challenge Blog: #341 The Tree is Up!
Scrapping4funChallenges: #79 Christmas
Melonheadz Friends: Winter Is Here Challenge
Crazy 4 Challenges: STAR Challenge (Santa, Tree, Animal, Red)
Crafty Calendar Challenge: December Challenge - Christmas Time
Come and Get It Challenges: Christmas Challenge
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #310 AG as long as it's Christmas

Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Card Series 2016 (Part 2)

Hello, crafty friends! I'm stopping by today to share a recent creation of mine that features an adorable reindeer by Gerda Steiner Designs that got wrapped up while preparing his Christmas gifts:) When I first saw this little cutie in November-December digital stamp bundle, I knew for sure which scene I would place him in. So here is what I came up with:

This reindeer is definitely so much fun to play with!

Hope you've enjoyed today's card! Have a nice day and thanks for stopping by!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges: 
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: #86 Christmas Is Coming
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog: #105 Cute And No Designer Papers
Creative Moments: #107 Anything Goes
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog: #90 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: T for Trees
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #227 Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #263 Christmas Creations
Paper Creator's Crafts: #54 Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: December 2016
Simon Monday Challenge Blog: 'O' Christmas Tree
Simon Says Stamp Blog: Work it Wednesday November 2016
Little Miss Muffet Challenges: #152 Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenges: #340 Always Anything Goes
The Diva's that cut ... paper: Layers or Layer It 
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: #329 Christmas
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Scrapping4funChallenges: #79 Christmas
Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog: #47 Happy Holidays

Monday, November 28, 2016

Guest Designer Spot Over At Gerda Steiner Designs - Part 3

Hi there everyone! I'm back today to share with you a card that lots of people want to know how to make. You are definitely right, it's a magic slider card, a card that will fascinate any child that receives one from you. And right now we'll try to pull back the shroud of secrecy on how to make such a breathtaking card:

To tell you the truth, the magic slider card is a very easy thing to make. You can find lots of video tutorials and written instructions on the Internet nowadays, but I would like to share with you the one that I came across a couple of weeks ago and loved how clearly everything was explained there. So let's start with the link to this tutorial (although it's in Russian, the pictures will give you a clear idea of how the whole trick looks like): http://sovushkaslavia.blogspot.si/2016/11/blog-post.html. So the main secret is to use two layers - stamp the same image on the acetate and on the cardstock and color it.

And now let's try to put the whole process into step-by-step instructions:
1. Stamp your chosen image once on the acetate and once onto the white cardstock/watercolor paper. Color in the image on the paper as you wish. 
2. Put aside both images for a short time to dry.
3. Once the image on the acetate is dry, place it over the colored one so that it lines up precisely. Hold it in place with a washi tape, and trim the acetate to fit the card. Do this carefully so that the acetate doesn't move off the colored image. 
4. When this part is done, apply Salty Ocean Distress Ink onto the frame and the background of the white cardstock and spritz some water on them.
5. It's now time to start to put the whole card together. Glue the colored image on the card base and the acetate on the frame. This should be done very carefully so that both images go perfectly together. Once this is done, glue the frame on the card base leaving one side unglued/open for a piece of white paper to separate both images and work magic.

And now let's show everything in motion:)

You can see that the image is plain:

But when you slide it, it becomes colored: 

Magic? Definitely yes;)

I hope you liked my little inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges: #145 Winter Animals
Addicted to Stamps and More: #221 Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #329 Christmas
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #169 AG + A Sentiment
Scrapping4funChallenges: #79 Christmas
Moving Along With The Times: #34 AG with Christmas
Creative Corner Challenges: Winter
Come and Get It Challenges: Baby It's Cold Outside
Hiding in My Craft Room: #277 Any Holiday
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge Blog: #216 Blue and White

Monday, November 21, 2016

Guest Designer Spot Over At Gerda Steiner Designs - Part 2

Hi there, crafty friends! I'm back today with another card featuring 2 very cute and fun stamp sets by Gerda Steiner Designs. Here is my juggling Santa to hopefully cheer you up and bring some more inspiration on the first day of the week:

I started off my card by stamping cheerful Santa from "Snow Angel" stamp set onto a piece of paper, colored him with my Copics and fussy cut him leaving snow angel part aside. Once this was done, I stamped 5 boxes of presents from "Up On the Housetop" clear stamp set, colored and fussy cut them as well. And then comes the most interesting and important part of the whole card - the front panel. I first stamped and heat embossed the snowflakes and after that started to apply different Distress Inks onto the panel. Once finished, I spritzed some water on the panel and adhered the fussy-cut images to the foam for more dimension. To finish off my card and to add some contrast to these vibrant colors, I decided to add "Merry Christmas" sentiment in black color. To be honest, I was very happy how everything turned out in the end.

A couple of days later I've made up my mind to use the same technique and colors on another card of mine featuring "Naughty Puppy" - November's image for monthly progressive challenge over at gsd-stamps.com. So here is what I came up with:

Oh, these vibrant and contrast colors can really do their magic, don't you think?:)

I hope you liked my little wintry inspiration. Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:
1st card:
Crafty Cardmakers: #177 Embossing Heat or Dry
Send A Smile 4 Kids: Anything Goes 4 Kids Challenge
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Snowflakes Challenge
Little Red Wagon: #368 It's Embossable!
Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog: #47 Happy Holidays!
Everybody-Art-Challenge: #389 Santa
Addicted to Stamps and More: #220 Photo Inspiration
Cute Card Thursday: #452 Christmas/Holidays
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #390 Christmas

2nd card:
Gerda Steiner Designs: Monthly Challenge - November 2016
Bastel-Traum: #47 Weihnachten/Chrismas
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: #86 Christmas Is Coming
CreativeCornerChallenges: Anything Goes
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog: Christmas Critters
Let's Craft and Create: #119 Winter
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #225 Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #308 Cute or AG as long as it's Christmas
Little Miss Muffet Challenges: #151 Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations: #168 Anything Goes

Monday, November 14, 2016

Guest Designer Spot Over At Gerda Steiner Designs - Part 1

Hello everyone! Sorry for being absent for quite a long period of time, but it's been really busy here for the last couple of weeks without a chance to sit and create something new. Luckily, I've got those days behind and I'm fully ready to share with you some of my recent creations. And I would also like to mark my return with the big news I've been waiting to share with you for quite some time now:) About a month ago I've been contacted by a super talented Gerda Steiner who asked me if I wanted to do a guest spot for her. And what do you think was my answer?:) Today my first Guest Designer post went out into the world and I'm super excited to share this news with you!

Today I want to show you 2 very wintery cards featuring the adorable "Cheerful Hedgehog" and "Fall Mice" stamp sets. You won't believe, but these stamp sets are so versatile that you can easily use them for your Christmas cards. So, let's start ...

For my first card I chose 2 little cuties and asked them to trim a Christmas tree:)

I started off by creating ink blended sky with setting sun. After this I used texture paste and added some stars and falling snow to create a perfect winter scene. While the background was drying, I stamped the hedgehogs onto a piece of paper and colored them with my Copics. Then I die cut the rest of the elements and colored some of them with Distress Inks. The only thing which was left was to put all pieces together. Once it was done, a huge part of the work was finished. Except for some last touches:) The first and the main one was to draw a string of lights my hedgehogs are going to trim a Christmas tree with - checked; second - to draw some shadow under everything and everyone who is staying in the snow - checked; and last but not least - to add some Wink of Stella to stars, street lamp light and snow - checked. And that's how the first car was created. 

Second card was done by following the same steps, except this time I went for heat embossing instead of applying texture paste and replacing one hedgehog with a mouse.

Easy peasy, isn't it? Guess these are all tricks I was planning on sharing with you this time;)

I hope you liked my little inspiration. Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:
1st card:
Allsorts Challenge Blog: #389 Feature a Creature
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog: #105 Cute And No Designer Papers
Crazy 4 Challenges: #362 Stitches or Thread
Moving Along With The Times: #33 Dies - Numbers or Letters
Alphabet Challenge Blog: S for Stars
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #168 Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Scrapping4funChallenges: #78 Christmas
DigiDesigns Challenge Blog: Hand Colored Image Challenge
Crafty Creations Challenges: #328 Animals
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #389 Winter

2nd card:
Paper Creator's Crafts: #53 Anything Goes
QKR Stampede: #217 A Touch of Gold
Craft Your Passion Challenges: #338 Always Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #106 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #224 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #346 Anything Goes
Najlepsi Par: Galerija meseca novembra
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge Blog: #214 Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #261 Anything Goes

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gerda Steiner October Challenge - Cold Hedgehog

Hello, crafty friends! I'm stopping by today to share a recent creation of mine which was inspired by October image for Gerda Steiner's Monthly Progressive Challenge. This super sweet hedgehog is totally ready for fall and upcoming cold days and, of course, I couldn't but put him on one of my autumn cards. So here is what I came up with:  

Hope you've enjoyed today's card! Have a nice day and thanks for stopping by!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Gerda Steiner Designs: Monthly Challenge - October 2016
Creative Inspirations: #260 Halloween/Fall
Addicted to Stamps and More: #216 Anything Goes
Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog: #46 Fabulous Fall
Moving Along With The Times: #31 Trees and/or Leaves
PINspirational Challenges: #176 Autumn
DigiDesigns Challenge Blog: Add a Sentiment Challenge
Let's Craft and Create: #118 Halloween/Autumn/Fall
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Anything Goes Challenge