Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Mr & Mrs - Shabby Vintage Wedding Card

Hello Friends! I'm vigorously waving hello to all my 'old' chums but also to all the new ones, who have joined my blog gang - thank you so much for being here with me :). And thank you so much everyone for all your lovely comments on my previous post with the Spring Art Card!


Today - a fairly short post - I'm not feeling well at the moment (really sorry...) but I would love to invite you to have a peek over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog where I'm sharing this Lord and Lady Wedding Card. I would be so happy if you had a moment to find out more about my project!


Supplies I used:

3D Foam Creative Sheets, 3D Foam Leaves, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White, 3D Foam Squares - White Mix, Creative Photo Corners - White, MyStik® Permanent Strips, E-Z Dots® Repositionable, E-Z Dots® Permanent, DODZ™ - 3D


Other supplies used:

Stampendous: Stack Art Angel Wings stamp set (script), Cling Married Monograms, Crystal Micro Glitter, Indigo Blue Flock, Cotton Ball Flock

Dies: Spellbinders Gold Majesty Circles, Marianne Designs Lord and Lady

Inks: Midnight Blue StazOn Mini, Faded Jeans and Tea Dye Distress Inks

Paper: K&Company Blue Awning collection



Thank you so much for stopping by today and all your lovely comments!

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - In the Middle

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Spring Time Die Cut Art - and Guest Designing at Frilly And Funkie!

Sizzix Tim Holtz Picture Wheel die
Re-edited: Yay! My card has been voted one of the top picks at Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #115! Woot woot!!! :)

Hello everyone! Guess what?! I have been invited to play along today as a Guest DT over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, after my altered ahabby chic dress form was voted the winner of the Bring on the Bling challenge! How exciting is that?!

I was even more excited when I found out the theme of their current challenge - Spring Time Die Cuts. I love spring and I have recently rediscovered my love of die cutting (getting a new die cutting machine might have something to do with it lol).


So... my crafty offering today is a card with a soft colour palette, inspired by the glorious blooms of my neighbours' magnolia tree. Dusky pinks, golden yellows and soft browns seem to have taken the centre stage. This is my early spring take on the challenge theme, before the fresh greens take over :). 

Prima Marketing Striking Appearance, Epiphany Collection
Spring Time Art Card

In my card I used Spellbinders Grateful Lattice die and Sizzix Tim Holtz Picture Wheel die. My Grateful Lattice die cut was first used as a stencil for a thin layer of DecoArt Texture Crackle. I also threw in a few individual lattice elements that I had left over from my vintage rose trellis card. The lattice elements are covered with beautiful and sparkly Stampendous Gilded Mica Fragments

Spellbinders Grateful Lattice, DecoArt Texture Crackle
Using Grateful Lattice die to add texture to my background.

The papers are from Prima Marketing (Striking Appearance, Epiphany Collection, which I used in my shabby birds' nest ATB) and 7Dots Studio (Dreamer collection). All quickly put together with MyStik® Permanent Strips. I also added some stamping using Stampendous Charmed Art and Vintage Lowercase Perfectly Clear stamps.

The picture wheel was also brushed with the Texture Crackle, then rubbed with the mica powders. I backed it up with some florist's cellophane that had a lovely white print on it - my Adhesive Sheets were perfect for this job. After popping the wheel over some The transparency gave my alpha beads (thrift shop find) an interesting floating appearance.

Shabby chic hand died seam binding ribbon
Using transparencies to add depth and give the alphas a floating appearance.

I have lots of mica sparkliness going on in the background, too. For that I used the new mica powders (Pink, Brown and Gold) from Donna Salazar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® (available soon!). To finish the card I added some Liquid Pearls, ribbon and ribbon roses died with DIY mica sprays I made using the the mica powders.

Thank you so much to Linda and the Frilly & Funkie Team for inviting me to play along with this challenge! I feel truly honoured!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us for this Spring Time Die Cuts Challenge!

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Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - A is for...Art
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Spring Flowers
A Vintage Journey - Through The Looking Glass
Mixed Media Place #6 - Typography
Our Creative Corner - Colour Your World
Really Reasonable Ribbon #115 - Things With Wings
Live and Love Crafts #34 - Signs of Spring
7 Dots Studio - Nature



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Friday, 3 April 2015

Is This a Good Friday For a Stampendous & Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Finale?

I think so! Happy (Good) Friday to all! Oddly, in Polish we call it Great Friday - meaning 'grand', not 'good'. There, a little factoid you did not need to know lol :)

It's almost Easter and we're getting ready at home for the festivities. But before my Easter break, I have one more thing on my 'to do list' lol.

Today, Stampendous and Spectrum Noir design team are hosting a finale of this week's blog collaboration. There will be fun, there will be laughter, there will be art and there will be prizes! If you missed the previous posts this week be sure to check them out:


To be in with a chance of winning some AMAZING prizes, be sure to visit the participating blogs and leave some love! There is also a SUPER BUNDLE to be won - to enter, hop over to the Stampendous blog and enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway widget

Stampendous and Spectrum Noir blog hop

Here is my today's offering - a little pendant. For this project I went back to my beloved Vintage Ladies stamp set, the same one I used in my recent dress form project. It's such a versatile stamp set - I love it! And it's perfectly sized for making your own handmade jewellery.

Vintage Stampendous dress form handmade pendant
I finished my pendant with a crackled bead and a sparkly ribbon
After colouring my image with my 'Speccies', I die cut it to size to fit inside the bezel. But I was missing something, my bezel seemed to be lacking some oomph... so I used my trusty markers to 'paint' the bezel, I added some sparklies and Red Crushed Glass Glitter inside and I jazzed up the clear cover with some white rub ons.


Supplies I used:
Stampendous - Vintage Ladies Perfectly Clear stamp set, Red Crushed Glass Glitter
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers - FS2, FS3, CR1, CR2, CR3, CR7, CR9, DR7, CT2, DG2
Adhesive Sheets from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Spellbinders Gilded Life Large Bezel GLLB - 006 and die GLD - 006
Maya Road - Cherry Blossoms White rub-ons
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Spellbinders Gilded Life Large bezel
'Painting' metal embellishments with Spectrum Noir alcohol pens creates a shiny enameled effect
That's all from me! Be sure to check out all the other amazing projects shared today:

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Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely comments! Have a wonderful and peaceful Easter.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Fooling Around Making Art - Stampendous And Spectrum Noir Team-Up

Happy April Fools' Day! :). I can't believe it's April already - can you? And I also cannot believe how blessed I am, as so many new readers have chosen to follow my blog and my Instagram shares - thank you soooo much for your kindness and support!

We have the pleasure this week of joining the Spectrum Noir team “Making Art” with great coloring tools and our stamps. And no, it's not an April Fools' Day trick - it's for real! lol.

Spectrum Noir is a range of professional coloring tools. The range includes alcohol markers, blendable colored pencils, inks, Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, and marker storage.

I am very blessed indeed to have been gifted with the full 168 marker set of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and that's what I will be playing with this week.  Exciting or what? :)

I hope you will join us this week for fantastic inspirational projects, ideas and amazing prizes! Hang on, did someone say prizes...???

Stampendous and Spectrum Noir blog hop

Of course there are prizes!! First, we’ll be giving away a full set of Spectrum Noir Pencils plus accessories to one participant who completes our Rafflecopter giveaway. Click on the Stampendous blog link below to enter!


Amazing, isn't it! I wish I could enter myself - I certainly wouldn't mind adding these fab pencils to my collection! And, of course, we always like to invite you to comment on our Design Team Blogs, so we’ll be offering three prize packages consisting of House-Mouse Designs®Painting Pals, Painted Posies and Making Prints Cling Rubber Stamps by Stampendous PLUS a $30/£30 gift certificate to the Spectrum Noir website. This is open even to our international friends!!

And here is my offering for today - a colourful pastel butterfly card :).


I wanted to see if I could make my own arty-ish background using the markers. I started by liberally drawing horizontal and vertical lines with the chisel tips of the markers on a piece of Mixed Media Paper. I was trying to very the thickness of the lines to create almost a plaid-like effect. I also drew through a DIY stencil with circles in varying sizes which I die cut on a sheet of acetate.

I added some black and white paint splatters, and also some stamping with the Script and Kaffee Klatsch stamps. Some of the 'doily' images were also heat embossed in white.


After stamping a colouring two butterflies, one on the Mixed Media Paper and one on white vellum, I die cut them using the Butterflies Die Set, which made it super quick and easy (rather than heaving to fussy cut them).


Supplies I used:

Stampendous: Mixed Media White Paper, Penned Birthday,  PenPattern Butterflies, Butterflies Die Set, Stack Art Angel Wings (script stamp), NK Studio Kaffee Klatsch, White Detail Embossing Powder

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: DODZ-Small, DODZ-3D, E-Z Runner Permanent Strips, Creative Photo Corners - White

Spectrum Noir Markers - PP1, CR1, CR2, LY1, LY3 (background); CR1, CR2, LY1, LY3, CT3, BT2, BT4, BT6, PP1, PP3 (butterflies)

Other: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Liquid Perals, self adhesive pearls, BazzillBasicsPaper Doilies (Ambrosia collection), DCWV Mariposa, cardstock, decorative fibers.


Be sure to visit other designers playing this week as there is heaps of inspiration being shared for your reading pleasure! Playing today are:



Thank you for stopping by and all your wonderful comments. Good luck in the draw and I'll see you again on Friday!

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Tea Cup Exchange Blog Party

Hello Friends! First of all, if you are looking for my earlier post with the Pop Up Bouquet card for the Stampendous/Dreamweaver/Woodware blog hop, you will find it here :).

As promised I am back today to play in the Tea Cup Exchange blog hop. The Tea Cup Exchange is a regular feature on the lovely Stephanie's blog The Enchanting Rose. If you missed it this time round, be sure to follow Stephanie's blog and wait for a call for the next exchange, due in September/October.

During the exchange devoted tea cup lovers exchange their prized possessions in return for a new beauty to be added to their collection. But that's just part of the fun. The most exciting bit is finding new friends that share the same tea cup love :).

I have been really blessed with my tea cup partners :). First, I met lovely Chel from the Sweetbriar Dreams. Here is a glimpse of the package that I sent off to Chel.


Chel adores London so my package also included some London themed note cards I made for her, which you might remember as I have recently posted them on my blog.


I put the note cards in this little keepsake box which I made a few years back. I thought the box was just right for the job :).
Next, I met sweet Shane from Roses, Lace and Brocante. Here's the beautiful selection of things that Shane sent me:


Look at this gorgeous tea cup!

Shabby vintage tea cup with pink roses
I am truly in love with this beautiful tea cup!

In the package I also found the following treasures...

scented Gardenia Fragrance Sachets for drawers
Divinely scented Gardenia Fragrance Sachet and a lovely vintage linen tablecloth
Beautiful shabby vintage tea towel
Beautiful shabby vintage tea towel
French Shabby Style Magazine - so inspirational!
Real French Shabby Style Magazine - so inspirational!
Paris themed postcard
Beautiful Paris themed postcard
And everything was wrapped and packaged so beautifully with ribbons, pretties and vintage dress pattern tissue papers - I was sooooo drooling over them! So I've kept them too! :)

My goodies wrapped so beautifully with ribbons, pretties and vintage dress pattern tissue papers.
I had so much fun taking part in this Tea Cup Exchange and no doubt I will be taking part again in the future! Thank you so much to Stephanie for organising the Exchange and to Chel and Shane for being such wonderful 'tea cup partners' :).

That's all from me for this week... phew... that's been a really busy week blogging-wise! :). Have a fabulous weekend!

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Anniversary Pop Up Bouquet - Woodware And Stampendous Blog Hop Finale

Hello everyone and my warmest, heartfelt welcome to my newest followers! My heart is singing with joy and gratitude knowing that more peeps have chosen to follow my creative efforts - thank you so much!

Today is our big finale of this week's playtime with Stampendous, Woodware Craft Collection and Dreamweaver Stencils (which have now become part of the Stampendous family). If you've missed my previous post with the Blossom Bunch necklace you can find it here.

This week's collaboration is super special as it is a celebration of many years of successful working relationship (and friendship!) of these three companies. The lovely Team at Woodware has worked tirelessly distributing Stampendous & Dreamweaver goodies. Yes, it's them who make it all possible for UK's retailers (and crafters) to get their crafty hands on these fantastic products.


This fantastic blog hop, apart from amazing projects also brings you the opportunity to win amazing prizes. And the super cool thing is that this time UK crafters can also participate in the giveaway - how awesome is that!

We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil. Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!

Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.

So today I have an anniversary card I made for my SIL and BIL :). This card was a bit of an experiment with the new (fabulous!) pop up die set from Stampendous -  Build a Pop Up Die Set. I have never done a pop up card before but I think my first attempt was successful :). It was super fun to make it!

Here are the supplies I used.

From Stampendous:
Cling Build a Bouquet Set
Build a Bouquet Die Set
Penned Anniversary
Build a Pop Up Die Set
Small Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheets 6x12", MyStik® Permanent Strips, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White

Plus:
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics®, papers Authentique Harmony 'Creation', ribbon (May Arts), white vellum, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 18 dies
Media: Imagive Crafts/Tsukineko® StazOn Mini Ganache, Brilliance Pearlescent Olive, Tea Dye Distress Ink, STAEDTLER® ergosoft® aquarell watercolour pencils,

Instructions:
1. Following instructions from the Build a Pop Up Die Set prepare a base for the pop up card from Authentique papers and add decorative borders using edge dies from the set. Mat over pink cardstock with MyStik® Permanent Strips.
2. Stamp the vase and flowers from Cling Build a Bouquet Set with Ganache ink onto papers with a plain design and colour in with watercolour pencils.
3. Die cut the images using Build a Bouquet Die Set and adhere to the pop up tabs.
4. Die cut one label shape from coordinated paper and add some inking while the shape is still in the die. Stamp Penned Anniversary with Olive ink.
5. Die cut another label (one size up) from white vellum and adhere to the card base.
6. Adhere the sentiment panel with Thin 3D Foam Squares over the vellum.
7. Tie a small bow from a decorative ribbon and crinkle it with a heat tool. Adhere to the card.

Here's the full list of participating blogs for today. Don't forget - to enter the draw, simply comment on all participating blogs. The more blogs you visit & comment on, the higher your chances of winning :).

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Thank you for stopping by today and for all your beautiful comments. I will be back again later today with my post for the Tea Cup Exchange Blog Party :).

Have a fantastic and creative weekend!

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Blossom Bunch Necklace - Woodware And Stampendous Play Time!

Hello lovely Peeps! If you are looking for my Shabby Chic Dress Form post for Spellbinders Partner Hop, you will find it here :).

I am back today with another blog collaboration project! This week everyone at Stampendous HQ is suuuuper busy - as well as taking part in Spellbinders Partner blog hop we are also playing along with Woodware Craft Collection and Dreamweaver Stencils (which have now become part of the Stampendous family).

The lovely Team at Woodware works super hard distributing Stampendous goodies. Yes, it's them who make it all possible for UK's retailers (and crafters) to get their crafty hands on fantastic products from Stampendous. And I myself cannot thank them enough for all the help and support they've offered me since I joined Stampendous DT (thank you, thank you, thank you!).

This fantastic blog hop, apart from amazing projects also brings you the opportunity to win amazing prizes. And the super cool thing is that this time UK crafters can also participate in the giveaway - how awesome is that!

We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil. Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects! To enter the draw, simply comment on all participating blogs. The more blogs you visit & comment on, the higher your chances of winning :). 

Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using random.org and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.

My offering today is a humble resin necklace :). Here is the list of supplies I used:

From Stampendous: 
Blossom Bunch 

Plus: Cardstock by Bazill Basics Paper® 
Adhesives by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheets, DODZ™ – Small 
Envirotex Jewelry Resin; Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Squares One Bezel 
Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink, Lavender Lace); Inktense pencils, Winsor & Newton Satin Varnish; ribbon - May Arts 


Here's how to make this necklace: 
1. Stamp Blossom Bunch onto white card and colour the image in.
2. Trim to size and adhere inside the bezel with Adhesive Sheets. Apply two coats of varnish to seal the image in.
3. Cover the image with a thin layer of resin. Set aside for a couple of hours and then carefully add some mica fragments over the soft resin along the bezel's edges. Allow to cure fully.
4. Add some accents to the image with Liquid Pearls. Add a few sequins adhered with DODZ. Add another thin layer of resin and set aside for two hours. Carefully add some glass glitter along the edges. Allow to cure fully.
5. Add final accents with sequins and Liquid Pearls. Fully cover with resin. Allow to cure.
6. Mount on a coordinating chain and embellish with a ribbon and a metal charm.

Taking part today are:


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