Friday, 15 May 2015

It's All Clear Now - Stampendous and Clear Scraps Blog Hop

Welcome to the Big Blog Hop Finale!

Let me introduce you to our hosts today - Stampendous! and Clear Scraps! Woot woot! :-)

Yes, this week both design teams have been playing together creating beautiful and original projects - if you missed the previous posts be sure to check them out. You really don't want to miss all this creativity that's been shared this week!


My first contribution this week was this shabby chic Mother's Day card that I shared on Monday. But, in case you missed it, yesterday I also shared a Father's Day card which was my DT make for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

When I started working on my DT assignment I was surrounded by lots of delicious Stampendous and Clear Scraps goodies so I HAD to throw them all in the mix :). My card features a really cool technique with gold leafing on acrylic sheets - if you'd like to find out more, hop over here to see my full tutorial.


And since we're having a blog hop, of course we also have prizes! We have three prize packages up for grabs and each will include our Cling Jumbo Filigree Stamp Set, a Jumbo Perfectly Clear Acrylic Handle, PLUS a Clear Scraps Mixable Album and some extra acrylic accents (NB. the winner must have a US shipping address).

But there's also a little (or not so little ?) surprise for Aussie crafters! The Stencil Specialists, one of our Australian Wholesale Distributors, is going to offer a prize to one Australian fan every time we have a giveaway for US players! For the Clear Scraps Blog Hop week, The Stencil Specialists are offering: a Stampendous Stamp, A Dreamweaver Stencil (LL size customer choice), A Silicone Mould, A Tub of White Ultra Light Paper Clay and 3 packs of Adhesive Gems. WOW… what a fantastic prize package!
Here's what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning. Visit all the participating blogs throughout the week and leave some love to let us know you've visited. The more love you share, the higher your chance to win. And most importantly - prepare yourself to be totally inspired!
 
And now it's time to show you my humble offering for today's hop - a CAS card! I know! Me and CAS don't usually play together (I confess, I am a devoted follower of 'more is more' approach lol). But this time I just wanted to keep the design fairly simple to showcase this fabulous Jumbo Parrot stamp set. This card is soon going to fly to my big brother for his upcoming birthday. We have a bit of a family 'story' involving parrots so I couldn't resist the possibility to use this theme for my brother's card :).  



My card is quite media-licious as I used a lot of different mediums (is it just me thinking that the word 'media' somehow doesn't sound right...?).

I started off by stamping my lovely birdie onto Authentique Nomad paper (Adventure collection) and coloured it with Inktense pencils. The colours I used are Bright Blue, Hooker's Green, Dark Aquamarine, Poppy Red, Sepia Ink, Cadmium Yellow, Golden Yellow, Tan and Iris Blue. After colouring I fussy cut the image.


To create my card I used one of the acrylic sheets from the Mixable Lovely 5.75 x 7 Album which I secured to the card's base with Adhesive Sheets. To create the 'colourful jungle' background I added lots of splatters using DecoArts acrylic paints (Bright Green, Red Alert, Bright Yellow, Ocean Blue as well and white and black).

Once the paint was dry I stamped the Grunge Birthday sentiment with Jet Black StazOn. For the background I used BoBunny Sweet Life -Inspire paper which I stamped with Emerald City StazOn Mini and also splatted with paints.


That's all from me and I hope you enjoyed it :). Here is the list of the inspirational makes that await you today:


Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments! Don't forget to also check my Mother's Day and Father's Day cards for more ideas on using your stamps and acrylic sheets. And if you've enjoyed my offerings, how about signing up to follow my blog so you can see what's I'm up to in the future? :)

Have a fantastic and creative weekend!

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Father's Day Card And Gold Leaf Tutorial

Hello lovely crafters! I hope you are keeping well.

It's time for my regular post over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and today I am sharing a Father's Day Card I made for my FIL. I have a full tutorial for it,  too - I hope you will find a moment to check it out here :).


My Monday's Mother's Day Card must have influenced my early planning for this occasion :). Not only that! Since I already had some Clear Scraps and Stampendous supplies on my desk (see my Monday's post for the blog hop details), I threw them in as well.

The technique used on my card was inspired by this awesome chic treat bag made by my talented teammie Angela Ploegman.


My FIL is a man of many talents and that includes writing novels, playing music and painting. He has a beautiful and a very creative heart :).


Supplies I used:

Adhesive Sheets, MyStik® Permanent Strips, Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/2" from Home & Hobby by 3L®, Gold Creative Photo Corners, E-Z Stars® Refillable Runner (Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®).


Other supplies used:
Papers - Authentique Song 12x12" (Harmony collection)
Stamps: Stampendous Mixed Media Cling Rubber Musical Motif, Cling Live Creatively
Embossing powder - Stampendous Gold Detail Embossing Powder
Inks: Jet Black StazOn Mini (Tsukineko), Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger Ink), clear embossing ink
Acrylic sheet - from Clear Scraps Mixable Lovely 5.75 x 7 Album
Ribbon - May Arts
Alpha Stickers - K&Co
Gold leafing


I'd love to know what you think! Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments!

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Mother's Day Peonies - Stampendous and Clear Scraps Team Up

Hello everyone! First of all my warmest welcome to my newest blog friends - thank you so much for joining in to follow my creative adventures :). And a big 'thank you' to everyone who's visited my previous post with the vintage balloons masculine birthday card.

Today I am playing with Stampendous and Clear Scraps who have joined forces for a whole week's worth of creativity, inspiration and fabulous prizes.

Yes, of course there are prizes! We have three prize packages up for grabs and each will include our Cling Jumbo Filigree Stamp Set, a Jumbo Perfectly Clear Acrylic Handle, PLUS a Clear Scraps Mixable Album and some extra acrylic accents (NB. the winner must have a US shipping address).

But wait - there's a little surprise for Aussie crafters! The Stencil Specialists , one of our Australian Wholesale Distributors, is going to offer a prize to one Australian fan every time we have a giveaway for US fans! or the Clear Scraps Blog Hop week, The Stencil Specialists are offering: a Stampendous Stamp, A Dreamweaver Stencil (LL size customer choice), A Silicone Mould, A Tub of White Ultra Light Paper Clay and 3 packs of Adhesive Gems. WOW… Fantastic prize package!
Stampendous & Clear Scraps blog hop giveaway with prizes
Join the fun, be inspired and win some fabulous prizes!
I'm sure most of you know the drill already, but in case you are new to the creative blog hop shenanigans, here's what you need to do to be in with a chance of winning. Visit all the participating blogs throughout the week and leave some love to let us know you've visited. The more love you share, the higher your chance to win. And most importantly - prepare yourself to be totally inspired!

My offering for today is a Mother's Day card I made for my Mum. In Poland we celebrate Mother's Day on the 26th of May, so you mustn't say a word to my Mum, because she hasn't seen the card yet lol :).

Mother's Day card - kartka na dzien matki
Mother's Day card - kartka na Dzień Matki
For my project I used the Lock Send it Clear Card set which is super cool, as the top elements kind of lock in allowing you to create a gatefold card.

My Mum also loves peonies so I made this beautiful Peony Spray image the focal point of my card. I stamped it onto the patterned paper with clear embossing ink, heat embossed it with the Black Detail Embossing Powder and coloured it with Inktense pencils.

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I made this beautiful Peony Spray image the focal point of my card. Na pierwszym planie umieściłam ręcznie stemplowaną piwionię (stempel Peony Spray ).
As part of my recent discoveries on Instagram, I've stumbled upon a new UK based scrapbook and decoupage papers company called Craft Consortium and I immediately fell in love with their designs. So imagine my pure delight when they invited me to have a play with their scrapbook papers - I couldn't wait to start crafting! So I just HAD to use the papers from the Gypsy Gypsy pad on my today's project - needs must, if you know what I mean! Lol :)

So first, I covered the back of my acrylic base with the paper and because the papers are double sided, the pattern shows through the front of the clear acrylic. I used Adhesive Sheets from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® as my adhesive as they are brilliant for this kind of thing (transparencies, vellum etc) - you get perfectly even coverage meaning the adhesive becomes virtually 'invisible'.

craft consortium patterned papers
To decorate my acrylic bases with patterned papers I used Adhesive Sheets. Moją akrylową bazę pokryłam ozdobnym papierem przyklejonym za pomocą Adhesive Sheets.
Then, I cut out a decorative panel from the Gypsy Gypsy pad which I over-stamped with Royal Heart Quotes, Vintage Ladies and Frantage Flowers Perfectly Clear stamps (inked with Sepia Archival) and with cling Vintage Letter stamped with DecoArt Americana Pink Chiffon acrylic paint.

stamping on acrylic sheets and acetate
I stamped the front folds with Lace Chalky Finish paint and added ink splatters. Do stemplowania zakładek użyłam farby Lace Chalky Finish i spryskałam również kleksy białym tuszem..
I also used the Vintage Letter stamp and the DecoArt Lace Chalky Finish paint to stamp the front folds. I finished the folds with a light mist of Dylusions White Linen spray and the DecoArt's Texture Crackle tinted with Pink Chiffon Paint. To secure my front folds I added hinges (die cut using PaperArtsy Hardware #1 die), which I laced up with crinkle ribbon from May Arts.

pink seam binding ribbon
To create the sentiment I added some cute alpha beads. Moją sentencję ułożylam z lieterek - koralików.
That's all from me for today! Here's the list of blogs playing today:


Thank you for stopping by and all your lovely comments. Have a super happy week and good luck in the draw!

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Our Creative Corner - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Snap, Crackle, Crackle
Just Us Girls Challenge #292 - Embossing
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Get Sentimental
Vintage Stamping Challenges #32 - Shabby Chic
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #12 - May Flowers
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Above and Beyond for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®

Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet card

Hello lovely Peeps! Apologies for keeping so quiet... I've been under the weather again...:( So, just a quick post today to let you know that today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® I'm sharing a card tutorial for this vintage masculine make.

The card will be going to a keen astronomer and an amateur astro-photographer so I thought the starry background was quite fitting :).

Vintage balloons starry sky card

Supplies:

Using E-Z Stars® Refillable Runner, Gold Pigment Powder (Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®), Crafty Foam Tape - Black, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix, Black 3D Foam Squares - Small, 3D Foam Stars

Other supplies:
Paper: Prima Marketing - Cartographer Collection
Stamps: Stampendous Soaring Sentiments Perfectly Clear Stamps Set
Inks: Black Archival and Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger Ink)
Dies: Sizzix BIGZ Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet
Twine: May Arts

I'd love it if you found a moment to check out my tutorial :).

how to decorate inside of the card

Thank you so much for popping in and your lovely comments letting me know you've been.

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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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