Saturday, 3 October 2015

What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish? Happy World Card Making Day!

Hello Friends! Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my previous post with this Grungy Birthday Card.

Today I am back to say "Happy World Card Making Day to all my paper crafting buddies"!

Can you imagine what the world would be like without handmade cards? I certainly can't! But if anything, it would be a very sad place, I think. So if we can have a special day to celebrate card making - I'm all for it!

To join the celebrations the Stampendous HQ have prepared a collection of the DT's fave cards that they've made & shared this year so far. The card I chose as my favourite of the year was this Sunflower Wedding Card. I adoooore sunflowers so this card kind of fell into the faves bag by default lol. Oh well!

Be sure to check out my DT Sisters' picks - you will be amazed to see what a wonderful and talented bunch they are!

But today I also have another card to share :). The theme for this card was inspired by the old Russian fairy tale The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish. 

The tale is about a fisherman who manages to catch a "Golden Fish" which promises to fulfill any wish of his in exchange for its freedom. I was quite surprised to find out that my British friends weren't familiar with this tale - as it's certainly a well known 'classic' in Poland :). 

With this card I decided to give my Golden Fish a nice fishbowl to live in. The fishbowl is actually a shaker made with 3D Foam Creative Sheets and acetate. Inside the bowl I have some lovely textured bubbles, corals and shells, mica fragments and sequins.

Supplies I used:

Cling Goldfish Pair
Cling Coral Tree
Cling Jumbo Spider Mum (retired)
Cling Build a Bouquet Set
Stack Art Cling Angel Wings Kit
Teal Mica Fragments
Jumbo Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®:
3D Pennants, DODZ™ – 3D, E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, 3D Foam Creative Sheets, Adhesive Sheets 4×6″, 3D Thin Foam Squares – White

Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®; Paper: Prima Romance (Annalee Collection)
acetate, ribbon flowers, burlap, buttons chipboard alphas; ARMOUR Over’n’Over Sparkle Borders stencil, Spellbinders Labels Eighteen

Evergreen Bough & Wild Honey Distress Inks;
DecoArt: Snowtex, Americana Bright Yellow & Light Buttermilk paints;
Faber – Castell Whipped Spackle
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: GT2, IB2, CG2, DG1, DG2, BG2, BG5, GB8, GB11, CT2, CT4, OR2, TB1, IG1, Blender pen
Liquid Pearls

I hope you enjoyed my today's offering - I would love to know what you think! If you'd like to make/share a wish, too, please do so - you never know, it may come true! :)

Have a wonderful 'cardmakingilicious' weekend!

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Challenges I'm entering with this card:
The Craft Barn #27 - Ocean/Fish
Country View Challenges #32 - Add some texture
Mixed Media Place Exercise #12 - Proverbs and Sayings
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #103 - Words
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
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Monday, 28 September 2015

Grungy Masculine Birthday Card

Hello my Lovelies! I hope you are all keeping well. Thank you so much for your heart warming comments on my previous happy news post - happy news feel so much happier too when they are shared, don't you think? :)

Just popping in to let you know that today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I'm sharing this Grungy Masculine Birthday Card. I hope you will find a moment to check it out :).


Quick & Easy Dual Tip Glue Pen, Home & Hobby E-Z Runner® Grand Permanent Strips, Adhesive Sheets 4x6", Crafty Foam Tape - Black,

Other supplies:

Papers - Echo Park Times & Seasons; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Alphabet Soup Grungeboard
Hero Arts - Woodgrain Pattern stamp
Inks - Coffee Archival, Broken China, Brushed Corduroy Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain Distress Inks (Ranger Inks)
White and chocolate cardstock, brads, suede twine (May Arts), vintage metal plaque, faux moss.

Thank you for stopping by today and any kind words you'd like to leave - your comments are always so appreciated!

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Friday, 25 September 2015

I've Been Published! Craft Stamper September Issue

Hello Friends! I hope you are all keeping well. In case you missed it, in my previous post I shared a a happy Sunflower Wedding Layout which was a 'sequel' to my Sunflower Wedding Card :).

But today I am just popping in to say how excited I am about two projects of mine that have been published in the September's issue of the Craft Stamper magazine! Yaaay!!! :)

Craft Stamper magazine

My projects feature fabulous stamps from Stampendous and Crafty Individuals.

I know I'm a bit late sharing the news but I do hope you will look out for these projects in your September copy of the magazine. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Sunflower Love Wedding Layout

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

As promised in my previous post with the Sunflower Wedding Card I'm back today with more happy sunflowers to share. And this time I have a scrapbook page to show you!

Better still! Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I have a lovely tutorial for this Sunflower Wedding Layout - I hope you will have a moment to check it out :).

When I sat at my crafty table I knew I wanted to make a layout to commemorate this beautiful wedding day we were so blessed to be a part of.

But I must confess - at first I was struggling with a big creative block and I couldn't find a way to get out of it. Until I reached out for my trusty Scrapbook Pages Pinterest Board and this immediately kick started my creative mojo. The inspiration & the structure for this layout came from this amazing layout by Camilla featured on Maja Design blog.

Other supplies:

Papers - BoBunny Sweet Life, Graphic45 Place In Time;
Cardstock - Core'dinations
Stampendous - Lemon Yellow Fun Flock, Sea Green Ultra Fine Glitter
White Rub-Ons - Craft Consortium;
Acrylic paints -- DecoArt;
Spellbinders - Foliage die set;
punches: Woodware - Daisies; Martha Stewart - Pine Branch
Flowers - Prima Marketing & other;
Ribbon - May Arts;
small wooden frames, word stickers, small gems, letter beads, craft wire

My layout includes a bunch of handmade flowers - be sure to check out my tutorial to find out more :).

And what do you think of my cute little banner? :)

So there you have it - my offering for today :). I hope you like it!

Thank you for stopping by and for letting me know you've been. Sending you lots of warm wishes for a creative week ahead!

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Friday, 11 September 2015

It's All About Numbers And A Sunflower Wedding Card

Hello lovely peeps! I hope you are all doing well.

I am slowly getting back into the blogging routine so hopefully you will hear from me much more often, now :).

And so I'm back today with a really exciting (for me) offering :). I have been invited to 'guest' over at Country View Challenges blog to play along with their September challenge which is Numbers.

This lovely invitation and privilege came to me after my Cherish Yesterday card received their DT's special mention from the June's challenge. Yaaaay! Thank you so much to Chris and the Team xx.

My project today is a wedding card I made a special couple who celebrated their Big Day in a beautiful setting of Château de Javarzay in Chef-Boutonne in France. As it happened it was also my birthday on the same day - what a way to celebrate! :)

Wedding card Stampendous sunflowers

The main focus of my card is this fab vintage wedding certificate from the BazzillBasicsPaper Heritage collection. I hand-written the details & the wedding date to personalise the card for the happy couple :).

The area near Chef-Boutonne is known for its sunflower fields so there was no surprise that these gorgeous blooms were chosen as the flowers of the wedding. And no surprise that they also sneaked into my design, too :). I stamped the flowers, coloured them with watercolour pencils and set them in a layer of Glossy Accents to make them stand out more.

I also added some white rub-ons to reinforce the 'Numbers' theme of the CVC challenge.

Stampendous cling Sunflower Ladybug and Vintage Contract stamps
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Crafty Power Tape, Thin 3D Foam Squares Mix - White
Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils
Maya Road Calendar white Rub-Ons
Papers: BazzillBasicsPaper (Heritage), Echo Park
Sepia Archival Ink, Tea Dye Distress Ink, Glossy Accents
Sakura Clear Star pen
May Arts ribbon

If you love sunflowers as much as I do, keep your eyes peeled! On Monday I will be sharing a tutorial for a scrapbook layout I made as a keepsake from the weeding. And a whole 'field' of sunflowers will be guaranteed!

Thank you again Chris and the Team for the invitation to play along! xx

I hope I have inspired you all to play in the Numbers challenge - be sure to also check out the fabulous inspiration pieces from the super talented DT which are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Thank you so much for visiting today and for all your lovely comments! If this is your first time here, make yourself at home and have a look around my blog :).

Big crafty hugs and have a wonderful weekend!

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Challenges and Link-Ups for this card:
Vintage Stamping Challenges #36 - Tic Tac Toe (vintage tones, flowers, lace)
Stephanie's Roses of Inspiration Link Up #36 - Always Anything Goes
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Stampendous All In Ones - Halloween Cabinet Card

Hello Friends! It's been ages since I last blogged and I hope you still remember me! :) 

I had quite an eventful couple of months which forced me to take a break from crafting and blogging - while the initial reasons for all the commotion weren't at all positive, I truly hope it will all work out for the best in the end. I won't bore you with the details (yet!) but I would certainly appreciate some good thoughts,  vibes and prayers for a successful and happy ending :).

So today I'm getting back into the blogging routine with this cute Halloween cabinet card. The card shows off one of the new Stampendous All In Ones stamp designs which are being featured on Stampendous blog this week.

Stampendous: Eek a Boo, Tangled Border (retired), Damask Bats
Pirate Gold Embossing Powder
Aged Wine Frantage Embossing Enamel
Trick or Treat Color Fragments
Mixed Media White Paper
Embossing Ink

Plus:Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheets 4x6", Thin 3D Foam Squares - Black, 3D Foam Pennants

Chameleon Color Tones Markers: OR4, RD4, CG8, VO4, OL3, NU1, NU3, YL2, YO3

Tim Holtz Sizzix Vintage Cabinet die, Mini Vintage Cabinet die, ribbon - May Arts, green patterned paper, mini stapler, scissors.

1. Die cut card base from black cardstock using Vintage Cabinet die. To create the fold, align the left edge within the aperture of the die so it doesn't cut through.
2. Die cut the card front from purple cardstock using Vintage Cabinet die with an aperture cut using the Mini Vintage Cabinet die. Distress the die cut with a sanding tool.
3. Stamp the Tangled Border onto the black card base with clear embossing ink and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder. Use the purple card die cut as a template to align your stamped image - so it will show through the aperture.
4. Wrap the ribbon around the die-cut card front and add a few staples as shown. Adhere the card front to the card base.
5. Stamp Eak A Boo onto White Media Paper, colour in and cut out by hand.
6. Adhere the image to the card front over Thin 3D Foam Squares.
7. Stamp Damask Bats onto green patterned paper in clear embossing ink and heat emboss with Aged Wine Embossing Enamel.
8. Cover the foam pennants with Damask Bats background and adhere to the card as shown.
9. Adhere Trick Or Treat Color Fragments as shown.

Although I'm sharing a Halloween project today, don't worry, summer isn't over yet! To prove it I will be back soon with a very happy and sunny make. So stay tuned!

Thank you for popping in today and for all your kind thoughts and wishes!

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Friday, 3 July 2015

Happiness In A Teacup - Stampendous and May Arts Blog Hop

Hello everybody! Are you ready for some Friday blog hoppiness and weekend treats?

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my previous post with the vintage Near The Sea Card. And big crafty squeezes to my newest followers - thank you so much for joining in!

My card is was a contribution towards two great blog hops Stampendous gals are taking part in this week - one with Spellbinders and one with May Arts. Spellbinder's contest in now closed but there is still time to enter our May Arts blog hop - and you really don't want to miss these amazinglicious prices! Check out the amazing inspiration that was shared earlier this week:

Now, blog hop means prizes! And when Stampendous peeps say prizes are on offer - they mean business! Three lucky peeps (with a US shipping address) will win a $20 voucher to spend on Stampendous website. And we also have a little treat for a lucky crafter from down under - that's right, Aussie blog hoppers, we're waiting for you! What do you have to do to take part in the draw? Leave some love on the participating blogs throughout the collaboration week. The more love you leave, the more chances to win! :)

Now, onto my inspirational project for your viewing pleasure! This card makes my tummy ramble every time - and I get a total cupcake craving! Which is not ideal as I'm on a diet... but hey, at least I have a delicious stamp to keep me happy... should be enough, shouldn't it...? :) This little beauty is a cling Teacup Cupcake stamp and it is soooo yummy!
Teacups and cupcakes are my all time favourites. A cupcake in a teacup - that's just pure happiness! :)


From Stampendous: Teacup Cupcake,  Holiday Words Perfectly Clear Stamps, Aged Marine Embossing Enamel 
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko® SSH57 Jumbo Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle 

May Arts: 1.5 Inch Solid Wired Ribbon 

Plus: Cardstock by Bazill Basics Paper® and Core'dinations David Tutera Decorative Layers 

Adhesives by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: 3D Foam Squares - White, RegularE-Z Runner® Permanent StripsDODZ™ - 3DDODZ™ - Medium 

STAEDTLER® ergosoft® watercolour pencils and Tim Holtz® Distress™ Markers, Midnight Blue Ink by Tsukineko®  Patterned Paper Cheesecloth, Gems, Brads

1. Prepare card base 17 cm high x 21 cm long. Score and fold at 9 cm from the left.
2. Cover the front and inside with cardstock and patterned papers. Add ribbon.
3. Sprinkle Aged Marine powder over a postage stamp layer panel and heat from underneath.
4. Add cheese cloth on top while the powder is still hot. Add and heat more powder if desired.
5. Mount the postage stamp card panel onto foam squares and add to the card, overhanging the front fold.
6. Stamp the Teacup Cupcake onto white card and colour with pencils and markers. Fussy cut the image.
7. Add the image to the card using foam squares.
8. Finish the card with gems, brads and ribbon bow and adhere using DODZ. 

That's all from me! Here are the blogs participating in today's blog hop:

Asia King (you are here)

Thank you for stopping by and for all your heart warming comments! Enjoy the hop and have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Near The Sea - Stampendous And May Arts Big Play Time!

Hello Friends! I am so delighted to see you visiting today because oh boy, we've got so much in store for you!

Prepare yourselves for heaps of inspiration, crafty tips and AMAZING prizes - all courtesy of two fantastic blog hops going on this week.

As always, to take part in the prize draws make sure to visit all participating blogs and leave some love! Actually leave lots of love cuz it makes us really happy! :).

First up is the Spellbinders Partner Blog Hop. It’s summer time and we are hopping together with some fabulous companies in the Summer Road Trip Partner Hop with Spellbinders.

Today's featured partners are:
Canvas Corp

Spellbinders is giving away some spectacular prizes during the hop! There will be three daily prizes and one grand prize! See the official contest rules here.

Better still! You know how much Stampendous people love their fans, so they will have some fun prizes on their blog as well. Three lucky winners will win one $20 Rewards Cards to go shopping on their website. To be eligible, you must be a US or Canadian resident, comment on their blog and that of each Stampendous designer’s blog posts each day of the hop and tell us in what state you live. Stampendous Official Contest Rules apply.

If that wasn't enough, our Australian friends will have a chance at a prize from our distributor down under, The Stencil Specialists, for commenting on Stampendous blog and designers blogs during the hop. Wow! Please make sure you add the region you live in when you comment.

Here's the full list of Stampendous DT blogs playing in this blog hop:

Featured Designer – Tenia Nelson
Featured Designer – Lyn Bernatovich
Asia King (that's me!)

But that's not all! Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®'s blog as there will be more prizes to be won there - if that's not early Christmas, then I don't know what is! :)

You still with me? Good, because there's more fabulousity coming!

Stampendous is also hopping this week with May Arts ribbon specialists! Amazing or what?! Again, three lucky US residents and one Aussie crafter will see some fabby prizes going their way. Same rules apply to be eligible to win - leave some love on the participating designers' blogs and make sure to let us know in your comments where you live :).

Blogs taking part in the May Arts hop today:

OK. I think I've kept you waiting long enough. I can finally reveal what you've been so patiently waiting for LOL - my today's inspirational offering! What a better way to celebrate summer than with  a breeze in the sails and a nautical theme! :)

Near the sea nautical vintage card by Asia King

May Arts: Paper Cord Ribbon in pink, light blue and ivory

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Adhesive Sheets 4x6", MyStik® Permanent Strips, 3D Foam Squares - White, 3D Foam Pennants, DODZ™ - 3D

Spellbinders: Nested Lacey Pennants, Labels Eighteen

Plus: Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Inktense Pencils (Derwent) - Dark Chocolate, Saddle Brown, Bark, Sea Blue, Willow, Iron Blue, Iron Green
Coffee Archival Ink and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Ranger Ink), Gothic Purple StazOn Mini Ink by Tsukineko®
Patterned papers (Vintage Experience, the Works), watercolour paper, metal ornate corners, burlap & canvas flower, self adhesive pearls, eyelets, decorative pins and brads.

1. Create a kraft card blank with A5 card front.
2. Using pink cardstock prepare a mat 1/16 inch on each side smaller than the card front. Adhere to the base with MyStik®.
3. Trim a panel from patterned paper 1/16 inch on each side smaller than the mat. Ink the edges and adhere to the base with MyStik®.
4. Dab embossing ink onto metal corners with Boss Gloss and sprinkle with Aged Ivory Enamel. Shake off the excess and heat emboss.
5. Adhere the corners to the card with Adhesive Sheets in the top and bottom right corners as shown.
6. Die cut a large Lacey Pennant from coordinated papers and adhere to the card, allowing the top left corner to hang off the card.
7. Create a centre panel from patterned papers, pink and beige cardstock (use the photo for approximate proportions) and adhere to the card using 3D Foam Squares. Add pearls along the right side as shown.
8. Stamp Wind In Sails onto watercolour paper with Coffee Ink and colour with Inktense pencils. Die cut and emboss with Labels 18 die. Adhere to the card with 3D Foam Squares.
9. Stamp Near The Sea sentiment on a scrap of kraft card in purple ink. Trim and form in your hands to create a small wavy banner. Adhere to the card.
10. Cover the 3D Foam Pennants with matching papers, add eyelets and suede twine and layer at the top of the card as shown.
11. Finish the card with a canvas flower and paper twine bows adhered with DODZ™ - 3D. Add final touches with brads and decorative pins.

If you are new to to my blog - please feel free to stay a bit longer and check out my other creations. If any of them sparked an idea for your next project, make sure to click the 'Follow Me' button in my sidebar to stay up to date with my future crafty shenanigans :). Also, do let me know how I can find you and visit you back.

We can also connect on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook!

That's all from me for now - I hope you enjoyed my today's offering. Thank you for all your kind and heart warming comments. Enjoy the creative ride and 'see' you again soon!

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Floral Pillow Boxes And Seed Packets Tutorial

Hello friends! I hope you are all keeping well. Today I'm sharing a floral trio of DIY seed packets which I made using some gorgeous stamps and sparkles courtesy of the lovely Stampendous. I know I'm bias but I must say - I feel really blessed whenever my DT packages arrive because I absolutely love their products.

When I saw these flower stamps I instantly thought of making little gift packages which would be perfect for any keen gardener and sure to bring a smile - they certainly did for me! And with the summertime sunshine just outside my window, there's nothing else I love more about this time of year than the abundance of flowers! :)
DIY Seed Packet Tutorial - a perfect gift for a keen gardener. Ręcznie wykonane torebki na nasiona - pomysł na prezent dla zapalonego działkowicza lub ogrodnika.

And once I started playing I thought I would share a mini tutorial with you as well :). So here it goes. 


Stampendous: cling Cosmos Spray, cling Peony Spray, cling Pansy Spray, cling Seed Background, Aged Rose Embossing Enamel, Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
Plus: Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: 3D Thin Foam Squares - White, Crafty Power Tape
Other: Inktense pencils, seam binding ribbon dyed with Distress Inks, Faber-Castell PITT Magenta pen, pillow box template, corner punch

1. Using the digital template print three packets onto kraft cardstock. Do not assemble yet.
2. Stamp the your chosen flower image in black inside the template markings as shown.
3. Colour the blooms in with the Antique White pencil and distribute the colour with a water brush. Allow to dry.
4. Start adding colour to the blooms as shown.

5. Next, build layers of colour on the leaves.

6. Add some shading to the background.

7. Sprinkle the template areas with embossing enamels and heat from underneath.
8. Cut the template out and score along the dotted lines. Form the pillow box and secure with Crafty Power Tape.
9. Finish the edges with a gold pen.

10. Wrap a hand dyed seam binding ribbon around the packet.
11. Ink up the required part of the Seed Background stamp with a PITT pen and stamp onto your leftover card. Trim around the stamped label.
12. Round the corners with a corner punch. Adhere to the pillow box over 3D Thin Foam Squares.

Here is the finished seed packet :).
Stampendous Peony Spray - painting with Inktense pencils
And here are a couple of further ideas, if you would like to give it a go!

Stampendous Pansy Spray seed packet - DIY gift idea for a gardener
Pansy Spray seed packet. Torebka na nsiona ze stemplem Bratki.

Stampendous Cosmos spray - water colours
Cosmos Spray seed packet. Torebka na nasiona ze stemplem kosmos.
I hope you enjoyed today's mini tutorial! Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your sweet comments.

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Challenges for this project:
Frilly and Funkie - It's Summer
Live and Love Crafts # - In the Garden
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges June - Shabby Chic
Our Creative Corner - What Makes You Smile
Vintage Stamping Challenges # - Hot Sunny Colours
Noor Design #7 - Here Comes Summer
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