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You Are My Anchor - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic 45 Blog Hop - Day 1

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hello everyone! I am really REALLY excited today! 

Well, ok, it's Monday, not my favourite day of the week but I am soooo going to make it much sweeter for you! How, you ask? Read on to find out!


Witajcie kochani! Bardzo dziękuję za odwiedziny w ten poniedziałkowy poranek! Dzisiejszy post będzie super radosny. Nie tylko dlatego, że karteczka, którą się chwalę dzisiaj została przygotowana dla mojej drugiej połowy z okazji naszej piątej rocznicy ślubu :). 

Ale również dlatego, że dwie rewelacyjne firmy Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L i Graphic 45 połączą scrapowe siły podczas kilkudniowego blog hopa. Oczywiście będą super inspiracje! Oczywiście będą również nagrody! Co należy zrobić aby wziąć udział? Wystarczy pozostawić komentarze na blogach biorących udział w zabawie, poprzez Instagram lub na Facebooku i potwierdzić udział poprzez aplikację Rafflecopter (gadżet poniżej na końcu posta). Pozostałe blogi biorące udział znajdziecie tutaj i tutaj.

Ale to jeszcze nie koniec! Ja również mam od siebie małą niespodziankę dla obserwatorów mojego bloga! Wraz z dzisiejszą kartką przygotowałam również kurs krok po kroku, który ukaże się na moim blogu w piątek. Serdecznie zapraszam do odwiedzin w piątek, gdzie oprócz  kursu będą też słodkości sponsorowane przez Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L -  $25 do wydania na zakupy online w Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L!!!  Powodzenia!



This week Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic 45 have joined their crafty powers together in a long week blog hop. Of course there will be loads of fantastic inspiration. And of course there will be prizes! To join the fun just visit the participating blogs, leave some love and enter through the Rafflecopter app (widget at the bottom of the post)! If you get lost, you can also find all the links and information HERE and HERE.

Additional entries are available by commenting on our Instagram Page, be sure to tell us your profile name on the Rafflecopter app. 


You can also enter a third time via Facebook. Either click through the Rafflecopter app to comment on our Facebook page, or click on the Giveaway tab on our Facebook page itself. 

Each day there will be 2-3 new blogs to visit, and you can enter each day! 

Be sure to also visit Graphic 45 to enter their drawings too! 
For my inspiration I prepared a card I made for my DH as we've just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary :-).



For my card I used the beautiful papers from the By The Sea and Place in Time collections. My hubby loves all things nautical, probably because he was born in a house right on the Pendine Sands (in Wales) and he lived with his parents in Eastbourne for many years.


If you have a closer look, the papers actually feature a lighthouse from Beachy Head in Eastbourne - how cool is that? The lighthouse is now red & white but I couldn't be happier to see that image in the collection. Below is a picture of me (a couple-ahem-ish years ago) with the Beachy Head lighthouse in the background - such a magical place, isn't it?



For my card I used White Crafty Foam Tape, 3D Foam PennantsE-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, Adhesive Sheets, Creative Photo Corners - Mix PackDODZ™ - Small and DODZ™ - 3D.

Don't you think those Photo Corners look like little cute beach huts?


I used various fabrics: burlap, cheese cloth and a really cool ribbon I bought some time ago at a flea market in Ghent, Belgium. 

I added some stamping with Stampendous stamps (Loving Messages) and StazOn Midnight blue ink.



I also added a 'message in a bottle' with strips of papers, sequins, mica fragments, glitters and powders from Stampendous Fran-tage lines. It's difficult to photograph it but it looks like it has all the sparkliness of the sea captured within it :).



The rope on the bottle is tied in a buntline hitch knot as per the metal plaque underneath. I saved these from a picture frame I altered a while ago.


I also decorated the inside of the card and I added some stamping (Stampendous Queen Bee).  



I've also prepared a full tutorial for my card which you will be able to see on my blog on Friday 1st August. So please come back, as I will also have a small surprise for my blog followers hidden within my tutorial post :). Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L have very kindly given me the opportunity to treat one of you lucky crafters to a $25 shopping spree on the website - yaaaay!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my project and if you have, I'd be delighted if you joined to follow my blog :). Do let me know your blog address so I can return the kindness!

Thank you for all your lovely comments and happy hopping! 


Blogging today:
Asia King (yours truly!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Challenges for this card:
Live and Love Crafts July - By The Sea
Frilly and Funkie - Cool Water
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - J is for... July
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Shabby Shutters for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Monday, July 14, 2014


Witajcie drodzy Blogowiczanie! Dzisiaj chciałabym się podzielić DT kartką, którą przygotowałam dla Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Spis materiałów zamieściłam poniżej a dokładne detale opisałam na blogu firmowym TUTAJ. Opis jest po angielsku ale dla zainteresowanych chętnie również dopiszę wersję po polsku :). 

Dziękuję za wizytę i za pozostawione komentarze :).

Hello Friends!

I am soooo delighted to see new Followers joining my blog - thank you so much and make yourself at home! :0)

Today I have a DT card to share which I prepared for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. I won't go into too much detail here, as you can read all about my card HERE (and I would be really happy if you did! lol).

If you subscribe to the UK's Craft Stamper magazine you might recognise this stamp from the July issue. 


When I  saw this little Mackintosh-inspired rose stamp I immediately thought of stained glass windows. And I just had to have a go at creating a stained glass effect using acetate, stamps and inks :).

I know you might first associate stained glass with Gothic cathedrals. But as I'm not too much of a 'Gothic kinda gal', I decided to put a shabby - chic - cottagey spin on it. Funnily enough, one of the inks I used is called Gothic Purple lol :). So here is my Shabby Shutters card.


Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's Supplies:

E-Z Dots® Mini Permanent, MyStik® Permanent Strips, White 3D Foam Squares Regular and White 3D Foam Squares - Small, Black 3D Foam Squares - Regular, White Crafty Foam Tape, DODZ™ - 3D, DODZ™ - Small, 3d Foam Leaves, 3D Foam Cupcakes, 3D Foam Garden Shapes.




Other Supplies:

Stamp - Craft Stamper Magazine, July 2014 free stamp; Papers: 7Dots Studio Dreamer Collection and Bazzill Basics Paper; 
Wendy Vecchi - Blossom Bucket - Shutters

Stencils - brick stencil, Tim Holtz Shutter; 

Cutting Dies: Marianne Design CR1213 and LR0205,

Inks: Imagine Crafts StazOn Claret, Gothic Purple, Cactus Green, Cherry Pink, Mustard, Jet Black, Memento Tuxedo Black; Colouring: STAEDTLER ergosoft® aquarell pencils, Spectrum Noir markers, DecoArt Americana paints.

Glitters: Stampendous Pink Micro Glitter, Sea Green Ultra Fine Jewel Glitter.


Today is my first day back at work after the op... so please keep your fingers crossed for me that all goes well! :)

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous week!
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Challenges for this card:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #77 - Dreaming of Summer
Country View Challenges July - Stencil It
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Be Clear
7Dots Studio June/July - Stamps
Suzz's Stamping Spot - STAEDTLER Giveaway
The Shabby Tea Room #227 - Fun In The Sun
Frilly and Funkie - Summer Heat
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Back At Home, Exploding Wedding Box And a Tutorial

Saturday, July 05, 2014


Hello Friends ('old' and new ones - thank you for following! x). Apologies for being quiet again but I hope to catch up on my blogging soon. I've now had my op and it all went well. Post-op was a bit tricky so I had to stay in hospital a tad longer than expected. The recovery has also been taking longer than expected...sheeesh. But I am getting there! Yay! 


My biggest heartfelt thanks to everyone who's sent beautiful cards and lovely supportive messages by email, text and on Facebook. I got some beautiful flowers delivered, too! You guys are true gems - thank you again! 






In all the hospital kerfuffle I didn't get a chance to share this wedding gift project which was recently commissioned by my friend. My instructions were that the Bride loved shabby chic, lace and hearts. Oh and that the card should have a matching box. I think I met all the requirements :).



I frequently come across beautiful exploding boxes in blogland but somehow I’d never thought of making one myself. Perhaps I mistakenly assumed it was really difficult – but it isn’t at all! If you’ve never tried it I hope this project will inspire you to have a go. 

I made a full tutorial for this project which I shared last week on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog. I would be delighted if you found a moment to view it HERE and let me know what you think :). The inspiration for the 3D birdcage came from this beautiful project from Dora which you can see here.




Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L supplies I used:

E-Z Dots® Mini Permanent, Crafty Foam Tape – White, Thin 3D Foam Squares – Mix White, Mounting Squares – White, DODZ™ – 3D, Creative Photo Corners – Black, 3D Foam Squares – Black, DODZ™ - Small, E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, 3D Foam Hearts and 3D Foam Leaves.



Can you see little eggs hidden in the nest?



Other supplies I used:

Stamps – Married Monograms & Fairy Tale Wedding (Stampendous); Creative Stamping magazine – The Celebrations Collection

Papers – DCVW Mariposa collection; Bazzill Basics Paper Heritage collection

Embellishments: Shabby White Embossing EnamelTaupe Color Fragments and Cinnamon Micro Glitter (Stampendous); lace, flowers, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Caged Bird die; Spellbinders Foliage die, brads, grunge paper, decorative flower mist.



Witajcie kochani i dziękuję za wizytę. Dzisiejszy post jest troszkę opóżniony po mojej wizycie w szpitalu i planowej operacji. Ale dzieki temu, że powoli wracam do formy mogę się w końcu podzielić moimi ostatnimi craftowymi wyczynami.

Ten projekt to ślubny exploding box przygotowany na zamówienie. Pełne instrukcje (po angielsku) możecie przeczytać na blogu Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L tutaj. Serdecznie zapraszam!

I hope you enjoyed peeking inside this exploding box. Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments! :).
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Challenges for this project:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - W is White
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #76 - Flowers
Sugar Creek Hollow #90 - It's Charming
Just us Girls Challenge #248 - Bird
Tando Creative July - Come Fly with me
Vintage Stamping Challenges # 21 - Summer Blooms
Galeria RAE #38 - P jak...Papierowe Pudelko
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The Special Bond We Share - Stampendous And DecoArt Blog Hop

Friday, June 27, 2014



Hello lovely Friends, hold on tight as it's going to be a long post! 

But first, please allow me to send my warmest welcome to my newest followers! Thank you so much for joining in the fun!

The excitement continues as we conclude our grand tour of amazing artists (and me lol) playing with Stampendous, DecoArt, and Princeton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe products. 

The inspiration has been amazing and today you'll be even more astonished! 

If you missed the beginning of our journey, be sure to go back and check it out! MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY 

Witajcie kochani! Serdecznie zapraszam na wielkie blogowe hopowanie z nagrodami od Stampendous, DecoArt, oraz Princeton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe. Przez cały tydzień szykowaliśmy dla Was przeróżne inspiracje - wszystkie ogromnie polecam. A na zachętę dla odważnych komentujących mamy nagrody - każdy komentarz pozostawiony na blogach biorących udział w zabawie to szansa na zdobycie nagrody! 

Życzymy udanej zabawy!

As part of the blog hop traditions, there are prizes to be won! DecoArt is sending three sets of their Media Fluid AcrylicsPrinceton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe is donating Select 3750 Brushes and some Catalyst Wedges, and we'll be adding a Stampendous Creative Palette so you can practice all the techniques you'll have seen this week. Stampendous will be sending three prize packages to commenters with U.S. Mailing Addresses and DecoArt will be sending three generous sample packages to international commenters, so all our friends can play. 



• Like Stampendous, DecoArt, Princeton Artist Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook! • We've also got a Pinterest Board started!

Please repin our projects on to your boards and be sure to tag us when you do (#Stampendous, #DecoArt, #PrincetonArtistBrushes, #byWillowWolfe) - we'll be tracking. 


Your comments on the blogs are your entry into the drawing. AND Stampendous HQ has a few bonus goodies hanging around for some lucky people who SHARE our Facebook posts and Pinterest Pins! 

And here is the project I'm sharing today :).



I really wanted to use my Rose Bloom stamp again (one of my favourites) but I also wanted to make something different, something I've never tried before. So I used my stamp to create a mould for a truly dimensional impression :).



When my mould putty was set I prepared a batch of ICE Resin and added a couple of drops of Cadmium Red to the mixture and made a first pour. When the first layer was fully cured I added a second batch of resin (it was quite tricky to manage any over-spill) and this time added some Cadmium Yellow. Now I needed a 'platform' for my resin rose...

If you are a new visitor to my blog, this year I made a crafty resolution to finish projects I began ages ago and never completed. I had a mixed media canvas I started years ago during a workshop and although I loved the background, I couldn't find a muse/theme/reason/inspiration/mojo to finish it. So I decided to go back to it as my 'starting point' and see where paint and stamps would take me lol.



I started with layers of texture. First I randomly stamped Rose Bloom with Buttermilk paint, then added pieces of torn book pages and packaging bubbly off-cuts with Adhesive Sheets and  I added some 3D DODZ.  



Next I started layering watered down washes of colours, deep reds, pinks, oranges, blues and greens - all continuously softened with touches of white. I also added some more stamping with paints to the sides (NK Studio Grunge, Jumbo Magnolia). 



For my collage I used die cut cardboard pieces (Prima/Sizzix), chipboard shapes (ScrapFX) and resin and metal flowers, all covered with layers of paint, softened with white. I also added some cheese cloth decorated with 3D Foam Squares covered in Rose and Mint Color Fragments.



For my final touch I added a sentiment (Friendship Assortment Perfectly Clear) stamped with black StazOn. 



So there you have it, nice summery flower canvas :). OK. Ready for your trip around the world? Pack your bags, get a cup of coffee and a kitten (or a puppy, or a hubby - whoever is to hand!), and get comfy. You have until the end of Sunday, June 29 PDT to comment on all the blog posts.


Louise Crosbie (Scotland, UK)
Lea Kimmel (North Carolina, USA)
Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)
Asia King (Oxford, UK) - that's me!
Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)
Suzanne Czosek (Illinois, USA)
Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)
Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)
Angelica Stark (Hudiksvall, Sweden)
Mark Gould (West Sussex, UK)
Debbie Cole (California, USA)
Jamie Martin (Oklahoma, USA)
Tobi Crawford (BC, Canada)
Wendy Price (New Jersey, USA)
Jessa Plant (Arizona, USA)

Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely comments. 


Hopefully, by the time you read this post I will have had my op (it's already been postponed once) so I will be a bit quiet for a while recovering. But rest assured your comments will be read and truly appreciated - every single one!

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Challenges for this project:
Live & Love Crafts #24 - Summer Garden
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - I ought to use this more
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Stampendoulicious Chalk - Stampendous and DecoArt Team Up!

Monday, June 23, 2014

This week we are hosting a mega-cool truly international event! All friends at StampendousDecoArtPrinceton Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe are joining to show what you can do with stamps and acrylic paint. You'll be amazed how great these two craft items work together to make amazing things! 

Of course, there are prizes! DecoArt is sending three sets of their Media Fluid Acrylics, Princeton Artist Brushes, through Willow Wolfe, is supplying a Select Brush Set and a Catalyst Wedge, and Stampendous will be adding a Stampendous Creative Palette. What a fantastic selection of  crafty goodness!

Visit each blog, leave a comment! • Like  StampendousDecoArtPrinceton Artist Brushes and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook! • We've also got a Pinterest Board started!

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Please repin our projects on to your boards and be sure to tag us when you do (#Stampendous, #DecoArt, #PrincetonArtistBrushes, #byWillowWolfe). We have a few bonus goodies hanging around in Stampendous HQ office for some lucky people who SHARE our Facebook posts and Pinterest Pins!

Your comments on the participating designers' blogs are your entry into the drawing. We'll randomly choose three blog posts from all the designer posts this week and then choose a winner from each to receive a prize package. 

We'll draw three winners with U.S. Mailing Addresses. BUT because we have so many international players this time, DecoArt has agreed to mail out three nice sample packages to international commenters as well - so make sure to hop and comment!


Now onto my project today. I've altered an old frame I found in a charity shop and created a coffee themed wall art for my living room.


Here is the picture 'before':




And 'after':



I disassembled the nautical insert (and kept it for another project) and painted the wooden backing with Americana Chalkboard Paint. Then I added some stamping and heat embossed it with White Detail Embossing Powder. The stamps I used were: Perfectly Clear Elegant Borders, Coffee Talk and cling Kettle On.  



Then I painted the frame with Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Lace and distressed it in place with sanding paper.




My hubby and I are both big coffee addicts and this chalkboard sign sums it all up for us:

Keep Calm
And Put The Kettle On

Keep Calm
And Pour Me Another Cup

Forget Calm
I'm Having Another Cup

Happiness Is a Good Cup Of COFFEE
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OK, ready for your trip around the world? Let's get hoppin!

Claudia Neubacher (from Vienna, Austria) 
Kristine Reynolds (from Moorpark, CA, USA) 
Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (from Niedersachsen, Germany)
Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)
Asia King (from Oxford, England) - that's me! 
Jessa Plant (from Phoenix, AZ, USA) 
Kathi Rerek (from New Jersey, USA)


Thanks for stopping by and for all your lovely comments!

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Happy Birthday To You

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hello Friends! I know it's been a bit quiet here lately... I've been feeling a bit under the weather... I'm going to have a minor op shortly which hopefully is going to sort things out for me and I will be feeling my old self soon :).

So please forgive me for being a bit MIA blogging and  visiting wise but that should improve very soon!

For now just a quick note to let you know that today I am sharing a card on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog and you can see my post HERE. I made it for my brother for his birthday.

The inspiration behind it was this super cool canvas by Leann Pearce I saw here.

Supplies:

MyStik® Permanent Strips, White Mounting Squares, Black 3D Foam Squares, DODZ™ - Medium.

Other supplies:

Stamps - Stack Art Royal Heart, Royal Heart Quotes, Steampunk Charms, Vintage Press (Stampendous); Cinnamon Micro Glitter (Stampendous), Memento inks - Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Rich Cocoa (Imagine Crafts)



I would be delighted if you found a moment to visit my DT post (HERE) and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Mother's Day Flowers

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hello from Poland everyone and BIG welcoming hugs to my newest blog followers!

Thank you for stopping by today. If this is your first visit here, make yourself at home, grab a cuppa and enjoy. And if you like it here, why don't you click that cute little button that says 'follow my blog' lol ;). Just say'n! :)

Today I'm sharing a post over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - I prepared a tutorial for a card I made for my Mum for Mother's Day. You can see all the details HERE. This year I am really lucky to present the card to my Mum in person :-).
Witajcie kochani i pozdrawiam Was serdecznie ze słonecznej Polski :). W tym roku mam ogromne szczęście świętować Dzień Matki razem z moja rodziną. Serduszko ogromnie się cieszy, że mogłam w tym roku osobiście wręczyć karteczkę mojemu Mamcikowi. I o tym jest ten dzisiejszy post. Oraz o tym, że na blogu Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L dzisiaj możecie zobaczyć  kurs  krok po kroku jak zrobiłam tę kartkę. Zapraszam do obejrzenia kursu tutaj



Since you can view all the steps on Scrapbook Adhesives' blog, I won't go into details here. But for ease of reference here are the supplies I used:
Other supplies: Stampendous - cling Garden Gal, Aged Rose Embossing Enamel, Tiger lily Pearl Glitter; Graphic45 Sweet Sentiments papers, Core'dinations Glitter Silk cardstock, Sizzix Thinlits Victorian Cameo, Marianne Design COL1325, StazOn Gothic Purple ink, Coffee Archival ink, Derwent Inktense pencils.


I would be delighted if you'd find a spare a moment to view my tutorial post.



Thank you for stopping by and I'll be checking what you've all been up to really really soon!

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Challenges for this card:
Country View Crafts #15 - Nature's Glories
Magia Tworzenia #2 - W Kapeluszu do 9 czerwca













Scrap Pasja Maj - Bingo (kwiaty, wykrojnik, zielony), wyniki 5 czerwca
Altair Art #7 - Kwiatki na Dzień Matki do 31 maja



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