Monday, March 10, 2014

Ont The First Day Of School

 I don't know how about you, but in my family, the first day of every schoolyear must be celebrated by going to some eating establishement. Well I would have written "restaurant", but since my kids rarelly get to fast food establishments, this is what they chose for their special meal least year :)
Once agaqin I played along with the CSI challenge - this time with their special additional challenge of this month.
Looks like I just can't stop making layouts using watercolor wash and stenciling. Well, at least this time I also added some modeling paste to give extra dimension to my page.

I rummaged through mu stash and found some old metallic accents to add as well as small bits of lace, fabric roses and that little fabric heart.

Journalling was done on a simple piece of notebook paper and I also added some border stickers. I had to go over them with ProMarkers to brighten up their colors a bit - to match the overall colors.

Even thou these photos were taken using my cellphone, this layout is very lovely and it sure is a moment to remember.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Waiting For The New Year

 This week I also played along with the CSI challenges and made this New Years eve's layout of my girls. I just loved this color palette and it resonated with that photo so well.
I started with a really light watercolor wash as a background and then went over with teal acrylic paint and a damask stencil. Then I also added some stenciled splatters with golden glitter. I also added the same stencilling directly onto my photo.

I made several clusters from my handmade paper flowers, some store bought flowers and handmade glittered leaves.
As the challenge asked for journalling to be included in an envelope - I made one from light blue vellum as well as the note where the journalling is written on. I used my white Gelly Roll pen to write.

I just love this page and I hope that you do too.

Monday, March 3, 2014

In The Kindergarten

 It has been a really long time since I last created a scrapbook layout - way too long for my liking. So I am now working quite hard to remedy that.
I've always liked CSI challenges and so I decided to play along with their challenge 111. I must apologize for the quality of my pictures - they are taken using my cell phone, as my camera at the moment is traveling along with my sister somewhere in South Americas.
For the year of 2013, I have created an album that I will show you in some other post. The size of this album is an A4, so all my further layouts will also be the size of A4.
I started out by misting page with various shades Color Wash and then stenciled over with gesso.

Next I made a panel that I dryembossed using TH Woodgrain embossing folder. I also added some splatters and starburst rays using Th stencils and Walnut Stain Distress ink.
Then I made a cluster of various patterned papers with torn edges and put the picture of Emily right on top of it.

I did some fussy cutting from a patterned paper of roses and added clusters of handmade and store bought paper flowers. there is also a piece of painted chipboard flourish and lots of brown liquid pearls.
Journalling for this page was printed in several blocks of couple words and then scattered all over the page - one of the demands from CSI challenge.
I really like this layour and I'm sorry that you can't see it properly.

Hope you will enjoy,
Best regards,

Friday, February 7, 2014

Free Valentines'd Day Papers

I'm always up for some wonderful freebies - well, aren't you? And at this lovely time of the year, some freebies does come in handy. And once again Sizzix has surprised us with just such freebies! So head over there and grab some for yourself as well!!!
Oh and keep on crafting!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sizzix February Newreleases

New month - new dies and goodies from Sizzix.
First up is:


Cherished is the adorable new collection by Eileen Hull for Sizzix®. Perfect for all types of crafts from Cardmaking and Papercrafts to Scrapbooking, Home Décor items and even 3-D creations, this collection has so much to offer! Featuring the cutest of designs, the Cherished collection allows you to create gorgeous projects for the most special family occasions all year round! You will find everything from cute zoo animals including an elephant, giraffe, lion and monkey to beautiful bows, ribbons and labels. Some of the Scoreboards™ XL dies in this range will also make perfect little gifts and decorations with mini albums, building blocks, a cradle and even a baby’s shoe available! Start crafting now and create those special keepsakes to welcome a new born baby, celebrate a child’s birthday or Christening or even to decorate a nursery!

Tim Holtz Alterations

Tim Holtz® is back with some fabulous additions to his Alterations™ collection. The incredibly popular Tattered Florals die returns bigger and better than ever before as a Bigz™ XL die creating even more project possibilities! These leaf and floral themed dies are just perfect for any type of crafting from cardmaking and scrapbooking to home décor items and much more!

If you've missed my previous post where I compared these new dies to the ones released previously, you can find it here.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!

Welcome back this year as well!!! This year has started with a full speed ahead for me, so there actually hasn't been much time for crafting, but I had to make "Happy New Year" cards for my MIL, so that she could give them to her colleagues at their New Years party, which will happen just this week :)
I wanted to make a white on white card, with lots of sparkle and just a hint of color. So I gathered lots of my Sizzix dies and started to die cut everything from white cardstock. Then I placed and pushed some of the diecuts around my card base and this is what I ended up with.
Here you can see that I have applied modeling paste on the frame and sprinkled generously with glitter. This same technique was used on my flower as well.
I had to make 10 cards and they all looked so well together!
I hope that your year has started well and we will see wonderful creations all year through!

I will enter this card into these challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with Optional Twist - Color, Sights, and Sounds of Winter
Blessing Ink - New Beginnings
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 114 - Winter Whites
Christmas Card Challenges #6 -- No Coloring
Chrafting when We Can - Outside
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything Goes

Sizzix BigShot Machine
Sizzix BigShot Die-cutting Machine
Sizzix Accessory - Susan's Garden Tool Kit
Sizzix Accessory - Susan's Garden Tool Kit
Martha Stewart Glitter
Martha Stewart Glitter
Ranger Inkssentials INK BLENDING TOOL
Ranger Inkssentials INK BLENDING TOOL
Sizzix Bigz Die - Ornate Frame
Sizzix Bigz Die - Ornate Frame
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft SCISSORS
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft SCISSORS
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Holiday Greenery
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Holiday Greenery
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Poinsettia Swirls
Sizzix Sizzlits Die - Poinsettia Swirls
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Cross, Dove, Banner & Border
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Cross, Dove, Banner & Border
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Christmas Ornament, Wreath & Vine
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Christmas Ornament, Wreath & Vine
Sizzix Accessory - Susan's Garden Tool Kit
Glossy Accents