Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Crafting Space

Recently I'm trying to improve my crafting room and I could say that there are some improvements, but of course there is no time to realize all my ideas. But anyway - I wanted to share few pics and ideas that currently describe my crafting workspace.
 I have packed very tiny space with inks, paints, glues, pens, markers and lots of other stuff, because I believe that I have to try everything there is in crafting and thus I have lots of different stuff, not just my favorite card making, scrapbooking and decoupage stuff.
 This room used to be my bedroom, then it was remodeled as our kitchen but now it is my craft room. I left the sink as it it is very comfortable to tidy all the mess afterwards and have access to water any moment I need it.
 I thought that I have posted my Distress inks storage box, but I couldn't find post about it. This was just regular box for decoupage from Stamperia with lid on magnets. I placed chipboard shelves in it and have also adhered inked sticker rectangles on each side of ink pad. Now I have only one problem - this box doesn't hold all distress inks...
 This storage rack for my writing tools was made out of PET energy drink bottles. Only problem was that I forgot that if you use hot glue gun to adhere them together, they will melt... Next time I want to use empty juice boxes as cubies for pens and markers.
And this is my new ProMarker storage. I got this idea from Paula Holifield. As there was this CD storage shelf full with old CD's no one was listening to, I decided to use it for my markers and thus hadn't spent any money for that. Only I slightly altered Paula's idea by substituting thick CDs with thin ones, so that it is more easily to grab ProMarkers as they are quite thick. I don't  need those color marker she placed on the spines of CDs, as I use my own system of arranging and using them. As I still haven't got all ProMarkers, there is still lots of empty space.
I filled those empty slots with CDs filed with Nestabilities dies and also Sizzix Bigz dies and embossing folders. CDs with dies could stay there as shelves even when I will get all markers, as it is not so hard to drew out CD with markers on top.
I try to embellish all my tins and boxes with patterned papers and labels. This wire tin is for my most essential tools and box is for double sided tape and sticky foam. I also love this old ink try, where I keep my tweezers, small scissors and inking tools. I got it after my grand grandmother passed away at age of 101.
And finally - this is my wall decor. I accidentally found this large (about 1,50m wide) weird material cutout in place where I buy organic glass leftovers. I bought it for about 4$. I have gilded it with Stamperia gold and layered on a piece of painted paper.

Passion For ProMarkers - My Coloring Dreams Come True!

Since I found out that there is such thing as alcohol markers, that can be blended easily and do not leave streaks or wet paper, I was all about using just them. My first choice was Copics, but as they are almost twice as expensive as ProMarkers and they are not available in my country, I switched for ProMarkers and now I'm even selling them in my online store... So I was very pleased to find site that made challenges for ProMarker users.
This weeks challenge was to use "twos" - 2 papers, 2 images, 2 colors etc... Instantly I knew that I wanted to use brown and blue (have no idea why...) so I started to look through my stamps and check which 2 images could be combined and colored using just blues and browns. My check stopped at these sea themed stamps of my own make. I must say that I had never used them before, but you could never say that, seeing in what state are they, after being lent to a children's festival some time ago...
My next task was to find two matching patterned papers. the light blue strip is from K&Company mat pad but brownish blue background is printed as it is very transformed patterned paper downloaded from internet to exactly match my card.
The very bottom brown background paper is also printed as it has some grunged pattern on it.
My images were colored using these markers: Denim Blue, Powder Blue, Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Tan and Blender. Background was inked with Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress inks. I also added some birds with black fineliner pen and some white waves with Sakura Gelly Roll.
Ship was die cut using Small Circle Nestabilities die and mounted on Standard Large Scalloped Circle in which I punched holes with my Crop-A-Dyle Big Bite.
Brown strip was punched with Fiskars Eyelet border punch. And I also added lace and leather strip as my embellishments.
I also used sketch from Whiff Of Joy, even thou I didn't use their image so I could enter into their challenge.
So as before I'm also entering this card into these challenges:

Monday, May 30, 2011

Going vintage - Again!

This time I have reason to go vintage, even if I would do it anyway :) Paper Sundaes this weeks challenge is to make something vintage. you can't possibly imagine how many problems I had while making this card.
Well the beginning actually wasn't that hard - I took some K&Company patterned paper as background, then added this wonderful flower lace and some very old copybook page which I stamped with Viva rose stamp and Vintage Photo Distress ink. Wrapped some raffia around and stitched double border around this paper. I also added sentiment saying that could be translated as "Best of luck", but it is usually a beginning for saying such as Happy Birthday or Happy Name day. So far so good...
First trouble started when I wanted to make this chipboard frame. I painted it pink with some brown edges with Stamperia acrylic paints. Then I wanted to add pinkish glitter to have some sparkle and here's where the trouble started... First I used just some whitishpink Stamperia Brillanti glitter, but it had no effect - all color was showing through and it was not a pleasant view, as the brown color was in some sort of patches not just on the edges. Then I made my own blend - white and pink embossing powder and the same Stamperia glitter in proportions of 2:1:1. Well this did gave me the effect I wanted - no brown color was showing only on edges where it had to be...
And now the most hardest part of all - making of the scrunchy ribbon bow. First I tried it with regular seam binding and it looked just flat or simply ugly...
Then I watched a video tutorial on how to make your seem binding scrunch - just spray with water and scrunch, let it dry and voila - you will have nice scrunched ribbon. I also sprayed some Color Wash Butterscotch on it to make it yellow. After dozens of attempts, I finally got as close as I possibly can to something described in Lilybean's Paperie tutorial. I topped this bow (as it still isn't perfect) with real dried mini rose from our yard flowerbed.
I used sketch from Waltzing Mouse Sketch challenges:
I'm also entering this card in:

I Forgott About The Bottle...

I did tell that I made three project for my Palette #5, didn't I? Well I just forgot to publish third project before TCR layout...
This bottle was found buried in our basement sand and was found during renovations we are currently having there. Actually there were lots of interesting bottles, some broken china and - a some sort of missile from the war. Thankfully it didn't detonate :) So I had this idea to make this old bottle, which I failed to wash clean, into something interesting. I decoupaged it using so called Sospeso Trasparente technique (or maybe that's just this one company manufacturing products for this technique?) - it is just that I adhere napkin image to acetate, cut out and warm over candle, then shape into necessary shape using some wooden embossing stylus and, in my case - mouse pad. The result is somewhat glass like and transparent, so it actually feels like the bottle was made that way, rather than decoupaged.
Too bad that it isn't possible to actually see the 3D glass like effect in photo, but in real life it is very nice.

The Color Room #60

Finally I managed to make something for my loved Color Room as well. And I'm even more happy that I managed to make this layout in compliance with Scrapbookers Anonymous recipe to make at least one stamped patterned paper and three embellishments.
This layout features an official photo from photo studio with me, my husband and our daughter Aleksa.I used two flowers and one vines stamps that I have made myself. For the background I painted some craft card with gesso and randomly stamped flowers with Dusty Concord Distress ink using first and second generation impressions. I did this also to non gessoed craft paper for the paper behind photo.

My first stamped embellishment was this vine border stamped with Barn Door Distress ink and slightly inked with Tea Dye. I decided that picture looked too glossy for this kind of layout, so I sanded it, especially edges of it.
Next I stamped flowers with Barn Door ink on pink cardstock and Dusty Concord ink on craft card. Then I cut them out and layered. Flower center is accented with Viva liquid perls. I also added die cut leaves with Sizzlit die from Tea Dye inked paper and inked edges with Barn Door ink.
And here is the color palette and also sketch:

Another Project For My Palette And Once Upon A Sketch Challenge

As my second project for my Palette #5 I made this fun layout.
The title says something like "Car", but in a deminished form, so maybe it's carry? :)
All elements are from My Little Yellow Bicycle Zinnia collection, thou the green label was scanned, enlarged and then reprinted to fit the area. I also printed my both background papers. Added two laces from mystash and a printed title. Journalling says: "Aleksa is still too little to let go of her toy car, but Emilia is grown enough to try this new exciting thing. Riga 20.06.2010." and it was written with pink Gelly Roll pen.
As the blog title suggests, sketch for this layout was taken from Once Upon A Sketch Challenge May 15th challenge. And the sketch is:

Palette #5 And Other Challenges

It is Monday and sort of the first Monday of the month (even if it's still May :) so it is time for my own palette posted in my Latvian crafting portal http://www.rokdarbiem.lv.
This time I liked these colors so much that I made three very different projects and wanted to do some more, but instead chose to make some projects for other challenges as well.
First I created this zig-zag card, for witch the inspiration came from High Hopes stamps blog tutorial of how to make this card. I even used their sentiment stamp only I substituted English words with Latvian. The original sentiment says: "Just wanted to say hello...". All other stamps are from Unity Stamps.

For this card I used pink cardstock and two printed patterned papers.
Images were colored with ProMarkers: Cardinal Red, Carmine, Cerise, Baby Pink, Mustard, Lemon, Marsh Green, Meadow Green, cocoa, Caramel, Tan, Petrol Blue, Ice Gray 2, Aegean, Duck Egg and Blender.
Then background of the lemonade stand was inked with Distress inks - I think they were Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold.
For some final touches I added three dew drops.
I wanted to enter this card in Paper Sundaes Challenge #70 - Pop It Up! challenge, but I did not have time to post this card... so instead I'm, entering it in:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Once Upon A ...Sketch Giveaway

How would you like to win one of these? 

The absolutely gorgeous May kit from My Scrapbook Nook??

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Autumn In Uzvara - My Palette #4

It is time for another colour palette for all Latvian crafters. This palette is due 29th of May, so there's still plenty of time.
At the beginning I thought of this palette as the one for spring and freshnes, butinstead I got an autumn scrapbook page:
I used plain brown cardstock and painted stripe with Stamperia acrylic paint. Little spraying with Ranger's Meadow Color Wash and lots of branches die cut from K&Company Susan Winged collection patterned Paper. Woodware paper flowers and buttons - white ones were coloured with ProMarkers as I didn't have green ones.
Title was die cut with my SDSilhouette from plain cardstock and spried with Meadow and Butterscotch Color Wash.

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Little Girl

As my baby doughter turned 2 few weeks ago, I made this half easel card and was surprised to see how it turned out, because it started as something I wasn't sure about at all. I used self printed paper again, paper doily and image coloured with ProMarkers. Girl was cut out and placed on a paper circle slightly inked with Spun sugar Distress ink. Sentiment stamp says: "A Part Of My Heart Is Your's Forever" and it was cut out with Labels 4 Nesties die.
Those big pink flowers were attached to a candle ring and were made out of some wird material - something between paper and felt. Blossoms were much more layered but I took them apart and added white rounded shape embellisments in the middle. Then a couple of paper flowers and leves die cut from green card usin Sizzlits die.
This card really lifted my mood and I was even more pleased when half of my family thought that I had printed out the girl image rather than coloured myself.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Really Sparkly

I had this idea for some time in my head but just had no time to make it, until today.
It didn't turn out exactly as I? planned, because I seem to be unable to align normally stamps with just glue on them and sentiment embossed somehow wrongly, but anyway I just wanted to show my idea.
I stamped this damask pattern with Essential Glue Pad and then used different Martha Stewart Glitters on each row starting from sterling for the first row and turquoise for the upper one.

Birthday Girl and Boy Cards

 You already know that I like once in a while just sit and colour different images, so one day when there were no electricity in our home (a very long story...) I coloured these two images with ProMarkers. And now it was time to make them into cards. Again I used layouts from PaperCrafts Inspirations magazine.
Both cards have K&Company papers along with my own printed ones. All shapes were cut with Nestabilities dies and scalloped scissors. For the fairy card I used lace and ribbon from my stash and large Dovecraft brads which I coloured with Aubergine ProMarker.

For My Sister

In Latvian I titled this card - She was born on 6th of May and I named her Ieva. As my sister was born on 6th of May and I actually talked my parent into naming her Ieva, even thou I was just 5 years old.
This card is actually a cardlift from Katjuska's card that I planned to make for my wedding series, but it turned out pretty nice form my sisters card. thre's not much I can tell about this card as I don't know what are those papers and stamps. Only that sentiment stamp says For Sister.

Wedding Card IV

I had coloured this card with ProMarkers along with the first cats image on these wedding series, but somehow just couldn't place it on the actual card. Then when the latest PaperCrafts Inspirations magazine came into my hands, I saw the card layouts made by Angela Poole and realized that this interesting layout is just perfect for my cats. Papers are from K&Company again and polka dotted ribbon from eBay. Sentiment says For A Very Special Couple.

Wedding Card III

I really start liking white embossed surfaces for a really elegant look, so I thought that it would suit wedding cards just perfectly. I used very glossy cardstock and embossed haf of it with Tim Holtz Damask Texturz plate. Then I added this big organza ribbon and gold oval for the topper. The problem was to think what to put on it as my focal point.
I die cut Fancy Tags shapes from white cardstock using my SDSilhouette as I actually don't have these dies jet, but I guess they will be my next purchase. I also made them slightly bigger than they are in the real life. Then I embossed tag with gold embossing powder, because I wanted this golden look, but my gold cardstock was to heavy for my Silhouette to cut it. Sentiment says On Your Wedding Day and was complemented with two creamy self adhesive pearls.
After going through every possible internet site in the lookout for perfect focal image, I stayed with three: Victorian Couple you see above and:
this wedding bouquet and:
this heart shaped wreath. All of these images were coloured with ProMarkers and adhered with repositionable glue so that my client can choose which one she likes best. And she chose the Victorian couple.

Wedding Card II

I'm still trying to make something Beatriz Jennings style, as she really is one of the best cardmakers I can think of. Her style is the one I like best, so I really would like to make cards as pretty as hers one day.
I think that this cards is one step closer to may goal. For this card I used various K&Company patterned papers, paper from a antique phone book, chipboard frame covered with embossing powder and glitter, picture from collage sheet I printed on my printer (featuring Romeo and Juliet), white seem binding, paper flower, head pin with beads, buttons, floss coloured with Copics, crocheted lace I inked with Tea Dye Distress ink and a sentiment stamp saying On Your Special Day.

Wedding Card I

Recently (well three days ago actually) I was asked to make a card for a wedding. Wedding would be fancy but fun and the bride likes cats and red colour. So this was the first card came into my mind:
This wonderfull cat couple stamp is adorable. I coloured it with ProMarkers, but background and sun was inked with Distress inks. I also added white flock to the tips of cats tails for some fun detail. Sentiments says Congratulations and is heat embossed with gold powder. Frame is also made from gold card.

Palette #3

This is current palette that is valid till Monday. I like this one a lot. My friends that make my design team have created especially wonderful samples - especially Iveta Lauka who created felted applications and headpieces. You can take a look at them in my Latvian crafting site.
As for me - I started with this paper gift box. I used my own printed papers and coloured stamped image with ProMarkers. Then I cut it out with Labels #4 Spellbinders die. One the top there is also big pink brad and a K&Company metallic embellishment.
This layout is titles "They are 2" but I really dislike how the title looks. Probably gonna re do it. I used lots of collage flowers, Color Wash Lettuce and Butterscotch, paper flowers, 3D butterfly stickers and other tiny embellishments. Stamps again are my own.

Palette #2

This was the second palette that I made. Unfortunately there was so little time that I managed to make just a scrapbooking layout:
This layout is called Grandparents and it features a photo from my wedding day with mine and my husbands grandparents.
I used black and white cardstock. White cardstock was covered with masks and then sprayed with Rangers Colour Wash Purple Twilight. Masks were die cut with my SDSilhouette of course. And the small ones I also sprayed with Lettuce Colour Wash and used as an embellishments topped off with a fancy Dovecraft brad.
Flourishes were highlighted with Peeled Paint distress ink and a water brush and silver metallic marker.
Title is made with black glittery stickers.

One more thing I wanted to try while working for this palette were Easter eggs a la crafters style. So I used Broken China crackle paint on the firms one in the pic, then Butterscotch Color Wash and Worn Lipstick embossing powder along with a butterfly stamp on the yellowish egg. Next there was this green egg that was sprayed with Lettuce Color Wash on a rubber banded egg. Purple one is just like yellow one - with stamp, colour wash and embossing powder just this time with Purple Twilight and clear powder.
I wanted to check if these paint can penetrate the egg shell and thus absorb in the egg itself but it turned out they can't, so it was safe to eat these eggs.

My Colour Challenges

In my hard attempts to introduce Latvian with all that's cool in the world, I decided to make my own colour challenge. This colour challenge is different from the ones we have all used to, because this is not about cardmaking or scrapbooking but about all crafts you may possibly imagine as long as it is possible to incorporate the given palette colours in your project.
This was the first palette and I made two samples for it:
This scrapbooking page was made with three patterned papers that I printed on my new A3+ printer. I simply love it - it's Epson Stylus Office B1100.  For the ledger paper I used Woodware big edge punching system, which I actually dislike, but as I do have it, I have to use it... Flourishes stamps are from Viva and I stamped them with also Viva embossing paste for additional texture on my layout. Other two stamps are of my own make and first one is a definition stamp of doughter and the other one says I love these girls.
Corner embellishments are lots of leaves from Sizzlit die Flowers, Branches & Leaves Set + rose and pearls from a cake packaging I bouht in Italy just before Chrismas.
Next it's a glass plate with reverse decoupage. I used just a cutout from stamperia decoupage paper and Stamperia acrylic paints, varnishing all with Stamperia Vetrifying lacquer.