Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm Going Crazy!!!

Can you believe it - my PC is broken! It was most likely hit by a lightning during storm and now has to be repaired... It's been already two weeks since I haven't used computer and I'm going mad! My inbox currently holds about 300 unread e-mails and I have missed so much challenges and other fun stuff...
Since I don't  know when I will be back to normal working schedule I can only weep about all the things I will miss, because no PC means no e-mails no new challenges and no printer...
As if that is not enough I am currently moving all my rooms (I'm not moving from another house to another, just changing rooms) there is such a mess in my house that I can barely find myself!
I do hope that this madness will go away soon enough!

Well have fun at least you all!
XOXO
Liva

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Simply Saying Hi!

Term used here in Latvia for hi is 'čau' but it's not very polite to put it on a card. Hello is 'sveiki' which is polite and thus you could say that sentiment on this card is like hellos, but it also means 'wishes'. As Paper Sundaes challenge this week is just that - just saying hi cards, I think this is explicit enough :)
I started out with just this Gretel digi stamp from C.C. Designs and simply sat back to color it for some time. I  used Sandstone, Ivory, Blush, Baby pink, Pastel Blue, Duck Egg, Primrose, Buttercup, Marsh Green, Forest Green, Lime Zest, Meadow Green, Blender, Bright Orange, Peach and Saffron ProMarkers.
Some places were enhanced with Glossy Accents.
All papers are - no surprise - K&Company. I cut some flourishes and butterfly from one of the papers and added them as embellishments to my card.
I used I Love ProMarkers sketch for this card:
This is really summery card, so I'm going to enter it in Stamp Something Dog Days Of Summer challenge

Big Summer Cleaning

These pictures were taken last summer after somewhat rain storm - but a warm one. We had lots of broken branches on ground and we also moved grass, so it was necessary to sweep our tarmac. Well - my girls went to work. As there were puddles all around we let them go without clothes.
As I used colors from Color combos Galore, there comes also design inspiration theme with it and this time it was grid. This grid theme was perfect for these small and many photos. I always struggle with multiple photo use, but this way it was very easy to combine them together and fill all gaps with patterned paper and titles.
All titles were hand doodled with blue Gelly Roll Pen.
And nice colors from Color Combos Galore:

Smiles For The sun

It seems that very often I combine colors from The ColorRoom color palette with sketch from Sketchy Thursdays, so this time it was no exception.
This should be one of my favorite layouts - I love composition and of course colors - these blues are my most favorite colors and pinkish red - well I'm a girl what can i say!
As the sketch asks for three pictures, I went digging in my photo box for three similar photos and came up with photos from Emilia's first time in our home sand box. Only one of those photos was slightly larger than the others, so I decided to cut Emilia out of it - for more impact as well as to make it more or less even size with those other two photos.
I was happy to use laces from my stash. That heart is actually pendant from my sisters broken shoes - I must thank her again for letting me have them! That journaling stamp is my own and it's caption says 'Story'.
Under last photo I used Prima journaling card and some buttons with natural twine. That red/pink button is actually colored with ProMarker.
This is again half circle made with my lace and my sisters shoe pendant on top. For the title I used part of my stamp and it says 'Smiles'.
This teeny bit is made with half fabric sticker (the other part of it was used in my previous layout what A Tasty Bunny), part from the same Prima journalling card and button also colored with ProMarker.
Here's the wonderful colors:
And beautiful sketch:

What A Tasty Bunny

I made this layout for Sketchy Thursdays September Guest Design Team Challenge. Their theme was something about reading, but I couldn't think of any of my images to be connected with any books. thou this image of Emilia tasting fluff bunny reminded me of some sort of fairy tails - especially as she is placed on flannel cloth with elephants and is wearing clothes with butterflies and colorful dots. So - bunnies, butterflies and elephants - where else if not in a fairy tale? And her dotted clothes went so well with this sketch!!!
I used lots of hand cut circles from various scrap papers (I don't have any punches with me) and also some fabric flower stickers. I topped them with buttons, hand cut hearts and bling. Some of circles were scrunched before I adhered them with double sided foam tape.
On one of the circles I used ribbon flower I got from my friend Anete - thank you so much!
I replaced one of the photos with pink patterned papers with butterflies and stamped I Love you stamp on it. All papers are from K&Company as always...
And here's the lovely sketch:

You're An Apple Of My Heart

I had almost forgotten about Lily Pad Cards August Card Chain Challenge - what with all stamp designing and establishing my etsy shop...
As one of the challenge options asks for the use of fruits, I used once again one of my stamps from Basketful Of Apples set (which you might get for free if you go to that post and do what's written there) and created background patterned paper as well as focal image. I also made wordart circle saying "You're An Apple Of My Heart". As this card is going into card exchange, I will leave it blank, so that receiver can give it to someone who really is an apple of his heart.
I used two color patterned paper scraps from K&Company and two jewels which I colored with orange ProMarker.
Background was colored with Soft Peach, Dusty Pink, Ivory, Lime Green and Soft Lime ProMarkers. Apple was colored with Cardinal, Lipstick Red, Magenta, Antique Pink, Peach, Canary and Pastel Yellow ProMarkers, but leaves of apple were colored with Olive Green, Moss, Bright Green, Lime Zest and Soft Green markers.
For this card i used sketch from Waltzingmouse Sketches, just rotated it so that the bracketed part is at the bottom.
I'm also going to enter this card in:
Simon Says Stamp And show some bling challenge
Simon Says Stamp food and drink challenge
Sundays With Crissy - K.I.S.S. - keep it simple stamper challenge

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hang It And Place On Your Desk

As it is possible to enter three images in the Digital Drawing Challenge, I decided to make this hanging vase, but with a little twist - I have made four different images/things you can place in this vase. Small roses is for the traditional way of using vases, then comes jelly beans for some fun, candle for warm wintry evenings and some rolled love letters for romantic inspiration.
You may now purchase this set in my etsy shop or as usual, you may become my follower, comment in this post and might get it for free!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

An Apple Doesn't Fall Far From An Other Apple

I don't know if there is this or similar saying in English, but this one in Latvia is used when you wish to say that someone is very similar to his relatives - usually parents. In this case I wanted to make a card for my sister, as our relationship is getting better (I suppose she is finally growing up :), so I added something below the saying in parenthesis: "that is why we are so gorgeous"!
Of course I used my new apple stamps and colored them with ProMarkers, but... I'm still in countryside and it appears that the only laser printer available here is the one which doesn't print on any other paper that regular office paper :( So my coloring is quite bad, because image is on this office paper, but I like it anyway...

Friday, August 12, 2011

With Love - Card Example For Basketful Of Apples

After designing my Basketful Of Apples digi stamp set, all I want to do now is to make cards using this set. As you probably have noticed, if you're not here for the first time, that I adore coloring with markers and these images are just begging to be colored!
My first 'victim' was the branch with apple blossoms. It felt somehow appropriate for Paper Sundaes this weeks sketch, as it have somewhat oval-like shape.
I used these ProMarkers: Cerise, Cocktail Pink, Pale Pink and Antique Pink for blossoms; Holly, Olive Green, Marsh Green, lime Green and Almond for leaves; Mustard, Vanilla, Ivory, Cocoa, Sandstone and Caramel for branch; oh and blender of course!
As usual I have used papers from K&Company and have done some distressing with my distressing tool of my own make as well as some inking with Distress inks.
Remember that you might get this set for free, if you visit this post and do all the instructions :)
So here is the sketch from Paper Sundaes:
And I also am going to enter this card in Dream Valley Distressing challenge.

Hope to be back soon with more cards using this stamp set.
With lots of love,
Liva

Stretch Card - Tutorial

Kathie from Beary Wishes asked me to show how I made my stretch card for little Paula, so I decided to make a tutorial.
Here are the things you need:

  1. One sheet double sided cardstock (I have used here paper from g.c.d. studios Ella Blue pad, but it's actually too thin to support card nicely)
  2. ruler, pencil and paper trimmer or scissors
  3. any embellishments you like - no glue!!!

Decide how wide and high your card will be. In my case it will be 10cm (about 4'') wide and 15cm (about 8'') tall. So you need two rectangles in hight matching your cards hight and double the width of your card, so 15x20cm.
Fold and unfold or score your rectangles in half as shown in photo.
Now on the back of one of your rectangle draw lines like showed in photo - basically you are dividing rectangle in 4ths and from left side measure 1/3 of hight from bottom and draw a line connecting this mark with right top corner. You have to cut this sloped line.
For the other rectangle you have to do the same, just mirrored to other side.
Now you have to cut 1/2 of the lines that you drew in previous step, just alternate wether you're cutting from top or bottom - for both lines and both shapes. See photo to better understans - red lines shows where you must cut.
Now you have to attach both small sides - place one piece of paper into other pieces slot.
And you do the same for the high slots.
You will get something like this,
but if you squish it,
it will stand more nicer. Now all you have to do is just embellish this however you wish.
This is the card I made this time. I used embossed and glittered border and tag stickers from Hono, and some brads, twine and lace from my stash.
This is how this card looks like when its flat.
I'm going to enter this card in CES challenges with the theme of blue!

Basketful Of Apples + Giveaway!

Oh I've been busy - it's just a clap on my own shoulder :) But I really am happy of what I was able to make and that my inspiration really felt like flowing out of basket (full of apples) :)
And this is what I was busy with:
I designed these apple inspired stamps. Even thou it is meant as a set for autumn I could not restrain myself from including one branch with apple blossoms as well. I am especially happy about that basket, because it can be filled with that apple pile I have in this set as well as with any other stamps you might already own - flowers, fruits and all other stuff you usually can place in a basket.
This couple I will enter in Digital Drawing Challenge of Something Hanging.

And now - if you will become my follower and comment on this post, you might get this whole set as a freebie! My sets includes white and transparent 300 dpi versions in png format, jpg version + all images as PhotoShop brushes.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Paper Sundaes Design Team Call

Paper Sundaes challenge blog has issued a Design Team Call. Well I would be very glad and grateful if they would like to pick me :) In order to submit to this Design Team, one must send them three of their favorite works (cards basically) or make a blog post featuring these works. Well, as I could not round my works to just three of my favorites, I decided to make this blog post and place my works in sort of ascending order....
Even thou I made this card just three days ago, I must be the one that has leaped into the warmest spot of my heart. I guess that is mostly because I have used my own papers and my own stamp on this one, but I guess that it's also the colors and that finally I made somewhat satisfactory bow :)
This card was made out of longing for spring and was given to a dear friend of mine. I also like colors of this card and my stamp about smiling :)
I have no idea why I love this card. Maybe it's colors, but maybe layout... or maybe it's even how great it turned out that this card was given to my grandfathers brother (on his 75th birthday) who had been sailor in his youth - even thou this card wasn't designed for him...
And just behind the top 3 is my Latvian card. I suppose that every patriot should be proud of his national things - land, flag, people, patterns and traditions. I have managed to join all these things in this cards, so it just can not not be one of my favorites. And using my own designed papers and stamp surely have some intake in this as well :)
The color - definitely the color! Oh and lace, and bling, and fairy and... what's not to love about it :)
This card closes my Top 6 because of it's 3D make and that I also made a tutorial about it.

The reason I would like to be on a Design Team is a dream of showing people that there is many possibilities to craft even if you don't have all designer paper available, every handy tool or right paints and inks... That there is more to crafting - it is something that your heart wishes to say to everyone and to someone special.
Even if I don't make into team this was fun - looking through my works with fresh eye and deciding why I like something or not. You could say it was even educating :)

Best of luck to everyone,
Love,
Liva

CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge 1.1.

I love things digital! Well I do. But just as long as I'm able to print the result out and play with it the regular way - with inks, paints, markers etc... So using digital stamps (and making them) is a very significant part of my daily life. So I was very happy to find this CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge and make the first card from this month's freebies.
I used two wonderful images from Sandi's Samples. I have been wanting to make card with teacups and pots for very long time, but somehow never got chance to do it. Well maybe because there are no tea drinking traditions in my country and as for myself - only thing I drink is still water :)
As usual I used ProMarkers to color these lovely images: Marine, Turquoise, Mint Green, Soft Green for leaves, Aubergine, Purple, Bluebell, Lilac, Lavender for blooms, Denim Blue, Powder Blue, Cool Aqua, Pastel Blue and Blender for china.
As I'm still not at home, I had to print these on watercolor paper (the only one I have here) and use my MIL's printer which doesn't appreciate so thick paper and caused some disturbances in the design... :(
For the card base I used striped patterned paper so as to make an illusion of wooden table.
As for the tablecloth - it is made by punching semicircles using Fiskars embossing border punch Scalloped Daisy.
And this is a sentiment of mine saying: "Simple Pleasures Of Life".