Friday, September 30, 2011

How Does 145 Cards Look Like?

This how! There are 145 cards that I have made in about two years time - well not all of them, because some are given and some are taken away from me (my dear family does love to use my cards when necessary :)
I have never put them in one place like that, so it was kind of interesting to see how many I have and how it all looks.

I am doing this because I will try to sell them at craft fair (in Latvia that basically means traditional items, like knitted socks and carved spoons etc...) which will take part this Sunday at my MIL's workplace - museum+restaurant+sauna+lots of more....
I'm gonna bring also some of my decoupage works and see how it goes.

I will share this news also in Sassy Cheryl's Blog Show Me#44.

Now I will go and sort out my washed laundry, so that's why take care and see you again in next week,

Absolutely Huge Giveaway!!!

Who could think that it is possible to get this huge crafting supplies for free??? Well yes, just go to the Charmed Cards And Crafts and see what they are giving away!

I'm A Sketchy Thursdays Fave Again!

This is a super good way to start a day - finding out that my LO On The Sea Side has been chosen as Sketchy Thursdays fave!!! Yippy jay to me :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Digi Doodle Sop's Best Challenges Design Team Introduction

Today you should head over to Digi Doodle Sop's Best Challenge blog, where they are introducing with new design team members - yours truly included :)
Our first challenge posts will go live next Thursday October, 6th so stay tuned for that!
Lots of love,

Shy Smile

This layout is the first one I have ever made using official Aleksa's kindergarten photos. This one is from last year and on her photo sheet this pic was with the most shy smile. And that is an unusual thing, because she usually tends to pose with especially wide or silly smiles.
I started with reddish brown cardstock, but I wanted just some more texture. As there are no 12'' embossing folders (at least I do not know of them), I tried regular one and rolled over it with rolling pin. It made somewhat half impressions, but it looks now as thou it would meant to be so - like distressed...
Next I layered lots of different laces. First one is plastic lace I used in this card. Then I took some fabric lacy edge and also regular lace and sprayed them with diluted Butterscotch Color Wash - they actually don't look so yellow, but rather creamy in real life. Last layer was paper panel I punched with my Fiskars scalloped daisy punch and sprayed with Butterscotch and leftover self-made acrylic paint spray I made for On The Sea Side layout.
As I use Once Upon A Sketch in this layout, there was a journalling criteria - journal on photo. So I grabbed my white Gelly Roll pen and wrote on Aleksa's photo about how many different smiles she has.
Bottom layer of my flower cluster is made out of same fabric lace edge, just arranged as flower rosette. I topped it with another fabric flower, metallic flower, some paper flowers and red jewel brad.
This flower cluster is made similar and complimented with metallic butterfly.
So I used Once Upon A Sketch
And The Color Room color palette
I suppose I will have to take a break in this weeks posting, as I have to do some things in my hotel and I also will be heading to visit my MIL and attend in some sort of autumn celebration we have here in Latvia, where I might try to sell some of my creations for the first time...
Best wishes,

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On The Seaside

It's time for Color Combos Galore color palette and Sketchy Thursdays sketch. As most usually I start with photos and this time I chose three small photos of Aleksa on beach - her float-able swimming tools matches so good with that sketch.
As we had to draw inspiration from given Color Combos Galore photo or use some sort of architectural, ledger, wood-grain or similar papers, I chose to opt for beach sand texture. First I blobbed lots of gesso on my white paper and let that dry. Then I made very diluted acrylic paint with white, black and little bit of sandy brownish color. I filled my mixture in a spry bottle and sprayed my page with it. I think it looks quite realistic - like our grayish sand on beach.
Circles were made out of orange terry towel I use to tidy up my craft space :) I just inked it some with Distress ink to bring that color up a notch. Torn craft paper, painted cheesecloth, machine-stitching and some nature twigs and stems make the basis for my photos. And as for the photos - I aligned them so that the shore line would continue from one photo to another. And title is die cut with SDSilhouette as most often in my layouts :)

This is the sketch:
And this is the pallette:
My grandmother told me to hang this on the wall, so I will wait until Aleksa is back from kindergarten and see what she has to say about that!
Thanks for looking,

Autumn Fairy - CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge 3.3

I must say that this was the most hardest card to make using this Gurukitty image from CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge, but I am quite satisfied with how it turned out.
I colored it with ProMarkers and Distress inks. To continue the leaves theme, I used my new Sizzix Bigz leaves die and two leaves punches. I actually used just one K&Company double sided paper scrap - for my background panel and for leaves. Just used both sides of it and inked with various inks.
That brown panel is once again craft card embossed with clear embossing powder and text background stamp and then inked with brown inks.

I suppose making this "hard" fro me card brought more joy than those cards, that were easily made and beautiful already at the beginning :)

In A Sunny Summer Day - CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge 3.2

This next Just Inklined image from CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenges was so wonderful to color! I think that I also have a thing for sunflowers (as you van see in my sunflowers images) and butterflies.
I wanted lots of dimensions on this card, so I printed this image twice and cut out butterfly and leaves and then used this dry embossing technique to give them dimension before adhering them with sticky foam.
All I added to this card was two panels of Sizzix Bigz frame dies that I placed side to side under the focal image, and two jewel brads.

This card was just a little sunshine in our gray Latvian autumn days.

For Real Martin - CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge 3.1

Martin is one of the most popular men names here in Latvia (Well not Martin  exactly but Mārtiņš). That was also my dad's name and it is also a name of Latvian pagan sort of God. We celebrate this name day and also the celebration of this God in November 10th. This signifies the end of field works and the symbol of this celebration is goose. So hopefully I think that this Nicecrane Designs image from CDAC Progressive Freebie challenge is goose and thus the sentiment - For Real Martin.
Image is colored with ProMarkers and then inked with various Distress inks. Sentiment was printed and then die cut with Nesties - and of course inked. I like that I used craft corrugated card as one of the panels. I inked it with orange ink, misted it with water and then scrunched. I also added metallic parts and natural twine.
I used color palette from Design Seeds, which was suggested in Jellypark Challenges:
I will enter this card also in Simon Says Stamp And Show Men Only challenge.

This card lifted my mood - it brought up some good memories of my dad. And as my grandfather (my dad's dad) is also Mārtiņš, most probably I will give this card to him.
Take care and enjoy your time with your loved ones, because this time is so limited...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I Am Proud Member Of Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenges

I'm soooooooooooo happy to finally be able to tell you all, that I have been chosen to become Digi Doodle Shop's Best challenges Design Teem member.
My first challenge as a DT member will be next week, so stop by their blog to see what's the challenge is going to be, but of course I will be posting all my works here as well.

I just love Digi Doodle Shop images - they are so fun and detailed. It will be such fun to work with them.

Saying buy on a happy note,

Winter Fairy - I Think I'm In A Christmas Mood

I really wanted to join Flutter By Wednesday's, Magical Mondays Christmas challenge and so that it all would be vintage. I went for the wintry fairy searching and found this lovely princess as a coloring page. She didn't have wings, so I added them and turned her into a fairy.
I colored highlights with ProMarkers and Copics, then used Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans Distress inks to add lighter shades of blue. Heavily misted everything with water and then added some white shading with watercolor pencil. Then I used white mist technique, to apply white ink on some areas and snowflakes. I learned this from makeitcolorful.com this weeks challenge. As this card had to be vintage, I inked it with Tea Dye and Old Paper inks. Lots of Stardust Stickles on some parts of her and white gelly pen dots on snowflake centers. I also fully clear embossed whole image to make it glossy.

As for the backgrounds - for the first time, I used clear embossing resist. First I stamped and embossed craft card with old text background stamp and inked with Walnut stain and Vintage Photo inks. Next I embossed white card with music notes and inked it with Tumbled glass ink. Then after complete drying, I double embossed some snowflakes and inked again with Broken China and Faded Jeans inks.

To one of the snowflakes, I added snowflake brad but colored it with markers and covered in stardust Stickles. White satin ribbon was little bit shaded with Broken China ink and placed under label stamp with sentiment saying Christmas. These were stamped with Walnut stain ink. Two more blue brads were also colored with markers and covered with glitter.

I will enter this card also in:
Fashionable stamping challenges Vintage challenge
If The Shoe Fits Bejeweled Blue challenge

I do like this card myself, so hope you will enjoy it as well,

Monday, September 26, 2011

Friends Will Always Be Together

So this is the third and last image in this month's CDAC Digital Drawing Challenge with a theme of 2 legs, 4 legs or both. This stamp and full Cuddle Me Tight stamp set is in my Etsy shop.
Today I found a very interesting exploding card/book on from cryons to Copics blog and just had to make one.

This is how this book looks when it's closed. I used lots of K&Company papers, some very old acetate covered with gold glitter flourishes, metal heart charms and twine. I printed my own sentiment and cut it with Nesties.
This is such a nice idea for a present, because you can fill it with photos and turn it into mini scrapbook album and also add as many pages as you need...
I made three pages, so it makes four squares where to put sentiments and photos or turn them into pockets to hold surprises.

I used Stempeleinmaleins sketch:
And I will enter this card also in:
Wee Memories Patterned papers challenge
Paper Sundaes Anything Goes challenge

I can't believe that I made just two cards today - where does the time go???
Well I wish you all then to have plenty of time to do whatever you want to do,

My Fluffy Friend - Love Teddy

Well hello today! As promised yesterday, here is my second beary image for the CDAC Digital Drawing Challenge with a theme of 2 legs, 4 legs or both. Love Teddy and complete Cuddle Me Tight set is already available in my Etsy Shop.
This image associates to me with a soft fleece toy that a baby could take into a bed with him or someone could give it as a gift to someone special. So the card I made with it is also meant for someone special - a friend!
I used lots of pink papers, because SSDS challenges asks to use your favorite color - so pink it is. I actually managed to include some bits of light blue as this is my second favorite color :) That gingham paper is also my own and I like it so much that I decided to use it on teddy and ribbon slider as well.
This is actually first time I have ever used paper piecing - seriously! It turned out nice - I love my buddy. I mounted him on a middle heart die from Sizzix Bigz Primitive Hearts set - also a die I had never used before :)
And lots of bling and pearls on flowers!!! Oh did I tell you that I left that sloped patterned paper as a pocket, so that I could tuck in some tickets or some treat to my dear friend?

I used ICS sketch:
and I also will enter this card in:
Simon Says Stamps challenge - Use dies or punches
Sundays With Crissy - Friendship
Emerald Faerie Garden Challenge - Pearls
Lily Pad Cards Bling challenge

This card made me smile so wide - don't think that I could part with this card :)
Lots of love,

Shelf Buddies And A Card For 3Yearold

I don't think you can possibly imagine how I felt to take my ProMarkers again in my hands after such long time - it felt like heaven! I had decided to spend this day only crafting, but my mood was pretty low this morning, so that whatever I started I just couldn't continue - had absolutely no inspiration. Surprised I was, when  late in the evening my inspiration came to me and I did SO much!!! But first things first:
Meet "Shelf Buddies". I had this idea of making a set with teddy bears for quite some time now - well since this month's CDAC Digital Drawing Challenge with a theme of 2 legs, 4 legs or both. This is just first image, but I have two more, which I will show you tomorrow. I also will include them in a set that will be available on my Etsy shop and it's going to be called "Cuddle Me Tight".
As I'm using my digital image and colored it with ProMarkers, I sure wanted to enter this lovely card in I Love ProMarkers and Passion For ProMarkers challenges. Thus the number on the card (3 for three bears) and a sketch from Passion For ProMarkers.
I must say that I first used this Sizzix Bigz frame die (just cut off the side ovals) and it fit my sentiment nicely. It actually is a children's rhyme saying "My dear relatives, I am 3 years old" - it does sound nice in Latvian and you may put any number in it. For the number I used letter m chipboard - just cut some parts off and covered with golden Stickles.
As the challenge on 2 Sisters Challenge Blog asks to use gingham or plaid, I used my own yellow gingham paper. I also added three buttons in matching colors to my bears, as this was asked in Dream Valley Challenges.
For some lighter accents, I white embossed butterfly stamp and used white fabric rose trim.
Here is the sketch I used:
I am so happy to be crafting again - and this time in such wonderfully organized environment :)

Come back tomorrow, as I will show you the rest of images I drew today - and maybe even more, if I will manage to make cards of those other images I finished today!