Friday, March 30, 2012

Little Aquanaut - Frosted Designs: Fabulous Friday - Recycle/Upcycle

 I just love when I get to use something over again - especially something that otherwise would be thrown out. So this weeks FD: Fabulous Friday challenge is just right for me. Well for a very long time I have collected various plastic packaging materials that are fit to be turned into shaker cards, ad finally I get to use one of them. Port holes of my submarine are made out of Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners packaging. I used a hole ruler to measure the radius of my plastic semi-spheres and draw three circles. Then I got out my pencil and started to draw submarine around those circles. As my printer broke down and I haven't been able to fix it jet, I had to go without computer tweaking for this image, but it turned out pretty good anyway.
I filled my spheres with blue micro beads and various colored glass dew drops. They look amazing and my girls just love to shake them up a bit!
I didn't want to add nothing more, so I just place my submarine on blueish background and wrote "Little Aquanaut" alongside it.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go and recycle something!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter Greetings

 I needed some quick example of an easel card, so I decided to make one for the approaching Easter theme. It is very rarely that in my country people are presented with Easter card, but I think that whenever there is the slightest reason to give cards, you just have to use it :)
This Tilda with egg basket is so adorable and it was pure pleasure to color her. I am happy that I got to use different scraps from my stash to build this card - I just can't wait when those piles will decrease in their size :)

Have a hoppy day,

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bookmark For My Little New Reader - DDS Challenge #100 - Use DDS Image

 Jippy Yay - It's an anniversary for Digi Doodle Shop Challenges - 100th challenge! I am so honored to be part of their design team. And this time you have to use their image - this is just awesome because any of tehir images are really cool! This time I needed to make a bookmark for Aleksa, who have recently started to read book and asked me something to mark her progress in the book. I am also so proud of her - to read long books at her age - I definitely didn't do that when I was 6.
So I chose one of the newest DDS stamps - Pocket Full Of Posies from the Flowers & Fruits & Trees category.
 For my background I took patterned paper from K&Company's photo mat pad - just inked it and drew some faux stitching.
I also included die cut letters for Aleksa's name - colored them with ProMarkers.
 This image is attached just with the top of that pocket, so that it makes flap to be tucked over pages. I thought that different brads will add some pizzazz to my project and you know how little girls are about pizzazz....
 This is how the bookmark looks like when you open book at the exact page...
... and this is how the bookmark looks when the book is closed. Kind a cute, don't you think? Well Aleksa likes it and I hope that she will put it to good use as well.

Maybe should we all go read some book?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fly On The Wings Of Love - Sketches: Creatively Yours Sketch #312

With an incredible amount of happiness, here comes my first card as a part of Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team. This time the sketch in my opinion is quite geometrical, so I went for quite simple and geometrical design as well.
All butterflies were cut with my Silhouette and just assembled it all together using some sticky foam pads. And I must say it turned out more beautifully than I thought at the beginning.
Here's the sketch:
Spread your wings of creativity and be happy,

You Are My Butterfly - Frosted Designs: Fabulous Friday - Things With Wings

 I can't keep wondering where does Aleksa gets her beautiful dreamy smiles. I like them so much, that most of her layouts turns out to be about her smiles! Well this one is not an exception.
It is also time for Frosted Designs: Fabulous Friday challenge and guess what - this week it's things with wings!
So my little colorful butterfly deserved lots of colorful butterflies! I got some lovely butterfly collage from internet, put on wonderful movie and started cutting them out. In the end it turned out that I have cut out twice as many butterflies as I needed, so probably now I will be making cards with butterflies quite  much.

Then I misted white cardstock with Purple Twilight ColorWash and added green lace. Well all I added more was her pic, few stamped journalling spots and those butterflies!

Have a fluttery day!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tuesday Trigger - simple Elegance - Vol 2

 And guess what I received today - finally my new Spellbinder dies that I bought with my 50 pnd gift card from PaperCrafts Inspirations magazine. Now I have my very first Grand dies - Labels One. So I needed to put them to good use and try them on. And as I have the grand ones, now I'm able to make shaped cards. Just too bad that I don't have GrandCalibur or the better version - BigShotPro, so I'm not able to die cut all my new dies - just 4 out of 6 from the set, but that's ok with me for now.
I also got to use that lovely background paper, that I had printed some long time ago - I really like it, just hadn't have a chance to use it before.
As for the focal image - I used other new die from Labels Sixteen set. I stamped my own sentiment "Life is full with beauty" and added three pearls underneath it.
Then I wanted to accentuate the pink tulips from inspirational photo. I had this tulip stamp from VIVA stamps, but it was turned in the wrong way, so I decided to make my very first ghost image. I stamped it with Worn Lipstick and added a bit of color with ProMarkers, then I cut it out and turned over - voila very light pink tulip facing the right direction!

Once again, here's the lovely photo from MoxieFab World:
Have a pink and sweet day,

Vintage Florals

 Cath Edvalson once again has brought up such a lovely image to be triggered with, that once again I couldn't resist and make again two cards. This one started very differently than how it looks now, but somewhere in the middle I made that fancy frame, by stamping vintage looking floral stamp in the middle using Cat's eye pink chalk ink and then inking all over with Fryed Burlap ink. I liked that effect so much, that I decided to make a background paper similarly.
I couldn't put anything on that floral beauty, so I left it as is, just threading that ribbon through the frame and adding big bow on top.
Here's the lovely pic - simple elegance:
Have an elegant day,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Smile For Daffodils

 Hey - I had forgotten to post my 4th wall art piece I made together with my I {heart} work. This time it's something yellowish and thus - my favorite flowers daffodils!
It is just a regular painting using acrylic paints and word "smile" across it.

Well 4 I have, just about 20 more to make, to get two columns from ceiling to floor for my craft room :)
Smile you too,

Friday, March 9, 2012

Second Approach To Teal And Gold

 And here is my second card for the Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger. There's just something about the color combination that so speaks to me. When I first researched online for teal papers, I found this gorgeous teal paper with golden and silver flowers and decided that I could create something similar - too bad I don't have these stamps...
Nevertheless I found some flower stamps in my stash and went lots of times over my Evergreen Bough inked paper to emboss them with gold and silver embossing powders.
Then I rounded bottom corners and tied very wide cotton ribbon or maybe it's seem binding?
I added paper flower and large jewel brad on top of my bow. Then I also added some embellies that actually came from a Christmas cake packaging that I brought back from Italy.

Here's once more this beautiful inspirational photo:
Have fun and just create,

Teal + Gold + Ledger Paper = Yumm...

 Once in a while I like to play along Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Triggers and when I saw this week's photo I was absolutely in heaven  -those colors and materials are so gorgeous, that I actually made two cards - the other one will be in a separate post.
I thought that the new Distress Evergreen Bough ink is just perfect for direct to paper technique in this project. Then I decided to add a little bit of interest to my background by stamping it with water and script background stamp. Next I wanted to use my new Crafty Secrets Antique Trims stamps and emboss them with gold embossing powder, but I really had a huge disappointment - most of those stamps have a dent right in the middle, so it is impossible to stamp them nicely. I am absolutely disappointed now - I was really looking forward on using these stamps in lot of projects...
So instead I die cut that lace looking strip using Spellbinders die and embossed them instead. I also drew a square around my card with glue pen and embossed that as well. I also added an embossed sentiment in the bottom right corner saying: "Best Wishes".

Then I colored that weird ribbon with Peach ProMarker and made a fluffy bow. Added white metal filigree heart and golden button with greenish middle.
Card itself was mounted on my own ledger paper and that was all...
Look at that gorgeous inspirational photo:
Let the golden light shine upon you and have a life sweet as apricots.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Have A Hoot Birdieday - Digi Doodle Shop's Challenges - Animals

Hey, hey - it's Thursday and it's time for DDS challenge and this time with the animals theme. I have chosen this absolutely adorable Hoot Owl from Birds category.
I have kept this card rather simple - just two patterned papers with hand-cut scalloped border and faux stitching. All the space is left for that lovely birdie! Which of course is colored with my ProMarkers and Copics.
I also draw a quickie speech bubble with a sentiment in it and did some slight shading on it as well.

This card actually by now should be traveling all the way to the Netherlands to Hanneke, as part as her birthday blog candy/challenge. She is really so sweet and supportive, so I would suggest you to head over her blog and whip up a card for her as well!

So have a hoot day,

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I {heart}

 Some time ago, in Latvian social network I saw a photo gallery with photos showing heart shapes in nature. One photo especially caught my eye - see it below. It inspired me so much, that I decided to turn that photo into my own wall art.
I got out my blank 12'' canvas and spread some modeling paste all over it. Then I went over with fork and let it dry.
Then it was just a matter of getting some acrylic paints on. And...
.. rolling and gluing down lots of napkin balls in the shape of heart, Then again it was the matter of painting these balls. I must admit that I really like this piece. It has so much texture, but not too much. And there are so many different undertones to those greens with slight touch of yellow.

Here's the inspirational photo:

I wish you well from all my heart,

Traveling Case For My Decoupage Lessons

 When I first started to tech decoupage here in Riga, I realized that I need some sort of large bag or case to put all my tools and materials in, so that I would be able to carry them all with me. Only cases big and sturdy enough were in the building materials stores. Well I went and got one, but they look quite awful. Mine was dark blue with orange handles. You know - something like this one:
I have used it for about two and a half years now, but just recently I finally decided to do something about it! Well this is what turned out - a flowery and pink sweetness :)
This case is actually very large - it is about 12'' high, so it took my a lot of time and materials to decoupage it.
I also added my name in front with silver gilding flakes and lots of shadows around flowers. But it was definitely worth it! Now I have a beauty to carry with me and not an ugly men's toolbox.

Have you decorated some of your storage? I would sure love to hear about it...
Take care,

Friday, March 2, 2012

Wall Callendar - Frosted Designs: Fabulous Friday - Numbers

What with me becoming a member of three different DT's I realized that I really need a wall calendar, where I could write in all my assignments and other important things. I also had an image of one quite interesting desktop calendar, where TH small knobs were used to hang calendar pages. So I took that idea and went crafting :) It was so wonderful that my very first task over at Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday was numbers. What better match could there be?
I have glued K&Company patterned paper on sturdy chipboard base and added eyelets in top corners which I use to hang my calendar. I also printed my self designed calendar pages on simple office papers, that I had soaked in Tsukineko Walnut Ink water solution.
For a little girly accent, I added this scrunched seam binding and few metal charms - nice vintage boot button, filigree heart and top of an old and broken earring I found.

This is so useful - now I can see all my tasks ahead and be better prepared. Hope that I and you will never miss any important event anymore :)