Saturday, April 28, 2012

I Just Wanted To Play...

 Truth be told, there's been quite a long time since I ever made a card just out of my wish to play with paper, color and stamps. But thanks so much to Moxie Fab World for Tuesday Triggers, I decided to grab my card blank, few butterfly stamps and my regular washable markers to just play with them.
I like this technique where I can randomly scribble markers on my stamp, then spritz a bit of water on it and just stamp away.
Sentiment on this first card says "amazing" - probably because it was amazingly simple to make this :)
I wanted to play around a bit more, but this one didn't turn out how I had imagined in my head, but never the less it is a card and so must be shared :)
This one says "You Mean So Much To Me".

Here's the inspirational trigger:
Have a playful day,

Friday, April 27, 2012

Marker Holder - FD: Fabulous Friday - Rolled Paper

 I suppose everyone of my followers have noticed that I love it when I get a chance to upcycle something, so this time when I had to think about rolled paper for my Fabulous Friday challenge, everything that came to my mind was - toilet paper tubes.

All I actually did was to wrap 7 tubes with scrap papers and then add punched white paper and strip of heart patterned paper. Then I cut base from chipboard and covered that with patterned paper and white doily.
Next I hot-glued all tubes to my base and that's it - marker holder was ready. But then I decided that I want some colored images - well it is a MARKER storage and what else do you do with markers than color images?

If you wish to know how I colored that cherry blossom image, you my subscribe if you haven't already to Digi Doodle Shop's newsletter and in May issue there will be a step by step tutorial just for that.

And I will enter this holder into these two fabulous challenges:
Passion For ProMarkers - cut it out challenge and
I Love ProMarkers - floral image challenge

How about some upcycling?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bon Appetit - S:CY sketch #412

There's just something about vintage... It just appeals to me even thou I don't make projects in vintage style as often as I would like to! This month's sketch from Sketches: Creatively Yours sure inspired me to use lot's of my scraps and vintage silverware napkins I have brought home from Germany last year.
 I also decoupaged some scrap text paper with rose napkin to make it into my focal point. Then I added some string, lace and lovely Bon Appetit tag I found in internet. Some paper flowers and those lovely berries or whatever those are.
I have laid out four different scrap stripes for my background and distressed edges to all of them. then I glued over napkins with silverware images. Underneath each image, the color of background paper actually shows through.
Here's the sketch:
Enjoy and Bon Appetit if you're dine besides your PC like I often do,

April Showers - DDS challenge #104

 It seems that Blogger was working against me and didn't autopublish my card on time, but here I am doing this now...
Last week my baby Emilia turned 3 and I wanted to make something interesting for her. Until now I had only made base for Neverending cards, but never actually finished them. So now I thought it was time to change that.
I chose these tow absolutely adorable images from Digi Doodle Shop - Sweet Smell and Fascination from On The Fun Side of Animals category.
I chose these images mainly because they are horizontally and can be split into two separate images to fit in my squares.
After first opening card you get "Happy birthday" sentiment and yes - in our language this is made out of 4 separate words :)
 Then there are this lovely image. That blue patterned paper was actually made by me - just needed a nice paper with clouds and didn't have one!
And last but not least, this page says "Enjoy the day" and "Kisses"

Emilia really likes turning her card over and over again and honestly - what more joy could a mother have, when her child is happy?

Have fun and take care,

Friday, April 13, 2012

One Fine Summers Day - FF:Fabulous Friday - Weather

I couldn't think for what to make for this week's weather challenge over at Frosted Designs: Fabulous Friday, but I definitely new that I wanted to make rainbow.
So rainbow it was! I had this rainbow colored paper that I cut in 1,5 cm strips of 8 colors. Then I started with inner arc and concertina folded all strips - must say that I added double sided tape in the other side of strips.
I thought that colorful rainbow should be complemented with bold patterns in title and clouds as well. It is very rarely that I make my titles from patterned papers, but this one actually looks great.
I cut out girls from the photo because they were in front of a big recycle bin and it looked not so very nice. I also love those colorful journalling tags - especially how the one behind photo actually looks like grass and sky.
In the end I thought that my LO looked a bit empty, so I hand-cut this weird sun.

I hadn't made such fun and colorful layout for a long time and I really enjoyed it!

Have a colorful day,

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Festival Of Riga 2011

You could say I had an itch! An itch to make some colorful LO with bird diecuts in it. So when I saw those fabulous colors of this weeks Color Combos Galore, I decided to go with them and scrap away...
To match my bird design I found pictures of Riga Festival last summer (If you don' t know Riga is the capital of Latvia) where my girl and her cousin David made clay whistles in the shape of birds.
I used just 3 colored/patterned papers - the rest is inked with Distress inks - Crushed Olive and Broken China. My diecutting didn't go as smooth as I planned it - Silhouette was not cooperating with me that day, but never the less it turned out quite nice.
Title once again is diecut with inked surface of Worn Lipstick and then covered with Glossy Accents to match my epoxy flower stickers that had been in my stash for far too long time.

Here' s the wonderful color palette:

Color, color, color your world in the shades of joy,

Easter Bunny Card

Before Easter I made one quick bunny card - as it was very, very quick, I stamped sentiment at a wrong angle, so I decided to not give this card to anyone - just keep it as an idea for next year :)
Shape was cut with my Silhouette.

Hop, hop to the next year...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Our Easter Morning Surprise

Can you believe what "Easter Bunny" brought for my girls in Easter morning? Well some nice egg packets with letters and a map!

Map was with pictures of various places - including our yard and hotel lobby. Each girl had her own different map and each had to find 11 eggs + a surprise - chocolate bunny!
Girls were indeed so happy about their surprise and challenge of finding eggs.

Hope you all had a lovely Easter,

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Eggshell Flower Pots

I saw this idea somewhere in Pinterest and really thought that I just can't go without it this Easter.
I started with washed and dried egg shells...
...then I popped my shells on bottles to be able to color them more easily. First I gessoed them and then painted with acrylic paints using sponge brush.
Filled my eggs with earth and planted cress in them. I put them back in the cartoon and added some green "fairy hair". We will taste our cress tomorrow at our Easter breakfast - this is the first time my girls actually look forward to eating greenery :)

Have a blessed Easter,

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pretty Egg Holders - Lost Tutorial For DDS Newsletter

These little cuties were actually meant for the DDS newsletter for month of April, but as my life just got a little bit too messy at the end of March (lot's of reasons, but not to worry about them anymore) as was unable to send it to Judy. Well as Easter is just around the corner, I thought that I just must share this with you.
 Print out your images, color them and cut using oval punch or die. I used these absolutely gorgeous images of   Bunny from Easter category and Turkey In Disguise from Thanksgiving category. My images were 5,5 cm high.
 Measure your egg - in my country medium sized egg is about 14 cm measured around. The best way to measure an egg is to tie string around it and then place that same string to a ruler - or do as I have done - use a flexible ruler :)
So cut a rectangle measured just bit wider than your egg and about 4-5cm high. Then punch one larger side with decorative border punch to mimic grass.
 Then I adhered patterned paper rectangle the same width as my grassy panel, just not that high - to show off my grass.
 Then I added matting scalloped oval to my focal image and adhered both to the middle of my grassy strip.
Use double sided tape or strong glue to glue both ends together and that's it. I've also added bits of fairy hair for just more fun!

Have a wonderful Easter time,