Friday, October 19, 2012

I Wish To Learn It All - FD Fabulous Friday Sports Challenge

Oh all that excitement and wonder when you wish to learn something new, something only "the older" kids do... and then some resentment and being upset when everything doesn't go exactly as smooth as it had been planned before. Well that's exactly what's this layout's about - my little girl trying to roller skate for the first time. She got tired pretty soon after we headed out and some lack of nap time also should be taken into account...
All patterned papers and labels are from C.S.I. color coordinate files - they're gorgeous! I just added some butterfly stickers. What I really like about this layout is the journalling I wrote directly on photos.
So if you have anything sporty to share, head over to Frosted Designs site and let them challenge you on anything sports or dance related!

Have a lovely and sporty day,

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Enjoy Your Summer - Your Own Washi Tape Tutorial

 I know, I know - summer's over but one can long for it all winter... Well but in truth this card was made way long back. It is made for a tutorial I made for TwoPeas In A Bucket and it shows how to make your own Washi tape! So head over to TwoPeas and see for yourself!
So this card was made by gessoing center of the craft card and applying my own washi tapes to twine and then attaching it to card front using two small square brads.

So have fun making your own washi and then applying it to your incredible projects!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

We Have Christmas Dwarfs

In my country instead of elves, we have dwarfs, so I decided to make my own sitting dwarf stamp. Why sitting? Because I wanted to seat him on the edge of a snowy chimney.
So what better way to make a chimney is to use TH brick embossing folder and lots of different Distress inks. As I wanted to add something different to my card, I decided to use packaging from a different embossing folder, turned it outside in - this way making the dent of the packaging on the outside and being able to place my chimney and dwarf inside it.
I wanted to make snow from very small pieces of whitish plastic cellophane - artificial snow that looks quite real, gives small shine and bulk, but unfortunately I haven't still brought that to my new home. So without my loved material I had to improvise - so I used cotton wool and glued it on the chimney edge.
Inside the card, I glued white cardstock - just the same size as the outside "dent". I have a sentiment printed on this cardstock. Font I used is Penshurst with added swirls from Nymph - both free from

Have any of you caught the Christmas waiting bug? Well I haven't... ...exactly, but I'm so close...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Card And Money Drawer For A Green Wedding

Once in a while I have to make cards on order and this is one of them. The specifics of this card was that it had to had photo of the lucky couple, place for poem and signatures, money drawer and it had to be green! Oh and did I mention that it also had to have flowers and pearls?
I used heart frame from Silhouette shop and complimented it with hearts border of my own. I also used my own rosette flowers - I just plain love them! And all pearls were colored green using ProMarker to match my flowers and papers.

I use large brad as the drawer knob - I colored it's center also with a green marker.

I hope that love is with you no matter where or with who you are,

Monday, October 8, 2012

Just For Me - Finally Something For Me!

For so long a time I have longed for a vintage letter rack and now finally I've created one.
It started out just as an idea that I sketched on piece of paper and added some approximate measurements. Then I designed my rack in Illustrator at an exact scale and printed out my blueprints.
 Then there was lots of cutting of cardboard boxes and assemblage using hot glue gun.
And the most unpleasant part - applying filler, letting it dry, then sanding and applying again and sanding again. Well it needed more, but it just wasn't in me anymore... Then I gessoed all surface and painted with white acrylic paint.
Then came the best part - applying various Graphic45 A Ladies' Diary papers (and one from the Bird Song). I used PVA for adhering all papers - worked like charm and didn't get paper wet either. I inked all edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink.
I made this large flower by handdrawing/cutting petals and then assembling them. Added large lace bow, two brads on top of each other as flower center and a floral piece from a broken watch.
Lovely chipboard tags, fabric rose with misted center, more lace, colorful feathers and a piece of a broken bracelet (so many of my jewelry wen into this :)
Some paper cutouts and a small fabric flower with rhinestone in middle - I think it came from my kids shoes.
That ticket chipboard border is just fabulous! And I added few paper flower petals, metallic leaves and a small piece from another broken watch.
These coinlike pendants came from my skirt belt - I never actually have used it on me - it went stright in my craftroom :)
 This is the best part of all rack - this tag is so beautiful, but I also added fabric flower, rhinestones and that cute hart from my sisters broken shoes :) I also have a thin lace tied through tag hole and paper flower petal peaking under the tag.
I decided to use some more of the wonderful tags to make an actual hanging tag from one of the racks drawer knobs. I added soem punched flowers, brads, lace and beads.
I masked places where papers were "stitched" together, by using small lacy pieces and metallic flowers - cute little detail!

There is no sweeter thing than once in a while make something for yourself - so do it!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Enjoy The Day - FD Fabulous Friday Doily Challenge

What not to love about doilies? They're lacy, intricate, feminine and fun to work with. So if you want to have in on the fun - just head over to Frosted Designs blog and participate in their this weeks doilies challenge.
 First I made this lovely flower using small doily - just pinch the middle, gather and fold backwards. I added leaves, branches, small felt flower and plastic shimmery flower.
I used last month's calendar page as a background and added on top large doily with sprayed diluted ColorWash all over it.

Hope that doilies have brightened your day as well,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

When Everyone Is New

Additionally to first day cards for my new school girl, I also made these simple name tags for whole grade. I just printed note paper rectangles with "My name is" on top. I used my Vintage Basics paper on this. Every name tag is embellished with my ruler strip and an image from ABC Primer alphabet.
Then I added some twine to my tags and attached them to wooden clothes pins. A package of 24 cost me only about 40 cents - cool isn't it?

By now all of them already know each others'  names but at the beginning it was so nice when they just could write their own and read others. I wish we all would carry name tags on daily basis, so that we all could be friends :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Totally Forgot About The Tutorial

Few weeks ago I shared a tutorial on how to make these masking tape flowers over at Frosted Designs show Me Sunday post. Head over there to make your own beauties - it's so simple and fast - and most important for me - very cheap!

Have a nice day!

Monday, October 1, 2012

It Has Happened - My Girl Is A Schoolgirl

Even it's bin already moth since my girl started her first grade, it is just now that I had some time to post cards I made for the first school day.
All my cards are made entirely of Graphic45 papers and my own printable Vintage Basics papers. All I added were some paper flowers and chipboard letters and numbers.
I hand cut these numbers from chipboard, inked with Distress ink and covered with GlossyAccents. I also used my own washi tape.
These cards are actually the very first one for which I decided to embellish the inside as well as outside. I think that simple note papers does some good for the inside writing.
I like this card because of the bright color combo and because I had no letter B, but I managed to cut it out from chipboard myself - I even drew it myself :)

Look how great my ruler papers goes with that alphabet picture strip.

I will enter these cards in SimonSaysStamp challenge blog for anything goes challenge.

I hope these nice cards will ensure a great first year for my girl :)

Hope your kids are having a splendid school time,