Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Love Flowers

 Can you tell that I'm in love? Mostly with paper crafting that is - oh shoot - I forgot, that my hubby reads this blog now and then as well... Well never mind, what's written is written. Yesterday I was wondering around Moxie Fab World and stumbled on this cool challenge to use your cutting tools in an innovative way. Truth be told I'm not sure there actually is something to be innovative about, but the idea so appealed to me and the first sample card so inspired me, that I went to work right away.
After such long time without my Silhouette, I am so thrilled to be using it again, that I draw my own "Love Flowers". They are cut so that center of the flower and petals are still attached to main card, but petals can be lifted up. I gave them a little shaping with my fingers. Underneath my cut card, I placed a glossy card that was colored with alcohol inks in pink, light blue and yellow tones. Just for some little pizzazz, I added rhinestones and pearl to centers of my flowers. Too bad, that camera couldn't pick up all the shine that comes from inks and glossy cardstock. It really feels like those little hearts in the petals are shining with a colorful glow.

I don't think that there are words to describe how much I love to be able to draw whatever comes in my head and then to be able to cut it out. I hadn't realized how much I loved having my Silhouette until I wasn't able to use it for some time. From now on I promise to use it at least several times per week if not on every project I create :)

I wish you all to be able to create whatever it is you wish to create,

Monday, January 30, 2012

Christmas In Kindergarten

Just wanted to show a quickie scrapbook double layout I made for Aleksa's kindergarten Christmas party. It's a hybrid page, but came out quite nice. Hope that after some years Aleksa will appreciate it!

Just Love

I was pretty surprised to find a challenge blog - Friendship's Garden - where in challenge rules it is stated that stamped images are not allowed. This time they have a sketch and I decided to play along.
So instead of stamped focal image, I used Melissa Frances rose image with various vintage like patterned papers - including my own designed vintage dots paper.
I replaced hearts in the sketch with a ribbon with hearts and a stylized bow. And I couldn't go without that cute pearl heart - it used to be white, but I colored it with a pink ProMarker. To soften the modern design of that ribbon, I placed vintage lace underneath it. Can you imagine that this lace actually is about 20 cm wide, so I had to cut off just a small part of an edge.
As I will enter this card in Aud Sentiments challenge, I had to have word Love somewhere on card and that is my only word stamped here with my own stamp.

Here's the sketch:

Heart yourself,

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lots Of Flowerpots

Since I discovered the art of decoupage, the 3D decoupage probably is the one that fascinated me most. And the most easiest one I think is where I can use modeling paste to add depth to a decoupaged image. So just before Christmas I finally finished this box with flowers, that I had started about a year ago.
Under all side flowers, there is a modeling paste, that was shaped somewhat to resemble flowers and thus - they appear to be like 3D.
I presented this box to a special friend of mine on her birthday and hopefully she will put it to good use :)
I'm really sorry that photos doesn't show the real 3D effect, but I guess that's life!

Enjoy your day,

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tilda In The Woods

 Couldn't resist making cards without colored images for long, didn't I? This time I went for a very interesting mix of challenge rules and this is what came out of it! Basically I had to combine purple and pink colors, with winter theme and something recycled.
And as my Silhouette is back on track, I used it to cut out those lovely patterned paper Christmas trees in various sizes, inked them with purple and pink inks and went over with Weathered Wood Distress ink to add somewhat bluish greenish feel to them.
This Tilda is so cozy, even when I have placed her in the wood in winter without her coat on :)
My background is an embossed packaging plastic, which was then colored with alcohol inks in pink, sky blue and silver colors.
I also decided to ad a whiteish ribbon thing and a small snowflake charm.

This card will be entered in these challenges:
CMC Copic Challenge for photo inspiration;
I Love Promarkers - purple and pink;
Passion For Promarkers - recycle

Really loved this weird colored card, hope you do too,

Step Up

 After a long, long time I finally made a new scrapbook page. This time I teamed up The Color Room color palette with Scrapbookchallenges.com sketch #279.
 I have modified the sketch a little - flipped it and switched circles and squares to free form cutouts of my Emilia when she was climbing our yard stair for the first time in her life :)
I have stamped those little feet to show that it is a real big step in her life as well as to highlight the title.
Oh I'm so thrilled to receive yesterday my replacement blade holder for my SDSilhouette machine, which I had broken some time ago. I just love to use this for my titles! So title says step up, but the up word is substituted with an up arrow, because the word up in Latvian would be too big - augšup - see what I mean?

Here's the sketch and color palette:

I had fun making this and after a long time my girls actually like a layout - or rather express some surprise and giggles :)
Take care,

Sweetpea To Love

This is my second art canvas. As I wanted my background this time to be pinkish, I decided that this time it is inspiration time for Love! Well some may say that sweet-pea isn't the most romantic flower to go with it, but their smell really makes me thing of a romantic summer evenings...
This one really was made just using acrylic paints. Thou I wanted to make some stamping on it, but just couldn't figure out how to get a clean impression on a stretched canvas. So someone could help me with an advice? I would really appreciate that...

Be loved and love,

My First Ever Blog Candy!

Today I noticed that I have 49 followers and so in order to welcome the 50th follower, I decided to make my first ever blog candy! I will draw one lucky winner in my name day, which is 27th of February.
I have made a not so big candy - I'll start small :) - but those are some of my favorite things I use in  my daily crafting.
Anyone is welcome, as long as you do three little things:
1. Become my follower if you aren't already;
2. Write a comment here and tell me which of my blog posts you like most and why;
3. Write a post in your own blog about my candy, linking to my blog in general (not just the candy post)!
Ta da - that's it - you may get these goodies!

Up for grab is:
5 Distress inks:
Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey and Walnut Stain;
3 Distress Embossing Powders:
Black Soot, Mustard Seed and Pine Needles
Ranger's Inkessentials Ink blending tool
10 ProMarkers:
Gold, Holly, Lime Zest, Prussian, Aubergine, Chestnut, Magenta, Mustard, Powder Blue and Satin.

For Latvians:
Ja Jums nav sava bloga, bet tik un tā vēlaties piedalīties, tad tā vietā, lai veidotu savu rakstu, iesakiet draugiem.lv sadaļā runā manu blogu ar linku uz to!

Best of luck,

Friday, January 27, 2012

Aurora Borealis

I have been neglecting all my favorite challenge blogs for some time now. Don't know the real reason thou, but today I was checking for some new tutorials and my eye caught this lovely CardPatterns sketch. So I decided that I need to make a card and not just any card... ...a card without colored images. I think I've forgotten that there can actually be cards without images that I must color with my markers :)
This card started with that cute turquoise raffia string that I got at local grocery store - how convenient :) I wanted to use it so I picked my papers and lace to coordinate with my new raffia.
Then I got out my Tim Holtz grungeboard heart, inked it's edges with brown Distress ink  and then wanted to paint it white. But as I had recently bought some new Color Gel paints for decoupage, I decided to try one of them. This one turned out to look shiny - like having aurora borealis effect - that is the effect you can see on my button rather than heart (but it's still there as well).
In addition some paper flowers and leaves. I inked leaves with that gorgeous TH Evergreen bought Distress ink - just love it!

Here's the lovely sketch:

I also think that my card really fits this absolutely jummy picture from Cupcake Inspirations:
And this card will be entered in these challenges as well:
LilyPad Cards - patterned paper challenge;
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes.

This card really lifted my mood, hope it does the same to you,

Be Yourself Lotus

One day I sat at my kitchen table and was looking at my turquoise wall with golden cut-out art on it. And once more I realized how much I love light blue/turquoise color. Then I remembered that Donna Downey is having an art canvas lessons this year and the one from January was so inspiring, that I want to make lots of 12'' canvases, so that I will be able to hang them in my craft room wall in two columns from ceiling to floor...
So - went to store, got few canvases and made two in one evening :) I had forgotten how absolutely amazing it is to just work with paint - pure paint and nothing more...
Well actually on this one I used a Gesso before painting. I laid it out using spatula, so that there is a lot of texture on my background.
I have always liked lotuses and magnolias (well they are not my favorite flowers but very close), so I have tons of wonderful pics of them (they don't grow here in Latvia). I took one of my favorite ones and drew from it this lovely bloom.
And it would be nice to have inspiring words finally appearing on my walls, so this one is "Be yourself" and it really felt like when I was doing this piece - I really was being just myself!

So be yourselves as well,

Monday, January 23, 2012

Don't Throw You're Empty Plastic Bottles Out!

 And I mean it - just don't throw them out! Look what you can make of them instead - wonderful vases. This one used to be a plastic bottle of corn oil.
I used once more my favorite varnish - the one that makes object to look like they are covered with glass! This one actually makes them feel like that as well. And you can even wash these things in the dishwasher - well if the object itself will not melt in it :)

Keep it green,

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Had To Have A Replacement...

Recently I broke the jar where I kept our teeth brushes in our bathroom, so now I had to replace it with something. It does seems stupid to go out and buy something new, when I can recycle and turn something unused into something beautiful.
So that's what I did - took an old flower pot that no one has used for over than about five years and decoupaged it with nice waterlilies. I couldn't just stop at that, so I also decoupaged in the similar manner this plain Palmolive liquid soap dispenser. Now I have a perfect match for my brushes and soap. And as they both are covered with vitrifying lacquer they are perfectly safe to be stored in a bathroom with lots of water around them :)

Have a waterlilyish day,

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Finally My Own Decoupaged Wallet

I bought a black cloth wallet/planner from a charity shop with one thought only - black is not my color, but I would love to change that... So here it is - my decoupaged and changed wallet. My previous one was all worn and truthfully it was too small for all my discount and coupon cards :)
I used several Stamperia tissues to cover my wallet - but they all remind me this romantic vintage like style - I just love it!
The best part of this wallet is that you can place you're own paper in it so that you will always have a planner or note pad with you!

Oh and now finally I have a place to show off my sweeties!
This is how the wallet looked at the first place - all black cloth.

I'm so happy for this project - just hope that the money will stay in this wallet longer than it used to in the previous one :)

Have a prosperous time,

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Music Of Life

I had this opportunity to use this wonderful Song Bird from Digi Doodle Shop and turn him into a musical themed card. All colors were chose so that I could color most of my image with the Copics I have on hand - because I have colored some small dots around the image and they are better made with the fine brush tip of Copic Sketch pens.
So the background was stamped with music notes and Distress inks and then inked as well with the same inks.
I love this technique of making dots - even thou I discovered it very recently. And I can't seem to go without my white GellyRol pen any more.
I really like the look of Spellbinders banners dies, but as I don't have any, I had to come up with an alternative - I redraw the lines and segments of one of banners, printed and cut it out and folded. Now I have realistic looking banner in the same shape as the Spelbinders banner. Ad of course inking edges also does the trick!
As just the image and banner seemed to be not enough, I also wrapped some twine around my notes panel and added metal embellies with a blue jewel brad.

Swing to the music,