Monday, August 27, 2012

Wonderful Candy

On my morning blogworld wonder, I stumbled upon this wonderful giveaway from Craft Barn.
Look at all the goodies they're giving away! And I was also amazed at their site - it's just one pure inspiration there. I'm sure I will be going back for more :)
So head over there, become their follower if not already, post about them in your own blog and wait finger crossed for the results :)

Any way - have fun doing it,


I'm Sinking Into Almighty Vintage

 I don't remember ever loving some paper collection more than I do A Ladies' Diary. I think each and every different page of the set is most amazing and those stickers and tags are a true pieces of art!
I suppose that is the real reason why creating cards using these papers gives me this absolute satisfaction with my own work. Layering all those papers, cutting images and using stickers... that's all just one pure fun. Digging my stash for matching lace trims and making my own paper roses... even more fun!
 Once more I find my hand reaching for my rolled flower rosettes. In my previous posts I've mentioned, that I like to cut them from watercolor paper to give them this softness and texture. This time I chose very subtle Distress inks to add a bit of color to my roses - just like the Graphic45 papers. I added a bit more color to my paper leaves using Soft Green ProMarker and inked edges and middle vine with Old Paper Distress ink.
In this photo you can also see the music note washi tape that I created on my own - I'll be submitting tutorial on how to do that to one particular site, and if they approve of it, you should be able to see it soon enough. Well if they don't - you will get the chance to see it even sooner :)
I did lots of fussy cutting from one of the background papers - those flowers are just too cute... But underneath all that cluster, there is a large lacy flower.

I'll be entering this card in Moxie Fab World Asymmetrical challenge.


Have a floral scented vintage epiphany,


Friday, August 24, 2012

Orange Poppy On Green Wings - Fabulous Friday Challenge - Chipboard

Another Fabulous Friday is here and this time it is all about chipboard. Truth be told I am not the one to use chipboard often - mostly because it's hard to get it here in Latvia. But one of the chipboards - or rather grungeboards - I use are this lovely pack of Tim Holtz.
Flower was a quick sew from plain white fabric that I sprayed with sunset Orange Color Wash and added that pearly bit in the center. That bit actually came from my old shoes - have you noticed how much cards and layouts I've made that contains some parts of my shoes and boots?
I used various papers from Graphic45 - except for the black mat - it's actually white paper colored around with black ProMarker.
And those wings were painted with green acrylic paint and then covered with Crackle Accents - I don't know what I did wrong, but it never actually crackled all over the surface - just around edges...
I also added a bit of greenish Stickles on wings and red ones on Flower edges.

This card will also be entered in Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger:


Be bold and beautiful,


Thursday, August 23, 2012

What I've Been Doing

Well for those who might been wondering why there are so few post, even thou I said I'm back in the crafting mode - there is a pretty good explanation. I have been creating some souvenirs to sell at most beautiful and largest palaces of our country - Rundale palace. This was my very first time in a craft fair or whatever you could call it and that's why this post is going to be very long one :)
I started with decoupaged plates. This one is of another castle in city Bauska. From other side this castle is repaired, but from another century so it's not all just stones and that...

 This plate was one of my favorites - it was almost hard to say good bay to it :). I love that sky and those Sospesso Trasparente style flowers.
 Well this is something that I messed up a little bit, but well first time is a first time...

 As Rundale palace has the biggest rose garden in our country as well, these small roses complement the castle nicely.
I also did two plates with just printed rice paper - but it did take me lots of work to design this plate. Get all those photos, turn them into a line drawings and then assemble in one circle...

 And after plates, I created some cards. These ones I suppose were my favorites, because of all the roses. Oh cutting them all out took a lot of time...

 This card is made in a 3D card decoupage style - with different parts raised on sticky foam pads. I made a digi stamp out of photo of palace and then colored it with ProMarkers.

 The same applies for this card as from the above - just with this one I got to bend those turrets a bit as well. Dank, that in photo you just can't see the actual 3D effect.







And these cards are all cut with Silhouette and made into our flag colors - deep red and white. all these cut images are Latvian symbols - like the first one being Lielvardes Belt of supposedly woven secret and ancient knowledge of space creation and last being Auseklis - the morning star and protector of evil.

Hope you liked a little insight in my country - be proud of yours as well,


Watercoloring With ProMarkers - Digi Doodle Shops Challenge - Pearls

 It's time for a very, very special name day... oh shoot... well that also,  but it's time for Digi Doodle Shop's Challenge and this weeks it is pearls. For me, when it comes to using pearls, most often is to use liquid pearls, because real ones - or the crafty sort - is very hard and expensive to get here in Latvia. I also like that with liquid pearls you can choose your own size as you wish.
 I am in love with Graphic45 Ladies Diary paper and I think will use it on every upcoming project :) But this time I chose to try something that I almost never do - stamp on a patterned paper. Well I have tried that before, but never with satisfying results, but this time - boy it felt so wonderful! I pulled out lots of different stamps - some of the my own (like handwriting and music notes) - and just played with them. Most of the inspiration actually came from newly discovered challenge site, where they have these most amazing vintage sketches - Vintage Cafe Card Challenge.
This card is actually first for many things. I had wanted to try this "no lines" coloring for very long time, but somehow, whenever I printed a digi image, I forgot to change it's color to very, very light gray. In fact I printed this lovely rose corner so light that sometimes it was hard to see where I'm supposed to color. I also printed this rose onto a watercolor paper - oh my those markers bled like hell, but I think that I did achieve that watercolorish look. I also used the label from the same stamp and turned it into a SDSilhouette cutting shape - it's so easy when you trace image and get a vector image instead.
Sentiment in the middle says - Congratulations!

And here's the absolutely, unquestionably the most amazing sketch I have ever seen:

I am going to enter this card also in Simon Says Stamp And Show No Rules challenge.

After I have made this card, I get this feeling - well the one you realize this is the moment you ever create anything, why you ever try to do anything - to get this satisfaction feeling when you look at your own work. and it doesn't matter if others may not have the same feelings about it, thou it won't hurt either :)
Take care,


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Green Envelope With Butterflies On It

Also a long time ago my brother requested me to make an envelope, but it preferably had to be green and with butterflies. So I went googling for some greenish buterflyish papers. I think this actually was a free desktop wallpaper, but it did good anyway. I printed it on 12x12'' paper.
I tied it with minty green raffia and added a butterfly charm.
All edges were punched with Martha Stewart all around page border punch and then folded using her own scoring board. I love that additional triangle for scoring diagonal lines and making envelopes.
Quite nice, don't you think?

I'm going to enter this envelope in Moxie Fab Worlds Minty Green challenge.

Take care and go find some butterflies,


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Best Tea Packaging There Is... Basilur

I just wanted to share few cards that I made some very long time ago. The inspiration of these cards were tea packaging. I simply adore this company Basilur. I think it's from Belarus or something. As I don't often drink tea, sometimes I buy their tea just because of packaging. And not only they have amazing paper packaging, they also have these most beautiful tins.



Hope you like them and if you're into tea drinking - look out for Basilur - it actually tastes as good as their packaging. Oh and I am not paid for this or something :)

Take your time and enjoy some cup of tea,