Friday, May 31, 2013

Slightly Differently Shaped

I just love Pinterest - don't you? There is so much inspiration that it's even sometimes overwhelming. This is a wedding invite that I was inspired to create from one of the wonderful creations spotted on Pinterest. It took me some figuring out of how to actually make this. It is tricky for me to cut that circle and emboss those details, because this invite measures 21cm in its width but when opened up (even just two folds not all three) it measures 19,8cm and neither of these dimensions fits into my BigShot (I just yearn for Big Shot Pro). So I have to die cut this invitation while fully folded and thus my difficulties to cut/emboss just the front of my card. I have managed to do it by leaving some slight embossing on my second fold...
I love the simplicity of this card and white on white theme that's been going one lately with me. Pearls add just the right touch of elegance.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Just Some Samples

Recently I was asked to make samples for wedding invitations with intricate die cutting in front with jewels and a bow. I didn't have papers with matching satin ribbon in colors that were requested, so I just made these as an example of cutting itself that I can do.

I'm currently working on these - with the right colors they look stunning. I will share the outcome with you.
I suppose I have lost some of my chattering - maybe that's a good thing!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

My First Wrap Card

This was my first attempt to make a wrap card and I think it turned out quite well. Nothing special, but white wrap with  a shape from Silhouette online shape shop and a shimmering, slightly transparent folded paper inside with monogram and date on front. Small tied organza ribbon ties both flaps together. That's all!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Emilia Turned 4

My little girl recently turned 4. As I had previously made some wonderful parties for Aleksa, now it was turn for Emilia. Nowadays her favorite cartoon is "Masha I Medved". It is the most amazing Russian cartoon of a little girl called Masha and a bear. You totally must check it out. It is a cartoon almost without any talking so anyone can understand it.
First I made this huge banner saying "Emilia is 4 years old". I put that over our living room DOUBLE doors, so it was pretty large, even if it doesn't appear so in the photo. Our living room is located just in front of our entrance doors, so that anyone who comes in can spot this banner right away.
We started out by making cake. I wanted it to be something special, so for the first time in my life, I decided to make a rainbow cake. I hadn't seen any of them before in Latvia. Emilia as always volunteered to help :)
This is how my - or rather Emilia's cake turned out. It looked grate in my opinion and tasted just heavenly!
I also tried my hand in making fondant figurine - the little Masha from the cartoon. Well it didn't turn out quite as it was in my imagination, but at least the kids could see some resemblance :)
I also had some cupcakes made, but this time I didn't liked how they look, but still - they tasted good!
I covered simple plastic cups with printed characters for the cartoon and added some colorful straws to these juice cups. And I also made these strawberry, banana and dried apricot "flowers" on skewers.
I made those large character printouts and glued them on foamboard. Kids very very excited about them. Our main entertainment was watching the cartoon of Masha using overhead projector. Kids never had seen this before so it was something exciting for them.
I made some coloring books for kids to be occupied for a brief moment and also take home as a party favors.
We also did some face painting. Masha's cartoon features lots of different animals, so kids had opportunity to choose what animal they wanted me to paint. I could get only some paint crayons and it was somewhat hard to pint with them, but kids liked it nevertheless - even thou you can't tell that from the look of Aleksa's face at the time :)

In the end it was a lovely evening and all the kids had a fun time, so I think that my mission was a success after all!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Birthday

 Until my teen years ended I could never imagine how it was possible for some people to not know their age at any given moment... well it's been for some time now that I need to think a moment before I remember how old I am and today I am getting one year older. It's not that it saddens me, but more that I wonder how comes that time has flown so fast.
Even thou today the birthday is for me, this card was made for my new colleague, that had a birthday last week.
 I made this rose using instructions on TH 12 tags of Christmas. It is one of the best rosemaking tutorials ever - and a very simple one at that. Especially if you have 3 punched/diecut flower shapes.
 I have lost somewhere my Nesties bracket label die, so I had to cut these inner shapes by hand - it turn out that my hand has "forgotten" how to cut using xacto knife from too much using die cutting machines :)
 I colored my papers using Aquamarine Flexmarker, to match my patterned paper in the middle. And to have some more shading, I used a bit of Evergreen Bough And Scattered Straw Distress ink. Leaves are a mix of die cut and punched shapes.
I very much liked this card and hope that you do to! Happy birthday to me :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Watercolors And Toilet Paper

 I've been cursing my WiFi connection for the last three days - or more - I have lost the count. It has been acting up and hadn't let me access internet on my home PC and since that is the only device that lets me normally write posts, I almost missed all deadlines for the challenges I made these two cards.
I saw this Watercolor challenge over at the Moxie Fab World and was so inspired by Jennifer McGuire watercolor roses, that I wanted to use watercolors to make roses - just a bit different ones from Jennifer's.

 I rolled up some toilet paper and colored it with watercolors. They're a bit whimsical, but I like them never the less.
 I painted background in sort of very light ombre fashion. A paper doily and rounded corners was all I could think this card needed.
 As my recent infatuation is with white on white cards, the previous card was colorful enough for me, but as the challenge is watercolors and I do not have a white one, I went for a one tone card.
I made this flower the same way I am making flowers from masking tape in my tutorials section. And this was also a good time for me to use those "ghost leaves" dies for the first time. I have had them for a very long time, but somehow never used them before.

I'm going to enter this card also in Simon Says Stamp And Show Inspired By challenge.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

To Be Thankful For

 I'm not aware how it is done in other countries, but here during wedding we usually issue "diplomas" to people who haw helped the most for newlyweds - usually parents and other close people. But we also give funny "jobs" to attendants, like "liquor pourer" who is responsible  that every glass of every guest is full and then immediately emptied again. Or the "kisser" is the person responsible that guests remind newlyweds all the time that it is the time for them to kiss. This also goes for parents of newlyweds, leaders (maid of honor and best man in other countries) and other couples in order for them to show newlyweds how to do it properly...

I used the same lattice motif that was used on the center of wedding invitation, to create this border - very simple, but it gives the necessary additional detail to the plain diplomas.

White sunflower On Glass

 I think that placing name cards on glassware becomes more and more popular, so I decided to make one as well. I used the same sunflower, just altered it slightly to fit the name in the center and made two slit to "sit" it on the edge of glass.

Kind of cute, isn't it?

White Place Cards

 These are place cards that go together with my white wedding invitations I posted yesterday. I also have two more additions to this "collection", but I decided to make it into three different posts rather than one large. But they will be posted together.
 I used Sizzix embossing folder one side of this place card and topped with my Silhouette die cut sunflower and one leave.
In moments like this I wonder what my wedding invitations would have looked like if I had known of all these possibilities when I got married?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

White, Embossed Surface And Sunflower III

 We have a saying here in Latvia: Three things - good things! And as this is the third day I'm presenting my white, embossed and sunflower cards, this is finally the one that got picked to become wedding invitations.
 This time my sunflowers were made just from white paper. I drew them after browsing lots and lots of stencils and vector shapes of sunflowers on internet, until I made something combined from several images and my own imagination. I just love how Silhouette lets you cut anything you can draw. I do all my drawing in Adobe Illustrator - just love that program!
I also die-cut the inner lattice with Silhouette - easy peasy!
Lots of pearls - it seamed like the right accent for this white card.
Tomorrow I will share some additional projects I created along with this card - place cards and other wedding related memorabilia.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

White, Embossed Surface And sunflower II

If you red my post yesterday, you know that I had to make wedding invitations that would be white, with embossed surface and sunflower(s), Well this was my second attempt to do so. To be honest  I must say that this was my favorite of the three samples I made, but I also must admit that the one more suited for wedding indeed was the third sample you will see tomorrow :)
Recently white on white cards really have captured my mind, but sometimes I just can't go without a little color. These sunflower petals were cut with my Silhouette from watercolor paper. Then I just added a little color using Scattered Straw Distress ink. I applied it with a water brush. Center of flower was colored with brown ProMarker and then covered with GlossyAccents.
The card itself was made from two different Sizzix embossing folders and that marvelous floral frame - I just love how it gives you already die cut center panel - I just run it through embossing folder and my Bigshot and put right back into my frame.

Monday, May 6, 2013

White, Embossed Surface And Sunflower I

White, embossed surface and sunflowers - those were conditions given to me by a person who needed wedding invitations. So I put my thinking cap on and went to work. This was was the first sample I made.
TH regal flourishes always gives me the feel of really elegant project.
I took some very old lace, gathered along one edge and turned it into a flower. Flower center is made from punched sun shapes, some paint and brown glitter. Under my flower, there's also oval diecut from Nesties and three ProMarker colored yellow pearls.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

I Haven't Dropped From The Edge Of An Earth...

 ...well not exactly. I have spun somewhat out of my usual orbit, but it's a good thing actually! I have found a job!!! After spending one year totally at home, I was going out of my mind, because I just needed to be around people. Being around just the ones shorter than my hip line, wasn't enough. But together with my new job came the necessity to improve my qualification and that meant going away for learning purposes and I had no way of crafting possibilities, but now I'm back! I do have couple of cards to show you and some news as well. But all in due time...
So first things first - this is a card I made for my German teacher after finishing my German lessons. The sentiment on this card says "Thank you" in German.

 I liked this striped paper I had, so I started with that and worked to make all those embellishments. First layer is a white paper strip across all card. I punched the edges using a border punch. Then I die cut Spellbinders label with printed sentiment.
I used my Silhouette to cut leaves, vines and spiral roses. Then I sprayed my flowers using Ranger Color Washes to match my striped paper. Then I just added few pearls colored with ProMarkers to match.

Hope you like it and I do hope to be posting more and more projects. In fact I need to make a baby card right this moment, oh and some wedding invitations and scrapbook album covers...