Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bunch Of Blue Flowers

I suppose I have mentioned before that I work best when under pressure - like for example a deadline to submit 3 graduation greeting cards to a client. During one night I made three very different cards and this is one of them.
In order to come up with something fast, I went for a wonderful background paper and some flower cluster. And this card just wouldn't look so nice without some little Walnut Stain Distress inking on the edges of my background.

Finally I have gotten some seam binding - I had to wait this long for this trend to reach my country. So I had to give it a go. I sprayed it with various Color Washes and crinkled up. I also applied Sailboat Color Wash to small white paper roses. I pulled some leaves and flourishes from my previously die-cut stash - did some spraying on them as well and voila - my card was ready!
As my client wanted to give the graduate some money, I had to make a money envelope. I made it out of the same patterned paper. I have also included a printable envelope template - it is for size A4 paper, but you can easily re-size it to fit letter sized page. As for the size of the envelope itself -it is fitted for our money, but if you scale it a bit it will fit most money sizes. I don't know about dollars or pounds, but it sure is a mess when it comes to euros - each nominal banknote comes in a different size. Something sure to look forward :)
I'm going to enter this card into these challenges:
Simon Says - anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Say It With Flowers
Five Simple Things - Anything goes
Peachy Keen stamps - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Stampin' For The Weekend - Anything Goes
Stamping With The Dragon - Anything Goes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fancy Some Apples?

One of my relatives recently had a very huge birthday. And the hardest thing is to figure out what to give for a person who has everything. As he was in the liquor making business for a long time of his life, my mother bought him a very special home brewed apple vodka in a vintage looking bottle. It seemed a bit too plain to give just the bottle, so we decided that such special bottle needs a special casing as well.
My hubby was so helpful and made me this box for a piece of wooden plank.
I stuffed some -  whatever those wooden packaging thingies are - inside so that the bottle would be nested and wouldn't brake.
I went for a very vintagy look with lots of worn edges and some splatters.


This was the first time I have ever used stamps on a decoupage project and I must say that they work exceptionally well. As I have just black StazOn ink, that is what I used, but this makes me want to get more and more other colors as well.

I took those small hinges out form one of my tool boxes as I had no idea where to buy those - especially on such short notice.

I was quite proud of myself for making this box - I had missed so much my decoupage works...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Die-Cutting 101

Sizzix has once more prepared something great for all of us to use - this time it is an all die-cutting instruction site on how to die cut everything using everything :)
Read lots of basic or advanced tips and other interesting projects - even sorted by uses like quilting, papercrafting and scrapbooking.
Head over there and prepare to be inspired!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Just Kraft

About two to three months ago I had an urge... urge to just take out some simple crafting materials and just create. First things that I got were kraft paper and a flourish stamp. So there came the idea to use some white embossing powder with the stamp to spicy up that kraft paper.
After stamping and embossing I decided to use watercolor pencils to add some color to my flowers. Most of all I used white pencil to add some shading.
I had to add some sentiment. I tried various black inks and StazOn worked best on this kraft paper.

So hope you like it, because I like it a lot and for me that's the main reason in crafting...

I will be entering this card into these challenges:
Creative Card Crew - No designer paper
Inky Chicks - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps - Roses
Through The craft Room Doors - Anything Goes

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

If There's A Girl There Must Be A Boy

Well, like the title says - if I was making girls cards these previous days, I just had to make some for a baby boy as well. But this time I went for something more modern.
Brown and blue is my favorite color combo and it goes so well for boys :) And polka dots - well that's another favorite of mine - just somehow I forget to use it very often. This particular paper is designed by me and printed out on my printer.
Main card shape was die cut using Sizzix Grand Nestabilities One. But that center blue piece was made using Sizzix Sizzlits Bracket insert die and embossed with Diamond embossing folder.
I tried to color this lovely elephant as lightly as I could while maintaining bluish tones. Image was diecut using Labels Sixteen die. Some inking was also done using Distress ink.
I also added some brown lace, large flower brad that I colored with Copic marker. I tied some small piece of brown polka dot ribbon through that brad. And just for some little glam touch I added pearls to all corners.

Hope that little champ will appreciate this :)

I'm entering this card in these challenges:
Lawnscaping Challenges - Dimension - all my layers are rised up to give more dimension.
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Memas's Crafts - Anything Goes
Oh La La Creations - Welcome Little One
Platypus Creek Digitals - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenges - Animal Love
Wild Orchid Challenges - Brads Or Pins
Besties Challenges - Shaped Card
Crafty Boots Challenge - Anything But Square
Creative Creations Challenge - Shaped Cards
The Paper Makeup Stamps - Something Tied
Incy Wincy Designs - Tic Tac Toe - Die cut, emboss it and use metal
365 Cards - Over The Edge
Pause, Dream and Enjoy Challenges - Anything Goes

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Peach Colored Rose

Browsing through my card archives, I found a card that I've made quite a long time ago for some challenges, but somehow never got to posting...

I used here lots of previous die cut florals from my business cards and other tidbits that have been laying around for some time now - including paper scraps and ribbon. That ribbon and pearls are colored with ProMarker to match my image.
I colored this rose - which is my drawing by the way - using ProMarkers, It was printed with very light gray lines so that the final image would look more drawn than colored,
This image was die cut using some tweaking with Sizzix Place card with Bird die. If you do a double cut - you will get this wonderful bracketed shape with small leaves and perforated vines in corners - cute isn't it?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Something Special For Women's Day

I was asked for a very unusual order - two menus and two place cards for our Latvian women's day celebration which is on 8th of March. this should be somewhere visible on my creations and they should be red. And this is what I came up with.
It is barely visible in photo, but the name "8th of March" is gray under the black word "Menu". In real it is well visible and gives a nice touch to the title.
This is the inside of my menu - the text can be placed in the middle, where I have put that white panel and also similar panel can be placed on the right side as well.

These are the matching place cards. You can see here better the "8th of March" words under the name of guests.
These decorations are for a girl who is having her final exams in table setting, so I hope they helped her get a better score!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sleep Little Baby, Sleep...

If you red my yesterdays post, then you should know my love for vintage baby images and so this won't come as a surprise when I will say, that wile making previous baby card, I had this urge to make a second baby girl card , but this time as an easel card with a drawer on the bottom. I just love this kind of cards/gift boxes.
I attached the main image using photo corners, so that the owner of this card could switch this image for her own photo if she chose so. This image is even in the standard 9x13cm photo size. This is also the reason why my card front isn't adorned with more flowers or embellies - because they couldn't overlap and glue down my image, so that it could be replaced with a photo.

Even thou I was making a card for a baby girl, I couldn't resist on using this light blue background paper. It is actually a digital paper from one winter collection. I'm using it quite often. And it gives very nice backdrop for all my pink accents. Even this pink stack of brads as a drawer pull looks better on this blue background.


I love these large feltlike roses - too bad that I'm running low on those and I can't get them anymore... And those Prima flowers are simply gorgeous - don't you think? And of course I couldn't go without pearls...
This is how my card looks when it's fully opened - simple but sweet.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sweet Baby Has Been Born

I adore vintage baby images, so when I was asked to make a card to newly born baby girl, I definitely new that I would be using images just like that. There are so many free vintage images as well as one you may get from etsy or similar sites. Isn't this image just more than cute?
Since the image spoke for itself, I decided not to cram it with lots of distractions, but little flowers will always do... So I adhered few small paper flowers and some pearls - those are single pearls that I arranged in that swirly manner.
Some more small paper flowers and pearls in the opposite corner...
Oh and |I just couldn'; t resist adding that pink organza bow wit a little princess charm.



I was asked to place a money pocket inside the card, so I made it from the same paper I used as the background for my card.

Hope the little lady will appreciate it when she will grow up!

I will enter this card into these challenges:
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Linky Challenge: June Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap shack FCC#4 - Anything Goes
Every Day Is An Occasion - Sunday Funday #10
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes - Must Be A Card
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Bearly mine Challenges - Flowers Galore
Creative card Crew - Metal - Charms/Stick pins etc.
Ladybug Crafts - Flowers And Ribbon

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Some Great Projects From Sizzix

Sizzix new collection 'Susan's Garden' create stunning 3D flowers, making perfect embellishments for cards, scrapbook pages, home décor items and much more. So head over there to check them out and get some inspiration.
And even more:
Fancy some fresh birthday card inspiration? There are 10 birthday card ideas - 5 for a male and 5 for a female.
So thank you Sizzix for these wonderful ideas and freebies. Don't forget to check their Free Father's Day papers as well I posted previously.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Free Father's Day Papers

Once again Sizzix has a surprise in their store - so to say -  because they are offering free father's day papers for you to print out and create some amazing projects!

Very simple, But So Ellegant

Recently I was asked to make some lilac invitations - folded and tied with ribbon. As they had to be inexpensive, this meant for me that I should make them simple, but somehow manage to keep them on the elegant side. Hopefully I've done just that...
All I did, was to fold some lilac paper, wrap it with white organza ribbon and tied a bow. Then I printed names and date on simple white paper, which I then die cut using one of Spellbinders fancy tags die. Oh and a small rhinestone colored with purple ProMarker.

I wanted the inside to match outside, so I drew this shape using elements from SB fancy tag and then die cut it using my Silhouette.

Yes - simple, but lovely enough for a small wedding :)