Sunday, 14 February 2016

True love to yourself with Rubber Dance

Happy Valentine to all my friends!
February is a month  of Love. And the web is full of Love challenges. So this art piece (8*8'' )  is a good one to add to some of the web Mixed Media/Stamping challenges. I made it with Rubber Dance stamps and Tando Creative stencil, using DecoArts texture paste and some of their transparent pains from Mixed Media line. I also covered the texture paste with acrylic DecoArt paint and added some splashes with the same paint  with water added to it.
And here is a list of challenges I added this piece to:
Artistic stamper- HeArt challenge

Saturday, 13 February 2016


 Something  for my dark mood: Steampunk canvas made with VLVS STAMPS, Deco Arts paints, some twine and some die cuts and chipboards. That was made a long time ago and never posted in my blog.
Now I just have time  to add all " never posted" projects and maybe even to enter them to some web challenges.

Creative embellishments- steampunk inspiration and  chipboards
 SSSS- Spritz and Spray
 Emerald creek  dare- Anything goes
 Things to alter- not cute Anything goes 
Happy little stampers MM challenge- Paints

Friday, 12 February 2016

Join our Combined Blog Hop!

Hello Crafters! We're excited to welcome you to the very first joint blog hop with EyeConnect Crafts and Rubber Dance Stamps!
Erin Sparler of EyeConnect Crafts (USA) and Bibi Lindahl of Rubber Dance Stamps (Norway) met online in the fall of 2015. They quickly hit it off and discovered that they had a LOT in common, or as Erin so eloquently put it: There is no word for old friends who have just met!

If you came from Anita's blog- you are on the right way and if not- scroll bellow to see the full blog hop list!
The Design Teams have been generously supplied with chipboards from EyeConnect Crafts and rubber stamps from Rubber Dance Stamps and we are all thrilled to show you the results with this joint Blog Hop.

What's in it for you?
Glad you asked! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate worth $25 from BOTH EyeConnect Crafts AND Rubber Dance to spend on their websites! Another lucky winner will receive a surprise gift from BOTH Erin and Bibi, with $25 worth of products from their two companies!

What do you have to do?
Not much! 1) Visit all the blog posts in the hop and leave a comment. 2) Become a follower of the EyeConnect Crafts and Rubber Dance Stamps blogs. That's it! And who knows... maybe YOU will tie new bonds of friendships across the globe, too! :-)
You have until Valentine's Day, Sunday the 14th at midnight EST (New York time), which is 6 am Monday 15th for those of you on Central European Time (Amsterdam, Berlin, Oslo), and 5 am if you live in the UK. You can find a time converter here. Winners will be announced 18th February.
Enjoy the hop and good luck!
Here is what I made with chipboards from EyeConnect Crafts and stamps from Rubber Dance:
 February is a month of Love (aka Valentine). So making something with a heart was a MUST. We were also asked to use Rubber Dance February challenge colors, so red- Kraft and white are almost all I used (a bit of gold doesn't count).
I used EyeConnectCrafts WINGS  and connected them to an old cardstock heart that was a good fit in size. Each one of three pieces was stamped with Rubber Dance Heart stamps and some Rubber Dance background stamps (the wings mostly). I worked with the very same mist to color the piece and if the colors look different, this is because of the original background color. The same Close to Heart Tattered Angels mist was used. Over white heart it looks bright red. Over Kraft bare chipboards it looks dark deep red.
All three pieces were covered with DecoArts One step crackle and then I added a bit of gold mist over. When enlarged- you can easy see the crackles with the mist over them.
The Love word was also stamped with RD stamp over Kraft die cut piece and then painted with white paint and covered with DecoArts glaze. Even paper flowers were once white and I changed them with the very same mist.
The wings were connected with brads and they CAN MOVE! This is the trick with ECC pieces: add brads to holes and move your pieces.

I hope you like my winged heart and now to your next stop in the hop:

Here is a full list of our blogs for this hop:
1. Erin, owner of EyeConnect Crafts
2. Susan

3. Lilian
4. Anita
5. Irit- you are HERE!
5. Steph
6. Majo
7. Kim
8. Kristiina
9. Gail
10. Susanne
11. Bibi, owner of Rubber Dance Stamps

You may have noticed that the blog hop projects all use the colors from this month’s Rubber Dance Challenge, Kraft, White and Red. Play along for another chance to win Rubber Dance Stamps, this is the post you need to read (link opens in a new tab).
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you will leave a comment and follow me!
Greetings from Irit- Rubber Dance DT!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Bon Voyage card

Hello my dear crafty friends!
Irit is here with my first post using the new Oriental dies Die Versions collection.
I love everything oriental. So when I got a few of those dies I knew what I am going to do with them: Oriental Bon Voyage cards.
This is a first card made with  Whispers- Pagoda die.
I used Paper House Far East paper pad to make all paper layers. The background was stamped  with Rubber Dance Oriental script  over the paper- some in white and some in gold to fit the golden background cardstock.
 I made one background die cut using DV oldie, but beloved Whispers- Oval Background die over the yellow patterned cardstock and added it between the paper layers.
The Pagoda was also die cut from patterned paper and layered over the double sided glue sheet that was covered with yellow glitter.

As my finish touches I stamped the Tim Holtz sentiment in gold  heat embossing  and added some pearls and one lovely oriental metal charm.

Note to self planner

Where are you keeping your New Year’s Resolutions?  How about in a handmade journal where you can jot down your thoughts, when you had successes, when things didn’t quite go the way you planned, dreams, hopes, funny moments.  It is your journal, you can fill it with anything you wish.  I hope that my journal  inspires us to create a vintage style journal using the new 7gypsies Ordre du Jour collection. 
 This is also a piece that was on Canvas Corps booth on CHA 2016. 
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With so many great planner and agenda collections out there, but none of them had a vintage vibe, so the gypsies got together and created one that is so fun to work with.  The papers and embellishments are filled with journaling tasks, notes and artwork, beautiful fabrics printed on paper and many other yummy details.  To see the collection stop over to the shop – Ordre du Jour  By the way Ordre du Jour is french and means order of the day.  So whether you plan to keep a daily journal, art journal or create a planner, now you can do so gypsy stye.
Irit here:  I am excited to share my vintage journal.  It can easily be transformed into a planner, personal journal, place to hold important receipts, or even an art journal.   I am going to use mine for a ‘kind of ” plan without dates” thing.’

Step 1:  Cover 2 chipboard pieces with Ordre du Jour paper from the 8″x8” pad. Cover the oval book cover with another paper as shown.  Choose a round or oval chipboard shape, die cut your own or make an embellishment to accent the front of the book heat emboss the chipboard with a mix of black and gold embossing powder.
Step 2:  Cover the front and back of 2 pieces of chipboard that will become the book binding with your favorite papers from the 8×8 paper pad.  Then cover your file folders with other papers form the pad, they are great to mix and match creating a very eclectic journal.  Paper bags are great for holding recipes, recipes and special notes.  You can add the printed cardstock to the front which also gives the paper bag some additional strength.
Step 3:  Add sayings hand cut from the paper over the tabs of the file folders.  These become the tabs in your book, so choose the words that best describe the type of book you are making.
 Step 4:  Cut the flaps from 4 envelopes to fit the file folders and glue them inside the folders as shown.
Step 5:  Embellish your book covers by adding paint or gold shimmer.  Then to make the binding, use folded cardstock pieces and cover the spine with grungeboard.  Paint the board with Ebony Decor & DIY Paint. Here your can see the back of the binded book.  You can distress the board to make it look old.
 Step 7:  Add the oval book cover to the front of your book and then color the silver bird cage with gold paint, arrange inside the oval window on the cover and cover with Glossy Accents. Add 2 golden brads over the embossed frame and glue the frame over the cover. Heat emboss both covers from both sides with gold embossing powder.
Step 8:  Bind in your folders and bags into the book with glue or stitches them into place.  Add your own stamped sayings, vintage accents, journal pages, etc. inside the book
Have fun creating your own journal, agenda or “non-planner/planner”, you can use your creation anyway you wish.
I enter this ALTERED piece to some web challenges too:
Things to Alter- Anything altered #1 challenge

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Sweet Love card with Two Paper Divas

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my second post made for Two Paper Divas company.
And as we are still im Fabruary, it's again about love.
I call this Light Mixed Media card, but you can also call it clean and simple one. It's just one layer, some chalk mist, heat embossed with red powder TPD 3 new stamp sets all together  and white pen with some doodling.
Easy to make and looks very artistic cards.
Thoses are the stamp sets used here:
Heart blocks
Large conversation heart- for the sentiment
Linked together

Just  a note: we have a new challenge on Two Paper Divas blog and if you jump there and enter your project, you can win some lovely goodies too!
 I also enter this to a few web challenges:
Simon Says challenge- One layer card
 Inkspirational- inspiration from photo
 Addicted to stamps- photo inspiration
 Simply create too- Love and Valentines
 Sunday stamps challenge- inspiration colors
 CASology- Valentine

Dreaming of Spring with Inspired by Stamping

 Hello my dear crafty friends! Irit is here and  I want to welcome to my post with new Inspired by Stamping gorgeous   Cherry Blossoms stamp set.
 For a long time I make cards without any patterned paper. I don't know why, but I just try to make lovely cards with solid cardstocks and tools I have in my hands. As long as you own some good dies, markers/paints and a pair of good scissors- you don't really need to hunt for the new, just released, patterned paper and then to see that every second card or paper project are made with the very same collection.
So here is my today's recipe for lovely spring card made of cardstock only and IBS lovely new Cherry Blossoms stamps.

1. Make the background basic card from Kraft cardstock. Die cut the background from green textured cardstock and as usual, those die fit the usual 6*4'' card perfectly.  As it's pretty complex to glue this kind of die cut to the card, I used staples and I am pretty much happy with the result.
2. Make 2 half circled die cuts with pearled light green paper (yes, it's very light shadow if green, not white or cream one). Arrange both halves in the middle of your card as shown.
3. Cut the Kraft cardstock strip that is wide enough to fit the stamped sentiment, but not much more as we want to see the dies behind the strip. Stamp the sentiment from Apple blossoms stamp set with black permanent ink.
4. Stamp the blossoms  with Memento ink over cardstock that is good for alcohol markers. Color the flowers as you like. Hand cut them and arrange over the strip with 3d foam glue.
5. Add 2 strips of  stitches (those are clear stickers used here). Add the bracket sticker and some green pearls near the sentiment.  Say hello to your new Spring beauty!

Inspired by Stamping set used: Cherry Blossoms

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