Tuesday 30 July 2013

Sweet Stamps challenge #128: Christmas tag

Hello my dear sweet crafty friends!
 Today is the last July challenge week on Sweet Stamps and this time it's a Christmas tag!
I actually made All Holidays tag, the one that fits Hanukkah too; winter colors, general sentiment and some very lovely Sweet Stamps used here.
I used a MR. from Mr. and Mrs. Snow Duo set, colored and hand cut and a Happy Holidays sentiment.

This is made over the old wooden tag, with PLT tags, some glitter tape and Tando Creative chipboards all covered with a lot of glitter.
And now it's your turn to play with our weekly challenge! Great prize to win each and every week! But you need to play to win!

I enter this to Helmar tag chalenge-  I used Helmar 450  Quick Dry glue   here and Helmar Liquid Scrap dots   to add all 3d embellishments such as stars,  die cuts etc

Monday 29 July 2013

A great Summer day

This is my new lo made for WOW! Embossing Powders Summer/Sunshine post and it's so sunny and  orange and yellow that my  it really screams " Summer" . Actually it's almost a Mixed Media piece and the photo in black and white with a small die cut - Die-Versions- title are the last add- ons.

I made a background 7.5*15 cardstock Mixed Media background with stencils (CWS and Tando Creative) and lots of embossing powders all over the gesso.The flowers were stamped with WOW! stamps set  and some more of the same company stamps were added on the top in white. Then I added a chipboard fence with a gate, painted with Ranger crackle paint and a lot of flowers from IAm Roses . All of those were heavily misted around. Then I added the huge chipboard flower circle , again with a lot of EP over it.
The last but not the least was an altered, heat embossed Sun (the old curtain clip) and some golden micro beads were added over the glossy accents.

I really love this topless b/w photo of my adorable grandson on the corner and a black heat embossed die cut as my title on another corner.  And finally this lo had no single patterned paper piece.
I made it according to a few web challenges for July:
 Embossed backgrounds for Craft Stamper
Summer for Country view challenge
Symon says stamp and show- Sunshine
Flowers and die cuts for Die cut divas
 Favorite embellishments- flowers and chipboards- for Ladybug craft
Sunny for Papirdesign
Flowers for IAmRoses
 Inspiration, colors for Susan Wes.
Texture for Quick Quotes
Dies for A little bit crafty
 Anything goes for Berry71Bleu
 Kraft it up- not your usual style (I never work over kraft! )
 The great outdoors for Frosted designs

Sunday 28 July 2013

GJS AND VLVS blog hop and my Pieces of you

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to our mutual product swap for GJS AND VLVS.

Welcome to day 3 of the Viva Las VegasStamps/ Genuinely Jane Stuios(GJS) Blog Hop! 
If you came from Sandra'S  blog  then you are in the right place. If not, and you would like to start at the beginning, please head over to the  GJS   Blog. 

Before we get to the good stuff, let me give you a little info on each of these two awesome companies: 

Viva Las VegaStamps is America's largest rubber stamp manufacturer with over 19,000 different images in their line. They manufacture deeply etched, superbly detailed pink rubber stamps that are sarcastic, vintage, edgy and on trend. Perfect for cards, art journaling, mixed media and more! Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vlvstamps and visit their online store to see the vast array of images at http://www.vlvstamps.com/

Genuinely Jane Studios manufactures small and medium size wood mini-albums for mixed media, scrapbooking and altered art in many shapes and sizes. All of the albums are hand made right on site in their Central Missouri facility. In addition to their albums, they also carry other art supplies in their online store. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/genuinelyjanestudios and their website at https://www.genuinelyjanestudios.com 

All of the designers from both teams have joined together to show you what can be created using the albums along with the stamps.  Be sure to check both the Genuinely Jane Studios and Viva Las VegasStamps websites to see all of the wonderful products! 

This is my new Mixed Media mini album, made with GJS Suitecase wooden album and an huge ammount of VLVS. 
I used Teresa Collins travel line as my paper and embellishments and a lot of mists to change the colors of those papers.

The title is from A2Z Scraplets- the company I designed for the last 18 month and this is one of my last project for them as my long term is over and I just moved to another adventures.

Here are my inner pages- some are just  paper and embellishments and some are mostly photos.

 And a photo page here
And more photos- some stamping too, as you can see

A bit more- same style
Just no photos Mixed Media page
And photos again
And the back cover- all MM and textured mediums

And because we love our followers, each company has generously offered up a prize! Two lucky winners will be chosen at the end of the hop from both VLV Stamps and GJS to win one of the following prizes:

GJS - Gift Certificate for Wood Albums valued at $20

How to Win: Leave a comment on all of the blogs in the hop every day. The daily lineups are listed below. Be sure to visit the blogs for that particular day and leave them some love!  

Day 1 - Fri 26 

Day 2 - Sat 27

Day 3 - Sun 28  

Day 4 - Mon 29 

For an additional entry, Like each of the companies Facebook pages!! While you are there, say hi! 
Thanks for stopping by.... 

Your next stop on the hop is 
Karen .

Tuesday 23 July 2013

Sweet Stamps challenge #127: Christmas greenery

Hello my sweet crafty friends! Today is a new weekly Sweet Stamps challenge and it's Christmas Greenery one!
Here is my wrapping project made for this challenge. So easy when you have this most gorgeous Sweet Stamps Poinsettia and Holly leaf Duo  stamp!
Just wrap you gift with a brown paper,  tie with some washi tapes and stamp the flower twice. Color it with Faber Castell Pitt  India Artist Pens and glue over the washi tapes.

Add some old and forgotten buttons and a Happy Holidays Old Fashion  sentiment!

Now it's your turn to play with our challenge!
 And I enter it to some other challenges:
Packaging- for Lessology (the brown paper is totally recycled one)

Monday 22 July 2013

Live the moment with GJS AND 100 PP

My monthly GJS wooden mini book project and it's a Summer Mixed Media mini book. No photos this time, just a lot of stamping,  stencilling, inks, mists and all possible mediums over the  wood with no... paper. Yes, there is no paper on this project and finally I can live without it.
So here is the cover of this Picket  Fence mini book.

Painted with a thin layer of crackled white paint (Ranger), dried and stamped with Spring Bouquet 100 Proof Press stamp. Dozen of times stamping over and over with black die ink only to get this flowered result. Then I  misted it with 3-4 mist from Ranger and Art Anthology.
Next I added FWAB Tree and grass, colored with brown alcohol ink randomly and just in the middle.
 Oh, you don't want to see my fingers and nails after this treat!

Then I added a resin bird and a flower cluster and Tim Holtz metal plate with this " Life the moment" title.
Next page was stencilled with TCW ATC size stencil  and gel paste, misted and then I made this house with a lot of 100 PP stamping: Old Script, Butterfly  boy, Basic  Compass and a Cloud Speech bubble on the wood.

The third page was with the same stencilled technique  with gel, but another stencil pattern; all misted again and stamped just a bit with the very same stamps. I added FWAB fence (stamped with flowers over it) and misted some white Prima flowers to this mute vintage colors.

The last page: same mists, same stamps; Kaisercraft wooden clock, resin flower, stencilled background  and a lot of summer colors; Flower girls silhouette stamped on the  back.

And here is my back cover (I already posted a full tutorial  with step by step instructions for this page)

I hope you like my Mixed Media GJS  fence mini book.

Sunday 21 July 2013

Be happy or how to make your own silhouette stamps

 I love silhouette stamps! I think it's very easy to work with this kind  of stamps and very effective.
So when I don't have them, I just make them. Period. I try to find a stamp with some kind of a silhouette and then, after I stamp it with black permanent ink, I just  color  the whole image over with a good permanent black marker.
That's exactly how this card was made.

One 100 Proof Press Boy Daydreaming and a randomly, partially stamped Spring  Bouquet ; 4 mists form Lindi's stamp gang; some solid cardstock and a few small letter stickers. One delicious Faber Castell Artist black pen! This is a must!
10 minutes and a card. Or an art piece. Or something you can be proud to show as nobody will know how fast it was done.

So go and do it!
 Pick your favorite stamp and make your own silhouettes!

Wednesday 17 July 2013


I just got my Craft Stamper magazine and here it was- my cover cards, the Editor pick and the whole 3 page article with my 4 projects and a full step by step article.
Those are my cards on the cover

And here they are as an Editor's pick

 And the full article too

I am really happy with the outcome of my hard work.
More things on the way! Stay tuned!

Holiday gift wrap witth Inspired by Stamping

I know that Holidays are far away, but I made this gift wrapping with a LOT! of 
Inspired by Stamping gorgeous stamps, ribbons  and flowers, some washi tape and 2 colors only for some web challenges.

Christmas in July for Love Rubber stamps
 Anything goes for Created with love
 Christmas in July for My craft spot
 Christmas in July for Stamp and create
 3d projects for Creative chicks

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Sweet stamps #126 challenge: Anything goes with Artsy Fartsy new stamps

Hello my dear crafty friends! Today is our Anything goes week on Sweet Stamps challenge blog and it means you can link any possible project and to win some great goodies.
Our DT got a few new ATC sized stamps (actually there are 18 of them for this release, but we got a couple for now and sure more to come). I  picked 2 stamps with a word Paris, so it was just natural to make some travel project . So say welcome to my stamped key chain that can me great for any keys  or travel bags.

I used an old and forgotten plastic frame  and then added 2 stamped ATC size pieces, one of each  clear frame side. The  first one is this Bird in a fly and I used 3-4 Ranger Distress Paints (just drop a bit over the stamped and heat embossed image and then wipe it with a wet baby wipe) over this stamped and heat embossed with black embossing powder image. The second piece with this vintage Paris lady was stamped the same way and then  colored with some yellow,  orange and red Distress paints the very same way as the first piece. Then I added some LYB wooden pieces, painted with the  same paints , connected them to the chains and a ring and this totally useful project was done.

Want ti see those gorgeous Sweet Stamps  18 ATC STAMPS? Go to our shop and just buy some!
And you can see all our new projects on this special ArtsyFartsy Pinterest board too.
And don't forget to participate in our weekly challenge!
 I enter this to Frog Dog Studio  challenge- use Distress Paints

Lifetime adventure with new Sweet Stamps

Hello my dear crafty friends! Today I am going to share my new card made with one of the most gorgeous ATC size stamps; new Sweet Stamps release that is already in the shop.

I used this Bird stamp over the cream cardstock, stamped with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with black EP. Then I made a  punched circle template, added it over the stamped image and colored with 3 primary Staze-On colors to make this rainbow circle. All stamped and colored image was misted with golden mist. The card base was made with CLD Cardmaker dies (the biggest one). Then I die cut the biggest size of CLD Scalloped CardMaker die and dry embossed it . The  front panel was matted over the 3 rd in the row scalloped die cut. All panels were  heat embossed with Gold powder around. I added Tim Holtz stickers sentiment , tied a bow and added an old multicolor button. This is my Golden Paris lifetime adventure.

Much more AF INSPIRATION on our new Pinterest board!

Monday 15 July 2013

Sweet Stamps monthly challenge: Dryer sheet technique

Hello my dear crafty friends! It's our monthly Technical challenge here on Sweet Stamps  blog.
 Today I am going to share the card made with Dryer's Sheet technique.
This is a very simple technique (if you do  have a single drier's sheet and was a problem for me as we live in a very hot and dry country and use  our drier one month a year... ). So get yourself a piece of a drier sheet and enter our Monthly technical challenge as you can win a lot of great goodies from the shop!
And here is my card : this month it's Christmas in July theme , so I made the Christmas card for the future use.

I  stamped 2 Ginger Bread  Boy  and Girl Duo large images over the MME patterned (slightly) paper; colored them with Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Pitt  India Ink Artist pens  and then covered the whole piece with a liquid glue. For this technique you need to use permanent inks and markers, as the glue (any glue) can damage the colored images, so go for  permanent this time, please. Add your dryer's sheet over and press. Sprinkle our delicious Sweet Stamps  Micro Fine Transparent glitter over the wet piece and  let it dry.
Trim the piece to a square shape, make some border punching of 2 other PP pieces and made your  red card   matting with CLD Cardmaker  rectangle largest die.
 Stamp " Happy Holidays" Old fashion  sentiment OVER the leftover, drier's sheet covered piece of cardstock (this time we stamp over the covered paper, not under it) and again, use a permanent ink. Embellish as much as you want and your lovely " technical" card is done.

Now make a card with the same technique and enter our Sweet Stamps monthly challenge!

Sunday 14 July 2013

Faux parchment tutorial with IBS

Parchment craft is very popular in Europe, but also very expensive (tools and templates mostly) and you need to take classes to get some good results. But if you are a stamper with just a few primary supplies, you can make your Faux parchment crafts and it looks just alike, even gorgeous.

So today I am going to show you a simple and yet effective Faux parchment technique.

Product list:

Good stamp set with big and fancy images; snowflakes, big flowers, big doilies- anything big and pretty much circular will do the job. For my tutorial I picked the most gorgeous IBS Doilies set and I will work with a couple of larger doilies on my project.

White pigmented ink- any company will do, but make sure it's pigmented and not die, dry or solvent one.

White embossing powder

Heat gun

Thick vellum

And for the card you need solid cardstock, brads or buttons, smallest possible rhinestones and some ribbon for a finishing touch.

Step by step instructions:

1. Stamp a random selection of doilies over the solid cardstock with white pigmented ink. It's also possible to work with Clear embossing inks, but after a dozens of tries, I finally found that white over white (ink and powder) gives the best results. Add white embossing powder and heat emboss it. Trim to a card size you want to use; I used a scalloped card making die to make it pretty.

2. Stamp big doilies with white ink over the vellum and several times. Add white embossing powder, heat emboss them all.

3. Cut the vellum embossed shapes and arrange some 3d "Doilies flower" with a big vintage button. Try to stay in this monochromatic "mood" of blues (this was my mood as I was kind of a "blue")

4. Make a card base (again, I used a die to cut it the size to fit the scalloped die cut); this time I used a very old and forgotten handmade paper. Trim the ribbon, add some pins if you wish and your "faux parchment" card is done.

Saturday 13 July 2013

Red, black and gold Orient

I love all things Chinese and Japanese, but I hardly craft if this style due the shortage of oriental products on my craft table. So when in one day I got those products from my two design teams, I just made not one and even not 2 projects, but a card and  and 3 ATC cards, All were made with 100 Proof Press Ginko and Lanterns set  of stamps - this collection of cling stamps is very new in the shop-  and with Papyrus #1 and #2 plus a gorgeous corner from my very new Polish team - Wycinanka
The card was made with gold heat embossing of an oriental script over the black card base. Then a front panel was made over white cardstock and heavely covered with Red Distress paint form Ranger (some masking made here, not a lot). Another oriental  flower was stamped and arranged with bare papyrus chipboards. The corner was gold heat embossed and I added a huge bow on the left side.

The ATC cards were stamped over glossy cardstock with permanent ink, painted the same way to the red color with Distress Paint  and every single piece of papyrus chipboards was gold heat embossed. Then I rubbed a bit of Gold  Inka paint for more interest.

I enter this card to some web challenges:
Anything with a bow for Craft Deebowz
Use distress paint for Frog Dog Studio
 Red for Get creative card challenge

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