Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February Challenge @ I Am Roses

Hello dear people!

Today starts the first challenge of the 2017 at the I Am Roses blog and we have some awesome news regarding the prizes for the winners! Here is how it goes now:

WINNER (Chosen at Random) $50 Voucher
Top 3 (1st Place) $30 Voucher
Top 3 (2nd/3rd Place) $25 Voucher

As usual, the design team members have some inspiration to share.

I created a set of ATC cards, featuring "The Archivist" Prima papers and of course, I Am Roses flowers.

Each card measures 2.5" X 3.5", but despite the small size is very dimensional and detailed.
Here are the links to the IAR flowers which I used:
S11 - 15 Small White Crafts Wedding Paper Flowers (I sprayed them with the "Gold" Color Shine from Heidi Swapp).

The dies are by Tim Holtz, Technique Tuesday and Scrap Man
The leaves stamp is from Ali Express.

1 - Forever

2 - Amazing

3 - Always

Here are the rules of the Challenge:
Contest runs Feb 15th - Mar 8th (Ends 11:55PM PST)
Theme: "Anything Goes"
Minimum (2) I Am Roses Products
One project submission per participant
One winner will be chosen
Participants will upload their project to their blog or forum, Label it “Feb IAR Challenge”
Participants will add a direct link to their project using the InLinkz tool provided. (*if you are unable to use the tool, leave a comment to this blog post and leave a direct link to your project)
Must Subscribe/or be a Follower of the IAR Challenge Blog
Winner will be announced alongside the next NEW monthly challenge on the 15th

I hope I succeeded to inspire you :) We would love to see you participate in the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Baby Card With The "Heaven Sent"

Hello everyone!

How are you today?
I have a card with the Prima "Heaven Sent" papers and some dies from the Fantasy Hobby Shop, which are perfect for any baby-themed project.

Here are the links to the dies which I used on this card:
Нож для вырубки Fantasy "Дождик"
Нож для вырубки Fantasy салфетка "Павлинья"

At the pictures below you can have a look at the close-ups:

For making the flowers I've used a die from 'Joy!Crafts', but I think it is already retired.

I hope you like the card and the dies :) See you soon.

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Mini Album with "Lavender Morning" for Studio 75

Hello dear readers!

Today I am sharing a simple and quick mini album, which features a paper collection called "Lavender Morning" by Studio 75, as well as an accordion cardstock base.

The "Lavender Morning" 12"X12" set includes 4 double sided sheets, as well as one decorative strip with flowers and another strip with the tags. This is just enough to put together little albums, or cards or to create a layout. For larger projects, you might consider purchasing a couple of sets, since one will not do. 

Here are some close-ups, where you can see how beautiful are the watercolor flowers from the "Lavender Morning" collection:

If you like the flowers and want to use them only, aside from the paper, you can purchase the paper strip with these images separately.

The accordion album base is glued to the inside cover (which was created out of plain cardstock). 
I really like that 'Studio 75' papers are all heavyweight, it is so easy and great to create with them. Even without a chipboard cover, this album turned out very sturdy.

The two larger cream color flowers were created using the off-white color foamiran, available in the 'Studio 75' store.

I hope you'll find this project inspiring.
You can visit the 'Studio 75' blog for more inspiration and project ideas.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A card for Fabrika Decoru

Hello everyone!!

A couple of days ago a February Challenge started at the Fabrika Decoru blog. One of the paintings by a contemporary Vietnamese artist Phan Thu Trang was suggested to the participants as an inspiration. 

I liked Phan Thu Trang's paintings a lot, but was not able to find the inspiration in the color schemes, although they looked stunning! 
**By the way, if you are interested, you can have a look at her other works here.

Back to the point at hand, I liked a technique that Phan Thu Trang used in her paintings for creating the leaves of the trees,  it resembled a lot of post-it notes stuck to the canvas. I decided to create a heart (a focal point of my card) in the similar way and here is how it turned out:

I prepapred the heart-shaped base first, then cut a few strips of paper which were 0.5" wide, and then cut the strips to squares measuring 0.5" x 0.5". I covered the heart with those squares, trying to glue them to the base in a more or less organized ("patterned") way, and finally lifted their corners a bit to achieve this effect:

Here are some more close-ups:

I've used the Fabrika Decoru paper set called "Rose Garden" for creating my card. You will be able to find the links to all the products at the bottom of this post.

And here is Phan Thu Trang painting which we had to use for inspiration:

If you have any of the Fabrika Decoru's products, you are very welcome to join the challenge and share your projects with the design team, as well as with other crafters in the 'February Gallery'.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Masculine Card for the "Fantasy" Design Team

Hello dear all!

Today I am sharing a masculine card, as part of the inspiration for the Fantasy Hobby Shop.

Here are the links to the 'Fantasy' dies which were used on my card:
Нож для вырубки Fantasy стимпанк "Составная лампочка"
Нож для вырубки Fantasy стимпанк "Шестеренки"

Masculine cards are always hard to create, but the steampunk-themed dies and the papers by Webster's Pages ("GreatTravels"), which I had in my stash, made the process easier. 

How often are you creating masculine projects?
I hope you like this card :)

Thank you for stopping by. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook - Shaker Envelopes Mini Album Tutorial

Hello dear visitors!!

(You can purchase a kit for creating this mini album from "Photographs and Memories Scrapbooking" here: https://goo.gl/fX3DmB)

One of the products by Graphic 45 that I really love are the policy envelopes. You can get them in a variety of sizes:
ATC (3" X 4") (Red, Black)
Square (5.25"x 5.25") (Red, Black
Regular (4.75" x 6.5") (Red, Black)
Large (4.13" x 9") (Red, Black)

In the album which I want to share with you today, I used the regular size and turned the envelopes into the pocket pages, adding a shaker in the middle. The pages/envelopes can be used either for storing pictures (as they are, i.e. not matted), or for putting several photo mats/tags/memorabilia inside. For embellishing the album I used the papers from the Nature Sketchbook collection by Graphic 45.

You can fit 3.5" X 5" photos inside the shaker pages, while each of the 6 pocket pages of the album can hold at least 10 pictures of the stated size. I planned to use the album as a photo holder, that's why the pages are embellished in a minimalistic style, the center of attention is the shaker frame in the middle of each page.

The photo mats are stamped with the various Nature Sketchbook stamp sets. There are 3 sets all together:
Set 1
Set 2
Set 3


The pages are attached to the moving spine, which allows to unfold the whole cover of the album completely flat and easily flip through the pages.

Here is a closer look:

By the way, the slides that you see here were created using the stamp and dies set by Paper Artsy - which is called 'Hot Picks Slidemount'. To create a film inside the slides, I colored the acetate squares with different alcohol inks and placed them in between the die cut slides. 

On the spine of the album as well as on the front cover I used several of the chipboard pieces from the Nature Sketchbook collection, as well as the die cut flowers. The rest of the flowers are from I Am Roses:

Here is a video tutorial which I hope you will find useful :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great creative day.