Clean and simple Christmas

Hello Everyone,

Sometimes we need quick and easy cards for the men in our lives and there is no time to stamp and colour. Die cutting is an easy way to get a simple card done in short time. The card I am sharing today was inspired by the Merry Making Online card classes and the almost closing MFT Sketch Challenge #355.

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I started with die cutting a stitched rectangle from kraft cardstock and splattered it with water. I added white embossing powder and heated it with my heat gun. I saw this technique from Jennifer McGuire and I wanted to try as it seemed easy and perfect for snow. I had to heat it longer than usual to allow the water drop to dry first before the powder melted.

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When the background was finished I used 2 arrow dies from the Blueprint 7 die set to cut little green scrap pieces. I glued them on a piece of typing paper and I used my paper trimmer to cut a triangle shape. I made a little trunk from brown cardstock and die cut a star from Blueprints 8 to go on the top of my tree. I added some Spectrum Noir shimmer to some parts of the tree and the star, and I also coated this one with glossy accents.

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I adhered my handmade Christmas tree on the background, die cut a sentiment from dark green cardstock and stamped the word Happy above it with brown ink (from the MFT Essential sentiments set).

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It is a very clean and simple, rather masculine card for the holidays. I will upload this to the MFT Sketch Challenge #355 and to the MFT Creative Construction with Blueprints Challenge (Right this way) too.

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Hope you got inspired and will return soon for the last minute Halloween cards I promised.

See you!

Zsofi

Masculine Christmas card

Hello Everyone,

It is a really rainy Monday here, the beautiful leaves started to fall, some trees are almost bold. A clear sign that winter is close and Christmas is coming. For the new Inky Paws Challenge #58, I created a bit more masculine card, using the given sketch:

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Here it is:

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I started with selecting a pretty patterned paper from the Echo Park Hello Winter collection. It has my favourite blues. I cut it with a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp and gave it a dark teal mat.

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I stamped and coloured the cute Winston the bear from the Newton’s Nook Designs Sweater weather set. I used Copics and fussy cut the image when it was done.

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I have a beautiful stitched snowflake die from MFT which is big enough to make a proper backdrop behind the bear. I cut it 3 times and stacked them together for more dimension. I still needed a stitched strip to go across the card and make Winston pop. I chose SSS Audrey blue cardstock for this.

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At this point I assembled the card, gave the whole panel a silver metallic mat and adhered it to a top folding A2 sized white card base.

The sentiment is cut with an MFT die, several times from dark blue cardstock, layered on each other and coated with glossy accents. I also had to add my finishing touches: clear Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the sweater and cap, black glaze pen on the nose and eyes, and a bit of glossy accents to emphasize some details.

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I hope you like my card and got inspired to make sg awesome for this lovely sketch challenge. You have 2 weeks to link up your project to the Inky Paws Challenge site. You might be the randomly selected winner of a 20 USD gift certificate to the NND online store.

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Be sure to check back again, I have some fun Halloween cards to share this week.

See you soon,

Zsofi

School invitation

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in for the second time today to share quickly a card I made for my daughter’s favourite KG teacher. It is an invitation for an open day at school and Jana will deliver it in the morning. I hope the teacher will like it 🙂 I used the current MFT Sketch Challenge #354 as inspiration for the layout.

Here is the card:

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I started with stamping the blackboard from Lawn Fawn and the cute girl with the huge pencil (PI Straight to the point) on Copic Express it paper, coloured with Copics and die cut them with the coordinating dies.

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Then I white heat embossed the “Invitation” in Hungarian (Scrapfellow stamp) on the blackboard and printed the occasion and date on a red cardstock. I die cut it with a flag banner die and layered it under the heat embossed sentiment.

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To set the scene, I used warm grey toned patterned paper, and adhered the images. I added some Spectrum Noir shimmer pen and glossy accents to some of the details and 2 little white matte enamel dots to “hold” the banner in place.

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I hope you like my card and will return soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

Autumn blessings

Inky Paws Challenge

Happy Monday Everyone!

I am here with a new inspirational card design for the current Inky Paws Challenge #57, which is a Fall theme.

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I have recently purchased the Newton’s Nook Designs Autumn Newton stamp set and I was longing to colour those kitties. I chose my patterned paper first and matched the colouring with its main colours. I used Copics, a bit of Spectrum Noir shimmer and glossy accents.

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I stamped and gold heat embossed the sentiment on the same small white panel, I repeated the embossing to get even more dimension and make it more smooth. It is easy to do with a stamp positioner which allows you to stamp exactly in the same place all the time.

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I made a dark brown and gold mat for my focal panel and adhered it to the patterned paper also matted with dark brown cardstock. I love to layer papers, it gives extra dimension and more contrast.

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Finally I adhered this to a kraft card front panel and glued it  on a top folding white card base (I love when it opens like this). A few enamel dots in coordinating colours finished it off.

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I hope you like my card and got inspired to play along the Inky Paws Challenge, you have time until this Friday and you can win a 20USD gift certificate to the NND online store. And by the way their October release is coming this Friday too, so get your wallet ready!

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Sending a harvest of blessings,

Zsofi

Happy Howl-o-ween

Hello Everyone,

As Halloween is close, I will still post some cards related to this holiday, just as inspiration. Personally we do not celebrate Halloween, but I love all the crafty products available on the market 🙂

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I started with stamping the cute dogs from the Lawn Fawn Happy Howloween and Happy Howlidays stamp sets (this last one was an SSS Exclusive last year). I coloured them with Copics and die cut them with the coordinating dies.

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To build the scene I used a cloud stencil and distress inks to make a sunset feel. I also sponged distress inks on 2 die cut grass borders, on the Leafy tree backdrop and a stitched rectangle frame. I sprinkled some water on them for more texture.

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The sentiment is stamped directly on the clouds in black. I used 3D foam tape and liquid glue to assemble the card. I also stamped the Boo sentiment in a light grey ink on the background.

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A bit of details as always: black glaze pen on the eyes and noses, white gel pen dots on the cheeks, Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the pumpkins and hats and glossy accent on the bones.

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I will submit this card to the Lawnfawnatics Challenge #14 Happy little critters.

I hope you like this card and will pop in tomorrow for more fun projects.

See you,

Zsofi

Merry kisses

Hello Everyone,

Today I brought you a card I made for the Little Tangles Sketch Challenge #85.

Here is my card:

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I have recently got the Merry kisses stamp and die set, which I think is my favourite image this year. These foxes are totally adorable! I coloured them with Copics and die cut them with the coordinating dies.

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To create a festive but simple background I followed the sketch and created a white stitched frame using SSS stitched rectangle and square dies. I created a layering frame from gold glitter cardstock using one size smaller square and my guillotine trimmer. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in colourful inks and Versamark with clear embossing powder. I wanted the sentiment to match the colour combo I used for the foxes.

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On a white card base I gently blended some Tumbled glass distress ink and glued the frame and fox couple down flat. I added some Studio Katia snow crystals as falling snow. I also placed the little mistletoe above them using a bit of 3D foam squares. A tiny teal bow and a little golden gemstone in the middle “holds” it in place.

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As a finishing touch I added Spectrum Noir shimmer pen to the scarf and glossy accent on the stripes and mistletoe. I also used a black glaze pen on the noses and white gel pen on the cheeks.

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This is my favourite Christmas card till now this year, I hope you like it as much as I do!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back soon.

Have a lovely weekend,

Zsofi

Clean and simple Christmas

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in today morning with a quick post for the MFT Sketch Challenge #353. This is the sketch:

And this is my card:

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I started with die cutting a piece of heavy weight cardstock with a rounded rectangle die from Blueprint 6. I created a mask with a did cut circle from masking paper and used the negative to sponge Distress Oxide inks on my panel. I also made the snow banks by masking and sponging ink with a very light hand. Before removing the mask, I stamped the falling snow background stamp with white pigment ink on it.

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The sentiment is white heat embossed on red velvet cardstock. I love the smooth rubbery feel of this cardstock, but the antistatic powder tool leaves a little residue on it which doesn’t show much in real life (less visible than on the pics). The strip is popped up on the card with 3D foam tape.

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From Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day colouring challenge I had an already coloured and die cut Santa and a Christmas tree, so I could quickly finish this card. A bit of Spectrum Noir shimmer pen, Stickles and glossy accent totally dressed up Santa, who is also popped up with 3D foam tape.

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I will link this project up also on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Christmas.

 

Thanks for popping in and hope to see you again soon.

Zsofi

 

 

Thankful

Happy Monday Everyone,

It is time for a new challenge at the Inky Paws Challenges. Challenge #57 is a Fall theme in the next two weeks, perfect for making some thank you cards.

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I started with a piece of dark chocolate cardstock and layered the Falling Leaves stencil over it. I have recently purchased this stencil and I cannot have enough of it. Actually I love all the stencils from Newton’s Nook Designs, they are all gorgeous and super quality.

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So I added gold glitter paste to the stencil and it ended up in a beautiful and very sparkly background.

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Until it was drying I worked on the rest of the card. I cut a stitched strip of teal cardstock to hold the sentiment which is a Simon Says Stamp die. I die cut the shadow from the same dark chocolate cardstock and the word itself several times from white cardstock. I stacked them together and pressed it in my Versamark ink pad and covered it with golden sparkle embossing powder. I used tweezers to hold it while I heated it up with my heat gun. I repeated the process another 2 times to have the word completely covered, even on the sides. I was happy that it matched the super pretty golden leaves on the background.

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After adhering all these on a kraft card base, I felt there is something missing. I die cut a leaf from the Autumn leaves die collection twice: once from dark chocolate and once from golden sparkle glitter paper. I carefully removed the veins of the brown one and secured the golden one from the back with scotch tape to make sure the veins stay in place. I layered the two on top of each other and glued it on the teal strip.

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I hope you got inspired and will join us in this fun challenge. You can win a 20 USD gift certificate to the NND online store!

See you later,

Zsofi

World Card Making Day with MFT

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in with a fun card collection I made for the MFT World Card Making Day Challenges. They announced 4 challenge, and I made 3 cards for them. Let me show them one by one.


Challenge #1: ROYBGV

I had a stencilled panel using distress inks, not all rainbow colours fit on it, but most of them are there. I die cut it with a fun stitched die from a Blueprints set and die cut the word Smile 3 times from watercolour cardstock. I added the same distress inks on the letters and stacked the 3 layers together.

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I heat embossed a sentiment from the All smiles stamp set on a thin black cardstock using white embossing powder. Then coloured a cute unicorn from the Birdie Brown set with Zig clean colour real brush markers. I fussy cut it this time and popped everything on the stencilled panel using 3D foam tape.

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I added a royal purple mat and the usual accents to finish the card: Spectrum Noir shimmer pen, Black glaze pen and some glossy accents.

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Challenge #2: Die-namics Design

I made a very simple in-laid card using the diagonal stitched rectangles dies.

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I cut a frame from green cardstock and an inner piece from Neenah Solar White. In this one I die cut the sending hugs word die and replaced it with a silver metallic version when adhering it all to a white card base.

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Then I embellished it with some stitched flowers and a silver glitter enamel dot in their middle.

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Challenge #3: By the numbers

This was the most difficult to figure out, then I realised that I could make the Christmas card for my new-born niece early. (The pics are not good as I captured them at night, not in natural light).

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I had a little cat already coloured with Copics, I just had to add a santa hat and a candy cane behind his back. I die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment from silver cardstock and the “1st” from velvet red. I used Stephanie Klauck’s technique to add this to my card front, made it so easy with the masking tape.

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On the background I white heat embossed some pretty snowflakes and gently blended a little Tumbled glass distress ink to make them more visible. A velvet red mat before I added it to a white card base and it was all done. Just a bit of shimmer and shine to make it more special, of course.

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Challenge 4: Make it and mail it.

Ok there is no separate card for this, as I plan to send all the 3 cards out. The first one to a relative of mine living in Switzerland (belated birthday wish as she had her birthday few weeks ago), the second to a friend from IG I have not hear of for a while and the third to my little niece – actually this will be hand delivered at Christmas I think.

Thank you MFT for such a fun event, I really enjoyed a crafty weekend. It has been a while since I could finish that many cards in 2 days. I loved that 🙂

See you tomorrow with some Newton’s Nook beauty 😉

Have a lovely evening,

Zsofi

World Cardmaking Day

Hello Everyone,

Today is a special day, World Cardmaking Day 🙂 What else shall I do than making a bunch of cards? Meanwhile I cooked lunch and made the laundry and played with the kids…multitasking as always. The best card I made although today was the one I made in silence and peace 😀 But this one I will show in a separate post.

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So let me make this a different post: here are my cards, 3 with the same stamp and die set (all from SSS), coloured with Zig Clean colour real brush markers after heat embossing. I changed the colours and a little bit the design n the last one, but they are very similar.

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And as Newton’s Nook Designs is having my heart, I had to make a card using my all time favourite NND sunflower image from the retiring Flower Garden stamp set. Simple design, coloured with Prismacolor pencils. The beauty of it is the added prills in the middle of the sunflower and that pretty golden strip on the side.

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I hope you like my creations and that you also have time to craft today. It is so relaxing and fun!

Be sure to pop in tomorrow, when I plan to share some more cute cards.

See you,

Zsofi