Happy Bee-day – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. For this cheerful slimline birthday card I chose to combine a few of my favourite Heffy Doodle stamp sets: Big Bug Hugs, Gnome Matter What and Hootiful. I also created my own stencil, let me show you how.

First I stamped the images with Versafine Onyx Black ink: the bugs from Big Bug Hugs, the branch from Hootiful and the big mushroom from Gnome Matter What. I clear heat embossed them and painted them with Karin Brushmarkers. I love how vivid the colors are. On the wings I used a clear shimmer pen to move the ink, in this way I got the subtle sparkle instantly. When they were dry I cut them out with the coordinating dies.

Then I used the Stitched Slimline Trio die set to create my own stencil: from a piece of white cardstock I cut the smallest rectangle and the window die using Heffy Memo Tape to hold them together. Then I die cut another small slim rectangle from Neenah Solar White Cardstock and adhered the homemade stencil temporarily using the Memo Tape. I applied Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink through the windows and before removing the stencil I added diluted blue and black ink and also some white splatters. I like to add texture with this technique.

After removing the stencil I stamped the sentiments in black and popped up the images with 3D foam squares. 

I used the other 2 slimline dies from the Stitched Slimline Trio set to create mats: a light blue and a darker one to create contrast. I adhered them on a slimline cardbase measuring 3,5*8,5 inches and finished it off with a few blue star sequins.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs February Release – Day 3

Hello Everyone,

We are halfway through the revelas of the February Release at Newton’s Nook Designs, but dont worry, we still have plenty of adorable stamps and dies to showcase. Today we are adding another cute farm set to the Farm collection: Baa is full of adorable sheep and comes with coordinating dies.

All products will be available on Friday, 19/02.

As always I started with stamping and colouring the images from the stamp set using Copic markers. I went with Warm Greys and added dotted details at the end for a fluffy look. I cut them all out with their coordinating dies.

While I had my die cutting machine at hand I also cut some scene building elements using the Sky scene builder die set: a few clouds from white and the sun from pastel yellow cardstock scraps. I knew I wanted a slimline scene so I cut the grass (Land border dies) and the Fence longer which is super easy if you line the die up with the last cut edges. You don’t need separate slimline dies, with the partial die cutting technique you can easily make longer die cuts.

I assembled the scene on a 2.75 * 7.75 inches blue cardstock panel and adhered it to a white scalloped rectangle which I cut with the Slimline Frames and Portholes die set. I covered a slimline card base (3.5*8.5 inches) with patterned paper from Lawn Fawn and added the scene.

The sentiments I white heat embossed on some dark grey Speech Bubbles: I love to cut them down using the partial die cutting technique if the sentiment is shorter.

I finished the scene with a couple of clear mini sequins on the clouds and a few flower sequins with pearls in the middle on the grass. I also used a black glaze pen on the eyes of the sheep.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Baa” Stamp Set?This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner! Here’s how to win: comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday February 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar – you are here

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed today’s reveals and you will check back tomorrow for the last day of the February Release sneak peeks.

See you,

Zsofi

Yeti or not, you are 10!

Hello my dears,

It is a very special post today as my daughter turned 10 years old yesterday and I am extremely sentimental about it. It feels like yesterday that I held her in my arms, all the sleepless nights, changing diapers, trying the first spoons of solid food. And hop it went in a second and today I have a funny and beautiful little princess with a big heart who is still a little girl but not so little any more. Today I wanted to show you the card I hid in her lunchbox for her big day. I used a bunch of stamps, dies and paper from Lawn Fawn.

I stamped and coloured the images from the Yeti or not stamp set using Spectrum Noir Triblend markers. It was the first time to use these markers and they are so fun! No thinking about which shade to use, it is all in one marker. Fantastic product for on the go colouring too.

I also stamped some birds and accessories from Birthday Before ‘n afters and Party Animal. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out. As I wanted snowy background I used the Over the mountain borders, coloured with markers and after die utting it I added a bit of stickles to the tops.

I die cut a white frame with the Peekaboo Backdrop die and used a teal patterned paper with golden foil dots from Let it shine Petite paper pack.

After assembling the scene I white heat embossed the sentiment on thin grey cardstock strips and die cut the number 10 with the Oliver’s stitched 123s dies. I added texture to the yeti’s scarf with a white gel pen, emphasized the eyes with a black glaze pen and used a clear shimmer pen on the presents. Cute, isn’t it? My daughter loved it!

I hope I inspired you today and you enjoyed my card.

See you soon with more fun projects,

Zsofi

Inktense pencils – winter scene

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in today with something new. In my latest order from Simon Says Stamp I had a pack of Suzy Plantamura’s watercolour prints with Winter Gnomes. I am fond of gnomes lately and I wanted to try to zone out and colour these with different mediums. The first one I coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils.

I started with the cap: I chose a darker red colour and drew some lines next to the outline. Then scribbled a little lighter one over it and spread the colours out with a wet paintbrush. Thanks to the pigments in this type of pencil the colours are really vibrant even with just a tiny scribble from the pencil.

I made sure to let it dry and meanwhile coloured another part of the image which was not connected to avoid mixing colours. For the snow I used light blue and for the background I mixed blues, violet and some darker purples.

I left the beard and moustache for the last: I tried to add light stokes with my pencils and then fade them out a bit with the waterbrush. It was fun and I like the result even though it was the first time!

When it was all dry I cut it down with a Wonky rectangle and stamped a sentiment (MFT stamps set) in black. I sprinkled white acrylic paint all over it with a toothbrush: it gives smaller dots than when I do this with a thin brush. I also added clear shimmer to the Moon, glossy accents to the skate and some fluffy texture to the cap and overall with my Marvy Snow Marker. It puffs up when I heat it up with my heat tool. So fun!

I hope you liked today’s inspiration, and will return soon for more!

See you,

Zsofi

Winter Birthday Wishes – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. As I need to boost up my birthday stash, I created a slimline winter birthday card mixing up a few stamps and dies and stencil. Let me guide you through the process.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Happy Yappy Mail and Wanna Build a Snowman. I used Copic markers and cut everything out with their coordinating dies.

I also die cut a white rectangle with a Slimline Stitched Trio die and another one from white glitter cardstock. Then I used the partial die cutting technique to cut a snowbank from this with the Breaking Waves Border dies. It is easy to line it up with the stitches so it works perfectly for slimline cards too.

On the white panel I applied Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks fadin it out toward tthe bottom. I spritzed it with water, added some white acrylic paint splatters and let it dry. Ok I was impatient and helped a bit with my heat tool too. When it was dry enough not to smear it, I added white texture paste through the First Snow stencil. Even though it is 6 inches long only, I could simply move it where the pattern has finished and add more snow drops. With this stencil it is very easy, you do not need to line anything up!

While the paste was drying I die cut a scalloped slimline rectangle from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and also the word Birthday from orange glitter cardstock. The rest of the sentiment I white heat embossed on black cardstock and cut it out with its coordinating die. I love the look of a stamped and die cut sentiment!

When it was all dry I assembled the winter scene popping up the dogs with thin 3D foam sqquares. I finished them off with a black glaze pen on the eyes, noses, buttons and the pipe and added a bit of shimmer to the scarves and collars before sealing it with glossy accents.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Happy Birthday to my boy!

Hello everyone,

It is my son’s 7th birthday and as he is fond of trains, I had to make him a train card of course.

I started with stamping and colouring the images from Avery Elle Christmas Train. I used Copic markers and because blue is my little boy’s favourite colour, I made the train and cart blue. I used the coordinting dies to cut all images out.

For the background I used Newton’s Nook Design’s Petite Snow stencil with white textured paste on light blue cardstock. I set it aside to dry until I was working on the sentiment.

I die cut the Happy and Birthday words from the Waffle Flower Year Round words set using black cardstock. I also die cut a balloon from MFT Balloon Numbers from red glitter cardstock and backed it with a white balloon.

To set the scene I needed a snowbank so I used Newton’s Nook Design’s Land border die and white glitter cardstock. The perfect railway I found in Mama Elephant’s Little Train Agenda.

After assembling the card I popped up the train and balloon with 3D foam squares and used a clear shimmer pen on the presents and glossy accents to emphasize some details.

I wish you like my card as much as my son does.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs Winter Release – Day 3

Hello Everyone,

We are halfway through the Newton’s Nook Designs Winter Release reveals and we continue the winter theme with another round set: Snowman Roundabout stamp set. It is so cute and could work so well for kids’ crafts as well! I plan to colour these with my son too who is not as crafty as my daughter. All the new products will be available on 20/11.

As all roundabout sets this one also coordinates well with the previously released Circle Frames and Banner Trio dies.

I started with silver heat embossing the snowman stamp on Bristol Smooth cardstock and cut it out with a Circle Frames die. I used my Karin Brush markers for a quick watercolouring: I didn’t add any shading to the snowmen to show you how nice it looks with just a touch of colour!

For the background I chose a purple patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs and used 3D foam tape to pop up the focal panel.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on a purple banner (Banner Trio) and added a very thin strip blue violet cardstock under it before attaching it to the embossed snowmen.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Snowman Roundabout” Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner! Here’s how to win: comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday November 19th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, November 20th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amy Tsuruta

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed the third day of the winter release and you will pop in again tomorrow for the last day of the reveals!

See you,

Zsofi

Beary happy birthday – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

It is Zsofi here, welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series. I always find it difficult to create masculine cards so I brought you an idea using the little bear die from the Heffy Doodle Mini Die Cutting Machine freebies mixed with other stamps and dies. Let’s dive in the details!

I started with the background: on a piece of watercolour paper I put a few tiny drops of Nuvo Shimmer Powder and spritzed it with water generously. I was very impatient to let it dry on its own so I helped it with my heat tool. When it was completely dry I used the new Mini Essentials die set and cut the biggest rectangle.

While I was at die cutting I also cut the bear (freebie with the Mini Die Cutting Machine) from white cardstock and applied Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink with a brush. I also cut some canopy using the Forest Builder die set from watercolour paper and sponged Black Soot Distress Oxide on them. I added water droplets and also sprinkled it with diluted black ink and white acrylic paint. I just love to have some texture. The tree trunks are cut from black cardstock. I used a Slopey Joes border die to cut the ground from a leftover piece of the watercolour paper and added Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink.

I assembled the scene and popped up the bear with the new thick 3D foam tape. It is still quite basic but I needed a birthday card for a friend of mine so I looked for some accessories and found the perfectly matching ones in Happy Snappy Crocs. I quickly coloured the bottle and the glass with Copics, and cut them all out with the coordinating dies.

For the sentiment I used the same stamp set, I really love the playful fonts. I stamped both lines with Catherine Pooler inks. They give such a crisp and bright result!

As a finishing touch I added a few black jewels to the trees and glossy accents to the nose of the bear.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Squirrels’ party – Lawn Fawn

Hello Everyone,

It has been a while since I last played along the Lawnfawnatics Challenges and the same with Simon Says Stamp IG challenges. I felt it was high time for some crafty fun and as the theme is Fall on both, I used my brand new squirrels from Lawn Fawn’s latest release.

I stamped the little cuties from Let’s go nuts, the branch from a retired set called Home sweet home. I used a brown hybrid ink from Scrapbook.com, which is Copic marker friendly. Then I used different brown shades to colour them and cut them all out with their coordinating dies.

Then I die cut the different pieces of the Acorn house from kraft and brown cardstock, and some accessories from the new metallic gold cardstock.

The smaller leave from the set I cut from coloured cardstock scraps several times. For the grass I used a grassy border die.

For the background of my scene I chose a cloudy patterned paper from the new Into the woods remix paper pad. I assembled the scene using liquid glue and 3D foam squares to add dimension. The sentiments I white heat embossed on thin brown cardstock strips. I used the same cardstock to add a thin mat around my scene.

I finished it off with a black glaze pen on the eyes and noses and made the acorn hats shiny with glossy accents. Such a cheerful scene, don’t you think? Will be a perfect gift for my daughter’s friend, who is turning 10 soon.

I will upload this card to the Lawnfawnatics Challenge #86 and the SSSIG Challenge Fall theme too.

I hope you enjoyed my card design and will pop in again soon for more fun!

See you,

Zsofi

STAMPtember Exclusive with Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to take part in Simon Says Stamp’s STAMPtember event with this adorable exclusive set designed by Newton’s Nook Designs. It is only available at Simon Says Stamp and only while supplies last – so if you like this set it is better to hurry and get it quickly.

For my card I stamped the images and coloured them with Copic markers. I used my scissors to fussy cut them out and ran a black Memento marker on the edges so the little cutting imperfections are not visible. Easy trick but makes the images look more finished.

I knew I wanted to use all the three cuties and they could fit an A2 sized card too, but I am absolutely on a slimline hype now so I used a premade cardbase from Simon Says Stamp. I cut a patterned paper to be slightly smaller than the front panel and die cut a piece of vellum too with the Slimline Frames and Portholes die from Newton’s Nook Designs.

While I was at die cutting I also cut 3 frames from pink cardstock using the Slimline Frames and Windows die set. I layered them on top of each other on the vellum piece. It mutes the background a bit and gives it a soft feel.

I stamped three sentiments on three stitched anners from the Banner Trio die set and adhered each of them under a pocket. I popped up the images with 3D foam squares. I used glossy accents on the noses, a black glaze pen on the eyes and a few satin confetti from Studio Katia in coordinating colours.

I hope you liked my inspiration and will pop in again soon for more fun projects. You can follow me on Instagram too where I share my happy creations.

Until next time, take care of yourself!

Zsofi