Koality holidays

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share these cuties with you I made for a sweet friend of mine as a present.  She loves koalas and I wanted to turn the cute images from the Sugarpea Designs+Simon Says Stamp Stamptember collaboration set into little Santas.

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I started with stamping an colouring the images with Copic markers and I die cut them with their coordinating dies. The Santa hats are from the MFT Beast Friends stamp set.

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For the tags I used the small tag from Sugarpea Designs to cut them from heavy weight white cardstock which I previously covered with silver glitter tape. I adorned the tags with some green metallic branches (also part of the tag die set). I adhered the cute koalas on each and finished them with a thin red ribbon. A bit of Spectrum Noir sparkle pen and glossy accents of course I had to add.

The card I kept similarly clean and simple too. I die cut a stitched rectangle from white cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot machine one more time with the swirls background die from Simon Says Stamp. I die cut a stitched strip from the same green metallic cardstock and heat embossed a Hungarian sentiment (Scrapfellow) on it with silver embossing powder.

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I gave it a silver mat using silver glitter tape and assembled the card. The same finishing touches I applied here too: glossy accents on the nose, black glaze pen on the eyes, Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen on the Santa hat.

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I will upload this project to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything goes, to the Work it Wednesday Challenge (use something new) and to the Sugar Pea Designs Anything goes Challenge too.

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I hope you like it an will return soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

Bokeh technique with distress inks

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely holiday and it is still the time of relaxation. For us it is the winter break for the kids so we spend a lot of time together playing. The end of the year did not go as planned crafting-wise, I am still going to the post office to send out my belated holiday wishes. I have made a lot of cards which I did not manage to blog, this card set was one of them. But as the Paper Smooches Winter Holiday Challenge is still open, I will share it now.

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A couple of weeks back I attended a lovely course on Online Card Classes and learnt a great background technique with distress inks from the gorgeous Kristina Werner. I started with stamping the cute snowman couple on Bristol Smooth cardstock and masked them off using masking paper and the coordinating dies. I also added a strip of post-it tape to create snow.

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Then I applied some distress ink  and lifted some of it with a wet paintbrush. I heat set it and repeated again. After I felt ok with the result and it was all dry, I white heat embossed some beautiful snowflakes (SSS)  all around the snowmen.

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After removing the masks, I coloured the couple with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers. I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and glued it on a gold or silver mat. The sentiment is a stacked die cut for more dimension, it is also a Paper Smooches die.

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When the cards were done, I added some google eyes or eerie eyes from Doodlebug. A little Spectrum Noir shimmer, glossy accent and a tiny pearl finished off these cute cards. Which one is your favourite?

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Hope you don’t mind some more holiday themed cards till the new year. Please pop in again soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

 

 

Inky Paws Challenge #62 – falalallama

White and blue snowflakes on a dark paper background.

Happy Monday Everyone,

Today a new Inky Paws Challenge #62 is starting, with cozy and warm  colours. I just love this colour combo, so wintery and fitting the season.

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I started with running a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock through the Big Shot machine with a stitched rectangle frame die and then a stitched swirls cover up die from Lil’Inkers Designs. I love this die and use it so often, it looks fabulous on any coloured cardstock when I want to keep it clean and simple.

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Then I stamped and coloured the cute llama from the new Llama delivery stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I used Copics and simple shading. I used the coordinating dies to cut it out an another piece from fun foam too for instant dimension. I love that a stamped image looks like a puffy sticker in this way.

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The sentiment is partly die cut from glitter paper (Simon Says Stamp die) and partly white heat embossed on a black banner (MFT stamps and Lawn Fawn die). I made the die cut sentiment more dimensional by adding a few more layers under the glitter one. I used Ranger Multi Matte Medium with a fine tip applicator to adhere the layers.

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I die cut a stitched small rectangle from light green cardstock to carry the greetings and I decided to stamp some of the music notes also across the card with black ink for a more festive feel. A bit of Spectrum Noir shimmer and glossy accent finished it off.

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I hope you like it and will join us in the next 2 weeks for this challenge. A random winner will get a 20 USD gift certificate to the NND online store.

I will link this project up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Stitch it and Monday Challenge Holiday cards.

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See you soon with some last minute holiday cards an tags.

Zsofi

Holiday Card Series 2017 – Colourful houses

White and blue snowflakes on a dark paper background.

Hello Everyone,

A quick post of a card I made last minute for the Lawnfawnatics Emboss Resist challenge.

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I saw many beautiful cards from Laura Bassen and she loves to colour with distress inks. I wanted to try this technique, so I white heat embossed a lot of little houses from the Winter village stamp set (Lawn Fawn) on Bristol Smooth cardstock. I cut them apart and sponged different Distress Inks on them, then I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

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For the background I added water splatters to a Bristol Smooth cardstock and white heat embossed it. Then I sponged Distress inks on the whole panel and misted with Shimmer mist for a subtle sparkle. I also dabbed some of it with a paper towel for more texture.

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I die cut 3 stitched hillside borders and stamped the greetings with colourful inks on the smallest one. I re-stamped the upper one with Versamark ink and added clear embossing powder to it. After heat setting it gives a lovely shiny look to the sentiment.

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After assembling the card, I added some Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen to the roofs and went over the snow caps with a white acrylic marker. I also added some extra dots to the background with the same marker for more snow falling.

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I will upload this card project to the following challenges:

I hope you like this very cheerful holiday card and will return soon for more inspiration.

See you soon,

Zsofi

 

National Cocoa Day

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in with a quick card to celebrate the National Cocoa Day on the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. The funny thing is, that my Simon Says Stamp package just arrived in the morning and it had a little freebie stamp with this cute image. I felt I just had to use it right away.

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I started with die cutting a tag (Clearly Besotted die) from white cardstock, added a little blue gingham paper with a dark brown mat to the bottom of it. I stamped the sentiment from the mini set with Gina K Designs inks.

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Then I stamped the mouse with the cacao, coloured it with Copics and added some details with a white gel pen, black glaze pen, Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen and glossy accents.

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While it was drying I die cut some pine tree branches (Simon Says Stamp) from metallic green cardstock and covered the whole of the tag. I also added a dark red paper bow (Mama Elephant die) using liquid glue.

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The background is a cute patterned paper from Doodlebug, matted with dark brown cardstock. I used 3D foam tape to pop up the tag.

I will upload this to the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and also to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Christmas/Winter holidays.

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I hope you like my card and will pop in again soon. I am off to have my hot cacao now from my favourite mug! Yummie.

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See you soon,

Zsofi

 

Holiday Card Series 2017 – hedgehogs in the snow

White and blue snowflakes on a dark paper background.

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in with a project inspired by the current Sketch Challenge at the MFT Card Challenges site. Actually I made 4 cards, all the same, having in mind the teachers at my son’s KG (he is in the Hedgehog group).

I started with die cutting my stitched panels from Bristol Smooth cardstock. Before stamping anything, I created my masks from full sticky Post-it notes and fussy cut the images to be ready to use. I also created a circle mask as the moon. As I made 4 cards, I created 4 masks of each image simply stacking 4 Post-its and stamping the image once, cutting all 4 at once.

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Then I stamped the small hedgehog first. I , masked it, stamped the second hedgehog, masked it and finally stamped the tree trunk. I masked this too and added the moon mask as well. I stamped the Snowfall background stamp with Versamark ink and white heat embossed it on all 4 card panels.

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Then I started ink blending using Distress Oxide inks and a round blending tool. Before reaching the bottom of the panel, I used the Drifts and hills stencil from MFT to add a snow bank.

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After removing the masks I coloured the images with Zig Clean Colour Real brush markers. I also painted some Black Soot distress ink really watered down on the moon for more texture, and I added also some perfect pearls for a subtle shine.

I also stamped a Santa hat and 2 presents from the Beast friends stamp set, coloured and fussy cut them out. I added some snow marker to the hat and puffed it up with a heat tool. After adding them to the card, I added some shading with a light grey marker.

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I stamped the Santa in his sleigh image from a Newton’s Nook Design set (Snow globe scenes) in the moon and white heat embossed a simple sentiment on a metallic black banner.

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A very technique oriented card design, but it was so much fun to make multiples of it.

I will link this up to the MFT Sketch Challenge #362 and also to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Christmas/winter holidays.

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

See you,

Zsofi

 

Holiday Card Series 2017 – Santa on train

White and blue snowflakes on a dark paper background.

Happy Monday Everyone,

It is time for a new inspiration for the ongoing Inky Paws Challenges #61.

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The given sketch made me think of a tag on a card design. I love this set-up, and it gave me a chance to try the lovely Snowfall stencil with some glimmer paste. Gorgeous icy look!

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Until my background was drying, I made the tag: I die cut the stitched tag from Simon Says Stamp from Bristol Smooth cardstock and dressed it up with a green stitched topper and a stitched white reinforcer (all part of the die set).

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Then I stamped the Santa on the train from the All aboard for Christmas stamp set. I used my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens to colour it. I added a bit of sparkle and glossy accents here and there.

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The sentiment I stamped on a red striped tiny piece of paper with black ink and adhered it to the tag along with a thin strip of gold glitter paper. I added a black banner to the back of it and used 3D foam tape to adhere it to the snowflake background.

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I gave a red mat to it all and layered it on a white card base. A little lollipop button and a piece of gold ribbon finished it off.

I will link this project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Icy Inspiration.

I hope you like my card and got inspired to play along with us at the Inky Paws Challenges. You have until Friday to upload your project to be eligible to win the 20 USD gift certificate to the NND online store. Hope to see your creations there.

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See you soon,

Zsofi