Card for Ukraine

Hello Everyone,

The terror going on in our neighbouring country, Ukraine keeps my mind occupied since the war started. We all know people who have relatives there, kids talk about a potential escalation of war among themselves at school and they are collecting goods which will be taken to the refugees. Hungary accepted so many families already and the kindness of people really warms my heart . In our crafty community there are card drives going on too, to collect money for charity. I had to ease my soul with crafting it out too, so here is my card to show solidarity.

I started with quickly ink blending a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock with Salty Ocean and Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide inks. I added a lot of water droplets and diluted ink splatters for a textured look. When it was dry I die cut it with a Wonky Rectangle from Simon Says Stamp.

While I was die cutting I also cut a bunch of flowers from SSS Lemon Chiffon cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Spring Flowers Backdrop die set. I also cut the SSS Thinking of you sentiment die from blue glittery cardstock.

I used a small blending brush and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink to add a little shading towards the center of each flower and adhered them to my blue background.

I also added the sentiment and embellished each flower with a matte enamel dot from Doodlebug. It adds so much to the design, super pretty!

I hope you liked my card inspiration today and will keep checking back for more!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Warm hugs – Simon Says Stamp

Hello Everyone,

I have recently purchased a gorgeous 3D embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp and I could not wait to try it. It is called the SSS Snowflake Visions and has the most beautiful snowlfakes on it. I have just rediscovered the world of embossing folders and wanted to try another technique with the snowflakes, let me show you.

I took a piece of SSS Lavender Purple cardstock and ran it through my die cutting machine with the embossing folder. It is gorgeous on its own, but if you follow me, you know already how much I love inkblending. So I gently applied some Villanious Potion Distress Oxide inks on the edges, fading it out towards the middle with the help of some Milled Lavender Distress Oxide ink. The fun about this technique is that the raised pattern will get more ink and it makes the pattern stand out more. I love it!

Of course I needed some splatters: water sprinkles and some white acrylic paint. I also added Avery Elle Clear Shimmer Mist for a subtle sparkle. I cut it down to be slightly smaller than an A2 sized card.

Then I stamped and coloured the cute skunks from the Lawn Fawn Scent with Love set, using my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: BG10, BG8, BG7, BG5, BG2, BG05, FS4, FS7. I used the coordinating die to cut them out.

For the sentiment I used the SSS Warm Hugs die, cut it 3 times from white cardstock and layered them on top of each other. I adhered them on the bottom of the embossed background and used Icicle Stickles on the lower halves of the letters. It looks fabulous, matching the chill of the snowflakes.

After popping up the skunks above the sentiment with 3D foam squares, I used a white gel pen to add highlights and a black glaze pen on their noses.

I will upload this project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday (Embossing folder) and Wednesday Challenges (Anything goes), and also to the SSS IG Challenge.

I hope you like my card inspiration today and will pop in again soon for more! If you like my cards, please follow me on Instagram too, where I share my happy creations. It is much easier to keep in touch and communicate there, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

Have a nice day,

Zsofi

Love bear – Simon Says Stamp

Hello Everyone,

What is better start for a new week than sharing some love? I am rather sentimental these days and my mood always shows on my cards. Today I brought you something bear-y cute, which I have created with Simon Says Stamp products.

I started with stamping and colouring the cute bear from the SSS Love you beary much stamp set using my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: bear: EB4, EB3, EB2, EB1, MB1, MB05, heart: DR5, DR3, DR1, DR05. Then I cut it out with the coordinating die. After die cutting I used a black glaze pen and went over the stamp sentiment inside the heart to make it pop.

The next step was to work on the background: I used the We R Memory Keepers Hearts embossing folder on coloured cardstock and did a light ink blending with Barn Door, Candied Apple and Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide inks. I added some splatters too.

I stamped a sentiment on the bottom of the panel from the SSS Love Greetings Mix stamp set and the big Love sentiment on white cardstock with red ink from the SSS Love you Beary Much stamp set. I used the coordinating die to cut it out.

After popping up the bear and the sentiment with 3D foam squares, I added a golden frame around them which I have cut with the SSS Frames die set.

As a finishing touch I used glossy accents on the Love sentiment and on the nose of the bear too.

I hope you liked my inspiration today and will check back soon. If you like my cards and would love to interact with me, please make sure to follow me on Instagram as well. It is easier to have real conversations there.

Have a nice day!

Zsofi

National Hugging Day

Hello Everyone,

Did you know that 21st January is National Hugging Day celebrated all around the world? I am a hugging person, I cannot imagine a day without hugs. We do this all the time with my kids and also with my husband. If any of us is sad, the first thing we do is a long and tight hug. Hugs are more important than kisses for our mental well-being, it is so much more than a physical act. It means we are not alone.

Today’s card was inspired by the chilly weather and warm hugs. First I stamped the cute critters from the Lawn Fawn Happy Hugs stamp set, coloured them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. The colours I used are the following: fox: TN8, TN7, TN5, BO3, BG1, BG05, rabbit: MB4, MB3, MB1, MB05, FS7.

Then I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Snowflake frame from white glitter cardstock and die cut a white stitched rectangle which fit in the middle. I created a Blue Violet mat for it before adhering it to the snowflake frame.

For the sentiment I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Winter wishes circle die from Blue Violet cardstock and cut the word “winter” out. I adhered it in place and stamped the rest of the sentiment around it from the Lawn Fawn Happy Hugs stamp set.

After adding the hugging critters, I used a black glaze pen on their noses and glossy accent on the die cut sentiment. Isn’t it cute?

I hope you liked my card today and will come back again for more inspiration. Happy hugging!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Coffee Card Series – Simon Says Stamp

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to the last day of my Coffee Card Series in honour of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. For today I have a Fall coffee card made with goodies from Simon Says Stamp.

First I stamped and coloured the cute dog with the latte and a bunch of pumpkins from the SSS Fall Frenchies stamp set. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers and cut verything out with the coordinating dies.

For the background I really wanted to use the new SSS Coffee Drinks stencil and there was a technique in my mind I wanted to try. So I applied white texture paste on white cardstock usin the stencil and let it dry. After that I did some ink blending with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink. I added black and white splatters of acrylic paint when it was done. This way I got a wonderful tone-on-tone background with a lot of texture. I really need to do this techique more often!

While the background was drying I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set on a brown banner and added a smaller orange banner under it. I also die cut grass from gree cardstock and shaded it with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink.

I assembled the card, popped up the banner and the dog with 3D foam squares. As a finishing touch I used a clear shimmer pen on the scarf, a black glaze pen on the eyes and nose and glossy accents on the mug.

I will link this up to the Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Blog Hop.

I hope you enjoyed the last week with me, I had a lot of fun sharing these caffeinated projects. Now it is time to move on to holiday cards, so stay tuned. If you like my style, please follow me on Instagram, where I also share my creations. Your support means so much to me, thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Coffee Card Series – Trinity Stamps

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to my Coffee Card Series in honour of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. For today I have a mini slimline card – a format which I have not tried before just always wanted to.

I have recently recieved the Boo Brew die set from Trinity stamps but it was too late for Halloween so I had to use it on a Fall project. I am in love with this die set, so creative and unique! First I die cut the base of the mug from SSS Blue Violet cardstock and the pattern from the Sunny Studio Sweater Weather paper pad. The cream I cut from Cream cardstock, the cinnamon sticks and leaves from two shades of brown. I also cut some golden leaves too from MFT Gold Shine cardstock, it is the perfect Fall embellisment!

I used brown markers to add a little shading to the cream and added some dots too so it looks like it was sprinkled with cinnamon. Yummy. I adhered the cup together so it was ready to mount on a card.

For the background I chose the beautiful Lawn Fawn Gold Rush cardstock, cut it down to be 3*6 1/8 inches, popped up the cup with Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam tape as it is thinner than the normal one I use. I stamped a sentiment above it from the SSS Drink Coffee stamp set with SSS Blue Violet ink.

I was looking for the perfect Coffee Word die in my stash which matched my card and chose the Studio Katia Coffee die. I cut the shadow from lighter brown and the word itself from dark brown cardstock, 3 times and stacked them together. I used clear embossing ink and Altenew Transluscent Pearl embossing powder to add a little shine to my word die cut. I repeated the heat embossing 3 times to get a very smooth and shiny result.

Because of the special cardstocks and embossing I didn’t need any further embellishments. I love how this mini slimline card turned out, it was so good to try a new size. And now of course I wanna make a bunch of mugs in different colours…

I will link this up to the Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Blog Hop.

I hope you enjoyed my caffeinated inspiration today and will pop in tomorrow for more.

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs STAMPtember Exclusive set

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to be part of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember celebration with an Exclusive stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. Talk Turkey is a hilarious set which is only available on the Simon Says Stamp website until stocks last, so if you like this set, it is better to hurry! These exclusive sets run out of stock so fast every year!

For my card I stamped and coloured the images with Arteza pencils – I wanted to try something I use rarely. It was so relaxing to colour with pencils, I need to do it more often! I fussy cut the images leaving a little white border like they were die cut. I am usually not a fussy cutter, but it was fun too!

For the background I inkblended some Crackling Campfire, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress Oxide inks and added a lot of splatters: diluted ink, black and white acrylic paint too. When it was dry, I cut it down with a rectangle die from the NND Frameworks die set. I die cut another piece of this rectangle and cut it down with the grass die from NND Land Borders and used Walnut Stain and Scattered Straw Distress Oxide inks to add colour. I added splatters on this piece too and assembled my Fall scene.

The sentiment I stamped on a white circle which I die cut with the NND Circle Frames die set and added a bit of shading to the edges with Scattered Straw Distress Oxide ink. for a layered look I die cut a ticket shaped rectangle from brown cardstock (NND Frameworks die set) and a yellow banner (NND Banner Trio die set). I adhered them on top of each other and added it to the top of the card.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pe ont he eyes, a Sakura sparkle pen on the hat and coller and also use drops of glossy accents on the noses and the beak of the turkey. I really believe that these little accents take a card to the next level.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration and don’t forget: if you like this stamp set, buy it right now! When it is gone, it is gone for good, it will not be restocked!

Wishing you a lovely day,

Zsofi

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember

Hello Everyone,

I am here today with an inspirational card I created with a new layering stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember release. It is called Waves of change and it is so beautiful! The sentiments are gorgeous! I cannot wait to make a home decor with it too! But for now I created a card, let me guide you through the process.

I stamped first the filler waves with Audrey Blue ink from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped it 3 times using my Misti to get a bit darker waves. Then I added the highlight layer using Deep Sea ink. The outline waves were my last layer, I heat embossed it with Mermaid Fine Detail embossing powder. Then I used a little blender brush with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink to give colour to the whole sea. Thanks to the small brush I did not need to mask off the sky.

If you follow me, you know how much I love texture. So I added some diluted ink splatters: Salvaged Patina and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks and some liquid Pixie Dust from Inkon3. I let the splatters cover the sky too, so it looks like water drops.

The sentiment I stamped in black on the right and added a die cut Friend on the left. The shadow I cut from Audrey blue cardstock, and the Friends I cut 3 times from Peacock cardstock. I layered them together, covered them with clear embossing ink and used the same Mermaid Fine Detail embossing powder to give it some sparkle and shine.

I cut the panel down with a stitched rectangle die and added a Peacock mat to it. I used some crystals from Studio Katia to embellish the card.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration and if you are curious about the whole STAMPtember release, you can find it here.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope to see you soon.

Zsofi

Happy Eid!

Hello Everyone,

Ramadan has come to its end and today all muslims in the world started celebrating Eid al Fitr, which is a 3 days long feast with great food, special cookies and most of all – happy family gatherings. Unfortunately we are living far from our muslim relatives, but I wanted to wish all of my muslim family members and friends a blessed Eid. If I could have one wish only, I would ask for world peace. A world where people of different religions and ethnics can live peacefully together, where everyone tries to see the good in the others and not look for the evil. My heart is sad for all muslims who cannot live and enjoy the feast in peace.

Last year I bought the beautiful Decorative Hamsa from Simon Says Stamp and I was looking forward to putting it on a card. So I die cut it from gold sparkle cardstock which I previously backed with Stick It adhesive: as it is an intricate die, I felt it was going to be easier to adhere it this way.

I die cut a vellum circle with the Simon Says Stamp Circle dies and adhered the golden die cut.

For the background I used several Alcohol Inks from Ranger: Bottle, Clover, Limeade, Meadow, Pistachio and Citrus. I usually use Yupo paper but today I tried the Ranger glossy cardstock which was meant to be used with alcohol inks. It worked so well with the Blending solution and the inks. I used an air blower to move the ink. It dried super fast but until it was still tacky, I added some golden foil. I simply rubbed it over the sticky parts, so easy and beautiful!

When it was all dry, I die cut the panel with an A2 Stitched rectangle die from MFT and assembled the card.

I white heat embossed a sentiment from Altenew Eid Greeings stamp set on a thin black cardstock strip and adhered it to the card. As a finishing touch I used a green rhinestone in the middle of the eye.

I hope you like my inspiration for today and will come back soon for more!

See you,

Zsofi

Stencilled flowers for Mom – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

I am back again with my last Mother’s Day card this year dedicating this one to ALL supermoms out there. Being a mother is the biggest blessing and the best gift which comes with an emotional extra package (expanding with the years). I am grateful every single day to have my kids and experiencing the unconditional love which I feel for them and they feel for me.

For my card today I used the pretty Peonies stencil from Pretty Pink Posh: on a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock I inkblended Kitch Flamingo Distress Oxide ink for the flowers first. I simply turned the stencil around and masked off the leaves with post it tape to make sure I dont accidentaly go over the unnecessary open areas.

When I was happy with the arrangemet of the flowers I created masks for them from Masking Paper and covered each flower. Now it was time to add leaves with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink. After removing the masks I added some splatters with my Finetec Mica Pearlescent Watercolours, I chose the dark pink and black this time.

When the panel was dry I cut it down a bit and added a vivid green mat under it. I also die cut a skinny gold frame with my old favourite Frames die set from Simon Says Stamp. I adhered it i place with drops of liquid glue. I usually use Ranger Multi Matte Medium with a precision tip for this.

The sentiment I die cut from pink cardstock with the Pretty Pink Posh Mother’s Day die. I added a white heat embossed “happy” on a tiny piece of black cardstock to it using 3D foam squares.

As a finishing touch I added dots with a black glaze pen to the flower centers, it makes them really pop!

I will upload this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Feminine and to the Simon Says Stamp IG Challenge Favourite Technique (stenciling is also a favourite technique of mine).

I hope you enjoyed this floral inspiration and will pop in again soon for more cheerful designs.

See you,

Zsofi