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

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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

 

 

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 – Santa on train

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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

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – card #1

Hello Everyone,

One of my favourite blog hops is the one organised by Amy Tsuruta for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers. I am a coffee and craft addict, so I always feel the need to make new coffee/cacao cards – this time in winter theme.

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My first card uses the brand new Cup of Cocoa stamp and die set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I fell in love with this set at first sight and it was pure pleasure to colour the mugs.

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I chose aqua-pink combo, used Copic markers, some clear shimmer, a white gel pen and glossy accents to adorn them.

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The background patterned paper is from Doodlebug, the sentiment is from an older Amy Tangerine stamp set – slightly modified from “hugs” to “mugs” with a black pen.

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 I cut a peek-a-boo window (Simon Says Stamp die) from kraft cardstock ad layered 2 stitched scalloped white borders on the bottom and the top of it. I used 3D foam tape to adhere it and the mugs too.

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I will submit this to the Winter Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog hop.

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I hope you liked my card and will return soon for more fun projects.

See you,

Zsofi

Happy Birthday, my little boy!

Hello Everyone,

Today is the birthday of my little boy, we had a lovely (and hectic) family gathering in the morning finished with a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant. My little one turned 4, I cannot believe it! It seems like it was yesterday that I held him in my arms for the first time!

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As he is fond of helicopters and planes, I made an interactive card for him using Winston Takes Flight from Newton’s Nook Designs. I stamped and coloured the image with Copics together with an extra propeller. I used the coordinating die to cut it out and I fussy cut the extra piece with scissors. To make it sturdier, I cut an extra layer from simple white cardstock for both and layered them under the coloured ones. I attached the extra propeller with a brad to allow a little movement.

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I used the MFT Cloud stencil and Distress ink to make the sky background. I die cut a stitched frame rectangle, a stitched cloud border and the Happy birthday sentiment (all from Lawn Fawn) and adhered them to the scene.

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I stamped an extra sentiment on the top of the sky with black ink (from the same NND set). I added the airplane with an action wobble. A bit of sparkle and glossy accent finished this cute card.

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And I have to share also with you the card my daughter made for her brother: stencilled, stamped and coloured with love and care.

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I will upload these to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything goes.

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Hope you like it and will return soon for more fun.

See you,

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