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

Ramadan Kareem

Hello Friends,

I wanted to post this card yesterday as it was the first day of our Holy Month, Ramadan. We started our 30 days fasting which is always tough for me in the first few days as I am not a born Muslim and learnt fasting in my thirties only. I was struggling with a severe migraine and could not blog. But all is good now so I am pleased to share with you my Happy Ramadan card for this year:

I started with white heat embossing the Hero Arts Floral Tile Bold Prints on Bristol Smooth cardstock and applied Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks with a blending brush. Then I spritzed the whole panel with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz for a subtle sparkle.

Then I die cut the Hero Arts City Skyline die from black cardstock and distressed it a bit with white pigment ink. It helps the two layers to pop out more. I adhered the top layer with liquid glue and popped up the front one with 3D foam tape for dimension. I cut the panel down to be slightly smaller than an A2 card front.

On a thin strip of vellum I stamped the sentiment from the Altenew Ramadan Greetings using Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I wrapped it around the background panel and secured the strip on the back. In this way the adhesive doesn’t show through.

I adhered the background to a white A2 note card and my card is finished.

I want to wish Happy Ramadan to all my muslim friends and my sweet family, may our fasting get accepted and our prayers heard. Let the world unite in peace and love.

See you soon with more card inspiration,

Zsofi

Hello Beautiful – Pink and Main

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a delicate, all occasion card I created for Pink and Main.

First I stamped the pretty butterfly outline from the Hello Beautiful stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink on Bristol Smooth cardstock and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I added colour with Altenew watercolour brushes. When I thought it was dry I cut the panel down and stamped the antlers of the butterfly. I was just about to mat it with black cardstock when I realised that I smooshed the ink which was obviously not dry. I was lazy to start it over so I took my chance and spritzed the whole paper with water. I was very generous with it and moved the cardstock around to get the colours move and blend. I dried it with my heat tool and voilá – a saved but totally differently looking image was finished.

After matting it with black cardstock I adhered it to a top folding A2 sized notecard which I previously covered with a polka dot patterned paper from Something Whimsy.

I added a white heat embossed sentiment to the middle of the butterfly and embellished it with a bunch of glossy dots. It looks like jewel, so pretty!

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and story. Come back over the weekend for another fun project!

See you soon,

Zsofi

I be-leaf in you! – Pink and Main

Hello Everyone,

I am here today with a cute encouragement card made with the new Toucan do it! stamp and die set from Pink and Main‘s July Release. These animals and the matching sentiments make me smile!

I started with stamping the crocodile (my favourite of all the cute critters) and a bunch of leaves on watercolour cardstock. I used watercolour brush pens to add colour and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I also die cut a white and a green postage stamp panel with one of the Postage dies and layered them at an angle on top of each other.

The sentiment I die cut from pink shimmer cardstock with the Hello die and adhered it to the white panel. I layered the leaves and popped up the crocodile on top of them using 3D foam squares.

I also stamped a sentiment from the Toucan do it stamp set.

For the background I chose a squared patterned paper from the Beach Babe paper pad. As embellishment I added a couple of iridescent sequins and glossy accent to the heart.

I hope you like my encouragement card and got inspired to spread some love. We all have those days when a bit of lifting up feels so good!

See you soon!

Zsofi

Rainbow flowers with Newtons Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a very colourful floral card created with the Dainty Daisies stamp set from the latest release at Newton’s Nook Designs.

If you follow me you know that I am a real rainbow girl. I love bright colours, they cheer me up. And the other day when it was all rainy and gloomy here, I imagined myself on a field of rainbow coloured daisies…and it made me smile! I just had to make a card like that!

I started with a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and stamped the daisies in the middle first. Then I created a mask from masking paper, covered the first daisies an stamped again. I repeated this until the panel was full.

I used Altenew watercolor markers to add colour to the petals and leaves. To get the shading I like I used a Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen to pull the colour from the middle of each petal.

When it was all dry, I stamped the sentiment on the top with black ink and die cut the panel with the postage frame die from the Frameworks set. I gave it a thin black mat and mounted it on a light grey card base.

I did not want to take the attention away from the pretty flowers so I used only a drop of glossy accents on the middle of each daisy. I love the raised shiny look I got this way!

Did you know that Newton’s Nook Designs have their own challenges? The current Inky Paws Challenge is all about rainbows. Hope you play along!

If you enjoyed my card today, please subscribe not to miss any of my posts. See you soon with more fun projects,

Zsofi

It’s been Oolong

Hello Everyone,

After a little break I am back with a clean and simple card for your bestie featuring the newly released Tea-rific stamp and die set from Pink and Main.

I started with stamping one of the pretty tea pots and two cups with a clear embossing ink and poured black embossing powder on it. I love the shiny, deep black outline but if you are not comfortable with using black powder you can always use Versafine Onyx black ink for stamping and clear embossing powder over it.

After heat setting the images I used Altenew watercolour markers and a waterbrush to add colour. I cut the images with the coordinating dies.

I die cut an Eyelet cover from cream textured cardstock, cut it down a little and backed it with a light blue cardstock piece which is 4,25*5,5 inches.

I heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set on a black strip of cardstock using white embossing powder and adhered it to the edge of the lace and popped up the tea pot with the cups.

I hope you liked today’s tea-rific inspiration and will pop in again a bit later for more!

Until next time,

Zsofi

Happy Eid

Hello Everyone,

This is just an extra little post to wish all my muslim friends and family a blessed and very happy Eid!

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For my card I used the Hello Bluebird Springtime, Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy crocs and the Altenew Eid Greetings stamps along with dies from MFT (Mini stitched scallop rectangles, Stitched Rectangles) and Simon Says Stamp (Hearts). The patterned paper is also from MFT (Tiny check brights).

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I coloured the cut sheep with Copics, and cut it out with the coordinating dies. I added a slot with a craft knife around the arms to be able to hold the present. I white heat embossed the sentiment on a black strip of cardstock and die cut a white scalloped rectangle, a stitched rectangle from patterned paper and a red heart. I assembled the card on a kraft card base and popped up the sheep with 3D foam squares. I added some clear shimmer and shine with glossy accents to the present, and emphasized the eyes and nose with a black glaze pen.

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I hope you like my clean and simple card today and wish to see you later with another mermaid card 😉

Zsofi

 

Happy Eid

Hello Everyone,

I am so late posting this, but I wanted to wish all my Muslim friends and family a very happy Eid – in stile, with a handmade card.

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I heat embossed the images and sentiments from Altenew on Bristol Smooth cardstock using Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black inks and silver sparkle and clear embossing powders.

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Then I blended several shades of Distress Oxide inks: Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot. I spritzed it with water, dabbed it off with a paper towel and gave it some Shimmer Spritz for a subtle sparkle.

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Then I die cut the whole panel with a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a white card base.

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I hope you like my card and will pop in tomorrow for some beach fun.

See you,

Zsofi