Clean and simple Halloween

Hello Everyone,

While my blog was all in Christmas mood this week, today I wanted to give you another quick and easy Halloween card idea. This cute card was made with goodies from Pink and Main.

I stamped the cute bear from Less Tricks on white cardstock and coloured him with Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut him out.

I also die cut a corner web from black cardstock.

For the background I chose a pretty foiled night sky from the Galaxy paper pad, cut it down to cover the front of an A2 sized card. I added a thin strip of dark grey cardstock to the bottom and adhered the corner web too. Then I popped up the bear with 3D foam squares.

I white heat embossed a sentiment and added 3 cute little spiders (Doodlebug stickers). That is the only embellishment I used on this cute and simple Halloween card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration an will pop in again soon! Till next time, happy crafting,

Zsofi





STAMPtember Exclusive with Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am super excited to share with you the newest STAMPtember collaboration set for Simon Says Stamp, this time with Newton’s Nook Designs!

This is an exclusive stamp set, available ONLY at Simon Says Stamp until supplies last!

For my cards I stamped and coloured the images on Copic friendly cardstock and coloured them with alcohol markers. I fussy cut them out leaving a little white outline.

To create the party scene, I die cut a rounded rectangle die (Frames and Flags) from heavy weight vellum from Simon Says Stamp and also from their Fog cardstock. The latter I trimmed down to a thin strip and adhered at the bottom of the vellum panel.

Then I arranged the party: a cat one and a separate one for dogs. I adhered all the images to the vellum using liquid glue or 3D foam squares.

I stamped the sentiments with black ink on white cardstock and die cut them with a small stamp die from the Frameworks die set. I also die cut a postage frame die from patterned paper from Doodlebug (Hello).

I assembled the card on kraft card bases, added iridescent jewels from Studio Katia as embellishments and covered the presents and balloons with clear shimmer. On the party hats, ribbons and noses I also used a drop of glossy accent.

I hope you like my cards and got tons of ideas for birthday scenes. Would be fun to mix them all and create a big cats&dogs party! If you like this set, hurry to the Simon Says Stamp website and purchase it quickly before it is gone!

See you soon with more inspiration!

Zsofi

Birthday Princess

Inky Paws Challenge

Hello Everyone,

I am back with the usual Monday inspiration for the current Inky Paws Challenge #64. The sketch is so gorgeous, not only for Valentine’s Day, but other occasions too.

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My daughter is turning 7 years old in a week (unbelievable!) and I wanted to make her a card which I will give on her big day – as we celebrated already over the weekend due to my husbands work shift starting on Friday. We cannot have a party without daddy.

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I knew I wanted to use the Once upon a princess stamp and die set from Newton’s Nook Designs, but before I started the colouring, I looked through my patterned paper drawer for the right papers to go with the sketch and the theme. I love Doodlebug and their Fairy Tales collection seemed to be a perfect match.

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I used Copic markers in coordinating colours to bring my princess and castle to life. I love that the die cuts little holes under the arms and the flag, it makes it look like cardstock stickers. Perfection.

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Then I die cut the elements for the sketch, a heart, a rectangle and a thin strip of patterned paper to hold my white heat embossed sentiment.

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I used 3D foam tape to assemble the card, in this way I got so much dimension. I added a bit of Tonic Aqua shimmer pen on the dress for the sparkle (a princess needs that right?), and some glossy accents to emphasize some details. I used pretty gems from Studio Katia to finish it off.

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I will upload this project to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Layer it.

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I hope you like my card and got inspired to participate in the Inky Paws Challenge. You have time until Friday (2nd Feb) to upload your project to be eligible to win the 20 USD gift certificate to the NND online store.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you back here soon.

Have a wonderful week,

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 – #1

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Hello Everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend. Welcome to my Holiday Card Series 2017. It is Monday again, a new Inky Paws Challenge is starting today with beautiful Christmas colours which inspired my very first card in this series.

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For my card today I knew I wanted a chalkboard effect. So I took a piece of black cardstock and die cut a stitched rectangle from it. I used a sponge dauber and dabbed some white pigment ink on the edges. I made sure it is dry before I stamped my sentiment and heat embossed in white.

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I also stamped and coloured the kitty with a striped scarf from the Newton’s Holiday Mischief stamp set using Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut it out. I die cut some pine tree branches (MFT die) from dark green and apple green cardstocks, and a bow (Studio Katia) from red glitter fun foam. I assembled my scene, gave the chalkboard panel a green mat and adhered it to a red-white striped patterned paper (Doodlebug design).

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As a finishing touch I used a white gel pen to add some freckles to the kitty, some Spectrum Noir shimmer pen and glossy accents on the scarf.

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I hope you like my card and got inspired to play along at the Inky Paws Challenge #59. You have 2 weeks to upload your project to be eligible to win a 20 USD gift certificate to the NND online store.

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I will upload this card to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Calling all critters great and small

See you soon with more holiday cards and tags,

Zsofi

 

Last minute Halloween card series – Day 7 – costume party

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Hello Everyone,

This is my second post today, as I promised you Halloween cards until Halloween. So this is the last but one.

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I had the Newton’s Nook Designs Newton’s Costume Party set and didn’t have the chance to use it before. I wanted something rather simple, but could not decide which costume to feature. So I came up with a design which fits 3 in one card.

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I started with stamping and colouring the kitties and costumes, I used Copics and the coordinating dies to cut them out. Then I took a black stitched strip of cardstock and added a stitched scalloped green mat to it. After that I die cut 3 windows and placed my kitties in them. I backed it with a piece of vellum to mute down the background as the paper I chose was very vibrant.

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I white heat embossed a sentiment on a piece of bold coloured patterned paper (Doodlebug Booville collection still) and gave it a light blue stitched at before I adhered it to an A2 sized card base.

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A little bit of Spectrum Noir shimmer pen and glossy accents were needed to make this cute card even more special. I also used a black glaze pen on the eyes of the ghost costume.

I will upload this project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge All creatures great and small.

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I hope you like it and will return for the last card in my series tomorrow.

See you,

Zsofi

Christmas card and tag set

Good morning,

As it is Monday, I will have a little break from Halloween cards now and show you something special I made for Jana’s pulmonologist. It was totally inspired by the current Inky Paws Challenge #58 , that sketch gave me the idea of putting a circle tag on a card.

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I made a gift set, including 2 cards and 4 tags:

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I started with stamping the pretty ornament from the Newton’s Nook Designs Beautiful Baubles stamp set along with a circle sentiment from Simon Says Stamp on Copic friendly cardstock. I die cut it with a circle die and put it aside. I made several of these (more than I show here as I want to try more colour combos later), my stamp positioner was a great help with this.

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Then I looked for patterned paper. I am addicted to Doodlebug Designs paper pads and still have plenty sheets from last year too. I chose one in colder colours and one more pinky-red. I cut them down to fit the front of an A2 sized card. I also chose coordinating cardstock scraps and die cut a stitched strip.

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Then I coloured the ornaments in coordinating colours. It is much easier for me to select the patterned paper first and the colour accordingly, I almost all the time do this. I added some Spectrum Noir shimmer and glossy accent on the top.

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While it was drying I made some scalloped circle mats in coordinating colours, and backed them with a white one. I like to have my tags sturdy, the look more high quality this way. I poked a tiny hole on the top of the stand-alone tags and threaded through some silver string.

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I adhered the cards together using 3D foam tape under the tags. I also die cut tiny bows (Pretty Pink Posh) from silver cardstock and glued them on the ornament with a drop of Ranger Multi Matte Medium.

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A tiny little gemstone in the middle finished this cute set off.

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I will link this project to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything goes.

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I hope you like my project, and got inspired. Come and play along with us at the Inky Paws Challenge till Friday 3rd Nov for a chance to win a 20 USD gift certificate to the Newton’s Nook Designs online store.

Hope to see you there,

Have a lovely week,

Zsofi