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

To my Homeschool hero!

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle.

Even though my kids are back to normal school now, they had an intense 1.5 months of homeschooling due to Covid. I wasn’t easy for them as they are still small, but they handled it well and I am so proud of them. This inspired the card I am going to show you today. I mixed some of the new release products for this cutie. Let’s dive in the details!

First I stamped and coloured the images from the Pandtastic Painters stamp set using my Neutral Grey Copic markers. Colouring black and white images really relax me as I don’t think about which colours go well with each other. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Then I used the DL Stitched Slimline Trio dies to cut 3 rectangles, one big from blue cardstock and 3 smaller ones: a white, darker and lighter purple. I wanted a fun multiple window design, so I die cut the DL windows from the dark purple rectangle and some Stithced Stars from the lighter purple layer. I used my Misti to help me with the alignment of the stars. When I had the stars windows too, I placed the white rectangle under the window panel and stamped 3 star shaped messages in the middle of each using the Homeschool Hero stamp set and Catherine Pooler purple ink.

I heat set the ink and very carefully coloured the stars with a blue marker. I assembled the multiple windows panel using thin 3D foam tape and covered the stars with glossy accents. Until it was drying I white heat embossed 2 other sentiments from the Homeschool Hero set on black cardstock, trimmed them down to be small banners and added them under the pandas before securing them on the card.

As a finishing touch I used a tiny drop of glossy accents on the pandas’ noses and my card was all finished! I cannot wait to make this design in different colours too, so cute!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I also share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Heffy Doodle New Release – Day 3

Hello Everyone,

It is the 3rd day of the new release reveals at Heffy Doodle! There are wonderful new stamps and dies and stencils being shown on the Heffy Doodle blog, it is worth to check them out!

With every pre-order you can get a freebie stamp, and if your order is above 45GBP you will receive even the coordinating dies! Wohoo!

I got you a quite clean and simple design today to showcase the Pebble Sentiments stamp set.

On a white stitched rectangle I placed 6 different messages from the set and inked them up with red, yellow and orange inks. I used my Misti stamping tool which allowed me to stamp back several times without shifting and this was all the intricate sentiments stayed crisp. I chose Catherine Pooler inks because they come in beautiful colours and so juicy.

I gave this panel a thin red mat and die cut the biggest stitched rectangle from orange cardstock. I love to add layers to my simpler cards too.

I white heat embossed 2 sentiment from the More Classic sentiments stamp set on very thin black cardstock strips and popped them up with thick 3d foam tape.

I embellished each pebble with sequins and jewels in coordinating colours. I used the Glubert glue, it is perfect to add thin dots too. It totally gives the extra bling this card needs.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration with the new release. Don’t forget: pre-orders starts on 26/04!

See you tomorrow for more fun!

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs April Release – Day 2

Hello Everyone,

It is Day 2 of the April release reveals at Newton’s Nook Designs. Today we are introducing Captivated Kittens and its coordinating dies. I have 2 cards for you to showcase these adorable kitties.

All new products will be available on Friday, 23rd April, 2021.

CARD 1

For my first card I stamped and coloured the kitty with the flowers with Copic markers and I used the coordinating dies to cut it out. I used Warm Greys for the kitten and some bright Yellow Greens with Blue Violets for the flower.

To create the scene I die cut a small stitched rounded rectangle from Neenah Solar White cardstock using a die from Frames and Flags. I used the Petite Clouds stencil with Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distres Oxide inks. I made sure to fade it out towards the bottom. To create the grass I used the Hills and Grass stencil with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink. I matted the panel with a vivid blue rectangle and adhered it to a green scalloped rectangle which I cut with the biggest die from Frames and Flags.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on a wide blue violet banner and to tie the colours more I added a slimmer banner under it cut from teal cardstock. All the banner dies are part of the Frames and Flags die set.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the eyes and added clear shimmer to the bee’s wings.

CARD 2

I used the same colours as for the previous card when colouring the kitten and cut it out with the coordinating die.

I created a tag with the Fancy edges Tag die set: the base is from patterned paper and the topper from purple and white cardstocks. I love to make my tags stand out more with a shadow, so I die cut the base once more from dark grey cardstock and adhered it to the back of the patterned paper one slightly offset. I used lime green twine to adorn it.

The sentiment I stamped in black on a lime green banner (Frames and Flags die), adhered it across the bottom of the tag and popped up the kitty with 3D foam squares.

I created my card base from Fog cardstock and cut a scalloped rectangle from patterned paper. I popped up the tag with 3D foam squares. I emphasized the eyes with a black glaze pen and added glossy accents to the butterflies.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Captivated Kittens” Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner! Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday April 22nd at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, April 23rd. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and you will join us tomorrow as well.

See you,

Zsofi

Happy Mother’s Day – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. Mother’s Day is approaching both in Hungary and in the USA so I decided to grab the most adorable hedgies and pair them with a couple of Heffy Cuts and stamps to create a super cute card for mum. Let’s dive in the details!

I started with stamping and colouring the hugging hedgies from Quill you be mine with Copic markers. I used the Alcohol marker friendly white cardstock from Heffy Doodle, it allows the ink blend beautifully. I cut them out with the coordinating dies.

For the background I die cut the Quilted Heart Background die from white cardstock, cut it down to be a bit smaller with a Stitched Rectangle die and backed it with a slightly bigger kraft rectangle.

Then I took the Stitched Hearts die set and cut different sized hearts out of pink cardstock and patterned paper. I arranged them on the white stitched background and popped up the hugging hedgehogs.

I covered the front of an A2 sized card base with the same patterned paper I used for the die cut heart and adhered the focal panel. For the sentiment I chose the Special Day Sentiment Duos set and white heat embossed the Mother’s Day sentiment on a strip of textured brown cardstock. I adhered it under the hedgehogs and finished the card with using a black glaze pen on their noses.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

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

Sympathy card – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

Today it is my turn over the Newton’s Nook Designs blog and I tackled a challenge: sympathy cards are the most difficult ones for me but unfortunately I needed one for a friend. I created this delicate design pairing the Dainty Daisy stamp with the Hardwood stencil.

First I stamped the daisies with Versafine Onyx Black ink on Bristol Smooth cardstock and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I repeated the process so I ended up with two bouquets. I used Karin Brush markers to add colour and cut them out with their coordinating dies.

Next I created the background: on another piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock I applied a light grey ink through the Hardwood stencil. I faded it out towards the edges which means I used a super light hand. I used blending brushes because I find it the easiest method to add a light layer of ink. After removing the stencil I added some black splatters to the whole panel.

I die cut the postage stamp die from Frameworks out of black cardstock and also a black banner using the Banner Trio die set. On the latter I white heat embossed the sentiment from Heartfelt Essentials.

I assembled the card, popped up the daisies and the banner with 3D foam squares. As embellishments I stamped a few black butterflies from the Monarch stamp set and used glossy accent on the flower centres. I also added a few drops of glossy accents on the stenciled background for dimension.

This design can work well for any occasions if you change up the colours and the sentiment. I hope you enjoyed today’s card idea and will pop in again soon.

See you,

Zsofi

Royal-tea – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. As my favourite event, the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is in full swing, I thought I will make a tea-themed card which is perfect for any celebration. I combined Oh Crumbs, Wanna build a snowman and Who let the dogs out with a few Heffy cuts dies. Let me lead you through the process.

First I stamped the images on Bristol Smooth cardstock with a brown hybrid ink and then I used Versamark ink to stamp on top of them. I used my Misti for this to make sure I can stamp back again without shifting the images. Then I clear heat embossed them and painted them with my Karin Brush Markers. I love the vibrancy of these watercolour markers! I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.

To set the scene I first created the background by blending Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink on Bristol Smooth cardstock, spritzed it with water and also added some diluted Salty Ocean and black splatters. When it was dry I cut the panel down to be slightly smaller than an A2 card front and used the Silver Lining Cloud border die to get some in-laid texture.

I also die cut a Grassy Lass border die from green cardstock and added some shading with blending in some Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide from the top of it. I added green and black splatters to match the style of the sky.

While I was at die cutting I cut the Gate die several times from white cardstock and its accessories from gold sparkle cardstock. I assembled the scene and popped up the corgis with 3D foam tape.

The sentiment is from the Oh Crumbs stamp set, white heat embossed on thin black cardstock strips. As the scene is almost done, it was time for the finishing touches: I used glossy accent on the noses, crown and some other little parts to give them a shiny raised look.

I will link this card up to the following challenges: Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Simon Says Stamp IG Challenge (Hello Spring)

I hope you enjoyed today’s Perfect Combo and will check back later for more inspiration. If you like my cards, please make sure to follow me on Instagram where I share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs February Release – Day 1

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to announce that today is the first day of Newton’s Nook Designs February Release reveals! We have a lot of cute Spring themed stamps, dies and stencils for you, so stick with me for the whole week. Today our team is showcasing the Spring Roundabout stamp set which coordinated perfectly with the previously launched Circle Frames and Banner Trio dies. We also have a layering stencil set called Bunny Tails and a versatile classic Basketweave stencil too.

All products will be available on Friday, 19/02.

CARD 1

I love the circle cardfront stamps and I am so happy for the Spring Roundabout edition! I simply stamped it on alcohol frienly white cardstock and coloured the small images with Copic markers. It is totally relaxing! I used the scalloped circle from Circle Frames to cut it out and popped it up with 3D foam squares on a pretty patterned paper which I cut down to be slightly smaller than an A2 sized card front.

The sentiment I stamped in black on a rounded pink banner which I cut with a die from the Banner Trio die set. I backed it with a green banner slightly off, so it looks like a green shadow. It adds a bit of interest to this simple but cheerful card.

As a finishing touch I added glossy accents to some of the details and covered the clouds and Easter eggs with a clear shimmer pen. I added some pink twine to the top and my card is all finished!

CARD 2

When I first saw the Bunny Tails layering stencils I immediately imagined these bunnies in pastel rainbow colours. It is very easy with a bit of purple tape masking: I laid the Bunny stencil on Bristol Smooth cardstock and masked around the first bunny using the tape, then applied Distress Oxide ink with a blending brush. Then I moved on to the next bunny, masked around it and added the second colour. I use a different brush for each colour family so the colours do not blend and I dont have to clean them all the time. The colours used are: Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint.

When it was all done I dried the ink with my heat tool so I can heat emboos the next layer. I used the Tail stencils with a small Versamark ink cube directly over it. After removing the stencil I poured Lawn Fawn Textured White embossing powder over it and heated it with my heat tool. I love the raised fluffy look I got!

I cut the panel down with the postage stamp die from Frameworks and white heat embossed 2 sentiments from the Spring Roundabout stamp set on blue stitched banners. I used the Banner Trio dies to cut the banners. I popped them up with 3D foam squares and mounted the whole panel on a kraft card base.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Spring Roundabout” Stamp Set?This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner! Here’s how to win: comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday February 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, February 19th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Tina Herbeck

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar – you are here

Maria Russell

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Samantha VanArnhem

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed the first day of the reveals and you will check back tomorrow again.

See you,

Zsofi

Heartfelt thanks – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a special card which shows you an alternative way how to use the newly release Heartfelt Roses stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. Personally I love to colour but sometimes I need something pretty without spending hours just to add colour. Here I show you an idea for this.

I started with die cutting 2 scalloped stitched circles with the Circle Frames dies from Bristol Smooth cardstock. Then I placed the Slimline Masking Circle stencil on it, the gridlines help for perfect centering. I applied a light layer of Worned Lipstick Distress Oxide ink with a blending brush. Before removing the stencil I stamped the Heartfelt Roses stamp over it with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink. When I removed the stencil I got 2 beautiful circles of roses out of a heart shaped stamp. Isn’t it cool?

Then I white heat embossed 3 sentiments from the same stamp set on dark pink stitched banners which I cut with the Banner Trio dies.

For the background I chose a patterned paper from the Doodlebug Designs French Kiss paper pad, cut it down to be thinner than an A2 sized card front and matted it with silver glitter cardstock. I used thin foam tape to pop up the circles and the sentiments. Foam tape gives a lot of dimension to a card, I love it! I adorned the roses with Arctyc Breeze pearls from Studio Katia.

I hope you like this unique technique and will give it a try. It works with all the circle stamps too which Newton’s Nook Designs is offering. I love stretching my stamps usage!

See you soon with more fun projects,

Zsofi