You are llamazing! – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

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

With the school year starting and having 2 kids in elementary school, I am in constant need of cute encouragement cards. For today’s card I used a couple of stamps, dies and a fun stencil from the new release. Let me lead you through the process.

First I have stamped the images from the Llamazing llamas stamp set on alcohol friendly cardstock and used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers to colour them. The colours I used: LLamas: BG5, BG2, BG1, FS8, FS7, FS4 cactus: LG4, LG3, LG2, LG1. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out.

To set the scene I first die cut a Stitched Rounded Metric Rectangle from black and one white cardstock and blended it with Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink on the bottom. I used BG markers to add some dot details, I love texture! I layered the black rectangle under it so it looks like shadow an arranged my scene. I popped up the llamas with 3D foam squares for a dimensional look.

For the background I first inkblended Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks with a light hand and then used the new Fiesta Time stencil with the same colours just this time I added more ink. Before removing the stencil I lightly spritzed it with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz which makes the pattern sparkly. This tone-on-tone look is great on its own, but I went further and added some black and white acrylic paint splatters.

For the sentiment I chose a die cut word: I cut the Awesome from blue cardstock once and adhered it to the top of the scene. I stamped another sentiment under it in black from the Llamazing llamas stamp set.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the eyes and covered the awesome with glossy accents. It gives a shiny dimensional look, so gorgeous!

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

Have a blast! – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

It is my turn on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog and I brought you a fun idea how to get more out of your Newton’s 4th July stamp sets after the memorial day is over.

I started with stamping and colouring the kitty on the rocket using Copic markers. I went with a grey-red-blue combo, simply because I love how it looks. I used the coordinating die to cut it out.

Then I created the background: on a piece of red cardstock I used the Fireworks stencil with Thermoweb Glitz Glitter Gel in red. It gives a gorgeous tone on tone look! And the sparkle! Heavenly.

My initial idea was to make a shaker in the middle of the card so I die cut the inside scalloped rectangles from Frameworks 4 times from navy cardstock and adhered them together. I made sure to add a piece of acetate under the last layer. The sentiment I stamped on a grey banner which I die cut with the Frames and flags die set, and adhered it to the bottom of the frame.

When I placed the frame on the glittery background I realized that it looks awesome on its own, so I did not fill the frame with sequins, but you can totally do it. As a finishing touch I used a clear shimmer pen on the rocket and glossy accents on the red parts of it. Perfect birthday card for a boy!

I hope I inspired you and you will try to stretch your holiday stamps too.

Thanks for stoppig by and see you soon,

Zsofi

Masculine birthday – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. Are you struggling with masculine cards? I admit I do, mostly because I love bling and sparkle and somehow it just does not fit the concept of a guy card. Today I show you a way how you can still have texture and shine, without making a card glittery and “for her”.

I started with stamping the cake and a couple of candles from the Popping by stamp set, coloured them with Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinting dies. I die cut a Stitched Oval from a textured white cardstock and popped up the cake with the candles using the thick 3D foam tape from the Heffy Doodle Essentials line. It gives so much dimension, I love it!

For the background I used the Lots of Happy stencil on Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with Gatherd Twigs Distress Oxide ink. As this ink stays wet for a while, I simply heat embossed the pattern with clear embossing powder. It gives just a little shine, not too much. Then I cut down the panel a little and ink blended a bit of the same brown ink on the sides using a blending brush. It makes the focal panel pop even more!

For the sentiment I chose the Wavy banner dies and Wavy Banner Sentiments: I stamped with a brown ink on a Neenah Desert Storm banner and matted it with a slightly bigger brown one. I used the same brown cardstock to mat the stenciled background too.

After popping up the banner with the thick 3D foam tape I added just a light touch of clear shimmer to the flame and covered the candles and chocolate drops with glossy accents.

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

Newton’s Nook Designs January Release – DAY 3

Hello Everyone,

we are halfway through the Newton’s Nook Designs January Release reveals but fear not, cuteness is still coming your way! Love Emergency is a wonderful set, not only for love cards. It is definitely perfect for our other halves for Valentine’s Day though. It comes with coordinating dies too.

All products will be available on Friday, 22/01/2021!

I wanted to create a slimline card so I needed all the vehicles: I stamped and coloured them with Copic markers an cut them out with their coordinating dies.

Then I die cut the scalloped rectangle from Slimline Frames and Portholes and used the new square masking stencil to add the background with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink. Before removing the stencil I sprinkled it with water and diluted Blueprint Sketch ink. I also added black and white splatters for a fun textured look.

When the inked background was all dry, I popped up the cars with 3D foam suares and stamped a matching sentiment above each little scene.

I adhered the panel to a striped patterned paper before mounting it on a slimline card base, and used a clear shimmer pen and glossy accents to emphasize some details.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Love Emergency” Stamp Set? We will choose ONE lucky winner for this stamp set! Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! Thewinner 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 January 21st at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 2nd. 

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 today’s inspirations and reveals. Make sure to return tomorrow for the last day of the sneak peeks!

See you,

Zsofi

Beary happy birthday – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

It is Zsofi here, welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series. I always find it difficult to create masculine cards so I brought you an idea using the little bear die from the Heffy Doodle Mini Die Cutting Machine freebies mixed with other stamps and dies. Let’s dive in the details!

I started with the background: on a piece of watercolour paper I put a few tiny drops of Nuvo Shimmer Powder and spritzed it with water generously. I was very impatient to let it dry on its own so I helped it with my heat tool. When it was completely dry I used the new Mini Essentials die set and cut the biggest rectangle.

While I was at die cutting I also cut the bear (freebie with the Mini Die Cutting Machine) from white cardstock and applied Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink with a brush. I also cut some canopy using the Forest Builder die set from watercolour paper and sponged Black Soot Distress Oxide on them. I added water droplets and also sprinkled it with diluted black ink and white acrylic paint. I just love to have some texture. The tree trunks are cut from black cardstock. I used a Slopey Joes border die to cut the ground from a leftover piece of the watercolour paper and added Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink.

I assembled the scene and popped up the bear with the new thick 3D foam tape. It is still quite basic but I needed a birthday card for a friend of mine so I looked for some accessories and found the perfectly matching ones in Happy Snappy Crocs. I quickly coloured the bottle and the glass with Copics, and cut them all out with the coordinating dies.

For the sentiment I used the same stamp set, I really love the playful fonts. I stamped both lines with Catherine Pooler inks. They give such a crisp and bright result!

As a finishing touch I added a few black jewels to the trees and glossy accents to the nose of the bear.

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 Holiday Release – Day 2

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Hello Everyone,

It is Day 2 of Newton’s Nook Designs’ Holiday release reveals. Today we feature the Dear Santa and the Nutcrackers stamp/die sets which also has a fun word die included!

All new products will be available on 23rd Oct, 2020!

CARD 1

For my first card I stamped the images from Dear Santa on white cardstock and coloured them with Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I also die cut a tag using the Fancy edges tag die set and white cardstock. The snow banks I cut with a Land border die and added a bit of shading to it with Copic markers. The reinforcer I cut from dark red cardstock and added red twine after popping up Santa with 3D foam squares.

I wanted to use the new Reindeer stencil as I felt it is the perfect match with Santa so I applied Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink over it on a kraft card base. I used a blending brush for a subtle result.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on a special brown shimmer cardstock for a festive feel and cut it down to a very narrow strip. After assembling the card I could not resist adding a bit of stickles to Santa’s uniform and a bit of glossy accents to his boots and belt.

CARD 2

The Nutcrackers is one of my favourite sets in this release, maybe because it reminds me of my childhood. I was 6 years old when I saw the ballet and it enchanted me. I imagined a classic look for my little wooden creatures so I stamped and coloured them with red, green any yellow Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I die cut the rounded rectangle from Frames and Flags from a satin pearl cardstock. I also cut the fun word die included in the Nutcrackers coordinating die set from green glitter cardstock and arranged them on the top and the bottom of the pearl panel. I popped up the two nutcrackers in between using 3D foam squares.

I white heat embossed another sentiment on brown cardstock and used a small circle die to cut it out.

For the background I chose a classic brown checked patterned paper, I really feel it makes the images stand out. And again, perfect for our guys too. I added clear shimmer and glossy accents to some details on the clothes and made the eyes shiny with a black glaze pen.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Dear Santa”  Stamp Set or the “Nutcrackers” Stamp Set? We will choose ONE lucky winner for each stamp set! Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! Thewinner 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 October 22nd at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, October 23rd. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar – you are here

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amy Tsuruta

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed today’s reveals an inspiration and you will pop in again tomorrow for more!

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs Holiday Release – Day 1

Hello Everyone,

I am super excited to share with you a whole week of Holiday fun as we start the reveals of Newton’s Nook Designs’ Holiday release! Today we feature the Destination Christmas and Christmas Camper stamp/die sets and 2 fantastic new stencils!

All new products will be available on 23rd Oct, 2020!

CARD 1

For my first card I stamped the images from Destination Christmas on Bristol Smooth cardstock and painted the images with Altenew watercolours. I almost never use watercolours but I just zoned out and painted without thinking. When they were dry I used the coordinting dies to cut them out.

I used the rounded square from Frames squares die set to cut a panel from watercolour cardstock and painted a night sky with blue watercolours. I dried it with my heat tool and splattered it with white acrylic paint and some liquid pixie dust.

Meanwhile it was drying I used the new Tiny trees stencil on a white card base with white texture paste to get a tone-on-tone background.

When the cardbase was ready I popped up the cars with 3D foam squares on the focal panel and white heat embossed a sentiment on a thin strip of vellum which I wrapped around the top. I matted it with red cardstock and adhered it to the card base with thin 3D foam tape. I finished it off with red twine. Isn’t it perfect for guys?

CARD 2

For my second card I used the Evergreens stencil on a white card base with Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink to create the forest background. Then with a small blending brush I applied Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide for the sky.

Then I stamped and black heat embossed the images from Christmas Campers on Bristol Smooth cardstock and coloured them with Karin Bruhmarkers. I love these markers as they have a lot of pigment and just a drop of colour is enough to have bright results. I used a simple waterbrush to distribute the colours and cut everything out with their coordinating dies.

Using the Land border dies I die cut a snow bank from white glitter cardstock (Simon Says Stamp) and assembled the scene. I used 3D foam squares for the images to create dimension.

For the sentiment I die cut the Happy Holiday from Holiday Greetings 4 times from red cardstock and layered them on top of each other. I love that it looks like chipboard. I stamped and extra sentiment under it in black and my card was all finished. Perfect card for guys too, don’t you think?

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Destination Christmas”  Stamp Set or the “Christmas Campers”  Stamp Set? We will choose ONE lucky winner for each stamp set! Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! Thewinner 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 October 22nd at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, October 23rd. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar – you are here

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amy Tsuruta

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed today’s reveals an inspiration and you will pop in again soon for more!

See you tomorrow,

Zsofi

Clean and simple masculine card – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with a really easy to re-make card for Newton’s Nook Designs the most popular Farming Fun stamp and die set. I need to make more of these to enrich my masculine card collection I guess.

As always I started with stamping and colouring the truck and the wagon with Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I used a pretty cloudy backdrop die from Lawn Fawn to create a textured white background and stamped the sentiment on it with black ink.

The bottom third o the card I covered with patterned paper and added a thin strip of dark grey cardstock on the top of it. Then I popped up the coloured images with 3D foam squares,

As a finishing touch I added glossy accents to the middle of the wheels.

You see? I told you it was easy. I cannot wait to see your CAS cards, so please tag me @safsafdesign2016 on IG if you share it there! Thanks for joining me today and hope to see you soon!

Have a great day,

Zsofi

Heffy Doodle July Release – pre-order freebie

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Hello Everyone,

It is my second post for today as I was longing to share with you this clean and simple card I made with the Lil’ Lighthouse stamps and dies from Heffy Doodle.

If you place a pre-order at the Heffy Doodle store, you get this cute stamp as a freebie. If your order is above Ł45, then you get the coordinating die too. Isn’t it wonderful? Please note that this stamp/die is only an incentive and will NOT BE SOLD in the shop!

For my project I stamped and coloured the lighthouse using Copic markers and cut it out with the coordinating die.

On a piece of white cardstock I used the … stencil and quickly blended some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink making it lighter in the middle of the circle. I added a tiny bit of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide on the bottom. Before popping up the lighthouse with 3D foam squares, I used that extra die in the coordinating die set to add the little holes for the light. I backed the panel with gold glitter cardstock, it looks like light in real life!

I die cut the Thinking of you from white cardstock 3 times and layered them on top of each other.

I cut the shadow from black cardstock. Before adhering it to the card, I randomly applied the remaining blue ink from my blending brush over the sentiment.

I finished the card with a bit of glossy accents on the darker grey parts of the lighthouse. I love how this card is perfect for guys too!

I hope you enjoyed this extra project for Release week. Pre-orders are open and the whole new release will go live on 3rd July. We will have a celebration on that day, so look out for more info on social media!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Meerkat wishes – Pink and Main

Hello Everyone,

I am back with a very clean design, but versatile enough to be used for multiple occasions. I was playing with stamps and stencils from Pink and Main.

I started with the Mask it Square stencil and blended Tumbled glass Distress Oxide ink wih the Ergonomic Blending Brush in the middle of a 4.25×5,5 inch Bristol Smooth cardstock piece. Then I covered the blue square with the inner part of the stencil and moved the frame tiny to the right. I applied Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide ink. I did the same on the left side too. Then I covered the squares and repeated the previous step with Blueprint Sketch Disress Oxide. It is such a cool pattern and could be done with any geometric stencil and any colour combo!

Then I stamped the meerkat from the Meerkats stamp, coloured him with Copics and fussy cut him out. I used a black glaze pen on his eyes an nose to make it shiny.

I white heat embossed a sentiment on black cardstock and cut it down to be a small sign the meerkat can hold.

I used a stitched rectangle to cut down the stenciled background a bit and assembled the card on a kraft card base. The meerkat I popped up with 3D foam squares for more dimension.

I finished the card with tiny clear sequins. Isn’t it cute? Fitting any gender for any occasion, I really need cards like this in my stash! I hope I inspired you and you will pop in again soon for more ideas.

See you,

Zsofi