Coffee Card Series – Simon Says Stamp

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to the last day of my Coffee Card Series in honour of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. For today I have a Fall coffee card made with goodies from Simon Says Stamp.

First I stamped and coloured the cute dog with the latte and a bunch of pumpkins from the SSS Fall Frenchies stamp set. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers and cut verything out with the coordinating dies.

For the background I really wanted to use the new SSS Coffee Drinks stencil and there was a technique in my mind I wanted to try. So I applied white texture paste on white cardstock usin the stencil and let it dry. After that I did some ink blending with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink. I added black and white splatters of acrylic paint when it was done. This way I got a wonderful tone-on-tone background with a lot of texture. I really need to do this techique more often!

While the background was drying I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set on a brown banner and added a smaller orange banner under it. I also die cut grass from gree cardstock and shaded it with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink.

I assembled the card, popped up the banner and the dog with 3D foam squares. As a finishing touch I used a clear shimmer pen on the scarf, a black glaze pen on the eyes and nose and glossy accents on the mug.

I will link this up to the Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Blog Hop.

I hope you enjoyed the last week with me, I had a lot of fun sharing these caffeinated projects. Now it is time to move on to holiday cards, so stay tuned. If you like my style, please follow me on Instagram, where I also share my creations. Your support means so much to me, thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Coffee Card Series – Trinity Stamps

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to my Coffee Card Series in honour of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. For today I have a mini slimline card – a format which I have not tried before just always wanted to.

I have recently recieved the Boo Brew die set from Trinity stamps but it was too late for Halloween so I had to use it on a Fall project. I am in love with this die set, so creative and unique! First I die cut the base of the mug from SSS Blue Violet cardstock and the pattern from the Sunny Studio Sweater Weather paper pad. The cream I cut from Cream cardstock, the cinnamon sticks and leaves from two shades of brown. I also cut some golden leaves too from MFT Gold Shine cardstock, it is the perfect Fall embellisment!

I used brown markers to add a little shading to the cream and added some dots too so it looks like it was sprinkled with cinnamon. Yummy. I adhered the cup together so it was ready to mount on a card.

For the background I chose the beautiful Lawn Fawn Gold Rush cardstock, cut it down to be 3*6 1/8 inches, popped up the cup with Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam tape as it is thinner than the normal one I use. I stamped a sentiment above it from the SSS Drink Coffee stamp set with SSS Blue Violet ink.

I was looking for the perfect Coffee Word die in my stash which matched my card and chose the Studio Katia Coffee die. I cut the shadow from lighter brown and the word itself from dark brown cardstock, 3 times and stacked them together. I used clear embossing ink and Altenew Transluscent Pearl embossing powder to add a little shine to my word die cut. I repeated the heat embossing 3 times to get a very smooth and shiny result.

Because of the special cardstocks and embossing I didn’t need any further embellishments. I love how this mini slimline card turned out, it was so good to try a new size. And now of course I wanna make a bunch of mugs in different colours…

I will link this up to the Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Blog Hop.

I hope you enjoyed my caffeinated inspiration today and will pop in tomorrow for more.

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs STAMPtember Exclusive set

Hello Everyone,

I am thrilled to be part of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember celebration with an Exclusive stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. Talk Turkey is a hilarious set which is only available on the Simon Says Stamp website until stocks last, so if you like this set, it is better to hurry! These exclusive sets run out of stock so fast every year!

For my card I stamped and coloured the images with Arteza pencils – I wanted to try something I use rarely. It was so relaxing to colour with pencils, I need to do it more often! I fussy cut the images leaving a little white border like they were die cut. I am usually not a fussy cutter, but it was fun too!

For the background I inkblended some Crackling Campfire, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and Scattered Straw Distress Oxide inks and added a lot of splatters: diluted ink, black and white acrylic paint too. When it was dry, I cut it down with a rectangle die from the NND Frameworks die set. I die cut another piece of this rectangle and cut it down with the grass die from NND Land Borders and used Walnut Stain and Scattered Straw Distress Oxide inks to add colour. I added splatters on this piece too and assembled my Fall scene.

The sentiment I stamped on a white circle which I die cut with the NND Circle Frames die set and added a bit of shading to the edges with Scattered Straw Distress Oxide ink. for a layered look I die cut a ticket shaped rectangle from brown cardstock (NND Frameworks die set) and a yellow banner (NND Banner Trio die set). I adhered them on top of each other and added it to the top of the card.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pe ont he eyes, a Sakura sparkle pen on the hat and coller and also use drops of glossy accents on the noses and the beak of the turkey. I really believe that these little accents take a card to the next level.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration and don’t forget: if you like this stamp set, buy it right now! When it is gone, it is gone for good, it will not be restocked!

Wishing you a lovely day,

Zsofi

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember

Hello Everyone,

I am here today with an inspirational card I created with a new layering stamp set from the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember release. It is called Waves of change and it is so beautiful! The sentiments are gorgeous! I cannot wait to make a home decor with it too! But for now I created a card, let me guide you through the process.

I stamped first the filler waves with Audrey Blue ink from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped it 3 times using my Misti to get a bit darker waves. Then I added the highlight layer using Deep Sea ink. The outline waves were my last layer, I heat embossed it with Mermaid Fine Detail embossing powder. Then I used a little blender brush with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink to give colour to the whole sea. Thanks to the small brush I did not need to mask off the sky.

If you follow me, you know how much I love texture. So I added some diluted ink splatters: Salvaged Patina and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks and some liquid Pixie Dust from Inkon3. I let the splatters cover the sky too, so it looks like water drops.

The sentiment I stamped in black on the right and added a die cut Friend on the left. The shadow I cut from Audrey blue cardstock, and the Friends I cut 3 times from Peacock cardstock. I layered them together, covered them with clear embossing ink and used the same Mermaid Fine Detail embossing powder to give it some sparkle and shine.

I cut the panel down with a stitched rectangle die and added a Peacock mat to it. I used some crystals from Studio Katia to embellish the card.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration and if you are curious about the whole STAMPtember release, you can find it here.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope to see you soon.

Zsofi

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

Stencilled flowers for Mom – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

I am back again with my last Mother’s Day card this year dedicating this one to ALL supermoms out there. Being a mother is the biggest blessing and the best gift which comes with an emotional extra package (expanding with the years). I am grateful every single day to have my kids and experiencing the unconditional love which I feel for them and they feel for me.

For my card today I used the pretty Peonies stencil from Pretty Pink Posh: on a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock I inkblended Kitch Flamingo Distress Oxide ink for the flowers first. I simply turned the stencil around and masked off the leaves with post it tape to make sure I dont accidentaly go over the unnecessary open areas.

When I was happy with the arrangemet of the flowers I created masks for them from Masking Paper and covered each flower. Now it was time to add leaves with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink. After removing the masks I added some splatters with my Finetec Mica Pearlescent Watercolours, I chose the dark pink and black this time.

When the panel was dry I cut it down a bit and added a vivid green mat under it. I also die cut a skinny gold frame with my old favourite Frames die set from Simon Says Stamp. I adhered it i place with drops of liquid glue. I usually use Ranger Multi Matte Medium with a precision tip for this.

The sentiment I die cut from pink cardstock with the Pretty Pink Posh Mother’s Day die. I added a white heat embossed “happy” on a tiny piece of black cardstock to it using 3D foam squares.

As a finishing touch I added dots with a black glaze pen to the flower centers, it makes them really pop!

I will upload this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Feminine and to the Simon Says Stamp IG Challenge Favourite Technique (stenciling is also a favourite technique of mine).

I hope you enjoyed this floral inspiration and will pop in again soon for more cheerful designs.

See you,

Zsofi

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom!

Hello Everyone,

Today is Mother’s Day in Hungary and I am always very sentimental about it. I am very close to my mum and even though I try to show her love and care on a daily basis, we always make something extra with my kids on this day. We got her roses and tulips, the kids sang and my daughter recited a lovely poem. She even made a very pretty card for her, and my son – who just learnt how to write – wrote her a letter. So touchy. As a cardmaker I had to make my own card too.

I started with stamping and colouring the images from the SSS Bouquet for mom set using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers.

I have made a colour swatch for the colours I used. I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.

For the background I used the Sizzix Texture Fades Brickwork 3D embossing folder. It is amazing! I used it on Bristol Smooth cardstock because I wanted to do some ink blending after: I used Hickory Smoke and Black Sooth Distress Oxide inks. I also added some black and white splatters ad dried it with my heat tool.

I used the Newton’s Nook Designs Land border dies to cut some grass and the Fence die to cut the fence, and assembled the scene. I used 3D foam squares behind the main image to get more dimension.

The setiment I white heat embossed on black cardstock and die cut it with its coordinating die. I love sets when there is a die for the sentiment, it gives such a unique look!

As a finishing touch I used glossy accents on the flower centres and the body of the butterflies.

I will upload this card to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything goes and the SSS Ig Challenge Favourite Technique too.

I hope you liked my card and will pop in again soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

Inktense pencils – winter scene

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in today with something new. In my latest order from Simon Says Stamp I had a pack of Suzy Plantamura’s watercolour prints with Winter Gnomes. I am fond of gnomes lately and I wanted to try to zone out and colour these with different mediums. The first one I coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils.

I started with the cap: I chose a darker red colour and drew some lines next to the outline. Then scribbled a little lighter one over it and spread the colours out with a wet paintbrush. Thanks to the pigments in this type of pencil the colours are really vibrant even with just a tiny scribble from the pencil.

I made sure to let it dry and meanwhile coloured another part of the image which was not connected to avoid mixing colours. For the snow I used light blue and for the background I mixed blues, violet and some darker purples.

I left the beard and moustache for the last: I tried to add light stokes with my pencils and then fade them out a bit with the waterbrush. It was fun and I like the result even though it was the first time!

When it was all dry I cut it down with a Wonky rectangle and stamped a sentiment (MFT stamps set) in black. I sprinkled white acrylic paint all over it with a toothbrush: it gives smaller dots than when I do this with a thin brush. I also added clear shimmer to the Moon, glossy accents to the skate and some fluffy texture to the cap and overall with my Marvy Snow Marker. It puffs up when I heat it up with my heat tool. So fun!

I hope you liked today’s inspiration, and will return soon for more!

See you,

Zsofi

Last card in 2020!

Hello Everyone,

It is the last day of the year and I wanted to pop in to tell you: THANK YOU so much for all your support, all the comments, all the love. It means so much to me! It was a tough year for all of us and crafting really helped me to go through without losing my sanity. It is my therapy and my joy in hard times. I have a lot of plans for 2021, I wish I can realize them step-by-step. What I know for sure is that my love for paper is gonna stay and I will keep crafting until I can. And I would love you to share this journey with me.

My last card of the year was born as a little sister to my yesterday’s card. I used the same Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn STAMPtember collaboration stamp/die set with the same aqua colours. Just this time I built a Bird House (Magic Iris Add-on) from woodgrain cardstock, chose a pretty patterned paper in the background and opted for a different Winter Scripty Sentiment. To build dimension I die cut the house, roof and the bottom part 3 times and adhered them on top of each other. It makes a huge difference!

I hope you enjoyed this card, I will insert here a few more close ups.

I will upload this project to the Lawnfawnatics Challenge 15 (New Year) and to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Sparkle and Shine and Simon Says Stamp Moday Challenge Celebrate.

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Thanks for being here today with me and I wish you a much happier New Year! See you in 2021!

Zsofi

Happy New Year – Lawn Fawn

Hello Everyone,

I had a day off yesterday, just for myself and crafting so I finally had time to indulge in my Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn STAMPtember Exclusive set from 2020. I cannot get over the cuteness of these birds! I made 2 cards, the first one is a slimline one:

I started with stamping and colouring the images from Season’s Tweetings (it was a limited edition set, no longer available unfortunately). I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Then I die cut the new Scallop Slimline with hearts die from white cardstock, masked off the scalloped parts with Purple Tape and used the Music stencil from Newton’s Nook Designs with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink to create a background.

Then I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the panel from Season’s Tweetings and added a red one above from Winter Scripty Sentiments. I love the look of the two fonts together!

While I still had the edges masked off I stamped the string of lights from Season’s Tweetings 3 times at a diffenet angle directly on the stenciled background and coloured the lights with Copic markers.

After popping up the birds with 3D foam tape, I stamped the Fa-la-la-la sentiments above the birds with teal ink for a tone-on-tone look.

As a finishing touch I added clear shimmer to the lights and accessories and covered the bulbs and beaks with glossy accents. To make it more festive I scattered a few clear sequins all around. Before adhering the panel to a white slimline card base (3,5*8,5 inches) I cut a dark red mat for the scalloped panel. It gives a nice frame to my little scene.

I will upload this project to the Lawnfawnatics Challenge 15 (New Year) and to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Sparkle and Shine and Simon Says Stamp Moday Challenge Celebrate.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and will check back tomorrow for my last post this year.

See you,

Zsofi