Sea themed card set – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

It is the last day of July and it is time for a goodbye. I have enjoyed so much to be a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh, their designs are adorable and so easy to mix ad match, which is my favourite way of creating. I promise you that I will bring more and more cute scene cards in the future as you love them the most too. For my last post I saved a personal favourite, a sea themed card set. Perfect as home decor too as these are little mixed media arts.

As always I started with stamping and colouring the images from Sea Friends. That is one of my most loved stamp sets. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers:

  • sea horse: BP7, PV4, PV3, PV2, PV1, PV05,
  • dolphin: BT7, BT5, BT2, BT05,
  • fish: JG5, JG4, JG2, AB3, AB1, AB05,
  • other fish: BO4, BO3, BO2, BO1, GY2, CT3, CT1,
  • octopus and coral: PP6, PP4, PP2, PP1
  • crab: DR4, DR2, DR05,
  • shells: GY5, GY2, GY1, GY05, EB4
  • starfish: MG5, MG3, MG1, MG05
  • seaweeds: AG5, LG4, LG2

I added dots to each fish for texture, I love this technique. Then I cut everything out with the coordinating dies.

For the background I used Distress Oxide inks on Bristol Smooth cardstock: Scattered Straw for the sand, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean for the water. I was generous with the splatters: first a spritz of water, which I dabbed off with a dry paper towel after 30 seconds. Then I added diluted ink splatters too. While I was working on the sea, I covered the sand and the other way around. In this way I did not end up with brown splatters in the water.

When the backgrounds were dry, I heat embossed the sentiments from the Everyday Greetings stamp set.

Then I took the Waves stencil and added Gina K Glitz Glitter gel to certain parts, just randomly. I didn’t mind that the paste sipped a bit under the stencil, it just added to the messy ocean look.

I assembled the cards and it was time for the finishing touches: glossy accents on the shells and fins, and black glaze pen on the eyes.

I hope you liked my cards, and will continue to follow my crafty journey.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Happy Anniversary – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

July is almost over and I still have cards to share which I made as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh. Today I show you a whimsical and super cute tropical anniversary card.

First I stamped and coloured the cats and fish from the Cuddly cats stamp set, lemonade from the Summer friends set and the palm trees from Tropical Birds. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: EB7, EB5, EB3, EB2, AG5, AG3, AG1, AG05, BG9, BG7, BG5, BG3, BG1, BG05, GB4, CT4, CT1, OR3, OR1, OR05, FS7, FS4, TB2. I cut them all out with their coordinating dies.

Then I used the Scallop Frames (exclusively available at the PPP store) with white heavy weight cardstock, cut it 3 times and layered them on top of each other. I used the Sea borders die from Newton’s Nook Designs to cut the waves from turquoise glitter cardstock and the Land border die to cut the sand dunes from kraft cardstock which I have previously covered with Stick It adhesive.

I wanted to try using real sand for the dunes, so I removed the backing paper ad poured very fine sand over the whole kraft panel. It looks so cool in real life! I added a few darker dots with some brown – looks so realistic!

I assembled the scene on a piece of Watercolour Wishes patterned paper from Lawn Fawn and heat embossed two sentiments on very thin black cardstock from the Simple sentiments set.

As a finishing touch I used a black glaze pen on the eyes and glossy accents on the noses and ice cubes.

I wish you like my card inspiration today and will come back tomorrow for my last Guest Designer post. I promise you, I saved the best for last!

See you,

Zsofi

Birthday crocs – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. This time I mixed and matched my favourite crocs with birthday accessories to create a very cheerful birthday card. So whimsical that it can really make anyone smile, don’t you think?

I started with stamping the images from Happy Snappy Crocs and Party Palooza, and coloured them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: JG7, JG5, LG4, LG2, GB5, GB2, GB1, CT4, CT2, CT1, IB3, IB2, IB1, EB8, EB5, EB3, BG5, BG2, BG1. Then I cut everything out with the coordinating dies.

For the background I used the Brick by brick stencil with Ranger Texture paste, which I have previously mixed with a bit of Black Sooth Distress Oxide ink. I used heavy weight white cardstock so it could handle all that paste without curling up too much. When the panel was dry, I did some light ink blending with Black Sooth Distress Oxide ink on the sides. I also blended a bit of black ink on a thin strip of white cardstock to serve as pavement.

I assembled the card adding all the accessories to the happy crocs. I used 3D foam squares to pop them up and heat embossed a sentiment on black cardstock from the Party Palooza set. I used the coordinating die to cut them out, it looks so cool when die cut!

I adhered it to the scene and added a few tiny star sequins to enhance the festivities. I also drew the balloon strings with a black marker.

As a finishing touch I used a white gel pen, a clear sparkle pen and glossy accents.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and will pop in again soon for more inspiration!

See you,

Zsofi

Just saying hello – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with another cute and very summery card which I made with Pretty Pink Posh stamps, dies and stencils. Even if it looks complicated, it is a very simple design, let me show you the steps how I made it.

I started with stamping and colouring the images from the Crafty Critters and Hibiscus flowers stamp sets. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: BG8, BG6, BG4, BG2, BG1, FS7, FS4, AG5, AG3, AG1, CG3, CG2, CG05, GY3, CT3, MG5, MG3, MG1, MG05. Then I cut everything out with the coordinating dies.

On a white card base I used the Tropical Background stencil with Saltwater Taffy Distress Oxide ink and a blending brush. For me these brushes are perfect for subtle ink blending and it is so easy to fade out the colour towards the edge of the cardstock.

Then I adhered the flowers and leaves as a base for my little koala to stand on. The big leaves I adhered to the paws and used 3D foam squares to pop up that cute critter on the bed of hibiscus.

For the sentiment I chose a die cut one: I cut the “friend” from the Hello Friend Script die set from black cardstock three times. I stacked them together to get a chipboard-like dimensional word. The rest of the sentiment I stamped above it from the Simple sentiments stamp set – it is my absolute favourite, it has so many sentiments for all occasions.

As a finishing touch I added some white gel pen highlights and used a black glaze pen on the nose and eyes of the koala. I also scattered a few Sparkling clear jewels around, just because ūüôā

I hope you liked my card inspiration today and it made you smile. Please pop in soon again for more cute cards! This week I have a lot to share!

See you,

Zsofi

Aloha – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with another summer card I made as Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh. When we were at the Balaton with my kids and the weather was a bit colder and not suitable for them to swim in the lake, my boy loved to spend time with playing in the sand. He rather builds pyramids than castles but I love to sit next to him and work on tunnels or just decorate his buildings. This memory inspired my card.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Summer Friends. I used Spectrum Noir Triblend markers: Fair Skin Blend, Earth Brown Shades, Earth Brown Blend, Ice Blue Blend, Citrus Blend, Gold Brown Blend, Gold Brown Shades. I used some lighter markers from the Spectrum Noir Classique range: CT05 and IB05. I love that with these shades I can get lighter colours. I cut the images with the coordinating dies.

I love to make tags and place them on cards, and the Birthday Circles die set has such a lovely tag which I just simply had to use. I cut it from white cardstock and backed it with a light blue rectangle sandwiching the sand castle in between the layers. I popped up the boy with 3D foam squares and added black and white twine.

For the sentiment I chose the Aloha Shaker die, cut it from gold metallic cardstock and trimmed the words out. It is a way to get more out of your dies. Lovely, isn’t it?

I adhered it at an angle to make it more playful and embellished the tag with some jewels from Citrus Mix.

For the background I cut patterned paper from Craft Consortium Watercolours paper pad, backed it with dark grey cardstock and adhered it to an A2 sized top folding kraft card base. As a finishing touch I used glossy accents on the sunglasses and parts of the T-shirt.

I wish you enjoyed this little cutie and will return next week for more. I also share extra tips on Instagram, which you might want to check out as well.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Surfing cats – Pretty Pink Posh

Hello Everyone,

Being back from a short getaway still finds me in vacation mood which you can clearly feel on my cards. I enjoy the freedom of not waking up the kids for school every day and the weather being super hot to enjoy lake time (we do not have seashores in Hungary). My card for today is a happy celebration of summer, made with goodies from Pretty Pink Posh.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Cuddly cats and Summer surfboards using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: BG9, BG7, BG5, BG3, BG1, BG05, GB4, CT4, CT1, OR3, OR1, OR05, DR4, DR3, DR1, DR05, FS7, FS6, FS4, LG5, LG3, LG1, TB4, TB2, TB1, AB3, AB2, AB1, AB05. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out.

To set the scene I used my poorly abandoned Tombow Dual Tip markers. These are water based markers and I found them working perfectly on Bristol, Smooth cardstock. I just added scribbles and used a wet paintbrush to move the colours. For the sky I used 062 and 090, for the water 296, 373 and 451 and for the sand I used 942. I also went over the sea with a clear shimmer pen to add some sparkle. When it was all dry I used a white gel pen to add waves and a Marvy Snow marker to add seafoam. It is my favourite way to add texture to sea cards as it bubbles up if you heat it with a heat tool. So cool!

Then I die cut the word “summer” from the Happy Summer Script die set using glitter cardstock and stamped the rest of the sentiment around it from the Crafty Critters ad Simple Sentiment sets.

A drop of glossy accents on the noses and a black gel pen on the eyes finished off my cute summer card. I hope it will make my friend smile.

Thanks for stopping by and wish to see you soon!

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs Birthday Release – Day 4

Hello Everyone,

We have an extra day of inspirations as part of the Newton’s Nook Designs Birthday Release week, to increase the festivities. Newton’s Nook Designs is turning 9 years old this month, such a lovely milestone. I have been designing for them for a couple of years now and I must admit, their designs are so unique, exciting and so fun! They surprise me each and every time a new release is coming.

All new products will be available on Friday, 15/07.

For today I chose to feature the Birthday Mice stamp and die set in more masculine colours. I started with stamping the mice with the cheese cake and the little present 2 times, and coloured them with Spectrum Noir Triblend markers: Brown Grey Shades, Brown Grey Blend, Gold Yellow Blend, Citrus Blend, Jade Green Shades, Jade Green Blend, Ice Blue Blend. For the mice I also used some lighter markers: BG1 and BG05. Then I cut everything out with their coordinating dies.

While I was die cutting I also cut a white tag with the Fancy Edges Tag die set and added a bit of Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink to the bottom of it with a small blending brush. I also cut a decorating edge for the top from blue cardstock and a reinforcer from yellow. I assembled the scene on the tag ad added twine and some clear sequin confetti.

For the background I chose a blue balloon paper from the new Birthday Party paper pad and white heat embossed 2 of the sentiments from the stamp set on black cardstock. I used my trimmer to cut them down to thin strips which run across the card.

I popped up the tag with 3D foam squares and used my usual finishing touches: clear shimmer, black glaze and white gel pens. I also added glossy accents to the hat and candle.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the ‚ÄúBokeh Balloons‚ÄĚ Stencil Set? This 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 July 14th at 9pm ET to comment¬†¬†— winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday July 15th.¬†

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Donna Idlet

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar – you are here

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed the birthday week and ready to shop! I am so curious to know which sets grabbed your attention the most, so if you don’t mind, let me know in the comments below.

See you soon,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs Birthday Release – Day 3

Hello Everyone,

We have reached the last day of the Newton’s Nook Designs Birthday Release reveals, but fear not, our favourite kitties and puppies are back on today’s super cute stamp set called Sky High. It comes with coordinating dies too.

All new products will be available on Friday, 15/07.

For my card today I chose the balloon image and coloured it with Spectrum Noir Triblend markers: Brown Grey Blend, Brown Grey Shades, True Blue Shades, True Blue Blend, Dark Red Blend, Pale Pink Shades, Pale Pink Blend, Gold Yellow Blend, Citrus Blend. For the clouds I used an IB05 marker to add some shading, and cut everything out with the coordinating dies.

I kept the background super simple this time, just quickly blended Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink on Bristol Smooth cardstock and spritzed it with water. I dabbed off the water after 30 seconds with a dry paper towel and repeated the process for a fun, textured look. When it was dry, I used my favourite die from Frameworks to cut the panel.

After assembling the scene, I stamped the sentiments from the Sky High and Dog Park stamp sets in black, directly on the sky.

As a finishing touch I used a clear shimmer pen, a black glaze pen and added some highlights with a white gel pen too. I love how the pink-red balloons pop off the blue background!

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the ‚ÄúSky High 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 July 14th at 9pm ET to comment¬†¬†— winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday July 15th.¬†

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Donna Idlet

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar – you are here

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and will be back tomorrow for an extra day of inspiration!

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs Birthday Release – Day 2

Hello Everyone,

It is Day 2 of the Newton’s Nook Designs Birthday Release, and the Design Team is featuring the new Birthday Oval stamp set, which coordinates perfectly with the previously released Oval Frames die set.

All new products will be available on Friday, 15/07.

I hardly ever make shaker cards but I want to change that so I designed a fun birthday shaker card for today. First I stamped and coloured the Birthday Oval image with Spectrum noir Triblend markers in rainbow order: Dark Red Shades, Dark Red Blend, Orange Blend, Gold Yellow Blend, Citrus Blend, Dull Green Blend, Citrus Green Blend, Blue Turquoise Blend, Blue Turquoise Shades, True Blue Blend, True Blue Shades, Lavender Blend, Bright Pink Shades, Magenta Blend. I also used some lighter markers: CT05, CG05, BT1, BO05, DR05. I stamped the sentiment in the middle of the panel in black and cut the panel with a scalloped oval.

I used the Oval Frames die set to create a frame. I used Purple Tape from Thermoweb to hold 2 dies together, it helps me to even the space between the two. Then I used Distress Oxide inks for a rainbow ink blending trying to follow the colours I used for the image itself: Villainous Potion, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple and Picked Raspberry.

I adhered a piece of acetate on the back and used 3D foam tape to ensure the height for the tiny star sequins and confetti to shake freely. I will share some shaker card tips on my Instagram.

For the background I used a fun patterned paper from the new Birthday Party paper pad, which I matted with a vivid blue cardstock to give it a frame.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the ‚ÄúBirthday Oval 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 July 14th at 9pm ET to comment¬†¬†— winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday July 15th.¬†

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Donna Idlet

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar – you are here

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed today’s fun interactive card and will be back tomorrow!

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs Birthday Release – Day 1

Hello Everyone,

I am so excited to be part of the Newton’s Nook Designs Birthday Release, they are turning 9 this month and we have a lot of birthday themed goodies for you to show! The first day we are revealing the new Birthday Mice stamp/die set, Bokeh Balloons, a fun new layering stencil set and there will be also a pretty paper pad too, called Birthday Party. Awesome!

All new products will be available on Friday, 15/07.

For my card I used the Bokeh Balloons layering stencil set to create the background on light grey cardstock. I used Distress Oxide inks for this: Scattered Straw for the first layer and Saltwater Taffy for the second layer. Then I cut the panel with the scalloped rectangle die from the Frames and Flags die set.

I stamped the mice with the cupcake, the hat 2 times and also the mouse with the balloon on alcohol friendly white cardstock and coloured them with Spectrum Noir Triblend markers: Brown Grey Shades, Brown Grey Blend, Gold Yellow Blend, Citrus Blend, Pale Pink Shades, Pale Pink Blend. For the mice I also used some lighter markers: BG1 and BG05. Then I cut everything out with their coordinating dies and adhered the little scene on a piece of vellum which I die cut with a rounded rectangle die from Frames and Flags.

I heat embossed the sentiment on a black Speech Bubble and adhered it in place. I used the back of the images to hide the adhesive when mounting the panel on the background.

As a finishing touch I used a white gel pen to add highlights, a black glaze pen to emphasize the eyes and noses, a clear shimmer pen on the balloon and cupcake and a little bit of glossy accents on the sprinkles and hats.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the ‚ÄúBirthday Mice 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 July 14th at 9pm ET to comment¬†¬†— winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday July 15th.¬†

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Donna Idlet

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar – you are here

Farhana Sarker

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed the first day of the birthday release and will come back tomorrow for more fun!

See you,

Zsofi