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

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

Newton’s Nook Designs August Release – Day 4

Hello Everyone,

We have reached the final day of the sneak peeks at the fa-boo-lous August release at Newton’s Nook Designs. Are you excited? I hope you liked the last three days and are ready for getting in spooky mood. Today we are showcasing 2 Halloween stamps with their coordinating dies and fun new stencil. All of these will be available tomorrow, 23/08!

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For my first card I stamped and coloured the adorable dogs from Happy Howl-oween with Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I stamped a bunch of extra candies for building a cute garden scene.

The next step was to create the night sky background. I used the Clouds stencil on Bristol Smooth cardstock and Wilted Violet Distress ink. When it was done, I die cut the panel with my favourite postage frame die from Frameworks.

I also die cut a Fence from woodgrain cardstock and grass with a Land border die from black cardstock. I applied a bit of white pigment ink on the grassy border for a spooky look.

After adhering the background a black cardbase and attaching the fence and grass, I placed the dogs temporarily where they would be. I felt I wanted the sky to be more Halloween-y so I pulled out the Flying Bats stencil and used mini blending brush to add a couple of bats around the dogs with Black Soot Distress ink.

I partial die cut some speech bubbles from white cardstock to match the sentiments and popped them and the dogs up with 3D foam squares. I scattered the candies in the grass all around.

As a finishing touch I added a bit of clear shimmer to the wizard costume and the candies and emphasized some details with glossy accents and a black glaze pen.

CARD #2

For my second card I coloured the Witchy Newton set with Copic markers and cut it out with its coordinating die. I cut a lime green and a slightly wider purple piece of cardstock, adhered them together and tore a piece of vellum which was tiny taller so I could wrap it around the coloured cardstock piece. I added strong tape on the back of the panel to secure the vellum.

I stamped the sentiment with black STAZ-ON ink and adhered the cut out image under it.

I embellished the vellum with tiny silver stars and added some clear shimmer to the boot and glossy accents on some of the details.

The background for the focal panel I created on a black scalloped rectangle (Frames and flags die set). I masked off the stitching parts with purple tape and applied Thermoweb Pearl metallix deco foil gel though the new Ghost stencil. I love the pearlescent shine after drying!

I mounted the assembled panel on a dark grey card base to match the spooky feel.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Witchy Newton” or the “Happy Howl-oween” 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)! 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 August 22nd at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, August 23rd.

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Amanda Bodine

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar -> you are here

Naki Rager

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

I hope you liked my projects for the week and you got inspired. I would be so curious to know which is your favourite of this release! Let me know in the comments! And happy shopping for tomorrow!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Celebrating you – Pink and Main August Release Sneak Peek

Hello Everyone,

It is sneak peek time at Pink and Main, and I have the pleasure of showcasing a gorgeous new sentiment set called Special Day. It is full of great messages and also has two bigger sentiments in beautiful handwriting to pair them with! Lovely!

I have started with stamping the cute mermaid from the Starfish wishes set, coloured her with Copic markers and cut her out with the coordinating die.

I also cut a stitched rectangle from the new Summer Splash paper pad, and a stitched circle from vellum. On the patterned paper I silver heat embossed the handwritten sentiment. I also die cut a small white banner with the Sentiment strip dies and stamped another sentiment on it with black ink.

When assembling the card, I first popped up the mermaid with 3D foam tape on the vellum circle. Then I added liquid glue drops on the back of the vellum under the mermaid, in this way the adhesive does not show through.

As a finishing touch I added a couple of clear sequins and covered the mermaid tale with Stickles for an ultimate sparkle. I also could not resist emphasizing the bow and little star on the starfish with glossy accents.

I hope you are excited about this month’s release! All new goodies will be available on 20th August!

Until next time, happy crafting!

Zsofi


Pink and Main Fall Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

It is my second post today, for my first card please click here.

Although we still have almost a month from the summer holiday, I was longing for some autumn colours. So I grabbed some fun stamps from last year’s Fall release from Pink and Main and created this cutie.

I started with stamping the bear with the pumpkin from the Season of change stamp set and coloured it with Copic markers. To decide on the colours of the scarf, I had to choose the patterned paper I was going to use as the background. I went for a cozy plaid from the Pumpkin spice paper pad.

Then I started die cutting: I cut the image with its coordinating die and also a blue an a dark reddish brown wreath with the Wreath base die. The Hello sentiment I cut from cream cardstock 4 times and stacked them together for dimension.

I cut a piece of vellum to be 3,75×5,5 inches and stamped the Happy Fall sentiment on the bottom with clear embossing ink and heat embossed it with brown embossing powder.

After assembling the card I took a black glaze pen and emphasized the eyes. I also added glossy accents to the pumpkin and the Hello die cut. A few golden jewels finished it off.

I hope you enjoyed this fall project and will come back soon for more inspiration (summery I promise). Please check out the rest of the autumn projects created for this Blog Hop.

See you,

Zsofi

Sweet wedding with Pink and Main

Hello Everyone,

I am here today with a sweet wedding card I created with the newest release from Pink and Main.

I started with stamping the cake and the champagne from the Happily Ever After stamp set on smooth white cardstock and coloured them with Copics. I imagined a pink-gold card so I kept the colours simple. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I also die cut 4 frames from gold cardstock using the Cloudy frames dies and used liquid glue to adhere them together. I added heavy weight vellum to the back of it.

Then I worked on the background. On Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped the Sprinkles background stamp with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink. As this ink is a slow drying one, I could easily heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. Then I applied Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink on the whole panel very gently.

When the background was dry I die cut it with the largest die from the Stitched Rectangle 2 die set. I assembled the card on a top folding white card base using 3D foam squares to pop up the cake and the parts of the champagne glasses hanging off the frame.

I also stamped a sentiment (I love the pretty hand written font) on white cardstock with Delicata Gold Pigment ink. It matched my frame so well! As I was afraid that the ink smears, I covered it with clear embossing powder and melted it with a heat gun. I fussy cut it with my scissors leaving a bit of a white frame and popped it up on the bottom of the frame.

As a finishing touch I covered the champagne with a clear shimmer pen and added glossy accents to the decoration. Such a happy card with a lot of shiny details to “touch”.

I hope you liked today’s inspiration and will come back soon for more!

Until next time, happy crafting!

Zsofi



Pink and Main February Release Sneak Peek – Pretty jars

Hello Everyone,

I am here today with another sneak peek of the February Release from Pink and Main. Today I am showing you a pretty thank you card made with the gorgeous Pretty Jars stamp and die set.

I started with die cutting the smaller jar’s coordinating die from vellum. I usually stamp first and then die cut, but because I wanted the jar to be perfectly aligned, I went the other way. I used black Staz-on ink for stamping and coloured the jar from the back side using Copic markers. Then I stamped the label and the sentiment on white cardstock, coloured it with Copic markers and fussy cut it out. I used liquid glue to adhere it to the jar.

I cut a strip of white cardstock and stamped the bouquet from the same stamp set. Coloured it with Copics too, added a bit of clear shimmer to the flowers and glossy accents to the berries. When it was dry, I adhered the jar using tiny drops of liquid glue mostly under the stamped lines to hide the adhesive.

I matted the panel with a yellow gold cardstock and also added two pink scalloped borders before mounting it on a piece of patterned paper. I wanted something greenish to emphasize the fresh feel and I found this diagonal striped one in the Beach Babe paper pad.

As a finishing touch I added 3 little gold glossy dots and added a bit of clear shimmer to the label as well.

I hope you enjoyed all the sneak peeks in the last couple of weeks and you are getting ready with your shopping list. The waiting will be over today as all new products will be available in the shop soon!

Happy shopping and happy crafting,

Zsofi

Purr-ty time – IPC #73

Inky Paws ChallengeHello Everyone,

Today is the start of the new Inky Paws Challenge. It is a fun sketch for the next two weeks.

For my card I started with stamping and colouring the kitty with the balloons from the Newton’s Birthday Balloons stamp set using Copic markers. I used the coordinating die to cut it out and popped it up on a scalloped stitched circle tag (Pretty Pink Posh).

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For the background I sponge lightly some Distress inks on Bristol Smooth cardstock and placed the Cloudy sky stencil over it and applied the same inks again. Before removing the stencil I sprayed it with some Shimmer Spritz for a subtle sparkle.

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I wrapped a vellum strip around it, adhered it to the back of the panel so the adhesive does not show. I tied white twine around and made a little bow in the front. I die cut 2 banners from coordinating coloured cardstock scraps and stamped the sentiment on one of them. The die I used is from the Frames and flags die set. I adhered these to the back of the scalloped circle and used 3D foam tape to mount it on the card.

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As a finishing touch I scattered some clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) and used a white gel pen to add some details to the coloured image. Glossy accent on the balloons, paws and nose finished off the card.

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I hope you find my project inspiring and you will play along the Inky Paws Challenge #73. You have 2 weeks to link up your project to be eligible to win the 20USD gift certificate to the Newton’s Nook Designs online store.

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See you soon, have a great day!

Zsofi

Vellum overlay – IPC71

Inky Paws ChallengeHello Everyone,

Monday means fresh Inky Paws Challenge inspiration. The current colour challenge offers such a beautiful colour combination, that it inspired me to make my own patterned paper.

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I started with stamping the images from Fanciful florals (retiring, great price but you have to hurry to get it before it is gone!) on a top folding card base. I used various Altenew inks.

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When the pattern was done, I used the smaller stamps from the set to fill in the gaps. I love how it turned out.

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To mute the colours I decided to add a vellum layer, where I stamped the sentiment with black Staz-on ink from the Birthday Essentials stamp set. I have not found a good adhesive which does not show through the vellum, so I added a double sided adhesive sheet behind the whole panel. In this way it is securely attached but you don’t see the adhesive.

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I hope you like my design and got inspired to participate in the challenge. You have time until this Friday to link up your projects to the Inky Paws Challenge website. You can win a 20USD gift certificate to the Newton’s Nook Designs online store.

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Hope to see your creations there!

See you soon,

Zsofi