Warm hugs – Simon Says Stamp

Hello Everyone,

I have recently purchased a gorgeous 3D embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp and I could not wait to try it. It is called the SSS Snowflake Visions and has the most beautiful snowlfakes on it. I have just rediscovered the world of embossing folders and wanted to try another technique with the snowflakes, let me show you.

I took a piece of SSS Lavender Purple cardstock and ran it through my die cutting machine with the embossing folder. It is gorgeous on its own, but if you follow me, you know already how much I love inkblending. So I gently applied some Villanious Potion Distress Oxide inks on the edges, fading it out towards the middle with the help of some Milled Lavender Distress Oxide ink. The fun about this technique is that the raised pattern will get more ink and it makes the pattern stand out more. I love it!

Of course I needed some splatters: water sprinkles and some white acrylic paint. I also added Avery Elle Clear Shimmer Mist for a subtle sparkle. I cut it down to be slightly smaller than an A2 sized card.

Then I stamped and coloured the cute skunks from the Lawn Fawn Scent with Love set, using my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: BG10, BG8, BG7, BG5, BG2, BG05, FS4, FS7. I used the coordinating die to cut them out.

For the sentiment I used the SSS Warm Hugs die, cut it 3 times from white cardstock and layered them on top of each other. I adhered them on the bottom of the embossed background and used Icicle Stickles on the lower halves of the letters. It looks fabulous, matching the chill of the snowflakes.

After popping up the skunks above the sentiment with 3D foam squares, I used a white gel pen to add highlights and a black glaze pen on their noses.

I will upload this project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday (Embossing folder) and Wednesday Challenges (Anything goes), and also to the SSS IG Challenge.

I hope you like my card inspiration today and will pop in again soon for more! If you like my cards, please follow me on Instagram too, where I share my happy creations. It is much easier to keep in touch and communicate there, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

Have a nice day,

Zsofi

National Hugging Day

Hello Everyone,

Did you know that 21st January is National Hugging Day celebrated all around the world? I am a hugging person, I cannot imagine a day without hugs. We do this all the time with my kids and also with my husband. If any of us is sad, the first thing we do is a long and tight hug. Hugs are more important than kisses for our mental well-being, it is so much more than a physical act. It means we are not alone.

Today’s card was inspired by the chilly weather and warm hugs. First I stamped the cute critters from the Lawn Fawn Happy Hugs stamp set, coloured them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. The colours I used are the following: fox: TN8, TN7, TN5, BO3, BG1, BG05, rabbit: MB4, MB3, MB1, MB05, FS7.

Then I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Snowflake frame from white glitter cardstock and die cut a white stitched rectangle which fit in the middle. I created a Blue Violet mat for it before adhering it to the snowflake frame.

For the sentiment I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Winter wishes circle die from Blue Violet cardstock and cut the word “winter” out. I adhered it in place and stamped the rest of the sentiment around it from the Lawn Fawn Happy Hugs stamp set.

After adding the hugging critters, I used a black glaze pen on their noses and glossy accent on the die cut sentiment. Isn’t it cute?

I hope you liked my card today and will come back again for more inspiration. Happy hugging!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Snow much fun – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

It is my first card this year for my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle, and as it is getting super chilly here in Budapest (-10 °C is in the forecast, brrr for me), I allowed my favourite little mice to have some snow-fun. I mixed and matched a few stamps and dies to create this happy scenecard, let me guide you through the process.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Wanna build a snowman and Hello Squeakhearts. I used Copic makers this time and cut everything out with their coordinating dies. I love that the dies for the mice cut under the arms of the critters, so it is easy to add something to their paws.

For the background I took a Stitched rectangle die and cut it from white glitter cardstock and also from Ice Blast cardstock. I did some simple ink blending with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink on the top of the blue panel and added some white acrylic paint splatters. I made sure it was dry before I added some Gina K White Glitz Glitter Gel from Thermoweb through the First Snow stencil. It is very subtle but beautiful! Sparkly like real snow!

I used the Stitched Slopey Joes dies to cut the snowbanks from the white glitter cardstock rectangle and also cut some pine trees from Wintergreen cardstock using the Forest Builder die set. I love to add a little shading to my die cuts, so I used Pine Needles Distress Oxide ink for this.

I assembled the scene using thin 3D foam tape, added a black mat to it before adhering it all to a striped patterned paper. The sentiment I heat embossed on a thin black banner and added a blue Hello above it. When I add a die cut sentiment, I love to make it sturdy by layering 3 on top of each other. If I want to make it stand out, I use a 4th layer under it slightly offset from another colour, so it looks like shadow. Here I used simple white.

It was time for the finishing touches: black glaze pen on the eyes, buttons, noses and the pipe, glossy accents on the carrot and hat. I also added glossy accents to the Hello sentiment. A little White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops on the trees added even more chill to this cute winter scene.

I hope you enjoyed my card inspiration and you got in the mood for some snow fun. I wish with the temperature drop we may have some snow too, I want to build a snowman!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Winter greetings – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year! After a bit of a creative break I am back with 2 winter cards which are easy to adapt to any chilly occasions. I used stamps and dies from Newton’s Nook Designs, let me show you how.

First I stamped and coloured the Frosty Folks two times with Spectrum Noir Triblend markers: True Blue Blend, True Blue Shades, Blue Turquoise Blend and Blue Turquoise Shades, Brown Grey Blend and Brown Grey Shades and Orange Blend. I wanted groups of three so I fussy cut the snowmen I wanted. I love how I achieved 2 different images out of the same stamp set this way.

Then I die cut the postage stamp die from Frameworks from kraft cardstock and heat embossed the Snowfall Roundabout stamp on them. I used WOW Sparkly Snow embossing powder for a subtle shimmery look.

The sentiments I white heat embossed on colourful banners which I die cut wit the Banner Trio dies. The sentiments are from the Snowman Roundabout stamp set.

I popped up the snowmen and banners with 3D foam squares and used a clear shimmer pen to make their outfit festive. I emphasized the buttons and their eyes with a black glaze pen.

I wish you enjoyed my cards for today and will return soon for more inspiration.

See you,

Zsofi

Winter Birthday Train

Hello Everyone,

My son’s 8th birthday was at the begining of December and as he is still crazy for trains, I made him yet another train birthday card. This year I used the Sunny Studio Holiday Express stamp/die set.

As always I started with stamping and colouring the images. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: train: TB5, TB4, TB3, TB2, IG10, IG6, IG2, presents & lights: JG7, JG5, JG1, GT3, GT1, GY4, GY2, DR5, DR3, DR1. I die cut everything with their coordinating dies.

For the background I chose a pretty foiled patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Let it Shine Snowflake paper pad. I die cut a snowbank from white glitter cardstock and adhered it with liquid glue.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on a thin strip of black cardstock from the Lawn Fawn Yeti or not stamp set.

I wanted to add a little more red to this chilly scene so I die cut a Heffy Doodle Thin Rectangle Frame from dark red cardstock, adhered the sentiment strip under it and framed the scene. I used 3D foam squares to pop up the train and connected the carts with twine to make it more special.

As a finishing touch I used a clear sparkle pen on the presents and some glossy accents to emphasize some details.

I hope you enjoyed today’s rather cold and masculine inspiration, please pop in again soon!

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs November Release – Day 3

Hello Everyone,

It is the last day of the November Release reveals at Newton’s Nook Designs and we saved the cutest for last. Snow Angel Newton and Snow Angel Puppy are the cutest critter sets for winter and Roll with it is another funny sentiment one.

All new products will be available on Thursday 18/11!

CARD 1 and 2

I started with stamping the cat and dog from both Snow Angel sets and coloured them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I used the following colours: CG3, CG2, CG1, IB3, IB2, IB1, TB5, TB3, TB2, TN4, TN2, TN1, FS7, FS6, EB7, EB6, EB5, EB3, EB1, RB1. I cut the images out with scissors this time and to hide the imperfections, I used a black Memento marker on the edges.

For the background I die cut the postage stamp rectangle die from Frameworks from white cardstock and a slightly smaller rectangle from light blue. I cut another white rectangle just a dash smaller than the blue one to get a layered look. From the latter I cut out the snowbanks using a Land border die.

I stamped the outline of the images with light blue ink on the snowbanks. I did not use any masking, just tried to avoid the cat and dog figures with the mini ink pad. It was easy. I stamped aroud it the little snowflakes.

I did some simple ink blending on the blue panels with Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks.I white heat embossed the sentiments and assembled the cards. I used action wobblers to secure the cat and the dog, it makes the cards interactive and so playful! I used kraft card bases to make the focal panels stand out.

As a finishing touch I used Stickles on the edge of the snowbanks and the snow angels.I also covered the scarves and caps with clear shimmer and emphasized the noses with a drop of glossy accents.

CARD 3

First I white heat embossed the Roll with it sentiment on an aqua banner which I die cut with the new Bookmark die. I added a stitched teal baner under it (Frames and Flags die set).

On a white scalloped circle I stamped the Snowflakes Roundabout stamp set with All That Jazz Catherine Pooler ink and as it stays wet a little longer than other inks, I could easily heat emboss it with Altenew Translucent Pearl embossing powder.

I made an ink blended background using the same ink, spritzed it with water and dried it before applying White Glitz Glitter Gel on it through the Snowfall stencil.

When it was all dry I assembled the card: I chopped off part of the circle, adhered the banners and popped them up on the frosty background.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Snow Angel Newton ” or the “Snow Angel Puppy” 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 Wednesday November 17th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Thursday, November 18th. 

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 liked my inspiration with the new release all week long. Now it is time to prepare your shopping lists!

See you soon,

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

Winter Birthday Wishes – Heffy Doodle

Hello Everyone,

I am back today with my Perfect Combos series for Heffy Doodle. As I need to boost up my birthday stash, I created a slimline winter birthday card mixing up a few stamps and dies and stencil. Let me guide you through the process.

First I stamped and coloured the images from Happy Yappy Mail and Wanna Build a Snowman. I used Copic markers and cut everything out with their coordinating dies.

I also die cut a white rectangle with a Slimline Stitched Trio die and another one from white glitter cardstock. Then I used the partial die cutting technique to cut a snowbank from this with the Breaking Waves Border dies. It is easy to line it up with the stitches so it works perfectly for slimline cards too.

On the white panel I applied Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks fadin it out toward tthe bottom. I spritzed it with water, added some white acrylic paint splatters and let it dry. Ok I was impatient and helped a bit with my heat tool too. When it was dry enough not to smear it, I added white texture paste through the First Snow stencil. Even though it is 6 inches long only, I could simply move it where the pattern has finished and add more snow drops. With this stencil it is very easy, you do not need to line anything up!

While the paste was drying I die cut a scalloped slimline rectangle from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and also the word Birthday from orange glitter cardstock. The rest of the sentiment I white heat embossed on black cardstock and cut it out with its coordinating die. I love the look of a stamped and die cut sentiment!

When it was all dry I assembled the winter scene popping up the dogs with thin 3D foam sqquares. I finished them off with a black glaze pen on the eyes, noses, buttons and the pipe and added a bit of shimmer to the scarves and collars before sealing it 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 share my happy creations! Thank you!

See you soon,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs Winter Release – Day 3

Hello Everyone,

We are halfway through the Newton’s Nook Designs Winter Release reveals and we continue the winter theme with another round set: Snowman Roundabout stamp set. It is so cute and could work so well for kids’ crafts as well! I plan to colour these with my son too who is not as crafty as my daughter. All the new products will be available on 20/11.

As all roundabout sets this one also coordinates well with the previously released Circle Frames and Banner Trio dies.

I started with silver heat embossing the snowman stamp on Bristol Smooth cardstock and cut it out with a Circle Frames die. I used my Karin Brush markers for a quick watercolouring: I didn’t add any shading to the snowmen to show you how nice it looks with just a touch of colour!

For the background I chose a purple patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs and used 3D foam tape to pop up the focal panel.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on a purple banner (Banner Trio) and added a very thin strip blue violet cardstock under it before attaching it to the embossed snowmen.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Snowman 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 November 19th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, November 20th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amy Tsuruta

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed the third day of the winter release and you will pop in again tomorrow for the last day of the reveals!

See you,

Zsofi

Newton’s Nook Designs Winter Release – Day 2

Hello Everyone,

It is the second day of the Newton’s Nook Designs Winter Release reveals and we continue the winter theme with the fabulous Snowfall Roundabout stamp set. It is so versatile and needs no colouring if you wish but gives space for a ton of techniques! I love it!

It coordinates perfectly with the previously released Circle Frames and Banner Trio dies.

All new products will be available on 20/11!

My card is a clean and simple one this time: I simply white heat embossed the stamp on vellum and cut it with the scalloped circle from the above mentioned die set. It looks gorgeous!

I created a round card base using a circle die from Pink and Main: I die cut the chosen size twice from hot pink cardstock and scored one of them at half an inch from the top. I applied glue on this little flap and adhered it to the other circle. I added a smaller, light pink circle in the middle and added drops of liuid glue behind the sowflakes on the back of the vellum. In this way I could adhere it to the card base and the adhesive is not showing through.

I die cut a flag banner from white cardstock with a Banner Trio die and stamped one of the sentiments in pink (Catherine Pooler ink). I added 3 layers of 3D foam strips behind the banner an adhered it to the middle of the card.

I used tiny clear sequins in the middle of each snowflake, it makes it so festive and shiny! Like a little gem!

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the “Snowfall 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 November 19th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, November 20th. 

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

Newton’s Nook Designs

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Zsofia Molnar

Maria Russell

Andrea Shell

Tatiana Trafimovich

Amy Tsuruta

Amanda Wilcox

I hope you enjoyed the second day of the winter release and you will pop in again tomorrow.

See you,

Zsofi