Monday, September 29, 2014

City Crafter Challenge Blog GDT- Week #231 "Colorful Pumpkins of a different color"

Hello everyone,

I am so honored to be a Guest Designer this week at City Crafter Challenge Blog which is one of my favorite challenge blogs.
For this week's challenge: Week #231 "Colorful Pumpkins of a different color" I created a card that will be part of designers' inspiration based on this colorful pumpkins photo:

This week's prize is Guest Designer Spot.

This is a great challenge blog and I do hope you join in on fun. Please be sure to stop by amazing DT blogs.
Ros Crawford
Charlene Cundy
Anna Rogalska
Stella Schenkel
and creator Kirsty Vittetoe

And here is what I have come up with:

I call this a Hipster Card :) at least my first attempt to create one.
I tried to incorporate as many details from the inspirational photo as I could. I started of with a wood background similar to the crate under the blue table and added layer of chevron pattern cardstock to mimic zig-zag design on one of the pumpkins.

I painted the red fleur de lis square with white crackle paint and left some parts with no paint to mimic color of that old red chair in the picture. The pumpkin is Cricut Damask Decor Cartridge cutout with a twist, since I also punched out holes to be able to add the sparkly diamond shaped embellishments to mimic polka dots on pumpkin placed on that chair. You can also see in this close-up a clothes pin with "Happy Day" writing. I tried to incorporate a banner with Happy Thanksgiving sign on it, but it just did not fit right on the card, so I decided to add this clothes pin that just says Happy Day...pretty much any day :) I think it gives it a nice touch.

Inspiration photo had two elongated colorful pumpkins, so I added some striped pumpkins to my card as well :)

If I can, I always add a bow to my card, so here it is blue bow with a fancy button embellishment.

One more look at the card from the side, you can see all the layers and dimensional look.

I hope you enjoyed this post.
Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vintage Shabby Chic Wedding Card

Hello everyone,
I am finally back to creating in style that I am the most comfortable at: Shabby and Chic. :)
I had this card in my head and had to transfer it from vision to reality:

I used several layers of of light beige music sheet and damask patterned paper to create this card. All layers have distressed edges.

I used beige rose ribbon and lace ribbon decorated with white pearls on top and bottom of the card to give it extra shabby chic look. :)

The Mr. & Mrs. sentiment was created on my PC using Jellyka Castle's Queen Font and printed on white cardstock. I used Spellbinders Fancy Tags die cut to cut out the window for my sentiment and attached that last layer of cardstock with foam adhesive. I used medium size pearls to decorate the die cut window.

The shabby bow is a seam binding ribbon topped with rose from the ribbon and a jumbo pearl.

One more look at the finished card.

I am entering this card into following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #123 Ribbons/Lace and Pearls
Crafty Creations Challenge #272 Vintage
City Crafter Challenge Blog Focus on Sentiment

I hope you enjoyed this post.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by...

09/29/2014 Update:
I won at Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge "Ribbons/Lace & Pearls"!!! YAY! To say I am ecstatic would be just scratching the surface of truth!
Thank you all my blogging friends for visiting and making my day with your lovely comments!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Elegant Birthday Card

Hello everyone,

Two posts in one day! I am addicted to card making, that is all I can say.
A friend of mine asked me if I could make an elegant purple card for her aunt's birthday, so I did, and decided to share it with the world and enter it into a few challenges. :
Here is what I made:

I used a subtle gold cardstock for my base and added super light purple cardstock for the next layer. The third layer was darlk purle cardstock attached to card with some adhesive foam as well as the forth gold and purple stripe layer. I created the sentiment on my PC and printed it on lighter purple cardstock. I used Spellbinders Fleur de Lis die cut to cut out and emboss it.

I used golden pears to match the striped paper with gold and purple...

I used purple seam binding to create this quadruple bow and embellished it with jumbo golden crystal.

I made a box to complement the design of the card and to protect it...

I am entering this card into following challenges:

Crafty Card Maker And More..#123 Ribbon/Lace and Pearls

The Sisterhood of Crafters Lots of Layers!

Simply Create Too - It's A Special Occasion


Craft Catz - Birthday Celebration

I hope you enjoyed this post...
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by...

City Crafter Challenge Blog Week# 230 ~ Focus on Sentiment

Hello everyone,

It was such a perfect coincidence that this week at City Crafter Challenge Blog focus was on sentiment and I was getting ready to make exactly such card!
One of the supervisors at my work was retiring and I wanted to make a card for her with RETIREMENT word as main focus of my card. :)

I created this sentiment on my PC and then used Spellbinders Squares to cut out and emboss a square for each letter and it's "explanation".

I used foam adhesive stack the squares.

I only added this tiny bow and some crystals to the card, not to take away focus from the sentiment...
I had to think outside of my "Shabby Chic Box" to make this card. Not everyone likes shabby chic cards, my favorite style, so I had to fit the style to the person that was getting this card: very modern and stylish lady, our department's trend setter :)

The card was too dimensional to fit into a regular envelope, so I made this stylish box for it.
I do have to mention that lady that got this card yesterday was so touched and she loved it. :) It makes me so happy to see expression on someone's face when they receive card from me, specially made just for them!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post, I know I had fun creating this project. :)
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Altered Tea Can

Hello everyone,

Here I come with another project. :) I created a shabby chic container that can be used as pen holder, or as a nik-nak container. I use it as a paintbrush holder. :) I used an old tea container to create it.

I used white spray paint for my base layer and then added crackle spray paint to give rustic look to it.

I used vintage script cardstock from DCWV Bella Armoire Stack to cover the can. I added pink and white handmade flowers and a key that I spray painted white.

I created quadruple shabby bow with dark and light pink seam binding and embellished it with rustic metal flower embellishment.

I made the flowers using Cricut Flower Shoppe Cartridge cutouts and soaking them slightly in pink colored water to give them that worn, shabby look. Love that technique! I just learned it recently and am using it when ever I can. :)

You can see the triple layer of flower ribbon that goes all around the can...

So I started off with this...

...and ended up with this! :)

I am entering this project into following challenges:

Divas by Design "Anything but a card"
Just Us Girls Challenge Color Week#259
Try it on Tuesday "Recycle it"
Vintage Cafe Card Challenge "My Vintage Home"

I hope you enjoyed this post. I sure had alot of fun creating this one...
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Vintage Music Themed Card


I created a music themed black and white vintage look card:

I am going to enter this card into following challenges:

Mojo Monday #363

Scrapclub Kiev Quest #65 "Let's talk about music"

And Scrap Magic Contrast #4 Black and White

I embellished music note ribbon with a musical key cutout and added red rhinestone for extra contrast and a pop of color.

I attached a clock cutout to a Spellbinders Fancy Tags die cut.

There are many layers to this card and all are distressed with white distress paint. I used the paint even on the ribbon to dull down the shiny look of the ribbon material.

One more look at the card...
I hope you liked this post.. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Elegant Christmas Card

Hello everyone,

I created a Christmas card that I shall be entering into these two challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 229 ~ Diagonals


Cardabilities Sketch #107

This is my response:

I used several layers of cardstock and mounted each onto base with foam adhesive. I slightly distressed edges of each piece of cardstock.

This is the first time that I am using texture paste, which by the way is home made :) After about 9 attempts to get the paste thickness right and create stencil image, I finally did it! :) I am still learning alot along the way...

The deer is a Cricut A Quilted Christmas Cartridge cutout.

I created this sentiment on my PC and printed it on white cardstock.

I used seam binding ribbon to create this elegant bow and embellished it with a jumbo crystal.

One more look at a card....

I hope you enjoyed this post.
Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Get Well Soon Shabby Card

Hello everyone,

I made a card that I am going to send to my coworker Carolyn who had a knee surgery and is recovering at home.

I used the sketch from Mojo Monday Challenge #362

Color palette and bird theme from The Shabby Tea Room Week #235 "Birds of a Feather Flock Together"

And Butterfly inspiration from City Crafter Challenge Blog Week #228 "Butterflies"

After I cut out the cage, I painted it with Tim Holtz Picket Fence Crackle Paint and Clear Crackle Paint to give it that rustic look. I used three different inks to color the bird to mimic the color of the little birdie from The Shabby Tea Room Challenge inspiration photo.

I also added this fancy bird as an embellishment to a shabby beige triple bow.

All the flowers on this card are handmade by me. I embellished some with pink crystals and some with variety of flower stamens.

I created this sentiment using alphabet stamp set. The 3 white butterflies on this card are embellished each with different color set of adhesive pearls.

One more look at the card...

I hope you enjoyed this post. I am pretty sure Carolyn will love her card...
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by...

UPDATE! 09/15/2014
This card of mine won The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #235 YAY!!!