Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Christmas gift bag

Hey hey! I hope you are enjoying your week so far and that the weather is nicer where you live than it is here. We've been getting rain, rain and more rain over the last couple of days. So this means all my planned trips around the country are postponed. Oh well, at least I have some more time for crafting, which is not bad either. :)

I made another gift bag that I'd like to show you. This one is for Christmas. I've decided that this year I'll be giving away Christmas gifts in either gift bags like this one or in the handmade gift boxes (which I still have to make) - depending on the size (and shape) of the gift. So, here's the gift bag I made recently.

I used another of Mo Manning's adorable images. This one is called Winter fairy Talva. As usually, I did the coloring with distress inks. I had some pom pom trim in my stash and I used it to frame the oval behind Talva. Doily, lace and sequins came from my stash as well. I embossed the oval with Cottage floral embossing folder by Craft concepts. The big snowlake is cut out with Marianne design die and the small ones were cut with Sizzix die. Snowflakes were cut out of white cardstock, which I later covered with Stickles. I used Stickles on Talva's wings, snowball and on parts of Talva's dress as well. 

The ribbon I used for the handles is from Crafty ribbons.

I'd like to enter my gift bag to the following challenges:
Simon says: Anything goes
Delightful challenges: Add ribbon
Crafty Catz: Anything goes
Divas by design: Anything goes
The corrosive challenge blog: Christmas in July
Inky impressions: Anything goes
Sparkles monthly challenge: Christmas in July
Tuesday throwdown: Other than a card or tag
Let's craft and create: Ribbon or twine
Pile it on: Emboss it

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Little fairy gift bag

Hey, hey! How are you doing? I'm enjoying my time off (while it still lasts). Me and my sweetie were planning to do some short trips around the country, but the weather forcast hasn't been very nice and we didn't want to spend another day at home, so yesterday we decided that we'll go on a "trip" to Ikea instead. This isn't bad either, right? ;) We bought some decorations for our home and I did some clothes shopping in the nearby shopping center as well. 

Anyways, I was also able to do some crafting in the last couple of days. I wanted to do something a little bit different, so I made a gift bag. This was so fun to make. It's the first gift bag I made out of a brown paper bag, but definitely not the last. You'll definitely be seeing more of those in the future. ;)

What do you think? I was really pleased with how it turned out. I really like this Mo Manning image. Isn't it adorable? Just too cute! I coloured it with distress inks and I added stickles on the wings. Papers are from Magnolia (Summer memories collection). I've had this big lace in my stash for a while, but wasn't sure what to do with it, because I thought it was a little bit too big for the cards, but I think it's perfect for this paper bag. And on top of it I added some red lace from my stash as well. All of the flowers are from my stash and so are the doily and the red ribbon. The dies I used on this project are from Spellbinders, TH, Cart Us and Quick Kutz. Butterflies were made with my craft punch.

And here's the close up of an image ...

Have a wonderful day! Hugs! xx

I'd like to enter my gift bag to the following challenges:
7 kids college fund: Anything goes
My mum's craft shop: Bright colours
Stamping sensations: Summer blooms
A creative romance: Let's do lunch
Wags 'n Whiskers: Anything goes
Crafting from the heart: Anything goes
Deep ocean: Lots of layers
The paper shelter: Anything goes
The crazy challenge: Die cuts and punches
The crafter's cafe: Anything goes

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Romance novel mini album

Hey, hey! I'm back again - I just came home from my holidays. Me and my sweetie were in England for a week, visiting friends. We had a wonderful time. We got to see different parts of England (London, Milton Keynes, Portsmouth ...) and we got a taste of typical english weather as well. ;) 

I haven't done any crafting while I was away, but I still have something to show you ...

Before I went on holiday I managed to finish a mini album. I made it for one of my lovely crafty friends. I know she's been wanting one for a while so I decided to surprise her with it. ;) She's already received it so now it's safe for me to post photos of the album on my blog.

All of the papers I used in this mini are from Prima's Romance novel paper pad. Since this is a paper bag mini album, there are also pockets for the tags. I didn't take photos of those, but if you want, scroll down to the bottom of the page, where you can see a video of this mini album - how the flaps open, the tags pulled out etc.

Right, now on to some photos ...

This is the cover of the mini album. As you can see I used lots of different paper flowers. I made the rolled ones myself and the others came from my stash. For the center of the flowers I used golden brads. The bead strings and crochet lace came from my stash as well. I added a doily behind the flowers. And there's a bird cage charm in the middle of the flowers as well. I cut the balloon from the paper pad and raised it on foam pads to give the cover some dimension.

This is the first page of my mini. As you can see I used more crochet lace and some black dots from my stash. The sentiment came with the paper pad and the butterfly is a sticker from Punch Studio.

Second page - here I created a flap with pocket in which I put 2 tags that I cut from the paper pad. I created the pocket with lace and I added a flower sticker from K&Co. as a decoration.

Here I created another flap. In the down right corner of the flap I first glued white Prima flower and than I added another K&Co. flower sticker in the middle of it. The flowers were cut with TH Vintage market die. I covered all the letters with glitter glue. On the top and in the bottom I used some adhesive crystals.

I created a flap on this page as well. The decorative border of the flap was made with my craft punch and I added some adhesive pearls as a decoration. In the bottom right corner I glued another K&Co. flower sticker. I used a paper clip to add some tags to the flap.

I kept this page very simple, because I didn't want to cover the papers. I just added some lace and beaded trim on the top, some sequins to the bottom and I added the sentiment "beautiful" on the balloon. The sentiment is raised on foam pads.

Another very simple page. I just used some butterfly stickers and some black dots. The sentiment came with the paper pad and is raised on foam pads.

Another page with a flap. On the bottom of a flap I added some lace and on the right side I added some adhesive pearls. I used a paper clip to attach some little tags on the flap.

Here I created a page with a pocket for a bigger tag. The border is made with craft punch and decorated with adhesive pearls. There's also another small pocket that holds a couple of small tags for journaling or small pictures.

I just used some lace, bead sting and flowers to decorate this page.

This is the last page of the mini album. I added some flowers in the corners and compelted the page with beaded string-

And this is the back of the mini album.

Phew, that was a lot of photos, but you still can't see everything in them. So if you want to see more details of this mini, check out the video:

If you have any more questions about this mini album feel free to ask. :)

I'd like to enter my album to the following challenges:
Bizzy Becs: Anything goes
Artistic inspirations: Anything goes
The ABC challenge: P is for pearls
Cards und more: Vintage
Delightful challenges: Button, button (use brads or buttons) - I used brads for the center of my flowers

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A special card for a special person

Hey, hey? How are you doing? I'm enjoying my time off. :D I went on a short trip yesterday with my sweetie and today I've been having a veeeeery easy day. I've been playing catch-up with my e-mails and messages on FB, watched a movie on DVD etc. Over the weekend I'm planning to do some beading. Fingers crossed I will actually get to it. ;)

Yesterday one of my big wishes came true. I got to try macarons. Yay! :D I've been wanting to try them for a loooong time, but since they are quite hard to find around here, I haven't had the chance yet. But yesterday I saw them at the store and even though they were quite pricey, I had to buy them. It was a mix of different flavours and I like all except coffee flavour. Yuck. Do you have your favourite?

The card I'm about to show you was made for the lovely Linda as a thank you. She's already received it so it's safe for me to post it here. :) Unfortunately I forgot to check the pictures before I sent the card out, so I didn't know that when I was taking the pictures my camera settings were a bit off and therefore the pictures weren't the best. :S 

All of the papers and embellishments came from my stash. I used Tilda with peony for my center image and coloured it with Promarkers and Faber castell pencils. The oval is Spellbinders die and the embossing was done with Craft concepts' embossing folder. Small flowers were made with my craft punch. The butterflies were made with Memory box die. I don't own this die, so my friend kindly let me borrow hers to make a few die cuts. Hvala Ivi! :)

So, that's all from me today. Sending you big hugs! :) xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
The ribbon girl: Add a die cut
Loves rubberstamps: Anything goes
Delightful challenges: My favourite things (my favourite embellishments are flowers, pearls, ribbon/lace)
Craftyhazelnut's patterned paper challenge: Use patterned paper
Papertake weekly: Anything goes
The rubber buggy: Blooms and butterflies
Crafty calendar: Petals and pearls
7 kids challenge blog: Anything goes
AnMa Creatief: Flowers

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Stitching on card

Hey, hey! :) Have you been watching soccer World cup? I have to admit that I barely ever watch soccer, but I do watch World cup. Not all the games (I'm not that big of a soccer fan that I'd stay up til midnight just to watch the game), but many. :)

Yesterday was a holiday here so this means no work. :) Me and my sweetie were invited to a pizza party to our friends and since we both like pizzas, of course we just had to go. ;) It was lots of fun and pizza was yummy. We'll have to do this again some time. :)

Just a few more days and then I'll have quite some time off. Can't wait! I already have sooooooo many plans about what I'll do. :D I've had my eyes on one bracelet that I've been wanting to make for a while now, but haven't had the time yet, so that's on the top (or very close to it) of my list. Other than that I'm planning to do some paper crafting as well and hopefuly I'll also get to do some short trips around the country. 

Anyways ... I better stop babbling and rather show you what I've made ... ;)

This week's theme at Crafty ribbons blog is stitching (real or faux). My jaw dropped when I saw this theme. I do like  the look of stitching on cards, but to be perfectly honest with you, I'm terrible at stitching (it's on my looong list of "things I want to learn" though). So when I saw this challenge I was "uh-oh". I know that I had the option of going for faux stitching, but I don't like that much, so I was determined to give the real stitching on paper a go. Especially after seeing Linda's awesome tutorial. So, I grabed my sew easy tool and went to work. :) And the result is here ...

At the beginning I had the idea of doing stitching all around the card, but then I changed my mind and stitched just the blue paper in the middle. I think that's more than enough for the first time. lol

I decided to use Tilda with peony as my center image. She's coloured with distress inks. Papers are from Magnolia (thank you Linda!), Scrapworks and my stash. I made the rolled flower myself and the rest came from my stash. Doily and pearls came from my stash as well. I got the pins from the lovely Linda - as a part of the candy I won at her blog. Thanks a lot girl! :)

All of the ribbons I used are from Crafty ribbons. I used 35 mm satin ribbon - new turq, 25 mm wedding satin ribbon and bolo blue seam binding ribbon which is unfortunatelly out of stock in the moment, but you can choose from maaaaany more gorgeous seam binding ribbons that Ali and Tony have in store. Corner and decorative oval are Spellbinders dies and the small butterflies were made with my craft punch.

I hope you'll come and play with us this week. I can't wait to see your stitching projects. :)

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Tilda's town: Dies and/or punches
Magnolia-licious: Summer buggy fun
Midweek Magnolias: Stitching - real or faux
7 kids college fund: Anything goes
Simon says stamp: Anything goes

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Shabby chic box

Hello there! Phew, I finally have some blogging time again. These last 2 weeks have been super hectic at work, but now things are calming down. I'm really looking forward to the weekend to get some rest. I'm not sure wherthere Ill go somewhere or I'll just stay at home, but I know I will relay. I've already paid a visit to the library to get some chic lit. :)

During these last couple of weeks I barely get to do any crafting, but still, I managed to finish this box that I want to show you today. I hope you like it!

I got this image from a friend of mine and I thought it would be perfect for this box. It's a Magnolia stamp. I coloured the image with distress inks. The papers I used for making this card came from Scrapworks' Formal affair 12x12 paper pad. I think this was my first ever pad of scrapbooking paper I bought. :) 

I inked the edges with TH distress ink. All of the embellishments came from my stash. I made the small cream rolled flowers myself and the other flowers are store bought.

I don't know what I'll do with this box yet, but I think it's always good to have one or two of those on hands for those "emergency" times. :) I really enjoyed making it though. It was nice to make something different from a card for a change.

I'd like to enter my box to the following challenges:
Craft-alnica: Izdelajmo škatlico
Live and love crafts: Summer garden
Simply Magnolia: Anything but a card
Marvelous Magnolia: Use punches (I used border punch and the small butterflies were made with a punch too)
Kit and clowder: Shabby chic
Webshop AnMaCreatief: Anything but a card
Papertake weekly: Lace and pearls
My mum's craft shop: Ink it up
Sugar pea designs: Anything goes

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Henry celebrating mouse

Hello everybody! How are you today? I'm having a day off and I'm planning to do some housework and hopefully I'll also manage to make a card later today. We have a christening coming up on Sunday and I want to make a card for the occassion. 

Anyways, it's Thursday today which means we have a new challenge for you at Crafty ribbons. It was my turn to choose a theme and I chose a very easy one, I promise. ;) This week we want to see your creations with butterflies and ribbons. Easy peasy, right? I LOVE butterflies and I use them on most of my projects so I guess this didn't come as a big surprise for you, did it? ;) 

Here's the card I made.

A friend of mine let me play with her Henry celebrating mouse stamp the other day and I couldn't wait to use this cutie on my card. I coloured the image with Faber Castell pencils and covered the white piece of cupcake with glitter glue. The papers are from Wild rose studio and they have butterflies printed on them, but I covered a great portion of them. *ooops* Flowers, doily, pearls and bead string that I put around Henry came from my stash. For the center of the flowers I used gold brads. Those are from my stash as well. The butterfly border die is from Joy crafts and the other dies I used are from Spellbinders. Small butterflies were made with my craft punch. Both ribbons came from the Crafty ribbons store. You can find the white satin ribbon here and the yellow ribbon here. The circle behind Henry was embossed with Ann Griffin's reflected damask embossing folder. The sentiment is in slovenian and it says "sincere congratulations".

I hope many of you will join our challenge this week. Can't wait to see what you'll make. :)
Hugs! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Word art Wednesday: Anything goes
Inky impressions: Congratulations or graduation (the sentiment says "sincere congratulations")
Delightful challenges: All tied up (use ribbon, string or twine)
Cute card Thursday: Perfectly pink
Crafty Catz: Anything goes
The cutie pie: Emboss it... but keep it cute
Inky chicks: Use a metal embellishment (I used brads for the center of my flowers)
Papertake weekly: Anything goes
Love to create: Happy birthday
Craft-alnica: Slovenski napis