Thursday, December 13, 2018

Altenew December 2018 Stamp/Die/Paper Pack Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there crafty friends,

I'm super excited to join another Altenew release blog hop! There's so many gorgeous new products, I can't wait for you to see them!

You should have arrived here from the lovely Therese's blog!

Alright, let's get right to it, shall we?! All my cards are A2 size top folding cards (either portrait or landscape orientation).

First up is the gorgeous Nature Snippets stamp set. On my first card I've used different colors to stamp my images. I know winter is only starting, but I'm already thinking of spring! I need colors! The layering is pretty straight forward and it's all explained on the packaging. Once done stamping, I drew in a few black lines for a bit of a different look. I stamped my sentiment and added a few enamel dots.

On the next two cards I used muted colors that remind me of winter. I cut a patterned paper panel for both cards. These papers are from the new 6x6 Pastel Dreams paper pack. I stamped both card fronts at the same time, so they look exactly the same. I then used a darker shade of brown and teal to stamp 2019 for sentiment. To finish them off I added some enamel dots. I need more of these enamel dots packages that's for sure!

Next I've used the Delicate Primrose set. I stamped two panels at the same time, using different colors. On one of them I used various colors (again, spriiiiing!!!), the other one I kept monochromatic coral. By the way, did you guys see the new Pantone color of the year? I'm so happy about it! Pantone is catching up on the coral trend haha!

So I will be honest here, these cards did take ages. There was a lot of masking involved, so some patience is required :).  I stamped the blooms first so that they are in the foreground, then I fussy cut a bunch of blooms from copy paper and used temporary adhesive to add them to my panel. Then I stamped the leaves. Once done, I used the Dainty Swiss Dots stamp set and clear embossing powder to add texture to the colorful panel. For the coral panel I used my favorite Cross Stitch Canvas cover die to add texture. I also used this die on two white panels for my third and fourth cards.

I die cut HUGS from one of the panels and LOVE from the other. I die cut these words several times from white card stock too. I then layered them up and glued them on my card fronts. I stamped a few more flowers and leaves and die cut them using the coordinating dies. I created two clusters of flowers in opposite corners on both cards. I used foam adhesive to attach the blooms, to add some dimension. To finish up the cards, I added some enamel dots and black faux stitching to the white cards. I stamped and embossed the Sending You sentiment for the color cards. 

Next up a bunch of cards with the Ruffled flowers stamp set and the Mega Friend die. On the first two I used gray inks to stamp my images and some patterned papers from the Pastel Dreams paper pack to add some color. I die cut Friend from two different patterned papers, I offset them a little and glued them down. I stamped the rest of the sentiment in gray ink. A few colorful enamel dots finish off this card. I die cut some circles from patterned paper, gray and white card stocks, using the Halftone Circles Nesting dies. I layered them up, adhered them to the card front, and trimmed off the access. I stamped a couple of coral blooms, fussy cut them, and using pop dots I adhered them to the circles. I also placed some gold thread behind them. I added my sentiment on top of them. Of course I had to use some enamel dots here too!

Same stamp and die sets are used on the next two cards. I stamped some colorful blooms with gray outlines on a white panel. I die cut Friend from it. I actually was going to add back this die cut, on foam, but it was no visible at all. So instead I decided to go with 2 for 2 cards. Again :). I added a gray panel behind the white card and attached it to my card base. I was debating if I should add something else but eventually I just kept these cards simple. For the colorful cut out I created a gray panel. I stamped some of the flowers in two corners, using embossing ink, then embossed them with clear embossing powder. I glued down the die cut and added a coral flower on the F using foam tape. Done!

Last but not least I made two cards using the new Verdant Walk patterned paper pack. On the left card, I added an A2 size piece of patterned paper to my card base. I then fussy cut out some floral images and using foam tape, I glued them on the card front as well. I white embossed a sentiment on a black card stock strip and attached it to the bottom of the card. I wrapped some twine around the card, above the sentiment. For the card on the right I again die cut some circles from patterned paper and card stock and layered them up. I used foam tape to glue them down. I added twine and a sentiment, done!

And now the fun part...Giveaways, yay! Read on to find out how you can win! Good Luck!

1. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook blog by 12/18/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 12/22/2018!

2. I will also draw a winner to receive a $30 gift certificate! I will announce the winner on 12/18/2018.  Comment away!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Your next stop is Zinia!

Have an awesome day!


Blog Hop list:
Zsoka Marko  --- YOU ARE HERE! 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Spellbinders December 2018 card kit is here!

Hey there friends,

I am stopping by today to share my projects with the GORGEOUS Spellbinders December card kit! This is by far my favorite Spellbinders kit, it is FULL of goodies, there's a 6x6 patterned paper pad yay, stamp, dies, 2 amazing washi tapes, die cut pack, enamel shapes, twine, puffy alphas, tags and the usual color card stocks, metallic card stock, white card bases, envelopes, double sided adhesive, foam dots included! I hope I didn't forget anything, it's seriously jam packed. The colors are beautiful, blue and brown tones with a little bit of light pink. Perfect for winter! Let me show you what I made!

I wanted to make the most of the kit, so I made 10 cards, but there's still plenty of supplies left! All my cards A2 size. For this first one I made a template so that my rays are evenly placed. I then cut each ray from different patterned papers / card stocks and glued them down only in the middle. Once done, I ran my sewing machine over them and folded up their sides for some dimension. I punched two circles for the middle and added a die cut reindeer hat on foam dots. I also die cut some branches from the metallic paper and the sentiment from brown card stock. I glued them down and done.

For the card on the left I made some origami stars based on a video from Paige Evans. I made them once before and my hands hurt so much haha! But these papers are much thinner than the normal scrapbook paper and as such, were very easy to fold! I just glued them on, added some twine, a couple of die cut snowflakes and I stamped and embossed a sentiment.

For the card on the right I die cut a circle using the Nestabilities Hemstitch Circles dies  - I offset the inner circle a bit because I wanted to arrange my embellishments a bit offset too. I backed the blue circle with white card stock, then using foam adhesive I adhered it to my patterned paper background.  I layered a tag and a few die cut flowers and branches on top. For the branches I actually used washi tape! I just adhered the washi tape to a heavy weight white card stock, then die cut those shapes from it. I stamped "holiday" and fussy cut it out, then die cut "wishes" and built my sentiment from these two. A few enamel dots finish off this card.

Next up is a simple card. I attached a piece of patterned paper to my card base. I added a strip of patterned paper at the bottom as well as some washi tape. Isn't that washi just gorgeous?! I placed these die cut animals on top of each other (do you know the Town musicians of Bremen?!), added some die cut snowflakes, a sentiment and a die cut scarf on the polar bear :).

While the polar bear on my previous card was from the ephemera pack, the ones on my next cards are die cut using the dies included in the kit. Aren't these bears so cute?! With the scarves and all! Love! I've created my background on the left card with the Shapeabilities Cascade Dots die which I thought could look like falling snow! Or is that a stretch?! I backed it with gray patterned paper and adhered both to my card base. Everything else you see here is made with dies included in the kit! The sentiment, the polar bear, the branches and the snowflake as well! And the little trees on my other card too. For that card I added some patterned paper for background and created a forest kind of scene. Some of the little trees are metallic paper, others I made using the washi tape! The eye and nose of the bear is the dark brown washi tape while his scarf, his ear and his cheek are all die cut from the lighter washi tape included in the kit.

Phew, 4 more cards! Are you guys still here?! Hehe! To be honest I photographed card duos so I don't have so many pictures haha! OK, so the card on the left! I created my background using patterned papers and washi tape. I added a sentiment from the ephemera pack and decorated it with those itty bitty die cuts I made from washi tapes. I then used the same circle dies as mentioned before, but this time I lined them up the right way (as in not offset). I added some embroidery floss to it for some interest. I layered a snowflake and a deer die cut on top. The card on the right is super simple. I glued down a bunch of washi tape and patterned paper strips and added a pine cone die cut on top. I stamped my sentiment and wrapped a piece of twine around the card, et voila, your easiest card ever.

Last but not least I really wanted to use the mason jar stamp and that glass from the ephemera pack so I made these cards. On the left: patterned paper background, then I die cut a bigger oval shape from brown card stock, a smaller one from patterned paper, using the Nestabilities Fancy Edged Ovals die set. I use this set so often, I absolutely love it! I die cut a few little flowers and branches and adhered them to the top of that glass, which I decided to use as a vase. It might actually be a vase, I'm not sure :). I stamped and fussy cut "happy" plus die cut "winter" for my sentiment. On the right: I stamped and fussy cut the mason jar. I've used patterned paper for this. I embossed the lid on another patterned paper and fussy cut it out too. The star that I hung from the middle is also stamped and fussy cut. I decorated my background with a strip of patterned paper and a few snowflake die cuts from the ephemera pack. The sentiment and the birdie are also included in that pack!

I love creating so many projects but honestly, I don't like to do the write up on them, because I don't believe a whole lot of people read blog posts anymore. I know I don't! But OK, if just one of you is inspired by what I created, I'm glad!

If you made it through this post, congratulations! :)

I hope you like my projects with this kit as much as I loved creating them! Check out this kit, I promise you will not be sorry!

Thank you for spending time with me today!

Have a lovely day!


Friday, December 7, 2018

Dream & Create - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello lovelies,

I'm back today with a new layout I've made for the Paige Evans Design Team!

I was bored a while back so I fussy cut every paper in the beautiful new Whimsical collection that could be fussy cut :D. So I may or may not have used all those elements on a bunch of my upcoming projects ha!

This layout started out as a wreath but I'm so tired of wreaths lately, I tried to come up with something different.

Eventually I settled on this idea. I cut one of Paige's cut files, Scalloped Circles Background Small (Design ID: 237220). I only used one of the circles and I removed the inner circle so I had a solid white circle with scalloped edges. I used textured white card stock for this.

I chose a rainbow striped paper for background. From another rainbow paper I hand cut a scallop border and glued it down at the bottom. I added my title on top of this paper - I chose some chipboard words for this. I think I need full packages of just chipboard words in every collection, because I like to use these for titles. I don't like long titles which of course is a problem because there's only so many words one can use. For some reason, lately I prefer small titles too, earlier I would use more big alpha thickers. I guess it keeps changing what we like!

I placed my circle on the background and checked with my photo where I want it to be. Once I was happy with the placement, I glued it down. I added some tissue paper and tags behind my photo and adhered it all to the background. I then started filling up the circle with flowers. Some of them I just glued down with liquid glue, for some, however, I used foam adhesive so they are more dimensional. I added a bunch of matte white enamel dots and a light pink bow. To finish off my page, I wrote my journaling and splattered some copper paint all over the background.

I hope you like how this turned out and I could inspire you in some small way! This layout is very close to my heart, it brings back good memories of happier times. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be back soon with a new layout!

Have an amazing day! 


Whimsical collection: Paper 1Paper 5Paper 14, Paper 16, Chipboard thickers