Saturday, October 13, 2018

Flower Power - DT project for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hey there crafty friends,

I'm checking in today with a new layout I've made for the Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team. While waiting impatiently for Paige's new collection, Whimsical, I've been working with some older collections. To be honest, I don't mind doing that because I have too much stuff and it's always a good feeling to use up something from my older supplies!

On today's layout I've mostly used the beautiful Oh My Heart collection plus a few items from Pick-Me-Up, Turn the Page and Fancy Free.

I've chosen the Geometric Peace Sign cut file (Design ID: #274772) because when I saw it, I remembered I once made some Flower Power cookies for a friend and thought the photo would work well with this cut file. Seeing these cookies now I realise they looked rather bad, I didn't know all the tricks of icing back then. However, I loved the color scheme and knew I could make it work with Paige's collections.


I cut the cut file from textured white card stock, then backed some of the shapes with different patterned papers. I fussy cut a bunch of flowers, luckily I had most of them done before. Sometimes I'm not in the mood to scrap but still want to do something, and then I normally either fussy cut or hand stitch. So I have several bags full of flowers and butterflies ready to go!


After preparing my background and adhering the cut file to it, I glued down my picture as well. I then created 3 clusters of flowers. I added foam dots here and there for some dimension. Finally I stitched on some buttons in the middle of the biggest flowers.


I used the small white foam alphas from Pick-Me-Up for my title and a white gel pen for my journaling. To finish off my page I added some gold paint splatters.


I hope you have enjoyed today's layout inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by! I wish you a beautiful day!

Until next time,

X

SUPPLIES:
Fancy Free collection: patterned papers, buttons
Oh My Heart collection: patterned papers, die cut pieces, puffy stickers
Turn the Page: Paper 2, Paper 15
Pick-Me-Up collection: Paper 8Paper 10, Foam alphabet stickers



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Altenew October 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello crafty friends,

I can't believe how fast the months go by?! It's time for another Altenew release blog hop woot woot! You should have arrived here from the talented Agnieszka Malyszek 's blog.

This is such a wonderful release again, it's hard to pick favorites! However, the Layered Floral Elements die set has to be one! I paired it with the Dainty Swiss Dots stamp set on these cards. 


I die cut a bunch of flowers from different colored card stock. I assembled the ones that have two layers. I then stamped a couple of polka dot backgrounds with black ink. I created 3 A2 size top folding card bases. For the first one I cut a strip of black card stock and a slightly smaller strip of polka dot paper, then glued them down on the background. I stamped my sentiment. I just love the font of these sentiments!
I arranged the flowers along the strip and glued them down, some with liquid glue, some using foam dots for added dimension.


For my next card I used an A2 size panel of the polka dot background I stamped earlier. I glued this on my card base. I stamped my sentiment and created two clusters of flowers in two opposite corners of my card.


I still had a small piece of polka dot paper left so I punched a circle from it and added it on top of a larger black circle. I glued these on my card front, then I created a cluster of flowers at the bottom of the circle. Last but not least I splattered black ink all over my card front.


Next up is the super pretty Brilliant Baubles set. I created 2 cards with similar designs. The first one I stamped directly on the card front, the second one however I stamped on some white card stock, die cut, then layered on the card front. To finish off the first one, I stamped my sentiment, added some twine and Nuvo drops. 


On the second I added sequins instead. My goodness, this sentiment though?! Sooo pretty right? I love the hand written look to it.


On my next card I've used the itty bitty Poinsettia Pieces stamp set. This is an adorable 2x3" set! I simply stamped a background and splattered some black ink all over it. I cut a circle from white card stock and stamped my sentiment on it. I drew some faux stitch detail around the circle. I trimmed off the right side and using foam dots I glued down the (now) semi-circle. To finish it off I added a grey flower with leaves and Nuvo drops.


Next I focused on the gorgeous Peace Love Joy set. I randomly stamped the star onto my background, then die cut an extra one and added it in the middle using foam dots to add interest and dimension. I stamped a bunch of little red bows for an accent color.


Finally, I made two cards with the stunning Peaceful Wreath stamp set. I stamped a blue and a pink polka dot background using the Dainty Swiss Dots stamp set. I went with a simple and a bit more complicated card. I trimmed off a little from the left side of the circle, and arranged my leaves around it.

The second card. I die cut the circle in the middle and created a sequin window. I stamped the sentiment inside that window too.



That's it from me today! I hope you liked all the inspiration so far! I'm yet to check the whole blog hop but I'm pretty sure it's full of awesomeness!

Now for the fun part, Giveaways, yay! Read on to figure out how you can win! Good Luck!

Prizes: 
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 10/17/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 10/20/2018!

2. I will also draw a winner to receive a $30 gift certificate! Same deadlines and rules apply as before.  Comment away!!!

Your next stop is the ever so talented May Park!

Take care guys!
XXX

I'm attaching the full blog hop list for your convenience:

Zsoka Marko ---> YOU ARE HERE!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio October Release Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio October Release Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from the amazing Yoonsun's blog. I bet she's made some awesome cards!

My main focus today was the super gorgeous Hello with a Bouquet die but of course I couldn't stop there...Whenever I get new goodies to play with, I want to try them all at once! Anywho, this die was designed by the talented Bea Valint. She always creates such beautiful and feminine things!

I've made these 3 cards, some easier, some a bit more complex, or rather, time consuming.


This is the simplest of the 3. I simply die cut it from one of the patterned papers from the Indigo Hills 2 collection and adhered it to my A2 size top folding (landscape) card base. I then die cut it again from white card stock and added foam adhesive to the HELLO sentiment which I then glued on my card front. To finish it off, I splattered some ink and added a puffy sticker.



For the second one I again made an A2 size top folding (landscape) card base. I attached some patterned paper from the Indigo Hills 2 collection in the same size. I die cut the image from a purple patterned paper and white card stock and glued them together, but offset them a little. I pieced back the purple HELLO sentiment. Finally I added some enamel dots and gold paint splatters.



The most time consuming one was this last one. I won't even admit how long it took because it would be embarrassing! I die cut the image from white card stock and glued it on my card front. I then pieced back every single tiny purple/blue piece and adhered them down. Of course I could have backed the whole thing like I would a cut file, but it just doesn't look the same! Those rounded edges are to die for in my opinion!


I stamped and embossed the second part of the sentiment "You are a warrior." For this I've used WOW Metalline Plum embossing powder.


Next up, two cards using the super pretty Folklore die, designed by Inna Moreva. The first card was a total accident. I forgot to use a metal shim when die cutting (you need this for all intricate dies), so not everything cut through. I was not going to throw it away though. The parts it did cut through were just so lovely! So I took my scissors and cut out some pieces to make a shaker window and also some others to have a more symmetrical cut. I did notice in the photos that I forgot some pieces...Of well. Embrace imperfection!



Afterwards I managed to cut another one, from white card stock, this one worked perfectly. I went for a simple look. I love navy and white, the combo reminds me of some china. 



And last but not least I absolutely had to try the amazing Noteworthy Frames and Dainty Blossoms dies. The frames are so clever! There's a bunch of different shapes which you can use to cut an opening into your card front and tuck flowers in there. Or whatever else! These frames are meant to hold the sentiment. I like how these turned out:




Now for the fun part! As always, there's giveaways of course!

GIVEAWAYS:
The Pinkfresh Studio blog will be giving away the entire October release to one lucky commenter. But that's not all! At each stop in the hop you can also win a $25 gift card yay! So comment away! The winners will be picked randomly from the comments and they will be announced on Sunday, October 14th on the Pinkfresh Studio Giveaway page. Please remember to check that page and claim your prize within 2 weeks!

SHOPPING PROMO:
There are TWO fabulous promotions during this release!
1. A free HUGS die with your purchase. Your order must include something from the new release. This die is exclusive to this release promo and will not be sold later. It is free while supplies last. You don't need a code, it will be added automatically to any order that has a new release product included.


2. Free/discounted shipping from Oct 8-11 on orders $50+. You need to use the code OCTFREESHIPWITH50. Shipping is free in the USA and $5.50 off for international friends.

I hope you enjoyed the hop and love the new stamps and dies! I love this release so much!!! 

I'm the last stop in this blog hop, so from here you'll go back to the Pinkfresh Studio blog. I'm attaching the full blog hop list below for your convenience.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day!

X


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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Spellbinders Jane Davenport Artomology collection - Part 3

Hello crafty friends,

I'm back with my third and last blog post in my Jane Davenport Artomology series! If you've missed the previous two, you can find them here and here.

For today's post I've made a scrapbook layout and a card using the Fair Feathers Etched dies. The idea is the same on both, a dreamcatcher. Besides the dies I also received a couple of other products from this collection, and I really didn't want to waste them! There are two packages of washi sheets (Washi Girls and Washi Mermaids) and  with amazing designs that would make stunning art journal pages, but since I don't do art journals, I decided to come up with something else. I took a sheet from the Washi Girls set, because it's got a rainbow of colors on it, and stuck it on white card stock. I first die cut a circle around the sentiment for my card so I knew what I have left of the paper.


Then I die cut a bunch of feathers from the remaining paper. I actually used up all of it! I love that my feathers are an array of color!


I trimmed my photo into a circle and die cut another big circle from a patterned paper from the Fancy Pants On Our Way collection. I placed them on foam adhesive to give them dimension and also so I can tuck the twine under it that I was going to hang the feathers from. Next I hung all the feathers on the twine as well as a few other things like journaling spots, tags and die cuts and glued them in place. I added a few buttons to some of the feathers and a couple of embellishments around my photo. I wrote my journaling on one of the tags, stamped my date, and that's about it!


As for the card...Like I mentioned above, I die cut the text from the washi sheet which I found to be a great sentiment. I used a basic circle die for this. I then added a couple of different yellow watercolors as well as some black splatters to an A2 size white card stock and let it dry. Then I adhered this panel onto an A2 size top folding card base.


I checked where I wanted to have the circle on my card. Then I just glued 3 feathers on the card front and layered the circle on them. I wrapped some twine around the circle and tied a bow at the top. Done!



I hope I could inspire you in some small way to go and start crafting!

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

X

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio Share Cheer Campaign & Card Drive



Hello friends,

Happy World Cardmaking Day! Today is a day filled with fun & crafting, and I am so excited to be joining in on all the festivities! Today Pinkfresh Studio is revealing a very special stamp & die set called Share Cheer that is available for purchase now!

When you purchase this set, 100% of the net profits will benefit UNICEF. I myself have been supporting UNICEF with a monthly donation for almost 15 years and I applaud Pinkfresh Studio for organizing this campaign! UNICEF helps children and operate in more countries than any other humanitarian organization. They work in 190 countries and territories, the world's toughest places to reach children and young people in greatest need. You can learn more about what they do here

The Share Cheer stamp and die set is only available in a set for $30. Discount codes are not valid due to the charitable nature, including the Welcome 10 discount.

The second part of the Share Cheer campaign is a Holiday Card Drive benefiting The Holiday Project, which is local to Pinkfresh Studio Headquarters in Houston, Texas. Pinkfresh Studio would love for you to send some holiday themed cards to them, and they will personally deliver each card they receive to The Holiday Project! The Holiday Project needs about 3000 cards this holiday season, so let's put our best foot forward and make a dent in that number! Share your card drive projects through the link list at the bottom of the Pinkfresh Studio blog post, and then physically send them to:

Pinkfresh Studio
11261 Richmond avenue, Suite #G108
Houston, TX 77082
USA

All of us in this blog hop created a card with this gorgeous set! Here is mine:


I've incorporated my love of color and patterned paper in this one. I hope you like how it turned out!




GIVEAWAYS: 
The spirit of this campaign is about giving and we really hope that those who are able will purchase this adorable stamp/die set for a good cause. But PFS also wants to be giving as well, so they are going to do 7 giveaways of holiday themed stamp sets! They will draw 4 of the winners from all of the blog comments and 3 of them from the Card Drive link-up. So, by commenting and creating you have the chance to win one of the following sets:
The winners will be posted on Sunday, October 21st on the PFS Giveaway page. You must check that page and claim your prize within 2 weeks. Please note that the Card Drive link will stay up until November 30th for those who want to participate BUT will not be eligible for the giveaways after October 21.

Alright, that's a whole lot of text but I hope you read it through because it's all important information :).

Since I am the last stop in this blog hop, from here you go back to the Pinkfresh Studio blog. However, I'm attaching the blog hop list below for your convenience!

I hope you enjoyed this hop and love this beautiful stamp as much as I do!

Thanks for stopping by today, I wish you a wonderful day!

X


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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Spellbinders Jane Davenport Artomology collection - Part 2

Hi there crafty friends,

I'm back today with the second part of my 3 blog post series showcasing the gorgeous new exclusive Jane Davenport collection at Spellbinders, called Artomology! If you've missed my first post, you can find it here.

I have 3 cards for you today, all using the same Sunflower Journal Etched die in slightly different ways.

For my first card I die cut two flowers from a light pink patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane collection (I actually used this collection on all my cards today). I then backed one of the flowers with 2 different pink patterned papers.


I die cut some stems and leaves - also backed two of the leaves with green patterned paper. I've made an A2 size top folding card base, then cut a striped patterned paper piece for my card front, also A2 size.


I played around with arrangements until I finally settled on this one. I adhered the left flower to the background as is, then added the second one, that I backed with patterned paper, on top of it using foam adhesive. To finish off this card, I placed an embossed sentiment on the flower and flicked some black ink all over it.


For my next card I chose a pink/black/white color scheme. I die cut the flowers 3 times, from 3 different patterned papers. I backed one with a polka dot paper and white card stock, then placed the other two on top and adhered them down slightly offset, so all 3 can be seen.


I didn't cut stems this time, only a bunch of leaves from a black patterned paper. I then prepared my card base, which again is A2 sized and top folding. I added some striped, some polka dot papers on top, then glued down my embossed sentiment too.


I used foam adhesive to adhere my flower to my card base. I tucked some gold tangled thread under it. A few black ink splatters and done!


I wanted my last card to be a bit more artsy, so I drew the stem and leaves with a blue pen on an A2 size white card stock. I die cut the flower from this panel as well as some patterned paper. I adhered the panel on an A2 size top folding card base, placed the blue flower in the cut out and glued it down.


Because I am sooo bad at throwing scraps away, I simply used some leftovers to piece the flower back together. The strips in the middle I raised a bit with foam adhesive, just to add some dimension and interest.



I embossed a piece of card stock with WOW! Copacabana Embossing Powder (my fave color at the moment!) then die cut a sentiment from it. This sentiment is included in the You Are Unique Etched die set and I find the shape and size perfect for this card!



I added some navy and coral paint splatters as well as some Bronze Nuvo drops for finishing touches.

That's it for today! I hope you like my projects!

I'll be back with my last post featuring Artomology in a couple of days!

Until then...Have a lovely day!

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