Sunday, October 25, 2020

Winter Scene cards with Concord & 9th Bundled Up

Hi lovelies,

It's been a long time since I've made a blog post just for fun! I have some time now and because I've made a process video for these cards, I thought I might as well share them here too!

I've recently started making process videos, so many of you might not even know about my You Tube channel! I actually have two, because I also created one for my small business, A Pocket Full of Happiness (where I sell stamp sets and baby swaddles that I designed, handmade cards, planner clips, rainbow charms; all kinds of happy things!). 

Check them out, and if you like what you see, be sure to subscribe! I'd love to see you there!

- YouTube Channel - Zsoka Marko

- YouTube Channel - A Pocket Full of Happiness

Anyway, I have a stack of stamp sets that I've bought but never got around to using, and sometimes I just need new inspiration! Sooo I went through this pile and I've found this super cute Concord & 9th set called Bundled Up. You can buy it as a stamp and die bundle, or just the stamp or die sets. I've used both the stamps and the dies on today's cards.

Supplies I've used to create these cards:
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Geometric Heart cards - DT project for Paige Evans

Hi there friends,

I'm stopping by today to share my latest projects I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team. This time I've made a couple of cards with the Go the Scenic Route collection as well as some other lovely products from Paige & WeR Memory Keepers. 

Have you seen her die set and her embossing folders?! My card making loving heart got super excited when I discovered these products from WeR Memory Keepers, so obviously I had to have them! They are all soooo Paige, I think!

These are really simple cards, that you can create quite fast. I started out by die cutting 6 hearts from white card stock - 3 for each card. I then layered them up to get a nice dimensional piece.

I chose various patterned papers so I could fill the hearts with rainbow colors. I then die cut those pieces too. I then adhered the white hearts onto a piece of heavy weight card stock and fussy cut them out. I added the colorful pieces back in place.

Then I created the card bases. I used a floral paper from the 6x8 paper pad for my background on one of the cards and a ledger paper on the other. I also embossed a white panel, added foam tape to it and adhered it to the ledger paper background. 

I added some foam tape (or rather craft foam - I like to use foam sheets for big areas and shapes) to my hearts and glued them in place.

I then embellished the cards - I actually kept embellishing to a minimum because I didn't want to cover up all the colors. I used a couple of butterflies that I fussy cut out from a patterned paper on this card as well as a sticker for sentiment. On the other card I added a few flowers - I decided to add flowers in the colors that were in the heart beneath them, so that I wouldn't lose the rainbow, if that makes sense?!

To finish off the cards, I added some enamel dots and twine. That's it! Easy peasy right?

I've also filmed my process, for the first time ever. I've been getting requests for years but I just was not up for it, mainly because technology is my worst enemy. Also, because I'm not a performer. I freeze. Stage fright, whatnot. So this video will be far from great, but I hope I'll get better with practice. I won't promise I'll have a video for all my projects, because I don't think I could keep up. Now with corona, my boyfriend works from home, so he is literally around all the time and I just can't speak to myself when anyone is at home. It's the weirdest feeling! So I have to wait for him to go grocery shopping haha!

Anyway, watch it if you want to see how I made these - you can totally turn off the sound, I won't be offended :).

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!



Monday, October 5, 2020

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - October 2020

Hi there crafty peeps,

It's that time again! The Spellbinders October Club Kits are here! I'm a little late for the party this month but better late than never, am I right?! I love love love this month's kits, I hope you will too!

As a reminder, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:

You can find all necessary information about these kits here. 

Let's start with the Small Die kit!

I didn't use each die from this set to make these cards - you could actually create a frame design that fits a standard A2 size card, but I decided to just go with a smaller, square shape notecard. The card base is 4.5x4.5".

I die cut each corner piece 3 times then layered them up and glued them together, so I have dimensional pieces. For this card, I die cut the leaves from white card stock and popped them up using foam adhesive. 
Not all of them, just the bigger pieces. I cut strips from a few different colored card stocks and adhered them to my card base. I glued dow the white die cuts too. 

You'll get 3 sentiments with this die kit: Thankful, Grateful and Blessed. For this card, I die cut Thankful from color card stock and 3 times from white card stock. I layered them all together. I then noticed that the sentiment is not gong to fit into the space in the middle, but it was not long enough for me to glue it on top of the white leaves in a way that it would be secure. After much thinking I finally realised what I should do! I die cut the sentiment 6 more times and trimmed off the beginning and end, so basically I just kept "ankfu" - I had to trim off a part of the "f" and I could have kept "h" but all in all it worked out well. The sentiment now sits perfectly in the middle. To finish off this card, I added some twine bow. 

My second card is mostly white - white base, white die cuts (same as on the previous card, 3 layers of die cuts glued together) . Except, I added leaves in most of the colors I used on my other cards too, for the strips. Again, I added foam adhesive to the bigger leaves to add some dimension and interest. 

I thought gold paint splatters would fit the fall colors well, so I added some. Last but not least, I tied a twine bow at the top. 

Next up is the Large Die kit! It's a door people!!! I was so excited about this set because the possibilities seem endless, you can have any kind of colored door, different wreaths for different seasons etc etc. Recently, I saw the most gorgeous front door and wreath on Jen Hadfield's Instagram. Which totally inspired my first card, especially my color choices.

Technically the door opens - but not on my card. I didn't need this feature, so I just glued it down. I die cut each piece from color card stock as well as heavy weight white card stock, because I like my die cuts to be sturdy. I can then add foam adhesive to them without having to worry how everything would hold up. I have foam adhesive behind the envelope/mail box, the door knob, the columns and that top bit I forget the name of. 

You can't see but I put vellum behind the window on the door. Now that I think about it, I could have turned this into a shaker card! I bet it would have been cute.

For my second card, I wanted something more festive for the holidays. So I went with the Jingle All the Way collection from My Mind's Eye. Obviously I had to have a red door! I created this card exactly the same way as the previous one, I just used different papers really. Oh and this time there are no flowers on the wreath. 

For the doormat there are two sentiments: Welcome and Wishes, plus there is a scripty Best to go with Wishes like you see on this card.

I added a few gold accents to this card so that it's more festive!

There you have it, the Spellbinders October Small and Large Die kits! What do you guys think? They are really great or?!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!