18 October, 2018

Cute as a Kitten! Imagine and So Suzy Crackerbox blog hop

Hi and Welcome to my blog!




I'm so happy to take part in this two-day blog hop, bringing together design team members from Imagine and Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. Participating bloggers have put up tons of inspiration just for you; I wish you happy hopping!


There are also great prizes to be won:
Imagine and Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps will both pick one lucky person, and offer the lucky winner a gift certificate of $25! All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog AND corporate blogs on any of the two days. Double your chances by leaving comments and corporate blogs on both of the days.

Vicky Briggs (Crackerbox & Suzy)
 Elina Stromberg (Imagine)  ** you are here **
    Donna Idlet (Crackerbox & Suzy)
Iris Rodriguez (Imagine)   
Terri Burson (Crackerbox & Suzy)
Jennifer Vanderbeek (Imagine)
    Cornelia Wenokor (Crackerbox & Suzy)
Jowilna Nolte (Imagine)   
    Olesya Andreyeva (Crackerbox & Suzy)
Kassy Tousignant (Imagine)
I made a cute kitten card to for a dear friend:


Here's how I made the card:
I first traced a large letter C on a piece of white cardstock. The trace line would help me in aligning my flower patterns.


I created a couple of masks from a post-it note, and stamped leaves and flowers on the C shape using masking stamping technique.


Once the flower wreath was finished, I fuzzy cut it out.


Using a water brush and my craft mat as palette I colored the flowes with pink Memento ink.


I glued the flower wreath on a piece of patterned paper. Before gluing I added a hint of color on the paper using pink and purple Memento inks.

For highlighting my cute main kitten image I gently white washed the flowers with white gesso. The layer of paint is really thin, but it yet allows the main image to pop.


For coloring the kitten I used my Promarkers. 


I think the sentiment text is a perfect match to my floral background and the cutest kitten. Hope you like it, too!

For this project I used the following supplies:
Imagine: Memento Dew Drop 'Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink, Tuxedo Black.
VersaFine Onyx Black

Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps: 'Kitty Fun', 'Feet Flower Large & Small', 'Friends Like Flowers'



Wishing you a wonderful day! Please join us again tomorrow!


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17 October, 2018

Minions!

Hi!
There's still time to participate in Craft Stamper October blog challenge. 'Anything goes', as long as you use stamping somewhere on your project.
This month the prize for one lucky winner is AMAZING:
A Sizzix Scoreboards XL die: Wrapped Journal by Eileen Hull! Worth playing for, isn't it!


My October project is a card with Minions! Aren't these stamps by So Suzy Stamps just acorable!

Minions card

I started with stamping, coloring, and fuzzy cutting lots of piping parts:


I inked the background, splashed water on the ink, dried with my heat gun, and glued the pipings on the card:


I stamped and fuzzy cut my Minions, and as their hair were impossible to cut out, I re-stamped the images on the card front. Then the last remaining step was to glue the fuzzy cut images on top:


Minions card

This card makes me smile. Hope it will bring a smile to your face, too!

Check out all details about the challenge *here*. More October challenge inspiration can be viewed *here*

Wishing you a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

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15 October, 2018

Colourful ATC's

Hi!
Sharing with you a set of ATC's I made a short while back. They were actually made for a live swap, but as I missed that event I kept them for an international ATC swap that was taking place right after.
I hope they have now all reached their new owners, so I'm sharing them in my blog now :)


When creating I took work-in-progress photos and wrote a picture tutorial; you can read it in Viva Las VegaStamps! blog *here*

Hope these colourful cards brighten your day :)

Thanks for stopping by,
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12 October, 2018

Art Journal spread: Just because

Hi and Happy Friday!
Today it was my turn to write in Viva Las VegaStamps! blog, and with Banksy being very current at the moment I made an art journal spread using my Banksy stamps:


I'm sure we all have seen what happened at Sotherby's on Oct 5:




How cool was that!!


For more information about the stamps I used please visit VLVS! blog *here*.

Wishing you a wonderful day!
Hugs,

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08 October, 2018

Mail Art with VLVS! Creepy Creatures

Hi and Happy Monday!
If you're interested in Mail Art, I suggest you head to Viva Las VegaStamps! blog: Twice a month design team members are presenting Mail Art Monday projects for your inspiration; just follow *this link* to see them all!

This envelope was published in VLVS! blog already a while back, but for some reason I missed showcasing it in my own blog. So here you are: Mail Art Monday inspiration for you:

For decorating the envelope I used stamping masking technique; my picture tutorial in *VLVS! blog* will explain it in more detail.


 Wishing you a wonderful new week!
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07 October, 2018

Easy colourful cards in 'Clean and Simple' style

Hi!
I love playing with bright colors and creating my own patterns by mixing different stamp designs. For these colourful CAS style cards you don't need many supplies; just take out your favourite VersaFine Clair inks and a few small stamps and you're ready to go. In less than 30 minutes you'll have a set of cards perfect for any occasion!




Please visit Imagine blog for reading the picture tutorial for this project (direct link to the post *here*). A list of supplies used is included.

Happy stamping!
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What time?

Hi!
The latest Viva Las VegaStamps! collection contains a text stamp that always brings a smile to my face. That rebellious message was a perfect match to the cool elegant Lid Lady image:


I used the same design elements and put them on a smaller background, and created a matching ATC:


More details about the products I used and how I made the background can be read in the blog post I wrote for VLVS! (link to my post *here*)

Wishing you a nice Sunday! Thanks for stopping by!

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06 October, 2018

Blog Hop: World Cardmaking Day With Joy Clair Friends


Hi and happy World Card Making Day!

Thank you for stopping by in my blog! I wanted to share with you a set of cards I made using the lovely Joy Clair stamp set 'Gnome Is Where' and Imagine inks:



I started with stamping, coloring, and fuzzy cutting images, using this super cute set. Aren't those gnomes just adorable!


The background of both cards is a piece of white paper I colored with blue and mint color inks. I applied a few thin layers, mixing the colors together with a soft circular motion.






 

 

 

 

 



For the white clouds I used clear VersaMark embossing ink that I applied on the background with a small brush. I brushed just simple random strokes to give the clouds a nice natural look. Then I covered the clouds with white embossing powder and heat embossed them.

Then the only thing remaining was the assembly of the cards. The bottom of the card is a piece of an old Crate Paper paper that I thought was just perfect for my cards:



I used the same layout idea for two differend sized and shaped cards. I think they both looked quite nice!



When the cards were ready I realized that I had a few fuzzy cut gnomes left. They ended up on a pair of ATC's:


Hope you like my cards!

Supplies used:
Stamp set: Joy Clair: Gnome Is Where  
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Memento Summer Sky; VersaMagic Turquoise Gem; VersaMark Clear 
Embossing Powder: Imagine, white
Promarkers for coloring
Pattern paper: Crate Paper
White card bases
Pieces of dark blue paper
Glue

HOP ALONG FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES

We're giving away three Stamp sets from Joy Clair Store! Just leave a comment on every destination along the Hop to be in with a chance to win!

Comments close at 23:59 EST on 7th October 2018.

Don't forget that we have a lot more going on the rest of the day! We hope to see you back here for the new events - there will be lots of opportunities to be inspired and to get crafty with us!
Happy hopping! 

BLOG HOP LINE UP:

Ready for more inspiration? Here is the list of my friends that are part of this big celebration "Around the World Card Making Day Blog Hop with Joy Clair"

you are here ** Elina Stromberg ** you are here

Happy hopping!

To celebrate World Card Making Day there's a special discount for you at Joy Clair shop:


Wishing you a wonderful day!
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27 August, 2018

Art journal: Cool Lady Grey

Hi!
First Friday of every month a new stamping challenge is revealed at Craft Stamper Magazine blog. Challenge rules are simple: Create any type of project, use stamping somewhere on your project and link a picture of your creation on the challenge post. Easy! There are really cool prizes to be won, and each month the design team votes for their favourite project to be highlighted in the Craft Stamper Magazine. How cool is that!

My August project was an art journal spread I made in my lovely small Moleskine book:


I love the contrast between the elegant Lady Grey and the bold pink/red background. Isn't she's the coolest lady in town: She's wearing a simple short grey jacket and neat striped tights, keeping her head up, and walking in high heels. A true mark maker!


The background is coloured with Distress inks, splashed with water and decorated with stamps and stencils. Oh yes, those are my favourite background techniques :)

I stamped the main image on heavy white paper, coloured with Promarkers, and cut out. I did not even try fuzzy-cutting the feathers on her head as there were too many small details. Instead I re-stamped the image on the page, and glued the colored, fuzzy-cut image on top.

Before gluing down the image I took some red embroidery yarn, and glued it on the bottom of the page. Embroidery yarn will easily hold in place with small dots of liquid glue here and there, and there's no need to cover the entire yarn with glue. The white glue marks you see on the third picture soon dried clear.


For the final finishing touches I used a white gel pen and a thin black marker pen.
Done!

List of main supplies:
* Stencils: AALL & Create (stencils #19 and #11)
* Stamps: Viva Las VegaStamps!
   Whimsical Lady Grey
   Cross Marks Background
   Smear/Smudge
   Doodle Dots
* Inks: Ranger (Archival: Jet Black; Distress: Spun Sugar; Picket Raspberry; Fired Brick)

Thanks for stopping by in my blog! Have a great day!

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