Sunday, May 26, 2013


For the last few cards, except the chalkboard technique card, I was trying to combine 2 challenges. Just Rite ( using orange, blue, beige) & Cheery Lynn (make it manly).

I found that either the color came out wrong or it wasn't manly enough. I also didn't want to make it dark. I find a lot of guy cards use a lot of browns and those dark colors. This is why I wanted to use the Just Rite challenge.

Here is the card:

Background: for this one I really used quite a few products. I started with background stamp from OI. I wish Just Rite came up with script kinda background. Then I stamped Hot air balloon. I have used stamp markers to color the stamp. I bought the stamp on ebay by some company that makes custom stamps. I will include the link if you want to look at it I also bought my custom "handmade by" stamps.

I also used Tim Holtz stamp for flourishes. I wish Just Rite would have Just Flourishes stamp set.

I used Cheery Lynn dies to cut out oval and make flowers.
I have layered the card of orange card stock and on the blue card stock for the case. I seem to be really liking faux stitching. It seems to me it just adds that last touch.

What do you think?
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Simple Bday card

I was thinking to think how I can create a manly card. I really didn't want to add pretty die cut in this one and wanted to keep it simple. That's what i did. I used Cherry Lynn dies as embossing tools instead of cutting it out.

Here is my card:

This card was really easy to do.
For the background I have embossed the Cherry Lynn dies on to the card. I was thinking of inking and adding shading but I decided against it and just leave it as is.
I have used my gazelle to cut out tons of little ties. I have stamped then with clocked using dew drop brilliance.
I have put faux stitching. Layered in on the brown card stock and the card is done.

The stamps that I have used I have digged out of my stash. I didn't save the name of the manufacture. Sorry.

What do you think?

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Chalkboard Technique


I always liked the look of chalkboard. I decided to research how to do it. My greatest resource is youtube. Here are few ways of doing it. I am posting all the links with different ways:

Some of them use embossing, some of them use chalk, and some just write ink.

Here is my card:

In my case I decided to just use frost write chalk ink. This ink takes a tad longer to dry to gives me the opportunity to mess around a tad.
I have used JustRite stams and just stamped the frame and the corners. I let it dry just a tad and then started to rub. Then I stamped the sentiment and waited for it to dry. I went over it with write gel pen to make it stand out.
Faux stitching is done by using tracing tool ( straight line every time) layered with blue cardstock. I could've used any color but I feel like blues. I guess if I was doing the card for a girl I probably would've done pink.
For the inside, because the tracing tool leaves little holes it is easy to do faux stitching that is identical to the outside.

And it's Done. So So simple.

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Father's Day card

I am trying to do more of cards. But I find i don't have as much time I am going less complicated cards. At least this gives me the opportunity to use all of my stamps. Sort of going back to basics.
This card is made for father's day.

Here is how the card made:
For the background I used JustRite background stamp. I seem to use use quite a bit of just right stamps lately and not using my other ones. The card is 5.5 X 6.5. In order to use as much of the space w background stamp as possible I simply stamped it twice, cut it into pieces and connected them. All the connections are hidden by Cherry Lynn boarder die and a ribbon.

For the sentiment, I stamped using Just Right stamp. I have bought Ranger Distress pens. I am so not impressed with them. I wanted to color the clear stamp and stamp it. They didn't work well. I have other market pens Staedtler Marsgraphic Duo. Those are awesome and they not nearly as expensive as the ranger. Over last few month I bought few ranger products and they were disappointing. I find they are cheaper made then the products that were created for the artists or illustrators. The only thing that I still like ranger is distress inks.
I also have bought sakura glaze pen. I love sakura gelly rolls pens. There are few types of them depending on what you are planning to do. The  glaze pen is designed to create a glossy 3D image. It defiantly makes the  image glossy when you color it. I have colored the sentiment and the frame with them I am not sure that the camera really picked up the shine.

For the final touches I used my fav VIVA pearl pen. And it's done.
What do you think?

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Just Because

Hello Everyone,

Ok so new job is really busy. It takes a lot of energy out of me but its fun job. The downside I don't get to craft a lot. I am sure it will change once my schedule will get a tad normalized.

I decided to try something different. I was cleaning up my craft table and I had tons of papers on it. I was determined to use at least something from that pile instead of getting more paper. And I did. This is different card for me.

Here is the card:

Background came out very unusual but I love it. I used a used card stock that I doodled on and wrapped white crepe paper around it in 2 layers then I embossed it with Sizzix InkIts. I love the texture it gave and super deep embossing.
The rest was simple. I have used Cherry Lynn flourish die out of bit of card stock that were on my table and used embossing powder to turn them into gold leaves. I have 2 layers of embossing powder on it to make it more full.
For the sentiment I have stamped JustRite stamp and embossed it  on the laminate paper sheet to create transparency.
I used Cherry Lynn doily to create the corners and the card is done.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013


This card is one of the guy's card. This one wasn't too bad because I knew how I want to make it. It's always easier I find when i have an idea already planned out. Otherwise I can fiddle with a design for long very long time.

Here is how card made:

I have used JustRite background stamp on the chocolate card stock. I stamped it with dew drop white brilliance. I was trying to make the card as bright colored as possible. I have cut circles using Cheery Lynn stackers  out of turquoise card stock.

I like those stackers because there are quite a few variety of sizes and they coordinate nicely with each other. There is even a circle big enough that I am going to use for the circle shape card. But I am side tracking....

I have stamped card stock using Tim Holtz stamp and Tim Holtz greeting. Ribbon around the card and some little bling.

I am thinking I shouldn't added the bling or used something else. Oh well.

On the inside of the card, I have stamped Tim Holtz airplane ticket and again those great stackers.

The card is created for:

Button - One in a Million

Hello everyone,

Happy Mother's Day to every mom or mom to be.

I never really use buttons on cards. Why? ... I have no idea, it just for some reason doesn't fit with my style. Although some time ago I have bought whole bunch of them thinking I would use it. I thought JustRite challenge would be perfect to get my buttons out and do something with them.

This was really simple card.


I have hot glued buttons to cardstock added the doily lace that I have left over from previous project and used floss to add the decorates. I did faux stichting on the card base. Card is done.

On the inside of the card it says " you are one in a million"

But I forgot to take the picture of the inside before  giving it as a present.

Have a wonderful Day

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Mother's Day - Flower Study- Gardenia


I want to Thank You, all of you wonderful people who look at my blog and leave lovely comments. I love & read them ALL.

I really love gardenia and I thought it would be complicated to make but it was actually easier then a rose. I have googled the picture of the flower and here what I found. So I decided to mimic the flower pattern.

The trick is how the bud is formed. Unlike roses the gardenia bud created by petals twisting into swirl, where roses petals overlap.

I am playing a lot with different flowers but I am finding using very similar layouts for my cards. I will try something new soon.

Here the card that I made for mothers day:

BACKGROUND: This was easy. I used pattern paper. I don't do use papers often but this time i decided to do so because i wanted to add stitching. This is faux stitching. I use the tracing wheel to create little holes so it would look as if i stitched it. Then gel pen fills in the rest. I have cut mini Cheery Lynn doily and it became lacy border.

FLOWERS: Using Cheery Lynn build a flower #3 cut out petals different sizes. The gardenia is build out of 3 layers. Each layer has 6 petals ( roses have 5 petals). To create a bug I simply placed 6 petals in the row ..straight line.. and glued each end petal half-way to petal before ( does that make sense?). Then using twisters started to roll it and the bud is done. Then i created next 2 layer of 6 petals like i normally would.
If you want step by step pictures of it .. let me know i will post it, how i did it.
I have added perfect pearls on petals and little tine pearls. The flower is done. I have used Cheery Lynn build a flower #2 for the leaves.

SENTIMENT & EMBELLISHMENTS: I have used JustRite stamps for that of course...I stamped with dew drop brilliance and tuxedo black. Added Cheery Lynn butterflies and pearls. Pretty bow to top it up.

INSIDE: This was easy, just used scraps of the pattern paper that were laying around my desk added stitching. Added  JustRite sentiment with the frame and used JustRite die for the blank spot.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bling it Up


I miss doing more craft then I am right now. But still trying to keep at least 1 card a week. Working longer hours is not cool but I love what I do.

For the card I wanted to combine 2 challenges together: Bling it up by Cheery Lynn and Sew Good by JustRite.

Ok so let's start with saying I suck at sewing. I can do faux stitching but not real one. I really wanted to do the real one it looks so nice on the cards. That being said I have bought singer hand sewing machine. It is just a tiny one. I need more practice at how to keep it straight. I've added some stitching to this card  around rose because I wanted to add an accent and more eye movement.

So here is the card:

BACKGROUND: I have embossed JustRite background stamp and then used metallic gelatos. It does really show up on the picture how shiny it really is. I have cut out 2 Cheery Lynn doilies and overlap them. making them part of the background.

FLOWER: I have used Cheery Lynn build a flower 2 petals. Then used clear glitter glue on the edges. Once it's dried I have spraied with a blue shiny mist. ( P.S. I really need to make straying box, my bathroom was all blue after).

SENTIMENT: I have used JustRite sentiment and added Bling.

It's done. What do you think?

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