Tuesday 20 November 2012

Get Creative November 20th card sketch challenge


Are you ready for another card challenge over at Get Creative?

I have to admit today - and I rarely do that - that I really like the card that I made today, I think it has easily made it to my top 3:

So? What do you think? Do you like it?

Of course, it is based on Irini's amazing sketch, I just moved a bit the sentiment:

The hexagons are Studio Calico mistables which I painted with Mister Hueys mists. The arrows are my beloved wood veneers (I do love wood veneers!)

The sentiment is a stamp that was split in three rows, but I cut it out to use it in one row - I hope you're not afraid to cut your acrylic stamps carefully and use them the way you prefer, if you need them again the way they were, you can always put them together as they used to be on your acrylic block.

Finally, there was something missing, so I decided to add a line of black and white washi tape on the left side.

I do hope you like it!

So come over at Get Creative for more inspiration from the design team - I'm telling you, the sketch is amazing! And don't forget, the winner of this challenge will come back on January as guest designer!


Supplies (some of the Mister Hueys colours are not available anymore, so I have used the general category)

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Saturday 17 November 2012

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #1!!!


Today I am super-excited... we have the first challenge over at Addicted to CAS!!!

So, the challenge will be a fornightly challenge. Each fortnight there will be a new code word based on which we will be inspired to make a CAS card.

For this first challenge, the code word is snow.

It can be whatever you can think of... falling snow, landscapes with snow, snowflakes, snowmen, christmas... whatever snow means to you! Let your imagination run wild but keep it CAS!

This week our fantastic sponsor and Guest Designer is Joanna Munster from Inspired by Stamping...

Joanna is offering a $20 GIFT VOUCHER to the winner of this challenge -

And finally, the card that I made...

I wanted to make a snowman and realised that I didn't have any snowman stamp. At first I thought of buying one, but who can wait for a new stamp to arrive when the inspiration has already come? So I decided to make my own snowman - and also make him in the funny way that I wanted:

So the snowman came up from a combination of different Paper Smooches stamp sets:

The silhouette is from a Matryoshka doll stamp you can see below with the masking technique, to keep only the outline of the stamp.

For the hands I used the trunk of the tree... the moustache, xmas hat and the eyes are from two different stamp sets:


So look at your stamps in a different way and you will realise there are so many different things you can do with them!

As for the snow elements...
- Obviously the snowman... and of course I used my favourite white flock
- For the background I used a snowflake embossing folder
- The snow on which the snowman is standing is from white felt...

I hope you like it!

So why don't you come over at Addicted to CAS for more inspiration by the new design team, to celebrate with us the start of the new challenge blog and play along with us... We'll be waiting!

Oh, and don't forget the huge giveaway!!!!

Anastasia - Natasha


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Sunday 11 November 2012

Addicted to CAS giveaway!

Only 6 days left for the first Addicted to CAS challenge!!!!

So... how about a little giveaway even before we start??

There are more ways than one to get yourself into the draw. Take advantage of all your options to increase your chances of winning!

Here are ways you can enter -

Add the Addicted to CAS badge to your blog (1 entry)
Follow our blog (1 entry)
Follow us on Facebook (1 entry)
Refer a friend (1 entry)
Leave a comment on the post here telling us how excited you are (1 entry)

And here's the prize!!

Approximately $150 worth!!!!

Here's what you could win -

Stampin' Up - 1 x Stampin' Around Standard Handle
Stampin' Up - 1 x Sweet Swirls standard wheel
Cricut Cartridge - 1 x Give a Hoot
Marvy - 24 x brushmarkers
Jo Sonja - Crackle medium
Inspired by Stamping - Halloween Tags stamp set
Assorted stickers and embellishments

Why don't you come over at Addicted to CAS for more details and to take part into the competition? It will go for the rest of this month!


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Wednesday 7 November 2012

Alphabet stickers card for Moxie Fab World

Hello again!

Last night I was just surfing on my favourite websites to get some ideas in general. But then I stumbled upon the Alphabet Stickers Challenge in the Moxie Fab World, got an idea and couldn't get it out of my mind. So, without actually planning to do anything, at the end I made the following card:

As soon as I saw the challenge I thought it was a good opportunity to use many of the sticker letters that remain in an alphabet package and prepare a card based on the letter soup game.

Here's a front photo of the card:

I dry embossed the black cardstock with the swiss dot embossing folder - had to do it twice as the cardstock was larger than the folder, but the design was simple so it was easy to align it.

The letters are the same thickers font, only the black ones are from foam and the red ones are the mistable ones which I coloured with a red marker.

The star button is made of wood. I painted it with acrylic paint, then I used my white gel pen to add faux stitching and finally I covered it with glossy accent.

So that's all from me today... Why don't you come over to Moxie Fab World as well to see and play along with the really interesting challenges that are currently on?

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Monday 5 November 2012

Get Creative - November 5th card challenge


So today we have the first card challenge for November over at Get Creative. This month Irini has a special challenge for us... it is about making a card with a stamp we have never used before!

At the beginning I didn't know what to do... but at the end I think that this has become one of my favourite challenges! And that's because a. I got the chance to use a stamp I have had for a long time but had never used before, although I liked it very much and b. because I got the chance to give a good review of the stamps that I have and separate those that I don't think I'll be using in the near future... time for them to find a new house!

So... as I was looking at my stamps, I found hidden in a corner of a box a stamp I had completely forgotten about. As soon as I saw her I new I had found the stamp I was going to use and here's the card that I made:

Oh yes.... Snoopy!!! Isn't he adorable???

And for a change I used a glitter paper! hehehe

I stamped my stamp on the glitter paper with archival ink and then I stamped it on white paper, cut it out and glued it on the first stamped image.

Then I heat embossed the sentiment, used sticker letters for the word "hug" and highlighted it with glossy accent. I used pearl acrylic paint on the stars wood veneers and finally I used my white gel pen for faux stitching around the card. I hope you like it!

And a couple of close-up photos to see what I've been describing:

So come over at Get Creative to get inspiration from the design team. The winner of this challenge will get the following prize (I hope you like it too!):



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Saturday 3 November 2012

Art journal book for inspirational quotes

Good morning!

Looks like I'm blogging non-stop lately! ;o)

So last night I made the first page for my new art journal and realised that I haven't shared with you the book that I made a few weeks ago.

About a month ago I had a workshop with Myrto and she taught us the coptic stitch... I fell in love! The stitching itself was a bit challenging, my arm was hurting me a bit before the workshop so that didn't help and we also chose a bit more complicated design than the simple one we could have made (Myrto is just an angel, not only she is a great teacher but she is very patient as well!!!), but it really worth the while! So here are some photos of the book I made:

The covers are from PVC leather (I think?) and we distressed the papers with Myrto's Distrezz tool (mine is already traveling... should arrive at my door any day now, I ordered it as soon as I saw how it's working ;o)

What I liked most about coptic stitch is that a. the stitching is just gorgeous, b. it opens 180 degrees. Well, it can open all the way to 360 degrees depending on the covers, but what interests me are the 180 degrees, because it makes art journaling so much easier.

So I decided to use this book for journaling over inspirational quotes that I find online and I really like. Because I didn't want to change the front cover, I made an "internal" front cover on the first page and here it is:

For me the highlight of this page is the girl stamp from Stampotique... I've been wanting one of those stamps for ages now!

And a closer photo of the stamp:

That's all from me now... I hope you like it!

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Friday 2 November 2012

Addicted to cas

Good morning!

Seems like I'm posting everyday lately... creations to show, news to share...

Today it's about news.

A new challenge blog starts... Addicted to CAS!!!!

...and I am sooo excited for a number of reasons:

1. It is a card challenge blog (yes, I know, lately I've been doing a number of layouts... but my big love is still card making!)
2. It is a CAS card challenge blog (duh! the names says so!) Clean and Simple cards are my favourite!
3. Kylie who is the blog owner has made me the honour to offer me a place in the design team!!!

So here's how the blog will work - it's quite simple really:

Starting November 17th and every second Saturday there will be a new challenge with a code word to inspire you for a CAS card...

You can visit the blog here to meet the design team (our friend Marie is also a design team member!!!) and become followers so that you can be informed about the new challenges!

I'm so looking forward to starting in November 17th... Until then, take care! (Well... obviously we will stay in contact before that! ;o)

Anastasia - Natasha
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Thursday 1 November 2012

Scrapbookers in Greece - November challenge

Good morning and good month!!!

First day of November today, which means a new challenge over at Scrapbookers in Greece. This month Katerina asked us to make a layout about a moment that made us smile. It can be a phone call, a thought or an image, a coffee meeting with friends, our child's smile, an everyday moment.

For me it couldn't be anything other than my nephew/godchild! Specifically a series of photos that capture all the different smiles of Nikolas while he's playing the "airplane" with his dad! (I'm so sorry you can't see them... as per his mother request, you understand!):

This month's sketch is the following:

And some close-ups:

I used some (forgotten) chipboard clouds from Maya Road and dressed them with pattern papers. I used my favourite Studio Calico wood veneers to give the speech:

For the following clouds instead of pattern paper I used white flock - it is a bit more visible than in my previous cards I think?

Because the light blue colours seemed a bit monotonous to me I used red details to drive a bit the eye - like in the pattern papers, the red ribbon below the title and the red heart brad you can see below:

For the journaling I saw the other day a great idea at Two peas in a bucket that I really liked... you actually sew the lines for the journaling (it is obvious how much I like my new sewing machine, right?). I let the twine to fall naturally around the journaling and in some points I used a bit of matte gel medium to glue it.

So, that's all from me for now... I hope you like it!

Why don't you come over at Scrapbooking in Greece to get some amazing inspiration from the design team and play along with us? There is a super prize for the winner as well!


PS: I have subscribed to Shimelle's latest workshop Scrapbook Remix which is about mixing patterned paper collections. I used a couple of separate patterned papers that are quite old and cannot find them online anymore, and also papers from different collection... it is quite soothing cutting and using loads of old papers that have been accumulating this last year!


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