понедельник, 14 апреля 2014 г.

A charitable event

Hello, friends! I just really needed a good challenge to get some cards done. Our church launched a hand-made sale to raise some money for the summer camp. The money goes to the families who struggle to pay for the camp. I had a bit of stress to find the time to do it. There're some old cards I already made and some inked and cut out tags along with some embossed images. I whipped up over 10 card in one morning. As I did not have any Easter-themed stamps, but I figured that these birds are perfect for spring. And they were quite popular, however the collage cards were purchased first. This was not easy but so rewarding!
Some old good friends came to church with their 3 boys and we had lunch together. It was so good but time went too fast. As the weather was very nice we took a long walk towards the Red Square to stop at the kids' favorite cafe before we headed home for rest. Thank you for visiting! Maria

понедельник, 17 февраля 2014 г.

Happy birthday

Hello, friends! Sometimes I love to create some unique design, sometimes I love to make a card for some special occasion or person. This card I was making for a very special lady friend. My 11 y.o. son Yegor helped me to come up with the composition for this card. It is based on the contrast of two colors. It all started with the Hero Arts Large Blossom Cling Stamp, distress inks (Mustard Seed and Dusty Concord) and two scraps of matching papers. Mixing various prints is fun. The sentiment Happy Birthday in Russian was heat embossed in white on the finished card.
I am entering this card in the Hero Arts birthday challenge. Thank you for visiting! Maria

пятница, 31 января 2014 г.

Live, laugh, love collage

Once I learned how to make collages from Jacqueline, I knew I would want to make more:) The Cherish Yesterday from Hero Arts set is so perfect for creating a nature-themed collage. I tried and tested lots of new stamps and various techniques. I mostly used watercolor paper, distress inks (Fades Jeans, Broken China, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey), white and bronze embossing and black staz on ink for the sentiments. I love how peaceful and harmonious it is. The purple collage was my first attempt. These collages are so enjoyable to make and to give as gifts.
Here's a tip to share. It is very effective to use leftover strips of white paper ( a bit wider than your square). I repeatedly embossed the central part of a large stamp (such as Silhouette Grass), applied distress inks, sprinkled some water. After drying I stamped some small butterflies randomly and die-cut squares (or you can use a punch). This allows to use up paper and saves embossing powders. Thank you for visiting, Maria

среда, 22 января 2014 г.

Hero Arts 2014

Hello, friends! My craft goodies have arrived and I can not wait to try them all. I have quite a collection of Hero Arts stamps now. My neighbor's mother was traveling to the US for a family visit. She was so kind to bring lots of craft items. I am afraid I even abused her kindness, as I forgot how heavy some papers stacks can be.
This cute bird was stamped with black Staz on and colored with distress inks. I used perfect pearls mixed with water to add some shine to the bird and the panel image. I like how the yellow meets blue and gives birth to a new color.

A close-up of the cut out and popped up bird.

For this card I inked the Tiny Flags background stamp with bright distress inks and spritzed with water. The sentiment was white embossed on light blue vellum. This card goes to my husband who is my true blessing!

Thank you for visiting, Maria

воскресенье, 12 января 2014 г.

A New Year surprise

The New year started with a pleasant surprise. I have received a surprise package from a friend whom I met via Internet long ago. She not only surprised me but also read my mind by sending me a stamp set with dears. I saw Oksana's beautiful cards and Jacqueline's winter magic cards... They all had dears and I found I like them on winter cards. But I had none. What a surprise to receive them as a gift! DSC02846 The image is white embossed on egg shell watercolor paper and colored with distress inks. DSC02850 DSC02849 - Версия 2 The image is white embossed on egg shell watercolor paper and colored with distress inks. DSC02843 Yegor made this card using some leftover scraps. I love how his design. DSC02844 My youngest son Fiodor worked on his card by himself. So when I saw the result I was surprized by his choice to repeat the design four times. How cleaver is this? I noticed later he smudged a bit, but camouflaged it with some white out!

вторник, 24 декабря 2013 г.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear friends! This will probably be my last post in 2013. I want to share a few December pictures.
My youngest son Fiodor and me at a Christmas party.
I am proud of my sons. While the weather was nice (now the snow is melting) we took advantage of it and went skiing. Fiodor, who is 4,5 y.o., quickly learned how to ski this winter and already bravely skis down quite a steep hill.
I am glad I made these tags ahead of time. Attaching theme to the gifts brings me lots of pleasure. I used red glittered embossing. The stamp is by Hero Arts called "The greatest gift". The craft paper was recycled.
Aren't these gingerbread chalets pretty? I baked them yesterday and let. I decorated and assembled them today using some lemon icing. I have taken the recipe from The Taste of Home magazine. One chalet is for my kids, the other is a gift. Thank you for visiting! Happy holidays! Maria

вторник, 17 декабря 2013 г.

My new baby and revisiting old cards

Hello, dear friends! It's time to update my blog. I was away from it for too long! The most exciting thing that has happened is the birth of our daughter Sophia. She is exactly four months today. She is a joy to us. Sophia is blessed to be born in a loving Christian home. She has three older brothers who adore her. I am thankful she is a quiet and content baby. I am busy because not because of the new baby, but because I have the first grader and it takes almost all of my time to help him work on his writing skills (they're teaching him cursive), reading, some English etc.
I plan to take some time to look back on this year and post some pictures. Despite all the responsibilities I still made some time to stamp. I decided to revisit some cards I made before. I liked the idea of placing the seal in the middle of the stamp image. Choosing patterned papers took some time, but I love the unique result. I have learnt that sometimes the patterned papers that look dull, yield great backgrounds for the stamp images which are great by themselves. I have also learnt that I need to test many different papers to see if I like the result. I enjoy using eggshell watercolor paper, distress inks and water mist to achieve this watercolor effect with my favorite Hero Arts stamp Hydrangea. I've made a whole bunch of cards to give as gift sets to my friends. I have skipped gold embossing and just applied different shades of distress inks.
Thank you for visiting!
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