пятница, 17 октября 2014 г.


Hello, friends!

This is one stamp I will probably be never tired of. It is so beautiful and there're endless opportunities to us it. Best wishes watercolor

I was inspired by Shari Caroll's card. She does magic with distress inks. What I like about playing with inks is that you never know what the final result will be. I started with a rectangle of eggshell watercolor paper with an embossed image. I applied two distress inks (Mustard Seed and Faded Jeans) on the acrylic block and sprayed generously with water. Then I placed my paper face down on the block and let it dry and repeated till I was satisfied with the rich colors of the background. I colored the flower with the leftover mixture of Mustard Seed and Faded Jeans using a thin brush. After the inks dried up I embossed the Happy birthday sentiment (Friends are treasures by HA) in gold and finished the card.

Thank you for visiting!


вторник, 14 октября 2014 г.

Holiday Challenge

Hello, friends,

This is a quick post. I would like to enter these two tag cards into the Hero Arts Holiday challenge, the category Tag it. One of the conditions for the challenge is that the card has to have a tag.

I like how easy it is to make a card with the Big Post card stamp. I have stamped and colored lots of cute birds with Distress inks, water and Perfect Pearls, so I have them on hand when I have time for more cards. The Music Background seems to be a perfect match for the bird. The sentiment is part of I ♡ books set. The branch is from Cherish cling. I also added some postal marks from Carte Postale.


The second card is my attempt at masking technique. The beautiful stamp is called Night Flower. The centers are embellished with Ice Stickles (Strawberry ice). The sentiment is from Cherish cling set. All stamps are Hero Arts.


Thank you for visiting! Maria

пятница, 10 октября 2014 г.

Autumn in St.Petersburg

Hello, friends,

We have settled well in St.Petersburg. And we all love being here. It is a smaller city compared to Moscow. People are very nice, and I am not used to this. The life here is not so fast. We have switched into a homeschool mode and this helps to have a slower lifestyle too. 6 days I help my 12 year old and 7,5 year old sons with school. My youngest son learns reading and enjoys filling in study books and playing a lot with lego. I see a great reward in the fact that we're not separated during the day. The boys have to work through the conflicts during the day. Our mornings are free of rushing, we have breakfast and read the Bible before we start a school day.

I am blessed here with new friends. This month we started a women's group in our home. We use Denise Glenn's MotherWise materials. I like the words of wisdom in Sally Clarkson's book The Mission of motherhood. She said that not many people take initiative to open their home, but she is willing to do the work (cleaning, cooking, preparing the material) and enjoy fellowship, than do nothing and be alone. So am I.

While my mother-in-law was visiting and catching up with all the new things her grandchildren are learning,(our youngest child, Sofia, is 13 months already), I was able to find a bit of time to craft. I challenged myself to use the scraps and the cut out flowers I already have. The beautiful stamp is called Night Flower (Hero Arts). And I had a sheet of printed out Bible verses. As I missed having any meaningful new sentiments I thought I'd better use up the printed sheet of the Scriptures I already had on hand. The white embossed flower has two layers and is popped up for dimension. The little tag has been in my scraps for ages and I am so happy to find a cute little home for it. Almost all the cards were given to my mother-in-law to say "hello" to our relatives in Smolensk.

A scrap card

The sentiment in Russian says "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him..." (Romans 15:13). The colors work so beautifully together! The panel was made with distress inks and water, Large Blossom and Big Post Card (Hero Art).

Thank you for visiting! Have a great week-end!


четверг, 31 июля 2014 г.

Our move to St.Petersburg

Dear friends,

It was a long break from the blog. Our family has moved to live and minister in St.Petersburg. The move went smoothly. I spent 3 weeks packing books and clothes into boxes, while my husband started working at a new office (he kept his Moscow job). Then we came to St. Petersburg for a 3 day Christian retreat and after that we moved into a new apartment. During the last 12 months we were preparing for the move, giving away things and saying good-bye to friends. I feel complete peace as I follow my husband's vision for our future. The Lord has impressed this verse in my mind:

"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands" (Ephisians 5:22-24).

After a week in the new apartment, my husband left for Moscow to complete packing and arrange the truck and a few loaders. The kids like it here, it is a very green area of the city with a huge forest nearby. For a change I took them to an event at at a city park. There they enjoyed some snacks, an open library, bean bags and hummocks as well as a free photo session. This is an unexpected gift from a lady working for a publishing house that set up the library.

COVToBdMjHs Sofia in the open space library and me in the background. iYytZypddl0 Our little bookworm. 58QdEEBaeAA Fiodor is warning another little girl that he is is his sister's protector. And his older brother Yegor is sticking out like paparazzi trying to get a good shot. -nyZtyUGi1M Fiodor's hair is wet from jumping on the bean bags. xNugrGgKM1E Sophia loved the IKEA bookcase with all the colorful books. V2SLJ6f4KYI I love this portrait! f9e98W7FJ50 What a fun day at the park!

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
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