пятница, 14 октября 2016 г.

Autumn inspiration


Hello, dear friends! Our homeschooling life is so intense that now it is harder than ever to find some time for crafts let alone blogging. I just want to say "hello" and share some autumn inspiration with my crafty fellows.
These are one layer cards. I stamped a large piece of watercolor paper with distress inks and water. I had some cut out leaves which add a bit of interest to the cards and cut them into card sizes. The stamps are Carte Postale, Envelope pattern and Leaf Prints by Hero Arts and Clock by Heidi Swapp.
Before I decide that they will be quick one layer cards, I cut some of the background into small sections. These look nice against bright cardbases and make a quick gift set! Have a restful week-end. Maria

четверг, 30 июня 2016 г.

Wine label cards and a new collage

Dear friends,

May has flown by. I want to share a few cards before I say "good-bye" for summer.

We are blessed with wonderful friends. My husband's colleague and his wife gave us a gift of a free photo session. It took some preparation on my part, but all the work was worth it, as the pictures have turned out perfectly.
My dear friend Jacqueline has come up with the beautiful idea of using wine labels on cards. These labels are printed on high quality paper with some subtle designs. So inks and a bit of water work well on them.

I have white embossed the beautiful blooms on watercolor paper and colored them with watercolor paints very quickly. I die cut and layered the flowers using some 3d adhesive.
Most of the stamp are by Hero Arts. There's one new stamp by Penny Black, Botanical Notes.

These collages are so enjoyable to make and are a wonderful gift too. This is a thank you gift for a sweet lady, our speech therapist, who has done an excellent job helping my 7 y.o. son to have a clear articulation. They both have worked hard! I am so thankful!

Thank you for visiting my creative nook, Maria

понедельник, 25 апреля 2016 г.

Celebrating the prize


Hello, dear friends!

With this beautiful card I am celebrating the fact that I have received my prize from Hero Arts. Thank you, Hero Arts! It was mailed to me twice to Russia in 2014. The first time it was returned to the USA, and the second package was lost. In April I was visiting in CA and wrote to Libby that I was in the USA. The company kindly provided me with a 50 USD of shopping spree in the online shop. I chose the Color Layering Orchid In A Pot and a matching die. I also picked up a 3-D Two-Story House Fancy Die for myself and my kids to play with.





Figuring how to weave the orchards around the card window kept me late into the night. I could not put it aside till I finished it.



I had wonderful time at my friend's house in Paso Robles. All my four kids enjoyed the beautiful weather and hospitality in CA.

CL946 Color Layering Orchid In A Pot DI177 Orchid In A Pot Frame Cuts The sentiment is from My Monthly Hero kit, April 2016 release

The inks used are soft granite, butter bar, orange soda and tomato pale. The I've used glossy accents for the centers of the flowers. The pp is Color Ways by Paper House from Michael's.

Thank you for visiting!

Maria

суббота, 16 апреля 2016 г.

April monthly kit from Hero Arts

Hello, friends!

I have been away for 4 weeks. I had a beautiful time visiting with my dear friend in Paso Robles, California. There is a lot to choose from to share. The kids had a great time. They studied and took school exams via Internet and spent time with my dear friend Delisa in the afternoon practicing English and learning how to cook healthy meals from fresh produce and essential oils.

I will share about our time in Paso Robles in my next post.

While in CA, I jumped at an opportunity to order an April stamp kit from Hero Arts. This is my birthday present from my DH. I was glad I ordered it on the day of release, as within just two days it was all sold.

Here's my first take at the kit.I have used the beautiful flower set and dies from the set, as well as Daniel Smith watercolor pallet, some watercolor paper from Recollections resist paper pad and an eggplant embossing powder both for the flower and the sentiment.





I'd like to enter this card into Simon Says Stamp April showers bring may flowers and into Clean and Simple challenge by A blog named Hero

Thank you for visiting!

Maria

вторник, 23 февраля 2016 г.

New cards for the 8th of March and the Kids' Fair


Hello, friends,

After quite a while I finally have a few cards to share. Our family is preparing for a trip to California in a few weeks. We will spend a month there. We'll continue to homeschool. My friend opens her home for us. So the kids will experience life in the USA. We will be blessed to visit with some of our friends whom we met in Russia. Some will fly to see us.

After an eye trauma my youngest son is forbidden to do any sports (at least for now). Now he is attending two choirs and enjoys singing. Recently his choir sang in a very special place in Philharmonia in the centre of St.Petersburg.



Fedor looks so happy. I appreciate how much the choir director does for the kids. So I have volunteered to make cards and tags to decorate the gifts the parents will give her and the piano accompanist. The occasion is the 8th of March, a holiday when women in Russia are acknowledged.

The watercolor paper was dipped in inks and water and dried a few times. Then I heat embossed the birds in white and bronze.
And these are some of the many simple cards I have made to sell at the Kids' Fair organized at the 3d Homeschooling conference in St.Petersburg early March. The kids will learn pricing and selling. They have made a bunch of cards to sell too.

Thank you for visiting!

Maria

четверг, 31 декабря 2015 г.

Happy New year and Merry Christmas!


Hello, friends,

I am here to share a few cards and wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New year! We have had a year full of events, dear people, traveling, trials, generous gifts. We are thankful!



These cards are simple card bases with hanging ornaments. You can use them as Christmas decorations, take them off the card and decorate a package of home-made cookies or or use as gift tag. This way, as the ornament part can have a second life. Hanging ornaments on cards.

I had lots of inches left from last year card making. I meant to make a winter collage, but I never did. So I have used them on this card. Happy New year and Merry Christmas!

The last card is very simple and quick. The Tiny star background stamp by Hero arts is very versatile. The Russian sentiment Happy New year was heat embossed in silver. Happy New year!

See you in the new year!

Maria

воскресенье, 8 ноября 2015 г.


Hello, friends,

Recently I have resumed making cards. My favorite way is to play with scraps and make something simple.

Here're two of my last creations. One is a paper pieced postal themed card, the other is built around a purple scrap of the paper I used to test a solid image of the postal stamps (Carte Postale by Hero Arts). Nothing goes to waste.



I am looking forward to some craft time with a very special friend tomorrow.

I want to share a picture from my son's 9th birthday. We've had a big pirate party for him, his new friends we've made in Saint Petersburg. My eldest son and I planned and worked together late into the night to make it memorable. We are happy how it turned out.



Thank you for visiting! Have a great week!

Maria
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