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!


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!


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.

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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!


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!


понедельник, 10 августа 2015 г.

Some art therapy

Hello, dear friends! It is just hard to believe that I have not written anything in my blog since April. We homeschool though the summer with short breaks and getaways from the city. One of the highlights of the spring was the second conference on homeschooling and raising children in Christian families. I was very encouraged first of all in my faith. As we are in charge of our own schedule we can have breakfast and read the Scriptures in the morning before studying. This is becoming a blessed tradition. Our 6 y.o. son Fedor has just learned to read and he is very enthusiastic about the Bible. He sits down and reads aloud a chapter from one of the gospels or more till he is stopped. We have read part of the Proverbs, the book of Daniel and now we are in Mark. We discuss and write down some thoughts. This picture was taken in May. Timothy (8), Yegor (13), Fedor (6) and Sophia (2).

In July, right on my husband's birthday, Fedor suffered an eye trauma while playing with his brother. We spent the whole month at the hospital taking care of him. We are thankful for an outstanding surgeon, caring hospital stuff and lots of love and prayers from our friends. We believe that "...in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). Fedor still needs more care and prayer for healing.

After a long break I was finally blessed to have some creativity escape for my soul. It feels therapeutic. All these cards have been made from scraps and leftover pieces from old projects.

Therapeutic craft time For the cards I used a wine lable, patterned paper, distress inks, white embossing powder, Hero Arts stamps, pearls&gems and card bases. A wine lable card

Thank you for visiting!


воскресенье, 5 апреля 2015 г.

Spring is in the air

Hello, dear friends,

Almost all our family was sick and it took about four weeks for everyone to recover. I hope the sickness is not coming back. I am looking forward to warm days and more time outside.

Our Bibles study group finished studying the second part of the Motherwise materials focusing on the relationship with our husbands. Now we're embarking on discussing loving and disciplining our kids.I was inspired to dig into the first 4 chapters of the 1 Samuel trying to understand why Eli did not stop his sons from sinning. There's a powerful message from God in those passages. My main discoveries are - Samuel was devoted to serve the Lord from his mother's womb (his character contrasts that of Eli's sons) and Eli's ruin was due to his inability to discipline his children (He should have acted on his words).

I've made some spring cards. All stamps are Hero Arts. The bird is colored with Distress inks and water, popped up for dimension. I stamped it twice, so I would avoid cutting out the intricate feet. The tiny flowers from the Hero Arts' set Hexagons were both stamped on the branch and stamped on pattern paper and cut out to create some dimension. The centers are done with stickles.

My 5 y.o. son enjoys making these Easter basket(pocket) cards for friends from leftover pattern paper. The idea is from Pinterest.

Thank you for visiting! Maria
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