пятница, 28 ноября 2014 г.


Hello, friends!

Thank you for all the congratulations on my win in the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge. I am looking forward to receiving my prize package in December.

November can be a very depressive month in St. Petersburg, as the sunset is as early as 4 pm, so we have short windows of day light in winter. This is something I need to adjust to.

I have learned how to make an Artist's Trading Card (ATC). I will reveal my Secret Santa card and an ATC, I made for the Hero Arts Flicker Group exchange, in 2 weeks.

My friend Zhenya Goncharova from Moscow bakes cakes for a living and when you visit Moscow you can order her cakes and pastries on-line. She liked my cards and came up with an idea to sell them together with her baked goods. So I made lost of birthday greeting cards and cards for all occasions and we'll see how it goes... It was another project to use up left over pieces from other projects. You can see that I love the Big Post Card stamp from Hero Arts. It makes a cute and quick background for my cards.

Thank you for visiting!

пятница, 7 ноября 2014 г.

A birthday scrapbook

Hello, friends!

Scrapbooking turns out to be a useful skill when you need a quick birthday gift. I had my hands full I needed to do while my husband was away on a business trip. So my oldest son Yegor came to rescue. We needed some good pictures of the birthday girl and we had none. So we came up with an idea to use the pictures that were publicly available on the Instagram. Yegor is studying programming so he knew how to download the pictures. He also whent to the nearest printshop and had them printed and trimmed to square shape. What a helper! I had a pink & yellow baby scrapbook kit I did not quite like and was going to give away. But as it was a quality product I decided I should simply alter the pink cover.

So I sat down and worked from 8 pm and was done by 1 am. It turned out beautifully and made a great gift to special friends. The following day we had so much fun at the birthday party with lots of guests and a hand-made pinata fish.

The 6X6 paper pads work great for this kind of albums as I even did not have to trim the backgrounds. They fitted exactly the size of the album pages. The letters on the cover were cut out of a pp from Travel Girl pad by October afternoon, I also used papers from Oxford Lane and Cambridge Court by My Mind's eye. This is the back of the album.

And a scrappy birthday card.

My 5 y.o. son loves to make cards. So he is welcome to use the leftover scraps.

Thank you for visiting! Maria

среда, 22 октября 2014 г.

Christmas blessings

Hello, dear friends!

I want to share a very special card with you. I had an idea to pair The Tiny Star Background and the Greates Gift somewhere on the back of my head for very long, but finally I had an opportunity to implement it. It feels good to start preparing this early for Christmas. As the holidays approach it will be harder to find time for hand-made gifts.

Christmas blessings

I started with applying distress inks on the white eggshell watercolor paper rectangle. Then I stamped the Greatest Gift central image and colored the hill and the stamped image with a black pen. After I masked the nativity I stamped the Tiny star background in embossing ink and heat embossed in gold. It is best to do the embossing part last. I rubbed on more distress inks and heat embossed the sentiment in gold.

I would like to enter these two tag cards into the Hero Arts Holiday challenge, the category Mad About Metallics. One of the conditions for the challenge is that the card has to have a tag.

UPD: I have used 3 distress inks: Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain.

UPD2: My card was a winner! Please check Hero Arts blog.

Thank you for visiting! Maria

Life holds many special blessings...

Hello, friends, The weather cools down and we have first snow already. We take advantage of the last days of good weather before it starts to rain and go for walks. I have finally learned to ride a bicycle! There is a nice pine forest nearby. It is our favorite for walks. To keep it interesting for the kids, I take hot tea a thermos and we buy some cookies on the way.

On the week-end I had a chance to have some craft time. I was amazed how quickly this card was created. I started with white embossing the Night Flower on the purple card base using masking technique and added the sentiment (Many Blessings by Hero Arts) and masked its upper part. I had the colored flower on hand. The beautiful sentiment game me an idea that one flower should stand out. It is hard to see on the picture but I colored all the flowers with Memento markers. To add some texture to the background I stamped it with the Envelope Pattern.

Life holds many blessings...

Thank you for visiting! Maria

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!


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