It’s hard to believe it, but it is true…
I was just going through my posts, and it floated through my mind that it is October and I started the blog in... hmmmm... September of last year, if I am right... and that means that I missed my blog's anniversary. I checked the archives and I was right! I missed my anniversary! So, additionally I would like to celebrate my first year of many to come. The first of many... is the title of my first addition to this blog and I still can’t believe it has been a year already, a year and one month to be more exact:) Time sure flies when you’re having fun blogging and crafting! So, thank you all for stopping by and leaving a comment. Thank you for watching this space, for caring and sharing. Thank you to those who enrich my life with daily inspiration and gave me the reason to be a part of this creative world . It’s truly been an amazing year and I truly appreciate you following along.
For those who emailed. Who commented. Who stopped by and have shown support and friendship. I love you all!
Instead of paper crafting I turned to knitting and sewing this week. I managed to make this long thin wool scarf in a green color. I guess I am getting better at knitting because I end up with the same amount of stitches on both sides:) This scarf is more dressy than protecting me against the cold weather but who knows:) I love green color and I am ready to wear it even in a blizzard!
I am happily back home in Slovakia and working on the scented pillows again. Did not unpacked yet but took over the craft project that I left unfinished. My sewing machine is still broken so I am using my own, good Lord!!! I bought these great Tilda fabrics while I was in Norway this past summer and just I love the different patterns they come in. I need to find a lot of lavender for stuffing though. Also, I am using this great felted ribbon with cute bird sitting on the branches that I bough at a flower market here in Slovakia. The orange felt is a nice contrast to the fabric. I'm thinking to make some with Christmas accents later, maybe attach some jingle bells or stars. But, that will happen when I get my sewing machine fixed or buy a new one that would take me out of the misery.
I'm packing right now to go back home to Slovakia for a while. Mr. D is very sad & I am too but we will see each other in 2 months during the Christmas. I will really miss Colorado, being short of breath during hiking and having troubles with cooking (boy, that high altitude can be tricky). It is a great place to be for sure. I'm not looking forward to the long flight though. First, flying from Denver to NY city and than catching a 8-9 hour long flight to Budapest. My family will pick me at the airport but we still have to drive 2,5 hours to get home. I wish I could just close my eyes and be at home. Just a wish. Bye-bye Colorado. It had a great time for sure!
I am working on a masterpiece, hehe. Well, at least it feels like it takes for ever. I was inspired by the ...hmm... I can't find the page but the idea is not mine, credit belongs to somebody else (i will try to find the real author later). But, it is a great idea and I had to try it. Basically, I was folding couple of the yellow pages. It is definitely fun. My fingers got little bit black from the print while I was folding each page but it looks cool! It would definitely look good on the wall. But, the wall hanging has to wait because I still need to fold like 400 pages:)
Before we really enter the fall, I have one more butterfly card to show you. This is another simple one without the words and it's better that way:) I used a yellow card from Recollections again , a premium ribbon from American crafts, Ann Griffin overlay sheet, and couple hand stamped butterflies embossed with white powder ... really simple to make. So, I hope you have a wonderful week everybody!
I am still kinda sick and I am stuffing my self with lemons and hot tea and other healthy stuff. At least my coughing is still stuck with me. And, because I am grounded at home I kill the time with making cards. How surprising! :)
So, how about a butterfly card??? I know the fall is knocking on the door but why not enjoy a card full of spring scent for a moment? Yellow base card is from 'Recollections' stamped with Ann Griffin stamp using green color and transparent embossing powder. The butterflies are hands stamped on a gold glossy paper with AG stamp as well, embossed with white powder and cut. I added couple of dried leaves for the butterflies to sit on and a 'you're invited' embossed note on the gold glossy paper with orange gem-stones on each side.
I am not having a party. I was just brainstorming and designed an invitation. This could be an invitation for a button theme party or baby party with 'cute as a button' title. This is a really simple design and there was no hard work or time invested in this one. Just a blank card, circle cut out of origami paper, 2 cute buttons, 'you're invited' stamp, and this card is ready done, baby! I am still trying to put myself together and get better. My voice is almost back! Wish me luck:)
You probably know the Mini BabyBel cheese encased in red wax. Sooo cute and delicious! We love it and buy it as a snack for trips or hiking. But, what is really interesting is the red wax, just such a good material for little red hearts for example:) So basically, I am recycling again (I should probably rename my blog into 'little recycling frog', hehe). I use all 6 wax pieces from the package and made couple wax hearts of different sizes. I used the biggest heart for this card and made little circles with a thin straw adding a texture to the heart. And at last, I used a black market to write 'Love' to make it more clear:)
If you look closer on the below picture a little lady bug wanted to be a part of my project, and she sure completes my card:)Enjoy the rest of the day!
I am definitely not singing today. I probably should just because is the weekend but I literally lost my voice yeterday:(. I got cold and sore throat 3 days ago, an I thought that everything is behind me and now this. 'D' is enjoying it a lot, making fun of me when I whisper:) So, we have a quiet household for now. Well, at least I am being quiet for a while and playing in my office with paper because I can't have a normal conversation with 'D' without laughing at me or me punching him.
This was a card I made I while ago and didn't really blog about it. I used green base card, one of the papers from a paper block collection from Micheal's, a butterfly stamp from Paper-source embossed with clear embossing powder. Using black marker to draw 2 lines and adding self-adhesive yellow half pearls on the top of each line I created butterfly's antennas. Additionally, I print out a quote about giving thanks on piece of sheer paper and embossed it with the transparent powder. I stamped the same sheer paper with a flower stamp using pink stamping color, embossed it with transparent powder, and finally punched 3 butterflies with the pink embossed surface. I bent both of the wings on each butterfly putting a little bit adhesive on the bottom and pressing 2 of them to the both sides of the sheer paper and one to the left bottom corner.
Enjoy your weekend!
I was playing with paper again. That's probably not surprising but this time I was playing with different substance. I made it a little bit wet and made a bowl out of it. Well, they are actually three and it is just paper and water. I ripped newspaper into little pieces and put it into a bowl with water to soak it completely. I used little cups for punch as a form that I sprayed with nonstick baking spray. Putting layers of the soaked pieces inside the form I formed a little shaggy bowl. The final touch was letting it dry for a day and fixed it with an adhesive in spray. Easy enough:)
And again, I am using some of my precious treasures that I rescued from trashy ending. Yes, I am recycling again:) This time it is a piece of plastic bag in which our newspaper gets delivered to our house every week. Yes, I did saved one of the bags and it was just because I loved the beautiful green color. Making something pretty out of the trash is definitely fun. D is making fun of me all the time about stacking different staff. But, I laugh back and do my think, hehe.
I used really a little of material for this card. The well treasured green plastic bag, lighter, brown lank card, 2 silver mini square brads from MakingMemories, and a black thin marker. I cut two long stripes out of the bag wide enough to fold them and roll them forming of a flower. I used the lighter to seal the bottom of the flower and add the metal brads into the middle of each flower. I positioned each flower on the card and draw two lines creating the stems. Using an adhesive I attached the flowers to the card. I wrote a 'Hello' line next to the stems to finish the masterpiece:)
I will be back tomorrow to show you more of my creations. Enjoy your day!
I was playing with my corner punch and I decided to make a little change to one of the Birthday cards I made before. I didn't fixed only the corners though, I added a little extra to it as well. I felt like the card needs something more to make the design all perfect. Green stripped ribbon makes the mission complete. And the rounded edges as well:)
They are special! They are my first cupcakes ever, out of scratch, they are baked in high altitude, and they come out surprisingly tasty. Colorado is special about baking. I didn't now that baking could be so hard here and I was wondering why my brownies (out of brownie mix) are so awful. It is usually easy, just adding couple eggs, water, and oil to the mix and you have super tasting brownies. But not here. The same was happening to my cookies, hard as a rock. We just mentioned it to one of Darren's college who lives here and he told us about the high altitude effect on baking. We didn't believe it and it was even written on the brownie mix box. So, I decide I'll try to bake my first cupcakes in the probably most challenging area in the country. With the help of this recipe I had found through cupcakes take the cake blog and little bit of Martha's help I was able to create my chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. It was even little bit more challenging without an electric mixer. We are staying in Denver only temporary and the house we are renting at the moment was fully furnished but no mixer. You can imagine how my arms and hands are tired now. I'm even having troubles with typing right now:). But, I think that all the exercise was worth of creating a 'master piece'. Well, let's wait for the D to come home to be the judge:)
Have a great week and definitely stop by next time.
It's Friday and I am definitely in love. I am another step closer to the weekend getaway we planed. We are going to Gleenwood Springs to enjoy hot springs and Aspen, CO. I am so exited! I can't wait to jump into the hot relaxing pool and enjoy the healing water. We have a lot of hot springs in Slovakia and I always was missing it here in US. But now, my dream comes true!
So, I won't be able to post during the weekend but I got one project to show you today. I made this card for no reason. I just had fun making it. I am one of the people who even though is grown up (some of my close people would disagree) I still believe in fairy tales. I enjoyed reading Harry Potter and right now I am reading the 2nd part of the Golden Compass. I know I need to grow up:) But back to the card I made. The ' once upon a time' stamp I used remind me on believing in fairy tales and imaginative world of fairies and dragons.
The princess style of the card is supported by dollies that I used couple times in my previous projects and the gold and brown shades of colors I am using. I used the transparent dotted sheet to cover the brown base card. The corners got rounded again. I used the Fiskars to cut out the circle out of the gold paper from The Paper Company. The paper circle got stamped with a dollar stamp from Micheal's using white stamp color and embossed on the end. The brown paper stripe is actually recycled. It was used as a wrapper for custom made invitations. Couple of white and pearl buttons of different size and shape are completing the design.
Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!
I turned to color this time, painting color. I was always admiring other artists using paint colors on their backgrounds of LO or cards. So, this time I decided to try it myself.
'Simple'... whatever...thank you, hi, hello, love....anything can be filled inside the card to the word 'Simple' on the top of the card. Multifunction cards are so smart just because when I don't have the right card with right words on it ready, I can just pick one of these and save the day:)
The first step was painting the card with the paint and cut the rectangle and handsaw a black tread around it. On this project I used bright lime green metal paint, a white dollie, and couple buttons. I used the Fiscars circle punch for the bigger circle and Martha Stewart 1-inch starburst punch to make a little yellow sun basing 'the S' of the metal word sticker from Studio 18. I added a green wavy ribbon from American Crafts as the finishing touch.
By the way, I finally added my gallery over at my Deviant page with couple of new pictures from this summer. Let me know what you think. Have a wonderful day!
...and I love it too. I wanted to give Darren something special for our anniversary. I run into this website last year and I saved it for later, for the right time and the time came. The Moo is a company that offers design and print Business Cards, Mini Cards and more. I decide to print out couple of my picture in a form of postcards for D to send it to who ever he feels like to.
The pictures are from places we traveled to and items and memories that are precious to us. Moo is really cool about the design. You can choose different backgrounds and add your own text. You can design the back of the card looking like a real postcard. I added my photography link to the back as I want to be recognized as the author of course, hehe. Each picture has a piece of me and has great meaning to me. I believe I found the right present to celebrate our day:)
This is how I remember London last Christmas. Darren & me spent couple days in the Big Ben town & it was awesome. I took this picture at German fair in one of the parks we run into by an accident. What a wonderful accident! We had couple cups of mulled whine in original clay cups (I even brought my cup back home) & mini pancakes with Nutella. Heaven!!! There was music & food on every corner. Such a great day and so much fun!
So, I hope your weekend was great & you will have a great Monday tomorrow as well! See you tomorrow:)
'Thank you... you are the queen' is the concept of my new card for today. Obviously, this card is for a woman but I am thinking to make a man's version as well. Used cake dollies, thank you stamp from Martha Stewart collection embossed with gold embossing powder. The letter is from a collection of alphabets and their are adhesive letters - very convenient. The crown , I rounded the edges with the fiscars corner punch (I am still in love) on the light green blank card - I bought a big packages of two green tones at Paper Source Company while ago and they are very useful. I have to get to that paper paradise sometimes again and I hope it will be soon!