Squirrelz Stash Bash: January

Hello, crafty friends and welcome to our fresh and renewed hop for the year 2022! Your previous stop should have been the fabulous Anna.

After a break in December, my dear Squirrel Squad friends and I are back with the new Squirrelz Stash Bash year-long hop πŸ™‚

Look how cute our new squirrel is πŸ™‚

After having the hop going for a full year and barely scratching the surface, we decided to keep it going for another year. The purpose of this hop is every month to use all these squirreled away/forgotten/not enough loved supplies combined with fun themes, techniques and even sketches. So, for January we have “Love/Friendship + Sketch”.

This is the sketch that was selected (from Paper Play Sketches):

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I find sketches intimidating and every time I see one, lots of layers of patterned paper come to my mind. However, I decided to replace most of the elements with stamped images. Also, when it comes to love/friendship I always go with flowers. This time I chose critter friends who came together to celebrate their friendship by baking πŸ™‚ The stamp set it “Bake off” by Clearly Besotted and this is the first time I use it since I bought it. I stamped the bunny and two bears with Copic friendly ink on die cut rectangles and colored them in. At this point I realised that the rectangles won’t fit one under other so I had to: a) change the stamp set or b) rotate the sketch… I chose b) and I hope it’s not considered cheating πŸ˜€

To create the card panel (the background) I used the small stamps from the set together with the berries from another barely used stamp set “Celebration Cupcakes”, again by Clearly Besotted. I used a very light ink: Jellyfish (Lawn Fawn) and then lightly ink blended Scattered Straw Distress ink. To step it a little bit up, I used the brick “Build It” stencil, again by Clearly Besotted, with Antique Linen Distress ink. I stamped and colored 3 strawberries to represent the 3 small circles in the sketch. Then I found a leftover piece of patterned paper (Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Christmas) on my table and decided to use it for the piece behind the rectangles so that the furry friends stand out. I also made masks for them and went over with Scatterd Straw Distress ink just to give them some color around. Next: assembling it all together.

I stamped “You’re a berry best friend” on the inside of the card (Lawn Fawn’s Sweet Friends stamp set) and 3 berries. And my card was finished.

I hope you’ll head over to check the amazing Karen and also the rest of the lovely Squirrel Squad for more inspiration πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

Christmas Craft Creations – Scene

Hello and welcome! Today I’m sharing my project for the Christmas Craft Creations challenge for the month of December where the theme is “Make a Scene”. More details on the challenge here.

I created a rather simple but interactive scene using Lawn Fawn’s Snow Much Fun stamps and dies, combined with the Waving Pull Tab Starter Set and a Christmas greeting in Finnish.

Pull tab in action πŸ™‚

Hope you’ll join us at the Christmas Craft Creations challenge! Have a very happy and healthy Holiday Season!

Squirrels Gone Nutz: November

Hello and welcome! It’s again my most favorite time of the month: our Squirrels Gone Nutz hop! Your previous stop should have been the sweet Karen πŸ™‚

This month’s theme is “Holidays” and the randomly selected supply: vellum. We are a group of crafty friends, the Squirrel Squad, and every month we create projects following a theme with a randomly selected supply/technique. The most important part is that we are using older supplies, something never used or forgotten (squirreled away).

The vellum that I have is not only too thin to be die cut but also all of the sheets in the pack were quite damaged on transport. I managed to find a small piece with with just a few imperfections and then gathered barely used supplies to create my card πŸ™‚

I started with a stitched rectangle card panel of white cardstock, die cut an oval opening at the center and then used Echo Park’s Christmas Snowfall embossing folder. On another rectangle panel I ink blended Distress inks to create background. Then I used a die from oldish Tonic Craft kit (houses) and glued colored in yellow scraps behind the windows. I wanted to have a snowy scene so I took my snow marker that I use once a year (I keep forgetting about it), made lots of dots on the background piece and at the base of the houses and used my heat tool to make the puffy snow. I stamped, colored and die cut a snowman and few ornaments from different Lawn Fawn sets. I wanted to add a Christmas tree for the snowman to decorate but I had too big or too small ones so I went for a sentiment instead. It’s actually a newly bought stamp set (a little bit of cheating) with Finnish Christmas/New Year greetings with two versions of the word “Christmas” with matching dies: plain and snowy. I chose the snowy one and paired it with the word “white” to form “White Christmas” (or “Valkeaa Joulua” in Finnish). I again used the snow marker to add more details to the letters and the snowman’s hat.

To assemble the card, first I adhered the houses behind the dry embossed panel. Then I added the vellum piece and the background panel. Lastly, arranged the die cuts. I added clear Wink of Stella all over the houses and the sentiment (not sure if the camera picked it up).

Here is a closer look:

A closer look.

Next stop on this hop is the fabulous Marie, but please, check all the stops, it’s just 6 of us so it won’t take you long. Plus, you get to see lots of Holiday inspiration πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas Craft Creations – Black & White + One

Hello and welcome! I am back with the Christmas Craft Creations challenge where we have “Black & White + One”. You can find all the details here.

For my simple card I used black, white and green colors. I stamped and heat embossed in white the sentiment and the greenery from “The Magic Of Christmas” stamp set by Simon Says Stamp onto a green cardsrock. I inked up a little bit the edges with Pine Needles Distress ink. Used a black mat and adhered all onto a white card base.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll play along!

Boryana

Squirrels Gone Nutz: October

Hello and welcome! It’s again time for our Squirrels Gone Nutz hop and your previous stop should have been the sweet Marie πŸ™‚ This month’s theme is “Celebration with Galaxy”. If you don’t know what this hop is all about and what it has to do with squirrels… well, we are a group of crafty friends, the Squirrel Squad. Every month we create projects following a theme with a randomly selected supply/technique. The most important part is that we are using older supplies, something never used or forgotten (squirreled away).

Today I am sharing a Birthday card. You can’t tell that it really is by looking at the front but there will be a “Happy Birthday” stamped inside. It is going to be for my husband and I didn’t want him to see if for some reason decides to open the card. My craft area is quite in the middle of our apartment so I am having hard times hiding my projects πŸ˜€ Anyways, I started with two stitched rectangle panels: one dark blue and one Bristol smooth cardstock. The first one I ran through my die cutting machine using star shaped die, stamped and heat embossed in white the sentiment (Clearly Besotted set) and then ink blended around. On the other panel I created a galaxy using Distress inks. I splattered both panels with white paint and left them aside to dry. Meanwhile, I stamped, colored and fussy cut out the bunny from the same stamp set as my sentiment, called “To The Moon & Back”.

At this point the panels were dry so my card was ready to assemble. I die cut vellum clouds to fill the empty spaces and to have something the bunny to sit on. The clouds were slightly overhandig so I put liquid glue on these parts and folded them so they stick to the back of the blue panel. For more stability I also used gots of the liquid glue behind each cloud but completely forgot to tap the glue with my finger so it ended up visible. To “fix” that I used white gell pen to create starts over those areas (I should say “tried to fix”). Lastly, I used clear Wink of Stella on the clouds and on the star the bunny is fishing πŸ™‚

A bit of a closer look.

So, this is the finished card. I’ll stamp the sentiment inside in few days and will write my greetings πŸ™‚ Next stop on this hop is the brilliant V, but please, check all the stops, you won’t regret it πŸ˜€

Big hugs,

Boryana

Squirrels Gone Nutz: September

Hi and welcome! It’s again time for our Squirrels Gone Nutz hop and your previous stop should have been the very talented Lounon πŸ™‚ This month’s theme is “Gender Neutral with Stencils”. If you have no idea what this hop is all about and what it has to do with squirrels… well, let me tell you more! We are a group of crafty friends, the Squirrel Squad, and every month we create projects following a theme with a randomly selected supply/technique. The key part is that we are using older supplies, something never used or forgotten (squirreled away).

For my card I went with items from my stash: two digital pumpkin images printed over a year ago and a never used mouse from older Tonic Studio set called “Warm Cocoa Wishes”. I thought they would be perfect for a general Fall card (gender neutral) and colored them with my Copics.

The background didn’t go as I wanted to… I was going to use Nuvo mousse through stencil (squirreled away supply) but it turned out to be completely dried out. So I went with the basic use of stencils with inks. I took a piece of cardstock die cut with a scalloped rectangle die and placed 3 masks, just freehand cut masking paper to look like trees. I placed a hill stencil to ground these trees and I used Distress inks to create some kind of Fall looking background. Once I was happy with the blending I placed leaves stencil on top and went one more time over using the same inks: Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber and Antique Linen. Removed the stencils and then I used Mowed Lawn and Antique Linen inks for the hill. Once all was dry, I took the masks off and using cool and warm gray Copic markers I colored the trees. Stamped the sentiment “Have a cozy Fall” from barely used Lawn Fawn set “Den Sweet Den” using brown ink.

I adhered the card panel onto a yellow card base, glued the pumpkins down flat and popped the mouse on 3D foam squares. Couldn’t leave it without a sparkle so I used Wink of Stella in clear for the scarf. Also used Nuvo Crystal Glaze for the glasses.

A closer look.

Since I had a matching yellow envelope, I decided to step it up a bit and used the same leafy stencil with the Distress inks. First I lightly went with the Abandoned Coral just on the left side of the envelope, then I rotated it and went over with the Fossilized Amber.

The matching envelope.

So, that’s all from me! I’m sure there will be so many awesome projects with stencil techniques shared so please, hop along! It’s just few of us taking part in this hop but I can assure you that it’s totally worth checking. Next is the sweet Anna.

Big hugs,

Boryana

Christmas Craft Creations – Non-Traditional Colors

Hello and welcome! It’s August and at Christmas Craft Creations challenge we have “Non-Traditional Colors”. You can find all the details here.

For my quite quick and simple card I used few stashed backgrounds that I made with Gloss sprays on photo paper some time ago and die cut snowflakes. I lightly ink blended my card panel mainly around the edges. I randomly adhered the snowflakes onto it and added a frame on top. Added “Let it snow” and adhered all onto my card base.

A closer look.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll play along!

Boryana

Squirrels Gone Nutz: August

Hello and welcome to the Squirrels Gone Nuts hop for the month of August! The theme is Thankful with Stitching. If you are not familiar with our hop, we are a group of crafty friends (the Squirrel Squad) that come together every month to create projects using supplies we’ve squirreled away πŸ™‚

This month’s theme was quite challenging for me since I don’t own any dies for stitching. After few unsuccessful tries I decided to go through all of my dies. At the very bottom of my storage box I found a set of 3 Prima dies “Emmanuelle Fleurs”, they look like flower doilies. I’ve had this set since I stared carmaking, it was a giveaway win that I’ve never ever used. So I picked the flower with the widest center, cut it out of white cardstock, made few holes with a pokey tool so that I can stitch stemen. I used Distress inks to give it some color. Then I made the background: used stitched rectangle die, ink blended different shades of blue and sprinkled a little bit of water for more interest. I also added a die cut leaf and for the stem of the flower I used a clothesline die from Lawn Fawn’s Little Bundle set. Lastly I used grassy hill die to create the ground.

Before putting all together, I used a thin silver thread to create the flower’s stamen. I used Nuvo glitter drops at the very center. I glued the grassy hill onto my card panel leaving a gap on top so I can slide the flower stem. Then stitched all around with the same silver thread. Adhered the stem and the leaf and popped the flower onto a foam square. Added a banner with stamped “many thanks” and heat embossed in Silver. I’m really low on card bases so I’ll add one when I’m mailing this card.

A closer look.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please, hop along to see all the creations, it’s just few of us but I can assure you that there’s tons of inspiration πŸ™‚ NEXT stop is the lovely Marie and the PREVIOUS stop is the sweet Anna.

Hugs,

Boryana

Bookmark By Elena

Hello!

Today I’m sharing on behalf of my daughter Elena (age 9) who wanted to participate in Simon Says StampΒ Kid’s Summer VacationΒ Challenge.

Since she loves reading, she went for a bookmark. She is always allowed to use my crafting supplies so she chose the unicorn from Unicorn Plans stamp set by The Greeting Farm and books are from Den Sweet Den by Lawn Fawn. She did the stamping, coloring and fussy cutting all by herself. She used Heffy Doodle’s bookmark die from Mark My Words die set. The only help she got from me was for holding down the Sunny Day stencil by Clearly Besotted. She used Distress Oxide ink in Squeezed Lemonade. She also used patterned paper for the back of the bookmark and added details with Stardust Gelly Roll pen.

The front and the back of the bookmark before adhering together.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Boryana and Elena πŸ™‚

Christmas Craft Creations – Anything Goes

Hi and welcome! Today I am sharing a set of 4 mini cards for the July’s Christmas Craft Creations challenge. The theme is “Anything Goes” and you can find all the details here.

I used one sheet of 6×6 Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Christmas paper pad and cut it into 4 pieces and adhered onto 3×3 card bases. Then I stamped and die cut the images from Lawn Fawn’s Thanks a Latte set. I picked alcohol markers matching the patterned paper and colored all. The sentiment is “Merry Christmas” in Finnish. The whole idea behind this set of mini cards is that I always make some kind of treat bags/baskets filled with hot cocoa, cookies and sweets for my family and friends.

Set of mini cards.

I added lots of clear Wink of Stella πŸ™‚ which you can see better here:

Close-up with all the shimmer.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll play along!

Boryana

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