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

Squirrels Gone Nutz: July

Hi and welcome to the Squirrels Gone Nuts hop! The theme is Christmas in July and the randomly selected supply is acetate. 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™‚

For my shaker card I mainly used stuff from my stash. I had few other ideas but, as happens lately, I didn’t have the time to do more. The background piece was stamped with white pigment ink and left aside to completely dry. I saw Jennifer McGuire showing some cool technique (I don’t really remember the name but it was something like “invisible inking”…. I’ll update it later with the proper name). So I had this piece sitting in my drawer for few months and I thought it’s quite time to use it. I ink blended Distress inks: Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles. Then I found the Poinsettia and the Eucalyptus leaves (again from my stash from years ago) and I thought that they work well with the background. Only thing I did was to die cut a frame for my shaker and also the Conifer branches from white cardstock. I used mainly white sequins but also added a bit of green and gold to tie it all together.

A bit closer look.

So, that’s all from me. Next stop on the hop is the amazing Karen. There are just few of us, so please hop along to see all the creations, you won’t regret it πŸ™‚

Here is the full line up:

V.

Anna

Lounon

Marie -previous stop

Boryana – you are here

Karen – next stop

And if you are making Christmas projects, come join the Christmas Craft Creations challenge where anything goes this month (plus there are prizes).

Squirrels Gone Nutz: June

Hi and welcome to the Squirrels Gone Nuts hop! The theme for June is Elegant and Marbled background is the randomly selected technique. If you have arrived here from the very talented Anna, it means that you are on the right track.

I have to admit that this wasn’t the card I wanted to make. I was going to create my own marbled background with watercolors, at least that was the plan… but life happened so here I am with few hours left before the hop… It feels like cheating but I had a piece of marbled pattened paper (I was going to use it as an ispiration). Decided to use it as my background instead: using supplies from my stash, which is the purpose of this hop :). I also found already watercolored florals (oldish Tonic Studios rubber stamp) so I fussy cut the image out and I also happened to have a second small flower stamped and watercolored, I decided to pop it up. To tie it all together, I used black cardstock as a mat, die cut gold frame and I also added details with a Stardust gel pen. I stamped “For You”, which is from an oldish Tonic Craft kit.

Here is a closer look of my card:

A closer look.

Next stop is the sweet Marie but please, hop along and leave some love to my lovely crafty friends. They all are so wonderful and talented so you won’t regret it πŸ™‚

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Christmas Craft Creations – Tags Or ATC

Hi and welcome! Today I have two tags to share for the May’s Christmas Craft Creations challenge. The theme is Tags Or ATC and you can find all the details here.

I used the Lawn Fawn’s Plaid stencil and Distress inks to create the background piece and then cut it in half and used a tag punch. The two snowmen were from my stash, just colored them so that they match the plaid. I stamped and heat embossed snowflakes on the backgrounds and also added die cut snowflake behind each snowman. I also added some sparkle and these are my finished tags:

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you’ll join us in the challenge πŸ™‚

Boryana

Squirrels Gone Nutz: April

Hi and welcome! It’s again time for the Squirrels Gone Nuts hop! The theme for April is Florals and Watercolors (we always have a theme and randomly selected supply or technique). If you have arrived here from the sweet Karen, it means that you are on the right track.

For my background I decided to use a watercolor spray that I’ve had for a long time and never used. It was a freebie with an order and the color is…. well, not something that I like much. I took a piece of watercolor paper, spayed a bit of water and then used the spray. Sprayed a bit more water and placed a stencil on top. Left all to dry overnight and this was the result:

The background.

I won’t lie that it wasn’t easy to decide what to do next. After two weeks of staring at this piece (and running out of time) I decided to go with heat embossed in white florals on vellum. I used Studio Katia’s Spring Bouquet stamp set and die three times. Arranged the die cuts around the sides of the card panel, cut the excess off and added it to another part. To finish off the card I cut a frame in Lime pearlescent cardstock (I didn’t want to go with black or white). Added a sentiment and white matte gems.

Closer look.

That’s all from me. I hope you’ll hop along! Your next stop is the lovely Anna πŸ™‚

Boryana

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