Thursday, 24 December 2009

Tis' the time!!!

Well, I didn't quite make it with more cards yesterday, I was so busy preparing food & wrapping presents...
Today I'm having Polish Christmas Eve with my Australian family, but my thoughts are also with my mum and dad in Poland, and my sister in England. I wish we were together today, sharing joy and love on this most wonderful occasion, but one can't have everything, I suppose...
I'm so grateful to have them, wherever they are, as much as I'm grateful for my most wonderful Australian husband, his extraordinary family, and our cutest little baby girl.
This Christmas I'm spending the time thinking about how fortunate I am, being surrounded by such loving people, and being able to pursue my dreams and passions.
I'm looking forward to the New Year, surely it will be extraordinary too, because I BELIEVE in it.

I'd like to thank you all for all the love that you've been leaving on the pages of my blog, for your constant support and inspiration. What started a few months back as a little project, and housed few cards that were FAR from decency, grew to what it's now, with your immense help. If not you, I wouldn't go that far, neither I'd learn so much. You ROCK!!

This is my last post this year - on Boxing Day we're leaving for South Australia for a little vacation. You know... beach, sun, ice-creams... ;) LOL, so much for the snowy Christmas :)
I'm planning on a couple of changes and surprises next year. Not only I'll finally get my Kaszazz business rolling, so I'll be advertising my workshops here, but I'm also thinking about my own weekly challenges. YES! It was my dream since I began participating in various challenges around. There would be prizes too, so stay tuned!!

Well, so much for the rambling, what I really wanted to say today is...

MERRY CHRISTMAS GIRLS!!!!

Love you all! *muah*
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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

In black & white

There's a gorgeous colour inspiration for this week's Tuesday Trigger - Black & White with the possibility of Green. Linda Beeson's sample card is also sooo very beautiful, that I immediately felt inspired lol.
I made a set of two elegant cards, hope you'll like them as much as I do!

On both cards I used a printable digital sentiment, but the images were stamped.
First card features a gorgeous image that I stamped en masse from a fellow cardmaker during some swapping madness long ago. I meant to ask what company's stamp it is afterwards, for I wanted to eventually purchase it, but I forgot, and neither can I contact that person any more... anyone recognizes the image, girls? I'd greatly appreciate any input! :)

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On the second card I used the flourish from Inkadinkado. This one also enters Thank You challenge at Papertake Weekly:

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See you again in a couple of hours, thanks for looking!
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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

For the boys (little and big)

Woo hoo I created two masculine cards in one sitting - something that hasn't happened to me before :) Basically, having any masculine card made requires stepping out of my comfort zone, and I'm sure many of you know exactly what I mean...
But not tonight - somehow they just happened, naturally. And I'm glad, they'll come handy :)
First one is a baby boy card, and it has a boy-ish colour combo:

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I used Mercy's sketch MTSC53.

Next is a birthday card:

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The sketch is Mojo Monday Week 118, and I'm entering it also into "New Beginings" at Daring Cardmakers.
It's (guilty to say) 5.30 a.m. and I really should have been sleeping long ago, so excuse me for not elaborating on the cards more.
Thanks for looking, I'll see you tomorrow!

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Crushed red sand!

Hello folks!
I'm having another late night stamping session, but I'm happy I can find time for this at all! My little Zuzia has been having bad days lately (she's turning 3 months in two days!), and on top of this I'm in the madness of preparing meals for the traditional Polish Christmas Eve for my extended Australian family!
I haven't shared with you any photos of my little girl since immediately after birth, so here it is:

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Isn't she darling? =D

On to the new cards.
I've got two submissions for CC250: Crushed Red Sand, since I really liked the colours together and couldn't stop at one! First card uses the sketch from CAS46:

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The damask stamps are from Inkadinkado, and quickly becoming my favourites. I love everything from this company! The "you" phrase was stamped, but the "I {heart}" part is my handwriting. Therefore, excuse the rough look...

The second card's sketch comes from TPE challenge #46:

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The butterfly is from Kaisercraft, and it was stamped using the chalking technique. I stamped it with Perfect Medium embossing ink, and sponged with chalks from Pebbles Inc. basic brights collection. The sentiment is - again - hand written.

I'd also like to share with you my third Guest Designer submission for December at Tuesday Morning Sketches:

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The digi stamp is from Soft Pencil, and it's ADORABLE! I watercoloured it, and added some Ice Stickles to the "snowy" parts.
I'm also submitting the project to TSG34 - Baby It's Cold Outside!, which is to create a non-holiday winter card.

That's all for now, but I intend to do some more before I call it a day :)
Thank you for visiting!
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Monday, 21 December 2009

In pastels

Hello! Just a quick post this time, for I must do some things before evening, that I've (hopefully) got reserved for some more cardmaking.

Here's a new card for you:

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I used the sketch from this week's SFYTT, and the colours are a combo from CC:246 Pretty Olive Bay! Since there is quite an elaborate layering on this card, I'm also entering it into TSG33 - Time to layer up!

I've got one more card for you - I needed a quick last minute Christmas card:

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I was browsing the previous SCS colour challenges, in need for some inspiration, and I found CC238: Pretty In Gray Shadows. I really like sage and powder pink together! I'm also giving this one a go for Let It Snow! at OCC.

Thank you so much for visiting!
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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Sunday night crops

I should really stop staying awake for so long every night, but it's really hard for me to go to sleep knowing that I didn't make a single card, and lately nights are my only free time. I feel seriously addicted lol!
I've got four new cards for you, which I hope you'll enjoy looking at!

The first one's for Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #49:

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I combined stamping (the frame), rub-on and cardboard stickers for the main panel.

Next is the card for Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #95 (TESC95):

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The flourish stamp comes from Sullivans, and I stamped it in Color Box Peach Pastel and Black on the card, and in Ice Blue on the frame cut from cream cardstock. Then I layered the frame so that the images overlap.

I also finished a fourth and final card for the month of December on the Verve forum at SCS - it goes to Viva la Verve! December Week 4:

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The stamps are from Papertrey Ink (In Bloom), which I stamped in black, cut out the flower and leaf shapes and coloured them with pencils.

Lastly, I've got a submission for this week's Featured Stamper challenge- FS150: She's BENZI-riffic!. The lucky girl is Benzi, and I chose to CASE her lovely StampinB, Chalked Flower card:

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I decided on lace instead of punched border, and used the same kind of ribbon for both sides of the panel. Since the card features the chalked image, I did the same. The embossing was done using Fiskars embossing folder and a stylus. The stamp is from Kaisercraft.

Thank you so much for stopping by tonight, see you tomorrow!
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Saturday, 19 December 2009

Late night crafting and some CAS cards

Ugh, I know it's going to be another long post of mine - I like to gather a few new cards and post them altogether, to save me some time daily, but then when it comes to add description to all of them... it can be a scary thought lol.
So, without further ado, my first card:

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The sketch comes from the current challenge at Clean & Simple Stamping. I liked Natasha's sample so much, that I decided to CASE it. I stamped the snowflake and the sentiment from Studio G with the Color Box Ice Jade ink, and popped up the circles on mounting squares. I used my Fiskars punch for the border, and decorated the centres of the snowflakes with Kaisercraft pearls.
I'm also entering this one (together with the next card in the post, with the Cardinal) in the holiday-themed challenges that are still around - PPA21 and Simon Says... Merry Christmas.

Next is the card that I made for Get Sketchy Color Challenge. The requirement is to use one's favourite colour, and I chose teal. It's my most amazing discovery this year. I used to find this colour terrible, but in the course of time I started to like it, and finally I placed it high amongst my favs. Once again I told myself not to say never lol. The card also goes to LSC251 – Silver and Gold Decorations.


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My silver accents are stickers, that I bought heaven knows how long ago, and would very rarely use. Sometimes they come handy :) The papers are from DCWV, and I used the tag from Sullivans, that nicely coordinated with the rest. The bird is from Inkadinkado, and I shadow-stamped it with Color Box Ice Blue & Prussian Blue (which is effectively my teal)

Then comes the project for the yummy colour challenge at Just Us Girls (JUGS12 - Raspberry, Green, Kraft & Red), and the Inspiration challenge at SCS: IC211 ~ FabulousStationary. I was inspired by this simple yet striking layout with poppy.

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I couldn't go for shadow stamping with a stamp like this, so I stamped it first in black, and then coloured it in with markers, making the colours offset a bit. Then I highlighted the image with a white gel pen. I decorated the card with eyelets, embossed the corner with Fiskars embossing folder, and sponged the edges and the embossed design with Versa Magic Cloud White.

Lastly, there are two tiny cards, that I created after being inspired by another sample from Fabulous Stationery - Shrooms!

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These cute mushrooms come from DCWV Green Stack Chipboard kit ( I LOVE this set!!). I Stamped the red cardstock with the little flowers from Sullivans, and decorated the card with some ribbon and dry embossing.

That's all from me for tonight, don't ask me what time it is again lol.
Another busy day awaits me tomorrow (every year I'm making a Polish Christmas Eve for my Australian family, and this means cooking very special things for 12 people...), but I'll certainly find some time to make a card or two.
See you tomorrow then, have a great evening!
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Thursday, 17 December 2009

It's all about birds!

Good afternoon ladies, ready for some new stuff?
I recently discovered that I might need some extra Christmas cards to give to my friends, so I'm still (happily) on the holiday roll :)
I was thinking what colours to use on them, and decided on the combo from The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC09 - blue, gold and cream. I must say that I was firstly a bit wary of them put together, but as usually, I found out that they can coordinate quite nicely...

For the first card I used some stenciling ( I really liked it the first time I tried this fun technique, and decided to give it another go). Therefore, the project is also my second entry for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC46).
The stenciled design is on the left - I used Fiskars embossing folder, and the bird is one of my favs from Inkadinkado, stamped with Vivid! Yellow ink.

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And here's the card with inverted colours - the ink used here is Color Box Blue Iris.

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I used the same sketch for both projects - OCC Weekly Sketch Challenge - SASSC45 (I turned it on the side)
The cards also enter PPA21 - Theme Challenge at Paper Pals Arts. The theme is Winter Wonderland, but the girls accept holiday themed projects as well.

I also want to show you the photos that I took the other day, of the corellas feeding on the pine tree in our backyard. Aren't they super cute?

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Beautiful birds they are indeed, their beaks can be a real threat though - at least to the poor tree, that looked pretty wasted afterward! On top of this, we're having pretty hot days already - yesterday the thermometre showed 39 degrees Celsius! Oh what fun... *grunts*
So much for the holiday mood here in Australia lol!

That's it from me for now, thanks for visiting!
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Viva La Verve!... without Verve stamps...

Ok, so I don't have any Verve stamps, which is more than sad... Yet I decided that I participate in December Verve challenges at SCS. The sketches are yummy, and I was feeling sketchy tonight, so I quickly whipped up cards for all December challenges :)
Again it's late, so I'm going to be brief.

Here's the card for Viva la VERVE! December Week 1:

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The Kiki image was watercoloured. I love the ultimate girly look of this card! :)

This one's for Viva la Verve! December Week 2:

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I chose a non-standard approach to the sketch - I built up the main panel, and reduced the role of the side panels. I used the stenciling technique to decorate the cardstock (apart from the sentiment, that was stamped normally). The same Fiskars stencil was then used to trace the paper-pieced shapes.
Stenciling is the theme of Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge (FTTC46), thus I'm submitting my card there. I also used (again) the colours from CD47 - Really Green Chocolate. I seem to make two submissions for each Color Dare challenge lately lol! I can't resist though, go and check their colour combos, if you haven't done it yet, and you'll know what I mean! :)

Finally, here's the entry for Viva la VERVE! December Week 3:

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I used my favourite brand's stamp again - Inkadinkado. The sentiment though is a digi freebie. I printed it out first, cut the paper to the desired size, and then stamped the angel.

Thank you for stopping by tonight, I'll certainly see you tomorrow!

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Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Red accents and lots of layering

Hello folks, hope your day is fine so far!
The two cards that I'm about to show you cover several challenges, some of them being used on both projects.
The challenges that stay the same for both cards are:
- TSG33 - Time to layer up!;
- Quixotic Challenge #7: Lace (the rules here are to have only one submission per challenge, but they're both in one post, so they're not giving me any more chance towards grabbing the monthly prize ;) )

Now on to the cards:

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This one uses the lovely sketch from SC259; and I was inspired by the lively colours of the pot from the current Teapot Tuesday - MMTPT72. Won't you agree that this pot is absolutely AWESOME?! The last challenge for the card is Simon Says... Merry Christmas!
The image is a freebie from Inger Harding Design, and it was watercoloured.

And the next card:

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The sketch used here is Mojo Monday Week 117 (got to love Julee's sketches!), the colours are pretty similar, and they come from Color Throwdown #73, and I used this gorgeous SU! tree partly for my pleasure, and partly to address the current Banana Split Sunday with the requirement of using a tree on the project.

Hope you like what I've done with the challenges! I'm off to feed my baby now, but I'll be back! (sounds like a threat lol)

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Going simple

It's really late and I feel that if I won't go to sleep withing the next 15 minutes, I'm going to collapse with my head on the desk lol. That's what addiction does with people - do you sympathize? :P
For the above reason this post is going to be super short...

So, here are two new cards:

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The challenges that it covers are CD47 - Really Green Chocolate (lol it sounds kind of.. fishy to me =D), and Sketch #30 from Papertake Weekly.

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Here the challenges are: Mercy's sketch MTSC52, and Tuesday Trigger: Velvet Pastels. I drew inspiration from the colours of these lovely stockings, as well as the romantic & girly look.

Ok, I'm off to bed :)
Thanks for stopping by, and see you tomorrow!

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Luv me some chalk!

Grrr! My mojo was very low most of the day today... I've been struggling to create something that makes sense, and - what is quite unusual to me - I was starting projects that never were finished. Suddenly, late in the evening mojo decided to come back to me, but I'd so like to have back the time I lost fiddling around... ;)

I'm quite happy with my two evening creations though - they were super fun to make, perhaps because I was using one of my favourite techniques - Chalkboard Technique. It's the theme of the JUGS11 challenge, and I used it on both cards.

Here's the first one - the sketch that it follows comes from Peachy Keen Stamps (Challenge 18):

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I also used the colours from CC249 - So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Melon Mambo, and Neutrals of Choice.
I used a printed out digi DP, and the stamps are Inkadinkado (damask) and Sullivans (sentiment). The damask was stamped with white Versa Mark ink, and sponged with a dark yellow chalk from the Pebbles Inc. Basic Brights palette.
The finishing touches are the ribbon and Kaisercraft rhinestones.


Next card follows the WSC110 sketch:

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I decided to apply several different colours of chalk this time, to make the flowers resemble those of Mallow, one of my most loved plants :)
The sentiment was stamped normally, for I didn't want such small letters look fuzzy.
Both stamps are from Sullivans.

Thank you for visiting tonight, I'll see you again soon!

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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Yes, it's me again...

...and surprise surprise! I brought some new cards with me... :P
(I'd also like to toot my horn for a while, and share the wonderful news with you, that my cards won again! - this time in Color Throwdown and ABC Challenge :D )

Firstly I'd like to show you my third GD submission for Tuesday Morning Sketches:

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The recipe for this week is: a Tag, Something Hidden and Glitter.
I slid the tag into the pocket of this tri-fold card, and by doing so, the message that it contains is hidden, until the tag is pulled out. There's not much glitter on my card, as the festive and colourful papers do the good job alone :)
I glittered the snowflake on the tag, by "dipping" it in the Perfect Medium clear embossing ink, and sprinkling fine yellow glitter over it.

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And here's how the card looks inside:

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The design is rather busy, but the card was really quick and easy to make. I was actually surprised how little time it took me to whip it up :)
I based my design on Shanna's Bonus Sketch from 2S4Y.

Next is my other entry for 2S4Y this week - Laura's Sketch 41:

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It took me the longest to watercolour this cutie, but in fact this was another quickie. In fact, all of the cards in this post are, for the following two are designed for CAS45:

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As soon as I had the supplies ready to use, the card on the right took me about 10 minutes to make, and the extended design on the right didn't take much longer. I used a lot of ready-to-go embellies on my cards today, and as much as I prefer to fiddle with the cards a bit more, they do make things easier sometimes :)

That's about it, I'm off to play with some more yumminess :)
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and see you again later today!
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Monday, 14 December 2009

Holiday cards galore

Someone please make me stop making holiday cards!! Argh! What is so charming in these, that apparently I'm not the only one who enjoys producing them so much? Theoretically every single card I make is a source of great pleasure to me, still since August or so, whenever I decide on the theme of a new project, I firstly reach for Christmas stuff...
I remember stating the other day, that the card I just made would be the last of holiday theme this year... *cough*

Alright then, I've got three more of them to show you this evening, and I swear that I've still got so much yummy stuff that I gathered with Christmas in mind, yet still not used, that I could keep producing them for the next two months!

To the point though - here are my cards:
(I should say first that because of the theme, all of them are my submissions for the following:
- The Pink Elephant Challenge #45 with Winter and/or Christmas Theme;
- OCC's The Holidays Are Here;
- C4C Week 15 - Theme Card - Snowmen and/or Snowflakes)

The following card also uses CPS146 sketch:

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And these are my two different approaches to SFYTT30. I should add that none of these cards follows the sketch faithfully lol.

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That's all for tonight, but with six cards done I should feel proud of myself :P
Thank you so much for looking!

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