Thursday, September 28, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Script or Text Background

Hello everyone! 

Today is Seize the Birthday Thursday:)! The new Topping's option for next fortnight is 


If you want to, you may enter any newly created birthday card, as we have always Anything Goes challenge too :)! 

I actually had one card in my mind, but it became three :)! 
I started by making a cutting file for the white panel, a broad frame with integrated calla lilies. I cut it from a textured white cardstock with my Cricut, but the outline of the lilies was too thin (see the last card :)). So I made another one with thicker outline, and of course it was too thick (here the second card :)) haha! 
So I had to correct the lilies again and it was just right !!! 

And this is the one :) ! 

The background was created using alcohol inks (Aqua, Limeade, Sunshine Yellow and Gold) on Yupo paper. As I have no script stamp, I used birthday sentiments from Penned Sentiments by The Ton. I stamped them with Archival inks in light blue and light green on the Yupo panel. I stamped the sentiment in Noir on the white frame and foam mounted it onto the card. To finish off I added some sequins.

The second card was made using the frame panel with the thicker outline of calla lilies.

Here I used Mountain Rose, Peach Bellini, Aqua, Limeade and Gold to create the background.

The last one shows the lilies with thin outline. It was too thin to mount it using foam tape. So I glued it flat onto the card.

The background on this card was made using Distress Oxide inks (Broken China, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio). The sentiments on the background were stamped in DIs.

Hope you enjoyed looking my cards today. It was not intended to have three cards, but I love them all!

Please stop by Seize the Birthday blog to see the inspiration cards that my amazing team mates and our surprise party guest Becca Cruger have made!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

One more floral card :) - Chrysanthemum

Hello everyone! 

I'm popping in to share a floral card with you today. I'm trying to color floral images during current The Dailymarker 30 day Coloring challenge as often as I can. And the digital floral stamps by EunJi, which she is releasing during September, are just right for this challenge. 

The digi-stamp on my card is called Botanical Chrysanthemum.  If you want to see the gorgeous creation by Eunji click here.  

And this is my card! 

When I color flowers, I always google for it to see the color combination, the highlights, shades, the veins on the petals etc. For the Chrysanthemum of my card I chose this picture as my reference. 

I used R81, R83, R85 and R 89 to color the Chrysanthemum flower. For the leaves and stem I used various YR colors. But I didn't like how they turned out and corrected them using Polychromos colored pencils. The gold heat embossed sentiment is from Large Florals: Carnation set by The Ton. I cut the panel using Double Stitched Rectangle die and foam mounted it on a dark red cardbase. 

To finish off I added clear WOS on the flower and some dew drops using Glossy Accents.

I really love the colors of R81 - 89 Copics, kinda burgundy red!

I'm going to enter this card into Addicted to CAS #120: Florals and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Clean and Simple.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Guest at Stamp Connection #29

Hello and happy Sunday everyone!!! 

Today I have two special cards to share with you. Cornelia from Fun-Stamping invited me to play along at Stamp Connection #29. And of course I said yes :).

For some of you who don't know about Stamp Connection, here is the saying from one of the hosts, Cornelia: 

" Connected through our love for card making, blogging and being from Germany we (Tanja from Little Art Cottage and I) decided to create a monthly project within predefined requirements. We are going to show you the result every 3rd Sunday of the month "

I lived in Germany for 18 years before I came to USA. So there is some connection with me too for sure :). 

The requirements at Stamp Connection for this month is 

I've never made this kind of card, but had right away an idea as I heard about the requirement, which happens not that often :). 

My two cards are in the same design. The images on the first card (right in the picture) was stamped in black and on the second one (left in the picture) I heat embossed them in gold. I couldn't decide for one of the design ideas, so I've made both :). I used The Ton's stamps. 

To start off the first card I stamped the outline images of Holly Branch repeatedly on top of my Bristol smooth panel (4.25"x11") in Versafine Onyx black. I then watercolored the holly branches. I mixed my watercolor with silver watercolor from Gansai Tambi to add some shimmer on my image. 

I stamped a poinsettia and some berries from Fresh Cut Poinsettias Outline stamp set on some separate Bristol smooth paper, watercolored and die cut them using coordinating dies. The sentiment is from Cozy Poinsettias set. I stamped Merry Christmas in black and clear heat embossed it. The thin sentiment was gold heat embossed. I scored and folded the cardbase and foam mounted the poinsettia and berries along with some gold thread on it. To finish off I added gold Pico embellisher on the berries and some Crystal Stickles on the center of the poinsettia.

The second card was made in the same way like the first one. The image and the main sentiment were gold heat embossed, and the Happy New Year was stamped in Noir .This time I added white Pico embellisher on the berries.

So I have now two more Christmas cards ready :)! Thank you so much for inviting me and for the inspiration, Cornelia! 
Now let's visit Cornelia and Tanja on their blogs to see which awesome projects they have to share with us! 

Thank you so much for your visit! 

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Flower Challenge #12 - Tic Tac Toe Reminder

Hello and happy Friday, everyone!!! 

It's time for a reminder card for The Flower Challenge!!! We are having a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge this month! We have easy elements on our board, so you could choose your combination right away! 

For my reminder card I picked one of diagonal lines, Embossing, Watercolor and Color (blue).

This rose cluster is a rubber cling stamp from Stampendous called Timeless Rose, one of my favorite rose stamps. 

I white heat embossed the rose cluster on a Canson watercolor paper. First I blended Broken China and Peacock Feather DI on the whole panel very light, splattered with clear water and dabbed it off with paper towel. I then colored the image using Brusho powder. The sentiment is from Dearest Peony from The Ton. I white heat embossed the thin sentiment on a strip of dark gray cardstock and foam mounted it onto the card. The sequins from Smoked Emerald and Glass Slippers by The Ton were the finishing touch!

That's it! I hope I was able to inspire you with my card today to join us at The Flower Challenge!

Next month we will celebrate our 1st Anniversary with lots of prizes and inspirations from our team and guest designers. So mark your calendars for Oct. 4th (5th in some locations)!!!

Thank you so much for coming!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Balloons

Hello everyone! 
Hope you're having a wonderful week so far! 

Today I have a birthday card to share with you. At Seize the Birthday a new challenge has started today. The Toppings option for next fortnight is 


If you want to, you can choose Anything Goes and join us with any newly created birthday card! 

For today's card I pulled out a Penny Black stamp called Betsy Bluebell which I purchased as I started card making. The little girl is too cute! 

I started by stamping the girl with balloons and a single balloon with a ladybug on it on the Bristol Smooth panel. I used Versafine onyx black as I wanted to watercolor the images. I made a mask for the heart (cut with Cricut) and cut the masks for the stamped images. After masking the images, I blended the heart using Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feather DIs. The imgaes were colored using Zig markers. The sentiment is a part of a stamp from Birthday Borders set by Technique Tuesday. I curved the stamp along the outline of the heart, stamped it in Versafine onyx black and clear heat embossed it.

I die cut the panel slightly smaller than A2 size and foam mounted it on the yellow cardbase. To finish off I added Shimmer Pico Embellisher on the balloons, on the heart hair pins and on the shoes of the girl. Oh, and on the ladybug, too :).

After I finished my card, I found this card by Kristina Werner on Pinterest. I think I watched her video at the time she uploaded it and forgot about it. It was not intended, but I should say this card is a CASE of her card :)!

That was my take on the Toppings option!!! Hope I could inspire you to create some birthday cards with balloons!!!

Please don't forget to stop by Seize the Birthday blog to see what my amazing team mates have created! And we have a new Surprise Party Guest for next two months, Becca Cruger from Damsel of Distressed Cards!!!

Thank you so much for coming!
Have a wonderful day everyone!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bring on the happy

Hello again :)! 

I'm popping in to share this one layer card with you. This one is for Less is More #345: OLC Coloring in

For this card I colored one of the gorgeous digital stamps, Botanical Bouquet Rose, which EunJi designed for her Etsy Shop "DotBStamp". Eunji is showcasing her digital stamps almost everyday on her blog Eunjoa. So please stop by her blog. I can say, those cards are BEAUTIFUL! 

And this is my card! 

I colored the image using Copic markers and added details with Polychromos colored pencils. The Copics I used for flowers are
     Big rose: R20, R21, R22, R24
     Small red rose: RV000, R81, R83, R85
     Small pink rose: RV000, RV02, RV04, RV06
The sentiment is from Penny Black and is stamped in Noir dye ink.

Some clear and iridescent sequins are my finishing touch!

Thank you so much for looking!
Have a happy crafty day!


Alcohol Ink Coloring - Video on The Ton blog

Hello everyone!!! Hope your week started off well.... well... It would be great if I could say it to our friends in Florida... Hopefully you are all safe! 

Today I'm on The Ton's blog with this magnolia card featuring Magnificent Magnolias set from The Ton's Fall release.  I colored silver heat embossed images using alcohol inks and made a video while I was coloring!!! You can watch the video on The Ton's blog
Some of you wanted to see how I do alcohol ink coloring. It's not perfect and you will see my mistakes in the video, but I wanted to show you the process, so you could give this coloring technique a try! 

Hope you could stop by The Ton's blog!

Thank you so much for looking!

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Ton's Fall 2017 Release - Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to The Ton's Fall 2017 Release Blog Hop! 

If you arrived here from amazingly talented Amy Kolling, you are right on track! If you want to start from the first stop please hop over to The Ton blog!

We revealed during our Release week 21 clear stamps, 3 rubber cling stamps, coordinating dies and 6 Couture Mixes which includes up to three gifts with purchases.

Hope you enjoyed the Release presentation from our design team ladies! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and support during the release week! There are still time to get a chance to win the giveaways from daily Release posts of The Ton blog and design team members blogs!


For today's blog hop I've created two cards. 

The first card is featuring gorgeous Magnificent Magnolias in CAS style. 

I stamped the magnolia image in Antique Linen DI on some watercolor paper and colored it using Zig brush markers. I added the light blue background in a circle shape and dry embossed two Double Stitched Circle dies around it. I foam mounted the panel on a light gray cardbase as shown in the picture. The sentiment is from Magnificent Magnolias as well. I white heat embossed it on a strip of dark gray cardstock and foam mounted it onto the card. To finish off I rounded one corner and added a few sequins from Blue Ice.

Next I've made a holiday card using Large Florals: Carnation.

I stamped the first and the second layer of the carnation in Lipstick Red and Pink Derby and gold heat embossed the third layer. The leaves were stamped in Vanilla Frosted Cupcake and Beach Blondie before gold heat embossing. I fussy cut them all (you can use coordinating dies!) and started to create the background. I gold heat embossed the pine leaves and mistletoe from Holiday Cones Outlines on a kraft panel. Some of the stamped images in embossing ink were colored with Biscotti Perfect Pearls. There are subtle shimmer but it's very hard to capture in the picture. To assemble my card I glued the kraft panel on a white cardbase, made a nest using gold thread and foam mounted the leaves and the carnation on it. The sentiment is from Holiday Movie Sentiment Mini set. I stamped it in Lipstick Red and filled the letters using a gold gel pen. To finish off I added some gold sequins and white Pico embellisher on the berries.

That was my cards for today's blog hop! Hope you enjoyed them.

Three new release stamps will be given away to random commenters from the hop participant blogs. To qualify, you must leave a comment on The Ton Blog Hop post. The comment period will close on Monday, September 11th at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced thereafter on The Ton’s blog.

The Ton's September Challenge is now live! For this month, we have a fun Mood Board Challenge, so head over there now for a chance to win a $50 spree to The Ton’s shop!
(Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies, ink, gilding and embossing powder.)

Blog Hop List

Next on the hop is our amazing guest Laurel Beard!!! Below is the complete blog hop list. 
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! 
Happy hopping! 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Ton's Fall 2017 Release - Day 4

Hello and welcome to Day4 of The Ton's Fall 2017 Release week!!! 
Today is the last day of the reveal and all new products are now available in The Ton Shop!!! 

Today we'd like to introduce you six new clear stamps and one cling background stamp. The Scenes: Fireplace provides you a base background for our Fireplace AccessoriesFireplace Holiday Accessories  and Holiday Ballet stamp sets. There are two new stamps of the City Girls series for the Winter: Winter Edition and Snow Day. Christmas Tree is a big Christmas tree image in layers along with ornaments and small decorations. Today's Couture Mix is called Deck the Halls


- Gift with Purchases -
  • Spend $75 or more: Receive a free pack of our new Sugar Cookie Couture Mix
  • Spend $125 or more: Receive a 2x3 Christmas Mini Cluster Stamp (and Sugar Cookie Mix)
  • Spend $200 or more: Receive a 3x4 Good Tidings Cluster Set (and a Christmas Mini Cluster Stamp and Sugar Cookie Mix).
**Incentive products will not be available for purchase in our shop until October**

This promotion does not apply to prior purchases. The threshold amount is calculated before taxes and shipping. This promotion will continue until September 22 at 11:59pm EST or until supplies last. Limit one incentive package per order. No coupon code needed. All incentive products will be added to qualified orders automatically (but will not be shown in your cart at checkout). There must be at least one new release stamp in your order to qualify for these GWPs.


Today I have three cards to share with you!

My first card is a one layer card showing a warm and cozy Christmas scene! For this card I used besides Scenes: FireplaceFireplace AccessoriesFireplace Holiday Accessories  and City Girls: Snow Day.

It was a lot of masking work :)! To align the small stamps, I first stamped the Scenes: Fireplace on a clear acetate sheet after placing the stamp on my MISTI. So I could see how the background would look like and place the stamps from  Fireplace AccessoriesFireplace Holiday Accessories  and City Girls: Snow Day on the scene. I worked through from most front images towards back of the scene. For stamping I used our Caviar Hybrid ink which is Copic-safe. The stone wall and the bricks around the fireplace were stamped in Smoky Quartz and the fire was stamped in Coraline Hybrid ink.  I stamped every element except for the pine wreath and started coloring using Copic markers. I stamped the wreath in Bright Fern and added the silver stars from New Year Couture Mix.

For my second card I've created a DIY background pattern using Christmas Mini Cluster

I stamped and silver heat embossed the Christmas mini Cluster several times to fill about 2/3 of my front panel (Mixed Media paper). I watercolored the panel using Color Burst powder. The sentiment in Noir is from Holiday Love Poinsettia. I trimmed down the panel and foam mounted it on the cardbase on four sides of which I adhered thin strips of Adhesive glitter paper (glossy fine silver). To finish off I scattered some sequins from Frosted Spearmint and Winter Thaw and added Crystal Stickles on the center of the poinsettias.

My last card for today is featuring Holiday Ballet and Star Trails.

I started off by stamping and heat embossing the ballerina from Holiday Ballet in Rose Gold. I added a little bit of colors on her. I fussy cut it and set it aside to make the background. I watercolored a mixed media paper panel using Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves and Broken China Distress inks and sprinkled salt on it while it was still wet. I let the panel dry and wiped off the salt. I then white heat embossed a Star Trail image on the background panel and splattered white ink. To show off the star trail I masked it and blended some Seedless Preserves and Black Soot DI around it. I silver heat embossed the sentiment from Star Trails set on the background panel. I die cut a frame from some silver cardstock and again from Adhesive glitter paper (glossy fine transparent) using Double Stitched Rectangle dies. I adhered the glitter frame on the silver frame and foam mounted it on the background panel. I then foam mounted the ballerina. To finish off I added some little clear sequins on the star trail and the little gold stars from Deck the Halls Couture Mix on ballerina's hair bow and next to the sentiment.

For each Release Day (1 through 4), The Ton is giving away a stamp set of choice from the new release! So there are four stamps up for grabs! To qualify, you must leave a comment on The Ton's Daily Release posts. 

Leave a comment on each Design Team member's blogs to increase your chances of winning. The comment period will close on Monday, September 11th at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced thereafter on The Ton’s blog

The Ton's September Challenge is now live! For this month, we have a fun Mood Board Challenge, so head over there now for a chance to win a $50 spree to The Ton’s shop!
(Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies, ink, gilding and embossing powder.)

That's it from my side today! Hope you enjoyed today's reveal and looking my cards! 
Now you've seen all new products of The Ton's Fall 2017 Release, which are now available in The Ton Shop!!! Before you go for shopping, please don't forget to hop over to my team mates' blogs to check out the beautiful inspirations :)! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Tomorrow we have a great blog hop to celebrate The Ton's Fall 2017 Release with amazing guest designers. I'm sure you don't want to miss this!

Have a great day!