A Birthday Wreath

Anyone in for a birthday wreath? Yes? Then, you are on the right page today as I would like to show you one of my latest cards. I know it’s been a not so consistent writing over here, but health takes the first place over anything else.

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imgn0465So, this card features one of my all time favourite brands: My Favorite Things. I just love the high quality of their products! Don’t you? They give you a lot of room to create with and that’s what I love about! Well, I used a new set to me, called ‘Spring Wreath’ and stamped the wreath towards the center of a piece of white card. Then, I started adding one by one the various flowers and leaves that are part of the stamp set, using an assortment of colours. I wanted a joyful card for my precious niece. Since she turned 5, it went without saying that I stamped that right in the middle of the wreath.

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imgn0474And being a birthday card, too, there is a greeting sentiment from the same stamp set. To add a bit of a shine, I wrapped some thin gold twine and tied that into a bow just about the top of the front cover. After that I taped it onto a top folded red card base. And ready it was! Hope you like it.

The inks I used are all coming from the same brand as the stamp set: Brick Red, Olive, Biscotti, Blue Breeze, Pink Lemonade, Periwinkle and Black Licorice.

Have a lovely weekend,
Talida

When someone smiles…

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and you are the reason why, the world is so much happier!

This card landed on a very special person’s desk to say thank you for being the reason someone smiles today. And truth to be told, I believe there’s more than one person who does that today!
For this card, I chose a simple technique: stamping only. I used My Favorite Things stamp set ‘Beautiful Blooms‘ and ‘Perfectly Penned‘ from Concord & 9th. The inks come from My Favorite Things too.
imgn0348I see this quote quite often in the art&craft world, especially with those into calligraphy. So, it does not belong to me, but I like it very much. That means you’ll probably see it with my crafts in the future.

Have a lovely day,
Talida

Flower Christening Decorations

Hello, everyone!
Let me show you a part of the flower decorations I made for my youngest niece at her christening. I created décor for the candy bar, some accessories for hair and clothing.
The table decorations consisted of 2 frames and some flowers. One was with the baby’s name and another with just a greeting. I designed them using different stamp sets, dies and various techniques.

For the 1st one I used My Favorite Things stamp set ‘Beautiful Blooms’ and dye ink cubes matching the event’s colour theme. The name is stamped using Concord & 9th ‘Perfectly Penned’ set. I also made a matching envelope to hold a card, stamping each letter one by one. You can see it when playing the animation from the gallery.

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The 2nd one has a heat embossed ‘hello’ in gold, a Docrafts Capsule stamp sentiment. It also has an Intricate Enchanting Blossom die cut and a stamped sentiment saying ‘little bundle of joy’. The latest comes from Docrafts Papermania ‘Honey & Hugs’ clear stamps collection.

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Hair clips and headbands with anemone like felt flowers were the hair acccesories. I also used felt flowers for the brooches that went on the baby’s hat. The hot glue gun from Dremmel came in hand for the hair clips. Flower petals were die cut using the Xcut Petal Posy die set.

That’s all for now. There will be some other posts on the topic. 🙂

Photo credit: Lukian FM

Crossword Birthday Card

Hi, everyone!
I’ve got a special birthday card with a crossword in it. It’s got the look of a clean and simple card, though it’s a slider one. It uses the Mr. Mister stamp from Docrafts’ collection.
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I sometimes struggle with ideas for male cards so I try to use something that matches the person I give it to. In this case, it worked really well. And I was happy with the result.The first step was to stamp the crossword in blue on a piece of card. Then, I wrote the birthday message. The third step was to make the cover. So, I stamped some acetate with blue ink, then with embossing glue, added clear embossing powder and heat melt it. It was different than I expected it to look, but it was OK.

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The next step was to create the slider pocket. I die cut two rectangles from some green funky foam and card. And then, one more time a one size smaller rectangle inside of each big one. The fifth step was to trim the acetate and the first layer with the crossword.
Next, I went on assembling the slider. I added a blank piece of card and made it slide in and out using some blue twine. I decorated the sides with Tall Urban border stamps too. And ready!

Here’s a video with it.

All the best,
Talida

Kindness – thank you card

Kindness begins with each and every one of us.
This being said, I hope you have a wonderful day filled in with joy, happy thoughts and warm hearts!

I created this card a while ago, actually – last year, but haven’t got the chance to share it. It’s part of a set of three thank you cards I made for a dear friend of mine.

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img9176The card base is made of cream card stock, cut and top folded. For the background, I chose simple, that meant a piece of kraft paper. I ran this through the die cut machine using Lawn Fawn stitched border dies. The focus is on the flower. I die-cut it out of a patterned Dovecraft paper using the Daisy layering dies. I threaded it with some lilac elastic twine (cord), added a big button and tied in a bow.

 

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A sentiment that matches the theme is the one I used. It comes from the Hero Arts ‘Acts of kindness’ set. Now, the photos look a bit dark. I took them in a different photo set up where lighting was low. Thanks for your understanding.

Wishing you all the best,
Talida

Gorjuss Little Thoughts

Hi, everyone! Care for some Gorjuss little thoughts? They come in the shape of bookmarks. And this post features just a few and I hope you like them. I made these on the first day of the New Year while enjoying some special time colouring with my niece. A great year started and I have already got lots of ideas and crafts to share with you.

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bookmarksAs usual, I used the Avery Elle die to cut a lot of bookmarks out of kraft recycled card. I get this card from Klipa, a shop worth buying from (and I love the little gifts you get with your order). All of them have Gorjuss stamps and for this winter I used the collectables: ‘Holly’, ‘The Hatter’ and ‘The Scarf’. The ones in this post show the latter and hopefully soon, I will share the others too.:-) For those who don’t know me, Gorjuss is a constant presence in my life. For those who do, there’s no surprise in seeing or receiving crafts made using Santoro stamps.

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imgn0251Now, I love colouring with Derwent Inktense pencils. They are very rich colours and using some waterbrushes you can play with the intensity you wish to get on your designs. My thoughts were to obtain a similar colouring to the original Gorjuss design and make little adjustments, nothing else. You can see some sparkling on the hanging hearts and on the shoes, but also on top or bottom part of the dress.
At the top of each bookmark, I added a sentiment from the big ‘Holly’ stamp set: ‘gorjuss little thoughts’ and there is green & white Fancy Twine tied too.

I would like to thank you for stopping by and I look forward to sharing crafts with you soon,
Talida

Welcome, little bundle of joy!

Hello, everyone and welcome, little bundle of joy! She’s got a beautiful name and an amazing smile! We’d like to wish her health, happiness and God blessings!

The post is about the handmade card that accompanies the gift we got her. The card matches the gift in colour combination with emphasis on red and white while having a bit of contrast in blue and black.

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Card and envelope

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Christmas Ornaments and Gifts

Hi, everyone! It’s the 3rd day of Christmas and I have some gifts to show you today. As a tradition started a few years ago, I like giving handmade crafts to family and dear ones. This year, I chose to make some ornaments, bookmarks and Christmas cards.

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I made the first tree decoration, last year, for my niece, Antonia. She loved it so much and hung it in her tree right away. You can see and also read about it here. At that time I wanted a shaker ornament that is what I actually made. For this year, I wanted a bit of a more special one.

 

 

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So, I began with the same tag die from WPlus9 – Anastasia Tag. But, this time I went on die-cutting it differently while keeping a window into all the layers as I wanted to use it for the ornament. For the 2nd layer, I used some funky foam in different colours: 2 shades of red and 2 of green. I added a beautiful bauble in each of the windows.

The baubles are from Newton’s Nook Designs and they’re the most exquisite ones I’ve ever seen.:-) I die cut 2 of each, coloured them in with inktense Derwent pencils and added enough layers of Wink of Stella for a sparkly look. All the ornaments got a tag with my name on and a tied fancy Twine bow.

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The next handmade crafts I gave as gifts were some Gorjuss bookmarks. I used the collectable stamp and some of the small stamps that come with the same named stamp set: ‘Holly’. Gorjuss girls are really dear to me and I love colouring them so much. Avery Elle die set is what I used to die-cut the bookmarks. Inktense Derwent pencils and Santoro’s Gorjuss Watercolour dual-tip pens – Neutrals are the colouring medium I used for the girls. I applied generous layers of Wink of Stella on the hats,boots and the mistletoe. Then, I added some twine to each of the bookmarks.

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Now, some of the gifts had a set of cards to accompany either the ornaments or the bookmarks. I made quite a lot of cards this year and I went on multiplying them while making a great use of my new precision stamping tool.

Hope you enjoyed learning about my crafts and thanks for stopping by.
My best wishes,
Talida

With Love at Christmas

With love at Christmas starts the wish for you today! May you have a wonderful time together with your dear ones! While having a blast on Christmas days with my family, I’d like to share some more of my holidays’ crafts. I made more than 200 cards and it will be a true challenge to share them all with you.

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imgn0530The one here is a very simple but elegant one. I used a ‘Create Christmas‘ stamp to build the background. The ink I used is ‘Chocolate’ – Artiste dye ink. Sequins in white, gold and chocolate give the necessary sparkle together with some gold thread wrapped around the front card base. A white string bow is what gives some dimension and brings the focus to the top of the card. All these bits and pieces can be found at any haberdashery. I got mine from my neighbours’ store.

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imgn0547I’ve always wished to go for a look just like this one. And I was a bit not sure of the result in the past. But once I tried it, would definitely make me apply the pattern again.
Hope you like it too!

With all these said, I let you enjoy the second day of Christmas together with your dear ones!
Talida

Were stockings ready for Santa?

Merry Christmas, everyone! If the stockings you hung weren’t filled with presents last night, hope they have been topped up this morning. You know – Santa’s been pretty busy!
I am one of the lucky ones, so Santa stopped by and left me some goodies. What can I say? I am beyond grateful!

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These cards showcase a die-cut from Stix 2 Anything and I bought a pack of these a while ago from Craftmall. I still love to use them on Christmas crafts. First thing I did was to decorate the stockings. I used my white gelly roll Uniball pen for this and when ready, I went on to create the backgrounds.

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imgn0555One of the cards has got a panel created with a Heidi Swapp chevron stencil using some distress inks in green. The front card has a first layer with a cream recycled card which has a sentiment stamped at the top. I adhered the stencilled panel, then the stocking and finally I added a red ribbon bow on it.

 

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imgn0551The second card has a background created with a sentiment stamp from one of the Create Christmas sets. I stamped it using an Artiste dye ink (Red) all over the front card base. A velum panel holds the stocking, some white sequins create interest and a cream string bow gives the necessary extra dimension.

 

Many thanks for stopping by my blog and Happy Christmas wishes to you all with the hope you enjoy these holidays together with family and dear ones!
Talida