29 November 2017

An almost one layer Christmas card with The Ton

Hi Everyone,

It's me again! I will most likely be a bit quieter here over the coming days/weeks - visitors are coming, so you will have the chance to have some peace from me, I promise ;o)

Today's card gave me a lot of grief, especially in terms of photographing it - it's nearly impossible to take a good photo of it for an amateur like me! I did my best, however, and I hope that I did enough to show you how nice it is in real life - even though in the pictures it looks a bit like a mess! 

This time, all of the products - the background stamp, the die cut sentiment, and the stamped bows - are by The Ton. I truly love their products, and it's a pity that I am not able to buy many more of them, but I hope that every now and again I'll manage to make my little The Ton collection grow at least a little bit! 

The red inks are by Altenew - sadly, I don't own any by The Ton, even though I have heard a lot of good things about them!

And here's the card. I promise it's a 1000000 times better in real life! 






I am entering the card into the following challenges:
The Ton - Holiday
Have a great rest of the week,

Mirella


28 November 2017

Have a Beary Merry Christmas :-)

Hi Everyone,

A busy day today, and so just a quick post! 

I wanted to give some coloured pencil colouring a go, but I don't really own any coloured pencils, would you believe? The only one I do own is the Prismacolor in white. Therefore, I decided to work on kraft coloured cardstock, so that I would be able to make use of my white crayon :o)

I used the adorable bear by Neat and Tangled, and made another simple and pretty non-dimensional (AKA easy for posting) Christmas card to add to my 2017 collection. The background was created with Versamark Ink, and the coloured accents are Spectrum Noir Shimmer pens. 

I hope you like it!





I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Little Tangles - Coloring
Uniko - Christmas challenge


Have a great day,

Mirella

23 November 2017

A bit different Christmas card with WPlus9

Hi Everyone,

I'm back today, with a quick post and card share. 

I am afraid that my post will be less regular nowadays, with the new baby on the way - so, instead of trying to stick to any schedule, I'll simply try to write when I have a spare moment :o)

Today's card is a bit unusual for a Christmas card. It was inspired by the current challenge over at Seven Hills Crafts, and I must say - I am quite happy with this colour combo, even though I am mostly a traditionalist when it goes to Christmas cards. 

I love those little birdies by WPlus9, they're so versatile! I definitely need to use them more often! 

Thanks to all the dies, it was pretty quick to put together, and I think this would be an easy enough design for mass-producing, too! 



I am entering the card into the following challenges:

Seven Hills Crafts: Photo inspiration (first combo - pinks and grey/silver)

Thanks for stopping by,

Mirella

22 November 2017

Mixing brands for Christmas - cards easy to post

Hi Everyone,

Before I go into the details of today's cards - please make sure that you follow me on Instagram, if you want to see all of my creations. Instagram is where I share many more photos and projects than I do here, simply because it's much less time consuming :o) And, I think, a bit more fun, too!

In today's post, I want to share a few more Christmas cards that I have recently made - all are similar enough, since they're using similar products, yet at the same time I tried to make them all look a little bit different. You could call these a set of cards with a common theme, I suppose. 

I don't know about you, but I love mixing and matching different brands on my cards. The companies probably don't like it too much, since they would prefer a card/project to showcase their products only (or mainly), however I find myself reaching for different products for one project very often - that way, I somehow feel like I support more brands at once :o)

For today's set of cards, I wanted to mostly use my Gelatos (since they have been sitting idle in my drawer for a long while now!), and a die set by WPlus9 Stag Trio, which I have recently acquired through a destash. The rest of the stencils/stamp sets I used, were chosen based on the details I wanted to have on my cards. 

To start with, I made 4 card panels, using my Gelatos. I coated watercolour cardstock with white Gesso, and then let the Gelatos do their magic. Some of the panels (sadly, this is not visible in the pictures) were also sprayed with water mixed with Perfect Pearls, which adds a lovely glittery shine to the backgrounds. 

The first card features one of the stags cut out of silver glitter paper. I added a little red rhinestone, to represent "Rudolph's red nose". The sentiment is by Neat and Tangled, and I heat embossed it in white directly on top of the panel. Notice that the panel was also die cut, to add some stitching detail. 

It's a pretty flat and light card, hence it will be perfect for posting!




The next card has a much lighter blue background, and for some additional interest, I added some white pigment ink through a Simon Says Stamp stencil, to imitate that it's snowing. There are also a few golden splatters here and there (courtesy of my Delicata Ink). I used the same stag die as before, but this time I layered 3 of the die-cuts together, for some additional dimension. The final layer was heat embossed in gold. The sentiment, and the edges of the panel, have also been heat embossed with the same gold embossing powder. 




The pictures don't really show it much (I apologise, it's hard to get proper natural light nowadays in Helsinki!), but this background actually has quite a bit of purple in it - the dark purple and blues are on the top, and the colour goes lighter towards the bottom of the panel. This time, I used the Simon Says Stamp stencil for "snow" again, but in order to get some nice shine, I used a Nuvo Mousse through the stencil. In real life, the shine is amazing! Note that I dabbed the mousse through the stencil more than "spreaded it", as I didn't want to have much dimension - I just wanted the shine. You could, however, just as easily use the mousse like you would an embossing paste, and get much more dimension, if that's what you're after. 

This time, my die cut stag is also a bit more dimensional, as - like in the example of the second card - I layered 3 die cut pieces together. He also got a tiny red nose :o) The sentiment (by Neat and Tangled) is white heat embossed on a strip of vellum. 

I think this is my favourite of the four! 






And here comes the fourth card. This is one of the ones where the panel is all sparkly and shiny thanks to the Perfect Pearls, but it's not visible in the pictures at all. The stag is actually die cut from the panel here, and - since it's matted on a white card base - it gets the colour from the base itself (that left me with a bonus blue-purple stag die cut, which I will surely use on another card soon!). The gorgeous sentiment is by The Ton, and it has been cut out from silver glitter paper. 

The card doesn't look like much in the photos, but in real life it's simply gorgeous - there's loads of sparkle, which contrasts nicely with the dark background. 



I am entering these cards into the following challenges:
Card no:4 - The Ton - Holiday
Card no 3: SSS Flickr Challenge #84 - Happy Holidays

So here they are - my set of 4 Christmas cards - all nice and flat, and will be easy to post for sure! In the coming days, another similar one will surely join this group, as I still have that one blue stag die cut left :o)

I hope you enjoyed these! I sure did have fun making them, and I hope they bring joy to their recipients also. 

Have a great day,
Mirella

08 November 2017

First Christmas cards of 2017

Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing with you my first Christmas cards of 2017 - these were also my last projects I made for Mudra Craft Stamps. Sadly, my current term with them had to end for now, due to cost & logistics issues (I always said Finnish post is very expensive, in and out!) - I do hope, however, that our paths will cross again! 

You can see more details related to all of the cards over at the Mudra blog, here are some peeks:






And here is my favourite card of the bunch - I used the gorgeous die cut sentiment by The Ton on it, to make the card look extra special!






I am entering the last card into the following challenges:
The Ton - Holiday

I hope you like my creations! 

Have a great day,

Mirella

17 October 2017

Baby Boy Card with Neat and Tangled

Hi Everyone,

It feels like I have not posted anything new here for ages! Oh wait, it probably has been ages :o) Which is why, I am really delighted to be back here today & share a baby boy card with you! By the way, if you're looking for more regular crafty updates from me (regular-ish!), do check out my Instagram account - I am definitely there more often than I am here recently...

The layout/design of the card has been inspired by the current Little Tangles challenge, and the rest of it just somehow came together bit by bit... I knew the stamp set I wanted to use, I had the rough idea of the colours I wanted to play with, and then I came across a little piece of tulle on my desk... :0) I am also not one for making very busy background panels recently, but somehow this "home-made patterned paper" [THANK YOU, MISTI!] made of the sentiments came to life. And you know what? I like it! 

I embellished the card with some Wink of Stella & Glossy Accents sparkle. I was also going to add sequins, but in the end decided not to. I hope you like the result!





I am entering the card into the following challenges:
Little Tangles - Sketch
Passion for ProMarkers - Anything Goes

Have a great day,

Mirella

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