Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Tag with a bird of Feathered Friends die set

Hello everyone, I'm here with the first project that I made for the February challenge of the Country View Challenges blog. The theme is Be sentimental which means you have to use a sentiment on your project. This time my lovely teamie, Jane will be your hostess.


I got this idea of the bird sitting on a swing from a picture I saw earlier. And if I want to use a bird for one my projects, I almost always choose one of the birds of the Feathered Friends die set. I did the same this time. And this little one was also coloured yellow in an earlier project.

For this tag, I took a watercolour paper and cut out the tag shape. I coloured the whole tag with a mixture of turquoise, blue and grey Distress paints. Then I created clouds with a brush and white paint.



Then I toned back the colours with diluted Antique Linen and Pumice Stone paint. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo  and Hickory Smoke Archival ink. Then I stamped the sentiment with embossing ink onto the tag and heat embossed with black super fine embossing powder. 

Then I attached the tag to a 300 gsm grey tag to make it sturdier. 

With a piece of twig and jute twine I created a swing and then I glued to the tag with hot glue.



Then I added the bird with foam adhesive tape to the tag and I put a yellow ribbon to the top hole.



What I used:

Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Tag&Bookplates (656938)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Feathered Friends (664433)

Stampers Anonymous, Noteworthy (CMS446)

Ranger Distress paint (Salvaged Patina, Stormy Sky, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Picket Fence)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Vintage Photo, Hickory Smoke)

Ranger Distress ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Gathered Twigs)

Ranger embossing powder (black super fine)



So if you have a project with a sentiment on it, please don't hesitate to join our February challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a  £20 voucher in the Country View Craft Shop. Good luck!



Monday, 30 January 2023

All you need is love - Valentine's Day banner

Let me show you my latest make, a love banner that I created for Valentine's Day. But I'm sure a banner like this can be handy on a wedding anniversary, or first date anniversary as well. 


So, how did I make this? Well, I cut out 18 banners from red paper, using a Sizzix die of Framelits Plus die set, Banners. Then I cut out 18 banners with a one size smaller die from patterned paper. 

I inked the edges of the pink paper with Antique Linen, and the red polka dot with Vintage Photo.


Then I glued the patterned papers to the red bigger banners. I cut out the letters with Alphanumeric Bulletin dies from dark brown paper. I adhered the letters to the banners without the frames.



The next step was to make holes in the upper corners of the banners. For this, I used my Crop-A-Dile, Big Bite Punch (We R Memory Keepers).


I also made two banners with heart in the middle. For this, I chose the Heartfelt Bigz die and one of the hearts which has nearly the same heights as the letters. 




What I used:




Ranger Distress ink (Vintage Photo, Antique Linen)

We R Memory Keeper, Crop-A-Dile Big Punch



I hope you like it! And if you need a banner for Valentine's Day you still have plenty of time.



Saturday, 21 January 2023

Celebration card with Cozy Winter bear by Tim Holtz

Hello everyone, I'm here with my second inspirational project that I made for our January challenge on the Country View Challenges blog. The theme is TIME and the lovely Evelyn is your host this month. 


Like the first time, I used Weathered Clock as the background. But the first project had Gladys in front of the clock, and now this cute Cozy Winter bear. This card can be used for birthday, anniversary or Valentine's Day.

And here is the tutorial. I took a square panel and painted with Salvaged Patina. Then I stamped the numbers (Perspective) here and there onto the panel with Vintage Photo Archival ink.



Then I muted the colours with diluted white paint. I also spattered a little with this watered white paint. I added Forget-Me-Not Archival ink to the edges and Vintage Photo as well.

The bear was  made exactly the same like here. (I used the same tutorial here too.)

The scarf was coloured first with Squeezed Lemonade, then I added Mustard Seed to the edges, then Fossilized Amber. 

The hearts were coloured with Worn Lipstick Distress marker.

The little flower is part of the Funky Foliage die set. I coloured it with Worn Lipstick and Mowed Lawn Distress markers.



The little hearts are from two sets, the tiny one is from the Cozy Winter and the little bigger ones are from the Stacked Tiles, Hearts set.


What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Cozy Winter (665574)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Funky Foliage (663087)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Stacked Tiles, Hearts (665858)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Handwritten Celebrate (660215)

Sizzix Bigz die, Weathered Clock (657190)

Stampers Anonymous, Perspective (CMS213)

Idea-Ology Chitchat sticker book (TH92998)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Vintage Photo)




With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: 4 Legged Animals


Friday, 13 January 2023

Birthday card with Celebrate die set by Tim Holtz

This card was made for my daughter. She turns 17 on next Monday. Before I made the card I asked her about her favourite colours and she said light green and pink. So here it is:


For the background, I took a pastel green paper and stamped on it with the Dots background stamp using embossing ink. Then I heat embossed with white embossing powder. I cut off the excess and inked the edges with Rustic Wilderness.


All the cutouts were in the Celebrate die set, except the numbers and the text. 

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Celebrate Colorize (666285)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric 3/4" (660056)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Handwritten Celebrate (660215)

Stampers Anonymous, Dots and Floral (CMS220)

coloured paper

Ranger embossing powder (super fine white)











Tuesday, 10 January 2023

Twig and Stump having a birthday party

Three very important women in my life have birthdays in January, and they are all January Capricorns (if you believe in astrology). My favourite grandmother was born on January 7 (yes, that's Tim's birthday too), my sister on January 11 and my daughter on January 16. Sadly, my grandmother is no longer with us, but I still have to special someone to make birthday cards for. This card is for my sister.



I cut out a rectangle panel from 300 gsm watercolour paper. I painted the top two thirds blue with Speckled Egg. I didn't paint the bottom white, I just left it as it was, because it was easier to stamp the text on. I inked the edges with Hickory Smoke Archival ink, I also added Ground Espresso to the upper part. 


I used coloured paper for all my cutouts, and depending on how dark the paper was I used lighter or darker ink for the edges. So I used Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo. Pumice Stone is for the white papers mostly. 



The text was stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.


What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Twig&Stump (666072)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Bunny Games (665850)

Sizzix Sidekick Side-Order die, Birthday (662703)

Stampers Anonymous, Tiny Text (CMS394)

Ranger Distress paint (Speckled Egg)

Ranger Distress ink (Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass)

Ranger Distress Archival ink (Hickory Smoke, Ground Espresso)

embossing powder (black)

tiny half pearls

etc.





Sunday, 1 January 2023

Gladys wants to party

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope 2023 will be your best year! 

It's not just the first day of a new year but a new month, so we started a new challenge over at the Country View Challenges. The theme is Time and my lovely teamie, Evelyn will be your hostess.

For this challenge I created a card that can be used for any celebration, new year, birthday, whatever. I chose Gladys as the main character because she seems a real party animal for me. She looks so cheerful. 



I cut out a square panel and painted blue - I'm sorry, I have no idea which paint I chose from DecoArt. Then I stamped the text (Reflections) here and there with Vintage Photo Archival ink. I toned back the blue paint and the text with white paint. I also spattered the background with white paint. When it was dry, I added diluted Pumice Stone here and there too. The edge was inked with Hickory Smoke Archival ink first, then I added a little Grounded Espresso. 

Gladys was coloured with the following colours: Abandoned Coral, Saltwater Taffy, Kitsch Flamingo, Black Soot, Pumice Stone.







The clock was coloured gold with Schmincke Rich Gold paint. For the snowflakes and the gold underlayer panel, I used Metallic Kraft paper. 




What I used:

Sizzix Bigz die, Weathered Clock (657190)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Gladys Colorize (665851)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Cozy Winter (665574)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric Label (664177)

Stampers Anonymous, Reflections (CMS111)

Idea-Ology, Metallic Droplets (TH94289)

Idea-Ology, Metallic Kraft-Stock (TH93586)

Nuvo, Light Gold, Pure Sheen Sequins

Ranger Distress Archival inks (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke)

Ranger Distress paints (Abandoned Coral, Kitsch Flamingo, Saltwater Taffy, Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Picket Fence)

etc.




So if you have a project with Time, please don't hesitate to join our January challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher in the Country View Craft Shop.


With my card, I would like to join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Party Time!



Saturday, 24 December 2022

Vintage Hungarian Christmas cards #137

With this beautiful postcard I wish you a very Merry Christmas!


This card was posted in 1903. The funniest thing about this card is that on the back there is the name and the address is jus this: India, railways station. Did the recipient receive the postcard this way? Probably he did.

You can find my other vintage Christmas cards, just click on the label - old Christmas cards - on the sidebar.


Friday, 23 December 2022

Vintage Hungarian Christmas cards #136

I assume this card was printed in Hungary. Two little angels are praying at the entrance of the church.



This card was posted in 1940


You can find my other vintage Christmas cards, just click on the label - old Christmas cards - on the sidebar.

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Vintage Hungarian Christmas cards #135

How beautiful this postcard is! These two girls are so cute, you can see in their eyes how naughty they are. They're trying to climb over the fence in the heavy snow. I wonder where they are going?


This was posted in 1923. And the Albrecht&Meister AG (Amag) publishing company printed this card.


You can find my other vintage Christmas cards, just click on the label - old Christmas cards - on the sidebar.



Wednesday, 21 December 2022

Vintage Hungarian Christmas cards #134

 How lovely this postcard is! Beautifully drawn and coloured!


This card was posted in 1937.


You can find my other vintage Christmas cards, just click on the label - old Christmas cards - on the sidebar.