Monday, April 21, 2014

Birthday Card

Hello.
Where the heck does the time go?  It's inconceivable how fast it goes.
There has been very little creativity in the studio lately.  Today seems different.  The sun is shining, the daffodils are blooming and my mojo seems to have made a reappearance!!  

Today, I'm playing along with Poppy Sketches #2.  Love the sketch and absolutely lot the pop of colors they've chosen.


Here's my card.


The fabulous stamp is Hello Gorgeous by Penny Black.  I stamped in black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I colored the stamp with LuminArte's Twinkling H2O's (Poppy Red and Autumn Skies).  The sticker is from SRM-Calendar Companion.  The background paper is Antique Script from Bazzill Basics.

Speaking of SRM, I'm entering this into their very first challenge on their new SRM Challenge Blog.  Have you checked it out?  There is a fabulous prize up for grabs and 9 days left in the challenge.

Thanks for dropping by,
Ivanka

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mr. & Mrs.

Hello.
I'm joining in the current challenge at Cardabilities this week.  Love this sketch.

  


There's a lot of silver going on today.  It's pretty but hard to photograph.  
I didn't have a silver doilie so I used Heidi Swapp's color shine in Tinslel to make it silver.  It worked great and added a nice shimmer to the card.  Silver paper is from Die Cuts With a View.  Flowers and leaves are from Prima.  Sticker is from SRM We've got your Sticker/Forever.

Thanks so much for dropping by.
Ivanka

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Life.

Hello.
If you haven't checked out Virginia's View Challenge blog, you have to head over there now...run!!  Virginia from Yes, Virginia just started this challenge blog in March.  The first challenge is water coloring and it has taken off like no tomorrow!!  Oh my.  The entries for the challenge are really so fabulous and so inspirational that I know I'm going to spend a lot of time going from link to link enjoying all the glorious creations.

So I had to join in.



The stamp is from American Crafts colored  with Twinkling H2O's from LuminArte.  Sticker is Sticker Sentiments (Life is Good) from SRM.  Embossing folder is from Stampin' Up!

So go check it out, the cards and the inspiration are just gorgeous.  Thanks Virginia, can't wait for the next challenge you come up with!

Thanks for dropping by,
Ivanka

...and to my husband...if he ever checks the blog...I meant to color outside the lines!! :)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy Birthday.

Hello.

It's been a while, hasn't it?  No real explanation.  Perhaps it's winter hibernation...

Anyway, it's good to be back and today I'm joining in with CAS-ual Fridays blog for their Shades of Gray challenge.



Here's my card.


The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye (Chalk Studio),  The stamp is from PTI, everything else is from my stash.  I heat embossed the frame and the flower with Zing Embossing Powder (Powder shade), I painted the medallion with DecoArt white acrylic paint then wiped some off while paint was still wet, then heat set it.  I added some shimmery white chalk to the card stock.

Thanks for dropping by...
Ivanka




Saturday, February 1, 2014

Thank You.


Hello.
Guess what?  It's snowing again.  This is the winter that never ends....it just goes on and on, my friends...
Oh well, not much that we can do about it...so we must create.

Today I'm joining in with this week's sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches. 
Here's my card.



The paper is from My Mind's Eye Chalk Studio.  Sticker is from SRM stickers.  Flower is from Petaloo, die cut flourish is from QuicKutz. 

Thanks for dropping by.
Ivanka

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happy Hello

Hello, 
I don't really have any 'punny' stamps but did manage to dig out this totally cute Magenta stamp that is part of my 'piggy' collection.  The sentiment stamp is from Jilly Bean Soup and Unity.  I'm pretty sure both of these are courtesy of my wonderful friend Barb.

I colored the background kraft paper with LuminArte's Twinkling H2O's (Pink Azalea and Key Lime)



I'm also playing along with  Addicted to Stamps and More where the challenge is CAS cards.
The design is based on this week's CAS(E) This Sketch.


Thanks for dropping by,
Ivanka

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Me + You.

Hello,
Today, I'm joining in on a few challenges.  
First is the Sending Hugs Monthly challenge over at the Penny Black Blog where the challenge is to make a love or friendship theme card/project.



Next I'm playing along with challenge # 25 at CAS on Sunday where the theme is Lovey Dovey.

Lastly, I'm joining in with this week's sketch challenge at Less is More.





The stamp is Together Always from Penny Black  Love it, it's such a great image and perfect sentiment.  Hearts were die cut from felt using Lawn Fawn's Heart Dies.

I think this will make a great 'guy' card for Valentine's Day.  It's always hard to make those.

Thanks for dropping by,
Ivanka

Thursday, January 23, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch, take 2!

Hello...here's 4 days of posts in a row....unheard of in these parts!!

I needed a sympathy card for a friend whose father recently passed away so I went back to this great sketch from CAS(E) this sketch.





This is a fabulous sketch for a sympathy card where clean, simple and serene is needed.  
The paper is from My Mind's Eye Chalk Studio, embossing folder is from Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations, sticker is from SRM.

Thanks for dropping by today.
Ivanka

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary

Hello...
Hmmm, 3 days in a row...you know I can't keep this pace up.  :) 
But it's been fun.  Glad to have some creativity back.

Today's card is for the Simon Says Stamp Monday blog challenge to make a project that is inspired by the letter A.  Here's my Anniversary card.


The patterned paper is from Kaisercraft (Sixpence), sentiment sticker is from Creative Imaginations, not sure who the heart stamp is from, I stamped it with VersaMark and heat embossed with white, then cut it out.  All the hearts and love charm are from my stash.  Ribbon is from Offray.  Background embossing folder is another new one from Anna Griffin that I recently got from Simon Says Stamp.  I dry brushed the embossed panel and the edges with DecoArt's Light Antique White acrylic paint.

Thanks for dropping by today,
Ivanka

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dry Embossing Happy Birthday

Good Morning!  Wow, 2 posts in a row...not sure I can keep this up.  :)

As the creative mojo slowly returns, I'm glad to have found this dry embossing challenge on Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge blog.  I love using embossing folders to add texture to cards.



Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

I actually just recently purchased this Wildflower Gate by Anna Griffin embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp and it's my first time using it.  I love the beautiful texture.

 
 
Patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 3 paper pack, flower is from Petaloo, Washi tape is from Stampin' Up!, die cut is from Sizzix and sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.
 
Thanks for dropping by.
 
Ivanka
 


Monday, January 20, 2014

Just a Note

Hello...
After many weeks of searching for my lost mojo, it has returned, albeit slowly.  
Thank goodness for this weeks' CAS(E) this Sketch sketch # 60, it's what finally got me going.  


Thank goodness also for the new pad of patterned paper I got from My Mind's Eye (Lost and Found 3) on sale at Winner's.  I love this wonderful bright pattern that is so perfect for a dull January day.


The sentiment sticker is from an old sheet of stickers that I've had for ages, manufacturer unknown.  Seemed to fit perfectly here.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hoping to visit here more often myself!  :)

Ivanka

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy 2014!



May it be a good one!



Ivanka.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Vintage Christmas

Recently I bought some wonderful vintage Santa images at a museum gift shop.  
These images are called scrap reliefs, they date back to the Victorian era and are still made today by Mamelock Press from the UK.  The images are so beautiful that all I had to do was cut them out and adhere to the background.

Here's a quick video explaining scrap reliefs. 




Aren't they just beautiful?  The paper they come on is quite thin so I adhered them to a card stock background and then cut them out.

Thanks for dropping by.
Ivanka

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Time Keeps on Slipping...

Hello.
Yesterday in the mail, I received my copy of Paper Crafts Holiday Cards and More-Vol 8.  It's a fabulous issue...and right there on page 12 of this gorgeous issue is this cute, wonderful, simply adorable picture of my girls!  Oh and the Festive Binder Clip project is mine too!!

This is one of my all time favorite pictures of the girls, it was such a fun time...I remember this day like it was yesterday.  Doing their hair, picking out what to wear...and heading outside to capture the perfect moment with snowflakes fluttering by.  This picture, taken over a decade ago, still makes me smile...and makes my heart melt.


This issue of HC & M also made me smile.  I love flipping through the pages, seeing all the amazing projects in there.  I'm not sure how I will do with the digital issues...but time keeps on slipping...and changing, just as my daughters have.  And I too...will keep changing.



Happy Saturday.
Ivanka

Friday, December 6, 2013

Merry Christmas

Hello.
Time is sure flying by, isn't it?
Here's another Christmas Card...I love it when the patterned paper is so beautiful that not much else is needed on the card.

The paper is Father Christmas from BoBunny, Poinsettia is from K& Co., stamp is from Stampin' UP!

Thanks.
Ivanka

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cute as a Button

Hello,
Last week I made some baby girl cards so I thought I'd make some baby boy cards to balance things out.

Today's card is based on this card that I made a while ago,  it has become one of my most repinned cards on Pinterest. 

So I thought I'd recreate it. 


The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug, The stickers are from SRM,  scallop punch and ribbon are from Stampin' UP! and the charm is from Michaels.

Thanks for dropping by,
Ivanka

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Baby Girl Card

Hi there.

Here's today's card...love this beautiful antique baby buggy stamp from Anna Griffin...

The sentiment stamp is from Stampabilities, paper is from Basic Gray and Stampin' Up!  The darling little charm is from Michaels.

Thanks for stopping by,
Ivanka

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him...

Hello...I'm fully into to Christmas cardmaking spirit.  I bought my Poinsettias and a Frasier Fir scented candle.  41 days till Christmas....

So I thought I'd share one of my cards so far.


Image and sentiment stamp are Heaven's Rejoice from Hero Arts.  Love this set.  I have other religious sets, but this one is my favorite.  Background stamp is World Map from PTI.  Ribbon is retired from Stampin' UP!  One of my favorite ribbons of all time.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Ivanka

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Moxie Fab Thanks! Blog Hop



Good Morning and welcome to the most fabulous blog hop in history!  It is fabulous only because this blog hop is in honor of Cath Edvalston who has inspired the crafting community with her Moxie Fabness and her genuine caring for all she comes in contact with.

The power of being a Moxie Fab Winner is such that I still have my 2 wins on my blog side bar.  It was beyond fabulous to be picked by Cath to be Moxie Fab!  

Here are my two wins;  Gray is the New Black  and  Tuesday Trigger Winner!  Those are still two of my favorite cards and I still remember the excitement of seeing my card/name on reveal day!

But as I've learned so well lately...change is inevitable and Cath is leaving Moxie Fab World...

Not before we have a proper send off for her in the only way we know how.....

This whole wonderful adventure starts at Moxie Fab World and following the links you should have arrived here from Laura Pryor's Blog.

Here is my card for Cath.  It was inspired by my Tuesday Trigger win card...still one of my favorite cards!



What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven't happened yet.
Anonymous

Thank you so much Cath, for being our navigational compass for all things Moxie Fab.  We'll miss you.  Also big thanks to the ladies who started, organized the blog hop and kept us all informed!

Your next stop on the hop is Ashlee Townsend's Blog.

Thanks for dropping by today,
Ivanka

Saturday, November 2, 2013

'Tis the Season

...here's the first Christmas card of the season.


All products are from my stash, not sure of manufacturers.  It was a lot of fun digging through the Christmas things this week.

I'm entering this in the Merry Monday Challenge to use Santa on your project.

Thanks for stopping by.
Ivanka