Monday, September 22, 2014

Thanks So Much Mixed Media

I have a mixed media thank you card for you today using some of my Want2Scrap® staples.  I first took a neutral patterned paper and water colored it randomly.  I then stamped the Penny Black’s Floral Applique stamp along the bottom using Clearsnap inks.
I covered Want2Scrap’s Nestaboard Labels Eleven (using Spellbinders‘ Labels 11 dies) and Chipboard Clouds with patterned papers, then inked the edges. I painted the Chipboard Houses with DecoArt gesso, then placed a Heart Bling. I adhered them right on the seam. I glued a piece of SRM Sticker doily on the bottom. The sentiment, adorned with Want2Scrap Baby Bling white pearls, is also by SRM Sticker. Finally, I added the corduroy button stringed with burlap twine.
Challenges: Colour Me...1, Vintage Stamping.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

I'm back! And no, nothing bad happened to me :)

Hello, friends! I know it's been a while since I've posted here. First, I have received many inquiries about specific stamp sets people are looking for. I will soon have a sale of stamps and dies for sale here. I have them all organized and photographed. I just need to write the post :). Thanks for your patience!

Thank you to so many who sent me messages asking my whereabouts. Nothing bad happened, I assure you. In fact, good things have happened in my absence. In many ways, the good stuff is the reason for my not blogging. Here's a summary of the summer blessings we've experienced the last few months:
  • We hosted our 5th Annual English Camp at the end of June with a record number of participants again this year.  It was exhausting, but also exhilarating, to have so many young people interested to learn English through Bible lessons, songs, sports and class interactions.
  • My family and I traveled all summer in the US. It's part of our "work" but also a delightful adventure where we spent lots of quality time with my dear parents and lovely friends, saw some beautiful sites in America and ate a ton! :) Our girls are Americans, but they don't know much about the American culture. One day when they're a little older, I would love to take them a cross-country road trip and show them more of their country of citizenship, up close and personal.
  • I took our girls for the first time to an American county fair and we experienced together this rich, gooey treat - deep friend cheesecake. The verdict: it was okay the first bite, but even with 6 people sharing it, we couldn't finish this uber-sweet dessert. We went for the experience.
  • I enjoyed the rare times I get to spend with girl friends, whom I don't see very often. I was able to reunite with old college friends and roomies. It was a treat to hear of their walk with the Lord and God's faithfulness in their lives. I was able to talk about our life and adventures in Croatia, too.
  • My girls got to meet Olaf's illustrator. If you don't know who Olaf is, don't feel bad. You're just one of the very few who haven't been tortured blessed by little girls' singing of songs from the movie Frozen.The illustrator is pretty cool and even sketched one for my girls. He is a dear brother in the Lord.
  • I've been reading and studying some. I was able to share my heart with a group of missionary wives about things I've learned in the field the last 16 years! Yes, friends, I am now one of the "old" missionaries among our colleagues. And I still feel like I'm a novice at this. :) 
  • My family and I got to meet a real-life astronaut. He is a dear brother in the Lord and had the "difficult" task of photographing God's creation from space. In fact, he wrote a book about it called The Work of His Hands. Here's his inscription for my girls. Isn't that special? I highly recommend it! He is going out to space again next year. He shared some real experiences in space that resonated with me as a missionary. I would most like never know loneliness like he does when he's literally alone in space (he has a colleague in the space station, but they're working in opposite sides, so they don't get to see each other often).
  • My girls got to experience summer camp for high school and junior high for the first time. This is close to our heart because hubby and I worked with the youth back many moons ago. We used to organize the fun games during camps that our girls got to experience. And get this, one of the Jr Highers from our time as youth workers is now a youth worker herself. And she had my little Jr Higher in her group. What a testament of God's faithfulness, in a circle of life kinda way. 
  • Finally, the biggest event in our family that has contributed largely to my absence here is that I started home schooling our two oldest. It was a difficult first week and a half. But I think we've found our groove. My girls are still taking music and Croatian Language in the local public school, so it takes time to juggle our schedules to accommodate these classes. All in all, so far, I am enjoying it. It's a lot of work, but it's also so rewarding. I love having the girls home and that we get to interact more regularly about what they're learning.
This is all for now. I just thought I'd update you about what's going on with my life. Though I have definitely slowed down, I haven not quit paper crafting. In fact, I have a large stack of projects that are waiting to be shared on my blog.I hope to do that soon! Thanks for reading to the end. Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog Hop

It's good to be back. I have been absent from my blog because of a very busy, but oh-so-memorable summer (I will have to write an update in a future post), but  I am thrilled to be joining this year's CASE Study 4-week long, 4th Anniversary Celebration Blog Hop, featuring past muses and DT members.

I have two cards for you since I have been gone for a while. Here is my first source of inspiration. Isn't it lovely?
 Photo Credit: Ten Scenic Drive

And here's my card. The bike was cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I drew the grass and cut it with the Cameo as well. The sentiment is by SRM Stickers.
For my second card, this is the beautiful inspiration.
Photo Credit: Pinterest

 And here's my card using Penny Black's Dahlia Dance and Love Chapter (background text) stamp sets. The flowers were watercolored. The card base was stamped with the text stamp. Then I swiped some DecoArt Gesso with a brush along the sides. I placed two photo corners (by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L) before adhering the panel. The sentiment is by SRM Stickers. The pearls are by Want2Scrap.
This week's blog hop will be open until midnight on the following Tuesday. We have a few sponsors lined up for each week and we will be posting the winners on our blog on Wednesdays. If you were inspired, I invite you to join an accompanying challenge and share creations inspired by any project from the Blog Hop. Here is the blog hop order:
Happy hopping!
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Copper Gear CAS Father's Day Cards

I have a busy few weeks up ahead. We are expecting about 25 guests from America to help with our annual English camp in our little town. I have some posts written that I still need to tweak. In light of the busyness of this time of the year, I may not be able to update my blog as regularly as I would like. But I should be back before the month is over! :)

I have a pair of CAS Mixed Media Cards today for Father's Day.  These are mass producible and show that Want2Scrap® bling works well with masculine cards as well. I started with embossing the white panel with Spellbinders’ Bricks and Bar M-Bossabilities, then I swiped it with two shades of brown Distress Inks, and adhered them to black card bases.

I then rubbed some DecoArt Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre on the Want2Scrap Shifting Gears Large Silhouette and cut it in half to use on 2 cards. I intentionally didn’t cover the silhouette completely to show the texture of the paper. I then embellished the round gears with the Nestabling Petite Scalloped Circle Sm Black Rhinestones and Baby Bling Pearls LeCreme pearls.
I added some SRM Stickers on the embossed panel. The sentiment is by Penny Black Hot Rod and stamped using Clearsnap inks.
I adhered the cut gears die cuts using foam squares. Here you can see the layers and many dimensions of the cards, which is made possible by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner and foam squares.
I'm entering these to the following challenges: The Pink Elephant (father's day), Crazy for Challenges (masculine), SSS Monday Challenge (use paint); CASE This Sketch; SSS Wed Challenge (masculine).
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Delicate Mixed Media Butterfly Card

I have a delicate, very feminine (perfect for my girly girls) card today. I used two kinds of media for coloring this card including Distress inks and pigment inks.

I first smeared the Worn Lipstick pad directly on the paper, brushed water over it, then when it's dry, I stamped Penny Black's text background in pigment ink to get this background effect. For the butterfly, I inked Penny Black's Soft Wings stamp with the same distress ink, spritzed it with water before stamping. The sentiment is by SRM Stickers.
The teal butterfly was die cut using Spellbinders' Wonderful Wings. To color it, I smeared Evergreen Bough on my plastic surface, spritzed it with water, then wiped my butterfly die cut through it. The pretty rose is by Want2Scrap. The sequence was a local find (yay!). Adhering them one by one would be a challenge if I didn't have my handy Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Dodz Small. They're just the perfect size for those tiny embellishments.
I'm entering this to the following challenges: Seize the Sketch (layout), The Shabby Tearoom, Card Mania, Word Art Wednesday, Altered Eclectics, and Vintage Stamping. Have a great day!
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