Friday, June 28, 2013

A Trio of Tags

***Another reminder again that Google Reader will be shut down on July 1, 2013. If you follow me on Google Connect, you need to find another service to keep getting updates of your favorite blogs. If haven't done so, please follow my blog through Bloglovin' (HERE are easy to follow instructions on the migration process) and NinaB Designs Facebook, and I'm also on Pinterest. Thank you, friends!***
It's a Farewell Post today on the SRM Stickers blog as I conclude my official SRM Interim DT today, along with some of my favorite paper crafts. It isn't really goodbye since I will continue to use my lovely stickers, twine and cute packaging that SRM offers. I just love SRM Stickers, and not just because of their products, but I have come to love the people behind the company. I am thankful to call them friends.

I made a trio of tags for today's post. For the background, I did the emboss resist using several Penny Black stamps: Love Chapter, Puzzle Parts, Inspiring, Breezy. I used Memento inks for the bright background. I used the following SRM Sticker products: Sticker Stitches, Birthday Border Stickers and Mandarin Twine. I also used Spellbinders' Classic Petal Edgeabilities to die cut the red borders.
Here's a close up of one tag. I colored the cute critters with Copics. I embellished my tags with buttons, ribbons and Want2Scrap pearls. Those white sticker stitches look beautiful with the red die cut border.
Have a great weekend, friends! Stay cool in this hot season. :)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dear Friend

***Before my main post, I just want to remind you all that Google Reader will be shut down on July 1, 2013. If you haven't done so, please follow my blog through Bloglovin' (HERE are easy to follow instructions on the migration process) and NinaB Designs Facebook, and I'm also on Pinterest. Thank you, friends!***

It has been a very busy week. We had 15 guests from America who helped us organize an English Camp in our little Croatian town. We had almost 200 kids and had to reject over 50 because of limited space. It was a lot of work for everyone, but SO worth it! Christ was exalted; memories were made; new friendships were formed and old ones renewed. It was another successful camp and many kids are already looking forward to 2014! I'm thankful for all the many friends, both Croats and Americans, who made it possible.
Today's card is one I made for TCM's recent release but didn't get to post due to the camp. I used two of my latest sets, Beautiful Rose and Fancy Flourishes, this month's FREE with $50 purchase or you can purchase it by itself for $12. The papers are again the lovely Penelope by Hot Off the Press. The pearls are by Want2Scrap.
The beautiful lacey circle is die cut using Spellbinders Asian Accents. Seam binding with a small rose flower add more to the feminine flair. Is it too girly? :)
Here are my TCM June release stamps:
by Nina B Designs
by Nina B Designs
compatible with Project Life
by Nina B Designs
4 x 4
I might be MIA from my blog for a while, but I will be back. I am thankful for your visits and comments!

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Craft's Meow's June Release Blog Hop

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's June Release Blog Hop. Thank you for joining us today. If you came from Lin's blog, then you're at the right spot. To see the full list, make sure you visit the TCM blog. I have 2 cards to show you today.

My first card uses 3 of the new sets: Beautiful Rose (rose), Sweet Memories (frame) and Kindred Spirits (sentiment). The papers on both cards are Penelope by Hot Off the Press. The pearls are by Want2Scrap. The rose was colored with Copic markers.
For this one, I used Sweet Memories, Beautiful Rose (sentiment and circle rose) and an old favorite, Beautiful Spring (butterfly).
Here you can see better the dimensions of my card. I love using my Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares to achieve this. The circle rose was die cut using a Spellbinders Classic Circle die.
The Craft's Meow is giving away all the new sets. Participants are not required to leave comments on each blog, but they have a better chance to win because TCM will randomly draw a name from one of our blogs for a winner. The deadline to comment is 8:00pm PDT, Saturday June 23rd.
Your next stop is my friend -->> Sharri<<--.
 On a personal note, I just want to say thank you to so many of you who emailed, sent me a note and commented saying that you're praying for me during my gallbladder problems. Your prayers were answered in so many ways. God's goodness has been evident every step of the way. I am still on the mend and trying to taking it slow. I hope to be back to normal soon.

Monday, June 17, 2013

TCM Previews: Beautiful Rose

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's June previews. Today we're showing the Beautiful Rose set, which includes a collage label (that can fit inside Spellbinders Labels 8 dies), line art for coloring, sweet sentiments, etc.

I stamped the Rose label and colored it with Copics, then die cut it. The papers are Penelope by Hot Off the Press. These gorgeous papers are so beautifully coordinated. I will be showing more of this collection in future posts.
The borders are die cut with Spellbinders Classic Petal Edgeabilities, which are accented with Want2Scrap pearls. The label and borders were adhered using SAby3L's 3D Foam Squares.
Make sure you go to the TCM blog for more info on today's previews. Have a great day!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sketchabilities Challenge with Want2Scrap

Thank you for the get well wishes, friends. I am recovering at home now, so it's a relief. I'm still trying to take it slow, but I'm expecting a group of 15 friends (only 5 are staying with us) tomorrow from America! I've done most of the work before the surgery, so just little touch ups here and there (so, don't worry, Mom).

Today's card is for my friend Karan's Sketchabilities challenge. The Want2Scrap team is joining in the fun today with our version of this sketch. And the prize is a $25 gift certificate to the Want2Scrap store! It's a scrapbook layout that I reinterpreted to make my card below.
I started by heat embossing the text from Penny Black's The Love Chapter set with white on a Manilla tag. I spritzed water on a few drops of Distress Ink refills on a waterproof surface. Then I dabbed the tag on the inks to absorb the smorgasbord of colors. I let it dry and embellished it. I adhered a delicate Want2Scrap Silhouette using SA by 3L Dodz;  the black makes it stand out from the colorful background. I carefully laid part of the Swirls Finesse - White Pearls - 2 Pack - Self Adhesive on the silhouette, then layered a vintage lace and a paper flower accented with Art Glitter on the petal edges.
The papers Authentique's Strong, which again I used to make a feminine project with. The sentiment is from Penny Black's Dahlias, which is accented by Gesso-covered Card Size Antique Keys w/hardware - Chipboard . I adhere the tag to the card front using SAby3L's 3D Foam Squares. A doily, seam binding and Want2Scrap's Sleek Strips Pearls-White were added to the corners, bow and silhouette.
Make sure you visit the Want2Scrap blog to see what the rest of the DT members did. I hope you can join us!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cookie Goodie Bags

I'm sharing something that was posted on the SRM blog a few days ago. These are simply packaged homemade cookies that I like to give away. They're perfect for my husband's or kids' lunch boxes. I've even done this as party favors. Homemade American chocolate chip cookies are a still novelty in Croatia. :) I used the following SRM Stickers products:
  • Glassine Bags (#65002)
  • Twinery twine (#68007 Marigold, #68021 Charcoal, #68011 Seaweed)
  • We've Got Your Borders (#57008 Bright, #57009 Pastel)
I used the sticker to close the bags.

Monday, June 10, 2013

So Sweet Of You

I have this post pre-scheduled, so I hope blogger works like a charm. I'm getting my gallbladder removed, so please say a prayer if you can that it will be uneventful. Thanks, friends.

I have a vintage shabby card today using some of my Want2Scrap staples: Nestaboard and Nestabling. It was posted earlier on the W2S blog. The gorgeous papers are by My Little Shoebox. The birdcage and sentiment are by The Craft's Meow (Fly Free and Simply Delightful sets, respectively) and stamped using Clearsnap inks.
I used my Spellbinders Classic Circle Die to die cut the rose lace and adhered it on the Nestaboard Fancy Tags Three. I then carefully added the Nestabling Fancy Tags Three - White Pearl. I just love these two together. For added effect, I added a small chipboard from the Card Size Antique Keys w/hardware - Chipboard set. A seam binding ribbon decorated with a paper rose finish the card.

Friday, June 7, 2013

TCM June 2013 Blog Hop: Masculine

Welcome to The Craft's Meow's June Blog Hop. Our theme this month is Masculine. If you came from Lin Brandyberry, then you're at the right spot. Please check the TCM blog for the complete list.

I used my Let's Face It stamp set again for today's card.  I love these vintage and trendy elements of this set to create your own "man."  I stamped the different parts to coordinate with the scrap ribbons I used. Because the majority of the card elements are neutral (Kraft, brown, cream), I was able to add the different colored ribbons and they all still work together well.
I inked the edges of the panels to enhance the vintage feel. The white stitches from SRM Stickers was just the perfect addition to the dark brown background. The papers are October Afternoon.
I made a feminine version of this card that you can find HERE. This is the sketch I used for both cards. If you were inspired to use it, feel free to share the link in the comments so I can see. :)
One commenter will get a stamp set of their choice. Deadline to be eligible for prize is 11:59 EST, Thursday June 9th. Check the TCM blog for more detailed info.  Your next stop is Sharri Seffens. Happy hopping!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Little Joys Chalkboard Card

I have a card for you today using my new Chalkboard Birthday stamp set, this month's Free with $50 purchase over at The Craft's Meow. I heat embossed the sentiment with white on black for the chalkboard look.
The papers are October Afternoon's 9 to 5. Some pearls colored with black Copics and a strip of silver bling, both by Want2Scrap, along with seam binding, buttons and twine, adorn the card.
This is the stamp set I used, Chalkboard Birthday:
Have a great one, friends!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Glamorous Happy Birthday

I hope you all had a great weekend, friends! We had a 4-day one and took a quick trip to Budapest, Hungary. One of the perks of living in Croatia is we're close to many European sites. We took advantage of the weekend and had a much needed break before a crazy summer.

I have a card for you today that uses TCM's Let's Face It and Chalkboard Birthday stamp sets. With this set, you can do 2-step stamping. First stamp the outline image of the pretty lady, then stamp the shawl and hair. I had to add these retro glasses to make the lady more glamorous :).
The papers are October Afternoon. I added a couple of white SRM Stitches Stickers on the background. I used some scrap ribbons and lace on the background.
Here are a few photos from Budapest. It's a beautiful town!
 At night..
And this is the real reason we love Budapest. It's where the closest TGIF is! :) I initially thought, what bad timing to have gallbladder issues when we get to eat at this restaurant (which is real treat and only happens once every few years). But they had delicious salmon that was worth the wait!
Have a great week!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sisters Wall Hanging

Today's project is not a card. Can you believe it? :) I made this for the  Authentique/Want2Scrap blog hop last week that I missed due to some health issues. I made a wall hanging for my girls' room. The Authentique Paper Collection I used is called Strong which is meant to be masculine. But as you can see, it works just as well for girls if you add enough feminine flair. And that's where the Want2Scrap embellishments come in.

I used the following Want2Scrap products:
I also used the following supplies:
  • Penny Black Love Chapter (LOVE and text background)
  • PB Sparklers
  • PB Music Background
  • Spellbinders butterfly die
  • Twinery
  • Gesso (painted over the background patterned paper)
I highlighted the title with strips of little pearls. the blocks and the chipboard base were inked on the edges.
I love this swirly pearl bling, together with pleated lace.
Tags stamped with Penny Black stamps and adorned with twine.
More stamped images and a butterfly die cut.
And here is the project in full. I loved making it and, more importantly, my girls love it!
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