Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas mail

Hi Friends,

Today I'm posting a card with a fun envelope as the main image :-) I love the fun look of it, and the happy feeling it instills! The image stamp is by my beloved Stamping Bella (not sure if Em is carrying it any more), the greeting is by JustRite, colouring is done by Copics, and that's pretty much what it took to make this card. Well, a tiny bit of Glamour Dust glitter, MFT's stitched circle die, Cuttlebug's snowflake embossing folder and a piece of mirror-like cardstock for the background layer (part of which, by the way, reflects me taking picture of the card lol). The light is a bit off, and the card looks a tad dull, but in reality it's bright and sparkly :-)

I'm still using the window of opportunity over at Simon Says Stamp, and posting this card for the current Christmas/Holidays challenge.

Thank you for dropping by!

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Hi Friends,

Today I'm posting a card with one of my all-time favourite stamps - Mo's Snowman with cardinal. I just love this image, it can work with any background and any colour scheme. I've colored it with Prisma pencils, used some Versa chalk ink to colour the image's background and then added some Glamour Dust glitter around, for additional sparkle. My challenge with this card was the puffy snow under the snowman. I haven't used the snow liquid for about a year (lol), so it became quite thick. So, here is me, done with the card, trying to add this little final touch, and the bottle just wouldn't cooperate!!!! It took me about 30 minutes to clean up the bottle's nozzle, then thin out the snow liquid for that final 30 seconds touch to the card... By the time the nozzle was cleaned, I was so frustrated that decided not to bother with researching what will work to thin the snow liquid, so just added plain water to see if that would work. It worked pretty well at the end, and now my snow liquid is running and puffing when heat is applied :-)

Oh, and after taking the picture, I realized that the twigs were uncolored! That's now fixed :-)
I'm entering it into three (wow!!) challenges - Mo's Snow or Snowflake theme, Simon's Christmas/Holidays theme, and Lia's Sparkle or Metallic theme.

Thank you for dropping by!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Happy Santa

Hi Friends,

Today is a new day, and time for a new card. I've used a stamp that I got years ago at a scrapbook festival, and I believe it was one of my first rubber stamps ever. I just couldn't stop giggling when I saw it on a stand. Coloured, it brings my face to smile even more. It's a fun image, and to me it's just an illustration of good holiday mood :-) I'm entering my card into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, which is Christmas/Holidays this week.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Winter bliss

Hi friends,

I'm back into the crafting world after another loong break! I've been busy changing my job and going painfully through the learning process, but it's about time to focus on fun! Christmas/New Year are just around the corner, and I'm now deep into Xmas cards bliss! Today I'm posting one of my first snow cards, to be sent next week to one of my ex-colleagues. I find it quite challenging to figure out what people celebrate - Christmas, Hanuka or New Year... I love love love reindeer, Santa, Christmas tree and all the snowflaky stuff, so I'm just going along with what I like, and if I send a wrong card to my lovely recipients, folks, I just don't know any more :-))) Love you anyway and hope you'll still love me too!!!

This was a quick and pretty easy card, I wanted to use my abandoned background stamp with random spots for a snowfall feeling, and voila - it worked out! I'm also posting my card into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Christmas/Holidays this week.

Thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful holiday season! More cards are coming! :-)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June Happy Birthday

Hi Friends,

Today I'm posting a card I made for a very good friend of mine, whose birthday is just a day apart from mine :-) She's an open, generous, kind, strong and very very beautiful lady who I absolutely admire and am very happy to be friends with. Happy Birthday, my dear!

I made my card using Make It Crafty hair colouring tutorial (was that not fun!!!!), it took me a while to finish the image, but I am happy with the end result and am itching to try the colouring technique with some other colors :-) Background layer is done with the use of 6X6 stencil by The Crafters Workshop and gold embossing paste Ferro, so I'm entering my card into Simon Says Stamp weekly challenge, which is to use stencils this week.
Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Fathers' Day!

Hi Friends,

Today I'm posting a card that I made for my dad this year :-) I honestly cannot remember the stamp's manufacturer, as I tore the rubber off its mounting a while ago to save some storage space :-) I'd wanted to use this stamp for ages, but for some odd reason failed to do so, and the image stayed uncoloured/unloved embarrassingly long... Anyway, last night was the night :-) and here is the result. I love the outcome, to be honest :-) I had fun playing with the embossing folder & powder, with Spellbinders' dies and my Copic markers :-)

To all the dads out there, happy Fathers' Day! May your kids be healthy and prosperous! That's the best reward for being great dads, right? :-)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Wedded bliss

Hi Friends,

What a wonderful weather is in TO today! It's warm and sunny, and trees are finally covered with leaves! I'm posting a card today that my mom's friend asked for. The occasion is her relative's wedding. I jumped right into it! I love weddings! It's soooooo great to see people happy together, filled with love, tenderness and true care for each other! It's a bliss and a real miracle to find your 'half", someone you feel deeply for, share your interests with, and cannot imagine your life without :-) Yeah, I get emotional at weddings :-) Hope this couple will enjoy their big day tomorrow and will like my little simple (but trust me, VERY sparkly!!) card. And to my all married friends out there: folks, keep loving and cherishing each other the way you did on your big day :-) love you all!!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, dear Annie!

Wishing you all the best and far, far more!!! You're a total gem, and I hope you'll live and rock forevah!!!! Mwah!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A day left!

HI Friends,

Thank you for dropping by! On this cold Thursday morning I want to say that my dear friend Annie's birthday is tomorrow! Yay!!! She is turning 42, and I'm almost done with my slightly hiccuped 42 days countdown :-) Annie, dear, happy 41st Birthday! Tomorrow's a big day :-) And it will also be Friday - a perfect combination!!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2 days left!

Hi friends,

My creative mojo left me for a couple of days, I had to take a break from my fun countdown :-) But I kept in touch with Annie, who is turning 42 in just 2 days! Annie, dear, here is my card for your 40th BD :-) When I first saw this stamp set I laughed so hard my face muscles hurt :-) Hope you like your card and smile :-) Hugs!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

6 days to go!

Hi friends,

It's another grey Saturday here, in Toronto. It looks like the sky cannot stand a thought of sun and wraps itself up in clouds... But the great news is that the snow is gone! One talkative subway fellow told me last night there we're not done with snow yet, it's coming!!! Some other year I would have laughed, but this year... I said I hoped he was wrong. Can you imagine snow in May? Total disaster...

Annie, dear, it's 6 days till your birthday! And happy 36th!

And I am entering my card into Simon Says Stamp! Wednesday challenge, which is Anything Goes this week. Thank you for dropping by and have a great weekend!

Friday, May 2, 2014

A week left!

Hi friends,

In exactly one week my friend Annie will be celebrating her 42nd birthday! There's only 7 days left... Happy 35th birthday, sweetie! My card today is pretty simple, but I love all the edges of the diecuts that compose the background! I love cardmaking for being able to touch and feel my creations :-) And the more texture the better :-) even though my card today is simple, it's quite rich in texture :-) just love it :-)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

8 days to go!

Hi Friends,

I think our spring is never going to come, it's cold and wet and muggy outside today... I honestly cannot recall if I've ever seen May 1st this cold and grey... Today I continue my countdown to Annie's birthday, which puts smile on my face :-) Annie, sweet, you are 8 days away from your birthday, and happy 34th!!!
And I'm entering my card today into Simon Says Stamp! Wednesday Challenge, which is Anything Goes this week.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

9 days to go!

Hi friends,

It is a rainy morning, here in Toronto... And windy...
Annie, dear, happy 33rd! There's just 9 days till your birthday! Hope your sweet anticipation grows :-)
I had sooo much fun creating this card! I think I used about 7 different inks and most of the leaf designs in the PTI leaf stamp set :-) Totally love the end result :-))) And it's a diversion from the hear theme, right? lol

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

10 days to go!

Hi Friends,

Last night I almost had a heart attack when I saw that my last week's card made it to the Facebook cover page of Kraftin Kimmie's Stamps! Thank you Kimmie, it's HUGE for me :-)

Now that I shared my fascinating news on getting a card of mine featured  (I'm still pinching myself trying to see if I'm dreaming!), I'd like to go back to my friend's Annie's birthday countdown :-) My dear, do you see how far your good influence goes? :-))))) Anyway, there's only 10 days left till your birthday, and happy 32nd! Hope you have a very good and fruitful day today! Just be careful with the right amount of the first line of the card's sentiment :-)))

Monday, April 28, 2014

11 days to go!

Hi Friends,

I think I'm a tiny bit addicted to the hearts theme these days :-) can't help it - they seem to have invaded my craft room, and they're everywhere! Take my Saturday card with those wonderful cutout stemmy hearts, aren't those cute? I had no heart to toss the actual cutouts, instead I decided to use them for another clean and simple card. I took my mighty Copic markers, colored the stems and the hearts, and the card was pretty much done :-) Annie, there's just 11 days to go to your birthday, Happy 31st one!!! I'm in a panic mode at this point - what am I going to countdown to once this countdown is over?... I guess I'll just keep posting, but the motivation might not be the same... Anyway, here is my card today, and I'm entering it again into Simon Says Stamp! Wednesday challenge, which is Clean and Simple this week. Thank you for dropping by and have a great start of the week!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

12 days to go!

Hi Friends,

Woohoo, Annie, happy 30th birthday! There is only 12 days left till your birthday! Well, let me tell you - your fourth decade is going to be quite fascinating - a ton of travel, a ton of new experiences and a few very precious moments :-)))) Am I a great oracle, or what? :-))) So, my card today is just a showcase of how much heart warmth you are giving to those around you and that you do start each day with a grateful heart :-)  And there's 30 hearts in my card, one for each wonderful year :-) Enjoy!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

13 days to go!

Hi friends,

My countdown is almost complete, there is only 13 days to go to Annie's birthday! Happy 29th Birthday, dear! Hope you did not have any blues looking back at your 20s when you were celebrating your last year of your third decade :-) what to be blue about, right? University - check mark :-) Family - check mark :-) Job - check mark :-) Bright and wonderful future - double check mark :-) Life's great! Mwah!

Oh, I'm entering my card into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, which is Clean and Simple this week. My card looks clean and simple (let's just not go into the "cleanliness" and "simplicity" in terms of what it took me to make this card! I think this style requires a very different kind of mind to pull together a card; my brains HURT after this exercise!!), so here I go :-) Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, April 25, 2014

14 days to go!

Hi friends,

It's 14 days to go to Annie's birthday! Happy 27 &28 Birthdays, dear! The time is shrinking, I think... Well, it does fly by quite fast... Have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

15 days to go!

Hi Friends,

Today is 15 days to go to Annie's Birthday (cannot believe it we're almost there!!!) Just two more weeks and my crafting marathon will be winding down... Annie, dear, I missed two previous days, but I kept counting in my head! Today's card is to celebrate your 25 & 26 Birthdays :-) My 27th BD card is upcoming!!! Hope to post it tonight :-)

And I've used Kimmie's Tara for this card. Because it was love at first sight with this stamp, I was totally excited that I finally got to colour it :-) I am submitting my creation to Kimmie's Wonderful Wednesday Challenge, which is Anything Goes this week.

Have a great day and thank you for dropping by!

Monday, April 21, 2014

18 days to go!

Hi Friends,

Happy Monday! I continue to play with the animal stamp set by Your Next Stamp :-) This snake is so adorable, I had to use it for my next card :-) My Chinese horoscope sign is Snake, so the card today is kind of me saying "you're the best" to my friend Annie, whose birthday is coming in 18 days :-) Happy 24th Birthday, Annie!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

19 days to go!

Happy Easter, Friends!!!

It's on of the days when you're reflective of what you're blessed with, and are grateful for everything in your life :-) I'm totally blessed with my supportive family, healthy kids and wonderful friends! And there's 19 days to go to my super great friend's birthday :-) Happy 23rd birthday, honey!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

20 days to go!

Hi Friends,

We're back to sunny weather, yay!!! My card today is done with one of the stamps from Your Next Stamp animal lines, and I absolutely love their simple and cute designs :-) Isn't this little elephant adorable and calling for hugs-hugs-hugs? :-) Annie, happy 22 Birthday! There's 20 days to go to your birthday! And a ton of hugs from me :-)

Friday, April 18, 2014

21 days to go!

Hi Friends,

Happy Easter! Our Friday weather is gloomy, to say the least... One of those days when you have to create your own sunshine to brighten up :-) And my card today is an attempt to do just that :-) bright yellow super-sized flower on a dark background :-) Annie, today we're exactly half-way through! There is only 21 days left till your birthday, and... Happy 21st Birthday! Hope it was just as fun and cheerful and exciting as the previous 20 :-))) Thank you for dropping by!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

22 days to go!

Hi Friends,

Today's card is a flower-power one :-) I love this image, though was very scared to start colouring it :-) I think, for the first attempt with a ton of red it worked out okay :-) Annie, happy 20th! There is 22 days to go to your birthday! We're half-way through my countdown :-) And you absolutely have to tell me what your 20th year was memorable for :-) Thank you for dropping by!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

23 days to go!

Okay, the countdown continues!!! Annie, it's 23 days to go to your birthday! We're back on track :-) Happy 19th, sweetie! It's interesting how thought processes go - I started this card with an idea of a sexy teenager having a blast at a party, and this is what I ended up with :-) Weird, eh?

18th Birthday

Hi Friends,

I need to re-think my time organization to make sure I'm allocating enough time to post my cards :-) It's always those few minutes that I fall short of... Annie, happy 18th Birthday! Hope it was absolutely spectacular! And the future was looking just as exciting as a train ride to the new unknowns :-)
Thank you for dropping by and have a lovely mid-week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

25 days to go!

Hi Friends,

It feels like spring is finally here, with its rains and thunderstorms :-) Happy Monday! Annie, it's 25 days till your birthday, and here is a card to celebrate your 17th birthday!
Thank you for dropping by!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

26 days to go!

And today is 26 days to go to Annie's birthday! Happy 16th, honey! This card is to commemorate your love to music and successful completion of your musical education! :)

15th Birthday

Hi Friends,

I missed a day yesterday with my countdown! There goes my commitment... Annie, here is a card for your 15th birthday, with a ton of cute cheer-leading chicks :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

28 days to go!

Hi Friends,

Happy Friday!!! The weekend is just around the corner, and the weather forecast is fantastic! What can be better?!!! Annie, honey, happy 14th! There is 28 days to go to your birthday! I'm bringing the magic of flower power to cheer you up a tad! I know you're not a flower kind of a person, but I tried to bring them to a more "neutral" colour palette :-)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

29 days to go!

Good morning, friends!

I'm super-late for work today, so will be super-quick :-) Annie, happy 13th birthday! Here is you lucky clover :-) There is only 29 days left till your birthday :-)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

30 days to go!

Hi friends,

Midweek, we're getting close to Friday :-) Today is a 30-day countdown mark for Annie's birthday :-) Happy 12th, honey! Funny thing - I was colouring the image without really any deep meaning to it, and then I got to candles on the birthday cake, and counted them. Yep, you got it, 12 candles :-) Perfect for a 12th birthday, don't you think? Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

31 days to go!

HI Friends,

Today is 31 days to go to Annie's Birthday!!! Happy 11th, dear! I hope this card brings smile to your face :-) That tiny candy looks so yummy, it's really hard to resist, despite all our diet efforts :-)

Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, April 7, 2014

32 days to go!

Hi Friends,

It's Monday, and the start of a new workweek :-) After my first energy boost, aka big mug of coffee, I"m ready to tackle the day! My card today is for Annie's 10th birthday and 32 more days to go to her real birthday. I think I'm drawn to the hues of red lately, and might play with them a little longer :-) Stamps, cardstock and ink are by Papertrey Ink. Happy Monday! Thank you for dropping by!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

33 days to go!

Hi Friends!

It's finally warm and sunny in Toronto, the spring is on us!!! Today's card is made with the assistance of a fantastic Iklat stamp set by Papertrey Ink. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it!!! I was born and raised in Central Asia, and the authentic design of Iklat stamps whispers "home" to my heart :-) I must confess here - I felt so strong about this stamp, I made about 5 different colours of this card :-) I will take a picture of them all and post here one day :-) My card today is to celebrate Annie's 9th Birthday and continue my little countdown - it's 33 days to go to your birthday, sweetie! And I'm entering my card into Simon Says Stamp's weekly challenge :-) Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful springy Sunday!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

34 days to go!

Hi Friends,

Where is our spring? It seems lost... Another day with grey skies here, in Toronto... We'll surely survive, but, oh, how welcome the warm and sunny weather will be!!!!

Annie-honey, it's 34 days to go to your birthday, happy 8th!!! I hope the little fairy Pixie (that's her name!!!) will return you to the sweet&sunny memories of that year :-) I don't really remember myself at that age, but I quite vividly remember that I had a movie/entertainment park day with my peers on our own for the first time the summer I turned 8 :-) I had a coin wallet, absolutely full, and had spent every penny it contained :-) What a GREAT day that must have been, if I remember it decades later!! :-))))

And I'm entering my card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, which is Happy Birthday theme this week. Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful Saturday!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

35 days and counting

Hi Friends,

It's FRIDAY!!! YAY!!! end of the work week! Hope you enjoy it!! My card today is clean and simple (well, took me about an hour to figure out stamp positioning), and I like the end result. I've seen the design on Pinterest one day, and thought it would be a breeze to replicate it, but... Anyway, Annie, it's 35 days to go to your birthday, and in continuation of our colour discussion yesterday, do you still think turquoise is more blue than green? Today's card is most definitely looking like "more  green" :-) Happy 7th, honey!

Oh, and I'm entering it into Simon Says Stamp Birthday challenge that's going on right now. Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful, exciting Friday!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

36 days to go!

Hi friends,

Today I'm posting a summer card; I'm soooo looking forward to the sunny weather!!!! Half-year winter is a little bit too long, don't you think? :-) My card today celebrates Annie's 6th birthday, with just 36 days to go to her actual birthday :-) Happy 6th, honey!

And I'm entering today's card into Simon Says Stamp Weekly Challenge (this week it's a Birthday Card, yay!!!) and into Mo's biweekly challenge, which is currently "K is for...". My card is "K is for KID", so there :-) I made it! :-) There is still time to enter both challenges, and the ideas are flying into my head... I need more of "K" and definitely more of BD cards :-)) Thank you for dropping by and have a great mini-Friday today :-)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

37 days to go

Hi friends,

It's a brand new day, a brand new grey sky and the same old me :-) Annie, dear, there's 37 days to go to your birthday, and I wanted to give you this little magical fairy to make all your wishes come true! Just close your eyes, take a breath in, and WISH!!! She'll make it happen, I promise :-) Happy 5th, by the way :-)
This card is a one-layer one, the first ever for me :-) and I totally love it! :-)))))

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

38 days to go

Hi friends,

Today I have a pretty simple card, using a combination of Spellbinders' and PTI dies and stamps. I love PTI's balloons, they bring a smile on anyone's face :-) Annie, happy 4th birthday, there's just 38 days to go!!!

I did find my little photo studio and set it up last night, so now I think I'm a bit more comfortable with the light& colours, yet need to figure out how to play with camera and Photoshop a tad more :-) And here is my card :-) Thank you for dropping by, and have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, March 31, 2014

39 days to Birthday

Hi friends,

I keep the countdown running! It's 39 days to Annie's birthday :-) Happy 3rd, sweetie! Hope you loved clowns then, with all their funny things and wears :-) 

I was so tickled with the Button theme over at Simon Says Stamp blog, that I'm entering my second card with buttons to their weekly challenge :-) I love buttons, have a ton of them in various shapes, sizes and forms, but find it hard to use them. Lack of creativity, maybe?.. :-) I've used My Favourite Things' button border die here, it's a perfect tool to use all your tiny scrap pieces to have a kazillion of various designs :-) Key point - all those designs will still be all about buttons! Love it! 

I'm looking at my most recent cards and come to the conclusion that I have to set up my little photo studio, with proper background and proper lighting...That will be my task for next week, we'll see if the quality of my images improves :-)) Thank you for dropping by, and have a great start of the week!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

40 days to go

Hi Friends,

Today is a new day! It's sunny in Toronto, and we can actually see the blue sky :-) Yay!!!

My countdown continues, with 40 days to go to Annie's Birthday :-) Happy 2nd birthday, my dear! And today's card has a button - a perfect reason to enter my card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Anything Goes with Buttons this week! I'm actually killing two birds with one stone :-) Neat :-) Thank you for dropping by and have a wonderful Sunday!!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

41 days to go

Hi friends,

The countdown continues :-) Annie, there's 41 day to go to your birthday :) The card today is for your first birthday :-) I think you were really cute at that age :-) Cheeky and sweet :-)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Birthday Countdown

Hi friends,

It's been a loooong time since I last posted, guilty as charged! Life, life... Anyway, I am excited to be back to the crafting world again and want to renew my vows to this fantastic therapeutic outlet, cardmaking, with a daring project.

I have a very special friend, who I met a long time ago, and who became very close to me in the past year. She's miles away, so our communication is limited to what our wonderful world of modern technology offers in terms of connecting people... But when you have this connection, and you have a kind and supportive, and encouraging, and inspiring individual on the other end of the wire, it really doesn't matter where physically you're at, right? Annie K, thank you so much for being part of my life and for helping me stay afloat! You're amazing, and I'm sure your kids inherited your huge heart, kind and curious mind and sparkling optimism! The world needs people like you (well, at least I surely do :-))

So, my daring project is to have a special countdown for Annie, who is turning 42 on May 9 :-) Today is exactly 42 days until May 9, and I will post a card here every day to count down to Annie's birthday. I might not follow through, as getting back in gear is a task challenging enough on its own, but I will try my best to keep the countdown and the card marathon up. I'm crossing my fingers that Annie wouldn't think this is crazy, but I do want to give her this special birthday celebration no matter what :-)

With that, my first card is a Welcome Baby card, as the idea is to get to card #42 on day 0 :-) Or will it be card # 43 on day 0?... Oh, well, I'm hopeless with calendars... Here goes my first card, 42 days to go to May 9 :-)