Friday, November 30, 2012

~TCM November Reveal~

Welcome to The Craft's Meow November Reveal Day! Today we are hosting a blog hop to showcase the full reveal of the November stamp releases, so if you're playing along, there is a lot of fun in store!
If you have arrived here from Gayatri's blog, then you're in the right place.
If not, you can check out the full list of participating blogs here, so that you can check out each blog on the hop.


My first project is a simple little treat baggie, featuring the adorable little girl image from the Valentine Wishes stamp set. Isn't she the sweetest?!

I've also created a set of tags with the same colors, but for different seasons, more specifically, the wonderful holidays just around the corner :)  


I used the Stitched Sentiments #2 stamp set for these two tags, along with dies from this Spellbinders set.
To color in the images I used my Copic markers (Warm Gray No. 1 and Light Pink)


And lastly, another little tag, using the banner stamp from Beautiful Shelf and a sentiment from the Valentine Wishes set.



Even though that's it for my projects today, there is still so much more beautiful artwork to be seen on all the blogs participating on the hop.

If you're hopping along, your next stop is Iwona's blog

As you're hopping to each blog, be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs, for your chance to win ALL the stamp sets from this reveal! 
The deadline to leave a comment is 9 pm PDT, December 2nd.

Thanks so much for joining us today and I hope you enjoy the hop! 

*Ivana*






Thursday, November 29, 2012

~Zoom Goes My Heart~

I'm back and today is our last day of previews. Which means that tomorrow, not only are we revealing all the stamp designs for the TCM November release, but we are also featuring another blog hop, with awesome chances for you to win the new stamps!

So I hope you'll come back and see what all the commotion is about!

For today, I still have a couple of little things to share, so here they are :)


I created two super quick and super simple projects with the featured stamp set of today, Zoom Goes My Heart. 

It's a fun set to play with, since all the images have been separated out, so that you can build your own image (this means you can easily add more color, and dimension to all of your stamped creations, which is a super fun way to play with your stamps)

The first baggie, features one of the speedometers in the set...Which is super cute when paired with the sentiment that fits the image so perfectly.


This card features another fun image from the stamp set, a fuel gauge, with, of course, a matching sentiment!
Such a cute way to dress up V-Day projects.

The hearts used in these projects were die-cut using Sizzix Primitive Hearts die. I know it's a quick post today, but I am working on lots of crafty things to share in the next little while, and I am also getting ready for the big reveal tomorrow!

I hope you'll be back to check it out!

Thanks so much for joining me today :)

*Ivana*



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

~Banners & Hearts~

Another fun TCM preview day in store...With more stamping!

Today's featured set is Beautiful Shelf and it is a truly lovely bunch of images.
I used only one of the stamps for my card today, but I cannot wait to jump in and create a few more projects with the fun images in this set.


I stamped a few of the banner designs onto white cardstock and embossed them in white. 
I used a few colors of Copic markers, to color each of the pennants, and then I cut out each pennant and assembled the pieces to make two banner lengths - one slightly longer than the other.

For the base of the card, I used a few layers of cardstock, and a stamped image using one of the oval stamps from the Lovely Ovals set. 


I stamped the sentiment from the set onto a piece of die-cut cardstock (using this die) and added a few Kraft paper touches, like the punched border and teensy button.


I finished the card off with some scrunched ribbon and a button, as well as a little die-cut heart and some liquid pearls. 

A really quick and easy card that requires nothing but a few basic materials, and some fun with stamping!
If you'd like to win this stamp set, just be sure to visit the TCM blog and leave a comment! :) 

I'll be back tomorrow with more projects to share! Hope to see you here :) 

Thanks for stopping by. 

*Ivana*









Tuesday, November 27, 2012

~Oh How I Love...~

Anything stitched....
Whether it be a few stitches passed through my sewing machine, a stitch or two used to secure a button, or stitch-like stamps...I love them all! It is my most favorite addition to my crafting projects, and I love the homespun touch it provides.
Which is exactly why I was thrilled to find out about a new addition to the wonderful Stitched Sentiments stamp design :)  Stitched Sentiments #2, that is!

Today is all about this lovely stamp set, and I have two projects to share today using this beautiful set!


I created this Valentine's Day card using some very basic elements: cardstock, ribbon, chipboard, buttons and of course, some TCM stamps! 


I really love the font of this set, and I was so excited to see a second edition come back...with new sentiments in the very same font I adore so much. 

I particularly love the fact that the letters can be colored in - such a fun way to dress up your stamped images!
I used a Copic marker to do so here (Cool Shadow) and I love how it turned out!


To frame the sentiment, I added some painted chipboard, hand-dyed ribbon, a handmade button, and a few layers of cardstock. 


For this little tag, I used one of the other sentiments in the set, along with a pretty die-cut from this Spellbinders die set, which I stamped with a border stamp from the Lovely Ovals stamp set and embossed it in white.

I am so excited to be playing more with stamps these days...I love the freedom of being able to mix and match designs, pick my own colors, and create a project from start to finish with just a few simple elements.

I especially love that I can add a pinch of homemade goodness just by adding a stitched sentiment (or any other little designs) to my creations! Whether these stamps help you create a project form scratch, or you use them to add a bit of interest or detail to your creations, they are still one of the best (and most fun) ways to get crafty and be creative.

I can't wait to show you more stamped creations I have coming in the next few days, so stay tuned!
For a chance to win today's featured stamp set, leave a comment on the TCM blog by 9 pm PST and you might be the lucky winner!

Thanks for stopping by today :)

*Ivana*










Monday, November 26, 2012

~It's That Time...~

To once again welcome you to my favorite day of the month....
It is day one of the TCM November previews, and I am so happy you're joining me...
 I hope you'll be back again to see what we have in store for you each day, leading up to the big reveal on November 31 :)

Today, we are showcasing Valentine Wishes - one of the most adorable stamp sets ever! It is so very sweet.
I've created a few valentines gift tags using this set, as well as the Lovely Ovals stamp set.

I have several projects to show you, so let's get started!


I wanted to use as little patterned paper as possible, to show how versatile these stamps really are.
I picked out a few colors of cardstock, a few little embellishments, and started stamping away.


First up, I've got a little tag, stamped with a sentiment from Valentine Wishes, a few layers of cardstock,
 and one of my handmade felt hearts.


I decorated the heart with some ribbon, buttons and a vintage pin. 
A super quick and easy tag that would look adorable on any gift, don't you think?


Next up, I've stamped some hearts with the "xo" sentiment from the Valentine Wishes stamp set, and I've used a pretty 
border stamp from Lovely Ovals to stamp the Kraft paper bits. 
I have to let you know just how much I adore the font in this stamp set....It is so fun :) 
To finish off this tag, I added a little felt patch (pinked edges and all) as well as a dash of some shabby ribbon.


For  the last tag, I used one of the images in the stamp set and stamped it on three colors of cardstock. I cut out each different piece and layered it on the main image, which was stamped on Kraft cardstock.
This is my first attempt at paper piecing, and although a little time-consuming, I loved it!
I can see myself becoming an addict of this technique.. :)

That's it for me today, but I hope you take a few moments to check out what the rest of the design team has prepared with this beautiful stamp set - you can find the full list of blogs participating in today's preview here.

And as always, if you love today's stamp set, simply leave a comment on the TCM blog, and you could be the lucky winner! 

Thanks so much for joining me!

*Ivana*

Friday, November 16, 2012

~Stocking Up~

It always seems that after Christmas, I tend to run out of cards to give away. Each year, during our Christmas break, we spend some time at home with family, and even though it can get busy, I always sneak in at least a day or two of cardmaking. It always works out so well that yet another Christmas has passed and I no longer need to worry about holiday cards...So I tend to prepare a few thank-you's, baby cards, and some general themes to use in the year ahead.

Unfortunately, I usually forget to replace the cards with new creations once I use them. 
I suppose, it never seems to be an issue, since I always have enough cards to carry me through the year, but.....
This year, for some strange reason, I ran out early. 
I have a couple of outstanding thank-yous in order, and other occasions coming up, so I am taking a break today from holiday crafting, to share the cards I made to replenish my stock :)


First up, a baby card which I also created in blue, just in case :)
I used a few different PTI products to make this card. 
Both of the doilies, heart die, and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink. 


While I had my Button Boutique stamps and dies out, I couldn't help but playing with them just a little longer. 
I used  several vintage buttons to decorate the button card stamped with this stamp set, and added a few pretty papers from Pink Paislee. 


I needed a couple of thank you cards, so I created these simple, neutral cards, so that I don't have to panic when I need to send a thank-you!


I used PTI's Love Lives Here stamp and die sets, as well as pretty floral tags from Iralamija's Etsy Shoppe

I know it's a quick post today, but I am working on a special project or two at the moment, so I best be getting back to work :) 

Happy Friday!

*Ivana*

Monday, November 12, 2012

~Holiday Blog Hop~

Welcome to The Craft's Meow Holiday Blog Hop!
I am so happy you're joining us :)

If you've arrived here from Gayatri's blog, then you're in the right place! Otherwise, head back to the TCM blog to view the full hop order. 

 We have piles of fun projects to show, as well as a chance to win some TCM goodies!
So cozy up to your 'puter, grab a cuppa and those fuzzy slippers, and enjoy what we have in store for you today :)

I've got several things to share, so let's get started!

We were asked to pull out our favorite TCM winter stamps, and create some fun projects with them. 
I immediately knew which stamp sets I wanted to use.
I found that I didn't get to play with them enough last season, so I grabbed the Vintage Snowflakes, Vintage Ornaments and Season's Greetings sets and dove right into some fun holiday crafting.


Continuing on with my gifting theme, I created a set of cards and card cozies (which can also double up as sweet gift baggies) in a new color palette. 


Seeing as I usually tend to shy away from red, it only seemed appropriate that I try it out for these projects- in spirit of the season!


The cozies are quite simple to make, yet so much fun. If you think you need a fancy sewing machine or stitching skills to pull these together - fear not- I assure you, they would look just as cute without any sewing effort. 

I actually added the stitches before I pulled the bag together (to one of the vertical sides as well as along the bottom of the baggie), then I simply used strong double sided tape to glue it all together.


I stamped several snowflakes form the Vintage Snowflakes stamp set, and cut them out. 
I also die-cut some pretty little felt hearts in cream and red for a few special touches.


I spritzed some ribbon with red mist and added it to the front of the cozy.
Finished the cozy with a handmade button, Maya Road Trinket Pin and a stamped sentiment.
So simple :)


The cards were also a breeze to pull together. 
Using just white cardstock, and a few colors of ink (and my stamps, of course)
I inked up the backgrounds, cut out a few of the images, added a few die cuts here and there....


I used the frame stamp from Season's Greetings to cut out a strip of paper and cover the mini spool on this card. Love how it turned out :) 


Here is a view of the cozies all bundled up together with the cards inside. 



That's it for me today, but there is plenty more to see.
The next stop on the hop is Iwona's blog!
 Also, if you want to be entered for the draw, be sure 
to leave your comment on the TCM blog for the chance to win - you will have until
November 14th, 9 p.m. PST to do so. 


Thanks so much for visiting today.

*Ivana*

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

~Lovely Morning~

Spent the morning with two very dear friends...
So much to chat about, so many things to catch up on.
What a wonderful way to enjoy the a.m. :)

Before I run off with my day, I wanted to stop by and share a couple of new creations I've made for the upcoming craft sale/my homemade Christmas gift pile...


Two sweet tins, painted and decorated with plenty of shabby toppings.


I am loving aqua & soft pink lately, it is such a sweet color combination for the holidays.
Unexpected and fun...Just like a special gift that will hide inside these little treasures.


I used a few different stamps, which I had cut and colored with my Copic Markers (Cool Shadow and Light Pink). For the dies, I used Papertrey's Button Card Die, as well as Spellbinders Grommet Tags.
Along with paper diecuts, I also used some hand-colored felt to add a tad of texture.

I added a shabby ribbon bow to each tin, topped off with pretty buttons.

Such a simple and fun way to alter all sorts of packages you might have sitting around your home...Can't think of a prettier way to recycle! Hope you'll give it a try.

Thanks so much for visiting this morning,

*Ivana*



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

~Happy News~

Good morning. It's such a beautiful day here. 
Sun is shining, and I am so happy to share something new with you all today.

Have you seen this magazine?


It really is a wonderful publication. 
It is a one of a kind, quarterly magazine, that features all sorts of beautiful work and fantastic articles, from some of the top names in the industry.
And the best part - it is completely free!

You can view the first issue here.
I really hope you love it as much as I do. 

In fact, I fell so in love with it, that I couldn't resist the offer to become one of the contributors to the magazine, and the brand new editor of the Cardhaus section! I am so excited about working on a team of such incredible talent, and the opportunity to share my work with all of you in a completely new medium!



From time to time, you'll see some of my creations as well as tutorials/articles in the magazine, and I hope much, much more! 

I am so excited to share this news with you and I want to thank you all for taking the time to visit my blog and the magazine. Without you, none of this would be possible and I am so grateful for all of your support. 

All my love, 

*Ivana*




Sunday, November 4, 2012

~Holiday Thank You's~

Today has been busy...
Spent most of the morning running errands, making homemade gifts, and organizing goodies for the upcoming craft sale..I really love being busy this time of year. I love how it's all a part of the anticipation of celebrating Christmas.

And it got me thinking...

About all the hours (or days) we all spend during the holidays, thinking about the people we love, and how to show them how grateful we are to be blessed with their presence in our lives...
Whether it be with the perfect gift, a lovely holiday meal, or a fun night of entertaining...We spend so much time trying to get it all just right...Not because we have to, but because we want to.
We all do it from the heart  - For love of the holidays and for what this special time of the year represents...
Time spent with loved ones and the chance to show them how much they mean to us.

Well, all this thinking got me thinking that it's about time to start a new tradition in our family, with Holiday Thank You's, to honour all the special people who make the holidays so magical for us.

After all the gifts are opened and festivities are over, what could be more fun than sending a little thank-you card with a thoughtful message, or a batch of fresh cookies in a homespun gift baggie?


Wouldn't these just be lovely showing up at someone's doorstep?  


I created a batch of cards with matching baggies, and just in case you might want to send one of these little surprises to a loved one, I've made sure to save some for the craft sale next month, as well :)

I gathered piles of brown paper baggies, and decorated them with lots of shabby colors and textures. 
I love that they are not limited to Christmas time, since the colors are so versatile. 


Using a PTI doily die, I cut out some pretty doilies to use on the card and the baggies. 
I added in some kraft cardstock along with ivory cardstock, and used lots of fun toppings, like buttons, flowers, vintage rulers, and fabric, for both the card and the baggies.

Of course, I added in a few stitches...I love how this simple touch adds so much homespun detail to a project.


A while back I created some shabby fabric tape, which I added to the card and the baggies. 
And I spent some time with my die-cut machine, cutting out stars out of a beautiful glittery paper, and some time with my new Copic marker (Cool Shadow), to color in a few die-cut circles. 


Not wanting to use all the same buttons, I pulled out my clay and made this little gem-like button, which I then filled in with platinum Stickles

Of course, then I got off on a tangent and created a whole pile of buttons to share with you all at the craft sale! 
But more on those another time...


Now that I've created these, I feel like I can go back to my busy day of holiday preparations...Maybe even put up the Christmas tree, seeing as it's fully winter outside, and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon.

Thanks so much for visiting!

*Ivana*

Thursday, November 1, 2012

~Handmade Holiday~

This holiday season, we've decided to spend more time creating gifts form the heart...To share them with loved ones and to share them with all of you, in my shoppe!
I am so excited about this, because I have a very long list of home-made gift ideas I've wanted to try out for some time now...

Some neat ideas I've come across over the years have included everything form hand-crafted ornaments, to handmade bath toppings, and of course, many different types of home-baked goodies, decorated in pretty little packages with matching cards and tags.  

It seems like handmade gifts are everywhere and whatever you set out to make, there are most likely a wealth of ideas to get you started and plenty of supplies available to make the job oh-so-easy...And fun!

Before jumping into my long list of ideas, I decided to do something that was familiar to me, just to ease into the crafty spirit :)

I made some ornaments last year for our Christmas tree, so I decided to create a new set for this season.


I think these would make such a lovely gift....In a pretty decorated box...
Along with a matching card...


I used several different types of materials for the ornaments...


The large starts are made from a styrofoam, which I picked up at my local craft store.


After considering a few options of how to cover the stars, I decided to paint all the ornaments and leave the paper and pretty toppings for the decoration.


I used a lot of vintage buttons, lace, die-cut felt & glittery paper, as well as some stamped images to decorate these pretty little treasures. 


I also picked up a few porcelain frames which, although a little fragile, were the perfect base for 
all the lovely toppings I had left over from the first batch of ornaments I decorated. 


 I think these are so lovely, because they can be personalized with a photo, which can be switched out each year.


They can even be used as a fancy gift tag to top off a very special gift...

Whatever the case, I think they are so lovey and full of holiday spirit! 

Thanks for stopping by today :) 

*Ivana*