Sunday, April 6, 2014

Restocking!

~So Many Goodies~

**ETA: The Shoppe is currently sold-out of Molded Buttons, Shabby Ribbon, Sequin Envelopes, Felt Roses, and some flower designs. If you are interested in any of these items, please send me a convo here, by clicking on the "Contact" button. Thank you for all of your support!!**

I must admit, despite my best intentions, I've been lacking in the Shoppe-updating department. As we all know, life is messy and unpredictable and sometimes best intentions get left by the wayside, while other important things take center stage.

I've been meaning to get this post up for some time now, and I can't tell you how excited I am to finally do so! I hope you'll enjoy all the spring-y, yummy little treasures that I've created just for you!

Here is just a peek of the crafty bits that have just been added to my Etsy Shoppe. Some old favorites, and even some new additions!

To see all of the items, click here

First up today...A returning favorite...Mini Felties. I know I am a little bit biased...but I looove these little accents! They are perfect for cards, scrapbook layouts, sewing projects, and so so much more. Their tiny little design is just right for adding that little something-something with just a tad of dimension and texture.





I've re-created the popular colors you see above, along with a whole new batch of colorful, Molded Buttons and Handmade Buttons!


**You Guys!! I want to thank you all for the many email requests after my Shoppe Update announcement last week. It brings a smile to my face reading your sweet words and knowing that you love these goodies as much as I do!!**

Due to the amount of email requests, some of the products were out of stock before the Shoppe could be stocked! And the buttons were, by far, the quickest to go, with plenty of email requests! There are still many colors and designs left in the Shoppe, but if you should need a color/design and cannot find it, more are certainly available upon request :)

Another fave makes a comeback...The Felt Roses!


Along with NEW flower designs, in both fabric/lace and felt/lace combinations!






And perhaps the product I'm most excited for...My Shabby Ribbon!







The ribbon is an addition I've been meaning to do for a while. All of the above colors are my "must-haves", and I've lovingly colored and scrunched them just the way I love them....Not too solid, not too dark, and with just the right amount of the crinkle :) Seriously, I feel hard-pressed to create anything without these gorgeous ribbons, and I always keep these colors in stock!

I also get oodles of questions on how I make my shabby bows, and where I get such soft, delicate colors...And the secret really is this ribbon! It always makes the perfect double bow, in the most beautiful shades.

One of the last new items I've added is my miniature Sequin Envelopes! They are just so teeny tiny and completely adorable!


Each packet consists of 40-50 two-toned sequins, some of which have been hand-dyed to co-ordinate perfectly with other items in my Shoppe!

Here are the lovely colors :)


For all the full product details, please visit my Etsy Shoppe

Thank you to everyone who continues to support my little Shoppe and for your sweet words that encourage me to create new things everyday. 

I wish you all a lovely Sunday!

Happy Shopping! :)

*Ivana*


Friday, March 28, 2014

A Cup of Thanks


Happy Friday!
The sun is shining here and I have a fun morning planned, but before I get to that, I wanted to pop in and quickly share these cards.

I just love combining seasonal papers and themes for Thank You cards...In addition to sending a note of gratitude, it's a way to brighten someones day with a splash of color that is just right for the season. 

I used the remaining bits of my beloved Kaisercraft collection to make these two cards, and one of them has already found a happy home :) I'm adding the second card to the Shoppe so that it too, can find a it's way to a happy recipient :)


I used Stampin' Up stamps for the little tea-cup and sentiment. I don't remember the name of this set...The name "Tea Time" seems to be on my mind, but I just can't be sure. If anyone knows the name of this set, please feel free to share in the comments :) 


I used a bit of blush lace to add some texture to all the layers of paper, and a couple of sparkly rhinestones, too. 


Just under the sentiment, I used PTI's Limitless Layers: Circles, to cut the scalloped yellow paper, and the white cardstock circle, which I adhered to it. 


This next card uses Papertrey Ink's Think Big Favorites #18: Mini stamp set, Purls of Wisdom stamp set, and the Sweet Baby stamp set. 


At the top of the card, I used die-cuts from PTI's Doily Details, and WPlus9's Quilt Cuts 1 die for the peach Dresden outline. I used the inside tear-drop shapes to form the design around the Thank You sentiment, which I also embellished with liquid pearls, paper punches and rhinestones. 


A layer of vellum adds a touch of sheer dimension, and the pearls on top of the card are balanced out with the stitched button on the bottom.  

I've got a biiig to-do list today, and I am hoping after all that is done, I'll get a few minutes to photograph all the new Shoppe goodies. 

You have no idea how excited I am to finally unveil! Rows upon rows of rainbow-colored embellies lay all over my scraproom as we speak...Oodles of ribbons, buttons, miniature felties and so, so much more! I can hardly wait to share them all with you! I'll be back to post all the details before this coming weeks end! 

Have a happy day :)

xo

*Ivana* 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Love You Always

~A True Love Story...~

...Never ends.
I believe this with all of my heart :) Corny as it may be, I believe in the "happily ever after", and I have ever since I was a little girl. Even before I found my happily ever after, I was always sort of a cheese-ball when it came to sappy love stories!

Silly or not, my wishes came true and both the Mr. and I are so blessed to have found our true love story in each other... 

And the best part, is that I know in my heart his love story will never end :)


To make this card, I used the beautiful The Best is Yet to Be stamp set for the sentiments, and the colorful background. I really, really love this set, for all of it's versatile flowers, leaves and sayings. It's a great go-to for lovey-dovey cards and projects - just my sort of thing!


To stamp the background, I used Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Melon Berry and Sweet Blush ink from Papertrey Ink. I used the large heart outline to stamp vellum heart, and then used my scissors to cut the vellum as well as a matching piece of cardstock, which I then stamped with the same leafy design. 


I added some stitched buttons in Melon Berry and Sweet Blush, along with a second sentiment at the bottom. 

A quick post for me today as I better get started on my busy day.

Thank you so much for visiting! 

xo 

*Ivana*



Monday, March 24, 2014

April Showers...

~Happy Shower~

As we approach April, I've got showers on my mind. Not just the rainy kind...But the celebrating kind, too! Baby and wedding showers always make me smile and I love creating cards for them :) 

For me, a shower is a rather new concept. The first shower I ever experienced was mere days after arriving in Canada. Our small town community organized a shower for my family, which consisted of a warm, heartfelt welcome by many of the towns residents, and all sorts of donations (from tea towels, to comforters and winter jackets) to help us start our new life in Canada. It was my first look into what can be accomplished when a community comes together to provide help and support to someone in need or well-wishes to someone entering a new stage in their life. I can honestly say that although our early days here were hard, the burden was lessened greatly by all of the caring members of our community...And I am forever thankful :) 

For this reason, and so many more, there will always be a soft spot in my heart for this North American tradition. 

Both of my cards today are for mommies and brides to-be as they celebrate and enjoy their special day of being showered with love and gifts!


First up, a little card for a bride-to-be. I used more of the beautiful Tea Break collection, along with stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink


For the top of the card, I used the Happiness in Bloom dies for the leaves, which were then stamped with the polka dot print from the Friendship Jar stamps in Sweet Blush and Ripe Avocado. I used a teensy heart as leaf as well, stamping it with Love Lives Here stamps to create a green outer edge.

Just below the leaves, I added a doily, which was die-cut using PTI's Doily Details die, and for the sentiment base, I used a My Favorite Things' Dainty Doily to die-cut some vellum. I then stamped the sentiment and little heart (from the Stitched Sentiments stamp set) onto the vellum and heat embossed in white and blush. 


Under the sentiment, I tied a bit of pink twine, along with a pink button, followed by some lace and a dash of pink leaves. I finished the card off with a pretty rose, and few sparkly rhinestones.


This next card would be perfect for a mommy-to-be or a soon-to-be bride. 


I used PTI's The Best is Yet to Be stamp set to add the little leaves, and Heart Prints dies to die-cut the little gingham heart at the top of the card. 

For the little umbrella, I used the WPlus9 Pretty Patches: Umbrella stamp and die.


I used My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments die for the adorable, teensy tag. It's much smaller than any tag I've come across and perfect for adding to a wee button, like this one. 

With no upcoming showers, I am excited to share these! I'm heading over to the Shoppe as we speak, where you'll be able to find both of these little creations :)

Wishing you all a happy week!

xo

*Ivana*

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Pouch and A Card

~Wedding Congratulations~

Happy Sunday! How was your weekend? 

We had a wonderful visit at home with my parents during our quick trip out of the city. Now that we're back home, unpacked, and settled back in, I'm spending a lazy Sunday evening double-tasking; writing this post and making my schedule for the upcoming week. 

I really love my little time on Sunday evenings, when I get to sit down and take a few minutes to plan out the week ahead. Do you have a Sunday evening tradition of getting ready for the coming week? Do you like to plan your week out, or take it as it comes? 

One of the biggest reasons I love planning out my weeks is because it helps me see pockets of time that I can squeeze crafty time into! This coming week looks especially promising, which has me very, very excited. 

But for tonight, I am sharing a little duo I crafted a few days back. A miniature canvas pouch and a window card.


First up, I've got a little linen baggie. I've never been good at needle and thread, but I love finding little treasures like this and taking the time to decorate them. 

I used pretty, floral Tea Break paper from Kaisercraft


I stamped the heart using PTI's The Best is Yet to Be stamp set, stamping the heart outline, followed by adding little flowers and leaves inside the heart. I used scissors to cut out the heart, and also to cut a larger heart out of gingham paper. I added a smaller heart (die-cut using PTI's Cover Plate: Hearts, and stamped with Happy Hearts stamp set), and a teensy little clothespin. I used Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Melon Berry, and Sweet Blush ink from Papertrey Ink.

On the side of the baggie I added a sweet pink button, and just below the heart, I used The Best is Yet to Be stamp set to stamp the sentiment, before fussy cutting it. 


Just under the sentiment, I added an ombre banner with a congrats sentiment. I added a bit of trim, a few more little hearts, and another pink button. 


This next card, I whipped up to test out the beautiful WPlus9 stamp sets, Fresh Cut Florals, and Fresh Cut Wreaths. I looove all the pretty flowers and leaves in this set, and the combinations are endless. The size of all the bitty flowers is perfect, too, and the leaves are just a tad smaller than most PTI leaves dies and stamps, so it's a perfect filler set :) 


For the top of this card, I lined flowers and buttons with a dash of foliage, followed by a sentiment stamped in Smokey Shadow ink. 

I used the Heart Prints dies, to cut the small heart window inside the floral heart wreath. 

This is what the card looks like on the inside.


I also added a little heart and congrats on the back of the card to complete this very sweet wedding congrats card. 


I always love making wedding cards just a bit more special by adding designs on the back or inside the card, or through a co-coordinating envelope. I find that these are the kinds of cards that are most likely to remain as keepsakes for years to come, and adding special touches seems so appropriate. 

Speaking of which, one of my to-do's this week is to sort and organize all of our beautiful wedding cards. I can't wait to take the trip down memory lane!

Wishing you all a lovely week, 

xo

*Ivana*


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Set of Happy...

 ~Make a Wish~

Mornin'! I've got a quick post for today.

Do you love stationary as much as I do? Paper with letterheads, decorative envelopes, recipe cards, and greeting cards...I love them all. And I guess you could say that is where my love of papercrafting began...

Every now and again, I like to try my hand at stationary or card sets to gift away, add to the Etsy Shoppe or just keep on hand for birthdays and special occasions.

Here is a set that I made recently, and it reminds me of a stationary set I once had, similar to these recipe cards by Rifle Paper Co


To make the cards, I started with paper from Kaisercraft - Tea Break for the background, followed by Rustic White cardstock from PTI. To stamp the main sentiments, and polka dots for all the cards, I used Stampin' Up stamps, and for the side sentiment, I used PTI's Mini Blooms stamp set. 

At the top of this card, I added some paper strips, a felt rose, lace and rhinestones. 


 For the little flower clusters, I used WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals stamp set and dies. The stars are from Stampin' Up. and the pretty blush ribbon is from Webster's Pages. Have you seen all of their candy-colored goodies lately? I so wish I could get my hands on them! 


Most cards also got a healthy dose of sequins...On this one, they are just randomly sprinkled about, which is what I love the most about them. They look great almost anywhere :) 


Lastly, a bit of button and string, and this card set is ready for the Shoppe!


I hope you are having a lovely Spring day! 

Thank you for visiting, 

*Ivana* 

p.s. Sue - I hope the weather is nicer today! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chickadee Doo...

~Happy Easter to You~

It's finally starting to feel like Spring around here, and it looks like it's here to stay.

Which means that all Spring-y things are around the corner...Like one of my most favoritest holidays to craft for...Easter :)

I've whipped up these cards for the Etsy Shoppe, just in time for egg hunts and Easter wishes.

I'm also working on heaps of spring colored buttons, ribbons and other little goodies to stock the shoppe with. Keep your eyes open...They will be arriving very soon!


First up, a little creation with lots of soft stickers and papers from the Sisters Collection by Echo Park,  a tiny bit of lace, and a bit of stamping. This card features stamps from PTI's Tag It's #1 Mini stamp set,  and the Lovely Layers die from PTI. 

I thought the little chickie sticker was too cute to pass up...She melts my heart. 


The next little pocket is made out of a simple glassine bag that I've decorated with a bit of paper, some stamping and a few die-cuts. 


To make the adorable little tree, I used PTI's Polka Dot Parade #6 Stamps and Dies


I stamped the leaves and flowers in shades of Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet, Spring Rain and Sweet Blush


Just under the tree, I added a tiny little doily, along with chevron striped patterns.
For the sentiment, I used PTI's Sweet Spring stamp set. 

Tucked inside the baggie, are three Easter eggs, which make up the little tag :) 

Hope these projects bring you a happy Spring smile!

xo

*Ivana*



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It's All About Family, Home and a Happy Heart

~Where Your Story Begins~

A home..A family..Cherished friends..Just a few of the ingredients for a happy heart, don't you think? 

Without these things, it's hard to imagine a full life, isn't it?

 I love creating cards that pay tribute to these precious treasures. And today's cards are exactly about that.


To create this sisterly thank you pocket, I used PTI's Seed Packet die, and for the tag, the Tag Sale #3 die.  The paper collection used here is the mini theme Sisters from Echo Park.


This little duo also features diecuts using PTI's Heart Prints and Perfect Patches, as well as a miniature doily die that I just can't remember the name of.  



This card uses PTI's Polka Dot Parade #10 stamp set and dies, in Spring Moss, Spring Rain and Berry Sorbet inks. 


To create the wreath, I used the Dienamics Spring Wreath die, along with some cardstock and soft pink felt. It is a round wreath, which I folded into a heart for this card. 


The little leaves on the sides are from PTI's Mini Blooms stamp set and dies

I have a few more cards using these papers that I will be sharing very soon :)

Wishing you a wonderful and happy day, 

xo 

*ivana*