Monday, May 5, 2014

For You Mom

~With Lots of Love~

I've got some sweet cards to share today, but first things first, I must announce the lucky reader and winner of some lil' buttons and mini felties...


Betty Sue, your name was randomly selected for this prize! Congratulations!!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment and guess on what is (still) waiting to be set up and enjoyed. It is a beautiful new BBQ, and it's just itching to be put together. But, as luck would have it, we've had nothing but forecasts for rain and snow, so our new little addition will have wait just a wee longer before we can put it together. But perhaps it's better this way, so I can take my time dreaming up all of the delicious recipes to try out! :)

I've also been under the weather this week, hence why I dropped the ball on stopping in a bit earlier. Naturally, crafting has taken a bit of a back seat as I've been recuperating. I did, however, manage to get out of my pj's yesterday for the first time (yay!), clean the house, and even whip up a couple of little cards. 

With Mother's Day around the corner, all of these are dedicated to, firstly, my wonderful, incredible mom. Also, to all the moms in my life, including you all! Thank you for bringing so much love, caring and warmth into this world!


I've been wanting to try this color combo somewhere in our house, but it is proving to be difficult finding these soft shades of pink, aqua and yellow, which makes me wonder if I'll have to resort to some good old-fashioned diy to get there....Seeing as that will require just a tad bit more time and commitment, I thought I'd give these colors a try on some cards first and see how I like 'em! 

Truthfully, I think I like them even more now :) 
I think they will make for a lovely craft room palette, what do you think? 


Anyhow, back to the cards...To make these, I used scraps of old paper bits, which I am not even sure the names of. If you're trying this palette out, just gather some light pink, light aqua and light yellow patterns, and you'll be set. 

I also used this beautiful gold/kraft paper tape from American Crafts


For the heart, I used Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers: Hearts. I also used PTI's Half and Half die, along with the In Stitches banner die. 


For the sentiment, I used Wonderful Words: Love Mini Stamp Set, and the coordinating die

For the black leaf accents, I adhered a bit of the pretty washi tape over the aqua and pink paper, and used my scissors to fussy cut the design. 


I used lots of the same ingredients for this next card, without all the black accents.


For the top of the card, and for the heart layers, I cut additional pieces using Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers Heart Stitches dies, and Button Boutique stamps and dies for the pretty chipboard button. 


The pretty lace doily is from a Stampin' Up kit, gifted to me by my sweet friend :) 


I added a couple of little sequins, and doodles for some extra spunk, and finished off with a stamped sentiment. 


This last little creation is sooo perfect for a little gift for mom. Something special only she can enjoy...Perhaps a gift card for some pampering, or something a little sparkly just for her! 


I used PTI's Pillow Box die, and the same elements as in the above two cards. 

One other thing I forgot to mention, was that for all of the gold accents, I used a Gold Leaf pen, similar to this one. It's a great way to turn any little embellishment into something special :) 
I've used it on die-cuts, buttons, pins, edges of paper, ribbon, and even to color some sequins! 
Such a quick and easy way to alter little bits to fit your projects. Hope you'll give it a try sometime! 

Well, that concludes my post for today, as I've got a lot of catching up to do from everything I've missed over the past week. I'm heading over to the shoppe now to write up a few listings, as I've made duplicates of each of these cards...Some to keep and some for the shoppe! You can check them out here :)

Wishing you a lovely day, 

*Ivana*

Friday, April 25, 2014

Rain, Rain Go Away...

~Shower of Gifts~

It's been a dreary couple of days, and it looks like the rain is here to stay. I am very hopeful that sunny days will return soon, but I must admit, every once in a while, I enjoy a rainy day...Rainy days remind me to slow down, cozy up and enjoy the comforts of home. Tuck away the yard work, start a crackling fire, and settle in with a hot cuppa - and maybe even sneak in a little nap :)

As much as I wanted to catch up on some zzz's today, I did something else equally as enjoyable and I am here to share it with you. Here are the bits I whipped up to brighten this gray day. 


Inspired by the rainy showers outside, I made this bridal shower/engagement card and gift card pocket using beautiful Kaiser Craft papers, and WPlus9 stamps. 


At the top of the card, I added a silky Prima bloom, along with some stamped leaves in Ocean Tides ink, using the WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals stamps and dies. 

I used the same set to stamp the pretty flower and leaves just above the sentiment banner, adding in Sweet Blush and Lavender Moon ink. 


For the banner, I used Papertrey Ink In Stitches dies, and stamped both of the sentiments using stamps from WPlus9's Fresh Cut Wreaths.

I added a few stringed crystals to add a bit of dimension to the card. 


I made this coordinating pocket using the Papertrey Ink Seed Packet Die. I used the Fresh Cut Florals stamp set to stamp the floral design, and Fresh Cut Wreaths to stamp the sentiment.  


This pocket is just the right size for sweet little gift for the bride-to-be, as she anticipates her big day. And it will hopefully fill her day with sunshine, regardless of the weather outside! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today :)

*Ivana*

p.s. A quick reminder that the the prize draw is still open! Simply add your answer to my question, via this post, for a chance to win some Felties and Buttons from my Shoppe! Best of luck! xoxo




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Chilly But Wonderful Easter...

~Easter Fun~

Happy Tuesday!
How are you all doing? Did you have a good Easter weekend? Did you have plans with family or simply enjoy the long weekend and relax?

 We had a pretty quiet Easter, and enjoyed some time with my folks. We did a bit of egg dyeing, made some yummy Easter recipes, enjoyed lots of family time, and even did some scavenging (of the shopping kind). It was a wonderful weekend and lots of fun was had by all. And on top off all of that, the Easter Bunny (a.k.a. ma and pa) was especially good to us this year. Hubby and I have been pinching ourselves over our beautiful new gift, which is patiently waiting in the garage to be set up, just as soon as the weather perks up a  little. Care to take a guess what it is?

I am giving away some Felties and Buttons to a random winner who can make the right guess between now and the end of the month. I will draw a name May first-ish and send some Spring goodies to the lucky reader! 

Now I'd like to share with you a sweet, Springy baby card that I've just added to the Shoppe this morning!


I adore cards that have a bit of personality, especially ones designed around a play on words. In this case, I though the "just hatched" pun lent itself perfectly to a this egg-shaped card.

To make the egg, I drew a large outline (in pencil, because I decided to freehand-it), which I then cut with my scissors into a more refined and even egg shape. I folded a piece of white cardstock in half, for the card base, and then traced and cut according to my egg-stencil. The stencil then became the front of the card which I decorated with PTI stamps, dies, and lots of lace and trim.  


For the ribbon, I used a mix of my Shabby Ribbon and pastel-colored lace in a beautiful peachy shade. A couple of layered buttons and two pennants finish off this card topper. 

Just below that, the base of the card was first covered in a delicate pink lace, followed by a smaller egg cut-out decorated with PTI's Happy Hexagons stamps and dies. I used Papertrey Ink Dye Inks in Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Orange Zest, Melon Berry and Smokey Shadow


A white pom-pom trim lines the smaller egg, for some added dimension. Lastly, I added a baby word cut-out using this Papertrey Ink die

I also did a few Easter-y crafts for the festivities, which I must find time to tuck away now, so that they are safe and sound for another year :)    

Here are the treat baggies I whipped up for our Spring table decor.


I used simple glassine baggies and filled them with various candies, decorated with two layers of MFT's Spring Wreath diecuts, a stamped egg (which is actually an up-side down hot air balloon), stamped sentiment, a felt heart and a touch of sequins and buttons. I added a fabric tab, some liquid pearls and a paper doily to keep the contents inside. Super quick and easy favor that could be customized to any holiday! 

And here's  a quick snippet of the table setting. Deciding to host the supper was a rather last-minute decision, so without much time to prepare, or any "Spring" tableware, I gathered white candlesticks, vases, and dinnerware I had kicking around the house, along with a couple of hand-dyed foam eggs and handmade nests. I added a bit of Spring color and texture with some twigs from a craft store and a pretty lace panel curtain from Ikea that I used as a table runner. The polka dot placemats were a last-minute find (and a great deal!) and I think they will get plenty of use for many holidays and events to come :) 


It was a wonderful way to spend a chilly Easter weekend in our new home, and we can't wait for many more Easter gatherings in the years to come!  

*Ivana*


p.s. Tried this yummy Panna Cotta for dessert...Thought I'd share as it was completely and incandescently delicious, yet so very easy to make! 




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*