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Shabby Shutters for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Monday, July 14, 2014

Witajcie drodzy Blogowiczanie! Dzisiaj chciałabym się podzielić DT kartką, którą przygotowałam dla Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Spis materiałów zamieściłam poniżej a dokładne detale opisałam na blogu firmowym TUTAJ. Opis jest po angielsku ale dla zainteresowanych chętnie również dopiszę wersję po polsku :). 

Dziękuję za wizytę i za pozostawione komentarze :).

Hello Friends!

I am soooo delighted to see new Followers joining my blog - thank you so much and make yourself at home! :0)

Today I have a DT card to share which I prepared for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. I won't go into too much detail here, as you can read all about my card HERE (and I would be really happy if you did! lol).

If you subscribe to the UK's Craft Stamper magazine you might recognise this stamp from the July issue. 

When I  saw this little Mackintosh-inspired rose stamp I immediately thought of stained glass windows. And I just had to have a go at creating a stained glass effect using acetate, stamps and inks :).

I know you might first associate stained glass with Gothic cathedrals. But as I'm not too much of a 'Gothic kinda gal', I decided to put a shabby - chic - cottagey spin on it. Funnily enough, one of the inks I used is called Gothic Purple lol :). So here is my Shabby Shutters card.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's Supplies:

E-Z Dots® Mini Permanent, MyStik® Permanent Strips, White 3D Foam Squares Regular and White 3D Foam Squares - Small, Black 3D Foam Squares - Regular, White Crafty Foam Tape, DODZ™ - 3D, DODZ™ - Small, 3d Foam Leaves, 3D Foam Cupcakes, 3D Foam Garden Shapes.

Other Supplies:

Stamp - Craft Stamper Magazine, July 2014 free stamp; Papers: 7Dots Studio Dreamer Collection and Bazzill Basics Paper; 
Wendy Vecchi - Blossom Bucket - Shutters

Stencils - brick stencil, Tim Holtz Shutter; 

Cutting Dies: Marianne Design CR1213 and LR0205,

Inks: Imagine Crafts StazOn Claret, Gothic Purple, Cactus Green, Cherry Pink, Mustard, Jet Black, Memento Tuxedo Black; Colouring: STAEDTLER ergosoft® aquarell pencils, Spectrum Noir markers, DecoArt Americana paints.

Glitters: Stampendous Pink Micro Glitter, Sea Green Ultra Fine Jewel Glitter.

Today is my first day back at work after the op... so please keep your fingers crossed for me that all goes well! :)

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous week!
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Challenges for this card:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #77 - Dreaming of Summer
Country View Challenges July - Stencil It
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Let's Be Clear
7Dots Studio June/July - Stamps
Suzz's Stamping Spot - STAEDTLER Giveaway
The Shabby Tea Room #227 - Fun In The Sun
Frilly and Funkie - Summer Heat
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Back At Home, Exploding Wedding Box And a Tutorrial

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Hello Friends ('old' and new ones - thank you for following! x). Apologies for being quiet again but I hope to catch up on my blogging soon. I've now had my op and it all went well. Post-op was a bit tricky so I had to stay in hospital a tad longer than expected. The recovery has also been taking longer than expected...sheeesh. But I am getting there! Yay! 

My biggest heartfelt thanks to everyone who's sent beautiful cards and lovely supportive messages by email, text and on Facebook. I got some beautiful flowers delivered, too! You guys are true gems - thank you again! 

In all the hospital kerfuffle I didn't get a chance to share this wedding gift project which was recently commissioned by my friend. My instructions were that the Bride loved shabby chic, lace and hearts. Oh and that the card should have a matching box. I think I met all the requirements :).

I frequently come across beautiful exploding boxes in blogland but somehow I’d never thought of making one myself. Perhaps I mistakenly assumed it was really difficult – but it isn’t at all! If you’ve never tried it I hope this project will inspire you to have a go. 

I made a full tutorial for this project which I shared last week on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog. I would be delighted if you found a moment to view it HERE and let me know what you think :). The inspiration for the 3D birdcage came from this beautiful project from Dora which you can see here.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L supplies I used:

E-Z Dots® Mini Permanent, Crafty Foam Tape – White, Thin 3D Foam Squares – Mix White, Mounting Squares – White, DODZ™ – 3D, Creative Photo Corners – Black, 3D Foam Squares – Black, DODZ™ - Small, E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, 3D Foam Hearts and 3D Foam Leaves.

Can you see little eggs hidden in the nest?

Other supplies I used:

Stamps – Married Monograms & Fairy Tale Wedding (Stampendous); Creative Stamping magazine – The Celebrations Collection

Papers – DCVW Mariposa collection; Bazzill Basics Paper Heritage collection

Embellishments: Shabby White Embossing EnamelTaupe Color Fragments and Cinnamon Micro Glitter (Stampendous); lace, flowers, Tim Holtz/Sizzix Caged Bird die; Spellbinders Foliage die, brads, grunge paper, decorative flower mist.

Witajcie kochani i dziękuję za wizytę. Dzisiejszy post jest troszkę opóżniony po mojej wizycie w szpitalu i planowej operacji. Ale dzieki temu, że powoli wracam do formy mogę się w końcu podzielić moimi ostatnimi craftowymi wyczynami.

Ten projekt to ślubny exploding box przygotowany na zamówienie. Pełne instrukcje (po angielsku) możecie przeczytać na blogu Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L tutaj. Serdecznie zapraszam!

I hope you enjoyed peeking inside this exploding box. Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments! :).
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Challenges for this project:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - W is White
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #76 - Flowers
Sugar Creek Hollow #90 - It's Charming
Just us Girls Challenge #248 - Bird
Tando Creative July - Come Fly with me
Vintage Stamping Challenges # 21 - Summer Blooms
Galeria RAE #38 - P jak...Papierowe Pudelko
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The Special Bond We Share - Stampendous And DecoArt Blog Hop

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hello lovely Friends, hold on tight as it's going to be a long post! 

But first, please allow me to send my warmest welcome to my newest followers! Thank you so much for joining in the fun!

The excitement continues as we conclude our grand tour of amazing artists (and me lol) playing with Stampendous, DecoArt, and Princeton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe products. 

The inspiration has been amazing and today you'll be even more astonished! 

If you missed the beginning of our journey, be sure to go back and check it out! MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY 

Witajcie kochani! Serdecznie zapraszam na wielkie blogowe hopowanie z nagrodami od Stampendous, DecoArt, oraz Princeton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe. Przez cały tydzień szykowaliśmy dla Was przeróżne inspiracje - wszystkie ogromnie polecam. A na zachętę dla odważnych komentujących mamy nagrody - każdy komentarz pozostawiony na blogach biorących udział w zabawie to szansa na zdobycie nagrody! 

Życzymy udanej zabawy!

As part of the blog hop traditions, there are prizes to be won! DecoArt is sending three sets of their Media Fluid AcrylicsPrinceton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe is donating Select 3750 Brushes and some Catalyst Wedges, and we'll be adding a Stampendous Creative Palette so you can practice all the techniques you'll have seen this week. Stampendous will be sending three prize packages to commenters with U.S. Mailing Addresses and DecoArt will be sending three generous sample packages to international commenters, so all our friends can play. 

• Like Stampendous, DecoArt, Princeton Artist Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook! • We've also got a Pinterest Board started!

Please repin our projects on to your boards and be sure to tag us when you do (#Stampendous, #DecoArt, #PrincetonArtistBrushes, #byWillowWolfe) - we'll be tracking. 

Your comments on the blogs are your entry into the drawing. AND Stampendous HQ has a few bonus goodies hanging around for some lucky people who SHARE our Facebook posts and Pinterest Pins! 

And here is the project I'm sharing today :).

I really wanted to use my Rose Bloom stamp again (one of my favourites) but I also wanted to make something different, something I've never tried before. So I used my stamp to create a mould for a truly dimensional impression :).

When my mould putty was set I prepared a batch of ICE Resin and added a couple of drops of Cadmium Red to the mixture and made a first pour. When the first layer was fully cured I added a second batch of resin (it was quite tricky to manage any over-spill) and this time added some Cadmium Yellow. Now I needed a 'platform' for my resin rose...

If you are a new visitor to my blog, this year I made a crafty resolution to finish projects I began ages ago and never completed. I had a mixed media canvas I started years ago during a workshop and although I loved the background, I couldn't find a muse/theme/reason/inspiration/mojo to finish it. So I decided to go back to it as my 'starting point' and see where paint and stamps would take me lol.

I started with layers of texture. First I randomly stamped Rose Bloom with Buttermilk paint, then added pieces of torn book pages and packaging bubbly off-cuts with Adhesive Sheets and  I added some 3D DODZ.  

Next I started layering watered down washes of colours, deep reds, pinks, oranges, blues and greens - all continuously softened with touches of white. I also added some more stamping with paints to the sides (NK Studio Grunge, Jumbo Magnolia). 

For my collage I used die cut cardboard pieces (Prima/Sizzix), chipboard shapes (ScrapFX) and resin and metal flowers, all covered with layers of paint, softened with white. I also added some cheese cloth decorated with 3D Foam Squares covered in Rose and Mint Color Fragments.

For my final touch I added a sentiment (Friendship Assortment Perfectly Clear) stamped with black StazOn. 

So there you have it, nice summery flower canvas :). OK. Ready for your trip around the world? Pack your bags, get a cup of coffee and a kitten (or a puppy, or a hubby - whoever is to hand!), and get comfy. You have until the end of Sunday, June 29 PDT to comment on all the blog posts.

Louise Crosbie (Scotland, UK)
Lea Kimmel (North Carolina, USA)
Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)
Asia King (Oxford, UK) - that's me!
Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)
Suzanne Czosek (Illinois, USA)
Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)
Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)
Angelica Stark (Hudiksvall, Sweden)
Mark Gould (West Sussex, UK)
Debbie Cole (California, USA)
Jamie Martin (Oklahoma, USA)
Tobi Crawford (BC, Canada)
Wendy Price (New Jersey, USA)
Jessa Plant (Arizona, USA)

Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely comments. 

Hopefully, by the time you read this post I will have had my op (it's already been postponed once) so I will be a bit quiet for a while recovering. But rest assured your comments will be read and truly appreciated - every single one!

Big crafty hugs

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Challenges for this project:
Live & Love Crafts #24 - Summer Garden
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - I ought to use this more
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Stampendoulicious Chalk - Stampendous and DecoArt Team Up!

Monday, June 23, 2014

This week we are hosting a mega-cool truly international event! All friends at StampendousDecoArtPrinceton Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe are joining to show what you can do with stamps and acrylic paint. You'll be amazed how great these two craft items work together to make amazing things! 

Of course, there are prizes! DecoArt is sending three sets of their Media Fluid Acrylics, Princeton Artist Brushes, through Willow Wolfe, is supplying a Select Brush Set and a Catalyst Wedge, and Stampendous will be adding a Stampendous Creative Palette. What a fantastic selection of  crafty goodness!

Visit each blog, leave a comment! • Like  StampendousDecoArtPrinceton Artist Brushes and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook! • We've also got a Pinterest Board started!


Please repin our projects on to your boards and be sure to tag us when you do (#Stampendous, #DecoArt, #PrincetonArtistBrushes, #byWillowWolfe). We have a few bonus goodies hanging around in Stampendous HQ office for some lucky people who SHARE our Facebook posts and Pinterest Pins!

Your comments on the participating designers' blogs are your entry into the drawing. We'll randomly choose three blog posts from all the designer posts this week and then choose a winner from each to receive a prize package. 

We'll draw three winners with U.S. Mailing Addresses. BUT because we have so many international players this time, DecoArt has agreed to mail out three nice sample packages to international commenters as well - so make sure to hop and comment!

Now onto my project today. I've altered an old frame I found in a charity shop and created a coffee themed wall art for my living room.

Here is the picture 'before':

And 'after':

I disassembled the nautical insert (and kept it for another project) and painted the wooden backing with Americana Chalkboard Paint. Then I added some stamping and heat embossed it with White Detail Embossing Powder. The stamps I used were: Perfectly Clear Elegant Borders, Coffee Talk and cling Kettle On.  

Then I painted the frame with Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Lace and distressed it in place with sanding paper.

My hubby and I are both big coffee addicts and this chalkboard sign sums it all up for us:

Keep Calm
And Put The Kettle On

Keep Calm
And Pour Me Another Cup

Forget Calm
I'm Having Another Cup

Happiness Is a Good Cup Of COFFEE
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OK, ready for your trip around the world? Let's get hoppin!

Claudia Neubacher (from Vienna, Austria) 
Kristine Reynolds (from Moorpark, CA, USA) 
Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (from Niedersachsen, Germany)
Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)
Asia King (from Oxford, England) - that's me! 
Jessa Plant (from Phoenix, AZ, USA) 
Kathi Rerek (from New Jersey, USA)

Thanks for stopping by and for all your lovely comments!

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Also linking to:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - You Gotta Have Friends
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Happy Birthday To You

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hello Friends! I know it's been a bit quiet here lately... I've been feeling a bit under the weather... I'm going to have a minor op shortly which hopefully is going to sort things out for me and I will be feeling my old self soon :).

So please forgive me for being a bit MIA blogging and  visiting wise but that should improve very soon!

For now just a quick note to let you know that today I am sharing a card on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog and you can see my post HERE. I made it for my brother for his birthday.

The inspiration behind it was this super cool canvas by Leann Pearce I saw here.


MyStik® Permanent Strips, White Mounting Squares, Black 3D Foam Squares, DODZ™ - Medium.

Other supplies:

Stamps - Stack Art Royal Heart, Royal Heart Quotes, Steampunk Charms, Vintage Press (Stampendous); Cinnamon Micro Glitter (Stampendous), Memento inks - Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Rich Cocoa (Imagine Crafts)

I would be delighted if you found a moment to visit my DT post (HERE) and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Mother's Day Flowers

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hello from Poland everyone and BIG welcoming hugs to my newest blog followers!

Thank you for stopping by today. If this is your first visit here, make yourself at home, grab a cuppa and enjoy. And if you like it here, why don't you click that cute little button that says 'follow my blog' lol ;). Just say'n! :)

Today I'm sharing a post over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - I prepared a tutorial for a card I made for my Mum for Mother's Day. You can see all the details HERE. This year I am really lucky to present the card to my Mum in person :-).
Witajcie kochani i pozdrawiam Was serdecznie ze słonecznej Polski :). W tym roku mam ogromne szczęście świętować Dzień Matki razem z moja rodziną. Serduszko ogromnie się cieszy, że mogłam w tym roku osobiście wręczyć karteczkę mojemu Mamcikowi. I o tym jest ten dzisiejszy post. Oraz o tym, że na blogu Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L dzisiaj możecie zobaczyć  kurs  krok po kroku jak zrobiłam tę kartkę. Zapraszam do obejrzenia kursu tutaj

Since you can view all the steps on Scrapbook Adhesives' blog, I won't go into details here. But for ease of reference here are the supplies I used:
Other supplies: Stampendous - cling Garden Gal, Aged Rose Embossing Enamel, Tiger lily Pearl Glitter; Graphic45 Sweet Sentiments papers, Core'dinations Glitter Silk cardstock, Sizzix Thinlits Victorian Cameo, Marianne Design COL1325, StazOn Gothic Purple ink, Coffee Archival ink, Derwent Inktense pencils.

I would be delighted if you'd find a spare a moment to view my tutorial post.

Thank you for stopping by and I'll be checking what you've all been up to really really soon!

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Challenges for this card:
Country View Crafts #15 - Nature's Glories
Magia Tworzenia #2 - W Kapeluszu do 9 czerwca

Scrap Pasja Maj - Bingo (kwiaty, wykrojnik, zielony), wyniki 5 czerwca
Altair Art #7 - Kwiatki na Dzień Matki do 31 maja

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Fran-taging Away At Sparkle Dreams

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

So here it is. The workshop day finally arrived! And what a day it was!  A day full of inky and sparkly fun. Just as it should be during a Fran-tage workshop at the Sparkle Dreams!

A big thank you to Julie, Pat (not at all a trouble maker!), Helen, Sharon, Julia, Annette and Jackie for making this workshop so much fun!

During the workshop we played with some lovely stamps and Fran-tage beauties from Stampendous and with some great adhesives from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

And here the girls are busy Fran-taging away :).

And here - encrusted jewel technique at its finest!

I had so much fun teaching the workshop and I hope the girls enjoyed it, too!

And my biggest thank yous go to Jackie (above) who traveled all the way from Warwickshire and to Sandie (below) for inviting me to share the Fran-tage fun at Sparkle Dreams.

And here is the obligatory 'family group shot' :). 

If you'd like to organise a day of sparkly Fran-tagey fun at your venue, feel free to get in touch! :-)

I will be away for a little while traveling to visit my family in Poland so may be a bit MIA blogging wise. But I shall look forward to seeing what you've all been up to when I'm back!

Thanks for stopping by today.

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