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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello Friends!

Just a quick heads up that I have a post up today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog with this little beauty:

If you'd like to find out more, and I really hope you would :-), please hop over HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

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Blog Hop With a Difference And Some Exciting News

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello Friends! I hope you had a great weekend. My post today is going to be a little bit different - as it's part of a Blog Hop With a Difference :).

I have been invited to the hop by my blogging friend Joanna Krogulec who is my ultimate handmade flowers Guru :). Her work is truly magical. If you're not following her blog already then you are definitely missing a real treat.

I haven't met many of my crafty fiends in real life but I have been fortunate enough to meet Asia in person (yes, she's Polish, too, so I can use the abbreviation of her name Joanna which is Asia, just like mine! lol). We met at Ally Pally show a couple of years ago.

The aim of the hop is to answer a few questions about my-creative-self so here it goes.

1. What am I working on?

At the moment I am keeping myself busy with quite a few different things. 

I am currently working on samples for the new October release of Stampendous stamps (oh my, they are sooooo delicious!!!). Unfortunately I cannot share these yet until they are officially released :).

I am also working on a few furniture make-over projects as part of our redecoration 'programme' at home. We've already done the living room (you can see a glimpse of it in my post here), we've refreshing the hall at the moment and next we will be tackling the bedrooms upstairs. 

These furniture make-overs are double exciting for me. Not only because I am injecting some creative thoughts into my everyday objects but also for another reason, which brings me to my exciting news! 

I am really happy and excited and overjoyed and stuff to announce that I have been become part of the DecoArt's Bloggers' Network! Yaaaay! I really can't wait to play with DecoArt's paints and I promise to share some projects soon!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

Hmm. This is a difficult question to answer. I am getting better at describing my own style lol but I'm not sure how to describe if/how my work is different... Well, if you are able to help me out here, your suggestions would be appreciated! lol

3. Why do I write/create what I do? 

I've been crafting 'officially' for (only) five years but I think I've probably gone past the milestone of 'why I craft' question. Crafting has become my life, my passion, my daily routine, like breathing or eating. I simply cannot live or function without it. So to put it simply, if I stopped crafting, the result would be the same as if I ran out of air...:) 

4. How does my creating process work? 

I confess. I craft 24/7. Unless my mojo decides to go AWOL. If I'm not actually working in my craft room, I am constantly thinking of a next project, with ideas brewing in my head while I'm sleeping, having a shower or having an afternoon coffee (and most likely a biscuit to go with it). I draw inspiration from the strangest or most simple of things. And I try to incorporate them in my work. One of my biggest inspirations is my garden at home. It's quite small but full of magic :).

My papercrafting projects always take ages to complete. If you follow my blog regularly, you'll know that CAS is not my forté :). I take a great pride as well pleasure in working on the smallest of details, I don't like rushing my creative muse and sometimes I have to leave my work for a couple of days to 'cure and mature'.

My creative life has unprecedentedly changed since I discovered Pinterest. For me it's the best invention since electricity and the Internet itself lol. My Pinterest boards are a good reflection of what's going on in my head ha ha ha!

Thanks to Pinterest and the wealth of inspiration you can find there, nothing is safe in my home. I blamed Pinterest when I 'planted' an old chair in my border, it was one of the 'cool' ideas I stumbled upon. Then I added a wire bowl on top of it and created a planter, which looks different each year. This summer I have installed a fairy garden in it... Even I was surprised to see that you can fit a whole village on one chair! lol.

OK, that's enough about me now. It's time to invite the next blogger to play and my 'tagee' is Lisa from Adventures in Paperland. On Lisa's blog you will find heaps of papercrafting inspiration from beautiful shabby/vintagey mini albums to whimsical mixed media journal pieces. Over to you, hun!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Sunny Hollyhocks Thank You Card

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hello lovely Bloggers! Thank you for stopping by today! In case you've missed it, the winner of my giveaway $25 shopping spree at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L has been announced! You can find the announcement here.

Today, over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing a quick and easy tutorial on this  'thank you' card I made for the amazing surgery ward nurses who looked after me during my recent operation. You can see the tutorial post HERE.

Supplies I used:
E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips - Refillable, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix White

Other supplies:
Stampendous Jumbo Hollyhock and Say It Today stamps, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink, Bazzill Basic cardstock, patterned paper, May Arts decorative ribbon, Inktense pencils.

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! Have a wonderful week!

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Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Giveaway Winner

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hello Friends! 

Just popping in to announce the winner of the $25 shopping spree at the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L!

Drum roll please..... 

and the winner is.....

Congratulations D~!!! Please email me to claim your prize!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered and I'm really sorry there could only be one winner...

But my birthday is coming up soon and who knows, I might organise another giveaway - birthday candy for my lovely readers! Stay tuned! :-)

Have a fabulously crafty week!
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You Are My Anchor - Vintage Nautical Card Tutorial And a Giveaway!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Hello everyone and oh boy, I am sooo happy (quite overwhelmed, really!) to see so many new friends joining my blog! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart! 

In case you've missed my Monday's post, this card was my offering for this week's blog collaboration of two amazing companies. The Design Teams at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic 45 have been playing together to spoil you with a whole week of great inspiration and amazing prizes. To find out more, hop over here!

As promised, I am back today with a tutorial for the nautical anniversary card I shared. And if you keep reading on, you will also see that I have a little 'thank you' surprise for my 'tutorial survivors' lol. 

Ok, let's get started with the tutorial, shall we?

1. Prepare your card blank from kraft cardstock and a selection of background panels and elements from the By The Sea and Place in Time paper collections. Distress the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink and a paper distresser. Make some bigger tears in a few places to show the background fabric scraps.

2. Add some stamping using Stampendous stamps (Loving Messages) and StazOn Midnight blue ink. Cut a few small pieces of burlap fabric. Arrange the elements until you are happy with the layout. 

TIP: I always keep my phone handy to take a quick snap. This way I can refer to my planned layout during the assembling stage, in case I forget how I wanted to arrange the elements :).

3.  Adhere your burlap scraps to the back of your biggest background panel with E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, making sure to leave some fabric showing outside the edges. Pull some treads out for a tattered look.

4. Run your E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips along all edges of the panel and adhere it to the card blank. Repeat with the smaller background elements and attach them to the card.

5. To adhere flat metal tags and fabric embellishments use Adhesive Sheets.

6. Using the White Crafty Foam Tape and E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips
adhere the remaining background elements, varying the layer heights with additional foam adhesive.

7. Continue to build the layers.

8. Fill a small vial bottle with torn strips of papers and a mixture of Stampendous Frantage powders, glitters, mica fragments and sequins.

TIP: I always keep my leftover powders, glitters and fragments from the encrusted jewel technique in a small container - they come very handy in small embellishment bottles.

9. Wrap the bottle with a small rope embellishment tied in a sailor's knot and secure with DODZ™ - 3D.

TIP: I saved my knots from another project (you can read about it here) but you can easily create them yourself - you can find some cool examples and instructions here

10. Secure the bottle to the card with a handful of DODZ™ - 3D. To cover any adhesive showing tuck in some cheese cloth - this will also add a nice nautical touch.

11. Add a few photo corners from Creative Photo Corners - Mix Pack to imitate beach huts. Layer the sentiment panel over them, leaving only the 'roofs' showing.

12. Weave a nautical ribbon bow through a big ship's wheel brad embellishment and secure to the card.

13. Use the ribbon to cover a handful of 3D Foam Pennants to create a nautical banner, do not peal the back protective sheet yet. Punch a hole at the top left corner of each pennant and weave through a red cord. Peal of the back sheets and layer each pennant onto the card over the previous one.

14. Add a few blue and turquoise sequins to imitate water droplets. Secure with DODZ™ - Small.

And that's it! You can also use the left over pieces and scraps to decorate the inside of the card, like I've done it here :).


Now, something you've all been waiting for! lol :) Giveaway time! Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L have very kindly offered a $25 shopping spree to one of my blog followers - how awesome is that? Imagine the delight in browsing all the fabulous photo corners, designer shapes, adhesive dispensers and so much more...!

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to follow my blog, comment on this post and enter into the drawing using the Rafflecopter app below. There are also additional ways to gain more entries so have fun and good luck!

The giveaway will be open until midnight on Sunday 10th August 2014 BST and the winner will be announced shortly after.
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Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderfully crafty weekend!

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You Are My Anchor - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic 45 Blog Hop - Day 1

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hello everyone! I am really REALLY excited today! 

Well, ok, it's Monday, not my favourite day of the week but I am soooo going to make it much sweeter for you! How, you ask? Read on to find out!

Witajcie kochani! Bardzo dziękuję za odwiedziny w ten poniedziałkowy poranek! Dzisiejszy post będzie super radosny. Nie tylko dlatego, że karteczka, którą się chwalę dzisiaj została przygotowana dla mojej drugiej połowy z okazji naszej piątej rocznicy ślubu :). 

Ale również dlatego, że dwie rewelacyjne firmy Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L i Graphic 45 połączą scrapowe siły podczas kilkudniowego blog hopa. Oczywiście będą super inspiracje! Oczywiście będą również nagrody! Co należy zrobić aby wziąć udział? Wystarczy pozostawić komentarze na blogach biorących udział w zabawie, poprzez Instagram lub na Facebooku i potwierdzić udział poprzez aplikację Rafflecopter (gadżet poniżej na końcu posta). Pozostałe blogi biorące udział znajdziecie tutaj i tutaj.

Ale to jeszcze nie koniec! Ja również mam od siebie małą niespodziankę dla obserwatorów mojego bloga! Wraz z dzisiejszą kartką przygotowałam również kurs krok po kroku, który ukaże się na moim blogu w piątek. Serdecznie zapraszam do odwiedzin w piątek, gdzie oprócz  kursu będą też słodkości sponsorowane przez Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L -  $25 do wydania na zakupy online w Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L!!!  Powodzenia!

This week Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic 45 have joined their crafty powers together in a long week blog hop. Of course there will be loads of fantastic inspiration. And of course there will be prizes! To join the fun just visit the participating blogs, leave some love and enter through the Rafflecopter app (widget at the bottom of the post)! If you get lost, you can also find all the links and information HERE and HERE.

Additional entries are available by commenting on our Instagram Page, be sure to tell us your profile name on the Rafflecopter app. 

You can also enter a third time via Facebook. Either click through the Rafflecopter app to comment on our Facebook page, or click on the Giveaway tab on our Facebook page itself. 

Each day there will be 2-3 new blogs to visit, and you can enter each day! 

Be sure to also visit Graphic 45 to enter their drawings too! 
For my inspiration I prepared a card I made for my DH as we've just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary :-).

For my card I used the beautiful papers from the By The Sea and Place in Time collections. My hubby loves all things nautical, probably because he was born in a house right on the Pendine Sands (in Wales) and he lived with his parents in Eastbourne for many years.

If you have a closer look, the papers actually feature a lighthouse from Beachy Head in Eastbourne - how cool is that? The lighthouse is now red & white but I couldn't be happier to see that image in the collection. Below is a picture of me (a couple-ahem-ish years ago) with the Beachy Head lighthouse in the background - such a magical place, isn't it?

For my card I used White Crafty Foam Tape, 3D Foam PennantsE-Z Runner® Permanent Strips, Adhesive Sheets, Creative Photo Corners - Mix PackDODZ™ - Small and DODZ™ - 3D.

Don't you think those Photo Corners look like little cute beach huts?

I used various fabrics: burlap, cheese cloth and a really cool ribbon I bought some time ago at a flea market in Ghent, Belgium. 

I added some stamping with Stampendous stamps (Loving Messages) and StazOn Midnight blue ink.

I also added a 'message in a bottle' with strips of papers, sequins, mica fragments, glitters and powders from Stampendous Fran-tage lines. It's difficult to photograph it but it looks like it has all the sparkliness of the sea captured within it :).

The rope on the bottle is tied in a buntline hitch knot as per the metal plaque underneath. I saved these from a picture frame I altered a while ago.

I also decorated the inside of the card and I added some stamping (Stampendous Queen Bee).  

I've also prepared a full tutorial for my card which you will be able to see on my blog on Friday 1st August. So please come back, as I will also have a small surprise for my blog followers hidden within my tutorial post :). Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L have very kindly given me the opportunity to treat one of you lucky crafters to a $25 shopping spree on the website - yaaaay!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my project and if you have, I'd be delighted if you joined to follow my blog :). Do let me know your blog address so I can return the kindness!

Thank you for all your lovely comments and happy hopping! 

Blogging today:
Asia King (yours truly!)

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Challenges for this card:
Live and Love Crafts July - By The Sea
Frilly and Funkie - Cool Water
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - J is for... July
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Shabby Shutters for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Monday, July 14, 2014

Re-edited: Woot woot! My card has been chosen a Saturday Spotlight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges! Yay!!!

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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