Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Hint of Pink

Hi friends, I hope you are having a great week. The card I am presenting today is very delicate and feminine and it is ridiculously easy to make!

The card base is made out of a sheet of vellum and then "reinforced" with the thin frame so that it's not going to bend when standing upright.

For writing a message I would suggest using a white pen or a white pencil - besides being unusual it is also not going to be too visible (again, in a standing position of a card).

Scroll down for some close ups of a project, a video tutorial and a supply list!






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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fairy Card with Die Cut Inlays

Hello crafty friends, I hope you are doing great! 

The card I have created today is all about inlaying die cuts. Everything in it is die cut and inlaid - the background, the frame, the focal image and the sentiment. It is nearly one layer card, but the wings of a fairy add a bit of complexity to the layering. 


Watch the video below for beginning to end guide as well as the explanation of all tricks and techniques!




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Friday, June 15, 2018

Pop Up Card with Frame Dies

Hello there, thank you for joining me!

Today I have finally gathered some courage and made a pop-up card and I was surprised at how easy it was! To make this card different I have decided to use some intricate lacy frame dies from Special Moments collection by Spellbinders.

These products are very new and they might not hit all the stores yet, but don't worry - they will be available in just a few days!

Watch the video below for beginning to end guide! I will also demonstrate a liquid glue application technique that is a huge time saver!






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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Scene in a Wreath

Hi friends, 

Today's black in white card has a lot of texture and some fun elements, but at the same time it's easy to make, it suits nearly any occasion and it works for both men and women. 

I have used some dies by Gummiapan to create a wreath window and flower embellishments. For creating a scene small Memory Box dies worked great. 

Watch the video below for detailed step by step instructions!





Thanks for visiting today! Have a great week and I hope to see you again really soon!

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Rainy Pond

Hi friends, 

Today's card is one of those projects that look more complicated to make than they really are. Basically you just have to die cut all the images out of neutral cardstocks that you most likely already have and stick them down onto a card.

In a video tutorial below I am demonstrating exactly how to assemble it. Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!






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Sunday, June 3, 2018

THOUGHTFUL GIFTS - Starry Night Gift Box

Hi and welcome to another video of THOUGHTFUL GIFTS series!

This time I'll be creating a matching box for a sketchbook that has Starry Night printed on its cover. To decorate the box I'll be using Waves layering set by Birch Press Design as it reminds me so much of a Starry Night.

The box itself is a "back to basics" thing - it's a super easy project created with just a paper trimmer and a scoring board. 

By the way, I have also added some stamping to a sketchbook itself to personalize it. Watch the video for a step by step guide! 





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Friday, June 1, 2018

5 Shaker Cards with Spellbinders June Card Kit

Hello crafty friends, 

Summer has officially begun and the best way to celebrate it for me is to create some summer themed cards! I have made 5 shaker cards using the supplies from JUNE CARD KIT by Spellbinders. 

This is the first time ever that I am using a card kit so I was quite curious to know what you can actually do with it. After I have played with the supplies I can say for sure that you can create from 10 to 20 cards (depending on your crafting style) easily using JUST the supplies from the kit. And of course, with the dies included you can make many more!

Below are some close up pictures and a video tutorial (unboxing plus beginning to end process).









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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Whimsical Garden

Hello crafty friends, I hope you are having a great day!

Today I have created a whimsical garden scene with the fabulous Gummiapan floral dies - the images are quite abstract and graphic and perfect for this type of projects.

I have used inlaid die cutting technique (with a twist!) to create a shaker frame that is actually a part of the scene. I have also used vellum instead of acetate. 

Watch the video tutorial below for all the tips and tricks on how to make this card - it's quite easy!






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Monday, May 28, 2018

Me and Teddy Cards

Hi crafty friends, 

Today's project is a pair of cards meant for children's birthdays - one for a boy and one for a girl. I have used a fabulous Me and Teddy die from Little Loves collection by Spellbinders as a focal image. The scene this die creates is so lovely and cute that I wanted to frame it - this is how the idea of these cards was born.

I have used a paper pad by Maja Design to add some color and floral pattern. A little curtain made from a paper doily finishes the card. 

Watch the beginning to end video tutorial below for more details!








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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Creating Custom Shaped Shaker Window

Hi crafters, 

Today I'd like to demonstrate an experimental approach to creating a shaker window in a card. This time I used a border die plus some small balloon dies to create a shape of the window. This way the scene and the sentiment become a part of the frame and the window itself becomes a background. 


This might sound complicated but the card in fact is quite easy to create - watch step by step video tutorial below for detailed instructions!






Thanks for visiting today, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and have a fantastic weekend!

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

GIVEAWAY WINNER - Spellbinders blog hop (May 16, 2018)

Dear friends, 

Thank you so much for participating to Spellbinders blog hop and leaving your comments on my post (May 16, 2018).


The giveaway winner is Pratima Diwan. Congrats Pratima! 
Please contact me at olga.direktorenko@gmail.com ASAP to claim your prize!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Flamingo Love - Alcohol Inks + Die Cutting

Hi crafty friends, I hope you are having wonderful time!

The idea of a card I have made today couldn't be any simpler - it is just some die cuts stuck on top of a colorful background. It's the magic of alcohol inks and unique whimsical Gummiapan designs that make this card so special.

Want to know exactly how this card was created? Watch a step by step video tutorial below!






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Monday, May 21, 2018

Koi Tags - Alcohol Inks + Die Cutting

Hi crafty friends, I hope you are having a great week!

Today I have made a trio of tags combining alcohol inks and die cutting techniques. To start with I have created alcohol ink backgrounds on Yupo paper and since I'm not experienced with this type of inks I only used one color (slate) for all three backgrounds. Unexpectedly, as the ink was drying more colors developed like some shades of teal and purple - that was actually perfect for me as I was going for a watery look.

To tell you the truth, I was not particularly happy with the outcome and thought that those backgrounds themselves were not enough to make a project fabulous. But throwing them away was not an option too so how could I make them work for me? The answer is simple - die cutting! Die cutting is always a good idea so I added a negative pattern created with the collage die and it instantly brought everything together!

To create focal images I used Lovely Koi die with some foiled cardstocks plus added silver embossed sentiment strips and some sequins - and my tags were finally brought to life!


Watch the beginning to end video tutorial for more detailed instructions!








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