I'm curious once again. CC3Challenge!

Hello everyone,
recently I stopped by Linda Ledbetter blog, there's a great challenge going on there based on Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities 3 book. And of course when we talking Tim Holtz and Compendium of Curiosities I just can't be not inspired ...
as the challenge rules state, I can't share with you the technique, but I guess I can say that I was in the mood for some recycling, so as a base I used craft paper bag the rest are some Tim's supplies (stencil, paint, stamps, die, ) and embossing powder. I actually was a bit amazed with the result, it turned out much better than I anticipated. Also I noticed that the embossing powder reacted with the craft paper creating contour around the paint, it looks like very fine shadow effect,so awesome... I wonder if I can achieve it on other craft surfaces

after that few more ideas and I came up with card made from Ranger manila tag

 P.S. thank you for stopping by ^.^ wish you crafty inspiration
oh! almost forgot the sponsor of the challenge ^.^


mini cards holder for Scrapbooking.gr

Hello everyone ^.^ Today I'm going to share with you a project I did as a Memories Trend design team member. These are some ideas I have for the coming winter holidays. It is a mini cards holder

and few cards to fit in ^.^

 And you can always make one of these yourself too. Let me share with you how ^.^ note that at the end of the post I'm going to add a PDF file with dimensions and some how to 3-D images so don't worry it's really really easy to make this cards holder ^.^

1.First of all cut your card stock (I used the quite thick one, it is a lot like Tim Holtz's grungepaper) and score it along the folding lines
As I already mentioned at the end of this post I'll add the file with all dimensions you need so don't worry about the sizes for now.Let's just see how it goes in general

2. Cut decorative edge (this will be the free top of our folder)

3.Add color to the inner side of the holder, as it is going to be not much visible side I haven't done more than coloring here.
 for now let's set aside our holder to dry and make some cards for it

4.Here are some materials I used for making cards (and for decorating my folder also)

5. As for the cards not much to show. All I did is to cut some decorative paper pieces an layer it on simple white card stock (used as a base and folded in two). For edge distressing I used Adirondack paint dabber which we used earlier for holder coloring, also to create a 3-D effect with the main pieces (which I cut from October Afternoon mini postcards set) I adhered them with 3-D foam squares

I also used some designer brads and to to accent the snow I applied some Ranger stickles 

6. As soon as our folder is dry and ready cut some designer patterned paper to cover the outer side

7.After that we are ready to start folding and gluing the folder together

  8.The finished result. All you have to do now is to embellish and enjoy ^.^ 
 as you can see I also distressed the edges of the holder with the same Adirondack dabber paint we used earlier

Now the link to the the PDF file which I promised you with all the other details you need :

P.S.thank you for stopping by ^.^ wishing you crafty inspiration





winter fairy tales and 100 Proof Press stamps creative blog hop

when winter is coming and the air is cold and crisp I usually in the mood for a hot tea and fairy tales...oh wait!... actually I am always in the mood for fairy tales ^.^ but not do I always have a chance to do something about it. This month however I've got an amazing opportunity to work with some of the best stamps I ever seen and to make my fairy tales come true.
This artist trading block is one of my mixed media attempts (still have so much to learn) ^.^ sincerely hope you like it



wondering how I did this block? here's few simple steps to follow:

1.after cutting some mat board with Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Block/Cube/Bank, 3-D
die and embellishing it with patterned paper (which I also distressed before gluing down), I applied white distress paint  in circling motion around the edges to create a focal point on each side

2.the next step was adding some layers with more paper and die cuts

3.adding more dimension with modeling paste and mat board die cuts

4.time for some color, choose your favorite and enjoy ! ^.^

5.although I am a fan of bright colors, in this project I wanted more calm effect, that's why I used white gelato stick to tone down everything. also I decided to add more layers    

 6.some distress crackle paint (have seen many mixed media projects with it and was dying to try it on some of mine) ^.^
 7. for the finishing touch I added some more stamping here and there and made shadow effect around some elements with the walnut stain distress marker (you can see it on the finished block)

also for my magic creatures: I used Tim Holtz wrinkle free distress technique on a few manila tags, then stamped on them with my 100 Proof Press stamps repeatedly. after that I cut the pieces I wanted to layer one upon the other, for some figures I used black and white image as a base and for the others just went adding more layers on the already colored version

For more amazing Artist Trading Block creations stop by Artists on The Block. Also be sure to visit 100 Proof Press stamps page for more inspiration and incredible stamping techniques!!!

P.S. thank you for stopping by ^.^ and may all your fairy tales come true!