Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sea Themed Bog Hop Giveaway Winner

I created a canvas for the Michael Strong Sea themed Blog Hop and offered a small Giveaway.

Thank you all for your lovely comments, I enjoyed reading them.
And without further ado... the winner of the Giveaway is Jan Castle.
Jan Castle wrote:
Great layout Dorly! Your MS fish is perfect with the pearl bubbles for this layout, as are all the sea items. You put a lot of work into this and it is Stunning!!! 
Paper Hugs,
Jan, a follower

Jan, please email me your address so I can send the envelope your way.


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cranes In Flight Explosion Card

Here's a card I created for the Michael Strong's Yahoo group June-July 2013 challenge - an explosion card with Cranes in flight.
This is a pop-up card, which I decorated both inside and outside.





















From the outside the card seems subtle, yet rich in details: the embossed cranes in 2 sizes, the background papers, the faux stitches and the colorful blings in various sizes.
But the inside reveals a whole bunch of cranes in white and turquoise - all embossed in gold - bursting in flight.
I like the movement effect of this card.
I left some space at the card's lower front part to write a message.



Supplies used:
White CS for the card's basis and for the Cranes
Turquoise CS for the card's background and for the Cranes
Patterned background paper (in and out) - Prima - Nature Garden Collection (A4)
Embossing Ink
Gold EP
Blings in various sizes and colors
White Gel pen
Double sided foam tape



I layered the background papers.
You can see that inside the card, the patterned paper was cut to create a shelf, onto which the Cranes were adhered.
All the Cranes - 10 of them! - were stamped on white and turquoise CS, heat embossed with gold EP and cut with scissors.
On the outside, the Cranes were glued 3D for extra dimension.
In the inside, they were glued onto the background, on the shelf and to each other, to create a sense of motion and flight.
I used the white Gel pen to frame the patterned paper, both inside and outside the card, with faux stitches.
I left some space at the lower part of the card to add a sentiment or greeting.
I added blings in various sizes and colors, to add some glam.
I also added tiny clear blings for the Cranes eyes (outside).























You can see in each photo a different angle of the card, so you can see how the cranes are attached to it.
Can you imagine them flying?

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Friday, July 19, 2013

Michael Strong Sea themed Blog Hop - Canvas and Giveaway

Welcome to the Michael Strong Sea themed Blog Hop!


You must have arrived here from Shelly's Blog with her lovely artwork, showing what to do with the new release of Michael Strong Cloisonne Sea Turtle/Seaweed stamps.





















As I don't have that stamp set yet, I used other sea themed Michael Strong stamps.
I created a Mixed Media canvas, using whichever sea themed supplies I had around.

Supplies used:
White canvas - 8X8 inches (20X20 cms)

Acrylic paints
Background sea themed paper - from a magazine
White paper and CS
Yellow CS
Orange CS
Manila CS
EKSuccess - Dotted Wave Edger Punch
Michael Strong Cloisonné Fish stamp (large)
Michael Strong Cloisonné Seastar stamp (small)
Michael Strong Cloisonné Shell stamp (small)
Washi Tape - colorful bubbles
Washi Tape - blue with white stripes and red dots
Embossing ink
Orange EP
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia
ProMarkers
Yellow Stickles
Red Gem and golden metal large brad
White and light blue sticky back half pearls
Blings - in various colors and sizes
Diamond Glaze
3D double sided foam tape



















I'm giving this canvas to my DH, and I have a very special wish for him.
The sentiment "If I had three wishes … my first would be for you" was printed on white paper, which was adhered to bright yellow CS punched using the EKSuccess - Dotted Wave Edger Punch.
I used the punched CS in 2 opposite directions.

















To create the basic background, I colored the canvas using acrylic paints - black, green, light blue, red and yellow.
The coloring was meant to cover the canvas. Most of it will be covered later so the design wasn't important.

I left the edges of the canvas white on purpose, as I later covered them with Washi Tape with colorful bubbles all over it.
The bubbles fit into the sea (water) theme, and their bright colors add a vivid frame to the canvas.


















Then I added the background sea themed paper, which was cut out of a magazine. It seems to fit here perfectly.
I added 2 stripes of Washi Tape - blue with white stripes and red dots, to match the sea waves and to coordinate with the other colors.
As you can see, all the stamped images were glued 3D for extra dimension.






















Each stamped image was treated differently.

The Flower, which functions here as the sun, was stamped on white CS using VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia, and was colored with ProMarkers.
I accented its inner circle using yellow Stickles, then I added a red gem and golden metal large brad to complete its hot, sunny appearance.


















I stamped the Fish using Embossing ink on orange CS, then heat embossed it with orange EP.
I carefully cut it with scissors, and added a tiny turquoise bling as its eye.
I also added white sticky back half pearls, to resemble bubbles coming out of its mouth.





















I stamped several images of the Shell and the Seastar on Manila CS, using VersaFine ink - Onyx Black.
I covered them with Diamond Glaze to give them a shiny look, and waited for them to dry.
I added each one of them a light blue sticky back half pearl, for decoration.

Finally, I added several blings in various colors and sizes, for extra glam.

Our summer is very hot and humid.
Oh, I wish I could stay in an air conditioned room all day and get creative! How about you?
For more inspiration, please hop to my friend Hetty's Blog where you'll find an adorable creative idea along with a tutorial.

Before you hop to your next step, please take a look here.
I'm offering a small Giveaway.
 


















The Giveaway includes:
12 Crafty Individuals 6x6 patterned papers - Travel in Italy
Prima clear stamps - Travel
A bag of embellishments - ribbons, lace, flowers and real vintage buttons
Purple flower stickers
White paper doilies
Old book pages in Hebrew - printed in 1950!

In order to have a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment to this post, including your email address (so I can contact you).
I'll draw one lucky name next weekend. I will ship worldwide.
If you're a follower of my blog, either via email, Bloglovin or any other way, please mention it in your comment for an extra chance to win.
One comment per person, please.

Challenge
Heck of a Challenge - The Sea

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lady Owl Sitting On A Branch Card

Here's the card I created yesterday as your Card Captain for the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group.
I created this card using both earth tones and pastel contrasting colors, so that the green and brown are typical forest colors, yet the pastel colors enhance the Lady Owl.
She seems like a very clever and elegant lady bird to me, perched on the branch and watching around her.


Supplies used:
Cream CS for the card's basis
Forest green canvas textured CS
White CS for embossing
White CS, recycled from a box, for the branch and for stamping and heat embossing the Owl
Tim Holtz Sizzix Woodgrain Texture Fades Embossing Folder
Ranger Distress Ink - gathered twigs
Ranger Inkssentials ink blending tool applicator
Sizzix Bigz Die - Bird Branch
Michael Strong Whimsical Owls stamp
Embossing Ink
Michael Strong Weathered Copper EP
ProMarkers
White Gel pen
Clear blings
Double sided foam tape



I used white CS for embossing, using Tim Holtz Sizzix Woodgrain Texture Fades Embossing Folder.
I colored it with Ranger Distress Ink - gathered twigs, highlighting the raised parts.
I cut only the branch out of white CS, recycled from a box, using Sizzix Bigz Die - Bird Branch.
I colored the branch with ProMarkers.
Then I layered the forest green canvas textured CS, the Woodgrain embossed CS and the colored branch.
I added faux stitches, using a white Gel pen.


















I stamped Michael Strong Whimsical Owls stamp on white CS, using Embossing ink, and heat embossed it using Michael Strong Weathered Copper EP - I just love its mixture of colors, it gives a result of an antique patina.
I cut the Owl with scissors, colored it with ProMarkers and added clear blings for the Owl's eyes.
The Owl was glued 3D with foam tape for extra dimension.
Whom do you think the Lady Owl is waiting for?

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Spring Card

Here's a card I'm sharing as your Card Captain today for the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group.
I created this card in vivid, primary colors, to enhance nature and its sheer beauty.


I love the tiny Hummingbird, which is flying high above the fields.
Things must seem different from the bird's point of view.
Don't you sometimes wish you could fly?




Supplies used:
Cream CS for the card's basis
Yellow paper from a magazine
Red leather textured CS
White canvas textured CS, with Aqua painting printed on it
Turquoise paper for stamping
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Diamond Plate
Michael Strong Cloisonné Hummingbird stamp (small)
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Michael Strong Mini Wings Metal Die Cutter Set
Tiny clear bling
White Gel pen
Double sided foam tape














I chose this Aqua painting, printed on heavy white canvas textured CS, as the main focal point of the card.
Can you feel that spring is in the air?
I used yellow paper (recycled from a magazine) with the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Diamond Plate - as my main background.
This embossing resembles the tracks left by a tractor plowing the field, which fits the painting (artist unknown, taken from an advertisement).
Then I layered the red leather textured CS, and then the CS with the Aqua painting.
I added faux stitches, using a white Gel pen.
I stamped Michael Strong Cloisonné small Hummingbird on turquoise paper, using VersaFine ink - Onyx Black, and cut it using Michael Strong Mini Wings Metal Die Cutters - they cut like butter!
I added a tiny bling for the Hummingbird's eye.
The Hummingbird was glued 3D with foam tape for extra dimension, so when you look at the card from its lower view you can see the bird's shade - it seems to be actually flying in the air.
As long as it doesn't fly away from my card, I'm OK with it…

 

















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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Monday, May 27, 2013

Swimming Gold Fish Card

Here's a card I'm sharing as your Card Captain today for the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group.
I made this clean and simple card for my swimming tutor.
She actually made me feel like a fish in the water (and also taught me another swimming style), and she asked for a hand-made card attached to her gift.
The Fish somehow seemed most appropriate.















Supplies used:
Cream CS for the card's basis
Orange paper from a magazine
Striped patterned paper from my stash
White CS for embossing
Dark orange leather textured CS for the Fish
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Distressed Stripes
Ranger's Distress Ink - spiced marmalade, faded jeans
Michael Strong Cloisonné Fish stamp
Embossing ink
Orange EP
White and orange Baker's Twine
White half pearls with sticky back
Double sided foam tape















I chose water themed colors to go along with the main motif - the Fish, and contrasting shades of orange to accent the blue.
I used Ranger's Distress Ink - spiced marmalade, to give the striped patterned paper a more distinct look by accenting its edges.
I used white CS with the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Distressed Stripes, and Ranger's Distress Ink - faded jeans, to create the blue background which resembles waves.
I layered the papers, tied a piece of white and orange Baker's Twine ,and then the Fish was glued 3D with foam tape for extra dimension.
I stamped Michael Strong's Cloisonné Fish on dark orange leather textured CS, heat embossed it with orange EP and cut it out using TH scissors.
I added several white half pearls, which resemble the water bubbles.















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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Not All Who Wander Are Lost.

I made 10 pages for an Art Journal Prompts Swap at AllThingsTim Yahoo Group
Here's one of my pages:



Supplies used:

White Cs
Tim Holtz embossing folders - Retro
Andy Skinner mask by Tando - Children
Inksssentials ink blending tool
Ranger Distress Ink - faded jeans
Tim Holtz stamps - Ultimate Grunge: crackle, bubble wrap, numerals
Tim Holtz stamps - Lost and found: the sentiment "Not All Who Wander Are Lost."
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black, Crimson Red
Ranger Distress Re-inkers - fired brick, pine needle
70% Alcohol in misters
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist - Cosmos
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist Chalkboard - Grape Ape
Dylusions ink spray - Lemon Zest
White Gel pen



I embossed the white CS with Tim Holtz embossing folders - Retro (2 of them), to give the paper some extra dimension.

















I used Andy Skinner mask - Children, inked it and then sprayed all over it, using various colors and glimmer mists.












I stamped several images occasionally.





















Then I highlighted the children and the sentiment with a white gel pen.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Dragonfly Card

Here's my 5th card for this week as Card Captain at the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group.

It's a birthday card in contrasting colors, with a flying dragonfly.




 
















Supplies used:
Cream CS for the card's basis
Chocolate brown CS
Crafty Individuals patterned paper - Book 1
Light blue CS (from the white CS pack cover)
Vellum (Parchment) paper
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Polka Dot
Michael Strong Cloisonné Dragonfly Stamp (large)
Emboss Ink
Orange embossing powder
White half pearls with sticky back
Rub-on - the sentiment
Diamond Glaze
3D double-sided foam tape














I stamped Michael Strong's Cloisonné Dragonfly stamp on Vellum (Parchment) paper, using Emboss ink and orange EP, and heat embossed it.
I cut it with scissors and glued it with Diamond Glaze only in the center, so the wings seem to be flying in the air.
I layered the papers, adhered the CS with the rub-on sentiment 3D, and added white half pearls with sticky back for extra glam.













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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Decorative Corner Bookmarks

This is my 4th creation for this week as Card Captain at the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group.
It's Technique Thursday, so I used a tutorial I found in Hetty's blog - thank you, Hetty!




You can use any patterned paper and any flat embellishments to decorate your bookmarks.
Michael Strong's small stamps are perfect for decorating bookmarks, as well as other objects - they seem to fit everywhere!
Bookmarks are always useful (I read several books simultaneously), and a lovely addition to any gift, especially to books…



Supplies used:
ScorPal
Bone folder
Basic Grey and Making Memories 6" x 6" patterned papers
Recycled cereal box (white and kraft) and leather textured CS (red) for stamping
Ranger Distress ink - gathered twigs
Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool
Michael Strong stamps - Cloisonné Fan (small), Cloisonné Dragonfly (small), Hetty's Coffee Cup (small)
Emboss Ink
Embossing powder - black and brown
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Purple Sharpie marker




You can find the Tutorial here. The steps are easy to follow, and there's also a video tutorial.
For double sided CS, I used it as it is.
For patterned CS with a white back, I used Ranger Distress ink - gathered twigs to color the white part which can be seen after folding.



I folded the papers according to the instructions.
I stamped Michael Strong's stamps - the Coffee Cup and the Dragonfly - using Emboss Ink, and heat embossed it using brown and black EP.
I stamped the Fan using VersaFine ink - Onyx Black.
I cut them all with scissors and glued each stamp on a folded bookmark.








Here's how the bookmark looks on a book.
Don't forget to keep on reading…
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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sweet Birthday Flower and Snowflake Rosette Card

This is my 3rd card for this week as Card Captain at the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group.
It's a sweet birthday card, in vivid colors.
The ice cream reminded me of snow, so I used the Snowflake Rosette as a main motif.


















Supplies used:
Cream CS for the card's basis
Red leather textured CS
Basic Grey patterned paper
White CS for the Snowflake Rosette and for the sentiment
Light blue leather textured CS for stamping
Ranger Distress ink - fired brick
Michael Strong Cloisonné Flower Stamp (small)
Emboss Ink
Gold EP
Gold ink
Plain round brad, hand painted with red nail polish
Tim Holtz Snowflake Rosette Die
Green Gel Pen
White, light green and pink half pearls with sticky back
3D double sided foam tape













I cut, folded and adhered the Snowflake Rosette, then I added some gold ink to make it more shiny and elegant.
I stamped Michael Strong's Cloisonné Flower using Emboss Ink, and heat embossed it using gold EP.
I cut it with scissors and glued it to the center of the Snowflake Rosette.
I added a plain round brad, hand painted with red nail polish, for decoration and to hold the flower and the Snowflake Rosette together.
I added fired brick Ranger Distress ink to the BG paper and to the white CS, in order to enhance them.
The sentiment was hand written by me, using green Gel Pen.
I layered the papers, adhered the sentiment 3D, and added quite a few half pearls with sticky back, to fit the ice cream colors and for extra glam.


















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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly