Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Cottage

Good evening my friends. Then I made this card, I dreamed of snow, now I wish it would stop snowing. We have it enough :) But everything looks so beautiful and white. I love snow.
Here's my latest card for Beccy's Place. This image is called the Christmas Star Cottage. It is colored with Promarkers and I added to the star Clear Star glitter pen. Glossy Accent is added to the windows and to the star. I also added puffed snow with Snow Marker. 


Unfortunately you don't have any time to participate on Beccy's Place November Challenge but December Challenge will open soon. I hope to see you there ;)

Materials used:
Stamp: Beccy's Place -  Christmas Star Cottage
Papaers: CraftworksCard card base; Bearly Mine Design - Winter Swirls; White, Blue and silver mirry papers from my stash
Inks: TH Distress Ink - Faded Jeans; Printer
Coloring: Promarkers; Gelly Roll - Clear Star
Embossing: Crafts Too - Dots 5x5"
Punches: Heyda small snowflake
Embellishments: Glossy Accents; Snow Marker; Silver stars from my stash

I'd like to participate on following challenges:
Ladybugs Crafts Ink Challenge Blog - Snowflakes
Fabnfu 'n' Funky Challenges - Any celebration, three of something
The Sketchy Challenges - Challenge 37 - Sketch 

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs & smiles,
Eret

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Easel card with post-it notes holder

Today is my last post as the A and T Digital Design design team member. I had so much fun to play with their wonderful images and enjoyed every minute of working in so talented team. I'm sad that I don't have enough time to continue with you. I wish all the best to the new team.


I was so happy then I saw the theme of my last challenge. So for this fortnights at The Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog we want to see your easel card. Perfect! I love easel cards :o) This time I made my easel on top of the post-it note holder. The digi image is Spring Roses with butterfly. It is colored with Promarkers. I printed two copies of the image and popped up the roses with foam tape. And I added stickles to the roses. Sentiment is computer generated. I added the little butterfly from the image to the sentiment layer.
 

Paper with roses is from Bearly Mine Design and polka dot paper is made by me. All pattern paper edges are inked with Distress Ink and I pierced the holes on it. Edges of the white ribbon is colored with Promarker.


At first I planned to tuck the tag under the sentiment layer but it got lost under my scraps and I forgot it. I found it after the project was done. So I just died it around the easel :o) I think it suits in there even better :o)



Materials used:
Stamp:A & T Design - Spring roses with butterfly
Paper: Bearly Mine Design - Rose's Dream; Pink heavy weight paper and pink paper from my stash, polka dot paper made my me
Coloring: ProMarkers, Pergamano - White gel pen

Inks: TH Distress Ink - Milled Lavender; Printer
Dies: Spellbinder - Label 4 sm; Back To Basics Tags
Embellishments: Ribbon and yarn from my stash, Viva Decor pearl pen - Ice White, Ranger Stickles - Crystal
Sentiments: Computer generated
 
I'd like to partixcipate on following challenges:
Kaia's Scrapbooking Fairy Tale - Challenge 50 - kasuta vähemalt 3 erinevat paberit 27.11
Delicious Doodles Challenge - Challenge 12 - Something that flies 28.11
Moving Along With The Times - Lets go dotty 28.11

Crazy 4 Challenges - Challenge 164 - Put a bow on it 29.11
Sketch Saturday - Week 235 - Sketch 29.11
Paper Playtime - Challenge 89 - Anything goes 29.11
Sentimental Sundays - Challenge 130 - Easel card 30.11
The Crafty Pad - Challenge 198 - Add some glitter 30.11
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Anything goes excluding christmas 6.12
 

Thanks for looking!
Hugs & smiles,
Eret

Monday, November 26, 2012

Kadripäev and Christmas

Few weeks ago I wrote about Mardipäev (Mart's Day, St Martin's Day), today I share a little about Kadripäev (Kadri's Day, St Cathrine's Day).
Here is what Wikipedia says about it:
"The customs for the Estonian St. Catherine’s Day are generally associated with the kadrisants (kadri beggars) or kadris, which give the whole day a unique quality, although it is similar to the traditions practised on St. Martin’s Day. Both require dressing up and going from door to door on the eve of the holiday to collect gifts, such as food, cloth and wool, in return for suitable songs and blessings.
On Estonian farms, minding the herds and flocks were primarily the responsibility of women and therefore, St. Catherine’s Day involves customs pertaining more to herd keeping than farming. In addition, both men and women may dress up as women. In comparison to the mardisants, who were generally dressed in a masculine and rough manner and often wore animal masks, the kadris wear clean and light-coloured clothing, which is in reference to the coming snow.
As with mardi eve (the evening before St. Martin’s Day), when the village youth chose a mardiisa (father), the main player on kadri eve is kadriema (mother).
Regarding the songs for St. Martin’s Day and St. Catherine’s Day, the main content difference is that the former songs wished the visited families harvest luck and the latter songs luck with the herds and flocks, particularly with the sheep. On St. Catherine’s Day, in order to protect the sheep, shearing and weaving were forbidden and sewing and knitting were also occasionally banned.
St. Catherine’s Day has retained its popularity throughout the centuries, including the half-century of Soviet occupation, during which no direct official obstructions to the celebrations were made, probably due to the apolitical nature of the holiday. Thus, St. Catherine’s Day is still widely celebrated in modern-day Estonia. It is particularly popular among students and the rural population."
Kadripäev is almost the same as Mardipäev. Except everyone dress as women. Unlike Halloween, kids have to earn their candy by singing or dancing, but they can do it twice a year (in November). Kadripäev was on the last weekend.
 
 
But now to the new challenge at the Paper Makeup Challenge Blog. This time we want to see a Christmas or Holiday project with digital stamp on it.
 
 
I made a suspension card (I think it is called like this, not sure though). I used beautiful Holly Fairy and sentiment from Season Greetings Holiday Set. Holly is colored with Promarkers. I added some stickles to her wings and Flower Soft to her jacket and boots. Jacket is paper pieced.
 

The image and sentiment is attached with a string, so it turns around in a little window. Pattern papers are made in PhotoShop from damask pattern created by sofi01. I added digital stitching's to it. Edges of papers are distress with Tea Dye Distress Ink and Matting layers are colored with Promarker - Burgundy.


Flourishing Christmas tree die cuts was cat in two and I clued one to the front of the card and other inside. There are also lots of stickles added to them.


Little Holly leafs and berries under the sentiment are from Holly Fairy hair :o) I thought that it looks nice on there.


This is it. Remeber, you have a week to upload your project with digi image to PMS Challenge blog. You can win three digi stamps from PMS (+2 extras if your winning project has a PMS stamp on it). Don't forget to visit my team mates blogs. They have awesome cards to share :o)

Materials used:
Stamps - Paper Makeup Stamps - Holly Fairy and  Season Greetings Holiday Set
Papers: White paper from mys stash; red and beige pattern papers made in Photoshop; matting layer colored with Promarker 'Burgundy'
Coloring: Promarkers
Inks: TH Distress Ink - Tea Dye; Printer
Dies: Spellbinder - Label 4 sm; Memory Box - Flourishing Christmas tree
Embellishments: Viva pearl pen - Ice White; Ranger Stickles - Crystal, Flower Soft - White

I'd like to participate on following challenges:
Stamping Sensations - November challenge - Traditional Christmas 28.11
Polka Doodle - Week 47 - Any die will do 2.12
The Crafty Pad - Challenge 198 - Add some glitter 30.11
Sweet Stamps Blog - November Challenge - Suspension card 14.12

 
Thank you for looking!
Hugs & smiles,
Eret

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pig bookmark

 Evening my friends. Today I have a quick post to show the newest digi from Beccy's Place. It is called Christmas Pig. I used it to make a little corner bookmark.


 Image is colored with Promarkers and I also used a golden gel pen to add some sparkle.


On to the back side I made a similar pattern as edge of the pig's blanket and I copied his wreath to the sentiment layer also.

 
Some of Beccy's stamps are ready for an early retirement! It is your last chance to get them. And you can get them with fantastic price.They have been marked down to $1.00 each and will available from now until the end of the year when they will be discontinued. Take a look here.
And you still have time to join the monthly challenge at Beccy's Place. All you have to do is use Beccy's digi image on your project.
 
Materials used:
Stamps: Beccy's Place - Christmas Pig 
Paper: Computer Scrapbook - Tea on Tuesdays; White and red papers from my stash 
Coloring: Promarkers; Golden Gel Pen
Inks: Printer
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilites - Standard Circles Larges and Classic Scalloped Circles Large; Nellie's Multi frames - Border 2
Sentiments: Computer generated
Embellishments:
Scrap ribbon from my stash
 

Thank you for looking!
Hugs & smiles,
Eret

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas fun

This fortnight at A and T Challenge Blog we have a sketch for you to play with. There is no other rule, just follow the sketch and upload your card before December 3rd.


I used the Larkins on my card. They are so funny. Love this digi. I colored them with Promarkers. Matting layers, edges of the white ribbon, flower and snowflake are also colored with same markers. If you look the card closer, you'll see the snowflake border behind the ribbons. This is a self made border with snowflake bunch.


Although I like to make digital stitching to digi papers, this time I pierced the holes and connected them with Gelly Roll gel pen. It adds a little sparkle to my card. I draw tiny lines with same gel pen to the stars on pattern paper and smudged the lines before pen dried. Now my stars will sparkle :)


There is also a new DT call opened at A & T Digital Design until November 30th. Read more about it on here. Don't miss that chance :o)

Materials used:Stamp:A & T Design - Larkins
Paper: CraftworksCard card base; White paper from my stash
Coloring: ProMarkers, Gelly Roll - Clear Star
Inks: Printer

Dies: Spellbinder - Label 4 sm; Marianne Design Creatables: Poinsettia (small)
Punches: Heyda - Snowflake small
Embellishments: Ribbons from my stash, Viva Decor pearl pen - Ice White
Sentiments: Computer generated

Moving Along With The Times - Seeing stars 21,11
Charisma Cardz - Challenge 45 - Keep your cool 21.11
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 243 - Starry starry night 21.11

Thank you for looking!
Hugs & smiles,
Eret

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hot chocolate for Christmas

 This week at The Paper Makeup Stamps Blog it is all about food. So dig out your food related digi stamps and share your project with us. You have one week. And remember, you have to use a digi stamp somewhere on your project.


I used adorable Pete the Penguin on my little Hot Chocolate pouch. Image is colored with Promarkers. Matting layers and frame are colored with MetallicMarker - Red Gold. The pouch is closed with sentiment strip which is clued to the inside of the card. It will come to the top where it can be tucked under the Poinsettia flower.


Inside is a pocket to hold a Hot Chocolate package. There is also another Pete who holds his mug.


If you take the Hot Chocolate out you can see a little poem behind it. I made digital stitching on all pattern papers. I like the effect it gives. Of course real stitching would be ten time better but I'm happy with those too.


Materials used:
Stamps: Paper Makeup Stams - Pete the Penguin
Coloring: Promarkers; MetallicMarker - Red Gold
Paper: Bearly Mine Design - Festive Fun; White paper from my stash
Inks: Printer
Dies: Marianne Design Creatables: Poinsettia (small); Memory Box - Flowering Frame
Sentiments: Computer generated
Embellishments:
Stanger - Pearl Paste


I'd like to participate on following challenges:
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Cold and frosty 22.11
Allsorts Challenge - Week 181 - It's a gift 23.11
Sweet Stop Sketches - Challange 185 - Sketch with a spin: Tasty Treats 23.11
 
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Challenge 99 - Use something more then 6 months old (image, pearl paste) 23.11
The Crafty Pad - Challenge 197 - Beginning to look a lot like Christmas 24.11
Creatalicious Challenges - Challenge 40 - Winter 13.12

 
Thank you for looking!
Hugs & smiles,
Eret

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Baby Robin

Today I have winter card with adorable image to share with you. It's the newest digi on Beccy's Place Online Store. I used colored image on my card. 

"Season Greetings"
Because I used digital designer papers I made a digital stitching to all pieces. After printing I matted them to dark red paper. The pearl string is from my stash. I added some flower soft to here and there and little bit of stickles on top of it.

Inside of the card
Go over to Beccy's Place to see more cards made with this beautiful image. And you still have time to join the monthly challenge too. All you have to do is use Beccy's digi image on your project.

Materials used:
Stamps: Beccy's Place - Baby Robin
Paper:
Bearly Mine Design - Festive Fun; CraftworksCard card base; White and red papers from my stash
Inks: Printer
Dies: Marianne Design Creatables: Poinsettia (small); Nellie's Multi frames - Border 2; Sizzix - Framelits Oval with Ornate Edge
Sentiments: Computer generated
Embellishments:
Flower Soft Ultra Fine - White; Ranger Stickles - Diamond;
Ranger - Glossy Accents; Queen & Co Pearls - Snowflake; Pearl string from my stash

Crazy 4 Challenges - Challenge 162 - Inspired by your favorite Christmas carol (White Christmas)
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Challenge 98 - Christmas card for a man
Sketch And Stash Challenge - Challenge 100 - Free choice sketch - Sketch 35

Anything Goes Challenge - Challenge 80 - Stitching real or faux
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Monthly Challenge - Winter

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas stocking

I'm back again with another project :o) This time it is for Beccy's Place and I used a new image called Elegant Stocking. It truly is elegant. I haven't saw so pretty Christmas sock before.

Sentiment: "Beautiful holidays!"
What stocking it is without something sweet inside :o) So there is a hidden pocket. Perfect size to hold the little chocolate.


Paper with poinsettias I made last year. I thought it goes nicely with this pretty image. Edges of it are inked with Memento Lady Bug ink and I  draw stitch lines with golden gel pen. There are also some X-mas Red Stickles used.

Side view

Back side
Materials used:
Stamps: Beccy's Place - Elegant Stocking
Paper: White and red papers from my stash; Poinsettia paper made by me
Coloring: Promarker; Signo - gold glitter gel pen
Inks: Memento - Lady Bug; Printer
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilites - Standard Circles Larges and Lacy Circles
Punches: dbCraft - border punch
Sentiments: Computer generated
Embellishments: Ranger Stickles - x-mas Red


I'd like to participate on following challenges:
Christmas Stampin - Challenge 36 - Anything goes 14.11
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog - Anything goes 16.11 

 
Thank you for looking!
Hugs & smiles,
Eret

Autumn cake


This week at the Paper Makeup Stamps we have an Inspiration Photo to get your creative juice flowing. It's really beautiful autumn cake and it looks so delicious...


The photo inspired me to make a side-step card with a similar cake. Following photo is made last night. I wasn't happy with the card. The candles on the cake blended in to the background too much. So I changed it a bit...

I re-colored the green stripes on the candles with atSpicaYou Lime Green glitter pen, candle light is covered with Clear Star glitter pen and candles and lights are covered with Glossy Accents. Much better :o) Now I'm happy and willing to share my card with you :)


Sentiment: "Happy Birthday"

On the main image is Natalie. She is colored with Promarkers and on her wings are covered with stickles.Sentiment is made by me.


I made the layered cake similar as on inspiration photo and added striped candles. It was very late then I finished the card so I didn't want to spend much time to cut out the candle lights. So I punched couple leaf branches and snipped the leaves off. Easy! As you can see I went a little pearl crazy again :) And there is some stickles and liquid pearl paste on top of the cakes :o)

Materials used:
Stamps: Paper Makeup Store -
Natalie
Papers: White and orange papers from my stash
Ink: Printer
Coloring: Promarker, atYouSpica - Lime Green, Gell Rolly - Clear Star
Punches: Heyda - Small flower and small leaf
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilites - Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Sentiment: Computer generated
Embellishments: Ranger Stickles - Crystal; Stanger - Pearl Paste

I'd like to participate on following challenges:
Inky Impressions Challenges - Challenge 84  - Birthday 13.11

Totally Paper Crafts - Challenge 142 - Cute and girly 15.11

Thanks for looking!
Hugs & smiles,
Eret


Friday, November 9, 2012

Mardipäev and Christmas Angels

Hello my friends!
Tomorrow is Mardipäev ("Mart" is an Estonian male name and "päev" meaning "day"). The idea of this holiday is kind of similar to the Halloween, but I think there are some important differences in the history of this holiday and the meaning of this day.
An old times people participating in the event were usually young men, they were called "Marts" (a plural form of "Mart"). They disguised themselves using different natural materials like hay, branches, old and dirty clothes. Marts put on fur coats (turned inside out) and big boots. The clothes were mostly brown and black. Usually fur hats were worn as well. Face was painted with ashes.  
A word "Mardisandid" was also quite spread, where "Mardi" is a form of "Mart" and "sandid" means "scabby, cripple". The last part points to a reason why Marts usually looked ugly and helpless.
One of the most essential part of celebration was singing. Mart's had a huge inventory of different songs and poems which had a special meaning. There was a starting song that was sung before entering a strange house. The song says that Marts have come from far away, they are freezing out there and their feet are hurting. They haven't come in order to receive something, they have come to share the blessing for a rich harvest.
After being invited in, Marts started to sing songs and dance, scaring away dark forces and attracting blessings from fairies. It was thought that Marts bring benefits to agriculture and animal breeding. In order to spread the blessing grain and beans were sometimes thrown around the house. Marts were always welcome in any house and were rewarded kindly for their performance: the family, which was visited by the Marts, offered them different food like meat, honey, apples, fresh bread.
Upon leaving Marts wished a good harvest to father, a good flock to mother, a good groom to daughters and a good bride to sons of the family.
Now-days the main idea of rituals are the same, but mostly children will participate on it. They dress as ugly male and go house to house. After they are invited in, they start to perform. They sing and dance or they'll do something else entertaining. After that, they get candy and other goodies. The celebration took place a day before. That is tonight.
Come back in two weeks to read about Kadripäev (part 2 of our Halloween) :) But now to my card today. It's not involved with Mardipäev. We don't have custom to make card for that day. I'll share another Christmas card instead.
 
May the Christmas Miracle be with you now and always!
Beautiful Christmas time!
I made a step card with two sweet Angel images from Beccy's Place. Angel With Lights and Angel With Gift. They are adorable. I love their little feet. So cute.
Poinsettias are made from crepe paper and for centers are added golden glitter clue. Angels are colored with Promarkes. I added sticklest to their wings, Glossy Accent to the light bulbs and bow, and their halo is covered with glitter pen. Snowflakes on both sentiments are also covered with glitter pen.
 
Materials used:
Stamps: Beccy's Place -
Angel With Lights, Angel With Gift

Paper: Papermania - At Christmas Time; 
White and red papers from my stash
Coloring: Promarker; Gelly Roll - Clear Star
 
Dies: Memory Box - Flowering Christmas Tree (cut from white paper and colored with Promarker - Pine Green)
Sentiments: Computer generated
Embellishments: Ranger Glossy Accent, Ranger Stickles - Crystal; Stanger Pearl Maker - Gold; Self made poinsettias;


I'd like to participate on following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Challenge 42 - Thing with wings 10.11
Flutterby Wednesdays - Challenge 213 - Anything goes 13.11
Delightful Sketches - Let it snow 14.11
Paper Play Challenges - Week 45 - Snowflakes 14.11
Milk Coffee Challenge - More then one fold 21.11
Stamping Sensation - November challenge - Traditional Christmas 28.11
 
Thank you for looking!
Hugs & smiles,
Eret

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Green Christmas

Today started a new challenge at A&T Digital Design Challenge Blog. This time we want to see a Ribbon.
I truly hope that Christmas will be white this year :) But while I wait until rain turns to snow, I made a bright green Christmas card with new Horse Shoe and Rose digital stamp.


I apologise for bad photo. It's strange that color of the ribbon is wrong on it but every other color is right. The ribbon is actually very similar to the green paper. And card is very sparkly on real life. I wish I could capture it to the photo. I got an awesome tip from somewhere (I'm sorry, but don't remember from who) how to use Gelly Roll Clear Star glitter pen. Draw a little line with it and while it is still wet, smudge it with your finger. This way you get fantastic shine to your paper and you don't have any pen line. And it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Sentiment: Beautiful Christmastime and happy New Year
The image is colored with Promarkers. Green rose looks a bit like cabbage but luckily it has pretty leaves so you can still understand that it is a rose :) I followed the sketch from Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge - Challenge 122.


Inside of the card
Materials used:
Stamp:A & T Design - Horse Shoe and Rose
Paper: White,green and white shimmering papers- from my stash
Coloring: ProMarkers, Gelly Roll - Clear Star
Inks: Printer
Dies: Spellbinder - Label 4 sm and 2010 Snow Flake
Punches: dbCraft border punch
Embellishments: Ribbon from my stash, Ranger Stickles - Diamond;
Sentiments: Computer generated
 
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog - All that glitters 9.11
Sketchy Colors - Challenge138 - Green and white 10.11
The Crafty Pad - Challenge195 - Anything goes 10.11
Polka Doodle - Week 44 - Bright colors and sparkle 11.11


Thank you for looking!
Hugs & smiles,
Eret

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