Personalized Cards

MFT Name Day 2016 (1)

Happy Monday to All!

Hope that today’s post will illustrate you some ideas how you can customize your handmade cards and make them even more personalized and special. On the card I’m sharing in this post I added a name of the recipient. I think that this type of cards can fit any occasion. They are great for birthdays, name days, births, graduations, mother’s and father’s days, anniversaries or just simply to say hello to your friend.

Besides you can play with the recipient’s favorite colors, add their favorite animals or flowers or maybe color some fun critters like their pets. The possibilities are endless.

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Now a few words about how this particular card came out. As you understood it was made for someone special since there’s his name displayed on the banner (LOL!), but as for the layout and the colors I was inspired by the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #282 and Color Challenge #46.



It was a little bit challenging for me to keep the card so light, but to be honest I’m very satisfied with the final result because I managed to use so many products and finished to have (at least in my opinion) a very pleasant result. The pattern paper that you can see at the bottom of the card was made by embossing the paw print stamp from MFT Cool Cat set with a clear dull embossing powder on a cream card stock, the light blue panel on top was done using ink blending technique, the cute funny cats from the same stamp set were water colored with my new Mijello Mission Gold set and the die-cut banner was finished with copic markers (R00-R0000-colorless blender). Of course, at the end the sequins mania makes me adhere some sequins here and there.

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Hope this post will give you some inspiration! As always thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!




Enjoy Your Day – Birthday Card Series

WP9 Enjoy Your Day 2016 (1)

Hello guys!

I finally found some time last Sunday and inked the beautiful stamps from WPlus9 Freehand Florals set that were dyeing in my stash and came out with a floral composition that you can see in the picture above.

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Perhaps the most difficult and time-consuming  part of the whole cardmaking process was a search of a perfect color combo among my dye inks as this stamp set is a layering one. It means that you need two or three different gradient shadings of the same color to stamp on top of each other. At the end of this post I’m going to share some combination that worked for me, I used Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp’s dye inks so I think many of you have them too.

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Some elements on the card were die-cut and mounted on a foam tape; and some were stamp straight on the card base and created the underlayer. For the sentiment I used a black card stock as I feel like it brings more contrast and makes the sentiment stand out against the colorful flowers. A few sequins and a little bit of saddle shimmer finished this card!

As always thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me comments! I really appreciate it a lot!



orange combo: SSS MelonHA Orange SodaSSS Coral Reef

pink-raspberry combo: HA Bubble GumSSS Doll PinkHA Raspberry Jam

greens: SSS Green AppleSSS Green Leaf

blues: SSS Surf BlueSSS Island BlueMemento Danube Blue


Happy Mother’s Day Card (ft. Altenew)

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Happy Monday to All!

I made some more Mother’s Day cards to give to my friends and parents. The one I’m sharing today is all about flowers again (as they seem to be the perfect scheme for this occasion), but totally different from the previous one in terms of techniques I used.

So if you are a stamper, this card is for you! 😉

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The most difficult part of the whole card making process was finding the perfect color combo for the layering roses that are from Altenew’s Vintage Flowers stamp set. For the one that has peachy tones I used Simon Says Stamp’s inks: Pale Blush, Apricot and Coral Reef. Another one is stamped using SSS Cotton Candy, SSS Teeny Bikini, SSS Hot Lips and Hero Arts Pale Tomato. The leaves are stamped with SSS Mint, SSS Mint Candy and SSS Lucky inks. All the above mentioned inks are dye based.

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I repeatedly stamped some flowers using my MISTI tool and then simply cut them out with the scissors. Assembling everything I added some dimension with a foam tape and a little bit of contrast with the black areas. Some clear droplets and a lot of Wink of Stella Clear Glitter marker finished the card.

As always thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me comments! I really appreciate it a lot!



Mother’s Day Card – Watercolor Card Series (ft. WPlus9)

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Hello guys!

Today I’m sharing a very special project. To be honest this card took me a while to be done and it’s definitely not the one that can be replicate easily, but since it’s for my mom, I think that the result is worth the effort.

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Basically I did a no-line water coloring on this card. I started with a good quality hot pressed watercolor paper. I learned from the last online class I took “Watercolor For Card Makers Intermediate Techniques” that the paper is very (and probably the most) important ingredient for a successful water coloring. So if you struggle with water coloring, I highly recommend you to invest on a high quality paper rather then on other supplies.

As a watercolor medium I chose Winsor & Newton Professional watercolors in tubes. Recently I got some new colors and couldn’t wait to give them a try. And since I was going to use lots of pinks, I stamped a Beautiful Bouquet of Ranunculus from WPlus9 in a very light pink ink. Then I worked on every single petal separately.

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No need to tell you that after spending all that time on water coloring, I decided to keep the main focus on it and didn’t add any other embellishment except of the heat embossed sentiment on vellum in antique gold color .

Hope this card will give you some ideas for your Mother’s Day cards! If so, please, link your projects to me! I’m very curios to see what you are working at! And as always thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me comments! I really appreciate it a lot!




These Were Fur You Card – Mother’s & Father’s Day Series

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Happy Tuesday!!!

I’m so excited to share this special card because it’s for me from my furry baby Tommy on Mother’s Day (yes, I’m mom to a kitty 🙂 … you can find his pictures here).

The layout was inspired by the Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #20 – SKETCH Challenge.


No need to tell you how I adore kitties and love putting them on my cards. But among all kitty stamps I have in my stash, the cute mischief images from Newton’s Nook are my favorite as they remind me my cat. I just love playing with them. So for today’s card I used a non-traditional Mother’s Day stamp set called Naughty Newton and turned it into a Mother’s Day card.

To color the cat I played with new to me Prima Flowers Watercolor Pencils. They are very inexpensive, but seem to be a good quality. In some areas I applied pencils directly to the paper and then brought water with a brush, coloring other spots I picked the color straight from the pencils. What I don’t like about them is that the packs contain the same colors. I bought only two packs as I wished to try them (basic colors and skin/hair colors) and already found some doublets like black and one of the brown tones.

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Ok… I don’t want to make this post too long describing how I put everything together. Only a few words about the background. Instead of leaving the card base white as I didn’t like how it looked, I repeatedly stamped with a very light ink the word “oops” from the same stamp set forming diagonal stripes. Just to add some interest, but not to distract from the main scene.

Stay tuned as I made another non-traditional Father’s Day card using the same Naughty Newton stamp set. Can’t wait to share it with you!

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