Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Snowman and his family

Christmas quickies

As if I didn't know what date Christmas is, it approached surprisingly fast, and so I had to produce a batch of very quick cards. Even those felt like a conveyor belt.
Here are my quickies made with Stampington (Night town) and Tanda Stamps (tree/Christmas plate) stamps.
As I was also tempted to buy some new Snowman papers for Sasha's buddies' cards (and in the end they all got Mr Men & Little Miss cards), I felt that poor Snowman feels lonely and needs a loving family, so I added a wife and two kids next to him.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Birthday card

I just fell in love with this chubby face (and hope it wasn't too cold in the studio, lol). Makes me wonder what happened to this child, what was his/her life.
Each photo tells a story, but some of them are stories lost in time.
BTW, I've been recycling again: this printed butterfly with beads was a part of textile tag from a River Island blouse (or was it trousers? not sure. But I knew I'd use it one day.)

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Glitzy Something challenge/Flowergirl purse

Stamp Something is running a Glitzy challenge. As any girl, I love a bit of sparkle, lol.
I did a similar purse some time in June but this time I changed the colours and added blitzy-glitzy sparkle bits to flowers. I painted stamped images with acrylic paints. The purse itself was a Boots freebie.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Dance the night away/Animal Antics

Blog-jumping, I found a blog called Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog, and as this week's challenge is Animal Antics, I thought my dancing cats would do just fine.
It is a birthday card for a fun-loving girl.
The cats come from Simply Cards magazine, they printed two pages of cats for anyone to copy, trace etc, and they remind me of cats my little brother likes to draw (though his are more quirky). I photocopied them on thick paper and coloured with watercolours. The lovely button is from Snowman series, and so is the background paper.
"Happiness is" stamp is Paper Artsy.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Discovering oneself/Out of the Hat Scrapping challenge

July challenge from Out of the Hat was to:
1. Use haberdashery on your page (flower buttons here)
2. Monochromatic type layout (sort of, I think I slightly digressed from monochromatic, lol)
3. Use felt on your layout (flowers again).
You can open the gate to read: What is a pure undiluted pleasure? Riding a horse.
Sasha is ecstatic in a company of horses and ponies. If he could talk, he would speak in verse at such moments. He is discovering the world, discovering himself.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Dream (Wednesday Stamper)

A girl is daydreaming on a swing. I used my niece's photo for the sketch, so it is not a portrait, just a girl... I used to do just that, daydreaming on a swing or in a hammock, for hours, "doing nothing in particular and thinking of nothing in particular".
Stamps used: Technique Tuesday/Sweet dreams & Little Yellow Bicycle/Nature.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Josephine the Pirate (PaperPlay fashion challenge)

I know, I know, I lost the plot, lol. I was playing with Josephine (from Innovative Stamp Creations plate), dressing her up as a pirate this time. I always wanted to have a tricorne hat, but alas, never had a chance to wear one. So this is my fashion statement for PaperPlay fashion challenge.
A very dated fashion, you can say. To make this hat a bit more girlie I added some sparkle and fluffy feathers. While I was buying these bits today in a little sewing shop, I saw these pearls on a wire, not sure what they were meant to be but I just had to have them. :)
Just realised that Mixed Media Monday is running a Play challenge this week, since I had fun playing, dressing up Josephine, I'll "do a Joanne" (who's the queen of combined challenges :), and add this to MMM challenge as well.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Pink, brown and flowers/Forever Friends challenge

Two of Sasha's classmates have birthdays in July. This card is for a girl whom Sasha allows to take him by hand and drag around the playground. He is usually very sensitive about his private space, so I am happy to see him playing with other kids.

Snow Queen

OK,I am growing senile. I looked up the name of this chipboard before taking photos, but now totally forgot what it is. Perhaps gingko biloba is in order, or some decent sleep, lol
Anyway, here is my Snow Queen, i.e. Josephine (Innovative Stamp creations/Friendship plate) in a winter outfit.
P.S. Stamp Something is running a Christmas in July challenge.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Tower Block Musical

A new piece from Antnhec to enjoy.

Friday, 3 July 2009

When I see an elephant fly

I was singing this to myself when I sketched a little elephant stamp for Craft Stamper.
You can see it in the latest issue of CS. Sadly it wasn't a winner. Oh well, you can't will them all, can you?
I dedicate it to Sasha who loves elephants in all sizes and shapes. We have a whole library on elephants: all Elmer the patchwork elephant books, many versions of Dumbo, photo books etc, as well as a procession of elephant figurines. :)

Monday, 29 June 2009


I loved the little wise owl from the last issue of Craft Stamper and thought she was begging to be turned into a charm. :) Here she is, stamped and baked in FIMO, coloured with Stazon and acrylics. The dangling thing is a Sainsbury's earring (yet another one, I've been tempted to buy another pair for crafting).

Friday, 26 June 2009

And the winner is...

drumroll please... Kaz!
Thanks to Sasha who wasn't sure why I asked him to pick just one piece of paper from his hat.
Many thanks to all participants!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Spirit (Stamp something challenge)

Stamp Something is running a colour challenge this week. They want you to "just add" some colour! Please create a project using only black, white, and ONE colour!!!
I have chosen brown and its shades.
I have found this lovely photo in an antique shop when we recently went to Lechlade to look for an antique desk for my husband. This young girl looks very spirited and feisty. There is no name on it, but I called her Mabel. :)
For the challenge card I used 3 different stamps: two from Tim Holtz collection (for the background in black and brown) and a little Spirit stamp (company??). I also dipped a piece of lace in coffee to make it look older than it is. Brads are BG Archaic. The little charm is actually an earring from Sainsbury's. As a magpie I was attracted to its shiny stone, even if I don't wear earrings, but I knew they'd come useful one day. :)

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Girlie giveaway-II (c/d 25/06)

For no other reason but the sunny day and me enjoying my new hair colour which I would call Venetian red. With hair "ablaze" as if painted by Titian, I'm ready for any impossible mission! :)
Isn't it funny how a hair colour can boost your mood?! Now that I'm in my early 40s, I am confident about the way I look. It doesn't mean I don't want longer legs and Daniel Craig following me with admiring eyes, but then who wouldn't? :)
So, here's what you can get: Riche Creme Elixir de Beaute/Beauty elixir with 30 precious oils, Maybelline pure blush mineral in topaz rose, Basic Grey Aura acrylic stamps, one Inka scroll (unmounted), Lindt Excellence Chilli (dark and smooth and with a hidden fire) and five cheerful flower buttons.
Anyone can enter, you don't have to post a link on your blog or be my follower, just wish me a good day.
I will enter all names in the draw on the 25th of June.
Good luck!

Monday, 15 June 2009

Daydreamer purse

I had this little cosmetics purse for a while, it was a Boots no.7 freebie, and I knew that I'd do something with it eventually. Now it's a birthday gift, not sure yet what will go inside. I'd like to sneak in some choocies but I know she's trying to be on a diet, so I don't want to sabotage that.
The girl and butterflies are stamped with Stazon and painted with acrylics. This is the stamp which I call Jo's stamp (Innovative Stamp Creations/Friendship). :)
I'm submitting it to the Caardvarks 3-D challenge, as they said it could be "altered anything", so I guess it certainly comes under this category of "Altered anything", lol.

P.S. The stamp is by Innovative Stamp Creations (Thanks, Jo!)
And what's the next best thing after chocolate? A chocolate facial mask. :) So this one goes in among other goodies for a birthday girl.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Van Gogh contest

When I read about the Van Gogh contest on Starving artistamps blog, I looked at my stamp collection and thought who could benefit from an Impressionist setting? So here is Sasha running along the sparkling sea. I used watercolour and acrylic over the stamped image, and added Archaic designer brads, which remind me of pieces of polished glass you find on the beach.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Simple Thank you!

Love new Regency papers from Papermania, so delicate. The little bird is stamped and painted with watercolour.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

A Way of Describing Autism

A poetic way of describing autism.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Constant heart: the story of my great grandparents, Alexandra and Timofei

Today I will tell you the story of Alexandra and Timofei, my great grandparents. For the LO I have chosen an old wedding photo (a photocopy) taken in Kursk, Russia in 1917. The red angel is taken from Marc Chagall's "Wedding", one of my most favourite paintings.
Red crowns are references to the Russian church wedding ceremony, when crowns are held above the heads of the wedded couple.
There is a pocket behind the panel with the photo, and it reads like this:
"Kursk, 1917. They called each other Shurochka and Timosha. Soon the Revolution will shatter their fragile world, and the lightening of the Red Terror will devastate millions of lives. They were in love, and they married. During the terrible waves of repressions and executions of 1937 Timofei was arrested and taken away in the black car. He was forced out of the car and shot dead for being rude to the KGB officer. Nobody bothered to tell Alexandra. She thought he was exiled to GULAG.
As many GULAG convicts had no right of correspondence, the absence of letters meant nothing. And there was always hope that one day your true love would be back... You counted days, years and hoped... You never gave up, a constant heart.
When Stalin died in 1953, and those who survived the camps returned home, Timofei's friends told Alexandra about his death.
Can you imagine waiting for more than 16 years to find out that your husband has been dead all this time?!
She never remarried."

Materials used: Stampington newsletter lace download on Basic Grey Boxer paper, antique ribbon, an old pearly buckle (got it for 5p at a charity shop!) and other bits and bobs.

Thursday, 14 May 2009


You are not allowed to use a camera with a flash in London Aquarium, so as not to ruin the fishes' eyes. When I saw Sasha moving along the big window, mesmerised by the sharks and rays, I took a photo, and I like the effect of a dark silhouette on the blue background.
Text on the shark says: "My boy is lost in this enchanted world. Past flickering fishes, his soul is pulled into the silent world of the underwater, where you don't need to talk."
A bit of recycling here: a net from washing tablets, lol, and the jellyfish is made of my old bra (lacy part). Did I just say that?!

P.S. As I've just found that WS theme this week is Under the Sea, and I did use two stamps of seashells, I am adding my entry to the weekly challenge.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

My chocolate loves me...

as in "I love my chocolate, my chocolate loves me", lol.
Here is a birthday gift for a friend, who also recently got engaged, hence all the kissing couples.
Stamp on the top: The Stampsmith (From Russia with love plate).
Images are from Curious by Design. Papers: Daisy D's and Basic Grey.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Sewing, sewing, sewn

When I saw a feature in Craft Stamper about stamping and embroidering stamped images, I thought: I can do it. Off I went to the little sewing shop in town, chose a shiny blue silk thread and started on my project. I should have known better, it took me ages to finish a simple teddy bear. :)

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

And the winner is....

drumroll please... Riane (Kernowcards) from the Netherlands. I used the randomiser, and Riane's a winner. Congratulations!
Thank you, everyone, for participating and making it so enjoyable for me. I wish I could give a gift to each and every one of you!

St Basil's card

Do you remember as a kid colouring in pictures with so much zeal that even your tongue was sticking out from diligence. Well, I guess I was like that colouring in this Elusive Images stamped picture.:)Took me a bit longer than I expected. I'll try to do a better picture tomorrow, as there is no daylight anymore. I used watercolours and golden acrylics. Added a photo taken in the daylight, but then the gold is not so obvious, so left the previous shot with the flas as well.
I made this card as a Thank you card for someone who's very interested in Russia and its history, but thought it was appropriate to enter in a Charmed Crafts/Crafty Goings On blog colouring in competition to win a fab set of copics.
My forum friend Lynn was looking for a Russian Church stamp for me, and found this one only to discover that it was discontinued. So, Lynn, bless her, has contacted the stamping company and they made this stamp specially for me. I am so touched. I think it is a superb stamp.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

A little giveaway

Just because... not for any particular reason, maybe because the sun is shining and the birds are singing in the garden, and I am feeling fine cause I slept through the night without being interrupted 20,000 times, lol
Here's what you can get: Riche Creme Beauty elixir with 30 precious oils (I love it! you need just a tiny bit, it absorbs beautifully, and you feel like Cleopatra after her milk bath), No 7 cleansing body polish (25 ml), No 7 stay perfect clear nail colour, 3 stamps from PA Mini, Bootiful stampz and Inka (sorry, no idea about their names), and CHOCOLATE, how can one live without chocolate: one G&B organic milk choccie and one Lindt excellence chilli choccie.
Anyone can enter, even if you don't live in the UK, I'll be happy to post anywhere.
I will choose a winner using randomiser on the 8th of April at 5pm UK time.
Good luck!
P.S. just wanted to add that by being interrupted in the night I don't mean I am married to a sex maniac, but only that my little guy rarely sleeps through the night.:)

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Think, think, think...

Stamps used: Paperbag studios and TT

Monday, 30 March 2009

Princess cupcakes

What's the occasion? Just trying Dr Oetker edible paints. Must say, they are not as easy as my usual 3-d paints, and certainly the colour choices are very limited.
But Sasha was looking with great interest at my "painting".

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Happy birthday, Sasha!

I can't believe you are seven today. My precious boy.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Winged Pierrot

Goodness gracious, I did a thing with wings, lol.
Basic Grey challenges site is running a challenge "All Round".
Materials used: Basic Grey Archaic paper and flourish stamp, acetate, brads, eyelets.
It was very tricky to take a photo, so I'm putting up two images to give a better idea what it looks like.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Alice in green (Wed Stamper Green challenge)

The colours are honestly much greener in real life than in the photo, lol.
Materials used: The Stampsmith stamp (Playing cards: French plate), Basic Grey papers, crystals and buttons, image is by Lewis Carroll.

Friday, 6 March 2009

You old fossil! (Basic Grey pocket challenge)

My lil bro's birthday is approaching fast. Happy birthday, Stepan!
Both my brother and son were born on St Patrick's day, so we consider ourselves half-Irish by proxy, lol.

Here's my card with a pocket and a tag for BG pocket challenge.
I love BG papers, so versatile, just my cuppa tea.
Materials used: Basic Grey Archaic papers and stamps, Boxer brads and buttons.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Ode to Jo

Life takes precedence over crafting, and 2009 has been a trial so far.
I was inspired by Jo's recycling article in Stamp Crafter, and as she kindly sent me the stamps she used for her feature, I had no excuse not to make some cards, especially that some of my forum friends were having birthdays.
In my mind I call this stamp from Innovative Stamp Creations "Jo's stamp". :)
Jo is not only one of the most talented paper artists that I know, but also a great Mum and a wise woman. Whenever I feel down or stressed, she always finds words of comfort.
Following in Jo's footsteps, I have done some recycling as well. For the Aloha (Love)card I stamped the flower on bits of glossy magazines and scraps of patterned paper and cut them out. The lovely shells are bits left over from a bracelet bought in a charity shop.
The other card is decorated with a mesh ribbon, salvaged from a bouquet of flowers.
Thank you, Jo, for the stamps and inspiration!