Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fabrika Decoru - DT Call Application

Hello dear readers!

The Ukrainian manufacturer of the wonderful and very versatile products which include (of course) paper and a ton of other items (mostly great for the mixed media lovers) is having a Design Team Call. I could not resist sending my application too :)

I especially LOVE the Fabrika Decoru papers, because to me they look very different from the others available on the market. I love the patterns which are simple and whimsical at the same time, I love the cutout sheets which allow you to add even more details to a project, without getting upset that you have to cut a beautiful paper sheet only for a certain element that you need.This is so cool!

I had a chance to use a couple of "FD" stencils, adhesives and enamel dots and I must say - the quality is perfect which is the most important thing for any crafter! 

Indeed, the brand is growing and developing so fast! I would definitely be thrilled to be an active helper and a witness for this growth. The projects which the current Design Team members have been creating have been so inspiring! Working together with the talented people is a pleasant bonus I would like to get too :)

The projects which I would like to share here as an example of my style, will let you understand that I mostly like unusual and unique constructions from chipboard. They take time to create, but give a feeling of satisfaction once done. I adore boxes of various shapes, suitcases and of course mini albums.

Here are some examples. Most of the projects which I post on my blog would have a coming along tutorial, which may be found on my You Tube channel (the link to the channel will appear below).

(using Magnolia Sky Paper Collection by Fabrika Decoru)


Two Notebooks


You can find me on these Social Media channels:
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/MsProportion/   (lots of video tutorials here)

I am keeping my fingers crossed and wish lots of luck to all the applicants! 

Thank you.

One More Suitcase

Hello everyone!

While my eldest daughter is in pre-school and the little one is sleeping, I have some time to write up my blog posts and share the projects which I have recently finished.

The suitcase which I want to show you today was made as a  sample for a potential commission. I still don't know if the customer loved it, since I have just mailed him the pictures. Keeping my fingers crossed :)

Without further ado, here it is... The color palette was a customer's choice. I've put some old ATC cards which I had in my stash from the previously created project.

On the inner panels of the suitcase I used the brown faux leather. I wanted to add some stitching to it, but my sewing machine refused to help me in that :)

The next time I create a suitcase, I think I will get back to making paper handles and not the leather ones, because even two layers of leather felt to me quite flimsy, that's why I decided to strengthen them up with the hemp cord by wrapped around the handle.

The inside looks pretty plain:

And here is the back:

The suitcase can be used for storing old traveler's notebook or other memorabilia.

What about the colors? do they look ok together? Will be happy to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cafe Parisian - Mini Notebook

Hello dear friends!
I forgot to share here on my blog a little notebook which was created with the gorgeous Graphic 45 "Cafe Parisian" papers and the beautiful dies by Fantasy Hobby Shop

To bind the book I used the instructions from the post by Sue Lui. 
You can find the links to the Fantasy dies in this post below.

Here are the links to the dies:

On the inside front cover there is a thin belly bend for notes, tickets etc.

The notebook measures 6" x 4" (10,5 х 15,5 cm) and feels really nice to hold :)

That's all for today. Thank you for taking time to stop by my blog today. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian - Macaroon Treat Box and a Card - Gift Set

Hello dear visitors!

Today I am sharing a little treat box for macaroons and a matching card, created with the new Café Parisian collection. I think this paper is absolutely great not only for making mini albums, embellishing recipe books and making other décor pieces, but it is also perfect for quick presents’ projects.

I created a box for holding 6 tiny macaroon cookies, cut out a window in the lid, covered the sides of the box and added several cut out images from the “Café Parisian”. It did not demand a ton of time or materials, but turned a tiny box into a beautiful item, which will warm the heart of the one getting it J You add a card for a personal message and your heartfelt present is ready.

G45 Supply list:
Café Parisian 8X8
Café Parisian 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad
Other Supplies:
I Am Roses Flowers
“Fantasy” Flowers dies
Go Kreate Dies
Spellbinders Die
Magnolia Dies
Paper Smooches Die
Cheery Lynn Die

Thanks for stopping by!

Trash to Treasure - A Box From an Empty Scotch Bobbin - Tutorial


Recycling is always fun and today I want to show you a little present box which was made from an empty scotch bobbin, the ones we usually throw away so easily :) 

At the bottom of this post you will find my video tutorial on transforming the bobbin into a box, but first let's look at the result:

For embellishing the box I've used the papers from St. Nicholas collection by Graphic 45 and the following dies from the Fantasy Hobby Shop:
"Фонари чудес и волшебства"
"Сосновые ветки 1"
листья "Огненного цветка"

Here is the link to the video tutorial. The video doesn't have any sound or music, so don't worry, your computer is ok :) It is rather self explanatory, so I thought I will keep silent this time.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will give this tutorial a try.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Needle Book - Fantasy DT

Hello everyone!!

I hope it is ok, that not all of my current posts are New Year/ Winter / Christmas related :)
Today I am here with a little fabric needle book, which I created following a tutorial from Amy Sinibaldi.

For embellishing I die cut several floral elements from felt, using the following dies by Fantasy Hobby Shop:
Нож для вырубки Fantasy "После дождя - лист"
Ножи для вырубки Fantasy листья "Огненного цветка"

I've used the fabric from my old pink jeans and added a cotton fabric too, in between these two layers, there is a layer of felt for more stability. The inside pages are made of pink color felt.

I've also added felt die cuts to the inner pages:

For a change it was really fun to do something with fabric, and I am really happy that now a few needles that I have are organized in one place and are easy to take out and use. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Year’s Candies Vase with an Album


Not a long time is left till the New Year. Some people like to get everything ready ahead of time, including preparing the necessary holiday home décor.

I've decided to use the gorgeous paper of st. Nicholas collection for creating a candy vase/stand, which also has a place for a mini album at the bottom. I thought it could be nice to fill the album with the pictures from the previous New Year celebration and while eating some candies for dessert after a savory and tasty holiday meal, to flip through the album’s pages and get nostalgic :)

Besides the fabulous paper, I’ve used the Petaloo Flowers to embellish the candy vase. I totally fell in love with the Botanica Collection flowers, they look almost real! 

Xyron adhesives helped me to complete the project. The Mega Runner glue was perfect for quick and effective gluing the designer papers to the album’s base pages, the 1” sticker maker was great for applying glue on to thin decorative strips of paper, while the 3” sticker maker was simply fantastic for making the ATC ephemera cards sticky.

As you can see, the album doesn’t have any bulky embellishments on the cover. I wanted to make sure though, that the paper cutouts which I used on the cover will be glued down perfectly on every single millimeter if their surface. This is where the 3” sticker maker came super handy.

Tip 1: Use ribbon or lace for hiding the connecting seems between the parts of your paper project.

Tip 2: Never throw away the left over paper until you’re perfectly sure that there are no more elements which can be cut out from it. Sometimes those teeny tiny pieces (like leaves, candies, flowers etc) can help you make the project more detailed and beautiful.

Graphic 45 products used:
St Nicholas 8x8 Pad
St Nicholas 12x12 Pad
St Nicholas 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad
St Nicholas 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad
St Nicholas Banners
St Nicholas Decorative Chipboard
St Nicholas Ephemera Cards

Petaloo & Xyron Products used:
Xyron Mega Runner Permanent Adhesive
Xyron 1” Sticker Maker
Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
Petaloo Botanica Collection Sugared Blooms Burgundy
Petaloo Botanica Collection Regal Gold Poinsettia Red
Petaloo Botanica Collection Pine Pick w Cones & Berries
Petaloo Botanica Collection Vintage Velvet Dogwood - Antique Gold
Petaloo Botanica Collection Vintage Velvet Holly leaf pick
Petaloo Premier Mini Paper Poinsettia Red
Petaloo Premier Mini Paper Poinsettia White
Petaloo Botanica Collection Glittered Star Pick

That's all from me for today! Thank you for visiting!