Monday, October 16, 2017

A box of sunshine

Hello my sweet friends! How are you? We had a lovely (lazy) weekend as family. We went out for walks, did some cooking at home, watched some telly, played some games... Perfect! Hope your weekend was nice as well!

Have you ever heard of "box of sunshine"? I came to this term a while back when I was browsing the internet. Basically it means that you take a box and fill it with lots of yellow things and send/give it to your friend/relative/penpal... I loved that idea so when one of my friends wasn't feeling well I just knew that I wanted to send one of those boxes to her. :) I tried to get many different yellow things that I thought she would like. Here's what I bought.

I also bought her 2 wooden Gorjuss postcards (she collects postcards), but forgot to add them to the pile when I took the picture.

Of course I also had to make a card to send it with the parcel. 

I sticked with the sunshine theme and made this CAS card. I didn't use any design paper, just yellow and white cardstock. White cardstock was embossed with Cuttlebug's embossing folder. I used googly eyes on the sun and drew the mouth by hand. Sentiment is a TGF stamp (Mini remix- Happy). I embellished the card with a few sequins.

So much from me today. have a sunny day! :) xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
The Greeting Farm: Monochromatic
7 kids: Anything goes
Word art Wednesday: Anything goes
HeARTful stamping: Anything goes + stamp
Fab'n'funky: Word art

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Haunted house

Hello there! Can you believe October is already here?! Eeeek! Time's flying by with the speed of light. Do you celebrate Halloween? We sometimes get together with some friends for a chat and friendly dinner and usually we carve a pumpkin, but that's pretty much it. We don't dress up in costumes, we don't go to Halloween parties etc. Halloween just isn't very big here. I normally don't do any Halloween crafts either - simply because I have no use of them. So the new (Halloween) challenge at The Sketchy Challenges got me scratching my head. I wasn't sure what to do. At the end I decided to make a Halloween decoration for the table. my hubby likes spooky things and was excited that once for a change we would also have a Halloween decoration on the table. ;) I got inspiration and idea for my project on Pamellia's blog (here), though you have to know that my project is FAR simpler and less detailed than hers - in my opinion hers is a masterpiece.

I knew I wanted a "crooked" house, but I am terrible at making "special" templates. I just can't get the numbers right. *sigh* So I asked my dad to make one; he knows how to do these stuff. ;) I asked him to make something simple, not too big, but has to be crooked. So, once he made me a model from the cardstock, I went crazy with paints, stencils etc. and made this...

I only used one die - for the fence, everything else (including windows, door etc. was hand drawn and cut the old fashioned way - with scissors. The whole project took me quite a long time to make, because I only had short periods of free time in my hands, but I did it (with a little bit of help of my hubby). Originally I wanted to include a couple of pumpkins as well, but I just couldn't find any that would be the right size in the stores here. If I find any before Halloween I can always add them.

Here are some more photos of the house - those were taken at daylight, only to show you the details, textures etc.

I used stencils and homemade textore paste for the bricks on the house and hor the "tiles" on the floor. Floor was first painted with acrylic paint, then sprayed with Shimmers and at the end inked with black ink pad. House was painted with acrylic paint and later inked with VersaColor black ink pad. I made the tiles for the roof with gesso, shimmers spray and crackled accents. At the end I also inked them with black ink pad. Door was embossed and inked with black ink pad. For the porch columns I used black straws.

The roof of the house can be opened so I can put in the lights.

And that's pretty much it. If you have any question feel free to ask. I can't wait to see your Halloween projects!

Have a wonderful day! xx

I'd like to enter my project to the following challenges:
Deep ocean: Colours of Autumn
Noor Design: Fall/Autumn
Creative inspirations: Anything goes
Double D challenges: Fright night
Simon says Monday challenge: A walk on the dark side
Through the craftroom door: Anything goes
Creatalicious: Anything goes
Just keep on creating: October anything goes
Crop stop: Linky party #32 (brands from the store: Sizzix/Tim Holtz, Ranger, Tsukineko)