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Hi! My name is Kika. Welcome to my page full of handmade greeting cards. I love crafting of all kinds - from scrapbooking, painting, to any kind of needlework (visit my other blogs, too - right sidebar).
Cardmaking is a special form of crafting - whether we're wishing someone well, inviting them to a party, saying thank you or just celebrate a holiday, there's plenty of occasions in life where a handmade card says it all. However, it might happen that new ideas can be hard to come by. That's where I'd like to help. Just make a coffee, sit down and look to my page for some ideas, inspiration or step-by-step tutorials. Enjoy the time!

Vitajte na mojej stránke zameranej na ručne vyrábané papierové pozdravy. Venujem sa rôznej umeleckej tvorbe - od scrapbookingu, maľovania, až po šitie, pletenie, či vyšívanie (navštívte aj moje iné blogy s týmito témami - bočný panel vpravo). Tvorba pohľadníc je špeciálny druh umenia - či už chcete niekomu popriať veľa zdravia, pozvať na party, poďakovať alebo osláviť sviatky, vždy je dosť príležitostí v živote, kedy to všetko môžete vyjadriť ručne vyrobeným pozdravom. Občas sa však môže stať, že nový nápad neprichádza. Tu by som chcela pomôcť. Urobte si kávičku, pohodlne sa usaďte a pozrite si moje stránky, nájdite nové nápady, inšpirácie alebo krok za krokom návody. Nech sa páči.

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nedeľa, 31. marca 2013

Envelope for an embellished card

How to pack an embellished card? 
The best way is to create a sturdy envelope, which would protect your artwork. I use an A4 size cardstock of any matching color which I cut and fold according the pattern I have created from old cereal box. You can do your own "stencil" from any A4 cardstock, as well. Maybe it seems too much counting, but it's really easy, just follow my picture below. Once you do your pattern, you can make as many envelopes as you need without long measuring and calculating. My envelope is great for cards of 10,5 x 14,5 cm or smaller. Embellishments should not exceed 1 cm of height.

Rozmýšľali ste, ako zabaliť ozdobený 3D pozdrav?
Najlepší spôsob je vyrobiť si pevnú obálku, ktorá vaše umelecké dielo ochráni. Ja používam A4 kartón / výkres vhodnej farby, ktorý vystrihnem a poskladám podľa šablóny. Tú som si vyrobila z nepotrebného hrubšieho kartónu (môže to byť hoci aj krabica od cereálií). Možno sa zdá, že je to veľa počítania, ale vyrobiť ju je naozaj jednoduché a poslúži na toľko obálok, koľko len chcete. Viac už nemusíte počítať a merať. Moja obálka je vhodná na pozdravy veľkosti 10,5 x 14,5 cm, príp. menšie. Výzdoba nemôže byť vyššia ako 1 cm.


piatok, 29. marca 2013

Happy Easter


Easter Bunnies


I was strongly inspired by beautiful, professional card of Kittie Caracciolo and immediately I wanted to make my own. Those bunnies were so cute, I couldn't wait to do it. I decided for red and white combination with brown imitation of the fence. I made the basket from white textured wall paper. Then I added 3 little roses and leaves into the bottom corner and some little tiny flowers on the necks of bunnies. In the grass are hidden 3 white little Easter eggs :-) Would you find them?

streda, 27. marca 2013

Free Image for today

Digi Stamp: Dolphin
I have a great collection of images from various coloring books for kids, old greeting cards, magazines, advertisements or story books. Many of them I drew or restored by myself. I'd love to put them together one day, but till then I'll just share couple of them with you.

piatok, 22. marca 2013

Easter Eggs

Glasspainted Eggs 
For this Easter card I used a glasspainting technique. First I painted eggs with brown window color on a transparent foil (e.g. 3M Transparency Film for HP Ink Jet Printers), then I glued them on a scrap piece of textured wall paper and cut out. As the background paper I used Geographics Design paper (Daisies), which I stamped and drew with grass and branch motives.

Challenges I entered:
The Squirrel and the Fox - Nr.40, Easter or Passover (entry 3), till 5/4/2013
Crafts 4 eternity - Nr. 116, Egg-cellent Easter (entry 60), till 28/03/2013









streda, 20. marca 2013

Happy Easter


I would call this card "10 minutes card". It was really easy to do, and fast. For coloring I used my "old fashioned" watercolors. In the left corner, there you can see my homemade pearls I used for embellishment (see how you can do them here), for writing I used pen and pink ink - no printing to add a personal touch to the card.

613 Avenue Create - Nr.11, Anything Goes (entry 8), till 30/03/2013
Fussy and Fancy - Nr. 85, Spring Days (entry 44), till 4/4/2013

How to make the pearls?

Do you need pearls and don't have them on hand? You can do it by yourself. All what you need is a glitter glue a transparent foil.
Make small dots on the foil and let dry for couple of hours. 
Then just peel of your "pearls" and you can use it for embellishment of your craft.

pondelok, 18. marca 2013

Bird Song


I used brush pens for coloring the bird and chalks for musical background. The white glittery paper is actually a scrap piece of wall paper I found in my stock. The yellow flowers were done by myself - no special punches, just knife, cutting board, brown fine liner, glue and little bit of patience.

Challenges:
Allsorts - As easy as 1-2-3 (entry 73), till 21/03/2013
Bearly-Mine - Nr. 78, Anything Goes (entry 32), till 25/03/2013
Moving along with the Times - Decoupage (entry 26), till 27/03/2013
Paper Pretties - Great Big Gobs of Glitter (entry 56), till 26/03/2013
MyGrafico - Nr. 148, Anything Goes (entry 30), till 7/04/2013
Lia Stampz - Birds, Nests, and Eggs (entry 11), till 15/04/2013

sobota, 16. marca 2013

Easter Bunny


I drew this little bunny with permanent ink on watercolor paper and then colored with my classical water-colors. Then I trimmed the picture with decorative scissors and made dots with a piercing tool. I decorated a card with three stripes of wooden beads of matching colors to add an accent. 

Challenges I entered:
One Stop Craft - Nr. 220, Anything Goes (entry 31), till 22/03/2013
Pink Gem - Easter / Spring (entry 13), till 23/03/2013
Avadares - Easter or Spring (entry 149), till 21/03/2013
Cards for Men - Nr. 6, Easter (entry 9), till 31/03/2013
Celebrate the Occasion - Nr. 104, Happy Easter (entry 6), till 24/03/2013
Crafts 4 eternity - Nr. 116, Egg-cellent Easter (entry 58), till 28/03/2013

Red Poppy


Since longer time I have had colored this lovely stamp, but had no idea how to make a card of it. Then I made an outline by hand and started to play around with red paper. By chance I got a piece of scrap paper with stamped part of a flower. That was an idea! Immediately I took my red ink and stamped each corner of the background paper with flower image - that is my background paper you see on the picture. The rest was just easily done.

Digi Darla's Challenge - Nr. 55, Flowers (entry 22), till 30/03/2013
One Stitch at a Time - Nr. 156, Use a Digi (entry 79), till 29/03/2013

streda, 13. marca 2013

Spring


Challenges I entered:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Girly (entry 89), till 06/04/2013
One Stop Craft - Nr. 219, Spring (entry 122), till 14/03/2013
Divas by Design - Pink (entry 15), till 18/03/2013
Joanna Sheen - Mum's the Word! (entry 74), till 20/03/2013
Cute Card Thursday - Nr. 260, Anything Goes (entry 52), till 20/03/2013
Audsentiments - Girl Power! (entry 4), till 26/03/2013
Sweet Pea Stampers - Spring Colours (entry 13), till 01/04/2013
Pink Gem Designs - Floral Frenzy (entry 90), till 15/03/2013
PanPastelUK - Nr. 10, Girly Theme (entry 51), till 15/03/2013
Celebrate the Occasion - Nr. 103, Spring is in the Air (entry 64), till 17/03/2013
My Creative Moments - Springtime (entry 18), till 12/04/2013
Card Makin Mamas - Spring colors (entry 15), till 29/03/2013
Digi Darla's - Nr. 54, Easter/Spring (entry 17), till 23/03/2013
Bearly-Mine - Nr. 79, Girly Pink (entry 13), till 31/03/2013

Duckling


Challenges I entered:
Bearly-Mine - Nr. 77, Easter (entry 31)
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes (entry 446), till 14/03/2013
The Paper Shelter - Nr. 103, Easter (entry 16), till 19/03/2013
The Squirrel and the Fox - Nr. 39, Autumn or Spring (entry 63), till 20/03/2013
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes (entry 115), till 16/03/2013
Paper Makeup Stamps - Nr. 79, Easter/Spring (entry 35), till 17/03/2013
Moving along with the Times - Spring is in the Air (entry 23), till 20/03/2013
My Creative Moments - Springtime (entry 19), till 12/04/2013
LEJ Designs - Nr. 46, Vintage or Retro (entry 20), till 31/03/2013)

Green Flower


Challenges I entered:
Card Makin' Mamas - Green (entry 150), till 14/03/2013
Make it Monday - Anything Goes (entry 152), till 16/03/2013
Cards for Men - Nr. 5, Monochorme (entry 46), till 17/03/2013
Fussy and Fancy - Flowers (entry 109), till 21/03/2013
613 Avenue - Nr. 11, St. Paddy's Day Green (entry 48), till 23/03/2013

pondelok, 11. marca 2013

50th Birthday

I created this card especially for my friend and colleague who turning 50. Great man! Since it is a card for a man I used earthly tones. I stitched booklet from scrap paper, then I have thorn little bit the edges and smudged with brown soft pastels. Then I wrote the wish. I drew and cut out the rose from scrap cardstocks. For a tag I used the daisy and circle punches.


Text on the booklet:
"They say that life just begins at fifty. Having fulfilled all your responsibilities, you can now put your legs up on the hammock and sip your Margarita! Have a wonderful Birthday!"


Challenges I entered:
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes (entry 435), till 13/03/2013
Crafts and Me - Tag it (entry 49), till 13/03/2013
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon (entry 419), till 13/03/2013
Make it Monday - Anything Goes (entry 151), till 16/03/2013
Robyn's Fetish - Birthday Card (entry 54), till 16/03/2013
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - Nr. 20, Happy Birthday (entry 90), till 29/03/2013

sobota, 2. marca 2013

Panda Bear


For this lovely kids card I used my homemade linocut stamps of panda and bamboo trees. Actually, little panda was an idea of my son and this it what we did together. Even though he cut his finger during lino-cutting, he liked it and had fun. He wants to use it as a birthday card for his schoolmate (girl) :-)

Congratulations Card


I just found an old stencil in my drawer and not thinking too much what I want to do, I just embossed it on a scrap piece of white cardstock. Then I realized that with some embelishments it can make a nice card, so I added couple of daisies and hearts and wrote the tag. This is what came out...

Challenge I entered:
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 258 - Something Old (stencil), Nr. 127
Paper Pretties - Terrific Texture (entry 2)
My Time to Craft - Embossing (entry 82), till 11/03/2013
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