Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Pre-made Scrapbook Page - Baby, I already Love You

I am teaching a class today, no time to stamp. I thought I will share another one of my scrapbook pages.

This is a pre-made 12x12 scrapbook page. I used patterned papers and cardstock stickers from Karen Foster. The patterned paper is machine stitched on the top of Bazzil Cardstock. Orange flowers are from Bazzil, the little white ones and the large orange one are from Prima. There are gold brads inside of the flowers, and the one in the top left corner has a button in the middle. Embellishments are raised on dimensional. This page will hold one 5"x7" and one 4"x6" photos plus you can use the small mat for an additional photograph or for the journalling.

This layout is available for sale in my Ebay Store.

:) Irina

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Stampin' Up "Spring Solitute"

I don't know what it is, but this year I am SO into birds. I bet you've noticed that from my recent projects ;) .

This stamp set is a Level 2 Hostess set from Stampin' Up. I just LOVE it!!! Of course I had to purchase over $300 in Stampin' Up products to earn it, but it's totally worth it!! Love-love-love.

Here are the cards that I've made with it so far.. All cards measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Card 1:
Soft Sky Cardstock 5 ½” x 8 ½”, score at 4 ¼”
Whisper White Cardstock 5 ¼” x 4”
Purely Pomegranate Cardstock 3 ½” x 3”
Whisper White Cardstock 3 ¼” x 2 ¾”
Background on the card was stamped with the Wheel (included with the stamp set) in Soft Sky Classic Ink. Background on the white layer was stamped in Soft Sky Ink as well. The brunch and the leaves were colored right onto the stamp with Stampin' Up Markers in Close to Cocoa and Old Olive. The Bird and the greeting were stamped with Purely Pomegranate Classic Ink. Flowers stamped on Whisper White with Blue Bayou Classic Ink, cut out and the centers are adorned with Microbeads.


Card 2:
Paper Trey White Cardstock 5 ½” x 8 ½”, score at 4 ¼ “
Purely Pomegranate Cardstock 1 ½” x 1 ½”
Soft Sky Cardstock 1 ½” x 1 ½”
Blue Bayou Cardstock 1 ½” x 1 ½”
Old Olive Cardstock 1 ½” x 1 ½”
Images on the squares were stamped with the coordinating color ink. Brunch (Close to Cocoa Stampin' Up Marker), Leaves (Old Olive Stampin' Up Marker) and the Bird (stamped with Blue Bayou Classic Ink) were stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock, cut out and adhered over the Pomegranate square. Greeting was stamped with Purely Pomegranate Classic Ink, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the greeting on the card (what would I do without it??).


Card 3:
Paper Trey White Cardstock 5 ½” x 8 ½”, score at 4 ¼ “
Purely Pomegranate Cardstock 3” x 3”
Soft Sky Cardstock 2 ¾” x 2 ¾”
Paper Trey White Cardstock 2 ½” x 2 ½”
Flowers were stamped with Blue Bayou Classic Ink, and colored in with the same ink (very lightly) with Aquabrush using the same ink. I added gold microbeads to the centers of the flowers. The greeting was stamped in Purely Pomegranate Classic Ink and the Bird was stamped in Blue Bayou Classic Ink. Again, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the bird and the greeting on the card.

I just love that with Stampin' Up sets there are so many possibilities. Just like these cards, with one stamp set you can achieve so many different looks. I will be reaching for this stamp set again and will come up with more design FOR SURE!!

Don't forget that I am a Stampin' Up Demonstrator ;) Check out my website here and if you would like to purchase any of the Stampin Up products, please contact me via email either from this blog or from my Stampin' Up website.

:) Irina

Monday, April 28, 2008

My work has been featured on Jana's Blog

My Stampin' Up upline's upline (hehehe) was visiting in the Bay Area from Germany and stopped by my house to spend some quality stamping time with me and our other Stampin' Up family members.

Now Jana has one of the cards that I demonstrated posted on her blog!! Thank you Jana!! Check it out here, and make sure to explore Jana's blog to see her creations, .

:) Irina


Good morning,

Today I wanted to share two projects that I designed for one of my Valentine's Day Card Classes. When I saw this stamp set in the Stampin' Up Catalog, I just had to have it. Love-love-love this bird!!

The first card didn't come to be the easy one for me though.. I think I spent almost two days trying to figure it out. VERY happy with the result..

This card measures 5 1/4" x 5 1/4". I've used Real Red, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White Cardstock from Stampin' Up . Background was done by stamping first with Fine Lace Background stamp (retired) and then with the large flourish from Baroque Motifs. The bird, the heart and the circle were all heat embossed with White Detail Embossing Powder, cut out by hand and raised on dimensionals. All stamps are from Stampin' Up set called "Always".

The second card is not your traditional one for Valentine's Day because of the color combination, but this is the look I was going for. The card looks so soft and gorgeous in real life. It can also be used for a Wedding, Anniversary, or any other occasion love card.

This card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I've used Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky and Whisper White cardstock from Stampin' Up. Background is stamped with Sanded Background stamp. The heart image was heat embossed with White Detail Embossing Powder, once on Soft Sky Cardstock and another one on Chocolate Chip and then cut out by hand. The chocolate heat is raised on dimensionals. All stamps are from Stampin' Up set called "Always". Scalloped oval and regular oval are the punches by Marvy Uchida.

Thanks for visiting my blog. As always, comments are appreciated.

till tomorrow..

:) Irina

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Inkadinkado Sketches

Good morning,

I am teaching this class today at Cranberry Hill Mercantile.

This is a set of four cards that I designed with beautiful stamps from Inkadinkado Sketches collection, the background stamp is by Hero Arts. The cards measure 5 1/4" x 5 1/4". All paper is from Bazzil except the watercolor paper. The images were stamped with Stazon ink and then colored with Twinkling H2O's and Copic Markers. I added some stickles to the card with the Bird Nest.

All supplies are available at Cranberry Hill Mercantille.

This card set is available for sale in my Ebay Store.

:) Irina

I am still jumping up and down from the joy of the very unexpected guest on my blog last night. Make sure to read my last two postings!!

Saturday, April 26, 2008


I can't believe it!!! I feel like crying, that's how HAPPY I am!!! Claudia HERSELF had left a comment on my last posting, and had asked me if she could post my project on HER blog!!! I am SO HONORED!!! I've been admiring Claudia's work for such a long time, and now I am on HER blog!!! Check it out here, .

Thank you SO MUCH Claudia!!!

:) Irina

Claudia's Blog Candy and Baggie Tutorial

Let me start by saying that Claudia is the one responsible for my addiction to Magnolia stamps. I am not complaining though, on contrary I am very happy. Claudia's work is so inspirational, I just love her style.

Well, today Claudia is doing the Blog Candy. One of the ways to participate is to make a Baggie following Claudia's tutorial.

Thank you for the great tutorial Claudia!!! And your project looks great, as always!! Make sure to visit Claudia's blog, .

Here is what I came up with. I made a flap on my baggie and placed Tilda on the circles that I've cut with Nestabilites. Besides being the decoration part, the flap also keeps the baggie closed.

This is the how the back of the baggie looks like..

And this is the open view..

I had a lot of fun making this project, and it was very easy to follow Claudia's tutorial. Thanks again Claudia for the great challenge!!

:) Irina

Friday, April 25, 2008

Little Fish Scrapbook Page

I am not only into designing cards, I am into other paper crafts as well (hence the name of my blog). Including scrapbooking... And on my blog I will share all of my paper crafting projects with you.

Here is the pre-made scrapbook page that I first designed about 10 months ago. It is available for sale on my Ebay Store , I have probably sold about 35-40 of them so far.

I made this page with various patterned papers. I used Bazzil cardstock for the background and machine stitched the patterned paper to it. Fish stickers already had glitter on them (perfect!!) and I adorned them with googly eyes and raised on pop-up dots. The letters for the title were cut with my Cricut machine, and the smaller letters are the stickers from Basic Grey. There is a double mat for a 5x7 photo and a smaller one for journaling or an additional cropped photograph.

This layout looks SO MUCH cuter in real life!! I've seen it framed, looks great that way. It can be used for baby/toddler bath photos, photos taken at the beach or by the pool, or even photos of your fish pet ;) .

:) till tomorrow,


Thursday, April 24, 2008

a Cat, a Bird and one Holy Cow

I just love Whipper Snapper images for coloring with Copic Markers.

I am SO EXCITED that Cranberry Hill Mercantile will carry Whipper Snapper stamps in their store, and they should be avaialble in about a week or so. I just can't wait to get my hands on more stamps and get to color those cute images to make new cards. Hooray to new rubber!!

Look what I made last night :) That Cow will make anyone smile for sure. Love the Cat with the Birdie too..

Supplies used on the Cat and Bird card:
Cat and Birdie Stamp by Whipper Snapper, Paper - all by Bazzil, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Nestabilites Standard Circle and Standard Scalloped Circle, Corner Rounder Punch (for scallops on the bottom of blue layer), Copic Markers.

Supplies used on the Holy Cow card:
Holy Cow Stamp by Whipper Snapper, Background Stamp by Hero Arts, Paper - all by Bazzil, Nestabilites Standard Circle and Standard Scalloped Circle, Photo Corner Punch, Copic Markers.

Both cards measure 5 1/4" x 5 1/4".

I will be teaching a class with these cards, here is the link
"a Cat, a Bird, and one Holy Cow" .

Irina :)

Quick One

Just a quick post today. I am teaching a class at Cranberry Hill , no time to stamp..

Here is what we are making at the class today. These cards are just GORGEOUS!! Photos really don't do them any justice.

I just love how elegant the cards look in white/gold and white/copper and how embossing with metallic embossing powders looks on metallic paper. And Nestabilites are a total step up in the card making, love-love-love.

Both cards feature stamps by Hero Arts, heat embossing and cutting/embossing with Nestabilites. White, gold and copper paper by Bazzil (can be found at Cranberry Hill).

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

Have to run now...

Oh, just one more thing.... Cranberry Hill got a new shipment of Nestabilites a few days ago!!! Get them before they are gone again...


Edited to add... I was asked to share how I made these cards. No secrets here, read on..

Let's start with the first card. The card base - white Bazzil cardstock measures 5 1/4" x 10 1/2" scored at 5 1/4". First layer is Copper cardstock from Bazzil, measures 5" x 5". Second layer is white cardstock again, measure 4 3/4" x 4 3/4". This layer was first masked and I used the stipple brush to add the color from the inkpad, then without removing the mask, I stamped the flower on the right side. After that (removed the mask now), I heat embossed the same flower on the left side with Copper Embossing Powder. Next, I used Nestabilites Classic Rectangular with my Cuttlebug, and embossed on the front of the card. I cut and embossed scalloped and regular oval, and heat embossed the greeting (Clear Stamp set from Hero Arts). The greeting is raised on dimensionals. That's it!!

Now, the second card. The card base is the same, white Bazzil cardstock measures 5 1/4" x 10 1/2" scored at 5 1/4". First layer is Gold cardstock from Bazzil, measures 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". Second layer is white cardstock, measures 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". This layer was embossed with Classic Squares Nestabilites. Next is the 3" x 3" layer of Gold cardstock and the white cardstock on the top of it measures 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" . The Gold cardstock that the image is stamped on was first cut and embossed with Classic Squares Nestabilites and then the image was heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. The three smaller squares on the front of the card are raised on dimensionals. And, that's it!! Easy!!!

All supplies used on these cards were purchased at Cranberry Hill Mercantile.

:) Irina

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Email Subscriptions Feature

Just wanted to talk a bit about the Email Subscriptions Feature. I've had a few questions about it, mainly how different it is from just adding a blog to your favorites.

Well, if you subscribe to the blog, you will receive an email if there are new posts. That way you won't miss anything and it will save you time. Subscribing is VERY easy, just enter your email address in the box on the right side, click on "Get Email Updates" and follow the very simple sign up process (takes less then a minute).

You will not receive any spam, only the updates.


I know it's late - Easter Cards

I know it's kind of late to post the Easter Cards, but since I didn't have a blog yet around Easter time, I thought I would share these projects with you anyways.

All stamps are from Whipper Snapper. The images are colored with Stampin' Up markers (that was done in my pre-Copic era ;) ). The embossed dots on the second card were done with the Cuttlebug. I also used my Nestabilites on both cards.

Check out the inside view of the first card. Love that poem!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Can't get enough of Tilda

Good morning all,

I totally figured it out... One of the reasons I LOVE Tilda (besides images being CUTE-CUTE-CUTE), is because I LOVE coloring. That takes me back to my childhood, and is so relaxing. I can spend hours coloring the images, and I am still experimenting with my new Copic Markers.

Here are two more cards that I made with Tilda. I made these cards quite large to showcase Tilda, they measure 6" x 6". All cardstock from Stampin' Up, the patterned paper is from various companies (I bought paper at Stamp On Over at Cranberry Hill Mercantile). And of course, I colored Tilda images with the Copic Markers.

Let me know what you think...

I am teaching classes today, and won't have time for stamping.. Then, my husband and I are going to the hockey game. It is a game seven of the playoffs for our home team. Go Sharks!!!

Until tomorrow..


Monday, April 21, 2008

May/June Classes at Cranberry Hill Mercantile

Hello Everyone,

Here is the schedule of my upcoming classes at Cranberry Hill Mercantile in Sunnyvale, California:

In this class you will learn how to use the hottest thing in the card making, Spellbinders Nestabilites dies, with your Cuttlebug machine. We will make four all occasion cards with the coordinating envelopes. You'll have a choice of the greetings for your cards. These cards also feature heat embossing.
Thursday, April 24, Friday April 25, or Thursday, May 8th from 11 am - 1:30 pm
$25 fee

Inkadinkado Sketches - April 17th & 27th, 2008
In this class you will make four cards (one of each designs) with the coordinating envelopes. You will have the choice of the greetings for your cards. We will use twinkling H2O's and Copic Markers for coloring. All materials are provided. Class fee $22.Thursday, April 17 11:00 - 1:30
Sunday, April 27 11:30 - 2:00

Hero Arts Flourishes - May 1st & May 4th
This class was designed using Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and the new stamp set from Hero Arts. In this hands-on class you will make your cards from start to finish. We will make four cards with the coordinating envelopes. You will have the choice of the greetings for your cards. All materials are provided.

Thursday, May 1st, 11:00 - 1:30 or
Sunday, May 4th, 11:30 - 2:00
Class fee: $22

In this class you will make four gorgeous cards (two of each design) with the coordinating envelopes. These cards feature Faux Postage technique, and embossing and die-cuts with Cuttlebug. You will have the choice of the greetings for your cards. All materials are provided.
Friday, May 9, 11:00 - 1:30
Thursday, May 15th, 11:00 - 1:30
Class fee: $28

A spinner card! A cupcake card! In this class you will make four cards (two of each design) with the coordinating envelopes. You will have the choice of the greetings for your cards. All materials are provided.
Friday, May 16th, 11-2 or
Sunday, May 25th, 11:30-2:30
Class fee $25.00

We will make four cards (two of each design) with different techniques using punches. As always, you will have the choice of the greetings for your cards. All materials are provided.
Thursday, May 22nd, 11 am to 2 pm
Monday, June 2nd 11 am to 2 pm
Sunday, June 8th 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Class fee $25.00

IMPORTANT!!! If you would like to attend any of the classes that I teach at Cranberry Hill Mercanille in Sunnyvale, CA please contact the store at 408-736-9151 to sign up. And, here is the link to their blog if you need information, .

Please let me know if you have any questions about my classes.

Thank you!!


Magnolia's Tilda

Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE Tilda stamps from Magnolia?!

The store owner of Stamp On Over is working on getting a wholesale account with Magnolia and will carry their stamps in her store!!! I will keep you posted on the progress and will let you know when the stamps are available to purchase.

Of course, I couldn't wait and already bought my stamps from Magnolia Website. They arrived last week all way from Sweden (YEAH!!) and OF COURSE I have already made some cards.

Tilda images have been colored with my new Copic Markers.

Both of these cards are available for sale in my Ebay Store.

:) Irina

First Post

Hello and Welcome!!

This is my FIRST blog and the VERY FIRST posting!!! I am so excited to be here!!!

I've created this blog to keep my friends in the know on what happening in my world of paper crafting.

Here are the photos of some cards that I created in the last few weeks.

Please let me know what you think or if you have any questions by leaving a comment at the end of the post.

Supplies: Panda Stamp from Stampendous, Cuttlebug Corners, Black Flocking, Faux Postage Template.

Supplies: Stamps from Kodomo, Cuttlebug Corners, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Faux Postage Template.

Supplies: Stamps and Ribbon from Stampin Up, Marvy Urchida Punches, Dahlia Fold Technique.