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Bella's Truck

Bella's Truck

Hello and welcome to the blog hop with Artful INKables! All the fun starts at Kristin’s blog, and if you came from Cathy’s blog, you are on a right track.

I am very excited about the two new sets that will be released today at Artful INKables. They are so special and unique! And all the Twilight fans will love it! Yes, I am a Twilight fan! I read all 4 books (got them at the library) and even my husband was amazed how fast I was hooked to this saga. And now with a help of talented Kristin you can create your own Twilight cards!

Do you recognize this truck? Bella Swan’s truck, I tried to be as close as I could to catch the right color and all the texture (old looking). I think Bella wasn’t very excited about her new car at first time (I will not be either), but who would know that the love story between girl and vampire would begin from this truck . That was the first stamp that I inked from the stamp set Into the Moonlight that has 8 images in it! For the sentiment I combined two stamps from the set with Fictionally Inspired (34 sayings in it!). You will ask: “What if I am not a Twilight fan”? You still can use this (and other stamps). My husband already told me that he would like to have a truck like Bella has! He thinks it is so cool! Almost forgot, the layout for this card is from the Jen Del Muro’s Sketch Challenge from previous weeks.

Don't be afraid of Wolf

Don't be afraid of Wolf

To the next card – card where I enjoyed coloring this wolf as much as I was enjoying reading the books. Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Not me, and you wouldn’t be afraid of him also. Jacob (werewolf) is a very nice guy and a very good friend too, and… very warm. It would be good to have Jacob during winters here in WI. From the first pages of the book telling about Jacob I had a feeling that Bella will have a very beautiful relationship with him – friendship. To make this card I used the same stamp sets (Into The Moonlight and Fictionally Inspired). This wolf card was also inspired by the sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers (SC233).

What can I tell –  I am addicted to Twilight now the same as to the rubber stamps.  Thank you to Kristin for this special designs that helped me to meet my favorite characters from my favorite book. I am planning on reading these books again!

I will tell you more about my impressions of this saga, but now it is time to hop to Joanne’s blog. She had made some fantastic projects for you!

Thank you so much for joining this fun event and have a nice day!

Elena (who dreams of Edward)

Supplies: cardstock from LSS, Basic Grey DP (gift from Anna), Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, Memento black ink, dye- based SU ink for wolf print, Into the Moonlight and Fictionally Inspired from Artul INKables

Cards from friends and more…

Hello and happy Monday! I have so much to show you today, sorry about this. First of all, I want to share two cards that I got on my birthday (it was last Thursday). The first card is from my friend Anna. Just look at this precious Anya (she knew I heart this girl); I was very-very happy to see this card in my mail plus lots of paper goodies! Thank you, Anna!

Card from Anna

Card from Anna

Second card is from Rita, I was surprised and amazed when I got a package from her. Her card is gorgeous!!! The picture doesn’t really show the beauty of the rose! All of the sparkles, dimension, soft colors… Rita also sent me a very nice gift  – a scented candle. Thank you so much, Rita!

Card from Rita

Card from Rita

There was another surprise  – a call from my friend Ida. We met each other through the blogs. Still remember when I wrote heran  e-mail with my question about Prismacolor pencils. She explained everything I was asking and that is how our relationship began. Of course I was a bit nervous on the phone, embarrassed of my terrible accent. I hope she could understand me a little bit. Thank you for calling me, Ida.

Since I started to talk about birthdays, I decided to make something related to this theme. The first one is a gift box for a teenage girl. I used a stamp Music in My Heart from Artful INKables. What you can put inside? T-shirt, favorite CD, candy or Ipod!  The idea of this box is taken from the magazine Papercrafts (latest issue), they have a very nice explanation and template.

Gift Box

Gift Box

Inspiration for the bottle hanger came after visiting Bev’s blog. Oh, I’m always very exited visiting her blog. She has beautiful crafts to share! Thank you so much Bev for sharing your creativity and making our paper craft world beautiful!  There is a tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers for making this hanging treat box by Christina. Very easy to understand and so much fun to make! Why did I also want to make it? I thought that if I have a Genie stamp (from Artful INKables), then I need to have a bottle for Genie to come out of!

Bottle treat Box

Bottle treat Box

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I always appreciate your time and comments!

Wish you a very wonderful day!


Several projects

Hello! Today I have several projects to show. The first one is a criss-cross box with some sweet treats inside. To make this box I stopped at Nichole’s very beautiful and full of different ideas blog. Amazing how many ideas and inspiration you can find in one place.


I didn’t have any candy or toys in the shape of the frogs to match the theme of the stamp  (Boys will be Boys), so I decided to put green jellybeans, at least the color matches to the frogs. Any boy would love to receive this sweet candy box, don’t you think?


The next is a card. Very simple, not so many layers, not so many embellishments. These self-adhesive squares are a gift from my friend Anna, I really wanted to use them. Looks like this treehouse stamp (from Artful INKables) was a perfect way to go.


 And one more card…. Really, really love the sentiment from Music in My Heart stamp set… “Your friendship puts Music in my Heart…” It is true, a good friend can make you feel so special. The papers here are digital downloads from Shabby Princess.


Before I will put the last dot and finish today’s post I wanted to tell you that Kristin has a special sale going on at her store. If you would like to have some new “toys” to play with, it is the right time to do it!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Thank you for your comments, they are very important to me.

Have a wonderful day,


Supplies: card stock from LCC, digital paper from Shabby Princess, DCWV summer paper stack, Music in my Heart and Boys will be Boys stamps sets from Artful INKables, sentiment Great Catch from The Greeting Farm, May arts ribbon (colored it green with my marker), Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, round corner punch, self-adhesive stones, Memento black ink, dew drops

Sing a Song

HG - Sing

HG - Sing

Hello to Everybody! Thank you so much for looking at my tutorial. I have never done it before and for me was very important that you had a look at it. Thank you so much, I appreciate your time!

Today I would like to show you a card with the new stamp HG-Sing from The Greeting Farm. “La, la, la” – can you hear her melody? When I was small I liked singing songs. My poor parents, I mean their poor ears. I had a small toy piano, so I was pretending that I am an opera singer. In the evening I was performing in front of the very special audience – older ladies from my grandma’s apartments. They seems to like my songs, at least I always had garden flowers from them and lots of applause. Oh, sweet childhood memories… Thank you to this little girl who brought it to me…

Oh, do you like the paper I used? I think (or I hope) that it matches to this  sweet girl so well. It is a Bo Bunny DP, I was so surprised to find it at our local scrapbook store.

The main inspiration for this card came from the Mojo Monday Sketch blog. Love to visit this challenge blog, always enjoy watching the beautiful gallery and find something that can make me in a crafty mood. The sentiment for this card is from the Music in My Heart stamp set (Artful INKables).

I wish you all a wonderful day and thank you for giving me some time today!

La. La, la.

Your Elena

Sewing Tutorial with Artful INKables

Hello My Friends! Wow, last day of May! Time is going very fast… Today I wanted to share with you a tutorial that I wrote for the Artful INKables blog. It is a pleasure for me to be an INK Girl, and I would like to thank you Kristin for giving me so many opportunities by working with her beautiful designs and meeting new people!


What is common about these cards? They all represent Artful INKables stamps and they have sewing. Do you like sewing? I do, and not only on fabric but on paper too. I think sewing on cards gives a very nice touch to the layout. Let me ask you one more question – how many times did you feel frustrated trying this technique? You will not feel this way anymore after learning about the theory I just discovered!…

Would like to read more? Please, stop at Kristin’s blog and I hope you will enjoy it!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!


Beautiful melody, sweet memories…

May your Heart...

May your Heart...

Hello! Today’s card was a real pleasure to do. You know how much I like water coloring, and I love the whole process of this technique more and more. It really is like therapy. I stamped an image from the Music in My Heart – Artful INKables stamp set with Versa Fine black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. This way it created a nice outlined border and it was easier for me to practice with the coloring. When I will be more advanced in it, I would just stamp it by itself and color.


I used my last and only sheet of designer paper from the WeR Memory Keepers (White Out Collection). I bought it at our local craft store. It had one pattern on one side and four different patterns on the other. Very nice pack of coordinated papers in one sheet!


This boy playing the guitar reminds me of my childhood time. It was very popular in Russia to spend summer holidays at summer camps. I was only there once, but I will always remember the last night next to the fire with all of the boys and girls and our counselors. And of course the main star of this event was a guitar with wonderful songs!


Maybe this card will bring you some memories too, or at least some nostalgic melodies to remember…


Thank you for stopping by today! Thank you for your comments!


Have a wonderful day!



Love Sketch Challenges!

Hello to Everybody! It has been so hot here in WI, I am not complaining, just telling that summer is here! Good weather gave me some good spirits and I created two cards in one day, pretty unusual for me.

The Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #229 inspired the first card. To make this sketch fit to my image I turned it around. You probably recognize this adorable boy from Boys will be Boys stamp set from Artful INKables. First I thought that dotted paper maybe doesn’t go with the boy’s image, but why not? As you can see I didn’t stop just on paper and even the ribbon has some dots (they were white, I colored them with green marker).

SCS 229

SC 229

Mojo for the second card came from Mojo Monday Sketch blog. When I frist saw this sketch and some papers I had – I knew for sure who will be the main character. I just love this cutie-patootie puppy! He is from Music in my Heart stamp set. The sentiments are so beautiful in this set and go well with any of the images.

Mojo Monday

Mojo Monday

I hope that the weather is also good at the place where you live! For now I will say good-bye and thank you for stopping by!

Happy stamping.


It’s an Artful INKables Blog Hop!

Boys will be Boys

Boys will be Boys

Hello and welcome to the blog hop with Artful INKables! If you just joined, please, stop at Kristin’s blog, that is where the fun starts! 

This month Kristin has 4 new awesome stamp sets, I am sure you will love them as much as I did! I was simply amazed by Kristin’s  artistic talent when I got my DT package. Let me show two cards that preview two stamp sets.

Did you notice that it is always easier to make a card for a girl than for a boy? Boy’s cards seems to be not so popular… But not anymore – with the Boys will be Boys stamp set you will enjoy doing cards for a boy. It has great images in it and lots of sayings! I felt like I am a child when I was doing this shadow box card with some action going on. Little guy on the vine is moving!  I attached him with a little brad to the top of the window, when you tilt the card he is swinging! Yippy!  Before I will jump to another card I would like to thank you Joanne and Kerri who gave me inspiration. Thank you INK Girls!

Music in my Heart

Music in my Heart

Here is my second card that was made using Music in my Heart stamp set. Do you like to listen to the music? I do, and I think most of us like it. Even my son Sergei told me once: “Mom, do you know that music can make you feel better!” This teenager girl really enjoys listening her favorite band on her Ipod. I think I was enjoying this music too while I was creating this card. Good music, music that you like, can be like an ocean of your fantasies and imagination. Another wonderful stamps and very beautiful sentiments!  

Are you ready for the next hop – Kerri had prepared for you awesome projects! I promise, you will love them, she has real eye candy! 

Thank you for stopping by today and joining me in this exciting event! 

Happy hopping, 


Supplies: DCWV card stock, Basic Grey DP, May Art satin ribbon, Music in my Heart and Boys will be Boys stamp sets from Artful INKables, mini-brads, Nestabilities, watercolor paper, SU dye-based ink, waterbrush, Old paper distress ink, dimensions

For You…

For You

For You

Hello My Friends! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! I missed you all so much too! I was so glad able to visit your blogs after several days of quietness. I will try not to disappear for so long…

Today I have been a good girl and made a project. You probably already recognized that I used one of my favorite stamp sets (Bouquets and Butterflies)  from Artful INKables. Just love it… Since Mother’s Day is coming tomorrow, I decided to make a little gift box. Unfortunately I won’t be able to send it to my Mom, way too long of a trip. I don’t think it will make it safely across the ocean to Siberia. But lets pretend that she lives closer and I made it for her.

Inspiration for this box came after visiting Jeanette’s blog. Oh, I enjoyed looking at her beautiful art! And when I saw her Easter gift project, I got an idea on making a box too. Jeanette’s gave a link to the wonderful tutorial for it. Thank you Jeanette! For my box I changed the size a bit and didn’t add a lid. I also decided to keep it very simple. I stamped a sentiment For You on the ribbon, I don’t know if you can see it (watermark blocked it).

I wish you all Happy Mother Day! May this day be filled with love, joy and only good feelings. Enjoy your time with family, each moment and minute!  

Thank you so much for stopping and leaving your comments,

Always yours Elena

Spinner card

Spinner card

Spinner card

Hello My Friends! Thank you for stopping by today!

You all know that I like to try something new in card making, and this card is not just a card. It’s a spinner card! You can find great tutorial on how to make this card here. Thank you to Lisa who always makes all of the projects so easy to do.

This pretty butterfly is from the Artful INKables stamp set Bouquets and Butterflies. I love the delicate design of this small butterfly and tiny flowers. I used my watercolor based markers again for stamping.

Of course I probably will never make this card without two fun challenges. The first one is from 2Red Bananas. This week is called “Wearing Stripes”! First I thought stripes and butterfly… sounds pretty strange… But then … why not, right?!? Thank you to all of the ladies from the 2Red Bananas team who helped me to use paper with stripes!

Card for a challnge

Kleenex Box

The second challenge is an Inspiration Challenge from Splitcoaststampers. I liked the name of this challenge – Kleenex! I know again sounds maybe strange, but the design of Kleenex boxes can be a real inspiration. Their colors, patterns are gorgeous. I am not quite sure if I follow all of the colors of this box, but they close I think. At least they have the same soft look. Thank you to Stef for this wonderful challenge!

I hope you liked my card.  And sorry for my weired ramblings…



Thank you for spending some time with me, and thank you for everything you do for me!