2011/12/31

Happy new year!

Happy new year to all! Blogger has new design or whatever it is called, very "convenient" and very "well working", thus I can't post anything. Thank you, dear blogger! That's a shaker card (microbeads and seed beads roll in the body of the snowman and in the fir tree) I made as a designer for Homyachok challenge blog: Winter patterns. You still have time to join this challenge! Be inspired and may all your dreams come true!

2011/12/03

Micro Christmas tree in a bottle

Found a very cute challenge in Zagadka-sketches blog - Altered art: make some home decor in a jar. I surely wanna join!
Обнаружился челлендж в блоге Творим вместе - Altered art: нужно создать некое украшение в банке. Соблазнило задание, хочу присоединиться!

And there's my entry:
Вот моя бутылочка:


That's a little bottle left from micro beads, it's about 2 cm (4/5") tall and has less than 1 cm (1/3") in diameter. I filled it with styrofoam balls and covered with some white paint and blue glitter. And inserted a quilled Christmas tree in there =) With microbeads as ornaments and a little star. Though the tree turned out to be a little too high, so the star isn't very obvious from this angle... The bottle was a real cork and two red seed beads to embellish it.
Это маленькая бутылочка, оставшаяся от микробисера, она примерно 2 см в высоту и чуть менее 1 см в диаметре. Снизу - пенопластовые шарики, закрашенные белым акрилом, и смазанные синеватым глиттером (увидеть это, правда, на фотке тяжело). А внутрь бутылки я посадила новогоднюю елку. Ёлка почти квиллинг =) Украшена микробисером красным и золотым, а сверху звездочка. Правда, елка получилась высоковата, звездочка попадает на плечики бутыли.. Ну и заткнута бутыль пробкой с двумя красными бисеринами. Вот думаю, может, приделать шнурочек или цепочку и использовать в качестве новогоднего кулона? =)

To understand the size better check out the photo with my fingers and a ruler:
Для лучшего понимания размера, посмотрите на фотку с моими пальцами и линейкой:


Thanks for looking!
Спасибо, что зашли!

2011/11/25

First bath layout

Homyachok challenge blog has a new general challenge today: Foam party.

Any object you have created yourself (layouts, cards, quilled projects, clay, sewing, absolutely anything) - related to fun with bubbles and foam.
I knew what I should make for this challenge as a designer. The first page for my baby's "firsts" album: First bath.
Стартовало новое задание в Хомячок challenge блоге - общее задание Пенная вечеринка.
Я сразу знала, что я предложу как дизайнер =) Первая страничка в будущий альбом моей дочки о ее "первостях". Первое купание.


The photos of the first bath are pretty gloomy, so I had to add bubbles and light colors all over the layout. And this project features a lot of "memorabilia" objects.
For the background I used some masking (right upper corner), some dry embossing (left lower corner) and doodling.
Фотки с первого купания все смазанные и очень мрачные (ну какой свет может быть в ванной комнате площадью 1,7 кв.м., где толкутся трое взрослых и собака?!), так что пузыри и свет добавила на саму страничку. А заодно тут куча "меморабилии".
На фоне странички применила маскинг (справа сверху), холодное тиснение (слева снизу) и рисование =)



The shower curtain is a piece of a real one we have in our bathroom =)
I loved the idea that I saw in Dogmom5403's gallery. I guess that those curtains she used were stickers or something, so I made the imitation myself =)
Занавеска слева - настоящая, это кусочек от нашей занавески в ванной. Она была длинная, я ее подшила, а обрезки сохранила "на всякий случай", вот случай и настал!

The curtain can be moved and it reveals a pic of the bathing baby:
Занавеску можно отодвинуть и пришпилить анкером, а за ней прячется фотка купаемого ребенка

I'm sure my daughter will be angry at me when she finds out that I've scrapped her "nude" pics, so I made a bubble flap to "cover the shame" =)))) The foam is made of styrofoam balls.
Уверена, что когда мое чудо подрастет и узнает, что я заскрапила ее фотки "ню", будет злиться %) (я б точно злилась =))) ), потому "прикрыла срам" клапаном в виде пены. Пена сделана из пенопластовых шариков.

The flap can be opened, it hides some journaling:
Клапан можно откинуть, а там прячется журналинг

It says: "The first bath couldn't be called ideal. It took us so long to choose and buy a decent bath tub; all the cute models are extremely expensive and we have no room for them. So we bought a simple one: green with a yellow duck. We couldn't arrange the bath well because of the lack of room and experience, so Gala was frightened and cold. But we understood our mistakes and next time girl's bathings were pretty nice: she was staring at the ceiling and didn't cry.. until we leave the room! 'Llll-aaaaa'"

Some more memorabilia:
Еще меморабилия:

Our first soap =) In a zip-lock bag, it's another try of "aquarium" technique. There's a title - First bath - and a brad fish underneath the soap-bag.
Наше первое мыло! Попытка применить технику "аквариума" на страничке. За пакетиком с мылом прячутся заголовок и брад-рыбка

And some more details:
И еще детали:

A towel - another "real" thing, it's a piece of Gala's real towel =) Journaling contains the date & time of the first bath, and a list of things necessary for the procedure: bathtub, hammock, soap, water thermometer, washing cloth, changing board, towel, body lotion, baby powder, diaper, cap and fresh clothes. I used my CraftRobo for cutting the bubble-frame; glossy accent was used for the embossed glossy water drops. Plus some bubble wrap. Bubbles, bubbles everywhere!!!
Полотенчико настоящее - кусочек Галиной "слюнявки". Список вещей для купания, флокированная уточка, глосси-акцентные капельки. Пузырная рамка вырезана КрафтРобо, под уткой пузыри из бисера и полужемчужин, плюс еще пузырчатая упаковка для поддержания пенной темы.

With this LO I'd like to enter the Lollipop Crafts challenge 59: B is for... bubbles, bath and brads! =)

Thanks for looking!
Спасибо, что зашли

2011/11/17

Новое задание в блоге Little fun

That's a journaling tag I made as an example for the new challenge announced at Little fun blog: "Little fun for little people"

Я в блоге Little fun вроде как временно замещающий автор и объявляю задания. Сегодня стартовало новое: малые формы скрапа для маленьких человечков. Суть - рукотворное украшение или элемент для детской странички. Принимаем работы с 18.11 до 09.12, включительно.
Я на эту тему сделала заготовочку для журналинга на будущую страничку о "Первом купании":

Хотела воспользоваться своим CraftRobo, чтобы вырезать пузырчатыую рамку, но мой Ёжик или спит, или на руках, а плоттер тарахтит жутко, не включишь, пришлось резать ножом, получилось кривенько =( Ну, может, как руки до странички дойдут - переделаю.
Уточка с желтым флокингом сверху сидит на кучке бисерно-жемчужной пены. Капельки на подложке - глосси-акцент, полотенчико - вата с вышивкой и бумажной бахромой. Рыбки - брадс, нижний правый пузырь - нечто типа шейкера, наполненного первым детским мылом =) меморабилия =)))
вот так развлекаюсь одной рукой... присоединяйтесь!!!

Supplies I used: fish - brads; glossy accent for water drops; craft knife for cutting the circles; cotton pad for the towel; yellow flocking for the ducj; microbeads & pearls for the foam; and some baby liquid soap (memorabilia =))) ) in a sort of a shaker in the right corner. Thanks for dropping by!

2011/11/15

Underwater world & my best creation ever

Homyachok challenge blog has a new quilling challenge:
Underwater world

Join us till the 4th of December!

I managed to quill a 3d shell with a pearl inside:

View from another angle:

Pearl is not quilled though. =) For this project I used beige pearl and platinum 3mm quiling strips.
I'm planning to use it as a christmas decoration this year =) It's gonna be cute.

Wanted to make something more fundamental, something extraordinary... but my little pearl requires a lot of time and attention and every day is like a new story, life changes quickly and we're still getting used to each other. So, ladies, I'm sorry for not leaving comments and taking part in blogger life - I simply lack free time..
And by the way, let me present my newest creation: the best project I ever made =)

My miniature baby arrived at midnight between the 24th and the 25th of October (chose the first day of Scorpio to show up in this world, though everyone expected this child to be Libra =) ), with weight of 3,820 and being 50 cm of height.
And... (drum roll, please!!!) it's a girl! ;)
Wish us good luck =)

2011/10/10

Candy give-away - Розыгрыш конфетки

Сегодня 10.10 - обещала подвести итоги своей конфетки
Знаете, я такая вредная, что мне совсем не хочется сообщать пол ребенка =))) (см. примету номер 40 =))) ) Потому я собрала всех желающих конфетку в одну пачку, написала имена и взболтала в коробочке. Первое имя, которое выпало:
9. Юляшка!
Юля, напиши мне на емейл свой адрес - постараюсь завтра же отправить конфетку.
Всем спасибо за участие, внимание, комплименты и пожелания! Нам очень приятно =)

Hi ladies! Thank you for your attention and comments! Today I'm giving away the candy - and the prize goes to 9. Юляшка!

2011/10/03

Dr. Zoidberg: Cthulhu pumpkin

Homyachok challenge blog has a new challenge: Halloween!

Frankly speaking, I'm not celebrating this holiday. Well, when I was in school we were obliged to make costumes and such for the English class, it was kinda fun, but never inspired me much.
And this time I was lucky enough to combine DT plans with my own =) My husband is a fan of Futurama, so for his birthday I made a character plush toy for him. And since Dr. Zoidberg reminds me of Cthulhu - I thought it wasn't a bad idea to have fun with him =)
So, there's a little story:
Dr. Zoidberg decided to make a Chtulhu pumpkin for Halloween and started cutting the pumpkin with his claws, comparing his creation with Cthulhu image on the card (from the board game Call of Cthulhu)

And brain slugs help him a little =)

When he's done, he feels proud of his creation!


But then he starts thinking: "Hm... this pumpkin looks like me!!! Or like Cthulhu? Hmmm..."

Brainslugs agree =)

Speaking of Dr. Zoidberg - it's my own creation, I designed the pattern and have sewn him with my own hands. I made this guy from pink plush, his legs and arms have wires inside so they are bendable. And all clothes are real:

The scrubs.

And that's naked Zoidberg =))) With all his... hmm... how do you call those "skin-folds"?..

My husband says that this toy looks awfully scary =( But well, he's part of our Futurama collection:
plush Bender, felt hypnotoad, brainslug.

And Cthulhu pumpkin was processed and cooked =) And put into millet porridge. Yummy!!!!

but looks a little scary too =))) Cthulhu porridge :-D

If you're somehow inspired by Halloween theme, join us for the Halloween challenge till the 23rd of October!

Thanks for looking!

2011/10/01

Cooking & scrapbooking!

You know I'm a little crazy about mixing techniques, trying this and that; using crochet laces in scrapbooks, combining quilling and iris-folding and such... But lately I'm going farther.
I have already written an article about using edible things for scrapbooking needs:
can be found here (sorry, Russian only).
And now I'm practicing total extreme!!!
Using scrapbooking tools for cooking! =) Crazy idea, isn't it?

In Altered Art blog there's a new express-challenge (with a tutorial provided): Scrapped cookies - make shortbread cookies and use your scrapbooking tools to embellish the baked goods!
Come on, let's give it a try! Join us till the 7th of October! =)

Обожаю все смешивать и экспериментировать. В последнее время тянет на безумства типа скрещивания еды и скрапа. Статью о том, как съестное внедрить в скрап я писала
вот здесь для rus-scrap.ru
А вот теперь тотальный экстрим. Используем скрап-товары для готовки!
В блоге Altered Art blog вышло новое экспресс-задание (с моим МК): Заскрапленные печеньки! - делаем песочное печенье и используем скрап-штучки для их украшения.
Присоединяйтесь! Процесс муторный, требует времени и сил, но это оооочень увлекательно, забавно и прикольно! Экспресс-задание открыто до 7 октября =)


And another piece of good news: I've been published. I'm not much into the practice, I guess, but theory is what I'm realy good at =) I'm one of the authors in the new Russian magazine:
Scrapbooking - creative way of living - click the link to see the preview. I don't have my issue yet, but I'll boast about it, when I'll be able =)
Вторая новость: меня опубликовали. В практике, вероятно, я не ахти, зато теория - мой конек. Я один из соавторов в новом русском скрап-журнале:
Скрапбукинг - творческий стиль жизни - кликните для анонса. Свой экземпляр я пока не получила, но как получу - похвастаюсь. =)

2011/09/19

Quilled name

Homyachok challenge blog has started a new quilling challenge today: "Calligraphy"
The task is to quill any phrase, word or single alpha. The letter should be in the center of attention. I'm particularly fond of this task since I love quilled text, yet it's not very common.
And being a part of the DT I had to quill something for inspiration. =)
I had a thousand of ideas, but none seemed to be "perfect enough". I thought of making a pretty mural in shades of purple to decorate our new bedroom - couldn't decide about the word ("love" or "peace" seemed to be too obvious), or a panel with my husband's and my names quilled giving out a name of our upcoming baby - but we're undecided about the latter yet and I'm not very wiling the reveal the gender =) This and that... and I found myself dreaming about a wonderful creation just a few days before the dead-line. So I settled with my best friend's name: Sveta (CBETA spelled in Russian) and applied the technique I wanted to try for a long time.


I used 15 mm wide quilling strips of 5 blue shades. And tried to imitate the font called "Romashka Deco". Having the strips rolled up longitudinally I made a bunch of "pipes", glued them together and cut the name in the piped panel. Added some flowers and a few loose rolls.
I think it looks cute enough to present it to my friend =)

A couple of close ups:



So, it's your turn now - join us with your quilled text, words or letters!

2011/09/07

A boy or a girl layout and candy give away

Some of you may remember that a few months ago I made some Baby inchies - and promised to create a layout with them. Finally, I did it! Yeah, it took me THAT long!
I collected 46 superstitions concerning unborn baby gender and tried to figure out who we're going to have =)
Может, кто-то еще помнит, что пару месяцев назад я делала детские инчики - и обещала сделать с ними страничку. Наконец, я ее сделала. Ага, я ее ТАК долго делала. Собрала 46 примет, "предсказывающих" пол ребенка. И вот попыталась понять, кого же нам сулят суеверия. Пока делала, нашла еще одну примету, но она уже не влезла, с ней получилось бы ровно 50/50!

51% of having a boy and 49% of having a girl. I used a LOT of doodling and zentangling (call it whatever you like) here. All inchies are also stitched. No pics though, but a LOT of journaling inside =)
А пока 51% за мальчика, 49% за девочку. Все нарисовано руками, куча зентенгло-дудлинга, куча попыточек создания разных узорчиков. Заголовок "46 примет" - наклейки Making memories, с английскими буквами: n, p, u, w, e и m =)
Все инчики обшиты разными стежками. Ни одной фотки, зато масса журналинга %)


One inchie I haven't shown before:
Еще инчик, который я не показывала вблизи:

A horsey or yellow zebra =)
Лошадка, или зебра. Кусочек фигурной лошадочной ленточки, раскрашенный, с гривой и хвостом и глазиком из микробисера.

And when you open everything up...
Открываем анкеры:

Кликните, чтобы рассмотреть, если хочется. Переписывать все приметы еще и по-русски мне лень =)
Gee... Girls, do I have to translate that?.. I didn't think about it when I was making this LO...
Ok, let's begin, I'll try to make it short though.
The right side, everything about Boys (in my case):
1) If the belly "pops up" on the right side more than on the other - you're expecting a boy; if the belly is bigger on the left side - a girl.
2) If the baby pushes in the lower part of the belly more often - it's a boy; if your ribs and liver suffer from pushing - it's a girl;
3) Numeric table of Pythagoras; my maiden name, my husband's name, and the month of conception - see the numbers, sum them all and divide by 7; uneven number - a boy; even number - a girl. We've got 19. Hmmm, should check what we'll get if I spell my name in English =)
4) Good mood during pregnancy indicates that there will be a boy; mood swings, depression, aggression and such point out to a girl
5) Severe morning sickness - a girl; light or none - a boy
6) Girl "steals" mom's beauty, the lady expecting a boy looks great. (well, it's hard to judge about myself, but I often heard that my belly embellishes me =) and that pregnancy becomes me)
7) Sweets, fruit and cookies on the table predict girl's birth; pickles, meat and hot dishes - boy's. It's also not obvious, I never crave meat, but being a real sweet-tooth I couldn't even look at chocolates until the 18th week.
8) If a pregnant woman begins eating bread from the crust - she's expecting a boy; doesn't eat the crust - a girl... Well, I LOVE crusts =) And always loved 'em =)
9) Japanese diagram. It's hard to explain - just two tables. You need mom's month of birth, dad's month of birth and a month of conception. Looks like a boy... To see the diagram you need to pull the tag, just like with the next superstition:
10) Chinese diagram. Mother's lunar age and lunar month of conception. It's a very weird thing, so I'm undecided about that generally...

11) Blood type diagram: I and IV give a boy.
12) Name and karma =) Elenas tend to have children of different gender. Alexanders tend to have boys.
13) If the belly's covered with fluff - there will be a guy, if not - a girl. I have a very fluffy belly from the very beginning of pregnancy =) Even drew a hairy raccoon nearby =)
14) Blood renewing test: men have their blood renewed every 4 years; women - every 3 years. The one, whose blood is "fresher", can influence baby gender. My blood was 1 year and 11 months old on the moment on conception; my husband's ony 4 months old. Thus we're going to have a boy!
15) Some formula: 49-Y+1+X+3, where Y is dad's age, X - mom's age; what do other numbers mean - I have no idea! If the result is even - we'll have a boy, uneven - a girl. It's 50, a boy.
16) Dizziness and fainting points out to a boy; no black outs - a girl. I faint every now and then and tend to have low blood pressure...
17) Some Italian doctor found out that ladies with weight below 54 kg give birth to 98 boys for every 100 of girls; ladies with weight over 54 kg deliver 110 boys for 100 girls; Having weight of 59 kg before pregnancy I have more chances of having a boy.

Superstitions under the green inchies:
18) If the baby stays "high" and the belly grows 'up' - it's a girl; the belly grows low - a boy
19) If a couple sleeps having their heads pointing to the north they will conceive a boy, pointing to south - a girl; We sleep having our heads in the "west", so this superstition doesn't count =)
20) If a pregnant woman experiences hot flashes she's expecting a boy, suffers from cold - a girl. Maybe it's summer, but I really feel slightly hot;
21) Expecting a girl a lady gains more weight that she should; expecting a boy - less. I'm not overweight yet. =)
22) Dark marks and stripes on the skin point out to a girl; no pigmentation - to a boy.

Now we've come to the girl's superstitions!
Right column of yellow inchies:
23) Soft skin of lady's hands predicts a girl; dry skin - a boy. I'm undecided.
24) Expecting a boy the lady often has headaches; doesn't have headaches - a girl;
25) Swelling, exp. in legs and feet, point to a guy; no swelling - a girl;
26) If you prefer to sleep on your right side - you're expecting a girl; on the left side - a boy. I prefer my right side =) facing my husband =)
27) Enhancing libido during pregnancy shows that you're expecting a boy; low libido - a girl;

And to the right flap:
28) Bold men tend to have sons; since my husband's not bold we still have a chance for a girl
29) Food to be consumed before conception if you want a boy: potatoes, lentil, mushrooms, cherries, bananas, apricots, oranges, peaches and dates; If you want a girl: eggplants, beetroot, carrots, cucumbers, peas, pepper, onions and nuts. Where would I get apricots and cherries in winter?! So, it's more likely to conceive a girl with this diet...
30) Heartbeat rate during 12-14 weeks above 140 bpm is more likely to be girl's; slower than 140 bpm - a boy;
31) If baby pushes the right side of the belly for the first time - it's a boy; the left side - a girl. On the 18th of April I felt butterflies in my stomach on the left side.
32) If the bust size changes a lot during pregnancy - it's a girl; if not - a boy. See the labels from my bras: 36B (80B) before pregnancy and 80E (36E) during =)))
33) Dark colored nipples promise a girl; light colored - a boy
34) If the year of conception and the age of mother are both even or uneven - it's a girl; if one is even and the other one's uneven - a boy. 2011 and 25 mean a girl
35) If a baby is active, pushes and hiccups all day round - it's a guy; the less active baby is a girl. My baby's very disciplined, never wakes me up at night.
36) Undecided: X-cells are less active, but live longer than Y-cells, thus conception before ovulation will produce a girl; love-making during or after ovulation will make a boy. Have no fine idea. =)
37) Undecided: take a wedding band and hang it on a string above the belly. If it twists round - it's gonna be a boy; if it rocks back and forth - a girl. The result is unstable; every time shows different gender =)
38) If the belly grows forward and the waist stays in place - it's gonna be a boy; if it spreads to the sides - a girl.
39) If the gained weight stays on belly only - it's a boy; if thighs and butt become fatter too - it's a girl
40) If the pregnant woman shows her state off, enjoys demonstrating the belly - it's a boy; conceals her state for a long time - a girl. I confessed at work when I was half along the way. I used a vellum strip there with "top secret" sentiment - nothing to be seen through untill you push the strip down close to the 'hidden' text.

41) Hot feet point out to a girl; cold feet - a boy.
42) Too hairy legs - a boy; no changes there - a girl
43) Shiny and bushy hair on your head - a girl; hair falling out or being dull - a boy;
44) Clumsiness - boy; graceful movements - a girl
45) The best pose to conceive a boy - "doggy-style", for a girl - use "classical" pose.
46) Ask a pregnant woman to show her hands. If she shows the palms up - it will be a girl; palms down - a boy. Undecided, the result changes.

Pffff! Thanks for looking!
So, for those who read it all =)))
Do you want a CANDY??? I've been rearranging my stash, and decided to give away some things I don't really need. Will add a pic later. 15 papers + embellishment papers, some doilies, some fibers and ribbons, a chipboard heart album, a leaf punch, some stickers (epoxy, vellum and glitter), microbeads and beads, shells and some more... Will add more later, maybe =)
Уффф! Спасибо всем, кто посмотрел и до сюда добрался =)
Хотите КОНФЕТКУ? Разбарахляюсь и раздаю все лишнее. Бумажки - 15 штук больших, 5 маленьких, чипбордовый альбом-сердечко, бусинки, микробисер, наклейки (кальковые, с глиттером и эпоксидные), стразы, ленточки и пряжа, дырокол-листик, ракушки, салфеточки.. Может, еще чего добавлю



Click to enlarge

What should you do to qualify for a candy? Guess who we're expecting! Ask questions if necessary =)
Spread the word about my candy and sign up in the list "boy" or "girl". On the 10th of October I'll randomly draw a winner from the list of those who were right =) Although the baby can arrive any day, I'll try to send the candy before I deliver. If it doesn't work out - please, understand; I'll mail the gift any way but later =)

Что нужно сделать? Угадайте, кого мы ждем =) Если нужно - отвечаю на дополнительные вопросы =)
Расскажите людям о конфетке и запишитесь в список, за кого вы голосуете =) Быть постоянным читателем не обязательно. Среди тех, кто угадал, рандомом выберу победителя 10.10. Т.к. сроки появления нового человечка уже поджимают, то надеюсь отправить конфетку до рождения =) Но уж как получится - если рожу раньше, не обижайтесь, что отправлю когда-нибудь потом.








2011/09/06

Gel-card tutorial

МК по созданию открытки-аквариума по-русски специально для Хомячка можно найти в Хомячок Challenge blog

I made a card for Homyachok challenge blog General challenge: World of magic and was asked to make a tutorial.
Frankly speaking, I am not the one who invented this technique and this card is not the only and unique =)
Ok, this techqnie works well for fish tanks, for sea cards and interactive effects.

We'll need:
- cardstock for the card itself
- scissors, craft knife, embossing tool, a pencil, glue, some thread and adhesive tape
- a zip-lock bag
- some translucent blue gel; gel for hair styling works best; but you may use shampoo, toothpaste, liquid soap or any other supplies.
- embellishments of your choice; the one you need for sure is a charm to be placed in the fish tank.

Measure the plastic bag, mine was 7,5 cm x 6 cm. So add some allowance and make the blank card. My card is 8,5 cm by one dimension and other dimensions are shown on the pic below:

Though it might have been convenient to make the sides slightly bigger.
There will be a fish tank between the sides I and II; little 8 mm folds in the middle are meant to keep the charm; side III is a background.

2011/09/05

May all your dreams come true card

Homyachok challenge blog has a new challenge today!
WORLD OF MAGIC!
Any magic and mystery is welcome! Join us!

For this challenge I made a card with a golden fish:

The sentiment says "May all your dreams come true!"
I used a gel-card technique, some embossing and distressing and a little quilling for the fish itself.
The gel creates a weird feeling of light refraction, so some more pics to show what it looks like:



Join our magical world at Homyachok challenge!

Thanks for looking! =)

2011/08/24

Gifts of summer - Homyachok quilling challenge #3

Homyachok challenge blog has a new quilling challenge on:

Gifts of summer

Quill something about the harvesting season.
I came up with a fridge magnet:

I quilled some summer fruit and vegetables, arranged in a "rainbow".
Red: strawberries and raspberries:

Orange: carrots and an orange =)

Yellow: apricots (I used some velvet paper to line them =) ) and a quarter of a pear.
Green: an apple and some grapes
Blue: seedless grapes =)

and purple: plums.
Simple and easy.
The magnet also has a title: "Juice" and contains some info about the fruit juice: how much fruit do you need for a certain amount of juice. Like 1 kg of oranges can be used to produce 0,5 l of orange juice. Pretty handy to have that in the kitchen with your own juicemaker.
Thanks for looking! And come on, join us with your gifts of summer =)

2011/08/09

Watermelon belly

Homyachok challenge blog has a new challenge: Watermelon mood.
Being a part of a DT, I had to think about some watermelon inspired handmade thing. Actually I'm a part of a quilling team, but it's a "general" challenge - absolutely any handmade object is welcome, so I decided to step away from quilling and submitted a t-shirt with a watermelon:
В Хомячок challenge блоге новое задание: Арбузное настроение.
Будучи частью ДК, я сделала нечто арбузное. Вообще-то я в квиллинг-команде, но задание - общее, т.е. можно делать абсолютно все, что угодно, так что решила побаловаться:



As you may know, we're expecting a new member of our family within a few months, so my belly grows and looks like a watermelon =) In Russian these two words rhyme, so the idea came up pretty quickly. I bought a green t-shirt and found some green stretch velvet. Made an applique and stitched in two zippers. You can unfasten them to make the size of the t-shirt bigger or to use the watermelon as a pocket (can't put much in there though, but an ID-card and a couple of bucks for ice-cream during the walk can be stored there easily). The lining inside is red with black seeds. =)
Кое-кто знает, что мы скоро ожидаем пополнение в семействе, и живот подрастает. Пузо-арбузо. Так что идея пришла быстро. Купила зеленую майку, вообще-то хотела белую, но ни в одном магазине рядом с домом не нашлось. Нашла в закромах бархат, стрейч, зелененький. И сделала аппликацию. Вшила две молнии по бокам, подкрашенные белым изнутри - как корочка. Т.к. арбуз-стрейч - на пузо хорошо натягивается. Если будет мало - расстегну молнии =) Пока использую молнии как доступ к карману. Много туда не положишь, но паспорт и 50 р на мороженку на прогулке влезают =) А внутри красная атласная подкладка с черными семечками =)

So come on! Join us at Homyachok challenge with your watermelon creation!
Присоединяйтесь к нашему арбузному настроению у Хомячка:

Thanks for looking!

2011/07/28

Salzburg A4 layout

Ольгусенок had an anniversary last month and she asked her followers to help her to arrange a scrapbook - I can understand her well, you never have time to complete your own projects =) I'm still making two albums, which seem to have no end...
So I signed up for a layout about Salzburg. I'm sorry it took me almost half of a year to complete this... due to my "state", I hardly could make myself do anything at all. But I hope Olga can forgive me since she's in the same state now ;)
I've been in Austria, though we've skipped the excursion to Salzburg, so I had to think of something nice for this layout with no personal impressions =)
I decided to incorporate all photos Olga sent me "to choose from". And I know one good method to put a lot of photos in one LO - mosaic! This technique I always found pretty hard to apply to your own photos - you have to cut them, your precious and dear memories, into small pieces!.. But having someone else's photos to cut is easier =))) So that's what I came up with:

6 photos.
As the layout looks pretty bright with this mosaic I decided not to overload it with bright background too, so I chose off-white paper and added some red embellishments to support the flag of Austria and Salzburg city emblem. Some free from photo spaces are filled with red&white tiles with german words "Osterreich", "Salzburg", "Willkommen" =) Used some masking on the top of the page to make a "city horizon in the light of the sunset" =) Alphas "Salzburg" are cut with my CraftRobo.

What Salzburg is famous for? Of course, Mozart! And Mozart candies =))) So I made a little embellishment - shaker, the background of it is a Mozart-kugel-candy wrap =)

And microbeads inside.

I added some thin white satin ribbons with red beads to make the layout more "touchable". And on the bottom of the LO there's a flap, when you rotate the treble clef brad you can open it. There's one more photo (in photo corners, so it can be removed easily) and some space for journaling:

I sincerely hope that Olga would love this LO in her album =) Because I really had fun making it.
Thanks for looking!

Quilled bumble bee tutorial

Русская версия МК - в блоге Хомячок challenge

The insect I've chosen has a complicated configuration so I had to study a dozen of photos to understand what parts I should make and how should I connect them. So, let's look at the photo:

source
The bumble bee consists of a few parts:
* "bumble" - the heaviest part,
* "chest" - a less heavy ball,
* head with antennae,
* 6 legs,
* 2 wings.

2011/07/21

Rainbow bookmark

A little creation in summer colors: a corner bookmark

Made it to support a new challenge on Little fun challenge blog which has started today and will last till the 18th of August. The challenge is to create a bookmark with any hint of rainbow. =) Join us =)

Well, and since the Color Throwdown has a rainbow color challenge, I'm in! =)

Thanks for looking!