2012/12/18

Creative lettering, quilling

Hi!
Today Homyachok challenge blog starts a new quilling challenge: it's a color combo - white, green and blue!
В блоге Хомячка новое квиллинг задание, зимняя палитра:

Представим зимушки русской красу:
Морозное утро в еловом лесу.
Белый снег и белый иней,
А цвет неба - чистый, синий,
Лап еловых зеленая
хвоя -
Эти три цвета палитру откроют,
Палитру холодных оттенков зимы
Вам для вдохновенья советуем мы!
Впрочем, тема работы быть может любой
И не только навеянной снежной зимой.
Ландышей
белых пышный букет,
Теплого моря синий привет,
Нежная зелень весенней листвы -
Что в нашем задании придумаете ВЫ?


Если что, кстати, стихи Хомячку я пишу. Зачем - не знаю, просто дочка спит только в коляске или у меня на животе, и в ее сон ничего руками делать невозможно, вот и работаю мозгом, складываю... Интересно, это кто-нибудь читает? %)))

My creation - words-wishes in all possible quilling techniques =)))

Мое творение - слова-пожелания в нужной гамме и во всех возможных квиллинговых техниках.
Used 1,5 mm strips for most, 3 mm for fringe and 15 mm for lengthwise rolling. 1 shade of white, 6 shades of green, 6 shades of blue.

Использовала полоски 1,5 мм для большей части, для продольных трубочек - 15 мм, для бахромы - 3 мм.

2012/11/24

Love tree, quilling

New quilling challenge at Homyachok challenge blog - TREES.
I have a friend, who loves everything colorful and bright and who has a little baby, who's gonna turn 1 in January, so I thought I could make a gift for her. Though lately I doubt how sane is she, and really doubt whether I should give her any gifts... Anyway she inspired me, she loves colors, all colors, the brighter the better, and her life's now filled with love of her little family. That's how I got an idea of a love tree, and wanted to add some personal touch - the portraits of the family members.
That's how it started:
A lot of hearts!

And there's my tree!

2012/11/05

Citrus layout

It's been ages (a year to be more certain)  since I created a layout... It's high time to get back to scrapping! And the newest challenge at Homyachok challenge blog made me think of it. Vitamins - any project featuring products full of vitamins. I had a loooot of plans, but my husband and baby ruined them all and I hardly finished this one.
It's the third layout for my pregnancy scrapbook. It's 20x20 cm (8" by 8"). Third month of pregnancy.

2012/10/27

Mezen painting in quilling

Hi!
It's been already a week since Homyachok challenge blog announced a new quilling challenge: Paintings and ornaments - Росписи и орнаменты. You have to submit any quilled work inspired by folk art handicrafts. It's a pretty complicated task, but it's really exciting!
At first, when we planned this challenge, we wanted to call it "Russian traditional paintings", but later we thought that worldwide experience would be much better, so pick ANY folk handicraft and join us! I know that there are ladies from India, Nepal and Bangladesh and well as other countried reading my blog, so I sincerely wish you'd join us! Can't wait to see your traditional "folk art" creations!!! =)

And now I'm going to show my "folk art". It's a "seasons' greetings" card inspired by Mezen painting.
Check out some links to find out more about the traditions of the painting:
in English:
http://mezenskaya-rospis.narod.ru/index_en.htm
http://mezenskaya-rospis.narod.ru/symbol_en.htm
in Russian:
http://www.mezenart.ru/

To make a long story short, I'm gonna tell a little about this art.
1) It started in the 19th century, when the folk from the North of Russia who lived by the Mezen river began painting wooden ware in this style: boxes, distaffs, buckets etc.
2) This style is highly symbolical, inspired by ancient rock painting, it reminds of naive and primitive symbols used in pictogram writing. This thing inspired me most, I love symbols =)))
3) Only red and black dyes to be used, no other colors.
4) Every painting is like a story: they have 3 levels, the top, the middle and the bottom. Each level is separeted and associated with the beginning-middle-end or "sky life - earth life - underworld".
5) Most common elements are: squares, diamond shapes and triangles with symbols, symbols of life, love, fertility, eternity etc, horses and deer, some birds, floral ornaments, flowers and trees.

По условию задания, надо немного рассказать о росписи, я не буду утомлять читателей, просто конспективно вынесу основное:
1) Возникла роспись в 19 веке, когда жители деревни Палащелье Архангельской области стали украшать деревянную утварь стилизованной росписью, украшались сундуки, ковши, короба, туеса, прялки и пр.
2) Стиль ооочень символичен, что мне в нем жутко понравилось. Прослеживается влияние наскальной живописи и раннего письма при помощи пиктограмм. Каждая загогулька - "слово", очень интересно!
3) Используются только красные и черные краски.
4) Каждая работа - своя история, традиционно состоит из 3 уровней - начало-середина-конец или "небо-земля-подземный мир", а значит, птицы традиционно могут быть только в небе или на земле, а под землей всякие символы "бесконечности" и "матери-сыры-земли".
5) Наиболее распространенные элементы: квадраты, ромбы и треугольники с символами, символы жизни, бесконечности, плодородия, любви, стихий и т.д., кони и олени, птицы, цветочный и растительный стилизованный орнамент.

 I loved the color combo and it reminded me of the Northern (Norwegian?) Christmas wear =) all those knitted sweaters with deer and such =) So I made a winter card:

2012/09/24

Quilled bird

Homyachok challenge blog has a new quilling challenge. Birds.
It took me quite a while to choose the bird. I thought of a 3d miniature peacock, and of ducks, and of a whole flock of birds flying to the south, and of storck with a baby... but nothing seemed to be inspiring enough. And then I remembered that one of the short versions of my daughter's name means a "baby jackdaw"! We have a popular cartoon where this little bird has a funny role and always asks "Who's there?" on every knock-knock. So I took the image of that daw and quilled him.
He is small. About 4 cm (1 2/3") tall. Miniature project, I used 1,5 mm strips. It's sooo hard for one's eyes to work with such dimensions, after half of an hour you can hardly see anything with no blurring.

2012/08/29

Про имя моей дочки

Выпросила у Любы эстафетную палочку. Эстафета посвящена детским именам. Проходит она вот тут (организатор Цветы жизни). Итак, надо рассказать об имени своего ребенка. Я замыслила сделать страничку в альбом, посвященную этому, потому, хоть я и не люблю выдавать тайну имени своей дочери миру, решила поучаствовать - мне самой будет полезно систематизировать свои соображения на эту тему.
Мою десятимесячную дочь зовут Галина.

2012/08/27

Bashful ruffle - quilling

New quilling challenge on the Homyachok challenge blog. It's a technique challenge: any quilled projects that involves looping, husking or combing. Minimum of rolled elements. Well, I thought, husking - ok, it's great for leaves, for flowers, for feathers, but all those leaves & flowers are so boring... And I started thinking of something different. Let's make some ruffles - I thought! And sketched a little bashful girl in a funny dress. My husband said she's cute and I began making a dress for her in looping technique. That's how she looks:


2012/08/19

Apples - stitching and carving

New general challenge on Homyachok challenge blog: apples! Any technique, any supplies, but apples must be in your creation.
As a member of the DT I made two "inspirational" thingies:
1) clean&simple card with apples, 5 outlines back-stitched with the green thread and one red applein A-stitch technique. Patterns were hand drawn, all green apples are absolutely identical, although the photo shows it incorrectly.. wanted to scan it, but my husband mailed it before I managed to scan =))) stitched cards are perfect for mailing! unlike quilled ones..
another view:
photo taken at the dawn =)

2) I tried another craft I thought about for a long time: fruit carving! Time consuming, absolutely useless with absolutely no practical application and definetely no shelf life =) but it's fun
I watched a couple of videos on youtube, while my baby slept on my lap and immobilized me, and that's my first try:

an apple rose! or a rose apple?..
Found out that I need a knife with thinner end, it's an enormous strain for the hand and wrist - my poor hand, I already have a tendon injury from the baby stroller... And the faded apple rose looked more realistic.
Well, that's all for today! Have an apple and be healthy =)
And come sharing your handmade apples with us:

Thanks for looking!

2012/07/30

Dessert - all quilled

New challenge at Homyachok challenge blog: the sweetest theme this time - dessert!
At first I planned a magic box with teeny-weeny pastries on a round table made of doily... but my plans changed dramatically when my friend called and said she'd love to come and see my baby on the upcoming weekend. She just had her birthday and I needed to give her a gift. So I had to think of something very quick. Luckily, my baby agreed to sleep in her cradle - unlike now =( And I had a couple of hours to create a shadow box.
The shadow box consisted of two parts: the one I'm talking about - it's a kind of "greeting card", and the other one - on the left side, a box of her fave parfume, covered with the same paper as the background.
I was in a hurry, so I don't have a decent pic of the entire box, only this dull one:
The sentiment says: "Happy birthday! Have a sweet life! Choose the tastiest option!".
So let us sheck out everything's what's inside! Welcome to my little paper cafe, have a cup of coffee and a quilled dessert =)

2012/07/16

Dream catcher: article and cookies

Altered art blog has published my new article about dream catchers. Russian only since most of info was taken from the sourсes listed below that post.
And the current challenge is to make a dreamcatcher. I made two too =) but they have no scrap-supplies in them - only cookies and sweets, so my pic was ignored. And all the funny dreamcatchers I found in web were ignored by blog authors too, and the post author's name is not mine so all the "wonderful post!" comments are thanking another person... So I'm thinking... why the hell I waste my free time for that and those lovely "translate today, we publish it in a few hours!" having a little baby that demands a looot of attention while I don't even get a simple "thnx"?..
Hope some of you will be amused by my cookies.
And come check out the following links - some dreamcatchers are really funny:


2012/07/08

Tiny tiger, quilled

Another creation for Homyachok challenge blog. This time it's a quiling challenge "animals". Any quilled creation with animals. I just realized that I quilled animals for most of the challenges: raccoon, hedgehogs =) This time it's a micro-tiger. As a pair of a little raccoon, and a tiny copy of a pompom tiger. I had pretty much fun constructing this little guy, especially I'm proud of three stripes on his head, fringed ears being pink inside and white belly incorporated into striped ball-body. Not very satisfied with his eyes, they look like frog's, but  there isn't much to fix... And a few pics of this little big cat: side view, front view, with the raccoon and the top view:


Join us for the animalistic contest!
Thanks for looking!



2012/06/24

Card for a little lady

It's been a while since I took part in challenges, but this week ColourQ challenge blog has offered a color combo I just couldn't miss!!!
Link to this challenge: colourQ #142
So I'm trying to enter with the card I made for the first birthday of one little lady. Her name is Agata, I got to know her mom a few onths ago, we walk with strollers together. I don't know about the little lady, but her mom loves the combo of soft blue & yellow! So I thought it would be a great idea to make a card for them and enter this challenge.
I'll start with the inside of the card:
Chipboard frames (it was a part of some board game - the playing squares came in this "net", I cut it and painted yellow!) contain a dress, some toys, some flowers and a "best wish for the FIRST birthday" =)

2012/06/11

Quilled lilacs photo frame

Yesss! I made it! I have finally completed my lilac sprays which I began quilling 2 years ago =))) Homyachok challenge blog has a new quilling challenge: wedding flowers (any quilled wedding related project featuring flowers). And I remembered my wedding 5 years ago, and as the deadline of the designers' project was luckily close to the date of our anniversary - I made a photo frame as a gift for my husband.
We got married on the 22nd of May, we chose this date because late May associates with blooming lilacs for me. So the whole wedding theme was devoted to lilacs (check out the label "wedding" in my blog to find a scrapbok with photocs from my wedding if you like). I chose one pic from the wedding itself - the biggest one and 4 little photos - one from each anniversary. "Love story" photo shooting in lilac garden in 2008, Paris - Champs Elysees in 2009, the only photo from the 2010 anniversary of us together - a pic of our shadows having a romantic dinner in an expensive restaurant on the top of a skyscrapper, and 2011 - another photo in lilac garden, almost 3 of us already =))) it's a pity, but this anniversary we had no pics at all %\ And it's a pity that my lil lady is almost 8 months old and I have only 1 or 2 decent pics of us together, as if i'm not her mom at all =( I strongly need a good photoshooting of my baby and me together!..
Well, back to the quilling =)))) The frame itself:

2012/05/21

Year round - baby beads

Hi! Today Homyachok challenge blog has a new general challenge: ALL SEASONS!

Make anything introducing all seasons in one project (or series of projects, e.g. ATCs and such). My project is a set of 12 "beads" for my baby:
One bead for each month of the year, and each has its own feature to make playing with them fun and develop baby's fingers and brain =)

2012/05/07

Quilled raccoon and mums - mini

Hi there! That's me, White Racoon =)
That's a tiny quilled toy raccoon I made as a designer for new Homyachok quilling challenge (Third dimension - make anything 3d; no cards and murals, only 3d objects!

2012/04/26

Newspaper car sign

Make a project including a piece of newspaper of a sheet from the magazine.
I made a car sign - the one you can leave on the dashboard when you leave the car unattended, saying "If my car is in your way, please, call:...."

The basement of the sign is a piece of grey cardstock; covered with magazine text painted with white acrylics. The black thingies above are a kind of tea-bag folding embellishment, also cut from the magazine (there was a page with black ad). All letters are torn from the magazine headlines. I also added some magazine paper quilling and weaving (three braids on the right side); the phone number is cut with the help of my CraftRobo and is adhered with foam tape. (the number is unreal, as you can understand ;))) )
And a little car charm in the right top corner.
Thanks for looking!
Have a good day! And join us with your printed media creations =)

2012/04/22

Baby boy card

There's one lady I've been acquainted with for a while. We used to walk in a park together: me - with a baby carriage and she had a laaarge belly. Finally her little baby boy has arrived! She named him Nikita and I made a little card for them.
The card isabout 10 cm by 10 cm (4"). Blue cardstock, quilling strips (blue collection №23, but 15 mm wide) were used for the iris-folding frame. Some manual stitching, a little doodling, some quilling and a few seed beads. The main element - a bib; name "Nikita" is emboidered with silk threads and has silk handwoven lace. The size of the bib can be seen on the next photo:
The sentiment reads "Be happy!". That's it. Thanks for looking!


2012/03/15

Hedgehogs - miniature, quilling

Homyachok challenge blog has a new quilling challenge:Fluffies!
Create any project using at least 3 "fringed flowers" elements. They don't have to be flowers, but there has to be fringe. I'm not a fan of quilled flowers, as you may know; they are beautiful, but it' so easy to think of a flower - no challenge; so I prefer everything-but-flowers. For this challenge I came up with an idea of... hedgehogs!
Miniature - as I'm nuts about mini sizes lately.
There they are: a family of hedgehogs among dandelions. =) On my palm so that you can feel the size.

2012/02/28

Mini horoscope: scorpio & rabbit

Homyachok challenge blog has a new general challenge: horoscope! Create any project featuring your sign in Zodiac or Chinese year calendar. I made both, though not mine, but my daughter's:
And I, being a miniature freak, couldn't think of anything better than making two tiny cratures:
white rabbit (sign of the year 2011) and golden scorpio (my daughter was born on the first day of scorpio period), there they are with a coin (almost quarter in size, 1"). Each creature is about 1,5 cm big (5/8")

And each of them on my palm:
a scorpio is made of clay and wire and covered with golden acrylic paint. Brr, looks scary!

the rabbit is needle felted. White wool, pink watercolor and two microbeads. Remember my "tiny felted bear"? If he still was in my collection, he's have a friend =)


2012/02/15

Box for crackers

I'm a guest designer for Творим вместе blog's new challenge:
Altered art for the tea party. Make any kind of altered object (layouts and cards are not accepted) that have any connection to TEA.
When I learnt the task, the idea came quickly. I'm a breast feeding mom, so my "tea parties" are pretty humble. I must follow a diet, so all candies, chocolates, sweets, cakes and (*gulps*) all kind of that tasty stuff that goes so well with tea are forbidden so far. And not all kinds of tea are allowed (due to coffeine). So I drink green tea and have a couple of simple oatmeal cookies or plain crackers. The latter - and I always buy the same brand - have a pretty boring package which always comes apart when I try to open it. So I thought that a cracker dispenser would be great for me!


2012/02/14

Mini quilled roses pedant

Homyachok challenge blog has a new quilling challenge announced: Million of red roses Create anything with 7 or more quilled red roses.
I've created a pedant. It's 27 mm in diameter (a little more than 1"):
That's how it looks on my neck:
And another close-up:
Used 1 red metalic strip 1,5 mm thick, 1/2 of pink strip, a few white seed beads, a few micro beads (red and white), and 1/3 of green corrugated strip. I'm nuts about miniatures! =)))
Join us at Homyachok challenge blog for the roses challenge!

2012/01/30

Tiny calender - ganutell orchids

Homyachok challenge blog has a new general challenge announced: Lucky number! Create any kind of project featuring your favourite or lucky number. Frankly speaking, I don't really have any "special" number. Once upon a time it was 22, but then I stopped tracking the "luckiness" of numbers =) So I thought that number 24 would be a great choice. It's my daughter's birthday. And mine too! ;) So I came up with a miniature called "pull-off calender".

2012/01/16

Quilled heart

Homyachok challenge blog has a new quilling challenge announced today: Adunation of hearts. Create any quilled project, which will incorporate two hearts: either two hearts bound somehow or having some third element that joins the two hearts. I've created a 3d heart shaped ornament with hearts:

It's pretty hard to take a photo to make it look dimentional as it actually is. The quiled heart shape joins two little red hearts, the front one:

I used some nail polish to make the "stained glass" effect in the middle of the coils.
And the back side, simple red heart:

Used 3 mm stripes of pearlscent beige and cherry red colors.
Join us for the hearts' quilling challenge!

2012/01/02

Namibian Zebra

A weird post being the first this year, right? No Xmas cards, no snowflakes, but something about Africa =)
That's because Homyachok challenge blog has a new general challenge started today: Around the World!
Choose a country you'd love to visit and create anything devoted to it. I've chosen Namibia. Like in most exotic lands Namibian economics strongly rely upon tourism, and having little architectual or cultural places of intrest they offer so-called 'ecotourism' - safari, wildlife tours etc. So, I thought that Zebra would be a great choice to present it for the challenge. Besides, Bushmen people of Namibia have legends concerning zebras and their stripes, so it just had to be a Zebra! And to make this zebra's origin obvious I used the colors of Namibian flag!

That's a toy I made for my baby. Simple shape, simple bright colors (this flag has a great color combo for babies!!! and the little yellow Sun worked ideal as zebra's eye!), different textures: cotton fabric, smooth satin, soft velvet, ribbed knitted and crochet details; two large beads that can be moved along zebra's legs; front legs have crackling insertations in hooves, rear legs can be stretched having rubber bands inside and these hooves have jingles inside to develop baby's hearing. Another view of my colorful Zebra:

And that's the banner of the challenge Around the world
Join us, share your travelling dreams!!!


P.S.: frankly speaking, I'd never-ever go that far to some wildlife eco-tour, the country I'm longing to visit is actually Holland and I'm dreaming of the tulip fields and Gouda cheese... but I wanted to bring up some colors and show a project different from scrapbooking or cardmaking for Homyachok followers' inspiration =)
P.P.S.: Some of my other "foreign country" project include yummy cuisine ATC, check them out if you like and are looking for more ideas: Italy, France, Mexico