Happy and Sweet

I have some more bright goodness for you on the blog today! I hope it hasn’t gotten old yet! Today’s project is a layout of one of my favourite people on earth. Although she lives half way across the world, you don’t have to see this sweet heart often to remember her kindness. She is my Tante Sveta. In the culture I grew up in, people did not have to be your biological relatives to be your uncle and aunt. And since Tante Sveta and her husband were good friends of  my parents they became my Uncle and Aunt.


She’s all the lovely you can imagine and happy all the time.


The bright pink heart paper is from Pink Paislee’s, Oh My Heart line. Who would have thought that I would ever go for hot pink?! I guess anything is possible right?


The letters I used in this little excerpt are from Shimelle’s Little by Little sticker pack, placed on a Becky Higgins, Project Life card. I picked up quite a few of these cards from Love is in the Details and used a handful for the background.


The “so very beautiful” die cut is from Shimelle, as is the tiny turquoise puffy flower sticker. While the Little by Little line is fairly colourful, there are quite a few monochrome pieces in it as well, such as the “&” sign partially tucked under the previously mentioned die cut.

snapseed-15And lastly, these cute Thicker pieces seem to follow me as soon as I touch anything colourful, and so here they are…AGAIN. A little something not so overused by this crafter though, are the sewing accents. I’ve been wanting to sew on my projects for quite a while, but I don’t own a sewing machine (quite yet…fingers crossed, soon!) and so it doesn’t happen too often. I love when different fields of art mix though, sewing, paper, mixed media, and so on. What are some of your favourite mediums to create art?

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful week!!!

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This post was written by Natalja on March 18, 2018

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Gathering Gifts

I feel a little bad for bringing so many bright, springy colours to the blog, when, those of us, living in southern Manitoba are living in a slow globe right now! I’m not complaining, but I will say Norine’s blog posts are certainly more fitted. And seriously, how gorgeous is her traveller’s notebook?! I definitely need to start on one soooon!

For today’s post though, I had a lot of fun making some bright cards to go with, what is seeming to be, my Easter theme this year.


Growing  up, I let my parents take care of the gifts for our family gatherings, but apparently I’m grown now too, haha. And so it’s time we bring some of our own food and gifting, but I’m not complaining!


I reached back to my “Dear Lizzy” products and this beautiful Shimelle paper. The small letter stickers are actually from the back of a Pink Paisley washi pack and the bigger letters are Thickers from American Crafts.


I used the stickers, chipboard pieces and die cuts from the Dear Lizzy line. While generally it’s really fun to mix and match lines, sometimes it’s quite enjoyable and relaxing to layer up goodies from the same line.


One of the many things I’ve learned from Lori, is when you gift a card, it’s a great idea to put matching embellishments in the card and on the envelope. This time I went with that rule, and it’s amazing how a simple card quickly turns into a small gift.


On the opposite corners of the ones pictured above and below, I added a single small embellishment to match the front of the envelope and the card inside. The puffy stickers from Dear Lizzy are absolutely perfect for this!


And here’s an example of the inside of the card (the one with the bouquet)…


I love how I didn’t necessarily have to put a flower die cut in the card, but could switch it up using a different  shape with a flowery pattern. This tied the outside and the inside together without being overly matchy matchy.

Lastly, here are the three envelopes all tied up with ribbon, ready to be gifted. (I added the blue nuvo dots to the middle envelope after, in case you noticed the difference from the picture near the top ;) ).


I ripped strips of cotton quilting fabric to create the organic-looking ribbon. You may be seeing me use it more in future posts (just warning you)!  ;) The ribbon adds a nice homemade touch, I find.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!

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This post was written by Natalja on March 11, 2018

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