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Gorjuss Little Thoughts

Hi, everyone! Care for some Gorjuss little thoughts? They come in the shape of bookmarks. And this post features just a few and I hope you like them. I made these on the first day of the New Year while enjoying some special time colouring with my niece. A great year started and I have already got lots of ideas and crafts to share with you.

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bookmarksAs usual, I used the Avery Elle die to cut a lot of bookmarks out of kraft recycled card. I get this card from Klipa, a shop worth buying from (and I love the little gifts you get with your order). All of them have Gorjuss stamps and for this winter I used the collectables: ‘Holly’, ‘The Hatter’ and ‘The Scarf’. The ones in this post show the latter and hopefully soon, I will share the others too.:-) For those who don’t know me, Gorjuss is a constant presence in my life. For those who do, there’s no surprise in seeing or receiving crafts made using Santoro stamps.

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imgn0251Now, I love colouring with Derwent Inktense pencils. They are very rich colours and using some waterbrushes you can play with the intensity you wish to get on your designs. My thoughts were to obtain a similar colouring to the original Gorjuss design and make little adjustments, nothing else. You can see some sparkling on the hanging hearts and on the shoes, but also on top or bottom part of the dress.
At the top of each bookmark, I added a sentiment from the big ‘Holly’ stamp set: ‘gorjuss little thoughts’ and there is green & white Fancy Twine tied too.

I would like to thank you for stopping by and I look forward to sharing crafts with you soon,
Talida

Gorjuss Bookmarks

Hello, again!The fourth part of the bookmarks series is based on Gorjuss girls. Oh, how I love them!

The stamps I used are the new ones, the collectibles. They come in mini sizes and are easy to fit on bookmarks too. Gorjuss has been my favourite when it comes to stamping and creating for my dear ones. And since my niece suggested she needs a mouth and a nose, I’ve kept adding them to the original design. The mini stamps chosen for these bookmarks are called ‘I gave you my heart’ and ‘I found my family in a book’. Aren’t they ‘gorjuss’?

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For colouring in, I used Promarkers again. And lately, I’ve enjoyed trying new colouring techniques such as layering. You can see that by looking at Gorjuss’s hair. I’m not perfect at this but I’ve been working on it! 😉 Each bookmark has attached either a red twine, lilac ribbon or a multicoloured string. No sentiments or handwriting were added as I wanted to keep the bookmarks as clean and simple as possible.
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Of all the beautiful photos, Cristian Istrate took, I kept a few of them. Couldn’t stop under 5. Such hard decision has it been!
Hope you like them. Many thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments.

Wishing you a lovely day,
Talida

Poppies, hearts and flowers

Hi, everyone! Poppies, hearts and flowers make the third part of the bookmarks series.

For these three bookmarks, I went with pink and white thick card. Avery Elle die was the one used to die-cut the bookmarks. Then, I went on stamping the poppies on two of the die-cuts, using Memento Tuxedo Black. On the third one, I stamped Avery Elle’s heart balloon, ‘smile’ sentiment and added some more handwritten words.
Red and lilac twine was added to the bookmarks to give contrast and dimension. The stamps were coloured in using Promarkers and Stabilo fineliners. Handwriting was done with Stabilo fineliners.

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Hope you like these too! I’ll be back soon with a new part of the bookmarks series and with some more projects.
Wishing you all the best,
Talida

Photo credits: Cristian Istrate 

Recycled Kraft Bookmarks

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Today, I have the second part of the recent bookmarks series. The ones today are using a mix of stamps, brands and a bit of handwriting too.
I have used the bookmarks dies from Avery Elle to die cut out of recycled kraft card in white and brown/natural. Lately, I’ve become a huge fan of this type of card not only for its quality but also for keeping it green.

To embellish them I used some of Avery Elle’s Ellie stamp set – the heart balloon, the tiny flower, the grass and the sentiment ‘smile’. For one of these bookmarks I chose a Gorjuss girl from the mini collectible stamp series – ‘I gave you my heart’, to whom I added a mouth and a nose with a Stabilo fineliner in black. Docrafts Papermania poppy rubber stamp made a perfect fit for another one of the bookmarks. And for the last one in this second part, I went on with stamping the heart balloon and just added some handwritten sentiments.
Colouring was done using Promarkers and for the handwriting I used my Stabilo fineliners. I have also added red twine and some natural hemp twine.
The bookmarks turned out really great and I love it!

Photo credits go to Cristian Istrate.

Wishing you all the best,
Talida

 

Smile Mini Bookmarks

Good morning, everyone! This is the first part of a new bookmark series I’ve made. These are the tiny ones in round, square, heart shapes with smile, mini hearts and flowers on.
I’ve been pretty busy this year and made lots of projects I am proud of. As always there’s so little time to put all my ideas at work and most of the times, it takes long to get them up on the blog. The whole process from the idea to the blog post is sometimes a 8 hour long work. But fully worth it!

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IMG8507xiLet’s see what’s with the smile series! The idea of having these mini bookmarks die-cut out of different colour cards has been in my mind for a long time. Probably since I first saw Avery Elle’s Bookmark Die set. So, I die-cut plenty of these bookmarks and then I stamped them using my new mini Distress Ink cubes using flowers, mini hearts and the smile sentiment from an Avery Elle clear stamp set – Ellie.
The beautiful photos were taken by one of my favourite photographers – Cristi Istrate.

Wishing you a lovely day,
Talida

Acts of Kindness Bookmarks

Good morning, everyone!

I’ve been pretty busy these months and today, I have a set of bookmarks to present as part of my acts of kindness. You’ll probably wonder why or not, but the idea behind this is nothing more than being kind, giving without expecting anything back.
Jennifer McGuire has started the Acts of Kindness campaign in the US. There were a lot of #sharehandmadekindness crafts worldwide. And I loved the idea.

This was somehow planned a long time ago, but waited until Christmas to share them with a lovely team. So, in order to know how many bookmarks I needed to make, I trusted my lovely elves to help with an approximate number. I got 25, but made a few extra, you know, just in case something happened.:)
I went with white and red for the card and die-cut the bookmarks in both colours. The bookmarks die I used are from Avery Elle and I got them from Onestopcrafts. Each recipient got a set of 2 bookmarks tied together with some red and white twine. For the sentiments I used Acts of Kindness Hero Arts stamp set created for Jennifer’s campaign. One of them says: ‘A bit of kindness to brighten your day’ and the other ‘throw kindness around like confetti’. Of course I added a heart on each of the white bookmarks for an extra touch.

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Then, I packed them all in an envelope created by myself using the 1-2-3 Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers, a tool I got from Craft Mall. This is such a useful tool, especially when you have to create different types and sizes of envelopes. My niece loves the bows you can make using it.

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Many thanks for stopping by.
Have a lovely day,
Talida

Embossed flowers bookmarks

Hello to everyone!

Hope you all have a beautiful sunny day and that you enjoy it to the maximum! I know I’ve been away for a while and it seems like a long time since I wrote something here, but it’s all worth it and I am back with a lot of energy, health and wonderful ideas. 🙂

As I have a huge stash of pigment ink pads and as they take quite a while to dry when used in stamping, I looked for other ways of getting the most of them. So, I found a very nice video on Jennifer McGuire Ink YouTube channel and thought to give it a try. And oh, my! I so love this new (for me) technique!

I made quite a lot of crafts using it and today, I will show you some of them: embossed flowers bookmarks. Hope you like them. And feel free to comment, recommend and why not ask for your own personalised ones. 😉

Photo credit Cristian Istrate

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