Gorjuss – the Hatter

Hi, everyone! Gorjuss – the Hatter crafts are the ones that I’d like to show you today.
I created a card and some bookmarks using this beautiful mini stamp and I really like the way they look. Hope you too!

The card
First of all, I started with making the background on the front cover of the card by using a big rubber stamp from the Toadstools set. Then, I stamped it again on a piece of recycled cream paper and fancy cut it so it fit the oval in the middle of the background. I stamped and then coloured in the Gorjuss girl. When dried, I added some glossy accents on the tulips, wrote the sentiment on the right side and added a blue bow on the top right corner.

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Birthday card in fall colours

Hello, dear ones! Here’s a birthday card in fall colours. I made this for my cousin who is also a great friend.
The base card and the front cover are made of recycled paper and card. I stamped the leaves onto the same type of paper and then I fussy cut each one of them. I know, I spent some time on it but I can tell you it was well worth it.

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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.


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.


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,

Christmas Ornaments and Gifts

Christmas Ornaments and Gifts

Hi, everyone! It’s the 3rd day of Christmas and I have some gifts to show you today. As a tradition started a few years ago, I like giving handmade crafts to family and dear ones. This year, I chose to make some ornaments, bookmarks and Christmas cards.



I made the first tree decoration, last year, for my niece, Antonia. She loved it so much and hung it in her tree right away. You can see and also read about it here. At that time I wanted a shaker ornament that is what I actually made. For this year, I wanted a bit of a more special one.

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So, I began with the same tag die from WPlus9 – Anastasia Tag. But, this time I went on die-cutting it differently while keeping a window into all the layers as I wanted to use it for the ornament. For the 2nd layer, I used some funky foam in different colours: 2 shades of red and 2 of green. I added a beautiful bauble in each of the windows.

The baubles are from Newton’s Nook Designs and they’re the most exquisite ones I’ve ever seen.:-) I die cut 2 of each, coloured them in with inktense Derwent pencils and added enough layers of Wink of Stella for a sparkly look. All the ornaments got a tag with my name on and a tied fancy Twine bow.


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The next handmade crafts I gave as gifts were some Gorjuss bookmarks. I used the collectable stamp and some of the small stamps that come with the same named stamp set: ‘Holly’. Gorjuss girls are really dear to me and I love colouring them so much. Avery Elle die set is what I used to die-cut the bookmarks. Inktense Derwent pencils and Santoro’s Gorjuss Watercolour dual-tip pens – Neutrals are the colouring medium I used for the girls. I applied generous layers of Wink of Stella on the hats,boots and the mistletoe. Then, I added some twine to each of the bookmarks.





Now, some of the gifts had a set of cards to accompany either the ornaments or the bookmarks. I made quite a lot of cards this year and I went on multiplying them while making a great use of my new precision stamping tool.

Hope you enjoyed learning about my crafts and thanks for stopping by.
My best wishes,

Gorjuss Birthday Song

Good afternoon, everyone! A Gorjuss birthday song is streaming online today. This one is for a special girl who turns 8. She makes us smile and fills our hearts with joy. Happy birthday, dear! May you have a blessed life!
Tradition is to make her a birthday card using one Gorjuss stamp. I have some new ones and I used the ‘Little Song’ set for this. Santoro released some beautiful designs this year.



Now, back to the card, I have used a lot of recycled card lately. It feels natural and I like the way my crafts look like using it. So, the base card is top folded. I stamped the Gorjuss girl using my new precision stamping tool (a great one). Then, I added the heart and some musical notes. Having this tool makes the life of any craftmaker super fun and easy.

I coloured the images using inktense pencils.



And then, I added dimension using some glossy accents on the heart, headphones and phone, plus some clear Wink of Stella on the headband and shoes. To give a finished look, I trimmed a thin piece of card and glued it on the bottom part of the front base. I coloured it using the same inktense coloured pencil as the one for the heart.

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you all a lovely afternoon,

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’?










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.
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,

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,


Gorjuss Purrrrrfect Love

Hello everyone, the post today is going to be both in English and Romanian.
I always go for the English version as the blog is read by crafters and friends all over the world.

Today, this is specially done bilingual for the grandparents of the cute and smart girl who received this card and has our hearts.
So, let’s see what today’s card is about! Read more


Rain Full of Love

Well, who would have thought that a rain full of love is so powerful and filled with so much positive energy? I guess a Gorjuss girl is always welcome into bringing good vibes and sending the best wishes to a birthday girl.

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Gorjuss in a cup of tea

There are some new Santoro Gorjuss stamp sets available and one of them is called Sweet Tea.

As I love drinking tea and most of my dear ones enjoy this miraculous drink I knew I’d be using it quite often to make gorjuss crafts with. And as my niece asked me why Gorjuss doesn’t have a mouth I went on adding it. I have also been inspired by a card I saw here. Guess it looks gorjuss, isn’t it?

This card was made as a gift for a dear friend and accompanied a fine Basilur tea pack called Cream Fantasy.

Photo credit Cristian Istrate 

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