Monday, April 21, 2014

just a note


Hope you all had a lovely Easter!

I wanted to share this card today...it's a little sneak peek new JD stamps ....like I mentioned before I hand draw my designs on paper and then scan them etc. I always print out my designs first to get a feel of the sizing and if they would be good for colouring, paper piecing, etc. I couldn't help but colour this owl and make a card!

I also used our Geometric Patterns stamp set for my background and did a little bit of heat embossing. Finally my new heat gun arrived!! And did I mention that it's PINK! :)

For the sentiment I used a SRM sticker. And to colour my owl I used Graph'it markers. 

And just a reminder of our sale.....it lasts until Sunday (April 27th).

Have a great day!
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Friday, April 18, 2014

TGIF + pinterest love + giveaway


Hope all is well! 
My Mia had a fever yesterday but is doing much better today...BUT Jakov has been throwing up since this morning and has now fell asleep on the couch with a bucket by his head poor thing! :(

First thing!!

Pop on over to our shop! :)

Well...I like to show things I pinned on Pinterest every now and then and thought maybe I could make this a regular thing every Friday. I've read blogs where some women feel Pinterest actually is more stress than inspiration and that's how I felt at the beginning...why can't I do all these diy's and recipes, why aren't I as productive as some of these women I'm pinning......yeah...I stopped that!!!!!! I don't put that stress on myself anymore....Pinterest is NOT my to do list!!! It's where I go to feel inspired and yes sometimes I actually get around to doing or making some of the things I pinned...but it's more like a mood board for me to inspire me!

So here are some sweet Easter pins I'd like to share! :)

Love this idea!

Also I wanted to do a little giveaway!! I've got two extra Roses stamp sets so I'll give one away here on the blog and one on my instagram so if you're interested in winning this stamp set please leave a comment and I'll announce the winner on Tuesday! :)

Have a great day!
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

clay bunny

Hope all is well! :)

If you follow me on instagram you'll know that I finally cracked open the clay I bought a while a go and this bunny is the result! :) I have to say I need to learn quite a lot about working with clay but for my first time I'm pleased.

I decided to make a bunny because Easter is around the corner and also it's a simple shape. To make sure the ears are stable I adhered them to the body with toothpicks.

I painted the bunny with acrylic paints (which I need to go buy more of) and added the slightest hint of brown here and there to give it a distressed look. And once the paint was dry I added a coat of varnish.

That's it for now...hope you have a great day!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

bunny banner

Hope all is well! :)

I'm sharing my bunny banner today! 
After cutting my bunnies out I stamped on the black and white bunnies using our Easter Time and Geometric Patterns stamp sets.

I stamped polka dots using gold ink and added some white sequins and for the black bunny I just stamped the sentiments over and over to cover the bunny. For the kraft paper bunnies I just added a white felt tail! :)

I punched tiny holes in the ears and just threaded some string through them.

I couldn't get a clear photo of the banner by the window so for the sake of photos I put the banner over my stove (but I'm keeping it by the window).

Here's a free template....I still haven't figured out why there's a light grey background...because it's totally white when I open the file in photoshop...perhaps it's blogger??? I'll have to get my husband to take a look at it. 

Have a great day

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Monday, April 14, 2014

diy toilet paper roll bunnies

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

I've got another project using toilet paper rolls that's great for kids and all you kid at heart folks! :)
Depending on how old your children are the most difficult part is cutting it out just because of the shape but the rest is easy peasy!

So first you'll want to cut out the shape...I just out lined the ears with a white pencil....you'll want to use small sharp scissors and I found it easier to cut toward my left if that makes sense.

Once you've cut out your bunny but out your white acrylic paint (or any colour you want) and I found two coats were enough.

For this bunny I did a little paper piecing.....just choose the paper you want and adhere it to the ears (I also covered it with glitter glue to add a little sparkle).

I drew the eyes, nose and mouth but you could add googly eyes too.

Don't forget the bunny's tail! :) Cotton balls will do the trick! 

I added a touch of 'blush' by dabbing and blending some pink ink.

For the other bunny I didn't do any paper piecing and just drew all my details, coloured them in with marker and added some glitter.

I'll be doing this with my kids....we just need one more toilet paper roll! :)

Have a great day!
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Vanilla cupcake


Just popping in quickly to share this new recipe I tried out yesterday. I found this Vanilla Cupcake recipe on Pinterest. There are lots of pictures so I didn't bother with step by step photos. It's simple and yummy! :)

Have a great day!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

ti si SUPER!


TGIF people!!! phew! It's a pretty awesome Friday for me because my kids are on Easter holiday which means no school next week and I could catch up with everything now that we are all over the flu!

Here's a card I created using our Patterns for HimCroatian SentimentsJungle Baby and I Got This stamp sets. The speech bubbles are a freebie I drew up.

I stamped the chevron pattern onto green cardstock and adhered it with foam dots for some dimension.
I added some glitter glue over the arrows, hearts and word SUPER. I also added a little watercolor over the sentiment. 

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Savijača s gljivama - mushroom strudel

Hope all is well! :)

I tried a new recipe yesterday and it turned out great! I found this recipe in a Croatian magazine Lisa and it's called Savijača s gljivama (Mushroom strudel).
I love mushrooms and it's pretty easy. I have to admit though I never made this kind of dough...it's suppose to be a tough (hard) dough...I worked out my arms kneading this baby! :)

It's a tad time consuming but you could chop up the filling the night before. 

Like I said the most 'difficult' thing about this recipe was the dough...very little water goes into it (no milk, butter, eggs) and I had to get my husband to roll it out! LOL! Next time I will add a tad more water and bake it 10 minutes less (it says to bake for 40 minutes but 30 would be enough with my oven so I suggest you keep an eye on it).

Mushroom Strudel

200 g flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons oil (I used olive oil)
1 teaspoon vinegar
70-80 ml warm water

400 g mushrooms
2 red peppers
fresh parsley (6 sprigs)
salt, pepper to taste
1 onion
Also you'll need some melted butter.

1. Mix flour, salt and oil. Add warm water and vinegar. Knead for 5.10 minutes. The dough is suppose to be tough/hard. Put the dough into a bowl/container, brush with butter, cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

2. Slice up onion, mushrooms and peppers. Saute in one tablespoon oil for about 5 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Chop up the parsley. Take off the stove and add  the fresh parsley, add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Roll out dough to approx. 40x60 cm, a rectangular shape. Brush with butter. Add the filling making sure to leave an edge so you could tuck the ends and roll into a log. Brush again with butter. Bake for 40 minutes (I personally think 30 minutes is more than enough with my oven so I suggest to take a look after 25 minutes)

Savijača s gljivama

Za tijesto:
200 g brašna
1/2 žličice soli
2 žličice ulja
1 žličica octa
40 g tekućeg maslaca

400 g šampinjona
2 crvene paprike
4 žlice maslaca
6 grančica peršina
sol, papar

1. Pomiješajte brašno, sol i ulje. Dodajte 70-80 tople vode i ocat. Rukama mijesite 5-10 minuta da dobijete čvrsto tijesto. Potom premažite tijesto s malo maslaca, pokrijte posudom te ostavite da odstoji 30 minuta.

2. Nasjeckajte luk, gljive i papriku te pržite na 1 žlici ulja oko 5 minuta. Nasjeckajte peršin. Mješavinu luka maknite sa štednjaka pa umješajte peršin. Posolite i popaprite. Pećnicu zagrijte na 200 stupnjeva.

3. Izvaljajte tijesto pa razvucite rukama u oblik pravokutnika (40x60 cm). Premažite s 2 žlice tekućeg maslaca. Nadjev raspodijelite po tijestu tako da ostavite slobodan rub od 5 cm. Potom rubove preklopite preko nadjeva te smotajte. Stavite na papir za pečenje, premažite s malo maslaca pa pecite oko 40 minuta. Premažite preostalim maslacem.

Ja mislim da 30 minuta dovoljno, svakako pogledajte nakon 25 minuta.

Good luck and Bon Appetit!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

paper flowers

Hope all is well! I'm feeling better....no fever for two full days....that happened the first time and it came back so I hope it's gone for good! :)

I've been working on a million things as usual and one of them is paper flowers...I hope to share some projects soon and in the meanwhile here's a little peek!

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

you brighten my day


Hope all is well! I'm feeling better but still not 100%...it's just dragging on! I needed a little colour and brightness in my day so I created this cheerful card using our Roses and Daffodils stamp sets. I used water colours to colour my rose...really quick and easy...I didn't fuss...just let the colour go where it wanted to. 

I painted my background with water colours...once it was dried I stamped polka dots over it with white ink. The polka dots are JD stamps (from my very first stamp set ...the Bakery one...remember?? :) )

I stamped my sentiment onto vellum. I'm really digging white ink and white sequins lately! :)

Hope you all have a great day!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Mama + recipe


Hope all is well! :)

Today is my Mama's birthday and I made this card for her.....she LOVES flowers and the colour yellow! I've been blessed with the best Mama and only wish we could be together on this day. I haven't seen her in over 2 years! :(

I found my inspiration for this card on pinterest here! I used my Daffodils and Croatian Sentiments stamp sets. I coloured the daffodils with my Graph'it markers. I used some of my washi tape and stamped the sentiment (which means happy birthday for those of you who do not know Croatian :) ) onto vellum.

I'm not sure if  I shared this recipe here on the blog yet but it's a favourite with everyone and it's so easy to make and you can make it ahead of time because it's freezer friendly (I always have these in the freezer!) I found the recipe here. The only thing I do differently is I use puff pastry.

Well...that's it...I've got a busy weekend...my daughter and husband both have their birthdays and we're celebrating all weekend...wish me luck...I haven't even started yet!!!


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Monday, March 17, 2014

you make life fun + freebie


Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Popping in to share a card I created using my Tooth Fairy Klara stamp set. I coloured her in with my Graph'it markers and then cut her out (I attached her with foam dots...like she's just floating around!).

A while back I drew a bunch of speech bubbles and then forgot about them....the other day I stumbled upon them and thought it would be perfect for this card. the background was created with one of Simon Says Stamp stencils and on top of that I adhered a piece of transparency paper to soften the background up.

So I thought I would share my speech bubbles with you to print out and use. They are hand drawn...like all my images. :)

Pop on over to the JD blog and check out Judith's super SWEET card!
Have a great day!

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