29 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Amazing Treasure

Hello, ladies!
I hope you had a great day on Christmas, filled with joy and bright moments with your loved ones!
I also wish that the New Year that's already very close to us brings you all the best and most importantly, health and joy!

I would like to share with you a layout today. I haven't created on this theme for a very loooooong time - my children have grown out of this wonderful age!  

Oh yes, the theme of my page is the amazing treasure a baby is!

Those of you who actually have a baby (or two or three) in their lives, I think, will agree with my statement. Babies are a treasure in our lives (ok, and bringers of lots of fatigue and sleepless nights)!



You can see more details of my page and how I handled my elements at the 13 Arts blog!

Products used:



The mask I used is Kasia Krzyminska's Letters!
(I'm totally in love with her masks)


ps. Aren't these 2 Crafty Stars LOVELY???

23 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Follow your instinct - a layout video tutorial for 7 Dots Studio

Good afternoon!

My 2nd video tutorial is uploaded today at the 7 Dots Studio Blog!
 I have used the "Thoughts Keeper" Collection (it's irresistible to me, lol, I just love it)!









In this video, I just follow my instinct; nothing is planned.  This process takes the stress off and makes me enjoy what I do a lot more.
I strongly recommend that you try it.
What I do is actually very simple: I try things that pop up in my mind and, if I like what I see, I continue.  You will notice that I change the position of my embellishments often. At some point, there's a small accident (my mist bottle fell and the cloth got stained) - I guess this is part of the creative process, too!  All my inks and pastes come from 13 arts, of course! Last but not least, the big chipboard that I base my composition on is a lovely berry branch from 2 Crafty Chipboard!

The music of this video belongs to The Piano Guys ("Beethoven's Five Secrets").  I will use their music in my videos many times in the future, for sure!  At the end of the tutorial, you can read a quote attributed to Beethoven himself, which I really agree with.

Products used:

7 Dots Studio

2 Crafty & 13 Arts

I hope my creative attempts will inspire you to follow your instinct.  
Never has it failed me and I'm sure that yours will not fail you as well.

Have a beautiful day and a wonderful Christmas season!

~Melenia

20 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

My Christmas dream

Hello everyone!

Back with you today, to share a really wintery layout, which speaks of my Christmas dream:
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas... just like the ones I never had (in Southern Greece where I live, we see snow only on the peaks of the mountain range)!

So like I have said in the past, the best way to imitate snow is to use Ayeeda gesso.
And this is what I did in the following page:





The Cosy Evening collection is of course the no.1 choice for winter-themed layouts so I used the Christmas Eve paper as a background.



Being a mixed-media/ink/paste girl, I could not do without my Ayeeda mists and paints!!!




As you can see, there's modelling paste and gesso everywhere around and on my cluster!! I also added splatters of ink!

Products used:


I hope you like my page!  



14 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Something to do - a 13 Arts challenge

Hello everyone!

Today a new 13 Arts Challenge is revealed!  And it's set by me!
I was thinking about my turn to host a 13 Arts Challenge the other day, and as we are well into the winter (the Northern Hemisphere), yarn was the first thing that came up to my mind!

The challenge is based on yarn and specifically this photo:


 

The criteria of the challenge are the following:

1. Use the photo as your inspiration, which can come from anything in the photo,
e.g. colours, texture, theme etc - there are no restrictions as to this)
2. Use a mask (or more)
3. Use modelling paste

This is my take on the photo challenge

I got inspired by the colors of the photo, as well as the rich texture the yarn has - I also added some yarn, which freely flows in the page.



13 Arts products:

Ayeeda Mists - Pearl Silver
Ayeeda Mists - Pastel Cinnamon
Ayeeda Mists - Pastel Blue
Ayeeda Mists - Pearl Gold,
Mask - Color Basics Squares,
Mask - Cosy Evening Winter Flowers
Modelling Paste,
Gesso

Rules of the challenge # 25:


1. Create a project based on the photo of the challenge (as it was mentioned before, inspiration can come from anything in the photo, colours, texture, theme etc).
2. Publish your project on your blog and add link directly to the post using Inlinkz tool at the right side bar.
3. Please add link and info about our challenge, where your work is published.
4. You may submit as many entries as you like. 
5. You can enter with your project to maximum 2 other challenges and your work must be new, not published before our challenge has started. 
6. The challenge ends on December 28th at 23:55. Winners will be announced on January 1st, 2015. 

When the challenge ends, our Design Team will vote and pick the best project. It will be awarded with shopping voucher for 13 arts store worth - 60 PLN with free international shipping. The winner will be invited to join us in one of our challenges as Guest Designers. Additionally we will feature few works with biggest number of points.

Will you play along?  We would love to see your projects!

8 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Silver Stars

Hello friends!

Back to you today to share a layout I made as a guest designer for the lovely Kafe Scrapo Mama!
I am very honored by their invitation to be one of their guests for their new challenge (thank you, girls!!!)!

So the theme of the challenge is something I can't resist at (probably because we don't enjoy much snow here in the island of Crete):

SNOWFLAKES



I got inspired by this lovely photo that I was sent - the 7 Dots Studio Destination Unknown Walk the Plank paper happened to be almost the same with the wooden board the snowflakes hang from!  It was just perfect for my layout! I also used the 2 Crafty Chipboard 6" Clock Face Frames which I based my whole composition on.  Last but now least my snowstorm-like background was made with the amazing 13 Arts Silver Hologram Glitter and gesso!

Ok enough said, this is my page




The 2 Crafty Chippies have the perfect grey/brown colour that I wanted to match with the paper, so I didn't alter them at all!
Take a closer look





As you see, I punched snowflakes from a tag of the Destination Unknown Collection and I chose a photo with one in it, to fulfil the criteria of the challenge!

So will you play with this lovely, wintery challenge?
Just to let you, card-makers, know, there are tons of inspiration in the blog by the DT! Amazing cards!
The deadline for submissions is January 14th, 2015! Plenty of time ahead! Don't forget to display at least one snowflake in your project!

3 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Do the right thing

Καλημέρα από ένα ζεστό Ηράκλειο (ξανά)...
Σήμερα θέλω να σας δείξω τη σύνθεση που έφτιαξα στο 2ο κροπ του ScrapsNPieces, τον Οκτώβριο
(εντάξει, λίγο καθυστερημένα αλλά δεν πειράζει)...
Περάσα ΚΑΤΑΠΛΗΚΤΙΚΑ, καθώς είχαμε μαζευτεί πολλά κορίτσια και είχαμε φυσικά την γνωστή και αξεπέραστη Αμαλία να συντονίζει γενικότερα τη μάζωξη (με ό,τι αυτό συνεπάγεται - όσες ήσασταν εκεί, καταλαβαίνετε τι εννοώ)!

Λοιπόν το θέμα του κροπ ήταν η δημιουργία σύνθεσης με την ΥΠΕΡΟΧΗ συλλογή "Thoughts Keeper" του 7 Dots Studio  (η οποία αναμένω να είναι μέσα στις τοπ 3 αγαπημένες μου για την επόμενη δεκαετία)... η Μυρτώ μας είχε ένα φανταστικό κιτάκι για να χρησιμοποιήσουμε, το οποίο και ξεκοκάλισα, όπως θα δείτε στη σύνθεση μου...


Πολλή έμπνευση λοιπόν, υπέροχα υλικά, φανταστική παρέα και να τι έφτιαξα





Products used:


Επειδή είμαι κορίτσι των μελανιών και των παστών (καλλιτεχνικών και ζαχαροπλαστικών λολ), δεν γινόταν να μην βάλω στη σύνθεση μου media του 13 Arts... χεχε

Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες και περιγραφή μπορείτε να δείτε στο μπλογκ του 7 Dots Studio - μαζί με την ΑΠΙΘΑΝΗ σύνθεση της Anna Komenda!

1 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

In 2014

Καλησπέρα και καλό μήνα!
Πόσο χαίρομαι που μπήκε ο Δεκέμβριος - ο αγαπημένος μου μήνας (μαζί με τον Νοέμβριο)!

Λοιπόν ναι, το ScrapsNPieces κάνει πάντα το ποδαρικό του μήνα με μια καινούρια πρόκληση, η οποία έχει θέμα 


REMEMBER 2014

Δημιουργήστε για μία υπέροχη στιγμή του 2014, 
ή κάτι που σας σημάδεψε αυτή τη χρονιά 
ή αν δεν σας άρεσε κιόλας αυτή η χρονιά, αποχαιρετήστε την! 

Το ΜΟΝΟ υποχρεωτικό, να υπάρχει το 2014 κάπου στη δημιουργία σας! 

Φτιάχνετε ότι θέλετε όπως πάντα, είτε σύνθεση, κάρτα, art journal σελίδα,
mixed media καμβά, altered item...

Μπορείτε να ανεβάσετε τη δημιουργία σας έως την 27η Δεκεμβρίου (λόγω Χριστουγέννων)
και οι νικήτριες θα ανακοινωθούν την 29η Δεκεμβρίου!



Εγώ αποφάσισα να γνωριστώ με την νέα συλλογή του 7 Dots Studio - Destination Unknown και να παίξω μαζί της... το χαρτί που χρησιμοποίησα για βάση με ξετρέλανε και θεώρησα ότι ταιριάζει απόλυτα με το θέμα της σύνθεσης μου: τα ταξίδια που πραγματοποίησα μέσα στο 2014!  Δεν θα μπορούσα να μην την παντρέψω με τα υπέροχα 13 Arts Silver Microspheres και με Flourish Adornment Pieces από το 2 Crafty Chipboard.  To αποτέλεσμα το θεωρώ αρκετά κλασικό, αλλά μου αρέσει!





Αυτά λοιπόν από μένα! Σύντομα θα επανέλθω με μια σύνθεση που έκανα στο 2ο κροπ του ScrapsNPieces!  Μέχρι τότε καλά να περνάτε! Ευχαριστώ πολύ για τις επισκέψεις σας και τα σχόλια σας στο μπλογκ μου!!

20 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Believe in magic

Good morning everyone!!!!
The new 7 Dots Studio challenge is being revealed today and I must tell you that it's worth playing with!

The theme:

WARM & COZY 
(winter has arrived at the northern hemisphere - ok, at the MOST of the northern hemisphere)

This is the inspirational circle



And this is my interpretation.
There's nothing warmer or cozier for me than a cup of hot chocolate, while I sit next to my Christmas tree... it's just magical!  So my page is about the warmth and coziness of the Christmas season (that is quickly approaching us!)! 




I used papers, die-cuts and stickers from the "Nature Walk" collection, which I think is the warmest collection ever!  The fibers are a gift from my good friend, Erina!  While I was thinking about what I would do for this challenge, I realized that I needed some inspiration.  I just couldn't decide on which paper I'd use for my background. 


The ScrapAroundtheWorld November moodboard by Zuzia Bodakowska helped me pick the right one.  I loved this moodboard as soon as I saw it, because it combined very elegant elements 
- take a look at it




I met Zuzia at the World Scrap Tournament 2014 and loved her artistic creations. She always had something elegant to present and elegance always works as a magnet for my attention.  Therefore I couldn't resist at playing with her moodboard, that is elegant and classy. So I used the down right picture (for my choice of paper) and the down middle photo for the textures that I needed a warm and cozy page to have!  I also tucked in a few flowers of different kinds (taken from the up right photo). There's a sticker with music notes as well in my cluster, to the left of the photo. Apart from the bicycle, I used all the photos of the moodboard (my like is obvious, isn't it? lol)!

So this is my page and how it was created! I hope you like it!

Will you play with our challenge? Please do, as we love seeing your creations!

The rules are simple:
- create any project inspired by our theme
- use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
- publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include in your blog post our "inspirational circle"
Deadline: December 20th, 2014.

That's all from me now! Have a great day!

11 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Gate to heaven

Good morning everyone!

Here I am today to share a page I created for fun... long have I wanted to make something that will not be a DT project.  And yesterday I realized that I haven't joined in a challenge as a participant for many months, so it wouldn't hurt if I stretched my legs a bit.

Anyway, what I did was to pick a Pinterest photo that caught my eye/inspired/impressed me, choose my favourite colours and play!

The Words&Paintery challenge blog is a new kid on the block (it's great to have new and fresh ideas for inspiration), it happened to have my all-time favourite colour combo up for playing, so I just couldn't resist!






Plus Tusia, a wonderful scrap-friend of mine, hosts a challenge at the Mixed Media Place blog. It is called Exercise #1 of the Creative Gym (just when I was thinking that I have to stretch my scrap-legs!!)






1. Use black
2. Use white
3. Use grey
4. And - add one more color of your choice.


So after combining the two challenges, what came out is this






Stamps in grey & black (I wonder why I had ruled stamps out of my creations lately), washi tape, inks, gesso, masks... as you see the cardstock is the only paper I used (I just ADORE mixed media techniques, they can substitute the paper so easily and successfully)!

Ι don't like the way Blogger uploaded the page, the colours seem a bit dull, but c'est la vie!
Anyway, I had fun playing the challenges and I hope you like my take on them!

Have a great day!

6 Νοεμβρίου 2014

I love winter - an art-journal page for 13 Arts

Hello hello!!
Winter is finally here in Greece and I must say that I'm thrilled! I adore winter, with its cold, grey, rainy days - probably because it doesn't last for long here in Crete (my island).  So when we have something for a short period of time, we learn to appreciate it more!

{-update: when I was writing this post, the weather was indeed cold. Today that this post is being published... hmmm... I'm not so sure anymore that winter is here!}

Anyway, I just want to share an art-journaling page today, which shouts out my love for winter!

I have chosen a colour combination that speaks volumes about winter (at least for me):
grey, blue, dark blue, brown and silver!




I have used the 13 Arts "Timeless" Collection Stickers for my background and
on top of them, I have applied modelling paste with the Dots Mask
and then I have used the amazing Ayeeda Inks!




The white background you see is actually silver!



So I hope my art journal page conveys how much I like winter 
and creates a breezy feeling to the viewers!

Products used:




4 Νοεμβρίου 2014

If only

Γεια και χαρά σε όλους!
Θα ήθελα να μοιραστώ μαζί σας σήμερα μια σελίδα που έφτιαξα για το 7 Dots Studio...
Eίναι μια σελίδα που αγάπησα για κάποιο λόγο, ίσως λόγω της φωτογραφίας - μου φαίνεται εντελώς ονειρική και παραμυθένια.  Έχει το κάστρο των ονείρων μου, αυτό που φανταζόμουν μικρή (ξερετε, διαβάζοντας τα παραμυθάκια που αρέσουν στα κοριτσάκια, με τους πρίγκηπες και τα κάστρα)! 
Αν το συνδυάσουμε και με την αγάπη μου για τη λογοτεχνία του 19ου αιώνα, εντάξει, δεν θέλει άλλα λόγια, καταλάβατε... :)
Χρησιμοποίησα την ΥΠΕΡΟΧΗ Domestic Goddess (όσες κι αν βγουν μετά, αυτή θα είναι πάντα από τις αγαπημένες μου), με σχετικά λίγα διακοσμητικά, αλλά με το απαραίτητο χρώμα βεβαίως βεβαίως!





Ελπίζω να σας αρέσει η σελίδα μου!
Αυτά τα ολίγα για σήμερα!  Καλά να περνάτε!

2 Νοεμβρίου 2014

7 Dots Studio meets Sketchabilities



Hello everyone!  
7 Dots Studio DT is playing with the latest Sketchabilities sketch this fortnight
and I'm very happy to be one of the DT members who joined in the fun!


This is the wonderful sketch



and my page




I have used the 7 Dots Studio Cold Country collection along with
13 arts inks and 2 Crafty Chipboard Indian feathers & Groovy Flower.

I will be coming back here soon to share my new page for 7 Dots Studio!
Till then, have a wonderful and creative time!

21 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Come to light

Good morning everyone!

I would like to share with you a page made with the awesome 13 Arts "Romantic Garden" kit!

I created my layout in a very "mixed-media" way! I played with almost every kind of 13 Arts media
and I had a blast!! 



As you see, I have used gesso, modelling paste, mists, acrylic paints, glitter and splash inks!
Yes, I did overdo it!

The majority of the embellishments can be found at the Romantic Garden kit, so if you buy it, you will have so much yummy stuff to play with!

A few details of my page






For your information, the set includes 7 papers (3x13 arts from the collection of Frosted Life + 4xScrapberrys), Mini mist Ayeeda Pastel Pink (15ml), Farbka Ayeeda White Paint (22ml), Set of roses, 6 pink twigs, Feathers blue, two types of string, white lace, tulle, pink stripe beads, large white leaf, flower material, mini envelope white, white feathers. In addition, creative silver wire, which can be arranged in any shape!


Products used:



Have a nice day!!


12 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Let it snow

Καλημέρα!
Μια νέα πρόκληση ξεκίνησε σήμερα στο 13 Arts, την οποία επιμελήθηκε η ταλαντούχα Jelissa Mei!

Σας παραθέτω τους κανόνες αγγλιστί, για να είμαι ακριβής!

Rules of the challenge # 23:
1. Use a white background for your project. It can be cardstock, watercolor paper or patterned paper. You can have motifs and designs that are coloured but the base must be white and the white should still be visible after all your alterations.
2. Use a black and white photo. For cards or art journals, your sentiments/journaling should also be in either black or white.

3. The colours on your project should come from paints or mists, or any other colorants (distress inks, water colors etc). This applies to embellishments as well ie. if you use flowers or letters, they should be white or cream and you color them with your paints or mists. There's no restriction on what colours you want to use - you can have rainbows or you can have all black and white.
4. A song (title or words are ok, in your language of choice) as your theme/title.

Αυτά είναι τα βασικά κριτήρια της πρόκλησης! Είναι 4, απ' ο,τι βλέπετε, αλλά ας μη σας φοβίσουν, είναι για καλό!! λολ

Η δική μου σελίδα είναι αυτή
(η μάσκα που χρησιμοποίησα για το φόντο είναι της Kasia Krzyminska, την εχω ερωτευτεί)


The song I chose is Bing Crosby's "Let it Snow". Most of my embellishments were white and then painted with 13 Arts Mists, Gesso and Glitter. Some of them were re-painted! I also added some Silver Hologram Glitter, in order to give my page the sparkle I always find in snow!

Λεπτομέρειες





Products used:
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Ultramarine
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Turquoise
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Blue Light
Ayeeda Mist - Pearl Silver
Ayeeda Mist - Pearl Turquoise Light
Ayeeda Gesso
Ayeeda Modelling Paste
Ayeeda Medium - Acrylic Gel Medium
Ayeeda Paint - Silver Glitter
Ayeeda Paint - Silver Pearl
Ayeeda Powder 3D - Silver Hologram Glitter
Ayeeda Flowers
2 Crafty Chipboard - Circle Revolution Frame



Τα υπόλοιπα σχετικά με την πρόκληση

Publish your project on your blog and add link directly to the post using Inlinkz tool at the end of this post.  
Please add link and info about our challenge, where your work is published.
You may submit as many entries as you like.  
You can enter with your project to maximum 2 other challenges and your work must be new, not published before our challenge has started.
The challenge ends on October the 26th at 23:55. Winners will be announced on October the 30th, 2014.  When the challenge ends, our Design Team will vote and pick the best project. It will be awarded with shopping voucher for 13 arts store worth - 60 PLN with free international shipping. The winner will be invited to join us in one of our challenges as Guest Designers. Additionally we will feature few works with biggest number of points.

Ελπίζω να σας εμπνεύσει και να παίξετε μαζί μας!

6 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Glorious Fall Tag

Hello everyone!

October is already here and I just can't express how happy I am that fall has finally arrived!
Along with winter, they are my favourite seasons. 
For some reason, I bloom in fall lol!

So in order to celebrate the arrival of fall, I created a tag in all the fall colours,
which I plan to hang on a wall of my living room!
As you can imagine, the Ayeeda Mists did all the work for me...


So here is my tag




and some details



The background is made with Ayeeda Gesso, Modelling Paste & a mask.
I always want the backgrounds of my projects to display a good amount of texture, so the above-mentioned media are my no1 choice!




The gold glitter strips can turn an ordinary project to glorious, don't you think?
When the colour combo I use allows it, I don't forget to add some!




Products used:


2 Οκτωβρίου 2014

Bloom for 7 Dots Studio

Γεια σας και πάλι!
Σήμερα έχω μια νέα σύνθεση να μοιραστώ μαζί σας!!!
Είναι μια σύνθεση φτιαγμένη για το 7 Dots Studio με τη συλλογή Dreamer (πραγματικά ονειρεμένη συλλογή)... ερωτεύτηκα την φωτογραφία μόλις την είδα στο Pinterest και αποφάσισα να τη χρησιμοποιήσω!




(Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείτε να δείτε στο ποστ του 7 Dots)


Products used:




Μου άρεσε πολύ η διαδικασία δημιουργίας αυτής της σελίδας, επειδή δοκίμασα να φτιάξω ένα background που θα έμοιαζε στην υφή με σκληρό, δαντελένιο ύφασμα...
Ταυτόχρονα ήθελα να είναι ρομαντικό και ντελικάτο το αποτέλεσμα, και οπωσδήποτε κομψό και αρμονικό.  Νομίζω ότι κάτι βγήκε... :)

Ελπίζω να σας αρέσει!

11 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

The sky is the limit - an art-journal page

Good morning everyone!

I have a double art-journal page to share with you today.
I admit that I have focused on creating layouts since I started scrapbooking, but as I discover art-journaling, I get enchanted by it more and more. This one is actually the second art-journalling page I make, but I already promised myself that I will continue experimenting with it, because it's so liberating and fun! One can literally do what they want! No restrictions!

Ayeeda Paints & Pastel Mists are ideal  for art-journals as they are for any type of mixed media projects, because they are versatile and of very good quality!

So this is my art-journal page




and a few details



The Ayeeda Pastel Mists work as watercolours! 
The Paints created the textured masked shape!




What is an art-journal page without text?
The Fly Away Stickers served as text - some of them are cut, others are used just the way they were.




Products used: