Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Greeting Farm's FFF challenge!

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by! Today I'm sharing another card that I made for The Greeting Farm's FFF blog challenge!

You can check out The Greeting Farm yourself by clicking HERE. They have a fantastic store with some of the cutest stamps and other products that you've ever seen, as well as a fun blog filled with inspiration and really friendly crafters. Give them a peek!

Have a great day everyone!


Monday, January 25, 2016

My last project as a Guest Designer for The Greeting Farm! Custom cook book.....

Hello everyone!

It's Carol Maitoza again with my final project for my guest designer spot in January for The Greeting Farm! I'm excited to show you what I've been working on. I have a cookbook that is filled with my favorite recipes, but it was overflowing and I needed to break that one down and begin a second book. I bought a basic 3 ring binder that I could decorate myself and started adding in the pages and recipes. It needed some sprucing up though, and that's where The Greeting Farm came in! 

On the cover I used the stamp by The Greeting Farm called Cheeky Cherry Pie. I colored her up using the following Copic markers: RV91 and RV34 for the clothing, E31, Y26, N3 for the pie, R21, B23, E00, R20, E02 and E01 for the face and E13, Y21 and E02 for the hair.  I also used a white gel pen and glitter pens from Copic.  I used some cute pastel papers, thickers and stickers plus a recipe card for the cover, just layering everything up until I felt like it was cute. I also painted a wood veneer word "create" and added spoon/fork/knife washi tape. Whew!

Next to one of the recipes I added the boy character holding a camera from the "Picture Perfect" set. I felt like he was one of the people who were taking photos of his food to post on IG. I used E47 and BG09 for his hair, YG07, B24, G94 and G99 for his clothes. The camera I used N4 and N3. For his skin...E21. 

I added "Birthday Anya 3" to the Dessert folder page, using E21, E50 and E11 for her skin. I used E19, E37, E23, E33, E19 for her hair. Her clothes are a combo of YG67 and YR12 and the cake is Y21, R29, YR01 and N3. 

As I continue on with my cookbook project over the next YEAR, I'll be adding more GF characters to spruce up recipe cards and tabs, etc. 

Thank you so much for checking out my project! I really enjoyed having this month as a Greeting Farm Guest Designer! Thank you for the opportunity!


Carol Maitoza

The last of December Daily 2015.


Well, I didn't keep up with the December Daily on my blog so much, but here are some random photos of some of the pages. I did finish my album, you can check out my December Daily videos on You Tube if you'd like. I do have a DD playlist on my channel wall. Feel free to check it out!

In the meantime, if you have any questions about my pages, please feel free to ask me in the comment section below. 

Have a great day!

The Greeting Farm ~ Farm Fresh Friday ~ Monthly Challenge

Hello everyone! Since I'm a guest designer this month for The Greeting Farm, I thought I really should start participating in their challenges on their blog! Here is a card that I made this morning for the January FFF, I am working on a second that I will post shortly.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hand made items for sale!

I have been creating a few things to sell in my spare time. These items are currently listed on e bay. If you are interested in them, leave me a comment and I'll post an e bay link.

The first item is a hand altered cigar, and it took me forever and a day. It has been painted several different colors in different layers, there is beautiful paper, modeling paste, glitter, much effort.

This box would be a great gift for Valentine's Day, a birthday or Mother's Day. Or heck, maybe just gift it to yourself because you're fabulous!

I made this card as well. It is made on a corrugated card base that I painted in layers of gold. The paper is by Do Crafts, it's the Wellington paper that I am so in love with, and the bear is Wellington also. Lots of mulberry flowers decorate the front, which have been glittered and painted as well. The sentiment reads "may all your dreams come true."

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 18, 2016

My second Greeting Farm guest designer project!


It's Carol Maitoza bringing you my second project as a Greeting Farm Guest Designer for January 2016!

Want to watch a process video? Click here....

I know there are a LOT of card makers out there, so I thought I'd satisfy the card crowd with some shaker cards. The stamps that I used for these cards are Beanie Ian, Latte Anya and Frappi Anya. I'm a bit coffee obsessed so those stamps are right up my alley! 

The copics that I used were as follows: E00, E01, E02, E21, R20, E23, E59, E44, E31, E55, G09, G99, G94, R27, YG17 and I also used a white gel pen. 

I decided to make a shaker card just to have something a little different than a basic card. Since the stamps that I was using were coffee related, I thought it would be fun to use the shaker products and fill in the shake section with coffee beans. Fun, right? After coloring everyone up I used Ice Stickles in gold ice to make sure everyone was sparkling. 

In case you're wondering, the paper that I used is by Prima and is called Coffee Break. The card bases that I used are from Gorjuss. The coffee beans are from my kitchen. lol

That little banner is a Heidi Swapp die, and the sentiment stamp that I used is from the coffee set by My Style Stamps. I used Memento black ink to stamp everything out.

To add the puffy pom pom snow look on Ian's beanie I used a Snow Writer, which you can get are Michael's. They are very temperamental to use but if you can get them to work, the effect is really cool. I also used Glossy Accents on various elements of the characters.

Let me know how you like the cards, and thank you again to The Greeting Farm for having me. I can't wait to share my last project with you, see you on the 26th!

~~Carol Maitoza

Monday, January 4, 2016

My first project as a Greeting Farm Guest Designer! Woot!


First, I want to thank Rosemary at The Greeting Farm for allowing me to be a guest designer for the month of January, 2016. I am ~beyond thrilled~ to have this opportunity! I do hope that everyone enjoys the projects that I have lined up! I am literally giggling as I type this, I'm so excited!

The Greeting Farm products that I used were the "Let it Snow" die and stamp set, and also the word die set called "Sparkle and Shine".

I started out with one of those raw wood printer's trays that you can find for a few dollars in the wood section of Michael's. I spray painted it silver.

Then I sprayed it again with silver glitter spray. You can find those paints at most craft and hard ware stores, they will run you anywhere from $4 to $6 dollars. I like using spray paint because everything just comes out perfectly, no brush strokes, no thick areas...and it's fast. It's my paint of choice. 

Next I printed out some of my favorite family photos from 2015 in black and white. I glued them down onto the printer's tray, then cut out some stitched snowflakes with a die using various silver specialty papers. I glued down some wood veneer snowflakes as well to add a different texture, then added silver Stickles to those. 

I then cut out the 'sparkle and shine' words with The Greeting Farm die and adhered those on top of some photos. Under the 'shine' I used Thickers for the "2015".  I glued down a tiny Christmas tree in one corner that I received in a holiday package (Thank you Christina!) and then colored up the polar bear and penguin, who are SO DANG CUTE!!! They are from the "Let it Snow" set...just a little reminder there in case you want to pick them up.

I added glossy accents to the nose and mug of the polar bear, and glossy accented the penguins as well. The top penguin I glossy accented all of him, I think. Like he just popped out of the icy waters, right? The other penguin just had a highlighted nose and feet.

The coloring on the characters are very basic, I list the colors on my blog post on The Greeting Farm's site if you'd like to know exactly which ones I used. On the photo below you'll note that the hat and scarf have polka dots. I simply added those with a white gel pen.

After all was said and done, I felt like it still needed something extra, so I had iridescent snow. Lots of it. I added it to the top of the tray, the bottom shelves, had it dripping off of the photos, resting on top of the little tiny tree. I was definitely going for a fun, sparkly, silver effect. I plan to use this as one of my winter decorations. Although I personally will bring it out just as part of my Christmas decor, you could use something like this as a season decoration rather than holiday specific, for sure.

Thank you again to The Greeting Farm for having me! I have two more projects coming this month, please come back and visit and see what is next!

Carol Maitoza