111 posts categorized "Olga Direktorenko"


Sun 05

Blog Blitz featuring Whittle Fox
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi there, 

It's the last day of the Blog Blitz featuring Poppystamps Holiday Collection 2018! The prize you can win today is WHITTLE FOX craft die. Just leave your comment down below by August 6 and don't forget to comment on other posts as well because each of them has a giveaway!

For today's project I am featuring Whittle collection of dies that include some wood animals, pine tress and a snowman (how cute are those!!). I have created some pin on badges using these dies. 

They are extremely easy to make and a lot of fun too. Just layer 3 to 5 die cuts for extra dimension and sturdiness and attach a metal pin with a stopper at the wrong side (you can get those at jewelry making supply stores). 

You can leave your badges as they are or you can add some glaze to them as well using clear embossing powder or Glossy Accents. This collection of little accessories will last you through entire Holiday season!

Pins 1

Pins 2

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

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Fri 13

Clear Summer Tag
by Olga

Hello there and thank you for stopping by! 

The project I have created today is a completely see-through summer themed tag. I have used some of my favorite techniques here including embossing the acetate. I remember when I first saw embossed acetate I was just astonished by how simple and genius this idea is. You just put it inside the folder exactly like a piece of paper and send it through the machine. The effect is simply stunning to me. I keep admiring it each time just like the first time! 

Clear Summer Tag 1

Another technique that always makes a huge difference is layering die cuts. It's a great way to really make your project a 3D one. And it is ridiculously simple. Yes, it takes a little bit more time but totally worth it!

Clear Summer Tag 2

Below is a video tutorial with step by step instructions on how to put this tag together.

Thanks again for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!

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Wed 04

Shaker Cupcake Toppers
by Olga

Hello and Happy 4th of July to all my US friends! 

Hope you are having wonderful time - and here is the project to add to the holiday mood! I have made a trio of cupcake toppers (Stars and Stripes themed!) with a matching holder box. The toppers are actually shaped shakers filled with stars!

  Shaker Cupcake Toppers 1

This project is not too time consuming and is a lot of fun to make. I guess it can also be adapted for Christmas or other events!

Shaker Cupcake Toppers 2

Below is a step by step video tutorial! 


Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you enjoyed the project. Have a great holiday!

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Thu 28

Blog Blitz featuring Graceful Heron craft die
by Olga

Hello crafty friends and welcome to another day of Poppystamps Blog Blitz featuring Summer 2018 release!

I am showcasing and GIVING AWAY the magnificent GRACEFUL HERON craft die:

All you have to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment down below by July 4. Don't forget to visit other posts of Blog Blitz as each of them has a giveaway!

I have used this die as a focal image for a card that I've made. A project like this does not require a lot of other supplies but dies - some white and ivory cardstock plus a bit of vellum, one pad of Distress Ink and some liquid glue - that's all it takes!

Scroll down for some close ups of the project as well as the beginning to end VIDEO tutorial!

Always 1

Always 2

Always 3

Thank you so much for stopping by and welcome back tomorrow for another day of Blog Blitz!

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Sat 16

Fairy Card with Die Cut Inlays
by Olga

Hello crafty friends, I hope you are doing great! 

The card I have created today is all about inlaying die cuts. Everything in it is die cut and inlaid - the background, the frame, the focal image and the sentiment. It is nearly one layer card, but the wings of a fairy add a bit of complexity to the layering. 

Watch the video below for beginning to end guide as well as the explanation of all tricks and techniques!

Fairy Card 1

Fairy Card 2

Thanks so much for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!

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Sun 27

Happy Balloons
by Olga

Hi crafters, 

Today I'd like to demonstrate an experimental approach to creating a shaker window in a card. This time I used a border die plus some small balloon dies to create a shape of the window. This way the scene and the sentiment become a part of the frame and the window itself becomes a background. 

This might sound complicated but the card in fact is quite easy to create - watch step by step video tutorial below for detailed instructions!

Happy Balloons 2


Happy Balloons 2

Happy Balloons 2

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and have a wonderful weekend!

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Mon 21

Koi Tags
by Olga

Hi crafty friends, I hope you are having a great week!

Today I have made a trio of tags combining alcohol inks and die cutting techniques. To start with I have created alcohol ink backgrounds on Yupo paper and since I'm not experienced with this type of inks I only used one color (slate) for all three backgrounds. Unexpectedly, as the ink was drying more colors developed like some shades of teal and purple - that was actually perfect for me as I was going for a watery look.

To tell you the truth, I was not particularly happy with the outcome and thought that those backgrounds themselves were not enough to make a project fabulous. But throwing them away was not an option too so how could I make them work for me? The answer is simple - die cutting! Die cutting is always a good idea so I added a negative pattern created with the collage die and it instantly brought everything together!

To create focal images I used Lovely Koi die with some foiled cardstocks plus added silver embossed sentiment strips and some sequins - and my tags were finally brought to life!

Watch the beginning to end video tutorial for more detailed instructions!

Koi Tags 1

Koi Tags 2


Koi Tags 3

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Sun 15

Trifold Shaker Card
by Olga

I was thinking of a way to create a layered card without mounting the die cut layers one on top of another and I came up with this idea of making a trifold card. 

This way the structure of a card base creates layers all by itself, I just had to add some complexity by using dies that cut negative spaces, by making one tab shorter than others and by adding dimensional shaker element to the front. There is also one image added to the inside of the card.

Watch the video tutorial below to see exactly how this card was created!

Trifold Shaker Card 1

Trifold Shaker Card 2

Trifold Shaker Card 3

Thanks for visiting! Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Wed 11

Phone Booth Gift Wrapping Ideas
by Olga

Are you participating to this month's challenge? To enter it you just have to create any framed project and use at least one Poppystamps product.

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The project I have created is a phone booth themed gift wrapping. I have added some stamping to kraft paper to make the wrapping match the phone booth tag.

For the tag itself I have decided to introduce a number of different textures - heat embossed background, some cork for the frame as well as some  crackle glaze on a booth itself. As a finishing touch I have added some bronze gears.

Framed 1

There are lots of phone booth souvenirs out there - I have created this particular wrapping to package a phonebooth piggy bank. This type of packaging will also do great for cell phones.

Framed 2

The whole creative process is revealed in a video tutorial below. Enjoy watching!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to join in the challenge for a chance to win $20 certificate to Poppystamps online store!

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Sat 07

Rose and Pearls
by Olga

The project I am sharing today is an almost one layer and nearly one color card. Although the design is quite simple I have jazzed it up with some fun techniques. 

The large circle border layer I used is actually meant to work with another border die that serves as a bottom layer for it. But instead I decided to attach some pearls to the inside of the card so that each circle becomes a little window for a pearl.  

I have also used a punch tool to create more tiny circle windows - I scattered them around the card front and attached more pearls behind them.

Rose and Pearls 1

Rose and Pearls 2

Watch the video tutorial to see how to create this card:

Thanks for joining me today! I wish you all a bright and fantastic weekend!

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