134 posts categorized "Olga Direktorenko"


Fri 02

Mice and Cheese
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi paper crafters! August is here and I hope you are having a wonderful time!

I keep playing with frameless shaker card technique and have made another funny card - this time it's cheese and mouse themed. I am currently on vacation away from home and from my craft room so I will publish a video tutorial explaining this technique as soon as I come back! 

And I have used Whittle dies again - how cute are those?!

Cheese shaker 1

Cheese shaker 2

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

Olga Floral Signature copy




Tue 30

No Frame Shaker Card
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi fellow cardmakers, hope you are doing great!

You know how much I love cold tones and well as neutrals but it has been so hot lately I could resist using some fiery tones! I used my much loved dies from Whittle series as well as some plain circles. 

Have you noticed that the shaker frame has no "frame" on one side? That's a super fun and easy technique, a rare one but definitely deserving more attention! I'll have a video tutorial on that - coming soon!

No Frame Shaker Card

No Frame Shaker Card 2

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a fabulous weekend!

Olga Floral Signature copy




Sat 29

Cute Stitched Tag
by Olga Direktorenko

Hello, hope you have had a great week!

Today's project is a rather large but very cute tag with lots of stitching all along. For the tag shape I have used double stitch tag dies along with matching frames. To create a focal image I have used a bunch of Whittle dies (they also have stitched details) as well as a tiny rotary phone. 

I have die cut the window on a white tag using a wood frame die and attached a white tag onto a gray one, then added my little scene inside. After that I have attached my sentiment at the bottom of a tag and was done!

A cute little project like this would be great for so many occasions!

Stitched tag 1

Stitched tag 2

Thanks again for visiting today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Olga Floral Signature copy




Wed 26

Whittle Halloween Tag
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi there and thanks for stopping by!

Today I'm sharing a first Halloween project this year! This cute little tag is really easy to create:

I have used the double stitched tag along with a matching frame to create a shape of a tag. I attached a frame with some foam tape and then started adding some die cut shapes from the Whittle collection. I arranged all the die cuts inside the frame, trimmed them down where necessary and then simply stuck them down with some liquid glue. 

As a finishing touch I added some sequins and the tag is done!

Whittle tag 1

Whittle tag 2

I hope you enjoyed today's project. See you again soon on Poppystamps blog! Have a beautiful week!

Olga Floral Signature copy




Wed 29

How to Create a DIY Ethnic Background
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi everyone!

Today I'd like to suggest a way to create your own unique background pattern with the dies that you might already have. 

Having a large card size die/stamp/embossing folder is great but building up a pattern yourself makes you a true artist! Besides, it's a great way to add a bit more depth and a bit of color to it! And - it's just a lot of fun to do!

Watch the video below for a step by step guide! Thanks for visiting today!

Ethnic Card 1

Ethnic Card 2

Olga Floral Signature copy




Sat 25

Breakfast Card
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi, hope you are doing great!

The card I've made today was inspired by the picture of my breakfast (you can find the original picture in the video below). Don't be surprised it's just the eggs and not something breathtaking, big or "important". I actually find small everyday things like these much more inspiring because this is what life is made from.

I have re-purposed donut dies to make the eggs, circle border die was used to create peas and the dish is made with simple circles. Find a step by step video guide at the end of this post! 

Thank you for visiting today, have a lovely weekend!

Breakfast Card 1

Breakfast Card 2

Olga Floral Signature copy




Wed 22

Wishi Washi Challenge Reminder
by Olga Direktorenko

Hello crafty friends, 

I'm here to remind you to submit your projects for Poppystamps monthly challenge! This time it is "Wishi Washi"! You just have to create any project following the theme and use at least one Poppystamps product!

Washi tapes are a unique material for paper crafting. In the tutorial below I will demonstrate how you can create a custom background for a clean and simple card with the wide washi tape. Scroll down for some close ups and the video. 

Can't wait to see what you are going to create!

Washi Background 1

Washi Background 2

Thanks for joining us today! Have a wonderful week!

Olga Floral Signature copy




Wed 01

PSC#56 Wishi Washi


Welcome to the Poppystamps Challenge!  We're so happy you've stopped by and we sure hope you'll join us!  On the first of the month we announce a new Poppystamps Challenge  with a central theme.  The design team will provide samples for inspiration and you can play along through the end of the month for your chance to win.

The winner of our blog badge for last month's challenge Blooming Garden is Treebug (Tina Z.)

The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is Greta H

Please contact me (jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play? 

The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here.  The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize.  You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any on line gallery.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image.   We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge.   You are welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar!

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PSC#56 Wishi Washi - We're having a play on words with a silly rhyme this time.   Wishi - Make a Wish (Birthday) or Washi - Add some Washi tape to your project.  You can do one OR the other to enter.. or if you're feeling clever DO BOTH!  You don't have to make a card.. home decor, tags and all other projects are welcome!   Just be sure to include at least one Poppystamps image (die cut, stencil, or stamp) on your project.

Need a little inspiration?  Here are some samples from our design team.  Want a closer look?   No worries.. we'll be featuring these projects on Wednesdays throughout the month so you can see how each project was created.

 Patty Tanuz

Robin Tharaldson 

Olga Direktorenko

Now it's your turn!  Need a little more motivation? How about a prize?  The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store!  You have until 12 am US EST on May 29 to link up your design here!  We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on  June 1.   

Thanks for joining us!  We can't wait to see what you make! 


Wed 24

Blooming Garden Challenge Reminder
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi and thanks for stopping by! Don't forget that there is a monthly challenge running currently on the blog titled "Blooming Garden". You can create any project following the theme, just include at least one Poppystamps product and submit the photo of your project for a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Here is the project that I have created. This spring card would do great for Easter, as a children's card or pregnancy card. Below are some pictures of the project as well as a video tutorial! Join us for a challenge! Can't wait to see what you are going to create!

Duckling Card 1

Duckling Card 2


Thanks for visiting today! Have a great week!

Olga Floral Signature copy




Sun 21

Fishbowl Card
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi and happy Easter!

Hope you are having wonderful time! The card I would like to show you today is goldfish themed. I used to have goldfish when I was little and I still lover their elegance and grace. 

I used some very basic and simple mixed media techniques to create a variety of textures on this card. Watch the video tutorial below for step by step instructions.

Fishbowl Card 1

Fishbowl Card 2


Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!

Olga Floral Signature copy