Warm Holiday Hugs - Altenew | Pastel-Look-A-Like Coloring

Hello everyone! I hope your weekend has been delightful.

I promised I would share a little bit about my upcoming plans for this blog, so let's get to that first. So much change is in store, but I'm going to try and break it down a little :)


Guys, the day is finally here...I'm sooo excited to announce that I have finally joined Instagram! I plan to share all the latest updates from this blog, crafty/life moments, and whatever other random whims come along. I am probably the least social media savvy person you will meet, so it might be a rough ride to start, but I hope you'll join me anyway! 

You can find me at


Also, huge spoiler alert in regards to my upcoming name change -  I'm launching


and hope you'll join in! It's where you'll be able to find all of my posts, but I hope you'll join me there too!

I'm super excited to see you all in insta-land! Let's be friends, okay?


A brand new, shiny blog design is coming your way in the next month (or two)!! It's long overdue, and very, very much something I have been meaning to share for a while now. 
But you know...life happens!

I can't promise that it will be a  super smooth transition but I will do my very best.
Nonetheless, I hope you'll all hang in there with me as I go through some tiny growing pains! You may find the design different from day to day, as I tweak and get it lookin' just right ;)

But I promise it will be worth it! The new blog will have better categories and labels, so you can find projects with ease. Actually, this feature is already partially implemented at the top of each post. But with the new blog, it will generally be a little bit easier to browse and thus more fun to visit (I hope).
I'll also be linking up social media so you've got everything in one place.


This was by far the hardest decision! I've been toying with the idea of different blog names for some time, and friends, it has not been easy to part ways! PaperGirlCrafts has been my blog name since I started this little blog...Over 8 years ago! But with the new direction I'm thinking of, it's time for a little update! You can now type in www.ivanacreates.com to be directed to this blog, but if you type in my old address, you will still be redirected here :) Wondering about #let'smakesomethinglovely?
That will need to wait just a wee bit longer!


Along with the new blog, will come new content!
But this is where I need your help. I have some ideas for exciting, fabulous content, and many big plans for 2019 collaborations, series and features. But I'd love to hear from you - what would you like to see?

On my mind is  a WHIRLWIND of ideas:

-  'CAS - clean and simple' cards (or as simple as my style can possibly get! lol), 
- Monday Favorites every month with a few things I'm crushing on at the moment, 
- Tuesday Tutorials every month, which feature a quick and easy GIF image that walks you through some of my steps, and if all goes well, 
- A YouTube channel with full tutorials and process videos. 
- And lastly, I hope to include a little bit more about 'behind-the-scenes-life' - organization and decor, recipes, travel, etc!

So...What do you all think?
I'd love to hear your inputs and what you'd like to see....Do you like the setup of the current posts, or would a different style make them better? Do want to see more product pictures, or more detailed images? Do you want to see more projects (other than cards)? 
No idea is too crazy and I'd love to hear them all!

It would make my heart so happy to make this little place of the internet somewhere you can visit, get inspired, learn something new, and make lifelong friends. But most importantly, I've long wanted to give back everyone who has supported me over the years, and I can't think of a better way than creating a space such as this.
I hope you'll join along in this journey! :)

And now, after that long-winded share, here's my project for today!

To start my card today, I used PTI's Rustic Wreath to stamp a circle frame onto the card base, which I loosely watercolored in rich and soft Autumn shades. I then added some splatters to the card with the leftover peach color on my brush. 

I used Altenew's Floral Frame stamp and die set for the beautiful floral clusters, coloring them with my Spectrum and Copic markers. (Hint: These lovely stamps are currently half price on SB.com!) Typically I would use shades that are a lot closer in tone, but in this instance I decided to try colors with a bit more tone separation, intending to blend them. Well, this never happened. BUT...I love the look! It has this pastel-esque quality to it that I love so much, without the mess of working with oil pastels.

On the second flower at the bottom, I used colors that are bit closer in tone and also a different coloring technique - one that is a little more linear. I like the look of both, but I think the top is a more dramatic look and I sort of love it! Notice, that I left some tiny bits of white specks here and there, which I think, only adds to the pastel crayon look. 

To finish off this sweet card, I added cozy mittens tied up with string, and a warm sentiment. All stamped, cut and stenciled with PTI's Holiday Hugs kit.

I used ink colors of Terracotta Tile and Saffron Spice for this card. 

Thanks for your visits, sweet friends! Stay tuned for all the change that's coming this way!

Wishing you all a warm, happy season, and a blessed Thanksgiving.



  1. Oh my, oh my! I'm soo excited for you my dear friend! I would love to see you making YouTube tutorials and just can't wait for a little bit of" behind the scenes" like travel photos, decor and more! So happy for you! And the card is just lovely. You make every color combo look amazing! miss you!!! xoxo Aneta

    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend! It's so exciting! :) I have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but that's what makes it so fun! I hope you are doing well - I miss you heaps! xo

  2. Dear Ivana,
    Woowzer! Good for you : )<3 I am happy you are implementing the changes you have long wanted. And guess what. 'I' am the least tech-savvy person I know! So I understand just a bit where you're coming from. ; ) And guess what else, I just joined Instagram about a week or so ago! But I have not familiarized myself with it - so I don't even really know how to post a pic! (So pathetic, I know . . .) But my daughter will teach me soon and I'll be on my way~
    *I am behind you in your new efforts to change your name and format as you see fit.
    *I do want you to know the format you use here has been convenient and easy for me to interact with (just fyi)
    *The lists of products and the links you use now are super (i.m.h.o.)
    *I will follow you on Instagram! : )
    *I like your ideas for behind the scenes, Youtube, Mon and Tues specials . . !
    Wishing you a nice weekend ahead and just keep us posted! Hugs and best of luck, karen o

    1. Karen, thank you so much for your sweet note and the awesome feedback! It's so helpful to know what your experience here is like! Sometimes I totally forget that, so it's nice to know! I am SO excited to hear you're on instagram!! I have a very serious question for you - do you think your daughter can come and teach me the ins and outs too? I'm actually only half-kidding! The learning curve is steep for this one! lol

  3. Sounds like you have a lot up your sleeve! I'm looking forward to all of it! I haven't taken the Instagram plunge yet, but I'm thinking about it. So many card makers seem to be going in that direction. Call me old fashioned I guess, but I like visiting and commenting on blogs. Now about this card ~ swoon! I think it's a new favorite. Those teeny polka dot mittens are the cat's meow and the flowers are just lovely!

    1. Oh Lisa, I hear ya, I've been meaning to for a long time so I finally carved out some time to learn a thing or two and well, take the plunge, so to speak! I'm totally a "blog" girl too, but so far I'm liking the little community over at insta and it's been so welcoming! If you make the jump, I can't wait to follow your beautiful work!

  4. Oh wow--you're so energetic, Ivana! I totally applaud you, but honestly I love your blog & projects right now. Your work is always beautiful & inspiring. I'll follow you on IG now, but honestly, I'm like Lisa & much prefer blogs. IG is just so impersonal to me & I know people follow hundreds of people--obviously they aren't really paying attention to all those posts. I have trouble balancing time on-line vs time creating, but I so treasure my on-line friends & am grateful to count you as one of them. Sending hugs, Greta

    1. Energetic and a little in-over-my-head! :) I figured, I've had these ideas for some time, so might as well rip off the bandaid! I'm so glad you are on insta, Greta, it's so nice to see some familiar faces. It's totally new and foreign to me! But I get what you mean, I'm kind of a blog gal and time online IS a real concern! It truly is challenging balancing it all, isn't it! Thanks so much for the sweet note and for the love, dear crafty friend! So glad to know you! xo

  5. First off: you GO girl! Do anything your little heart desires, cuz I'm positive it will be fabulous! Can't wait to see you sharing more on Instagram... it's where I go to just share what I've been up to quickly, and when I don't really want to blah, blah, blog about it - just sharing... that's what we crafty girls like to do, right?
    Congratulations for making this blog be what YOU want it to be! Me? I'll be happy to stop by anytime, anywhere! This Mitten State girl LOves those little mittens on your beautiful card! xx

    1. Aw, Michele! Thank you so much for the support! I think instagram is taking a while for me to get used to, but I AM excited to share more! Actually that is the aspect I like most. Just being able to pop in for a quick share - and not write up a full blog post. Just a matter of getting better at all this tech stuff! :) Thanks so much for the sweet note and I am so glad you're a fan of those lil mittens! If I could knit, I would make you a pair! ;) Sending you hugs! xo


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