Today on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog, we’re continuing our weekly featured artist spotlight whereby each week we spotlight a different artist/designer in the paper crafting & mixed media world and introduce you to their fabulous work. 

Today we’re thrilled to welcome – Iwona Palamountain!  I’ve been a long time fan of Iwona’s – absolutely loving her style and designs.  She’s put together a fabulous post today on inspiration. I also encourage you to check out her CASE Study Challenge blog which I’ve found to be a fantastic way to stretch my own creativity!

Before we show you her fabulous projects, let’s get to know her a little bit more…

palamountainheadshotHello, my name is Iwona Palamountain, but I’m also known in the blogland by my nickname Chupa. I live near Melbourne, Australia but I’m a born & bred Pole. I’ve got a loving and supportive husband, a beautiful 3yo daughter and I’m expecting another girl in April!

I’ve been paper crafting actively since I got pregnant with my first girl and although my hobby keeps me busy, I never looked back since. I love experimenting with many styles, and enjoy the versatility that both stamps and patterned papers give me. I dabble mostly in card-making, with an occasional 3-D project or scrapbooking layout. I aim to continuously learn and evolve as a paper crafter, and bring my readers a constant reason to keep coming back for more 🙂

I’m thrilled to be the Featured Designer here in Paper Crafters Library, and I hope you’ll enjoy what I prepared for you today.

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Today I’d like to talk about inspiration – how you can find it anywhere and everywhere, and how it can give your next project a kick-start.

I’m sure many of you can account for at least a few moments of creative stupor. I’m talking about the times when we look down at our supplies, with the nagging feeling that there’s absolutely nothing you can think of doing with them. Some of us rely on their favourite blogs or craft magazines, in giving a shot of inspiration needed to get started, but the real fun begins when we learn to see it everywhere around us. Think magazines about decorating, commercials, store fronts, stationery,  clothing. There are patterns, colour combinations and much more that can stir our imagination and lead to great projects.

I often peruse Pinterest (surely we ALL heard of it, right??), and that’s where I find plenty of images – craft related or not – that help me find my lost mojo. I would like to show you how, on a few examples from my personal pin boards.

 How ’bout this gorgeous, shabby chic bedding?

palamountaininspiration for Live Your Dream


I love the monochromatic palette & the way the different patterns compliment each other. I used Glitz Design papers, Kaisercraft die cuts and more to mimic the look, on the card below. I’ve got stripes, toile, scallops, feminine touches… can you see how much can be transformed into a card design?

palamountainLive Your Dreams

palamountainLive Your Dreams close-up


One of my favourite past-times is looking at photos of beautiful interiors. It’s a shame I can’t recreate the look of every one of them, but I sure can transform some of the goodness into paper craft! Let’s take a look at this lovely & calming living room, all in cream, sage & silver.

palamountaininspiration for Seed Packet


 Once again I took the colours and patterns from the photo, plus I let the beautiful botanical images, determine the theme of my card. An addition of fabrics channels the coziness, and a touch of embossing links to the textures found in the room. Also, notice the pearls and how they stand for the metal elements – picture frames and coffee table.

palamountainSeed Packet

palamountainSeed Packet close-up


Finally, let’s think fashion. I dare say it’s one of the most ‘readable’ inspiration, since the designs found on the fabrics are easily found in the patterned paper assortment, or easy enough to recreate with stamps. I picked this stunning wedding dress, for the lush colour & texture of the damask, and let it guide me in creating the card below.

palamountaininspiration for Mr and Mrs


 I die cut the damasks from glitter cardstock, which gives them required texture & substance, as well as the lush look appropriate for the occasion. I used a negative die-cutting technique, to give the card more depth. I chose to stamp & emboss the sentiment on vellum, which in turn is a nod towards the transparency of the tulle.


palamountainMr and Mrs close-up


So, what do you say?? It’s more fun than you might have thought! I hope I encouraged you to look around you, next time mojo fails you 🙂

 Supply list:

Live Your Dreams card

Cardstock: Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink)

Paper: Stripe from Beautiful Dreamer collection, Pretty Ink Pink paper pad (Glitz Design)

Stamps: Chantilly Trim (Wplus9), with coordinating die

Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Embellishments: Flora Delight Collectables (Kaisercraft), lace trim, grosgrain ribbon, button twine, button

Tools: white embossing powder (Hero Arts), sewing machine, Nautical Wheeler Doily die (Cheery Lynn)


Seed Packet card

Cardstock: Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink), Sahara Sand (Stampin’ Up!), aqua, white

Paper: Memories paper pad (Teresa Collins)

Stamps: Vintage Garden – Seed Packet, Vintage Garden Flowers (Waltzingmouse), with coordinating Silhouette cut file

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink)

Embellishments: twill ribbon, metallic pearls (AnnaBelle Stamps), Tiny Text stickers (Cosmo Cricket)

Tools: Book Print embossing plate (Papertrey Ink), Copic markers, thread


Mr & Mrs card

Cardstock: Glitter Silk (Core’dinations), vellum (Papertrey Ink), cream

Sstamps: Big & Bold Wishes (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: VersaMark, Memento Teal Zeal (Tsukineko)

Tools: Damask Motifs Shapeabilities die (Spellbinders)


We hope you have enjoyed today’s projects courtesy of Iwona Palamountain.   Also, be sure to stop by Iwona’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you).



4 replies on “Featured Designer: Iwona Palamountain”

  1. I’ve followed Chupa around the blog world for some time. Her creations are always noteworthy. Congrats on the new baby due soon, Chupa!

  2. Absolutely lovely cards. I enjoyed reading your comments about each of them. Thanks for sharing.

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