Monday, 31 January 2011

La vita e bella...

    Hi again!

    This would be my second post for today. My mother came by to look after my little one for a few days so... yupeee!!!! No more missing copics and torn papers! At least for now!

     So, my second card for today is for my weekly participation in Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge, which now has a color theme: red, orange, yellow and neutrals. I've been playing with orange and red lately, mostly due to challenges. It's strange how challenges can make you follow a certain path or discover techniques you have never used before.





    The digi is called Celebrate  and I thought I could use it to express joy given the bright colors required by the challenge so I did a bit of Photoshop and came with the sentiment "Life is Beautiful". I colored the image with copics (R27,08, 17, 20, E50,51, C01,03,05, YR07,YR16, YR21).  The papers are MME Colorful Christmas and Echo Park- A Walk in the Park. The flowers are made with a Sizzix Sizzlits die called Flower Blossom I think. I'm having these Sizzix dies for a long time and almost never used. I thought I should give it a try here , I think the flowers look pretty. I added some glitter, small stars and a bit of lace. That's  it. Hope you like it!

    These are the challenges for this card:

Mo Digital Pencil- color challenge
Friday Sketchers - a sketch by Jorunn
Crafty Catz - Flowers
Stamptacular Sunday Challege  -Whateva
Paper Play Challenges- Layer it up
City Crafter Challenge - Sew something

    Thanks again for coming by!

    Hugs and blessings, Iulia

    

Magnolia-licious Challenge

    Hello everyone!

    Thanks to your kind encouragements you sent to me either by e-mail or in blog comments I really feel like making some new cards and try to keep up the challenges running these days. Thank you all so much!!!
For the Magnolia-licious inspiration challenge I used Sitting Tilda from the Bon Voyage Collection.  I have 4 "sitting Tilda" and this one seemed to fit more in a comfy warm place as offered in the inspirational picture, which is great by the way.

    I colored Tilda with copics (E50,51,R20, YR04,YR07, YR16, YR21, E33, E77, E37). The papers are digital but really can't remember what mark.I have so many and I really have to put some order in that digital stuff too. If by any chance someone knows where these lovely papers come from, please let me know. They are all from the same pack. I distressed a bit the edges, inked them up with antique linen and added gold glitter. I also used some ribbons from stash and a paper doily also colored with copics and antique linen. The rose in WOC, also glittered, the sentiment is some Photoshop work I've been doing and the frame is a Sizzix die.





The challenges for this card are :

Magnolia-licious- inspiration photo
Totally Gorjuss -As you like it
Cute Card Thursday- A sketch by Linn
One Stop Craft Challenge- Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time Challenge- picture inspiration

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

Hugs, Iulia


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge- A Trip Around the World

Hello everyone!

First I would like to thank from the heart to all those who have been visiting my blog lately. So many talented people have encouraged me with their kind words I feel I don't deserve. I really know where I stand and that I have to work much more on my coloring and shadowing and highlights and so on; I'll hopefully do that as soon as I can afford to buy more markers:). I hear people around saying they don't remember what colors they've been using on a certain image. Well, that's not gonna happen in my case cause I only have a bunch of them:)). Sometimes I don't put them down because I don't think I'm an example to follow on coloring.

For entering Mo Manning's DP Challenge I chose this beautiful image- Irma and Vieno which features two Finnish little girls. Well, luckily Mo stated that they were Finnish because I couldn't see any light blond hair around and that's how I understand the "concept" of being Finnish:). There is a large selection of digis with people/children from all around the world in Mo's shop. It is so sweet of her to think globally! I guess this is part of being a great artist too.
Now, back to my image. It was colored with Promarkers back for Christmas but forgot to use. I only had to find some matching papers which are Webster Pages- Waiting for Santa collection and some embellishments, namely roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, ribbons from stash and dew drops from Robin's Nest. I don't know exactly where the sentiment came from ( I guess Papermania) but I liked the gold letters so I mounted it on a nestie too.



 Thanks for stopping by! It's always a pleasure hearing from people who actually understand one's madness for crafting and stamping!

Hugs, iulia

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Green & orange Lili of the Valley card!


Hello, everyone!
I evetually chose to make a card with one of my  brand new stamp from Lili of the Valley called "Love grows". I'm really fond of these cute tiny stamps and it's a pleasure to color them. I've used all the markers listed above plus R22 and R02. The image is mounted with foam pads on a circle scalloped nestie and a Marianne D creatable. the LOTV sentiment is cut with a heart punch and I used MS doily lace punch to obtain the frame around it following a tutorial on Norma's blog. Great tutorial! Thank you, Norma!
The flowers are WOC. I usually buy white roses then airbrush them to get a certain color - so the bigger one is airbrushed with copic ink. The leaves are handmade and the lace and ribbon are from stash. I have those dew drops in stash for many years. Bought them with about 1 euro somewhere in Hungary and I still have about half a kilo:)) They are transparent but I colored them with copics and voila:)


 And an "artsy" one:)


Here are the challenges I have for this card:
The Secret Crafter Challenge- It's a couple Thing 
Wild Orchid Challenges- Let's get sentimental
Wee Memories - Free your creativity


Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments!


Thursday, 20 January 2011

My first Lili of the Valley card!

Hi everyone!

I' so excited to have received this lovely package from Lili of the Valley this morning! I've been looking forward to having this new set of stamps! They're really adorable and definitely good value for money.
Well, I've been making cards using LOTV stamps before but never thought of taking pictures of them before giving them away, so this would be my first LOTV card to appear on this blog!
Here they are- some of them- the others have been already mounted on acrylic blocks, cause I had to ink them up right away:))



Aren't they sweet?

And now, here's my little card. I say little because it is slightly smaller than my usual card template in order to show off the stamped image:

 
And a close-up. I only used 6 Promarkers to color this image and the blender. I just wanted to challenge myself and try something new. My hubby says I spend too much on coloring stuff so I felt like pinching and saving. But, in the end, there's no saving at all:))

  My card features the stamp called  "The Little Things" , colored with Promarkers. The DP is Marianne Design - Eline's Pretty Paper Bloc - In The Meadow.
I've also used Marianne design creatables (swirl and frame), roses (10mm, 15mm and 5 mm rosebuds) from Wild Orchid Crafts . The sentiment came with this lovely image and I guess it's just perfect as it is, no need to rack my brains about that too:) The rest of the embellishments are from stash, no idea where and when I got them.  As for the glitter on the girl's dress, it looks awful in the picture and so beautiful in real life... hehe.
Now, something you won't believe: only after finishing my card have I had this curiosity to check on what was the challenge theme this week at LOTV. And, seemingly, my layout would fit the sketch put forward by Dawny P. Thanks, Dawny!

Here are the challenges:
Simon Says Stamp- Bingo (I used gems/glitter/ribbon)

Thanks for dropping by!

Hugs, Iulia



Monday, 17 January 2011

It's Playtime

Hi and welcome to my blog!

I've just finished my card for Mo's DP Challenge where the current theme is "It's Playtime!". I'm not totally satisfied with the result but, since it involves children and their toys, I'd say it doesn't have to "look"  impeccable... hehe.
I used a brand new digi- well, for me,at least - called Moving.  Really meaningful, isn't it?


Aren't they sweet Mo's images? I just adore them.  I colored this little sweetheart while playing with my 1 yr and a half little one, 'cause it so reminds me of him:). I should have colored his hair lighter still:).
I colored the image with Promarkers, too many to write down their names and mounted it on foam pads. The backing paper is from Wild Rose Studio - Polka Dots.
I've also used MS doily lace punch, Marianne creatables- swirls and Robin's Nest dew drops.
The flowers are all handmade and the sentiment is also Mo Manning. It comes with a lovely image which you can find here in the store.

It's quite late now, so I'll just put down the challenges I'm entering this card:
One Stop Craft Challenge -card for a male

I wish you all a peaceful night/day wherever you are!

Hugs,
iulia




Thursday, 13 January 2011

Dinner Tilda

Hi, everyone!

I've got a busy week so far but, hopefully managed to finish in time my first Magnolia card for the year and enter it at Just  Magnolia and Magnolia Down Under Challenges
I used Dinner Tilda , my very first Magnolia stamp and I just love this cutie's attitude. She's sitting there waiting for someone but,at the same time she seems so confident:) I'm always nervous while waiting so I guess I admire that attitude... hehe.

So, here's my card:



I colored this sweetie with copics this time ( used R27, R08, R17, E50, 51, R02, G07,14, E33, E43, E47) I have no idea why she's so pinkish in the picture, she looks great in real life:(. The papers are digital from Sassy Designs Tranquility Paper Pack, and Webster's pages- Waiting for Santa.

The die-cuts I've used are labels nestabilities, Marianne design creatables- the scalloped circle and ribbon die which is actually gold but hardly noticeable in the picture:). The sentiment is made from peel-offs from Echo Park then mounted on pads. Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts.... originally... hehe, but colored them a bit with my copics. I ran out of 2,5 cm red roses so I colored up a cream one, but, since the picture is so bad, one could hardly notice... hehehe. Well, I just cannot refrain from adding a personal touch and ruin everything...

And the challenges I have in mind for little Tilda are:
Just Magnolia - Anything goes with buttons ( well, mine is just button:))

Thanks to all coming by and wish you all the best!

Hugs, iulia


Sunday, 9 January 2011

Mo's Challenge Blog - Challenge #64 - We're Going Retro

Hi, everyone!

It seems I'm stuck on Mo digis these past few days and keep entering challenges although I might not be particularly fond of the theme. So, this week at Mo's Digital Pencil the theme is Going Retro.
I really had a hard time dealing with this one, partly because my printer broke down and couldn't print an image that actually fit the challenge theme and partly because retro style was not exactly my cup of cake. I was born in the eighties so I had to do some research to be able to come up with something.
I must admit I'm not really satisfied
 with the result but at least I gave it a shot, didn't I? The word challenge stands for a demanding but stimulating undertaking and I really hate playing the coward here... hehe.

Well, this would be my card:

And a close-up of this adorable baby girl:


I went for bright colors, handmade flowers and this gorgeous cutie, you can find here in the store. I had it printed a few days ago, before my printer broke down. In order to give it a retro touch I chose to gray scale everything except for the dress. So I guess it looks a bit weird, especially for  a baby:)). I colored it with copics (used the usual greys C01, C03, C05 and special black and RV13, RV06, R20 for the dress). I added some acrylic paint and mounted on a Marianne design creatable and a circle scalloped nestie.
The paper is from Bo Bunny- A gift of Love collection and the sentiment from Echo Park- A Walk in the Park.
The flowers are handmade from fabric, lace and paper and the leaves are made of cardstock using shape scissors, then I painted them and added a coat of dimensional glaze (unfortunately unnoticeable in the picture:(). I added some lace, rhinestones and glitter and... that would be all! Hope you like it! It looks a bit retro to me... hehe!

Since I worked so hard on it:)) I surely have to place it in some challenges. So, I'm entering it as follows:
Cute Card Thursday- Out with the old ( I definitely have lots of old stuff here; flower materials, lace, papers...)
Anything goes challenge blog - C is for ( cake in my case)
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Secret crafter- Tons of texture
Charizma Cards- Birthday cards
Creative card - New Beginnings
One Stop Card - A card for children
Stamp Something- Use a digi
7 Kids College Fund- Hot or cold, choose your extreme (I guess mine would be hot:)
Stamping Royalty - Birthday Card
Make it colourful- Warm or cool colours ( mine would be surely warm)

This time I really took the time to do a bit of "challenge research":) 
Thanks again for dropping by and for your kind words!

Hugs,


Wednesday, 5 January 2011

A new year, a fresh new card

    Happy New Year, everyone!

    I wish you all a great and prosperous 2011 with lots of accomplishments but, most of all, good health to you and your loved ones!

    Now, back to our stamping stuff :) I haven't posted for a while now. I guess I really needed some time off with my family and that meant, of course, far away from my computer... hehe. Well, it is high time I come up with a new card and new challenges. For that, I chose a Mo Manning digi and a sketch by Bev Rochester for three lovely challenges. 


And a side view:


     I just love this image and it's also very versatile when it comes to making a gift.
    
     Here's the recipe: 
    Stamp: Mo Manning - Shy ,colored with Promarkers
 Papers: Canson, My Mind's Eye
Embellishments: quilled flowers and leaves, McGill punches, MS doily lace punch, lace and button from stash, ultrafine glitter
Sentiment: peel-offs from MME, mounted on foam-pads for dimension

     The panels were machine sewn then adhered to card.

     The challenges I have in mind for today are:

Wild Orchid Challenges - A Sketch by Bev
I Love Promarkers - Recycle ( the lace from an old baby blanket, the button, the quilled flowers I made from paper bits).

Thanks to all who drop by and for taking the time to leave a comment if you like my card!

Have a fabulous year!!!
     Hugs, Iulia
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