Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Easter already?

Hi everyone!

This is my last week as GDT at I Love Promarkers. It has been a great experience for me and I would like to thank the DT ladies for receiving me in the team:). This week's challenge is heat or dry embossing somewhere on your card. Easy peasy! That's what I thought before assembling the card. Only afterwards have I noticed my embossed panels are somehow hidden;)) But they exist - you can take my word for it:)). I just forgot about the size of the stamped image:))
Now, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Christina from Christina's Card Connection for the 50 $ voucher she offered me to spend at the Magnolia-licious store about two weeks ago when she randomly chose a couple of people who left comments on her blog.  I was really surprised as I didn't know there was a prize for that:)) (I'd say you should go and pay some visits to her, who knows?:)). She makes such beautiful cards!!!
I would also like to thank Diana Crick, the owner of Magnolia-licious store for adding Romania to shipping destinations and for the fast delivery. I was extremely surprised to get my products in under 2 weeks. My order was small and I was reluctant to place an order with the new collection believing I won't get them in less than a month. Instead, I ordered them from my European supplier and you know what? I have got them the very same day.  I have also received several beautiful charms from Diana as a gift. Thank you so much, ladies!
Well, now back to my card. I have used Tilda as shepherd from the last year  Hoppy Easter collection. My stamp came all the way from America together with the dragonflies dies and Tilda lace die. Well, I put them all together here on my Easter card added quite a few Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and some embellies here and there. I hope you like it!
Recipe:

Stamp: Magnolia- Tilda as Shepherd
Coloring medium: Promarkers
DP: Barely Mine Designs - Spring Flight
Dies: Marianne Design- forest branch, Magnolia Doohilkeys- Dragonflies and Tilda lace border, nestabilities label 8,
Embossing folders; Cuttlebug- swiss dots, flowers impressabilities
Misc: ribbon, tassels from stash, pearls from Bunny Zoe, glitter, distress inks
Sentiment: computer generated

Challenges for my card:
Just Magnolia - Eyes Down - embossing, flowers, pins (well, I only have 1 pin to match the colors, hope it counts:))
Magnolia Down Under Challenges - Lots of White (I'm not sure if I can go whiter than this;))
House of Gilli - Ribbon and Pearls
Incy Wincy Designs - Sparkle and Shine
Make it Monday - Anything goes
Paper Playtime -  Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Spring
Creative Cowgirls - Spring or Easter
Totally Gorjuss -  Spring Has Sprung
Fairy Fun Fridays - Spring-themed
Promarker Challenge - must use promarkers - Bugs
Top Tip Tuesday - Nature Inspired
Tuesday Throwdown - Florals


Thank you so much for coming by and don't forget to enter my CANDY!

Hugs, Iulia
 



Monday, 28 March 2011

Together Forever

Hi everyone!
I have a new card I made for Woman's  Day and I thought I should share it with you. I eventually colored one of my favorite Lili of the Valley stamps- Together Forever. I have had this stamp for a while now and haven't succedeed to make a card yet. This is a rather quick card, no glitter and too many extra embellies, and quite simple, I reckon. I am quite busy these days, plus I am trying to potty train my little one and I've got to follow his every movement and grimace...lol;))
For my card I used Cosmo Cricket papers from a digital pack called Everafter. I found it on Jessica Spargue 's website. They also have a 'One buck Wednesday', for those who don't know,  when some delicious stuff cost just 1 dollar. I wish I knew about that sooner;))


I couldn't decide between the two sentiments so I put them both:)) I think they pretty much complete each other. The red and white string from which a small decoration is tied (in my case a charm) is called 'martisor' in Romanian and it  is offered by people in my country on the 1st day of March, usually to women but not only. It is said that those who wear this 'talisman' will be strong and healthy during this year and it is also a symbol of the coming spring.
Anyways, in my country,  people are still wearing this 'martisor' pinned to theitr clothes and it has become a sign of love, friendship or appreciation and an entire 'industry' has developped around it.

Well, enough blabbing, my recipe for this card is:
Stamp: Lili of the Valley - Together Forever
Coloring medium: Promarkers
DP: Cosmo Cricket - Everafter
Embellishments: flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, ribbon, lace, martisor string from stash, charm, pearls from Bunny Zoe's, paper lace from Woodware
Dies/punches/misc: heart punch, leaves punch, nestabilities label 8, impressabilities floral embossing folder, chalks

This card is for the following challenges:
Gingerloft - Die Cuts or Punches
Let's Ink It Up - Die Cuts or Punches 
Crafty Calendar -  Love 
Sugar Creek Hollow  - Stitching 
Delicious Doodles - floral fantasy/loads of flowers
Paper Cutz - use 3 patterned papers
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Ribbons & Bows 
Meljens Designs -  Punches 
Stamp Insanity - Punch It Out 
Crafts and Me - anything goes

Thanks for coming and since you are here, don't forget to enter my CANDY!!!!!!!

Hugs and have a great week!

Iulia




Friday, 25 March 2011

Springtime!

Hi  everyone!
I'm happy you are here and hope your weekend is going to be full of sun and joy!
For today I made a colorful card just to express how happy I am spring is eventually here. Well, my stamps have not arrived yet but i guess it is a sign that I should be using my  older ones first because they are all gorgeous. I just love this Tilda with curls  from, I think, the Wedding Collection. I thought I should use an "accessory" such as a gate or something but I not so happy with the result. The card is thus too complicated, but well, so it's life:)) I really admire people who can make CAS, I'm really hopeless there. 
I've tried to follow Jane's lovely sketch at Magnolia Down Under Challenges and get inspired from Angela's gorgeous  photo at Magnolia-licious. Well, at least I've tried:)
I have just bought a new digital paper pack from Barely Mine Designs called Spring Flight. They are just adorable.Such a pity I've pretty much covered them:(.










Recipe:
Stamp: Magnolia- Tilda with curls
Coloring medium: Promarkers
Papers; Bearly Mine- Spring Flight
Embellishments; flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, feather, ribbon, corner peel-offs, lace from stash
Dies/punches; Magnolia swirl die, Magnolia romantic die, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, MarianneDesign circles, nestabilities scalloped circle

Challenges for my card:

Magnolia-licious challenge blog - inspiration photo by Angela
Digi Doodle Shop's Best -  Ribbons & Bows 
Meljens Designs -  Punches 
Crafty Creations -  in stitches
Freshly Brewed - 2 or more embellishments
Little Red Wagon - butterflies
Simon Says Stamp - Mother's Day/girlie
Promarker Challenge - must use promarkers - In the Garden
Kaboodle Doodles - Yellow, Blue, Pink and Green
Stamps R Us - Spring
I Did It Creations - Welcome Spring

Thank you so much for your visit and a big hug for all your lovely comments on my previous posts! You are all so very kind! Thank you!


Please come back tomorrow; I have a blog candy for you!!!!


hugs, Iulia 

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

All Dressed Up!

Hi friends!
I hope you're all well and happy!
I have a lovely card - "says I" -to share with you today, especially made for my 4th week as GDT with I Love Promarkers.
This week's challenge theme is "Going dotty!". I must say I love dots! (Surely not on clothes because they tend to make you look fatter:))
This is my card:


I don't have too many things to add except that I've enjoyed making it ad that this Digi Doodle image is just adorable. I first saw it on Dorcas' blog and just knew I had to have it:)

Recipe:
Coloring medium: Promarkers
DP: Basic Grey- Olivia
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies: Marianne design border die, Magnolia Doohikey flower die
Misc: ribbons,leaf from stash, pearls from Bunny Zoe, frosted ice stickles, glitter
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley

Challenges:
Digi Doodle-Anything goes
A Spoonful Of Sugar -Ribbon, Pearls/Rhinestones & Flowers 
Paper Take Weekly - It's a Mom thing, or Just Be Girly
Lexi's Creations -  ribbons but no bows or knots 
Catch The Bug -  Baby/Child
Meljens Designs - Use Dots in your project
ABC Challenge -Q is for quilting/sewing
Pixie Cottage -   Sketch and/or sparkle
 

Hope you like my girlie card today! Thanks for coming by and wish you a bright sunny day!

Hugs, Iulia


Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Celebrate!

Hello friends!
Hope you are all well and having a great week! It's a bright shiny day and I'm guessing it's only the beginning of more outdoor time (running after my little one and yelling at) and less time for crafting. Luckily for me he still sleeps in the afternoon and hope he'll not suddenly decide not to be a baby anymore and skip it. Well, after 2 hours run, see-saws and fights with other kids he eventually got where I planned to : bed:) So, this is my card I've just made and I even have the guts to apply for a GDT position at Lili of the Valley with. Not that I'm extremely satisfied with the result but it costs nothing to give a try:). Plus, I just love Lili of the Valley stamps. I have more than 30 stamps and didn't have the chance to ink but a few. There are so many beautiful stamps and so little time....but I guess I'm not telling you something new:)
For my card I've followed Bev's fabulous sketch for this week's challenge at LOTV:


and chose a stamp from the new animal collection, which is just fabulous!!! It's called Birthday Bumps and I think it's perfect for any kind of celebration , birthday, whatever. I colored it with promarkers and chalks for the sky/clouds. It was my first attempt with chalks  and I like how it turned out:).



Recipe:
Stamp: Lili of the Valley- Birthday Bumps
Coloring medium: Promarkers, chalks
Papers: K&Company Julianne, silver coated cardstock from stash
Flowers; Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies/punches: Marianne Design - Forest branch, MD circle dies, nestabilities- scalloped and lacey circles, Martha Stewart doily lace punch
Misc; ribbons, feathers from stash, 5mm pearls and charm from Bunny Zoe
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley- Calendar

Challenges for my card:
Crafty Cardmakers  - Special birthdays
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Happy Birthday with lots of Pearls 
Ooh La La Creations -  Mother's Day/Special Friend
Let's Ink It Up -no digis allowed -  Die Cuts or Punches 
Card Makin' Mamas  - animals
Fairy Knoll - birthday or thank you
Stamp Something - something sweet
Simon Says Stamp - Happy Birthday
Wild Orchid Crafts - Dieing to punch it out
Everybody Art - Happy Birthday


I wish you all a great week and thank you so very much for your visit with me and for any comments you leave I thank you with big hugs!


Iulia



Monday, 21 March 2011

One for the boys...

Hey, friends!

I have another boy's card today. I'm not a "specialist":)) at these as I prefer to have lots of flowers on my cards but I must keep in mind that there are just as many boys in our lives than girls:). Plus, there are so many gorgeous stamps out there for boys! I really had a hard time choosing one for this week's challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil  where the theme is "Let's hear it for the boys". I had to write down the exact title because I just love the way Pat puts words together!:)
So I "turned upside down" Mo's shop to find a boy's stamp (not that I wouldn't already have lots of them:)). That reminds me to tell you, if you don't know this already, there's a cute 1 dollar digi for a limited period of time. All proceeds from this stamp while it is on sale will be donated to help the people of Japan. You can find it here.
Eventually, I went for Tolerance, one of the cutest, most hilarious of Mo's stamps I wanted to buy for a long time. Just look at the expression on that cat's face! It seems to have taken it lying down, love or punishment, who cares:))!



Recipe for my card:
Stamp: Mo Manning - Tolerance
Coloring medium: Promarkers
DP: Echo Park- A Walk in the Park
Misc: Ribbon from Papermania, flower made with a Sizzix die, buttons, staples, distress ink,  lace from stash
Sentiment: computer generated

Challenges for my card:

Bronte and Bella's Challenge -  Let's Hear it for The Boys
 One Stitch At A Time - Something for the Boys 
2 Sisters - Furry Friends  
Catch The Bug -  Baby/Child
Sugar Creek Hollow  - Anything Goes   
Totally Gorjuss - Button It   
Card Makin' Mamas  - animals  
Fashionista Friday - aquamarine  
Guylou's Inimitability  - dots  
Paper Cutz - your choice  
Totally Papercrafts - buttons  
Crafty Sentiments -  Animals  
Paper Crafting Journey -- Use a Digi  
Paper Pretties -  masculine  
Clear It Out! - Buttons

This is it for today! Hope you like it and thanks in advance for your lovey comments! It's a great pleasure to hear from you!
Have a great week!
Hugs and kisses to you all!
Iulia

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Happy Birthday, Sis!

Hi everyone!
My card today is for my little sister's birthday, which is tomorrow. Well, she's not that little, she'll be 29 but she'll always be my little sister:) Love her so much! I hope she won't peek:) But since she's one of those who loves all my cards I don't think she'll be overexcited about this one:) It's not that sophisticated, but it's all in my comfort zone with papers and colors and stamp. So, why take chances?:))
I've followed the lovely sketch Bev has prepared for us at Just Magnolia and tried not to deviate from:). So I'll be just in time with my card for the challenge which closes this evening (well, my "evening":)).
For my card I chose Tilda with flowing hair from the Hoppy Easter Collection; I colored her with Promarkers but used copics for the skin (E00,51,R20). Hopefully I'll be having my new Butterfly Dreams collection next week. It is on pre-order at "Crafts you love", for my European friends. Then I hope I shall try my hand at some Easter cards:) Can't wait!!!!
Now, onto my card. Here it is:


I tried to keep simple the inside; well, at least I didn't add  too many flowers:)




Recipe:
Stamp: Magnolia - Tilda with flowing hair
Medium: Promarkers, copics for skin (E00, E51, R20)
DP: Cosmo Cricket - digital
Flowers; Wild Orchid Crafts
Embellishments: lace, ribbon from stash, pearls, charm from Bunny Zoe's Crafts, paper doily.
Misc: MD circle dies, scalloped circle nestie, distress ink, glitter.

Challenges for my card:
Charisma Cardz - Use Die Cuts 
Craft Us Crazy -  Cupcakes and/or celebration 
Crafty Purple Frog - Green 
Do You Stack Up? - Add a Bow
Meljens Designs -Use Dot's in your project
Shelly's Images - Show us What you Got 
Some Odd Girl – 2nd W - Think Spring 
Freshly Brewed  - Spots and dots 
Bling It On - Anything goes with an added extra or a charm
Top Tip Tuesday - Birthday 
Tuesday Throwdown - Lace
Shabby Tea Room - Party Time - Birthday or Celebration
Magnolia Stamp Lovers-  Die Cuts
Totally Gorjuss - Pearls and Lace
ABC DT challenge - Happy Birthday! 

Thanks for being here.
Hugs, Iulia


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

A Man's Card

Hi, friends and stamp lovers!
This is my third card as a GDT for I love Promarkers. This week's theme is "a man's card". As simple as that.
The talented ladies at "I love Promarkers" came up with gorgeous creations this week too. You can check their work here.
For my card I chose a Kenny K image I have used previously for a friend who plays in a rock band. He liked it very much so I thought I should make another one using the same image but thoroughly different as composition. I just cannot explain to myself why I can't make two cards exactly the same, or at least similar:)

So, this is my card:


 I've been using a few elements which are not frequently used in cardmaking such as leather and a CD as a "circle nestie", some crafting stones  and black vellum. 
It looked interesting to me upon finishing it but since my husband said it was "awesome" I thought a man's opinion is quite eloquent in this case:) 

Recipe:
Medium: Promarkers
DP: Olivia from Basic Grey
Misc; grey leather, CD, vellum, leather flower made with a Sizzix Bigs die, ribbon from stash, button, craft stones, plastic stars, staples
Sentiment: freebie- not a clue where from and some Photoshop work

You won't believe it but I've found quite some challenges for a man's card:

Kenny K Challenges - Bows, ribbon or lace
Incy Wincy Designs - for the boys
Kaboodle Doodles - Happy Birthday
Ooh La La Creations  - It's a man thing
 Crafty Pad  - Use Buttons
Sweetest Thing - SKETCH 
Crafty Emma - Men only 
Our Daily Bread Designs -  Leather or pearls - faux or real 
Sketch Saturday - Sketch 
Sassy Studio Designs  - Use Something Recycled on project (leather, CD, button)
Top Tip Tuesday - Birthday 

Thanks for coming by! Have a great week!

Hugs, Iulia




Tuesday, 15 March 2011

A bit of green...

Hi everyone!
I have a short post today just to show you my card for this week Digital Pencil  challenge where the theme is "a bit of green". I've been looking a bit over the DT work, which is gorgeous and... much greener than mine:)). But, since our talented lovely Pat said "a bit of green" who am I to put more? :)) I thought I might make a rather colorful card and of course, keep in mind there has to be some green in it:). 



I just love this gorgeous image which Mo called "End of Summer" but which can be used in any season except for winter, of course. I paired the image with a LOTV sentiment. I thought I should also use more often these circular sentiments. Just forgot about them for a while:)

So, the ingredients are:
Stamp: Mo Manning - End of Summer 
Medium: Promarkers
Paper: Echo Park - A walk in the park
Embellishments: flowers from WOC, ribbon from stash, charm  from Bunny Zoe's Crafts
Misc: Magnolia Doohikey leaf, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, lacey circle nestie, glitter
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley

Challenges:

Digital Pencil Too- A bit of green

Make it Monday - anything goes
Squigglefly - Spring Theme
Stamp Fairy - Green
Stamp-N-Doodle - SIO - at least 2 things starting with "G"
Woodware USA (2E) - Spring is coming!
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Spring
Pile It On - Green and Orange
Sentimental Sundays - SENTIMENT and Green 
ECP Challenges -Green  
Little Claire's  -  Flowers 
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Spring has Sprung
Card Makin' Mamas - something green
Crafty Ann's - SKETCH* and/or Spring
Delicious Doodles - use green
Delightful Challenges - Delightful Butterflies
Paper Romance - Use as many Colours as Possible 
Some Odd Girl – Think Spring
The Pink Elephant - Spring 
Paper Pretties - Ribbon
Wild Orchid Crafts - Die Cuts and/or Punches
Whoopsi Daisy - Pile on the flowers




I would like to wish all the best and send a special thank you to all my followers who keep visiting my blog and encourage me into continuing my crafting journey. As soon as things get a bit more peaceful at my place, I hope I can organize a sweet candy to thank you properly:)

Hugs to all,
Iulia

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Lili of the Valley wedding card

Hi dear friends!
I'm so happy I could sit for an hour in my craft room today and have this Lili of the Valley card done. I promised myself I should ink at least once every stamp I have before ordering new ones. But it seems that I keep breaking my promise since I have already ordered some of the stamps from the new LOTV animal collection. Can't wait for them to arrive!
Today I'm going to show you a wedding card using 2 LOTV stamps I have never inked before; the Mr and Mrs and a circle stamp from For you circular stamps.



Recipe:
Stamp; Lily of the Valley - Mr and Mrs
Medium;  Promarkers
Paper; Blushbutter- digital
Embellishments; Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, ribbon, paper doily, feather from stash
Misc; Magnolia die, lacey circle nesties, MD circle die, pearls from Bunny Zoe's Crafts, glitter,  ice sparkles.

Challenges for this card;
Lili of the Valley - Say It With Flowers
Delicious Doodles - use green
Southern Girls - Use Flowers
Stamp Insanity - Anything Goes, with a twist - A pop of Green or St Patty's day


Now, I also have been honored with a new blog award, this time coming from the Netherlands from Marianne. I just love this lovely lady's work. She's extremely talented and her cards always have a terrific design. I'm really touched by this sign of appreciation. Thank you, dear Marianne! Please go and check her gorgeous cards, she also has a yummy candy going on, so why not take a chance;))

This is the award;

It seems that I also have to fulfill a few tasks to 'deserve' the prize. Well, that's simple. Without too much thinking, I'll just put down whatever comes first to my mind;
1. I'm 31, married for nearly 8 years and we have a 1 year and 8 months old son, Victor
2. Love my family more than anything else.
3.I have a degree in Philology and used to be a French teacher
4. Love reading and traveling 
5. I used to practice speleology during my faculty years
6. My favorite color is red
7. I only started cardmaking  during my pregnancy when I was put to bed rest, so about 2 years ago

Then, I am supposed to pass this to 8 more people. I chose the followingladies who make such gorgeous inspirational cards; Joe-Anne, Debora, Alison, Sandy, Lynne, Janet ,Cami, Sharon.  
Feel free to pay them a visit! You won't be disappointed!

Choosing among so many talented ladies was a difficult task. Of course everybody deserves blog awards. The simple act of starting a blog is in my opinion an act of courage. It's not an easy task to start sharing insights from yourself with complete strangers, at least in the beginning.

Hugs to you and have a great Sunday evening!
Iulia





Wednesday, 9 March 2011

And another baby card...

Hi again!
This is my second post for today. I've somehow managed to squeeze some time and get this one done. I'm far from being happy with the result but I post it anyway.  This adorable image is one of the new Mo Manning digital stamps called Baby and Bunny and I thought I should use it for this week's challenge at Digital Pencil too which has a "baby" theme.


Recipe: 
Stamp: Mo Manning - Baby and Bunny
Medium: Promarkers
DP: Bearly Mine Designs
Embellishments: flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, ribbon, lace, button, pearls, feather from stash
Misc.: Magnolia Doohickey flower die, lacey circle nestie, circle punch, distress ink
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley circle sentiment ( I cut the middle part:))

The challenges for this card are:
Paper Playtime - digi Monday anything goes
The Crafty Pad - use a ribbon 
Digital Tuesday - (include a digital element) -  Welcome little one
Incy Wincy Designs - Pastel colours
Pink Elephant  - Buttons, lace and ribbon

That's all folks!
Hugs to all!
Iulia



Dropped from Heaven

Hi everyone! Seemingly this is the "baby card week" for me! If time (= Victor, my baby) allows, I will make a third one this afternoon:).
So, today I'm sharing with you a more "non-traditional" baby card which I made for the this week's challenge at  I love Promarkers. There's a "baby themed" challenge, so make sure you choose a baby image and, of course, use promarkers in order to enter the draw. This week the prize is 5 stamps from Di's Digi Designs. Take a look see how sweet they are:)

Here's my card:


It  was a sunny day yesterday so I took a picture facing the sun. Given the sunflower theme, I thought it looked nice:) although there were some shades here in there. This cute image is from Di's Digi Designs and is called "Dropped from Heaven". The baby cutout is mounted on pads. I thought I should bring it to focus a little bit. I also added one of the butterflies on a petal:)
Given the sunflower addition which had to be yellow, I couldn't opt for "baby" colors. So I went for more bright ones, hope you still like it:)


Recipe: 
Stamp: Di's Digi Designs - Dropped from Heaven
Papers: Blushbutter  - Baby Girl papers
Medium: Promarkers
Flowers: WOC
Misc: ribbon, pearls, glitter, decorative sand (for the sunflower seeds), lace from stash
Sentiment: computer generated

I also have some challenges for this cutie:
Digital Tuesday - (include a digital element) -  Welcome little one
Flourishes.Real or Faux stitches
Paper Take Weekly - Lemon, yellow or bright and Zingy
Magical Mondays - FANTASY and Spring Colours
Paper Playtime - Anything goes with a Digi
Dream Valley Challenges - New beginnings (2nd entry)
Sentimental Sundays - SENTIMENT and Pearls & Lace
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - use a Stamped Flower
Fairy Tale -- something for a child or with a child's image
Phindy’s Place - Oh Baby! Card with baby/small child image or for a baby/small child
Stamp Something - something digi
Totally Papercrafts - pearls & lace


Hope you like my "non-traditional" baby card! I surely had lots of fun making it!
Thanks for coming by! It's always with great pleasure that I read your comments!
Hugs and take care!
Iulia


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