Friday 10 December 2010

Christmas cards... naturally...

    Hi, everyone!
    As promised, I have more cards to show to you today.
    The first one is one of my newest Tildas - Tilda wants a hug. I colored her with copics  (E50,51, R20-face, E33,37,51- hair, R27,29,59,17,08 dress, C01 socks) and added some sparkles.
    The papers are Kaisercraft - Be Merry Collection - Happy and Papermania, embellies from stash and my handmade flowers which I seem to keep on using at least for this Christmas. The sentiment is in Romanian and stands for "Merry Christmas!". I also used nesties and Martha Stewart doily lace punch.

    My second card is a Mo Manning digi called  "And I want a..." 

    I colored it with promarkers and I used Marianne design creatables to embellish it. The beautiful papers are digital  from Webster's Pages and Raspberry Road.
    And two more pictures:
The challenges for this card are:

My third card is a beautiful image from Papilio Stamps I wanted to share with you. It is called Ole with horse and sled and it really makes me think of the Christmas of my childhood. The paper is from My Mind's Eye; the flowers are handmade, the snowflake is Marianne Design. I colored the image with Promarkers and finished the inside as well.

Well, that would be all! Good luck with your Christmas cards and thank you so much for dropping by. I really appreciate your lovely comments, especially at this time of the year.

Hugs, iulia

Thursday 9 December 2010

Chrissy card and new challenges

Hi everyone!

    I hope you are all well! I'll just go straight to the point. I have all these Christmas cards ready to be given away and I thought I should perhaps go online with them, who knows, maybe, I could even inspire someone:)). For now, I'll just post one, I'll be back with more tomorrow.
    Since there are lots of challenges going on, why not give a shot? And, which is more painful... hehe... I have bought lots of Christmas stamps and materials this year, some of them I only used once or not at all:(.
    Enough babbling... I'm sure everyone is quite busy these days, so I would appreciate just a look at my cards:).

     My first card is my newest Magnolia stamp- Snowy Hugs. I've seen it everywhere, so I guess it's a must:).
I've colored it with Promarkers . The papers are from Raspberry Road -Christmas Traditions Paper Pack , the poinsettia is made from a leaf punch and the rose is also handmade. And, as usual, I made the leaves with Marianne design creatables and McGill branch punch. The ribbon is Papermania and the lace is from stash.
    I also took a picture o the inside, using some coordinating papers from the same pack. It's easy with this digi pack - all papers are white green and red as predominant colors, so they all match:))

Sorry about the quality of the photos. I guess you'll have to figure out how it looks like:)

The challenges I'm entering today are:
      Just Magnolia- Anything goes with sparkle
      Stampavie and more -Christmas
      Top Tip Tuesday - Use Ribbon
      All That Scraps - Something Christmas
      A Spoon Full of Sugar - Christmas Cards
      7 Kids College Fund - Winter Wonderland

Thank you all for taking a look!
Have nice crafting week-end!

Hugs, iulia

Monday 6 December 2010

Glitz and glimmer

Hi again!

    Back with another card. Two posts in one hour! That's something!
    So, my second newest card:) is a Mo Manning Christmas cute catty I wanted to share with you. Since this week's Mo's challenge is glitz and glimmer I thought I could enter the drawing too, although I haven't had that particular idea in mind.
    So, this is the card:

    The digi is called Santa Cat, you can find it here. Isn't it adorable? Here's a close-up:

I colored it with copics and Promarkers. The papers are digis from Webster's Pages, Waiting for Santa collection. I also used Marianne design creatables- poinsettia, Martha Stewart doily lace punch, handmade rose and ribbon from stash.
    Well, that would be all for today. Thanks for visiting!

    Hugs, iulia

Christmas Eve Tilda

    Hi, everyone!

    Eventually, I've succeeded to finish my card for the Magnolia-licious inspirational challenge. I thought I wouldn't make it with all the Christmas cards that had to be finished in time but I didn't want to miss the challenge either. The image provided for the challenge is absolutely very inspirational, I had tons of ideas in my head but I couldn't even make up my mind which Tilda to use. In the end, I went for the lovely Christmas Eve Tilda partly because I haven't used it in a while, partly because I needed a present there.

    The papers are digital from Webster's Pages - Waiting for Santa Collection. The flowers and the presents are made by myself. I've already given the details of how I made the roses in a previous post; the presents are pieces of plastic cut from an eyelets storage box - which you can see in the picture, just to have an idea,
- then I used the napkin technique to add the ˝clothing˝ and added some gold peel-offs on them. The other embelishments are Marianne design  swirls  and McGill pine leaf punch which I rarely leave out of my cards. The lace is from my stash and the sentiment is computer generated (the Romanian equivalent for ˝Merry Christmas!˝).
    The challenges I'm entering are:
    Magnolia-licious - Inspiration Challenge
    Stamp Something - Christmas Color Combo
    Dutch Dare Card Challenges - Christmas Card/Tag/Ornament
    Just Magnolia Challenge Blog - Anything goes with Sparkle
    Secret Crafter - Christmas
    Crafty Ann - Christmas 

    Thanks for visiting! Have a lovely week!

    Hugs, iulia

Thursday 2 December 2010

Mo's Digital Pencil - Swirls and Flourishes

Hello everyone!
    Thanks for coming back and for your generous comments!
    It will be a short post today since it's midnight already and a new tough day tomorrow. So, I've made a card using digital papers and image for Mo's 59th Challenge - Swirls and Flourishes.  I couldn't decide which of Mo's images I should use. I love them all. Eventually I chose Boughs for Wreath and the papers are Audrey Jeanne Roberts digital paper pack called Nature's Christmas. The papers are really beautiful, not the classic Christmas type, rather with a touch of Victorian style. Such a pity you can't see them on the card :))!

   Embelishments are Marianne design creatables dies - poinsettias and swirls-, McGill pine branch punch and Robin Nest's gold dew drops. Ribbon and lace are from stash. The image is colored with copics (E51,43,33,37,G07,14, Yg03, R27,59,17,08,Bg10,02). I added some frosted lace stickles, ultrafine white, gold and pale blue glitter and a computer generated sentiment which is the Romanian for "Merry Christmas!".
    So, the challenges I'm entering are the following:
                 Mo's Digital Challenge 59- Swirls and Flourishes
                 The ABC Challenge - I is for Ice and Snow
                 Papertake Sketch 51
                 Stampavie and more - Snow/snowflakes

    Thank you so much for visiting! Happy crafting!

    Hugs, iulia

Sunday 21 November 2010

Lady Tilda

 Hi, ladies!

    I was thinking whether or not to consider entering the challenge at Magnolia-Licious, first because I'm over my head with Christmas cards these days and secondly because pink and yellow are not exacly my favourite color combo. Still, I've seen some wonderful creations back there and since it is the first challenge at Magnolia-licious I couldn't resist the temptation.
    So I come up with this girlie piece of card which in my opinion pairs better with the pinkish-yellow idea than a Christmas card.
    The wonderful stamped image is Lady Tilda from Magnolia Fairytale Collection. The papers are Marianne Design - Eline's Pretty Paper Bloc - In The Meadow and the cardstock is from my local store. I also used Marianne design swirl and poinsettia (for the leaves) die-cuts, Martha Stewart doily lace and McGill pine branch punches.
    I spent about an hour to make the roses after watching lots of tutorials here and there- sorry I don't have the links for that, but I'm sure you can find them easily. Anyhow, I made a mixture of them all and used scalloped circle nestabilities- the smallest ones- and cut about 8-10 for each rose (I used coffee filter for some and mulberry paper for the larger ones), then distressed the pieces and crumpled each layer before assembling the flower. Eventually I used common watercolors for shading and glitter.
    Linda is colored with copics. I only have two yellow copics, and which is more, I don t even use theme very frequently lol ; still I managed to make Tilda look quite beautiful (luckily, she's beautiful anyway). So, I used E50, E51 and R20 for the face, Y11, YR21, Ivory Promarker and a tint of Y15 for the dress, same for the hair with an additional E33 and E51and RV13,BV00 and R20 (what a combo lol) for the rose.
    Lace, and other embellishments are from my stash. The sentiment is a freebie from Raindrop Echo Designs.
 I threw glitter and sparkles here and there and... voila.

    I can tell you the card is prettier than in the picture :) with sparkles and colors. There are two foam-padded layers of scalloped ovals nestabilities behind Tilda which are not very clear in the picture.
    As for the challenges I'm entering today, here they are:
          Magnolia-Licious - Pink and Yellow
          7 Kids College Fund - Give Thanks
          Creative Card Crew - Give Thanks

     Thank you all ladies for visiting my blog and for your lovely words!
     Happy crafting,

     hugs, iulia

Wednesday 10 November 2010

Spring pink Sugar Nellie

    Waw, thank you ladies for your lovely words!!!! I'm amazed at how these cute little stamps can bring people together! I'll definitely have to work harder in order to deserve your kind compliments.

     As a result, you shall see more of me these days lol. I'll get down to work as soon as I put to sleep my little boy ( I bet lots of us wait for the little ones to fall and hope to enter some challenges too since I'm having my blog now.Still, I'm not very familiar to blogging and I don't expect to enter the right challenges with the right card- lol-  but at least, as I said, I put some order in my stuff and, moreover, get to know you ladies!

    So here's my card for the Sugar Nellie challenge blog- Sugar Bowl . I came across it accidentally and remembered I had this lovely digi stamp which I bought for a dear friend a while ago and never had the chance to use it again. It's far from the Christmas spirit but I really needed some spring and pink right now after a lot of Christmas cards I've made recently.

        *Dutch Girl from Sugar Nellie colored with copics and Promarkers
        *Doodlebug Cherry Cobbler paper
        *circle nestability, punched leaves, Marianne design swirl, feather, ribbon and lace from my stash
        *quilled flowers (fringed flowers to be more precise)- quilling is an old passion of mine
        *computer generated sentiment

    Besides Sugar Bowl, I chose to enter the following challenges as well: Delightful Challenges, where the theme is Stitching, real or faux, Lexi's Creations- Anything Goes, Crazy 4 Challenges - Create Square Cards.
    Well, I think I entered enough challenges for a "first-time competitor" hehe.
    Thanks again for your lovely comments. They mean a lot to me!



Monday 8 November 2010

A good time to get started...

      Well, my blogger journey starts here, 'cause it has to start somewhere I guess. Since it's November already and Christmas round the corner, I made a few Christmas cards with high hopes that someone will someday have a look at them lol.
      I mainly use digital stamps and paper as they are more accessible but also easy to resize, and also because  there's a limited offer in the scrap stores in my area. Still, I'm in love with Magnolia, LOTV and Elisabeth Bell stamps for which I have enough patience to wait long enough to be shipped.

      So, this is my first card with one of my dearest Tildas,


    Stamp - Silent night Tilda from the 2009 Magnolia Christmas Collection
    Papers and sentiment- My Mind's Eye, Colourful Christmas
    Flowers, swirls, frame and snowflake are Marianne design creatables
    Other- Papermania ribbon and mini polka dot buttons, sewing machine, cotton lace from my stash

    Tilda is coloured with copics. I'm a beginner at this so I may have not used the proper color combination but I like the way it turned out eventually. I used E50, R20, E51 and R22 for the face (I like cheeky Tildas lol), E47,E57 and E33 (hair), BG10, BG13(coat), R27, R29,G14, YG03 (poinsettias and leaves), E57,E33, E37 (boots) and some C1 for shadows. I added some ultrafine green glitter and sparkles on the coat and snowflake.

    My second card  is a Mo Manning Digi. I love Mo's illustrations; they remind me of childhood and make me smile.

    The stamp is called Christmas Mourn, I colored it with copics and added some white glitter. The leaves are McGill pine branch punch and a spellbinder die. The flower- which I wanted to look like a poinsettia- is made from a maple leaf punch and a dew drop from Robin's Nest.
The cardstock is impressed with Snowflake Impressabilities and then sewn to the card.

    Well, that"s about all for today! Thanks for taking a look!

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