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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