Friday 29 April 2011

Tilda, Edwin and... Pippin

Hi everyone!
I have two cards to share with you today! Hope you won't get bored with so many pictures...hehe.
I have really missed my Magnolias lately and thought I should make a card using both Tilda and Edwin for the Magnolia-licious Highlites challenge which ends tomorrow.  Sharon said we shoul use both Tilda and Edwin on our cards so I did:) but added one more Tilda just for the symmetry:). I chose 3 stamps from the Magnolia 2011 Butterfly Dream Collection- oh, how I love these and made a sort of  accordion card or something because I really felt like using my Scor-pal these days:) Hope you like it!

Coloring medium: Promarkers
DP: Echo Park- A walk in the Park
Embellies: Wild Orchid Crafts roses, ribbon,lace, charm and pins from The Ribbon Girl, stickles,
Dies: nestabilities label 8 (I guess) and Parisian accents, Magnolia Doohikey's dragonflies and lovely fence
Sentiments: Lili of the Valley

Challenges for my Magnolia card:
Magnolia-licious Highlites- Tilda and Edwin
Magnolia Stamp Lovers  - Flowers
Craft Us Crazy -Mother's Day and/or flowers.
Do You Stack Up? - Challenge #17: Make it pop (3-D effect).
Moving Along With The Times – Challenge #96: Anything goes.
Paper Crafting Journey -  Challenge #9: Bling.
Creative Craft World -  red, white, blue, 2-3 ribbons
Fab 'n' Funky - #70 red white blue
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes plus blog hop
The Stamping Boutique -  Winged Things 
Crafty Cardmakers  -  Use Red, White and Blue and/or a Wedding creation
Stamp Fairy - Sparkle, 3 Patterned Papers and 2 Dies or Punches 
There's Magic in the Air - Multi Fold Card
7 kids College Fund- Showers/Flowers

My second card is a birthday card I made for the Digital Delights where I was invited as a guest designer this week and I thought I should post it too. There are some very cute stamps in their  Digital Delights shop, eventually I chose this adorable Birthday Pippin here and a perfect sentiment to go with to put this card together. I think it looks cute:)
Stamp: Digital Delights: Birthday Pippin
Coloring Medium: Promarkers, Derwent pencils
DP: MME- Fine and Dandy- Tickled Pink
Flowers and metal corner: Wild Orchid Crafts
Misc: lace from stash, Magnolia doohikeys swirl die and flower die, pearls from Bunny Zoe, leaves from stash
Sentiment: Digital Delights

Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - Challenge #14: Use an animal on your card.
Papercraft Star- inspirational picture
Amber's Crafts and Stuff - #7 use a digi
My Mum's Craft shop -  #3 flowers
Stampavie and More - #139 pearls
The Paper Variety -  polka dots
Partytime Tuesdays -  Anything Goes 
Bunny Zoe's Crafts -  One for the Boys 
House of Gilli - lots of layers and faux or real stitching
Creative Inspirations - use a Digi.

I hope my cards made you smile and wish you a bright happy day!

Hugs and thank you so much for coming by!

Wednesday 27 April 2011

Mo's and Zo's Carnival Hop

Hi everyone!
I hope you are all well and happy and spent a beautiful relaxing Easter holiday! I surely did! Sorry for not having been around to comment on your beautiful creations during the past week or so, I shall do my best and catch up with my visits.
I didn't have much crafting time this week but I really wouldn't want to miss the fabulous theme at Digital Pencil Too challenge blog- CARNIVAL!!!! Well, how does that sound? I really wanted to make something special but, really this lack of time is killing me. So, I put together this colorful card I colored last and ... hope you like it!

So, here's the thing- and I quote from the challenge blog (I guess these are Ms Pat's words:):

"Zoe from Make it Crafty and Mo from Mo’s Digital Pencil, came together to share the delight and fun of The Carnival. To help celebrate this week's challenge at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog, Zoe's and Mo's fabulously talented teams have joined forces for one MASSIVE blog hop to give us more than a little creative inspiration...."

The prizes are magnificent for those participating in this blog hop so make sure you take a look on the challenge blog page and follow the requirements there in order to enter the drawings. There are some fabulous cards from the DT ladies you surely wouldn't want to miss! There is still time - about 15 hours from what I can see- plenty of time to collect letters and have fun on the way!

For my card I digitally masked (gosh, that was a bit tough) one Mo Manning image- Abby celebrating and one Make it Crafty image- Circus Tent. I really had a lot of fun coloring and I shall try and make more scenic cards in the future although I'm not an expert in coloring. But they are such fun to make!

Stamps: Mo Manning - Abby celebrating and Make it Crafty - Circus Tent
Coloring medium: Promarkers and chalks
DP: Echo Park- digital
Dies: Magnolia Doohikeys- flower
Misc: ribbon, pearls, button from stash, tickets - computer generated, dimensional glaze on the balloons, ultrafine glitter, cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley

Bronte and Bella's Challenge (Mo's Digital Pencil) -  Carnival. 
Partytime Tuesdays -  Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Buttons and Bows
Stamping Scrapping Central -  Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by The Rainbow.
Paper Sundaes Use at least 2 from: Sparkle, Pearls, Die Cuts and the Colour Yellow! 
Stamptacular Sunday -  At least 5 layers 
Crafty Purple Frog -  Texture & ribbon.

Thank you so much for popping in and wish you a delightful week!

Wednesday 20 April 2011

Spring is in the air!

Hi everyone!
I hope you're all fine and you're enjoying sun and the rebirth of all living creatures. I had this renewal idea in mind and soul when I made this card for the weekly Digital Pencil Too challenge and although my picture is not very successful- I had a bad camera these days- I hope you will still like it:)
This week's challenge theme is "start of something new". Well, my card doesn't have a baby nor a married couple lol but I was thinking more of  a general theme of nature rebirth. Hope you like it!

Stamp: Mo Manning: Heidi from the Alps
Coloring medium: Promarkers, chalks, pencils
DP: Webster's Pages, Cosmo Cricket- both digital
Embellishments: flowers from WOC and stash , lace from stash, ribbon Papermania, 5mm gold pearls from Bunny Zoe, Sakura gelly roll clear (hardly noticeable:))
Sentiment: Paper Garden Projects- from a digital pack called Spring blooms

Challenges for my card:

Digital Pencil Too- start of something new
Incy Wincy Designs - Bright and Bold
Tuesday Throwdown - Polka Dots
By the Cute & Girly - Cute and Girly 
Crafty Calendar - April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers 
Wee memories -  All Things Adorable
Card Makin' Mamas - Spring colours.
Daring Cardmakers -Spring or Easter.
Digi's With Attitude! - Challenge #22: Spring has sprung.
Paper Romance -  Challenge #46: Paper flowers.
Totally Papercrafts - Challenge #62: Springtime.
Rainbow Lady's - Challenge #148: Springtime

Have a happy day! Take good care and enjoy nature!

Monday 18 April 2011

Candy Winner!!!

Morning friends,

As promised, I have a winner to announce today. And here's mister "Random org" choice:

That would be .......... MAZ!!!!! 

Congratulations sweetie! I've just sent Maz an email to arrange for the prize. Thank you all who entered my candy, I wish I could have gifts for all of you, but stay tuned, there'll soon be other chances!

Big hugs to all of you and thank you so much for your support!
Have a happy shiny week!

Candy Time!!!!!!!!!!!

This post will stay on top until 18th of April. 
For newer posts, please scroll down!

Hi friends and newcomers!

I've been thinking for a while to find a way to thank you properly for your support and friendship. Only 5 months have elapsed since I started blogging and I've already met so many wonderful people out there I would even dare consider my friends. Thank you all with all my heart!
Therefore, my gift for one lucky follower  will be  a 

25 £ voucher to Bunny Zoe's Crafts,
one of my favorite online craft suppliers. They have a wide range of crafting products, excellent shipping prices and which is more important, they ship worldwide!!! So get ready to go shopping!!!

The rules are simple:

1.  Become a Follower if you're not already;

2.  Post this CANDY on the sidebar of your blog (provided you have one) with a link back to my blog;

3.  Use the "Mr. Linky"  below to enter your information ( if no blog, then type my blog address when "Mr. Linky" below prompts for an url and check back on the 19th of April see if you won )

This candy will run until the 18th of April! I will use to choose the winner  on the 18th of April, Monday morning at 9 am Bucharest time!
Good luck all and thank you for following me! 


Enter your name:


Saturday 16 April 2011

Magnolia-licious Extravaganza Contest

Hi,  everyone!

Eventually I'm back with a new card. It's been a topsy-turvy week and although I had great crafting plans, it turned out I had other priorities to deal with. I had in mind to make a project for the Magnolia-highlites Easter/Spring Extravaganza Contest which ends on the 19th but since I have too little time left and so many other things to do I shall have to resume to this card I made for the same contest 1st category- full size Magnolia stamp on a card.
I couldn't decide upon which Magnolia stamp I was going to use. I have ordered the entire collection and I just have to use them all at least once. They are all so beautiful! Even my husband who was a bit shocked by them being mouthless stated now he must admit  they look gorgeous. Since Easter is just around the corner I thought I should have 2 bunny Tildas and 1 Tilda with a lamb. Glad, I stopped here, otherwise my card would have quickly turned into an album or
I'm not a pink person (so strange, because everyobody but I realize I had a lot of pink stash. The card is slightly bigger as I didn't want everything too crowded but  I'm quite satisfied with the result! Hope you like it too!

Stamps: Magnolia- Tilda and her bunny, Tilda with stuffed animal, Tilda with hanging rabbit, Spring background
Coloring medium: Promarkers
Dies: Magnolia Doohickey- Tilda lace border, swirl die , lovely fence die,
nestabilities scalopped circles, Marianne design circles
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and metal corner, the lovely bunny charm is a  gift from Diana, the owner of the Magnolia-licious store (thank you so much:)), pearls from Bunny Zoe, ribbons from stash, a pink feather- it's  hardly noticeable in the picture, sorry for that, paper doily
Misc: diamond dust, sparkles, acetate, black vellum
Sentiment: freebie from Wendy- thank you sweetie

Crafty Catz Furry friends.
Stampin For The Weekend -Challenge #7: Easter.
Wags 'n Whiskers - Black, pale green, light pink, white/cream.
C.R.A.F.T. - Easter.
7 Kids College Fund - Challenge #19 - Easter or Spring
Charisma Cardz  Challenge #15: Use pink, black & green. 
Colour Create  Pink, black, white.
Crafts and Me - #30 Ribbon
Stampin' Royalty -  #67 Spring
I hope you like my card, now off to see your gorgeous creations!

Big hugs to you all and have a happy week-end!

Wednesday 13 April 2011

How does your garden grow?

Morning peeps,
My card today should have depicted an answer to "How does your garden grow", which is the theme lovely  Dorcas has set for this week's Digital Pencil Too challenge. Well, I guess I don't have to be completely honest about my answer to I'm far from being a gardening lover but I do love the fields full of flowers where my sister and I used to play from morning till nightfall when we were kids. Those were such happy times!
It wasn't hard to find a happy cheerful image for my card. There are plenty of them in Mo's store. I fell in love with this adorable Sunday Child from the moment I saw her. I am a Sunday child too and her attitude really reminds me of myself about 20 years ago. Well, why not make a card for
Well, enough blabbling, this is my card:

Stamp: Mo Manning- Sunday Child
Coloring medium: ProMarkers, chalks, Faber Castell pencils
Papers: My Mind's Eye
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, ribbon, charm from stash
Dies/punches: Magnolia Doohikeys- dragonflies, swirl, Tilda border lace
Sentiment: Whimsy stamps

Challenges for my card:
Digital Tuesday - include a digital element - Female Image On Card/project
Flourishes -  Flowers, flowers everywhere
 Paper Take Weekly -  Dimension somewhere On Your Card (the image is mounted on pads)
Sweet Stamps - For The Ladies
Top Tip Tuesday - Spring Has Sprung
 Crafty Cardmakers   Use Yellow as your MAIN COLOUR, Add Ribbon, Use Stitching Faux or real, and Use Rhinestones/Gems.
Creative Stamp Friends Swirls
Paper Sundaes Childhood Memories.
Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - Girls and swirls
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Use the colours from the inspiration picture.

I hope you like it and made your day a pinch brighter!
Big hugs to you and have a happy week ahead!

Saturday 9 April 2011

Gift Wrapped

Happy Saturday everyone!
I am back with a Lili of the Valley birthday card in green and peach (well, I have peach and orange altogether) for today bearing in mind that I should ink at least once all the stamps that I already have. There are slight chances but at least I do my 
So, this week's theme at Lili  of the Valley challenge blog is a color scheme of peach and green. Love this color combo although for my card I have some orange-like But I simply had to use these MME - Mabel papers which I jost got from Bunny Zoe.
I chose this supercute Gift Wrapped image from LOTV and made a stair step fold card for a change. No idea if the dimensions are those from tutorials, never looked for one. I just scored  wherever I found fit and here it is:

The dimensions of the non-assembled card are 6x15 inches and the mountain folds are at 1 1/2, 5, 11. The valley folds are implicitely at 3, 7 and 13. Maybe it would have been better not to add panels in the inside areas and make it thus easier to close and reduce its thickness. But I found it 'unfinished' without.

The card is very thick although I tried to make it 'usable' and it fits in a box.
My flowers are quilled and called fringed flowers, quilling being just an old passion of mine I ressort to whenever I want some relaxation. They are quite easy to make but require some extra time. I think they look pretty and dainty, more like blossoms, perfect for springtime.

Stamp: Lili of the Valley - Gift Wrapped
Coloring medium: ProMarkers
Embellishments: handmade flowers,button, ribbons from stash, the green one is Papermania, pearls from Bunny Zoe, flowersoft
Dies: Spellbinders+ Parisian Accents, nestabilities labels, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, leaf punch

Challenges for my card:
Lili of the Valley -  Peach & green.
Card Makin' Mamas -  embellish it.
Fairy Tale -  Happy birthday.
Fashionista Friday - Spring.
Wags 'n Whiskers - Ribbons & Pearls.
C.R.A.F.T. - Animals/pets.
Crafty Purple Frog -Anything but Square.
Dutch Dare Card Challenge -Spring has sprung.
ABC Challenge - R is for Ribbon
Flutterby Wednesdays must include butterfly, fairy or angel - open challenge
For Fun Challenges - bunny
Freshly Brewed - flowers
Simon Says Stamp - Spring colors/Easter
Your Next Stamp Challenge -  stitching
The Stamping Boutique -  Hand Made Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown - Spring
Partytime Tuesdays - Elegant Birthday

That would be all for today. Thank you so much for popping in!
Your comments make my day and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave some love!
Big hugs and have a great week end!

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Hello Little Butterfly!

Hi everyone!
I hope you are all well and happy today! I just love spring and I think of the year as starting with spring, not in January. It makes more sense to me as the cycle of life and rebirth begins now. Feeling the sun in my face makes me feel positive, so I tried to make a colorful positive card today.
I have received my entire Magnolia 'Butterfly Dreams ' collection for a week now and couldn't find a spare moment to ink them up. I love every stamp of the new collection and I just picked one randomly for my card today. My Tilda stamp is called 'Hello Little Butterfly' and I colored her with promarkers. I hope you like it!

Stamp: Magnolia- Hello Little Butterfly
Coloring medium; Promarkers
DP; Webster's Pages-digital
 Embellishments: Flowers- WOC, paper doily, feather, ribbon,lace from stash, pearls and charm from Bunny Zoe's
Misc: Sakura stardust sparkle, DI antique linen, chalks
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps

Just Magnolia- Anything goes
Magnolia Down Under- Heavy Metal
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes + Optional - Something New (new stamp)
Scrap-Creations -Pick 3: Ribbons, Flowers, Pearls, Glitter, Button, Charm
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge -  Just Add Flowers
There's Magic in the Air -  Lets use flowers
Crafty Pad - Flowers
Creative Cowgirls -  Spring or Easter 
Paper Sundaes  Spring blossoms
Scrappy Frogs -  Flowers and Lace
Secret Crafter - Butterflies  
Simon says Stamp - Spring Colors 


Thank you all for coming by and wish you all a great shiny week!

Sunday 3 April 2011

Cherry Cherry Baby...

Hi everyone!
Wow! I've just noticed my followers list has increased to 200! Thank you all for following me and for the lovely words you leave about my cards! 
I went shopping the other day at Mo's Store and found some new releases which are simply fabulous. I really had a hard time choosing a new image to play with for this week's challenge which has a theme of Buttons 'n Bows. 
Eventually I went for  Cherry and I simply fell in love with this cutie and her shy sweet face. I tried to make her look a bit gipsy-like and colored her skin more intensely. She's definitely one of my favorite girl stamps this year.

Stamp: Mo Manning- Cherry
Coloring medium: Promarkers, chalks, Faber Castell pencils for the grass
Papers: Bearly Mine freebie from here 
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies: Marianne Design circle die and frame die, Nestabilities scalloped circle, Martha Stewart butterfly punch and doily lace, Magnolia Doohikey dragonflies die
Misc: ribbon from Papermania, buttons, feather, charm, lace from stash, stickles
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley

Bronte and Bella's Challenge - Buttons n Bows.
Allsorts -Blooming Blossoms  
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes  
Crafty Emma - Children 
Creative Inspirations - Mothers Day/Mum 
Little Claire's  - Any Celebration with Spring Theme or Colours
Make it colorful - must include colouring -  Colour With Bright Colours
Secret Crafter - Butterflies 
Wee memories -  Favourite Colour or Colour Pallet  (red is my favorite color) 
By the Cute & Girly  - Cute and Girly
Card Makin' Mamas -  embellish it
Digi's With Attitude! - Anything Goes
Fairy Fun Fridays – Spring-themed
Fussy and Fancy - use a zipper or feather
Stamp Something - Use something digital
Craft Us Crazy - Easter/ Spring.

I hope you enjoy my card and wish you all a great Sunday!
  Since you are here, don't forget to enter my candy!

Hugs, Iulia

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