Tuesday 31 May 2011

On a Special Day!

Hi everyone!Hope you are all enjoying summer and hanging out:) We are continuously "on the move", short trips here and there just to take some advantage of the nice summer days. That's quite nice:) except perhaps for the packing-unpacking part and the lack of crafting time:( Somehow I managed to make a Magnolia card today. I wanted it to be simpler but well, my little one slept for four hours ...lol... and I kept adding things here and there and even had time to get bored...lol:) I'm not used to not having him around for so long...lol:)

Stamp: Magnolia- Bride and Bridesmaid- Wedding Collection 2010
Coloring medium: Promarkers
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts roses and metal corner, handmade ribbon rose, hat pin, golden brads, lace and ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, punched leaves, dew drops from Robin's Nest, Diamond Stickles.
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley- Calendars
Size: 7 x 5 1/2 inches

Challenges for my card:
Cheerful Stamp Pad  A Special Reason
Crafty Cardmakers  - Love the lasting kind
KB Cute Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - use a Digi or Stamp together with a Wedding or Love theme
Card Cupids - Ribbon and/or Fibres
Kenny K Krafty Girlz -  Fabulous Florals
Fun with Shapes & More - must include die cut/punch - Lots of sparkle.
Simply Create -Special day/event. 
Colour Create - White, cream, brown.
Crafty Purple Frog - Things of beauty.
Crafty Sentiments - Special occasions.
Bearly Mine -  Die Cuts & Lace 
Die Cuttin' Divas - must include a Die-cut - Celebration Cards 

Thanks for coming by! Wish you all a great sunny week!

Wednesday 25 May 2011

Guest Designer for 7 Kids College Fund

Hi  everyone!
Hope you are well and happy! Sorry for having been a stranger lately; I have had some busy weeks but hope to be back on track soon!
I've been invited to be the Guest Designer this week at 7 Kids College Fund, that's so sweet of you ladies! So this is the card I made on this special occasion. It has been a bit difficult to come up with a card following a sketch, I'm not good at that, although the sketch is fabulous:) So the theme for this week challenge is both a sketch and a beach theme, the latter being optional though. So I tried to follow the rules and came with this shaker card.
Shaker cards are so fun to make. One of these days I shall post a tutorial; just looking for some spare time:) Initially I had in mind adding sand in the inside but acetate and sand don't work well together and the sand blurs the image:(. So I went for some gold little bits and I like the result.

And a photo taken in the sun:)

This Sarah Kay image is one of my favorite ever and I really looked forward for a chance to ink it up again:) I used Rich Cocoa Memento ink for once; it just seemed to me more appropriate for this sea background. Those seashells came all the way from Punta Cana about  3 years ago...lol. I added some dimensional glaze and I just love the way they shine! The foam on the water is some white acrylic paint and Twinklets Diamond Dust. All the edges are distressed with vintage photo DI.

Stamp: Sarah Kay- A Kiss for Chloe
Coloring medium: Promarkers
Embellishments: seashells, ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, pearls from stash, sparkles, diamond, dust, glitter, raffia
Dies; Magnolia Doohikeys flowers, nestability scalopped ovals
Sentiment: Doodlebug

Challenges for my card:
ATC Challenges  - Beach or seaside and must be dimensional
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes 
Challenge Up Your Life - #44 Recycling (seashells)
Make it colorful -  Colour a Water Scene
Totally Gorjuss -  #81 Water or Anything Wet
Stamp Something - Something with beachy colours.
Some Odd Girl -  Make a scene.
Paper Shelter Challenge -  #14 Distress
Stampavie and More -  #142 Summer
Hope you like my card:) Have a happy day and thank you so much for coming by!


Sunday 22 May 2011

Distressed Flutterby Card

Hi everyone!I had a couple of spare hours today so I thought making a quick lil' distressed card for this week challenge at Digital Pencil Too. This is the first time I don't use stitching on my card. It's Sunday and I don't stitch on Sundays but I think it turned out just fine without especially since the theme is distressing. This time I chose a boy image called Flutterby; this lovely toddler here resembles  a bit my very much adored adorable son so I loved this image the moment I saw it while browsing through my older Mo Manning images. I even forgot about it. I used a lot of Diamond stickles and even though I took my picture in the sun it is much brighter and lovely in real life. Maybe I shall try taking better shots tomorrow.

Stamp: Mo Manning- Flutterby
Coloring medium: Promarkers
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies: Magnolia Doohickeys grass and dragonfly
Misc: ribbon from WOC, pearls, punched leaves, diamond stickles, DI (vintage photo, antique linen), ultrafine glitter

Bronte and Bella's Challenge (Mo's Digital Pencil) -  Distressing.
 2 Sisters - Use A Digi
Crafty Emma -  Embellish It 
Little Claire's  -  Sparkle
Sugar Creek Hollow  -Masculine 
Crafty Catz -Anything goes.
CCEE Stampers -  Flowers.
Crafty Sentiments  Children's cards.
Paper Play - Sparkle galore.
Paper Pretties - Flowers 
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle & Shine.
Sisterhood of Crafters -  Let it Shine
Hope you like it! Have a happy week and thank you so much for coming by! Your comments make my day!

Tuesday 17 May 2011

LOTV shaker/box /easel card

Hi friends!
Hope you are all well and happy!
I started my card yesterday with this idea in mind to make something special for my sister. I thought of a shutter card which is more spectacular but then it ocurred to me to add a box/drawer to it and make it also functional:).
So this is the result:

      I think it looks nice! I love these LOTV faeries, isn't she beautiful and gracious? I'm glad I could find some time to ink her up. It's been a while since I last made a card with a LOTV stamp and I really missed them. This week's challenge at Lili of the Valley is "Ribbon and Bows". This is simpler than "Anything goes" for me...lol!

Stamp: Lili of the Valley- Garden of Wishes
Coloring medium: Promarkers
Papers: Blushbutter - Fairy Things and Butterfly Wings 
Embellishments: flowers and metal corners from Wild Orchid Crafts, gold dew drops from Robin's Nest, lace from The Ribbon Girl, ribbon from stash
Dies: Marianne Design frame and leaf, circle nestabilities, label nesties, gold peel-offs
Misc: glamour dust, diamond stickles, acetate, cuttlebug embossing older, cardboard.
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley

Challenges for my card:
Lili of the Valley Ribbon and Bows
Bunny Zoe's Crafts -  Lace
Karens Doodles - Bold & bright
Ooh La La Creations -  Fancy folds
Squigglefly -Anything BUT the usual
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired by Butterflies
I Did It Creations - Lace and Ribbon
Kenny K Krafty Girlz - Die cuts and punches
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - #118 Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesdays - 1E, must include butterfly, fairy or angel
Stampavie and More -  Ribbons
Freshly Brewed -  Inspiration*
Fabulous Friday - Use ribbon or twine.
Fairy Tale -Use at least 4 embellishment types from picture (any colour).
Guylou's Inimitability -  Make a shakerbox card. 
Craft Us Crazy -  Use your favourite embellishments and/or something new (new stamp- never used before and favorite embellie- WOC flowers) 
Dutch Dare Card Challenge -  Winged things.

 Hope you like my card! Thanks for coming by and have a great rest of the week!

Saturday 14 May 2011

"Here comes Summer" at Digital Pencil Too!

Hi dear all!
It is so bright and shiny these days here in Romania that I really felt like plunging into summer straight from the winter. It seems we are skipping spring these past few years and jump from boots into sandals. Quite strange though given the temperate continental climate.  Well, the calendar says it's spring but "here comes summer!" This is the  theme for this week challenge over at Digital Pencil Too where it is week two of the GDT call, my favorite competition these days...he he. Love Mo's drawings and would have joined the fun anyway. Hope many of you will. The Guest designer call will be held on the 1st and 2nd Thursdays of each month so why not take the chance?
Here's my bright summertime  card. Yes, those colors are real, take my word...he he. It's a bit too colourful, but I really needed this spot of color these days. Ah, and I love strawberries; I've been eating like mad this past week and I simply adore Mo's Strawberry Girl. Isn't she the cutest creature ever? I colored the image with Promarkers and chalks for the sky ( I followed Cabio's amazing tutorial for coloring sky only that I used chalks instead of distress inks. Thanks sweetie!). I also added some Flowersoft on the grass. 
Hope you like my card- well, I did...at least it looks yummmy:))

Stamp: Mo Manning-  Strawberry Girl
Coloring medium: Promarkers, chalks
DP: Raspberry Road- Strawberry Farm, K&Co- Sweet Nectar(love them)
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies: nestabilities standard and scalopped circles large dies, Cherry Lynn French Pastry doily die, Magnolia Doohickeys flower die, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Marianne Design forest branch die
Misc: ribbon form The Ribbon Girl, charm and pearls from Bunny Zoe, stickles.
Sentiment: Photoshop

Bronte and Bella's Challenge (Mo's Digital Pencil) - Here comes summer!
Divas by Design -  Anything goes
Stampavie and More -  Ribbons
Clear It Out! -Ribbon/Trim
Paper Take Weekly - Punches Or Die-Cuts 
Top Tip Tuesday - Flower Frenzy
Tuesday Throwdown - Die-cuts 
Craft Your Passion - Check it out (use checks, plaids or gingham)
Crazy Challenge -  Anything Goes
The Ribbon Reel -  Use one or more from: Red, blue, yellow and Green
Cupcake Inspirations - Inspiration Photo* 
Catch The Bug -   Anything Goes
Sew many cards- Anything Goes 
Cupcake Craft - Gingham and Roses

Hope my card brightened your day a little bit! Thank you so much for coming by and wish you all a happy weekend full of sun and joy!
Big hugs to all,

Monday 9 May 2011

Mother's Day Card

Hi everyone!
Since everybody seems to have celebrated Mother's Day, I thought I should make a Mother's Day card although our equivalent feast here in Romania would be "Woman's Day" and that was on the 8th of March. Still, a card for mother is always welcome and I really wanted to ink up my Tilda with straw hat stamp which was the first one I fell in love with from the new collection before loving them all...lol. First I thought I should make a scene with lots of flowers but realized I wanted something simple and cute. Hope you like it:

Stamp: Magnolia- Tilda with straw hat
Coloring medium: Promarkers
DP: Echo Park - For the Record- digital from Jessica Sprague
Embellishments: flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, lace from stash, ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, pearls and charm from Bunny Zoe, stickles
Dies: Magnolia Doohikey flower die (border), Marianne Design forest branch, Martha Stewart butterfly, oval Sizzix die
Sentiment: freebie from here

Challenges for my card:
Just Magnolia- Anything goes with the option of stitching
Card Cupids - Flowers
Dream Valley Challenges -  Flowers
Let's Ink It Up -  Embellish it.
Sentimental Sundaysmust include a Sentiment - Anything goes
Fairy Tale - - Challenge #14: Mother's Day.
Paper Cutz - Challenge #90: Mother's Day.
Aud Sentiments Challenge  Happy Mother's Day
Craft Us Crazy -  Mother's Day and/or flowers.
Delightful Challenges -Mother's Day or someone special.
Paper Play - Show us your style (your favourite style).
Southern Girls -  Let's hear it for the girls.
For Fun Challenges -  Mother's Day or lots of flowers
Creative Stamp Friends -  Mother's Day
Incy Wincy Designs - Mother's Day/Girlie
Kaboodle Doodles - Lots of Layers
Nettie G's Digital Gems -Every day is Mother's Day
The Ribbon Reel - Use one or more from: Red, blue, yellow and Green

Wish you all a great week and Happy Mother's Day!


Saturday 7 May 2011

Christmas card!

Hi everyone!
I have a new Mo Manning image to share with you today! Starting with this week the challenges at Digital Pencil Too will be more special because a Guest Designer will be spotted on the 1st and 2nd Thursdays of each month! Isn't that awesome? I definitely couldn't miss this. Hope many of you will join the competition...the more, the merrier :)!!! If you are not convinced yet you should know that each GD will receive 4 free Mo Manning digi images of your choice besides the chance of joining a fabulous team! Well, I guess now there'll be plenty of competition...hehe!
The theme for this week is "Monochromatic", not exactly my cup of tea; if you browse through my blog you will know what I mean. I have never done this before but well, there's a first in everything.
I've seen people around making loads of Christmas cards and thought I should perhaps make one just for boosting the morale...lol. I'm pretty sure I will be late at making them this year too:)
I chose one of my favorite Christmas images ever- Boughs for the Wreath - and made a CAS for once:) Don't argue with me there, it has to be CAS considering the lack of embellies. I just thought it looked nice just the way it is. Still, there is a lot of glitter and stickles and Diamond Dust all over.

I haven't used Designer paper for this card but a sort of star veil or tulle I guess it is called, which looks much more beautiful in real life than in the picture. As for the red ribbon, well, if you know me, you should also know I simply had to add some color..lol.

Here's the recipe:
Stamp: Mo Manning- Boughs for the wreath
Coloring medium: Promarkers- ice greys, warm greys and black
Misc: veil/tulle, paper doily, charm from Bunny Zoe Crafts, metal corner from Wild Orchid Crafts , ribbon from The Ribbon Girl
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps

Bronte and Bella's Challenge (Mo's Digital Pencil) - Challenge #81: Monochromatic.
 Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Stamp Something - Use a digi.
Your Next Stamp Challenge - use a charm
A Spoonful Of Sugar -  White + One Colour
Clear It Out! -  Ribbon/Trim
Pollycraft - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges must be Christmas - Metal
Sweet Stampin - must Stamp - childhood memories
Wish you all a wonderful rest of the weekend and thank you so much for coming by!


Thursday 5 May 2011

Just for You, Birthday Boy!

Hi everyone,
I made a card yesterday and I thought I should share it with you before handling it to the addressee:) This time I didn't have in mind a particular challenge but a particular boy...lol... my brother in law who will be 35.
I think these Kenny K digis are just perfect for a not so serious, funny young man as he is. 
This card looks a bit girlie to me but since he loves all my cards I think he'll love it too:) I colored the skin with copics for a change and use darker colors as if to make her look tanned:)

Stamp: Kenny K- Allura von D
Coloring media: Promarkers and copics for the skin (E35, R20,E00 E51), chalks acrylic silver paint, distress inks
Embellies: ribbon, buttons from the Ribbon Girl, metal corners from Wild Orchid Crafts, feathers from stash
DP: Cosmo Cricket- Snorkel- (I took it for 1 buck from Jessica Sprague-  they have 1 buck goodies every Wednesday:))
Dies: Magnolia Doohikeys- Tilda lace border and swirl die, Marianne Design circles dies, oval punch, scalloped oval nestie
Sentiments: Lili of the Valley

Pixie Cottage  Sketch* and/or masculine
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - One for the Boys
Cards For Men -  Circles
Crazy Challenge -  Cards for Men
House of Gilli - lots of layers and faux or real stitching
Stamp with Fun - Lace or Ribbon
Stamps R Us  Masculine
There's Magic in the Air -  Birthdays
Creative Inspirations - use a Digi.
Simply Create - Challenge #42: Time to rock the metal.

I hope you like my card!
Have a nice shiny day and thank you for coming!


Sunday 1 May 2011

Emerald Faeries Garden DT

Hi everyone!
I am thrilled to announce you that I have been asked to join the fabulous team of the Emerald Faerie Garden Challenges. Although there are 2 weeks already since my super talented teammie Deb asked me to join I am still overexcited and happy to be there from the very first challenge! Wooohooo!
So, without much delay, you can find our very first Challenge here- "ANYTHING GOES"
 You could be the winner of 4 Gorgeous LIL Digi Faeries of your Choice for entering your card, Layout or OTP project. Aren't they simply gorgeous? Love them!!!

I created my card using the super sweet & gorgeous "Kenz and Tilly" This is such a gorgeous lil stamp & is available in both Digi & Rubber Stamp in the Emerald Faeries Online Shop

 And here's my card:

Stamps: Emerald Faerie- Kenz and Tilly, Whimsy stamps- Meadow background
Coloring medium: Promarkers
DP: Cosmo Cricket- digital and Bo Bunny- Bloom and grow
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, metal corner and golden pearls; lace, ribbon  from the Ribbon Girl,
Misc: golden foil for the edges, Sakura stardust gelly roll pen, sticles, golden brad
Dies: Magnolia Doohikeys- swirl die, Marianne Design- heart die

2 Sisters - For A Mom 
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Mothers Day Project
Fairy Tale -Mother's Day.
Stampalot Challenge- Magical Worlds
Fashionista Friday -Things with wings.
Paper Cutz - Challenge #89: Anything goes.
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Stamp Something - Things with wings.
Totally Papercrafts - Challenge #64: Glitter.
Wags 'n Whiskers - Challenge #53: Use die/punch.
Aud Sentiments Challenge - 2W -  Happy Mother's Day.
Craft Us Crazy - Mother's Day and/or flowers.
The Rubber Cafe - Mom or a special lady in your life.
Some Odd Girl - - All about Moms.
Sisterhood of Crafters - Mother's Day
The Stamping Boutique -  Winged Things 

So we look forward to see your gorgeous creations in our first challenge. You can use any stamp to enter the challenge but of course we would be happy to see our Emerald Faeries on your cards/projects!
And if you want to see some great inspirational projects take a tour to my teammies blogs, you wont be dissapointed:)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank you all for coming by!
Big hugz,

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