Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Playing with Yellow, Pink and Brown.... an Autumn card!


I hope you are all well!

I've just been blogging for only 2 weeks but I love it. I love the challenges (they are great to get me into making cards I wouldn't dare to make). I also love the process of writing the blog, not knowing what is going to come up from it and thinking that people from anywhere in the world may read it! (scary!).
But above all, I love the blogging community. The way I can "talk" to people with the same interest as me, from any part of the world, I feel "connected".  It's a good feeling. I'm starting to ramble now....

On to the card!

Today's card is a Birthday Autumn / Fall card with a twist! I haven't used the usual deep brown and orange colours but yellow, pink and just a bit of brown. I always like to mix pink and yellow colours, especially for girl cards... I feel like it's a good colour combination (I might be wrong, your opinion would be appreciated!).

It's again an easel card. I love this type of cards!

The lovely image I've used is "Singin in the Rain" by Mo Manning (Mo's Digital Pencil). If I could, I would buy all her digital stamps! I'm in the process of doing so...

The backing papers I've used this time are from We R Memory Keepers Baby Mine (yellow with pink / white spots);  Papermania Capsule Collection Spots and Stripes Pastels (pink stripes paper); the sentiment is printed in a K&Company paper.
I have distressed the edges of the papers with a blade and sandstone and added ink... I love to distress papers.. I like the "messy look"!
I've also used an old corrugated cardboard (it was part of the packaging from a toiletry set I got for my baby shower about 5 years ago!), and I've painted it a bit of silver/pearl acrylic paint from Docrafts. 

The little tag picking out behind the cardboard is a memory tag from the Happy Days journaling cards collection by Papermania (I have scanned it and reduced its size).

As usual, I've coloured the lovely image with my Promarkers. 
This is the first time I've coloured curly hair!!!! I hope I've done an OK job! I used buttermilk, mustard and sandstone.
For the face and body I've used: Sandstone, Vanilla and Blossom.
For the Boots: Tulip Yellow, Mustard and the Blender pen.
For the umbrella: Blossom, Pink Mittens, Buttermilk, Eggnog and the blender pen.

I have paper-pieced the dress and coat. I love paper-piecing lately!

I have used a brown ink pad to colour the background of the picture. 
My tip for Top Tip Tuesday is: if you don't have a proper ink blender like me, you can buy cheap make-up sponges and use them to blend your ink!

I printed the leaves, cut them and inked them to give them the brown colour.
I used Anitas 3-D Clear Gloss Finish for the rain drops. 

I used Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge die to make the pink stripe's background paper look like a notebook page. The fence die cut is from my new Marianne Creatables die.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts
The yellow spotty brad in the flower is from Doddlebug Design Ink Boutiques brads.
The spotty ribbon, buttons and charm as from my own stash.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges (in no particular order):

Cutie Pie challenge #56 - Cute with embellishment bingo (die cuts, buttons, ribbon, charm, flowers)
Top Tip Tuesday #113 - Seasons
Oldie but a Goodie - Charming  (charm and corrugated cardboard are old)

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Now I'm going to get Alaia in her fancy-dress, as she has a School Disco this evening! (I wanted her to dress as a witch or something scary, but she just want to be a princess!)

Thanks and until next time, 

Friday, 25 October 2013

Purple Rain


It's Friday!!! and of course.. It's raining!!!! putting a smiley face to the wet and cold weather!

I'm looking forward to this weekend... we will get our coats, boots and hats to enjoy the Halloween events in our area... There is a Ghost train! (I would love to go, but not sure If it's the best for a 4 and a half year old...) we'll see. It's supposed to be for families after all!

So, I've got the perfect card for you today... with umbrella and everything! It's an easel card, loving this type of card at the moment. I'm pretty sure I'll show you a lot more of this in the future!

The digi stamp I used is from Polka Doodles. It's so nice and it can be used for so many different cards, Birthdays, Friendship... 

The backing papers I've used are from Pink Petticoat Colour Collections and Papermania Capsule Collection Designer Die-Cuts (the black polka-dots). I've distressed all the black card stock and the papers with sandstone and inks. 
I made the sentiment with my computer (the quote is not mine).  I'm starting to play around with the idea of creating my own sentiments.... I would love to make some cool ones to share with you all!

And now let's talk about the colouring! I used my promarkers (as always!). 
For the face and skin: sandstone and vanilla.
For the hair: Blossom and Pink Carnation (yes, Pink hair!)
For the dress: lilac, lavender, orchid and Slate. 
For the boots: slate, lilac and blender pen

I decoupaged the umbrella with the lovely papers I used in the backgroud.

I also used Sizzlits Decorative Strip, Marianne Creatables and Nellie's dies as background and to embellish the card. 

The roses and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and leaves are die cut from a Marianne Creatables Die set.
The buttons, ribbon (and bow) and pearls are from a local shop. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers #221 - Give me a "P"  (purple, pink, pearls, polka dots)

Wish me luck!!!!

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Thanks and see you next time!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas*.....

(*At least when you are into card-making!)

Hello again!!!!

It's raining today.... so to cheer myself up I went on a mini shopping spree to the Craft Shop! I don't really need the "it was raining" excuse though ... I go when it's raining, sunny, snowing. windy... I doesn't really matter!

I needed to top up on my card stock as I was running out of certain colours. But of course, I couldn't just buy card stock... I had to take a look at the dies and stamps!!!! (to my husbands frustration!). So I also got the "Tim Holtz Alterations Torn Notebook Die" and some paper lace doilies...  The shop has a little table with all the sale items, loads of them all mixed up, where you really need to go through everything, moving around stuff to find something you like... and I found a lovely mini stamp with a quote on it. This will be great to stamp as a sentiment on the cards!
I can wait to use all the great stuff I got today!

And the purpose of this post... I want to show you a card! 

This time I've gone for the Vintage theme.... I've used this lovely Mo's Digital Pencil digi stamp. It's called "Santa Kai". Isn't he lovely? 

I stamped the sentiment and the "Seasons Greetings" stamp in brown, and I used the Tim Holtz Distress ink in Antique linen around the edges. 

The big stars are hand-made, and I used my Joy Crafts snowflake die to create the snowflake.

The paper I used is from the Desert Blooms collection by First Editions Paper. 

I coloured the image with my promarkers. I tried to colour it in a "vintage way" (my own method, still learning!) so I added some yellows to the red clothing to give it the "faded" look. 
For the Santa suit I used: Slate, Poppy, Antique Pink and Buttermilk with the blender pen.
For the pyjama bottoms I used Sandstone and I used the blender pen to fade the colour. The same with the present and the ribbon...I decoupaged the present and added some colouring over it.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

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Thank you for taking a look. Until next time!!!!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.....! Lili of The Valley New Baby Card


It's Monday...  Did you have a nice weekend? I hope you did and you are all ready and full of energy for the week ahead!

My new card is for someone quite close to me who will be having a baby soon. I decided to make the card early, as I know I will be getting really busy in the next few weeks with Christmas cards and the nice challenges. I guess it's OK?

Before showing you my card, I had to share with you this nice quote I found today... so true! following the baby theme....

taken from www.prifx.com

For this card, I challenged myself to make something new to me. So after taking a look around, I went for a Criss-cross card. They take a lot longer to make, but the end result is great!

I chose to use a Lili of the Valley rubber stamp. Lili of the Valley does lovely and cute stamps for all occasions. I've got quite a few of them (a lot!) and I can't stop myself from buying more and more!

The "Cute as a Button" stamp is from Hobbycraft. I used it together with the blue faux leather string and white string as a "catch" for the front cover.

As you can see, I've covered the names in the sentiment, as they may read this blog!

The papers I've used are from Pink Petticoat Colour Collections and Jennifer Ellory Floral Papers. I have distressed slightly the edges of the papers with sandpaper and blue ink.

I stamped the image on white card stock and as usual, I coloured it with my Promarkers. 

For the hat and baby-grow I used: Cornflower, Powder blue, lilac and blender pen.
For the face: Sandstone, Vanilla, Blossom and blender pen. 
For the blanket and floor: Icicle and blender pen.
I've used Anita's 3-D Clear Gloss Finish to accentuate the dots in the baby-grow.  I've also used it on the punched stars and the Nellie Snellen flourish corner die-cut.

The floral border was created with a Martha Stewart edge punch. 
The doily at the back of the image is a Sizzix die-cut, embossed with the tiny dots embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the leaves are a die-cut from Marianne Creatables.

I made the sentiment myself (in Spanish) and embellished it with rhinestones from a local shop.

The tiny envelope on one of the sides is the Envelope, Scallop Lace from Sizzix. Once the baby is born, I'll insert a card with baby name and date of birth.


I have entered this card in the following challenges:

I'll try to do something different every so often... It's fun to learn new techniques! 

If you like this card, please leave a comment to let me know. You can also follow me with Bloglovin' and/or Google+ so you don't miss any of my amazing posts!!! ;)

Until next time!!!!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

It's The Spookiest Month of The Year


It's nearing the end of October...
I love this month...  Autumn is finally here, the weather is getting a bit colder which means layers of clothing and cool boots!!! (oh I love my boots....). The landscape changes, the leaves on the trees starting browning and falling... Now that I live in Scotland I appreciate it a lot more, it's beautiful in here...

and it also means, Halloween! So of course, a Halloween card was on the cards!

I got this Kenny K digital stamp last year for a different project and I thought it would be perfect for a girlie (and goth!) but not too freaky Halloween card. It's called "Kitty Katastrophe".

I used this sketch by Love to Create

 The papers I've used are from the Desert Blooms Collection by First Edition Paper. They are perfect for this card due the Autumnal colours (oranges, browns and pinks) and the contrast of the dots and stripes. 
I also added an orange scalloped circle, created with an Ellison Die and gave it tiny dots texture using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.


"Kitty Katastrophe" is so fun to colour! as usual, I coloured her with my Promarkers: for the hair I've used Peach, Coral, Slate, Amethyst and Antique Pink; for her face and body, Sandstone, Vanilla, Blossom and Blender pen; for her clothes, Honeycomb, Peach, Slate, Amethyst and Orchid.

I made the "YOU ARE WICKED" sentiment myself , using a Jonathan S. Harris font. I love the double meaning of this sentiment!

The purple lace ribbon, black rhinestones and brad were bought in local shops. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges (in no particular order):

If you like this card, it would be great if you let me know by leaving a comment.
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Thanks and Until next time!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

A new lovely card today!


After 6 days of not leaving my house due to feeling really poorly, today we decided to go for a walk in the local park with Alaia. Fresh air!!! oh I missed it!
Alaia is on school mid-term break at the moment and she has been really bored due to me being ill and all,  but she joins me in the card making and loves it. She is becoming really artistic!

So today's card... I made the card following some challenges guidelines that I wanted to enter.
 I used this amazing Saturated Canary Stamp called "Christmas Angel". The theme of it is Shabby Chic; mixing pink, white and brown colours; with snowflakes, a tag and sentiment.

I have distressed all the card and paper with sandpaper and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen to give the card the old effect of Shabby Chic. The papers I've used are from Princess Fairytale collection by Dovecraft and by K&Company.

I coloured the Saturated Canary image with my Promarkers: for the hair I used Buttermilk and Sandstone blended with the Blender Pen; for the face, I used Sandstone, Vanilla, Eggnog, Blossom and the Blender pen; for the outfit I used Pink Carnation, Blossom, Pale Pink, Sandstone and Buttermilk.  I used Pale pink for the wings and added some glitter for the Sparkly effect!

The lovely sentiment I've used it's a freebie from Tidbits Trinkets. I distressed the borders with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen and  put in on a brown handmade tag.

The snowflakes are Die Cuts from Joycrafts. The flowers, lace, brads and pearls are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I'm entering this card in the following:

Saturated Canary Challenge #54 - Seasons Greetings
Christmas Cards Challenges # 46 - Colour Combo (Pink, White and Brown)
Totally Gorjuss challenge #205 - Wings and Things
Cutie Pie's Challenge # 55 - Cute and Tagtastic (Tag)
Inky Chicks challenge # 15 - Your fav sentiment 

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Wish me luck! don't be shy and leave a comment if you like my card!

Until next time!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Welcome to my Blog!!!

Hello and welcome!!!

I have wanted to write a blog for a very long time now and I finally got the courage to go ahead with it!!!
The weather has changed for the worst here in Scotland, and together with feeling a bit under the weather myself, what a better excuse for staying home and making cards!

I've just finished this Christmas card from Magnolia today. I received the stamp yesterday on the post and I couldn't wait to use it.

Sorry for the picture quality, lack of natural light today

For this card, I have used:
  • Paper from Raspberry Road Designs Christmas Collection.
  • Heart sentiment is by Beth Gunnell.
  • the Stamp is by Magnolia, "Crunching Tilda". I have coloured it using my Promarkers (eggnog, buttermilk, sandstone and pink carnation for her face; buttermilk and sandstone for her hair; poppy and slate for the hat, top and red stripes in leggings; frosted leaf and pear green for gloves and green stripes in leggings)
  • Swirl die is from Tim Holtz die-cutter.
  • the lovely flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts www.wildorchidcrafts.com.
  • ribbons and rhinestones are from my personal stash.
If you like this card, let me know by commenting below!

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Brown Sugar Challenge #63 - Anything goes

Sister Act Card Challenge #28 - Anything goes

Magnolia down Under Challenge #218 - Christmas in October

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Until next time!!!!!

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