Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas!!!!! plus a LOTV Birthday card...

Hi!!!!! 2 more sleeps to go!!!!!

I'm so excited, having young children makes Christmas so much special!  All the presents are wrapped and hidden, food shopping is done for Christmas Eve (I follow my Spanish tradition on this and celebrate Christmas Eve with a nice dinner and family time). On Christmas day we will open the presents (this is my UK tradition, as in Spain presents are on the 6th of January when the 3 Wise Men bring the presents instead of Santa Claus), and we will have the leftovers from the night before! Although we are spending Christmas in the UK alone, we will have Christmas Eve dinner and open the presents with my parents and grandma through Skype! We did it last year and it was great!

So, as this will be my last post before Christmas, I would like to wish you all 

A Very Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!

Today I've got a Birthday card for you.... Yeah, no more Christmas cards! yay (I love Christmas, but I struggle with making my Christmas cards so much...).

I used a lovely stamp by Lili of the Valley called Maisie Two Balloons. I've had it for about 2 years, it's great for a little girl!!!!

I really love the combination of brown and blue (one of my favourites together with brown and pink!). 
The papers I used are from: First Edition Desert Bloom paper pad and from the K&C paper pad.
The sentiment came with a pack of sentiments as a free gift with a craft magazine.

I coloured Maisie with my Promarkers in brown and blue colours.

For her hair and shoes I used Cocoa, Sandstone and Buttermilk.
For her skin: Vanilla and blossom.
For her dress, bow and balloons: Cornflower and powder blue.

I used a Nellie Snellen flourish corner die-cut as a mask and inked around it to leave that beautiful flourish shape as a blank area to contrast with the inked area.... This technique is one of my favourites, together with distressing every edge with ink and blades!!!!

I think it is a beautiful way to frame the image and cover the blank spaces.

The dies used are: Tim Holtz Alterations Elegant Flourish and Marianne Creatables leaves.

The flowers and pearl are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The butterflies are from a local shop and  the piece of mesh under the layers was part of the flower arrangements from my cousin's wedding last year... talk about recycling!!!!!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

All sorts challenge #238 - Brown with blue, aqua or turquoise
Penny's challenge #158 - Favourite technique or colour combination (inking with a die-cut mask)
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Birthdays (2nd entry)
Deep Ocean challenge #67 - Something old  stamp and mesh
Seize the Birthday - AG Birthday with no toppings
Crafty Little Fairies - Anything goes
Stamp n Doodle - Anything goes
Sister Act #38 - Anything goes
Polkadoodles #51 - Anything goes
Stamping for the weekend - Anything goes
Alphabet challenge - W for whatever you wish
Brown Sugar #73 - Anything goes
Inkspirational challenge #46 - Anything Inkspirational goes
613 Avenue Create #51 - Anything goes no twist
Scribble and Scrap #8 - Anything goes GDT
The Pink Elephant #231 - Anything goes
Addicted to Stamps and more #76 - Anything goes (2nd entry)
Crafty Girls #8 - Anything goes (2nd entry)
Passion for Promarkers #228 - Include a Sentiment (2nd entry)

I really hope you like this card. If you do, I would like it if you leave a comment with any feedback!
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Have a lovely holiday season!
Until next time!


  1. Very pretty card Mirella. Love the soft colours and the gorgeous image you have used. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational and have a wonderful Christmas.


  2. So gorgeous and so creative, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week and a Merry Christmas. xxx

  3. A perfect card for our theme Mirella, thanks so much for joining in at Allsorts challenge.

    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.

    B x

  4. This is truly a lovely card Mirella. The soft color tones, the arrangement and the gorgeous embellishments makes it very appealing to the eye. We are pleased you chose to share it with us at 613 Avenue create.

  5. Fab card Mirella :o)
    Merry Christmas!

  6. So sweet! Like the background behind the stamp. Absolutely fab!

    Thank you for joining our Anything goes Challenge at Brown Sugar this week. Good luck!

  7. Lovely card with great details.
    Thanks for joining us at Stamp n Doodle.
    xxx Michelle (DT)

  8. Hi Mirella. Love your stencilled background and Maisie is beautifully coloured. Very pretty card. Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM. Happy Christmas! Monika

  9. Such a sweet card. Love the adorable image. Your coloring is beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Seize the Birthday.

  10. Love that background sky!!! Very very clever! The card is so pretty! Thanks for joining us over at STB this week!

  11. Sweet image on this pretty card
    Thanks for sharing with us at crafty sentiments

  12. Awwwwww - soooo sweet! Love the beautiful blues on this darling card and the extra special touches and embellishments. Thanks for joining us at ATS&M for Anything Goes.

  13. Beautifully composed project! Your image is adorable and you have colored it beautifully! Very nicely done! Thanks so much for playing along with us here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  14. A beautiful and delicate pretty card. Thanks for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenges. Caz

  15. Such a lovely, pretty card. A sweet image and gorgeous embellishments. Thanks for joining us this week at the Sister Act Card Challenge.

  16. What a cute card! Your image is great and I really like that flourish technique. Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  17. Gorgeous card Mirella, I love how you've stamped the background too. Thanks for joining us at Stampin For The Weekend and Good Luck! xx

  18. This is super pretty! Love the soft colors! I love how you did the mask and inking! Thank you so much for playing along at Crafty Sentiments Designs! We hope you play along with us again soon!

  19. Thanks for joining us at the crafty girls challenge blog..good luck ..Anita DT

  20. Love this Mirella! Gorgeous layout and colours and fabulous embellishments.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

  21. Oh Mirella. I love the image, and your card! :) pretty cute <3
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments. Hope to see you again :)
    Hugs, Mikha

  22. What a wonderful card, I loved the image.

    Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamp-n-Doodle Challenge and the best of luck.

    Anne-Marie x x

  23. What a sweetie pie! Thank you for joining in on our Anything Goes challenge over at The Pink Elephant!
    ~*Joni TPE DT

  24. Such a cute card, thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Girls!
    Hugs Donna DT xx


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