Monday, 6 January 2014

Cute and Grunge!!!

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend! Here in the Diaz-Kaleem household we are back to our post-holiday routine.... Alaia is back to nursery today and hubby is back to work. I'm just trying to get in the rut again.... (not happening yet...) I guess I have a bit of post-holiday blues... all the pre-Christmas excitement, preparations... it all went too fast!!!! And I've made the point of not taking my Christmas tree down yet..... In Spain today it is still Christmas!!! although we don't celebrate it here in the UK, in Spain The 3 Wise Men brought the presents to children last night... So I can't really take my Christmas down until at least tomorrow.... I say with a very very sad face..... I wish it could be  Christmas everyday! (this is now turning into a song...)

So on to today's card!!!!!

I really love the card I'm showing you today...

I've tried a new style for me, "grunge". I hope I have accomplished a grunge look! when trying to achieve a look, there are so many things to consider, and so many interpretations! I distressed a lot, I went a bit crazy!!! I got the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser for Christmas and I love it! and for me, in cardmaking, Tim Holtz = grunge! More Tim Holtz in this card: the Weathered clock die, and the Distressed Ink pads in Tattered Rose, Tea Dye and Old Paper. Some of my new crafty goodies! (not all presents, some I got on the sale)

I used a cute image... can you do cute grunge? I guess so...if not, too late for me!!!! It is Bunches by Mo Manning. I've had it for a while, used it once before, and I thought it was time to use her again....

And I am so proud! for this card, I only used scraps of paper! I didn't use a brand new sheet at all! for me, this is a big thing.... some of them are from my K&Company paper pad and from First Edition ....

I coloured Bunches with my Promarkers.
Raw Sienna, Sandstone and Buttermilk for her hair, flowers and boots.
Frosted leaf for the leaves in the bunch.
Vanilla, Almond, Ivory and Blossom for her skin.
For her clothes: Blossom, Pink Carnation, Cornflower, Powder Blue and blender pen.

Another first for me, which I am really happy I made and I will make again and again is the Grunge looking flower....  I followed a tutorial I saw on how to make a Christmas Poinsetta by Chelsea Le at Crafting Life Pieces. I adapted the tutorial to make my flower.

I used 16 leaf die cuts (I used the leaves from Marianne Creatables English Rose).
I cut them from Watercolour Paper. I soaked them in water, and rolled them. 
I left them overnight to dry. In the morning, I unrolled them, used some Distress inks at the edges and glue them together: 8 leaves at the bottom as a base, and then 2 layers of 4 leaves. I added a rhinestone in the centre... 
I'm really happy how it ended up! perfect for this type of card I think....

The sentiment is from a Ribbon reel I've had for years. 
The buttons are from Papermania and Gorjuss.
The brown dots ribbon and brad are from local shops.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Mo's DP2 challenge - Anything goes w/Mo Image
Crafting Musketeers # 9 - Grunge
Moving along the times - Thank you
Crafty Catz #212 - Thank you
The Pink Elephant #232 -  Thank you
Brown Sugar #75 - Use ribbon or twine
Totally Gorjuss #217 - Ribbon
Alphabet challenge - X for xtra-ordinary (handmade flower is xtra-ordinary as it's first time I've made it!) (2nd entry)
Delicious Doodles #69 - Layer up
Left of Center #22 - New Beginnings (new craft dies and technique) 2nd entry
A Gem of a challenge #110 - something new (new craft stash - Tim Holtz die and inks)
Come and get it - Something new  (New style, craft tools and handmade flower)
Crafting from the heart #4 - Anything goes/use pearls of buttons
All sorts challenge #240 - Free and easy (2nd entry)
Incy Wincy - 3 favourite embellishments (ribbon, flowers and buttons)
Polkadoodles Digi Choosday wk 11 - Anything goes
Polkadoodles challenge wk 1 - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes (2nd entry)
613 Avenue Create #53 - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room door  - Anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. #240 - Anything goes (2nd entry)
Crafty Hands #5 - Anything goes
Sweet Pea stampers - Anything goes
Creative Craft Challenge #26 - Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle #66 - Anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody #37 - Anything goes
Digi Sketch - Say it with flowers (T)
Crafty Boots - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew #52 - Anything goes (3rd entry)
Open-minded crafting fun #1 - New tools or new techniques (Tim holtz weathered clock die is a new tool)

I hope you have enjoyed my card. If you have, please leave a comment, I read and appreciate each and every of them... and don't forget to follow me! :)

Until next time!


  1. Beautiful card Mirella thank you for joining us this week at Crafty Catz
    Hugs Dianne xx DT

  2. Supercute, love the image and papers.

    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhands Challenge Blog.

    Moira DT.

  3. what lovely card thanks for sharing with sweet pea stampers challenge this week Rachel DT

  4. this is so cute!

    thanks so much for playing along with us at Alphabet Challenge!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  5. This is just too cute. I feel like you combined old and new in every way. Congrats on stepping out of your comfort zone and making a grunge card. I can't believe it is your first try at it!!! And your image is super sweet. Your coloring is remarkable. Thank you for joining us in the neighborhood. I hope you will return next week as we celebrate our birthday with a Block Party.

    Melissa M
    613 Avenue Create DT Member

  6. Such a pretty card Mirella. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week x

  7. Love the clock in the background and the adorable image! So pretty! Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles this week.

  8. Fabulous card, cute image great design. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  9. Adorable card Mirella, I love that sweet image and all of your grunge details! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
    Tammy x

  10. You have made a wonderful Mo Manning card here. It's stunning. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this fortnight of “Anything goes” and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

  11. What a beautiful card - excellent coloring - thank you for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody - I would love you to join my blog and would be happy to join yours - happy crafting. Ange

  12. Great card! love all the layers and textures. Thanks for joining in with us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

  13. Lovely card.Thanks for entering the Crafting Musketeers 'grunge' challenge,
    Jackie DT

  14. Very cute card! Thanks for joining us at Crafting From The Heart! Angie-DT

  15. Just gorgeous - love the background you've created.

    Thanks for joining us at The CRAFT Challenge.

    Helen x

  16. Love your work gorgeous project thanks for joining us at LOC

  17. what a beautiful card!! thank you for joining us over at The Crafting Musketeers!! Nicole DT xxx

  18. Cute layout & lovely colouring. Thank you for joining in with us at polkadoodles.

  19. Such a pretty image and a wonderful card! Love the grunged look.

    Thanks for joining in with us this week at MAWTT.


  20. So so cute, Mirella. Thanks for playing along with us at PolkaDoodles.
    Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

  21. I love the looks of the card. The stamp is just so cute and looks perfect with everything you have done.

    Thanks for joining us at Incy Wincy Designs

  22. Fantastic card, love the image and all the embellies. Thanks for sharing at Alphabet Challenge.

    Pat xx

  23. Your card is just gorgeous, love the rustic feeling. Thank you for sharing this at Digi Sketch Challenge, good luck.

  24. I love that clock die!!! Love your design.. this is stunning! Great image too!! Thank you so much for joining us at Open-Minded for our first challenge!!!

    - Susan
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    {Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges}

  25. Awesome grungy card! love it! thanks for sharing at Left of Center this fortnight, mo x

  26. ahhhh this is totally adorable!!! Just love all the fabulous details and the distress look of your card!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky

  27. WOW, Mirella, stunning card, love all the layers, stunning, thank you for sharing with us at Delicious Doodles, this week, best of luck xxx

  28. This looks so adorable, Mirella! Great combination of this cute image with grunge effects.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Mo's Digital Pencil this week, hope to see you again soon!

    Hugs, Anja

  29. Still loving this card, Mirella, just back with my other DT hat on, LOL...thank you for sharing with us at Open Minded Crafting Fun, best of luck xxx

  30. Love this Mo Manning card. Thank you for playing along with Sweet Pea Stampers "Anything goes". We wish you good luck and hope to see you again. Sylvia, DT-member

  31. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card for Crafting Musketeers 'grunge' challenge, Hazel, DT Crafting Musketeers x

  32. And thanks for sharing your lovely card for the Sweet Pea Stampers 'anything goes' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  33. such a lovely card love the use of the dies and colours are so pretty ,Thanks for joining open minded fun challenge & good luck Pam DT xx

  34. Super card! Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles (Digi Choosday). Take care Zo xx

  35. gorgeous card and love the Mo image. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz! Kim x

  36. Wonderful Creation.
    Thanks for joining us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun.

  37. Great Mo image and a wonderful card. Love how you have made use of the dies. Thanks for joining us at Come and Get It this week.
    Cindy DT

  38. Love the layout of your card and the fabulous flower you have create. Lovely image and colouring. Thanks for sharing with us at Come and Get It and we hope to see again soon. Meighan DT

  39. Gorgeous card love the cute image with the grunge thanks for joining us at Incy Wincy this week
    Jenny x

  40. This is a very pretty grunge card. Love the image. My family too has always celebrated Xmas through Jan 6, 3 Kings Day. Thanks for playing with us at The Pink Elephant Challenge this week! Happy New Year!

  41. all the layers and sweet image!! Thanks so much for playing along with The Pink Elephant!!

  42. Super, super cute! Beautiful flower and sweet image. Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs month long Anything Goes Challenge.

  43. Fabulous card, thank you for joining us at the Crafting Musketeers this month, Fran (DT) xxx

  44. Back again to say thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge too.

    Helen x


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