Friday, December 28, 2012

It's a Winter Challenge at Broken Box Stock

It's time for another challenge at Broken Box Stock: Winter / Snowflakes!
I've recently made a card for this challenge and, according to me, it shows the beauty of digi stamps.
This is the card:
I used just one digi stamp, Lydia Caroling and simply resized it, flipped it and colored it in different shades and they seems three different little girls (or maybe sisters).
I used foam pads to attach them in order to obtain different levels and used a card I found in a magazine some years ago.
I love its semplicity and the fact that, with just one image, I could create a chorus!

Now, for the Challenge rules:

Challenge Directions:
Make a card with a Winter theme. Think: snowflakes, icicles, snowmen, etc. 

Broken Box Stock Digital Stamps:
You don't have to use our stamps but we love it when you do! We have hundreds of digital stamps, click here to check them out! 

FREEbies:
Check out our freebies too! View our entire freebie collection here.

Deadline: Thursday, January 17, 2012 @ 5:00pm

Prize: 3 FREE digital stamps from our shop at www.BrokenBoxStock.com(your choice!)

Challenge Rules: 
1) Follow the challenge's specific design criteria above.
2) To enter your card in the challenge, use our "inlinkz" link tool below.
3) No back linking.
4) Up to 3 entries per person.
5) Subscribe to our blog so you know if you win (winners must claim their prizes by emailing us, we will not reach out to you)!
6) We must have at least 5 entries to award a prize.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Well, we're here at last!
Tomorrow it's Christmas!
For a card maker like me it's more than the most important holiday in the whole year, it's a sort of finishing line.
Cards are made, Customers are served, gifts have been bought (I still need to buy one or two...), family is preparing dinner, the house still needs to be cleaned and everything is fine.
And... In a week or two, I should be ready to start again!
I've been making cards for Christmas for most of the year, thinking about the particular atmosphere of December and of this precious holiday!
My favorite time of the year is quickly passing by and this makes me a bit sad as usual: I've always enjoyed the preparations of a party than the party itself and for Christmas it's more or less the same.

I want to thank all my loyal Customers of my Etsy shop, ebay auctions and daWanda shop and wish you all

My Best Wishes for Christmas and for a Fabulous New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Vintage Christmas


This should be my last Christmas card for this year.
Apart from my DT work, I've decided to stop making Christmas cards, put away some stamps I didn't manage to use and take some time for family, house cleaning and daily chores before Christmas.

When I saw this Stampavie stamp I decided it would have been a perfect addition to my collection. And when I inked it, I decided to keep its Victorian atmosphere using soft traditional colors.
Anyway, this is my card:

I've found a very old ivory paper with snowflakes (I'm sorry I don't even remember where I bought it) and added a few touches: a grey cardstock panel and stripe behind the image, a glittered snowflake and a touch of glitter on the snow.
I love its atmosphere which reminds me of Christmas past, Dicken's novels and London in the late 1800s.

Well, being my last Christmas card I suppose these will be the last Challenges I'm entering for this year:

Crafty Mess Challenge # 23: Vintage Christmas
DYSU Challenge # 102: Christmas 

I'll surely be back for some new DT cards but for now, Happy Christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

An Unusual Color Combo

I'm definitely behind schedule with my Christmas cards but I want to use all the stamps I bought earlier this year... well, maybe not every single one...

Today, I'm showing you a card I've made with a stamp from Penny Black that I fell in love with some time ago and finally managed to buy.

Aren't they lovely?
It seems that another favorite of mine for Christmas are critters, and this cute trio is so sweet I couldn't miss it!
For a change from pinks and traditional Christmas colors, this time I've tried with an unusual color combo: kraft and glitter.
If I were asked before this card, I would have answered that no, no, it doesn't work! But I've tried and I'm quite surprised with the result.
I think that these kraft colors are perfect for the critters and that a touch of glitter and sparkle is perfect for Christmas!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: What's your Favorite

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Snowman Fun!

Last week it snowed.
Quite early this year.
After a long, warm fall, we found ourselves freezing and wearing gloves.
I'll never get used to cold weather...

It seems that this year I fell the urge to use all my forgotten stamps to make at least one Christmas card before Christmas.

Inspired by our recent snowfall and by the theme of some challenges I've found, I've created this card:

I've chosen a funny digi stamp called Snowman's Laundry Line from The Stamping Boutique. I wanted the outfit to be the focus of the card so I've chosen papers in soft tones with discreet patterns.

I'd like to enter the following challenges (hoping that a snowman's outfit and some melted snow mean "snowman"...):
City Crafter Challenge # 139: Snowman Fun (and I think this image is really funny!)
ABC Challenge # 8: Let It Snow

Friday, December 14, 2012

How Cute is this Dog?

A while ago I treated myself with a new stamp from Lili of the Valley called Pup with Stocking but I didn't have time to make a card with it until today!

This time, I've used more traditional colors, reds and greens:

On a cream card, I've used DCWV papers, dark green satin ribbon and the stamped dog, colored with Copics and glitter.

Isn't it sweet?

This card is for the following challenges:
Lili's Little Fairies Challenge: Something New (the stamp)

and

Here Come the Boys Challenge # 42: Anything Goes Christmas

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Today, Pink & Green for Christmas

A quick post today to show you another card.
I'm making my last cards for this season but I'm pretty inspired so once I finish a card, I have another idea in my head.

Today, I've this card to show:

I've used Shopping Spree from Di's Digi Downloads, an image I really love!
Colored with Copics and glitter, decorated with tiny buttons and mounted on a "vintage" green card with a patterned paper by Dovecraft. A hot pink satin ribbon and a bell charm make it sooo pretty!!!

This card is for the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday Challenge # 247: So Charming! (Use a Charm)
Crafts and Me Challenge # 114: Why so Blue? = No Blues

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Singing Carols

I don't know why but one of my favorite images for Christmas is someone singing carols.
Even when I watch Christmas movies (my favorite pastime for Christmas), I love to see a group of people singing near a lamppost or in front of a house.

That's why when I saw this stamp, I had to buy it:

She is the lovely Wryn Goes Caroling digi stamp from Tiddly Inks and, inspired by this week's challenge theme at Tiddly Inks, I colored her in soft blues. Isn't she cute? I adore her!!

This card is for the following challenges:
Tiddly Inks Challenge # 100: Make it like Pops (color + theme)
Cutie Pie Challenge # 33: Cutie Christmas
Jingle Belles Challenge: Anything (Holiday) Goes

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mint Green for Christmas

If I take a look at all the Christmas cards I've made this year, most of them have non-traditional colors. Mostly pinks... pink and red, I love it!

Yesterday, I tried to change a bit and use some green. Not a dark, deep green but a light, fresh one!

And I made this:

Last year I made more traditional cards with this Cozy Winter Owl from Meljen's Designs but this year I wanted to go with something fresh and bright.

Copics, glitter and rhinestones and the card is done!

I'm entering this card into Meljen's Designs Challenge # 139: Anything Goes

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Cat for Christmas

I've had this sweet digi stamp for a while, maybe one year or so and, inspired by The ABC Challenge theme this week, I've decided to ink it and make this card:

This lovely digi is Christmas Wishes from Tiddly Inks. I used Copics and glitter for the image and mounted it on a hot pink card with ptterned papers and ribbon.
It's good to be able to use supplies I've had for a while and create something cute!

I'm a bit in a hurry this morning so I have time only to enter a few challenges:
The ABC Christmas Challenge: C is for Clear It Out
In The Pink Challenge # 9: Gonna Be a Pink Christmas
Digital Tuesday Challenge # 189: Non-Traditional Christmas

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pretty Christmas Trees

Oh! How posh is this girl while making her Christmas tree?

She is Princess Jennifer Latte Decorating the Tree from The Stamping Boutique and she's a favourite of mine! I made a few cards last year and I had to make one this year too!
She inspires me to work with pinks and non-traditional colors, glitters and everything pretty!!

I've recently won a few stamps from The Stamping Boutique over at the ABC Christmas Challenge and, of course, I treated myself with a new Jennifer Latte digi! I hope to have time to make it before Christmas!

This card is for the following Challenges:
The Stamping Boutique Challenge # 61: Holiday Cards
Whimsy Stmps Challenge # 54: Anything Goes so Long as It's Festive
Fab'n'Funky Challenge # 150: Non-traditional Christmas

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Cuties

Last month I bought a lovely set of digi stamps over at DigiStamp Boutique and I've just finished to make a set of two cute little cards.

The first one, in bright colors:


The other in more deep, elegant colors:


The set is called Simply for Christmas and my idea was to make one card with each image. I'm busy with some commissions so I decided to show the first two before it's too late for Christmas!

I used little white cards, added a cardstock panel behind the images colored with Copics and glitter. A pretty ribbon and a button and voilà a lovely card!

I have a tip for you: I had these lovely sets of small cards with envelopes but the cards had no folds and so I decided to make a folded card out of white paper and cut the original card in a panel, lightly smaller than the front of my white card. It matches the envelope and the card has a fold!

I'm entering the following challenges:
DigiStamp Boutique December Customer Competition: Anything Goes with a DigiStamp Boutique image

Monday, December 3, 2012

Baby's First Christmas

Being born at the end of December, my daughter's first Christmas found her almost 1 year old, ready to reach the tree and break something.

It was a very sad Christmas and I remember the two of us playing near the sofa with some new teddy bears and two dogs singing Christmas carols when we touched their hands. She had great fun and I had too, just looking at her happy face.

Some years have passed and Christmas days have always been happier than that very first one. Today in particular I'm waiting for her to come back from school and decorate the Christmas tree!
She was so excited this morning!

Last week I was lucky enough to win the first prize at ABC Christmas Challenge so I decided I had to make a card for the new Challenge.

The theme is X for X Marks the Spot  and I've made this card:

When it was time to add the ribbon, I chose a very narrow one so that, once tied, it seemed a "X".

The image is a very old one from Pink Petticoat which I colored with Copics and glitter. Papers are from The Winter Stack by DCWV.

This card is for the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: X for X Marks the Spot
Ladybug Crafts Challenge # 4: Christmas and/or Winter
Fussy and Fancy Challenge # 77: I Love Christmas

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy Holidays! At Broken Box Stock

A GREAT new challenge at Broken Box Stock: Happy Holidays!

We all need Christmas cards so why don't create one for this challenge?

As a DT member this month I created two cards, it was difficult to choose just one so I sent both!

This is the first one I made a while ago:

I used a new easel card I had just bought and added these sweet little shops all dressed up for Christmas which you can find here. It's a freebie so hurry up and create the sweetest Christmas card!
Mine is light blue and shops are colored with Copics and, of course, glitter!

After having made this card, I received a new Toodle and... bang! I had a crush!

She is Gifts Toodle and exists as digi and in a colored version. I love her! All those gifts and bags, the pretty dress,her tights and, of course, her earrings!
I printed a giant version of the Toodle (the beauty of the digi stamps... being able to make any size you want!) and colored her with Copics and glitter. I decided to use two non-Christmas papers from my favourite Doodlebug collection: Sweet Cakes: these colors are perfect for Christmas too!
This bright and cheerful card makes me happy in these gloomy and very non-Italian days: it's been raining heavy for a long while, my daughter's school is partially flooded and... well, somewhere else in Italy conditions are even worse. Let's pray for them all this will be a happy Christmas despite all the difficulties.

Back to the challenge now! Here are the rules:
Challenge Directions:
Make a holiday card.

Broken Box Stock Digital Stamps:
You don't have to use our stamps but we love it when you do! We have hundreds of digital stamps, click here and check them out!
.
FREEbies:
Check out our freebies too! View our entire freebies collection here.

 
Deadline: Thursday, December 13, 2012 @ 5:00pm

Prize: 3 FREE digital stamps from our shop at http://www.brokenboxstock.com/ (your choice!)

Challenge Rules: 
1) Follow the challenge's specific design criteria above.
2) To enter your card in the challenge, use our "inlinkz" link tool below.
3) No back linking.
4) Up to 3 entries per person.
5) Subscribe to our blog so you know if you win (winners must claim their prizes by emailing us, we will not reach out to you)!
6) We must have at least 5 entries to award a prize.
 
Don't forget to be inspired by the gorgeous creations of the DT! Check them all here!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Elves for Christmas

Elves have been a passion of mine since back in the '90s when I discovered a painting book by Annie Lang: Elves from my Shelves. Since then, I've always loved having elves around for Christmas, in one form or another.

Earlier this year, I bought an elf image from Meljen's Designs called Santa's Little Helper.

I've just finished two cards with him:


and


For the first one I used brighter and more modern colors, the second is more traditional. Both elves have been colored with Copics and glitter.
As for patterned papers: the first one uses papers from the Christmas Joy Paper Pad by First Edition, the second uses paper from DCWV Christmas Papers.

The face of this little elf makes me smile every time I look at it!

I'm entering the first card in the following challenges:
Divas by Design Challenge # 62: Use Two or More Patterned Papers

Friday, November 23, 2012

Wrapping Gifts

Wrapping gifts means "Christmas is fast approaching".
I don't like to wrap gifts.
Well, that's not true. I like the idea of wrapping something I've bought for someone special, to put it under the tree, to see children's eyes open wide for the surprise, but I don't like the physical act to wrap them.
I usually postpone my wrapping session until Christmas is so near I can't avoid it.

Seeing this fortnight challenge theme at ABC Christmas Challenge "W is for Wrapping" I thought that I had to make a card with a new image from Broken Box Stock.

Here's my card:
She is Lydia Wrapping Gifts, isn't she cute? And that Santa hat... maybe I should try to wear one on and my gift wrapping will be more cheerful!!
Copics and glitter for the image, some designer paper from the Helz Cuppleditch Special Delivery paper pad, a ribbon, two rhinestones and...voilà!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: W is for Wrapping
and
The Crafty Pad Challenge # 197: It's beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

There's a sale going on in my Etsy shop: use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY15 to get a 15% discount on your purchase!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wish BIG!

Just a quick post today to show you my latest card:

Yesterday, I had a look at Jellypark Challenges and the theme was too funny to let the challenge go without creating a card for it!

I had this free image from the Jellypark store which was perfect! (And sooo cute!).

I made a light blue textured card and used a patterned paper from DCWV. The digi is colored with Copics and glitter and the orange I used for the apron inspired me for the orange cardstock stripe I glued behind the mouse and the orange satin rose.
The super-funny sentiment was from There She Goes clear stamps and it was so appropriate for this image!!!

I'm entering the following challenges:
Jellypark Challenges: I'm Hungry!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

With Love at Christmas

Our most heartfelt tradition for Christmas here is Italy is certainly the Nativity: we make beautiful scenes with little statues, mountains, lakes and little villages.
When I was a child, my mom always made a Nativity village: she made the sky with a blue chiffon fabric with lots of stars, she made mountains with paper, a lake with a mirror, the desert with real sand and she added little stones and musk here and there. Then, she added those lovely little houses with a light in them : it was so magic!
Although the Nativity was set up on December 8, little baby Jesus arrived on the 24th once we came home from the midnight Mass and I still keep the tradition with my daughter: as soon as we arrive home she puts our little Jesus in His cradle.
I'm not good at making the Nativity: we only have a hut and the main characters, no lights, no mountains, no lake... my excuse is that we have no space to dedicate to a bigger scene but the truth is that I'm not good at making it.
Once I grew older, I decorated the Christmas tree while my mom and my sister created the nativity (probably, my little sister was tired to hang Christmas decorations on the back of the tree only and she decided it was better to work with mum...).

Last year I found a lovely image from DigiStamp Boutique called Cute Naitvity Kids and this year I've made this card:
I've used a white easel card I bought last month at a craft fair, added a glittered light blue paper and this lovely digi stamp colored with Copics. The turquoise ribbon around the edge give that special touch.

I'm entering this card into the following Challenges:
DigiStamp Boutique November Customer Competition: Anything Goes with DigiStamp Boutique
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge # 99: use something more than 6 months old
(the digi stamp was bought last year).

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's Time for a "Thank You" Challenge at Broken Box Stock

It's time for Challenge # 14 at Broken Box Stock and the theme is perfect for this time of the year: make a Thank You card!

Here's my card:


I've used Robin's Tune which is one of the lovely digis available in the shop (and it's free! You can find it here) and an orange palette which reminds me of autumn and falling leaves. 

You can read everything about the challenge here, but here's a few directions:

Challenge Directions:
Make a "Thank You" card. With all of the holidays coming up, you're bound to need one! - And, you can make up to 3 cards for this challenge!

Broken Box Stock Digital Stamps:
You don't have to use our stamps but we love it when you do! We have hundreds of digital stamps, clic here to check them out!
 
FREEbies:
Check out our freebies too! View our entire freebie collection here.

Deadline: Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 5:00pm

Prize: 3 FREE digital stamps from our shop at www.BrokenBoxStock.com (your choice!)

Challenge Rules: 
1) Follow the challenge's specific design criteria above.
2) To enter your card in the challenge, use our "inlinkz" link tool below.
3) No back linking.
4) Up to 3 entries per person.
5) Subscribe to our blog so you know if you win (winners must claim their prizes by emailing Broken Box Stock, we will not reach out to you)!
6) We must have at least 5 entries to award a prize.
 
Go ahead and make plenty of Thank You cards and don't forget to check out the wonderful creations from other DT members here


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Unusual Colors

After an indigestion of red last week, I've decided to follow an interesting challenge which asks us to use these colors:


The Challenge is at Sparkle Creations blog and I was inspired by these colors which are pretty unusual for a Christmas card.

I made this:


I used Christmas Tree Ruby from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and colored her with Copics in shades of smoky blue and green.
I added touches of glitter, a touch of red and mounted it on a glittered grey/light blue/light green (?) paper from DCWV. I added a grey ribbon, a light green paper rose and a perfectly matching button (which I had just saved from an old t-shirt I was throwing way).

Although a card with these colors is quite unusual for Christmas, I find it quite elegant. But my favorite detail is the necklace: I added three pearls around her neck, isn't she cute? (My daughter immediately noticed it and loved it!).

This card will be entered in the following challenges:

Sparkles Christmas Challenge # 22: Contemporary Color Combo
Ladybug Crafts Challenge # 3: Monochrome/Tonal

Friday, November 9, 2012

Red Again!

Well, it seems that this week red is my favorite color for Christmas creations!

Here I have another project to show you:


I've had these heart-shaped tags for a long while (they are very beutiful but quite expensive so I've never found the right occasion to use them) and every now and then I've tried to make something out of them unsuccessfully. A few days ago I received this ADORABLE Santa hat cat image from Broken Box Stock (you can find it here) and I knew it was THE perfect image for some girly Christmas tags.

I printed them on heavy paper and colored with grey and red Copics, added lots of glitter, three rhinestones and a funny sentiment and... voilà... quick, easy but SO pretty!

I'm entering the following challenges:
Divas by Design # 60: Let's Get Cute
Kraftyhands Challenge: Christmas in November
Creative Craft Challenge: Special Occasion, NOT Birthday

I'm quite thrilled to have some time to create something new for a challenge and I'm realizing that most of these challenges are new to me so I'm very happy!

And don't forget to have a look at Broken Box Stock Blog: you have the chance to win THREE gorgeous digi stamps! Read all about it here! Don't miss this chance!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Red for Christmas

It took me more than 20 years to appreciate the color RED.
I still remember (for I still have it) the first red cardigan I bought. I had never loved it as color in general and  I couldn't wear it, despite it is said that red is the color for Aries.

I don't wear all that red now, especially in winter, but I've bought a few red things in these past years that are still in my wardrobe.

But the Christmas color "par excellence" is red.
Although I love to make cards in pink and pastel colors cards, when I make one in red or red and green, it shouts "Christmas!".

Like the one I've just finished:

Inspired by the current challenge at Crafts and Me Challenge where RED is the theme, I've used this gorgeous stamp and papers by Wild Rose Studio which I colored with Copics and glitter. I wanted it to sparkle, so I added rhinestones and, for a special touch, I added a satin ribbon tied in a bow.

I love its vintage feel and the light it has when Imove it under the light!

Wow... Christmas is coming!

This card is perfect for the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: V is for vibrant colors
Whimsy Stamps Challenge # 53: Traditional Christmas Colors
Paper Crafting Journey: Anything Goes

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Christmas Critters

Christmas is coming... Shops are putting on the festive dress, filling their shelves with Christmas goodies.
A bit "late" this year, maybe because it was warm until last week and Christmas seemed far away? Or maybe because that mid-October was too early in any case...

Being a crafter and making Christmas cards for most of the year, I'm always happy when I see something festive around: I love to see new trends, to have some inspiration and to be completely in the right mood for holiday creations.
But, the other "me" refuses to buy ornaments and home decorations so early. The most horrible thing is that, when it's almost Christmas, most big shops have already taken away Christmas items.

Well, let's go back to cards.
Today I'm happy to show a card I've just finished with a lovely stamp from Meljen's Designs called Ice Skating Mouse:

This picture is a bit dark, I'm sorry. The Easel card is white and the panel below is a light blue-green glittered paper.

I colored the mouse with Copics and glitter and added rhinestones, glittered snowflakes and dots of pink paint. Isn't she cute?

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
The Crafty Pad Challenge # 194: Christmas Is Coming

Friday, November 2, 2012

Broken Box Stock Challenge # 13: Thanksgiving

It's time for another challenge at Broken Box Stock and the theme is a very easy one: Thanksgiving!

Well, not for me, it should be one of the first Thanksgiving cards in my life... We have imported Halloween and our kids go trick-or-treating, disguised as witches and devils but no, Thanksgiving it's still something very American!

With a brand new type of cards I've recently bought at a craft fair, I made this:
I've always loved this Thanksgiving Pilgrim Toodle digi stamp (there's also a colored version available, click here to see it) from Broken Box Stock and I'm happy I've had a chance to use it for a card!

Well, now for the Challenge:

Challenge Directions:Make a Thanksgiving card, pretty simple! Enter up to 3 cards and you might as well drop them in the mail to send off to a loved one :)

Broken Box Stock Digital Stamps:
We have hundreds of digital stamps, click here to check them out!

FREEbies:
Check out our freebies too! View our entire freebie collection here.
Deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 5:00pm

Prize: 3 FREE digital stamps from Broken Box Stock.com (you choose!)

Challenge Rules: 
1) Follow the challenge's specific design criteria above.
2) To enter your card in the challenge, use our "inlinkz" link tool below.
3) No back linking.
4) Up to 3 entries per person.
5) Subscribe to our blog so you know if you win (winners must claim their prizes by emailing us, we will not reach out to you)!
6) We must have at least 5 entries to award a prize.
Don't forget to have a look at all the fabulous creations from the DT! Check them all here!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sweet Stampin'

How sweet!

A few days ago I received a lovely image from Broken Box Stock and I immediately had to make something out of it.

And I made this notepad:


This lovely digi stamp is called Sugar Cookie Toodle and I colored it with Copics (but there is also a colored version available if you have little time).
My original idea was to make something absolutely pinky and girly but when I saw this paper from Papermania I decided it was the right one! I love the clean, crisp, fresh look the light blue stripes give to the notepad!
I only added touches of glitter here and there, a rhinestone near the sentiment, a pink ribbon and, of course, two little pearls as earrings!
I love these toodles for they have little details like the earrings that make them absolutely girly girl!

Luckily enough, while browsing through my list of challenges, I noticed that it could be entered in a few of them.:
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: What's Cooking/Something to Eat

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Lovely Sketch Challenge Part 2

I did it!
I've just finished the boy version of the card I told you about a few hours ago (have a look here or scroll down to see my post).


I've used a bright green card and papers from DCWV and, of course, the lion stamp from the Jungle Out There set of stamps by There She Goes.
(No, this time the upper part has not been placed to cover a mistake but because I eventually like it very much!).
Although my daughter and I chose this set mainly for the monkey, I must admit that all the animals are very cute! I bet I (we) will use it over and over again!

I enter this card in There She Goes Challenge # 178: sketch

and I head towards the kitchen to prepare dinner!

A Lovely Sketch Challenge

Here I am with a new card for one of my favorite challenges!

Although I had this card in mind for a couple of days, I only managed to make it yesterday at 6:00 am... I was not completely awaken but I had to get up and start cutting!

In fact, a few days ago I received a new stamp set from There She Goes called Jungle Out There. I chose it with my daughter after I won a challenge last month. It's gorgeous! Animals are perfectly sized, not too small and not too big and they are so sweet and funny!

I had already seen the current challenge at There She Goes, which is a sketch challenge:

I love this clean feminine sketch and I immediately decided how to make it.

This is my card:


I've used a light blue card from DCWV, inked the edges with a light blue ink and added this banner made with pink and white glittered cardstock from DCWV.
Since it was 6:00 am, I cut the stripes a bit too short so I had to add something on the top to disguise the place where they are glued...
I added a black dotted ribbon over another stripe of pink glittered paper, three pink pearls, a sentiment and, of course, this lovely zebra!

I've also planned a boy version of the same sketch but... well... I don't think I manage to finish it in time for this challenge!

This card will be entered in the following Challenges:

Friday, October 19, 2012

It's a Recipe Challenge at Broken Box Stock!

Time for a new, exciting Challenge at Broken Box Stock!

Challenge # 12 asks you to incorporate a recipe in your card or project!

Here's my card:
I love Apple Pies so I searched for a recipe on the internet and typed it next to the Happy Harvest girl digi stamp from Broken Box Stock. It was the first digi we got from the new Digi Stamp Club: it's only $ 9.99 per year for a total of 52 digis! They are all so cute!! Don't miss your chance to subscribe or consider to give the subscription to a crafty friend this Christmas! Read all about it here.

I wanted to keep colors fresh and yellow was perfect together with touches of red and green of the apples!

I think I should try the recipe sooner or later!

Now, for the challenge rules:

Challenge Directions:
Incorporate a recipe (handwritten or typed) into your card design. 

Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 2012 @ 5:00pm

Prize: 3 FREE digital stamps from Broken Box Stock

Challenge Rules: 
1) Follow the challenge's specific design criteria above.
2) To enter your card in the challenge, use our "inlinkz" link tool below.
3) No back linking.
4) Up to 3 entries per person.
5) Subscribe to our blog so you know if you win (winners must claim their prizes by emailing us, we will not reach out to you)!
6) We must have at least 5 entries to award a prize.
 
Have a look at our fabulous DT creations here for some inspiration!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pinkoctober at Jellypark!

The other day, while browsing my favourite blogs, I discovered Jellypark Challenges. I already knew their digi stamps and I decided I had to enter a card.

The theme is PINK and I bought a digi stamp both my daughter and I liked. The proceedings of the sale of this digi help to raise money for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer and I loved the idea to help such a great cause.

I made this card:
I've used the Breakthrough Breast Cancer song in your heart digi stamp colored with Copics and glitter. it comes with this lovely sentiment so it was easy to finish the card using a patterned paper from the Neighbourwood Collection, a satin ribbon and some pearls.

I'm entering this card in:



Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pink Christmas

I love to use PINK for Christmas!
And when I read Jingle Belles Challenge theme for this week, I couldn't help doing another pink card.
Luckily enough, I'm quite free from commissions so I've had the time to make this:


I've used Minnie Christmas Lights, a lovely funny stamp from Tiddly Inks.
When I start making my Christmas tree and unwrap my decorations, I often found lights tangled and I have absolutely no patience to untangle them! I feel I'm a bit like this Minnie...

The challenge at Jingle Belles is a serious one this time: Pink Christmas for the Cure! The girls will be donating $2 for each card: read this post for all the info!

This card is for the following challenges:
Jingle Belles: Pink Christmas

Let's make some PINK Christmas cards and help raise founds for the cure!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Broken Box Stock Challenge: Halloween!

It's time for a new Challenge at Broken Box Stock: Make a Halloween Card!

I've made two cards this time.

The first one uses Spooky Halloween Toodle:

I colored her with Copics and glitter and mounted her on black paper. She is glued with foam paads on a dotted paper I found a while ago at My Grafico. The moon is made with a circle punch and it is embellished with gems and a glittered bat.
I love her!

The second card is this one:

I've used Haunted Halloween House, colored with Copics and mounted in on a silver cardstock glued over a dark grey card.

Both images exist in a black and white and in a colored version, just in case you need somemthing quicker to create with.

And now for the rules:

Challenge Directions: 
Make a Halloween themed card. 

NEW RULES ADJUSTMENT! 
You NO longer have to use Broken Box Stock graphics within your design. Any cards entered will be considered! However, we do encourage you to take a look at our digi-stamps and graphics at Broken Box Stock.

FREEbies for you!
Feel free to use our freebies!

Deadline: Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 5:00pm

Prize
FREE MEMBERSHIP to our new Digi-Stamp Club! - Receive 52 digital stamps over a year (one new digi per week), a $9.99 value! This is an amazing prize, don't miss out on the chance to win! :)

Challenge Rules: 
1) Follow the challenge's specific design criteria above.
2) To enter your card in the challenge, use our "inlinkz" link tool.
3) No back linking.
4) Up to 3 entries per person.

Let's start creating your Halloween cards for friends and family!
In case you need some inspiration, don't forget to have a look at the other creations from the DT!