Friday, January 31, 2014

A Little Ballerina.

I've been honoured to win last week's challenge at A Day for Daisies with my most treasured card (you can read all about it here) and I've decided to make a card for their new challenge.

The theme is "Use Pink and Red" and I chose Little Dancer Two for my card.

I was a ballerina myself when I was younger even if without too much enthusiasm but, while making this card, I was inspired by my daughter.
She loves her ballet lessons, maybe genes passed directly from my mother to her...
Anyway, for me ballet is all about pinks and whites or baby blues so when I think of a ballerina she must wear a pink or white tutu.
I'm not so lucky with my daughter's tutus for her recitals: the last two were emerald green and yellow with hot pink details...
For sure, with those bright colors it was easier to see her group in the big theatre but they don't mean ballet to me!
That's why I was happy to color my ballerina with pink!

This is my card:
Isn't she lovely and delicate?
I colored this Little Dancer with my Copics and a touch of crystal glitter in her tutu, then mounted it on Doodlebug (Sweet Cakes paper pad) and Echo Park (Country Drive paper pad) papers. The little clouds and flower are from Toga. Lots of rhinestones give a special bling to the card!
Even if my daughter is not blond, I think of her when I see this card!

I'd like to participate in the following challenges:

Thursday, January 30, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 244 - Love / Valentines.

Since I'm a DT member of C.R.A.F.T. Challenge I've had the chance to work with digi stamp companies new to me.

This week it's no exception!
I've been lucky enough to be able to choose a digi stamp from Pattie's Creations and I chose Salt and Pepper Couple for this Love themed challenge.

This is my card:
Aren't they lovely?
Easy to color and super-sweet!
I mounted them on a heart card decorated with a patterned paper from Doodlebug (Sweet Cakes), a white satin ribbon and bow, thinestones and hearts.

Let's go to the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge blog to see all the beautiful creations of my teamies and all the fabulous -and generous - sponsors!

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
City Crafter Challenge Week 196: Love Story
Everybody-Art-Challenge # 263: Heart
Created with Love Challenge # 74: Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays Challenge # 157: Anything Goes - Craft Tell Your Hearts Content
Crafting from the Heart Challenge # 5: Fancy Folds

Monday, January 27, 2014

Vintage Greens.

I cannot believe that last week I didn't make a Christmas card!
My DT card for Christmas Cards Challenge was ready and I spent the whole week making cards for various occasions, mainly using images I've recently bought or that I've wanted to use for a long while!

It's the case of the card I want to share today.
It has actually been made following a challenge theme and I must admit that I colored two images, the one I finally put in the card and... a Christmas one!

Let's start from the beginning.
I treated myself with some Mo Manning's digi stamps during the sale in her shop. I often buy images I like during sales but I tend to forget them if I don't use them immediately. The other day I had a look at Mo's Digital Challenge to be inspired to make a card.
The theme is "Lots of Layers" so I started coloring two images and I finally opted for this:

I fell in love with this digi the first time I saw it. It is Jack Driving and I'm still deciding if my favourite is Jack, happy driving his car, or his mother (maybe his granny?), a bit scared...
We have all taken driving lessons or been next to someone learning so we all know what it means...

The green scheme arrived by chance, I didn't want to color the card red so I went for some vintage greens, maybe it's the old lady's car...
Papers are from a Forever Friends paper pad called The Good Life.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 9 - Anything Goes!

Anything Goes!
This week's theme at Christmas Card Challenges is super-easy and I've had the chance to make a card using a digi I bought before Christmas and still had to use.

This is my card:
This lovely penguin is from Marina Neira and is called Messenger Penguin.
I've chosen an orange card, maybe a bit strange as Christmas color but it matches perfectly with these papers from First Edition (Christmas Joy) and can be used for both boys and girls!

My teamies cards are just wonderful!
Have a look at them and be inspired!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round January Challenge: Anything Goes
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge: Christmas Animals
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January: Anything Goes
Digi Sketch Challenge: One for the Man

Thursday, January 23, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 243 - Colour Combo

Welcome to a new C.R.A.F.T. Challenge!

This week we want to see a colour combo on your cards or projects:


And this is my card:

This week I'm particularly happy because I've had the occasion to work for the first time with a Kenny K digi stamp. It is called Spaced and it was perfect to be colored following the combo!
In addition to an absolutely new image, this week I've also used a new light blue doily I found while looking for party supplies for my daughter's birthday and some new sequins.

Kenny K Downloads is one of the fabulous sponsors we have this week so let's start working on your new card and enter our challenge!


I'd love to enter my card into the following challenges:
Kenny's Krafty Crew Challenge # 164: Anything Goes (Twist: Use Black)
The Cutie Pie Challenge # 61: Cute January Blues
Sentimental Sundays # 190: More than 3 Layers
Sparkles Monthly Challenge # 52: Show Us Your New Stash (digi, doily, sequins)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Treasured Card.

Good morning!
I've been thinking about this blog post for about one week.
The reason is that I made a card a long time ago, one of those I love, I treasure, I keep secret waiting for the perfect moment to show it.
The challenge over at A Day for Daisies gave me (in almost one week) the motivation to share it with you.

This is the card:
You won't probably find it anything special and I admit I've probably made more beautiful cards but this is one of my favourite, if not my favourite!
I've used "Treasure" digi stamp from A Day for Daisies and colored it with watercolor pencils and glitter.
Very clean and simple but yes, my fav!

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Well... the only thing I have to do is to click and my card will leave for the world...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Stickers on a Card!

I was clearing a basket full of undefined stuff when I found some lovely stickers my daughter gave me for Christmas.
I immediately remembered that this week's challenge at Meljen's Design it's all about Stickers!
It was the perfect reason to make a card, enter a challenge and use my stickers!

This is the card:
Aren't these lilac glittered hearts lovely?
I used Teeny Mouse Hugs from Meljen's Designs shop and patterned papers from TPC.
I added a heart sticker on the inside, too

I forgot to tell my daughter, hope she'll be happy to see that I've used them for one of my craft projects!

This card is for the following challenges:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 8 - One Layer Card

Welcone back to Christmas Card Challenges!

This week we want to see Christmas cards with only one layer. Easy, isn't it?

This is my card:

I've used the fabulous Holly Tree by DigiStamp Boutique: I simply printed it on white cardstock, colored it with Copics, added tons of red stickles glue on the berries and lots of green rhinestones here and there.
There is also the Mistletoe Tree with which I've made a light green version of this card, but I'll show you another time!

Your inspiration to make Christmas cards is gone away with decorations? Have a look at all the other creations from the DT, you'll surely be inspired!
Margo

I'd also love to enter the following challenges:
DigiStamp Boutique January Customer Competition: Anything Goes with DSB
ABC Christmas Challenge: A is for Anything Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round Challenge: Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' January Challenge: Festive Foliage
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January: Anything Goes

Saturday, January 18, 2014

What Fun!

I've just finished a card I can't wait to share with you.
I saw a sketch and I immediately had an idea for a card which I've just finished!

This is the sketch:
The challenge is the new January Challenge at Whimsie Doodles!
Although I have several of their digi stamps, I don't remember if I've ever entered one of their challenges.
This sketch is so lovely and funny!

This is my card:

(I'm sorry for the horrible picture but it's a rainy day here and it's also getting dark so I couldn't do anything better...).
I've used "Have a Seat" collection of digi stamps: I've had them for ages but I hadn't had any occasion to use them. This was THE perfect card to put them into good use.
(You can find the entire collection here in Whimsie Doodles shop).
I colored them with my Copics and decoupaged some details. Card base is from Die Cut with a View.
Ribbons and a key charm have been added to decorate the card.
I didn't know I was feeling sketchy before having a look at this fantastic sketch!

I want to enter the following challenges:

Friday, January 17, 2014

Crocodiles for Valentine's Day.

You won't believe but I'm still making Christmas cards... or maybe I'm already making Christmas card.
Or better: I've never stopped making Christmas cards!
Only yesterday I made two cards and some tags...

But I'm also making some Valentine cards, both for DT assignements and for pure pleasure.

Today I want to show you one that I made "just to have fun":

I LOVE this digi stamp called Crocodile Love from The Paper Shelter!
I colored them with my Copics and assembled a light blue card with touches of red, just to remember it's a love-themed card. I added a broad light blue organza ribbon with little hearts on the edges and another ribbon with hearts and Valentine's words. 
These crocodiles are so cute!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations January Challenge: Ribbons, Buttons and Bows


Thursday, January 16, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 242 - Decoupage

Good morning everybody!
And welcome to a new C.R.A.F.T. Challenge!

This week we want you to show your crafting abilities and to do some decoupage on your card or craft project.

I made something different for this challenge: I decoupaged a cork board.
I'm trying to declutter and clean my craft room and I need a cork board to pin ideas and inspirations. I don't even know if I ever find the space on the wall, for this reason my cork board is very small:

Back in December I won a C.R.A.F.T. Challenge and I was so lucky to be able to choose from the lovely digi papers by Trimgym's digistamps and images.
I cut four stripes and decoupaged them on the wood frame of the cork board. I then cut four small circles and glued them on the pins.

We have lovely sponsors this week and great prizes so you won't miss the oppurtunity to win one!

Have a look at the projects of my teamies... I've had a sneak peak and they are amazing!

(Oh yes... I'm a fan of Peppa Pig!).

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 7: Use Polka Dots

Welcome to a new Christmas Card Challenge with a fabulous theme: use Polka Dots!
I love dots!

And for my card this week I used lots of them!

I used a stocking digi stamp I received from Broken Box Stock and printed it in different sizes. I colored them with my Copics and some glitter and glued them to a baker's twine.

Have a look at my teamies' blogs, their work is amazing this week!

Margo

I want to enter my card into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: A for Anything Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Anything Goes
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge: Ribbon and/or Lace
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January: Anything Goes

Thursday, January 9, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 241 - Christmas.

Welcome to a new C.R.A.F.T Challenge and this week the theme is "Christmas"!

I'm trying to declutter my craft room and this year I've decided that Christmas papers must remain easily accessible for the whole year since I make at least one Christmas cards per week...

Today I want to show you some new tags:
I've been inspired by the images of one of our sponsors, Imagine That!.
It's a set of 10 elements, 3 ornaments and 7 sentiments and it's called Elegant Ornaments. They are on sale now (you can find them here).
Imagine That! is one of our generous sponsors this week: you may win three sets from their lovely range!
I printed the ornament on a background paper by Pink Petticoat and added the sentiment and some gold touches with rhinestones and ribbon.
They are elegant, aren't they?

For all challenge details, sponsors, prizes and for lots more inspiring projects have a look here.

I'd like to enter my tags in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: A for Anything Christmas
 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Paths.

I don't know why but recently I've been attracted by stamps featuring travels.

Is it the new year that inspires me to do something new somewhere new?
Or maybe because I've just heard that some friends are probably moving to China for work in the near future?
Or simply because I love to travel?

The fact is that, when I saw this stamp a little before Christmas, I fell in love with it.

In between DT cards, Christmas decorations to put away and house chores, I've managed to finish a card:

Isn't she cute? And what about the little dog?
This is a digi stamp from A Random Fan called Travel Bug: it's a shop I've just discovered and I simply fell in love with their images! I've had a great fun coloring this little girl: I wanted to be bolder while coloring the car but then I decided to go for a more stylish grey.
All supplies for this card are new and they were all on my table: papers are from a new pad I've found in an English papercraft magazine which I've just bought, buttons are an incredible finding in a nearby shop I made yesterday!

I often thinks of those friends of ours who are probably moving to China. If this happened to me, what would be my reaction? Scare? Enthusiasm? Would I be able to see all the opportunities to live for a while in such a different Country or would I see the risks only?
Sometimes I'd love to have the chance to change my life completely, sometimes I'm grateful my life is not changing so drastically...

Well, let's go back to my little girl and her car.
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes (optional: Celebrate Something New)
Crafty Little Fairies: Starting Over
ABC Challenge: C is for Colorful

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 6 - No Coloring.

Good morning!
Welcome to a new Christmas Card Challenge!
Today we ask you to put away your Copic markers or crayons or whatever you use to color your images because we want to see NO COLORING!

For me, a hard job! The thing I love most is coloring so it's not been easy to do something so different...
This is my card:
I've stamped this image from Pennyblack with white ink on a dark blue cardstock (much darker that it seems on the screen). I then added a few touches here and there to keep the simple look.

Christmas decorations are still around the house because tomorrow is the day we traditionally put them away so it wasn't difficult to have some Christmas inspiration, I hope to be inspired next week too!

If you have already put away your Christmas mood, have a look at my teamies' blogs:

Margo

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: Anything Goes
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January: Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs Challenge: Anything Goes

Thursday, January 2, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 240 & Great News!

Happy New Year!

Today I'm pretty excited to share some news with you... I was chosen to be part of C.R.A.F.T. Challenge DT!

And this is my first card for the new challenge:

The theme is a super easy one to start with: Anything Goes!

Since I'm a newbie and I wanted to start with the first challenge of the New year, I didn't have time to choose an image from one of our sponsors but check here and see them all!
There's a total of four different sponsors, each with fabulous prizes!
You won't miss the opportunity to win one of them!

For my card I've used a stamp by Tina Wenke available at SP and Company: it is called Fall Hedgies Kissing and it was love at first sight for me!
I found the background papers a whle ago in a magazine and loved to add tiny rhinestones among the flowers in the upper part of the card!

Well, let's prepare your card and join us in the fun!