Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mele Kalikimaka

When I print digis on speciality papers, I always try to fit as many as possible into the sheet so that no paper is wasted.

A while ago I was printing something and I added a lovely digi stamp I wanted to create with in the other half of the sheet.

I'm starting thinking about Christmas: last year I managed to make some Christmas cards during the whole year and I found myself with a batch of cards ready to be listed early in fall. My idea was to do the same this year but so far I managed to make only two (identical) cards.

So, I printed this funny image and the other day I colored it:

The Santa shark is from Doodle Dragon Studios and I colored it with Copics and glitter.
I used a paper from DCWV Winter paper pack which has a winter theme but both the color and the pattern give me the idea of water.

This summery-Christmassy card is just pefect for Jingle Bells Challenge: Mele Kalikimaka. Bright summery colors and theme for a Christmas card!

I do not list Christmas cards in my Etsy shop yet but if you'd like to buy one card that you see here on the blog, plase ask and I'll be pleased to put it in the shop.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Dreaming about the Sea

For the first time this year since the birth of my daughter I won't go to the seaside with my mom...

It was a mother-daughter-niece kind of vacation: the three of us at the seaside, where we used to go when I was a little girl.

This year my mom has decided to stay at home for family problems and my daughter and I stay at home too, it wouldn't be the same without her.

Even if when I left for this vacation I wasn't completely happy for it was not too exciting for me, this year I feel a bit sad...

So I decided to make this card to cheer me up a bit:

This funny digi stamp is from Bugaboo Stamps and I glued it on an easel card I bought from the UK. A light blue paper and some waves made with an acrylic stamp and colored with Copics make the perfect sea for this crab!

I'm entering this card into the following Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday Challenge # 222: Here Comes Summer!

and

Raise the Bar Challenge # 107: Hello Summer!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Do You Love Spring Cleaning?

I definitely don't.

In fact, I should call them... Summer cleaning... I started on Thursday with my daughter's room. We emptied it, she started sorting things while I was cleaning windows, shelves, bed... everything! Then we filled it again, cleaning, washing and... magic words: THROWING AWAY!

Well, maybe things actually thrown away were just a few... most of them are to be saved in the basement or given to cousins. A few items were kept for charity, my daughter's school asks for toys and comics in good conditions to be sold to raise money for activities and materials. We are a bit late this year so they will be saved... in the basement until next year!
I threw away four bags full of papers and plastic to be recycled but I have three piles of books and toys ready for the basement and I have no idea where I'll put them (the basement being already full!).

Anyway, this is probably the most exciting part of the spring cleaning: throw away old, unused things, declutter and create space.

When I received this new digi stamp from Broken Box Stock called Cleaning Toodle I smiled: I knew that I had to start cleaning and my face was EXACTLY as the face of this lovely Toodle!

This one:

I've used a perfect paper from Doodlebug and a lovely satin ribbon. She wears pearl earrings and necklace... a feminine touch is always necessary!
The problem was the sentiment... the very first thing I thought about when I started planning the card was... my mom! She hasn't started her spring cleaning yet and I thought that a funny card would make her start with a smile and "Good Luck!" was a perfect wish! I should definitely make an Italian version for her!

I'm entering this card into the following Challenges:
and
Paper Playtime Challenge # 77: Anything Goes plus add a sentiment!

I'm not even as elegant as this Toodle when I clean but I've had such a great time coloring and creating this card that I'll probably be a bit happier the next time I'll hoover the house!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Broken Box Stock Challenge # 4: Red, White & Blue

It's time for a new Challenge at Broken Box Stock!

And this time it's all about RED, WHITE & BLUE!


Challenge Directions: 
Use a graphic from Broken Box Stock to create a card/paper craft using a red, white & blue color palette. You may use a color or digital stamp graphic. Feel free to use our freebies too (like the ones you find here!).
You may have a chance to win a Toodle Birthday Calendar (a printable digi-stamp craft, see below)
Deadline is Thursday, July 5, 2012 @ 5:00pm
Challenge Rules: 
1) Use our clipart/digital stamps as the main design element.
2) Follow the challenge's specific design criteria above.
3) No back linking.
4) Up to 3 entries per person.
5) Subscribe to our blog so you know if you win (and can claim your prize)!
If you need some inspiration, have a look at our DT fabulous creations with RED, WHITE & BLUE!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Red, White and Blue... Again!

As I told you yesterday, I have some time to make new cards but little time to check if a card may fit more than one Challenge...

...and, in fact, this is the second Red, White and Blue challenge I'm entering this week...

.... with two different cards!

Here's the new one:

I've used America Toodle from Broken Box Stock: I colored it with my Copics but there is also a colored version available in the shop if you prefer.
Papers are from an old stash from Sizzix and they match perfectly!
A few rhinestones here and there (yesterday I found some cheap & lovely packets of rhinestones in a Dollar shop and had to use them immediately on my card!), glitter everywhere on the hearts and stars and... voilà... another card finished!

It's SO easy to work with these Toodles... maybe because I recognize myself in most of them!

I'm entering this card in:
Cupcake Craft Challenge # 196 - Red, White and Blue

and

Sarah Hurley Challenge # 68 - Red, White and Blue

Friday, June 15, 2012

Back to a Sweet Sketch!

I'm quite inspired this week and I'm managing to make cards following sketch directions: I take a look at one of my favorite challenges and... voilà I make a card!

Today I'm particularly happy because I've just finished a card for a Challenge I entered several times last year: Sweet Sketch Wednesday!

This week we have to follow this sketch:


and this is my card:

I've used Cupcake Toodle from Broken Box Stock, an image I'm never tired to create with and which I colored with Copics and glitter.
Papers are Tea Party from Dovecraft: it's so easy to work with just one paper set! Colors blend beautifully! I only added a punched paper heart to the cupcake, three red rhinestones and a white satin ribbon.

I have some time to create but not enough to check if I can enter other challenges so for today I'm entering it to Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge # 158-45 only!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Circles!

Last year I made some round tags with die cuts and I wanted to add some new types to my stash.

A few days ago I received my last order from There She Goes Clear Stamps and, while my computer was downloading a few digis, I started looking at one of my new sets and... bang! An idea, a new tag for my collection was  there, waiting to be created.

Luckily enugh, this week challenge at There She Goes is "CIRCLES" so I couldn't postpone my creation and acted immediately:


My idea is that they can be punched and tied to a bunch of flowers or simply glued over a big bow on a chocolate box... everyone needs to say "I'm sorry" sooner or later and this dog is so cute, who can resist?

This set is called Ruh-roh and is perfect for that special touch to a gift or card!

I'm entering them in There She Goes Clear Stamps Challenge # 160: CIRCLES!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Broken Box Stock Stitches Challenge Deadline Extension

The deadline to enter Broken Box Stock Stitches Challenge has been extended to June 19:
you still have plenty of time to make a card and win a great prize!

Under the Freebies section in Broken Box Stock store you will find tons of free digis to work with!

Since I'm not good at stitching on cards, I used an already stitched ribbon and added faux stitches with my pen around the image. Easy, isn't it?

Don't miss this chance to win a fabulous prize!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pennyblack Saturday Challenge # 205

Today I've managed to plan some new cards and finish one:


While browsing my challenge list the other day I decided to enter Pennyblack Saturday Challenge # 205: the theme is Red, White & Blue! and it was perfect for what I had in mind.
I love Pennyblack stamps, especially hedgehogs and mice, and when I saw this stamp set early this year, I thought I had to have it!
I wanted a crisp and clean look on my card and this light blue is just perfect!
The striped paper is from Pink Petticoat and I was lucky enough to find a matching ribbon in my stash!

Well, that's all for today. I'll be back soon with a new project for another challenge I'm so exvited about!


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Time for Picnics

It's June!

It's almost summer!

We had a terrible May: rain, cold and... earthquakes!

We are not sure that earthquakes are over but at least it's hot and sunny!

My daughter's school closed sooner than expected because the earthquakes damaged the building and it was not safe. Luckily enough, and with a great effort, teachers managed to organize the end-of-school party at a nearby garden yesterday so we could "close" this school year in a happy and cheerful way.

Kids were a bit impressed when they experienced the earthquake while in class and I thought that celebrating the start of summer vacation in a "normal" way was positive for them.
We left early beacuse we had to attend a 3-hour dance lesson and we missed the picnic on the grass but I'd like to make a few picnics this summer, just to have fun and relax.

A few days ago I made this card for Broken Box Stock:

Summer = Picnics = red & white tablecloth = ants...

I love this Picnic Toodle (it's available in black and white and in color too, if you need a quick make)!
She is probably not allergic like me, she doesn't start sneezing as soon as she arrives in a park and her eyes don't become big, red and full of tears like mine.

But spring should be over in a few days and maybe I'll be able to go and relax on the grass without tons of hankies!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Stitches Challenge at Broken Box Stock

It's time for a new challenge at Broken Box Stock and the theme is:

STITCHES!

Challenge Directions: 
1) Use a graphic form Broken Box Stock to create a paper craft that incorporates STITCHES in your design. The stitches can be real stitches using thread/yarn/etc or they can be drawn onto your craft. You may use a color or digital stamp graphic. Feel free to use our freebies too!
2) Be creative. Be unique!
3) Email a photo (or a link) of your card to brokenboxdesigns@yahoo.com

Deadline: Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Prize: Toodle Birthday Calendar (a printable craft)
 
Rules:
1) Use a Broken Box Stock graphic as the main image in your craft.
2) Up to 3 entries per person.
3) Follow challenge's design criteria above.
4) We reserve the right not to draw a winner if there are less than 5 entries.
 
Here's my card for this Challenge:
 

I've used Ballerina Toodle colored with Copics and glitter and Follow Your Heart (it's a freebie, don't miss it!).
I'm not good at stitching on cards so I drew stitches around the toodle and added a stitched ribbon and bow.

Don't forget to check out the other DT creations and, of course, don't miss the chance to win the faboulous Toodle Birthday Calender!