Monday, July 30, 2012

Planning for the Season

Although we are experiencing a very hot, dry summer, I'm already thinking about the holiday season.

A few weeks ago, I reached for the box where I keep my stamped and colored images and collected all the Christmas ones. I planned a card for most of them, finding the right papers and embellishments. In no time, I've been able to make a lot of new cards.

The other day, I decided to print a few stamps I had recently bought and one was used in this card:

I love fall colors and this lovely pumpkin from Meljen's Designs was perfect for a-not-too-scary Halloween card!

I planned to enter Meljen's Designs Challenge # 120 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I Love Retro Images

Last night, I abandoned the tv movie I was watching and reached for my craft room: I had to finish a card I had planned before dinner, I couldn't wait to see it done!

Here's the card:


You know, I'm a fan of Birdie Brown's images and she shares a free digi every month! In July, it's this lovely retro tv with sentiment.

I used a cream card distressed with brown ink, two October Afternoon papers with a retro feel and stamped a few musical notes here and there.

I love how it's turned out! Exactly what I had in mind! A tv in a 50's living room with a vintage wallpaper, like the ones we could have seen in our granny's house!

Of course, I will enter Birdie Brown July challenge!

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Challenge at Broken Box Stock

It's time for a new challenge at Broken Box Stock and this time is super-easy: Free for All!

Challenge Directions: 
Use a graphic from Broken Box Stock to create a card/paper craft (design is completely up to you)!

Checkout Our FREEbie Collection!
Feel free to use our freebies! View our entire freebie collection here.
 
Deadline: Thursday, August 9, 2012 @ 5:00pm

Prize: $5.00 Gift Certificate to www.BrokenBoxStock.com

Challenge Rules: 
1) Use our clipart/digital stamps as the main design element.
2) Follow the challenge's specific design criteria above.
3) To enter your card in the challenge, use our "inlinkz" link tool below.
4) No back linking.
5) Up to 3 entries per person.
6) Subscribe to our blog so you know if you win (and can claim your prize)!
 
 
Here's my creation for this challenge:
 

A cute little photo album for your beach memeories! I've used Beach Toodle digi stamp which is a FREEbie in the black and white version!
She's lovely and very chic with that pink flower in her hair!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Still a Few Days

There are still e few days to enter Challenge # 5 at Broken Box Stock: it's about Recycled Materials!

Create a card or project using something otherwise thrown away and you'll reach a double goal: make something beautiful and save the planet! And, in addition, you may win a wonderful prize.

Broken Box Stock carries hundreds of lovely colored and black and white digi stamps and lots of freebies which you can use and you can find here.

Go there and have a look! Be inspired by DT creations and don't miss your chance to win!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bon Voyage

Isn't she cute?


She is Suitcase Ruby from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and I love her!

I love to travel and I've always liked to spend my vacations somewhere new and interesting. I often found myself travelling alone, looking up to see some indications (my sight is not particularly good although I'm not compelled to wear glasses every minute) with the same questioning eyes Ruby has.

I'm not as elegant as Ruby when I travel: I never wear high heels and, of course, I couldn't wear them while carrying a suitcase up and down airports and train stations but I like to think that she is my "other self"!

I decided to give this card a vintage look: I inked a white sheet of paper torn from a block notes with Distress Ink, added a cream lace ribbon and colored Ruby with Copics and, of course, a touch of glitter!

I also made a matching Travel Journal:


I want to enter this card in Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Challenge # 83: they ask to use stamps released during their first year. I'm not sure this stamp was one of their oldest releases, fingers crossed that it is!

Oh! I love this little Ruby!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Just for the Boys

My first approach to paper crafting was probably dry embossing. Years ago I discovered Lasting Impressions and I fell in love with their design, papers, templates.

I was still working full time so I had little time to craft but more money to treat myself with some of their goodies every now and then.

One of the things I loved most were their "simply square" cards and their "lengthy notes".
I made many cards with the first ones but I rarely used the notes: they are not folded, just a simple sheet and a bit long, so they remained in their box until the other day, when I created this:

When I saw this London Collection set of digi stamps at Digistamp Boutique I immediately fall in love with these little soldiers and had an idea for a card. Card that I made immediately for a customer who was looking for soldiers.
Then I had the idea to make a line of soldiers with one going the wrong way and my old lenghty note was perfect!
I made a folded card with white paper and glued the lengthy note on the front. It is embossed and then I colored the embossed part with a red Copic. Soldiers are also colored with Copics and then cut (well, this part was not very funny...).

This card is for:

Digistamp Boutique July Customer Competition: Anything goes with DSB images

and, following Sally-Ann suggestion:

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Challenge # 5 at Broken Box Stock: Recycled Materials

It's time for a new challenge at Broken Box Stock and it's particularly challenging: use recycled materials!

It's great to be challenged to create something pretty using something which is about to finish in a trash bin!

This is what I created for the Challenge:


These are little magnets I made using some chipboard squares I found in chips packages which prevented enclosed stickers to bend. They were white and lovely and perfect for craft projects.
I then cut some music paper from an old music book, added some Distress Ink and then the fabulous Tea Time Set from Broken Box Stock: it comes already colored in this lovely yellow and blue color palette, I added some glitter here and there, a little sentiment and... voilà, a perfect magnet set which will look beautiful in every kitchen!

A while before knowing about the Recycled materials challenge, I made this little plaque:


I used the Garden Toodle digi stamp and mounted it on a plaque made with a piece of cardstock I saved from a packaging. Pretty papers, butterflies and pretty buttons make it a special sign for every garden lover!

But now, these are the guidelines for the Challenge:

Challenge Directions: 
Use a graphic from Broken Box Stock to create a card/paper craft that incorporates something recycled/reused.
Some ideas:
- Design your card on a piece of card stock from junk mail that you would have thrown away. 
- Use a cardboard box to cut out cute embellishments like hearts, flowers, stars. 
- Flip through old magazines to find material for your creation (images, patterns, background color, etc).
- Use newspaper in your creation. 
- Cut up an old greeting card to embellish with. 
- Basically just reuse or recycle something in your design!

You may use a color or digital stamp graphic in your design. Feel free to use our freebies too! View our entire freebie collection here.

 
Deadline: Thursday, July 19, 2012 @ 5:00pm

Prize: $5.00 Gift Certificate to www.BrokenBoxStock.com

Challenge Rules: 
1) Use our clipart/digital stamps as the main design element.
2) Follow the challenge's specific design criteria above.
3) To enter your card in the challenge, use our "inlinkz" link tool below.
4) No back linking.
5) Up to 3 entries per person.
6) Subscribe to our blog so you know if you win (and can claim your prize)!
 
So, what are you waiting for?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

I Can't Believe I Did It!

I did it!

I cleaned, reorganized, decluttered my craft room!

I had piles of things to sort, to find a place for, to throw away, lots of dust and now... it's all clean!

Last Tuesday I decided to start: I thought I needed three days but it took one week!

It's not all in its place, I have a few bags of things to donate, a couple of bags of old papers to be thrown away and a big box full of craft books, craft materials etc. which hopefully I'll be able to list on ebay in the next few months.

I lost the count of how many bags of papers I tossed: I decided to keep just a few cooking magazines and recipes I cut in the last years. I don't like to cook and recipes are available everywhere so I decided it was better to let them go to someone who maybe is interested and donated them. The same with craft and stitching books and magazines: some are old, some are out of my current taste, some are gifts i've never liked...

I did not manage to throw photos away but I promised I'll take sometimes to sort them and put them in albums so thet they can be more enjoyable.

My daughter helped me a lot and she had a great fun when I put all the things that were on the floor in the living room! It was difficult to walk and sit down on the sofa! I had tons of empty boxes and I managed to toss half of them at the end. Not as many as I thought but at least lots of them are gone!

In addition, I managed to create something early in the morning while waiting for my daughter to wake up:



TAGS!
I made a few, using some chipboard tags I found while I was sorting some of my craft materials and I had so much fun I'm planning to do some more!

This little plane is from The Alley Way: I colored it with Copics and used 3D dots to glue it on the tag. A dotted paper and a pretty bow and... voilà!

It's perfect for these challenges:

and
The Cutie Pie Challenge # 21: One for the Boys