Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #215: Opposites Attract

Last day of September, folks! Let's end the month with a celebration of colour with Tuesday Throwdown. The theme of this week's challenge is "Opposites Attract". We want you to use colours that lie opposite to each other on the colour wheel.

Our sponsor this week is Craft Classes Online and the winner will win a spot at one of their awesome classes. I decided to try something CAS with red and green without it being about Christmas ... and that was the real challenge for me!

Plain white background (eeek!). The greeting is from CBS Say It In Style.
TO finish I added tint bling and ribbon in a simple knot.

For the flowers and leaves I used CBS Simply Quilled and stitched
the stem instead of stamping. I also die cut the flowers and popped
a couple up on foam tape.

A simpler stalk on the inside.

Challenges for this card:

Crafty Sentiments: Bingo Rubber stamp - Die cut - Ribbon
Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Opposites Attract". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK by Monday, October 6th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish y'all a beautiful Tuesday.

Beijinhos!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

52 {C}CT September Stash Challenge

We've reached the end of September, folks! How scary is that?! With  a little under three months for Christmas - let the panic begin!

Before we sink into manic mayhem, let's just take a quiet moment and look at this card I made for the Stash Challenge over at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. The brief this week is: Diamonds and Pearls ... for that elegant extravagance befitting Christmas.

I decided on a clean and simple design using traditional Christmas red & green combo with pearls, rhinestones and Stardust Stickles for that mandatory festive sparkle. The stamps are from Clearly Besotted's new Christmas Sparkle set.



I made a window card,  framed with Spellbinders Eyelet Circle. I dotted the card base with
Stardust Stickles and finished off with a big red bow.

All around the frame I adhered flat-back pearls. 

On the inside I stamped the tree and decorated it with clear rhinestones and more
Stickles!

Parading my tree at these challenges:

Sister Act Card #76: AG Cards Only
Brown Sugar #113: AG
Word Art Wednesday #151: AG Inspirational
ABC Christmas: S for Something Festive
Completely Christmas #31: AG Christmas
Dream It Up: Christmas & Holidays
CHNC September Extra: AG Christmas

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's Stash challenge. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm UK / 1pm EST on Friday, 3rd October. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Danielle * Deborah * Fabiola * Gill * Jacqueline * Louise * Patricia * Ruth

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see y'all in blogland. Have a sparkly Saturday, friends!

Beijinhos


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Boo!

Hello, friends! Summer is officially over and it's time to start planning autumn events. And speaking of plans ... two of mine have come to fruition today: Tuesday Morning Sketches and Clearly Besotted Challenges. It's been months since I played these challenges, and not for want of trying! So let's not waste anymore time with idle tittle tattle. Here's my Halloween card:

Couldn't find the "right" patterned paper so I made my own by stamping the argyle
design from Clearly Besotted's Background Builder III stamped with VersaColor Heliotrope.
The Happy Halloween is from CB All Occasion Sentiments.

I'm using CB's Boo To You set. I stamped the pumpkin with TH Rusty Hinge,
VersaFine Black Onyx  for the faces and the Trick & Treat.

A little peek-a-boo!

A few challenges for this card:

Clearly Besotted Challenges #13: Autumn / Halloween
PDE Linky Party: Stitching
Die Cutting Diva #184: Fall Is Here
Scrapper's Delights #32: AG + Twist No DP

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you're enjoying Autumn. Back to work now...sigh...

Beijinhos!


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Christmas Card Club #20: Winter Wonderland

Goood morning, friends, and welcome to another show and tell by the Christmas Card Club. Our lovely Christine of Christine's Cards and Crafts has picked a fabulously festive theme for us: "Winter Wonderland".

With so many options swimming in my head: snow flakes, cute winter animals, maybe penguins, a pretty snowy village or landscape, I simply couldn't decide. So I packed my bags and headed North to the land of endless winter nights, to be awed by the wonder and magic of the Northern Lights.

A festive sleigh under the entrancing and phenomenal dancing luminescence of the Aurora Borealis is my idea of a Winter Wonderland. Here's my card:
I created the background by streaking and blending several TH Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Crushed Concord, Festive Raspberry, Stormy Sky, Black Soot, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean.  The Lights do not have prescribed patterns and they dance randomly in the night sky exposing shades of so many colours. So in blending the colours, you want to let hints of several colours come through in the dark sky. I've added some stars using a silver Sharpie.



Here is a close-up of the sleigh from Chocolate Baroque's Santa Baby. I stamped it directly onto the background with VersaFine Black Onyx, paper pieced the body of the sleigh and coloured the presents with Promarkers. I added some a few bling and chucked a load of shimmery fibre to create the snowy ground. The greeting, stamped with VersaFine Majestic Blue, is from Chocolate Baroque's Christmas Magic. This is not an easy card to photograph - the glare from the snow and the dark sky do not do this card justice. Trust me - it looks good IRL... much to my surprise! 



Here's the inside of the card with  the perfect sentiment from the Chocolate Baroque's Christmas Magic stamped with VersaFine Majestic Blue and a few snowflakes from Chocolate Baroque's Holly Bells stamp set stamped with VersaMagic Aspen Mist 

Let's send off the sleigh to these challenges:

Sisterhood Of Snarky Stampers #17: D is for Distressing - a truck load of Distress Inks to create the bg
I Love Promarkers #237: Feeling Distressed - Distress Inks to create bg, Promarkers on the presents

And here's a list of the rest of the Christmas Card Club girls. I must warn you - they are exceedingly talented, so be prepared for a creative explosion of epic proportions!

Karen P ... Maureen ... Margaret ... Carol ... Lizzie ... Hazel ... Karen B ... Sue P ... Sylvie ...
Sue J ... Zoë ... Christine ... Mary ... Lorraine ... Rita ... Rachel ... Valery ... GranMargaret ... Kate

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Beijinhos


Saturday, 20 September 2014

52 {C}CT September Theme Challenge

Well well, it's the third week of September, folks. We're getting ever closer to Christmas. Over at the 52 {C}CT grotto we're celebrating a Nordic Christmas. That's our theme for this week.

Admittedly, after I picked the theme there was a brief moment of excitement and then ... cold sweat and a resounding "What were you thinking?!" I found myself flipping through Ikea's 2013 Christmas catalogue for inspiration.

To spare you the humiliation (of being outed as a flatpack junkie and a hoarder), nip over to  the 52 {C}CT blog where I've included some tips on how to achieve the Nordic or Scandinavian look for your Christmas creations.

Here's my offering for this week's challenge using Chocolate Baroque stamps:


The patterned paper is from Papermania's "Home For Christmas" 6x6 pad.
I did some stitching. The greeting is from CB Warm Christmas Greetings

heat embossed in white. 

Here's a close-up of the tree from CB Holly Bells.
 I heat embossed it in white on kraft CS and fussy cut it.
I added some Stickles for some subtle glitter and finished
it off with some red & white twine and one red bling in 

the starat the top of the tree.
A few challenges for this card:

CHNC Extra September: AG Christmas
Addicted To Stamps #113: Holidays
Word Art Wednesday #150: AG Uplifting
Christmas Card Challenge #42: Colour / AG Christmas

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's Theme challenge. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm UK / 1pm EST on Friday, 26th September. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Danielle * Deborah * Fabiola * Gill * Jacqueline * Louise * Patricia * Ruth

Thank you stopping by today and have a lovely weekend, friends!

Beijinhos


Friday, 19 September 2014

Polkadoodles #38: Sketch

It's Polkadoodles Day, friends! Are you ready for another challenge. The challenge for the next two weeks will be based on a sketch. You can flip it, rotate it or use it as it is as long as the basic sketch is recognisable you're good to go.

This week I'm playing with the Work & Play 5 Festive Hollybobs Collection. You can purchase it as a CD or instant Download. Nikky alos has loads of clear stamps from the Hollybobs Collection.

Here's my card:


Everything you see on this card in from the Hollybobs Collection, except for the
bits of ribbon, glitter and bling.

On the inside I used one of the elements from the Sentiments sheet, also from the
Hollybobs Collection.


Just a few challenges for this card:

Addicted To Stamps #113: Holiday
Dream It Up: Christmas & Holidays
Crafty Little Fairies: Sparkle & Bling
Crafty Girls #27: AG
CHNC Extra September: AG Christmas

Now it's over to you, my friends. Create a project based on the Sketch and link it up over at Polka Doodles Challenge blog by Noon (UK Time) September 19th. The winner will receive 4 Digi Downloads from the Polkadoodles store. The identity of the lucky randomly chosen winner will be announced on Friday, October 3rd, along with the DT's Top 3 entries.

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting!

Beijinhos

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #213: Bows And Butterflies

Good morning, friends! As promised yesterday, I bring you a non-Christmas card... finally! This is my offering for this week's Tuesday Throwdown - the theme: Bows an Butterflies. Our sponsor for this challenge is the über talented Deedee Anderson of Deedee's Digis. Her online store is jam packed with the most  adorable digis.


I picked the "Loads of Love" sheet for my project. This image reminds me of those times when we need to put on our big girl panties and deal with it!


The floral paper is from the Spring Feast 8x8 pad by First Edition. I tied some twine and let
loose a few butterflies by Clearly Besotted. The sentiment is from Deedee's Loads Of Love sheet.
 

I just had to stamp those butterflies on the inside too.

The bloomers are getting an airing at these challenges:


Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Bows and Butterflies". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm PST / 11pm GMT by Monday, September 22nd. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish y'all a beautiful Tuesday.

Beijinhos!



Monday, 15 September 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Actually, I should say "Baby, it's WET outside!" Urgh.... It's raining ... And so ends Summer.

Hello friends! Here's a card I meant to share with you last week... but that never happened! So here it is, albeit a few days late. I've been playing with Chocolate Baroque's Snowy Penguins clear stamp set ... those pingus are seriously adorable!

Here's an easy card to make. You can prepare the various components in advance and put them all together. Perfect for mass production. It's not bulky which makes it great for mailing. Leave out the bling and it's flat as a pancake - ready to fly across oceans.


Start by heat embossing the snowflakes from the Snowy Penguins set with Stampendous Detail White Opaque Embossing Powder.

Ink the background in shades of blue with TH Distress Inks in Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass.

Stamp the sentiment in the sky with VersaFine Majestic Blue.

Next, stamp the penguins and Mr Snowman on bleed-proof white card stock, colour and fussy cut the images. I coloured with Graph'It markers: Antartic, Cool Grey 0, Fresh Mint, Neutral Grey 0, Neutral Grey 1, Coral, Lipstick, Ruby

Take another piece of white card, run it through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and cut humped pieces that look like snow dunes. Lightly ink the edges in pale blue VersaMagic Aspen Mist and Sea Breeze.

To assemble the card: adhere the snow dunes on the inked background, followed by the penguins and snowman. I used foam tape for dimension. You can kick it up a notch by adding some sparkle and glitter.


How about we take these guys to a few challenges:

CHNC September Extra: AG Christmas
Completely Christmas #29: AG Christmas
Christmas Card Challenge #42: Colour Challenge
Festive 48: AG Christmas
CHNC #194: Silent Night
Stamping Sensation September: Things with Wings - penguins
Robyn's Fetish #229: Use Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots
Crafting When We Can #78: Christmas Come Early

Also, there's a colour Challenge on at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and the colours are suspiciously similar to the ones I've used today. Hope you'll be inspired to play along!

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see ya tomorrow with a non-Christmas creation (I heard that sigh of relief! LOL).

Beijinhos!


Saturday, 13 September 2014

52 {C}CT September Colour Challenge

Welcome to 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Colour Challenge. It's my second week playing hostess and I get to choose the colours. Here's the colour prompt - nothing complicated.

 Red OR Blue + Black AND White + Silver OR Gold.

Deedee Designs will be sponsoring the challenges for September. Head on over to Deedee's on-line store to take a peek (and be tempted!) by her beautiful artwork.

Here's my card for this week - an icy easel card:

The image and greeting are from Chocolate Baroque's Snowy Penguin clear stamp set.
I heat embossed the snowflakes and inked the background with Distress Inks: Broken China,
Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass. I added silver bling and tied silver crochet thread for
some festive sparkle.

I coloured the image with Graph'It and Promarkers.
Snowman: GI Antarctic, Fresh Mint, Blender
Hat & Scarf: PM Royal Blue, True Blue & Azure.
Black bling for his eyes and blue for his buttons complete the snowman.

Some challenges for this card:

Sweet Stampin' Christmas September: Christmas Critters
Christmas Card Challnges #41: Tall & Skinny / AG Christmas
CHNC Extra September: AG Christmas
Shopping Our Stash #168: Chicken / Any Other Bird - Penguin
Fussy & Fancy #122: More Than One Fold - easel card
Completely Christmas #29: AG Christmas

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's Colour challenge. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm UK / 1pm EST on Friday, 19th September. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Danielle * Deborah * Fabiola * Gill * Jacqueline * Louise * Patricia * Ruth

Rosie's Update:
Rosie is doing well. Her appetite is back, the fever is gone, she's starting to gain weight, her blood-work is encouraging and she's playing ball!. The not so good news is her tumour is hasn't reduced much. On the other hand, we should be thankful that it hasn't grown. We're seeing the oncologist again at the end of the month to discuss "what next". Until then, we're enjoying having Rosie back.     
That's all from me today. Thank you for stopping by and have a fun weekend!

Beijinhos,

Friday, 12 September 2014

Polkadoodles #37: Tag You're It

Helloooo Friday! I'm in a festive mood today. 2 reasons: the weekend is nigh AND it's time for a another PolkaDoodles show and tell. I have a Christmas tag to share with you and I simply LOOOOVE how it turned out.

For this project, I dug into my Work & Play Festive Hollybobs CD  (tooo cute!) and I found something curious. They are called Design Sheets ... and? That's where my brained jammed up - how do I use these these. Sure, they are lovely but ....

I printed a sheet out and made this - a TAG. And I used all the paper, elements from just one design sheet. There was enough to decorate both sides. Everything coordinates beautifully, and when you are strapped for time you don't have to trawl through the entire CD looking for matching stuff. The only extras are the ribbons from my stash... and it doesn't need anything else.





A few challenges for this card:

A Creative Romance: AG
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #27: Non Card Project
Winter Wonderland: Boys Will Be Boys 
C.R.A.F.T. #276: Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #149: AG Inspirational

Now it's over to you, my friends. Create a project based on the theme "Tag It" and link it up over at Polka Doodles Challenge blog by Noon (UK Time) September 19th. The winner will receive a Digital Bundle from the Polkadoodles store. The identity of the lucky randomly chosen winner will be announced on Friday, September 26th, along with the DT's Top 3 entries. So hurry and get crafting!

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a beautiful day and I'll see you again tomorrow with another festive card .... and an update on Rosie.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

You Are Awesome

Happy Tuesday, my friends! I want to share with you a card I made for a friend's birthday .... TODAY! Close to the edge...that's how I like to roll. The sketch is from MojoMonday.

Also, don't forget to join the Eclectic Ellapu September Challenges. You have a choice of 2 themes:   Pinks - Hearts  OR  Purples - Lady's Birthday OR incorporate both theme on one card and enter twice!

Enough small talk, here's the card:


The papers are form Papermania'a Capsule Collection by Tina Higgins.
The greeting is from Stamplorations "It's All About You". And because this 

is a girly card, I tied a bow out of white lace.

The flower image is from CBS Fresh Flowers coloured with Graph'It markers:
Silk, Princess Rose, Camelia, Tuscany, Lime, Pistachio

On the inside is a greeting from CBS All Occasion Sentiments

A few challenge for this card:

Mojo Monday #362: Sketch
Bunny Zoe Crafts September: Lace
Stamplorations September: Stamps & Markers
Craft Dee Bowz September: AG With Hand-tied Bow
Love To Create #132: Flowers & Stitching

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll drop off my card later this evening....too late to mail! Have a lovely day and enjoy what's left of the summer, my friends.

Beijinhos!


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Christmas Card Club #19: Something Beginning with "S"

Oh well, the Christmas Card Club girls are at it again! This fortnight's party is being hosted by the super talented multitasking card-making diva - Hazel Harris. Hazel has picked a fun theme for us - "Something Starting With S". So many options: Santa, Sack (of presents), Snowflakes, Snowy Scene, Sleigh, Stickles, Stitching .... when in doubt, use everything! It is Christmas after all!



Santa and his sleigh are from CB's new Santa Baby set. I created the snow dunes(?) with
torn paper and Distress inks. The "trees" in the background are from CB's Turtle Doves

Santa Baby! I coloured him with Graph'It markers. I also stamped
snowflakes in the background and added bling. Along the snow dunes
I added some Stardust Stickles for added shine.

The greeting is from CB's Warm Christmas Greeting set, stamped with Versamark Majestic Blue

Santa Baby
Turtle Doves
Warm Christmas Greetings















Santa is dragging his heavy sleigh over to these challenges:


And here's a list of the rest of the Christmas Card Club girls. They are a super talented bunch, so be prepared for a inspiration overload!

Karen P ... Maureen ... Margaret ... Carol ... Lizzie ... Hazel ... Karen B ... Sue P ... Sylvie ...
Sue J ... Zoë ... Christine ... Mary ... Lorraine ... Rita ... Rachel ... Valery ... GranMargaret ... Kate

Have a lovely day, all. Rosie is getting better. She's put a little weight and is now keen on going for long(er) walks. That's progress! Stay safe and I'll y'all again real soon!

Beijinhos!



Saturday, 6 September 2014

52 {C}CT September Sketch Challenge

Hello, friends! This month it's my turn to host the weekly challenges at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown ... and I am thrilled to bits.

First up is a sketch challenge. You can flip it, rotate it or square it. As long as the basic design is recognisable, you're good to go.

We also have a a fabulous sponsor for September: Deedee Designs. Head on over to Deedee's on-line store and take a peek (and be tempted!) by her beautiful art.

Enough chit-chat, let's take a look at my project for the challenge. I'm pairing contemporary colours with traditional image of a partridge in a pear tree and 2 turtle doves.  


For the background I did some emboss-resist with white heat embossed snow flakes
Distress Inks in Peacock Feather and Mowed Lawn.  Embellies include some sheer
turquoise ribbon and blue bling. The greeting is from CB's Stained Glass Christmas,
stamped onto a piece of vellum with Brilliance Graphite Black ink.

This image is from CB's Turtle Dove stamp set, coloured with Graph'It and Promarkers.

These technicolor turtle doves are also from CB's Turtle Dove set, coloured with
Graph'It markers and dressed in Stardust Stickles.

On the inside I stamped a sentiment from CB's Christmas Magic clear stamp set. 

A few challenges for this card:

Completely Christmas #28: AG Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #148: AG Uplifting
Sweet Stampin: Great Outdoors - birds, tree and snow

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's Sketch challenge. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm UK / 1pm EST on Friday, 12th September. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Danielle * Deborah * Fabiola * Gill * Jacqueline * LouisePatricia * Ruth

That's all from me today. Thank you for stopping by and have a fun weekend!

Beijinhos,

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

While Shepherds Watched

Hello there! Today I want to share with you a Christmas card featuring the Shepherds from Chocolate Baroque's A Child Is Born A4 sheet. This is one of four new Christmas stamp sets released in September. These are some of the most beautiful and elegant Christmas images around - truly.

You can also see my card over at the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog, but here I want to share with you the tools and products I used to make this project.



First I stamped the shepherds.
Then I made the masks - a small circle for the moon and another for the shepherds.
Next - some light inking to create the sky with several Distress Inks:
 * Seedless Preserve, Dusty Concord, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky *
For the stars, I dabbed on some Stardust Stickles.
The patterned paper is from Humphrey's Corner by Sally Hunter.


And now for the fun part - colouring! I've used Graph'It Markers ... and here are the colours:

Skin: Skin(4155); Light Caramel (4170); Peach (4175)
Head Cloth: Cream (1210); Sahara (1230)
Brown Shepherd: Havana (3245); Cigar (3255); Espresso (3270); Mocha (3280); Cream (1210); Pink Grey 3 (9303); Pink Grey 4 (9304); Pink Grey 5 (9305); Coral (5210); Tomato (5220)
Blue Shepherd: Misty Morning (7105); Sky (7125); Celestial (7130); Neutral Grey 0 (9500); Neutral Grey 1 (9501); Neutral Grey 2 (9502); Neutral Grey 3 (9503); Neutral Grey 4 (9504)
Sheep: Neutral Grey 0 (9500); Neutral Grey 1 (9501)
Grass: Normandy (8130); Chlorophyll (8150); Forest (8160); Tuscany (8270)


On the inside I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Magic set, with VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria.


My shepherds are wandering off to these challenges:

CHNC Extra September: AG Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #148: AG Uplifting / Inspirational
Christmas Card Challenges #40: AG Christmas
CHNC #192: People Matter
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: AG
Loves Rubber Stamps #119: AG
My Perfect Life Festive #48: AG Christmas

That's all from me today. Thank you for stopping by. September is well underway, the days are getting shorter and cooler and soon it will be Christmas day! :-o

Beijinhos!


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