27 February 2014

Minimalist Floral: Part III

Hello! This is the last card from this mini series of CAS cards. Once I did the first one, I knew I wanted to try a few more alternative designs based on the same minimal style. I sure enjoyed creating them.

Today's design is the result of mixing techniques from both previous cards. The image was heat embossed in white. The card was distressed in various tones of pink, but only over the stamped image, creating a contour and blending it towards the center of the card. You can see that I didn't distress the lower right corner, because I wanted to create and unfinished frame. The card base this time is sand, instead of white. So you may find that it has less contrast, but it still ended up nicely balanced.






Materials
Flourishes - Cherry Blossoms
Ranger:
- Embossing Ink
- Distress ink in Spun Sugar
- Distress ink in Worn Lipstick
- Blending tool
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Clear
ZAP! heat tool
Memento dye ink in Rhubarb Stalk
Imagine Crafts sponge dauber 
EK Success Embossed Curve Slim Edger border punch
Bazic mounting tape
Merletto crystal stickers
Other generic materials
White textured cardstock
Sand cardstock 

I applied a bit of memento ink in Rhubarb Stalk on the corners to deepen the transition and to coordinate with the sentiment. It ended more like a darker shade of pink, it blended well with the distress inks I used. The white label was handmade and I curved one of the sides using an EK Success border punch.

Hope you liked this card. Let me know what you thought of this series of cards, and if possible tell me which of the 3 is your favorite. I'd like to know! 

This card is participating in:

Flourishes

The Card Concept

Red, Pink and/or White
Cards in Envy

Cute Card Thusday



26 February 2014

Minimalist Floral: Part II

Hi again! I am so inspired with this style of card making that today and tomorrow I'll be showing you two more alternative ways that you can use a floral stamp to create a background. I wanted to go blue for today's card, to give it a twist. Check it out:



Materials
Flourishes - Cherry Blossoms
Ranger - Embossing Ink, Distress ink in Broken China, blending tool
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Clear
ZAP! heat tool
Memento dye ink in Danube Blue
Merletto crystal stickers
Imagine Crafts sponge dauber
Other generic materials
White textured cardstock


I blended the inks so that I could get at least 3 tones of blue. I think it's an unexpected color for a floral card, but I like it a lot. Emboss resist will always be a great technique to work with, timeless really.


The sentiment stamped on this card signifies something important to keep in mind. You know, life is a big ball of mud you need to know how to roll without getting dirty... The highs and the lows... One thing I don't lose through the process is this passion I was born with... I put my heart out, because I don't know any different. I am who I am. You are who you are, no apologies needed. So wherever you go, go with all your heart...

Let's keep on trying, and let's do our best! Big hug to all of you. Hope you enjoyed today's card. Let me know what you think!


 This card is participating in:

Flourishes

The Card Concept

Sweet & Sassy 

Clean & Simple
Stampin' Royalty



25 February 2014

Minimalist Floral

Hello my friends, this is a post that I am enjoying already. Minimal & Floral... It doesn't get better than that! It sounds as good as chocolate to me! Flowers being so luscious and one of my favorite things in this planet and on the other hand a clean & simple style... A match made in heaven! 

The card for today was created for two of my favorite challenges: Flourishes and The Card Concept. I was immediately inspired with both challenges, and I adore the fact that I can merge them to showcase this CAS floral card.

It seems like this is Flourishes' last Timeless Tuesday Challenge. If it's so, it breaks my heart in tiny pieces. I started my blog a bit ago and was enjoying this challenge so much. I am a fan of Flourishes' stamps and will continue to create cards with them anyways. Nevertheless, I want to sincerely thank the company and it's Design Team for their support, kind comments, inspiration and so many things that will certainly be missed.

On a brighter side, I am so happy to be able to share this creation on The Card Concept too. It goes great with the floral theme (that you know I love). 



























The featured stamp is from Flourishes' Cherry Blossoms stamp set. I stamped it with Ranger embossing ink, applied inkadinkado embossing powder in Linen White and heat set it with a ZAP! heat tool. Nothing out of this crafty world...

I used a very elegant specialty card stock for the card base. It is a subtle metallic pink with a delicate shimmer and gold undertones. I think that the embossed cherry blossoms contrast perfectly... And because CAS doesn't mean you won't pay attention to detail, I took my time to finish the card adding little crystal embellishments to the center of each blossom. That gave the card a graceful twist!

I hope you like this card as much as I do. I always say that when a project comes out almost effortlessly is because one was truly inspired. And that's what happened to me just now!

Thanks for stopping by!


This card is participating in:

Flourishes

The Card Concept

Red, Pink and/or White
Cards in Envy

Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays


Tip-Toe through the Tulips Paper Issues 




24 February 2014

If Friendships were Flowers...

Hello there! After what was a very difficult weekend due to health issues, first my son and then myself, I am grateful to be able to post a new card for you. I thought I'd never get to finish this card, because I am running out of die cut remainders... I am in desperate need of my Grand Calibur's handle and it hasn't arrived yet. Still, creativity finds it's way and I am able to create some projects. Oh, but if I had my die cutting resources... What a different story that would be!

This card I created for Latina Crafter and Flourishes, I merged both challenges. And I went for a shabby look:




























Materials
Spellbinders: 
- Gold Labels Six
- Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Prima Marketing:
- Polka Dot mini background stamp
- Lady Bird cling stamp set
Darcie's stamp: Cup of Tea
My Pink Stamper: Spanish Sayings
Memento dye ink in: Angel Pink, Rich Cocoa
Brilliance pigment ink in Pearlescent Beige
Ranger Distress ink in Spun Sugar
Ranger embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Glam Gold
PaperCraft Inspirations: Vintage Parisian paper
Far Far Hill: My Naive Love paper
Merletto Pearls and Crystals
Bazic two sided tape and mounting tape
Other generic materials
3/8" gross grain ribbon in Cream
2" one sided lace
Cardstock in: light pink & sand

The sentiment stamped translated to English says: "If friendships were flowers, I'd pick you".

I want to share with you the freebie digital paper set I used for the ribbon banner. 


You can download it by clicking HERE. Click on regular download, wait for a minute, then write the captcha code and download file in regular mode by browser.

Hope you enjoyed today's card. I wish you all a great week!


This card is participating in:

A Lotta Polka Dots
Flourishes

Sketch #32
Latina Crafter

Red, Pink and/or White
Cards in Envy

21 February 2014

Valentine's Giveaway WINNER!


Hello hello!!! As promised I'm here to announce the winner of a Shery K. Designs digital paper pack. I arrived not long ago from the hospital, my baby got seriously ill and we spent the last 24 hours there. Bless the Lord he got well considerably fast from what was a stomach infection. The nurses catheterized his itty bitty hand which traumatized me at first... So hard to watch! But then he dealt with it greatly and didn't complain at all, rested well and got better. I am taking care of him, but as proof of his recovery this brave little boy helped me pick the winner! Each participant's name was written on a piece of paper and he chose one! And with no further ado, the lucky winner is:

PaperCrafting WithAngelina dijo...
Love this book. Thank you for sharing how you put it together. I am now following you on Pinterest, Facebook and via email. Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful paper pack.

CONGRATULATIONS!

My dear Angelina, please send me your email address to my Facebook page so Shery can send you your prize!

I look forward to more giveaways, so stay tuned!

BIG HUG TO ALL OF YOU GIRLS THAT CARE AND COME VISIT ME EVERY TIME YOU CAN! Your comments and support mean so much to me and make me happy! I am truly thankful to God for giving me the opportunity of knowing you!

HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND!


20 February 2014

Blue Shabby Love

Hi my beloved readers! Today I have a new project for you... A scrapbook page! I've managed to create a few things with remainders and punches. I love card making, but whenever I take a good pic or when I come across one on my computer, I feel the need to scrapbook. The inspiration for today's project comes from a color board at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous' current challenge. And I just happen to have a paper pad on that color palette!










Materials
Cloud 9 Design - Wild Indigo
Heidy Grace Designs - Celebration
K & Company - Life's Journey Stamp Collage Embossed Paper
Shery K. Designs - Antoinette (vintage handwriting)
Marvy Uchida:
- Silhouette & embossing super jumbo punch: Butterfly
- Silhouette & embossing super jumbo punch: Sunflower (for both flowers)
Spellbinders:
- Grand Labels
- A2 matting basics
- Gold Elements One (flourish)
- Rose Creations (leaves)
- Adorning Squares (sentiment corners)
- Classic Labels Four
Inkadinkado embossing powder
Prima Marketing Stamps - Lady Bird Collection
Penny Black Stamps - Tweet Tweet
Ranger Distress Ink: Broken China, Vintage Photo
Ranger embossing ink
Merletto gems
Bazic two sided tape and mounting tape
Stanley 14 watts mini glue gun
Hot melt glue sticks
Other generic materials
Vellum
Fused string pearl beads
3/8" gross grain ribbon in Cream
DIY pearl pins

The picture I worked with was taken long, long ago. My son was still a little baby and he was taking a nap with my sister. He loves her! Even now he just wants to hang with her whenever he visits my mom's house. I edited this picture to give it a vintage look.

There are some details that I hand cut from original die cuts, for example: the large corner flourish and the smaller tag corners are hand cut from Spellbinders dies. Another trick was, I created both flowers with the same sunflower punch. The vellum flower for instance was created with seven punched sunflowers each of them folded in half and then rolled to create a bud. Oh I almost forgot, this was a 12" by 12" page, so to give it a twist a reaped it and turned the negative facing the front to create a contrast line.

And that's it! This is a shocking color change considering all of February's pinks and reds, right? Anyways, hope you like it! 


This project is participating in:

Craft Hoarders Anonymous

Hiding in my Craftroom

2nd. Diagonal
Bling, Ribbon, Flowers
Inkspirational Challenge Blog
 
2nd Vertical Row
Two word sentiment
3D items
Something shiny
Aud Sentiments

Add a Flourish 
Delightful Challenges 

For the Boys 
Melonheadz Friends 

Flower Galore 
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT 

Tip-Toe through the Tulips Paper Issues 





19 February 2014

The Card Concept Winner

Hello everyone! I am not so excited today because of so much back pain... GOODNESS! But there´s always a good reason to get up. I really wanted to come here and share with you some good news. Today I was picked a Winner on the Card Concept Blog by one of the designers: Ardith. THANK YOU Ardith! I really needed this motivation today.

This is the winner card:


 

 I appreciate the DT's encouraging comments, and also the wonderful girls' comments that were before and after my participating cards, some of them are my bloggy friends now.
 

Some other good news that Blogger vanished from my entries and that had to be published yesterday, is that I won random on two other blogs, the first one: Sweet & Sassy Stamps. I absolutely love their stamps and I am so pleased that I won, I could pick up some goodies I had on my wish list!!! And then another prize at DisDigi Designs, a voucher for Marker Pop store. I didn't know this place but they have an amazing variety of crafty things and amazing low prize dies (Xcut dies). Really, go check them out! I preordered some new dies that aren't in the market yet, so that should arrive on my birthday (on May, JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA). I have to be patient, my purchases ship twice, first to Florida and then to my country. 

So I guess my luck is improving, lol. And I am about to get a little prize from Avocado Stamps that I won on the Season's Blog Hop (remember that one?). To know about that click here.

I am planning some projects, I hope I can post them soon. Have a great day. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Remember you too could win some blog candy:

Giveaway! Even better than Valentine´s treats are blog candies don't you think! Today you have the opportunity to win one of my favorite digital paper sets from Shery K. Designs. These are great quality papers that you can print endlessly at home. Each paper measures 12 x 12 inch. You may recall that I use the vintage handwriting paper frequently. This set is one of my very favorites. 

Shery has been so kind and she is sponsoring this giveaway. If you would like to see more of her designs please visit her shop, at Shery K. Designs


To participate go to my Valentine's blog post, click here: Valentine's Mini Paperpad and a GIVEAWAY.





17 February 2014

Pink & Turquoise

It is great to be back after what for me was a long and tired weekend. I found some fabulous President's Day sales at Joann's and discovered a wonderful Spellbinders retailer store: Scrap-mart. A good bargain is something that will keep me awake! I did some aggressive shopping! LOL. I am looking forward to show you new projects with what I got, but that will take some time so let's talk about today's card instead!

This is another of my beginner cards, not so beginner really... Let's just say it's one of the cards I created after taking a long break after my father's passing and after finishing all the legal work that it involved and that I had to take care of. I basically took a year off. And after I finished doing these cards in the end of 2102, I stopped again. It was until December 2013 that I decided I really wanted to commit to card making, for it is one thing that makes me absolutely happy. And here I am!

So after explaining how that time of my life was all about, I can tell you that this is a card inspired on a Spellbinders card showcased on their gallery on 2011: "Call Me" by Windy Robinson. I always had a crush on this design and I had to try it. But because it's been such a long time I had to update/recycle it. First of all I had to glue the layers all over again, add new ribbon and paper twine bows, add a fresh sentiment and some crystals. And this is the makeover result:




Materials
Shery K. Designs - Pink Turquoise set
EK Success Embossed Curve Slim Edger border punch
Spellbinders:
- Rose Creations
- Fancy Framed Tags Two (oval)
- Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Prima Marketing Stamps - Lady Bird Collection
Ranger embossing ink
Ranger Distress ink in Spun Sugar
Inkadinkado embossing powder in red (ends up like hot pink)
Merletto:
- Paper Twine in bright blue
- Crystal stickers
- Pearl stickers
Bazic two sided tape and mounting tape
Cre-a gross grain ribbon in hot pink

I used the always amazing Shery K. Designs digital paper. The three patterns are from the same set. That's how great these sets are, you get excellent color combinations... That way you can focus on your project's design entirely.

I hope you liked this card. Let me know what you think!

Note: Digital paper of good quality will print bright and vibrant independently of the printer and/or the ink cartridge (original or generic). These two do influence the final print but if the paper prints too dark or is too different from the original digital image, it means that you probably got a scan and not a new design. Even vintage paper, if it's well designed, will print very accurately in relation with the digital preview. I'll have more tips on digital paper printing next time!


Now for the giveaway! Even better than Valentine´s treats are blog candies don't you think! Today you have the opportunity to win one of my favorite digital paper sets from Shery K. Designs. These are great quality papers that you can print endlessly at home. Each paper measures 12 x 12 inch. You may recall that I use the vintage handwriting paper frequently. This set is one of my very favorites. 

Shery has been so kind and she is sponsoring this giveaway. If you would like to see more of her designs please visit her shop, at Shery K. Designs


To participate go to my Valentine's blog post, click here: Valentine's Mini Paperpad and a GIVEAWAY.


This card is participating in:

Designer Paper X3
Hiding in my Craftroom Blog

Tic Tac Toe
2nd. row horizontal
Gems+ Die Cuts+ Ribbon
 Dis Digi Design Blog 

2nd Horizontal Row
One word sentiment
3D items
Diecuts
Aud Sentiments

Challenge #50 Tic Tac Toe
2nd. Diagonal
Bling, Ribbon, Flowers

Inkspirational Challenge Blog


 

15 February 2014

Butterfly Gate Card

Hello! How was your Valentine's? I hope you enjoyed it a lot! We ordered in and had a family night. That's exactly how I wanted it to be. Now for today, I have a new card made with every little remainder piece of die cut I could find. I do hope my machine's handle arrives as soon as possible! 

So this is a gate card, with an embossed front and with many layers. Would that make it 'clean & layered'? Anyways, here it its:





























Materials
Haj Designs Paper - Gorgeous Roses
Spellbinders:
- Gold Labels Four
- Mbossabilites: Enchanted
- Butterfly Magic
- A2 Filigree Delight: Oval
- Gold Elements One
- Grand Calibur die cutting machine
We R Memory Keepers - Trés Elegant
Memento dye ink - Angel Pink
Brilliance pigment ink -Coffee Bean
Merletto Stickers
Cre-a 7/8" ribbon
Bazic two sided tape & mounting tape
Other generic materials
Heavy weight paper in white & pink
Bond paper in hot pink & light pink
DIY pearl pins

I hand cut the butterfly from an expandable pattern die. Why not? I needed a larger butterfly and this one works perfectly with the design.

Now for the giveaway! Even better than Valentine´s treats are blog candies don't you think! Today you have the opportunity to win one of my favorite digital paper sets from Shery K. Designs. These are great quality papers that you can print endlessly at home. Each paper measures 12 x 12 inch. You may recall that I use the vintage handwriting paper frequently. This set is one of my very favorites. 

Shery has been so kind and she is sponsoring this giveaway. If you would like to see more of her designs please visit her shop, at Shery K. Designs



To participate go to my last blog post, click here: Valentine's Mini Paperpad and a GIVEAWAY.

Thank you for visiting, for your comments and your support. I really appreciate it! 


This card is participating in:

My Craft Spot Blog

Fusion Card Challenge

Clean & Layered
The Card Concept Card

Monochrome 
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog

Nice
Naughty or Nice Blog

Challenge # 17 - Use red/pink
Kitty Bee Designs Blog

Tic Tac Toe
3rd. row vertical
Embossing + Ribbon + Flowers
 Dis Digi Design Blog 

Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog

 FFC #37 - Valentine's
Jo's Scrap Blog

Ladybug Crafts Blog

Crafty Mojo Blog

Challenge #308 - Clever Cutting
Die cutting
Cute Card Thursday Blog

Challenge #93 
Cardabilities 

Challenge #50 Tic Tac Toe
2nd. Diagonal
Bling, Ribbon, Flowers

Inspirational Challenge Blog



14 February 2014

Valentine's Mini Paperpad and a GIVEAWAY

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to all of you that so dearly visit me everyday! As promised I have a sweet and cute little project that will make someone´s day today (my sister´s boyfriend)... It´s a mini Valentine´s notepad. This is the project I was working on when my Grand Calibur´s handle broke... Aham, this is the one! The request was to make a pad with the exact number of pages that this couple has been together in days. I could only get to cut 29 pages, they had to be many more, but even so I finished the project. Here it is:




























Every page in the pad is embellished. It is supposed to be bulky, but the way I glued the pages together helped to keep it stable. I bind the pages with a method I've seen in Office Depot (referring to the one in my country). They press firmly the pages together, and they apply a special hot glue on the edge of the bulk of paper at the same time that they place a strip of paper (long as the pages are and wide enough to wrap them together). They use a machine for this. But the thing is that so many things can be done at home too, just stay curious and try it out. Here is a picture I found on the web:

I didn't use a wood press, because I worked with fewer and smaller pages. I used a hot glue gun to stick the little pad. You have to be very fast and try to apply the glue evenly and wrap the pages with the strip of paper quickly. And you shouldn't open the pad but until it´s completely dry.

I hope you enjoyed this little project today, and maybe, just maybe you are motivated to try it yourself.

Now for the giveaway! Even better than Valentine´s treats are blog candies don't you think! Today you have the opportunity to win one of my favorite digital paper sets from Shery K. Designs. These are great quality papers that you can print endlessly at home. Each paper measures 12 x 12 inch. You may recall that I use the vintage handwriting paper frequently. This set is one of my very favorites. 

Shery is kindly sponsoring this giveaway. If you would like to see more of her designs please visit her shop, at Shery K. Designs


You have 3 chances to win:
1. Follow my blog signing up with your email, and leave me a comment here on this blog post that you did.
2. Follow me on Pinterest and leave me a comment here on this blog post that you did so.
3. Like me on Facebook and leave me a comment here on this blog post that you did so.

* Check the right column on top, to go to my Pinterest and Facebook pages and to follow this blog.

All my fellow bloggers and visitors and designers from every different challenge site are very welcome to play. This is a humble present in appreciation to those who care and encourage me to keep on posting. Thank you so much! I will announce the winner next weekend.

For those of you that had a date night and for those who stayed at home and watch a good show or movie like me (for the first time ever I want to stay at home with my two sweeties - hubby & toddler), happy Valentine's day. 

This card is participating in:

Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog

CASology Blog

Nice
Naughty or Nice Blog

The Card Concept Card

 FFC #37 - Valentine's
Jo's Scrap Blog

Mema's Crafts Blog 

Challenge # 17 - Use red/pink
Kitty Bee Designs Blog


Digi Designs Challenge Blog

Ladybug Crafts Blog

Crafty Mojo Blog

Challenge #214 
Picture Inspiration
Stampin' Royalty

Monochrome
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog



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