30 August 2014

A Good Bye!

Today is a bittersweet day, because this is my last post for Hiding in my Craft Room. I had the priviledge to share laughs, chats and challenges with an amazing group of ladies, and I can't thank them enough for being so kind and for supporting me always!

This week our challenge is Freestyle or Anything Goes!

Our sponsor is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!
 
One lucky winner will receive 
3 digital images - winner's choice!

I hope you have a chance to join the challenge this week! All you need to do to play along is visit Hiding in my Craft Room and link up your creation.

Thanks Laurie for giving me the opportunity of being part of this team, and thanks teammates for making it so much fun! I had a blast. Blessings to you all!

Thank you for stopping by.

28 August 2014

Summer Sunflowers

Hello! Welcome to my challenge post for Classy Cards 'n Such. This week we have a great inspiration photo! Our cards have to be Sunflower Inspired.


These are truly bright summer colors in an unusual combination, at least for me. I decided to emphasize on the sunflower theme adding accents of red and green around my central image.


I stamped a bunch of sunflowers with Penny Black's Flower Gallery set. I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers. Some of the flowers were stamped on a Spellbinders Classic Label Four, and some were fuzzy cut and adhered to the label afterwards. I applied Inka Gold in Yellow Gold to the sunflowers to give them a nice shimmer. I added Baby Rhinestones - Silver to the center of the flowers too.

I mounted the white label on a green metallic Spellbinders Imperial Gold Label Four, and then mounted these on a red Spellbinders Classic Label Four.


For the front of my card I added a piece of patterned paper from Shery K. Designs I printed on White Pearl Linen. I used Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A to cut the patterned layer. Also, I created a nice border with Spellbinders Classic Edges Two and Classic Decorative Inserts Three. To finish the design I ran across a piece of red ribbon (slightly to the left) and tied a double bow.


I hope you enjoyed seeing my card! Join our challenge this week for a chance to win a special prize from the store. Visit Classy Cards 'n Such and link up your Sunflower Inspired creation. If you'd like to check out the supplies I used to make my card click on the links added above or click here to visit the store.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

This card is participating in:
Floral Fantasy - Penny Black Saturday Challenge
Inspiration Photo - Just us Girls
Add a Handmade Bow - Craft-Dee Bowz
Anything Goes - Docerela Stamps 

27 August 2014

Vintage Double Fold Halloween Card

Hello everyone! Welcome to my final post for this month's amazing partnership between Sin City Stamps and Altered Pages. We have certainly had so much fun creating our projects, and I hope we've inspired you with everything we've shared too!

Today I have a vintage, double fold Halloween card, using sweet Halloween images from Altered Pages, and chipboard elements from Sin City Stamps.




Main Supplies
Sin City Stamps Alice in Wonderland Chipboard Book 
Sin City Stamps Chicken wire with Butterflies sheet Chipboard
Sin City Stamps  Love of Butterflies Plate of Rubber
Altered Pages Vintage Halloween Collage
Altered Pages Antique Halloween Collage
Altered Pages Halloween 1950s Collage
Altered Pages Bright Green Cardstock 8.5 x 11
Altered Pages Bright Orange Cardstock 8.5 x 11
Altered Pages NIJI Oil pastels
Altered Pages SKULL Ribbons
Other
White linen, light brown Leather textured, and beige Feuille carstocks
Light brown burlap ribbon
Copper and Clear embossing powders
Distress Inks in: Old Paper, Vintage Photo and embossing
Color Box white pigment ink
Patterned papers from my stash
Small wood clothespin
Vintage gold button
Various adhesives

As you can see, every side of the card was matted and embellished, except for one, which was left that way in order to write a message to the recipient.

TUTORIAL
To learn how to make this card click here, Start the Guide linked below and follow each step.

If you have any questions about this project, don't hesistate to contact me through a comment.



I do hope you enjoyed seeing my card. If you'd like to make a card like this, and would like to purchase the products I used, click on the linked supples listed above.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Until next time!

This card is participating in:
Halloween - Amusing Challenge
Sketch - Stamplorations

26 August 2014

GIVEAWAY: New Tea Box and Tea Envelopes!

Hello and thanks for stopping by today to celebrate with us our recent release: Gift Box and Tea Envelopes - Vintage Roses in partnership Ewe-N-Me Printables. This set is inspired in a previously released paper pack that matches it perfectly: Keys & Roses.

Yesterday I shared with you a project that is being featured on Craft Hoarders Anonymous' challenge blog. I embellished the box with lots of handmade flowers, and added a bunch of tea envelopes inside, in a variety of flavors. The result is lovely, and the printable file does all the magic!




GIVEAWAY!
I am giving away the new set to one lucky winner. Everyone will have a maximum of 5 chances to enter the giveaway. You'll get 1 entry for each of the following:

1. Join this Site

2. Like Facebook Page
3. Follow blog by email
4. Follow Pinterest
5. Leave a Comment

After you've done any of the above, all you need to do is add your name followed by 1E, 2E, 3E, 4E or 5E to the Inlinz below.

The winner will be announced on September 3rd, so make sure you stop by to see if you won!


If you can't wait and would like to purchase the set, click here to be directed to the store.

Thanks so much for stopping by!





25 August 2014

Thanks a Bunch - House of Cards

Hello! Welcome to my second post for House of Cards challenge. As you may know I'm part of the Vintage/Shabby Chic team, and I will always be posting my project on the last week of the month. House of Cards challenge is now running monthly to give you all more time to link up your creations. Throughout the month, various teams, representing a different style, present their inspiration projects, and now it's my team's turn.

This month our challenge is a sketch! Check it out:


When I saw this sketch all I could imagine was ribbon and lace, with lace die cut borders. And so this is what I came up with:




Supplies
Spellbinders - Classic Edges Two, Classic Decorative Inserts Three, A2 Matting Basics A, Timeless Rectangles.
Craft Concepts - More Dots embossing folder
Graciellie Design Paper - Keys & Roses
Flourishes - Zinnia stamp set
Memento ink in Bamboo Leaves
Distress Embossing ink
Inkadinkado embossing powder in Pearlescent
ZAP! heat tool
Leather textured cardstock in soft pink
Stardream Rose Quartz metallic cardstock
White Pearl Linen cardstock
2 1/2" white lace
Baby Rhinestones - Silver
Baby Pearls - LeCreme

I applied the sketch horizontally, meaning that my card is horizontal folded. I crossed a piece of lace, followed by a die cut lace border and ribbon to achieve the sketch's pattern.

I die cut two labels and layered one over the other to create a nice frame. I stamped the sentiment first, then stenciled the label with embossing ink and heat set it with pearlescent embossing powder.

I completed the design with a chunky little bow and some crystals and pearls.


There's still time to join our challenge at House of Cards. Click here to link up your creation. Cards and other kinds of projects are welcome, in any and every style, as long as it follows our guidelines.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



This card is participating in:
Border Background - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Floral Tea Box - Craft Hoarders Anonymous GDT

Hello and welcome to my second post as Guest Designer for Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge blog! As you may know by now I've been invited to join their amazing and talented team for the month of August. I've been having lots of fun making my projects and now is time to share my second creation inspired by the current challenge: "Button it Up!".

Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store...usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!


If you saw my first project for Craft Hoarders posted a couple of weeks ago, you know that I hoard vintage buttons (here). That project itself was made to contain those buttons so I could keep them handy! So, yes, I totally identify! 

Today's project showcases my vintage buttons very nicely, as part of a handmade floral bouquet. Please take a look at my floral tea box.


To make this adorable tea box I used my latest release in collaboration with Ewe-N-Me Printables: Gift Box and Tea Envelopes - Vintage Roses, that matches my latest paper pack release: Keys & Roses.


To decorate my box, I made a bunch of handmade flowers and a few leaves from leather textured cardstock, which I sponged with Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Broken China, Color Box Chalk Ink in Yellow Citrus and Color Box Pigment Ink Frost White. I used Spellbinders Rose Creations, Carnation Creations and Bitty Blosssoms to die cut them. I added the flowers forming a falling bouquet. I decorated it with crystals, buttons and pearls. 


I hope you enjoyed seeing my tea box today and that you feel inspired to join the challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous. 

A special thank you note:
Gloria thanks so much for this incredible opportunity! It's no secret that Craft Hoarders Anonymous has inspired me plenty... I've grown as a crafter by playing along with the challenges and by seeing all what you and your talented girls create. Thanks!

Giveaway Alert!
If you'd like to win this Gift Box and Tea Envelopes - Vintage Roses set, stop by my blog tomorrow!

Thank you so much for your visit!


This card is participating in:
Bags and Boxes - My Craft Spot

August Challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit 
Anything Goes - Altered Eclectics
August Inspiration Challenge - Paper Sweeties
  

23 August 2014

Christmas Candle

Happy Saturday! It's time for a new challenge at Hiding in my Craft Room: Any Holiday! I made a Christmas card for today using a vintage digital stamp from this week's sponsor Pickled Potpourri.
 
Pickled Potpourri
is giving away
 
a $7 Gift Certificate
to a lucky winner!

The image I used for my card is called Christmas Candle, and it's a vintage, postcard like image.
 


 I printed the image on white linen cardstock, colored it with Spectrum Noir markers from various sets (greens, reds, yellows, essentials). The background too was colored with markers, and then sponged with Distress ink in Old Paper to darken the edges. I also distressed the edges by hand to give them a worn look.

I die cut the card base from leather textured cardstock in off white, with Spellbinders Adorning Squares, and also used the same die for the first layer. This first layer was die cut from leather textured cardstock in light brown. 

The second layer was die cut with Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty Five, from a piece of Shery K. Designs paper. Before adhering this layer I crossed two pieces of 2" burgundy satin ribbon. TIP: I made the patterned layer look smaller or shorter by cutting it in half and adhering the two pieces together. It almost looks like a doily.

Finally I added the image and some crystals to finish my design.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my card. I invite you to join us this week at Hiding in my Craft Room. Remember you can make a card for any holiday you want.

Thanks so much for your visit!

21 August 2014

Coastal Inspiration - Accordion Window Card


Hello everyone. This has been a very challenging week for me, physically. I've struggled with lots of back pain and have rested as much as possible. Today I was feeling relatively better, so I decided to create a card for the current Mod Squad challenge, which theme is: Coastal Inspiration. The very talented Laurie is hosting the challenge this week. So I designed an accordion window card for her!
 

I went for warm colors and a very classic design. I used Gina K. Designs' Little Things Duo stamp set, that I recently got from the store. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers from various sets (Browns, Pale Hues, Essentials). To create that contour shading on the bird, I simply used the blender to remove all the browns I had colored it with first. I did use the softer tones of browns mostly. Also I sponged both the image and the card itself with Distress Ink in Old Paper.  


For the front of my card, I stamped handwriting fragments very roughly with Distress Ink in Old Paper and I heat embossed some in gold. The I die cut a circle to create a window on the center. Next I dry embossed the front, to add texture. And finally I added all the embellishments. I embellished the card with paper cord, gross grain ribbon, burlap ribbon and a vintage button. I finished my design with a heat embossed gold sentiment on vellum, that I adhered from the inside of the front of the card.


I hope you like my card. I thought I'd never finish it, because we are having so many blackouts in my country right now. We had 3 short ones while I was making this card!

Thanks so much for stopping by! And thanks to Laurie for such a great challenge!

This card is participating in:
Coastal Inspiration - Mod Squad Challenge
It's all about the Texture - Southern Girls Challenge
Anything Goes - Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Anything Goes - Word Art Wednesday
Stamps & Die Cuts - Stamplorations Blog 

20 August 2014

NEW! Printable Tea Box & Tea Envelopes

Hello there! Have you been to the store lately? Two new designs have been added... Two fun printable templates that are available now!

Deena Davis, owner and designer of Ewe-N-Me Printables, and I collaborated to create a beautiful set: Gift Box and Tea Envelopes - Vintage Roses, that matches my latest paper pack release: Keys & Roses.  


This set includes two different templates, a cube box and tea bags that fit perfectly inside. The box of course, is so versatile that it can be used for many other projects besides a tea box. You can also find both templates sold separately: Printable Gift Box - Vintage Roses and Tea Bag Envelope - Vintage Roses.




I have a very special project I made using this set, but you'll have to wait to see it. So stay tuned and come back on August 25th. to see what I created. This project will also be featured at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous' blog (yay!).

Also there will be a GIVEAWAY next week that you don't want to miss! Meanwhile, stop by Ewe-n-Me Printables' store and take a closer look to these new sets. You'll be surprised by how affordable they are, and I guarantee you, they will be extra versatile and useful. So visit the store today!


Thanks for your support!

18 August 2014

Nostalgic Bird Cage

Hi! Welcome to my post for this week's challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such: Home is where the Heart is. This challenge brought me lots of memories while I tried to think of something that reminded me of home... And I remembered my mom's parrots, which were kept in large cages on her back porch. They knew our names, they sang, and even fought for our attention. Those sweet birds were given to a new family a while ago and all we were left with were the memories. 


Also, when I think of the word home, a song instantly comes to my mind, a song by Gabrielle Aplin. In any case, the feeling is nostalgic, because things change so fast and it's no secret that I sometimes long for the old times at home.

And my last inspiration source was a photo from The Card Concept. The colors and textures were just so tempting.


For today's card I used Spellbinders dies. I used Bird Cage Two to die cut on Riccio Astrosilver Embossed Metallic and emboss on sand beige feuille cardstock. I mounted the die cut on the beige embossed piece. I die cut the cute Impression Obsession Birds Set four times from soft blue metallic cardstock and made two decoupage birds, with four layers.


I handmade lots of flowers with Bitty Blossoms, Rose Creations and Carnation creations. I also die cut a few leaves. All of these were made from leather textured, metallic and linen cardstocks. I adhered them around the bird cage forming a bouquet. I decorated the bouquet with two Fantastic Flourish Three die cuts and a bow made with Delicate pink trim.

I heat embossed a sentiment in white, on Heavyweight Vellum. This stamp is from Stampendous' Spanish Greetings set, which translates to Forever in English.


I added Baby Pearls - LeCreme and Baby Rhinestones - Silver, large pearl stickers, 2" white lace, a white feather and a little wood pin to finish the design. If you look closely you'll notice I roughly painted the flowers, the cage and the pin with metallic silver acrylic paint.

All was mounted on a Majestic Labels Twenty Five frame and label die cut from soft blue metallic cardstock. I used off white leather textured cardstock for my cardbase.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I created! If you'd like to purchase the supplies I used to make this card please visit CCNS' store

Please join us this week at Classy Cards 'n Such. As always there will be a special prize from the store for the classiest cardmaker!

Thanks for your visit!



This card is participating in:
Stamps & Die Cuts - Stamplorations Blog

Anything Goes - Stamping Sensations
Die cuts and Flowers - Natalie and Amy's Challenge
August Inspiration Challenge - Paper Sweeties
Shabby Chic - We Do Doobadoo

16 August 2014

Fairy Beauty

It's time for another Hiding in my Craft Room challenge: Use Ribbon! Easy right? Our sponsor this week is My Besties and I had the chance to use two of their gorgeous images for today's card.

My Besties
is giving away 
Four images
to one lucky winner

I had lots of fun coloring two images from Scrapbook Stamp Society (which is part of the same company as My Besties) called Fairy Dust 02 by Mitzi and Poppy by Mitzi. The result was lovely, since the images are so well designed.


I used the out of the box technique for the fairy image. I've been drawn to this technique lately. I worked with Spellbinders' Majestic Labels Twenty Five. The images were printed on linen cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir markers from various sets (purples, pinks, greens, pale hues and browns). I fuzzy cut the poppy image, heat embossed it with pearlescent powder and adhered it on top of the fairy image, on the right lower corner. I also applied glitter glue to the fairy's wings.


The lilac and pink metallic cardstocks make this card look very elegant and they match the colors of the image nicely. I ran a piece of 5/8" lilac gross grain ribbon across the pink frame and tied a bow on the right side. Finally I mounted everything on a 6 3/8" x 4 3/8" off white leather textured card base.



I hope you enjoyed my card for today. Don't forget there is more inspiration for you at Hiding in my Craft Room, so make sure you check out what my teammates have created. I would love to see your "Add a Ribbon" creation this week. I invite you to join the challenge and most of all to have fun!

Thanks so much for your visit.



This card is participating in:
Stamps & Die Cuts - Stamplorations Blog

August Challenge - Spectrum Noir
Fairies - Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Magic - A Creative Romance
August Release Challenge #3 (SCS) - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

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