Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I wish all my friends, fellow crafters, readers, everybody a very happy new year!

I hope all your dreams may come true.

I want also to say a special thanks to our military troops in Afghanistan and everywhere in the world. One of my loveliest Ebay Customers is a young woman working amongst our troops in Afghanistan, belonging to the regiment where today a young man has been killed by those he was there to help.
I hope you can all be back safe and join your families again.
But what I really hope is that PEACE will finally reign everywhere.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 80

Here I am again, with a new card to post for a challenge.

Actually the original idea was to make a Christmas card for my husband, who is still waiting for his birthday card!

I had this lovely digi from Bee Crafty already printed and thought it was perfect for his Christmas card. Once it was colored, I started making the card following the Sweet Sketch Wednesday sketch (http://www.sweetsketchwednesday.blogspot.com/), just to have a trace and possibly post it for the challenge.

It has turned out more a Valentine card with unusual colors than a Christmas card so I'll probably keep it for Valentine's Day or sell it on my Etsy shop. I really love it: I love the sweet digi, the colors, the sketch, everything! 

Well, here's the sketch:


And here's my card:


I really love Sweet Sketch challenges: even if I managed to take part in only one of them, I was thrilled with all the sweet comments I received and looked forward to having time to make another card to post there!

Only three days to Christmas but, considering that in my family we love to celebrate on Christmas Eve, the celebration is starting in two days and I've still some gifts to wrap!

Better go, I still have a Christmas card to make...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Coffee Anyone?

I know, I know... It's been a week since my last post. I actually thought it was just a few days but this morning I realize that it's Thursday again.

It's been a busy week: I've got some orders for painted plaques so I've had to set aside my papers and digis and take out my acrylics and wood pieces. I'm happy to be back to painting and to have those nice chats with Customers who want customized pieces and ask for advice for gifts and color matches.

Unfortunately, I don't have cards to show, I haven't had time to take part in some of the wonderful challenges that I are there waiting for cards and my Etsy shop appears a bit neglected.

Christmas is fast approaching and family chores require more attention and dedication than in other moments of the year.

I have no new cards topost but I want to show a picture of a little hanger I've just painted for a lovely Customer. I had the coffeepot already painted on sale on ebay and she asked for a matching teapot and here's what I did:

I love them! I'm thinking to have them painted for my kitchen too!

I hope to be back sooner and with new cards and new challenge posts!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bugaboo Anything Goes Challenge

Although today it's not so cold as in these last days, I was still in the mood of snowmen and winter days.

Despite the sun, I decided to take part in the Bugaboo challenge this week with one of their adorable snowman images turned into a very big tag.

The challenge says "Anything goes" and this is my submission:

I LOVE their digis - as you probably should have already understood - and this one was free a couple of weeks ago! The whole set is adorable and I wanted to buy one but I'm still deciding which one!

Well, better link the post to the Catch the Bug Challenge:
here's the link if you want to take a look!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Baby, it's cold outside...

Yes... it's defintely cold.
Foggy, wet and cold. At least Christmas lights cheer me up, there are many things to be done before Christmas and gifts to be packed, so I'm quite busy and I don't have time to stop and freeze!

This title is inspired by one of the two challenges I'm submitting a card to today:

Digital Tuesday Challenge # 88 - Baby, It's cold outside

and

Mojo Monday Contest # 168 with sketch

Fist of all, here's my card:

This lovely digi is from Whimsie Doodles: I adore these snowmen, it's been love at first sight. They are so sweet under the snow with their lunch, despite the fact that... Baby, it's cold outside!
I simply used a light green card and the digi was matted with a darker shade of green. A dotted pink ribbon and green pearls add the final touches.

If the theme was given by the Digital Tuesday Challenge, the sketch was fron the Mojo Monday challenge:


Well, better come back to the worktable and finish some other projects!
Have a nice day!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I Love Dots!

I really love dots!

I always add dots to dresses or backgrounds when I paint and create something. A real girly girl dress is pink with white dots, an elegant bride's dress is washed white with white dots, a boy's tie is blue with white dots...

Last weekend we spent a day at the Aquarium in Genoa and I managed to take some pictures of fish, penguins, turtles and seals. They are not great pictures but this one is very beautiful and... dotty!

This jellyfish is incredible! There were so many in that basin, with their wonderful dots, they seemed like flying in the water, gentle and soft.

My daughter loved them too but the fact that they hurt if you touch them did not convince her of their absolute beauty.

So, something different for today's post.

Back to cards, yesterday I painted a new stamp with two adorable snowmen and I hope to be able to mount it on a card and post its picture tomorrow. I'm so happy with the result, I love it!

Have a nice day!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Let the Shopping Begin!

I LOVE shopping!

It's absolutely one of my favourite activities!!

And in this period there are so many reasons to go shopping: gifts, family reunions, decorations, parties...

This week I did not manage to work too much on challenge projects as I was quite busy with family chores. Yesterday, we decorated the Christmas tree and spent some time in the Christmas market my daughter's school organises to raise some extra money to pay for activities and books.

Now, with the tree on we are really in the Christmas mood!

The only card I've managed to prepare for a challenge this week is for the Bugaboo Catch the Bug Challenge which has a shopping theme + something black.

This is my card:

Unfortunately, the day is dark, even if it's only 9:00 am there's little light. I went outside to take the picture but light was still not enough.

I imagine this little boy so proud of his Christmas shopping. Maybe a gift for his mom or dad? Maybe a gift for himself!

I bought this digi from Bugaboo because his face reminds me the face of my 20-month nephew and I simply couldn't resist. I already colored the same image in light greens and yellows but I made a more elegant (and black one) to follow this challenge rules.

I mounted it on a black card with patterned paper from DCWV embellished with matching punched stars. The digi is colored with watercolor pencils and the gift is covered with crystal glitter.

Happy Christmas shopping!