Friday, December 9, 2011

DigiStamp Boutique Customer Competition

In November I took part in DigiStamp Boutique monthly Challenge and I'm amongst the three lucky - VERY LUCKY - winners!
I LOVE their digis and it was SO hard to choose the images!
And what about the new December digis? They are ADORABLE!

While waiting for my new images to arrive, I made a card for this month Challenge with one of my "Oldie but Goodie" images:
I made two or three cards last year with this lovely Marty and Matilda digi stamp and they are all gone so I decided it was time to make another batch of cards with them.
I've kept the pastel colors of one of my previous versions of the card, added a sparkly ribbon and two pearls in the mistletoe which is glued with 3D dots for a dimensional effect.
The sentiment is attached with a snowflake brad.

I'll enter this card into the following Challenges:
and
Abc Christmas Challenge: Y is for Yipeee - Christmas is almost here!

That's true... Christmas is almost here and there's still SO much to do....

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cyber Monday Sale!

My very first Cyber Monday Sale is going on in my Etsy shop:

10% off your entire order (shipping excluded) with Coupon Code CYBERMONDAY10.

You have time until Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Kisses

Love and kisses for Christmas!

As soon as I saw a preview of the latest S.W.A.L.K. collection of stamps from Crafter's Companion I decided I needed one. This one:


I needed this lovely couple kissing stamp, all dressed up in winter clothes. Perfect for Valentine's Day but also for Christmas. And I made my Christmas card: a very big and very bright green card, with lovely patterned papers in pastel colors with a touch of Christmas red; rhinestones, pearls and glitter for that special bling and bright Copics to color them.
I think this card is another favorite of mine this year: i love the image, the colors, the overall look. It's a happy card!

No challenge to enter with this card, I just wanted to show it to you!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

One of my Favorites...

So far, maybe this card is one of my favorites amongst the ones I've made for this Christmas:

I love the green card, the background paper (I don't know where it's from) the stamp (Feathered Friends from Lili of the Valley), the bell... everything! Although I'm not too fond of traditional Christmas colors like red & green, I love them! I added lots of glitter and rhinestones to make it shine and look as festive as possible.
I made three samples: one for my mom, the others for my Etsy shop. She'll love it. I'm planning to send her many cards this year (ehmm.. I always plan to do so but I rarely manage to...) during the countdown to Christmas: she displays every card she receives on her door and they look wonderful all together!

This card is perfect for the following challenge:
Lili of the Valley Challenge # 121: a Christmas card for someone special
and
Digi Doodle Shop Challenge # 83: red & green

Friday, November 18, 2011

Family

To me Christmas has always meant Family. Family traditions, family dinners and family time.
Now that I am a mom, it's even more family.
Not only I look forward Christmas Eve when we go at my mom's and have a lovely dinner with my sister and her family but I also love to prepare the atmosphere for my daughter.
I decorate the house, we decorate the Christmas tree together, there's always a small Advent Calendar to help us counting down to Christmas, a Nativity to remember the reason for Christmas celebrations.
I wait in bed on Christmas Day for my daughter who wakes up, look in the living room and says: "Santa has come!". Maybe this year will be the last one she believes in Santa but to me it'll always be something to treasure: the magic of Christmas! The lights, the warmth, the time spent together, the astonishment of children in front of these little things, the poetry of Christmas.

To celebrate Family, I made this card:

I actually bought this S.W.A.L.K. stamp to reach a minimum order value in an online shop but once I had it in my hands I had to make something with it and a family Christmas card was perfect.
I used a patterned paper I've recently found at Ikea in a lovely card kit on sale! Felt and paper snowflakes to celebrate winter and ice-skating and a heart charm to celebrate family and love.
And... I remember when I was a young girl I wanted to learn ice skating and sometimes my parents brought me to a rink so I could try: maybe my dad was not too happy to drive a long way on chilly Sunday mornings but he wanted to make me happy...
Treasured family moments I'll always bring with me.

I'm enetering this card into:
ABC Christmas Challenge: W is for Winter Sports
Crafters Comapnion Challenge # 18: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow
Fab'n'Funky Challenge # 99: Baby, It's Cold Outside

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sweet Little Santas

As soon as I saw this new release from DigiStamp Boutique I fell in love with these little Santas.
Perfect for card and tags and... for my tiny clothespins.
I was looking for cute Christmas images to make seasonal clothespins: I had chicks for spring, crabs for summer, pumpkins for Halloween and I needed something for the Holidays.

They were just perfect. I chose three images and made these:
They are perfect as place cards, clipped on napkins or glasses, as tags on presents, as party table decorations... I've found a variety of uses for them.
Of course, I put some glitter and a ribbon... it's Christmas!

I've already made a series of tiny tags with these Santas and planning to use them for other projects... they are so cute, I wish I could hug them!

Although I did not plan them for a Challenge, I'll enter them in DigiStamp Boutique November Customer Competition: it's not a card but I hope they'll like them!

Friday, November 11, 2011

This Mouse Makes Me Happy!

It frequently happens that I fall in love with images. I bought many children's books (with my daughter's utmost pleasure) just because I loved the illustrations, the colors, the atmosphere.

And I've recently bought this digi stamp because I love it, it really makes me happy:


It's Mistletoe Jasper from DigiStamp Boutique and I decided to make a happy, bright Christmas card with traditional colors: greens and reds.
I colored it with Copics and used lots of pearls for the mistletoe and the buttons in Jasper's jacket. Glitter of course, a couple of paper flowers and a red satin ribbon. The lovely paper is Holly Jolly Christmas from Echo Park.
I love it! It makes me happy and it's so festive!!!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
The Stamping Boutique Monthly Challenge - Holidays/Winter projects
Crafty Caz Challenge # 108 - Use a Digital Image

Monday, November 7, 2011

Have You Already Started Buying Christmas Presents?

I haven't. Well, that's not true. I bought a Lego house for my daughter a couple of days ago... I've already forgotten...
That's the problem I have when I start buying Christmas presents in advance: I forget what I have already bought, especially when I'm in a shop, see something that could be perfect for someone and buy it. I do stop and think if I have already bought something but I always forget I already have.
I usually use paper scraps to write down wish lists or lists for what I buy but I always lose them in the mess I have on my table...

This is the reason I think a Gifts List Notebook is useful: you can keep it in the bag and bring it with you when you go shopping...

This year I've already made several of them for the shop. This is the last one I've made:
This notebook was created from a mistake: I printed this Scarlette digi image from Bugaboo Stamps a bit too big for a card so I decided to use it for a tall notebook.
She's so pretty and elegant and... so full of gifts! I've used some colors perfect for Christmas but I think it can be use for the whole year.

I'm entering this notebook into:
Bugaboo Catch the Bug Challenge where "Anything Goes"

Since I printed and colored two Scarlettes, I think I'll use one to make a notebook just for me!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bright and Sparkly!

Christmas in pink: I love it! It's girly, it's sweet, it's festive with a touch of green and red and of course... with lots of GLITTER!!!
I put all of them in this card:
I used a distressed patterned paper from Basic Grey with purple, pink and light blue holly, a striped paper, a pink bow, four pink pearls and... an adorable stamp from Lili of the Valley - Make It Festive. I added tons of glitter: in her apron and dress, in the ornaments, in the holly on the table...
I love it! i love the way it shines according on how the light touches it!
This is one of the first cards I've colored with Copics: such detailed stamps are often difficult to color with watercolor pencils for ink sometimes bleed while Copics are just perfect!

I'm going to enter this card into:
Lili of the Valley Challenge # 119 - Bright and Sparkly
and
Cute Card Thursday Challenge # 189 - Baby You're a Firework!

I've just received a new stamp I want to use for Christmas cards... I'd better go and stamp!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Christmas Critters

Critters are my favorite subject for cards, at Christmas and in any other occasion. They can be funny, serious, sad, joyful, they make you laugh or simply smile even in the saddest times.
Being THE SEASON for cards, Christmas has such a variety of stamps that it's impossible not to fall in love with one of them. I unfortunately fall in love with most of them, so my wish list is always long.

Last year I discovered some stamps with hedgehogs I had to buy and immediately I made cards which sold quickly. This year I took them out and the first card is ready:

This oh-so-cute hedgehog is from Little Claire Designs and it seems it inspires me to make red cards: I had a look at the picture of last year card and it was red, although a bit different.
The patterend paper is from the new Festive Treats paper pad from First Edition Paper. I added tons of glitters in the lights on the tree and in the baubles.

I will enter this card in the following Challenges:

Little Claire Monthly Challenge # 24 where the theme is "Christmas"
and
Jingle Belles "Not A Creature Was Stirring"

Well, it's holiday today in Italy so I'd better go and spend some time with my family!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Can Dinos Bling?

My sweet niece is turning three in a few days. Her latest - and long-lasting - passion are dinos and some weeks ago I bought a set of digi stamps from Doodle Dragon Studios featuring lovely dinos with the idea to make a birthday card for her. I often buy digis or stamp with an idea in mind but most times I end up in buying one... Is it possible that a cardmaker buys cards for friends and relatives?

Fully in my "mass production" mode I found the time to make a birthday card for my niece and make three more for my shop (of for future needs).

This is my card - Girly version:
My niece is in love with dinos but she's also a very girly girl and so I decided to use lots of glitter: balloons are glittered, the gift bow is glittered and the paper (from DCWV) is also glittered. I added a shiny satin pink bow and some pearls.
All this glitter and bling suit perfectly the requirement of Dustin Pike Challenge "All Things Shiny".

But, can dinos be glittery???

In any case, I made also a version for boys, less glittery:
... well, I couldn't help myself and added some bling there too!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Girly Christmas

After trying with Red & Gold for Christmas, I went back to my fav colors: pinks and greens with a touch of red. Most of my Christmas cards this year have these colors. I love the fresh, girly and happy sensations they give to my cards!

This morning I was hopping from blog to blog and I ended in a lovely blog with a lovely card made with a lovely stamp. I immediately followed the link (I apologise but I cannot remember the blog name, I lost it while browsing through the newly discovered store).

The store is Annabelle Stamps an Australian Company which sells cute stamps and craft goods. I already put some of their stamps in my wish list, as soon as I have some funds I'll surely be back to buy some.

Of course, they have a blog Annabelle Stamps Blog and a Challenge and... the theme this week is: "Say it in... Pink, Green and Kraft and... voilà, I made this card:


 I had colored this Jennifer Latte digi stamp from The Stamping Boutique yesterday, while waiting for my daughter's dance lesson. I wanted it to be girly, really girly and pink and... girly! This morning I still had no idea on how to make the card with it but when I saw the Challenge theme I knew it was perfect!
I made the card with green textured cardstock, added a Papermania patterned paper and used some craft paper behind the stamp colored with Copics and embellished with tons of glitters! A luxurious satin bow and a lilac bell add the final touch.

I love how it turned out!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Christmas Owl Card - Version # 2

When I decided to make the card I showed you yesterday for Meljen's Designs Challenge, I had already painted four owls: I'm in the "mass production" mode and I try to make two or three samples of the same card. As I told you, I have a very limited quantity of gold paper and this time I preferred to keep it for future projects.
The painted owls were too cute to remain in my "painted digis stash" and I decided to make two more cards: I kept the same layout but I changed colors a bit. I used a white card, a holly patterned paper, red again to match the owl scarf and hat, a printed sentiment, glitter and again four matching rhinestones.

The impression is of a fresh card with traditional Christmas colors for this cute owl. But I'm already thinking about making a winter card with him, with blues and whites and glitter... maybe soon!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Red & Gold... Is it Christmas yet?

This morning I woke up early as usual and decided to finish a card I have been planning for a few days.

I took the inspiration from this week's Challenge at Meljen's Designs to make another Christmas card.

Well, Christmas... It seems far away but it'll be here in a blink of an eye and the shop and my card stash need to be filled with seasonal goodies as soon as possible.

Red and Gold speak clearly of Christmas, decorations and festive atmosphere but I think they are not "my colors". It's the first time I use such a great part of gold in a card but I think that they look beautiful together.

Here's the card:
Being not a fan of gold, I had troubles in finding a gold paper in my stash. It was in a very old pad of Sizzix Little Sizzles Papers called Classics and of course they were just perfect. There were only a few sheets so I decided not to make more than one sample of this card, so I can save the remaining sheets for other projects that may require gold.
This lovely owl is a digi stamp from Meljen's Designs and I colored it with Copics... yeah... Copics (the red is "more red" than it seems from the picture)! The white part of the hat is glittered with glitter dust while the snow is made with waterfall stickles.

This card was made for Meljen's Designs Challenge # 81 where they request for Red & Gold.

But it's perfect to be entered in a couple of other Christmas Challenges:
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long where they want to see some SPAR-KA-LAY, and I used glitter, stickles, rhinestones and of course gold

and

ABC Christmas Challenge where U is for Unused Stash and both papers and ribbons are so old and never used!!!

The family has now waken up and they need me.

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Meljen's Designs Challenge # 80 and some updates...

Well, I know... I promised to post more often than in the summer but somehow three weeks have passed since my last post. I'm sorry.

But...

I was not on holiday... I am working on new cards and paper goods, I've tried new techniques, I've made cards in more than one sample... I'm really a busy bee!

I love fall: I love changing colors, I love that we're back on routine, I love thinking about Christmas which is really just around the corner. This fall we've been blessed with such a wonderful weather: we wore T-shirts until last week. Well, now we are freezing and I don't like it at all... The funny thing about this fall is that it seems we've missed... fall! From summer temperatures we dropped to winter temperatures...
This to say that in this period of the year I'm usually full of energies, inspiration and things to make.

I made several Christmas cards and tags, often in more than one copy, lots of notebooks, girly things and this card:
I know that Mother's Day is so far away (and this is the reason why you probably won't see this card up in the shop now) but I wanted to take part in Meljen's Designs Challenge # 80 and I wanted to use this digi stamp. The request is to "Use a Ribbon" and it wasn't difficult since I love ribbons and bows and I often use them in my cards.
For probably the first time I've decorated the inside of the card too:

I printed several small and bigger whales on two dotted papers: then, I simply had to cut them and decorate them with some glitter.

This little whale is one of my first digis and still one of my favorite, I made several different cards with it and this time I wanted to use the full potential of digi stamps and create two digis from just one image.
My daughter and I use to go to see a dolphin show every summer and she loves it and she loves dolphins so I thought about celebrating this event we do together with this card. They are whales and not dolphins but they remind me of our happy trip.

As for my other "achievements" I can anticipate I made a card with a movable image, discovered the magic of Copics, made tons of Christmas tags and little notebooks...
I'll post about them soon!

Monday, September 26, 2011

It's Another Paper Playtime Challenge!

It seems so long since my last post for Paper Playtime Challenge!
Now we're back into the winter routine with school, dance lessons, swimming and everything else.

Back to  Paper Playtime Challenge # 56, some things have changed in this last month: the last Monday of the month is no more a digi Monday but a Stamping Challenge. Everyone can enter it with a card or project with something stamped on it.

The theme this month is Halloween and here's my card:
This lovely Halloween cat is from Digital Delights and I painted it with my watercolor pencils. A punched moon, some rhinestones and a touch of glitter complete this simple little card.

Don't forget to have a look to the other cards made by DT members!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Aqua, White and Glitter... Wonderful!!!

Ohhh... I'm SO happy!

During the summer I spent many pleasant early morning hours sipping coffee and reading a lovely inspiring blog: Mish Mash. It had been pinned among my favorites for a while but I decided to read it more carefully and I discovered great tricks and techniques, inspiring photos and yummy recipes, tips and crafting projects.

One of the things which inspired me most was what she calls "Mass Production": make several pieces of the same card/tag/project. I never thought I could do that, mainly because I do not have friends or relatives I can sell my cards to, so I don't need to pile up. I don't even send cards so I don't need them for myself, even if I sometimes need a card and don't have one made by myself.

But... I decided I had to try. First of all, I have to let my papers go: I'm always afraid to finish that perfect sheet of paper and avoid using too much BUT, as Michelle says, they keep on selling papers, I can eventually buy some more if I need it. Second, I have to trust myself and be positive I will sell more than one card.

The other day I decided to make a card with a lovely stamped image I had colored few days before: I chose the card, the paper, added glitter, found the sentiment and the embellishment. It was quite easy to finish it and I found it so lovely I decided to make two more. I had stamped several copies of the same image and it was so easy to color them following the finished card. I cut the paper which was still on my table, add sentiments which I had in some copies and punched the snowflake... et voilà, three cards made so easily and quickly!

This lovely stamp is from Lili of the Valley and I colored it with watercolor pencils and added tons of glitter to the igloo to make it shine like snow.
The dotted paper is from Dovecraft (Christmas Fancy Collection) and the wonderful aqua card was bought in Paris: it's such a lovely color! It was hard to use three of them but I love so much the finished card that I think it was worth the effort!

When I saw the three cards on my table I felt so proud of myself and it was really rewarding.

Well, maybe three cards are not properly a "Mass Production" but it's certainly more than one...

I'll enter this card in Lili of the Valley Challenge # 113 which says "Aqua, White and Glitter". What lovely combination!

I enjoyed myself so much in mass producing that I'm still in that mode...

Friday, September 16, 2011

I'm Baaack!

Yes... I know I probably said the same thing back in July but now I should definitely be back on track.

School is starting on Monday, some rain is coming to refresh us a bit, leaves are turning yellow and days are shorter.

So sad summer is over! Although I do love fall I'm sad this wonderful period of the year is over. Although I love the house when it's all silence, I'll miss my daughter's company and chat. Although I love routine, I'll miss these long summer days when you have to invent the day everyday.

And I absolutely don't like cold and adore this wonderfully hot days! I'll miss each of them!

This morning I woke up quite early and I didn't want to spend too much time on my computer so I decided it was time to go back into challenges.
I was a bit tired of challenges, maybe because last spring I tried to enter as many as possible, so happy with the ideas and themes they gave for my cards. I had a list, I checked my favourites everyday... it was a real job!

This morning I decided to check a couple of them and to use a stamp among those I had already colored during the summer.
Then, I made a card. It turned out quite easily and I'm ready to take part in two challenges.

Here's my card:
I chose this lovely Pennyblack stamp which I colored a while ago with my watercolor pencils. I just added some glitter here and there. Then I decided to use some paper leftovers from my stash: the floral glittered paper is from DCWV, the dotted one... well, I don't remember.
It's a fresh spring card... not the ordinary fall/Halloween/Xmas card I use to make in this time of the year.

I will enter it here:
Pennyblack Saturday Challenge # 168: the theme is Delicious, something yummy on our creations! And these cherries are sooo yummy!

And

Cute Card Thursday # 182 where Anything Goes!

I'll also try to list cards on my Etsy Shop once I've linked them to the Challenges so those of you who are interested will find them immediately!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Oops... I Forgot!

I forgot to add another card for Paper Playtime Digi Monday Challenge!

My daughter made a card which I sent to our DT coordinator, just in case she had a spot and... she has chosen her as Special Guest Designer!

This is her card:
When I saw this digi in Di's Digi Shop I knew she would have loved it: she loves horses and she rides with no fear.
She colored the digi and chose papers among those I was using for my DT card. My only advice was to suggest how to use the papers I had cut for her and arrange the flowers. Since I was a little behind her with my card, she didn't let me use the same papers so I had to go with a lighter color scheme... I let her look for something in my embellishments drawer (which she loves!), and she chose three rhinestones and some flowers. I also gave her the sentiment and the punched circle.

I love these summer days spent together in our craft room chatting and making things!

Vacation, Vacation...

Good morning!

It's the last Monday in August and this means... it's Paper Playtime Digi Monday again!

This month the theme is: VACATION!

August is THE MONTH for vacation here in Italy. Even if there's more people around in towns these days than in the past, most of us still go on holiday in August. The 15th being a National Holiday, offices and factories closed, the two central weeks of August are absolutely the most quiet in town!

Back to our challenge, here's my card:
I used these lovely Beach Huts digi from Delicious Doodles which I simply colored with pencils. I love this turquoise and white look, it's calming and refreshing!

Don't forget to have a look at the other amazing creations from our DT!

Monday, August 15, 2011

No, Not Lazy... Just Busy!

I can't believe it's the middle of August... this summer is really flying!

This time, I cannot say I'm lazy... well, yes, I'm a lazy blogger these days but I have so many things to do!
I spent some days trying to re-organize my craftroom (without too much success, but I've discovered some hidden treasures!), making little gifts for Christmas and reading inspiring blogs.

I also spent a few days with my daughter, my sister and my little niece (and I had the chance to find a shop with satin ribbons in wonderful hues!).

But...

I only made a couple of cards...

Here's my first:
The sponsor is Whimsie Doodles and I used this adorable little girl starting a new school year.

Schools will start one week later than usual this year: September 19! They say it's for tourism reasons but we feel it's really late! When I was a little girl, I used to start school on October 1! Maybe only for a couple of years but I remember when we started going to school around the middle of September and, of course, I didn't like it!

I made this card with my daughter in mind and I wanted to use bold colors: this paper from Die Cut With a View was perfect for my little girl and my black card.

Well, that's all for today. Don't forget to visit the Paper Playtime Challenge Blog and see all the wonderful DT creations!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lazy Summer Days...

It's been a while since I came back from the seaside and I still dream of my lazy mornings under the sun on my deck chair...
I love to wake up early, have a huge breakfast with cofee, bread and jam (which I don't normally eat) and time to do that...
Then, we head to the beach: it's not yet crowded, not yet too hot, sun is still of a warm yellow and I lay down and enjoy the hot rays on my back.

When I was asked to choose an image for my monthly card for Paper Playtime Digi Monday Challenge with Summer as theme I immediately had to have THIS ONE: it means summer, seaside, vacation, laziness, sun, hot weather...

Here's my card:
This perfect summer digi is from Delicious Doodles and is called Deckchair (you can find it here).
I used a simple yellow card (yellow is the color of summer!) and I dotted it with white paint. Then added a patterned paper I found in a magazine and some ribbons. The digi is colored with watercolor pencils and I also added a touch of glitter and two pearls.

Don't forget to have a look at our monthly digi challenge DT cards!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm Back!!!

I've just come back from a short vacation on the beach and I've realized I have to start with Fall and Winter cards!
It was terrible: I sat down and switched the computer on (I don't bring it with me on holiday and... I don't miss it at all!!!), had a look at my favorite shops and blogs and... voilà, Christmas in July...

Although I love Christmas, I don't feel the need to celebrate Christmas in July, I don't like to start buying Christmas gifts so early and I don't like to think about snow and winter with 40°C.

But...

I have an Etsy shop and I have to start thinking in advance and that's why I have a Halloween card to show you:
I was looking at all the new releases I missed while on vacation and immediately fell in love with this little wizard from Stampfairy: I've never read Harry Potter and I've never seen one of the movies but this little wizard and his adorable owl had to be mine!

I missed challenges a bit so I decided to have a look at my favorite one: Sweet Sketch Wednesday. And it was a GREAT idea, Stampfairy isthe sponsor this week, so I immediately started making my Halloween card!
This is the sketch:
Unfortunately, I haven't had time to look through my list of challenges to see if I could enter another one with this card, so I will enter only Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 110 but I'm so happy I've made a new card after such a long time.

I actually made two... I'll show you the other one in a few days!

MESSAGE for SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY DT: I don't manage to leave comments! I don't know what's happening, I'm sorry!

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Paper Playtime Digi Monday Again!

I know I may sound a bit boring but time really flies...
It's Digi Monday again at Paper Playtime! It seems like yesterday when I posted my first DT card for this lovely challenge and here I am again!

This month it was really funny to make this card. The theme was red, white and blue but for those DT members living outside the US it was allowed to use the colors of our Country.

As you probably know the Italian flag is green, white and red... colors which I find not particularly good for a card but since we could choose our own digi, I found a perfect image for those colors.

Here's my card:
My sponsor is Delicious Doodles and I chose this lovely owl couple and thought about an anniversary card, influenced by the fact that in March Italy celebrated her 150th birthday.

I colored the owls with my watercolors and added distressed papers in soft green, cream and red which I found in a magazine. Then I used satin ribbons in the exact colors of our flag.

Don't forget to check the other creations from the DT here and have a happy Digi Monday!

Friday, June 17, 2011

It's Summer... For My Blog Too!

School is over, sun is shining, holidays are being planned and I find less time to blog.

I have a couple of Custom orders to finish and all my inspiration goes there.

I've just started my "Spring Cleaning"... a bit late this year, I'm usually done in June but we had to wait for the painter... we needed a fresh coat of paint on our walls and we are both too lazy to do it ourselves.
The fact that my daughter was at home the day I cleaned and decluttered her bedroom was a great thing: she worked the whole day sorting books, toys, clutter, dedusting, washing, finding a new place for things...
She was so proud in the evening and she keeps saying that she loves her room!
As prize for her good job and for a fantastic school year, yesterday we had a trip to an amusement park: just the two of us. We had a great time and I'm thinking about going to Venice with her soon (well, Venice is just an hour or so away from my town, so it's not a long trip!).

For all these reasons, I am finding it difficult to blog. If posts are not as frequent as before for the next couple of months it's just that I'm taking a little time for my daughter, for the family, for the home and hopefully for some travelling.
I'll have my posts for the Paper Playtime digi Monday challenge (don't miss the June Challenge on Monday 27) and maybe I'll be able to make some new cards when Spring Cleaning is over and I'll manage to sit down and spend some time crafting with my daughter. She looks forward to it: in summer, we usually take in a table we keep on our small balcony, open it in the living room and craft while watching inspiring TV craft programs or romantic movies.

 I'll be back soon with more frequent posts, refreshed and hopefully inspired.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My 100th Post!

I can't believe I've reached my 100th post!!!
But here I am!
Again, one week later than my last post....
I'm definitely a bit... lazy? No, not lazy, busy. Yes, busy...
I only have one Custom order to prepare and I'm working on it but it's still in my head, I don't manage to put my ideas into something "real" and this makes me angry.
School is finishing in four days and this means that swimming, ballet and English lessons are also coming to an end.
Things are coming from school and need to be sorted, cleaned, washed and put away until September.
Last week it was hot enough to wear summer clothes which needed to be tried and sorted as well.
We had a first Communion to attend and the end-of-the-year ballet with related dresses to be prepared (and now to be washed and put away).
I still have some wool sweaters around (this week is less summer and more autumn...) which need to be washed...by hand...
And I actually have little time to sit down and enjoy some crafting. I don't even list weekly challenges that I'd like to enter because I know I don't have time to prepare cards.

But yesterday, while washing some sweaters, I had time to prepare at least one card:
I've used this Strawberry kid - digi which we were given as participants in last week challenge at Hambo Hoedown: it's part of a lovely new realease of fruit kids. Have a look at them in the shop here.

The Challenge was to use this digi and buttons... I love buttons and it's always hard to use them and let them go...
I notice from the picture that the boy isn't glued to the glittered cardstock behind him. I finished my super glue and I used an ordinary one but, despite several attempts, it doesn't work. I'd better go out and buy a new glue!
 Of course, I'll enter this card in Hambo Hoedown Challenge # 18.

Four days to the end of the school means the last four days of silence. Then, for the next 3 months silence will be something to long for...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Why Always at the Last Second?

When I was given this image as participant in last week Challenge at Hambo Hoedown I was really Over The Moon for I immediately had an idea on how to use it!

But...

Challenge closes in a few hours and I'm still here, writing my post.

Well, here's my card:

I love this moon and I decided to paint it lilac and light purple with my watercolor pencils. If you like this image, you can find it here.
Maybe the color of the shuttle is not a perfect match, but I bought them fron the UK last year (I don't have a cutting machine) and this green was the best match among the three available.

Of course, this card will be entered in Hambo Hoedown Challenge # 17 "I'm Over the Moon".

Thank You Hambo for these lovely digis!

Monday, May 30, 2011

It's Paper Playtime Digi Monday!

I'm so excited!
This is my first post as designer at Paper Playtime Digi Monday Challenge!!

The theme is Wedding/Love and this is the card I created:
This lovely ladybug is from Delicious Doodles: I colored her with a red watercolor pencil, glittered the frame of the heart and embellished it with a pink pearl.
The card was made with printed papers, a white doily and a paper heart embellished with baker's twine and two rhinestones. I also added a heart charm.

You won't miss to have a look at the other wonderful creations from the DT: it's a great team of designers and we have had the chance to work with lovely images!

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's Summer Here but...

...I've just finished a Christmas card!

We are having a very very hot end of May here in Italy: windows wide open, t-shirts, shorts and sandals... it seems like July!

But I wanted to take part in a challenge and I decided to make a card for Christmas.

First of all, here's my card:
I've used this lovely image from Doodle Dragon Studios and I want to enter the Pike's Playground Challenge which has "Shades of Green" as theme this week.
Green inspired me of Christmas and I thought it was perfect for this funny image. I don't remember where the paper came from and I've used to corners I found in a scrapbook paper pack bought in an after-Christmas sale. The digi is colored with watercolor pencils and I added green rhinestones here and there. Instead of using a ribbon, I decided to glue punched trees with 3D dots.

I'm also entering ABC Christmas Challenge - K is for Kids: I think this image is so sweet and funny that's perfect for kids!

Well, it's almost lunchtime and I'd better go and prepare something for my hungry family!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Time for Another Hambo Challenge!

It seems that my posts are always for Hambo Challenges!
I've so much to do these weeks that I absolutely don't manage to prepare but a few cards.

Today, after I finished my first card as DT memeber at Paper Playtime, I finished the one for Hambo Hoedown Challenge # 16:


This Sumo digi was given to all participants in last week's challenge (but you can find it here).
The Challenge is to use this digi, one of the sentiments coming with the digi and some chipboard.
I glued a white paper with black dots on a black card and added some touches of red. The sumo wrestler is colored with pink and red watercolors. I also added a ribbon, brads and my chipboard accent is the star which I painted red to match.

This image makes me smile everytime I look at it!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What a Week!

The last couple of times I tried to sign in Blogger there were problems... I hate technology when it does not work. For me, computers and everything related should always work and never have problems or be slow... It makes me really furious!

Anyway, my birthday party decorations are almost done! I'm preparing them little by little because I don't have enough space to glitter 45 tags all at once and let them dry so I do them in groups. Everything has some glitter (of course...) and everything needs to rest for a while before being touched or packed.

While waiting for some bigger pieces to dry, this afternoon I made a card for two of my favorite challenges: I used the image given by one of them and the sketch given by another... Perfect!

But let's start from the beginning.
This is the card:
The digi was given by Hambo as participants in last week challenge and the layout to follow was this one from Sweet Sketch Wednesday:

This card will be entered in the following Challenges:
Hambo Hoedown Challenge # 15: in addition to the image, the request was to use bright colors and paper piecing. I paper pieced the basket (is it the correct word?) and colored the digi with my watercolor pencils. The background paper from an old Sizzix stash is maybe not too bright but I used brighter and bolder colors in the other elements of the card. I loved the idea of lightness and movement the bubbles give to the card!

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge # 101: they gave us the lovely sketch.

Karen Doodles Challenge: they asks for Bold and Bright colors.

I adore this little girl on flying in her baloon! A really great image, isn't it?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How Busy!

As you know I've just been chosen as a DT member in Paper Playtime Digi Challenge and I'm really honored and happy to be a part of my very first team.
I'm already planning my first card due at the end of the month but I'm surprised at how much work there should be to coordinate a DT team. Our coordinator is great in sending messages and keeping track of all the things we need to know and do!

I'm also making some samples for another DT call and I'm still working on the party decorations for my Customer. Add some Custom orders to prepare...

It's really a busy period and that's why I have so little time to enter other challenges. I still list them hoping to find some time to make a card and actually I did find a couple of hours yesterday to make my card for Hambo Hoedown Challenge # 14:

This sweet chicken seems a bit sad, that's why I decided to make a "Miss You" card.
We were given this stamp and asked to use dots and stripes: I dotted the card with white paint and made stripes on the punched circle. I wanted the two yellows to match perfectly.

I love this summer yellow!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

I'm a Design Team Member at Paper Playtime!

I've some great news:
I have been chosen to be one of the new Digi Design Team Members at Paper Playtime!



My very first Team!
Have a look at the other great members of this Team here and don't forget to join in for our fun challenges at

I'm really excited and I'm already planning my card! Wish me Good Luck!


Friday, May 6, 2011

Animal Antics.

A few days ago I decided to make something different out of one of my favourite stamps and opted for a small recipe notebook.

Here's what I created:
A sweet little spiral notebook with this adorable stamp from Lili of the Valley, sweet papers and lots of ribbons!
It's not the first time I color this stamp and I'm still in love with it, it's so sweet and the faces of these two little animals are so cute!

I decided to enter this creation in Lili of the Valley Challenge # 95 where the theme is "Animal Antics".

I should make one of these notebooks for my recipes, maybe I'd cook with a bit more enthusiasm...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Well... I'm Ready!

One of the reasons I entered only few challenges these past weeks is that I was working on a Custom order, my first order from the blog.

A lovely girl asked me to make some decorations for her daughter's first birthday.

I've worked very often for weddings (cards, invitations, favors, tags, place cards, tableaux de mariage, etc.) but it's the first time I approach the birthday theme.

It's been a long journey: I'm rarely completely satisfied of the result when I create something but I usually manage to change a little something and like it. This time I cut, glued, threw away, printed, cut again, glittered, assembled and disassembled my creations so many times I've lost the count!

But this morning I finally manage to be satisfied with every piece I had created and in a little while I'll send the pictures to my customer...

For this reason, this afternoon I've had a spare hour to make a card for a weekly challenge I love:

They gave us this adorable basket as participants in last week's challenge and the mission was to create something with mum in mind and with lace and flowers.
The doily is glued in the center only, for I wanted it to be... well, I don't know how to translate the word I have in mind (maybe "wavy"?) and I wanted to use purples instead of reds for the hearts with a touch of green (the basket is green, not yellow as it appears on the computer...).

Well, better go and send the pictures of my birthday creations... I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

For the First Time...

...I'm posting a card before the challenge begins!

Last week my Fall Tree card was chosen among the Top Three in Raise the Bar Challenge and I got an assignement - my very first one - for this week!
The theme is "We Shell" and the card should have a beach theme.

Here's my card:

This lovely shell is a digi stamp from Whimsie Doodles which I colored with my watercolor pencils (and glitter all around the shell...!).
Following the idea of the beach, I wanted to use these colors which remind me of the sand. I bought this card a few days ago and I thought it was perfect for this project. Papers are all from DCWV.

Once I decided the colors I had to decide how to assemble the card and I used this week's sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday. It was simple and clean and I could use all the papers I wanted to be part of this card.

Thus, I will enter this card in Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge # 99.

I'm so excited for my assignment! Fingers crossed that my card is good enough!

This Challenge starts tomorrow, have a look at all the other wonderful creations!



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Another Post for my Daughter.

Last month my daughter entered a card in a Kids' Challenge and she made the Top Three.
Here we are with another card:
She chose this little Ballerina digi stamp from Bugaboo Stamps and she added a lot of bling, as the Challenge asks for.
She had already made a little picture with this digi and gave it to me as a gift: I was so delighted with the little bird on her shoes that she decided to add one here too and she asked for 3D dots "for a pop-up effect" as she says...
I even let her use my precious Stickles glitters!

She is a Ballerina and the "Congratulations" sentiment is perfect to give this card to a friend who also attends dance classes.

Well, I'm ready to enter her card into the Kona Kids' Challenge # 20!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

... Again?

I can't believe it!
My last post was about Hambo Hoedown Challenge, exactly one week ago...
Time REALLY flies!

It's been a busy week, with schools closed, Easter to celebrate and little time to craft.

Yesterday I managed to prepare my weekly card for the above mentioned challenge: Hambo is so nice to give us freebies to play with that I always tries to take part in their challenges.

Here's my card:

The theme this week was to use this King digi and make an announcement: I thought about a newborn little girl, who is of course a princess for the whole family!
I used my watercolor pencils and some glitter for the digi stamp, rhinestones to embellished the crown and the sentiment (which was stamped), a paper from DCWV and a lovely pink ribbon.

The card will be entered in Hambo Hoedown Challenge # 12, wish me good luck!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"What color is an ogre?"

The friend I was waiting for is a bit late so I have time for my 2nd post!

As I do every week, I've made a card for Hambo Hoedown Challenge # 11:
They gave us this sweet ogre and asked to use it together with the sentiment and something distressed.
I asked my daughter: "What color is an ogre?" and she replied: "Green, of course".
Thus, I couldn't do something different, I had to color it green.
And green is all over the card!
I found this distressed green card in my stash and added some paper stripes, hearts and of course this little ogre colored with watercolor pencils.

With this challenge I've learnt somethng new: the word "ogre". I didn't know how to translate the Italian word, but now I know it!

Wednesday again?

Two of my favorite challenges are on Wednesday and it seems to me that I'm always here writing posts about the new cards for those challenges...

Let's start with the first one:

This card is made following this sketch:

When I saw the sketch and had a look at the Challenge sponsor of the week I immediately decided that the tree was perfect for this sketch.
I have lots of digis but no, I couldn't change my mind: I had to have that tree and make a fall card with yellows, oranges and dark greens.

But let's start from the beginning.

The digi is from Clear Dollar Stamps and the papers I used are from DCWV (orange) and an old Sizzix stack (checks).
The tree was printed on white paper and that's probably the reason why I'm not completely satisfied with the finished card, it's not exactly the card I had in mind. I distressed the border and the papers with distress ink but the digi was already colored and I was afraid to ruin it completely and did not dare to touch it.
Everything is colored with watercolor pencils and some of the leaves are glued with 3D dots.

The challenges I'm entering this card are the following ones:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge # 97 where the sketch comes from
and
Raise the Bar Challenge # 62 where the theme is "Tree-mendous"

In these last years I've understood that I'm a fall person: it's my favorite season of the year. Of course, I do love spring and summer: I love hot weather, the long days, holidays, the summer fruit and everything but my soul is in fall that is at her best. I wish I could write a better English to explain my feelings in a clearer way!

I'll surely be back later for another post!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Masculine colors.

I'm busy with a custom order, preparing decorations for a little girl's birthday and surrounded by pinks, pastel colors, glitter and by everything girly.

But...

...this week I WANTED to enter a card in Dustin Pike Challenge so I put girly things aside (I'm waiting for a new punch I've just ordered to make my decorations) and finish my new card:

I chose masculine colors: I started painting the digi and then looked through my stash of papers and found this set which I thought it was perfect for the look I had in mind.
This month Dustin Pike celebrates his blogiversary so the theme is birthday. I added a gift in the bear's hands with a little bow which maybe is not too visible in the picture. The look in the frog's eyes is just perfect: as a child in front of his presents!
I love Dustin Pike's images and I'm so sorry I've probably lost some retired images... I love his frogs and monkeys!
Well, fingers crossed new images will be posted so I can play with them!

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
Dustin Pike Challenge - It's a Party!
Karens Doodles Challenge - Happy Birthday
A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge # 147 - All Creatures Great and Small

Happy Birthday Dustin Pike!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another Challenging Challenge...

This time the Challenge was really challenging: I had to make an "Easel Card".
I hardly knew the meaning of easel and I thought I could never do one but, thanks to the instructions I found together with the Challenge, it was very very easy to make one and I'll surely do more in the future.

This is the card:
and, of course, it is for the Hambo Hoedown Challenge # 10: they gave us this lovely "Penguin-Bunny" digi with the instructions to make an easel card.
It is my very first card of this type so it may not be a great card but I love this little penguin disguised as a rabbit!

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's Sweet Sketch Wednesday Again!

Happy Monday!

Another sunny day in sunny Italy! What a great April we are having. I'm here with my window open listening to birds singing (and cars passing by...) as if it were June!

I've just finished a card I'm quite proud of. I had a color scheme in mind: soft, elegant blues for a very elegant image.
Here's my card:
This lovely digi is from a Company I've just discovered, Karber Digital Images: they have a series of Japanese girls I immediately fell in love with. And in addition, their sales will help Japan.

I used some printed paper from Pink Petticoat "Blueberry" is the color I chose to make the card following this sketch:
I colored my geisha with watercolor pencils and... no, this time no glitter (although I thought about adding it somewhere) and the lovely ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl.

This card is being entered in the following challenges:
and, of course,
Karber Challenge # 29 where the theme is "Anything Goes".

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It Makes Me Laugh...

Sometimes I fall in love with an image: I like it so much I think about framing it so I can have a look at it every time I want.
The image I've used for my latest card was one of these.
I bought an entire set of images (it was not a great effort, they were all cute!) just because of it!

Here's the card:
Isn't this frog cute? I love it!
The digi is from Doodle Dragon Studios and I colored it with watercolor pencils and embellished both the frog and the princess with some glitter. I added rhinestones to the crown: she is a princess after all!
The paper... well, as usual it is from one of the bargains I find on the internet and I don't know the company name but as soon as I saw it in my stash I knew it was perfect for this card.

It'll be entered in the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft Challenge # 136: it says "Comedy Rocks" and they ask for humorous creations. I think this image is really funny and I think about some marriages...
Cute Card Thursday Challenge # 159 where they want tropical colors.

Well, this incredible hot April means I need to change not only dresses but bedlinens and duvets, pajamas and everything else and it's such a boring thing to do...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

As I Told You Yesterday...

I was making a Christmas Card!

When I discovered Christmas Challenges all year long, I decided I had to participate in most of them so that I could have lots of Christmas cards ready for autumn.
Actually, I don't manage to make as many Christmas cards as I wished to, but every now and then I fit one in my schedule.

Here's the last one I've made:
I had some problems while taking the picture: the card looks blue but it is purple! I finally decided to go under the sun (and today there's LOT OF sun) and it's now a bit more purple but it's always quite far from the original color...
The lovely digi is Chloe and Christmas Tree from DigiStamp Boutique, which I colored with watercolor pencils in shades of pink and purple. I added glitter on Chloe's coat and on the sleight and tree.
The papers are from a stash I bought on the internet without knowing the brand while the lovely purple rose is fromWild Orchid Crafts.

I will enter the following Challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge - G is for Girly: they wanted a girly card with pink, silver and purple (hence my need that the card appears exactly as it is - purple!)
and

Well, today the temperature is around 30 °C (85 °F)... it's incredibly hot for this period of the year and Christmas seems so far away...