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!


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.