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... voilĂ , 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!