Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Button Challenge

I love buttons.

I have tons of them in tiny acrylic boxes, in bigger glass jars... I kept the ones I found in my grandmothers' cupboards when they passed away, I save them from clothes I throw away...

And it's difficult for me to part with most of them.

That's why I rarely enter a challenge with buttons as theme... but this week I've made an exception with this card:

The image is a lovely digi stamp from Jellypark which I colored with Copics and glitter and mounted on a pink cardstock panel with a punched border.
These mice are so sweet, aren't they?

I'm entering the card into the following challenges:
Jellypark Challenge: Button Up!
Crafty Catz Challenge # 167: Cute as a Button

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I Love You!

This year I'm definitely inspired by Valentines!

I've just finished another card:
I've used my favorite S.W.A.L.K. stamp and some pink/red papers, the most traditional colors for a Valentine card!
I used this image past for a Christmas cards and I love the fact that, by changing colors, it's perfect for a love card, too!

I've a little time to write right now as I'm waiting for some guests and I want to enter some challenges with this new card:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 191: Valentine's day or Love
Delicious Doodles Challenge # 20: All You Need Is Love


Pretty unusual for me, I've just finished a card with fairies:
I don't know why but I'm not a fan of fairies. With a few exceptions (like this one) I never buy stamps with them. When I saw the theme at Tiddly Inks Challenges this week I was a bit worried I wouldn't have been able to enter but then I saw this image and... yes, that was perfect! It's a long while (years) that I have it but, for one reason or another, I've never managed to color it and make a card.
These fairies are so pretty and... oh! How I wish to have them helping me when I put my lights on the Christmas tree!!!

This card is for the following challenges:
Tiddly Inks Challenge # 102: Wings
ABC Christmas Challenge: B for Boys or BOWS
Winter Wonderland Challenge: It Takes Two
Christmas Cards All Year Round January Challenge: Anything Goes

Well, 331 days to Christmas and 3 cards are ready!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Valentines again!

In my valentine madness this year I'm making lots of Valentine cards.

Today I'm showing you one of my favourites:
She's the newly released My Valentine Toodle digi stamp from Broken Box Stock. I colored her with Copics and glitter, then I cut and glued her to a heart-shaped card. A special sentiment, some pearls, two pretty flowers and a super-sweet card is ready!

I'm entering the following Challenges:
Deep Ocean Challenge # 43: Anything but Square

Friday, January 25, 2013

A Valentine Card for Boys

In order to participate in this fortnight's challenge at Sparkle Creations Blog, I've created a Valentine card for boys:

I've used Street Corner Josh from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps which I won last year.
I've used a paper from the Pretty Little Hearts Collection from Pink Petticoat (oh yes, I treated myself with a couple of their digital papers after Christmas and I love them!).
A touch of red and some music notes and the card is done!

This card is for the following Challenges:
Sparkle Creations Challenge # 96: Love Song Challenge
Cards Galore Challenge: Anything Goes

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Sketch Challenge

It's been a while since I last entered a card into the There She Goes Challenge so I decided to see this week's theme and make a card.

There's a sketch to follow this week:

And I made this card:
It's cold, rainy and dark outside and I needed something to cheer me up a bit, that's why I opted for these papers with bright colors (sorry, I bought them a long ago on a destash on Etsy and the brand wasn't mentioned).
The elephant is from the Jungle Out There set of clear stamps from There She Goes, a set I love very much with those funny animals! Their size is just perfect for cards and smaller projects!
And, although there's a bit of hot pink, I think that its bright colors make this card suitable both for boys and girls.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Here Come The Boys Challenge # 44: Bingo Board (Blue - Free - Image)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

So Pretty!

Isn't she pretty?
I LOVE her!
She's so delighted and happy to be waiting for her baby!
She is Pregnant Toodle from Broken Box Stock and I loved her so much I colored her in three different ways!
Papers are printed from the Pretty Little Hearts Collection from Pink Petticoat and I wanted to keep a simple layout with ribbon and bow, a sweet charm and some rhinestones to give a bit of light!

This card is for the following challenges:
Creative Inspiration Challenge # 198: Anything Goes + optional flowers
(This card was meant to enter their Challenge # 197 but it seems I'm a bit late!)
Stampin' for the Weekend: Something Girlie
Created with Love Challenge # 25: Anything Goes
Inky Chicks Challenge # 2: Becky's Bingo Grid (Sentiment, Image, Bow)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Get Well Soon, again!

I noticed that I missed Get Well Soon cards in my shop so I decided I had to make some more.

After the one I showed you yesterday, I have two more today:

This is Wryn New Wings from Tiddly Inks colored as a brunette.

This is Wryn New Wings from Tiddly Inks colored as a blonde little girl.

I've used unusual colors for me and for such a girlie card: papers are from the Animal Antics paper pad (First Edition Paper) and I added a matching ribbon and a chipboard butterfly.

My card was featured in the last Tiddly Inks Challenge so I wanted to enter another card in their new Challenge which says Anything Goes!

Here's the list of Challenges I'm entering:

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Challenge # 18 at Broken Box Stock: Make a Get Well Soon Card!

Another great Challenge at Broken Box Stock!
The theme is Get Well Soon and I made this card:
I couldn't resist to this lovely Toodle in her couch! Too cute!
(You can find Get Well Toodle here as a digi stamp and here in a colored version).

To make the card, I trimmed the front panel of the card with a lovely punch, glued a very old yellow striped paper in the upper part of the card (does it seem wallpaper?), a satin ribbon and finally my poor Toodle colored with Copics.
I must admit... I sometimes wish to catch a little flu just to lay down on the couch like she's doing...

Challenge Directions:
Make a "Get well soon!" card. :) 
Broken Box Stock Digital Stamps:
You don't have to use our stamps but we love it when you do! We have hundreds of digital stamps, click here to check them out! 

Check out our freebies too! View the entire freebies collection here.

Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 5:00pm

Prize: 3 FREE digital stamps from our shop at (your choice!).

Challenge Rules: 
1) Follow the challenge's specific design criteria above.
2) To enter your card in the challenge, use our "inlinkz" link tool below.
3) No back linking.
4) Up to 3 entries per person.
5) Subscribe to our blog so you know if you win (winners must claim their prizes by emailing us, we will not reach out to you)!
6) We must have at least 5 entries to award a prize.
Have a look at all the other amazing creations from the DT here: you'll find lots of inspiration!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My First Christmas Cards for 2013

Believe it or not, I've just finished a couple of Christmas cards!

I sadly missed a DT call at ABC Christmas Challenge but I'd like to follow each one of their Challenges this year and make a card for every letter!!

The first is A for Animals and I've made not one but TWO cards with animals:
I must admit... I forgot I had bought these lovely images from Pink Petticoat a long time ago and when I rediscovered them, I had to use them immediately!
The papers are also from Pink Petticoat and the doneky and sheep are colored with Copics and glitter and mounted on a white card with a delicate ribbon, a felt snowflakes and... sigh!...two buttons (it's always so difficult to part with my buttons!).
I've made two cards because I liked both images and I couldn't choose only one but they've turned out so pretty that I'm thinking about making a card with every animal of the set!

My card is for the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: A is for Animals
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 190: Christmas in January

Well, 341 days to next Christmas and two cards are done!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Something Pretty

In order to beat the blues these dark days, I needed something pretty!

And I made this pretty notebook:

I love to make notebooks and I love this pretty girl from Broken Box Stock: I've used this digi stamp hundreds of times! She is so pretty, sassy and HAPPY!
(It's a freebie and you can find it here).

That's the main reason I've decided to use her on the notebook: she makes me happy!
Copics, glitter and an old dotted paper... I love it!

My husband being cooking the lunch (it's great he loves to cook, isn't it??), I have some more time to enter my new notebook in a few challenges!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A New Digi Stamp

While waiting for some pre-Christmas purchases from the U.S. with new stamps and papers, I've decided to create a Valentine card with a digi stamp I bought back in December:

These lovely giraffes are from Karen's Doodles and they inspired me to use pastel colors with a paper from DCWV and some organza ribbon and bows.
They are so sweet!

Since I've a few more minutes before my family wakes up, I have time to enter the card into the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar Challenge: What's New? (New digi stamp)
Crafting for All Seasons # 43: Something New (The stamp)
Inky Chicks Challenge # 1: Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge # 218: Pastel Colors

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Fresh New Start

I really miss our Christmas tree, the lights and decorations and I'm fighting against lazyness and dark days... I don't love this time of the year! Yesterday I decided I had to react and created a new card with light colors and a definitely summery theme:

This is one of my favorite stamps from Sparkle Creations: she is called Swimming Lucy and I'm really envious she can relax under the sun while I have to stay here in these dark cold town!

Anyway, after coloring her with Copics, I chose an old paper from 3 Bugs in a Rug called Lazy Summer (perfect, isn't it?) and assembled this card which is so clean and fresh!

I wanted to make this card to enter the challenges over at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Challenge # 95 where the theme is "Anything Goes" and at Divas by Design where again "Anything Goes".

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Although here in Italy we are still in a Christmas atmosphere with trees, lights and decorations still on until Sunday, my mind is already moving to my next important event to make cards for: Valentine!

This is a card I've recently made:

I've used this lovely and sweet crocodile from Doodle Dragon Studios and made a pink & red card which is perfect for Valentine Day with a patterned paper from Doodlebug. I layered the image with red cardstock and the pink ribbon with a larger red one.
I love red & pink together!

I'm entering the following challenges:

Well, I wish you all a very very happy 2013!