Thursday, May 29, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 261 - Paper Piecing

Welcome to our last challenge for May!
Today we want you to use some paper piecing on your card or projects.
This is my take:
The image is Soapbox from The Stamping Chef and I paper pieced her dress, hair and box:
The image is colored with Copics. The background paper is from DCWV, the other papers are from my stash. The sentiment is included in the digi stamp.
Have a look here at our Challenge blog to see the creations from the DT and the great sponsors we have this week!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 26 - Anything Goes!

Good morning!
Are you ready for a new Christmas Card Challenge?
This week it's surely a favourite of yours: Anything Goes!
Although I do love the freedom of the Anything Goes challenges, I sometimes find myself staring the many Christmas stamps and images I have without being able to choose one!
This week I had no problem: I colored this cute little image from There She Goes a few weeks ago and this was the perfect occasion to mount it on a card.
I love these colors together!
Have a look here on our Challenge blog and be inspired by the wonderful creations of our DT, or check them on their individual blog:

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Sparkles Christmas Challenge # 40: Baby, It's Cold Outside
Creative Knockouts Challenge # 38: Coloring Show Off
Christmas Fun Challenge: All that Glitters + Anything Goes
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge # 12: Anything Goes
Completely Christmas Challenge # 13: Anything Goes

Thursday, May 22, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 260 - Colour Combo

Welcome to a new C.R.A.F.T. Challenge!
This week we have a colour combo for you:
And I have two cards to show you:

For both cards I used stamps from Flonzcraft: they come from a 4" x 7" (10 x 18 cm) sheet of clear stamps (7 in total) called Cat Mommy Walking.
The first thing that came into my mind when I saw the little rabbit mending a sock was my mom: I Always give her the few things I need to mend! I should make a "Thank you" card for her too!
Papers are from Trimgym and belong to the "Here Comes the Sun" set.
They are both sponsors this week so you may have the chance to win one of their prizes!
Have a look here at our Challenge blog to check the beautiful creations from the DT and the fabulous sponosrs we have this week!
I'd like to enter my cards into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Ohhh so Cute!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


I'm here today to show you a card I finished Yesterday talking about friendship.
Can a lion and a lamb be friends?
Maybe not, but I love to think that... maybe yes, why not?
Since opposites attract, there's often the possibility that in a couple of friends (or fiancés or siblings) a lion and a lamb may get along perfectly.
And this stamp speaks to them all:
This digi was a freebie from Gerda Steiner, especially created for her latest challenge.
I used my Copics and some papers from the All About Boys collection from DCWV. I thought about friendship but they may look like husband and wife, too!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
MelonHeadz Challenge: All About Animals
Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge: Anything Goes 4 Kids

Monday, May 19, 2014

With Sympathy.

Some years ago I received an email from an Etsy customer pointing out how absurd was the tagging of one of my cards.
I actually added the "sympathy" tag to a card which was not meant for sympathy because I thought the word had the same meaning it has in Italian.
Stupid me not to have checked the dictionary!
I never managed to make a proper "for sympathy" card since I love cute whimsical images and they seem to be too much for such a delicate moment.
Luckily enough, I saw a stamp in Eat Cake Graphics shop which immeditely gave me the inspiration to make a sympathy card, poetic enough and not too sad or funny:
She is Jessica Holds a Flower: I colored her with Copics and mounted her on a small card with background papers from Graphic45. I  wanted to keep the card light and fresh, I love the smile on Jessica's face and the windy atmosphere, which for me is perfect for a sympathy card.
Isn't she cute?
Eat Cake Graphics stamps used:
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Come and Get It Challenge: Bingo (Ribbon/Free Choice/Stripes)
Just for Fun Challenge: Ribbon or Lace
QKR Stampede Challenge # 88: Use Punch or Dies (Tiny punched butterflies)
Feeling Crafty Challenge # 28: One for the Girls/Ladies
One Crazy Stamper May Challenge: Anything Goes and An Embellishment

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 25 - Buttons and Twine

Good morning!
I'm ready to show you my latest creation for Christmas Card Challenges!
Inspired by buttons, twine and pastel colors I made this card:
I've had this lovely digi stamp for a while and time has come to use it.
It is called Christmas Together and is available in Sami Stamps shop.
I used my Copics and a background paper from the Gingerbread Lane paper pad.
Then, I added a ribbon and... three... not just one but three buttons! It's Always so hard to use my precious buttons!
Have a look at the great cards made by my teamies, here on our Challenge blog or by clicking their personal blogs:

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Sami Stamps Challenge # 13: Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs Challenge: Use those Markers
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge # 11: Anything Goes
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge extra for May: Anything Goes
The Glory of Christmas Challenge # 33: Anything Goes

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Happy Day at the Beach.

Well, despite the title I haven't spent a day at the beach recently.
The weather is awful this spring and too cold for the beach.
But I've created another card inspired by my longing for summer and warm weather:

This adorable digi stamp is Beach Hut Belle from Jellypark.
I colored her with Copics and mounted the hut over the aperture of a light blue card. Behind the aperture I glued a patchwork paper from Toga and some embellies, just to make everything very girly and cute!
Ohhh! How I'd love to be watching the sea from my beach hut!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Jellypark Challenge: Anything Goes with a Jellypark image

Thursday, May 15, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 259 - Christmas

It's Christmas time again here at C.R.A.F.T. Challenges!
This week we want you to show us your Christmas cards or projects.
This is mine:
I chose an adorable image by Kenny K called Christmas Tree. They are one of our sponsors this week and you might be lucky enough to win 5 digis from their store!
I colored it with Copics and glitter and mounted it on some (very precious) Doodlebug papers from the Santa's Workshop collection.
I LOVE the enthusiasm of the little girl in her pink pajamas! She's as happy as a kid should be while decorating the tree!
Don't forget to have a look here at C.R.A.F.T. Challenges main page to check the wonderful sponosrs and prizes we have this week and to be inspired by the great creations from the DT!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
The Cutie Pie Challenge # 69: Bling and Cute

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges # 24 - Embossing

Happy Mother's Day!
Here we are ready for a new Christmas Card Challenge!
The theme is EMBOSSING wet or dry, you pick.
If I'm not too good with heat embossing, I love dry embossing and I have a great collection of Lasting Impressions templates. Unfortunately, I concentrate more on stamping so I was happy to have a reason to look through my templates and choose the one for this challenge.
This is my card:
I embossed a little tree using my Lasting Impressions papers and template, of course. Then I adhered it with 3D dots. A patterned paper and a little bow complete the card.
We have some Amazing cards to show you this week!
Have a look here or check out my teamies' blogs:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 258 - Birthday - Our Annual BLOG HOP

Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday Dear CRAFT Challenge

Happy Birthday To Us!

Can you believe it? CRAFT Challenge is already 5 years old. Originally started by Tracy from Just Tracy Crafts and with a DT mostly recruited from Trimcraft forum members (Hence the term CRAFT Challenge, which stood for Crafters Residing Are Friendly Trimmies. Or if you wished alternative meaning of Can't Remember A Flipping Thing) on the 4th of May 2009.
We have now grown to be a large team of Design Team Members from all around the world, supplemented with lots of Guest Designers who join us for a month at a time.
We have always welcomed all kinds of craft, not just paper craft (unless specifically stated so in the challenge at the time) and are happy to have such a large group of faithful followers.
So, how are we going to celebrate this milestone?
Well, how else can we celebrate than to have our yearly Blogaversary Blog Hop?
We all feature one of our sponsors for this blog hop on our blogs and I have the honour of featuring and offering a prize from the following sponsor. You can win this prize by adding your name to Inlinkz at the end of this post. I would love to see your comments as well.

Company Bio:
Do you have a sense of humor? Are you looking for a cute stamp? Then, we are the company for you! QKR Stampede is the somewhat cute somewhat quirky rubber and digital stamp company. We Showcase the artwork of Ken Herrod, who had a unique, somewhat quirky style with lots of humor and character. You are sure to get a chuckle out of our stamps! We have been offering our unique stamps and supplies to the craft industry for over 15 years. At QKR Stampede our images are available as unmounted, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps! If QKR Stampede Stamps aren't exactly what you are looking for, Don't miss out on the sister companies: Eureka Stamps,  Biblical Impressions Rubber Stamps, or the newest addition; Alluring Impressions.

The Prize is 5 Digital Images of choice.

How can you get to win any of the prizes provided by our sponsors?

 That is easy! Just follow the route on our blog hop (you can also find that in our side banner), Our Blog Hop lasts for the duration of this challenge, which means a closing time of Wednesday 6pm GMT on the 14th of May 2014.
  And here are our little rules for this challenge/blog hop:
       Our challenge this week is Birthday

       Create something with this in mind

       Add your project to our Inlinkz below

       Follow the route of the Blog Hop

       Add your project to the Inlinkz at each of these stops to be in with a chance of winning the prize advertised on that blog

       Collect the words on this and the blogs on the blog hop

       Form a sentence with these words

       Return to our challenge blog and put your winning sentence in our comments under the post.

       We will choose a winner randomly from the correct answers entered, who will win a special Blog Hop pack by Trimgym's Digistamps and Images

       We will enable comment moderation for the duration of this challenge/blog hop to ensure there is no cheating, lol.

                   And the main rule: HAVE FUN!

What can you win on our challenge blog?
1.      The winner of the winning sentence wins  
  And here is my project for this week, hope you like it. I have used Remembered Birthday:

And now for our Blog Hop route:

 CRAFT Challenge Blog (you should have started here)


Marlene (you should have come from here)

Monica (you are here now)

Saskia (you should go here next)

CRAFT Challenge Blog (you should have returned here at the end of the hop)

And here is the word to be collected on this blog:

Your next stop is Saskia's blog. Enjoy the rest of your hop! Don't forget to add your name to Inlinkz below to be in with a chance of winning the prize on my blog.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fun in the Sun!

I don't know how about you but I'm longing for summer! We are having such a rainy dark spring that I need sun, hot temperatures and T-shirts!
I'm happy to show you one of the latest cards I've made with one of my Eat Cake Graphics stamps.
This stamp is one of my fav, I bought it before being chosen as one of the DT members and it talks about summer:
She is Mara Mermaid and I'd love to be floating in the sea like she's doing!
Even if I was a bit worried about coloring her, it's been quite easy with my Copics and I love how she's turned out!
You can find her in the Eat Cake Graphics shop:

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 23 - No Embellishments

Happy Sunday!
Are you ready for a new Christmas Card Challenge?
This week we don't want to see any kind of embellishment on your card. Not easy for me who loves to add rhinestones and pearls on cards!
 I made this card:
I chose a lovely Christmas tree digi stamp from Broken Box Stock and I decided to duplicate gifts and add them around the tree.
A Christmas tree full of gifts is always a great thing to see, right?
Since I'm a bit late with my post this morning I've just had the chance to see the cards made by my teamies!
Have a look here or check out their blogs:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 257 - Make Your Own Embellishment

Good morning!
I'm a bit late for my weekly post for C.R.A.F.T. Challenge but it's a National Holiday and we all stayed in bed a bit longer, even because it seemed another dark and rainy day.
Now the sun shines and we are all ready to enjoy this day off!

Back to our challenge, this week we want you to make your own embellishment.

This is my card:
I've used Fifth Day of Christmas from Stitchy Bear Stamps. Since I wanted to make a Congrats card for an engagement, I omitted the wording included in the digi stamp.
I mounted the ring on an old embossed card from Lasting Impressions and made my own flowers.
I punched two types of flowers: I used one for the pink flower while I cut the stems of the green flower to make the leaves. A little pearl was then added.

Stitchy Bear Stamps is one of the fabulous sponsors for this week challenge: check all details here and be inspired by the great projects from my teamies!