Friday, October 31, 2014

There's a DT Call at Christmas Card Challenges!

* * It's my second post today, please scroll down to see my card for Paper Smooches Challenge * *
We are having a DT call over at Christmas Card Challenges!!
It's a weekly challenge with Christmas as theme, a perfect occasion to create Christmas cards the whole year long to be ready for Christmas.
It's more than one year that I'm in the Group and I'm still enjoying it very much.
I LOVE to make my weekly Christmas card and to look back at the ones I created at the beginning of the year! And the Group is GREAT!
These are the details:
  • Must create a new Christmas Card each week
  • Must post card on your blog every Sunday
  • Must comment on participant entries
  • Term will run November 16th - May 31, 2015
You can find all details here on the Challenge blog.
There's time until Nov. 10 to enter!!!
We look forward to seeing your entries!

Let's Chat!

As promised, here I am with another card for the Paper Smooches Designer Drafts Challenge.
I already made a card (check the post here) but, while planning that one, I decided to make another one with a totally different feel.
This time I went for pink, hearts and a girly girl look:
This is made with another stamp from the Perpetual Bliss set (available in Paper Smooches shop) with a couple of my favourite papers from Doodlebug.
This is the sketch to follow:
Well, I'm a bit in a hurry this morning, just a few more minutes to link my card to the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenge # 275: Brads, Buttons or Bows (Buttons and Bows)
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge # 59: Anything Goes with a Twist: Monochrome
and, last but not least:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trick or Treat... again!

* * This is my second post today, please scroll down for my weekly C.R.A.F.T. Challenge post * *

Tomorros is Halloween and I have a new card to show you:

This is probably one of my favourite Halloween cards for this year, I enjoyed myself very much adding the pop-up squares.

This stamp is Trick or Treat Boxes from Eat Cake Graphics. As usual, I used my Copics and an old Halloween paper I found in my stash.
Eat Cake Graphics has a new Christmas version of this stamp called Christmas Row: I received it yesterday and believe me it is a-do-ra-ble! You can find it here in the shop.
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiment Designs Challenge: Trick or Treat OR Something Sweet

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 283 - Fantasy.

Good morning!
Welcome to a new C.R.A.F.T. Challenge!
This week the theme is Fantasy: let your imagination roll and create something new to show us!
This is my card:
She is Rainy Cynthia from The Stamping Boutique colored with Copics and mounted on a tall slim card.
We have plenty of inspiration for you this week so don't forget to have a look at our Challenge blog!You'll find the list of sponsors too and The Stamping Boutique is one of them!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Creative Moments Challenge # 54: Anything Goes/Halloween/SpellBound/Fairytales

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Let the Good Times Roll!

I had a lot of fun these past weeks to create something for Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenges and probably the best part was to do it with just a couple of stamp sheets so I decided I had to create something for the new challenge.
This is a Designer Drafts Challenge and we have to make a card following this sketch:
And this is my card:
This radio is from the Perpetual Bliss set of clear stamps available in Paper Smooches shop and I regret the new stamp set I ordered last week hasn't arrived yet because it would have given a special touch.
I went for a 50's retro style with EP Sunshine papers: the radio paper inspired the whole card!
I have another idea with the same sketch, I hope to have time to finish my card and to blog about it too!
I'd like to enter:

Monday, October 27, 2014

2 Cute Ink Challenge # 118 - Halloween Treats.

Halloween will be here in just a few days and the theme of our new challenge at 2 Cute Ink is Halloween Treats!
We have a brand new stamp to feature this week which I found delicious even if I've never had one...
It is called Carmel Apple and is available here in 2 Cute Ink shop.
These apples are not in our tradition but it is too cute and yummy to not fall in love with it and I enjoyed making my card for this challenge!
I've already checked my teamies cards and well... if you need some inspiration you will find it in their cards!
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge # 10: Trick or Treat Something Scary or Something Sweet

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Christmas Card Challenges # 48 - Anything Goes.

It's Anything Goes here at Christmas Card Challenges!
In a couple of months Christmas will already be over so it's time to start making those necessary Christmas Cards or projects, just in case you haven't started yet!
Today I have something different to show you:
I haven't made a card but I've made a cute shopping list notepad with a sweet girl .
She is Shopping Spree from Di's Digistamps: I love her coat and, of course, her little dog!
The Challenge is already live, I'm a bit late this morning since Summer Time ended last night and I enjoyed an additional hour in bed!
I checked my teamies projects and they are all wonderful and inspiring.
Check them here or on their personal blogs:
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge # 200: If You Want to Get Ahead Get a Hat!
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Anything but a Card

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Yellow for Valentine's Day.

Good morning!
Here I am today with a totally unexpected post to show you a card I made yesterday.
It was so healthy to change my focus, to use yellow and to think about something different from Christmas!
I was inspired by the challenge over at Paper Smooches: it's a very simple Anything Goes challenge but I wanted to enter a card and, having only a couple of their stamps, it was a real mission.
I actually had an idea in mind using one of their digis but it didn't work so I decided to use one of the stamps from the Falling for You set trying something new.
This is my card:
I wanted to monsters to look at each other but, while this is possible with digi stamps, it's not with clear stamps.
I decided to try and stamp one monster on the back of my paper, trace the outline on the right side of the paper and then color it and cut it.
And now I have a monster boy and a monster girl!
And a Valentine card!
I know yellow it's not a typical color for Valentines but it's not the first time I use it, maybe I love the happiness of yellow and the happiness of love.
Before turning back to my Christmas cards, I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge # 118: 2 or 3 Word Sentiment

Friday, October 24, 2014

Watching from the Window.

Good morning!
Today I have a new Christmas card to show you:
When I chose this stamp from Eat Cake Graphics I started imaging what the little girl could be watching from the window at Christmas.
I then found this paper from My Little Shoebox and... that's what she was looking at!
She is Mary and Mr. Meow at Window (and there's is also a version with Billy and Sparky at Window in case you prefer boys and dogs) and you can find her here in Eat Cake Graphics shop, both mounted and unmounted.
I love this stamp very much and I'm working on more samples so stay tuned!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 282 - Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving

We have plenty of inspiration for your cardmaking at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge this week!
The theme is wide and popular in this time of the year: you can make a card for Halloween, for Thanksgiving or just for fall!
I chose Halloween and made this:
I chose a digi from QKR called Happy Halloween, colored with Copics and mounted on a striped card decorated with some glittery bats. I then added the eyes on them to make them more friendly!
I've had some sneak peeks from my fellow DT members and they are great so don't forget to have a look at our Challenge Blog to see them!
We also have great sponsors as usual and QKR is one of them! They have a huge collection of digis so you won't miss the oppurtunity to win a prize!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Guys Challenge # 41: It's Spooky Halloween
Shopping our Stash Challenge # 174: Halloween (card, bats and eyes on bats)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Fall.

As I promised yesterday, here I am with a different version of the stamp I featured in my last post, Pumpkin Patch ohhhh from Eat Cake Graphics.
This time it's a fall version:
I really love the way these pumpkins look around them and what about the last one on the right, with two leaves as hands? They are so cute!
I love fall and I like to make cards for this season!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Ppinkydolls Challenge # 5: Anything Goes or Halloween
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge # 52: Anything Goes + Option Use Orange
Squigglefly Challenge # 42: Halloween or Fall

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spooky Halloween.

As I always write at this time of the year, Halloween is not a tradition of ours here in Italy.
When I was a kid, it was something that Charlie Brown was waiting for at night among the pumpkins.
My daughter and her friends live Halloween as it has always been in our tradition. It's normal to go trick or treating and to wait for friends to collect candies.
Things change quickly...
As a cardmaker, I have to deal with Halloween and sometimes I make cards.
It's something I don't really feel inside but it's funny to create cards and things with this theme.
Today, I have a spooky card to show you:
This card is made with some old scraps of papers and a lovely stamp from Eat Cake Graphics: it's called Pumpkin Patch Ohhhh...! and is available mounted and unmounted, like all the stamps from Eat Cake Graphics.
I loved the idea that the pumpkins were scared by the bats flying around!
I also made another version of the card with a fall theme, I'll blog about it soon!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 47 - Inspiration Photo.

Welcome to a new Christmas Card Challenge!
This week the theme is simply a-do-ra-ble!

Have a look at this pic:

Isn't it sweet?
This is my version:
Cute tags using an image from Doodle Dragon Studios! 
The papers are from a First Edition paper pad, Fetive Treats.
I LOVE this mouse dreaming of a snowy cheese! Even if it seems a bit angry...
I can't wait to see what my teamies have created this week, I haven't had the time to check them this week before the challenge goes live so I'm pretty curious.
Have a look here on the challenge blog or check their own blogs:
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
The ABC Challenge: V is for Vibrant

Friday, October 17, 2014

I Love This Card!

Today I'm happy to show you one of my favourite cards for this year:
I made it a while ago using Paddling in the Canoe, a super cute stamp by Eat Cake Graphics.
This time I imagined a boy paddling at night under a starry sky and a big moon.
I regret I have only a few scraps left of the starry paper so I don't think I can duplicate thi card... I'll probably keep it for myself for a little while...
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Craft a Scene Challenge: By a Silvery Moon
The Crafter's Café Challenge # 86: Use an Image with a Hat

Thursday, October 16, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 281 - Recipe.

Thursday means a new C.R.A.F.T. Challenge and here we are with a new theme for you this week.
It's a recipe:
Use 1 image, 2 shapes, 3 papers and 4 embellishments!
Here's my card:

I've chosen Surprise! digi stamp from Lej Designs which I mounted on DCWV papers.
Isn't it funny? What is there under the gift?
Grab your papers and embellisments and start working to make a card for our Challenge! 
If you need inspiration, have a look here at our Challenge blog.
You'll also see the fab sposors for this week, Lej Designs is one of them!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hi There!

I'm here today to show you a new card I've made for Eat Cake Graphics.
It's one of my small cards. I love tiny stamps with which I can make mini cards and Callie was just perfect!
This is my card:
This stamp is Callie's Looking Down and you can find it in Eat Cake Graphics shop. It's perfect alone, in a mini card like this, or to make a bigger scene with another stamp.
By the way... have you checked the new stamps available in the shop? You can find them all here in the What's New section.
I ordered mine and I can't wait to ink them up!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge # 57: Anything Goes / Add Some Yellow
Love To Scrap! Challenge # 39: Anything Goes with rubber or clear stamps

Monday, October 13, 2014

2 Cute Ink Challenge # 117 - Princesses and Queens.

What a great way to start the week!
Make a card inspired by a princess or a queen and enter our 2 Cute Ink Challenge!
There's a new stamp in 2 Cute Ink shop on Etsy called Pretty Princess which is perfect for your cards!
I've used it for mine:
This Pretty Princess is so cute and elegant and this paper I've found in my stash (from Best Creation)is perfect as a background: a castle, trees, glitter...
Considering that on Monday morning I usually clean the house... well, it's the day I'd like to be a princess!
I've seen some amazing cards from the DT so have a look at our Challenge blog and start creating!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Come and Get It Challenge: Women and/or Girls

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 46 - Color Challenge.

Good morning!
Are you ready for a new Christmas Card Challenge?
This week we have a color picture to inspire you:
And this is my take:

I've used the super-cute Ho Ho Whoa digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil. I've loved this image from the moment I saw it: a poor man with tons of boxes to carry home from the garage, a quite common scene at the beginning of December!
This week we have all taken different directions in the DT so you won't miss the oppurtunity to be inspired by different styles!
Have a look here on the Challenge Blog or on my teamies personal blogs:
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge: T for Tree Ornament
Completely Christmas Challenge # 33: Anything Goes + Poinsettia
Digi Choosday Challenge # 40: Christmas in October

Thursday, October 9, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 280 - Christmas!

Here we are with Christmas again at C.R.A.F.T. Challenges!
Christmas is fast approaching and I guess most of you out there are making Christmas cards, tags or decorations.
This is the perfect occasion to show us some of them!
This is what I've done this week:
You know how I LOVE tags and the image I chose for this week was perfect for a cute tiny tag!
This snowman is from the Winter 1 Collection from Fitztown.
After coloring them with Copics and glitter, I mounted them on striped tags I got from Ikea last summer.
Fitztown is one of our fabuluous sponsors this week so let's start working on a new card or project! We look forward to seeing what you create!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Deep Ocean Challenge # 88: Christmas in October

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sew Happy!

I'm back with another new creation, this time with sewers in mind.
Although I love pretty floral fabrics, I'm not a sewer. My few attempts to sew something failed miserably... with a broken sewing machine.
Last Christmas I wanted to make a personalised gift for a sewer so I created a little set of useful things with sewing as a theme.
My friend appreciated it and I decided it was time to create the same set for my shop.
Ths is the first part:
She is Mouse from Bugaboo Stamps, colored with Copics and mounted on a cardboard plaque covered with patterned paper.
I went for a lilac palette, just to change from my beloved pinks!
I wish I had a sewing room to hang it out of the door!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Have a Happy Day!

Inspired by the current challenge at Paper Smooches I decided to create some sweet simple cards with one of their stamps.
Probably beacuse I'm working on some particularly detailed commissions, I needed some time to relax and do something clean, simple and fresh.
I made these little cards:
The clock stamp is from Perpetual Bliss, my very first set of stamps from Paper Smooches.
Being very busy with commissions from Customers and for my challenge groups, I rarely have time to create something free of any kind of theme or image so I enjoyed myself very much doing these cuties!
The most difficult part was, as usual, to part with my buttons (these are among my fav!)...
I hope you like them as much as I do!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar October Challenge: Bingo (Pink, Sentiment, Buttons)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Always Together.

Have you heard the great news?
Eat Cake Graphics has just released 48 new amazing stamps!
You can find them all here in the What's new section of their shop.
I'm still choosing my new stamps but today I want to show you a card made with one of their old ones:
This adorable couple is Main Squeeze and I imagined them in their old '60s home posing for a picture to be sent to nephews and nieces.
Papers are from Peebles (Front Porch) while the couple is colored with Copics.
I LOVE them!
Grab your coffee and have a look at Eat Cake Graphics shop! You'll surely find something perfect for you!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Christmas Card Challenge # 45 - Layer It Up!

Layers, layers, layers!
That's what we want to see in your cards this week at Christmas Card Challenges!
This is my card:
I don't know if you can see all these layers from this picture: card base, background paper, paper stripe (both from Papermania), ribbon and bow and button, rabbits with a pop-up scarf...
I love to add dimension on my card and to add details to my images using 3D dots!
These rabbits are one of my recent purchases from Cuddly Buddly: they are Bunny Buddies and I loved how they are wrapped up in that big cozy scarf!
My teamies have made a great job this week too!!!
Have a look here on the challenge blog or go straight to their own blogs: 

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge # 128: Polka Dots and/or Stripes
The ABC Challenge: U is for Unique - Anything Goes

Thursday, October 2, 2014

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 279 - Embossing.

October... Can you believe it?
Since yesterday, weather here is very very gloomy: rain, fog, no sunshine... The magic of fall with its golden colours has suddenly disappeared!
If I had a genie, I'd ask for sunny warm days the whole year!
Inspired by these thoughts, I've made this card for our new C.R.A.F.T. Challenge.
The theme is embossing and I've chosen and embossed white paper as background for my genie lamp:
The image is Genie Sentiments 1 from Scrapper's Delights. I printed the image on an embossed paper, then the lamp only on white cardstock. I then colored it, cut it and glued with dimensional dots on the panel.
Scrapper's Delights is one of our fab sponsors this week!
Check all the other sponsors here on our Challenge blog where you will be inspired by the amazing creations from the DT.
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Creative Moments Challenge # 52: Anything Goes/Use 3 Layers
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge: Something Old (embossed paper), Something New (digi)