Wednesday, September 16, 2009

JCBC Week #45 --- Sketch by Tanja

After months and months of no blogging (and very little crafting), I am now back. I sincerely apologize to my friends for not keeping in touch. Apart from having a few hectic months at work I also wasn't in a very good 'personal' mood.

I kept an eye on you though :) and quietly visited your blogs every now and then. I am trying to get back to normal and shake this depression that's been my pal lately.

Here is the card I made for Just Christmas and Birthday Cards. This is week/challenge/sketch #45 - I can't believe we've come so far! :)

This week's sketch is made by our team-mate Tanja. Love it!

My card is a "Birthday" one.
[I am hoping to have the "Christmas" one ready by tomorrow.]

Not a very complicated card - papers are from K&Company, the stamp is from Whiff of Joy, punched flowers, 3 brads and some stickers. Easy-peasy! :-D

Well... it's 3 am where I am so... see you tomorrow.

Hugs to you all!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Easter, DT Cards and more...

Well, Easter is finally here in my corner of the world. I've been a bit preoccupied with shopping and preparations for a few days over the week. I didn't cook a lot but we did have more than on a regular lunch.
As in every year, I enjoyed the atmosphere on the streets when coming home from church last night - everybody was carrying candles and on some small and dark streets those were the only light you can see. Awesome how it wasn't creepy at all [not seeing anything but tiny flickering flames], on the contrary, it made you feel happy and safe. :)

Now I'm half asleep because I've had too much to eat and the weather outside is very warm but not too sunny - perfect for a nap. :D
But I thought I'd better catch up on this week's "jobs" and show you the cards I made for our challenge blog - Just Christmas and Birthday Cards - and for the new Bunny Kit We're showing on Stamping with Jany.

And I'll also show a few more cards made just because. :)

Week #27 at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards

This week's sketch was made by our talented Janina and it's a great sketch for any sort of cards and, I think, even for a scrapbook layout.

Here's the sketch:

and my Christmas card...

I have to admit I'm not very happy with how my Christmas tree looks
but I've been meaning to try this model for a long time.
I stamped the tree with a Basic Grey stamp and heat embossed
with white powder. I then added brad-baubles and ornate it
with glitter glue. I also put some extra glitter
glue on the outside of the tree to make it look like decorations. :)
DP is from Papermania and the gifts in the corners are die-cuts.


Stamping with Jany

For this Friday the DT members worked for the second time with the lovely Bunny Kit (TAC products).

If you're interested, the content of the kit is: For my card I used one of Jany's sketches in that .PDF file.

I really enjoy working with this kit and it always makes me
feel playful and child-like.
Although the DPs have an elegant and vintage look,
the stamped images are very sweet and I
can't help myself from colouring them like a 3 years old.
Quite a contrast between the papers and the clumsy bunny, isn't it? :-D

Please go have a look at the other cards on Jany's blog. My dear, talented co-workers - Jill, Diana and Jany, of course - have produced some extraordinary creations.


Other cards I've made and never shown before....

My dear Chris advised me in a comment to show the card I made with a digi stamps kit designed by Fred, She Said - a.k.a. my friend Tracey from Canada [I keep wondering what they feed them in Canada? Or maybe there's something in the water... *wink, wink* LOL]

I had such great great fun working with Tracey's images and kept smiling while working because her mermaid is based on her adorable daughter Emma. Tracey's son, Nolan, is a talented artist too and have designed two very sweet digi-monsters - you'll see one of them next week, on a card I'm currently working at. :)

Well... here's my 'acquatic' card:

The swirly blue background paper is also created by Tracey and if I remember correctly you can find it as a free download on her blog. :) The "water" is made from acetate which I punched to make the waves and then glittered it a bit. The bottom is a piece of cuttlebugged yellow cardstock coloured with watercolour pencils like all the rest. Some elements are under the 'water' and some are above. And I've added some bubbles too :D


The next one is a card I've made more than a month ago and it was 'tailor-made' for a very dear and good friend. He just received it two days ago (it travelled a lot but at least it finally made it to USA). I was very pleased to hear that he liked it a lot - I've used stuff, colours and a "theme" that I thought would suit his tastes. And I am also pleased with how the card came out. :)

The stamped image is heat embossed with clear ep and chalked with a few coordinating colours. It really looks nice, believe me :)

Thank you for bearing with me through this long and convoluted post.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

JCBC Week #26 --- Sketch by yours truly :)

Hello dear ones. I have to start by saying a big, big "Thank You!" to all of you who left comments on my previous post. I was really amazed to see so many and containing such wonderful words. You all ROCK! :D

For today I'm going to show the two cards I made with my sketch, for Week #26 at our lovely challenge blog - Just Christmas and Birthday Cards.
It will be a very quick and short post as there's nothing much to explain about the cards. They are simple and quite plain. :) I thought the sketch was "complex" enough so I didn't use too much extras, apart from the required papers/layers and image.

Off we go...

My Christmas card

I loved the colour of this Core'dinations cardstock and thought I'd let it shine by itself. The small DP square is from Dove craft, stampprint - Magnolia, sentiment stamp - See D's. The corners are stamped with small holy leaves [See D's also] on which I added tiny holy leaves punched from green pearlescent cardstock. A square of glitter-y cardstock and some glitter glue on the boy's wings and around the lamp. :)

My Birthday card

Last week I've received these awesome Basic Grey - "Marrakech" papers from my sweet friend Chris and I just HAD to use them a.s.a.p. :D Thank you Chris!
The white paper with small flowers is from Basic Grey's "Boxer" collection (from stash).
Stamp is from the Critter Party set by Penny Black.
Sentiment stamp from Imaginisce.

Thank you for passing by and for being my daily support. :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Challenge #1

A new challenge blog was recently born and its first challenge was posted this Friday. May they have many many challenges for us in the weeks, months and years to come. Their Design Team is filled to the brim with talented and creative crafters - believe me, I've checked each and everyone's blog and was enchanted with their creations.
One of the co-founders and DT members is my very talented friend Chris [ do yourself a favour and go see her digi stamps, I'm sure you'll find something in there for your taste. :D ]

The challenges on Dare U 2 Digi Stamp require the participants to use (duh!) digi stamps on their cards and also digi papers but this one is not compulsory.

For this Friday's challenge - #1 - the sketch was made by Chris and it looks like this...

The digi stamp I've used on my card comes from Chris too (I love the girl and she's one of my crafting heroes).

DPs are from Basic Grey - the Boxer collection
Sentiment stamp: Whiff of Joy

I've used this digi stamp before, coloured approx. the same and also using the same background paper. I liked the combination :D ---> if you're curious, you can see my other card somewhere in this post.

I printed the image two times, coloured with watercolours and cut out a few petals which I layered with foam dots. I never know how to take a photo that would make the small layered pieces to be obvious. :)

It was fun working on this card and I am looking forward to more Dare U 2 Digi Stamp challenges. I think digi stamps are very 'trendy' and possibly the stamps of the future.

** Speaking of digi stamps... have you seen Mel's easter bunnies? They're so cute, cute, cute and for FREE ;) **

Thank you for looking.

Jany's Kit Show for March - Week #4

This is the last card I made with the lovely papers and stampprints from Jany's Kit and using another sketch of hers - which I sort of disrespected :D

Here's the sketch:

And my card...

This kit was adorable, I loved the little skunks and the bright papers. I am so looking forward to receiving the new kit (for April) and working with it.
Thank you Jany for giving me the opportunity to experiment with TAC (The Angel Company) products.

You might want to check out the cards the other girls - Linda and Jill - made using the same "Mimi" kit.

Thanks for passing by :)

Monday, March 30, 2009

JCBC Week #25 --- Simone's sketch

Our new challenge at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards is to follow a sketch made by Simone. It is a great sketch which provided me with a few confused moments. You know my cards are never too elaborate and for Simone's sketch I had to think much more than I'm used to. :D
But Thank You! Simone for making me think outside my (tight) box.

Here's the sketch:

And this is my card...

The image is a stamp print I have from Karin (thank you!), coloured with watercolour pencils and 'dotted' with white Sakura glaze.
The sentiment stamp is from a See D's Christmas set.
Green DPs are a download from my
friend Tracey (Fred She Said).
Other DPs are a free download from Shabby Princess - some really nice digi-papers and scrapbook kits in there.
Flower, ribbon and brad - from stash.

I couldn't make a birthday card too but if I manage to produce one in the next few days I will update this post. :)

Please check out our JCBC Challenge Blog to see all the DT's creations and, why not, to enter the challenge. This week's prize is a cute Alota Rubber stamp.

Thanks for looking and I wish you all a very fine week ahead.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

My DT contributions for this week

Quick, quick...

Before the week is completely over, I have to show you the cards I made for "Just Christmas and Birthday Cards" and for "Stamping with Jany" - I am a DT member on both.

On JCBC we are on Week/Challenge #24 and we had to work with a sketch made by our lovely Tanja. She has also generously donated an adorable Magnolia stamp for this week's prize.

Have a look at the sketch...

Isn't it just great? It was great to work with it, I am not sure I've made it the right justice but
I really had fun following the sketch.

Christmas card

Background paper is from Dovecraft - one of their older Christmas packs
The poinsettia stamp is from Anita's Christmas Classics set - stamped it three times and layered the flower. The middle layer (the lighter coloured one) has some clear gloss on it and that's why it looks lighter in the photo. In real life has the same red as the other layers.
The rest of the stuff is from around the house. :)

Birthday card

This is a very quick card, as I am sure you can all tell by looking at it. :D
I had the heat embossed daisy for a long time just waiting patiently in a box and I thought it might make a nice center image for Tanja's layout.
The stamp is from Papermania - it's a big ornamental stamp and I've cut out the flower in the middle and the surrounding circle.
Layered them on turquoise and orange cardstock
and finished the ensemble with a gem.
Punched out the other circles, used some flowers, gems, a bit of ribbon and
a sentiment from Penny Black.
All the DP are free downloads printed at home. :)

My old camera is (again) not feeling very well so I had to scan the cards. Sorry for bad images.


For Stamping with Jany's new MIMI mini-kit (TAC products) presentation - which is on the 3rd week now - I followed one of her sketches. Apart from sending us (the DT members) the mini kit, JAny also makes sketches for us to work with. But we can use other sketches if we so wish.
The sketch I followed this week (Jany's sketch) is this:

I tried to respect it as close as I could. :)

My card

Another scanned image, a bit blurry on the background because of the popped up images.
Jany's mini kit consists of:
  • 6X6 Mimi paper
  • 6X6 Mimi cardstock
  • A2 US White cardstock with stamped images (4 each of cute little skunks)
  • Lime Scrappers Floss
The papers are very very beautiful and the skunk stamps are absolutely adorable. :) Please have a look at the other cards the DT members made - Linda, Jill and Jany.

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you are all having a great and sunny weekend.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lovely Awards --- Thank You!

This week I've been awarded three times. I feel so unworthy because I am never a faithful blogger and my activity here is almost restricted to weekends only, which doesn't allow me to post and comment as much as I wish to. I cannot find the proper words to express my gratitude for the wonderful ladies who thought of me and offered me these awards. So I will only say a big, big THANK YOU!

  • The first award comes from Inger - I love her creations and her blog [it has some great music :D ]

First, I'm sending it back to Inger :)
Then, I am passing it on to all my blog followers and to each and everyone of you who ever left a comment in my blog. You know who you are :) so please accept the award and pass it on to your supporters.

  • The next award was given to me by one of my own - a Romanian crafter, Meda. I've come upon her blog very recently and was so excited to find it. I also fell in love with her Cuttlebug talents and creativity. Check her out, there's some great stuff in there. :)

"The PREMIO DARDOS AWARD" acknowledges the value of every blogger, showed in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literacy and personal values everyday.
The Rules Are:
1. Accept the Award, post it on your blog along with the name of the person
that gave it to you and their blog link.
2. Past the Award to 15 other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement.
Remember to contact them to let them know that they have been chosen for this award.

Now I'm in a tight corner, because it's so difficult to choose only 15 when I would like to give the award to probably 150 blogs I've seen and loved. To not send it along at all, for fear of leaving anyone out, would be uncivilized I guess.
Boy, this is tough...

OK, here we are:

I am offering the Premio Dardos Award to all my DT "co-workers" :) from Just Christmas and Birthday Cards - we are such a great mix, with each of us coming from another spot on this world's map. I love it that we are a cultural diversity, 10 different personalities in our own but with so many common ground between us.
Love you all girls and bless the day (and the person) who put us all together.

The award goes to:

- Karin

- Linda

- Tanja

- Rheannon

- Amanda

- Kristin

- Simone

- Janina

- Gry-Heidi

  • Now to the third award I've been given. Angie is the lovely lady who has thrown this heart in my direction. She's crafting all sorts of stuff - crads, crochet, knitting, dollshouses, cross stitch - you can tell she's one talented and very busy lady. :D
I haven't seen any specific rules for this one but Angie has pass it on to 5 other blogs so I'll just do the same.

My picks of love-spreaders are:






Thanks again to all of you who awarded me. It is much appreciated and I am forever grateful for your kindness and support.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Candies, Candies Everywhere...

I was browsing around trying to catch up and found out about some magnificent Blog Candies. I thought I'd share them - you might want to have a look and get your chance to win some great goodies. :)

Heather's Blog Candy sounds very tempting - she's one of Incy Wincy Children's Charities co-founders (and I so admire her for doing this) and she's offering free downloads from their new digi-shop. There will also be some surprise candies for the followers of her blog.
Take a few minutes and check out Heather's blog - she's a talented crafter and a great lady.
Her blog candy stays open until March 28th.

Katharina, the wonderful lady who keeps our addiction alive with her adorable Whiff of Joy stamps, is offering a whole new set of rubber stamps designed by Elisabeth Bell. I tell you, they all look great.
Pay a visit to her blog and enroll yourself quickly - the blog candy will close in a few hours, at 9PM Katharina's time :) Pay attention to the clock on her blog.

, the Events Coordinator at Whiff of Joy, offers an amazing blog candy - a WoJ stamp (Melinda Angel Sitting), Basic Grey Porcelain Paper Pack, Beads, Flowers, Chipboard Flowers, a large assortment of Stickers and Toppers and many other yummy goodies.
Go see for yourself on her blog - the candy is available till March 27th.

Hurry up and Good Luck all! :D

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mel Stampz.... and I try to copy :)

This is the second time when I'm playing around with one of Mel's awesome cards.
What I love most about her creations is that she uses lots of different techniques and 'home-made' embellishments and tiny details which make a huge difference.

I will never make a card as beautiful and crafty as the original, but if I make it look like it at least 50% I'm a happy girl. :) My cards are usually much more simple and it was a real challenge to work on this one.

Thank you Mel for making me stretch my boundaries. :D

Here you can see my inspiration - Mel's card

And this is what I managed to produce ...

I almost can't believe I finished it! :)

Thank you for stopping by, I wish you all have the best in this world.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Just Christmas and Birthday Cards - Sketch #23

Hello everyone! :)

Hope you're all doing fine and looking forward to a great weekend. I know I do.

For this week, our challenge blog - Just Christmas and Birthday Cards - featured a sketch made by Kristin. Her sketch is now one of my very favourites because it lets you do an infinity of things with it. Very versatile and generous - Thank you Kristin! :)

Sketch #23

My Christmas card

This adorable snowman and his fellow birdie are a giveaway (free download) from the lovely, talented Inger Harding. She's offering a free digi-stamp each month and they are all adorable.
Inger designs for Panduro Hobby and her new Spring Collection 2009 contains unmounted stamps and designer papers. Check out all the Giveaways on her blog and help yourself to some of her sweet characters. :)
I printed the snowman twice and layered the hat, scarf, nose and bird. I am sorry my photo doesn't show them very clearly.
The designer papers come from my friend Carol - they're to be found on her Backing Paper CD. Carol is a bit of a computer nut and creates all sort of great stuff. Very talented lady with a heart of gold.

My Birthday card

Well... I just thought... what if I don't use any image on my card? :) Personally, I really like how it came out. It's simple [a.k.a. "lazy" - LOL] and with only a bit of bling, two stamped hearts (See D's set) and a heat embossed sentiment. Plus a piece of DP from Joanna Sheen.
Easy peasy but very 'usable' - I mean I won't be ashamed to send it to one of my friends. (they might be ashamed to receive it tho'...)

Before I finish this post I have to say this - which I should have said long time ago and more often:

Please check out the JCBC Design Team blogs and see what they did with the sketch.
'My girls' are all so very creative and talented. :)

You might also wish to participate in this week's challenge - there are 2 more days until it ends and the prize for this week is the lovely "Herb with bird" from Whiff of Joy.

Thank you for looking and we'll be seeing each other again... soon.

Hugs to you all!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

JCBC #22 --- Stamping with Jany... again :) and a few other cards

It's been a whole month since I've been around Blog-ville and I really missed it. Unfortunately, my working place asked for every inch of me during this last month and I was so burned out when I got home late in the evening that I couldn't concentrate on anything.

I did manage to make a few cards while I was 'away' but didn't get around to posting them. They were mostly birthday cards I needed for co-workers and friends and some of them are gone (given) without being scanned or photographed. I had to work on them late at night and have them ready for first thing next morning.


I am trying to catch up a bit and see if I remember how to post :D

The week that is just ending has been the 22nd at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards - I can't believe it's been so long since it's started!

Sketch #22 is a creation of Linda's and is a lovely sketch which provided much fun in working with it - Thank you, Linda! :)

My Birthday card...

I've used my very first Penny Black stamps - Critter Party.
I LOVE them!
They are all so adorable, I wish I was more talented to honour and show them off better.
Cardstock and papers are from Dovecraft and the sentiment stamp is from Imaginisce.

My Christmas card...

For this one I've rotated the sketch.
The image (Christmas baubles) is a digi-stamp from the very talented Chris Dark.
[You might want to check out her new digi-store, she's adding new stamps all the time and the designs are absolutely awesome - love her landscapes/backgrounds and will acquire them soon]
The cardstock and paper are from Papermania and the rest are bits and pieces from my big stash provided my my great friend Sue.


Stamping with Jany continues to be a fun-filled adventure. :) She has just sent us her second TAC kit (which is available for purchase) and I fell in love with the little skunks. The papers are also very very nice, in green and pink - so bright and happy looking.

The entire kit includes:
  • 6X6 mimi paper collection pieces (1 of each pattern totaling 5)
  • 6X6 mimi cardstock pieces (1 of each color totaling 5)
  • 4 pieces sized A2 with stamped images of all the images in the stamp set.
  • Scrapper Floss from the Citrus collection (lime-green)

Would you like a kit like this? It cost: $5.00 Shipping (regular mail to US) included and is available at Jany's blog

Here is the first card I made using Jany's new kit and following Jill's sketch.

Isn't the lil' skunk-ette a sweetie? :D


I'll end this post with two cards I've made with one of the gorgeous stamps from Whiff of Joy's "Spring Stamp Kit 2009" . [I love myself for getting it while it was on offer :D]

Cardstock and papers from Papermania, sentiment stamps from a See D's set.

Thank you for bearing with me and my crazy life schedule. :)

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Stamping with Jany - ROUND 2 :)

I should have posted this one on Friday, but as I was just saying in my previous entry, I couldn't find a chance to use a computer until now.

The DT for Stamping with Jany worked on more cards using the kit we were sent sometime ago. The papers and the stamped images from TAC (The Angel Company) are so happy and colourful, just perfect for the Spring we are all eagerly waiting for. :)

Although Jany (Dianette) provides us with a new sketch for each week, she has generously allowed us to use any layout if we so wish. For this week's card I didn't follow the 'proper' sketch and used a different one of Jany's.

Here's the card...

I practically used scraps of paper that were left from making the other cards. The designs are so pretty that I didn't wish to throw away anything.
And I am still crazy about that lil' birdie and especially about its 'haircut'. Lol
I also love the girl's boots - they are adorable, don't you agree? :D

Please have a look at Jany's Blog to read more about her card-kit and to admire what my DT friends -- Jill, Linda and Karin -- created with it.

Just Christmas and Birthday Cards - #17

Another week with me being late in posting. :(
I am still computer-less and it's driving me crazy to have to wait for my brother to allow me a little time on his computer. He does work at home too, so it's embarassing for me to nag him about it.

But I am lucky now for a few days because he's out of town on a job assignment (he works in traffic signaling and it takes him around the country quite a lot) and I can have his computer to myself. And I am lucky again with my brother :) - by the end of this week I will have a brand new computer which he bought for me as a gift. Well, we'll be both making the monthly payments for it, but my brother will contribute with a larger sum, so it still remains a gift for me. :)
I can't wait for this "dark age" to be over and for my new PC to arrive home.

This last week has been very sad for another reason too. On Wednesday night my uncle died quite unexpectedly. He was my Mum's brother and I loved him very very much and losing him too affected me a lot. I don't know what's going on with our family... maybe we are all programmed to disappear this year? Hope not!

Anyway... on with the show! :)

As I couldn't post these earlier in the week - I apologize - here are my DT cards for Week #17 at JCBC (showing them right before another challenge gets posted tomorrow morning)

Week #17's sketch was created by our very talented girl Janina

A lovely, lovely, lovely sketch! :)

And this is what I did with it...

Christmas card

The tree-row stamp is designed by the awesomely talented Chris Dark
I stamped it twice and doubled/layered a few of the foreground trees
Everything else I used on this card is stuff that was lying around in my crafting supplies boxes. :)

Birthday card

Here's another stamp from Chris, this one is a digi-stamp and I am in love with it :)
You MUST go see Chris' new digi-stamps blog, there are some wonderful designs to be found
The DP is "Boxer" from Basic Grey, the corner stamps are from Studio G and the sentiment from Imaginisce. The rest comes from stash.

Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding my current PC-situation.
And thank you for looking too. :)

Friday, January 30, 2009

JCBC Week #16 and a NEW ADVENTURE! :)

I officially hate this winter! I just had to say it out loud. :)

As you all know it all started in November when I lost my dog and then continued with losing my Mum on Christmas eve and over the last two weeks I've been (first) without Internet connection (problems with our ISP) and then my computer broke. :( Until it gets sorted out I have very limited access to my brother's computer. I have to avoid using Internet at work because the times are bad and last week 16 people has been made redundant and the bosses are still looking for more. All our Internet access is monitorized/recorded and it's not "PC" [politically correct] to be caught spending a lot of time browsing the net during working hours.

So I hope you agree that I have pretty good reasons to hate the season, yes? :)

Because of this Internet-troubled period, I am so behind with posting (or making) my DT cards for JCBC. I completely missed last week and I am now trying to catch up just a little bit, even if extremely late.

For this week's challenge on Just Christmas and Birthday Cards the sketch was - ironically - made by me.

Here's the sketch [which looked so interesting when I put it together the first time but now I already see it as too difficult and 'fussy' to work with]

And my Christmas card...

Such a bad photo! :(
The wavy sentiment tag says "Merry Christmas" in gold letters.
The stamp is from Anita's Christmas Collection and the DP is from Dovecraft.

Now about my newest crafting adventure. :)

Some time ago, I was asked by Dianette (also known as Jany) if I would like to be part of a design team for promoting The Angel Company (TAC) products and also her card kits which she's started selling.

I was so pleasantly shocked and very honoured to receive this invitation and I said "yes" without blinking. I have to thank my friend Karin for recommending me to Dianette, who is her friend from the Dutch Dare Card Challenge DT.

My colleagues in the design team for "Stamping with Jany" are three awesome ladies - Jill, Karin and Linda. Check out their blogs, they are all SO talented and creative.

So Dianette sent us her Cateleynne card kit to work with. It's a wonderful kit with lively coloured design papers and absolutely adorable stamped images from TAC's "Everything is Blooming" new stamp set.
The kit also contains a few card sketches for inspiration and I think it will have a few embellishments too - everything in there is enough for making 4-5 cards.

** If you are interested in buying one of these kits ($5 without shipping) have a look at Dianettes blog for more details. And for seeing all the DT members creations, of course. :)

Here are two of the cards I did with the kit I received.

I've used Jany's sketch #1 for this card. I so love the little birdie and had a great time colouring the image. I used brush markers for the first time and added some glitter glue to the flower's centre and 3 tiny red hearts to make it look more 'Valentine'. :)

For the second card I used one of Jany's older sketches because I liked the layout very much.
Here we have our guy paying a visit to his sweetheart's home [isn't she sexy? :D] and bringing her a big bunch of flowers... and his love.

I am hoping you're now curious enough ;) to pay a visit to Dianette/Jany's blog and have a look at the DT cards and at her card kit. There are some fabulous creations in there, all much nicer than mine.

Thank you for stoping by and I am hoping to be soon back to some kind of normal with my Internet presence and activity.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Week #14 - Just Christmas and Birthday Cards

Another week, another challenge on Karin's blog - Just Christmas and Birthday Cards.

Sketch #14 comes from our talented Tanja and I tell you, it was a real pleasure to work with it.

The prize for this week's lucky winner is
one cute bug on flower from Alota Rubber Stamps

Here's Tanja's versatile sketch:

My Birthday card

Stamps: TAC, Papermania [sentiment]
DP: Papermania (Raspberry Champagne pack)

The rest is from stash

I decided to try the "Stamp Kissing" technique for the butterflies, after seeing an extraordinary video tutorial on YouTube. I was so impressed with it that I need to share it. :)

For my card I used the plain "naked kissing" and the two color "dirty kissing" (for the palest pink butterfly). I then heat embossed the results with holographic embossing powder. Seeing how this was my very first attempt, I am quite pleased with the result. :)
And I realized I will need some more solid stamps, the most I have are the outline/contour type which can be coloured inside.

A close-up of my butterfly....

My Christmas card

At the beginning of January, I told my JCBC boss, Karin, that maybe it's better if we switch to making other type of cards for a few months, instead of Christmas ones. I am so glad she didn't listen to me. :D

It was such a joy to make this Christmas card as I couldn't wait to use "Emma the Hugger"! And I dare you to say she's not adorable ;)

Emma (Tracey's daughter) comes as a digital stamp pack created by the talented Tracey Lynn Miller - more "famous" to bloggers as Fred, She Said or, the shorter version, FSS. :)

Thank you for looking and I am hoping you'll stop by our JCBC Blog to see the wonderful creations of the other DT members. I'm so honoured to be part of this team of very talented ladies.