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.



Jill said...

gorgeous cards mada I love your style and I'm really looking forward to working with you hugs Jill x

dawnmarieg said...

Hi Mada good to see you back posting again. Your cards are beautiful, hope your year is better and you are doing ok. Hugs DawnM.x

Heather "Hev" said...

Lovely to hear from you friend :)

Sorry things arent well with your computer.....

Congrats on your new Dt position :) You will do a fabulous job as always!!

Love your sketch!! Heaps of fun!!

Laura said...

Ma bucur sa te "vad" din nou, Mada. Vroiam sa iti scriu, n-am stiut de ce ai disparut si imi faceam ganduri. Nici eu n-am fost prea mult on-line in ultimul timp, pentru ca am avut atat de mult de lucru incat am crezut ca perioada nu o sa se mai termine niciodata. :S Imi cer scuze ca ti-am spus ca iti trimit ceva si n-am mai apucat sa merg la posta de pachete... Dar ma duc luni, cu siguranta, pentru ca avem un pic de vacanta saptaman viitoare. Nu e mare lucru, dar sper sa iti placa ce ti-am pus in pachetel. Iti doresc un weekend linistit, creativ si... da, iarna asta e deja prea insistenta, e cazul sa se retraga (astazi, pe la noi ninge intr-una cu fulgi din aia aposi, iar pe jos e multa apa si mizerie. Urat.) Te imbratisez.

2 Worlds said...

congrats TAC is a great company to do designs with :)

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

Gorgeous cards Mada, Is this TAC from the US? or is it a UK company!

Santana said...


You have been having a rough ride!!! Being without internet is a horrible experience, so fingers crossed that you get sorted out sooner rahter than later!

Meantime, I can only admire your cards. You're right that birdie is a real sweetie, and your cards are fab, as usual. Looking forward to seeing more :)


Inger said...

Congrats on your new DT-job!!
Good to see you back posting again :)

Hugs, Inger

Karin said...

Hi Mada,

a little bit time is better then nothing.
We were starting to worry about you, untill I received your email telling me about your computer trouble.
But I'm glad you can make a post once in a while.
I love the cards you made with Jany's kit. they are so adorable.

Hope to see you back online very soon.

Big hugs,
xoxo karin

scotspanda said...

fab news about the dt post, have fun with it :o)

love the cards you've been making, hope you're pc is sorted out soon


Amanda xxxx

Rheannon said...

Oh Mada, I absolutly loved your sketch. I had somuch fun with it. your card is fab. Love all the gold and that stamp is great.

On to your new adventure... CONGRATS :) Your new DT cards are great. Love those stamps. I think I need them :)


Bridgett said...

Gentle Hugs for your loss!! I cannot imagine! I hope the spring is better to you!

Great cards. I love what you came up with!!!