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. :)