28 March 2014

Birthday Bouquet

Good afternoon! I must say even I am surprised to be here, ready to post a new card so soon. But truth be told, now that I have my Grand Calibur back I'm extra inspired, making cards with lots of dies on them. Also today, I'm feeling full of energy and I didn't want to waste the opportunity to make a card for some other challenges I had been planning to submit to.

I absolutely love the theme of this card, the color palette, and the white background... It looks so fresh and colorful. It was inspired by many challenges... That's right! I combined a sketch, an inspiration photo and some element challenges... Yes, I know, multitasking at it's most with my cardmaking.



 

Here is my card for today:


























Materials
Spellbinders:
- Peony

- Carnation Creations
- Rose Creations
- Bitty Blossoms
- A2 Matting Basics
- Enchanted embossing folder
DoCrafts Xcut Large Dies - Leafy Flourishes
Inkadinkado:
- Personal Impressions stamp set

- Embossing Powder (mix) - Glam Gold and Silver Starlight
Ranger embossing ink
Color Box pigment ink - Frost White
Zap! heat tool
Merletto crystal stickers
Stanley GR10 glue gun
Bazic:
- Double Sided Foam Mounting Tape
- Double Sided Tape

Other generic materials
Vellum
Hawaii cardstock in white
Textured cardstock in pool and lime green
Bond paper in coral
Vintage gold button 

I could say this is a clean and layered card or maybe classy and elegant? What about freestyle collage? It sure can go either way... I started off by dry embossing it's white layer. After adhering it to the card base I began working with the bouquet, positioning the flowers I made in the most balanced way possible while combining them with the leaves and flourishes. I wanted the flowers to look exactly like the ones on the inspiration photo, in fact I wanted the card to project the photo entirely. The coral peony and rose were sponged with white pigment ink on their edges. I decided I wanted to use vellum for some flourishes, and mix them with the green ones to soften the bouquet a little bit. I couldn't resist to add some crystals to the smaller flowers and a vintage button to the largest one. And, to finish the design I added a Happy Birthday sentiment from a stamp set that's been with me for quite some time, but whose font is timeless. I heat embossed it on vellum with a mix of gold and silver powder I like to do once in a while. And pronto!

I hope you like my card. I would love to know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!


This card is participating in:
The Card Concept
 
Sketch #95
Cardabilities

Inspired By Stamping

Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

Show some Sparkle, Glitz or Glam
Craft Hoarders Anonymous 

Anything Goes
My Craft Spot

Flowery Springtime
Sentimental Sundays

CAS / Classic & Elegant + a Button
House of Cards 


Anything goes with Buttons 
Simon Says Stamp



26 March 2014

Peach Spring Card

Hello! It's great to be back so soon with a new design to share with you. Today I have a card to show you in a very soft color combination. Using peach, beige, and a vintage floral paper, I managed to create a project for some of the challenges I've been wanting to link to. Please take a look at what I came up with:


























Materials
Justrite stamps - Ooh La La French Frills
Spellbinders:
- Gold Circles One

- Bitty Blossoms
- Rose Creations
- A2 Matting Basics
- Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Craft Concepts embossing folder - More Dots
Haj Designs paper - Absolute Floral
Bazic:
- Double Sided Foam Mounting Tape

- Double Sided Tape
Merletto:
- Crystal Stickers

- Pearl Stickers
Other generic materials
Textured cardstock in salmon and sand
Linen cardstock in white
7/8" peach satin ribbon


I used a sketch to get started from Justrite's current challenge.

I was able to incorporate all these elements and somehow keep harmony with the original sketch. This is a very classic design, so nothing out of this crafty world goes on here, but I did alter a circle die to make it an oval. I die cut the roses from the floral patterned paper I also used for the slanted layer on the back. That layer together with the dot embossed cardstock fill the card's background. To finish this creation I added some pearls, crystals and ribbon, the perfect recipe.
 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


This card is participating in:

Justrite Friday Challenge #117 - Sketch
Justrite Stampers

Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

Show some Sparkle, Glitz or Glam
Craft Hoarders Anonymous 

Spring Flowers
Craft Mojo

Anything Goes
My Craft Spot

Flowery Springtime
Sentimental Sundays

IBISC #80Inspired by Stamping


24 March 2014

Vintage Album Box



Hi dear friends! It's wonderful to be back with so much to share. We just came back from a little weekend retreat at the beach, and we had a great time. Also, I finally received my Grand Calibur's new handle and I must thank Karen Haas from Spellbinders for also sending me another internal part that needed to be fixed. 


I've been wanting to make a nice vintage project for a while. I love making cards but I really wanted to try something different.







Materials
Flourishes stamps - Flowers for Jan
Sweet n' Sassy stamps - Vintage Seed Packet
Haj Designs paper - Gorgeous Roses
Inkadinkado embossing powder - Glam Gold
Ranger:
- Embossing ink
- Distress inks in: Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Spun Sugar
Zap! heat tool
Memento dye ink - Rich Cocoa
Spectrum Noir markers - Pinks
UHU Stic glue stick
Bazic mounting tape
Merletto crystals
Stanley GR10 glue gun
Other generic materials
1/4" satin with gold edge ribbon in Old Gold
7/8" gross grain ribbon in Pink
Rough edge burlap ribbon in natural
Textured cardstock in: white, sand, light brown
Vintage gold button


This is a vintage album box I created from scratch. It measures 4" x 7.5" x 1". It has two 1/2" inside pockets that can be filled with photographs, tags, note cards and more. So I may continue working with other complementary creations to finish this project. In which case, you'll see me posting about them during the next month. 

The box was covered with a beautiful floral paper inside and out. I embellished it with gross grain and burlap ribbon, a vintage button, and let the stamped images be the focal point. For the main decoration of the box, I created a vintage seed packet, all embossed in gold. The Peony was stamped and colored twice, and one of those images was cut in pieces that I then layered around the original stamped flower, to make it look larger and fuller.

I have to mention some people that inspired me to make this creation, starting with Gloria Stengel and her design team from Craft Hoarders Anonymous, who are very clear influences to me at the moment. Another person that made this look easy is Molly from iloveminialbums, whom I found by 'accident' on YouTube (she makes the loveliest projects). To all of them, thanks for sharing your gorgeous work with us. 

I hope you've enjoyed this post. I'll be back sooner than you think with more to share. Have a great week! 



This project is participating in:

Becky's Challenge for Flourishes
Tlady Designs

Show some Sparkle, Glitz or Glam
Craft Hoarders Anonymous

Touch of Gold
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

Aged / Distressed
Rhedd & Rosie's

Spring Flowers
Craft Mojo

Anything Goes
My Craft Spot

Flowery Springtime
Sentimental Sundays


18 March 2014

Vintage Male Card & Some Memories

Hi everyone! I feel like it's been a long time since I posted my last card, but I'm here with a new vintage project to show you. I've been wanting to make a male card, since my husband's birthday is approaching, but for some reason I'm always thinking I should start all over and make a new design. I just want it to be perfect! Another reason for me wanting to create a male project is that tomorrow, March 19, is Father's Day here. My dear dad passed away a few years ago, and he is missed greatly. He was so charismatic, outgoing, kind-hearted, very smart and proffesional, a great teacher and mentor. He was there for anyone and everyone. A great father. He contributed very much to our country's agricultural and livestock industry, to education both rural and academic, and most of all he was loved by everyone who knew him.

I had to write about him today, because he was a very important part of what I am doing now. Before he passed he told me I should write, he encouraged me to craft and create and he was my very first sponsor. He bought me the Grand Calibur machine back then and he was glad that I had found something that motivated me and kept me active, considering that I had been recently diagnosed with RA. He was the most supportive father, positive and encouraging, a man of faith. Thank you dad... Happy Father's Day.

And now, let me show you the vintage male card I made:



























Materials
Sweet 'n Sassy stamps - Vintage Postcard
Prima Marketing stamps - Mini Background Fence
Inkadinkado stamps - Classic Flourish Filigree
Docrafts Papermania stamps - Happy Days (Ticket Stubs)
Inkadinkado embossing powder - Glam Gold, Copper, Pearlescent
ZAP! heating tool
Memento dye ink - Rich Cocoa
Brilliance pigment ink - Pearlescent Beige
Ranger:
- Embossing ink
- Distress inks in: Broken China, Vintage Photo, Old Paper
- Blending tool 
Spellbinders: 
- Gold Elements One 
- Grand Calibur Machine
Bazic mounting tape
Merletto Crystals
Other generic materials:
Specialty metallic cardstock in brown
Textured cardstock in: light brown, cream and white
3/8" Gross Grain ribbon in light brown

I worked with 3 different layers of cardstock. I enjoyed working with the top layer, distressing it, aging the white cardstock and stamping it. It is a lot of fun to create a vintage background. I love how the gold flourishes add elegance to the design. I finished the card with ribbon, but no bow, and some paper embellishments.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I enjoyed writing this post a lot, so I hope that you enjoy reading it too.

This card is participating in:

Show some Sparkle, Glitz or Glam
Craft Hoarders Anonymous 
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

Six of Something - Anniversary
- I used six stamps -
Our Daily Bread Designs

Aged / Distressed 
Rhedd & Rosie's


 

13 March 2014

Vintage Tag Card

It's Thursday already... And I am thankful and hopeful of what is yet to come. I am believing that everything will be alright. I just feel the need to pray and be thankful today. 

I have a lovely vintage card to share with you. Here it is:

























Materials
Sweet 'n Sassy stamps - Vintage Postcard

Penny Black stamps - Flower Gallery
Docrafts Papermania stamps - Happy Days (Ticket Stubs)
Prima Marketing stamps - Mini Background Polka Dot
Hero Arts Cleardesign Block - Large Letter
Brilliance pigment ink - Tiramisu
Colorbox pigment ink - Pink
Ranger:- Embossing ink
- Distress ink in Old Paper, Spun Sugar, Vintage Photo
- Blending tool
Inkadinkado embossing powder - Glam Gold, Copper, Pearlescent
Spectrum Noir markers - PP5, PP3
Shery K. Designs paper: 
- Antoinnette (vintage handwriting)
- Alia
Merletto crystals
Bazic two sided tape & mounting tape
Other generic materials:
Specialty metallic cardstock in pink

Linen cardstock in white
Textured cardstock in pale pink
1" gross grain ribbon in sand
Ivory fused string pearl beads


The main decoration on this card is actually the tag that I made from scratch. It measures 5.5" x 3". I stamped background images with pigment ink in pearlescent beige and pink, and when I distressed the tag, those images blurred a bit adding more to that vintage look. The flowers where heat embossed and then colored with Spectrum Noir markers. The post card and ticket stamps were also heat embossed, because I wanted it to stand out. The lovely vintage ticket stamp was actually part of a very large 6" x 6" background stamp, that I cut as a single. And to finish this tag I punched a heart instead of the regular eyelet and embellished it with fused string pearl beads and crystals.

The base of this card consists of two half layers, patterned paper on one side and metallic paper on the other. I distressed both their edges manually. Finally, I couldn't resist adding ribbon to completely finish the aged look. 

I absolutely love vintage cards. I hope you like it as much as I do. Have a good weekend and stay creative.


 This card is participating in:

Craft Hoarders Anonymous

Tag it 
 Mod Squad

Aged / Distressed 
Rhedd & Rosie's









12 March 2014

My Little Garden & a Card

Hello my dear friends. I recently posted a floral card with Zinnias (here) and mentioned that I not only love to stamp and color flowers, but that I also have flowers at my house. So, I was asked by my sweet cyber friend Juanita Estrada, aka Blue Rose, to post pictures of my flowers. And I thought I would take a moment to share with you some of the plants I have.

I have flower beds outside my gate and around the corner of my house and also on my front and back porch. And I wish I had even more space to plant.  

Welcome to my small garden. I do hope you enjoy the little tour...

Desert Rose 
It is a little exotic to our region, but because of how much sunlight we have here, it adapts well. It's root looks like a potato, and this is because it absorbs all the water it has a chance to get and keeps it inside. A very clever plant, a survivor really. Doesn't need much care, so if it died, I would be a very, very bad gardener. It flowers with me around 4 times a year, and if you plant it in a deep pot or directly in the ground, it grows a lot. It looks a bit like a bonsai when you grow it in a smaller vase, like I have it. But I plan to transplant it to a bigger flowerpot.


For more about this flower click here

Zinnias
I have had all kinds of Zinnias, but of course my favorite ones are the double Zinnias. They grow in every kind and color naturally on the front of my house and they continue to spread by themselves around the corner. They have died and regrown again naturally, something that makes me think of these flowers as very noble plants. At this exact moment I possibly have more single and semi-double Zinnias. And, I have them mostly in pink, orange and red right now, but I've had them also in yellow and white before. Good thing there is an infinite amount of buds ready to bloom...

Semi-double
Single










































For more about this flower click here

Bougainvillea
This is a wonderful ornamental plant that you can find in various colors. I got three of them, in white, pink and lilac. Right now they are beginning to bloom again. If I had them directly under the sun they would possibly have more flowers, but I have them on my front porch. So I'll show you a picture of the lilac one that is starting to bloom.





















For more about this flower click here

Celosía spicata
This Celosia together with the Zinnias, where planted by a housekeeper that worked for me. After all this time, they keep growing back, wonderful. I had never seen this species before. There was no way I could find the name of this flower. So I had to consult my godmother Ana Ochoa de Aguilera, she studied Biology in Brazil (she has the ULTIMATE garden in Florida, oh my, I'm in love with her flowers). Many Celosias are growing on the front of my house but this is the largest one.

For more about this flower click here

I will be sharing with you more of my little garden in the near future. There are some more plants that I didn't show you and I'm also planting new flowers. Now you know why I love flower stamps so much!

And to end this virtual tour I want to share with you a sweet card I made.




I made this card for my doctor. She is pregnant with a baby girl, and I just couldn't resist using lavender. The Spanish sentiment stamp is from Stampendous and translated it says " Welcome Baby". The beautiful Penny Black poppies were embossed in white and water colored with Faber Castell pencils, using the technique I explain here.

I layered the Hawaii white cardstock over a beautiful lavender specialty embossed paper and finished the card with a lilac bow embellished with a large Merletto gem.


This card is participating in:

Amethist, Purple, Lavender
Our Daily Bread

Craft Mojo

Simon Says Stamp 
 
Watercoloring

Virginia's View





08 March 2014

Let's go green!

Hi everyone! I hope you've had a nice weekend so far... As for me, I actually challenged myself to use green on a card. And I went clean & layered too. It's a bit traumatic to go from vintage to green CAL all of a sudden, I don't recommend it... LOL. But I'm one of those who sets on an idea and goes for it whatever it takes... That sounded drastic! Actually, I'm in a place in my creative life where I need to discover more of what I am capable of, and challenges help me with that. Below is my personal inspiration photo for this card (not that I wasn't inspired by the challenges' photos or color boards too :D)...  

Google search


So yes, it is a floral card -what a surprise-. LOL. And with no further ado, here's what I came up with:































Materials
Flourishes stamps - Flowers for Jan
Inkadinkado stamps - Floral expressions
Memento dye ink - Rich Cocoa
Brilliance pigment ink - Coffee Bean
Hero Arts Cleardesign Block - Large Letter
Ranger embossing ink

Imagine Crafts sponge dauber
Inkadinkado embossing powder - Clear
ZAP! heat tool
Faber Castell color pencils - 071, 070, 063, 046, 076, 089
Merletto:
- Artistic brushes - Y1
- Paper twine - Brown
- Crystal stickers
Bazic two sided tape and mounting tape
Other generic materials

Hawaii cardstock - White
Specialty metallic cardstock - Brown


I stamped the Iris flowers on regular cardstock, as long as you don't use too much water it's ok. I watercolored them and in the end I heat embossed the images in Clear. I cut the upper contour of the flowers and left the other sides as they were. That way I was able to make those flowers pop a little more. I like how this card is framed symmetrically, that sole detail gives the design a clean elegance. To finish the design, I thought I'd use this brown paper twine I had in my stash, it looks like it belongs to this card. Oh, and of course I had to add some crystals :D

Hope you enjoyed. Continue to have a good weekend!


This card is participating in:

Going Green
Saavy Handmade Cards

Color Challenge Green
QKR Stampede

Color Inspiration
The Card Concept

Cards in Envy

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

Bloggers Challenge 
Designs by Lisa Somerville






07 March 2014

Vintage Postcard Zinnias

Hello! A rainy day to me is a good day, and today we have a cloudy, showery day here in Honduras' industrial city. Couldn't be better! And to go with the peaceful, nostalgic, rainy flow, I have a vintage card to share with you, created with another wonderful customizable set from Sweet n' Sassy stamps. But then of course, I couldn't resist using some Flourishes' florals as well.


Materials
Sweet & Sassy stamps - Vintage Postcard
Flourishes stamps - Zinnia
Prima Marketing stamps - Vintage Vanity: Fence
Brilliance pigment ink - Graphite Black, Pearlescent Beige
Memento dye ink - Rich Cocoa
ColorBox pigment ink - Orchid 
Spectrum Noir markers - Reds, Pinks
Faber Castell color pencils - 076 069, 010; 070, 063
Hero Arts Cleardesign Block - Large Letter
Inkadinkado embossing powder - Clear
Ranger Distress Ink - Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Spun Sugar
Ranger blending tool
Shery K. Designs paper - Antoinnette
Canon MG2220 printer
Merletto pearl stickers 
Bazic mounting tape
Other generic materials
Specialty metallic cardstock - Pearlescent pink
Textured cardstock - Brown
Hawaii cardstock - White 
3/8" Gross grain ribbon - Light Brown

I haven't mentioned this before but I not only love flowers in stamps, I also have flowers at home. And on the front of my house I have Zinnias, in every possible color. My zinnias look a lot like the ones on the card, so coloring this image was a delight to me. . I mixed techniques again and you possibly can't tell right away that the vase and the leaves are actually water colored. Everything was stamped on white cardstock, that I then distressed with Old Paper ink mostly. I distressed the Zinnias quite a bit, I wanted to dull their brightness, so that they could match the vintage feel of the whole postcard.

I added some clear embossing powder to the sentiment and the background stamped pattern, and because I used pigment ink there was no need of embossing ink.  

And to finish this 5 x 7 card, I used some ribbon and pearls that definitely gave the design the final touch of vintage it needed. 

Hope you like it! Enjoy your weekend, stay creative and rest!


This card is participating in:

Craft Hoarders Anonymous

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

Hiding in my Craft Room

Metal or Sweets 
(Metallic paper & Flowers)  
Our Daily Bread 

Spring Flowers 
Craft Mojo 

Spring Colors 
Fantasy Stampers Challenge

Bloggers Challenge 
Designs by Lisa Somerville

Sketch No. 33 
Latina Crafter





05 March 2014

Vintage Seed Card

Hello! It's with great pleasure that I write this post, because today I'll share with you a card where I use one of my favorite stamp sets out there. And the best of all is, that I was given this set as part of a prize won at Sweet & Sassy Stamps. I had it on my wishlist and I'm so grateful I have it now.

Vintage cards are a delight to me, I enjoy making them greatly. And because this set is customizable, I was able to incorporate another of my new favorite stamp sets, one that I fought hard to get: Flourishes' Flowers for Jan. So with no further delay here is my card for today:

Materials
Sweet & Sassy - Vintage Seed Packet
Flourishes - Flowers for Jan
Spectrum Noir - PP5, PP3
Faber Castell watercolor pencils - 063, 074
Ranger Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick, Old Paper
Ranger blender tool
Brilliance pigment ink - Graphite Black
Memento dye ink - Rich Cocoa
Hero Arts Cleardesign Block - Large Letter
Praise rotary circle cutter

Merletto crystal stickers
Other generic materials
3/8" Gross grain ribbon - light brown
Textured cardstock in Sand
Hawaii cardstock in White

I wanted to keep it simple, the card itself is the seed packet! I did create a window with a circle cutter, so that the Peony could stand out. And that is also why I stamped the flowers on white card stock. I combined to different coloring techniques, but because of the way I did it you can't tell immediately that the leaves are actually water colored while the flowers were colored with markers. I distressed the card with pink and brown, that way the tones of color coordinate with the flowers. I love the vintage look of it. To finish it I added some crystals and brown ribbon. It sure feels antique and for some reason fresh at the same time. Must be that wonderful pink Peony... :D

I really hope you enjoy this card as much as I do. I'm in love with these two stamp sets, and I'm also glad that I could mix them together.

Have a good day!


This card is participating in:

Craft Hoarders Anonymous

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

Hiding in my Craft Room

Spring Flowers 
Craft Mojo






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