Saturday, 1 August 2015

Eclectic Ellapu August: By The Sea

Hello, friends! It's the first day of August and time for another month-long challenge over at  Eclectic Ellapu.  Thank you so much for playing along with us last month. So many gorgeous entries! I hope you'll join us again this month.

As always the 2 teams - Pinks and Purples - are playing together, but they have own themes. The Pinkies are going places with a "By The Sea " theme and the Purplies are having fun with "3-2-1 Card Recipe".

In a couple of months summer will give way to autumn. I wanted to make a card to capture the things I like most about summer - sunshine, sea, sand and sangria... not necessarily in that order. My card features this fabulous scene. It's a stamp from Chocolate Baroque's Seashore Scenes A5 stamp sheet.

I'm keeping it super simple by layering the image on some blue card and adhering it on the card base. The sentiment is also from Seashore Scenes, stamped with VersaFine Deep Lagoon.


Here's a close-up of the image. I stamped it with VersaFine Smokey Grey and coloured it with Faber-Castell Polychromos colour pencils.



Challenges:
Sweet Stampin': Bon Voyage
Inkspirational #88: Photo Inspiration
The Craft Place
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
Crafting With Friends #3: AG
Retarte #57: AG




Supplies:



Now it's your turn to create and link up your labour of love over at the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog. Remember, we have 2 concurrent challenges: "By The Sea" for the Pink Team and "3-2-1 Recipe" for the Purple Team. You can enter one or both challenges as many times as you wish, but make sure you link up your projects by 11:59pm UK on 31st August 2015.

Thank you for stopping by today. Here's to a fabulous month of August!

Beijinhos

Friday, 31 July 2015

Polka Doodles #31: More Than One Fold

Good morning, friends! We're start a new challenge over at the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog. The theme for the fortnight is "More Than One Fold" and just the perfect excuse to try out a new fun fold... or an an old one.

I've decided to make an ol' favourite but long forgotten (by me!) - the Joy Fold card. There's the link to a written and video tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers. All elements on this card is from the Work & Play 10: Country Life CD Collection. I used some ribbon from my stash to keep the card closed.


This digi is also available to download separately. She called Egg Collecting! :) I coloured her with Faber-Castell Polychromos. To ground the image I added a some grass, fussy cut it and adhered the scene to the background paper. Then I tucked the tag behind the roof of the chicken coop.


Here's a look inside. There's room for a short message.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday #194: AG Family Friendly
Wonderful Wednesday #29: AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
Inspiration Destination #44: AG
Southern Girls: AG

Supplies:




Now it's over to you, my friends. Create any project - card, tag, lay-out, box, bag, etc. You have until Noon (UK Time) on Friday, 14 August 2015, to link up your entries over at the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog. You don't have to use Polka Doodles products to enter, but if you have it, by all means, flaunt it! One randomly selected winner will receive downloads worth $10 from the Polka Doodles Online Store. In order to qualify you must follow our Rules. Remember, you are only allowed TWO entries per challenge.


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Last week, after 14 years of loyal and devoted companionship, André has joined his sister, Rosie. They were inseparable in life and they are together again at last. It has been a rough week and we will be saying our final farewell to André today at the Associação de São Francisco de Assis in a service dedicated to celebrating his wonderful life and the endless joy he brought to our lives.
André
October 2001 - 24 July 2015

Thank you so much for stopping by. And thank you for the beautiful emails, messages, prayers, hugs, words of comfort and love from so many of you, my friends. I am so grateful for your support. Have a lovely day.

Beijinhos!


Thursday, 30 July 2015

Purple Flowers

We are on Week 3 of  Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge  If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so. These colours are gorgeous and will work for any occasion. Here's reminder of the colour swatch:


You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you keep to the colours from the colour swatch. You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display winner's badge on their blog.

Here's my card for this week. You'll find the step-by-step over at the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge Blog. To make my background inked a piece of kraft card with Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves Distress inkpads, keeping the edges darker. Next I randomly stamp the small butterfly from Briar Rose Butterfly A5 rubber stamp sheet with Dusty Concord and the tiny straw from Wild Meadow A4 rubber stamp sheet with Fossilized Amber. I adhered the image to the background piece with 3 yellow brads and added 3 strips of WRMK washi tape



The flowers are from Harebell Butterfly A5 rubber stamped Versafine Vintage Sepia and coloured  with Faber-Castell Polychromo pencils.


Challenge:
Word Art Wednesday #194: AG Family Friendly
Wonderful Wednesday #29: AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
Inspiration Destination #44: AG
Fab & Funky #269: No Patterned Papers
ATSM #155: Photo Inspiration - flowers

Supplies:



The challenge will close at 12.00 p.m. on Tuesday 18th August 2015, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday 26th August 2015. Thanks for stopping by today. The weekend is almost here, but I'm not really looking forward to it. Have a beautiful day, friends!

Beijinhos

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Chocolate Baroque: Framed Bird

Good morning, friends! Just a quick post from me to show you a card featuring stamps from this month's release. This really is a simple project to put together. Although the fussy cutting may look daunting, I found it strangely therapeutic. 

The bird is from Chocolate Baroque's Free As A Bird A5 stamp sheet and the sentiment is from the A Little Bird Told Me A5 stamp sheet. For the background I used Craft Concepts Woodgrain Embossing Folder and did some direct-to-paper action with Tea Dye Distress Ink to accentuate the design.

I cut out the frame for the bird with Spellbinders Label 18 and Classic Oval dies and inked the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink. The sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Vintage Sepia

I stamped the bird with Memento Rich Cocoa and coloured it with Graph'It alcohol markers. Then I fussy cut and adhered it to the embossed background and over the frame. A few strokes with Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush over his tail feathers and a few blobs of Liquid Pearls complete the project.

Challenges:
Crafting From The Heart #70: AG
Craft Your Passion #272: AG
Dream Valley Challenges #111: Wet or Dry Embossing
Eureka Stamps #151: AG
Make My Monday: Flowers


Supplies:



Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a beautiful day and make the most of it!

Beijinhos




Friday, 24 July 2015

Polka Doodles #30: Two Or More Patterned Papers

Good morning, friends!  It's FRIDAY... and I cannot tell you relieved I am to have made it to the end of the week. Saturday beckons, but first it's time for a for a little inspiration for this fortnight's challenge: 2 Or More Patterned Papers.

Here's my offering... a birthday card featuring a fairy from the sweet Serenity Fairy Collection.  The two patterned papers are from the Serenity Fairy Collection. To finish I added some ribbon and little blobs of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.





Here's a closer look at the magical little fairy. She's called Serenity Butterfly and is also available as a separate download. I coloured her with Polychromo pencils.



Challenges:
Crafty Ribbons #124: AG With Ribbon
Wonderful Wednesday #22: AG
Creative Moments #73: AG / Bingo (Ribbon-Image-Pearls)
Mod Squad: Wing's The Thing
Word Art Wednesday #195: AG Family Friendly
Chocolate Coffee Cards #96: Flower in Image (in hair and dress)


Supplies:



Now it's over to you, my friends. Create any project - card, tag, lay-out, box, bag, etc. You have until Noon (UK Time) on Friday, 31 July 2015, to link up your entries over at the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog. You don't have to use Polka Doodles products to enter, but if you have it, by all means, flaunt it! One randomly selected winner will receive downloads worth $10 from the Polka Doodles Online Store. In order to qualify you must follow our Rules. Remember, you are only allowed TWO entries per challenge.

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Here's to a weekend of blue skies, sunshine and butterflies!

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Tuesday Throwdown #254: Christmas In July

Good morning, friends! Welcome to another Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Our theme this week is "Christmas In July" and we sponsored by Bugaboo. That means we get to play with their gorgeous digis. If you don't have anything by Bugaboo, you can still play along, as long as you follow our challenge theme.

For my Christmassy card, I'm using Bugaboo's Scene It - Christmas Mice digi. This wonderful image truly sets the scene for a fun and mischievous festive card. Check out the sentiment - cute or what?!

This A2 project needs very few supporting cast - Graph'It alcohol markers, Mint Green Liquid Pearls and a punched border - that's all!



I dare you not to go ..." aaaaaaw" !



Challenges:
Artistic Impressions #136: AG
Cards In Envy: Christmas In July
Crafting Desert Diva: Christmas In July
Eureka Stamps #150: Christmas In July
Get Creative #19: Stars (starry border)
Pile It On #78: Christmas In July
My Time To Craft #300: Christmas In July
The Glory Of Christmas #63: Feature A Creature
Crafty Sentiments: AG
Through The Craftroom Door: AG

Supplies:




Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Christmas In July". For ideas and inspiration, take a peek at what the rest of the DT members have made. Remember to link up your project at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog by 3pm Pacific / 11pm UK Monday, July 27th.  And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Beijinhos!

Friday, 17 July 2015

CASEing Blog Hop Inspiration - LAST DAY!

Good Morning, friends!!! Here we are at the very last day of the CASE-ing Christmas Blog Hop. And my last Inspiration Post features a cute little stamp by Polka Doodles - one of our sponsors. I'm hoping this card will inspire you to enter the CASE-ing Christmas Blog Hop.

The  CASE-ing Christmas Blog Hop ends today .... in a few hours, to be precise and I urge you to head on over to CASE-ing Christmas Blog Hop post haste for details of Prizes and Rules.

My card showcases this adorable little girl from Polka Doodles Work and Play 5 Festive Hollybobs CD. A few blobs of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls and a little Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the background help set the scene. And to finish, a couple of brads and some twine - easy peasy!



I coloured her with Graph'It alcohol markers and added some Stardust Stickles to the trim of her hat. Quick and easy colouring.  No fancy shading or blending - this is a card that can be mass produced and still look like you spent time on it.


Challenge:
Brown Sugar Challenge #155: Girly
Deep Ocean Challenge #108: Christmas In July
Word Art Wednesday #192: AG Family Friendly
Crimbo Crackers #85: Something Cute
CRAFT #320: Christmas
DL Art Thankful Thursday #160: Christmas in July

Supplies:



The Blog Hop ends at 11:55pm (Central) on July 17th.  Tick-tock, my friends! We look forward to seeing your project linked up at CASE-ing Christmas Blog Hop.

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your continued support. I look forward to seeing your projects. Have a fabulous Friday ... the weekend is almost here woohooo!

Beijinhos!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge and Blog Hop Inspiration

A new Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge has started and we're kicking off this monthly meet-up with another collection of gorgeous colours. If you haven't played yet, now's the time to do so. These colours are gorgeous and will work for any occasion.

You can use any medium to create your projects: paints, inks, pencils, pens, stains, etc., as long as you keep to the colours from the colour swatch. You don't have to use Chocolate Baroque stamps to play along but if you do you will be entered into a random draw to win £15 to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps. All participants will have a chance to be on the Design Team's Top Three list and proudly display winner's badge on their blog.

This is also an extra special month because it marks the First Anniversary of Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge and there's a very special prize for one lucky winner!

On to my card...little surprise here! It's July and that somehow means time to get cracking with the Christmas card making. Here's my simple offering using the colours above. Not your typical festive colours but a little step left of centre can be a good thing :)

The tree and snowflakes are from the Family Christmas A4 sheet and the greeting is from the Christmas Magic clear set. For the background I blended a couple of Distress Inks: Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves. Of course there are just a few pale green bling and to finish, a bow.



Here's a closer look. I stamped the tree with VersaFine Olympia Green and coloured it with Faber Castell Polychromos. For the greeting I used VersaFine Imperial Purple.



Challenges:
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge July - Tree
Happy Little Stampers July Sketch
Word Art Wednesday #192: AG Family Friendly
Through The Craft Room Door: AG
Retarte #56: AG
ATSM #153: Holiday
Deep Ocean Challenge #108: Christmas in July
CHNC #237: Deck The Halls



Supplies



I'm hoping this card will inspire you to enter the CASE-ing Christmas Blog Hop. Chocolate Baroque is sponsoring a prize... and somewhere on this card is a clue as what that prize might be! If this Blog Hop is news to you, I urge you to head on over to CASE-ing Christmas Blog Hop post haste for details of Prizes and Rules.

The Blog Hop ends at 11:55pm (Central) on July 17th.  Just a few days left to link up your project.

That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your continued support. I look forward to seeing your projects. Have a beautiful Wednesday!

Beijinhos!



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