Saturday, 31 May 2014

52 {C}CT May Pick-A-Previous Challenge

Hello friends! It's the last day of May and the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown gang have managed to squeeze in one last challenge for the month. It is also the last chance for the lovely Ruth of Flower Sparkle to crack her festive whip. Oh but she's being very gentle this time in allowing us to Pick-A-Previous Sketch. Head on over to the 52 {C}CT Sketch Archive, pick any one of our previous sketches and create! How easy is that?!

We have the lovely Judy V of Created Just 4 U! showcasing her stunning creations for the last time this month. It's been a pleasure having Judy with is this month!  Please stop by and take a look at her card.

I'm going back into the annals history with a sketch from January 2012. It's a simple card, with clean lines, military look and minimum embellishments ... perfect for a man!

The papers are from BoBunny Mistletoe Collection. The image and
sentiment are from WMS Nutcracker Sweet.

I made a window for the little soldier.

Here he is standing tall and proud. I coloured him him Graph'It (skin and boots)
and Promarkers (everything else)

My card is marching off to these challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #134: AG Uplifting
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #13: AG Christmas
CHNC Extra May: AG Christmas
Completely Christmas #14: AG Christmas

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's Pick-A-Previous challenge: Sketch. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm GMT / 1pm EST on Friday, 6th June. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Mynnette * Ruth * Jacqueline * Louise * Deborah * Patricia * Danielle * Gill * Fabiola

Rosie's Update: We've had a couple of setbacks.... Rosie's chest X-rays showed a mass in her lung and the results are in: it's malignant. Also, the veterinary surgeon has confirmed that the tumour in her inner ear is definitely inoperable, consequently the chemo-implant is also off the table. That leaves us with conventional chemotherapy. Oh well, we've got to play the hand we're dealt. Rosie's a trooper, she always has been. And I'm going to stand along side and fight with her. We may not be able to beat this cancer but we're going out with all guns blazing. Wish us luck!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see y'all tomorrow!

Beijinhos!




Friday, 30 May 2014

Polka Doodles #22: Men On Our Minds

Woohoo! It's Friday!!! New challenge over at Polka Doodles and we have "Men On Our Minds". We want to see butch, manly, virile, macho projects! Can you handle the testosterone overload!?!

Take a look at my buff and brawny guy:

This strapping lad is called Jack and he comes from glens of Scotland.
You can also find him in the Bonbon Belles CD. The background papers
are also from the same CD. I fussy cut the image and adhered him to the
inside of the card. To finish: some twine and black bling.

 Don't let that the skirt fool ya. Jack is butch, buff, and for kicks,
he paints his face and goes to war looking all scruffy and manly.
I coloured him with Graph'It and Promarkers.  

Here he is on the inside... Go on, admit it. He is CUTE!

Jack is strutting his stuff at these challenges:

4 Crafty Girlz #19: AG
Cute Card Thursday #323: Blues & Hues
Delightful Challenges: It's A Guy Thing
Addicted to Stamps & More: Make Your Mark
Crafting For All Seasons #78: Boys Will Be Boys
The Paper Shelter #160: Make It Manly

Now it's over to you, my friends. Create a project - it can be any paper craft - based on the theme "Men On Our Minds" and link it up over at Polka Doodles Challenge blog by Noon (GMT) June 13th. The winner will receive the Work & Play 1 Collection worth £11. The identity of this lucky person will be revealed on Friday June 20th.

Thank you for stopping by today and I look forward to seeing your lovely projects.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #197: Wild Coloured Hair

Happy Tuesday, my friends! Happy indeed because it's time for a new Tuesday Throwdown. This week we have a fun challenge: "Wild Coloured Hair". It's a great theme because now you have permission to colour as you please and not be bothered by the constraints of reality.

Our generous sponsor this week is The Paper Shelter and I'm featuring the adorable pre-coloured image from the "Everyone Can Fly" digi collection. Here's my card:


I'm keeping the background simple with paper from Fancy Pants Beach Babe,
two buttons and a tagged greeting. This card's all about that super cute image.

I also stamped little flowers with VersaMagic Petal Pink and added little Baby Blue LPs.   

Just a simple sentiment on the inside a few green flowers! 

I'm winging this adorable little girl to these challenges:

Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes + Things With Wings
Through The Purple Haze #43: Button It Up!
Craft Creations: AG
Love To Scrap #30: AG
Crafting From The Heart: AG
Dream Valley #82: Things With Wings
Sentimental Sundays #208: Things With Wings + Sentiment

Now  it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Wild Coloured Hair". 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 PST / 11pm GMT by Monday, June 2nd. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Rosie's News: Chest X-rays showed a mass in her lung and my baby-doll is going in for a procedure tomorrow to take a sample for analysis. Fingers crossed it's nothing serious. In the meantime, she's bravely soldiering on... which is more than can be said for me!

Thanks for stopping by, my friends, and have a beautiful day.

Beijinhos!


Monday, 26 May 2014

Chocolate Baroque May Release 3

Hello, friends! I'm a little late with this post. It should have gone live about 24 hours ago but... oh well, better late than never, right?  Yesterday, I shared my last two samples using stamps from Chocolate Baroque's May Release: Fleurs Nouveau and Nouveau Lovebirds.  These are simple makes, not requiring many tools, products or complicated techniques.

You can see the original post on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog. Here, I will give you details of the inks, paints and techniques used to create these cards.... and you get a see the inside of the cards!

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For my first project, I inked the background in rich autumnal tones with various hues of reds, orange and mustard Distress Inks by Tim Holtz, starting from the outside with Aged Mahogany and Barn Door blending into Rusty Hinge and Mustard Seed toward the inside. Then I stamped some grassy bits from the Wild Meadow A4 sheet and a sentiment from the Loving Words A5 sheet, both using Aged Mahogany

I stamped the focal image on Elegance 300gsm paper using Memento Tuxedo Black and fussy cut it. Then I masked the image, applied Mustard Seed on the remaining white background to match the card front and coloured the stems with Promarker Marsh Green. Then I adhered this piece to the prepared background.  I stamped the floral image again and this time coloured the flowers with Red and Poppy and the leaves with Pear Green and Lime Green. Then I fussy cut these and adhered them to the main image. To finish, 3 black bling in the centre of the three flowers shown below.

The sentiment on the inside is from the Birthday Words A5 sheet, stamped with VersaFine Smokey Grey. The grassy bits is a stamp from the Wild Meadow A4 sheet, stamped with Rusty Hinge

Challenges for this card:
Amusing Challenges #12: AG
Word Art Wednesday #133: AG Uplifting
Allsorts #260: Happy Birthday
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When I saw this arty image form the Nouveau Lovebirds A4 sheet, I didn't know what to make of it. It looked like an alien growth of sorts, but I was determined to used it ... somehow. I started by inking the background with lighter tones of Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China and a little Weathered Wood at the edges with some dark yellow Mustard Seed radiating from the centre. I stamped a design from Texture Fragments A4 sheet using Stormy Sky.

I stamped the image on Elegance 300gms using Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Promarkers: reds - Lipstick Red and Berry Red ; greens - Pear Green, Lime Green and Lime Zest.     Then I fussy cut and mounted it on foam tape and adhered to a piece of vellum which I cut with Spellbinders Lacey Oval die.  Some black bling and twine finish this card.

On the inside is a sentiment from the Birthday Words A5 sheet, stamped with VersaFine Majestic Blue.


Challenges for this card:
One Stitch At A Time #214: AG
Always Something Creative #75: AG
Challenges 4 Everybody #41: AG

There you have it - two simple cards with contrasting colour combos. Despite their art nouveau label, stamps from Fleurs Nouveau and Nouveau Lovebirds collections truly are versatile and will work with any style or skill set. Don't forget to swing by the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog often as the rest of the crew will be posting more projects.

Thanks for stopping by today... and for your patience. I am catching up on the visiting. It really troubles me to know I'm missing so many fabulous makes!

Beijinhos!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

52 {C}CT May Stash Challenge


Well here we are again, friends! Time for another 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. It's the fourth challenge of the month and our lovely hostess Ruth of Flower Sparkle wants us to have a rummage through our Stash and use Something Old, Something New, Something, Borrowed and Something Blue in our Christmas project. You don't have to use all four categories, you can if you want to, but you must use at least three.

We have the lovely Judy V of Created Just 4 U! showcasing her stunning creations this month. Please stop by and take a look at her card.

After last week's traditional, masculine card, I made something more modern, delicate and almost CAS for our current challenge using OLD greeting stamp (purchased in Oct 2011, used many times), NEW floral stamp (purchased in April 2014, never used before) and BLUE cardstock, ink, markers, bling and ribbon.

No patterned papers, just and embossed background using Darice
Snowflakes EF. The greeting is from WMS Compliments Of The Season,
stamped with Memento Paris Dusk and cut with SB Labels 4. To finish:
ribbon, bling and glitter.

The bluebells are from Clearly Besotted's Fresh Flowers set,
coloured with Promarkers and lashing of Stardust Stickles.

The sentiment and extra design elements are also from
WMS Compliments Of The Season.

A few challenges for this card:

Crimbo Crackers #65: No Patterned Papers
Word Art Wednesday #133: AG Uplifting
Brown Sugar #95: AG
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #12: AG Christmas
CHNC Extra May: AG Christmas
Crafty Catz #232: Embossing
Completely Christmas #13: AG Christmas

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's stash challenge: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm GMT / 1pm EST on Friday, 30th May. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Mynnette * Ruth * Jacqueline * Louise * Deborah * Patricia * Danielle * Gill * Fabiola

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see y'all tomorrow!

Beijinhos!

Friday, 23 May 2014

Polka Doodles #21: Things With Wings

Hello friends! I haven't been blogging much this week. It's been very hectic what with Rosie being unwell and all. But here I am with a dinky little make for Polka Doodle's Things With Wings challenge. This is such a fun challenge I could not stay away.

For my project, I'm using this adorable image and elements from the Fairy Flutterby rubber stamps series. There are 6 fairies to collect and you can buy them individually or as Multipack Set and make huge saving.  

My step card features Meeshelle and she is a joy to stamp and colour. And she is just perfect for girly projects needing a touch of magic.
The patterned papers are from the Bon Bon Belles CD. Extra embellies:
ribbon and some bling.

I coloured Meeshelle with Graph'It (Hair, Skin, Sandals & Bag)  and
Promarkers (Blouse, Pants, Flower & Necklace). I heat embossed the
butterfly with white EP, added some bling and adhered it behind her
head. Also some die cut grassy bits for texture.

Sentiment also from the Bon Bon Belles CD.

Some challenges for little Meeshelle:

I Love Promarkers #220: AG (blouse, pants, flower & necklace)
Fab n' Funky #217: Recipe - 3 DPs + Ribbon + Rhinestone / Pearls
Crafting For All Seasons #77: Things With Wings
Scrapbooker PhD #11: Use Die-cuts - grass
Stampin' For The Weekend: For The Girls
Sister Act Cards #58: AG
Sweet Pea Stampers: Things With Wings

Now it's over to you, my friends. Create a project - it can be any papercraft - based on the theme "Things With Wings" and link it up over at Polka Doodles Challenge blog by Noon (GMT) May 30th. The winner will receive their own choice of 4 Digis from the brand new Work & Play collection. That's not all - the Top 3 Picks will also receive a digi each! The winner will be announced on Friday June 6th. Not to be missed!!! So hurry and get crafting!

Lastly, if you LOVE receiving FREE stash (me! me! me!), then do't miss out on this chance to win £100 PolkaDoodles goodies. Join in our 5th Birthday celebration and take home your dream party favour bag crate.  Details and other secrets found HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today and I look forward to seeing your lovely projects.

Beijinhos!


Monday, 19 May 2014

Christmas Card Club #11: Card Recipe

Hello and happy Monday, my friends! I'm starting the week with an overdue card. The Christmas Card Club came together yesterday for a show and tell of our festive makes. I should have joined the girls but didn't. As always, these beautiful ladies were so very understanding, especially Zoë Tant, our challenge hostess.

I have to say, Zoe's theme really had me scratching my head. Her brief: 3 Brads, 1 Button, Ribbon and 1 Accessory (a.k.a embellishment). It sounds easy  ... but you try and get it all on a card. I had a good start until I started accessorising. ONE bling for Christmas? Not on my watch! Here's the end result:
The patterned papers are from Dovecraft Back to Basics 
Christmas - Vintage pack. 3 green brads, 1 green button,  
gingham ribbon and  ...
... green bling galore! Now it looks like Christmas! The big greeting is from
Chocolate Baroque's Christmas Cheer A5 sheet, stamped with Memento
Rhubarb Stalk, cut with SB Label 16 and inked with TH Vintage Photo and
Antique Linen. The Holly Leaves are also from the same CB A5 sheet. I cut
away the swirly bits and coloured the leaves with Promarkers, added green
bling and Crystal Stickles.
On the inside I'm using a sentiment from Polka Doodle's
Angelberry Christmas. And at the bottom: the holly leaves
stamped in full with the the swirly bits and coloured with
Caran d'Ache SupraSofts.

Spreading some Christmas Cheer over at these sites:

Completely Christmas #12: Sketch
Christmas Inspirations #4: Any Christmas Card
Winter Wonderland: Holly and/or Ivy
Christmas Card Challenges: Buttons & Twine / AG Christmas
CHNC #117: Festive Flowers / Foliage
Come And Get It: Bingo - Ribbon + 3 or More Layers + Bling



Here's a list of the rest of the Christmas Card Club girls:

Karen P ... Maureen ... Margaret ... Carol ... Lizzie ... Hazel ... Karen B ... Sue P ... Sylvie ...
Sue J ... Zoë ... Christine ... Mary ... Lorraine ... Rita ... Rachel ... Valery

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!

Beijinhos!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Eclectic Ellapu: Spring

Hello again, my friends. I'm back to introduce you to 2 new challenges that have started over at the Eclectic Ellapu Blog. Once again, the 2 teams - Pinks and Purples - are playing together in the same sandpit. And to make sure we don't fight, each team has its very own theme.

The Pinkies are rejoicing in the beauty of  "Spring" and the Purplies are having fun with a "Sketch". The two challenges will run for 3 weeks and you can enter one or both as many times as you like.

Here's my Spring offering for the Pink Team:
I made my own background paper with a stamp from Clearly Besotted Stamp's
Geometric Style, TH Spun Sugar Distress Ink and cream CS. For the circle element
I cut a piece of patterned paper from MME Quite Contrary collection using SB's
Circle die and layered it on some hot pink CS cut with SB's Scalloped Circle die.
The greeting is from CBS's Fresh Flowers; Spring is stamped VersaMagic Tea Leaves,
and Hugs & Kisses with VersaFine Onyx Black. SB dies for cutting and layering. 

Here is a close up of the flower from CBS Fresh Flowers, coloured with
Promarkers, cut and mounted on some foam tape. To finish I adhered tiny
yellow bling in the middle of each flower and tied some pink twine on the stalk.

The sentiment on the inside is from CBS's Fabulous Fuchsias

I'm spreading some spring joy over at these challenges:

Stamplorations May Challenge: Stamps & Flowers
Creative Corner: Going In Circles
Crafts For Eternity #176: To Die For
Craftitude Challenges #65; That's Die-licious
Charisma Cardz #11: May Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Die Crazy

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: "Spring" for the Pink Team and "Sketch" for the Purple Team. You can enter both as many times as you wish. These challenge will run for 3 weeks and you have until 11:59pm GMT on June 7th 2014 to link up your entries.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fun day of crafting!

Beijinhos!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

52 {C}CT May Recipe Challenge

Hello again, my friends. It's week #3 in our 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown May challenges. That means it's time for a Theme / Recipe challenge. Our challenge hostess Ruth of Flower Sparkle
has picked a C.A.R.D. recipe for us. She's asking us to:

Colour something - an image or sentiment; AND
Add Rhinestone and / or Ribbon, AND
Deboss - use the flip side of your embossed card stock / paper.

We also have the lovely Judy V of Created Just 4 U! showcasing her stunning creations this month. Please stop by and take a look at her card.

Here's my offering for this week's challenge. I made a masculine card. Ok, these's a teeny bit of ribbon but not enough to make it girly. (I only did it because Ruth made me! :D) Besides, I've got THREE big, bold, butch (in sparkly gowns?!) men kings to balance the scale!

The image and sentiment are from Chocolate Baroque's
Following Yonder Star DL sheet. For the background I used the
de-bossed side of Darice Checkered EF. Cream ribbon and red bling
complete this week's C.A.R.D.  

Here's a close up of the 3 wise men. I coloured them with Promarkers
and added some bling to their outfits. (Eeeek! I'm running out of red ink!)

The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque's Warm Christmas Greetings
clear A5sheet.

The three kings are making a quick stop at these sites:

C.R.A.F.T. #259: Christmas
Shopping Our Stash #151: Sing It To Me - Christmas carol "We Three Kings"
Word Art Wednesday #132: AG Uplifting
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #11: AG Christmas
CHNC Extra May: AG Christmas
Sister Act Card #57: AG Card Only


Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's challenge: C.A.R.D. Recipe. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm GMT / 1pm EST on Friday, 23th May. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Mynnette * Ruth * Jacqueline * Louise * Deborah * Patricia * Danielle * Gill * Fabiola

Rosie's Update: We've been advised by the surgeon that the location of the tumour makes surgery too risky. Our best option now would be chemo. In the meantime, her chest x-ray is giving our vet cause for concern. Oh yes! The news gets better and better. We have a consult with her oncologist on Monday and I'm trying to keep an open mind until then. Thank you so very much for your on-going prayers and well wishes. My little Rose-bud needs all the help she can get.

Have a lovely Saturday and I'll see ya tomorrow. (It's a busy weekend of postings!)

Beijinhos!


Friday, 16 May 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SANDIE!

Guess who's celebrating her birthday today?! My dear BlogBuddy Sandie of London Days, that's who! Sandie was one of my first blog friends and she will always be close to my heart. This one's for you Sandie! I hope you have a wonderful day of love, happiness, good health and abundance! Can you handle all that goodness?!

Nonni and Lynn have organised a birthday linky party so we can all make some crafty-noise in honour of Sandie's big day. Here's the card I'm taking to the party. Since Sandie is such an upbeat bubbly person I wanted to make something bright, zesty and bursting with joy. Sunflowers fit the bill and these will not fade!

 The sunflowers are from Chocolate Baroque's Sunny Sunflowers A4 sheet. The greeting is from
Chocolate Baroque's Birthday Words A5 sheet, stamped with VersaFine Olympia Green.
To finish, some stitching (it's an obsession of mine!) and 3 teeny-tiny pale green bling.
That's what I call doing it CAS style! Right, Sandie?!

Here's a closer look at the design . I first heat embossed the sunflowers and leaves
 with white EP before applying TH Distress Inks. For the sunflowers I used Rusty Hinge,
Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. For the leaves I used Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters.
And don't forget to give the card a wipe so that the embossing is clean and white.

The sentiment is from CB's Loving Sentiments A5 sheet, stamped with
VersaFine Olympia Green. I also stamped a frame of little sunflowers with
TH Mustard Seed and for the leaves I used TH Shabby Shutters. I have to say,
that sentiment doesn't leave me much room for a personal message. I can just
about squeeze in Sandie's name... oops!

Hop on over to Nonni's place at Korttikarkuri - Runaway Cards and join us in wishing Sandie a beautiful day. To help spread the word, I'm also sharing this card at:

Word Art Wednesday #132: AG Uplifting
{PIN}spirational Challenges #107: Photo Inspiration
Crafty Sentiments: Flowers
Scrap Creations: Mother's Day / Girly Card - girly card
Delightful Sketches: Hello Sunshine
Sieze The Birthday: Bithdays with Flowers

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I wish Sandie the happiest of birthdays. She is a beautiful person inside and out, and I feel blessed to be able to call her my friend.

Have a grand Friday every one. (Don't forget to stop by Nonni's blog and take a peek at Sandie's birthday cards.) See ya tomorrow!

Beijinhos!



Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #195: Spring Blossoms

Welcome to a another week of fun challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.  I hope you had last week making  cards for that special lady in your lives. Today we kick off a new challenge sponsored by Sweet 'n Sassy and the theme is "Spring Blossoms". The digi I'm using is called "Bluebird".
The image is also available in a clear stamp set called "Praise the Lord" with a beautiful verse from Psalm 28.

I made this card a while back with no one specific in mind but it's a good one to have in the stash and will work as an any-occasion card.

My regular readers will know that our furbabe Rosie is going through a little health crisis. She beat cancer once before and I'm praying she's up for a repeat performance. I am WE are so touched and grateful for the outpouring of love and cuddles. I want to share this card with all you beautiful angels out there - thank you for all your prayers and well-wishes, friends.    

The card base measures 5"x5". The patterned paper is from First Edition's New Leaf pad.
Minimum embellies: cream lace, a couple of blue brads and some tiny yellow bling.

I coloured the image with Graph It and Promarkers, and used SB Classic Circle
and 
Eyelet Circle to cut and matt the image. Foam tape for dimension.  

Couldn't bear to throw away that strip and I found a place for it inside! 

Sending Bluebird to tweet at these challenges:

Crafting From The Heart #18: AG
Digi Sketch: Theme AG
Love to Create #115: Friendship
Chocolate Coffee Cards #64: Circles and Squares
The Cupboard Trilogy #22: Flowers

Now  it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Spring Blossoms". 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 PST / 11pm GMT by Monday, May 19th. And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Beijinhos!



Monday, 12 May 2014

Chocolate Baroque May Release 2

Good morning, friends! Sorry I'm a little late with this post but I hope you are having fun with your new Chocolate Baroque May Release stamps. I have 2 samples to show you, both made using the new A5 sets called Nouveau Lovebirds.  These stamps are so versatile and that they can be funky or elegant ... the choice is yours!

You can see the original post on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog. Here, I will give you details of the inks, paints and techniques used to create these cards.... and you get a see the inside of the cards!

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My first card is a bright and bubbly good luck card featuring the stylised flowers from the Nouveau Lovebirds stamp set. Added bonus: quick and easy to make.

I started by heat embossing the images using white embossing powder. For the background I blended Tim Holtz Distress Inks Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade (yellows) and Shabby Shutter and Bundles Sage (greens) with some Barn Door and Aged Mahogany  (reds) for the floral buds. The greeting is from Words of Comfort and Cheer, stamped with VersaFine Olympia Green.

Here's a closer look at the card. Just to fill some of the space, I also heat embossed an image from the Texture Fragments set. You don't have to be precise whne applying the ink and that's what makes this card so easy and fun to make.

The sentiment inside is from Words of Comfort and Cheer. I also stamped a the top but of image featured in front.

Challenges for this card:


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My second card is not so loud and boisterous. This elegant card features the lovebirds after which the stamp set is named (that's my guess!). The front of the card has a layer of vellum that allows you to barely see through to the top half of the inside.  I used one of the smaller stamps from the Nouveau Lovebirds to make the background. This card would make a lovely engagement, wedding or anniversary card. 


Here's a closer look at the image of the lovebirds. I coloured it with Promarkers, fussy cut it and adhered it directly onto the vellum layer. You can just about see the background stamping on the bottom half of the card front.

On the inside, the stamped half will show through the vellum layer, leaving space for a discreet message below. I used TH Dusty Concord to stamp the design.

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You've seen two contrasting styles using stamps from the Nouveau Lovebirds set .... and you have to agree they are anything but arty! These images are so versatile and lend themselves to any design style.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week, everyone!

Beijinhos!



Saturday, 10 May 2014

52 {C}CT May Colour Challenge


Here we are again, friends! Time for another 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. It's the second challenge of the month and we are focussing on Colour. Our lovely hostess Ruth of Flower Sparkle has chosen five contemporary colours. You don't have to use all of them on your project, you can if you want to, but you must use at least three colours.

After last week's traditional vintage style card, I decided to go for something more modern and CAS. Much to my own surprise, I actually managed to use all five colours!

No patterned papers on this one, I made my own with a square stamp from
Clearly Besotted's Geometric Style and TH Spun Sugar. The greeting is from
CBS Tag Along.

For these funky modern wreaths I used CBS Signature Christmas and dies.
The inks are TH Seedless Preserve, Pickled Raspberry and VersaMagic Tea Leaf.
And several bling ... this is a Christmas card! 

On the inside, a sentiment from CBS Signature Christmas.

Challenges for this card:


Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's challenge: Colour Combo. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge sketch and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm GMT / 1pm EST on Friday, 16th May. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

For ideas and inspiration, visit the rest of the 52 {C}CT crew:
Mynnette * Ruth * Jacqueline * Louise * Deborah * Patricia * Danielle * Gill * Fabiola

Rosie's news: Regular readers will know that Rosie has not been feeling well of late. She went in for a CT scan yesterday and there it is: another mass in her inner ear!  We're talking to the surgeon and her oncologist about treatment options... most likely to be as before: surgery followed by chemo. Almost a year after the completion of her last chemo and we're doing the same dance again. Cancer is a dreaded thing... it never leaves you alone! Thank you for all for your kind wishes, love and cuddles for Rosie. I'll leave you with a photo of my brave little soldier.
Christmas Day 2012 - Rosie 4 days after her first surgery.

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