Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #193: My Graphico

Oh my!!! The months are rolling by and a third of the year is over! The good news:  it's time to get crafty with Tuesday Throwdown crew! Woohoo! Our sponsor this week is My Graphico and they have some of the best digis, cutting files, cliparts, templates and more from selected designers. It's worth a peek, for sure.

This week we have a Card Recipe for you and it goes like this: 1 Image + 1 DP + Something Purple. For my new home card, I'm using the Castle from My Graphico's Fairy Tale Princess set.

The background DP is from First Edition New Leaf.  I coloured the castle
with Promarkers and added some purple accents to an otherwise neutral card.
I couldn't resist adding some purple bling too!

I love this sentiment by Polka Doodles and had to include it.

Challenges for this card:

Artistic Inspiration #89: Swirls & Pearls / AG - AG
Sentimental Sunday #204: CAS + Sentiment

Now it's your turn, my friends. Create a card based on this week's card recipe: 1 Image + 1 DP + Something Purple . For ideas and inspiration, swing by and take a peek at the of the DT member. Then, link up your project to the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge blog by 3pm PST / 11pm  GMT on Monday, May 5th. And don't forget to have fun!

That's it from me today. Our guests will be leaving on Thursday... so sad. I guess the dogs will be happy to have the sofa back! I have not been doing my usual bloggy visits - sorry for that. Having friends over is a full time job... one that I am enjoying too much! LOL. Normal program will resume shortly. Until then, have a fab week, my friends! 


Monday, 28 April 2014

Chocolate Baroque May Release 1

Hello everyone! Have you seen the stunning stamps from the fabulous new release? Don't let the art nouveau look intimidate you. You don't need to understand the design of the period to work these images. I speak from personal experience!

Today I have 2 samples to show you, both made using the new A5 sets called Fleurs Nouveau.
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.


My first card is simple with neutral base colours to showcase the lovely birds from the Fleurs Nouveau set.

I started by stamping a background design using one of the accent stamps from this set onto to kraft CS with Memento Desert Sand. The sentiment is from Loving Sentiments, stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle and I finished the card with a few simple embellishments: tiny pearls and sheer ribbon. The clean straight lines and symmetry of the layout give the illusion of Art Deco ... or not! It doesn't really matter, does, it?! LOL.

Here's a closer look at those magnificent birds, coloured with Graph It and Promarkers. I also slapped on some Crystal Stickles on the birds to really make them pop.

On the inside, I stamped a border with the smaller accent stamps from this set, with another sentiment from Loving Sentiments, stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle.

Challenges for this card:


My second card features one of the solid stamps from Fleurs Nouveau and the design cannot be dated to any era. I started off by blending a few Distress inks, getting lighter toward the middle of the card. I'm using TH's Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Festive Berries and Spun Sugar.

To frame the focal image, I stamped little grasses from the Wild Meadow set using TH Dusty Concord. A greeting from Birthday Words, few random placed tiny bling and it's done. So simple and easily adaptable to any occasion.

For textural interest, I heat embossed the focal image in black. The little butterfly is from the Wild Meadow set and I added some white dots with a gel pen.

More little grasses from the Wild Meadow set, stamped with TH's Dusty Concord.

Challenges for this card:

I've had a lot of fun playing with these stamps. If you'd like to see more projects featuring these gorgeous stamps, make sure you swing by the Design Team Blog regularly. The rest of the team will be posting new ideas daily.

Thank you for stopping by today.


Sunday, 27 April 2014

Eclectic Ellapu: Feeling Fruity

Happy Sunday, my friends. Here is my third post in as many days and this time I'm wearing my Eclectic Ellapu hat 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 perfect harmony. And to make sure we don't break our toys in fits of tantrum, each team has its very own theme.

The Pinks are "Feeling Fruity" and the Purples are singing "Happy Birthday". Both challenges will run for 3 weeks and you can enter one or both  challenges as many times as you like.

I'm on the Pink Team and made 3 fruity thank you cards using these stamps and dies from Clearly Besotted:
Background - Geometric Style
Fruits and sentiments - Fruitilicious and coordinating dies
Tag - Scalloped Tag die

For the embellishments: Doodlebug Twine and some bling.

Here are the cards:
The cards measure 4.5" x 3.5". No pattered papers and each card is fruitily different.  

TH Festive Berries for the strawberries and TH Peeled Paint for the
  leafy bits and background.  

VersaColor Pink and Tropical Green for the melon and TH Spun Sugar
for the background.

Memento Rhubarb Stalk and TH Shabby Shutters for the cherries and
TH Aged Mahogany for the background.

And here's the family portrait.

Some challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays #131: Three Thirds - 3 bling, 3 strawberries 

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: "Feeling Fruity" for the Pink Team and "Happy Birthday" for the Purple Team. This challenge will run for 3 weeks and you have until 11:59pm GMT on May 17th.

We're having a wonderful time with our friends. The weather wasn't brilliant yesterday but today is supposed to be gloriously sunny and warm. As always, the boys ate and drank more than they should have done and will probably spend most of the day feeling sorry for themselves. Helen and I are off to have an elegant afternoon in each other's company.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, my friends!


Saturday, 26 April 2014

52 {C}CT April Stash Challenge

Well lookie here! I made another Christmas card. Our hostess for the last time (sniff sniff) this month is the awesome Deborah Frings of Deborah's Gems and she's closing the April 52 Christmas Card Throwdown with a Stash Challenge. Deborah wants us to use "Glitter" on our festive projects. How easy is that! All you need is some sparkle to add a little magic to the season.

Sadly, we are also be saying goodbye to the lovely Pat Couder, our Guest Designer for April. Please stop by and take a look at her creation for the Stash Challenge. Pat has been a super guest and she is a frequent player. I have no doubt you'll continue to see her fabulous festive makes.

A snowy wintery scene gave me the perfect excuse to slap on the shiny stuff. Here's my finished project:

For the background, I stamped one of the little snowflakes from Chocolate Baroque's
Family Christmas with VersaMagic Cloud White onto some light grey CS.
For embellies: a few bling at the corners to frame the image.

The cottage scene is from Chocolate Baroque's Hearth and Home set, stamped
with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Promarkers. (The orangey hue
is actually sunlight pouring in from the window and unto my card 

....  I'm not complaining LOL!)

Lashings of Stickles! I'm using Crystal, Stardust and Frosted Lace.

On the inside I used a greeting from Chocolate Baroque's Warm Christmas Greetings,
stamped withVersaColor Silver and a few snowflakes stamped with
VersaColor Baby Blue.

I'm setting up my winter cottage over at these challenges:

Christmas Card Challenges #21: Sleigh, Santa or AG Christmas
CHNC Extra April: AG Christmas
Brown Sugar #91: AG
Graph It Markers: Using Greys
Jingle Belles: Three or More Layers
Christmas Wonderland: No Sentiment
Completely Christmas #9: AG Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin': Glitter Everywhere

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's challenge: Glitter. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge theme and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm GMT / 1pm EST on Friday, 2 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 today, my friends and enjoy the weekend. I hope it's sunny where you are. We've got some friends from England staying over for a few days and I won't be around much but I will pop in whenever I can.


Thursday, 24 April 2014

Christmas Card Club #9: Black & White + One Other Colour

Time for another Christmas Card Club fest, hosted by the our super talented Karen P. Her theme of choice is "Black, White and One Other Colour". What better "plus one" than GOLD on a Christmas Card! Here's what I made:

Just 3 colours, but I think this card really screams Christmas ... in a sophisticated way, I hope!
The black polkadot paper is from Papermania's Liquorice Sherbet pad.    

I stamped the star on some black CS and heat embossed it in gold and for the greeting
I used VersaFine Onyx Black. And all of these are from WMS Seasons of Love.
Spot the bling!

Here's a full frontal that will not make you blush! I popped the star over a piece of
gold embossed vellum held down by 4 gold brads. Final flourish: a big sheer white bow

You know me... there's always something on the inside. 

You'll see my star over at these challenges:

Christmas Card Challenges  #21: Ho Ho Ho or AG Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks #191: Embossing
Word Art Wednesday #129: AG Uplifting
Creative Knockouts: AG
Emergency Crafters: Polkadots
CHNC Extra April: AG Christmas

I'm posting my card early and not on Sunday, as the rest of the gang will be. It's a hectic weekend of back-to-back DT postings for me and I wanted to make sure the Christmas Card Club will not be missed. Here's a list of all the girls who will be showing off their festive makes on Sunday:

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

That's all from me today. We're having a long weekend here in Portugal. Tomorrow is a holiday in honour of the Revolusão dos Cravos (Carnation Revolution), affectionately known as 25 de Abril. 25th April 1974 marks the end of half a century of Salazarian dictatorship and led to Portugal's withdrawal from its colonies in Africa and Asia. Forty years of Freedom and Democracy... that's a good reason to celebrate!

Thank you for stopping and have a lovely weekend, my friends.


Monday, 21 April 2014

Pastel Birthday

Hello everyone! Hope you had a great Easter ... and perhaps (like me) you are continuing with the celebrations. Just a quick post from me today. I have a busy week ahead ... urgh. So I forced myself to sit down and make this card for a friend whose birthday is in a couple of days. I'm living on the edge these days... lol.

All stamps from Clearly Besotted.  I did the background on just one piece of  of white 
CS. The polka dots are from Background Builder, stamped with VersaColor Baby Blue. 
I also embossed the white space with the Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots  EF. 

I'm using Fabulous Fuchsias here: for the vine I used Memento Bamboo Leaves and
for the flowers, VersaColor Pink. The butterfly is from Butterfly Wishes stamped with
VersaColor Baby Blue.      

On the inside, more butterflies and a greeting from Fabulous Fuchsias.

Some challenges for this card:

Mojo Monday #342: Sketch
Clearly Besotted Challenge #10: Spring
Shabby Tea Room #215: Pastel Goodness - flowers & polkadots
CAS on Sunday #31: Birthday To Die For
Glitter & Sparkle #81: Easter / Spring Colours - spring colours
Squirrel & Fox #68: Die-cut / Punch - flower & butterfly

Thanks for stopping by today and have a lovely evening.
I might go to bed early ... feeling totally exhausted ... sigh ...


Saturday, 19 April 2014

52 {C}CT April Theme Challenge

Hello again, my friends, and welcome to another 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenge. It's the third one this month and that means it's time for a Theme challenge. Our challenge hostess Deborah of Deborah's Gems has picked a great one for you ... a familiar and timeless carol: Twelve Days Of Christmas.

We also have the lovely Pat Couder showcasing her stunning creations this month. Please stop by and take a look at her creation. Pat always has something amazing to offer.

You can pick any day or two or all from the Twelve Days for your festive creation. My card is all about the First Day of Christmas: A Partridge In A Pear Tree.

Absolutely no patterned papers or patterns of any kind on this card.
Keeping it simple with just some stitching to frame the focal image from
Chocolate Baroque's Christmas Song set. What better way to 
soak up 
the elegance of that image!

I coloured the pears and the partridge with Caran d'Ache Suprasoft
pencils. To finish, some red and green bling. 

On the inside I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Song set.

You'll be seeing the Partridge at these challenges:

CHNC Extra: April AG Christmas
Christmas Card Challenge #20: Colour - Red, Kraft, White
The Glory Of Christmas #31: Music - Christmas Carol
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #39: Inspired By A Carol / Song - 12 Days Of Christmas
Christmas Fun Challenge: For A Man / AG
Addicted To Stamps & More #91: AG

Now it's your turn to create a festive card based on this week's challenge: 12 Days of Christmas. In order to be considered for Top Honour and Honourable Mentions, your new card must follow the challenge theme and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm GMT / 1pm EST on Friday, 25 April. 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 today, my friends and have a Happy Easter.

Porque Cristo ressuscitou, celebramos um Deus vivo que vive para todo o sempre. Uma Santa Páscoa para todos.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Chocolate Baroque April Release - 3: EASTER!

Hello, my friends! Its's almost Easter and you really should have all your cards made, if not sent, already. I readily confess I have not! And if you, like me, thrive on the thrill of living on the edge here are some last minute ideas.

Today I want to show you 2 cards I made using Chocolate Baroque's Springtime Edges stamps from the April release collection and the Easter Traditions set.  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.


No patterned papers on the first card.  Using Spellbinders Classic Oval die, I cut out a window on some green CS and ran it through the Bog Shot with a Darice Checkered Folder. Then I made a frame using the Scalloped Oval for the window.

I stamped the Daffodils and Snowdrops from the Springtime Edges with VersaFine Olympia Green. I coloured the Daffodils with TH Distress Inks Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. Then I fussy cut and adhered it as a border with some of the leave over the window. I stamped the solid Snowdrops in VersaFine Olympia Green.  The Cross is from the Easter Traditions set, which I stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black and coloured with TH Distress Inks Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo for the wood and Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge and Spiced Marmalade for the sunflower in the middle.

Then I fussy cut the Cross and adhered with foam tape over the stamped snowdrops. Finally the windowed card front goes up on some more foam tape! 

By setting the solid image behind the foam-mounted cross and adding a coloured border in front, I'm creating a perception of depth and distance. Here's a closer look at the Springtime Edges in action.

On the inside, a beautiful sentiment perfect for Easter, from the Easter Traditions set.

Challenges for this card:

Fab n' Funky #212: Flower Power
Cuttin' and Stampi' #14: Easter
Loves Rubber Stamp #99: Easter
Sweet Stamps: Combo AG + Embossing - Easter + dry embossing


My second Easter card features the Primula border from Springtime Edges with the tall Daffodil and sentiment from Easter Traditions.

For this card, I painted a faux plaid background directly on the card base using watercolour and mounted the image with some foam tape.

I coloured the flowers in traditional Pascal colours using Promarkers. I first stamped the Daffodils using TH Bundled Sage as the background and adhered the fussy cut primula border in the foreground. The sentiment is from the Easter Traditions set, stamped directly on to the background.

Here's the inside, with another round of Daffodils in TH Bundled Sage.

Challenges for this card:

There you have it - 2 Easter cards a couple of days before the big day. Cutting it a bit fine, wouldn't you say?! Keep an eye on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team blog for more fun ways to use your newly acquired April release stamps. 

Thank you for stopping by. It's going to be a hectic few days for me. We have the entire fam and some very dear friends from Norway popping over to spend the holidays with us. With 15 people turning up for Easter lunch, I'm in a bit of a state... our table seats a maximum of 8! Any suggestions? Leave the country, perhaps?! LOL.

Have a Blessed Easter, my friends & Uma Santa Páscoa para todos.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tuesday Throwdown #191: Vintage / Shabby Chic

Welcome to another  Tuesday Throwdown and this week we are sponsored by the good folks over at Really Reasonable Ribbon. They have a HUGE variety of ribbons, twine, seam binding, hemp cording, ric rac trim ... even buttons!

The theme for this week's challenge is: "Vintage / Shabby Chic". Here's my offering:

The patterned papers are from Prima's Botanical collection.
I distress the edges, inked all around with TH Antique Linen
and finished with some sheer brown ribbon tied in a bow.
The birthday greeting is from Clearly Besotted's Tag Along,
stamped with TH Vintage Photo.
Here's a close-up of the image from Chocolate Baroque's Music Fanfare.
I coloured it with Graph It and Promarkers and finished with pearls in the
middle of each flower.  

The sentiment inside is from Clearly Besotted's Say It In Style.
I stamped with VersaMagic Tea Leaf, and again without re-inking.

A few challenges for this card:

Simon Says Stamps on Monday: Winged Things - bird
Through The Purple Haze #37: AG
Vintage Stamping #19: AG

Now it's your turn, my friends. Create a card based on this week's theme of "Vintage / Shabby Chic". For ideas and inspiration, swing by and take a peek at the of the DT member. Then, link up your project to the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge blog by 3pm PST / 11pm  GMT on Monday, April 22nd. And don't forget to have fun!

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing you in blogland!


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Christmas Card Club #8: Christmas Lights

Welcome to another Christmas Card Club make, my friends! It's my turn to pick a theme for our fortnightly challenge and it shall be "Christmas Lights"

Christmas lights never fail to amaze me. Streets, shops, homes, trees ... everything looks so enchanting when its lit up and the mundane is transformed into something quite magical. From twinkling fairy lights to flickering candlelight, from brilliant stars scintillating in the winter sky to the faint glimmer of lamps and lanterns ... they remind us there is hope even in the darkest days of the year.

I'm dedicating this post to the memory of my little Snoopy. A year ago today, she became star shining brightly in the sky. I was told time will heal but I'm not yet convinced that old adage is true. This candle is for my forever-puppy.

No patterned papers on this card either. I used little snowflake stamps
to create the background with VersaColor Baby Blue and Silver.
For contrast, a few dots of Royal Blue and White Opal Liquid Pearls.

The stamp is from Chocolate Baroque's Stamp n Stitch. I stamped the
image with VersaFine Smokey Grey and coloured it with Windsor and
Newton watercolours. I added Stickles for some festive sparkle. 

I layered the image and mounted the entire panel on some
foam tape.

On the inside I hung a couple of baubles from the CB's Hearth and Home.
The sentiment is from CB's Warm Christmas Greetings.

Some challenges for this card:

As You Like It: Favourite Style Of Stitching - Real because it adds texture to the project.

Before I go I want to leave you with a photo of my Snoops, taken on her last birthday with us. She was only a few months shy of her 9th birthday when she was so cruelly taken away from us. 

Taken on July 8, 2012, Snoop's 8th birthday.
We had a lovely day out on the bike... my baby

doll looking super chic in her pink helmet. 

Anyway, it's Palm Sunday today and we have a full and busy day ahead. And can you believe Easter is just a week away! Woohoo!  Here's a list of the rest of the Christmas Club sisters. Drop by and take a look at their festive makes:

I wish you all a blessed Sunday and thank you so much for stopping by.


Saturday, 12 April 2014

52 {C}CT April Colour Challenge

Saturday at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown can only mean ONE thing : time for another challenge. This week it's all about Colour. Take a look at the colours picked by Deborah Frings, our super talented hostess for the month. We'll definitely be seeing some cool cards in the mix this week. You must use at least THREE colours in your project, but feel free to use more.

We also have the lovely Pat Couder showcasing her stunning creations this month. Please stop by and take a look at her card. Pat is an accomplished crafter - I guarantee you will be inspired.

Here's what I've come up with for this week's throwdown:

No patterned papers. Instead, I'm using Waltzing Mouse Stamps
to create my card. For the background I used the star stamps from
WMS Compliments Of The Season, stamped in Memento Sahara Sand.
In the middle of each star is a little blob of Bisque Liquid Pearl.

The focal image is one of the large ornaments from
WMS Vintage Ornaments, stamped in VersaColor Baby Blue.
All around the ornament I dotted some Baby Blue Liquid Pearls.
The greeting is from WMS Compliments Of The Season, stamped
in VersaFine Majestic Blue. To finish, some blue and white
Doodlebug twine 

For added dimension, I cut the WMS Vintage Ornaments 3 times with Spellbinders
2011 Heirloom Ornaments die and popped each layer on some foam tape. I cut out the
centres on two with Spellbinders Classic Oval die and stamped the greeting in on
the bottom layer to show through.  

The sentiment inside is from WMS Vintage Ornaments, stamped in
VersaFine Majestic Blue.

Hanging my ornament at these challenges:

Completely Christmas #7: AG Christmas
As You Like It: Favourite Style Of Stitching - Real because it adds texture to the project.
C.R.A.F.T. #254: Christmas
Sister Act Challenge #52: AG Cards only
CHNC Extra: April AG Christmas
Christmas Card Challenge #19: No Patterned Paper

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 theme and you must link it to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge Blog by 6pm GMT / 1pm EST on Friday, 18 April. And here's the most important rule: Have Fun!

Thanks for stopping by today, my friends and have a blessed weekend!


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