Monday, March 31, 2008

Venetian Mask Card - Avec Italian Kit from QVC



I just couldn't wait to make a card with this kit I got from QVC UK "Italy Inspired Stamp, Stencil & Decoupage Kit with Embellishments". I've used the thick black paper supplied in the kit which embossed pretty easily it has also a linen paper texture, I've highlighted the raised embossed bit with Metallic Rub-ons kit from CalicoCrafts.co.uk. The faux gems were also part of the kit and I embellished the corner of the mask. The harlequin paper and white fabric flower cut in half are Hot Off the Press (HOTP). I really enjoyed making this card and for a split second I felt being at the Carnival of Venice with this Venetian Mask Card.
I've noticed that Card Craft Plus do the elements of that kit separately - A Taste of Italy.


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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Pico and 'You Make my Day' Awards - Thank you guys !




Well these lovely four ladies have decided to give me the Pico award ! I'm chuffed to bits about it !



Thanks to : Pico - Dawn, Leslie, Katie, Ella !


There are 5 rules attached to this and they are:


1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve
this award for their creativity, design, interesting
material, and also contributes to the blogging
community, no matter what language.


2) Each award has to have the name of the author and
also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.


3) Each award winner has to show the award and put
the name and link to the blog that has given her or him
the award itself.


4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize
have to show the link of "Arte y Pico" blog , so
everyone will know the origin of this award.



5) To show these rules.


I've picked these 5 crafters who never cease to inspire me !













And the lovely Terrie gave me this lovely award, Thanks Terrie! Love ya to bits !

I want to share this award with one person who's not a blogger but she's always cheering me up every day ! Jane (Phree) this is for you !

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Cloisonne ATC - Michael Strong Stamps







I've just made these ATCs using the latest stamps I got from Michael Strong (Just click on Catalogue to see the full range of stamps). I simply love his stamps and they will become pretty soon my favourites in my collection.
I had to make Three ATC in this swap at Crafty Cards Creator . I've used a combination of Derwent inktense watercolour pencils with the Tombow blender pen, as well as colouring some other shapes with Stampin' Up (SU) markers. The swirly and flower stamps are from The Angel Company (TAC). I've also added some faux gems for accent.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fab's Big Christmas Challenge - March Challenge






Yep the ticking clock starts again in one hour, you have up to the 24th of April to make your card and add a comment to this post with a permalink to your blog !




Please read the instructions on how to create a permalink on my first Big Christmas Challenge post HERE.




Don't forget you only need to make one card and there's the optional (crazy crafters) option to make three cards this month. You don't have to make all three cards in one go just add them to the comment section as you have finished them (remember you have a whole month).








I've done a card so far will carry on tonight and tomorrow to make two others ! Supplies are all Hot Off the Press (HOTP) Christmas Ultimate Creative Pack and I used the 'Fold-it Bows' template for the three paper bows. Hope you like it ! I got inspired by this month tutorial on using that template at Paperwishes website.
I've added two more cards as March wants 3 cards for the advanced challenge. Both again HOTP and I took inspiration for the torn aperture from one of the Hot Off the Press Designer who made a card on the May issue of Making Cards !




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Christmas Challenge Cards from February Gallery



I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who have participated at my last month Christmas card making challenge...as you my already know each challenge lasts exactly one month: 25th to the 24th of next month ! I've collected pictures of all your cards from between those two dates and you can see the lovely Christmas cards in that recap picture. Click on the picture and you'll see the card better.
My Xmas cards for the March challenge will follow in another post this evening.
Also a big thank you to all of those who have linked to my blog either with a link or banner !

If I missed any of your February cards (the March cards will be shown next month), please email me (my email link is in my profile) and I will post your piccy too. It's just that so many of you have posted their comments across so many posts that it was a bit hard to track all of you down. If I may suggest to leave your comment in the proper post where it mentions the Xmas challenge, I would be really grateful.


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Sunday, March 23, 2008

2 days to March 'Fab's Big Christmas Challenge' and I have a banner for your blog.



As you can see I've created a banner (My cartoon face was made by Vince - Thank you !), it's on the top hand side of the screen just above my profile.

Now if you want to add that banner on your blog just go the main Fab's Big Christmas Challenge post to get the code. Further down the page you'll see a box with some HTML code just copy and paste to add the mini banner to your blog. Thank you !

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Butterflies Best Wishes Card - Di Hickman Card Sketch March #3





I really like this week's sketch from Di Hickman ( Sketch March #3 ). I've used a Kanban kit called Fairies and Butterflies and papers from the HOTP icy rainbow pad (Hot Off the Press) as well as their lovely fabric flowers and brads in pastel shades.

I've picked two butterflies from the die-cuts and accented them with crystal pastel lacquer; I did the same using a butterfly peel-off (outline sticker) which I colored in purple then stuck unto the glimmer paper, on top of using the lacquer I've added faux gems.

I thought I would never finished the card tonight as I kept cutting circles with the Fiskars templates and gutted the circle so I didn't waste any paper...it worked ! LOL

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Three Bunnies Easter Card - Ismaki Challenge #11





Brenda pinnick paper, Die Cut with a View (DCWV) dotted cardstock, generic gingham paper, The Angel Company (TAC) three bunnies stamp and the sentiment; Hot Off the Press (HOTP) squiggle ampersand. Ribbons are Topline Creations (TLC).

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Magic Moments Card - Easter Card



Easter is almost round the corner and Vince got me the other day my very first 'House Mouse' stamp. Now since the mouse is sleeping in an Easter egg shell...awwwwww I thought I needed to colour that in and make another Easter card. I've used Brenda Pinnick papers and dotted Die Cut With a View (DCWV) cardstock. I've used the lovely fabric flowers and brads in Pastel from Hot Off the Press ( I love'em and you can use'em for anything, LOL). 'Magic moments' stamp is 'Debbie Moore'.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Well I was bound to do it.....I'm so sorry !


Just a quick post to apologise to everyone who posted in the last 12 hours ......yep I've done something really stupid, I had 12 comments waiting to be moderated and clicked on the reject button under one comment that was spam......but didn't realise the other comments were ticked ! So you've guessed it.....all 12 comments gone ! I'm ever so sorry to everyone who posted them. I haven't ignored you just pressed the wrong link.......I'm gutted !


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Grow in Beauty ATC - Leonie Pujol Challenge 'Beautiful & Bright'



The lovely Leonie (Did I mention I bought her book 'Artist Trading Cards '? LOL) has started a Fab Friday challenge on her blog. This week the theme is 'Beautiful & Bright' so I've used some stamps I got on clearance from QVC, put some Anita's 3D Clear Gloss finish and dotted around, once dry I rubbed the petal point colorbox fluid chalks...a little butterfly charm landed on the ATC, just like that ! LOL


In the USA ? Get 'Artist Trading Cards' by Leonie Pujol HERE


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Friday, March 14, 2008

Vera De Muis Lacey Card - Ismaki Challenge #10






Ah ! Ah ! And you all thought I would give up on the ISMAKI Challenge of the Week.

Not a change...uh uh ! I just needed something to start me off as I loved this week sketch but couldn't find something to go with it....until I decided to do some d├ęcoupage. Pulled my Vera De Muis sheets and loved this image. HOTP Heritage book lacey background was perfect and Hot Off the Press Floral Creative pack with those gorgeous browns were what the doctor prescribed. I had some lacey ribbon and I've used as a cardbase the lovely shimmery copper card from Stampin' Up. Finally Chocolate fabric flowers and button brad......again from HOTP (aren't they great ? wink ).


I hope you like it !



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Make a Wish Card - Arty Girlz Challenge #25 'STARS'


Arty Girlz have a wonderful challenge this week... STARS ! I couldn't help but use the latest Hot Off The Press (HOTP) Silver Stars Super Sized Brads. The papers are a pad I got from Craft Club (Readers' Union) buying an ATC book which turned out to be Leonie Pujol's Artist Trading Cards ATC from Search Press.

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Butterfly FLAP (Fat Little Art Pages) - Crafttelly.com swap




I've made a Fat Little Art Page (FLAP) the other for a swap on the Crafttelly.com forum I belong to. I urge you to have a look at that forum as we are a friendly bunch there.

Funnily enough I've ordered a wrapping and gift bag kit from QVC and use some elements from it to make this FLAP.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

London Card - Di Hickman March Sketch #2




Yes it's an hommage to Di as she's an expat living la vida loca in California....

All papers and epoxy stickers from Creative Imaginations !

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Hi! Card - Di Hickman Challenge March #1





I'm a bit late with Di Hickman latest challenge. I've used yet again some HOTP supplies and the newest template called 'Fold It Ribbon Swirls ' ....lovely pinwheel flowers ! The rest of the flowers were made with the Xyron personal cutting system. Flourish stamp from The Angel Company (TAC).


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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Hello Card (with HOTP Scandinavian Hearts Template)


Just a quick card after a few days of rest... I took a breather but I'm back with my craft mojo. I still had some offcuts from the HOTP 'friendship' pad from two previous cards ( Special Moments, Heart & Butterfly ) so I played a bit with that lovely Hot Off the Press template 'Scandinavian Hearts', Brad Buddies and white brads and arrown from the Classic creative kit. 'Hello' stamp from a clearance deal from QVC together with the white ric-rac.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

More Birthday Cards ! Yay !


Louise (Loubylou - I Love HOTP.com)
Anne (LipstickCherry - Crafttelly.com)
Terrie's
Rhona's (Bluebell - Crafttelly.com)
Shirley (Cardswappers Y! Group)
Jana (KT Crafts.com)
Brenda Pinnick


I received a lovely card full of fabulousness from Terrie today ! And 4 gorgeous cards from Brenda Pinnick (Yep I'm blessed !), Shirley, Rhona and Jana. Thank you guys for making my birthday lasts an extra day !




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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Birthday Cards Received ! Yay !


Yep it was my birthday today ! Yippie ! I received these lovely cards, thank you very much for all your cards and greetings !

From my beloved Vince !

Lorraine (LorraineJ - Crafttelly.com)
Christine Anne [Canne] (my first TLC customer)


Winspiration (Crafttelly.com)


Lisa (Wellington -Crafttelly.com)

Lynne (Lala28 - Crafttelly.com)


Michelle (Marzipan - Crafttelly.com)

Lesley (Icebubble - Crafttelly.com)
Yvonne (Von2)

Lynne (LynneH - Crafttelly.com)
Jane (Phree - Crafttelly.com)




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