31 May 2015

Join my birthday GIVEAWAY + 7 prizes

Today's my birthday, and I enjoy celebrating it with you all! I have 7 prizes with which I put together THREE packages to give away today and there many ways to win!

1st. Prize: To win the 1st. prize follow this steps:
a) Subscribe to my blog's newsletter (right column)
b) Leave me a comment below
$15 Gift Certificate

$10 Gift Certificate

1 Issue from
Rubber Stamp Madness Magazine

2nd. Prize
To win the second prize follow this steps:
a) Subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE
b) Leave a comment below my Birthday Giveaway video

 A Space Party Cricut Cartridge
sponsored by Laurie from HIMCR Challenge Blog

Digital Stamp Set designed by 
Mynn Kitchen from On a Stampage blog

3rd. Prize
To win the 3rd. prize follow this steps:
a) Follow me on Facebook HERE
b) Leave me a comment below the Birthday Giveaway post there

2 Heart Stencils designed by
*Ships to US only

2 digital stamp sets from my Etsy store HERE
that I think go along nicely with the stencils!

I want to thank all my great crafty friends that got together to sponsor this event. Please click on the links and visit their sites... I know they'll be glad to know you visited!

This giveaway is going to run for 2 weeks. I will announce the winners on June 15th here on the blog! Make sure you come back to check if you won. If you subscribe to my blog's newsletter you'll get an email with the winner's post.

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining this event! Off to eat birthday cake!

26 May 2015

Flutter & Fly - Our Daily Bread Designs

This week the challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs is Fluttering and Flying with ODBD stamps and here is the card I made inspired in this theme!

ODBD Stamps used: Belle Vignes / ODBD Dies used: Fancy Fritillary, Fancy Foliage / ODBD Paper used: Soulful Stitches

I really enjoyed using the new background stamp together with the new butterfly die cuts. I went for a fuscia color to contrast with the neutral background. Love how well the flourishes look also! This was such a nice card to create. I folded one of the butterflies to create a different look for this gorgeous die cut... It´s a really simple trick that I like to use with butterflies sometimes. I skipped adding a sentiment to the front of the card this time but I will be adding something nice inside! I finished this clean and layered design with gross grain ribbon, pearls and rhinestones.

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC240 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 31, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.
I invite you to visit my teammates and check out what they designed this week:

Hope you can join us this week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

20 May 2015

Handmade Flowers 3 - Video Tutorial

Today I'm sharing the third video in my series of tutorials on handmade flowers. The technique I'm sharing is a great technique to not only texture but also add volume to thin petal die cuts! Of course, you are more than welcome to try it out on any other kind of die cut or punched flowers.

Details of this card may be found HERE!

Here is another example of how to use today's technique on different kinds of flowers:

Details of this tea box can be found HERE

I hope you enjoyed today's video tutorial! I invite you subscribe to my channel and my blog newsletter to be in the loop of every upcoming video!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

18 May 2015

New Digital Stamp Sets on my Etsy Store!

Hello friends! Today I have exciting news to share! I just added a bunch of digital stamp sets to my Etsy store! Here is a little sneak peek for you...

Wanna see more? Click HERE and check all the sets available! Best of all is, they're only $2.00 each! More sets will be added soon, so make sure you bookmark the store to come back and check what's new!

Well, that's it for now. I will be back soon with more to share with you all!

13 May 2015

Tutorial Series: Handmade Flowers 2

Hello there! Today a new video tutorial is up for my handmade flowers series. This time I'm showing you yet another way of making beautiful flowers using the same dies used for Handmade Flowers 1. This technique can be used with any flower punch or die cuts and doesn't require any special tools. Here's a preview of the flowers I made and the card I created with them:

Supplies: Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings dies / Our Daily Bread Designs: Fancy Foliage and Flourished Star Pattern dies, Rustic Beauty Papers / Spellbinders: Mary Border Strip and A2 Card Creator A dies/ McGill: Flower Tweezer / Ranger: Peeled Paint and Shaded Lilac re-inkers, Minimisters, Ink Blending Tool / UHU All Purpose Adhesive / Bead Landing Word Beads / Recollections Iridiscent Rhinestones / Lara's Crafts Jute Twine / Miscelaneous: Foam tape, Leather textured cardstock in white, light green and light brown, water mister

I was inspired on the recent Cardabilities sketch to put this card together. I wanted it to be a colorful, Spring themed anniversary or wedding card. To learn how I made these flowers check out the video below:

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and card. Make sure you subscribe to my Youtube channel and to this blog's newsletter to receive upcoming videos for this series. Some of you have shared comments and questions and also the flowers you've created using the techniques shown in my previous videos. Thanks so much for that!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay tuned because I'll be sharing some exciting news soon!

I'm sharing my card with:
Dies R Us Happy Anniversary; Come and Get it Flowers 1/3; Craft Your Passion AG 1/3; Crafting by Designs May AG 2/3; Crafting from the Heart AG 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper May UE; Deep Ocean Flowers UE; Di's Digi Designs Load on the Flowers 1/3; DL.ART May AG UE 1/day; Dragonfly Dreams Lauralcraft How does your Garden Grow UE; Fan-Tastic Tuesday AG Add Some Flowers 1/4; Fresh Brewed Designs Use Twine or Ribbon 1/5; Get Creative For the Ladies or Mother's Day 1/3; HIMCR Super Scraps Saturday (all die cuts from scraps) 1/3; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Kitty Bee Aloha Friday In the Garden 2/2; Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Saturday 1E; Love to Scrap A Stitch in Time (see stitched matting die) 1/3; Loves Rubberstamps Add a Sentiment UE; Our Creative Corner April Showers Bring May Flowers 1/3; Paperbabe Stamps AG; Papertake Weekly In the Garden 1/5;Party Time Tuesdays AG 1/3; Scrapy Land AG with dies sold at Scrapy Land 2/3; Scribble and Scrap AG 2/3;Scribbles Designs B is for... buttons, bow, bling, blooms, butterfly 1/3; Sentimental Sundays Mother's Day or Really Girly 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday Yellow 1/3; Sister Act (Cards Only) AG UE; Stamp and Create May Flowers 1/3; Stamping Sensations Flower Power 2/3; Suzy Bee's Bloomin' AG Add Flowers UE; The Crafter's Cafe Feminine 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5;

12 May 2015

Sketch Challenge - Our Daily Bread Designs

New week, new challenge! It's time for a sketch challenge ar Our Daily Bread Designs. I went for a classic clean and layered style using beautiful papers, dies and stamps from ODBD.

Supplies: ODBD Stamps used: How Sweet the Sound / ODBD Dies used: Umbrella dies, Doily Dies, Flourished Star Pattern Die / ODBD Paper: Blushing Rose Collection

I used a light brown cardstock for my card base and layering. The beautiful papers go along well with the light brown tone. I used jute twine, pearls and a brad as finishing touches on the card. I was inspired in the elegant cards created by various teammates but particularly by Lisa Somerville who has such a way with paper. She is really amazing with layering and patterned papers!

I hope you enjoyed this post! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC238 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 17, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

Remember to visit my teammates' blogs and check out their cards this week!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Will be back soon with some exciting news to share!

07 May 2015

Beads, Flowers & Crackle + Video

This is proving to be a very busy week here at the blog but it's also been a happy crafting week so far! Today I'm joining the Frilly & Funky team as their Guest Designer, and I couldn't be more thrilled. I'm always inspired by the beautiful projects shared there so it's an honor to be able to join them at least for a bit!

The challenge at Frilly & Funky is Snap, Crackle, Crackle! Let's see some cracks on your creations! You can use crackle paint, crackle paste, crackle glaze, crackle accents, an old cracked image, a piece of cracked ultra thick embossing powder, a cracked pattern from a stencil or stamp... You can even doodle on your crackle design! Anything goes, as long as is cracks!

I love to use crackle embossing paste on my shabby chic projects and that's exactly what I used for today's card.

Supplies: Spellbinders - Rose Creations, Victoria Accents / Our Daily Bread Designs - Ornate Hearts / Ranger - Distress Ink spray in Spun Sugar, Perfect Pearls Mists in Biscotti, Distress ink in Old Paper, Distress Paint in Antique Linen, Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray, Idea-ology crinkle ribbon / Carta Bella - Hello Again / Dreamweaver - Crackle Embossing Paste / Uhu All Purpose Adhesive / Bead Landing - Word Beads / Mcgill - Flower Tool Kit, Craft Molding Mat / Miscelaneous - Vintage gold button, gauze, pink metallic cardstock, beige textured cardstock, pink leather textured cardstock, foam tape, fused string pearl beads

I added handmade flowers around two die cut hearts and embellished them with flourish die cuts, crinkle ribbon, pearls, pearl string, gauze, a vintage button and a word bead. I colored my flowers with Distress Ink spray in Spun Sugar, Perfect Pearls Mists in Biscotti and Distress ink in Old Paper. I adhered it all on a beautiful floral patterned paper that I previously applied with Dreamweaver crackle embossing paste, Distress Paint in Antique Linen and Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray.

I loved how the card looks with that patterned background and pretty flowers. To see how I made these flowers please check out the video tutorial below:

I invite you to visit Frilly and Funky and join the challenge! I love their blog and I know you'll love it too! Also, take a minute to stop by their shop where you can find all the Ranger/Tim Holtz products I used for my card and more.

As always I hope you enjoyed my card and tutorial. Remember to subscribe to my newsletter and social media! Thanks so much for visiting!

I would also like to share this card with:
Hiding in my Craft Room - May Flowers /// Die Cuts
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - May Flowers
Inspiration Journal - Embossing Paste
Virginia's View - Layers and Dimension

05 May 2015

ODBD Color Challenge + Video

A new month of challenges and wonderful releases is here! Have you seen Our Daily Bread Designs new release? It's just gorgeous and full of many, many new stamps and dies that I know you'll love. So today I am sharing a card I made with some of the new products for our Color Inspiration challenge.

I decided to use yellow, blue and green from the color board. I didn't know how my design would turn out because this are not my usual colors, but I am really happy with the result. I used two paper collections from ODBD: Rustic Beauty and Blushing Rose.

The handmade flowers were made with the new Birds and Nest dies set, that includes two different flower dies. I will be sharing a video tutorial on how to make flowers with this set tomorrow, so stay tuned. I finished the flower bouquet with flourishes and leaves die cut with the Fancy Foliage set.

I used the beautiful Quatrefoil Pattern die, cutting it roughly to give the card a mixed media feel. I colored the patterned die cut with Yellow Gold Inka Gold and then with Antique Linen paint. I also used the coordinating Quatrefoil Design die as a label for the sentiment. This beautiful sentiment is also from another new stamp set called Belle Vignes.

I finished the card with many little stamped and die cut butterflies that I created with the new Butterfly & Bugs stamp set and Butterflies & Bugs dies.

I have a video for you below where I share a close-up to Our Daily Bread Designs May release and a sneak peek of a card I made with more new stamps and dies. I invite you to check it out:

I hope you enjoyed today's post! To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC237 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 10, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post. 

For more inspiration visit my teammates' blogs:

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow!

I would also like to share this card with:
Hiding in my Craft Room - Die Cuts /// May Flowers
Virginia's View - Layers and Dimension

01 May 2015

Vintage Spring Blossoms - House of Cards

Welcome to my post for this month's House of Cards challenge: Bokeh. Have you tried the Bokeh technique before? Well, I knew the technique but had not tried it yet. This technique imitates a photography effect that plays with light. I hope you get a chance to visit the House of Cards blog to see all the different samples that will be shared starting today and of course to join the challenge with your take on the Bokeh theme. 

I want to apologize for the pictures because it is raining and I had to take them in my craft room. The card looks prettier in "real life" but you can sure see well the Bokeh background. I used earthy tones for the background, because I wanted to make a vintage card.

Something basic to have for this technique is a circle stencil, at least that makes the process way easier. I used a homemade stencil with different sizes of circles created for me by my friend Sue (here) and applied four colors of ink with a sponge dauber. I used Distress Inks and white pigment ink in the end. I tried to apply the same tones of inks in different intensities and also sprayed water to soften and blend the colors.

I completed my card with flowers, die cuts, a few embellishments and a beautiful sentiment. I hope you enjoyed seeing today's post. Thanks so much for your kind visit! If you have any questions feel free to send them in and please don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter because I will be sharing giveaways and tutorials soon!

See you next time!