Friday, 3 July 2015

Polka Doodles #27: Add Some Embossing

Good morning, friends!!! It's FRIDAY.... at last, so brace yourself for another fortnight of challenges, friends! A new theme starts today: "Add Some Embossing" - wet or dry... as long as it actual, real, proper embossing and not "digital embossing".

My card features a fairy called Serenity Blossom from the sweet Serenity Fairy Collection. The patterned paper is from the Work & Play 10: Country Life Collection. I embossed the background paper with the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls folder and inked it Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to make the swirly design stand out. The ticket tag is also from the Serenity Fairy Collection, which I inked with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. To finish I added lashing of Stardust Stickles and pale blue bling.



Serenity Blossom and is also available as a separate download digi. I coloured her with Faber-Castell Polychromo pencils. She is a joy to colour. Yesterday, I posted another fairy from the Serenity Fairy Collection called Serenity Fairy Kisses. You can see her in this blog post.



Challenges:



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, 17 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 and for your lovely comments.  See you in a bit with an EXTRA SPECIAL festive post!  Have a fabulous Friday, friends.

Beijinhos

Thursday, 2 July 2015

June Card Chain Challenge

Hello friends. Ever get the feeling like you need more hours in a day with more days in a week? I' running behind on just about everything! While in this fragile state, one of my blog buddies had the audacity to spring another spine-chilling surprise - Christmas is 175 days away!!! Run and hide..... but before you do that, take a look at this:.

Today's post is about the June Card Chain Challenge36 girls made and exchanged cards across the globe! You can see the full reveal here: June 2015 Card Chain Challenge Reveal.  I got a gorgeous card from Lisa of Massechusetts.

If you're new to the Card Chain Challenge gig, check out the CCC FAQs over at Debi's Society of Stampaholics. Basically we send out card a card a month and receive one in return from anywhere in the world. It's fun getting something other than bills in the mail. You should try it!

For the June challenge, we were given a choice of Colour or Sketch or Theme (Patriotism / Sports / Friendship) or Products (Bling). I picked Friendship and Bling and made a card for Jerrie of Wisconsin.

The image, paper and greeting on this card is from Polka Doodles Serenity Collection. I not one for cutesie fairy images but I am in love with this collection. She's pretty, a joy to colour and suitable for adults too! This fairy is called Serenity Fairy Kisses and she is available as a separate download digi.


Here's a close-up. I coloured her with Faber-Castell Polychromo pencils, added Liquid Pearls to the flowers in her hair, Stardust Stickles to her wings and little purple Bling everywhere else!



Challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge Blog: Patterned Paper
Addicted To Stamps #151: AG
Tuesday Throwdown #151: It's In The Stars
Crafting By Design July: AG


Supplies



That's all from me today. While the rest of Europe is melting with temperatures well over 30ºC, here in Lisbon it's a cool 24ºC ... go figure! :)

Thanks for stopping by, chums. Tomorrow is an extra special day.... Blog Hop ... Christmas ... PRIZES .... I will say no more!

Beijinhos!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Eclectic Ellapu July: Travel

Hello July! It's 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 "Travel " theme and the Purplies are having fun with "Favourite".

My "Travel" themed card showcases this cute little Scooter by Hot Off The Press. I ordered this stamp back in April 2013 because it reminded me of the hours of fun Snoopy and I had riding together. Sadly the stamp arrived a week after Snoopy died and I haven't been able to look at it without breaking down ... until now.

I wanted to make a fun, bright, summery card and this pattered paper from Fancy Pants Beach Babe 6x6 pad fit the bill.  



Here's a close up of the image, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos. The sentiment is stamped with VersaFine Satin Red. I stamped the grass with Memento Bamboo Leaves and added a few more blades with Faber Castell Polychromos. Snoopy would have loved to ride on this Scooter.



Challenges:
Addicted To Stamps And More #151: AG
Crafter's Fun #123: Summer Fun
Crafting By Designs July: AG
Crafting For All Seasons #105: Cute & Summery
Mod Squad: Patterned Paper
Wonderful Wednesday: AG
Word Art Wednesday #190: AG / Family Friendly
Inspiration Destination #40: 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: "Travel" for the Pink Team and "Favourite Holiday" 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 July 2015.

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



Friday, 26 June 2015

CASE-ing Christmas #26: Donna

Welcome to CASE-ing Christmas! This is a weekly challenge devoted to the holiday season all year 'round and today we're starting Challenge #26.

Here's how you play along. Each week you'll be given you a card to CASE and ... you CASE it! It's as easy as that. If you've never CASEd a card before, here's how you do it:
  • Look at the photo of the card to CASE; 
  • Be inspired by some elements of the card - the colours, layout, image, embellishments, etc 
  • Make a card based on that inspiration and link it up at CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog by Noon (Central) / 6pm (UK) on Thursday,  2nd July 2015

And that's all there is to it. Our CASE card this week is this gorgeous creation by Donna Nuce - the Crafty Colonel. Lots of ideas here and I can't wait to see how this project inspires you.

I was inspired by the colours, snowflakes and the bold greeting. And just so I would look like a copy cat, I gave it my own spin and came up with this simple number:




I've used Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Holiday Knit and Ranger Texture Paste to create the background. For colour, I tinted the Texture Paste with Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean. The greeting is from Clearly Besotted's Ornamental Style, stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black onto a piece of vellum. To finish, a few bling... it would have been wrong not to!



Challenges:
Jingle Belles: 12 Days Of Cardstock
Less Is More #229: Stencilling
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
CHNC #234: Merry and Bright
Crafting By Design: Get Ready For Christmas
Fab & Funky #265: Christmas

Supplies:



Now it's your turn to make a Christmas card by CASE-ing Donna's creation. You'll find more ideas over at the challenge blog.

Thanks for dropping by and Happy CASE-ing. I'm looking forward to seeing your take on Donna's card. Have a fabulous Friday, friends.

Beijinhos!


Polka Doodles #26: Frame It

Good morning, friends! Time for a for a little inspiration for this fortnight's challenge: Frame It. Here's my offering... a sweet little Princess from the Serenity Fairy Collection. The digi image is called Serenity Princess and is also available separately to download.

For my card, I place the Serenity Princess on the inside and made a window on the card front to frame her. I've used Spellbinder Circle Dies to cut and frame the window. Very few embellies were needed - some ribbon and blobs of Baby Blue Liquid Pearls. The patterned paper and tag are from the Serenity Fairy Collection.



I coloured her with Faber Castell Polychromos. This was a learning experience for me in how to colour blonde hair! When in doubt, divert attention with some glitter - Stardust Sticckles on her wings.


Ta-da! Here she is in a striking full frontal! I added some grass around her feet to ground the little Serenity Princess.

Challenges:
Crafty Ribbon #122: AG With Ribbon
Moving Along With The Times: Sewing & Stitching
Sassy Studio Designs #287: Tic Tac Toe ... Die Cut - Circle /Dots - Glitter & Shine
Sister Act Challenge #112: AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: AG
Wonderful Wednesday #24: AG


Supplies:



Now it's over to you, my friends. Create any project - card, tag, lay-out, box, bag, etc - as long as you Frame It. You have until Noon (UK Time) on Friday, 3 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 a generous gift of downloads from the Polka Doodles Store worth $10. In order to qualify you must follow our Rules. Remember, you are only allowed TWO entries per challenge.

And before I sign off.... don't forget to check out this fabulous new release: Serenity Fairy - a magical collection of digis, papers and so much more. I think you'll be sorely tempted to get it.


That's all from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comments.  See you in a bit with a festive post!  Have a fabulous Friday, friends.

Beijinhos!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Tuesday Throwdown #250: Stencilling

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

And since our challenge theme is all about Stencilling I've used two stencils by The Crafters Workshop on my card. The leafy background  on the card base is called Four Ferns, inked up with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. To create a soft breezy feel around the All Dressed Up image I inked up Halftone Circles also by The Crafters Workshop with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I'm keeping this card super simple (by my standards!) and finished it off with some green ribbon.



Here's a close up of the adorable image All Dressed Up. She's called Girl On A Bike and is available for download from their Etsy Store. I coloured her, simply, with Graph'It alcohol markers.

Challenges:
Fan-tastic Tuesday #91: AG + Twist of Summer
Craft Your Passion #267: AG
Crafting From The Heart #65: AG
Dream Valley Challenge #109: Girly
Path Of Positivity #27: Happiness is a bike ride with flowers in your hair
Stamp & Create June: Summer Fun
Without Words June: Summer Holidays

Supplies:




Now it's your turn to create a project based on this week's theme: "Stencilling". 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, 29th June.  And the most important requirement: Have Fun!

Beijinhos!

Friday, 19 June 2015

CASE-ing Christmas #25: Ellen

Welcome to CASE-ing Christmas! This is a weekly challenge devoted to the holiday season all year 'round and today we're starting Challenge #6.

Here's how you play along. Each week you'll be given you a card to CASE and ... you CASE it! It's as easy as that. If you've never CASEd a card before, here's how you do it:
  • Look at the photo of the card to CASE; 
  • Be inspired by some elements of the card - the colours, layout, image, embellishments, etc 
  • Make a card based on that inspiration and link it up at CASE-ing Christmas Challenge Blog by Noon (Central) / 6pm (UK) on Thursday,  25th June 2015
And that's all there is to it. Our CASE card this week is this gorgeous creation by Ellen Parker. Lots of ideas here and I can't wait to see how this project inspires you.

As you can see, I practically plagiarised Ellen's card. It's all there - the tree, the black background, bling, sparkly snow, heat embossing ... oh yes, I went all out with this one! :) The stamps are by Chocolate Baroque. The tree is from Turtle Doves A5 sheet and the greeting is from Christmas Magic clear set. I added Crystal Stickles to the black background for my sparkly snowfall. The greeting is heat embossed with WOW Silver EP.

I also heat embossed the tree using Ranger Specialty Embossing Powder Verdigris. Then I threw in a bunch bling and stuck a silver star on top... and ho ho ho the tree is done!

Challenges:
Sister Act Challenge #111: AG
ABC Christmas: L is for Lyrics - O Christmas Tree
CHNC #223: Snow In June
CHNC Extra June: AG Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #188: AG Family Friendly


Supplies:



Now it's your turn to make a Christmas card by CASE-ing Ellen's creation. Winners of Challenge #24 will be announced on Wednesday, 24th June 2015.

You'll find more ideas over at the DT's blogs: Mynn ... Donna ... Ellen ... Pat ... Steph.

Thanks for dropping by and Happy CASE-ing. I'm looking forward to seeing your take on Ellen's card. Have a lovely day, friends.

Beijinhos!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Chocolate Baroque: Fragments For Autumn

Hello there, friends! I'm back with another Chocolate Baroque make. Today, I'm showcasing the June release Seasonal Fragments sheet. This sheet has 12 fragments which take through every month and every season of the year. In my previous posts I've played with spring - summer themes fragments and today we move on to Autumn.

I'm playing with 2 stamps from the Seasonal Fragments sheet with a late summer - autumn feel. To be honest, I'm not sure if these are meant to be autumnal but just roll with me here! :)

First I created a rich, spicy background by blending various shades of orange, yellow and brown Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed,  Brushed Corduroy, Vinatge Photo and Walnut Stain. Then I stamped the fragments from the Seasonal Fragments sheet. I masked off the moon... in hindsight, I'm not sure I should have. But it's done! :)


The mushrooms are from the Autumn Poppy A4 sheet, coloured with Graph'It alcohol markers, fussy cut and adhered to the card.


Then I applied flicks of shine with a Silver Sharpie to make it look like its catching the moonlight.


Challenges:
Moving Along With The Times: Inspired by Song - Harvest Moon by Neil Young
Word Art Wednesday #188: AG Family Friendly
Seize The Birthday: Birthdays + Optional Twist Nothing But Neutrals
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Fave Technique / Product - Distress Inks
Wonderful Wednesday: AG


Supplies:



And there you have it - a card for an Autumn birthday. I dare you not to Fall in love with these Seasonal Fragments! (Sorry, I just had to say it! LOL).

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

Beijinhos!

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