Saturday, February 28, 2009

Each day..

Hello my friends!! I hope you are having a great day. This month I commited myself to play the Wish-RAK Card Challenges. This is a group from SCS and you it is a lot of fun. This was my second group since I started making cards. Every lady is awesome!! I can't express with words my gratitude to all of them. I think I haven't played the challenges since last October, OH MY!!! So today I want to show you the first of 3 cards I made for this challenge.

First Challenge: Use Black, Red, White and Gold.
I cased my own card from a couple of days ago!! I embossed the flowers in Gold Embossing powder. I used my Stamp-ma-jig to position the flowers. The sentiment was stamped in White craft and embossed in White EP. I added a little piece od White CS and used my Scallop scissors.
The bottom corners were punched. I added some White Ribbon and a little Rhinestone on the bow.
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Red, Black, White.
Stamps: Doodle This, Artfully Asian.
Ink: White Craft.
Embellishments: Offray White Ribbon, MM Rhinestones.
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, Mini glue dots, Corner punch, Gold ep, Embossing gun. 3D foam.

Hope you like it!!
Tomorrow I will show you the other 2 cards.
Have a great day!!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Care Deeply

Hello everyone!!! I hope you are having a great day!! Just dropping a quick card for you to enjoy today. This card took me less than 5 minutes!!! I tried to used the color combo from SCS 207.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Summer Sun, White (GP)
Stamps:
usingCookie Plate#1: Botanicals by smARTworks.
Ink: Pistachio, Orange, Canary (all Color Box), Stazon Black.
Embellishments: Offray Yellow Ribbon.
Accessories: Sponges
.

Hope you like it.
Enjoy your day!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thanks so much!!

Hello my friends, I have a Thank you card to show you today. Every Monday Heather Scott posts a great Sketch for you to play with. Of course today is not Monday, but I played the Sketch anyways, LOL.
The DP is from
Gina K Designs, it is a free digital paper called Neapolitan 2. I downloaded several pages of the different styles, it is FREE!!!! :)
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Kraft, Red, Pink Pirouette, White (GP)
Paper: Digital paper Neapolitan 2 from Gina K Designs.
Stamps: SU Doodle This, PTI Out on a Limb.
Ink: Real Red, Stazon Black.
Embellishments: Offray White Ribbon, Diamond Stickles, Liquid Pearls.
Accessories: Sewing Machines, White thread, 3D foam by EK-Success, Mini glue dots, sponges.

I hope you like it.
Have a great day!!!!

Mothers & Daughters Creations Thursday Challenge


Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette.
Paper: Floral Bouquet Paintable by Prima.
Ink: Stazon Black.
Stamps: enjoy by Daisy Buckets.
Embellishments: May Arts Pink Butterfly Ribbon, Clear Crystals by Zva.
Accessories: Sewing machine, White thread, Watercolor pencils, Pain Brush
.

I hope you like it.
Head over to MDC Challenge Blog to check the other DT member's crations and also to get the chance to win!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tea party Challenge: Sketch with a twist!!!!

Hello my friends, it is time for another Tea party Challenge. This time Trish is hosting the party and the challenge was to create a card based on the sketch provided and add something metallic in your creation.

So here are my creations, both cards using
Cookie Plate#1: Botanicals

First card: I don't really have a tittle for this card, weird, ha!! Anyway, I stamped the image using 2 different ink colors : True Thyme and More Mustard. I added 3 gold brads for my metallic something.
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Certainly Celery, Barely banana, White (GP)
Paper: GCD Studios: Harvest Bouquet.
Ink: True Thyme (retired), More Mustard.
Embellishments: Green Organdy Ribbon, Gold brads.
Accessories: Cuttlebug, embossing folder, Sewing machine, White thread, 3D foam by EK-Success.

Second card: I really love this color combo, White, Kraft, Pink Pirouette, Brown.
I embossed the image in White craft and White ep. The sentiment was stamped in Basic Brown. My metallic twist is the Hodgepodge Hardware.



Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White, Pink Pirouette, Kraft.
Paper: SU Bella Rose.
Ink: White Craft, Basic Brown.
Embellishments: Hodgepodge Hardware, Martha Stewart Ribbon: Brick Color, Pink Dew drops.
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, Embossing gun, White ep, Diamond Glaze, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 3D foam by EK-Success
.

Now head over to Susan and also for Peggy too, Dina, Trish, Donelda,and Donna's to check their creations.

I hope you can play along too, smARTwoks stamps are not required. Post your creations here or on any of the other DT members.

Have a great day!!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Clean and Simple Cards.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Barely Banana.
Stamps:
Buttoned Up
Ink:Riding Hood Red.
Embellishments: Offray Pink Ribbon, Rhinestones (Making Memories)
Accessories: 3D foam by EK-Success, Diamond Glaze, Mini Glue dots, Scallop Scissors (Provo Crafts)


I thought of you today: I love this sentiment!!! Makes me feel especial, don you think?? My inspiration for this card comes from Everyday Magazine, just opening the first page I found a Coffee add in Kraft , Chocolate Chip and Red, the first thing I thought was, what a great color combo!!!! LOL. So I Tried it on my card and it is really pretty, every image was heat embossed and gives it a very shiny look.I heat embossed the flowers, cut them out and then with my fingers I twisted the borders. I found out (maybe you knew this already) that if you embossed an image and add a mini glue dot on top it doesn't stick, for that reason I used Diamond Glaze, and whatever you want to add will stick perfectly ;)

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Kraft.
Stamps: Images from
Buttoned Up and sentiment from Cookie Plate.
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft, Clear Embossing pad.
Embellishments: Button, Offray Red Ribbon.
Accessories:Clear Embossing powder, Red embossing powder, Embossing gun, Mini glue dots, Diamond glaze.


Hope you like them!!!

Don't forget tomorrow our Tea Party Challenge!!! This time is a sketch and I have 2 cards for this challenge. I hope you can play along too!!!

Alfajores Recipe


Hello everyone. I had a couple of requests about the Alfajores Recipe, so here it is. If you try it, I would love to see them.
I made 5 cards between yesterday and today and when I was ready to take pictures of them, the battery was dead, so now is recharging, come back later to see my creations!!!
Anyway, here is the recipe:

Ingredients:
3/4 cup of margarine or butter.
1 cup of sugar
4 egg yolks
1 egg white.
2 cups of corn starch
3/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 tsp Baking Powder.
1 tsp vanilla extract
lemon or orange zest. (about 1/2 lemon)
Crema De leche
Shred coconut. (optional)

1.- Mix together margarine and sugar.
2.- Add yolks and egg white, mix until very creamy.
3.- Sift together flour, corn starch and baking powder. Add to the mix. Then add lemon zest and vanilla.
4.- At this point your dough is very VERy soft, so add a bit of flour onto a cloth towel, cover and let it rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. I let my dough rest for 30 minutes.
5.- After this time, extend your dough on a flour surface and cut little or big circles, (this is up to you) mine usually are 2". Put them in a greased baking sheet.
6.- Bake 350 F for about 20 minutes or lightly golden.
7.- Once they are cold add Crema de Leche and coconut around (this is optional)

You can buy Crema de Leche already done in any store in the Latin Aisle, if you want to make your own, boil a can of condensed milk for about 2 hours, let it cool completely before you open it up.

A little secret, after my dough has been in the refrigeraton for about half hour, I get just a quarter or third of it and work with it, this dough is very delicate and gets warm and very softvery fast, working with little amounts work the best.

Enjoy it!!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Two cards and a Peruvian dessert!!

Hello everyone, if anyone there??? I have to say that my mojo has been gone for almost a week, OH MY!!! I tried to stamp several times, but after trying to mix colors ans papers and inks, I gave up, no mojo, no inspiration, no nothing {insert sad face}. The posts from last week were all previously set up. Anyway, I spent my week having time with my family, baking and just planning few things I want to do in the next few weeks. I also spent time praying, sometimes we (Christians) don't spend much time praying. I needed to do it, so many things to pray for, it feels so good being in the presence of the Lord and you can feel His Love.

Today, I finally have some time stamping!!!! Nothing really complicated, actually very easy cards, but they reflect what I have been doing this week.

Tend the Little Things: The image was stamped in White Craft and then embossed with White ep. The sentiment was stamped in Real Red.
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Red, White.
Stamps:
Buttoned Up and Cookie Plate both sets by smARTworks.
Ink: White Craft, Real Red.
Embellishments: Offray White Ribbon, Gold Stickles.
Accessories: Red thread, Sewing machine, Corner punch, 3D foam by EK-Success.


Praying for You: The image was stamped in a piece of DP using also White Craft Ink, the sentiment was stamped in Basic Brown. I added 2 Clear rhinestones on the corner and a little bow on the image.
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Kraft.
Paper: GCD Studios Item #165.
Stamps:
Cookie Plate and Combo Sentiments by smARTworks.
Ink: White Craft, Basic Brown.
Embellishments: Offray Ribbon, Clear Rhinestones.
Accessories: White ep, embossing gun, Mini glue dots.

Also I want to show you a Peruvian Dessert I made this week, it is called "ALFAJORES", they are delicious, very delicate and super soft. Last time I made them was almost 3 years ago, wow!!! time flies for sure. Last Thursday I spent time baking with Becca, of course what she wanted the most was to lick the spoon and taste more and more Crema de Leche, yummy!!!
Here few pictures of my delicious Alfajores!!!!!

Have a great day!!!
Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Conservatory Overcoat GIVEAWAY!!!!

The Conservatory Overcoat GIVEAWAY!!!!

Check this blog out!!! She makes beautiful stuff!!!

Mothers & Daughters Creations Thursday Challenge

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great day. I am having a good one so far, just busy as always, trying to work out every day, LOL. So far I have lost 5 lb. maybe it is not a lot, but for me means a lot!!! You know, I have been having the same weight for lonnnggggg time and even though I tried everything I couldn't lose a ounce, a lot of frustration, now I am working out at home, I do "Zumba, Tae Bo and Biggest Loser Cardio Max. I am planning to start jogging after the weather changes, wish me luck :)

Anyway, back to my card. This week on
MDC challenge blog, our challenge was to use Lace Cardstock in some other way than just gluing it down. So I cut a piece of Lovebirds-Shawl Lace Cardstock to fit onto my piece of Daisy Bucket Merry Wishes Paper, then I added 3 different colors of Offray ribbon pastels: Yellow, Pink and Green. On the little holes I added some Clear Crystals by Zva. The image Small Daffodil was stamped twice and colored with colored pencils, markers and then 1 image was clear embossed and cut out.


Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Barely Banana, Pink Pirouette, White.
Paper: Merry Wishes by Daisy Bucket.

Ink: Black, Green for sponging.
Stamp: Small Daffodil by Serendipity.
Embellishments: Clear Crystals, Diamond Stickles, Offray Ribbon (yellow, pink and green).
Accessories: SU Dimensionals, Mini glue dots, Clear embossing powder, Watermark Pen, Embossing gun.

Hope you like it. Head over to MDC Challenge Blog to see the other DT member's creations and also to have the chance to win some great prizes too!!!
Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

smARTworks Cookie Challenge: Follow your bliss

It is time for another smARTworks Cookie Challenge. This time Susan sent the DT Bliss set.
I made 2 cards for this Challenge:

First Card: For this card I embossed the butterfly in dark pink pigment, after that I applied SU Glitter Dazzling Diamonds, this gives the butterfly a really pretty shine look. After that I added some White Opal Liquid Pearls and Rhinestones in the Corner. I used Scallop Scissors on the Berry Sorbet CS.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: SU Pink Pirouette, PTI Berry Sorbet, White.
Stamp: Bliss.
Ink: Dark Ink Pigment by Studio G, Stazon Black.
Paper: Heidi Grace Designs.
Embellishments: Green Organdy Ribbon, Clear Rhinestones (me&myBIGideas), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger)
Accessories: Mini glue dots, Fiskar Scissors (sunflower), SU Glitter Dazzling Diamond.

Second Card: I made this card first, but for one reason I didn't like it after I finished it. I think it is too dark, oh well, I justwante it to share with you too.
I embossed the image using White Craft Ink and White e.p and Gold e.p, I also stamped the corners with white craft ink and white e.p. After the image was cold, I sponged the border with Chocolate Chip Craft Ink. I used the Scallop Blade for the borders. The sentiment was stamped and embossed in Chocolate Chip craft.

Card Recipe:
Card stock: White, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss.
Stamp: Bliss set.
Ink: White Craft, Chocolate Chip Craft.
Embellishments: Green Organdy Ribbon, Gold brads.
Accessories: Fiskar Scallop Blade, White ep, Gold ep, Clear ep, 1/16 Circle Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Sponge, Mini Glue dots, 3D foam by EK-Success.

Would you like to see the other DT member's creations, just click

HERE.

Now, would you like to win this beautiful set??!?!?! Head over to Susan's blog and answer the question she posted there, that's it!!! Good luck everyone!!!

Hope you like my creations!!
Have a wonderful day!!


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great day with all the ones you love. I had a great today with my lovely husband and daughter.

We wen to to the theatre and watched "Marley & Me", cute movie with a very sad ending, then we went to Applebees for dinner and then we went to Cold Stone Creamery for yummy Ice Cream!!! Becca was so happy, my little girl enjoyed the day very much. She was so tired when we came back home that she took a nap ( I told her only 30 minutes, but it was 1 hr 20 minutes)

Last night DH and I went to our church for a Valentine Dinner. We had a great time, it is kind of weird to go somewhere just us, my good friend and neighbor Nicole was the babysitter, Thanks so much Nicole!!!!

Now I want to show you few cards I have made:

Happy Valentine's Day: I made a bunch of this card for the Homeschool Valentine's Gathering. All the kids that they are HS had a great time, they received a package with goodies and cards from all the HS families, this was my card:


These 2 cards are the ones I made for our Church Valentine's Dinner. Out theme was everything French, so I came up with these ideas:



Hope you like them and enjoy your day!!!
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tea Party Challenge : Monochromatic

Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a great day!!Today is smARTwroks Tea Party Revelation Challenge Day and here are my creations for you. For this challenge I made 2 cards using the the new smARTBuck Set Cookie Plate #1: Botanicals

Red and White: For this card I used Heather Scott's sketch fro this week. I kept my card very simple and clean. I used my Cuttlebug and embossed White CS and a piece of Red CS.
The image was stamped in SU Real Red and then I added some Diamond Stickles. I added some Offray Satin Ribbon around the image. and 2 Dew drops.
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Red, White and Black.
Stamps: Cookie Plate #1
Ink: SU Real Red.
Embellishments: Offray Satin Ribbon, Dew drops, Diamond Stickles.
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Embossing folder, Mini glue dots, Su Dimensionals
.

Green and White: This is a little bit more complex card, a lot of sewing and heat embossing. The image and sentiment was stamped in White Craft and embossed in White ep. I used the SC214 from SCS as my base sketch. A couple of Dew drops were added on the image.
Card Recipe:
Card Sotck: White, River Rock.
Paper: SU Bella Rose.
Stamps: Cookie Plate #1
Ink: White Craft.
Embellishments: Offray Satin Ribbon, Dew Drops.
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, White ep. embossing gun, mini glue dots, SU Dimensionals
.


Now head over to other DT members to enjoy their creations!!!Susan, Dina, Trish, Donna, Donelda .

Hope you enjoy my creations!!
Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I thought of you today

Happy Tuesday everyone, I am late posting because a have a trillion things to do, LOL, well maybe not that many but I am super busy. Anyway, I managed some time to play CC Challenge on SCS. I made a very simple and cute card. I stamped the butterflies on the base card and also in a piece of scraps CS, embossed them and then cut them out. I added a little touch of Diamond Stickles.
In other notes, today would have been my mom's birthday. Her 69 th birthday. Oh gosh, I miss her so much and I remember her every day, but she is happy and enjoying a great place.

Anyway, here is my card.
Card Recipe:
Card stock: SU Naturals, Pink Pirouette.
Ink: Plum (color Box), Pistachio (Color Box) Lavender, Stazon Black, Pretty in Pink.
Stamps: Cookie Plate #1 by smARTworks.
Embellishments: Green Ribbon.
Accessories: Diamond Stickles, Mini glue dots, sponges.

Hope you like it.
Have a great day!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hold tenderly...

Hello my friends, a quick post before I go to church to enjoy dinner and watch a movie!!! Happy Saturday to me, LOL.
Anyway, I want to show you a card I made for another PTI Challenge, this time a "Sketch Challenge" Head over to Nicole's blog for all the details.

Here is my card:

The sentiment is from the new Cookie Plate #1 by smARTworks.

I will come back later with all the details about my card, I have to hurry if not they leave me, LOL.
Have a great Saturday!!!

I thought of you today

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great day!!! I created another card showcasing the new smARTworks Cookie Plate #1: Botanical, set that you can get earning points, details
HERE. For my card I used Heather Scott's sketch. She has a new sketch every Monday, I love to play her sketches!!!

Here is my card:
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Kraft, Purely Pomegranate, White.
Stamps: Cookie Plate#1: Botanicals by smARTworks.
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, White Craft Ink.
Embellishments: Dew drops.
Accessories: Mini glue dots, Gold Stickles, Diamond Glaze, Sponges.

I hope you like it.
Have a great day!!!

Friday, February 6, 2009

MFT Color Challenge

WOW!!, Another post in one day!! I want to share with you the cards I made for MFT Guest Designer Challenge. This time is a Color Challenge using: Pink, Black, White, Gray,and/or Brown. I created 2 cards for this challenge, here they are.

Pink & Brown Botanicals: For this card I used: Pink, Brown and White. I stamped the image in Chocolate Chip Craft and Clear Embossing powder and lots of stitches. LOL.
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, WHite.
Paper: SU Bella Rose.
Stamps:
Cookie Plate #1: Botanicals by smARTworks.
Embellishments: Martha Stewart Ribbon, Dew drops.
Accessories: Sewing machine, Pink thread, SU Dimensionals, 3D foam by EK-Success, Mini glue dots.

In all things... : For this card I used: Black, Pink, Gray and White. I stamped the flower images in Silver Craft and then embossed them with Clear ep. The sentiment was stamped in Stazon Black. Lots of stitches too.
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Basic Black, Pink pirouette, White.
Stamps:
Cookie Plate #1:Botanicals
Ink: Silver Craft, Stazon Black, Pink.
Embellishments: Pink Ribbon, Dew drops.
Accessories: 3D foam, Mini glue dots, sewing machine, pink thread, sponges.

I hope you like them.
I would love to hear from you!!!

Thanks for stopping by.

PTI Color Challenge


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sketch Challenge and smART News!!

Hello my friends, today I am feeling a little bit better and I decided to play today's Sketch Challenge on SCS, this week skecth is really pretty, and I have more ideas for this sketch, LOL.
Card Recipe:
Card stock: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, White.
Paper: SU Bella Rose.
Stamps:
Cookie Plate #1 (Botanicals)
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red, Green
Embellishments: SU Hodgepodge Hardware, Green Organdy Ribbon.
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, sponge, 1/16" inches circle punch, Su Dimensionals, 3D foam EK-Success
.

Now, do you like the image??? This is a new smARTworks set Cookie Plate #1: Botanicals that you can get for free!! This is a 8.5" x 11" set, and has a lot of really pretty images. I will start showcasing some of them in my future posts. So, how can you get it? This is a new Incentive Program called "smARTBucks", and you can get earn SmartBucks points for every $10 dollars you spent at smARTworks, mailing your smARTworks creation to post in our Customer gallery and referring new costumers!!!
You can find all the details
HERE

Next Tea Party Challenge" Monochromatic"

Hello my friends, it is time to announce our net smARTworks Tea Party Challenge. This time is Susan hostessing the party and challenging us to "Make it Monochromatic". Just create any project using just one color (shades and hues included)
It sounds like a lot of fun!!! Just for the last challenge I created a monochromatic card!!!

You are invited to play along!!! Just create a project and post it here or in any of the DT member's blog, or if you upload your creation on any online gallery please add the SCTP11 keyword.

We will post our creations next Wednesday Feb 11.

Have fun creating!!!

PS: Picture taken from Dina's blog.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hello everyone!

Hello my friends. I don't have anything new for you today, sorry about that. I haven't stamped in a week, I have been very busy with family things and my also have been sick (on and off). Yesterday I had a really bad day, I don't need to give details about it, but it was really bad.
I hope tomorrow I feel better so I can stamp something to show you. Thanks so much for coming back, your comments always make my day.

Have a great day!!
Enjoy your family.

God bless
Giovana

Sunday, February 1, 2009

And the winner is...

Arlene!!!

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Congratulations Arlene, please send me your address and I will send you your goodies.
Thanks so much for your sweet comments.

Enjoy your day!!!
God bless

Blogoversary Candy Time!!!!

This blog candy is now closed. A winner has been chosen. Thanks so much!!!!

Hello my friends!!! Finally I got a good picture of my blog candy. Thanks so much for all your support and sweet comments. Now here is what I have for you:


BasicGrey Granola 6 x 6 Paper Pad
BasicGrey Granola Bitsy Butterfly Stamp Set
Imaginisce Twitterpated - Birdie
smARTworks Do You See What I See? Set
32 pieces of 6x6 handmade Paper. (I haven't made it :)
Alphabet Sticker book.
Silk Leaves
10 yards of Offray Lemon green ribbon .
10 yards of Offray Baby Yellow ribbon.
6 feet of Orange.white ribbon.
4 feet of Green fabric ribbon (really pretty)
3 feet of KI Memories Self Adhesive Ribbon.

So what do you have to do to win? Just leave a comment here telling me what is favorite Valentine moment or what are you planning for Valentine's Day. If you make a post on your blog about my blog candy, come back and let me know so your name will be put in the basket twice. I will keep my blog candy on until February 1st.


Good luck to everyone and thanks for stopping by!!!
God bless you all

PS: I don't have plans for Velentine's Day yet, but DD planned to go to Olympia and visit grandma and her cousins, LOL. Good thing she doesn't drive yet :)

PSS: Scroll down for my new posts, Thanks so much!!

 
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