Saturday, January 30

Nothing special..

Hello my friends!! Hope you all are having a great night. Yesterday, I taught a stamping class, 11 ladies from church came to my house and we stamped for more than 3 hours. It was a lot of fun.
Here is one of the cards I taught yesterday. I used the sketch from 2S4U and I made an Easel card.
The stamps I used are from smARTworks. I stamped the butterfly(from Cone flowers Set) in a white piece of CS, then cut it out and glue (I used Diamond Glaze) all three, making a 3D butterfly. The saying is from Daisy Trio #2.
What do you think? Do you like it?

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White (SU), Riding Hood Red (SU).
Paper: Making Memories.
Stamps: Daisy Trio #2, Cone Flowers (smARTworks).
Ink: Riding Hood Red (SU), Ginger (Adirondack).
Embellishments: Sherry Satin Ribbon (Offray), Pink Rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts).
Accessories: Border Punch (Fiskars), Square Nestabilities, Pointy scissors, Diamond Glaze, Mini glue dots, Square foam, daubers.

Hope you like my card.
Have a great and blessed day!

Friday, January 29

And the winner is..

Marianne!!! Congrats Marianne. Please e-mail your address and I will send your goodies right away!
Thanks so much to all who entered the Blog Candy. I am very thankful for all your kind comments.

Have a great day everyone.

Thursday, January 28

Happy Blogoversary to me and Blog Candy!!

Hello my friends!! I am still here, just finishing organizing my craft room. I will post pictures and my whole adventure tomorrow.
But, today is my blogoversary!!! I can't believe it has been 2 years blogging. Thanks so much for all your support and for all the great friends I have met here. You are the best.

Well, cleaning my craft area, I have found tons of stuff I haven't used and I will be giving a great giveaway! I haven't taken the picture yet, but just post a comment here about what you like about my blog, or what would you like to see or maybe not see and I will be including your name in the drawing. Believe me, it is great!! I will be keeping this post until Jan. 28 and on the 29th I will be announcing the winner!!

This blog candy is closed now, winner has been posted, Thanks!

This blog candy includes:
{un}dressed Basic Grey Tags (Self-adhesive - 120 pieces)
Wall Hanger.
Designer Chipboard Accents by KI Memories (40 pieces)
Soft Spoken Embellishments (me & my BIG Ideas)
Dimensional Stickers
Felt Ornament
Teacher Percy Stamp Set (H&M Stamps)
Made by Stamp Set ( Penguin Pants)
Sentiments (PTI)
Clear Rhinestones.
2 spool of ribbon
Assorted Patterned paper.

Wednesday, January 27

A card and a Greek delish!

Hello my friends, hope your day is much better than mine, I don't want to bore you with my things, so we go direct with the card i have for you today.
I made this card few weeks ago and never posted it. It is a Birthday card with not the colors I like to use often, but I think it turned out pretty good! Actually, I really like it.
For this card I used the Flourish images from Flourishes Set by Inkadinkado, I stamped the image in Broken China Distress Ink and immediately added some Clear embossing powder, heated and you get a really shiny and pretty image. The sentiment is from Verve.
The colors I used are: White, Gray, Turquoise and Black, nice color combo, what do you think? Do you like it?

Card recipe:
Card Stock: White, Turquoise, Black, Gray.
Stamps: Flourishes (inkadinkado). Verve.
Ink: Broken China (Tim Holtz), Stazon Black.
Embellishments: Light blue ribbon (Offray), Turquoise Rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts)
Accessories: Border Punch (Fiskars), Clear embossing powder, embossing gun, mini glue dots

Now, I want to share with you a recipe I tried last night, it is delicious!! It is Gyro Meat with Tzatziki Sauce. My husband was in the mood for Greek food, got this recipe from Food Network and even though it is a little of work with all the mixing stuff, it is worthy!! The taste is yummy!! Here a picture of the Gyro Meat and my plate ;)
Just a note, I used chicken instead of lamb, I grounded the chicken on my Bullet express. (I hesitated at first about this machine, but it really works)
This is my plate:
Gyro Meat (Chicken):
Have a great day!!

Monday, January 25

I'm nuts about you!

Hello my friends, it feels great to be back into the blog world. I have been busy as always, and then when things were looking more relaxed, my daughter got sick, so she is feeling much better now, although she still has the runny nose and cough. Today, after many many days, she is back into her nap time routine, I wish she could take them more often.

Anyway, I have managed some time to stamp during the night in the last 2 days, but sadly I can't show you those projects yet, but I think you are going to like them. Instead, I have a quick and pretty card. Few weeks ago, I got the next smARTworks Cookie Sheet #2: Vintage Variety. This sheet has cute and cool images, and with Valentine's Day coming soon, I thought this card would be perfect.

I stamped the cute squirrel onto a piece of PP in Espresso Ink. Then I took a piece of Mellow Moss CS and stitched them together. I added a piece of the same PP (back side), punch the borders and added some Liquid pearls. Finally I stamped the sentiment on the Twill Tape.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Naturals (SU), Mellow Moss (SU)
Paper: from my stash.
Stamps: Cookie Plate #2 (smARTworks)
Ink: Espresso (Adirondack).
Embellishments: Twill tape (Martha Stewart), Liquid pearls (Rangers)
Accessories: Border Punch (Fiskars), Sewing machine, white thread, Dimensionals.

I hope you like it.
Have a great day!

PS: Don't forget about my Blog Candy Giveaway!!

Thursday, January 21

My new craft area

Hello my friends, I just took some pictures of my "new craft area". We have divided our office in half, half is the office and the other half is my craft area. I haven't finished moving all my stuff yet, but I have some pictures to share with you. Just in case, I bought all the craft storage at Michael's and I spent only $134.00!!! (This price doesn't include the embellishment center, I got that for my birthday last Nov.) All the craft storage units are on 50% off! It was a great deal. I think I will wait until next sale and buy more units. :)

Anyway, here is my new and remodeled craft area.
Hope you like it.

Don't forget about the Blog Candy, I will post the picture of it later.

Friday, January 15

Just my type

Hello my friends, I hope you all are having a great day! Lately, I've been suffering from Sinus Headache, I would say that I've been feeling miserable. No energy, and no time for stamping. But today, I am feeling a lot better, my headache is not too bad, so I decided to stamp!! I think this is the best therapy when you are not feeling well.
Anyway, I forgot to mention that Queen Kat Designs had a contest last month and I am in the top 10 finalist!! So, on the second round I have to create a card and a 3-D project. I have created and Easel Card and a Vintage Book

Easel Card: I've been wanting to make a card with this technique since forever :) So, I thought this could be a good time for it. I love how this turned out. I used Gina K.Pure Luxury card Stock. I love it, the CS is so thick and works great with this kind of technique. I sponged and stitched the borders on the big panel. The main image was cut and embossed with Circle Nestabilities and adhered on a Square Panel ( cut and embossed with Nestabilities as well)

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Pure Luxury White, Pure Luxury Brown.
Paper: Out & About (My Mnd's Eye)
Ink: Espresso (Adirondack) Desert Sand (Memento)
Stamps: On the Desk (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Embellishments: White Satin Ribbon (Offray), Clear Rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts)
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, Border Punch (Fiskars), Nestabilities (Circle and Square), Dimensionals, daubers.

Mini Vintage Book: I cut 4 piece of 3"x3" Pure Luxury White CS. Then I stamped the BG images, after that I stamped the main images in Rich Cocoa. After that I sponged the borders and the inside of each square. Finally I punched every corner and added some Gold Cording and made a bow at the end.

Mini Book Recipe:
Card Stock: Pure Luxury White.
Stamps: On the desk (Cornish Heritage Farms), BG-12 Weave and BG -14 Marble (smARTworks).
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Ginger (Adirondack), Peeled Paint Distress Ink (Ranger), Real Red (SU).
Embellishments: Gold Cording (Gina K. Designs)
Accessories: Daubers, Hold Punch.

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

PS: I will be absent for few days, DH and I are going to paint our Office/Craft Room, I am planning on buying some furniture for my crafts. I am looking forward to spending some fun time with my husband. I will be back next Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 13

CSS Inspiration Blog Hop : With Love

It's time for another GinaK CenterStage Spotlight Team Blog Hop!

Each artist was asked to design their project by drawing inspiration from these photos of the AMAZING Christmas Cookie Bouquet the CSS Team sent to Gina's DT Coordinator Jessica Fick:

Click on these links to see what the participating Designers have prepared for us tonight:
Everyone's projects will be added to the StampTV gallery and Idea Center over the next few days. You can search for them by using this tag: cssjf4

I have created 2 cards for this Blog Hop, they are Monochromatic and I used my favorite set "A Year of Flowers" designed by Melanie Muenchinger.
Both cards have the same image and sentiment, hope you don't find them boring.

For this card I stamped the image onto PL Ivory CS using White craft Ink, then I added some White ep, heated and sponged around the image using Red Ink. After I got the BG color I wanted I used a piece of cloth and cleaned the image so the pretty white could pop up. Stitches were added, ribbon and pearls.

With Love Red Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Pure Luxury Rocket Red, Pure Luxury Ivory.
Embellishments: Pure Luxury White Organdy Ribbon, Pearls (Kaiser Crafts), Clear glitter.
Ink: Real Red, White Craft.
Accessories: Sewing machine, White thread, White Embossing powder, Embossing gun, Corner punch, Mini glue dots.

For this card I stamped the image using Broken China Distress Ink, then I added the sentiment in Brown for a little contrast, cut and embossed the image. I sponged the borders a little bit. The BG was created with am embossing folder and a Cuttlebug.

With Love Blue Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Bashful Blue, Pure Luxury White.
Ink: Broken China Distress Ink (Ranger), Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishments: White Satin Ribbon, Blue Satin Ribbon (Offray), Clear Rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts), Clear Glitter.
Accessories: Swiss Dots embossing folder, Cuttlebug, Circle Nestabilities, Mini glue dots, Dimensionals

Hope you like my cards and enjoy the Blog Hop!!
Have a great night.

Hello my friends and Happy Wednesday! I have a couple of cards for you today! showcasing some smARTworks stamps: Stella and Tulip Square sets.
The backgrounds of my cards were made with the Stella set and the sentiments are from Tulip Square set.

Thank You:

Card recipe:
Card Stock: White.
Paper : ? (Can't find the name of it)
Stamps: Stella and Tulip Square set (smARTworks)
Ink: Ginger, Memento Desert Sand, Memento Rich cocoa.
Embellishments: Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (SU), staples, daubers.

Happy Birthday:

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White, Crushed Curry, Pure Luxury Gold.
Stamps: Stella, Tulip Square set (smARTworks)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Memento Rich Cocoa.
Embellishments: Pearls (Kaiser Crafts)
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, daubers, Circle and Square Nestabilities.

Hope you like them.
Have a great and blessed day,

Tuesday, January 12

Baby in Pink.

Hello my friends and Happy Tuesday! Today, I have another Monochromatic card for you. This time I made a Baby card. I got the sketch from one of Gina K. challenges over at SCS. For my card I used "Hip to be Square " set by Gina K. Designs. I stamp the face on Pure Luxury White CS using Pretty in Pink Ink. The sentiment was stamps in Real Red Ink. I used a pair of mini scallop scissors to shape the borders of my panels.

I am playing again the Monochromatic Challenge over at Lucy's card Blog. She has a great blog!!

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White, Pretty In Pink.
Paper: SU Bella Rose (retired)
Stamps: Hip to be Square (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Plum (for sponging)
Embellishments: Pearls (kaiser Crafts), White Satin Ribbon (Offray), Thin Pink satin Ribbon (Offray)
Accessories: Mini scallop scissors, sewing machine, white thread, Mini glue dots, SU Dimensionals, Daubers.

Hope you like it.
Have a great and blessed day!

Monday, January 11

I love You

Hello my friends and Happy Monday! I have a CAS Valentine card for you today with no Pink/Red on it. I used Green/Brown combo and I think it looks great. I used, again, the "Hearts and Love set" from Inkadinkado. I made this card for Gina K. Challenge over at SCS.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White.
Paper: "Cousins" Floral from Wild Asparagus Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps: Hearts and love (inkadinkado.
Ink: Certainly Celery, Basic Brown.
Embellishments: Green Satin Ribbon, Clear Rhinestones (Kaiser crafts)
Accessories: Daubers.

Hope you like it.
Have a great and blessed day.

Sunday, January 10

Thinking of You.

Hello my friends, I hope you are having a good Sunday. I am relaxing today after a good day at church, DD and DH are napping, so I have my quiet time :) I have a "Thinking of You" card for you today.
For my card I am using the sketch from Heather Scott at "Oz-some stamps blog" and the Monochromatic Challenge from Lucy's Card Blog.
The stamps I used for my card are from smARTworks. The butterfly is from BF-Lg Trio and the sentiment is from Frames set

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Pure Luxury Red, White.
Paper: SU Cerise (retired).
Ink: Real Red.
Embellishments: Pink Satin Ribbon (Offray), Clear Rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts).
Accessories: Sewing machine, Whit thread, Oval Nestabilities, Corner Punch, Mini glue dots, SU Dimensionals.

Hope you like it.
Have a great day!

Friday, January 8

I love you - Forever.

Hello my friends!! I missed you all. I have been busy as always. Today I wanted to stamp since I woke up, but I had to finish school with DD, even though the lesson was not too long, it took us forever!!, then the window guy came to fix our window and more time to wait, wait and wait. The good thing after all the waiting is I got a roll of nice thick adhesive, LOL, I looked at the adhesive the "window guy" was using, I picked up and gave it another look, I think he noticed I was inspecting the tape so much, he told me, you can keep it, LOL!!

Anyway, I have a couple of Valentine cards for you my friends. First I have to say I am using the Colors from Embellish Blog Challenge. Second, I have to say Do I need glasses? Seriously, I played this challenge twice, I read the whole info like thousand of times and I forgot the "Hearts"!!!, So sorry Ashley, English may not be my first language, but I knew the challenge needed hearts, I hope you like them anyways. Third, I played the challenge again, and this time I included the Hearts :)
I am also including these 2 cards in the "Love Challenge" over at Flourishes Blog

First card: Forever!! : I used a heart image from the $1 dollar bin from Michael's. I stamped the image on Black CS using Red Embossing Powder. I punched the borders in White and Red, then I added a piece of Pink CS and added some tiny pearls. I adhered some Pink Satin Ribbon and a pink flower.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White, Pretty in Pink, Real Red.
Stamps: Forever (Studio G)
Ink: Red Embossing Pad, Red Embossing powder.
Embellishments: Pink Satin Ribbon (Offray), Paper flower, Pearls (Kaiser Crafts)
Accessories: Fiskar Border Punch, SU Dimensionals, Mini glue dots, Embossing gun.

Second Card: I love You: For this card I used 2S4U Sketch, color from Embellish Blog Challenge. The sentiment and image are from "Hearts and Love set" (Inkadinkado) I, again, used the Fiskar Border Punch and added a very thin piece of Red CS and some Pink Rhinestones. The sentiment was stamped in White CS using Stazon Black Ink, then Cut and embossed using Rectangles Nestabilities. I stamped the heart in Real red Ink and White CS, cut out and adhere on the lower corner. I adhered some Pink Satin Ribbon.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Black, White, Real Red.
Stamps: Hearts and Love (Inkadinkado)
Ink: Stazon Black, Real Red, Plum.
Embellishments: Pink Satin Ribbon (Offray), Pink Rhinestones (Kaiser crafts).
Accessories: Fiskars Border Punck, SU Corner Punch, Dimensionals, Mini glue dots, Daubers, Rectangle Nestabilities..

Hope you like them.
Have a great day/night.
Many blessings.

Tuesday, January 5

Sweet Love

Hello my friends, I hope you all are having a great day! I am in the mood of Valentine cards and I hope you enjoy this card I just made.
Last Saturday I went to my local craft store and I bought few clear stamps like this one I used for this card "Sweet Cheri Collection" from Imaginisce. I stamped the image onto Pure Luxury CS (GinaK) in Stazon Black Ink, using Circle nestabilities I cut it out and embossed it. Then, I stamped the image twice, one in PL White CS and in PL Red CS. The one for the White CS was cut out and the one from the Red CS I cut only the word LOVE. I adhered it onto the White piece of CS.
For my card I got inspired by the Color Challenge over at Embellish Magazine: Pink, Red & Black
The sketch is from Caardvarks Blog Challenge

And also for New Something Challenge over at Stamp Something Blog Challenge" Using something new; stamps, ribbon and rhinestones.
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Pure Luxury White, Pure Luxury Red (Gina K), White (GP).
Paper: SU Cerise (retired)
Stamps: Sweet Cheri (Imaginisce)
Ink: Stazon Black, Real Red.
Embellishments: Pink Satin Ribbon (Offray), Black Rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts), Clear Stickles.
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, Border punch (Fiskars), SU Dimensionals, Circle Nestabilities.

Hope you like it.
Have a blessed day!

Monday, January 4

With Love.

Hello my friends, I finally stamped!! I am back into my daily routine, homeschooling, babysitting, house chores and stamping, woo hoo!!
I've checked some blogs last few days and I decided I wanted to play their challenges. It is hard to make a card for each of those awesome challenges, so I decided to combine 3 in 1.
First, Melanie is celebrating 2 years of blogging and 25 sets she has illustrated!! So I decided to join her celebration using one of my favorites of her sets: "A year of flowers" I love this set a lot!!!

Second, the sketch comes from Card Positioning System this week sponsored by Gina K. Designs.

And lastly, the wonderful color combo comes from Embellish Blog Challenge: Pink, Red & Black.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Pure Luxury White, Pure Luxury Red, Black.
Paper: SU Bella Rose (retired)
Stamps: A year of flowers by Gina K. Designs.
Ink: Stazon Black, Prismacolor Pencils.
Embellishments: Pearls (kaiser Crafts), Border Punch (Fiskars)
Accessories: Sewing machine, White thread, Square Nestabilities, Stamp-a-ma-jig, SU Dimensionals

Hope you like it.
Have an awesome day/night.