Wednesday, March 31

B is for Blessing.

Hello my friends, (is anybody there?) I just noticed I am not having too many visitors lately, is it because of Spring break? :), I hope someone there is enjoying my creations, if I can make just 1 happy, that makes me happy  :). Anyway, tonight I have a baby card for you. Actually I am combining 3 challenges is 1. I got the sketch from one of my favorite blogs 2S4U, the colors combo + stitching comes from Embellish Magazine and "Mount Up" Challenge over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ.

I started my card base with Kraft CS, I overlapped Innocent Pink and Ocean Mist CS. I added a piece of embossed Ocean Mist CS (Swiss Dots) and a piece of border punch (SunBurst). I added straight stitches around. I stamp the bear 3 times and I mounted up, it was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS. I also added some MS ribbon around and some Pearls.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Kraft, Ocean Mist, Innocent Pink, White PL (All Gina K. Designs)
Stamps: Oh Baby (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Bahama Blue (Memento), Prismacolor Pencils.
Embellishments: Mountain Lake Ribbon (Martha Stewart), Pearls.
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, Sunburst Border Punch (Fiskars), OMS, Swiss Dots folder, Cuttlebug, Foam tape.

Hope you like it.
Have a great night.

Tuesday, March 30

Now & Forever

Hello my friends, Hope you are having a great day. Wedding season just started, in fact I have been invited to attend a wedding on April 10th. I love wedding, they are so romantic and fun at the same time. So, being in the wedding spirit I created these cards. They are CAS, easy to make and mass produce too. I used "Now & Forever Set" from smARTworks. I really love this penguin couple, aren't they adorable?? To make the images pop I used Black Embossing powder  and heat embossing gun, it looks much better than just a black ink, {personal opinion}, I also used Gold Embossing powder.

Card #1:

Card #2:

Card #3: Using Gold Embossing powder.

Hope you like them.
If you have any question about these cards, please don't hesitate to let me know.
Have a great day/night.

Monday, March 29

Playing with scraps

Hello my friends, I have a couple of cards for you today, this time I am using scraps. These cards are very simple and easy to make. I used "Find the Wonder "Set  from smARTworks. Perfect time because Melanie is having a Challenge using scraps :)

First card: I started my card base with a piece of White CS.  The other pieces are scraps, they were almost the same size , so they worked out perfect for my BG. The punch part was also a scrap piece.

Card recipe:
Card Stock: White (GP), Ocean Mist, Lovely Lavender & Lemon Drop (Gina K)
Ink: Sweet Plum (Memento), Summer Sky (Memento)
Embellishments: Flower Rhinestone (Hero Arts), Lilac Gingham.
Accessories: Corner Punch (SU), Threading Water Border Punch (Fiskars), Foam tape, Daubers. 

Second card:  Everything is from my scrap pile (except the card base).

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Real Red (SU), White (GP), Chocolate Brown & Lemon Drop (Gina K)
Ink: Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa (Memento), Real Red (SU)
Embellishments: Red Rhinestone (Hero Arts), White Ribbon (smARTworks)
Accessories: Corner punch (SU), Sunburst Border Punch (Fiskars), Foam Tape, daubers.

Hope you like them!
Have a great day/ night.

Friday, March 26

Thinking Pink.

Hello my friends, today I have a couple of "pink cards". Do you love pink? I do!! This week I found a lot of inspiration in blogland, one of them was Heather Scott at Oz-somestamps. I love her sketches and her video tutorials, so this week I decided to play her sketch and her Modified Retiform Technique.
Shall we start?

Heather's Sketch: I made a baby card, to be honest I struggled with the sketch, I don't know if I really like this card, maybe because I like to add a lot of layers and use my sewing machine, but at the end I convinced myself the card is pretty :)
The images I used are from "Oh Baby" by Gina K. Designs. The white shape was made using my Cricut machine and "A Child's year" cartridge.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Pure Luxury White, Lemon Drop, Innocent Pink (All Gina K.)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Real Red.
Embellishments: Pink Button (Spring Collection GinaK), White Organdy Ribbon (Gina K)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss dots folder, Cricut, A Child's year cartridge, SU Corner punch, Fiskar's border punch, daubers, Circle Nestabilities, Sticky foam, Mini glue dots.

Modified Retiform Technique: I really like this card, :) For the technique I used Pretty in Pink (SU) and Desert Sand (Memento Ink). I followed the video step by step, it is very easy!! For the BG I used smARTworks stamps: "Stella" and "Weave" . The sentiment is from "Inside & Out" by Gina K. Designs. The scallop shape was cut using my Cricut Machine and "A child's year" cartridge. I added some Satin ribbon and tiny pearls.
I played the sketch challenge from Paper Crafts Connection Blog

Card Recipe:
Card stock: White Pure Luxury, Innocent Pink (both Gina K.. Designs)
Stamps: Stella, Weave (smARTworks), Inside & Out (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Pretty in Pink (SU), Desert Sand (Memento)
Embellishments: White Satin Ribbon (Offray), Pearls.
Accessories: Cricut machine, A child's year cartridge, daubers.

Hope you like them!
Your comments are always appreciated.
Have a great day!

Thursday, March 25

May your birthday...

Hello my friends and Happy Thursday! Hope you are having a wonderful day. Today I have a card for CPS Blog challenge. I really like this week sketch and also for "Distressed Something" over at Stamp Something Challenge
I created circle flowers, I cut circles with the Cricut machine, (1", 1.25", 1.5"), distressed and sponged the borders, then I added a silver brad. The BG was created the Swiss Dots Embossing folder. I stamped the leaves (from A Year of flowers set) in Creme de menthe CS and cut them out.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White Pure Luxury, Ocean Mist, Lemon Drop, Creme de menthe (all Gina K. Designs)
Stamps: Inside & Out, A year of flowers (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger) for sponging.
Embellishments: Silver brads.
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots folder, Sewing machine, white thread, Cricut, George cartridge.

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

Wednesday, March 24

Clean & Simple + 3 in 1!

Hello my friends, I hope you are having a great day/night. I have had a very busy day and I was just waiting for a quiet time so I could sit here and write my post.
The other day I was checking some Blog Challenges and I found Stampin' Sisters in Christ and their challenge is to create CAS cards! I thought this is fantastic, having now very short stamping time I played the challenge and I didn't make 1, nor 2 but 3 cards!! The last one is my 3 in 1 using: Cricut, Cutlebug and stamps.
The stamps I used are "Prayer" from smARTworks.


Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Kraft (SU), Lemon Drop & Creme de Menthe (Gina K), White (GP)
Ink:Memento Rich Cocoa.
Embellishments: Clear Rhinestones (Kaiser crafts).
Accessories: Sticky foam, dauber, Corner punch (SU)

I thank God..
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White (GP)
Ink: Real Red (SU), Espresso (Adirondack)
Embellishments: Red Rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts)

Prayer: 3 in 1 card: Using Cricut, Cutlebug, Stamps. The embossed shape was cut with the Cricut machine (then embossed) and the borders were sponged.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Kraft, Chocolate Brown & Ocean Mist (Gina K. Design)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Ginger (Adirondack)
Embellishments: Turquoise Rhinestones (Kaiser Crafts)
Accessories: Cricut machine, A child's year cartridge, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Folder, daubers, Paper piercing set.

Hope you like my cards.
Have a great and blessed day/night.

Tuesday, March 23

Birthday wishes

ETA: Card recipe added and also, my daughter won 1st place at Awana Derby Race last night!

Hello my friends, I hope you are having a great day. Today, I had a great day and I stamped!! I have made several cards I will show you in the following posts, for now I made this Birthday card for Card Patterns. I used the colors for Stamp TV Color Challenge this week: Purple, Green and White. The images are form Gina K. Designs " Spring Florals"
I am also submitting this card for "Distressed Something" over at Stamp Something Challenge

Sorry, I am making this post short, DD & DH are waiting for me to go to DD's Derby car competition. I will post the materials used later :)

Card recipe:
Card Stock: Textured Brights (DCWV), White (GP, White Pure Luxury (Gina K) Stamps: Spring Florals (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Stazon Black, Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments: White Satin Ribbon (Offray), Pearls.
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, Swiss Dots folder, Cuttlebug, Circle Nestabilities, daubers.

Hope you like my card.
Have a great day/ night.

Friday, March 19

Great news and a update!

Hello my friends! Sorry for my lack of posts lately. I am still recuperating and my energy level still low, but feeling a little better every day.
In addition of all the crazy stuff in my life, tomorrow we are celebrating DD's birthday party, her actual birthday was yesterday, oh my!! my little girl is 6!! I can't believe how fast time flies.
In other news, I am going to be PUBLISHED!!! Yesterday, I got an e-mail from Paper Crafts Magazine and one of my card I submitted was chosen for publication. I am so excited!

I hope I can have some stamping time later today, thanks for your patience.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, March 17

Monochromatic card.

Hello my friends, I hope you all are having a great day! I want to show you the card I made for the monochromatic challenge over at the smART-word Challenge Blog. For my card I used 3 smARTworks sets:
Background made with "Stella set", Butterfly from " Cone flowers set" and the sentiment is from "Daisy Trio 2 set"

Card Recipe:
Card stock: White.
Ink: Memento Tangelo, Memento Rich Cocoa.
Embellishments: Rhinestone (Kaisercrafts)
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, daubers, chipboard template (for scallop shape)

Hope you like it!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 16

Crochet flowers for sale!

ETA: All flowers are sold!! Thanks so much! I will make more and let you know, if you want any especific color, let me know, maybe I have it!!
Hello my friends, I feel I haven't posted in years, LOL, but I have been really sick at the point the only I did was laying in bed or on the couch. Yesterday I went to the doctor and I have a triple infection, now I am taking antibiotics and I just starting feeling much better. SO, in my laying moments I started making some crochet flowers, if anybody is interested I am selling a package of 10 flowers for only $4.00. and 9 different colors to choose from! (S+H=$1.00 in the USA only)
In case you want to buy one, please e-mail at: giovanachavez AT msn DOT com, "Crochet flowers" in the subject line.


Baby Yellow



Light Pink

Light Blue

Dark Pink


Thanks so much.
God bless

ETA: Sorry if I caused a confusion about the packages, each package contains 10 flowers , all of the same color, 5 large and 5 small. I am not combinig colors, in case you would like especific colors "mix", let me know and I will make some for you. Also, this time I am selling this only in the Continental USA.

Saturday, March 13

I am still alive

Hello my friends, sorry for being MIA. This cold is making me feel miserable. The only thing I've been doing is rest and minor things. The good things is I am starting feeling a little bit better, even though I am voiceless, I think I am fighting this cold like a good soldier.
Just in case you like the crochet flowers I have showed you here, I have made 6 sets in 6 different colors, only $5.00 for 10 flowers. I will post the pictures tomorrow.

I hope you have a great weekend.
God bless you all

Thursday, March 11

3 in 1!!

Hello my friends, I want to show a couple of cards I made using a Stamp Set, Cuttlebug and a Cricut machine. I love stamps, my Cuttlebug is always used for BG or especial details and my Cricut sometimes cries to be used, LOL, so once a week I will try to do 3 in 1!

Materials I used:
Stamp Set: Inisde & Out (Gina K Designs)
Cutlebug folders: Swiss Dots.
Cricut cartriges: Stretch your Imagination

Card Stock: White (GP), Kraft , Lemon drop, Innocent Pink, Ocean Mist and Creme de menthe (all Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Memento Rich cocoa, Antique Linen.
Embellishments: Spring Collection Button (Gina K), embroidery floss.
Accessories: Sticky foam, daubers.

Hope you like it. I am fighting a cold right now, feeling really congested, it is a bad time to get sick, believe me, I have too many things to do.

Have a great day!

Happy Birthday

Hello my friends, sorry for my lack of posts, my week off at work is gone and now I am back into the swing of working, homeschooling and house stuff. DD is practicing soccer again and also she is in other activities, so my afternoons that used to be kind of quiet are busy again, but that is OK, I have a card for you today {wink, wink}.
I made this card few days ago following "A Year in Cards" tutorial I found on Kristina Werner's blog. She has awesome tutorials and her cards are always so much fun!
The tutorial shows 3 different cards, but I just made 1, maybe later I will make the rest :)
I used smARTworks stamps, the inside is the pocket for a pair of earrings I bought to send to my sister!! I hope she likes this card.


Have a great day!!

Wednesday, March 10

Just a note about...

the crochet flowers I showed you yesterday. I am a "super really beginner" and I have not idea how to create a pattern, the only thing I did was to follow a Video Tutorial I found on YouTube. I hope this video helps you. I am in the mood of making more flowers, maybe I will sell some, of course I am not a crochet machine, LOL. I wish I could.

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, March 9

Check this out!

Hello my friends, I don't have a card for you today (yet), but I want to show something I've been working on. If you follow my blog, you may know DD's birthday party is coming soon, so I decided that instead of lots of candy for the party favor I wanted to include something the little girls could use. So I decided to make some flower barrets !! I have spent like 3 nights making the flowers and yesterday I glued them and decorated them.
I haven't finished the party favor for 3 of the girls that are a little bit older.

PS:The embroidery floss I used is from Brazil and Peru. I used to do a lot of cross stitch and I have tons of embroidery!!
Hope you like them!!

Sunday, March 7


Hello my friends. I hope you are having a great Sunday. I have been kind of busy today, but after cleaning and organizing stuff, I decided to take a break and make a card! Woo-hoo!! Today I am playing the SPCC challenge, this week colors have been a little hard for me, I have tried all week to make a card with these colors, sat down, move papers around and at the end I gave up, but today I decided no more giving up, so I just played with my paper again and I think I got a good card.
My card base is So Saffron, the blue part is Night of Navy. I matted a piece of Pumpkin Pie and some Patterned Paper I have in my scrap pile. I stamped the praying hands in White CS using Memento Rich Cocoa. I matted this piece with some Pumpkin Pie as well. I added some Blue Ribbon and a button (just the same color as Brilliant Blue!
The sentiment was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.
Images are from smARTworks "Prayer Set"

Hope you like it.
Have a great day/night.

Saturday, March 6

Happy Birthday JonBoy!

Hello my friends, Are you enjoying your Saturday? Here is really pretty, sunny, kind of warm, it looks like Spring!! Today, DD has a Birthday party, her good friend JonBoy is turning 7 and is having a Lego party, so I decided to make a Lego card, it is very easy and simple and I hope he likes it.
The pieces of CS are 1"x1", 1.5" x 1" and 2" x 1". I punched little circles and adhered then in the middle.
For this card I used little scrap pieces of CS, perfect for this kind of project!!
The ABC stamps are from Studio G.

I hope I can get some stamping time this week, I will be working this week after a week off, also I am preparing all the little things for my daughter's Princess Birthday Party, who knows what else this week bring.
Hope you have a wonderful day!!
God bless you all.

Thursday, March 4

smARTword Challenge: Monochromatic!

Hello my friends, I forgot to announce the new word for this month in the smARTword Challenge: Monochromatic. I hope you can join us this month, remember you can use any stamps you own, but if you use smARTwords Stamp, you will get smART Bucks!! Tis month prize is an assorted of Spring Images!!
Here is a card I made few weeks ago, next week I will post the card I made for this challenge!

In other news, the smARTwork catalog has been updated and some changes has been made, now the stamps have been grouped in full, half, third and quarter sheets!, more stamps and more fun!, and now you have the chance to buy stamps from the old catalog 50% off!! only untilsupplies last, so be sure you check HERE and get you stamps before they are gone!

Have a great day!