Friday, April 30

Have you seen ...

...THIS!! One of my cards using Gina K. Stamps was choosen to be in the Challenge Gallery at Cards Blog!!
I am so happy :) 

PS: Don't forget about my Mother's Day Blog Candy, I have only 2 comments and no submissions yet, I didn't think this challenge would be so hard :(

Tuesday, April 27

Mother's Day Blog Candy coming soon!!

I have some goodies to share with you my friends! It's going to be a Mother's Day blog candy :)
I will post the picture of the prize and a little something you need to do to win, nothing difficult, do not worry {wink, wink}

See ya later.

Monday, April 26

Happy Birthday

Hello again my friends. I have a Birthday card for you today. I got inspired by a baby horse who was born today. It's not my horse, it is my neighbors' and it is super cute, in fact they have 2 baby horses and 1 mama is due in a week, so more babies around here. :) Today, DD and I went to visit the horses. They were so calm and relax, the only one excited was the dog, I think he stopped barking because he got tired of it, LOL.

Anyway, for my card I used the colors from Lee's Color Challenge: Turquoise Sea, Lemon Drop and a Neutral (challenge at Stamp TV) and the sketch comes from 2S4U . Also submitting this for "Stitching Challenge" at Lucy's Cards Blog.
The lace on my card is made by me, I added some turquoise satin ribbon and the Prima flowers match the Lemon Drop CS perfectly.
The stamp set I used is "Inside & Out" from Gina K.

Card recipe:
Card Stock: Textured Turquoise (DCWV), Lemon Drop (Gina K), White (Gina K)
Paper: Out & About Collection (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps: Inside & Out (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Espresso Adirondack (Ranger), Tea Dye Distress (Ranger)
Embellishments: Crochet Lace, Turquoise Satin Ribbon (Offray), Prima flowers, Gold Brad (Making Memories)
Accessories: Sewing machine, White thread, Foam tape, Scor-tape, daubers.

Hope you like it.
Have a great day!

And the winner is:

Karen!!! Rebecca loves your card very much, she just picked you as the winner.

Betty, Cat and Nancy, thanks so much for playing Becca's challenge. Please send me your addresses too, I will send you some crochet flowers as well.

e-mail me at: giovanachavez AT msn DOT com.

Have a great day!!

Other little crafts I've made.

Hello my friends. I hope you are having a great Monday. I am sore, LOL, I am back in the swing of work-out routine and goodness my whole body hurts. In addition of that we are starting our "garden project" and it's a lot of land to clean and rocks to removed. So that's why I don't have any cards "yet", but I want to share a couple of crochet project I've done in the last couple of weeks.
I made a couple of headbands, one for my daughter and one for Miss E. They are simple white bands and they looks so cute on them.

Hope you like it. I will be back later with some card projects for you.
Have a great day!

Friday, April 23

Psalm 119:165

Hello my friends! Here is a gorgeous day, sunny and bright, hope to stay this way so I can go for a walk later. Anyway, I have an inspirational card for you today. I used one of the sayings from Ministry Mix Set from smARTworks. I really like this Bible verse, in hard times I know who I should trust.
For my card I created the circle window using a couple of Circle Nestabilities, then I embossed them using Swiss Dots embossing folder. The pretty paper is from Out & About Collection from My Mind's Eyes. The flowers are from Prima.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

Sketch: From Rebecca's Sketch (yes!! that my little daughter's challenge)
Monochromatic : Caarvarks.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Pink Pirouette (SU), White (GP).
Paper: Out & About (My Mind's Eye).
Stamps: Ministry Mix (smARTworks).
Ink: Espresso Adirondack (Ranger), Tea Dye Distress (Ranger)
Embellishments: Pink Satin Ribbon (Offray), Prima flowers, Silver brads (JoAnn's).
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss dots folder, daubers, foam tape.

Hope you like it.
Have a great day!

Thursday, April 22

Becca's challenge #2

Hello my friends! Hope you are having a great day! Yesterday, my DD asked for a piece of paper and she drew another sketch for you! She is really excited about her new sketch and I hope you can play along. I will make a card later based on her sketch, but for now I have her sketch and the card she made with it, and also a little prize for a lucky winner. This challenge will close next Monday at noon (Pacific Time), she will pick the winner, anybody is welcome to play, little ones too :)
The sketch!
Her card!
The prize!
Assorted paper and crochet flower (made by me)

Hope you can play along with us.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 21

May your birthday

Hello my friends, here I come again with my second post for today. I've been in an inspired mood yesterday and today and I love these days so much that here you have another card. I have to confess something, I really love this card!!! It is so elegant, I hope the picture can make it justice.

I started my card base with the new Bubblegum Pink CS ( I bought it last month and I just used it, ashamed of me), I cuttlebugged a piece of White PL CS with textile folder and sponged the borders with Tea Dye Distress Ink. Then I matted and stitched a piece of Bubblegum Pink with some DP (Postcards form Paris & Sweet as Cherry Pie "Love this paper!!!!") , added some Satin Ribbon with gold staples and Prima flower. The sentiment was stamped in White CS and Espresso Ink.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:
Sketch: Card Patterns.
Monochromatic : Caarvarks.
Flowers: Stampin' Sisters in Christ.
Layers: Stamp Something.
Birthday: Little Paper Shop.
Birthday : The Scrapbooking Cottage
Stitching: Lucy's Cards Blog

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Bubblegum Pink, White (Gina K. Designs)
Stamps: Inside & Out (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Espresso Adirondack (Ranger), Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger).
Embellishments: White Satin Ribbon (Offray), Prima Flower, Pink Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, Circle Nestabilities, Rectangle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Textile folder, Golden Staples (Making Memories), daubers, Foam Tape.

Hope you like it.
Have a great night!

Thank you

Hello my friends! I hope you are having a great Wednesday. here is gray, windy and rainy, but glad to be inside and have something to show today.
I think this card is simple, but the flower gives it a really nice touch. I started my card with a piece of White Heavy Weight CS, matted it with a piece of Innocent Pink and some DP from PTI, stitched it, then added the curvy shape (made with my Cricut machine) and the stripe piece of CS, and sewed the border too. I stamped the sentiment from Inside & Out Set (Gina K. Designs) and added a layered of Prima flowers and a touch of Green Ribbon.
I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

Sketch Challenge: 2S4U
Monochromatic Challenge: Caarvarks.
Layer Challenge: Stamp Something.
Flower Challenge: Stampin' Sisters in Christ.
Stitching: Lucy's Cards Blog.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White, Innocent Pink (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: PTI
Stamps: Inside & Out (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Espresso (Adirondack)
Embellishments: Prima flowers, Green Satin Ribbon (Offray), Mini pearls (Michael's)
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, Cricut Machine, Stretch your Imagination Cartridge, Sunburst Border Punch (Fiskars), Mini glue dots, Medium glue dots.

Hope you like it.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 20

A note of Thanks.

Hello my friends, here I come again, my second post for today. This time I am playing Kristina Warner Challenge: One Layer Card. I am not a OLC maker, but once in a while I challenge myself to try it, I love embellishments too much :)

Anyway, for my card I used 7 different ink colors!!! I started stamping the Weave BG from smARTworks (now 50% off while sullies lasts!!) in Ginger, Tangelo and Walnut Stain Ink. Then I stamped the images from On The desk set (Cornish Heritage Farms) in Espresso Ink. Then I stamped the side pen in Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Finally I sponged the borders, I started with Tea Dye, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock" White (GP)
Stamps: On the Desk  (CHF), Weave BG (smARTworks).
Ink: Ginger (Adirondack), Espresso (Adirondack), Tangelo (Memento), Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain (all Distress Ink by Ranger)
Accessories: Daubers.

Hope you like it.
Have a great day!

Find the wonder and a rainbow!

Hello my friends! Hope you are having a wonderful day. Today my day started with a beautiful rainbow. to be honest I was feeling down, tired and sleepy, but then when I was doing some early dishes I saw a very bright light coming from the backyard, to my surprise it was a lovely tall and thin rainbow. Oh! my spirit brights and my day has been so great so far. Then after a little over an hour after the first rainbow, my daughter told me it was another one!! it was small and wide and beautiful as well.

Anyway, I have a bright card for you. I just found another blog challenge "The Play Date Cafe", its has a "Color Splash Challenge" : Black, White and Orange.
For my card I used Find the Wonder set (now 50% off while supply lasts!!). First I started with my background, I used a Rectangle piece I cut with Rectangle Nestabilities. I used the border frame and  started sponging inside using Memento Tangelo Ink. I stamped the flower in Black and White; I really wanted to create a 3D effect, I think I need to practice more about this technique.
I added a couple of Pearls and some ribbon at the bottom using staples.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White (Gina K.)
Stamps: Find the wonder (smARTworks)
Ink: Tangelo (Memento), Stazon Black (Tsukineko), White Craft.
Embellishments: Orange Ribbon (Offray), Pearls (Michael's).
Accessories: Staples, Dauber, Rectangle nestabilities.

Hope you like it.
Have a great day!!

Saturday, April 17

Challenge cards! and a serious conversation.

Hello my friends and happy Saturday! Today it was a busy day, but great at the same time. My daughter had a soccer game this afternoon and she and her team had a great game (even though her team didn't win). The funny thing is I was sitting on the ground cheering up the team and a little boy was talking to me. He told me he liked his team and his school teacher
So, our conversation went like this:

Me: So, what's your teacher name?
Dylan: Teacher.
Me: Ok,... she must have a name, right?
Dylan: Shis name is teacher of the kids! (He said Shis, :)
Me: Great! You must love her a lot.
Dylan: My teacher is good :)

I smiled, looked at him and said, you are funny. He saw me taking pictures, so he wanted a picture too and I did. Then, he told he wanted to go into the field and play because Rebecca was there, PLOP! I think he didn't know Becca's is my daughter. He whispered to me and said, She is nice!! After the game, we had a potluck and he just wanted to be with Becca, he sat next to her and played to her in the playground, even when he left, he told Becca, "I am leaving, Bye Becca" I was surprised!! Aren't kids sweet, well, it's sweet now they are little, LOL.

Becca and Dylan eating together :)

Anyway, I have 2 cards for you today.
My first card is for 2Sketches 4 You Sketch Challenge. I made this card for my good friend from church whose birthday was last Wednesday. She loves handmade things and I hope she likes my card.
I included a lot of stitching in this card; straight stitches fort he borders and zig zag for the ribbon area.
The flowers are from Spring Florals Set (Gina K. Designs) and they were colored with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS. The sentiment is from Inside & Out Set (Gina K. Designs)

Card recipe:
Card Stock: White, Chocolate Brown (Gina K. Designed)
Paper: Out & About (My Mind's Eye)
Stamps: Inside & Out, Spring Florals (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko), Stazon Black (Tsukineko), Ginger (Ranger)
Embellishments: Satin White (Michael's), Satin Light Blue (Offray), Pearls (Michael's).
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, Rectangle Nestabilities, Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, Daubers, Foam Tape.

My second card is for Stampin' Sisters in Christ , this week challenge is to create a card about prayer and/or peace. For this card I used Ministry Mix from smARTworks. I stamped the sentiment in Cranberry Pigment Ink and heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder. I sponged the inside with Pretty in Pink Ink. I also added some straight stitches.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Pink Pirouette (SU), Purple ( LSS), White (GP)
Paper: Postcards from paris & Sweet Cherry Pie (Webster's Pages)
Stamps: Ministry Mix (smARTworks)
Ink: Cranberry Pigment Ink (Ranger), Pretty in Pink (SU)
Embellishments: Green Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).
Accessories: Sewing machine, White thread, Circle Nestabilities, Daubers, Clear embossing powder, foam tape.

I am submitting both card also to Lucy's Cards Challenge #9: Stitching.

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

Friday, April 16

Cookie Challenge: Watch Parts.

Hello my friends! Hope you are having a great day! I am having a better day today, you may not known, but I have been having really bad sinus problems, believe me really bad, fever, headache, earache, tiredness, you name it, I have it. But today is a new day and it is beautiful here, sunny and warm (66F), the perfect temperature to do some yard work, LOL. I mowed half of my yard because the mower run out of gas :), I sat on the fresh grass and drank some cold water and enjoyed time talking to my daughter. I feel much better and I am planning on having a good stamping time today. I haven't stamped in days ( you know why) and even though my desk needs to be cleaned, I am planning to ink my fingers today :)

Anyway, today is time for another Cookie Challenge (the last one) and Susan challenged the DT to create a card using Watch Parts Set. I created a CAS card. I used Kraft CS, sponged borders  and stamped the watch. The number area was cut with Circle Nestabilities and adhered with Foam Tape. I added a Silver brad in the center and also some Pearls in the right corner.

Card recipe:
Card Stock: Kraft (SU)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Ginger (Adirondack)for sponging.
Embellishments: Pearls, Silver brad.
Accessories: Circles Nestabilities, Foam Tape, Dauber.

Now, head over to Susan's blog and answer the question posted there to have the chance to win this set!

Good luck.
Have a great day!

Thursday, April 15

CSS Blog Hop! BBQ Picnic Recipes

It's time for another CSS Blog hop!

Several members of the CenterStage Spotlight Alumni team have gathered some of their favorite BBQ Picnic recipes together for us to make another cookbook!  The cookbook will be available for FREE over on the StampTV Freebie page for you to download and print at your leisure.

But, since we are paper crafters - we challenged them even further to make a project with their recipe in mind to share with us tonight on their blogs!  (The projects are also included in photos on the recipe booklet as well.)  

Please check out the links of all the participating designers and then download the Recipe booklet and let us know how you like them!

I couldn't say no when I was asked to participate in another Cookbook. This cookbook is awesome,really yummy recipes!! I can't wait for you to try all of them {smile inserted}.
I am in the "Dessert area" and I try a different version of the Alfajores I showed you here before.
You can find the recipe cookbook in the freebie area on Stamp TV!!
But here is the picture of the card I made with the Alfajores.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White, Red Hot (Gina K)
Paper: Wood Digital Paper (a freebie from Stamp TV)
Ink: Real Red (SU), Rich cocoa (Memento)
Stamps: Hope is Faith, Inside & Out (both (Gina K)
Embellishments: Lemon Grass Satin Ribbon (Offray), Red Rhinestones (KaiserCraft)
Accessories: Sewing machine, white thread, printer.

Hope you like it.
Have fun hopping.

Monday, April 12

Gina K. Illustrator Blog Challenge.

Hello my friends, How are you today? I hope you are having a great day. This morning I spent some time creating cards for Gina K. Illustrators Challenge, this time getting inspired by your favorite childhood books. I grew up with some traditional Latin American Stories, sadly I don't have any of those books here, so I asked my daughter to tell me some of her favorite books and she brought to me a lot ! LOL. So I basically got inspired by colors. It was perfect because I bought one set from the last release party "Fairy Tales" Set that have worked out perfectly with my designs.

Here are the card I created. All the materials I used are from Gina K.

Once in a while...: I got inspired by What Willie Wore Book.

You Shine: I got inspired by the colors of The Story of the Easter Bunny

Make a Wish: Inspired by the book An Angel of my Own

You Shine "Crown" Inspired by the book Once Upon a Time

Hope you like my cards. I will add the card recipes later. Thanks!
Have a great night!

Saturday, April 10


Hello my friends, how is Saturday going? Mine was busy, but now I am relaxing and getting some crafty time, but before of that I want to show you a card I made for a Wedding today. We attended a nice, fun and windy wedding. The couple is from our church and they chose a winery location for their ceremony. The weather here is still winter, LOL, cold and the wind today was crazy, we were happy to have an inside reception. After all, the wedding was beautiful and still windy here, LOL

Now onto my card, I used Gina K. Pure Luxury White CS, I kept it very white and simple. I cut a slightly smaller piece and used Textile Folder, sponged borders, then a strip  of CS was also embossed using Swiss Dots. I attached ribbon around and adhered to card. Finally I stamped the sentiment in Rich Cocoa and added some pearls. I am submitting this card to Stampin' Sisters in Christ Love challenge.

Card recipe:
Card STock: White (Gina K. Designs)
Stamps: Inside & Out (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Antique Linen (Ranger)
Embellishments: Pearls.
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots folder, Tentile Folder, Foam tape.

Hope you like it.
Have a great day!

Friday, April 9

It's a girl!! Bear Card

Good morning my friends! I woke up today feeling tired, how can that happen? I think I am getting something, I am not sure if it's allergies or a cold, but I have some sinus pressure and headaches, yikes! Anyway, last night I made a baby card. I love making baby cards, don you?
I got inspired by a little outfit Miss E. was wearing yesterday, then I thought of Gina K. Inspiration Challenge, also Cuttlebug Challenge and Caarvarks Challenge, all of them have a Baby Challenge!! Super duper! and the stitching challenge over at Stamp Something
I used the sketch from Card Patterns.
Just a note about the bear. I stamped it twice, cuttlebuged the one on top, cut out the tummy and added a pink button in its place. You can see it better in the second and third picture.

All materials listed are Gina K. Designs otherwise noted.

Card Recipe:
Card Stock: White, Chocolate Brown, Innocent Pink, Kraft (Gina K. Designs)
Stamps: Oh baby! (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Ginger (Adirondack), Real Red (SU), Pretty In Pink (SU)
Embellishments: White satin Ribbon (Offray), Pink Rhinestones (Kaiser crafts), Pink Button (Gina K. Designs)
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Square nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots folder, Spots & Dots folder. Dauber, Sewing machine, White thread.

Hope you like it.
Have a great day!