Wednesday, 30 September 2009

My precious little gift

Here I am again, after over a week of absence, with some exciting news about the safe arrival of my baby girl Zuzanna!! She is absolutely gorgeous, very calm, keenly interested in the world around already, and I just love her to pieces!!

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I'm still feeling a bit cranky and awkward with the post-cesarean stitches, and of course Zuzia is occupying a great deal of my time, but I shall be back shortly with some new cards.
As much as my daily routine changed, I cannot stop thinking about cardmaking, and frankly I don't know whether I should be happy or worried about this :P
See you soon, have a great day!
Chupa xx

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

The time has come!

This is going to be my last card for some time, I believe at least for a couple of days.
I found out this morning that my baby decided to turn breech at the very last moment (I'm 7 days overdue now), so that I immediately got a cesarean booked for wee morning tomorrow...
I'm going to have my little girl with me in a couple of hours, so wish me luck!!

I was planning to make a couple of cards today, especially knowing that I'll have to live without it for a while, but I couldn't concentrate!
I did make one though, but I'm far from being satisfied with it... I'm posting it anyway, as I'd usually do :)

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This is my submission for the Tuesday Triplets challenge at 365 Cards (three brads), and Tuesday Morning Sketches #12 (a sketch that I used).
Now it's time for me to try and have some sleep before the Big Day, and hopefully I'll be back soon-ish with the picture of meh girlie! =D

Thank you for your visits & lovely comments, all this has been brightening up my days, and hopefully will continue to do so!
Chupa xx

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

hugs & kisses

Day three of Sketchfest on Caardvarks has come, and I'm back with my entry for their new sketch:

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This would be my absolute fav colour combination, and I like using it every now and then. It brings to my mind a table in a sunlit, inviting kitchen, a yummy chocolate cake on it, and the family gathered around and chatting happily :)
I decided to use the sketch a little differently to what one would expect, and I'm satisfied with the result. It only bugs me why the brown ribbon underneath came out almost black, while its colour matches the rest of the browns on the card perfectly. I guess it's the different material reflecting the light off in a different way.
Thanks for looking and all the lovely comments that I'm receiving!
Chupa xx

Seeing spots!

I'm still waiting for my baby's little toes to arrive with the rest of her cute body lol, but I made another baby card instead. Can't get enough of them lately...

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The design is based on the lovely Mercy's sketch at Lord Have Mercy!
I also chose the papers and embellies so that the card suits Monday's colour scheme at 365 Cards.
The image is stamped, but I used my watercolour pencils for shading around the edges of the die cut instead of sponging. Often I'd prefer using them over ink pads, as I feel like I have more control over the effect.
Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting!
Chupa xx

A framed butterfly

Here's the next card for today, this time a little bit different to my usual heavy-layered style, but frankly I love the effect!

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Its romantic, folk style meets glamour on this card, and it all goes so nicely together :)
I combined the lovely DCWV papers (including the butterfly in the frame and the flower cutout) with a chipboard frame and a tag, on which I put a clear sentiment sticker. Then I added some lace, paper string in two colours and an adhesive silver corners, sponged around the card in an olive ink, and that's it!
This card is my submission for Laura's Sketch 35 at 2 Sketches 4 You.
(I'm sorry for the nasty horizontal line that goes across the photo, it's some fault generated by Photobucket and I hope it disappears soon...)
Thank you for visiting!
Chupa xx

Thank you for everything

As I promised yesterday, I'm back with another card for The Pink Elephant's newest sketch.
This time I didn't rotate it, although I put the sentiment inside the middle section, instead of the bottom right corner.

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The square with the sentiment is popped up on a mounting tape, as are the leaves and the blossom of Echinacea flower. I actually painted the sides of the little mounting tape pieces underneath the flower parts with markers, so that they'd be less visible :)
The little bee is made of resin, I believe.
Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it's much appreciated as always!
Chupa xx

Monday, 21 September 2009

Another Monday, another Mojo sketch

Here is my take on the sketch for Mojo Monday Week 105:

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These lovely papers are from DCWV. I combined two kinds of lace and a ribbon to accentuate the border between the horizontal sections and emphasize the sentimental tone of the card.
The outer edges have been sanded lightly.
I hope you like the effect as much as I do :D
Thanks for visiting!
Chupa xx

Best friends

This is probably my last card for tonight... I still feel like creating, but it's quite late *sigh* Am I an addict? Sure I am, lol!

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I made this one for the brand new sketch over at TPE. I rotated it, changed the alignment of the ribbon and extended the length of the sentiment - the basic layout is left untouched though.
I like the sketch a lot, so I might make one more card tomorrow with no changes applied this time. I'll see how it goes :)

Thank you for looking!
Chupa xx

Spring has come!

Indeed it has come to Oz! The air is full of sweet scent, butterflies chase each other above the flowers, and the sun kisses me on the cheeks when I'm out. Perfect time to have a baby, a completion and crowning of all the new beginnings... =D

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I made this card for the day two of Caardvarks Sketchfest. I remember stating here not long ago that teal is far from being my favourite colour, but now I seem to be a sucker for it, and I use it often even when not asked for :)
On the other hand, this is not an isolated case - my colour preferences have undergone a big change since I started card making.... which is good, 'cause I probably was a bit mono-thematic before lol.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week begins well!
Chupa xx

A cheerful thank you

This card I'm going to give to a wonderful lady whom we've never met, yet who recently helped us selflessly, I hope she'll like it!

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This is going to be my second entry for the current 2RedBananas Split Sunday Challenge (1 piece of ribbon, 2 stamps and 3 dew drops or gems), as well as a submission to the sketch challenge on CPS.
The polka dot background has been embossed and sponged to bring forth the pattern. All the rest is self-explanatory :)

Thakns for looking!
Chupa xx

Best Wishes CAS

Firstly I'd like to express my boundless joy - I've been chosen for the Fab 5 at 2 Sketches 4 You with my Get well soon card! YAY, thankies ladies! :)
Secondly, I'm back with my first post today, and another creation. This is no coincidence that it's another CAS card, as I was planning to make one today anyway ;)

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It's been created upon my mum-in-law's request, her dear friend is soon turning 70, so she needs something unique for this special occasion. I hope this will be unique enough for her lol!
For the design I followed the brand new 2RedBananas challenge, which is a recipe: 1 piece of ribbon, 2 stamps and three dew drops/gems. In case the gems are not too apparent - you can find them on the ribbon :)
Thank you for stopping by and commenting!
Chupa xx

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Joy definition

Here is the card that I put together for another wonderful sketch over at The Sweetest Thing:

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I really like playing with Karen's sketches, they're so sweet :) Not to mention that I'm in constant awe for that chick's awesome craftmanship...!
The images are from Kaisercraft - I tend to work a lot with their stamps lately.

Thank you for looking, wishing you a happy evening, and see you tomorrow!
Chupa xx

A beary Christmas card

Sketchfest 2009 has just started on Caardvarks! For each day in the following week there is a sketch design to do, and there are some wonderful prizes to grab, so none the less this is something that every challenge lover should take part in =D
I'd love to complete all sketches, so that I could enter the drawing for the DT member, but I doubt my baby lets me - I'm already four days overdue, so I might end up in a hospital any hour now! :)
Here's my take on Sunday's sketch:

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I'm systematically collecting Christmas cards. Certainly a good thing to do if one wants to spare some nerves in the last days' madness!
This card is also entering the One Stop Craft challenge called Beary Nice. The requirement is to include a teddy bear on the project. I found this one cute :)

Thank you for stopping by!
Chupa xx

For the love of flowers

I promised I'd be back with another submission for Charisma Cardz Flower Power challenge - and here it is:

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A nice and simple set of cards showcasing the beauty of paper blooms. The cards have been distressed in several ways (I'm a sucker for sponging lately), and that makes them eligible for The Daring Cardmakers challenge called Shabby Chic (also my second try on this one).

Thank you for stopping by and leaving all the lovely comments!
Chupa xx

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Think pink!

Here's my first card for you today:

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I designed it in response to three new challenges:
- I used this sketch at Card Patterns;
- it follows A Yummy Color Combo (light pink, hot pink, white & chocolate chip), set by the OCC Team (brown turned out quite dark on the picture, but believe me this is not black);
- I included a flower image (as I'd usually do anyway lol) so it can enter the Flower Power challenge over at Charisma Cardz.
I definitely will be creating something more for Charisma Cardz this week - I LOVE flowers, I use them a lot on my projects, and it would be a shame if I gave that theme just one go... :P

The image in the middle as well as the flower head itself is popped up on dimensionals, I wish the shadows were more apparent so that you'd see it more clearly...

Thanks for peeping in!
Chupa xx

Shabby chic

As I wrote in an earlier post, I'm back with one more creation tonight - a two challenge card:

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It follows this sketch by Jacque from Friday Sketchers, and the Shabby Chic theme at Daring Cardmakers. The negligent sponging is intentional :)
Thanks for stopping by, happy cardmaking!
Chupa xx

Favourite colours

I love this month's challenges on Stamp Something! They're all about our favourites, who doesn't like using them whenever possible?
This week their choice is either colours or papers. I've got several much loved colour combinations, the mix of blue and brown being probably my all-time favourite, but not that long ago I made several projects featuring these and so I wanted to concentrate on some other colour combos today.
I made two cards, since I couldn't decide on what colours to choose. Both are using this lovely sketch by Cindy Haffner at Crazy 4 Challenges.
The first one features brown, green and beige, and has a nice old-time feeling to it. I guess I managed to successfully produce another masculine card :)

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It also shows my addiction to polka dot papers, as well as my next submission, the Christmas card:

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I adore classic Christmas colours - rich, saturated reds and deep greens, softened with blues and beiges. I like how they evoke the holiday feeling in me, no matter what time of year it is.

That's all for now, but I might be back later with some more - it's quite late already but my mojo is still in full swing and I don't like wasting it =)

Thank you for stopping by!
Chupa xx

Friday, 18 September 2009

Cheeky monkey

It took me several days to finally get on to creating a card for the current challenge on CCEE Stampers. I found the blog the other day, and instantly considered it a great place for me to hang around. Firstly, the Design Team features some of the most talented ladies in the cardmaking world, and peeking in there just to see their creations is a delicious treat. Secondly, their challenges are quite different from the usual stuff. They really make one stretch the boundaries of their mojo.
And that's why I guess it took me so long to produce this card, which is the answer to the CNFS (Catchy Name Featured Stamper) Challenge themed Copsmonkey:

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I wouldn't have participated in it at all, if I didn't recall that I got the DCWV Animal Crackers set the other day, which I managed to forget about.
It was much easier to rig up a card having found this cute little monkey there!
It will make up for a nice b-day card for some kiddie one day :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Chupa xx

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Miss you

This time I present you a four challenge card:

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This is my second entry for Faking It at Papertake Weekly, and this time I faked lace with my border punch.
Also, giving it a second go for Tuesday Morning Sketches challenge called Ribbon. Again I wouldn't use it in any unusual way, but I love how it makes a statement and really brightens things up.
The third challenge is hosted by 365 Cards and is called It's What's Inside that Counts. There should be a "miss you" or related sentiment hidden inside the card, with a complimenting image on the front of it. My sentiment is under the image:

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Lastly, there is a Hidden Treasure challenge at Cute Card Tuesday, that requires something similar - to include some hidden element/gift.
That's about it :)
Thank you for peeping in, happy crafting!
Chupa xx

Birthday wishes

It's hard to work with acetate, especially stamp on it...but I know it can look marvelous if done properly. My newest card is certainly far from being a work of art, but creating it taught me a lot, so that next time I get my hands on a piece of acetate I'll know how to handle it better :P

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I'm still going to enter it in the challenges that I designed it for, I don't like my work being wasted lol. These are:
- Monday's Make A Mosaic challenge on 365 Cards;
- Faking It on Papertake Weekly.
What did I fake? Paper piercing! :P Pierced acetate would look awful, so instead I made the dots with the black marker.
The inspiration for the mosaic came from this awesome card by Theresa Momber. She is one talented cardmaker, incredibly skilled in using Copic markers and sponging, and I love all her creations! My card looks so puny in comparison to her example lol!

Thank s for stopping by,
Chupa xx

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

There's always time for coffee!

..at least for me! I'm a hopeless example of a coffee addict...
That is why I greeted the new Crafty Creations challenge called Coffee or Tea with unfeigned pleasure... and here is what I came up with:

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I'm also going to put this one in Simon Says...Follow A Recipe challenge, but frankly, I wouldn't know whether it actually qualifies or not :)
The recipe is: 3 embellies, 2 papers, and one image. No problem with the latter two, but I'm not sure whether there must a total number of three embellishments, or just 3 different types of them. I used three types - ribbon, brads, and glitter glue (does it count anyway? *scratches head*)
Well, in case that's wrong then I will be happy to put together one more card. You know me :P

Thank you for looking, happy card making!
Chupa xx

Get well soon!

This card I made for my hubby's aunt, who recently had an operation on spine. I hope she's going to be ok now!

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The sketch that it follows comes from 2 Sketches 4 You. Also, I complied with the requirements of the newest Color Throwdown challenge, and used the following colour palette: bermuda bay, green galore & barely banana. Finally, I'm entering the card into Tuesday Morning Sketches #11, that says Ribbon! (preferably it should be made a feature element, and that's what happens here).
Hope you like it, thanks for stopping by!
Chupa xx

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Back to school

That's the theme of TPE's new challenge that I just whipped up a submission for, and here it is:

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I stumbled upon this school-related image while browsing the web in search for an inspiration, found it cute, so I drew it and coloured with watercolour pencils. The sentiment is designed & hand drawn by me.

Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting!
Chupa xx

Red poppies

I've only just finished my submissions for the last week's sketch at Lord Have Mercy! yesterday, but it's Tuesday tonight and there's a brand new one waiting for meh to play with! :P
It's as beautiful as the previous sketch, and I suspect that the card that I just put together is not my last word for this challenge =) (of course if my baby lets me - my due date is tomorrow!)

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There is also a yummy challenge over at There She Goes called Partially Popped, that requires using dimensionals to partially pop up parts of an image. I did that with my poppies, and it came out beautifully :)
The image was coloured with watercolour pencils (not blended for crispier effect). The sentiment is a rub-on.

Thank you so much for stopping by tonight!
Chupa xx

Mojo Monday Week 104

Another week with Mojo Monday for me has come, along with another fabulous sketch. I think out of all challenge blogs I like their sketches most. Apparently at least some 1300 girls share this love with me... did you notice how many followers they've got? WHOA!
Here's my card:

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The sentiment is hand written, since I had nothing appropriate in my stash.
Thanks for looking!
Chupa xx

I'm crazy for challenges!

I found one more marvelous challenge blog yesterday, called Crazy 4 Challenges, but it was too late to think about any submissions, so I made one today on the basis of their lovely sketch!
This is a fairly new blog with amazing DT team that any cardmaking maniac should be familiar with, so if you haven't been there yet I encourage you to do so!
Now on to the card:

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Let me tell you, as much as masculine cards are usually a toughie for me, I'm really pleased with this one!
The image comes from the SU! stamp set called "Hit The Road", but since I don't own it, I drew it :)
The flag is made of some gingham ribbon wrapped around the toothpick.
All layers are popped up on mounting tape, but unfortunately I couldn't make it show up on the photo properly, no matter how the card was positioned...
I'll be also having another go for the current Stamp Something challenge with this card, as again I combined a few of my fav embellies: brads, eyelets and ribbon.

Thanks for popping in!
Chupa xx

Monday, 14 September 2009

More mercy!

I like the sketch at Lord Have Mercy! so much that I decided to whip up another card with it quickly, although it's late and I should sleep ;)

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The image has been printed, and I applied several shades of watercolour pencils to the background, blending each layer separately for a weathered look. The sentiment is a rub-on.
The papers are the from lovely DCWV stash.
Now I should really go to sleep lol :)

Thank you for visiting, happy crafting!
Chupa xx

Lord have mercy!

...for I have found another scrumptious challenge blog today that I just cannot ignore! =P
It's called... Lord Have Mercy! I think I understand what the founder of the blog meant... lol.

There have been some really nice challenges there in the past, I love the sketches, and the samples are true masterpieces! The sketch that was set up this week I used for my submission:

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It has been altered a bit (what a surprise! :P)
Hope you enjoy, thank you for stopping by!
Chupa xx

Arsenic and old lace

Such a yummy card I just whipped up! =P
It's my submission for the brand new CPS 133 sketch on Card Positioning Systems.

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I like its nostalgic aura, and the feeling that there's a lot going on on it, although its design is very basic. The middle part is a decorative vellum paper. At first I wanted to make a see-through window out of it, but I decided that the intricate pattern will be more visible if put against an even light background.
Well, that would be it for now, I'm back to thinking about some next project :P
Thank you for looking!
Chupa xx

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Oriental

Looks like some peeps have difficulties with recent challenges at Simon Says Stamp, but frankly I wouldn't know why... This week the theme is oriental, and I decided to help a little and whip up one more submission :)
This theme is not at all troublesome for me, as my craft room is flooded with origami papers and designs. Basically, the more challenges of this kind, the more opportunity for me to use these beauties :P
Here's my card:

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The sketch that I used comes from 2 Red Bananas.
Initially I wanted to put a nice b&w image of a blooming cherry branch in the circle, but then I remembered that I've got this set of stamps that I haven't used yet. They're medallion shaped frames and various coordinating "inserts" that can be mixed and matched freely. They're yummy!
The image may not be Japanese in style as such, but it fits nicely, me thinks :)

Thanks so much for looking, see you later today with my new card!
Chupa xx

Thankful poppies

This is my last card for tonight. Gosh, it was a really nice Sunday, I love spending days leisurely on crafting when time allows :)
This time I used another lovely sketch from The Sweetest Thing. Karen is one awesome cardmaker, I admire her clean lines and crisp effect that she achieves every time. This week I got totally inspired by her sample card, and decided on a very similar motif. Here it is:

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Hope you like it as much as I do =)
Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Chupa xx

A special gift from above

The card below was designed on the basis of 365 Cards sketch from this weeks' Super Sketchy Sunday. As usually Pam would give us a toughie - she's an expert in unusual sketches lol, but after having it adjusted a little, I achieved quite a classic look ;)

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It's a simple design that requires no explanation, so I'm leaving you with how it is :)
Thanks for peeping in tonight!
Chupa xx

Sea shells by the sea shore

Daring cardmakers came out this week with the challenge called Down by the Sea.
Here's my submission:

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I'm still exploiting my favourite stamp set, from which comes that lovely shell.
I stamped it with white ink, and then applied little smudges of powder pink in few places, following the requirements of 365 Cards Saturday challenge called "Just A Touch". I really like the idea, works perfect with my image :)

Thank you for visiting!
Chupa xx

I'm dreaming of the white Christmas...

Another project for tonight, and yet another Winter card :)
The sketch for this one was provided by Friday Sketchers, and the theme was chosen in relation to the "Let It Snow" challenge at One Stop Craft.

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Can you see all the sparkle? =)
The background "snow" has been heavily glittered, and I also added some to the centres of the fussy-cut snowflakes.
Due to all this bling I decided to have another entry in the Paper Blooms challenge of the same title (B.L.I.N.G.!) with this one.
The gradient of colour is due to the badly distributed light - I must remember to start taking photos of my projects from a different spot, where the card is evenly lit...

Thanks for visiting tonight!
Chupa xx

Waiting for my sweet little apple...

I've just finished a project that I'm very satisfied with. This one also bears a special meaning to me, because that's my first crafting project that will feature my baby, that's arriving any day now.
The said project is a CD holder, that uses this lovely sketch from Card Patterns, and the current challenge theme from Our Creative Corner called "Happy Fall Y'all":

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I made it as a birthday gift for my one-of-a-kind aunt, and once my girl is born, it will feature the compilation CD from the first hours of my precious. I'll be sending it to Poland :)
You're probably wondering why all the apples in a baby-related project? In Poland we've got the way of naming pregnant women as those who bear fruit that's about to ripen, and often choose apples to picture this. This is thus the most appropriate theme for me to pick :))
The sentiment in the right bottom corner says "the day you were born". It's quite small, but still pretty readable for the person holding the thing.

Here's a close up to show you the dimension applied to the apples & the square with the tree:

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The inside of the holder has a pocket that will carry the disc, and there's also a chipboard frame that I will put a little slide-style picture of the newborn girl inside.

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Now it only has to wait for this long-expected day to come! I suppose sometime this coming week... =D

Thank you for stopping by!
Chupa xx

Saturday, 12 September 2009

My favourite embellishment

That's what we are asked to use for this week's challenge at Stamp Something.... and for many a cardmaker this apparently easy-peasy task would lead to the discovery that there is nothing like just one favourite embellishment. We just love them all, don't we? :)

Yesterday I was feeling like making a set, and considering that if I tried to include all my fav embellies in just one project, it would look rather too rich lol, I thus ended up with a nice collection of cards for my entries :)

For the first set I concentrated on brads. These cute little things are so versatile, and I enjoy using them a lot. Unfortunately every so often I'd decide that a brad or two would finish nicely the project that's nearly done (read: everything adhered, affixed, bound together etc.), so that I end up with either having have to carefully lift the paper to fit in the latecomer, or cutting their "legs" off and gluing them to the card... *rolls eyes*

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I also added some chipboard elements, which were painted green and combined with fussy-cut flowers and paisleys, which are the elements of the DPs that I used.

For the second project I chose much more muted primary colours, although I did spice the combination up a with a touch of red.

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This set features pretty much all the rest of my favs, although I didn't include buttons.
There are blooms, eyelets, rhinestones, lace & ribbon - a nice assortment of goodies :D
The above photos don't show properly all the details, so feel free to click on them to see the thumbnails in larger size.

That's all for now, will be back later today with a fresh portion of crafty stuff :)
Thanks for stopping by!
Chupa xx

Friday, 11 September 2009

Paper-pieced shirt

This one was such a funny project to work with, and especially surprising to discover so, as it's not necessarily the kind of card that I would produce spontaneously :)
I made a cute little shirt!

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So why the whole thing, if it's not my comfort zone? But of course it must be some challenge lol :P
There is currently one called Pretty Pattern at 365 Cards, and it requires creating a piece of clothing with gingham as the pattern. I paper-pieced a tie, as you probably noticed.
It's a simple yet interesting card, me thinks ;)

Thanks for stopping by,
Chupa xx

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Be happy

Here I am again, with yet another card:

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It uses the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches #10, and the guidelines of the Day 193 - Card Recipe at 365 Cards. The latter one had to wait a couple of days for me to think of how to incorporate all the elements cleverly...
There requirements are:
5x5 card;
4 different patterned papers;
3 blossoms;
1 stamped image (the swirly pattern in the upper right corner - I don't consider the "Be" sentiment fitting the image category);
5 rhinestones (3 in the centres of the flowers, and two on the sides of "Be").
The rest of the sentiment is composed of epoxy alphabet stickers.

Hope you like it, thanks for looking!
Chupa xx

Taking advantage of the patterned paper

Instead of spending ages selecting matching DPs, altering them and adding all sorts of embellies afterward (as I'd usually do), it's nice to sometimes go for a cinch.
I happen to have a nice set of papers that goes beautifully with the challenge 36 over at Charisma cards, that's called Patchwork. They created this nice and easy effect, without all the laborious cutting and stitching :)

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I'm already having an entry for the Card Patterns current sketch, but I used it again, as it fitted perfectly for this particular choice of papers, so this is my second go for it :)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Chupa xx

Discotheque in Osaka

I suppose this is a strange title, but that's what pops into my mind when I'm looking at my latest creation :P
This is probably the most out-of-my-comfort zone card ever lol, but I'm pleased with the effect.
I've got this large stack of origami papers in neon colours, and they've been tempting and annoying me at the same time, because they're really nice patterns but the colours are, mildly speaking, not for everybody :)
The current challenge at Colour Create gave me an opportunity to use them, as their given colours are black and neon green! One striking duo, isn't it?
Here's my card:

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Since these are original Japanese papers and patterns, I'm also entering this card into "Simon Says...Oriental" at Simon Says Challenge :)
Hahah, I'm interested what they'll have to say about it...

Thanks for stopping by!
Chupa xx

A colourful duo

Better late than never, they say... I had a long day today, sorting out several things, and it was already late afternoon that I found some time to catch up on some new challenges.
I made two cards, and each of them merges a few of them.
Here's the first one:

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This is my second take on the Mojo Monday 103. I really like this sketch, and so I wanted to give it another go.
It also enters Color Throwdown #59, with given combo of pumpkin pie, close to cocoa and ruby red. How big my surprise was to see this new combination, as I just got this set of lovely autumny papers earlier today, without knowing that they would come handy so soon lol.
The third challenge for this card is called "Embossing", and is hosted by Crafty Creations.
Embossed is a polka dots pattern, that I later sponged with brown ink.

On to the second project:

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This card also follows a colour combination, this time from Cute Card Thursday, which is called "Strawberry Mint Julep". It's nice that I had these papers in my stash, as strawberry is neither a classic pink, nor mint julep a classic green, so the challenge is not as simple as one would suspect :)
The rest of the challenges for this one are:
- "D is for Die-cuts" at ABC Challenge - I suppose it needs no explanation :)
- again, Crafty Creations' "Embossing". The pattern is not overly visible I'm afraid, but it's definitely there, LOL
- B.L.I.N.G. over at Paper Blooms, that requires adding something that sparkles or shines. The green DP has sparkly pattern, and I also added glitter to the stamped flower.

The list is done, I hope it doesn't look too scary, hahah!
Thank you for stopping by, happy crafting!
Chupa xx

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Warming up for Xmas

Here it is, another Christmas card of mine - I'm glad that I keep making these, might all just come handy in a couple of months :P

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This card gives me a feeling of extreme coziness, like sitting by the fireplace in a room brightly lit by the Christmas tree lights, and smelling the goodies finishing in the oven.
My gawd, how I love Christmas time :))
I hope the future recipient of this one shares my feelings about it!
The baubles are glittered, but the effect looks a bit funny on the photo, as the glitter glue hasn't yet dried up and casts a shadow.
(My hubby just said that these look like two beetroots, but I'd like to think that's his manly mind rather than me having it messed up this much LOL)

Ah, I forgot to mention that this one is going for the Mojo Monday Contest. Ahhh how I wish I could be amongst the lucky winners this week, the prize (Verve stamps) is sooo tempting!! :D

Thanks for looking in!
Chupa xx

Gold rush

I've just created a card to compliment CPS 132 sketch at Card Positioning Systems.
The layout encouraged me to try a different than standard opening, and that's the result:

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This is another card that I made recently that uses Fiskars embossing system. I remember that I fell head over heels for the Cuttlebug machine ever since I saw it, but a long time will pass until I'm getting myself one, so anything that allows me to add embossing to my projects in the meantime is a blessing :) Especially, that these plates and sheets are really affordable.
The pattern has been coloured with a gold leafing pen (like in my previous project). I like this match - embossing adds some extra sparkle to the gold parts, and the colour makes the pattern stand out even more. I also fixed some golden ribbon to the card with copper-toned brads.

Hope you enjoyed, thanks for looking!
Chupa xx

Serenity at sunset

This would be my most richly coloured card so far, me thinks... and those who know how I love rich & striking colour combinations, probably suspect some disco fever stuff lol :P
Actually, if this card reminds me of something, that would be the so popular Halloween theme, although this was not my intention to go in this direction.

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It turned out more reddish on the photo, than it is in fact - I would rather call my actual reds sepias, as I used a mixture of deep brown & purple for the distressing. Blame the strong sun :)
The silhouette of the flower & the bird was stamped on a piece of a textured orange DP, but due to heavy sponging the background is barely left untouched. I used watercolours pencils to draw the sun. The sentiment is a sticker, but I traced around it with a black marker to make it bolder.
The small pattern on the sides of the sentiment has been embossed using Fiskars texture folder, and then I applied some colour on it with a gold leafing pen.
Finally, I added four eyelets to the corners of the card.
This is going to be my entry for Sketch #23 at Papertake Weekly :)

Thank you so much for peeping in!
Chupa xx


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