Fabulous {you}

My third post in a row! it feels good to make a little something every day... woo hoo!
I made a digital scrapbook page this time using (again) a picture of my daughter. This summer we spent the most wonderful time together and maybe it´s time to start scrapping some of the pictures I took of her. Here she is smelling roses at a gorgeous rose garden in the Parque del Retiro (in Madrid).
The layout is a sketch from The Outlawz Paper a la Mode challenge this week. I used two PS brushes to "stamp" the images on the background paper (from Rebecca_PSP Designs), the scrabble tile sentiment was a freebie from Katie Pertiet, the retro slide overlay framing the picture is from The Scrapping cop. And that´s it: very simple but fun to make.
Thank you for stopping!

I´m playing at:
The Outlawz Paper a la Mode challenge: layout
Lasting Memories challenge #57: frames and flowers
Paper Sundaes challenge #88: anything goes

Just for you

 solo para ti
I finished this envelope today and I wanted to share it with you. Loving the result! I printed directly on the paper envelope, a very fun technique...
I started by opening a PS file of the size of the envelope, I stamped a scroll (a PS brush) in gray and added some touches of a distressing brush and the sentiment on the bottom, when I was happy with the design I printed it out. Then I colored the roses and leaves with colored pencils and added stickles to some of the flurishes.
I took this beautiful bird image (from The Graphics Fairy) and printed it two of them, one the mirror image of the other, cut ehtm out and placed them with foam tape.
I cut with edge scissors the clousure of the envelope and made a flower with scraps of ribbon, glued it in place and voilà! you have a nice, easy, and fast decorated envelope.
 Thank you for stopping by today!

I´m playing at the following challenges:
All sorts challenge #122: keep it simple
Raise the bar challenge #76: things with wings
Alphabet challenge: Q is for quick and simple
Little red wagon: repeat after me
Sweet stampin`: anything goes
Lollipop crafts challenge #49: anything but a card

Love - Live - Hope

What could become of us without them?
Hello dear blogger friends, here I´m showing you an inspiration creation I made for myself and the Twisted Thursday challenge at The Outlawz this week. We want you to add stitches on your creation. Beware! it´s a long post ☺
After a sudden and unexpected turn of my life I was left compeltely desoriented with a deep sadness and pain. I know compared with other people life mine is not bad at all and I shouldn´t complain, but you all know that while measuring our personal problems we loose objectivity, and I saw my life destroyed at my feet.
A few days later I knew I had to get my life back again and heal my wounds, friends for all over the world and family poured me with the most wonderful encouraging words and love, all and each of them helped me to keep going, to lift my face to the sun and walk, and creating is being part of finding my usual self again. It was hard at the beginning because I could not create a single thing, anything at all! and that stressed me too, so I started reading again, going thru old magazines and (even older) card making books and I found an article where the artist made small scrapbooking pages to remind her some of her inner thoughts (she made them to cope with some hard time in her life too), and that inspired me to create these three pages. Actually they are not pages, they are wall hangers. I´m going to hang them in a place where I can see them everyday, to remind me what my inner me is convinced (sometimes I seem to forget!).
I used inspirational quotes I found on the internet ☺ So this is how I made them:

I started by recycling a hanging paper folder (remember those I saved from the recycling bin at work?) and some shopping maps that are freely distributed here in Madrid from time to time. I found them in a wonderful store I like to buy patterned paper and they were the only three left! lucky me... On the front of these maps there is always an image and this time it has these gorgeous kid faces, stern, serious and determined young faces, that´s what I feel everytime I look at them and decided to used them right away.
I cut them careflully and placed them on the base cardstock. I took a page of music sheet, cut it to match the image and colored the borders with ink pads.
Then I stitched the top and bottom borders with embroidery floss and some glass sead beads, here you can see my stitching process
Then I added some extra stitches and beads on the boy´s shoulder, it gives it a great look and texture!
The sentiment is by Zelda Fitgerald, printed it on patterned paper, singled out every word and placed them with foam tape. These words for me are strong and are meant to say the answer every time I read it.
I finished them by spelling the main word on every page with black foam stickers.
On the second one I glued some sequins (the green leaf is also a sequin!) on the girl´s neckline of her dress and some yellow rhinestones
and again I printed the sentiment and singled out each word before placing them with foam tape. The sentiment is a Cherokee Indian proverb. A wonderful one! and I need it to remind me not to waste my time going around in cicles, I have to learn from the past and keep living the life I have, the life I want for me.
And finaly on the third one I embellished it with a purple dollar store flower and some sequins and large glass sead beads
Once again, I printed the sentiment and placed it with foam tape. This one has not know author... but it reflects myself so well that´s why I chose it, I never give up, I never did and I hope never will.
And here all three together again, each of them are 6 x 6 in (click on them to enlarge)
Hope you like them as much as I do! and I hope they can inspire you to take care of yourselves too.

I´m missing playing on some challenges, so I´m entering these at:
Anything goes: challenge #50
Lollipop crafts challenge #49: anything but a card
Digital Tuesday challenge #129: people images
City crafter challenge #75: let´s face the music
My time to craft challenge #158: "L" is for...
Sassy Studio: Dare to be Sassy challenge#91 hip to be square
Sweet stampin´challenge: flowers!
All sorts challenge #121: alter/recycle


Another Thursday! the perfect day to show you my inspirational creation for this week challenge at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday. This time we are challenging you to create something using your favorite technique.
At this time my favorite technique is embossing, I got my cuttlebug this summer from my dear friend Gaby and I can not stop playing with it... I´ve been reading tutorials and watching videos so I can make the best of the machine and I´m loving it!! (but it´s a lot healthier than eating you-know-what ☺). I simply embossed the front of the card and then sanded it a bit, it helped to pop the gorgeous design of the embossing plate. Then I decided it needed to sparkle so I glued some iridescent sequins and seed beads. I finished the card by stamping the sentiment on a scrap of vellum paper and placing a dragonfly (a very old rub-on) with foam tape for dimension. And that´s it! very simple indeed... but it looks very nice in real life.

As I told you a few days ago, I also want to show you a few more pins I made by recycling those cute expresso cups I´m loving so much and embellished them with scraps of fabric a sweet and very talented lady gave me, thank you Vicenta!! they are gorgeous!

Thank you for looking!

A little note...

Today we started a new challenge at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday. This week we are challenging you to create something using puches or dies and this set of little cards are my inspirational creation for you.
I cut the mushrooms with my cricut machine and I used both the positive and negative image to make two cards out of one cut.
The cards are very simple (yes... I´m still on the CAS mood...) and I tried for them to be easy to make because I really wanted to make a set. This is my first one and it only has four cards but the number of them can be easily expanded, it took me no time at all to finish it!
Behind the images I placed clear tape and glittered over with a very thin glitter, it sparkles a little and it´s still transparent enough to see the patterned paper on the back. I placed the shrooms on the front of the cards with foam tape and finished them by stamping a sentiment in a corner and tying a piece of sheer ribbon. Hope you like them ☺
Thank you for stopping!

I´m playing at:
Catch the bug challenge: anything goes
Ladybug craft ink TLT challenge: anything goes
Delicious doodles challenge #1: fresh start
Little red wagon challenge #97: use die cuts

Hi chick!

Second post today, whoo hoo! this card is also made to inspire you at The Outlawz Twisted Thursdays challenge this week. And here I am again with another clean and simple one. This time I´m using a set of clear stamps from Artemio that I colored with colored pencils. I embellished my card with a button a piece of silk thread and a tag (where I stamped HI! and added a red rhinestone).
 Here you have a closer look. I just love these set! all the images are so cute...
Thank you again for stopping, have a nice day!

A cupcake

Hello everyone, here I have a cupcake to celebrate! I don´t have a birthday to celebrate yet but I like to make birthday cards. This one is a very simple card, fun to make and I´m pleased on the result, so I have something to celebrate indeed... I like this card a lot!
This gorgeous image is from Michelle Perkett that I colored with colored pencils, embellished with 3 rhinestones (can you find them?), cut out and placed on the card with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on the card and then I embossed it, to give a different look I just rounded the corners.
This week at The Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge we are challenging you to use a recipe: 2 of the following colors red, yellow, brown orange; and three of the following embellishments brad, ribbon, eyelet, button, flower, pearls or rhinestone. On this card I used red and yellow to color and three rhinestones as embellishments. Hope you can join us in the fun this week too ☺
Thanks for stopping by!