Monday, December 8, 2014

Let it Snow

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great weekend! I have such a hard time on Mondays, I'm sure I'm not alone, with getting back to work, since all I want to do is stay home and make cards or get the house ready for Christmas. Alas, I'm blessed with a job so my pity party must be short lived.

Today I have a Christmas card that can easily be mass-produced and mailed without extra postage. I used a beautiful red cardstock with a metallic finish which gives the surface a nice sheen. All stamps used are from Gina K. Designs, stamped with Versamark and heat embossed using white embossing powder.  The frame is from the Fabulous Frame set, the snowman and sentiment from Merry Little Christmas, and the snowflakes from The Giving Tree. I will be entering this card in this week's Mod Squad Challenge.

I love this image because it just makes me smile. It reminds me of how I used to feel as a child when I saw the first snow flurries. I would raise my face up to the sky so the snowflakes would fall on my face, just like the snowman is doing. It's a different story as an adult because trudging in the aftermath of a heavy snowfall to get to work or to get home was not fun. Now that I live in Puerto Rico (and safely away from the threat of a snowstorm) I yearn to feel the snow again on my face. Then I see pictures of a heavy snowstorm and the yearning magically disappears!

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderfully creative week. Hugs and Blessings.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Christmas Tag

Hello friends. Tomorrow is November 11 a very special day. Not only is it Veteran's Day but it's also my birthday. As a child I thought it was a holiday because it was my birthday until I realized that schools were out because it was a holiday. Later on I felt special for being born on a day that honors "America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good" .  Many members of my family have served or are still serving in the Armed Forces, to them and many like them I wish them a happy Veteran's Day and may God bless you all for your service.

Today I'm sharing a tag that I made for the Mod Squad Challenge. The very talented Donna Phelan is hosting this week and she has challenged us to use a doily in our card or project. I used the JustRite Festive Poinsettia stamp set for it's beautiful detail. This stamp set coordinates perfectly with Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia.

Materials used:

Ivory cardstock 
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Seafoam White embossing powder
Diamond Stickles 
JustRite Festive Poinsettia clear stamp set
Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia
Ruby Red Liquid Pearls
Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine dye ink
Gina K. Designs Red Hot dye ink
Ivory Ribbon

The tag could be used as a gift tag or as a decoration for the Christmas tree. I think this one will end up on my tree.  Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and blessings.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Celebrando Nuestra Cultura

Saludos! Feliz viernes a todos y Happy Halloween, para los que lo celebran.

Esta noche siempre la pasábamos en casa de mi suegra porque era su cumpleaños. Por muchos años yo decía que mi suegra era una bruja y lo decía con toda picardía, respeto y mucho cariño. La familia se reunía en su casa para cantarle Feliz Cumpleaños, los niños disfrazados pero no salían al famoso "Trick or Treat". Hacen 16 años, esta misma noche nació mi primer nieto, ahora tenía un brujito también, jejeje. Mi suegra era feliz con su biznieto que tenía el mismo cumpleaños y ellos tenían una relación muy especial. Ya mi suegra pasó a mejor vida y estoy segura que desde el cielo ella vela por ese biznieto tan querido. Le deseo a mi nieto, Charlie, salud, felicidad y bendiciones, que continue siendo un buen hijo, hombre de fe y ciudadano concienzudo.

Since living in Puerto Rico, we would go to my mom-in-law's house on Halloween, because it was her birthday. I used to lovingly joke that my mom-in-law was a witch (we had a great relationship). The family would get together to sing Happy Birthday and her grand kids would have their costumes, but they didn't go out to trick or treat. Sixteen years ago, on a night like tonight, my first grandson was born, so now I had my very own wizard, LOL! My mom-in-law was super happy to have a great grandson with the same birthday and they had a special relationship. She's gone now and I'm sure that from heaven she watches over her special great grandson. I wish my grandson, Charlie, health, happiness and blessings so that he may continue being a good son, a man of faith and a conscientious citizen.

La tarjeta que les tengo hoy es mi participación del Sketch #40 de Latina Crafter. Estoy tan contenta que hicieron unos sellos alusivos a nuestra cultura que rápidamente los ordené. Estos jibaritos están preciosos, gracias Diana por ellos.

Today's card will be entered in Latina Crafter's Sketch #40. I'm so happy she has created stamps that portray our culture. Jíbaro is a term used to refer to mountain people, who lived "in-land" in the heart of the island, and are the backbone of the Puerto Rican culture.

He aquí mi jibarita. Verdad que es bella! Me trae muy bonitos recuerdos de cuando mi hija se vestía así para la Noche Puertorriqueña del colegio. 

This is the traditional dress of a jibarita. Isn't she lovely! It brings back memories of my daughter dressing like this for Puerto Rican Night in the school play.

¡Qué lindo jibarito! Mi hijo llegó a vestirse así para las distintas actividades. 

Gracias por darse la vuelta, será hasta la próxima. 
Thanks for stopping by, until next time.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stamp Out Cancer

The past week over at StampTV, Gina K., the Design Team and Guest Designers, held a series of challenges to kick off the month of October as breast cancer awareness month. Each day they posted a challenge with a theme, color or sketch to follow. It was an inspiring experience for me. It was an opportunity to show solidarity and to think of how cancer has touched so many lives. What a wonderful yet simple way to give support and encouragement to someone who's fighting cancer.

Here's the breakdown of the challenges:
Day 1 - Comforts
Day 2 - Pretty in Pink
Day 3 - Just a word
Day 4 - Anything But a Card
Day 5 - Glitter
Day 6 - Sketch
Day 7 - No rectangles or Squares
Day 8 - Many Colors

Day 1 - I thought of a patchwork quilt and crochet blanket for comfort. Products used: Fresh Asparagus and Innocent pink cardstock. Stamps: Close Knit Friends and Arranged with Love. Petals & Wings design paper.

Day 2 - Pretty in Pink. I colored the flower from Stately Flowers 7 with water color pencils and did some fussy cutting. I just love the sentiment, it's a sweet reminder that we need to choose hope to face all kinds of difficulties in our lives.

Day 3 - Just a word - I chose friendship which is found in the sentiment from Whimsical Wishes.  I used the Fabulous Frame and Fabulous Frame Fillers stamped with Memento Rose Bud. It goes so well with the Innocent Pink cardstock. The butterfly is heat embossed on vellum.

Day 4 - Anything But a Card (ABC) - Here's a cute Post-it Note holder. The beautiful pattern paper is from the Garden Tour pack. The sentiment is from the Fabulous Frame stamp set. I'm thrilled to say that I won this challenge. Yay!!

Day 5 - Glitter - For the ribbon I used glitter cardstock and cut it with my Silhouette, the green belly band is also glitter cardstock.

Day 6 - Sketch - I used the gorgeous Wild Orchid cardstock, Garden Tour pattern paper, flower from the Fabulous Frame stamp set, colored with Spectrum Noir markers (DR3, PP5, PP3).

Day 7 - No Rectangles or Squares - I used Spellbinder's Floral Ovals to die cut two pieces and attached them with the pink ribbon, Garden Tour pattern paper and the rose from Stately Flowers 6.

Day 8 - This last challenge hit home. We were to make a card using ribbon colors for cancer other than breast cancer. The green ribbon is for Kidney Cancer, this one's for my Dad who is a kidney cancer survivor. The orange ribbon is for Leukemia, my mother-in-law died from this cancer. The jade ribbon is for Liver Cancer, I lost a brother to this disease. The sad truth is that there are many, many awareness ribbon colors. Here's the Wikipedia Awareness Ribbon Colors where you can look them up if you wish.

I'd like to thank Gina K. and her Design Team and Guest Designers for organizing such a wonderful event. As I made each card I'd say a prayer for those suffering and fighting cancer, to the warriors who've survived their bout and for the families that have lost loved ones. I hope and pray that someday soon a cure will be found.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until my next post, hugs and blessings.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Family Tree in a Box

Happy Tuesday all!

I'd like to share with you an explosion box I made for my Mom & Dad's 61st wedding anniversary, although I wasn't able to give it to them until yesterday, my Mom's 79th birthday.  It's a Family Tree in a Box, so to speak. The box is seven sided, representing their seven children and their families. Mom & Dad have 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren (two more are on the way).

On the Internet you can find many explosion boxes, but I could not find a seven sided one, so I had to design it. It gave me some trouble, but I figured it out and it was so worth it. The paper I used is Graphic 45's Botanical Tea. At first I didn't want to cut it up because the paper is so beautiful, I slowly got over it, but now I want to keep every little piece I cut out.  The roses are also made using this paper and a cut file.

I had to add a small piece of paper to each side and thread a ribbon through it in order to close the box easily.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the lid, but I lined it with the Birds of a Feather paper. It's the first time I use Graphic 45 paper pad and I have to say I'm officially in love and hooked. Each paper in the pad is titled making it easy to refer to it.

My Mom & Dad's picture sits in the middle surrounded by each child. There are three tiers for each with pockets for pictures of their children. Each picture has the name, birth date and wedding date of each child, grand child and great grand child. They totally loved it as did everyone else. Watching their faces light up every time they discovered a new photo was priceless. They had their whole family at their finger tips and they were so grateful. 

This is truly a labor of love and one that I enjoyed thoroughly.  I thank God for our family and every day I ask Him to continue blessing us and to keep us united.  

Thanks for stopping by, until next time. 

Hugs and blessings.

Dia Mundial de Hacer Tarjetas

Saludos amigas y feliz martes!

Comparto con ustedes las tarjetas que hice para el Día Mundial de Hacer Tarjetas usando los sketch y temas de Latina Crafter.

Aquí usé los dies de Latina Crafter "Feliz" y "Navidad". Aunque no se aprecia mucho en la foto le añadí brillo a las palabras con un Sakura Gelly Roll.

I used the dies "Feliz" and "Navidad" from Latina Crafter. Although you can barely see it in the photo, I added shine to the words with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

Las flores están hechas con el die de Mi flor favorita y el sentimiento es del mismo set.

The flowers are made using the die for Mi flor favorita, the sentiment is from that set as well.

Para esta tarjeta añadí la textura con un "embossing folder" de Tim Holtz y para el tag uno de Cuttlebug. El sentimiento es de un set de promoción de Latina Crafter. 

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the "wood" on the first layer and for the tag I used a Cuttlebug folder. The sentiment is from a promotional set by Latina Crafter.

Espero que les haya gustado mi participación, yo disfruté hacerlas. Hasta la próxima y gracias por la visita.

I hope you like my cards, I enjoyed making them. 'Til next time and thanks for passing by.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Give Thanks

Happy Monday all!

I have a quick card to share with you today.  Over at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog, Sharyn has challenged us with a word challenge and the word is Holiday. So for my holiday card I made a Thanksgiving card. This is one of my favorite holidays because it brings the family together to give thanks for all of God's bounty (and eat really good food).

For my card I stamped Melanie Muenchinger's Fabulous Frame on Pure Luxury Dark Sage cardstock and heat embossed it with Seafoam White embossing powder. The a pattern paper in the panels is from the Sun Kissed Autumn paper pack. To purchase the stamp set, cardstock and the paper pack visit Gina K. The oval with the wheat is a cut file from Make-The-Cut which I sized to fit perfectly in the stamped oval. The sentiment is also cut with the MTC program. Easy peasy, and very nice!

That's it for today, thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Todo crece con amor / Everything grows with love

Saludos y feliz domingo a todas. Espero que lo estén pasando divinamente bien. Hoy comparto con ustedes una tarjeta de aniversario que hice para una parejita muy especial que recién comienzan la vida como esposos. Qué bella es la vida de los recién casados, para ellos que tienen toda una vida por delante, todo es un sueño de posibilidades!  Les deseamos una vida larga de felicidad, amor, respeto y paciencia.

Hi and happy Sunday. I hope you are having a good one. Today I'm sharing an anniversary card that I made for a very special couple who recently started their lives as a married couple. How beautiful is the life of newlyweds, they have their whole life ahead of them and every dream is a possibility! Let's wish them a long life of happiness, love, respect and patience.

Esta tarjeta es mi participación en Latina Crafter Sketch #39. Pueden ver los detalles aquí.

Reto de septiembre 2014

Como el mes de septiembre es el mes dedicado a la costura, el twist del reto es utilizar costura.  Hace tiempo que no bordaba, y como mi máquina de coser se dañó, bordé el óvalo y dibujé unas costuras al papel de diseño. Utilicé el die de Latina Crafter para la palabra "feliz" y con la Silhouette corté la palabra "Aniversario". Luego de colorear la botella y la copa, añadí 3D Crystal Lacquer para darle un toquecito de cristal. Estampé el interior con un sentimiento del set Mi flor favorita.

Since September is the month dedicated to sewing, the twist to the challenge was to use some form of sewing. I embroidered the oval and added faux stitching to the design paper since my sewing machine is not working. The word "feliz" is done with a Latina Crafter die, and I cut the word "Aniversario" with my Silhouette. After coloring the focal image I added 3D Crystal Lacquer to give it the look of glass. I stamped the inside with a sentiment (everything grows with love) from the set Mi flor favorita.

Gina K. Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight White cardstock for card base
Latina Crafter "Feliz" Die
Inside sentiment -  Mi flor favorita by Latina Crafter
Focal image - Let's Uncork by Unity Stamp
Pattern Papers - Echo Park This & That 6x6 Paper Pad
3D Crystal Effects
Atyou Spica Twinkling like Stars Clear

Espero que les guste y gracias por la visita. Hasta la próxima, que tengan una feliz semana.

I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by. Until my next post, have a wonderful week.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vellum & Acetate

Hello my friends and Happy Monday.

Today I want to share with you a card that I'll be entering in this week's Mod Squad Challenge. Karen Hightower is the host and she's challenged us to make a holiday card, any holiday, but we must use Vellum and Acetate or clear plastic sheets for crafting. I've worked with vellum but not much with acetate. I saw various videos on YouTube on heat embossing on acetate and I decided to try this technique. The only clear plastic I had on hand was the kind used as report covers, but it didn't take kindly to the heat. I then remembered I had a sample pack of HP paper and in the pack were two transparency films. Yay, success! I love how the heat embossed snowman came out.

I used Vellum to make the poinsettia and heat embossed it. I lined the inside with a pale blue card stock. The background image is first stamped with Memento Black then with Versamark, just slightly to the right to give it a shadow effect. The trees and the snowflakes are also heat embossed with Seafoam White Embossing Powder; I added sparkle to the snowflakes with an Atyou Spica pen. Here's a closeup.

The products I used for this card are:
Ivory linen cardstock for the card base
JustRite Stampers Festive Poinsettia with matching Spellbinders dies
Spellbinders Floral Ovals
Ranger Seafoam White Embossing Powder 
Memento Black inkpad
Versamark inkpad
Snowman from Merry Little Christmas by Gina K. Designs
Background trees from Life is Good by Gina K. Designs
Snowflakes from The Giving Tree by Gina K. Designs

Hope you like my card. Thanks for stopping by, until my next post, have a wonderfully creative week.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Harvest of Blessings

Happy Monday friends, and for all of you who celebrate Labor Day, I hope you've had a great one. When we lived stateside this weekend would be the last camping trip we'd make. My husband's uncle had a plot of land upstate New York, our camping trips started on Memorial Day weekend and ended on Labor Day weekend.  We always stopped on our way back to the city at a farm to buy the fruits or vegetables of the season. We have a lot of fond memories of these trips; as a matter of fact, this same uncle just celebrated his 80th birthday on a cruise with his family. May he be blessed with more birthdays.

Which brings me to this week's blessing.  The Mod Squad Challenge for this week is to make a card with a fruit or harvest theme. Lee is the host this week and she is giving away a special prize, which of course, I want --and who doesn't? It's the new Gina K Designs Stamptv Kit that was released last Thursday. I have my fingers crossed, so wish me luck.

For my card I used the Harvest Fall Autumn Frame Antique Illustration digital stamp from British Isles Artworks. I colored it with pencils and sponged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I distressed the edges, added a faux bow and layered that on some Gina K Black Onyx Pure Luxury cardstock. This layer is adhered to an ivory card base and jute ribbon with pop dots. The sentiment is from Gina K's Beyond Baskets stamp set.

This is it for today until my next post, have a wonderfully creative week. Hugs and Blessings.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Coastal Blessings

Happy Monday everyone!  Hope this week had a good beginning. I had a pretty good day, considering that Monday is not exactly my favorite day of the week. After a lot of rain this weekend, today was a gorgeous sunny breezy day. Good way to start the week. As I was putting the finishing touches to my card, I still hadn't decided what sentiment to use. Out of nowhere, (God breeze?) I remembered I had the perfect stamp. All day today I felt blessed, you know the feeling you get when your in tuned and you feel like someone whispered the greatest secret for happiness. That's the sentiment!

For this week's Mod Squad Challenge, we were to make a card with a coastal feel. You can read all about the challenge here, and while you're there look at all the wonderfully creative cards they have entered. I looked through my stash and saw that I don't have any beach themed stamps, except for some very small shell and starfish stamps from the Basket Additions 2 stamp set designed by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K. Designs. I stamped out various images using GKD Kraft ink, colored with Copics EOO, cut them out and glued them to the Floral Wreath. I also stamped the Floral Wreath with Kraft to give it a light and airy feel. I then used BG32 and BG34 for the flowers and YG61 for the leaves.

The sentiment is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa. I used Gina K's Kraft cardstock for the card base. The pattern paper is from my stash which I scored to give it texture and it looks like old planks of wood. The picture doesn't pick it up, but it looks really nice.

This is all I have for today, until next post, have a wonderfully creative week. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and blessings.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Masculine Birthday Two

Hi again,

I had a chance to make another card for the Mod Squad Challenge.

For my second card I used the Triple Time Stamping technique. Instead of stamping, I used a pattern paper from Gina K. Designs Season's Greetings paper pack. I offset each layer with Powder Blue cardstock. The sentiment is from Gina K's Wild at Heart stamp set. I then added some silver brads and a white ribbon. This is a great card for a birthday in the winter time.

I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by. Until the next post, have a wonderfully creative week.

Hugs and blesssings.

Masculine Birthday

Happy Sunday everyone! How quickly the weekend goes by when you're having fun! I managed to make some cards and enjoy my baby twin sisters' 50th birthday. While one sister is nearby the other one is now living in California. Twins have such a special and wonderful connection. I know they wished to be together to celebrate this milestone, yet there's no doubt they were together in heart and spirit. And thanks to technology, we were able to Skype at least to make a toast and wish them both many more happy birthdays.

This week's Mod Squad Challenge calls for masculine cards. This is a good challenge, since for me it's so much easier to make a girlie card. For this card I used the emboss resist technique. I first stamped the clock-face image (I don't know the name of the stamp set or the company) onto white cardstock with Versamark ink, applied clear embossing powder and heat embossed. I then sponged with three Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky and Frayed Burlap.  I did the same with the sentiment. I wiped the image with a paper towel to remove any excess ink and reveal the white cardstock. I mounted this layer unto another white cardstock added baker's twine and a button. I adhered this layer to Gina K's Fresh Asparagus card base.

This was a fun card to make, I like this technique because you get a slightly different look every time. Hope you like this card. Thanks for stopping by.