Saturday, July 26, 2014

Disfruta en Familia

Les envío un saludo caaaluurosooooo desde Puerto Rico. No sé cómo está el tiempo donde te encuentras, ¡pero aquí el calor está de madre! Hay que buscar agua para refrescarse, ya sea en la playa o en un río. Muchas familias pasan estos días de vacaciones con sus hijos en la playa, bajo una palmita que pueda dar algo de sombra, con sus neveritas, sillas, toallas, juguetes, sun block, barbacoa y que no se quede atrás el famoso caldero de arroz (jejeje). Son dias buenos para disfrutar en familia. Ahí está mi inspiración para la tarjeta que comparto con ustedes hoy.

Usando el Sketch #37 + Twist de Julio de Latina Crafter preparé mi tarjeta. Creo que logré combinar el sketch, los colores (verano) y el tema (flip-flops o en buen puertorriqueño: las chancletas, jejeje). Usé un archivo para cortar con mi Silhouette varios flip-flops que adorné con unas florecitas.

Luego pinté con lápices de acuarela una maravillosa escena de playa. Como el acuarela está de moda, yo también quiero experimentar con este "trend". Dejé que saliera mi niña interior y mira lo bonito que le, digo, me quedó la obra de arte (jejeje). Añadí una franja de washi tape y estampé el sentimiento del set Esta es la Historia Latina Crafter con Wild Honey Distress Ink. Los caracoles y estrellas del mar es del set Basket Additions 2 de Gina K. Designs. Espero que les guste.

Bueno, hasta aquí por hoy. Gracias por la visita y que tengan una maravillosa semana.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fruits with a Twist

Happy Sunday my friends! We are having another hot summer day, we can use some rain to avoid a possible water ration, but it seems there's no relief any time soon. I'm looking out my window, a neighbor is having a child's birthday party, there's an inflatable bouncer in his front lawn (it's probably stinking hot in there) but the kids are jumping, screaming and laughing. Love to hear that happy sound.

Ok, let's get back to writing this post. For this week's Mod Squad Challenge Karen has named it "Fruit, with a Twist".  Oh my, I just had an image of a Strawberry Daiquiri, hmm, be right back. Just kidding, back to the challenge. For the challenge we are to use the colors Kraft, Black and White along with the fruit. I have this very pretty Berries and Vines pattern paper from Gina K I will use. I don't have any fruit stamps (I must remedy that) so I turned to the Internet for a digital stamp. Found one (free) at I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers (DR3, DR1, LG4, LG3, DG2, DG3 and GB4). I fussy cut the image and adhered it to Gina K's Pure Luxury Kraft cardstock die cut with Spellbinders Fleur di Lis. I then adhered it to the Berries and Vines paper layered on Black Onyx cardstock. The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday duo, stamped on Kraft cardstock die cut with Spellbinders Fancy Tags. I added two white brads and a black and white gingham ribbon to the Kraft card base.  Here's the card:

Hope you like it. Until next time, have a wonderfully creative week.
Hugs and blessings.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Colorful Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone! Today has been a most beautiful day, sunny, hot and breezy. A perfect lazy kinda day to go to the beach, or a stay in your craft room and get some crafting done kinda day. I chose the latter.

I have two cards for you today. My first card I made for this week's color challenge over at StampTV. We had to choose at least three colors that Cat gave us to play with.  Photo is found on this site Design Seeds).

I sort of chose the first four colors. 
All card stock are Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury: Ocean Mist,  Blue Raspberry and Red Hot. 
I first stamped the frame from the Fabulous Frame stamp set on Ocean Mist card stock. I used a Darice embossing folder and some Memento Paris Dusk on the Blue Raspberry to add another color. The flower image (Especially For You stamp duo) is stamped directly onto the Ocean Mist card stock with Gina K's Red Hot ink. I added Ruby Red liquid pearls to the center of the flower. The sentiment (Arranged with Love stamp set) is stamped also with Red Hot on the Ocean Mist then die cut with Spellbinder's Grommet Tags. The pearls were white pearls colored with Spectrum Noir CR8 (almost a perfect match to the liquid pearls). To add a little dimension (and more texture) I glued red yarn to the card front. This card is also entered in this week's Mod Squad Challenge. 

My next card will be entered in this week's "Love that Texture" challenge over at Mod Squad Challenge Blogspot. For this card I used the "belly band" I cut out from the first card. I used the same flower, stamped on white card stock with Gina K's Red Hot ink. I colored it with Spectrum Noir GB1 and GB3, added sheen with the a clear Spica pen, and did some fussy cutting. I adhered it to the oval with a 1/2" pop dot. You can't appreciate it on the photo, but I also used the clear Spica pen to color the rim of the oval.  

For the white layer, I wanted to play around with some do-it-yourself embossing paste recipes I found on YouTube (just to experiment with the mixed media trend) and a Prima stencil. I like the texture it adds but I think I have to tweak the recipe a bit or keep experimenting.  The sentiment is from Gina K's Celebrate the Season stamp set stamped on vellum using a technique Gina showed on StampTV. You use ink up your stamp first with Versamark ink and then a color ink pad, add clear embossing powder then heat emboss. This gives the sentiment a nice shine and texture; it also opens up all kinds of possibilities with the ink pads you have on hand. To offset this first layer and because I didn't have the right color card stock, I used GB3 to color the rim of a piece of white cardstock and adhered this layer to it, added blue twine and adhered the whole thing to the Blue Raspberry card base. The butterfly is from Melanie Muenchinger's new Fabulous Frame stamp set. I just love this set!!

I hope you like my cards and maybe find some inspiration. Leave me a comment if you so desire, I love reading them and learning from them. Please become a follower, I have a "blogaversary" coming up this month and I'm planning something to Celebrate, so stay tuned.

Hope you have a wonderfully creative week. Hugs and blessings!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mod Squad Blogspot Marvelous Minis Challenge

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone who celebrated the 4th of July had a wonderful and safe time. Now we can say Summer has officially started!

Today I have two mini cards that will be entered in this week's Mod Squad Challenge. For both I used the new Gina K. Designs set by Melanie Muenchinger Fabulous Frame. This set sold out in record breaking time, I was lucky to get mine so fast. Actually, thanks to my Mom who bought me a Gina K. Designs gift certificate for Mother's Day. Take my word for it, it's such a beautiful and versatile set you will want it too.

My first card is a thank you card. It measures 3"x 3". The card base is ivory (from my stash), layered with GKD Blue Raspberry cardstock. The floral image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Georgia Pacific 110 lb white cardstock. I used the following Copics to color the flower: YG61, YG63, Y21 and W3. For the butterfly I used B34 and Y21. The sentiment is from GKD All Occasion Tags.  I can't thank Melanie enough for her wonderful tutorials on coloring this flower. You can see them on her blog or her YouTube channel.

For the second mini card, I used the same ivory card base but layered with Gina K. Designs Limited Edition Wild Orchid card stock. It's such a luscious color! I heat embossed the image and used Judikins Violet Sparkle Embossing Powder. The embossing powder goes so well with the Wild Orchid card stock, and it leaves a beautiful sparkle. I hope you can appreciate it in the photo, I had to lay the card down to take the picture.  I colored the butterfly the same as in the first card but I added sparkle with the Sakura Stardust pen. The sentiment is also from the Fabulous Frame stamp set.

This is all I have for today. Please leave me a comment I appreciate it and learn from them. Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next post, hugs and blessings!