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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Painted flowers

Hello sweet peeps,

Here is my card to show you today. I have painted these flowers directly with a brush dipping one of the brush in yellow and the other end in a wee bit or red and this is what I achieved. I cut out the flowers and moulded them gently, popped them on foam tape. The flower centres are also hand made with a flower punch. For the flourishes and punched leaves, I have used paper that I ran a brush with green water colour over it. The beautiful green printed paper came from Terry. Thanks so much!


I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Am off to view other blogs now.

Love,
Monica 

Monday, 29 April 2013

Monochromatic pink and white

Hello sweet bloggers,
Here is another card to show you with this lovely filigreed heart. Just a simple sweet card with a question for you - does the heart in the centre look kind of lonely or empty? This embossing folder was a little too big so I embossed it in a manner that would fit my card. I have used liquid pearls in the centre to finish it off. Would love to know what you think of it.


I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Wish you a lovely week ahead...

Love,
Monica 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Teddy bear, teddy bear eat your cake

Hello there,
Hope you are having a nice weekend... it is almost the end of Sunday here so I thought I must blog before the day is over.
My card is a simple one here. I have used this darling image from Penny Black many a time and love it. It has been coloured with water colour pencils and I have propped up the image on foam dots. The incomplete circle happened because there was not enough space on the paper but I went for it and I quite like what turned out. I love this Ek Success cupcake border punch and wish I would use it more often. The buttons and embroidery yarn are from my stash. Buttons seem to be  on every card (almost) of mine. 


I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Love,

Monica 

Saturday, 27 April 2013

For Less is More - sketch

Hello it's me again for the second time today which is quite rare. Here is my card for Less is More  - quick and easy. The lovely strawberry came from my dear blog buddy Sandra. Thank you so much, I love it!!! The strawberry has been popped on foam dots to make it look 3D.
I have had this mesh embossing folder hanging around for a long time now so it was beckoning me to be used. The sentiment is handwritten and I am not too impressed with it.



Off to make some more cards and then read to Aleeza.

Love,
Monica 

Baby girl card

Hello lovely peeps,

I sure am building up a collection and have 44 cards in stock already. Here is a baby card made with papers and no stamps. Lace, flourishes, flowers and voila my card was done.


I am going to enter it in the following challenges:
http://craftyribbonschallenge.blogspot.com/ - anything goes with ribbon

I wish you a pleasant weekend.

Love,
Monica 

Friday, 26 April 2013

For a baby girl

Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is my card for today which is for a baby girl. The doily stamp is from Paper Mania and the lace stamp is from Kaiser Craft (I think). The tiny flowers have been punched out of a paper I crumpled and sponged purple and white water colours over it. The sentiment is from Hampton Arts and the flowers around the button have liquid pearls in their centres. Sorry that the picture is a bit crooked. Note to myself - must learn to take better pictures.


I will enter this card in the following challenges:
http://paper-craftingjourney.blogspot.co.uk/ - use a sentiment
http://www.inklingsandyarns.com/ - anything goes
http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/ - anything goes

Wish you a happy weekend.

Love,

Monica 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

I love this paper

Hello sweet bloggers,
Thanks for the kind comments on my last card... and for the suggestions on how to fill the empty space at the bottom. 
I have been busy making cards for the bazaar on May the 14th, so busy that I could not blog yesterday. Here is my card to show you for today and much as I love the colours on this paper, I am not sure if the double bow looks nice. You know when I make general cards they do really well so I went for it - just paper with no stamping. It made up for not using stamps because I took loads of time taken to get the bow done properly - these double bows can be trying. In retrospect, I may add a few pearls or rhinestones on the paper to make it prettier.


I will enter this card in the following challenges:

I must go and do some visiting now.

Much love,
Monica 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Another card sold today!

Hello lovely bloggers,

I am busy making more cards to sell at a bazaar on May the 14th and I need to buck up since I don't have a large stock left.
Here is a card I have made which I seem to be quite pleased with. I saw this style somewhere ( apologies that I cannot remember) long ago and have been wanting to make it since then. I punched a round aperture and stuck flowers in a manner that made a filigree like arrangement. Much as I was tempted to add a sentiment, I refrained from the thought so that it remains a generic card. The MS border punch on the left is was bought with much passion some months ago is being aired for the first time. In the centre of the layered flowers are pearls. The ribbon has been recycled from somewhere (cannot recollect).
Do you think the empty space at the bottom looks too empty? 


I will enter this card in the following challenges:
http://www.craftybloggersnetwork.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
http://www.cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.com/ - monochromatic
http://foreverfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.com/ - flowers
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/ - anything goes
http://lexiscreations.blogspot.com/ - add lace or ribbon

Catch you later.

Love,
Monica

Monday, 22 April 2013

Good news - seven cards sold at Aleeza's school

Hello sweet peeps,
Today there was a beautiful earth day celebration in Aleeza's school and they sang a lovely song called, "Mother Earth, Mother Earth, it's a great place to be..."
I am so happy that seven cards have sold in Aleeza's school so far and that takes my count to a total of 50 so far this year. I must thank you all for the encouragement and support you all give me. Blogging has done much for me to say the least.

And now to my card following a sketch for Crazy 4 Challenges. It took me forever to create this card even though it was such a nice and easy sketch.  The image is a stamp from Penny Black which has been coloured in with water colour pencils, cut out and popped on foam dots on the punched white paper which has also been stuck with foam dots to give it more dimension. The paper is from a roll of wall paper and the mesh is from my stash as are the buttons. It looks a bit lop sided in the picture but in real life it looks okay. The sentiment is handwritten (I am not impressed with it) and I have used liquid pearls for added interest. 



Down below is Aleeza's contribution for Earth Day - she says it is a little girl hugging the earth.


Wish you a pleasant week ahead.

Love,

Monica 

Friday, 19 April 2013

For CAS(e) this Sketch and CAS(ual) Friday

Hello sweet peeps,

Here is my card for CAS(e) this Sketch and I will also enter it in CAS(ual) Friday.
I have had these Sizzix die cut candles using a cake box for something like over five years. I wrapped embroidery floss over the candles for added interest and slapped them on a card. Never mind how tedious it was to wrap that yarn and ensure it did not peep out from either end. The sentiment is handwritten and it took me forever to get it right as I tried black ink to write it the first time but it looked odd. Finally had to settle for this blue and am not quite sure how it looks. 



I will also enter this card in:

Wish you a happy weekend.

Love,

Monica 

Handmade flowers

Hello there,

Here is my card for today - the embossed cardstock has been coloured in with chalks and water colour pencils. The big flowers have been punched and then coloured with water colour paints and the smaller yellow ones have been sponged with distress ink. The tiny MS double butterfly has been coloured with water colour pencils and distress ink.


I could have been more creative with this card but so much time went into shaping the flowers that it left me with little time. 

I will enter this card in:

Thank God it's Friday!

Love,

Monica 

Thursday, 18 April 2013

For Fusion Card Challenge

Hello lovely peeps,

I happened to stumble upon a lovely blog called Fusion Card Challenge and so much as I wanted to just be, I made this card right away... The ribbon and washi tapes are from my stash and the flower has been made by me. The sentiment is from Docrafts probably retired by now but lying fresh and hardly used in my drawer. The flourishes are from Sizzix and I have used glossy paper to die cut them.


Ooops, I just realized that I cannot participate in the challenge as it is too late. Silly me but never mind, atleast I had fun making this card and maybe next week I will try and be on time.

I will also submit this card for the following challenges:
http://www.addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.com.au/ - anything goes
http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.com/ - no patterned paper
http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/ - handmade flowers

Love,

Monica

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Second entry for Retro Sketches

Hello sweet bloggers,

This is my second entry for Retro Sketches this week with my new stamp from Stampendous bought a few months ago. Everything was going well and then I happened to go over the sentiment with my black permanent marker and it made it look all smudgy and shaky. I punched the flowers out of white and silver paper to make it look more interesting. I do like the way my flowers turned out though.


I will also enter this card in:

See you later.
Love,
Monica 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Retro Sketch 59 this week

Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is a quick card I have made for Retro Sketch 59 this week. It was simple and fun to make since I was strapped for time. Today I took 30 cards to Aleeza's school to sell and displayed them with my handmade poster in the reception. I hope I manage to sell some :-) 
Now over to my simple and sweet card made with a clear stamp set from We r Memory Keepers. I have used Brilliance pearly blue and it looks quite nice in real life. Ofcourse my camera decided to make it look as bland as possible. A few random pearls and it was ready and by the way I seem to be using pearls on almost each creation these days. So must make a note to self - to use varied kind of embellies.




Down below are my cards all packed and ready to sell at the school reception.

I am also going to enter this card in the following challenges:
http://natalieandamy.blogspot.co.uk/ - monochromatic
http://bildmalarnachallenge.blogspot.com/ - less is more
http://www.tando-creative-challenges.blogspot.com/ - new beginnings

Will come and visit your blogs later.

Love,
Monica 

Monday, 15 April 2013

For CAS on Sunday

Hello sweet peeps,

Here is my card for CAS on Sunday this week where the theme is round and round. This pretty doily was sent by Maricel with a pretty cardmaking magazine which I won in a lucky draw. It is a pack of three pretty designs and I have been hoarding it ever since. The sentiment stamp is from Hampton Art and the flowers have been punched out of pink card stock and I have used liquid pearls for their centres. The three pearls you see above the sentiment came to my rescue to hide a stamping error. The embroidery floss and button are from my stash. I would like to give credit for the inspiration of this card to Tenia who is a DT member at CAS on Sunday. 


I will also submit this card for the following challenges:

Wish you a pleasant week ahead.

Love,
Monica

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Wine lovers always do the ripe thing

Hello there,

Here is a card I made with an image I had stamped a while ago. It is a Tara Reed stamp from Stamps Happen and I have used my Faber Castell water colour pencils to colour it. The rose has been made by yours truly in those rose making days of mine while the tiny flowers have been punched, I have the negative of a Spellbinder nestie and sponged that layer with Tim Holtz peeled paint. The background of the image was first stamped with a block using TH milled lavender (I think as it was a while ago). The ribbons are from my stash and the flourish is from Sizzix. The tiny ferns have been sponged with TH forest moss.



I am going to submit this card for the following challenges:
http://www.inklingsandyarns.com/ - always anything goes

Wish you a pleasant weekend.

Love,

Monica 


Friday, 12 April 2013

For CAS(e) this Sketch and CAS(ual) Friday

Hello sweet peeps,

Here is my card for CAS(e) this Sketch for this week and CAS(ual) Friday this week where the theme is to use glitter. I have used a Hero Arts clear stamp border from a set and have stamped it with orchid ink. I went over the entire image with my trusted Sakura gold pen to give it a sparkle. The MS layered butterfly has been treated the same way and looks quite pretty in real life. The antennae are home made and I have stuck crystal on the butterfly for added interest.




See you later...

Love,

Monica 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Recycled card


Hello sweet bloggers,
Here is a card I made this morning in minutes which makes me think that maybe I need to relook at the name of my blog. A name such as "Quick cards" or "Card in a minute"... lol.

I saw this flower on the front of a brochure from the super market smiling at me and asking me to use it. So I took it and slapped it on right away on to a card. And I felt that this striped ribbon matches really well along with adding liquid pearls in the centre of this gigantic flower. Ready in minutes, honestly and what joy it gave me. 


I will enter this card in the following challenges:
http://fashionistachallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - anything goes
http://houseofgilli.blogspot.com/ - flowers and or ribbon
http://thepinkelephantchallenge.blogspot.com/ - spring colours
http://threescrappygals.blogspot.com/ - recycled

Catch you later.

Love,
Monica

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

For Less is More - Lime and Black

Hello lovely bloggers,

Hope you are well and healthy which ever corner of the globe you are.
I had made a promise to myself that I would try and blog everyday but life just got in the way yesterday. Anyhow here I am today with a card that is bland and rather plain. Looks like mojo has gone for a ride again. Just didn't feel like making a card and had to force myself to make this one for Less is More which is all about lime and black this week. 


I have embossed and sponged the lime green panel and have stuck black and white printed paper underneath it. The sentiment is from Spellbinders - it was lying handy on my table so went for it. Rounded two corners to add more interest however it may have worked otherwise.

I will also enter this card in the following challenges:

Wishing you a pleasant morning, afternoon or evening...

Love,

Monica 

Monday, 8 April 2013

Pink and white quickie

Hello there,

I made this card a while ago but don't think I posted it on to my blog.
 This MS punch was bought with much excitement and delight but has been used only once - to make this card. And I have many other punches like this which have hardly ever been used. Top secrets being shared there - lol.



A very simple card but it sold with great ease. 
I will enter this card in http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/ - anything goes

Wish you a pleasant week ahead.
Love,
Monica 

Sunday, 7 April 2013

For CAS(e) this sketch and CAS(ual) Friday - 2nd entry

Hello sweet bloggers,

Hope you are enjoying the weekend which ever part of the globe you are in. It is almost the end of Sunday here. 
Here is my second entry for CAS(e) this sketch and CAS(ual) Friday this week which is Chevron and Flowers. I have used a Penny Black image and coloured it in with water colour pencils.  The chevrons were stencilled in with American Crafts white ink. The sentiment is handwritten and the ribbon and flower are from my stash. I stuck a pearl and in the flower centre and on the top of the tag to make it look more interesting. The leaves have been punched and lightly coloured with water colour pencils as well.


Have to go to bed soon so good night all.

Love,

Monica 

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Thank you Sandra

Hello there,

Here is a card I made with the lovely papers and embellies I received from dear Sandra. Thank you ever so much, Sandra. Since everything was coordinated it took me precisely a few minutes to make this card. Sometimes it is nice to create a card with no stamping. All I did was add matching ribbon, crystals and an MS punch on the side with pop up fabric glue on it. I like this simple card but was left wondering if there was too much plain surface at the bottom?


Happy carding!

Lots of love,
Monica 

Friday, 5 April 2013

For CAS(e) this sketch and CAS(ual) Friday

Hello kind peeps,

 Here is my card for CAS(e) this sketch and over at CAS(ual) Friday the challenge is Chevron and Flowers this week so I decided to combine my card for both challenges. The card stock is light green and I have sponged it with TH broken china and I made my own tag, sponging it with the same ink. The flower is from Petaloo and the yarn and pearls are from my stash while the sentiment is from Spellbinders and I have had in for two years now and did not realize what a pretty font it has. So now you are going to see a lot of this in the future. Lol. The Washi tape is from the scrapbooking store close by and the flourishes are from Sizzix and they have been sponged with different inks.




Thank God it's Friday and I do hope you like my card.

Love,

Monica 

Thursday, 4 April 2013

For Inkspirational Challenge - colours

Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is a card I have for the colour challenge over at Inkspirational. I thought my card stock was close to slate in real life but looks rather different in the picture. And I am not too pleased with the stark yellow MS butterfly border. Seems like an over doze of yellow and then that big block of pink there. Anyway too late to do anything now and trust me I am not going to show it to Zeenya!!! Lol. 




I will also enter this card in the following challenges:




Off to do some commenting now.

Love,
Monica 

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Globe traveller

Hello sweet bloggers,

Thanks for the lovely comments on my last post. Down below is my card to show you for today...The image is a stamp from Penny Black which I have coloured with water colour pencils. The striped paper has been recycled - it is from a news magazine. Doesn't it match perfectly?
The flowers have been punched out of papers that were sponged with Aleeza's paints while we were  painting together. Then I sprayed them with water and crumpled them to get this dreamy effect. Put in some punched flower centres and flourishes which were sponged with Tim Holtz peeled paint. 
I had lots of fun gluing the flowers on to this card and I do think this is the maximum number of flowers I have ever added on a card. Lol. Was in a generous sort of mood. Lol.

Would love to hear what you think of my card - I do think that the two blobs of rouge on her cheeks could have been avoided. And I need to learn how to colour in skin better.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Any way off to play with Aleeza now.

Lots of love,

Monica 

Monday, 1 April 2013

For Less is More - third entry

Hello sweet bloggers,

Here is yet another card I  have made for the scallops challenge at Less is More - my third to be precise.  
 Zeenya, my critique viewed it as "too yellow". High standards yet again. Lol. The card has an inner the top of which has been sponged with Momento dandelion. The little flowers were sponged with American craft in yellow and I added a liquid pearl in gold as flower centres. The flourish stamp is from Kaiser Craft - being inaugurated on this card and stamped in Momento dandelion. I seem to find it calming to make cards with monotone colours these days. Lol. 



Off to do some commenting now.

Love,

Monica