Hi!

I am back today just to introduce a fabulous Guest Designer of this month:

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Hola!

Estoy de vuelta para presentarles a la fabulosa Diseñadora Invitada de este mes:

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Silvia lives in Mexico City with her son and her three Beagle dogs. She has been working in her own business as a designer and maker of souvenirs for special events for many years. She started adapting different craft techniques and giving them a twist, in order  to incorporate them in her designs, and at the same time giving them a personal touch. She started Scrapbooking four years ago, and she loves doing that. Trying new techniques  is always a blast for her!  Silvia and I went to the same college in Mexico City almost at the same time, but we actually met here in the crafty world on the internet! Isn’t that funny? Well, She is very talented and creative, and I am thrilled that she made the time to create a special card for today….

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Silvia vive en la Ciudad de México con su hijo y sus tres perritas Beagle (a las que ella cariñosamente llama “mis chaparras”). Ella tiene muchos años trabajando en su propio negocio diseñando y fabricando artículos de regalo y recuerditos para eventos especiales. Silvia comenzó usando diferentes técnicas de manualidades y les empezó a dar un toque diferente, para poder incorporarlas a sus diseños, dándoles así su toque personal. Empezó a hacer páginas de recortes hace unos cuatro años, que es lo que más le gusta hacer.  He de decirles que Silvia y yo estudiamos en el misma universidad, casi al mismo tiempo, pero realmente nos venimos a conocer aquí, en el mundo de las manualidades en internet ¿Qué chistoso, no? Bueno,  ella es bien talentosa y bien creativa, y estoy muy contenta que que ella se tomó el tiempo para hacer una tarjeta especial para hoy…

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She created this pretty scalloped card using different patterned papers that match the colors of the month of my blog ;) . I simply love the feminine focal point that she chose for this card: the beautiful crochet flower that she actually made, complemented with leaves, a sentiment and a pin… I also love the background with little pearls on it! Thanks Silvia, for making this beautiful card!

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Ella creó esta bonita tarjeta festoneada usando diferentes papeles estampados que encajan con los colores de este mes en mi blog. Simplemente me encantó el punto focal tan femenino que ella escogió para esta tarjeta: una hermosa florecita tejida con gancho (que ella mismo tejió), complementada con hojitas, un sentimiento y un alfiler. También me gustó mucho el fondo con las perlitas! Gracias Silvia por hacer esta hermosa tarjeta!

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 Be sure to stop by Silvia Barrera’s Blog to see even more of her amazing work  :)

Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by  :) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!

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Asegúrate de pasar por el blog de blog de Silvia Barrera para que veas aún más de su estupendo trabajo :)

Bien, Eso es todo por hoy de mi parte, regresaré pronto para compartir otro proyecto.

Gracias por venir :) Que tengas una creativo resto de la semana!

marianasignat

 

 

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a nice Easter along with your family and friends :) Today I have a short post just to share a card that I made using Jane’s Doodles stamps. I am cleaning my working area, because next weekend our carpet will be replaced :) I think this is a good time to organize, clean and also a very good opportunity to get rid off the supplies I don’t want anymore. My scrap-space is small and it needs some little changes :) Anyway here is my card…

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I used the flower images from Doodle Flowers and a simple sentiment from Pretty Peonies. I created the background by cutting three strips from different colors of paint chips; I stamped the images with Versamark and heat-embossed them with white embossing powder. Quite simple and easy to make ;) I added some details with Glossy accents and a few stitches along the bottom of the card.

Now is time to announce the name of the lucky winner of the Aspen Believe  stamp set by HA/BG. According to Random Org the winner is:

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That means that # 7 is Sue Speck!

She said this; “Storage is indeed the name of the game and I too was inspired by Jennifer’s solutions. Her method for die storage is along similar lines and I’ve used her idea for my labels and tags and banners, as they are among my most-used dies. The rest of my collection is stored in CD binders I got from Staples. These are compact and handy and will hold all of my dies except for long borders and the largest “Grand” dies. These I keep in a binder on magnetic pages inserted into page protectors. Very compact and easily retrievable.”

Congratulations Sue!…Please send me an email with your addy ASAP :D  so I can send you your stamp set right away! :) (Please use the CONTACT tab above to send your message)

Denise Bryant was asking for washi tape storage ideas; please >>>Click here<<< and you will see many good ones :)

Thanks so much for participating and for sharing your storage solutions!

I hope you all have a fabulous crafty week :)  Thanks for stopping by!

marianasignat

 

Hi there!

I am back today to share something that I have recently been doing to organize my stamps. A few months ago I saw a post by Jennifer McGuire about using clear sleeves to keep your stamps. I thought this was a good idea. She gave two alternatives to do  it: using Office Depot CD clear sleeves or Avery Elle Stamp storage pockets. You can find the original post >>>HERE<<<  I don’t have an OD close by, just an Office Max store. They carry similar products but not the same. So, searching trough the store I found this 5.5″ x 8.5 sheets protectors that are actually for binders….

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They come in packages of twenty five pieces, and they cost about five dollars. The brand Avery, also carries this type of protector and it is about the same price. The size of these protectors is just perfect for the clear stamps, and the only adjustment that I had to do is to trim off the perforated side.

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I also bought a white card stock package to print out the name of the stamp sets. You can print two inserts from each letter size sheet.  I did it vertically and horizontally, because in that way, I can  put them either way (if I need to). I think is easier if you simply print out regular adhesive labels to put the name on each sleeve, but it’s up tp you!  :)

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In some of these sleeves, I also included the original inserts of the stamps I have,  along with the white printed insert…DSC_1635f

The bigger inserts (like the ones that HA has) fit fine too. On those, the extra white insert wasn’t necessary…

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I keep some of my stamps vertically in small plastic bins that  I bought at Target…

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Some others are horizontal in one of my small drawers…

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I have one plastic bin sorted by brands, so I added a thick card stock separator with a color tab each… Just to keep it simple…

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Well, I hope this storage alternative can help you to better organize your stamps. I always like to look for other ways to do things… and I like to share them too.

Today I also have a prize for a lucky reader… The name of the set  I want to giveaway is Aspen Believe  by HA/BG . This is a set perfect to make tags for your Chirstmas gifts or you can use it on cards or scrapbook pages…. Very pretty. No original packaging but it is new….

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You just have to leave a comment below with any  storage idea you want to share, or maybe something you want to know. Easy peasy. Contest will be open to US  residents only and you have until Sunday midnight central time (04/20/14) to leave your comments and I will randomly choose a winner.  I will announce the name of the lucky one on Monday (04/21/14)… So, stay tuned  :)

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat

 

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was great, but the thing is that when you have lots of fun, it seems like the days are too short and the weekend ends too fast! Well, I didn’t do anything crafty, but I went shopping… and that was really fun. Anyways, here is a card that I created with one of the sets I designed for Jane’s Doodles: Raindrops and a sentiment included in Simply Said by Paper Smooches

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I love when with just card stock, a couple of stamps, ink colors and Glossy Accents you can create a fun card :)

That’s all from me today :D I hope you all have a fabulous crafty week.

Thanks for stopping by!

marianasignat

Hi there!

I am back today to share a card I created using three wonderful stamp sets by Jane’s Doodles….

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The flowers are included in Roses, the sentiment in Blessings Sentiments, and the polka dot detail in Doodle Flowers. This is just a simple card, using the theme of the month and soft colors :) At the end, I simply embellished my card with a few enamel dots :D

Well, that’s all from me today  :) Thanks for visiting, I hope you have a great crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat

 

 

Hi there!

Here is card that I made using my Cricut Expresion, paint chips and an stamped sentiment…

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I cut the cloud from Create a Critter Cricut cartridge, the paint chips are from the hardware store, of course :D, sequins by Avery Elle, and the fun sentiment is by Paper Smooches.Sorry for not posting more details, but I have a few more things to accomplish today :)

That’s all from me today :) I hope you all have a fabulous crafty week.

Thanks for stopping by!

marianasignat

Hi!

Quick post today just to announce the name of the Summer Breeze stamp set winner.  According to Random Org the winner is:

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That means that # 5 is Harriet!

She said this; “The birds are singing-at last-telling me Spring is coming—-your card is telling me the same thing….Spring!!!

Congratulations Harriet!…Please send me an email with your addy ASAP :D  so I can send you your stamp set right away! :)

Thanks so much for participating and for leaving me sweet comments!

I hope you all have a fabulous crafty week. I’ll be back soon to share another card  :) Thanks for stopping by!

marianasignat

 

Hey there!

I am back today to share the inspiration of this month…

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I am very glad that Spring has finally begun, and even though it is a bit early for the flowers to bloom, I am looking forward to seeing  lots of them soon!!!  We have already had some rain here in the Chicago area, but it is still chilly outside. My initial idea of the inspiration picture was to take a picture of the flowers outside, but there aren’t any yet. So, I ended up buying a Violet flower pot, and I simply gathered a couple of things that I already had to create the inspiration picture. Anyways, the  theme as the previously shown before, is just a starting point. I will be using flowers or rain, or both on my projects, and I will try to use the color combo too, maybe not in the same shades of color, but I will do my best to keep them close to the colors shown above. Please feel free to create using my inspiration picture and color combo… just don’t forget to leave the link of your creation in the comment area. Well,  here is the first card…

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All the supplies I have used on today’s card, has been with me for a few years already. I know it is always fun to have new stuff to play with, but if you think about it… the stamps that we already have are just perfect when you are in the creative mode :)  Don’t you think? I created the background with a stamp set called Flower Star Wreath by Hero Arts/Basic Gray using white chalk ink on kraft card stock. I created the focal point with three layered banners, felt flowers (Mini rolled roses by MFT), burlap string and pearls….The sentiment is included in a stamp set called Perfect Day also by Hero Arts , and I added stitches along the edge of the front panel. Quite easy, but fun.

Well, that’s all from me today :) Thanks for visiting, I hope you have a great crafty rest of the week!

marianasignat

 

 

Hi there!

Today is the last day of the month, so here is a card I made using this week’s card sketch 169 by My Favorite Things …. The original sketch suggests a flower as the main embellishment, but I used a bird instead….If you want to see the sketch please click >>>HERE<<<

 

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I used my Cricut Expression to create this card. I used Label 2 included in Cricut Essentials, and Fly Bird included in French Manor cartridge. The patterned papers are included in Harvest Lane 6×6 paper pad by Simple Stories. I created the sentiment with my computer and I added Glossy Accents, along with sequins and stitches.

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Today I also have a little giveaway for a lucky reader… The name of the set is Summer Breeze by My Little Shoe Box. Just leave a comment below…Easy peasy. Contest will be open to US  residents only and you have until Thursday midnight central time (04/03/14) to leave your comments and I will randomly choose a winner.  I will announce the name of the lucky one on Friday (04/04/14)… So, stay tuned  :)

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Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be back on Wednesday to present the new inspiration picture and colors of April.

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Happy Friday, everyone!

Today I am thrilled to present the March Guest Designer

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Well, Virginia is another of my friends from the HA group, and I was fortunate to meet her in person last October when she came to Chicago. I know that she loves to travel, and she also likes to meet her crafty friends in person (if possible) on her trips :) Virginia, is an avid talented stamper, she loves to create and share her wonderful creations as well as pictures of her many trips :) Currently she has some DT commitments (Runaway Inspired Challenge and Casual Fridays Stamps), and she recently launched a new challenge:  Virginia’s View Challenge, which has been a total success (over three hundred entries) :) I know, lately she has been very busy with her new adventure, so  I am very happy and honored that she agreed to make a beautiful card for today…

 

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I asked her about how she did this fabulous card, and this is what she said:

“ Based loosely on the color inspiration, I started with the background by using a stencil (Leaves from Simon Says Stamps). I created two shades of green, then stamped a text over the green leaves. I then stamped the little birdie in Ripe Persimmon (Distress Ink) and clear-embossed the image. I added SRM Sticker sentiment to the yellow pattern paper and embellished the card with gold strings and sequins.” 

I think she did a great job, Don’t you think? Be sure to stop by Virginia’s blog to see even more of her fantastic work :)

Well, that’s all from me for today, I will be back soon with another project.

Thanks for stopping by :) Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

 

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