Happy Monday, everyone!

I am back today to share a card featuring a cute set by Stampin’Up: Aviary


This is a CAS card, with a minimum of details. I don’t think these cute images need a lot to stand out by themselves. The stamps are cling style and I like that they come in a thin plastic box, similar to the video games ones.  I added a sentiment included in a set named Simply Said by Paper Smooches

Lately, I have been organizing my stamps… again. I already  have added some of my used stamps to my page  4 SALE, because I am trying to have more free space for other things on my shelves, so that is the only reason. I wish I could keep everything, but I can’t. I have a couple of stamps that are new, and those I will be giving them away from time to time here on my blog. The first one that I would like to giveaway to a lucky winner is  a brand new  Hero Arts set called Hooray. The only request: leave a comment telling me about your current favorite stamp company… Easy peasy. Contest will be open to US  residents only and You have until Thursday midnight central time (03/13/14) to leave your comments and I will randomly choose a winner.  I will announce the name of the lucky one on Friday (03/14/14)… So, stay tuned  :)


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


Hi Friends!

I am back today to share a simple card using a Lawn Fawn stamp set called Fly Free… perfect for the Inspiration theme of the month :)


I used  two patterned papers  included in an  Amy Tangerine 6×6 paper pad collection called Ready Set Go by American Crafts. Did you notice it? No stitches, no sequins… Just a button threaded with hemp cord  as the only embellishment :)  Believe it or not, sometimes is hard to keep it clean and simple :)

I also want to share today about a little project that you can easily make at home. As you have noticed before, I love using pearls, gems and enamel dots on my projects… and I have many of them (I think I have an addiction here) Well, keeping them in their original clear bag is impossible, at least for me. I always end up damaging the little bags. One time I had the “brilliant idea” of  keeping all of them inside a plastic container, without the bag… Oops! my idea was not so brilliant because they end up very messy… with fibers and little pieces of paper all over them :( After my own brain storm, I thought that the inexpensive photo albums that you can find almost anywhere are just perfect for my favorite embellishments…


The best part is that you can give them your personal touch. The covers can easily be changed so, I created my own covers with patterned paper. I adhered the patterned paper to the original covers, just to make them a bit thicker and sturdy. Next, I designed, printed out and trimmed a label…


… and this is how it looks my handy dandy Embellishment Keeper :)


Inside, I got rid of the clear bags of my embellishments , and I only kept the name of the manufacturer , just in case I need the ñame as a reference. You can easily see what you have available, and the embellishments are always  free of dust and ready to use  :)


Well, I hope you like this idea… Easy and inexpensive to make.

I hope you have a fabulous crafty rest of the week :) Thanks for stopping by!


Happy Monday, friends!

I am back today to share the inspiration of this month, here on my blog…inspirationmarch3

I am kind of in the mood of Spring, despite we are not there yet. Hopefully soon the weather will have mercy on us and the warm temperatures come soon :). Anyways, as you can see, I added a color palette to the inspiration picture, just in case somebody wants to use it. But don’t take it so seriously, the inspiration picture and colors are just a starting point for me… and of course for you too.   I will be using birds in some of my projects, and  branches in others… or maybe both… I am not sure yet. I am just making my life easy :)   So here is the first card of the month…


I created my card using a simple sketch design combined with patterned papers and stamps. The patterned papers are included in an  Amy Tangerine 6×6 paper pad collection called Ready Set Go by American Crafts, the stamps that I used are by Hero Arts: Sentiment (Good Friends) and little bird ( Merci Bouquet).

Here is the sketch I used:


Well, thats all from me today… I hope you have a wonderful crafty week!


Happy Friday, everyone!

A quick post today just to share a Jane’s Doodles card :)


This time,  I used three JD stamp sets. The branch and heart images fromSweet Heart , the sentiment from Life is Good, and the butterfly from Butterflies .  If you are wondering how I made the foliage of the tree… Here is how I created it… quite easy…


After I stamped the tree (branch image), I heat-embossed with white embossing powder, small hearts on the tree’s foliage area. Then I used foam brushes, and different shades of green Distress Inks. The directions are simple:  ink up the brush directly on the ink pad, and  give a little twist as you press down on the brush each time you apply the color. >>>HERE<<< is a video of this fun technique.

Well, I hope you all have a nice weekend… February is over, so I’ll come back soon to present the inspiration theme for March! :D Thanks for visiting!



February is ending, and that means that is time to present another talented Guest Designer…Yay! Well, without further ado let me  introduce you to…

Donna Mikasa


I met Donna a few years ago on the virtual crafty world when both of us used to participate in the Hero Arts challenges. I know that she has been an avid stamper for a long time.Well, Donna is a good example that practice makes perfect. She has become an excellent card maker; She has the ability to create cards combining color, shapes, and textures in an amazing way. Nowadays, she is very busy with her DT commitments, so I am very honored that she accepted to make a beautiful card for today using  the theme of the month: Butterflies & Hearts. Check it out:


She created this card  using a technique that she called “water stamping with a stencil”, and she also used heat-embossing for the sentiment and tiny hearts. I loved the beautiful background, the colors are simply wonderful… Don’t you think? Please visit Donna on her blog: Three Umbrellas, for more inspiration and details about this card.

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

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


Happy Monday, everyone!

I am back today to share a card that I created using Faber Castell Gelatos and my Silhouette Cameo.  Let me tell you first, that I just love the yummy colors here. This was one of those projects that you start making with something in mind, but as you go, you change your mind a couple times to end up with something completely different, but what it really matters is that you are happy with it…


I found inspiration on the Faber Castell blog to create the background of this card. I have to confess that I am in love with my Gelatos :) So, I created the background using watercolor paper and Gelatos  mixed with water.  I also added a little of stamping,  and a bit of dimension with an stencil and lightweight spackling… I promise, I will make a video to show how I created the background, because is hard to explain. This card is a total mix of different things :) Anyway,  after my background was dry and ready for the focal point, I cut a shape called Butterfly with my Cameo using patterned paper and Kraft. Additionally, I stamped a sentiment included in a set called Simple Said by Paper Smooches. The final touches were stitches and gems.

Here the colors if you liked them…


Please comeback on Wednesday… The February  Guest Designer of my blog will be sharing a fabulous card!

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


Hi! First of all, I want to invite you to see a wonderful card that my dear friend Virgina Lu has created using February’s theme : Butterflies and Hearts… Please click on the sneak peek below to hop over to her blog…Aren’t those colors fabulous?

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On another note, I received another email from a reader asking me about how to cut thin lines using your Cameo. This is a card that I created using a Silhouette shape with a very thin outline….


Sometimes it can be tricky to obtain a clean and perfect thin cut when using your cutting machine. If you have tried many times, and  your machine  keeps tearing your paper, plus it is making you feel frustrated, take it easy :)  it can be as simple as  a dirty blade… You can see a tutorial on how to clean the blade by clicking >>>HERE<<< . Believe me, it helps a lot to clean it. Well,  Today I am sharing  how I cut the same shape in a different way. The original Doggy shape by Silhouette has two layers: white base and black outline… mgdoggycut

A good  alternative to cut this shape is to separate the inside of the outline shape into another layer; so instead of having just two layers (brown-black), now  I have three (brown-black-brown)… You put them together, and this is the result…doggylayers2

Do you notice the difference?…. Is just the way the shape was cut. The image looks the same. A second alternative would be to cut the thin black outline using vinyl instead of card stock, but I think the triple layer method works perfectly fine! I hope this trick can help you with some of your shapes when using your cutting machine.

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be back soon with another February theme project :)


Happy Friday everyone!

Just popping in to share a card that I created using my Cricut Expression 2 and some pretty patterned papers….


The heart shape belongs to the Cricut Essentials collection that came pre-loaded in my Cricut Expression 2, and it is called Heart 2. I used patterned papers from  a 6×6 pad  collection called Sunny Side by Pebbles.  I also used buttons, a paper doily, stitches and a Hero Arts/Studio Calico sentiment included in a set called Oh Snap.  I want to point out that a few weeks ago I went to a store called Tuesday Morning; they have a small section of craft supplies and there, I found several 6×6 papers pads (including the one I used today)  at a very very good price. I saw some embellishments, inks and other products too. Maybe next time you are near one of these stores, you can take a look of what products they have available for you :)

Please comeback tomorrow, I will be sharing Silhouette tips and a sneak peek of a card created by a good cyber-friend of mine :)

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


Happy Monday, everyone!

Today we have a snowy day here in Chicago… again, but I don’t complain. Actually it was a good thing to stay home, to do some crafty stuff today :)  I created a card using Faber Castell Gelatos and a cling stamp by Hero Arts (Leaf and Floral Background)…. I love the yummy colors here…


I complemented this card with a sentiment and  a butterfly shape that I cut out using my Cameo. The sentiment was cut four times and I just stacked the words together… just to add dimension.  I cut the butterfly twice and sewed a few stitches in the middle… Of course, sequins and stitches were also part of my card :)

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


Happy Friday, everyone!

I am back today with a re-do of a card that I created a while ago. I have received good comments about the original card, and I also have seen that it has been pinned a few times on Pinterest. This week, a reader asked me for the instructions of this card, and of course I am more than happy to share with her and with everybody how I made it. So I created the same card again with a little twist. Let me tell you, that this card is definitely not a ten minutes card… Is not dificult to make it, though… but it has many steps :). Well,  here is the original card…

…And here is the new one….


As you can see, I changed the colors, the sentiment and used butterflies instead of flowers.  The main stamp images (All of them by Hero Arts) are the same as the original card: Cling Dots (background image on white card stock), Friends Definition (butterflies), Garden Borders ( background on Kraft card stock). The sentiment is also by HA and it belongs to a set called: Thinking of you Kite. I also used sequins, White Tulle ribbon by American Crafts (3in. x 10 yd.), and of course some stitches.  I thought it was more fun to make a video instead of just writing the instructions… so here is how I made it….

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day today… and keep celebrating it  during the weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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