Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Merry Kissmoose!

Hello there stampers!
I have a fun card to share with you today. Some days ago I was reorganizing the file folders on my laptop and came across a Christmas card I made a few years ago combining digital and rubber stamps. As I thought it was pretty nice and I needed a last minute card to put in the mail, I decided to make one quickly. That was truly fun, I love that whimsical Whippersnapperdesigns stamp with the moose and matching greeting, so cute! It's undoubtedly something different, tee hee!! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice and relaxing Boxing Day, those of you who celebrate it, that is!!

Hugs, Vittoria

Monday, 24 December 2012

Biscuit boxes

Hello there crafters!!
How's your holiday season going on? I guess you're all very busy, right? That is part of the fun of Christmas, I guess.
I have a 3-D project to share with you today - 2 biscuit boxes I created for 2 friends. I was looking for something special to hold some chocolate and here is what I came up with. The biscuits were made with some Fimo Light and were coloured with acrylics. After arranging and glueing them on the lid, I added some ribbon and button et voilà.



Have a special, warm and merry Christmas you all!! :D
Love and hugs,
Vittoria

Sunday, 16 December 2012

A tag for you

Hello there crafters!
I hope you're all fine and warm! We had more than 30 cm of snow here on Friday, so it's all soft and white around. I have a birthday tag to share with you today. I made it for a friend who wanted something special to add to her birthday gift for a neighbour. I've used a few Spellbinders dies to create the embellishments, like flowers, leaves and the lattice reminding a trellis on which roses grow. I glued some Flower Soft to the leaves to add a winter, snowy touch. Some glitter, pearls and silky ribbon could not be missing on such a vintage tag, right? :D The pin is my creation, too.

Have a nice Sunday and enjoy what is left of this crazy holiday season!
Vittoria

Friday, 7 December 2012

Wedding card

Hello there crafters!
I'm sorry for my long absence but the past months I had this big exam coming up at work and every spare moment was spent studying, no time for crafting at all. That was pure hell and how I imagine hell to be - a dreadful place with no crafting, tee hee!! :D Anyhow, I finished the exam (which I passed, by the way) last Tuesday so I'm back to my craft room, ready to make up for lost time! One of Claudio's co-workers is getting married on 12.12.2012 (funny date, huh?) and he asked me to create a card to go with the wedding gift they had chosen. I made an all-white card, I think they're perfect for weddings, and as I hadn't much time left I decided to use a few of my Spellbinders dies - they're great and quickly did all the work for me! I hope I can dedicate myself to some Christmas cards now - the exam was a real nuisance and I'm late with practically everything, ugh!!

Have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Vittoria

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Project combo

Hello there stampers!
How's life treating you? Absolutely fine, I hope!
I have a double project to share with you today, that is a baby album and a matching card which I made on request for a friend. As focal image I used one of Mo Manning's gorgeous digis - love all her images, they're so much fun to colour with Copics!
I covered the album with some pink embossed paper using a cartonnage technique, mounted my focal image on a Fleur de lis square die cut from Spellbinders and added some mulberry flowers which I coloured to match my project.





Sunday, 23 September 2012

Sewing card

Hello there stampers!
I hope you're all having a nice and relaxing Sunday. Rain is forecast here for late in the afternoon, so that's the perfect weather to shut up in the craft room and be creative, right?
The card I'm sharing with you today is a sewing card I made for a lovely lady who is a seamstress, so very appropriate. The dies and stamps are from MFT, gorgeous! I added some ribbon, button, pearl-headed pins, tiny pearls and embroidery thread from my stash. I love the caramel/pink colour combo, so perfect for this card.
Thanks for visiting and have a nice afternoon!
Cheers! Vittoria

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Shabby chic card

Hello there crafters!
I have a shabby chic vintage card to share with you today. It was made for the birthday of a dear friend of mine. I don't know why, but in my mind "shabby chic" means a card full of different elements and embellishments. I tried to keep mine not too busy, though. The lovely designer paper with roses I used is very vintage all by itself, the cage (Marianne designs), leaves and butterfly (Martha Stewart) die cuts made the rest. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, while pearls and ribbon are from my stash. I added glitter to the flowers and butterfly wings - some bling is a must on a card like this, right?
I have another card to share with you in the new few days, so stay tuned!! Each and every comment makes me happy. Thank you so much for popping over.

Have a nice Sunday! :D
Hugs, Vittoria

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Lighthouse

Hello stampers!
At long last the intense heat has stopped and it's much cooler here today, which makes everybody feel so much better. I guess this also means that somehow summer has come to an end, alas. I have another card to share with you today, and it's a male card this time. I always struggle with male cards, which I find the hardest to make, but that gorgeous lighthouse stamp seemed perfect for the purpose - it surely makes a great focal image, not to mention that I love lighthouses!! I used some cream and brown carstock and just one layer of designer paper. Edges were sponged with vintage photo Distress ink. I coloured my image with Copics and - no easy task - but I resisted the urge to add glitter, pearls or lace, ugh! Now you understand why I find male cards so difficult to put together, I have to exercise some restraint every time! LOL I added some double stitched ribbon, though, trying to keep the card very simple.

Have a nice afternoon!
Hugs, Vittoria

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Pansy

Hello there stampers!
I have a new card to share with you today for which I decided to use one of my old PSX stamps, the pansy. Those flower stamps are truly amazing and so much fun to colour, no doubt! I used some cream cardstock, a couple of purple and lilac designer papers (love those colours!) and some Spellbinders ovals for my focal image. The ivory lace is from my stash. I left it as it is, as it's so lovely and romantic, I didn't want to cover it. As the lace has butterflies in it, I decided to add some tiny ones here and there which I had sponged with purple ink and bordered with some glitters. I also added tiny pearls in the middle of each butterfly and a pearl trio in the bottom left corner - the pearls started life out white before I coloured them with Copics to match my card. The card has been made for one of my colleagues who will have her birthday on 2nd September - I hope she will like it!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft Challenges
Simon Says Stamp challenge blog

Have a nice evening! :-)
Hugs, Vittoria

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Penny Black August challenges

Hello there stampers!
Are you enjoying a HOT summer, too? It's scorching hot here in the north of Italy, and this damn heat won't leave before the end of the month, phew! Luckily we have our creative activities to keep us busy, right?
I have a Penny Black card to share with you today. I used a couple of my favourite stamps on it, that is CATS! Aren't those images incredibly cute? I coloured them both with Copics, used Spellbinders squares and scalloped squares to cut them out and the new Classic Edgeabilities (ric-rac) for the border. The checkered ribbon is from my stash, while the sentiment is computer generated. I decorated the upper corner with the Whimsy Stamps corner die set. The designer paper is a digital one - I thought those light browns and blues would be perfect for my images.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - "Double the Trouble"

Penny Back at All Sorts - "Whiskers and/or wings"

Thanks for stopping by and ... happy stamping!! :0)

Hugs, Vittoria

Monday, 13 August 2012

For a far away friend

Hello there crafters!
And a good afternoon to you. Friday was my last day at work for August, which means I am finally enjoying my summer holidays - can you hear the cheers? LOL Ugh, the last 10 days at work were really tough, and I was truly longing for the break. Today I have a card to share with you which has been made for a dear friend of mine who lives overseas. I've chosen an unusual colour combination this time, that is lilac and aqua. I think they look nice together. I used a few of my nesties for the different layers - pendant fleur de lis, floral ovals and classic ovals. The fake lace was cut with a die from the lace doily accents set - lovely! The aqua flower was once again created with the bitty blossoms biggest die. Ribbon, tulle, pearl and rhinestones are from my stash.
Hope you like how this card has turned out, I surely do. ;-)
Have a nice beginning of week and ... happy stamping!
Love, Vittoria

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Green and dark red card

Hello there stampers!
I hope you've had a nice and relaxing weekend - alas, the weekend always flies by much too quickly, don't you think? Anyhow, in spite of the weather which is still VERY hot around here, I have used more autumn-like colours for this card of mine. It was especially created for a friend who had an advancement in her career, and as such I thought I needed a "serious, almost institutional" card, tee hee!! The dark red rose was made using the large Bitty Blossoms Spellbinders die - love that set and the beautiful flowers it can create! The sentiment and leaves were cut using more of my nesties - what would we all crafters do without them? Lace and ribbon are from my own stash.
Thanks for stopping by and ... off to watch the Olympic games now! :D

Love, Vittoria


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Asian card

Hi there stampers! :D
I have another card to share with you today which I made for one of my colleagues who loves Japan ans its culture. The geisha image was used as a cameo - I framed it using one of my Floral Ovals nestabilities dies. I love them, they look so great on cards! The tag is a 3-tag punch I've been having for years but which still works great. The gorgeous ribbon was bought at a craft exhibition in Milan - I loved it as soon as I saw it!
Thanks for visiting and have a nice Sunday!
Love, Vittoria

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Cherries on a paper dress

Hello there crafters!
Sorry I haven't posted for so long but life (and work!) have been pretty hectic here recently. Moreover, this heat just sucks the life out of me, ugh!! Anyhow, I've just finished to put togehter a card for a lady who is a dressmaker so ....I made a paper dress for her! I chose a cherry theme for the dress as cherries are among my favourite fruits and in season now - I'm eating lots of them! LOL I  hang the dress on a mini wire hanger, mounted it on oval cut out with Floral Ovals nestabilities, added some embellishments et voilà, the card was finished. The dress was quite a challenge to put together but I was very happy with how it turned out in the end.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy this hot, hot summer!!
Love, Vittoria

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Rose card

Hello crafters!
It seems incredible that I didn't post a single message here in May - time really flew by, didn't it? Life has been pretty hectic, as you can imagine, and with almost no time for crafting. Today I have a card to share with you. I made 3 of them for the teachers of one of my colleagues' son. She asked for a floral theme, so I chose a rose as this is that time of the year when roses bloom wonderfully in our gardens. I used this gorgeous clear rose stamp by Crafty Secrets which was so much fun to colour with my Copics. I used my favourite rose combination, that is R81, R83 and R85. Ribbon, button and twine are from my stash.
Thanks for stopping by, have a nice weekend and .... happy crafting! :D
Vittoria

Monday, 30 April 2012

Wedding card

Hi there crafters!
I have an all-white card to share with you today. It was created for a friend's wedding some time ago. I love all-white cards for wedding, they look so elegant, don't you think?
Bride and groom were very happy to get a personilized card and enclosed it in their wedding photo album.
The recipe for this card is very simple, just white cardstock, Swiss dots Cuttlebug folder, some ribbon and pearls, a hat pin and Spellbinders oval nesties. The sentiment is computer generated and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Thanks for visiting and have a nice beginning of week! :D
Vittoria

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Another baby card

Hi there stampers! I have another baby card to share with you today. It's for a baby boy named Stefano and it will go with the bib I cross-stitched for him. I bought this mega cute bunny stamp a while ago and I was a bit intimidated by it in the beginning as it's quite big, but then I went ahead and used it, and it was so much fun to colour with Copics. I paper-pieced the buggy. Being a baby boy card I tried to avoid lace, pearls and flowers, but I couldn't resist some bling and added a couple of light blue rhinestones. The card has turned out rather big, but I like it. It will be hand-delivered, so no problem.
Thanks for stopping by.

Have a nice Sunday and happy stamping! :D Vittoria


And here's the bib to go with the card

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Penny Black duck

Hi there,
here I am again today with a new card. I've used one of the cute Penny Black ducks and some designer paper in an unusual colour combo for me, light green and light orange. The focal image was coloured with Copics, the designer paper I used is a digital one.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday challenge - "Spots and Stripes"

Penny Black at all Sorts - "Oh, so cute!"

Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice rest of the day!

Hugs, Vittoria

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tilda with blanket

Hello there crafters,
last week I was discharged from the hospital. The operation went well and the metal paque has finally been removed from my leg. I still have pain, but I hope it will numb as time goes by.
It has taken me a while to complete the Tilda card I want to share with you today. It's for a colleague of mine who had a baby girl some 10 days ago whom he and his wife have named Alice. It will go with the bib I'm cross-stitching with the baby's name on it.
I've chosen one of my all-time favourite colour combos for this cards, that is pink and brown. Dark brown always looks like black on my photos, aarghh!! Some nestie dies, optical designer paper, a Martha Stewart heart punch, some ribbon and flowers made the rest. It's a rather busy card compared to my usual standards, but I think it looks nice, and then it will be hand-delivered, so no postage worries this time, hooray!! LOL
Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day.
Happy crafting, Vittoria

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Easter projects

Hello there everybody!
Last Monday I finally managed to finish the Easter projects I had started and now it's time to share them with you.  I gave the tiny baskets to my colleagues the other day and they seemed to enjoy the surprise – a small chocolate treat is always welcome, right? The bird houses were made for 2 special colleagues from another office and they loved them. They’re so very cute, it’s always a pleasure to put them together!

For the Easter card I used one of my favourite rabbits from Whipper Snapper - he's so very cute, isn't it? I decided to keep the card nice and simple as it had to be mailed overseases, and I didn't want to go bankrupt because of the postage!!

I got a phone call from the hospital yesterday. I still have to have surgery to remove the piece of metal which doctors inserted in my leg when I fractured it over a year ago, and now the time has come, it seems. I hate the idea of another surgery, as that will mean more pain, more days at home, be on crutches again, poor me! But it’s absolutely advisable to get rid of that plaque as it is something extraneous to my body and makes my ankle stiff. Well, I'll go to the hospital early on Tuesday morning and the surgery should be on that day. So if you don’t hear from me for a while you’ll know what I’m after, sob!!

Have a nice Easter and don't eat too many chocolate eggs!! Remember they all end up on our hips!! ;-)
Hugs, Vittoria



Sunday, 25 March 2012

Spring violets

Hello there!
It will be my colleague Claudia's birthday in a few days so I thought I would put together a card for her this weekend. As my garden is full of tiny violets, I decided to reproduce them on my card as well using a wonderful stamp by Flourishes. The focal image is coloured with Copics, as usual.
Have a nice Sunday afternoon and thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Vittoria

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Rainy Tilda

Hi there!
It's a dull and rainy day here in the north of Italy today, so here is a rainy Tilda card I made a while ago. This lovely paper with water/rain drops immediately called for this Tilda stamp with umbrella, one of my favourites. The image is coloured with Copics and I added some glitter to the edge of the umbrella and some glossy accent to the water pool to make it look more realistic.
Have a nice beginning of week, everyone! ;-)
Hugs, Vittoria

More chalk creations

Hello there!
As promised, here are a few more of my chalk creations which I enjoy colouring. I created some kitchen clips to close my biscuit or flour bag.
I've also started to make some perfumed chalks for the wardrobe, so stay tune for more chalk items!!

Have a nice Sunday and thanks for stopping by!
Vittoria

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Chalk cupcake

Hi there,
half week is already gone luckily and everyone seems to be looking forward to the weekend, right? Well, I surely am! What has kept me busy recently is painting chalk cupcakes with acrylic paint, that's so much fun!! I'd like to put different cupcakes (I have some of different shapes and with various fruits on top) on display in the kitchen, as my Ikea cake-stand looks so sad when it's empty!!
Chalk is an amazing material, it's my craze at the moment, and I've made other things with it using silicone moulds. I'll try to share some with you in the next few days, promised! But meanwhile enjoy my cupcake, it absolutely calorie-free!! LOL

Have a nice evening!
Vittoria

Monday, 12 March 2012

Penny Black Saturday challenge

Ugh, it's unbelievable that almost a month has elapsed since my previous post. But where has time gone? Oh well, the past weeks were really hectic both at home and at work, so no wonder.
Anyhow, I have managed to finish a card for this week's Penny Black Saturday challenge, that is "The young ones". The stamp I've used on this card is called "Baby kitty" and it's one of my favourites, I use it a lot for baby cards and such. I think that delicate stamp would work great with some soft designer paper.
Thanks for visiting and have a nice beginning of week.
Vittoria


Sunday, 19 February 2012

No calorie cake

Hi there!
I hope you're enjoying a pleasant and relaxing Sunday. Today I have a 3D project to share with you which I put together a while ago. The occasion was my "back to work" party I gave for my colleagues when I went back to the office after fracturing my leg badly some months ago.a  It's paper cake, so no extra calories here!! It is made of 3 layers, which I decorated with chocolate "frosting" and some paper flowers made with the great Sizzix die by Tim Holz. Some matching ribbon and pearls finished it off. Each cake slice was filled with some great Lindt chocolate balls - love them! It's a very time-consuming project, but the secret is to start well in adavance so that you don't have to rush!
Hugs, Vittoria



And here is also a blue version:




Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi everybody!
What better way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than making a love card? Here is my take at this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge "Love and kisses". I love that cute PB stamp, as Valentine's Day surely means love, hearts and chocolate! It was coloured with Copics, as usual, using one of my all-time favourite colour combos, that is pink and brown, love that!!
Enjoy this special day with your significant other!
Thanks for visiting.
Love, Vittoria

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Little girl and snowman

It has finally stopped snowing here in the very north of Italy but we still have polar temperatures caused by a stinging cold Siberian wind, therefore it will take a while before snow melts away from the garden and some pavements!! Considering the extreme cold we're experiencing, I made one last winter card with this cute Italian stamp with little girl and snowman. It's one of my favourites. If you are interested in buying it, just leave a a comment and I'll give you the link.
Have a nice day and stay warm! :-)
Vittoria

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Raspberries

Hi there!!
We are knee deep in snow here in Milan these days - it hasn't snowed all winter long and then bang!! All of a sudden everything is white all around and moving from home is a total mess, aargh!! Anyway, the best and wisest thing to do in such cases is to sit back and do some colouring and rubber stamping, right? LOL Here is a card I created for my friend Lidia. The designer paper called for some burgundy red flowers or fruits, so here is where raspberries come in!! It's a stamp from Flourishes again - love their fruits and flowers! - which I coloured with Copics.
Take care and have a nice day!
Vittoria

Monday, 30 January 2012

Penny Black Challenge

Hi there!
A new week means a new Penny Black Challenge. This week it's "Floral Frenzy", so here is the card I've made for the occasion. I used a doily which I sponged with distress ink (homespun sugar), a couple of Spellbinders dies, a Martha Stewart punch and rhinestones for some bling. And of course ribbon cannot be missing on a card like this!! I made the flower in the middle of the bow, it's made of fleece, so soft and warm, love it!
Have a nice evening!
Vittoria

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Flower card

Hello there my dear!
I have a new card to share with you today. It has been created for one of my colleagues who will be back at work tomorrow after a long sickness leave. We'll get her a bunch of flowers to welcome her back, therefore I thought a flower card would be very appropriate to go with the bouquet. The beautiful stamped image is from Flourishes and has been coloured with Copics.
Have a nice Sunday with your dear ones - hope the day is filled with some crafting, too!! ;-)
Vittoria

Monday, 23 January 2012

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Hi there,
Penny Black Saturday Challenge for this week is to use a bargain stamp. Here is the card I've put together. The Penny Black stamp I used is one of my favourites which I managed to re-buy. The first one I bought some years ago got damaged with time, but I was lucky enough to find another one for a good bargain price, whoopee!! I decided to keep the card very simple as the stamp speaks for itself. The cow-spot are all hand-drawn. Thanks for stopping by and have a nice evening!
Hugs, Vittoria

Sunday, 22 January 2012

My first post, wow!!

Hi there, my old and new friends and welcome to my brand new blog! As some of you know, I've been toying with the idea of creating my own blog for quite a while now and I finally seem to have found the courage to step out of my comfort zone. I'm not an expert at all so please forgive if my web pages look dull and quite spartan!! I'm still learning how to personalize my pages, and I guess it will take some time before I have the hang of it. So comments, advice and suggestions are MORE than welcome!!
I have a baby card I want to share with you today - I made it for my neighbour's son who had a baby boy a few months back and I love it. Brown and blue is one of my favourite colour combinations, that's for sure. I used a Happy Hoppers stamp called Sleepy head which I coloured with Copics. Papers, ribbon and button are from my stash. Spellbinders dies were used, too, for the focal image and the sentiment which is computer generated.
Thanks for looking and I have more of my creations to show you in the next few days, so stay tuned!! If you like, don't forget to leave a comment! See you!! ;-)
Vittoria