You’re out of this world! Birthday pop up box


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I help out with our local parish in collaborating with the wonderful catechism teachers each Saturday. I’ve been doing this for the past 3 years and each year we guide the same class of kids to get them ready for their first communion and then on to their confirmation. (Sacrements in the Catholic Church). These kids are great and become an extension of our own families.

Well, last Saturday was the birthday of one of the boys. His mother invited us Catechists to the party so I thought to make a fun card.

Cards are really not given too much here in Italy. They tend to think of the them along the same lines as Halloween…”an Anglo-Saxon” tradition.  But…that is changing a bit. More and more paper crafting sites are popping up online where I can find my supplies without have to order from the States.

So, back to the card. I wanted to make something special for him that really is never seen here. I have Lawn Fawn’s  “Out of This World” stamp set. I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored away with my Copic markers. I had some star adhesives and added those as well. I used Distress Inks on the panels to make it look like space with splashes of water and then used my white gel pen to add stars. The sentiment of Happy Birthday was embossed in white.

The birthday boy’s eyes where huge when He opened the envelope. He’s 11 and it was perfect for him.  He couldn’t put it down. Made me feel pretty good that he liked it.

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Me oui… je suis à Paris

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For my Design Challenge with Crafty Creations Anything Goes Challenge #343 this week we have as our proud sponsors, Cute as a Button Digi Stamps. They are adorable! Check them out!

I chose Sassy and Me because I just love the puppy, Sassy!  This digi stamp arrived to me in JPEG format. She was easy to fussy cut but to stamp her, I had a mountain of problems… my printer went out and died! Since I needed a new printer, I did some research and got an Epson Stylus 1500dw. Yes, it is an inkjet but I had no problems with smearing and it took my 80# cardstock beautifully!

Anyway, I wanted to put them in a position as if they were stepping out of a frame, so I sketched in a French street. Since the attention needs to be on the girl I made sure that the background was very simple with splashes of color.

I decided not to add a sentiment on the outside but have “Hello gorgeous” on the inside.

I think she’s adorable! Enjoy and check out Cute as a Button digi stamps!

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Tweeting by to say hi

I adore this Bird Set # 2 Die by Sizzix  !  It is very whimsical and I find myself coming back to it and using it over and over again. I have also made stamps out of the dies by cutting it on foam. It’s just fun, plain and simple.

So, when I saw the MFT Color Challenge for this Monday it inspired me! so…..  

I felt that it was the perfect opportunity to pull it out and try it again. I love the word Tweet. It seems to sum up today’s means of communication.

Here are a couple of the cards I made.


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A wee bit of a take on shaker, shaker

Coloring my wonderful MFT Polar Bear Pals, I combined them using Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Tape to form a “family portrait” using Hero Arts Shadow Ink Wet Cement for the no line coloring effect. The images were colored in using Copic markers in warm grey Ws 0-5 and white get pen for the fur. The back ground was colored using B02.

The difference in this shaker card is that, while I usually make such a mess putting the sequins and stuff inside I decided to entrap the stuff inside two acetate layers.

I then just glued the framed stuff onto the card front.  This made a huge difference in the amount of mess made. :/

The papers are from Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride and Glitzy Glitter Cardstock as well as Neenah Solar White 80 #.

Here’s the card….hope you like it.

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Celebrating every little Tiddly Ink”in” thing

Since I began card making I have been pushing myself to improve my coloring with Copic markers. I have had some MAJOR DISASTERS where the ink just have no desire to blend or where the paper causes bleeding. Argghhhh!

Da quando ho iniziato a fare i biglietti di auguri mi sono spinto a migliorare la mia technica con i markers Copic. A volta le cose non vanno nel modo migliore…veramente disastroso!

Anyway, one of the great ways to practice is on hair and shoes (both of which I am very weak). So, I pulled out a Tiddly Ink stamp and colored 3 stamped images. Of course, only ONE turned out! LOL. Here she is in all her glory and I think she looks purdy darn good. I used Wink of Stella in the flower’s middle.

In ogni caso, uno dei migliori modi per fare pratica è di colorare i capelli e le scarpe . Così, ho tirato fuori un timbro di  Tiddly Inks e stampato ben 3 immagini . Naturalmente, solo uno è venuto bene! LOL. Eccoloin tutto il suo splendore e credo che sono riuscita piuttosto  bene nel colorarlo..


I used Copics Y12, E18, E08 and Copic multiliner .03 Sepia on the hair and shoes, E 51,V000, E11, R20 on the skin,  Y13, Y15, Y18, V12 on the dress with accents in Sakura White Gel pen, Y18, R29 and B24 for the flowers.

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Birthday flowers for my DIL

My daughter in law’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to “send” her a bunch of flowers. I fell in love with IO Pansies background die and then saw the MFT Color Challenge so I thought I’d give it a go. I think it turned out pretty well. I used Copic markers in pinks and oranges to create the shading.

I hope you like it!

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Such warmth from Polar Bears….

20170516_094146 (2)While browsing on a chilling evening for card ideas came across Jane Allen, Copic artist. She had colored a polar bear from the MFT Polar Bear Pals that looked like it really had fur! I was blown away and thought that I really needed to try my hand at that type of coloring to challenge myself. So, I recently received my MFT Polar Bear Pals and couldn’t wait to try my hand at coloring them.

I stamped two images, the sitting bear and the skating bear in light grey and light blue respectively. For the sitting bear I used Copic warm greys, W0, W01, W03, and  W05 on the body and finished it off flicking little strokes with my white gel pen. The scarf is YG05 and YG 07 then detailed with a very sharp blue colored pencil to add a bit of dimension and detail. I dotted the scarf with the white gel pen. I used a black gel pen on the nose and nails. B24 for the ground and G00 for the background and blotted with 0. I finished it off layering the picture on Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock in Coastal Pearl and Glitzy Glitter cardstock from the Cardstock Stack. A few bling was added to make the card sparkle and the Joyful Wishes is from Lawn Fawn Winter Scripty Sayings in Hero Arts Hero Hues Ocean Dye Ink.

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I adore this skating bear! I used Copic cool Greys C 1-5. The bases are in cool blue, cardstock and glitter card stock.

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Happy Mother’s Day

A good day to all and a Happy Mother’s Day (albeit a tad anticipated) to all mothers old and new. Most of the time mothers are under-appreciated for all the sacrifices made. Granted, there are some bad mothers out there but for the most part, there really is no “how to” book on being a mother. One just goes with the flow and does the best that she can given certain circumstances.

Buona giornata a tutti e Buon Festa della Mamma (anche se anticipata) a tutte le mamme.  Le mamme spesso sono sottovalutate perché fanno tanti sacrifici. Certo, ci sono cattive madri nel mondo ma la maggior parte sono buone e danno tanto amore perché non esistono manuali d’uso, si fa quello che si può considerando certe circostanze.

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Today’s card is a digi stamp from Bugaboo. It’s called “Make it Snappy – Floral Mom’s Day” card. I just adore it. I was playing around with my Copics with a turquoise background with colorful flowers. I loved it but messed up big time when I glued the image onto the colored cardstock. I tried to gently tear it off to no avail, so I then cut around it to save it….made it even worse so I chucked that baby and did a new one. I decided to go for a more monochromatic look. The back ground cardstock needed something so I just drew in the same flowers using my white gel pen. There are hints of green to make things pop a bit. I added some Wink of Stella to give a hint of shimmer in the flower centers then added Glossy Accents on top.

Il bigliettino di oggi è un timbro digi da Bugaboo. Si chiama “Make it Snappy – Floral Mom’s Day”. Lo adoro. Stavo colorando con i miei Copics lo sfondo turchese con fiori colorati che, mi è piaciuto molto, ma ho fatto un “boo boo” quando ho incollato l’immagine sul cardstock colorato. Ho provato a strapparlo delicatamente senza successo così ho tagliato intorno per salvare l’immagine …. senza successo, così ho dovuto rifare tutto. Ho deciso di usare un aspetto monocromatico. Il cardstock di fondo aveva bisogno di qualcosa in più così ho disegnato gli stessi fiori usando la mia penna gel bianca. Ci sono tocchi di verde per finire. Ho aggiunto un po ‘di Wink di Stella per dare un tocco di scintillante nei centri dei fiori poi aggiunto Glossy Accents.

I hope you enjoy this card. I really like how it turned out and now I have my Mother’s Day card for next year! 🙂

Spero che ti piace questa cartolina. Mi piace molto come è venuta e ora ho la mia cartolina per la  festa della mamma per il prossimo anno! 🙂

Ciao e un abbraccio,



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Back to it….

It’s been a bit rough the past few weeks. I’ve only posted little since the week after Easter due to a death in my husband’s family. Getting a grip on my own complicated feelings towards the death of my Mother in Law, while expected, happened all too quickly. Trying to support my husband only brought up a lot of mixed emotions (after 34 years of marriage to her son and after having cared for her during her illness)  therefore, I had NO mojo to work on cards or anything else for that matter.

But, life goes on so here I go…

Today’s card is a Christmas card…Nothing picks me up more than the holidays. I recently received some goodies from Lawn Fawn and wanted to try them out. Enjoy…..

Here’s a list of the materials used in this card:

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Eccoci di nuovo…

L’ultime settimane sono state un po’ difficili. Ho scritto sul blog solo poche volte dalla settimana dopo Pasqua a causa di una morte nella famiglia di mio marito. Tenedo conto  sui miei complicati sentimenti verso la morte della mia Suocera, mentre era previsto, è accaduto troppo in fretta, non mi sono sentita fare nulla. Ho tentato sostenere il mio marito ma la morte mi ha sollevato un sacco di emozioni miste (dopo 34 anni di matrimonio con suo figlio e dopo averlo curato durante la sua malattia), quindi non avevo nessun mojo per lavorare .

Ma la vita continua così eccomi qui …

La cartolina di oggi è un biglietto per Natale … Le feste mi fanno sorridere. Recentemente ho ricevuto alcune prelibatezze dal Lawn Fawn e volevo provarli. Spero che vi piace…..

It’s that time of year……

….for…. GRADUATIONS…. I’ve got a couple of graduations in the next month or so for various nieces and nephews as well as my friends’ kids. I have usually been not so good at making graduation cards…partly because I don’t really like what’s out there. There are only so many ways to put a tassel and hat… that is…until I found Tiddly Inks! They have the cutest graduation characters! I had such fun coloring them in and making this card. (This is the first one of many…)LOL

This one, in particular, is colored using the school colors. I used Copic pens BG02, B02, B12, B23, B24 , B26, C2, C4, C8, Y26, Y28, Y11, E000, E00 , E02, E 08, E18, E19, E30, R20, Sakura white gel pen and black gel pen.20170426_164311.jpg

I used the following materials: Tiddly Inks Digi stamps Graduate part and Grateful Graduate, Fiskars Monumental Moments Clear Stamps. Memento Tuxedo Black, Spellbinders Etched Alphabet, Foam Tape from Simon Says Stamp, Tombow Glue, Neenah Solar White 80 lb, colored cardstock

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Ciao e a presto! Lisa