JUST A NOTE:

Thank you for your time to visit my blog. I hope you enjoy it and visit often :). If it inspires you feel free to use my ideas, but don't forget to give credit and back-link to my blog. Thanks again and have fun browsing! Cornelia

If you want to contact me, mail to neliacards@gmail.com

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Lavinia #9 - Bright and Hot colors


I made this card for the Lavinia challenge - its bright and hot colors this month. I used watercolor paper and distress inks, which I stamped onto an acrylic block, misted it with water and stamped it onto the watercolor paper. 



I doodled around it and used this pretty poppy silhouette stamp from Lavinia stamps, which I stamped twice, since its kind of small. Added some white dots as accents. I kind of like it - nice to make something different from my Christmas card frenzy...

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I did add a sentiment later, however the challenge rules are to use ONLY Lavinia stamps - uh oh - I wonder if they kick me out now.... Well I am taking the risk - it needed a sentiment (Mama Elephant)



Have a great day!

I'll be in Chicago next week, so don't expect too much from me over the next couple of days.....

Festive Friday and Stamplorations

Its sequins and stamps at Stamplorations and I made this shaker card using the child theme at Festive Friday. I love shaker cards - I made them before for children's birthday cards.



I put sequins and microbeads into the shaker pocket. The snowman is an old Hero Arts stamp and the sentiment is by Paper Smooches - Christmas sampler. 


I embossed the white card stock with my favorite Sizzix Embossing Folder and used some snippets of patterned paper as accents.


And of course this card is going to joint the Snippets Playground  and Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Anything goes

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!



I hope you had a great time with your family - I certainly did. My daughter came home from college and this year we just had a small Thanksgiving - just the 4 of us. We had a delicious meal together. We don't do turkey... we had ham, Brussels sprouts, cranberry quince sauce, mashed potatoes with crispy onions and a salad. Desert was a pumpkin tiramisu - delicious! I took some pictures, but they did not come out well, so I won't bother to post  them. I find it quite hard to make good looking pictures from food. I admire the photographers in those cooking magazines - there is an art to it....

I wanted to share two Thanksgiving cards I got - I did not manage to make even one.....I am totally stuck on Christmas cards...



This card is from my friend Susanne


And this card is from my sister. It is so nice to get a totally unexpected card in the mail! Thank you both!

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And of course I want to share a card with you:



I am totally in love with this wonderful stamp set from Mama Elephant - Merry Greetings. I have been using it on quite a few cards so far. The star is from Hero Arts. I really like this stamp, but I find it difficult to use. But with this card I am happy. I heat embossed the star in silver and added the gold sequins - they are from Neat and Tangled - I like that they come in matte - very classy looking. I sponged around the star with gold Delicata ink. I also used two strips of gold shimmer paper under neath the star panel and mounted everything onto white card stock. 

I made this card for the STAMPLorations challenge - Sequins and stamps. 

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

KissMoose meets Deconstructed Sketch #127

Hi,

I had fun using this great sketch from The Deconstructed Sketch and my brand new Paper Smooches set Chubby Chums. That reindeer just cracks me up and the sentiment - just fabulous!



I colored the reindeer with Copics and mounted it onto Kraft. Some twine and the background paper I embossed with the subtle PTI canvas impression plate (the other side of the linen plate..) It does not really show in the picture, but it looks really good in real life. Much better than smooth card stock...



I added that little red kiss...

Deconstructed Sketch 127

I will also put this card into the
  Rudolph Day challenge for November and my all time favorite place - 
the Snippets Playground - basically everything except the white background were snippets and 
Catered Crops - Animal House recipe swap
Ribbon Carousel - Holiday and Celebration


Have a great evening and thanks for coming by!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A FUN Day and some cards, of course!

I was recently at the birthday bash for Mama Elephant and there I met Cammy from Pink Room Therapy, my new stamping friend. She invited me along with her friends Michele from the Enchanted Stamper and Claudia (so blog) to a Christmas card making get-together. Everybody designed a card and brought materials for the others to make their own. We all have a similar style of card making, so that was easy. I designed my card the night before - had to work until 9 pm  - that did not leave me much time - CAS it had to be.  So here is a photo from the cards we made:



From left to right you see Cammy's, Michele's, my card and Claudia's card.



  Above is Cammy with her sweet daughter and below are Michele and Claudia proudly showing off their works


And that is all of us with our cards!



Here is a close-up  of the card I designed.


Materials: Memory Box Pine Border Die, mounted on dimensional tape, sentiment - Mama Elephant Merry Greetings, Papertrey Woodgrain embossing plate - used under the grey panel - you can see it a little bit on the picture, snowflake punch from Michaels and some gems.

I will put this card into the Snippets Playground - used snippets for the trees and snowflake


And here is a better picture of the other 3 cards:



 Thanks for visiting and enjoy your Sunday!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Simply Create Too #51

There is a new challenge starting at the Simply Create Too challenge blog - the theme is SNOW or USE ONLY WHITE. You have two weeks to play in it!



I made my own embossing paste for this card - the recipe you can find  HERE. It costs literally nothing and its quick and easy. When I first made it I was worried, that it would flake off, but that has not happenend.  It stayed silky smooth and pliable.

 I took one of my TCW stencils, took a PTI star die and masked the star of the stencil with washi tape. I then smeared the embossing paste onto the stencil, which I had taped onto textured card stock and let it dry. 


I die cut two stars using glitter paper, mounted them on dimensional tape and "hung" them on a silver string. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant - Merry Greetings.

I am also entering this card into:
 CHNC challenge - anything Christmas 
 Simon Says Monday Challenge - it's a Mystery

I got inspired to make this card by a wonderful card from Andrea - Bluetenstempel is her blog, you can visit and check it out.

Thanks for visiting me today - have a great weekend and keep stamping!

Paper Players #172


Leaves is the theme this week at the Paper Players and I was in the mood for a sympathy card - hmmmm, that does not sound to good, right? Well, I recovered, after making this card...


I got this beautiful Stampin' up set on ebay and had to use it right away. I heat embossed the leaves in white and then I also stamped them in grey "behind". Sponged around the edges and mounted it onto white card stock.


The sentiment is Impression Obsession. The little leaf I punched from a separate larger leaf. I like it - very serene...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Welcome to 2 new Members and a White Card

I have been incredibly busy the last few days and it looks like its going to be like that for the next weeks.....But it has always been like that - as soon as thanksgiving rolls around all sorts of things pop up and eat up my time. Do you feel the same way? But tonight I took some time - I needed to get my mind off stuff and made a card. But before we get there I have more important business to take care of. i have two more new members to welcome to my blog:

Linda (no blog I'm afraid)

and

  Shirely.

Shirley is a master of CAS cards, go pay her a visit - you won't be disappointed!

I have a welcome picture for you Ladies:




The sculpture is by Anna Chromy and is titled Olympic Spirit. It stands outside the Archaeological Museum in Athens. I like it a lot - so dynamic!


And now the card, of course. I made this for Inkspirational - White is the theme.


I made another batch of embossing paste - the recipe you can find HERE. I took one of my TCW stencils, took a PTI star die and masked the star of the stencil with washi tape. I then smeared the embossing paste onto the stencil, which I had taped onto textured card stock and let it dry. 


I used a few different stencils - I may show some of the cards later (they are not yet finished....). YOu can see it a bit better in the close-up:


I die cut two stars using glitter paper and mounted them on foam tape. The sentiment is Mama Elephant - Merry Greetings.

I am entering this card into the CHNC challenge - anything Christmas and because of the technique I am also entering this into the Simon Says Monday Challenge - it's a Mystery

I got inspired to make this card by a wonderful card from Andrea - Bluetenstempel is her blog, you can visit and check it out.

Thanks for visiting me today - stay well!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CAS Colours and Sketches #51

I have literally no time right now, but I just found out that I was one of the top three at the last CAS Colours and Sketches challenge and I had to play - a quick card it was....



I modified the sketch a bit, but not much. The stamps I used are from a Fiskars set called Winter Wonderland. The sentiment is Mama Elephant Merry Greetings. Used some twine. The frame around the periphery I drew with a Copic marker.

Since I used a snippet this card will also go into the Snippets Playground!
I will also enter this into the CHNC challenge extra for November





Tomorrow I'll have hopefully a bit more time - I have new members to say hello to - I have not forgotten you....so happy you joined, but you will get an "official" greeting, I promise!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hero Arts Scramble #73

Hi, today my friend Kanan was hosting the Scramble over at the Hero Arts flickr group. I had to play, of course....

She had some challenging themes:

P-1 : Old Fashioned & Earth -

Old-fashioned – something inspired by vintage design or old look

Earth – your own interpretation of the word earth (say, earthy colors (shades of brown, blues, greens...any other you can think of) , the shape of earth)

OR

P-2 : Simplicity & Layers -

Simplicity – displaying a clean and simple design

Layers – you can use layered stamping technique or layers of papers or both, the choice is yours.

Of course I had to do the second options - easier and suits me better....




I used the Hero Arts Zig Zag Background Cling stamp at an angle, layered some Washi tape across, but the thinner one I first put on card stock paper, since I did not like the see-through of the background. I punched the speech bubbles and stamped the words inside. The little ampersand is Hero arts as well. Added some liquid pearls. 

And then I made a second card - Christmas themed, of course.....


All stamps are from the Hero Arts Decorate your Holidays set, except the strings, which are by Mama Elephant - Party Kit


I put some bling on the baubles.

Thanks for hosting this Kanan - I had so much FUN!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Canine Cancer Awareness Blog Hop

Hello Everybody,

I am so excited, to be part of this blog hop. It is hosted by the amazing Amanda Clapper from Cricktn Crafts. The blog hop  is to rise awareness for canine cancer. November is Canine Cancer Awareness month and so for all those cute puppies we have organized the Canine Cancer Awareness Blog Hop!! We have a lot of talented ladies with some great projects to share with you today with the theme of Dogs.
Did you know that 1 in 4 dogs will be diagnosed with cancer?! I didn’t realize that canine cancer was so common. This is the very same cancer that takes many young children’s lives also. Humans and dogs suffer from the same cancers and I believe when there is a cure for human cancer there will be a cure for Canine cancer also. So we must all stick together and not only hope for a cure but bring awareness to these horrible cancers!
safe_image.phpSo there will be blog candy for this hop! You will have to do a few things to be entered in it but they are super easy But the CANDY IS……A $10 gift certificate from Amanda…and Miriam was super nice to match with another $10 gift certificate so 1 winner will get a total of $20 to spend in Miriam’s shop! HOW COOL IS THAT?
1. Be a follower of all of the blogs in this hop and also leave some love!
2. Head over to www.miriamscraftingblog.com  and follower her page
3.Go to Miriam’s Facebook Page and let her know you are stopping in from the hop
4. Stop over at Pet Care RX and like their page because each like this month will get the National Canine Cancer Foundation 50cents!!!! Every Penny Counts when it comes to finiding a cure!!
Just stop back at : Amanda’s Blog and tell her you have completed each one
Remember Together We are the CURE!!!!

You probably arrived from the talented and sweet Kanan at my blog. If you get lost - here is the blog hop order:

Jearise
Gerda
Carla 
Kanan
Cornelia  - you are here
Maria 

And here is my card:


It is somewhat befitting, as I had an incredible busy 2 weeks, including working both weekends - on one of them even both days....But now things are better, at least temporarily...


Materials: Darice embossing folder, dog stamp by Inkadinkadoo, sentiment is from the internet and the paw prints a Michael's stamp. 

And now move on to the amazing Maria F. at rieslingmama - she's having a fun card for you!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

52 CCT #23 and Welcome to two new Members

Wow - I have two new members - so nice to see you two! I am glad to see my membership growing, even without the lure of a blog candy.... Ladies, you made my day!

I want to welcome 


and 

Caroline - sorry I can't find a link, but I will happily add it, if you let me know :)

I have a welcome picture for you:



It is showing glass art by Dale Chihuly, an American glass artist, who did an exhibit in the Bronx Botanic Garden in 2006. This foto is taken at dusk, there was a light rain and the colors were just amazing, with pink clouds reflecting in the lily pond and the glass among the lotus seedpods. I was so fascinated by this exhibit I went there three times. So have plenty of pictures to share....Perhaps I'll show you some more some other time - I guess more members need to join ;)

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I have not played with 52 CCT in a while - there are just too many challenges out there, impossible to play them all. But I am still in full Christmas mode, so I was checking out Christmas challenges and this one just appealed to me with its clean inspiration picture:


I pulled out my Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland set, did some generational stamping and also stamped on vellum toget the birch trees in different shades. The deer are stamped on the card stock, but overlaid with vellum, to make them look like they are further away. 

Kim from Art Keeps Me Sane inspired me with THIS card, where she also used vellum to stamp and amazing tree scene.


The sentiment is Mama Elephant - Merry Greetings. I used an EK success border punch, some Stickles and a seam binding bow.

I hope you like it - I wanted to thank you about all your comments and your time to visit. I have not done this in a while, which doesn't mean I am not grateful. Thank you again and enjoy your evening!


Please stop by tomorrow for the Canine Cancer Awareness blog hop.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CAS Colours and Sketches #50

The  CAS Colours and Sketches challenge is almost over and I need to get this card in before it is too late...



I used an off white card stock - that does not really show here... The stamp is Studio G. I clear embosssed it and then sponged around, masking only the bottom and left side. The sentiment is by PTI. I mounted it onto suede colored card stock, added tiny Memory Box pearls and some Stickles. You can see the Stickles better on the close-up:




It came out nice. It has such a light feel to it and I like the subtle glitter!



I wish you all a great day - hope you liked what you saw and come back soon again!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Make it Monday#140

Make it Monday is basically a direct to paper technique, where you smear the ink on paper, without dirtying up your stamps, hahaha....

Ashley Newell shows you how to do that in a video.

Simple and quick - my kind of schtuff....

I needed a masculine birthday card for a friend of mine - so I picked a masculine(?) color scheme, smeared the ink on white cardstock, which I had embossed with the PTI numbers embossing plate. 


The little numbers and the sentiment arealso PTI (Global Greetings)


The possibilities are endless - can think of lots of color schemes here. 

I am also linking this card with Seize the Birthday - the theme is texture - love it, when things just fall into place...
And with Simon Says Monday challenge - got ink



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Dynamic Duos #78, Snippets and 2 new Members


Its my favorite part of blogging  - to welcome 2 new members to my blog:


and 


Annelies is from Belgium and unfortunately I still can't look at her blog - google does not let me - perhaps you are going to be more successful than I....
Cammy is from New Jersey - close by to where I live and we met at the Mama Elephant Birthday bash in Hoboken. We went to the Edison stamp show together and had a blast! Her beautiful blog is linked  - pay her a visit if you have time. 

Of course I have a welcome picture for both of you:



I took it last year at the Grounds for Sculpture, which is just a fantastic place to visit! Unfortunatley I don't know the artist who made this sculpture. I really like it - it looked gorgeous in the mist.....

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Guess what - it going to be more Holiday cards - I just don't think I'll ever have enough......I am so happy I started early this year - my pile has been growing nicely.........
I am playing with the Dynamic Duos again - I like the elegant color combination.


  


I made two versions of the same card using the inlaid die-cut technique. I used my new Memory Box die - Grand Merry Christmas, that I won on the Snippets Playground - thanks, Di!. Isn't it beautiful?



I used some baubles from the Memory Box Advent Calendar die set and a Hero Arts bauble, that I stamped and adorned with little green gems. 




For the second card I used a Martha Stewart punch for the holly.

And of course I used quite a few snippets for both cards - the only requirement to play in the Snippets playground - here I come again Di.....
I will also link this with the CHNC challenge - Anything Christmas


Freshly Made Sketches #111

Hi,

I just really liked this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - so perfect and the ornament on it just calls out for a Christmas card. This sketch may go into my favorites file - to be used over and over again....


But for now it is the holiday theme.


I used my favorite Sizzix Embossing Folder. The snowflake is from Memory Box, but it gave me grief again. It would not cut through the glitter paper, despite all the tricks I know now - extra shimming, wax paper, running it through the Big shot in different positions and multiple times.....I just gave up and pretended I wanted all those little pieces still in there, after I fuzzy cut a fair amount of the outside.... I colored some of those with Copics - looks quite nice after all....The sentiment is Mama Elephant Merry Greetings


So hard to photograph the glitz - the closeup shows it best - it looks really pretty!



I am also linking this card with the CHNC challenge - Anything Christmas