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

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Design Teams past and present and GDT

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Hi,

I want to wish you a Happy Halloween!

and right for this occasion I have  - guess what - a Halloween card!
I mailed all of my cards out, so I had to make a new one....



I used a chevron background stamp from Rubber Necker, which I heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I sponged metallic ink onto the balck cardstock. I used two different kinds of Washi tape - I just love how the grey Washi tape matches the chevron pattern - it has the same distance - what a coincidence.....The little tag is from an old Stampin' up tag set. 


I colored the spider with a neon marker added some twine and a black gem.
Of course, this card will go into a few challenges:

Less is More - use string or twine
The Twinery - Halloween theme
Pinspired -  Halloween theme
CASology - Black



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I also wanted to share some Halloween cards I got - the first card I got from my blogging friend Susanne - perhaps you saw it already on her blog... So cute! It was so unexpected - it really lit up my whole day! Thanks, Susanne!


The second card is from my sister - not so unexpected - I ALWAYS get cards form her - isn't it great? I love the hexagons and the cool color combination!



And lastly I wanted to share the fun trip my sister and I did yesterday - we went to the Bronx Botanical Garden and did a little shopping on Arthur Avenue - the Italian section in the Bronx.


The Botanical garden is all halloweeny - including the trees!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Merry Monday #81 and more new Members

I can't believe it - I got 3 new members -what joy! I want to welcome

 Helen F - an avid card maker for many years - I know her for quite a while, back from when I only was on flickr and we exchanged quite a few comments over time - beautiful blog
Elizabeth is from Scotland and also an avid card maker - lots of treasure to find on her blog
Radhika - she makes not only cool cards, but also beautiful jewelry.

Go and check out those ladies' blog, if you have time!

 Thank you so much for joining - it means so much to me. Of course I have a welcome picture for you, as I have for all my new members. I chose this one, because we are close to Halloween and I associate ravens with that holiday - with their spooky color and appearance. 


This sphere with the cut out ravens is by Bill G. Floyd. We encountered him on a vacation in New Mexico, driving by his studio and being intrigued by raven sculpture near his home. We stopped and walked in and chatted quite a while with him. He also makes wind chimes out of recycled oxygen casings - really cool!

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This was one of those times, where I immediately knew what to make for......
I recently got this cute stamp on ebay and my sister asked me what I wanted with it and I said  - use it for some card, what else??? And here we go - this is  the perfect occasion - the Merry Monday challenge - use a Santa on your card.


The Santa is little, but you know, he is far up in the sky, but one can clearly make him out - you can even see the Rudolph's red nose - below is a close-up:


Used some left over ric rac border in silver that I have left over from a hideous card I made yesterday - I am not going to post it I decided....That may be actually the first card that I won't show here,come to think of it.......This card deviates a bit from my usual style, but I still like it a lot. I don't mind doing some different styles in between....

As you can see I did a lot of sponging here. Stamps by: Magenta -sentiment, Inkadinkadoo - trees, Stampin' up - Santa, Papertrey Rickrack border die

This card also goes into the Snippets Playground - (left over ric rac border) - I think I will be the reason when Diane will limit the entries to this challenge....

And I am linking it with the Simon Says Monday challenge - Anything Goes






My Favorite Things #147 and a Bunch of other Challenges

Another wreath card - 

after I made the wreath card for the Festive Friday challenge, I discovered that the sketch from My Favorite Things is kind of similar to what I did, but did not quite cut it...But I like the card so much, that I decides to just make a second one, similar to the first. 


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Again I just two different kind of shimmer paper to cut the wreath - this time one of them was more glitzi. I underlayed the wreath with glitter paper - the bow is again from a paint swatch. 



I added little dots of liquid pearls and a pearl for the bow.




The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Merry Greetings. Here in the close-up you can kind of see how the whole card just shimmers and glitters - it is very pretty. I think I like it even more than the fist card...



I am also linking this card up with 
Snippets Playground - use a snippet
Inkspirational - wreath

I got sooo many beautiful comments for my last wreath card - thank you so  much - which one do you like better?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Wreath Christmas card



I recently go that beautiful wreath from My favorite Things and its just perfect for the Festive Friday challenge, where is wreath is wanted....



I used two different tones of shimmer paper, some Stickles and a pearl on the bow.


The sentiment is from  Mama Elephant - Merry Greetings - isn't it beautiful?



And guess what - I used some snippet - the bow is from a paint swatch. You know what that means - the card is going into the Snippets Playground....
I will also link it up with Rudolph's Day and Inkspirational - the challenge is wreath and CAS on Sunday and lastly with Simon Says Monday challenge - Anything goes

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Paper Smooches

Here comes my last minute special  - my card for this week's Paper Smooches challenge:



Its a color challenge. The whimsical gnome is holding a bouquet of mushrooms - I think this makes for a fun birthday card


I stamped everything - except the tree stump on white paper, heat embossed it,
colored it with Copics and fuzzy cut it. 


I added a twine garland to it. Some blue Stickles on the "i's" of the sentiment.I rounded the corners, it gives the card a nice touch. 




Saturday, October 26, 2013

Little Tangles #23

Hi All,

today I played around for the Little Tangles challenge and to make another Christmas card - can't have too many of those.......




Its a sketch challenge  - I have posted the sketch below. I used some of my washi tape, a bauble from the set called Merry and Bright, which I heat embossed in red and then added bright blue Stickles.


The sentiment is from the same set. And of course some sequins for sparkle!

Here is the sketch:



I will also link up this card with the CHNC challenge ,
the Snippets Playground - the bauble is made from snippets.

I wish you a great weekend. Thanks for your beautiful comments - I just LOVE them - keep them coming ;) - they keep me going!



Friday, October 25, 2013

Papertrey Blog Hop

Great idea to make tags - I love it when something comes in handy! The Papertrey Blog Hop task is to make at least five tags and I just managed to make my five.....Its actually the first time I made tags, so this was a new experience for me. They are kind of cute little things to make....


I discovered, that I really don't have a lot of holiday supplies from Papertrey, but enough to take part in the hop....


All the dies are Papertrey, so are the stamps. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from my favorite set called Mixed Messages. The "snowflakes" are from the  Iconic Images set and I put some Stickles on them. And of course I used Twine from the Twinery on my tags. The tag die is from Mama Elephant

                                                                              October-Blog-Hop

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Paper Players, CAS Colours and Sketches and a reason to celebrate!

The exciting news are - I now have 
100
followers! Now that is a reason to celebrate! I am so happy - I really wanted to achieve this before my 1 year blog anniversary - thank you all 100 of you, to make this happen!!!
That is such a big number - at least for me....

Lets welcome my new members

You probably all know Diane fro the Pixie's Crafty workshop - she runs the Snippets challenge - I have been playing there lately - its fabulous - only one rule there :)

Riliska and Larisa are from Russia and new to me, but I have been checking out their blogs and there are wonderful inspirations to find! 

And here I have a welcome picture for you:


It is by Jackie Ferrara and you can admire that in the New York City subway. I choose it for all the bloggers out there - everybody is different, but all together we create this wonderful world of creativity, inspiration and mutual support.

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By the way - I am not sure, if my sticky post works, but I do have a give away for my blog anniversary - if you have not seen it and if you are interested, click HERE. There are some rules to follow and hardly anybody did, so if you want to win one of the stamp sets I am giving away your chances are great so far!
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And now, finally back to card making.... 
I had to play in the Paper Players challenge - as soon as I saw this picture I knew what stamp to use - such a perfect opportunity...



Tada! Here is my card




I combined it with the sketch challenge from CAS Colours and Sketches. The sentiment stamps are from Penny Black Party Time and Wonderful and the rest is Stampsmith stamps and Memory Box. 




And lastly I wanted to share a card with you, that my friend Susanne sent me for my blog anniversary: - 


How sweet! It is so much fun, getting real mail and this was so unexpected and such a lovely surprise! Thank you Susanne, I still have a big smile on my face because of you :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dynamic Duos #75



Not much time tonight, but I did manage to make this card for the Dynamic Duos challenge - can't resist a Halloween theme...


I heat embossed the Stampin' up pumpkins from the set Carved and Candlelit with orange embossing powder. The dripping Halloween stamp is from Michaels - also heat embossed. The ghost eyes in the back are from some unknown stamp company and the rest are punches by Martha Stewart


I put some accents with my favorite white pen - its a Sharpie. Its works really well - its the best out there in my opinion.
So, what do you think - are you scared ? - I sure hope so. Nonetheless I wish you good dreams, no ghostly nightmares.... ;)

And of course I am linking up with my favorite challenge - the Snippets Playground - all the white paper is snippets!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Chinese Lanterns

Autumn colors is the challenge this month at Lavinia stamps. I choose yellow, orange and green.



I stamped the Chinese Lanterns in black and colored them with Copics. I put glossy accetns on the lanterns and let it dry. Then  I sponged around the lanterns after masking  off a square. All it need now is a sentiment, which it will get depending on the occasion I'll use it for...I hope you like it. Its pretty late now - I wish you all a good night!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Paper Smooches

I am really in the mood for making Christmas cards this year and what is better than this super fun Paper Smooches set called Freezy Fellas?




I fuzzy cut the snowmen. The frame I made with paper from Martha Stewart and the little stars are from Impression Obsession - with some Stickles. 





The inside of the frame I sponged. The sentiment is also Paper Smooches - Christmas sampler.
Her is the sketch for the Paper Smooches challenge:

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I will also link up this card with the CHNC challenge ,
the Snippets Playground - the snowmen are made from snippets.

And here I am going over to the Snippets playground to get the link-up and what do I see??? I won the last snippets give away!! Hurrah!! It was love at first sight when I saw this die with the last snippets link-up. But then again - this weeks give away is hilarious -  who wouldn't love that one - go on over and check it out....

Well thanks sooooo much, Di! I send you a virtual hug!


Merry Monday #79


Here comes my last minute special for Merry Monday  - 2 hours before Mr. Linky closes....

That is the oh - so pretty inspiration picture:



And here is my card:


Simple, but I really like it! I used this wonderful stamp called Dazzling Snowflake from Hero Arts. The sentiment is also Hero Arts -  Decorate your Holidays.


I white stamped both and in addition heat embossed them in white. Added a little bit of Stickles and a star gem in the center. I guess the sparkle does not really show in the picture....oh well...

I will also link up this card with the CHNC challenge and Christmas card challenges.

Thanks for visiting my blog - extra thanks for leaving me all those great comments and feel free to participate in my blog candy - just follow the rules for it.....



Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pumpkins and Welcome to New Members


This time I can welcome 3 new members to my blog!

Gaby - Erzibueglechen
Andrea (no blog)

I am happy you joined my blog! Hopefully you will stay and like what I create in the future! Monika and Gaby have beautiful blogs - go and visit them, if you have time - there is lots of ideas to find!! I have 2 welcome pictures for you. I thought they fit the season. The sculpture is called "Autumn". It is by Philip Haas and right now on exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
He is an American artist, was born 1954 and he also is a screenwriter and filmmaker. He made 4 sculptures, called the four seasons - they are all there and quite impressive to look at!

                                                   He took the idea from Giuseppe Archimboldo (1526-1593) and created huge sculptures, whereas Archimboldo stayed in 2 dimensions.




Pretty similar - I guess its called CASEing.....
I hope you like your pictures!

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Back to stamping...


I played around with pumpkins for the Impression Obsession challenge and the CASology challenge, I used an Impression Obsession stamp set called All Hallows Eve for the first card.




























For the second card I used my Stampin up' set - Carved and Candlelit, mixed with a Hero Arts Halloween set.





I did some masking and sponging on both cards. Sponging is one of my favorite techniques and therefore the first card will go into the Impression Obsession challenge.


The second card I will send to Grayson. He already got a card from me, but he is such a sweet boy, so I'll send him a second one. You probably all know about Grayson by now - if not, click HERE and HERE


You can also send him a card and link up with Heather's blog - she is handing out a prize if you participate.



Friday, October 18, 2013

Twinery #12 - In the Round - 10/18


Always at the last moment.... the Twinery challenge is coming to an end and I have to get my card in......


I somewhat recently was the lucky winner of this gorgeous twine from the Twinery (thank you Twinery) with THIS card - so I had to put my win to good use. I must say, this challenge was not easy for me. I had several ideas, but none of them looked really good  when I tried it out. This card evolved from one of my ideas. It took me a few days to "perfect" it. But now I am really happy with it. In fact I keep looking at it and it makes me smile.



The birds are from my favorite Alley Way stamp set Bird Brain. The sentiment is also TAWS - all about YOU. 
Perhaps it makes you smile too :)

Thanks for visiting and thank you so  much for all your lovely comments. I so much appreciate them - thank you all!












Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pinspired #19

 Isn't that cool - that inspiration photo from Pinspired?



Not that I am a fan of make-up, but I like the colors a lot!
I made two cards.
I used shimmer paper and an Avery Elle die. For the first card I just pieced those little die cuts together





and for the second card I also used the negative die-cut.


Some sequins for extra sparkle. The sentiment on the first card is by Fresh Squeezed Stamps, the sentiment of the second card is Paper Smooches - Sentiment sampler.
I like both cards - the graphic feel of them, the colors and the metallic sheen.

I am also linking them with :
the first card I'll link with the Snippets playground - it kind of came as an idea after the second card - why throw away all those little thingies???
Inkspirational - anything goes


Hope you like them too!