Wednesday, 15 February 2017

You are my all-year-round Springtime

Hello my crafting friends!!

I hope this post, right in the beginning of a fresh week, finds you all in good spirits! :)

I am here to share with you a card made during this weekend, which features a Hanglar stamped image, coloured with Distress inks.


Actually there are two Hanglar stamps here: the bench, and the girl sitting on top. The weather here in Malta is quite Spring-mode lately, and this fact inspired me to choose Spring as my theme and make use of the lovely Maja Designs scraps of paper which I had - even if I had some scraps left from this sheet, they are too precious not to use - I wish I remember who had sent me these papers some years ago... I really wish I could thank them again! They are soo beautiful.



Distress colours I used on this image:

Skin: Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
Hat and Top: Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood, Black Soot
Jacket and pants: Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot
Shoes: Pumice Stone, Black Soot
Hair: Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
Bench: Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone
Grass and Flowers: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, White Gel pen

On some of the corners I used a Stempelglede stamp, which I stamped using Weathered Wood DI, and on the bench one can also notice a wooden watering-can. I saw that it coordinates with the theme, therefore: why not? :)
 I distress it a bit with Walnut Stain, to give it that "oldish" used look.


Last, but not least I added some flowers, a beautiful Emily Atherton Enchanting Blossom die cut, which I embellished with blue gems and some bling using Stardust Stickles.


This is the decorated inside of the card... simple but effective :) Obviously using the last tiny bits remaining of the beautiful DP (did I mention that I looove Maja papers? lol) I pray often that our local craft shops fall in love with such brands like Maja, Pion, Magnolia etc... we do not get them here, that's why I get to treasure them a lot :) Anyway the sentiment is from a wooden backed stamp I have (it's been a while so I don't remember the brand name). The note opens up so that one can write any sentiment he/she wants.



Wishing you a wonderful week ahead, my friends. I really love to hear from you - thanks for those who take the time to leave comments, either here or on my Fb page (Cards by Rosette).


Some challenges for this one here,,,

Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia  #143 - Anything Goes
Dies R Us #67 - Think Spring
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge #Fantastic Florals
Word Art Wednesday  #270-2731 - Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe #167 - No Red or Pink
Noor February Challenge - Have a Heart
Craft Heaven Shop  #17 - Love is All Around

Big hugs from me, and when you are out enjoying nature, think of the Him who created everything OUT OF LOVE for you and me :) Smile! He does not bring you just one flower on Valentine's Day, but creates a multitude of flowers for you to enjoy all year round!

Blessings xx

Thursday, 9 February 2017

You hold the key to my heart

Warning!!! Heavy photo content! ;)


A special Hi to all my crafting friends! I am here today to share with you a special set I made for Valentine's Day - not for my Soul mate, as my Love resides in my heart (you know who I'm talkin' about, don't you?). But I had fun doing it, and maybe, who knows... I might find some good use to it!



For the card I used Tilda with those handsome flowers, and while masking it, I added the key, on which she's sitting. I used the same for the container, which I recycled. It's a sweet round container, originally a ready-made salad bowl which one can purchase from a Supermarket. 





Distress inks used: 
Skin: Vintage Photo and Tattered Rose
Hair: Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
Dress and hat: Spun sugar, Fired Brick, Black Soot 
Socks: Spun Sugar
Top and Shoes: Pumice Stone, 
Key: Black Soot, Old Paper Reinker
Background: Tumbled Glass, Broken China


Now isn't that heart doily cute? And you see the small envelope tucked behind the image on the right hand (behind the circular stamps)? This is what it contains... a small but sweet message:




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A close up of the image and coloring
White accents, including hearts on dress are done with white gel pen




Dies used: Tim Holtz, Sizzix and Spellbinders



Detail of the tulle and lovely pearly string I added to enhance the soft touch. It's really pretty IRL.


And now unto the surprise box I added as part of the set (together with two bottles of home made jam)



I used the same image and filled the insides with Baci (meaning kiss) chocolates and a lovely heart which can be hung as a delicate decorative element.



A side view of the box


Finally, in occasion of this wonderful feast, where we celebrate Love, I leave you with an image of the felt heart I glued on the bottom side of the container's lid. I send a virtual hug to all of you, with a sincere wish that in your life you'll experience the wonderful gift of true love, which originates and ends is God - who IS LOVE itself.






Now let's roll some challenges out there: 

Craft Heaven #17 - Love is all around
Midweek Magnolias #157 - Show us some Love (use hearts) - I have quite some to choose from! :)
Magnolia-licious #3 - Anything goes with an option use flowers
All About Magnolia #20 - All About love
Magnolia Forever  #50 - Love



Wish you lots and lots of love, happiness and blessings!! 


"He that loves not knows not God; for God is love"   (1Jn.4:8)

Sunday, 29 January 2017

While waiting for our bundle of joy....

Happy sunday everyone!!

A new card to share with you today... yes, I am waiting for a new bundle of joy in our family - my nephew's first baby to be exact! and as you can imagine, I am excited!

So I wanted to be prepared for the occasion - so baby D's card is all-ready!! :)

This time I did an easel card, wanted it to be CAS - but I'm too much in love with lace, embellies etc!!





 The image I used is one of my favourite from Elisabeth Bell's  designs. It was a Bell's and Whistles in my time as DT. If anyone is interested, I'll check with her if it's still in rubber somewhere.

Copics used for colouring:

Hair: E35, E31, E29, E25, YR23, YR21
Skin: E95, E35, E21, E11, E00, E000, R32 (lips)
Top and socks: black, B87, B95, B91, B0000
Background: B91, B0000, BG10
Green Blanket: G99, G82, G21, G0000




Papers used are single doube sided from our LSC. 



The sentiment is from Stampin'up. I love it for baby cards, or for small kids :)



and finally, isn't that small giraffe cute?? I fell in love with it. I really enjoyed doing this card, with a lot of anticipation for this baby to arrive.  Each kid is as the charm highlights: a life's Blessing!



Have a happy Sunday. 

Challenges I'll be taking part in a part of the fun:

Craft Heaven Shop#16 - winter Blues
Sweet Stampin' Challenge with Dots and Spots
All Sorts Challenge - Celebrate - we're celebrating a new life
Noor January Challenge with Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday  #266-267 with Anything goes

Sunday, 22 January 2017

A card fit for a princess

Hi fellow crafters! I hope you are keeping well, especially those who are in cold weather struck countries; and that you had a wonderful week.

Today I want to share with you a card I did with my favourite stamps: those of Magnolia! :)

I coloured my card with Distress inks on Langton hot pressed paper 300gsm, and I played with lots of embellies to create what I had in mind.





On this card I used Magnolia papers from the "Once upon a time collection", the pink paper with the crowns, and a piece of the "pages from a book", which I stuck sideways underneath the image. I distressed it, tore it from various parts, crumbled it, and at the end I added some strokes of gesso. Coming out of one of the torn pieces, I did this small bouquet of flowers. In this close-up image, you can also notice the cute heart made of beads.




I also added the elegant touch with a large piece of lace material which I had in my stash. I think I had kept it aside some years ago, and it was part of a wedding dress someone had given away.
It is beautiful, as you may notice from the card, I placed it under the other bouquet of flowers. You may see a part of the white flower, some of its lace leaves sticking out, and also two of its flowers, on which I placed some pearls in their centre.




Behind the image I put a scalloped edge, made out of a border punch I have. I used Norma's tutorial which was very helpful for a first time. Tilda has some stardust stickles on her pretty dress, and some silver ones on her crown. The pearl strings and the crown stamp finished off the image nicely.



Lace, grey striped ribbon and a crown charm sewn into organza ribbons decorate the lower part of my card.

What else? Oh, the sentiment is from a Stampin' Up set, and finally, for the first time I played with some gesso around the edges and on the flowers. I hope you like this card, and that you let me know what you think about it.


Another angle shot, which shows you the spots I did around the image, also with gesso ;) Finally added two star rhinestones, pink and dainty. I had to stop myself, cause I would have added more stuff!! I shall use this card for a friend who will be celebrating her brithday verrry soon!! 



I hope you have a Wonderful Sunday, my dear friends. 

I'll be playing along with some Magnolia challenges with this one: 



Midweek Magnolias #156 - Anything goes with a Magnolia image
Magnolia-licious Challenge # 2 - Anything goes
All About magnolia Challenge #19 - All about anything goes
Magnolia Forever #49 - Celebrate
Lovely hanglar or sweet magnolia  #142- Anything goes


God bless you always!
Rosette :)


WOO HOO!! 

WINNER of Challenge #2 of Magnolia-licious Challenge!!!! 💗💗




Made the top three at Midweek Magnolias!!!!







Friday, 13 January 2017

Shabby cute by the name of Gorjuss

Hello my dear crafting friends!!!

Today I came to share with you a Birthday card I made to be used for a friend.


The image I used this time is from the Gorjuss girls, and the colours I worked with this time are blue greens and soft yellow.



She has quite a posh style :) The image is coloured with Copics this time, but the shabby-ish background was done with Distress inks - Antique Linen and brushed Corduroy, to be exact. 
For the layout I used a soft shabby style, but with a hint of classic as well. 




 The whole layout of the card. Now for some detailed photos... 



 I machine stitched in a shabby style some of the patterned papers, and as you can see I added quite some flowers. They are simply adorable! The largest flower was originally white, but I sprayed it with glimmer mist and distressed the edges with Brushed Corduroy. I also added a pin with some lovely beads from my stash. They give a classy finish.
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Here you can see better the bottom part of the card, where I added a sentiment, a cute chipboard butterfly, some pearls, and lace. As you might notice, the lace runs through the sentiment, I also tucked a small tag behind the sentiment... you can see it better in the next photo.



I wrote this sentiment by hand, even the other one which I placed on the upper side of the card, 




You can also notice the various layers here, and the bronze brads I put on this particular sentiment.



 I could not resist to add half a doily on one side of the card, and a round of pearls on  the scalloped cardstock. The patterned papers I used on this are from the stash I used to have before (for those who have not read my previous two posts, I am catching up on cardmaking after a long break of almost six years, so I still have my previous spellbinders dies (there are many more beautiful "toys" now, but they still do their magic) and the patterned papers that my international friends used to send me.

The papers here are from Basic Grey's Wisteria, and the small yellow part is from Maja  Design (don't know which pack because it was lying in my scraps folder).

Finally I stamped also a round postage stamp which is "my new toy" from this card, which says First class.

Finally, this is the inside of this creation. I hope you enjoyed it.



For some added fun, these are the challenges I will be participating in with this babe...



Noor Design January challenge with Anything Goes

Stampavie and More #278 with Something New (my postage stamp)

Deep Ocean Challenge blog #146 with Anything New

Reasonable Ribbon #155 Anything Goes using Ribbon, Lace or Trim (I have, lace, ribbon, fibers,.. so I think I'm covered :)

Inspiration Destination  #119 with Anything Goes

Bye Bye for now, and thank you to those who took the time to let me know you were here with a comment. I can only thank you by praying for each one of you. God bless you all!


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Owl be here for you!

Hello crafting friends!


Second week of January already... and here I am again to share with you my second project after almost seven years of missing from the crafting world :)

A friend of mine, after seeing the bookmarks I did for the sisters for Christmas, asked me if I'd do one for her. Of course, being herself such an amazing person, I agreed to do a personalised bookmark just for her. I asked her for any preferences, and she replied that she loves owls! :)

I went through my stamps, my papers... no owls around! Duh!!

Well, I said to myself: it there are no owls in my crafting things, "owl make one myself!" :) And so I found  a template and cut out every tiny piece of the owl myself, out of cardstock and craft paper. NO the owl is not a die! :)

I hope my friend likes the result.. we'll see!


I used papers from Basic Grey papers from the Bittersweet collection, and as for the tree branch, a dimensional sticker from Jolee's Boutique.


You can observe better the dimensions created with the sticker and from the owl itself, popped up with foam pads.



I stamped a "thank you" sentiment around the image, as this particular person is also a benefactor of our Children's Home, and she is one of our "angels", always trying to contribute and help around.
I stamped some tiny butterflies and used Stickles on them and around the edge for some bling.


I distressed a ticket with Distress inks and added  a doily, lace, fibers and organza ribbon - what is a project without them?


I finished off with a leaf charm, a swirl and some other small embellishments for a sweet finish.



And voila'!! Another project dusted.


Adding it to some challenges for some fun:

Crafty Calendar Challenge as the challenge is "something new". The charm and the fibers are new stash, so there is goes....

Paradise of Stamps   "Anything Goes"

Creative Shopping  "Anything Goes"

Creative Friday "Anything Goes"

Word Art Wednesday with challenge for weeks #264-265

Dies R Us challenge "Anything goes using dies"\


Until I come back.... Smile, and bring some sunshine to those who really need it! May God bless you and your loved ones.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Welcoming 2017!



A special greeting to all my friends! It's been quite some years since I last blogged about my paper creations. I had stopped making handcrafted cards due to other commitments, but lately I have managed to create some Christmas bookmarks for some members of my community, and I decided to explore again the blogging adventure. 

I had to create a new blog as I was having trouble posting in my original blog (for those who want to see my previous works, this is the URL: craftingmagic.blogspot.com). 

These are the four bookmarks I was speaking about. I used Magnolia and Hanglar images, and regarding the style I used, I was inspired by Camilla. I really enjoyed colouring these images, after years of doing so :) 



I coloured the images with Distress inks and reinkers, focusing mainly on shades of blue (contrasting with browns). The papers and coordinating snowflakes and blue stars tape is from the Dovecraft Magic and Sparkle range. I also added white lace, blue and gold organza ribbon, Stickles for bling and paper doilies. 

These are some more detailed photos for you to enjoy! I wish you all a very blessed and happy 2017, and hopefully I can get back to posting some creations now and then. 


One can notice the shiny effect created with Stickles and Crystal Lacquer on the heart that the girl is holding. 
Isn't she angelic? :) I have never stopped enjoying myself colouring these images!
I could picture this cutie walking with that candle in her hand.... so Christmassy!
In this photo the dimension of the string of hearts is more visible. 

To add some fun, I will be participating with these bookmarks in some challenges:

 Craft Heaven shop Craft Heaven blog's challenge, as this month's challenge is called "Winter Blues"
The Noor Design challenge blog and at 
The Ribbon Girl Blog as in both challenges the theme is "Anything Goes".
Midweek Magnolias challenge - and my new stash is the Magic and sparkle range of papers, snowflakes stickers and stars tape. My gold organza ribbon is also new, bought especially for the Christmas season. 
All About Magnolia  Challenge with "All about anything goes" 

Thank you for the opportunity! Please feel free to tell me what you think about these creations. I had a friend of mine order one as a gift for herself when she saw the photos, as she really liked them. 
Blessings!

Many well wishes and God sent blessings my dear ones!