Monday, July 1, 2013

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Hello my dear Followers,
as some of you might already know Google reader is shutting down very soon.  My friend Anne sent me a message  that had all these infos in it.
You will find my Blog under this link:
Follow my blog with Bloglovin
This is from Google/bloggers official website gives yo a more accurate descriptions
in other words:
Google Reader is shutting down soon, that means all the followers here on my blog  and then all the blogs that I follow will disappear.
Here is the link to bloglovin if you want the blogbovin button to keep your followers and to still follow  and stay subbed to your favorite  blogs

I hope you will keep following me there. see you there
Happy Crafting
Maria :)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

I love LOTV!!! Happy 9th Birthday !!!!

Hello and thank you for stopping by!!! Today is the 9th Birthday of one of my absolute favorite Stampingcompanies. LOTV!!! What is LOTV you will ask. LOTV stands for Lili of the Valley they are from the United Kingdom and make the most adorable stamps. I´m a huge fan of their work and have a bunch of their stamps ...and LOVE them!!You should pop over to their website and have a look yourself.
Today on their birthday they have a PARTY going on in their shop in Leeds and also on their Facebook page. You should have a look and join in. I´m sure I will be there  (online) :)
To celebrate with all their customers they also have a great Birthday Giveaway challenge on their blog.
All you have to do to enter is to make a Birthdaycard and share it on your blog, their facebookpage or to send it to them via email til 6PM (UK time) today. They offer a fantastic prize, of 9 stamps of your choice, to win. All of their stamps are amazing and they have a wide amount of stamps to pick from for all kind of occassions. 

So to celebrate their awesome Birthday I made this cute birthdaycard using some of their great products that I own.

I will explain my card from top to bottom :) The background-pattern-paper is from the Springthing Matstack from DCWV. I inked  the edges of the card with my dauber and the peeled paint distressink from Ranger.

On the top of the card I stamped a very cute sentiment from the A5 Verses set from LOTV.

The Image I used is from their Summer Bears Companion Stamp Set and I colored it with Distressinks. I cut it with a Die from Nellie Snellen and embossed it too. I added the It´s your Day stamp from the Calendars Stamp set with the peeled paint distressink.

Under the image I tied a light green ribbon to a bow and added a button from studio g. 

On the bottom of the card I stamped the birthdaygreeting from the Handwritten phrases set. 

 I love how harmonic the paper, inks, image and all elements appear and work together :) I just LOTV stamps and they help me to make nice and very cute cards :)
Thank you LOTV for making such adorable stamps and also great sentiment stamps.
HAPPY BIRTHAY LOTV!!!! I wish you more successful years ahead and more wonderful stamps to come :)
What do you think?
I hope everyone is going having  a great weekend. See you all soon :)
Maria :)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I like my friends and my friendships

Hello and thank you for stopping by!!! First of all I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year and all my new Followers ( hi Niamh) a warm welcome to my random-updated blog lol. It´s almost end of january and this is my first blogpost of the year...well let´s see what I can do with that. Let´s hope I will be a more active blogger this year :)
So on to today´s card I want to show you. My wonderfully talented Friend Anne-Marie is a DT-Member of the Twist of Faith Card Challenge Blog and so she shared a challenge they have there right now with the theme Friendship. Normally I don´t do challenges as I´m not the type for it. But this time I just wanted to try.

The last year was very tough for me and my family and I had a couple of wonderful people supporting me through that time and beyond .  One of these amazing people in my life is my friend Annette. I was able to visit her and her wonderful husband Ron last year in the USA. They made my trip there a supercool and unforgetable adventure.
Annette and I at the entrance to the Timpanogos Cave

Annette and I at the Stampin Up headquarters on my birthday
 As I appreciate her friendship so very much I created this card for her .

The stampset I used for the little characters is the Stick Family set from Stampabilities. It´s a build the characters yourself set and was fun to put the characters just the way I wanted them to be.
 I colored them with my distressinks and I think they turned out pretty cute. I also added a selfmade paper flower that I colored in with my distressink and put a purple rhinestone in the middle.     

The sentiment is from Fiskars Friends Forever Quotes set. The sentiment reads : Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of ALL THE WORLD. And to fit the sentiment I tied some golden thread ribbon arround the label diecut from Spellbinders and made a pretty little bow with a purple flower button on top as purple is Annette´s favorite color :)
 I embossed some light purple cardstock with my polka dots embossing folder from cuttlebug and sponged it with Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress ink . I distressed the edges a little more to pop up from the white.

As last step I added 4 nice corners and decorated them with purple rhinestones.

What do you think?
I hope everyone is going having  a great weekend. See you all soon :)
Maria :)