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

Design Teams past and present and GDT

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Paper Smooches picture challenge

Paper Smooches has an interesting inspiration picture this week - I basically went with the left half of the picture and came up with this card:

I used the Paper Smooches set Chubby Chums Pals, colored that cute crab with Copics and fuzzy cut it. I had some problems with the daisy, until I made my own using the Paper Smooches set Geobasics, I bought that a while ago - gotta have everything geometric out there....Cut it out, too and added an enamel dot.

The background I made with the Papertrey Woodgrain embossing plate and sponged it with distress inks, to more capture the inspiration picture. 

Lastly I mounted the daisy and the crab with foam tape, to give it some dimension. 
I really like it - its so easy to make fun cards with those fabulous stamps!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Paper Crafting challenge with a Christmas theme

I have a quick post for today - wanted to play in the Paper Crafting challenge. You have to CASE one of three cards. Here is my CASE:

Its pretty obvious that I CASEd Vicki's gorgeous card, turned it into a Christmas theme...


I like Vicki's card much better than mine - her colors are just fabulous!
For my card I used a combination of Brushos and watercolors

Added some Stickles to the center of the Poinsettia and Wink of Stella to the red leaves and the Christmas part of the sentiment. 

Materials: All stamps by STAMPlorations: Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower
Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year, Brushos, Stickles, Wink of Stella, Staz-on-Ink

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

STAMPlorations and Brushos

Cornelia here today, playing again with Brushos - my new favorite "toy"

I just love those colors! And Brushos are so easy to use. Here is my tutorial:
I started out with water color paper, Versamark and that beautiful STAMPlorations Damask background stamp. I used mu embossing buddy first, to get clean embossing. 

Her is a little trick I learned from Jennifer McGuire - on large stamps I put the paper on the stamp and then rub my fingers over the paper to get all the ink onto the paper rather than pressing the stamp onto the paper. You see that I did not even bother to remove the stamp from its plastic sheet....

I sprinkled it with white embossing powder - clear would probably work just as well, but my clear embossing powder is not as fine as my white one and I wanted all that detail. 

I sprinkled various Brusho greens onto the paper, starting with turquoise at the top. The paper then looks like you added a little bit of pepper from a salt/pepper shaker. I took a picture, but it came out too blurry, so I can't show it to you...
I then misted it with water using a mini mister and the Brusho pigment crystals come to life! I moved the color around a bit with a water brush, to just get it to the edges of the paper. 

The paper then needs to dry - you can speed this up with a heat tool...

I heat embossed the daisy from the Bloom Sentiments set onto water color paper and also used Brushos to color it. (Used a left over snippet - this goes into the Snippet Playground)

Again I used my water brush to move the color around.

I fuzzy cut the daisy and decided it needed a stem. Used one of the brush stroke stamps from Celebrate Artsy and forest moss distress ink, added it onto a small leftover strip watercolor paper and cut it out as well.

I heat embossed the sentiment in white onto black cardstock (also a snippet), glued it onto the card and added the daisy including its stem with foam tape. 

Lastly I added Stickles to the center of the daisy, but it doesnt' show....

Those are the sets I used:


And with this card I want to wish Bev from Happy Dance a Happy Birthday! She is a fabulous card maker - make sure you step by her blog and wish her well! Darnell is hosting the party and you can link a card for Bev at Maskerade - Adyth's blog - it will be open for two weeks so that you can come and join the party too!

As already mentioned - I will link this card with the Snippets Playground - use a snippet 
Seize the Birthday - anything birthday
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - make your own background
Just us Girls - watercoloring

Head over to the STAMPlorations blog if you want to play in this month challenges, or pull out your stamps and make a card! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge #20

Time again for a new sketch challenge at STAMPlorations! This one is really fun - you'll see it below!

I stamped the Sketched: Tulips from STAMPlorations onto watercolor paper three times and then sprinkled Brusho over it and misted it with water. I let it dry and cut it into strips. I glued the strips onto white card stock and added the heat embossed sentiment from Bold Sentiments: Hello. I mounted the sentiment strip on foam tape and added twine.
 Here is the sketch:

 And here is my card again, this time photographed in front of the green wall in my craft room:

 Head over to the blog to get inspired by our fabulous DT and our fabulous, fun and famous Guest Designer Darnell from djkardkreations. If you happen not to know her (who doesn't) you gotta visit her blog - so much fun to read and so much creativity to discover there!

Our challenge ends September 26, the winner will be announced September 14.

Getting to Know You Blog Hop

A little over a week ago I was tagged by my friend Kim from Art Keeps Me Sane and she asked me if I would participate in the latest blog hop, called "Getting To Know You". How could I say no - well I couldn't - to be honest - its one of my weaknesses..... I feel honored she thought about me and it sounded like a fun thing to do!

But before we get to those 5 questions I have to welcome my new member - this is soooo overdue - forgive me, my newbies!

And they are:

I am so happy you joined my blog and have stuck around besides the lack of a proper greeting....
I hope I can make it up to you with this wonderful welcome picture:

It is a glass micro mosaic showing the St. Mark's basilica in Venice. It is created by E. Cerato in 1907 and can be admired in the Corning glass museum. It is an amazing work of art. I have never actually seen anything like it before. Hopefully you will like it as well!

But now those questions:

Question 1.What creative projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on my next STAMPlorations project for the spotlight post - I can't tell you what it is, but if you are familiar with the Spotlight posts you know it includes a tutorial and some tips and tricks - by the way goes live tomorrow.

Question 2. What inspires your designs?

Generally lots of things. Sometimes its an advertisement or a fun design I see somewhere. I have been inspired by fabrics or pieces of art - I love to go to museums. Sometimes, but not so often I get my inspiration from Pinterest. Sometimes an idea just pops up in my head and I don't really know where it comes from. And then, quite often I simply get inspired by card challenges out there in blog land. What I like best are inspiration pictures, but I have become better at sketch challenges - (I like to combine those with color challenges, but now I am babbling....)

Question 3.What method / process (if applicable) do you apply to each of your creative projects, and how long does each project take to complete?

I usually start with a stamp, a die, or embossing folder I want to use and then I work around that. I can't really describe my process, since it often varies from card to card. I rarely know exactly what I am going to do. I just start and then go with the flow. What works best for me is time pressure. I had many times that I wanted to play in a challenge and had no idea what to do and then, all of a sudden if the challenge is about to close I all of a sudden know what to make.

The time to complete a card can vary greatly for me - I can do a card easily in half an hour or less (often my favorite cards) or it can take days to complete one - depending on what is involved, such as drying of the paper or lack of a good idea, if my initial approach did not work out. But overall I am fairly fast. 

Question 4. If you had to describe your 'signature' style, what would it be?

It's definitely CAS. Sometimes I experiment with some other style, but I always go back to CAS.

Question 5. What are 3 crafting products/tools you can't live without?

3 tools - I could write a whole page about this, but 3 it is, therefore
Tool #1: My Stamp-a-ma-jic stamp positioner. I use it all the time. Not only for exact positioning of my stamps, but often to just see where exactly to add my sentiment or other stamped image. I hate to throw out cards, so I like to get them right the first time....

Tool #2: My Big Shot die cutting machine. Its just one fabulous tool to have - not sure what I would do without it. I think everybody needs one.....

Tool #3: My Honey Bee Tweezers. Since I only have two hands (like most of you) I find them invaluable for tying twine or an occasional ribbon. They are also fabulous for placing small objects such as sequins exactly where I want them to be.

So, now you know me a bit better. I hope you had fun reading this.....

And now I am going to tag three more fabulous crafters (in no particular order):

Maria Fisher from Rieslingmama. I have known her for quite a while now and I am sure you all know her, too! She has a refreshing style of card making, always comes up with new schtuff and is just amazingly creative! I have been on the DT with her at Simply Create Too (from which I just retired, but Maria is still on it) and we are on STAMPlorations together.

Kylie from Kylie is Addidcted to Stamps. I know Kylie through the STAMPlorations DT, but I am also on the DT with her at Addicted to Stamps and More, but she has been on it a lot longer than me. She also stared her own forum Happy Little Stampers and is the owner of  Addicted to CAS. Are you impressed or what? So much creativity and energy just from one person. But I won't tell you much more, because she will tell you all next Monday!

Debra James from I Dream of Color. I also know Debra from the STAMPlorations DT. She has been there already when I joined and she is just fabulously creative. Her cards always make me gasp - as her blog says she is just amazing when it comes to the use of color. Her blog is a real treat - you should not miss it. She is also on the DT for Bizzy Becs and Purple Onion Designs.

So, that was a lot of writing from me - did you get through to the end here??? I have a card coming up in a little while - (2 hours to be exact) and you may want to come back to see it - its for the next STAMPlorations sketch challenge. I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a great day!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Guest Designing at Inkspirational and a reminder about STAMPlorations' blog hop!

 I could not believe it when Marina from Inkspirational asked me if I wanted to be guest designer! I am still totally over the moon about it !!!! And of course I said yes.

The theme for the next two weeks if FLIGHT

Now there are many possibilities for that, but I choose to go with air travel. 

I used an old stamp set from Recollections and combined it with my all time favorite Avery Elle set - To the Point. And then I was not sure if I liked the card enough, so I made a second card with rainbow colors....

I bent the triangle and mounted the plane on foam tape after I cut it out.

So I hope you are as excited as I am to play with us for the next two weeks. Come on over to see all those beautiful card from the design team and get inspired! Thank you all at Inkspirational to give me this opportunity!
And I'll see you at 

I am also linking BOTH cards with the current Avery Elle challenge - CAS

Challenge 15


And just a reminder - the STAMPlorations blog hop is still going on - lots of fabulous stamps to win, but you have to leave a comment on the blog hop posts!

Here is another card I made for the hop, using the Poinsettia stamp from the set Holiday Sketches - Christmas Flower. The sentiment is from the Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year. the background I made with my new toy - Brusho paints.

*** The stops in the hop*** 

The stops in the hop:
Cornelia (that's me) | Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley|Vicki

Go and visit STAMPlorations and leave some love on the DT girls blogs - perhaps you get rewared with your favorite STAMPlorations set :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Paper Smooches combined with Taylored Expressions

The son of a distant relative of mine - his name is Adrian is celebrating his 7th birthday and I wanted to make a card for him - he gets one every year. And what is better than to use those fabulously cute stamps from Paper Smooches for it? This weeks challenge is Anything Goes - what could be better?

I also just discovered a new challenge - its by Taylored Expressions and they are celebrating their 6th birthday with a big birthday bash (see below) - I had to play and used their sketch for this card:

I used a Memory Box stencil tp make the side strip and the "water" in the "aquarium" . The fish and sentiment are from the Paper Smooches set - Birthday Buddies. The "water plants" on the right are cut with a Memory Box die (NBUS).

Here is a close-up - you can see better here, that I partially filled my aquarium with microbeads - got them on sale years ago and have never used them... 

Part of the Taylored Expression requirements is to take a Selfie with your card - so here it is:

And I am entering this in Darnell's NBUS challenge (the old microbeads and the Memory Box leaf die) and with Stempelkueche - Birthday
and Seize the Birthday - Anything Birthday

         Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TAWS combined with AAA

I wanted to play in the TAWS challenge forever now and never had the time nor the inspiration. But I am a last minute gal - always do best under pressure..... the TAWS inspiration picture is very dreamy and I wanted to capture this in my card. I think the cute castle lends itself well to this challenge. As it turned out, I also could incorporate this weeks AAA challenge - its a moon sketch and Stempelkueche - Birthday 

 Don't you love it, when things just work out that way? I sure do. I colored the castle with Copics - I am getting better at this, but still need more practice....Punched out a circle and sponged around with distress inks. Fuzzy cut the castle and popped it up with foam tape.

Added a brown string and gold sequins. I really like how it turned out. Hope you like it too :)
All stamps are by TAWS -  Once upon a time, sentiment - Enchanted

Have a magical day everyone!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

STAMPlorations September Stamp Release Blog Hop

Hi Everyone - so sorry for being late for the blog hop, but here it is - my post:

STAMPlorations is having another Stamp Release Blog Hop!

You probably arrived from the so amazingly creative Vicki Dutcher here.

And here is the card I made for it:

I used the beautiful Poinsettia stamp from the set Holiday Sketches - Christmas Flower and stamped it on watercolor paper. I then sprinkled Brusho on it and misted it with water. I also touched up the poinsettia a bit with Inktense pencils, outlined some of the leaves wiht a white pen and lastly added Stickles in the center. The sentiments are from the same set. 

Here are the stops in the hop:
Cornelia | Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki

Your next stop on the hop is Debra, which always has a special visual treat for you! You don't want to miss her blog!

Out wonderful DT has amazing card to show you and whet your appetite for those gorgeous new stamps ;) Visit all the stops on the hop and leave a comment for a chance to win prizes! By the way, our 5 Christmas-themed stamp sets are available in the shop as a special release bundle for a limited time.

Okay, here's how the hop works:

  • THREE (3) lucky hoppers will be randomly drawn from the designers' blogs to win the stamp set of their choice from the new release.
  • ONE (1) lucky hopper will be randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog to win a $25 gift certificate to use in the shop.
  • If you are picked as one of the winners, you have 3 days to email us and claim your prize.

So, are you ready to hop? Simply leave a comment on the STAMPlorations blog site and on all the designers' blog hop posts between now and Monday, September 15, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT-700). (Only one comment per blog, please.) We'll announce the winners on Thursday, September 18 on the STAMPlorations site.  How easy is that? Have fun!

(Note: There are 11 stops in the hop, including this blog. You're not required to visit every stop on the hop to be eligible, but commenting on all the stops will increase your chances of winning.

In case you click on a designer's link and you get a page/post not found error, just go to their main blog and scroll down to find their post titled "STAMPlorations September Release Blog Hop". You can also go back here to our main blog; we'll update the links throughout the day.)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Addicted to Stamps and More #112


its time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More - the theme is "Make you Mark"

I am not big on using markers - you may know this already and I am not big on digital images, but I figured its a challenge, so I may as well challenge myself....I used that cute image Bumberella from our sponsor Stitchy Bear.

I colored it with Copics. The corners I did with a frame from Stamp camp - inked it up only partially and then sponged around it. The sentiment is by Hero Arts. Added some Stickles to the wings.

So come on over to the blog and see what our fabulous DT has in store for you and perhaps you'll be inspired to play with us!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dream Valley Challenge #90

Its time for a new challenge at Dream Valley - the theme is NO STAMPS ALLOWED 
You have two weeks to play with us!

I used a the Memory Box butterfly die for this card. I underlaid the white cardstock with colored ombre paper. The word dies are from Papertrey  and I also gave them am ombre shading. 

Lastly I added some splatters in yellow, green and teal and put colored card stock borders on the card. 

Here is a close-up:

For this challenge we have a wonderful sponsor:

Robyn's Fetish 

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and owned by Robyn Weinrib.
Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to award the winner 3 digital stamps

Come and play with us at Dream Valley!