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

Design Teams past and present and GDT

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ink blowing at the Friday Mashup

Just a quick post for now - its late and my bed is calling.....Friday Mashup has a fun technique, that I have done before - quite a while ago  (you can see that card HERE)- its ink blowing. We actually did that when we were kids.....So of course I could not resist and had to make a card:


Its super fast to do. You need glossy paper and some ink and a thin straw. One drip of ink is plenty and the patterns are really fabulous. It takes some time to dry....


Added some black splatters. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations: Subway Art Builders: Create. Since its glossy paper you need to use Staz-on ink.
This is so much fun - go and blow some cards!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Monsters for Paper Players and New Member Greeting

Some time ahs passed and I have gotten two new members - time to greet them officially on my blog:

Welcome
Sarah Grey from Funky Fossils Designs (fabulous blog - check it out if you don't know it yet!)
and Nancy - 

for whom I unfortunately could not find a link...but I will happily add one, if you let me know!

As customary my ladies, you'll get a welcome picture - fitting my card somewhat:
I hope you like it.


I mostly stick with art and in a way this is as well - it is a sculpture made out of food cans - I photographed it a few years back at one of the CANstraction events that are held every year in NYC (and in many other cities) before Thanksgiving. The sculptures are afterwards donated to local food pantries and distributed to the needy. 

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I have not played for ages with The Paper Players  - but this weeks sketch is just too much fun!

A while ago I discovered a new stamp company - they are called Flonz and are from Australia. They have a lot of fabulous stamps and their shipping is unbelievable cheap - long story short I could not resist and ordered some stamps, which ever since have been laying around begging to be used. Today is their debut....


Those monsters were just too cute and I had to have them. The sentiment is from Recollections stamps - heat embossed in white. The squares I cut with a die from Papertrey.





Thanks for visiting me today - enjoy your day!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Time out with Apples

 I have not had such a long blog break in a long time - not counting vacation weeks, but my life has been just so awfully busy....Finally I sneaked up into my craft room to play in this weeks Time Out challenge - yes girls, I am taking TIME OUT to do just that......

As you can see on my card the theme is apples. I pulled out an ancient Hero Arts set, called September, which has this pretty apple in it. The sentiment is from the same set.


I heat embossed the apple outline and colored it with Copics and fuzzy cut them. Added glossy accents to make them look more yummy... The little green patch I sponged and made the lines with the edge of an acrylic block. 


And if you are wondering why two apples - I am also playing in the Extra Challenge at Time Out: "Double the Joy"! The occasion  - Bev, one of the wonderful DT members gave birth to twins, Josh and Ben! You probably know Bev from her own stamp company 


Congrats Bev - enjoy your boys, I know you will!

I am also linking this card up with the current HOC challenge - I am on the DT - perhaps you want to share your creation with us over there, too!


And I am linking this card with Di's Snippets challenge - add a snippet - the apples and leaves are

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Addicted to Stamps and More #114

Hi Everyone,

Its challenge time at Addicted to Stamps and More and its my favorite theme - CAS!


Here is the card I made:




I used that fun little TAWS set "Pointers" for it. I masked some of the shapes  and the big green one I also sponged lightly. 


Added enamel dots and Bakers Twine - quick and easy!
I hope you come and play with us and leave some love on the DT girls blogs - after all they have some fabulous inspiration for you!

Our sponsor for the challenge is:


The winner will get 3 Digis!

I am playing in this month TAWS challenge with my card - here is the fun inspiration picture:


You see I went with the bottom left part of the picture.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dream Valley Challenge #91

Hi, its time for a new challenge at Dream Valley

but before I get to it first the bad news. I am stepping down from the DT.  I have recently stepped down from the Simply Create Too DT and the reason now is the same - too much going on at work, too stressful to keep up with my DT responsibilities....
Since this is my last challenge  I wanted to make a Halloween card - its my favorite holiday. And the challenge theme lend itself nicely to it - its Lace/Ribbon. 



I had this lace patterned acetate sheet forever in my stash and always wanted to use it. It so perfect for Halloween. I put a rainbow paper sheet as background.


The cute little figures are from an ancient Stampin up set called Booglie Eyes, which I got last year on ebay....


I colored them with Copics and fuzzy cut them and mounted them with foam tape. Some Bakers twine to finish the card, voila!

Our wonderful sponsor  for this challenge is Kenny K



Kenny K Digi and Rubber stamps are a fun and edgy way to add the perfect dose of attitude and style to all of your creations!

The Creator, the artist, the man: KennyK is a NYC born professional illustrator who bought his funky-but-slick, urban-influenced look to the cardmaking and papercrafts world His signature style can be seen throughout his various collections of sexy pin-up babes, sweet 'n' sassy girls, cool rocking dudes, kids stuff, retro characters and more at KennyK Downloads

Prize is 3 images!


I am linking this card with AAA challenges - fuzzy cut
Snippets Playground - use a snippet - all the stamped images are on snippets

See you over at Dream Valley!


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...

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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:

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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

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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 :)