Friday, January 9, 2015

Swirls and Pearls - FFFC #130

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays as much as we did. After spending Christmas with our family, my daughter and I took a few vacation days and travelled to New York. We were able to disconnect from the day to day routine and most importantly, we share a lot of time together, we had a blast! And now, back to reality, I returned to work last Wednesday and I have been busy as a bee!
 
Well my friends, it is Friday, so it is time for a new Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge, our theme for this fortnight is Pearls and Swirls and it is hosted by the lovely and talented Norma. The challenge is sponsored by Aurora Wings. Have you seen their images? Absolutely gorgeous! Lets take a look at my card using Aurora Wings' Hydrangea Sprite from the Big Eyes Collection. Hope you enjoy it.
 
Front View:
View from both sides:

Closer look at the sweet Aurora Wings image:
Another view:
My card ingredients are:
Image: Aurora Wings - Big Eyes Hydrangea Sprite
Papers: Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics
Markers: Copics
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies: Doohickey Vintage Tag, Doohickey Vintage Square, Tim Holtz Bigz Die - Weathered Clock,
Others: Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel - Shabby Pink
Ribbon, doily, frame and pearls are from my stash

Need more inspiration? Not a problem, click here to take a look at what my talented teammates have created for you, their projects are just stunning! You have until midnight January 22. 2015 (GMT) to enter our new challenge. I cannot wait to see your fabulous projects!

One last look at the card:
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Aurora Wings - #10 All that glitter
Loves Rubberstamps - #133 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Stampart Paper - #29 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Old (paper, flowers, dies) & New (image)
Craft Dee BowZ - Anything goes with a hand tied bow
Whoopsi Daisy - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - #135 Something New (image)
Kit and Clowder - Anything goes
ABC Challenge - A is for Anything goes
Copic España - Anything goes
Die Cut Divas - Anything goes
Hugs, Ivonne

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Goodbye 2014 and Hello 2015!


Last year was one that absolutely surprised me, in so many areas of life (as you can tell by my long absence here) that I was glad it was over during the middle of the week and it made for a quiet and relaxed evening with just the hubby, our son, and our two new "babies". More of that in a second.
I want to make this post a short one, because I don't want to dwell in the past or worse.  But in 2014 we lost our beloved cat of almost 17 years and it was devastating. I have been talking to my husband and saying how privileged we had been of having her with us for so many years and maybe we should be preparing for it but I would start choking and stop immediately. Well, it happened in January with no warning whatsoever and it was quick. We were able to say goodbye to her and for that I will always feel grateful. But for awhile it was hard for us. Our son will be 17 years old this month and she was his pet since he was a little baby. I also battled with health issues, the latest being "shingles" diagnosed in December. Not to mention other situations that just put my strength and faith to test. So, yes... We needed a quiet and relaxed New Years Eve.

Peaches (1998-2014)


By June, we were getting ready to give a home to a pet. My boys (hubby and son) decided "we" wanted kittens; yes, plural. I was not ready for that but on June 21, we went to our local animal shelter (SPCA) and rescued two beautiful kitten sisters: Mia and Zoey. They immediately stole our hearts, and we feel it was the honorable thing to do as a tribute to Peaches.
 Mia and Zoey
Born April, 2014-Our home June, 2014

To add to the wonderful things that happened to us in 2014... We became grandparents of a beautiful baby boy named Tristian. Talk about being over the moon in love!!! It was the best gift for me last year. When I'm having a bad day, my son-the oldest (without knowing) will send me a picture of this always happy baby and all the stress and negativity melts away. We were able to be with him and his Daddy on Christmas Day and what a joy that was!
 Our beautiful grandson!

Ivonne has been with me every step of the way, comforting me when I needed it; crying with me when I was sad, giving me hope when I've been scared and believing in me even when I thought I didn't. She's been a rock, a sister, and a true friend and I count her as one of my biggest blessings in life! Her and her daughter will always be in my heart. Thank you Ivonne, for being the best!!!!!

I thank you if you stayed this long reading this, and apologized for the long story. I just wanted to let you know where I've been. I don't like to write posts that are not upbeat and this one will not have a card; but for just this once, I felt that the followers that know us should get the story of why one of us was missing.

In this new year this is my wish for you, our loyal and our new readers: that your tears are few and shared; that laughter is always present  in your lives; and that everything you dream of becomes a reality.
To a beautiful new year starting today!

Hugs, Kathya

Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Holidays - FFFC #128

Good morning everyone! It's starting to look a lot like Christmas....Yes my friends, the Holidays are finally here. Do you want to know what else is also here? Our new challenge at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges, this one is hosted by the lovely Kavitha and sponsored by the fabulous Live and Live Crafts. The theme is Happy Holidays, what can be easier than that? So, don't wait a minute and join the fun, you will have the opportunity to win a fabulous prize.
 
Now, let me show you my card. Hope you enjoy it.
 
Front View:
 View from both sides:

 
Closer look at the image:
 View from the top:
My card ingredients are:
Image: Magnolia's Christmas Eve Tilda
Papers: Maja Designs - A gift for you
Markers: Copics
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Live and Love Crafts - Flower Sprays Cream
Others: Live and Love Crafts - Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel - Shabby White
Ribbon, lace and pearls are from my stash

Need more inspiration? Not a problem, click here to take a look at what my talented teammates have created for you, their projects are just GORGEOUS!

One last view:

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Live and Love Cratfs - #29 Favourite Christmas Colour Combo
Simply Magnolia - Layers
Marvelous Magnolia - #81 Anything Goes Christmas
Magnolia-Licious - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - #49 Fall/Winter Gifts
Tilda's Town - #131 Joys of the Season
Magnolia Mania - #101 Christmas Tree
Stempel-Magie - #109 Christmas Colors
Deep Ocean - #91 Shabby Chic
Happy Holidays!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Lots of Pink - FFFC #124

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all ready for the weekend.  Can you believe it is already October? Time is really flying by, Christmas is almost here and I am not even ready for Hallooween...LOL. 
 
Well, my friends, today is Friday, and that means there is a new challenge at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges. I'll be your host for this challenge and I am sure you will looooove our theme for this fortnight, 'Lots of Pink'. For many of us, pink is our favorite color, but it also remind us that a pink ribbon is the international symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness. We all know a breast cancer patient, so you may want to create a card to encourage and honor them, and ladies, wherever you are, please make sure you are all getting your regular breast cancer screenings. For more information and resources, click on the link to the American Cancer Society site.
 
Our sponsor for this new challenge is Fresh Brewed Designs and the lovely Heather is offering a generous prize for the winner. So, let's get creative and join the fun. Now, take a look at my card.

 
Front view:
 
 
View from both sides:

Closer look at the lovely image:
Details:

View from the top:
My card ingredients are:
Image: Magnolia's Sneaky Tilda
Papers: Maja Designs
Markers: Copics
Dies and Punches: Doohickeys So Wrapped Swirly, Vintage Tag Vintage Square, Swirly Butterfly and View Master; Spellbinders Romantic Rectangle
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon, lace and pearls are from my stash
 
Now my friends, it is your turn. I cannot wait to see your gorgeous Pink creations. Need more inspiration, click here to see what my talented teammates have created for you.

One last view:
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Magnolia-Licious Tuesday Challenge - Monochromatic
The Ribbon Girl - Add Pearls
Simply Magnolia - Anything Goes
Dutch Magnolia Lovers - #88 Anything Goes
Marvelous Magnolias - #77 Layered Up
Tilda's Town - #123 Fussy & Fancy/Clean & Layered
Magnolia Mania - #98 Pink, Pearls, Dots
Live and Love Crafts - #28 Pink Anno 2014
The Crafting Cafe - Think Pink
7 Kids College Fund - #109 Anything Goes with a twist of lace or ribbon
Hugs, Ivonne

Friday, September 5, 2014

More than one fold - FFFC #122

Good morning my fabulous friends! I hope everyone is doing great. I am trying to keep myself busy and I am doing such a good job, I am still giving the final touches to my daugther's apartment, I want to create something special for her that has my signature, so I am trying, and let me repeat, trying to build an end table using palletes. I will let you know how that goes...LOL.
 
Well, Friday is finally here! YAY! I don't know why I like Friday so much. Perhaps, because the weekend is almost here or could it be because there is a new challenge at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges. The theme for this fortnight is More that one fold and it is hosted by the talented Yvonne. Our fabulous sponsor is Marianne Designs. I looove this challenge because it make us use our creativity and the finals proyects are always so gorgeous. So don't wait a minute and join us with one of those gorgeous creations.  Here is what I created for you, I have to warn you, I tried to include as much details as possible, so it has a lot of pictures and I mean a lot!! Enjoy!
 
Front view:


Inside:





 

View from the top:
My card ingredients are:
Image: Magnolia's Tilda with Chanel the Puppy, Tilda with Dexter the Dragon, Tilda with Millie the Mouse
Markers: Copics
Dies and Punches: Doohickeys Doily Flower, Vintage Tag and View Master, La La Land Filigree Corner, Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, Spellbinders Scalloped Circles
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbons and gems are from my stash
 
One last look at the card:
 
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Magnolia-Licious Tuesday Challenge - Frilly, lacey & feminine
Marvelous Magnolia - #75 Anything goes
Tilda's Town - #119 Add a creative fold or tag
Magnolia Down Under - #243 Your favourite Magnolia stamp
Lovely hÄnglar and sweet Magnolia - #101 Favourite colour combo (Pink/White)
Marker Pop - #51 Anything goes
7 Kids College Fund - #107 Anything goes with optional twist of die-alicious
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Fancy Fold
Copic Marker España - Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps - #119 Anything goes
Stampart Papel - #14 Anything goes with flowers (Dilo con flores)
The Cutie Pie - #77 Two's company
Hugs, Ivonne

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bingo - FFFC #120

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all doing great and enjoying the last days of summer. I am doing so too, especially because my daughter is going back to college next week and I want to spend as much time as possible with her.  I have been also decorating her new apartment, to make her feel at home when she is away, so far she is delighted with what I have done and that makes me soooo happy! 
 
Well, enough about me, lets talk about our new challenge at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges, it is hosted by Nathalie and sponsored by Fresh Brewed Designs. For this fortnight we have a Bingo Board and all you have to do is choose three items in a row from the Bingo Board below and make a creation.  Please remember to let us know which row/items you used. 
 
 
Here is my card for this challenge, I completed used two rows, pearls-lavander-frantage and flowers-lace-frantage.
 
Front view:
View from both sides:

Closer look at the image:
Details: 
Another view:
My cards ingredients are:
Image: Mo Manning - Fairy Needle
Markers: Copics
Papers: Maja Designs - Vintage Spring Basics
Dies: Marianne Designs - Circle and Flower, Doohickey -Tilda Lace and View Master
Flowers: Wild Orchids Crafts
Charm, pearls and ribbons are from my stash.

And now my friends, go and have fun creating something gorgeous for our new challenge. As always, if you need some inspiration, click here to take a peek at what the talented Fussy and Fancy ladies have created for you.
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Bronte and Bella's - #234 Things with Wings
MilkCoffee - Two or more die cuts
7 Kids College Fund - #105 Anything Goes/Sentiment
Crafty Creations - #269 Flower Power
Crafty Boots - Flowers
MarkerPop - #49 Anything Goes
Melonheadz Friends - Flowers
Crafty Girls - #24 Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - #168 Make it Digital
Hugs, Ivonne

Friday, July 11, 2014

It's all about girls - FFFC #118

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all enjoying summer where ever you are. Here in Puerto Rico we are having a beautiful summer and it is also very warm, temperatures are in the high 90s and sometimes in the 100s!! We are so thankful for air conditioners!
 
Well my friends, it is Friday, and that means we have a new challenge at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges. The theme for this fortnight is It's all about Girls and it is sponsored by Fresh Brewed Designs. And talking about warm weather, take a look at this lovely Fresh Brewed Designs' image, her name is Betty and you can find her here. Isn't she a cutie? I can tell you, I had a lot of fun coloring her, because she invites you to add a lot of colors and I love colors!!! Let's take a look at my card. I hope you enjoy it.
 
Front view: 
View from both sides:

Closer look at Betty:
Details: 
View from the top:
My cards ingredients are:
Image: Fresh Brewed Designs - Betty
Markers: Copics
Papers: My Mind's Eye Collectable Notable 6x6 pad
Charm, frame and ribbons are from my stash.

Now my friends, it is your turn and it's all about you girls! If you need some inspiration take, click here to a look at what the Fussy and Fancy DTs have created for you, you don't want to miss those gorgeous projects.  This new challenge will run until midnight on July 24th (GMT)

One last look at the card:
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons -- #97 Sunny yellow with ribbon
Crafty Girls - #22 Anything goes
Crafty Little Fairies - Summer fun
Delightful Challenges - Hot, hot, hot
Moving Along with the times - Girls just wanna have fun
Time Out - #9 Fun in the sun
Fan 'n' Funky - #223 Feels like summer
Inky Impressions - #167 Summer fun
Ruby's Rainbow - #83 Summer treats
Scrapper's Delight - #26 Anything goes with summertime
Whimsy Stamps - #72 Summertime
Hugs, Ivonne