Friday, January 21, 2011

you’ve got a friend in me

  Hi ladies, thank you so much for swinging by. Well… today was my last appointment at the dentist… and OMG.. i hope the pain i have had the past 2 weeks will be finally coming to an end now :-(

I just noticed the photos are a bit blurry… sorry for that. The card was worked using Donalda’s cute sketch from Just Magnolia this week. If you read my blog here and there you may know that i usually try to keep my text small so can hop to the next site you like to see. Today i would love to talk though a little bit about some products.


On the front of my card i used one of those new metal border dies. One of THE best things that came on the market last year i.m.o.!! Especially for people like me, who have really limited space in their craft area. They are so easy to store, compared to the regular paper punches. In fact, i have not purchased a Martha Stewart punch in at least 5 months!

I store all my new border dies on a magnet sheet and have those sorted in clear clam shell boxes (Circles, Squares, pendants, borders, and so on – used a label maker for that)
There are a few new companies that come to my mind who offer cute metal border dies Magnolia (Sir Stampalot has a fabulous selection), Crealies, Whiff of Joy, Verve Visual and My favorite Stamps .


MFT is maker of the the border die i used on my card today. The patterns are sooo cute.. i could not resist and the dies are selling out in no time as soon they the store has them in stock. However… i must say the borders from MFS have one thing aim disappointed with it is, that the die actually cuts the pattern AND the top – which leaves you with just a tiny strip. Therefore you have to cut your mat for your DP and than stick that tiny border underneath it, not to mention about the small glue line you have to attach that piece to the mat. I have noticed that i very rarely pick those dies from my collection because of that reason. From now on when i choose my dies i make sure that the top is open, this way i can layer my Design paper right on my mat with the decorative edge. I will stay away from border dies who cut the top as well.

Stamps: Hanglar Stanglar and Stampin up sentiment
other: Ribbon (Stampin up)
Paper: Basic Grey “Marjolaine”
Dies: leaves are cut with Crealies shapes no 12 (loving all the dies), Spellbinder (circle) and MFT for the border die
Coloring: Copic Sketch E50, 31, 34, 00, 11, 000, 0000, 44, 25, YG 91, 95, 97, W 6, 7, 2, 3, R20, RV 21, C 3, 1

Take care – now i will wait and hopefully my Advil kicks in soon:-)


Crafty Feeling said...

I love this one its just so cute ...

Jolara said...

oh my that is jsut beautifull ! Joyce xo

Brenda said...

What a darling card. I love the colors used on this one. I love the sketch this week. I may have to play! I hear you on the space it takes to keep all those punches. I have too many!! As always your coloring is beautiful. I love the small details like the stickles on the leaves, or the glass dots on the paper, the sewing on the card!! they bring it all together to make one fabulous card!

Cazza said...

Love it, love it, LOVE IT!! Need to get me some hAnglar sTanglar!!


kitty said...

Hi the dentist it's all worth it in the end ! Thanks for the tips on dies . Like the way the papers gel with your perfectly coloured image . Kitty:)

Tineke's hobby said...

this is a gorgeous card those papers are so beautiful and the image is so lovely and i like the sentiment
Hugs Tineke

Pirkkis said...

Lovely-lovely Boy-card! Amazing colours. Boy-cards are so hard to do and I just have to do one tomorrow. I don´t know how, but I just have to have it in Sunday...

theCook said...

Very beautiful card! Thanksfor tyhe tip about border dies that also cut the top as well. In fact I love dies that make paper lace (top and bottom are both shaped) but if it is cutting the top straight, I'd rather do the same with a paper trimmer and choose the width as I want!

Cordine said...

Another gorgeous card Claudia!

Marian de Maijer said...

Prachtige kaart
Groetjes Marian

Christina C. said...

Was fuer ein lieber Haenglar Junge....wunder, wunderschoen coloriert! Die Blumen sind ja total klasse!

Sarah said...

What a gorgeous card Claudia! Your colouring is superb, I love the shading on the trousers. The paper and colours are great!

Sarah xx :0)

Juls said...

adorable card! Love the gorgeous DP's your stitching detail is fab, and I just Love the dew drops to! Hugs Juls

Miranda de Groot said...

What a lovely card.
I hope the pain is away now you've been to the dentist.
Hugs Miranda

Margreet said...

Hope the pain is gone now Claudia...your card is awesome...great coloring, lovely papers and gorgeous flowers!....the stitching matches the ribbon so well!
xxx Margreet

petra,s cards said...

wohwwww your card is soooo gorgeous your collorwork is so perfect!!!
xx petra

sandra said...

Hope that tooth ace is gone by now and that you are feeling better!
Card is gorgeous and your colouring is just amazing!

Nina said...

Wow - die Karte ist so süß! Toll wie du das Motiv zu dem Spruch kombiniert hast und erst die Farben! Wie immer wunderwunderschön!
LG Nina

Anneke said...

This card is wonderful!!
Love it :)
Hugs Anneke

Anonymous said...

I love it :)
Great job!
Hugs :)

Suzanne said...

A beautiful card, Claudia and your calendar sheet earlier was absolutely gorgeous.

Randi WS said...

Hi Claudia,
lovely card, that Hanglar boy is such a cutie :)
Beautiful flowers and papers - and I always think that stitching adds a great finish to the cards ;)
Have a fab weekend

Hugs, Randi WS

Suze said...

I love it Claudia, gorgeous colors and papers.

Hugs Suze xx

Tinie said...

I love the colours!!! beautifull!!!

Greetings Tinie

sylvia said...

Oooh ooooh this is THE BEST.....
Love it sooooooo much
Bugs Sylvia

cebelica said...

Another gorgeous card. How sweet is that image?! And those flowers are oh so beautiful!!!

Dina said...

a beautiful silent card you made, very nice

Mandy said...

Beautiful card Claudia, the image is adorable and your colouring looks fab
hugs Mandy xx

Donna said...

Sorry that you are in pain. I hope the dentist has taken care of your pain. Darling card. Love your background papers and your image. Everything you do is so well balanced! Love it!

marian said...

Hoi Claudia,
I love this card. The colours and paper. The flowers so nice en the little boy so sweet.

Hugs Marian

Yvonne said...

hai sweety,what a gorgeous card and I like the sentiment very much.The colloring is very very beautifull!!!
Thanks to be my friend(hihi)
Big hug

Fleur said...

It's always a treat to see your cards, I'm loving this one soooo much.
Have a lovely weekend
Hugz fleur xXx

Danielle Champagne said...

Hi! Claudia, absolutely adorable card. Love this darling hAnglar child perfectly colored, and brought to life. Love you papers and gorgeous colors.
A work of art.
Hugs. Danielle.

Fiona said...

another stunning card Claudia...I think you need to give me a lesson in colouring in!!


Rach said...

Hiya honey,
this is a gorgeous card,beautiufully coloured..
my font on my blog.. blogger has updated the fonts that you can add to your blog.. you can now use web fonts, just go into design.. then advanced.. click fonts and choose one of the fonts available.. I think that the one i have is called rock salt.. something like that anyway.. hope that this helps hun.xx

kaylou said...

Hi Claudia
aaah this is so adorable, the colours are gorgeous and love that cute sentiment.
Hugs Kaylou xxx

kachasek said...

Das ist 'ne wunderschoene Karte!!! Gefaellt mir sehr!!! (wie immer bei dir;))

Elena said...

Oh dear it's so sweet!! *_*
It's really really cute!! Fab!!


Stampersue said...

I do hope your toothache soon gone - there is nothing worse than the constant ache.

I love your card the colours are so soft and muted. Absolutely gorgeous.



Aussie Loz said...

this is gorgoeus Claudia. That sentiment is cute, your flowers look stunning and I love how perfectly matched your colouring is to those pretty papers.. yeah.. I think you can safely say I LOVE IT!! He's just too cute!!
Hope your mouth is feeling better ♥

Maria Therese said...

Beautiful card sweetie!! Wishing you a awesome weekend!!

yvon said...

Amazing card Claudia, love the colors and your coloring, it's beautiful. I hope your tooth ache is over now. Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Yvon

Frea said...

Hi CLaudia, I love this little Hanglar!! The colours on your card are so lovely. I get what you're saying about the dies but in all honesty I find it easier to pick up a punch then cut with a die. I suppose that's just a personal choice. The punches are a lot more expensive though :( Big hug, Frea

Evelyn C said...

A beauty of a card - solove the colours you have used x

Anabel said...

Hi Claudia, you made lovely and harmonized card :)

arjette said...

Hi hi,

wwoooww what an awesome card!!! Love the colors!! And thanks for the tips you gave about the dies, I'm gonna take a look at Crealies, a shop in Holland.

Hope you have a great weekend!!!

gr. arjette

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Wowza, is that beautiful! Your coloring is just amazing too.

Linda Palmer said...

Another beautiful card. I think this is such a cute image, and love the embellishments. I am going to remember that info when I buy more dies. I have not purchased any from them so far and probably won't now as they are two expensive to not use them all the time. Thanks for sharing that info as it is a big help to me.

Bettina said...

Hi Claudia! this is so beautiful. i love the colors and your flowers and embellies look amazing. thanks for all the inspiration your giving. hugs!

Scrappychick said...

What a gorgeous card Claudia! Love the sweet Hanglar image and your coloring is just exquisite

Romaine said...

Thank-you for commenting on my little blog! You do beautiful work! The flowers you use are to die for-lovely!

Marjo said...

Wat een prachtige kaart weer. Ik voel me gewoon vereerd dat jijmijn blog ook leuk vind en de moeite neemt om een berichtje achter te laten. Dank je wel.
Hugs Marjo

Sinikka said...

Ich habe immer angst vor dem zahnartzt und hoffe das deine schmerzen bald nachlassen ( verschwinden)
Wie komisch das deine stanze von MFT so stanst. Ich habe zwar nur eine stanze von der firma und die ist perfect. Liegt wohl am model.
Ja und jetzt zur deiner karte......Traumhaft schön. Das papier von BG ist super und dein hÄnglar bub ist wunderschön coloriert.
Ich wünsch dir ein schönes und schmerzfreies wochen ende.

Karin said...

What a beautiful card Claudia.
Your coloring is so perfect.

Hugs, Karin

Bribrie said...

C'est toujours aussi beau ! Bravooo

sabrina said...

ta carte est sublime

doris said...

Deine Karte ist ein Traum liebe Claudia!!

Ganz liebe Grüße

SandraW said...

Wow! Love the gorgeous cards you make! They're awesome!


Riet said...

So wonderful card Claudia,I love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers and the details.

Hugs Riet.x

Sandra1968 said...

Wow, this card is gorgeous! Great papers, beautiful colouring and I love the glitter accents.
And thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I've become a follower of your blog too.

AsilisA MaM said...

Gorgeous card with a sweet image! I love this beautiful coloure you used for it and all the details of the card - the stickles on the leaves and dots give a very spring fresh look

Maris said...

hi claudia, what a stunning card, love this one ,have a great weekend xx

Debby said...

cute cute card!
Hope the pain is gone!

Sylvia said...

Hello Claudia!

You have made a Super card! Love the paper and it's a simpel and beautyfull layout. The roses, stiching work, border and the ribbon are lovely on your card. And than the colouring work, its amazing!!!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi thanks for your sweet comment on my page.

Your work is lovely as well woowww.

Have a great weekend.


Trudy said...

Beautiful card Claudia,
the image is adorable and your colouring looks fab.
Hugs Trudy

Denise Marzec said...

Awwwwwww, such pretty colors and wonderful coloring. Someone just sent me some've inspired me to get them OUT and start COLORING them up!

justine said...

What a beautiful card!
He is so sweet.
Hugs Justine

Geri said...

Beautiful designs, Claudia!! Wanted to thank you for following me, and especially for the sweet comment you left on my pin cushion!! Hope the dentist gets you fixed up soon!!

Uschi said...

Ich bin hin und weg, von diesem tollen Kärtchen. Das süße Motiv kenne ich gar nicht. Deine Coloration ist wieder ein Traum und die schönen Papiere einfach klasse!

Liebe Grüße

Alma said...

Wow! That´s a real gorgeos card! I love your colouring and this Hanglarboy is soooooooo cute :-)
Hugs, Alma

Elaina said...

Love the card and I hope your dental treatment is soon a distant memory (if an unplesant one)

Aleida said...

Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog. You've a great blog!
Your card is beautifull.

Hetty said...

Wat een schitterend kaartje en ik hoop dat de kiespijn nu minder wordt.
Wat leuk dat je volger bent geworden van mij nou ben natuurlijk gelijk bij jou ook gaan kijken en volgers geworden want je kaartjes zijn super mooi

gr Hetty

Miranda said...

gorgeous card Claudia, the colours are so nice and the DP too, love your colouring it's great
the HS stamps are so cute, I'm glad that I was finally able to buy some myself


Anneke said...

Hi Claudia This is card is so gorgeous, The image is soooo cute, Beautiful!!
Greetings Anneke

Archies Mum said...

Beautiful card, love the colours you've chosen and those flowers are gorgeous

coops said...

fantastic card claudia.fab image and i love your amazing colouring and stunning papers and colours :D

xx coops xx

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful card claudia.
your papers and details are great.

greetings karin

Cindy said...

Hi Claudia,

Thanks for the lovely message you left on my blog the other day.
Just swinging by to say how lovely I think your latest card is. Keep up the great work!

Love, Cindy

Janie Printz said...

Another wonderful card by the amazing Claudia !!! Your coloring is out of this world & I love those sweet Hanglar images ...
Hugs, Janie

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hello Claudia,

What a great card you have showed here! That Hangler Stangler is very cute and with that sentiment, it's perfect! Your coloring is very, very nice!
Thanks also for leaving a sweet comment on my blog!

Hugs, Wendy

Jacqueline's Weblog said...

I'll hope the pain is gone now Claudia. Your card is absolute wonderful, great job!
Hugs Jacqueline

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Love these colors, flowers, and your coloring! Wow girl!! And I just got my Crealies that I won at Friday Sketchers...and I agree...they are AWESOME. I think I need to order some more!! hugs!

Zarah said...

Another STUNNING card - you're amazing!

JB said...

Stunning card ,lovely colors and
great coloring .

Have a nice weekend

Britt-Marie said...

What a beautiful card!!!!!

ingridskaartenhuis. said...

Hi Claudia,

Thanks for visiting my blog and leave that coment.
I have looked on your blog to, and i like your cards.
I will be a follower of your blog so i can find it simply back.

Greetings Ingrid

Anonymous said...

Wow...what a beautiful card is this!! love it!!

Greetzzz Laura

xxxtglxxx said...

Aww Claudia - I really hope the toothache heals soon, its the worst kind of pain! :(

This is a great card, and I really enjoyed reading how you did it. I have never tried border dies - for the same reason - I realised that they cut both sides, and it makes them a little harder to work with losing much of the design if you want to layer up. tut! :)

anyway, this is a great card, I really love the strong colours, and I like to see black on a card, it really makes it 'pop'. A great card with a real wow factor.

Take care


raindropecho said...

Awww what a super, wonderful card!! Love the color combination and what a perfect sentiment to go along with it :)

- Ann

nessy said...

super, super cute and beautifully made!
vanessa xx

danielle said...


Bedankt voor je reactie op mijn blog!
Wauw, wat heb jij ook een mooi blog en maak je hoog kwaliteit kaarten, daar wil ik wel meer van blijven zien dus ben volger bij je geworden.
Fijne zondag verder.

Doegie, Danielle

majo said...

Hi Claudia. This is a verry pretty made card, love the colors and paper and the image is colord soo verry lovely. Hugs Majo

Marie-Anne said...

What a gorgeous card! Really love it.


Anja said...

This is a very pretty card.and the stamp and papers are pretty to.
Hugs Anja;o)

Stempeltiger said...

Deine Karte ist atemberaubend schön gestaltet liebe Claudia!
Das süsse Motiv hast Du wunder-wunderschön coloriert und die Papiere, Farben und die Details sind so liebevoll zusammengestellt. Einfach toll.
Wünsche Dir einen wunderschönen Sonntag und sende Dir ganz liebe Grüße aus Deutschland

Lau W said...

WOw ! such a perfect card ! So lovely details !

natje said...

your creations are amazing!!
Beautiful card!


BA said...

liebe claudia
so eine zucker süsse bowcard!!!!
xoxo BA

Martinas Welt said...

Oh...einfach wunderschön!
Liebe Grüße

Monica said...

Fantastic card as allways. You are telling about how you store your dies, can't you also show us a picture how it looks like. Also if you have other storing cases.

Monica said...

Fantastic card as allways. You are telling about how you store your dies, can't you also show us a picture how it looks like. Also if you have other storing cases.

Tammi said...

Adorable, a fabulous card...I want his shoes! :)

Audrey Frelx said...

Wow! All your cards are just beautiful!!!

I'll be back for sure!