Friday, April 1, 2011

a gift from the heart – and a bunch of news

well… i am loving coffee… especially Starbucks :-) i thought about some ideas to get Gift cards on my cards. This is one idea – something else is on my desk ready to be modified-embellished and probably i will take a you tube video for you so you can see how it is going to be scored.


aaanyhooow :-) shot from the front – gift card tucked in


gift card out – note – heart doily and “a gift from the heat” sentiment – matches, put some thoughts behind that :-)

and last but not least the supplies:
Papers: K&Company 6x6
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Paper Doily, gems, Sentiment: Magnolia, Girl: Hanglar Stanglar, Stickles


I also wanted to share some news with you today – you might have seen it already anyways… I had to close after almost 3 years the Friday Sketcher blog. I have recently not so much time anymore to run the blog and unfortunately my team mates are busy as well with their DT commitments, so that i could not find a replacement. I am not going to delete the blog, who knows i might have more time later to start back new.
I have also decided to step down from the Magnolia Ink Design Team. Hopefully the things i have prepared for the Summer Issue will be published. I will still say with the Magnolia Design Team but i am now only with the “blog” group. I know.. its complicated :-) nothing much will change for me. All it is pretty much, is that i am not creating for the magazine anymore.

speaking of Design Teams My card was made for Just Magnolia / Just Hanglar were we want you to use some buttons (optional) on your cards. We are looking at JM/JH for new Designers… if you are interested … check out the blog Bev has it all written down what you would have to do, when you would like to join




Maris said...

Hi Dear, yes i read about it, that friday sketcher blog is no more, think of yuor self dear, if its to mutch, keep doing your own thing and your blog here, so we can enjoy your cards here, have a great weekend xxx

Shazza said...

this is wonderful Claudia. Sorry to hear Friday Sketchers has had to close but understand that these things do take up a lot of your time.
Take care and enjoy having some more time to yourself x

Lil Daffodil said...

Hi Claudia,
Your colours are absolutely beautiful. Fabulous layout and embellishment and a wonderful idea for a gift certificate.
Sorry to hear yo are having to give up your posts but you have to do what is best for you.
Fiona x

Tinie said...

Beautiful!! I love your cards and I always get so inspired when I visit your blog!

Hugs Tinie

Cheryl said...

Claudia, this is a gorgeous card and a fabulous idea! I am a Starbucks junkie myself. :)

Carol said...

Hi Teamie!! Stunning work as always Sweetie, I absolutely luv it! Thank you for your warm welcome to the team. Sorry to hear that you've had to close Friday Sketchers and no longer design for Magnolia Ink but I know how hectic things can become. Hope you have a great weekend Hun! Lotsa luv, hugs xxxx

Alberto said...

hi Dear,
well I know probably you don't read my comment but I want to tell you some things
Well, I have found U on ink magazine and I have ever follow U but I haven't comment all your posts, so sorry!
I'm sad for hear you leave magnolia....LUV your creation :( :(
I really hope to see you here on blogland very very very soon!

hope life give the best and Please, take care!!!

very big hugs,the sad Alberto

Danielle said...

Dearest Claudia, What to say... I admire and salute your courage for taking such difficult decisions. You are and will remain an inspiration, and a great talented artist for me. Visiting your blog is one of my Happy Time in a day.
Your card is so very lovely, and I will serve myself a coffee and raise my cup to you sweetie
HUgs. and have a love day.
Danielle xoxoxoxo

Riet said...

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

Hugs Riet.xx

Fleur said...

Dear Claudia, I've already told you that your cards are simply gorgeous..
I think we all understand that a design team member it's a pretty hard work to be done..I hope now You'll have much time to create your amazing cards and share them with us!
Hugs from Ukraine!!

Christine aka blankiefinder said...

This is gorgeous, Claudia, and I love how you incorporated the Starbucks cup holder! So sad to hear about Friday Sketchers, by the way! I am sure it was a difficult decision. Hugs!

Deb said...

your card is so beautiful Claudia, so love the cup holder, ties it all together perfectly!
Sooooo upset at you closing Friday Sketchers! I was hoping it was an April Fools! Hope you manage to find some time to resume it soon!
Happy Crafting, Debxx

Tanya said...

This is beautiful! What a wonderful way to give a gift card! I know plenty of Starbucks lovers who would love this, including me lol! I know those must have been hard decisions, but like everyone else said, you have to do what is right for YOU. Your hobby should be a fun one, enjoy life :)

martina's kaartjes said...

such a fantastic card ! great !
love your coloring, great job,
greetings, martina

SannaS said...

GORGEOUS card!!! love the details!! =)
hugs, SannaS

Katy said...

What a fab card for a coffee lover - I know several people who this would be perfect for so may try incorporating the cup cardboard holder in the future - thank you so much for the inspiration! It will be a shame not to see your cards in the magazine, but it's just an excuse to visit your gorgeous blog more often! I have always wondered how you fit everything in so was not surprised to hear you need to free up some time - I think you've been superhuman for doing everything for as long as you have. Take care. Hugs. Katy. xxx

Kristel said...

Really gorgeous Claudia! Looks amazing!
Hugs Kristel

Marie-Anne said...

What a gorgeous card.


KarinsArtScrap said...

you have made a wonderful card claudia.
great sketch and embellishments.

greetings karin

Drea´s World said...

Oh Süße wunderschön das Kärtchen ich bin mal wieder hin und weg!!!
Lieben Gruß Drea

Maria Therese said...


Bribrie said...

Oh làlà la colorisation est magnifique et la carte superbe ! Bravooo

kurlygirl said...

Your card is just beautiful!

So sorry to hear about Friday Sketchers. I really enjoyed the sketches.

Best Wishes!

doris said...

Wunder-, wunderschön ist deine Karte!!

Ganz liebe Grüße

Anonymous said...

Your card is just a delight Claudia.
Big hugs to you sweetie.
Carole x

Linda Palmer said...

I think you need to do what is best for you and your family. I will always get to see your beautiful creations here on your blog. This one today is gorgeous and a great idea for a gift card.

Christina C. said...

Meine guete, Claudi, da hast Du mich mal richtig ueberrascht mit dem FS blog!!!!!! Hatte keine Ahnung!
Deine gift Karte ist wunderschoen...das hAnglar Maedchen ist fantastisch coloriert.
Ein ausgezeichnetes Geschenk!

Christa said...

What a stunning card (as always) Claudia!! You are such an inspiration!
Sorry to hear about Friday Sketchers and your lovely work in Magnolia Magazine ... it will be empty without you!
But it will be great for you to have some free time.

Have a lovely weekend,
Hugs, Christa

Cordine said...

Card it stunning! Dunkin Donut's is my favorite when i'm in the states (i have to wait a whole year).

Sandy said...

Beautiful card - you are absolutely right - friends are there for each other. Meet you at Starbucks!

Sadilla said...

gorgeous card!!! And I love starbucks coffee!!! =)

Marlies said...

What a gorgeous card Claudia, love it all!! Magnificent work. Sorry that Friday sketches is stopping and that you stepped out of the magnolia ink magazine DT but of course you and your family are the most important of all!
hugs, Marlies

angelique (anlou) said...

hiya sweetie
your card is stunning as always hunni
i'm sorry to hear all the news you just telling us, i hope this is not a april fool joke!!!!!
have a great weekend sweetie
hugs angelique

Anonymous said...

Stunning card Claudia, love it! So sorry to hear Friday Sketchers has ended, it was one of my favourites but understand how much time it must take up!
Helen x

Aussie Loz said...

i have to admit.. I don't drink coffee (EVER! I can hear you gasp :)) Love the cute image and the flowers, sorry to hear about the Friday Sketchers blog... enjoy your weekend ♥

Anja said...

It's a verry nice card.And i'm sorry that the friday sketchers are don now.
But you must do what you must do.

Hugs Anja;o)

ellabella said...

What an adorable card you have made. I love the papers and this cute image you choosed with it. you did an outstanding job with your coloring! Hugs Janine

Corine van der Zee said...

Very beautiful!

Debby said...

such a lovely card and great idea with the gift card!

Gunn`s Kort said...

What a beautiful card! Hugs:)

Claudia7 said...

Hi Claudia,

What a great gift card! I love your coloring.
I'm sorry to hear that Friday sketchers stops. I hope that you never stop blogging. I love to visit your blog, to see all the beautiful cards you make!!

Have a very nice weekend.

greetings, Claudia

Heidi said...

That is alot of news claudia, but I can certainly understand your decisions. I still wonder sometimes how you can do it. I feel like sometimes it is not as mch fun when there are deadlines. Take care sweetie!

Imke said...

Hallo Claudia, Deine Karte ist wie immer ein Traum. Tolle Idee mit Starbucks Logo. Deine Colorierung ist einmalig.

Schade wegen der Friday Sketchers. Ich habe gerne an den Challenges teilgenommen.

Jodi said...

First of all your card is perfect, and I sometimes think you are genius for thinking of such creative details.
Sorry to hear about your decisions but I understand how life gets in our way of creative pleasures. Hope this all works out for you.

Kylie said...

Hi Claudi,
Wow, such a stunning card! I adore the way you've tucked in the starbucks voucher!
I was so sad to see FS close after all this time. It must have been a diffuclt decision to make Hun and if you're not "feeling it" it is the right decision. Magnolia Ink will not be the same without the Claudia touch :)
I hope you have had a lovely weekend. Take good care of yourself,
Kylie xx

Janja said...

How very lovely, everything on it I like it. Greetings, Janja

Sandy Ang said...

Such an utterly adorable card. Love the use of starbucks label.

Jacqueline (Sjakkie) said...

What an adorable card Claudia! The image and the details are wonderful!
Hugs Jacqueline

Monique said...

It's beautifull Claudia !

Hugs Monique

Archies Mum said...

Beautiful card, loving your gift card, a brilliant idea. I was sorry to read about Friday Sketchers, such a shame, but there are only so many hours in a day, and a person can only do so much in that time.

Hlora said...

It is cute!!!

Cheryl O said...

Claudia, you are such an inspiration to us all, and it's okay to say "no" to involvements to take care of yourself. Why spread yourself too thin...... I love your blog, and will continue to follow it and your beautiful creations. Keep up the great work and follow your heart!!!

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Nina said...

A very pretty card. Love your colors and lovely decorated. Hugs

Crea Astrid said...

What a beautiful card is this.
Nice coloring.

Hugs Astrid.

Kim said...

Stunning card and a great idea to give a giftcard this way!!!

So sad to hear there will be no more Friday Sketchers and that there will be no more creations of you in the Magnolia Ink!

Hugs, Kim

Randi WS said...

Hi Claudia!
Gorgeous card, love that Starbucks idea! ;)
I hope you'll find some more time to do other things now - but I'll sure be missing Friday Sketchers. But I'm so happy that I'll still be able to drewl over your amazing creations on your blog!! ;)

Lots of love,
Randi WS

La Vikinga said...

Beautiful and I like the Starbucks-detail!


Yolanda said...

Such a beautiful card, lots to see :).
Sometimes you have to make difficult decisions in life. If that means you have to close down Friday Sketchers that is tough, but on the other hand very courageous. I admire that in a person!!!
Dear Claudia I hope you'll have more time now to do the things you really want. Good luck!
Hugs Yolanda

scrappinpeg said...

I always wondered how you do all you do Claudia.... WOW. You can hopefully have more time for Family now too. Regardless all your cards are fantastic....... I love this little Starbucks card. Cute cute cute....