Monday, 5 January 2009

Happy New Year!

First of all I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy and crafty 2009! I hope all your wishes come true this year and that it's going to be a truly fantastic year for all of us :D! Secondly, I want to share with you one of my New Year's resolutions (and believe me, the list is loooong)... I've been blogging for about two years now, and haven't really participated in any challenges whatsoever...sure, I've done some of the challenges but not actually participated: how silly is that!

So, to rectify this I'm starting with the brand-spanking new challenge blog The Sugarbowl, who launched their first challenge on the 1st of this year with a great prize: go see for yourself :D! The challenge was a sketch by Tiets, and this is my take on it:

Then, as most of the challenge blogs are still on Christmas break, I found a nice, easy one on the Penny Black blog, so I'm set for this week ;o). The challenge was to use embossing, and this is my entry:

And of course my Magnolia stories will also continue in 2009, for those of you who enjoy them ;o). This card qualifies for the Papertake Weekly challenge, which is Seeing Spots :D

Meet Erica The Elf (I named one after myself for a change ;o)) She lives on the edge of the Animal Forest in a cute little cottage, where all the inhabitants of the forest are always welcome. Whenever there's someone at the door the little bell on her hat starts tinkling and that makes everyone feel happy :D. Erica is also the unofficial vet for the Animal Forest (have you tried paying a vet with leaves and nuts? They generally don't accept them...) and she cures all of them, whether they've eaten too many nuts and have stomach ache, or eaten the wrong kinds of berries or fallen out of the tall trees whilst doing their acrobatics :D They pay her with cuddles and scare away any intruders from the cute little cottage...of course they also scare away her dates, but Erica just reckons that the one who will eventually persevere must be THE ONE ;o)!

I lifted the sketch for this card from Magnolia-licious

Materials used:
Sugar Nellie stamp, Stampin' Up! paper and rub-on sentiment, Prima flowers, spacers, brads, charm and mirror circle (from Jacobi)

Penny Black stamp, Stampin' Up! rub-on sentiment, All My Memories paper, EK Success retro punch flowers, Joy! Crafts pearls, button, brad, ribbon, pin

Magnolia stamp, CC Designs sentiment, Chatterbox paper, Joy! Crafts pearls, Prima flowers, spacers, brads, button, ribbon, pin

Well, that's it from me for now, back to normal life again tomorrow...see you next week, have a good one :D!



sandra_w said...

Wowwww!! Je hebt weer super mooie kaartjes gemaakt, Eer! Zoals altijd...;)


Sharon said...

These are all very pretty cards. I love the stamp you used for the Penny Black challenge.

Michele said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the images and the colouring is beautiful. Michele x

Judy's Crafty Moments said...

Stunning cards! I love your style!! Your colouration is beautiful..esp in the Sugar Nellie stamp. Judy x

Jolanda said...

Gave kaartjes Eer! En nog de beste wensen voor 2009!

Pauline C said...

Stunning set of cards. Love your cardmaking style. i particularly love the vintage PB stamp you have used ... I love that kind of look. Thanks for joining in the PBSC this week
Pauline x

Kath said...

Hi Erica....gorgeous card for the the papers and your cute image...thanks for playing along this week at PBSC and Happy New Year

Monique said...

Allereerst wens ik je een heel goed, gezond en creatief 2009.

Maar wat ben je het nieuwe jaar alweer goed begonnen zeg! prachtige kaartjes hoor!

Mich said...

De bovenste kaart doet me al weer helemaal aan de lente denken door de mooie kleurtjes die je gebruikt.

Lilian said...

You have great cards :) I must say that I love your coloring and color combination. That is a lovely take on the Sugar Bowl Challenge sketch. Thank you for joining the challenge and have a great day!

Sugar Mama said...

Hi Erica
What a gorgeously sweet card!
Thanks so much for joining the first challenge from The Sugar Bowl!
Happy New Year
Sugar Mama x

Riet said...

wowwww Erica,wat een schitterende kaarten heb je weer gemaakt.

liefs Riet.

Stampingcaz said...

amazing cards and I love your story!


Tiets said...

een mooi kaartje heb je gemaakt voor de sugar bowl Erica!

Kim Dellow said...

Oh gorgeous cards they are so lovely. Kim

Alison said...

Fab cards love your Sugar bowl card its gorgeous.

Marcea said...

oh wow, I am in love with your cards. I just adore your style and have become a follower of your blog (potential stalker I think, lol)
Thankyou so much for joining us on pbsc this week - I will be back often to admire your work

Kathy said...

All your cards are gorgeous!! (Usually they are)! I am so glad you decided to give the Sugar Nellie challenge blog a shot and hope to see more of your beautiful creations there!! (Love your Magnolia stories!!)

Beth said...

These are all beautiful cards! I love all of them! Thanks for joining in the PB challenge! xx

craftyb said...

Love them all Erica! bx

Kinglake said...

lovely work xx jo xx

Anne's Cards said...

Mooie blog met prachtige werkjes!

Betina said...

je kaartjes zijn super Eer :D!


CraftyC said...

A beautiful set of cards and I love all the stamps!

tiggertastic said...

all three of your cards are stunning, i love your use of colours and the painting on the images, i have to say the 1st is my fav

Sarah x

Zoe said...

I love the little elf card. She's really sweet. Love the papers and layout too!

sugarnellie said...

Always the most beautiful cards, you are amazing Erica and I love to come over to your blog and see what you have been busy with.