Friday 29 August 2008

Masculine cards

The question I am most asked while teaching or demonstrating is: Do you have any ideas on how to make cards for men?
Luckily, I actually do think cards for men is pretty easy if you follow the rule of keep it simple in all the different ways. A simple neutral colour scheme, simple embellishments (metal charms and chunky buttons are ideal), a simple layout, a simple technique...
Then, once that you are confident making cards that are not so pretty, you will see how you can make cards that are masculine and more complex. And also remember, that men do like flowers, just not pink nor purple, as long that the card has the overall masculine feel it will be fine.

Tuesday 26 August 2008


Sometimes, in the middle of big projects (a book) I have an extreme desire to scrapbook. And yesterday was one of those times.
Making memories products (mostly). I still need to finish the journaling which provably will go under the photo where the shaped journaling paper is which will create a more balanced layout.

Monday 25 August 2008

London 2012 Visa Party

Yesterday we went to London, which is rare in us as we like to spend Sundays doing nothing at home. The reason was double, through work Omar had organized an mini party for some of his work colleagues at the London Eye, which is basically going around twice with a serving of canapes and champagne. Although I had been several times there, I still enjoyed it.

After that we went to the London 2012 Party in the Mall, which till yesterday I didn't know what it was. I mean, I had pass by many times, but I thought that it would have a fancier name that just the Mall, which sounds like a Midwestern American shopping center.
The Mall is just opposite Buckinham palace, ie, where the Queen of England, Wales, Scotland and so many more places (like Canada) lives. Unfortunately, she didn't come out and salute us.

There were quite a few acts including McFly, Il Divo, Catherine Jenkins and Will Young. Personally, I wasn't too bothered about the music, with the exception of the choirs from some obscure BBC program, that did a fantastic job.

However, the highlight was undoubtedly, the few Olympians that make their appearance, Bradley Wiggins, Phillips Idowu and the rather famous Michael Phelps. Yep, that guy in black in the picture is Phelps. Can you not see him? Oh, well, then you need to go to the eye doctor! I am joking, it is almost impossible to see him in this picture. Just to make it slightly easier: he is standing with the interviewers, where the tail of the horse ends, to the left.
Anyway, it was quite something, because while he was saying that it was his first time in London, they told him he was in for a treat: the red arrows flew over all of us creating a blue white and red sky. That was some treat! Overall, a fun tiring and hot day in London.

Sunday 17 August 2008

Nadal (yet again) and Christmas Cuttlebug Card

It's Sunday the 17th of August 2008 and means that Rafael Nadal just won an Olympic gold medal in singles tennis, which is the first for Spain (although not first medal as since 1988 Spain has always won at least a bronze medal in tennis). So, yes, I am really happy.
Also, I am so happy that team Great Britain is doing so well, I am cheering all with the same intensity as if they were Spanish, honest. And sorry for those who are not sports or tennis fans, but I find the attitude of Nadal on and off the court very inspiring so I need to share it.

Thanks Debs for the award, and since you mention that is my Cuttlebug ideas that you like here it goes a Cuttlebug Card for Christmas. No message as I have yet to decide what I will do with this card. I will send the award to Julie.

The card features the Dots & Snowflakes, one of the borders sets and the Snowflake combo set. Technique wise there are three, the quilting one -strips of different patterned paper that match the motif embossed, the colouring with an inkpad of the raised image and finally creating the glitter snowflake with double sided adhesive film -Aslan, which is transparent, or Woodware, opaque will work for this-.

Friday 8 August 2008

We are off to watch the Opening of the Olympics (on tv)

And that we, means Wasabi and I, and yes our Spanish flag is with us, waiting to cheer the Spanish athletes.

Thursday 7 August 2008


On Tuesday morning I received something that really made my day and left so excited that until today i forgot to post it here. It is the first copy of my second book, Celtic Handmade cards, published by Search Press. I am really happy on how it has come out, love the cover and the general design of this series, also I am quite pleased with the cards which I tried to be different and inspiring for those in search for men card ideas.
The book will soon be available to buy, maybe even as soon as a couple of weeks, but i will let you knos when that happens. For more info, click here.

Also, I would like to say that i had a lovely time up North demonstrating at the Big Weekend at Dawn Bibby's shop. So many new and known faces! My parents and Omar came with me, Omar and I stayed at dawn's house and I booked a hotel for my parents, well not the whole hotel, but a room in a hotel. As I thought, Omar really enjoyed playing with Dawn's three dogs and now he wants to get one. Not sure how Wasabi would like that!
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