Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Free Quilling Patterns

Happy Thanksgiving may you have a happy and healthy holdiay!  I would like to take this opportunity to extend a special Thank You to everyone who has stopped by to check out the postings over the years.  This photograph was taken in October while we were pumkin picking, but I just loved the colors, don't you?

Here are two Turkey Patterns for you this day:

I used full-length strips, in this case they were 24 inch (60.96 cm) strips. You can use any manufacturer and they don't have to be this long.

For the Turkey's body and curled "feather" tail:

* 10 - 24 inch (60.96 cm) strips, rolled into a tight coil. Roll all strips together. I took the strips and slightly offset them to make it easier to start the coil.Do not roll all the way to the end of the strips. Leave approximately 6 in (15.24 cm) free.

* Glue all the strips at this point to keep the body tightly coiled while leaving the ends loose.

* Take the free ends and create loose open coils, coiling them in different directions as the "feathers" of your turkey.

For the head:

* 1 - 12 in (30.48 cm) brown teardrop for the head

* 1 - 6 in (15.24 cm) black triangle for the beak

* 1 - 6 in (15.34 cm) modified red teardrop, with a dangling spiral. This is made by curling the first half of the strip into a teardrop and glueing it where you pinch it to make the teardrop. Then take the remaining strip and create a spiral. This is for the fleshy carbuncle that hangs from the beak, called a snood.

To make the eye:

* Take Black, White, and Black strips glued together and roll together to make the eye.  You may alternately use one of those google eyes / wiggle eyes that you use on kids crafts.


* 2 strips of brown

* 1/2 strip of cream

* I let my strips overlap so that there is very little cream showing only in the center

* Make a teardrop shape


* 12 in (30.5 cm) tight coil

* Cut small triangle for beak

* Approximately 1 in (2.5 cm) of 1/16 in ( cm) wide paper for the red wattle (this is the part that hangs down from the beak)

Tail Feathers:

* 6 in (15.2 cm) Alternate side looping in various fall colors

* Attach to bottom of teardrop


* 4 in (10.2 cm) Yellow, 6 in (15.2 cm) Red, and 12 in (30.5 cm) Brown strips - glue them end-to-end and make a shaped teardrop

* Attach to center of body


* Scrap of Yellow

Looks like he is running away - "Don't eat me!"
Please share some of your thoughts and hopes about the holidays, or if you would like me to try to create a special tutorial just for you....

P.S. - Yes, you do recognize these tutorials, I guess I re-gifted :-)  Actually, my hubby was worried I would forget to finish cooking.  Stay tuned for some fresh, new tutorials for December.

Enjoy! Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Explosion Box

explosion box birthday gift card holder
Isn't this a cute way to deliver a Birthday Gift Card? I was doing my weekly round of the blogs that I follow and I found this post on the CraftiBlog, where she placed treats inside of an Explosion box... So, I used this for my inspiration to create a Gift Card Explosion box.

We are going to a Birthday Party and I wanted a new way to deliver a gift card to the birthday boy, and this was fit the bill perfectly.  I followed the instructions found here to create this little box.  Note: It is a very small box, a standard gift card fits inside when it is at an ever so slight angle because the box measures 2-1/2" all around.

My base started as a 7-1/2" square and the paper itself is glitter paper from the DCWV Bon Voyae Travel cardstock stack.  The top is 4-1/4" square from the K and company Designer Paper pad.  The inside of the explosion are 2-1/4" squares cut from a DCWV mini stack that I have.

This is the decorated inside of the base of the box. Since this is for a birthday, I selected the birthday base.  I could have stamped, but I chose to use paper instead.
 This is the glittery outside of the base of the box.  Note, when I make another one of these, I will try to keep the glitter for the lid instead of the base because this paper is difficult to fold.
 This is the top of the box, you can see the ribbon that I used.  To attach the ribbon, I cut a square, slightly smaller than the top of the box and punched 2 holes using a standard hole punch.  I then pulled the ribbon (from Michaels) through the holes and used the extra length to wrap around the box and tied a knot on the side.
 This is how the gift card nestles inside the box, ready to explode.

I'd love to hear from you if this inspires you to create one of these. I'd love to see your creation.

This was a lot of fun to make, and I hope that the recipient enjoys their gift.

UPDATE: I am entering this in the Make It Monday Linky Party

Enjoy! Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Giveaway Tilda Magnolia Stamp

Hello Everyone,

My dear friend Regina has a wonderful giveaway on her blog, a Tilda Magnolia Stamp and a Floral and Stone Spellbinders.  All you have to do is leave her a comment, if you have a blog please post about it and include a link back to the actual giveaway, click here.

This is her Christmas gift to us.  She will pick one lucky winner on December 10th.

These are great additions for any crafters assorment.

Good Luck!
Antonella :-)

Friday, November 05, 2010

Make It Monday, Anything Goes, Remember Remember and some Blog Candy

I have decided to join a few challenges this week. I have cheated a bit and have picked a project that I did a while ago. This is something that is near and dear to my heart, it is a memorial page I made in memory of my Mom.

She was the most beautiful person, she will always be remembered as a loving, caring person. She taught us that there is always room in our heart to help someone and to love one more. Your heart continues to grow and knows no boundaries. It has been 6 years and I still miss her. With the holidays approaching, I guess I am a bit sentimental.

The poem on this page is one that I wrote myself, I am including a PDF with all the pieces if you decide you want to try this layout yourself. I primarily used Scriptina because when printed on vellum and transparencies it is barely visible. I also used Merced on the poem.

You will also note that I have a wee-bit of quilling on this layout. I was looking through the album and the quilling has weathered being in a scrapbook that is not always right side up very well which makes me happy!

I love quotes and will spend hours looking for just the right one. For the mini album, I put a photo of my mom and the following quote “Live so that people on Earth will be sorry to lose you, but the Angels will be glad to welcome you in heaven.” (sorry, I don’t remember who it is from and I didn’t find it in a quick search – if you know, let me know and I will make the update)

I have a PDF with the poem and background, click here to retrieve it.

Make It Monday – Inspiration Challenge -

Anything Goes - Lexis Creations Challenge #26:

Remember Remember - Ooh La La Creations Challenge #66: (I thought this was fitting, given the page I made)

I also found this fantastic new blog, and she is offering a great giveaway for her Birthday… Barbara's World og Whimcees

Please take the time to pop on over to these great challenges.

I hope you have enjoyed this project.

Enjoy! Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Blog Candy Giveaway

I sat down tonight to catch up on some of my favorite blogs and I ended up traveling around and found this new place to add to my list, Angelwoods Crafting Corner

She has a great giveaway for her Birthday this month... Why not stop by and check out some of her great ideas and enter for a chance to win too!

Antonella :-)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

3 Scary Pumpkins

We are probably out Trick-or-Treating, but I thought I would share some pumpkins with you.  I cannot take credit for these, our neighbors carved them a few years ago.  Scary huh?

 Don't eat too many candies, remember they are for the kids :-)

Let's practice:

smell my feet
give me something good to eat

Enjoy! Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Happy Halloween Pumpkin

I just love taking pictures, don't you? This pumpkin was one of those "lucky shots" and I am so grateful that I was able to capture it.  When I remember to bring my camera and have the opportunity to take pictures I find that I can take hundreds of pictures... of course, I don't often get the opportunity to do it so I am usually happy if I took at least 3 pictures at an event - lol

We were pumpkin picking and we basically stumbled upon this guy.  The orange against the greens, browns, rusts, and orange colors make this picture pop.  The fact that the pumpkin has obviously fallen open and the seeds are visible inside makes this such an interesting composition for me.  I love all the textures of the pumpkin, the seeds, and the grass.

I hope you enjoy this photograph and I'd love to hear your story or see your favorite shots so please feel free to share.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

Enjoy! Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Quilled Zombie Eyes for Halloween

Aren't these the cutest eyes you have ever seen? They come from Molly Smith, who is a very talented author and artist.  She posted the zombie eyes and the instructions for the eyes and the basket so that any respectable zombie can carry them last year (important note: These are the actually the eyes that Molly quilled, I copied the photo from her post because they were perfect).... I know, I waited a whole year to share them with you and I almost blew it and forgot... Luckily, I am sitting with my son while he is watching something I have no interest in and I had a few minutes to browse around and I found them again! Phew, that was close.

So, although I am a bit late in getting around to Halloween this year but better late than never!  Remember to check out the instructions on Molly's Blog by clicking here.  They remind me of these chocolate and peanut butter filled candies that we used to buy when my girls were little (over 10 years ago - yes, I am getting old), so when I see them I get this craving for chocolate - yum!

May your Halloween be "Frighteningly Fun"

Antonella :-)

Sweet Blogger Award

I received an award!! I am so EXCITED and HAPPY!!!!

My dear friend Regina gave me this "Sweet Blogger" award, what an honor! You have to check out her blog and see all of her wonderful work, she is one of the most creative people I know and I am honored to be able to call her my friend.

The best part of this award is that I am free to share it with others, I gave this much thought and decided to share it with a few of the paper crafters out there that I thought you might be interested in visiting:

NatiQuill Blog - check out Natilde's 3-D quilling
Amazing Paper Grace - Becca has the most beautiful cards, and finally
All Things Paper - the breadth of Ann's articles makes it fun and interesting

Thank you again my friend!
Antonella :-)

Open Quilling Heart

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to post a quick picture of the final heart that was shipped off to Ramona.  Since the theme colors were red, white, and blue I stayed true to the colors when mounting the heart. 

The back sheet is red, a Martha Stewart punch created the border and a white ink pad was run along the sides.

What I loved about her post was the poem she included by Alexander Pushkin in 1825.  The poem is quite beautiful and I wanted to share it here with you as well (thanks Ramona). Apparently there are two English translations of the poem available - this version was translated by M. Kneller.

If By Life You Were Deceived...
by Alexander Pushkin (1825)

If by life you were deceived,
Don't be dismal, don't be wild!
In the day of grief, be mild
Merry days will come, believe.

Heart is living in tomorrow;
Present is dejected here;
In a moment, passes sorrow;
That which passes will be dear.

Antonella :-)

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Giveaway Winner!!

I am so happy to tell you that Ramona from the Paper Princess is the winner of my giveaway.

I have left her a note and will make arrangements to get her heart to her as soon as I can.  Hop on over to visit her blog for a while, she has some great recipes... I may have to try her peanut butter cookie recipe (my hubby would love it!)

Thank you to everyone who participated, your comments and kind words fill my heart with joy!  Here is a wish that everyone will be able to have a life filled with balance.  I am personally struggling with this, but am trying my best.... off I run to try and get that balance by going to the movies with the family!  Hugs!


Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy 4th of July and a Giveaway!

I wanted to take this opportunity to say a special Thank You to all those serving in the armed forces.  I hope that you are well and may you come home safely.

In honor of those who serve, I am offering this little beauty to one you lucky folks who comment on this heart.

Some background on this piece... I am very intrigued by the work of Yulia Brodskaya and decided to play around a little.  I actually started with a birthday cake that I will share with you on another day, but I am going to share with you today my Red, White, and Blue Heart in honor of Independence Day!

Note that all these pictures are of the same heart... I simply placed it on different backgrounds :-)

I went old school with this project, I pulled out my heart stencils and cut 3 hearts in increasing sizes. You guessed it the hearts are red, white and blue (I know, sometimes that creativity is scary - lol)... I glued them together and then started to add my paper pieces.  I hesitate to call this quilling exactly, but it is definitely paper filigree work...

I hope that you enjoy this heart and this inspires you to try something new today too :-)

I would like to offer this quilled heart - on your choice of background - to someone who posts a comment on this post.  I will leave this giveaway open until the end of July.  I will announce the winner on July 31st.

For your chance to win, you can do one or all of the following for 3 chances to win:
  1. Post a comment on this post and let me know what background you like the best
  2. Become a Follower of this blog and post a comment - if you are already a follower, then post a comment and let me know you are already a follower.
  3. Write a post on your blog about this giveaway and post a comment with the link to your post.
Remember, to win you must post a comment on this post, don't forget about your other chances to win too!
Antonella DeFalco

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Boy Birthday Card Pinwheel Tutorial

Here we go again, another pinwheel card for a Birthday Boy!

This card is all about the paper.  I cut a Top Fold card out of a dark blue paper:
  • Cut a 4-1/2 x 12 in strip, and fold in half
  • Final card size is 4-1/2 x 6
I then used various scrap pieces of paper, inked the edges and layered them onto the card for texture on the card.  All the papers contained some blue or green to coordinate.  For added interest, I stamped an image on some of the papers.

The pinwheel on this card is smaller than the one I made in the previous card.  I inked one side of the paper because I didn't want to leave it white.  The pinwheel instructions:
  • 1 - 2 inch square
  • Cut in toward the center, but do not cut all the way through (see picture below)
  • This creates 4 triangle shapes
  • I used 1/16 inch punch, and punched one corner of each triangle and the center of the pinwheel
  • Pull the punched corner from each triangle in toward the center
  • I attached a brad and as I pulled each side in I pushed the brad through the punch
  • After all 4 were attached to the brad, I ran the brad through the center of the pinwheel to keep the wheels in place :-)
Banners and/or Flags - I created 5 of these:
  • They are approximately 1 inch long, they were cut free hand
  • I used my 1/16 inch punch to punch in the top 2 corners and then took thread from my sewing kit to connect them.
  • I cheated a bit and added a touch of tape to the back to hold the thread and banners in place.
  • I liked the effect, because the banners gave the card some movement which is always fun (hmmm, that reminds me of those slider cards I used to make... that will have to be another day)
  • I attached the banners and then used pop dots to layer the papers holding the pinwheel above.
For the inside of this card, I used one the double sided papers.

This was relatively quick and easy to put together.

Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Monday, June 28, 2010

Graduation Owl Card

Isn't this a really fun card? I had so much fun making it, and can honestly say that I am super proud of what I have created!  The owl is partly inspiration from the wonderful selection of cards out there and a large part from my own imagination and ingenuity.

We are going to a graduation party and I wanted to create something special.  When my husband likes a card that I have made, then I know I have created a good one, and he liked this one (usually what I make is "too girly" for him).  As many things do these days, I began my quest for inspiration and ideas by doing a google search on graduation owl cards... I absolutely love google, don't you :-)

As is the case many times when doing a search, I got completely lost in the search.  Yes, I sometimes strayed from the quest, but eventually I had to call the search quits.  I found so many cards that I liked, but the one that was my inspiration is this card by Sharon Caudle from Gramma's House of Cards, check out Sharon's blog, because she is very talented. 

I know what you are thinking, it is an owl, how different can they all be and how did this inspire the owl I created? Yes, most owls do look the same.  They all have a basically rounded face and short round body.  Some are punched or die cut and many others were stamped.  All this is true.  So what was it that inspired me? I really liked the way the die that she used allowed her to layer her owl.  If you look at the accent paper that she used for the belly and face area it really stands out.

Now, as you may have guessed by the differences with our cards, I don't have an owl punch or die cut... did that let stop me? Of course not, just I had to shake out my brain and get a bit creative. So armed with nothing more than my circle punches and scissors,  I got started.  Oh, and don't forget rummaging through the stash of papers that I have too.  I am convinced that the paper stash is secretly happy when I go rummaging through them because they are tired of sitting around looking pretty and not being used - lol.

If you are interested in the instructions for making this fella, click here for the complete set of instructions.  Due to the number of pictures that I used and the somewhat complex set of instructions I felt it was easier to post them there than here.

I hope you enjoy this card and have a wonderful day!

Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Birthday Card for a Boy

Hello my friends... I don't know about you, but I struggle when it comes time to make Birthday Cards.  I can't even explain why? Perhaps it is the pressure of creating something that a child will like :-)  or just the initial inertia of trying to come up with a card idea or design.  Of course, when it comes to children, I am probably giving it too much thought because the card probably wasn't even glanced at and has been forgotten in the midst of opening the gifts - lol.

I think "boy" cards frighten me even more than "girl" cards - I mean with girl cards you can at least fall back on pinks and flowers or glitter, but boys?? Even looking around online it is hard to find ideas that can be incorporated.

Well, we recently attended 2 Birthday parties for my son's friends, and you guessed it, they are both boys.  So I decided to surf the internet looking for inspiration... I passed up many of the designs, although very cute, were a bit too young.  I finally came across one of those pinwheels, you remember the ones we used to make when we were little (well, you do have to be a bit older to remember them - lol)...  And I decided that this would be my inspiration and came up with 2 similar cards based on a pinwheel theme.

Here is one of the cards I made (I promise to post the other one soon because I got a bit more bold with my palette and paper stash)

The card is 4 x 6 oriented with the opening at the top, on the short side.  I used a nice double-sided paper from K and Company paper pad to make the card base.  As you can see, I chose a palette of greens and blues (always appropriate for a boy).

For the pinwheel, I used 2 scrap pieces (Note: Next time I would definitely use a double-sided paper for the pinwheel):

  • 2 - 3 inch squares
  • I took the squares and cut in from each corner toward the center
  • I mark my center with a little dot
  • Do not cut all the way to the center, leave about 1/8 inch in from each corner (I added a little picture of a square with the center marked to show that you do not want to cut all the way through)
  • This will create 4 "triangles"
  • You then pull one corner from each of these triangles in toward the center and adhere it - you can look at the finished pinwheel to see this
  • For this card, I used a glue dot and glued each end to the glue dot 
  • I then used a K and Company birthday hat embellishment and added it to the center
  • Note: on the other card I made, I used a brad to secure it
I then simply adhered to pinwheel to the card

For the sentiment, I printed and matted a nice "Happy Birthday" in Microsoft Word

Now, the only thing left to do was make sure that the inside of the card also looked nice.  So I matted a blank yellow cardstock and added a little header with a strip of paper left over from my pinwheel.

I really liked the way this card looked when I made it, and so did my son :-)

The next card will have a few more elements to make it a bit more interesting to look at.

Enjoy! Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Hello and Happy Father's Day!

Wow, it has been a long time since I last posted! Today I wanted to share with you the fun little project that I have been working on for my dear hubby.

I have gone back to basics and made a project that involves paper, photos, and lots of shabby chic techniques.

I started by creating an accordion folded album, found some fun father themed quotes and printed them onto some nice scrapbook paper.  I have tons of scrapbook paper and I really need to do more of these projects because this paper is crying out to be used.

I decided to use photos that I converted to black and white because I love the way they pop off the page against the colorful paper.  I also have to thank Becca, from Amazing Paper Grace, for inspiring me to finally use some of that ribbon that I have on a project.

I am very proud of this little project and had lots of fun making it... I also created a similar one for my Dad in shades of brown... that is the best part about using the computer :-) 

I don't have time right now, but I will convert the quotes into a PDF document if you are interested.  I will update this post when it is ready and provide a link to the full set of instructions, including the quotes should you want to use them on one of your projects.

Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Monday, February 15, 2010

Courage a Breast Cancer ATC

I wanted to share with everyone an ATC that I made for a friend when she found out that she had breast cancer.  I gave her this card before she went in for her surgery.  I know that in the US there have been some new studies out about breast cancer and the such, I wanted to say that I personally think that it is a good idea to go to your doctor for your exams and that I have seen mamograms save lives - don't put your health second, your life matters.

In honor of all those courageous people who battle breast cancer, I share with you my free pattern:

ATC pattern:
  • Cut Purple cardstock: 2.5 in x 3.5 in (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm)
  • For this ATC I created my own paper. I used MicroSoft PowerPoint to create this look.
  • I wanted to simulate the look of quilling paper strips so I created colored lines in various widths and shades to create the background.
  • I then trimmed 1/4 inches off top and side so that it is 1/8 inch smaller, on all sides, than the purple ATC size cardstock. Finally, I tore the right edge (I love that look)
  • I printed the word "Courage" on a scrap piece of paper and added some pink chalk through the word (sorry, don't remember what font I used)
  • I then added Alene's Paper Glaze over "Courage" (don't you love that look?).

  • 5 - 4 inch ( cm) Orange Teardrops.  Arrange and glue with the tip (pointed ends) touching.
  • 5 - 4 inch ( cm) Pink Tight Rolls.  Arrange and glue between the orange teardrops at the rounded end.
  • 10 - 4 inch ( cm) Orange Teardrops.  Arrange and glue 2 at a time, with the rounded ends touching and attach to the top of the first Orange layer of teardrops.
  • 5 - 6 inch ( cm) Pink Teardrops.  Arrange and glue between the points of the Orange teardrops you just glued down.
  • 5 - 6 inch ( cm) Orange Teardrops.  Arrange and glue to the top of the Pink Tight Rolls.
  • Paint entire Mandala with Alene's Paper Glaze (or similar product) to get that beautiful glossy look.
  • Allow to dry completely
  • Add a Crystal in the center for added sparkle and bling!
Glue to the ATC to complete the project.

I loved how the pink and orange look together.  The best part about this mandala design is that you can attach a pin back and wear it as a pin or attach a connector and have a beautiful necklace and the lovely glass look that the paper glaze gives it makes it a treasure for you or a friend.

Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Winners of 2010 One World One Heart Giveaway

.... and the Winners for my One World One Heart giveaway are....

but wait, before I announce the winners, I wanted to say that this has been such a fun and rewarding event for me! I struggle to find time for my art, which is why I love this event.  It is just the push I need to get up and work on something.  This year was also an opportunity for me to share with some of the mixed media work that I have been drawn to... I can see more like this in the future. :-)

Thank you to everyone who participated, I wish I could give something to everyone.. who knows there is always a chance that over the year those who did not win this event could receive a RAK no promises, but I will try ...

So, without further ado, the lucky winners are....

Lisa (Lisa Lectura Creations) is the winner of the 4 x 6 Canvas Board

These are the lucky 5 winners of my ATCs:
I will either send each of the winners an email or post a comment on their blog with the good news.  Sorry, I have 5 ATC winners and accidentally only posted 4 this morning... apologies :-)

Thank you again to everyone for participating, I hope to see you all again sometime soon!

Antonella :-)

Friday, February 05, 2010

One World One Heart 2010 Magic Carpet Ride

Update (2/15/2010) The winners have been announced, just click and see who won!  Please note, I have turned off comments for this post because the giveaway is over... Hope to see you visit again soon.

This is the 4th Annual One World One Heart event! This is my 3rd year participating in this event...  Welcome to carpet #234, don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win my giveaway! 

Lisa challenged us this year to try to incorporate the theme into our giveaways... I humbly submit this wonderful Indian elephant as my magical giveaway.  This is a scan of a beautiful hand painted silk that I was given as a gift.  This project was quite difficult for me because it took me out of my comfort zone, but brought me closer to the type of mixed media work that I am drawn to.  This is a picture of the elephant mounted on an acrylic background.  I love my quilling, so I think I need to add some quilling so stay tuned for some tweaks that will be added :-)

What is the One World One Heart Giveaway? It is a blog-wide event for people around the world to visit participating blogs.  This is an opportunity for everyone to meet new friends and win something.  You need to follow just a few simple rules:

  • My giveaway is the elephant shown. 
  • For a chance to win my giveaway, post a comment from January 25th to February 14th.  Make sure you leave me a way to contact you, I'd love to stop by for a visit.
  • On February 15th I will announce the winner on my blog... The winners will be selected at random (using a random number generator).
***Prize UPDATE*** I have decided that I will add 5 ATCs to my giveaway in addition to the Elephant canvas at the top of this post! I will use a portion of the same elephant (see the photo at the bottom of the post for an idea - this is only a representation, because I haven't made them yet - lol).... Are you having as much fun as I am? I hope so...
I hope you have fun on the magic carpet ride!

Click on over to Lisa's site to visit some of the other carpets.

Enjoy!  Antonella :-)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Update: OWOH Giveaway Pictures

I am very excited and I wanted to share with you my updated pictures for my One World One Heart giveaway!

The 4 x 6 canvas board Elephant has been painted green as a base, then I decoupaged the elephant cutout applied a layer of a crackle finish around the elephant and applied a white overlay.  I then stamped scrolls around the elephant in the same green.  The word "Dream" is stamped along side of the elephant.  I then added quilled scrolls around the elephant and of course added bling... green rhinestones and glitter along the stamped scrolls.  A green organza ribbon is tied with a heart charm.

The ATCs are made in a very similar manner, with the main difference being a red bow is tied onto the ATC.

I have been inspired by all of the people participating in the Magic Carpet ride... and I hope that my humble giveaway will be enjoyed by the lucky winners.

I hope that all the fun and love shines through.

Antonella :-)

Monday, February 01, 2010

OWOH Update - Prize Information

Just in case you missed it, I am participating in the One World One Heart event again this year... I am #234 on the Magic Carpet!

You can read all about it on my earlier post (just click here)... I have updated my listing to include the following giveaways:

1 - 1st Prize:  An Indian Elephant that has been decoupaged over an acrylic painted canvas, I will also be adding my personal touch with a bit of quilling to embellish this beauty.

5 - 2nd Prizes - ATCs made from the same elephant image (the image is just a representation of what they may look like since I haven't made them yet)... Ok, I work better under pressure :-)

Hugs and Happy Wandering!

Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cards for Kids

I have to say that I truly love participating in the One World One Heart (OWOH) event each year. I meet lots of lovely, talented people and get to visit places that I would love to visit but find that life gets in the way.

If you are like me, you have probably visited so many sites and looked around and followed links and ended up someplace totally unexpected. I found one such place that had tears streaming down my face and I don't know how I ended up here, but I can only imagine that I was brought here by the loving hand of God.

I found Jennifer McGuire's Cards for Kids site and I think you might want to pop on over and take a look.  She is collecting cards for eight sick children and their families, as she writes:

"We are hoping to collect a ton of cards for EIGHT sick children and their families. Cards of encouragement, love, cheer and hope. We truly feel that cards can lift spirits. And, in these rough times, it is an inexpensive way to make a difference in someone's life."
When you go to her site you can find out about the eight children and their families and make a card(s) for anyone in the family that you would like. She has information about the families and you can pick who you want to make/send cards to.

The best part is that this is ongoing, she constantly updates the list and mails out all the cards herself.  If that weren't enough, what truly brought the tears was something that one of the parents of a child who has since passed away wrote to her (I took this directly from Jennifer's site):

"Hi Jennifer. My name is Leslie Osman and I lost my 8-year-old son to adrenoleukodystrophy on October 25, 2009. Kathy Racoosin, who is a friend, submitted our information to you as part of your card drive and I just wanted to tell you just how much it meant to our entire family. Our other two kids had so much fun opening the cards. They each carry them around in a little shopping bag. We also spent a lot of time looking at all the different states and countries that sent cards. It was just amazing

Kathy (Racoosin) came over last month and spent an evening with me and my daughter - showing us how to make cards. And now, we would like to pay it forward and participate in one of your other drives. So, that's what we're going to do.

I really just wanted to take a moment to let you know just how wonderful this effort is.

- Leslie Osman (Bob, Rachel, Jacob and our sweet angel Eric)"
I am hoping that by mentioning this during OWOH that she will receive cards from many of you who are so talented and I know have generous hearts.

Love and Hugs,
Antonella  :-)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blog Candy - Giveaway

You have to check this out! This is a huge giveaway offer from My Stamping Heaven!
All you have to do is click this link and leave a message for a chance to win.
You have to enter by January 31st.
Good Luck!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Disclosure Policy

Disclosure Policy

The Federal Trade Commission requires that I disclose any relationship I have between a business or manufacturer when I write about their goods, which is a good practice in today’s digital world.

*  I am never paid to feature a product or person. I write all of my own posts, but I never accept money or goods in exchange for any of the regular posts on my site.

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*   No advertiser will ever influence the content or posts on this site.

Note: I am posting this on June 22, 2010 but have backdated the post so that I can reference it in the future if necessary.


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