Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gingerbread Tilda...

Hi Everyone! This is the last handmade Christmas gift that I will be showing to you. It is another altered journal. I made this one as 'Secret Santa' to one of my Magnolia-licious DT sisters. These journals are so much fun to alter and can be used for any occassion. This is going to be a quick post as I have a ton of accounting to tend to today. Hooray for me - NOT!

Gingerbread Tilda Altered Journal

I bought a plain green journal at a local store - green because it would work well with Christmas papers. I chose my favorite dp's from October Afternoon. Aren't they just so warm and homey? I just love the winter trees and houses. It looks like a wonderful small town. I saved the scraps so I can do something else with them over the winter. I thought Magnolia's Gingerbread Tilda would be perfect for this project. I cut the image image and background with Spellbinder's Nestabilities. The mitten bookmark was also done with a new set of Christmas Nestabilities that I absolutely LOVE! I tied them with some of the brown/white baker's twine that I bought in Sweden.

I wanted to include a sentiment, but I didn't want to cover the image or dp's. I decided to make a tag and tuck it behind the image. You can see in the first photo how it provided a bit more of a backdrop to the image.

In this photo, you can see the entire tag with the sentiment (I don't remember who it's by).

I colored the image with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger DI's, but in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I didn't mark what I used - Sorry!

Thank you so much for visiting. I love to read the comments you leave and I greatly appreciate the time it takes. Check back soon for a new Magnolia-licious DT project!



Sunday, December 26, 2010

Traveling Tilda Journal...

Happy Day After Christmas Everyone!!! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas Day! We had a wonderful holiday!!! Our Christmas Eve party was a blast. There were 25 of us, family and friends. We ate...we laughed...we celebrated. It was wonderful and I'm glad it's over! Yesterday at my brother's house was very relaxing. I got to sit back and not worry about entertaining anyone. Today...we clean :-(

For now, I'd like to show you another gift that I made for the awesome 'Diana Crick'. I am so thrilled that she likes it! This is a set that includes a journal that I altered. I hope you enjoy it.

Traveling Tilda Journal

This zebra print journal is actually covered with brown zebra stripes! Brown being my favorite color, I fell in love with it. I bought a set for myself as well - hehe. Anyway, I envisioned Diana taking it with her on her travels and keeping notes. Because of that, I chose to alter the journal cover with Traveling Tilda and I put her up on the Magnolia suitcases. Traveling Tilda is from the Bon Voyage collection, which is one of my favorites. I had purchased the entire collection and I still have several stamps from that collection that have gone un-inked so you'll be seeing them for sure in the coming year. The lace is from my stash and I think the sentiment is from LOTV.

I colored these images with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger DI's. Notice that Tilda's dress and shoes are Diana's favorite color :-) Here are the details:

Copics - E000, 00, 02, 41, 42, 43, 44, R20, RV21, N1, 3

DI's - vintage photo, walnut stain, black soot, weathered wood, tumbled glass, worn lipstick, spun sugar, antique linen

Here's the whole set in the box. The set consists of the journal, pencils, tissue, and a luggage tag.

Here is the candy box that I altered very simply by adding some dp's by Little Yellow Bicycle and ribbon from my stash. Cs is Stampin' Up! I cut the snowflakes with one of my dies, but for the life of me I don't remember which one! I covered the snowflakes with stardust Stickles for a little bling.

That's all I have for today! I hope your day is a magical one :-)



Winner - Magnolia Advent Calendar Shutter #25

Happy Day After Christmas Everyone!!!  I woke up this morning very anxious to see who the winner would be.  Drum roll please......
True Random Number Generator - Result: 4.............Leslie Avila!  Congratulations!

I have emailed Leslie already.  Thank you all so much for playing along and for your sweet and generous comments on my post.  I actually read each and every one of them.  It was so nice to see that many of you decided to join as a Follower.  I appreciate that and hope that you will enjoy viewing my projects in 2011.

Happy New Year to you all!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Mini Magnolia World Coupon Book...

Magnolia Advent Calendar Blog Hop

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Today is my day to host the Magnolia Advent Calendar Blog Hop and I'm soooooo excited!!! I hope you've been enjoying everyone's creations so far. And, if you've been one of the lucky winners...congratulations! For those of you who haven't won yet, there is still a lot of time. Magnolia is giving away one secret prize to a lucky person each day in December. All you have to do to enter your name is leave a comment at the bottom this post!  After 24 hours, I will use to select the lucky winner. Also, you don't have to be a follower, but it sure would be appreciated!

I decided to work with images from the new Mini Magnolia World on my project. I hope you like it! It sure was a ton of fun to make!!!

Mini Magnolia World Coupon Book

This coupon book is my favorite project that I've made in a very long time. All together, I used four images from Magnolia's 'Mini Magnolia World' collection. On the box cover, I used: Mini Santa's Helper, Mini Secret Tilda, and Mini Santa's Bench.

All dp's are from Magnolia's 'Merry Little Christmas' paper pack. Aren't they just gorgeous? Cs is Bazzill. The flowers are from both Magnolia and my DT friend, Mindy. The gorgeous snowflake ornament in the corner is one of my favorite purchases from Boras, Sweden this Fall. I have a few more and I'm being very careful about using them. I tied the Jenni Bowlin button with bakers string that I also bought in Sweden. The doily is one that was under one of my drinks in a restaurant. I stashed it in my purse before it got wet! I cut the image and background with Spellbinder's Nestabilities. The velvet ribbon and lace are from my stash. The sentiment is from the $1 bin at Michaels. Lastly, I applied some stardust Stickles to the fur on Edwin's Santa suit.

Here's a view of the book laying down so you can see how it looks when it's closed.

Here's a closeup of the images on the front cover. The images were all colored using a combination of Copic markers and watercolors with Ranger Distress Inks. I'll list the coloring details at the end of this post.

Here you can see the inside of the book and the coupons.

 There are five coupons inside. I used the fourth image, Mini Candy Cane, on each of the coupons. The images and backgrounds were also cut with Spellbinder's Nestabilities.

Here you can see both the front and back of the coupons. I used the Magnolia Doohickey 'Vintage Tag' die for the actual coupon that's inserted in the back.

Copics: E000, 00, 02, 41, 42, 43, 44, R20, RV21, Y21, YR23

DI's: black soot, weathered wood, tumbled glass, walnut stain, antique linen, forest moss, shabby shutters, fired brick, frayed burlap

Thank you so much for joining me today. If you want to enter your name in the drawing from Magnolia, simply leave on a comment at the bottom of this post!

I hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas!!!



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Snowy Hug...

Hello Everyone!!! I've got a really quick post today. I finally finished my Christmas shopping and grocery shopping, but I still have tons to do. Absolutely nothing has been wrapped! The cleaning lady is supposed to be here any minute and I've got to start preparing for the guests we're having tonight. My hubby and son went to a movie, so I don't have anyone in my way :-)

I made some holiday gifts for Diana, one of the sweetest ladies that I know. Her favorite color is teal blue and I found the perfect thing for her and altered it a bit. Here it is:

Snowy Hug Snowflake Ornament

This ornament measures about 10-12 inches in diameter and is completely covered with glitter. It's just beautiful. When I saw it I immediately thought of Diana and just had to get it for her. I altered it very simply by adding Magnolia's Snowy Hug to both the front and back of it. I cut the image and it's background, from BG's 'Oliver' collection, with Spellbinder's Nestabilities. I added stardust Stickles to the fur and snowy ground.

I colored the image with a combo of Copic markers and Ranger DI's. The details follow:

Copics: E000, 00, 02, 41, 42, 43, 44, B00, R00, 20, RV21

DI's: weathered wood, tumbled glass, black soot, fired brick

That's it for today! Merry Christmas everyone!!!



Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas...

Hello Everyone! Only 5 more days til Christmas!!! I hope you're almost ready. I'm nearly there. I'm finally taking my son to see Santa today. Boy did I fall behind on everything this year. But, at least we're going and he'll be happy, happy, happy!

I'm still enjoying working on Christmas projects and I have another for you today. This one includes another cutie pie from Magnolia's Merry Christmas 2010 collection. I hope you enjoy it.

Merry Christmas
Both of these adorable images are from Magnolia.  I used Reindeer Tilda and Chimney with Snow. I think they're just perfect together. It looks like one of Santa's reindeer is resting for a photo opp! Maybe she's guarding the chimney making sure the coast is clear when Santa needs to pop back up through it.

I chose dp's by Little Yellow Bicycle and cs by Bazzill. The circular sentiment is by Lili of the Valley. I used stardust Stickles for snow and the jingle bell necklace. I also added some cinnamon Stickles on the chimney bricks and around the sentiment for some added sparkle. The ribbon and lace are from my stash. The button is from Jenni Bowlin and I wish you could see the detail on it because it's just gorgeous. I tied a little brown/white string through it that I purchased at the flower shop in Boras, Sweden.

 As usual, I colored these images with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger Distress Inks. Here are the details:

Copics: E000, 00, 02, 41, 42, 43, 44, R20, RV21, B0000, 00, N1, 3

DI's: walnut stain, black soot, weathered wood, tumbled glass, broken china, fired brick, antique linen

Well, that's all I have for today. I hope you're enjoying a wonderful holiday season!



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Magical Birthday!

Hi Everyone! Yes, I'm back already! I can't remember the last time I posted a new project two days in a row! But, I received an exciting mystery package the other day from Magnolia and I couldn't wait to dig into it. I'm so out of the loop these days that I had no idea a winter kit from Magnolia was about to arrive in my mailbox. It was actually really nice not to expect it because the surprise was so WONDERFUL!

Since this image is from the winter kit and has not been released, I have no idea what the name of it is. I'm calling her 'Marching Tilda' because she looks like she's in a parade! If you haven't signed up for the kits, then this is a special little sneeky peek for you. The stamps are just adorable! No surprise there!!!

Here's my card. I hope you like it :-)

A Magical Birthday  

As I was going through my papers trying to pick some that felt right with this image, I came across this paper that reminded me of my friend Mindy - because of the pink and brown. She loves to work with pink, white and brown and does such beautiful things with it. So, I thought I'd give it a try. It's still quite a bit darker than Mindy would do, but I guess that's just my spin on it. My son looked at it on my craft table and said "it's just beautiful Momma". What a sweetie!

The dp's are from BG's 'Eva' collection and cs is Bazzill. The pearls are by Zva Creative, and to be honest with you, I have no idea whether they're light pink or white. I think the gorgeous striped ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Flowers are from Mindy and Wild Orchid Crafts. I've been using these circular sentiments from Lili of the Valley a lot lately. I just love them! I bought two sets, including a Christmas set, and I keep them on my craft table and reach for them all the time. Lastly, Tilda's crown got a thick coat of diamond Stickles for an added shimmer of gold.

This little cutie was colored with a combo of Copic markers and watercolors with DI's. Here's the details:

Copics - E000, 00, 02, 41, 42, 43, 44, R20, RV21, Y21, YR23, N1, 3

DI's - black soot, dusty concord, spun sugar, worn lipstick

Well, that's it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are all nearly ready for the holidays and will find some time to simply sit and relax a bit.



Monday, December 13, 2010

Tilda on Ornament...

Hi Everyone! I know, I've been mia for a bit, but I've been working on tons of stuff. Nearly all of my minis have arrived and I've got so many things in the works with them. I've also been trying to ink up all of my regular sized Christmas Magnolia images. I've been making a lot of gifts for people so I can't show them to you until they've received them (just in case they happen upon my blog).

I've also been working on the new house project. It's not easy to get a construction loan in this economy, so I have tons of financial information that I have to either locate or prepare for the bank. We've also got to get the house designed and approved by the township before the bank will approve the construction loan. So, that means meeting with the architect right Wednesday, to get things rolling. Business seems to be picking up per usual at the end of the year so I've got a lot going on there as well. I'm not complaining. It's all good. I would just like a few more hours in each day so I could find a few minutes to come up for air. Every month I feel like I'm looking forward to the next month 'when things should slow down a bit'. Then, the next month comes along with a whole new mess of unexpected things. Oh well, I guess I'd rather be busy than bored!!!

Well, enough of that. I've got a sweet little Christmas card and gift card holder to show you today. I was going to save this for my turn with Magnolia's Advent Calendar Blog Hop, which happens to be on Christmas Day. Can you believe I got lucky enough to nab THE BIG DAY!!! Anyway, I just couldn't wait, so I'm making something else for it. I made this project a couple weeks ago and I'm really happy with it. I hope you like it :-) I'm sorry, but, I've got a lot of photos this time!

Tilda on Ornament & Snowy Hug
I am so in love with this Merry Christmas collection! I don't think I will ever tire of working with them. They are just so cheerful! And, Christmas colors are my absolute favorite to work with. Anyway, as I mentioned, I just love how this card and holder turned out. The colors are just so warm.

This little angel is Tilda on Ornament. I wish I had gotten her in the mini too so that I could have used it on the gift card holder. She's so cute that I may just have to order her!

These gorgeous dp's, tag, and red ribbon doily are from non other than BG's Jovial collection. They are my absolute favorite holiday dp's this year. I have two pads just so I won't run out! Cs is Bazzill. The snowflakes are from LYB and I covered them with a ton of diamond Stickles. The ribbon is bty from my stash. I got the sweet little brads from Creative Imaginations. The ornament topper got a coating from a Zig Painty Gold Metallic Pen and the ornament itself is covered with stardust Stickles. I also added a bit to the pleats in Tilda's shirt just to give her a little sparkle.

Here's a closeup. Tilda is colored with a combo of Copic markers and watercolors with Ranger di's. The details will be at the bottom of the post.

I am absolutely loving these little gift card holders this year. I was in Archiver's a few weeks back and they had some thin, plain brown chipboard card holder's at the counter for $0.59 each and I thought that was ridiculous. So, I bought one and split it apart so I could use it as a template. I traced it onto my dp, cut it out, and scored the half circles with a bone folder and the edge of a brand new roll of scor-tape. Who knew you could use scor-tape for scoring!!! The dp's and embellies are coordinated with the card.

Here's a side view just so you can see the shape a little better. Before I forget, this image is my favorite this year. It's the Mini Snowy Hug. I used the mini on this card holder because it's the perfect size, but I also love the large image. I've used them both a lot. I'm having so much fun with the mini Magnolia's. Now that I have a bunch, I don't know how I got along without them! They really are a ton of fun to work with. I must admit though, that I was a little worried about cutting them out when masking, but I use an exacto knife and it super easy. I'm working on a project today where I did just that! SUPER EASY!

Copics: E000, 02, 17, 41, 42, 43, 44, RV20, YR23, N1, 3, C1, 3, 5, BOO

DI's: vintage photo, fired brick, black soot, walnut stain, forest moss, antique linen, weathered wood, tumbled glass

Well, that's all I have for today. I hope you enjoyed your visit and will leave a little comment letting me know you were here.



Sunday, December 5, 2010


Hi Everyone! I'm a little late in spreading the word, but better late than never! Right! What's the big news you ask??? Magnolia's got a brand new blog! It's the Magnolia Inspiration Blog. There you'll find all the goings on at Magnolia along with a special December blog hop by the Design Team to celebrate the holiday season.

How does the blog hop work? Each day during the month of December, the Magnolia Inspiration Blog will announce the name of the DT member that is hosting that particular day. A link to her blog will also be provided. She will have a very special holiday project to share with you and, there's can enter to win a prize!!! Just leave a comment on the DT members post! That's it! She will then randomly select a winner within 24hours and post on her blog.

So, be sure to check out the Magnolia Inspiration Blog each day to see where the blog hop takes you next!



Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tilda with Hanging Heart...

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!! My Oh My it's getting cold here in Michigan. We're expecting to see the first snow fall here today. Temps are expected to be in the 30's the rest of the week. I'd better get my boots out!  Is it really December already??? OMGoodness!

I have a little frame project to share with you today.  I hope you like it!
Tilda with Hanging Heart
I chose to make a frame that you could put a family photo into. This was definitely challenging for me because of the lack of space for images and embellishments. I purchased an unfinished and inexpensive frame at a local craft store. I also found the unfinished word 'Peace' there. I remembered that I had a jar of Aleene's decoupage glue and decided that is how I would cover the frame. First, I painted the word and the edges of the frame with Adirondack Dabber in cranberry. When dry, I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist in 'pearl'. Next, I chose dp's from BG's 'Eskimo Kisses' collection. I tore the paper into little pieces and decoupaged it to the frame. I added the American Crafts ribbon in a gift wrap fashion on the corners. The metal snowflake is an ornament from the local craft store and I added LYB gems to it. The little white snowflakes are by Little Yellow Bicycle and I added the same gems to the centers.

This little cutie pie is Tilda with Hanging Heart.  She's part of Magnolia's Merry Christmas 2010 collection. I colored her with Copic markers and added stardust Stickles for a little shine. She's adhered to the frame with dimensionals.

Copics: E000, 00, 02, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 50, R00, 20, 81, 85, RV00, N1

I hope you enjoyed my project for today. Don't forget to join in on the fun with your own Christmas word frame! I can't wait to see it!!!



Monday, November 29, 2010

How about a MINI hug?

Hi Everyone! To those of you in the States, I hope you're all recovered from the Thanksgiving holiday. To everyone else, I hope you had a terrific weekend. Here in the Hunt household, we had a very busy weekend and a delicious Thanksgiving. We went to my brother's house for Thanksgiving dinner and had a great time. It was a small gathering consisting of us, my parents and my brother's family, but it was just wonderful. Our son had an awesome time playing with his cousins and their new kitten (she's a real cutie). The adults got caught up on 'what's hapnin'. And then we parted so we could all retreat to bed with full tummies. I think I gained 3 lbs! We spent the better part of Friday pulling out and putting up Christmas decorations inside and outside the house. On Saturday my cold was at it's worst and I spent the day under a blanket on the sofa. I've had this doggone cold for nearly 3 weeks now and I'm fed up! Arrrggghhhhh! Yesterday, my husband had a cyclocross race in Ohio so my son and I spent the day together. We finished decorating the Christmas tree and played some games. I was feeling much better so it was a really nice day to spend together.

I also retreated to my craft room for about 30 minutes yesterday. I hadn't had time or felt well enough to create in several days, so I was just dying to color something! Since it was just my son and I, I didn't want to spend too much time in my craft room, so I decided to make a really quick Christmas card.

Magnolia Mini World - Starting today, Magnolia-licious is offering the first ever Merry Christmas 2010 collection in miniature. That's right! You can get the entire Christmas 2010 collection of the Magnolia Mini World. These mini images are so much fun to work with. It opens up a whole new world of craft projects to create because you can now fit an entire Magnolia image in a small space. I just love them!

Here's my project. I hope you like it...

I chose to work with Mini Snowy Hug because I love the Magnolia snowmen. I also decided to do a card, but not just any card. I purchased some of the new Spellbinder's holiday dies and was determined to use one. The image just happened to fit perfectly on the Spellbinder's Holiday Tree so that's the direction I took. I placed the die just above the score line of the card and ran it through my Big Shot, preserving the score line so the card will still open and close properly. I applied a star sticker to white cs and cut it out, making it more durable. I then applied diamond Stickles to it. The image also got a bunch of stardust Stickles. I added LYB gems to the branches of the tree to accentuate the shape.

The inside is very simple. I stamped a sentiment in silver by TPC Studios and let it speak for itself.

I colored the image with a combo of Copic markers and Ranger Distress Inks. As I mentioned, I was in a hurry and, without thinking, I cleaned up my markers and inks before jotting down the colors. What a goof! But, for a 30 minute project, I couldn't be happier with the result. It's simple...yet sweet :-)

I hope you enjoyed my 'mini' project today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I'd love for you to leave a little comment so that I know you were here. I read every one of them and they always bring a smile to my face. Thanks so much!



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Santa Edwin...

Hey Everybody!!! I can't get over how fast time goes by! I've been working to get caught up on my commitments and my projects. I was working on a project for next week and really having trouble with it. I colored some images that I just didn't like on my project (which is a secret for now). So, I decided to take one of the images and make a card with it. I haven't worked with Magnolia's 'Edwin' for a while, so this was a bunch of fun. I'm still loving the whole Christmas theme and I'm trying to ink up every one of my images from Magnolia's 'Merry Christmas 2010' collection before the big day arrives.

Here's my card...I hope you like it!


This great little guy is 'Santa Edwin'! I think he is just adorable sitting there looking at the Christmas list. I've paired him with Snowy Circle and Merry Christmas.

The dp's I selected are from PinkPaislee's 'Father Christmas' collection. It's one of my absolute favorite collections this year. Cs is Bazzill, of course. Edwin is sitting mounted to a background cut with my Spellbinder's Nestabilities. I used Stickles all over the place in Stardust and Xmas Red. The cute little felt ornament is by Little Yellow Bicycle.

I colored Edwin with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger DI's. Details are below:

Copics: E000, 00, 02, 41, 44, R20, N1, 3

DI's: walnut stain, black soot, peeled paint, weathered wood, antique linen

On a little side note, I'm told that Magnolia Ink is going to have a some all new designs for the magazine layouts in the next issue so be sure to pre-order yours!

That's all I have for today. To all of you in the USA, I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving. To everyone else, have a wonderful day. Thanks so much for visiting :-)



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tilda with Fir...

Hi Everyone! It's getting pretty cold here in Michigan! Before we know it, the snow will be here and we'll be sloshing around in our boots wearing hats and mittens. How many months til spring???

So, I've been fighting a cold for about a week and a half now. Got it from my hubby, although he denies it saying he's been staying away from me. He doesn't get the whole 'airborne' virus thing. I think I'm at the end of it though, and just have to deal with the lingering stuffy head and congested cough. Because of my cold, my energy level has been a bit low so this card took several days to complete. Baby steps ya know! I'm still lovin' the Christmas cards and this one probably has more sparkle than any other card I've ever made. I hope you enjoy it...

Tilda with Fir

This little sweetie is 'Tilda with Fir' and I paired her with 'Snowflakes'. They are both from Magnolia's Merry Christmas 2010 collection.

These stunning dp's are from Dovercraft's 'Let It Snow' collection. Cs is Bazzill, as usual. The silver cs is from the Magnolia shop in Sweden. The big blue snowflake is an ornament from the local craft store. The other snowflakes and the gem are from my stash. I stamped the snowflakes with SU Bashful Blue. The really cool sentiment is something new from Whimsy Stamps titled Winter Letter Seals. I went a little crazy with stardust Stickles ALL OVER THE PLACE! It's on the snowflakes, the fur on Tilda's coat, her mittens, the snow on the ground, and on the sentiment.

I colored this little lady with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger Distress Inks. Here are the details:

Copics: E000, 00, 02, R20, RV21

DI's: weathered wood, black soot, broken china, forest moss, shabby shutters, walnut stain, antique linen

Well, that's it for today! I really hope you enjoyed my project. Thank you so much for stopping by. I really hope you'll leave me a little comment letting me know you were here.

Ciao for now,


Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Ornaments...

Hello Everyone!!! I'm absolutely LOVING the new Magnolia Merry Christmas collection. They are so much fun to color and always bring a smile to my face when I look at them. So many of the images are extremely versatile and can be used throughout the winter season or for other occasions.

And now for the reveal...

An 'Ornamental' Magnolia Mini World!!!

The Mini's are coming!!!...The Mini's are coming!!! I have so loved working with these mini Magnolia images. They are so quick to color and easy to combine together. They are soon to be released at Magnolia-licious as Magnolia Mini World. The Christmas collection will be available first and this is a little sneeky peek just for you.


When in Boras, Sweden, Diana and I stopped by a gorgeous flower shop a few times. We both fell in love with these heart ornaments. It originally had a different image on it, which I promptly removed and replaced with this Mini Angel Tilda from the Magnolia Mini World -Merry Christmas Collection. Her wings, halo and the edges of the heart got a bit of diamond and stardust Stickles.

I found this gorgeous frame ornament in a local craft store. It's the perfect size for a mini Magnolia image. I may have to go and purchase a few more so I can decorate my own mini Magnolia tree for the holidays! I've featured Mini Jolly Wreath from the Magnolia Mini World -Merry Christmas Collection. Her wings got a dab of stardust Stickles.

In case you're wondering, I bought the little winter tree a couple months ago at Canterbury Village, which is a year-round Christmas shop in Lake Orion, MI.

Anyway, I colored both images with Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger Distress Inks. The details are as follows:

Copics: E00, 000, 02, 41, 42, 43, 44, R20, 37, 39, YR00, W00, 1, 3, 5

DI's: weathered wood, antique linen, walnut stain, forest moss, shabby shutters, tumbled glass

That's all I have for you today. Thank you so much for dropping by.



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Snowy Hug...

Hello Again!!! Wow, what an exciting weekend we had! On Saturday I taught a class showing how to watercolor with distress inks. Shout out to you ladies!!! We had really great turn out and I think everyone had a good time and learned a little. I met some great ladies and I'm hoping to see them all again at come card classes and workshops in the future.

Now I'm trying to put together some monthly card classes and quarterly workshops, so let me know if you live in the southeastern Michigan area and might be interested.

So, also on Saturday, I received more yummy new Christmas stamps and I finally got to ink one up today. I chose to start with a stamp that includes a snowman because I love them so much. I hope you like it...

Snowy Hug

Doesn't that look like a nice warm hug on a cold and snowy day? Oh how I love this stamp! Tilda looks so pleased with the little snowman that she built. This little cutie is called "Snowy Hug".

The dp's and tags are from my favorite MME "Holly Jolly" collection. I know it's soon, but, I just had to use them again. All cs is from Bazzill. I cropped the image to a 4x4 square, used a corner rounder punch, and then matted it with two pieces cut with my new Cricut 'Christmas Cards' cartridge. Just love it! Those gorgeous flowers are by Prima. I grabbed the ribbon and brads from my stash. I applied diamond and stardust Stickles all over the place. The pretty little gems are by LYB. This is a 6x6 card by the way. I usually use 5.5x5.5, but lately I've been using some larger images and they don't leave much room for embellies with the smaller card.

I colored this image with a combination of Copic markers and watercolors with Ranger DI's. The details are as follows:

Copics: E00, 000, 02, 41, 42, 43, 44, R20, C1, 3, B00, BG93, W1, 5

DI's: fired brick, antique linen, walnut stain, tumbled glass, weathered wood, black soot

I hope you enjoyed my project. Thank you for stopping by. As always, thank you for the lovely comments that you leave. I read every one and they always make my day.



Monday, November 1, 2010

Snowman with a Star...

Happy November Everyone! Wow, can you believe it's November already??? I can't! The time sure does fly by. Did you all have an awesome Halloween last night? We had a ton of fun. Some friends of ours came over and went trick-or-treating with us. My hubby was in Nashville working so we had friends and family over to keep us company. My parents handed out candy while my friend and her kids went all over the neighborhood with my son and I. I still can't believe how many kids there are in this neighborhood. I don't think it'll be this busy in the area that we're moving to. I guess we'll find out next year!

This week we have meetings scheduled with two builders to discuss designing and building our house. Did I mention that we're moving? We purchased a vacant piece of land in Bloomfield Hills so we can be closer to my son's school and friends. So, now I get to design a house. My hubby said that all he wants is his garage space and I can design everything else. He means it too! I must say, I'm a little nervous about getting overwhelmed with it all. But, I guess that's why you hire a builder and architect! We have three months to design the house as our goal for breaking ground is February 2011. I hope we make it!

I've been sooooooo lucky this week! I spent every day in my craft room!!! Yay me!!! Last Saturday I received my DT package from Magnolia and I've been working on my next magazine submissions ever since. I think I'm almost done. Maybe one more! I can't stop! It's a sickness - hehe.

And now for the reason we're here today! I was challenged to make a shaker card using any Magnolia image. I've never made a shaker card before now, so I was a little nervous about it. I kept it in the back of my head all week, trying to figure out what to do with it. Finally, on Thursday, the weather in Michigan cooled down to a chilly 50 degrees and it was my inspiration! I thought, if something is going to 'shake' in Michigan in November, it's got to be SNOW! And 'snow' made me think of a SNOWMAN!!! I just happened to have a Magnolia snowman image. I took it out of my 'Christmas' drawer and away I went. I just love the result! Thanks so much Barb for the challenge!!! I never would have made this if it weren't for you :-)

So, without further's my card. I hope you like it!

Snowman with a Star

OMGoodness! Aren't Magnolia snowmen the most gorgeous snowmen stamps ever??? I just love them. I'm sorry to say that this is the only one that I have. I'm going to have to order the others! I just love them!!! This one is Snowman with Star and he's just perfect!

These gorgeous dp's are from My Mind's Eye 'Holly Jolly'. I LOVE THEM! I've purchased a lot of Christmas papers lately and these are among my favorites. You'll be seeing more from the collection as the weeks go by. The pale blue silk ribbon is from the same collection. I used my favorite smokey brown cs from Bazzill. The large snowflake is from the craft store's Christmas decor section. The small one is by Petaloo. In the center of it is a small little blue gem from Little Yellow Bicycle. I used the largest Spellbinder's 'Lacey Squares' die to cut the frame around the snowman. I filled the space between the image and the transparency with Martha Stewart 'Tinsel Glitter' in crystal. I also applied Stickles in Stardust and Icicle to the snowman's hat and the snow on the ground.

I colored this little cutie with Copic markers and then used watercolor with Ranger Distress Inks on the background. The details are as follows:

Copics: C1, 3, W1, 3, 5, 7, N9, E42, 44, 49, R39, 89, G0000, 21, 24, B00, Y11, 21, YR23

DI's: black soot, weathered wood, wild honey, tumbled glass

Well, that's it for today! Thank you so much for joining me and for all of the wonderful comments you have left in the past. They are truly appreciated and I read each and every one with a smile :-)



Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tilda wants a hug...

Hey Ya'll!   I hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was busy and fast. I started Saturday with a birthday lunch for my cousin, while my hubby was racing cyclocross. The card I'm going to show you today was made for her. Unfortunately, she had a sugar reaction (she's diabetic) and we had to reschedule the lunch.  She's ok though.  Anyway, I stopped by the market to get the makings of Osso Buco for our dinner guests that evening. I hadn't made it in quite a while and I was really looking forward to it. It was wonderful! As was the company that evening. Sunday we made snow cones out of blueberry juice and a bit of sugar.  Then my hubby went for a bike ride, I went to my craft room, and our son visited gramma.  Before we knew it, the day was spent and so were we. Why is it the weekends go so fast!!!

I've been lucky to be spending a lot of time in my craft room lately. I have some things in the works that I can't mention right now, but I think they're exciting. All in good time! As you may have noticed, I've been making quite a few cards lately and it feels great. I feel like I'm in a really good groove with crafting right now. I'm really happy with most everything that I've produced. I'm almost afraid to say that out loud for fear of jinxing myself!

Anyway, back to the reason we're here. I made another card with one of the really versatile new Magnolia Christmas images. Here she is...

Tilda Wants a Hug

As you can tell by the title, this is 'Tilda Wants A Hug' from Magnolia's new 'A Merry Little Christmas' 2010 collection.  Now, I know I said I was tired of Fall cards already, but I couldn't help myself. I had painted this cutie with green and red and didn't want to make a Christmas card out of her since it was to be for my cousin's birthday. So, I browsed through my endless supply of 6x6 paper pads and found these lovely, rich Fall colors. I couldn't pass them up! Did you notice that I said that I painted the image first? I usually don't do that. Paper selection is usually what drives the color choices for the image.

The dp's are from PinkPaislee's 'Old School' collection and I just LOVE 'EM! The colors are so rich and vibrant. I used SU cs this time. The flowers and leaves were made using Magnolia DooHickey dies: Doily Flowers and Bon Voyage Foliage. I think they are STUNNING!  They look very '70's flower childish'. The large pearl brads are from the Magnolia shop in Sweden. The string is from my stash.

I colored this little cutie using watercolors with Ranger Distress Inks. The list of colors is as follows:

tea dye, tattered rose, walnut stain, antique linen, forest moss, fired brick

That's all I have for today. I hope you find some crafting time.