Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hi Everyone! Well, Christmas is just around the corner and I still can't believe it. Doesn't it seem as though the days between Halloween and Christmas go by in a flash? It's the same with the days between the last and first days of school. Then there's winter...Here in Michigan the months of January thru March seem to last forever. It's so cold and snowy and feels like the temps are below zero every day. I guess that why we appreciate Spring so much!

Anyhoo, I finally made it into my studio for a short bit this afternoon. I've been working on year-end financials for our business, along with the usual month-end stuff. That along with the holidays and birthdays has left me with no time to craft. I managed to color a Christmas image in bits and pieces here and there. I finally finished it with a simple background last night while my son was in the bath tub.

I know a lot of you are done with Christmas cards, but I feel like I've only just begun. Probably cause I have 'only just begun'! I will probably continue with Christmas and Winter cards through January and February because it'll be so cold and snowy here. I'll be working in some Valentine projects as well.

Well, enough chit's my card :-) I hope you like it!

Merry Christmas

This little sweetheart is #3092 Tucked Tilda from Magnolia's 'Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection'. She's currently available at Magnolia-licious, along with the rest of the gorgeous collection. I tell ya, I think Christmas and Winter stamps are my absolute favorite! And this collection is tops.  The cute little sentiment is from a local stamp show that I attended last summer.

The image was colored with Copic markers and cut out with a SB die. All of the ribbon and lace is from RRR.  Anyway, the silver corner pieces are from WOC and the bells are from Michael's. The large sparkly white snowflake in the upper left corner is from KaiserCraft and is available in a set at Love To Stamp for only $3 per pack. I just love these! I covered this one in white crackle paint and then gave it a coat of stardust Stickles. It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

That's all I have for today. Thank you so much for stoppng by! I hope you'll leave me a little comment to let me know that you were here :-)

Have a Very Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Love and Hugs,


Monday, November 21, 2011

Wrapped or Unwrapped???

Hey Folks!  Today I've altered a wooden box using 'Mini Wrapped Tilda' and 'Mini Unwrapped Tilda' and made it into a jewelry box.  Magnolia-licious is offering special pricing on this set of 2 mini stamps and you can save $4.99 if you order yours right away. 

Here's my project...

Christmas Jewelry Box

I must admit, having to create something other than a card always gives me a bit of trouble. Also, because of my trip to Puerto Rico and some misaligned rib heads along my spine, I only had a couple of days to work on this project. I started on Friday by picking my papers from Magnolia's 'Sweet Christmas Dreams Paper Pack', which just happened to arrive while I was in PR. This paper is soooooooooooo pretty and I was able to divide the patterns into several different combos. Next, I rummaged through some drawers where I keep items that I may alter one day, and I found this adorable little wooden box. The top is hinged in the back and has a magnetic closer in the front.

I used 4 different mini Magnolia stamps to make up this cute little Christmas scene: 'Mini Wrapped Tilda' and 'Mini Unwrapped Tilda', Mini Candy Cane, and Mini Christmas Tree. The scene was cut using SB Nesties. The blue backing was cut using a SB Shapeability Snowflake die. I put a heart doily behind them both to set them apart from the poinsettia dp.

The poinsettia's, I believe, are from Prima. I put them together with some berries in the middle from WOC. The white flowery bunches are from Magnolia. The beautiful red check ribbon is from my stash. The little candy canes are from Michaels. I was diggin' through one of my embellie drawers and found a part of a bracelet of pearls and clear beads that I had taken apart for another project. I added another pearl bunch to the top of it and secured it to the box top with some very strong magnets (believe it or not!)

I think the metal piece surrounding the sentiment is from Tim Holtz. The sentiment is from my collection but is no longer marked with the manufacturer's name. The ribbons and lace are from my stash as well.

I'm sorry about all of the photos, but I really like this project and wanted to capture it from all angles.

Here is a closeup of the scene. All images are colored with Copics. I was in a hurry so I don't have a list of colors. The background is colored in beige, but it doesn't show up in the photos. I had originally intended on painting this scene with DI's, but I didn't have any wax paper left after PR. I guess I need to go to the store tomorrow!

That's it for me today!

Hugs to you all,


Sunday, November 6, 2011


Hi Everyone!
I'm still having fun diving into Christmas cards. This one I made back in August actually. It was for an advertisement. Because it was for an ad, I didn't write down all of the details. But, I really love the card and wanted to show it to you here. I'll do my best to recall the products used.

The stamps are all by Magnolia and can be found at Magnolia-licious. Here are the details:

Mini Tilda in Winter Light - this link is for the larger sized image. The mini is probably on re-order.

Mini trees - I don't know the name of the trees off-hand and I don't see them in the store right now. I have the name listed upstairs in my studio, but my body is awfully sore right now from a yoga class and climbing the stairs seems like attempting Mt. Everest! I'll update this post with the info later.

Northpole sentiment - also by Magnolia but it's from a much earlier collection and I don't see it in the store.

The tag was cut using a Magnolia 'Scalloped Tag' DooHickey Tag die. Magnolia-licious has a HUGE assortment of DooHickey dies available all of the time. There's no better place to shop for your Magnolia products!!! The poinsettia is from my stash, but the rest of the flowers are from Magnolia...either directly from my visit to the shop in Boras, Sweden...or from my DT kits. Thank you Magnolia!!! The ribbons are from my stash.

These gorgeous dp's are from Magnolia's Christmas 2010 collection and they are my absolute FAVORITE papers that they have EVER come out with! The white heart doily is from my stash. The blue doily was cut using a Die-Namics die. The card shape was cut using a Go Kreate die, and then I folded it in half. Cs is by Bazzill, of course. Nearly everything on this card was rubbed with a bit of Ranger DI in 'Walnut Stain' to give it a bit of age.

That's it for today! I'm not sure if I'll make it back til after my trip to Puerto Rico. If I can, I'll post about my trip while I'm there.

Big Hugs to you all,


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just Hangin' Round and Waiting for Christmas!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!
I've got a quick little project to show you today. I had some spur of the moment time in my studio and my eyes fell upon my new Magnolia Fall Kit with their new Christmas stamps. Time was short, so I grabbed this little image called 'Holding Tilda' and the larger of the 'Sweet Snowflakes' to make a quick and easy Christmas ornament. The entire Sweet Christmas Dreams 2001 collection is available at Magnolia-licious, where you'll find the fastest shipping, the largest Magnolia selection in North America, and the best customer service around.

Just Hangin' Round and Waiting for Christmas!

The images were colored very quickly with Copic markers. It was cut and embossed with a basic SB circle die. When I did the embossing, I used my new favorite 'No Shims' embossing mat. Every time I use this mat, I'm amazed at how deep the embossing actually is. You can't really see it in the photo, but in real life you can see just how deep it is. I also used it on the the silver snowflake that I cut with another SB die. Because of the shine of the silver cardstock, you can actually see the embossing in the photo. I think it looks really great. The accordian pleated rosette was cut with a Tim Holtz die and I used a dp from Magnolia. It's actually one of my favorite papers from Magnolia and it's my very last sheet of it :-( I'm really going to have to be careful so I can make the rest of it last through the season.

That's it for me today! I hope you have a wonderful day :-)


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Falling For You...

Hi Everyone! I'm back today with a card for Fall!  This is probably my most favorite time of year because of the colors of the season.  I just love rich, warm reds, oranges, yellows and browns.  They always make me feel cozy and relaxed.

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

Falling For You

This little sweetheart is Magnolia's 'Apple Tilda'. I've had her for quite some time but never got around to inking her up. I don't see the larger size in the Magnolia-licious store right now, but you can get the Mini Apple Tilda right HERE. Magnolia-licious has the best selection of Magnolia products, including the Minis which are a ton of fun to work with. Anyway, I paired 'Apple Tilda' with 'Fall Background', which is one of my favorite background stamps. It is also sold out right now, but you can email Magnolia-licious to see when it'll be back in stock.

The dp's are from KaiserCraft. The rich, warm colors are soooooooooo perfect for Fall. The flowers are rafia are from WOC. All of the lace is from my stash. I colored the images with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with DI's. I was pressed for time and didn't keep track of all of the colors. Sorry!

That's it for today! Thank you so much for stopping by :-) I hope you'll leave a little note to let me know that you were here.

Take Care!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Corner Bookmark...

Hi Everyone!
I hope all is well with you! I hosted my monthly card class this morning and we made a corner bookmark. I just love making these! They're kinda quick once you get your image colored and they're very showy.

Here it is...I hope you like it :-)

Mini Tilda with Pony Tail

The star of this project is the sweet little #3021 Mini Tilda with Pony Tail and she's sitting in front of #509 Mini Bird Background. Both images are currently available at Magnolia-licious in both mini and regular size. I think they're both fairly popular images so you may want to head on over there right away to reserve yours. Their customer service is fantastic so you may even have yours by the end of the week!

The image and its scalloped background were both cut using SB nesties. The dp's are from the BG 'Sweet Threads' collection. You can get the 'Sweet Threads' 6x6 paper pads at Love To Stamp for only $4.50/each right now! The swirl was cut using my favorite Magnolia DooHickey Die - Heart Swirl, also available at Magnolia-licious. I cut it into a couple of pieces and then attached them where I thought they looked best. The ric-rac is from American Crafts and the cheesecloth is from my stash. The bottom of the bookmark was cut using a MS punch. I added a ton of star dust Stickles for some sparkle.

This is how it looks on the corner of a book.

The images were colored using Copic markers. Here are the details:

E000, 00, 01, 11, 13, 30, 31, 41, 43, 44, 50
R20, 30, 81, 83, 85, 89
N0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Y11, 19, 21
G12, 20, 94
B0000, 00, 32, 34, 37

Well, that's all I have to show today. I hope you had fun stopping by. Have a wonderful day :-)



Monday, September 5, 2011

Boxing Tilda...

The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the 14th challenge over at TOMIC!!! This week we have a really, super cool theme for you...'make your own background paper'! My goal was to spend $0.00 on this project and use only that which I already had in my studio. This was a challenge I tell ya! Whenever I'm faced with the unknown, I go to the craft store for inspiration and end up spending money. This time, I searched my studio for inspiration. And I found it in my spray misters!

You can catch all of the details of the challenge over at TOMIC. You can see all of the spectacular DT creations and find out how you can enter to win a fantastic Magnolia prize :-) I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Here's my take on the challenge...

Boxing Tilda
When I saw this little cutie pie, I knew she was going to be the first that I would ink up. I look at #220 Boxing Tilda and I'm reminded of all that I've fought for over the years and all that I've been through to get to where I am now. It hasn't all been pretty, but I wouldn't change any of it. I'm a firm believer in our experiences shaping us, the good and the bad. I like who I am now and I love my family and my life...just the way it is. You get nowhere in life if you don't fight for what you want. That's what this image symbolizes for me.

Anyway, back to the challenge at hand...yes, I made these papers! There is a close-up below.

I thought of this Boxing Tilda as a winner...a gold medalist, and wanted to use gold and black to show her off. So, I first took my watercolor paper and sprayed it with water. Then I diluted some Spiced Marmalade - Ranger DI with water and sprayed it on the paper, followed by black Maya Mist. Once it dried I gave it a coat of a silver shimmer Maya Mist and then more spiced marmalade to brighten the yellow. While it dried, I treated some cheesecloth similarly. When everything was dry, I cut them to size and adhered the cheesecloth to the paper with Aleene's Decoupage. I took another piece of the paper and stamped a SU 'Victorian Tapestry' stamp in black.

Oh yeah! That corner piece was silver until I took my black Copic marker to it! Love my Copics!!!

The image is colored with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger DI's. Here are the details:

Copics: EOOO, 00, 01, 11, 13, N0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9

DI's: black soot, spiced marmalade, scattered straw, vintage photo, pumice stone

The ruffled black ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. The flowers are from both Magnolia and Kort & Godt. There are more details below...

The spiky little flowers are from Kort & Godt. I saw them on Hanna's blog a short while back and asked her about them. I love them so much that I bought 4 packs! I gave them a treatment similar to what Hanna had done, but in colors to match my card. I used the Maya Mists and DI's that I used on the papers and then I topped them with a bit of yellow Stickles for extra sparkle. You should see them IRL. They're really gorgeous.

Well, that's it for me today. Thank you so very much for stopping by! I hope you'll take a moment to leave a little comment to let me know that you were here :-)



Saturday, September 3, 2011

Chess Tilda...

Fill Your Life With Sunshine
And Your Heart With Love

Today I have a very simple bookmark/tag to show you. I didn't have a lot of time, so a bookmark/tag was a great choice. And, it fits the 'Back To School' theme perfectly. I already had the base of the tag sitting on my craft desk. I actually cut it out quite a while ago when I got the Magnolia DooHickey 'Old Swedish Lace' die from Magnolia-licious. I just never got around to using it!

So, I picked out dp's from BoBunny's 'Vicki B' 6x6 paper pad, which is currently on sale at Love To Stamp. Then I looked through my stamps from Magnolia's 'Winner Takes All' collection and I just had to use this sweet little #378 'Chess Tilda'. I JUST LOVE HER GLASSES!!! I don't ever remember seeing a Tilda with glasses and I think she is just the sweetest thing! I have her sitting on #557 Soccer Bench. The entire 'Winner Takes All' collection is available at Magnolia-licious. You can also get the entire collection in Mini form!!! Magnolia-licious has the lowest prices and best customer service. It's the only place that I shop for my Magnolia's.

What else is on this tag? I practically shredded some cheesecloth and scrunched it up behind the image. I grabbed some orange string from my stash, wrapped it around a few times, and then split the ends. I topped the knot with a heart button that I found in my button drawer. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and I stamped it on some kraft paper cut with my Magnolia DooHickey 'Dream Tag' die. The flowers and gems were left over from a Magnolia DT kit that I got many months back. And finally, all edges were given a bit of age with some Ranger DI Walnut Stain.

I colored this little cutie with Copic markers. Here are the color details:

E000, 00, 01, 11, 13, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 50
R20, 30, 81, 83, 85
W3, 5
N0, 1, 3
G0000, 12, 21, 24

That's all I have for today! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you'll leave a little note to let me know you were here :-)



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Scarecrow Tilda...

You Bring Sunshine To My Life
This #298 Scarecrow Tilda is my absolute favorite stamp from the Sweet Rainbow collection. She is available right now at Magnolia-licious so head on over there and get yours today. 

Side Note: I have no idea why, but I colored this image with really rich, warm colors, and that's what dictated the entire Autumn color scheme of this post.

The Whimsy sentiment is from the Vintage Seed Packets set which is available at Love To Stamp.

The gorgeous dp's are from the Webster's Pages 'Wonderfall' collection and they're absolutely perfect with this #298 Scarecrow Tilda. All cs is Bazzill. The flowers and lace are from WOC. I layered some cheese cloth in the background, after staining it a bit with some of my DI's and a spritz of water to blend. The image is colored with Copic markers, but I don't have the color details...sorry! I colored it while waiting for my son at summer camp and never wrote down the color details before putting the markers away. Anyway, the edges of the image were also stained a bit with the DI's.

Here's the inside of the card. The dp from Webster's Pages is, again... perfect. I added some more daisies from WOC and stamped a sentiment from SU.

Well, that's it for me today! Thank you so much for stopping/hopping by!



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Get Well Soon...

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!! Today I've got my Magnolia-licious DT Challenge card to show you. The current challenge over at Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog is 'Nothin' But Paper!'. That's right! Diana challenged us girls to make something using absolutely nothin' but paper! All I can say is "Thank goodness for my Doo Hickey dies!".
And now for my card!!!

Get Well Soon
Well, you've all seen this little 'Nurse Tilda' as a mini in the Magnolia kit, but have you seen her in the full size yet? Neither had I until Diana gifted her to me at CHA. You're tooooooo sweet Diana! Thank you!!! Isn't this image just the cutest? I couldn't wait to ink her up and you have no idea how difficult it was to hold this post until now! Anyway, she'll be available at Magnolia-licious really soon!

I wanted to see how many Magnola products I could use on this card and, I must say, I got quite a few! The dp's are from the Mini Sweet Rainbow Paper Pack. I used almost the entire pack on this card! The large flowers and leaves were cut using the following Doo Hickey dies: Bon Voyage Foliage, Doily Flowers, and Heart Swirl. The red roses were cut using the Marianne Design Creatables - Flower Buds and Leaves Die. The bottom edge of the card and background to the image were cut using a MS edge punch. I added bits of a white doily for a little more interest behine the image. You almost can't see it, but there's a paper ribbon behind the image that I cut with another MS punch. I cut the image with a SB oval grand nestie. All cs is by SU.
I colored the Tilda with Copic markers. The details are below. I chose to make her uniform pink because white simply wouldn't stand out from the background enough.
Copics: E000, 00, 02, 11, 13, 41, 42, 43, 44, 50, R20, 30, 35, 37, RV0000, 00, 02, W00, 1, 3, 5, N0, 1
Well, that's it for today! Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your visit!!!


Monday, August 1, 2011

You Are Truly Amazing!

The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge

Happy August 1st Everyone! Man, I cannot believe how quickly this summer is flying by!!! Only one more month until school starts up again and then I can get back to my routine. Unfortunately, that also means that the weather will start turning cold again...boohoo!!! But, until then we still have sunshine and summer fun. Speaking of which, I have a card today showing off Edwin in one of his favorite summer sports - Soccer!

The TOMIC challenge this week is to make something 'Round'. You can get all of the details on the TOMIC blog. There you can also catch a sneak peek at the projects from the rest of Group 3. They are sure to WOW you and provide much inspiration!!!

I wanted to do something a little more interesting than the circular cards that I've made in the past. I pulled out my last Magnolia stamp kit and saw, what I call, 'Soccer Edwin' just sitting there beggin' to be inked up.  Technically, he's called 'Football Edwin', but here in the States we refer to it as soccer :-)  Anyway, then I thought...'a soccer ball is round...why not make Edwin's background a giant soccer ball!'.

Here it is...I hope you like it :-)

You Are Truly Amazing!

Isn't he just the cutest! I just love these Magnolia images with their summer sports. This little guy makes the most perfect card for a boy's birthday or any other special occasion. This stamp was a part of the last kit and should be released very soon.

I colored this sweet lil' guy with PrismaColor Pencils on Kraft paper. I'm really enjoying working with them. However, as you can see, I have a lot to learn! I cut the circle shape with my SB nestie. I found a soccer ball template online and traced it onto the Bazzill cs using my son's lightbox. Then I simply colored it in using a black Copic marker.

I cut the grass using a Magnolia Doo Hickey die. Both the ribbon and buttons were from my stash.

Here's a photo of the inside. Since it's for a boy, I kept it simple with just a few buttons. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

That's it for me today! Thank you much for stopping by. And, don't forget to play along in the TOMIC challenge! I can't wait to see what you make!!!



Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah!!!

Hi Everyone!!! I hope all is well with each of you! Things here in Michigan are just fine. Still hoping for some consistency in the weather. My ideal summer day is sunny, 85-90 degrees, and a whole lot of friends around the pool. We haven't had too many days that meet that criteria yet :-(

But, a big spot of sunshine in my life last week was a surprise package from Magnolia that contained my stamp kit. Yay! I couldn't wait to find time to ink one up! Here she is :-)

Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah!!!
I have absolutely no idea what this little cutie is actually named. I call her 'Cheerleader Tilda'. I wonder if I'm right??? I'm sure she will be available at Magnolia-licious really, really soon! Anyway, I was digging through a stack of 12x12 papers that I love but never remember to use, and I found these dp's from Pebbles. They immediately reminded me of my wonderful friend, Mindy, so I tried to channel her when coloring Tilda in a pink/white/brown combo. Those of you that know Mindy know that this is a favorite color combo for her. Those of you that know me have probably never seen me use it! Hah! I actually love the color combo, but I always seem to work with darker, richer colors. Even here my pinks and browns are kinda dark! Oh well, I tried! The flowers and leaves are from WOC. The pink velvet ribbon and silk flower in the middle of it are from my stash. That gorgeous white lace in the background with the pink running through it is from the local craft store. The silver corner piece is also from WOC. I used a Magnolia dragonfly die to cut the little craft dragonfly that is perched by the rose on the left. Oh yeah, I almost forgot...the bottom border was achieved by using a MS punch.
I colored this gorgeous girl with Copic markers. I'm really hooked on them again! I haven't worked with my inks in quite a while! Anyway...the marker details are below:

E0000, 000, 00, 01, 11, 13, 41, 42, 43, 44, R20, 30, 81, 83, 85, N0, 1, 3, W00, 1, 3, 5

Well, that is absolutely it for me today! I hope you enjoyed your visit at least half as much as I enjoyed making this card. It was a true joy :-) Thank you so much for stopping by!



Monday, June 27, 2011

The Seeds of Life...

Happy Monday Everyone! Wow! Did that weekend go fast or what? Keeping in mind that my son is 7 years old, he asked me the other day why the weekend couldn't be 5 days and the work week be 2 days? LOL!!! I said "Yeah, someone really got that one wrong, didn't they?" Well, anyway, we had a pretty full weekend. We ended it yesterday with some great friends over to swim for the day. What fun we had! It didn't rain and I ate too much! Right now, any day that it doesn't rain is a perfect day :-)

The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge

Welcome to challenge #4! Our theme this week is 'shimmer and pearls'. It's a super easy and fun challenge to play along with, so I will be looking for your card!!! Don't forget to check out TOMIC site for all of the challenge details. You can get a peek at the other DT projects there for even more inspiration. They're sure to have some wonderful things for you to see!!!

The Seeds of Life

This little cutie is #324 Seeding Tilda and she's from Magnolia's new 'Sweet Rainbow' collection. She's currently available at Magnolia-licious in both original and mini size. I paired her with #405 Tulip Walkway from the 'Butterfly Dreams' collection.

The gorgeous dp's are from the BG 'Out of Print' paper pad which is available at Love To Stamp. I LOOOOOOVE this paper pad!!! The colors and patterns are very lively and there is so much going on so they create a tremendous amount of interest as a back drop for a colored/painted image. You'll be seeing them A LOT from me!

I used pearls from my stash to accentuate the frame around the image, as well as for a little added interest in the corner and on the satin ribbon (also from my stash). The lace and flowers are from WOC. I used my Bow Easy to create the perfect little satin bow. And the shimmer??? I heavily coated the entire card with Pearl Glimmer Mist, but it doesn't show on the photo :-( It really looks pretty IRL though!

I colored the images with Copic markers. Here are the details:

E000, 00, 01, 11, 13, 41, 42, 43, 44, R00, 20, 30, Y21, 23, G12, 24, YG17, 61, 91, B0000, 00, N0, W1

That's it for me today! I hope you enjoyed my project. Thank you so much for stopping by!!!



Monday, June 6, 2011

Happy Birthday

Hello Everyone and Happy Monday to you!!! Well, summer has finally made its way to Michigan. We had a few days in the 80's. The pool is ready...crystal clear and heated to 88 degrees. Can you say "Ahhhh"?

So, my son's last day of school is on Wednesday. I still can't believe it! How did the year go by so fast? He's 7 years old and it seems like only yesterday he was a wobbly toddler! Just a few more inches and he'll be as tall as my shoulder. Oy!

We had very busy weekend. On Saturday, we had a 50th birthday celebration for one of my really good friends. Her actual birthday is tomorrow. On Sunday, we celebrated my Dad's 69th birthday! Oy again! How is it that he gets older and I don't??? His actual birthday is tomorrow too.

Anyway, on to the reason we're here...

The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge
(aka "TOMIC")

Today is the grand opening of The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge (TOMIC) blog!!! Many of the Magnolia DT members are participating in this weekly challenge blog. It is sponsored by Magnolia and they are offering a secret prize for the winner. Each week, on Mondays, there will be a new challenge and we hope that you will all participate. All of the rules are listed in the left sidebar of TOMIC.

Our first challenge has a birthday theme. Here's my project...I hope you like it :-)

Happy Birthday

I decided to work with 2 Magnolia images: Tilda with Cake from the You Are So Special collection, and Kitchen. You can get them both at Magnolia-licious. I paired them with dp's from Lily Bee Design's 'This & That' collection, available now at Love To Stamp. Cs is from Bazzill.

All flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The ribbon is from my stash and I just knotted it this time instead of a bow. I like it for a change. The sentiment is new from Whimsy Stamps 'Party Mini Letter Seals' and is available at Love To Stamp.

I colored the images with Copics. The details are below:

E000, 00, 01, 11, 13, 41, 42, 43, 44, 50, Y18, 21, 38, W00, 1, 3, 5, 7, N0, 1, 3, YR30, R20, 30, 37, 39, B21, 23

That's it for today! I hope you'll play along with the TOMIC birthday challenge. I can't wait to see what you make! I also hope that you'll leave me a little comment so that I know you stopped by.

Thanks so much!



Monday, May 16, 2011

Wedding March!

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Magnolia-licious Blog Hop!!! Today we have a 'Wedding' theme for all you romantics!!! The Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog has all of the details. If you came from the lovely Cheryl's blog, then you're well on your way. If not, then feel free to start over at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog so you don't miss out on any of the gorgeous DT creations. Wedding season is definitely upon us with the coming of June, so I hope you'll take part and join us in this challange. I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

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

Here Comes the Bride
When I thought about doing a napkin fold card with a wedding theme, the only image I could imagine using was this #159 Classic Bridal Couple. I framed them with a soft background that I created with #736 Emblem. On the inside of the card you will see that I also used the sentiment Wishing Two People. All three stamps are from Magnolia's Wedding Collection 2010. You can get yours and more at Magnolia-licious!

If you're interested in trying one of these cards, you can find a tutorial at StampARTic.

Now, I realize the photos are a little dark. But, I wanted you to be able to see all of the details around the edges too. If I brightened it too much, all of that was lost on the white background. It kinda lost the effect that way!
These gorgeous dp's are from GCD Studios. I've had them for quite a while and finally had the right opportunity to use them. The cs is by Bazzill, of course. I cut the image using a SB die from the Large Octagons set. The doily is from my stash. I used a MS Punch Around the Page set to trim the white cs. The gorgeous brown ribbon is from my stash.

The image was colored with Copic markers. Here are the details:

E000, 00, 01, 11, 13, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, R81, 85, 39, 20, YG03, 25, 91, Y21, N0, 1, 3, 5, 7, C1, 3, W00, 1, 3, 5

Here you can see how full the card actually is.

This is how it looks as you start to open it. Now you can see where most of the work is!!! I swear, I felt like I was learning origami while making this card! My goodness...all the folds and re-folds! Oy Vey! The only thing that saved me was my Scor-Pal!!! These folds have to be very precise and I don't think it's possible to survive making this card without a Scor-Pal. Seriously! If you don't have one, I highly recommend getting one before attempting a napkin fold card :-) I absolutely LOVE this card style, but I wouldn't make one without my Scor-Pal!!!

And here it is, open fully, exposing the sweet Magnolia sentiment on the inside.

That's it for today! Next up is Patti Jo's fab creation. I just know she has something absolutely awesome to show you!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I hope you'll leave a little comment to let me know you were here :-)



Monday, May 2, 2011

Hi Everyone! I've got a really fun card for you today.  I hope you like it!

Friends are flowers that never fade...

This little cutie pie is Tilda with Stuffed Animal and she's from Magnolia's 'Butterfly dreams collection. She is sitting on Wheelbarrow (from the same collection). Both are currently available over at Magnolia-licious so hop on over and get yours!!! I paired her with dp's from the MME Stella Rose 'Hazel' collection. All cs is by Bazzill. The flowers are from several manufacturers: WOC, Magnolia, and Recollections. The sweet sentiment is from Whimsy's 'Spring Letter Seals' collection and it was punched out with a SU punch. The white lace is by American Crafts. It came on a roll so you'll be seeing a lot of it!

I colored both images with Copic markers. The details are below:

skin - E0000, 000, 00, 01, 11, 13, R20
hair - Y21, E41, 42, 43, 55
lamb - N0, 1, 3, R20
flowers/shirt/shoes - R81, 83, 85
hat, pants - BG70, 72, 75
greenery - YG91, 95, 97
wood - E41, 42, 43, 44, W3
wheel - N1, 3, 5, 7
sky - BG60, B0000, C00, 0 blender

That's it for today! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you'll leave a little comment let me know that you were here :-)



Monday, April 11, 2011

Hello Little Butterfly!

Hi Everybody!!! I hope you all had a great weekend! I'm finally feeling more like myself again. It sure was a tough couple of weeks. My son was home for a week and a half and I was sick through the whole thing :-( Fortunately, hubby stepped up and helped out a lot. I think he was feeling really sorry for me.

My new stamps from Magnolia's 'Butterfly Dreams' collection have been sitting on my craft desk just taunting me. Hubby took our son to a movie yesterday and I was definitely in the mood to color after having been away from my studio for so long. I inked up 2 of the new stamps and I just love how my card turned out. I hope you like it too!

Hello Little Butterfly

This little cutie is Hello Little Butterfly and I paired her with Stone Pathway. Both are from Magnolia's 'Butterfly Dreams' collection and are available at Magnolia-licious, along with the rest of the collection. These gorgeous dp's are from PinkPaislee's 'Butterfly Garden' paper pad and they're just stunning! I love the entire pad. Tilda is backed with a matte that I cut using my Spellbinder's 'Lacey Square' die. The vertical strip was punched with a MS border punch and layered with some lace from my stash. The leaves were also cut with a MS border punch. Both the ribbon and pearl are from my stash. All of the flowers are from WOC.

I colored the entire scene with Copic markers. I honestly haven't worked with my DI's much lately because I've been enjoying my Copics. Sometimes you just need a change for a bit. But, I'm sure I'll miss them and will start using them again soon :-)

Here are the details of the colors that I used:

Skin: E0000, 000, 00, 01, 11, 13, R20
Hair: E41, 42, 43, 44, 47
Flowers: YR00, 04, R02, 08
Dress: E40, 81, YG91, 95, W00, 1, 3
Boots: E40, 41, 43, 44, W3
Rocks/Grass: E40, W1, 3, 5, 7, YG91, 95, E87
Sky: B0000, BG70

Well, that's it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you'll leave a little comment to let me know that you were here :-)



Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shabby, yet Chic!

Hi Everyone!!! I've got a card to show today that is very out of the ordinary for me. I have some of the beautiful, soft, and sweet Melissa Frances papers and I wanted to do something equally soft with them. I had also just received some stamps that I had ordered from Diana and couldn't wait to use them. I've been pretty sick lately, with a really bad sinus infection and now a virus on top of that. I had a day when I felt good and wanted to make something really quickly. This is what I came up with. I hope you like it :-)
Tilda Hugging Bunny

This adorable image is 'Tilda Hugging Bunny'. I don't see her in stock over at Magnolia-licious right now, but I bet she'll be back soon. As I mentioned, the dp's are from Melissa Frances' '5th Avenue' collection. I colored the bunny, Tilda's hair and skin with Copic markers, but her clothes and background were painted very lightly using watercolor with Ranger DI's. Because the colors are so soft, the painting didn't take long at all. I think this entire card only took about 1.5 hours! This style is soooooooo not me, but I absolutely LOVE how it turned out and I really enjoyed trying something new. I may not be able to give this one up!

All of the flowers and lace are from WOC. I cut the sweet little butterflies with a MS punch/stamp combo set. The pearl sprays are from the wedding section at Michael's. I used my Zutter distressing tool on all of the edges and then inked them with Ranger walnut stain. The metal corners are from WOC as well. They, along with nearly every piece of paper and the flowers, were brushed with a bit of Ranger crackle paint in 'Picket Fence'. The pearls at the top are from my stash.

Here's a view of the card closed and flat so you can see the tattered edges and the dimension of the embellies.

Copics - E0000, 00, 01, 11, 40, 41, 42, 44, 50, R00, W1, 3

DI's - tumbled glass, weathered wood, pumice stone, shabby shutters, vintage photo, antique linen, tattered rose, walnut stain

That's it for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by :-)