Sunday, January 9, 2011

Valentine's Day...

Hi Everyone! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend and got well rested for the coming week. I spent just about every minute in my craft room working on things for CHA and some other cards to show you here. My hubby is back from his business trip and spent all afternoon yesterday with our son. They went to a movie, built puzzles, etc. It was a really great day for the two of them...and for me. I just love being in my craft room. Somehow, the smell of paper is very soothing to me. Seriously! Sometimes, as I walk down the hall, I pop my head in the door and take a deep breath. It actually calms me. Sounds crazy, but it's true.

Anyway, I've been working a lot with the stamps from Mini Magnolia World and needed a change. I looked over on the left of my desk and, underneath a bunch of stuff, I could see the corner of my Magnolia winter kit. Ding, ding, ding!!! Light bulb! I was suddenly inspired to make a Valentine's Day card with one of the uninked images from the kit. Here's how it turned out...

Valentine's Day 

Isn't this little chickie adorable!!! I have no idea what this stamp is called or when it will be available for purchase, but it was a part of Magnolia's Winter Kit. I've paired her with Spring Fence and I think it's a very sweet scene. I don't see the fence in the Magnolia-licious store right now, but you could also use Heart Fence or Shabby Chic Fence in it's place.

The dp's are from the new MME 'State of the Heart' collection. I love the deep, muted red with the worn out ivory. It has such a warm, rich feel to it. Cs is both Bazzill and SU. The brown Bazzill is actually called 'Java' and it's my absolute favorite shade to use. It's a deep, dark chocolate with a hint of grey and works beautifully with any worn, antique, or aged feel that you want to create. I keep a large inventory of this color. I used a bunch of different Spellibinder's Nestabilities to create this card. I also pulled out an old Cuttlebug embossing folder called 'Floral Fantasy' to create the texture on the main heart.

The ribbon started out as ivory seam binding and I dyed it to give it a rustic, worn feel. It's a technique that I learned from Bev's blog and it's one that I will use over and over. Great idea Bev! I finished the bow with some threaded buttons from my button drawer that I've had forever. The shiny hearts and pearl were part of a not so attractive grouping that I got at Michael's. I broke it down and used the pieces that I liked and I love the way it turned out. I stapled them into place with my Tim Holtz mini stapler (love that thing) and they will stay in place forever! The little pearls framing the image and sentiment are from my stash...again something I've had forever. The sentiment is from Archiver's.

Here's a closeup of Tilda. As usual, I colored her with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger Distress Inks. Here are the details:

Copics: E000, 00, 11, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 50, R20, RV21, W1, 3

DI's: brick red, walnut stain, black soot, worn lipstick, forest moss, shabby shutters, weathered wood, tumbled glass

That's it for today! I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back again soon :-)




  1. How wonderful! Super-painted, and these amazing details! Beautiful!!! hugs Gosia S.

  2. This is so adorable!!!

  3. Wow, so cute..!!..
    Lovely coloring....


  4. Stunning card, love this one.
    Hugs, Yvon

  5. Śliczna karteczka taka radosna:)

  6. Absolutely beautiful as all your cards are. I love it.
    Lyv Hev xx

  7. GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! Love everything about it!

    Judi x

  8. gorgeous card and that red is quite stunning, like the sketch you've used too


  9. A beautiful card with a lot of work! I have a question for you...How do you put the fence behind the girl You stamp the fence first? can you explain the step to do it please?
    Hugs from Quebec

  10. Cute Card ! Your coloring is great ! I'm now your follower ! Hugs,Yone

  11. this is a wonderful card!
    You've coloured it great.
    I'm now also your new follower!
    you make beautiful cards.

    Greetings, Jaimy

  12. Wow, what a beautiful card! I absolutely love her red dress and the background. In other words, your colouring!

  13. Beautiful work, I adore the colours that you have used and the image is adorable!