Friday, February 25, 2011

When I'm Down, You Pick Me Up

Happy Friday Everyone!!! Wow, this week has blown past! My son has been off school for the week. We've been so busy. He had a friend sleep over on Wed. night and he spent the day with us on Thurs. Today we've got plans with another friend of his. And tomorrow night he's spending the night at his cousin's house. Yay! Mom and Dad will get to go out for a really nice dinner alone!!!

And now for the reason we're here today...I made another card using two stamps from Magnolia's 'You Are So Special' collection. I am in love with this collection! The images are so sweet and versatile. Here's the card I was soooooo much fun to work on :-)

When I'm Down, You Pick Me Up

I've used both 'Waiting Tilda' and 'Romantic Window' on this card.  I've really been enjoying my Copic markers lately and I've been bouncing back and forth between them and the DI's. These images were colored entirely with Copics. I really love how it turned out.

Once again I used dp's from Jillibean Soup...luvin' em'! Cs is Bazzill. The thick green ribbon is also by Bazzill. The buttons and string are from my stash.
This card measures 6x6 inches. Together, the images make such a statement so I embellished very simply so as not to take away from the images. Not a single flower! How did that happen???
This is the inside of the card. It houses the sentiment by Stampendous, but still leaves plenty of space for someone to hand write a message from their heart.

That's it for today! Thank you so much for popping on over. Thank you everyone for making this even more fun for me! I truly hope that you get as much fulfullment from your crafts.



Friday, February 11, 2011

Be Mine Now and Always...

Hi Everyone! I've got a quick post today. My 'work' is boring so I won't give you the details of that. I took a break yesterday and made a card. I really needed some crafting therapy. As you can see from my card below, I'm still having a bit of fun with shaped cards and my new dies. My birthday was yesterday and I've asked my hubby for the Spellbinder's Grand Calibur so I can use the larger dies in the sets that I've purchased lately. We don't actually celebrate until Sunday so I'll have to wait til then to find out :-(

I hope you enjoy my card!

Be Mine Now and Always

For this card, I've inked up Tilda with Heart from Magnolia's 'You're So Special' collection. I've also used Love Background on the heart in the background.

The shape of this easel card was cut with my new Go Kreate XXL Square Frame Frilly #6 dies. Love these dies!!! The gorgeous dp's are from the Memory Box "Pixie" collection. The lace and ribbon are scraps and I'm thrilled that I found a use for them. The flowers are from WOC. I colored the image with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with distress inks. The large hearts were cut with a SB heart die. The heart border was cut with a WOJ die.

This sweet sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps. It was cut with another WOJ die. The pearls are from Zva Creative and I love how they show off the sentiment.

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



Sunday, February 6, 2011

Wishing You a Beautiful Day...

Hey There Everyone!!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Ours is a pretty busy one. I'm still catching up from CHA...but I'm almost there. Hubby entered a mountain biking snow race on Saturday and I was so happy when he arrived home afterwards in one piece. We got a lot of snow again on Saturday and it took him forever to drive home. It was coming down really fast and I think we got another 6 inches! He was going about 4 mph on the highway. Yuck! My son and I were at home for the day. He played on his computer for a bit while I worked. Then we played some family games before putting him to bed. Today, Sunday, I have another list of things to do, so hubby took our son sledding in all the new snow. Yay, what fun! I'm getting my work done and then we will head off to my nieces birthday party.


Wishing You a Beautiful Day!

I'm luv, luv, luvin' the new Magnolia 'You're So Special' collection and I'm working my way through inking them all up. This is Tilda with Balloon and she's just the sweetest!

The gorgeous dp's are from BG's 'Olivia' collection. Love them!!!! They are just so stunning! All cs is SU. The ribbon is some seam binding that I dyed with my distress inks. The flowers and pearl spray were all sent to me by my friend Mindy - thanks Mindy! I cut the background with my new Go Kreate 'XXL Square Frames Frilly #2' die set. If you haven't seen these then you must check them out. They are fantastic and I want every one of them! The doily that I used in the background was part of some sample stuff that I received when I purchased something. I can't remember who it is from right now :-(

I just love this sentiment! It's from a set from Dies to Die For. It comes with several stamps and a die to cut around the border. Now that I think about it, I think the doily was a little sample from them when I received the stamp/die set. I just found it on their site! It's called Dainty Lace Doily and I just ordered it along with some others. I guess I'm in a shoppin' mood! Anyway, the pearls are from my stash and were out of the package so I have no idea who the manufacturer is.

I painted this little darling using watercolor with Ranger Distress Inks. Here are the color details:

tumbled glass, weathered wood, tea dye, tattered rose, walnut stain, frayed burlap, antique linen, vintage photo, black soot, worn lipstick

This card was a special order for Candace in California and will be shipped off to her Monday morning. Thank you Candace!

That's about it for today! I really enjoyed making this card and I hope you enjoyed your visit here today. Thank you all so much for the lovely comments that you leave on my blog. I don't have nearly enough time to thank you individually, but I do read every one of them and they always bring me warm fuzzies. So thank you so much :-)



Friday, February 4, 2011

Spreading a little love...

Hi Everyone! This week has absolutely flown by! I've been playing 'catch up' since I got home from CHA.  I've got a Valentine's Day card today and I followed a recipe:  hearts, pink, white and silver.  I hope you like it!

Tilda Spreads Love

This little darling is Tilda Spreads Love and she's from Magnolia's new You're So Special collection. She's my favorite image from this collection. So, I love this image, but I'm not completely in love with how my card turned out. I decided to color this image with Copics only, because I purchased some new paper - Cryogen. I really like how the Copics blend on this paper, but the paper is slightly off white in color and it makes the marker colors appear darker too. I'm also getting used to how the ink instantly soaks into the paper (this doesn't happen with the Artist Marker Pad that I'm used to working with). Anyway, because of these changes, the colors are darker than I'm used to and Tilda ended up looking a bit flush. I'll have to adjust my skin tones with the next image that I color on this paper. I'll definitely use it again because the markers blend beautifully on it. Anyway, another thing I'm not happy with is the silver heart and how it was captured on camera. It's a white paper doily that I sprayed with Maya Mist - Silver and it looks really cool in person! The camera makes it look charcoal grey and I couldn't do anything to fix it. Bummer :-( Another thing the camera didn't capture well is the pink background that I have around the image. It's really pretty in person. Finally, I used my sewing machine to zig-zag the dp's to the cs, and....let me tell you my's not nearly as easy as it looks! My zig-zagging technique is going to require a lot of practice!!! So, some of the things that I don't like are really obvious, and some of the things that I do like didn't photograph well. Oh well!

So, on to the things that I really like about this card...The gorgeous dp's are Imaginisce "Enchanted". They're 'princess' papers, but many of them fit perfectly with Valentine's Day. All cs is by Bazzill - love their paper! The white tulle, pearls and pins are from my stash and they really add nice texture to the card. I used a new MS heart border punch around the image and I think it's stunning. The image, by the way, was cut with a Spellbinder's Nestabilities oval die. The huge rose in the center of the tulle is from WOC and I've been waiting for an opportunity to use it. This card is larger than my usual, 6x6 finished, and it seemed like it could definitely handle the large rose.

My New Year's 'craft' Resolution is to finish the inside of all of my cards. So, here is the inside of this card. The paper doily is exactly as the one on the cover started out. The sentiment is new but I can't remember the manufacturer. The hearts were cut with a Spellbinder's die.

Well, that's it for me today. I hope you enjoyed my card, even after I went on and on about all that I found wrong with it. I guess some craft days are better than others :-) Thanks so much for stopping by.