Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This blog is now closed.

Please see my ScrapGirl blog for my current projects.

Thank you so much for always stopping by!



Sunday, June 3, 2012

With Liberty and Justice For All.....

Hello Everyone!!! Well, I got a fabulous little package in the mail the other day! Magnolia had sent me the new Freedom stamps to work with and I couldn't wait to dive in and play! My favorite stamp in the set is 'Liberty Tilda'. She just looks so strong and powerful. Pauline really did a fantastic job illustrating her. Being an American, I can truly appreciate what she stands for. I actually got chills when I saw Pauline's illustration of the Statue of Liberty because she is such a powerful visual reminder of the freedoms that we all have in the United States of America. I don't think there is anyone in this country that does not know someone that has served in the US military and fought to preserve our freedoms. Every time I decide to try something new, like starting a rubber stamp company, I remember that it's because of these freedoms that I CAN!!!

Anyway, the Magnolia-licious DT has a new challenge that this time around was decided upon by the fabulously talented sweetheart Mindy Baxter! She asked us all to create something with a 'water' theme. That doesn't mean that you have to have water in your design though. There just has to be some element of water. It could be the color of water for instance. And that is exactly what I did.

And, of course, you too can join in on the challenge over at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog!!!! There is always a fantastic prize, but most of all it's just fun!!! I hope to see a project from you :-)

Here's my card.......

With Liberty and Justice For All
I had sooooo much fun coloring this image!!!!!!! It's actually a little lighter in person, but that's what happens with photography! At least when I'm behind the camera ;-) Anyway, I colored this sweet little Liberty Tilda with Copic markers. I stamped the Freedom Background all around as my sentiment. There is absolutely no design paper on this card. I was working on it while Claudia was over and when I finished it I asked her what she thought. She really seemed to like it and suggested that I forgo the use of dp's. I was originally going to cut into the card with one of my dies, but I thought her idea was genius and I absolutely love how it turned out! Thank you for your help Claudia!!! She also suggested the simple layout and ribbon. So basically, I did the coloring and she designed the card! But I'm still calling it mine!!!!! :-)

This is just another view for the heck of it :-)

Well, that's it for me today! I hope you'll head on over to Magnolia-licious to get your own Freedom stamps. They are totally gorgeous and will not last long in stores. This is one of the best collections yet!!! If you don't get all 4 I'm sure you'll regret it later ;-) So go get em'!!!!!

Hugs to you all!!!!!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Love is in the air....

Magnolia-licious DT Challenge

Welcome to May everyone! I hope this month proves to be super sunny and warm for you all. We're heading into warmer weather as summer approaches here in Michigan. My gosh I cannot wait til the extreme heat gets here! In preparation for summer, the Magnolia-licious DT has a 'Color Me Summertime' challenge going on and we're using the colors of summer: yellow, orange and blue. I had made my card for something else, but it works perfectly with this challenge so I decided to use it.

You can enter the challenge too! Get all of the details at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog. You can see all of the DT's inspirations there and there is a fantastic prize to win too!

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

Love is in the air....

I couldn't wait to use more of my new Magnolia's from the 'Summer Memories' club kit! This is such a fabulous release! I decided to color up 'Honeybee Tilda' sitting on the 'Meadow Daisy'. Both are on preorder at Magnolia-licious with some fantastic discounts, along with the rest of the release. I colored the images with a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with DI's. I used a new paper that I really like a lot. I had no idea if I'd be able to use the Copic's on it, but it worked rather well.

The card shape and background dp were cut with a Go Kreate die. The tag was cut with a Magnolia DooHickey die called 'Tilda Tag', but I don't see it in the Magnolia-licious store right now. It's one of my favorite DooHickey dies because I love the lacy piece that folds over the tag. Anyway, I'm sure if you inquire about it at Magnolia-licious they'll be able to get it for you. Their customer service is fantastic and it's the only place that I shop for my Maggies!

I don't have the name of manufacturer of the dp's - sorry! I added the squiggles around the images by hand for a whimsical touch. The twine, cheesecloth, sentiment and metal flower are all from my stash. I think that little piece of lace trim is from RRR.

That's it for me today! I hope you found some inspiration in my card :-) It was so much fun getting back to painting. It's been quite a while since I used my DI's as I've really been enjoying my Copics.

Have a wonderful day and try to find some creative time!

Hugs to you all my friends,


Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring is Here!

Hello Everyone!  Welcome to my blog!  I hope you're having a wonderful day :-)  Right now we've got a challenge going on over at Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.  The theme is 'Luscious Lace'.

Here's my card...

Spring is Here!

This little sweetheart is new from the Magnolia club kit. I have no idea what her name is, but she's still the cutest thing. I love her curly hair! She looks Italian to me with those curls so I gave her dark hair. I really like how it turned out too. If you don't get the club kit then you'll be able to get the new stamps soon enough at Magnolia-licious. They always have the latest and greatest Magnolia stamps as well as oldies but goodies. The dp's are from Theresa Collins and the nautical color scheme is just perfect with this image. I'm not a big fan of yellow, but when paired with blue and white it's simply gorgeous. That cute little sentiment that I've stamped on the tag is from the Little Darlings - Warm Fuzzies "Spring Sentiments' set which was designed by our very own multi-talented Mindy Baxter. This set was just released along with a set of Birthday Sentiments.

The lace that I used in the background and on the tag is from my stash. The tag was cut using a Magnolia DooHickey tag die. I don't see it in stock right now, but there many others available at Magnolia-licious that would do the trick. All of the flowers are from WOC. The image and matte were cut using SB dies.

I colored the image using Copic markers.

skin - E000, 00, 01, 11, 13, R20, 30
hair - N0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
dress/flowers - Y11, 21, V01
water - B0000, 21, 24

That's it from me today.  Have a terrific day!!!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

New Arrival!

Good Day Everyone!!!
Today the Magnolia-licious DT has a new 'Baby' challenge going on over at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog! How much fun! Now, I don't normally create projects for new babies and expectant mothers because I don't often know any. But, thanks to my teamie and friend Ruby (who decided on the theme this time), I have a reason to use one of the cutest stamps in the Princes and Princesses collection. Thanks Ruby for coming up with such an adorable theme!!!

As always, you too can join us in the fun over at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog with your own creation. We'd love to see you show off your talents and go for the win. There is always a fantastic prize to win and lots of fun trying :-)

So, in the interest of time I'll move onto my card. I do hope you like it. It was an absolute pleasure to make...especially since it had been a week since I had seen the inside of my studio! Yikes!

New Arrival!

This little sweetie pie is none other than #115 'Baby Edwin'! He's currently available at Magnolia-licious and is offered up at a 10% discount! How cool is that??? I colored him up with Copic markers in shades of blue and yellow to match the gorgeous papers by Theresa Collins. I purchased the 6x6 paper pad to use it in more of a nautical theme, but I grabbed them up very quickly to use with this project because the colors are so beautiful. I didn't want to use the typical 'baby' papers. I wanted this card to have more of a sophisticated feel about it and I thought I could do that with these papers. You tell me whether or not I've achieved that!
The image and matte were cut using SB dies. The sentiment is by Hero Arts and it and it's matte were cut using SU punches. I really thought the sentiment was going to be too big for the punch but to my surprise it was the perfect size! I love it when ideas come together!!!

The ribbons are both from RRR and the flowers are all from WOC. I pulled the buttons from my button drawer and threaded them with some string by American Crafts. You can see a little glimse of the inside of the card and it's decorated in a similar manner with coordinating papers.

That's it for me today! I'm in the middle of two more projects that are on my desk right now. Hopefully I'll find the time to finish them next week. It's really iffy with my son off school on Spring Break all week.

Take care everyone and have a wonderful day! I would love it if you would leave me a little comment to let me know what you think of my project. It's always so wonderful to hear from you and to see who has stopped in for a visit :-)

Hugs to you!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tilda and the Beanstalk...

Hi Everyone!!! I'm finally back with another card. I've been working on this project for about a week and a half...coloring here and there when I can. I was originally going to use these images for a project for yesterday's Magnolia-licious Blog Hop, but I couldn't get it colored in time. I won't go into the boring details of what I've been up to since it's all work related and really boring. So, I will just get right to my project! I hope you like it :-)

Tilda and the Beanstalk
When I received my Magnolia-licious DT Kit, the first thing I wanted to do was ink up this little cutie! I just love her!!!!!!!!!! Look at Tilda on that Beanstalk! Anything cuter? I don't think sooooooo! Her official name is Beanstalk Tilda and she's resting on the Beanstalk after quite a long climb up into the clouds. Both are available at Magnolia-licious right now and are discounted 10%! How's that for a deal? Head on over and get yours while supplies last. With the nursery rhyme theme, they are perfect for a child's birthday or a baby shower. I really love the idea of using them for a baby shower. I would have loved to receive a card with these images on it when I was pregnant with my son.

Both images are colored with Copic markers...and lots of them! Because I was working on the coloring throughout the past 10 or so days, I have no idea which colors I used. All of the flowers are from WOC and were given to me by my sweet friends Mindy and Claudia. Thank you Sweeties!!! A girl can never have enough flowers! The papers are from an old BG 6x6 pad. The gorgeous lace and doily are from my stash. I cut the dragonflies with a Magnolia DooHickey die. I don't see it in stock at Magnolia-licious right now, but they have tons of other dies to choose from right now. They've started stocking Cheery Lynn Dies, Marianne Dies and Memory Box Dies and they've got a really good selection at great prices.
Well, that's it for me today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you'll leave me a little note to let me know that you were here!
Til next time,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Koala Hugs...

Hi Everyone! I feel like it's been forever since I've been here! Crafting time has been really limited lately and it's going to get even worse...but for a very good reason...and I'm excited about it! Hubby and I started designing a house over a year ago. We've been back and forth with it making changes and then more changes. Well, we finally approved the final floor plan this week. Now the architect will spend the next 30 days working on the construction drawings. What does this mean for me??? Well, {deep breath}...I now need to spend most of the next 30 days running two businesses, getting the 2011 financials ready for the accountant for both businesses, getting everything up to date for the 2012 first quarter, and gathering all of our personal financials so that I can present it all to the bank for the construction loan. So....I may not be here very much in the coming weeks. I'm going to do my best to get the necessary projects completed, but I won't have time for anything in between :-( But it will all be worth it in the end! The plan is to break ground on the new house before June. We're hoping to move in before May 2013. We'll be a lot closer to our son's school so I will no longer have the one hour drive to school in the morning. But, this also means that we need to put our current house up for sale and that's a whole task in and of itself! What do I do with the dog when the house is being shown? I guess I'll have to take her on lots of rides in the car!

On another note, I finally had the opportunity to complete a card with the image that I painted with Koala Hug Tilda. I had the pleasure of meeting Bronlyn at CHA and she gave me this little cutie to work with. I hope she likes what I've done with her!

Koala Hugs

I absolutely love this image of Koala Hug Tilda! If you don't have your own yet, be sure to get her at Magnolia-licious so you can get FREE SHIPPING! I have backed her with Magnolia's Tip Leaves and Sun. I use these Tip Leaves a lot because they're so incredibly versatile. I stamped them a couple of times to give Tilda a really lush background of the leaves. I hand drew the grass myself with DI's and Copics. The images were colored with a combo of both. Oh yeah...I cut the card shapes with a new die set from Go Kreate. My hubby got me a few new sets for my birthday...I just told him that yesterday when they arrived. LOL!!!

I turned to my BG 'Capella' paper pad for dp's this time. The have such a soft romatic feel about them. The big green flower is handmade and the rest are from WOC and Webster's Pages. The gorgeous pink ribbon was given to me by the sweet Suzan L at CHA. I'm gonna have to ask her where she got it cause I just love it!!! The bright yellow sun got a coat of yellow Stickles for some sparkle. The doily is from my stash.

The inside of the card is very simple. I used a coordinating dp from the paper pad. The sentiment is from my stash.

Well that is it for me today! I really enjoyed showing you my project and I truly hope you enjoyed visiting. Feel free to leave me a little comment to let me know that you stopped by!

Hugs to you all :-)


Friday, February 24, 2012

Once Upon A Time...

Hi Everyone! Today I've got a new card with a couple images from the upcoming Magnolia 'Princes and Princesses' Collection. I am so in love with this new collection! I got to see the first half of it at CHA and it's so adorable. You've probably already seen them since I think they were leaked online a bit early by someone. The two images that I'm showing you today are my favorites so far. They just look like the cover of a story book!

Once Upon A Time

Could these images be any cuter? I DON'T THINK SO! I've paired 'Sweet Princess Tilda' with 'Tilda's Castle'. This scene was soooooo much fun to color!!! It took me about 2.5 hours but it was well worth it. It's 100% colored with Copic markers and I have no idea which ones I used. There were so many piled on my desk and I had to keep clearing them in order to make room for more.

The dp's are from a new 6x6 pad called 'Howdy Doody' from MME. The main color is a really deep melon color, but it looks more like orange on camera. I tried to fix it while editing my photos but I just couldn't get it right. The ribbon is from my stash, but I may have gotten it from RRR. Both the chandelier glass and white paper lace are from the Magnolia shop in Sweden. There are a couple of glass pins tucked into the bow that I think I bought from WOC. The flower was given to me by Claudia and I believe it's also from WOC. I just love the two tone yellow/pink together. Thank you Claudia! I found the large square doily in one of my craft drawers and thought it would frame the picture nicely.

Isn't this sentiment just darling? It's so perfect with this collection of stamps. It's from Claudia's collection, but she was sweet enough to let me stamp it yesterday. It's a large sentiment so I decided to use it on the inside of the card, which I decorated to compliment the front of the card.

Well, that's it for me today! Thank you so much for stopping by :-) I hope you enjoyed my sneak peek of Magnolia's new collection.

I hope you have a fun and safe weekend!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Please don't eat the daisies...

Happy Monday Everyone!!!  I've got a 'Spring' themed card to show you today.  It's been a mild winter here in Michigan, but we've been jumping back and forth between super duper freezing cold and nice days in the 40's. It's killing my sinuses! I'm sooooooo looking forward to green grass, roses in bloom and opening the pool.....ahhh. Sounds wonderful :-)

Please Don't Eat the Daisies!
Loved this television show...I saw it in reruns as a kid :-)

This little cutie is 'Tilda with Daisy'. She's my favorite image from Magnolia's 'Sweet Crazy Love' collection. I don't see the full sized image in the store right now, but the Mini is available right HERE. If you want the full sized image, just send an email off to Diana at the store and I'm sure she'll be able to get it for you quickly. I've paired Tilda with the 'Open Gate', which is also available right now as a mini. Again, if you want the full sized image, just send Diana an email inquiry.

The dp's are a mix from a couple different paper pads. I started with a Webster's Pages pad and then pulled a couple patterns from a Simple Stories 'Baby Steps' paper pad. CS is Stampin' Up and Bazzil. The image and matte were cut using SB dies. The white lace is from RRR and the gorgeous (my fave) pink/brown ribbon is from an old MS roll that has been discontinued. I use it sparingly so I don't run out.

I found the little self-adhesive lace butterfly from MS in a package of 4-5 and I just love them! I added some cheesecloth to soften the effect of the dp's. The paper flowers are from Magnolia, WOC and Prima. The metal embellie is from a clearance bin at a local craft store. I bought a bunch of them. That pearl pin is from the wedding section at the same craft store. It's much cheaper to buy a box of pearl pins if you shop the wedding isle.

I made the pink/white yarn flower. I'm really enjoying making my own flowers these days! In addition to yarn, I bought a bunch of fabric remnants from a local store and I can't wait to dig in and see what I can make with them! I've been purchasing all kinds of fun things to alter and I may have to dig in to my sewing machine really soon. It's been a loooooooong time since I've sewed anything other than a straight stitch around a piece of paper! And I rarely do that any more!

How about the coloring of the images? Oh what a fiasco that was! Yikes! I stamped the images on what I thought was a sheet of Bee Paper so that I could work with both Copics and DI's. However, when I got to the part with the watercolors, the paper nearly disintegrated in front of me!!! I was working on her dress!!! I tried not to panic and quickly stopped adding water. I really hate throwing work away so I let it dry completely so I could try to save it. I moved onto other areas and continued working with Copics, all the while wondering if I was just wasting more time and work. Once the paper was thoroughly dry, I worked extremely gently with my Copics to see if I could color Tilda's dress without putting a hole in it. I swear the sweat was just beading on my forhead! Thankfully, it was a success and I'm pleased with the result. I threw out the rest of that awful sheet of paper since I have no idea what it is or where it came from.

Well, that is it for me today!  Thank you so much for joining me!   I hope you have the best day ever :-)



Friday, January 20, 2012

I {Heart} You...

Hello Everyone!  This month I'm working with a Valentine's Day theme. This gave me the perfect opportunity to use an image from the new 'Sweet Crazy Love Collection'. You can get some fantastic prices on this collection at Magnolia-licious right now and there is still plenty of time to get them and make some wonderful things for Valentine's Day. They even have the Mini version of the Sweet Crazy Love Collection. They're so much fun to combine in scenes with the larger images.

Here's my project...

I {heart} You

This little sweetheart is 'Tilda with Cozy Heart'. I found the wooden planter at the local craft store. I wanted to make a coordinating card to go along with it. It makes the perfect little Valentine's Day gift set for a loved one. On the card I have Tilda sitting atop the 'I Love You' accessory stamp. This stamp is so versatile...you could use it for nearly any occasion and can put any sitting Tilda on the top.

The planter already had the bow and wooden hearts on it. All I needed to do was color up an image and secure it onto the front. I added a little greenery too.

The dp's were in a pile of 12x12 papers that I've had forever. They matched the colors in the planter perfectly. I cut the image, the matte, and the heart behind it with SB nesties. I then stamped the heart with a sentiment from my stash. The beautiful large pearl brads are from WOC. I bought several sets in multiple colors and sizes. The string and lace are from RRR. I colored all of the images with Copic markers, but I've been in such a hurry with CHA aproaching that I haven't had the time to keep the details of the colors. I'll do better once I get back from CHA.

Have an awesome day! I hope you'll take a moment to leave a little comment to let me know that you were here. They mean so much :-)



Monday, January 2, 2012

Tilda in Winter...

Happy New Year!!! Can you believe it's 2012! OMGosh how time flies!!! I sure hope you all had a fantastic holiday season with family and friends. I sure did! It does feel good to have it all over with though. I get so worn out and need time to recover. That's when I get to head to my studio to play :-) On the day after Christmas, hubby took our son to a movie and I got to head up to my studio to paint. Now that's heaven..ahhhhhhhhh.

So I sat down at my craft desk and pulled out my 'Sweet Christmas Dreams' minis. I've been dying to ink them up and just didn't have the time til now. Anyway, once I decided on the images, I flipped through my Christmas paper pads for dp's with rich colors that I could use for a 'cold winter's night'.

Here's how things turned out...

Tilda in Winter
I decided to mask both 'Mini Winter Tilda' and 'Mini Midwinter Tilda' together while out for a walk on a cold, snowy night. They are dressed in color coordinated outfits in rich greens and reds. I don't see 'Mini Winter Tilda' in stock right now, but 'Mini Midwinter Tilda' is currently available at Magnolia-licious in a specially priced 2-pack with 'Mini Jingle Tilda'. The snowflakes were stamped using a wooden block stamp from my stash. I stamped them in black and then traced them with a glittery gel pen. They look really pretty IRL.

The images and the matte were cut using SB dies. The sweet little tree was cut using a Magnolia 'Spruce Tree' DooHickey die. It's probably one of my favorite dies that's come out in a long time.

The dp's are from MME's 'Holly Jolly' 6x6 paper pad. They're rich and dark and I think they look great for a 'cold winter's night'. I wrapped them in a sheer silver ribbon and bow from my stash. The center of the bow is decorated with the top of a green pearl brad from WOC. The ornamental straps at the top of the card were cut using a SB tag die. I cut the tag in half and added red gems for a bit of bling. I added the same red gems to decorate the tree. I colored the images using a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger DI's. I added a lot of shadow to the faces to accentuate the glow of the lamp. I hope that's what it looks like! Lastly, the I made snow with a little bottle of pearl paint.

That's it for me today! Thank you so much for joining me in starting out a great 2012. I wish you all a fantastically fun, healthy and creative year!

Hugs to you all,