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Saturday, January 30, 2010

In The Navy...

Howdy Everyone!  Weather update...it's still freezing cold in Michigan!!!  Brrrrrrrrrr!!!  I'm not a winter person.  Never have been.  I like it hot and dry along side a swimming pool.  Why do I still live in Michigan?  If I could get my parents to move, we would be gone in a heartbeat.  At least we have the swimming pool.  Right now, I look out at it every day and I imagine it's summer time and we're having a pool party!  Then I remember that it's only January and we have a long, long way to go.

So...my cousin's son apparently had enough of the cold weather too and decided to join the Navy.  He left just before Christmas for basic training and I'm told he's doing really well.  He's a great kid and the whole family is very proud of him.  I wanted to send a little something special to him and we're not supposed to send cookies or anything of the kind, so I decided to make him a card.  It's a very simple card.  My goal was to create something patriotic, boyish and a little playful.  You will not see anything blingy about this card.  I tried to keep it really simple, nothing busy about it.  Here it is...

Edwin the Sailor

When I saw this image of Edwin as a Sailor, I knew that I needed to get it.  If you like it too, you can get it at Magnolia-licious.  They have the largest selection of Magnolia's and the best prices in town.  The dp's are from Creative Imaginations and the cs is Stampin' Up.  The really cool medallion is from Pioneer.  I added just a little diamond Stickles to the stars so they would shine.  The image was cut with Nestabilities and then shaded a bit with VersaColor in bisque.

Here you can see the Copics used to color Edwin.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Try to find some time to color!  I'm going to get this card ready for the mail.

Ciao for now,


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Just Dreamy...

Happy Thursday To All!  Hard to believe but it's gotten even colder here in Michigan.  The wind has picked up as well.  But, my son is still home sick and loves to cuddle and keep me warm.  He's in first grade so he still loves his momma. 

I found a little time for crafting and made a card with some beautiful warm greens, browns and golds.  My niece is turning 8 on Feb. 1st and her birthday party is on Sunday.  I'm going to give this card to her.  I hope she likes it.  I also entered it into the following challenges:

Whiff of Joy Challenge Blog - Sketch by Gio.  It's a great design and her card is beautiful as usual.

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 97 Blooming Gorgeous

Here's my card...
Dreamy Willow with Flowers

I just love this Dreamy Willow with Flowers from Whiff of Joy Stamps.  It's designed by Elisabeth Belle who, in my opinion, has designed some of the most beautiful stamps for crafting.  If you would like a stamp of your own, you can get it HERE.  The gorgeous warm and rich dp's are from the Basic Grey Origins collection.  The cs is, of course, Stampin' Up.  I used MS punches for texture and diamond Stickles to give the card some sparkle.  I have no idea what company made the sentiment, but I stamped it with Stampin' Up Chocolate.  I used my Nestabilities to cut out the image and background.  Afterwards, I applied Distress Ink Tea Dye around the edges of the image.  Willow's dress looked a little flat so I added some more Stickles and K&Company gems for a little something shiny.  I didn't have a golden yellow ribbon to match the dp's, so I used a Copic marker to color an off white ribbon that I already had.  Finally, I added mini roses and aged them a bit with a little ink.

Here you can see the Copics used to color Willow.

I hope you have a fantastic day.  Try to find some time to create something beautiful : )

Ciao for now,


Monday, January 25, 2010

Ain't Life Sweet...

Happy Monday Everyone!  It's still cold as heck in Michigan and my son is still sick...but we're pushing through.  My son is home from school today and still has a fever.  It's been between 102 and 103 since Friday evening and the only thing keeping it down are meds.  Today I took him to the doctor and was told to keep doing what we're doing.  He ate some mac n cheese today so he seems a little better.  He didn't eat very much over the weekend.

So, after a weekend of caring for my son and little time to relax, I decided to check out the blog challenges that are going on.  There were four that intrigued me and I thought about how I could enter them all with only one card.  This is a first for me.  I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Magnolia-licious Highlites - "Pretty In Pink" challenge

Magnolia Down Under Challenges - Challenge #30 Valentines

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Punch It

Just Magnolia - Sketch challenge using the following layout

I hope I have done all of these proud.  Here's what I came up with...

Sweet Tilda

This Sweet Tilda is part of the Raising the Ceiling collection and you can pre-order her HERE at Magnolia-licious.  The dp's are from ColorBok and the cs is from Stampin' Up.  The sparkly ribbon is from TPC Studio.  I cut the image and background with my Nestabilities and then used my Copic multi-liner to draw the squiggles.  I raised the image and background up on dimensionals.  The gorgeous black jewels are from Prima, as are the black sequins.  I used my Bow Easy to make the bow and added mini roses to the center that I colored with a pink ink and then stickled.  I added the pins from Making Memories for a little something extra sparkly.  The sentiment is by Embossing Arts Co. and it is colored with Copics.  At the very end, I wanted to really draw attention to this sweet little Tilda so I surrounded her with Stickles.

Here you can see the Copics used to color the image.

I hope you have a terrific week.  I have a ton of work to do so I may not see you here until the end of the week.

Ciao for now,


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Puppy Love...

Hope you're havin' a great weekend!  Unfortunately, ours wasn't that great.  My son started with a fever on Friday and all of our plans changed accordingly.  We were supposed to have dinner with some good friends on Saturday night but had to cancel.  It seems that whenever we're supposed to go to their house, someone ends up sick.  How is it that 'Murphy's Law' goes again?  Whatever can go wrong...will go wrong?  I think that's it.  Well, it applies here.

So, I joined my first Mingle with the Magnolia-licious Yahoo Group - LOVE THIS GROUP!  We were to send a card with a Maggie on it to the next person on the list - Judy Eastwood was to receive a card from me.  I really wanted to make it something special and cheerful.  Not knowing Judy personally, I looked through my Maggie's and thought...who doesn't love puppies???  So here it is.  Judy received the card last week so it's safe to post now for ya'll to see.

Tilda and her Puppy

I love puppies and I love this stamp of Tilda with Puppy.  If you love her too, you can get her at Magnolia-licious (it's only the best place to shop for your Maggies).  Tilda is sitting on a Whiff of Joy Tree Stump that you can purchase HERE.  I think the puppy looks like a Golden Retriever pup so that's how I colored her.  The dp's are from BoBunny and the cs is Stampin' Up.  I used my Nestabilities to cut and emboss the background of the image.  The flower is by Daisy Doodles and I added a button from my button box to the center for a little extra color and texture.  It's difficult to see in the photo, but I added Bazzill clear gems here and there and colored them with my Copics Y08 and R23.  Little tip - you don't have to spend money on all different colored gems.  You can purchase clear gems and custom color them with your Copics to coordinate with any cards color scheme.  I added some zig-zag stitching around the largest dp for even more texture.  The ribbon is by-the-yard from the craft store.  Lastly, I stickled the flower and border for a little something extra shiny.

Here you can see the Copics used to color the image.

I hope you had a terrific weekend.  If you're at CHA, have an awesome time.  I wish I were there too.  Maybe next year : )

Ciao for now,


Friday, January 22, 2010

Resting Willow...

Thank Goodness It's Friday!  Hello everyone!!!  Good morning!!!  I'm in a great mood today.  I'm spending the better part of the day in my craft room with my friend Gayle.  I had some orders to process, got that done, and now I'm free as a bird until I have to leave to pick up my son and his buddy from school.  I've been working on a card for a guest designer challenge that I've decided to enter.  I'm nervous about it since I've never been a guest designer before and don't really know what it entails.  But, I'm also excited about the possibility of doing it.  There are a lot of entries so my chances are slim.  Wish me luck!

The details...Katharina Frei of Stamping with a Whiff of Joy is holding a Guest Designer Call.  To enter, you have to submit a card using at least one Whiff of Joy stamp and this sketch:

I also entered Willow into the these challenges:
 Creative Card Crew Challenge 43 - Punch It
ABC Challenge - Masked

Here's my card...

Freezing Willow on a Tree Stump

I just love this stamp of Freezing Willow.  You can get her HERE at Whiff of Joy.  I thought she would look so adorable leaning on the Whiff of Joy Tree Stump that you can get HERE.  The dp's are by Reminisce and the cs is by Stampin' Up.  The clear snowflake in the corner is from Little Yellow Bicycle.  I stamped the sentiment from Kelly Panacci onto the clear snowflake and stickled it to make it pop.  The snowflakes falling around Willow also got some stickles, as did the cuffs and tassle on her boots.  The silver snowflakes and ribbon are from TPC Studio.  And finally, the gorgeous punched snowflakes were done with my new Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page.

Here you can see a side view showing the dimension.  I placed Willow and her background on foam dimensionals to create more texture and interest.

Here you can see the Copics used to color the images.

Well that's it everyone!  Have a great day and weekend.  Cross your fingers for me and wish me luck!!!

Ciao for now,


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

First Snow...

Happy Hump Day Everyone!  It's Wednesday and we're half way through the week.  It's been a very busy week as my son has been on yet another break from school.  Monday was a holiday and then the teachers had two days of 'report writing'.  I'm not sure what that means but I'm certain they have a lot to do.  There are 15 kids in the classroom and 2 teachers.  It can't be easy to get things done when there are 15 gifted kids with you all day.  I have a tough enough time with only one!  It's difficult to get my work done with my son home so I've been doing only what absolutely needs doing and the rest has been piling up.  I should be extra busy tomorrow when he goes back to school.  Don't get me wrong, I love having him home.  It's just a bit of a juggling act when the business is really busy.  And this is a really busy time of year for the business.

I did manage to find some creative time here and there.  I received the winter kit and decided to make a card that is 'season appropriate'.  I hope you like it!

Tilda's First Snow

I just love this image of Waiting Tilda.  If you love her too, you can get her at Magnolia-licious.  Not only is she adorable, but she's very versatile.  She can be used for a Christmas or holiday card, or anything for Fall or Winter.  I decided to put her on a stone wall that you can also get from Magnolia-licious.  The dp's are from Basic Grey and the cs is from Stampin' Up.  I added snow with a Snow Marker and crystal Stickles on top to make it sparkle.  I also Stickled the falling snow.  The larger snowflake embellishments are from TPC Studio.

Here you can see the Copics used to color the images.

 I hope you all have a great day today.  Find some time to be creative.  It's good for the spirit : )

Ciao for now!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bearing Gifts...

HAPPY DAY TO EVERYONE!  And, if it's your birthday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  So, my hubby and I were sitting and watching television Friday night and he said to me..."it was Dawn's birthday on the 10th".  'Dawn' is his sister.  Thanks for the heads up!!!  NOT!  So, yesterday I had to find the time to make a card to send to her.  This is what I came up with.  I had previously colored the image the week before so she was ready and waiting for her accessories.  I hope you like her :)

Girl with Gift

Isn't she pretty!  She just looks like she's beggin' for a party.  This stamp is from Hero Arts.  I put her on a birthday card, but I think she could be used for any gift giving occasion.  The dp's are from BoBunny and the cs is Stampin' Up - of course.  The flowers are from Daisy Doodles and I added clear gems to the center for a little bling.  The ribbon is just by-the-yard from the craft store.  I used my Bow Easy to make the beautiful double bow.  Her dress and hair band got some turquoise Stickles.  When I thought I was finished, the card just didn't jump out at me.  Sooooo, I outlined the papers with crystal Stickles and BAM! - it made all the difference.

Here you can see the Copics used.

Well, that's it for now!  I hope you have fun and enjoy your crafting.  Til next time...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Summertime Blues...

Hello Again Everyone!  Last night we had a fantastic dinner at my friend Cissy's house. Her husband is a professional chef and the meal was awesome. Just like they are. They are wonderful people and good friends. Thank you so much Cissy and Ted!

Today I spent the morning working and then took a break and played in my craft room. My new stamps arrived yesterday afternoon and I couldn't wait to work with them. As I mentioned in my last post, I designed a card to enter into two challenges. This is the second version of that card although I didn't get my card done in time for the challenge since it ended today.  No biggy!  I chose to work with Sitting Summer Willow because I'm sooooo looking forward to summer!  I hope you enjoy it.

One more thing before we move on, Victoria Case Stamps has announced a big release on January 15th of the "Aurora Collection" exclusive stamps for SCACD (which will be available HERE).  Check it out!


Sitting Summer Willow

Here she is! She looks beautiful in her red, aqua and white dress. Honestly, I was a little reluctant to do a card for this challenge because I wasn't certain that I liked red and aqua together. Well, I have definitely come around. I love them together! The DP's are by BoBunny and Jenni Bowlin and the cs is Stampin' Up. The ribbon was purchased by-the-yard from the craft store. The flowers are simply tiny roses from the craft store layered onto BoBunny petals. I love the oyster baubles! I think they add a little something shiny. The circle backdrop was cut using Nestabilities.

In this photo, you can see the beautiful texture of the pleated paper. You can also see that I raised Willow up with some Pop Dots so that she appears to be sitting on the pleated paper.

Here you can see the Copic markers that I used to color Willow.

Well everyone...enjoy your day and try to find time to color.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

What a Sweetheart!

Good Evening To All!!!  It took longer than expected to get to this point today.  I had been planning to take down the Christmas decorations and that's exactly what I did.  Why is it always sooooo much more fun putting up the decorations???  Oh well, my job is done and now it's up to my hubby to put the bins away and take down the trees (we have artificial ones since I'm allergic to everything outdoors).  I cannot complain that he hasn't begun to do his part because he has spent most of the day in my craft room doing photography...for this blog!  He keeps telling me that my photos aren't focussed properly and so he bought me a new macro lens, professional light kit and a tri-pod.  What an expensive hobby this has turned out to be!  Anyway, now the camera needs to be set manually and I have absolutely no idea how to do it.  So, he's doing it for me!  What a supportive hubby!!!  No trades everyone...I'm going to keep him.  So, are you wondering still why it took so long to get to this point???  I made a major mistake while coloring Tilda and thought for sure that I would have to start over again.  Let me explain...

I took a giant leap today and decided to make a card design that I could enter into a couple of challenges.  I love both Magnolia's and Whiff of Joy - Elizabeth Belle stamps, so I chose their challenges of course.  The Just Magnolia Challenge requires that you incorporate paper pleating into your card design.  The Whiff of Joy Challenge requires that you use the colors red and aqua.  So, I came up with my design and began coloring, and blending, and coloring, and blending, and coloring, and blending...anyone who has colored an image with reds knows what I mean.  It is one of the most difficult colors to blend and fade properly.  So, as I'm working away, and almost done with all of the red.....BAM!...my hands bumped together and the Copic R37 goes flying out of my hand and tumbles across my Tilda image leaving a very dark red mark in the middle of what is now going to be very dark brown hair!  I freaked out and froze!  After a few choice words very quietly to myself, since I am the only one to blame here, I calmly picked up my colorless blender, said a quick prayer, and managed to fade out the bulk of the red...enough at least so that I could salvage my work and color Tilda's hair brown.  Sooooo, that 5 minutes seemed like 5 hours and I think I aged 5 years! 

After all that, I have the version done for the Just Magnolia Challenge.  I hope you enjoy her!


Sweetheart Tilda

Aside from the little 'tumbling copic' glitch that I had, I thoroughly enjoyed making this card.  My favorite part was making the paper pleating because I had never done it before.  I love learning new things and I think these challenges can be a great way to do that.  The DP's are by BoBunny and Jenni Bowlin and the cs is Stampin' Up.  The ribbon was purchased by-the-yard from the craft store.  The flowers are simply tiny roses from the craft store layered onto BoBunny petals.  I love the oyster baubles!  I think they add a little something shiny.  The circle backdrop was cut using Nestabilities.  I can no longer live without them.

In this photo, you can see the beautiful texture of the pleated paper.  You can also see that I raised Tilda up with some Pop Dots so that she appears to be sitting on the pleated paper.

Here you can see the Copic markers that I used to color Tilda.  I hope you all have a great time with your coloring and card making.  I'll see you back here soon...hopefully with the version of this card for the Whiff of Joy Challenge.  I'm expecting the stamps to arrive any day now.  Cross your fingers that they arrive in enough time for me to enter the challenge!


Friday, January 8, 2010

Ice Cream Anyone?

TGIF!!!  Happy Friday to ya'll!  I've decided that today is going to be a play day for me.  No work.  No cleaning.  No cooking.  In fact, my parents are coming over for dinner tonight and we're ordering in - ribs and chicken...YUM!.  I'm dedicating my entire day to cardmaking and perfecting my craft (like it'll ever actually be perfect!).  But, I'm 'type A' so I keep striving for it.  I'm hoping to be joined by my good friend Cissy - I asked her if she wanted to come over and color with me.  She has also recently discovered a love of Magnolia's, aka Maggie's as they are tenderly referred to in the Magnolia-licious community (I'm learning the lingo!).  Anyway, I'll be practicing with some of the new scrapping toys/tools that were left under the tree one chilly morning in December.  Hopefully I can figure them out and come up with something really cute to show you soon.  Well, my craft room awaits me so let us get on with the show!


Tilda with Ice Cream

I had a little free time yesterday afternoon so I naturally decided to fill it by coloring in my craft room.  As a result, we have Tilda with Ice Cream from Magnolia-licious.  The dp's by GCD Studios really drove the design.  The cs is from Stampin' Up - my favorite.  I used my Nestibilities for Tilda's backdrop.  I just love the texture of the polka dots.  The gems in the corners started out clear and they didn't show up very well.  So, I colored them with my Copic R35 and they just seemed to pop right off the page!  It also gives a little more balance to the color scheme.  The flowered ribbon is just something that I purchased by the yard from a craft store.

I'm hoping that you can see from this photo that both Tilda and her backdrop were raised with Pop Dots.  I think it adds a really nice touch of dimension to the card.

Not so surprisingly, I colored the image with Copics.  For Tilda's shirt/socks I used C1, RV0000, RV21 and RV23.  Her shorts were colored with R0000, R35 and R37.  I added Crystal Lacquer to the ice cream cone to make it glisten like it was starting to soften or melt just a bit (BTW, I think it's raspberry flavored - YUM!).  I finished with some crystal Stickles on her hair bands and the hearts by the sentiment.  I don't know the company name of the sentiment because it's acrylic and I discarded the packaging.  Sorry : (

Well, that's all I have right now.  I'm off to my craft room FOR THE WHOLE DAY!!!  Whoo Hoo!!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Hi Ya'll!  Weather check...Michigan is still freezing cold!  However, the wind has died down so it's a little more bearable.  If you live in an icy cold state like I do, then I highly recommend investing in a parka by North Face.  I'm not paid for this advertisement, but here goes...they are extremely lightweight and will protect you from even the coldest of days!  I wear mine everywhere!!!  Anyway, after a busy morning of getting my son off to school and catching up on some accounting, of which I am not a fan, I finally made my way to my craft room and didn't emerge until I had created something that truly made me happy.  That being said...I hope you will enjoy it too : )



Now, I realize that Christmas is over and this Magnolia-licious image of Tilda is titled Christmas Morning.  But, to me she looks like a little girl from the 1800's.  With her old fashioned nightgown and candle, she looks like she woke up in the middle of the night on Little House on the Prairie (did I just date myself?).  She's just precious and I had to create something with her.

I stumbled upon this gorgeous paper by TPC Studio the other day and it was my inspiration for the card.  I've waited 3 days to have the time to work with it.  I think it was worth the wait : )  The cs is Stampin' Up, which happens to be my favorite cs because it's really thick, the color is uniform throughout, and you can get stamp pads to match every color of paper.  The double bow was made with my Bow Easy and you can get one HERE at SCACD.  I inked the petal tips of the rose from Prima Marketing, Inc. and added diamond Stickles all over the place.  Gotta have a little somethin' shiny!  The stamped flourishes and 'cherish' sentiment are also by Stampin' Up.

I colored Tilda with Copics.  Her nightgown was done with BG0000, BG72 and BG75.  The circles and ovals were cut with Nestabilities - love em', love em', love em'!!!

I hope you have a great day.

Ciao for now!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

Off to a Great Start!

I spent the whole day in my craft room with Gayle and Cissy...they are not only my scrap buddies, but my good friends as well.  It always makes for a wonderful day.  We laughed, then laughed some more.  I already cannot wait til next time. 

My husband and son spent a father-son day together.  They went to the theatre to see Chipmunks 2 (word has it the Chipettes are in the movie).  My son thoroughly enjoyed the movie and cannot wait to see it again.


Blueberry Tilda

Here's Blueberry Tilda from Magnolia-licious.  I couldn't resist working with her today!  She's just too cute to pass up.  I know, I know...blueberries?  It's soooo cold here in Michigan that I'm already thinking forward to spring.  My color inspiration was the DCWV paper.  Aren't they beautiful?  I made the flower with my Stampin' Up punches and dropped a button and gem in the middle for a little something shiny.  I added some crystal Stickles for a little more bling.  It's difficult to see in this photo, but there are Stickles in the bow in Tilda's hair as well.  The buttons are from a mixed container that I keep lying around.

As always, I used Copics to color today.  If you haven't used them, I strongly encourage it.  They're amazing!  Tilda's hair and pants were colored with E25, E49, E53 and E59.  For her shoes and basket I used a different group of E25, E35 and E53.   Her shirt was colored with V0000, V01, V04 and V06.  For the apron I used G0000, G21, G24 and G85.  Finally, the blueberries were colored with B0000 and B26.  I don't know about you, but I couldn't get the same results without the Copic Sketch Pastels (0000's).  They're fantastic!

I'll see you back here soon.  I've already started my next project.  It's for the man in your life : )
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