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Sunday, February 21, 2010


Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Ours was really nice.  My son did very well yesterday when testing and earned his black stripe belt in karate.  We're very proud of him.  Yay buddy!!!

I found some time in my craft room today and made another card to enter into the Whiff of Joy Challenges GDT search.  The theme is Pearls and Swirls.  This time I decided to work with Shopping Willow from the New City Girls Collection.  I like to think of this image as me on a good shopping day.  Yeah, right.  Here she is...

Shopping Willow

Isn't she pretty?  I'd like to come home with that many bags when I go shopping!  Anyway, the dp's were the inspiration.  They already have the 'Swirls' on them.  They're from the BG Sugar Rush collection and I just love em'!  The cs is SU, as usual.  I used my MS punch for the beautiful lattice work and added a soft bow with craft store ribbon.  I cut out the image with my Nestabilities and added some sunny yellow shading to the edge with my Distress Ink.  The green pearls in the corners are actually brads, but I cut the backs off of them because I had already secured the dp to the cs.  I added Stickles to Willow's necklace for a little bling bling, as well as to the tissue paper in the bags.

I watercolored Willow with Distress Inks, except for her skin, which I colored with Copic markers.

That's all I have for today.  I'll be taking my best girl, my 7 year old puppy dog, back to the orthopedic surgeon tomorrow so I won't have any time for crafting.  Hopefully on Tuesday.  I hope you all find some time to color!

Ciao for now,


Friday, February 19, 2010

Champagne Anyone?

Hello Everyone!  Well, the weekend is finally here.  I'm so excited for my son.  He's going to be testing tomorrow morning for his black stripe belt in karate.  He has worked so hard for this.  This is the highest belt rank in this group and if he earns it he will advance to the next group.  He still has some more practicing to do tonight, but I think he's ready.

I got to spend a little time in my craft room this afternoon.  Whiff of Joy Challenges blog is looking for a guest designer.  The theme for entry into the challenge is Pearls and Swirls.  I thought it sounded like fun so I went to work with Willow and here's what I came up with.  Wish me luck!  I'd love to be on the WOJ Challenges DT, even if it's only for a month.

Willow with Champagne

I chose to work with Willow with Champagne from WOJs new City Girl Collection.  I wanted to do something with a romantic and vintage feel.  I chose dp's from Pink Paislee and K&Company.  The cs is from SU.  I stamped the dp with a swirl stamp from SU and the cs with a heart stamp from EK Success.  The brown swirls were cut using my Sizzix Lovely Flourishes Set.  The cs for the heart was cut using Nestabilities.  The gorgeous flowers and pearls are from Prima.  I added Stickles to the champagne and the detail on Willow's dress.  I also added pearls to Willow's necklace and bracelet.  She deserves nothing but the best!

I colored Willow's skin with Copic markers and the rest with Distress Inks.

That's all I have for now.  Have a great weekend and try to find some time to color.  I know I will!

Ciao for now,


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Picky, Picky...

Hello Everybody!  Where have I been?  At home with my son!  The kids have their winter break this week so my son and I have been at home chillin'.  He's actually been enjoying playing on his own a lot and hasn't had much interest in me.  He loves to build with legos and has been having a blast with it.  He doesn't usually get a whole lot of building time during the school week because we have something scheduled every week day after school.  So, he's really taking advantage this week.  This has left me quite a bit of time in my craft room.  I've been trying some new things and working on my guest designer projects for Magnolia Down Under Challenges.  I've got one more to do and so far I'm really happy with the results.  I can't wait to show them to you next month!  I really hope you'll join us.  They've got some fun stuff planned!!!

I've got two cards to show you today.  My goal was to do some simple coloring and focus on incorporating some of the new accessories that I've acquired.  I had a very successful trip to Michaels the other day.  Tip - if you haven't already, check out the wedding isle.  I also got some new stamps from Magnolia-licious and Whiff of Joy and thought I'd give them a test run as well.  I've also been enjoying mixing coloring mediums.  I really like the effect of combining Copic markers and Distress Inks.  On my first card I colored the skin with Copics and the rest I watercolored with Distress Inks, adding shadows at the very end.  On my second card I colored the entire image with Copics and then added shadows over top with Distress Inks.  I've been asked which I like better: Copics or Distress Inks.  To be honest, I think they yield very different results and when used together it's even better.  I haven't been able to decide an answer to that question, so I've decided to like them both equally.

Enough rambling already.  Here are my cards.  I hope you enjoy them.  The first is Tilda.  I'm entering her into the Cute Card Thursday challenge. - Metal Mania.

Tilda Picking Flowers

I absolutely fell in love with this stamp when I saw it and just had to have it.  She's sooooo perfect for spring and summer and I'm sooooooooo in need of a warm sunny day.  I think this stamp is a must have as she is just so sweet.  You can get her at Magnolia-licious, along with a gazillion other Magnolia stamps.  You can always count on Diana to have the Maggies that you're looking for!  So, my color inspiration for this card was the gorgeous dp's from DCWV.  They just scream SPRING!  As always, I used Stampin' Up cs.  I added a little pizzazz with a hint of white trim cut with my new MS punch.  I just love her paper punches!  I bought this one the other day and couldn't wait to use it.  They're so versatile and add so much to a simple card.  I cut the image and background with my Nestabilities and added a remnant of some craft ribbon.  I had just the right amount leftover from another project.  The purple floral picks from Modern Romance were found the other day in the wedding isle at Michaels.  I added a little heart charm and green floral gems that I found in a pile on my craft table.  For the final touches, I cut out little butterflies with my new Marvy punch and added Stickles to the butterflies, flowers and Tilda's wings.

I watercolored Tilda with Distress Inks, except for her skin where I used Copic markers.

I know this is a long post, but I have another card if you're interested...

Charlotte with Large Letter

For my second card I chose Charlotte with Large Letter from Whiff of Joy.  This too is a very versatile stamp.  You can add just about any sentiment you like to fit any occasion.  I think the one that I added is from Hero Arts, but I'm not absolutely sure.  My color inspiration was the K&Company dp's.  The cs is from SU, my favorite.  I used another new MS 'around the corner' punch.  It took a couple tries to get the corners lined up just right, but the end result was worth it.  The image and background was cut with my Nestabilities.  I added pearls to the corners and a little craft store ribbon for texture.  The corsage pins were also from the wedding isle at Michaels and cost next to nothing for a package of 144 pins!  I distressed the whole card with walnut stain Distress Ink and added Stickles around the edge for a little bling.  Finally, I spritzed the whole card with a little glimmer mist, which doesn't show up too well in the photo, but has a beautiful effect in person.

Here you can see a closeup of Charlotte.  She's colored with Copic markers and then finished with Distress Ink shadows.

Well, that's it for today.  My son is having his best friend for a sleepover tonight and all day tomorrow so I probably won't see my craft room til the weekend.  I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Feel free to leave a comment as they always make my day : )

Try to find some time to color.  It's good for the soul and always adds a little balance to my busy life.

Ciao for now,


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Cookies Anyone???

Happy Valentine's Weekend Everyone!  Oh, I sure hope you're all having a great Valentine's weekend!  Ours started last night with a great family dinner at an italian restaurant.  My sweet little boy gave me a gift card for my birthday to take me out to dinner.  We had a wonderful time.  Then, I got to spend the entire day today in my craft room.  I wanted to make a special card for my sweet hubby.  Tomorrow, we may be spending Valentine's Day at my brother's house for a birthday party.  I say 'may' because I've heard through the grapevine that it may happen, but nothing has been decided for certain.  I guess we'll just wait and see.

Anyway, I decided to combine the task of making my Sweetie a card with the Magnolia-licious Highlites challenge.  Diana Crick has challenged the DT to a Windshield Wiper Card with a Spring theme.  The challenge has been opened to all who would like to participate.  You have until February 28th at midnight EST.

I'm also entering this card into these challenges:

Just Magnolia - Love

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Love Is In the Air

Cute Card Thursday - In The Name Of Love!

Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog - Colour Combo

Lili of the Valley - Valentines

Double Dutch - Valentines

The Pink Elephant - Mushy Gushy Valentine

Tilda with Cookies

I was so excited to make one of these cards because I had never made one before.  It was actually very easy to make and I think they look fantastic.  You can find a tutorial HERE by Diane Zechman if you'd like to make one too.  I searched for dp's with a flavor of love and the colors of spring.  I settled on the Sugar Rush collection by BasicGrey.  They have all the colors of a spring flower garden.  The cs is by Stampin' Up, per usual.  The adorable red gingham ribbon was purchased by-the-yard from the craft store.  I wish I could tell you more about because it is so unique and you'll probably want to get some.  Sorry : (  The pink pearl in the center is from K&Company.  The pink floss is by Bazzill and the heart token is from Blue Moon.  I used clear gems and colored them with Copic R39.  The adorable little yellow rose is new from Prima and I colored the tips of the petals with Copic R37.  The chipboard hearts are from Maya Road and I covered them with Stickles.  The backgrounds for Tilda and the red heart were cut with Nestabilities.  The furry green fibers on the edge of the card are from BasicGrey.  Finally, for a little sparkle, I added Stickles around Tilda's background, to the cookies, Tilda's bow, shoes and wings.  I think that's it.  I hope I didn't forget anything : )

Here you can see the Copic markers used to color Tilda.  I darkened the shadowed areas with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink from Ranger.  I also used the Walnut Stain to age the edges of the dp's all around the card.

That's all I have for now.  I'll see you back later this week.  Try to find some time to color.  It's good for the soul.

Ciao for now,


Monday, February 8, 2010

She's Just Dreamy...

Hello Again Everyone!  We're all well now in our household.  I took my last antibiotic this evening and I felt pretty darn good all day.  Yippie for me!!!  It's still freezing cold here in Michigan and we're expecting a snow storm to hit tomorrow night.  We've been pretty lucky this year with only a few minor snow falls.  But this one promises to be a big one.  Nothing like what they're getting in DC though.  Still, it'll be a nuisance.

I had a lot of work to do today since I was out sick all last week.  First things first though, after dropping my son off at school this morning, I ventured over to Archiver's to do some birthday shopping for myself.  My family had a little birthday party for me last night and gifted me some shopping cards to my favorite brick and mortar.  They had just received a new shipment in so it was perfect timing.  Among other things, I found some of the beautiful new flowers by Prima.  You'll see some on my card below.  I also bought some gorgeous dp's, some of which you will also see on my card.

So, once I got my work done, I was off to my craft room for a little fun.  My goal today was to create a card for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge #32.  The theme is Gray & Pink and guess which color paper I never buy???  You guessed it!  Gray!!!  There isn't that much to choose from at the craft store either.  But, I think I found a stunning gray dp.  I'm very happy with it.  Anyway, after perusing through some of the challenge blogs, I found two more that I decided to enter as well.  So here's my list of challenges for this card:

Magnolia Down Under Challenges - Gray & Pink

Sweet Stampin - Floral Frenzy

Lili of the Valley - Valentines

Sketch Saturday - Sketch

And now..........here's my card!

Dreamy Tilda

Ain't she purdy?  I just love this stamp.  I found her HERE at Magnolia-licious.  The best place in town for all of your Magnolia needs.  Check it out.  Diana has tons of new inventory to choose from right now.  So, the dp's are Pink Paislee and Basic Grey.  I just love them together.  I added some chocolate brown with the use of the Stampin' Up cs and I think the effect is beautiful.  The flowers are my new ones from Prima.  Dontcha just love em'?  The ribbon is from Making Memories and I made the bow with my Bow Easy.  I had to add a sentiment but didn't want to cover up the coordinating pink accent in the layered dp, so I used a white rub-on from Making Memories.  Martha Stewart pink pearls added just the right touch of elegance.  The hanging heart is from Blue Moon Beads.  It just screams 'love' doesn't it?

Here you can see the Copics used to color Tilda.  I also used Ranger Distress Inks for the suggestion of grass and to add more depth to the shadowed areas.

I hope you all have a fantastic week.  Try to find some time to color.



Sunday, February 7, 2010

Giggly Girl...

Hello Everyone!  This past week was a tough one.  Last Monday, I came down with my sons illness.  In addition to the fever and congestion that he had, I had/have a terrible sore throat.  I literally spent the entire week on the couch or in bed.  My sweet husband took care of his job and mine without complaining.  I started on an antibiotic on Thursday and I'm feeling a little better.  The fever is gone, but I'm still really congested and my throat is still fairly sore.  Hopefully I will feel better with each day.  This one is not an illness that I would wish on anyone.  I actually have a splitting headache right now from the stuffy head.  Whattaya gonna do?

On the upside of things, I received some great news yesterday.  I was invited to join the DT at Magnolia Down Under Challenges as a Guest Designer for March!  I'm very honored and excited and I can't wait to get started.  This will be my first experience as a Guest Designer.  I hope I do a good job!!!  And I hope you'll check out their challenge blog.  They've always got something exciting going on.  They've got a Gray & Pink challenge going on right now, with a really great prize for the winner.  I'm hoping to get my entry done soon!

So, after being out of my craft room for nearly a week, it felt so good to get creative yesterday.  I had it in my head that I wanted to make a card with Tilda and I wanted a strong contrast with the dp's.  After searching through my Magnolia stamps, I settled on Giggling Tilda.  Then began my search for the perfect papers...something with bright colors and a lot of contrast between the lights and darks.  This is what I came up with...

Giggly Girl

Why are there two?  Story time...After selecting the dp's, I decided to dress Giggling Tilda in golden yellow.  It's just an accent color in one of the dp's and I thought I would pull it out.  Once I had her colored and started to assemble the card, I really didn't like the yellow dress!  In all honesty, I'm not really a fan of yellow.  I'm Italian, with olive skin, and yellow makes me look a little green.  Soooooo, I started over with another stamped image and dressed Tilda in red.  I assembled the card with Tilda in red and wasn't sure if the image stood out enough.  I gently placed the 'yellow' image over the 'red' one and, dare I say...I loved how it balanced the yellow bird in the upper right corner.  So, here I am.  Undecided.  I like them both, yet I'm wondering if one is better than the other.  Will you help me decide?  Please leave a comment letting me know what you think.  It'll only take a moment for you to weigh in on which one you think is the better one.

Card A...

Card B...

Details:  GCD Studios dp's; Bazzill Basics ribbon; TPC Studio metal flower; Prima black gems; Stampin' Up cs; Ranger Distress Inks; Copic markers; Making Memories pins; Stickles in black and diamond

And so I've come to the end of another day.  I hope you'll let me know which card you prefer.

Have a great day and find some time to be creative.  It's good for the soul...

Ciao for now,


Monday, February 1, 2010

Here kitty kitty...

It's...Monday, Monday, Monday!!!  My son is feeling better and went back to school today.  Since last week was so hectic with him being sick and me still having to get taxes submitted to state and federal governments and quotes out to customers, I decided that today would be a 'me' day.  Whew!  What a great day!  Guess where I spent it....hmmmm...IN MY CRAFT ROOM!!!  Yay for me!!!

Here's a little story...

Many of you that read this know that I am a member of the Magnolia-licious Yahoo Group.  You know this because you are too.  And, I might add, you're awesome : )  Anyway, last week someone posted a question that included a reference to someone named 'Chris Dark' and how much she loved her work.  So, curious that I am, I got to it and found Chris Dark HERE.  Her talent is the most remarkable I've seen yet.  She uses watercolor with distress inks and I couldn't wait to try it out.  I contacted her via email with some questions and she was very kind to reply with answers and encouragement.  I can only hope some day to be as great an artist as Chris.

So, today I practiced with a watercolor pen and my distress inks.  When I felt comfortable, I jumped right in and created a card that I will enter into four challenges.  It's nowhere near Chris Dark's level of expertise, but it's a start and I'm proud of it.

I'll be entering this card into the following challenges:

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #31 - Sketch and girlie with orange

Just Magnolia - Hearts & Flowers

Sweet Stampin Challenge #11 - Scallops

Cupcake Craft Challenge #76 - Four Legged & Furry

Here it is...
Tilda with Cat

This Tilda with her kitty cat is just the sweetest thing.  You can get her at Magnolia-licious, which just happens to be one of my favorite stores.  I try to stop by every day or so to see what's new.  As a matter of fact, I'll be placing an order this evening!  Anyway, this card was a very big challenge for me.  I love to try new techniques and this was a big one.  I had no idea what I was doing but I'm very pleased with the results.  I used Copic E00 and E02 on Tilda's skin.  Everything else was colored with the distress inks.  I just love the effect.  The colors are so rich and it wasn't as difficult as I had expected.  I can't wait to practice some more.  The dp's are from Basic Grey's Sugar Rush.  Talk about SPRING!  What a gorgeous collection of papers!  I used Marvy punches to make the flowers and added clear gems and diamond Stickles for a little something shiny.  I added a little VersaColor in 'peony' to the tips of the flower petals.  The sentiment is unknown and was part of a 'hello friend' stamp.  I cut it out with Nestabilities.  Finally, I Stickled around the outer edge of the dp's.

Here you can see the detail of the image.  The cat was looking a little plain, so I added a little pink to it's cheeks for a healthy glow.

I really hope you like this card.  It felt so great to see how it turned out.  I'm very proud of it.

Take care and find some time to create something wonderful : )

Ciao for now,

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