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Friday, April 23, 2010

Coming in for a landing...

Happy Friday Everyone!!!  I can't believe it's the end of the week already!  Boy how it flew by.  I popped a few ribs out of place last weekend and I've been suffering ever since.  I finally made it to the chiropractor this afternoon and I'm hoping the pain will end soon.  Aside from that, I can barely remember the week!

So, my husband has agreed to help me update my craft room.  I ordered the furniture on Monday and it should arrive by the end of next week.  Tonight we're going to pick out flooring and he's going to install it this weekend.  I have the best husband!  He's very supportive of my craft and loves to help me out when I need him.  I can't wait to get things organized!  I have so much stuff just piled up around my craft room.  I don't even know what I have anymore!  It'll be so great to go through everything and get it organized.  I'll have pics for you when it's done.

I received some fabulously amazing news first thing this morning.  I'm absolutely tickled pink and I wish I could tell you about it!!!  Not yet though.  Still in the works and I don't want to blow it.  I should be able to give the details shortly though.

I made this card on Monday and I've been trying to find the time to post it.  I finally got the time today.  I hope you like it.

Coming In For A Landing
I couldn't wait to use some of my new Magnolia stamps!  This card features #3035 Mini Tilda and #1412 Fantasy Flower.  They are part of the Fairytale Collection and can be pre-ordered from Magnolia-licious.  I just love these images.  I really wanted to show off the size of Mini Tilda because she reminds me of Tinkerbelle.  I thought I would show her landing on the flower so you could see just how tiny she really is.
I love layers and I used a lot on this card.  The dp's are from BG's Green at Heart collection and each of them is double matted with SU and Bazzill cs.  I chose to feature the orange and purple because of the strong contrast and warmth of color.  It just screams summer!

To embellish, I added a WOJ charm, BG ribbon and Marcella gems.  I also used a MS punch for some additional texture.  Stickles cover Tilda's wings, the tips of the flower petals, and outline the frame of the card.  To ground the image, I added a thicker layer of grass by hand.

Both images are colored with Copic markers.  I used Ranger DI walnut stain and pumice stone for the shadows.

Copic colors (in no particular order):

E - 00, 02, 40, 31, 44, 41
RV - 21
Y - 21
V - 0000, 01, 06
YR - 00, 65, 68
YG - 91, 95, 97

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  Thank you so much for taking the time to join me.

Ciao for now,


Monday, April 19, 2010

Princess of Thieves...

Magnolia-licious DT Blog Hop!!!

Happy Blog Hop Monday Everyone!!!  Wow, I cannot believe that it has been a week since I've posted anything!  I had an extremely busy week and I'm so glad that it's over.  I won't bore you with the details since it was all work related.  Let's just say that 'tax time' leaves me exhausted.  I've really missed checking out everyone's creations and I don't think I'll have time to catch up.  So, I'll just start fresh from where we are now.

Now onto the BLOG HOP!  That is the reason we're here!  And what a fabulous Hop it is.  If you came to me by way of Cheryl, then you're on the right track.  This is my very first creation as a permanent Magnolia-licious DT member and what a great challenge to start with!  The challenge is to create something using stamp #375 Right Through My Heart.  This is not only my favorite image from Magnolia's Raising The Ceiling Collection, but it is also on sale for 30% off right HERE at Magnolia-licious, making it a measly $7.35.  How can you beat that!

To top if off, you can join in on the fun and there are some fabulous prizes!  Simply create something - a card or project - using the Right Through My Heart image.  Anything you like!  There will be a "Random Draw" to select a winner of two Magnolia stamps from Magnolia-licious AND there will be a GRAND Prize for the best entry.  This GRAND Prize is a secret...but it GONNA BE GOOD!!!  Submit your entry directly to Diana Crick at magnolia.us@shaw.ca.  Best of luck to you!  If you don't have your Right Through My Heart stamp yet, click HERE and get one ordered right away!  You can get more details at Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.

I've decided to enter this project into the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Touchy Feely
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Scene
Papertake Weekly - Cutie
Stamp Something - Layers
Sir Stampalot Challenge - Fantasy
Timbroscrapmania Stamping Challenge - Distressing

And now for my project...

Princess of Thieves

Whenever I look at this image, I think of none other than Robin Hood.  When I think of Robin Hood, I think of bows, arrows, armor, all things medieval.  I wanted to do more than a card with this challenge and I wanted to use metal.  I decided to make a cookie jar to go along with it.  The toffee bars are from Morley Candy Makers and they're coated in chocolate and rolled in peanuts.  They are to die for!!!  I'm going to gain 5 lbs. from this project!

So, to begin, I found these awesome dp's by DCWV from their Once Upon A Time paper stack. The dark purple...the black...the gold...it just screamed 'medieval' to me. I backed the dp's with SU black cs.  I ripped up the dp edges and added a ton of gold Stickles to them, as well as to Tilda's bow. I cut the image with Nestabilities and framed it by hand with a gold paint pen while still in the die. The gorgeous metal embellishments were at the bottom of a container of embellies that I got in the clearance jewelry making bins at Michael's. The flowers are by Prima and the ribbon is just no-name craft ribbon.  This is actually a very simple card, simply embellished, but the dp's are so fantastic that the whole thing really pops.

I used the same papers, flowers and Stickles as with the card.  I painted the lid with Making Memories paint in eggplant and added gold bty craft ribbon to the edge.  The metal embellishment is new from Tim Holtz and the sentiment is simply handwritten.  I aged the sentiment a bit with watercolor and distress ink. 

Here is an angled view just to show a little more dimension.

These two photos show a closeup of the metal embellishments used on the card.

I colored the image using mixed media.  Copic markers were used on the skin and hair.  I didn't keep track of all Copics as I have gotten really bad at that and I promise to do better in the future.  I don't have a formula for things like hair color.  I just grab markers based on the color chart and try them out.  But, for skin I almost always use E00, E02 and RV21.  Watercolor with Ranger distress inks were used on the rest of the image, as well as the background and freehanded flowers and grass.

Now that you have taken the time to peruse all of my photos, I have something special for you - BLOG CANDY!!!

I found myself with one extra copy of the fantabulous Magnolia Ink Midsummer Night's Dream magazine so I thought I would make it CANDY.  Everyone loves CANDY!

How can you enter the RANDOM drawing?
1.  Leave a comment on this post only before midnight EST April 30th and include your email address please.
2.  Put a link to this post with an image of the CANDY in the sidebar of your blog.  If you do not have a blog, you will still be entered, but please mention it in your comment.  And remember, I will be checking!!!

The winner will be selected using RANDOM.org on May 1st.  You can enter the drawing until midnight EST on April 30th.

Well, that is all I have for today.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  Please continue on to see Sharon's fabulous take on this challenge.

Ciao for now,


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Country Bumpkin...

It's Saturday!!!  I hope you're having a great weekend!  Mine has been very relaxing.  Since I am in recovery, my wonderful husband took our son out for a daddy/son day today.  They went to a movie, lunch and for ice cream.  Sounds like the perfect day!  I had a perfect day as well.  I decided to relax and recover in my craft chair!  What better place???  Heaven I tell ya!  I found two card challenges that I decided to enter and combined them into one card.  I realize that's not a giant leap, since I've seen some people enter more than a dozen challenges with one card.  But, I really wanted to do these two.  Anyway, I received some new stamps about a week ago and chose a sweet little one for the card.

Challenges entered with this card:

Friday Sketchers - Sketch

Cute Card Thursday - Mono Mania!

Here it is...

Adela Enjoying Fresh Apples

This sweet little girl is Adela Enjoying Fresh Apples by Sara Kay for Stampavie.  Isn't she precious?  I couldn't resist!  I had pre-ordered this stamp, along with a few others, a couple months ago and completely forgot about the order.  Then, about a week or so ago, I received a surprise package in the mail and there they were!  Yippie for my poor memory!!!  It was like an early birthday present!

The dp's are from K&Company and they're my favorite color!  I know, brown....how can that be someone's favorite color???  But it is.  I absolutely love the richness of the color brown.  Anyway, cs is from both Stampin' Up and Bazzill.  The lace is by-the-yard from the craft store.  All of the flowers are by Prima and I used a MS punch for the leaves.  The simple little sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Finally, I used chocolate Stickles on the border of the card, the chocolate flowers, and the leaves.

I colored the image using watercolor with distress inks and Copic markers.

That's all I have for today.  Thank you so much for joining me.  I hope you enjoyed my creation.  Try to find some time to color!

Ciao for now,


Friday, April 9, 2010

Anyone for a picnic?

TGIFriday Everyone!!!  Well, I'm in recovery today.  I had a minor outpatient surgery yesterday and today I'm resting.  Fortunately, I am able to rest with my laptop at hand so I can show what I worked on from time to time this week.  My goal with this card was to create a scene with several Magnolia stamps, and I think I did just that.  I also wanted to attempt my first easel card and I'm very happy with the results.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Roses on Paper - Layers

PaperPlay Challenges - People, Shiny ***I won top prize!!!

Just Magnolia - Punch It Out

Cupcake Craft Challenges - Make Your Own Flowers

Stamp Something - Stitch Something

Here's my creation...
Picnic Tilda

I'm so pleased with this card!  I've never created such a scene before, but these stamps were just beggin' for it.  The sweet little Tilda is #217 Picnic Tilda.  She is sitting on #618 Picnic Quilt under #415 Oak Tree.  You can get these Magnolia's and many more at Magnolia-licious.  I don't think the Oak Tree is in stock right now, but if you drop a note to Diana I'm sure she'll get one ordered for you. 

To create this scene, I first stamped Tilda and then masked the image to stamp the quilt.  Then I positioned the oak tree to look as though Tilda was sitting underneath it somewhat.  If you're familiar with the oak tree stamp, it's fairly large.  I stamped the entire image but only used the right two-thirds of it on my card.  Next I freehanded some clouds on some scrap paper and cut them out to make templates.  I placed the templates randomly and rubbed with Stampin Up soft sky ink with a polyester pad to make the clouds.  They're darker and bluer in person.  Next, I added the green grass with watercolor and distress inks in various shades of green.  Once I was happy with the background, I moved onto the images, which are colored with Copic markers and then shadowed with Ranger walnut stain and pumice stone.

The dp's are from the BG Lemonade collection and they are the most yummy, most summery papers ever!!!  They actually remind me of the lemonade stands we had as kids.  CS is from both SU and ANW Crestwood.  I used a MS border and corner punch for the trim and Marvy punches for the butterflies and flowers.  The flower centers and the sentiment background got some colored gems by Marcella.  I added crystal Stickles all over Tilda's wings, the butterflies, the flowers and the trim around the sentiment background.  I brushed a little Ranger walnut stain on the distressed edges of the cs.  And finally, I stitched the dp's to the cs, but it doesn't show too well in the photos.

This sweet and simple sentiment is by Stampin' Up.

Here you can see the detail in the scene.  This photo also shows a truer color of the sky.  I wish you could see it in person because the depth is much more obvious.

Well, that's it for today!  I truly enjoyed making and showing this project.  Thank you soooooo much for joining me today.  I hope you can find some time to color.



Monday, April 5, 2010

Hello Sunshine...

Happy Monday To Ya'll!  Well, Easter is behind us, which means that we're even closer to summer!!!  We have had some gorgeous days in Michigan lately and I've been feeling so energetic because of it.  It's amazing what a little sunshine can do for you!

The holiday weekend was busy but fun.  We spent Easter at my brother's house and had a wonderful meal with family.  The kids had a great time playing together and the adults got to get caught up on each other's lives.  It was a lot of fun and long overdue.

On Friday, I found some time to color, but didn't have enough time to actually assemble the card.  So, I did that today.  I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Stampavie and more - Friends

Friday Sketchers 

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Stamp Something - Pink

Here's my card....
Hello Sunshine

I loved this image the moment I saw it and couldn't wait to work with it!  I finally have just the right occasion.  This 'Hello Sunshine' image was designed by the fabulous Elisabeth Belle.  Her work is simply amazing.  This particular image was designed for Ladybug & Friends.  Dp's and cs are from BasicGrey - Urban Prairie collection.  The buttons are also BG.  I used Bazzill gems and Stickles for a little something shiny.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  I used Nestabilities to cut out the image.  The butterfly was punched with a Marvy punch and then stickled.  You can't really see it in the photo, but I applied Stickles all over this card - on the girls clothes, the ticket, and to trim out the edges of the card.

I don't always complete the inside of a card when I first make it.  I often do this just before sending it since I don't always know who it's going to and what they might like.  This time, it just felt incomplete.  I used the same BG dp's.  The sentiment is from SU and I cut it out with my Nestabilities.

The image was colored using watercolor with distress ink and Copic markers.

I hope you have a great day today.  Thank you so much for joining me.  I hope you enjoyed my creation.  I had a blast making it.  Try to find some time to color!

Ciao for now,



How exciting!  I get to announce the winner of my blog candy!!!  There were a lot of entries and I got to see some new and beautiful faces from around the world.  I used RANDOM.ORG to generate the winning number and it is.........................35 !!!!!!!!!!!!  Robin, from Robin's Room!!!!!!!!!!  Yay!!!!!!!!!  Congratulations Robin!!!!!!!!!!!

Robin, please email me at ajhunt@comcast.net to claim your prize.  You have 1 week to notify my and then I'll have to draw another number.

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 114
Result: 35

Powered by RANDOM.ORG
This is Robin's prize.  I just love these organizers!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for playing everyone!  It's been a lot of fun reading everyone's comments and waiting to see who might win. 

I've decided to have one giveaway each month since it's so much fun.  Be sure to check back periodically to see what it might be!

That's it for now!  Try to find some time to color!



Thursday, April 1, 2010

A little princess...

Happy Challenge Day Everyone!!!  What a fantastic day it is!  It's supposed to be 70 degrees in Michigan today!  Summer is on its way!!!!  I can't believe spring break is aleady here.  My son's last day of school this week was Tuesday.  They conveniently scheduled conferences on Wed. and Thurs. and then Friday is the beginning of spring break.  He's going to be home for 10 days so I may not get as much time in my craft room :-(  But, we've got plans to go to the park, out to lunch and to play with friends.  It'll be really nice to spend some time together.  It'll also be nice to sleep in a little ;-)

And now for the reason we're here!!!!  Magnolia-licious Highlites has a sketch challenge going on and we have some awesome DT cards for you to see.  Make sure to pop over to check them all out!  Claudia came up with the sketch this month and it really lends itself to your creativity.  The challenge will be running all month so you have plenty of time to create your own masterpiece and enter to win.

Here's what I came up with...

Princess Tilda

This darling little girl is #263 Princess Tilda and is due to be released in April.  She can be pre-ordered at Magnolia-licious.  The entire Pirate, Bridal, Prom and Magic collection is absolutely adorable and is coming out really soon.  You can get them all at Magnolia-licious and if you get your pre-orders in, you're certain to get them as soon as they start shipping - which is really soon!!!!

The dp's are from the BG - Euphoria collection and I just love 'em! They're just perfect for both Easter and Spring.  CS and gems are Bazzill. The little pink rose is by Prima. I used no-name ribbon and lace from the craft store. I also added Stickles to Tilda's tiara and the trim on her dress, but it doesn't show in the photo.  I found the feather on eBay.  The charm is from a box on my scrap table.

I colored Tilda using watercolor with distress ink and Copic markers.

I hope you enjoyed my creation today.  Try to find some time to color and don't forget to enter the challenge.  Who knows...you could be the winner!

Ciao for now,

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