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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

First Comes Love...

Hey There Everyone!  Having a great day today!!!  My son is back in school and loving it.  He's so happy to see all of his classmates.  Each morning he wakes up excited to get ready for school.  It's so nice to see :-)

I've been catching up on the paperwork for the business.  Uhg!!!  I'm tackling one giant task each day, but I have yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  One of these days we'll hire a bookkeeper, but until then...it's me.  And yes, I still hate accounting!

Today I'd like to show you a wedding card that I had made for Magnolia Ink 5.  It didn't make the cut and I almost forgot about it when I didn't see it in the magazine.  It fits perfectly inside the Tuxedo Pocket Card that did make the cut.  Here it is.  I hope you like it!  I'm running short on time right now so I listed all of the materials at the bottom.

First Comes Love...

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Classic Wedding Couple (from Magnolia-licious), Sentiment by American Crafts
Pattern Paper: Karen Foster Designs
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up!
Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels Two
Ranger Distress Inks: Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint
Copic Markers: E00, 02, 40, 42, 43, 44, RV21, W1
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page: Layered Arches
Crystal Stickles
Gems: Prima Marketing

That's all I have for today!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed my creation!



Monday, August 30, 2010


Happy Monday Everyone!!!!!  Today is my son's first day back to school.  Yay me!!!  We had a wonderful summer together, but I'm ready to have my days back.  At the beginning of the summer, we didn't have any trips planned.  We were going to have a summer by the pool at home.  As it turned out, we were leaving for a mini vacation every time I turned around and now I'm over it and ready for things to get back to our normal schedule.  Unfortunately, I have mounds of accounting waiting for me to tackle.  It'll probably take me a month to get caught up, but it has to be done.  Fortunately, I am my own boss and I work from home, so I can set my own schedule and catch up at my own pace.  That will still leave me with plenty of time in my craft room!  Yay!

Anyway!  Back in July, I entered my Little Mermaid Tilda card into the My Partner In Crafting Crime challenge and won.  They invited me to be featured in a guest spot today and I'm very excited about it.  I was asked to make a card with a 'Vintage' theme about it.  They have some absolutely gorgeous creations going on over there so I hope you'll take a moment and grab a looksie.

Here's the card that I made.  It stars #215 Farewell Tilda from Magnolia's Bon Voyage collection.  I hope you like it!

As I mentioned, I used #215 Farewell Tilda and #713 Farewell (sentiment) on this card.  She is from Magnolia's Bon Voyage collection, which I absolutely LOVE!!!  Diana stocks the entire collection over at Magnolia-licious, but this one sold so fast that she is currently on re-order.  Isn't she just adorable???  The background flowers are an image from Tim Holtz's 'Spring Flowers' stamp set.

The dp's I chose are from Graphic 45 and cs is both Bazzill and Stampin' Up!  If you haven't checked out the Graphic 45 papers before, then it's certainly time to do so.  They now produce 8x8 paper packs in their gorgeous vintage collections and they are ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!  The prints are smaller so they're perfect for card making.  I spent a lot of time in their booth at CHA just studying their creations.  Anyway, back to my card...The gorgeous peach flower and the lace are from Magnolia.  The pearls, ribbon, ticket and corner piece are from my stash.  I applied star dust Stickles to all of the lace on the image as well as to the flower petals.

I colored the image with both Copic markers and watercolors with Ranger Distress Inks.  The details are as follows:

Copics - E00, 02, 42, 43, 50, RV21, R11, 20, W00, 1

DI's - black soot, walnut stain, forest moss, antique linen, tattered rose, tumbled glass, weathered wood

That's all I have for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed your visit!  Did you check out the countdown to Sweden at the top of the page?  I'm leaving in just over a month!!!  OMGoodness!  I can't wait!!!



Friday, August 20, 2010


Hi Everyone!!!  I sure hope your weekend is getting off to a terrific start!  Ours is gorgeous!!!  Been poolside all day with friends and the sun is shining bright.  I have a little time right now to myself so I decided to take a look at all the CANDY challenge entries.  I can't believe how many entries!  You girls ROCK!!!  There were a total of 48 entries, although a few didn't meet all of the criteria:  easel card using variations of red and brown.  But, they're all so gorgeous and I had such a difficult time hand picking just one.  But......I did.

The easel card that I hand picked is this gorgeous creation by Samara Gugler.  Yay Samara!!!  I have emailed Samara to congratulate her and ask her to choose which candy she would like.

The second winner was chosen by Random.org.  That winner is #4 Emma's easel card!  Yay Emma!  I have emailed Emma to congratulate her.

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 48
Result: 4

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Here is Emma's beautiful easel card:
Thanks to everyone for working so hard and making such beautiful creations.  I wish I had enough CANDY to send something to each and every one of you.  Please keep checking back now and again as I will try to post a new CANDY each month.
Have fun creating!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Blog Candy Challenge Update...

Hi Everyone!  Well, there sure are some fantastic entries in this challenge!  Thank you everyone for your hard work.  Your cards are so GORGEOUS!  It's going to be very difficult for me to hand pick a winner.  The second winner will be randomly chosen using Random.org.  I have so enjoyed seeing all of the entries come in and I tried to comment on each and every one.  There were a few that didn't have blogs or email addresses that I could I find, so I couldn't find a way to leave a comment.  Anyway, I will have the winners posted by the end of the weekend - so STAY TUNED!


Monday, August 16, 2010

What Time Is It???

Hi Everyone!!!  It's time again for another Magnolia-licious DT Blog Hop and we're celebrating a birthday!  Yes, it is Diana Crick's birthday this month!  This 'time' we were challenged to create a card and an altered item.  Anything we wanted to do.  I set off to check out local craft stores to see if I could find something that I hadn't done before.  I just love what I found and I'll show it to you in a moment. 

First, I want to make sure that you're following the right path.  If you arrived here from Suzanne's gorgeous creations, then you're on the right track.  If not, then be sure to start from the beginning at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.  You can get all of the details of how you too can join in on the fun.  And it is FUN!

Now for my project.  I sure hope you like it!

It's Time for a Birthday!!!
I had so much fun making this set!  I didn't have a whole lot of 'time' this week, so I made my way into my craft room here and there whenever I could.  I'm so glad that I finished it on 'time'!!!  hehe.  I'm sorry that the photos look a little fuzzy.  I had to angle the clock so you could see the sparklies without catching an awful reflection on the cover.  I haven't figured out how to get everything to focus when taking a photo of something on an angle.

I found this clock at Archiver's and thought it would be perfect!  I instantly knew that I wanted to use 4 Tilda's for the 3-6-9-12 positions of the clock.  I chose 4 images from the new Bon Voyage Collection:  #377 Traveling Tilda, #267 Australian Tilda, #298 Flight Attendant Tilda, and #291 Tilda Goes Shopping.  Aren't they adorable little faces!!!  You can get them all, and more, at Magnolia-licious.  Diana has the entire collection ready for you to purchase.  This is my favorite collection so far.  I couldn't make up my mind about which ones to buy...so I bought them all!  Anyway, I wish I could give you the coloring details of each one, but I failed to keep track since I was in and out of my craft room so much.  I can tell you that the dp's are from K&Company.  I cut the swirls from Bazzill cs using my Magnolia DooHickey cutting die (love them!!!).  The ribbon and gems are from my stash.  The purple flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the blue and white ones are from my friend and team member, Mindy.  Thanks Mindy!!!  All images and their backgrounds were cut using Nestabilities.  Lastly, I applied stardust Stickles to all of the flowers.
And now for the card...I decided to use both #291 Tilda Goes Shopping and #511 Edwin's Town.  My idea is that Tilda would look as though she were walking down the street carrying some bags of goodies that she just purchased for her friends birthday.  I really like how it turned out :-)  I painted Tilda with color so that she would be more lively and stand out.  I painted the buildings very plainly in beige/brown so they would be more of a backdrop.

Here's an angled view so that you can see the dimension of the embellies.  The gorgeous purple corduroy ribbon and lace are both from my own stash.  I used the same flowers and dp's as on the clock.  All cs is once again by Bazzill.  The metal flower and round clock piece by the bow are both by Tim Holtz.  Unfortunately, the photo doesn't show the clock piece well.  It has an antique finish on it and it's beautiful.  The jewelled pin and blue gems are also from Mindy.  I applied stardust Stickles to the flowers.

As always, I combined Copic markers and watercolor with distress inks on the images.  Here are the details:

Copics: E00, 02, 43, 33, 50, 53, RV21, Y23

Ranger DI's:  worn lipstick, broken china, black soot, walnut stain, spun sugar, tea dye, antique linen
I'm sending this card to a special someone, so I finished the inside.  The doily is from my collection.

Here you can better see the sentiment, which is from Stampin' Up!  Can a girl have too many sentiment stamps???  Don't think so!  In fact, I think I need more!!!!!!

Well, that's all I have for today.  I sure hope you enjoyed my projects.  Be sure to continue on to Linda's blog for her awesome creations!  Don't forget to start thinking about what you'll make to join in on the challenge!!!



Monday, August 2, 2010

Roses Are Red...

Hey There Everybody!  I found myself alone this past weekend when my hubby announced on Saturday morning that he wanted to take our son to an amusement park for the weekend.  Who was I to say 'no'?  It wasn't easy getting them a hotel reservation on such short notice, but with persistance anything is possible!

I took advantage and made my way to my craftroom to finish a card with an image that I painted the day before.  Here's my card.  I hope you like it.

Roses Are Red
She's #210 Tulle Skirt Tilda and she's sitting on #407 Elegant Roses.  They're both available and in stock at Magnolia-licious.  I paired them with dp's from Crafty Secrets 'Radiant' paper pad.  The cs is by ANW Crestwood.

I used my circle Nestabilities to cut the image.  I also used the Magnolia Vintage Tag die for a backdrop to the Stampabilities sentiment.  The lace was gathered by hand on a 1/4" strip of Scor-Tape and tucked underneath the edges of the image.  Diana of Magnolia-licious gave me some Scor-Tape this weekend at CHA to try and I'm ADDICTED!!!  Thank you Diana!!!  I've never used a tape with such a strong hold.  I will never again use another tape product on my craft projects!  The lace and string of pearls are from my stash.  The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The pearls in the corners are from Making Memories and I sprayed the entire card with a coat of pearl Glimmer Mist.  Oh, I almost forgot, I applied icicle Stickles to the flowers.

I colored the image with a combination of Copic markers and watercolors with Ranger Distress Inks.  Here are the details:

Copics:  E00, 02, RV21, N1, 3, 5, 7

Distress Inks:  shabby shutters, peeled paint, weathered wood, stormy sky, worn lipstick, barn door, spun sugar, black soot, walnut stain, spiced marmalade, scattered straw, pine needles

That's all I have to show you today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed my card today.  I had so much fun making it!



Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Warm Hello...

Magnolia-licious DT Challenge

Happy August Everyone!  Can you believe it's August already?  It seems as though summer just began and now there's only four weeks left before the kids go back to school.  Every year I am amazed at how quickly the time flies by.

As you know, I got back from CHA a couple days ago.  It was my first time in attendance and I had a blast.  While at dinner with the girls, Diana and I had a HUGE surprise to share with everyone and now I'm going to share it with you.  Do you remember when I posted on my blog that my hubby gave me the go ahead to travel to Sweden if I could find someone to go with me????  Well.....within minutes of that post I had a response....and a serious one at that!  Diana and I are headed to Sweden in October!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We've already booked our flights and I still can't believe that it's true!  I'll be sure to take my camera this time and snap tons of photos to share with you :-)

Now for today's challenge...it was Mindy's turn to pick out something fun for us to do.  She chose these really cool T-Slide Cards.  I had never seen one, let alone made one, but it was actually pretty easy.  HERE's a tutorial if you'd like to make one yourself and join our challenge.  You can get all of the details and prize information at Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.

Here's my card...
A Warm Hello
For this card, I used one of my all time favorite images of Tilda.  She's #3030 Tilda in the Sea and Diana has her in stock at Magnolia-licious right now if you'd like to have one for yourself.  I think she is just darling!

When I began this card, I struggled while selecting the dp's.  I really didn't want to use pink.  I have no idea why...it just didn't feel right.  For some reason, I turned to my scrap basket and decided to make this card using nothing but scraps.  I came across these scraps and they just felt so warm and summery.  Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the manufacturers.
The ribbon is also a scrap from my stash and I think it looks so cheerful with the dp's.  The flowers are from Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts.  The brad is actually a light green and is by American Crafts.  I used a Marvy punch for the pull tab and stamped a flower with a no-name stamp from my collection.  The green gems were sent to me by Magnolia.  I applied diamond and crystal Stickles to the flowers, the water, Tilda's dress and around the sentiment on the inside.  I sprayed a coat of pearl Glimmer Mist over the entire card.
Here's the inside of the card.  The sentiment is by A Muse Artstamps.

I colored the image using a combination of Copic markers and watercolors with Ranger Distress Inks.  For some reason, I really struggled when coloring Tilda's dress.  I originally colored it with watercolors and was soooooooo disappointed with it.  I left if for a while and when I came back to it I decided to go over it with Copics.  I figured I couldn't make it worse!  At long last, I was done with it and I think it looks really good.  I'm actually a bit shocked!  The Copics were applied directly on top of the watercolor and the Glimmer Mist and were still super easy to work with.  AND the Glimmer Mist still shows through!  I LOVE MY COPICS!!!!!!!

Copics:  EOO, 02, RV21, YR0000, 00, 65, Multi-liner black 0.1

DI's:  scattered straw, broken china, black soot, dried marigold, walnut stain

That's all I have for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I truly enjoyed showing you my work and I hope you enjoyed it too :-)



Blossom Fairy Cammy...

CLP DT Challenge #28

Hey Ya'll!  Today we have another CLP DT challenge for you.  Chelsea came up with yet another really cool sketch and the DT has some gorgeous cards to show you.  You can see them all on the CLP Challenge Blog.  I sure hope you'll join in on the fun and enter your card for an awesome prize by Gurlee Girl.  But for right now, here's my card.  I hope you enjoy it.

Blossom Fairy Cammy
This adorable little Blossom Fairy Cammy is by Gurlee Girl.  I just love her!  I used Webster's Pages dp's and they are so 'vintage'!  The cs is both Bazzill and SU.  I cut this sweet little image using my Nestabilities and left her legs sticking out so she could sit on the ribbon.
The plaid ribbon is from my stash and the gold is by Webster's Pages.  The doily is also from my stash.  I think I found it in the wedding section of the local craft store.  The perfectly gorgeous flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I just love their flowers and can't seem to get enough.  I trimmed the card with diamond Stickles and also added some to the flower petals.  Her sweet little wings are covered in glitter.

I colored this little beauty using primarily Copic markers and a tiny bit of Ranger Distress Ink in walnut stain for shadows.

Copics: E00, 02, 35, 42, 44, 50, 53, R00, 11, RV14, 21, Y0000, 21, YG91, 95

That's all I have for right now.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'll have another card for you this morning, so please stop again.  I hope you find some time to color!


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