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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Another CANDY, but you've got to make me laugh!!!

As you can see, I'm feeling very generous today :-)  This CANDY was inspired by my son and how he never ceases to surprise me.  First, the CANDY will consist of 4 stamps of your choice from Magnolia-licious.  That's right!  4 stamps on me and Diana Crick, the awesome owner of Magnolia-licious!

All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on this post telling me something funny from your past or present.  For example, I now know that no matter how high a child's IQ may have tested, he will still find it hilarious to shove things up his nose.  I learned this today from my 6 year old :-)  Fortunately, the thinga-ma-jigs fell right out.  Just so you know, the part that I find funny is that his IQ actually is well above the genius level, yet he still does typical '6yr old' stuff.  He will argue his opinion like a master debater and then put his finger in his nose.  It's just so confusing!

Whoever makes me laugh the hardest...wins!  It's that simple.  I will announce the winner on Wednesday night (November 3rd).

Have fun and MAKE ME LAUGH!


How's Your Sweet Tooth? I've got...



Are you all ready to start making those Christmas cards?  Well, I'm here to help!  I've assembled some of my favorite Christmas papers and one of the brand new Christmas stamps from Magnolia.  She's unmounted so I've also included a sheet of reusable Tack 'N Peel that you can attach to one side of your acrylic block for use with all of your unmounted stamps.  You'll never have to work with that mounting foam again!  How's that for awesome?

Here's what you can win:

1 - Magnolia 2010 Christmas stamp: Tilda Wants a Hug

3 - Basic Grey 6X6 Christmas Paper Pads:  Jovial, Wassail, Eskimo

1 - PinkPaislee 6X6 Christmas Paper Pad: Father Christmas

1 - Tack 'N Peel for you unmounted stamps

Here's how you can win:  It's simple!

1.  Become a Follower on my blog

2.  Advertise and link to my candy in the sidebar of your blog (I will check!).  If you do not have a blog, just let me know in your comment and I'll check that too.

3.  Leave a comment on this post onlyIf you leave your email address in your comment, I will contact you directly if you're the winner.

I will use Random.org to select and post a winner on the evening of November 8th, 2010.

Good luck!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tilda wants a hug...

Hey Ya'll!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Ours was busy and fast.  I started Saturday with a birthday lunch for my cousin, while my hubby was racing cyclocross.  The card I'm going to show you today was made for her.  Unfortunately, she had a sugar reaction (she's diabetic) and we had to reschedule the lunch.  She's ok though.  Anyway, I stopped by the market to get the makings of Osso Buco for our dinner guests that evening.  I hadn't made it in quite a while and I was really looking forward to it.  It was wonderful!  As was the company that evening.  Sunday we made snow cones out of blueberry juice and a bit of sugar.  Then my hubby went for a bike ride, I went to my craft room, and our son visited gramma.   Before we knew it, the day was spent and so were we.  Why is it the weekends go so fast!!!

I've been lucky to be spending a lot of time in my craft room lately.  I have some things in the works that I can't mention right now, but I think they're exciting.  All in good time!  As you may have noticed, I've been making quite a few cards lately and it feels great.  I feel like I'm in a really good groove with crafting right now.  I'm really happy with most everything that I've produced.  I'm almost afraid to say that out loud for fear of jinxing myself!

Anyway, back to the reason we're here.  I made another card with one of the really versatile new Magnolia Christmas images.  Here she is...

Tilda Wants a Hug
As you can tell by the title, this is #3078 Tilda Wants A Hug from Magnolia's new 'A Merry Little Christmas' 2010 collection.  She's currently available for pre-order at Magnolia-licious so get on over there and get your ordered before it's too late!  Now, I know I said I was tired of Fall cards already, but I couldn't help myself.  I had painted this cutie with green and red and didn't want to make a Christmas card out of her since it was to be for my cousin's birthday.  So, I browsed through my endless supply of 6x6 paper pads and found these lovely, rich Fall colors.  I couldn't pass them up!  Did you notice that I said that I painted the image first?  I usually don't do that.  Paper selection is usually what drives the color choices for the image.

The dp's are from PinkPaislee's 'Old School' collection and I just LOVE 'EM!  The colors are so rich and vibrant.  I used SU cs this time.  The flowers and leaves were made using Magnolia DooHickey dies: Doily Flowers and Bon Voyage Foliage, both are available right now at Magnolia-licious.  I think they are STUNNING!  They look very '70's flower childish'.  The large pearl brads are from the Magnolia shop in Sweden.  The string is from my stash.

I colored this little cutie using watercolors with Ranger Distress Inks.  The list of colors is as follows:

tea dye, tattered rose, walnut stain, antique linen, forest moss, fired brick

That's all I have for today.  I hope you find some crafting time.



Friday, October 22, 2010

Gingerbread Tilda...

Hey There Everyone!  I finally took time for myself this week.  I was in need of some creative therapy and made my way to my craft room on Wednesday.  I spent most of the day there with my friend Cissy.  She's been interested in learning how to paint with watercolor and Ranger Distress Inks so we worked on that for a bit.  I chose to use one of the new Magnolia Christmas 2010 stamps - #3067 Gingerbread Tilda.  I colored this image several times while I was in Sweden so I was pretty familiar with where I wanted the shadows.  I really like how she turned out so I decided to make a card with her.

I'm completely hooked on Christmas cards!  I haven't inked up any of my new stamps from the Apples & Cherries "Autumn" collection yet.  I have them sitting on my craft table and they keep staring at me begging to be used.  I'm a little tired of fall colors already, so I think I'll take a looksie and see if I can use some of them for Christmas cards.  I never get tired of Christmas colors!

Gingerbread Tilda

As I mentioned, this little cutie is #3067 Gingerbread Tilda and she's currently available for pre-order at Magnolia-licious.  If fact, you can check out the entire Magnolia 'A Merry Little Christmas 2010' collection right HERE.

The dp's are from Little Yellow Bicycle's (LYB) 'Christmas Delight' decorative edge tablet.  I've often looked at these paper pads and wondered what I could do with them other than create a scrapbook.  I liked the bow configuration at the top of these two pages so I decided to adhere them together and make a Christmas card shaped like a Christmas present w/ bow.  I think it looks pretty cool actually.  Anyway, cs is by Bazzill, per usual.  Both the gem and snowflake are by LYB.  I added diamond Stickles all over the snowflake so it would sparkle.  The pleated green ribbon is by BoBunny.  Yes, I said 'green'.  It looks really dark in the photos.  I used an EK Success punch to round out the corners.

I colored this cutie with a combination of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger Distress Inks.  The details are as follows:

Copics:  E00, 02, 42, 43, 44, 50, RV21

DI's:  walnut stain, black soot, weathered wood, antique linen, vintage photo, fired brick, forest moss, tumbled glass

Well, that's all for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you find some time to color!



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sneaky Tilda...

Hey Hey Hey Everyone!  Well, I'm getting back into my groove again after my trip.  From your comments, I could see that you enjoyed the photos.  What a gorgeous country!  I already can't wait to go back.

The day before the grand re-opening at Magnolia, I was given the wonderful surprise gift of choosing a few stamps from the new 'A Merry Little Christmas 2010' collection so that I could use them during my watercolor demonstration in the shop.  It was such a joy to see all of the new stamps sitting there just waiting for all of our little hands to get hold of them.  This is my first card with one of the stamps that I selected.  She's called 'Sneaky Tilda' and she's so versatile that I used her for a birthday card for my friend Debbie.  I decided to enter this card in the Magnolia Stamp Lovers 'sparkle' challenge.  Here she is...

Sneaky Tilda

This little cutie is Sneaky Tilda and she's from Magnolia's 'A Merry Little Christmas' collection for 2010.  A friend of mine is celebrating her birthday this week, so I wanted to make a card for her.  I couldn't wait to use my new stamps and this one is perfect for just about any celebration.  She will be available at Magnolia-licious very soon.
These gorgeous dp's are by PinkPaislee.  I think the collection is called 'Sweetness'.  And they are!!!  I used Bazzill cs.  The frame was cut using the Magnolia DooHickey 'Old Swedish Lace' die.  I cut the image and the sentiment (from Catslife Press) with Spellbinder's dies.  I found the pearls in one of my ribbon drawers and made a bow from them.  The flowers are from both Magnolia and Wild Orchid Crafts.  I haven't used many flowers on my projects lately, so I went a bit crazy with them!  To add a little bling, all flowers were given some sparkle with stardust Stickles.

I colored this little lady using a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger Distress Ink.  Here are the details...

Copics:  EOO, 02, 42, 43, 44, 50, 57, RV21, W1

DI's:  antique linen, tumbled glass, walnut stain, black soot, tattered rose, weathered wood, vintage photo

That's all I have for today.  Have an awesome day and try to find some time for coloring!



Monday, October 18, 2010

Santa Hands Out Presents...

Hey Everyone!  First, I'd like to apologize to the Magnolia-licious DT for not making the Hop today.  There has been much going on in my life from my trip to my lovely mother-in-law's visit.  Sadly, she just left yesterday for Texas.  My son is missing her so much.  We talked about a return visit in February but that seems so far off to a six year old.  On the up side of things, once again I'm hoping that things will settle a bit and I'll be able to get into a routine.  Maybe tomorrow, as my son is off school today and I have absolutely no idea why!!!  Honestly.  I don't have any idea why there is no school today, I just know that there isn't.  See how disconnected I am these days!

Anyway, I've got another Christmas card for you today.  I just love working on Christmas stuff.  It always puts me in a good mood.  I was asked a few weeks back to do a Christmas card for advertisement and I had this little Santa just begging to be inked up.  So, I obliged.  When you recieve your Magnolia Ink Christmas Issue you will see this card with the Magnolia-licious advertisement at the end of the magazine.  I'm so proud of how it came out!

I haven't entered a challenge in a very long time, but Magnolia Stamp Lovers has a 'sparkle' challenge going on and I thought I'd give it a shot. 

Santa Hands Out Presents

I worked on this card so fast because of a deadline and I didn't keep track of any of the details, like dps, markers, DI's, etc.  I can tell you that I used #148 Santa Hands Out Presents by Magnolia and he's sitting on #580 Large Armchair by Alota.  They are both waiting for you over at Magnolia-licious!  Oh yeah, I can also see that I used Stickles on Santa's hat and cuff's for a bit of sparkle.

Additionally, I first stamped, colored/painted, and cut out Santa.  Then, I stamped the chair and colored the legs.  Finally, I stamped the chair again on patterned paper, added some shading, and cut it out.  The cut image of the chair was glued to the plain stamped image and then Santa was adhered over top.

That's all I have for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Thank you also for taking the time to leave a comment.  I truly appreciate and read each and every one of them.



Sunday, October 17, 2010

Photos of Stockholm...

Hello Everyone!  As promised, I have my photos of Stockholm to share with you.  You'll see from the photos that I have a love for architecture.  The buildings in Stockholm are absolutely stunning.  I took so many photos, but have selected the best ones to show you.  I hope you'll enjoy them.

This is the building where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented.

The next several photos are of 'Old Town' which is the first area of Stockholm to be built.  The buildings remind me very much of Venice, Italy.  On that note, Stockholm, like Venice, is built on a series of 14 islands with bridges connecting them.  Unlike Venice, motorized vehicles are permitted.

This is a Viking buriel stone.  It's difficult to see in this photo, but, it currently rests on the corner of a building to protect the building from being damaged if a car were to hit it.  It seems a little odd doesn't it?  I would want to protect the buriel stone!  But, we were told that it is very strong.  In the very left corner of the photo is an old cannon that is the first thing to be struck should a car run into the building. 

This is the fountain in the center of the main square in Old Town.  This square is where the wealthiest of people would have lived.

More from the main square.  These were homes of wealthy families.  Aren't they gorgeous?  We had lunch at the restaurant with the awning on the right.  Oh yeah, that's Diana and I in the front there.

This is a statue of someone slaying a dragon...but I don't remember the story :-(

This is a statue of a very short man.  I'm only 5'3" and he's not much taller than me!

We took a ferry ride and this was the view.

Also a view from the ferry, this is a carnival.  I took this photo so my hubby could see the incredibly vertical roller coaster.  When I saw this, I really realized that land is at a premium in Stockholm.

Some old and beautiful boats.

A very narrow alley.  I could stand in the middle, hold out my arms like an airplane, and touch both sides simultaneously.  Only very tiny cars are allowed....just kidding!!!

This is a small portion of the palace.  I didn't bring my good camera and wide angle lense so I couldn't get it all in the photo.  But believe me...IT'S HUGE!  It has 608 rooms.  That's Diana and Olga, our guide, on the right.

This is the National Museum.  It's on its own island.

On our way back to the train station, I looked up and saw this statue.

A better perspective.  Cool huh?

Well, that's it for today.  I really hope you enjoyed this little tour of Stockholm.  It's such a gorgeous place.  If you can get there, I strongly suggest that you do.  I will definitely be going again.  Next time, I will plan on several days just for Stockholm.

Ciao for now,


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Photos of the Magnolia shop...

Hello Everyone!  I'm back with the photos that I promised.  Sorry it's so late today.  I've been going nonstop all day and I'm looking forward to feeling my head hit the pillow.  Today I have some photos of the Magnolia shop in Boras, Sweden.  It is such a beautiful store.  When you walk in, you can just feel the joy that went into creating it.

This is the entrance to the Magnolia shop.  The store, offices, and manufacturing facility are spread across the entire first floor of the building.  It's pretty large so I didn't get a photo of the entire building.  It actually goes further left and makes a turn into an L shape.  The morning of the re-opening, there was a line of people waiting for the shop to open.  I was told that someone arrived super early and slept in her car so she could be one of the first 50 people and get the special gift bag.  I never did find out what was in that gift bag!

Here's a closeup of the front door, just to make you all drool a bit.

This is what I first saw when I came through the front door and entered the shop.

Here is the infamous suitcase by the entry way.  Each unmounted stamp in this case sells for 10kr, which is about $1.50 USD.

More of the store...

This table of unmounted stamps is the main event in the store.  It houses bins of unmounted stamps from many collections.  You can also see that there are cards and projects by DT members on display all over this table.  There are many more throughout the store.

Here you can see just how long this display is.  I was a kid in a candy shop!  I had to keep wiping my chin so I wouldn't get any drool on the stamps!

This is a little cafe that is in the new home decor section of the store.  They offer sandwiches, salads, fabulous desserts and drinks.  I recommend the rhubarb pie with creme sauce.  It contained about 1000 calories, but it was worth it!

Here's the magnificent Diana Crick at her Scor-Pal demo table.  Doesn't she look great in black?

This is Camilla's demo table.  I think I took this photo before the shop actually opened to the public.  See the pretty Chrismas tree in the background?  I purchased a few of their gorgeous glass ornaments for our tree.  I'll be thinking of Sweden when hanging them on our tree each year.

Here are some photos of the stunning new home decor products.  They are all so beautiful and wish I could have shipped a few boxes of product home.  As it was, I had to purchase another suitcase for all of the stamps, embellies, papers, clothes, etc., that I purchased. 

Do you see the snowman card???  Commit it to memory, for you may see it again somewhere.  Notice the little clock on the shelf?  I bought one and it's so pretty.  I also fell in love with the tin house on the top shelf.  It reminds me of Edwin's town.

And here we are!  From left to right...Lillemor, Camilla and Me.  This photo was taken at the end of the day after we'd been doing our demos all day, so I'm not looking that great :-(  The sweatshirts are courtesy of the lovely owners of Magnolia.  It was the most wonderful surprise when they presented me with it when I arrived at the store that morning.  I will cherish it always.

Well, that's all I have for today.  I would like to thank John and Barbro for their kindness and generosity during our visit to Sweden.  I have yet to meet anyone nicer.  They welcomed us into their country and their hearts.

In the next couple of days, I will have some photos of our visit to Stockholm that you will not want to miss.



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Photos of Boras...

Hey Everyone!  I'm Back!!!  And, as expected, I had the most amazing time in Sweden.  Diana and I met up in Amsterdam on Oct. 6th and went on to Gothenburg and then Boras together from there.  Here is a photo of our hotel in Boras...

We got settled into our room, had a bite to eat, and then ventured out into the town.  Downtown Boras is very beautiful.  The streets are paved with bricks, the architecture is just beautiful, and the streets are lined with little shops.  Here are some photos of our view as we walked around town...

I love the ivy climbing this bank.

A flower shop that we visited several times.

Diana in front of the flower shop.

I hope you enjoyed my photos from Boras, Sweden.  I will continue to add more photos of our trip in the coming days.  Next up will be some photos of the Magnolia shop and a few surprises.

Hugz to all of you,

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