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Friday, February 24, 2012

Once Upon A Time...

Hi Everyone!  Today I've got a new card with a couple images from the upcoming Magnolia 'Princes and Princesses' Collection.  You'll see the up for pre-order at Magnolia-licious any day now.  So keep checking in there to reserve yours!!!  I am so in love with this new collection!  I got to see the first half of it at CHA and it's so adorable.  You've probably already seen them since I think they were leaked online a bit early by someone.  Plus, all of us on the Magnolia DT have had the pleasure of showing them off to you for inspiration.  The two images that I'm showing you today are my favorites so far.  They just look like the cover of a story book!

Once Upon A Time

Could these images be any cuter?  I DON'T THINK SO!  I've paired 'Sweet Princess Tilda' with 'Tilda's Castle'.  This scene was soooooo much fun to color!!!  It took me about 2.5 hours but it was well worth it.  It's 100% colored with Copic markers and I have no idea which ones I used.  There were so many piled on my desk and I had to keep clearing them in order to make room for more. 

The dp's are from a new 6x6 pad called 'Howdy Doody' from MME.  The main color is a really deep melon color, but it looks more like orange on camera.  I tried to fix it while editing my photos but I just couldn't get it right.  The ribbon is from my stash, but I may have gotten it from RRR.  Both the chandelier glass and white paper lace are from the Magnolia shop in Sweden.  There are a couple of glass pins tucked into the bow that I think I bought from WOC.  The flower was given to me by Claudia and I believe it's also from WOC.  I just love the two tone yellow/pink together.  Thank you Claudia!  I found the large square doily in one of my craft drawers and thought it would frame the picture nicely.

Isn't this sentiment just darling?  It's so perfect with this collection of stamps.  It's from Claudia's collection, but she was sweet enough to let me stamp it yesterday.  It's a large sentiment so I decided to use it on the inside of the card, which I decorated to compliment the front of the card.

Well, that's it for me today!  Thank you so much for stopping by :-)  I hope you enjoyed my sneak peek of Magnolia's new collection.

I hope you have a fun and safe weekend!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Please don't eat the daisies!

Magnolia-licious DT Blog Hop

Happy Monday Everyone!!!  Welcome to another fantabulous Blog Hop by the Magnolia-licious Design Team!!!  Our theme today is 'Spring is Right Around the Corner' and I'm hoping that it really is!  It's been a mild winter here in Michigan, but we've been jumping back and forth between super duper freezing cold and nice days in the 40's.  It's killing my sinuses!  I'm sooooooo looking forward to green grass, roses in bloom and opening the pool.....ahhh.  Sounds wonderful :-)

Back to the Hop!  If you've arrived here from Sharon's blog, then you're on the right track.  If not, then you can start from the beginning at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.  You're sure to want to see of the DT projects.  This is such a talented team of artists and the projects are so incredibly inspiring.  I still pinch myself that I get to be included with these ladies!

Please Don't Eat the Daisies!
Loved this television show...I saw it in reruns as a kid :-)

This little cutie is 'Tilda with Daisy'.  She's my favorite image from Magnolia's 'Sweet Crazy Love' collection.  I don't see the full sized image in the store right now, but the Mini is available right HERE.  If you want the full sized image, just send an email off to Diana at the store and I'm sure she'll be able to get it for you quickly.  I've paired Tilda with the 'Open Gate', which is also available right now as a mini.  Again, if you want the full sized image, just send Diana an email inquiry.

The dp's are a mix from a couple different paper pads.  I started with a Webster's Pages pad and then pulled a couple patterns from a Simple Stories 'Baby Steps' paper pad.  CS is Stampin' Up and Bazzil.  The image and matte were cut using SB dies.  The white lace is from RRR and the gorgeous (my fave) pink/brown ribbon is from an old MS roll that has been discontinued.  I use it sparingly so I don't run out. 

I found the little self-adhesive lace butterfly from MS in a package of 4-5 and I just love them!  I added some cheesecloth to soften the effect of the dp's.  The paper flowers are from Magnolia, WOC and Prima.  The metal embellie is from a clearance bin at a local craft store.  I bought a bunch of them.  That pearl pin is from the wedding section at the same craft store.  It's much cheaper to buy a box of pearl pins if you shop the wedding isle.

I made the pink/white yarn flower.  I'm really enjoying making my own flowers these days!  In addition to yarn, I bought a bunch of fabric remnants from a local store and I can't wait to dig in and see what I can make with them!  I've been purchasing all kinds of fun things to alter and I may have to dig in to my sewing machine really soon.  It's been a loooooooong time since I've sewed anything other than a straight stitch around a piece of paper!  And I rarely do that any more!

How about the coloring of the images?  Oh what a fiasco that was!  Yikes!  I stamped the images on what I thought was a sheet of Bee Paper so that I could work with both Copics and DI's.  However, when I got to the part with the watercolors, the paper nearly disintegrated in front of me!!!  I was working on her dress!!!  I tried not to panic and quickly stopped adding water.  I really hate throwing work away so I let it dry completely so I could try to save it.  I moved onto other areas and continued working with Copics, all the while wondering if I was just wasting more time and work.  Once the paper was thoroughly dry, I worked extremely gently with my Copics to see if I could color Tilda's dress without putting a hole in it.  I swear the sweat was just beading on my forhead!  Thankfully, it was a success and I'm pleased with the result.  I threw out the rest of that awful sheet of paper since I have no idea what it is or where it came from.

Well, that is it for me today!  I hope you'll play along with the challenge.  There is always a really great prize to win!!!  Next up is Cheryl and I'm certain she has something totally awesome to show you!!!

Thank you so much for joining me!  I hope you have the best day ever :-)



Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I Love Stamping

Happy Valentine's Day Stamp Lovers!!!  Valentine's Day is a special day for us to recognize how much we love someone.  But, can we talk about about other things we love too?  Of course, my heart is filled with love for my family and they bring me joy like nothing else can.  But I also have a great love for crafting...specifically stamping.  So, since my blog is a craft blog, I decided to post a project to demonstrate my love for stamping!

While at CHA, I got to visit with John and Barbro and it was so wonderful to see them again.  Barbro slipped me a couple of samples from the upcoming collection and I've colored one for you to see today.  I think it's the perfect demonstration of my love for stamping.  I hope you enjoy it!

I Love Stamping!

This little cutie is called 'Stamp Tilda' and she's currently available as a pre-order at Magnolia-licious.  Diana is always quick to get the stamps right away and they ship them as soon as they have them.  So get your orders in while supplies last! 

Do you see that Tilda is stamping an image of herself?  How cute is that!!!  I've colored the rubber stamp purple to match the color of the Magnolia rubber... hehe.  I really enjoyed coloring this stamp, of course, I enjoy coloring them all!  But this one was a really quick color and I completed this whole tag in about 1.5 hours, which is half the time it usually takes me.

The image is colored with Copic markers and backed with a matte that was cut with a SB die.  The dp's are from a BoBunny pad from last year.  The flowers are from both WOC and Magnolia, with the exception of the black one, which I rolled from a black ribbon from one of my Magnolia DT kits.  The pearl in the center of it is from WOC.  All of the other embellies are from my stash.

I hope you enjoyed my project!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Happy Valentine's Day to you all!!!



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cutie Pies - Release

Little Darlings Rubber Stamps
Blog Hop

Introducing the new...
Cutie Pies!!!

Hey Hey Hey Everyone!!!  The day has finally come!!!  I've been waiting for quite a while now to show you my new 'Cutie Pies'!  I hope you're enjoying the show so far.  The Design Team has gone waaaaaaay over the top once again and I couldn't be prouder of them.  They are a fabulous Team!  Love you all!!!  And how about our Guest Designers!!!  OMGosh!!!  Their work is so amazing and inspirational!!!  Thank you so much ladies!  I know your schedules are full and I greatly appreciate the time and work that you put into helping with this celebration.

Now, on to the Hop...I'm the last stop so I hope you'll be pleased with my project.  If you've arrived here from Sandie's blog then you're on the right track.  If not, then you can start from the beginning at Little Darlings Challenges

This Hop coincides with our Little Darlings Challenge and the theme is 'Favorite Embellishment'.  I happen to have a new favorite embellishment and it's 'handmade fabric flowers'.  They're a little messy to make but I just love the effect!

Here's my project...

Flowers For You

I colored this sweet little 'Flowers For You' Cutie Pie with Copic markers.  I've had her colored for quite a while now and was planning on making a card to show you.  For some reason when I sat down to do that, I just wasn't inspired.  So, I got up out of my seat and dug through my 'waiting to be altered' drawer.  That's where I found this frame.  It was just a boring white frame that cost a buck at the local craft store and I've never really had an idea of what to do with it.  But, this time, when I looked at it, I got an idea.  This is exactly why I buy these things when I find them...cause you never know when you'll be inspired to create something wonderful with them!

Anyway, the dp's are brand new from the BG 'Kissing Booth' 6x6 paper pad.  I tore the pieces and decoupaged them to the frame.  I made the big pink rolled flower from some silk ribbon and added the string of pearls for a shabby chic touch.  The large yellow and dark pink flowers were made from Webster's Bloomers and I added large pearls to the centers.  The rest of the flowers are from WOC.  The image and matte were cut using SB dies.  The feather is from my stash.  The gorgeous paper swirls were cut using a Magnolia DooHickey 'Leaf and Swirl' Die.  The pearls on the image are from my stash.  The beautiful sentiment is from SU.

So that's it for my project, but you're not done yet!  Be sure to hop on back to the Little Darlings Challenges blog to get in the running for the CANDY!!!

Don't forget that the Cutie Pies are in the store today!  Get yours while the first shipment lasts!

Have an awesome day!!!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012




The Little Darlings 'CUTIE PIE' release is tomorrow, February 8th!!!

Get your stamps at Little Darlings Rubber Stamps!

Join us for the most inspirational Blog Hop at

There will be a prize for a lucky crafter!

Sunday, February 5, 2012



What a thrill it was to be at CHA once again!  I got to see several old friends and meet some new ones.  Everyone was so sweet and we had a wonderful time.

I've got some photos as proof of the great time we had.  I've also got some photos from the Magnolia booth :-)

Here goes!

The show begins with a parade and the awesome sound of bag pipes!
It's so exciting!!!

Magnolia Mini World Booth

Mindy and I

Cabio and Mindy coloring

The gang at Patti Jo's flower making class.
Left to right:  Patti Jo, Bronlyn, Diana, Sharon, Cabio, Suzan, Jacque, Mindy, Bev and Me

The gang having dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Left and around the table: Bronlyn, Mindy, Me, Sharon, Patti Jo, Cabio, Suzanne, Diana, Suzan, Bev and Jacque

Mindy, Jacque, Bronlyn and Me

Mindy, Me, Sharon and Diana

Suzan, Bev and Jacque

Mindy and I got to have a fab dinner with Yamille from Memory Box.  Her friend Maria was an absolute joy as well.

Mindy and I got to meet Sandie Dunne at the La La Land Crafts booth

Mindy, John and I at the Magnolia booth

 Magnolia booth

Magnolia booth

I hope you enjoyed my photos.  It was such a great show, but most of all, I got to be in the company of some spectacular people.

Hugs to you all,


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