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Monday, June 18, 2012

Happiness Be Yours...

Magnolia-licious DT Blog Hop


Happy Monday Everyone!!!  It's time for another Magnolia-licious DT Blog Hop and the theme is 'Weddings'.  I have to admit, this is never an easy theme for me.  For those of you that know my cards, you know that I don't often use a lot of soft colors and fluff and stuff.  But, when I think of weddings I think of white, lace, shiny things, pearls, flowers, etc.  I decided to search through my Magnolia papers and found the perfect patterns.  My other problem was that I didn't want to use the Magnolia wedding couples because I've used them so many times.  I really wanted to use an image from a more recent collection that I hadn't colored up yet.  This was a toughy since it had to work with the 'Wedding' theme!  You'll see how it all worked out momentarily ;-)

First, if you've come to my blog from Sharon's blog, then you're on the right track.  If not, then start form the beginning at Cheryl's blog so you don't miss any of the fabulous projects.  Be sure to stop by the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog to enter your own project too.  There is always a great prize for the winner!!! 

Now, onto my card!!!

Happiness Be Yours
Despite having a difficult time with Wedding cards, I'm really, really happy with my card!  I don't often use purples, but when I pulled out this violet butterfly paper from Magnolia, I just knew I had to use it.  It's from the Mini Butterfly Dreams paper pack and it's available at Magnolia-licious.  I paired it with another Magnolia paper, but I don't know which set it's from.  One of my favorite images from the Summer Memories collection is Tilda with Winding Flowers.  I don't see the full size image in the store right now, but she is available in a special mini set that includes Mini Tilda with Winding Flowers and Mini Tilda with Magnolia Branch.  The set of 2 stamps is priced at only $9.99!!!  That's a huge bargain!  The sentiment that I've used is also by Magnolia and it's titled 'Happiness Be Yours'.  It's a really pretty sentiment from the 2010 Wedding collection.

The cardstock that I selected is from The Paper Company and Bazzill.  I cut and matted the image with SB dies.  I've tucked a birdcage into the background that was cut using a Tim Holtz die that I've had forever and never used.  I threaded the bottom with the violet ribbon, but it got mostly covered by the WOC flowers.  The lace is from RRR and the gems are from my stash.  Lastly, the sentiment was cut using yet another SB die.  It's actually one of my favorites, although I don't use it very often. 

That's it from me today!  The next stop on the Hop is my favorite pal....Mindy!!!  You already know SHE has something spectacular to show you!!!

But, before you go, I do hope that you'll leave a little comment to let me know that you were here.  I read every one of them and appreciate them so very much :-)

Hugs to you all,


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cutie Pies "In The Garden" Release

Little Darlings Rubber Stamps

Cutie Pies "In The Garden" Release

Hi Everyone!!!  What a great day!!!  I'm so excited about this new release!  The response to the first release of Cutie Pies was amazing and I couldn't wait to show off this next one.  I just love this new release of Cutie Pies and they are sooooooooooooo much fun to color!  I really enjoy gardening so this 'In The Garden' theme was a no brainer for me.  I'm certain you'll fall in love with them :-)

The 'In The Garden' collection is available NOW at Little Darlings Rubber Stamps.  If you love them as much as I do you'll want them all.  There is even a coordinating 'Garden Sentiments' set that was designed by my partner in crime - Mindy Baxter.  If you haven't seen her sentiment sets yet, you're in for a real treat.  You already know that she has a wonderful sense of design and style, but she's also funny and poetic and has come up with some super cute sentiments.

To celebrate this release we have a FANTASTIC BLOG HOP!!!  The Little Darlings Rubber Stamps 'Design Team' and some very talented guests have put on the most spectacular show for you.  If you came to my blog from our special guest Sharon's blog, then you're on the right track. I am the last stop on the Hop, but if you missed it, you can start at the beginning at the Little Darlings 'Inspirational' Challenge blog.  I give you my word...you won't want to miss it!!!

So, as I've mentioned, the name of the release is 'In The Garden' so that's also the theme for the Blog Hop.  I wanted to do something with tons of color and flowers and I think I suceeded.  I hope you like it!

Nurture your hopes...
I am so in love with these stamps!  They are so sweet and fun.  I decided to make a scene with 2 images:  'Trimming The Topiary' and 'Water Boy'.  They are super duper cute together!!!  I paired them with some new summer dp's, but I forgot to write down the name before tossing out the scraps :-(  I colored the images with Copic markers to match the dp's.

The lace is from RRR and the light blue ribbon is from SU.  The flowers are from both WOC and Petaloo.  I really like these little white Petaloo flowers.  They add such a feeling of summer.  They're designed to be colored with inks, but I really like them in plain white.  The matte behind the images was cut with a SB die and it adds such a beautiful texture to the card.

This is the inside of the card.  I decorated it to match the front and added a sentiment from the 'Garden Sentiments' set.  I left a little space for someone to personalize the message a bit.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed the Hop as much as we all enjoyed putting it together.  Thank you so much to our very special guest designers!!!  If you have a moment, feel free to head on over to take a look at the entire 'In The Garden' collection.

Have a wonderful day everyone!



Sunday, June 3, 2012

With Liberty and Justice For All...

Hello Everyone!!!  Well, I got a fabulous little package in the mail the other day!  Magnolia had sent me the new Freedom stamps to work with and I couldn't wait to dive in and play!  My favorite stamp in the set is 'Liberty Tilda'.  She just looks so strong and powerful.  Pauline really did a fantastic job illustrating her.  Being an American, I can truly appreciate what she stands for.  I actually got chills when I saw Pauline's illustration of the Statue of Liberty because she is such a powerful visual reminder of the freedoms that we all have in the United States of America.  I don't think there is anyone in this country that does not know someone that has served in the US military and fought to preserve our freedoms.  Every time I decide to try something new, like starting a rubber stamp company, I remember that it's because of these freedoms that I CAN!!!

Anyway, the Magnolia-licious DT has a new challenge that this time around was decided upon by the fabulously talented sweetheart Mindy Baxter!  She asked us all to create something with a 'water' theme.  That doesn't mean that you have to have water in your design though.  There just has to be some element of water.  It could be the color of water for instance.  And that is exactly what I did.

And, of course, you too can join in on the challenge over at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog!!!!  There is always a fantastic prize, but most of all it's just fun!!!  I hope to see a project from you :-)

Here's my card.......

With Liberty and Justice For All
I had sooooo much fun coloring this image!!!!!!!  It's actually a little lighter in person, but that's what happens with photography!  At least when I'm behind the camera ;-)  Anyway, I colored this sweet little Liberty Tilda with Copic markers.  I stamped the Freedom Background all around as my sentiment.  There is absolutely no design paper on this card.  I was working on it while Claudia was over and when I finished it I asked her what she thought.  She really seemed to like it and suggested that I forgo the use of dp's.  I was originally going to cut into the card with one of my dies, but I thought her idea was genius and I absolutely love how it turned out!  Thank you for your help Claudia!!!  She also suggested the simple layout and ribbon.  So basically, I did the coloring and she designed the card!  But I'm still calling it mine!!!!!   :-)

This is just another view for the heck of it :-)

Well, that's it for me today!  I hope you'll head on over to Magnolia-licious to get your own Freedom stamps.  They are totally gorgeous and will not last long in stores.  This is one of the best collections yet!!!  If you don't get all 4 I'm sure you'll regret it later ;-)  So go get em'!!!!!

Hugs to you all!!!!!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Hi Everyone!
  I'm still here!  I haven't had a whole lot of crafting time lately and I really miss it.  It took me two weeks, here and there, to get a project together for tomorrow's monthly card class at my house.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about being so busy.  The things that I'm working on are a part of something really great.  I'm just missing my studio and all of you.  Once July is past, I should be able to relax a bit and get back to a slower schedule.

That being said, Claudia is coming over tomorrow and I'm looking forward to having some time to talk and color together.  She's bringing her kids and our boys will have a blast together.  While they play we're going to try to color, but I'm guessing that we'll do more talking than coloring!  I do have a project to work on for Magnolia-licious and I really want to post it on Monday.  I'm crossing my fingers that I can make some real progress on it tomorrow.

So, now I'm off to bed.  I've got an early class tomorrow morning and then a fun filled afternoon with Claudia and the kids.  I will see you back here soon!

Hugs to you all,


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