Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Gift from the Heart - Magnolia-licious June Inspiration Challenge

Since today is the 4th Tuesday of the month, it's time for a new inspiration challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  Here's what I created for my DT project.

This is actually a mini easel card--this is the card front...

which I've mounted on top of a box--decorating it into a gift box.  In keeping with the brown theme, I was going to fill with with chocolate hearts, but I couldn't find any at this time of year--may have to wait until Valentine's Day...LOL.

This project was inspired by this picture that Katie--she's our hostess for the month of June--has chosen for the inspiration challenge. 

When I look at this picture, I see a lot of browns, white, feathers, window.  It took me a while..LOL..to figure out that this is a bride in her wedding gown, so add love and romance to the mix.  So I've tried to include all those things into my project.   
I hope you will join us in our challenge.  For more inspirations, hop over the the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog HERE and have a look at my DT teammates' fabulous cards/projects.  For the prize, Diana is offering a $25 Gift Certificate for a shopping spree at her on-line store Magnolia-licious

The Magnolia images I have used here is of Tilda With Cozy Heart from the Sweet Crazy Love Collection 2012 and the Romantic Window from the Your Are So Special Collection 2011.  I've used my markers to colour them. 

For your source of Magnolia stamps check out Magnolia-licious.  Diana has an excellent selection of both the full size and mini images.  Don't overlook the dies--a selection of Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia Doohickey, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn--and they are discounted 5%-10%.  For a bonus, you also get 2% store credit that you can apply on future orders.  How cool is that!   

This is what the inside of the easel card looks like...  The sentiment is computer generated.  I've never decorated with feathers before, but decided to add them because they're featured in the photo.  I'm not really sure if I like them or not...hmmm...

Challenges for this gift box:
ABC Challenge - R for Romance
Simon Says Stamps! Challenge - Anything But a Card
Crafts and Me Challenge #89 - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge #35 - Anything Goes
Divas By Design Challenge #40 - To 'die' for
Stampin' for the Weekend Challenge #12 - Show us your style!
Allsorts Challenge Week #160 - Dies to Die For
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #15 - Coffee & Cream
PaperPlay Challenges Week #25 - Use a Die
Lovely hAnglar or Sweet Magnolia Challenge #46 - Easel Card
Everybody-Art-Challenge #199 - Monochromatic Brown

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is very much appreciated.  Have a wonderful week!

Materials and Tools Used:

DP's:  Simple Stories Generation Paper Pad; Recollections Brown Plaid
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Two, Labels Twenty  and Petite Ovals; CC Design Leafy Branch
Punches:  Martha Stewart punch set Eyelet Lace; EK Success medium Retro Flower; Nellie Snellen Jumbo Rose Leaves
Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pads Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain; feathers from Michaels; pearls and wooden plug from my stash
Medium:  Letraset Promarkers and Pantone Tria markers

- face and skin—blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and shoes—burnt sienna ,caramel, sandstone
- dress—warm grey 5, cool grey 2
- heart and windows—umber, burnt sienna, cinnamon, tan, warm grey5, cool greys 1&2
- brick wall—caramel, sandstone, cool grey 4, pastel beige, warm grey 5
- roses—vanilla
- leaves—olive green, marsh green


paola said...

Your work is always of EXCEPTIONAL standard, as for the feathers, well i LOVE feathers on cards, they add that touch of whimsical softness, love everything about this, just stunning!

Janice said...

Stunning! What beautiful work! Great colours, colouring & design. Really love this, Jx

Lamanuelle said...

Quelle merveille cette carte! J'aime tout le choix des couleurs et l'ambiance que tu lui as donné! Bises. Nadine

Anonymous said...

This is just stunning Norma, I love the combination of stamps and beautiful DP ,the feathers are the perfect touch, Another fabulous creation my friend
Hugs Julie P

marion82 said...

amazing gift card!! love the colors, and how you worked the image!!

Thanks for joining us at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges!!

you can visit
for my free digis!!

MontanA said...

Twoje prace są fenomenalne i niepowtarzalne!!!!!! To jest niesamowite co można zrobić mając tak wspaniałą wyobraźnie jak TY!
Pozdrawiam MontanA

mgoll88 said...

Thats fantastic... a great and very wonderfull work...love it!!


Maris said...

hi Norma, woww great creation, well done with this foto challenge, love it xx

Monique said...

Wonderfull card Norma !! Love everyting about it. Your colouring is awesome :)).

Hugs Monique

R.V.Cards said...

What a great box have you made
Lovely colors and a sweet image!
Thanks for joining us at Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia challenge
hugs Ria

Zulma said...

Beautiful proyect Norma! love color combo, d/p's and embellish. Tilda looks fantastic, cute drawer proyect. TFS,hugs, Zulma

Joyce said...

Gorgeous creation and the feathers are perfect!!

Laura Bradley said...

This is absolutely fabulous Norma, what a talented lady you are! Laura x

Cordine said...

It's stunning!

Sharon Caudle said...

Stunning creation as always, Norma! I love the monotone browns and your gorgeous coloring and design!
hugs, Sharon

Anne said...

Fantastic creation! The flowers are so stunning, and I love the colors and image.

Hugs, Anne.

Chrissy said...

Oh! My..Norma this is stunning, I love the colours and a fantastic design, gorgeous work..


cheiron said...

Wow! I love all of the brown tones and your fabulous coloring...great project. Thank you for playing along with us in this week's challenge over at the Simon Says Challenge Blog!

Christina C. said...

WOW, WOW, WOW....ABSOLUTELY LUSCIOUS, AMAZING, PHENOMENAL work of art!!!!! Love this amazing project....so beautiful and inspirational!

Unknown said...

Wow! Love this, so beautiful, a treasure!!! Hugs! Leah Ann

Louise said...

Gorgeous card Norma!! I love the scene you created perfect for our Romance challenge at ABC, thanks for joining us

Tracey T said...

What a fabulous creation. Love your colouring and the colour scheme! Thank you for playing at Lovely hAnglar and Sweet Magnolias! Tracey x

Paula said...

Goodness, this is stunning! I just love all your work. It's that extra detail you always add that just makes this incredibly beautiful!!

Danielle Champagne said...

Everytime I see you update your blog, I know I am in for a treat! this is card is no exception. Fabulous, I love Tilda sitting at the windowsill, love those warm colors, love the scenery, and all the magnificient elements that make this card a true beauty. thank you for inspiring us always! Hugs.

Michelle said...

I'm with Paola, I love the feathers! This card/box is AMAZING! I could just sit and look at it! I love the color scheme and all the punches. It's simply gorgeous!

Suzan L said...

Hi Norma, The box with the easel card that you have created is gorgeous! I love how you have Tilda sitting in the window. I used feathers on my card too! I just had to add them! They look great on your creation.

Only By His Grace said...

Incredibly beautiful. I love brown tones. the white feathers add an elegant touch. I love them. the papers are gorgeous and so is your coloring.
Are these your flowers? they look great.
hugs Maz

Karen said...

Hi Norma,

Your box is absolutely stunning. I love the browns you used and your design what can I say it is marvelous.


Karen said...

Wow! THis is fabulous! : )

Candy said...

You have done it again!!
How wonderful! Love the way you have coloured the bricks and of course Tilda :o)
I think the feathers look great with your beautiful white flowers.
What a great gift this will be for someone special.
Big hugs, Candy

Kelly said...

I love the box in every way but your window with Tilda is just so gorgeous, your coloring is wonderful.

RenateKreativ said...

Stunning card, I like this. Great creation!
Hugs Renate

Debbie said...

Absolutely stunning work. Beautiful. I love all the wonderful details you have included. Thank you for joining us at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges.
Debbie x

Louise said...

Hi Norma, me again. Fabulous creation, Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious for our challenge

Unknown said...

Wow another spectacular project!!!! What a treasure!!!! Love the soft brown colors!!!!! Excellent work as always!!!!

Helen said...

Norma, this is gorgeous!!! Lovei t! ~H

Laura said...

Wow! Another jaw dropper! Everything you make is beautiful and so creative. Your coloring is always so fantastic and I aspire to color so beautifully some day.

♥ Laura C.

Elle said...

I LOVE your gift box. I never thought of using these two images together. It really works well.

Frances said...

Wonderful creation, Norma, great project, love the color combo and your coloring always stunning. Your flowers are gorgeous too! hugs, Frances.

Pam said...

WOW Norma....I love this...including the feathers!!!! Your coloring is FABulous!!!!!

Leslie said...

This is stunning! I love every single thing about it! Gives me great inspiration to try a project like this! :)

Rene said...

what else can I say??? :D

Unknown said...

When I saw this box I was speechless. I love it and I love this colours.

cabio's craft corner said...

Your box is amazing Norma. Beautiful arrangement and embellishment picks. Love the way you added the feathers that bring in some soft touch. Gorgeous box!!

Tina46 Kreativblog said...

wonderful card !!Verry cute !!! thanks for jouning in our challenge.

cathylynn said...

Oh my goodness Norma this is beautiful. WOW you have outdone yourself. Pure masterpiece here!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

debby4000 said...

Oh WOW this is absolutely gorgeous, such beautiful details and sweet Tilda.
Thank you joining us at Everybody Art Challenge.

Jane said...

This is amazing Norma!! Love the gorgeous colours and stunning flowers!! This Tilda looks so cute perched on the window sill!! love it! hugs, Jane xxx

Becky said...

Absolutely stunning, the feathers are perfect
Thanks for joining us for this challenge at
Lovely Hänglar Only and Sweet Magnolia
Hugs, Becky x

Anke said...

What a very lovely creation, beautiful!!
Thank for joining te challenge Lovely Hanglar Only and sweet Magnolia, Hugs Anke

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