Saturday, January 30, 2010

A note of thanks

Happy Sunday! I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Sunday means a new challenge at Magnolia Down Under. The challenges have gone back to being weekly now, instead of every 2 weeks.

For this week's challenge, there is a sketch to follow. And there is also an added theme and colour--make it Girlie and have some Orange on your card.

I'm also using this card for the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday Challenge 97 - Blooming Gorgeous.

Alphabet Challenge - N is for New. This is a newly acquired stamp for me, although it is from Magnolia's 2008 Autum Collection. She is called Sitting Fall Tilda.

Creative Inspirations Challenge 45 - Feminine.

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 88 - Freestyle.

I've decorated the inside of the card with a thank you message and another Tilda image. This on is called Lazy Summer Tilda from Magnolia's 2009 Lazy Summer Days collection.

This is my last card as a DT for MDUC. Kellie, thanks for giving me the opportunity. I've enjoyed myself tremendously in being part of your team for the past 6 months. And to all the DT members, ladies thanks for putting up with me. Thanks for your support, words of encouragement and the inspirations that you've given me. I'll be popping in every now and then to see what you guys are up to. I'm only a click away.

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Stamps: Magnolia Sitting Fall Tilda and Lazy Summer Tilda (if you're in North America, they can be purchased from Magnolia-licious), Inkadinkadoo sentiment stamp "thanks for thinking of me".
DP's: Chatterbox Happy Bloom, Scenic Route Paper Co. North Shore Stoked Stripe.
Tools: Martha Stewart hydrangea flower punches, leave punch, butterfly punch, Marvy Uchida Scallop circle punch, Coluzzle circle template.
Misc: Recollections autumn pearls and brads.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Teal Tilda

Hello! Happy Monday.

And welcome to the January Blog Hop of Magnolia-licious Yahoo Group's Christmas All Year Long Group. Is that quite a mouthful or what! The aim of this group is to post a Christmas card on the 25th of each month so that by the time Christmas comes around you will have a dozen cards, or rather eleven. I know I will need more than that, but that's the least that I will have!

We're doing this as a blog hop--my first. Woo hoo! My name is listed somewhere in the middle of the group of participants. If you started from the beginning of the list--you would have started with Julie's card--Julie is the initiator of this group. And if you faithfully follow down the list, then you would have come here from Monique's blog. (Hmm...I don't know if you actually have to start at the beginning though, as the list goes in a circle anyway.)

So, this is my Christmas card.

To make this card I used Nicole's wonderful sketch that she's provided for the Truly Scrumptious Challenge #24.

During this past holiday season, I bought this thick book of a collection of Christmas DP's and a lot of the pages have the colour teal in them, so I've decided to make the colour scheme for this card a monochromatic teal.

I am using this card as my entry to the Simon Says Challenge with their theme this week Punch It!!!

I went a little overboard with the punched leaves for the mistletoe branch. I could have continued to the top of the card with them..hee hee.., but I did stopped half way.

I've added a sprinkling of glitter to the top of Tilda's dress and also her pockets. Hope you can see that in this close-up.

This is also my entry to the Cutie-Stampers Challenge #39 - Magnolia.

Okay, that's it! I've kept this as short as I can, as I'm sure you're anxious to move on to the next card in thei blog hop. Thanks for visiting. I would be most appreciative if you can spare a moment to leave me a few words.

Your next stop is the super talented Pam Sparks--her blog Expressions With Heart. You do not want to miss seeing her card. I kid you not! Her colouring technique is awesome. Enjoy the rest of the hop.

Stamps: Magnolia Tilda under the Mistletoe, "Deck the Halls" sentiment from Basic Grey clear stamp set Santa Baby.
DP's: All from DCWV Holiday Stack Collection.
Tools: EK Success leave punch.
Misc.: Recollections pearls and brads

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Published card!

Hello. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

I've been working on a couple of cards, but I can't post them yet. So I don't have a new card to show you. But I would like to show a card I made last year for the contest that Magnolia Sweden was having for their first issue of the Magnolia Ink magazine. I didn't win anything, but my card made it into the pages of the magazine. It was a wonderful surprise!!! And it was certainly a surprise as the first time I knew about it, was when Cami e-mailed me to congratulate me for my card being published--and I didn't know what she was talking about!...LOL. Anyway, here's the card.

If you have this magazine, I'm on page 43...hee hee. Sorry, but I still feel giddy when I think of it. I mean, me....who would have thunk it!!!

And I had to wait it seemed like forever to get my hands on a copy, as the first shipment of the magazine went out like hotcakes and they were out of stock almost right away at Diana's store. The 2nd shipment took too long to arrive!!! Anyway it was thrilling to finally get the magazine and see a picture of my card within its pages. Which when you come to think of it, is kind of weird...I mean I have the real thing in front of me. Go figure!

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

PS. I'm assuming that I can show you this now, as I see on a few of the Magnolia Sweden's DTs' blogs that they are posting their projects that were published in the Christmas & Winter edition, because the 2nd edition has now been issued.

Stamps: Magnolia Tilda with Candle, Delta Rubber Stampede Etched Holly, Hero Arts Wishing Peace and Joy.
DP's: Basic Grey Wassail Collection Snowdust, Greetings and Laurel Leaves.
Tools: Coluzzle circle template, Provo Craft decorative scissors.
Misc: Michaels gold half pearls, Kaiser Craft red pearls.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Make a Wish


Here is my latest card using one of the In2stamps images designed by Luc Vincent. This one is called Yummy for My Tummy from the Birthday Collection. This is such an adorable image for a birthday card.

I am using this card as my entry into the following challenges:

Susie's Sassy Designs Challenge #6 - Card for a Boy/Option of an added animal.

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #15 - A Birthday Card.

Simon Says Challenge - this week's theme is PUNCH IT!!!
The corner embelishments and the paper lace were made using an EK Success border punch. (Click here if you want to see more of these paper laces.)

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 87 - Lots of layering.

I have given the card a more 3-D look by stamping parts of the image a few times and mounting them on double-sided foam tape/dimensionals. You can see the different levels/layers in the picture below.

This In2stamps image can be purchased from their on-line store. You should also check out their new baby and get well collections. Great responses for the new stamps and it's no wonder as the images are so cute.

That's all for today. Thank you so much for visiting. Have a wonderful day!

Stamp: In2stamps Yummy for My Tummy from the Birthday Collection, Great Impressions 'Make a Wish.'
DP's: Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls Canopy Floral and Poolhouse Stripe.
Tools: EK Success border punch.
Misc.: Making Memories brads.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Much Love

Happy Sunday everyone! (Yikes, I'm late with this posting!!!...sorry)

After a much-appreciated Christmas break, we're back with our first challenge for the new year at Magnolia Down Under. This is our Challenge #30 and the theme is Valentines…..We want to see, reds, hearts, love anything romantic.

At the Dutch Dare Card Challenges, Wilma has provided this wonderful sketch which I have used to create my easel card.
I am also using this card as my entry to the Creative Belli Blog Challenge #82 of Glitter or Rhinestones.

I have used an image from the Magnolia Easter Collection 2009. she is called Easter Tilda. On the original image, Tilda is carrying a few baby chicks in her kerchief. I've covered them up with some punched hearts which I've covered with red and pink glitters. I hope you can see that in this close-up and also the glitter I have added to her blouse.
Please hop over to MDUC and check out what the other DT members have created for this challenge. They're an amazing bunch. Also you might be interested that there's a Guest DT Call at MDUC. The assignment is for 6 months staring from March 2009 to August 2009. The call is open until the end of January 2009. Yes, sadly my own assignment is nearing its end.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Thanks for visiting. And for those of you who leaves me a comment, I can't tell you how much I appreciate them. Thanks.

Stamps: Magnolia Easter Tilda (available at Magnolia-licious), Studio G Kolette Hall 'Much Love'.
DP's: Basic Grey Bittersweet Raspberry Cream, Chatterbox Pink to Heart.
Tools: Fiskars heart template, Provo Craft decorative scirssor scallops, Martha Stewart border punch hearts, EK Success swirl flourish punch, Colluzle templates tags, various flower punches.
Misc.: So Charming heart charm, Making Memories brads, Mark Richards cabochons lt. pink.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pink & Grey - Cute Card Thursday Challenge #95

Hello! Happy Thursday!

This is my second and last Guest DT card for Cute Card Thursday. It's been a blast! Thank you, Caz. For Challenge #95, it's a colour challenge of Pink & Grey. I've made an easel card for it.

The card is based on this wonderful sketch from the Double Dutch challenge blog.

I've used the Magnolia image of Tilda from the So Spooky Collection 2009. She is called So Spooky Tilda--I know, I know, it's a puzzle to me too...hee hee. The original image has her with a broom and I've did some masking and then cut out the broom. So instead of a Halloween card, now I have a general card. Not sure what I want to use it for. I can use this card for any occasion by adding the approriate sentiment somewhere on the card at a later date.

The paper lace I made using a Martha Stewart border punch. For other paper laces that you can make yourself, just keep scrolling down further to my previous posting or you can click here.

Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful day.

DP's: Little Yellow Bicycle Baby Safari Pink Flower, Recollections Basics Light Pink Damask.
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch Lattice, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Punch Bunch daisy punches, Marvy Uchida larg daisy punch, McGill twig punch.
Misc.: Making Memories brads, MS rhinestones.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Paper Lace Tutorial...sort of


As many of you had commented on the paper lace that I used in my Black Pearl Tilda Card in my previous posting, I thought I would do a short tutorial on Paper Laces. As I mentioned though, when you see these paper laces, really, anybody can figure out how to do them, but maybe you just never thought of making them and incorporating them into your cards or projects. As they’re very easy to do, this is more of a display of the various ones that you can make. They are done with your border punches, strips of paper and by doing the punches on both sides of the paper length. You get different results by positioning your punch differently at the opposing sides.

If you don't already have the daisy/flower punch that I used before--I really didn't mean for you to go out and buy it right away (unless you really really love that pattern...LOL)--you can probably used an existing border punch that you have in your collection.

But I hereby confess...hee hee, I am a punch addict too!!!

Okay, here goes..... (I've written down the width of the paper that I used at the left side.)

These are from Martha Stewart punches:

These are from EK Success punches:

These last ones are my favorite, I think. They look so elegant, don't they?

I have a few Fiskars border punches too, but you get the idea! Any border/edge punch will do the trick. You just have to vary the width of your paper strip depending on your punch. Experiment with different widths until the resulting lace is pleasing to your eyes. These are just some samples. You can create your own.
Use them on your cards if you don't have real lace. Sometime a plain ribbon is what's required, but if you need to add a little pizzaz to your cards, this might do the trick.

That’s it! Have fun!!!
Enjoy the rest of your day.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Black Pearl Tilda - Cute Card Thursday Challenge #94

Happy Thursday everyone!

Woo hoo!! I've been given the privilege of being a Guest DT at the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog for this week and the next. Thank you Caz for the opportunity.

The challenge for their Week 94 is: All New - they want to see your cards/projects that feature something new. It can be new stash, new year, new baby, new school term...really it is up to long as there is something NEW! And this is my card.

I have actually used three new products for this card. The Magnolia image of Dinner Tilda I have actually bought from Magnolia-licious a while back, but this is the first chance I have of using it on a card, so it's newly used..LOL.

A couple of new tools I have acquired over the holiday season. One of them is the Martha Stewart border punch featuring flowers. I made the paper lace with it and you can probably figure out how I did it. Here's how anyway: cut a 1" in strip of paper and punch on both sides of the strip as shown below.

***Edited: I've now done a sort-of tutorial on Paper Laces. If you're interested, click here: Paper Lace Toturial. ***
The other new tool I got is a Spellbinders Nestabilities.
I have used one of my favorite colour schemes for this card, which is to take black & white and then add one other colour.
I gave Tilda a bit of style by having her wearing her black pearl necklace and bracelet... hee hee.

I am not really sure what I am going to use this card for, so I have left it blank with no sentiment. I can easily add a sentiment to suit the occasion at a later date.

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your day!

Stamp: Magnolia Dinner Tilda from the Yummy for Your Tummy collection .
DP's: Chatterbox Studio Poppies, DCWV 12x12 BLK & WHT Splats, don't know what the purple paper is called--no writing on the back.
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch Flower, Spellbinder Nestabilities Labels 2 die-cut with Big Shot, EK Success retro flower punch, McGill Flowers-Petite Petals punch, McGill twig punch.
Misc. Vintage Attic Treasures, Mark Richards and Reflections Autumn pearls.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

In2stamps Challenge #1 - Shivers me timbers!


In2stamps is starting the new year with a brand new challenge blog. It is a monthly challenge, so this gives you plenty of time to participate. The theme for the very first challenge for January is a colour challenge of blue and brown. You can check out the details on the In2stamps Challenges Blog here. THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE 3 STAMPS OF YOUR CHOICE!!!

This is my DT card for the challenge.

The image I have used is the Pirate B-day Party from the Birthday Collection. I thought this would be the perfect image to use on a birthday card for a little boy. The candle image is one of four in the Birthday Ornaments set from the same collection.

I have stamped the image twice. The second one I have cut out and mounted on foam tape (or dimensionals) for a more 3-D look.

I hope you will take a look at the cards from the other DT members--they have done amazing jobs with the challenge--and will join us. The challenge is open until February 1st.
Have a wonderful day!

The sentiment is computer generated.
DP's: Basic Grey Pattern Paper Offbeat Eccentric and Unexpected, KI Memories Petshop Yarn.
Tools: EK Success border punch wave with dots.
Misc.: Making Memories brads, Vintage Attic Treasures pearls.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year

A Happy 2010 to everyone!!! May the New Year bring you much happiness.

This is another card that I will send out to a friend as an 'instead-of' card, because I have missed sending her a Christmas card...hee hee.

I've used this wonderful sketch of Barb's that she has provide for Sunday Sketch & Stamp challenge #18.

The following challenges have similar themes, so I am also using this card as my entry into their challenges:

Stamp With Fun Challenge #39 - Happy New Year,
Everybody-Art-Challenge Challenge #71 - Happy New Year,
Lili of the Valley Challenge #43 - Happy New Year,
Stampin' for the Weekend - New Beginnings,

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #1 - New, and
Cupcake Craft Challenges Challenge #71 - A Time for Celebration.

I have used the Silent Night Tilda image from the Magnolia's 2009 So Jolly, So Snowy, & Under the Mistletoe collection. I have put the year 2010 on what is supposed to be a ball of poinsettias that Tilda is carrying at the top of that pole. And I've added lots and lots of glitter to this card.

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Stamps: Magnolia Silent Night Tilda (can be purchased from Magnolia-licious), MSE clear stamp set Holiday Sentiments.
DP's: Coordinating paper from the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Collection: Starry Night, Village and Frost.
Tools: Marvy Uchida, McGill and Martha Stewart daisy punches--different sizes, McGill twig punch, EK Success leave punch.

Misc.: Recollections Autumn pearls, Studio G rhinestones.

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