Friday, October 28, 2011


Hello! Happy Friday!

I was working on this Christmas card while I was waiting for my stamps of the new Magnolia Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection 2011 to arrive in the mail. I've received them now, woo-hoooo...can't wait to start colouring the new images. But in the meantime I've finished this one.

Here's a close-up of the Tilda I used for the card front. (Did you notice that Blogger did something to their system and now you can no longer blow up the pictures by clicking on them? I loved that feature!!!...sigh). This is Cozy Tilda from the So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009.

The colouring of the images for this card were done using my collection of alcohol-ink base markers (Letraset Promarkers and Pantone Trias, Shinhan Touch markers).

Here's a view of the inside of my card. I left it simple because the paper design is quite busy already.

The little angel I've used here is called Sparkling Tilda from the So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009 also. Magnolia stamps and doohickey cutting dies are available from Diana's online store Magnolia-licious. Diana gives you the best service and she has the largest collection of the mini version of Magnolia stamps. Check them out HERE.

Challenges I am entering with this card:
Charisma Cardz - Challenge 43 – Anything Goes
Colour Create Challenge – Challenge 82 – Burgundy, Gold, Green and Cream
Dutch Dare Card Challenges – DDCC #136 – Pearls & Swirls
Simon Says Stamps – Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - V is for Vintage Christmas
Magnolia-Mania - Challenge #31 - Vintage
Just Magnolia hAnglar & sTanglar - Week 130 – Merry Christmas

Okay, now I must get busy with colouring those new Christmas images. Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the visit. Have a fabulous weekend. I've got to spend some time preparing my garden plot for the winter...oh well.

Materials and Tools Used:

Sentiment stamps: TPC Studio clear stamps Christmas Expression (NOEL); Inkadinkadoo clear stamp set Winter Shapes (Season's Greetings)

Dies: Magnolia doohickey cutting dies Swirls and Poinsettia Flowers; ; Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Fourteen

Punches: EK Success small Retro Flower; Fiskars 3-in-1 corner punch Celestial; Michaels tiny sun/flower

Miscellaneous: Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Vintage Photo; ribbons and pearls from my stash; Jewel Glitter Ritz micro-fine glitter


lamanuelle said...

Trop, trop belle! Bises. Nadine

Astrid said...

OMG Norma, this is a gorgeous card, they are the oldies but sooooo lovely. And the new ones are great i have them already.
Have a nice weekend.
Hugs Astrid

PeeJay said...

Beautiful card.
You can blow the pic up but it's a roundabout way of doing it now. Click on pic and it opens in what I think they call a 'lightbox'. Down in the bottom left hand corner there's 'view original' written. Click on that and you get the original sized pic which will be bigger if it's not sized small by the blog owner. Found it by accident but thought I'd let you know that you can still get a larger version - or at least, the original sized version.

Carissa said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Carissa :)

Anne said...

This is a beautiful card! I love the little sentiment in its own frame, inside the bigger frame, and Tilda sitting on the side like that. Great balance. So lovely colors, and the golden, flower, swirls and pearls look great!

Have a nice weekend. :)
Hugs, Anne.

dolcreations said...

Norma, you give us such a treat everytime you post. I love the paper you pretty! The way you finish your cards is so perfect....and the inside too!!!!!

Teri said...

Oh Norma!! This is absolutely gorgeous!!! The coloring is perfection!!! And the color choices are just yummy!! So rich!! I love it, love it, love it!!!!!

Teri said...

Oh and I found out that if you click on the picture and it takes you to that screen with all the views, then click on "show original" it will show up bigger and you can also use the zoom thing! I feel sooo smart! LOL!

Natali said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!!

Danielle said...

Hello Norma, I just loooooooooove those rich greens and warm reds. Tilda looks soooo cozy, and quietly waiting... Love the shaped background with the sentiment,so simple, yet so classy and elegant. Beautiful beautiful papers. The inside is just as wonderful, love the use of Tilda in the bottom of the writing space. Beautifully put together, andsoooooo inspirational.
I just love.

Alanna said...

Oooh this is just precious! Love the little Tilda on the inside!!

If I click on it, it still comes up nice and big for me though :)

mlarisa said...

Очень красиво! Мне нравится как вы раскрашиваете - использование ярких цветов - так красиво! И внутри тоже все продумано!

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous card Norma...just beautiful. Love the colours and details...and the inside is just right...


Lorraine A said...

GORGEOUS card Norma ,, absolutely stunning ! I love this ! Tilda is very cute and the papers and details are all beautiful :-)

thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas and Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Donalda said...

Girl this is just breath taking. So gorgeous dear. Hugs

Only By His Grace said...

Hi Norma!
Your photography is so lovely and clear. The coloring on Tilda is perfect and those pleats on her trousers are awesome. I must practice more. I love the flower and the gold braid across the middle.
the darling Tilda inside the card is so gorgeous. I love how you have done it. Super gorgeous.
Hugs Maz

Sweetncrafty Gal said...

Hiya, what a wonderful card! love that image!! thanks so much for playing at charisma this week hugs carlyann xx

Gerda said...

hi hon

this card is adorable!!! love the front AND the inside, too too cute!!!


ps: you can change the pic-function back to the old settings by changing it in your setup of the blog.. blogger changed it to the slideshow automatically but you can switch that off..

Cami said...

Stunning card, Norma! Love the rich, traditional Christmas colors and colored so beautifully! You always find beautiful DPs to use and you coordinate them very well. As always, the inside of your card is finished just as beautifully as the front!
Hugs, Cami

Sharon Caudle said...

Such a gorgeous card, Norma! I love the papers and design! And of course you've colored Tilda perfectly! I am so in love with the new collection!!! I was all ready to tell you how to blow up the pic, but I see everyone else has already done it. Have a great weekend!
hugs, Sharon

Anonymous said...

This is delightful Norma. Gorgeous flower and lovely DP ,great colouring of Tilda, just lovely!
Hugs Julie P

cabio's craft corner said...

Norma, you work so quickly with your new stamps. You did beautiful job on this card. Love the cozy winter theme. I am still pulling my hair for ideas, lol :-)

Becky said...

like your card very much ... great colouring.

hugs, becky

Seija said...

Oh I'm speechless!!!!
It's a sooo amazing Christmas Card, traditional colors and so sweet coloring Image!
Love it ..
XOXO Michi

Anonymous said...

Really love the papers and also all the embellishments you have used to made a stunning card! Thanks for coming to join us at ABC Christmas Challenge for our Vintage Challenge, I hope you can come play again soon you can enter as many times as you like per challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

Karen's Fun Blog said...

Very pretty!! Love you coloring!! : )

Pam said... your gorgeous card. Your coloring is wonderful and the papers are soooo rich. I'm glad your comments enlightened us about "how to" enlarge the picture. I hated that blogger changed the way we were use to doing things!!!

Kelly Neis said...

I love your shape with the DP and she is colored beautiful. Very christmas spirit.

Peggie said...

Gorgeous card. So classy.

Rene said...

Gorgeous as always Norma!!!!
Rene :D

charlene said...

very pretty love the colors you have used ! Great job as always

Elle said...

Very elequent. I really like the gold accents that you used.

Francy said...

Super job in this card. I love all.

Candy said...

Hi Norma,
Your card is BEAUTIFUL!! Love the front with all the doohickey dies you have used, and that Spellbinder die!
The inside is perfect and not plain at all :o)
Gorgeous work!
Hugs, Candy

Christina C. said...

OMG...such a gorgeous Christmas card! That also happens to be one of my favorite images and you colored her magnificently! The papers are sooooo stunning and I love the gold swirl. The poinsettia is absolutely beautiful.
The interior is lovely and Sparkling Tilda is perfect. Thanks for sharing all this inspiration!

cathylynn said...

Norma your coloring is FANTASTIC!! What a beautiful card with amazing details. I love it all!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Barb Hardeman said...

Absolutely as sweet as can be Norma! Your coloring is so beautiful and I just have to have the Labels 14. You've done a gorgeous job with the doohickey die Poinsettias. Gorgeous!

Patti Jo said...

Awesome work as always Norma! Beautiful coloring, flower and design!!! This may be an older Tilda, but sweet as can be and love Sparkling Tilda inside too! Fantastic card!

Linda said...

Absolutely stunning christmas card!!!!1 Wow what a fabulous job!!!!!

Jean said...

Such a gorgeous Christmas card you did and such beautiful colors.. you did an amazing job with your coloring and your accessories... so stunning... and no never realized that couldn't make the pictures larger, just didn't occur to me, but maybe we ought to protest... sure we will be heard!! LOL A great job on your card though as usual Norma...
Hugs, Jean

Sylvia said...

What a fantastic card:-)) Adorable image.
Lovley use of our colours and fabulous design.
Thanks for playing along with us over at Colour Create.

Suzi said...

This is Gorgeous Norma, I love the design, papers and your colouring, the inside is very pretty too. Just stunning my dear.
Suzi x

Monique said...

What a beautifull card Norma.

Hugs Monique

Dot said...

Such a wonderful Christmas card. Lovely colours and embellishments. Thank you for sharing your card with us at DDCC and ABC Christmas Challenge.
hugs Dorte

email: said...

Very nice work! I love everything about it - the papers, the images, the coloring, the embellishments! Thanks for sharing : )

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!

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Mina said...

stunning card Norma and wow to your amazing colouring as always...thanks for joining in with our Colour Create challenge
Mina xxx

Sandy said...

Beautiful, beautiful card Norma - inside and out!!

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