Monday, September 17, 2012

Magnolia-licious September Blog Hop - 2-for-1 Holidays


Woo-hoo...we're having a blog hop at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.  The theme for this blog hop is 2-for-1 Holidays.  
Take a Magnolia holiday stamp and use it in 2 ways:  
1) Use it for the holiday it was intended for and 
2) Re-invent it in some way for another occasion or event.

If you have arrived here from Cheryl's blog then you are on the right track.  If not, then you may want to start at the beginning.  Here is a list of my DT teammates in blog hop order:

Norma (you are here)

The Magnolia image that I have decided to spotlight is this adorable Christmas Tilda With Cat from the Little Christmas Collection 2012--isn't she just adorable?  So, in keeping with the theme, my first card is of course a Christmas card.

I've made it an easel card--one of my fave types.

A closer up of Christmas Tilda With Cat.  Humph...I can never get the colours in my pictures the same as in real life--so frustrating!!!  But it's close enough I guess...LOL.

This stamp is available from Diana's on-line store Magnolia-licious. (Actually I just checked and the stamp is currently out of stock but is expected in within a few days.)  Diana has a vast collection of other adorable Magnolia stamps, along with cutting dies from Magnolia Doohickey, Memory Box, PoppyStampsMarianne Design and Cheery Lynn Designs.  You can expect services, discounted prices and in-store credits for every order.

For my second card, I've made a birthday card,

also an easel card.

I've computer-generated the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment, traced/drew the outline of the sign around the sentiment and coloured the sign.  Then I cut out the sign shape and glued it over the original 'Merry Christmas' sign.

I played a pun on the word 'perfect' for the sentiment on the bottom of my card.  Cute, eh?

Challenges for this card:
Card Makin' Mamas Challenge #54 - Be Punny (Wishing you a purr*fect day!)
Stampin' for the Weekend Challenge 17 - Starting Christmas early
Cute Card Thursday - Christmas in September
Charisma Cardz Challenge #36 - Shaped Cards
Paper Play Challenges '12Week37 - Fancy Folds
Simply Magnolia - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create September Challenge - Anything Goes
Lovely hAnglar or Sweet Magnolia Challenge #52 - Anything Goes

Your next blog to hop to belongs to the very talented Sharon.   
I hope you will play along with our challenge.   More details of how to enter and on the prize can be found at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your visits are very much appreciated.  Your encouraging and lovely comments more so as I love reading them.  Have a fabulous week!

Materials and Tools Used:

Card #1
Sentiment Stamp: TPC Studio Christmas Expressions clear stamp set
DP's:  DCWV Holiday Stack; Basic Grey Wassail Noel
Dies:  Go Kreate XXL Square Frames Frilly #3; Spellbinders Classic Ovals; Tim Holtz Festive Greenery
Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Frayed Burlap; pearls from my stash
Medium: alcohol-ink based markers--Letraset Promarkers, Letraset Pantone Trias, Shin-han Touch markers

Card #2
DP's:  Chatterbox Den Belle; DCWV Baby Boy Stack
Dies:  Go Kreate XXL Frames Frilly #5; Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Two and Classic Ovals; CC 
Designs Olive Branch; Nellie Snellen Extra Large Leaf
Punches:  Marvy Uchida large and medium Daisy
Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Frayed Burlap, Faded Jean and Wild Honey; pearls from my stash
Medium: alcohol-ink based markers--Letraset Promarkers, Letraset Pantone Trias, Shin-han Touch markers


mlarisa said...

Norm, it is a great job! Amazing colors and shapes! A label's wonderful plan!

cabio's craft corner said...

Absolutely gorgeous Norma. Love the elegant Christmas card and the adorable Birthday card. Both are colored beautifully!!

Kaija said...

A super cards,great project!

Patti Jo said...

Love your easel cards Norma and these are no exception....Beautiful Work!!! Very creative to think of changing the sign, worked so nicely along with your Purr*fect saying! Fabulous details and workmanship!!!

Cheryl said...

Norma, both of your easel cards are to die for!! Love them! How clever of you to change her sentiment!! I love the 'extra' cat on the inside!! You get all you can out of a stamp, fer sure!

Cat's sCrap said...

What a creativity ! Your two cards are fabulous ! Well-kept work. Magnificent papers and flowers. Your work of colours on your Tilda is fantastic. Bravo ! I like ! Continue like that !!!

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week and good luck !

Hugs from France.

Suzi said...

Oh!! this is so perfect for both occasions Norma, two very beautiful cards. Thank you for the inspiration.
Suzi x

Maris said...

this is GREAT well done dear, love both creations xx

Christy Designs said...

Beautiful easel cards ! Your coloring is superb! Thanks for your lovely inspiration.

Tracy Valure said...

You make the most amazing Easel cards!! They are absolutely stunning!! Love the "Purr-fect" sentiment!


lvtaz2000 said...

I always love your cards and these are no exception. What a beautiful way to get more from your stamps.

Laine said...

Hi Norma, I love to look at your cards. Stunning design and a wonderful Tilda. What more can we ask for.
Thank you so much for sharing with us at Charisma Cardz this week.

Dena said...

Gosh, you are talented! Norma this is so cute and such a great idea!!!! Love the sentiment for the kitty!
Hugs, Dena

Cathy Lee said...

Awesome cards, Norma. I love the versatility of this stamp. Both your cards and coloring are fabulous. Love your die cut card shapes too. So lovely!
Cathy Lee

Myrna said...

Both cards are wonderful! Always love your coloring Norma!

Mojca said...

Ohhhhhhhhh this are so pretty Norma! The colurs are perfect and really stunning coloring. Hugs! Mojca

Christina C. said...

Gasping............!!!! Absolutely breathtaking works of art!!! Adore your superb coloring and phenomenal design and details....what a treat for the eyes!!!

Irish Eyes said...


These are both so beautiful. I am blown away by the talent I am seeing on this blog hop. I was wondering how you could possibly change that stamp. The birthday card is breathtaking.

Cordine said...

Wow Norma, they are both stunning!

Deirdre said...

Oh wow... oh wow.... amazing.

Thanks so much for joining us on Paperplay this week.

Lyndsey Marie said...

Gorgeous cards, love the sweet image and the papers and card shapes are just fabulous xx

Riadesign said...

Hoi Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia lover
What A great card you have made Lovely colors and a sweet image! Thanks you for joining us at the Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia challenge blog hope to see you next time
hugs Ria

Suzan L said...

Hi Norma, both of your cards are so gorgeous! The details on both are so beautiful! It was great that you found a font that matched the original writing on the sign for the Happy Birthday! I love the purrfect day saying as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

Paper Tails said...


Stunning as always! Beautiful designs and colors. Fantastic Cards! That cat is too cute.

Cami said...

BOTH cards are so beautiful, Norma! What a great idea to change the sentiment with a computer generated one and to have traced and cut out the piece and lay it over the original! You are so clever and never cease to amaze me with that creative mind of yous!


Angela said...

So beautiful Norma! I love your style and the handmade flowers you always include on your cards. Beautiful designing and color combos. hugs, Angela

Pam said...

WOW Norma!!!!! I love both of your shaped easel cards. I think you're Queen of the shaped card. Both are beautifully colored as always.

Ren-Yi said...

Both of these cards are amazing! the details and the pp are lovely. And so are the flowers. Thanks for playing along with us at Paperplay Challenges.

Barbara Jay said...

Both cards are fabulous but I especially LOVE the Christmas version. That is a beauty

Julie said...

They are both Just Gorgeous! I love the way you changed her for the birthday card.


Chris said...

Sooooooooooo perfect in every way! I love the second card a bit more (I love cats) and the sentiment made me smile. Your colors are wonderful. Great stamp choice, too! You used so many products for the coloration. Wow! I'm so impressed (and discouraged, LOL) Both cards are beautiful, Norma!

Chris Christensen

Candy said...

I never get tired of your most gorgeous work.
Your colouring brings the images to life!
I love your Christmas papers.
All of your embellishments are perfect.
I especially love the addition of the kittie to the inside :o)

Mary Lou said...

Wow Norma~~What dreamy cards!!! Very cherishable indeed!!! Love the shapes you used!!!

Sherry said...


I absolutely luv both of these! Your work inspires me so much.


Ann Marie Governale said...

Oh NOrma, your cards are stunning, creative and so inspirational. Love visiting your blog!! xxx Ann Marie

Bubbles said...

These cards are truly gorgeous! Absolutely love them both! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.
Joanne x

Julie said...

Great card - love the shape!!

Thanks for joining us at Stampin' For the Weekend for our Starting Christmas Early challenge!


Julie x

Riet Kamstra said...

Love both cards Norma, what a great idea to use the Magnolia stamp for Christmas AND Birthday! Also I've seen you as guest designer at Crealies. I love the way you make your cards and also your tutorials! Thanks for sharing all the beautiful things!

Mariecrea said...

je suis totalement sous le charme de vos réalisations ; de grands bravos !
à bientôt.

Susan Flynn said...

What a pretty card and its just "purr-fect" for our challenge! Thanks for joining us at Card Makin' Mamas for our Let's be Punny Challenge hugs Susan x

Sharon Caudle said...

Oh Norma, these cards are exquisite!! I LOOOOVE the shape of them and you did an excellent job replacing that banner! Gorgeous work as always!
hugs, Sharon

Jean said...

Norma, my gosh, both Christmas and birthday cards are so gorgeous that words just cannot express how beautiful they are.. Your cards are always the greatest and a work of art to me and I always enjoy them and you never dissapoint me and again you have done it again.
Thank you. Hugs, Jean

Iulia said...

These are both absolutely gorgeous, Norma! You always come up with the most exquisite shapes and designs; the colours and coloring are always perfectly chosen as the layouts. I bet you are a perfectionist, as they are always flawless:). I could never get as neat as this!
Great work, once again!
Hugs, Iulia

Mary said...

Both cards are gorgeous!! The image is so cute!! Thanks for the inspiration! I had so much fun playing along with the challenge. I've already added my birthday card and Christmas tag using Sneaky Tilda in the link on the challenge blog. Off to see what the rest of the DT has created!

Laura said...

This is a stunning pair of cards! Your work is so beautiful! I would like to know how you managed to that Happy Birthday in there so perfectly!

Laura C.

mgoll88 said...

Thanks for that wonderfull inspiration... thats two wonderfull cardprojects with very lovely details!
Great job to use it for Christmas and it!


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