Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Magnolia-licious DT challenge - fall colors or back to school

Hi everyone! There's a few days left for you to enter the Magnolia-licious Design Team Challenge over at Magnolia-licious Highlites! It's to make either a fall or back to school project using the rich colors of fall.  This is what I came up with.

I used the Fall Background from the 2008 Fall Collection, Tilda with wood basket from the 2008 Winter Collection, and #642 Heart fence which I fussy cut twice and popped it up for dimension. The background and Tilda are not in stock at Magnolia-licious right now. If you're interested, please talk to Diana and I know she'll do her best to try and help you. The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-Press It card and then colored with Copic markers.  The papers are from Nitwit Collections, and I used a small flower punch centered with my Pearl Pen. The swirl die is from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Added a bow made with some silk ribbon and a Maple leaf charm and called her done! We'd love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us for the challenge! The prize is three images of your choice from Magnolia-licious!! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Papertake Weekly - sketch week

Have you heard???? Next week is Papertake Weekly's BIRTHDAY!!!! And we are celebrating BIG TIME with TONS of fun gifts to be given away from some AWESOME sponsors!!! So please be sure and join us in the big Birthday celebration next Tuesday, Oct 4th!!!!! Hope to see you there!!!

I can't believe how fast this year is flying by! It's already the last Tuesday in the month, which means it's sketch week over at Papertake Weekly! I don't know if you've worked with Dawny's sketches, but I LOVE them! It takes so much guesswork out of creating a card. Since it's the last Tuesday of the month, our fabulous sponsor is Simon Says Stamp!

And this is what I came up with...

For my card, I used an adorable vintage image from Peggy Loves Vintage! I love these precious images as they take me right back to my younger days (OMG - I sound like my grandmother!!!!). These images make creating wonderful hand made cards soooo easy!!  This particular image is available for FREE right now over on Peggy's blog, so remember to pop over there and grab it! Please be sure to leave her some love! She really likes to give away free images, so while you're there,  sign up to follow her so you don't miss a single image!   I stuck really true to the sketch this week. The DP is from American Crafts matted by Bazzill cardstock. I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the scalloped element of the sketch.

Don't you love those leaves??!! I took inspiration from my friend DeeDee for those (and for reminding me about my Kim Hughes stamp set which goes perfectly with the two full bellies on this image!!) Thanks DeeDee! ! I cut them with the Cricut Expression, Gypsy, and Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge, all of which I got from Hallmark Scrapbook. It doesn't have a shadow feature, so I cut out the leaves usuing a page from an old book and then just cut out around them myself to create the shadow. I used some distress ink around the edges to define the leaf and finished them off with a little bow made from twine. That delicious ribbon was a gift from my friend Regina. Thanks sis!!!  And of course I machine stitched the individual layers of the card.

So that's it for me today. Please be sure to pop over to visit all my DT sisters at Papertake Weekly to see the wonderful works of art and heart they've created for your pleasure today! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon!! Hugs!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Prize wasn't claimed, so we have a new winner!

Hi everyone! Well the first winner didn't claim their prize of the blog candy, so we'll try this again...the next winner via is #16. 

Congrats Cheri!  You also do not have a link where I can contact you, so please contact me by Wednesday evening so I can get your prize out to you.

Thanks again everyone! We'll keep going until we get someone to claim it!  =0)  hugs!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Case it Tuesday from The Cutting Cafe'

Hey everyone! The weekend is winding down, and it's been a really great one! We had some thunderstorms yesterday, and I do love thunderstorms!  I was able to get a card done for the Case it Tuesday challenge over at The Cutting Cafe' blog. Regina has come up with the most awesome set of monsters! They are soooo much fun!! So here's what I came up with for Case it Tuesday.

 I went somewhat along with the sketch of Regina's card, and I also used the colors of orange, red, black, and white. I used A Bunch of Monsters for the cute monster (there are NINE to choose from in this set) and the fun circle sentiment. I also used the Monster Love Background set for the background paper. Is this not soooo cute??!!! LOVE it!

The circle sentiment was cut out using circle Nesties, and the arrows were cut with the Cricut Expression using the Gypsy and I've already forgotten which cartridge. The monster is printed on X-Press It cardstock and then colored with Copic markers. I fussy cut him out and popped him up off the card base. The cardstock is all Bazzill.

This nice close up shows you how wonderfully Regina's sets print out. You've still got a little time to enter the challenge, so head on over and check it out! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon!

The Cutting Cafe' blog - Case It Tuesday

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Two winners to announce!

Hi friends!! Are you having a great weekend? I sure am! I had a good long sleep in this morning, which was much needed. Got some chores done, and now I'm starting to work on getting some crafting done. I've got two winners to announce. First up, is my first round of blog candy. So withut further ado, winner #1:

Which is Terry! Terry please contact me by Monday evening with your address so I can get your prize out to you!!  Now onto the next winner of two Mini Magnolia images of their choice!

And the winner is....

 which is:

Julie, please email me by Monday evening so I can get your prize to you!

Thanks to everyone for playing, and stay tuned. I've got more sweet stuff coming your way! Hugs!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Papertake Weekly - Creature Comforts

Hi everyone! We made it through Monday, and that's always a good thing. LOL! I've got to tell you, my awesome hubby got me a Galaxy 10.1 Tab w/32 gig for my birthday! (it's the same as an I-Pad only better in my opinion) WOOHOO! I'm having so much fun figuring out how to use it! LOOOOVE it! The screen graphics are amazing! I just wonder how in the world we survived 20 years ago before we had all this amazing technology! LOL!

With today being Tuesday, it's time for a new challenge from Papertake Weekly. This week, Dawny's challenge is Creature Comforts. So you can use any animal you want, cute, ugly, or so ugly it's cute! LOL!  We're sponsored this week by Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  For my card, I used one of Dustin Pike's images.

He's colored with Copic markers. I tired the really dark shadow around him, and I'm not so sure I'm sold on the idea. This is one of those cards that looks a lot better in person than it does translated onto film. I cut the cute elephant out using circle and petite circle Nestabilities, and then popped it up from the card base. I used a Martha Stewart border punch and some Stampin Up ribbon. The papers are from Nitwit Collections matted with Bazzill cardstock.

The banner was made using an awesome die from Whimsy Stamps and a piece of yellow scrap paper I had hanging around. I just threaded it with some bakers twine. The huge button I've had in my stash, and the stamp is an old one as well. 

So that's it for my card today! Please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly and take a look at all the gorgeous creations made for your pleasure! And then we'd truly love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us!! Thanks for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon!  Hugs!!

You've still got time to sign up for this round of blog candy! Just click HERE.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Magnolia-licious blog hop - Magnolia Mini World Binder

Hi everyone!!! Hope you enjoyed the heck out of your weekend, and that you're ready to start a brand new week! It's time for monthly Magnolia-licious blog hop, and this week, we're featuring our Magnolia Mini World binders! If you have not gotten a binder yet for your mini's, you are truly missing out! It's AMAZING for organizing your mini images!!! It's available right now over at Magnolia-licious! Diana offers an AMAZING selection of Magnolia images, dies, and lots of other fun stuff for you to play with!! So be sure and head over there to check out her unbelievable inventory of crafting goodness!!!  If you arrived here from my talented DT sister Angie, then you're on the right track. If not, then you might want to head back to the beginning and start with the amazingly talented Cheryl to see what yummy goodness she' got for you to see!  If you lose your way, just hop over to Magnolia-licious Highlites to get back on track.

To decorate my binder, I used  Mini #201 Baseball Tilda, Mini #214 King Tilda, Mini #293 Tilda with a small gift,  along with the following Doohickey dies: #13 Tilda's Doily die, #29 Swirl Butterfly#30 Flag and Cloud, And the flowers are a Magnolia Doohickey die as well, but I can't find it on the web site right now.

  The papers are Basic Grey matted with Bazzill cardstock. All the mini Tilda's are stamped onto Xpress It Blending Card and then colored with Copic markers. I cut them out using circle Nestabilities and Petite Scalloped Circle Nestabilities. The title was cut out with the Cricut Expression using the Don Juan font with shadow.

So now it's time to hop on to visit my talented DT sister, Barb!  Thanks so much for hopping along with us today, and if you leave a comment on this before this coming Friday at midnight Pacific, you'll be entered in a chance to win two mini stamps of your choice from Magnolia-licious!!  Enjoy the hop!!! Hugs!

Friday, September 16, 2011

It's time for a little give away!

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to have reached 1,000 followers!!! I'm truly amazed and blessed for all the wonderful friends I've made over the past years! You have shown me such kindness and support, and I will be forever grateful!   So I've decided since I've reached that milestone and since September is my birthday month,  that it's time to share some calorie free candy with you!! WOOHOO!!! I love giving fun stuff away!!  I've been collecting some things in anticipation of doing this, so keep an eye out! There is definitely more to come!   If you want to enter for a chance to win, just click on the blue frog below! You do NOT have to have a blog to win, and you do NOT have to be a follower.  You have one week to enter for this one.  Now here's what's up for grabs this time:

Two adorable Wags 'n Whiskers stamps, Hannah and Bedtime Story.
15 yards of purple twine from The Twinery (perfect for the Halloween cards you'll be making soon!)
one pack of Kaiser half backed pearls

Thanks again for all your kindness and support and good luck! Don't forget to check back to see if you've won! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Papertake Weekly - Things with wings

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a wonderful start to your week!  It's time for a new challenge from Papertake Weekly,  and this week it's "things with wings". So you can use whatever you want as long as it can fly! We're being sponsored by The Ribbon Girl!!  For my card this week, I used one of my new Lili of the Valley stamps and I truly LOVE her! This is also the card I've designed for my September Copics Class card.

The papers are Jillibean Soup matted with Bazzill Apricot and Hershey cardstock.  I used heart Nestabilities, a Martha Stewart punch for the leaves and a heart border punch as well.  The  flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  All the layers are machine stitched. I searched far and wide and FINALLY was able to find one of the Magnolia butterfly dies. Just got it this past week and had to use it, so this was the perfect challenge for it! The yummy ribbon is May Arts from Stamp and Create.

So that's it for me today. Please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly to see all the gorgeous creations my teamies have for your pleasure today! And then we'd love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

Entered into:
CMC - Fall or Halloween inspired (I used fall colors)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

PaperPlay Challenge - use two stamped images

Hey everyone and happy Friday Eve! Usually short work weeks draaaaaag by, but this week is actually going by pretty quickly! I almost forgot to schedule my post for this morning cause it seems like it's not that time of the week yet! LOL! So anyway, it's time for a new challenge from PaperPlay Challenges, and this week the challenge is from our fabulously talented Miss Mandy. We are being sponsored by the amazing Nicole from Inky Impressions! If you've never tried their stamps, you're missing out! VERY high quality rubber impressions and the images are sooooo adorable!! Give yourself a little treat and pop over to take a look at all their fabulous line!!!  For the challenge this week, Mandy is asking everyone to use two stamped images on your project. Now I feel like I might have cheated just a smidge, cause I merged two digi images together instead of using two physical stamps. So I hope Miss Mandy doesn't mind that I went that way with her challenge. :)    For my card, I used "Geeky Love" and "By the window", both from Make it Crafty. I think this image is so cute and it was really fun to color! I made it for my daughter's wedding anniversary.

I used my Copic markers to color it and then used an awesome sentiment from a set of Whimsy stamps. Isn't that sentiment so much fun??!!!  The papers are Basic Grey matted with Bazzill cardstock, and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts (so is that pretty silver corner).  The ribbon is May Arts silk ribbon from Stamp and Create with a button from my stash.

I didn't write down the colors I used, so to the best of my old memory, I used R20's for his sweater and shoe's, B90's for his jeans, E13 and up for the window and table, T grays for her sweather and V90's for her skirt and shoes. Sorry, I have no idea about the hair.

Please be sure and pop over to PaperPlay Challenges to see all the gorgeous creations from the rest of the talented DT, and then we'd really love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today! I truly appreciate all your wonderful comments! Sure hope to see you again soon! Hugs!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Papertake Weekly - Anything goes with option of shaped card

Hi friends and happy Tuesday!! Hope you had a wonderful long weekend and was able to fit some crafting into the mix of enjoying the weather! It's time for a new challenge from Papertake Weekly, and this week it's anything goes with an option of making a shaped card. We are sponsored this week by both Lili of the Valley AND Wild Orchid Crafts! Gosh, I want to enter!! LOL! 

For my card, I chose to use this adorable new image #378 Chess Tilda and I think she's about the cutest little thing EVER!!! I love her! She's from the new Winner takes it All collection and she's available right now over at Magnolia-licious!! Diana has the best selections of Magnolia stamps in stock and ready for shipping! So be sure and visit Magnolia-licious for all your Maggie needs! She's colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut out and popped up on that cute banner I made with the die from Whimsy Stamps and some twine.

 I used the T series of grays and E21, 23, and 25 for her jeans. Her skin is E11, 01, and 00 with chalk on the cheeks. I was playing with different mixes of colors on her hair, so I honestly couldn't tell you what I ended up using. I used a red Spica pen for her glasses.  The papers are some I've had for at least a year. It's by Wild Asparagas and it's matted with Bazzill cardstock. The shaped card was cut using the Expression and Elegant Edges cartridge. I just picked one of the frames and then scored and folded it in half. The frame behind Tilda was cut with Oval nesties and Petite oval Nesties, and then machine stitched.  The sentiment is also from Whimy Stamps School Yard Fun. This group of sentiments is awesome for the new Winner takes it all collection!  Oh, see that sporadic zig zag stitching around my card? That's inspiration from my good friend Regina Easter that owns The Cutting Cafe'! Regina has been doing that for years, and I always thought it looked so cool! So this time, I took inspiration from her and gave it a shot. I like the way it turned out!  The three pearls down in the bottom corner were made with a pearl pen. LOVE those pearl pens!!

So that's it for me today! Please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly and check out what deliciousness my teamies have cooked up for your pleasure! Then we'd LOVE it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and I hope to see you back again soon!!

Please keep an eye out! I've reached 1,000 followers and it's my Birthday month! That means there is some really sweet smelling goodness in the air!

Entered into the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant - sketch
Just Magnolia and hAnglar and stAnglar - anything goes with option of circles
Magnolia Down Under - Frame it

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Cutting Cafe' - Mikala Ann being a good witch

Hi everyone! Oh my gosh, I am soooooo enjoying my long weekend! One more day to go! I made another book card today (to learn how to make it, just click on my tutorial tab above), and this one is a fun one featuring Mikala Ann  from the set Elisha Jean and friends being good witches from The Cutting Cafe'!  Isn't she soooo adorable????! 

Her dress and hat is one of her accessory items. I colored her with Copic markers and then added some polka dots with a black Spice pen. LOVE her green and purple striped stockings!! LOL! The tree is cut using the Expression and Gypsy from the Mini Monsters cartridge  (now just 19.99 over at Hallmark Scrapbook!!!) . I used the "out of the box" technique to cut Mikala Ann out with circle Nesties.

Those cute bats you see are one of my very favorite Halloween images EVER! LOL! It's a Magnolia image I got from Diana over at Magnolia-licious!! I use this little bat on EVERYTHING I make for Halloween. I can't help's just that crazed look he's got in his eyes. heehee

This card looks like a book from the outside, and then when you untie the yummy silk ribbon and open it up, there's a frame inside that can hold just about anything you want it to. I put some See's candy lollipops in this one. I had to cut part of the stick off for them to fit, but I like the way it turned out!  Because there's no place to write a personal note on the inside of this card, I added a pocket and tag on the left. The spider web was also cut from Mini Monsters. There's another one of those cute bats and then the two jack-o-lanterns are also from Magnolia-licious.

The papers I used are by jillibean soup called Monster Stew. The tag was cut with the Expression from Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More. The busted up fence and drippy goo borders on the frame are both Martha Stewart border punches.

So that's it for me today! I had a lot of fun creating this one! Again, if you'd like to know how to create this book card, just click on my tutorial page above. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

Winner of Magnolia-licious Gift Certificate and a new tutorial for a book card

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a wonderful long holiday weekend! I know I sure am!! I just posted a new tutorial on how I did made THIS book card for my sister. So if you've been wanting to make one of those, pop over HERE  (or just click on my tutorial page above) and take a peek.

And I'm overdue for announcing the winner of the Magnolia-licious blog hop for Diana's birthday! So here we go.... The winner of the $10 gift certificate to Magnolia-licious is...

Congrats Donna! Please send me an email you want the GC sent to so I can get it out to you! A huge thank you to everyone for playing along!  Stay tuned for some fun calorie free sweet stuff!!! I am getting the blog post together and you won't want to miss it!! HUGS!!