Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Inspiration Challenge Tuesday"

Here is my submission for the Inspiration Challenge at Magnolia-licous Challenge Blog. Here's the photo that was chosen for the challenge. 

What a beautiful tree and awesome setting. The purple and pink colors spoke to me as well as the stars. So here is my card. I loved using lots of glitter.

I used my Viva Decor Gold Pearl Pen for the flourishes then added gold Stickles for more glitz. I did the same to the Bella Baubles in each of the four corners. 
Front of Card

Copics Used to color Tilda

Stamps: Christmas Party Tilda, Magnolia; Sentiment, HOTP
Pattern Paper: Mitten Weather, Cosmo Cricket
Cardstock: Deep Purple, The Paper Co.; Pink CS & Burgundy Velvet Paper, HOTP
Punches/Die Cuts: Scallop Border Punch & Star Punch, EK Success
Embellishments: Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Offray; Gold Pearl Pen, Viva Decor; Gold Stickles, Ranger Ind.; Goldie'locks Bella Baubles.

Thanks for stopping by...


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Red, White & Blue

"Challenge #9 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors"

Here is my submission for the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog. I used red, white and blue as my color scheme.

At this time of year my thoughts are very centered around our troops and praying for their safe return home. Our family has several members that serve in the armed forces and I thought this would be a great way to use our country's colors for a Christmas card.

Front of Card

Inside Card
Copics Used
Stamps: Waiting Tilda, Magnolia; Sentiment, Hero Arts
Pattern Paper: Frost, Echo Park - Wintertime paper pack
Cardstock: Red, The Paper Co.; Blue, HOTP
Punches/Die Cuts: Snow Flakes, Martha Stewart; Border Punch, EK Success; Lacey Circle and Scallop Rectangle, Spellbinders; Circle cutter, Fiskars
Embellishments: Sentiment Tag, Echo Park - Wintertime cardstock stickers; Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Offray; Pink buttons, American Crafts; Garnet Glitter, Martha Stewart; Pearl Accents, Recollections; Chalk, Pebbles; Faded Jeans Distress Ink, Ranger Ind.

Thanks for stopping by...


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Tuesday to you all...

Hello Friends...My hubby and I went to see part one of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" yesterday. I was not disappointed as I am a huge Happy Potter fan (read the entire series 7 times) and I was so happy to see that they left a lot of the book elements in the movie. It is such a good read that it would be a shame to omit so much from the movie. The visual FX were wonderful. I jumped out of my seat a couple times. I can't wait 'til it's issued on DVD.

If you haven't read Harry Potter I highly recommend it. The stories are very entertaining and I love J.K. Rowling's great sense of humor which comes out in her characters.

"Busy with Christmas Cards"

I've been very busy with creating Christmas cards this last week and some challenges that I've participated in lately. So I won't go into a lot of detail for each card since I have a lot to show you. However, if you'd like information on the supplies, tools or techniques I used just leave a comment and I'll update the post with details. Hope you enjoy...
Unwrapped Tilda - Tri-Shutter Card 1 

Unwrapped Tilda - Tri-Shutter Card 1 Open 

Unwrapped Tilda - Tri-Shutter Card 2 

Unwrapped Tilda - Tri-Shutter Card 2 Open 

Waiting Tilda - Tri-Shutter Card 

Waiting Tilda - Tri-Shutter Card Open 

Happy Thanksgiving to you all...


Monday, November 15, 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #72

Here is my submission for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge. This week's challenge theme is Shabby Chic.

I used one of my favorite Magnolia Stamps for this card challenge...oh who am I kidding, they're all my favorite. Anyway, I used Princess Tilda for this challenge because she has shabby chic written all over her.

I made my own flowers from multiple Prima posies and sprayed them with turquoise Glimmer spray before assembly then added a dollop of Viva Decor Gold Pearl Pen. My pattern papers where distressed with my Tim Holtz paper distresser. I used my Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge for the flourish die cuts and Nellie Snellen Floral Branch punch for leaves. Finally almost every element was distressed with my Colorbox Chestnut Roan ink pad.

Here are the Copics I used to color Tilda.

I had great fun with this challenge...See ya next week.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Challenge #8 Give Thanks"

Here is my submission for the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog.

I used Standing Fall Tilda for this "Thank You" card. I made my own flowers from multiple prima "got flowers?" to add dimension and stickles were added for a little bling. The pattern papers where distressed with my Tim Holtz paper distresser and I used my computer to create the Thank you sentiment for my oval metal tag.

These are the Copics I used to color Tilda.

Stamps: Standing Fall Tilda, Magnolia;
Pattern Papers: Granola, Basic Grey
Cardstock: Brown, Archivers
Punches: Floral Branch, Nellie Snellen
Embellishments: Jute Twine, Westrim Crafts; Pearls, Recollections; Flowers, Prima; Metal Tag, HOTP; Crystal Stickles, Ranger Ind.

I hope you enjoyed my card.

Thanks for stopping by...


Friday, November 12, 2010

"Playful Pink & Happy Yellow"

Here is my submission for the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.

I used one of my favorite Magnolia Stamps for this card challenge, Tilda with Sunflower. Since I don't have the coordinating Magnolia Sunflower stamps I made my own flowers. I used two daisy punches, one small, one large and layered two cuts from each to create the sunflower petals. Then I punched circles for each center and added flock for dimension. Tilda's sunflower also got a coating of flock.

Here are the Copics I used to color Tilda.

Stamps: Tilda with Sunflower, Magnolia; Smile, Hero Arts
Pattern Papers: Lemonade, Basic Grey
Cardstock: Yellow, Bazzill; Brown, Archivers
Dies: Marianne Designs; George Cricut cartridge, Provocraft
Punches: Marvy Uchida, McGill
Embellishments: Shear Yellow Ribbon; buttons, SEI; Pearls, Reflections; Brown Velvet Flock, Doodlebug Designs

I hope you enjoyed my card.

Thanks for stopping by...


Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Projects

Hello Friends,
I've been really crazy busy at work this week. I made a couple cards last weekend but I also worked as well so I didn't get my post up on Monday as I planned.

Anyway, these cards are not your typical seasonal cards like you'd expect but who could think about making fall or Christmas cards when it was 80 degrees out? Yeah...80 degrees on Saturday and 76 on Sunday. And today we had snow. Uh huh, that would be Colorado...lol But I love the weather here 'cause it is truly mild.

So I have a couple cards to share with you that I used some new pattern papers I bought recently and some new techniques. My new paper packs are the DCWV Linen Closet and the Cafe Mediterranean which has some of my favorite color combos, (blue & brown) and (orange & turquoise). I just love both of these combos.

This cute little Tilda stamp is actually from the Spooky Halloween collection and she has a broom behind her but I cut it off before I adhered it to the card.

I also made these cute little poppy flowers myself. I gave them several sprays of Turquoise and Iridescent Glimmer mist before I assembled them. I'll have to post a tutorial because these were so easy and I used an element I've not come across on YouTube or Vimeo tutorials and there are a lot of "How to" videos out there; believe me.

I've also been into making these sweet little boxes with my "very cool" MS scoring tool. They really serve as a dimensional envelope, but I always put them in another shipping envelope if they need to go through the post. I love creating coordinating elements for my cards. It just adds a little touch of elegance and creativity.

Here are the Copics I used to color Tilda.

This one was so fun to color. I used this sweet little C.C. Designs Swiss Pixie stamp called "Leisel and her Wheelbarrow" from All That Scraps. I've had it for some time but never used it and I just thought these colors would fit her very well.

I loved using my MS Butterfly border punch so I cut a few individually from turquoise cardstock and adhered them to the flowers. They also got a coat of stickles for some sparkle.

I made the large yellow rose and the tiny yellow rosebuds from the matching yellow cardstock. It was so simple and very fun to be able to coordinate the embellishments without having to run out to the store.

Here are the Copic colors I used for Leisel.

I also made this "Autumn Wishes" card for the CMC Copic Challenge Group. The challenge was "Fall" and I adore these Stampendous stamps with all the furry little wildlife animals. There's a squirrel, chipmunk, bunny and porcupine in the collection as well.

Well, I'm off to get my "Playful Pink & Happy Yellow" Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog card finished so I can post that. It will be on my blog sometime tomorrow.

Happy wishes to all...


Monday, November 1, 2010

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Hi all. I hope you had a wonderful "All Hallow's Eve" this weekend. We had about a hundred kids. More this year than any other as I remember. Of course, our neighborhood is really growing with young families. Just a couple years ago there were only about 6 kids to ride the elementary school bus that stops right outside my corner lot. Now there are 17!

Dana and Dante thought the kids were just coming to see them. They didn't realize I was putting candy in their bags...lol. But they behaved themselves very well. They just want to be the center of attention. Almost all of the kids called Dante "Marmaduke," as I'm sure they were able to relate to the movie. Some of the kids were quite apprehensive when  I opened the door because they saw two dogs twice as big as them.

Here are a couple of Halloween cards I made for my grandchildren this year.

This sweet little Flying Witch Tilda card I sent to my 17 month old granddaughter Allie.

And this one went to my granddaughter Bel (Isabel, 5 years old) and her cute little brother Carter (22 months). They are all adorable but I'm partial because I'm their grandma. I can't wait to see pictures of their Halloween costumes. They all live in Omaha, Nebraska and Grandpa and I are in Colorado.

I've been really busy this weekend with creating gift tags for my Christmas gifts this year. These are some that I made with a little inspiration from Scrapbooks etc. magazine (my very favorite) and my Hero Arts stamps. There are so many ideas in the magazine this last issue and the website is fabulous too. I used stamps, die cuts, Copic Spicas, Stickles, embossing powders and went crazy with my "Joys of the Season" Cricut cartridge.

I submitted a fun card in the next CMC Copic Challenge yesterday. The challenge theme is "FALL" and I'll post that next weekend.  

Catch up to you then... 

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