Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Evening! Had a sick boy and a few minutes to craft today.  Nice being home and not being the sick one!  My son is old enough, he just lays around and watches TV when he is sick. My daughter, totally different story, she lays ON ME when she is sick and I get nothing done. It's ok though, I kinda like how quiet (which is very rare!!) she and cuddly she an be. So anyways, I did get to play a little today and decided to color up Sneaky Tilda, she is from the new Christimas collection from Magnolia. You can pick her up in Diana's store HERE.  I'm sure there will be a run on Christmas stamps with it right around the corner, so hurry up!!

Sneaky Tilda is colored with Copic Markers. I have been trying VERY hard to get pleats and clothing to look more real. It's really hard. (to me!)   The poinsettas are felt buttons. The sentiment is from CTMH. I picked up the presents from Michaels in the miniature tree area.


Totally Gorguss - Christmas

Monday, September 27, 2010

Give Thanks - SNB DT

As soon as I saw this cute little Turkey. I could just see it cut out and stacked. He is such a cutie and was so much fun to color. You can pick up "Give Thanks" from the Stretch n' Bubbles Shop HERE

Give thanks was colored with Copic markers. The ribbon is from CTMH. This is my version of a CAS. To me those are the most difficult types of cards to produce!! 

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Honey Bee Tilda

Goodbye Sunday...;-(  So sad to see you go so soon.  It was such a lovely day. 2 friends and I got together around 11 and have been stamping, playing and tossing around ideas all day. It was so fun but it flew by. Before we knew it, it was almost 7 o'clock! 

I played some more with Distress inks. I have a project that is almost done, but I have to pick up something to go with it. But I did get one card finished! :-)))  Yes...in 8 hrs I got 1 card finished and 1 image colored! HA! When you see the image, you will understand! It took me forever. Had I done her in Copics I would have had it done super fast. But, no I had to do it in Distress....I don't know what I was thinking!

Anways, here is the ONE card I did get completed:

Honey Bee Tilda and Honey Pot was colored with Distress Inks. The paper is Queen Bee Paper pad from Pink Paislee. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's, Just buzzin' by. The flower is handmade using a scallop punch.


Just Magnolia - Sketch

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fabric Flower Tutorial

****This is my 2nd post today - Scroll down or click here for the Happy Fall Magnolia Card ****

In the post below I used a fabric flower. I thought, I would do a quick step by step tutorial on it. I was going to do a video, but truth be told, I am not video savvy. So a photo step by step it is!! Here ya go:

What you need:
1. Beacon Fabri-Tac (I have tried other fabric glues for various projects, this one works great!! You can find it in your local craft stores.
2. Approx. 2 in. circle or scallop punch works fine too
3. Fabric - I bought fabric quarters. They are 18" x 21". I cut it into strips 1 1/4" x 21" long.
4. Button, large brad or gem

Start by tieing a knot at one end, as close as you can get to the end of the fabric strip. Trim off excess fabric, leaving the knot and the long tail.

 In the middle of your circle, put a dab of fabri-tac glue.
 Place your knot in the center of the circle and hold for a few seconds or until in place enough so you can work with it. 
 Add glue around the knot.  A little goes a long way!
Hold your fabric up and out and start twisting the fabric. While twisting the fabric start laying the twisted part down around your knot. Don't worry about the frayed edges or if the "underside" of the fabric shows through. Thats part of the character of the flower.
Keep adding glue as you go around. I twist my fabric kind of firmly. Not to tight, but it wasn't loose either. 

 When you get to the end you will do one of two things. Run out of fabric or run out of cardstock!  If you run out of fabric just kinda tuck in the end and add some glue so that it holds. Don't worry about the cardstock. Just trim it off. You won't see the backside.  If you run out of cardstock, just snip away your excess fabric and glue.  

 When you are all done, this is what your flower should look like. Wouldn't these make cute lollipops too?
 Add a gem, large brad or button to the center.
 You can make different types of leaves to finish it off. You can use green ribbon and loop like below. Or use a handy Martha punch and punch out your leaves!

Thats it! I hope this made sense! It's my first tutorial I have ever done. Also, don't mind those inky, gluey fingers! LOL  I had been stamping all morning.  If you make these you will find out quickly how much glue you will wear too!!

Thank you for looking and you check out the post below for anther one of these on my little Tilda with Autumn leaves card!

Happy Fall Ya'll

Ahhhh, awesome Saturday. The clouds are starting to roll in, may get a rain shower soon and I have no plans for most of the day! Yea! I love the sound of the rain but it makes me so sleepy. So I think I see a nap in my future!!  A few goody bags arrived in the mail the last 2 days and I couldn't wait to get one of them in particular inked up!  So then I tossed back and forth whether to color it with Distress Inks or copics...distress or copics.  I ended up coloring it in Copics, but stamped another one on watercolor paper to do a Distress inks version later on. 

Ok so seriously, I love this stamp. I really just love it. I grew up in Akron, Ohio. I now live in Florida. My favorite season hands down is Fall. However, I do not like Fall in Florida. Fall in Florida is miserable. By the time Fall is here you are so sick of the heat that when you wake up to 85-90 some degree weather it makes you sad! Especially when you see all your friends and family from back home doing "fall" things. Like going to kids games (with a light jacket on!), going to pumpkin patches (real ones, not in a church parking lot with pumpkins sitting on wood planks), going to apple orchards. I could go on and on, you see my point. I miss the changing of the leaves and I miss raking them up and jumping in them. Spiders? Bugs? nah...you didn't worry about that up north. Florida...I won't even walk in the grass barefooted!

Ok so enough rambling, now I am sad and want to go home for a visit!! :-(

So here are my card details. My Tilda is colored with Copic markers and prisma color pencils. I did some shading of the clothes and the background with the pencils. You can pick up this little beauty in Diana's shop over at Magnolia-licious. If Diana doesn't have something you want, let her know she will most definitely see what she can do. The paper is from My Minds Eye and CTMH. The flower is handmade from fabric. Stay tuned, I did a tutorial on it and will be posting that either tonight or tomorrow morning! ;-)  The sentiment is from Close to my Heart. 

This card falls into a few challenges. Some I am just making it in to!

Stamping Scrapping - Anything Goes
A spoon full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Cutie Sunday - Fall Colors

Thanks for looking

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Misc. quickies....

Evening!  Tonight I did a card workshop with a group of ladies. It was so nice seeing everybody and creating cards!  We made 3 cards and a little treat holder. Being a workshop I have to keep things simple but fun. So we go for techniques usually. Here is what we created tonight:

Details: Sentiment is from Verve stamps. The paper is from Close to my heart. The flower is made from fabric. I bought fat quarters and cut them into about 1 - 1 1/2 in. strips. Used Fabri-tac by Beacon, then twisted the fabric around. 

I got this idea from Tresa Blacks blog. She is always doing some amazing things. The techique for the skull stamp is "Josephs Coat".  We stippled multiple colors onto white cardstock then stamped the Skull stamp from "Thriller by Close to my Heart" in versamark . We put clear embossing powder over it. Took a brayer  inked up in black and ran it across a few times. The wiped away the black ink from the embossed image.  The stamp is the Stamp of the Month from Close to my Heart, Thriller. The papers are from Close to my heart.  The flower is the rolled flower techinque.

The little bat was downloaded  from Skip To My Lou. The sentiment is from the dollar bin at Michaels!!  There is another cute idea on Skip to my Lou to take the Hershey bar and white crepe paper and wrap it around it like a mummy and have the eyes sticking out. So cute!

Last but not least. This background idea was lifted from Debbie Olson.  I don't think I did it anyway like she did. I improvised and did it my own way and completely different. But I still got a similiar effect. Not the same, but close. We randomly stamped "Nature's Vein" stamp from Close to my heart on 140 lb watercolor paper. After inking up the stamp, I gave the stamp one little squirt of water and the stamped on the paper. After all the random stamping was complete. I sprayed lots of water on to the paper, turned it over and rubbed it off onto a scrap piece of paper. That's basically it. I love the vivid colors. Thats what drew me to Debbie Olson in the first place. 

Ok, not my usually types of cards, but thought I would share what I do for workshops or craft days!

Thank you,

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wishing you Happiness - Tilda

Whew!! Boy oh boy has it been a crazy week.  Finally I am starting to feel better and actually feel like hanging out in my craft room. Off an on throughout the week I was practicing with my distress inks. I really like how some of them turned out. They take me alot longer to color than with the copics though. That is the only downside that I can see. Plus the fact that the watercolor paper that I like my local craft store clearanced it all out and I think my friend and I bought every sheet they have! haha So now I have to order it online. Anybody have any favorite watercolor papers they like to use???? Just curious....need to find another.

The following card I made is a little on the springy side. I didn't even check to see if it will qualify for any challenges. Most of the challenges out there are halloween, fall and autumn colors lately!   Anyways, I was super happy to get one of my Maggies out. My magnolias make me the happiest when I color them. Weird thing is at first I didn't like them lol  Gasp!! Now, I can't get enough of them. I do tend to lean towards the newer ones. Some of the older ones have those weird pudgy faces, they look frumpy. I LOVE all the new ones though!

So here is one of my few attempts at Distress Inks. I am a copic girl trying to break into the distress world.

What do you think of the background? I kinda like it. I think my little bush/flower turned out cute too.

I struggle with Black hair. I can not tell you how many times I have colored black hair only to throw it out. I just screw it up everytime. This is the first time I have tried black hair with distress. Not to bad. I think I could have added some darker color in the curls flowing down.  But all in all, not bad.

I did not write the colors down. However, off the top of my head I think I used:

Black soot, Wild Honey, Walnut stain, Vintage photo, tattered rose, Chipped Sapphire, faded jeans and peeled paint.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The border punch is MS. The paper is from a DCWV paper pack. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps.

Thanks for looking,

Monday, September 20, 2010

Rachel - Elisabeth Bell DT

Hello!! Happy Monday! (is there such a thing?? hehe) This month is flying by!! Holy cow!! Can't wait to see what Elisabeth Bell has coming out in the digital department for next month. Anybody else as excited as I???  Also, if you haven't checked out the NEW Elisabeth Bell DT page...please check it out HERE

I had a super, super busy week.  My sister came into town from South Carolina. I had to plan a suprise birthday party for my father, who turned 60.  My brother and his family drove down for 2 days from where they live (about an hr away). In the meantime, I wake up on Sunday (the day of the party) sick!!!!!!!!! I got through the party part. We actually totally surprised him and he was very happy we had a party for him. Turned out fantastic.  I on the otherhand am still sick and had to call out of work today.  Two things going on, I have a cold and after eating very well for weeks and weeks (I need to lose some major weight here!!) I indulged a little yesterday and my body said...whooooaaa, what are you doing??? Needless to say I am still not feeling well and had a nice healthy bowl of Special K w/skim milk this morning!!!

Now on to the important stuff. I have here a cutie patootie image from Elisabeth Bells Digital collection.  She is called Rachel, Little Darling. Isn't she darling??  I think so!  Here she is:

Here are the details:  She is coloried with Copic markers. I used stickles on her wings. The flower is from Prima. The butterfly is also from Prima. The paper is from Close to my Heart as is the sparkling brad. Now I will admit, I love the image....love it....however, the card itself, not thrilled about. In my defense, I have had a super busy week and in between family and planning I had to get 2 DT projects done!! In the end, it is cute...but not spectacular!! 

Thanks for looking and have a great week!


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