Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Altered Paper Bag

Gooooood morning! I've been busy plugging away at some cards lately. Scratch that...I have been busy coloring images!!  I have LOADS and I do mean loads of images colored up but not on cards.  Here is the problem....I'm hooked on something. Yup, I am hooked on Vampire Diaries. You can stream the first and second season on Netflix. I have watched almost 26 episodes in the last 2 weeks. (not including when I was away over the long weekend). Now anybody that knows me knows that I am not a big TV person. I rarely watch it. One evening while I was coloring it was a bit quiet and boring for me in my craft room so I thought hey...I can watch some netflix while I color.  Where my computer is there isn't enough room to make cards, plus I don't want to move all my supplies....but it's quite easy for me to grab my basket of copics and color while I watch. So thats exactly what I have been doing.  needless to say...I have ALOT of images done just waiting to be placed onto a card.  I still have about 18 episodes to go though!!

Anybody else watch Vampire Diaries? My son thinks it's ridiculous. Everytime he walks by he says something sarcastic like...since when did Vampires become the good guys? What happened to the mean, scary...i'm going to bite you vampires. Why in the world are girls soooooo obsessed with Vampires's just not right.  I can see my friend Lisette laughing at this right now..because she knows my son...and knows how he is! LOL He is my 11 going on 40 son. He is not mean, or rude..he just has a grown personality and he is extremely sarcastic. Hrmm..not sure where he gets that from!!!!!  Anyways, he will just have to get over me lusting over Damon or Stefan....or Edward and Jacob!!!

Enough about that...This morning I have a decorated paper bag for you! I have used "Something for You" Tilda. I think she is so cute! She is also fun to color! I made a matching ornament to go inside for a little gift. I will take pictures of that later!

Aren't those papers beautiful??? They are from Authentique and I LOVE them!  I wish I had more...but my LSS sold out of them when she had a class with Stacy Dewid of Tattered Angels. I do still have 1 6x6 pad of it left that I am hoarding. I don't want to use it...but I know that is silly. I am going to have to use it at some point. It will be sad to see it go though.

I printed out the sentiment on my computer. Tilda is colored with Copics. I used the R20's with R89 for the deep shadows in her dress.  E40's on her hair and C's for the boots and fur. All the mattes are cut out with spellbinders. The border punch is from Martha Stewart.

Oohhhh and Dont forget about my BLOG CANDY!!!!!!!!!!! 

Craft your Passion - Christmas/Winter
Crafty Bloggers Net - Something different, other than a card
iCopic - Vintage/Distress
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Stamping Scrapping - Holidays
TOMIC - Vintage
Magnolia Stamp Lovers-  Red/White
Stamptacular Sunday - Christmas

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winter Wonderland.....

Good morning! I hope everybody had a lovely thanksgiving.  I was spending time with my husbands aunt and uncle in Sarasota, FL over the weekend.I always enjoy visiting with them, they are so much fun to be around!

It's challenge day at Paper Sundaes and we are being sponsored by Michelles and the theme is "Winter Wonderland".  Everytime I see Silent night tilda, I think of a wintery scene!  I just love her. She is definitely on my favorites list!

Lookie there, I even decorated the inside. I love decorating the inside of cards I just don't do it often enough. It looks so much nicer and makes a nice sturdy card too!

These papers are an older line from MME. The flowers are from Wild Orchids.  The flourishes were cut from a magnolia doohickey.  The matte under my image was cut with a border punch and then I clipped it so that I can "bend" it around the oval and make a frame.

Thats all for now, hope that you can join us on Paper Sundaes. Please come check out the other cards from the DT. We have a awesome designers!!

Dont  forget to check out my BLOG CANDY here.   I have stamps, papers, give away!!


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Santa Baby.....

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all have a wonderful day with you family and/or friends today.  I am spending some time with hubby's aunt and uncle today along with a few other people!  Then I am going to sit and debate whether or not I want to go black friday shopping. I don't mind going, but I'm not one of "those" people. You know, the ones that sit outside of a store all night long. Or the one of the ones that go out in the sweatpants, hair pulled up into a ball  with a giant mug of coffee looking for that "deal".  Nope, not one of those. I am however one of those people that get up when I feel like it and hope that maybe I will get a doorbuster deal or a small deal on something..just one thing and I would be happy.  However, I go out mostly because it's an excuse to go shop....thats it!  I typically have my Christmas shopping done by now, so I'm not looking for those mega deals.

My card to share today is an image from Stamping Bella. They are called Uptown Girls, and I LOVE them!!!  I bought all but 2, but I think I need the other 2 now.
I tried really hard to get some contrast into that dress! I like the end result. 

I colored her with Copic markers and added some stickles on her "fur". The papers are from We R Memories.

Keeping it short today so thats all.....again - Happy Thanksgiving....and Don't forget, I have BLOG CANDY....ends Dec 25th. 

Delightful Delights - red/green
Papertake Weekly - Christmas
Ribbon Carousel - Holiday Hoopla
Make it Monday -Anything Goes
Make my Monday - Christmas w/Snowflakes, flowers or foliage
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Christmas Sentiment
Dutch Dare - Recipe

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Birthday and EXCITING NEWS!!!

**This is my 2nd post today!! Scroll down for the Magnolia-licious challenge post!**

I am SUPER excited to announce that I was recently asked to be on the Crafter's Companion DT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay! I'm so excited and can't wait to joing the ladies at Crafter's Companion. If you are not already familiar with Crafters Companion, please hop over to see all the ADORABLE stamps and PRODUCTS that they carry!!  I'm telling you, they have so many fantastic things.  Have you heard of Spectrum Noirs?  They are the latest and greatest in markers. They are an alcohol based marker, like copics created and manufactured by Crafters Companion! They come in so many colors, I can't wait to play with them!!! 

They also carry some great stamping lines like Popcorn the Bear, Humpreys, SWALK (like the card below) and many more. They have cutting tools, ez mount, and some GREAT stamp storage cases!!  So check it out and stay tuned on my blog for more on Crafters Companion!!

I always need birthday cards. This is a by SWALK and is called "present"  I love the little gift she is holding and knew it would make a wonderful Birthday Card! I colored her with Copic markers. I cut the banner out by hand. I was going to add words onto it and ended up liking it this way. So I left it alone, which is hard for me to do sometimes.  Those bright pretty papers are from the new Authentique. I forget the name, but they are all so pretty! Love the colors in it.

That's all for today but don't forget Im having a BLOG CANDY giveaway. So make sure you come over to check it out HERE.

Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Outlawz - Bday
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Pile it On - Anything w/a "P"


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Holiday Planner - Magnolia-licious

Hello, it's time for an inspiration challenge at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog!  So are you loving the Christmas line yet? I know I am!! They are soooooo cute!  I wasn't too impressed with the Winner Takes All collection at first, but some of those have really grown on me.  It's nice to see how others use them too.  I used Tilda with Gifts on this card. She is from a past collection, but I just LOVE her. She is so versatile. You can use her for Christmas or birthday.....showers...whatever. She is definitely a must have. You can find her in the Shop HERE

This weeks challenge is an inspiration challenge picked by the talented Pat Franks.

I purchased a 5x7 notebook from staples. They come 3 in a pack and are about a buck a piece. I then tore out a sheet of paper from the inside and used that to mark on my DP where I needed to punch my holes.  After I punched the holes I cut a slit up them so that I could just glue the page down onto the book and it would go through the spiral wire. I didn't have to bind the book or anything Much simpler. I then covered and decorated the outside to my liking.  I've made a few of these in the last couple of weeks. I added some tabs to the pages and I made a pen to go with it. If you buy the RSVP pens you can take a piece of paper and stick it in the tube to coordinate. I have also made beaded pens, those are always very pretty. These make great little office gifts. Of course you don't make them as a holiday planner. I did because I can add things like ppl that I need ot buy for and my holiday recipes, etc.

Hope you can join us at Magnolia-licous challenge blog. Please come check out the DT work by the other ladies. 

Don't forget to check out my BLOG CANDY HERE! It ends Dec 25th and I put together lots of goodies for all my followers!!!

Ribbon Carousel - Holiday Hoopla
Stop our Stash - Christmas or winter

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Blog Candy Anybody????

It's the holiday season and I am in the giving mood. So I have put together a little bit of BLOG CANDY for my wonderful and loyal followers.

I have all kinds of goodies in here!! You will get a 6x6 paper pad from Lost and Found, MME collection. A SNOWFLAKE impressionablities from Spellbinders, Pink Cat Studios "Betty Loves School", Magnolia "Edwin Fishing", Stamping Bella, Ketto Stamp, a Girls Night Out stamp set and a stamp from Hero Arts. There's some pretty good stuff and it could be yours!  So here's what you need to do:

1. If you are not already a follower, please become one!!  It's a gift to my "friends"!
2. I would love for you to post it on your sidebar on your blog or mention my blog candy in your post, but you don't have to.
3. Add your name into Inlinkz below!

I will pick a name randomly on DECEMBER 25th - Christmas Day.  My little present to my followers! ;-))

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hannukkah..Happy whatever you celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy ToFurky Day

Back again!  It's thursday and boy am I glad to see it!  That means 1 more day of work and hello weekend!!!  Next week is a short week for me too, yay!  2 days of work then I am off for 5 days. I can not wait!!!  I need a break. 

Today I want to share a Turkey Day card with you. I love this little turkey, he is a digi stamp from Stretch n' Bubbles.  He is a adorable and the sign just makes it.  I am actually changing it up a little more when I send it out and crossing off the "Cow" too....I'm sending this to a super sweet vegetarian ( hubby's aunt) and I hope she will get a kick out of it.  We are going to spend Thanksgiving Day with them this year in Sarasota, FL.  Last year we did too and my first thought was.... what are we going to eat???  Now she isn't just a vegetarian, she is also really big into Animal her home is a NO BIRD zone!  Well she didn't make us suffer tooo much! LOL  She won't let the bird be cooked in her oven, so another aunt cooked it in her oven and brought it over.  We made lots of good sides though. I love stuffing but my stuffing has sausage and chicken broth in it. So i searched online for a recipe that I could make that would be totally vegetarian. I found one and score one for me, it was delicious. It was made with vegetable broth, lots of onions and celery, sage, and ARTICHOKES! was really good.   So I think I shall make that again this year! 

I did have to call the auntie up and reign her in on the desserts though. lol  If anybody knows me, I LOVE desserts and usually make oodles of desserts. So if I am saying there was too many desserts, there were way to many! LOL  She bought like 3 dozen cannolis....I made a pumpkin pie, somebody brought a pumpkin pie. I made a pumpkin cake. We had Cherry pie and I think there was something Chocolate there. Not to mention all the candy and cookies that were laying around the house. was like a dessert explosion.  Did I mention there were only 12 of us?? 

So enough about that. I can't wait to go see them. They are THE BEST....not even lieing. I totally married into the best aunt and uncle EVER. Love those people!

I love these papers. They are from We R Memories.  The leaves were made with a border punch, I just cut them out into individual leaves. Then I took a stylus and drew lines on it. Flipped it over and sanded it gently to bring out the "Veins" of the leaves. I used Helmars Scrap Dots to pop them. Have you used those yet? They are awesome. Takes a little getting use to because u do have to let them dry a bit, or do it last so that you don't press down. But they are great for adding dimensions.  Pop dots and foam dots are nice but they are all the same height. With the scrap dots you can pile it on to make the dimension different heights. Love it.

Thats all for today!

Do You Stack Up - Splash of Blue
Crafting for all Seasons - Thanksgiving
More than Favors - Thanksgiving
Celebrate the Occasion - Thanksgiving use a punch
Creative Card Crew - Thankful
Make it Monday - Anything Goes


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We Wish You a Merry Christmas......

Hello Bloggie friends. I am happy to announce that I had a productive weekend in terms for cards! Mostly because I had men here putting up my backsplash in my kitchen, so of course I had to stay out of their way.....which put me into my craft room for the day!   So, I got a few knocked out.....I'm not going to lie, I was struggling for a while there. My coloring was giving me fits but I can definitely see it coming back around.   A few days ago I bought a few of Mo Mannings digis. Mo always has the cutest images!!!  I loved all the little carolers and this lamp post is adorable!! I printed out a few of those they can go with so many things.

This weeks challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil is for folds. I have been wanting to try one of these folded cards and never got around to it, so I thought this would be a pefect opportunity.

I love how she came out. I kept wanting to make the background darker and darker, but I finally stopped. I was so afraid of screwing it up, but I may grab another image and play some more with the background. I thought it would be neat to make it dark (like night time) and have spots of lights coming through, like a village is in the background.  Maybe next image!

I colored this with Copic markers and the papers are Basic Grey. I wish I could tell you where I got the tutorial on how to cut the card but I wrote it down sometime ago and didn't note it! Sorry!

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:

Digital Tuesday - Christmastime
Daisy Doodles Digi - Anything Goes/ w/digi
iCopic - Backgrounds
Christmas Card Challenge - Holly or Wreaths
Make it Colourful - Light/Candlelight
Totally Gorguss - Christmas Traditions
Crafty Katz - Use a Digi
Bronte and Bellas Challenge Blog - Fancy Folds
Cute card Thursday - Reds

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Turkey Day - Paper Sundaes

Good morning! I'm am exhausted!!!!!!!!!!  It was a long weekend for me, we had off for Veterans Day, but I could really use another day or two off. I'm telling you life flies by way to quick for me lately.  I keep saying, gosh I can't wait til next month when things get slower. Then the next month comes and that doesn't seem to happen!  My husband said it's my fault that I am constantly making plans. I guess he kind of right, but not always. Sometimes things just can't be helped and it's not that I want to be doing something....but we have to.

Saturday I taught a Copic class and one other class at my LSS, A Scrapbook Store. I am in a Mixed Media group as well, which was first thing in the morning but I didn't get to attend because I am getting my kitchen backsplash FINALLY tiled! yaay! I could have made it to the group, however, I felt it neccessary to be at my house when the tilers got here just so I knew they knew how I wanted my backsplash. Sure I could have counted on my wonderful hubby to do that, but thought it best not to take the chance!! hehehe I left shortly after they came so that  I could teach. My classes ended up taking a weee bit longer than I had biggie though. I had that day mapped out just for that. I did get to meet a few new ladies and I think they all did FANTASTIC.  We had a great time and I was sooooo proud of their coloring when they left!

Enough of that,  I'm playing along with my girls over at Paper Sundaes today! So excited about that. This week they are being sponsored by Pink Cat Studios and we want you to use a DIGI. So I picked out this cute little turkey for my card. I kept it simple.

I'm so use to making 6x6 or 5.5x5.5 cards that when I change up the shape I get perplexed on what to do! LOL Funny thing is prior to 2 years ago, I NEVER made square cards and I ONLY made 5x7 or invitation size.  So needless to say, I just kept it simple. 

Hope you can join us over at Paper Sundaes for the challenge!   At least come check out the other girls creations, I'm telling you we have the best DT, they are ALL so very talented!!!!

Until next time,

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Blue/Silver - Color Challenge

Good Morning! So are you getting all ready for the upcoming holidays? Did you already finish up your holiday shopping? Are you one of THOSE people? You know...the ones that start shopping like the day after christmas and have their entire shopping list finished by the time labor day rolls around!! LOL  I can do that kind of shopping for adults, but when it comes to the kids, I find it extremely hard to do it! I mean, things change so rapidly. One month they want a DSi, the next thing you know it's a "baby" toy and they are to old for one. So with the kids I tend to finish the majority of my christmas shopping right around this time of November. I am hoping this weekend to get it completed!!  After that, I usually pick up a few things here and there...but the important stuff is done! It's getting harder to find places to keep it hidden until Christmas though!  My son totally scouted out the last hiding spot. My other spot was in these big storage units that I keep my Department 56 Village in. However, I'm not planning on putting up my village this year (long story) so there goes that! They were perfect too because they locked! So I'm going to have to get creative it looks like this year! Luckily as the kids get older the presents do get smaller but much more expensive!!

To the challenge. It's a new one here at Magnolia-licious Challenge blog. This weeks challenge was picked by the uber talented Pat Frank. She wants us to do something in Blue and silver!

I picked up these papers last year from Bo Bunny. Love this line! So glad that I had some left because when I saw the challenge I thought it would be perfect for that paper!   I left off the sentiment because I'm just not sure what i am going to put on it yet!!!   You can't see it in the photos but there is lots of glitter on the snowflakes and on the star she is holding.  Star Tilda can be purchased in the Magnolia-Licious Store!!

Please hop over to the Challenge blog and see all the inspiration from the other DT members! Don't forget to get your entry in, you have 2 weeks until the next challenge. The prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the Magnolia-licious Store!

Papertake Weekly - Christmas
Party Time Tuesdays - Bling it on (hard t osee in pictures, but it's all blinged out with sparkles and stones)
Tip Top Tuesday - Anything Christmas
I did It Creations - Christmas
Jellypark - Christmas
Just Magnolia - Anything Goes


Sunday, November 6, 2011

You're My Favorite......

Hello All. I'm back! It's been a few days since I have posted but I have been one busy girl!  I did get a chance to play a little bit with my friend over the weekend, which I really needed to do. There just doesn't seem like enough hours in a day anymore. Last post I mentioned that I would just be getting home from vacation. My hubby and some friends took a little trip to Key West 2 weeks ago.

Typically the last week of October there is a big celebration going on in Key West, called Fantasy Fest. It's kinda like Mardi Gras in New Orleans but instead of girls flashing you have people getting body painted. It's quite interesting and ALOT of fun. I'm getting old though, 7 days of staying up late and "partying" is not for me anymore! LOL I came home EXHAUSTED! Not to mention from walking in shoes that I don't normally wear my feet were sore and swollen, NOT COOL!  But we had a blast and I can't wait to go back.

This week I finally got to download and play with my digi's from Krista Smith. I LOVE her images and this particular one is probably my favorite!!  She has an etsy shop where you can purchase these HERE. This one here is called Cornelia.

As usual, she is colored with Copic Markers. Mostly using the E50's and R20's. The paper is a 6x6 pad from We R Memories. Sentiment is from the dollar bin at Michaels and those flowers are all Wild Orchid Crafts.  I distressed the edges, although I REALLY wanted to sew them but I still haven't had my mother over to fix my Sewing machine...I NEED my sewing machine. I miss my sewing machine!!!  I don't know how to fix it and I hope she can!! I messed it all up. I mean, the needle is broke and all! It was bad!!

Anywho,  thats all I have for now.  I'll see you in  few days because I do have some more projects coming up!! ;-))

Come and Get it - Autumn Blessings
One Stitch at a Time - Use a Digi
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Cardmadfairys Digi - Friendship
Fussy and Fancy - Be thankful, feature a sentiment
Patties Creations - Autumn Colors
Dutch Dare - Thanksgiving or Thank You
Papercraft Journey - Use a Digi


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