Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tilda Birthday greeting

Good Evening!

I've created this card for two challenges: a sketch challenge over at Friday Sketchers and a Birthday card for the Just Magnolia challenge.

The sketch at Friday Sketchers is hosted by Carole and I've included her beautiful sketch below!

The card stock and designer paper are from Stampin' Up. I've used a Martha Stewart border punch and some sheer pink ribbon along with a few pink brads on the horizontal band. You'll find machine stitching around the panels since I'm still hooked on sewing!! The Birthday sentiment is from the "Well Scripted" stamp set by Stampin' Up! I just love that these stamps are now available in clear mount!!

On the second version of the card I've added a few wire stems covered with Flower Soft. I colored the white wire with my Copic marker so that I could have green flower stems and then added the tiny "Sweet Pea" Flower Soft material.

The images are colored with Copic markers:
E000, E00, E31, E33, E35, B0000, B21, B23, R00, RV0000, RV00, RV21, 0

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Friday, February 26, 2010

Penny Black Bees & Bunny

Don't ya just love this bunny in a flower pot with the little bees buzzing around the flower? I saw this stamp and knew that it just had to come home with me. Of course, I'm a huge fan of Penny Black stamps so it's no surprise that I bought this one!! And...we have an adorable little white rabbit of our very own, so I'm partial to bunnies!!

It's a double post day today!! The challenge ends tomorrow so I need to post the card tonight!I've created this card for the Week 89 Penny Black Saturday Challenge which uses the color combo Pink, Green and Yellow along with a Penny Black image. I had this beautiful paper from October Afternoon which totally fit the color combo and paired it with some Ruby and Yellow Bazzill card stock and Regal Rose Stampin' Up ribbon.

I even grabbed my new SU Scalloped Trim border and corner punches. They are a little tricky to use, but I think it was worth the effort. I love the scalloped frames that can be made with these punches.

These little bees & bunny are colored with Copics:
YG03, YG67: Grass
Booo: Bee wings
R20: flower petals, flower pot
Y15, Y38: Bees
E31, E33, E35, E50: Bunny and Flower pot

I've added a little Doodlebug Sugarcoated glitter to the wings but that may be difficult to see in the picture.

Thanks again for buzzing by!

Bee Happy

Good Afternoon,

These Stampendous Bees are so adorable and they were a perfect fit for the Week 53 Copic Colour Challenge. The colors for the challenge are listed below.

I immediately thought of these little bees and some yellow dotted BoBunny paper I had used on another card. This image fits perfectly on top of those small acrylic paint cans. That will have to be another project in the near future!! The name of the stamp is "bee happy".

The wings are glittered with some Doodlebug sugarcoated glitter and the bees are colored with Copic markers. The flower stem and the small brad inside the flower are colored with YG03. The wide black stitched ribbon is from Bazzill.

Copic Colors: YG03, Y17, C7 and C1, C3, C5, Y11, Y15, 0

Thanks for buzzing by!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Magnolia-licious February Christmas Blog Hop

Good Morning and Welcome to the Magnolia-licious Yahoo Group Christmas All Year Long Blog Hop! I'm so excited to be participating this month! This hop will happen the 25th of every month.
If you've arrived here from Jenn's blog, you're in the right place. If you would like to start at the beginning of our hop, please begin with Julie Glasgow.
For my card today I'm using Santa's Helper and the Old Bench. I purchased these beautiful stamps from the Magnolia-licious store where you'll find great service and great prices.

The card stock, patterned paper and ribbon are from my Stampin' Up stash. I had saved a package of my favorite retired Parisian Breeze designer paper and used it for my Christmas card this month. I found some Dew Drops and added those to the center of the flowers and around my little Edwin. I've distressed the edges of the dark blue card stock and then went to my sewing machine and stitched around the chocolate paper. The images are colored with Copic markers.

You're next stop on the February Christmas hop is Kathy!
Enjoy your visits and thanks so much for hopping by,

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Two Challenges all wrapped up in one Tilda

This card was created for two challenges that I found while visiting some of my favorite blogs. The first challenge from Stamp with Fun has the theme "stitch". Since I've recently found that I absolutely love sewing on my cards, this was a perfect fit!! I adjusted my sewing machine back to straight stitching instead of zig-zag for this card. Next time, I think I'll try sewing with something other than white thread!

The second challenge is from Friday Sketchers. This is challenge #90 and was designed by Beatrix from Germany. I loved the look of this sketch!

I had purchased a fabulous 9000-piece Cosmo Cricket scrapbooking kit from Tuesday Mornings a few weeks ago and I have just been waiting to open up all of the paper and embellishments. The papers are just Gorgeous! The kit included two 8x8 scrapbooks, paper, chipboard, ribbon, buttons, brads...and of course everything coordinates together. The vintage colors are fabulous: dusty pinks, blues, reds and greens!!!!!

The Designer paper for this card came from this beautiful Cosmo Cricket scrapbooking kit.
The Red card stock is from Bazzill, and the green card stock is Mellow Moss from Stampin' Up - a perfect match to the paper. The little chipboard flower and button were also included in the kit. The sentiment is from the new clear mount set "Whimsical Words" by Stampin' Up! I think the font on this set is beautiful!

Here are my Copic Colors: R000, R20, R22, BG10, C1, E000, E00, E25, E31, E33, E35, E47, E50, E53

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cupcake Cards

Good Morning.
Just a quick post this morning of these super easy cupcake cards. I've used the same basic layout and supplies on each card and just subbed in each of the 2009-2010 Stampin Up "In-Color" colors for each card. I thought it was a nice way to showcase each color and to make up a quick set of birthday cards. It is so nice to have a set of markers to match the card stock!!

Supplies for these cards:
Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations, Party Hearty
Card Stock: Whisper White, 2009-2010 In-Color: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede
DSP: Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip, In-Color classic ink and markers
Accessories: White Taffeta Ribbon, Circle Punches

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Just Magnolia Challenge

This card was made for the Week 43 sketch challenge over at the Just Magnolia Challenge Blog. The original sketch can be found below. Isn't it a beauty! I'm really enjoying playing along with these challenges. They are such a great inspiration!

The papers on this card are from the Vintage Valentine line by Fancy Pants. I've used my Tilda with Letter image and colored her with Copic markers. The scalloped border is a Martha Stewart border punch. The ribbon and card stock are from my Stampin' Up stash. I've also added a few Making Memories pewter brads. The small "love you much" sentiment is from Family Phrases by Stampin Up!
Here are the Copic Colors: E000, E00, R20, R32, R35, R36, E31, E33, E35, YG91, G20

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Basic Grey Sketch Challenge

My Magnolia card today was created for the Week 13 Basic Grey Sketch Challenge. This is the first time I've actually particpated in a sketch challenge and I had so much fun! The sketch was great and the samples from the design team were truly beautiful. The only requirement to play along was that you use at least one item from Basic Grey. That wasn't difficult!! I have quite the stash of Basic Grey paper leftover from previous projects...and of course some pristine 12x12 papers that I just couldn't bear to cut into!! (You know what I'm talking about if you are a paper collector!!)

For this challenge I used 2 beautiful papers from the 2008 Wassail Christmas line: Falling Snow and Winterberry. The card stock is from Stampin Up: Artichoke and Naturals White. The small green flourish is cut with a Sizzix die and the flowers were some blooms from a sprig of flowers I bought at a local craft store. The little pewter brads are from Making Memories.

Tilda is colored with Copic markers are here are the colors:
E000, E00, R20, E31, E33, E35, YG91, YG93, R32, R35, R37, G20, YG91, C1
I am really loving the soft colors for these Magnolia images.

Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind words.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tilda in Chocolate and Blue

Good Morning!
I fell in love with this designer paper from Stampin Up called Parisian Breeze. It's simply gorgeous stuff! I am embarrassed to admit that I am a HUGE paper hoarder. I have several unopened packages of discontinued paper that I am finally getting around to using and I am having a blast. It's like Christmas all over again as I finally open these packages of paper from my stash:-)

This sweet Tilda is colored in browns and blues with my Copic markers. The flowers were from a sprig of spring flowers that I bought a while ago in the floral department and I simply removed the blooms from the branch! (I definitely need to purchase some of the beautiful flowers that I've seen on numerous cards!) I added a little blue gem to the center of each flower.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Another Birthday?

My favorite stamps from Stampendous are the Changito monkeys...and this little guy is a hoot! I think that the name of the stamp is "Changito Loco" which cracks me up!! I've paired him up with the "Another Birthday" sentiment stamp which is also from Stampendous. I think this sentiment fits him just perfectly!

My sewing machine has gotten a lot of use this week since I've been zig-zag stitching on my cards. However... I think that sewing on paper is supposed to dull the needle...maybe I should have a couple of spare needles on hand:-)

I've used my large pink Marvy scalloped circle punch on the red card stock and added white dots in the scallops using a white gel pen. The patterned paper is Basic Grey and the silly monkey is colored with Copic markers
Copics used: E31, E33, E50, R20, R35, C1
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My First Copic Colour Challenge

This card was designed for the Copic Colour Challenge #51 which features Copic colors R29, RV23 and B12. I'm using some of the last pieces of my Pink Paislee Cupid Collection paper which matched beautifully with the colors in this challenge. And have seen this layout on a previous post using my Barefoot Tilda image with a chocolate satin ribbon! I had already sewn the card base together when I saw the colors for this weeks color challenge and knew it would be a perfect fit.

I had such fun with these beautiful colors but I just couldn't figure out the best way to incorporate the I used my R29 marker and airbrushed some shimmery cream ribbon! You just gotta love the airbrush for altering the color of the embellishments!

I've also been watching the Copic tutorials posted by Suzanne J. Dean. What an inspiration!! You can view her tutorials here. She is such an amazing talent and all of her projects are simply extraordinary! I've taken the Copic certification class but I have so much to learn and she willingly shares her tips and techniques.

Here's a list of the additional Copic colors: E000, E00, E25, E31, E33, E35, E47, E50, E53, B0000, Rv0000, R20, C1 and of course my Colorless blender.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Monday, February 15, 2010

One last Valentine card

OK...I know it's February 15th, but I just found a fun challenge over at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog. This challenge is simply to create a valentine card using any Penny Black stamp. I have never participated in a challenge before - but since my stash of Penny Black stamps is growing quite quickly, I thought it would be fun to join in. Just maybe...I'll even figure out how to use all of the links!!

This card uses two stamps from Penny Black "Via Post" and "Be My Valentine". I've used some Pink Paislee paper from their new Cupid Collection - one of my favorites!!! The image is colored with Copic markers.

...And of course you'll see that I've sewn the edges with my sewing machine. I really love the look of the sewn layers!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Barefoot Tilda and my zig-zag stitching

Happy Valentine's Day!

I finally did it! I set up my sewing machine and I stitched for the very first time on paper. I've seen such beautiful cards and scrapbook layouts with machine stitching but have never actually tried it and now I'm hooked! My sewing machine is 38 years old and was handed down from my husband's grandmother. I wasn't even sure that it could do a zig-zag stitch, but it worked like a charm. Now I want to sew on every card and every scrapbook page!! If you look closely, you'll see the zig-zags around the outside edges of the patterned paper.

This Barefoot Tilda is colored with Copics. I'm trying to go with the concept of "less is more" when I color and I am not putting down so much color on these little Magnolias. I love the look of the soft colors and they went perfectly with this paper from "Pink Paislee". Her wings are glittered with some Doodlebug sugar-coated glitter - I'm not sure if that shows up in the picture. The card stock and ribbon are from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine Box of Chocolates

Good Evening!
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I want to share one last Penny Black Valentine bear. Isn't he a sweet little guy holding his box of chocolates? The name of the stamp is "Tender Hearts" and the sentiment is also from Penny Black stamps. The striped paper is "Love Bandit Stripe" from the paper and the name!
He's colored with Copic markers and tied with some pretty two-toned pink satin ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Baking Tilda in Green

I just adore this "Baking Tilda" from Magnolia stamps. Maybe it's her long hair, or the sweet outfit, or the cookies fresh out of the oven but it's one of my favorite images.
You'll see a previous post where I colored this image in blue, now she appears in green and soon, you'll also see her in pink!

The paper is a glittered and embossed paper from DCWV. The Regal Rose cardstock and ribbon are from Stampin' Up. I found the silver double heart charm in the wedding department at Hobby Lobby. I'm also breaking out my Nesties and having so much fun!!

I often wondered why Tilda and Edwin from Magnolia stamps don't have mouths and why some of the image have wings while others do not. Here's the answer I found from some of the Magnolia experts at the Magnolia Yahoo group. Tilda and Edwin are angels. Sometimes the wings are visible, other times they are hidden on their back. Angels have no need for a mouth because they speak with their heart. I thought this was wonderful! It makes me love these stamps even more!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Conversation Hearts Box Cover

Good Afternoon!
I miss the days when the boys were younger and we would sit at the kitchen table and sign all of the valentines for school valentine parties. How time flies...
I bought the boxes of Conversation Hearts weeks ago, but I knew that I wanted to decorate with the "Sending Love" designer paper from Stampin' Up. I finally got my hands on the paper and made my covers for these boxes today. It's another cold day with flurries and not a bad day to stay inside and play in my office.

The large box cover measures 3 1/2 x 8 1/2.
The scalloped band was cut at 2 1/2 x 8 1/2, and the punched along the long sides with the scallop border punch.
The Designer paper band was cut at 2 x 7 for the box on the left and 1 7/8 x 7 for the box on the right.

Everything for this project is from Stampin' Up! Here's a list of the supplies:
Stamps: I (Heart) Hearts
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Sending Love Designer paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" circle, Heart to Heart

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Baking Tilda in Blue

Good Afternoon!
I inked up another one of my new Magnolia stamps and have been coloring this afternoon. Oh my goodness - I absolutely LOVE these stamps!!
This is "Baking Tilda" and she's done in colors to match my Bashful Blue card stock. I can't wait to try her in other colors!! I've already stamped her multiple times on my white card stock and while the rest of the family is enjoying the football game this evening, I may be coloring with my Copics!! (I just have to keep my priorities in order!)
I used the "Labels 4" Nestabilities dies, a Martha Stewart heart border punch and the Stampin' Up! photo corners punch to complete the card. The white organza ribbon, card stock and designer paper are all from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hot Chocolate Anyone?

I just had to share one more treat tonight. With 4 fluffy inches of snow yesterday and more in the forecast for the entire week, it's time for some hot cocoa!
I've made these "Pull-treats" with Hershey bars, microwave popcorn, packets of gum, etc...but this one contains a package of hot chocolate.

The brown card stock measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and is scored at 2" and 6" on the long side to fit a single serving size packet of hot chocolate.
The blue Dotted Swiss belly band measures 9x3.
I've punched a couple of strips of scalloped border from white card stock with my new Scallop border punch from Stampin' Up! and adhered them to the back side of the blue belly band. The belly band is then folded around the Brown card stock.
The ribbon measures about 16".

You can find directions here in the resources section of Splitcoaststampers for assembling the pull-treat.
The image is "Hot Cocoa Changito" from Stampendous. Gotta love these monkeys!!
He is colored with Copic markers.

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm & toasty!


Valentine Bear

Good evening!
Here's another Valentine bear! I bought 4 different bears made by Penny Black and I'm having such fun coloring with my Copic markers. I've used another paper from Pink Paislee and the striped pattern is actually the reverse side of the hearts. You can expect a few more valentines to come over the next few days... I'm obsessed!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Penny Black Valentine Bear

Good Evening and Happy February!
Isn't this little bear adorable? Both the Bear and the sentiment stamps are from Penny Black. You may see this little guy showing up in numerous projects over the next few days!
The patterned paper is "Hearts Bloom" from Pink Paislee's Cupid Collection and every design in this line is absolutely gorgeous!
The bear is colored with Copic markers:
C1, Y11, R20, R35, B000, E31, E33 and 0-Colorless blender.

Thanks so much for stopping by.