Monday, October 31, 2011

Tilda Gives Flu Shots!

Hi Girls,

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? DH and I got ours last week. The doctor's PA is an adorable, kind, happy, efficient 20 something that is such a plus! I would love to have just a tiny bit of her serotonin! You would just fall in love with her when you met her. While we were in the office, we were chatting about balsamic vinegar. I told her that I have some that is very aged, thick, sweetish in flavor, and so unlike the balsamic on the market shelves. Because I appreciate all she does for us, I decided to give her one of my bottles. I wanted her to know we were thinking of her as well as being grateful for all she does for us. Well, to go along with the balsamic vinegar, I thought I'd make a card for her. She's very girly (with long, dark hair), so I decided to make the card pink and girly.

I chose the Nurse Tilda stamp which is available at Magnolia-licious. As a matter of fact, Diana has Doctor Edwin (the stamp that is exclusive to Magnolia-licious) and the minis of both Edwin and Tilda. You should pay Diana's Magnolia-licious Shop a visit. She has an amazing collection of Magnolia Sweden products!

Ok, back to the card. I cut the shape using my Nestabilities Grand Circle and Scalloped Circle dies. I lined the inside of the top and added gorgeous papers from Papermania. I wanted some texture, so I did some machine stitching. A touch of lace and some pretty flowers finished off the top. I don't like machine stitching to show on the backs of my cards, so I made a third scalloped circle and covered the stitching on the backside. Tucked inside is a nice, large tag on which I'll write a message. I added a "Made with Love" charm to the bow by sewing it to the bow. Tilda was colored using Distress Ink.

I hope you liked this sweet card. I'm not a pink lover, but I do love how this card turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

1. Magnolia-licious Highlights October challenge ends 10/31 - Using Doctor or Nurse Edwin

2. Cutie Pie Challenge Blog #4 (ends 11/13) - Use a Charm

3. Die Cut Dreams #101 (ends 11/5 ) - So Charming

4. Stamptacular Sunday Challenge#136 (ends 11/5) - Borders and Frames

5. Mark's Finest Papers #79 (ends 11/4) - Use Your Scraps

6. One Stop Craft Challenges #155 (ends 11/4) - No Sentiments

7. Challenge Up Your Life #55 (ends 11/4) - Color Challenge

Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's a Blue Halloween!

Trick or treat - smell my feet - give me something good to eat! LOL It's that time of the year! Are you ready for the barrage of munchkins who will soon be knocking at your door?

OK, I have to tell you what I saw on TV! A particular show has been sharing recipes all week which use your children's candy. I thought it would be interesting to see what to do with those Tootsie Rolls, LOL. The recipe that made my heart pause and almost call the local coronary care unit all by itself was one using Milky Way Bars. Girls, the cake called for 11 regular sized Milky Way Bars and two sticks of butter! Seriously! If that wasn't a recipe for a clogged artery, I don't know what was! Oh my gosh, I couldn't believe it. If anyone wants the recipe, let me know and I'll copy and send it to you - privately! LOL

I decided to do an unusual Halloween colored card. We all use orange and black, or green, purple, orange, and black. I decided to use blue and black for my card. The papers I chose are Authentique Journey. I think it turned out kinda cool. It looks cold and spooky, LOL, to me, at least. Here is the cover:

For this part of my card, I created a scene using four Magnolia stamps. The tree limb is called Spooky Moon from the 2009 So Spooky collection I masked the moon and kept the tree branch. I also used the owl, pumpkin and leaves, and the toadstools from the Sweet Rainbow Collection. The Pumpkin and Leaves can be found at Scrapalicious.I wanted the perfect backdrop for my little Witchy Bear! Isn't she just the cutest? You can find her at Hooked on Craft. Her name is Bear with Cauldron. I chose to add some dimensional stars and bubbles to the airspace above her cauldron. I also added some acrylic blue stars. The aqua star flower was perfect to pair up with some black flowers and seeds I had in my stash. The images were colored with Distress Inks. I added a touch of sparkle to the eyes of the owl andsome of the spots found on the mushrooms. I replaced the "O" in Halloween with a aqua rhinestone.

Well, there you have it - my first blue Halloween card! What do you think? I'd love to know! I put myself out there, so we'll see if the reactions are favorable or not.

I hope you have a wonderful Halloween. May you get all the chocolate you can muster! Thanks so much for visiting. I'm so glad you took the time to stop by.

Love to you,

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

1. Crafty Calendar Challengeends 11/4 - Spooky

2. Stampin' for the Weekend #19 ends 11/3 - Spooky

3. Crafty Ribbons Challenge #5 ends 11/9 - Bingo (middle row horizontally)

4. Paper Play Challenges#43 ends 11/2 - Halloween Inspiration

5. Crafts and Me Challenges#58 ends 11/1 - Blue

6. Scrapaliciousends 11/1 - Halloween Spook

7. Simon Saysends 11/1 - Anything Goes

8. The Paper Variety Wk. 57 ends 11/1 - Cute or Spooky Halloween

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tilda Boxes Against Breast Cancer

Hi Sweetpeas!

I hope this message finds you well. This is all doctor appointment week for us. Make sure you get your flu shots! We got ours yesterday. The temperatures are supposed to plummet tomorrow by at least 25 degrees! woo Hoo! Come on Fall! They are even predicting snow in some higher elevations.

I made this card a couple of weeks ago, but forgot to take the photos and post it. I hope you like it. I used our little Tilda wearing boxing gloves stamp. I did hte last one in red and charcoal. I decided to girly this one up a bit. Here she is:


I used paper from my stash and some lovely flowers from Hooked on Craft. I made the wrought iron gate using my Cricut. I liked having a bit of texture behind the image. The scalloped mat was done using my Nesties with glittered cardstock. I added two little pink ribbons to Tilda's pig tails. I love it when I can add teeny tiny bows!

This is the inside of the card. I'll just insert all of the photos at once.




I love the softness of this card. The tag is removable as you can see. I also left an area for personal sentiments. The oval was bordered witht he pink glittered cardstock as found on the cover of the card.

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you liked my work. I'd love a comment if you have time time!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Just Magnolia - Breast Cancer Awareness

Paper Cutz Challenges #114 - ends 10/27 - Breast Cancer Awareness

Crafty Ribbon Challenge#5 - ends 11/9 - Bingo

Simon Says Stamp ends 11/1- Anything Goes

Paper Playtime #58 - ends 10/29 - Say it w/Sentiments and use Buttons and Bows

The Outlawz - Pink Awareness

Magnolia Down Under Challenges #119 - ends 10/29 - Getting Punchy

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Something Spooky - Hooked on Craft Challenge #10

Happy, happy Monday, my Lovlies!

Oh, my favorite time of year is getting closer and closer! The holidays! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day - all coming up faster and faster! I hope all of you are well. Everyone is fine. Precious, the Maine Coon, has been helping me make cards! LOL Cedar, the cat that is vision impaired, has developed a need to come into my scrap room at night and find something she wants. We find girly things around the house that came from my scrap room! It might be flowers or a piece of ribbon. It's been wonderful learning that even the female gender in the cat world is feminine, too! They are our little fur babies. We love them dearly.

DH is always carrying Cedar around the house. She is very thin with the thinnest, longest legs and tail! She only weighs about six pounds. One of her new things to do is leap into the air like a kangaroo! Yesterday, from a sitting position, she reached over three feet in height and over four feet in length. She forms her body like the letter "C" or like a half moon. Her body remains vertical during flight! LOL - It's hilarious. I would love to get a photo of her doing it, but I never know when she's going to go airborne! Precious weighs about 14 lbs. She's very big with shorter, thick legs. She's quite a bundle. When I hold her, she just fills my arms completely. LOL

OK, now for the goodies! Our new challenge at Hooked on Craft Challenges for the next two weeks is....**drumroll, please**...

Something Spooky

This challenge will run from October 17 to October 29. There is so much you can do with a theme like this! Also, there is amazing inspiration from the Design Team! You could make a project, card, layout - go in whatever direction your mind decides. Just make sure that it is something spooky.

Here is my example for this challenge:

Isn't that Mummy Bear stamp just the cutest? I wanted his bandages to look old and dirty, so I tinted the brown. I also popped him up using pop dots. I love when I can create various elevations. The background is a modified Magnolia stamp. I created a circular spiderweb trimmed circle mat using one of my punches. The image has been colored using Distress Inks. I love lots of mats as you can see! I used an assortment of papers from my stash. I thought the bakers twine would also be fun. Karen has the gorgeous flowers and stick pin. I thought the pin could also be used as a spidery looking embellie. I know it's a butterfly, but when I look at it, I also see a spider! LOL The little orange flowers under the purple rose were white. I chose to color them orange with a Copic marker.

Here's a look at the inside:

I am so in love with this collection of bear stamps! This time, I chose to use the Bat Bear stamp. He's so cute! I cut the two images separately and applied the bat to the upper left. Both critters are on pop dots to elevate them.

I used an assortment of papers from my supplies as well as the spiderweb border and corner punches. I, then, went to my flowers to make the clusters. I'm trying to remember to make the interior clusters flatter so that the cards close more flatly. Here are links to all the flowers I used on this card:

Flower Links:
Front of Card:

A. Large Purple Rose -
B. Light Green Roses -
C. Yellow Tiger Lilies -
D. Chrysanthemums - I colored mine orange using a Copic marker -

Interior of Card:

E. Water Lilies - I colored mine black using my Copic marker -
F. Purple Tiger Lily -
G. Purple Orchid -

That pretty much is it, folks! Thank you so much for stopping by! I so love your treasured visits. Please leave a comment if you like. They are so much fun to read and mean the world to me (as long as they are good ones, LOL).


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

1. Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central ends 10/31- Halloween

2. Sparkles Forum Challenges #22 - Halloween

3. Creatalicious Challenges #27 (ends 11/14) - Distress Your Edges

4. Through the Craftroom Door Challenges #12 (ends 10/31) - Halloween w/ orange

5. Craft Your Days Away #31 (ends 10/26) - Halloween

6. Crafty Calendar Challenges # (ends 11/4) - Spooky Birthday

7. 7 Kids Challenge Blog #32 (ends 10/25) - Happy Halloween

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Anything But a Card - Hooked on Craft Challenge #9

Happy October, everyone!

Oh, this is one of my favorite months! The leaves are changing. The temps are dropping. The spice scents coming from the kitchen are fantastic! My friend, Alice, brought over a yummy apple spice cake. So, it's not just me who is ready for this time of the year!

We have a wonderful new challenge at Hooked on Craft Challenges for you to join in on. The current challenge will get you thinking outside the box - or maybe about the box! It's ... *drumroll please* ...Anything but a Card! How perfect is that? Look at all the options! The design team has wonderful springboards for you to see. Their links are on the right side of my blog. Check them out! There are a wonderful variety of options done by these amazing gals! This challenge will run from Oct. 3 to Oct. 15. You've got plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing!

For my project, I altered a notebook cover to create my own multi-purpose notebook. I figured I could just write whatever I wanted before I forgot it, LOL! Goodness me, the older I get, the harder it is to remember! Here is an example - I walked into a room and said to my husband, "You know what?" He replied, "No, what?" I looked at him stupidly because whatever I wanted to tell him flew out of my head just as quickly as it had popped into my head! Honestly, I stood there shocked at myself! Just that fast, the idea flew out of my head! *blush* So, this little book should help! (hopefully)

Isn't it pretty, girly, too, huh? I began by using an embossing folder to create the white embossed background and window. I, then, chalked white CS to create the cloudy sky background to place behind the window opening. This created the perfect frame for the hummingbird. I added a gorgeous purple butterfly and some pink pearls. You can find them here:

Pink Pearls
Purple butterfly

I wanted to create something that reflected me. I so love my hummingbirds. I chose to use a delightful hummingbird stamp that will soon be found in Karen's online store. I colored the image with Twinkling H2Os. It gave the stamp such a subtle metallic sheen. Then, to do a little more, I created another layer by creating another wing on vellum paper. This has been attached at the "shoulder joint" to the base image and then elevated using a pop dot to give dimension reminiscent of flight. It looks like a third wing in the photo below, but that is just the way I angled the camera so you could see it more clearly. It looks wonderful IRL because the translucence of the colors on the vellum.

I chose flowers that were also bright and cheery. I love the selection of flowers found at Hooked on Craft. Karen has a wonderful variety in color and style. Here is what I used in my cluster:

Yellow Mulberry Curly Rose
Aqua Star Flowers
Chrysanthemum Flower
Pink Water Lily
Purple Orchid
Small Roses (purple and pink)
Yellow Calla Lilies

I hope you liked what I've shared with you today. I love the femininity of it.

If you haven't yet visited Hooked on Craft, please check it out. The flowers are gorgeous. Karen's trinket pins are delightful! The stamps are adorable!

See you soon,


I would like to enter this journal into the following challenges:

1. Creatalicious Challenges #26 ends 10/14 - anything goes
2. Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays ends 10/7- anything but a card
3. Crafts for Eternity#39 ends 10/6 - anything goes
4. Fussy and Fancy Challenges ends 10/6 - try a new technique (using Twinkling H2Os for me)
5. GlitterGeeks Blog Challenge Wk. 17 ends 10/6 - shabby chic
6. 4 Crafty Chicks #57 ends 10/5- anything goes
7. Paper-Crafting Journey #20 ends 10/11 - die cuts
8. Crafts and Me Challenges #54 ends 10/4 - flowers
9. Scrapalicious ends 10/4 - anything goes
10. Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
11. Whimsical Wednesdays ends 10/12 - anything goes