Sunday, September 14, 2014

Little Cute Edwin Card


Hello Dearest Readers,

Happy Sunday to each of you! I feel as if I've been gone from Addicted to Stamps for ages! How was your summer? Did you do anything special? Ours was quiet. It's just too hot to go outside and do things although this summer has been cooler than many. Usually, we have temps that are around 117° F. (47° C.) but we didn't go over 110° this summer. The good thing is that we did manage to have some rain. The last storm was very, very bad. I have a video on my Facebook page (Chrissy Christensen) that shows a van caught in flooding on the only highway between here and Las Vegas. Check it out.

Today begins the new challenge at the Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog. Our new challenge for you is to create something…

For a Male


Remember, your project must be for a male (boy or adult male) and have stamping on it. You guys are so wonderful at creating gorgeous projects, so I know this one will be an easy one for you to do! Here is mine:



The scene I created was made with four Magnolia stamps. There is a hidden tag where the bow is. I pulled out my flat tops and added those around the perimeter of the top paper. Some of the elements are elevated on pop dots to give dimension. I also used velvet card stock, glitter card stock, and foil card stock. Here is the side image:



I've listed some of the products I've used below:

Ribbon - Pebblies
Card stock - Bazzill navy blue, red, and tan
Velvet, Glittered, and Foiled Card stock - unknown - I just buy it when I see it.
Pop Dots - EK Success
Balloon Punch - Martha Stewart - I so dislike that person, LOL
Boy and Star Papers - Bo Bunny
Foil 2 Numeral - Thickers
Star Flourish - Joanna Sheen
Star Dies - EK Success and Marvy
Stamps - Magnolia -
Little Cute Edwin
Three Little Fishes
Pier - Brige Deck from Party and Vacation Collection
Grass - It's Magnolia, but I have no idea which one it is. Sorry
Charms - from my stash

I hope you like what I've created to inspire you! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you like my card! Let me know what you think!

XO,

Chris

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wild Rose Studio Bella in Love


Hello Dearest Readers,

How are you this wonderful Wednesday? It seems our monsoon season may have ended. It was good to have some rain. I'm dreading the day I realize my little hummingbird friends have gone to their winter digs in Mexico. What a long, arduous journey for such a tiny bird. I'm silly, huh? I worry about them! In the mornings now, we can hear geese heading south. They squawk as they fly over the house. The trees in the higher elevations are already showing turning leaves. Fall is around the corner.

Today is "W-ednesday" at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. Today, I am sharing a sweet little card featuring a Wild Rose Studio image called Bella in Love. You can find her HERE. Diana has her for sale at only $7.99! Oh, and before I forget, Diana has a sale on dies! You might want to check out her die section, too! You can find that HERE .

Here is the card I made for you to see -



Isn't that a sweet stamp? It would be perfect for a love card or even a card for Valentine's Day! The stamp has three hearts above the elephants' heads, but I chose to eliminate that and add three rhinestone hearts instead. My image has been painted with a mixture of Distress Inks and Derwent regular watercolor pencils.

Here is a view from the side:



I chose to make the card very simple. LOL I have it for sale in my Etsy Shop for only $5.00! Sometimes, I just like to make cards that are not heaping with my usual "embellish to death style!" The hardest part about making this card was lining up the interior paper cut outs so that they fell into the same spot as the card cover cut outs! That was NOT an easy task!

Thank you so much for dropping by. I hope you like my card!

Oh, I almost forgot! If you haven't been on the Magnolia-licious Fall Blog Hop Trail, please visit the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog to get the starting point! You will be AMAZED at the gorgeous work my fellow teamies have created! These gals are so very talented!

Have a wonderful week!

XO,

Chris

Monday, September 1, 2014

It's the Fall Blog Hop at Magnolia-licious!


Hello Dearest Readers,

I am so happy that you've stopped by! Welcome to the

Magnolia-licious Fall Blog Hop!

Let me tell ya, you really. REALLY need to find the time to visit each and every DT gals' blog! You will find the most wonderful sources for inspiration!

I am your first stop in the Blog Hop order! If you did not get here from the

Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog,

then you need to click the link above, and start there, please. I have lots of photos, so please be prepared, LOL!

I chose to make a Halloween Boo Album showcasing darling mini Halloween themed Tilda and Edwin stamps. Shh, don't let Tilda know, but my favorite is Mummy Edwin! For some reason, when Halloween time comes, I pull the standard sized Mummy Edwin and work with him first! LOL OK, here we go:









Here are some close-ups:













I used the following images from the So Spooky, 2009, Collection found at the Magnolia-licious Store:

Halloween Edwin - HERE

Mummy Edwin - HERE

Tilda with Spider - HERE

Tilda with Spider Web - HERE

Tilda with Pumpkin - HERE

Bat Tilda - HERE

Other products used include:

Cheery Lynn bat dies, Spellbinder's dies, Magnolia Stamps - bat and "Good Luck on Halloween," Doohickey Scalloped Tag, Chipboard accents, button accents, ribbon and fibers

I hope you will leave a little love for me, please. I know that Diana will be selecting someone to win a sweet prize for leaving comments on the blogs of the DT members. The more comments you leave, the more your name goes into the drawing!



Now it is time for you to hop on down the Blog Hop Trail to the wonderful creation that was done by...

Becky Hetherington


Thank you so much for stopping by.

XO,

Chris

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lemon Tilda Frilly Card


Hello Dearest Readers,

Another month has come and gone! Honestly, time is flying by! Remember when we were kids how the days seemed to just last forever? LOL Now, my days are gone in a blink!

A new challenge begins today at the Magnolia-licous Challenge Blog! The theme for the next two weeks is Frilly, Lacey, and Feminine Fun! So many of you are already creating gorgeous cards that have lace and beautifully girly designs. So, this should be easy for you.

For my card, I chose to use the new Lemon Tilda from the Pink Lemonade Collection. Diana has a really great price on her, so check her out by clicking one of the links above.

I love this stamp. Tilda is just so adorable! I chose to use yellow (naturally), pale green, and white. I thought those colors were soft and feminine. Here it is:





Here is a list of products used:

Magnolia Doohickey Die - Vintage Box Lacing Coffee
Martha Stewart - Eyelet Lace Punch Around the Page die set
Memory Box - Tall Chloe Stem (available HERE)
Cheery Lynn - corner die
Joy Craft - Frame dies
Cardstock - Bazzill white and pale yellow
Ink - Color Box
Flowers - Magnolia Exquisite Flowers - Savannah Grass, others from my stash
Lace - from my stash
Ribbon - from my stash
Feather - from my stash

I hope you like how it turned out! I think the stamp makes the card, LOL!

Before I forget, make sure you check out the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog next Monday, Sept. 2, as we're having a Fall Blog Hop! You will see some gorgeous, gorgeous projects created by the Magnolia-licous DT! The Magnolia-licous Blog Hops are always so much fun and rich with inspiration! Don't miss it!

That's about it for today. I hope you will leave a little love for me below. Remember, Diana will select one lucky gal who left comments on the DT's blogs to win a special somethin,' somethin' from Magnolia-licious!




Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you like my card! Let me know what you think!

XO,

Chris

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Magnolia-licious Hiking Edwin is a "Fun-gi!"


Hello Dearest Readers,

Well, the monsoon is back, and we're starting off with gray skies and showers! I just LOVE IT! I hope it thunders - a lot! I love when it thunders here because it bounces off the canyon walls and just rolls on for a long time! There is also such a wonderful scent in the air when it rains in the desert. It's a clean scent - sage. So, hopefully, it'll rain nicely enough that we won't have flooding.

I have been working with the Pink Lemonade Collection which is just so adorable it's hard to decide which stamp to use next! However, I did not use Pink Lemonade for the card I'm sharing today. Our son is having a birthday, and this is the card I made for him. I know he appreciates my hand made cards and the time I've taken to make it special for him. It is also my card for the new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog - Anything Goes!

Here is the card I made for our boy ~





For this card, I chose to mask two stamps - Hiking Edwin and Mushroom with Snail. I was in a "shroomy" frame of mind, LOL! You can find Hiking Edwin at the Magnolia-licious Store - HERE. Diana is out of the standard size of Mushroom with Snail, but check with her to see if she can order it for you! It really is a darling stamp and with Halloween coming, it would be a nice one to use. I watercolored the painted images. I added a Heidi Swapp photo corner and machine stitching to the image. I also used the following:

Magnolia-licious's Mushroom Kit

Slender Firs Doohickey dies

Memory Box Puffy Cloud dies Doohickey Puffy Cloud Dies

Small Mushroom Dies by Cottage Cuts

Magnolia's Mushrooms in a Row stamp

Happy Birthday Flag is La La Land Crafts

The mushroom paper is from The Green Stack by DCWV.

The sentiment has been computer generated.

The inside panels have been finished in matching papers. Here are the inside panels:





Well, there it is! I hope our son likes it. I had fun creating it for him! I'd love to know what you think! Please leave a comment for me. Diana has something special for a lucky gal who has left a comment on the DT members' blogs. That lucky gal could be YOU!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you like my card! Let me know what you think!

XO,

Chris

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Magnolia Gypsy Tilda and Her Wagon


Hello Dearest Readers,

Happy Sunday to each of you! We are working our way through August already! School starts tomorrow for the students in my county. Their summer has to have flown by in their minds! When I was teaching, I would go back, on my own, on Aug. 1. I'd get my room all ready for the first day. It would take a little more than a week to get that done. Then, I would stay home until the day we had to report back. I felt as if I was having an extra vacation. It was a way to get my head ready for a new year and its challenges. I so loved the first day of school. The children were always so excited (I didn't say happy, though!) LOL. I would always call them the night before to allay their anxiety. I knew that I could never sleep the night before school started. So, by calling each child, I was able to, hopefully, make them feel less anxious.

I have a card to share with you today. It took me a long time to make this card. I think it took four days, but it was my fault. I wasn't happy with the way I colored the wagon, so I did it over a couple of times before I got what I hope is just the right coloration on it. I used Gypsy Tilda from the Pink Lemonade Collection. You can find this stamp and other wonderful products at Magnolia-licious. I just love the Pink Lemonade Collection. The images are just adorable.

OK, back to my card! I fell in love with the Gypsy Tilda image. She won my heart right away. I had this little wagon stamp just waiting to be paired with a stamp and along came Gypsy Tilda! It was a match made in Heaven, don't you think?

I also needed something on which Tilda could sit. This presented a problem in that I didn't have a wooden stool! I thought I had one. Well, I do NOW! I did something sacrilegious! I cut a stamp apart to get the stool! **GASP** I had Santa's Wishful Bench which had the stool and the lectern paired up. The stool was just what I needed! So, out came my scissors and in one snip, I had my stool to be used whenever I wish! Tah Dah! LOL

I used gorgeous Pion papers. I knew, right away which paper I wanted to use for the front. The forest scene background was a perfect backdrop for my painted images. I couldn't cover up the beautiful artwork of the Pion paper. It is just too pretty to cover with embellies. I tried to minimize the extras so that the scene would stay intact with Tilda being the center of focus. The flowers look red in the photo, but they have more magenta in the little beads. It does match her shirt. My cameral liked red better! OK, here she is:



Tilda has glittered accents - the crystal ball, her scarf, her sandal buckles, her cuffs on the shirt and pants, her beaded waistband, the beads hanging from her scarf. She sparkles so sweetly! The sentiment is computer generated. I spent some time thinking of an appropriate sentiment and came up with this. After all, Gypsies are known to do fortune telling.

The interior panels are also finished in matching Pion papers, die cuts, lace, and gems.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you like my card! Let me know what you think!

XO,

Chris

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To Those of The Netherlands


To my dear friends in The Netherlands,



As I watch the procession of cars bringing some of the victims of MH17 home on television, I am so touched and saddened at this senseless loss. Please know that those innocents are in my thoughts. I am so touched by the lovely tribute to those that were lost is being shown by the citizens of The Netherlands as they gather on overpasses and the highway to show their respect. God bless each of you.

Love to each of you,

Chris