Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Matryoshka Tilda Sends Mother's Day Wishes

Happy Tuesday to you, Dearest Readers,

I hope you had a blessed Easter! Was it warm and sunny where you are? We had a beautiful day! The heat is on as are the pollens that cause my allergies! Yuk on both counts! The air conditioner is running already to keep the house cool!

A new challenge begins today at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. The new challenge is easy peasy -

Anything Goes!

You are free to create something that floats your boat! LOL! It can't get easier than that, huh?

I had not inked up my Matryoshka Tilda yet and thought it would be perfect on a Mother's Day card. Here she is:

I just love this stamp! I think the image is so very, very sweet. I'm hoping that someone will think this is just the right Mother's Day card for them! It'll be in my Etsy shop later today. The interior panels are also finished to match the front of the card.

This card features:

Stamp - Magnolia Matryoshka Tilda from the Moscow Collection - available at Magnolia-licious

Glitter - Stickles Star Dust

Derwent Watercolors

Dies - Spellbinders and Whimsy Stamps

Seam Binding and flowers from stash

Paper - Maja Designs Sofiero

Ink for edges - Color Box Antique Pewter

We would love if you left a comment on any of the DT blogs! One lucky person will win a special somethin', somethin' from Diana!

Check out the new goodies at Magnolia-licious:

Prima Chalk Edgers- Great range of colors and priced just right! Check these out!

Exquisite Flowers by Magnolia - Oh my gosh, these are fabulous! You really need to add these to your flower collection! Wait until you see the color and variety Diana has in stock!

Sensational Summer Kit - What a wonderful collection of coordinated goodies - Magnolia stamps, Magnolia mini stamps, Magnolia paper, ribbon, flowers, doilies, and other perfectly matched embellishments! I bought this kit and it is fabulous!

Well, that's about it for today! Thank you so much for dropping by! I hope you will come back real soon! Don't forget to check out Magnolia-licious! Have a wonderful week and create a masterpiece for the Anything Goes Challenge!



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tilda in Evening Dress is Feelin' Flowery!

Happy Tuesday to you, Dearest Readers,

I hope this post finds you healthy and happy! Spring winds, here in the desert, are just stirring up my allergies! The other day, we had huge gusts of wind. As I sat at my craft table, looking out the window at the trees bending in the wind, there were waves of yellow pollen blowing across our yard from the pine trees in the back. It looked like the wind had turned a bright yellow! My nose is not very happy! **sniff, sniff** LOL

Today begins a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog! The challenge this time is

Feelin' Flowery!

I wanted to do something a bit differently than my usual. Tell me what you think. I hope you like it.

I wanted to make a more adult looking card. I chose the colors black and silver with a few touches of white. I had this older Edwin stamp in my collection. When Tilda in Evening Dress came out, I knew they would be a perfect pairing. I gave Tilda a dress of silver glittered cardstock. Edwin needed a mustache so that he looked old enough to be serving drinks! I wonder if I should have given Edwin a gray mustache instead of a black one. Hmmmmm...

There is a black mat behind the image mat and then a silver foil cardstock mat behind the black. You can't really see it in the photo.

I had a bit of fun with the Fran-tage, too. I have two kinds of white Fran-tage. One is just white and the other has gold flecks. Since my card has no gold, I had to think creatively. You may be able to detect bits of gray in the white melted Fran-tage. I applied the Fran-tage first. Then, I added silver embossing powder on the top. It was fun watching it melt into the white.

The paper behind the polka dotted paper is black with silver foil swirls embossed on it. I used it for the interior of the card as well. I added some silver metal elements. I thought the metal heart with the embossed flowers on it was a perfect match for the direction I was taking with my card.

I added a variety of silver flowers. The stamen cluster is silver metallic, and the calla lily is also silver metallic. The larger flowers are silver metallic looking, too. They have lovely crystal centers. I took my silver ink pad and carefully inked the edges of the white orchid in the lower right. Lastly, I added a beautiful silver metal trim. The trim's flowers are metal with a shiny cloisonne type center. That trim is just gorgeous IRL. Finally, I added glittery touches to the "sparkles" around Tilda as well as the champagne.

I hope you will remember to leave a comment on any of the DT gals' blogs as well as the Challenge Blog. For each comment, your name goes into a drawing for a weekly prize. The winner is announced each Wednesday on the Challenge Blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you will join the Feelin' Flowery Challenge! It's so perfect for this time of year!

I hope you have a great week!



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Izzy's Bumblebee @ "W"ednesday at Magnolia-licious!

Happy Wednesday to you, Dearest Readers,

Have I got a story to share with you! I love oysters. I mean, I just love oysters! For 21 years, we spent our summers on the beach on the Oregon Coast. I mean, we were right on the beach!

We sold our beach house when someone built in front of us and took out our view! I was devastated, to say the least. I think I cried for a year. I couldn't imagine someone being so cruel. I had a 22' bay window with a window seat. I would sit for hours and just watch the waves.

Anyway, back to the oysters. Every summer, we would get fresh oysters in the shell, build a fire, and grill the oysters while they were still in the shell. After a bit on the hot, hot fire, the oysters would begin to spit and spatter. Then, we knew it was time to scarf them down, LOL. All those years, none of us ever found a pearl. Our circle of Oregon friends also never found a pearl. Imagine my surprise the other night when, while eating an oyster I bought at our local grocery store (here in the desert - can you believe that?), I felt something clunk against my tooth. I knew not to bite down again for fear of breaking a tooth. My first thought was, "I found a pearl!" But, just as fast as that thought entered my mind, I dismissed the idea. Afterall, what are the chances? We surely never found any on the Oregon Coast. So, I carefully removed the foreign object from my mouth. Here is what I found:

Can you believe that! Look at the size of it! I cannot imagine how old that oyster was to enable him/her to grow a pearl that big! How lucky am I? "Whoda thunk it?" LOL I am just thrilled at having the experience! That is such a rare thing to have happen!

I have to tell you that I have been on a roll making cards! I don't even get to sleep very much! I'm just cranking them out left and right!

Today is "W"ednesday at Magnolia-licious. For my card, I chose to use Izzy's Bumblebee as the focal point. I wanted the card to be bright and cheery! I decided to use at least one dehydrated orange slice on my card. Don't ask me why - because it was there? LOL So, I built my card around the orange slice! LOL Here are the details: the paper is Basic Grey Picadilly. I used Distress Inks, pencils, and chalks to color the image. The flowers are from my stash. The die cut at the top is a very old Magnolia Doohickey Die. I did some distressing, added Fran-tage, and pretty ribbon.

The interior of the card is also finished in matching papers and flowers.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you like the card I created. Maybe I have provided some inspiration. I have to tell you that these stamps are so easy peasy to color. If I wasn't so intimidated by Copics, I'd pull mine out and give them a go. Copics just wreak chaos on my confidence level! I'm at ease with DIs and pencils.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you might leave a comment for me. You know that there is a special surprise for one lucky gal who leaves comments on the DT blogs. Good luck to all!

Have a wonderful week!



Wedding Tilda Dressed and Ready to Go!

Happy Sunday to you, Dearest Readers,

Greetings from a VERY windy day in the desert southwest! That's one characteristic of Spring in this part of the country - WIND! I think Mother Nature is trying to give the poor blooming fruit trees a challenge! LOL!

Today begins a new challenge at the Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog! The challenge this time is to create a

Wedding Card

Here is the card I created to provide inspiration:

For my card, I wanted to use my favorite stamp from the 2013 Special Moments Collection. You can find this stamp HERE. I chose to use Wedding Tilda as I love the flow of her gown!

I chose to use papers from Pion Design, silver foil card stock, lots of die cuts, and, I know this is hard to believe, but lots of flowers, too! LOL. Tilda has been colored in a very pale pink using Inktense Pencils and DIs. I used a Maryanne Design die as well as a heart die. Next, I went through my flowers and made this dynamic cluster. There is also a mat of lace behind the Maryanne Design Die. I added Liquid Pearls to Tilda's gown and veil. When dry, I topped each dot with a bit of glitter so that there would be sparkle. Sadly, you can't see the sparkle. Lastly, I created a sentiment banner using a silver peel off. Oh, I also added two Magnolia Doohickey dies.

I always finish the inside of my cards. This one has more matching papers, flowers, and die cuts on the interior panels.

I hope you like what I have shared. I would love if you joined the Wedding Challenge at the Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog.

Well, That's about it for me! Thank you for stopping by. I hope that you will come back again very soon! I would love if you became a follower of my blog, if you aren't already. Also, you can follow me on Facebook under Chrissy Christensen! We can be f-r-i-e-n-d-s! LOL ((hugs to all))

Have a great week!



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Soccer Edwin Sends Birthday Wishes

Happy Tuesday to you, Dearest Readers,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Our son and future daughter-in-law are here for a Spring getaway! It's warm and dry here in the desert of Utah! They get to escape the clouds and rain of the Pacific Northwest for a bit! I so love having them here! Of course, it is just after four AM as I write this. One of our smoke detectors is beeping and has awakened hubby and me! Ugh! The one detector does it every Spring! It's the detector in our kitchen that just loves to start beeping in the middle of the night to let us know that the battery is low (Weird because it runs on electricity and has a battery, too). Here's the thing - it's about 17 - 20 feet up!!! My husband has to get the really big ladder, climb up to an architectural design ledge, walk across the ledge and reach up to change the battery! This is a chore he hates doing, and I so understand why! I don't know how he is going to be able to continue doing that battery exchange as he gets older! So, right now, I'm wondering how/if our "children" are sleeping through the periodic beeps!

Today begins a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog! The new challenge is

Cards for a Male

I made a very color one to share with you. Want to see it? Well, here it is:

I think it is a happy looking card with the bright colors. Think I used enough layers? LOL

The following supplies may be purchased at Magnolia-licious:

Soccer Edwin

Floral Background

Starlight Lace Border

My image was colored with Distress Inks and Inktense Pencils. I used some very bright papers and mounted them on black card stock for a nice dramatic effect. Next came some blue glittered card stock to add some festive sparkle to the design! Machine stitching, brads, and other elements complete the front and interior panels.

Remember that leaving a comment on any of the DT gals' blogs, as well as the Challenge Blog, places you in the draw to win a special surprise!

Oh, and I almost forgot - Magnolia-licious now has a Top 3 badge which is awarded to the top three in each challenge!

That's about it! Have a wonderful week and stay warm! I hope you will join in the challenge! We'd so love to see your creations! You might be the lucky winner! You can't win if you don't join in!



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tilda with Cozy Heart Sends Birthday Wishes

Helo Dearest Readers,

I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday! Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day yesterday? We had corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes for dinner. It was wonderful!

I have some exciting news to share with you! I have been invited to join the DT at the Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog! I was so surprised and am so lucky to be working with such a sweet group of artists!

This is my first inspiration card for the ASC Blog! The challenge this time is Buttons, Bows, and Bling! What a fun way to use some of those buttons you've been saving! I hope you will check out the Challenge Blog and see the lovely cards that DT "B" has created for you! Here is my card:

This card was fun to make! Here are the details. My Tilda is Tilda with Cozy Heart from the 2012 Sweet Crazy Love Collection. You can purchase her at Magnolia-licious. Diana does have her in stock and she does ship internationally! Tilda has been colored with Distress Inks. I used patterned paper for the heart that Tilda is holding. The paper I used for the mats on the card is Maja Design. I loved the gray as I wanted the card to be for a male. I've added a doily, gray crinkled seam binding, lots of pearls and punched flowers, a beautiful gray felt flower, two silver and pearl buttons from my stash, and a silver peel off Happy Birthday Sticker that is elevated using pop dots. The mat behind Tilda has been dry embossed using a heart embossing folder. There is also a hidden tag behind the mat. I cut the tag using the Romantic Tag Doohickey Die which you can find here. Matching the Romantic Tag is the matching Doohickey border. The inside of the card is also finished using the Maja papers, seam binding, etc. I hope you like it!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I would love a comment if you have the time. Please stop by the Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog and enter your card! This is Challenge #78 - Buttons, Bows, and Bling!



Monday, March 17, 2014

Meet Aquarius Tilda!

Happy St. Patty's Day to you, Dearest Readers,

If you are in an area that is still snowy, hang in there. It can't last much longer. It's a warm and windy day here in the Desert Southwest. Allergy season is here! Yuk!

I have a card to share with you today. It is so pretty! I surprised myself on this one! I used Aquarius Tilda which is my favorite stamp in the new Magnolia Zodiac Collection. You can purchase her at Magnolia-licious. I just love the design of this sweet stamp. For my card, I chose to use the blues and greens of water. Here is my card:

Don't ask me how I got the photo colors so nicely, I haven't a clue! I did exactly the same procedure that I always do! Go figure! Maybe my camera liked the card, too! LOL

Here are some details about the card and image. I chose to do some heat embossing on the image of our little Tilda. Her hair flowers have been embossed with pale yellow. On the water urn, I embossed the rim, line, and details in gold embossing powder. The water stream and puddle are done in crystal. Tilda has been colored using a combination of Inktense Pencils and Distress Inks. There is a gold heart charm in the upper left. Oh, and I took out my stash of vellum and put that to good use, too! The Magnolia doily as well as the frame around Tilda are double layers of vellum - white and pale blue - so that the color is visible. I've inked the edge of the mat in Celadon. A little lace (which I chose because it reminded me of waves), some pale blue rhinestones, cheesecloth, ribbon, and flowers finish the front of the card.

I really love how this card turned out!

If you are thinking about getting stamps from the Zodiac Collection, make sure you check out Magnolia-licious! Diana has the best prices AND you get store credit, too!