Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Flower Tilda Celebrates YOU!


Hello Dearest Readers,

Happy last day of June to each of you! I don't know what the temps have been like where you live, but they are REALLY hot here in the desert southwest. We have already hit 45° C. and June isn't over yet! July and August are our hottest months! Ugh! Somebody tell me to "chill out," OK?

I have an interesting tale to tell. Have you heard the term "Killer Bees" before? If not, they are bees that are extremely aggressive and capable of killing a human w/multiple stings as they swarm their victim. Sometimes they are called "Africanized Bees." Their origin is due to a scientific mistake. Well, they are becoming more and more prolific in the desert southwest by taking over the hives of the gentle honey bee and changing the genes of the gentle honey bee so that most bees, here, have now become more and more aggressive. They are scary little critters as they work as an aggressive group.

This week, I noticed that there were bees using the hummingbird feeder. They were drinking from the openings to get the sweet nectar I had made for the birds. I did some reading and learned that my hummingbirds will leave the area because they feel the bees are an annoyance. I didn't want to lose my hummingbirds. The article suggested bringing in the feeder for a while and replacing it later with diluted nectar so the bees would go away. I chose to do that. After the feeder came in, I noticed one bee - then two - five, ten, 25! As the bee number increased, the bees became more frenzied. I safely watched from my scrap room window. The bees were crazy! They swarmed where the feeder had been hanging! The frenzy went on for a very long time. They were mad! As the afternoon went on, the bees kept returning to see if the feeder was back. Today, I haven't seen any bees yet. Tomorrow, I will call the county and report what I observed. If there is a hive in the trees behind us, it could be dangerous to the children playing in the area, the gardeners who come and do the yards, pets, or any other living creature - especially those who create noise as the Killer Bees do not like the noise of machines such as lawnmowers. Happy Summer! LOL, LOL!

Today is Team B's turn to reveal their inspirational creations. The theme at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog is

All that Flutters - Things with Wings

I have chosen to use Summer Flower Tilda from the Summer Memories Collection. I think she is so sweet! I love her wings! Here is the front of my card:




Isn't she adorable? I wanted to make the card a girly girl card. I think I achieved that nicely. I didn't overdo the flowers as I wanted the focus to be on this sweet image of Tilda. I kept it simple in design. I did add a touch of sparkle to her wings. I love the colors of the pink, white, and celadon. Here is a shot of the interior:



Again, the interior has been tastefully done with matching papers in soft, "ice cream colors." I've added some Magnolia butterfly die cuts, pearls, a hidden tag, ribbon, and charm. The card turned out so sweetly.

This card is for sale, along with others, in my Etsy Shop!

Thank you for stopping by.



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XO,

Chris

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bella with Mum - An "Awww"-some Card!


Hello Dearest Readers,

Happy Wednesday to each of you! Have you gotten into the new Magnolia Sakura Collection yet? Diana has them waiting for you at Magnolia-licious! They are the cutest ever! Check them out!

Today is "W-ednesday" at Magnolia-licious! I am showcasing a card made with Wild Rose Studio's Bella with Mum stamp. When I first saw this stamp, my old heart melted! It is so sweet! Here are the deets about my card:



Isn't that elephant pairing adorable? I colored the balloons with Twinkling H2Os. I like the subtle sparkle those paints provide. I wanted to use this Go Kreate die set simply because I don't use it much. The papers are Maja's Sofiero. I thought those taupe/gray shades would pair well with the elephants. I decided to use some Nestie oval dies, Magnolia dies for the dragonfly and tags, AND my scalloped edged scissors! No, I never did part with any of my decorative edged scissors, **blush**! They were perfect for this oval. I'm glad I kept them!

Here are the interior shots:





Well, that is a quickie review of my sweet Bella with Mum card! If you have any questions, just ask!

I am so glad that you stopped by. Please leave a comment if you have the time. Those sweet words are what keep me wanting to push my creative juices! I hope you will return again very soon! Your visit means the world to me!

XO,

Chris

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Magnolia Surf Tilda on the Oregon Coast!



Hello Dearest Readers,

Haw are you this fine June day? It's been a while since I've posted and just as long since I've made a card! I had to really think about how to post to my blog! Making a card was "interesting," too! I really had to think about the sequence of development! Yikes!

Today, I am sharing a sweet card featuring Surf Tilda which you can find at Magnolia-licious! I thought she was the cutest ever and so perfect for the Sun, Sea, and Sand Challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. Here is my new card:



For my image, I masked the Surf Tilda and Chair in the Sunset stamps. I really loved that background scene and thought it was a perfect match with Surf Tilda. The little vial contains sand from the Oregon Coast. The shells are from there as well. The waves at the bottom are from the beach themed Doohickey Kit Collection. My image was painted with distress inks. The papers are Pion Designs. I added white burlap "ribbon" and some cheesecloth for texture. Elements have been elevated using pop dots.

Here are the interior shots:





We'd love it if you would come and join us for the challenge! You may have a chance to win a Special Surprise from the Magnolia-licious store.



Also, if you leave us a comment on any of the DT’s blogs and/or the Challenge blog you have a chance to win a weekly prize. The winner is announced every week during the “W”ednesday post. How easy peasy is that?



I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Under Construction Tilda Sends Birthday Greetings


Hello Dearest Readers,

Today is Team B's day to reveal their cards for the new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog?. If you haven't visited the Challenge Blog, I'll let you know that the theme is to use a number on your card. This can be a bit challenging for some. I know that things, sometimes, just don't seem to fit! However, think of a reason for your card that includes a number. Here is my card:



The minute I saw Under Construction Tilda, I knew just what I wanted to do! I knew I had to use a road construction theme! I was hoping that it would be suitable for a gentleman, too. I went through my papers and found some fun designs. Then, I remembered that I had measuring tape ribbon, too. For some reason, I'm really into yellow and pink this Spring. Out came the yellow and black flowers, LOL. While I was waiting to go to sleep, the idea for the red light popped into my head. All three circles are cut from glittered card stock. An orange and white party straw was the perfect pole! I also added the traffic cone from the Construction Worker Tools. The image has been painted with Distress Inks. They are not as bold as my usual coloring. Tilda's pants are green. Her shirt is green and pale blue. Maybe I should have added more red to the oranges. Here is a photo of Tilda up close:



Now, here are the interior images:



I wanted the interior to be bright and clean looking. What do you think?

Thank you for stopping by.


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I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Gungande Tilda Sends Birthday Greetings!


Hello Dearest Readers,

Happy Sunday to each of you! I hope this post finds each of you well and rich with creative ideas! Today begins a new challenge at the Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog. The theme for this challenge is very easy! It's…

FLOWERS


Here is a photo of my card. I hope it will provide some inspiration for you. We'd love it if you joined the Flowers Challenge!



This is an older Tilda stamp. It is called Gungande Tilda which means Rocking Tilda when translated to English. I just love the stamps designed like this one. They are just so sweet! I do have a brand new, unused, stamp of this image. I bought it twice. If you are interested in purchasing it from me, please let me know.

I love round cards. This card turned out so nicely. I rimmed the mat on which Tilda has been stamped with a string of pearls. I also added a teeny tiny pearl to the center of each flower on the swing. A bit of pink seam binding, and a pearly flower center finish the embellies. The pearly pink center embellie was white, but I colored it with a pink Copic marker. I added a doily and elevated one level on pop dots.

Here are the interior shots:



On the interior, I repeated the doilies, added a little butterfly with pearl head, pink seam binding ribbon, birthday charm, and another Magnolia stamp. Oh, I also inked the edges of EVERYTHING in a pink color! LOL

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that I've provided some inspiration for you. We would really love to see you join the Flowers Challenge at the Addicted to Stamps Challenge Blog.

I appreciate the time you took to stop by. I would love if you left a little love for me! LOL

XO,

Chris

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Magnolia Home Tweet Home Little Bird Card


Hello Dearest Readers,

I hope this post finds you well and enjoying Spring! It's been "fun" here with our goofy weather! LOL We'd had a 25° drop in temperatures from the day before! One day, we had our air conditioner humming away keeping out the 80+ degrees that was outside. The next day, we had to turn on the heat!

Today is Team B's turn to share their inspiration cards for the Spring into April Challenge! You can find the details and other gorgeous inspiration cards at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog If you haven't stopped by, please do! We would love for you to enter the challenge.

For my card, I chose to use a bird theme. I used the most precious Magnolia bird stamps as well as the Home Tweet Home stamp from the Pink Lemonade Collection. One set of birds used is Little Birds. You can find it HERE. The second set of birds is from the Sea Breeze Collection. The set is called Little Summer Birds.

Here is the image for the front of my card:



Also on the card front, I've used the Magnolia Lovely Fence Die, two sweet birds from Doohickey Kit #3, and Sneaky Tilda from the Animals of the Year Collection.You can find this stamp HERE.

Additionally, the front features lace, tiny blue rhinestones (in birds' eyes), pop dots under sentiment. flowers, and ribbon.

Here is a photo of the interior:



We'd love it if you would come and join us for the challenge! You may have a chance to win a Special Surprise from the Magnolia-licious store.



Also, if you leave us a comment on any of the DT’s blogs and/or the Challenge blog you have a chance to win a weekly prize. The winner is announced every week during the “W”ednesday post. How easy peasy is that?



I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tilda I Give You My Heart Mother's Day Card


Hello Dearest Readers,

Happy Sunday to you from the hot desert southwest! We've had lovely days if you don't have allergies to all the plants that are in bloom! LOL. Spring cleaning is done. My lemons have arrived from California and have been cleaned, zested, and juiced! Gotta have lemons before summer! It's a task to take care of them, but the results are wonderful! I freeze the zest in jars to use all year long. The juice is frozen in ice cube trays, bagged, and kept for when the juice of a lemon is needed.

Easter is just around the corner. Do you have anything special planned? Have you ever dyed your eggs using veggies? Oh, veggies can create the most lovely colors which can be changed by adding salt OR vinegar to the colored water. Salt is alkaline while vinegar is an acid. So, the same water will provide two different results!

Before I share my card, I want to tell you about the two NEW collections Diana will soon have in the store! It's on a preorder basis now, so if you are interested, get them before they are gone! They do go fast!

The first collection is called the 4th Graduate Collection. This collection has the two cutest America themed Tildas in it along with new grad images. These are perfect with graduation time coming soon!

The second collection is entitled "World Wide Web Collection." There are such adorable images included with this collection as well! I just drooled when I saw them! You will, too!

Today, it is Team B's turn to provide inspiration cards for the newest challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. The challenge theme is:

Pink, Pearls, and Lace!


For my card, I have chosen to use "I Give You My Heart Tilda" from the recently released Lovely Duo Collection. While I did not use the paired text, I thought the image would look perfect on a Mother's Day card! Here she is:



Tilda has been colored with Distress Inks. I rarely use just one color, LOL. I think I used four colors on her clothing! LOL. I shaded around her using Tattered Rose. Her hair was colored with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and Tea Dye. The paper used is by Maja while the card stock is Bazzill. I used the Doohickey Romance Tag die for the sentiment. The basket is also a Doohickey die which is from Doohickey Kit Vol. 2. I thought that flowers were just the perfect enhancement to this adorable die. The butterfly dies are from various die companies. The mat on which Tilda is placed has been elevated on pop dots. The pink polka dotted ribbon - boo hoo - the last of what I had - is from Magnolia-licous. There are two other ribbons. Both, along with the lace, are from my stash.

Here are two close ups:




The greenery in the basket is from Magnolia and is called "Winter Fern," I think. I'm also thinking that the pink buds are from Magnolia.

Well, that's about it! I hope you like my Mother's Day creation.

Now it's your turn! Won't you join the Pink, Pearls, and Lace Challenge? We'd love to see your creations!

Thank you for stopping by.


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I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris