Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Magnolia's Christmas Heart Tilda says, "I Adore You!"


Hello Dearest Readers,

Happy February! January has come and gone without any snow for us! I miss it! Now that we are in February, Spring is right around the corner. Spring is nice, but... next comes the dreaded heat of summer. Ugh! I hope this post finds each of you happy and well! Let's get into the mood for love since Valentine's Day is so quickly approaching!

If you haven't been to the Magnolia-licious Store lately, you may want to take a peek at the Touch of Love Collection that Diana has ready for you to ink up! Just follow either link posted in this paragraph!

Today begins a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. This time, we have something really fun and easy for you to do (so there are NO excuses, LOL). We really love to see your creations. I hope you will join the current challenge featuring

B-I-N-G-O!

How's that for a fun theme? Here is your bingo card:


You may go vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. I chose to use the top line going across. Here is my inspiration card for you:



Here is a close up of the flower cluster in which I used white, black, and red flowers:



Isn't Tilda cute? I chose to use Christmas Heart Tilda from the Lovely Christmas 2015 Collection. Isn't this stamp perfect for many purposes? I had this paper in my stash. Both of the papers are 12 x 12. I thought they were perfect for a card that could be given to a guy. I liked the black within the pattern. I also liked the embossed heart paper. I used lots of layering, as well as flowers. The panel with the partial heart has been elevated on dimensionals to give it depth. I especially love that little heart doily. I remembered I had them as I was drifting off to sleep one night, LOL. Luckily, I was able to remember it in the morning!

Here are the interior shots:





Keep in mind, that this card is meant for a gentleman. So, even though I have tons of flowers on the front, I tried to keep the interior panels free of all the "girly girl stuff," LOL. I was only moderately successful as I DID ADD lace and ribbons! LOL

I hope you will join the Bingo Challenge! We would so love to see your beautiful, creative designs! One lucky gal will be the recipient of a $20 gift certificate!



Thank you so much for stopping by!



I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

Friday, February 5, 2016

Magnolia Tilda I Love You ...Card


Hello Dearest Readers,

How are each of you today? I hope better than I am doing! I'm not feeling very well today. I feel very woozy. My body is giving me some challenges to deal with. After I write this, I think I'm going to go and lay down. I need some love, too. It's been a bad week. So, in addition to feeling poorly, I'm also worn down emotionally. So, I could use a cyber hug or two. I feel very alone for reasons I cannot explain.

Because things are challenging, I have spent a lot of time in my craft room working on cards. Suffice it to say that I call it my "Duck and Cover Space." I finished another card and want to share it with you. I hope you like it. If so, please let me know. I would really appreciate it.

For this card, I used one of the Magnolia Duos - He Loves Me. I did change the sentiment, though, to "I Love You, I Love You Not..." of course, the inside of the card says, "I Love You" in case you are wondering, LOL. The papers for this card are from Basic Gray. The card stock is a soft green Bazzill. I enhanced the front with lots of die cuts, some heart lace, flowers from WOC, and pretty string pearls from LLC (I think). The inside of the card features the same papers, doilies, flowers, and die cuts.





I hope you like my take on the "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not." I just wanted to add a bit of humor. I loved putting a twist on an old expression! Thank you so much for stopping by!



Please come back very soon!

XO,

Chris

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dorothy the Dreamer at Magnolia-licious


Hello Dearest Readers,

It's a showery gray day here in the desert. I've got a pot of enchilada soup in the slow cooker, and the house smells wonderfully! It's perfect for a cold, gray day! We're even supposed to get some snowflakes later today and overnight. I sure hope so. I just love, love, love snow! I've got my fingers crossed, that's for sure! How are you? I hope this post finds you well!

The Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog has changed "W"-ednesday Challenge a bit. Now, on the first Wednesday of the month, we're having what is called the "Wednesday Mini Magnolia Challenge." The challenge will end on the last Wednesday of the month. Each week's Wednesday posts will showcase the Mini Magnolia Stamps images, found HERE, as well as some adorable Stamping Bella images which are found HERE. This week, it is my turn to share an inspiration card. Here it is:



I used lots of layering and touches of sparkle! I also used the Magnolia Doohickey So Lovely Tag as well as a Doohickey Swirl and a Doohickey Doily die. It is really a cute card! I had the postage stamp rubber stamp and thought it would look nicely on the front. The Stamping Bella stamps do come with a sentiment stamp. I used mine inside the card. There is a hidden tag under the bow and little pearl accents.

Here are the interior photos. I hope you like them. The first image shows the sentiment stamp that comes with Dorothy the Dreamer. I love that it can be used for graduations, birthdays, or supportive cards! There is another hidden tag attached to the bow.



This is the photo of the bottom of the card:



I wanted to keep this panel fairly plain so that the personal message added will be the focal point.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope I was able to provide some inspiration.



I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Magnolia Tilda with Little Snowy Wintery Card


Hello Dearest Readers,

I hope this post finds you happy, healthy, and warm! It's a cold, rainy day here in the desert southwest. It is a perfect day for January! Can you believe that today is the last day of January? Where does the time go?

Today, I have a precious card to share with you. The idea for this card has been bouncing around in my head for quite some time. When I first saw the Tilda with Little Snowy, I knew she was the perfect stamp for my idea! Here is my sweet card:



First of all, YES, I DID knit using those toothpicks! LOL Am I crazy or what? Don't answer that, LOL! I also had some pretty lace trim in my stash that is called Snowflake. Some clear snowflake embellies, as well as iridescent snowflakes, just added a touch of sparkly winter to the card's front.

Here are the interior photo images:



I cut the knitting needles out of silver foil card stock. They look fantastically against the background! Again, I added some clear crystal snowflakes to add a soft sparkle. I love the papers' blue colors. On the right side, there are very soft images of pine trees. I didn't want to cover them up. They are just so pretty!

Well, that's about it for my wintery card. I hope you like it! I sure had fun taking my thoughts and getting them into a really fun card! Thank you so much for stopping by!



I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Magnolia's Artist Edwin Colors My World!


Hello Dearest Readers,

How is the world where you are? My little world has its ups and downs, LOL. It seems as if my DH and I spend more time waiting in doctors' offices than we do having fun! Getting old is a pain! Things are wearing out, breaking, or just not working! LOL **sigh** Take care of yourselves! DH and I played hard as young people. We should have taken better care of our bodies, too!

Today is a bright blue day. There is a breeze and the temperature isn't too bad - 57°F/14°C. I can handle any day like this! LOL

If you haven't been to the Magnolia-licious Store lately, you may want to take a peek at the Touch of Love Collection that Diana has ready for you to ink up! Just follow either link posted in this paragraph!

Today begins a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. The theme for this new challenge is:

Love and/or Hearts

For my card, I chose to take a different design path. Normally, my cards are embellished with flowers and many other embellishments This time, I wanted something clean and simple since the card is meant for a gentleman. I hope you lie it! Here is the front:



Isn't Edwin adorable? I love this stamp to bits! I used glittered card stock for all the colored elements. I like that it added a nice touch of sparkle. Here are images of the interior:



I loved the pairing of these two stamps with the sentiment on the front. Again, I've used glittered card stock. I just love that stuff! It's so thick, though, that it is almost impossible to punch shapes from it.



There you have it - a rare clean and simple card design by yours truly! I should force myself to do more styles like this! I kept asking my husband, "What else does it need?" He had to hold me back! LOL

Now, it's YOUR turn! We would love to have you join the challenge. One lucky person will win a $20 gift certificate from Magnolia-licious. You can't beat that! I know I would love one! LOL Hmmmm - maybe I should enter under a false name **just kidding**!



Thank you so much for stopping by!



I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Wintery Card featuring Edwin w/Christmas Lantern


Hello Dearest Readers,

I hope you are all warm and cozy this January day! We've had a week of gray skies and rainy spells which has been so nice! The sun came out yesterday which warmed things up a bit. I had hoped we'd get some snow, but we just didn't get down to 32°. The mountains are all blanketed in snow which is so pretty agains the bright blue sky.

Today begins a new challenge at the Magnolia-licous Challenge Blog. Our new challenge has the theme:

WINTER!


That should be a fun theme with which to work! For my card, I chose to use Edwin with Christmas Lantern from the Lovely Christmas, 2015, Collection. You can find him HERE. Diana has him on sale, too! Here are some photos:



I had the midnight blue snowflake paper in my stash. Surprisingly, the back of the 12 x 12 sheet doesn't say the name or the manufacturer. I loved blending it with the cream Winterings paper and the white paper. I wanted details to be subtle. Can you see the scalloped border around the snow scene? Also, the larger round cream paper has pine trees printed on it. While the colors aren't soft, the details are. I love to use Edwin. He is so easily forgotten! This little guy has been colored with a mix of DIs and Derwent pencils. The flower cluster is rich with flowers from WOC as well as Live and Love Crafts.

Here are shots of the interior panels:



The large snowflake is a heavy textured paper. I like the "body" it has. I just added a tad of ribbon and a little snowflake charm.

Here is the final image:



This panel has a hidden tag behind the mat. For the tag, I used the Magnolia Doohickey Snowflake (Frosty) die. I chose to include a part of the page that had pale, pale snowflakes imprinted on it for the sentiment area. Lastly, I added pine needle boughs from the last Doohickey Kit - #7, I think. I also repeated the flowers used on the front panel.

I hope you will join the Winter Challenge! We would so love to see your beautiful, creative designs! One lucky gal will be the recipient of a $20 gift certificate!



Thank you so much for stopping by!



I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Magnolia Tilda Diaper Fold Cards


Hello Dearest Readers,

Happy Tuesday to each of you! I hope this post finds each of you well and happy!

Have you been to Magnolia-licious lately? Make sure you check out the new "A Lovely Christmas" Collection. It is so sweet! The accessory stamps are SO versatile, too! They are a great investment because you can use them with so many other themes. Check them out by clicking the link above.

Being of Italian heritage, you KNOW I flipped when I saw the Little Italy Collection! I mean, pizza, olive branches (thinking pizza with olive oil and mozzarella, LOL), and our little artiste, Edwin! They are sooooo cute! I've been busy with those little images.

Today is Team B's turn to reveal their inspiration cards for the

Fancy Folds Challenge


I don't do fold variations, so this was a challenge for me. I have to admit that the first card I did wound up in the trash - after it was completely finished!!!! It looked like a six year old did it. It was my first, futile, attempt at a swing card. So, back to the drawing board I went. What I came up with was a shape called the diaper fold card. I found the most wonderful tutorial, here! It was a "no brainer" for me - just what I needed! Here are two cards that I made using that particular fold. I made two sizes. The first card was made with a seven inch square piece of double sided paper. Here are the shots:







The next card was made with an 11 inch square of double sided paper. I did like the finished size after thinking it might turn out too big. Here it is:







You know, one the the plusses for this card shape design is that the pouch can old goodies! It's perfect for little presents in addition to a personal note! Who knew? Do you like it? Would you use this particular shape? I think it is functional AND a help when having a time issue!

I used Edwin with Christmas Lantern from the Christmas 2015 collection. Tilda is from the Christmas 2014 collection and is called Waiting for Christmas Tilda. I used double sided papers, red velvet paper, and red foil card stock from my stash. The So Wrapped Snowflake Tag Doohickey Die was put to good use as well as the icicle and leaf sprig dies from the No. 7 Christmas Doohickey Kit. There's a doohickey eyelet border on both cards, but I do not know its official name. It's one I've had for many years. From the Vol. 2 Doohickey Kit, I chose to use the evergreen needles die. The poinsettia die was not from one of the Doohickey Kits. It's one you purchase individually.

I hope you got some inspiration from my cards. These are SO much better than the swing card I attempted to make!

Thank you for stopping by.


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I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris