Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Magnolia-licious Summer Fun with Tilda Blog Hop!


Happy Blog Hop Day, Dearest Readers,

Today, the Magnolia-licious Design Team is having a Summer Fun Blog Hop! I must warn you. I have a TON of photos below! I wanted to show you every element of my project. I hope you don't mind!

You should have reached my site through Karen Gauthier's Blog. At the end of my post, I will tell you where the next stop is. OK? If you have strayed along the way, here is your starting point:

Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog


You want to go to this page to find all the details and where to start. Diana is offering a prize of a wonderful surprise package to a lucky gal! To be eligible, you need to create a project and post it on the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. You will have TWO WEEKS to enter your Summertime Project.

For my project, I decided to make some Summer Fun Decorated Water Bottles! I went through my stamps and selected images that represented things that kids like doing in the summer. I had to include a hiking Edwin, of course! I can't let the girls have all the attention, right?

Here are my photos. I hope you like what I've done!



These are the images I've used going from left to right - On the Road Tilda, Gone Fishing Tilda, Gucci Tilda, Tilda in Key Largo, Tilda with Cherry Ice, and Hiking Edwin. All images have been hand painted.

I began by using a MS border punch to create a decorative base for each bottle using three brightly colored summery papers. This was attached using Scor-Tape. That stuff is FANTASTIC! Next, I cut out the ovals and scalloped ovals using my Nestie dies. Around each bottle, at the shoulder, I added another band. This band had a separate strip to hold both the decorative straw and the painted image. Again, I used Scor-Tape to hold the image mat in place. Using another Nestie die, I cut a circle of matching paper for each cap. I added a pom pom to the cap, tied some baker's twine around the neck of each bottle, stamped a sentiment on a strip which was attached to the base strip and decorated with a Prima flower and tiny button. They are sooooooooooo cute!

Here are the bottles in pairs:







Would these be cute for a party?

Well, if you are still with me, it's time for you to visit the next blog! You are now going to visit

Katie's Blog!


I hope you have liked the projects that my sweet Teamies have created to give you some inspiration! This is such a creative DT filled with such talented gals! I am always in awe!

Please stop by Magnolia-licious and see what wonderful goodies Diana has in stock! Diana always has such wonderful bargains, too!

Now it's your turn! Won't you join the Summer Fun Challenge? We'd love to see your creations!

Thank you for stopping by.


By leaving a comment, you may win a special gift from Diana at Magnolia-licious! If you don't join in, you just can't win! LOL



I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Magnolia's Snail Family - Where You are Headed...


Hello Dearest Readers,

How are each of you today? Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you like what I've created this week for the

Add an Animal Challenge


at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog! I thought about this card last November. I had the idea rattling around in my head for the longest time. Sadly, when I first thought about using the snails, I had the cutest, sweetest sentiment. Even my husband said, "Ahhh, that's so sweet." Well, by the time I walked from my desk to my craft table, I had forgotten it! I was so mad! Since last November, I have been trying to recall what I had thought for the sentiment. Arrggg! Grrrrrr! Getting old is a real pain in the tushie!

Here is my card featuring Hugo the Snail and his snail family! I hope you like it!



I began my card by using a Spellbinder's shape die. I liked the shape, and it worked so well with the rectangular shape of the image mat. I chose some papers I had in my stash that are in peachy pink, cream, and green. The image features six Magnolia stamps that have been masked to create the scene. My snails are Hugo, Small Snail, and mini of Christmas Snails. For the flowers, I used Fantasy Flower from the Fairy Tale Collection, Lazy Summer Flowers, and Summer Flower Patch. The images have been painted with watercolors.

I used an assortment of die cuts, inking, pearls, ribbon, and assorted peachy pink flowers.

Here is a shot of the interior:



Well, that's about it! I hope you like my Snail Family creation.

Now it's your turn! Won't you join the Add an Animal Challenge? We'd love to see your creations!I know you have an animal stamp that hasn't been inked in a while. Time to pull it out!

Thank you for stopping by.


By leaving a comment, you may win a special gift from Diana at Magnolia-licious! If you don't join in, you just can't win! LOL



I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bella with Teddy - Sweet as Sugar Card


Hello Dearest Readers,

Happy Wednesday to each of you! Have you checked out the new holiday dies that Diana has listed yet? Diana has them waiting for you at Magnolia-licious! They very pretty! Check them out!

Today is "W-ednesday" at Magnolia-licious! I am so smitten with the Bella series stamps that are part of Wild Rose Studio's line of stamps. I'm glad that Diana had gotten them in a while back. Sadly, they are just about gone now. If you like this one, maybe Diana could get it in for you. I think this stamp is so sweet! It's called Bella with Teddy. Here are the deets about my card:



I chose a mauve colored Bazzill cardstock and some pretty matching papers. The image has been hand painted. I elevated the center panel for dimension but kept the white square doily flat against the card base. I found the cabochon style alphas in my stash. They matched the card perfectly. The ribbon is also from my stash. Lastly, I added an assortment of gorgeous flowers.

Here's a side shot:





I didn't add much to the inside of the card because the papers are so pretty! They have gorgeous rose and leaf designs. I didn't have the heart to cover them up.

I hope you like my Bella with Teddy card. If you have any questions, just ask!

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



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, July 21, 2015

Magnolia Tilda with Jolly Roger Card


Hello Dearest Readers,

I hope this post finds you happy and healthy! July is zipping by so quickly! I cannot believe we are at mid-month already! We've had a pretty good summer so far. Yesterday, we got 1.25 inches of rain! Thank goodness!

Today is Team B's turn to reveal their inspiration cards for the Anchors Aweigh Challenge at the Magnolia-lcious Challenge Blog. I had fun with this challenge! I chose to use two older stamps - Tilda with Jolly Roger paired with the Barrel and Skull stamp. Both are from the 2010 Fairy Tale Collection. Here are some photos for you:







Isn't that Tilda adorable? I think she is too cute! On the front of my card, I've done some inking and lots of layering. The image has been colored with distress inks. There is a hidden tag behind the white metal "happy birthday" tab. I've also included some nautical themed buttons, cheesecloth, ribbon, twine, and the Doohickey die called "Event Flags" from the Once Upon a Time Collection.

Diana is currently out of both stamps in the standard size, but does have them in the mini size. Here are the links:
Barrel and Skull - http://magnoliastamps.us/mini-531-barrel-and-skull
Tilda with Jolly Roger - http://magnoliastamps.us/mini-248-tilda-with-jolly-roger


While you're visiting the Magnolia-licious Store, you might want to check out the new Memory Box and Poppy Stamp holiday dies that Diana has gotten in. They are sure "purdy!" Diana also has the wonderful Sakura collection stamps as well as many others such as Crafter's Companion, Little Darling's Dollhouse Collection, and From the Hollow Fairy Stamps.

Well, that's about it! I hope you like my Anchor's Aweigh creation.

Now it's your turn! Won't you join the Anchor's Aweigh Challenge? We'd love to see your creations!

Thank you for stopping by.


By leaving a comment, you may win a special gift from Diana at Magnolia-licious! If you don't join in, you just can't win! LOL



I hope you will return again very soon!

XO,

Chris

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.



By leaving a comment, you may win a special gift from Diana at Magnolia-licious! If you don't join in, you just can't win! LOL



I hope you will return again very soon!

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