Sunday, July 1, 2012

Two Magnolia Cards to Share

Hello sweet readers,

It's nice to see you again! I am so glad that you've stopped by! Pull up a chair and let's chat!

How has your week been? Ours has been hot. Our state has had so many wild fires, too, due to wind, human error, and a lack of rain. It's heartbreaking to see the thousands and thousands of acres of trees going up in flames. People have lost homes, animals, their lives. I applaud the fire fighters who so valiantly fight to save anything in the path of the fiery monsters that are ravaging the hill sides. It's just so heart breaking.

I saw a new Opthamologist about my vision. I'm going in to have a procedure on Thursday and then have it repeated on the other eye the following Thursday. It seems that, after I had my cataracts removed, there is a clouding in the fluid between the implant and my own lens. So, using a laser, little holes will be made to drain the cloudy fluid. It's supposed to be a "no brainer" of a procedure. I just hope I don't sneeze while the laser is doing it's thing! LOL That would be SOOOOOO uncool! LOL

This month, our challenge at Hooked on Craft is Christmas in July! OK, I have to admit that it's so hard to think Christmas when the outside temp is "a hundred and stupid!" I was had a hard time on this challenge, LOL. I just want the pool, cool temps, and cold drinks! For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, I expect gorgeous cards with lovely wintery themes! Do it for me! LOL. What are you playing for? How about this:

How cool is that? Think of the gorgeous flowers you can get from Karen's shop! Oh, her flowers are just amazing and so pretty! The colors are fantastic as is the variety of flowers. You know my first love are the Calla Lilies, but, I have to tell ya, the Tiger Lilies are creeping up into first place in my book!

OK, here are the details - The challenge runs from July 2 to July 28, 2012. Please have Christmas as the theme of your card or layout. Then, upload your project HERE

OK, here is my card. For this card, I chose to use the Magnolia Sweden ornament stamp. I stamped it with embossing ink and then heat embossed each ornament using green, gold, and red embossing powders. It looks really cool IRL. I also embossed the sentiment and elevated it with pop dots. I chose the dotted paper because the colors matched the colors of the ornaments and the shapes matched the Christmas bulbs. I added a touch of sheer, gold trimmed ribbon for a more festive look.

Here are the links to the amazing flowers available at Hooked on Craft

Large White Gardenia

Two Tone Red and Yellow Tiger Lilies

Medium Green Mulberry Leaves

Red Rosebuds

White Rosebuds

Red rhinestones

I hope you will join in our Christmas in July challenge. Just put on that favorite CD of Christmas Carols and let the music take you where it may! I cannot wait to see your creations.

Now, I would like to share a card with you that gave me fits! Thanks to a sweet angel who was wonderful in giving me some ideas on how to make it work, I finally got it done. I hope you like it, too.

As you can see, I've used lots of layers. I love layers! I added tons of pearls to the front of the card as you can see on the sides as well as in Tilda's hair. You cannot see it, but I have covered Tilda's tail fin and bra, along with the sea horse fin, in a microfine glitter so that it sparkles. It looks so cool! Here is a look at the inside:

I love the charms I attached to the card. The whelk shell you see in the top half just adds a nice touch to the flower area. The tag is removable for that addition of a special message.

The bottom half is a bit more difficult for me to photograph well. Again, I've added a charm. This time, it's a clam shell. I wanted some texture, so I added the lace.

If you have any questions, please ask. I hope you will leave a comment! I so treasure each and every one.

Have a wonderful day!




Anonymous said...

I love the Christmas cards and how you used the die background. Your Mermaid card is so sweet, I love the colours and pretty paper
Beautifully done
Hugs Julie P

Doreen Horats, Clayton said...

Your cards are delightful, so sweet.
Have a great week,

Paper Tails said...

Your cards are so beautiful! The details are just fabulous. Love the colors on your mermaid card. I hope all goes well for you on Thursday! I'll keep you in my prayers.

Have a great week!


Karen said...

Your cards are adorable!! Very creative! : )

Patti Jo said...

So many terrific details in both cards! Fantastic work Chris!

angel4031 said...

gorgeous xx

crazycrafterlady said...

Your cards are fabulous such gorgeous work. Can't wait to clean up my area this week so I can start creating and hopefully start posting. Great Job! Rita

Linda said...

Wow Chris both of these cards are just outstanding!!!!! Wow you really did an excellent job on both!!!! Gorgeous worky friend!!!!

Cathy Lee said...

These are so gorgeous, Chris. Love your Chistmas card with Tilda on the inside. Very creative and that little mermaid is adorable. Love how you colored her fin. She is precious in that purple and pink.
Cathy Lee

Elle said...

Great cards! I love them both.

Pam Sparks said...

oh, your Christmas card makes me want to go use these stamps and dies immediately! I can't though...gotta finish what I'm doing and then it's preview week at ATS! I'm saving it for in-spy-ration though! hehe

Your mermaid card turned out so cute! Colorful and screams SUMMER! So fun!

Rene said...

Oh wow! I LOOOOOVE these (don't these letters get any bigger? I need them to be absolutely HUGE to show how much I love them! Lol!). Absolutely FABULOUS!!!!
Rene :D

Christina C. said...

Hello Chris! Your cards are breathtaking....adore your Christmas card! Beautiful mermaid Tilda card....luscious details, inside and out! Both cards are spectacular.
Wishing you a happy and safe July 4th!

Paula said...

Oh goodness, I'm seeing the first one going it is gorgeous, then scroll down, and it is gorgeous, too!! I love them both :)

Diana Crick said...

ooooh, lots of goodies on both cards. I especially love the die cut scene done in red, very striking. What I love the most about Mermaid Tilda is all the lovely bright colors and papers you used. They are delicious and make for an exquisite card. Tres magnifique.
hugs, Diana

Suzi said...

Wow!! Chris, two beautiful cards, love the style of your Christmas card with that sweet Tilda and your Mermaid is stunning.
Suzi x

EnblogSail said...

Beautiful n interesting diecut in the background.

cabio's craft corner said...

I love the sweet scenery you did on the first winter card Chris. Tilda looks so pretty standing by the peaceful background.
Your second card is totally stunning. wink wink :o)