Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Magnolia Edwin Sings a Beatles' Song

Hello Dearest Readers,

Hello from a beautifully sunny day in the desert. Last week, we had days of clouds, rain, and snowflakes! I loved it! It's so nice to have rain. After a while, those gorgeous sunny skies get old! It seems if we have snow, we want warmth and sun. When we have the Summer's heat, we long for Winter's breath of cold air! So, today, I'm savoring the blue sky and chilly temps while wishing for more clouds and rain.

Before I share my card with you, I want you to know that I think this is the worst card I have ever made! I love the front. I HATE the interior. I ripped it apart no less than five times! It just gave me fits from the start. The inverted corners were impossible to get evenly cut so that all would be equidistant from the curve. Some managed to be closer while others were much farther apart. It was maddening! The pop up section wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. You are looking at version number four! I have never been so frustrated by a stupid card in my life! So, please be gentle! LOL

I made this card for my husband's birthday. He turned 64. I chose to do a take on the song by the Beatles, "When I'm 64." I had to modify the lyrics by one word here and there so that it would fit our situation. So, no, I didn't get the words wrong. I wanted it to read just as the situation was - from me to him. Magnolia-licious is the place to get most of the Magnolia items I've used. The older ones might be specially ordered if you check with Diana, and see if she can get them for you. I know she will certainly try her best! She's wonderful! There is a list of Magnolia products following my photos.

I used an older Edwin. You can tell because he's less pudgy now! I glittered the little stars in gold and silver. The champagne flukes were colored with my Spica pens. I also colored the wrapper and label of the champagne bottle with my gold Spica pen. Edwin is standing on crystal glitter. The paper is sparkly. I saw that the pattern on the paper seemed to match the lines on the music measure as did the dots on the paper match the notes. The photo below is an attempt to capture the sparkle.

Here is the inside left.

Here, I have Tilda on a spring so that she moves from side to side as if she is dancing. I took the airborne champagne bubbles and stamped them on acetate. Then, I colored them with Copics, trimmed, and adhered to the back of the champagne glass. One of my favorite colors is red, so I dressed Tilda with Love Potion in red! Of course, I had to add my newest addition - eyelashes to Tilda! I think I'm the first to do that! Woo Hoo!

Here is the opposite side:

On this side, you can really see all the sparkle to make the card festive. I used an older Doo-hickey die for the sparkly part. I apologize as I don't have a name for it. I paired it with other older Doo-hickey dies.

Lastly, this is the interior together:

These are the Magnolia products, with links to Magnolia-licious:

Memory Box Virtuoso Music Die

Magnolia Doo-hickey Tea Label Tags Die Set

Tilda with Love Potion Stamp

Magnolia Doo-hickey Heart Swirl Die

Magnolia Doo-hickey Dream Tag Die

Magnolia Doo-hickey Romantic Tag Die

Party Edwin Stamp - a very old stamp

Needless to say, my husband loved the card. He knew how long it took me to put it together until I felt it was the best it could be.

Thank you so much for visiting. I'd love a comment if you wish to leave one.



Nancee Purdum said...

Chris this is so cute! The inside is adorable! I love the little accents you used. They really make the card! Happy 64th birthday to your husband! :) Nancee

Damarys said...

Chris, this is a FANTASTIC card and SO original! I can tell this was a labor of love for you...your coloring and attention to detail is superb. I love this card!

Loz said...

Gorgeous card Chris..Loz

EnblogSail said...

That's an unique card shape. Nice!

Kelly Neis said...

Oh Chris, I am sorry this special card gave you so much trouble and I understand why you wouldn't like it. In my opinion, I love it, I think it is sharp and perfect for a man. I love the sparkle and the inside is great and very fun for him. I have to say it is a beautiful card.
Hugs Kelly

Karen Stark said...

What a great card and great idea! : )

Candy said...

My goodness, Chris. What a great card! Love the Beatles words you have in it - they are sooo appropriate :o)
Great sparkle and shine and this Edwin is one that I love. Perfect for the
'older fellas' Love all your papers, and die cuts. Edwin is super!! You have a great imagination!
Hugs, Candy
Magnolia-licious Designer

Debbie in LA said...

This is a great card, and I'll bet your husband did NOT notice anything out of kilter. Such bling makes my heart sing.

Janiel/ janny said...

You have made a very beautiful card for someone special to you and it really shows.

Cathy Lee said...

We are our own personal critic, right, Chris? I think you did a fabulous job on this and love it inside and out. This is an awesome age perfected card, that's the best way I could say it...LOL.
Happy Birthday to your DH. I hope he has tons more of them. Your Maggies are colored fabulously as always, Hun.
Cathy Lee

RenateKreativ said...

Fantastic card, Love it.
Hugs Renate

Norma said...

Beautiful card, Chris. Love the shape. Terrific colour scheme. Don't know why you don't like the inside--looks fab inside and out. Love the DP. Ooh, did you put eyelashes on Tilda? Don't think I've seen that before. Cool.

cabio's craft corner said...

Chris, I really think this card is awesome. Not only the festive and happy theme, but the thoughtfulness of you making this to your loved one :o)

Paper Tails said...

Your card is awesome! Perfect birthday card! I love the black and white with a touch of red. Just beautiful. I am sure he will love it.


cathylynn said...

Chris you pured your heart and soul into this fabulous creation! Wow the details are amazing and I love the colors! Your hubby should love this!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Christina C. said...

OMG....don't be so hard on yourself, Chris! This is gorgeous and your husband is lucky to get a card...I never make a card for my husband!!! It is very creative and I love Edwin! The inside is just as beautiful with this special Tilda...he will looooove it!!!

Doreen Horats, Clayton said...

Love your card, it came out perfect.
hugs Doreen

Sylvia said...

Like the most comments your card is beautiful Chris. I don't agree with you about the inside it is fabulous. Your coloring, the glitters and all the other details are perfect. A card to be proud of.

Chris said...

Chris, this is adorable.

Only By His Grace said...

Hi Chris!
your card is adorable. there is nothing I don't like about this card.
perfect for a man card and I can see how much love went into making it.
Hugs maz

Francy said...

Wow this card is stunning, I love the shape of it and the details are fabolous.

Linda said...

Wow thiws is just stunning!!!!! Love all the details and the gorgeous design!!!!! Way to go on another magical card!!!!!

Anonymous said...

it's so hard to make cards for men and to make them pretty but not girly, I think you've done a fabulous job, just the right accents, beautifully made Chris, I'm sure hubby will love it
Hugs Julie P

Angela said...

Absolutely adorable and so charming Chris. Love your color combo and sweet images that you used. Love the beatles song you included. Sweet! hugs, Angela

Helen said...

This is so awesome! Your cards are amazing! Have a blessed day! ~H