Sunday, May 20, 2012

Magnolia Tilda Graduation Card #2

Happy Annular Eclipse Sunday! I am sooooooooooooo excited because this evening, there will be an Annular Eclipse in our part of the world. We live in an area that will have prime viewing of the Ring of Fire. The moon will be centered on the image of the sun. The Ring of Fire will be perfectly symmetrical around the black shadow. How cool is that? We'll be able to see it from our front lawn. We've contemplated going out into the desert to view it, but are still undecided. This will be my fourth solar eclipse of my lifetime. I don't expect to experience another one, LOL. Age tends to put "ending points" of life's interesting events - such as solar eclipses. LOL I remember one while I was a child, living in Bucks County, PA, that was VERY dark. Even the street lights came on. I expect that this one will be just as dark. I'll be sure to take photos and share them with you.

A dear and treasured friend of mine, the owner of Happy Scrappin' Scrapbooking asked me to make a couple of graduation cards for her. Because she is a friend I hold close to my heart, I wanted my card to be keepsake quality. Sharon just LOVED the cards I sent! I would like to share one of them with you. Here it is:

On the front panel, I've used multiple layers, machine stitching, die cuts, lace, imported flowers from Australia which are available at Hooked on Craft. There is a hidden tag in the upper right corner. I also have added two charms. One is on the hidden tag while the other is hanging from the flowers is the lower left corner.

The paper I used is my all time favorite paper. I only use it for very special reasons. When I saw it, I just fell in love with the designs and colors. So, I bought quite a bit of it.

Here is the inside:

The inside of the card features another pocket in which I have placed a bookmark. I have also repeated the layering, machine stitching, and imported flowers. I even stitched the areas along the horizontal pieces on the right panel. They were already printed on there, but I chose to run the sewing machine along the printed stitches for more texture.

Well, that's my card. I'm off to anticipate the eclipse! LOL Have a wonderful week!


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

The Crafty Pad #171 ends 5/26 - Bingo I chose the bottom horizontal row with ribbon, flowers, and bling

Just Us Girls#137 ends 5/24 - Color Challenge

Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog#65 ends 5/24 - Hide and Seek

4 Crafty Chicks #90 ends 5/22 - Graduation

Crafts and Me Challenges #84 ends 5/21 - Pearls and Lace


Leanne said...

Super cute....thanks for joining our Graduation challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, awesome job!

Leanne DT 4CC!

Dortesjs said...

gorgeous and very elegant, love your colouring

Dawn said...

Super duper creation, I love it! Thanks for playing in the Bingo Challenge at The Crafty Pad this week!
Good Luck
Dawn xx

Rosie said...

Amazing as always!! Love the grad cap and the silver stars....great idea!! Love ya, Rosie

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous, I love the blue and yellow colour combination and you have decorated the inside of your card beautifully.
Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad this week.

Barb Hardeman said...

Awesome! You have truly created a keepsake here! I love that shade of blue with the yellow! The card is so happy! Fabulous work ~ as always! Hugs...Barb <><

Lynn said...

I am sure the eclipse will be fabulous...hope there are very clear skies! Your card is gorgeous. Perfect for a graduation card! Thank you so much for playing us at Just Us Girls!

Karen said...

This is gorgeous! Nice bright colors. Love the cap.


Candy said...

Hi Chris,
WOW what a great card. I can see why your friend LOVED it!!!
I see lots of work on this one :o)
It's amazing.
Hugs, Candy

Anonymous said...

How clever, I love the little graduation cap, just lovely
hugs Julie P

Unknown said...

Wow this is gorgeous. i love the combo colours about this card. The image is very sweet.

Suzi Mac said...

This is amazing Chris, I love how this whole card is designed. Fab job on Tilda cap and the stars. Great colour combo too.
Suzi x

cabio's craft corner said...

How gorgeous Chris. Bright and rich coloring on this Tilda card :o)

Karen said...

How adorable!! I love the hat! : )

Pam Sparks said...

Beautiful card Chris! Love how you colored Tilda and added the grad hat! fab grad creating!

Rene said...

LOL! Where in the world did you get that HAT?!? It looks so good there! Gorgeous your color scheme!
Rene ;D

Laura said...

Such a gorgeous card inside and out! I love that you put a cap on your Tilda and that it looks like it belongs there. All of your sewing and embellishments are just right for it.

♥ Laura C.

sara said...

really sweet card love the hat very clever thanks so much for joining us at crafts and me this week
hugs sara x x

cathylynn said...

My Goodness Chris this is GORGEOUS!!! I too love that grad. Hat! Beautiful colors and details. Great job!!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Lisa Kind said...

Wow! This is quite a card! Definitely keepsake quality! The inside is just as pretty as the outside! Love all the embellishments! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

Sandy said...

Beautifully designed card Chris. All your colors are beautiful. Love the silver stars - we all have to reach for something! Wonderful job!

Tamie said...

super cute image and an amazing layout with fabulous colors. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Christina C. said...

Holy smokes, Chris, what phenomenal design work!!!!! I totally adore this amazing work of art! Gorgeous Tilda, fabulous papers, and spectacular details on this beauty!
Love this amazing graduation card!

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

You have made a stunning card which fits our challenge well. Thanks for taking part in Crafty Ann's Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Crafty Ann's Design Team xxx

Mona`s Bittelille Scrappekrok said...

Just wanted to thank you for joining our challenge over at Crafts and Me with this incredibly gorgeous card. Hugs...Mona

Lori Turner said...

WOW! This grad card is phenomenal! Thanks sooooo much for entering it at 4 Crafty Chicks this week :)

Sharon Caudle said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!! Love the colors on your card, Chris! And soooo many amazing and fabulous details! Love it!!!!
hugs, Sharon

Sylvia said...

This is stunning Chris, I am totally in love with the beautifull DP's you have used and also with the design of your card. Also your coloring is awesome.

Nancy Jensen said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous! Sooo pretty! I love all the details!

You came by my crafting blog and mentioned that when you try to paint with liquid pearls it comes out streaky. You should add just a tiny drop of water to the liquid pearls that you pour out on your palette. Use a toothpick to stir it up really well. The consistency will be better for painting with and it will be easier to get a smooth coat. Don't put too much paint onto your brush either, that can cause streaking. Liquid Pearls dries extremely fast so only work on a small area at a time.

I hope those hints help you achieve a smoother finish on your projects when painting with liquid pearls.

I was a decorative painter for a lady who took my work all around the SouthWest and sold it in craft shows. I worked for her for about 5 years until I got burned out on painting. Before that I was painting for my home and making gifts for about 4 years so I have a fair amount of experience in decorative painting. I also taught painting in my home. I enjoy all types of arts and crafts and like to experiment with new things and learn new techniques.

I hope my hints help you while painting with liquid pearls and other mediums. Happy Crafting!

Patty Sue 2 said...

I am a new follower of your lovely your cards!

Ann Whitfield said...

How very lovely! The inside is just as gorgeous as the outside. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

aqualeiga said...

Such a beautiful card, and the inside is just stunning! I am so pleased you joined us at THE CRAFTY PAD this week for our Bingo! challenge. The best of luck in the prize draw.
Hugs, Ali x