Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winter Night Tilda with Long Hair Magnolia-licious Challenge Card

Hello Dearest Readers,

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and filled with much love and full tummies! I have so much to be grateful for! Every day that I am given to be on this Earth is a gift! This is what greeted me just after I headed into the kitchen -

I had gone into the kitchen and happened to look at the window in the family room. The blinds on the big windows had not yet been opened, but I saw the balloon decending through the smaller windows above the larger ones. I took the photo from my front door! The pilot managed to plant that balloon across the street from our home! As you can see by looking at the background, we are up on a hillside overlooking the valley. It is not uncommon for hot air balloons to soar very low over the rooftops of our homes. They've even managed to drop them on the street - missing the light poles! It was such a thrill to see this one come down within talking distance! I've been up in one only once and LOVED IT! It was so quiet and peaceful. All we could really hear were the barks of dogs who were upset with the burning sound. What a way to start a day!

Today, we are beginning a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog . This particular challenge is to make a pink Christmas card! Eulanda is the gal with the great idea! I loved how the cards created by the DT turned out! Here are the images of my first pink Christmas card:

What do you think? Isn't that paper precious? It's by Lilly Bimble and I found it on Etsy! Those Nutcrackers are just too cute! I blew them up and cut out two to add to the interiors. I've glittered them using gold, pink, black Stickles. I also added Stickles to the trees, fence, mat, and front of the card. It has a great festive sparkle.

Now, if you are wondering where you might find the Magnolia products I've used, your "Go To Place" is Magnolia-licious. You should know by now that Diana has the best prices on her products! There are always fabulous sales, too! Just click the links below to see the Magnolia products I've used and those great Magnolia-licious prices!

Tilda with Long Hair
African Sun
Winter Night Background - is currently out of stock. Check with Diana. It's from the Winter, 2008 Collection, so it's an oldie but a goodie!
Lovely Fence Die
The other items are from my stash.

I hope you will join in this wonderfully delightful challenge. You are playing for

Diana is so very generous, so the prize for one lucky gal will be wonderful! Check the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog for further details! I hope you will join in the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you'll become a follower and visit again soon!

Love to you,

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

Deep Ocean Challenge #39 - pastels

Digital Tuesday Challenge #188 - Girly w/ digital element

http://karensdoodlesnetherlandschallenge.blogspot.com/ #143 - nontraditional colors

Oldie But A Goodie - using something at least six months old - the snowy background scene stamp

Pretty Little Ribbon #16 - Using punches, dies, ribbons, charms


cabio's craft corner said...

Darling background winter scenery Chris and love the colorful Tilda. those candies are so very cute!!! Beautiful card :o)

Only By His Grace said...

Oh my goodness Chris, this is adorable. I love pink on cards so will do one too for this challenge.
Hugs maz

Sheri said...

I nearly squealed when I saw your pink nutcracker!! Ever single detail is AMAZING Chris!! Seriously...AMAZING!

Cathy Lee said...

This is so lovely, Chris. Your maggies are adorable and fabulous on the inside as well. The nutcracker paper is fabulous.
Love the hot air balloon pic. I used to be on a Balloon crew and we always went to the World's Largest Balloon Festival in Albuquerque. I almost became a pilot but it is a really expensive hobby. I rather put that money into my craftroom...LOL
Cathy Lee

Suzan L said...

Hi Chris, your card is so darling! I love the Digi Design Papers that you used! Ever since I've seen them at MyGrafico, I've been wanting to get them. I just love the nutcrackers! You have colored Tilda Tilda so beautifully! I love it!

Janiel/ janny said...

very bright and fun!!! Loving the colors you have used....

The hot air balloon would have been fun to wake up to.... We have them around here a lot also and yes they scare the dogs!! LOL......


Rene said...

WHERE did you get that Santa and reindeer image against the moon???? If you don't answer me, I'll take a hot air balloon to your house! Lol! Seriously though, I must have it...it's brilliant! Love your card...although, I confess, it's giving me a toothache! Makes me think of candy and it's soooo cold here today that anything sweet makes my teeth ache! Oh the fun things age brings! Lol!!!
Rene :D

Jane said...

WOW! what an incredible sight and an incredible photo Chris!! I love the rare occasion I see a hot air balloon - there's just something about them that is so wonderful!

Your card is stunning! I love the scene you've created and the soldiers inside look amazing. hugs, Jane xxx

Kelly said...

Oh how cool is that, seeing a big bright balloon today and also the view you have of the distant mountains! You are living in a gorgeous spot! Your card is so perfect for the challenge, look at that black in the papers, great find. I love the scene you created also, and the nutcrackers, so awesome.

Linda Palmer said...

Chris, your cards are always amazing. I love this adorable card, great background and darling papers. Thanks for sharing with us.

H said...

Your card is stunning!!! I love the pink scene .
Love the hot air balloon,never been in one , but hope one day
Hugs Harma

Eulanda said...

OH MY OH MY OH MY!! I DO love that paper and those nutcrackers are perfect! You made those candies look yummy enough to eat. LOL! And what a scene! OH MY!! Hugs!

Sharon Caudle said...

Hi sweet pea!! First what a delightful way to start your morning having a hot air balloon touch down oustide! And what a gorgeous view! Both out your window and of your card!! I'm loving all the pink and your coloring is beautiful!! Fabulous find with the papers and those nutcrackers are fabulous! :) Amazing both inside and out!
hugs, Sharon

Candy said...

My goodness what a great card!
The nutcracker paper is delightful. The tree paper on the inside is so pretty.
Love that you used a summer stamp and turned it into a winter one. Your scene is lovely. Tilda is beautifully coloured.. Love those trees, they must be out of stock at the moment though.
Love, Candy

Peggy said...

It's a beautiful card you made.
Thank you for joining us at EKEF.
Peggy * Mollemieke *

Suzi Mac said...

Oh my word!!! Chris, How gorgeous is this Christmas creation, your colouring and design are fabulous.
Suzi x

cathylynn said...

All goodies here! What a lovely view out of your window with and without the hot air balloon. But the ballon adds the icing to the cake! Now your card is pretty fantastic too! Thanks for sharing the wonderful pic.
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Christina C. said...

OMG....this card is absolutely luscious, Chris!!! The inside is just as gorgeous as the outside. Love, love the beautiful pink papers! I've been trying unsuccessfully to find pink Christmas papers....I guess I will have to look on ebay!

Danielle Champagne said...

Your card is very pretty Chris, love pink for Christmas. and what a view! you had from your window! Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Tildas looking very pretty in pink, love the fluff on her boots, beautifully done inside and out
Hugs Julie P

Marijke said...

Beautiful card, very bright and fun. Thank you for joining us at EKEF.
HUgs, Marijke

Tinie said...

Love your card!! Beautiful colors!
Thanks for joining us at Elke Kaart een Feestje!
groetjes Tinie

Renata van Miltenburg said...

Sweet! Love the sweets :) and the pretty colors.

Thanks for joining in
elke Kaart een Feestje!

Warmest greetings, Renata

Sherry said...

Hey Chris,

Your card is stunning and you have a gorgeous view!!


Jolanda Cuper said...

Very nice this sweet pink card!
Thanks for joining us at EKEF!
Greetz Jolanda.