Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Explore Tilda Gone Buggy Challenge!

Hello Dearest Readers,

Happy Tuesday to each of you! It's been so quiet here over the past week with my sweet husband gone. He'll be home in a couple of days. The two felines must miss him because I wake up with one between my legs and the other up against my back, LOL. They must think I need to snuggle, LOL. Both of these girls will be happy when my hubby gets home. Of course, they will ignore him for a couple of days - just to let him know how miffed they are that he left! LOL I'll be the one who is the happiest to have him home! LOL

Today begins a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog! The theme for this new challenge is

Super Buggy Fun!

For this challenge, we would like you to include bugs on your card. It could be in the image, the papers, the embellishments. Just make sure that the bugs are obviously there! You will have two weeks to complete this challenge.

Here is my inspiration card:

I had never used this stamp before! She scared me! LOL I decided to put on my "Big Girl Heels" and just DO IT! It turned out better than I had planned! I love when I surprise myself! Here are some specifics about my card. It is finished inside and out. I've used fun papers from Prima. I'm not sure of the name, but the top says "Yuki for Ruby Violet." I used a Martha Stewart Border Punch, Flowers from my flower bucket. I used the Magnolia Butterfly Die along with some Frantage, a Tim Holtz pen nib, and a tiny Prima Flower. The pearls are from Recollections. The ladybug stamp is a Magnolia Stamp. I have elevated it, along with the butterfly on pop dots. To the stamped image, I added some adorable little ants that are also from two Magnolia stamps. The Tilda image is called Explore Tilda. On her magnifying lens, I added a clear acrylic dome which I think is from Making Memories. I've had them for years, though. I used machine stitching and inking to add some depth and additional texture. Of course, the cardstock is Bazzill.

These are two detailed images.

Here are shots of the interiors:

I may add some additional elements to the interior panels. I'm just not sure right now. I sort of like the clean look it has. Corners maybe? A flower here and there? Time will tell!

Thank you so very much for stopping by! I love that you have come to visit. I hope you like my creation.

Have a wonderful week!



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Addicted to Stamps Polka Dot Challenge

Happy Sunday, Dearest Readers,

It's that time again! Time for a new challenge at theAddicted to Stamps Challenge Blog! I cannot believe how quickly time is flying by!

This time, your challenge is to create a card that has…

Polka Dots!

When I was teaching, I seemed to very often buy dresses/outfits that had polka dots! Next to Sailor themed clothes, the polka dots were a close second! LOL

Now, back to the challenge! LOL We would love for you to create a card that features polka dots in some way. I'm having some vision issues, so my card does not have a colored and stamped image as usual. However, I DID stamp each of the dots on the top! I had a texture stamp that I used for the pattern. Then, I used a Nestie die to cut each circle out. Lastly, I inked the edges for depth. Would you like to see my creation? Well, here it is:

For my card, I used my Nestie Grande circle and scalloped circle die sets. For the bottom half, done in the greenish yellow, I used a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder which I think is called, "Dots." I added some matching buttons. The round ones are Basic Grey and the shaped ones are from my stash. I also used Bazzil card stock in a Teal color. There is a teal ribbon band as well as a pretty teal and green bow. For some reason, the bow is lighter in the photo than it is in real life. Go figure.

Here is a shot from the side.

I hope you will leave a comment for me so I know what you think. Also, I hope you will join the Polka Dot Challenge! It should be fun. I love polka dots! They just seem so cheery!

Thank you for visiting! I so love that you've taken time out of your busy life to stop by!



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lollipop Tilda is Feelin' Summery!

Happy Tuesday to you, Dearest Readers,

I hope this post finds you enjoying your late Spring! The official start of Summer is just around the corner! Today begins a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. The theme this time is

Summer Fun!

This is the chance to use some of those adorable Tilda stamps showing her doing something children all over have fun doing in the Summer! I chose to use Lollipop Tilda from the Sweet Crazy Love Collection.

You can find this precious Tilda HERE. This is such a darling little stamp! I love how she is parked on her bike with her lolly!

Here are the details on products used:

Tilda with Lollipop
Magnolia Doohickey Die - My Love Heart
Spellbinders Rectangles Die
Flowers from stash
Lace, Silver Pearls, Bicycle Charm, and Ribbon - from stash
Paper - Little Yellow Bicycle

I hope you will join our challenge. We love seeing the gorgeous creations that each of you contribute! I am always so amazed! You think of such clever ideas!

Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave for me! I love reading each and every one. Also, Diana does select one commentor from those written on the blogs and gives that lucky gal a special surprise compliments of Magnolia-licous!

Until next time, please stay safe and keep crafting!



Monday, June 2, 2014

It's Time for the Magnolia-licious 2014 Summertime Blog Hop!

Happy Blog Hop Day, Dearest Readers,

Well, the heat is on here in the desert! Ugh! We're been teasing 100° (37° C.) for days. It is too early for such heat! Add to that, we have wind each and every day! It's like a blow dryer outside! I dread going anywhere outside even though our cars are air conditioned. I really dislike this time of the year! I'll whine for the next three months, so please forgive me now! LOL

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

You should have reached my site through Norma'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 a Summertime Fun Bucket! It's a modification of a Bucket List, but since these aren't things we wanted to do before we die, my husband and I chose to make it a "Bucket of Fun," so-to-speak, with things to do this summer!

As we complete each activity, we'll just put the clothes pin into the bucket. See photo below. Here is my **ahem** gallery of photos! I hope I don't lose you along the way, LOL!

I wanted the bucket to be bright and cheery. My DH painted the bucket for me. Then, I went to town with the goodies!

Of course, I wanted to have a journal for the activities we've planned. It'll be fun to look back on in a few years when we can't remember anything anymore! LOL

I chose images from my Magnolia Collection that matched some of the activities on the clothes pins. In this case, it is take a walk in the rain (it will sometime this summer, LOL, I hope!) and fly a kite.

The little characters just make the bucket look so festive and cheery! I wanted to make sure Edwin wasn't left out! LOL

This is the interior of the bucket showing what to do with the pins.

Because I wanted to make my clothes pins look more polished, I chose to decorate the backs as well. I think it just looks nicer.

Here are details of the clothes pin activities we have planned:

I hope I got all the photos included! My folder for this project is filled with so many images! LOL I thought you might want to read what we have planned. Not everything requires going somewhere. I liked including things that would be fun for us to do together.

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

Patti Jo'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!

Well, thank you for hopping by! I would so love a comment if you have the time. Have fun visitng the blogs!