Wednesday 29 December 2010

Lucia Tilda

Hi everyone! A card today using the sweet Lucia Tilda which I didn't have the chance to use before Christmas so here she is watercoloured with distress inks, cut out with nestabilities ovals and paired up with some Webster's Pages paper, Magnolia Doo Hickey lace, Sizzix and Marianne Creatables die cuts. 

Saturday 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone who celebrates a very Merry Christmas.

Friday 17 December 2010

Magnolia Advent Calendar Blog Hop Winner - Day 16

Hi everyone, just popping on to let you the winner of the Magnolia prize from my hosting day yesterday.

and the winner is: Sol

Congratulations Sol and if you'd like to contact me on the email address in my sidebar (right click your mouse on the word email, copy and then paste it into your email message) with your full name and address I'll forward it to Magnolia. I will also try to contact you through your blog or email.

Thursday 16 December 2010

Magnolia Advent Calendar Blog Hop

Hi everyone and I'm very happy to be hosting window sixteen of the Magnolia Advent Calendar blog hop today. I hope you've been enjoying it so far and all the beautiful creations of my design team friends. Magnolia are very generously giving away a prize every day in December and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning  is leave a comment on this post and I'll randomly pick a winner in 24 hours. Once the winner has provided their details I'll send them to Magnolia so that they can send out the prize. 

I decided to make an advent calendar for the blog hop as it's tradition to have one in our house every year. My usual calendar is shown in the photo's below and was made when my boys were small. I cross stitched it, sewed all the aida fabric together and mounted it on board and it usually hangs on a wall. 

The new calendar was a KaiserKraft chipboard flat pack that I put together, painted with gesso and then covered all the little boxes with Magnolia papers and there's a small amount of SEI paper too. The numbers were painted with Ranger Picket Fence crackle paint and then attached to the boxes. For my centre panel I used a piece of 8 x 8 inch chipboard (it's a big calendar) also painted with gesso and then I sponged on my background scene. I did the mountains and sky by cutting a curvy shape into a sheet of printer paper and using both sides as masks for the sponging.  The trees were also sponged on using distress inks and then I added lots of glitter, cosmic shimmer glitter jewels and white rub 'n' buff.

Tilda in Christmas coat is painted with distress inks and cut out and the skaters were stamped onto shrink plastic, painted with distress inks and then shrunk down so that I could have them in the distance. I stamped Magnolia Christmas text stamps on a Magnolia Doo Hickey tag that I cut from white Bazzil card then added some rusty tin holly leaves, twine, little bells, a Marianne swirl die cut and some ribbon that I died with mica powder and distress ink and then wrinkled. To decorate the little ledge in front of the panel I glued on some sparkly twigs, mini tinsel and snowballs to finish off the scene.

Camilla added a lovely poem on her hosting day for the blog hop and I'd like to leave you with my favourite winter poem by Robert Frost which came to mind when I was making the panel. 

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening : Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Thank you for reading to the end, it was a long post :), enjoy the rest of the blog hop and leave your comment  for the chance of a lovely prize from Magnolia.

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Magnolia Inspiration Blog - Advent Blog Hop Competition

Hi everyone, I just popped on the let you now about the new Magnolia Inspiration Blog (it's very pretty there :D ) and the
Magnolia Advent Blog hop competition
which runs throughout December with a prize to be won every day! I hope you'll join me and the rest of my design team friends as we host a day each throughout December. All the information is on the Magnolia Inspiration Blog

Monday 29 November 2010

Tilda with fir tree

Hi everyone! Another Tilda card today and this is Tilda with fir tree from the Merry Little Christmas collection. She's coloured with distress inks, cut out and layered over some lovely Webster's Pages paper which I've stamped on with the Magnolia trees and the holly swirl stamp. I've die cut some trees from more Webster's paper and added them over the background and then added lots of little glitter card snowflakes, stickles and pearl pen. 

I'm entering this card into Cute Card Thursday 'Blast from the past' challenge and I've chosen challenge 86 glitter me silly, I just wish all the sparkle would show up more on the card photo :)

Have a nice evening.

Saturday 27 November 2010

BasicGrey Challenges 34 - A recipe

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good start to the weekend and not freezing too much! Another fortnight has rolled by (where do they go?) and it's time for another challenge on BasicGrey Challenges.

From the blog:

For this fortnights Challenge we would like you to use the following Recipe :)
4 Different Types of Embellishments(You can have as many of each type as you wish, as long as there are 4 different kinds, for example Ribbon, Pearls, Flowers, Charms etc etc)
3 Different Patterned Papers
(You can have as many plain matting papers as you wish, just as long as there are 3 patterned papers)
1-2 Images and/or 1-2 Sentiments(You can choose to have up to 2 in either of these, or even both if you wish)
Don't forget though, to be eligible to win the fab prize for this challenge you MUST use at least one item from BasicGrey somewhere on your creation, it would also be helpful if you could state on your post what that item is, makes it easier for us you see :) 

My DT friends have made some gorgeous cards for inspiration and as always there's a lovely prize from our sponsor Simon Says Stamp, I hope you can join us.

For my card I've used the gorgeous Snowy hug from the Magnolia 'Merry Little Christmas' collection which I've water coloured with distress inks and cut out using a nestabilities labels die. I've used the die as a template to make the mats under the image in pink glitter card and paper from BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses collection, I also used these for the rest of  the card to make up my three papers for the recipe. The snowflakes are a combination of Martha Stewart and Woodware  punches and I've used glitter, gems and ribbon as well to make up my four types of embellishments. 

Have a lovely Saturday.

Saturday 20 November 2010

Hi everyone, hope your weekend is off to a good start! A Magnolia card today with the sweet sledging Edwin from the Christmas collection last year and one that I didn't get the chance to use at the time. I've coloured Edwin with distress inks and cut him out and then layered him over a background cut on the Cricut from white card. The Snow sentiment was also cut on the Cricut and then layered up in white and blue card. I added lots of stardust stickles to finish off.

Magnolia have some news which is about the re-design of the Inspiration Blog happening on 1st December so I'm looking forward to seeing it. Magnolia Ink is also going to have a new design from next year.

Sunday 31 October 2010


Hi everyone and wishing a very spooky All Hallows Eve :)! Here's Tilda flying off to play her part in Wicked and she's got her green make-up on too :). I painted her with distress inks, cut her out and then placed on top of a distress ink background wash where I've added some building shapes to the bottom. The papers are all by Magnolia and I've die cut the word Wicked with the Tim Holtz Market die and covered it with stickles. The moon is cut with Nestabilities circles and then embossed with a stars embossing folder and I've made a drippy spiders web with stickles too. The papers are distressed with paint and I've used an MS border punch. I followed Heather's sketch for BG challenges this week which I loved and I hope to have my card on for that in the next few days.

I'm entering this card into Magnolia Down Under challenge where the theme is Halloween inspired.
Have a spooky evening!

Wednesday 20 October 2010

A winter scene

Hi everyone! Well to go with this chilly weather we're having here at the moment I've got a Christmas card to show today, one which didn't make it into the current issue of Magnolia Ink but others did so I was very happy :D. Tilda is coloured with distress inks, cut out and is sitting on a Melissa Frances carved scroll. The paper is by Websters Pages and I added a square doily, Magnolia clear chandliers for the tree behind her and  another Melissa Frances frame and scroll, snowflakes, lace and flower with pearl brad and lots of stickles. Enjoy your day.

Monday 4 October 2010

Magnolia autumn swirl

Hi everyone, hope you had a good weekend. A Magnolia card today with an Autumn feel as we're certainly having the weather for it here and using one of the older Magnolia images water coloured with distress inks. The card is a tent shape with an aperture cut using a nestability labels die, the cut Tilda has been attached to a piece of acetate and hung from the inside top of the aperture so she can flutter in the breeze :). I also water coloured the Magnolia large toadstool and leaves images for the border at the bottom. I love the paper which came from the Magnolia shop but unfortunately there was not brand name on it. The punched borders top and bottom are done with a Martha Stewart punch and I've glittered around the leaf, Tilda's wings and the toadstool spots with Star Dust Stickles. Have a good Monday and as always thanks for your comments, I always appreciate them.

Monday 16 August 2010

Tilda in Japan

Hi everyone, hope your weekend was good. A Tilda card today and her round the world tour has brought her to beautiful Japan :D! She looks very elegant with her up do hair and I've coloured her with distress inks then cut her out. Added some pearl pen in lilac and gold to her kimono. The Screen card base is die cut on the Cricut and I've lined the trellis area with BasicGrey Sugar Rush paper. The punched dragonflies are cut from that too. Added some Wild Orchid cherry blossoms, punched leaves, some faux stitching and more pearl and glitter pen and some little oriental charms to finish off.

Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments as always.

Monday 9 August 2010

Pirate Tilda take two

Hi everyone and another cute pirate Tilda from me today, I'm trying to use these stamps that I've had a for a while but not had time for so far. Tilda is a bit swarthy :D as I stamped her and the barrel background on kraft card and coloured with prisma pencils. I;ve added some shell beads, pearl pens, glitter liner and a doodlebug rub on to decorate. The edges of the scene are sponged with white ink and around of the base of the card in blue chalk ink.

I'm entering into Magnolia Down Under where the theme is an easel card
ABC Challenge with a theme of August
Cute Card Thursday and a theme of Whateva.
The Pink Elephant has a theme of Summer Fun.
All of these challenges have superb inspiration from the designers, I almost forgot I was meant to be entering :D.

Thanks as always for your lovely comments and have a good week.

Wednesday 4 August 2010

Pirate Tilda

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good week so far. A card today using a sweet Pirate Tilda water coloured with distress inks and cut out with a nestabilities labels die other die cut layers are bazzill card and Magnolia scull and crossbones paper. I've added white silk ribbon, glitter glue, pearl pens and large gem stone to decorate. I'm entering my card into the Magnolia Down Under challenge, my first time entering this challenge although I don't know why :D. There's some amazing inspiration from the design team there and the theme is birthdays.

Thanks as always for your lovely comments, they're very much appreciated.

Monday 26 July 2010

Skipping Tilda

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good weekend. A card today using one of the older Tilda's but I  think she's very sweet with her skipping rope. The image is coloured with distress inks and cut out with a Nestabilities labels die and layered onto a doily and then K&Co paper. I've also used the gorgeous Magnolia Doo Hickey lace die, flora doodle flowers, Viva pearl pen and stickles. The sentiment is from Magnolia and cut out with a Nestabilities tag die. The paper edges are distressed and torn then sponged with peeled paint distress ink and I've finished off the card with a pretty ribbon.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Just Magnolia Challenge which this week is 'Vintage'
Everybody Art Challenge 'blue and white' (well it's mainly blue and white :D)
Raise the bar 'Ripped, torn, distressed, broken'
Sir Stampalot Challenge 'Lazy days of summer'

See you tomorrow with my TSG Blog hop card and thanks as always for your comments which I always love to read.

Tuesday 20 July 2010

Magnolia Wedding collection DT card

Hi everyone, I hope you've had a good start to the week. I have a card using the gorgeous Wedding Collection stamps today and I've been dying to have Tilda and Edwin sitting on top of the cake :D. The water colouring is with distress inks and I've added stickles, pearl pens and gold glamour dust to make everything sparkle. The cake was cut out and attached to the bottom of the front of the heart card so that it stands up and Tilda and Edwin were shaped a bit and glued in place with gel glue. The edges of the heart shaped card and the swiss dots embossed heart are sponged with a gold ink pad.

I'm entering my card into the ABC Challenge where this time the theme is 'You and Me' although I'm not sure if I properly meet the requirements now that I've looked more closely, I've used three stamps? :D

Thanks as always for your lovely comments, I always appreciate them.

Saturday 10 July 2010

BasicGrey Challenges 24 - Gingham

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good week and the heatwave (if you're in the UK) isn't sapping you too much :)! We have a new challenge on Basic Grey Challenges today and our theme is Gingham. The girls have made some fantasic cards so I hope you can pop over to see them and join us in the challenge. Heidi at Simon Says Stamp is offering $25 voucher to the store so even more reason to join in :D!!

I've used a sweet Tilda from the latest Magnolia collection and she's water coloured with distress inks, cut out and stickled. Not much else to say really, I wanted the pretty scene on the Websters Pages paper to show so I kept the card very simple just adding some ribbon and pearls and a layer of gingham and another of WP paper. Enjoy your Saturday and thanks as always for the lovely comments, they're always appreciated.

Monday 21 June 2010

Sailor Tilda


Sorry, I've had to remove the photographs as apparently this card does appear in the Swedish version of Magnolia Ink which I was unaware of when I published the post

Hi everyone, hope you had a good weekend. Another of my Magnolia cards to show today which didn't make it to Magnolia Ink but it's a summer card so it's nice to post it on the blog now. The sweet sailor Tilda and pier background were masked together and water coloured with distress inks then layered on red, blue and swiss dot embossed white velvet card. Finished off with the ribbon tied between the layers, a few dots with white gel pen, some stickles and a threaded button. See you on Wednesday with my TSG blog hop card and thanks as always for your lovely comments, I appreciate them very much. 

Sunday 13 June 2010

Cherry Tilda

Hi everyone, hope your weekend is going well. A magnolia card today which was one that didn't go into the Midsummer Magnolia Ink magazine so thought I'd post it today. I've used the lovely Cherry Tilda from the 2008 travel and school collection and the Fence and Summer Background from the 2008 summer and sea collection. I've water coloured with distress inks and Tilda is cut out and and attached to the card with gel glue. The scalloped background is an SVG file cut on the cricut and to finish off I added some stickles, butterflies punched from watercolour paper and then water coloured and some linen thread bows. 

Thanks as always for your lovely comments and enjoy your Sunday.

Thursday 10 June 2010

Magnolia Bride and Bridesmaid

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good week so far! A Magnolia Wedding Collection card today with the beautiful Bride and Bridesmaid stamp which I've water coloured with distress inks and cut out with a Nestabilities mega labels die. The background paper is by Magnolia and is punched with a Martha Stewart crown punch around the page punch then I've inked the edges of this, the die cut image and the card base with old paper distress ink. To decorate I added a ribbon that I inked with the distress ink, ruched up and attached with thin glue tape, some viva pearl and jewel pens, stickles, gold outline paste for the gold pearls and a pink pearl to the ribbon. 

I'm entering my card into the following chellenges:

Sir Stampalot - 'Punch it'
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - 'I do, I do, I do'

Thank you for your lovely comments, I always read and appreciate them.


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