Monday 31 December 2012

Happy New Year

Hi everyone, I'm just popping on to wish you all a very Happy New Year! 

Edwin is all set to celebrate with a bottle of bubbly at the ready to herald in the new year, have fun and I wish you all the best for 2013.

Tuesday 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas - Magnolia Advent Calendar Shutter 25

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and I wish you a peaceful and happy time with family and friends.

It's my turn to open the shutter for day 25 of the Magnolia Advent Calendar and I've created my version of the Nativity by creating a chipboard panel covered with watercolour paper for my scene which is coloured with distress ink and watercolour markers with my doodled scene around and in the background.

To be in with the chance of winning a big Christmas gift from Magnolia all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I will pick a winner in the next few days.

I'll leave you with one of my favourite Christmas songs and hope you have a perfect day :).

Saturday 22 December 2012

Off to find a tree

Hi everyone, another Magnolia card to share today featuring 'Tilda in the forest' from the Christmas Story collection and I imagine her going off to find her Christmas tree :). Tilda is coloured with distress and watercolour markers and then cut out.

I've used a Memory Box three die cut in two ways for this card, the die cut pieces on the background glued down over some bazzil card and embellished with white acrylic paint and stickles and then on the tag I've used the waste as a stencil where I've sponged through Dusty Concorde distress ink over the top of the Silent Night stamped background stamping..

I've added Magnolia DooHickey snowflake, flowers, sparkly gems, a wooden snowflake and lots of silver pearl pen dots and white pen dots for snow. I attached the tag to the card with some dimension tape over the background and some seam binding ribbon and then added the chit chat sticker to finish off.

I'm entering my card into the Marvellous Magnolia challenge where theme this week is to use 2 or more Magnolia stamps and I've used Tilda and the Silent Night background.

Thanks as always for your lovely comments and over the Christmas break when I have time off work I hope to get to do some blog hopping and catch up with everyone. 

Thursday 20 December 2012

Christmas Saffron Buns

Hi everyone, hope your week is going well and Christmas preprations almost done :D! Another of my Christmas cards to share today and this time with the very sweet Tilda with saffron buns, love her hat with the heart at the top!  I think saffron buns are very traditional in Sweden and we were welcomed with coffee and sugar topped buns soon after we arrived at the Magnolia shop back in October, not sure if those are the same but they are delicious and reminded me a bit of our Chelsea buns.

Another easel card design with white bazzil card for the base and beautiful Magnolia paper for the top layer

Pretty ribbon, flowers, a die cut Christmas tree, the 'A Merry Christmas' sentiment, Magnolia Doohickey die cut snowflake and pearl flowers to decorate.

I'm entering my card into the Midweek Magnolias challenge of 'home for Christmas' and Tilda's Town challenge of 'freezin' season'.

Monday 17 December 2012

Decorating the tree

Hi everyone and I hope you've had a good weekend. A card to share today with two gorgeous Tilda's, 'Jingle Jangle Tilda' and 'Tilda with two little gifts' from The Christmas Story Collection 2012. I also stamped the Christmas tree from the 2008 Christmas in two colours of permanent ink, brown for the base and olive for the branches. Everything is coloured with distress ink and watercolour markers and I've added the gorgeous Merry Christmas sentiment. I used the DooHickey poinsettia die for the flowers and the mistletoe for the leaves then faux stitched and stamped around the edges of the panel and mounted onto red and green card. To decorate the tree I added lots of little gems in various sizes and some stickles.

I'm entering my card into the challenge at Magnolia down under which is 'Christmas' and the challenge at It's a Magnolia Challenge which is create a Christmas card.

Back soon :)

Monday 3 December 2012

Merry Christmas - Shades of Pink

Hi everyone, I hope you had a good weekend. A Christmas card today that I can share as it's already been received by my friend (I know, I'm never usually this organised :D). I've coloured Christmas Tilda with cat using distress and watercolour markers, faux stitched the edges, added stickles to the edge of the paper then mounted onto pink Bazzil card. I'm not sure of the name of this card design or where it orignated but thank you  to whoever it belongs to, it's a great design. 

 I've used pink glitter card and Pion paper to decorate the card base, used the same paper to make the Magnolia DooHickey pointsettias and also cut the DooHickey mistletoe die from the pink card. Everything is edged with vintage photo distress ink to finish off.

I've used shades of pink for my card so I can enter into the monochrome challenge at Marvellous Magnolias
at Magnolia-liscious challenge there's a pink Christmas challenge with this photo for inspiration

This week at Tilda's Town the challenge is 'celebrate Christmas' so I'm entering that one too.
Enjoy your day.

Monday 26 November 2012

Lucia 2012

Hi everyone, hope you had a lovely weekend. A card to share today with the gorgeous new special Lucia stamp, she's really sweet and just how I imagine Lucia would be. I've painted her with distress ink markers amd watercolour markers and painted in my own Christmas tree background.  

I used up a scrap of patterned paper for the background layer and DooHickey die cut flourish so I can't remeber the brand and I decorated with lots of stardust stickles, Magnolia gold berries, paper roses, lace, a wooden snowflake, pearl pen pearls, faux stitching and the peg letter stamps stamped sentiment 'rejoice'.

I'm entering my card into the challenge at Tilda's Town which is 'Anything Goes', Marvelous Magnolia's has a theme of 'Non-traditional colours - Christmas theme' and I'm hoping my mainly navy and cream colours will fit that. The challenge at Cute Card Thursday is 'girls only' so I'm entering that too.

Monday 19 November 2012

Christmas puppy

Hi everyone, hope you're having a nice evening. A Magnolia card to share today with the gorgeous Tilda with puppy and she's very sweet and a Tilda that can be used all year round which is lovely.

I've coloured with distress ink and watercolour markers and crayons and edged the image panel with gathered twigs distress ink which is my new favourite brown! I made an easel card and used a Tim Holtz baroque die for one of the layers under the image panel. The base card and mats are kraft card that I've stamped with a Magnolia Christmas song background stamp and sponged with DI. The patterned paper is Magnolia and all the edges have been distressed before adding it to the card. I've made a panel using the merry christmas sentiment as the easel stopper and this has been punched with an inverted corner punch to give a book place effect.
To decorate I've added lots of Magnolia DooHickey die cuts, star dust stickles glitter glue, paper flowers, faux stitching, doodling, pearl pen dots, seam binding ribbon and glitted die cut stars.

I'm entering my card into the Magnolia-licious challenge which is to 'add stickles or glitter', Cute Card Thursday's challenge of Starry, Starry night, Midweek Magnolia's challenge of 'oh Christmas tree', Marvellous Magnolia's challenge of 'traditional Christmas colours' and Tilda's Town's challenge of 'anything goes'.

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Christmas tree ornaments

Hi everyone, hope your week is going well so far. At Magnolia Down Under Challenges this week there's a lovely challenge to make a Christmas ornament and as I've had this idea and the styrofoam ornaments for a while I decided to make a set with a little gift basket to put them in. I originally saw this idea on Pinterest done with news or book paper and thought it was a lovely.

I've used white tissue paper to cover the styrofoam which I stamped with the Magnolia Christmas song background and a Magnolia snowflake stamp in black ink. The paper was torn up and glued onto the forms with gel medium and while still wet I added lots chunky glass glitter and some white crackle paint on the round bauble. Embellishing has been done with Magnolia DooHickey pointsettia, fir branches, swirl and snowflake die cuts, Magnolia silvery berries and with some little painted wood embellishments and rusty bells. I used button twine held into the tops of the ornaments with various stick pins.

The box is a very straight forward design made from Magnolia Christmas paper and punched white bazzil card for the insert and the handle. I added lots of red paper tissue shred for the ornaments to rest in.

Back soon,

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Boo time with.............

 Happy Halloween everyone, hope you're having a frightful time :D!

My one and only halloween project is a little zig zag fold book created using the Tim Holtz ATC and corners die for the book covers which I cut from chipboard and then again from lilac bazzil card. In side are the Spellettes (possibly haunting in a venue near you very soon), four of the witch Tilda's from various autumn/halloween collections. I cut watercolour paper slightly smaller than the ATC x four pages and then mountain and valley folded it. Everything is watercoloured and I've doodled some spider webs in the backgrounds and used some peg stamps for the words. There's lots of stickles on the webs and here and there on the Tilda's too.
 Close up and some of the sparkle is showing up.
 The front cover is decorated with DooHickey die cuts from the tea labels set and also the tree which have been watercoloured and the tree has some added doodling. The book holds together with a ribbon stuck down under the bazzil card on the front and then wound round the back to knot at the side.

I'm entering my book into the challenge at Magnolia-licious challenge blog where the theme this week is Halloween!

Monday 29 October 2012

Magnolia Open Weekend - Boras, Sweden and a Tag

Hi everyone and it's good to be back after a couple of weeks of  being out of action due to one thing or another, hope you're all keeping well.

First I'd like to share a tag I've made using the beautiful special stamp that is available only at doe@ding in the Netherlands at the moment. This sweet little Tilda stamp was a gift from my lovely DT friend Monique via doe@ding and I'd like to thank them both. A gorgeous Tilda to colour and I love the flower! 

The Magnolia Open Weekend in Boras, Sweden was a truly memorable one for me, I'll never forget the experience and I'd like to thank everyone at Magnolia for inviting me, for all they did to welcome and look after us and for making a dream come true. To my gorgeous DT friends DebbieAlbiMoniqueLillemor and Camilla and to the lovley Angela and Albi's Mum Christina, thank you for making the weekend such a great one, it was wonderful to meet you all and thank you for your company, the laughs and friendship. Thank you Camilla and Lillemor for a great welcome to Sweden, I loved it! I also got the chance to briefly meet my team mate Hanna who came along on Saturday, she's just as sweet in real life. 

Thank you's done, I can say that the workshops went well and it was a pleasure to work with the ladies and children who came along. It was so good to meet blog friends Louise and Marika, what a treat and such lovely ladies! Lots of kisses (3) to you all :). 
The line up before we started on Saturday morning and a little funny moment which was all about my invisibility behind the tree of course :D!

More photo's below but unfortunately I didn't get as many as I would have liked. My DT friends projects were incredibly beautiful and their work even more inspirational in real life. The Magnolia home shop is a dreamy place for all things shabby chic, the Christmas tree ornaments are just the kind that I like so I brought a few things home!
It was brilliant to walk around the shop and see some of the creations of my team mates in real life, they're all so very talented.

It only remains to say that I hope to go back to Sweden one day!

Back soon with my one and only halloween Magnolia project, I don't have much reason to make halloween cards but I love the halloween stamps so I have to make something! Catch up with you all soon.

Thursday 4 October 2012

Magnolia Open Weekend, Boras, Sweden - My Sunday workshop card

Evening everyone! Here's the card for my Sunday workshop at Magnolia with the gorgeous Cozy bear this time. Again a nice easy card design so that we can concentrate on the snowy fir tree painted scene in the background.

Thank you for all the lovely messages yesterday and today and I'll be reporting back on the trip next week, hopefully with lots of photographs. It's been busy and I haven't been able to do any blog hopping but I hope to catch up with you all very soon. Have a great weekend and I can't wait to meet all my lovely friends and everyone at Magnolia in Sweden tomorrow :)

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Magnolia Open Day - Workshop 1

Hi again everyone and I just wanted to pop on to share the first of my make and take cards for the Magnolia Open weekend. This is the card for Saturday's workshop and as you can see a really simple design so that there's plenty of time to concentrate on creating the background scene. I've used the sweet 'Little Tilda' from the Little Christmas collection and she works well for any occasion I think.  Two more sleeps :D.

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments as always, sorry I haven't been getting back to visit everyone, it's been busy lately. Enjoy the rest of your evening and back tomorrow with my second make and take card.


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