Saturday, January 24, 2015

Just a little fun....

Hello, bloggin' friends.  
Well I came up with a new fun card this weekend.  Not actually totally new, but I found a web site where the woman makes this technique just so VERY easy.  Deb Valder is her name and she had an awesome website.

Anyhoo, this is a short post as I'm trying to finalize a few more projects.

Here is my Flip Card.....
I have used #413 Mini Edwin's Oldsmobile and over stamped with#415 Lazy Day Summer Flowers.  The paper is from SU, this series I particularily LOVE. Ive used Labels 18 from Spellbinders as the shape for my "flip" part.

Here is what the card looks like fully opened to this side.
Here is the reverse side of the card with a LOTV sentiment.  Since this is a retirement card for a guy I didn't ad any embellies, honestly, a flower or two would have been just fine but men are so funny about the frilly stuff *sigh*

Here is the back of the card fully opened.  Now I just need to find a guy who is retiring.
Hope you've enjoyed your visit today...I have fun sharing my creations with you....

Buona notte

Monday, January 19, 2015

Shadow Boxing...

Good morning sweet ones!  Hope you had a wonderful crafty weekend as I did.

I have a really fun card to share with you today.  I got the instructions for this card from my friend and I though it was so cute I just had to give it a try. 

It's called a Shadow Box card and I liked that the shadow box was just the right size to fit on an A2 card and display a Mini Maggie as well.  The paper is new from SU.

I've used an embossing folder for the front of the card, used a Dookickey Oh La La Die Club die for the sentiment and just some ribbon from my stash.

Here is a close up of #3021  "Love, Love, Love Tilda" from the Special Moments Collection.

This part turned out really cool.  I cut 4 X 1 1/2 pieces of the same design paper (SU) and cut them in half diagonally.  They I laid them out on the top of this inside portion of the card and flipped every other one to get a pattern.  Ya fiddle with this part a little so that they fit perfectly together and then trim off the unnecessary parts.  I then punched out a pocket with the pocket die from Dookickey Club Collection #1 and glued it below the edges of the rainbow shape.  I've had the little Coupon Tag for years and this is the first time I've used it.  The sentiment on the bottom was part of the Coupon Set.  All buttons, pearls, ribbon etc are from my stash.

This is my salutation page of the card.  I stamped the same little tilda  Memento London Fog ink and added the sentiment from at SU set of sentiments.

Here's a look with the coupon removed

How the coupon fits into the pocket.

Thank you all for stopping by my blog today, your visits make such a difference to me.

 Blessisngs and hugs, Ciao Barb

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Magnolia-licious™ Tuesday Challenge - Love is in the Air

Hello dear friends and welcome back to my blog.  This is my first Tuesday Challenge post for 2015 and I'm excited to be joining Team A for the Tuesday Challenges.

At Magnolia-licious™ Challenge Blog we are kicking off the new year with the theme "Love is in the Air".  I know when you visit the other DT members, you'll come away with lots of inspiration AND we want to see what you can come up with.  You have the whole month of January to create something sumptuous and post it to the Challenge Blog.  I can't wait to see what you've come up with. (see the end of my post)

Here is what I have done...(you will have seen my other card in last weeks post, but I did this card first and especially for the challenge.)

I made a Side Stair Step card using #A7 Tilda with Dexter the Dragon

This is a closer look at my coloring.  You can't tell here that the image is mounted on a Wobbly...

I haven't done any Stitching on Cards for a long time.  I felt it was time to bring this delightful art back to my work.  I use variegated machine embroidery thread to stitch on my cards.  I love how it changes color and gives movement to the pattern.

Here is a side view of the card.  Now you can tell that Tilda is standing up and away from the mat background.  My sentiments are from SU and LOTV.

Here you can see the Wobbly at work.  I had so much fun with this card and am looking for other creative ways to use these fun embellishments.

I even finished the back of my card.  On the smaller panel I put my signature at year made.

Now it's your turn. You have the entire month of January to get creative and post your work to the challenge blog.By leaving comments on the DT blogs your name will be entered into the drawing for a wonderful surprise package from Diana at Magnolia-licious™

Ciao Ciao,

Hehehe, if you have followed this post to the bottom I will share with you that I'm learning Italian!  My vocabulary is that of a 2 year old, but I'm working at it every day.  I'm having so much fun!!!

Buona giornata
(have a good day!)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wobbly Get Well...

I made this card for a friend of mine who fell on Christmas Day and broke her wrist - badly! 

 I had a lot of fun with it as I had just found these "Wobbly's" in Hobby Lobby and wanted something to use them on.  They are small plastic springs with adhesive on both sides.  They make your image wiggly wiggle.  I couldn't resist! ;-9

Okay so here's my card...

Ive used #304 Matryoshka Tilda and she is colored with Copics and Adirondack Lights.  I found a few sheets of 6 x 6 from an old paper stack and fussy cut them the best I could.  I also did some hand embroidery on a panel with variegated embroidery thread.  Both of the sentiments are from  SU.

Here is a side view of my card and you can see that my image (though a hair off center) is attached with a Wobbly and so doesn't sit directly against it's frame.

Here is the back of my Side Stair Step card.  Again I used some coordinating paper from that stack and fussy cut what was a border and mounted it on black mat. 

Here is the best photo I could get of the Wobbly.  I'm having so much fun with these.  I actually made this card after another one which will be posted next week.  They are similar in style.

That's all I have for today.  Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking a peek at my Wobbly work!

Blessings and hugs,

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Auld Lang Syne....

It's hard to imagine that we're at the end of another year!  It seems that years are only a few weeks in length now, they pass by so quickly.  Pass by is not right - they FLY by -at super sonic speed - and I sometimes feel that they have run me over.

2014 has been a good year.  We've enjoyed new friendships, restored friendships, weathered broken hearts with some of our children and seen others conquer incredible challenges. Had fun traveling abroad, reconnecting with old friends and sharing our path with many new people. In all, God is so faithful and we continue to grow deeper with him day by day.

So!  Here I am to show you my final card for 2014.  It was a practice card, to see if I could conquer the technique so I wasn't paying muck attention to contrast in colors.  This was a fun card to make and my Teamie Norma Lee has a fabulous tutorial on her blog.  Her work is exceptional!

Anyway, here is my card...and as you can see it's almost monochromatic! Never again!

This is the front of my card.  I have used a number of Magnolia Doohickey Dies (listed at end of post) and #3046 Sagittarius Tilda

Here is the little tag pulled out of the pocket.

A closer look at the Love Bird tag and pocket die. I matched the paper of the pocket die to line up (well sorta) with the background paper.  It sure did disappear!

A close up of sweet miss Tilda...

Inside the card

A view of the top of the card to show the mechanics

My "siggy" on the back.  

Here's a list of the goodies I used:
CS - SU and Bazill
DP - Magnolia
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Adirondack Lights
Adhesive - ScorTape and generic glue
Dies - Magnolia Pocket Die from Collection #1, Love Bird from the Oh La La Collection #3,
           Doohickey Mini Heart Lace Die, Spellbinders Classic Ovals and Labels 10, Leaf Die from                  Doohickey Die Christmas Club (#2)
Stamps - #3046 Sagittarius Tilda, #17 Snowy Branch
Sentiments - both from Printworks Collections

I am wishing each and everyone of you and prosperous and healthy 2015.

Richest blessings,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sleigh Bells Ring, are you listenin' the lane snow is glist'nen,
a beautiful sight, we're happy tonight,
walkin' in a winter wonderland.

 I've had a very productive day so far.  I finished this card last night and got my house cleaned this morning.  however...I'm still in my P.J.'s.  Who cares, right?  

Well anyway I have a new little card to share with you.  I was inspired by Karen's 5 sweet little 4x4 cards which you can view here.  Our styles are very different, but quick and easy is the way to go ALWAYS!

Here I have used #16 Christmas Delivery from Magnolia-licious™.  I have also used a Dookickey Die from the Christmas Collection for the Holly Leaves.  I also used Memory Box Snowflake die along the left side of the card.  The sentiment is from LOTV and the little charm is from my stash.

A closer look at my colored image.  I used Copic Markers, Spicka Pens and some Stickles for the snow.  A touch of snow was added to the tree with a white Gel Pen.

On the inside I kept it completely simple.  The sentiment is from Amy R. Sentiments.

I also made a little envelope for the card using my Envelope Punch Board.  My DP is from Magnolia - an older Collection called Vintage Christmas.
Well, there you have it!  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your generous comments.

Blessings and hugs,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Baby it's cold outside...but not here in Texas!

Ho, Ho, Ho!  

The Festive Season is in full swing here at my house.  Between bouts of company, last weekend and again for the next couple of days I have managed to almost finish my shopping, clean the house (again and again) wrap gifties and even make a little something. I still have to do some baking, but it will have to wait...only for a few days! On Christmas day our entire family will arrive (except our middle daughter and her family as they live too far away) for a joyous celebration and gift giving extravaganza!!!

 My Sunday School class (all ladies) is having a get together this week and we are to bring an ornament that best suits our personality.  No guess work here!  I have made my ornament, and a little box to cradle it in.  Here's what I came up with...

Here is mini #7 It's Cold Outside Tilda from the "Waiting for Christmas" collection.  I put a little Polar White Flower Soft with some glitter added inside the globe.  Tilda is colored with Copic Markers.  I added a little Stardust stickles to the snowflakes falling softly around her.

Here is the back of the stamped image.  I stamped the sentiment from LOTV onto Vellum with black Stazon and used Vellum adhesive to adhere it to the back of the stamped image.

I made a Flip Flop Box to put the ornament in.  For the Belly Band I used the TGF Snowflake die, then layered with SU Bashful Blue.  This image mini, #4 Swirly Tilda, is stamped on Xpressit Blending Card and colored with Copics.  The sentiment tag is from LOTV.  Spellbinders Classic Circle dies were used to cut out the circles.

Here is a close up of Swirly Tilda.  I added Waterfall Stickles to her gown to give her sparkle.

So that's it!  Merry Christmas to everyone.  I hope you will drop by Magnolia-licious™ store and place an order.  All dies are discounted 25%,   What an opportunity to save lots of money and get all the diesyou've had on your wish list.

Merry Christmas, and God bless you richly,

Monday, December 8, 2014

Candle, Candle in the night....

Welcome back to my blog for my final Dr. Monday M.D. post of 2014! I can't believe I just said that, but yes, it is true! 

 So I'm wishing you all very warm and heartfelt Christmas Wishes. All the very best to each of you in the coming year as well. 

 I'm excited about moving forward with my designing at Magnolia-licious™. It is truly an honor to work for Diana and to have so many talented and creative ladies on the team.

 I have made for your enjoyment (and mine) a medium sized candle jar. I hope you'll enjoy the pictures (not too many of them)... Firstly, here is a look at the jar before the candle inside is lit. I have used Vellum paper to wrap the jar (purchased at Michaels) as it allows the most light through.

 You must leave an opening to allow for the stamped panel...

I have used two images from the newest collection "Waiting for Christmas".  #3 Tilda with an Apple Wreath and masked it with #23 Snowy Cottage.
Here is a close up of my colored images.  I have used Copic markers and Adirondack Lights.  A little touch of Stardust Stickles on the snow flakes for added sparkle.
Here is a photo of the jar with the candle lit.  It gives such a pretty glow and because you leave an opening where the colored panel goes, a little light shows through it as well.
Here is a look at the back.  You can see that I crimped the vellum and then took two pieces of Magnolia DP from "Sweet Christmas Dreams", tore along the long edges and adhered them to the jar.  Lastly I added some pretty ribbon, punch out some snow flakes and added purple pearls to the centers.  To finish off the sides of each panel I added some dark purple ribbon, flowers and leaves punched using my Martha Stewart punch.
Here is a view from the top of the jar.  You can see the candle and how beautifully it glows through the jar.

I want to remind you that if you leave a comment on my blog, or on any of the other DT members blogs, your name will be automatically entered in the Surprise Package drawing.  Good luck...

Thanks for dropping by my blog.  Be sure to leave a comment, the more the merrier!

Blessings and more,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dr. Monday M.D. Sliging Easel Card

A warm DR. Monday morning to everyone! After being out of the loop for the past several weeks, it sure feels good to be back. I have missed my studio and crafting time immensely! Many thanks to Diana Crick for giving the time away and to Patti Jo, my partner in crime over at Magnolia-licious for carrying the load while I was gone. 

 I have a fun card to share with you today. This is called a "Sliding Easel Card". I found the directions on Splitcoast Stampers and thought I would give it a go.

This is the front of my card using A18 Tiptoe Tilda. 
A closer look at Tilda and how I colored her.

Here is how the easel part looks like when you begin to pull the tab.

A side view of the easel part completely opened up.

A front view of the easel part showing the sentiment.

It's also a regular card!  It opens to another image, #262 Rose garden Tilda and a sentiment panel.

Here is a closer look at Rose garden Tilda.

My card recipe:
CS - SU Baked Brown, Cryogen White
DP - October Afternoon
Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circle; Heart Circle; MS Flourish Punch; SU Circle Punch
Copic Markers
Adirondack Lights Dye Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black
Flowers from my stash

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Here's just a friendly reminder to comment on my or any of the Magnolia-licious™ design team  posts to be eligible to win a surprise gift from Diana at Magnolia-licious™.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanks Giving Day...Hugs...Barb