Monday, July 28, 2014

Gift Box and Note Cards...

Good Monday morning my dear Magnolia lovers!

 I'm ready again with my project for Dr. Monday M. D. (Mini's and Dies).

I have to tell you that I've been spending some time in my flower beds (lame excuse for the weed patch) trying to pull out all the grass and weeds. I got so inspired putting in my vegetable patch that I felt shamed into tackling the front of the house. Small bit at a time, since it faces east the once the sun is up over the large tree across the street, the temperature soars and I find it impossible to work much more than an hour. But it's coming along! 
 So while we're on the topic of gardens I'd like to show you the first pick from my garden...
It was small, but DElicious!  Can't wait for the rest to come ripe!

For my project this week I have once again made a cute little box and four 3 x 3 Note cards using the "Animal of the Year" mini's.  They each have their own envelope.  You would think my shelves would be stuffed with all these projects, but I actually do send these off to various people.  Little note cards are a delightful way to let someone know you're thinking about them.  

So here's #1:
This is A4 Tilda with Angel the Horse.

A-9 Tilda with Fizzy Snake (no longer available)

A13 Tilda with Millie Mouse

A-20 Sneaky Tilda (no longer available)
#5 The Box
A17 Flower Tilda with Bow Knot

The entire set with the box set in the middle.  Sorry, I didn't get a very good picture of this.

Each image is colored with Copic markers, the shading is done with a mix of Copics, Blender and Adirondack Lights.  The dies are Classic and Scalloped Circles from Spell Binders. The ribbon is from my stash.  The little "for you" sentiment is from my stash also, there's no name on the block so I can't give credit to any company.

I hope you've enjoyed viewing my post and hope you'll come back next week to see what else I've been up to.

Many Blessings
Enjoying the journey

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Sweeties! I'm back with another post - two in a row this week! 

Magnolia-licious™ Challenge Blog has a delicious challenge for you. What do you think? Can you create a card using no Tildas or Edwins?  Use Magnolia accessories or animals dies and or paper, that's our challenge for you. We have tons of inspiration for you over on the blog so please drop by and get inspired. 

But first, here's a little reminder for you. Your just might come away with a sweet gift from Diana too!

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Okay, before I go any farther, please let me tell you about the most amazing new product at Diana's store.  It's call Quick Release Paper and it is AWESOME!  You place it between your die and the 
card stock or paper your cutting.  Your die and small intricate pieces just fall out for you. No more prying stick paper in the tiny little niches in your die.  Check it out here

Okay, now for the challenge....

 I hope I stayed within the parameters for this...I didn't use a Tilda or an Edwin but I did use this adorable  Snowman. 
Here is #242 Snowman  is no longer available at Diana's store but I'm sure you will find other winter images that will steal your heart just as well.  I've also used  Brides Bow
Here is a side view of my Easel Card.  I didn't get a photo of it, but the stamp I used in the center of the snowflake which props the card open is #726 Vintage Stamp from Magnolia.  The sentiment is from an AmyR Collection, the holly leaves are actually a branch punch and the red berries are something I found in the bottom of my bead drawer.  The little charm is from my stash.  Also used on this card are: Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped circles, Labels 18 Die, The Greeting Farm Snowflake die, Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and SU Bravo Burgandy ink.

Well there you have it.  I hope you will take up the challenge and come and load it up on the challenge blog.

See you soon,
Many Blessings,

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dr. Monday M.D. Cute as a button.....

My Dr. Monday M.D. post for today is a little set of note cards and matching envelopes in a sweet little box.
Please check out my DT buddy  Patty Jo's blog for her project for this week.  I'm tellin' ya, she is a master with the dies and always has such inspiring projects.

Okay, let's go on with the show...

My daughter came for a visit in March (yes I've been working ahead) and snapped this one up for herself! Thank goodness I'd taken pictures of the set before it left my house.

 Here are the pictures:

Here is the wee box.  I had bought a stack of MME paper which really caught my eye.  So the theme for this project was already decided.  The ribbon and buttons are from my stash.  I used Spellbinders Classic Circles and Scalloped dies.

My first little note card uses #3021 Love Love Love Tilda from the 2013 Special Moments Collection.  The note card is propped up on the matching envelope.  The little flowers are a newly acquired punch from Punch Bunch.

Next I used #04 Tilda with Large Balloon from the 2014 Lost and Found Collection.
This collection must have been very popular, because there are no images showing in the shop.

Here is note card #3 using #01 Tilda with Fantasy Flowers also from the Lost and Found Collection and also not available. =( final note card.  This is #07 Write a Message Tilda - no longer available :-(

Here is the set - 
A final look at the four note cards with their matching envelopes.

Thank you so much for dropping by today.  I appreciate the comments you leave and look forward to showing you what I've been up to in my next post.

Many Blessings,
Enjoying the journey

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thinking of You Standing Shape Card

Hello fellow Maggie lovers. 
 I'ts Hump Day and I have a new card to show you. I saw this tutorial at Splitcoaststamper, and thought I should give it a try. I learned quite a bit doing this card. The first thing I learned it done make your shapes too heavy otherwise they don't stand straight up!

Here is the front of my card.  I used scraps of designer paper (unknown name) and cardstock (SU Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise and Creamy Caramel to pull this one together.  The sentiment here is also from SU Sincere Salutations.
It's so hard to see here by I've used a pearl swag which is from my stash.  All flowers are from my stash of WOC flowers.

This is so cool!  When you open your card up the front and back actually lie flat and your shapes, attached to strips of acetate/clear cardstock stand up in the middle.  I decided to finish the entire inside of my card.  This top inside makes a wonderful background for my standing shapes.  This sentiment is from Hobby Lobby and is a PrintWorksCollection stamp. I used Spellbinders Fancy Labels to set it on.  The sun was made by using Spellbinders Stars dies.  One in SU Pumpkin Pie and the other, off set a little is Summer Sun.  The sentiment used in the center of the sun is a digital from The Stamping Cafe.  The butterflies are from a stash a friend cut for me about a year ago.

The sweet Tilda image is #3107 Unsunny Sky Tilda from the Sea Breeze Collection.  This is a fabulous collection which was released in 2013.  If your interested in any images from this collection and all collections please pop on over to Diana's shop.  Her selection is fabulous and you'll find everything you need to make cards or scrapbook pages!

Here is another view of the standing shapes.

This is a close-up of how I colored Unsunny Sky Tilda.  The rain drops were accented with  Waterfall Stickles.
I used Copic Markers to color her and the background is created with Copic Warm Greys and Adirondack Lights inks.
Well that's all I have for you today.  I'm so grateful that you take the time to visit my blog and your comments are always welcome.

Enjoying the journey
Many blessings to you

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dr. Monday M.D. - Origami Boxes

Happy Monday morning my dear friends. 

I have a very picture heavy post for you today because I didn't want to leave out a single detail. 
 I found a YouTube site that was teaching how to make these Origami Boxes and I just HAD to try one. Rather than going to all the trouble of doing up a tutorial, here is the link to making origami boxes that I used. This gal has a wonderful website with oodles of ideas for card making.

These little Mini's are so adaptable for any kind of use.  You can see that I just centered most of the image onto a Spellbinders Classic circle, but left the bottom of the image off.  Works for me!  Each of these images is available at Diana's online store as well as all your other card making necessitites, flowers, dies, adhesive, Magnolia designer paper, you name it and she carries it. She also offers in store credit, so that each time you purchase something from the store, she puts a percentage back into your account.  You can let it accumulate or use it on your next purchase.  And this is on top of her already discounted prices.

 Well, you know how it goes, I made one, and then had to make another just so that I wouldn't forget and then another adding some Maggies on it so I could use it as a post and then I just had to try a different size and that was so cute I made a card to go with it. Pant, pant, pant!   If you have the tenacity to get through this post then you can be very proud! 
 And so because this IS so picture heavy,lets get on with the show so you can see my handy work...

This teal colored box was actually my third box and I wanted to put some Mini Maggies on each side of the box.  Here is #3062 Tilda Binding Flowers

I took these pictures outside so the shadows got in the way a little.  This is #3116 Afternoon Tilda

This sweetie is #A17 Flower Tilda with Bow Knot.
Finally, #01 Tilda with Fantasy Flower.  I believe she's retired now =(

I love these boxes because the lids actually have a lit that fits inside the box opening and doesn't slide off or fold into the box.  Here is the top of the box using lots of flowers and pearls and I put large half-back pearls for feet on the bottom.

Here is a view of the inside of the box.  Adding the inside layers plus the bottom outside layer really makes these boxes sturdy.

A closer look at how I finished the top.

This is a view of the forth box I made.  This one was made using an 8 X 8 sheet of cardstock.

A side view with the lit fitting in place

A view of the interior of the box with the lit propped beside it.

The top of the box.  This top has a ribbon loop attached so you can just pull the lid off.

Here is the little note card I made to go with the box.  I masked the images. #3006 Tilda on the Loose and #528 Suitcase with sign. This set would be an ideal gift for someone who is moving, or going off on a travel adventure.  The possibilities are endless for themes.

I used a Magnolia sentiment on the inside.

A side view of the card.
This is the very first box I made.  Double sided good designer paper is perfect for these boxes.  One 12 x 12 sheet for the box and a coordinating one for the top and inside.

This is how I finished the top.

Adding a matching color of cardstock to the bottom not only gives the box stability, but it covers those points and gives the box a very finished look.  I used little wooden pegs which I colored with Black Copic marker for the feet.

This was my second box and I experimented a little with this one, keeping it quite simple with very little embellishment.

A side view.
The bottom, again using small wooden pegs, colored with Copic Marker.

That's it for this Monday.  This was much more than you bargained for I'm sure, but I hope you enjoyed seeing my creations and that you'll visit Diana at Magnolia-licious store and get your order in for some Mini images.

Bear hugs and many blessings,

Friday, July 11, 2014

Final pictures of the children...

Here are some more pics of the kiddos and of various activities we shared with them during their three week stay.

 They left on this past Tuesday and it is so quiet around the house now it's hard to believe that it was so noisy and vibrant while they were here *sigh*.

Several times during their stay, my hubby would get them out of my hair and take them to "The Jumping Place", a local warehouse full of inflatables.  They had a blast and slept like logs at the end of those days.  Brielle is on the left and Josslyn on the right.
Here is Jordan.  This particular day they wore their bathing suits and went to the "Y" for a swim after.

During their stay, we went to Saguine, Texes to an amusement park called ZDT's.  Our oldest daughter, her only daughter and younger son joined us for a day of F U N!!
Here are Kyle (on the left) and Jordan (on the right) doing the rock climbing silos!  These boys are just one month apart in age and are best buddies when they are together.

Here we are at the World Aquarium in Dallas.  Josslyn and my daughter-in-love are on the left.  Just look for the bright green head band.  That's me in the center talking with my son on the right.

Here we are at the penguin exhibit.  Jordan is on the left right next to me in turquoise, my son Devon, pointing at something.  Look down around his knee area and that's William, his youngest son, who is in the wheel chair.  Wendy is standing next to Will and Josslyn, Peighton and Brielle are sitting on the bridge.  Peighton is the older brother of Will, ages 14 and 11 respectively.

Swimming was a favorite thing to do also, and believe me, they were waterlogged most days.  This is Brielle, Josslyn and Jordan. We have always given kids nick names.  Jordan has been Jordy since he was a wee tot!

We made cupcakes and I let them have at it with the icing and sprinkles.  A delightful treat enjoyed by all.  YES!  I did allow myself to have one!

Two years ago I smocked these little dresses for the girls.  Can you believe they still fit into them.  They've grown taller, but no bigger around.  Josslyn is wearing green and Brielle pink.  Since they were wee babes we have color coded them because they look soooo much alike.
Here is Jossy, as we lovingly call her.

Here is Brielley, as we lovingly call her.
It was a wonderful three weeks, we're exhausted but in the best way possible!  We look forward to doing this again each year for as many years as we can.

Many blessings,