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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dr. Monday M.D. Birthday Fun card

Good Monday Morning everyone.
 I have another fun card to share with you today.  Once again, I've found a wonderfully different style of card while combing the web!  This will be my last post for a while.  I am taking a small hiatus.

Remember, If you  leave a comment on my blog or any of the other DT blogs, you will have  a chance to win a Special Surprise from Diana at Magnolia-licious™.  Also, over at Magnolia Stamps all dies are on sale for 25% off.  Hurry to get some before they sell out.

Saturated Canary images are now available at  Magnolia-licioius™
They are soooo adorable and so much fun to color and create with.  You'll want to get a couple for your stamp stash!


Magnolia will soon have available the most darling SETS of Edwin and Tilda.  You will receive three images for a fabulous price.  Check out the See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil Edwin's and Tilda's.  They are being released in order to support Prostate and Breast Cancer awareness/research.

Are you ready now to see my project for this Monday?  Here ya go!

First I want to show you close ups of the adorable Mini images I've used.

This is #3109 Gucci Tilda.  Both of my images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with Copic Markers while the background is done with Copic Markers and Adirondack Lights die ink.

This is #3111 Splash Tilda
Now for my card!!
Here is a look at the front of the card.  It is called a Quarter Fold card and I found the directions on Splitcoaststampers.  I wonder why we didn't think of this long ago!  It folds together just like a cardboard box. Ingenious!

Here is the card partially opened.  Have you ever done this??  Before I took pictures of the card I went ahead and added a personal note on the inside.  *sheesh*  So to photograph the inside of the card I had to tear up a piece of paper to cover the writing but still show you the sentiment and the image.

Yup!  What a dummy!
Well any-hoo.  I hope you'll try this style of card for yourself.  It was fun and I enjoyed trying something new!

Thank you for dropping by today for a visit.  Remember to leave a comment to have a chance to win the surprise package.  

Many Blessings and hugs,

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crimped Diamond Tutorial

Hello all, here is a tutorial showing you how to create a Crimped Diamond Card for yourself.  There are quite a few photos as I didn't want to leave out a single step.  I hope you find the directions clear and easy to follow.

For this kind of card you will need the following:

I piece of cardstock cut 4 1/4 x 11 for the card itself
1 Piece of colored cardstock cut 4" x 5 1/4".  This is the piece that will go through the crimp-er
Several pieces of colored cardstock which coordinate/contrast
1 piece of cardstock which will be used to stamp and color the image on.  I have used Cryogen White.
A scoring device
Ruler and pencil
Embellishments to  finish your card

Step One:
Mark the 4 x 5 1/4 piece of cardstock with a pencil at 2 5/8" on both long sides.  Mark at 2" on each of the short sides.
 Line up one of the 2 5/8" mark and one of the 2" marks in the scoring tool as shown above. Score a line between these two marks.  Turn your card and continue to score a line between all four pencil marks.  Your will have created a diamond shape with the score lines. See the picture below.

Step Two:
Fold on the score lines so that you now have a piece shaped like a diamond.

Step Three:
Fold the two top corners together into the center and place the point created into the crimp-er.  Begin to turn the crimp-er handle so that the card moves through it.  Stop just as you get past the edges of the card.  Remove and repeat with the opposite side.  I found it makes a better impression to run each point back and forth once or twice to ensure that you are getting a strong crimped pattern.

This is what your piece should look like now.  You can use this piece either this was or turn it over.  Each side gives a slightly different edge to the folded edge.  I would call this the back side, but I found I liked the roped appearance of the folded edge.

When you flatten this piece out you may find it to be uneven on the edges.  I simply put it into my paper cutter and took very thin cuts to even those out.

Step Four:

I made a template of the diamond shape in the center so that I could get exact measurements for each layer of the center diamond.
  I measured and folded this piece of typing paper to make sure I was getting it right.  You can see that across one way of the diamond measure 4 5/8" while the other side is 3 5/8".

Step Five:
Using your template, draw the pattern onto your first layer of the diamond.  Here I used Chocolate Chip. You will cut this piece 1/8" smaller than your drawn line. 

Then using this new piece as a template draw around your next layer of cardstock.  Here I've used Tempting Turquoise.

Repeat this exact same method  of cutting 1/8" smaller than the lines you drew, using your turquoise piece as a template to cut a smaller piece of card stock that you will stamp your image on.  Adhere the first two layers together.

Now you are ready to stamp your image and color it and piece the card together.  I put my crimped piece on some Chocolate Chip card stock and added some pearl accents in turquoise.

Here is my final product....

Here is a close up of the image I masked together.  #426 Trees in a Row and #3016 Tilda with Mouse Peanut.

Have fun with your project!

Many blessings and hugs, 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall is in the Air! Dr. Monday M.D.

October already! 
Goodness where has the time gone?  It seems as if summer were just a blink of the eye.

  I've been busy trying out several new (for me) styles of cards. I'm so excited to share this card with you because I LOVE the way it turned out. 

I want to thank everyone who visits my blog leaving me wonderful comments.  Those comments now put you in the drawing for a Special Surprise from Magnolia-licious™.  In fact every time you leave a comment on any of the DT members blogs you have a chance to win.  That's good!!

And check this out!!  Magnolia-licious™ have ALL their dies on sale.
Ya gotta get over their and shop!

All Dies 25% Off Sale

Now, here is my card.  I've been combing through different sites trying to find different techniques to pass along to you.  When I came across this one I was very intrigued.  Isn't this cool?  I will be doing a tutorial on this and posting it shortly.  It is truly easy-peasy!

Here is the front of my card using #426 Mini Trees in a Row.  The image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers.  The CS is from SU as are the little clips used inside and out and the ribbon.

My background is created with Copics and Adirondack Lights. 

On the salutation panel I inked up the "Trees in a Row" stamp with Kaleidacolor Rainbow Dye Ink pad "Autumn Leaves"

The sentiment is from Magnolia-licious™ Once again I used the Kaleidacolor "Autumn Leaves" ink.  I love the soft variegated colors.

Here is the side view of the card.  I wanted to show you the raised surface on the card, but it didn't show up too well! =)
 Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving me a little bit of love.

Many Blessings,

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A huge Heart...

Welcome back!

Welcome back to my blog.  Of course,  I have another sweet little Magnolia Mini to share with you.

You must know by now that I'm totally in love with these pint sized Magnolia images.  Diana has a huge stock of Minis in different collections from as far back as 2011.  I encourage you to visit the shop, it's so much easier to navigate your way around now.


For ALL Dr. Monday, Challenge Posts & "W"ednesday posts...if you leave comments on the DT gals blogs and/or the posts on this challenge will be ENTERED to WIN a Surprise Package from MAGNOLIA-licious!!!
The more blogs you make comments on for each challenge or post, the better your chances to win!  (one comment per post though you can leave a comment on both the DT girls blogs for this "W"ednesday AND this blog post to enter for today)

Every week one random commenter from all the blogs/posts will be chosen to win a prize and winners posted each Wednesday below!  

PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL in your comments so we can contact you easily if you win.  No ANONYMOUS comments can be accepted due to spam! Thanks!

Now onto my project for this week.... 

I have for you another Clear Card Stock front card.  I love these, they are quick and easy and you could make quite a few at a time by assembly-lining the steps.I used an embossing plate for the outside of my card.  The Sentiment (PrintWorksCollection) is stamped using Stazon ink onto the clear cardstock.

 This is the inside of my card.  I should have used either Xpress It Blending card or Cryogen for the entire white panel.  That way I could have colored the image directly onto it.  However, I love the way the panel behind #3046 Sagittarius Tilda enhances her.  I used Doohickey "Cute Corner" up in the top, and used another PrintWorks sentiment and then used a Martha Stewart Corner punch to finish off the card.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  Any words of encouragement you leave are greatly appreciated by me and also give you a chance to win that Surprise Gift from Magnolia Stamps.

Many blessings to each of you,