Friday, February 25, 2011

Magnolia-licious Christmas All Year Long Blog Hop

Welcome to the Magnolia-licious Christmas All Year Long Blog Hop. Yippee Skippee!!! I'm so excited to be joining in the blog hop. This is my very first time participating. What a great way to get a head start on my Christmas cards. I hope you'll be inspired by all of the creativity you'll find as you hop along with us.

If you get lost along the way or forget where you're headed (LOL.....this happens to me on a daily basis.....LOL) you can go back to the Magnolia-licious Christmas All Year Long Blog Hop & pick up where you left off. You will find a list of all the participants there. We're all linked together so you can visit from one to another until you're right back where you started. LOL
For my Christmas card I used my cute little Magnolia 'Longing Tilda' stamp. I just love her. She is soooo versatile. I also inked up my Magnolia 'Tin Boxes' stamp. You can cut these tins apart (after stamping of course) & use them in so many different ways. These were colored with my Copics. I also used my Magnolia Doohickey diecuts: 'Swirl' (it comes with a 'leaf' as well), Vintage Tag and Romantic Lace Border. You can find all of these wonderful Magnolia products at Diana's Magnolia-licious store. The diecuts cut like 'buttah'.....such a dream to use. Just look at all the swirlies I used on this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your next stop on the Blog Hop is TANYA.

Card recipe:
Magnolia stamps: Longing Tilda & Tin Boxes
Magnolia Doohickey diecuts: Swirls & Leaf, Vintage Tag & Romantic Lace Border

Copics used:
Tilda: E000, E00, E21, R20, E30, E34, E35
Tilda's dress & hair bow: R20, R22, R24
Tall Tin: E30, E33, E50
Chocolate Tin: E30, E34, E35 (Lid: E30, E33)
Hearts inside Tin: R20, R22, R24, R29
Lace on Tin: R11 & R20

Nesties: Circle & Lacey Circle
DP: NitWits
Word Art: Create with TLC
Merry Christmas: computer generated (PC Cursive)
Bling & heart bling: Stash
Ribbon & Pin: LSS
Recollections Mulberry Paper flowers & Wild Orchid flowers layered after taking them
Star Dust Stickles (my absolute FAV)
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain

Challenges I'm entering:
The Ribbon Girl Blog: Colour Challenge #4 cream, pink & brown
Top Tip Tuesday: Bling It On
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Add some Coffee & Cream to your creation
The Pixie Cottage: Something Cute (Tilda is as cute as can be) ** YAY ~ I won Top3!!!
Stamp Something: A flower or two or more somewhere on your card!

Thanks so much for visiting me & as always.......I sooooo appreciate your sweet comments. This card will be going to my dear friend Toni.

Huggies & Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hoooooo.....Cozy Winter Owl DT card

It's time for our second challenge at the Craft Us Crazy challenge blog. We had such a huge response to our very first challenge. Thank you so much to all who entered. For this challenge we want you to show us your Winter creations.
Our sponsor for this challenge is the FABulous Meljen's Designs.

Meljen's Designs so generously gave me this adorable Cozy Winter Owl graphic to play with. Isn't he a cute little guy!

This card reminded me of those of you who have been struggling through these cold & snowy winter months so I thought I'd use Create with TLC's cute saying "Happy Freezin Season" (now don't throw any frozen ice at me......only soft snowballs.....LOL). You can find this cute saying & so much more at the Create with TLC's store & please visit Paulette's amazing Create with TLC blog. She is so very generous with her graphics & sentiments.

I'm entering these challenges:
Friday Sketchers: Sketch 141 (I flipped it on it's side) Well shoot........I guess I just missed the deadline on this one. Oh well........I enjoyed using this sketch anyway.

Paper Sundae's challenge #56 Pick your sundae toppings: choose 2 of the following: flowers, lace, distressing or pink (I used flowers, lace & distressing but no pink for this little guy unless you count his flushed cheeks...LOL)

Papertake Weekly
: Putting on the Glitz
Crafty Creations Challenges: Thank You (this is a thank you card but I can't tell who it's going to's a secret....LOL)
Digital Tuesday Challenge: Use a Die Cut

Card recipe:
Copics: B0000, B000, B00, B02, BG0000, E31, E41, E50, R11, R20
Nesties: Circles, Ovals & Large Labels
Prima 'Fabric Fancy' flowers
Snowflake buttons, bling & lace from my stash
Twig from Michael's
CB folder "D'vine Swirl"
Patterned DP: NitWits
White frostie DP: Recollections "precious Metals" paper pack from Michael's
Snowflake bling Jolee's Boutique
Glittery Snow: Doodlebug Design's "sugar coating glitter"

Thanks so much for visiting me & as always.......I sooooo appreciate your sweet comments. This card will be traveling to my brother in Maryland.
Huggies & Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I feel so very blessed!!!

I've been sick with the flu since Monday.......ugh.......hubby wanted to share with So this week had started out on a bad note. But then............I found out I won a FANtastic prize at Christina's Card Connection. I won a $50 shopping spree at Diana's Magnolia-licious store! Yippee Skippee!!!!! From time to time Christina draws from her commenters on her blog posts & blesses them with this amazingly generous gift. Actually this time she chose 2 of us to win. I feel so very blessed!!! Thank you so much, Christina!!!!!!!!!!!

And that's not's another blessing I got this week...........

My "sister from another mister" Charlene aka scrappygma gave me this special award. She has become more than a friend in the several years I've known her. She truly has become my SISTER. We are kindred spirits & I'm so very thankful for her love & friendship. She has encouraged me in sooooo many ways........including crafting on my dining room table instead of my bed. LOL (I lost my craft room when we moved here over 3 years ago to help our daughter & her girls.) Anywho........that encouragement has opened up a whole new world to me as I can craft more now & I am so very blessed to have a hubby who really doesn't mind the crafting mess or me turning my dining room into my craft room.....LOL.

Charlene so very generously gave me this beautiful "Love Blog" award. I feel so very blessed!!! Thank you, Sis!!!!!!
This is what this award is all about..
You have been Tagged want to participate? Then create a post where you post the LOVE BLOG image.

You should also blog the persons link that gave you the award and inform her/him that you accept the award. You can then choose 3 - 5 favorite blogs which you also link into your post, then each blogger will inform you that they have been tagged. The aim of this action is that we bring unknown, good blogs to light, so I would ask you not to blog fellow bloggers that already have 3,000 followers. As always, the hardest part is to pick who to pass this on to, there are so many bloggers I could give it to, so ... the blogs I have chosen are .....

But.....I'm not going to follow the rules.....GASP.....I'm such a rules.....hahahaha......

I want to pass this award onto my Followers. If you have less than 3,000 Followers on your blog then you can grab this award for your blog. If you're not already one of my amazing Followers......then you can become a Follower & then grab the award. Easy peasy!

I feel so very blessed to follow so many amazing blogs & it's just tooooooo doggone difficult to narrow it down to only 3 or even 5.

Okay....back to bed for me. LOL Hope this flu goes away & stays away! Then I will not only feel so very blessed.....I'll feel so very good! LOL

Huggies & Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Monday, February 7, 2011

Angie's amazing candy!

The oh so talented Angie Hunt is offering some amazing candy on her blog here. If you've never visited her amazing're just missing out on her amazing creations all done with Distress Inks. She is now offering Distress Ink classes at Suzanne Dean's CMC Classroom.

A lucky winner will receive a free Distress Ink class taught by the talented Angie Hunt. What could be better than being taught by an expert!

So rush on over to Angie's Scrap Girl blog. You won't be sorry you did.

Huggies & Blessings ~♥♥♥~

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Craft Us Crazy Challenge starts today & my DT card...

I am soooo excited to tell you about our brand new bi-weekly Challenge blog CRAFT US CRAZY that starts TODAY. YAY! I am so very honored to be on the Design Team. YAY again! Each challenge will give you two whole weeks to complete your project that fits the theme. Our first challenge theme is ANYTHING GOES.....easy peasy! Our sponsor is Digital Delights. The winner of this challenge will receive their choice of 3 Digital Stamps. How cool is that!

Digital Delights is a magical place filled with little digi creations from all walks of life. They have a wide range of digital stamps which are delivered straight to your email 24/7! In addition they also have a growing range of "Delightful Piecings" which are paper pieced files designed to be used with your cutting machines or for hand cutting. Fancy a new blog makeover, header or new watermark, then stop by their sister site Delightful Custom blogs.

Digital Delights so generously gave me this darling little 'Ducky Dilly & Ladybug' digi to play with. Don't you just love his cute little Ladybug Valentine. They were so much fun to color with my Copic markers. I had never colored a duck or grass before.....not since Kindergarten with my crayons it was a bit of a challenge for me at first.....but once I started.....Ducky Dilly's personality just came to life. LOL (btw...the Copics I used are listed at the bottom of this post.)

The sentiment on my card is from Create with TLC's cute little set "Love you like a duck loves water". Isn't that just the perfect little saying for this card. Paulette has a lot of cute Valentine images & sentiments for your Valentine cards.

Our new Challenge blog will also have Monthly Sponsors. At the end of each month all of our Top 3's (chosen from each challenge) will go into a drawing to win a special prize from our Monthly Sponsors. This month our Sponsors are The Cutting Cafe and Stamps Alive.

The Cutting Cafe's prize package is Three stamp sets of their choice.

Stamps Alive!'s prize package will be a Spellbinders Nestabilities set.

Card recipe:
Copics: Y00, Y11, Y13, YR20, YR21, YR24, R20, R21, R22, R24, W00, W3, W5, W7, G20, G21, G24
DP: NitWits
Classic Scalloped Heart Nesties
Stardust Stickles
Ribbon from Michael's Valentine section
Heart bling & flower from my stash

I hope you'll join us in the challenges & have some FUN! And have a chance to win some pretty cool prizes too! Can't wait to see your amazing creations!!!

I thought I would join in some challenges myself (LOL):
Paper Sundaes: Valentine
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Love is in the air
Prairie Fairy Fridays: #45 For a sweetheart
Wild Orchid Challenge 16: Love Is
Sundays with Crissy: It's all about Love

Huggies & Blessings ~♥♥♥~