Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Friends

A few more of my Christmas projects and my new Puppy Ruby.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy, Healthy & Creative New Year.

I will be away until possibly the end of January, hoping to be back before, but wanted to let you know just in case you wondered why I have not been visiting your blogs.

Lots of love & Christmas hugs

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Be My Valentine

Happy Sunday Friends,

5 more sleeps until Santa comes - I hope Santa brings me my much needed Laptop, this one is so slow and is getting worse by the day.

A break from Christmas Cards, my mojo did not want to work today, it was so difficult switching from Christmas card mode to something else.

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #29 

Stamp with something other than what it was meant for - this challenge has been so much fun & I have loved looking to see what the other DT's have come up with. 

Jodie - Halloween stamp used for Valentine's Day

Debbie - Easter stamp used for a Baby card

Debra - Christmas stamp used for a birthday card

Kristy - Christmas stamp for a birthday card

Norma - Tilda with Puppy and added a Santa hat for Christmas

Sue - dressed up 60's Tilda in her Christmas gear for a Christmas

Tanja - dressed up Jam Tilda in her Christmas best

Nicole - Halloween stamp used for a Christmas

Nadine - Christmas stamp into a Valentine's Day gift

Can't wait to see what you will come up with - Hope you will join us for this Challenge - Open until the Saturday 16th January 2010

Kellie from Magnolia Down Under has sponsored this Challenge again with the following prizes:

a Personalised stamp - not just any personalised stamp one made by Scrapmagasinet

2nd Prize $10 Gift Voucher at Magnolia Down Under
3rd Prize Paper Pack from the Lazy Summer Collection

I bought this cute little Devil Tilda from Magnolia's So Spooky Collection - when ordering this stamp I could see the potential for other uses, not just Halloween. This is the first chance I have had to ink it up. Heart with wings stamp is also a Magnolia stamp - I added the cutout heart over the stamped heart, to fit the sentiment.

Magnolia stamps - Devil Tilda, Heart with Wings
Stickles - Diamond, Flowers stash, Machine stitching, flourish stamp & flat pearls Kaisercraft, MS punches, Coloured with Copic markers - Paper by Pink Paisley

Hope you will stop by & see what the other Design Team Members have created for you they are all amazing! Thanks for joining this wonderful challenge, I can't wait to see what you come up with & hope to see you join us again next challenge.

It is only a few short months that I discovered the wonderful world of these beautiful little Magnolia Angels, Copic Markers & the world of blogging. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your friendship and inspiration over the last few months and for & leaving me the most wonderful comments, I love seeing your beautiful creative masterpieces & I am inspired by each & everyone of them, thank you. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you and your families. 
Wishing you a safe, healthy and crafty New Year. 
I hope all your wishes come true

I probably will get the waffling award for this long post, sorry but I wanted to thank you all. 

Sending you all huge Christmas hugs


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Another Bird House

Happy Saturday Friends,

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, wow not many more sleeps until Santa comes. I am still making Christmas cards. I made this little bird house for my Neighbour and will fill it with some choccies. I stamped my favourite Christmas sentiment Inside the lid - it says "May all your wishes come true".


Magnolia stamps - Sparkling Tilda, Vintage Postage & From our Family. Personalised Stamp from Magnolia Down Under
Coloured with Copic Markers & Papers - Webster Pages
Ribbon & flowers from stash

Gold Flower from the lovely Jacque (Candy I won) 

I will have a non Christmas Card posted tomorrow to give you all a break.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A little Vintage Christmas

Happy Friday Friends,

Hope you have had a wonderful week and have a great weekend ahead. Thank goodness today has cooled down a little after yesterdays heat wave conditions. I would give anything to trade a little winter weather with our overseas friends.

Today's card is for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.
The challenge is Merry Christmas

Magnolia Down Under Store, Boss Lady Kellie came up with the idea for us DT's to do a Christmas Card swap, we all thought it was a wonderful idea. I have been madly making Christmas cards for my DT Sisters, loving every minute, but very nervous. It is much easier to make a nice card & send to a non card maker and feel very happy with the outcome. But making a card for card makers is scary. This is one of the cards I made, I hope they like it.

Papers & stamps Magnolia - Tilda with Vintage Roses & Vintage Post
Tag by Spellbinders, Doily cut with Fiskars Punch
Coloured with Copic Markers & Airbrush
Flowers & Ribbon from stash

I will have another little Bird House for you tomorrow
Only 7 more sleeps until Christmas
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & a safe Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Merry Christmas - Sweet Noel

Happy Wednesday Friends,


I have entered this card at Just Magnolia - It's Christmas 
& it can be anything Christmassy

 Hope you are having a wonderful week so far and enjoying your Christmas preparations. I can't believe only 9 more sleeps to Christmas and I am still making Christmas cards, I'm too fussy.

For this card I was inspired by a very talented stamper, her name is Monie, see her card here. I love how she combined these 2 stamps. I am inspired by all of Monie's beautiful work.

I made this card for a friend using my new Magnolia stamps - Sparkling Tilda & Noel from the new Christmas collection, So Jolly Under the Mistletoe.  Tilda was stamped first, then masked before stamping Noel, coloured with copics, added lots of stickles. Papers - Magnolia & Websters Pages - Home for the Holidays & Winter's Wings, not much needs adding to these beautiful papers. Kaisercraft gems for berries, gold bow and some gorgeous flowers sprayed with glimmer mist. Spellbinder Nesties - labels. This is the first tradional coloured Christmas card I've made this year, so unusual for me, I love red so much. Not a lot of colouring with this one, but with the gorgeous papers, flowers & Easel card, I think it works quite nicely. 

Thanks for stopping by. 
Have a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Mum

Happy Tuesday Friends,

Another quick post today (oh well it started out quick) and a break away from my Christmas Cards & shock horror no Magnolia images. My wonderful Mother celebrated her 70th Birthday on the 10th December, she had me very late in life (not really lol). I wanted to make her something special, so of course another Easel card. I dusted off my much loved but very neglected Cricut Die Cutting machine and came up with this little gift set in Mum's favourite colours.

Cricut Cartridges used - Storybook for Age 70, Lyrical Letters for Mum, Plantin Schoolbook for Ball Gift Bag & SVG cuts for the Daffodil on the Gift bag.

Papers by Lilac Ave Collection 6x6 pad - Kaisercraft, Border punch, fronds & fern by MS, lots of stickles, Spellbinder Nesties - Circles & Label, Copic airbrush system, Silk Ribbon, flowers - Hydrarangers from Busy Becs (sample pack - thanks Bec I love them) with pearl button  (from stash) glued in for flower centre, Yellow Rose - Prima & Gardenia - Petaloo, Happy stamp by Hero Arts & Sentiment stamp by Stamp It Up - Australia.

The sentiment reads
It's not how old you are, it's how loved you are that counts.

2 posts in 2 days - a record for me.
I have some more Christmas Cards for you to see later in the week.
Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Birdhouse Christmas Card

Hello Friends,

Challenge entered - Magnolia-licious  
Cheryl Rowley picked the challenge this month  - to create cards that are anything BUT a square or rectangle.  So that means any other shaped card will work for this challenge!! Hope this qualifies!!!

I have entered this card at Just Magnolia - It's Christmas 
& it can be anything Christmassy


Another quick post today, I made this Birdhouse Christmas card for my Parents, they live on a property backing on to a 100 hectare Reserve with lots of wildlife. Dad loves birds and likes spotting the different types of birds. He always has handy his bird book and binoculars.  I wanted to make something a little different for them this year and when the wonderful Magnolia Ink Magazine was released with the tutorial and pattern to make this little beauty I had to give it a go. Hope they like it.

Magnolia Stamps from So Jolly Under the Mistletoe  -
Sparkling Tilda, Vintage Post, From our Family
Magnolia Paper - So Jolly Wrapped Plaid
Spellbinder Nesties
Coloured with Copics
Embossing Folder - Provocraft
Stickles, Ribbon from stash
Flowers -Wildorchidcrafts UK
Hero Arts sentiment stamped inside flap -
Hope all your dreams come true
Sm Magnet used to close flap - Basic Grey

Have a wonderful week & enjoy the Christmas Festivities.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Another Shadowbox Christmas Card

Hello Happy Saturday Friends,

I have entered this card at Just Magnolia - It's Christmas 
& it can be anything Christmassy.

 Hope you are all ready for Christmas, I am still madly making cards and Christmas goodies. A short & sweet post today. I now alternate between shadowbox & easel cards, I just love them.

This little Angel is from Magnolia's So Jolly Under the Mistletoe Collection as is the Merry Christmas sentiment and the gorgeous papers. I've machine stitched & added lots of stickles, silk bow, my new MS border punch and some yummy flowers. May all your wishes come true sentiment stamp - by Hero Arts. Coloured with Copics. This tilda is from Bizzy Becs online store along with some of these gorgeous flowers.

I wanted to send a friend this beautiful Tilda as a Guardian Angel to watch over them.
If you need inspiration for any of your Christmas projects or Christmas presents visit Kellie's Magnolia Down Under Store, she has lots of wonderful goodies available.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Your Invited - MDU December DT Challenge

Happy Tuesday Friends,

Magnolia Down Under Store Design Team Challenge for December Party Invitation.

I am the host woohooo, I love Christmas even though it is a busy time of the year. I love looking through  the catalogues to find the perfect gift, love the shopping (I finished my shopping early Nov to miss the crowds) & catching up with friends & family.

I thought it would be fun to make an Invitation with all the Christmas Parties this month. My DT kit Kellie sent was full of wonderful goodies, this beautiful Magnolia paper, gorgeous lace, stunning gardenia flower and Party Tilda to play with. Such a perfect Tilda to make an invitation.  Party Tilda is from Magnolia's So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection, she could be used for any occasion. I have coloured her with my Copics & added the embellies.

Who does this remind you of?????
Party Tilda was coloured with Red Hair in honour of our beautiful BOSS LADY, Kellie.

If you are still looking to buy any of these Magnolia goodies stop by Magnolia Down Under and I'm sure Kellie can tempt you.

Hope you will stop by & see what the other Design Team members have created for you,  they are all amazing!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you and your families.

Wishing you a safe, healthy and crafty New Year.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Personalised Stamps - Available for Order

Personalised Magnolia Down Under

Well I am now really, Really, REALLY excited Kellie from Magnolia Down Under is offering you a chance to order your own personalised stamp!  These stamps are very popular and look amazing.  I spotted Tab's from the Magnolia Design Teams stamp and wanted one badly. Kelly now has many samples in her store, they are made in Norway from Scrapmagasinet HERE… is a couple of examples of what Kellie has to offer…
Please allow 3 - 6 weeks delivery for this item.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas - Shadow Box

Happy Weekend Lovelies,

Magnolia Down Under Challenge # 28 - Bedazzled

I have also entered this into the following Challenges
Stamp Something - Glitzy Somethings 
Just Magnolia - A card for someone special

you can see the sparkle by clicking on the photo

Bedazzled - sparkly glittery goodness (a girls best friend) - You can use stickles, glitter, gems, rhinestones, dazzling diamonds, whatever is bright & sparkly (easy for me, sometimes I go a little overboard with the bling, but my motto is "A girl can never have too many diamonds or too much bling, I could go on with Chocolate, shoes, bags etc)

This fortnight is sponsored by Magnolia Down Under Store with this Chirstmas cutie - wish I could win this one, she is adorable & could be used not just for Christmas but also Birthday's etc.

I know I have been a bad blogger over the past month with health issues and new puppy, but hopefully now I can resume as per normal. Wow, 2 posts within a few days, woohoo for me. 

Anyways, I had to try my hand at these amazing Shadow Box cards, I was over drooling at Suzanne Dean's wonderful blog Scrap Bitz & spotted a wonderful Shadow Box and had to try it out. Suzanne has listed a link to the tutorial here and it is by a  Splitcoast Stamper, Dawn Griffith. If you haven't stopped by Suzanne's blog it is a must see & full of jaw dropping amazing wonderful creations, but also lots of tutorials for Copic colouring, Flowersoft, Easel cards and many more. Thanks Suzanne.

I resized my Shadow Box to 6 x 8 (giving me a 6x6 card front) - I used my Nestie Labels to cut the window - stamped the Christmas tree in the background with lots of stardust stickles. Papers by MME, coloured my images with Copics, added an organza bow made with my bow easy, a star & snowflake from my stash and finished.

I have used 4 Magnolia stamps this time - Christmas Tree (older collection) Jolly Tilda, Christmas Presents & Merry Christmas - all from the So Jolly Under the Mistletoe New Christmas Collection.

Hope you will stop by & see what the other Design Team Members have created for you they are all amazing! Thanks for joining this wonderful challenge, I can't wait to see what you come up with & hope to see you join us again next challenge. 

Don't forgot if you loved the first issue of Magnolia Ink Magazine - Kellie from Magnolia Down Under Store is taking orders now for the FAIRY TALE Issue from Magnolia, Issue 2 packed full of inspiration, ideas and tutorials.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you and your families. 
Wishing you a safe, healthy and crafty New Year.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Merry Christmas - Tilda Unwrapped

Hello Everyone,

I have entered this in the Christmas Challenge over at Stamp with Fun 

I hope everyone is well & fitting in lots of craft/card making. I know why they call it the silly season, I'm sure everyone is busy getting ready for Christmas.  I've been very busy over the last couple of weeks, madly making Christmas projects, decorating the house & Christmas Tree and chasing Ruby our new puppy around the house trying to toilet/house train her. I should rename her Glitter, by the end of the day she is covered in it LOL.

Yes, another Easel Card, I know, but I love them. I have used 3 Magnolia Stamps on this card all from Magnolia Down Under Store. Also this yummy paper is also from Magnolia. These stamps are adorable & are from the new Magnolia Christmas Collection So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe. This card is super sparkly, shame it does not show in this photo.

Magnolia Stamps - Unwrapped Tilda & Christmas Presents, Merry Christmas, Sentiment stamp inside card is by Hero Arts, coloured with Copic Markers, Nesties by Spellbinder & Stardust Stickles, White Gardenia from Magnolia Down Under, Pointsettia - Hero Arts & Roses fromn Busy Bec's.

Have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's looking a lot like Christmas

Happy Sunday Everyone,

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #27 - Something for Christmas

Wow, another scorcher today, I'll be glad when this heat wave is over, I don't like the hot weather and can't wait for it to cool down a little.

I am sorry,  I have not posted much again this week, I've spent most of this week in hospital, I went in for some tests on Tuesday, allowed home then readmitted due to complications.

Secondly, we have a new  9 week old puppy, a female West Highland White Terrier, called Ruby. I hope to catch up with some blog hopping to see what you creative people have been up to over the last few weeks. (my fellow DT member Debbie made me laugh, she emailed letting me know it sounded like my complications with my hospital visits produced a puppy - ROFLOL!!!, so I have changed the wording a little. heheheheh, thanks Debbie)

The challenge for Magnolia Down Under is Something Christmas and is sponsored by Kellie of Magnolia Down Under,  the prize is a fabulous Magnolia stamp - Sitting Tilda with Candy the So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Christmas 2009 Collection. Kellie also has some beautiful lace & other goodies in her store now along with a 20% discount on Christmas Stamps from now until Wednesday November 25th, a great time to stock on up the adorable new collection.

I love Christmas, my favourite time of year. For this challenge I decided to make a Bon Bon/Christmas Cracker and a gift bag. I was lucky enough to be visiting Rachel Jakes blog and discovered her wonderful Hand Made Cracker tutorial & the gift bag was cut with my Cricut Expression Die Cutting machine. Don't worry if you don't have a Cricut, you can still decorate a pre-bought gift bag.

Magnolia Stamps - Tilda with Candy Cane & Tilda with Heart Ornament both from Christmas 2008 Collection. DP - My Minds Eye, The Merry Days of Christmas Collection, Copic Markers, Silk Ribbon - Maya Rd, Spellbinder - Nesties, Gift Bag & Holly - Cricut Plantin Schookbook, Sentiment Stamp & Poinsettia Flower - Hero Arts, Diamond Stickles, Red Rhinestones - Kaisercraft.

Hope you will stop by & see what the other Design Team Members have created for you! Thanks for joining this wonderful challenge, I can't wait to see what you come up with & hope to see you join us again next challenge.

The Magic of Christmas - my first Christmas card

Happy Sunday Friends,


I have incorporated this in the following challenges:

Each year I promise myself I will start making my Christmas cards early, and something always happens & I rush to finish, this year is no exception. Anyways this is my first card of the season. I love these Easel Cards and can't stop making them, this is the 3rd of many, hope you don't get to sick of them.

Tilda with Star Ornament - Magnolia, Magic of Christmas sentiment-computer generated and May all your wishes sentiment - stamp unknown. Copic markers, Silk Ribbon - Maya Road, DP - Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses & Kaisercraft Christmas Carnival Collection, Spellbinder Nesties, Flowers - Mulberry (white) Petaloo - other flowers unknown. Leaf & fern punch - Martha Stewart, Diamond - stickles Diamond.

I am sorry I have not posted much over the last couple of weeks, I am slowly catching up and making my rounds to visit all your wonderful creations.

Have a wonderful week.

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