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BC, Canada
I have been married to the same guy for a LONG time ! We have 3 grown children and the 5 loves of our lives that they have given us ... 4 girls and one boy ! I have been crafting all my life and found my true addiction when I taught myself to use Copic Markers and introduced them into my card making ! I am NOT certified in the use of Copics but that doesn't stop me from creating with them ! I always been a bit of a crafting rebel and don't follow directions well !I love crafting with my hands and seldom will you find them idle as they usually have a crochet hook , knitting needles or a book in them . Exercise is not my strong suit ! LOL ! My husband and I also love camping in our RV ( weather permitting ... as in NO snow !) so most weekends from Spring to Fall you find us camped somewhere with our 3 Yorkies .... though don't tell them they aren't BIG dogs ! Hope you enjoy my little touch of my life .... the creative and the real life !

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog

Peggy and Spike have started a card challenge blog so i figured I may as well do their challenge too as I seem to be in the mood to create a few cards and have fun doing it . Drunken Stampers ( got to love that name ! ) first challenge is to a celebration card .... any stamp , any paper and sentiment as long as it is a celebration ! Here is my take on the challenge

 I LOVE my Penny Black cat in the bra stamp and have probably used it more then any other stamp out of my vast collection ! The image is colored with Copic markers ( BG0000 , BG000, BG13 , BG15 , E30 , E31 , R11 , Y06 ,Y23 ,Y32 ,W0 W1 ) , Some BG rubons and Spellbinders nesties on DP from my stash . Cardstock is Bazzill and also came out of my stash ! Cheers is punched from a Martha Stewart Christmas punch .

TFL  .... and pop on over to DRUNKEN STAMPERS to join in the fun !

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Paper Sundae Challenge #2

I am just getting this in just under the wire for the second challenge  at Paper Sundaes . My card was done a few days ago but then I ran into problems with my scanner ( sorry the card looks so blurry ! ) and then I came down with a monster head cold and headache . I think I have slept the last 2 days away ! Anyways , here is my card !

 The challenge was to make a sundae with brown , pink , lace and flowers ! TFL !!!

Off to do my link and hope to remember to keep track of my Copic colors next time !

Happy creating !

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Awesome blog candy

Jacque's Joie de Vivre has some beautiful Valentine blog candy to give away here.( click on Jacque's name and scroll down to find the post ! LOL ) ..... Sadly this woman with so much talent has also been diagnosed with breast cancer and is now going to be undergoing treatment starting next week ! Seems more and more women are being diagnosed and whether it is to the mammograms  they are having , the self awareness or the education that is being put out there ... it is all good as this disease can be treated and hopefully cured 100% before long . So to my online and " real " friends , make sure you are self aware of your body and the changes , get a mammogram and mostly don't be " afraid " to visit your Dr and demand an exam ! Mammograms in BC are paid for through your health insurance and you do not need a Dr's referral so please make that appointment ! October may be Breast Cancer  awareness month but we should be aware ever day and every month !

 So for Jacque , Peggy and Roberta ......  Thank all of you for bring this awareness to my house through your own findings !

 Happy creating ladies and hope you all live long , happy and healthy lives !

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Just because .......

Another week is starting and I have spent so much time playing in my room doing challenges , I figured it was just time to play and do another challenge ! LOL !

This card is for over on Savvy 'N Sassy where they have some of the best ribbon kits around ! I love  Rhea's ribbons and lace ! This was a weekly sketch challenge there .

Of course , I used Chilly Tilda and the snowflake circle.. two  cute Magnolia stamps . Copic markers ( E 00000 , E00 , E11 , E30 , E31 , E 33  ,E34  , R11,  R 20 ,BG0000 , BG000, BG00 ) , Bazzil cardstock , My Mind's Eye DP from their glitter stack .... amazing paper all glittery and embossed ... photos do NOT do this paper justice !.....  Sakura Gelly Roll pen white , clear star and glaze black , Stampendous sentiment and the lace is from Savvy N Sassy !

This was a card that grew out of fooling round with the Copic airbrush .... I was actually air brushing the flowers on a piece of white cardstock and when I was finished I knew I had to do something with the paper ! I ended up using the airbrushed Prima flowers , adding some jeweled brads , punching the edge with Martha Sterwart's daisy edge punch , stamped a CTMH sentiment on the cardsock in Staz-On ink ( Black cherry  ) and lightly sponged the inside of the card !

Another Christmas Tilda with wreath only I colored her dress bright as it reminds me more of the Hawaii then Christmas ! I used my  CB embossing folders and then lightly sanded the top of the embossing . The paper was then cut with MY CM shapes which I have NOT used in forever ! I even used stickers for the sentiment .... something else I seldom do any more ! This year I have swore to use up some of my stash and so far I am doing good !

And something I don't think I have mentioned before is I use Neenah Solar White Cardstock from Little Stamp Shoppe . I love this paper for all my stamping and Copic coloring ! Heidi will be closed for inventory for a few days and is changing her store a bit and her server but she will be adding some great things ... like the Magnolia flowers when she goes back online . Unfortunately she has made the decision to only sell in Canada but that works for me ! LOL !

Last week we had Springlike weather . Lots of sun , some beautiful warmer weather above 0 day and night . Lots of our snow has left but the last couple nights have been much cooler so that melt has now turned into ice ! Not good on the driveway , roads or parking lots as a lot of them are now outdoor skating rinks ! After falling last year more then once , I am very leary about walking outside ! I hate ice season !!! Looks like we are in for a few snowy days but our forests need some moisture so I will not complain or it can be another very dry summer .... and camping isn't much fun when you can not have a camp fire ! The countdown has begun .... in 3 months we could be packing the motor home up for another fun season ! LOL !

Dh was away for a couple of days last week on business and I have to confess I loved the down time ! Friday he went for his CT scan so we are waiting for those results which hopefully will be in by the end of the week .......... seems we spend a lot of time waiting ! Hopefully we will get some answers as to why he has run into problems already being his surgery to fix things was only 7 months ago !

Have a good week everybody and happy creating !

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Just Magnolia ... Jay Jay's sketch

A new challenge has just been issued on Just Magnolia ..... Jay Jay's sketch   just click the link and you can see what an awesome sketch this is to play with !

I decided to make my Grandson , Aiden a cute little boy card for Valentine's Day that wasn't super mushy ! Not that he would notice as he isn't 3 yet ! LOl ! So this card is a first for me in playing with my Copic Airbrush for a background . It is going to take some practice but I sure had fun playing ! It was also a first in me using masking for my 2 images ! Time consuming but well worth it ! Now I am going to have to find more stamps ! ( Any excuse to shop ! LOL )

Looking forward to checking out more cards as they added on the challenge list and a few more blogs ! love to see what everybody is creating and so much inspiration ! Thanks for looking everybody and the kind comments !

Supplies used ...... Edwin in glasses and sentiment by Magnolia
Copic markers YG 95 , 63, 03   G 99 , 20
 B0000 , 23 , 41,45
E 59 , 57,53,35 ,13,000 , 00
R 11
Y 15,13

0 ... Colorless blender
Copic airbrush

Atyou Spica - Chocolate
Sakura Gell pen ... white
......... Glaze pen  ( glass lenses )
Memento inks
Chatterbox Scrapwall -Courtyard DP
Martha Stewart ribbon punch

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Magnolia Down Under ... Challenge #30

The new challenge on Magnolia Down Under for challenge #30 is to create a Valentine card ! Easy peazy being that is what I am working on right now ! LOL !

Amore` Tilda works well with My Mind's Eye Love Collection paper  with a bit of tulle and a brad .... Voila ! Done .........

And of course , Tilda is colored with Copic markers  E 0000 , E000 , E00 , E11 , E31 , E 34 , E 35 ,E 97 , E99 , R02 , R05 , R08 ...... Sakura Gelly Roll Pen Clear Star ( wings and bottom of halo ) , Atyou Spica Gold ( top of halo )

TFL .... and happy creating !

Monday, January 18, 2010

Pink blog hop for Magnolicious highlights

Magnolia-licious highlights is having a Pink Blog hop with some awesome Blog candy being offered  . Click on the link to join in the fun then hop from Blog to blog to comment and maybe even get in on some blog candy ! Jaquue's Joie de Vivre has an amazing card and candy if you are interested  ( and so do a lot of the other stops along the way ! ) !

 So I finished this pink card today and thought it would work here !
Tilda is just the cutest and I love the new Martha Stewart punch I bought recently that creates a ribbom effect ! Another great find at Michael's was the LOVE rhinestones and the flowers on  clearance ! The key and heart were $ Store finds a long time ago so I am happy to say I finally have used them ! LOL ! The paper was from my stash and the heart pins were painted with Liquid Pearls to cover up the yucky colors they were before ! TFL and have fun creating !

Copic list E 0000 , 000, 00 ,11 , 13 ,31,74 , 77
W00 , W1
R4 ,20,83 ,85,
Sakura Gelly pen White

Paper Sundae's First challenge

 I was so happy yesterday when Paper Sundae issued their very first challenge that I had to sit right down at my desk and create this card for it . My baby Magnolia stamp just arrived in my hands so I just had to play with her as she is too cute ! I tried something different with my BB folder too as I inked it up with some Black Cherry Staz-On ink before running the fold through the CB .... It turned out perfect with the Dotted Swiss folder and with a light sanding over the top revealed all these little dots . I also used some Minds Eye Glitter Paper Stack that I picked up at WINNER'S for $5 as it a bit beraggled so marked down ..... I LOVE a good bargain ! The paper is very shiny and pretty but the photo doesn't do this justice .... add a $ Store find ( the baby safety pin ) , some velvet ribbon from Savvy'nSassy and voila ! My first challenge card done ! Now on to the next challenge .................

list of Copic markers used ..... E  0000 , 000 ,00 ,11 07 , 13,  E 19 , Y04 , RV 21 , 23, 25 , R11 20
Sakura Gelly Roll pen - White , Clear Star & Glaze

Sunday, January 10, 2010

a new Challenge Blog ....

I am so excited about this new challenge blog Paper Sundaes that will start issuing challenges starting January 17th ! right now they have a blog hop going on so hop on over and visit some very cool blogs to see what is happening .... and the cool blog candy that is being offered on each of them !

Now if I could just figure out how to get these badges ( or links ) on here I would be so happy ! LOL !

Friday, January 08, 2010

Not the best start to 2010

 I have had DH under the weather since before Christmas .... not the flu but a reappearance  to his Chrone's Disease . The surgery in June just seemed to put him into remission with it for such a short while and we are both a bit depressed to have got our hopes up on life getting back to normal ( whatever that is ! ) . There has been little sleep in this house for well over 2 weeks ... worse then having a baby in the house actually ! DH is NOT a whiner but My Heavens the last few nights have been BAD ! I call it the clutch and grab syndrom ........ if you know my husband you know he is NOT the touchy feely type guy ( in fact it is the complete opposite ! ) but after a few nights of the hand creeping out from the blanket to clutch and grab my arm tightly , I am more then ready to strangle the bugger in his sleep ! LOL ! He is off to see his specialist this coming week in town as he could not get in sooner though he did talk to a specialist in Vancouver via telephone that has been so accessible and helpful with questions and answers ! Got to love Dr H ! The two Drs are consulting one another regarding DH as Vancouver is a plane trip and bill each time so DH has the benefit of the two Drs and great care ! This morning DH went to work as he is a stubborn man and has felt guilty about not being there ..... especially being he was on holidays the 2 weeks of Christmas and hadn't made it back in ( and he is the boss ! ) . His staff take bets now after any few days off as to whether he is actually going to get to work or not ! I don't wish this disease on anybody !

 Anyways , I have kept my sanity with my IPOD going on my new IPOD dock that DH bought me for my crappy room . I have been playing a creating a mess in my room and I LOVE it ! I would hang in there a lot more if I could ( dang housework and laundry just doesn't do itself though ! ) .

I will leave you now with a little Tilda Magnolia card I made up this week ... just because ! No challenge anywhere but more for the relaxation !

Have a great weekend everybody and HAPPY CREATING !

PS ......... I have found some new and exciting BLOGS , groups and online stores lately so once I figure out HOW to add the links and the Blinkies on here ( I am not very computer savvy ! LOL ) then you will all see and be able to connect to them through them ! So bear with me !

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenge - Stamp with a different use

Over on Magnolia Down Under Challenge #29 the challenge until January 17th midday is to use a Magnolia Stamp for something other then the intended stamp was for ....... example Christmas for a birthday , etc . I chose this Valentine Tilda for a Thinking of You card as she is so cute .... especially with the decorated cupcake which I used Rock Candy Stickles then some glitter over the top ... it is much more shiny IRL ! I enjoyed using this Tilda stamp so think she will quickly become one of my favorites ! It is also the first time I have colored Tilda with red hair and I am happy to report , I LOVE it ! The DP is from an old stash as is the ribbon . They just worked well together and I was pleased how quickly and easily this card went together !

TFL .... and Happy Creating !

Little Stamp Shoppe January challenge

Over on Little Stamp Shoppe the January challenge was posted and being I was a day late on getting my tag , I thought it would be a good idea and get my card done for the challenge early in the month and get in on the month end draw ! The challenge this month is to use your oldest Magnolia stamp and the oldest paper you have in your stash .... Well being I have a HUGE selection of " old " paper ( I do love to hoard my patterned paper ) I decided to use some of my Chatterbox patterned paper that has been " hidden " from the world . I LOVED the earlier Chatterbox patterned paper so it was a hard decision deciding what to use ! this is from their " rooms " collection , namely Loft and Corridor ! As for an " old " Magnolia ..... well I have only just started this love afair with these little guys and gals so none of Magnolias are " old " ! I did chose a stamped image from one of the older Magnolia Tilda's from the 2007 collection ..... Tomtinga Tilda ! My , how Magnolias have evolved in such a short time ! The newest release has Tilda wearing high heels ! ( Heidi has posted a card with her in her heels on the Little stamp Shoppe blog ) .

 Here is my take on the January challenge

Tomtinga Tilda is colored with Copic markers , some embellishments from my stash , rub-ons that have been sitting forever on my Clip-It Up , Peggy's Pretty's , ribbon and some Stickles finish off my card !

TFL ..... and check out the challenge !

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Happy New Year

 It has been a busy 10 days so I am happy I found time to sit and create a bit over the past few days . It is my downtime where I can unwind and hide in my room ! DH bought me a nice IPOD dock for my room so I can drowned out the hockey games that have been non-stop on our TV since we got back from DD's on Dec 29th . I will be glad when Monday comes and life can become normal .... whatever that is ! DH has been on holidays since December 24th and although it has been nice to have him home , it is definitely time for him to go back to work ! Holidaying in the good weather is great as we can jump in the RV and just go ... winter holidays aren't great as the RV is in strage and we have no desire to go to some exotic place that is going to require a long plane ride ! LOL !

 Christmas has come and gone and we enjoyed the time with each of our kids and their families . Santa ( and Grandpa and Grandma ) was very generous to say the least ! New Year's was quiet here  as DH & I chose to stay in and watch a movie ... after all his hockey games were over for the night . I made it to bring in 2010 by myself as DH went to bed before 11 ( still later then he usually goes ) .

 We made NO New Year's resolutions here as we never keep them regardless ! Hopefully we can both make a commitment on some weight loss around here though as we both need to ! I am sending a huge bage of choclate to work with DH on Monday to get it out of the house ... I definately do not need the stuff here !

Here is a card I made using a cute Sarah Kay stamp . This image reminds me of my DD as she was so into Hollie Hobbie when she was little !

Have a great week everybody !

week 38 Challenge on Just Magnolia

I am happy that I actually got my card done for this sketch challenge on http://justmagnolia.blogspot.com/%20%20Week%2038%20challenge

as I am finding I love sketches ! here is my take on their sketch !

This card was a lot of fun to do and I even got to play with my Shimmers on flowers . Tilda with tulips is just the sweetest image to use for a thank you card !

TFL ! And happy creating in 2010 !

Little Stamp Shoppe challenge !

I am just getting in under the wire on this one from Little Stamp Shoppe ( okay I was too late on getting this challenge posted ! I lost a day somewhere ... think it comes from having DH home ! When does Monday come so he can go back to work ? LOL )

Mini Challenge ... December  . It is creating a tag and between being behind on all my Christmas creating , I was happy to sit down after Christmas and actually do some creating ! I have really missed my time in my room ! DH as been watching a LOT of hockey for the past week so I have been able to hide from him !

Here is my take on the challenge ! I love this little sitting waiting Tilda ........ used as a Thank You card / tag !

Happy New Year everybody !