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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 !

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Just Magnolia - Sketch challenge Week 48

 I had a busy weekend as DH took me away for my birthday on Friday and we didn't return until Monday afternoon . Yesterday I was suffering with a " bug " so didn't get much accomplished . The weekend was so much fun though as we spent the weekend with friends . On Saturday Lisa took me to do some stamping at Peggy's and I now have a huge stack of stamped images ! Will it stop me from buying more stamps ? Highly unlikely as I am terribly addicted to them ! Wonder if there is a Stamper's Anonymous anywhere ! LOL !Thanks Wayne & Lisa for such a fun time .............

That being said , at Peggy's I colored this Traveling Tilda and last night I managed to get her on a card with the help of the sketch for this week's challenge on  Just Magnolia Week 48

I used the new BG  Green at Heart paper pad .... LOVE the colors in this pad as they are beautiful ! The roses are Prima , the white trimmed with a bit of Spic pen and the setiment from a pack I bought at our Zeller's store ! Not sure which Copics I used as I didn't write them down ( again ) nor did I have my camera to take a photo of them !

Have a great week and Happy creating !

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Drunken Stampers .... Use Tole on a card

This week over on Drunken Stampers the challenge is to use tole on a card ... at least 3 layers . For those that don't know tole is the layering of your image ( stacking to be precise )  ... can be big areas or little areas . Very cool to do , looks amazing when completed ! The idea was to use a stamp but I actually stamped an image and then used this cool paper from Dream Street Papers Baylee's Garden Collection - Telling Stories and cut the flowers up and used them to stack !

My card ! Magnolia Cherry Dress Tilda  is colored with Copics ( listed below )and sitting amongst the layers of flowers . Side view to show  the layers . I used double sided foam tape to add dimension between the layers If you look down into the layers from the top , you can see that some of the layers are thicker then others . I was only able to use 3 layers on most of the flowers but one pedal and I did get 4 for it . Unfortunately , I ran out of flowers ! LOL ! I used diamond glaze on one of the flowers to give it a shine and it actually feels like glass-like when dried .

Copics used to color Tilda
E 11 , E 30 , E33 , E34 , E35 , E41 , E42 , E0000 , E000
R 0000 , R 29 , R 14 , R11 , R20
G99 , G20
YG 0000
W 2

So come join us on Drunken Stampers and show us how well you can layer ! .... I dare you ! After all , it is my birthday on Sunday and to see lots of fun cards posted will really make my day !

By the way , being it is my birthday on Sunday my dear husband is taking me away to see friends for the weekend ....... and I get to meet and stamp with Peggy from Drunken Stampers on Saturday as my friend Lisa is dragging me with her to Peggy's ! What a great birthday present !!!!

   Happy creating everybody and I hope you week will be filled with sunshine and smiles !

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Spring card

 I just love this little Magnolia stamp called Happy Tilda . She makes me smile as she reminds me of carefree youth and the joys of Spring . The background is another Magnolia stamp called Floral Background . Spring is in full gear here now as we are reaching temperatures of 10 + C during the day ... still below 0 most nights though ! Nic to see the life coming into the trees and it shouldn't be long before they are budding . Our snow piles are almost gone ! Whoo hoo !!! Today the sun even peaked out and the robins were singing up in the bush behind the house ! A sure sign of the Spring weather ......

 Here is my card and I hope she brings somes smiles and sun into your day !

I used my Copics to color the images but they wouldn't all fit in my bucket to take a photo of them so I was lazy and didn't write the numbers down either ..... LOL !
Sentiment by Stampendous ,
Magnolia DP , SU DP , Bazzill cardstock , CTMH ribbon , MM corner with Stickles finish off my card !

 Have a beautiful day and I hope I have brought a smile to your day !

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Time for some playing

 This week is going by slowly but the nice part is I found a lot of time this past weekend to play and even more on Monday afternoon while DH had a nap . I managed to get 4 cards done for my DT stint but I can't show you those yet ! LOL ! Over on Savvy n Sassy I am trying to get into the top 3 for a chance at winning some ribbon kits in their Ribbon Rave 2010 . Basically , it is doing layouts and following directions for 6 weeks . I don't seem to scrap much any more so this is one way to get a few pages done for ME ! Usually if I scrap it is for somebody else as a gift !

 Ribbon Rave Week 2 was to make ribbon flowers and explain HOW you made them ....... This is what I came up with .

My layout ........

Don't know if you can see the dates over the camping vehicles but the tent has the date 1980 on it ... but that is WRONG as it should say 1970's ! ( Yes , we tented when we had a wee one and another on the way ! Sleeping on the ground and being pregnant was SOOOOOOOOO much fun ! NOT ! LOL ) . Then we bought a tent trailer in the 1990's but that was a short lived venture as every time we went out in it , it rained ! Wet canvas smells , it leaks and it isn't much fun .... or we are just wimps ! LOL )  The little motor home was DH & mine  first attempt at traveling in style in the 2006's ..... another short lived venture ....... too cramped inside , beautiful unit but NOT if you had to spend any time inside ! Being we are more or less empty-nesters ( with 3 yorkies ) we decided it was to time to go in comfort and have some space so we upgraded from a Class " C " to a Class " A " motorhome .................. LOVE IT !!!!  It is roomy , it is beautiful and mainly it is small enough ( 32' ) that DH enjoys driving it .............

But back to the layout .......... I used this fun DP by Bella BLVD called " Camped Out " , some Bazzill cardstock and some cool bobble ribbon and ric rac from SavvynSassy to make the flowers . It took some brainwork as it has been a LONG time since I held a needle and thread ( Thumb problems ! ) but I guess they turned out okay ! LOL ! It is submitted to the challenge and now on to Week 3 which we wouldn't find out about until Sunday ( or is it Monday ? )

I also whipped up this little Magnolia Tilda in Tulle

This is the Hoppy Easter DP used here . The colors are so soft on this paper ... I LOVE it ! The velvet ribbon and lace came from SavvynSassy ribbon kits and Peggy's Pretties are tucked in the lace !Martha Stewart edge punch was used to finish the edge of the paper nicely . I have another card on the go but haven't got it finished yet .

 DH & I are sneaking away this weekend by ourselves and will be dropping in to see friends . I do believe I may get some playing in again this weekend .... but this is all a secret so SHHHHHHHH .... don't let on ! LOL !

Have a great weekend and happy creating !

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Just Magnolia ....Week 47 Challenge Easel Card

Over on Just Magnolia the challenge this week was to make an easel card . Read about the challenge here . This was a fun card to do and with Easter coming up quickly , I thought I would use this cute Tilda " BRIDESMAID " stamp that is with the new Magnolia Wedding Release .

 Closed cardOpen !

I LOVE these cards as they are so much fun to do ! The DP is from Magnolia as is the large flowers . The small flowers are from Prima . Ribbon from my stash and the lace from SassynSavvy Ribbon kits . Martha Stewart edge punch and Nesties used as well

Copics used to color Tilda

YG 03
RV 11, 13
R 20
C0 ,00 ,1,2
A touch of Sakura Glaze pen on her shoes and white for her " dot " , silver sparkle pen for her wings and outlines

Thanks for looking and Happy Creating !

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Drunken Stampers .... Challenge 8 .... Ribbon Pull

 Well my second " official " card for the Dt over on Drunken Stampers is up and posted . The challenge this week was to close your eyes and pull a ribbon from your stash and create a card with it . Read about the challenge here . I got my husband to pull my ribbon and I lucked out as it was a long piece of blue ribbon . With the help of Edwin and my Nesties , this is what I came up with

Come join us on DRUNKEN STAMPERS as you never know what inspiration you will find or what the next challenge will be !

Happy Creating !

Saturday, March 13, 2010

An Announcement ...... and a challenge

 I am still in shock and in awe of the fact I was asked to join the DT ( design team for those of you that don't know what that stands for :) on Drunken Stampers  .... a card challenge blog . Basically it is a 3 month term of creating cards based on the challenges ( which I do anyways but this time I know what the challenges are before you do ! LOL ) .......

 I will be honest , I was not sure I wanted a DT ever , I didn't want to commit to anything long term with all that goes on in our house but Peggy and Spike were more then willing to give me a push to at least try to commit for the short term .... and with a kick in the BUTT from my DH who told me I can do it even if I have no faith in myself , well here I am .... DT member for Drunken Stampers ! I hope I can inspire at least one person to try create , have some fun and believe in themselves ! ( I have to thank my husband as he is my biggest fan , my rock , my pocket book and the one that believe in me more then I believe in myself ! And thanks to Peggy and Spike for giving me a chance to prove I am DT material ...... and a BIG thank you to my friends that enable ME on all the good stuff out there to buy and create with .........  you know who you are ......... right Lisa ? LOL !  )

The first challenge I was asked to create for was based on a photo of Irish Dress found  here .

This is the card I created based on the dress

SURPRISE !!! No Magnolia stamp nor Copic markers were used * gasp * but a lovely stamp from Penny Back  , lace from Savvy n' Sassy ribbon kits that I sprayed with gold glimmer mist and then touched up with Gold ink . The Prima Flowers were also touched with with gold ink . All cardstock is Bazzill and came out of my huge stash ! Nesties were used to cut the dies and they too were rubbed with the gold ink pad .

So come join us on Drunken Stampers so we can see what you can do with this week's challenge ...............

Happy creating !!!!!! Have a wonderful week !

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Just Magnolia challenge week 45..... Tent card

Follow the link here to read all the fun details about this week's challenge on Just Magnolia  . This week the challenge was to create a tent card which Dena so kindly gave a tutorial here on how to make them . This was a lot of fun and a challenge at the same time !

SideviewThe Copics I used !

 Edwin on a bike was main focal point but what is a boy without his dog ! I also used a background stamp, used my Nesties to cut out the oval and some old stash ribbon tape !

 The card is going to be used for my Grandson  Aiden's 3rd birthday this weekend ! I hope he likes it !

 Hope you get to play this week !

TFL and Happy Creating . 

Sunday, March 07, 2010

An inchies card for Drunken Stampers

 This week was a bit of a challenge as I had to come up with an " inchies" card for over on Drunken Stampers challenge #6 . I am not a fan of  " inchies " as I find them piddly to do but decided I would give this a try regardless . I used my Ellen Hutson viola cupcake stamp and then used my watercolor pencils to color them . It has been awhile since I actually used my watercolors and it was fun ! still not a great fan of " inchies" though ! LOL !

So this is my card for Drunken Stampers ...... Give it a try and let the world see what you can come up with !

 Pop on over to Drunken Stampers and join in the fun .... and I do believe Peggy and Spike may just have an announcement or two next week !

Happy creating !

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Just playing and creating

 I read a blog by Suzanne Dean then watched her You Tube video here on using Copic markers like distressed ink used in Scandinavian distress ink painting on stamped images . Well I am not great about following directions to a tee and had to add my own twist to this technique . I added brown Copics and did some highlighting and smudges of color ... I call this technique Distressed Inks meets antiquing ...... or OOPS , I goofed but I like it ! LOL ! I will have to play more with the Distressed Painting to get it " right " but it is sure fun to play and make a mess ! LOL !

 So without further comment , here is my first attempt at Distressed painting ....

The image up close and personal !
Tilda writing in her Diary is from the newest release from Magnolia's Raise the Ceiling , the envelope is from the Love collection 2008 ( I do believe ) I masked Tilda to stamp the envelope under her .

And YES , I remembered to take a photo of my Copics this time !  How few pens I actually used this time ...... so strange for me ! LOL !

Thanks for looking and don't be afraid to try something different and step outside your box as you just never know what you may create !

Happy Creating and thanks for looking at my blog !

Monday, March 01, 2010

Just Magnolia ..... Week 44 Birthday Challenge and Drunken Stampers

Well I played this weekend and got a couple cards done . One is for Just Magnolia Week 44 Birthday challenge  which I had no problem coming up a card for .

Here is Sweet Tilda from the Raising the Ceiling collection . I just love this little girl as she has captured my heart !

You are never going to believe me when I tell you that I forgot to write down my Copics ! I can tell you that I did use my Copic airbrush for the background though and love how this turned out ! I am beginning to love the masking and the airbrushing ! It will take a bit of playing to master it though ! The flowers are from Magnolia and are so beautiful in real life ! Martha Stewart was used for the leaves , Peggy's Pretties as an accent . The tag was hand rubbed with inks and stamped with a sentiment from Stamps of Life . The ribbon and lace was from Savvy n Sassy ribbon kits.

 I never got my Copics written down because I was in too much of hurry to get at this Birthday card for my neighbour . My first attempt at an easle card . It has meets the challenge on Drunken Stampers
using Lace and Glitter . I am not one to use Glitter much as I wear moe thne I get on anywhere it is supposed to be but I did manage to get some on these flowers !

side view Front of open cardclose-up of glitterCard open

I Love my Magnolias and Copics ( yes , I forgot the colors again ! LOL ) , prima flowers , Pink Paisley Glitter Stick , Ribbon from Savvy nSassy ribbon kits . Paper from stash ....

Have a great week of creating and come play on these two sites !