Monday, May 30, 2011

EXCITING NEWS!!! DT Call at Wild Orchid Crafts!!

Happy Monday everyone!!! For some it's Happy Memorial Day and for others it's Happy Bank Holiday! But for EVERYONE it's a HAPPY DAY because of the EXCITING NEWS today!!!!

Wild Orchid Crafts has posted a Design Team Call and is in the process of recruiting three talented DT members to join the existing team. If you would like to be considered, just jump right over to the Wild Orchid Crafts Blog to find out all of the details, requirements, and instructions for applying. Initial appointments will cover 6 months – from 1st July to 31st December with the possibility of extending for a second term. The DT call is open to all and will close at 8pm GMT on Sunday, 12th June.

Enjoy your day no matter where you may be!!! Hugs to all!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious



Happy Sunday and Welcome to SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious for another opportunity to win a fabulous prize being offered by Diana at Magnolia-licious. Thank you so much for helping us to spread the word to all of your blogging and crafting friends about this marvelous surprise each Sunday!



This week Magnolia-licious is offering a $15 Gift Certificate to be used for any stamps which are in stock at the Magnolia-licious store. Have a look to see what you might select!!!! AND oh my goodness!!!! What little darlings there are in stock at Diana's shop. ...so jump over to Magnolia-licious and see what is awaiting you there!!!

In order to be eligible for this wonderful prize, all you need to do to enter the drawing is leave a link to your blog below at the little BLUE FROGGY (or your email address in a comment if you don't have a blog). There are NO requirements or rules and you do not need to be a follower or even put information on your blog about the opportunity if you don’t want to. Of course, we will always appreciate it greatly if you would help us spread the word on your personal blog about SUNDAY SENSATIONS!!!!

Remember the closing for SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious is at midnight EST each Tuesday and the winner is announced on Wednesday! Good Luck to Everyone!!


Friday, May 27, 2011

SWEET STUFF and Tilda Picks Flowers at Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge


Happy Friday everyone! I hope that you have all had a delightful week and are ready for a fun and exciting weekend!

This week at the Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge we are being hosted by the super talented and inspirational Jacqui of Cat's Whiskers who has given us the fun theme of FRIENDS! So I hope you will come on over to the challenge and have a peek at the lovely cards this week and decide to play along with us. There are two very nice prizes this week--one is from Crafts U Love and the other is from The Ribbon Girl. Both of the prizes are fabulous this week!!!!

For my DT Sample card I used Bazzill for the base and all double matting. The DP is from the Lilac Mist Paper Stack by Wild Rose Studio and all background panels are machine stitched. I used little Tilda Holding Egg Basket which is available over at Magnolia-licious. I changed her eggs to purple flowers...lol...She was colored with Copics, adding some Stickles to her hairbow and to the lace on her dress and cutting her out with triple Nesties. I haven't usually colored her shoes to match her dress....but my wonderful friend Gunilla in Sweden told me that she was amazed that Americans usually color Tilda's shoes in browns and grays because the little girls in Sweden want their shoes to match their dresses!!! So these purple boots are for Gunilla!!! Smiles!!! For the horizontal I used a gorgeous Guipure Lace from Wild Orchid Crafts along with some organza and a satin ribbon bow to anchor a gold heart charm. For the base of the left side floral treatment I used a sweet Paper Doily which I folded for more dimension. The lovely flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts : 40mm Trellis Rose, 35mm Trellis Rose, 25mm Wild Rose, Hip Rosebuds, and Aster Daisies. You can see that I added another Aster Daisy to Tilda's little basket. To finish the front I used some WOC Self-Adhesive Pearls and a couple of lavender organza butterflies.


The first panel on the inside repeats the design from the front using more of the WOC Guipure Lace. I also used a Magnolia You Are My Best Friend which I cut out, embossed, and chalk stenciled with a Spellbinders Ribbon Banner adding a couple of Pearls. For the jotting panel I used another Doily, triple Nesties, and a tiny lavender satin bow.

SWEET STUFF--Happy SWEET STUFF Opportunity to all of my FOLLOWERS!!!! It tickles my heart to be able to give you a chance to win some sweet Maggie stuff!!! I don't usually make this request, but this time I would appreciate your letting your blogging friends know about the SWEET STUFF by linking to this posting in your sidebar with a picture of the SWEET STUFF! Thank you so very much! Just be sure to leave your info with the little Blue Froggy!!! If you don't have a blog, please leave a comment and tell your friends about the SWEET STUFF!!! Let's have the cut-off for this SWEET STUFF on Tuesday, May 31, at Midnight EST! GOOD LUCK to everyone!!!


1 Magnolia Doohickey Die Set - Dragonflies
1 Magnolia Birthday Tilda Stamp
1 Magnolia HAPPY BIRTHDAY Text Stamp
1 Tin of MM Flower Shop Collection
1 Set K&Co Rhinestones and Brads
4 Bunches of Mulberry Roses

Thank you so much for dropping by and I really would love for you to join us at the Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge this week! Gosh, it will be so much fun!!! I hope you will drop by here often....we have another SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious coming up on Sunday...woooohoooo!!! Until the next time our paths cross, I send big hugs for you!!!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Cutest Karate Kid by LOTV!!!!


Happy Wednesday to everyone!! I hope you are having a splendid week and this is the very HUMP DAY--- so good, bad, or indifferent, we are halfway to the weekend already!!! It has been so warm here that outside work is early in the mornings...but I am not complaining!! I like it much better than ice and snow!!!

I would like to share with you a card that is perhaps one of the most difficult I have ever made although for many of you, you will think that it is easy as can be!!!! It is always so very difficult for me to make masculine cards but I had in my mind that I wanted this card to be very simple...so we will see what you think of it. The base and all matting is Bazzill and the DP is all from the MME Lime Twist-Fly A Kite Collection. Gosh such bright and vivid colors are so fun!!! All of the background panels are machine stitched. The cute, cute, cute image I used is LOTV Karate Kid from the Latest Collection of One for the Boys!!! This cutie was stamped on Cryogen White and colored with Copics. This little green belt darlin' was emphasized in the Karate Belt tie with a horizontal of emerald green satin. For additional embellishments I used a couple of star buttons and the sentiment is computer generated with Chinese Takeaway font and placed on double Concentric Stars Nesties. The image was cut with Square Nesties and turned on its end. And SHUCKS in the picture his face looks smudged and dirty but I can't see it at all in real life...lol...Cameras and computers drive me NUTZ!!!!!


The first panel on the inside sports a Okinawan-Japanese kanji symbol for something--it's either FRIEND or the symbol for kanji...but I liked the looks of the symbol so I used it!!!..lol... It was cut out with triple Nesties, adding a bit of emerald green satin ribbon behind it. For the second panel I used a larger Nestie star for the jotting panel with the remainder of the sentiment and adding a flat tied green satin knot and another gold star.

I hope you like my little creation and will check out all of the other CUTE, CUTE little guys at LOTV .

Thank you so very much for coming by to see what's happening here today!! It tickles my heart to see that you have been here and I am hoping that you will drop by often!! Have a marvelous day and until we next meet, I send a big hug to you!!!

WINNER of SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious!!!



Happy Thursday everyone!! This week we had a total of 332 participants for the SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious--286 with Mr. Froggy and 46 by comment or email! This exciting event is generously sponsored by Diana at the Magnolia-licious shop who will have another surprise for some lucky participant each and every Sunday right here!

The WINNER of the Gift Certificate from Magnolia-licious has been selected by random.org and is.....

craftymom205 who said...
Please enter me. I have no blog.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

Congratulations, Craftymom!!! Please contact me before this Thursday morning at 8 AM EST so that we can make arrangements to get your Sunday Sensations Surprise to you right away!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who is helping to spread the word about this wonderful weekly giveaway!! Best wishes to each of you for a magnificent week!!! See you back here on Sunday to share the next SUNDAY SENSATIONS from MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tilda in the Garden and WINNERS!!!


Happy Tuesday everyone!! I hope your week is going exceptionally well. It has been such lovely weather here that being inside is not at the top of my agenda. But of course today and tomorrow may be TOO hot to do very much outside! Is the weather crazy these days or is it just me??? Gosh, 88 degrees F (31C) is not our typical SPRING!!!!!

My card today is posted over on the Wild Orchid Crafts Blog and if you don't have that site in your favorites you are missing out on some really amazing inspiration using all of the products available at Wild Orchid Crafts Shop as well as all of the SNEAK PEEKS of lovelies on the way!!!

For my card I used Bazzill for the base and all matting and the DP is from the Summer Breeze Paper Pad by First Edition...I just love all of the glittery papers!!! All background panels were machine stitched. I used the darling little Tilda in the Garden from the You Are So Special Collection which is now available over at Magnolia-licious. I just love that bubble outfit she is wearing and those shoes on the wrong feet just tickle me!!!!! I stamped her on Cryogen White, colored her with Copics adding a touch of Star Dust Stickles, and cut her out with triple Nesties. For the base of the flowers I used Magnolia Doohickey Swirl diecuts. The floral arrangement is ALL by Wild Orchid Crafts in the yummiest shades of browns and peaches: 40mm Trellis Rose, 25mm Open Roses, 20mm Open Roses, 15mm Open Roses, and Aster Daisies. The Heart Shaped Pins, Peach Self-Adhesive Pearls, and lovely Guipure Lace are also from WOC.


On the first inside panel you can get a better glance at the lovely Guipure Lace which I also used on the front of the card. In addition I used a bit of satin ribbon, a bit of swirl, and a couple of heart pins. The second panel is very simple with enough room for a sweet note to someone special!!

I hope you like my little Peach and Brown creation and will let me know what you think of her!!

WINNER WINNER!!! And it's time for Mr Random.Org to make a couple of selections for the Whimsy SWEET STUFF from last week... Sooooooooo...here we go!!

Congratulations to...

58. Rufus (who did not leave a blog address)






Congratulations to...

129. Rosamnd

Rufus and Rosamnd, please contact me before this Thursday morning at 8 AM EST so that I can get your packages out to you right away!! My sincere thanks to everyone who played along and it won't be long until there is a little more SWEET STUFF for you!!!

Thank you so much for dropping by today and I hope you will want to visit often! I appreciate your comments and notes so very much!! Until the next time, take care and ENJOY!!! Big hugs for YOU!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wild Orchid Challenge-Embossing and Layers!!



A very Happy Monday to everyone!!! Gosh I hope your weekend was as perfect as mine--lovely weather, alot accomplished, and loads of fun along the way!!! I hope you also have a marvelous week!! I know I intend to!!

Today is a new challenge over at Wild Orchid Challenge and for this fortnight (two weeks) the challenge is for embossing and at least 3 layers on your cards!!! What a fun challenge!!! And there is a magnificent prize being offered as usual by Wild Orchid Crafts and I just know you don't want to miss out on the wonderful chance!!! So please come over and see the magnificent DT Inspirational cards and then join in with us to show us your embossing and layers!!!!

For my DT Sample Card I used Bazzill for the base and all double matting and all background panels are machine stitched. The DP is from The Paper Studio's Mirabelle paper kit. I just love the multi-colored Toile de Jouy paper!! The darling image I used is LOTV Fairies-Bouquet which I stamped on XPress It Blending Card and colored with Copics, adding MS Florentine Gold glitter to her crown, Prisma Glitter to her wings, and Stickles and Liquid Pearls to the bouquet. She was cut out with triple Nesties and the image panel was dry embossed with the Nesties. For the vertical I used LOTV Clear Additions-Vintage Backgrounds heat embossed with Adirondack Cranberry EP onto a faint gingham check from the DP collection. For the right corners I used Gold Filigree Corners and embellished them with Self-Adhesive Pearls. I also added the same pearls to soften other corners and to give some definition to the left side of the card. For the horizontal I used an olive organza ribbon with a Webster's Pages Sparkler added to the bow. All of the floral treatment is from Wild Orchid Crafts: 35mm Trellis Rose , Cherry Blossom Stem Flowers, Aster Daisies, 15mm Open Roses.



For the first panel on the inside I used more of the heat embossed gingham paper and more olive organza ribbon and bows for the horizontal. I also heat embossed the lovely LOTV sentiment from the LOTV Set 10 - A5 Verses. For the second panel I used a pre-cut floral escutcheon shape topped by dry embossed triple round Nesties for the jotting spot. For a touch of dimension I also added additional Self-Adhesive Pearls as well as another organza bow.

I hope you like my little creation and will let me know what you think of it. I also hope that you will join with us for this challenge at Wild Orchid Challenge!!

Thank you so much for dropping by...please come back often!!! There are some SWEET STUFF opportunities on my right sidebar so I hope you will want to join in there too!! Until the next time, have a delightful week!! Sending a great big hug your way!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Roses Roses and More Roses!!! HAHA!!!

For those of you who asked, here are a few pics of a FEW of the roses I have talked about...lol...I have a long row of Old English Roses which are my favorites but the picture of them didn't come out very clearly...will try again later...if you click on the pics you can enlarge them and see more of the blooms...Gosh, I just love them!!!






Now if any of you don't have anything to do, you are invited over for a rose trimming party!!! Hugs to all!!!

SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious and NEW WINNER!!!



Happy Sunday and Welcome to SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious for another opportunity to win a fabulous prize being offered by Diana at Magnolia-licious. Thank you so much for helping us to spread the word to all of your blogging and crafting friends about this marvelous surprise each Sunday! We really appreciate those of you who have linked to the contest on your blogs!!!

Since I did not hear from the winner, I am announcing a new winner for last Sunday's prize. The winner is....

173. raindropecho

Congratulations, Ann!! Please contact me before Tuesday morning at 8 AM so that I can get your prize out to you!!!



This week Magnolia-licious is offering another $15 Gift Certificate to be used for any stamps which are in stock at the Magnolia-licious store. Have a look to see what you might select!!!! AND oh my goodness!!!! What little darlings there are in stock at Diana's shop. ...so jump over to Magnolia-licious and see what is awaiting you there!!!

In order to be eligible for this wonderful prize, all you need to do to enter the drawing is leave a link to your blog below at the little BLUE FROGGY (or your email address in a comment if you don't have a blog). There are NO requirements or rules and you do not need to be a follower or even put information on your blog about the opportunity if you don’t want to. Of course, we will always appreciate it greatly if you would help us spread the word on your personal blog about SUNDAY SENSATIONS!!!!

Remember the closing for SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious is at midnight EST each Tuesday and the winner is announced on Wednesday! GOOD LUCK everyone!!!!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Whimsy Birthday Cake Mouse and SWEET STUFF!!!!



A very happy Saturday to each of you!! I hope you had a great week and are now enjoying your weekend! We are going to have some VERY warm days for the next several and that sounds like great play outside days to me! Almost all of my 180+ rose bushes are blooming and that makes the winter we had all worthwhile!

I made this card for the Whimsy Blog Hop which started on Wednesday and with all the Blogger problems and being out of town I didn't get it on my blog on Wednesday....BUT the Hop, to introduce all of the New May Releases, is running through Wednesday, May 25 so you still have time to hop along and be in the draw for some very nice prizes!!!

For my card I used Bazzill for the base and all matting and the DP is from Let's Party glitter paper pad by Best Creation Inc. The cute image I used is Meljen's Designs BIRTHDAY CAKE MOUSE from the Whimsy May Release. It was stamped on Cryogen White and colored with Copics. I then used Stickles for the flames and candle sparkle, the plate was covered with Glossy Accents, the whipped cream at the bottom of the cake is Liquid Applique, the filling is Pearl Pen, and the frosting is Liquid Pearls. The image was cut out with square and scalloped square Nesties. For the horizontal I used a triple ribbon treatment by topping some chartreuse sparkle satin with some thin hot pink satin, including a fluffy bow made with the same pink ribbon. The front was finished with Recollection gems, adding some tiny squares to the corners of the image panel.



These papers are so sparkly that I wanted to keep the inside very simple as well. I hope you can see all of the glitter on both panels. I used more gems on the jotting panel and the birthday definition sentiment is from the CELEBRATION PENNANTS SENTIMENTS collection.

I hope you like my little creation and, if you haven't visited the Whimsy Blog Hop, you will jump over and check out all of the delightful images from the new May Release!!

SWEET STUFF!!!! ...and now for another touch of Whimsy New Release SWEET STUFF...Gosh!!! I love doing SWEET STUFF for you!!! I hope you like this wee touch of goodies because the Whimsy stamp, from the new May release, is just like the one I have used for my card this time!!! The postcard is from the last release. And all of my FOLLOWERS know that all they have to do is leave their info with the little Blue Froggy...if you don't have a blog, all you have to do is leave your email in a comment below. I will close this one on Monday, May 23 at midnight EST....GOOD LUCK!!!!



1 MM Hullabaloo Mini Book Kit
1 Whimsy Birthday Cake Mouse stamp
1 Whimsy Postcard stamp
1 MM Flower Patch Stamp Set
1 Cuttlebug Concentric Hearts Die Set
4 Bunches of Mulberry Roses

Thank you so much for dropping by this day and I hope you will want to come see me often!! Remember that tomorrow is SUNDAY SENSATIONS for all of you Maggie Lovers and Monday is a new challenge over at Wild Orchid Challenge. Hope to see you there!!! Have a wonderful Saturday!! Sending BIG HUGS your way!!!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Whimsy SWEET STUFF to celebrate the New May Release!!!



Happy Thursday everyone!! I hope that you are all having a wonderful week and are safe!! I had a magnificent trip to St. Louis although there was a share of cancelled flights, etc. so I am hoping that Mr Blogger is finally agreeable and will allow me to make this posting. I was unable to use Blogger at all last week and was sooooo aggravated as I am sure most of you were also!!!

I was indeed honored and humbled that Denise at Whimsy Stamps invited me to give a sneaky peek of the New May Rubber Release at her shop and to participate in the marvelous BLOG HOP yesterday!!! However I was unable to participate because of Mr Blogger Man but I wanted to show you what I had prepared for Tuesday anyway. The Blog Hop started yesterday and gosh, there are so many wonderful prizes that I'm sure you don't want to miss it!!!! The Blog Hop lasts until Wednesday, May 25, so there's still plenty of time for you to check out the wonderful cards and fabulous prizes along the way!

For my card, I used Bazzill for the base and for all matting and the background panels are machine stitched on the outside and the inside. The DP is from the Let's Party Glitter Paper Pad by Best Creation. I used the darling little BIRTHDAY CUP MOUSE from the Whimsy Meljens Design Collection and is he having a blast or not??? He was stamped on Cryogen White, colored with Copics, adding a touch of Orange and Star Dust Stickles for the candle flames and Glossy Accents to accentuate the little cup. I added a little fluff ball to his hat and star buttons to some of the corners. For the sentiment I used the Film Strip Die which is new in this May Release with the You Are a Star from the FILM STRIP SENTIMENTS.



On the inside I used the same DP and it is quite simple...but the glittery paper kinda stands on its own. On the jotting panel I used several CELEBRATION PENNANT sentiments from this release and cut them out with the BANNER PENNANTS DIE SET.

I hope you like my little card and will decide to join us at Whimsy through Wednesday, May 25, for the magnificent Blog Hop to celebrate the new release!!!

Whimsy SWEET STUFF...and now for a touch of Whimsy New Release SWEET STUFF...Gosh!!! This is so much fun!!! I hope you like this wee touch of goodies because the Whimsy stamp, from the new May release, is just like the one I have used for my card this time!!! And all of my FOLLOWERS know that all they have to do is leave their info with the little Blue Froggy...if you don't have a blog, all you have to do is leave your email in a comment below. I will close this one on Sunday, May 22 at midnight EST....GOOD LUCK!!!!



1 Whimsy Birthday Cup Mouse
1 Set of Whimsy Magical Mini Letter Seals
1 MM Whimsy Embellishment Kit
7 Bunches of Mulberry Roses

Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you will come by often. I will be back tomorrow with another Whimsy SWEET STUFF and another card using a different darling image from the new release!!! Until the next time, I send BIG HUGS!!!!


WINNER of SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious



Happy Thursday everyone!! This week we had a total of 337 participants for the SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious--295 with Mr. Froggy and 42 by comment or email! This exciting event is generously sponsored by Diana at the Magnolia-licious shop who will have another surprise for some lucky participant each and every Sunday right here!

The WINNER of the Gift Certificate from Magnolia-licious has been selected by random.org and is.....

86. Suzi

Congratulations, Suzi!!! Please contact me before this Saturday morning at 8 AM EST so that we can make arrangements to get your Sunday Sensations Surprise to you right away!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who is helping to spread the word about this wonderful weekly giveaway!! Best wishes to each of you for a magnificent week!!! See you back here on Sunday to share the next SUNDAY SENSATIONS from MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious



Happy Sunday and Welcome to SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious for another opportunity to win a fabulous prize being offered by Diana at Magnolia-licious. Thank you so much for helping us to spread the word to all of your blogging and crafting friends about this marvelous surprise each Sunday!



This week Magnolia-licious is offering a $15 Gift Certificate to be used for any stamps which are in stock at the Magnolia-licious store. Have a look to see what you might select!!!! AND oh my goodness!!!! What little darlings there are in stock at Diana's shop. ...so jump over to Magnolia-licious and see what is awaiting you there!!!

In order to be eligible for this wonderful prize, all you need to do to enter the drawing is leave a link to your blog below at the little BLUE FROGGY (or your email address in a comment if you don't have a blog). There are NO requirements or rules and you do not need to be a follower or even put information on your blog about the opportunity if you don’t want to. Of course, we will always appreciate it greatly if you would help us spread the word on your personal blog about SUNDAY SENSATIONS!!!!

Remember the closing for SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious is at midnight EST each Tuesday and the winner is announced on Wednesday! Since I am going to be out of town this week, I will announce the winner on Wednesday evening as soon as I get back home!!!


Friday, May 13, 2011

Lace, Lace, and More Lace at Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge



Happy Friday to each of you!! I hope you are finishing up a wonderful week and are looking forward to a marvelous weekend!! I will be going to St. Louis for a few days for a little R&R and to take a family friend to see the Cardinals and Phillies baseball game as a part of his Happy 90th Year Birthday present!!! So I will report to you when I get back!!! I have pre-scheduled some postings so let's all keep our fingers crossed that Mr Blogger Man is back with us!!!

In spite of all of the Blogger problems...arghhhhhh!!!...today is a new challenge over at Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge where we are hosted by Claudia who has selected the theme Make it Lacy so we would like to see LACE featured somewhere on your project – either real or faux/punched/die cut/ paper etc. Doesn't that sound like fun?!? So please come on over and play along with us and have a look at the wonderful sample cards done by the other DT members. There are a couple of fabulous prizes this week--Jacobi.nl and Creative Treasures are our magnificent sponsors for this challenge.

For my DT Sample Card I used Bazzill for the base and all double matting is PTI. The DP is from the Crate Paper Portrait Collection and all background panels are machine stitched. The image I have used is that darling little Tilda with Lace Jeans from the Butterfly Dreams Collection at Magnolia-licious. She was stamped on Cryogen White and colored with Copics, adding a touch of Stickles to the lace and hairbow and Liquid Pearls to the buttons. She was cut out with double Nesties and encircled with some sweet lace which was a special gift from the very talented Suzan--thank you so very much, Sweetie!! The midground panel was also encircled with the same lace. For the horizontal I used an organza ribbon tied into a double bow to dangle a silver heart charm from silver cording. The floral treatment is all from Wild Orchid Crafts: 30mm Wild Roses and Hip Rosebuds. To finish the front I used WOC Self-Adhesive Pearls to all corners.



The inside is quite simple. On the first panel I used the same lace from the front with another organza bow and on the second panel a triple Nestie and even more lace! Hey, the theme was MAKE IT LACY so I tried!!!! hahahaha

Thank you so very much for dropping by to have a peek at my little card and you know I love having you here! I would like to know what you think of my little girlie this week. Please come back often! Have a wonderful day and until our next meeting, BIG HUGS for YOU!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Happy Dad's Day!!!



Happy Thursday everyone!! I hope you are having a wonderful week and oh my goodness, this week is disappearing quickly! I don't know if that's good or bad BUT not very much we can do about it!! haha

This is a just because I wanted to make a card day!!! Oh what fun!!! The stamps in the latest release over at LOTV are perfect for all the men in your life! They're great for every occasion including Father's Day so you won't be stuck for inspiration anymore when faced with those oh so difficult cards to make for boys!!

For my card I used Bazzill for the base and PTI for all double matting. The DP is from the BG Life of the Party Paper Pad and all background panels are machine stitched. I used the darling little Dad's The Word stamped on XPress It Blending Card and colored with Copics. Is he not the cutest little bear you have ever seen?!?!? For the left vertical I used some red star buttons threaded and tied with red/white baker's twine. And for the right vertical I used a corrugated kraft strip topped with stitched red grosgrain ribbon for a belt effect with the little nickel buckle. I also replicated the tools from the image with a several buttons.



The inside is more DP from the same paper pad. On the first panel I used a kraft envelope with blue star buttons and more baker's twine which will hold a gift card to one of those home improvement stores...cute huh? And on the second panel I used two verticals of the red stitched ribbon and added the Happy Father's Day sentiment from the Set 8 - Happy Circular Sentiments from LOTV for the jotting spot.

Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you will let me know what you think of my happy little bear. Hope to see you again real soon. Tomorrow is the Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge and of course you don't want to miss SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious right here! Until the next time, have fun and enjoy!!! Big hugs!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WINNER at Sunday Sensations from Magnolia-licious!!



Happy Wednesday everyone!! This week we had a total of 385 participants for the SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious--344 with Mr. Froggy and 41 by comment or email! This exciting event is generously sponsored by Diana at the Magnolia-licious shop who will have another surprise for some lucky participant each and every Sunday right here!

The WINNER of the Three Darling Mini Tilda Stamps from Magnolia-licious has been selected by random.org and is.....

113. Ineke Bezemer

Congratulations, Ineke!!! Please contact me before this Friday morning at 8 AM EST so that we can make arrangements to get your Sunday Sensations Surprise to you right away!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who is helping to spread the word about this wonderful weekly giveaway!! Best wishes to each of you for a magnificent week!!! See you back here on Sunday to share the next SUNDAY SENSATIONS from MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Garden of Wishes at Wild Orchid Challenge



Gosh, it's Monday already so I hope you have a delightful one and a splendid week! I also hope you enjoyed your weekend especially. I think beautiful weather has finally arrived in my part of the world and I am so darn happy about it!! So many of my roses are blooming and the world around me is WONDERFUL!!!

Today is the next challenge at Wild Orchid Challenge and for these two weeks we are using a magnificent sketch by the absolutely inimitable and inspirational Bev of All the Things I Love...she also asked that we have Mom or Mum in mind with our card! (I have my magnificent 81 year old Mom in mind all the time---she is in a Life Care Center after suffering a massive stroke 4 years ago which left her in a wheel chair and without any verbal abilities...sigh....But she is still my most marvelous inspiration!!!!) And of course there is a fabulous prize this time, as always, from Wild Orchid Crafts which you have to see to believe!!!! We would love for you to come on over and join in with us!! Also pop over and see the absolutely magnificent inspirational samples from my fellow DT members--the cards they have made are GORGEOUS!!!!

I made an easel card and matching gift box for my sample this fortnight. I used Bazzill for the base and for all double matting. The DP is from the Tilda Angel Love Paper Stack and all background panels are machine stitched. The image I used is the lovely LOTV Garden of Wishes which I colored with Copics and added a bit of sparkle with Prisma Glitter. All of the embellishments are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the most wonderful shop in the world for beautiful products and exceptional customer service!!!! I used a beautiful White Guipure Lace and you can see that in each of the openings in the lace I have added Self-Adhesive Pearls. For the floral treatments I used 25mm Wild Roses, 20mm Open Roses, and 15mm Open Roses along with Heart Shaped Pins from the Wheel. For the horizontals I used a 25mm Silver/Grey Organza Ribbon tied into double flat bows. The final touch was made with additional Pearls in two sizes to soften all of the corners.



This view will perhaps give you a better view of the easel card and the box. I simply covered a plain 6 3/4" X 6 3/4" brown box with the dotted DP so that it would be a compliment to the card. I also added Pearl brads to the bottom as footsies and decorated in the same manner as the card, adding the lovely White Guipure Lace around the lid's edge with Pearl inserts.

I hope you like my little submission and will let me know what you think of it!!! Please drop over to the Wild Orchid Challenge and join in with us or just peruse all of the lovely cards this week! We would love for you to follow our Challenge Blog and the Wild Orchid Crafts Store Blog so that you can see all of the beautiful products as they are introduced!!!!

Thank you so much for dropping by today!!! It is always such a joy to see you here and I hope you will want to drop by often!! Remember to check out SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious and be on the lookout for the new release of the cutest little boys/bears over at LOTV on March 11 at Midnight UK Time...AND I am thinking some SWEET STUFF real soon!!!! Sending BIG HUGS your way!!!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious!!



Happy Sunday and Welcome to SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious for another opportunity to win a fabulous prize being offered by Diana at Magnolia-licious. Thank you so much for helping us to spread the word to all of your blogging and crafting friends about this marvelous surprise each Sunday!

This week Magnolia-licious is offering three--yes 3 of the sweetest MINI Tilda stamps! These are all so cute!!! MINI Native American Tilda, MINI Princess Tilda, and MINI Peachy Tilda are this week's special prize!!! If you haven't checked out all of the MINI stamps that Diana has available right now, just pop on over to Magnolia-licious and click on the Magnolia Mini World section and you will be amazed at all of the darlings!!! So many cuties and so little time!!! lol

In order to be eligible for this wonderful prize, all you need to do to enter the drawing is leave a link to your blog below at the little BLUE FROGGY (or your email address in a comment if you don't have a blog). There are NO requirements or rules and you do not need to be a follower or even put information on your blog about the opportunity if you don’t want to. Of course, we will always appreciate it greatly if you would help us spread the word on your personal blog about SUNDAY SENSATIONS!!!!

Remember the closing for SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious is at midnight EST each Tuesday and the winner is announced on Wednesday! Please be sure to check back on Wednesday to see if you are the lucky winner of these THREE darling accessory stamps!!!!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Aeroplane at Lili of the Valley



A very Happy and Fun Saturday to each of you!! I hope you had a splendid week and are now moving right along into an even better weekend!! They usually are, aren't they?!?!

I have another little SNEAKY PEEKY for you from the upcoming It's A Boy Thing Collection at LOTV. There are 16 new little Boy/Bear stamps and they all give you a glimpse into the imaginations of the little tykes! They are all so darling. The release time is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, at Midnight UK time! So mark you calendars---you don't want to miss it!!! You can check out loads of SNEAKY PEEKS of this new, amazing collection at the LOTV Ideas to Inspire site!!

I have used the AEROPLANE cutie and I can just imagine how this little one is thinking about all of the world adventures he can have on that homemade airplane!!! I used Bazzil for the base and all double matting, the DP is from the Pack Your Bags Collection by Kaisercraft, and all background and image panels are machine stitched. The image was colored with Copics. For the midground I used a LOTV Grunge Postcard, a Trip Highlights journaling card, and a ticket to ANYWHERE--all held with a little nickel clip. For the horizontal I used a bit of gray twill with a nickel ribbon slide. The sentiment is from the wonderful LOTV Circular Mixed Sentiments Set. And finally to finish the front I used a WANDER token and a nickel cornerpiece. Makes you want to fly away for parts unknown!!!!



On the first panel on the inside I propped up a couple of matted blocks of fun tickets which are from the paper pack! The second jotting panel is a shield which I have stitched around, adding nickel brads to each of the points!

I hope you like my little creation! I would love to hear what you think of him! Remember the days are slipping by and soon these little darlings will be available to come to your home to play!!! WEDNESDAY, May 11, at Midnight UK TIME!!!! Yippppeeeee!

Thank you so much for coming by to see me today and I hope you will want to visit often! Tomorrow we will have yet another SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious surprise so don't miss it! Until then, let's keep our imaginations alive and well like this little darling above!! Big hugs coming your way!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Hello Little Butterfly at Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge



A very Happy Friday to each of you!!! Gosh, it's almost weekend again and I know we all live for those!! I hope that the weather is beautiful wherever you may be and that you can enjoy it as much as I intend to!!!

This week at Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge we are hosted by the very talented Carol for our Special Monthly Challenge - Anything Goes with the option of stitching - either faux or real. The fabulous prize this week is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp!! So come on over and play along with us!!!!

For my DT Sample Card I used Bazzill for the base and all double matting and the DP is from the Chanteuse Collection by Kaisercraft. All background panels are machine stitched. The sweet image I used is from the Butterfly Dreams Collection at Magnolia-licious. Hello Little Butterfly was stamped on XPress It Blending Card and colored with Copics. The little butterfly was covered with Prima Glitter. The image was cut out with double Nesties. for the verticcal I added some MFT die cut borders along with some ruffle edge organza ribbon. The ribbon treatment holds a few small green organza butterflies. The little bouquet resting on MS punched branches is made of those yummy Sweetheart Blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts. The front and image panel were finished with 2 sizes of WOC Self-Adhesive Pearls.



The inside is quite simple. I added a silver butterfly charm to the double bow on the first panel and on the second panel I used the same MFT border die for the jotting spot.

I hope you like my little creation and will decide to join with us over at the Just Magnolia and hÄnglar & stÄnglar Challenge!! We would love for you to even visit to see the beautiful DT cards this week.

Thank you so much for dropping by today and I hope you will return often!! Have a delightful weekend and I will certainly see you for SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious real soon, if not before. Until then, big hugs for YOU!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Astronaut at Lili of the Valley



A marvelous Thursday to each of you!!! I hope you are having a marvelous week and are preparing for a spectacular weekend!! I know I am!!!

On May 11, Lili of the Valley will be introducing the cutest and sweetest Little Boy and Bear images and I am giving you a little SNEAK PEEK today of one of the little darlings!!! So often we only think of little girls' cards but with this release you will be so thrilled with such cuties for little boys!!! If you have a peek over at LOTV Ideas To Inspire Blog, you can see lots of SNEAKY PEEKS of these little sweeties!!!

The card base and all matting is Bazzill and the DP is from an old Tapestry Collection called Outer Space. The darling image was stamped on Cryogen White and colored with Copics, adding a computer generated HI to the pennant. The image was framed with a contrasting DP, adding a glittery space ship to the forefront. Is he not the cutest little tyke holding his astro bear and check out the astro bunny in the rocket!!! Too cute and funny!!!! I added some outer space buttons for alot of texture. The sentiment is from the new LOTV Clear Additions Range--Mixed Circular Sentiments and was cut out with double Nesties.



On the first panel of the inside I used some glittery star buttons with gold cording to simulate shooting stars. And for the jotting panel I used two glitter outlined Nestie Stars together with a Man in the Moon charm.

I hope you like my little fun creation and I know you are as excited as I am for Wednesday, May 11, when all of these little darlings at LOTV will be available for purchase...yippppeeeee!!! That's less than a week away!!!

Thanks, Tanya, for inviting me over to the challenge at The Pixie Cottage!!

Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you will want to visit me often!! Have a wonderful day and until we meet again I send BIG hugs to you!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Nancy with Bouquet at The Stamping Bazaar



Happy Wednesday everyone!!I hope you are having a magnificent week! I wanted to make a quick post today after I heard from the winner at SUNDAY SENSATIONS so I hope you will enjoy this little cutie!

I was asked by Susan and Emma at The Stamping Bazaar fill a Special Guest Designer Spot today by selecting an image and making a card for the store's Blog. I was so honored to be able to make this little card for them! Thanks, Susan and Emma, for inviting me to share in your wonderful blog today!! I selected Nancy with Bouquet, the cutest little hedgehog ever!! Of course I had to ask what this animal was since I don't think we have hedgehogs here...lolol.

For my card I used Bazzill for the base and all double matting and the DP is from Basic Grey Hello Luscious paper pack. The two background panels are machine stitched. Nancy was colored with Copics and her little smock was paper pieced with the same paper from the vertical panel. This panel was edged with a MFT die cut. For the horizontal I used a double-faced satin ribbon tied into a double flat bow. The flower in Nancy's hair, the bouquet resting on the bow, and all pearls are from Wild Orchid Crafts: Sweetheart Blossoms which are available in 12 magnificent colors and Self-Adhesive Pearls.

I hope you like this little cutie and will pop over to The Stamping Bazaar and check out their other very cute images.

Thank you so much for dropping by to see what's happening here!! I will be back tomorrow with my first SNEAK PEEK of the new LOTV stamps. Oh my goodness...there are 16 new little boy images and they are PRECIOUS!!! I know you will just fall in love with them--there is nothing cuter than a little boy with a great imagination!!! This new release will be available for you to purchase on May 11...so keep your peepers open!!! Sending a big hug your way!!!

WINNER at SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious!!!



Happy Wednesday everyone!! This week we had a total of 346 participants for the SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious--314 with Mr. Froggy and 32 by comment or email! This exciting event is generously sponsored by Diana at the Magnolia-licious shop who will have another surprise for some lucky participant each and every Sunday right here!

The WINNER of the Three Darling Mini Accessory Stamps from Magnolia-licious has been selected by random.org and is.....

182. Carol

Congratulations, Carol!!! Please contact me before this Friday morning at 8 AM EST so that we can make arrangements to get your Sunday Sensations Surprise to you right away!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who is helping to spread the word about this wonderful weekly giveaway!! Best wishes to each of you for a magnificent week!!!See you back here on Sunday to share the next SUNDAY SENSATIONS from MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

WINNER of my Wild Orchid Crafts Blog Hop SWEET STUFF!!!

A very happy Monday to everyone! Thank you all so very much for participating in the Wild Orchid Crafts Blog Hop last week!!! I hope you had as much fun as I did!!! It was just wonderful to be able to show you some new, gorgeous roses from the Classic Colour Range which I included in my SWEET STUFF!

And now its time for Mr Random to make his selection of the winner from all of you sweet people who played along with us!! The winner of these lovely flowers and lace is.......

127. Dawnll

Congratulations, Dawn!! Please contact me before Wednesday evening, May 4, at 8 PM EST so that I can get your prize out to you right away!!

And it won't be long til I will be back with perhaps even more surprises for you!!! Have a wonderful day!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious!!!



Happy Sunday and Welcome to SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious for another opportunity to win a fabulous prize being offered by Diana at Magnolia-licious. Thank you so much for helping us to spread the word to all of your blogging and crafting friends about this marvelous surprise each Sunday!




This week Magnolia-licious is offering three--yes 3 of the sweetest MINI accessory stamps! These are all so cute!!! Lazy Summer Flowers, Celebration Tag, and Floral Background are this week's special prize!!! If you haven't checked out all of the MINI stamps that Diana has available right now, just pop on over to Magnolia-licious and click on the Magnolia Mini World section and you will be amazed at all of the darlings!!! So many cuties and so little time!!! lol

In order to be eligible for this wonderful prize, all you need to do to enter the drawing is leave a link to your blog below at the little BLUE FROGGY (or your email address in a comment if you don't have a blog). There are NO requirements or rules and you do not need to be a follower or even put information on your blog about the opportunity if you don’t want to. Of course, we will always appreciate it greatly if you would help us spread the word on your personal blog about SUNDAY SENSATIONS!!!!

Remember the closing for SUNDAY SENSATIONS from Magnolia-licious is at midnight EST each Tuesday and the winner is announced on Wednesday! Please be sure to check back on Wednesday to see if you are the lucky winner of these THREE darling accessory stamps!!!!