Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tilda Gathers Roses for YOU and ME!!!!

A very happy Wednesday and a happy July to each and every one!! This week has been a very trying one for me so I hope you can understand that my postings and comments have been minimal and I am just not myself these days. My Dad, 80 years old, was diagnosed with full-blown Alzheimers and the doctor would not let him return home where he had been living alone since my Mom's massive stroke 2 years ago. So he has joined my Mom at the Life Care Center where she has been for the past two years. I have inherited, and quickly adopted Lucky, their little black mini-human in a poodle all of the news is not bad!

I have also been asked to be a Guest Designer for Issue 7 on The Next Level which is certainly thrilling yet humbling. If you have not visited this challenge blog, please do so as it is very interesting and educational!! Madge (Ann) and Dawn are doing an exceptional job to bring us much innovation, instruction, and fun!!! I am really looking forward to my week during Issue 7 on The Next Level and hope you will join me then!!!

Since it's my birthday month ...wooooohooooooo, I have been asked to design the July Sketch for Magnolia-licious (not really the reason but I can and really enjoyed making it for us all to use. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!! I am thrilled to invite you to make a card using this same sketch and download it to MrLinky on the Magnolia-licious Hi-lites site where you will also find all of the other DT members' cards during the is the sketch:

Please feel free to flip the sketch in any direction and use each of the panels in any way your heart desires. I would love for you to join with me and the other members of the DT in uploading your cards for all of us to see and get ideas from. Seeing your lovely cards is truly a continuing inspiration for me...I love all of the varied interpretations and ideas so Keep 'Em Coming!!

For my card I used Bazzill CS for the card base, Prismatics Stormy Dark for matting, and Basic Grey's new June Bug for all DP. Gosh!! I think this is the cutest paper!!! As you will note, I followed the sketch very carefully, stamping Tilda with Hearts from the Valentine Collection 2009 twice and coloring both with Copics and adding a bit of Sunshine Yellow and Russet Red FlowerSoft so she would be gathering roses rather than hearts, and finally propping her up on dimensional tape. This Tilda is from Magnolia-licious and if it is not in stock at the moment, there are several Tildas holding chicks, etc that can be used in exactly the same way. I also used several types of textural trims and finally added Prima Trellis Roses and tiny button brads. The inside is very simple since the coordinating June Bug paper speaks well enough for itself. I did add a pewter rose charm to continue the rose thought from the front of the card.

I am so happy that you dropped by and hope that you will let us know what you think!! I hope that you will come back often!! I wish for each of you a magnificent July, an exciting and fun upcoming holiday weekend, and lots of smiles!!! Take care, be safe, and feel these big ol' Magnolia-licious hugs!!!!


Sharon Caudle said...

Jacque, first...big hugs to you hon. I know you've had a tough week. This sketch is just downright amazing! I really loved working with it! Thank you! And your card is just stunning! I love all the details and how you altered Tilda to fit your needs. Beautiful details as always. Those roses are gorgeous too! You're amazing! hugs!

Danni said...

I'm sorry that things have been rough. Ya know my phone number and my email, I'm here anytime for you sweetie. Hugs!!
Another truly amazing and creative card. You just blow me away with your talent...I wanna be like you when I grow up!

Ann said...

Jacque, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time, I hope your Dad is settling in well. Thank you so much for your kind words on The Next Level, and we are really looking forward to your creation for us. In the meantime I just have to say you have created one very beautiful card here, the colours are so vibrant and summery - beautiful as ever. Ann xxx

Suzan L said...

Hi Sweetie,
You and your Dad have been in my thoughts and prayers.
What a wonderful sketch that you have created for your birthday month!! Hehe!! Your card is just beautiful inside and out!! I can't wait to make my card with your sketch!!
Big Hugs, Suzan

Linanna DESIGNS said...

Good morning to my lovely Jacque. You have made such a stunning card here my friend, how talented are you? no wonder you've been asked to be a GD at the Next Level Challenge Blog, its so very well deserved too!! Its someones birthday this month, and i hope you are going to be spoilt rotten, as you so deserve it. I am so sorry things are hard just now with your father. I can understand what you are going though as my father was ill a while back. I hope you are looking after yourself my friend. Have a good day very big hugs to a special lady Linda x

Cami said...

Jacque, you, your Mom and Dad are in my thoughts and prayers, hoping he will settle in and will be able to share more time with your Mom now that they are both in the Life Care Center together. It will be an adjustment for you also. I love this sketch and the beautiful card you have made with those vibrant colors and great DPs. Well, there isn't a project of your I don't truly love! I will be playing with this sketch soon. Hugs, Cami

Moni said...

Hi Jacque, the sketch is amaizing and your card is stunning. So very cheerful colours and the flowers are fab one, like they are real! Love the image and again the card is fab! Hugs, Moni

cabio's craft corner said...

Dear Jacque, I love your card. your card always completed in a perfect way. Sighhhhh...I wish my card can be as nice as yours!
PS. I hope your dad would be better.

Candy said...

HI Jacque Love,
You know my thoughts and prayers have been with your and your dear father. I almost forgot about the sweet doggie!!!!
Congratulations on the Guest Designer position for the Next Level. I hope you have time to enjoy it.
Now for your sketch this month!! Your card is outstanding as usual!!!! More wonderful paper I haven't seen and so bright and cheerful. LOVE your yellow roses - they look like they are real right out of your garden!!! Fantastic work as always. Love Candy

Nancy said...

Jacque my friend big hugs to you as you go through this tough time. My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you and your parents. I love your sketch and will be playing along. Your card is just stunning as always. It is always a bright spot in the day when you have a card to share. I love your work and congrats on being a guest designer that is awesome as well!
Big Hugs,

dragon said...

I'm so upset for you as You know I work with elderly people a lot of the time and it can be so upsetting, although there are still fun times too.Keep your chin up girl and enjoy the fun times..
I'm looking forward to the time when you are the Guest designer...
yet another fabby card as always and have you seen the sneaky peek of the new summer kit. I can't wait to see what you do with them..

Lynn xx

Barb Hardeman said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad illness, Jacque. Hang in there girl. Your guest designing adventure sounds like it will be a blast and certainly well deserved.
And this card!!! It's totally awesome. Love the sketch, though now with the babies back I won't have time to participate...

Cheryl said...

Love your beautiful card and sketch Jacque!!
Great papers, colors and coloring!
I am anxious to get going on your sketch after I do some cleaning :(
thanks for letting me know about the sand castle!

Ittybittyinkspotstoo said...

Oh how gorgeous!! Beautiful card and love the layout! Your DP is awesome!!!
Sorry about such a rough week. I'm sure Lucky will keep you busy and give you lots of love!

Jessica G. said...

Such a fun and sad time all rolled into one, with a heaping amount of stress! I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, Jacque, and hope the transition goes well for him (and you). Congratulations on the Guest DT position -- you definitely deserve it. Fun sketch, too, so you can bet I'll play along!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, Jacque. . . what a gorgeous card!!! Simply breathtaking!
Take care, my friend. Love, Christina

Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

oh Jacque,you did the right thing. Iam so sorry my dear friend! I wished i would be closer to you. When we meet i must give you a big hug!
i love love your card.
what an amazing coloring and scrummy papers.

Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

first scoop the boops out of the way lol pre hug hahaha

Katie said...

I'm so sorry for your Dad.
My FIL has had Altzeimers for 6 years now and he is only 69 :( Very sad indeed.
But your card is amazing, so bright a cheery and I can't help but smile at her!

Anonymous said...

Delightful card Jacque, such jolly colours and a beautiful Tilda.
Congratulation on the GD news...very well deserved.
Thinking of you :-)
Carole x

Eulanda said...

Wow you have a lot going on! Congrats on being a guest designer, especially for your birthday month! You deserve it! Your cards are awesome! Happy Birthday too for July! Sorry to hear about your dad. This card you made is so cool! I love the flower soft. I just got some and have used it once so far. I can't wait to get back into my scrap room and play this weekend!! Yippeeee! Have a great week!

Jodi said...

Very cute and pretty!! love all of the added details to your card. I am also born in July, what day are you born?
Jodi =)

PaperSunshine said...

Your card is so pretty! I just love that paper! The roses and flowers soft are beautiful and she is such a cutie :) Gorgeous job as usual, I so enjoy every one of your creations! Love the sketch, will have to do that one.

Once again I am really sorry about your dad. My husband's grandfather has had it for 5 years (probably more but noticeably 5) and is now to the point where he is completely unable to do anything but feed himself and his wife is keeping him at home and taking care of him and she really shouldn't at this point, she really can't lift him but refuses to give in. He is 87. Anyway what I am saying is I am glad your dad is where he can be safe and well cared for :)there is a lot to be said for that.

Chris (catt871) said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!! The colours are AMAZING!!!!!!! LOVE her little basket of Flower Soft!!!!

Unknown said...

oh jacque how fabulous and really lovely. looks so amazing and pretty with these colours and big roses.
have a nice day.
big hugs, bea

Anonymous said...

Jacque what a fabulous take on the sketch!! I love the colors and of course your Tilda is perfectly colored!

Norma said...

Jacque, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your parents are in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there girl!
Congrats on winning the Guest DT spot at the Next Level. I'm sure you will do a tremendous job with any challenge they give you--you always do.
Wonderfully sketch you've given us to play wity. Simply a gorgeous card. Love that bright yellow and red summery colours. I like the roses and the way you use the flower soft in Tilda's apron and at her feet.

Big Hug.

Norma said...

That should be to play with. LOL

Rosette said...

Jacque hun... I'm soooo soory about your dad.. actually also about how you must be feeling about it! The only best thing in this is that at least there he has proessionals and can help him if he needs any medications etc.. And you will maybe get to spend time with them both without the stress of taking full care of them yourself. Big bear hugs sent your way my friend!! And the cars ia A-M-A-Z-I-N-G as usual!! :)

Vivi Casale said...

Oh Jacque, I have just seen this card now...
OMG!! SIMPLY FABULOUS!! Yellow roses are so pretty!! I LOVE YOUR CARD!!

charlene said...

Jacque what a cute card, love the flower soft !