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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Shades of the Victorian Era

This is a little out of my usual style but when I saw this PB stamp I fell in love with it. The card is bound for a Breast Cancer Awareness auction and I hope it finds a good home. I found it extremely difficult to part with it, which means I'm going to have to use this stamp again - soon1

It's colored with Copics, embossed with the Bug's Swiss Dots and mounted on a Spellbinders Nestie. Oh yes, and I entered it in this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge Anything Goes.

Tilda's BIrthday Card

Midweek Magnolia has a sketch as a challenge this week and I decided to join, something I don't do frequently enough.

I know, it's a square card as usual, but since I make most of my cards for Operation Write Home (this is no exception) and they request A2 size cards, I made some minor adjustments to make my creation fit the challenge. I hope this fits the bill. The flowers were made with a Sizzix Bigz flower die and skewered together with white brads, and the papers were all chosen from my ridiculously large stash. The dark pink background paper was embossed with Cuttlebug's Asian folder and the corner embellishments are the dots from some chipboard alphabet i's. Tilda has just finished her friend's birthday card and is patiently waiting for the postman to pick it up.


A peel-off sentiment finishes it off for a pretty simple rendition of a very pretty sketch.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

One for the Kids

Here's one I made for my nephew. Boy birthdays are not always the easiest, but there's something about frogs that seems to generate a giggle or a smile. Penny Black makes the giggliest frogs I know and, combined with this sentiment, I hope it generates at least one giggle and two out-loud guffaws! Even if he isn't amused by this, I am and just the fun of making cards like this keeps me giggling and feeling silly. After all, isn't feeling silly what keeps you young (at least at heart.)

This one goes to this week's Penny Black Saturday challenge - http://pennybfriendssaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com/"The Young Ones". Is this young enough?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Playing With My New Toys

Well, I just had to do it. I invested in some very special new dies and have been having a blast creating cards with them. This Cheery Lynn die is one I couldn't resist so I decided to make a simple scene  just for fun. Tilda in Lacy Jeans seemed perfect for this so I combined her with the Screen Door (and cat) die, yes, that's real screen in the door, and you can see the pretty Squigglefly digi tree in the background. I hung a Jolee birdcage from the ceiling  because I think they're pretty cute and it seemed the right thing to do. I have a hunch the cat is eyeing that cage hungrily but with Tilda keeping watch I don't think he stands a chance. I finished it off with a sentiment meant to pay homage to my Welsh heritage - thanks to Tom Jones - and one of his hit songs from the 60's. Welshmen really love their music, that's for sure! With the weekend coming up I'm now looking forward to lots of play time with the rest of my new dies so you can be sure I'll be posting more in the near future.

I've entered this in two challenges this week.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Inspired by a Song
MidWeek Magnolia - Their very first challenge, appropriately themed "Hello", use a greeting

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hurry Up Spring!

Almost here. Daylight Saving Time Sunday morning, oh boy that lost hour of sleep! What am I saying? I'm retired so what do I care! I can sleep in!!! Sorry, all you working folk but I had to gloat. In honor of the upcoming sunny days and warm nights, I've combined a Magnolia stamp with a cute little  House Mouse. Unfortunately I don't see that this background image is available right now but the window die is available for pre-order from the Magnolia-licious store; it's a PoppyStamp Die and one of several that I've purchased lately. They're just too darn cute and sooooo much fun to play with.  The digital background paper is from Bearly Mine, the scalloped border is Die-Namics and the embossing is Cuttlebug Swiss Dots. I can't believe I haven't worn the dots off this folder I use it so much :)
There, did I leave any detail out? Oh yes, colored with Copics, ribbon and card stock from stash. So much for more information than you needed to know (lol). My message is just this:


Friday, March 2, 2012

Movin' and Groovin'

OMGosh! Magnolia-licious Highlites has really done it this month. Their month long challenge is to make a card with something that moves. Do you believe that? Did they do this just for me? Who told them that I'm obsessed with Action Wobbles and images that MOVE? If you know me you know I'm pouncing on this challenge and you know I'm pulling out my extreme video making talent to demonstrate my clever moving Tilda and Mudpie House Mouse card. Now, it's up to you to decide if she's shaking with laughter or from fright. Just so you know she's really moving. Martin Scorcese, eat your heart out. I think this video belongs in the Documentary - Short Subject Category. I'm polishing up my acceptance speech for next year's Oscar ceremony. Thanks to all the little people.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Who Doesn't Love Penny Black

From elegant to frivolous there's a stamp for all reasons when you choose PB and it's a good bet that most everyone has at least one of their precious images. I was surprised when I sorted through all of my stamps and realized how many I have (still not enough, tho). Under the circumstances, I thought it was time to enter a PB challenge and have a little show off fun with one of my favorite cuties.  This week's challenge was a sketch so I followed it faithfully and came up with this card for a friend who has a birthday coming up very soon. I was really lucky to find the cute sentiment that matched so perfectly and when a card making buddy directed me to CAS-ual Fridays and their challenge to use a pun on your card I couldn't resist.

I colored him with Copics, added some digital designer paper, my 'punny' sentiment and a bit of bling along with a yellow gingham ribbon and some yellow Prima flowers. That's it. No muss, no fuss. Just fun.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tilda Wants a Hug

Well, here's something that doesn't happen very often for me. In fact, I don't remember it ever happening so I had to take advantage. I made this card this weekend as a birthday card for one of my nieces, only to discover that it qualified (I hope) for several challenges. Now, I envy the ladies who find scads of challenges to enter. Me, I just don't have the patience to follow through on this project so today I'm taking advantage. I love this little gal 'cuz she just radiates love and good will and friendship. I cut the card from the Wild Card Cricut cart and the heart doily from the MS Elegant Cakes cart, corner embellishment by Sizzix, Prima flowers, paper-pieced pinafore and socks, and MS punched butterflies with rhinestone bling. I left the inside pretty simple so I could write a love note to a dear little girl when the time comes.That 2 inch doily is from Martha Stewart.  Have to say, this shade of turquoise is one of my favorites, which made this card a real pleasure to make.

Here are the three challenges I entered this week:
7KidsCollegeFund (Monochromatic) Pat, I hope I followed the instructions correctly this time :)
Simply Magnolia (Bows and Bling)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Think Pink

I'm hooked on Cheery Lynn Dies. Don't believe me? Check out this simple card. Just some delicate floral dp covered by a Cheery Lynn A2 frame die and topped with two of their magnificent butterflies. So much detail on these little winged delights. Can you tell I love 'em? Anyhoo, just visited their blog and decided to enter this card in their weekly challenge - this week to use a frame.

A pearl flourish to finish it off and it's done. Wouldn't it be nice if everything in life could be so clean, simple and lovely?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fight Like a Girl

Tilda is in quite a feisty mood these days. She heard about a friend whose husband is not well and she just had to send these nice folks some words of encouragement. Well, she put on the gloves and got busy! She was a RAK and I hope maybe just for a moment she was able to provoke a smile. Tilda's turning out to be quite a versatile young lady and this is one fight that I really, really hope she wins!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Serenading Tilda

Quick post this a.m. Tilda has a song in her heart that she wants to share with everyone. I think she's looking for any excuse to celebrate and show off her musical talent. Maybe 'cuz spring's not far off and she's in a chirpy frame of mind? Regardless, here she is all dressed up and ready to go!

My only problem is, my treble clef sign keeps getting twisted around backwards! Oh well, good intentions you know :)
Hope the weekend treats you all well.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Pretty in Purple

Spring's not too far off now, with daylight saving time right around the corner so I thought Tilda would like to try on her new fancy frock with its matching parasol.  I may be getting ahead of myself since it's only early February, but our recent summer heat wave has really inspired me. I hope the nice weather lasts a while but even if it doesn't we can always re-create it with pretty images on paper.

This was a RAK for a card group friend. She let me know she received it, so it's okay to post. I colored with Copics and kept her pretty CAS. It doesn't show up here but the design on the background paper is silvery and very shiny.  Maybe one of these days I can get a new digi camera so my scanner doesn't have to do all the work.