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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.