Thursday, June 4, 2020

Happy Bee-lated Birthday

Hello my crafty friends.  I do sincerely hope that you and yours are in good health during these crazy times.  Life with a pandemic happening sure has changed things a lot for some and very little for others.  I happen to be an employee of a shipping company and therefore, I have not stayed at home or quarantined.  In fact, my job got busier and I now work just as many hours now as I did during the holidays.  However, after a couple of brutal months, I am taking a day to stay home and play all by myself.  :D

I have made this card with stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink.  The cup and whipped cream are from the Merry Mug set and the oval is the largest from Pierced Feature Frames: Oval Dies.

The sentiment stamps and dies as well as the sweet daisies and bees are from Honey Bee Stamps.  I took the liberty of altering the sentiment by adding an extra E and an extra T to better compliment the design.  I thought it was clever, if I do say so myself.  :D

All patterned papers are by Nitwit Designs: Bee Lightful - Honeycomb, Joyeux Noel - Mistletoe Pink, Snow Family - Plaid & Snow Family - Dots Green

Distress Inks: Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Bundled Sage, Fossilized Amber, ground espresso, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint & Tumbled Glass

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look.  You're comments are always so much appreciated.  Have a blessed day and better tomorrows.

Laura C.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Ink To Paper  Project Reach Out: Birthday

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Before Winter is Gone

Hello My Crafty Friends!  I hope you had a most wonderful holiday season.  By now, I imagine, all of your decorations are down and things are pretty much back to normal.  I must confess, my tree is still up with the lights on but ornaments are put away.  I took my time with it because September thru December is the busiest time at my job.  I work full time, plus some over time during those months and I do not have much time to decorate, or craft for that matter.  So I got all of my decorations up on Christmas Eve and enjoyed them until New Year's Eve.  Then we went to Philadelphia to spend a week with my youngest daughter.  So yes, I was reluctant to take them down.  I should get the tree back into the garage some time tomorrow.  (sigh....)

So now that things have calmed down, I'm happy to say that I'm back at my desk working on projects.  I have a lot of ideas and things I'm chomping at the bit to start.  Here is my first make for this year; a little wintry scene since Arizona doesn't get much snow for me to enjoy.

This little guy is made with a snowman die by Magnolia Sweden from their DooHickey's club vol. 12 (Noel).  He didn't come with a scarf so I did make him one.  The beautiful stamp I used around him is called Snowy Circle, also by Magnolia.

I cut my own large tag from chipboard and layered it with cardstock and corrugated card.  All patterned paper is by Nitwit Designs and I embossed white card for the snowy ground.

I ♥ die cuts!  Most of the dies I used for this project are by Magnolia with the exception of the leaf die, that one is by Sizzix.  I used Versa Mark and Frantage to give those leaves some bling.  The fern, by Magnolia, is from DooHickey's club vol. 7 (The Holidays Are Coming) and that gorgeous snowflake is from DooHickey's club vol. 23 (Joyeux Noel).

For this little tag, I used a die that I thought I would never use.  It's from the 2017 Galaxy collection and it turns out it's super cute.  The little snowflake is part of the So Wrapped Snowflake die set.

Look at that sweet little face...

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look.  Your comments are always very much appreciated.  Have A Most Wonderful Day!


I would like to enter the following challenges, please click on the links.

The Official Magnolia Inspirational Challenge  Winter
Simply Magnolia  Anything Goes opt Monochrome
Forever Magnolia  Anything Goes opt Bookmark
My Favorite Things  Color Challenge 
Polkadoodles  Anything Goes
Swedish House Crafts  Winter/Snow
Stamping Sensations  Favorite Stamp
ABC Christmas  A is for Anything Christmas Goes & B is for Bingo
Jingle Belles Rock  Look What Santa Brought Me
Sweet Stampin Christmas  Sparkle
Ally's Angels  Anything Goes

Friday, November 1, 2019

Blue & Brown

Good Morning Crafty Friends, Happy November!

I can remember my mom saying that the older you get, the faster time goes.  She was absolutely right!  I thought that once I became an empty nester, things would slow down...  HA!  I'm much busier now than I was before and there are never enough minutes in a day for me to accomplish everything that I want to.  That being said, I cannot believe that it's less than two months until Christmas.  I planned to have everything done by now but I have accomplished nothing except for starting to write out a list of things to do.  :p

This is my second make as guest designer for TOMIC (The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge) this go around, and the theme for the November challenge is Blue & Brown.

This beautiful stamp by Magnolia Sweden is called Old Swedish Church from the 2012 A Christmas Story collection and the Merry Christmas Text is from the 2015 A Lovely Christmas collection.

The snowflakes are die cut from various DooHickey's boxes and coated in puffy paint and the Tilda Tag at the top is my favorite and most used Magnolia DooHickey's die.  The lovely patterned paper collection is Farmhouse by Nitwit Designs.

Distress Inks - Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look.  I hope you have a most wonderful day!


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Enjoying Some Fall Weather

Good Morning To You, My Crafty Friends!

I hope you're enjoying the awesome fall weather as much as I am.  I always look so forward to when our daytime temperatures drop down out of the 100's and I can actually wear a jacket to take my Bugatti for his walk in the wee hours.

Today I bring you some inspiration using lovely Magnolia products, which you all know how much I love.  I have been invited to be the Guest Designer for The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge this month and this is what I came up with for my first make.

This sweet girl is Tilda With Peanut from the 2012 Turning Leaves Collection.  I've had this adorable stamp for a long time but this is the first time I've used her.

All of the flowers are hand made using Magnolia DooHickey's dies listed in order going counter-clockwise; Tilda Tag (2011 Sweet Christmas Dreams, Fall Leaves and Wheat (DooHickey's Box Volume 6 (Harvest), Cornflower (DooHickey's Pop Up Box (Midsummer Nights Dream), Poinsettias (DooHickey's Box Volume 2 (All I Want For Christmas) I cut each one 8 times to make this large flower.

To continue, I've also used Leaves and Cloud (DooHickey's Box Volume 4 (Le Jardin), Medium Flower (DooHickey's Box Volume 5 (Celebration), Stars (DooHickey's Box Volume 7 (The Holidays Are Coming) to make the flower centers, Small Flower (DooHickey's Box Volume 10 (Buzz Buzz) that I cut 8 times for each clover flower, Rocket Salad (2015 Little Italy), Bird House (2019 Magnolia Day).

Distress Inks: Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood

Thank You so much for stopping by and taking a look.  Your comments are always very much appreciated.  Have a most wonderful day!

♥ Laura

I would like to enter the following challenges, please click on the links:

Ally's Angels  Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge  Anything Goes w/opt Botanical
Happy Little Stampers Dies Challenge  Anything Goes with Dies
Magnolia Forever  Anything Goes opt Purple
Polkadoodles  Anything Goes
Simply Magnolia  Anything Goes opt Purple
Swedish House Crafts  Autumn or Spooky
Stamping Sensations  Trees/Leaves/Autumn

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Countdown Continues; 3 Months Until Christmas

Good Day To You Crafty Friends!

I swear, I am not posting a countdown to Christmas intentionally, it's just a happy coincidence.  LOL!

This post is going to be rather short and simple, or should I say clean and simple, because I have made a CAS card this time around.

This beautiful lady is Tilda from the Magnolia Stamps Midsummer's Night Dream 2019 Pop-Up Box.  I have stamped my image using Memento ink and then embossed it with clear powder.  I then colored her with Distress Inks and added the sentiment from the same set using Memento ink again.  

The frame is cut from the Magnolia Vintage Frames and Tags die set from the 2014 Pink Edition.

As you can see, I'm playing with a new backdrop.  I need to be able to photograph my cards late in the day now and therefore needed a new set-up.  This isn't a bad start but it still needs some work.

Distress Inks - Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen,  Bundled Sage, Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Wild Honey

Thank You so much for stopping by and taking a look.  Your comments are always very much appreciated.  Have a most wonderful day!


I would like to enter my card in the following challenges.  Please click on the links.

Simply Magnolia  Anything Goes opt Things With Wings
Magnolia Forever  Anything Goes opt Thank You
Ally's Angels  Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations  Lace & Pearls
Stamping Sensations  AG with Flowers

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Only 4 More Months 'Till Christmas

Hello Sweet Crafting Friends!  Happy 4 months until Christmas!!!

I'm so glad you were able to stop by today and take a look at my latest make.  I have had this idea sketched out for a while now and I am so happy to have finally gotten a chance to make it.  This was originally to be a snow globe design but evolved into a lollipop card.  Funny how that happens most of the time, that my projects end up being different than the original plan...

This is Frozen Tilda from the 2017 Christmas Party collection by Magnolia.  I've colored her with Copic markers and water-colored the background with Distress Inks.  The sentiments are from the same collection and are called Starlight Kit.

These are tags on the left side and they are part of the So Wrapped Snowflake Tag Kit from the 2013 DooHickey's Winter Wonderland collection.  The five snowflakes with the pearl centers added are from that kit too.

The lantern and branch are Sizzix dies and I've decorated them with several DooHickey's Dies.  The Holly is from Club #2 (All I Want For Christmas), the Pine is from Club #7 (The Holidays Are Coming) and the Candle is from Club #12 (Noel).  The beautiful glittery Stars are also from Club #12.

COPIC MARKERS - Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20  Costume: N0, N2, N4, R22, R24, R27, R29, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9

DISTRESS INKS - Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed

Thank you so much for stopping by today and taking a look.  Your comments are always very much appreciated.  Have a most wonderful day!


I would like to enter my card in the following challenges, please click on the links.

TOMIC The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge  Christmas In August
Sweet Stampin' Christmas  Anything Goes optional Snow People
Simply Magnolia  Anything Goes optional Add A Die Cut
Polkadoodles  Anything Goes
Jingle Belles  Tags
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge  Anything Goes + optional Jingle Bells
Happy Little Stampers Dies Challenge  Anything Goes with Dies
Double D Challenges  Pearls, Gems or Rhinestones
Creative Inspirations  Something Seasonal
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas  Anything Goes Christmas optional Embossing
Ally's Angels  Anything Goes

Friday, June 21, 2019

Beautiful Mermaid Tilda

Good Day Everyone and Happy Friday!!!

I come to you today with an inspiration creation for the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog where the challenge this month is to use Lace or Bling on your project.  The winner of the challenge will receive a $20.00 credit to use in the Magnolia-licious Stamps, Dies and So Much More store.  So, without further ado...

This is Pisces Tilda and I just LOVE her!  She is from the 2014 Zodiac collection by Magnolia.  Isn't she pretty?  I've colored her with Copic markers this time around but plan to do another card with her in Distress Inks very soon.

I really wanted this card to be colorful for my niece Kendall.  Everything else is colored in Distress Inks, including the background, all of the dies and the Vintage Seam Binding Ribbon.

The dies are all Magnolia DooHickey's as follows: Tilda Tag (Sweet Christmas Dreams 2011), Seaweed & Jellyfish (Club vol. 1 Summer), Cloud (Club vol. 4 Le Jardin), Goldfish & Coral ( Club vol. 8 My Best Friend), Sun & Stitched Center (Club vol. 10 Buzz Buzz), Leaf Stem (Club vol. 12 Noel), Starfish & Seashell (Club vol. 15 Sail Away)

Copic Markers - Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E31, E34, R01, R20, R22  Hair: E34, E50, E51, E53, E57, E59  Tail: Y11, Y15, YG25, BG02, BG05, BV13  Lily & Pad: RV13, RV21, RV25, RV29, YG95, YG97, YG99

Distress Inks - Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Ripe Persimmon, Brushed Corduroy, Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade

Thank you so much for stopping by today and taking a look.  Your comments are always very much appreciated.  Have a most wonderful day!


I would like to enter my card in the following challenges, please click on the links.

Ally's Angels  Anything Goes
Copic Norway  Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart  Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations  Glitz and Glamour
Dies R Us  Summertime
Dream Valley  Summer Colours
Forever Magnolia  Anything Goes opt Masculine
Happy Little Stampers  Watercolour Challenge, Anything Goes w/opt Love
Happy Little Stampers  Anything Goes with Dies
Polkadoodle  Anything Goes
Simply Magnolia  Anything Goes opt Summer
Stamping Sensations  Show Your True Colors
The Sketchy Challenges  Ribbon, Lace or Twine

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