Saturday, September 26, 2009

Magnolia Down Under Challenge # 23

Good morning everyone,

It's like the depths of Winter in Melbourne this weekend - can't believe the first month of 'Spring' has nearly ended.
The wind is blowing a gale outside, it poured with rain all day yesterday and overnight and the heater is on at full blast in my house!!

Welcome to another Magnolia Down Under Challenge - this week's theme is 'Buttons' where we have to make a card using buttons as one of the elements.

I decided to make a bright card this time and after selecting the papers and cardstock, I rummaged through my container of blue embellishments and found these buttons that matched the base card perfectly.

I also found the cute felt 'Love' embellishment in there so added it to the mix too.

Of course I couldn't resist adding these gorgeous flowers which I had bought at the Picture to Page craft show last week. They were a perfect match for the base card and the lovely 'owl' paper from our SU Designer Series.

I mounted the blue paper onto the Brilliant Blue base card and added strips of yellow paper (which had been punched along the edges with the SU Scallop Border punch) to the top and bottom of the card. I then sponged the edges of the yellow paper with some Yellow Sun ink.

I then mounted some of the pale yellow printed paper (from the SU - Tea Party papers) onto another piece of Brilliant Blue card and attached it to the left of the card.

Tilda was coloured using watercolour pencils and an aquabrush, cut out and mounted on 3D foam dots and attached to the above frame. I then attached a small blue flower gem in the corner and the three flowers at the bottom, using buttons as the flower centres.

The knot in the pale blue button at top left was made with a fine strip of cardstock threaded through the buttonholes and tied in a knot at the front - see, you don't always need thread or ribbon !

To finish off, I added the obligatory 'Bling' using glitter glue on the Love embellishment and one of the flowers plus Tilda's wings. Here is a close up view of the glitter effect.

As always, the card looks much better in real life - I wish our cards came up the same way in our photos. If anyone out there has any tips for achieving this, please let me know.
(I don't have a whiz-bang professional camera - just your average digital but would welcome any tips for getting good results with it.)
For this card I also combined our MDU challenge with a Mojo Monday sketch challenge - two for the price of one! It was fun to do and I hope to do more of these double-challenges in the future.
SU supplies -
Cardstock - Brilliant Blue
Designer Series Papers - Good Morning Sunshine, Tea Party (pale yellow behind main image)
Ink - Summer Sun (for sponging the edges of the yellow checked paper)
Punch - Scalloped Border
Extras -
Magnolia stamp, felt word embellishment, flower gem, paper flowers, buttons, glitter glue.

If you like my card and you want to play along with us, make a card and link your entry to our MDUC site here. We'd love to see your creations so what are you waiting for ?
Go make your card !!

Well, that's it for this week's challenge - see you again next fortnight for our next challenge.
It'll be something to look out for !!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend and stay warm (if you're in Melbourne that is !).

See you again soon :-)


  1. Great colour combo. Wonderful card as usual.

  2. Gorgeous Ramona, love the blue colours you have used too.
    Kristy xx

  3. Love your card, The colours-blue and orange- are gorgeous and has such a pretty effect. Brilliant !!!!!Cheers and Hugs

  4. Hmmmmmmmmmmm, I think it looks fab, but I have read through Claudia Rosa's tutorial and picked up a thing or two, like the mirror for extra lighting, that is a great idea, especially on mucky days.

    Your card is gorgeous, love the design behind the image and the conrasting colours look great!!

  5. Such a cute image and your coloring is so nice. Love all the blue, it's my favorite color and you have used it to perfection!

  6. Oh this is so pretty, the colour combo is gorgeous and I love this Tilda. Have a good day

  7. I love this Ramona, that paper is one of my favs, but I always find it hard to use, but looking at your card you didn't find it hard at all it looks amazing, and a fantastic inspiration to all playing along xx

  8. Ramona, gorgeous card. I like the colours you use. You've coloured this Tilda (she is one of my favorites) beautifully. Great take on the sketch. Love it.


  9. Hi Ramona,

    Sorry I missed your post - my rotten internet was on go VERY slow - very frustrating and impossible to blog hop!!!

    Love all the details in your card - fabulous as always



Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments about my creations - I appreciate every one. Cheers, Ramona.