Sunday, October 25, 2009

Magnolia Down Under Challenge # 25

Hello again,

It's time for another Magnolia Down Under Challenge - this fortnight's theme is 'Distressed' -
no not me, just the card!! LOL

This was a challenge for me as I like things nice and neat so had to push myself to distress the papers on this card. Pathetic isn't it ?

I started with the base card in Sage Shadow then adhered a piece of So Saffron which I had stamped using the thumping technique - I took my So Saffron Stampin' Spot and thumped it all over the piece of card, creating distressed lines from the edges of the stamp pad.
It's a quick and effective way to get this sort of look on your cardstock or paper.
I then distressed the edges of the card using my fingernail to just scrape aloong the edges.
Then I used a small circle punch to cut out the corners and distressed those also. I then mounted this card onto the base card.
I punched a scallop edge along a piece of SU Designer Series paper and mounted this to the left side of the yellow card. A piece of lovely pale blue vintage paper with the butterfly image was then distressed along three edges and attached along the side of the blue strip.
The join was covered with some beige coloured lace.
I then coloured the Tilda image using markers and watercolour pencils, cut it out and attached it to the base card with 3D foam dots.
To finish off, I added some lovely blue flowers (attaching adhesive pearls to the centres) and pretty little daisies. I also added some adhesive pearls in the four corners of the card.
Why not join in the fun and visit the MDUC site to add your creation and share it with all of us -here is the link.
Thanks for stopping by to visit. Come back again soon to see more of my cards.
I'm sorry that I haven't had more for you lately but I've just finished a Forensic Medicine Course which I attended these last two weekends so haven't had time to 'play'.
It was a fabulous course and so interesting - I received my certificate today so may take a photo of it to show you in a later post.
Well, it's off to bed for some well earned sleep and back to work tomorrow.
Have a great week everyone and drop by again very soon !
See you then ........

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Magnolia Down Under Challenge # 24

Hello again,

It's time for another Magnolia Down Under Challenge - this week's theme is 'Trick or Treat' for all of you who celebrate Halloween this month.
I had to think about this one as I don't have any Halloween type Magnolia stamps but I improvised instead and used this Christmas Tilda stamp.
While I was out shopping last week I looked for some suitable papers and stickers at one of my local craft stores and came across this great paper. It was perfect for this card and the witch's hat on a sheet of stickers that I bought at the same time. was just the right size to sit on Tilda's head.

I coloured Tilda with markers and also used watercolour pencils and my trusty aquabrush for her face.
The ribbons came from my own stash - love that bright green one which goes so well with the black spotted ribbon and also with the background paper and card.
The spiderweb medallion was made using an embossing folder which featured various circles containing Halloween images - after embossing my piece of black card, I punched out the circle with the web and attached it to the two strips of ribbon in the top right-hand corner with 3D foam dots.
Tilda and the hat were attached using 3D foam dots as well. After attaching Tilda, the ribbons and the web medallion, I glitzed the bat, spider and the web with some glitter glue - it's just a basic crystal colour but changes colour depending on the cardstock or paper you're attaching it to.
In this case, when I applied it to the black surfaces, it changed to green ! How 'spooky' is that ?
I also added some to the buckle on Tilda's hat and also the bit of tinsel that she's holding and this time the colour changed to gold which is the effect I wanted.
Well, that's it for now. If you want to join in the fun and create your own Halloween card click here to link your entry to our challenge site. I'd love to see what you come up with - our designers have done some fantastic work with this theme so if you need inspiration, check out their entries - they're just fabulous !!
Thanks for dropping in - please come back again soon to see my next lot of cards.
Hope you've had a great weekend - see you all next time!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Birthday Tri-Shutter Card

Hi there,

Nice to see you again. I had a lovely weekend - very busy. Caught up with former workmates on Friday night for a quick drink to celebrate one girl's new job then it was on to a special birthday at one of my favourite craft shops.

The owner was celebrating her 10th year in the shop and had invited some regular customers to a VIP night at the shop to help her celebrate the special occasion.
Of course, I couldn't go empty handed so made this Tri Shutter Birthday card and gave her some yummy chocolates to share with her staff.

My S-I-L came with me and we had a great night - there were a lot of laughs (and a few tears) during the night's celebrations and some of the girls had made Birthday cards and treats which were a great hit !

One girl made (and decorated) the Birthday cake which was fantastic - she had 3 mini cards made out of icing sitting on top of the cake and get this, one of the 'cards' had been embossed with an embossing folder and fed through a regular die cut machine !

Who'd have believed that you could emboss royal icing using tools made for papercrafting !!

For this card I used the beautiful SU Designer Series - Tea Party papers and the Upsy Daisy stamp set for the main image.

I found the lovely pink and pale yellow flowers in my stash and they went so well with the papers and base cardstock. I also used Rub-ons for the greeting next to the flowers and stamped and cut-out the 3D butterfly on the right-hand panel.

SU Supplies -

Cardstock - Lovely Lilac, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White.

Stamps - Upsy Daisy (main floral image), Best Yet (Hostess Set) for greeting, Great Friend (butterfly and background leaves on pink panel).

Inks - Lovely Lilac, Gable Green, Almost Amethyst, Pretty in Pink.

Designer Series Papers - Tea Party.

Extras - Rub-ons, adhesive pearls, paper flowers on wire stems, small piece of SU - Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, glitter glue.

I love making these particular cards as you can decorate them as simply or as elaborately as you like to suit the occasion and the recipient.

Thanks for dropping in - I hope you like what you see here.

Please come back again to see my next creation!

'Bye for now - take care !

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Magnolia Down Under - New Online Shop - BLOG CANDY !!

WOW, some very exciting news for all of you Magnolia Down Under Challenge followers - Kellie Winnell has just opened up her online store so you can buy all of your Magnolia stamps and accessories right here in Australia !
To visit her new shop, click on the MDU Shop logo on my sidebar which will take you there so you can see what she has in store and start your shopping now !!
To celebrate the grand opening, she is offering this fantastic prize of Blog Candy - have a look at all the goodies in this lot!
To join in the fun, click on this link and leave a comment and who knows, you may be the lucky winner.

Congratulations Kellie on your exciting new venture - I know it will be a huge success !!
Thanks for dropping by - hope you'll come back for another visit soon. I have some new
cards to show you.
'Bye for now. :-)