Sunday, February 28, 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenges has moved!!

Hello happy bloggers, thought I would leave a little linky-loo for
Magnolia Down Under Challenges
as the challenge blog was recently moved from Wordpress to Blogger, I hope to see you all there!! This week there is an Easter Challenge taking place and the design team has made some truly inspiring creations to check out!! And Aussie girls, if you haven't already secured your new Maggies from their Easter collection, be sure to pop in over at Magnolia Down Under and let Kellie tempt your pallette with gorgeous stamps and embellies!!

So I know I am on the low-end as far as posts go ordinarily as it is, but I guess this is worse or less than normal. I have been having a hard time lately, too much going on all at once, my time-management has taken a crap, I find myself coming over here to bloghop and just staring at the screen. Boohooing aside, I will have some creations to share this coming week, and I hope to get back on the horse with commenting as soon as I can get my golden tongue back in full swing. Until then, I will leave you a little something to look at.
Lover Cats.

Take Care,

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Creative Inspirations Monochome Challenge--More Calender...

Hi there lovely bloggers,
today is Wednesday,
time for a new challenge
over at Creative Inspirations.
This week, we'd like to see your
Monochrome Masterpieces!!
Make something using various shades
of the same colour!!
We have a delicious prize from
Dotty About Crafts this week
and the works from the DT are exquisite,
I hope you can stop by and take a looksie,
better yet, join in!!!

I've used a Whiff of Joy image that Sue stamped for me, she also supplied the doily and fabric flowers, Sue to the rescue, once again!! This is my second go with WOJ but already, I feel a great love coming on, lol. The DP is K & Company, punches used are martha stewart and ek success retro flower and fern. I've distressed in Faded Jeans and the shadowy aura looking background with a Milled Lavender Brushed Corduroy mixture. I picked up that most excellent shadowing technique from Mary, you will find loads of inspiration and techniques on her blog My Cardz, My Passion, My Therapy, and although my cloudy background thingy isn't nearly as fab as what you'll find her doing, she was definitely the source of inspiration behind it/them. More handmade scrolls, hahaha, I likes what I likes... April will have a weekly pull-off type of calender rather than the list on other pages. The raindrops are gooped in Stickles and I went inside the circles on the embrella with a white gel pen, then I distressed the entire embrella in Old Paper to give it some age, then I added Liquid Pearls in pewter to the hardware. The pictures all stink but I can't seem to get it right, I will have to call this one a loss and move on with life, lol.

Challenges for this one:
ABC Challenge where O is for One Paper
Stamp With Fun is stitching this week,
sketch is from The Pink Elephant.

I have Stefancyfied my May calender page, and since it fits the monochrome challenge as well, I figured I'd share it. Again, haha. There's tooshie Tilda, coloured in distress inks, the flowers are a medley, I can't remember there are so many mixed together now, eek!! Some punches, oak leaf and branch by Martha Stewart, a scroll, of course, and viola. My son helped too, do you see all the slice marks on the calender area? He ran this through the paper cutter a couple of times, thanks buddy... They are so fast when it comes to what they AREN'T supposed to touch!!

I hope you'll have time to pop your entry in over at Creative Inspirations this week!! Thanks for your visit,

Saturday, February 20, 2010

MDUC #34, Tilda in Wonderland

Hello everyone,
it is Sunday in Australia,
so that means it is time for a new challenge at
Magnolia Down Under
This week, we'd like to invite you over
to share your easel cards with us.
If you've never made one before,
you can check this tutorial out here.

Amd here is my creation, I've coupled Dreamy Tilda with one of Claire's doodles, you can find this and many fabulous others here at her digi shop. The papers are by Magnolia from Magnolia Down Under, the checks and brown dots are from last years Christmas release and the shrooms are from the Yummy for your Tummy release. Tilda was coloured in distress inks and the shrooms and snails were coloured in PrismaColor pencils, the images were layered on top of each other, where I created a shadow with the help of Faded Jeans distressing.

The sentiment is by Motivet, the border punch is by Fiskars, the punches used amounst the flowers are Martha Stewart, the flowers are a medley of gifts from friends in Blogland, notably, I have added Prima Center Kiss stamen to the centers of the mulberry flowers. This is a nice arrangement that sits fairly flat so I can pop this in the post straight away instead of fiddling around for a special envelope or box. No $7 postage card this time, lol.

I'll be popping this in over at the following challenges:

A Spoon Full of Sugar Spring is in the air!!
Colour Create Red, Pink, Chocolate and whitish...
PaperTake Weekly
Check This Out
Stamp Something Touch of Spring Somethings

I shall add this in over at Oh Alice!, Princess Kristy sent me and I am glad she did, as it is their kick-off challenge, Chapter One, Down the Rabbit Hole
Additionally, Lols sent me over to Totally Papercrafts to join in on their Lots of Spots challenge, thanks ladies!!!

Thanks for stopping by my project today, and I hope you will have a chance to check out the fabulous samples over at Magnolia Down Under this week, the samples are beyond gorgeous and there's a delightful prize up for grabs for one lucky lady!!!
Take Care,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Say It In Sepia!!

Hello everybody!!
It is Wednesday, time for a new challenge over at Creative Inspirations which is titled Say it in Sepia. We'd love to see your beautiful coffee coloured creations so I hope you are up to the challenge this week!! Please pop over and see the other works, they are beyond fabulous this week!!

The image is by Penny black, stamped for me by my friend Julia,, thank you very much!!! Kitty was coloured in distress inks, everything was distressed in Brushed Corduroy and edged with Walnut Stain, there is some gold stickles in the mix, the papers are from different companies, stripes are Recollections, dots are K & Company and the fluer paper is Webster's Pages. The laces and pearls are from my stash, as is the charm. And again with the scroll, ahhhh!!!!

I've used Chelseas sketch for her challenge over at Crafting Life's Pieces. Thanks for stopping in, I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Brunos' Love Muffin

Happy Valentines Day folks.
Finally, a post.
I have another "plate" for my calender,
this is for February, go figure...

This is the Whiff of Joy stamp I won from
Stampin' For The Weekend,
the adorable Bruno Bear with Muffin,
thank you so much SFTW and Whiff of Joy!!
I gave Bruno's cupcake a makeover by masking over the candle and then adding a heart to it, there are hearts stamped over the amazing radiating love muffin from another stamp. Bruno was coloured in distress inks.

Papers are all DCWV, the punch is by Fiskars, the leaves are done with an EK Success fern punch, a lot of stash stuff here, with the exception of that delish lace I've used on the card, that is from Kellie's shop, Magnolia Down Under, check it out here. Are you sick of my handmade scrolls yet? The sentiment is computer-generated. There is a cupcake in the corner of my calender that is cut out of a peice of Basic Grey DP.

And here we go with the challenges:
Cute Card Thursday In the name of love!!!
Double Dutch Be my Valentine
Everybody Art Challenge Valentine
Fussy and Fancy Dazzle Us
Just Cute Bears Challenge Hearts
Lili of the Valley Valentines
Stamp Something Cute Somethings
Stampin for the Weekend Love is in the air
Stamp with Fun Hearts
The Pink Elephant Mushy Gushy Valentine
Whiff of Joy Jane's Sketch

Have a fabulous week!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Creative Inspirations Anyone For Leftovers Challenge

Hello ladies,
it's Wednesday and you know what that means,
time for a new Challenge over at
Creative Inspirations,
We want to see your projects using up
some of those paper scraps we've all got
leftover from other projects.
This week we are sponsored by Bunny Zoe,
you wont want to miss your chance at the gift voucher.

Here's the start of my calender, yes, I am running behind but what's new about that? I've used up a piece of Websters Pages, beneath the flowers is a big missing area, I cut the flowers from another area of the DP and placed it there over the missing area as well, to build up the hole. All the cardstock had to be surgically altered into frames. I've used my fabulous Christmas DT stamp from Magnolia Down Under, Tilda with Cracker, she' been coloured in Distress inks, and the flowers are a mix of several brands, with the big blue one coming from Kellie.

I have a few extra pics of the "procedure" to share:

The Beginning of the surgery:

Midway through the surgery:

Surgery Complete:

I have been salvaging that strip of DP for so long that I really don't know who made it anymore. I think it's Basic Grey, either way, I love it and couldn't cover up the flowery pattern, although I do have an image painted and mounted but it covered up all the red flowers so I couldn't do it. Oh well. I found a way to keep the gorgeous paper around for longer, so yay for that.

The design idea is that these are attachable "plates" for my calender, the base is similar to an easel card, and I will swap out the "plate" monthly, the base will have a mini calender and post it pad for notes and quick-reference dates. That's the idea anyway.

With most challenges of the Valentines variety, I have no other challenges to enter it in. Hmmmmmmm. Weird.....

Have a wonderful day,

Saturday, February 6, 2010

MDUC's Pink and Grey Shadowbox

Edited to add the following exciting facts: This lovely project placed in the Top 5 at Cupcake Crafts Four legged and Furry challenge and also made the Top 5 over at Stamp Somethings Love Somethings Challenge, thank you so much for the crafty boost!!! You know what I just did? Went and opened up another page to collect the links to the challenges, went and got them, put them into this edit only to have it dawn on me, well, scroll down.... Geez, I need some sleep.

Hello lovely ladies,
it's Sunday in Australia
and you know what that means,
time for a new challenge over at
Magnolia Down Under,
which is a fabulous colour challenge of using
You will want to hop over and check out the
Design Team and fabulous guest creations,
they are totally gorgeous and inspiring,
and Kellie has put together a scrumptious prize
for one lucky lady, you don't want to miss it!!


You know, I think I like pink!! Okay, I will admit it, I like it a lot!! For our challenge this week, I have put together this shadow box full of fabulous goodies that I tend to hoard rather than use, which includes A LOT of scrummy gifts from Blogger buddies, which I will try and list as logically as possible.


The inside is layered with Graphic 45 DP, Modge Podged into place, there is a strip of lace peeping up above the filler grass, the heart shape is a laser cut shape that I added Ranger Crackle paint in picket fence to, plus my Tilda with Kitten image and the other kitty climbing the trellis is the cat from the Tilda with Cat stamp, which I have paper pieced for dimension and coloured in watercolour pencils and distress inks. Things have been popped up with foam mounts. The beads are from Michaels bridal department and those gorgeous flowers are Prima, the gardenias are from The Tremendously Talented Tracey, love them!!!


The heart was a wooden shape that got the crackle treatment, all flowers are Prima, with the addition of Crystal Stickles and that fabulous key is from my stash (oops, dumped everything together, now there's no telling who made what!!) The punches used are EK Success Fern and Martha Stewart Oak Leaf.


The sentiment scroll was stamped with Tattered Rose, the background stamp is by Stampabilities called Composer's Dream, the sentiment is by Studio G, distressed in Old Paper and bordered with Brushed Curdoroy, the wings are German Scrap paper from The Fabulous Debra, they were distressed in Milled Lavender and Old Paper and I added some Crystal Stickles. I've added some beautiful half pearls from Debbie The Glorious.


Yarg!!! It took longer to write than it did to make!!
Of course, I will pop this in at some of my fave spots!!
Crafty Creations wants to see wings on our projects,
Cupcake Craft Challenge wants to see
four legged and furry friends on our project,
and Stamp Something
would like to see Love Somethings,
and this is ideal for my loving,
but not quite Valentiney creation.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you will have a chance to stop by
Magnolia Down Under,
better yet, I hope you can join us!!
Take Care,

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

DT- Creative Inspirations Pink and Cream Clara...

Hello Blogger Buddies,
it is time for a new challenge at
Creative Inspirations,
a colour challenge of PINK and CREAM
and guess who's sponsoring us this glorious challenge?
None other than the fabulous
Simon Says Stamps, woohoo!!!

The "recipe" is toward the bottom of this post in an attempt to shave down the length of my post, yet again. I had fun with this project!! I had so many leaves and flowers out, distressed, glimmer misted and Stickled, all ready to go onto my project, but then I started having a crisis about covering up all of the birdcages on this fab BG paper, so I left most of them off. I did lots of paper piecing on this one, I stamped the image as if she were reaching right out of her oval and shadowed the image in Faded Jeans ink, then I coloured and cut out another image, she is glued down in most areas except for her head and her dress, I popped those spots up with foam dots, it is a great effect to enhance paper piecing.

I've played along with several other challenges:
Basic Grey Challenges
wants to see animals on our creations,
Cute Card Thursdays' challenge is Bloomin' Gorgeous!!
And I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday,
although I swapped out a sentiment for a bow...
As usual, had to tweak something.


Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie (this is Clara), Inkadinkado flourishes
Mediums: Ranger Distress Unk, Archival Ink, Crystal Stickles
Papers: Basic Grey designer paper, Bazzill cardstock
Flowers: Little Primas, ek Success fern punch, MS twig punch,
gardenia from The Amazing Jodie
Lace: Kellie's magical lace, find it here
Others: organza ribbon, foam dots, sewing machine

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you can pop by
Creative Inspirations,
the designers have created
the most scrumptious projects
for your viewing pleasure!!

Take Care,