Thursday, October 29, 2009

My very first Penny Black stamp Halloween project

Hi everyone!!
I know Halloween is only a few days away,
and here I am, barely even touching
the crafts I thought I'd make for this occasion.
Let me just say that there will be Halloween items
being produced by me even after the day passes,
so yee be warned!!

I've made this little treat bag for a friend,
now that it's done, I need to scurry off to the post office
so that perhaps it will arrive in her mailbox
just in the knick of time!!
I will be adding this to the line-up in some challenges:

Stampin' For The Weekend is hosting a Haunting Good Time Challenge.
Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential wanted to see treat bags.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge is Halloween!!
PaperTake Weekly is hosting a Spots'n'Stripes challenge.
Stamp Something would like to see Halloween Somethings.

This is the first Penny Black stamp I ever bought.
I found it at my local scrapbook store
in the clearance bin for $3.
I thought, well, for $3 it doesn't matter if
I don't end up liking it very much,
so I took it home and stamped it and wowie!!
A nay-sayer turned addict right then and there!!
The stamp is called Mice Treats,
I've coloured with watercolour pencils,
the papers are Pink Paislee and the punch is Martha Stewart.
The bag is something I put together,
just some scoring, folding, cutting and double-sided tape.
On pirate kitty's dagger I've added some pewter Perfect Pearls.
The back of the bag is stamped with a
Whipper Snapper image and I went inside of the words
with Gold Lame Smooch and added a little distress ink
and white sakura gel pen in the candycorn.
I've punched a hole on either side of the bag
and ran a few ribbons through it for a handle.
They are taped to the inside of the bag!!!
I am just trying to emphasize how easy these things can
come together for people who shy away from altered items.

Happy Halloween to you all out there,
I hope you and your fam have a great time,
and for those who don't celebrate,
maybe just a fun party or a costume for fun???
Come on Aussie's, do it, you'll have a ball!!
Take Care,

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chef Edwin shares the pumpkin bread recipe

Hi friends,
there were a couple of people interested in the recipe
that Edwin was using to make his muffins,

so I've taken a picture of the recipe portion
of the isle card for ya,
if you click on the picture,
you'll get a better look at the ingredients.
When I make the recipe, I leave out the nutmeg,
as it seems I am the only one
here in my house that likes the flavour,
so enjoy!!!

Just to be clear,
the recipe calls for 28 ounces of pumpkin puree,
you can make this yourself if you'd like,
but suspiciously enough,
most canned pumpkin comes in 28 ounce portions.
When you pick up your puree,
the recipe comes out much yummier if you
avoid the "pumpkin pie" mix and go with just pumpkin.

Take Care!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

DT MDU meets DT MDUC with this peachy project

Hello Everyone,
firstly, so you can better understand why
I have been a no-show in Blogland lately,
my great-aunt, who, for all intensive purposes
is like a grandma to me, is halfway to heaven
and I flew out to California to say my goodbyes.
Might be a while 'til my head's on straight,
so bare with me.
I flew out on Saturday and came back on Sunday
and I get airsick, so uhhhh, my head is still spinning.

Dear Kellie, proprietor of Magnolia Down Under,
sends us these fun kits to create with
and sets us challenges based off of our DT stamp,
well ain't I a lucky gal? I got Peachy Tilda!!
This stamp sings to me, really!!!
If you listen closely, maybe you can hear too.
Or not...
Maybe I should get this checked out, lol.
Well, the desire to multi-task is fierce,
so I took the opportunity to combine my DT project
with another fantastic, Winnell-rific project,
and it is for Magnolia Down Under Challenges,
whose fortnightly challenge is an easy favourite,
I've used the sketch at TPE
and want to enter this over at
Cute card thursday
as they want sweets on our creation
and what could be sweeter than a peach??
Must be georgia peaches, lol.

I've used Peachy Tilda, find her and others from
the Yummy collection here
and the designer paper is also from Magnolia,
which can be found here.
Tilda is coloured in distress inks
with lots of white Sakura gel pen for highlights,
the lace has a brown ribbon ran through it
and the flower and stamen are Prima,
the jewel is a stopper by Jolee's
and the beads and pins are from my stash,
carstock is bazzill and the punch is by Martha Stewart.
I've ruffled and sanded the papers and
used Ranger tea dye ink to distress them even more.
The pictures are a little dull,
the sun hasn't been coming out a lot lately.

Thanks for coming by and visiting my project
and please do swing by
Magnolia Down Under Challenge
because this fortnights prize is delectable!!

Something for de-stressing, that's for certain,
and we don't mind if you combine challenges.
You won't want to miss it,
the work from the design team is exceptional!!

Take Care,
Thank you for your kind words,
and please know I will be catching up with you all
very very soon :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

DT MDU Edwin's cooking up something delicious!!

Hi folks,
I hope you've had a wonderful week so far.
I've been trying to do a couple hundred things at once,
that's usually when I accomplish the least, oddly.
Nevertheless, I have a project to share with you.
When Kellie first launched her new shop,
Magnolia Down Under
she asked the Design Team to make something
with the kitchen from the Yummy release
and due to extended shipping time
I sorta missed her request due to lack of stamp, lol.
But I figured, later is better than NEVER
and have put something together with this adorable stamp,
you can find it here in Kellies shop.

I got permission from my mom after
many years of keeping it Top Secret that
I could share my great granny's pumpkin bread recipe
with the rest of the world,
so first and foremost, my friend Cindy,
my accomplise in all things Halloween,
long time buddy and friend asked me recently
about the legendary pumpkin muffin recipe,
and I ignored her!!
With good reason, of course,
because I wanted to make something special
to go along with the recipe
and finally, after lots of deliberation,
the fog lifted from my brain (only briefly)
and this scene put itself together!!

So now you know the why of it,
let's talk about the how.
I saw that Magnolia-licious Highlitess
gave an easle card template to play with,
and even better for me, the challenge is monthly,
so I have a better chance at actually making the cutoff...

I've used the sketch from this weeks
create4fun challenge,
I also wanted to play with
Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential
whose challenge is to make a scene.
My scene is Edwin sitting down on the job, literally!!

I've used Chef Edwin, Kitchen and sentiment from
MDU, you can find them here
papers are also Magnolia and you can find them here.
I've coloured with distress inks,
the buttons in the image are done in pewter perfect pearls,
the flowers are from recollections, as are the pearls,
and the stamen is from prima,
the pumpkins are from Magnolia's Spooky collection.
I've used a Fiskars paper punch and the gingham is from my stash.

Phew!! Long post!!
Can't go yet, I want to remind you guys about
our challenge this month on the store blog,
make something with an image from the new yummy collection
and post it on our challenge to be in
for a chance to win a
$10 voucher to MDU with free shipping!!

Have a great week!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pilgrim Tilda

Hi there lovely blogger buddies,
I hope your Sunday finds you well.
I was tickled to see Magnolia's So Spooky collection,
as I LIVE for this time of year,
autumn is my favorite season and
Halloween my favorite occasion,
and having recently admitted that I am in love
with Magnolia (who isn't?), I bought a few images to play with.
This one is called Witch Tilda with Pumpkins
and when I saw it, I thought, of course, how precious,
but another thought, how versatile!!
She could work for Halloween cards as well as Thanksgiving.

She was as fun to put together as I imagined.
I preordered at 7 Kids and got my order a week or so back
& have been dreaming about playing with this, especially.
I've used K & Company papers,
distress inks to colour, layered up to 3 times,
Pewter Perfect Pearls in some spots,
all flowers are Prima and the ribbon is from my stash.
I wrote the sentiment and added in a few peiced parts
of 2 different stamps, the Witch Tilda with Pumpkins
and the pumpkin accesory stamp.
I also used the big pumpkin behind my main bloom.

I've made this card with several challenges in mind:
Roses On Paper wanted to see fall colours of
Orange, Brown & Green combined w/ a sketch from another Blog.
Stampin' For The Weekend has just the sketch I needed.

The Pink Elephant would like to see our Fall creations,
PaperPlay Challenges would like to see us use
our favorite embellishments, mine are ribbon, flowers and 3D-ing,
that's an embellishment, right?
Here's a side view for ya,
so you can see why I think it is an embellishment, lol!!

Welp, thanks for coming and visiting my project,
I hope you've gotten some crafty time this weekend as well!!
Take Care,

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Get your Magnolia Sneaky Peek on!!

Have you seen the latest Magnolia releases?
So Jolly and Under The Mistletoe
are just as precious as you'd imagine.
Bank accounts beware, you are going to be emptied!!!

Kellie has given us a sneaky peak at these gems,
head on over to Magnolia Down Under
and take a looksie at the new line.
Make sure you have a spare half an hour to drool over them
and a tissue to wipe up the drool puddles.
Kellie's an enabler, she's got me thinking where
I can pinch money from to get my mitts on some of these stamps,
and you, my friend, you're not getting away
without the added temptation!!
Head on over to Magnolia Down Under and
indulge your senses in the sneaky peak to end all sneakpeaks!!
She plans on starting pre-orders this coming Monday,
so keep your notebook and pen handy so you can
jot down the names of your MUST-HAVES,
lol, ALL OF THEM, hahahaha!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Penny Black Trick or Treat!!

Hi Blogger Buddies!!
'Tis the season for spooky projects and cards.
I have been enraptured with the projects and cards
I've seen whilst hopping along blogland lately.
Time to get my crafty knife out and catch up
with all of you and finish up my Halloween cards.

My head is full of ideas and thoughts
but getting them out has become overwhelming!!
But in an attempt to get my a** in gear,
I will be joining in with a few challenges.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge
wants to see buttons and bows
PaperTake Weekly wants to see
creations from The Dark Side, muahahahahaaaa!!!
Cute Card Thursday is hosting a SpookFest challenge
At Charisma Cardz, they are hosting
a distressing challenge, thank you ladies!!!

I've used a Penny Black image called Trick Or Treat,
Basic Grey Eerie DP and Bazzill cardstock,
coloured with watercolours and distressed in
Peeled Paint after ripping and sanding :)
I've peiced the image up to 3 times and added
a little hemp rope to the kitties treat bag.
The buttons and ribbon are from my stash.

Thanks for dropping in,
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

MDU Store Yummy Challenge

Hello to you!!
The girls over at Magnolia Down Under
have been thinking of ways to have
some fun with the new Magnolia collection,
and have come up with the idea of a store challenge.
That way, we can USE the fabby stuff that Kellie
sent us in our DT kits, and also
showcase these adorable images to you all,
and hopefully, we'll be seeing you join in with us.
My "assignment" was to create something with "Peachy Tilda"
and this is what I came up with:

For my card, I've used, well, Peachy Tilda,
haha, find her here
and some really yummy papers,
blueberry dots and peaches, find them here
as well as my best friend, bazzill craft cardstock,
I "framed" Tilda with a Martha Stewart punch,
Tilda is coloured in distress inks and her basket, arms and peaches
are layered up to 3 times, I also reworked her basket a bit.
There are some roses from Mina along with Primas
that have been Glimmer Misted and Stickled,
gold organza and gold ribbon make the bow along with corsage pins
and the branches are done with my EK Success fern punch.

Now, here's what you need to know:
*Gotta use a Yummy stamp to play in the yummy challenge
*link back to the challenge in your blog post
*leave a direct link to mr. linky, not your overall blog
*do so by midnight November 13th, (that's roughly 9 a.m. U.S.)
to be in for a chance to win the prize,
$10 voucher to Kellies Magnolia store,
shipping included!!

May I suggest the paper, it is divine!!!
It even smells good, lol.
I know, what am I doing sniffing paper, lol!!

I hope that you can find some inspiration
to use those Yummy stamps
and you'll come back and share your creations with us,
not to mention, be in for the chance at a prize!!

Take Care and enjoy your weekend!!!

P.S. As most of us are aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Kellie is raising funds by selling Pink Ribbon Wrist Bands in her shop, all proceeds benefitting Cancer Council.
Be smart, Feel your boobies!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

My NOT-Halloween Halloween Card

Hello everyone,
I hope you had a craft-packed weekend.
I finished this card up last night, at long last,
and am ready to blog it.
Unfortunately, Kansas went and skipped a season on us,
and has been Winterized by Mother Nature,
so, gone is my great natural lighting.

I made this card for a new challenge blog
Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential
and of course I missed the deadline,
but the challenge was to make a Halloween card
WITHOUT the use of a Halloween image.
So I decided on Butterfly Tilda because, well,
she is dressed as a butterly for Halloween,
that was my thought for choosing her.
I took the challenge a step further and used
I hope that you still get a Halloween feel
even though there are no pumpkins or spiderwebs.

All DP is Basic Grey, cardstock is bazzill,
the flowers are from my Mina candy,
with the big one on the bottom being a Prima,
they've been coloured with watercolours to give them
a lovely orange blossom look and then glimmer misted.
The little branches are from my EK Success fern punch.
Tilda has been layered up to 4 times,
her wings are Basic Grey dp, as is her bodice.
She's coloured in distress inks,
her background looks WAY better IRL,
but it is stamped on Gina K stock,
as is the image, and yes, my hand is sore from peicing...
I don't know how I will ever go down in quality now))
distressed from the center on outward in dusty concord
and then glimmer misted in simply khaki,
it sort of mutes the purple to give a lovely vintage look.
The sentiment is computer-generated
and distressed in dusty concord.
Now I am 100% out of ink, eek!!
Distressing around the cards layers is done with
sandpaper and then inked in Frayed Burlap.
The ribbon and the grommets are from my stash.

I have used the wonderful sketch at Basic Grey
I, of course, flipped it.

and I will also be entering this into the
Simon Says Halloween Challenge,
have you seen their store lately??
Full of delicious Halloween goodies!!

Well, thanks for stopping by!!
Hope you are having a wonderful Monday....
Yeah, sure, wonderful Monday, haha...
Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends
and Happy Columbus Day to all of my U.S. peeps!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

DT - MDUC, Trick or Treat!!

Hello lovely blogger buddies.
It's that time again,
another Magnolia Down Under Challenge.
May I just say WOW right off the bat.
The entries from the Buttons Challenge were incredible!!
I truly enjoyed visiting everyones creations
and we had a bumper amount of entries last fortnight also,
so it's safe to say you ladies enjoy buttons,
beautiful work everyone!!
This fortnight, I think you will be most pleased
to see that we are hosting a Halloween Challenge.
And for one lucky lady, there is a fabulous
Alota Stamp up for grabs
from our sponsor Bloomin' Pages.
Would love to win that myself, lol!!
Now, if you don't have any Magnolia stamps
that are tailored for Halloween,
You can just use a spooky colour scheme,
maybe adapt an image by adding a hat and broom,
incorporate other product lines in with a Magnolia image,
take a Tilda with basket (if you have one) and add candy,
there are lots of ways to play
even if you don't have the Halloween stamps.

I've been working on a little spooky house,
and wanted our dear Tilda to be the hostess.
The house is from Hobby Lobby,
I mixed a light gray colour of acrylic paint
and applied it to the entire house.
I then added a medium layer of
Ranger Crackle Paint in Picket Fence
to the house and added layers of
gray scalloped cardstock distressed in
weathered wood to the roof.

The door is chipboard that I drew on with Black Soot
and then distressed in frayed burplap and added a layer
of Modge Podge over the top along with a
knob made from pewter Perfect Pearls.
I sorta ran a sheet of stickers through the knob, oops!!
The very stickers that I used to make Tilda's door hanging,
which are from a set called Pumpkins by Jolee's.
The broom is a sticker from Recollections.

I have painted the border of the house a lovely puke green
and added a layer of Modge Podge which I added
crumpled dry leaves to the top.
The pumpkin patch sign is a button
and the little pumpkins I made by
painting wooden beads, adding curled green bead wire
and leaf ribbon to the inside, adhering with
Aleene's Tacky glue inside the bead.

Little Tilda with Spider has been coloured in distress inks,
she's layered up to 4 times,
her bootiful dress is Martha Stewart Holiday Collection '09,
and her smock is bazzill cardstock
with tea dye and sakura gel pen accents.
I've done the inside of the house as well
but will be bringing that to you in a seperate post,
this is already quite long.

Thanks for stopping by,
and please DO go by the
Magnolia Down Under Challenge
to see what the other ladies have crafted up
for your viewing pleasure
and feast your eyes on that Alota stamp,
it's a cutie!!

Take Care and Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pretty pink madness!!

Hi there, how is everybody doing?
I am back from work, so I can pretty up this post a bit.
Okay, A LOT!!
I'm short on thank you cards as of late,
so here we are with yet another one,
Thanks a bunch!!

I had to put this picture in here
because my camera let me take it with clarity.
I let the kids take over the camera I use to blog with
a year or so ago, and my son tweaked it somehow
where it wouldn't focus, couldn't!!
Well, I don't know how he untweaked it,
but would you look at that, nice, not blurry pic!!
Too bad there's no natural light to be had lately.
Oh well, can't have it all...

I've used Tilda with bunch of flowers
and I've coloured her in distress inks,
the DP is K & Company and cardstock is Bazzill.
The lace is by The Paper Studio
and I ripped the pearl off of a sticky row of pearls,
I distressed in frayed burlap.
I've had a go at making a handmade flower
a la Michele Roos wonderful tutorial
on Just Magnolia's Monthly Challenge,
which is officially to make handmade flowers.
I think they had to broaden the playing field
and ask us to use handmade flowers instead of
Micheles flowers specifically because no one
can make them as amazingly as she does.
Go look at her blog, you will be in awe!!
So I used the general concept,
numerous sizes of flower shapes,
distressed and pinched inward and curled petals.
My interpretation is a loose one,
I look forward to trying to MIRROR it!!

I needed an amazing sketch to complete the thought process,
and I went with Midnight Madness Sketch 21.
I felt like I was being untrue not playing along last week,
so here I am, trying to make up for it...

Thanks for stopping by,
Have a lovely week!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Christmas bunny card

Hi there everyone,
hope the day finds you well.
I have made a Christmas card,
big woop, eh?
Some of you ladies are nearly done
and here I am with one card, haha.

I've made this card with a Lili of the Valley stamp,
coloured with Distress Inks and I've added
DecoArt Snow Writer to the snow and
Polar White FlowerSoft to the hat.
The papers are Basic Grey and Little Yellow Bicycle,
the snowflakes are Jolee's (I want to buy a punch soon!!)
and the poinsettias are Prima,
the jewels are K & Company.

I've made this card with a few challenges in mind.
Firstly, I used the sketch from
Lily of the Valley,
minus the sentiment, just didn't seem to fit
my card so I left it off, and I flipped it...
A Spoon Full of Sugar
would like to see Christmas Creations,
think I might be too late for the cutoff there.
Creative Inspirations is hosting a
Christmas in October challenge,
Simon Says create with red and green,
Pile It On wants to see 3D work on our cards,
as in, NOT FLAT, so I have snow and flowersoft,
snowflakes, poinsettias and gems,
Stampavie and More
set the challenge of ANIMALS,
and I think that will do it, haha.

Thanks for coming by and taking a looksie!!
Cocoa weather in Kansas today,
nice and cripsy cold.
I rather like that, woohoo, sweater weather!!
Take Care,

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A card for Paige

Hi there,
How is everybody doing today?
Hope you had a chance to play yesterday,
as it seems slightly sacreligious not to have!!
I started a project last night and wrapped it up
after I woke up this morning, had to recharge.
I was happy to see Simon Says host a challenge
for World Card Making Day in which
we are to make a card for Paige,
the link will take you to Erins blog
where you can pick up all the details on what's happened,
but I will streamline, Paige, a young lady,
has suffered a serious injury due to a boating accident
and Erin has been hosting a bit of a
card shower in Paige's honour.
Now I don't know about you,
but if I can bring a smile to a young ones face,
then it is certainly worth the while.
For those who already have made a card for Paige,
make a card and send it to Post Pals, link in sidebar
so that you can partake in this 24 hour challenge.
Also, you can find a link to Whimsy Stamps
in my sidebar, they have fashioned a digi-teddy
with all proceeds going to benefit
Paige's medical expenses.
So here is where my struggle lays.
I bought the digi weeks ago
and have wanted to use it,
nay, NEEDED to use it to make a card for this young lady,
but I just have NOT been able to do it.
Digi-stunted, I suppose.
I thought to myself, SATURDAY, I will make the card,
digi image or otherwise, THIS SATURDAY,
so to see the challenge at Simon Says was great
because it was my reinforcement, DO IT!!!
And at long last, here is the card:

I took the opportunity to play along
with Colour Create whose colours this fortnight
are dusty pink, hot pink and chocolate,
with the extra option of using pearls and swirls.
I love Colour Create and have not been able
to make challenge cutoffs as of late,
so phew, I made it this time.
In the flurry of Blogger challenges,
Carol's Sketch Fun is a favorite too,
but still the problem of making cutoffs prevails.
Not this time, this time I get to enter, woohoo!!
Here's that sketch:
I did the ol' squash and stretch with it
and added a sentiment.
The DP is Basic Grey,
the image is Sarah Kay from Stampavie
and it is coloured in distress inks.
I stamped the sentiment (Brenda Walton Inkadinkado clear set)
in Sepia over an Inkadinkado flourish stamped in Worn Lipstick,
distressed in Tattered Rose and then heat set,
sprayed with creme de cocoa Glimmer Mist
and completed with a few pearls.
The punch is Martha Stewart,
and the distressing is done in Brushed Corduroy,
and the edges frayed with my trusty finger nail.
The ribbon is from my stash and the polka dots
have been circled in Sakura gel pen.

Well, I better stop yammering and post this
so I don't miss Simon Says' extension, lol,
thanks for that, by the way!!
Take Care,

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Exciting news, exciting news, REALLY EXCITING NEWS, can you tell I am excited!?!?!?!

Hello Blogging Buddies,
I hope the day finds you well.
I have some exciting news to share with you,
because the title didn't quite say it enough,
I will now reiterate: EXCITING!!
My divalicious friend Kellie Winnell
has taken her love for Magnolia stamps
to the next level and is in the midsts of revealing
her latest adventure in stamping with us
in the form a major Candy give-away!!
To celebrate the opening of her online store,
Magnolia Down Under,
an Australia-based Magnolia only venture,
but not exclusive to Aussies, mind you,
so don't let that stop you from checking it out,
Kellie is offering this delicious bundle of treats
to one lucky lady to celebrate the shop opening.
A Grand Opening Candy of sorts,
just click here to see how you can join in
on this sweetheart of a candy.

The Recipe:

•Magnolia Stamp - Kitchen
•Magnolia Stamp - Christmas Tree
•Magnolia Stamp - Tilda with Strawberry Bucket
•Magnolia Stamp - Santa is Coming to Town
•Kaisercraft Rhinestones x 3
•Kaisercraft Pearls x 4
•Kaisercraft Rhinestone word - Friends.
•Remember when Chipboard Owl
•Remember When Chipboard Bird
•Remember When Chipboard Birds on Branch
•Remember When Chipboard Label
•Bulk lot packet of Ribbon, burgundy, purple, pink, green with white dots and yellow.
•Maya Road Red and Orange Suede Stitched Blossoms
•Stampin’ Up! packet of Felt Flowers
•6 Pink Gem Brads
•10 pink Paper Roses
•Craft Affair Papercraft Brads
•Prima Rose - Center Kisses.
•1 meter of lace
•1 meter of Stampin’ Up! Striped Ribbon
•1 meter of white lace like ribbon.
•1 meter of in colour Stampin’ Up! Kiwi Kiss
•1 meter of in colour Stampin’ Up! Baja Breeze
•1 meter of in colour Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette
•1 meter of in colour Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point
•1 meter of in colour Stampin’ Up! Riding Hood Red
•1 meter of in colour Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango
•1 meter of Stampin’ Up! Barely Banana
•1 meter of Stampin’ Up! Certainly Celery
•Stampin’ Up! Build A Brad
•Prima - Gallery Roses
•Prima - Pack of 4 Roses
•Prima - Pack of 4 Roses
•Prima - Trellis Roses Lemon Creme
•Stampin’ Up! Trio Flower Punch
•2crafty Chipboard Boarder
•X-Press It Tape
•Pearl Head Pins
•Packet 10 Autumn Leaves

Yeah, that is pretty exciting in itself,
but I am not eligible to win it,
and the reason why is most delightful.
I will be designing for Magnolia Down Under,
alongside some amazingly talented Aussie girls.
It is still sinking in,
I'm still kinda rubbing my eyes thinking,
"Is this really happening?"
Seems like a dream come true for me,
and also for dear Kellie,
as I KNOW this will be a grand adventure for her.
She's smart, fun, and passionate about what she does
and to me, that is a winning combination
that will keep people coming
not just for the stamps but for the heart and soul
that they will find upon arrival.
Okay, gotta go get a hankie now, sniffle sniffle.

In closing, I hope you will feel more than welcome
to hop on over to Kellie's blog
and check out the candy and pick up
more details about this exciting new chapter.

Take Care,