Friday, July 31, 2009



I've made this card with a few challenges in mind.

The layout is from the sketch that Heidi’s provided for her Little Stamp Shoppe.

Stamp With Fun’s Challenge #17 this week is Pearls.

At Simon Says Stamp Challenge, their current challenge is LETS GET DISTRESSING !!

And wouldn’t you know it, Distressing is also the theme for Just Magnolia's Week 16 Challenge.

I've put some folds in Tilda's blouse. What do you think? I'm still trying to figure out where the highlights should be. Hmm...
I've gone pearl-crazy as you can see.
Did some heavy distressing, but in the picture the distressing looks lighter than in real life. The flowers are also distressed.

Here's the inside of my card, which took me a while longer to finished (this picture is posted on the next day. Had to have some shut eyes in between--LOL.)

A small announcement here. Kellie from Magnolia Down Under Challenges has asked me if I would like to stay on for another 6 months. Woo hoo. Of course I would!!! I am very honoured to be asked to join the DT ladies at MDUC. Thank you, Kellie. I feel humbled by this.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Stamp: Magnolia #214 Tilda with Hair Flower Garland, #501 Shabby chic fence, Hampton Art G Studio Kolette Hall Design hugs & kisses.
DP’s: KI Memories Pet Shop Yarn, Chatterbox Tangerine Gingham and Sunny Pinwheels.
Tools: EK Success border punch. EK Success retro flower punches (large & medium), Martha Stewart flower punch .
Embelishments: Making Memories metal XOXO, Kaisercrat Pearls yellow, Gartner Studios Brides ivory pearl.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Thank You

Happy Sunday!

This card was made for Stamp With Fun Challenge. This is the sketch provide by Maria Bell for their challenge 16.
This card was also made for Colour Create Challenge. Their Challenge 23 - blue and white. The optional extra this week is VINTAGE.

Most of the time, I do distress the pieces of paper on my cards, but this time I heavilly distress them to give it a vintage look (hmm... I don't think I'm quite successful there...oh well).
Yesterday was such a crappy day for me! My computer crashed!!!!! And after talking to the support person (I asked her which part of the world she was in and she said the Philipines--isn't that amazing?) for a couple of hours (thank God I don't have to pay for that long-distance call), and trying everything to restore it, worse came to worst and we ended up having to restore my laptop to its original condition, as it was when I bought it. So, rats, darn, ...(insert here every swear words known to mankind), I lost every files that was in my laptop! Aghhhh!!! Looking at the bright side, I didn't have any important documents. And all the pictures I lost are still in my camera. Phew! Old e-mails are gone I think. Anyway, I have lots of work now to do to restore my files. Sorry for my rambling on here.

Thanks for dropping by.

Stamps: Magnolia #342 Spring Tilda, sentiment from Penny Black Flower Gallery clear stamp set.
DPs: Chatterbox Sky Bloom adn Courtyard Blossoms, Provo Craft Stone Washed Denim-wavy Plaid

Friday, July 24, 2009

Just Because

Happy Friday!

This card was made for 2 challenges:

The first one is for Kellie Winnell. Her first blog...sketch challenge--she's got a new blog! There is a secret prize and a sketch to follow. Click here to hop over to get the details to Kellie's challenge and also to take a look at her new blog and... the gorgeous cards that she's created.

The 2nd challenge is from Cute Card Thursday. Challenge 70 - Eye to Eye!
... use eyelets on your card or project.

I saw these DP's at the local scrapbook store and they caught my eyes right away. The color combination really appeals to me. They're double-sided paper from the Paper Loft--I think it's a new line--Grandma's House, and the 2 designs are Hankie and Herb Garden. I already have a paper with similar colour combo at home (that's the one at the right on the inside of my card) from K&Company. I don't know the design name--it's been cut out.
Have a wonderful day, people. TGIF!
Stamps: Magnolia #209 Standing With Hair Bow.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Happy Birthday


I've made a birthday card, but it can actually be used for any occasion. I've stuck the sentiment inside the card.

I'm using this card as my entry to 3 challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge -- Take Your Pick Colour Combi. It's very easy peasy and all you have to do is to create your card using a colour combi from the following - pink, black, white, yellow, green, grey and lilac You can use as many or as few of those colours as you want and of course, you can use your own preferred colours for skin tones and hair etc.

I've decided to use pink and green, but of a particular shade of each colour, because over at
Passion for Promarker Challenge, their colour challenge for Week 9 is rose pink & lime.

The 3rd challenge is Dutch Dare Card Challenge #56: Use cutting dies and/or punches.
I love punches. I've got punches coming out of my ears, LOL.

This is another one of my favorite Tilda (ahem...I guess I do say that about a lot of my Tildas, don't I? Well, they're ALL favorites. LOL. I love them all!!!) . This Tilda I think has the sweetest espression and just a touch of sadness or sorrow, as though to say I'm sorry. Well that's exactly the sentiment I want to express, because this is going to be a belated birthday card. Ouch!! I've been a bad girl. I keep putting it off. I just hope the recipient of this card feels it's better late than never.

I actually couldn't decide which colour to use for her dress and which for the scarf and which would look better. So I coloured both combinations. They both look okay to me. It was a coin toss. I put one Tilda on the front of the card and stuck the other one inside sitting on a present.

That's all folks. Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Magnolia #310 Waiting Tilda, Imaginisce Snag 'Em Stamps Present, MSE! M126 Birthday Circles.
DP's: Basic GreyBasic Grey Archangel, Momenta A Family Affair Relations.
Tools: EK Success Retro Flower punches (large & medium), EK Success Photo Corner Curved punch, Martha Stewart border punch, Marvy Uchida Scallop Circle punch, Colluzel circle template.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wishes & Kisses

Happy Sunday!

I'm still in a Christmasy mood. I've got another Christmas card. This one made for the Next Level. Their challenge of the week (which closes in, yikes, less than an hour, so I'm rushing through this--LOL) is Sketch with 3D Image.

This is the sketch that was provided.

I've carried the decoupage feature to outside the circle also, and use it for the poinsettia.

Frontal picture of the card doesn't really show the stages of the cutout pieces, so I hope you can see them here.
For the final/top pieces of the cut-outs (the face, the bell with glove, the pockets, etc.) what I've done is give them a bit of a curl--looks better than just having them laying flat.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Magnolia #322 Tilda with Bell, PSX G-3341 Poinsettia, Sentiment from Anna Griffin Christmas stamp set.
DP's: Provo Craft Winter Berries, K&Company Christmas Ivory Blind Embossed Paper.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Winter Wonderland

Hello everybody. I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

This is my last Guest DT card for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge. The theme for this week is: Christmas in July.

This seems to be a popular theme, as it also the theme at the Cute Card Thursday, their challenge #69.

I just love Christmas. This is the earliest I've ever started on my Xmas cards. I'm always procrastinating and leaving it until the last minute and then had to scramble to get all my cards done. So this is a good opportunity to get started.

One new thing that I used for this card, that I haven't used before for any of the cards on my blog is my brass stencils. For this one, I used a Dreamweaver stencil with those bare trees, along with some white embossing paste and transparent micro glitter. You can't really see the shimmering glitter on the picture, but in real life it looks like there are snow crystals in the air. I love working with these micro glitters. It can be really messy--with glitters all over the place, on you clothes, in your hair, LOL--but the effect on your cards can be quite stunning.
The huge snowball that Tilda is sitting on is from a Penny Black stamp that has a hedgehog on top of the snowball rolling along. I stamped it by masking the hedgehog.
Before I sign off, I want to express my sincere thanks to Kellie for the opportunity of being a Guest DT. I have enjoyed myself tremendously, Kellie, and I hope that you were pleased with my work.
Enjoy you weekend!
Stamps: Magnolia #275 Winter Sled, #268 Chilly Tilda, Penny Black 3759 Snow Joy, sentiment from Inkadinkadoo 8305 Snow flake trails
DP's: American Crafts A La Carte Florentine,KI Memories Choices Collection Organized Tailgate
Toolsl: EK Success border punch.
Misc.: Dreamweaver brass stencil, embossing paste

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bunch of Roses

A good Sunday to all! Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Just got another card done. This one using this sketch for the Friday Sketchers Challenge Blog, for their week 60, provided by Heidi.

Now, instead of having the card opening at the side (or at the bottom), my card's opening is at the middle as I wanted to make a gate card for another challenge blog, Roses on Paper. This symmetrical sketch is perfect for a gate card. (How sneaky is that! LOL) . This is the theme of their challenge #15... A Gate Card including Stitching!

I've used this adorable Magnolia image of Tilda with Huge Bunch of Roses. The 2 flower charms I've put on heavy-cardstock circles and placed them on the card on foam tape so that they are slightly raised. This way you can tuck the front panel under the edge of the left circle when you want to keep the card closed.

I've decorated the inside of the card very simply.

That's about it. Thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Stamps: Magnolia #349 Tilda with Huge Bunch of Roses.
DP's: Chatterbox Sunny Bias Plaid and Tangerine Pinwheels.
Tools: Martha Stewarat border punch.
Charm: Blue Moon Beads Bits & Baubles Metal Charms

Saturday, July 11, 2009

From the Heart

Happy Saturday! Ladies, thank you for all the lovely comments that you've written me. I really do apppreciate them. They make my day.

I've created this card using this marvelous sketch that Sharon herself has provided for the Truly Scrumptious Challenge Blog, their challenge 11. This week there's an added theme to this challenge: " use only black, white plus one other colour (excluding skin & hair)." How simply wonderful, since that colour scheme is one of my favorites.

And that is exactly the challenge at Papertake Weekly Challenge: My Favorites Things -- "use anything you want as long as there is something favourite of yours on there. So it could be a stamp, or your fave colour combi or papers. Or all of them put together." Now, I can't truthfully say that the black-and-white-plus-one-other-colour colour scheme is my absolute favorite, but it's right up there. I also have a favorite stamp that I want to use, the Tilda with Heart from Magnolia.

With that stamp, I've snuck in a third challenge, A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 58 - Hearts. " could use DP with hearts on Heart border punches etc, anything goes as long as it has a heart somewhere on the design."

The additional colour, as you can see, is red (or rather shades of red, from deep pink to red--oh let's just say pinkish red or redish pink. LOL. Take your pick!). The black and white DP is a self-stamped paper using a clear stamp from Autumn Leaves. I've added the flower again, that I learned how to make from StampARTic tutorial provided by Marianne.

And this is how I decorated the inside of the card.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend.

Stamps: Magnolia #281 Tilda with Heart (from the Pink Collection), Autumn Leaves Stampology Block Stamps 1 clear stamp set; Hero Arts From the Heart Greetings stamp set, Hampton Art G Studio Kolette Hall Design For you.
DP's: Basic Grey Bittersweet Raspberry Cream, Hot Off the Press Mixing Masculine papers (black stripe).
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch Hearts. Marvy Uchida scallopped circle punch. EK Success retro flower punches.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Bee Happy

Hello. Happy Wednesday!

I had started this card for 2 challenges, but when it was finished, I ended up with 3.
At Cute Card Thursday, this is their current theme: “Challenge 67 - Stitch in Time! This week we want to see some sewing, either faux of real, on your creation!” I’ve been doing more and more stiching on my cards lately, so this was no sweat. I have only done straight sticthes so far though, but on this card I’ve added some decorative stiches. And if that wasn’t going to be enough, I’ve added some buttons by sewing them on to the card.

And at Just Magnolia, for their week 12 , “The challenge this week is So Charming - we want to see some charms on your creations so dig your metal out and get creative!“ Since the Magnolia image I’m using is the Tilda with Bee, I’ve got the perfect bee charms for this card.

The 3rd challenge is from the Next Level. “This week we have a THEME for your CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK - BUTTONS AND BOWS. That is it - you can be as creative as you like, make anything you like, but it must have BUTTONS AND BOWS on it - the more the merrier!!!!!!!!!!!!” Since I had already planned to have numerous buttons on the card, I just had to add a bow to the card--only room for one.

With all the embelishment, I needed a simple layout. So just 2 pieces of DP's would do. Since Tilda is sitting at an angle, I thought it would look better if I perched her on a wavy line rather than a straight line.

I have the perfect sentiment for this card, but no place to put it on the front of the card, so I've stuck it inside. It's the title for my card. Don't ya think it's cute?
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Stamp: Magnolia #208 Paris Tilda, Stampendous E192 Happy Word.
DP's: Chatterbox Violet Dahlias and Light Parlor Stripe.
Tools: EK Success Retro Flower punches.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Enjoy Your Day

Happy Sunday to all!

This card was created using this wonderful sketch provided for The Next Level Issue #5 challenge.

At the same time, I have also used the colours chosen for the Stamp with Fun colour challenge, their Challenge #13, which are: turquoise-brown.

The image I used is the Magnolia Paris Tilda. I only had to choose one DP from Chatterbox , a double-sided one which has the 2 colours I wanted. The rest are cardstock paper--sorry, I wouldn't be able to tell you what they are as I don't keep track of the names of particular shades. (I dumped all my cardstocks together in a wooden box.)

I did a lot distressing for this card--just about everything except for Tilda herself. Used Tim Holtz distress ink pad Vintage Photo for the brown and also Colorbox pigment stamp pad turquoise.

Both the Tildas, on the front and on the inside, were cut out and then mounted on foam tape for a 3-dimensional effect.

Do you like my flower? Check out this StampARTic tutorial provided by Marianne on how to make this flower and a few others. It's cool!

That's all.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Stamps: Magnolia #208 Paris Tilda, Stampendous perfectly clear stamps set Everything Happy.
DP: Chatterbox Botanico Blue Oak.
Tools: EK Success border punch and flower punches, Tim Holtz distress ink pad vintage photo, Colorbox pigment stamp pad turquoise.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Tulips say hello

Hello! I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

It's time for me to post another Guest DT card for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge.

This week, MDUC Challenge #17 is a sketch challenge. This is their first sketch challenge and the sketch, which was provided by Kellie, is fabulous. I like this sketch so much that I've followed it almost to the letter in creating my card.

The adorable Magnolia image is the Tilda with Tulips from the Easter 2009 Collection. This is the first time I've used lace on a card. At first I added the lace without any background paper, but it looked kind of lost, so I've added the dark background--now you can see the details.

I've chosen this particular DP because of this shade of pink and green combination. The design is actually of pink roses. I know, I know...roses don't actually go with tulips. But you can't actually tell on the front of the card, because the roses are mostly covered up--so that works...LOL. It's only when you see the inside of my cards that it's a bit weird.

In hindsight, I guess I should have chosen a different Tilda image, but I sooo....wanted to finally use this Tilda on a card. Oh well!

Please hop over the MDUC blog and see the other cards from the DT members. They are simple wonderful!!!

Enjoy your weekend.

Stamp: Magnolia #338 Tilda with Tulips.
DP: Hot off the Pree Joy's Vintage Papers.
Tools: Fiskars Read Between the Vines border and corner punch, Marvy Uchida circle and scalloped circle punches.
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