Friday, 19 May 2017

Ahoy!!! Magnolia-licious DT

Happy Friday dear friends!

I am back again today with a Midway and Inspirational post for Magnolia-licious Store and Challenge Blog. It was my turn today to showcase another inspirational project, and because Shawn has some brand new awesome Magnolia Collections waiting for you to pick up, and one of them is a Nautical Collection, I decided to make a nautical themed card to share with you.

I just love everything with a nautical theme. In fact slowly, veeerryy slowly, I am organising some different decorations, some of which are cross-stitched, for a nautical themed bathroom at our Home. I love sea shells, sailor things etc. I had a blast doing this specific card, making my own sailing vessel for our Tilda.

I used one of the older stamps for my project, but you can check some cool 2017 Magnolia nautical stamps here at the Magnolia Stamp Store.

Aren't those Maja papers cool? I love this collection, which I won from one of the challenges. Thank you Maja for such lovely cute papers. And have you seen Pion's Legends of the Sea collection?! ... these too are super yummy! 

I distressed all edges of the boat and the background papers with the scissors. I embellished my card with cheese cloth, sea shell, stars, square rhinestones and some other sea related objects. The most time consuming work was doing the boat, but it was worth it. 

Tilda was coloured with Distress re-inkers, and then I fussy cut her together with the rope ladder, with which she is climbing to fix something on the boat :)

A closer look at the chain with which the anchor is being held, and the lovely Maja papers. I just love these cuties! 

I hope you like this project, and that you'll join us for our Magnolia-licious Challenge, which you can find HERE. Do bot forget that by participating, you are not only in chance to win a $20 Magnolia-licious gift certificate, but you can also be chosen to be a Guest Designer :)

Challnges I'm entering: 

Marvellous Magnolia  #121 - Shabby Chic

Midweek Magnolias #164 - Anything goes with a Magnolia image

Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia  #146 - Anything goes

The Ribbon Girl - May card challenge (2nd entry)

Wishing you a Marvellous weekend!! 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Baby with giraffe - Mo's DT

Hello my dear friends! I have another card to share with you today, and this time it is another baby card made with one of Mo's cute digital stamps.

I just loooove these cuties and they are so natural to colour, and bring a lot of sweet memories too.

I used Copics to colour this babe. Do you agree that this baby looks so natural and cute? We have lots of kids which are at that age in our care, and it's a blessing to watch them make progress and learn new skills!

This is Baby with Giraffe image, and you can instantly purchase it in Mo's Store by clicking here

I created the sentiment by using some dies form Magnolia Doo Hickey Vol 10, I distressed the images with Walnut Stain Distress ink and added some letters and a "boy" button. I liked how it turned out, and these dies are wonderful for those boy/men cards where you need something cute but not girly :)

Thank you for stopping by to see my new creation. At least between hospital visits and other priorities, I unwind a bit form all the emotions and the draining experience by creating a new card. 

Challenges I'll be entering with this card are:

Stampavie and More  #287 - Man or boy

Deep Ocean Challenge #155 - Furry/Feathered Friends

Sparkles Monthly Challenge #92 - Four or more legs

Sweet Stampers #7 - Dots or Stripes

Big hugs and blessings xxx


Monday, 15 May 2017

Mothers are very special people - Paradise of Magnolia Guest DT

Blessings to you dear friends!!

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend, and that you had some time to recharge your strength for this new week!

Today I have another card to share with you. Some weeks ago I was invited to be a Guest Designer for this week by Paradise of Magnolia Challenge Blog. The theme I was invited to create a project for was "Flowers", and I thought it will be perfect for Mother's Day week. My mum adores plants and flowers, and gets very emotional when she receives a card that has flowers on it.

To make it more perfect, I was awarded some wonderful Sofiero Maja papers, and everything fit in perfectly. So this card yesterday made the trip to hospital to be given to mum on this special day :)

As you can see, it has loads of flowers on it, from the stunning papers (oh how hard it was to cut them!!!) to the image and all the paper flowers surrounding the card. There are also flowers on the paper doily which I put under the design paper.

The image was coloured on Langton watercolour paper, using Distress reinkers. I did it in a bit of a hurry, as daily hospital visits take a lot of time and energy, but I thank God for everyday and for the energy he gives me,

This cute stamp is from Magnolia's Springtime 2017 Collection, and is called Sitting Spring Tilda. It can be found at Magnolia-licious, specifically here

This is a close up of the lovely sentiments that Maja papers have on the edge of the papers, it's awesome that nothing is wasted and can be put to use. I just loooove these papers, did you notice? :)

The twigs die cuts are from DooHickey vol 10. They made cute additions to the bunch, I liked the effect.

More detailed photos: vintage button on pink organza ribbon, and more flowers on my card. Lace and more goodies were added for that special feel. (Thank you Suzi for that cute pearl trim!).

Thank you for joining me this morning to read about this card. I wish you all wonderful and happy things, and when things go rough, do not lose hope. Crafting is a very good way to de-stress, and do not be afraid to ask for help. Sending you lots of hugs, and do share love with those around you!! 

Do pop over to Paradise of Magnolia blog to see what the DT created to inspire you, and I hope you'll be able to join us for this wonderful challenge. I am sure that many of the Maggie lovers use tons of flowers on your makes, so it's very easy to join in the fun. Good luck for winning, maybe you will be the next Guest Designer on the blog. 

Challenges I'm entering with this card: 

Midweek Magnolias - Anything goes with a Magnolia challenge

Noor Design - May Challenge - add lace 

Marvellous Magnolia  - # 121 Shabby chic 

All about Magnolia  - #23 - all about Mother's Day or a special lady

God bless you all! 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Wishing you... Magnolia-licious DT

Hi sweet blogging friends from around the globe. I hope you are having a brilliant week. Today I would like to share with you a card I did for our new Magnolia-licious challenge.

The Challenge we have for you this time is a very easy one: an "Anything goes with an option of Summer". It is such a fitting challenge for this time of the year. I loved the theme. Moreover some good news is that now we are having monthly challenges, to give you more opportunity to work on your projects, with the chance of not only winning a $20 gift certificate to the STORE, but also to be a guest designer for Magnolia-licious.

I got inspired by the Magnolia  Doo Hickey vol.10 set of dies, and did the ice-cream car as the focus point of my card. I really had a good time cutting it from different but coordinating pieces of papers, giving it also some dimension by adding a pop up upper part, and also popping up the wheel a bit, but cutting several times the wheel part and gluing them on top of each other.

The bottles with the labels and caps are also fun to play with :) I felt like a little kid again!! I could not leave the card without a Magnolia stamped image, so while not having yet a Tilda with ice-cream, I used sitting Tilda, from this year's Spring Collection. Her ice-cream is still to be prepared, so she is patiently waiting for it to arrive :) 

As usual, I cannot let any card be without my sweet embellishments, so I added lace, and a lace flower with a self-adhesive pearl on top, die cuts from the same Doo Hickey volume (which you can find at the Store) and from other sets, a round doily, and a sentiment from Paulette.

The main paper I used on the card is Maja Design, something which was sent to me years ago by a friend of mine.

I just love that sentiment, and I stamped it directly onto a piece of designer paper which I had in my folder. All the pieces are distressed with Walnut Stain Distress ink.

I am now off to hospital. This is the fourth week that mum is in Hospital, and from there she might be transferred to a Home for the elderly as now as the situation has turned out to be, she is not able to live anymore by herself. She admitted that she is feeling unsafe when she thinks of home, as she cannot even stand alone on her feet for more than a couple of seconds. We are all very close to her, visiting everyday and spending time with her, but due to the need of medical assistance and oxygen all the time, it is better that she is under constant care. Thank God she is remaining calm and focused. Thank you for all the support and messages I received regarding this difficult situation. God bless you all good people! 

 A close up of the card, so easy and fun to make!!  Isn't it cute? :)

Products which can be found, among many other goodies, at Magnolia-licious:

Sitting Spring Tilda stamp - from the Magnolia Spring time Collection 2017

Magnolia DooHickey Vol. 10 Kit: Buzz Buzz

Challenges which I will participate with this card are: 

Marvellous Magnolia  - Shabby Chic

Magnolia Forever  - Flowers (lace flower and flowers on paper )

Paradise of Magnolia  - Flowers (lace flower and flowers on paper )

Midweek Magnolias - Favourite Colours 

Friday, 21 April 2017

King for the Day - Mo's DT

Happy weekend to each one of you! I hope you are doing well.

Today I have a male Birthday card to share with you, using a sweet image from Mo's store. The name of this digital stamp is King for the Day. Male cards are always more challenging to me, as I looove embellishing my cards, and I am so limited when it comes to creations meant for men.

But these sweet and versatile images it becomes much more easier :) Thanks Mo!!

I used Copics for my colouring, and some papers which have long been in my stash, which I had left aside on purpose to be at hand when I needed a male card. This one was made for one of the sisters' dad, as he soon has his Birthday.

Isn't he cute with a beer in his hand, and the Television remote in the other? :)

I added some faux wooden letters to the sentiment, which sentiment I arranges around the image using Word.  Then some scraps of the same papers and some Washi tape, a King's crown charm and some gold coloured brads.

I hope this card inspires you, and that you find this image handy, together with so many more, for your male projects. If so look no further - and pop over to Mo's Store.

Sending you gigantic hugs to your part of the world, thanking you for prayers and well wishes during this rough period. Thank you to my awesome Community who walks with me this journey everyday, and a huge thank you to the Design Teams I am part of who understand perfectly my current situation, and have patience with me when I do not finish my projects on time. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart; I am such a lucky girl!!

A couple of challenges for this sweet fella:

I Love Promarkers  #333 - Anything Goes

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Men/Boy challenge

Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper challenge  - April challenge

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A happy Tilda - Magnolia-licious DT

A special Easter Hi to you who came to visit me here today! I hope you had a lovely Family day and enjoyed this Special Feast in any way which you like :)

Today marks the start of a new Challenge at Magnolia-licious, an easy "Anything Goes" is the theme for challenge number #7. 

This time I decided to colour my Wihoo Emoji Tilda with Copics, and place her as the centre piece in this fun card. This is a stamp I had won from Craft Heaven Challenge, and I'm glad I got to play with it :) 

Even though mum's health situation is a very delicate one at the moment, I felt that creating this card, bit by bit, did have a calming effect on me. Unfortunately mum is still in hospital, and things seem to be very complicated. But I know God is there - giving her peace and serenity, even though she always hated hospitals. It is not easy to see her so frail and so dependent on us when I know how difficult this thing is for her. The truth is that she always manage to teach me a lot without any words - even in these situations, her faith is showing in her strength and her acceptance of all that this constant treatment entails. 

Anyway... no more babbling from my side! Back to my card... 

The colouring of this cutie was very easy peasy, and to go with her cute smiley face I decided on a green and pink colour combo. I think these colours bring out the happy feeling this stamp gives, and they are perfect to use for a lot of different occasions. 

Unfortunately, I do not know the name of the papers I used, as they were among other loose paper in my stash, and could not remember from what company they are. 
Let me remind you that you can find this particular stamp and various Magnolia and other stamp collections, embellishments and lots of new additions in Magnolia-licious Store

For this card I also used some lovely dies from the Doo Hickey volume 10 kitLook at those cute butterfly wings, dragonflies, and also the lovely hearts which I tagged behind the main image. 

Other dies I used on this card are: Go Kreate, Impression Obsession Die, Dienamics 

Other embellishments I added were: cheesecloth, self-adhesive pearls, ribbon, lace, and some gesso here and there for that soft feel. 

 Some flowers were a must for pretty Tilda! 

I hope you let me know what is your opinion about the card, but also that you pop over on the challenge blog and see for yourself the cute projects that the DT prepared for you. Please do come and join the fun, and inspire us with your talents! And do not forget that Shawn is offering one Random Winner a $20 Gift Certificate to be spent in the Store!! 

Last but not least, I humbly ask you to keep supporting with prayers for mum, so that she will not be in a lot of pain during this rough time. Thank you to each one of  those who leave me private messages on Fb, send emails etc. A big hug also to the sweet people who are sending me lovely crafting RAKs as a sign of love and support - the smile you manage to bring on my face is a ray of hope! You are AMAZING people!! :) God bless each of you!!! 

Some challenges for this happy face: 

Addicted to Stamps  #146 - not a square Card 

Magnolia Forever # 52- Spring 

Noor Designs April Challenge - Flowers

The Ribbon Girl - use any image

Midweek Magnolias  - Anything goes with a Magnolia image 

Craft Heaven Shop  - Scent of flower

Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia  - Easter or Anything Goes

Deep Ocean Challenge blog #153 - Spring 

Many Blessings

"We are the Easter people, and Alleluia is our Song!" 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Hanglar card

I would like to share with you today a Hanglar thank you card for the Hospital Ward staff where my mum is being cared for at the moment.

Yesterday i was a bit sick and I could not visit, so to keep my mind off a bit from meany thoughts I coloured this Hanglar image that I had, and did a quick card with it.

I encountered a sketch which I liked on the Sketchy Challenges blog, and I decided that it can fit nicely into what I had in mind to do, cute but not too complicated as it had to be finished within a couple of hours. 

Image was coloured using Copics, and I added different types of flowers to it, together with some die-cuts, doily, rhinestones, bling, round stamped sentiments and dry embossing panel. 

I also added this thank you sentiment, a stamp from Sweet Pea Designs, very cute - I think it fitted perfectly.

As for the inside I kept it clean and simple, but I think the heartbeat idea of that stamped design from the same set is cool for the Nurses and staff. What do you think? :)

Finally some challenges for this Babe, not to feel alone and abandoned :) 

Sketch used from The Sketchy Challenges Blog

Allsorts Challenge - Bring on the bling

Stamping Sensations - April Anything goes

Big hugs and love you all!! 

Please keep mum and all the family in your prayers. xx Wishing you all a Holy Week!!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Mo Manning DT - Tiny Oak

Hello my lovely friends!

Yesterday we started a new challenge on DP2 Challenge, but it was a hard day for me at hospital with mum, who is very poorly and very very weak right now, so I did not find the time and mental energy to post about it. Sorry for that.

For this challenge I used a very cute digital stamp designed by Mo. This sweet fairy holding an acorn is called Mighty Oak. You can find it in Mo's STORE together with an increasing number of sweet images for all occasions. It is always so hard to choose from all the cuteness.

This particular stamp comes also with a separate text which says "Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow."

I had in mind to use this same sentiment with this stamp, for I sense hope in this message, an encouragement for the receiver of this card. I had already printed the sentiment, but then I realised I did not have enough space for it. Then I decided to do something else; I wrote with separate letters "HOPE never fails".

I coloured this sweet fairy using Copic markers, also using Stickles on her cute fairy wings. She is very easy to colour. One can also choose to paper-piece her onesie. Thinking a bit out of the box,I used Gesso to create the spots on the picture, creating not only contrast, but also texture.

The background papers are printed, using some images from the internet, I looked for a background with small acorns, and then a coordinating antique blue design. I think they fitted her perfectly.

I also created some pine cones to do something different from the usual flowers. The idea came after I read Norma's tutorial on how to do them, here.  I can improve on them, but even though they are very time-consuming, they gave a particular and unique feel to the card.

The leaves are Magnolia die cuts from the Parsley and Rocket salad die, the thinner ones are punch cuts.

Supplies used: tulle, antique blue ribbon, self-adhesive pearls, butterfly punches, bird chipboard, White Gesso, Distress inks, dry embossing folder

Dies: Spellbinders, Go-Kreate, Magnolia

Please pop over the Challenge blog to see what the other Dream Team members have created. Believe me, you won't be disappointed!! And do share your love for Mo's images by your creation. remember that one of you can win a $5 voucher for Mo's online Store!

Challenges I'm entering with this one!

Fussy and Fancy Challenges  #184 - Embellish it

Crafty Sentiments Design - Anything goes

Crafty Hazelnut's Challenges - using patterned paper

Word Art Wednesday - #276-277

Have a wonderful week!! And smile :)

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Magnolia-licious DT - Magnolia Gift Bag

I hope you are having a wonderful week, and that you are getting some wonderful Spring weather in your part of the world. 

My week did not start on a very positive note, as we had to take my 84 yr old mother to hospital on Sunday, and her heath is very frail and weak. But these things are also part of our life and we have to remain calm, positive and accept the will of God not only when things come to our favour. 

On a more cheerful note, today we start a new easy peasy challenge at Magnolia-licious. 

 Challenge #7 with the theme 
"Anything Goes" with the option of metal. 

Remember to use either a Magnolia image on your creation, or any stamp from the brands that Shawn has in the Magnolia-licious Store. Mentioning the wonderful Store, let me remind you that you can now find Pion paper, several wonderful embellishments like charms, bark hearts and other cuties, the latest Magnolia Doo Hickey dies etc. Go and have a look - Easter is coming, so you can always suggest some new toys for a present ;) 

Now for my make: for this challenge I had fun creating a Magnolia gift bag.

I used the stamp from the 2010 Cosy Family Collection Tilda with cherries, but I decided that they are blueberries instead of cherries :) 

I went with the purple and blue combo, which I certainly like - purple/lavender/lilac.. these shades are  my super favourite colour. 

Tilda is coloured with Distress inks using the following colours: 

skin: Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick for the cheeks
Clothes: Stormy Sky (Also used for the blueberries) and Pumice stone 
Hair: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Scattered Straw
Background: Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender 
Grass Peeled Paint 

As for the metal option I added some bits here and there. I have this super cute metal corner which one can find at Craft Heaven shop (it was part of my challenge prize, yay!) 
I also added that metal and glass embellishment behind the main image, a metal charm tied to the tag on the bag's handle and a pin with some pearls which coordinate with the paper I used. 

These are the two tags which you can see behind the man paper panel, they were in my stash and I decided to use them and stamp a sentiment behind each one of them. 

I distressed all edges using Walnut Stain. Other bits and pieces I added are: 
different laces and ribbons, paper and lace flowers, flat backed rhinestones and pearls, a piece of corrugated cardboard with a white die-cut frame behind it, gesso, butterflies (using punches), round postage stamps, swirls die-cuts, heart paper doily 

All the project received a gesso treatment (here and there) and I also used it on the main image (those white dots around the image).
These are the stamped sentiments.

I hope you like it and that you let me know what you think about this project. Please pop over on the CHALLENGE BLOG, or on our  Fb Page to leave some love on the other DT members beautiful takes. I hope that you share your awesome talent with us by participating in our fun challenge. 

Remember that by doing this you can win an awesome $20 Gift Certificate which Shawn is offering for a random winner! 

I'm off now, as it's time for me to go to the hospital. Enjoy, and lift your heart with all that's in it to the Lord. He is the one who sustains us in all situations :) Sending you love and peace! 


Challenges I'll be entering this gift bag to:

All About Magnolia #22 - Spring/Easter

Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia - #145 - Easter/ Anything goes

Marvellous Magnolia #120 - flowers

Magnolia Forever #52 - Spring

Midweek Magnolias #161 - Inspirational photoboard

Craft Heaven #18 - Keep calm and love spring

Noor Design Challenge - Flowers

Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper Challenge  - April challenge