Monday, 17 November 2014

Magnolia Down Under Challenges DT - Holly and Bells

 Good evening!  It is time for a new challenge at Magnolia Down Under Challenges and our theme for this fortnight is 'Holly and Bells'.  I am so in love with this Santa die cut from the Magnolia Doohickey Vol 2 kit.  I keep saying I'm going to make all of my children's Christmas cards to give out at school with it but haven't got around to it yet.  I have used papers with holly on from MME to start off the Holly and Bells theme.
 Santa has been popped onto 3D pads for extra dimension and sits on a base of kraft cardstock which I have stamped with a Magnolia Christmas text stamp from a few years ago.
 Following my amazingly talented friend Debbie's tutorial I have used gold leaf on the text.  It looks incredible!
 The holly leaves were cut with another die from the Vol 2 kit.  The berries and pine cone are from The Ribbon Girl.
 The cheesecloth and the double diamante trim are also from The Ribbon Girl.  I have stained the diamante trim with Walnut Stain Alcohol Ink to age it.
 I also added some vintage bells from The Ribbon Girl with some twine from my stash.
I hope you like it and I've inspired you to join us at Magnolia Down Under Challenges.  Pop over to the blog where you'll find more gorgeous inspiration from my teamies.  Thanks for looking! x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Magnolia-licious Challenge DT - White Cards

 Good morning!  It is time for another challenge at Magnolia-licious Challenge and this week it is one of my favourites, 'White Cards', perfect for a snowy Christmas card.
 I have used my favourite stamp from the new Magnolia collection, It's Cold Outside Tilda.  Isn't she adorable?  I love how she is snuggling up in the fur collar of her coat.  I have painted the image with Distress Ink pads and added a touch of stickles here and there.
 The reindeer was cut with Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight die and I inked the edges of it with Weathered Wood Distress Ink to define it.  The white seam binding and the lace are from The Ribbon Girl and the white bells are from my stash.
 The sentiment is also a Magnolia stamp and the snowflakes were cut with a die from the Vol 2 Doohickey kit.
 Around the edge of the image I have used the snowflake border die from the Vol 2 Doohickey kit.  The card base was made with pearlescent white cardstock which I have embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder to give some detail.
I hope you like it and I've inspired you to join us at Magnolia-licious Challenge.  Pop over to the blog to see the rest of the team's stunning white cards.
As always Diana is sponsporing the challenge with a special prize from the Magnolia store for the lucky winner.  Thanks for looking! x

Sunday, 9 November 2014

It's Cold Outside Tilda

 Good evening!  I have a card to share today featuring It's Cold Outside Tilda, my favourite from this new collection.  For a change I made a criss cross card with a pull out panel for a Christmas message.
 I have painted Tilda with Distress Ink pads and added some stickles and touches of white gel pen.
 The stunning snowflake pin that I have used as a pull tab on the note card is from The Ribbon Girl.
 The flowers, lace and cute pine cones are also from The Ribbon Girl.
 I have used the tree die from the Vol 2 Doohickey kit for the little tree on the right.
 This gorgeous snowflake is also a Doohickey die and the rose is from The Ribbon Girl.
 The sentiment is a Magnolia one, I have embossed it with silver embossing powder.
I hope you like it and thanks for looking. x

Friday, 7 November 2014

A New Home Card

 Good morning!  I have a new home card to share today using some gorgeous papers from Webster's Pages.
 I cut the little house scene from a sheet of Webster's Pages paper.  It also has a lovely poem about what makes a house a home.
 The butterflies were also cut from Webster's Pages papers and the new home stickers are Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers.  I have distressed the edges of the papers with a distressing tool and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
 The gorgeous lace is from The Ribbon Girl and the pearls are from my stash.
I hope you like it and thanks for looking.  Enjoy your day and the upcoming weekend. x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Two Birthday Cards

 Good morning!  I have two cards to share this morning as they are both male cards which we all know means no flowers and pretty things and so, therefore, not much to say about them lol!  For the first card I used Webster's Pages papers and fussy cut the children and popped them onto foam pads for a bit of dimension.
 The gorgeous wooden tag is from The Ribbon Girl and so is the red saddlestitch ribbon.
 For the second card I have used Webster's Pages paper and Magnolia paper.
 The lettering was cut with a Tim Holtz die and the cute wooden button and twine are from The Ribbon Girl.
 I hope you like them despite their simplicity and thanks for looking! x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Stempelglede DT - Angelic Christmas Card

Good morning!  I have another Christmas card to share today and this one is definitely not clean and simple.  I have used my absolute favourite stamp set from Stempelglede - Vintage Christmas.  These photo stamps just astound me every time.
Once I had stamped the image onto glossy paper I crumpled it up and inked the creases with Vintage Photo distress ink.  This makes the photo look like it is truly old.  I then added gold leaf around the edges.
The stamps are from Stempelglede's Postcard from Paris collection.
I covered the MME paper on the card base with  a piece of white tulle and tucked flowers underneath.  I've seen this done on dresses and it looks so pretty and, I think, magical.
I added a jute string bow and a poinsettia topped with a rustic bell and the card base is covered with hessian to complete the vintage look.
I hope you like it and thanks for looking! x

Embellishments and hessian: The Ribbon Girl

Monday, 3 November 2014

Magnolia-licious Winter Blog Hop

Good mornning and welcome to the Magnolia-licious Winter Blog Hop!  I'm actually really excited about this hop.  Do you know why?  It means that Christmas is just around the corner and I absolutely love, love, love Christmas!  If you haven't arrived here from Cathy's blog then you might want to join the hop at the beginning on the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog as there are prizes to be won!  OK, onto my projects for the hop.  As you can see my thoughts have turned to decorating the table for Christmas, one of my favourite jobs on Christmas Eve, I really like my table to have the WOW! factor.  Let's take a closer look at the Christmas cracker first.
The cracker is made from some K&Co paper.  My little girl helped to make the actual cracker and chose some of the embellishments.  So this cracker has to be hers on Christmas day - I just need to add a secret gift!  I had some cracker snaps in my stash from a previous year so, of course, one of those had to go in.  I am so in love with the Doohickey Father Christmas from the Vol 2 kit which I have added to the main body of the cracker.
My little girl chose the ribbon to tie around each end - good choice!  I have added some rustic bells sprinkled with gold mica on top of the bows.
My little girl also chose which punch to use on the edge of the cracker where the two papers meet.
The next part of my table ensemble is this cute little star box which I've used to contain some truffles for after Christmas lunch.  I've used the tutorial here by our very own Diana!  I've simply made a shorter box.  I've used the same papers and punch to match the cracker.
Look how perfectly shaped the box is!  I love it and it is so quick and easy too.
Of course, the table would not be complete without a place card, and as my little girl helped to make the cracker I have made the card for her place. 
 I've painted Sparkle Poinsettia Tilda with Distress Ink Pads and added some detail with a white gel pen.  
I've stamped her name with some cute alphabet stamps and gilded them with gold leaf.

I hope you like my table set and I've inspired you to get creative for a chance to win.  There are two ways to win on this hop:  

  • Totalling the hidden numbers from all DT posts and sending the total in an email to Cathy ( who will choose a random winner from all the correct responses she receives;
  • By participating in the Hop Challenge and creating a Holiday project. A random winner from all of the entries will be chosen.
        Both winners will receive a $50 Gift Certificate!

So, with that in mind you'll want to know my number, which is 3!

Now it is time to hop on over to Chris to see her gorgeous creation.  Thanks for looking and good luck! x