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Hot, Hot Days of Summer

SSSSShiver Me Timbers! is right!  It’s been so hot in Iowa this Summer!   I think the heat effects my creativity!  eek! This card took a few twists and turns before it turned into this diorama style card!

I used my Coluzzle templates to cut the ovals… Kraftin’ Kimmie Pirate Phrases stamp set…Tim Holtz screw brads around the oval frame…Martha Stewart Shells border punch…Hero Arts woodgrain background stamp.

The card/diorama is 5/8 inch deep,  so you can move it to make it flat (folds down to 6×6) to fit in an envelope!  Love this style of card… I made one for Christmas when I was the guest designer for All That Scraps back in Nov. ’09, HERE.  Years ago I made a snowman scene that I still keep out on top of a bookcase! lol

Here’s the back… this is going to our Grandson Henry for his 5th birthday.  Today is our Granddaughter Gena’s 4th birthday and my dear friend Alice’s birthday too!  Happy Birthday to YOU!

Linking to Just Magnolia Challenge blog… Anything Goes is the theme, Papertake Weekly Challenge blog…Anything Goes – add metal is the theme and Cute Card Thursday Challenge blog…No designer paper is the theme.

Here’s the stamps and stuff I used to create this card…

Thanks for stopping by!  I LOVE hearing from you and sharing stamping inspiration back and forth!

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Tilda and Edwin….She said…He said….

I’m not a fishing lady but my DH loves to fish!  My Dad loved to fish too… I always made sure I had plenty of books to read if I had to go along! lol   So, maybe she said,  “let’s go home” and he said, “not until I catch something”!  Magnolia named this Edwin, “Waiting for Fish”!  That pretty much sums it up! lol

I LOVE these images… but you knew that!  *big grin*  This Sweet Rainbow collection is fabulous!

The branches at the top are from the new tree branch stamp… I just didn’t use the big branch part this time!  The dock is an Art Impressions rubber stamp… I need to get the Magnolia dock.  The Vacation filmstrip stamp is from Hero Arts and the HE SAID, SHE SAID stamps are from Technique Tuesday, Read all about it set.  I do love filmstrips… the next one I’m going to use is this cool new mini filmstrip die from MFT… in the store HERE.  I did the sky with another treasure that I unearthed from one of the piles I’ve been going through!  YEA!  It’s from Rosie’s Roadshow and I used the ink blending tool (tip – start on the stencil and move up and off the scallop edge) and Tumbled Glass Distress ink.

I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic sketch markers.  A lot of crazy coloring again…Hair – E50, YR21, 23,  24, 31, E27 (see,  I told you)…Skin – E000, 00, 21, R30 on Edwin and diluted R20 on Tilda for cheeks…Greens – YG91, 93,95, W1, 3…boots – E40’s and a little YG91 down the front/center…basket and tree branch – E30’s…Edwin’s shirt – B32,34, W0, 1…Tilda’s shirt – Ro2, 05…tree branch leaves – YG61, 63, 67, E42.

I’m linking my card to some challenges… Stamp Something Challenge blog – pretty papers… Stamptacular Sunday Challenge – Fun in the Sun… Anything Goes Challenge blog – Here Comes Summer… Papertake Weekly Challenge blog – Dads & Lads…

Stamps and stuff I used on this card…

Thanks for stopping by!   I’m sure they made you smile!


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Edwin and Butterfly Dreams…

Good morning! Edwin has something “just for YOU”!

Here’s some more pictures of my card…

Some crazy coloring on this one… his shirt started out with YG11,  added teeny bits of YG 13 & 17 but it was a little bright so I colored over with W00 then went back in with some of the greens again, then some YG0000… and so it goes!  Do you want to know about the jeans then? lol  More crazy! lol  Started by coloring all with BG0000,  then did tip to tip with BG13 & then BG18 but you have to swipe on scrap paper before you color it on the image. eek!  it’s fun!  crazy coloring is why I haven’t made any videos! lol Well the real reason is because I don’t have a video camera or maybe I would have been persuaded by now!

Couldn’t decide between these last two so bear with me,  I’m posting both! I LOVE these new Doohickey’s Butterfly Dreams dies!  I used all of the new ones except one! lol  Links below for everything.

I used my new stopper idea again too!  This time I used oval punches…three of them… the back one goes the opposite direction and is scored in half and the bottom half is taped under the brown base.  I just love this stopper stuff! lol   oh and can you see that cool arrow brad?  so happy I bought those!  I usually resist that stuff,  but you need extras for boys,  so it was a good thing!

I used the sketch from Sweet Stop Sketches Challenge blog but I think the main image is supposed to be a sentiment,  so not sure if I can link up yet or not!  Probably not… but I love Korin’s sketches so I used it anyway cuz I needed a jump start yesterday! : )) ETA – Korin says, “yes, link up!”  Linking to the new Craft Us Crazy challenge blog… use something NEW.

Here’s the stamps and stuff I used on this Easel card…

Thanks for visiting today!  I LOVE hearing from you…I’m still in awe of all the friends I’ve made out here in the stamping WWW!  Thanks for taking the time to comment, make me smile and so many times laugh out loud!
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It’s a Butterfly Dreams post!

Some super sweet stamps from Magnolia on my stair step card today!  The latest collection, Butterfly Dreams…they just keep getting cuter!  I also used a few Magnolia Doohickey’s dies… I’ll link to them all in the photos below.

I made this a back panel stair step.  I didn’t take time to search to see if anyone has already done this.  I didn’t like it as tall either so I did some changing.  The pattern paper is from the Webster’s Pages 6×6 pad called Spring Market/Yacht Club.  Some really neat designs in the collection… link below.

Linking up to the Just Magnolia Challenge for this week, they’re celebrating birthdays! It’s HERE!  Linking to the Wee Memories Challenge post, HERE, the challenge is “All Things Adorable”… well, that’d be Tilda and Edwin! : )

Here’s a side view to see the stair step…

And some close ups…

Made ‘ya smile! Thanks for stopping by… links below take you to the products I used when you click on the pictures!  Happy Weekend!

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Tilda with Straw Hat…

She is so precious!  I love her… wish I had time to take my photos over though… just didn’t quite capture her charm! boohoo! I will forever be trying to get better photos! ugh!

This is Tilda with Straw Hat from the Butterfly Dreams Collection!  I colored her with Distress ink refills on cold press watercolor paper.  The pattern papers are from the Stella Rose line from My Minds Eye called Mabel… they just…go together!  EASY! gotta love that!  whew!

I used the new Lacy Oval Nestabilites die to frame her and back stitched between the loops… can you see it? I also hand stitched and I’ll tell you what I’ve learned from trying this a few times now.  I emailed some bloggers but didn’t get replies or else their products weren’t in the USA.  So I will share what I’ve found from trial and error as you’ll see here!!! haha! I love to sew and hand sew.  It’s just therapeutic I guess.

  • Finally found the thread I like… Coats and Clark Button/Carpet thread.
  • pierce your holes with the needle you’re going to sew with,  then your holes won’t be so huge!
  • figure out the size of your paper with the ruler/tool you are going to use that has the holes guide for piercing in it… notice here that I didn’t do this and I have extra holes in a few places and had to cut my layers down…all of life is education…that’s my excuse and I’m stickin’ to it! : )
  • the other trick is keeping the pierced holes straight… gotta work on that! haha  But,  you’ll notice on commercially made items that their stitching isn’t always perfect either,  so go w/the charm of crooked! lol

To dye the seam binding,  I was in a hurry,  so I just cut off 3 yards (yes, I cheated and measured the nose to stretched out arm length way),  laid the cut length on my craft mat in a loose scattered pile and started pouncing on it with my Rusty Hinge Distress ink pad.  After I had ink pretty much on most of it,  I spritzed it with water to blend the ink but leaving dark and light areas.  Not sopping wet though.  Squashed it in a plastic bag to get it good and wrinkled.  Pulled it out and dried it with my heat tool.  Worked great!

Linking my Tilda card to the new German Magnolia Mania Challenge blog – Happy Easter!

Getting ready for stamp club this afternoon…looking forward to some fun with my stamping friends! Thanks for stopping by !

Here’s the links to the products I used on my card…

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A Spring “thing”…

Spring is in the air, flowers everywhere (well, that’s stretching it for Iowa) and a color curve… pastels and a touch of brown.

I used Will you be my Valentine Tilda from the You Are So Special Collection. I don’t think she’s just for Valentines Day, so I’m using her for Spring!  I also used the NEW Vintage Flowers/Leaves dies and the NEW Antique Lace die. I also used the Doohickey’s Swirl die, poinsettia die (leaves under the flowers) and fence die. I added lines on the flowers, the leaves under the flowers and the branch type leaves with copic markers…the same colors for the reds and greens below… I used two colors of Twinery Twine …the Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder and the Gertie 6×6 paper pad in the store.

At stamp club last Friday,  Annette challenged us with her program to use embossing folders more often…so guess what…I did it! lol  Thanks Annette!  I embossed and sanded… love this look.

A couple more pictures…

I only used one punch on this card!  Martha Stewart’s grass border punch.  Tilda is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink  and colored with a combination of Tria, Promarkers and Copic markers…that’s why her face looks different! lol  On her skin I used ivory, blush and sunkissed pink.  Her hair is E50, 31, 33, 35, 37.  Shoes W1, 3, 5.  Flowers and hearts in the bouquet are R21,22,24. Her dress Buttercup, tulip yellow, YR30, 31. Green on the bouquet YG91, 93.

I cut my circles with my coluzzle templates.. I know, oldies but I still use them… I love nestabilities and they would work too.

 Thanks for stopping by!

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Let’s Celebrate Birthdays!

 Tilda is such a cutie!  I’m loving this new collection as I’m sure you are too!!!  I used Tilda With Balloon,  check out the new You Are So Special die collection … You’ll ❤ them too!

I brought out my Distress Ink  palettes again last night… all inspired after watching Dena’s how to videos, HERE.  Fun, THANK YOU Dena!  I enjoyed it!  I’m linking my card up to the Just Magnolia challenge… this week is “anything goes” and I used the sketch from The Sweet Stop Sketches challenge blog.

I also used the Magnolia Doohickey’s dies, Tilda’s Lace and the mini scallop lace.

The pattern papers are from the new 6×6 MME pad Stella Rose, Hazel.    Elongated Rectangle Nestabilites for the shapes… love them!  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Magnolia, Tilda with Heart Lace and Twisted Easel tutorial…

I had to try my hand at another twisted easel card.

Here’s a close up of this cutie Tilda… she makes me smile!

Tilda with Heart Lace is from the NEW, You Are So Special Collection.  I also used the Happy Birthday stamp, the Mini Zig Zag and Scalloped Lace die,  the Romantic Lace die and the Romantic Lace Tag all from that same NEW collection. I also used the Doohickey’s Swirl die.

How I made this Twisted Easel Card…

  • first I made the 6×6 card front, colored the image, layered it up, etc

  • then the card base as follows in the photos below…

  • now you will score your “in half” fold and your diagonal with your bone folder so you have nice, sharp folds and it will look like the next photo
  • decorate the base so it holds your easel in place when it’s open.  Oh and I should say the card folds flat for mailing!  cool!

The Martha Stewart Score board is awesome!  I love the 1/8 in. marks all the way across and I love making my own 6×6 envelopes.   The pattern paper is from a Basic Grey 6×6 paper pad… the orange card-stock is from Stampin Up… it really is orange/pumpkin, not red.  I used Copic Sketch Markers to color Tilda… skin is E000, 00, 01, 21,  hair is E50, 51, 53, 55, 57,  dress is BV0000, 000, 00, 01, 02, 04,  shadowed a little with C00 and C1.  oh her shoes are E43, 44, 47 and the grass is a crazy mess of greens!!! lol

Have FUN with this “twist” on the Easel card!!!  ttul!

Stamps and Such…

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Magnolia, Winter Where You Live…



This is Winter where I live…snow…snow…cold!!!  Edwin and Tilda love it in Iowa! lol   I  used “Snowy Hug” Tilda,  “Edwin on Sled”,  “Love Trees” and the fence and snowflake Doohickey Dies.

Here’s a couple close up photos…

and a side view…

Linking up to the Just Magnolia Challenge Blog, HERE…theme is “anything goes”

and just for fun…an ATC I made a few years ago…

Thanks for stopping by and love hearing from you!!!

Happy “Winter Where YOU Live”!!!

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Add Some Jingle…

I LOVE this charming Tilda from the Merry Little Christmas collection.

Here’s an “extreme”  close up of this cutie!

and the card from the side…

This is a Bo Bunny paper pad that came with the patterns in shapes that you punch out…  cool.  Tilda is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch Markers… BG 90’s and Warm grays for her outfit…bench and antlers are E43, 44, 44, 49…holly is the YG90’s…hair is E50, YR 21, 23, 24 and E37 … skin E000, 00, 11 and a diluted R20 (diluted with R000 refill that I added to the barrel of the R20 marker).

I used a cling Hero Arts background stamp CG154 Aged Print Frame for the border of the square piece Tilda is on…Stampendous music background both stamped in Distress Old Paper ink.  The paper ribbon off the left side (small piece) is from a package by Anna Griffin.  “Add Some Jingle” is a new Printworks stamp,  HERE.  Ordering info in the left column, HERE. More new stamps under new releases in the left column.

Peace, Joy and Love be yours this Christmas Season!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate your friendships so much!!!

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Gingerbread Tilda…


Hi everyone!  Tomorrow is the last day Tim and I have two of our grandchildren.  We head to the airport to meet their Mom, Dad,  new brother and  new sister (from Bulgaria) tomorrow evening!!!   oh wow!  All I can say is…it’s a challenge to stamp with children in the house! lol  Anyone that stamps with children in the house has my total admiration!  ok – so that definitely gives away my age! lol

Gingerbread Tilda is part of the new ♥ Merry Little Christmas ♥ release from Magnolia.  She is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers.

I used labels 14 for the holly, heart, pine embellishment and my new Waltzingmouse Labels 14 stamp set.  The papers are October Afternoon, Very Merry set,  from last year.  The gingerbread border is a Martha Stewart punch.  The snowflakes and holly are an EK Success punch  The holly border is an Anna Griffin paper ribbon from M’s.   Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip cardstock from Stampin Up.  The circles are cut with Nestabilities Circle and Scallop circle dies.

I guess my time is up… I hear yelling! lol  It will be so quiet here Friday….I will miss the kids terribly but I bet I’ll sleep until 10 a.m. on Friday! lol

EDA:  forgot to post that this was supposed to be my Sweet Stop Sketch card for last Saturday!  eek!  A lot late!  Here’s the sketch…

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All I want for Christmas…

I’m stuck on the Front Panel Side Step card… help! lol  Oh, I had fun thinking about this card and making it happen! Scroll down several posts for the one I made with Native American Tilda.  I love this Santa from Magnolia’s new Merry Little Christmas collection.  The little holly by the sentiment is also from this collection.  I LOVE holly!  I dyed the pearls red with Adirondack alcohol ink.  cool!  The sentiment is from Amy R’s new Holiday Greetings set.  You know I love it! lol

Isn’t the Mistletoe border to die for?!!!  I love it!  I just did a little bit of shaping on the back side with my shaping tool on a mouse pad and then edged it with black soot distress ink and my ink blending tool.  Added the pearls and used some mounting squares so it’s popped up a bit.  The pattern paper is BG Jovial and the red paper I stamped the brick pattern on is from the new 8×8 October Afternoon Seaside paper pad.  A really neat pad.

This is my card for  Crazy 4 Challenges want to see a Christmas card or project…

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate it!

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Christmas Memories….

of singing carols and sledding with family and friends!

I used a CD case and created a card in a case!  In the past I’ve used the CD cases to make miniature Scrapbook page displays of our grandchildren…very fun!

the right side…with Tilda singing carols and poinsettia…

the left side…with Edwin on sled. holly and Doohickey tag die…

What the case looks like outside…

The pattern paper is from Graphic 45,  their 8×8 pad. The images are all cut out,  stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink on Beckett Expression 80# card-stock and colored with copic sketch markers.  Tilda is colored with the V90’s. Edwin BG 0’s and Warm grays.  The snow is Marvy’s snow marker. It’s like a paint pen,  apply it, let it dry good and heat it with your heat tool.  I did put Frosted Lace stickles  over the top of the snow but it’s hard to see.


Just found this new blog, Technique challenge!  Create a Scene… well,  I love that, so I linked up HERE!

Thanks for stopping by…Tilda and Edwin love company! lol

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Mummy love ♥♥♥

Tilda and Edwin and puppy,  I mean mummy love???  so what about the frog prince? oh well,  it was fun to create! lol  I used Magnolia stamps.  The new deep edger punch.  Wow it punches so easy!  Grass is a Martha Stewart border punch too.  Papers are from Lasting Impressions for Paper.  I used the Tim Holtz brick embossing folder behind Tilda.

Happy mummy day… I mean Sunday!!! lol  I know…weak humor here!  ♥

Challenges I’m linking to…
Magnolia Stamp Lovers – Fall Colors…Fall stamp…
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Tilda on the Loose and Heartbreaker Edwin…


I’ve used Tilda on the Loose, See you Later, Suitcase with Sign from the Bon Voyage collection…the Waterfall background from the Pet Collection…and Heartbreaker Edwin.

All the images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  Card-stock from Stampin Up,  pattern paper is a mat stack from DCWV.  The little strip with the country abbreviations is  covered with a piece of Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon.  The border punch is from EK Success,  wish I’d written the names of the punches on them b/4 I threw away the packaging!

  • Tilda’s hair is colored with E50, YR31, YR21, 23
  • Edwin’s hair is colored with Y21, E97, E08, E19
  • skin is E000, 00, 01, R20
  • dress is R000, 00, 01, 02
  • suitcases are E11, 13, 15 and warm grays
  • Edwin’s clothes are colored over so many times I can’t remember,  trying to match the papers.

I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday Challenge blog.  The Sweet Stampin’ Challenge blog is wanting to see your favorite stamp… well,  that changes quite frequently with me but I do have to say I love this Tilda! Paper Play Challenges theme is Bon Voyage….very fitting for these Magnolia BonVoyage stamps! Stamp Something Challenge theme is Fairy Tale Somethings.

thanks for coming by!!!