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Magnolia, Tilda’s Town… Winter Fun!


Living in Iowa.. you know how to get ‘All Bundled Up’ to go outside for any amount of time.  That’s the theme this week at Tilda’s Town Challenges!

Click over to Tilda’s Town ChallengesHERE and enjoy the inspiration from the Design Team and enter the weekly challenge!  We’d love to have you!

Each week there is a random winner, chosen by Inlinkz, for a $10 gift certificate to Tilda’s!


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I used the new In the Snow Heart Tilda and In the Snow Scarf Tilda.  I just love how they look like they are having a snowball fight!  It’s been too cold here to even think of being outside…now it’s the other extreme! lol  Although if a person hurried, they could build a snowman quick before it melted.


I colored these cuties with Distress Ink markers on Canson Cold Press watercolor paper.  I loved Jay Jay’s card using these two…love her watercoloring with pencils! I had to have them then!  Stamps are great Christmas presents! lol

Here’s the Distress marker colors I used…

Face – tattered rose/worn lipstick on the cheeks
snowballs/sky – tumbled glass
red is all Fired Brick
Green is Peeled Paint
In the Snow Scarf Tilda – Brown is Vintage Photo (hat and pants)  Shoes – Walnut Stain, Hair – Mustard and Vintage Photo
In the Snow Heart Tilda – pants – Faded Jeans,  Shoes – Vintage Photo,  Hair – Antique Linen and Walnut Stain
Ground – Pumice Stone

The tree is a Marianne Designs die… the snowflakes are a pack of embellishments I grabbed while out shopping one day…kinda crazy purchase when you have so many punches and dies already! ugh.  They came in handy today when I needed something quick!

I used the Perfect Layers Tools to mat the image and the red layer.  They are so awesome!  Link on the right in the sidebar.

I’m linking to the Midweek Magnolia Challenge – New Stash

Thanks for stopping by today!  It was fun to do some coloring.  I’ll be back soon with a Printworks snowman and more NEW Memory Box!

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Marianne Design…Time flies and Happy Valentines Day!


All to true… time flies…a lot of Marianne Design dies in action here…the newest die is the branch, then the clock (I embossed it instead of cutting it), the flowers, the leaves and the frames are all from Marianne Design!


A little bit of inking with Dusty Concord Distress ink and the ink blending tool…

The butterfly die is embossed like my video HERE

5 1/2 inches square is the size…

Linking to the Cards Blog Challenge – their sketch inspired this card : )


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and then a simpler Valentine using this new mini stamp and heart die set from Marianne Design… A2 size…dies and of course my Paper Layers tools!


Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate it and love to share what I’ve been working with… I don’t have all my Valentines done… do you?  I have a feeling Tim will get one that I made a year ago or two!  I always have a hard time giving them to him after I’ve showed it to him in the process! lol  Take care and ttul!

Stamps and Supplies I used…linking to Stuff 4 Scrapbooking… lots of great prices right now on my favorite tools! If you love this postage look… grab this die set while you can… it’s an old one but I love it!  I LOVE these black foam squares… the best I’ve found for mounting… course you know how I feel about the ATG gun… the craft mat…everything here! lol  Thanks for shopping through my links!

Marianne Design products…
Col1307 Heart set
LR0257 Branch
CR1205 Butterfly
CR1202 Purple Flower
LR0242 Square Frames XL
LR0226 Open Leaves
LR0229 Baby’s Breath
CR1234 Clock

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Scrapping Center SALE and Caroling Daisy…

20% off PLUS an additional 10% off when  you use the code VETERANS!

The best part of waking up is not Folgers in your cup anymore!!!  It’s waking up to a SALE! lol   

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Meet Caroling Daisy… a new clear stamp from the Don and Daisy line by Marianne Design.  She is stamped on Hammermill 80# Color copy paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.  The pattern paper is from the NEW Fancy Pants Christmas 6×6 pad.

I used the new Book die from Marianne Design and stamped a stamp from Embossing Arts on the book page.  I had to use a negative mask (I made it by stamping and cutting out what I wanted to stamp)  to stamp the image.

Martha Stewart holly branch punch and holly border punch. ok – the holly branch punch is hard to find, some places say discontinued… I found it at Blue Moon, link below… if you want it… grab it while you can!  The JOY sentiment is from Printworks Collection.

I wish I’d thought to stickle up the candle beams… there is always something I think of after the fact… this is already version 2! lol

Believe it or not,  I used the Sweet Stop Sketches sketch for my card!!! lol   I’m going to go ahead and link it up even though I had to take a detour or two! hehe

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate it! I love hearing from you and appreciate all your awesome comments and friendship!!!

Stamps and Supplies I used…

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Marianne Design Poinsettia…

Tis the Season…well…for Christmas card making for sure!  Just heard the weather report on the radio… you know you live in Iowa when one day is 80˚ and the next is down to 48˚!   I’ve got the air conditioning back on!  I wonder if it’s cold in TX?! lol

Marianne Design dies and a Printworks Collection sentiment HERE… I know… gold embossing powder even!  I used the superfine stuff and I’m happy with how it turned out on the texture paper this time… never know what’s gonna happen with textured paper!

I used the Poinsettia,  the mini Poinsettia,  Anja’s Square, Flourishes,  Snowflake and Pine Branch all from Marianne Design.   Bazzil Cardstock,  Hero Arts gold gems and Printworks gold cord.

Thanks for stopping by today for my festive card… oh,  almost forgot…I edged the papers and cuts with a gold pigment embossing pad and I used the pearl pen on the snowflake for the white dots.  I’m not very good with that thing! oh well,  still adds a pretty touch! hehe


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Marianne Design Vintage Christmas…

Merry Christmas to you!  Marianne Design has some lovely vintage prints you can buy, cut and use on your creations.  So pretty! (sorry, I can’t find a place to link to them in the US)  I used some new dies too… I’ll link them all below.  Merry Christmas sentiment is from Printworks,  tags and tag sentiments from Stampin Up.  Ribbon is by May Arts.  Sewing machine stitching and then to get the thread to match the paper, I used a Copic Sketch marker, the chisel end to go over the stitching to make it match the paper better.  The paper is an older line from Cosmo Cricket,  Winter Wonderland.  I have a bunch of it… ugh… used to over buy when I liked something and now I have way too much!  So you’ll be seeing  it again… lol    I really like it but I sure can’t get the colors to show up right in the pictures!  giving up and just posting them!

Beautiful dies to work with.. cut so well… take a look and enjoy creating your Christmas cards!  Thanks for stopping by!

Dies and Such…

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Marianne Design NEW dies…Merry Christmas!

My card today has some new, newer and older Marianne Design dies on it!  Once I get started… I end up with my 3 magnetic folders out and go to town!   Guess what die the curtain is???

Did you guess?   oh,  I’ll tell you!  It’s the top of the newest heart die!  I love the dainty open scallops all around the heart… then there are smaller hearts and a beautiful snowflake die in the set too.

The very newest dies are the candle and the tree dies. (I put links below but I don’t see them in this store yet) Tree die???  Well… I cut the tree up after I die cut it and embossed it and used it to make the window frame!   It sands up so nice with the Tim Holtz sanding block!  I used Coredinations and Bazzill card-stocks so the embossing and sanding really show up.  I did edge the pieces all with the ink blending tool and Distress inks also. (Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain and Antique Linen)

HERE is my video on deep embossing…

A little bit of stardust stickles on the candle and the center of the poinsettia.

The poinsettia is an older die set…love the embossing.  I did use the flower center from the mini poinsettia set though.  The holly leaves are from the holly wreath set.  The pine branch was a new die last year.  I used a stylus and mouse pad for the line down the center of the branches.  Then I used the ticket die and the Merry Christmas words.

The stitch lines are stamped on with this clear set that I love and Walnut Stain Distress ink… link below.  It is discontinued but I googled and found it… I’ve never ordered from here before but the price is great!

I used my Perfect Paper Layering Tools to create the mats.  The paper is from the Dec. 25th paper pad by Kaisercraft… last year.

Holler if you have any questions…email tab under the header picture.  Oh, to color the flame… I used the ink blending tool and Distress ink pads… lightly (sparingly) added Mustard Seed first,  then a little wild honey and then a teeny bit of Fired Brick.

Linking to the following challenges…
Creative Craft Challenges 2 – anything goes
Deep Ocean Challenge – use more than 2 colors
Party Time Tuesdays – anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today and THANKS for all your congrats and best wishes on the new addition to the family!  He’s a keeper and so cute with his cuz Cedryk! hehe

Dies and Such…

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Marianne Design…Passport to adventure

Silhouettes are so popular right now… I love them all so every once in awhile I have to try my hand at using them again!

I used a variety of Marianne Design products…
The travel/map papers are from Marianne’s Pretty Paper Bloc – Vintage Journey HERE
or preorder HERE
I used two dies, the Creatables die – Lord and Lady HERE or preorder HERE and the Craftables die – Lacy Rectangle and flower HERE or preorder HERE. (I cut the rectangle die down and just used the center part of it)
Stamps are from a Vintage stamp set called Journey CS0585 HERE.

I did the usual… antique linen and walnut stain distress inks on all the pieces… applied with the ink blending tool.  Perfect Layers Tools to cut the mats… the sentiment is from an old PSX travel set…. I wish they were still around!  It’s weird not to color but fun for a change too!

I’m linking to…

StampArtic  Challenge blog – make a card with dies
Delightful Sketches Challenge blog – punches and dies
Paper Pretties Challenge blog – Square card
Waste Not Wednesday Challenge blog – unused products
Word Art Wednesday Challenge blog  – encouraging/uplifting sentiment
Clear it Out Challenge blog – manly…use two pattern papers
Creative Card Crew Challenge blog – maps/newsprint/sheet music/script

Thanks for stopping by for something a little different from me! = )   ttul!

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Magnolia…Tilda’s Town Shabby Chic Challenge…

It’s Tilda’s Town Challenge day and my week to play.   The challenge is…Shabby Chic!  I love collecting stuff to do shabby chic but it’s challenging to me… coming up with a balance and yet some feeling of collage type designing too!

This is Secret Tilda… A Christmas image from the Merry Little Christmas Collection.  She’s in stock HERE!

Tilda’s Town is an awesome place to shop!  Free shipping world-wide and discounts by order amount too!  Love that!

I used a NEW Marianne Design Heart die… LOVE the dainty scallop border… more heart shapes in the set too… and a snowflake!  Check it out HERE.

Tilda is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers. I started out with her pants, colored gray T3 all over… then I colored over that with R35, then pulled in R37 and R39 for the creases. The shirt and bow I colored gray T1 on first and then did the reds the same way as the pants.

I used some pattern paper from an old collection by Cosmo Cricket called Wonderland.  Flowers by Prima… buttons from SEI…seam binding is hug snug I colored with Copic Various refills…Border die is Edwin Lace, link below.

Today’s TIP!  I machine stitched around the panels on this card.  I finished pulling the ends to the back side and taped them down… turned them over and it hit me… I didn’t change the thread color!  UGH!   White isn’t very shabby chic… so I used the brush tip of a copic marker, E51 to match this paper and just pulled it along the thread!  YEA!  Sometimes a gal has to be so creative! lol

Thanks for stopping by and hope you can play along in this week’s Shabby Chic Challenge HERE @ Tilda’s Town Challenges!

Linking up to…
Midweek Magnolias – Use two punches/dies
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel – stitching
Sweet Stamps – Stamped Background,  I stamped on the Marianne Design heart die cut with a music stamp but it’s really hard to see!
Christmas Stampin -Anything Goes

GRANDSON NEWS Flash… won’t be long and Cedryk will be coming home!  (could be in a day or two!) So thankful!  We’re shouting from the rooftops here! = )

Stamps and Such…
































McGill Stylus Set (SSS|AMZ)


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Marianne Design Scandinavian House and Bicycle scene…

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As American as Bicycles, Baseball and Apple Pie is my little country scene today… Happy 4th of July!   I love the little stars on wires in the bicycle basket!
Lots of Marianne Design dies on this step card…

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(I just realized that when you load a video to You Tube they make it fit their window and it cuts off parts of the top and bottom.  Wish I’d realized this sooner… hope you can still get an idea of what I did)

This was so fun to make!  ttul!

Here’s the dies and supplies I used …

Thanks for stopping by!

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Relax….another boat!


I’ve never been in a sailboat so I don’t know if it’s relaxing or not!  I’ve been in several fishing boats and as long as I have a book… it’s relaxing! hehe

This is a Marianne Design Sailboat die, Classic Boats… if you live close to me… the Craft and Hobby Shop in Ottumwa can get it for you!  Online,  check it out HERE.  I embossed it while the cut piece was still in the die…then turned it over and with the ink blending tool I inked it with Distress inks, Brushed Corduroy and Tumbled Glass.  White Distress Stain and white pen on the tips of the waves and torn water card-stock.

The “sun”  so to speak is a stamp from a clear stamp set that Alice made me buy! OK,  she didn’t make me but when she pointed out the potential I grabbed it quick!  I am so glad she did!  It’s called Time Traveler by Tattered Angels… it’s been a couple years but I keep my stamps!  I might need them someday and sure enough… I’m always glad I have them!  There’s that Fiskars wave border punch again!

Linking up to Stretch My Stamps post by Virginia  HERE.  I just used part of the month/date circle stamp and then I used it for a sun instead of what it was meant for!  I love it!

The little seashell is from CC Designs NEW for Summer Sugarplums Beach kit!  LOVE it!  The word “RELAX” is from a CC Designs NEW for June Oh So Beachy Sentiments set… on the inside it says, “it’s your day!”



I’m going to use this for my swap card this afternoon at stamp club.  Glad Carolyn picked this theme because I needed to use this boat stuff!  So guess what… I’m on a boat kick… a couple more to use!  oh no! hahahahaha

I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest and I’ve been making badges for Tilda’s Town Challenges with the polaroid look… very fun!  Have a sailin’ good weekend!

Stamps and Such…