This will be the blog that i will showcase my addiction for Marvellous Magnolia stamps, i hope that what i do here will inspire you as much as it gives me pleasure to work with these wonderful little rubber characters. For all my other stamping projects please visit my paper haven blog

Monday, July 25, 2011

Magnolia-licious inspiration challenge

There's a fab new challenge on the Magnolia-licious challenge blog using this photo for inspiration:
Sometimes i take the photo's quite literally as you can see by the wedding cake that i made for this challenge.
I was inspired by Angela Wood's wedding cake, so made the round boxes, embossing each of my layers of cake using my cuttlebug embossing folders.
I added lace, pearls and flowers to each of the layers, colored my Bridal couple with copics and gave the bride a lavish going over with stickles star dust, popped the layers together and then used some foam board covered with silver cardstock for the platter.
Hope everyone is having a fab week
will be back later

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Secret Tilda

My little "Secret Tilda" looking very American in her red, white and blue today for the challenge over on Magnolia-licious.
My image has been colored with copics:  B97, B95, B93, B91, B000, reds: R29, R27, R24 and i added a bit of E17 to deepen the red shadows.  Her lace trim got the star dust stickles treatment, then i stamped the stars around the image with one of my random stamps from the collection in the drawer and added a rhinestone to the centre of each and sponged di around the edges.
Punches and dies:  MS border, NS doily and Marianne flourish, spellbinders
Miscellaneous:  Lace, flowers, stitching
The garlands are available from Magnolia

Monday, July 11, 2011

MDUC challenge

A few weeks ago i had decided that challenges are for the birds and unless i didnt mind that i wasn't going to win i would enter, so this is one of those that i really feel pretty good about, especially since we are in the throes of buying our "very own house" the first property that will not be rented, and it has a brand new gourmet kitchen that i am looking forward to preparing meals in. 

I thought something that would be really nice would be a new key holder, you know you come in the door and where do you leave your keys so that you will know where to find them, this is one of those.
I had these little printers trays since i closed the shop nearly two years ago, collecting dust as i wasnt sure i would ever use them, voila i had a lightbulb moment.
i have used all the images from the yummy for your tummy collection, colored with copics.  the ribbon from the never ending stash, as are the pearls, the border punch that i used is an ek success punch, and the miniature ironing board i covered with the ribbon so it matched, the little iron i colored black with copics and then added some silver leaf pen for the underside so you can just see it.  I did the same to the rolling pin only adding the silver leaf pen to the handles.
since my new kitchen is gonna be black and white, i really didnt want to add too much color to this.
the charms are mostly from my stash and one or two from a BFF in the USA.  i added little cup hooks at the bottom of the printers tray where we could hang our keys when we come home.

I am gonna enter this into the challenge on MDUC since they are looking for projects for the kitchen on their challenge this week.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


I am so STOKED to share with all of my friends in blog land that after lots of trying, i am on the Magnolia Sweden dt.  Unfortunately due to postage etc i have not made anything for the upcoming issue of the Magnolia Ink, however am looking forward to submitting some of my work for the next issue.
I had applied so many times to get onto the dt that i was losing hope, my last try was about a month ago and i had almost forgotten that i had sent the email when i recieved an email from a person whose name i didnt recognise.  Having been warned by my son never to open up emails that you dont know the sender, yep, you geussed it, i opened the email and thank goodness i did.  At first i didnt see anything in the email pertaining to Magnolia, reading through the email i was sceptical, till i got to the bottom and saw MAGNOLIA SWEDEN, well i closed it and marked it unread, i couldnt believe it, then i reread it and closed and marked it unread, perhaps five or six times, and then it was like a bomb had gone off!!!! i was screaming and hyperventillating, and shaking and running around the room like a jibbering idiot!!!! i couldnt talk and couldnt explain to anyone.  So my DH, bless him says "they can hear you in Sweden"  Yes, yes yes, was all i could say.  He got it right first time, and then when i told him he was so chuffed for me, and made all the right noises.
I do hope you will support me on this new adventure and pop in as i am sure that this blog is gonna become A LOT MORE BUSY.

Friday, July 1, 2011

A card share and a rant!

I have a card to share and along the way i am gonna get on my soapbox and have a little rant, so if you just wanna look at my creation, thats fine too.
We as bloggers/ crafters/ card makers mostly blog and craft to share and inspire one another, i also skype with quite a few of my crafty friends and often share whatever card i am working on while skypeing with my friends, however i never expect them to reuse my ideas before i get a chance to share my creation on my blog.  Well i think we can deduce from this who our friends are.  I know when i create something and someone uses my creation for inspiration i am positively THRILLED that i may inspire someone.  However i see it as a slap in the face when my sharing gets abused!  Ok now i can get off my soap box and share my card

I recieved a parcel from the OH SO GENEROUS Diana from Magnolia-licious and just had to dig right in and start a card with my newest little Maggies.  I used #298 Scarecrow Tilda and #253 Garden Tilda, colored with copics, i masked my image and used a Hero arts background stamp for the corn field look, and then sponged and airbrushed a sunset background.
All my edges were distressed with a distressing tool and given a lavish going over with vintage photo, i stitched around the edges so that i could enter the challenge on MDUC where they want: stitching and swirls, we all know how i feel about my pearly swirls, he he.
Then i wanted to use the same card for TOMIC: shimmer and pearls, also right in there with what i love and my little bees and Tilda's lace got the stickle treatment.
The fence is a little wooden one that i have had in my stash for quite some time now, and the tag sentiment is a computer generated one, the hessian is from the stash and the little watering can i thought was perfect for this.  The little corn shoots on the iside of my card and laying next to our little gardener are made by yours truly using florist wire and a little daisy punch.

have a great weekend