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 smiles Paola
i gotta tell you straight off my bloggy friends that this business of Christmas cards is wearing me a little thin.
However having said that i know that a few of my Christmas celebrating friends and family will be quite cross me being a card maker if i dont make the effort to make something for them.
So i am on a bender of making tags. I saw the challenge on Moving along with the times to use a spotlight technique, which i havent done for a while, so here i am entering their challenge. will list another couple at the end of my post.
of course the stamps from Magnolia Sweden, the background is the winter day background, i just strategically masked my Edwin on top of the house so you couldnt see it.
the papers are from Graphics 45
i gave my layers a good going over of Gesso which i gotta say i am loving, and then of course everything got the stickle treatment and loads of pearls, buttons and some jute twine.
challenge i am entering with this card: Addicted to stamps: tags Stamptacular Sunday: for the love of Tilda MAWTT: spotlight technique
Apparently NOTHING! it doesnt matter that you spend years building a blog, if someone else spent a few months working on a conflicting blog with the same name, you can blow it through your butt.
It doesnt matter that i have worked my butt off trying to get my blog going and followers up, someone else worked hard to get a dt together, and a banner made, etc, etc. So the bottom line is get over myself and live with it! If the intent was not there when they chose a conflicting name for their blog, IT MAKES IT ALL OK! Because the challenege blog looks proffesional, IT MAKES IT OK!
Well as sorry as they are that i am disgruntled, i am not sorry that i am having my say.
Do i wish them succes? HELL YES
Magnolia's are a fabulous stamp range and i love them or i wouldnt be working for Magnolia Sweden, it just doesnt make me any more comfortable, when they say, "We didnt know about you, and chose the name before we heard about you"
What is the bottom line they say: "BUILD A BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT, WE ARE USING THE NAME, OUR BLOG IS PROFFESIONAL, WE HAVE A DT! AND BLOGGER SAID ITS OK!"
the fact that Magnolia Sweden sponsor my blog, makes not a difference in the world since they have their own sposors........... go figure
Time for another one of my rants: Yes i know i do this from time to
time and i appreciate all your patience with me when having one of my
rants, but this is just ludicrous.
We all of us as bloggers know
how hard we work for the upkeep of our blogs and take tremendous pride
in them even when we get busy with real life and our blogs take a bit of
a back seat in the big scheme of things. I started a Magnolia blog two
years ago and called it Marvellous Maggies
i gotta tell you i haggled over this name for quite some time before
deciding on it, lo and behold if someone doesnt decide to call their
challenge blog Marvellous Magnolia, now how close is that for comfort? Really original wouldnt you say?
I really just wanted to have a little rant and ask those of you that read my blog how you would feel if your blog name was stolen
reused? Couldnt they come up with anything more original? how do you
stumble upon a name and decide well if i misspell marvellous and call it
the full Magnolia name, is that acceptable?
Really i often wonder if this blogging lark is worth the trouble. I have had my Marvellous Maggie blog since early 2011, and now this challenge blog has popped up in October 2012.
Good one! let me hear your thoughts
have a great weekend while i stew in my juices, lol
P:S: the saddest thing is that there is nothing i can do about it besides for rant on my blog, since this is MY blog i can say what i like.
i find it hard to believe that the owner of the abovementioned challenge
blog didnt know about my name since its been in the Magnolia Ink
magazine for two years now and its been all over the Magnolia Sweden blogs etc
Xmas cards for friends of mine who are gonna be celebrating Christmas at the end of the year.
Just so you know that i wsnt totally laying around idle here they are.
first one i made i just felt i had to use these two newish cuties from
the most recent kit, which came with the sentiment too
And i just love the white on white feel, however i wanted my images to pop!
this card i having been leaning toward the kraft paper now for a while
and i just love the way some of the crafters make the shabby chic cards
look so easy even when i find it so challenging.
Tree i made using a Marianne die, which i just cut four times and glued
together so i would have a 3d tree to decorate. This card was made for
a specific friend who told me in no uncertain terms, she didnt want a
snowy card for Xmas since its hot as Hades in SA at this time of year
little lights on the tree were sent to me by my BFF sometime ago when i
expressed an interest in them and couldnt find any in SA. I have been
so frugal with them in the hope that i dont run out of the little lights
i think they great for this kinda card. I used glittering Tilda and
another of the images from the new stamp kit that i dont have a name for
hope you enjoyed seeing what i have been up to
there's a new challenge on TOMIC gearing up for Halloween, also with a color combo: Purple, orage and black + bats.
Well i think my project kinda speaks for itself:
made from a Marianne die.
stamps: mini bat Tilda and bats
embellishments:doohicky, and brads
paper:basil basics and vellum, acetate for to make my bats fly.
the banner was free cutting with scissors and then i just drew the faces on and added glittah
have you seen that Magnolia Sweden are having an amazing open day
i definitely cannot ggo all the way to Sweden :( however much i would
love to go, the good news is that there will some of my fantastically
talented dt teamies that will be giving demos etc, so if you able to you
dont want to miss this event!!
those that do get there Enjoy!!!!
hi friends, we have a new challenge on TOMIC, this time around its "no character stamps + embossing and the sketch
gotta say i quite enjoyed this challenge, as a challenge for me it was,
i hardly ever make these kinda cards, but i knew i would need a wedding
card soon, so thats what i made.
no excuses here, but i gotta say that the gold coloring looks much better irl.
heat embossed the middle panel with gold embossing powder, something
else that i havent done in ages, in fact i almost got rid of all the
embossing powder and heat gun a little while ago
the background i used a couple of the old cuttlebug embossing folders for
stamp: wedding rings from Magnolia, sentiment from whimsy
embossing folders: cuttlebug
Embellishments and additional drek, all from my stash
ins/ coloring: memento and copics, top boss for the hear embossing
know i have been MIA for a while, but am slowly getting back my mojo
and crafting spirit,
card i just was itching to make, i had the image colored a while ago,
but hadnt made a card so decided that now would be an ideal opportunity
Image: Flower fairy Tilda
copics, memento tuxedo black, color box cats eyes: Prussian blue for
around the edge of my papers and image, loads of stickles: star dust on
the wings, icicles on the flowers
Papers: cryogen pure white, MME, basil
Miscellaneous: Flowers, ribbon charm, butterfly, rhinestones and pearls, garlands: all from the never ending stash.
i added cotton wool to the inside of the cauldron to make it appear as if it were smouldering
these spiders were made with felt and stuffing and then added micro beads to the legs and googly eyes
these spider webs were actually bought at one of those places that sells decor for halloween and the more you stretch the stuff the more spidery webby it becomes, i only found it after i had already added the gauze.
the little door wreath was also made by yours truly, lol
i just wanted to give you a few close up views
i have been missing for so long now from my blog that i thought it high time that i just shared a few things.
this lantern was made for the Mag ink however didnt make the grade for the magazine so here it is here.
here you can see it with the LED light turned on inside
A close up of Tilda with pumpkin
for the top, i wanted my bats to look as if they were hovering so i attached the with acetate to the top of the lantern.
have a great weekend