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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Today was an absolutely beautiful day in central Ohio. Today we had the type of weather I wish we could have every single day.. not too hot, not too cool, sun shining, light breeze and low humidity... I know... sounds like San Diego right? If I love the weather so muchy why don't I move to San Diego? Then I couldn't complain about the weather 11 months out of every year...

Ellie and I got spent the day together working on a few cards. Today I taught her to use sketches so she could put cards together in a way that's pleasing to the eye. We used sketches from Mojo Monday, you can see their sketches at

Ellie and I were each successful at creating 1 card today so it was a banner day overall. I chose to use reds today... I dont know why because red just isn't my color. I love red to wear but I never use red in anything creative. I rarely used reds in cross stitch, quilting or in papercrafts. I dont know why, its just one of those colors I tend to avoid. I was happy with the outcome of my Peachy Tilda (done in red) and decided it would be come a birthday card for a friend.
What do you think?

The 2nd picture actually shows the hatpin I created for the card., I like the pins but have a hard time finding some that I like enough to buy so I'm making my own. I like them and the price is right! :)

Ellie is really excited today because I told her if she'd learn to use her sketches and complete her card today, I'd publish it on the blog. That alone was motivation for her.
She likes color and she uses a lot of them. For a 10 year old she's pretty good about using coordinating colors Ellie also loved her pin but she tried to dis-assemble it so she could see how I made it. I imagine tomorrow she'll ask to make her own.

I need to make a sympathy card for a man. That's always a hard one. It doesn't feel right using flowers but there just aren't a lot of choices I guess. Maybe I'll use some Edwins from Magnolia and just make sure the sentiment isn't too mushy.

Well, there are still daylight hours left and that means we can make more cards. Better get crackin! Have a great night!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Making Friends from Foreign Lands...

I feel that one of the best things about the internet (other than the ability to shop a million places at once) is that we have an opportunity to talk to and befriends people from all walks of life and we can specifically find people who share our interests. There we can gain inspiration and support for all the things we love to do...

I belong to a Yahoo group called Magnolia-Licious. This group is comprised of folks from all the world who all share a love for Magnolia rubber stamps and for the characters Tilda and Edwin.
Its a great group of folks who are all extremely talented and creative. You can log on every day and you'd be amazed at the many ways they find to use rubber stamped images. 

I ran across an image of Tilda playing the Violin. I scoured the internet trying to find a place to buy this stamp and finally found out that it was a limited distribution stamp and not publicly sold. I wanted this stamp so much because of Ellie playing the violin. I finally posted a note on the Yahoo group asking if anyone would be willing to share an image with me so I could make a card for her. Within minutes I had so many people offering me the image... After a week of coloring and re-coloring I have finally finished Ellies card. I am very critical of my own work but Ellie loves it and that's all that matters.

Today was an awesome day because I received a package from a new friend who lives in the Netherlands. I met her through the Magnolia-Licious group and I'm amazed at her talent and creativity. Everything she touches is absolutely beautiful. She was kind enough to send me many, many stamped images of Tilda, Edwin and their accessories. It would take me years to find and buy all these stamps so they are really appreciated. The best thing about the package I rec'd from Ellen is the beautiful Ballerina Tilda that she sent me. She is just beautiful and I will cherish that card forever. 

I want to thank Lauren, Andrea and Madge, 3 girls I met this week also via the Yahoo group who have also been kind enough to share images with me. We kinda had a small swap but it turned out great for everyone! Thanks!

Also, thanks to everyone who has stopped by and left supportive comments or ideas on how I could better show-off cards I make. I appreciate all the ideas and the support.
Long day here so I'm off to bed.. Nighty Night!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

First Post

Hello!! Happy Sunday to you all! Well after a few weeks of trying to get this blog online I finally feel like it's "presentable."    There is still some work to be done but it'll get there.... I hope... I'll work on it when I have time... The main goal here is to have a place to post pictures of the cards I finish... guess that means I better be finishing some cards huh?

I do have one pic to post. It's a Happy Birthday card I made this weekend for Ellie's little BFF. These two girls are like peas & carrots, always together... Alex turned 10 this week so I thought she deserved her first Tilda card. 

I hope that those in my Magnolia-Licious group will stop by and take some time to offer some constructive criticism to method, looks etc. I know that I'm a new card maker and new to Copics but it's a learning process but one I really enjoy.

If you're here, taking a peek, please leave a note!
Live, Love and Laugh!