Strawberry Tilda Free Standing Pop-Up

Nothing like waiting until the last day!   When I saw the July challenge over at Magnolia-licious Highlites, I just knew I had to participate.  The challenge was to create a free-standing pop up card.  I had never made one, but knew I was up for the challenge.   Can you say, I'm in love?

"Sweet Wonderful You" - Magnolia Stamps
Strawberry Tilda - Magnolia Stamps
Beach Flower (Reg. & Small) -Magnolia Stamps
Flower with Ladybug - Magnolia Stamps
Papers are from Calliope by Tracie Stroud (digital)
Cardstock - Bazzill
Classic Scalloped Ovals Large Nestabilities - Spellbinders
Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities - Spellbinders
Colored with Copics

Nautical Tilda Scene

What a night it's been.  Yes, I'm aware it's morning, but I didn't really sleep last night.  I ended up making this card.  It's a frame card with multiple dimensions.  The scene is set in the back, while Tilda, the bird, and the sentiment are on the outer area of the card.  I made the flowers using coordinating scrap paper and my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die.   This card was created for the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge.  I had an absolute blast making this card! :)

Vintage Cooking Tilda

I've been working on this card for a few days.   I really like how it came out.

Major Reorganization here in the studio

This summer I spent quite a bit of time working on various things to organize my supplies.

This first one is a copic swatch book.   I have a Copic Color chart that I've colored by hand, but I find when I'm looking to match colors to a particular pattern paper, it's very difficult as the color boxes just aren't big enough.  I was searching and searching for something else, when I came across Michelle's blog at Purple Onion Designs.  Off to work I went.  I started by opening a spreadsheet in Excel. The top line is the color code, under that the color name.    After printing and cutting out, I punched holes.  I then colored three lines, the top line is one layer, the second is two, and the bottom is three layers.  This provides a great representation of color.   I then punched a hole in the corner and put them on a binder ring.

Here is an example of how I used the ring. I knew I wanted to use this paper and wanted to color coordinate the image.
What I like best is I ended up blending colors that I would not have normally blended!  For example I used B93, B12, and B0000 together!!  

Next up is my scraps storage.
Scraps are so frustrating!   I have scraps everywhere.  I don't dare throw out a piece larger than 2x2 inches.  But what do you do with the extras?  I wanted something affordable.  Meaning if I could re purpose what I already had that would be the best option.  Next I wanted something that didn't require a lot of space.  Space is a premium in my studio.  Lastly I wanted something that would make it easy to locate a particular scrap.

I started out with a notebook that I purchased on sale at Staples a few weeks ago. I realize that I do need a bigger one though.  I then took page protectors that I already had and labeled them with a color name and type of paper.  For every color I have two page protectors, one for patterns and one for cardstock.   Next, I loaded them up!  I don't have a problem with the 12 inch papers sticking out of the top as this binder sits on my desk.

Lastly I had a mission to organize my collection of 105 Magnolia Stamps.  I wanted it to be portable, but I wanted to be able to see my stamps at a glance.  I previously had used CD cases, but when only 2-3 stamps fit in a case, I was quickly running out of room to store the cases.   I searched all over my office for something to use.  Finally I realized that I had a PSB from Crop in Style.  I've had this binder for YEARS and it's been sitting under my desk collecting dust.
First thing I did was dust it off! Heehee!  Next I cut paper to fit each of the sections in the PSB refill pages. I then stamped an image on the sheet, turned it over and slipped into the pocket complete with the stamp!  
Lastly, I always get asked about my Copic marker storage.  I found this metal silverware caddy at Target a few years back.  It has 6 sections.  It's worked fine for my complete collection of Caio markers with a few Sketch markers.  If I order even one more Sketch marker, I'll have to figure out something else to use!  I attached a small wooden dowel on the side of the caddy so that I can flip it down and have all my markers peeking out at my horizontally.  My scrap desk is pretty high and I can't have my markers vertical because I wouldn't be able to see them!

So there you have it!  My mission to organize was very successful and so easy for me to use too!
Follower Status....
I have ONE more until I reach 100!!! Woot!!! I'm still thinking about what I should do to celebrate. 

7 more!

I only need 7 more people to become followers of my blog and then I'll have 100!!!


How should I celebrate?

Dangling Tilda Easel Card

OMG!!!! I just love this card and how it turned out!

I'm so sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the colors I used.  The flowers are all created by me using Prima Hybrid flowers.  I cut and layered them all.

Captain Edwin

The summer Magnolia kit is so adorable!  I made this card using two of the stamps from the kit.   The paper is REALLY old and from my stash, it's Scenic Route. I distressed the edges and used Broken China Distress Ink on them.  I can't wait to play more with this kit.

Yeah! It's here!

Yesterday was a happy mail day!  My Magnolia Summer kit arrived AND my order of Copics from Oozak arrived! 

Very soon I'll be posting some pictures of some new cards using  my new Summer Kit!

Phew.....I'm exhausted!!!

I just listed nearly 20 cards in my Etsy store! As I was entering product, I even got a sale!! Yeah!

Every sale means so much to me.  Creating is truly a passion for me and being able to brighten someone else's day with my work is just the icing on the top!

Some of my favorite cards that I just listed are....
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Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Another Easel Card

For so long I fought the urge to create these gems, but finally at last I did!

Stamp: Loves Me Tilda by Magnolia
Stamp: Watering Can by Magnolia
Papers: A little bit of Summer by Julie Bullock (digital)

Easel Card Details

My first easel card

I've been wanted to try one of these for a while, but just haven't had any reason.  When i saw the challenge on Scrapgirl's blog I just knew that I had to make one!

Stamp:  Tilda with Gifts by Magnolia Stamps
Stamp: # 9 House by Magnolia Stamps
Background Papers (digital) A Place to Call Home by Amanda Heimann and Christy Lyle
Nestabilities: Labels 1
Glossy Accents
PrismaColor Pencils
Prima Flowers
Leaf Punch by Martha Stewart
Cardstock: Kraft and Brick Red
Embroidery Floss
Sheer Shimmer: Sparkle

MIA & Maggie

I feel so terrible for leaving my blog unattended for so long.

Last November my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Thyroid cancer to be exact. For most people they say, oh, that's not bad. Well, his was. His cancer had spread to his neck, glands, chest, shoulders, and possibly even further. On Dec. 31 he underwent a radical neck dissection. His surgery was 14 hours long. Over the next few weeks we had to work on just the basics like feeding himself. His nerves were bruised and honestly didn't even know if he'd be able to perform daily functions. I'm proud to say that my husband is a champ and within a few weeks he was doing EVERYTHING!

Then on Feb 4 he had to go back under the knife for thoracic surgery. This time the goal was to get the cancer from under the clavicle and under the breast bone. This surgery lastest for nearly 8 hours! He bounced back and did great!

As luck would have it, all these surgeries did a number on his back and from mid April-mid May he was bedridden. I have never seen him in so much pain. As you can imagine this was very difficult on the family.

At the beginning of May he had to go in for radioactive iodine. They gave him the maximum dosage and he had to be hospitalized for three days. When he came home he was allowed no contact from family. At this time his back was still in extreme pain.

Mid May brought the first epidural for his back. It took several weeks for him to feel the effects.

Now here we are in July and wow, what a whirlwind it's been! He's getting ready to go back to work!!! Yeah!!! What's been funny is how I've dealt with all of this. For 6 months straight I was the rock. I stood tall, I stood confident, I held my tears, I never once let my emotions get a hold of me. Now that everything is starting to get better, that's when I've had the hardest time.

My wonderful co-workers made dinners for us for the last three weeks of school and honestly I don't know what I would have done without them. I feel honored and privileged to work with such amazing people.

While all of this has been going on I've been crafting, but not with the same intensity as I was. I have created a few cards that I'd love to share with you.

This cute little card was created for i {heart} copics. I used Copics, Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die, NEstabilities, Spica Pen, and My Minds Eye paper. I also use a sentiment from ki Memories. The stripe paper is from Sweetwater (from my stash, it's pretty old). If you're interested in playing along in the i{heart}copics challenge, you can find it here.


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