23 December 2012

MDUC - Anything Goes

Good morning lovelies!
Gosh, only 2 more sleeps until the big day!
We have our final challenge for the year at Magnolia Down Under today. We are having a bit of a break over the holidays and will be back on the 13th of January in the New Year for some more Maggie fun.
But we're not going and leaving you with out a challenge - we have a fun Anything Goes challenge to keep you all occupied.
I was very fortunate to find Magnolia's new Stamp club in my mail box this week. We've been moving house for the last week or so and my craft supplies are in a bit of disarray, however I simply HAD to ink up this little sweetie pie straight away. Have you seen the new stamps out in the "With Love" collection? There are so many adorable ones, I can feel my bank balance shrinking just looking at them!

My flowers are all Wild Orchid Crafts and the cheesecloth, twine, buttons and gems are from The Ribbon Girls.  The card shape was cut with Go Kreate dies.
I hope you have a lovely Christmas planned.
And I hope you have a chance to come and play along at MDUC :)
Hugs x

20 December 2012

Make it Crafty - Christmas event - day 20

There's only 5 days til Christmas!
The MiC gang and our Special Guests thought it would be fun to have a 'grown up' advent calendar as we count down the days til Christmas full of inspiration just for us creative minds!
Each day a sneak peek will be revealed on the MiC store blog with a link for you to follow "to open the door".
All you have to do is stop by the store blog each day to open the next door!

I was so excited when Zoe asked me to be a guest for her for her Christmas event. Zoe is the first friend I made when I started this crazy blogging adventure three years ago. And what an adventure it has been! Thank you so much Zoe for including me in your fantastic Christmas event!
PLUS Zoe has Christmas Candy full of lots of crafty goodies that you don't want to miss out on!

But what's even more exciting is that you will have a chance to win the Make it Crafty goodies that I have played with today!!
By leaving a comment on this post you could win
I will be giving away this amazing chipboard Winter Sled kit
The comments will stay open until the 31st of December and the winners will be announced in the New Year on the MiC store blog. You can join us for all 24 days - giving you 24 chances to win some MiC goodies! If you join us late, simply go back to the start and catch up!

This is what I have created with my MiC goodies!

Front view

A view of 'the gang'

The amazing "Christmas Borders" and "Delicate Snowflakes" chipboard embellishments.

All of the chippies were painted in silver acrylic paint and then dipped in loose glitter for a bit of sparkle :) 

Don't forget to leave a comment below before December 31st and stop by the Make it Crafty Store blog to 'open the door' to 24 other inspirational projects!

Thank you so much for joining us and we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful loving Christmas.

17 December 2012

Magnolia Advent - Day 17

Hi there friends! It is my turn to host Magnolia's Christmas Advent today.
There is a secret prize from Magnolia up for grabs by leaving a comment on my post on my Magnolia blog.
Please head on over
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 to see what I have created to share with you.
Thanks for visiting,
Hugs x

10 December 2012

Christmas Gift box - Tilda with little dove

Hi there friends,
I have a little gift box here to share with you today.
This is for both DTs
(I have used the line Snowflakes, Glitter and Doo Hickeys)
 and also
I have inked up this sweet little Tilda from the Nativity collection from Magnolia. She is just adorable.
The box is one that I saved and have altered with silver paint and white gesso.

All of the flowers, berries, bead cap and twine are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Tilda with Little Dove coloured with lovely auburn hair.

And the finished box.
I would like to enter:

02 December 2012

MDUC - Sketch by me

Hi again Magnolia fans. Thanks so much for checking back in with me today. 
I am still suffering with this rotten asthma and sinus infection. I havent had asthma for about 10 years so it has come as a bit of a shock to me this allergy season. 

Anyway, whinging aside - I am back today with my card for Magnolia Down Under Challenges. This week the challenge is my sketch. It is a pretty easy one as it is really great to see how each crafter puts their own personal spin on a sketch. So feel free to go as simple or as intricate in your interpretation of the sketch as you wish. 

I finally sat down and masked together some of the cute stamps from the Nativity collection. I will admit, it took me several attempts to get a decent masked image, lol. I am way out of practice in masking and was determined to do these little cuties justice.

The crystal stems, twine, bells, aster daisies and filigree corner are all from Wild Orchid Crafts
The poinsettia, fern leaves and other die cuts are all Magnolia Doo Hickey Dies. 

The papers are mostly Magnolia but also some MME thrown in there.

Finally - the finished result.  
The stamps are:
Holy Edwin, Holy Lamb, Holy Sheep, Holy House and last but not least, Little Holy Baby
All from the Nativity Collection.

I hope you have some time to put aside to get crafty and try out my sketch this week. 
With Christmas just around the corner we are all so busy, it makes good sense to just sit and take some time for yourself to relax and craft. 
I hope to see you at MDUC.

Hugs K, x

30 November 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

Hi again, 
Just a little something to share with you today. 
This cutie is the freebie stamp that is a gift with the latest Magnolia Ink, the Christmas issue. Isn't she a cutie pie? All I need now is one exactly the same but with Edwin ;) (Hey - Pauline - hint - hint!!)

The Christmas tree card shape was so easy to make. I just cut a 12 x 5 inch rectangle, scored it in half, and trimmed from the fold 2 inches in through to the base on each side, leaving one inch at the top for the fold. I cut a second triangle 5 inches x 7 inches and traced the card base on that, trimmed off the corners and this is what I decorated. 

I've used two Doo Hickey die borders and some lace for the tree. The little bauble stamps are from last year's Christmas collection. The flowers and pearls are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The star is from my stash. 

So a quicky to share today. 
I'll be back on Sunday something to share for MDUC. 
Thanks for visiting me today, 
Have a great weekend!

28 November 2012

Sketchy Challenges - Heidy's sketch

Hello again. I'm finally back with my card for The Sketchy Challenges
This challenge we have Heidy's sketch and it is a really great one to play with - you can add as much or as little detail as you wish! 

I've gone with Skiing Tilda for my card. She is so cute all decked out in her skiing gear. 

Of course all of the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The lacey border is a Doo Hickey die. 

This is the last Sketchy Challenge for the year. The challenge will run until until the New Year and we will be back on 5 January for some more fun. We would love to see what you do with Heidy's sketch so please come and join in the fun.

See you a bit later in the week,
Hugs x

MDUC - Bottle tag

Hey there everyone.
Well I am a couple of days late posting my project for Magnolia Down Under Challenges. This week we are  asking you to Make a Bottle tag. Obviously a wine bottle is the first thing to come to mind, but it doesn't have to be wine, I can think of some cute ideas for kids bubble bath or chocolate syrup too! And it seems we're all in the Christmas mood at MDUC right now, but you don't have to follow the Christmas theme either, its entirely up to you. 

I've used this little cutie pie with some lovely Magnolia papers and lace.
The flowers are all Wild Orchid Crafts.

I hope you get a chance to join us this week at MDUC. The Ribbon Girls are sponsoring us with a fantastic prize package. 
I'm sorry for the late post, I'm in bed ill :( I have some more catching up post to do too, so I will be back a bit later with something else to share. 

Hugs x

26 November 2012

A Child's Christmas

Hi Friends, 
There is a new challenge at Wild Orchid Challenges today! This time we are looking for "A Child's Christmas".  The girls have made some stunning projects again. I just love seeing what they've come up with each fortnight. 

For my Christmas for a Child project, I have decorated two kraft board letters for my boys for Christmas ornaments. I stumbled across these at the local hardware store and bought them for craft projects for the boys... but they were more interested in throwing them around the house than decorating, so I took them back!

This is Aiden's ornament. He has Ski Edwin with Snowflakes and some more green touches. This kid is in love with green. 

And this is Jarred's ornament. He love blue so it has blue moonstone brads and flowers. He has Edwin Skiing from the Winter 2008 collection on his ornament. 

I wrote a little message on the back of each ornament and dated them too.  

The boys were really excited when they saw the finished result. I was too :) I think I have started a new family tradition - "Mum made" ornaments to each boy each year :) 

I hope you get a chance to come and play at Wild Orchid Challenges. This challenge actually runs for three weeks not our usual two. Things are really starting to get busy busy!

I should be back tomorrow with something else to share. 
Until then 
Have a great day!

12 November 2012

A Traditional Christmas goes Sketchy

Hi again friends :)
There are two new challenges up that I would like to share with you today!

On Saturday we saw Jane's sketch for The Sketchy Challenges - and what a brilliant sketch it is. This fortnight we are sponsored by Love to Stamp so you dont want to miss out on a chance to win!

Today is also the launch of Wild Orchid Challenges latest challenge - A Traditional Christmas. 

I have coloured the adorable new Holy Tilda with Lamb from the new Nativity collection. There are so many adorable stamps to love in this collection, I am yet to choose a favourite. 

I have used some gorgeous flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. The lovely copper label plate is by Francheville. 

Well, I hope you have a lovely week! 
See you again soon,
Hugs x

11 November 2012

Magnolia Down Under Challenges - Wreaths

Good morning friends,
Finally, I am back. I feel very out of sync with 'normality' right now. I suppose it is the season and also the mountain of work ahead of us as we prepare to move and build.

Last night I finally sat down and was able to focus on my project for MDUC today - the new challenge is Wreaths. Today is Remembrance Day so we have given you the choice of making a Remembrance Day or Christmas Wreath. But then, it doesnt have to actually be a wreath, it can be a stamp with a wreath or some other item featuring a wreath. The choice is all yours.  

I was very excited on Thursday when some new stamps arrived in my post box. The gorgeous angels from the Nativity collection are so dreamy. These two are Angel Tilda with Gloria (above) and Tilda Captures Stars (below)

The wreath is a cane one I purchases and splashed with gesso to make it a little shabby. The stars were left overs from Zoe after our trip to Melbourne for Paperific.  All of the flowers, brads and pearls are from Wild Orchid Crafts

I had ideas of putting lots of die cuts on the wreath but it was really late when I got to this stage last night and I kind of like the simpler look so left it as it was instead of going overboard when tired and ruining it. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend of crafting planned. I'll be back tomorrow with a card to share.
Until then, Hugs x

06 November 2012

Tilda with Little Rudolf for The Sketchy Challenges

Hi everyone,
well its been a week or so but I am back. Things have been a little hectic.
There was a new sketch by Kathrin over at The Sketchy Challenges which finishes this Friday so if you would like to enter - be quick!
I felt terrible because I couldnt get a card done in time for the post, but it was such a great sketch by Kathrin (I love her sketches) that I just had to have a go - better late than never. 

This is Tilda with Little Rudolf from the Christmas Story collection and the Winter Night background from 2008.  The papers are all Magnolia. I have used two of the new Doo Hickey dies from the Christmas Story collection too, Christmas Lace and Sprawling Ferns. 

All of the flowers, pearls and twine are from Wild Orchid Crafts

I encourage you to go and check out Kathrin's sketch at The Sketchy Challenges, its a beauty! Live and Love Crafts are sponsoring too so there is a fabulous prize on offer. Well worth playing along!

I should be back on the weekend with something new to share. 
Until then, have a lovely week. 

30 October 2012

Bling and birthstones....

Busy busy again, where do the days go? Gosh, I suppose we are on the down hill run to Christmas. 
My card below is for two challenges this week - Magnolia Down Under Challenges has "Birthstones" this week and Wild Orchid Challenges has "Bling it Up!".

My birthstone is Pearl and light amethyst so I've gone with lots of lovely lavender on my papers and pearls to embellish. 

All of the lovely embellishments are from Wild Orchid Crafts

The cute Tilda is a newbie from the A Christmas Story collection and the tree is from 2008 (I think!).

I hope you get a chance to join us this week at both challenges! They work well together.
Until later, Hugs xx

21 October 2012

MDUC - Falalala

Good morning! It is MDUC time again :) This time we are "Inspired by a Song".
It is probably pretty easy to guess what song I've chosen.

I've been painting again hehe. I'm going to keep trying until I get it right. 
These are two stamps from the latest Magnolia Club set. They are from A Christmas Story, the newest collection, Tilda with Lovikka Mittens and Snowy Roof. 

All of the gorgeous flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts.

I'm going to enter a challenge as well this week, Tilda's Town - Merry Christmas

I hope you get a change to play along at MDUC. The girls have done an amazing job. 
We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Until later, fa la la la!!
Hugs x

17 October 2012

Ski Edwin with Snowflakes

Hi friends,  
Gosh, where to begin! Things here have been a little tense lately. Last night I just needed to sit and paint... so that is exactly what I did. Luckily for me my new stamps and papers had just arrived from The Crafty Witch so I was able to get inky with this adorable new Edwin and church background. 

As soon as I saw little Edwin on his bot-bot with his skis, I had to have him. I am the world's worst skier, lol, so I had to sympathise,haha. The Swedish Church background was also a must have. 

I used my DIs to colour the scene and stamped around the edges with the Magnolia Snowflake stamp. 
The papers are Magnolia as well, Scandinavian Map from the Supper Memories collection. Some Doo Hickey die cuts and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and job done. 

I'm slowly getting used to the DIs and painting. Its just practice. The right paper is definitely a must though. We dont really have much of a choice of papers here in Aus, but I am lucky enough to have a Swedish "supplier" of some lovely water colour stock - thanks Louise! It is amazing.

Well, thats it from me today. I will be back on Sunday with more, but maybe I can try and sneak in another card between now and then... we'll see! I hope so.
Until later, Hugs x

15 October 2012

WOC - Gold and Silver

Ohhh - how I adore these two stamps!! Edwin is ALWAYS adorable in his little Santa suit :) And little Jasper the cat is super sweet too. 

It is time for a new challenge at Wild Orchid Crafts Challenges
This fortnight we want to see SILVER and /or GOLD on your project. 

I finally splurged and bought a couple of Go Kreate dies and made a little shaped easel card with one for this fortnight's challenge.  I love the fun shape.

I have a heap of WOC products on my card... gosh, I just couldn't stop myself! 
Twine, Bells, Pearl string, Wood embellishments, Crown Pin, Cosmos Daisy, German Glitter Glass, Small Gardenia, Small Poinsettie, Pearl Brad, Lace, Aster Daisy,

Been testing my water colour painting again :) This one was super fun to do. 

And some Magnolia paper and Doo Hickey dies and the card is complete!

I  hope you get a chance to play along with our Silver and/or Gold challenge this fortnight. Be sure to check out the girls work, they've all created stunning projects. 

Until later, 
Hugs K xx