29 February 2012

TOMIC #39 - Tilda's birthday

Its Wednesday so it is TOMIC time again!! And this week it is Tilda's birthday!!!
Happy Birthday Tilda! To celebrate we have a fantastic sketch to follow and
have been given these guidelines...

"Tilda Stamp + girly Birthday theme following Tina's Sketch
The "Birthday" text is mandatory and can be hand or computer written, stamped, chipboards, dies etc... and in each of your own language. We want to see girly themed cards so use pinks, lace, tulle, glitters and whatever is girly"

I decided to ink up Happy Tilda for her birthday celebration.

The papers are new MME Miss Caroline - I just looove them!! 
The flowers are all Wild Orchid Crafts. As is the bakers twine, metal corner and rhinestones

I used Tilda's lace doo hickey die on the bottom edge of the card for a pretty lacey effect and a cute butterfly charm on the twine

I hope you get a chance to play along with us at TOMIC this week!

27 February 2012

Tilda Princess of the Valley

Have you seen the new "Princes and Princesses" collection from Magnolia? 
They are on pre-order and will be at your favourite store any day now.
I just placed my order with ShopBron  today, she will have them in very soon. If you are in Australia and looking for a store with the complete collection, head over to ShopBron. You won't be disappointed!
I was really happy to see so many adorable animals in the collection this time. 

My boys let me play at my craft desk for a little while this afternoon - unheard of! They have been suspiciously good today... makes me wonder what I am in for tomorrow actually... ;) 

These two adorable stamps are "Tilda Princess of the Valley" and "Tilda's Castle" and made an easel card. 

I used the Magnolia Doo Hickey Die "Doily" for the rear of my easel card... it is a bit hard to see though behind the beautiful papers and Miss Tilda herself.  The papers are new MME "Miss Caroline" - so pretty! 

All of the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Well, that is it from me today. I'll be back with a bit of luck on Wednesday with another card to share.
Until then, have a great week!
Hugs Kylie 

26 February 2012

Magnolia Down Under Challenges - colour challenge

Hi everyone! 
Welcome to my 700th post. That came around fast.

Gosh... I didn't think I was going to be able to show you anything today... I seem to be lacking any ounce of creativity at the moment, I'm zapped!! But I was sitting at my desk late last night chatting to my friend Karen and spied Stamping Tilda sitting on my desk and HAD to ink her up.

I ordered this little sweetie pie from Shop Bron and was so excited to see her arrive in the mail this week. 

(Bron also has some fantastic stamp packs for you at the moment with the NEW Princes and Princesses collection. They are fantastic... click on over and check them out... )

The challenge at MDUC this week is a colour combo.... we would like to see PINK, ORANGE and WHITE on your creations.... I know it sounds  like an unusual combo but it look fantastic in zesty zingy summer colours or muted pastels as well.

So of course because I was trying to get my little door sign done in record time I couldn't find one very important embellishment that I had in mind :( Grrrr.... I get so frustrated with myself when I put something away for special projects and then can't find them when I need them!!

Stamps - Magnolia "Stamping Tilda" "Made with Love Sentiment"
Flowers - all from Wild Orchid Crafts
Paper - Basic Grey "Sweet Threads"
Alphas - American Crafts Thickers and Prima
Lace and berries - Magnolia
Ribbon - my own
Cardstock - White bazill 
Other - MS PATP set "Cherish", Cuttlebug Embossing folder "Paisley"

I hope you get a chance to come and play at MDUC this week. The girls have created some amazing inspiration pieces for you. 

I'll be back a bit later in the week with something else to share. 
Hugs Kylie

20 February 2012

Wild Orchid Crafts - White + one

It is time for a new challenge at Wild Orchid Crafts Challenges!
This fortnight the challenge is.... White + 1...
I went with a white + lilac colour scheme for my card and used the occasion to cut into some pretty Magnolia papers and play with some gorgeous lilac WOC products.

The stamp is Tilda sends love from the current Sweet Crazy Love collection. She is just adorable. 

Coloured with Copics and some stickles and liquid pearls added. Some punched pieces and die cuts to finish off. 

That is it from me today. Its the end of Monday here and it is raining and wet. It is starting to cool down and Autumn is on the way. I just love autumn, its the best time of the year! 
So until next time, have a great week :)
Hugs K

19 February 2012

There's a sketch over here and a sketch over there...

Morning all..... 
How is your weekend treating you?
We've had a pretty quiet one so far, my parents visited the boys yesterday morning so that was a high light for them. They adore visits from Grandma and Pop. 

Today my card is for two DT's... Magnolia Down Under and The Sketch Challenges
Both challenges are sketch challenges! And I've combined them both into one card. 
At The Sketchy Challenges, Bettina is hosting this week and has created a fantastic sketch for you to play with . 

At Magnolia Down Under Challenges this week we have my sketch to play with and it is fairly similar to Bettina's hence my combining the two. 
I have used cute little Koala Hugs Tilda for my card and cut into a few gorgeous Magnolia papers. 
All of the flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts.  The pretty doily oval is MFT die. The pretty chippie corner is Make It Crafty.

Well.. that is it from me today. 
I do have something else to share with you tomorrow so until then, enjoy your weekend!
Hugs K

15 February 2012

TOMIC #37 "3-2-1"

Hellloooo there Maggie lovers!
It is Wednesday and you know what that meas.... its TOMIC time! 

(This card is for sale in my Etsy shop - the link is on my sidebar)

The challenge this week is a recipe challenge - 3, 2, 1.
We are looking for 3 patterned papers, 2 (or more) different types of embellishments and 1 (main) stamped image - small accessory stamps and sentiments are also allowed.

So you can see I inked up this little cutie pie from the Sweet Crazy Love Collection. She is just adorable. 
My papers are MME 2 and my choice of embellishments were die cuts (all doo hickey dies) and flowers. Of course all of my scrummy flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts :) Where else? lol.

The girls have put together some amazing projects to share with you this week so please head on over to TOMIC to see their amazing work. 

Thanks so much for the lovely comments earlier in the week for my colouring faces tutorial. I can't wait to see what you guys do with it!
I'll be back a bit later in the week to have a bit more of a chat.
Hugs x

13 February 2012

How I colour Magnolia stamp faces (tutorial)

Hi everyone :o)
I have had many requests for a tutorial on how I colour the faces on my beloved Magnolia stamps so I found some time last night and sat down and took some photos while I coloured up this little cutie pie.

First of all, I have to say, I didn't invent this style of colouring! I first saw two of my lovely Magnolia DT teamies doing it and had to try it myself and well, it stuck. Camilla S from Norway paints with water colours and does a lovely subtle line on her faces which is just stunning. Alberto from Italy was the other teamie I was inspired by. His work is also outstanding. I encourage you to check out both of their blogs. 

Ok, so this is obviously going to work with the colours you usually use to colour your faces. I constantly change which colours I use hehe, so at the moment my colours of choice are E 13, 11, 01, 00, 000.
My favourite blending card is Make It Colour from Make it Crafty. It is also available from Quixotic Paperie in the UK. If you have tried Xpress It blending card and like it, you will love this card from Make it Crafty - it can hold a lot more ink and doesn't bleed as readily as other card stock. I find it is also easier to blend the colours. It makes colouring a quick and easy task. 

The first thing I do is take my E13 (darkest shade) and I draw a curved line from the middle of one of Tilda's eyes through the other eye and flick the marker end as I pass through her second eye. This leaves a thinner end on the marker line. I then go back to the first eye and flick outwards a little bit. Then still using E13, I colour the areas that will have the shaddows.

Using E11, I carefully blend the E13 out a bit, making sure that I don't blend below the E13 line as this is what creates the definition in Tilda's face. You can also see from these photos how I colour her little knees in. 

Using E 01 I blend out a little further, but not too much as I want to go in with E 00 next. 

Now you can see I've gone in with E00 and finished her forehead and smoothed out her cheeks a little bit. 

And finally E 000 to finish filling out her face. If you think she needs more definition you can go back in with the darker colours and add more shaddows. 

You can see that I've then used my 0 blender to fix some little boo boos haha. 
So that is how I do the faces on my Magnolia people. Its pretty simple and I think it just adds a little bit extra   to them. 

I hope that helps a little. 
I'll be back on Wednesday to show you my finished card with this little sweetie. 
Thanks for visiting me today :)

12 February 2012

One Word - LOVE (and many other words from me on that very topic)

Yep friends, it is time for another Magnolia Down Under Challenge and this week the challenge is one word sentiments. I chose to make my card in the shape of the word LOVE... for a couple of reasons actually :o)

The first reason for my card is my in-law's 40th Wedding Anniversary which is on Tuesday, Valentines Day. Forty years is an amazing achievement in these modern times. My parents will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in June as well and I am so proud that each set of parents are still happily married after such a long time. It just goes to show - it is possible to get through the hard times and build strength in your relationship rather than let it fall apart. 

To make my card I used my Cricut and a program called "Sure Cuts a Lot". This is a great program as you don't need to have any particular cartridge for the shapes, it uses the font on your computer and svg files. I love it. It gives me more freedom with my beloved Cricut. 

The adorable stamp is from Wedding Collection 2010 and all of the amazing flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The card has a little pocket on the back which houses the tag for the message. I needed to create this as I didnt want to write on the inside of the card as it would be seen from the front. 

Just another angle and a close up :)

So there is my card. 

I just wanted to monologue here for a few minutes so please indulge me.

When I started blogging a few years ago, I was amazed by the wonderful and supportive people out there in blog land. It was a lovely safe place for crafters and it gave me an outlet from the reality of being a mother and housewife. 
Recently however this seems to have changed. 
There are still the gorgeous people out there and I hope they will always be there. But there also seems to be a wave of bitterness at the moment which, fingers crossed, will pass very quickly.
What happened to old fashioned values? 
Whatever happened to 'if you can't say something nice, don't say it at all"?
Why is there so much jealousy and swiping? Why can't we all just GET ALONG.
We try and teach our children these values, yet we don't value them ourselves. 
Is it because we're hiding behind the safety of our computers that we think we can just say what we want without worrying about the consequences?
There are real people on the other side of that computer screen so please lets try and remember that!
I have no doubt that if we came face to face, a lot of these things would not be said.
It is Cyber Bullying! 

So please, lets remember WHY we all started blogging and crafting in the first place and remember that warm fuzzy feeling we used to get when we received a compliment on our cards. 

We are not here to ruin someone else's day but to support each other and share our love of crafting. 

Please think before you type. 
and remember to 

Have a terrific weekend,
biggest hugs from me. 

08 February 2012

TOMIC #36 - Ediwn + Sketch

Hi there Maggie fans! 
There is a new challenge up at TOMIC today! It is a special challenge as it is Edwin's birthday! 
The challenge is to use EDWIN and follow the fabby sketch by Tina.

I took the opportunity to ink up little Pirate Edwin from the Bon Voyage 2010 collection and have masked him on the Pier background from Lazy Summer Days 2009 collection. I love this cute little Edwin. 

Tina's sketch is a really great one to add your own personal touches to. I've used my Doo Hickey banner die (love it) and some little metal photo holders, along with some shells and a charm. The papers are Basic Grey Oliver. 

We would love to see what you come up with this week at TOMIC. There is a fantastic secret prize up for grabs from Magnolia for a lucky winner as well. 

Thats all from me today. I hope you've had a happy Wednesday whereever you are in the World! 
Until later, have a great week
Kylie x

06 February 2012

Wild Orchid Crafts - Love is

It is time for the next challenge at Wild Orchid Challenges!
This time we have a theme for your to follow... "Love Is"...
I chose to do another scrap layout :o) This one is of my eldest son with Oma Jo. 

There are many WOC goodies on my layout... its nice to use some flowers on a layout for a change! I seem to do a lot of 'boy' layouts (funny that!).

oh, and for my Dutch friends, I tried to write the journalling in Dutch, lol. That is about the extent of my vocab though! haha. 

The papers are MME Lost and Found 2 from my kit from The Scrapbook Nook. 
The little resin birdie is Prima. 

I hope you get a chance to come and play with us at Wild Orchid Challenge this fortnight! The DT has put together loads of amazing inspiration for you and we'd love to see what you have to show us as well. 

05 February 2012

Scrapping again... :o)

I seem to be addicted! Or maybe I am on a quest to use up all of my scrap paper before we sell our house and I have to pack it all up! Either way, all I seem to be doing right now is scrapping. I am cooking up layouts in my mind as I fall asleep at night... bizarre! 

I took this photo of my little guy this week as I was taking photos of crafty things. He likes to come and hang out while I do it and he was checking out what I had made. He's such a little cutie pie. 

I fired up my Cricut to cut out the title for my layout. Everything else is cut by hand. I did quite a bit of stitching on this layout... with my Brother, not with my Singer, lol. And there are some rhinestones scattered around as well. The papers are Lilybee Design. I love this collection. I have a kit from My Scrapbook Nook with the 12x12 papers and also a 6x6 paper pad. I just love the colours and patterns. My tag is from The Kraft Outlet and my Washi tape is from ebay. The date stamp is from my collection of Smash goodies. 

So.. I guess that is it from me today. I'll check in with you again tomorrow. 
Thanks for visiting! Have a great weekend. 

MDUC Love is in the air

Good morning, good evening and good night! Depending on where you are in the world right now ;) It is morning here in Australia, Sunday morning actually, so that means it is time for the next Magnolia Down Under Challenge! Yay!

The challenge this week is "Love is in the Air"... just in time for Valentines Day... not that your project has to be Valentines themed at all... nope, just Love themed will get in the running for the fabby prize up for offer from ShopBron. 

I used the fantastic sketch over at CLP challenges for my card. I had coloured up little Tilda and her heart flowers background but didnt have a clue what to do next so I popped over there for some inspiration. 

I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend. 
We're having a nice quiet one cleaning up around the house. We've been for a drive out to the block of land we *hope* to buy and build on this year.... it is so peaceful out there. The block next door has a house being built on it currently so we are watching their progress instead of our own :/ Fingers crossed we do actually get out there this year... time is slipping away.

Well, that is it from me today. I do have something else to share with you tomorrow though, so I'll be back then!
Take care,

04 February 2012

Sketchy challenges - Sandra's sketch

Its that time again! It is time for another sketch over at The Sketchy Challenges!
This week Sandra is hosting and she has given us a fantastic sketch to play with. 

I printed out another one of Krista Smith's adorable Saturated Canary images. This is Kate Krafty, a must have of her adorable stamps. 

The papers are a bit of a mix... there is Lilybee Design, Crate Paper and Basic Grey. The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts 

I hope you get a chance to join us this fortnight. There are DT opportunities to be had as well, so please don't forget to add "DT" after your name when you enter. 

I'll be back tomorrow with something else to share with you.
Until then..
Have a lovely weekend!

03 February 2012

Big shoes

Yup... been scrapping again... and yup... another "Brit" style layout :) 
This is my 'big boy' and he is in his Daddy's shoes, hahaha. When hubby found him clomping around in them, he had to take a pic or two. 

I was a little more adventurous this time and tried out a few things Brit showed in a tutorial and I was surprised how it all came together. Thanks Brit for the inspiration! 

The mask I used for the brick wall is Prima, Suede glimmer mist (yaya again), papers Echo Park Times and Seasons, Thickers Vinyl alphas ans dymo embossing machine. 

Thats it from me today, but I will be back tomorrow with a card to share :)
Hope you had a great week!
Hugs x