Saturday, November 30, 2013

Christmas is Coming!!!

Hello Again!!

Two posts so close together!!!  Christmas is coming and it will be here before you know it...EEKS...I am so not prepared!  So...I have been madly working on my cards and I have another to share with you...

this is sort of a collage/shabby chic style... 
 above...letters to Santa to be written...stockings to be hung with care... and friends to greet...
 the card opened with the saying for each stamped image and a Christmas greeting in center...
 Tilda busy writing her letter to Santa...
 stocking is hung with care...
 Tilda and Jasper greeting one and all...
Not sure who this one goes to the personalized greetings will be added once I've figured that out!
Materials Used:
DP-Maja Design-It's Christmas Time purchased from Live and Love Crafts
Stamps-Invitation Tilda-SM13, Tucked Tilda (sorry can't remember which collection)and Christmas Tilda with Jasper-LC12 purchased from Magnolia-licious
Die Cuts-Spellbinders Lacey Ovals and Damask Accents
Pearls, buttons and seam binding-from my stash
Vintage Lace with pearls, crystal stick pin,large crystal, Shabby Taupe Frantage-Live and Love Crafts
Challenges I will enter:
Live and Love Crafts Challenge Blog-Shabby Chic Inspired by Christmas Collage
Totally Tilda-Buttons and Bows
Well that is all for me right I guess I need to think about getting the Christmas decorating started!!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by...your visits and comments are very much appreciated!!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #103-Hearts

Good Friday Morning!!!

First of all I would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends!!  I hope that this finds you all well and enjoying the beginning of the festive season!!

To Fussy and Fancy followers this marks the beginning of a new Fussy and Fancy Challenge which is "Hearts"!!! 

It is also my very first time "Hosting" a please join in on the fun, put your creative caps on and GO CREATE!!!!  Actually the possibilities are endless for this doesn't have to be Valentines Day to wear your "Heart" on your sleeve...just let your mind GO!!!

This is what I came up with...


Christmas ornaments made form plastic heart boxes...

 this one is for my oldest (by 3 mins.) Sweet Calla...
 and the back...
 for my second Granddaughter (by 3 mins....yes they're twins) Darling Mia...
 and the back...
 for my Adorable Grandson Quinn...
 and the back...
dangling from the bottom.... 
 the girls' are finished with lace/pearls...
 Quinn's is finished with snowflake ribbon...

I will add the personalized tags for each and they can hang them on their Christmas trees!!

Materials Used:
Plastic Heart Boxes-Creative Bag (a local decorating supply store)
Stamps-the two Tildas and Edwin are from the Winter Wonderland 2013 Collection available at Magnolia-Licious
DP-Magnolia for the two girl ornaments and LOTV for the boy ornament
Lace and Ribbon-from my stash
Crystal and Rhinestone Hearts-Live and Love Crafts
Snowflake and Christmas Tree Charms-Wild Orchid Crafts

Challenges I will enter:
Marvelous Magnolias-Anything Goes
Time for Magnolia-Challenge #37 Embossing/Frantage
Fashionista Challenge-Christmas Bling
Midweek Magnolias-Anything But a Card

So hop on over to Fussy and Fancy and check out the inspiring ideas from my talented teammates and...GO CREATE!!!  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Thanks for stopping by...your visits and comments are very much appreciated!!!



Monday, November 25, 2013

A Very Tilda Christmas-Explosion Box

Hello dear friends!!

I have finally finished the explosion box that I have been working on FOREVER!!!!  I was waiting for pieces of a music box...specifically the turntable!!  Well it arrived on Friday and wouldn't you know it the turntable was too big...LOL!!!  I have been waiting for NOT to move forward on this back to the drawing board to figure out how to get the music box/tree portion to work without a turntable...hummm!!

So...I warn you now that this post is picture HEAVY!!!...and I gave up writing down all of the copics used!

Here is "A Very Tilda Christmas" Explosion Box/Music Box...
view of Tilda's "winter cottage"...
the front door..."Welcome holiday guests!!!"...
the back window with decorated flower box...
"OH!!!  What have we here??...Pixie Tilda (CS 2012) can't wait to get in!!...
and Jingle Jangle Tilda (CS 2012) anxious to get the decorating done...time is running out...
Glittering Tilda already to go...
Sneaky Tilda has a gift to put under the tree...Jasper's hoping it's a lovely bit of catnip...
Wiola (WW 2013) is a great help to Glittering Tilda...
and an arial view of the cozy cottage...the Christmas tree turns when wound...
Materials Used:
DP (the wall paper above the chair rail and the striped part of the rotating floor)-Maja-It's Christmas Time
Die Cuts-
Memory Box-Flowering Christmas Tree, Grand Madison Window and Window Box, Classis Screen Door
Spellbinders-Classis Small Ovals
My Next Die-Icicle Border
Pearl string & metal clock charm-Wild Orchid Crafts
Cameo frame & snowflake stickpins (Christmas tree topper)-The Ribbon Girl
Snow made with texture effect-Martha Stewart and crushed glass (from my stash)
Assorted ribbon, garland, black pearls & light bulbs-from my stash
Music box-Kidder & Co.
Challenges I will enter:
Midweek Magnolia-Anything but a card
Magnolia-licious Blog Hop Challenge-Holiday or Winter Themed
Color Me Creative-Anything Goes
Well that is it for me tonight...thank you all for taking the time to stop is very much appreciated!!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Just Getting Started!!!

I've had a crazy couple of weeks wise and on the home front!

While all of you have been busy working on your growing STACKS of Christmas cards...sadly I have been neglecting mine!!!!

Well I finally finished my first and believe it or not I actually started this one last year and just now got around to finishing it!!!  I've actually been working on a Christmas explosion box but am stuck waiting on a crucial for now!!

Okay so it's not a masterpiece but hey it's done!!!

I went with a peek a boo style card that I first saw on Norma Lee's blog...
I used Ice Tilda from the Christmas Dreams collection... 
a closer look...
sentiment from Whimsy stamps...I'll add a personalized sentiment when I decide who to give it to...
Well hopefully this will motivate me to get a move on...I've got all these WONDERFUL Christmas stamps just waiting to be set free!!!
Materials Used:
DP-can't even tell you as I can't find the pad that it came from...LOL!!!
Dies-Quick Kutz Ornament from the "Jolly Limited Edition Set"
         Joy Craft Snowflake Border 6002/2021, large snowflake 6002/2020
         small snowflake 6002/2018
White chiffon ribbon, pearls, snowflake bling and rhinestones are from my stash
Blue seam binding is from Wild Orchid Crafts
Thanks for taking the time to stop by!!!  I really appreciate it!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lest we Forget


Today we honour and remember the men and women who have fought and still fight for their countries and our way of life.

I personally have not felt the lose of a relative to husband's father served in and survived World War II.

Helplessness is what I feel when reports of more lost soldiers reach us...what can we do?? 

My husband's friends have been circulating this e-mail and I was so moved by it I thought that instead of forwarding via my e-mail I would post it on my blog.

Daddy's Poem ----------------------
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Her hair was up in a pony tail,
Her favourite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy's Day at school,
And she couldn't wait to go.

But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid;
She knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
Of why he wasn't there today.

But still her mother worried,
For her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.

But the little girl went to school
Eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees
A dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back,
For everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
Anxious in their seats

One by one the teacher called
A student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
As seconds slowly passed.

At last the teacher called her name,
Every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
A man who wasn't there.

'Where's her daddy at?'
She heard a boy call out.
'She probably doesn't have one,'
Another student dared to shout.

And from somewhere near the back,
She heard a daddy say,
'Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day.'

The words did not offend her,
As she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher,
Who told her to go on.

And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
Came words incredibly unique.

'My Daddy couldn't be here,
Because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
Since this is such a special day.

And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
And how much he loves me so.

He loved to tell me stories
He taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
And taught me to fly a kite.

We used to share fudge sundaes,
And ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him.
I'm not standing here alone.

'Cause my daddy's always with me,
Even though we are apart
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With that, her little hand reached up,
And lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
Beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere here in the crowd of dads,
Her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
Who was wise beyond her years.

For she stood up for the love
Of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was right.

And when she dropped her hand back down,
Staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
But its message clear and loud.

'I love my daddy very much,
he's my shining star.
And if he could, he'd be here,
But heaven's just too far.

You see he is a Canadian soldier
And died just this past year
When a roadside bomb hit his convoy
And taught Canadians to fear.

But sometimes when I close my eyes,
it's like he never went away.'
And then she closed her eyes,
And saw him there that day.

And to her mothers amazement,
She witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
All starting to close their eyes.

Who knows what they saw before them,
Who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
They saw him at her side.

'I know you're with me Daddy,'
To the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
Of those once filled with doubt.

Not one in that room could explain it,
For each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
Was a fragrant long-stemmed  rose.
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And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,
By the love of her shining star.
And given the gift of believing,

That heaven is never too far.
Send this to the people you'll never forget and
Remember to send it also to the person that sent It to you.
It's a short message to let them know that you'll never forget them.

If you don't send it to anyone, it means you're

in a hurry and that you've forgotten your friends.

Take the live and love.
Until eternity. God bless!
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I made this card up to keep in my craft room...on the inside is a copy of "In Flander's Field" by Canadian soldier John McCrae...

As we all go about our is my hope that we will all take a moment or the day to remember those brave and courageous men and women who have lost their lives serving their countries and to pray for the safe return of those who continue to serve!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom!!

Good Monday Morning!!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

I have been working on my Mother's birthday card and I have to tell ya that it's hard when we have very different taste!!!  So as far as style goes I went with my taste and colour wise I selected a more vintage look using greens/beige/brown.

I masked out Tilda on a bench with Jasper the cat sitting beside...although poor Jasper got overwhelmed by the flowers...LOL!!!

Here is Mom's card...

front view of card...
this is Tilda with Dot-bow from the With Love Collection 2013 (I printed "Happy Birthday" on the heart with a black Zig pen)... sorry have forgotten which collections Jasper and the bench are from... 

the card opened up with computer generated sentiment...

Sneaky Tilda...again can't remember which collection...
Well that is my Mother's birthday card...I'm off to get ready to take her for a birthday lunch and give her the card and gift...a day early...her birthday is tomorrow which just happens to be my good friend Christine's also!!
Materials Used:
Stamps-Magnolia (all listed above)
Inks-Memento-Tuxedo Black (stamping) and Rich Cocoa (distressing)
DP-Maja Design-Sofiera-The Elegant Wine House...and sadly very much covered up
Die Cuts-Go Kreate #360030-XXL Sq. Frame Frilly #10 and #120030-Concentric Frilly Sq. #10, Memory Box-Elegant Scrollwork
Flowers, vintage seam binding-cameo beige and brown pearls (5MM)-Wild Orchid Crafts
I will enter this into the Midweek Magnolias challenge "Layers".
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by...I very much appreciate you taking the time!!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #101

Good Friday Morning!!

Today is my first official post as a design team member for the Fussy and Fancy Challenge blog!!!

Our theme for this challenge is "Black and Blue"!  I was instantly intrigued by this theme...I don't usually work with this combination of know I'm a pink girl!!

So a few thoughts went running through my head!  When shopping with my best friend Di I found this black and blue glass dish and started thinking about a birthday card for my crafty friend Christine...who is banned from my blog until I give her this next week! She'll be proud of me because I actually used my Prismas which I'm not really strong with!!  I went back into my classes by Dena Concienne at the Art Studio and did a refresher.  That's the beauty of these classes...once you've paid for them you have unlimited viewing!!!  And let me tell you Dena is an amazing teacher!!

Here is what I came up with...

the full front view...

 a little closer view of "Pint Sized Love" a Saturated Canary digi coloured with my Prismas...

side view of the sentiment on the back...
 view of the back...
 side view of the flowers filling the dish...
For some reason I Just couldn't get the last two pics to enlarge...LOL!!!  I'm still in training!!
And that is Christine's birthday card and my first post as a Fussy and Fancy girl!! 
You should see what my team mates have created...a truly talented group of ladies!!
Come on over and join the fun...we'd love to see what you all come up with!
Material Used:
Glass Dish - Homesense
Stamps- Saturated Canary - Pint Sized Love (digi) and Hero Art - Happy Birthday
Dies - Spellbinders - Ovals, Scalloped Ovals and Memory Box - Lavish Branch
Ribbon and gems - from my stash
Challenges I will enter:
Saturated Canary - Challenge # 55 - Alter It
Well that is that for today!!
Thank you for stopping by!!  I really appreciate you taking the time!!!