Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Baby Fairy Bee

Hi again sweet crafting friends!!

Another creation from me today, and this time it is a card. It showcases Mo's Digital Pencil's lovely stamp by the name of Baby Fairy Bee - a cute little fairy with a bee costume. Isn't she lovely?! :) I decided to give a go to the version with the curly hair, as Mo has two different versions of this cutie, which you can find HERE.

And if you did not realise yet, Mo is have a super Summer Sale on ALL her stamps right now, so if you had some (or a lot) on your bucket list, now is the perfect time to adopt those babes!


Isn't she cute?

As you can see I used quite a lot of Magnolia Doo Hickey dies from the Vol 10. set, which fit perfectly with this digi stamp :) 

I also used the die to lightly stamp some honeycomb shapes around the image. 

I also matched an old Basic grey paper I had which had a couple of bees on it. As soon as I decided to use this image, I remember I had a piece of this 12x12 sheet lying somewhere, and I did not stop till I found it :)




This is the inside of the card. I used a Tim Holtz die to create the honey comb effect also on the inside. 

I hope you enjoyed this card, and I really, really hope that I brought a smile to your face with this cute fairy. I am virtually sending her to you to bring some positive vibes your way  πŸ’–


Some challenges that Fairy Bee would like to play in: 

Noor Design- Summer 

Addicted to stamps  - Flowers 

Allsorts Challenge  - Use at least two dies 

Ribbon Girls Challenge  - June card challenge 

Beeeee Happy all of you!! 


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

My Journey - Deep Ocean Challenge Blog GD post

Hello my dear friends!

I hope you are doing fine, and that you are having an awesome week! I was invited to be a Guest Designer for Deep Ocean challenge blog, and the theme of this challenge is a fun one : Die cuts and/or Punches.

Dies are currently the preferable choice we all crafters go for, but I think we all have those punches which we consider still useful and are still part of our craft space. When Karina told me what the theme was, I decided to think a bit out of the box and do something with dies and punches which varies from the frequent card creation. The result is the following...



Right now I am hooked by mixed media projects and the lovely techniques that it involves. But one cannot have every existing product, so I decided to show that we can create something beautiful, with the stash and the tools or products that we currently have.

I was inspired by the awesome Gabrielle in one of her posts, found.HERE.  But instead of stencils and lovely dies, I used what I have, punches, dies and embossing folders, creating a special journal cover to give as a gift.

In the coming photos you can see from where I started:
Some die cuts,  punched textured cardstock, and for the script, I had an embossing folder which I used and cut the piece of cardstock randomly on the front and back page of the journal. You can also observe the arrangement I created using them, together with areas painted with Ranger crackle paint (that green area).





This is the arrangement I decided to build upon (you can see the shapes, embossed paper, embossing paste using stencil, letter stickers, gesso mixed with some grit for added texture)


When I was satisfied with the background I covered everything with gesso, and built another layer of smaller die cuts and punched paper, gluing some directly on the textured background.  Some of the shapes were popped up with foam pads. Another couple of gesso layers were applied (I forgot to take a photo of this stage!). After that dried, came the fun part where I played with various shimmer sprays  and blended them into each other. The ones I used are called Tattered Angels Glimmer mist. I am not sure if they can still be found in stores, but there are similar products around.

Finally I used gold 3D paint, diluted with some droplets of water to add a more metallic and shimmering look on the raised parts of the journal cover.
If you would to see how it is done, you can learn from the awesome Gabielle herself, she is amazing, and you can find the video tutorial in the link I provided (I am not really good in taking video tutorials, so I opted for photos instead).

I also mixed my own embossing paste and used Tim Holtz dies as my stencil. I hope you like this journal cover as much as I had fun doing it, knowing it won't be my last mixed media project 😊

Some close ups for you:



Supplies used:

Dies: Tim Holtz, Nellie Smellen and flower punch (don'r know the name)
Glimmer mists colour: Fall Breeze, Olive Vine, Haunted shadow, Tattered Rose
Other supplies: Buttons, different rhinestones, Artemio clock hands, Tim Holtz Idea-ology adornment, Basic Grey letter stickers, Diam's 3D Paint, Ribbon and lace. Black Soot Distress ink pad.

Challenges I'll join with this project:

Simon Says Stamp Challenge : Touchy Feely Challenge

Noor Design June challenge: Summer

Allsorts challenge blog: Une at least two dies

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

More Mixed Media challenge; Anything goes/ optional purple

A bit more time to craft - Anything Goes

Creative artiste mixed media challenge  - Anything mixed media goes

Mixed Media world  - Anything mixed media goes


Blessings xxx 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Tilda with Dotted Boots - Magnolia-licious DT

A special hello to my dear friends who come to visit and share what I created! I hope each one of you is having a wonderful week. Here in Malta the hot weather is increasing, even though we had some light rain in some places last night.

Today starts a brand new challenge at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog, and we're hoping that you join us in the fun. For this month we have a fun challenge - it is an Anything goes (using Magnolia or other stamps found at the Store) with an option of masking

I used Tilda with Dotted Boots from this year's Spring Collection, and with it an older Magnolia background. I just loved how it turned out! :)

I coloured these images using Copic markers this time, and I had fun playing with various dies to achieve this card. 

I would not want to to miss a lot of goodies which can be found at the Magnolia-licious Store. To make it easier for you to find, I have linked them for you here. These are: 

The paper I used on the background of the card - it is Pion paper 
A rose charm, which you can find here with other lovely charms to your liking 
The rusty tin star - which looks gorgeous with the card 
The gorgeous Mirabelle lace 
Doo Hickey Box Kit Vol 10 - this time I used the heart dies on the left of the card 
Shabby Bark Heart - looks lovely in real life in front of the die cut heart shapes 

And these are some detailed photos for you to see the multiple layers I created and the whole set up. I also added a couple of tags, which I created from some scraps of paper left from other projects, and on which I stamped a part of a Stempelglede grunge flower and Tim Holtz butterfly. I love the effect. I also Ditressed many of the layers with Weathered Wood distress ink. 

The back of my tags, with some cute sentiments - also edged with Weathered Wood Distress ink.

Dies used on this card: Go Kreate, Spellbinders (flowers), Magnolia, Nellies' frames. 

This is the inside of the card, simple but I think it's effective.

I hope you like it. Thank you for those of you who take the time to leave a comment. It really makes me happy to hear from you! :) Come and join the fun, and you will be not only in a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to spend at the Store, but to become our next Guest Designer :)

Pop over and see the gorgeous makes my friends the other DT members have prepared for you. Big hugs, and I wish each you a lot of good and positive things. 

Challenges I'll be playing in: 

All About Magnolia -  All About anything goes

Paradise of Magnolia  - Anything goes 

Marvellous Magnolia  - Anything Goes 

Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia  - A special date - this card is for a Birthday 

( a vintage look photo of the tags ) 

God bless you 


Friday, 19 May 2017

Ahoy!!! Magnolia-licious DT

Happy Friday dear friends!

I am back again today with a Midway and Inspirational post for Magnolia-licious Store and Challenge Blog. It was my turn today to showcase another inspirational project, and because Shawn has some brand new awesome Magnolia Collections waiting for you to pick up, and one of them is a Nautical Collection, I decided to make a nautical themed card to share with you.

I just love everything with a nautical theme. In fact slowly, veeerryy slowly, I am organising some different decorations, some of which are cross-stitched, for a nautical themed bathroom at our Home. I love sea shells, sailor things etc. I had a blast doing this specific card, making my own sailing vessel for our Tilda.

I used one of the older stamps for my project, but you can check some cool 2017 Magnolia nautical stamps here at the Magnolia Stamp Store.

Aren't those Maja papers cool? I love this collection, which I won from one of the challenges. Thank you Maja for such lovely cute papers. And have you seen Pion's Legends of the Sea collection?! ... these too are super yummy! 

I distressed all edges of the boat and the background papers with the scissors. I embellished my card with cheese cloth, sea shell, stars, square rhinestones and some other sea related objects. The most time consuming work was doing the boat, but it was worth it. 

Tilda was coloured with Distress re-inkers, and then I fussy cut her together with the rope ladder, with which she is climbing to fix something on the boat :)

A closer look at the chain with which the anchor is being held, and the lovely Maja papers. I just love these cuties! 

I hope you like this project, and that you'll join us for our Magnolia-licious Challenge, which you can find HERE. Do bot forget that by participating, you are not only in chance to win a $20 Magnolia-licious gift certificate, but you can also be chosen to be a Guest Designer :)

Challnges I'm entering: 

Marvellous Magnolia  #121 - Shabby Chic

Midweek Magnolias #164 - Anything goes with a Magnolia image

Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia  #146 - Anything goes

The Ribbon Girl - May card challenge (2nd entry)

Wishing you a Marvellous weekend!! 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Baby with giraffe - Mo's DT

Hello my dear friends! I have another card to share with you today, and this time it is another baby card made with one of Mo's cute digital stamps.

I just loooove these cuties and they are so natural to colour, and bring a lot of sweet memories too.

I used Copics to colour this babe. Do you agree that this baby looks so natural and cute? We have lots of kids which are at that age in our care, and it's a blessing to watch them make progress and learn new skills!

This is Baby with Giraffe image, and you can instantly purchase it in Mo's Store by clicking here

I created the sentiment by using some dies form Magnolia Doo Hickey Vol 10, I distressed the images with Walnut Stain Distress ink and added some letters and a "boy" button. I liked how it turned out, and these dies are wonderful for those boy/men cards where you need something cute but not girly :)

Thank you for stopping by to see my new creation. At least between hospital visits and other priorities, I unwind a bit form all the emotions and the draining experience by creating a new card. 

Challenges I'll be entering with this card are:

Stampavie and More  #287 - Man or boy

Deep Ocean Challenge #155 - Furry/Feathered Friends

Sparkles Monthly Challenge #92 - Four or more legs

Sweet Stampers #7 - Dots or Stripes

Big hugs and blessings xxx


Monday, 15 May 2017

Mothers are very special people - Paradise of Magnolia Guest DT

Blessings to you dear friends!!

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend, and that you had some time to recharge your strength for this new week!

Today I have another card to share with you. Some weeks ago I was invited to be a Guest Designer for this week by Paradise of Magnolia Challenge Blog. The theme I was invited to create a project for was "Flowers", and I thought it will be perfect for Mother's Day week. My mum adores plants and flowers, and gets very emotional when she receives a card that has flowers on it.

To make it more perfect, I was awarded some wonderful Sofiero Maja papers, and everything fit in perfectly. So this card yesterday made the trip to hospital to be given to mum on this special day :)

As you can see, it has loads of flowers on it, from the stunning papers (oh how hard it was to cut them!!!) to the image and all the paper flowers surrounding the card. There are also flowers on the paper doily which I put under the design paper.

The image was coloured on Langton watercolour paper, using Distress reinkers. I did it in a bit of a hurry, as daily hospital visits take a lot of time and energy, but I thank God for everyday and for the energy he gives me,

This cute stamp is from Magnolia's Springtime 2017 Collection, and is called Sitting Spring Tilda. It can be found at Magnolia-licious, specifically here

This is a close up of the lovely sentiments that Maja papers have on the edge of the papers, it's awesome that nothing is wasted and can be put to use. I just loooove these papers, did you notice? :)

The twigs die cuts are from DooHickey vol 10. They made cute additions to the bunch, I liked the effect.

More detailed photos: vintage button on pink organza ribbon, and more flowers on my card. Lace and more goodies were added for that special feel. (Thank you Suzi for that cute pearl trim!).

Thank you for joining me this morning to read about this card. I wish you all wonderful and happy things, and when things go rough, do not lose hope. Crafting is a very good way to de-stress, and do not be afraid to ask for help. Sending you lots of hugs, and do share love with those around you!! 

Do pop over to Paradise of Magnolia blog to see what the DT created to inspire you, and I hope you'll be able to join us for this wonderful challenge. I am sure that many of the Maggie lovers use tons of flowers on your makes, so it's very easy to join in the fun. Good luck for winning, maybe you will be the next Guest Designer on the blog. 

Challenges I'm entering with this card: 

Midweek Magnolias - Anything goes with a Magnolia challenge

Noor Design - May Challenge - add lace 

Marvellous Magnolia  - # 121 Shabby chic 

All about Magnolia  - #23 - all about Mother's Day or a special lady

God bless you all! 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Wishing you... Magnolia-licious DT

Hi sweet blogging friends from around the globe. I hope you are having a brilliant week. Today I would like to share with you a card I did for our new Magnolia-licious challenge.

The Challenge we have for you this time is a very easy one: an "Anything goes with an option of Summer". It is such a fitting challenge for this time of the year. I loved the theme. Moreover some good news is that now we are having monthly challenges, to give you more opportunity to work on your projects, with the chance of not only winning a $20 gift certificate to the STORE, but also to be a guest designer for Magnolia-licious.

I got inspired by the Magnolia  Doo Hickey vol.10 set of dies, and did the ice-cream car as the focus point of my card. I really had a good time cutting it from different but coordinating pieces of papers, giving it also some dimension by adding a pop up upper part, and also popping up the wheel a bit, but cutting several times the wheel part and gluing them on top of each other.

The bottles with the labels and caps are also fun to play with :) I felt like a little kid again!! I could not leave the card without a Magnolia stamped image, so while not having yet a Tilda with ice-cream, I used sitting Tilda, from this year's Spring Collection. Her ice-cream is still to be prepared, so she is patiently waiting for it to arrive :) 

As usual, I cannot let any card be without my sweet embellishments, so I added lace, and a lace flower with a self-adhesive pearl on top, die cuts from the same Doo Hickey volume (which you can find at the Store) and from other sets, a round doily, and a sentiment from Paulette.

The main paper I used on the card is Maja Design, something which was sent to me years ago by a friend of mine.

I just love that sentiment, and I stamped it directly onto a piece of designer paper which I had in my folder. All the pieces are distressed with Walnut Stain Distress ink.

I am now off to hospital. This is the fourth week that mum is in Hospital, and from there she might be transferred to a Home for the elderly as now as the situation has turned out to be, she is not able to live anymore by herself. She admitted that she is feeling unsafe when she thinks of home, as she cannot even stand alone on her feet for more than a couple of seconds. We are all very close to her, visiting everyday and spending time with her, but due to the need of medical assistance and oxygen all the time, it is better that she is under constant care. Thank God she is remaining calm and focused. Thank you for all the support and messages I received regarding this difficult situation. God bless you all good people! 

 A close up of the card, so easy and fun to make!!  Isn't it cute? :)

Products which can be found, among many other goodies, at Magnolia-licious:

Sitting Spring Tilda stamp - from the Magnolia Spring time Collection 2017

Magnolia DooHickey Vol. 10 Kit: Buzz Buzz

Challenges which I will participate with this card are: 

Marvellous Magnolia  - Shabby Chic

Magnolia Forever  - Flowers (lace flower and flowers on paper )

Paradise of Magnolia  - Flowers (lace flower and flowers on paper )

Midweek Magnolias - Favourite Colours