Thursday, 3 August 2017

Mo's Dream Team Post - August Challenge

Hi everyone!! 

I hope you are getting through this week brilliantly.. Here in Malta it's tooooo hot for my liking, but we're still alive and kicking, so thank God for that :) 

I wanted to share with you that it's time for a new challenge over on Mo's Digital Pencil Challenges over on Facebook.  (please click on the red writing to find us there!) and this month our super-talented Lou designed a wonderful sketch for us to follow. It is very easy to follow and play with so please, come and join the fun!! 


The image I chose for a baby girl card is called "Shiny and New", and you can find it in digital form at Mo's Store HERE.

I love this image, it's so cool to colour, and some Stardust Stickles matched perfectly with the wording that the baby is holding. 

Here in this photo the shine is more evident... and the "Baby" die cut, which I mounted at the bottom of the card takes the focus :) I loved doing this card for one of  the Sisters in my community. She has a family member who has just had a cute baby girl, so we need to celebrate! :) 

I did not want to overload the card with embellishments, cause the image is too cute - I wanted it to remain the main attraction, but one can't leave a girly card without some lace, pearls and flowers, huh?! 

I hope you like it, and that you come and join us on Facebook.

Challenges for this cute little fella: 

Southern Girls - Flower Power -Team Trace 

Wishing you heaps of good things xx



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Magnolia-licious New Challenge

Hello my dear friends!!!

I hope you are doing well. It is the first Tuesday of the month, therefore it means that at Magnolia-licious it is the start of a brand new monthly challenge. It is yet again you favourite challenge "Anything goes" but with an option to use lace in your project.

For me doing a card without any lace would feel as if I had something missing - so usually only if it is a male card or project, would it be one without any lace .
This time I decided to go Vintage, and use the wonderful Sofiero Papers - which if you missed the news - now can be also found at Magnolia-licious Store. You can go look here for some exquisite Maja goodness, and they will be yours to stroke, smell, and maybe use! :)


I had such an awesome time doing this card! As you can see, I did obey, and used "a little" lace :) 
I have a frame of lace around all four sides of the card, but the doily lace and another type of flowery lace on top. 

Look at that awesome image!!! It is from the Ephemera sheet that comes with the Sofiero papers. and I added some pretty stuff to make it more romantic and soft :) I hope you like it.


Look at those awesome angels!!! That is also part of another sheet of  the Sofiero pack! Aren't those papers to drool over? I added a sentiment after I distressed the frame and the piece of Maja paper with Walnut Stain, and added some vintage buttons and pearls. 


A close up of the bunch of flowers I used to continue with the romantic feel, and I also added a piece of Tim Holtz' film strip ribbon. 


I added pearls also around the main image for extra focus, and as you can observe in this photo, before mounting the card, I also used a Cadence stencil to add some dimension on the upper part of the card. I used modelling paste to add texture, which I mixed with Bronze Distress paint and a drop of Walnut Stain reinker. 

I hope you liked my card, and that you get inspired to get for yourself some of the Awesome papers - they are so thick and rich that they seem too good to be true! :) Do join us at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog for an awesome prize and a chance to be our Guest designer. 

God bless you and your loved ones! 


Craft Heaven Challenge - August Challenge - ATG

Noor Design - August ATG challenge

Dies R Us challenge- Summertime fun

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A sunny day at the Farm

hi beautiful peeps! I hope you are having a wonderful week, and that the temperatures at your side of the world are being more merciful than ours at the moment!!

Today I'd like to share with you a card I did for Magnolia-licious Store using Farmer Tilda, which you can find HERE with the rest of the Magnolia Collections (even the super cute country Girl collection as well as the "Yay, it's your Birthday" stamps and dies which Magnolia has just released).

On this card I used some of the awesome products one can find tin the Store, you will find direct links in this post, for that little "me-reward-I need that!" which we crafters like so much!

Tilda is coloured in distress reinkers, and when it was dry, I had some fun with my white gel pen, doing various accents for the image to pop out more.

Products used in the card: 

Paper: Magnolia, from past collections

Stamps: Farmer Tilda, postal round stamp, Stempelglede for the edge grunge designs, Sugar Pea Designs for the sentiments on the tags

Magnolia and other paper flowers, lace, pearls and rhinestones, pin and beads

From Magnolia-licious Store (other than the stamp, for which I already provided a link in this post):

The sun die: My Doo Hickey Kit Vol 10 "Buzz buzz" (which is on a VERY good sale price for all those dies included).

Leaves die: Parsley and Rocket Salad die (right now it's unavailable in the Store, but you can ask Shawn for it)

Lace Mathilde (20 mm) - the one at the bottom of the image

Treasure Chest charm 

(Other dies used in this card include Sizzix (tag die) and Nellie Snellen dies)

Let me point out to you that now at MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS you can also find Maja 6x6, Lemoncraft and Pion Papers, Foamiran (so many beautiful colours to choose from!) and all you need to do beautiful flowers for every occasion: Rosy Owl dies, stamens, centres etc... among so many more beautiful products... Take a look!!

These are the mini tags I inserted at the side of my card, for that soft touch. I also embellished with some rhinestones, pearls, lace and washi tape. They are distressed with Faded Jeans ink.

"You are my sunshine!" ☺ the gorgeous sun die, which I think captures the eye and gives dimension.

I hope you liked the card and that you got inspired to try these products yourself... come'on! Admit that you "need" them!! :)

Some challenges for this cute little Farmer:

Midweek Magnolias - ATG
Marvellous Magnolia- Summer
Magnolia Forever - Summer
All About Magnolia  - All About Summer
Card Mania Challenge - Summer fun
Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog  - ATG
Come and Get it Challenges - Summertime
Fab n Funky Challenges - Use patterned paper
Pile it On challenge - Primary colours and/or something beginning with "s"
Making Memories - anything but square

Wishing you lots of happiness and fun, but do not forget to thank the Lord for all He provides you, even during these summer months. Blessings sent your way!


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Mo's DT Blog Hop - A special Surprise Hop for Mo's Birthday!

Hi everyone!!!

Today we are doing a Surprise Birthday Blog hop in honour of Mo's Birthday πŸŽ‰  to wish her the very best.


The image we are featuring today is Mo's favourite: "Look, Ma!", the boy version, and you can find this digital stamp on mo's Store HERE .

If you are following the hop's order, you should have arrived from Julie's Blog  If you just happened to visit me first, you can start from the beginning of the hop from Debby's Blog .

Now about the card...

Seeing that this particular image is done with the pencil technique, I decided to do some free hand doodling myself, adding a "scene" behind the image. To colour my scene, I used watercolour pencils, to add a safe road where this little cute kiddo can learn to ride his bike without the training wheels :)

I used some Maja "Life by the Sea" papers, as some of the papers are awesome for male cards, with  the blue shades and patterns. I also paper pieced the boy's zip up with one of the papers as well.

But as you can see, I let the stamp take the main focus, adding only some ribbon, and some stars to the card. I hope that you like it, and that you continue to hop around, seeing what my amazing Dream Team mates have created with this cutie!

The sentiment was a free digi from Create with TLC... I immediately wanted to pair it with this stamp.
To continue hopping, you can now go to Kaly's Blog, I am sure that she also has a wonderful creation to share with you :)

Since you can't have a hop without prizes and because its a Birthday hop we have 3 prizes of $5 so you can buy Mo's Favourite image too.
To be in with a chance to win all you have to do comment on the team's Blog Hop post as you
Hop Skip Jump along

And to dearest Mo.... wishing you an AWESOME Birthday dear!!! I hope that you are specially Blessed, today and always xxx Big hugs sent your way, and enjoy your day!!!

Challenges for this cute little spunky guy:

Crafty Sentiments  - Clean and simple...

Anything Goes with a Create with TLC sentiment challenge - Challenge 12

Craft Heaven Shop Challenge - Summertime

Fussy and Fancy Challenge - Celebration (this for Mo's Birthday)

Friendship challenge - Summer, sun, beach and sea

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge  - July challenge

Many Blessings sent your way

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Ragged Winnie

Hello everyone!!

Just a quickie post today to let you know that it's time for another Mo's Digital Pencil challenge :) 
And for some inspiration and encouragement for you to participate, I decided to make a Christmas tag today! 


This tag features the awesome stamp Ragged Winnie, and I used the pre-coloured version, available HERE to show you how awesome it looks. It is fab if you are in a hurry to complete a card, tag or anything for that special person. In fact Mo has two versions of this one: a pre-coloured and a normal outlined stamp for you to colour or paper-piece according to your liking. 


Let me remind you that our challenges are now over on  Mo's Digital Pencil Challenges over on Facebook and it's time for our July challenge today!! 
Don't forget!! entries will only be accepted on Mo's Digital Pencil Challenges over on Facebook , and the same rules which we had on the Blog apply also here!! 


Playing along is still super simple! If you are not a member of Mo's challenge page already, pop in on this link and 'like' the page (make sure you click to get the notifications too so you don't miss anything!). Find our current challenge post, ( this post will be bumped daily for you all so easy to find) and add your make in the comments below the challenge post.

Anything Goes with a Mo Image

                             Winners prize: a $5.00 voucher for Mo's online store.

Remember to follow Mo's Challenge Rules ...
use at least one Mo Manning image...
NEW creations only! (No back linking)...
And, please, only ONE entry per person!


I have paper pieced Winnie for greater effect, after printing her directly on the patterned paper. It is difficult to show you the layers, but I love how she turned out! Please if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. I usually reply to every comment left here. 





I created the snow effect using Gesso. I left it as raw as I could, to make it a bit natural looking, giving the snow a small amount of diamond sparkle with Stickles.


ABC Christmas challenge  - New Reindeer die and Old paper Wassail Basic Grey

Crafty Calendar Challenge  - Anything Goes

Many Blessings sent your way... 

Oh how I wish we had some cool and refreshing wind these days here in Malta. Some fun fact about this small island in the heart of the Mediterranean - it NEVER snows here!!! :)  For some it might be good news, but I do wish it does sometimes. We get only hail. Bye for now xxx 


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Heavenly Tilda - Lollipop Card

Hi awesome crafters and friends!! 

It's first Tuesday of the month, and that means that it is time for another Magnolia-licious Challenge #11 which is another "Anything Goes" challenge (with the option of Bows). 

This time I did my first lollipop card, and I can say that it was really fun! I wanted to try this for some months now, and wanting to use my cute Heavenly Tilda stamp, which you can find HERE, I decided to give it a go.

I colored her with Distress reinkers on Langton watercolour paper, and teamed it with Maja Sofiero paper (Exuberence of flowers in bloom)  and another single 12x12 paper which I had in my stash. I used this paper to make the rosette in the back of my card. 

I did the flowers (using punches) and the die-cut hearts from the same Maja paper and added some cute and romantic embellishments here and there, without overdoing it. I just love how it turned out.

You can see the subtle hint of sparkle which I did with some Stickles, isn't she cute? I just love these "small" stamps, and they are quite easy to colour. 

Supplies I used for this card: 

Stamp: Magnolia
Papers: Maja Design Sofiero and another paper
Other supplies: Distress Reinkers, paper doily, pink ribbon, string of pearls and white ribbon flowers, small pink clothespin, Stickles, flat back pearls, patterned drinking straw 

I hope that you join in the fun at Magnolia-licious challenge blog, and you'll be in a chance to win not only a $20 Gift certificate to spend at the store, but also to be our next Guest Designer. Why don't you pop in there and check out the cute DT makes that were prepared to inspire you to share with us your talent? I wish you all a wonderful week! 


All About Magnolia  - summer 

Marvellous Magnolia  - summer 

Magnolia Forever - summer

Lovely Hanglar or Sweet magnolia  - anything goes

Craft Heaven Shop  - summertime 

The Sketchy Challenges - [sentiment, image, die cuts[ AND [favourite colours, image, flowers] 

Dies R Us - Layers

Blessings xxx 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Sending you Hugs, and Flowers

Hi! Me again today, but this time to share with you a card I did for Mo's Digital Pencil DT. 

This features the fabulous image Best of the Bunch, a stamp you can instantly purchase from the online Store. This cutie really melts your heart; I fell in love with the image as soon as I saw it on Mo's FB page. 

I coloured the image using Copic markers, and teamed the image with some beautiful Marianne Design papers "Country Style". I think the papers' lovely colours make the stunning image pop out more. 

I used some dies and punches to give the card a particular touch, and I honestly love the final  result.

Supplies used:  

Dies: Spellbinders, Nellie Snellen
Other supplies: border punch, lace, paper flowers, self-adhesive flat baked pearls, bling, round sentiments stamp, glossy accents on the girl's boots

Distress ink Worn Lipstick was used to distress many of the layers' edges.

I hope that at your part of the world it is less hot that we are here! The fact that Malta is a tiny island, it gets quite humid and hot every summer. But this month, the temperatures are more than 5 degrees higher than June's normal temperature levels. 

Tomorrow it will feel like 40 degrees and over, and UV is 11+. I wish I could have a remote control to make summer fast forward :) I know many people love summer, but I cannot count myself with this group, sorry!! :) 

And of course, this is the inside of my card. That's all for today from me! 


Deep Ocean Challenge - lots of layers

Crafty Sentiments  - Anything goes

Sweet Stampers Challenge  - Dies or Punches

Wish you all well, my dear ones


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Art Journal Page for today

Hi special peeps from all over the continents!!  πŸ’–

I hope that you are doing well, and that you are not feeling like a melting ice-cream, just like I am!!! :) lol  
I so wish this hot and humid weather shoos away asap; it gives me so much a lethargic feeling, and I really hate that!!

Enough of my rant! Today I am posting for Magnolia-licious Store, and I will be sharing with you something different which we can do with our lovely Maggies (Magnolia stamps) and other fun stuff that you can buy from the Store. We all have loads of fun stuff to use, especially when it comes to Art Journalling. You can also use things you find at home, in the craft room and in the stationery boxes or drawers.

In fact, I used a couple of older stamps from Magnolia and things I have to create this fun journal page.

I started to create my own background using Gesso, and then Ranger Distress inks. As soon as I was happy with the blended colours, I added splashes of water first, then blue and gold splashes for some fun.

Next step was using Tim Holtz stamps for some grunge flowers and a hint of music notes in some places. Those grunge flowers reminded me somehow of the designs the gates of castles and other majestic buildings often have, so I felt it went with the theme I wanted to create.

Using a Tim Holtz die, I used the die cut instead of a stencil to create the same effect, it is nice to be spontaneous and accept that you cannot own every crafting goody that exists :)

The quote that I wanted to highlight is the following:

"I am a citizen of a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, 
a child of a King with no limitations" 

For this project I used the 2013 Once Uopn a Time "Sweet Cute Tilda" and  the 2013 Little Circus Moscow Collection "Moscow Cathedral," which I have just won from a couple of Magnolia challenges. I used the top part of the Cathedral, imagining it was a part of a castle instead:) 

In this picture you can also notice in white gel pen the Biblical quote I had in mind while doing this art joural page, which is 2 Cor. 6:18:"and I will be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Stickles were used on the castle, and a tiny bit of Tilda's dress. 3D gold paint on Tilda's crown - it definitely made it pop, In this photo you can see the glossy accents I used on the crown I placed above the letter :I", a crown which I cut from part of a patterned paper. 

I hope that you like it, and that I inspired you to try something new and get out of the comfort zone. I still have much to learn to make more art journal pages, but thanks to Vicky  I am learning new techniques and encourage myself to get out of my comfort zone more often. 

Thank you for joining me here today - Let me remind you of two things: 

1. That in Magnolia-licious you can grab some, or a lot, of stamps from previous Magnolia Collections (and other brands) at a very good price - go and check them out NOW .

2. A special offer is on until the 3rd July at the Store! In Shawn's own words: 

"Magnolia-licious Store is delighted and thrilled to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday by offering all orders made from June 30th - July 3rd, 2017 to all Canadians
This will work by everyone selecting cheque/money order option when placing their order. I will then convert the US invoice over to Canadian Dollars, then personally send each individual a PayPal invoice reflecting the changes in price.  

I will be using Google Currency to convert US funds to Canadian funds."

Supplies used: 

Distress inks: Feathered Peacock, Dusty Concord, Wild Honey, Victorian Velvet

Script: Computer generated, Basic Grey Stickers (the word Kingdom), HOTP, 
Alphabet tiles, Making Memories faux wooden letters, Artemio alphabet stamps 

Stamps: Magnolia, Tim Holtz

Dies: Tim Holtz set

Other supplies: Rhinestones, Stickles (Diamond and Crystal), White gel pen, #D Gold Paint, Glossy Accents 


Some challenges for this page: 

Midweek Magnolias - Butterflies and/or Bees 

Paradise of Magnolia  - Anything Goes 

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes 

Creative Artiste Challenge  - Anything mixed media goes 

Many Blessings sent your way! Smile, and enjoy life!!! 

Rosette xx