Magnolia Down Under challenge card.

Here is yesterday's card making effort.  I had a specific challenge in mind when I made this for a change. It's a recipe of 3 dp's, 2 buttons, and 1 ribbon - on Magnolia Down Under challenge #61.

I have used papers from Dovecraft. (star, hearts and dotty). 2 micro buttons from eBay, ribbon from Crafty Ribbon, sentiment from Craftwork Cards, and Image from a friend (thankyou Karen).

I would like to enter Tilda into the following challenges: Magnolia Down Under ,Aly's Sunday Sketch - Pretty in Pink Challenge, Oh Alice - girly theme, One stitch a a time - girly, Bee Crafty - Anything goes, Stampin' for the weekend - Anything goes ,Christmas Stamping - Anything but Christmas, Sarah Hurley - monochrome


New cards

Here is part of the stash I ordered today. The card shape is new for me, but I love it. This card is very plain and simple - Lili of the Valley stamp I ordered from eBay. Craftwork cards cardstock, ribbon and sentiment. Flower from The Works.

I would like to enter this card (the blue one) into the following challenge: Totally papercrafts - Clean and simple.

Here is the finished Indian Tilda that I coloured a couple of weeks ago. I like the centre panel because the pattern reminds me of Bindi's. I know the strips are wonky, its my trimmers fault! Payday today so I'm hunting for a new Woodware one later. *enter smiley face here* LOL
Have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend everyone! Take care xxx


Paper piecing

After blog hopping and seeing lots of cards with paper peicing effects on, I decided to have a go myself. Spyder has a wonderful tutorial if you would like to try too. It's very easy and quite effective.

I love this fairy! She's so fun!!! She was a freebie from Beccy (she is available here). I was going to go with a funny sentiment but I decided she's ready to give a big hug instead.

I did make a mistake when mounting the striped paper behind - I wanted it to go horizontally, so I off set her so the fact that the costume matches shows up and not just blends in.

I stickled the outlines to her wings. (please excuse the wobbly line - it'll be ok when it's dry) :o)

Thankyou for looking, take care and have a nice day xxx


MSE card Swap

This is the card I made for Debbie (aka Paddingtondoo and Padster) for the MSE cardswap. It had a be a teddy on the front as Debbie adores bears. I had to place the sentiment inside as there didn't seem to be room on the front. It said - 'Just saying hi' which is exactly what the little mouse looks like he is saying (in my opinion anyway. LOL) The image was a digi freebie, sorry, I can't remember where from at the moment but I could always check if you would like to know. :o)
And this is the card I received this morning. Isn't he cute? I love this card - Thankyou Debbie, it is wonderful!


Red and Green - MSE Challenge

This is my entry for the MSE Challenge with the colours red and green. I hope it's ok. I have added ice stickles to the fur of the coat and silver stickles to the swirls on the design.
I would also like to enter it into the following challenges: A spoonful of sugar and Diecut dreams Christmas club - Tilda in Red.

Tilda riding her bike

I think I am finally getting it, whatever IT is! I'm really pleased how this card came out.
I did have a struggle though, it wasn't easy at all. I had run out of double sided tape, and picked up a different brand. The one I usually use, allows me to reposition (with care) if done within a few seconds - the one I purchased I could stick myself to the ceiling with it, upside down if I wanted. There is absolutely no room for error. That's where you put it - that's where it's staying!!!
Anyhow, enough of my waffle...The background image is one I purchased off ebay. The Tilda image is from Karen (Flourgirl), she stamped me some images (thanks again). I couldn't wait for the background to come, so I could use her. The DP is from MME spring collection (free with magazine). My trimmer can't cut straight (I so need a new one!) so I ended up ruining the last of the aqua cardstock meant to back the garden image on, so I cut another white piece and coloured the border in Promarkers - you would never tell it isn't right. I will remember that one for future use when I haven't got the correct cardstock. I told you I struggled! LOL. Then I edged the white mulberry roses to co-ordinate, and edged the Craftwork Cards sentiment too.
Wow - that was a long post. Sorry to bore you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenge: Wild Orchid challenge - One for the girls.


Thank you card

My postman brought me a lovely thank you card today. It is from Karen (aka Flourgirl) who won the Tilda blog candy. Karen it is gorgeous - thank you soo much. I am so excited, I've only ever received hand made cards off the kids.


Chinese Tilda

Chinese Tilda - I made this, this morning. I love the writing and the cherry blossom DPs. These are mounted on black Kanban card (unlike yesterdays which was navy) to try and make her hair not quite so stark!

I did make a mistake though - and try and fit her in a nestie - it will fit, it will fit. I cut her out and chopped of some of her hair, only some mind. So this is Chinese Tilda Mark II. :o)
I have been a busy bunny and coloured these in too! I've got to make the most of the peace and quiet while the kids are still in bed. I haven't made these up as I'm at a loss as to which sort of backing paper and emellishments to use. Ideas anyone? I would me most grateful.

Japanese Tilda

This is the card I made today. I quite like the more unusual Tildas just as much as the more popular ones.

This is an easel card. I have rounded off the corners to the card too, to add a touch of softness. The Kanban card the DP is mounted on is a dark blue denim colour to pick up the exact shade of blue in the oriental pattern.

The photo is not too clear due to the artificial lighting (it's 9.30pm). It looks brighter and fresher in daylight.

This card is one I completed at the weekend. I saw the papers which are especially themed for a dog, and had to make it.

The image is from my new Sugar Nellie stamp. The sentiment is from Craftwork cards (I have coloured the edge with promarker) and the ribbon is from Dunelm.

Although I had everything co-ordinating, for some reason, I'm not very happy with it - I made the top section bigger and almost embellishment free so you can read the text, but I think I should have done the stripy section deeper. :o(


And the winner is.................................

1. Tomsmom
2. Flourgirl
3. Gemma
4. Crafty Granny
5. Scatty Jan
6. Uma
7. Dragonllew
8. CT19720
9. Rainmac
10. Fifi Folle
11. Happy Days
12. JLJ Designs
13. Card Making Nut Jo
14. Marg
15. Angie

The winner chosen by Random.org on 15/08/10 @ 9.00pm is.......................................................

Very well done Flourgirl. Thankyou to everyone who entered - you have all given me so much inspiration!

Julie xxx


Before I go any further, I would like to thank all the ladies on the M.S.E. forum for their helpfulness and invaluable advice. THANKYOU.

I now have five things I have to do.

~1~ Thank the person who gave it to me. Thankyou Jennie (AKA The Wife). I was so surprised.
~2~ Paste the award on your blog. Done! It's the lovely picture above.
~3~ List three things I like about myself. I adore my family and am terribly proud of them. I have had past troubles but they made me who I am now. I would help anyone in need of it. Sorry it's boring but that one was hard!
~4~ Post a photo you love. I know I should have posted a photo of both my girls but even Emily will approve of my choice. Below is the famous Elysia (of elysia2003) posing as if she's Britain's next top model!

~5~ Tag five people who you would like to have this award ~ I have tried to give this award to people who haven't had one yet. I wish I could have given everyone one!
1. Fifi Flutterby Fififolle
3. Kelsmakes KMS26
5. The crafty OAP Artydoll
Thankyou all so much for going the extra mile in helping me, and also giving me much needed inspiration xxx


New Home card

Here is today's card. I cheated a little, the decoupage came in a kit with the backing papers and sentiment, but I chose my own K&Co DP instead. I also mounted the sentiment on some turquoisey green card. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and the pearls are ones from my stash.



Following my error in purchasing two Magnolia Tilda stamps with the same design. I have decided to give one to the lucky winner of this competition.

The theme is bling - I am having trouble blinging up my cards and they are too plain. I would like some inspiration from all you clever people. Please copy and paste the URL in your comment so I can find your card. Oh, and don't make a card especially. Just choose a card that you are particularly proud of, that has lots of sparkle etc. :o)

I would never be able to choose a winner, I couldn't! I will put all the entrants names in a hat and Elysia will pick one out.

The name will be drawn on Sunday evening at 9pm.
Be Lucky!
Julie xxx

Cross stitch

After saying in my profile that I love all crafts, so far on my blog I have only made cards!
Here is today's project. I have two of these on the go. They were started 18 months ago, and I'm fed up of seeing them uncompleted. They both need to be personalised with name, date of birth, and weight, then ironed, and properly mounted. I will have to post them to the recipients too. Working out the spacings of the letters is the fiddly bit that takes the time. This is why they haven't been finished - I'm not keen on that.
Hopefully, seeing this here will give the oomph to do it at last! LOL


I must had a flash of inspiration yesterday, and I made four cards! The one above was a freebie image (the seller put in some extra's to tempt me to buy more LOL). I had coloured the image first and then found the perfect DP in my stash. Talk about lucky! I just need to add a sentiment - something along the lines of - It's your birthday, take it easy! :o)

My first Christmas card - woohoo!
I'm not to happy with this card now I'm looking at it on the screen - It does look better IRL. I received a set of Daisy & Dandelion decoupage, pyramage and stickers and peel off's from my eldest daughter Emily (19) for Christmas. I covers all the holidays - birthdays, halloween, Christmas etc, so I've had lots of fun with it. I'm just not too happy with the Paper Cellar DP's. They are just too busy! I used silver stickles on the wand and halo, and crystal ice stickles on the wings.

Baby cards

Here are two baby cards I made yesterday. I purchased the images from eBay.

The Dp for the girl one is Rose Garden from Papermania. The card is from Coredinations. I can't think of the maker of the sentiments sorry. I bought a big variety selection from QVC. The butterflys were from The Works - £1 for 8 (bargain!)

This card is as above but the DP is K&Co.

(I had asked the ebay seller to stamp them in mememto, but she obviously forgot. This is the reason for the slight smudging to them.)


Yesterday's cards

Here are the cards I made last night. I haven't done any all week due to the kids and trying to decorate at the same time. I was literally itching to do some. The card above was quite a struggle to do. I had worked out the image and the colours to use, yet it morphed from a 7 x 5 card into an easel card midway. I'm pleased with the results though. You can just see the glitter card (a home bargains find) and it blends perfectly as the glitter has just the tiniest hint of green too it, picking up the green in the embellishments and the flower.

I like the fresh summery colours of this one. The prima flowers were purchased from ebay and arrived on the morning, hence, I couldn't wait to use them. This is the first time I used the cuttlebug to actually emboss the card. I usually emboss the matting etc. I hope it has turned out well.

Elysia's first harvest

Every year we grow strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes etc, and we never see them because Elysia picks them off the plant and eats them there and then. No sharing!

This year, we decided to give her her own vegetable plot to grow her own. Although she eats more veg than the average 7 year, It was hoped it would encourage her to eat some, that she doesn't like.

We planted peas, tomatoes, and lettuce (that she likes) and also, runner beans, onions, and peppers that she doesn't. Here is a photo of her first bean harvest. I hope you don't mind me showing you - she is so proud!