Monday, October 6, 2008

My very own Magnolia!!

You knew I'd crack, didn't you??? You know I could live only so long on the Magnolia images my friends had sent me. I tell ya, I tried to resist. And I don't spend money easily. But I just had to have this cutie, & since I wanted her for Halloween I had to order NOW. And as long as I was getting this one, I had to get a couple others.....

I totally missed World Cardmaking Day on Saturday ~~ I was gone ALL day. SCS had quite the shindig, with challenges galore! One of them was a sketch challenge, & that's what I used for this card. I had another layout in mind, but when I saw the sketch I knew I had to use it instead. You can see all the SCS challenges for WCD HERE.


The orange pattern paper in the background is from Karen Foster. I bought it about a month ago ~~ just one sheet, for some reason ~~ & I have one itty bitty scrap left. The striped paper is from American Crafts, & that is almost gone too!! I did really well using up my fall papers!! I used Old Olive for the base, which is odd for me. I usually use my trusty Naturals White, but I'm almost out so I need to ration it. I also used Chocolate Chip paper, some Primas, that *wonderful* Martha Stewart branch punch which I've used on almost every card since I bought it, & 3 Dew Drops. The pumpkin is stamped twice, colored, embossed with clear glaze, cut out & popped on dimensional. At first I had used Michael's version of Crystal Effects on it, but I don't know if I have an old bottle or what ~~ it just hasn't been drying right. It takes longer to emboss, but I like that I don't have to worry about it drying!


I woke up to a fun surprise this morning. I won Diane Zechman's blog candy!!! In case you didn't know, Diane (aka Cookiestamper) just had her first stamp set released by CC Designs!! Diane is soooo talented, & I have been a fan of hers for a long time. In celebration of her first release, she was giving away her new stamp set to one lucky winner & somehow, I WAS THE LUCKY WINNER!!!! Click HERE to see her announcement, new stamp set, & her creations with that set. Congratulations, Diane, & thank you so much for my candy!!!!

In other news......I got my loaner sewing machine Friday night. It's an old Kenmore & it has no instructions. Luckily my friend who loaned it to me is a pro (she has *4* machines!!) & gave me a few lessons. I brought a spool of clear thread for the bobbin, so she filled that up for me (I'm pretty sure I'll have to have her come over when I run out ~ I'll never remember how to do it) & she proceeded to show me all the stitches & such. Yeah ~~~ I'm still going to be pseudo-sewing on my cards for a while!! I've been practicing, & I'm not doing too badly, but I know I'll choke when it comes time to do it on a real card. Scrap cardstock is one thing, a card is quite another. In fact, I'm going to have to have a plan of action. I think that if I'm sewing around an image, I'd better do that first and THEN color, because if I spend an hour coloring an image, only to sew around it crooked, I'll be very sad!! Thank you, Laura, for the loaner & the lessons.....hopefully I'll get my very own sewing machine soon (to go with my very own Magnolias!!)

11 comments:

Tammi said...

Michelle that's awesome, your first Magnolia!! Woohoo! And what a cute one, you made such an adorable card with her...I love the colors and the shiny pumpkin! And YAY on winning some blog candy...and your using a sewing machine too! Lots of fun things happening for you! Hugs, Tammi

Danni said...

This is so cute!! How fun!

Susan said...

that is a wonderful card love your blog

Tori Wild said...

OMB- she is SO cute... I wanted to get this one too, absolutely adorable and she is colored just perfectly!

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

OH you did a fantastic job with Tilda! I'm dying to know what others you HAD to get! *giggle* You should come over and play some day and I'll let you play with ALL my Magnolias if you teach me how to Prismacolour like you!!!!

Ila said...

Aww..she is just the Sweetest Michelle!! and I love the layout and accents!!...Congrats on winning
blog candy!!...Hugs, Ila
P.S...I never sewed around the image for ages...just the other layers....but even if it's not perfect..it still looks great!!

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Oh that's it Michelle, your not going to stop now! Your card is stunning and your colouring of this sweet Tilda is beautiful, I just love her pumpkin, Hugs, Nikki x

Ying Pang, said...

Michelle, your first magnolia is so cute!!!

Anonymous said...

OH YES.... Now this is what I'm talkin bout. LOL. That is what Cole says everytime he REALLY likes something. THIS is fantastic Michelle. I hope you upload it into the gallery for the color challenge today. It is all those colors. Awesome Job. I think I need to know where you got your little MAGS. I love them. They are my fav. Great job. Have an awesome day.
Dawn B.

CraftyC said...

What a gorgeous card, your colouring is fab!!
clairex

Dianne said...

This is so cute Michelle!!! I'm totally addicted to Tilda... I have this compulsion to have them all!! Good luck with the sewing!! Can't wait to see what you do..
Dianne

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