Monday, 1 September 2014

Magnolia-licious DT Autumn Blog Hop

 Good morning and welcome to the Magnolia-licious Autumn Blog Hop!  If you've arrived here from the amazing Barbara's blog then you're on the right track.  If not, then you might want to pop to the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog to start the hop from the beginning as there are prizes along the way!
OK, let me tell you about what I have made for the hop.  A wonderful friend of mine gave me the link to this wonderful pumpkin made from a book.  Thanks again sweetie!  The original idea was that Tilda would sit on the pumpkin or something but I didn't anticipate the pumpkin would be so large!  I have, therefore, also decorated a bag of bonfire toffee to go with my autumn decoration.  I'm going to make a couple of smaller pumpkins to go with this one though as everyone thinks it is amazing and I really am a groups of three kind of person lol.  I didn't quite stick to the tutorial for my pumpkin as I have inked the edges of my pumpkin with 'Spiced Marmalade' Distress Ink before I shaped it into the pumpkin. 
 You've probably noticed if you're a regular visitor that I have started painting with Distress Inks again rather than colouring with copics, mainly because most of my copics have run out!  I have to say that this is my favourite piece of Distress Ink painting so far, I am rather pleased with the shadow behind Tilda.
 I've used gold Stickles for the sparklers that Tilda is holding.  They really do look very sparkly in real life!  I wrapped a piece of brown hessian ribbon around the bag before adding the Tilda tag for a rustic autumnal look.
 I punched holes in the top of the bag and tied it with some checked ribbon and lots of jute string from my stash, finished off with a sparkling chocolate coloured rose.
 Almost forgot the pumpkin's flowers!  I made these using Magnolia Doohickey Peony dies and natural coffee papers.  The fabric leaves are from Prima.
I hope you've enjoyed looking at my autumn creations.  I don't know about you but they make me want to huddle in front of an open fire with a cup of soup lol.  Now it's time to hop to my talented friend Barb's blog to see what she has created.  Good luck and thanks for looking! x

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Ribbon Girl DT - Magnolia Only Challenge - Add a Charm

 Good morning!  Today's card is for the Ribbon Girl Magnolia Only challenge.  Our theme this week is 'Add a charm'.  The paper I've used is from Magnolia.
 I've painted Summer Tilda with Flags using Distress Ink pads and added some white gel pen to her cheeks.
 All of the embellishments I've used are from The Ribbon Girl.  I've added a spot of paint to the starfish charm for a shabby chic touch.
 The lace flower is one I cut from the lace.  The twirl along the bottom of the card is a stamen twirl that I have stretched out.
 I've cut the pennant flags using the die from the Flag and Cloud Doohickey set and threaded them onto white button twine from The Ribbon Girl.
I hope you like it and I've inspired you to join us at The Ribbon Girls.  Pop over to the blog to see the rest of the team's stunning creations.  Thanks for looking! x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Magnolia-licious Challenge DT - Frilly, Lacey and Feminine

Good morning!  It is time for another Magnolia-licious challenge today and our theme is 'Frilly, Fancy and Feminine'.  I have used the gorgeous Summer Buzz Tilda for my card.
 I've painted her with Distress Ink Pads and used a white gel pen on her cheeks and to add little flowers on the grass around her feet.
 The stunning lace and flowers are from The Ribbon Girl.
 The cheesecloth and lace butterfly are from The Ribbon Girl too.  To make the butterfly stay in this position I have mounted it onto some acetate.
 I've also added a little sentiment tag along with more flowers together with a tulle and button twine bow.
I hope you like it and I've inspired you to join us at Magnolia-licious challenge.  Diana is sponsoring the challenge with a fabulous prize from the Magnolia-licious store.
 Why not pop over to the blog to see the rest of the team's stunning creations.  Thanks for looking. x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Magnolia Down Under Challenges DT - Favourite Magnolia Stamp

Good evening!  It is time for another  Magnolia Down Under Challenge and this week we'd like you to use your favourite Magnolia stamp on your project.  This used to be a tough challenge for me as there were several stamps that I loved but since Sneaky Tilda came out I am smitten with her and she is my all time favourite!
 I have painted her with Distress Ink pads and used a white gel pen to add the dots to her cheeks.  I painted the grass and flower background too after seeing Yulis' gorgeous background.  Thank you for the inspiration Yulis!
 I have also used a Stempelglede stamp from the Postcard from Paris collection and painted that with Distress Ink pads too.
 All of the beautiful flowers are from The Ribbon Girl.
 The cheesecloth, lace, ribbon and pearl trim are also from The Ribbon Girl.  I stitched the ribbon down the centre and gathered it.
 The ribbon twine and lace at the top of the card are also from The Ribbon Girl and the charm is from my stash.
I hope you like it and I've inspired you to join us at Magnolia Down Under Challenges.  Pop over to the blog to see the rest of the team's stunning creations with their favourite Magnolia stamps.  Thanks for looking. x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Handbag from a skirt!

Today's project is one of the ones that I've been meaning to do for years!  When my little girl became too big for this gorgeous wool and felt skirt I couldn't bear to part with it.  I thought it would make a cute bag so kept it for the past four years in my craft room with the intention of altering it.
The skirt was lined so all I had to do was sew the lining together at the bottom.  I've also sewn some pink tutu trim from The Ribbon Girl into the seam so that it peeps below the wool outer skirt.
It's only visible as you move around with the bag but I think it looks really cute!
Next came the handle.  For this I've used some pink cotton ribbon from The Ribbon Girl and stitched it to the inside of the skirt with red thread for added interest.
 Of course, a girl needs a bag charm.  This one was made with a small bronze frame and cameo from The Ribbon Girl.  I've attached it to the bag with some Tim Holtz Ball Chain.  I've also added a magnet clasp on the inside of the waistband for the bag closure.
The bag in use!  Think I might have to borrow this creation if I can get my hands on it ever again, my little girl absolutely loves it!
Hope you like it and thanks for looking. x

Monday, 18 August 2014

Altered Basket

 Good morning!  I have another project to share that I've been meaning to do for a long time.  This basket sits on my craft desk and was plain straw with a blue pattern woven around it.  I've painted it with Gesso for a shabby chic look.
 I then wrapped a piece of rose print ribbon around it from The Ribbon Girl, followed by a string of pearls, also from The Ribbon Girl.
 The Melissa Frances frame and the gorgeous rose are also from The Ribbon Girl.
I hope you like it and thanks for looking! x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Altered Chocolate Box


I've been finding lots of time to undertake projects I've had in mind for months (years for some of them!) during the summer holidays.  Tonight I'd like to share a little chocolate box that I have altered.  The pink paper on the bottom of the box is the original box and I have covered the lid with some paper from Melissa Frances.
 I have added some pretty lace from The Ribbon Girl around the top of the box lid and some pretty pearl string, also from The Ribbon Girl, around the edge.
 I added some gorgeous pink tutu trim from The Ribbon Girl to the top of the box and then added a chipboard heart covered in some Prima paper on top of the trim.
 On top of the heart I've placed a gorgeous lace butterfly topped with a rose, both are from The Ribbon Girl.  I have mounted the lace butterfly onto some acetate so that the wings are stiff.
 You can see the pretty lace and pearl trim in more detail in the photo above.
I hope you like it and thanks for looking! x