Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Scene for my Daughter

I created a very large Christmas scene for my daughter.  I sure hope this will brighten her holiday season as she has been hospitalized in Florida since the end of November.  She is improving, but was not at a point where her medical team felt she could safely fly home to New York for Christmas.  Her sister went down on December 24 so she wouldn't be alone.  She'll leave for her home on the 30th or 31st.

So here goes - there are a lot of pictures so you can have a really good look at what I did.
I made an easel card adding an extension that folds up from both sides and then to the easel base.  The top folds down like a normal easel card.  It's much harder to explain than to just show the pictures.

This is the left panel. I used one house from Edwin's Town, Mini Snowy Hugs, Tilda with Jolly Wreath, Winter Forest cut apart, Large Sled and Jolly Tilda.  I used stiff clear plastic to get the figures to stand up.  I glued cotton ball bits around the bottom of the figures to look like they were standing in snow.  Liquid Applique was use on the figures for snow and fluffy hatbands.  I also dotted Stickles on the trees for lights.

This panel is on the right side.
Stamps used on this side are Winter Forest cut apart and decorated, Rufus, Wishful Chair, Santa Edwin and Post Bag of Love Letters - if you look closely you can see they are really letters to Santa!

Santa's hatband and cuffs are Fun Flock Cotton Ball White.  The trees are decorated with Liquid Applique and Stickles.

This is the center panel with the easel background.  I covered the background with Sparkly, Chunky Glitter Glue containing stars and snowflakes.  Stamps used are the other 2 houses from Edwin's Town, Mini Edwin on Sled, Winter Lamp Post, another tree from Winter Forest, Tilda with Coat and Hood, Tilda with Dress Coat, Cozy Tilda and Edwin in Winter Sweater sitting on the New Bench.
The lamp post, bench and tree have Liquid Applique snow on them.  All the figures have cotton ball "snow" at their feet.  Edwin's hat was actually trimmed from a Tilda (?)  and glued to his head.  It really looks pretty cold to be outside with no hat!
The Christmas tree was decorated with brad candy canes, a star, round brads and some Stickles.
Now that you've read all of the above babbling, here is a picture of the whole scene.
I wanted to have this very large so you could easily see all the scene.  Sorry about Rufus being on the side bar.  All of the figures fold down - some forward and some backwards.  I folded the center panel first, put a piece of plain paper over them, then then folded down the right side, then the left and finally the center panel with the scene on top.  The folded card was tied together with a blue ribbon with silver snowflakes on it.
I worked on this for 2 days just getting the figures where I wanted them and adding the final embellishments.

It probably took me another 3 or 4 days to color and cut out everything.  I sure hope she likes this!!

Here you can see how I have the figures standing on the left side.

Here is the right side.

This is an overhead shot. 
I hope you have enjoyed a journey to Tilda and Edwin's Christmas wonderland!

Thanks for stopping by and saying Hi!


Card and keychain for a wonderful postman

This will be a very short post.
The postman who delivers all my packages, junk mail and bills is just an angel!  If it's raining, he will meet me part way to his vehicle.  If it's really cold out, he is willing to get out of his vehicle and bring the packages to the door for me.  What a pleasure it is to have a considerate mail carrier!

So I made him a special Christmas card this year featuring Lightening Edwin and attached a bookmark and keychain with the same Edwin on them.

I have no idea what Copic colors I used as I was doing several cards at the same time and had at least a third of my markers spread all over my work area.

The keychain was done on Shrinky Dink Frosted Ruff and Ready plastic and "shrunk" using  my heat tool.  They were very fun to make and everyone loved them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Too Much Time on My Hands

My husband has decided that I have too much time on my hands.  Oh, if only.....!  I have purchased some of the Mini Magnolias and really LOVE them!  They are just too cute. 
If you remember, in the Fun in the Summer Sun Magnolia Ink magazine there was a tutorial on making charms using Shrinky Dink plastic and Magnolia images. Hhhhmmmm - Mini Maggies - shrink plastic Maggies !?!     WELL ----  here are mine!!

I don't wear much jewelry and especially not bracelets, so I turned mine into keychains!!

When I showed my hubby, he remarked that I really did have too much time on my hands if I could make these.

The charms have Glossy Accents on them so they were difficult to photograph.  This is the third pic I took and the least glaring of the three. 
These were quite fun to make, really easy and fairly quick.  I made matching bookmarks and attached the keychains to them.  I have already given several away with Christmas cards.

So what do you think?
Thanks for stopping by and having a look!


December Mingle from Janet Berezowecki

Here is the gorgeous December Mingle card I received from Janet Berezowecki.

Everything is such pretty pinks!  Janet added liquid pearls around the burgundy oval and on the Tilda's Doily.

The centers of the pink flowers on the background paper are all glittery and sparkly. 
Tilda is colored just beautifully.
Thank you so much Janet.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Christmas Cards Galore!

ETA: The Tilda and Edwin Ice Skating card was originally made by Rene.  You can view her card at
Thank you, Rene, for letting me know.  I loved making that card!

I was invited to attend a Craft Show and Sale yesterday, December 4, at Odosagih Bible Conference in Machias, NY,which is about 50 miles from where I live.  So I spent most of the last two weeks or so frantically making Christmas cards.  Of course most of them featured Tilda and/or Edwin.  There are three that are more traditional designs for those who don't know and love Tilda and Edwin as we all do!
This will be a long post as there are several cards.  I made 6 to 8 of each design. 
OK, so here goes --
Tilda and Edwin didn't let the intense snow fall the last few days keep them from enjoying some playtime on their sleds.

Stamps I used are:
Winter Night Background
Edwin on Sled
Winter Day Background
Tilda with Sled

I used a very generous amount of Liquid Applique to add snow to the scenery trying to make it look like western New York.
All coloring was done using Copic Markers. (If I listed all the markers I used, this post would be very, very, very long.)
The iridescent snowflakes came from AC Moores or Michaels and have been in my stash forever.
They are mounted on other flakes punched with Martha Stewart Arctic Snowflake and cut from DCWV Glimmer paper.  The layers are held together with glue dots.

The dp's are from a DCWV Christmas Stack from a couple years ago.

And did you notice?  No flowers on these two cards!!  I only made four each of these.

 Stamps used on this card are:
Snowy Circle Background
Large Sled
Tilda Santa's Little Helper

I put Fun Flock Cotton Ball White on her hat brim and Liquid Applique on the pompom.
The snowflakes were cut using the MS snowflake punch and I added some large gemstones to the centers. They looked bare with nothing in the center. The poinsettias are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The dps from the same DCWV stack. The ribbon is from AC Moore or Michaels.

Don't Tilda and Edwin look like they are having soooo much fun?  I especially like this stamp.
Stamps used on this card are:
Tilda and Edwin on Ice
Park/Pond Background

I copied someone else's idea for this card, so if it's yours, please let me know so I can give you credit for a funtastic idea!!
The background stamp was not wide enough for a 5-1/2 inch card, so the trees were trimmed from a second image and the glued in place under Tilda to hide the cut edge.  Then I extended the curved pond outline.
The snowflake is the same MS punch with 2 flakes held together with a silver brad. All coloring was done with Copics. The skate blades were done with a silver metallic marker. Ribbon is from the stash.

This card idea was copied from Kylie of Kylie's Kraft Room. Thank you so much, Kylie, for such a cute card.  I really LOVED making this one.  It was much easier than I had anticipated.  I cut the star from a tablet back using my Nesties Star die then covered it in a very generous coating of Gold Stickles - another idea from Kylie!  I put gold Dew Drops at the corners of the image panel.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the ribbon from my stash, the papers are from the DCWV Shimmer Stack,  Christmas Stack and SU Handsome Hunter.
Flying Angel Tilda was colored with Copics.

Lots of people looked at this card and were surprised when Tilda floated across the oval!

The inspiration for these two cards came from Norma and her fantastic tutorial for making them.

Vintage Tilda looks so ready to get her tree trimmed as she is patiently waiting for Edwin to get it set up for her.  Lucky for her the Holly Letter was there for her to sit on while she waited.
The sentiment is from SU Bells and Boughs. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The cardstock is SU Handsome Hunter, Real Red and Whisper White.  Coloring was done with Copics. 

Here is a closeup of the cards set up for display.  These are a very different take on the easel cards which I love to make.
Thank you again, Norma, for being so wonderful to share your cards and tutorial with all of us.

The snowflake is an SU stamp.  I used VersaMark to stamp the image and heat embossed it using SU Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  The shapes for the sentiments were cut using my Nesties Deckled Rectangles and Labels Four. People were really surprised when I showed them how to open the card to expose the jotting panel.

Poinsettia Swag card.  This is a really traditional card and I love the way it turned out.

The image is from SU's Bells and Boughs - love that set!
The base cardstock is SU Riding Hood Red layered with Deck the Halls dp and Crumb Cake cs.  The image is stamped on Whisper White and layered on Always Artichoke.  I sponged the edges of the image layer with Always Artichoke.  The sentiment was stamped with Riding Hood Red. The image was colored with Copics.  The ribbon and the rhinestone flower were from my stash.

This lantern stamp and the next hurricane lamp stamp came from Blue Ridge Impressions.  They have some very beautiful stamps and sentiments with Scripture verses.
The card and matching envelope were purchased a couple years ago.  The lantern was stamped on SU Whisper White and colored with Copics. The scalloped oval was cut from Handsome Hunter with my Nestie ovals.  The leaves were punched from DCWV Glitter cardstock using the MS Branch punch and attached using glue dots.
The sentiment was heat embossed using SU silver embossing powder.

This card was also a purchased set.  The hurricane lamp was stamped on SU Whisper White and mounted on Handsome Hunter.
Copics were the coloring medium.  The leaves were punched using the MS Branch punch from DCWV Glimmer cardstock.
The sentiment was heat embossed.  Not sure where that stamp came from, but it's nice for a more formal card.

Aaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!  Time for a rest.  So - now you know what I've been doing for the last two or three weeks !  It took me a couple hours to put everything away that I hauled out to make these cards.

I sold a few of the cards - not nearly what I had hoped to sell, but some vendors there didn't sell anything. 
I hope you've enjoyed your visit and maybe I've inspired some of you to make some of these cards. 

Have a blessed Christmas season!


November Mingle card from Marcia Duncan

Marcia Duncan sent me the cutest November Mingle card using Dreamy Tilda.  I love it!!!
Tilda is lying on a scalloped circle on two gorgeous designer papers.  The white cherry blossoms have Shimmerz on the petals and are so sparkley!
Here's a picture of my card.

Isn't she just the cutest thing you ever saw??

Thanks for looking

November BRAK cards

Hello again!  Hopefully things will settle down to a slow roar in my house!  Yesterday was the craft show and sale that I spent the last 2 weeks making cards to sell at.  More on that later and with pics of the cards!!

Here are pictures of the November BRAK cards I've sent out.  I don't remember who got which card, but they went to Karma Wood, Caroline Weir and Joanne Mullin.

I'm not sure what the third BRAK card was that I sent.  My very copious notes say "pop-up Tilda".  Good grief nearly every card I've made lately has been a "pop-up Tilda"! 
Someone gave me lots of pieces of advice about getting older, but I simply cannot remember any of them :(
Thanks for stopping by and try to leave a comment to help jog my memory!

Snowy Cheers and Hugs to Daughter!

Here are pictures of the card I made for my daughter.  She had to have some "repair" surgery done again.  She told me she loved Snowy and Snowy Hugs when she first saw then.  So to help cheer her up I made her an easel card with both stamps.  Here are the pics.  What do you think?

I really went wild with the Liquid Applique to add lots of snow effects to the card!
My granddaughter was having a not-so-good day, so she came down and made cards with Grammy! 
Here is her card for her mom:
Meg did a great job coloring her Tilda.  She took several graphic art classes so she already knew about light source.  Blending the Copic colors was a snap for her!
Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your busy holiday preparation time to visit.  I'd really enjoy a comment from you.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ann's Blog Candy

Check out the fantastic blog candy Ann is giving away.  Just click on the blinkie in my side bar or click on this link to her blog .  There are 2 give aways so that's double your chances!!


The Dudes - Riley and Sophie!

After leaving Him-icane Earl behind, Riley and Sophie head west, well out of the storm's path. 

Their continuing driving vacation has taken them to a real Dude Ranch (maybe in Texas) this time.

Things were really not what Riley was expecting!

 Riley really was not prepared for this!
 I think Riley has a valid point - a moose is a lot bigger than a horse.
 Here is a close up of Sophie on a horse.

I had a lot of cut-and-paste time in getting this picture so it looked like Sophie was riding the horse and that she looked a lot bigger than the horse.  Then there was getting that hat to look big on her!

Did you notice the hoofkerchief around Sophie's neck?

So off they go for a horseback ride along some beautifully scenic trails.

They had a rather uneventful ride and returned to the ranch.

The horses had to be groomed and wiped down after the long ride.

Riley just happened to look closely at the horse Sophie had been riding.

That girl just cannot leave well enough alone!

After the long trail ride, everyone was ready for chow!

Image how proud Riley was when he was allowed to help moose the grills for dinner!
But, like all very good things, summer was nearing an end and Riley and Sophie would soon be heading home and back to school.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing another adventure with Riley and Sophie!  Please leave a comment if you have enjoyed these whimsical flights of fancy of mine!


November Mingle to Robin Fulbrook

Robin Fulbrook - don't look if you want to be surprised!!
Here is the card I made.

The front was a very pretty fall paper I had in my stash.  The sentiment was stamped using a Kaleidacolor stamp pad in Autumn Leaves colors.  The ovals were cut with my Nesties and Cuttlebug.  Chocolate brown ribbon is from my stash.
 I tried to envision what my kitchen would look like on Thanksgiving morning.  There would be a pie or two cooling, a turkey baking in the oven and, of course, a basket of warm rolls!

The potatoes and corn are in the pots on the stove.

I used lots of stamps - Magnolia Apple Pie Tilda , Shelf with Kitchen Towels, Kitchen (cabinet in back), Stove and Oven Mitt, Tilda's Table, and Kitty Cat.The pie on the shelf, basket of rolls and turkey are Cornish Heritage Farms stamps.

Kitty's rug and under the table were cut using Nesties Petite Scallops dies. 
Here's a side view showing the images standing up.  I used clear plastic strips to hold them up.

This view shows the table and kitchen cabinet.
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have enjoyed the Thanksgiving kitchen scene.  Hopefully it brought back memories of pleasant times with your family and friends.