Spring Magnolia Stamps

I’ve had my Magnolia spring stamp kit for a while now, but I’ve been knitting so much on the shawl (which is now giant by the way) I’ve been neglecting most other things when I have free time. That includes laundry and cooking as well as papercrafting.

The other night, I decided I needed to colour a bit, so I made a few cards with the kit.




I just have to say that Robin Hood is one of my very favourite historical and/or fictional characters, and probably the first book character I ever had a crush on, so this stamp made me extremely happy.

Just some simple cards to get back in to the swing of things. This doesn’t mean I’m not still working crazily on the shawl… there is a deadline that I’ve set myself for that to be finished, and that’ll come up quickly.

Dotty Backgrounds

I think I’ve discovered my new favourite technique:


That background was inspired by Crissy Armstrong’s tutorial video on how she does her fabulous backgrounds (you can find  it here). I was made aware of the video by Happy Thoughts & Inkspots.

A rather large order from Paper Garden Projects arrived yesterday, 15 minutes before I had to head to work, so I was itching all day just to get back here and play with my new markers! I used BV04 &BV02 for the dress, and YR16, YR02, YR04, YR07, & YR09 for the dots. The thank you stamp is also from PGP. I love it, but the only purple ink I had was a dew drop-sized one, and inking that stamp felt more tedious than the dots! I loved doing the dots, I think I’ll use that technique a lot!


I really like orange and purple together!

St. Patrick’s Day

I realised that I should at least have a couple St. Patrick’s Day cards at the craft fair this Saturday (Whitehorn Community Hall, 9am-5pm, if you’re in the Calgary area!), so I whipped these up:


I bought the shamrock ribbon, and rhinestone shamrocks at Michaels. I just grabbed all my green papers and went to it. My favourite part is the grass I put on two of the cards:

Leprechauns! Leprechauns!

While at Michaels, I saw that Martha has a spring ‘Grass’ paper punch out. I am getting quite the collection of punches, so I opted not to buy (I felt so strong!). I came home and dug out my Martha Stewart ‘Icicle’ punch. If you punch it in green, and stick it on the card the other way up, it looks like grass! I sponged the grass for the two cards different colours, so it would blend nicely with each. I’ve used up all my shamrock bling, but I still have a ton of that ribbon.

My other favourite thing is how I cut the stem of Tilda’s shamrock so I could put it on either side of her hand, to make it look like she is hanging off it.

And lucky for me, All That Scraps is looking for St. Patrick’s Day cards! Stamp Something is also looking for green (and cream) on your cards.

Teal Tilda


Yet another challenge card – I find a few restrictions can really inspire my crafting – a couple rules are good! This challenge was a ‘recipe’ from Magnolia Down Under: you had to use 3 papers, 3 flowers, 2 buttons, and 1 bow. I decided to count the flowers in my paper – I’ve got poppies, lilacs in Tilda’s basket, and the daisies on the oval behind her. My three papers are the poppy paper, the oval behind her, and some fuzzy handmade stuff for the very bottom mat. Buttons are vintage, from my button jar, and the seam binding is from my vintage stash too.


I coloured her to match the papers as best I could, I just didn’t have the right grey-ish teal. One day I will own all 200+ Copic markers. One day. :)


The sentiment is actually from the googley-eyed fish stamp set I keep using. I thought it a bit of an odd choice, for fish stamps.

And for those who are despairing, I am still knitting. I’m on the second-to-last row of squares on my linen shopping bag. I got a fair amount done at work, but now work is over, and I’ gearing up for the craft fair, so I feel guilty if I’m not making cards! I think tomorrow or Friday I’m going to do a test set-up on my kitchen island. I haven’t done a fair in so long!

Tilda’s Easter Egg Hunt

I try not to save every tiny little thing that comes in to the house for ‘just in case’, but I do save somethings. Sometimes I even use them! Can you pick it out in this card?

Tilda Easter Egg Hunt

I suppose you’d only notice if you’ve bought Magnolia stamps, because the eggs on this card are cut from Magnolia’s packaging! I’ve been saving the little sheets, because I thought I wanted to use them to paper-piece a dress for Tilda. I still can, I have a few. :) I used the smallest sizes of my oval Nestabilities, and cut out the pink striped eggs. I also used some of the handwriting from the other side of the paper, and there are a few eggs with lacy borders.

Tilda Easter Egg Hunt

I’m also proud because both papers came from my scrap pile – I can’t remember where I used the blue dot, and the green print is actually the back side of a Christmas paper!

Tilda Easter Egg Hunt

The clouds and the little bubble around ‘Happy Easter’ are from a fabulous build-a-sheep set from Local King Rubber stamps. I wanted a cartoon-y Easter look, and I think I did very well at that. :) The card was inspired by the fact that Magnolia Down Under has an Easter challenge on right now, and the fact that my first craft fair is March 13th, and I have no Easter cards yet!

Today is the Day

Today is the Day

Today’s card was inspired by some old journaling tags that I bought  last year and haven’t yet used. Not sure why I bought them…. probably for use in my recipe scrapbook, but they’re much too small for recipes! I thought ‘Today is the day’ would make a great birthday card, for the Just Magnolia birthday challenge.

I also wanted to use this Magnolia stamp that I hadn’t inked up yet.

Today is the Day

I love the sunflower and her little tiered dress. I had trouble getting all the cross-hatching on the bottom tier to stamp properly, but it fades out naturally I think. I think someday I’ll use this stamp, but cut the sunflower off and have her holding a balloon or something else, I think it’ll be very versatile!

I also had a go at making some paper flowers – I punched these circles from an old, falling-apart book I have. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but it took a challenge from All That Scraps (book/newsprint) for me to do it!

Today is the Day

I just used brads for the centers; I think it would be nice to use some of my vintage button stash, but I couldn’t be bothered to find needle and thread when I was making them, I just wanted to keep going! One flower is just rounds, the small one I fringed with my scissors, and the other one I folded then rounded the corners to give a petal shape. I rubbed a gold inkpad around the edges so they’d have a bit of shine too.

I don’t usually decorate the inside of the cards, but I stamped Happy Birthday inside this one with red ink. I used a brown Spica glitter pen for highlights in Tilda’s hair, a clear one on the lace at the bottom of her dress, and yellow Distress Stickles on the centre of the sunflower.

Peeking through the window


I love combining stamps from different companies almost as much as I like combining papers from different lines. I decided that this window stamp from Local King needed someone peeking through it. I don’t have any people stamps except Tilda, so there she is!

I stamped the window in brown ink on to a kraft paper envelope that was in my scrap bin, then coloured it with Copics. The bricks are R27 with a bit of W00 for shading.


I inked up just the top part of Tilda with Bike, and stamped her in brown on white Copic paper. I coloured her red to match the bricks, and those red pears in the background paper.

The sentiment (seconds minutes hours days weeks I Miss You) is from Penny Black. I stamped it in brown on to some twill ribbon. It’s easiest to read from a distance, I wish I had a fine brown multiliner to touch it up, but I only have black.

Bliss in the kitchen

I wanted to use the other side of the pink kitchen-patterned paper that I used on this card.


I coloured in Kitchen Tilda to match the paper. I rarely do this, I usually colour images with no idea what I’m going to do with them, then try to fit them to papers.It is much easier to get a cohesive card when you do it the other way, though!

I broke down and finally bought some Nestabilities dies, and I have to say I love them. I bought the set of 4 oval sets, thinking they’d be the most versatile, and I love using them already. I have a Cuttlebug machine, and they go through perfectly.


The buttons are all vintage buttons from a jar I bought at an antique store, and the ribbon I coloured with a Copic marker so it would match too. The Blue button was a shank button, but I managed to break the plastic shank off with pliers so it would lie flat. The thread in the little turquoise button was already in it!

I’ve used the Sketch Saturday #90 sketch for inspiration, Magnolia Down Under wanted to see ‘Flowers, Buttons, & Bows’ on your card, and Simon Says Stamp wanted to see ‘3 types of embellishments, 2 patterned papers, 1 image’, so this is a 3-challenge card!


And yes, for the record, I do find baking quite blissful. Cooking dinners and meat? Not so much. I’d take cake or pie over steak any day.

Top Chef

After spending Monday making a fancy cake, I thought I needed to make a card with Chef Tilda. This isn’t a stamp I own, I received some stamped images in a prize from The Stamp Shoppe, and this was one.


I’m entering it in another Stamp Shoppe challenge, which is to make a card in ‘Swedish Style’. Magnolias are Swedish stamps, and there is a particular look to the cards in Magnolia magazine, but it’s a little hard to imitate without quite knowing exactly what it is. I think the secret is layers, ribbon, and flowers, which I have, but I do feel my card is still much more simple. I liked the pink kitchen-pattern paper though, so I let a lot of it show.


The spoon and the tag were cut from some of my oldest supplies – it was a sheet of various vintagey things.

I gave Tilda a gingham dress by colouring like normal, then going back with the colourless blender and drawing a grid of lines.

DSC03411.JPG I might have to purchase this stamp for myself – I love the whole line of kitchen/chef Magnolias.

Card Deja Vu


If you feel like you’ve seen this card before from me, you have! I made this card and wrote about it here on January 27th:


That original card was one of my first attempts at colouring a digital stamp, and well before I had tried photocopying my images so the ink wouldn’t run. I tried to turn the smudges in to eyeshadow, but it wasn’t enough to make me happy with it, so I just pulled her off the card.

The base has sat around on my desk since them, while I tried to decide what to do with it. I had ordered Tilda and bike on my last Stamp Shoppe order, and suddenly remembered this sentiment from a Local King stamp set. I thought it’d be great to put all 3 of these things together – the card has flowers all over it, Tilda has a bunch of flowers, it’s perfect! I think the sentiment shows love, even though it doesn’t literally have the word ‘love’ in it, so I’m submitting this to the Just Magnolia ‘Love’ challenge.


“If happy thoughts were flowers – I would send you a bouquet.”

Re-using this base got me thinking about my two favourite hobbies – knitting and paper crafting, and how we crafters go about stuff.

As a knitter, if I knit a sweater (or sock, or mitten, or anything) I didn’t like, I would probably pull the whole thing apart to reuse the yarn. It might take me a while to get up the courage to do it, but it is always a definite possibility in the back of my mind while knitting.

As I’ve been a knitter and hanging out with knitters online much longer than I have with papercrafting, I don’t know what stampers do in such situations. Just about every stamping blog I read (you can see my feed list here) has daily posts of perfectly lovely cards. Does anyone ever feel unhappy with their cards? Do they ever say ‘screw this one!’ and salvage what papers and embellishments they can?

I feel like with knitters you get way more of the ‘behind the scenes’ of the project. Then again, knitting a sweater can take months, and cards can be anywhere upwards of 5 minutes – but I think that’s a whole other set of musings about crafts.

Pink Lilacs

I bought a couple new Magnolia stamps from The Stamp Shoppe, along with my new issue of Magnolia Ink magazine (I think I may do a post on that later…). This stamp is Tilda with Lilacs.


Magnolia Down Under is having a pink & grey Magnolia card challenge, so I coloured the lilacs pink, and put Tilda in a simple grey dress.


I also decided to use this wonderful marbled paper I’ve been hoarding. It was in a pack of handmade papers I bought a while ago. The lace is vintage, from a lady’s sewing stash I found on craigslist a couple years ago. There are tons of colours of seam binding, and a fair amount of this lace in a few colours.

I found out Copic will be doing certifications in Calgary this April, but I’m working. sigh. I think I’m going to try to remember to take notes or photos of the markers I use – if only for my reference!


I know there’s a lot of talk about colour blending groups with Copics, making sure you use them in sequence: ie YG63, YG65, and YG67 are all increasingly darker versions of the same colour. I love mixing outside those groups though! For instance, I used two colours for Tilda’s hair: Y26, and E35. And even though Y26 is technically darker (the second number, 6, is higher than 5) I put it down first, then did shadows with E35, then blended out with Y26. It’s all about experimenting. I even blended a bit of RV13 (pink) into the ribbons on the end of her braids, which I coloured with C1, a grey! I just love colour. :)


I also love sticky-back pearls that come in a line – I don’t have to worry about spacing them out myself!

May Your Day Be Special


Just a simple card for the CPS sketch for this week. I haven’t had much time to sit down at my desk this past week – but work will certainly ease off to nice and leisurely by this Saturday. I’m very excited.

I used an orange card base, and two patterned papers I found in the sale section of the scrapbook store. I covered the join with a piece of Scor-Tape, then poured orange microbead glitter all over it. I like that the sentiment could be for any occasion, including every day!

Pink, Pink and Pink!


Another pink card with a heart! It’s that time of year, I guess. Not sure what I’m going to do with all these cards I’m making – I don’t correspond with enough people to use them all up. I also have a pile of Christmas cards that never got used, because P never sent out cards to his family. oops!

I’m thinking maybe putting them up in my Etsy store – although I’m undecided as to whether I should just put them up with the stitch markers, or start a new store…


For a different look, I stamped Tilda with ‘London Fog’ grey ink, and coloured her with pale markers, same with the roses (also a Magnolia stamp).


I dove into my scrap bucket for most of the papers – you can see the flourishes from another stamp peeking out here. I kept the main part pale, but wanted to add a pop with the bright pink ribbon. That ribbon was a freebie in a recent stamp order. I have exciting plans for those stamps that I’ll reveal sometime soon I hope. All the pinks make this card eligible for Magnoli-licious’ Pretty In Pink prize.

I could have masked the rose stamp on to Tilda, but because I have this habit of colouring images first, and making cards later, they are two separate pieces. I stuck them both to the heart frame before sticking the whole thing down with foam tape.


Again, I traced cookie cutters for the heart shapes.

Simple Love

After the adventures of yesterday, I needed to make something simple. I decided on a Valentine with un-traditional colours. Magnolia Down Under want to see a Valentine this week, so I used Tilda and put her in a blue dress.


I wanted it to be rich, so I chose a deep purple-y blue for the background. The hearts I made by tracing around some cookie cutters onto the back side of paper, the cutting them out. Tilda’s little corsage is about the same pink as the pink heart. The black and white one is more of that paper I love.


I used Stickles glittler glue to give her some fancy diamond earrings, and you can’t really see it, but I put Glossy Accents on her shoes to make them shiny.


Shabby Mini Edwin

The challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is ‘Shabby Chic’. I also decided to give myself a challenge of using I stamp that I haven’t ever used yet.


In my mind, shabby chic generally involves a lot more pastels and lace, but buttons and a woodgrain are definitely part of the aesthetic. I have been hanging on to that button-print paper for so long, I decided it was time I finally used it. The stamp is a mini Edwin that was part of the Winter 2009 Magnolia Stamp club. I didn’t want stark white on this card, so I stamped him in Rich Cocoa Memento ink on to some kraft paper.


This is actually from a kraft envelope – I wanted some kraft card bases, so I bought some the last time I was at Michaels. I bought flat cards by accident, so I’ve been using those up like they were regular cardstock. Now I have a pack of 10 envelopes to use up too!


I crumpled, ripped, and tore the diagonal panel, then glued it to a rectangle of white-with-red-dots paper that I’d already distressed with Tea Dye Distress Ink. Then I inked the button panel. The horizontal button panel I bent over the edge of my desk, then rubbed it with a nail file. I did that a few times at random angles to get those lines. Then I got out the makeup sponge and ink again (can you tell I stopped by Shoppers Drug Mart on my way home from work for some craft supplies?).


All the patterned paper is from Recollections – the button one is actually from a sock monkey series of papers. I just bought the buttons though. The real buttons are from my stash, and are tied with some sock yarn scraps. Sock yarn because I can’t find my cross stitch kit at the moment…. I really need a craft room with lots of desks and even more shelves.

Black and White Tilda

One of my favourite paper packs is Die Cuts With a View’s ‘Old World’ stack. I love the colours, the style of the prints, the slightly faded quality they have, everything. I got a chance to use two different papers from the stack on this card.


You can’t see a lot of the grey patterned paper – I have some leftovers to use on another card though, so I’ll make sure it is all visible on that one. The pink and grey colour scheme is from Cute Card Thursday’s challenge, and the sketch is from Papertake Weekly.

I coloured this stamp entirely with grey Copic markers. I used all the ones I have: C00, C1, C3, C5.


Work has been pretty crazy recently, but we’ve started working 12-8 instead of 10-6, so I actually have some daylight hours in the morning when I can take photos! Hopefully no more ‘sitting on the laptop’ shots for a while. I haven’t managed many more rows on my toe socks. I’m thinking I might make finishing them, and my Druid mittens my project for the Knitting Olympics.

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I’m hoping to have lots of Olympic knitting time, because the Olympics are Feb 12-28, and as of Feb 13, all my shows are open, and I don’t have to be at work until 6pm each day.

Green Tilda

I rarely colour my images the same day I make my cards. Most evenings after work I’m too tired to do much more than colour and cut out. It’s great for quick gifts, because I can just pull an image out of the little bowl and throw a card or tag together.

I had St. Patrick’s day in mind when I coloured this Tilda, but decided that she’d make a nice birthday card. It’s also Birthday week at The Pink Elephant, so it works with that challenge!


I stamped the Kraft background with one of the many stamps from that giant lot (Frank B. Mullett – Salal Branch) and used Oatmeal VersaMagic ink.

I pleated some patterned paper from a fall/thanksgiving pack from Making Memories, because that’s the monthly challenge at Just Magnolia this month. The little circle is some handmade paper I bought at my LSS – the pattern is shiny and raised up. It’s too deep to just be embossing powder – it’s almost like Glossy Accents glue, painted silver.


I found the ribbon in a bin at Michaels – it’s my favourite colour, and one of the most useful sentiments, I think! I also distressed the pleats a little with Gingerbread Versamagic ink. I just love the texture this card has in person.

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Valentine Tilda

This is another stamp from the 2009 Winter Magnolia club kit. I think this Tilda is great for any occasion!


The rusty-looking cardstock is from DCWV’s Old World 8×8 pack, and I have to say that I love every single paper in there. I almost want to buy another one. I’ll restrain myself though. :)

The hearts in the background are a gorgeous stamp from the Old Island Stamp Co. I love their stamps, and especially this one – it’s just perfect for that holiday coming up…. I went rustic with it here, but it could be very fancy done with different papers, maybe some embossing powder. I think I’m going to use it a lot.


I stamped ‘LOVE’ from a Local King stamp set on white paper, the glued it to a similar but more purple paper from the same pack. Then I covered it all in a generous splodge of Glossy Accents. Once it dried I cut the whole thing out and glued it on here.

I coloured Tilda’s dress & shoes with R24, R27, and RV17, and put Glossy Accents on her shoes too.

Tilda Too


Here’s the other card I made the same day as Fishnet Tilda. This Tilda is more along the ‘expected’ lines I’m sure. Equally cute – does she look younger? Maybe, maybe not. I think the dress is quite sophisticated, and she’s wearing a lovely brooch. They’re so tiny it’s hard to tell, but I modeled her shoes on a pair of my own that shade from white-grey at the toes to almost black-grey at the heels.


The flourishes are Maya Road, and I coloured them with a BV04 Copic marker, then smeared Diamond Stickles all over them with my fingertip. The same Stickles are on Tilda’s wings.

I knew I wanted to use the pale blue paper, and I wanted the flourishes to stand out, which is why I made them comparatively darker than the rest of the card. No sentiment, I think I might send it as a thank you card.

You can definitely get very different looks with the same stamp, and I think it is a good thing for stampers to remember. You can add whatever you want with a fine-tip pen. She could be wearing argyle tights (I love mine so much!), or a patterned dress. Paper piecing is your friend too, for clothes, or even tights (although you won’t get the lovely ‘bent leg’ detail without drawing it in). I think my crafty resolution this year might be to EXPLORE more, and be open to different styles and techniques. I don’t want to say ‘work outside my box’ because I don’t like to think that I have a craft style that fits in a box. One day grungy, the next all flowers and pearls, maybe the next day can be grungy pearls and flowers! I think the greatest thing about paper craft is the ease with which you can combine styles and techniques.


Fishnet Tilda!

Yes, that is what you saw in the red card that I posted yesterday: Tilda in fishnets and heels.


I think it is cute. :)

One of the things I love about paper crafting and rubber stamps is that you can alter things so easily. You can cut hair shorter, add a Santa hat with another stamp, layer stamps, mask stamps, and get all sorts of effects. And as in this example, you can add to stamps.

Now if we want to stray from the paper talk, and talk fashion for a bit: I love fishnets. I love patterned tights. I don’t get much chance to wear them (most days I lift and carry and crawl on the ground too much to want to wear skirts) but I do like them. And I do think there are rules too: I don’t wear them with giant heels. I generally keep the rest of me well-covered to keep the look classy (I hope!). Those shoes of Tilda’s are very sensible heels, and she’s wearing a long-sleeved dress. A perfect chance to add some spice with tights!


I think as crafters, creators, we should explore more – move outside our comfort zones to create new, great things. I think this card is going to sit on my desk to remind me of that.

I think the card looks great, I don’t think Tilda looks inappropriate – maybe this is because in my head, she doesn’t have an age. I see many bloggers refer to her as a ‘little girl’, but I suppose in my head, she’s categorized more as ‘ageless female’. As I said, it’s very interesting to see how different people perceive her.

After the break, I explain how I added the tights!

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