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I am mother to four and my wonderful dil Lisa recently blessed us with our first grandchild. I share my life with my indulgent husband, and my love of hobbies

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mo's dp 2 challenge blog dt

Our newest challenge for Mo's is up and this week its your favourite color combo

Now i cant really say that pink and white are my favourite combo, i do love pink and for now they are my favourite.
this darling image is so versatile and i know the dt have used her quite a bit lately, personally it speaks to me too.  The image can be found HERE in Mo's store, called jo painting

I gotta say that these images really dont need half of the drek embellishments that i layer on my cards, but i love working with them and i have a weakness for all the flowers and things.
i hope you will join our challenge this week on Mo's its such a nice easy one

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

vintage trailer

i have had so much fun in the last couple of weeks, making these vinatge trailers.  I have been inspired by the original that came from Fabienne HERE
There was another one that was also made and posted on pinterest, and here is her blog link too:  Tara also has a cutting file that you can use if you have an electronic machine, which i dont have.  For me it was a wing and a prayer, so each of the three trailers that i made are different in size and decor.
Unfortunately in order for you to see the full thing i have to show you all these pics.  I just loved over embellishing these and had ssssooooo much fun...

 unfortunately my photos mixed themselves up when i loaded this and this was actually my second attempt, which i decided to add Magnolia images to
 that key lock on the door was a Mellissa Francis embellishment that i found in my stash, sure it was given to me by a friend.
 the door knob is a bead pin with a cap behind it, stuck to the door with hot glue
 the lantern was made using a Marianne die that i cut four times and then added the pearls, the candle inside was made using rolled up paper and a bit of string for a wick and then some puff paint to make it look as if it had melted a bit

 a side view
 a top view
 a back view
 the cornice and bird cage were also dies from Marianne that i just made 3d, the twig that the bird is perched on is a Memory box

 All the little windows got ribbon for curtains
 of course the fence around the front is a Magnolia doohickey
 another top view
 this was the first attempt and i wanted to add the hinges and door handle from my stash to give it an old world feel

 the back of this one i made so it could open and one could put a gift inside

 this was the third attempt and is going to a very special friend of mine, gotta figure out what i am gonna fill it with
 made the welcome mat with some old jute that i had laying around the craft room

 another bird cage

 and with #2 and #3 i opened the bottom so i could fill them with goodies
  added the turnmount and ribbon tab for ease of opening and closing.
I do hope you enjoy this little share as much as i have enjoyed making them

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Mo's dp 2 challenge dt

Seems i am heading back into my old ways of being late, i think not! just having a hectic day.
for this week on Mo's challenge blog its "Anything but square"

So i decided to do a reflection card which i havent done for a while, but think this image is perfect for it. 

This delightful little mermaid is available in Mo's store HERE
now before anyone goes ahead and thinks i am so clever, i gotta tell you i am way techno challenged.  This technique actually has nothing to it, and the good thing is that the image is digi so you can flip it once you have opened it into you editing software on your puter.

i decided to make the swing panel so one could write on the inside without having to ruin the whole card.  Image was colored with my copics and embellished to within an inch of no longer recognising this as a card, lol.

Do join our challenge this week the fab dt have some great inspiration

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mo's challenge blog dt

Time for out weekly challenge on Mo's digital pencil and this week its time for " Lets chill"  I'm sure those of you on the opposite side of the globe to me are chilling right now, as we are sweltering in the heat where i am.  Oh yes, i have the aircon cranked up and never wanna leave my craft room, its so hot!!
I have another Christmas card to share this week:  Lots of layering and some heat embossed white embossing powder that has been laying in a box for ever, i remembered it and used it, but i think the gesso does a far better job, so will have to rethink this idea.
I gotta say at this point, the red on my card was all wrong for the paper, just couldnt seem to get the right shade of red, but other than the little red issue i am quite pleased.  Of course the image is available from Mo's online store and i look forward to seeing all the fabulous takes on Mo's great images.
have a great crafty weekend

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas spotlight tag

i gotta tell you straight off my bloggy friends that this business of Christmas cards is wearing me a little thin.
However having said that i know that a few of my Christmas celebrating friends and family will be quite cross me being a card maker if i dont make the effort to make something for them.
So i am on a bender of making tags.  I saw the challenge on Moving along with the times to use a spotlight technique, which i havent done for a while, so here i am entering their challenge.  will list another couple at the end of my post.
of course the stamps from Magnolia Sweden, the background is the winter day background, i just strategically masked my Edwin on top of the house so you couldnt see it.
the papers are from Graphics 45
i gave my layers a good going over of Gesso which i gotta say i am loving, and then of course everything got the stickle treatment and loads of pearls, buttons and some jute twine.
challenge i am entering with this card:
Addicted to stamps: tags
Stamptacular Sunday: for the love of Tilda
MAWTT: spotlight technique

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Apparently NOTHING! it doesnt matter that you spend years building a blog, if someone else spent a few months working on a conflicting blog with the same name, you can blow it through your butt.
It doesnt matter that i have worked my butt off trying to get my blog going and followers up, someone else worked hard to get a dt together, and a banner made, etc, etc.  So the bottom line is get over myself and live with it!  If the intent was not there when they chose a conflicting name for their blog, IT MAKES IT ALL OK!  Because the challenege blog looks proffesional, IT MAKES IT OK!
Well as sorry as they are that i am disgruntled, i am not sorry that i am having my say.
Do i wish them succes?  HELL YES
Magnolia's are a fabulous stamp range and i love them or i wouldnt be working for Magnolia Sweden, it just doesnt make me any more comfortable, when they say, "We didnt know about you, and chose the name before we heard about you"
the fact that it took me two years to build my blog and am sponsored by Magnolia Sweden:  means naught
compared to:
getting a dt together, challenge sponsors and the proffesional look of a blog and the fact that it took a couple of months to put together.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Time for another one of my rants:  Yes i know i do this from time to time and i appreciate all your patience with me when having one of my rants, but this is just ludicrous.
We all of us as bloggers know how hard we work for the upkeep of our blogs and take tremendous pride in them even when we get busy with real life and our blogs take a bit of a back seat in the big scheme of things.  I started a Magnolia blog two years ago and called it Marvellous Maggies i gotta tell you i haggled over this name for quite some time before deciding on it, lo and behold if someone doesnt decide to call their challenge blog Marvellous Magnolia, now how close is that for comfort?  Really original wouldnt you say?
I really just wanted to have a little rant and ask those of you that read my blog how you would feel if your blog name was stolen reused?  Couldnt they come up with anything more original?  how do you stumble upon a name and decide well if i misspell marvellous and call it the full Magnolia name, is that acceptable?
Really i often wonder if this blogging lark is worth the trouble.  I have had my Marvellous Maggie blog since early 2011, and now this challenge blog has popped up in October 2012.
Good one! let me hear your thoughts
have a great weekend while i stew in my juices, lol
P:S:  the saddest thing is that there is nothing i can do about it besides for rant on my blog, since this is MY blog i can say what i like. 
i find it hard to believe that the owner of the abovementioned challenge blog didnt know about my name since its been in the Magnolia Ink magazine for two years now and its been all over the Magnolia Sweden blogs etc

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mo's dp 2 challenge dt

hi there friends, this week on Mo's challenge blog our challenge is "C is for......"  and mine is for "Challah"  in case you're wondering what "Challah" is, it is also known as Kitke.  It is the bread that we break on Sabbath for the blessing at our Sabbath table, and the plaited bread that this adorable image is holding in her hands.

I colored my image with copics, and i wanted to try my hand at the shabby chic thing since i dont feel like i do it very well, i am quite pleased with this little beauty.
 i added lots of distressing and a few torn details to give it the shabby look, a bit of antique linen around the edges, and some corrugated board all to add to the feel.
 the sentiment is computer generated and translates as 'happy holidays"
i hope my card inspires you to join our challenge this week on Mo's
P.S: gonna use my card for the challenge on at Charisma cardz :  feeling blue

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A filler post

this is just a post to fill the empty space that has become my blog, lol
A friend of mine whose grandson was turning two asked if she could have this card for him, he is nuts about aeroplanes.
love this paper from Best creation Inc, sadly i only had one sheet of it.

hope everyone is enjoying their weekend