Sunday, April 25, 2010

April Magnolia-licious Christmas All Year Long Blog Hop

Welcome to the fourth installment of our monthly Magnolia-licious Christmas All Year Long Blog Hop. This group was created for Magnolia lovers who want to get a jump on the Christmas season by creating a Christmas card each month. If you are visiting this blog hop, I hope it will inspire you to get ahead of the holiday season and join us in our endeavor.

The blog hop will start at Christmas All Year Long Magnolia-licious Yahoo Group. If you get lost, the list of all players will appear on that blog. From here, you will go to Annabelle's blog.

My inspiration for my card came from the Sketch Saturday Challenge #100. Here is their sketch...

...and here is my card...

Stamp: Unwrapped Tilda (Magnolia), Season's Greetings (SU!)
Paper: Garden Green and Red Riding Hood (SU!), cold press watercolor paper, designer paper from stash (sorry, I don't know who makes it)
Ink: Staz-On, Distress Ink
Accessories: Half back pearls, Flower Power Punch, Scallop Edge Punch (SU!), Spellbinders Scallop Oval, Oval cutter (Creative Memories), sewing machine

I used my oval cutter from Creative Memories to cut out the oval around my image. I stopped cutting at her legs and allowed her legs to extend beyond the oval. It gives her a nice 3-D feel.

I wanted something to help balance the card at the top, but wanted the card a little more simple and not too flowery. So, I used my new Flower Power punch to punch flowers out of my "gift" paper. I added a little distress ink around the edges to make it pop a bit and finished off with half back pearls.

I have to tell you, getting this card done this weekend was a real challenge. My parents are visiting, we babysat my great niece (3 months old) yesterday, shopped and cooked today, and tomorrow we will have a bunch for dinner. Fortunately, I had already picked my papers and colored my image. I just had to put it all together. I am thankful for the Sketch Saturday sketch, nice and simple and pretty easy to finish up. With that said, I am glad I have one more Christmas card done. That will be one less to make when it get really busy in the fall. Wouldn't you love to have a jump on the holiday season? Join us, make a Christmas card a month, and save yourself the stress at the holidays.

So, next in the blog hop, you will visit Annabelle's blog.

Magnolia-licious is a great resource for Magnolia stamps! They have a great selection and great service.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!


Tracey said...

I love this Julie! An incredible card!!

Peggie said...

Well, in between all your running the card turned out great. Love the subdued colors.

Deb said...

Beautiful! I love the little flowers at top, especially--they balance the card without being too distracting from the image. LOVELY!

Lauren said...


This is GORGEOUS! I love the patterned papers! Your coloring is wonderful - I just bought my first distress inks and I hope that someday my coloring will look as good as yours!

Thank you for being our lovely hostess!


Lisa Andrews said...

Cute card!! You have colored Tilda gorgeously! Nice 3D effect.

Lisa A

Monique said...

Beautifull card Julie. I love that image :)).

Hugs Monique

Barb Hardeman said...

Julie, I would never have guessed that you didn't spend endless hours on this card! It's so lovely and your dp is so rich! Your watercoloring of Tilda is gorgeous. I love the flowers using the sampe dp and adding the distress ink to the edges adds so much. Fabulous job...hugs...Barb

♥♥RubyM:)♥♥ said...

Hey Julie! Oh goodness your card is sooo cute!! I like your coloring.The pretty flowers add a special touch.It's my second time i don't join the hop.Hopefully the next time around i get a chance.Thanks for organizing such a fun hop.RubyM:)

Peggie said...

Love the deep reds and greens. Love the coloring. You did a great job with or without your time constraints.

Leonie said...

wow gorgeous! Your watercolouring is amazing!!! Your PP is just perfect! Love it
Hugs Leonie

Lori said...

beautiful card as always

Marcia said...

Gorgeous card! I love what you did with the flowers! So fun!

Suzanne J Dean said...

Beautiful card Julie--I love your beautiful coloring and Tilda is just a cutie sitting there! Fabulous job!


Sharon Caudle said...

Gorgeous!! I love the papers you used and you've colored her beautifully! Awesome card, Julie!

Patti Jo said...

This is so sweet Julie! Love the colors and your Tilda! Adorable card!

Marlene said...

This is GORGEOUS!!!

Maya said...

Such a lovely card!
Wonderful image and lovely colors!!
Thank you for joining us at SS,
hugs from Maya :)