Come Join our Challenge!

mag challenge

The Magnolia-licious Challenge is under way so come join us! Here are the basic rules.

  • Must use a Magnolia, Stamping Bella, Whimsy Stamps, or CC Design Image.
  • Mention Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog on your blog.
  • Make a direct link to your entry using the Link at the bottom of the post.
  • No more than 3 entries per person, per challenge.
  • Closing time for entries is 6:00PM EST the Monday before the new challenge.

Here is my DT card for the challenge, which is “anything goes” plus “pearls.”  Isn’t she just stinkin’ cute?  The minute I heard pearls, I knew what I wanted to do.  The card turned out better than planned.  I created a mini-easel card that folds flat for mailing…and embellished it with…you got it…pearls!  The pearls on the card will  hold the easel in place.

Stamp:  Tilda Swimming, 2011
Paper:  Stampin’ Up Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie; pattern paper unknown
Sizzix Framelit: Large scallop (diameter 4 inches)

Hair:  E50, YR31, YR24, E35
Skin:  E000, E00, E01, E11
Bathing Suit, Slippers, and Oysters: YR04, YR07, YR09

Directions: Cut Pacific Point 9-1/4 X 4-1/4 inches.  Score at 5-1/4 and 7-1/4 inches. Cut pattern paper 9 X 4 inches.  Score at 5-3/8 and 7-3/8 inches.  Cut large scallop and cut design with a 3-1/2-inch diameter.  Cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie 3-3/4 X 2 inches. Adhere as shown in the picture.  Embellish with pearls. Oysters were images on the computer, cut out, colored, and embellished.

I hope you have enjoyed Swimming Tilda and you will visit us at the Challenge Blog.  Thanks for stopping by!

This entry was posted on September 9, 2017. 6 Comments

DT Sneak Peak!

I could not wait to show you my first DT card for Magnolia-licious!  Isn’t she adorable!  “Porch Tilda,” “Happy Swing,” and “Little Westie with Flower” are part of the Country Girl Stamps and Dies 2017 Collection and can be found with other crafty goodness at Magnolia-licious.

swing card

 Sky background stamp by
Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Tree Borders
Foamiran flowers and stamens
Paper by Prima Marketing, “Sun Kiss Collection”
Butterflies from Little B Stickers

Image colored with Copics:
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair: E43, E44, Y21
Top:  R81, R83, R85
Jeans: B91, B93, B97
Swing:  E21, E23, E25

This entry was posted on August 29, 2017. 17 Comments

There was an Eclipse?

Hello friends:

I was soooo excited for Monday, August 21st.  I could not wait for the amazing eclipse!  I had been reading up on it and even though we were not on the path of totality, I figured we would have a good show!  I can be an astrological fan–after all, I drove for miles to find a dark area to see Hally’s Comet.  What an beautiful sight.

So Sunday I got a wild hair to make a shirt to wear to work since it was the first day of fall classes and I would be seeing a lot of students.  I fell in love with this design and it was easy peasy to make.

elipse shirt

I was going to be the Eclipse Queen–I rocked the shirt!  It was very exciting leading up to the big event. I watched the NASA feed and was anxious to see the first glimpses.  My friend Becky went to Wyoming and she posted pictures of the totality–I could not wait to see it.  When I went out at 1:00, this was my view…uh oh…those clouds better get out of my way! The science department set up a telescope for safe viewing and the library was giving out viewing glasses.  I don’t think I had ever seen so many students on campus!


I made my poor assistant Cassie walk around the campus with me in search of a break in the clouds and the beginnings of the eclipse. Everyone got into the festivities, including this Eclipse party, offering starbursts, cosmic brownies, and the ultimate star crunch.

Well, all of Florida got to see it but us.  I was at the Palatka campus and there were clouds everywhere we looked.  Needless to say, I did not get to see it first hand.  Next time I am going to a good viewing spot and doing a non-rain dance.



karen sign

This entry was posted on August 26, 2017. 5 Comments

Foamiran Flowers

Hello friends!

I have been playing with the new Foamiran from my dear friends at Magnolia-licious.  Shawn and Candy have a great selection of colors and sizes along with the stamens for that life-like appeal.  The Foamiran gives the flowers a softer look instead of the crisp edges of paper flowers.  It is super easy to work with and within minutes, you can make any flower to match any projects…especially cards!

While waiting for my dies, I thought I would try cutting flower parts with my Silhouette Cameo.  I have so much success with vinyl and the Foamiran cut like butter!  What’s more, it cut more petals at once, saving a lot of time!


Next I took some of my favorite ink, Powder Puffs from Quick Quotes, and inked the edges of the pink Foamiran.  I did learn a little lesson here.  The Power Puffs seeped into the foam more than I thought it would and changed the color.  Use ink sparingly! Don’t forget to ink both sides of the petals.


Next, to give the flower some character, simply take the Foamiran petals and roll each between your fingers for a few seconds.


Finally I glued the petals together.  For the center, I took one of the small petals and folded it over on itself.  The final product…


Here are some of my other flowers.  I love how they turned out!


Please follow me for more instructions on how to make your own beautiful flowers.


This entry was posted on August 24, 2017. 4 Comments

Wishful Thinking

I have a doctorate in business administration.  I am a professor at a local state college.  Yet, all I want to do is create and craft.  I went to the University of Florida (go Gators) years ago but quit to get married.  I was in the fine arts college and planned to be a graphic designer.  Art is my passion but only my hobby now.  Have you ever wished you could do what you love as a full-time job?  <sigh>

I had a conversation today with a friend at work. She said that I should promote my FB store and design something that makes me unique.  I’m not sure what that will be but I will not lose sight of the fact that “it all started with a mouse.” ~Walt Disney


Enjoy today and every day!


This entry was posted on August 11, 2017. 1 Comment

Let’s Get Ship Faced

Hello crafting friends!

As much as I want to color and craft, I am excited to have some orders coming in the store.  These are for friends who are celebrating some birthdays on a cruise.  You know they are going to have fun!

This entry was posted on August 4, 2017. 2 Comments

My Sweet Life

Hello friends.

I was thrilled when my dear friend asked for shirts for her business. If you haven’t had Melita’s cookies or cupcakes, you have not lived. Check out My Sweet Life.


Wishing you a marvelous Monday.



This entry was posted on July 31, 2017. 2 Comments