Its another FRIGID COLLLLLDDDD DAY here in Virginia…again….yeah its winter—go figure…but I don’t have to like it LOL! I can’t wait to get to California to soak up some sun…yep there better be SUN…or else! Well its 2012…a year of new beginnings…new bucket & to-do lists…new shenanigans!! I have lots of things I want to do this year…lots of ideas and things I want to share….so we will see how much I ACTUALLY get done with this year. If I could add 10 more hours onto each day…dang I would be good to go! So stick close to me this year and you can join in on all the craziness with me ok….you wanna stick around? LOL!
Did you watch my goofy video from yesterday’s post yet? Yeah, yeah I hear y’all…you feel sorry for my hubby & all that…whatever…he loves us and puts up with us so its all good…sometimes he acts like a grumpy elf but we love him anyways. AND YES my son laughs just like Anderson Cooper….click here to listen to Anderson (if you never saw this video of Anderson I DARE you to not laugh cuz its funny even the 100th time you watch it & scroll down to watch the video from yesterday. All I have to say is that we know how to entertain ourselves very EASILY in the Dean family LMBO!!
-Tomorrow is the last day to enter for the CMC Challenge Group’s HUGE HOLIDAY CHALLENGE to win a NEW Cricut Mini, a Kindle & other craft goodies! If you don’t have time to enter you can get some entries by donating to our wonderful charity---all details are at the group here (everyone is welcome to play)!
-If you will be at CHA this month in Anaheim, I am teaching Copic classes on Jan. 28th if you want to come! My next spots will be in Texas & Florida…all info is up at www.cmcroad.com ---always a fun time and would love to see ya!
-SCACD is back open after their holiday break & the store is stocked with yummy goodies (just to clarify this is NOT my store, my pal Susana owns the store ok lol, we get confused a lot! New papers here, New Embossing Folders here & new adhesives here!
-Read carefully…I have blog candy in this post! I also listed a winner yesterday from my other blog candy…so you might want to check to see if its you LOL!
The Wonderful Land of Oz!!
I’m gonna share sumpin’ with you all ok! I see you all bracing yourselves…LOL…its not scary I swear!! My #1 Bucket List item is to go to Australia…since I was very small its always been a dream of mine to go to Maui & Australia. I did Maui last spring with my family & it was AWESOME. But now Australia is breathing down my neck to come visit…when I go I want to go for 2 weeks…cuz it’s a 16 hr plane ride…omgosh can you see ME on a plane for 16 hrs…now that may be SCARY hee hee! But I might have something up my sleeves this year that may get me there…so stay tuned cuz I might be going all Crocodile Dundee on ya at some point (yes it is a beloved 80’s movie that I love so there)!! And I want to see & meet all my Oz friends in person & give them hugs and hang out in the sun with them!! (and hug koala bears, and surf, & snorkel and say g’day mate---you get my drift ‘eh)!
So when I saw this SUPER CUTE “Koala Hug Tilda” that my friend Bronlyn Jones of Shop Bron (for Aussies - go here to shop) was carrying (exclusive to her store it was) I HAD TO HAVE IT!! Well she was kind enough to send me TWO of them…yep that’s right…I have one to give away to someone who leaves a comment on my post!! BUT WAIT….even better…now Diana of Magnolia-licious is carrying this exclusive stamp in her store in the US so everyone can easily get one for themselves HERE….totally cool huh? So this card is basically ME…yep me dreaming of going to the Land of Oz…one day soon me hopes!!
And this is also my card for the Magnolia-licious DT Challenge for January as well..hosted by the fabulous Cheryl Rowley. She's given us a fun yet easy challenge…ANYTHING GOES…and you can find out details & play along at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog !!
I decided to create a frame card to showcase this cute stamp and the “Waterfall Background” from the Pet & Animal Collection (looks to be out of stock but I’m sure Diana will get more in if you ask her sweetly). The paper is some I had from Bo Bunny…I liked the map/vintage feel of it and pulled out the tangerine color as an accent color with the greens & tans/taupes. I put all my cardstock on my card base & then cut the oval nestie shape out at once thru all the layers with my Cuttlebug. The waterfall scene was colored & cut out and then added to the backside of my frame oval with dimensionals. The leaf die is by Marianne Designs (see some of them here, also Memory Box here & Cheery Lynn dies here) and the smaller leaf is a MS punch & then the edges were sponged with ink for dimension. I created a double bow with my Bow Easy and then used my handy-dandy Scor-Tape to create the rippled ribbon look along the frame.
All my images were colored with Copics – E44,E43,E42,E41,E40 / YR15,YR12,YR00 / W5,W3,W1,W00 / E25,E31,E50 / E00,E11,R20 / YG97,YG95,YG93,G20,YG03 / YR20,YR23. I used a more dotting motion with my markers on the cute koala bear…gives him some furry texture. Then a few of the mountains, Tilda’s shoes and the koala’s nose got a shiny coat of Diamond Glaze. To make the foam/bubbles on the waterfall pop I used Liquid Applique and then added a coat of Stickles to the water (and to the leaves & mountain greenery).
BLOG CANDY: Ok so I have a cute “Koala Hug Tilda” to give away (thanks Bronlyn) and a pack of 6x6 paper (shhh it’s a surprise pack) to someone, anyone, who leaves a nice comment on this post by Saturday, Jan. 7th LOL! And pop on over to the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog to join in on the fun challenge with us!!