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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Simple easel card - inside is blank waiting for the occasion to use it in order to finish it.  Completed for the following challenges:

Simply Magnolia - pink/cream/brown

Magnolia Down Under - 3D or Tole

Stamp Something - Embellished

Sorry for the crazy, wonky pic.  Not feeling too great today.  I'll take another later this week and replace this one but wanted to get this posted today.

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrappin'!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Miss You - Wish You Were Here

One of my fav types of cards are the easel cards.  I love how they stand up to be used as decor or lay flat for mailing and storage.  I had to ink one of my new Maggie's - now while she is actually holding/picking peaches, I needed red to go with the theme R/W/B for one of the challenges listed below so I colored them red and made peaches into apples!!!

The apples also go along with the Just Magnolia theme of "what's cooking" - My M-I-L makes a fantabulous raw apple cake that I can't get enough of so I envisioned Tilda picking apples to go into the kitchen and bake me one of these cakes!  I know I have the recipe somewhere but I just don't make it as well as my M-I-L so I have given up trying - I'm an awesome cook and baker but something just never turns out right with this one so that tells me I should leave it up to her to bake!!!

I am using this card for the following challenges:

Created for:

Mojo Monday - Sketch 200

Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog - Red/White/Blue

Just Magnolia - What's Cooking

Daring Card Maker's - Wish You Were Here

The image of course is a Magnolia, the sentiment is Autumn Leaves Talking In Circles (have had it for about 4 or 5 years so I don't remember which Circles family it comes from), the ribbon is from my stash, paper is Making Memories from a year or two ago (I just love this line so I've been hoarding what I have left), cardstock is AC, lattice punched piece is from a MS punch (loving this new line of punches) and the gems and adhesive used to attach them and the bow is from Rubber Cafe.

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrappin'!!! 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kidnapped by Summer

Yep, that's me!!!  I'm not normally a summer kind of gal - I don't do the heat, sun or getting sweaty - but this summer has been a bit different.  Whether we are swimming in our pool or road tripping seeing new sites, we've kept plenty busy - which has been good at keeping our spirits up from losing Mom 4 short months ago.

I finally sat down today and took some time to make a card - I've been thinking hard about crafting but finding the time to fit it in has been tough as if I'm not on the go during the day I'm swimming in the evening and crashing to sleep at night - the nights I actually sleep that is.  So, today's card is a big accomplishment for me where crafting is concerned!!!

My card is for the following challenges:

Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Summer Colors

Simply Magnolia - Birthday

Magnolia-licious Highlights - Fishing Fun

Charisma Cardz - Sunshine Colors

Card Patterns - Sketch 125

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges - Summer



My image is an oldie but goodie - he's actually one of my very first Magnolia stamps that led to my love and addiction to them (I have half a dozen that I've not even inked/colored that I need to play with before my new order comes in next week!!!!) - who's colored with my Copics (of course) with a little AtYou Spica glitter added to the bobber and white ink to highlight sections of the water, his shoes, knees and cheeks.  The papers are Authentique - a new line I found at my LSS (The Crafty Scrapper), ribbon is old from my stash, the lattice work punched piece is a new MS punch, gems and adhesive to attache them and the bow are from Rubber Cafe, and sentiment computer generated in Word.

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrappin'!!!!

PS  I see you - thanks for visiting me regularly, you know who you are!!!   :) 


Just to cover all bases...................

I am not the best scrapper out there. I don't claim to be totally original, I lift from many places and in many forms from color combinations, to product usage, to technique and so forth. I try to be fair to all scrappers out there and mention them when I lift from them - now keep in mind, there are so many people out there scrapping, card making and altering items that naturally more than one person will have similar ideas. When I mention lifting, or casing as some call it, I mean when you intentionally take a design you see and duplicate it exactly or only change up the coloring........KWIM???

With that said..........

All content, including text, photographs, and concept design elements are © Karen Brooks unless otherwise noted. Content within this blog is shared for personal, non-commercial use and inspiration only and shall not be used for personal gain or entry into contests or for publication. That wouldn’t be very nice now would it???

Thanks and happy scrappin'!!!!