Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Scene at the County Fair

Today I'm presenting a card depicting a possible scene at the County Fair.  It is Fall after all and many places have fairs late in the season when the produce is being brought in from the fields and backyard gardens.  This fits perfectly with Tilda's Town Challenge Anything Fall here.

All Tilda's friends are bringing their best produce to the judges' stand in the hopes of winning the coveted blue ribbon for the best of the best.

 Apple Tilda in the back by the stand is hoping her basket of apples will catch the judges' eyes. 

Tilda With Lovely Jam is looking to win for best home made applesauce.  Looks very yummy to me! Will standing behind the Judges' Table give her an edge?

Tilda With Apple Pie looks like a sure winner with her perfect lattice crust on her pie.

Tilda With Corn is having a difficult time lifting her bucket of corn it's so heavy.  Is that a good sign of great corn?

Tilda With Carrots apparently forgot to take the beets out of her basket before going to the Judges' Table.  I hope that doesn't give her any demerits. 

As you can see from the Fall Background, it is a very windy day!  The County Fair banner was cut using Magnolia's Kitchen Banner, which was cut twice and glued around a toothpick.  The words were computer generated.

The background "Judges' Stand" is Alota's Stand stamp.  I paper pieced the stand from some white wood grain paper I had in the stash.  The Judges' Table was also paper pieced from some dark wood grain paper and placed over the Stand with thick dimensionals so I had room to put a Tilda image behind it.

The hay bale was made from 4 images of the Magnolia Haybale, colored, then held together with a strip inside to give a 3-dimensional piece.

The Tildas along the Stand were mounted on Dimensionals to make them stand out from the background just a bit.

The two Tildas in front are held upright with heavy clear plastic strips glued to the back of their legs. 

The "fall leaves" on the ground are Flower Soft Autumn and are glued at places where I thought blowing leaves might accumulate. 

The Magnolia sentiment panel was cut using Nestabilities Labels Seventeen and stamped with the Magnolia stamp "Fall Is In The Air".

And I have it on good authority that each Tilda won the Blue Ribbon in her entry category!

I hope our trip to the County Fair brought back wonderful memories of your days at the County Fair.
I will enter this card in the Tilda's Town Challenge #121 Anything Fall here.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

CASEing Norma Lee

My very favorite card designer is Norma Lee.  She is one of the most creative people you could ever meet.  If you have never visited her blog From My Craft Room here, you are really missing out on some fabulous eye candy!  Maybe some of her creativity would rub off on me if I got to meet her in person some day!

For those of you who don't know, CASE means Copied And Shared with Everyone.  I have copied several of Norma's cards and am sharing them with you today.

You can see Norma's original card here.

Tilda with Cross Necklace is colored with Copics, mounted on Nestabilities Labels Four.

The background paper is from K&Company Spring Blossom.

The die cuts are Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourishes and Memory Box Floral Vine.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the
lace and pearls are from my stash.

The sentiments are computer generated.

Princess Pea Tilda is enjoying some quiet time.

The designer papers are from my stash.
I haven't sent this card to anyone yet.

 I struggled with this card trying to find just the right stripe paper for the background.  Everything was to wide, too light, too small, etc.  This paper came from my stash and I only had 3 sheets left - perfect!

The blue is a specialty paper I've had for several years.  It's all crinkled and just never looked quite right.  It was perfect for this card.

London Tilda is colored with Copics.

The lace and pearls are from my stash.
The butterfly is Memory Box's Pippi Butterfly.

You can see Norma's original here.

The swirls are the Magnolia Heart Swirl die.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Forget Me Not Tilda's colored with Copics.
This card went to my pastor's wife and my friend, Deby Scott.

Tilda Loves Flowers graces the front of this card.  She is colored with Copics and mounted on Nestabilities Labels Twenty-six.  I sponged the background with Stampin' Up Pacific Point.

The lace is from the stash, as are the pearls.  The swirls are cut with Cheery Lynn dies Fanciful Flourishes and Mini Fanciful Flourishes.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The sentiments are computer generated.
The mounting oval and circle are cut with Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Classic Circles.
Norma's original card is here.

The papers came from K & Company's Botanical.
The ovals and circles were cut with Nestabilities Classic Circles and Classic Ovals.
This card went to Diana Crick, owner of the Magnolia store here. 

 I used Tilda with Big Tulips for this card.  She is colored with Copics, of course.

The background paper is an old Stampin' Up designer paper Paisley Petals.
The mounting panel is Nestabilities Labels Twenty-three.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The sentiments were computer generated.
 The pearls are from my stash.

Norma's original card can be seen here.

I haven't sent this card to anyone yet.
Tilda With Ponytail is deep in thought about something.  She is colored with Copics.

Thank you all for visiting and looking at my versions of Norma's beautiful cards. 
I have more of her cards that I've used for my inspiration and will be sharing them with you soon.


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Tilda's Town Challenge #120 Special Occasion

The Tilda's Town challenge this week is Special Occasion.
What could be more special to a little girl or boy than the first day of school!?
I will be entering this card in the Tilda's Town Challenge #120 Special Occasion this week.

As I was thinking about the Special Occasion challenge, my mind was running down all the "normal" special occasions we attend - weddings, birthday parties, showers, graduation from high school or college.

Then I thought of first day of school as very special - especially for the first child leaving the nest to start the next thirteen years of their life. That's when my idea for a First Day of School special occasion card began to take shape.

Poor little Tilda looks so overwhelmed by all the fuss going on around her.  She really doesn't want to go to school and leave Mommy all alone at home.

I have used Magnolia stamps House and Tilda with Blue Blanket.  The images are colored with Copics.
The sentiment was computer generated.
The flowers and the leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The leaf swirl is Lovely Tendril from Poppy Stamps.
The papers and pearls are from my stash.
The ribbon is from the stash.  The aqua braiding is colored with Copics.

This is not just an ordinary card.  It is a Pop-Up Book card!  What could be more appropriate than a book for the First Day of School?

Autumn Tilda with Pencils is our little kindergarten Tilda grown up a bit.  She is colored with Copics.
The sentiment was computer generated.
The Ivy Leaves are from Marianne Designs.
The butterflies were from my friend Lillian.  She sends the very best gifts!
 sentiment and image panels were cut using Nestabilities Labels Twenty-three.

I found the tutorial for this Pop Up Book Card on Norma Lee's blog here.
Norma makes some of the most beautiful cards you will ever see.  You should check out her blog if you never have.  You will not be disappointed!
I hope you have enjoyed helping give Tilda a great sendoff for her first day of school, such a special occasion!


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Preview of Things to Come

After the past few steamy days and high temperatures, I needed to remind myself of what is to come way to soon.

This is looking down our driveway after my husband had left for work.

This is my car and the plow truck.  Obviously it had not been used yet!

The tracks my husband left behind.

"Where did he put all that snow?" you ask.

Here he is plowing it into the side yard to make room for the next accumulation.

This is looking across our deck to the back yard.  Yes, the snow was up to the floor of the deck.

Our dog does her business in the field beyond the barn and trees.  She had to use the plowed area in the yard.  No one could get through there and I wasn't about to shovel a path for her.

This is the yard between our house and our daughter's.  Her house is behind the trees to the left in the picture.

That mess that the snow is covering is seven poplar trees that we had cut down in the fall.

I know, looking at the pictures didn't really help me cool off much either!!

 And this is the view of my deck now!

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!!