Thursday, May 24, 2012


I am posting my Inventory Challenge card a day early because I have yet to figure out how to schedule a post for a later date.  Any helpers out there?
Charlie is coming home and we are packing up the car to go see my MOM for the weekend!  After posting my Mother's Day card last week I felt a strong pull towards her and so did my husband.  He hasen't seen Mom since Dad's funeral a year ago and I only saw her for about an hour when we met my sister and her 1/2 way between Kansas and St. Louis, Missouri for lunch. 
This week's card involved making one with just a phrase on the front and a sentiment.  WHAT?  No Maggies?  What will I ever do? lol
What I did was to take a dry embossing folder and emboss the upper left hand corner.  It needed some 'pretties' so I added some white pearls to the flower centers.  I felt it needed a little something more so I included a blue swiss dotted bow.  I hope you enjoy my card!  On to load up the car.  Happy Memorial Day to those who celebrate this holiday.  Just remember what it really stands for.  I have included a list on my partners in crimes blog addresses so you can take a look see!  Enjoy!  Love, Elle

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Welcome back!  Today is the day to post my new card for the Inventory Challenge.  Mother's Day.  What does that mean to you?  You see, I haven't always had the best of relationships with my Mom.  Alot of years were wasted by hurt or hard feelings between the two of us.  We are so much alike that we often didn't get along.  BUT!  I love her.  She is the only mom I will ever have.  When we were loosing my father last year all of that hurt seemed to wash away.  So many years that we will never get back.  Does that change the past?  Certainly not.  We choose to read the book of pain in our lives and I choose to close that book and have my mom back.  What a relief! 
Mom and I are closer than we have been in years.  Hug your mom.  Call her.  Tell her that you love her.  Celebrate all of the woman in your lives.  We are the best of the best!  To be a mother is to touch the hand of your God.
Whew!  I have a tear running down my cheek lol.  On to today's card.  I choose the Tilda with Baby stamp from an older collection because I thought it symbolizes a new beginning.  My Mom and I are a new beginning.  The papers are from my stash.  I used cheesecloth to soften my project as well as a pretty chiffon pink bow.  Aren't those brads gorgeous?  I think so! 
Here are the Copic colors that I used:

Face:  E000, E00, E02, R20 as well as a white gel pen for the cheeks
Shirt:  G20, G21, G24
Pants:  R81, R83, R85, R89
Shoes/Diaper:  C1

When your done here I invite you to take a peak at what my teammates came up with for Mother's day this week.  Here are the links to their blogs:

I hope that you enjoy my card!  Love, Elle

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Welcome to Inventory Challenge #80.  I can't believe it is my 3rd week of being on the design team!  What fun I am having.  This weeks challenge was to use Tilda or another image that resembles you and why.  I had several choices of stamps I wanted to use, the obvious being Stamping Tilda, but after looking at my Magnolia-liscious stamps I found the perfect one.  Tilda holding a Summer Umbrella.  There is a story behind my choice.  A family tradition that spans several generations.
My mom told me a story on how her mom use to wash ther hair in the rain.  My mom also washed my hair outside when it was pouring down rain.  That soft spring rain.  You know the kind.  Not wanted in break the tradition I would take my kids outside and wash their hair.  My daughter carried on the tradition and washed Jacobs hair in the rain too.  I love family traditions and this one was SO much fun!
After that we would take out our umbrellas and sing in the rain just like in the movies.  The sun would come out and dry our hair.  We loved playing in the rain and the sun. 
I had bought some pretty material and made a flower,  I think it turned out so beautiful with the pretty white button in the center.  I used a new border punch in the center, diecut the butterflies and the center shape that my image sits on, colored Tilda with my Copic markers, added some pearls and I was done.  I hope you enjoy my choice of cards!  Love, Elle
If you have a minute please take some time to view my wonderful teammates.  Here are the links to their blogs: