Sunday, December 18, 2011

~With love at Christmas~

Christmas is quickly coming, and I've been so busy making cards and gifts, that I've neglected my blog.  I thought I'd best fix that and post a photo today.  Sowwwwy about that!!

This darling "Winter Fairy" and her sweet little birdie friend are from Wee Stamps and one of  Sylvia Zet's adorable digi stamps.  It was love at first site for me, and I made many, many of these cards, while at a Scrappy Chicks Retreat in October, to send to friends for Christmas.  She brings a smile to my face every time I lay eyes on her!  I colored the image with my Copics.

Let's see if I can give you the Card Recipe! ;)

Card size:  4.25" x 5.5"

Paper and sentiment:  That lovely red and white snowflake paper is digital paper I found at
Paper Craft Inspirations.  They have tons of downloads to share, including the sentiment on the face of the card.

Embellies:  Green and white half pearls, Jolee's Boutique dimensional stickers (glitzy snowflakes). Stickles, plaid ribbon from "Holiday Inspirations."

Tools used:  Tonic Studios "Royal Fleurs 2 in 1 corner punch.  I didn't need a die for the shape around the image, as I had one in digital format, so simply placed my digital image in the center of the shape, then printed and cut it out.  So easy!!

Remembering which Copics I used may be a bit more difficult, but let me try.  :)
Face:  E00, E000, E21

Cheeks:  R20
Hair:  E39, E99, E18, YR23
Outfit and Boots:  G20, G21, G24
Wings and Wand:  V000, Y00, BV000, BG10, and G20
Bird, Flowers, and Berries:  R29, R35
Leaves:  G28, G29
Shadowing:  C0, C00

Thanks for stopping by to see my card.  I hope you and your family has a Blessed Christmas!! 

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Funny Little Christmas Card..

I'm sharing a simple card I made last year.  I've never shared it here on my blog, so I didn't think you'd mind that it was an older card.  ;)  This funny little "Granny" image makes me giggle every time I see her.  I'm not even sure where I got her or who drew her, so if you know, please share the info with me, will you?  I colored her with Copics (I only had a very few then) and Marvy markers, colored pencils, and chalks.

 Card Recipe:

It's a 6" x 6" card
Image:  ?????
Papers used:  Basic Grey Jovial paper pad and white card.
Embellies:  Off-white half pearls and dark red 1/4" ribbon.
Tools:  Fiskars Threading water edge punch and Big Shot with a Cuttlebug "Swiss Dot" folder.

Thanks for taking a peak!  I hope you enjoyed your visit.

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

My prayer for you, is that you will be blessed beyond measure!

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Friday, November 18, 2011


I'm still working on Christmas cards!!  I recently discovered a wonderful artist by the name of Krista Smith.  This adorable little image of her's is called "Sprite" and available at Saturated Canary as a digital image.  Don't you just want to squeeze those precious cheeks?  So SWEET!!

Card Recipe

Card size:  6" x 6"

Papers:  from my stash.

Embellishments: Offray 5/8" satin saddle red ribbon, Jolee's Boutique dimensional stickers (glitzy snowflakes) placed on top of punched snowflakes, and Stickles.

Tools used:  Spellbinders dies (oval and scalloped oval), Bunch Punch small Snowflake punch, Fiskars Threading water border punch, Fiskars 2" round, scalloped punch, Fiskars 1 1/2" round punch. 

Copics used:

  • Face:  E00, E000, E21
  • Cheeks:  R20
  • Hair: Y11, Y21, E97, E99
  • Eyes, Diaper, Shoes, Hat, and Wings:  BG000, BG01, BG10, GB11
  • Candy Cane and Bell:  R29, R39
  • Shading: C0
  • Ground:  C00, C3, C5  
Thanks for stopping by my blog to see my latest card creation!  Have a BLESSED day!!

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Yes, I've already started making my Christmas cards this year!  In fact, I started back in October.  So, today I'm sharing one of them with you.  This little sweetie is from Mo Manning's Digital Pencil, and she's called "Winifred."  She looks so warm wrapped in her green coat and hat.  The soft, furry little muff (hand warmer) is keeping her little hands toasty warm, too.
 Here's a little fashion history for you regarding the Muff:  "It was introduced to women's fashion in the 16th century and was popular with both men and women in the 17th and 18th centuries. By the early 20th century muffs were used in England only by women. It is also reported that the fashion largely fell out of style in the 19th century. It briefly returned in the late 1940's and 50's."  (from wiki)  I sure remember the pretty, little furry white muff I had when I was a child.  Did any of you have one?
I tried something a bit different with this image.  I used a die to cut her out on a slant.  Do you like that "look?"

Card Recipe

Card size:  6" x 6"

Papers:  Melissa Frances and Basic Grey

Embellishments:  Flower soft (on muff, ground, and falling from the sky), Jolee's Boutique dimensional stickers (glitzy snowflakes), and white half pearls colored with Copics. 

Tools used:  Spellbinders dies (oval and scalloped oval), Tonic Punch System 

Copics used:
  • Shadows:  W00
  • Face:  E00, E000, E21
  • Cheeks:  R20
  • Hair:  E40, E43, E44
  • Scarf and coat trim:  R39, R89 
  • Coat:  YG93, YG95, YG97
  • Dress, Shoes, and Muff:  W00, W3, W4, W6
Etc:  Ranger Ink:  Antique Linen

Thank you for popping in to take a peek at my card today, I hope you have a blessed day!

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱ 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thank you so much...

I was inspired to make a card using this beautiful digital paper set
from Nitwit Collections called "Purdy."  I loved its vintage look and it's rich deep red and green hues.
(I went to snag you a link, and it seems that it's no longer available in the shop,
 but if you're interested, contact Mary Fran and ask her about the set.)

I thought this particular Matilda stamp, called "Tilda Holding Bunch of Roses," would be the perfect match to go with the papers.

After coloring her with my Copics, I trimmed around her and layered her on the 
antique off-white background  paper with dots.

I made my very first beaded hat pin for this card and colored the pearl at the top of the pin 
Copics to match the roses Tilda is holding.

Card Recipe:

Card is 6" x 6"

Sentiment:  my own.

Papers:  Green card stock from Stampin' Up.  Patterned papers from Nitwit Collections.

Copics used to color the Tilda image.

Embellishments:  Ruby Paper Blooms from Kaiser Craft, beaded hat pin with glass and metal beads, 1/2 pearls colored with Copics, Offray deep red ribbon, and Diamond Stickles (used on the centers of the roses she's holding.

Tools:  Fiskar's edge punch "Threading Water", EK Success "Fern" punch, My Favorite Things Die-namics Fancy Flourish die.

I'm sorry it's been so long since I last posted a card, but "my life" got in the way of my crafting time.  I'm thrilled to have finally had the time to complete and share this card with you.  Thank you so much for stopping by!! 

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One of THOSE days!!

Yep, another image from Mo's Digital Pencil today!!
  I love Mo's troublesome two year olds.  (Actually, I love ALL her images!!)  LOL  This one's name is "Two Jill" and she sure has the attitude, doesn't she?  HA!!  I just now realized how closely I colored the image to how Mo has it displayed.  OOPS!  I didn't do it on purpose!!  It just happens to be one of my fav colors.  Oh well, it's not exact!!  LOL  It goes so well with the papers I chose.  :)


Card is 6" x 6"

Sentiment:  mine.
Papers:  Colorbok Pastels.
Copics used to color my digital image.
Embellishments:  1/2 pearls colored with Copics, glistening ivory organdy ribbon, and Stickles.
Tools:  Fiskar's edge punch "Elegant Fountain", My Favorite Things Die-namics die called "Flower Trio,"EK Success "Fern" punch, and Fiskar's 1 1/2" round punch and 2" scalloped punch.

It was so nice of you to stop by to check out my card!  Thank you!!  I hope you have a Blessed Day!!

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Marion and her kitty

I'm sharing another of Mo Manning's precious digital images,
this one is called "Marion."  
Don't ya just love her and her
cuddly fur baby?  I think she's just adorable!!

Card Recipe

Size:  6" x 6"

Solid and Patterned Papers:  Colorbok textured card stock and patterned paper: Rosewood.

Embellishments: Stickles, white half pearls colored with my Copics, shimmering blue 3/4" ribbon, and the butterfly is from Pink Paislee's Butterfly Collection.

Tools: MS around the page punch called "Eyelet Lace," My Favorite Things Die-namics die called "Flower Trio," and a Bunch Punch "Fern."

Copic Markers used:

Skin and cheeks:  E000, E00, E21, R20

Hair:  E25, E29, E31, E34, E35

Dress:  BG0000, BG10, BG72

Shoes:  E50, E53

Kitty:  E42, E50, E53, E55, R0000, R20

Shadow and blending:  C0, COO, C3, C5, and 0

Thank you for dropping by to check out my card, I hope you'll come back often!  Have a blessed day.

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱╮

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day Give-A-Way!!

Heather, over at Heather's Hobbie Haven,
is having another give-a-way!!

World Card Making Day began in 2006 as National Card Making Day. Founded by Paper Crafts magazine. Celebrating its sixth year in 2011, World Card Making Day is celebrated annually
on the first Saturday in October. 

As blog candy, Heather is giving the winner this Copic Coloring Card Kit Congratulations Tilda.She's perfect for any celebration.

So, let's celebrate World Card Making Day
at Heather's Hobbie Haven.
Head on over and check out the rules for her give-a-way.

Thank you!

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱╮

Monday, September 26, 2011

Believe with all your might!!

This wee little fairy is from Mo's Digital Pencil, and she's called "Teen Fairy Pia."  My dear Mama always read stories about Fairies to me when I was young, so I guess that's how I became so enamored with them.  :)

Card Recipe:

Size:  6" x 6"

Sentiment:  Found online from an anonymous author.

Solid and Patterned Papers:  Recollections and Prima Botanical Collection.

Embellishments: Stickles, latte half pearls, a soft turquoise blue button (old and given to me by my Mom), shimmering blue 3/4" ribbon, and Best Occasions 3D embellies.  (I added a tiny latte half pearl to the center of her flower ...after I took a photo.  ;)  Oh well!!  LOL)

Tools:  Fiskars "Threading Water" edger punch, Spellbinders Nestie:  Petite scalloped ovals large.

Copic Markers used:

Skin and cheeks:  E000, E00, E21, R20

Hair:  YR23, E35, E57

Dress and Wings:  BV000, R0000, R81, R85, Y00, BG000, BG01, BG10, E50, V000,

Shadow and blending:  C0, 0

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!!  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will return again soon!!

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

You're Amazing!!

Tell me, who doesn't like to color a Tilda image?   She's sitting there looking so pretty in her adorable dress.  I colored her, then cut her out and mounted her on 3D Dots.

Card recipe:

Size:  6" x 6"

Papers:  Colorbok Patterned Pack:  Rosewood.

Embellishments: Red 1/4 inch ribbon, red half pearls.

Tools:  Fiskars "Round the Rosey" circle border punch, MS corner punch "Eyelet Lace," My Favorite Things Die-namics "Flower trio and Leaf trio" die.  Stamp:  Kaiser Scrapbook Flourishes.

Distressing and flourish stamped with Ranger Antique Linen.

Copic Markers used:

EOOO, EOO, E21, E27, E40, E42, E44.
R20, R21, R22, R24, R29.
CO, C03

Thank you so much for checking out my blog and my new card post.  I hope you come by often!!

Have a wonderful day!

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱╮

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Splashy Sienna're the best!!

I'd like to share another card with you today.

I was smitten the moment I saw this precious little gal. (Yeah, I know you've heard that one before, huh?)  She's a digi, from Phindy's Place, and called Splashy Sienna.  She's sure lookin' out for her little ducky, isn't she?

Card Recipe:

Size:  6" x 6"

Sentiment:  from Paulette over at Create with TLC.

Patterned Papers:  Colorbok Patterned Paper, Stickers & Punch-out Pack - Pastel.

Embellishments: Stickles, white half pearls (colored with my Copics to match), baby blue 1/4" ribbon, stitches from my sewing machine :).

Tools:  Fiskars "Threading Water" edger punch, My Favorite Things Die-namics "Flower trio and Leaf trio" die.

Copic Markers used:

E000, 00, 11, 13, 21, 25, 27, 29, 57
R30, 32
G 05, 09, 21, 28, 29
Y000, 00, 11, 13
YG23, 63, 67
B00, 02, 21, 91, 95
BG000, 10
CO, C7

Thank you for stopping by to take a look!!  I hope your day is Blessed.

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱╮     

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Give Away and a card to share...

Heather, over at Heather's Hobbie Haven, is having a great Give Away!!

The Prize:

One October Water Coloring Card Kit - Ebony. Yep that's right you will receive this wonderful water coloring card kit. Which includes enough supplies to make three of the cards pictured below, the stamp and 3yards of hand dye seam binding. Plus another 15 yards of hand dyed seam binding, 3yards of 5 colors. You can see them pictured below. Who knew spraying glimmer spray could be so much fun. Tons of different colors..

Hurry on over to Heather's blog to learn how you can win this SWEET card kit!!  While you're there, browse her card kits and crafting supplies and tell her Marilou sent you...

Now I'd like to share one of my latest creations with you:

"Thinking of you..."  
Isn't she just adorable??  Look at that precious face!!  The moment I saw this little cutie, I knew I had to have her, and this card was so fun to make!

Card Recipe:

Size:  6" x 6"

This digi stamp is from Mo's Digital Pencil, and is called "On the pot."

Sentiment:  My own.

Patterned Papers:  Colorbok

Embellishments:  sparkly rhinestones, 5/8" lavender ribbon, Stickles.

Tools:  MS eyelet lace punch, rounded corner punch, flower corner punch, My Favorite Things Die-namics Flower trio and Leaf trio, and Bunch Punch fern punch.

Copic Markers used:  E000, E00, E21, R20, V01, V04, V06, YR23, E35, Y23, C0, C3, C5.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today!!

Big Hugs xo,

╰⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱╮

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vintage Lady

Hi!  I'm showing you a different type of folded card that I discovered here at "A perfect waste of time."
I was immediately attracted to its vintage look, so I knew I had to try it.
I used the digital image above (I haven't a clue where I got it!), as I couldn't find a digi to color with my Copics that I liked better than this one.  :) 

To open the card, just untie the bow, and the card opens to reveal a hidden corner pocket
that has an affixed tag on which to write your sentiment.
It also has a distressed tag with a bow tied onto it in the pocket.
Card Recipe:

Size: 5 1/4" square.

Image:  unknown.

Stamps:  Kaiser Flouishes.

Patterned Papers:  My Mind's Eye, 29th Street Market:  Peaceful "Treasure" and Prima Botanical Garden:  "Sweet Heart."

Distressing:  Ranger Ink:  Linen and Milled Lavender.

Embellishments:    White half pearls colored with Copics V15, Bo Bunny dimensional stickers:  Butterfly, Sheer and silk ribbon, Flowers, Leaves, and Fern.  Stickles.

Tools:  MS around the corner punch:  Eyelet Lace.  Fiskars Edge punch and embosser:  Elegant Fountain.  Punch bunch: Fern.  Fiskars corner punch:  Lace.  EK Success flowers and leaf punch (borrowed from a friend and I forgot to write down it's name.)

Thank you for stopping by to take a peak at my card!  Have a blessed day.

xo Marilou

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A napkin and some plastic wrap...

I know, I'm always doing something a bit different, and this card is no exception!  LOL  I found a video on YouTube in which a woman was making cards using an iron to adhere the face of a "fancy" napkin to card stock with Cling wrap.  I loved the idea, but had never tried it myself.  I shared this on a couple of forums that I visit, and the next thing I knew I got a surprise shipment from Australia (thank you Sandie!!) in which I found some stunning napkins.  So, here's my first attempt.  I used both black and red card for the background and card itself.  On the face of the card above is the napkin.  It's off white, gray, and black with a bit of red up at the center top.  I added half pearls (white ones colored with my Copics to match the red card stock .. Thanks for the tip Heather!)  I added the bling flourish, a ribbon, and sentiment which comes from Paulette from Create with TLC. It was easy!  I like the texture that the napkin adds to the card.  Here's the video:

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look!  I hope you learned something new that you can try.
Big Hugs,