29 October 2009

A cup of tea and some news!

Hi everyone, hope your week is going well. I have a card today for three challenges:
Daring Cardmakers: Favourite things (at least five of your favourite things to use on your cards). My favourite things used here are May Arts ribbon, gems, stardust stickles, punch, piercing, distress ink sponging, copics, creating backgrounds to my images, dimension tape ( I almost always use this, I like to lift up the layers), Bazzil cardstock. Well that's nine, a shame, if I'd had ten there was a gold star in it :)!

Allsorts Challenge: Furry friends (I like bunnies!)

Simon Says Challenge: All that sparkles, (gems and stickles)

I've used an MFT bunny set, I love the little accessory stamps that go with these sets and I've used them all on this card and I also love the sentiment which is hidden at the top a bit by the ribbon but the last word is 'company'. The image is coloured with copics, I've done some flicky strokes to give a bit of texture to the fur and then I've stamped the leaves in different shades of distress inks. All around the image I've sponged with distress inks to create the background then added lots of stardust stickles and gems. Image is mounted on bazzil card one piece punched with an MS scallop punch and then pierced along the scallopes (I've had a day off from the doodling today)! Added the pretty ribbon to finish.

On to my news! I entered the Magnolia Stamps weekend challenge back in September and was very excited that I won first prize. It was very difficult to keep quiet about it all this time, I had to wait until the new Magnolia ink magazine was out which it is now. I just got my copy yesterday which has my card on the cover (mega exciting) and a double page spread too, it's going in a frame, well one of the other two copies that I've bought are anyway :) The magazine is superb and all the projects from the Design Team are amazing, they've put so much work into their creations, it's all gorgeous and Christmassy.

As if I wasn't excited enough about this, Magnolia have asked me to be on their Design Team! I'm still dealing with the unreality of this every day at the moment until I receive my stamps but I have the emails which I keep looking at to believe it :) . I found out a couple of days after Ally Pally, so that certainly was an amazing week for me. I can't wait until I can post my first DT card on my new Magnolia blog which I'm in the process of starting. So, apologies that I haven't really been on top of emails and commenting, things have been a bit manic. TFL.


Dawn B. said...

I am sooo excited for you.. Who would have thought stamping would take you so far. I come here all the time and find so much inspiration.. Not only do you have a way with color you also have a wonderful drawing ability too.. COngrats Chris from across the pond..

Crissy Armstrong said...

Of course you won first prize. No surprise here! And of course you are wanted on their DT. That's a no brainer too! ;-D Big hugs of congrats to you Chris! That piccy on the front cover is amazing, incredible, a work of art worth framing, so I'm glad it is getting framed! I sure do hope I can get my inky paws on one of those mags! It is a must have! I have to see your art up close and personal Chris! I could learn so much from you!
I'm just rejoicing in your win!!
Big hugs!

Crissy Armstrong said...

I forgot to add how much I love the bun card!! I love the texture of the fur on him, and as always, the background is so detailed and interesting. I do wish for a tutorial on how you use color in behind your images. It really makes them stand out from the crowd. I just love it!

Jane Wetzel said...

how adorable this is...

Patti.Jo said...

Congratulations on a well deserved win! Your work is outstanding! Just love how you watercolor and especially the backgrounds! Very talented artist!

scrappyjan said...

Oh CHris CONGRATS to you!!!!!!!!!! I am NOT surprised at all.....You are a true talent!!! I want one of those mag's.... love the bunny card!!!!!!
CONGRATS one more time and a big hug!!

Julie said...

WOW - fab news for you but not surprising in the least - your talent is off the scale!!! Love this little card and your background is stunning!! Then I read this is one of your fav things to do, then I read all the other comments - think a tutorial would be fab but then you are a busy gal and only getting busier!! Have loads of fun with your DT magnolia work! Juliex

angelwhispers Chanelle said...

Congratulations Chris, you must be soooooo excited. What an honour to be on the Magnolia DT!!! Saw my friends copy of the mag last night it's wonderful just full of beautiful cards and projects!!! Love your bunny card the colouring in is fab as always and love the stamped saying xx

Scrappymax said...

First of all this card is adorable, so fresh and bright. Secondly, congratulations on your win, I can definitely see why you won, your creations are amazing and I am looking forward to visiting your magnolia blog reguarly. Well done.
Max x

scrappyjacky said...

Many congrats to you,Chris....well deserved....can't wait to see your DT work.

Pascale said...

Wow Chris amazing cards and inspiration as always ,heaps of congratulations and you believe it, You deserve all the success you receive, you are super talented, so enjoy!!!! Hugs Pascale x

Marimer said...

Mis mas cariñosas felicidades, por el premio y por tu designación de diseñadora de Magnolia. Gana Magnolia y ganamos todas las que te visitamos, porque tus trabajos son espectaculares y Magnolia es una gran firma, la adoro, juntas hareis grandes, grandes trabajos con tu calidad y los stamps de Magnolia. Estoy nerviosa por ver tu primer trabajo.
Gracias por tu visita, me enorgullece muchísimo que una gran profesional como tu entre en mi blog. Buen dia, besitos.

Tab said...

Ooooh fabulous card, Chris, just love that sweet bunny!

Oh huge congrats, and welcome aboard, it is so good to have you on the mags team.....sorry I have told you that so many times already LOL...but it really is! Your work for the magazine was fabulous as is all your work!
Much love, teamie
Tab xxx

Louby said...

Well done Chris, DT member too! Bet you can't wait to play with all the stuff their going to send you! ooooh excuse me I think i'm dribbling at the thought...lol
Louby xxx

Rainmac said...

Love your card, it's stunning and many congratulations on your fab news xxx

brenda said...

Hi Chris

This is so adorable, love the colours of those leaves.

Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.

B x

Fiona said...

Hello Chris,
Many congrats on your win and your Design Team news-both very well deserved.
Your bunny card is fabulous, love the image and sentiment.(haven't seen one like this before.) As usual the colouring is spectacular.
Looking forward to seeing you next week.
Fiona x

liza said...

congrats christine i can just see you now doing your happy dance,you deserve it,look forward to seeing your magnolia DT cards

love n hugs

Mo said...

Many Congratulations Chris to your 1. prize, your Magnolia DT Member and your beautiful cards - you're so talented, I'm happy with you...!!!

Lynsey said...

Beautiful card Chris and so pleased to hear your great news!
Hugs Lynsey:)

Janet said...

Oh Wow! Fabulous news Chuck..... you deserve this so much as your art work is truly amazing!! xx

Lynda said...

Wow this is absolutely stunning - love everything about it - I think you should be awarded the gold star simply for the beauty of it. Thanks for joining in with DCM this week.

Lynda xxx

Debbie said...

What fabulous news Chris! Magnolia are lucky to have you as your cards are always amazing! Debbie x

June Houck said...

Add a fourth challenge, Chris: Cuttlebug Challenge! MFT is sponsoring us this week and the challenge is to use a favorite thing :)

Love your Flopsey. I have this stamp set and only used it one time. I will have to get him out again!

CraftyC said...

Congratulations on all your good news Chris, your colouring always get me, just stunning. Have just ordered my copy of the magazine and cant wait to see your article.

Karen said...

Congratulations Chris, you so deserve it and you will be a huge asset to the DT. I am delighted for you. Well done.

Karen x

Juls said...

such a gorgeous card!! and HUGE CONGRATS!!!!!

megastamper said...

oh chris how funny. ... so a perfect coloration again!!!
big hugs, bea

Debs said...

Hi Chris
Simply stunning card - love the ce bunny and your colouring is fantastic. I feel honoured that you have taken on my challlenge at Allsorts this week - thank you so much.
Congrats on your good news too!!!
Take care
Debs xx

Julie said...

Congratulations Chris and can I say that it's no real surprise that they'd want someone as talented as you on their team? Love your bunny card too. I'm really pleased for you.

Kathy said...

Fab card, everything looks wonderful - awwww such a shame you missed out on the Gold Star though hehehe.
Hope you enjoyed making it anyway, and thanks for sharing your lovely work with The Daring Cardmakers

Kim Piggott said...

Congratulations Chris this is just such wonderful news!!!!
Your work is totally stunning in the magazine and you are totally going to rock on the dt!
Love your gorgeous card it is another stunning card!
kim x

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Hi Chris

Congratulations they sure are lucky to have you on their DT hun your work is stunning hope you enjoy every minute of it....

fab card as always hun and thanks for playing at Allsorts

Emma xxx

Donna said...

WAAAAHAAAYY Chris. you go my friend and HUGE congratulations to you, I am so excited and happy for you, your work is truly amazing and so inspirational! You will totally rock the Magnolia challenges and I hope your DT kit arrives soon so you can play! My only one complaint is that the piccy of your card on the magazine is too small....bigger pictures please lol! :) Donna x

Ludkasz said...

Super card:)


Whey-hey Chris!!! Huge congratulations on your Magnolia triumph! Your card on the front of the magazine looks amazing -hope we will get to see a larger version and I'm looking forward to visiting your new Magnolia Blog.
The bunny rabbit card is awesome too!
Love, & Hugs, Sylvia xxxx

kim-paperbabe said...

Wow congratulations Chris I'm so excited for you!!! Yippee, that's just the best news, woo hoo your work is stunning!!!

Your bunny card is fabulous too, love the background and texture!

Way to go hun you so deserve this, (((HuGs))) Kim :)

Littleminx said...

Hi Chris

I sat drooling at the front cover when I received my copy yesterday, but was not surprised to see that all the talent was down to you. Huge congratulations for all of your fabulous news and look forward to following your new blog soon.


PS - Bunnies makes ten favourite things so double gold star for you!!

Di said...

Oh my! double WOW!!!! i'm not surprised you have been chosen your artwork os fabulous Chris. I love the bunny card and where can i get the mag??

CongratS !!!!!!

Many hugs Di xxxxxx

cats whiskers said...

How sweet is this, love the image and the great colour scheme. and congrats on your winderful news sweetie, so well deserved cannot wait to see your fabulous creations
Hugs Jacqui x

Nannieflash said...

Congratulations Chris on being chosen for the Magnolia DT team and well done, the card is gorgeous. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

mckinkle said...

Congrats to you Chris! Time to celebrate!
Stunning card also!

Keryn :D

Georgia said...

Oh my gosh Chris, that's fantastic news!! I' so happy for you, that's brilliant, and so well-deserved. :)
I love your gorgeous card too, that bunny image is stunning! :)Huge congratulations! Have a nice weekend!
Love, Georgia xx

Kathie said...

Hi Chris, This is a fantastic card the colours are so pretty and the colouring, I think I'm on the next flight for a few lessons.
By the way congratuations again re Magnolia, I'm so excited for you. I know the feeling especially when you asked me that special question last week.
Have a great weekend.

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

I am so, so sorry it has taken me so long to give you my big congratulatons on your success Chris. I'm not at all surprised though, they were bound to find you sooner or later !!!

What an inspiration you are to us all.

With big hugs,

Jo xxx

Kathy said...

Chris oh my I am so very excited for you!!! WHOHOOOOOO!!!! How could they not ask you after seeing your creations!! I have never seen anything like them!! Oh I can't wait to see your sneak peeks! Congrats on both these!!!

AND I just love this card!!! It just put the biggest smile on my face!!! I am so jealous of how you create your backgrounds and empty space!! Pure genius!!!
So happy for you lady!!!

Vicki said...

Hi Christine

I just wanted to pop by and say a huge congratulations on having your stunning card featured on the cover of Magnolia Ink, plus the double page spread. I got my copy posted today and the magazine is fabulous. Your cards are truly magnificent and so inspirational. WOW!!! You must be so ecstatic about making the DT for Magnolia, well done luvly you certainly deserve it. All the very best and I'll look forward to visiting your Magnolia blog. luv 'n' crafty hugs xx vicki xx

Sandra said...

...and it couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. Chris you have more talent in your little finger than I could ever hope for. CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS on your win, DT position, being a front page pin up girl ;o) and getting behind that stand at the NEC. Magnolia are so lucky to have you and I am so proud to be able to call you my friend.
Love ya!
Sandra x

stephanne said...

Oh Chris, that is delightful news and gosh, that would have been SOOO hard to keep under wraps. Congratulations to you, and I can't wait to see what your first batch of DT works will look like. Amazing, no doubt. And the cover page is your card, eh? Fantastic!! Congratulations again :)

Anonymous said...

Chris! how to exciting.. I am so happy for you...
I can't wait for my magazine to come... I just know it is fantastic, and now that I know you are in it... woo hoo!!
your card on the front is absolutly stunning!
thanks for all the inspiration!Hugs

IsaNorris said...

Congratulations !! truly deserved

Larissa said...

Whooooheeeee Congratulations Chris! It is so well deserved! I hope I can pick up a copy of the magazine next week, when Magnolia is on a chraft show where I am also going. Can't wait to see your creation in the magazine! :)