Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Good Morning! My Friday Sketchers Challenge....

I have made one of the two Sympathy Cards I have to send shortly.
I have also followed the Sketch from Friday Sketchers on this one!

I am not sure if I like this one - I would like to hear what you have to say about it, please.
You will notice it is a 'busy' card for me. It has a lot of bling on it and I am not sure about this much bling on a 'Sympathy' Card?

Card stock used is SU 'Bermuda Bay', 'Riding Hood Red', and 'Very Vanilla'. The Design Paper is from a book from 'My Minds Eye'. I really like it as it has words printed on it that are very appropriate. I used 'Very Vanilla' ribbon and stamped on it with a long simple flower ( which I learned from my friend, Glenda ) It was stamped with Brown Staz On Ink. My Angel is from Sugar Nellie. I coloured her with Copics and used several colours of Stickles on her. The sentiment on the outside of the card as well as the larger one on the inside of the card came from: Impression Obsession, Inc. - CL114 Sympathy Sentiments. I used Nestibilites Labels 1 for the inside.
Here are some more pictures:

And the inside:

Many thanks for looking at my card. Please don't forget to let me know your thoughts on this one :o)
Have a great day - New Years Eve is just a day away and I am sure most of you have great plans.
Love Candy

Monday, December 28, 2009

My challenge for Magnolis-licious Challenge Blog

Hello!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas?!!
Can you believe it is going to be 2010 in a few days. Where in the world did that DECADE GO??

I am later than I intended to be - but not too late for the Challenge over on Magnolia-licious Challenge blog! I haven't even had a chance to look at the other entries yet. But will do so as soon as I have posted this card.
I guess I was tired cause I found it hard to come up with a shape - LOL...... So silly - I know!
In the end I made a simple Christmas stocking. I folded my white card stock in half and cut out the shape. The card is attached in two places: the cuff and a bit of the heel. I felt it would be safer that way than in just one place. I used left over design paper I had on hand and some left over pink that matched. I used my new 'Sparkling Tilda' stamp - I absolutely LOVE the sparkling head band :o)

I glued my design paper onto the white card stock and then glued the cuff, heel and toe onto the design paper.I used SU Regal Rose Ink to darken the edges of the DP. I then hand stitched the whole stocking with double hand embroidery thread.
I found in my stash some rub on's I had never used they were sticky ones that you have to put something over once they are attached. So I put SU Dazzling Diamonds over them. They are the 'Joy to the World" sentiment as well as the two snowflakes on heel and toe. I also added a dark pink rhinestone to the centre of the two snowflakes. I used 'Sookwang' tape that I cut very thin to add the pompom ribbon to the bottom of the cuff. It wanted to fray a lot, so I gently dipped each cut end into Crystal Laquer to stop that. I coloured my beautiful Tilda with Copics. Put ' Stardust' Glitter Ritz on her headband thickly as I wanted it to be 3 dimensional. I also put Dazzling Diamonds on her wings that had been lightly coloured with BGOOOO first. She is attached also with Sookwang tape. And looks over the top of the stocking. Here are some further pictures to hopefully show you the glitter on the rub on's.

Sorry for taking so many pictures! With my photo-editing program not working I am never sure what you are going to be able to see.
This was a fun project and I thank Cheryl Rowley for thinking of this one.
Keep well - keep safe - Love Candy

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas to All

Hello and the Best of the Christmas Season to all of you wonderful people who come and visit my blog.
I started this in June and never thought I could follow it through. Never thought I would learn so much from you all about blogging.....
And certainly didn't think you would all come to see what I made.
You have made this lady one happy gal. I can't thank you enough for your kind comments and the many things I have learned from each one of you about card making.
My wish is for you all to have a very Merry and safe Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year; with lots more time for everyone to make their beautiful treasures.
I have made gifts that I have forgotten to take pictures of as I have hurried through these past few days - I am sorry I forgot!! For you AND for me as I won't have a record now of them :o(
Looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year with your brilliant ideas :o)
Lots of Love, Candy

Candy Mills

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Oh It's Morning Already!!

I had to keep working, so thought I would show you a very simple candle.

I decided not to work with the tissue paper on the candle this time. I wanted my friend to be able to actually light the candle and this way she can do that when she is ready and SAVE Tilda and the wrapping to put on a new candle!!

Her favourite colour is purple. I wanted to keep it very light because I wanted it to be used at Christmas and put in my green and red berry wreath. I think it works OK. Other than colouring with Copics and cutting Tilda out with my Scalloped Oval; I simply put the SU 'Almost Amethist' card stock through my crimper and sealed it with Sookwang tape. I did NOT tape it to the candle. It is sticky enough that it stays just where you want it to be! I wrapped a wide silk ribbon around the whole thing and added clear rhinestones down the backside where the join in the paper is and also a few around the ribbon. I did add Crystal Lacquer to each berry and some Dazzling Diamonds on the candle.

My pictures are not perfect as I had to hold the candle so you could see it. Sorry about that! Of course I have encluded a pretty candle stand with this gift!

Here it is:

and the back view:

Hope you enjoy this little candle........
Love, Candy

Candy Mills

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hello once again!

Today I wrapped gifts to mail in the morning, picked up a gift that I had ordered and finally had arrived. AND made two Magnolia cards. Both identical!! You can tell things are getting tight when I do that LOL.

I love this little Tilda 'Christmas Morning'. I have seen her numerous times on other blogs, but when you love something this much you just have to make your own!!
I stamped Tilda on white card stock, coloured her with Copics and cut it out and put her onto Real Red card stock from SU. The music is also a Magnolia stamp from last Christmas, 'Silent Night'. I made my own paper with it. I used a thin card stock and used a method that my wonderful SU Demonstrator, Glenda, taught me. She taught us if we rub in a circular motion onto card stock with the stamp pad we would get a very interesting background. It would be different depending on how gently you held the pad. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Antique Linen' and did that very thing. Then I scrunched up the paper, after that I used SU 'Soft Suede' and stamped my Silent night onto it and then rubbed the card stock again VERY gently to get the darker marks on it. Then I ironed the paper to get it flat so that I could mount it onto SU Real Red card stock. ( The stamp is a large one - I used it once and cut it in half so each card had a piece of it ) The main Card stock is Whisper White from SU and the Design Paper is Christmas SU . I wrapped a piece of ribbon from Michael's around the music paper and tied it into a bow. I used Spellbinders Shapeabilities Snowflake #1 to make the snowflake. I used the same background paper I made for the music; sprayed it heavily with home made shimmer using SU Champagne Mist. Then touched it with a bit of glue and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds from SU onto it. I also used a little bit of Crystal Stickles for Tilda's clothes. Tilda and the snowflake are raised with 3 D tape.

Here she is:

Here is a closer look!

and the inside of course :o)

Sure hope the majority of you are all finished preparation for Christmas and are now RELAXING!! LOL LOL
Love, Candy
Candy Mills

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Tuesday Evening!

Hi everyone! Gosh I have been so busy I almost forgot to post!
I have sent almost everything away but I did take a picture of one Magnolia Card of Edwin on his sleigh. This image is from the new 'So Snowy So Jolly Collection' as is one of the money holders I remembered to show you. The other one is a digital image from a great place called Cuddly Buddly!
Here is the picture of the card. This one was sent to a family of 3 boys!

This of course is a plain and simple card. I stamped the image on a 5" square of white paper then masked Edwin and stamped the Winter Forest over top of him. I coloured with Copics of course and used Sparkly Fluff on the white parts of his touque and coat. All the snow is Twinklets.
Here is a closer look:

the inside:

Here are two of the money holders I made. All 6 were different and all had Magnolia images on them except one:

Here is the digi image. Cute eh???

You can tell I am a bit rushed as the cards aren't as involved as usual. I just hope they are enjoyed anyway.
Hope you are all in much better shape than I am for being ready for Christmas!
Be Happy
Love, Candy
Candy Mills

Friday, December 11, 2009

Quickie Gift Card Holders

Hello Friends,
Many big thanks to those who are praying for my brother. I appreciate it so much! He was working in Montreal and lives in St. Catherine's, Ontario. His wife and children are driving to him in the horrible snow storm that is raging on the east coast of Canada and U.S.A........Wishing safe travel to them.
Well this is another quick post. Only two weeks until Christmas today! I still have gifts to make and all my gifts to wrap and mail back east and to the mainland of B.C. It will be a very busy weekend for me!!! PLUS it is DH Birthday today - the BIG 65th! I cooked a dinner and made his favourite Birthday Cake. His cousin is having a huge family surprise Birthday Party for him tomorrow and all I have to do is bring dessert. THREE cakes! So you know what I will be doing in the morning LOL
Tonight I made 4 gift card holders for our two nephews and our two Grandchildren. Two for the little boys are the same so you will only get pictures of 3 of them :o)
I found these on '' and if you click here it will take you to SCS and all you have to do is click on the link there for the pattern.
Here they are:

The blue one is for our oldest nephew and the airplane ones are for our youngest nephew and our Grandson. These aren't Christmas Papers, but I couldn't resist using it because it reminded me so much of the 50's when I was a young girl and what my brother used to get for Christmas. The pink one is for our Granddaughter - of course! What could I do - her favourite colour is PINK and she loves BLING - I have taught her well LOL LOL
Now the Grandchildren are getting presents as well - but we thought they might get a big kick out of a gift certificate to McDonald's - it is such a great treat for them to go there. Our two nephews I am afraid, get Gift Certificates to Wal* Mart each year to buy what they wish for.
Tomorrow I am hoping to make some money holders for the 'big' kids. Hope to see you all again then.
Be happy! Love, Candy
Candy Mills

Magnolia Christmas Card

Hello - Are you all as busy as I am these days??? I have no idea how I got so far behind with everything to do with Christmas! H E L P !!! LOL
My short post tonight is to show you the Christmas Card I have made for the " Just Magnolia Challenge" .
Unfortunately last week my brother had a heart attack and then heart surgery and it through me for a I missed the challenge :o(
I am right on time for this one though. Hope you enjoy my card. I think most everything is self explanitory. If you have any questions - please ask.

Thank you for taking the time from your busy shedual to have a peek at my card.
Love, Candy
Candy Mills

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Tooth Fairy cometh......

Gosh another week has come and gone - can you believe it?
We have had some unfortunate news about two members of our family this week s0 I haven't been up to making things.
This afternoon I realize I had to get going here or I will be late for Christmas and there is no way I want to disappoint others. Especially my Grandchildren; so I made a special gift for Brandon just from Grandma. I usually make each of our Grandchildren something by hand just from me - this year Brandon is getting a Tooth Fairy Box. As far as I know he has no loose teeth yet, but he is 6 and in Grade One so the time will soon be here for him I think :o)
The tin and 'What's In Your Tin #1' stamp set were purchased from Gina K. a year ago in preparation for this time......The stamp used is from 'Whiff of Joy' and is 'Mathew Lying' - as you see, I use only a portion of the image.The entire box was painted with Copics EXCEPT the wings which I coloured with Prismacolors. I used SU Dazzling Diamonds on the wings, Patina Stickles for the stars and a couple of flourishes. I also attached SWARTZ. Crystals with Crystal Lacquer to the odd star.
I was trying to make this a magical looking little box for the dream of the tooth fairy but I had to be careful not to make it feminine! I hope I did it 'just right'. You must leave a comment and let me know if I succeeded. I am disappointed with the star I made :o( I used Crystal Lacquer and I had added a Swartz. Crystal under his name - when I turned it over after it had dried I could see there is a small space around the crystal. I don't think Brandon will notice it - but I care because I was trying to make it so special......

Here are my pictures :

When I started my blog in June I was just begiinning to make cards on a regular basis and the blog was going to be a test for me to see if : 1 - I could keep it up and 2. It would be fun.
Well it has been fun but I have not made a lot of projects. I now have the odd store asking me to make cards for them once in a while; as well as a little place back in my home town that I made some cards for, and low and behold they have been selling.
So in 2010 my goal is to work more faithfully - almost like a job ( when life doesn't interfere! LOL ) and have a lot more for you to look at. I really hope I can succeed in this..........
Love to you all, Candy
Candy Mills

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Something Special

Happy December 1st! Can you believe that Christmas is a short 24 days from now??
Wow the year has gone fast!!

**I was honored to be asked by the lovely Cindy Echtinaw to make some cards for her Store.** Cindy owns the Stampingscrapping Store in Alto, MI, USA. Cindy also has the MOST FABULOUS online store I have ever been to! If you need any stamping or scrapping supplies and want the FASTEST service and the BEST PRICES you must go to her store. Talk about SERVICE - it will rock your socks off!!!!

Cindy is now carrying the famous HOUSE MOUSE STAMPS. You can join her new House Mouse Stamp CLUB for 12 months; 6 months; or sign up and buy one a month :o) I have very happily made a couple of Christmas Cards for her store.

The first card is a 'Joy Fold Card' and uses the stamp called ' Lip Smackin' Relaxin'. I have used this stamp before and love it! The second card is an 'Easel Card' and used the stamp called 'Love Bunny'. It was a challenge to make both these stamps into Christmas Cards - hope I have done them well..........

Here is my sweet little mouse in his cup of hot chocolate:
' Across The Miles at Christmas'

Design Paper: K & Company - Sweet Noel
Stampin' Up card stock : Regal Rose, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Copics used: Skin: R000; Nose: R20; Ear: R20, R21; Cheek and Tongue: R21; Hair: E11, E13; Marshmallows:: C00, C1; Cup: YG09, YG11, R20, R21; Floor: C3
Sharpie Poster Paint Extra Fine white
Quickie glue pen and SU Dazzling Diamonds
Small paint brush and SU: Frost White Shimmer Pain - brushed very finely on: marshmallows and bubbles on Mouse mouth
MS Punched snowflakes
MS Crystal Course Glitter
Sentiments: inside and out were computer generated using CurlzMT Font size 12
SU Modern Label Punch
Nestibilities Scallop Oval
Heidi Grace small clear snowflake
More pictures for you:

Here is my second card: My Love Bunny
" Christmas is like.......A Warm Hug'

Designer Paper: Basic Grey - Wassail
Card stock - plain white
Tim Holtz Destress Inks: Antique Linen and Tattered Rose
Large Rectangle Nestibilities and Large Scallop Rectangle Nestibilities
Copic Sketch Markers: Hearts: R24, R29; Mouse and Rabbit - Ears: R000; Face: R20,R21; Mouse Hair: E50, E51; Rabbit Hair: C00, C1, C3; Floor: C5, C3, C1
Eclipse Tape
Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent Chalk - shimmers - Gold
Red ribbon - unknown
Hat pins - unknown
Silver present charm - my stash
Crystal effects for glue
Computer generated sentiment
SU Large Oval Punch
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags

Hope you have enjoyed my cards for today.........
Love, Candy
Candy Mills