Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mini Maggies only June challenge...

Hello blogging buddies and Maggie lovers! Today is the beginning of June and at Magnolia-licious Highlites we have another challenge for you. This month's challenge is to make a card or a project using Mini Maggies only! Our very talented Janiel is the host of the challenge this month and we hope that you'll join in all the fun!

I needed some gifts for the kiddos to give to their teachers. Of course I have to give them something hand made, right?!! So I put on my thinking cap and got right down to business.

I have four projects to show you, so bear with me while I show you all the photos I took. I have to say that my jumping off point were the little ceramic watering cans. Aren't they the cutest? The girls gave me one each for Mother's Day. At Mother's Day Out they had made little paper flowers on sticks with their pictures in the center. Very cute, but I had to recycle them.

Here is the first one I did...

I filled each little watering can with chocolate cover sunflower seeds to hold the sticks in place and then covered the top with tulle. For this one I used #373 Honey Tilda and #174 Edwin wants a Hug. All of the Minis are available from Diana here at Magnolia-licious. I used Spellbinder dies for my circles and Marianne Designs leaves. All flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Pearls are from my stash as is all the ribbon used throughout. On this particular project I doubles the yellow scalloped circles and put the stick in between so the back was finished.

A close up of my images...

Here is the second watering can. I made this one to be a birthday gift, but don't have any particular birthday in mind. I used #241 Dancing Party Tilda and #294 Tilda with a Balloon.

I just recently acquired some new Spellbinders dies. One of them is the Heart Circles die so I had to put it to use right away. Doesn't it make a beautiful circle. The smaller one holding the sentiment just embosses a small heart border, so it was perfect for what I needed. I decided to encircle the entire top rim of the watering can with flowers. On this one I popped the image up and put the stick between the image and the heart die. I love how this one turned out!

Here's a closer look at #294 Tilda with a Balloon...

This is #241 Dancing Party Tilda...

There are two wonderful ladies who teach at Mother's Day Out each week. I needed a gift for each of them. They are totally awesome in the 2 year old class. They have not just my twins but another set of twins to coral every Tuesday and Thursday. I had bought these bath salt balls at Michael's in the dollar bin several years ago. I'm so glad I bought so many of them because they have really come in handy.

Here is the first one...

I made a band to wrap around the center using some Magnolia bubbles paper I've had for a while. It was a perfect match! I used the Magnolia Vintage Tag die with #261 Tilda with Hawaii Flower for my image. The ribbon is from my stash and all flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The butterflies are from my MS punch. The sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly. I used a combination of Copics and Distress Inks with this image.

Here is a closer view...

For my final gift I used cardstock and punch the edges with a MS punch. I used the Vintage tag again and two Mini images on this one, masking the two images. #505 Stone Pathway and #3005 Rubber Boots Tilda. The sentiment is from SU and the little charm is from my stash.

A closer look at sweet Tilda...

Whew, I hope you've made it through to the end! I do hope you're inspired with my projects and that you'll get out your Mini's (or order some from Diana) and make something to join in the fun this month!



  1. Barbara, omg, your mini maggies are adorable. What wonderful gift ideas. Your colouring & embellies are beautiful. I am so sorry to read of your DH health issues, my thoughts are with you. Hugs Jodie from Oz xx

  2. All I can say Barb is WOWSERS! These are fabulous and great gift ideas. Hugs, Maria

  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Barb! I just love those little watering cans. I wonder if I could find them here? They are just so cute! Your coloration of the minis is perfectly done. I love the sweetness of all four projects.

    Chris Christensen

  4. Oh my goodness!!! They are all so adorable, I love those little watering cans, what a lovely gift to receive. All the sweet Tilda's and Edwin are coloured beautifully.
    Suzi x

  5. you really have doen a fabulous job on all these minis my BFF. Those watering cans/ cups are my favourite, think i gotta look out for something similar here, TFS
    P.S: wishing Bill well and hoping we can chat soon, Miss YOU!!

  6. Barb,
    Your gifts are sensational!!!
    Beautifully coloured and decorated.
    They will be cherished for sure :o)
    Hugs, Candy

  7. How beautiful are these gifts? These projects are fantastic, I know the teachers will be so impressed. You'll get an A++ grade for sure. Keeping happy thoughts for all of you right now.
    Sue S.

  8. Awesome coloring on your mini Maggies Barb.
    I love your little creations.
    I pray your hubby gets better and he is back with you real soon.
    Hugs Maz

  9. Wow, what can I say???? Your minis are delightful...a joy to behold!!!!!

  10. What lovely gifts, coring is beautiful, bye Mascha

  11. So many gorgeous mini maggies! These are beautiful projects and gift ideas! Your coloring looks wonderful too Barb! Love that little watering can! hugs, Angela

  12. Hi Barb!
    You are a crafting maniac! Wow, these would've taken me at least a week. lol You're coloring is awesome! I need to practice more. Anyways, keep them coming.
    P.S. Are you going to the Great Scrap booking Convention this weekend in Arlington?

  13. oh my, I love them all - I want them all, LOL! Great job and great ideas! Inexpensive gifts but just the right added touch to make them lovely gifts!! (and a prayer being said for your DH!)

    So much inspiration here wowie!!!

    I love everything and your colouring my friend IS SUCH EYE CANDY!

    You have a bunch of lucky friends :)How do you manage to create all of this lol!

    Thanks for the update on the hubby.Thinking of you and the family my friend.


  15. BARB! These are AMAZING!!!!! Just so adorable and beautifully colored...especially fond of the green can (my favorite color!).
    Thank you for the're in my thoughts and prayers!

  16. Barb, these are great looking mini creations. Super cute idea and very sweet display on the water can. Fabulous job!!

  17. These are the sweetest! I love your display. Perfection.

  18. Love your fun projects Barb and I'm sure the recipients did too! What great use of the minis for these...perfect size!!! Fantastic work and so inspiring!!!

  19. You are so thoughtful Barb to make handmade gifts for the children's teachers! Totally charming and delightful! They will treasure them!

  20. Hi ladybug!!! I've got to tell you that I about fell out of my chair when I first saw these!!! I can't even begin to tell you how much I love these!!!! Absolutely precious, adorable, fantastic, amazing, and every other adjective you can possibly think of!! I truly adore these, Barb!!!! You KILLED this challenge my friend!!! hugs!!!

  21. WOW! these are all AWESOME, love them.

  22. Hello Barb, these are all adorable! so much inspiration ...Wonderful gifts they will make.
    Your coloring is divine!

  23. Oh Barb - how in the world do you do it all. Those little watering cans are adorable - I love them. I only have one 4 year old and a healthy husband. And still, you run circles around me Barb - and very talented circles at that.
    Love you

  24. Wow Barb. They are beautifull !

    hugs Monique

  25. OMG...........I love all of these. What a great job you did. Your coloring is amazing, but your design ideas blew me away!

  26. Oh my, those projects are so, so amazing beautiful!! I love the colors you have used and your mini's are looking great on your projects.


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