Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Diana's Birthday Bash...

Welcome to the Magnolia-licious Highlites Birthday bash Blog Hop. We are celebrating our fabulous Diana's birthday (which is actually tomorrow, August 24th) and we're throwing one bodacious Cyber Birthday Party. I'm in charge of the appetizer's and this is what I'm putting on the table...

Don't these look delicious? What a yummy way to start the festivities!!

Since this is still a blog hop you should have arrived here from the uber talented Janiel's blog. If not, please hop back to the beginning of the party hop by going over to the Magnolia-licious Highlites to start your journey. Lots of fabulous creations and lot's of fun party items to be found along the way. From here you will hop to Sharon Caudle's awesome blog to see her fabulous creation.

We were each asked to make something very special for Diana to honor her. She is such a fabulous leader, most generous with her Maggies and always looking for a way to give us all a break! So my mind began to just pop with ideas that I hope will let her know just how greatly appreciated she is, not just by her DT but by everyone who shops with her online. I made three special projects for her and I hope she will enjoy each one. Here are the three projects together and I will go through how each one was made followed by a recipe on each project at the end of the post. All the images are available from Diana at Magnolia-licious unless otherwise stated...if you can't find a particular image, just let Diana know and I know she will work her magic to get it into the shop for you! I'm telling you, Diana goes well out of her way to give us the best prices, the best service and the best discounted deals anywhere.

The first project I pulled together is a tin DVD case. I ordered a number of these several years ago and was down to my last two. These are so cool. They make a really great gift when you put personal touches on them. I thought about traveling to B.C to help Diana celebrate, but, well, that was out of the question. However, I knew that Tilda could travel and so I chose #262 Traveller Tilda (she is not available in the store right now) and sat her upon #625 Suitcase with Sign from the Bon Voyage collection (also not available) and masked them together. I knew I wanted to use Magnolia dp on this project too so I went hunting through my drawer and found these two papers from the Bon Voyage Collection also. I covered the seam of the paper with a strip of black card stock using my Magnolia Vintage Lace die and a piece of red ribbon. Notice that Tilda's purse uses the Zebra paper to match and that I've put 'TX' and 'BC' on the sign post. Oh what fun I'm having...

Here's a close up of sweet Tilda...

Now, on the inside I decided to put a party in the box. Sorry, Diana, I really tried to fit in some chocolate but nothing would fit. However, there is still some chocolate to come so don't despair!

I reversed the paper and finished off the middle leaving a pocket to stick stuff into. For the party I've included a balloon and three candles, but after these are removed you can put in little reminder notes, receipts or anything that just needs tucking in. (just not a candy bar!)

On the opposite side I've added a small notepad (which has had 1" removed from the bottom to fit the tin). I covered the top of the pad with more Zebra paper and stamped each and every page with Mini images of Tilda. I used #293 Tilda with small gift, #294 Tilda with a Balloon, #233 Congratulation Tilda, #241 Dancing Part Tilda and #3050 Tilda with Heart Lace. All of these mini images are available at Diana's store. Then to complete the ensemble I used more Zebra paper and inserted it into the barrel of the pen then tied a small piece of gingham ribbon to the pocket clip and wrote a note to Diana. This birthday note pad in a tin is perfect for slipping into your purse, you always have pen and paper handy and the tin snaps closed to keep loose papers contained.

Next I had been working on this idea for a Cupcake gift card holder, but wasn't happy with the results. So keeping the Styrofoam ball with the flowers and ribbon, I redid the bottom to my satisfaction and reinserted the ball. Instead of making a regular rectangular gift card part, I made mine oval and used a Mini Congratulation Tilda and Mini Tilda with a balloon again, masking together. I repeated the Spellbinder shape that I had used on then front of the Note pad tin. This doesn't slip all the way into the "Cupcake" as in the instructions, but I liked my idea well enough. I used a Micro binder clip to hold the images panel and a Starbucks gift card on the back. Red bows finished off this project.

Here is the cupcake with the images slipped all the way out...

And here is the cupcake with the gift card swiveled out. Diana, enjoy a good cup of coffee or two on me and think of me while you sip away...wish I could be there to share it with you.

My final project and little gifty for Diana is a altered Crystal Light container. I'm tellin' ya the ideas just kept on comin'!!!

I didn't have any of the original dp left, at least in pieces big enough to cover this oval shaped container. So I found some Magnolia stripped paper from the same collection which I thought would do. No more Zebra paper so I used some black and white stripped ribbon from my stash and used it to border the container. My image is #226 Birthday Tilda and here is where the chocolate comes in...first here is my altered container...

I managed to stuff three delicious Chocolate Biscotti with Chocolate icing into the container. I mean, what is a birthday without chocolate???

Fianlly, I had just enough scrap Zebra paper left to decorate the lid with and tie the piece into the rest of ensemble.

Okay, here's my recipe (excluding the images which I have already listed):

DP - Magnolia, unknown maker from stash
CS - Xpress It Blending Card, SU
Distress Ink - weathered wood, tattered rose
Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, chalk for cheeks
Blonde Hair - E35, Y26, &23
Black Hair - C7, 5, 3, 1
All red clothing/shoes et al - R46, R14, R12
All other clothing - BG70, BG93
Suitcase - E40, 41, 42, 43, gold Spica pen
Cake - E25, 27, 31
Sign post - E35, 34, 31
Flowers - stash
Ribbon - stash
Glossy Accents

I hope you're enjoying all the wonderful projects on the Blog hop and that you'll take the time to comment on all the DT blogs. Remember from here you're hopping over to Sharon's blog...

Thanks for hopping along with us as we celebrate Diana's awesome birthday!

Blessings and hugs,



  1. AW Barb!!! so much work, effort, thought and love went into all three of these great projects i am sure Diana is gonna love all of them and be totally blown away, fabulous ideas all three!

  2. You have been busy Barb....lovely projects, I love the images and colouring, the decorations are fabulous.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  3. Mmmmm....tasty appetizers!
    Your project is really beautiful. Great job!

    groetjes ,Ellen

  4. Love the low calories on the food ! Excellent party going on here, love every minute of it ! Hugs, Marion

  5. Hi Barb!
    what fabulous gifts. Diana is going to really enjoy this birthday. your coloring of the Tilda's is gorgeous. I wish I could color hair as nice as you do. I love the freshnes of the red, black and white. The cupcake is beautiful.
    Hugs Maz

  6. Well, Barb, your appetizers look delicious, but your projects have left me speechless and inspired!
    YOu have done such a beautiful job on all three! Awsome coloring, great choices for images and papers! Just so wonderful!
    (I want to get me CD containers out and make one right now! And, the cupcake, haven't seen one of those in awhile and remember that I had intended to try one!
    Any suggestions for a link to directions?)

  7. OMG, Diana is a lucky lady!!! What a wonderful assortment of goodies!!! I love your coloring!

  8. woow this is so beautiful!
    greetings, mandy

  9. I love your altered projects! Really beautiful and neat!

  10. Awesome projects! These are very wowie!!!
    Hugs, Dena

  11. Wow Fabulous Talented Barb.. these projects are all fantabulous.. all so beautiful and delicious and or useful.. your brain worked overtime to think of all these wonderfully decorated projects and I must say can't think which one I like best so I will take them all, oh they are for Diana, well she will LOVE them, so Happy Birthday Diana and enjoy your gifts!!!

  12. What lovely and thoughtful gifts!! I love them all and I'm sure Diane would too.

  13. Besides seeing the tasty food first and then the scrumpteous Maggie creations, you present a beautiful birthday. I love them all but the cupcake just stole my heart. Sweet.

  14. Barb, you are so talented, creative, and so very thoughtful!! What a wonderful trio of gifts you have created and Diana is going to adore them!! I love each and every one of them and the love you put into them is sooooo evident! Absolutely spectacular!!!!!
    hugs, Sharon

  15. Barb, those are wonderful. I'm sure Diana's going to love all these treats as well as the containers they're in. I'm hooked on the cupcake card holder! Delightful project, you're such a creative lady!
    Sue S.

  16. What a great project idea Barb... everyone's been working really hard for the birthday girl.

  17. WOW!! What gorgeous designs and projects you've put together for this fun birthday party!! Very inspiring!! TFS! :)

  18. ALl the projects are so adorable, but my favorite is the cupcake!! So pretty!!! You sure did do alot of things! Just beautiful!

    Tracy Valure

  19. Barb, your projects are amazing...love them all. I must say your appetizers look delicious too. You did a fabulous job putting these all together. I am sure Diana is going to love them and a coffee isn't as good unless you have some chocolate to go with it! ;) Very nicely done up...love your coloring.

  20. What would any day be without Chocolate!!! Such wonderful gifts you have made Lady Diana. You are so creative and your coloring is perfection. Now do tell, where is the recipe for that wonderful looking appetizer!?

  21. Wow Barb! What a lot of work you put into all of these! I LOVE them all; wonderful ideas and great colouring as always. Diana is going to LOVE them!

  22. OMG....what an extraordinary gift!!!!
    You really outdid yourself.

  23. WOW... Barb, such a beautiful project. So thoughtful, I am certain Diana will love. All those minis are toooo cute. And your "interpretation" of appetizer is just adorable. I love the cupcake, and the chocolate.

  24. What a delightful trio of gifts, Barb! Diana will just love them! The Birthday Blog Hop was such a thoughtful thing to do! What a surprise to Diana. Your projects are wonderful, and your images are beautifully done!

    Chris Christensen

  25. Fabulous Barb! I had to go have chocolate b/4 I could comment! lol JK but I did just have some! LOVIN' the gray, black and red coloring you've chosen for this set! Beautifully created Barb! Diana's sure to be over the top to receive them! (my fave is Tilda sitting on the suitcase - awesome coloring)!

  26. A very nice collection of goodies. You are so creative! They all look beautiful! Thanks for sharing your birthday pressie for Diana with us!

  27. Those are such cute items!!! TFS

  28. They are beautifull Barb.

    Hugs Monique

  29. Oh, looks so yummy, now I'm hungry :O) Love all your projects they are incredible! Diana is getting the royal treatment she deserves!

  30. Oh my goodness these gifts are breathtaking!
    Diana's going to love them. My favourite has to be the altered tin, it's got so many beautiful touches to it
    Love Nicola xxx

  31. What fantastic gifts you made, they are all so gorgeous! You really went all out! The appetizer's are making me hungry cause they look scruptious!
    Hugs, Briana

  32. Barb, These are fabulous! You have done a great job of coordinating everything. Love the colours and the ideas you've used.Very creative
    Hugs Julie P

  33. Barb, Amazing gifts for Diana; so creative and inspirational. Such talent. Happy Birthday, Diana!!

    Hugs, Barb in Victoria, B.C. Canada

  34. Wow Barb amazing project!!!!! Wow what an excellent job you did on this!!!!!! Just GORGEOUS!!!!!

  35. Tilda is crazy stylish...she is totally rocking that zebra print!
    This is just a gorgeous trio...so beautiful!
    Rene ;D

  36. OMGoodness Barb!!!! your projects are all
    gorgeous your coloring is always gorgeous.
    Such a great birthday gift for a special
    hot hugs

  37. wow, what a treat for the eyes Barb. my, you were a busy lady with all these cute project set. Lovely birthday idea and each single one looks perfectly cute!!

  38. Barb, your appie looks so yummy. I sure wouldn't mind starting the day with that--never mind supper...LOL.
    WOWZER, what fabulous projects you did here. Diana must be over the moon. Re the cupcake gift card holder, it's the best one I've seen. Gotta put that in my To-Do list--although I should really call it my Try-To-Do list...LOL. Kudos to you on the terrific jobs you did on all 3 projects.

  39. great projects..They are very nice

  40. oMG I LOVE your creativity! Great projects is right.

  41. Wowzer! So much LOVE you have put into making those projects for Diana. Happy birthday to you, Diana. Very very talented lady!

  42. Oh WOW Barb these are absolutely amazing! I love every one of them. And if you EVER come to BC I want to know. I'm only a few hours from Diana!! If you can believe it, I've never been down there tho. Dang it anyway. She's so lucky to be receiving all these gorgeous gifts and you did such a fabulous job! Hugs!

  43. Oh this is a FUN party, Barb, and I love this trio of gifts you have created! That cupcake gift holder is the neatest thing!

  44. Fantastic projects, beautiful. Teresa xx

  45. Beautiful projects Barb. Wish you were able to bring the party to BC - I would have driven to join in!! Diana, will love them.
    ~ rubber hugs, inky wishes ~

  46. Oh Barb! What a fabulous gift set!! I love the zebra papers...and, well, I love everything you've done with each and every one of these items!! I especially love the little Tilda w/the zebra purse!! How cute!!! Hugs. Pat

  47. Wow! The gift set is awesome. I love the mini images you have used. I love the projects, they are truly inspirational. I bet Diana will love them to. A treasured keepsake.

    Happy crafting


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