Monday, September 26, 2011

Matchbox Cuties...

Hello blogging buddies! I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. While we are still enjoying the (hopefully) last of our triple digit temperatures, it's been heating up in my craft room!

I have recently joined a Smocking Guild which is affiliated with the SAGA or Smocking Artist Guild of America. We are a very small group, 7 in all, but we're hoping to grow as people hear about us and would like to get back to smocking or learn all about this awesome craft!

I wanted to make something special for each of the ladies, and what better way than to share my love of stamping and sweet Maggies than to make them each a small Matchbook Note Pad. I think these will come in handy as they can be so easily carried and will be great for jotting down particulars of meetings or phone numbers or anything else that may pop up.

Since I already had two that were ready to go (and are now removed from my ETSY shop) I just had to put 4 more together. Here is what I came up with...

I used Magnolia dp for all of my notepads and just scraps of left over cardstock.

This is # 321 HELLO LITTLE BUTTERFLY from the "Butterfly Dreams" collection 2011. She is colored with Copics and I used Distress Inks Weathered Wood and Tattered Rose for the background. The ribbon is some generic stuff from my stash. She is available at Diana's Magnolia-licious shop here and comes in regular size or Mini.

Hair - E35, Y26 and 21
Skin for all images - E0000,000,00,11 and chalk for cheeks
Dress - R81 ,83 ,85
Apron - W00 ,3, 5
Shoes - E35, 34 ,53

This next one is #3011 TILDA WITH STRAW HAT also from the Butterfly Dreams 2011 collection. She is colored with copic markers and the background is also done with the same distress inks. The ribbon is retired SU. This image is available here at Magnolia-licious and comes in both the regular size and Mini.

Copics used:
Dress/socks/bow - BG78, 72, 93; Hair - E17, 18, 19, 13; Flower - RV91, 93, 95, G 24, 20; Butterfly - B21 and Y35; Hat - Y26, 21, Blender; Shoes - E35, 34, 53

Here is the third one I did, again using Magnolia dp. This sweetie is #3012 TILDA WITH STUFFED ANIMAL again from the Butterfly Dreams 2011 Collection. The ribbon is from my stash. This image is available from Diana's Magnolia-licious shop here.

Copics used:
Hair/Shoes - C3, 5, 7, 9
Sheep - C5, 3, 1, Chalk for cheeks
Hat/Outfit - BG72, 18, 10
Flowers - Y35, 21, white gel pen
Ranger Glossy Accents on the shoes

My final notepad. On this one I used #3032 WATER CAN TILDA from the Sweet Rainbow Collection 2011. This is image is available in full size or Mini here.

Copics used:
Dress/Shoes - B21, 93, 95 & Blender
Hair - E25, 27, 23 & Blender
Flowers/Water can - R81, 83 85 & white gel pen
Trowel - C00, 1, E34, 30
Stardust Stickles
Ribbon - stash

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Your comments are always appreciated. I'm off to work on another project, so I hope to see you soon.

Hugs & Blessings


  1. These are so pretty Barb. Great to have a group of people that you can share the same interests. Fun to share these cards with others and each of these Tilda colored beautifully and all these are adorable :o)

  2. Barb my oh my absolutely gorgeous notepads. They will be thrilled to recieve this and the talent you have put into this!!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous work!!!!!! Wow!!!!

  3. These are all sooo adorable! You did a beautiful job on them! : )

  4. Barb,
    Gorgeous as ever, you always come up with the best projects and yet make them look so wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing on my Magnolia Monday!

  5. Awesome Barb, I am positive that the ladies of the group will simply adore. All your Tildas are beautiful, and fabulously colored.
    Have a wonderful week... and sending some chilly morning air from Montreal!!

  6. Oh,oh,oh I LOVE these little guys!!!! As usual, the coloring is divine and the design fabulous!! Your smocking buddies are going to be over the moon with them!! My mother-in-law used to smock and made the most precious dresses for my daughter!! I love it, but never had the time to play and learn!! Love to sew, so it shouldn't be a problem!! Hmmm... oh man, don't get me started on another passion!! LOL!! Thank you sooo much for all the sweet, kind words you leave on my blog! I never realized that you can't see an email on a post... anyway, if you ever want to drop a line, it's very original! LOL! Have a lovely day!! And I'm amazed at what you get done with the little ones!!! Hope they are all well!

  7. I soooo love these matchbook notepads, Barb!!! Beautiful colors and your coloring is ALWAYS amazing!!! Love them all! Your friends will definitely love them!! Hope you had a great weekend! hugs!! Sharon

  8. Such a sweet project and I am sure your friends will enjoy them and appreciate your art work.

  9. Gosh, Barb, you are definitely on a roll!!! Every single one of them is a work of art...the coloring is so beautiful and the dps are just perfect!!! The smocking folks will just love them!!! It has been years and years since I even thought about smocking but I dearly love it! Have a delightful day, sweetie, and stay hugs..Jacque

  10. Oh Barb, these are adorable!
    Glad you are feeling better. Ü
    Barb in Texas too

  11. Awww...these are SO sweet! I just love them! Such beautiful coloring! :D

  12. These are absolutely beautiful Barb. What delightful gifts these are. hugs Sharon

  13. Barb, what a gorgeous collection of notepads you've created. Your coloring on all the Tildas is fabulous. I'm sure your smocking friends will just love them. But in case they do not, send them to me! I will love them forever!! :D

  14. These are utterly adorable Barb, I love you colouring and it's always such a pleasure to visit. Inspiration is always guaranteed.
    Suzi x

  15. All I can say is WOW! They are adorable. I couldn't choose my favorite if my life depended on it-I love them all!

  16. Your coloring on the little beauties is just stunning Barb!

  17. Barb, these are absolutely gorgeous! I especially like the teal and black one I've not coloured that image before and you've done an amazing job with her. I'm sure the ladies will be delighted with these. I haven't done smocking since my daughter was little I'm sure you will have a great time
    Hugs Julie P

  18. Very cute! I love the Tilda with the lamb.


  19. Barb! I just adore these! This is such a cute idea! The Tildas all look fantastic! Very functional yet VERY cute:)

  20. Wow Barb! All four of these matchbook notepads are GORGEOUS!!! the ladies in your group will love them! All the Tildas are so cute so it's nice you used a different one and your coloring is always so beautiful!
    Hugs, Cami

  21. They are all adorable. I know they will love them. I am so glad smocking is being revived. I love it!

  22. Hi Barb, I misread your posting the first time and thought you wrote Smoking Artist Guild of America and I said euww... Glad it's smocking instead...LOL. These are gorgeous notebooks. I'm sure those ladies will be happy to receive them. Gorgeous colouring as always--you're acing those folds!! Loving how you do your background.

  23. Hi Barb! The ladies will love these! Bet they won't use them! hehe... you know how that is! Then again, I'm better about using my treasures than I used to be! That's just what these are! Cute as can be and wonderfully colored! TFS!

  24. Hi Barb, these little note pads are just so precious.. You did the most adorable job on them as usual and gave each one of the a personality of their own. Love your layout of each one, beautiful colors. I used to smocking and just sold my pleater after not using it for 10 years, but I made plenty of dresses for grandkids and friends.. was fun so have fun!
    Hugs, Jean

  25. Oh, they are all so cute Barb !! I love them all :)).

    Hugs Monique

  26. ADORABLE!!!!! I love this idea!
    Your Tildas are all exquisite, colored to, love the backgrounds!

  27. Awe these are so cute Barb.... Love the colors you used. All the Tilda's are just adorable!

  28. absolutely gorgeous Bard, I just love your creations

  29. Wow, Barb! Great job!

    Hugs, Ingrid


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