Sunday, January 1, 2012

Anything Goes, Magnolia-licious New Year Challenge

A New Year! You just have to wonder where have the years gone and boy did they go quickly! It seems like just yesterday that I was asked to join the Magnolia-licious Design Team, but it was 3 years ago! Wow! I have loved every single minute of this journey and met so many fabulous people along the way. They have all made the journey so much fun, gave me awesome support and laughed and cried with me along the way. Thank you are all special in my heart.

Well now, let's get down to business. Magnolia-licious Highlites has a brand new challenge for you today. It's so easy...."Anything Goes" hosted by the incredibly talented Cheryl Rowley. You've got the entire month to make something and post it to our blog. Honestly! Anything goes....

I saw some beautiful white on white cards done for Christmas this year. I am so impressed by these beauties and decided I would make one for myself. This card started out in a completely other direction, but I was persuaded by the pretty white on white cards to change my plan.

My inspiration was a beautiful card which I received from Norma Lee for Christmas. Her's is so stunning I really wanted to copy all of it...but I used it's base as my jumping off place and just played my way through to the end.

So here we go...this is my Easel card using #3048 Tilda with Teddy Bear from the Sweet Christmas Dreams collection 2011. I don't see her available in the shop anymore, I guess she was very popular!

I was very impressed with a recent card posted on Danielle's blog where she used Faber Castelle Polychromo pencils. Her coloring is stunning and I really wanted to give it a try. So I borrowed the pencils from my friend Millie bought some Strathmore Bristol paper with Vellum finish and gave it a try. I had to cut her out, and let me tell you, cutting through that paper is quite a challenge!

Her is a side view of the card showing all the dimension.

A close up of Tilda and my first attempt at coloring with the pencils. I have a long way to go...

Here is the card opened up...

My card recipe...

Bazzill White Card stock

Dies - Go Kreate XXL Square Frames Filly #2, Spellbinders Labels 18 & 20, Magnolia Picket Fence (not available at the moment), Memory Box Snowflake border (not available at the moment), Heart die - Cherry Lynn (a friend gave me this one)

Embossing Folder - Cottage Floral

Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts

Pearls - stash

Sentiment - stash (origins unknown)

Stickles - Waterfall


Distress ink - broken china

I hope you'll be inspired to join in the fun and start the New Year with our Anything Goes challenge. I do thank you so much for your visit to my blog. I have lots of fun things in store for the future.

Happy New Year everyone...
Blessings and hugs...


  1. WOW, this is a spectacular masterpiece. Love how the blue just POPS from the elegant white. TERRIFIC!!!!

  2. happy new year to you all , your card looks gorgeous

  3. Wow barb this is spectacular!!!!! Such a stunning card and your coloring is gorgeous!!!!What a way to start 2012. Happy New year and I look forward to more fabulous creations from you in the New year!!!!!

  4. Happy New Year Barb! I'm totally loving this card! So elegant and your coloring is great! The white on white details are beautiful!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

  5. Oh! Barb!! Your card is spectacular!!! It´s so elegant!!! I love the white background. Amazing job as always!!

    A very Happy New Year!!!!

  6. Beautiful card Barb! Love those dies! You did a wonderful job with the pencils!!
    Happy New Year!

  7. A very Happy New Year to you Barb, what can I say about this beautiful card. I love white on white, your card is stunning as is that sweet Tilda.
    Suzi x

  8. Beautiful card. Love all the white with just Tilda colored.

  9. Barb, I love your card. It is absolutely stunning.

  10. Beautiful card Barb! Love the white on white because of the elegant look and because it pops out the Cute Tilda's so nicely!!! Fab work!!!!

  11. Wow. What a spectacular card, Barb. Love the cutout with the embossing inside, and the colors are so soft and lovely! Gorgeous.
    Sue S.

  12. Woo-hoo, Barb, it's exquisite. Luv luv your card. I actually don't have anything that you used here except for the Spellbinders...LOL. They're gorgeous though, from the embossed background to that Making Memory swirl. Love how your coloured pencil colouring turned out--it's fab. And yes, Danielle is a master at it.
    Wishing you and hubby and the kids a fabulous 2012.

  13. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the layers and the white on white. It is just so tasteful and showcases Tilda perfectly!

    Happy New Year!


  14. Just Beautiful Barb! I love all the white and the texture. Happy New Year my friend!
    Hugs Julie P

  15. Happy New Year to you and your family Barb.
    Your card is spectacular. I love white cards.
    You are a natural with the pencils.
    Hugs Maz

  16. What a way to start 2012, Barb!! Absolutely STUNNING!! I love the white on white...and embossing...and die cuts...and, of course, your Tilda is brilliantly colored. I'd decided that you can create magical works of art with any medium!! Happy New Year!! Hugs. Pat Frank

  17. I love your all white card. I think the memory box dies are just made for monochromatic cards, they just pop off the paper. Yours is beautiful

  18. Beautiful white card n I love Tilda's coloring. V well done. Happy 2012!

  19. Happy New Year Barb to you and your family. Stunning card as stunning as Norma's. I was amazes to see Norma's card too and you also set a lovely embossed background on yours too. Coast and lovely project!!

  20. what a GORGEOUS easel card you've created, Barb! Luv all the details on this card! Such a delicate design! Beautiful! Wishing you an amazing 2012 too, Barb! :-)

  21. All I can say is "WOW, WOW, WOW"!

  22. Oh Wow, this card is super stunning. I love the total white paper with the blu stamp.

    If you are interested I have a blog candy in my blog until the 15th January.

  23. lovely Barb! So fun to challenge ourselves and try new techniques! Have a wonderful day and a Happy New Year too!

  24. Your card is gorgeous! I love the white and blue combination.


  25. GORGEOUS, Barb!!!! LOVE the shapes and the embossing! The way you cut out the window and sat Tilda in it is just perfect! I think you did an amazing job with your first attempt at coloring with the pencils! A truly stunning creation my friend!
    hugs, Sharon


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