Sunday, October 25, 2009

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #25 - Distressing

What can I say - when the Queen of Distressing (aka Kellie) set distressing for our Magnolia Down Under Challenge this week I knew I may struggle! I LIKE things nice and neat, though don't check out my workspace - LOL. Even though I think Kellie's style is amazingly wonderful and I am in awe of it - it's just not my style - trust me I've tried. But I do actually own a distressing tool and used it on most of the edges here. I also thought buttons instead of pearls in the snowflake centres were more suited to the theme - they are just a little less polished I suppose!

I've used a Magnolia Christmas Tree and Tilda from last year's Christmas release - I really wanted to give them a chance to see some ink before my new Magnolia Christmas stamps arrive!! Between Kellie's Magnolia Down Under Store and Bizzy Bec's Store I think they have covered nearly all of the images available - and are they ever GORGEOUS!!!

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is the lovely Gabbie over at The Soap Dish - if you are a lover of handmade soaps this HAS to be the place for you, and they make amazing gifts - Christmas is just around the corner!!! Gabbie is also a fellow papercrafter and does some beautiful work!

Talking about beautiful work - don't forget to check out the amazing creations from the rest of the MDUC team - I've seen a sneak peek of a couple - it's worth the mouse click!!!

xXx

29 comments:

Leonie said...

Your style or not, it still looks gorgeous! What a cute image!

Jodie from Oz said...

WOW! this is absolutely beautiful Debbie, I love Tilda decorating the tree! Your colouring is magnificent! What a great card and I just love your buttons & gems along with your distressing and your colouring is amazing. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs Jodie

Chat Noir said...

Hi Debbie,

I'm SO with you on the neat theme... always amazes me how something pristine comes from a disaster-area (my busy room, your study, LOL). That said, I love your work: its off-centre, just a bit ragged round the edges, and anyone decorating a tree in just their socks is VERY distressing (think of all the hooks getting caught in them). I'm in awe of your colouring too. Great card!

~Christina~ said...

I think your style is just perfect. The little touch of distressing goes a long way with this card...fabulous job :)

dolcreations said...

This is so pretty! You have done such a beauty job! I'm going to struggle as well with distressing! Your card has inspired me though to go for it!
Christine

Tracey Feeger said...

Gorgeous gorgeous as usual. Great xmas card - i would love receiving it in the mail.
mwah
Trace

Debra James said...

What a superb Christmas card. I dont have either of those stmps but so want them now after seeing your card. You have done a brilliant job with colouring and i love the little extras you added to an already super card.Hugs Debra

Merry said...

This card is just stunning...love the little bow in her hair and your colouring is amazing.

Sandra said...

Very, very pretty Debbie!!

Sam said...

Lovely card Debbie! Your colouring is perfect!

Have a great weekend,
Sam.

Leigh said...

Debbie, this is so fantastic. I love your cards and the colouring is excellent. Yep, know what you mean, re the buttons. Good choice.

Kellie Winnell said...

OOO I am loving the titles you are coming up with for me, hehehe OK putting my big head aside, hahah! I LOVE this Debbie and hope I have turned you just a little to the dark side, distressing! haha. Your colouring is amazing, her socks, I'm in love with them! I love the added little bow, it's just gorgeous Debbie! Thank you for an amazing inspiration for all joining in with us this fortnight.
Hugs, Kel

Cheryl said...

OMG this is so beautiful,the colours are so vibrant and you have coloured Tilda perfectly!!! Do you use copics? Your distressing looks fabulous,love it,love it,love it!!
xx

Philippa said...

Great job on the distressing Debbie. It suits your card wonderfully. Also I love how you did your sentiment with punches.

Sue said...

I've never seen these images and I have to tell you that Tilda is even cute from the back! Deb, amazing coloring on her adorable Christmas outfit. Beautiful card.

Marcia said...

Gorgeous Debbie, simply stunning.

:) Marcia

Alison said...

Its such a gorgeous card Debbie - you would never know that distressing is not your thing.

Kristy Young said...

The moment I saw this, I loved it!! So gorgeous Debbie.
Kristy xo

Mandy Schiller said...

Gorgeous Debbie! Love your colouring and distressing!

Mandyxx

Sunshine said...

She is just adorable. OK..the ribbon in her hair blew me away! Your layering and distressing is perfect and as usual your colouring is spot on! Sure to be a life long keepsake. :)

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Hahaha Carolann's comment cracked me up about decorating the tree in sock feet!

Gorgeous card Debbie. I know what you mean, though. It's a challenge for me to distress, although you've seen me try it recently with fair success, but I lapse back to the clean look, which is more comfortable. This is just the sweetest image ever! I love the way you colored her up... her hair is perfect, and the puff at her skirt and bow in her hair are the perfect touches!

I hope things are going well as Sarah winds down to the finish line!

Love and hugs always,
Lisa

Norma said...

Debbie, this is stunning!!! And that's without seeing Tilda's face!!! Truly, your colouring work is awesome. I wish I can come over and you can give me lessons. Despite your not liking distressing, the card is stellar. Nice touch with the bow for her pigtails.

Hugs.
Norma

Alicia said...

Debbie your Tilda is so cute! I love her golden bow and her red and green stockings. The Christmas Tree is beautiful.
Alicia xx

sandra said...

Oh,Debbie,this is so sweet!!!
I love how you colored her hear,all coloring is perfect but the hear is wow!
Great card!!!
Hugs!
Sandra!

stephanne said...

Awwww, this doesn't strike me as something from a non-distresser, it' gorgeous and the colours are fabulous, love her socks and the buttons compliment this nicely!! Great work!!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

I totally understand the distressing thing, Debbie. I sometimes try it out ... and feel like I should have left it alone! But ... this is very gentle distressing ... so I really like it! The whole layout is gorgeous. I just am in awe. I must be too rushed doing my cards ... sometimes I look around at other blogs ... and think ... WOW!!! Wish I could do that!!! One day life will be a little quieter ... and I will take more time with my cards!!! LOL!!! Hugs, Andrea xxx

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