March 10, 2015

A 6th Birthday and a Goodbye

Hey Everyone!!

It's Magnolia Down Under Challenges 6th Birthday!! so this week we have a Birthday theme for our cards. My card is made for my niece who is turning 21 next week - so I hope she likes her card :-)

and now the very sad bit:

Now you may be wondering what the goodbye is about.... well... Magnolia Down Under Challenges is closing. Our Birthday Challenge is our last. This certainly hasn't been an easy decision for me and Kylie to make, in fact we have been tossing the idea up for a good 12 months. 

Our lives are so busy with our children and of course normal day to day stuff.  Running a challenge blog, isn't as easy as what people may think! It takes a long time, time of which Kylie and I, would much rather be making something, than spending hours doing blog posts, and other numerous admin jobs. The past 6 months or so it has been increasingly difficult with all sorts of issues which are absolutely no fun - and we don't want that, crafting is meant to be fun, right?

Kylie has been in charge of the Challenge Blog for almost 5 years and me not much less. It has been so amazing the people we have met, who of course we would not have met if it wasn't for this challenge blog. These people are precious to us, and helped us through the good and the very bad times in our lives, which is why it has been so tough to decide to close. But we know, we will remain friends even after the challenge is gone, and continue to be there for each other. We are only a few clicks away even though we are 1000's of Kilometers apart. 

 My card is a gate fold and I've used Tilda from the London Collection, as my lovely niece was an Au Pair there for a wonderful family. Anyway I thought it suited her best! My papers are Kaiser Craft and my Dies are all Doo Hickey's. I've also used a Spellbinder die for my gold glitter card behind my circle.

Here is a peep of the inside, not much happening in there but a cute little tag with the Follow your heart sentiment from Stempelglede. 

Thanks so much for being a part of my life Magnolia Down Under.... I really am blessed to have met some truly wonderful and loving people - some of which I have met in person. I am also thankful for the creative outlet this blog has given me, and I am grateful that I haven't been judged badly when my work was terrible! But we all have to start somewhere don't we? Keep Crafting and Stay Happy!! 


  1. This is a Gorgeous Card and I have always found your Cards Amazing. Still remember entering these MDUC and just in Awe of all the Amazing and Inspiring DT's with all the Gorgeous Comments left on my Blog. Then I met you all on facebook and some at the Craft shows and you are all such Beautiful people and then to be given the chance to work on the Team just Amazing. I Totally understand how busy life gets and we all have prioritize. Be very Proud of yourselves that you have managed to have it for 6 Amazing Years. Good luck in your next lifes Adventures and look forward to a new card on here occasionally. Bet your Niece loved her Card. Lots of Hugs Jenny

  2. Truly wonderful card! Sure she'll love it!
    Sorry to hear you close the MDUC, but don't worry - we understand completely.
    Best Wishes, Maya S. | Croydon Domestic Cleaners


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