Friday, October 24, 2014

Tiny Paper Pinecone Tutorial

Hello.

Someone asked me if I can do a tutorial on how I made the tiny paper pinecones that she saw on a card I posted sometime last year HERE.  And since it's nearing that time of year, you may want to make some for your own cards.


Materials and tools required:
Kraft cardstock
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle Large die set (2nd smallest circle--2 1/8" in diameter)
Scissor
Dark-brown marker
Stylus and molding mat
Q-tips
Glue
Small flower punch


What we're doing is basically creating our own spiral diecuts out of scalloped circles.

Instructions:

Step 1
Die-cut scalloped circles from kraft cardstock--you need 1 circle for 1 pinecone.  Use the 2nd smallest circle in the Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles Large set--it's about 2 1/8" in diameter (or something similar).


Step 2
Draw on a scalloped circle as per picture below.  Cut along the drawn line.


Pinecone Template in PDF (scanned to size)


Use this first one as a template to draw on the other scalloped circles. (You also may want to keep it for future use.)


Step 3
Using a dark-brown marker, draw a scalloped line below the scalloped edges, off-setting the arches as shown.


Step 4
Colour in the area below the drawn scalloped line.


Step 5
On a molding mat, run a stylus (small ball) along the scalloped edges, pressing firmly to give them a bit of a curl.


Step 6
Cut as shown to create the individual pinecone scales/petals.


Step 7
Curl/cup each scale with your stylus (medium ball) as shown.


Step 8
Apply glue along the inner edge as shown.


Step 9
Placing a Q-tip against the longest scale, wind the rest around the Q-tip.  Make sure the scale you're glueing are off-setting the ones above.  If it isn't quite off-set, tear it off from the spiral and reposition it.



Step 10
Cut off at the base of the pinecone.


Step 11
Punch out a small flower (or something similar) out of kraft cardstock.  Cup it with a stylus on your molding mat.  Adhere to bottom end of your pinecone.



Voila! There's your pinecone!


and more pinecones...



I've also made this video.

video

Or you can watch it on bigger screen on YouTube HERE.

That's it.  Happy crafting!




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Booo! - Magnolia-licious 'Halloween'

Hello.

We're midway in our current 'Halloween' challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  The DT gals from our Team A posted their inspirational cards last week, so today it's Team B' turn.  Visit the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog for complete details on the challenge and how you can join in the fun.  Don't forget to check out the fabulous cards that my DT buddies have created to inspire you.

And so...here's my DT card.


This is a tent card...and wouldn't you know it, it's actually the first tent card I've done...or at least the first I've posted on my blog here.   It's a wonderful cardstyle because you can give a more 3-dimensional look to your scene.



Some details here on how the scene was created.
I started the background scene with a piece of orange cardstock.  I glued a yellow circle diecut for the moon.  I rubber-stamped the Treeline Silhouette then added a front row of Scary Fence (made with a Martha Stewart edge punch)--hmm...I don't think you can make out this fence in the pictures above.

For the foreground scene, the branch is a die-cut, but the wooden fence was made from cut strips of dark-brown cardstock glued together.  The cat and crow silhouettes were cut out by hand--I googled for their shapes.  The jack-o-lantern pumpkin was hand drawn.

Close-ups of the Magnolia images being featured:


- Here I Am Tilda from the Pink Lemonade Collection 2014
- Old Oak from the Sea and Summer Collection 2008



- North Pole Tilda from the Winter Wonderland Collection 2013

Magnolia stamps are available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store where she carries a large selection of both full-size and mini Magnolia stamps.  And if you don't see the particular one you are looking for, ask Diana if she can bring it in for you.
Check out also the stamps from Wee StampsWild Rose Studios, Saturated Canary and Candibeans.
Magnolia-licious also carries cutting dies from various companies including Memory BoxPoppyStampsMagnolia Doohickey, Wild Rose Studio.  Have a look!
Prices are discounted, you get excellent customer service and you also get to earn 2% credit towards future purchases.


Come and join our challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog and you will have a chance to win a Special Surprise from the Magnolia-licious store when you follow the rules and theme of our challenge.


For your chance to win a "Leave A Comment" Surprise Package Prize from Magnolia-licious, there is a weekly random draw.  All you have to do is leave a comment--the more you comment the greater your chances.
- comment on any or all the postings on the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog
- comments on related postings on the DT gals' blogs for that week
- like us on Facebook at our Magnolia-licious Facebook page




Challenges for this card:
A Little Bit Crafty October Challenge #19 - Boo
Bearly Mine October 2014 Challenge - Halloween
Sweet Pea Stampers - Halloween
Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #21 - Pumpkins/Jack 'o Lanterns
Dies R Us Challenge #12 - Halloween
Crafty Girls Challenge #29 - Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #86 - Use an image with a Hat
Scrapy Land Challenge #4 - Halloween (used Quickutz and Sizzix dies)
Creative Fingers Challenge #53 - Anything Goes
Magnolia Mania Challenge #99 - Halloween

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy your day and have a wonderful week!


Materials and Tools Used
Rubber Stamp:  Inkadinkadoo Treeline Silhouette
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Recollections Night and Fall paper pad
Dies:  Quickutz Nesting Circles; Crealies Crea-Nest-Lies XXL No.14; Sizzix Birds and Branches
Punches:  Martha Stewart Scary Fence edger; Marvy Uchida Oak Leaf   
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Black Soot 
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Autumn Days - Magnolia-licious "W"ednesday #53

Hello!  Happy Wednesday!

It's time for another "W"ednesday Post at the Magnolia-licious Challenge.  Wednesdays are when the DT gals take turns showcasing on our cards the other stamps beside Magnolia stamps that the Magnolia-licious on-line store carries.  Today it's Katie's and my turns to participate.

Here's what I came up with for my DT card.


It is actually a shaped easel card.  And I went with autumn colours as it is that time of the year. 



I'm featuring this adorable fairy called Posey designed by Sylvia Zet of Wee Stamps.


The stamp for this image is available from Magnolia-licious.  You can see the rest of the Wee Stamps collection HERE.

Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store, of course carries Magnolia stamps, both full-size and minis.  If you don't see the particular one you are looking for, ask Diana if she can bring it in for you.  Check out also the stamps from Wee StampsWild Rose Studios, Candibeans and now Saturated Canary!  Prices are discounted!
Check out also the cutting dies from various companies, e.g. Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia Doohickey, Wild Rose Studio and others.  ALL dies are currently on SALE at 25% off!!!
You get excellent customer service and what's more, you get to earn 2% in-store credit to be applied to future purchases.  Sweet!


For your chance to win a "Leave A Comment" Surprise Package Prize from Magnolia-licious, there is a weekly random draw.  All you have to do is leave a comment--the more you comment the greater your chances.
- comment on any or all the postings on the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog
- comments on related postings on the DT gals' blogs for that week
- like us on Facebook at our Magnolia-licious Facebook page


Challenges I am entering with this card:
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 40 - Anything But Square
Stamping Sensations October Challenge - Warm Autumn Colours
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #60 - Things With Wings
Aud Sentiments Challenge #117 - Anything Goes
Digi Designs Challenge - Mystical Creatures
Crafty Calendar October Challenge - Bingo (pearls, sentiment, diecuts)
Catch The Bug October Theme Challenge - Fall
Anything Goes With A Twist Challenge #2 - Anything Goes w/twist Female
Fun With Shapes and More Challenge #167 - Autumn
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #61 - Happy Fall

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy your day and have a wonderful week!


Materials and Tools Used
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Chatterbox Summer Bias Plaid and Olive Summer Flowers
Dies:  Go Kreate  Rectangular Frame Frilly #10; Spellbinders Petite Ovals; Lifestyle Craft Designs Nesting Circles; Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland; Memory Box 98312 Fancy Blossoms and 98502 Fresh Foliage; Poppystamps 956 Lovely Tendril 
Punches:  EK Success medium Retro Flower   
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Aged Mahogany and Wild Honey; pearls from my stash
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils 

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Just for You - GDT Card for Crealies

Hello.

This is my fourth and final Guest DT card for Crealies.  I've enjoyed being their Guest DT and showcasing some of their dies (thanks, Annelies).  Check out their wonderful dies in their web-store Crealies, HERE.

And here is my card...



These are the dies that I've used:
- Crealies Crea-Nest-Lies No. 14 XXL
- Crealies Creative Flowers No. 18
- Crealies Creative Flowers No. 19 (for the flower centres)
Crealies Creative Shapes No. 16 (leaves)
Crealies Creative Border No. 17

These dies are available at the Crealies on-line store, HERE.

The images I used on the card were designed by Sylvia Zet of Wee Stamps:


- Wee Suzi (I think she was my very first Wee Stamps image)
- Playful Kitten Set (I used one of the 4 kittens in the stamp set)

Challenges for this project:
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #84 - Use Punches and/or Diecuts
Crafting By Designs - October Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - In the Garden
ABC Challenge - U is for Unique, Anything Goes
Crafting At The Weekend Challenge #6 - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar October Challenge - Bingo (flowers, sentiment, blue)
Crafting With Dragonflies Challenge #36 - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart Challenge #39 - Anything Goes
Treasured Times Stamps Challenge #26 - Anything Goes
{PIN}spirational Challenge #125 - Any kind of project

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy your day and have a wonderful week!


Materials and Tools Used
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Chatterbox Light Den Stripe; Hot Off The Press Joy's Vintage Papers paper pad; unknown DP with the blue flowers from my stash  
Dies:  Crealies Crea-Nest-Lies No. 14 XXL, Creative Flowers Nos. 18 and 19, Creative Shapes No. 16 and Crealies Border No. 17
Punch:  McGill Circle 
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain, Stormy Sky and Wild Honey; pearls from my stash
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils 


Friday, October 03, 2014

Smiles Across The Miles - FFFC #124 Lots of Pink

Hello.

It's time for a new challenge at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.  The lovely Ivonne is our hostess for this challenge and the theme is 'Lots of Pink or Breast Cancer Awareness'.  We're being sponsored by Fresh Brewed Designs.  To get details on the challenge, the prize being offered and how you can join in the fun, visit the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge blog.  Don't forget to check out the fabulous cards that my DT teammates have created for your inspirations.



I'm featuring this beautiful image designed by Wendy Burns called Sweetie Pie which can be found at All Dressed Up Stamps.


Challenges for this card:
All Dressed Up Challenge #22 - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination Challenge #1 - Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge #79 - All The Threes (3 designer papers)
Incy Wincy Designs - Something Old, Something New (old designer papers, new digi stamp)
The Pink Elephant Challenges - TPE270 Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart Challenge #38 - Anything Goes
Digi Designs Challenge - Girly
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Bingo (designer paper, die cut, sentiment)
Passion For Promarker Week 267 - Make It Feminine
Live and Love Crafts Challenge #28 - PINK Anno 2014

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy your day and have a wonderful week!


Materials and Tools Used
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Recollections Light Pink Damask and Sourthern Belle; Martha Stewart Evening Terrace paper pack 
Dies:  Memory Box 98890 Blushing Bouquet and 98318 Meadow Dragonfly; Marianne Design Creatables LR0151 Garden Branch   
Punches:  EK Success Morrocan Lace Edger; Fiskars Celestial 3-in-1 corner punch (flower centres)
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain and Spun Sugar 
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy Birthday - Magnolia-licious 'Monochromatic'

Hello.

Our current challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog is 'Monochromatic'.  Pick one colour and stick with it!  Visit the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog for complete challenge details and how you can join in the fun.  And check out the fabulous cards that my DT teammates have created for your inspirations.

I love this monochromatic theme!  It was sooo... much easier finding designer/patterned papers in various shades of one colour rather than trying to find co-ordinating papers for colour combo that works.  The colour I've chosen for my card is green--more specifically olive green.



And the inside of my card...


Close-ups of the Magnolia images being featured:


- Princess Pea Tilda from the Once Upon A Time Collection 2013


- Virgo Tilda from the Zodiac Collection 2014

The stamps for these images, as well as other equally adorable images can be found at Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store where she carries a large selection of both full-size and mini Magnolia stamps.  And if you don't see the particular one you are looking for, ask Diana if she can bring it in for you.  Check out also the stamps from Wee StampsWild Rose Studios and Candibeans.
Prices are discounted!

Magnolia-licious also carries cutting dies from various companies including Memory BoxPoppyStampsMagnolia Doohickey.  ALL dies are currently on SALE at 25% off!!!  Have a look!
You get excellent customer service and what's more, you get to earn 2% in-store credit to be applied to future purchases.  How cool is that!

Just a reminder...for your chance to win a Surprise Package Prize from Magnolia-licious--there is a weekly random draw--all you have to do is leave a comment--the more you comment the greater your chances.  ALL the comments made on all the postings at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog and the related postings on the DT gals' blogs will be entered into the draw.


See complete details at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.

Challenges I'm entering with this card:
Creatalicious Challenge #67 - Flower Power
ppinkydolls Challenge #3 - Anything Goes w/twist Make It Girly
Sisters of Crafts September Challenge - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge #87 - At least one flower
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Magnolia Only Challenge - Add pearls
Creative Fingers Challenge #50 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #113 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge #248 - Birthday Celebration
Totally Tilda Challenge #105 - Sitting Tilda

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy your day and have a wonderful week!


Materials and Tools Used
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Recollections Botanica Noel and Habitat paper pads, Me+My BIG Ideas Fashion District paper pad  
Dies:  Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles; Spellbinders Labels Twenty-One and Die D-Lites Blooms Two; Magnolia Doohickey Swirls; Marianne Design Creatables LR0133 Open Flower Classic (leaves); Cheery Lynn Design DL113 Exotic Butterfly Small
Punches:  EK Success Medium Retro Flower 
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain and Forest Moss; pearls from my stash 
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias 


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