Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day

Hello.  Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection and since that's today, Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Here's a card I've created just for today's occasion.


This is called a lever card, where the centre panel swings like a lever through the window opening.




If you're interested in the template, you can find it HERE.

Close-ups of the Magnolia Stamps images being featured:


- Earth Tilda from the World Wide Web Collection 2015  


- Tilda With Prince Froggy from the Once Upon a Time 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, e-mail Diana and I'm sure she will be happy to bring it in for you.
Check out also the stamps from Wee StampsWild Rose StudiosSaturated Canary and Candibeans and Crafter's Companion, along with cutting dies from various companies including Memory BoxPoppyStampsMagnolia DoohickeyWild Rose Studio.
Prices are discounted, you get excellent customer service and you also get to earn 2% credit to be applied to future purchases.

Challenges for this card:
Grahp'It Colour Challenge Week 15 - Flower Power
Dies R Us Challenge #24 - April Showers Bring May Flowers (handmade flowers)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge #89 - Use A Die Cut
Come and Get It Challenge - Things that start with "B" (blue, butterfly)
Crafty Catz Challenge #275 - It's a Girl Thing
Simply Magnolia - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge #258 - Always Anything Goes
Love To Scrap! Challenge LTSBC #52 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #141 - Anything Goes

That's it for me.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy your day and have a wonderful week.  And don't forget to always do the 3 R's -- reduce, reuse, recycle!


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  K+Company Aqua Painted Diamonds Printed Flat Paper; Pink Paislee Noel paper pad  
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels 22, Labels 28, Classic Ovals and Petite Ovals; Marianne Design LR0116 Swirls; Memory Box 98502 Fresh Foliage; Cheery Lynn Designs DL112 Exotic Butterfly Mini and B162 Lace Corner Deco B
Punches:  EK Successs small Leaf and 1 1/4" circle; EK Success Small Leaf; Carla Craft Small Cosmos; Fiskars Celestial 3-in-1 corner punch; Michaels Mini Sun 
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain and Bundled Sage 

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla--for the cheeks:  oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and shoes:  burnt sienna, caramel, sandstone, black coloured pencil
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T 



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hello Spring! - Magnolia-licious 'Spring Into April'

Hello.

Today we're starting a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  The new theme is 'Spring Into April.'  To get complete details on the challenge and how you can join in the fun, visit the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog site.  Don't forget to check out what my DT teammates have created to inspire you to play along with us.

Here's what I've created for the challenge.


Some masking work was required to create the spring-like scene.


And I've put another spring image inside the card.


Here are close-ups of the delightful Magnolia images being featured:


- Hello Little Butterfly from the Butterfly Dreams Collection 2011
- Tulip Wheelbarrow from the Butterfly Dreams Collection 2011


- Tilda Decorates Easter from the Little Easter Collection 2013

The stamps for all three images above 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, e-mail Diana and I'm sure she'll be happy to bring it in for you.
Check out also the stamps from Wee StampsWild Rose StudiosSaturated Canary and Candibeans and Crafter's Companion, along with cutting dies from various companies including Memory BoxPoppyStampsMagnolia DoohickeyWild Rose Studio.
Prices are discounted, you get excellent customer service and you also get to earn 2% credit to be applied to future purchases.


Challenges for this card:
Grahp'It Colour Challenge Week 15 - Flower Power
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #132 - Include a Butterfly
Fitztown April Challenge #70 - Use flowers and/or leaves
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #128 - Anything Goes with a twist of Spring
As You Like It Challenge - Favorite colouring medium alcohol markers or distress inks and why (alcohol markers, only because I've never tried distress inks)
Little Miss Muffet Challenge #109 - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #222 - Floral Fantasy
A Gem of A Challenge #142 - Spring is in the Air
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - 3 of something (3 roses, 3 designer papers, 3 stamps)
Craft Your Passion Challenge #257 - Always Anything Goes

That's all for now.  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:  K+Company Floral Stamp Flat Paper; Chatterbox Guest Plaid; Anna Griffin blue + purple floral 
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Two, Classic Ovals and Rose Creations; Memory Box 98511 Fabulous Phlox; CC Designs Olive Branch; Cheery Lynn Designs DL112 Exotic Butterfly Mini and DL112A Small Angel Wings
Punches:  EK Success circle punch and small 5-petal flower; Punch Bunch Large Impatients; Michaels mini sun
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain, Dusty Concord and Faded Jeans; pearls from my stash

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone TriasShin-Han Touch markers; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, burnt orange, coral, soft peach, vanilla--for the cheeks:  oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and boots (1st Tilda):  burnt sienna, Touch BR100 walnut, caramel, 466-T, black coloured pencil
- hair (2nd Tilda):  Touch BR92 chocolate, cinnamon, tan, black coloured pencil
- purple shades:  aubergine, 2607-T, lilac, lavender
- blue shades:  midnight blue, twilight blue, denim blue, april shower
- green shades:  olive, apple cider, marsh green, forest green, pine 
- yellow shades:  Touch 44, Touch 31, 141-T, 121-T, 1205-T 
- ground:  caramel, sandstone, warm grey 5-T
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T  

Friday, April 03, 2015

Spring Has Sprung - FFFC #136 'Buttons and Bows'

Hello.  Happy Friday!

It's time for a new challenge at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.  Our hostess for this challenge is the lovely Kavitha and she's chosen 'Buttons and Bows' as the challenge theme.  This challenge is being sponsored by Aurora Wings.  To get complete 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 to inspire you to play along with us.

I've created this criss-cross card for the challenge.





Close-ups of the two delightful Aurora Wings images I'm featuring:


- Cherry Blossom Sprite


- Cherry Blossom Sprite 2

You can get these images at either Mitzi's digital stamp shop HERE or her Etsy shop HERE,


Challenges for this card:
Aurora Wings Challenge #13 - Anything Goes
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge #178 - Back to nature (using dies B117 Fanciful Flourish and DL112 Exotic Butterfly Mini)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #128 - Anything Goes with a twist of Flowers
Deep Ocean Challenge #100 - Easter/Spring
Little Miss Muffet Challenge #108 - Spring Colours
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #252 - Springtime Flowers
Digi Design Challenge - Spring Is Here
Live and Love Crafts Challenge #34 - Signs of Spring
ABC Challenges - G for 'Go Digital'
Come and Get It Challenges - One for the Girls

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 Garden Florals paper pad; My Mind's Eye Be Merry paper pad
Dies:  Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three; Cheery Lynn Designs B117 Fanciful Flourish and DL112 Exotic Butterfly mini
Punches:  EK Success Medium Retro Flower and Corner Rounder; Carla Crafts Small Cosmos (for flower centres);  Martha Stewart Corner Rounder 
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain and Victorian Velvet; ribbon and buttons from my stash

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone TriasShin-Han Touch markers; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla--for the cheeks:  oatmeal, pastel pink
- pink shades: dusky rose, budding rose, pale pink
- green shades:  marsh green, apple cider, Touch 175 lime green  
- yellow flowers:  mustard, pastel yellow
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Happy Easter Happy Spring Sliderbox

Hello.

I found a Sliderbox tutorial HERE and I thought it's a perfect project to make for Easter--a gift box filled with Easter eggs.



I've filled my box with yummy Lindt Chocolate easter eggs.


The special feature of a slider box is when you pull open the drawer, a tab slides out at the back.


Cool, eh?  I've written my sentiments on the sliding tab.

This delightful Bebunny stamp from Crafter's Companion is perfect for any Easter card/project.


The bunny is called Sweet As A Rose and is available from Magnolia-licious.
Check out the rest of the Bebunny collection HERE.

Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store, also carries--beside Magnolia stamps of course--stamps from Wee StampsWild Rose StudiosSaturated Canary and Candibeans.
Check out also the cutting dies from various companies including Memory BoxPoppyStampsMagnolia DoohickeyWild Rose Studio just to name a few.  Have a look!
Prices are discounted, you get excellent customer service and you also get to earn 2% credit to be applied to future purchases.


Challenges for this project:
Alphabet Challenge - C is for Cute and Cuddly
Craft for the Craic March Challenge - Bingo (flowers, sentiment, image)
Stempelsonne Challenge #137 - Anything Goes
Crafting for All Seasons Challenge #98 - Pastel Hues
Creative Card Crew Challenge #83 - Easter Critters
Creative Fingers Challenge #73 - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Week 13 - Use a Die
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Easter
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #130 - Easter
Papertake Weekly - A Cut Above

That's it for me.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Recollections Habitat and Botanica Noel paper pads; Pink Paislee Noel paper pad; 
Dies:  Go Kreate XXL Frames Frilly #1; Spellbinders Petite Ovals and Petite Scalloped Ovals; Cheery Lynn Designs B435 Tea Rose Small 
Punches:  Nellie Snellen Floral Punch FLP031 Rose Leaf Jumbo 
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain and Worn Lipstick; pearls and wooden plug from my stash

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- inside ears:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla, cool grey-3T
- roses:  dusky rose, budding rose, pale pink
- leaves:  marsh green, apple cider, meadow green
- yellow flowers:  mustard, buttercup
- white shadings:  cool greys 1-T to 4-T, warm grey 5-T
- ground:  caramel, sandstone, warm grey 5-T
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Perpetual Calendar Blocks Tutorial

Here's how to make a Perpetual Calendar Blocks similar to the one I made below and posted a while back HERE.


These are the separate pieces that make up the calendar.


The paper I used is a heavy-weight paper, Strathmore 300 Series Bristol 100lb. (270 g/m²).



Here are the templates I've drawn showing the measurements that I used (sorry, I don't have them in centimetres too):

BLOCKS or CUBES - for the dates
These are 2" blocks.  Create 2 of them.  One block is for the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The other block is for the numbers 0, 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8.  The number 6 also serves as the number 9.


Printable Template in PDF - 2-Inch Block/Cube

Cut, score and fold as per template.


Apply adhesive to the 1/2-inch flaps and adhere to create your block.



4-SIDED BARS - for the months
Create 3 of these 4-sided bars giving you 12 sides for the 12 months of the year.


Printable template in PDF - 4-Sided Bar

Cut, score and fold as per template.  Apply adhesive to the 1/2-inch flap and the side flaps.  Adhere to create a 4-side bar as shown.



DISPLAY CASE


Printable template in PDF - Display Case

Cut, score and fold as per template.


Adhere the two side top flaps to the back of the centre panel as shown.


Optional:  Round the corners as shown--I used a Martha Stewart Corner Rounder punch.




BOTTOM AND BACK PLATFORMS FOR THE DISPLAY CASE
These are required so the blocks and bars can be displayed at an upward tilted angle.


Printable template in PDF - Bottom and Back Platforms for Display Case

Cut, score, fold as per template and adhere as shown.
bottom platform

back platform


You now have all the pieces made up for your calendar--still undecorated though.  At this point, decorate the pieces with your designer/patterned papers, numbers, months, etc. as desired--I won't be decorating my pieces here...hee hee.

This is just to show you where all the pieces will fit AFTER you've decorated your pieces.

The back platform will go here.  Adhere in place.


The bottom platform will go here.  Adhere in place.


The three 4-sided bars with the months on them are to be placed on top of the bottom platform.
The two blocks/cubes with the dates on them are to be placed on top of the bars.


And there you have it!  Happy crafting!



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