Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tilda With a Gift For You

Hello.  This is going to be a short posting.
Here's my latest card.  The base of the card is just the one layer...


and the top half of the card is folded back so the card can be put on display standing up. 


I am featuring this adorable image of Tilda With A Gift For You from Magnolia's Turning Leaves Collection 2012.  I have coloured her with my Letraset Promarker and Tria markers.   


Check out Diana's on-line store Magnolia-licious for this Tilda stamp and other full-size and mini-size stamps from Magnolia.  While you're there, have a look at the dies from Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn.  Prices are discounted and you earn a 2% store credit to be applied on future purchases.   

Challenges I am entering with this card:
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #142 - Pearls
Crafts and Me Challenge #94 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Make your own (handmade flowers)
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #174 - Patterns Galore (use at least 3 DP's) 
Color Me Creative Challenge #48 - Anything Goes With A Girly Twist
Tilda's Town Challenge #11 - Name Your Technique (layering, ink-distressed paper edges)


Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by.  I really appreciate your visit.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



Materials and Tools Used:

DP's:  two papers from Recollections Graceful paper pad; one paper from DCVW Holiday Stack

Dies:  Spellbinders Grand Labels Twenty-Three, Classic Oval, Floral Ovals and Rose Creations; CC Designs Olive Branch.    

Punches:  Punch Bunch medium and small Daisy and large Impatient Leaf; EK Success Circle punch and small Retro Flower; Fiskars 3-in-1 Celestial corner punch; Michaels mini sun 

Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; pearls from my stash

Medium:  Letraset Promarker and Tria markers
- face and skin--blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and shoes--umber, caramel, sandstone
- dress, socks and hair ribbon--shale, 694-T, 693-T, 692-T
- gift--563-T, 337-T, tea green, mustard, 121-T, 1205-T
- dotted background --5507-T, 5527-T   


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I've got happy feet - Magnolia-licious July Inspiration Challenge

Hello.
Oh wow, it's the 4th Tuesday of July already--the month is just flying by, LOL--so it's time for our monthly inspiration challenge at the Magnolia-Licious Challenge Blog. Here's my DT card.


Suzan is the hostess for the month and she has chosen this picture for your inspiration.


I will hope you will play along with us in our challenge. Check out the fabulous cards of my DT teammates for more inspirations at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog, HERE.  There is also a prize for one lucky winner of $25 Gift Certificate to Magnolia-licious on-line store.


The 'I've got happy feet' sentiment is a digi freebie that I got from TLC (thanks so much).  The other sentiment at the base of the card is one I typed on my laptop.    

This image is of Tilda Learning To Dance--she's just oh-so-adorable!  She is from Magnolia's newest collection, Turning Leaves Collection 2012--I'm having so much fun with this collection!  I've used my collections of alcohol-inkmarkers to colour her.  I've added glitter to her tiara, but I don't think you can see it in the picture below.


Full-size and mini Magnolia stamps are available at Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store. She also has a fabulous collection of cutting dies from Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn.  Her prices are discounted!!  And as a bonus, you also earn a 2% credit that you can use on future purchases.  Sweet! 


Challenges for this card:
I ♥ ProMarkers Challenge #126 - Sparkle (on her tiara and on the scalloped border of the sentiment at the  bottom) 
Tilda's Town Challenge #10 - Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas Challenge #50 - 1 image, 2 DP's, 3 embellishments
Colour Me Creative Challenge #48 - Anything Goes with a Girly Twist
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #173 - To DIE for!
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Make Your Own (handmade flowers)

Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by.  Much appreciate your visit and your lovely and encouraging  comments--I love reading them. Have a fabulous week!!!  


Materials and Tools Used: 

DP's:  from DCWV Linen Closet paper pad

Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five, Standard Circle and Scalloped Circles; Memory Box Honeysuckle Vine

Punches: Punch Bunch Impatient Leaf; Carl Kraft Sun; EK Success medium Retro Flower; Fiskars 3-in-1 corner punch Celestial; Michaels mini sun

Miscellaneous:  Coluzzle oval templates, Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pads Frayed Burlap and Broken China

Medium:  Letraset Promarkers and Letraset Trias 
- face and skin--blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink 
- hair and shoes--umber, burnt sienna, caramel, sandstone
- dress--563-T, 333-T, pastel green, soft green
- tiara--141-T, 121-T, 120-T
--background--5527-T, 5507-T

Thursday, July 19, 2012

You Are So Special

Hello.

Woo-hoo, my stamps from the new Magnolia's latest collection, the Turning Leaves Collection 2012, came in the mail and I couldn't wait to start stamping and colouring.  Here's a card that I just finished.


I just luvvvv...autumn colours, don't you? This as you can see is a side-step card.


I find this Tilda image oh-so-adorable.  She is called Autumn Tilda With Broom.  The 'you are so special' sentiment is also from Magnolia and it is from the--what else?--You Are So Special collection 2011.  
I have used my Letraset Promakers and Trias, and a few Shin-Han Touch markers to do the colouring.  


This and other Magnolia stamps--both full-size and mini-size are available from Magnolia-licious on-line store. Check out the selection of cutting dies available there too--from Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn--prices are discounted and as a bonus you earn 2% store credit to be used on future purchases!

This is what the card looks like when laid out flat on the table.



Challenges that I am entering with this card:  
Marianne's Design Divas - Anything Goes (Marianne Design dies used:  LR0111, LR0112, LR0117, LR0133, LR0192)
Magnolia Stamp Lover - Sugar Challenge (use Tilda)
Totally Tilda Challenge #51 - Tilda plus a Magnolia sentiment
Lovely hAnglar or SweetMagnolia - Challenge #47 – Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #34 – Card for Someone Special
ABC Challenges - T for Two (I used 2 designer papers)
Let's Ink It Up Challenge #25 - All Girl (2nd entry)


The flowers and foliage here were all made using Marianne Design Creatables dies--see list below. 


Thanks for taking the time to drop by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Grateful for your comments as well, 'cause I love reading them.  Have a wonderful day! 



Materials and Tools Used:

DP's:  Imaginisce Apple Cider; Recollections Batiked My Interest Mango 

Dies:  Marianne Design Creatable Scalloped Circle Frame LR 0112, Flowers and Flower Centre LR0111, Leaves from Open Flower-Classic LR0133, Leaf from LR0117,  Leaf from LR0192; Spellbinders Grand Labels Twenty-Three, Classic Ovals

Miscellaneous:  Coluzzle circle template; Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; pearls from my stash 

Medium:  Letraset Promarkers and Trias, Shin-Han Touch markers
- face and skin--blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair & boots--cinnamon, tan, Touch 99 and 102
- scarf--raw sienna, mustard, pastel yellow, Touch 141
- sweater--terra cotta, spice, honeycomb, apricot
- pants--olive green, 5767-T, 617-T, Touch 42
- broom--burnt sienna, caramel, sandstone, Touch 100
- falling leaves--burnt orance, olive green, mustard


Friday, July 13, 2012

A Christmas Gate-Fold with Window Card

Hello!

Okee-dockey...finally!   Here's the finished card of the tutorial I did a few postings ago (here).




I've added some glitter to the ornaments that Tilda has in her hands.  I used a border punch to border my oval panel (tutorial here) and to make the hanging ornaments.  This adorable image is of Tilda Hanging Ornaments from Magnolia's Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010.  And I used my markers to do the colouring.


Check out Diana's on-line store Magnolia-licious for both full-size and mini-size Magnolia stamps.  She also has a fabulous collection of cutting dies from Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn.  The prices are discounted and for a bonus you also get 2% credit that you can use on future purchases.  How cool is that! 

Challenges for this card: 
Hooked on Craft Challenge #22 - Christmas in July
Magnolia-Mania Challenge #50 - Merry Christmas
Divas By Design Challenge #43 - Christmas in July
Crafty Creations Challenge #178 - Free For All
Little Red Wagon Challenge #141 - Christmas in July
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge - Christmas in July
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #59 - Extra Fold or Pleats
Twisted Tuesday Challenges - 2TC14 A Holiday Pick 2! (Christmas, twine and die cuts)
Whoopsiedaisy Challenge - Make Your Own Embellishments
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - Christmas Flowers/Holly

That's it for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Appreciate the visit.  Have a wonderful weekend. 

  
Materials and Tools Used: 

DP's:  one paper from each of American Craft pattern papers Jolly and Recollections the Ballet paper pad

Dies:  Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ormnaments, Classic Ovals and Bitty Blossoms ; Magnolia Poinsettia Doohickey; Cheery Lynn Pine Branches; Memory Box Holly Vine and Cherry Blossom flower centre 

Punches: EK Success border punch (sorry, don't know the name right now--have to research)

Miscellaneous: Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; pearls, string and glitter from my stash


Medium:  Letraset Promarkers and Pantone Tria markers
- face and skin—blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair—umber, cinnamon, tan
- blouse and socks--shale, 694-T, 693-T, 698-T 
- pants--563-T, 337-T, 331-T, pastel green

A very short tutorial - thin border to frame your DP's

You probably have noticed that I always have a thin border framing the designer papers on my cards.  Quite a number of people have asked me how I create the border--which surprised me because I thought everybody knew how to do this already.  I guess I've been doing it for so long that I don't think about it anymore...LOL...and forget that not everyone is in the same boat. 

Simply put...it's just a matter of having your designer paper slightly smaller than your background cardstock, approximately 1/8" (or 2 to 3mm smaller).

And ladies, I do this the hard way...LOL...by using my small scissor and do the cutting by hand.  It's time consuming, but I do like how it makes the cards look, so I think it's worth doing the extra work.
Straight edges are easy to do--you can use your kraft knife and a ruler.  But for curves/shapes, you use your small scissor.

There are 2 ways of making the slightly smaller shapes:

1st Method.  
Pencil draw the inside edge of your die.  Then cut along the drawn line.


2nd Method
Cut and embossed using your die and die-cutting machine.  Then cut along the embossed outline. 


If you want an even thinner border, say 1/16", then cut somewhere between the outside edge and the pencil-drawn/embossed line.

Once you've done this hundreds of time...hee hee, you get to be good at judging the border width that you won't need to make the pencil/embossed lines anymore--at least that's how it is with me.  

I like to ink distress my edges first before glueing/attaching the shaped DP onto the shaped cardstock.


The only time I get a break from having to handcut and am able to use my dies is when I do plain and scallopped circles and ovals.  I can use my Spellbinders dies then, because they do make them in 1/8" increments.

There you go!  Happy creating! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Magic Card - Magnolia-licious July Colour Challenge

Hello.  

It's the second Tuesday in July and it's time for a new colour challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  Here's the card that I created. 


Suzan is our hostess of the month.  She has chosen the colour combo of red, white and blue for the challenge.  I hope you will play along with our challenge--you have a couple of weeks!  For inspirations, have a look at the fabulous cards of my DT teammates displayed at the challenge blog HERE. Diana is offering a $25 Gift Certificate for her store Magnolia-licious to the lucky winner.

This Magnolia image that I've coloured with my markers is of Tilda Loves Flowers--just like me...LOL  



This style of card was created by Marianne and she calls this a 'secret card'.  I found her tutorial for it HERE at the Scandinavian on-line magazine StampARTic.

A side view here so you can see the layers.


The fold of the card is at the top.  




This image is of the adorable Tilda as a Star.  


Both of the Tilda's I've coloured here are from the Sweet Crazy Love Collection 2012.  The stamps for the images are available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store.  Check out her store for her excellent selection of full-size and mini Magnolia stamps, as well as cutting dies from Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn.  The prices are discounted and as a bonus you also earned 2% credit to be applied to future purchases.  Sweet! 

Challenges for this card:
PaperPlay Challenges '12Week27 - Happy Birthday
Divas By Design Challenge #42 - Red, White and Blue
Card Makin Mamas Challenge #50 - Rubber
Allsorts Challenge Week 162 - Red, White and Blue 
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges Week 66 - Fancy Folds
ABC DT Challenge for July & August - Colour Inspiration Challenge
Stamp With Fun Challenge #169 - Favorite Stamps (Magnolia stamps are my fave)
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge - Flower Power (2 of my DP's are my oldies but goodies)

Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by.  I always appreciated your visit and even more your comments--just love reading them.  Have a wonderful week!


Materials and Tools Used:
DP's:  Cloud 9 Design Razzberry Heaven; Hot Off the Press Mixing Masculine Papers; paper from Michaels $1.50 bin
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Two, Petite Ovals and Standard Circles; Marianne Design Leaves LR0156
Punches:  Martha Stewart edge punch Deco Fan, pine branch; EK Success medium retro flower and small star; Michaels tiny flower
Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pads Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany and Faded Jean; pearls from my stash.  


Medium:  Letraset Promarkers and Pantone Tria markers
- face and skin--blush, coral, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and shoes--burnt sienna, caramel, sandstone
- dress and socks--midnight blue, cornflower, 277-T
- leaves and branches--olive green, moss, apple, meadow green


Monday, July 09, 2012

Silver Fairy - Sweet Stamping Pixies July Challenge

Hello!
Since today is July's second Monday, it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stamping Pixies.  Here's what I came up with for my DT card.  


This month's challenge is a colour challenge of blue, tan and yellow.  And we are being sponsored this time by Simon Says Stamps.  The prize is this cute Stamping Bella stamp



I hope you will play along with us in our challenge.  For more inspirations, hop over to the challenge blog HERE and check out the fabulous card of my DT teammates.  


This beautiful fairy is one of Sylvia Zet's (Wee Stamps).  She is called Silver Fairy (available from Whimsy Stamps).  I used my coloured pencils to colour this image, a combinations of of Faber-Castell Polychromos & Art Grips and Prismacolour Premiers.

Challenges I am entering with this card:
All That Scraps Challenge - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge #46 - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenge #91 - 1-2-3 (1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellishments)
Sketch N Stash Challenge #91 - Sketch (image is from a new stamp, striped paper is from my scrap pile)
Let's Ink It Up Challenge for July - All Girl
Creatalicious Challenge #35 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #34 - Card for Someone Special
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Going round in circles

Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by.  I very much appreciate your visit.  Have a wonderful week!


Materials and Tools Used:
DP's:  one sheet from DCWV Baby Boy Stack paper pad; don't know who made the striped paper
Dies:  Spellbinders Ovals and Posy Patch; Magnolia doohickey Swirl
Punches:  Nellie Snellen Rose Leaves Jumbo; Punch Bunch Impatient Leaf large; EK Success Star
Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Walnut Stain and Scattered Straw; pearls from my stash 

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Gate-Fold with Window Card Tutorial

Hello!


A few people asked me how I created the card in my previous posting, so this is a tutorial on a gate-fold card that has a shaped window.  Since the usual gate-fold card is easy enough to do and there are already lots of tutorials on it (here, here and here are just a few), this tutorial is really on how to create the window on the card using one of your shape dies.  I'm assuming that's what the requests were for--if not, then let me know please.  BTW this is easy too...LOL!

This is for a 6" x 6" card.  I am creating a new Christmas card and will give you the step-by-step instructions in making it.


Materials required:
- 6" x 12" cardstock
- DP's, coloured image(s), embellishments, sentiments, etc. to decorate
- a shape die for your window (I am using the Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament die to match my image of Tilda Hanging Ornaments)
- removable tape
- die-cutting machine (I am using my Big Shot Machine)


Step 1
Score your cardstock at 3" and 9".


Step 2
Fold along scorelines.


Step 3
You may want to leave your card as a square card or if you want to shape your card, you can do it now.  In my previous card I used a Go Kreate die to shape the top and bottom of the card.  With this one, I am just going to round off the corners.  



Step 4
Decorate the card front with your DP.



Step 5
Place a couple of pieces of removable tape on the flat side of your die.


Step 5
Open your card and place your die--and this very important!--blade side up.  With this card, I am putting the die exactly in the centre.  In my previous card I have placed the die higher up.  You can place it wherever you want your window to be.


Step 6
Close the two front flaps and press so the removable tapes will stick to the paper on top and the die won't move.  Run the card through your die cutting machine.


Step 7
Voila you have your window!


And from here you can now decorate the card any way you want.  Have fun!!!

Sorry, but this is as far as I got with the card--I haven't finished it yet...LOL.  I am currently working on another project that I have to get done first--this was a detour.  I will get back to this and show you the card when finished.  


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Edited:  Here's my finished card.  I will give the details in a separate posting.
Edited again:  Posting for card HERE.





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