Thursday, December 18, 2014

Season's Greetings

Hello.

Here's my latest Christmas card.


I did this one just for one.  I wanted to do a Zentangle and tangle those trees.  Do you recognize them?  The image is a stamped image--from one of my favorite Magnolia background stamps.


The names of the stamps I've used are:
Winter Forest all the way back from the Santa Collection 2008.
- Mini Tilda in Cozy Coat from the newly-released Waiting For Christmas Collection 2014

Ughh..I did such a crappy job with the third tree--I'm really really not happy with it!  I'll have to try another pattern next time.
Colouring was done with Letraset markers--colours listed at end of posting.

Magnolia stamps are available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store where she carries a large selection of both full-size and mini 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 StudiosSaturated Canary and Candibeans.
Magnolia-licious also carries cutting dies from various companies including Memory BoxPoppyStampsMagnolia DoohickeyWild Rose Studio.  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.

This is how I've decorated the inside of my card.


Did a bit more tangling.  I need more practice!


Challenges for this project:
Not Just Cards Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
Perfectly Rustics Challenge #38 - Tree
Love to Create Challenge #146 - Create A Scene
Love To Scrap! Challenge #44 - When Nature Calls!
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #63 - Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenge - Merry Christmas
Lovely hAnglar or Sweet Magnolia Challenge #108 - Christmas
Simply Magnolia - Anything Goes
I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #250 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #60 - Anything Goes

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:  Pink Paislee Noel paper pad 
Dies:  Spellbinders Petite Ovals; Sizzix Tim Holtz Festive Greenery 
Punches:  One-hole hand punch    
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; ribbon and pearls from my stash; Sakura Pigma Micron pen 01  

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers, Flexmarkers 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 boots:  burnt sienna, caramel, sandstone
- red-brown shades:  burnt umber, coral, mango, peach
- green shades:  apple cider, 617-T, meadow green
- gold/yellow shades:   burnt sienna, mustard, pastel yellow
- white shading:  warm gray 5-T, cool gray 4-T, cool gray 1-T
- dotted background:  tea green, 5527-T  



Friday, December 12, 2014

Have A Very Very Merry Christmas

Hello.  Happy Friday.  Christmas is less than 2 weeks away...yikes, it's coming up fast!
Here's a Christmas card that I've just finished...


I love the shape of the Go Kreate die that I used for this card--it's one of my favorites.
And I've actually made this into an easel card.



I'm featuring this adorable image designed by Sylvia Zet of Wee Stamps...


and she is called 'Berry.'

I've coloured the image with Letraset Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Pantone Trias--colours used are listed below.
Hellebores Flower tutorial you can find HERE, although my flowers on this card are of a smaller version.
Pinecone tutorial you can find HERE.


Challenges for this card:
Passion for Promarkers Week 277 - Mega Christmas Challenge Bingo (diecut-free-glitter, punches-glitter-bloom)
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round December Challenge - Anything But A Square/Rectangle
Emerald Faeries Challenge #62 - Christmas Red and Green
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 162 - Red and Green (dies used: B148 Holly Flourish, B146 Pine Branches and B119 Tropical Leaves)
Come and Get It Challenges - Merry Christmas
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Christmas Challenge
Creative Moments Challenge #57 - Anything Goes/Winter
Inspiration Destination Challenge #11 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #60 - Anything Goes
Creative Romance Last Challenge Ever - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy today and have a wonderful weekend!


Materials and Tools Used
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  American Crafts Jolly paper pad
Dies:  Go Kreate XXL Frames Frilly #5; Lifestyle Crafts/Quick Cutz Nesting Circles; Cheery Lynn B148 Holly Flourish, B146 Pine Branches and B119 Tropical Leaves; Magnolia Doohickey Poinsettia; Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles (for the pinecones) 
Punches:  EK Success small Leaf; Carla Crafts small Cosmos; Fiskars Celestial 3-in-1 corner punch; Michaels mini sun 
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Walnut Stain, Jewels Glitter Ritz micro-fine glitter gold; pearls from my stash

Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils to help with the shading
- face and skin:  blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and boots:  umber, cinnamon, tan
- red shades:  burgundy, crimson, antique pink, cocktail pink
- green shades:  pine, forest green, 370-T, leaf green
- kitten:  caramel, sandstone, satin
- white shading:  warm gray 5-T, cool gray 4-T, cool gray 1-T
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside! - Magnolia-licious 'Anything Goes'

Hello.

We're in our last challenge for the year 2014 at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  It's an 'Anything Goes' challenge and you have plenty of time to join us as we're leaving this open until the new year.

This is what I came up with.  It is a gate-fold card, a window card, a frame card and also a shaker card...yikes, all in one.


The card front shows the window and gate-fold feature of the card.




This middle section inside the card shows the frame and shaker features.  For the snow on the ground, I used white micro-beads that I've placed inside the frame and enclosed them with a piece of acetate sheet.


This angle shot shows the 3-dimensional look of the winter scene.


Close-ups of the Magnolia images I am featuring:


Tilda With Apple Wreath from the Waiting For Christmas Collection 2014


Tilda with Lovikka Mittens from the A Christmas Story Collection 2012


It's Cold Outside Tilda from the Waiting For Christmas Collection 2014

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 StudiosSaturated Canary and Candibeans.
Magnolia-licious also carries cutting dies from various companies including Memory BoxPoppyStampsMagnolia DoohickeyWild Rose Studio.  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.


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



Challenges for this card:
Milk Coffee Challenge - Lots of embellishments
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #123 - Holiday
Divas By Design - Jingle Bells
Creative Fingers Challenge #58 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #122 - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 48 - Nordic Christmas
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Let it snow!
Magnolia-Mania Challenge #102 - Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #15 - Winter Wonderland
ABC Challenges - Y is for Yuletide

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, Botanical Noel and Starry Night paper pads  
Dies:  Magnolia Doohickey Old Swedish Lace; Poppystamps 816 Small Madison Window and 827 Picket Fence; Memory Box 98239 Country Landscape and 98753 Exquisite Coral; Dee's Distinctively IME-026 Small Snow Covered Stacker Tree and IME-027 Large Snow Covered Stacker Tree 
Punches:  Martha Stewart Pine Branch, Holly and Aspen Snowflake; EK Success Snowflake 
Miscellaneous:  Recollections micro-beads; Jewel Glitter Ritz micro-fine glitter white; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain and Weathered Wood; metal bells that came with Lindt chocolates; gesso, twines, jewelry spacers and acetate sheet from my stash
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dear Santa - FFFC #128 Happy Holidays

Hello.  Happy Friday!  Nearly the end of November and it's less than 4 weeks before Christmas...yikes!

It's time for a new challenge at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.  The lovely Kavitha is hosting this chalenge and our theme is 'Happy Holidays'.  We're being sponsored by Live and Love Crafts.  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.

Here's my DT card--I decided to have fun with this one.



And this is how I've decorated the inside of the card.



I found the message to Santa on internet and I thought it was just so darn cute...tee hee.  

Close-ups of these adorable Magnolia images I am featuring:


- Invitation Tilda from the Special Moments Collection 2013


- Divine Tilda from the Waiting for Christmas Collection 2014

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 StudiosSaturated Canary and Candibeans.
Magnolia-licious also carries cutting dies from various companies including Memory BoxPoppyStampsMagnolia DoohickeyWild Rose Studio.  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 card:
As You Like It Challenge - Favorite Xmas Style (Modern or Traditional) and Why (modern for me as I like to add cute coloured images on my cards)
Creative Fingers Challenge #59 - Anything Goes
Simply Magnolia - Layers
Lovely hAnglar or Sweet Magnolia Challenge #107 - Use A Die Cut
Dies R Us Challenge #14 - Christmas (see below for list of dies used)
Ooh La La Creations Challenge #170 - Christmas
That Craft Place Ltd - Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge #32 - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge #23 - Anything Goes
Penny Black and More November Challenge - Anything Goes

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend!


Materials and Tools Used
Stamps other than mentioned above:  Hero Arts A2325 Joy Stamp
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  My Mind's Eye Be Merry paper pad  
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Thirty-One; Memory Box 98188 Holy Vine; CC Designs Leaves; PoppyStamps 977 Berry Sprig   
Punches: for hellebores petals - EK Success Leaf; for the flower centres - Carla Crafts Small Cosmos, Fiskars Celestial 3-in-1 corner punch and Michaels mini sun   
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; Recollections Opaque Embossing Powder Citron 
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For A Special Couple - Magnolia-licious 'W"ednesday #58

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.  This is the last "W"ednesday Post for the year--we'll be taking a break for the month of December.

I'm taking a slight detour from all the Christmas cards and decided to make a wedding card instead.


Don't know why I went with purple/lavender/lilac tone.  Probably just because I haven't made a card with those shades for a while...tee hee.  And this is how I've decorated the inside of my card.


Close-up of the coloured image...


This adorable image is called Love Me Do designed by Sylvia Zet of Wee Stamps.

The stamp for this image is available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store.  See the rest of the Wee Stamps collection HERE.

You may also want to check out the other stamps that Magnolia-licious carries--stamps from Magnolia Stamps of course, Wild Rose StudiosCandibeans and Saturated Canary.
Prices are discounted, you get excellent customer service and you also get to earn 2% 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 (which includes this one...tee hee)

Challenges for this card:
ABC Challenge - X is for Xtra Special
Creative Card Crew Challenge #75 - Stripes
Creative Fingers Challenge #57 - Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - Something Old (designer papers from Anna Griffin and DCWV which I've had for years and have been discontinued)
Milk Coffee - Lots of Embellishments Challenge
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #92 - Lots of Layers
Treasured Times Stamps Challenge #29 - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge #84 - Anything Goes
Passion for Promarker Week 274 - Blooming Marvellous
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge - Use Die Cuts

That's it for me.  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:  Anna Griffin paper with damask pattern; DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy paper pad  
Dies:  Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders One; Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles; Joy! Crafts Square Flowers 6002/0068 and Bille's Flourishes 6002/0263; Memory Box 98780 Queen of Hearts
Punches: Nellie Snellen Floral Punches Extra Large Leaf and Large Rose Leaves  
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain and Dusty Concord; pearls from my stash 
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias 


Monday, November 24, 2014

Advent Calendar With A Circular Base Tutorial

Hello!

This posting is to show how to make a circular advent calendar/chest of drawers, similar to the one I created shown below...(originally posted HERE)


It's the same concept as in matchbox crafts.  If you don't know what matchbox crafts is, click on this Pinterest site to get an idea.  It's basically arranging and adhering individual matchboxes to form your chest of drawers and then decorating it.  One matchbox consists of a drawer and a casing.

For this circular advent calendar/chest of drawers, the drawers and casings are of course not rectangular but rather pie-shaped.  To be more exact, each drawer-and-casing is 1/8 of a circle so there are 8 of them on one circular platform.

This is not hard to do...really, it's just very time consuming!

Use heavy weight paper, something similar to what I used here which is this Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper 100lb. (270 g/m²).


Here are the templates: 






I'm just going to show how to create one drawer and casing.  I won't do the whole advent calendar all over again as I simply don't have the time right now...sorry, but too many things on my plate right now.  But I wanted to get this posted as some of you have asked for it and you may want to get started on your own advent calendar.  I may edit this posting at a later date--'may' being the operative word...LOL.

You will need 8 sets of drawers-and-casings per level.
For my advent calendar, the drawers on the top level are 3" deep, the 2nd level drawers are 3 1/2" deep and the bottom level drawers are 4" deep.  But if you prefer, you can make the drawers on all 3 levels the same, then you will get a cylindrical advent calendar/chest of drawers.

MAKING THE DRAWERS

Cut and score as per template.


Slice up the drawer-front section as shown.


Fold along scorelines.


Adhere the 3 side flaps (indicated by arrows) as shown.


Apply glue to a drawer-front panel and adhere as shown. 


Make sure the side of the folded panel that's a wee bit shorter is inside the drawer.



MAKING THE CASINGS

Cut, score and fold as per template.


Adhere the side flaps as shown.


ASSEMBLING

Once you've created the 8 drawers and casings, glue the 8 casings together to form a circle for the one level.



When you've formed the 3 levels, then you can start constructing your advent calendar base. 
Place regular circular cardstocks between the platforms and for added strength also add circular chipboards to the top and bottom.

This is how I've layered the base of my advent calendar starting from the bottom up:
-  8 3/4" circle chipboard
-  8 3/4" circle coloured cardstock (use a colour co-ordinating with how you're going to decorate later on)
-  Bottom level of drawers and casings
-  8 1/2" circle coloured cardstock
-  Middle level of drawers and casings
-  7 1/2" circle coloured cardstock
-  Top level of drawers and casings
-  6 3/4" circle of chipboard
-  6 3/4" circle of coloured cardstock


Okay, there you go...I think you can take it from here.  Decorate as desired...and have fun!

(PS.  I would love to see what you'll make with this, so send me a link to your creation. Thx.)



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