Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow Fun - Magnolia-licious 'Winter Fun with Doohickey'

Hello.

We're kicking off a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  The theme for this challenge is 'Winter Fun with Doohickey'.  Along with Magnolia Stamps image(s) we want you to also use Magnolia Doohickey cutting die(s) on you card/project.  To get complete details of the challenge and how you can join in the fun, visit the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  Also have a look at what my DT teammates have created to inspire you.  

And here's what I've created for my DT card for the challenge.


This card is actually an easel card.



On the hidden tag, it simply says 'Winter.'


Close-up of the winter scene featuring four Magnolia Stamps images.  Masking work was required to create this scene.


These are the stamps used:
- Tilda in Cozy Coat from the Waiting for Christmas Collection 2014
- Winter Fence from the Santa Collection 2008
- Winter Forest from the Santa Collection 2008
- Frosty With Snowflake from the So Snowy Collection 2009

Part of this challenge is to use Magnolia Doohickey dies.  These are the four doohickeys that I've used:
- Magnolia Doohickey Swirl (and Leaf)
- Magnolia Doohickey Cozy Fern and Snowflake
- Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Tag
- Old Swedish Lace

Magnolia stamps and Magnolia Doohickey cutting dies 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.
Check out other cutting dies from various companies including Memory BoxPoppyStampsWild Rose Studio.
Prices are discounted, you get excellent customer service and there's a customer reward program where you 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 (which includes this one...hee hee)


As for me, I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Creative Fingers Challenge #64 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #96 - Winter
Totally Tilda and Friends Challenge #112 - Easel, Stepper of Joy Fold Cards
Fun With Shapes and More Challenge #174 - Again Wintry
Hanna and Friends Challenge #214 - Snowmen
Scrapper's Delights Challenge #39 - Anything Goes w/twist favorite colours (blue)
Crafty Cardmakers and More...Challenge #131 - Combine 2 or more stamps (I have used 4 stamps, masking technique)
Dream Valley Challenge #98 - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge #11 - Always 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:  Recollections Starry Nights and Bold Basics paper pads
Dies:  Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles; Magnolia Doohickey Swirl (and Leaf)Doohickey Cozy Fern and SnowflakeDoohickey Vintage Tag and Old Swedish Lace; Spellbinders Scrapy Land Custom Design dies; Spellbinders Die-D-Lites Fancy Label Tags One
Punches:  EK Success Snowflakes, Martha Stewart Aspen Snowflake 
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Walnut Stain, rafia, pearls, rhinestones/blings from my stash 

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 boots:  burnt sienna, caramel, sandstone, black coloured pencil
- blue coat:  twilight sky, polar blue, denim blue, pebble blue, april shower
- tights:  black, cool grey 5, cool grey 4, cool grey 3
- snowman's scarf and nose:  burnt umber, coral, 484-T, mango, 170-T
- trees:  apple cider, 617-T
- white shading:  warm grey 5-T, cool grey 4-T, cool grey 1-T
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stop in the Name of Love

Hello!

My stamps from the newest collection from Magnolia Stamps came in the mail...woo-hoo.  I stamped and coloured one of them right away and created a card with it.

Here's the finished card...




This is called a Surprise Pop-Up Card.  You pull out a tag from the top and the image panel comes up to reveal a hidden area where you can place a sentiment.  I used the instructions from a Splitcoaststamper tutorial HEREalthough I didn't use their measurements.


Here's a close up of the adorable image I am featuring...


This Tilda is called Stop in the Name of Love Tilda from the Lovely Duo Collection 2015
It's a two-stamp set--the sentiment comes with the Tilda.

Check out the rest of the collection HERE and other Magnolia stamps at Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store.  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:
Time For Magnolia Challenge #80 - Tilda/Edwin with a background/text stamp
Allsorts Challenge Week 295 - Lace and Pearls
Creative Fingers Challenge #64 - Anything Goes
Lovely hAnglar or Sweet Magnolia Challenge #110 - Spots or Stripes
Stamping Sensations January Challenge - Dies and Punches
Inky Chicks Challenge #45 - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar January Challenge - What's New? (new stamp)
Stempelsonne Challenge #133 - Anything Goes
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #146 - Hearts
Inspiration Destination Challenge #17 - Anything Goes
Colour Throwdown #326 - CTD326

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


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Hampton Art Studio G 'Happy Valentine's Day!'
Designer Papers:  My Mind's Eye Be Merry paper pad 
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Thirty-Six and Rose Creations; Memory Box 98634 Gwyneth Flourish and 98312 Fancy Blossoms; Crealies Creative Shapes No. 16 (leaves); Marianne Design Flourishes
Punches:  Marvy Uchida 1" Circle; Martha Stewart Lace Scalloped Heart; EK Success medium Retro Flower  
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick and Broken China; pearls from my stash

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
- blouse:  702-T, 701-T, cocktail pink, baby pink
- shorts:  marine, turquoise, pastel green
- ground:  caramel, sandstone, cool grey 5-T
- dotted background:  grey green, tea green, 5507-T, 5527-T 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Especially For You - Magnolia-licious 'Love Is In the Air'

Hello.

Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog is kicking off its first challenge of 2015 with the theme 'Love is in the Air.'  To get complete details of the challenge and how you can join in the fun, visit the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  Also have a look at what my DT teammates have created to inspire you.  

I've made this 2-drawer gift box and mounted a small easel card on top of the box.



I made the box high enough so I can fill the drawers with some Mozart Kugeln and Ferrero Rocher chocolates...yummy!


If you're interested, you can the tutorial on the paper roses HERE.

Close-up of the Magnolia image I'm featuring...


- Tilda With Cross Necklace from the Special Moments Collection 2013
In keeping with the love theme, I've replaced the cross in her necklace with a heart-shaped rhinestone/bling.

The stamp for this image and other 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 StudiosCandibeans and Saturated Canary.
Magnolia-licious also carries cutting dies from various companies including Memory BoxPoppyStampsMagnolia DoohickeyWild Rose Studio.

The Memory Box 98373 Whimsical Flourish that I used is availabe from Magnolia-licious.  Have a look at the rest!

Prices are discounted, you get excellent customer service and there's also a customer reward program where you 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 (yes, including this one...LOL)


As for me, I am entering my gift box into the following challenges: 
Lovely hAnglar or Sweet Magnolia Challenge #109 - Anything Goes
Totally Tilda and Friends Challenge #111 - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Fitztown Challenge #67 - Anything Goes w/optional twist Use Patterned Paper
Scrapy Land Challenge #9 - Anything Goes (used dies from Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn Designs and Memory Box)
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #293 - Not A Card
Art By Miran Challenge #23 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenge - Love is in the Air
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #119 - Include some pink
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #42 - Anything Goes
Inky Chicks Challenge #45 - 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!


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  Recollections Garden Florals paper pad
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Nine, Classic Hearts and Posy Patch; Cheery Lynn Designs Large Rose; Memory Box 98373 Whimsical Flourish and 98312 Fancy Blossoms 
Punches:  Martha Stewart Heart Chain Punch-Around-The-Page Set and Rose Leaf; Nellie Snellen Floral Punch Large Rose Leaves
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain and Victorian Velvet; pearls and heart rhinestone from my stash

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
- dress and rose:  shale, 694-T, 693-T, 698-T
- rose stem:  march green, apple cider, meadow green
- dotted background:  grey green, tea green, 5507-T, 5527-T 



Friday, January 09, 2015

Celebrate the Everyday - FFFC #130 'Swirls and Pearls'

Hello.  Happy Friday!

It's back to business after a nice holiday break.  This is our first challenge of the year at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.  I get to be the hostess for this one and I've chosen 'Swirls and Pearls' as our challenge theme.  This challenge is being sponsored a new sponsor, 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.

Here's my DT card for the challenge...



I did so enjoy colouring this beautiful image I am featuring.  It is of course designed by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff from Aurora Wings...


and it is called Big Eye Poppy Elf - Himalayan Blue.

You can check out the rest of Mitzi wonderful images at her Aurora Wings Etsy Shop or her Aurora Wings Digital Stamp Shop.

I've done most of the colouring with markers (colours listed below), but I've used several coloured pencils on this image as well (sorry but I didn't jot down the exact shades--there were a couple of blues, one green, black...).

Challenges for this card:
ABC Challenge - A is for Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #17 - Anything Goes w/twist something NEW (new digi, see below for dies)
Ladybug Crafts January Challenge - Say It With Flowers
Stamping Sensations January Challenge - Dies and Punches
Fairytale Stampers Challenge #49 - Everything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #118 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #1 - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart Challenge #41 - Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge #148 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #355 - What's new? (new digi)

That's all 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:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  DCWV Blossom Song paper pad; me+my BIG ideas Modern Milan paper pad  
Dies:  Go Kreate XXL Frames Frilly #10; Magnolia Doohickey Swirl; Impression Obsession DIE042-I Spiral Flowers; Elizabeth Craft Designs 730 Curvy Leaves; Spellbinders Classic Ovals
Punches:  EK Success medium Retro Flower; Carla Crafts Cosmos   
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; ribbon and pearls from my stash

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:  burnt sienna, caramel, sandstone
- blue shades:  631-T, duck egg, cool aqua, pastel green
- green shades:  forest green, 370-T, apple, meadow green
- dark yellow shades:   burnt sienna, mustard, pastel yellow
- dotted background:  grey green, 5507-T, tea green, 5527-T

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Celebrate!

Hello.

First of all, Happy New Year to all!  Wishing everyone everything good for the new year.

I finally have a new card to show you ...



Close-up of the Magnolia Stamps image I'm featuring--coloured with Letraset Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Pantone Trias.


She is called Bright Tilda, a Special Edition Stamp.

Magnolia stamps are available from Magnolia-licious (this Bright Tilda is currently not in stock though), 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 other companies like Wee Stamps, Wild Rose Studios, Candibeans and Saturated Canary.
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:
Not Just Cards Challenge #10 - Anything Goes
Totally Tilda and Friends Challenge #111 - Anything Goes
Magnolia Mania Challenge #103 - Happy New Year
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #269 - Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore Challenge #13 - Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge #63 - Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge #133 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #226 - Favorite Embellishments (flowers)
Through the Purple Haze Challenge #72 - 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!


Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  We R Memory Keepers Precious Metal Vintage Brass; My ind's Eye Wid Asparagus
Dies:  Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles; Spellbinders Classic Ovals, Die D-Lites Blooms Two; Memory Box 98312 Fancy Blossoms; Elizabeth Craft Designs 730 Curvy Leaves 
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, Rusty Hinge, Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage and Stormy Sky; pearls from my stash

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
- dress and roses:  burnst umber, coral, 486-T, 169-T
- stems and leaves:  pesto, marsh green, apple cider
- tags and champagne:  vanilla, champagne
- captain's cap:  cool grey 5, 4 and 3, warm grey 5-T, 4-T 1-T
- dotted background:  grey green, tea green, 5507-T, 5527-T 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Easy Rose Tutorial

Hello.


Here's an easy way to make your own paper roses like the ones on the card below--originally posted HERE.   (Jane has asked me to show her how, so Jane, this is for you!  Sorry it took me this long to getting this tutorial done.)


Supplies required:
- flower die or punch with 5-rounded petals

There are many available dies and punches, here are a few selections and as you can see, the resulting flowers are very similar:  

using Cheery Lynn Designs B155 Large Rose Die

using Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations HCD-701 Posy Patch Die

using EK Success large Retro Flower punch

- white cardstock--I used American Crafts 80 lb. (216gr./m²) 
- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad (any colour) and dauber/dabber
- spray bottle filled with tap water
- stylus and molding mat
- glue


Instructions:

Step 1
Punch or diecut flowers.  You need 4 (of the same size) to make one rose.

Step 2
Apply ink to the centres of each flower as shown.

Step 3
Spray a light mist--just enough water to dampen the paper to make the ink spread.  If too wet, just let dry a bit.

Step 4
Place the flowers on a molding mat--if you don't have one, you can use a rubber mouse pad.
Curl up each petal using a stylus (with a medium-size ball)--one flower with the inked-side down (this is for the centre bud) and the other 3 flowers with the inked-side up as shown.

Step 5
Cup the flowers to form different degrees of tightness/openness as shown.  Let completely dry.  When dry the flowers will be stiff.

Step 6
Take the flower with the ink on the outside and apply glue to all 5 petals.

Step 7
Bring the petals together to form a bud a shown.  Hold together until the glue holds.

Step 8
Apply glue to the centres of the other 3 flowers.

Step 9
Layer the 3 flowers off-setting the petals, then place the bud in the centre.





There you go!  Have fun creating your own roses.



And I've done a video tutorial too!



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