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.)



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Warm Wishes - Magnolia-licious 'White On White'

If you're looking for the Magnolia-licious Holiday Blog Hop, click HERE.



Hello.

We're midway in our current 'White On White' challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  It's Team B's turn to post our cards/projects as a midway reminder--Team A posted theirs last week.   Visit the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog for complete details on the challenge and how you can join in the fun.  And have a look at what my DT teammates have created to inspire you.

I have created a shadow box card.




I love making white-on-white cards--it's another favorite style of mine...hmm, I have many faves!  One reason is because I don't have to spend time searching for co-ordinating paper for a colour scheme...ha ha--it takes me forever to do this.  And all those whites make the coloured images you're featuring pop out.

Tutorial on the pine cones you can find HERE.

Here are close-ups of the Magnolia images I've used:


- Tilda on the Roof from the A Christmas Story Collection 2012


- Mini A Joyful Tilda from the Winter Wonderland Collection 2013
- Mini Show The Way Baby Rudolph from the Winter Wonderland Collection 2013


- Old Swedish Church from the A Christmas Story Collection 2012
I used this image to help me create the background scene.

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
- like us on Facebook at our Magnolia-licious Facebook page


Challenges for this card: 
Bearly Mine Designs November 2014 Challenge - Christmas Cards
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round November Challenge - No Patterned Paper
A Creative Romance - Winter Warmers
Milk Coffee Challenge - Hand Coloured Image
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long Challenge #36 - Anything Goes  
Fun With Shapes and More Challenge #169 - Christmas is coming soon (Bald ist Weihnachten)
Dies R Us Challenge #14 - Christmas (see below for list of dies used)  
Penny Black and More November Challenge - Anything Goes 
The Cutie Pie Challenge #81 - Festive Furry Friends
Not Just Cards Challenge #6 - 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
Dies:  Go Kreate XXL Square Frames Frilly #10; Magnolia Doohickey Poinsettias; Tim Holtz Festive Greenery; Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles (pinecones); Impression Obsession DIE021-N Pine Branch; Memory Box 98753 Exquisite Coral; Marianne Design Creatable LR0245 Mistletoe Twigs (pine trees)    
Punches:  Martha Stewart Aspen Snowflake edger; Recollections Small Flower (pinecones)
Miscellaneous:  Gesso
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lever Card 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) Template

If you're looking for the Magnolia-licious Holiday Blog Hop, click HERE.


Hello.  This is a very short posting.

This was the 'Lever Card' I posted sometime last month--you can see the posting HERE.



I found a lever-card tutorial at Splitcoaststamper done by Laura Lipe--you can view it HERE. Laura's card size is 4¼" x 5½" (when the card is folded)--that's known as an A2 card size.  My preferred card size, as you may know, is 6" x 6", so I've revised the measurements to those for that card size.

As requested, here's the template for a 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) Lever Card:


Printable PDF - Lever Card 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) Template

That's it!  Have fun with this.  Happy crafting!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Christmas Is Coming

If you're looking for the Magnolia-licious Holiday Blog Hop, click HERE.


Hello.

I have a pop-up book card to show you.  I've made another tutorial for Splitcoaststampers and this is the end result.




Close-ups of the adorable images from Magnolia Stamps being featured, coloured with Letraset Promarkers and Pantone Trias, with a few coloured pencils to help with the shading:


- Tilda With Long Hair from the A Christmas Story Collection 2012


- Tilda With Tag Gifts from the A Christmas Story Collection 2012 

Magnolia Stamps are available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store.  Although the stamps for these two images are not in stock as they from an older collection, you can find other equally adorable images there, full-size and minis.  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 now Saturated Canary.  Prices are discounted!
Magnolia-licious also carries cutting dies.  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.  Sweet!

I am using this card to enter the following challenges:
Totally Tilda Challenge #107 - Christmas Tilda Wearing Red (inside the card)
Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge #126 - Cut It Out
Creative Fingers Challenge #54 - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Designs November 2014 Challenge - Christmas Cards
Live and Love Crafts Challenge #29 - Favorite Christmas Colour Combo (the traditional Christmas colours - red and green)
Die Cut Divas Challenge - Any Holiday Spirit
Catch The Bug November Challenge - Anything Goes
Treasured Times Stamps Challenge #28 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations November Challenge - Christmas
Scrapy Land Challenge #5 - Anything Goes (using Memory Box, Impression Obsession, Magnolia Doohickey and Sizzix Tim Holtz dies)


If you're interested in how I made this card, you can see it in the Splitcoaststampers Pop-Up Book Card tutorial HERE.  (And yes, it's a remake of the tutorial I did for my own blog, with a slight variation, which you can find under the 'Tutorials' page above.)


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:  Memory Box 98467 Pine Needle Border, 98316 Cherry Blossom (for poinsettia's flower centre), 98732 Winterberry Sprig; Impression Obsession DIE021-N Pine Branch; Magnolia Doohickey Poinsettia; Tim Holtz Festive Greenery 
Punches:  EK Success corner punch and Leaf (for hellebores petals); Carla Crafts small Cosmos (for hellebores flower centres); Fiskars Celestial 3-in-1 corner punch and Michaels mini star (for hellebores flower centres)    
Miscellaneous:  Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pads Walnut Stain, Bundled Sage and Forest Moss; pinecones 
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Pantone Trias; coloured pencils 


Monday, November 03, 2014

Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar - Magnolia-licious Holiday Blog Hop

Hello.

We're kicking off another seasonal blog hop at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. This is our 'Holiday Blog Hop'.
If you're already taking part in our blog hop and have arrived here from the ever-so-talented DENA's blog, then you're on the right track.  In case you get lost along the way and want to get back on route, here's a list of the participating DT gals in blog hop order:


And so....on to my project.  I've made an advent calendar.




I wanted a circular base rather than your basic square or rectangular one.  This was oh sooo much harder to figure out how to do, or maybe because it took me longer to do...LOL.  I took me 4 - 5 days just to put together the bottom part of this advent calendar.


This is a like a matchbox craft, but rather than having your drawers made out of your usual rectangular matchboxes, they are pie-shaped.  Each drawer and its casing is 1/8 of a circle, so each of the three circular platforms has 8 drawers making a total of 24 drawers, for the number of days in December before Christmas.

The pine trees were made by layering individual poinsettia leaves/petals (from a Spellbinders die set) around a paper cone. I painted gesso on the leaves and when dry, applied glue and then covered them with white micro-fine glitter.

Here are close-ups and the names of the Magnolia Stamps images being featured:


- Christmas Eve Edwin from the Winter Wonderland Collection 2013


- Tilda With Two Little Gifts from the A Christmas Story Collection 2012


- Jingle Jangle Tilda from the A Christmas Story Collection 2012


- Winter Tilda from the Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection 2011


- Tilda in Christmas Coat from the Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010

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 now 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 towards future purchases.

I hope you will participate in our Holiday Blog Hop.  There are prizes!!!


There are 2 ways to win during the blog hop: 

- By totalling the numbers from all DT posts.  Participants will e-mail Cathy the sum (cathyleeinco@yahoo.com).  A random winner will be chosen from all the correct responses.

- By participating in the Blog Hop Challenge and creating a Holiday project.  A random winner will be chosen from all the entries.  

Winners will each receive a $50 Gift Certificate from Magnolia-licious.  The hop will run until the end of November. 


As for me, I am entering my advent calendar into these challenges:
Not Just Cards Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge #55 - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers and More Challenge #126 - Cut It Out
Inspiration Destination Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge #96 - Anything Goes
I ♥ Promarkers Challenge #243 - Three Of A Kind (3 platforms, 3 stars in the garland)
The Paper Shelter Challenge #180 - Is it too early for Christmas?
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #201 - Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #109 - Anything But Square
Stamping Sensations November Challenge - Christmas

That's it.  Thanks for stopping by.  Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Enjoy your day.

Before you go, if you are playing our number scavenger hunt game, the number you need from me is:  4.

Now for your next stop, hop over and visit the super talented KATIE to see what she has to share with you.


Materials and Tools Used
Sentiments:  Computer generated
Designer Papers:  K+Company EB Visions of Christmas paper pad    
Dies:  Crealies Creative Shapes No. 20 (numbers); Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia 
Punches:  EK Success and Martha Stewart punches for the stars
Miscellaneous:  Compass, Protractor, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; Jewel Glitter Ritz micro-fine white glitter; chipboards, wooden plugs and beads, gesso, white felt from my stash
Colouring medium:  Alcohol ink markers from Letraset - Promarkers and Pantone Trias, coloured pencils 


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