Thursday, February 25, 2010

Enjoy Winter!

Hello! Happy Thursday!

It's the 25th of February which means it's time for a Christmas card to be posted for the Christmas All Year Long Group of our Magnolia-licious Yahoo Group (you can find a list of participants there). The start of this blog hop is at Julie's blog. This is our 2nd blog hop. My Christmas card is a tri-shutter card.

In celebration of the 2010 Winter Olympics which our city is hosting, I was trying to make this card a bit sportive. However, these are the only images that I have that have anything to do with winter sports...hee hee...nothing Olympian about this type of sledding, but they will have to do.

Laying the card flat on a table, the card looks like this:

I didn't use any designer paper for this card. Instead I've stamped my own with flourishes and snowflakes.
I've used lots and lots of glitter on this card. The snow-covered trees that are the background for the Tilda and Edwin images are made as per my tutorial here. They are covered in glitter. The same goes for are all the white fur trims on Tilda's cap and top/jacket, the heart on Tilda's pants and her hair bow.

I am using this card as my entry into the following challenges:
Hand Full of Stamps Challenge #17 - Sending you Wishes
2RedBananas - Banana Split Sunday Challenge - Behind the Scenes
Night Shift Stamping Challenge 6 - Winter Ade!
If you're following this blog hop, you would have come here from Monique's blog.
The next blog to go to belongs to Peggie.
Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the rest of the hop and have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Magnolia Tilda with Sled from the 2007 Winter collection and Edwin on Sled from the 2009 So Jolly collection, Inkadinkadoo rubber stamp set Snowflake Trails, Magenta Let It Snow, Inkadinkadoo clear stamp set Season of Swirls.
Tools: Martha Stewart snowflake punch, EK Success snowflake punch, Marvy Uchida scallop oval and circle punches.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

get better soon!

Hello! Happy Tuesday.

This latest card of mine is a get well card. I didn't realize it, but this is actually the first get well card I have posted. I guess I don't know too many people who are ill, which is a blessing I guess.

To create this card, I have used this sketch from Sketch and Stash Challenge 29.

And I am using this card as my entry into a couple more challenges:
Stamp With Fun Challenge 47 - Stitch
CraftyCatz Weekly Challenge 20 - Charming
Pile It On Challenge #7 - Get Well Soon
Creative Card Crew Challenge 45 - Get Well Soon

This is a joy fold card--only the second one that I've done. Hmmm.....I should do more of these.
The two stamp images I have used here are from the In2stamps Get Well collection--available from the In2stamps on-line store. You can also find links to other retail stores there. The 2 images here are called Getting Spoiled and Mommy's Caring.

Enjoy your day. And thank you so much for visiting.

DP's: from Provo Craft River Rock collection scrap pads, Hot Off the Press Paper Pizazz Joy's vintage papers.
Tools: Marvy Uchida scallop oval punch.
Misc.: Kaiser Craft pearls mango.
The sentiments are computer generated.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Flowers Say Hello


The Magnolia Tilda image that I used in the card below is one of my favorites (not that they're not all favorites..LOL), but she's one of my top 5, I think. This image is called Head Flower Garland (available at Magnolia-licious).

I am using this card as my entry into the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday Challenge 99 - In the Name of Love
Just Magnolia Challenge 42 -Love
A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 91- Spring is in the Air
Susie's Sassy Challenge #8 - Hearts & Flowers
Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge 4 - Dazzle Us!

I've turned this card into an easel card. (And actually I've carried it further into a project, but sorry I'll have to show the final result at a later date.)
Edited: to see end result of the project, click here.

Hmmm, I don't have much more to say about the card.

Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting.

Stamp: Hero Arts Flowers say hello, Studio G clear stamps Kolette Hall design Series 24.
DP's: Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls collection Nook Stripe and Rosey Cottage.
Tools: Punch Bunch daisy and leaf punches, McGill twig punch, Martha Stewart heart punch, Coluzzle circle template, Provo Craft decorative scissor scallop edge.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Caterpillar Kisses

Happy Sunday and Happy Valentine's Day.

I have a baby card today instead of a Valentine card, but I did sneak in a few hearts on the card...hee hee. I actually made the card 1 1/2 - 2 weeks ago, but oops, am just posting it now.

In making this card, I have followed this sketch which Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog has provided for their Challenge #28.

My new stash is the new stamp from the In2Stamps Baby Collection called 'Carterpillar Kisses' which can be purchased from In2stamps on-line store.

This is also my entry to Stamp Something challenge -- Something Cute.

The first time I saw this image I knew what I was going to do with those cabbage leaves. They just cried out for me to do a 3D decoupage (paper tole) card.

I've curved up all the leaves so that the paper stock isn't completely flat and the entire cabbage is so more rounded. Hmm...I don't think you can really tell from these pictures though.

Sorry that I've been MIA for a while, for visiting blogs, commenting and answering e-mails. I'm working/volunteering with the 2010 Olympics Winter Games so have been concentrating on that. Hmm...or maybe I should call it the Olympics Spring Games, LOL. Mother Nature sure isn't cooperating with us. But at least in my opinion the opening ceremony was spectacular. If you watched it, I hope you enjoyed it.

Enjoy your day! And thanks for visiting.

Stamp: In2stamps Caterplillar Kisses from the Baby Collection.
DP's: Provo 12x12 Kitchen Retro Squares GLTR, Provo 12x12 Whimsey Heart Flower GLTR .
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch, Coluzzle circle template.
Misc.: Recollections Autumn pearls.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Love You

Happy Sunday. I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Here's a Valentine's Day card I made, seeing as that occasion is coming up fast! Next week--yikes!!!
The image I've used here is the Flower Bunny from the new In2stamps Get Well collection.

I've made this card using the sketch from Creative Inspirations Challenge #26 which was provided by their lovely talented Maxine.

And seeing as there are a whole host of challenge blogs with similar themes of Valentines/Hearts/Love, I might as well enter those too:

Passion for Promarkers Week 37 - All creatures great and small
Simon Says Challenge - Photo inspiration challenge
Lili of the Valley - Challenge 46, Valentine
Stamping for the Weekend - Valentines themed
Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge 3 - Hearts
Stamp Something Challenge - Love somethings challenge
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Challenge 5, I love you
Double Dutch Challenge #36 - Be My Valentine
ABC Challenge - N is

Hmmm....okay, I think that's enough...LOL.

Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Stamp: In2stamps Flower Bunny from the Get Well collection which can be purchased from their on-line store here.
Tool: Fiskars hear template.
Misc: Making Memories heart brads, Mark Richards pearls, Reflections mini brads.

Friday, February 05, 2010

In2stamps Sneak Peaks and BIG Blog Candy

This is a sneak peak of the first of the 10 new images to be revealed at In2stamps within the next 10 days—one per day. This sweet character’s name is Elmit and this image is called Elmit with lollypop (Iepje met lekkestok) designed by Luc Vincent.

To get the details of the new releases and of how to win them, click here to go to the In2stamps inspiration blog site.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Bordering circles and ovals with your border punches


This is a short tutorial for Pam (PeeJay) and anybody else who's interested.

Pam has asked me how I did the border around the oval in my last card. So here goes...

The punch I am using here is the Martha Stewart border punch Crown.

Punch out your border along one edge of your paper.

Cut the paper about 3/8" below or enough room to glue it on to the back of your circle or oval.

With your small scissor, cut as shown below to about 1/16" from the edge of the paper. DO NOT cut all the way.

You should be able to bend/curve the paper now up and down like a snake.

Place about a 2" spread of the glue to the back of the circle/oval. We want to glue the border a bit at a time, as the glue dries fast.

Working with the front of the circle/oval facing you, start glueing the border to the back of the circle/oval, curving the slashed border following the circle/oval edge. Glue the first few sections.

The back should look like this.

Add more glue and glue the next few sections. Repeat this procedure until you end up at the spot where you started from.

Most likely the pattern won't match up perfectly when you come to the start-finish line as pictured below. This is where your embelishments, such as flowers, come in handy. On my card, I've hidden this spot under the sentiment.

This isn't a problem with a circle, but if you're working with an oval, it's best if you know ahead of time the placement of your embelishment, so you can make that spot your starting line.

Full picture of the back.

This is how the front looks like.

I started experimenting and here are just a couple more border punches that you can use. Both are Martha Steward punches too.

And with Valentine's Day coming up.....

I'm sure there are more punches that you can use in this similar way. Have a go at this!

Enjoy your day and the upcoming weekend...woo hoo!!!

Monday, February 01, 2010

In2stamps Challenge #2 - A Micey Gift

Happy February!

A new month and a new challenge at In2stamps Challenge Blog.

It's a sketch challenge and Ida has provided us this wonderful sketch for you to follow.

You can check out the details on the In2stamps Challenges Blog here. THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE 3 STAMPS OF YOUR CHOICE!!!

I hope you will join us. The challenge is open until March 1st, 2010.

Please also check out the wonderful creations of the other DT members at In2stamps.

For my card, I've used this image called A Micey Gift from the Birthday Collection. For an added 3-D effect, I've stamped the image twice and cut out the 2nd image and mounted it on foam tape/dimensionals.

I've also given the card a distressed look for a change.

Stamp: In2stamps A Micey Gift available at In2stamps on-line store, Inkadinkadoo Have a Great Birthday.DP: Chatterbox Scrapbook Walls Light Den Stripe.

Tools: Martha Stewart border punch Crown.
Misc.: Making Memories eyelets, Recollections brads.

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