Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Here's Tilda bringing in the New Year.

I just had to stop what I was doing and colour up this image. I thought it was very appropriate for the occasion. I am only half an hour away from midnight on this New Year's Eve. Yes, I am spending a quite evening at home...LOL.

I would like first to thank each and everyone of you who visited my blog--now and in the past...even if only once, hee hee. I've had so much fun sharing my work with you--it's been a blast. Hope to continue doing so--I'm planning on it...LOL.

Happy New Year to you all! Hope 2011 will be a fabulous one. Be happy! Be healthy!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Birthday


I was finding it very hard to get back into things (by that I mean cardmaking...LOL)--I just wanted to laze around a bit more. But I have upcoming birthdays to make cards for, so back to the craft room...

I have birthday cards to make for my twin nieces...yikes...2 cards at once!!! Well okay, one at a time, but two in a row and no pause in between...LOL. My nieces are passionate about snowboarding, so I wanted to show their interest in this sport on their cards. I'm going to have fun these cards. By fun, I mean because there is no snowboarding Tilda in the Magnolia collections, I'm going to have to improvise...hee hee...I just love doing this.

I have just finished this project. What do you think? You think my niece will like this?

I've made this into an easel card (my favorite type of card) and mounted it on a gift box.

The card is 6" x 6" (my usual size), so that's the size of the box. I made this into a one-drawer-only box that's 1 3/8" high, so that I can fill it with those Ferrero Rocher and Rondnoir (that's the dark one--yum yum) chocolates that the girls love so much. I can fit 16 pieces of them in the box.

This adorable Magnolia image is Tilda with Gift and she is from the So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009. Magnolia stamps are available from Magnolia-licious and if the item is not in stock, you can ask Diana to order it in for you.

Normally, this Tilda is holding a wrapped gift box, but of course I've replaced it with a snowboard. I got the shape from the internet. I drew it out on a piece of white paper, stamped some swirls and snowflakes on them, covered the entire thing with double-sided scor-tape, sprinkled cool-highlight glitter and then cut out the snowboard shape with a scissor.

I am using this project into the following challenges:

All That Scraps Magnolia Challenge #5 - Winter where you live.
Bunny Zoe's Craft Challenge 6 - Sparkle and Shine.
Magnolia Down Under Challenge # 77 - A gift for you.
Totally Tilda Challenge #12 - Easel card with Tilda.
Passion for Promarkers Week 80 Mega Christmas Challenge - Anything goes.
Paper Sundaes Challenge # 49 - Cut it out!
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #15 - Get embellishing!
Creative Card Crew - Birthday.
Crafts and Me Challenge #20 - Anything goes.
7 Kids College Fund Challenge #11 - Anything goes.
Crafty Catz Challenge 63 - Your choice (Challenge 57 - spots and stripes).
Allsorts Week 83 - Free and easy, anything goes.
ABC DT Challenge - Baby It's Cold Outside Challenge

This is the look of the inside of the card. That striped DP is light enough that I can write my personal birthday wishes right on it.

Okay I'm done with this one and now back to the drawing board and start on the 2nd card!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by. I appreciate your visit. Hope you're all enjoying this holiday season.

Stamps: Tilda with Gift from Magnolia's So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009, PSX F-1550 Evergreen forest.

DP's: from Hot Off the Press Papar Pizzazz Jackie's Vintage Paper Pad.

Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten and Shapeabilities 2010 Snowflake Pendant, EK Success snowflake punches, Martha Stewart double edge punch snowflake trim.

Misc.: Tim Holtz distress ink pad Dusty Concord, Recollections pearls, Vintage Attic Treasures pearls, Jewel Ritz micro-fine glitter cool highlights and lavender on the snowflakes, Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter on the snowboard, wooden button plugs that I purchased at either Michaels or Lee Valley Tools--available at hardware stores too I think.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!


Sorry, but with all the Christmas celebration, I haven't done much of anything in my craftroom or been at my computer much at all, but I did want to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and hope you have a holiday season with good times. And please be safe!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Season's Greetings


Yes! I'm still at it--still making Christmas cards!! Here's another round easel card, but it's not quite a mini one. I found a round die cut that's bigger than my largest Nesties. It's from Marianne Design and it measures about 5 1/4 inches in diameter--love this size! It's also a cutting and embossing die.

This sweet angel from Magnolia is called Tilda With Hanging Heart from the A Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010. You can purchase the stamp for this image (and anything Magnolia and much more) from Diana's store Magnolia-licious.

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

Paper Sundaes Challenge 48 - Anything but a square or rectangle.

Creative Inspirations Challenge 49 - Anything goes Christmas.

Stamp With Fun Challenge 89 - Christmas.

Passion for Promarkers Week 80 - Anything goes.

A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge 133 - Christmas card.

Creative Card Crew - Anything goes.

Flutter By Wednesday Challenge 135 - Open challenge.

Crafty Catz Challenge 63 - Your choice.

Allsorts Challenge Week 83 - Free and Easy - Anything goes.

Top Tip Tuesday - Christmas Inspired Challenge

The inside of my card looks like this. The sentiment on the bottom section was heat embossed in gold embossing powder. I've added a little blank space on the top section to write my personal notes on.

Thanks for your visit. I appreciate you dropping by during this very busy time of year. Have a wonderful and produtive weekend!

Stamps: Tilda with Hanging Heart from Magnolia's A Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010, sentiment from Inkadinkadoo clear stamp set Winter Shapes.

DP: The Paper Company Holiday Paper Pack Green Scrolls.

Tools: Marianne Design Creatable LR0112, Spellbinder Nestabilities Standard Circle Large, Coluzzle Circle Template, Nellie Snellen Multi Frames MFD010, Big Shot Machine.

Misc.: MS twig punch, Mark Richard pearl stickers, Glitter Ritz micro-fine glitter Light gold, Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter, Tim Holtz distress ink pad faded jean, Michaels pearl stickers.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Up on Cloud No. 9

Hello! Happy Tuesday!

A new inspirational challenge for December at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. One week earlier! Don't worry though if you're still working on a project for last week's colour challenge, because that one is still open for another week. So we have the 2 challenges open at the same time for an entire week. We're starting this today, so we can concentrate on Christmas as we get closer to the big day. This new challenge will run until January 10, 2011, the day before January's first colour challenge. This is Chrissy's month and she has chosen the theme white-on-white--at least that is how I interpreted it, so I went with that in mind...LOL.

I had wanted to do something like the card below ever since I saw all the Tilda angels in the pre-order list, but what I had imagined in my mind night sky, golden moon and stars. Hmm...maybe I will still do that at a later date. But for now, this being a white-on-white theme, this is a tri-shutter card that I came up with.

In keeping with the white theme I did consider having the angels wearing white robes, but colouring white is not something I have learned to do very well...sigh...and to do it for 3 images!!! Yikes...I quickly abandoned that idea. I opted for colours for their robes instead...LOL. And besides I really really wanted to colour those striped tights. I love it when Tilda is wearing her striped socks or tights...tee hee, they are so cute.

This is what my card looks like if I flattenned it out.

These 3 adorable angels are from Magnolia's new A Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010. They are Starlight Tilda (in yellow), Angel Tilda (in dusty rose) and Sitting Angel Tilda (in blue). This last one is my favorite image from this collection--she looks like an angel with a little bit of naughtiness in her...LOL. These angels are available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's online store for anything Magnolia (and much more).

If you haven't made a tri-shutter card before, this is an overhead view of the card. There are quite a few tutorials on the internet. Here is a link to just one of those tri-shutter card tutorials.

What I was trying to do was paint a picture in white. I wanted to make it more 3 dimentional with embossed images and 3-D embellishments to create the background for the angels.

This is what my star looked like before I covered it up with glitter.
I used white bristol board paper. I have a Sizzix die cuts (Stars #2) that cut out 4 different sizes of stars: the smallest one, the 3rd largest one and 2 others in between those 2 sizes. The rest of the stars--there are 9 stars in total--I cut them out by hand using a ruler and a craft knife. I made them in 1/8-inch increments until I have the star big enough for Tilda to sit on.
(Doesn't she look like she's hanging on for her dear life to that star? LOL. Not too worry--if she falls, she's got wings!!)

I have tried to do the same thing with the crescent moon--I didn't do as good a job here though...LOL.

I have used the Spellbinders Nestabilities circle die cuts for the moon. I started out with cutting out whole circles. I used the largest size circle die cut that I have for the first one, and then going smaller after that. There are 7 circles in total. Their diameters are in 1/8-inch increments, so I had to cut some of the circles out by hand--no Nesties for those sizes.

To make this into a crescent moon--so Tilda have something to sit on--I used a smaller circle die cut for the hole/opening in each of the 7 circles. I used the same size on each and made sure that at one point, the edge of the smaller circle met the edge of the large circle. When I gluing the circles together one by one, I lined them up by this hole/opening.

I used lots of glitter on this card. I've added them to the moon, the big star, the angels' wings, the star at the end of Tilda's wand and her halo.

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

Simon Says Stamp! - Christmas, but no red and green.
Flutterby Wednesday Challenge 134 - Anything goes.
Just Magnolia Week 85 - A Christmas card.
ABC DT Challenge - Non-traditional holiday colours.
Bunny Zoe's Craft Challenge 7 - Sparkle and Shine.
Creative Inspirations Challenge 49 - Anything goes Christmas.
Stamp With Fun Challenge #89 - Christmas.
Cupcake Craft Challenge 121 - Non-traditional Christmas (colours).
Challenge Up Your Life Challenge 33 - Advent/Christmas.

I hope you will join us in our Challenge. Diana is generously offering a $25 gift certificate from her store Magnolia-licious as the prize. And please check out the fabulous cards and projects that the other DT ladies had created for the challenge. The links to their personal blogs are on my side bar.

Are you finished with you Christmas cards yet for this season? I am NOT. Even if I am though, I will probably will still be making them into the New Year. While I am in this Christmasy/holiday mood, what better time than now to start on next year's list...LOL...when I have all these ideas and inspirations around me. And actually I do like to work on them all year long.
I know your time is precious especially in this busy time of year, so thanks much for dropping by. I appreciate the visit. Have a wonderful week. Let's hope we can find time to relax a bit and get recharged before tackling the next task on our to-do list...LOL.

Stamps: Starlight Tilda, Angel Tilda and Sitting Angel Tilda--all 3 from Magnolia's A Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010, Mary Engelbrett clear stamps "The Magic of Christmas", the other sentiment is computer-generated.

Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Small, Sizzix Stars #2 die cuts, Sizzix embossing folder Rays, Cuttlebug embossing border Measure by Measure, Big Shot Machine.

Misc.: Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter, Glitter Ritz Micro Fine Glitter light gold.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Ornamental Tilda

Happy Tuesday!

A new challenge today for Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog--our Challenge#3. This is our December colour challenge and Chrissy has chosen the colours pink, blue and green. This is by DT card.

And if you hop over to the challenge blog here, you will see the fabulous cards created by the other DT ladies. Click on their names above the cards and it will take you to their personal blogs and you can read the details of their cards. Or you can click on their names on my side panel.

I hope you will join us in this colour challenge. The prize is a $25 Gift Certificate from Diana's store Magnolia-licious.

This adorable Tilda is called Tilda on Ornament and she is from the new A Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010, available from Diana's on-line store Magnolia-licious.

Oh, I'm also using this card for the following challenges:

7 Kids College Fund Challenge # 9 - Non-traditional Christmas colours.

Dutch Dare Card Challenge #92 - Christmas card/tag or ornament.

ABC DT Challenge Blog - Non-Traditional Holiday Colour Challenge.

This is called a buckle card. It's like a gate card, but you add a 'belt' to one side of the card that you insert through a slot/opening that you've cut out on the other side. This is to keep the two side closed. I first saw this type of card on Claudia's blog about a year and a half ago, but this is only my third buckle card. I should really do more of this--I like this style of card.

I've put another image inside the card. This is called Vintage Tilda from the same collection as the image I have used on the front of the card.

If you want to make this buckle cards, once you've decided on the width of your belt--you can make it any size you want (mine is 2 inches wide)-- make the slot/opening 1/8 inch wider .

Thanks so much for dropping by. I really do appreciate your visit during this busy time. I'm sure everybody's scrambling to get their Christmas cards and decorations ready in time. I'm getting a bit panicky myself...LOL.

Stamps: Tilda on Ornament and Vintage Tilda from Magnolia's A Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010 and so is the Merry Christmas sentiment, Swirl Spruce from Jingle Jangle Collection 2008, the pine branch image is from PSX, Holiday Season sentiment stamp from Inkadinkadoo.

DP's: Making Memories Garden Party Dots, DCWV 'Tis the Season Paper Pad.

Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four and Big Shot Machine.

Misc.: Recollections Autumn Pearls, Tim Holtz distressing ink pad Walnut Stain.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Sending Christmas Hugs - Advent Calendar Box

Happy Saturday everyone!
(Not a long post, just lots of pictures--you'll get through this in next to no time...tee hee.)

I finally finished the advent I've been working on for a couple of weeks now. I could only manage to find a bit of free time here and there to work on it. I meant to finish this way before the end of November and have it shipped off to my friend so that she will have it by December 1, but as is almost always the case with me, I am late..... again!!! Hope she won't mind getting this a wee bit late. Anyway, this is the finished product.

When it's on display, it will look like this.

I've filled the drawers with just little things from the stash in my craft room.

On top of the box, is of course an easel card which I've glued on--my favorite type of card because it's an easy way to prop up the card and put it on display.

This adorable Magnolia image is Tilda wants a Hug...and when you look at here, you really do want to give her a hug...LOL. You can get her from Diana's online store Magnolia-licious.

The layout of the card is from this wonderful sketch of Domi's that she has created for Simon Says Challenge.

I am also using this advent calendar box as my entry into the following challenges:

Stamp With Fun Challenge #87 - Advent.

Passion for Promarkers Week #79 - Old and New. The old item would be the DP's which are from last year's collection which I bought during a clearance sale. The new item is the new Tilda stamp from this year's new Christmas collection.

7 Kids College Fund Challenge #9 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colours.

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #141- The Blues.

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge 26 - Anything But a Card!
ABC DT Challenge Blog - Non-Traditional Holiday Colour Challenge.

Here are pictures of the four sides of the box.

The inside of the easel card is decorated this way. The blank area is where I am going to write a personal Christmas message to my friend.

Thanks so much for dropping by. I appreciate your visit very much. And thank you for the lovely comments, for sparing a moment to write them--I appreciate them even more around this time of year as I know people are very very busy. Enjoy your weekend!

Stamps: Tilda Wants a Hugs from the Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010, Studio G clear stamp (good for 1 free hug coupon), Just Rite A Merry Little Christmas Set.
DP's: SEI Winter Song Paper Pad, SEI Addision Paper Pad.

Tools: Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set French Scroll, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Fourteen, Marianne Design Creatables LR0112 (flourishes), EK Success retro flower punches medium and small, McGill Holly punch.

Misc.: Wooden buttons from Lee Valley Tools, Mark Richards pearls, Recollections brads, Tim Holtz distress ink pad Frayed Burlap, Mark Richards Peel Off's silver numbers.

Edited to include the following link:
If you're interested in making one of these advent calendar box, this one is based on a tutorial that Kirsten (from Norway) has on her blog for a box with 4 drawers.
So instead of just making 4 drawers, you will have to make 6 times that (a total of 24 drawers). And instead of just a one level box, you build a 6-level condo instead...LOL.
The base of Kirsten's box measures 6-inch square. The base of my box is actually 5 1/2 inches square, so I had to adjust her measurements. If you are going to follow Kirsten's tutorial (I have used it to make my first advent calendar box last year) there was a slight adjustment to one of the scoring lines for the drawer casing that I had to make. I found that the drawers fit better this way.
This is from Kirsten's tutorial:
This panel is 7 5/8 x 3 2/16 inches.
Score at 1 - 3 2/8 - 4 5/16 - 6 5/8.
I scored mine instead at 1 - 3 5/16 - 4 5/16 - 6 5/8.
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