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 was...navy 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.


Chrissy said...

Such a stunning card. Your coloring is amazing.

cabio's craft corner said...

Norma, I think this shutter is stunning. What a wonderful idea to have the cloud 9 theme. SO SWEET and I love it!

Unknown said...

Oh my Norma, this is just soooo gorgeous!! It's like a card work of art!! Did you do all that embossing by hand? You must have with all the different patterns and parts of the card!! Never seen anything like it. It's stunning! Hugs, Frea

Judi said...

What a STUNNING card! Love the way you've piled up the stars etc - how clever!

Judi x

Loz said...

Omgosh Norma, I just love this! That cresent moon looks gorgeous ♥

Debbie said...

Wow Norma, A work of art, you have been busy on this gorgeous card.
I have finished crafting now 'till after Christmas and finished all my cards last week, so very organised (for a change).
I have my sister, her family and my mum for Christmas Day,so cannot wait, it will be so much fun. I am 50 that day too, so even more to celebrate. Have a lovely time. Debbiexx

Sharon said...

Wow Norma, this is stunning. I love your layered moon and stars - what a fabulous idea.

Tracy Valure said...

It's just beautiful! Love the folds in the card and the layout is fab!

Dena said...

You are the queen of fab idea Norma!!! This is amazing and the star is WOW!!!! Great card!
Hugs, Dena

Drea´s World said...

Oh Norma what a beautiful Card I´m sooo in Love sooo great!!!
Hugs from Germany I(sorry my English is not GOOD!!!) your drea

Janiel/ janny said...

OH Norma dear this is SO STUNNING!!! Love all of the folds and the white is beautiful!!

Love looking at your amazing creations!!

happy holiday hugs, Janiel

Renkata said...

Hi Norma
the layout of the card is just amazing.
Love all the white, look very beautiful.

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Norma, what a beautiful Christmas card. I love the images and embellishments. Thanks for joining us at Stamp with Fun challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

Liza said...

Gorgeous work, I love the colours you have used. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

Candy said...

Oh how spectacular your card is Norma!!
I couldn't figure out how you made the star and moon - they are so awesome!!
All of your embossing is perfect for this most beautiful card. Love the clouds too :o) Each of your Tilda's are coloured so beautiful.
You always have such fantastic ideas!!
Hugs, Candy

Anonymous said...

Norma, this is BEAUTIFUL! I love the dimension you achieved here! What fabulous ideas and you're amazing with your ruler and craft knife. I love this card very much! ;) hugs, Angela

Unknown said...

Hi Norma...what a stunning card!! I love this card!!! What a great design...and the star is perrrrrfect!! LOVE IT!!!! Your images are beautifully colored!! Just gorgeous!!! Pat Frank

Grenouille Greetings said...

oh my - this is stunning! Gorgeous colouring but absolutely fabulous layering, embossing and card design. DIVINE! Warmest wishes, Lesley

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [15 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Regina said...

Norma!!!!! I can´t find the right words... so... seu trabalho é absolutamente impecável, maravilhooooooso!!! Ameei seu colorido suave e lindo demais. A lua e a estrela estão maravilhosos. Tudo está absolutamente perfeito. Os seus trabalhos são fonte de inspiração para todos nós, com certeza!!
Muito obrigada por compartilhar conosco seu talento!!
A Merry Christmas do you and your family!!

Sharon Caudle said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Gorgeous coloring, Norma, and love this cut! Fabulous work as always!
hugs, Sharon

Peggie said...

What a beauty. Some many wonderful details. Love the star.

Suzanne J Dean said...

This is just magical Norma--I adore every detail, beautiful work!


Cami said...

What a STUNNING, HEAVENLY card here, Norma! Ohmygosh, you put so much work into cutting and layering the star and moon, embossing. You leave me speechless! Please don't give it away! Words just can't express how beautiful your work is! Hugs, Cami

Barb Hardeman said...

Stunning! Do you have any idea just how fabulously creative you are. Everything about this card is exquisite and just blows me away! As Suzanne said - it's magical!!!!!

LindaC said...

This card is just like Cami said....'Heavenly'. Love the Tilda dressed in yellow. Great job! LindaC

Becca said...

Whoever gets this card will treasure it - it's gorgeous! All the lovely embossing makes this card pop and the angels are coloured in beautifully!
Hugs, Becca

Silvie Z said...

amazing tri-shutter card, Norma! All in white - so elegant! And those stars, wow, you have put so much work in cutting those by hand! And you Tildas are adorable, love how you colored them! And the embossing looks beautiful too! Gorgeous card!
Have a wonderful Christmas time!

debby4000 said...

Oh gorgeous card, its so beautiful, love the star and crescent moon, what a great idea.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Leslie Anne Avila said...

Wow! Loving this card. Such an inspiration! Love how you've stacked the star. Brilliant!

Hugs to you~
Leslie Avila

Myra said...

Beautiful card. Love the details!

Only By His Grace said...

You color to perfection Norma and your creativity is amazing. I adore you creations. you put so much into them.I love how you made the crescent moon and the star. I love all your embossing. A perfect card.
hugs Maz

dolcreations said...

Norma...this is just stunning! I admire your work..each and every detail you do!

Pen to Paper said...

Wow! Norma, this is so beautiful! I can't believe you made part of that star on your own, it is perfect.

Pen to Paper said...

Sorry, I typed in my info and submitted before i was done...

So yeah, the card is so perfect and I love that it's all white and just the Tildas are colored. And I love Tri-Shutter cards, they are so pretty!!!



Jane H said...

I really have to try one of these shutter cards. This one is AMAZING! I love all of the embossing and your coloring blows me away.

Card Crazy said...

Precious card. Love how you have the Tildas all perched on their background cutouts.
Sue S.

Christina C. said...

OMG, Norma, you are without a doubt one of the MOST CREATIVE artists out there! Beautiful work!!!

Sandy said...

Beautiful work Norma and that start is amazing and took some time to do. Merry Christmas Norma!

Gaby said...

This is one of the most wonderful cards I've ever seen.
Perfect scene for the little angels. And so well colored.

Thanks for sharing.

Gina said...

It`s been a long time since I`v been to your site. Looking forward to se all of your lovely cards. Just love this one. Tilda angles are just sp cute! :)

Have a loveley evening!

Julie Foote said...

Very Pretty. Thanks for joining the ABC DT Challenge at ABC Toys and Crafts.


jaine drake said...

Wow that's so cool. Thanks for entering the challenge at creative inspirations and have a wonderful christmas.

Justine said...

WHOA you are super di duuper talented. So glad you joined us for the ABC Toys & Crafts Non-Traditional Color challenge. I adore your project

Patti Jo said...

Oh my Norma, what hasn't been said about this spectacular creation!!! Just love everything about it!!! You do just the right things all the way around!!! Fantastic work as always!!!

Lena said...

Just gorgeous, Norma. Great job, as always. Your coloring is amazing; crescent moon, Tilda's angels,embossing... all is perfect. I'd love to know how you made the crescent moon and the star.
Hugs and merry x-mas.
Thanks for inspire me!!

Alessandra said...

Beautiful card and so tenderly! Hi!

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