Thursday, May 31, 2012

Shaped Easel Card

I've got my latest card to show you.  Whenever I don't have a special occasion to make the card for, I usually like to make birthday cards, as those are always in demand...LOL.

The image I've used here is of Tilda With Apple from Magnolia's Sweet Crazy Love Collection 2012. I've altered the image a bit.  In the original image, Tilda has an apple with an arrow through it on her head.  I've also done some masking and stamp a background image of Open Gate from the Hoppy Easter Collection 2010.
I've done the colouring using my Letraset Promarkers and Trias markers.

I've made this into an easel card as I haven't done one of those for quite a while now.

Views from different angles...

The image beside the sentiment is of the Mini Tilda With Heart from the You Are So Special - Mini Collection 2011.  All the images I've used here are available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store.  She has an excellent selection of other Magnolia images also, both full-size and mini-size, as well as other crafting tools including those exquisite Memory Box and PoppyStamps dies.

Challenges I am entering with this card:
Totally Gorjuss Challenge 133 - Something New (my new item is the Crealis Creative Flower dies No. 05)
Allsorts Challenge Week 156 - Happy Birthday to Someone Special
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund Challenge #48 - Nellie Snellen and/or Layers ( I went with the Layers challenge)
Divas by Design Challenge #37 - Anything Goes
Paper Play Challenges Week 22 - Double Delight (I used 2 stamps to create the scene on the front of the card)
Dutch Dare Card Challenge #167 - Pearls and Swirls

That's all for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  You visit is very much appreciated.  I'm also thankful for each and every comment--I do enjoy reading them and am encouraged by them.'s Friday, so weekend coming up!!!  Enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend.

Materials and Tools Used:

Sentiment Stamp:  Inkadinkado 'Have a Great Birthday'

DP's:  Basic Grey eva/courtier; from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl paper pad

Dies:  Go Kreate Square Frames Frilly #3 and #5; Crealis Creative Flowers No. 05; Marianne Design Flowers and Leaves LR0156; Memory Box Honeysuckle Vine; Nellie Snellen Corner 2 MFD031

Punches:  Nellie Snellen Floral Punch Stamen

Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Vintage Photo, pearls from my stash

Medium:  Letraset Promarkers and Tria markers
- face and skin--blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and shoes--umber, burnt sierra, cinnamon, tan
- gate--burnt sierra, caramel, sandstone
- dress, socks and flowers--antique pink, 176-T, 1767-T, baby pink, pale pink
- leaves, ground and grass--olive green, moss, 617-T, forest green
- background sky and clouds--pastel blue, powder, blue, cool grey 1 and 3

Friday, May 25, 2012

Another Birthday Swing Card

Here's another swing card I've made--with a different-shaped centre panel.  

This one is in one of my fave colour combo--teal and brown--and I am also using a DP that I just luvvvv.....and woo-hoo I have lots of them 'cause I stocked up when they were on sale...LOL.   I've used the Tilda with Butterfly Jeans image for the front of the card--from Magnolia's Butterfly Dreams Collection 2011.  Images for this card were coloured with markers (colours listed below at the end of posting).

For the flip side I've used this adorable image of Bridesmaid Tilda from Magnolia's Wedding Collection 2010.  For creating the centre panel, I was trying a new shape and used the Spellbinder Grand Labels Four die.

I've decorated the card with die cuts made with an exquisite Memory Box die called Valencia Border available from Magnolia-licious--I love this die.  Not only can I use the gorgeous swirly design (middle of the card), but I can use the pieces inside the swirls.  They're gorgeous too and I've used them at the sides of the card.  Waste not want not!

By the way, both these Magnolia images of Tilda and the Memory Box die you can get from Magnolia-licious. Check out the fabulous collection of full-size and mini-size Maggies that Diana has, as well as the selection of dies--Memory Box, PoppyStamps and Magnolia Doohickies--and other crafting tools. 

Challenges that I am entering with this card:
Passion for ProMarkers Challenge #150 - Birthdays
Creative Craft Challenges2 - Distressed!!! (entry #2)
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Happy Birthday
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge #24 - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge #26 - Swirls
I ♥ ProMarkers Challenge #118 - Use Die Cuts
Southern Girls Challenge #45 - Dying to Diecut/Punch

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Have a wonderful day! 

Materials and Tools Used: 

Sentiment Stamp:  Inkdinkado 'Have a Great Birthday'

DP's:  K&Company Teal Floral & Letter; Recollections Batiked My Interest Surf

Dies:  Spellbinders Grand Labels Four; Memory Box Valencia Border; Crealis Creative Flowers No. 06; CC Design Leafy Branch

Punches:  EK Success medium Retro Flower; Martha Stewart Hydrangea and 3-in-1 Hydrangea; Punch Bunch medium Impatient Leaf

Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pads Walnut Stain and Pine Needles; pearls from my stash   

Medium:  Letraset ProMarkers and Trias markers
- face and skin--blush, coral, soft peach, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair and shoes--umber, burnt sienna, cinnamon, tan
- jeans, dress and socks--563-T, soft green, 337-T, 331-T
- flower bunch--pumpkin, honeycomb, apricot, forest green, apple    

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wrinkled Flower Coloured With Distress Ink Tutorial

A few requests on how I made the large flower in my previous card.  This would be sooo...much easier if I have a camcorder..LOL, but since I don't here goes...

Not sure what to call the flower, but wrinkled flower is as good as any, I guess...LOL.

white cardstock
flower dies/punches (preferably 5/6 petals)
distress ink pad and dabber
spray bottle filled with water
1/8-inch circle hand punch
piercing tool
medium size brad
half pearl

The paper I used is my basic white cardstock that I used for my cards, AC Cardstock 80 lb.--I think this is similar to your Bazzill cardstock.

You need some kind of flower dies or punches.  Doesn't matter which one as long a you have a succession of 4 different sizes.  I used Crealis Creative Flower No. 06 dies. A few other that comes to mind are the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies, Spellbinders Posy Patch dies, EK Success Retro Flower punches.  You only need one of each size, but if you want a fuller flower, you can include more layers.

With your distress ink pad (any colour you want) and dabber, dab some ink in the centre of each flower.   (I made my own dabber by wrapping a makeup sponge around a piece of dowel and tied it in place with a string--ingeneous, eh? LOL)

Stack the flowers together and punch a hole in the centre with your hand punch, or you can pierce a hole with your piercing tool.

Push the brad through the hole and secure the brad.  Arrange the layers so the petals are staggered.

By spraying water from your spray bottle, dampen the flower enough so you can see the colour from the ink start to spread/bleed.  I think I sprayed 3 spritzes at the back, 3 on the front and a few more between the 2nd and 3rd layers.

Starting with the smallest flower, bring the petals up around the brad.  I used my piercing tool for this one.  Do the same with the other layers.  And then scrunch/squeeze them together as shown below. Squeezing it tightly will give you the wrinkles and will further spread the ink.

With your piercing tool uncurl the petals one by one.

Shape the flower the way you want it to look when dry, eg. spread the petals if they are too scrunched up, curl the ends up a bit, etc. Let dry completely--this will take a while.

When completely dry, remove the brad.  Glue the layers together.

Place a large half pearl in the centre as your flower centre.  You can use other type of flower centres or even just leave the brad in place.

And voila!  You're done!!!

Here are pictures of some flowers using different distress ink colours, different dies and different numbers of petals.  For the flowers at the top I used 4 petals.  The flowers at the bottom are fuller and for those I used 2 layers of the largest-size petals.

Using the Crealis Creative Flower No. 06 dies...

colored in aged mahogany, dusty concord, pine needles, wild honey  
A more 3-D view to show the layers...

Using the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies...

colored in victorian velvet, broken china

Using the Spellbinders Posy Patch dies...

colored in barn door, rusty hinge

Happy creating!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bee Happy - Magnolia-lious May Inspiration Challenge

It's time for a new inspiration challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  Here's the card that I came up with...

Maria is our May hostess and she has chosen this picture for your inspirations.  I hope you will join us in our challenge and for more inspiration hop over to the challenge blog HERE and check out the fabulous cards of my DT teamates.

I am seeing a lot of black, black frames, embossing and a variety of colours.  So I have put those elements into colouring my images and the design of my card.  This is of course a side step card.  And here viewed from a different angle...

I've been looking at all the way that people have been colouring this Magnolia image of Honeybee Tilda.  Mostly she was coloured either all in yellow or in yellow-and-black stripes all over.  In keeping with the inspiration picture, I used a lot of black instead.  I was trying to make her look like a real bee. thinks she looks like a Michelin man.
The background image is called Meadow Daisy from the same collection.
The images for this card were done with coloured pencils except for the dotted background which was done with markers. I've added glitter to the wings.

Both the Tilda and the background images are from the Summer Memories Collection 2012 and both are available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store.  Click HERE to go to her store and also check out other adorable images from Magnolia, both full-size and mini-size.

I had time to finish the inside of my card this time, so I've decorated it this way.

I found another Tilda image to put in the inside that I thought would match the one in front.  This is Tilda With Bee from the Chasing Butterflies Collection 2009.

Challenges I am entering with this card: 
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #164 - In the Garden
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge - Things With Wings (my punches, DP and Happy stamp are older than 6 months)
Craft a Scene - Spring Flowers
Crafty Calender Challenge - Things With Wings 
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #133 - Girlie Time
Fairy Tale Challenge #40 - Things with Wings
Tilda's Town Challenge #1 - Anything Goes 

That's it!  Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by.  You visit is always appreciated.  Have a wonderful week!

Materials and Tools Used: 
Other Stamp used (other than mentioned above):  Stampendous! Happy Word

DP:  one paper from Me&My BIG Ideas paper pad

Embossing folder:  Cuttlebug Musical Flourish

Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two, Labels Eighteen, Classic Ovals; Crealis Creative Flowers No. 06; Joy! Craft Floral Flourishes

Punches:  EK Success medium Retro Flower; Martha Stewart Hydrangea petals; Nellie Snellen Extra Large Leaf; Punch Bunch medium Ash Leaf

Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; pearls and glitter from my stash  

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Summer Flower Tilda

This is a very short posting.  Here's my latest card that I have just finished.

Isn't she just adorable.  This Magnolia fairy is called Summer Flower Tilda from the Summer Memories Collection 2012.  I got her from Diana's on-line store Magnolia-licious.  She is currently out of stock , but check out the fabulous collection of both the full-size and mini stamps, doohickey cutting dies, Memory Box and PoppyStamps dies, and other crafting tools.  

I've colored the image with my coloured pencils--Faber Castell Polychromos and Art Grips, Derwent Coloursofts and Prismacolor Premiers.  I didn't jot down the colours...sorry. I've added some glitter to her wings.  I drew the flowers on the ground myself.
I haven't decorated the inside of my card--which is sooo... unlike me--so I won't show you the inside.  I will probably do that at a later date.

Challenges I am entering with this card:
Just Magnolia and hAnglar & sTanglar Week 157 - Sketch
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 217 - A Touch of Sparkles
Crafts and Me Challenge #84 - Pearls and Lace
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge - Things with Wings (all my dies are more than 6 months old)
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #164 - In the Garden
Papertake Weekly - In the Garden
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Faeries and Angels
Marianne's Design Divas - Spread Your Wings (Marianne Design Creatables small flowers and flower centres LR0111, large flowers LR0128 and leaves LR0133)

Materials and Tools Used: 

DP's:  TPC Studio Holly Jolly Christmas Vine; from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy paper pad

Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Fifteen and Grommet Tags; Marianne Design Creatables small flowers and flower centres LR0111, large flowers LR0128 and leaves LR0133

Miscellaneous: Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; lace and pearls from my stash    

Monday, May 14, 2012

May Fairy - Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge #3


It's the 2nd Monday of the month so it's time for a new challenge at the Sweet Stamping Pixies.  Our theme for the challenge is Favorite Pixie/Fairy/Sprite.  Here's my DT card...

Isn't she gorgeous?  This is another digi image that I have acquired from Crafts and Me.  The image was created by Sara Burrier and it is called May Digital Stamp.

I hope you will play along with us in our 'fave fairy' challenge.  We are being sponsored by All That Scraps  who is offering 10% off to challenge participants.  To have a look at the prize and for more more inspirations from the fabulous cards that my DT teamates have created, click HERE.

I have coloured her with my markers.  Glitters have been added to the wings and stars.  The large flowers were created using Marianne Design Creatables dies.

Challenges I am entering with this card:
Sketch n Stash Challenge #87 - Andie's Sketch
Crafts and Me Challenge #83 - Punches and Die Cuts
Hooked on Craft Challenge #20 - Flowers
Charisma Cardz Challenges Week 18 - Pink and Girlie!
Crafting for All Seasons Challenge #26 - Handmade Flowers
Crafty Calenders May Challenge - Things With Wings
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Flower Power
Truly Scrumptious Challenge #80 - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes Challenge #120 - Things With Wings

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop over. Your visit is always very much appreciated.  Have a wonderful week!

Materials and Tools Used:

DP's: two papers from Recollections Garden Florals paper pad; one paper from Hot Off the Press Joy's Vintage Papers (brown design - discontinued)

Dies:  Marianne Design Creatables Ribbon Weaving Border LR0103, LR0111 flowers, LR0112 swirl, LR0116 swirl, LR0133 leaves; Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterfly Mini

Punches: EK Success small retro flower; Fiskar Celestial 3-in-1 corner punch; Michaels tiny sun

Misc:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; Recollections pearls; ribbon and glitter from my stash

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Diamond Fold Card


Woo-hooo...I've made a diamond-fold card--my first!!!  This card style was on my to-do list, so now I can put a check mark beside it...LOL.

I haven't made this card for any occasion so I didn't put any sentiment on it.  I just wanted to know how it works. I watched the first half of this video tutorial on how to make the folds and then ignore the rest and decorated it my own way...LOL.

I consider this more of a mini card rather than a full size one, because when the card is all folded up, it becomes a 4-inch square card--you need a smaller box envelope to mail it out.

This adorable image is of Celebration 1 Tilda from Magnolia's Sweet Crazy Love Collection 2012.  She is coloured with markers.  I used the Old Swedish Lace Border doohickey die to border by circle panel.  Both  image and die are available from Magnolia-licious on-line store.   

Not really sure what the proper way is to display this card, so I'm trying different ways here...

Challenges for this card:  
Creatalicious Challenge #33  Butterflies and add some Flowers
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge - Die Cuts and Punches (all of the materials and tools used are more than 6 months old)
Midweek Magnolia Week #10 - Monotone/chrome
TOMIC Challenge #49- Bingo (Doohickey Die, Flower, Embossing)

Here's the template, if you're interested: 

If you wanta printout, click HERE - Diamond-Fold Card 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)

That's all for now.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.  You visit is very much appreciated.  Have a wonderful week!

Materials and Tools Used:  

DP:  one paper from Me&my Big Ideas Modern Milan paper pad

Embossing Folder:  Craft Concepts Secret Garden

Dies:  Spellbinders Circles; Magnolia Swirl and Old Swedish Lace doohickey;  PoppyStamps Meadow Leaf; Memory Box Cherry Blossom (for the large flower centres)

Punches:  Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterflies mini; EK Success Retro Flower medium; Nellie Snellen Rose Leaves Jumbo; Punch Bunch Daisy small; for the small flower centres--Fiskars 3-in-1 Celestial corner punch and Michaels tiny sun 

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