Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bubbling Tilda - Magnolia-licious August Inspiration Challenge


It's time for a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.  Here's my DT card...

It's our inspiration challenge for the month of August and the ever-so-talented Jane, who is this month's hostess, has chosen this picture for your inspiration.  

As soon a I saw the picture, the butterfly there brought this image of Bubbling Tilda to my mind and I knew I wanted to use her for my card. Then I just used the colours from the picture to choose my papers and to colour the image.
I used my coloured pencils instead of markers on this card--my collection of Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Coloursofts and Prismacolor Premiers.

Bubbling Tilda--so beautiful and adorable and one of my faves--is from Magnolia's Fairytale Collection 2010.  
Check out Diana's on-line store Magnolia-licious for a vast selection of Magnolia stamps both full-size and mini.  Take a look also at the dies available there--from Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn.  The items are discounted and as a bonus, you earn 2% store credits to be used on future purchases. 

This is the inside of my card...     

This second Tilda image is of Hello Little Butterfly from the Butterfly Dreams Collection 2011

I hope you will be able to play along with our inspiration challenge.  To further inspire you, hop over to the challenge blog HERE and have a look at the fabulous card of my DT teammates.

Challenges for this card:
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #113 - Colour Crazy (bold or rarely used)
Magnolia Mania Challenge #54 - Favorite Magnolia Rubber Stamp
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge #43 - Anything Goes (used DL112 butterfly mini)
Basic Grey Challenge #75 - Anything Goes (used BG Cappella papers)
Stampin' for the Weekend Challenge #16 - Pearls and Swirls
Everybody-Art-Challenge #202 - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge #33 - Things With Wings

By the way, this is my last as a Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog DT member.  I am moving to the Magnolia-licious Highlites DT as of September.  I'm so excited about that!

Thanks so much for dropping by.  I'm very appreciative of your visit and your comments--luv reading them!  Have a wonderful week!

Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiment Stamp:  MSE 'Sending You Happy Thoughts' clear stamp; Hero Arts 'Take Time to Enjoy...'
DP's:  from Basic Grey Cappella paper pad; Echo Park Paper Co. Garden Gate
Dies:  Magnolia Leaf and Swirl; Crealis Creative Flowers No. 02; Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterfly Mini DL112; Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five and Mega Ovals
Punches:  EK Success Retro Flower medium and small
Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; pearls from my stash

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Double Peek-A-Boo Card


This is the intermediate level to my peek-a-boo card tutorial (HERE)...LOL.  Just kidding!!!  This is just another variation of the peek-a-boo card.  Instead of the one window, I've created two windows instead.  I made my card after I saw Dena's adorable card HERE which led me to Dawn's tutorial HEREwhich led me to create my own tutorial.

So here's the card that I've created...

To create the double windows, I've used a circle die from the Spellbinder Standard Circles set that is 2 1/8 inches (5.4cm) across.  This size window is just perfect for the Magnolia's mini stamp images!  Woo-hoo...

These other two images are of Mini Celebration 1 Tilda from Mini Sweet Crazy Love Collection 2012 

I've used my Letraset Promarkers and Pantone Trias to colour these mini Tilda.  I find those fine tips a really big help with these minis. 
Magnolia-licious on-line store is of course the place to get your mini Magnolia stamps.  Diana has an excellent selection of both the full-size and mini stamps.  Don't miss checking out the die selections from Memory Box, PoppyStamps and Magnolia.  Discount prices and in-store credits too--sweet!  

I am using this card as my entry to these challenges: 
Lovely hAnglar or Sweet Magnolia Challenge #50 – Use your favorite image (the last 2 Tildas are 2 of my faves...LOL)
Crafts and Me Challenge #98 – Autumn Colours
Just Magnolia hAnglar & sTanglar Week 171 - Show me a heart
7 Kids College Fund Challenge #54 - Flower Power 
The Paper Shelter Challenge #78 - Anything Goes
Tilda's Town Challenge #15 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I always appreciate your visit and look forward to any comments you care to leave me.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Happy creating!

Materials and Tools Used:

Sentiment Stamps:  Hero Arts 'Flowers say Hello...'; Great Impressions 'Have a beautiful ...'

DP's:  ChatterBox Canopy Floral and Olive Summer Flowers

Dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles, Classic Scalloped Circles and Moroccan Motifs; Memory Box Honeysuckle Vine 

Punches: Marvy Uchida small Daisy; Fiskars 3-in-1 corner punch Celestial; Michaels mini sun  

Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Vintage Photo 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Christmas Peek-A-Boo Card


This card took forever to do because of the zillions of pictures I had to take for the tutorial which I have posted below this posting, or you can find it HERE.  

I made this a Christmas peek-a-boo card because I have to seriously start adding to my Christmas card collection.  The card count is currently very very low...LOL.

The first image you see here is of Little Tilda from Magnolia's Little Christmas Collection 2012.  I think this is sneak peek of a larger collection coming out later on--ooh, I can't wait! Am so looking forward to it.

Colouring of the image for this card were done with my markers--Letraset Promarkers and Trias, Shin-Han Touch markers.  I've added glitters to the wings.

As you open the card...

the first image is replaced by another adorable image of Dancing With Stars Tilda--from the same Magnolia's Little Christmas Collection 2012.

This collection is so popular that it is already out of stock at Magnolia-licious on-line store.  However, Diana has an excellent selection of other full-size as well as mini-size Magnolia stamps.  Check out also her selections of dies from Memory Box, PoppyStamps, Magnolia, Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn Designs.  

Challenges I am entering with this card: 
Card Makin' Mamas - Try Something New (new card style)
ABC Challenges - V for Vanish (something hidden)
Hooked On Craft Challenge #23 - Let's Celebrate
Challenge Up Your Life Challenge #76 - Christmas in Summer
Crafty Ann's Challenge #72 - Christmas in August
Fab 'n Funky Challenge #134 - Angels and Fairies
Bearly Mine Challenge #48 - Fly fly away (anything with wings)
Celebrate the Occasion Challenge #75 - Christmas in August
Cards und More Challenge #62 - Anything Goes
My Time To Craft Challenge #185 - Christmas in August

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit and your comments--love reading them.  Enjoy your weekend!

Materials and Tools Used:
Sentiment stamps: from Inkadinkadoo Snowflakes set 'Wishing you..."; Paper Inspirations 'Merry Christmas'
DP's:  from K&Company Elizabeth Brownd Visions of Christmas designer paper pad
Dies:  Spellbinders Petite Oval, Petite Scalloped Ovals, Classic Inverted Scalloped Squares and Parisian Accents; Cheery Lynn Lace Corner Deco B
Miscellaneous:  Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Walnut Stain; pearls and glitter from my stash

Medium:  Letraset Promarkers & Trias and Shin-Han Touch markers--
- face and skin--blush, coral, vanilla, oatmeal, pastel pink
- hair #1--umber, burnt sienna, Touch 100, caramel, sandstone
- hair #2--raw sienna, cocoa, mustard, pastel yellow, ivory 
- dress #1--burgundy, antique pink, 701-T, 693-T, 698-T
- dress #2--pine, grass, Touch 46, meadow green
- wings and shadings--warm grey 5, cool grey 3 and 1 
- background-- 5503-T, 5507-T, 5527-T

Peek-A-Boo Card Tutorial (6" or 15cm square)

(Warning:  I have tons of pictures here--they are in place of a camcorder that I don't have...LOL.)

This is a tutorial on a 6-inch square (or 15cm square) peek-a-boo card.  I've used Dawn's concept for this card--her video tutorial for a smaller peek-a-boo card can be found HERE.  I've reworked it to create a 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) card, my favorite size for a square card.

First, here's the finished card.

This is how it works (I did this 16-second video with my camera)...

Don't you just love it?

Below are the step-by-step instructions to create a similar card.

Materials required:
3 pieces of cardstock
- one 6" x 9" (15cm x 22.5cm) for the card front
- one 6" x 9 1/4" (15cm x 23.2cm) for the card middle/inside
- one 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) for the card back

3 pieces of decorative/designer paper
- one 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" (14.7cm x 14.7cm) to decorate the front
- two  5 7/8' x 4 1/2" (14.7cm x 11.3cm) to decorate the inside/middle

Shape dies (no wider than 2 1/2" (6.5cm) wide) to make the windows and window frames
Die cutting machine e.g. Big Shot, Grand Calibur, Vagabond, etc.,
2 coloured images (or one image and one sentiment) that will fit inside the windows

Step 1
We're going to decorate the cardstocks with the designer papers first.
For the card front, take the 6" x 9" (15cm x 22.5cm) cardstock and score at 3" (7.5cm).  Fold along the scoreline.

Step 2
Glue the 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" (14.7cm x 14.7cm) designer paper in place.

Step 3
For the card middle/inside, take the 6" x 9 1/4" (15cm x 23.2cm) cardstock and score exactly midway at 4 5/8" (11.6cm). Fold along the scoreline.

Step 4
Open the cardstock and glue the two 5 7/8' x 4 1/2" (14.7cm x 11.3cm) designer papers in place.

Step 5
Now to create your window, you can of course do this without using dies.  I used my kraft knife to make the rectangle windows in my previous Thanksgiving peek-a-boo card, HERE.  But for this Christmas card, I am using a die from the Spellbinders Petite Ovals (the 3rd largest one in the set).  Make sure that your die is no wider than 2 1/2" (6.5cm) wide.

Take the decorated card front and turn it upside down.  Using the edge of the top folded layer as a ruler, draw a vertical line as shown below...

and then a parallel line at 1/2" (1cm) from the right edge of the cardstock.

Step 6
You MUST make your window between these 2 lines.  The space between the 2 lines is 2 1/2-inch (6.5cm) wide.  Arrange your die between the lines and secure in place with removable tape.

Step 7
Run the card and die through your die-cutting machine.

and voila you have a window on the card front. 

Step 8
Now to create the window on the card middle/inside, line up it's right paper edges with that of the card front as shown below...

Step 9
Fit back your die in the window opening and with your pencil draw the inside outline of your die.  This is to create a guide for replacing your die.

Step 10
Remove the card front and now replace the die on the card middle/inside using the previously drawn guide.  Secure in place with removable tape.

Step 11
Run the paper and die through your die-cutting machine.

Step 12
What we want is to create the window on both sides of the paper.  If your cardstocks and designer papers are thin enough, your die may have gone through all the layers by now and you have the 2 windows.  If not, like in my case here, there is only one window, but you can see the indentation of the die on the 'non-window' side...

so now fit your die into the indentation and secure in place.

Step 13
Run this through your die-cutting machine again.

And the 2 pieces of your card should look like this now...

Step 14
Fold the card middle/inside and apply glue as show below.

Step 15
Glue the card front to the card middle/inside lining up the window openings.

Step 16
Create 3 frames for the 3 windows.  You can skip this part, by I think it looks so much better with the frames, don't you?  For the ones shown here, I used one of the dies from the Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Ovals set and the same die I used to create the windows.

Step 17
Apply glue to the frames in glue each in place.

Step 18
Choose 2 images--you can use also sentiment(s)--that will fit within the window opening.  For my card,  I have stamped and coloured 2 Tilda angel images from Magnolia's Little Christmas Collection 2012.

Step 19
Cut out the images as shown below.
You can either make them the same size as your window or larger.  Here I have chosen to use a slightly larger die--the next larger size in the Spellbinders Petite Ovals set.  I could even have just cut the paper in half and use rectangles if I wanted to.

Step 20
Open you card and on the back of card-front flap, arrange the first image in place, as shown below.

Step 21
Fold the card middle/inside and pencil draw around the image--again you are creating a guide for replacing the image later on.

Step 22
Apply glue to the back of the image.

Step 23
Glue in place using the pencil-drawn guide.

Step 24
Close the card and take the third piece of cardstock, 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm)--the one that is untouched up to this point--and line it up behind the card front.

Step 25
With your second image, repeat Steps 20 to 23, using the card back this time.

arrange image to fit into the window

pencil draw around the image

glue image in place

Step 26
Apply glue near the right-side edge of your card back as shown below.

Step 27
Glue the card front onto the card back.  And there you have your peek-a-boo card! 

Step 28
Now you can finish decorating your card with sentiments, embellishments, die cuts, etc. 

Have fun with this.  I love this type of cards--one of my faves now.  Happy creating!!!

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