Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter Secret Box


Today's the 4th Tuesday of the month!  That means it's time for a new inspiration challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. This is my DT project for the Challenge.  

front and side

 back and side

This project is inspired by this photo chosen by the lovely Angela, who is our hostess for the month of March.  To me this picture screams EASTER!  Easter eggs, pastel colours, spring, flowers...

What does this photo inspire YOU to create?  I hope you will join us in our challenge.  To inspire you even further, check out the fabulous creations of my DT teamates at the Challenge Blog HERE.  There is a prize of a $25 gift certificate from Magnolia-licious.

Here's a picture of the top of the box.  Sitting here is Tilda and Her Bunny.  This image is from Magnolia's  Butterfly Dreams Collection 2011.

On two sides of the box--opposing sides--I have a Tilda image each.  This one below is Tilda With Hanging Rabbit.  She is also from the Butterfly Dreams Collection 2011.

And this one is Teddy Bear Love from the Princes and Princesses Collection 2012.

The stamps for all these adorable images are available from Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store for anything and everything Magnolia.  She has a huge collection of their full-size and mini stamps. Check them out and while you're on site, don't overlook those Memory Box and Poppystamps dies--they're exquisite!

The other two sides of my box have this same floral arrangement.

Heather Perreaux calls this her 'Secret Box'.  Secreted inside the box are 3 trays.  I think this is so cool!  I think I am going to make a couple more of these boxes for Easter.

Heather has a tutorial on a how to make a 3-inch cube box at the Splitcoaststamper website HERE.  And I did make her box first, but the box was too small--those yummy Lindt Easter eggs just wouldn't fit...LOL.  So based on the same the concept, I made a this box that is 1 1/2 times higher.  And...woo-hoo... the eggs now fit!  Also I can now use the standing Tildas to decorate the box.

Do you recognize the background DP's that I used on the sides and the inside of the box?  If you're a Maggie lover, they should look familiar to you.

LOL...reduce reuse recycle.  I have LOTS of these.   
I hope you will join us in our challenge.  For more inspirations, please visit our challenge site HERE and check out the fabulous creations of our DT team.  The prize for this challenge is a $25 gift certificate from Magnolia-licious.

As for me, I am entering the following challenges with this Easter Secret Box:
Magnolia Down Under Challenge # 139 - Bingo (lace--dies/punches--ribbons)
Colour Create Challenge #92 - Pink, Blue, Sage and Cream/White
Paper Sundaes Challenge #113 - Spring Blossoms
Simply Magnolia - Dies/Punches/Ribbon Challenge
Simon Says Stamps - Bingo (flower, lace, ribbon/twine)
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 209 - Anything Goes
Stamping' for the Weekend Challenge 6 - Anything Goes
Just Magnolia hAnglar & sTanglar Week 148 - More Than One Fold
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations Challenge - Easter
Oldie But a Goodie Challenge - Easter Wishes (those papers I have are my oldies but goodies)
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #73 - Easter and/or Animals

Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by.

Materials and Tools Used:

Dies:  Spellbinders Classic Circles and Labels Four; Poppystamps Meadow Leaf; Crealies Creative Flowers CL CF 06

Punches:  Nellie Snellen floral punch leaf and embosser;

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

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Mother's Day Round Side-Step Card


This Mother's Day card is the end result of my doing a tutorial on how I do my round front-panel side-step cards.  I've posted the tutorial just previous to this posting--see below or click HERE if you're interested. 

View from a different angle. 

This adorable Magnolia princess is called Princess of the Valley.  She is part of Magnolia's newest Princes and Princesses Collection 2012.  Have you seen the rest of the collection?  Oooh, they are all just as adorable.  Check them out at Diana's on-line store, Magnolia-licious.  You will find that Diana has a huge inventory of regular-size and mini-size Magnolia stamps and doohickey cutting dies.  Don't overlook her selection of dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps--they're exquisite!     

I've mainly used my markers to colour Tilda and my coloured pencils to add some shadings. 

Here's a view of the entire round card when I lay it flat out on the table.

Challenges I would like to enter with this card:
Hooked on Craft Challenges Challenge #18 – More than One Fold
CupcakeCraft Challenges Challenge 184 – Going Round in Circles 
Top Tip Tuesday Challenges Challenge #72 – Mothers Day or Craft Buddy
Simply Magnolia – Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes Challenge #112 – Photo Inspiration
Stampin’for the Weekend Challenge 5 – Shabby Chic photo inspiration
MagnoliaStamp Lover Challenge – Sentiment
Crafts and Me Challenge #76 - Light Airy Springtime Colours
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #209 - Anything Goes

That's it for now.  Thanks for taking the time to drop by.  Very much appreciate your visit. Enjoy today!

Materials and Tools Used:

DP's:  Recollections Printed Scrapbook Papers

Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Thirteen, Classic Circles and Rose Creation; Magnolia Doohickey Swirl: CC Design leaf bunch

Punches:  EK Success retro flower medium and small; Nellie Snellen floral punches leaves

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

Round (Shaped) Side Step Card Tutorial


This is in response to a few requests on how I did my round front panel side step card, picture below, posting HERE.

This is the basic template.  You can probably figure out how to make the card from this template, but for those of you who needs step-by-step instructions, I've got lots of pictures below--I'm not very good with instructions...LOL.  And refering to the template as you follow the pictures will probably make it easier to understand.

You start with your cut-out shape--which is a circle in this case.  I don't have the size of the circle written down, because this method will work with any size circle.  So take any size circle you want to use.  I will show you later on that this method will work with any shape also, not just circles.

The first thing to do is to draw a line exactly halfway between the top and bottom. 2 ways of doing this:

1st method:
When cutting your circle/shape, line your cardstock with a copy/writing paper so you get an extra circle.

Fold the extra circle in half and line it up with the cardstock circle and mark the half way points.

 Then draw your halfway horizontal line. 

2nd method:
Simply centre your circle on the grids of your cutting mat and draw your halfway horizontal line.

Refering to the template above, we now draw the vertical cut line and this has to be perpendicular to the horizontal line (at 90 degrees).  So line up your horizontal line of your circle along one of the horizontal grid on your cutting mat and then draw one vertical line.

Where you draw your cutting line doesn't really matter.  I like mine to be 1/2 inch (1.3cm) from the centre, but as shown below, you can move it further to left or right.  The picture below is only for show so just draw only ONE line.  

Line up your halfway horizontal line along one of the grid on your scoreboard as shown below. Score from the cutting line to the edge of the circle.

Score 1 inch (2.5cm) to the left of the middle line, from the cutting line to the opposite edge of the circle

Line up the very right edge of your circle with one of the grid lines of your scoreboard. Score 1 inch (2.5cm) from it

And then again at 2 inches (5cm).

Cut along the cut line from the first score line to the last score line.

It should look like this now.

Mountain fold and valley fold as shown.

Voila! Here is the base of your round front-panel stair-step card.

Now gather all your stuff to decorate your card, eg. DP's, image, embellishments, etc. and decorate!

And this is what I ended up with...a Mother's Day card for my Mom. I'm going to put it in a posting next. 

I said earlier that you can use this concept with any shape and any size.  To show you, I've cut out a few different shapes of different sizes from dies that I have.  

Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circle

Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Oval

Go Kreate Frames Frilly #5

Go Kreate Square Frames Frilly #3

Hope this tutorial will be of some use to you.  I am not the best at instructions, so let me know if something doesn't make sense to you. I will edit to try and make the instructions clearer. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

My 3rd Blogoversary Candy


Ooops...I am late with this posting!  The date of my 3rd blogoversary was actually 3 days ago.  To celebrate and as a thank you to all of you who took the time to visit me and kept encouraging me, I am offering this candy.

I have collected some of my favorite things for my candy:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Fourteen dies
Memory Box Meridian Border die
Cheery Lynn Design Olive Branches die
Magnolia Lying Tilda stamp
Magnolia Mini Rose Scent Tilda stamp
Magnolia Mini Tilda With Pie stamp
Hampton Art Ditto Flower stamp
Prima Flowers
4 packages of pearls--white, blue, pink, green 

I will pick one name by random draw at the end of the month.  To be included in the draw all you have to do is add your name to the InLinkz at the end of this post.  Good luck!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Reach for the Stars!

Hello again! 
Oh so soon!  I don't usually do a posting one day after another one, but this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, so it is time for a new colour challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.
My DT card for this challenge is this criss cross card.

The super talented Angela is our hostess for the month of March and her challenge is to use 3 colours of the rainbow.  Here's a picture to help you decide which to choose.  For my card, as you can see, I've chosen purple, blue and green.   

Being featured on the front of my card is this adorable Tilda Catching Stars from Magnolia's newest stamp collection, Princes & Princesses Collection 2012. Many more oh so cute images from the collection.  I can't wait to colour them.  You can check them out at Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store. She has a fabulous collection of full size and mini stamps, doohickey cutting dies and magazines. Also available are those exquisite Memory Box, Poppystamps and Marianne Design dies, and other crafting tools and products. Check them out HERE.

The criss-cross panels form a pocket and I've made a pull-out tag to be inserted into the pocket.

I've chosen another Tilda from the new collection for my pull-out.  I chose this Sweet Princess Tilda to match the first TIlda because she is also carrying a star wand--I'm keeping to the star theme...LOL.  I left a blank space to write personal messages.  I'm thinking that this card can be used as a graduation card.      

I hope you will join us in our colour challenge.  To inspire you further, have a look at the fabulous cards of my DT teamates HERE.  There is of course a prize for the challenge, a $25 Gift Certificate from Diana's store Magnolia-licious.

As for me, I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simply Magnolia - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes Challenge #111 - Feminine Flare

That's all for now.  Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by.  Appreciate you visit and your lovely comments--I enjoy reading them.  Have a wonderful week and get crafting!!!

Materials and Tools Used:

DP's:  Provo Craft Spanish Fork paper pad; SEI Ally's Wonderland Morning Glory; Recollecction Aqua Plaid

Dies:  Spellbinders Labels Eighteen, Classic Ovals, Heart Circles and Rose Creations; Cheery Lynn leaf; Joy Floral Flourishes

Punches:  Martha Stewart edge punch; EK Success retro flower medium and small

Miscellaneous: Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Frayed Burlap; pearls and glitter from my stash

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