Monday, October 25, 2010

Joy Peace Love - October Christmas Blog Hop

Happy 25th of October! Time for me to post another Christmas card for the Christmas All Year Long Group. And it is part of the Magnolia-licious Yahoo Group.

This is also a blog hop! The list of participants and the start of the blog hop can be found at the Christmas Group's blog here. If you're following this hop and you came here from Lori's, then you are on the right track. Your next visit from here will be at Peggie's.

Yikes, only 2 months before Christmas! Can you believe it? It's creeping on us...and fast!!! You may think it's still too far away, but it will be here before you know it...hee hee. It's a good thing my collection is growing slowly but surely. I've made another easel card--a regular size one this time..LOL (for me that's 6" x 6").

I've used 3 Magnolia images for this card, all from last year's Christmas Collection, So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009: Tilda with Gift, Sparkling Tilda and Fir in Snow ( I like this one--I call it my Charlie Brown Christmas tree...LOL). BTW, I am waiting on pins and needles for the new A Merry Little Christmas 2010 Collection to arrive. Have you seen the images? They are oooh, so adorable! You can purchase the ones I have used here from Diana's store, Magnolia-licious. And the upcoming ones are also available for pre-order there/here.

I went with a pink and blue colour scheme as I found this delish DP from last year's Basic Grey Christmas DP collection. And I actually only needed one sheet as the paper is double sided. I've added some snow on the little tree just by dabbing some white-drying glue on the branches and then covering them in transparent glitter. Did the same thing with the punched snowflakes.

This is what the inside of my card looks like.

I am using this card to enter a few challenges:

Challenge Up Your Life - Challenge #30 - Easel Card.
Paper Sundaes - Challenge #41 - A Natural Woman.
Let's Ink It Up - Challenge #5 - Make a Scene.
Fussy & Fancy Friday - Challenge #22 - Winter Wonderland.

Hmm.....that's about it for now.

Thank you so much for dropping by. Enjoy your day and hope you have a marvelous week.'s only Monday--and I'm already looking forward to next weekend...LOL.

Now to continue with the hop, go ahead and say hi to Peggie!

Stamps: Tilda with Gift, Sparkling Tilda and Fir in Snow, all from Magnolia's So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009, available from Magnolia-licious. Sentiment stamp from Inkadinkadoo clear-stamp set Holiday Filigree.

DP: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Collection Village.
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Peony, Martha Stewart edge punch Snowflakes and large craft punch Snowflake. EK Success punch Snowflake.
Misc.: Mark Richards Cabochons Lt. Pink, Vintage Attic Treasures white pearls, Studio G and Recollections rhinestones, Ribbons from my stash, Jewel Micro-fine glitter cool highlight, Tim Holtz distressing ink pad Tea Dye.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Be Merry

I thought I would make a separate posting for this card to enter it into a few challenges. I made this card for my tutorial of course (scroll to the posting below or click here if you're interested). This posting is much, much, much shorter. I meant to post this last night when I got home from work, but I fell asleep on my sofa...LOL. Woke up with a crick in my neck...ouch!

I've used this adorable Magnolia image of Vintage Tilda from the new A Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010 and Holly Letter from the So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009. Both stamps are available from Diana's Magnolia-licious.

These are the challenges that I had in mind:

Totally Tilda - Challenge # 7 - Traditional Red and Green Christmas.

Charisma Cardz Challenges - Week 41 - More than one fold

I've embellish it even more with some flowers so I can enter it in the following challenges as well:
ABC Challenge - F is for Flowers.

7 Kids College Fund Challenge #6 - Flowers and Layers.

All Sorts Challenge Week 74 - Let's play bingo. I've chosen the boxes of embellishments that went from top right corner to bottom left corner, which include: pearls, flowers and punch.

Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your visit. Enjoy your day.

Stamp: Vintage Tilda from the A Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010, Holly Letter from the So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009 (both stamps available from Magnolia-licious), Imaginisce clear stamp Polar Expressions Collection Be Merry.

DP's: Basic Grey Wassail Collection Laurel Leaves, Chatterbox Decorative Cardstock Guest Plaid.

Tools: Big Shot die-cutting machine, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles Large, Standard Circles Large, Petite Scalloped Circles Large, Small Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles. EK Sucess flower and leave punches.

Embellishments: Recollections pearl brad, Michaels pearl stickers gold.

Misc.: Tim Holtz distressing ink pad Forest Moss.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mini Round Easel Card Tutorial

This tutorial is for Barb and Sis, and whoever else is interested. Here you go ladies...

I have to mention first, as I did with my first mini round easel card below, that I saw this at Marianne's blog. However she didn't give any instructions as how to make it, so I had to figure this out. So, this is how I made mine.

I have lots and lot of pictures here--it's easier to show you, as sometimes I don't know how to explain very well.

I created this Christmas card for the tutorial, so I'll just take you through the steps.

Materials and tools:
* Cardstocks,
* A die-cutting machine--I have a Big Shot.
* Various die cuts. These are the Spellbinders Nestabilities that I used:
Classic Scalloped Circles Large - largest size,
Standard Circles Large - largest and 2nd largest sizes,
Petite Scalloped Circles Large - 2nd largest size,
Small Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles - largest size.

*To decorate your card: Designer paper, coloured image(s), sentimen (s), 1 large brad is mandatory, other embelishments are optional--decorate any way you want.

You need a cardstock that is wide enough to accomodate your die cut. For the one I used--it's largest scalloped circle that I have--that's about 4 1/2 inches wide.

Score at 4 1/2 inches from the top and fold.

To cut out the card, there are 2 ways that I've used of placing your die cut.
(I use removable tape to secure my die cut to the paper--they tend to move around if you don't.)

This is placement no. 1 (the fold will be uncut through 2 arches)

as seen from the other side.

This is placement no. 2: (the fold will be uncut through 3 arches)

and as seen from the other side

I have used both placements and they both work well. For this particular card, I have used the 2nd one.

Open the card and score midway the top section. Make sure that this is exactly half way...

so that when you fold it down, the scalloped edges of the top half should match the scalloped edges of the bottom half exactly.

This is the base of your easel card.

Cut out 2 scalloped circles--same size of your card base, use the same die cut. These are full circles--not cut off at the top.

Place some glue on the front half of the folded section of the easel card base.

Place one of the full scallopped circles over the glue--make sure all the scallop edges match, top to bottom.

And voila, there you have your easel card!

Now you can go ahead and start decorating it.

Figure out how you're going to decorate this and from other cardstocks and/or designer papers, cut out as many inner circles, scalloped circles or other shapes, as many or as little as you want. The ones that I used are listed above.

I started with decorating the bottom section of the easel card first.
The next set of instructions is how I dealt with having the back of the brad NOT showing at the bottom of your easel card.

I've glued the DP's and cardstocks together as shown below.
I will call these circle #1 for one shown on the left and circle #2 for the one at the right side.

Take circle #2 and place it over the bottom section of the easel card, lining up the scalloped edges. Determine where you're going to place your brad--centered, near the bottom.

X marks the spot...

Take your piercing tool and make a hole here.

Take circle #1 and centered it exactly over circle #2.

Make sure it is exactly centered.

Keeping the 2 circles together, turn them upside down.
Take your piercing tool and through the earlier-made hole on Circle #2, pierce through and make a hole in Circle #1 which is the one underneath.

Turn right side up and place a large brad through both circles.

Turn the circles upside down again, and place glue at the back of Circle #1.

Glue in place on the bottom section of the easel card.

Now, you have some snipping job to do to the top edges of Circle #2 or else you won't be able to close the card. Fold the top section back and then turn the card over. You will see the overlaps as below.

Snip off the overlaps as shown here.

Now you can go ahead and decorate the rest of your easel card--the top section and the finishing touches like the sentiments and embellishments.

And there you have it!

Here's a card I made just for the fun of it. If you don't have time to colour your images, you can simply used a stamped image.

I've used some detail white embossing powder and heat embossed the stamped image to make it really stand out.

And here's my personal my message to you.....

That's it. Hope this helps. Happy crafting!

PS. Please e-mail me if something doesn't make sense here, so I can make amendments. Thanks.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Broom Tilda - mini easel card

Happy Thursday!

This is my first mini easel card!!! This is so much fun to make that I wonder that I haven't done one before now. And this adorable apprentice named Sitting Witch Tilda and I leaned here against the Pumpkin & Leaves. Both images are from Magnolia and you can purchase them at Diana's store, Magnolia-licious. If she doesn't have them in stock, you can just ask her and she will order them in for you.

I gave my Big Shot machine quite a work out. I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities. I have the various circle and scalloped-circle sets, but I don’t know which sizes I used for this card. I just played around with the die cuts to see which circle fits into which scalloped circle which fits into which circle which fits into which…and so on—you get the picture.

This mini card is only as big as your largest die cut. In this case it is 4 1/8 inches in diameter. And of course this is an easel card, which makes it even cuter when it’s that small. Hmm…new obsession maybe?

Ooh, lots of challenges that I can use this card to enter with. It seems to be the time of year where everyone focuses on Halloween.

Let’s Ink It Up - Challenge #4 – Halloween colours.
Double Dutch – Challenge 54 – Boo to you!
Papertake Weekly – 3 of a kind. I’m sure I have at least 3 of a lot of things here, but the most obvious is there are 3 base circles.
Everybody-Art-Challenge 112 – Halloween.
Crafts and Me - Challenge 15 – Halloween.
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Challenge 21 – Halloween project.
Stamp Something – Something punchy challenge.
Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge104 – Distressing.

I was inspired to make this card when I saw Marianne's card and you can see hers in her posting here. This being a mini card, there is hardly any space to write your personal messages on, so there is a third circle that has been added. This is secured with a brad and you can swing this to and fro to reveal the hidden circle underneath. She is one smart cookie! I just luuvvv…this idea.

Thanks for dropping by. Your visit is much appreciated. Enjoy your day. Just one more day after today before the weekend. Woo hoo…

Stamps: Sitting Witch Tilda and Pumpkin & Leaves, both from Magnolia's So Spooky Collection 2009.

DP: Provo Craft Tim Coffey Fall Pumpkins and another DP that isn't marked at the back so I don't know it's name.

Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Small, Petite Ovals Large and Small, Classic Scalloped Circles Large and Small, Petite Scalloped Circles Large and Small, Big Shot machine.

Embellishments: Recollections pearl brad and Autumn Collection pearls.
Misc: Tim Holtz distress ink pad Vintage Photo.

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