Friday, April 29, 2011

Birthday Cake Easel Card

There have been a few versions of this card on the web and I fell in love with it immediately. It wasn't until the other day that I found directions. I copied off the instructions but failed to write down the link to the blog. I am so sorry about that because this person's card was very beautiful.

I will at some point create a tutorial on how to make this very creative card so check back soon. It was really much easier than I thought!  The stamp is "Leaning Tilda" which I won from Jacque's wonderful blog. I colored with Copics - BG000, B02, B05 (top); R32, R35, R37 (pants); E00, E11, E13, R20 (skin); and C3, C5, C7, C9 (hair). I even put a little border around the cake for additional decoration using a Martha Stewart border punch.

I hope you enjoy and once the tutorial is uploaded you must make one yourself!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My Version of a Mini Purse Album

A few days the very talented Cabio posted the cutest mini album that I just had to make.  These little album's will make wonderful teacher and mother's day gifts. This one is made using the endearing "Brother & Sister" Magnolia stamp feature Tilda and Edwin.  I just couldn't resist.

The frame mat behind Tilda & Edwin was cut on my Cricut with a SVG file I obtained for free from Penny Duncan's wonderful blog. You must stop by and grab some for yourself. I believe this one is called "Half Moon Scallop Frame".

I colored the image with Copics and Tilda's slip is diamond Stickles. I used G20, G21, G24 on Tilda's dress and B91, B93, B95 on Edwin's overalls with Y21, Y23, Y26 for his shirt. 

When you lift the flap on the purse it reveals a space to adhere a photo
on the left and a gift tag in the pocket.

Here's a photo of all the Copics I used. It's much easier to include a photo
then an entire list since I used so many.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Maggie Triangle Tri-Fold

It's spring break and I have the week off which has resulted in all these posts in one week.  Who knows I may just post again tomorrow!!

This lovely little card is a Triangle Tri-Fold from SplitCoast Stampers. If you've never been to that site it's a must see for all papercrafters.  The stamp is my favorite - Tilda with Hawaii Flower - just love her!!  I used my i-rock to adhere the rhinestones on the scalloped oval Spellbinder nestabilities.  The designer paper is DCWV "The Blossoms & Butterflies Stack". I also added a touch of diamond stickles to the lace on Tilda's dress.

Jacque's Romantic Window

After receiving my candy from JACQUE I knew I had to get to work and create a card. My goody bag included the beautiful flowers you see from Shabby Chic and Leaning Tilda AND Romantic Window. How lucky can I get???  I decided to make to go to SplitCoast Stampers and find something special. I thought a recessed window card would be perfect.  I used my craft knife to cut the window out of the stamped image and used pop dots to make Tilda appear to be truly leaning out of the window.

My cards are much simplier than many of the wonderful artists who share their treasures at the Magnolia-lious Yahoo group. I'm very slowly adding stuff to my cards which are typically one dimensional.  Perhaps in the not too distant future I will feel comfortable enough enter a Magnolia challenge. Until then I'm practicing and loving every moment of it.

Tutorial: Post-It Easel Card

In February I posted an Easel Card that also holds post-it notes. Some have asked for instructions on how I created it. I've never created step-by-step instructions before for any card I've made so I hope this comes out ok. I'm not sure who created the original Post-it Easel Card but I first saw it on Stephanie Hester's blog - My Card Shack - so I'll give her the credit.  I changed her dimensions a bit in order to fit 3x3 post-it notes. So I hope these instructions work for you and please send me links to your own Post-it Easel Card!

Supplies Needed:
Paper Cutter
Bone folder
Small circle punch
Permanent Adhesive
Cardstock for base:  4 1/4" x 9"
Cardstock for box: 4 1/8" x 4 1/8"
Carstock for card: 4 1/4 x 4 1/4"
Cardstock for card mat: 4 1/8" x 4 1/8"
Designer Paper for card mat: 4" x 4"

Step 1:  Take cardstock for box that is cut at 4 1/8" x 4 1/8" and score 1/2" from edge on all sides. Cut score lines from edge to next score line. Do this on two parallel sides as shown above. Fold all sides inward using bone folder.

Step 2:  If you'd like you can cut 4 strips of designer paper at 1/4" x 2 7/8" and adhere it to the back side of the the box. It's a lot easier to add the strips at this stage prior to the sides being closed than after. On one side punch a notch using small circle punch. Be sure to only punch half a circle.

Step 3:  Place a bit of permanent adhesive on the small tabs created on each corner. The adhesive should be on the outside of the tab. Adhere the tabs to create box. Photo was take without the strips. I learned the hard way that this should have been before this step.

Step 4:  Take cardstock for base that is cut at 4 1/4" x 9". Use paper cutter with bone folder or scoring blade to score cardstock on long end at 4 1/4", 4 3/4", and 6 7/8".

Step 5:  Use bone folder to create a valley fold at 4 1/4" and 4 3/4" and a mountain fold at 6 7/8".

Here's another view of what the base should look like folded

Step 6:  Place strong adhesive (I used scor-tape) from the edge of the card base to the mountain fold (edge to mountain fold measures 2 1/8").

Step 7:  Take cardstock for card that is cut at 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" and adhere it to the base. The edge of cardstock base should match the top of the card. This will means the top half of the card is double layered. Adhere box to card base - if you leave 1/2" space all around the box will be centered.

Step 8 Optional:  Adhere the cardstock mat cut at 4 1/8" x 4 1/8" to the card, and then place the designer paper cut at 4" x 4" on top of the mat. Decorate as you wish. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spring is in the Air

The sun is finally shining and the temps here in Georgia are rising. It's a beautiful spring day and sweet Tilda is out enjoying the day as well.  I have been coloring, coloring, coloring and completely forgetting to actually assemble a card. I signed up for Angie Hunt's Distress Ink watercolor class over at Color Me Creative. I've been practicing but still not quite happy with the results. I suppose we are our own worse critics. Once my finished image meets my standards I promise to share!

The stargazer lily was made using a poinsettia svg file I found on the internet somewhere. I cut it using my Cricut with white cardstock, airbrushed it with Copics RV11 and little dots on the pedals were made with Zig's colorbrush "cola". Card recipe is:

Designer paper:  DCWV Pocket full of Posies
Image:  Tilda with Hawaii Flower and Wheelbarrow
Stamp Ink:  Memento
Tilda's Hair:  E21, E25, E29
Tilda's Skin:  E00, E11, E13
Tilda's Dress:  BV00, BV02, BV11, BV17 and Diamond Stickles on lace
Wheelbarrow:  C3, C5, C8, E31, E33, E35, E37
Leaves & Grass:  YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
Flowers: RV11, RV13, RV17, RV19 with a little Diamond Stickles