Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A B I N G O Challenge

Hallo, dear ones!  

I am back today with a brand new Challenge at Mangolia-licious™ Challenge Blog .  You will love this challenge, because you can choose which three elements you want to  include on your project.  

So here is what it will look like:

You just chose a row, up, down, across, diagonally and work those three ingredients onto your creation.  Easy Peasy!  I have to say this is my FIRST time to do a bingo card!

For my card, I chose a darling image form Magnolia-licious™ store.  She is a Saturated Canary image called "Balloon Wishes" but, boohoo  she is not available.  While you're over visiting at Diana's wonderful store, please check out the special sales prices she has on dies. There are many new dies available and they are all delicious!

This is my card front.   I started with a card base of Very Vanilla card stock and made the layers using my Go Kreate XXL Square Frames Frilly #2.  The pretty designer paper was some I found at a stamp store not far from where I live.  I fell in love with the soft roses.  You can only see a small portion of it on the front of the card, there's a little more on the inside....but you'll have to wait a bit.  I used Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangle to frame the image.  She is colored with Copic Markers and I have added Ranger Glossy Accents for her glasses.  The flowers, ribbon and butterfly are from my stash.  Down the left side of my image panel is a pretty piece of lace and there's a little more on the inside as well...be patient...it's coming up soon.

Moving on...
I have a sweet little tag - Vintage Heart Tag - and added a sentiment from LOTV. It slides behind two of the CS panels in the top left corner.  Oh, BTW, I cut the balloon off the image as it was too wide and then added it with dimensionals after the panel was adhered down.

Here is a closer look and the sweet Balloon Wishes image.  Hmmmm, you can't  see the shine I added to her glasses.

Now, let's have a look at the inside. I was very excited to come up with this idea and figured out how to make it work....TADA!

Since I turned this card to open differently than most of my cards I needed to come up with a way to work it out. So I cut my panel in half, but then my sentiment would be bent in the middle.  Well, it ended up folding up in the middle but so much better because it's like a pop up panel.  The sentiment on this card is one that I found at Joann's as they are moving their location and the price was a steal.  In fact I bought a Thank You sentiment and a Corner adorner of the same style. The little banner was made using SU Banner punch, my  very small heart punch and then popped small pink pearls into the center of each heart.  They are attached to a small piece of irridescent thread.  On the right hand side you can see that I added another piece of lace.  I colored the sentiment with a Copic Marker and added two small SU 1/8" gingham ribbon bows.  It is no longer available so I'm hording it.  I finished off the back with two more CS panels and my Signature stamp in the center - sorry no picture of that.

Okay, one more picture - a close up of the floral arrangement...

So now you've finally come to the end of my post.  I hope you've enjoyed and are inspired enough to get working on your own.  

And let me remind you here that every week, someone who leaves a comment on one the the Challenge DT blogs will receive a special surprise package from Diana.  So if you need more inspiration, please visit the Challenge Blog and click on the DT members name to leave a comment on her blog.  Good luck

I so appreciate your visit to my blog and am always encouraged by the comments you leave me.
Ciao mi amici


Friday, February 20, 2015

A little Waterfall fun...

Hello friends, the weekend has finally come, it's been a long and busy week for me, and the weekend is a bit full too!  
So today I'm posting a card I made a long time ago but never posted it to my blog.  

Where I live we are having yoyo weather...80F degrees one day and 35F the next.  It's almost spring, this is typical weather for my part of the country.  My deepest sympathies to those of you living on the easten  portion of our country.  The snow and cold for a second year in a row are really taking their toll. =(

Okay, here is my Waterfall card....

These are such fun cards to create and they go together very quickly.  Here I've used some Computer Image paper and SU card stock.  My images are all Mini's available at Magnolia-licious™ Store.

So if you haven't seen a Waterfall card before here is how it works.  The panel the images are mounted to are scored panel  The front portion of the panel is glued to the top of the CS strip.  Notice that the strip is held down with two small brads.  NO GLUE on that panel.  The back half of that panel is inserted behind the CS strip with just the bottom end showing.  I attached a small piece of ribbon here because you want to be able to pull this part of the strip down.  As you do, each images will automatically be drawn back and under to reveal the next image.  

Let me show you...

Here is the first image #328 Mini Aquarious Tilda.  She flips down to reveal ...

#3109 Gucci Tilda.  If you look carefully, you'll notice that the first image is being pulled back and behind.

This darling mini image is #371 Tilda with Flower Pot.

and finally...

#341 Merry Christmas Tilda.

That's the front of the card.  Now lets have a peek at the inside...=)

On the inside I added a birthday wish and on the salutation panel I also colored Mini #420 Mushroom with Snail.  How cute is that?
Here is how I colored the Mushrooms.

That's it for this time around!  I'll be back on Tuesday with the Magnolia-licious™ Challenge Blog new challenge.  I hope you'll come back to visit then.

Ciao Mi Amici

Sunday, February 15, 2015

TUTORIAL! How to make a Corner Bookmarker.

Hello paper crafting friends.  After making almost 20 little corner book markers I decided I would do a tutorial - just in case anyone is interested = )

There are skoo-bookim tutorials on You Tube.  You might prefer to google that and see a live video.  I found most of the bookmarks were too large for children's books so I redesigned it to fit.

Here is what you will need: (please don't let the many photos scare you off, I'm just a detail addict)

Card stock (color A) cut one  3 1/8" x 3 1/8"
Card stock (color B) cut two 3 1/8" x 1" for front and back border
Card stock cut  2" x 2" (I used Express It Blending Card for my Copic colored image.)
 Card stock (color B) cut 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" for matting your image piece.
Card stock (I use white but it can be any color you decide) cut 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and then cut on the diagonal.
Ribbon - about 12 inches
Paper Trimmer
Pencil and ruler
Score Tool
Edge Punch
Adhesive - either liquid glue or ScorTape
Dimensional dots

First you will cut the 2 1/4" square on the diagonal.  Since it make two pieces you can make two book markers ;)  Lay these pieces aside for a couple of minutes.

Cut the 3 1/8" square and using a ruler or here I've used some SU graph paper,  you will measure 1 5/8" from the corner on three sides of the square. Once you've marked the first two, just flip the square one time and mark the third side.

With your Score tool, score the piece in two places forming a pyramid shape. This is forming the base of the book marker.

Fold the two corners into the center and add a little glue, or adhesive of choice. 

Next, place one of the triangles you created over the folded flaps and be sure it's securely fastened. WARNING!! DO NOT get any glue under this flap or it won't slide onto the page = (

Flip your book mark base over and punch a decorative edge.  Any edge punch will do.  I used here a SU Scalloped Edge punch.

Now repeat this edging process on one of the contrasting 3 1/8" x 1" pieces.  Be sure you line it up so that it matches the book marker base.

Adhere them together and tie the piece of ribbon around both pieces.

On the back of the book marker your going to add the second contrasting strip with adhesive being sure that it's really stuck down.   I brought the bottom edge of this piece down to match the bottom of the scalloped piece to give just a little more depth.  The purpose of this piece is to prevent the corner of the page from getting stuck on the ribbon.

Here it shows how that looks.

Next, I added SU dimensionals to the back of the 2 1/8" square that is the mat for my colored image.  I used dimensionals so that it would rest flat on the front and the the ribbon wouldn't create a bump.

Here's a look at the book marker now.  It's almost completed!

I chose this sweet Mini Magnolia Image for my book marker.  She is #A7 Write A Message Tilda. However you decide to finish the front of your book marker the shape must for a diamond.  I lined up the two opposite corners here to be sure that my image was straight.

Here is my completed project.

The design possibilities are endless for this type of book marker.  Once you've got the basics down you can change it up however you want.  Get creative!

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to share with you...

Many Blessings and hugs,

Friday, February 13, 2015

One little, two little, three little bookmarks and MORE!

Hello dear stamping friends.  
Many of you know that I volunteer with the after school mentor/tutor program our church hosts for some neighborhood children.  One of the sweet kids I mentor/tutor is a delightful fifth grader who absolutely LOVES to read.  She LOVES books about horses!  So got the brilliant idea to make her a book mark.  Well, I also have several other sweeties as well, and I couldn't not include them, right?  You can see where this is going, right?  Yup!  I had to make one for each little girl in our program.  Seventeen in all!  But wait, there's more!  The boys want a book mark too!  Oh, and I forgot that on Wednesdays, we have a small group of deaf children that join us! 

 I'm taking a deep breath right about now.

So I have been so busy making corner book marks for the girls and using Magnolia Minis on them.  I got so caught up in the fun of this project that I failed to take pictures of the first 11 that I made.  They're gone to the children now and I know they won't want to give them up so that I could take a photo.  SO, here are the last of them.  I am doing something totally different for the boys! I also went to a second hand book store and bought every "horse" story book I could find.  I donated them to our program so now everyone can read horse stories without having to wait for a book to be come available. 

I really had fun creating these and it really got my Mojo humming trying to make each one look different from the others.  Here are a few pictures...enjoy!
This is the whole set (missing the first 11)

Two of our kiddos are identical twins.  One of them wears glasses.  They can fight it out as to who gets what color.  I'm not taking up that torch, thank you very much! The image is #3091 Gemini Tilda
Here I've used #3076 Tilda with Cross Necklace.
Several girls wanted one with a pony.  That was the first one I made because my student was reading Black Beauty.  So I made a few more using #A4 Tilda with Angel the Horse.
One child requested a pony one but she wanted a brown horse and a red jacket.  She got it!
Here is #A10 Tilda with Inez the Bunny.  Nice and bright just like the recipient.
Another volunteer asked if I would make one for her grand daughter.  Well of course!  She loves dragons.  I hope she'll like this one  This is #A7 Tilda with Dexter the Dragon.
Finally, here is #A8 Tilda with Elsie Lamb.
Now, I need to get busy and make some much more simple, guy type book marks for the boys.  I won't be doing any coloring on theirs. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Your sweet comments are always appreciated =)

Blessings and hugs,

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Magnolia-licious™ Challenge - Hearts and Flowers

Boun giorno, I"m so glad to have you back visiting my blog.  Today is our first Challenge of February. 

What better way to usher in the month of February than with some hearts and flowers.  Valentines Day is this month.  Do you know the history of this wonderful day?  It dates back to the 5th Century and is named for a Christian martyr.  It has it's origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia, a pagan celebration of fertility celebrated in mid January.  Christians decided to Christianize it by moving it to mid February.  It wasn't until the 1300's that it became associated with love and romance. 

February 14 was know to be the birds first day of mating, and soon greeting cards began being exchanged in the 15th century and by the 17th century it was a well established tradition in England.  Not long, after it spread to the U.S. and...well...the rest is history. In the US alone, over $20,000,000 a year are spent on Valentines cards, candy and flowers.  There is very little known about the Saint from which it derives it's name.  So there you go!  How's that for a bodacious start?

I have quite a few photos for your perusal - again!  For this challenge I made an Explosion Box.  I really had fun designing this one.  Thank goodness for empty toilet paper rolls.  That's the center of my box....but for starters.....
Here is the very top of my Explosion Box.  The Heart Dies are from Spellbinders, while the tiny hearts are a Michael's $1 punch.  The sentiments is from PrintworksCollections and the flowers are from my stash.

Here is a view showing a little more of the sides of the box.  I used Doohickey Die Vintage Lace to border all four sides of the lid.

Here is just a little peek at the inside of the box with two of the sides down.

Here is the box completely open.  I have used 4 Mini Maggies placed on Spellbinder Fancy Labels Two.  All the paper is from my stash and I didn't have a company name available.

Here is a view looking straight down on the box.  The pretty white die on the top, which holds all my suspended hearts if from the Doohickey Die Collecdtion Oh La La.

So here is the center of my box.  I suspended a number of hearts on lengths of silver cord.  There are two hearts together so that it covered the cord.

Following are the four Mini Maggies that I used.    All are colored with Copic markers and Adirondack Lights.  The Silk ribbon is also from my stash and I've had it for years!

Many of these Mini images are on sale so please check out Diana's fabulous store for savings on these and many more featured items.

This is #2 Divine Tilda

#1 Christmas Candle Tilda

And....#14 Christmas Kitchen Tilda

and last, but certainly not least...

#217 Prima Ballerina Tilda

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my plethora of photos for this project.  Please don't forget to visit all the DT blogs and leave comments for each one.  This increases your chances of winning a secret surprise from Diana at Magnolia-licious™.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  We'll be looking for your contributions on the Challenge Blog.

Buon gionata

Hugs, Barb