Friday, September 26, 2014

Tealight Box Tutorial

Hello dear ones. 
 After several requests, I have put together a tutorial on how to make a Tealight Box using American sized tealights. It's very easy to create and I hope you'll find my instructions are easy to follow.

You will need:
 one piece of good weight cardstock cut 7 1/4" x 10 1/4"
One piece of coordinating DP cut 4 5/8" x 3 1/8"
I piece of acetate cut 4 1/2" x 3"
Scoring tool
Strong adhesive ( I used Scor Tape 1/8' 1/4" and 1/2")
A die for making the lid opening.  I used Spellbinder Labels 10.
Die cutting machine
12 Tealights
Decorations for finishing your box.

On the long side of the cardstock score at 1 1/4, 4 1/2, 5 3/4 and 9 inches

On the short side of the cardstock, score at 1 1/4 and 6 inches.

Cut along all four score lines on each of the long sides to create 3 tabs on each side.  Then cut a little wedge on both sides of the center tabs and the inside of each of the end tabs.

Fold in on all score lines and burnish with your score tool.

Chose which end will be your top and adhere your designer paper to that section with 1/4" Scor Tape.(or whatever adhesive you are using.

Now center your die on the DP.  Secure it in place with a couple of pieces of removable tape. All the sides will have to be folded into the center so that it will fit through your die cutting machine.

Fold the end of the box under then bring the end tabs up and folded to the center.  They will get a bit of depression as they pass through the machine, but it doesn't affect the box in any way. You want to be sure that your die catches the edge of the part that is folded under, as that is how you create a pretty little edge on the front piece of the lid.

Here is what it looks like when it ready to go through the machine. I don't run the entire box through the die cutting machine, only the lid portion.  I run it through in one direction then back again in the opposite direction.  You'll be cutting through three layers.

Here is what it will look like when you remove the die piece.  The front flap of the box will have a portion of the die cut through it.  Just makes a pretty edge.

Now you're ready to apply your acetate piece on the inside of the box top.  I used 1/8" Scor Tape

You will need to put adhesive on each of the tabs.  I have used 1/2" Scor Tape two pieces to each tab as seen here.

Put the bottom of the box together first.  Each tab will go to the inside of the sides, leaving the outside of the box smooth and finished looking.  Then secure the remaining tabs to the top front of the box.

Voila!  The box is complete and ready for you to fill and decorate.

You can see how cute those little tea lights are in your box.  All 12 of them!

So here is my finished box.  I had the rimmed tag in my stash, so I added a sentiment and a few flowers.  Then I tied three birthday candles with matching ribbon and glued the ribbon to the box lid.  The candles are removable.

I made a second box with a Christmas theme and filled the box with Hershey's Nuggets!

There you have it!  I hope you'll give this a try and create your own theme.

Many blessing and hugs,

Monday, September 22, 2014

You Light Up My Life...Dr. Monday M.D.

Hello blogging friends.  I have a very cool project to share with you today. 

 But please let me remind you that your comments mean a lot!  You could win a Surprise Package from Diana just for leaving a comment on any of the DT projects.

PLEASE remember to leave a comment for our "LEAVE A COMMENT" prize. You can leave a comment for any of the DT member posts over the last week or any of the weekly posts here at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. Our regular posts for Dr. Monday, the Tuesday Challenges or any of the "W"ednesday posts qualify for a weekly random surprise.

 Now for my project:

I saw a tutorial on Sam Donaldson's blog creating these cute little boxes which would hold a dozen tea lights.  I made a couple of them before I realized that the dimensions of her boxes were not going to work for our American tea lights, which are a little larger. 

I had to rework all the dimensions, which for a math flunky like myself was a huge challenge.  I finally got it right!  Here are the results...

I found the DP at Hobby Lobby.  As it's still summer here I'm just not feeling that cool chill to prepare me for some Fall creations.  So  my recreated box hold 12 little tea lights.  

I've used #3123 Pisces Tilda on the front of the box.  I chose the Labels 18 Dies for the aperture in the box and to mount Tilda on the box. The ribbon is from my stack and holds the box closed.  I stamped a SU Sentiment onto a tag that has a silver border.  I've got a ton of these and have forgotten all about them.  I also added a piece of clear cardstock on the inside of the lid to prevent the candles from falling out.

As you can see, the box holds the candles in two layers - six on each.

Here is a closer look so you can see that it really does hold 12 tea lights. And notice that the front edge of the box lid is  also cut in the same shape (or 1/2) as the aperture

Here are the first few that I made. You will notice that  these smaller boxes could only hold 5 tea lights.
This sweet image used here is #3109 Gucci Tilda
Here I just used some pretty design paper.  This style of box work best if the opening in the lid is smaller.

Again I used some pretty design paper and a little sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by today and leaving me a comment.  That comment just might get you that Surprise Package. Good luck...

Many blessing to each of you,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Building Block/Pop Up Card

Hello, again.  
I'm back with another "Kinetic" card.  I'm having a blast with these.  The directions are at SplitCoastStampers, but I chose the tutorial on Card-Making-Magic.

I decided to make my 'blocks' into differently sized gift boxes.  I saw that idea somewhere, but I couldn't find it again.

This is the front of my card.  I've used #294 Tilda with Balloon.  My cardstock and dp are both from my stash.  Tilda is colored with Copic Markers.  The background is done with a combination of Copics and Adirondack Lights.

A close up of Tilda.

Here is a look at the inside of the card.  You can see that the balloons were made dimensional by putting two layers together with pop dots.  The little tag is from a SU punch and I just found this sentiment in the bottom of a box I was cleaning up!  Whoooot!

Here is the card opened to show all the panels.  I don't know what I was thinking when I chose all that pink - yikes!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  This card is not part of a challenge or a Dr. Monday M.D., but I do appreciate your comments anyway.

Many blessings to you all,

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dr. Monday M.D. Summer Waterfall Card...

Gooooood morning! For some of you it's night time, so sweet dreams!

 I just had to ink up some of my summer time images, but now I need to post them before the summer has slipped away altogether.

 You know, I haven't made a Waterfall card in years, and wanting to use several images on one card, this style of card  was the perfect fit.

This is the front of my Waterfall card.  The pretty dp is a small piece I've had forever.  Unfortunately it was the only small piece I had, not enough to finish off the inside of my card.  (Note to self: no matter how delightful the paper is, make sure you have enough to complete your project *sheesh*.)  Here I've used #3111 Splash Tilda. I've added some Waterfall Stickles to the water to make it appear, well, like water!! Ive also used mirrored gold card stock as a mat for each of the panels. 

This is #355 Playing on the Beach Tilda. All images are colored with Copic Markers.  I added some Adirondack Lights to the background - my favorite technique! 

This is #3112 Bikini Tilda...I love her the most!  So sweet sitting on the beach

Lastly, here is #389 Tilda off Shore.  Love the shoes!  After I had taken all the pictures I went back and added some white polka dots to her shoes - fun! 

I haven't had a chance to use my Summer Club dies much, so I thought I would use several of them on the inside.  I located the dp at Hobby Lobby and thought it would be perfect for the inside of my card.  I did the flip-flops from a very small piece of dp I had used on the front!.  (another note to self - even though it doesn't match the front, using similar color tones really can work!) 

So there we have it. My Dr. Monday M.D. project came off without a hitch after all. Woohoo!
 I appreciate your dropping in for a visit. Make sure to leave a comment to be eligible for the Surprise Gift from Diana. Don't forget to visit Patty Jo's blog as well, she is the queen of dies. Leave her a comment also and you will have two chances to win!
  Have a wonderful week. 

Many blessings,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How does your garden grow?

Good morning everyone, I have a fun card to share with you today.  I really hope that the photos will do it justice. My Hubby thought it was fascinating. 

I have visited several times to this gals blog called Card-Making-Magic.  Not everything on her site tickles me, but I've enjoyed making her Kenetic Cards.

This is called a "Magic Slider Card".  It took me two attempts to get this right.  Thank goodness my first was on scratch paper.

The paper I used is from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found2.  I love this paper and I've used it alot on  previous projects.  Since it's double sided I knew it would look pretty inside and out.

Here is the front of my card.  I have used Tilda in the Garden from the Pink Lemonade Collection.
I stamped Tilda onto clear card stock with Stazon Ink.  The sentiment is stamped behind the clear card stock on the pink gingham paper which is the reverse side of the flower side.

 In this photo you can see that the Magic Panel it part way up.  I love how this card works.  As the colored panel  appears the line image disappears.  Cool huh?

Here is a close up of Tilda.  I think she is adorable with her little shovel.  Kinda reminds me of me!! NOT!!

Here is my artsy shot of my card. As you can see I finished the card front with some Ivy from Magnolia-licious™ Store.  a few flowers from WOC, some pearls and a little bow of bakers twine.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  Your visits always warms my heart.

Many Blessing to each of you,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oh my Goodness....what have I done?

Dear blogging friends,

I think this has been the worst day of my life.  I spent countless hours organizing ALL of my photos into Albums on Picasa Web.  I had a ton of albums....when I was all done I tried to delete that one album from which all photos were copied from.  Instead it deleted all my albums and all my blog post pictures.

I have had a very rough evening.  However, my hubby and I were trying to get back to Picasa and all of a sudden there were all my albums.  Hooray!  Unfortunately none of my blog post pictures were restored.

I have managed to redo my Blog Hop photos.  This has taken nearly two hours.  

So if you were wanting to go back on my blog to see something from a year ago it won't be there.  I am going to try to redo just a few of my posts from the last several Dr. Monday M.D.s but I won't be going back any further than just a few posts.  It is just much too time consuming.  I will need to restore all my tutorials also.  The words are still there but no photos. 

For about a month I've been having so much trouble with pop-ups, redirects and ads that I can't turn off.  It has been a harrowing month.  Now all this on top of it.

Thank you for being troupers along with me.  In the future my posts will be hassle free - for me anyway!

Many blessings to each of you,

September Blog Hop

 We at Magnolia-licious™ Challenge Blog are celebrating the beginning of September with a Blog Hop. Each of the DT members have made something to celebrate the autumn season which includes Halloween and Thanksgiving.  There are some awesome projects for your viewing pleasure.  If you've come here from Jane's blog your right on track.  If you have just  hopped into the Hop here at my blog, you might want to head over to the Challenge Blog and pick up the order from the beginning.  That way you won't miss a single entry.
I've put a link at the end of my post to take you to Karen's Fun Blog.

For my project I chose this Memory Tray which I found at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.  I couldn't resist :-)  I found all kinds of trinkets to add to my tray as well as 4 delightful Tilda's. 

Here is a view of the entire tray.  The Harvest Blessings at the top is actually a wooden banner.  The DP I pulled from a ton of 6 x 6 paper stacks I've had for years.


Here is #371 Mini Tilda with Flower Pot.  She is colored with Copics.


 Here is #373 Honey Tilda sitting on #518 Honey Jar.  I had to cut off most of the jar to fit the image into the square.  Just above her you will see a little fence.  I used the PS Mini picket fence die.

 This is #267 Mini Witch Tilda with Pumpkin. Again she is colored with Copics.  Notice the "WELCOME" tiles below her.  I have
printed out the entire alphabet several times, distressed the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink and mounted them onto foam squares.

This is the only regular sized image used in my project.  #264 Lying Tilda I just had to use her!  She is actually sitting ON the shelf.  I used some transparency card stock measured and folded to fit right behind her.  That way she won't bend. I've looked in the store and she is not available in the regular size, but she is available in the Mini size.

 The tiles below were done the same as as the welcome, but I mounted them onto a lighter background'

I have my project hanging on a wall in my studio.  It looks awesome there.

From here you're going to Hop over to Karen's Fun Blog.  I hope you are having fun and are getting lots of inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by,
Many blessings

Monday, August 18, 2014


Welcome to my blog! It's Monday once again and I'm here to share with you my Dr. Monday M.D. (Mini's and Dies) card. 

 My fellow DT buddy, Patty Jo  is a whiz with the dies. I hope you will drop by her blog to see what her amazing project is this week. 

 I don't usually work with the dies so much but I've had this Cherry Lynn  die for a long time. It was sent to me by another DT buddy, Chrissy Christensen. It's been on my desk for too long and I knew it was time to put it to good use. She also sent me the screen material - what a gem!

Here is what I came up with...

This is the front of my card.  I've used Magnolia DP for the outside wall and just plain white for the door.  I made the welcome wreath by cutting a circle using Spellbinder Nestabilities Classic Circle dies.  The flowers were punched out using my Punch Bunch Corner die.  The welcome sign is SU Tiny Tags set.  I put a small Dew Drop on the end that attaches to the wreath.  Bakers Twine is used for the bow.  The hinges for the door are a Magnolia Dookickey Key die.  I just cut off the bottom of the key.  The door is hinged inside and our for stability.  I also used  a bead cap for the door knob.
As I said, I hinged the door so that it actually opens.  I've applied small magnets both to the inside of the door and the side of the house so that the door stays closed, but is easily opened to reveal the inside of the card.
Here is a look at the inside of the card.  The little car is actually included with the Screen Door Die.  I know the inside of the card doesn't look like a room, but honestly, the construction of the door took me days.  I had to think every step through and that was a lot of thinking and planning.  So for the inside I opted for the easy way.  I used Spellbinders Labels 21,  Heart and Scalloped die;  computer generated the sentiment, and colored LF 06 Tilda With Spring Heart (retired) to finish it off.

Here is a closer look at the door knob and magnets.  The magnets are small, but uber strong and a dot of paper on each one makes is easier to open the door.

Here is a close up of Tilda.  I paper pieced her heart.  She is colored with Copics.  The colors show so much brighter here than in real life..

Well, that's it for my post.  I hope you will feel inspired to give this type of card a try.

Many blessings,

Monday, August 11, 2014

A little Get Well fun...

I'm back again with another Dr. Monday M.D. project for you.  
I hope you had a very enjoyable weekend.  I've had two of my grandsons here for the past few days, so it's down to business for me again.  The summer has just flown by - I can hardly believe how fast it has gone!!

It's back to school again soon, I'm so glad I"m past those days.  Just looking at the commercials on TV is enough to drive you batty.  

Oh, but I digress. So Patty Jo and I have each come up with a project using Mini's and Dies from Magnolia-licious™.  If you don't possess any of these adorable munchkins, run, don't walk over to Diana's store and get some!!!

This week, I've pulled out of my hat a bit of a different project.  I made an impulse buy one day.  You've never done that before, right? ;-}

This is a new embossing folder (for me) and I thought if I cut out the middle of it it would make a super frame for my Mini.  Well not a bad idea, but wrong color.  This was actually my practice piece, but I surely didn't want it to go to waste, so I had to use know how that goes!?

Here is the front of my card.  I have used #349 Frizzy Tilda and  Harriet the Turtle.  The images are masked, colored with Copic markers on X-Press It Blending Card. The sentiment is digital, but I can't find it in my file again. *sorry*
I used Spellbinders Labels 13 to mount the sentiment on.

Here is a cloer look at Frizzy and Harriet.  Kinda cute, eh?

On the inside of the card I used a larger size of Spellbinder Labels 13.  I put the two pieces of  blending card together and stamped Harriet on them, and then of course separated them to be used on each side of the inside of the card.

So here is what the inside looks like.  The sentiments are computer generated.  There are no embellishments on this card so I guess it would qualify as a CAS card!

Well thank you for visiting my blog again today.  Have a fabulous week...

Many blessings,