Monday, October 13, 2014

Dr. Monday M.D. Birthday Fun card

Good Monday Morning everyone.
 I have another fun card to share with you today.  Once again, I've found a wonderfully different style of card while combing the web!  This will be my last post for a while.  I am taking a small hiatus.

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They are soooo adorable and so much fun to color and create with.  You'll want to get a couple for your stamp stash!


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Are you ready now to see my project for this Monday?  Here ya go!

First I want to show you close ups of the adorable Mini images I've used.

This is #3109 Gucci Tilda.  Both of my images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with Copic Markers while the background is done with Copic Markers and Adirondack Lights die ink.

This is #3111 Splash Tilda
Now for my card!!
Here is a look at the front of the card.  It is called a Quarter Fold card and I found the directions on Splitcoaststampers.  I wonder why we didn't think of this long ago!  It folds together just like a cardboard box. Ingenious!

Here is the card partially opened.  Have you ever done this??  Before I took pictures of the card I went ahead and added a personal note on the inside.  *sheesh*  So to photograph the inside of the card I had to tear up a piece of paper to cover the writing but still show you the sentiment and the image.

Yup!  What a dummy!
Well any-hoo.  I hope you'll try this style of card for yourself.  It was fun and I enjoyed trying something new!

Thank you for dropping by today for a visit.  Remember to leave a comment to have a chance to win the surprise package.  

Many Blessings and hugs,

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crimped Diamond Tutorial

Hello all, here is a tutorial showing you how to create a Crimped Diamond Card for yourself.  There are quite a few photos as I didn't want to leave out a single step.  I hope you find the directions clear and easy to follow.

For this kind of card you will need the following:

I piece of cardstock cut 4 1/4 x 11 for the card itself
1 Piece of colored cardstock cut 4" x 5 1/4".  This is the piece that will go through the crimp-er
Several pieces of colored cardstock which coordinate/contrast
1 piece of cardstock which will be used to stamp and color the image on.  I have used Cryogen White.
A scoring device
Ruler and pencil
Embellishments to  finish your card

Step One:
Mark the 4 x 5 1/4 piece of cardstock with a pencil at 2 5/8" on both long sides.  Mark at 2" on each of the short sides.
 Line up one of the 2 5/8" mark and one of the 2" marks in the scoring tool as shown above. Score a line between these two marks.  Turn your card and continue to score a line between all four pencil marks.  Your will have created a diamond shape with the score lines. See the picture below.

Step Two:
Fold on the score lines so that you now have a piece shaped like a diamond.

Step Three:
Fold the two top corners together into the center and place the point created into the crimp-er.  Begin to turn the crimp-er handle so that the card moves through it.  Stop just as you get past the edges of the card.  Remove and repeat with the opposite side.  I found it makes a better impression to run each point back and forth once or twice to ensure that you are getting a strong crimped pattern.

This is what your piece should look like now.  You can use this piece either this was or turn it over.  Each side gives a slightly different edge to the folded edge.  I would call this the back side, but I found I liked the roped appearance of the folded edge.

When you flatten this piece out you may find it to be uneven on the edges.  I simply put it into my paper cutter and took very thin cuts to even those out.

Step Four:

I made a template of the diamond shape in the center so that I could get exact measurements for each layer of the center diamond.
  I measured and folded this piece of typing paper to make sure I was getting it right.  You can see that across one way of the diamond measure 4 5/8" while the other side is 3 5/8".

Step Five:
Using your template, draw the pattern onto your first layer of the diamond.  Here I used Chocolate Chip. You will cut this piece 1/8" smaller than your drawn line. 

Then using this new piece as a template draw around your next layer of cardstock.  Here I've used Tempting Turquoise.

Repeat this exact same method  of cutting 1/8" smaller than the lines you drew, using your turquoise piece as a template to cut a smaller piece of card stock that you will stamp your image on.  Adhere the first two layers together.

Now you are ready to stamp your image and color it and piece the card together.  I put my crimped piece on some Chocolate Chip card stock and added some pearl accents in turquoise.

Here is my final product....

Here is a close up of the image I masked together.  #426 Trees in a Row and #3016 Tilda with Mouse Peanut.

Have fun with your project!

Many blessings and hugs, 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall is in the Air! Dr. Monday M.D.

October already! 
Goodness where has the time gone?  It seems as if summer were just a blink of the eye.

  I've been busy trying out several new (for me) styles of cards. I'm so excited to share this card with you because I LOVE the way it turned out. 

I want to thank everyone who visits my blog leaving me wonderful comments.  Those comments now put you in the drawing for a Special Surprise from Magnolia-licious™.  In fact every time you leave a comment on any of the DT members blogs you have a chance to win.  That's good!!

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Now, here is my card.  I've been combing through different sites trying to find different techniques to pass along to you.  When I came across this one I was very intrigued.  Isn't this cool?  I will be doing a tutorial on this and posting it shortly.  It is truly easy-peasy!

Here is the front of my card using #426 Mini Trees in a Row.  The image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers.  The CS is from SU as are the little clips used inside and out and the ribbon.

My background is created with Copics and Adirondack Lights. 

On the salutation panel I inked up the "Trees in a Row" stamp with Kaleidacolor Rainbow Dye Ink pad "Autumn Leaves"

The sentiment is from Magnolia-licious™ Once again I used the Kaleidacolor "Autumn Leaves" ink.  I love the soft variegated colors.

Here is the side view of the card.  I wanted to show you the raised surface on the card, but it didn't show up too well! =)
 Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving me a little bit of love.

Many Blessings,

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A huge Heart...

Welcome back!

Welcome back to my blog.  Of course,  I have another sweet little Magnolia Mini to share with you.

You must know by now that I'm totally in love with these pint sized Magnolia images.  Diana has a huge stock of Minis in different collections from as far back as 2011.  I encourage you to visit the shop, it's so much easier to navigate your way around now.


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Now onto my project for this week.... 

I have for you another Clear Card Stock front card.  I love these, they are quick and easy and you could make quite a few at a time by assembly-lining the steps.I used an embossing plate for the outside of my card.  The Sentiment (PrintWorksCollection) is stamped using Stazon ink onto the clear cardstock.

 This is the inside of my card.  I should have used either Xpress It Blending card or Cryogen for the entire white panel.  That way I could have colored the image directly onto it.  However, I love the way the panel behind #3046 Sagittarius Tilda enhances her.  I used Doohickey "Cute Corner" up in the top, and used another PrintWorks sentiment and then used a Martha Stewart Corner punch to finish off the card.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  Any words of encouragement you leave are greatly appreciated by me and also give you a chance to win that Surprise Gift from Magnolia Stamps.

Many blessings to each of you,

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,