Monday, 16 April 2018

Spring Shadow Box Card

Good evening!  I'm a little late blogging my All About Magnolia post today as it was back to work after the Easter holiday (sad face).  This month over at All About Magnolia Challenge our theme is 'All About Spring'.  A perfect excuse to use the super sweet Tilda With Little Chickens from the Sunbeam Collection.

I have made a shadow box card of Tilda standing underneath the Cherry Blossoms.  I love the sight of Cherry Blossom in the spring, I have one in my garden and it always cheers me up to see it!  I spent a very long time die cutting the tiny little lilac flowers from the Lilac Doohickey from last year's Summer Collection to create the blossom on the trees and all of the fallen blossom on the floor.  I have a photo of my daughter dressed from head to toe in pink, standing in a wood of pink Azalea that is above her and on the floor: this was the inspiration for this scene.

I filled the rest of the card with things that come to mind for me when I think of spring.  Primroses using some Prima flowers of the correct shade, umbrellas using the Umbrella Doohickey and some birds using a die from Vintage Box 5.

The leaf sprigs were also cut with a die from Vintage Box 5 and I added a few blossoms to them with the Lilac die.  The papers are all by Maja Design.

Another sweet bird and a few b

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Tutu Thank You

 Good morning!  Today I'd like to share a thank you card I made for a lovely neighbour who made my daughter's first tutu recently.  Of course I had to put a tutu on it and the Tim Holtz Sewing Room die came in rather handy!
I cut the tailor's dummy from thick brown cardstock and sticky back canvas and cut the canvas to suite the top of a tutu.  All the edges have been inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I used lots of folded tulle to create the tutu. 
I used the buttons and cotton bobbins from the Tim Holtz die too.  The lace is from Craft Heaven and the flowers are from my stash.
 I also used the Magnolia Doohickey sewing machine, cut from black cardstock and kraft cardstock for the bobbin.  I've even threaded it with cotton!
 My favourite 'thank you' die across the centre of the card.  The background paper is from a Magnolia kit.
I used button twine from my stash on the bobbins.
 I hope you like it and thanks for looking! x

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Tilda With Angel The Horse

Good morning!  Today's card for Craft Heaven features the super cute Tilda with Angel the Horse.  My daughter's friend has her own horse so I painted the horse to look like hers.  The papers are by Maja Design, Celebrations collection.
As always I have painted the image with Distress Inks using the no lines technique.
To make it look like Tilda and Angel were coming out of the a stable I used the window Doohickey from Volume 4 and cut away the window frame, leaving just the shutters.
 I used the Lovely Fence Doohickey in front of the image, the medallion from the Recipe Card colletion and the heart tag from Doohickey Volume 13.  The lace and seam binding are from Craft Heaven and the number 8 is from my stash.
 I used the pennant flags Doohickey from Volume 5, cut from white card and one of the Maja Design papers and also added some red flags to it for some variety.
 I used a gorgeous straw from Craft Heaven to represent show jumping fence poles and a couple of roses to the side of the image.  In the corners of the card I used the Wedding Lace doohickey from the You Are Invited collection.
I hope you like it and I've inspired you to join our challenge at Craft Heaven.  Pop over to the blog for more inspiration.  Thanks for looking! x


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Christmas in April

 Good morning!  Today's piece for Craft Heaven is another Christmas card.  I'm doing well so far keeping to my promise of making one a month - I've only missed February!  I'm determined not to have that last minute dash this year!  This time I've made a shaker card - I just love these at Christmas!  
 I had to use Frozen Tilda - she reminds me so much of the snowman shaped 'snow globe' we had when I was a child.  I have painted her with Distress Inks using the no lines technique and used the Old Swedish Church from the A Christmas Story collection to create the scene behind her.
To create the frame for the shaker card I used the snow scene Doohickey Kit Volume 2 but spaced the top and bottom apart to make it big enough to surround the scene.  I've then used the snowflake border from the same kit and the bottom of the snow scene again to create the front of the card. 
I also used the off cut stars from the top of the snow scene to create a sprinkling of stars next to the sentiment.
 The sentiment is from the Starlight Kit and I have embossed it with silver embossing powder. 
 I created the flower spray with flowers and berries from my stash and some leaves and twigs cut with dies from Volume 2.
The gorgeous lace is from Kraft Heaven and so is the Maja Design paper.
Here's Tilda in a snowstorm when you shake the card!
I hope you like it and thanks for looking! x

Friday, 30 March 2018

Doohickey Kit Volume 18 - Flower Bag Tutorial

 Good morning!  If you were lucky enough to get your hands on Doohickey Kit Volume 18 then you will have seen my first ever creation as a Magnolia DT member in print!  I'm so excited to have a double page spread in the magazine!  I thought I would share with you a tutorial showing how to make the flower bag.

You will need:

Two 12"x12" sheets of designer paper
Two 12"x12" sheet of cardstock
40cm length of ribbon
Flower stamens
Peony Doohickey Die
Butterfly Doohickey Die
Go Kreate Flower Frames Die
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Inking tool

Step 1.

 Cut out two flower shapes from your chosen designer paper using the smallest Flower Frame die from Go Kreate, and thirty flowers using the three petalled Peony Doohickey die.

Step 2.

 Ink the edges of all of the flowers using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Step 3.

 Separate all of the Peony flowers into individual petals as shown.  I did this by simply tearing them.  Curl all of the petals with your fingers to create definition.

Step 4.

 Arrange three petals inside each petal of the frame die cut as shown and glue at just the base of each petal.

Step 5.

 Continue adding petals in concentric circles, overlapping them so that each petal covers the join above, until you reach the centre.  Glue stamens into the middle.

Step 6.

 Cut a piece of cardstock 25cm x 9cm.  Score each long edge 1cm away from the edges then cut notches to create tabs as shown above.  Cut a piece of your chosen designer paper 25cm x 7cm and ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Glue the paper panel in the centre of the cardboard strip, between the tabbed edges.

Step 7.

 Cut out two flowers using the same Go Kreate flower frame die as in step 1 from cardstock.  Glue the tabs of the panel onto one of the cardstock flowers as shown, then attach the other one in the same way.

Step 8. 

Your bag should now look like this.  Glue the petalled paper flowers onto the cardstock sides.

Step 9.

Punch holes in each side of the bag and, using a 40cm length of ribbon, thread it through the holes and knot on the inside of the bag.

Step 10.

Add a butterfly cut with the Butterfly Doohickey die as shown.

 Your bag is now ready to use for a gift to someone special.


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Folding Box Theatre Card

  Good morning!  I have another special card to share with you today for Craft Heaven.  This is another birthday card I made for my daughter who is studying ballet.  I was so inspired by Jiwon's incredible Edwin Castle card that I asked her permission to make a similar card.  Watch the video below to find out how the card works!

If you are a fan of pictures here's my usual posting below:
The papers are all by Maja Design and I have used stamps from the Spellbound Kit along with the piano which is a very old Magnolia stamp.  The background stamp is also from many years ago.  The stunning ornament on the top of the theatre is from Craft Heaven of course.

The bows are from the Spellbound Kit too.
I have used Doohickey dies to create the hearts on the sides.
Another older Magnolia stamp and a die from last year's Advent Calendar. 
I have used Prima Ballerina Tilda and Tilda's Dressing Table on the back of the card too.
 I've used the Heart Keyhole on the front of the theatre doors.  I hope you like it and thanks for looking! x

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The Greatest Showman Birthday Card

Good morning!  Today I have a very special card to show you that I made for my daughter's 10th birthday.  She is obsessed with The Greatest Showman at the moment so I had the idea to create a card on that theme!  I designed the tent shaped card freehand and used a Doohickey die to cut the fancy shape at the top of the curtains.
 I thought Elephant Show Tilda from the Little Moscow collection was perfect to represent Anne Wheeler and painted her with pink hair to suit!  All of the images have been painted with Distress Inks using the no lines technique.  I have also painted her hair and costume with a Wink of Stella pen for that essential sparkle.  The swing is also a Magnolia stamp, from the Magnolia and Lilacs collection. 
 Little Trumpety with Bow was also perfect for this card.  He's so cute!
 Tilda from the Christmas Party Collection is my representation of P T Barnum lol.  A pity there isn't an Edwin in this outfit!  I have popped her on the Christmas Lace Bench from the Aspen Holiday collection.
 I have used the balloon Doohickey dies for the balloons at both sides of the tent.
 The amazing star garland is from a previous Doohickey kit and I have also used the Flags Doohickey die on the top of the tent.  The number 10 was cut with a Tim Holtz die.
 I used the banner from a previous Doohickey kit and the off stars from the star garland on the base of the card. 
 Here is the card from the side...

...and from the top!
 I hope you like it and thanks for looking!
I have prepared a little video to show how the card opens out.  Check it out below!