Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fussy and Fancy DT: Springtime Image or Colors

This week at Fussy and Fancy we are looking for Springtime Images or Colors, so I took this opportunity to create a last minute Easter Card I needed.  The white paper is Pearl fromI used two of my new images from the Butterfly Dreams Collection by Magnolia and I love the way they look when used together.  I colored them both with my Copics, then cut Tilda and the little bunny out by hand and placed them in front of the wheelbarrow, which was cut out using my new Spellbinders Die.  I then tried to create a sky using Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass ink and a sponge Dauber.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid and I added some pink Recollection bling flourishes to three of the corners.  I also tucked a pink satin ribbon behind my images.

For the inside of my card, I used the same designer paper as I did on the front.  I tied a pink satin ribbon and bow around the inside panel and added a journaling block to the bottom panel using my Spellbinders again.  Finally, I added some more Wild Orchid flowers to the journaling block.  I hope you like it and can't wait to see your creations this week!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Magnolia-licious Highlites - Spring Extravaganza - Category #1: Full Size Card
Simon Says Stamp - For a Child
7 Kids College Fund - Easter or Spring (Tilda with Rabbit can be found here!)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thanks for Hopping! Blog Candy Winner Announced!

I want to thank everyone who hopped along with us this weekend for the first Blog Hop that many of us have ever participated in.  It was great to receive such lovely comments and see so many new followers, so thank you!  After reading through all of the lovely comments, I began to notice a trend.  You guys want directions, so directions you shall get!

  Hmmm, let's see here...First up is the Candle.  This is a technique I learned a little over a year ago and I love the results!  You begin by stamping your image on a piece of tissue paper.  I use Memento Ink and find it works great.  Next, I gently color the image in using my Copics.  For those of you without Copics, I'm sure other markers will work as well, I just have not tried them myself.  Just be gentle when coloring in your image as tissue paper is not as sturdy as the paper many of us are used to coloring on.  When you're done coloring, cut your image out as close as possible - it's ok to leave a little bit of white around the edges, but you do not want a lot showing.  Then, position your image on your candle where you like it.  Wrap a piece of wax paper (one that is big enough to cover the image completely and wrap around to the back so you have something to hold on to) around the candle, and then use your heat embossing tool to wave over top of your image.  Some say that hair dryers work too, but I have yet to have this work for me.  As the image begins to melt onto the candle, the colors will begin to darken and have a bit of a shine to it.  When you think the whole thing is ready, simply peel the wax paper off and voila - you're done!  Next, I like to add my embellishments (flowers, ribbon, bling) but you certainly don't have too.  I also like to advise the person I'm giving the candle too that they probably shouldn't burn it (common sense, I know, but I feel better saying it too!)  Hope you guys will try this technique and let me see how yours turn out!

Next up is my first project.  Here's a link to the tutorial I found and used/tweaked for my own purposes. "Cake Card" Tutorial.  I didn't use mine as a cake card, I made it into an Easter Basket Card by not putting the lid on the cake and by adding a handle with brads.  TIP: If you're going to print the tutorial for future use, I advise copying and pasting into Word and deleting the other language - otherwise you're stuck with an 18 page tutorial like I am!  I then decided I wanted to add a box drawer to mine so I could fill it with sugar to give to my niece and then send her on her way for my sister to deal with.  Aren't I a great Aunt?!?!  Anyways, here's the link for a box drawer - my suggestion is to use scrap paper first until you come up with the dimensions you want for your easel card if you place one on top.  Box Drawer.  Believe me, it's a LOT of work, but I had so much fun creating this and like I mentioned in my post, once I envisioned it in my head I knew I had to find a way to make it work!

So there you go, there's something to keep you guys busy for a while and like I said before, I want to see some pics of some finished prodcuts if you make one!  Now, on to the Blog Candy Winner:

True Random Number Generator 7 Powered by RANDOM.ORG   (Ok, I can't figure out how to get the Min and Max numbers to stay there, but the Min was 1 and the Max was 37, and Random.org picked #7 as the winner.  If anybody knows how to copy and paste the whole box here, please let me know!)

CONGRATULATIONS CHEFKIMMO, Comment #7 is you!!!  Please send me your mailing address to tmoore82@gmail.com and I will get your goodies out to you ASAP!  Thanks again everyone for hopping along and please remember to come back and vote for my creations starting April 20th-April 27th.  There's sure to be more blog candy to follow soon!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bashful Bunny Blog Hop (With Candy, of Course!!!)

      Hello and welcome to the Bashful Bunny Blog Hop!!!  If you've hopped you're way here from checking out Kathy's great project, then you're on the right track!  I'm so excited, as this is my first Blog Hop that I have participated in, and to share in my excitement, I am offering up some fantastic blog candy as well (Check out the bottom of this long post for details)! 

        As I mentioned previously, I was recently in the Bashful Bunny Swap over on the Cricut Messageboard and to celebrate the end of our swap and the reveal of our partners, Julie and Jana, our amazing hostesses have organized this Blog Hop to showcase some Easter projects!  I have been busy making LOTS of Easter projects over the past several weeks and decided I would just include them all in this post.  Some have been previously posted on my blog, but I'm hoping there will be many new faces (and followers!!!) that can enjoy them.  If you would like further details on any of the projects, please scroll down to earlier posts or please feel free to ask any questions!  Several projects were completed with a pretty big contest that is going on over at Magnolia-licious Highlites blog, hosted by the ever-generous Diana Crick, owner of the Magnolia-licious store.  There were four categories and each person could enter each category one time.  The categories were: (1) Easter card using Regular sized Magnolia image, (2) Easter card using Mini sized Magnolia images, (3) Anything but a card, and (4) Card using regular sized Magnolia image AND mini sized Magnolia image.   I have projects completed for at least two of the categories, definitely #4, and then one I'm not sure where it belongs, either #1 or #3.  Maybe you guys can let me know what you think?  The contest ends on April 19th and the voting runs April 20th - April 27th.  I sure would LOVE it if you guys might be willing to take a wander over to the site sometime within that week and vote for the projects you like best (maybe one of mine?!?!?).  There are some fantastic prizes to be won and rest assured, if I somehow manage to win one, there will be some blog candy in it for you guys!!!  All right, all right, enough gibberish, I know...On to the pictures!!!!

This is the card/project in question....Is it a Card?  Or is it anything but a card?  What do you think?

Here's another Easter card I've made....(and has been entered under Category #4 - Using regular sized images and a mini - the mini are the Easter eggs!)

An Easter Project....

(Does it look familiar to anyone?!?!)

And finally, one last Easter card using a Sarah Kay image...

 That's all I have for right now, but remember if you would like any details on the four cards/projects that are pictured here, please scroll down to the posts or just simply ask if you have any questions!  I hope you've enjoyed what I've had to offer and I would LOVE if you made it a point to check out the Magnolia-licious Highlites blog and vote for one of my first two cards!  Hmmmmm....what else am I forgetting???  Oh yeah!  What's a blog hop without BLOG CANDY!!!!  Here's what I have to offer:

*A Brand New King Tilda stamp by Magnolia (she's a cutie!)
*Recollections Mini Pink Mulberry Flowers
*1 oz. bottle of Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels
*Stickles in Lavendar, Crystal, and Lime Green
*Tea Dye Distress Ink by Tim Holtz

To be eligible to win this blog candy, please become a follower (if you're not already!) and leave me a comment below.  Maybe tell me which category you think the first card/project should be entered under - a card, or anything but a card?  Or maybe just tell me which your favorite card is.  Either way will get you entered into my blog candy and I will draw a winner using Random Generator on April 18th.  Whew, that was a long post!  But now you're off to see what great project Terri has in store for us!

Here's the complete list so you don't get lost along the way!

Tiara (you are here!)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Candle

I'm back with a short post today.  I was recently in a swap on the Cricut Messageboard called the Bashful Bunny Swap where we were to shop for our secret partner and make or buy an Easter item.  I chose to make my partner a candle, and I guess after I post this, if she doesn't already know who I am, she will after seeing this!!!  I hate taking pictures of the stamped candles because the colors are nowhere near as vibrant in the picture as they are in real life!  For my partner, I chose to use Tilda Painting Easter Eggs, another one of my favorite Easter stamps.  I stamped her and my Easter sentiment on Tissue Paper and colored her in with my Copics before melting the image onto the candle.  I then adhered a small cluster of Wild Orchid flowers to each side of her with some blue flourishes and finished the project off with some Happy Easter Ribbon.  Soooo simple, but I LOVE the way they turn out!

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fussy and Fancy: For a Child

This week at Fussy and Fancy, we are looking for cards that are made for children.  For my DT entry, I created a card for the young daughter of one of my swap partners.  It's the first time I attempted a card of this sorts, but I'm pretty happy with the results.  For the front of the card, I cut a hole to view the inside using my deckled rectangles Spellbinders, then created a frame for both the outside and the inside of the cut.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid and I used my Happy Easter stamp once again.  I then added some leftover blue swirl flourishes for some added interest.

Here's the card standing up so you can see more of the dimension the frame brings.

Here's another angle, not the best picture, but once again you can see the cutout.

For the inside of the card, I used a multiple of images, and cut them all out by hand.  I used Tilda painting egg, an Edwin image from my stash, the log stump, and the spring tree.   I colored each one using my Copics and pop dotted the log stump, Tilda and Edwin for dimension.  I love the simplicity of the scene!  Oh yeah, the paper I used is the new Bo Bunny Double Dots collection.  I LOVE this paper and it comes in so many pretty colors.  I MUST find more of it somewhere!

And here's the back of the front of the card.  I left it pretty simple since the frame is there, but I included more of the blue flourishes, a small journaling spot, and another Magnolia image, the Mini Easter eggs.  I think they are the perfect size and really compliment the card!  I am really starting to love these minis - they're soooo addictive!

Well, that's all I have for this project!  I'm hoping the little girl will enjoy receiving her very own Easter card (along with a few little presents too!).  I can't wait to see what you guys create this week over at Fussy and Fancy!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Magnolia-licious Highlites - April Sketch Challenge - Use both Tilda and Edwin on a project
Magnolia-licious Highlites  - Easter/Spring Extravaganze - Category #4 - Combine Regular Sized Magnolia images with a Mini Magnolia Image (the Easter Eggs are a mini!!!)
ABC DT Challenge  - Easter Creations

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hello Tilda Card/Project

Have you ever just envisioned a card and KNEW that you had to make it?  Well, this idea had been floating around in my head for about a month before I actually got a chance to sit down and create it.  That's all right though because I LOVE the way it turned out!  It might be one of my favorite cards that I have made so far and it's for a very special lady, my 8-going-on-18 year old niece!  I have seen all of the beautiful cards that have been made following a tutorial on how to make a dimensional card with a 3-D cake and a candle box.  I haven't had the chance to make one of those yet with a birthday theme, but I got to thinking, why couldn't I alter the design of the card to create an Easter theme, complete with an Easter basket and a box for the eggs and little chicks! When I saw Diana's Easter Extravaganza Challenge, I knew I had to try this out!  I took it a step farther and decided to include a box drawer and fill it with Hershey's Nuggets, a favorite of my niece.  Before I lose you completely, let me begin by showing you some pictures, and I'll go back and explain some things.  BEWARE:  This post is pretty long and picture heavy!

Here is the front of my card/project.  The paper is from my stash and I have no idea who it's by.  I got it at Michaels last year on clearance and I wish I would have gotten more of it!  I love the spring feeling with the purples and the greens and it's sparkly and embossed - so pretty!  The image is Hello Tilda and from the second I saw her, I knew I wanted her!  I colored her with my Copics, inked half of the edges with purple Colorbox, and added diamond stickles to the flowers for more sparkle.  I followed the sketch at Sketch and Stash and I really like the way it turned out.  I used my Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch, added a very light shade of purple ribbon and then a Happy Easter ribbon on top for dimension.  The image is pop-dotted and I used a lace doily to mount it on.  The flowers are by Wild Orchid and I realized I didn't have many purple flowers, so I included some Pink - I think it adds to the spring flavor of the card.  The green polka dot glittery paper is from DCWV's Nana's Kitchen stack.  I used my new Happy Easter stamp and added some pink butterflies, cut out of Pink Glitter paper.  I just used a mini glue dot in the center and turned the wings up, so they were flying.

Here's a close-up of Tilda - Isn't she a cutie?  You can't really tell in the pictures, but there is a TON of glitter and sparkle on here - I think my niece will love it!

Here's the card opened up as an Easel card and you can see the Easter basket, complete with Easter grass!  For my lid of my box, I used my Spellbinders Labels 4 die (which can be found at StampingScrapping.com) and a piece of acetate for the window.

Here's the picture with the eggs and chicks inside of the basket.  The box holds 8 chocolate eggs and 3 little chicks, which I also think my niece will love.

As I mentioned, I decided to take it a step farther to include more chocolate to get her all hyped up!  The drawer pulls out and inside are 20 of the Hershey's Milk Chocolate Nuggets.  I wrapped each one and then added a pink or yellow butterfly, both punched out of glitter paper.
Here's the box drawer pulled out to display the choclate goodies!

Here's a close-up of the egg basket and the individually wrapped nuggets.

Here's a side view:

And a back view:

And an inside view:  I added a small journaling note, cut out again with my Labels 4 Nestabilities.  I added some more butterflies and flowers and think it will be the perfect place for a little note!

This one's kind of blurry but I wnated to show the dimension of the card.

Whew!  That was a lot of pictures, but I hope you like my newest creation - I really had a blast making it and I can't wait to give it to her for Easter!

I am entering this card/project in the following challenges:

Sketch and Stash - Sketch (Hello Tilda is old stash and my Happy Easter stamp is my new stash).
Stamping Scrapping - Add Some Sparkle (Labels 4 and Circle Spellbinders can be found at this awesome store!)
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Easter Creations
Magnolia-licious Challenge - Photo Inspiration (Easter, Eggs, Grass, Pastels, etc.)
7 Kids College Fund - Seeing Spots (Hello Tilda can be found here)
Just Magnolia - Special Monthly Challenge:  Anything Goes
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Ribbon
All That Scraps Magnolia Challenge - Spring Is in the Air, Flowers Everywhere, A Color Curve: Pastels with a Touch of Brown (Tilda's hair is brown - that's a touch, right?)
Bizzy Bec's Challenge - Two-Tone (Purple and Green are the primary colors)
By the Cute and Girly - Cute and Girly
Magnolia-licious Highlites - Easter/Spring Extravaganza - Category #3 - Anything but a Card
ABC DT Challenge - Easter Card