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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Baby Edwin's Pram and a Tutorial

Good evening. I would like to thank you for visiting my blog, your wonderful comments on my previous posts are much appreciated. You have put a big smile on my face.

As promised, I finally have some time to put together a tutorial on the BooBoo Bear baby pram I made a couple of weeks ago. I apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience.  If you find the instruction not clear enough, just let me know.

I will start with the finished card.  I used a baby Edwin image on this card for Totally Tilda's current challenge- Oh Baby and Blog Hop. The card measures about 4"(W) x 4 1/2"(H).

Baby Pram Tutorial

Step 1: For this card, I used the largest of Spellbinder Large Circle and Large Scallop Circle dies.

Step 2: Cut the following
  • 2 pieces cardstock using the Large Scallop Circle die
  • 2 pieces of DP#1 using the Large Circle die
  • 1 piece of DP#2 using the Large Circle die

Step 3: Cut away 1/4 of the scallop cardstock from each card base.

Step 4: Cut the DP#1 circles in half.

Step 5: For the pram tops, you need 2 half circles (1 DP#1 and 1 DP#2). 
  • Use a protractor, measure and devide each of the half circle into six 30 degree pieces.
  • Cut out 4 pieces of triangle from each DP and use them to build the pram tops.

Step 6: Die cut or punch out few strips of 1/2" paper lace. Alternately, you can use fabric lace.

Step 7: For each side of the card, cut the lace strips as follows
  • 1 for each of the 4 pram top triangles
  • 1 for the pram bottom

Step 8: Cut four 1 1/4" circles for the wheels, and two 3/8" x 2" strips for the pram handles. Cut DP to decorate the wheels and handles if desired.

Step 9: Attach the lace strips to the triangles and pram bottom DP using tape or glue. Decorate the handles and wheels.

Step 10: I distressed the edges of scalop card bases with chalk ink. Decorate the pram top by overlapping 4 DP triangles, alternate DP#1 and DP#2 for contrast. Add the pram handles. The front and back panels are mirror image of each other.

 Step 11: Cover the pram bottom with DP and add wheels.

Step 12: Cut 2 pieces of 2"(W) x 1 1/4"(H) cardstock. These are the connectors for joining the front and back panels of the pram. For each piece, score every 1/2" as below and attach score tape on both ends. Accordion fold the pieces.

Step 13: Join the front and back of the pram using these 2 accordion fold pieces.

Step 14: Complete the card by adding embellishments and stamp image.

Have I exhausted you :^).  Hope you enjoy this tutorial and make a baby pram with your favourite stamp image and DP.

Thanks for stopping by.


I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Monday, May 28, 2012

Maribel - Pion Design Sketch Challenge

Good evening. Just a quick post tonight to show you a card I made yesterday for Pion Design's sketch challenge. I have a few sheets of Pion Design paper in my stash. I have saved them for scrapbook LOs but haven't got time to do any scrapbooking at all. Anyway, here's the sketch and the card I made using the beautiful PD paper.
The card measures 6 3/4" x 5 3/4". All the designer papers are from Pion Design. I fussy cut out the leaves, birds, and flowers and used them to decorate the card. The blue flower is handmade using Magnolia DooHickey die cuts, I dusted the flower slightly with glitter spray. The other flowers are from Wild Orchid Craft.

The stamp is a photo stamp from Stempelglede called Maribel. I just love this lady, she's so beautiful, perfect for PD paper.

Thanks very much for stopping by.


I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Honeybee Tilda on Strawberry Patch

Good evening. We had a really beautiful weekend here in Vancouver, sunny but not too hot, just the right temperature. While I was crafting away this afternoon, the birds were chirping and a gentle breeze continuously flowing through the window; it was pretty peaceful and tranquil. 

I feel pretty content as I managed to finish 2 cards this weekend.  I am posting a Magnolia matchbox card tonight in time for TOMIC's challenge- Sweet fruity and a pocket. I am also coordinating other challenges' themes as well with this card.

The "card" measures 5"H x 4"W x 4"D. It is actually a 3D matchbox ornament. I made 3 origami strawberries using Stampin'Up DP and decorated them with embossed paper leaves and ribbon stems. The Honeybee Tilda is attached to the largest strawberry as if she's sitting on it.

I embellished the strawberry patch with Magnolia DooHickey swirl and dragonfly diecuts, and some paper flowers. I added a tag which is tugged in the back panel pocket for messages. The matchbox is made from SU diecuts. I added some glitters to the wings but they are not showing very well in the photo.

I am happy with this card. My DH just moved his office and wants to put this card on his office desk :^).

Thanks very much for stopping by and have a wonderful week.


I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Smile

Morning all. Thank you all for your lovely comments on my previous posts. I am also thankful that many of you are following my blog. For those of you requesting a tutorial on the baby stroller card, I promise I will post the tutorial in a couple of weeks.

I have 3 cards that need to be completed by May 30, hopefully I can get them all done in time. If not, that's okay too. I just finished one of them, it is for a sketch challenge at The Stampsmith and CLP. I used a photo stamp from Stampsmith called "Lily" as the focal point of this card. I must say I got pretty frustrated trying to get a good image, I must have tossed away a dozen or more images before I finally had a decent one. Not the greatest but I just had it. Not sure why I had such a hard time stamping it; it could have been the glossy paper I used, or the ink, or the stamp, or just me not having a good day stamping. I had to leave it for a day before I was in the mood to complete the card.

The card measures 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". I cut out the fairy and part of the borders from one of the pages from Prima Fairy Belle 6x6 DP and used them to decorate the card.

I used the remnant to make the lattice behind the stamp image. I sewed vertical lines on the paper every 1/4" increment and then cut out  the strips. I built the lattice by weaving the strips with some difficulties. Yes, sometimes I love to test my patience, lol.  I then mounted the lattice on 2 layers of DP. I distressed the DP and cardstock with chalk ink and distressing tool. I tear the paper at 3 spots and added doily cutouts behind the openings.

Once the base was done, I arranged the stamp image and embellishments according to the sketch. I rotated the sketch counter-clock wise, decorated the image with a strip of lace ribbon and some bought and handmade flowers and pearl string. I added a rub-on sentiment and metal book/photo corner on the image to complete the sketch. To finish the card, I decorated the inside with DP from Websters Pages.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.


I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mona Lisa

Morning all. I found a Tim Holtz Mona Lisa stamp in my stash, not sure how long I had it. Like many of my stamps, it had never been inked before, lol. Well, we are planning a trip to Paris this year, I really want to see the famous Mona Lisa painting and go up the Eiffel tower. With enthusiasm, I put together an easel card with these two elements in French flag color theme, blue, white and red.

The card measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". I stamped the Mona Lisa image on a piece of white mulberry paper with brown Momento ink, machine stitched it to a larger piece of neutral color mulberry paper, and distressed it with TH tea dye ink. The faux Eiffel tower postage stamps and Paris postmarks were stamped on mulberry paper as well and cut out.

For the background, I used a brick stencil/mask, sponged white chalk ink on the designer paper. I then stamped more postmarks and some tiny French scripts on the DP. I die cut the vintage key and sponged it with distress ink and Inka gold. The stamp image is layered on few die-cuts (TH and Memory Box) and mounted on the right panel. I added some lace and rosette ribbon at the bottom. I decorated the inside with DP, die-cuts and a handmade rose.

I just received two packages of stamp orders the other day, one from Crafty Individuals and one from Magnolialicious. Can't wait to ink them up.

Thanks very much for stopping by, until next time.


I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

BooBoo Bear Baby Card- Digital Delights Guest Designer

Afternoon all. Meant to post this sooner but not too happy with the photos, so I had to do some re-takes. Anyway, I won the Paper Piecing challenge at Delightful Challenges a couple of weeks ago; the winner also gets to be a guest designer at Digital Delights. Last week, Leslie kindly invited me to be the guest designer at Digital Delights for today. I am really excited as this is my first guest designing spot.

I chose BooBoo Bear from DD and made a baby card.  I colored the image with Copic markers and fussy cut out the bear and another set of flower bouquet. I made a baby stroller using die-cuts from Spellbinder large circle scallop die and Stampin'Up punches. The front and back panels are joined together with a collapsible shadow box. I decorated the stroller with designer paper, BooBoo Bear, more die-cuts, charm, pearls, ribbons, flowers, and sentiment. A heart tag is tugged in the back panel for messages. The card measures approximately 4"x4 3/4".

BooBoo Bear digital image can be purchased at Degital Delights on-line store. The store blog Digital Delights by Louby Loo and challenge blog Delightful Challenges both have a wonderful and talented designer team who offer great inspirational ideas and weekly challenges. Visit the links above for more details.

Hope you enjoy the visit today and have a great afternoon.


I wish to enter this card in the following challenges:

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Welcome Baby - Baby Princess Tilda Cards

Good evening all. First of all, I want to thank you for your lovely comments and get well wishes. Still have the nagging cold, feeling rather congested with a headache. Hopefully by Monday I'll feel much better. We have a beautiful sunny weekend here in Vancouver, perfect for Mother's Day tomorrow.

A few younger ladies I know are expecting babies soon so I made a couple of baby Tilda cards ready for the occasions. I should make some baby Edwin cards too in case they are having baby boys. I used the same stamps for these 2 cards.  The designs are basically the same with different Magnolia designer paper.  Dies used here are Magnolia DooHickey die (heart tag), Memory box dies (clouds), and Spellbinder dies (scallop circles). I colored the baby Tilda images with Copic markers.

The 1st card is a shadow box card. I cut out 2 pieces of cloud shape cardstock free-hand, ran them through my Big Shot with an embossing folder, and sponged them with white chalk ink. I made a shadow box base and covered the front and back panel with the embossed cloud pieces. I then added 2 scallop circles and decorated the card with stamp images, magnolia DP, small cloud die-cuts, pearls, and blings. I punched out a small star and colored it with gold Smooch paint and attached it to the moon with some jump rings. The heart tag is tugged in the back panel for messages.

The 2nd card is a circular card. I attached a few small die-cut clouds to the base of the card so it can stand upright. I sponged the clouds with blue and white chalk inks to give more depth.

Thanks very much for stopping by and hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day.


I will be entering these cards in the following challenges:
  • TOMIC- Bingo (DooHickey die, Magnolia DP, Shaped card)
  • Totally Tilda - Princess Tilda in a pink dress
  • Just Magnolia - More than 1 stamp
  • Simply Magnolia - A card but not a square

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Woman with Clock Wall Hanging

Morning all. I am feeling a little under the weather this week :^(, probably coming down with the cold my son had. So this will be a short posting.

I bought a LaBlanche silicone stamp and a Prima Fairy Belle 6x6 DP pad recently. Yes, more paper; I can't resist the temptation. I just love the stamp image and the soft colors of the paper. The stamp inks up really well and the image is fairly sharp.  I used Mulberry paper for the image and to my surprise, it didn't bleed at all. I colored the stamp image lightly with Copic markers.

I decided to make a shabby wall hanging. The wall hanging measures 6 1/2" x 9", not including the hanging ribbon. I distressed the cardstocks and DP with machine stitches, inks, and distressing tools. I then added some ribbon and lace, a couple of trinkets, and an Eiffel tower stamp image to participate in FSC's Cities of the World challenge.

Thanks very much for stopping by. 


I will enter this project in the following challenges:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Fan Card #3 and Tutorial

Morning all. I made 3 fan cards back in March and only posted 2 (Fan Card #1 and Fan Card #2).  Today I am showing fan card #3 which is actually the 1st one I made, and a short tutorial requested by a couple of followers.

I made this card as a contest entry for Magnolia Ink magazine's March contest - Make a card with DooHickey dies. The challenge was to create a special shaped card with Magnolia DooHickey dies only, no figure image.

I distressed most part of the card with machine stitches, folds, distress tools, and distress inks. I made the water distressed flower from die cuts using DooHickey Doily Petal dies. The card was decorated with Magnolia designer paper, more Magnolia DooHickey die cuts (swirls, dragon fly, vintage keys, lace border, heart tag), pearls, ribbons, and metal book corner from WOC. The card measures approximately 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".

I cut out the peonies on the DP at the mountain folds to enhance the 3D effect.

The tutorial below demonstrates the basic steps. You can practice on copier paper first.  I borrowed my son's math instrument kit to measure and draw the card base and inside piece. 

Step 1: Make the card base- 120 degree pie shape card stock with 5" radius.  Score and fold in half.

Step 2: Draw a half circle with 4 3/4" radius on a piece of DP. Cut out the half circle. Mark and score every 15 degree angle from the radial centre.

Step 3: Make accordion folds

Step 4: Cut out 1" half circle at the base of the accordion fold and punch 1/16" holes approx 1/4" from the bottom edge of the accordion folds.

Step 5: Decorate the inside edges of the fan (blue part) with card stock or designer paper. Adhere the 2 ends of accordion folds to the card base. Thread twine through the punched holes and make a bow tie to secure the fan.

Step 6: Finish the card front and back with DP, stamp image, and/or embellishments.

The good news is my fan card #3 won the contest and was featured in the May issue of Magnolia Ink Magazine :).

Hope you enjoy the tutorial. Let me know if you have further questions.

Have a great week.


I will participate in the following challenges:
  • WOC- Fancy folds
  • MDUC - More than 1 fold

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Japanese Tilda- Paper Piecing

Afternoon all. I must admit, I am a paper addict. Over the years, I have "collected" enough designer paper that will last a few generations. I am sure I am not the only one out there have this obsession, LOL.

I have made a card using some of my favorite DP. I used paper piecing technique for this Japanese Tilda image. I stamped Tilda dress on origami paper and paper pieced the kimono . I also stamped the paving stones on designer paper I got in Maui and cut out the individual stone pieces and added some clear crackle paint. The kimono sash and rose bouquet and Tilda's hand are paper pieced as well. I enjoy paper piecing, it reminds me of my childhood when we used to make paper dolls and design their outfits. Not sure if the younger generations know what I am talking about :o)

I used Basic Grey DP for the background, the little fan embellie, and the inside of the card. I colored Tilda with Copic markers. I distressed the paper with stitching, distressing tool, chalk ink, and distress ink.  Dies used here are from Magnolia Doohickey and Tim Holtz. 

Thanks very much for stopping by.


I will be entering this card in the following challenges: