Sunday, November 20, 2011


Good evening

This weekend has been lovely.  The weather is DEFINATELY warming up and it will be Summer in no time!

Today I worked in my craft room.  Working full time limits the time I get in my craft room during the week, but I managed to knock this up for the TOMIC Challenge #24 today.  To see the requirements and other entries, please click here.
The challenge asked to use a paperbag and be inspired by an image of the Swedish Dalahorse.  Being that the image was red, blue and white, I chose to incorporate these colours in my creation.  I didn't actually have a paperbag, so I made one from a standard DL size envelope.  I learnt this trick from Jody at Created by You Papercrafts.

To make the paperbag I firstly sealed the envelope closed.  I then turned the envelope 90 degrees so that it was in what I call the portrait position (short edges at the top and bottom, long edges on the sides).  Using my scorer (you could use a score board if you have one) I scored the bottom and sides at about 3/4 inch.  Using my bone folder I folded at the score lines and made the fold nice and sharp.  I then folded out and over the other way and made the fold nice and sharp again.  Once this was done, I cut off the top so that it was open (like a bag) and pushed my hand in, pushing out the folds and flattening out the bottom.  I made the corners at the bottom into a triangle on each side and stuck them to the bottom with double sided tape.

I found it easiest to make the "face" of my bag seperately before sticking it to the bag.  I do this with cards also.  This helps to hide any ribbon that folds under the face, or if you are using brads, the pins wont show on the inside.

I chose this image of Tilda with the Lamb because looking at the picture of the horse took me back to my primary school days and acting out the Nativity Scene each Christmas.  I dont ever recall a real horse, (usually a hobby horse with wool for the mane and the boggly eyes that move around when you "ride" the horse) but there was certainly lambs and maybe a chicken or two.

Materials used:
Stamps:  Magnolia - "Tilda with Lamb" from the Easter Collection; Kaisercraft - Dear Santa collection date stamp
Paper/cardstock: Hot off the Press, Bazzill, DL envelope
Embellishments: Paper flowers - Kaisercraft and Papermania; holly leaves from Spotlight; rhinestones, pearl strip and fabric covered brad - Kaiserrcraft; lace bought from the markets; silver and blue ribbon; twine.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Image coloured with Copics - E000, E11, E31, E33, E37, N1, N3, N7, R20, R22, R24, R29, G21, YG23.

My husband was kind enough to take the photos for me tonight.  The first one is a little dark sorry, but with the flash you couldn't see a thing!  Hopefully in the side on image you can get a better idea of the colours.

I hope you enjoyed my entry and until next time,

Happy Crafting!

Carmel xxoo

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Carmel's catch-up and TOMIC #23


I've been a very busy little bee these last couple of weeks!  Work has been quite busy and I've had stuff on just about every night after work as well.  I guess its only going to get worse as we approach Christmas.

It was Tim and my wedding anniversary on Thursday.  Its hard to believe it was 4 years ago that we got married, it feels like only yesterday.  To celebrate, we went for a night to the beautiful Sunshine Coast.  We stayed in a lovely cabin at "Amore on Buderim Rainforest".  If you are planning a romantic weekend away, I can fully recommend it!

Now on to the real reason of my visit this evening, my entry for The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge.  This week we had to use the sketch designed by Tina and had to use an Edwin stamp.

 I used one of my new Magnolia stamps on this card, it's "Edwin's package" from the Merry Little Christmas Collection.  I think he is awfully sweet!

Materials Used:
Stamp - Magolia "Edwin's Package"
Paper/card stock - Fundamentals, Kaiser craft "Tis the Season" collection
Embelishments - Prima flowers, leaves, twiddlybits "fern leaves", Kaiser craft rhinestones
Ink/Colouring - Memento ink, Prima edging chalk, Edwin coloured with Copics.

My Copics used on this project:
Skin -  E000 and E11
Hair - E31, E33 and E37 
Shirt - G21 and YG63
Pants - B95 and B97
Socks - B01 and N1

To see other entries, and the entry requirements, click here.

I hope you like my card this week :-)

Until next time, happy crafting!

Carmel xxoo