Thursday, July 11, 2019

#Lilypad Lake & Hoppy For You

Lilypad Lake Stamp Set
 Hoppy for You (Retired)Stamp Set
Tri Easel Card

Just love these two stamp sets together. Also for the Easel Section in middle of the card I used Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper on top of Granny Apple Green Card  Stock.  The other Designer Paper was some pieces left from Retired Paper "Share What You Love".

I have used Clear Epoxy Dots for the Droplets of Water on the Lily Pad.Lilies and Lily Pad were made with Dies from the Hoppy for you Die set and set on Dimensional. I also used a tiny piece of cotton wool and painted with my Blender Pens.

Saturday, June 29, 2019


Mini Album in One Sheet of Magnolia Lane DSP

This little Mini Album is made from 1 Sheet of Designer Series Paper #MagnoliaLane 
Creation.  Beautiful Papers for wonderful memories.  This little Album has also a sheet of Cardstock for Stability and Magnolia Lane Stamp set to decorate as well as a few sparkling little Sequins to add a touch of sparkle to the Album.

Using both sides of the Designer Series Paper adds a beautiful contrast to the little Album.  A few pockets and tags inserted ready and awaiting its photo's and comments.  I also used the Magnolia Memories Dies to give the lovely edging on the front of the Album and the embelished DPS.  I used a Velcro dots for the closure.  It would be beautiful for family photo's in your handbag or for a lovely little gift for a friend.

These next few Photo's are of the opened Album.

How lovely the Designer Paper goes with this Mini.

Last of all a closer look at the insertion page and the page ready for the Photo's.  Please let me know if you would like details of this little mini album.
Happy Week Crafting
love Carolyn

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

How to make Magnolia Blossom (Stampin' Up! Dies)

Good Morning Magnolia Dies Blossom.
by Carolyn Rakowski
Let Start at the very Beginning.
This is what we are aiming to make:  These Magnolia Blossom are my idea of  this beautiful blossom.
I used The Shimmery White Card stock. 
Garden Green Card Stock for leaves (or any green you make like with your Magnolia's)
Crushed Curry Card Stock. (Small Piece)
You can either use a Stamp Pad for your Palette or use one of your stamp blocks with dye ink or water colour to add colour to your blossom.
Tomboy or PVA Glue.
Wink of Stella

1.  In the Magnolia Die Set you will notice there are many dies to make this blossom with. 
I have chosen 5 of the dies to use. (The dies are the shape of the layers above.)
Largest 2 petal die.  Cut 2.
Medium size petal die. Cut 2
Small centre petal die.  (this one has embossing on it as well around the centre of the petals) Cut 1.
Large and Small Stamen cut two of each.

2.  The Petals I painted the same it is your choice of colour what you chose but I choose Lovely Merlot. I used my Aqua Painter Brush the medium sized brushed. Applied ink to lid of my stamp pad or also you can add colour to a stamping block and use this as your Palette.  I used long Strokes from centre down to the tip of the petal.  Add as much colour as you would like to make it like the blossom you are portraying.  Leave Petal to dry then turn over and paint the back side of the petals and leave to dry.  Do not start shaping your petals until they are completely dry.

3.  This is the largest Petal Painted and shaped.  I also cut down between the petals to help the petals to round after I have shaped them.

4.  This is how I shape my petals I use a circular motion all around my outside of my petals with quite a heavy impression.  As I do this the fibres in the paper are crushed and I am able to make a rounded shape.  Through the centre of each petal I use a strong long stroke to enable the petal to shape into a V or U shape.

5.  After I have rounded the petals I cut down to almost centre of flower next to each petal and pinch the leaves with my thumb and  fingers to give a rounded V shape.

6.  Then I start adding each layer of Petals to the base layer. Alternating the Petals on top of each bottom Layer. I use Tomboy here as it  is a good strong glue but use it sparingly as you do not want your flower to be sticky.

7.  I then take the Stamen and use one of the large stamen as the base. I use my embossing tool with a circular motion in the centre and round the stamen up into a half circle as the base.  I take the tweezers and manipulate the stamen to how I want them and place them inside the cup with a a little adhesive which is added to the centre of the Magnolia.

8.  I then take my tweezers or my quilling tool and roll the sides of the petals how I want them to sit.

9.  This is the way I make my Magnolias.  I also added some Wink of Stella onto the centre of the petals to add a little more sparkle to your flower petals.

I hope you enjoy making this flower. My flower making gives me many hours of pleasure, and relaxation,  It is also very stress releaving.

Would love you to leave a comment and let me know if I have missed anything or that all is ok.

Have a great week Crafting 
love Carolyn  

Monday, June 3, 2019

Stampin' Up! Catalogue 2019-2020
Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set
Magnolia Memories Dies

 Tutorial on its way for Magnolia's

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Pictures of the Diamond Easel Card

This is the Original card I made with this pattern.

Carolyn Rakowski.

Diamond Fold Easel Card.

Diamond Easel Card.  (Heart.)

A Sneak Peak of the Beautiful Floral Essence Bundle.

1.Card Stock used 30.5cm  x  15.25cm  (12" x 6").  If you want to make your card smaller just use a smaller double square and adjust measurements .

2.  Score with long side along top of Score Board at 7.5cm  (3") and 15.25cm .

3. Find centre of short side of card which is 7.5cm (3") and draw a line as in pattern above to 1st score line. Both sides. To give you an envelope peak.  Fold in Centre fold and draw same peaks on the back of card and cut the four triangles off. As shown on the Pattern.

4. Cut the four triangles off and save for later use.  As shown on the Pattern.

5. Die cut shape and add to back of peak which will fold forward. and be display.

6.  I have embossed a panel on the inside of the card and have attached it with glue.  Just measure the panel and custom make the panel to go here!  You could add a greeting here o write a message.

7. Stamp and colour your flowers and complete them ready for your display also make the leaves to go with the flowers and one extra flower and leaves to use as as holder

8. The bottom point on card I have made a stopper to hold card up when on display.

9.  One set of the triangles I have added to the inside of the card just under the centre fold as show in the picture below. I then placed a label there to add some sentiment too.

10. Although this is a different card it has been made exactly the same way as the above card it just shows you were I placed my triangles under the label.

11. Final picture of Heart or Diamond shape card.

Have a wonderful week crafting
love Carolyn.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Textures of the Sea.

Textures of the Sea.  I just loved making this card.  I just loved using our water colour pigment paint.  Then playing with all our water textures dies.

Above I have added just a Sea Horse and fish I found in my stash to finish the card off.  Although a greeting is to be added when I send this little painting. (Collage)

Have a lovely week crafting.