Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's Christmas All Year Long...

It's that time of the month again, Magnolia-licious Christmas All Year Long Blog Hop! This month I have a card AND a challenge for you!!!

Yes, if you have fabulousy adorable images, luscious Copic markers and some beautiful patterned paper, you can turn almost any stamp into a festive holiday centerpiece!

I created this gift/card after being inspired on Rach's blog. She posted a beautifully colored and designed card incorporating a card and a gift in one. She made and placed a tealight box at the base of the card and included some tea lights inside for the gift. She also posted a link to the template so I was excited to try making one myself...

Well, the template that was provided did not work very well for me (and I don't think it worked well for her either so she made one for herself too). I could not get it to work no matter how I folded it. So I decided to make a new template that would work for me. While making a new template, I realized the only measurement that would need to change for a different sized card, would be the "6 inch length" measurement. All the other measurments remain the same. NICE!

I'm posting the template I created to help you make your own. Now, remember, the template is not drawn to scale, but does have the correct measurements listed. Here's the template I created. Feel free to share it with your stamping friends.

After I made the box, I set out to find the perfect stamp(s) to use for this month's blog hop. I found it in a new stamp called FAIRYDUST TILDA...Yes, it is from the Fairytale Collection, but that dust also reminded me of snow and HECK...I love cold weather and wear short sleeves in the winter so POO...It's not fairy dust, ITS SNOW! I also pulled two more stamps that would work with my theme.

After selecting the images, I went to my stash of pre cut 6x6 patterned papers...I found the perfect background paper in Little Yellow Bicycle Sharon Ann Delightful Blue Lace (Retired). It was the perfect shade of blue. I then went on to selecting the Copic Colors. I pulled out my handy-dandy copic book and started with hair, then moved on to clothes, then to her face...

Here are the colors I used:

  • Fairytale Tilda's Hair: E21, 31, 55
  • Clothes and Presents: BG0000, B00, B12, B91, Woo, W1
  • Tilda With Gifts Hair/Shoes: E 21, 31, 35, YR14
  • Tilda with Knitted Hat Hair: E55, Y23, E31
  • Tilda with Knitted Hat Shoes: E31, E35, W01
  • White Opaque Copic for the highlights
  • Diamond Glaze for the shoes
  • Crystal Stickles for the sparkle
  • Skin on all Tildas: E0000, E00, E01
I always color their skin last for some strange reason. After that, it was time to cut them out.

After assembling the card with all the assorted embellishments, I decided it needed one or two more Maggie images. I pulled two: Tilda With Gifts (from the Wedding Collection) and an old favorite Tilda (I'll call her Tilda with Knitted Hat). I colored both images and put some pop dots on them then tried test positioning them on the card.
This was option 1:

And this was option 2:
I decided I liked option 2 better.

No snowy card is complete without a bit of Stickles, so I had to add that too. Martha Stewart snowflakes were punched and blinged up with brads and stickles. The stamped sentiment comes from a clear dollar Holiday set (Series 22) by Studio G. The ribbon was added to the box before gluing down to the front of the card base. It can be tied and untied to remove/insert the "gift".

SO here's the CHALLENGE:

Make one CHRISTMAS card using my tea light box card template. YOU HAVE UNTIL JUNE 5 to post your entry in the comments section here. I will select a winner based on all entries submitted.
The WINNER will receive:

New Tilda with Violin as well as a new Magnolia Ink Fairytale Magazine.

Good luck and Have fun!

Now you should head on to Lauren's and check out her holiday creation!


  1. WOW! I love both cards, they're BRILLIANT.

    Thanks for the template, I'll be giving that a try for sure.


    Judi xx

  2. What a gorgeous colour combp! I love all of your Tilda's together!
    Beuatiful card,
    Hugs Kylie

  3. It's beautifull !! I love your colouring :)).

    Hugs Monique

  4. wow!!very nice card!!
    i love the colors to use!!
    Nadyne xx

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! and so clever!

  6. Oh this is very pretty! Wonderful images and love the pretty blues. Gorgeous! hugs, Angela

  7. I too like option 2. WOW these were alot of work. I just love the colors you picked!! Wonderful job!!

  8. Ooh, I love your presentation and appreciate your directions. This is a great card and I also like option 2. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hello Kerry, you card is awesome. Love how you put together 3 Tildas. Very sweet.

  10. Wow, this is a wonderful project. Love the soft blue colors you used, feels snowy! You've created a lovely scene. I'll have to give your template a try, thanks for sharing.

  11. WOW! AMAZING card! Your coloring is flawless!

  12. O Fantastic!!! I am going to have to try this box now! thanks for the instructions!!!! Loving the gorgeous ice blue colours and fairydust tilda looks like she is blowing snow to me!!!! Fantabulous!!
    Hugs Leonie

  13. Very pretty. I like the second option better also. Really cute.

  14. Very very beautiful card, I love the colors you used...very wintery..Thanks for posting your tealight box template.


  15. Just Adorable! I love the colors. I like option 2. The more Maggies the better.

    Thank you for joining us in the Christmas Blog Hop!


  16. Fabulously fun and creative--love the colors and all the cute Mag's! Brilliant work!


  17. What a wonderful project. You've done a terrific job on it. I love the colour scheme and the Tilda's are beautifully coloured. This would really make a nice gift&card set for giving away.


  18. very nicely done I will have to give this one a try ! Thanks for the template and I love the colors you have used for your project.

  19. Fantastic gift idea and card! Absolutely love the coloring and white with blues. I agree, looks like snow to me too! Gorgeous work on this project and thanks for sharing both your work and template.

  20. This is fabulous! Hope I'll have time to give it a whirl too.

  21. This is so creative and it looks beautiful!!


  22. I did one I DID one! (lol) What FUN Kerry, thanks for the challenge!


  23. WOW! I can't even imagine how long this must have taken you--fabulous coloring and layout, and great details!