Hello and a warm welcome to The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge (TOMIC) blog which is made especially for you Magnolia lovers by the International Magnolia Design Team!

Monday 10 October 2011

Challenge #19 - Magnolia for ever!

Hello Magnolia lovers!

Before giving you the new challenge, we would like to announce the random result of the Challenge 18 Magnolia Birthday special prize. And the winner is

number : 49 Henny

Congrats to you Henny, please send your name and address to : TOMICblog@gmail.com so Magnolia can send you your special secret prize!

Welcome to the new TOMIC challenge : Magnolia Forever! Use a sitting Tilda or Edwin and at least one DooHickey die cut.

Please read the rules on the sidebar before submitting.

As our challenge this week includes the use of at least one DooHickey die cut, here's a step by step for those who may not have used dies. DooHickey dies are beautiful quality, intricately designed and will cut through a range of materials including patterned paper, cardstock, fabric including felt and lightweight chipboard.

Firstly some kind of die cutting machine will be required and there are several on the market, the most common are the Provocraft Cuttlebug and the Sizzix Big Shot. For this step by step a cuttlebug machine has been used.

 Using the A, C, B plates (other machines will have a different way of stacking the plates) the scrap of gold card is placed on top and then the die on top of that cutting side down (this can be done with the die facing up and the card on top but I find it easier to place the die accurately on scraps this way).

 The second B plate is placed on top to complete the stack.

 Now I engage the stacked plates into the machine and turn the handle which pushes everything through the rollers and keep turning until the plates have gone completely through the machine. Depending on the material being used this can be repeated to ensure a good cut, for example on chipboard I would probably run the plates through four times as my machine is well used and the rollers slightly looser but you can check if the cut has been made and run it through again if you need to.

 This is how the cut looks after running through the machine and before popping out of the card.

 This photo shows the die cut gently pushed out of the surrounding card and you can see how beautiful the cut is with this delicate and pretty snowflake DooHickey.

For this die cut I used the DooHickey Peony Petal die and cut out the flower from a scrap piece of linen fabric. Once again the DooHickey cuts it beautifully with two passes through the machine.

Here I've used a scrap of lightweight chipboard, slightly thicker than breakfast cereal box weight card and cut it with the Peony Petal DooHickey, I passed it through the machine four times.

Here are the petals and snowflake die cuts layered up and we have the start of a pretty embellishment made from scraps which may otherwise have been thrown away. My tag below shows how the embellishment looks when finished.

And here are the creations of the Magnolia DT members joining this challenge. You can find all our blogs on the sidebar and see more gorgeous Magnolia creations!

DT Tina


You have until Sunday evening to enter using the Inklitz tool.
The randomly chosen winner will be published next Monday along with the new challenge.

The Magnolia DT!


  1. What a beautiful DT work!!...
    Sweet greetings,

  2. Wow stunning work ladies!!!!

  3. What a very nice challenge for the next week. So many great work of the DT Team. All so different and inspiring. I'll do my best for next week.

    And.....I am so....excited to see that I won last week with my first Halloween project. It was so nice to do...but so many others make so beautiful and inspiring work. I did not expect this. Thanks all for this and for the possibility feeling the joy of making cards and projects with these beautiful stamps. There are so many possibilities to create something beautiful.

    Greetings Henny.

  4. gorgeous work and wonderful inspiration from the DT. Thanks guys

  5. Wat prachtig
    Groetjes Margreet

  6. HOi Dames

    Wat weer een prachtige creatie.
    Echt schitterend mooi gemaakt.

    Gr Leny Hempen

  7. Thank you for that fantastic Challenge-theme.
    Great work.
    Hugs Babsi

  8. Beautiful DT contributions. I am sorry that I linked to the wrong card in my blog post. As you can see, I have two cards and it's the first one that I am entering in this challenge.

  9. Christmas, birthday and lots of occasions card I found in your blog. gorgeous work and wonderful work for inspiration. I think it will be best for work for doing in fabric also.

  10. Muitos projetos belĂ­ssimos!!!

    Beijos do Brasil

  11. Gorgeous DT inspiration great chall thanks

    smiles Christine x

  12. i think this is really fun theme! as Tilda can sitting possible on many place :))
    thank you for wonderful inspiration by DT's great work.


  13. Another fun challenge by the DT's productions ..... i really inspire those creativity and I'll try to make this one ..........
    print membership cards
    Pvc cards


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