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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Recycled Ribbon Spool

This year I dressed up our Christmas tree with some new ribbon that I was able to get really cheap at a craft store.  As we finished decorating the tree, my husband asked if he should throw away the empty ribbon spool, he's learned that I like to recycle things. Good boy!  So this spool has been sitting around the house and I've been wondering what to do with it.

As soon as I saw the brand new (just released today) Valentine Retrospect kit by Quirky Twerp, I knew what I wanted to do with that spool.....  Turn it into an awesome Valentine box!
It all started out as this plain old empty spool.
I removed the circle from one end of the spool carefully.  I then sanded the edges of the tube to make them smooth.
In Photoshop, I designed papers to wrap around the outside of the tube, the inside of the tube and to cover the bottom circle, both sides of the top circle as well as some accent pieces.
I want to use this box for some treats at Valentine's Day and maybe to store some special items on my dresser throughout the year. So I wanted the lid to be able to be opened and closed.  Before adhering the paper to the outside of the tube, I adhered some ribbon on one side. I then adhered the paper around the outside of the tube, covering the ribbon on that side.
I then pulled the ribbon across the top opening.

I then applied adhesive to it and secured it between the covered top circle and an accent piece.  I also adhered another piece of ribbon to the bottom of the spool and covered that with paper.  Now when the box is closed, it can be tied up in a pretty bow.

I ran some lace around the edge of the top and the base of the box.  I also decorated the top with roses I made from the Sugar Blossom paper pack. You can see a tutorial for making the roses at this post.

The heart accent is an element in the Valentine Retrospect kit. I cut it out and edged it with some Doodlebug Sugar Coating Glitter.  The leaves are Prima and the rhinestones are Zva.

Here's another look at it.  Hope this inspires you to do some up-cycling/recycling too!

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

S'more Snow!

 In December, several local weather forecasters went on record saying it would be a mild January.  It's the 25th and let's just say it has YET to get mild!  LOL  We're under another Winter Weather Watch now through Thursday!

Thought it was a good excuse to share some chilly wintry projects today.

Hope you stay warm and inspired!

Snow Day (top scrap page):
Digital kit: Winter Berries Collab kit by The Digichick Designers
Frame: Katie Pertiet

Joy Peace Hope (card):
Papers: Bazzill, American Crafts, My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Ranger
Snowflake: floral pick from craft store
Ribbon: Offray

Thirsty for Snow (bottom scrap page):
Digital kit: Jack Frost by Katie Pertiet

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Paper Pleating Template

Pam Callaghan created this really awesome template with a paper pleated circle and sunburst design. It is so yummy and versatile.  Today over at Ideas For Scrapbookers you can see how some of the Contributing Artists (including yours truly) interpreted the template/sketch. 

My page above has some photos from when my youngest made the Pop-Warner All American Football Team. We are so proud of him. We had a ton of fun celebrating at the banquet held in Disney World.  Seriously? Who wouldn't have fun there??!!  The papers and football element on this page are from the Gridiron Grit kit by Quirky Twerp, the alpha and other elements are from the Play the Game kit by Chelle's Creations.

I also created a card using the template as a sketch for my design.  For the paper pleated circle I used a paper doily from a pack I got at the $1 store. These papers are from the Bissette pad by SEI. Flowers are Prima, pearls and rhinestones are Kaisercraft, Queen and Company, K & Company.

You can download the template and check out what the other artists created at the full post HERE.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Every Things Coming Up Roses!

Wouldn't that be nice?  Spring is not too far away.  I keep reminded myself of that. Especially as I sit here in yet another snowstorm! But we don't have to wait for Spring to enjoy some beautiful roses!  Paper roses that is!

I got an email from one of my blog followers asking some questions about the Glass Flowers I had posted on April 17, 2010. One of the things she made me realize is that I've never shared how I made the paper roses to begin with!  I talked all about how to make them "glass", but not how to make them from the paper! So, thank you Jerri for asking the question!  Today I'm going to show you how to make paper roses.

I'm making my roses from some digital papers in the kit Sugar Blossom by Quirky Twerp. you can use any digital or pre-printed scrapbook paper that you choose. You want a medium weight paper.  Too thin and the roses will crush, too thick and it will be difficult to manipulate.
You'll need to cut 3 6-petal flowers for each rose that you are making.  The Sizzix Flower Layer #5 die works great for this. It includes a large and small flower die so you can make 2 different sized roses.
Once you have your flower parts cut, ink the edges.
Since I am using digital papers that I printed, I also inked the backs.  I also decided to bling up my flowers, so I spritzed the papers with some Glimmer Mist.  Allow it to dry before continuing. 
You will need to snip between each petal to allow for curling the petals into shape.  You will also need to cut the first flower one time, straight between 2 petals all the way to the center.
The second flower you will cut on either side of one petal into the center and separate that petal. Save it, you will be using it.
With the third flower, you will cut to the center on either side of 2 petals and separate the double petal. Save this too, you'll be using it.
You should have as pictured above, the 3 flowers cut as described.
With the first flower (slit cut to center), place some Glossy Accents glue on one petal at the slit that was cut to the center.  Manipulate the petal on the other side of the slit to cover over the glued petal, creating a cone shape with the flower as you do this.  Use a paper clip to hold this in place to allow the glue to dry.
Repeat this process with the remaining 2 flowers, creating a cone shape and gluing the overlapping petals.  Secure with paper clips while you wait for the glue to dry.
Take the single petal that was cut from flower #2, lay it face down on your work surface.  Curl each side of the petal in towards the center as shown above.
Take the double petal cut from flower #3 and lay it face down on your work surface.  Curl the petal to the left toward the back of the flower piece. 
Flip the entire thing over and carefully curl the flat side in toward the curled petal.  Curl it tightly creating a center petal for the rose.  Pinch it together with your fingers and glue. Hold it together to allow the glue to set momentarily.
 Curl the petals back on each of the cone shaped flower pieces.  I like to use the handle of a small paint brush to do this.  For the larger petals I can use the thicker part of the handle, and for the smaller petals, I can use the thinner part.  You can also snip a small piece from the tip of each cone (see the hole in the picture above).  You may need to snip slightly more on the 2 smaller cone pieces to help them set into the rose as you assemble it.
After you've curled your petals, begin to assemble the rose.  Start with the largest cone piece and then insert the medium one inside it.  I turn it so that the petals are a bit offset.  Place some Glossy Accents into the center of the cone to glue in place.  Repeat with the third cone piece nesting it inside the rose and gluing in place.  Then take your 2 center petal pieces and set as the center of your rose.  I have no magic suggestions here, I play with it until I like the way it looks. Sometimes I have to snip a bit more off the bottom of these pieces in order for them to sit down in the rose the way I want them.
I added some chunky glitter along the petals of this rose to add some extra bling...... and to cover up a "boo-boo". As we say in crafting, "there are no mistakes, only opportunities for embellishment!"  Well in the process of manipulating my rose, I got some glue on my finger tips and smudged one of the petals.  It left a slight wear mark on the paper. So I painted a bit of Glossy Accents over it and sprinkled it with glitter!
So there you have it, some beautiful paper roses!  I made the one in the foreground using the smaller die. So you can see how you can make various sized roses.

While this seems like a long process, it really isn't. You could get an assembly-line going and make up bouquets of these flowers in an afternoon.  Have fun!

If you are going to use these to make the "glass flowers", I would recommend dipping them in the hot UTEE before you nest the cones together.  Here is why: this will coat each petal of the rose with the UTEE "glass", giving a more realistic flower appearance. Also if you dip the rose after being assembled, you might get air bubbles stuck between the layers of the rose.

Tutorials Galore-ial!!

OK - so " galore-ial" is not really a word, but it rhymed nicely!  I've got a few tutorials to share with you this week.
I have an Altered Wooden Box tutorial up today over at the Scrapmatters Blog. I take you step-by-step through the process of created the box pictured above.
At Ideas For Scrapbookers, I've shared the tutorial for making the Wall Hanging that I shared with you  Saturday.  In that tutorial I also share some Photoshop tips about clipping masks.

I've injured my back trying to dig out from an ice storm.  And I need to recover quickly as we have a snow storm arriving later today!  So I think I'll spend the day doing some creative things.  Hope to be back soon to share them with you!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wall Hanging

With a house filled with guys..... 'cept for me and 2 of the cats.... I don't often get to play with flowery things.  Today, I just needed to!  Ever have a day like that?  So I decided to create a wall hanging that had flowers and bling and trims and feminine touches.

I used digital papers from the Family Branches kit and Word Art by Creations by Rachel and Inspirations from Day.

I created an 8.5x11" paper with strips of the different papers in the kit. I cut a bracket shape from chipboard, then adhered the printed paper to it. I trimmed the paper, sanded and inked the edges.  I then added flowers and bling and trim and the framed word art - which I designed in Photoshop.

I threaded lace through some clips to create a hanger for it.

It felt great to play with bling and flowers! Hope this inspires you!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snuggle Like You Mean It

Brrrrr....... it's cold out!!!  We got more snow overnight too.  The temps are going to be in the single digits for a few days too.  Thought this was the perfect card for this cold weather!

This is a hybrid card made with digital papers and elements from the Snuggle Season kit by Mye De Leon and Mandy King. 

So snuggle up and keep warm!

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Football is a BIG thing in our house. And we are gearing up for the Superbowl!  I created some decorations and reusable cup cozies using the Gridiron Grit kit by Quirky Twerp.  You can find my tutorial for the banner and cup sleeves over at The Hybrid Chick today!

There are fans of 3 different teams living under one roof here in our house.  One of those teams is still in the playoffs!  Let's go Steelers!

So, are YOU ready for some football??

Woot Woot!! Just found out that I made the top 3 at Paper Cubed!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Thanks on the Edge

After the holidays we have so many thank you cards to write up.  This year I designed a hybrid card using digi papers and elements.

I used Spring like colors to contrast to the typical winter holiday colors and because I'm really looking forward to warmer temperatures!!!  I printed several copies of the flower and cut out the various sections of each. I layered them with foam dots between to give it dimension.

The focal point of the card "Thanks" I placed on the edge and cut out. This gives the card more dimension and texture and draws attention to the gratitude being delivered.

Hope this inspires you!
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