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Monday, July 14, 2014

May Arts Ribbon DT Call - Final Round

Hi everyone,

I was so very excited last month, to make it to the final round in May Arts Ribbon's design team call!  

Bethney, The Ribbon Lady, asked us to design a final project and tutorial that best exemplifies our style, so of course I had to go with Shabby Chic!

My starting point was this beautiful frame from Prima, which was one of the add-ons to Swirlydoos' June Scrapbook kit, Rose Bouquet.

Then all my beautiful ribbon from May Arts arrived!!  Happy Day!  

So I started by distressing a piece of paper (Storyteller by KaiserCraft) from my Swirlydoos kit, to fit the back of the frame.  (The back piece comes out very easily, making this a simple job.)  Then I played around composing my mini-layout making sure it fit on the back piece of the frame.  You can see in the second photo that I cut a doily in half to put behind my photos.

In order to "fancy up" the exterior of the frame, I glued a piece of this wonderful striped grosgrain ribbon around the circumference.  Cutting a notch in each end helps it fit around the metal flourish at the top.

Then I took pieces of the lovely 1/4" silk ribbon and tied it in bows at intervals.  Finishing it off with a large striped bow at the top.  The grosgrain ribbon makes bows beautifully - it has a nice weight that holds its form - I like it a lot!

To embellish the little frame I put around my dog, I took a small piece of black crocheted lace, trimmed it and glued it below the picture.

To make the pearl embellishment, I cut a small piece from the pearl trim, curled it, and attached the ends to a glue dot and then glued over top of the black trim; finishing off with a little flower on top.

On the outer edge of the blue frame, I wanted a really eye-catching flower that wouldn't take long to make.  (There are times when we just DON'T want to fiddle around - right??)  So with the beautiful piece of satin ribbon, I proceeded to experiment.  (Brave aren't I?)  I took a 12" piece that was 1-1/2" wide, and cut it down the middle.  Then I randomly cut slits along the unfinished side.  Don't worry about measuring here - if some are a little narrower than others.... it just DOESN'T matter!  Just snip, snip, snip away.

Next, you're going to take a spoon, hold it as I'm showing below, and use your heat tool to melt the edges where you have cut.  The spoon will guide the hot air to the two sides and curl them up.  Don't over-think this part ... each petal will be its own unique self!  However, don't hold the heat tool too long in one spot, let it move back and forth, or else it will totally melt the petal.  Do some practising and you will start to get the feel of it.

If everything goes smoothly, you will end up with a piece that looks like the top picture.  If not, you might find you've melted right through the edge and ended up with many pieces (as I did).  :)  Not to worry... DON'T throw them out.  We can STILL use them!!

Now we're getting to the fun part!  Put a glob of glue (mixed media or Beacon's fabric tac - that type of glue) on your craft mat (note:  a craft mat is essential for this part.)  Mine was about 3/4" in diameter.  Start rolling your petals from one end into a "bud" and set it in the glue.  Then keep winding around and around the "bud" with the petals until you get the size of flower you want.  As you're going, you're pushing the bottoms down into the glue.  (The nice thing is this glue isn't HOT and you're not going to burn your fingers if you accidentally get any on you.)

Once your flower is big enough, just snip the ribbon off and stop.  After I had used up my first 12" strip of ribbon, I decided I wanted a bigger flower, so I just added more glue around the outside, and continued to add the broken bits and pieces I mentioned before.  I ended up using 36" of ribbon, which made the 2" flower you see at the bottom.  Now you just leave the glue to set and then using a spatula you slip it under the flower (like turning a pancake) and lift it off the craft mat.  I turned mine over and let the bottom harden as well.  Once you've done that, you have a very durable, GORGEOUS, flower to use how you wish.  

To use the flower in a flower cluster, I added a couple of cardstock pieces from the coordinating KaiserCraft "Collectables" package.  I loved the quote about good friends, so I tucked it on top of one of the flower "collectables" which I had already glued to a piece of scrap acrylic packaging and trimmed around, to make more sturdy.  Then I added my flower, some Prima leaves, a bit of black ribbon lace for a bow, and some other bits and pieces from my stash.  To make the black bow, all I did was make two equal size loops and staple them together, which then tucked under the flower.

So pretty!

The final thing that I did to my frame, was I took this adorable wired string with raffia bows, and curled it around the outside of my pictures.

It gives a pretty little whimsical touch, that I just love!

So there you have it!  If you've hung in there to the bottom of this post... Thank You!  I hope you will leave knowing how to create a frame of your own, and I hope you have learned how flower-making can be quick and easy with gorgeous results!

The little dog that I've featured in this project was my beloved childhood pet, Slippers, and the little girl is ME!  (Some 50+ years ago... but we're not counting... right?)  You can tell by my happy smile, that I was thrilled the day she came into our lives.  She was a wonderful companion for many years and I remember her with much love.

Thank you for dropping by today!  I hope you've enjoyed your time here!  Wish me luck, as I wait to hear the announcement on July 28th of who has made the design team!


Supplies used:
Prima Blue Altered Picture Frame
KaiserCraft "Storyteller" patterned paper
KaiserCraft "Storyteller" collectables
May Arts ribbon:
-  5/8" Wired String w/Mini Raffia Bows - olive
- 1.5" Grosgrain Ivory Striped Ribbon - black
-  1.5" Single Faced Satin Ribbon  - white
-  1/4" Silk Ribbon - black
-  5/8" Crochet Ribbon - black 
Dusty Attic chipboard frame embossed in white
Want 2 Scrap bling - blue
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Miscellaneous bits and pieces from Swirlydoos June kit.
Fabri-Tac glue
Italian Flourish Doily Die by Cheery Lynn
Inkssentials Re-usable Non-stick Craft Sheet

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the July "Hearts of the West" team blog hop!

If this is your first time joining us, I think you will love it!  This hop features Close to My Heart consultants from the Hearts of the West team in Canada and this month (July 1st) we are celebrating our country's birthday .  
A fun little fact...Canada is turning 147 years old! 
This month, in honour of Canada's birthday, our challenge is to use the colours of our flag:  red and white.  So grab a cup of coffee and sit down for a relaxing journey of creative paper crafting from the Heart!
I chose to make a quick and simple card for the challenge this month. 
The stamp set I used was A1155, Japanese Blossom. This little stamp makes it very easy to shade!  Just follow the shading lines and your image will look perfect!
The flowers were cut at 2" from the CTMH Art Philosophy cricut cartridge.  If you use Copic markers, as I do, the colours I used were R35, R37, YG97, YG99, and C9.  Cardstock color is "Ruby".  The pretty red bling on the die cut flowers is Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems.  The ribbon is unfortunately, a retired CTMH product.  

This is a circular blog hop - no matter where you start....  if you keep on going ... you will end up back where you started!  There is a complete list of participants at the end of this post .... just in case you get lost. 

If you came from Anna's blog, then you're on the right track!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now it's time to hop over to Nancy's blog.  If you wish to leave any comments or thoughts on the blog hop ... they are always appreciated.  Hope you'll be back again next month!

Here are the links to the full hop:
Nancy Klein
Chantal Pearson 
Corinna Murphy 
Donna Digby
Sonia St Jean
Freya Dunbar
Jackie Vandaele
Justine Hovey
Julie Kerr

 Anna Miller
Linda Pekrul - It's me!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mixed Media Mayhem!

Hi everyone!

Maggi was hosting the Swirly Girls' Challenge this month and she was calling for absolute MAYHEM... with Mixed Media.  :)  I always dread mixed media challenges, but this one turned out to be quite fun.  It helped that I was working with the cute photo of one of my favorite pets, DaVinci, my crested canary.

So to start with, Maggi wanted us to use a stencil with molding paste.  I chose a beautiful damask stencil by The Crafter's Workshop and used Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 Gold Embossing Paste.  Over that I misted some TA ChalkBoard glimmer mist called Decadence.  Maggi also wanted us to use a second stencil ... I got carried away and used TWO more:  The Crafter's Workshop, "Flower Frame", and Dylusions "Luis Leaves".

She also wanted us to use 2 different mists and make some handmade flowers.  Now THESE were fun.  I cut my flowers out of vellum using a Tattered Lace  die called "Lacy  Daisy".  I sprayed the solid piece with "Guacamole" mist by Art Anthology, and the lacy piece with Shimmerz "Goldie Lox".  Look how they curled when the mist hit them... no further distressing was required!

They were SO pretty when put together!

Now Maggi wasn't done with us yet!  She also wanted us to incorporate paint into our project.  Soooooo I painted the Dusty Attic chipboard frame around DaVinci with "Leaf" Sorbet Dimensional Paint by Art Anthology.  The glimmer and "goopiness" of that paint is wonderful!  (We got it in our Swirlydoos kit this month.)

Use a die cut, Maggi said, so I die cut some leaves using Die-Namites "Leafy Branch" out of vellum and cardstock.  The cardstock ones I painted with a yummy, fun to use, "Stamp Paint" by Viva Decor in Metallic Brown - so pretty.

Last, but not least, Maggi said use a stamp and do some embossing, so I made this sweet little stamped butterfly (using a stamp from Prickly Pear called Butterflies) on vellum using Versafine "Vintage Sepia" ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

It was a lot of work, but I absolutely love this layout!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing how it came together!!

I am going to enter it in the challenge on Die-Namites' blog.  I filled two of their requirements by using their Leafy Branch die and I also used vellum.  You can check out the challenge here.

Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy the long weekend!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Swirlydoos Round Robin Tag #2

Hi again,

For my second tag that I did for the Swirlydoos Round Robin, I followed the lead of my team-mate, Kim Heard, and went with a Steampunk theme.

Graphic 45 made it so easy with their Steampunk Spells line of paper which I fussy cut the lady from and created the tag with.

To embellish, I used metal pieces from Prima's Junkyard Findings line and some Bo Bunny flowers (one of which I altered by adding a metal flower center to it).  The metal bird was from my stash.

We have a lot of fun with these Round Robins and anyone is welcome to come play with us.  Check it out here.  New teams will be setting up for July towards the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Swirlydoos Tag Round Robin

Hi everyone!

We're having a GREAT time over at Swirlydoos creating tags this month!  I'm actually on TWO teams, so I have two tags to show you today!

This first tag was created with the Swirlydoos Bohemian kit which featured the lovely "Kaleidoscope" line of paper by KaiserCraft.

I learned a new background technique with paints that I used on this tag.  You simply take a piece of smooth white card stock or Bristol board and swipe paint dabbers across it in different colors.  (I will list all the products I used, at the end.)  Once that dried, I stamped an image  with black Versafine ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  This became the focal piece of my tag and I built everything up around it in layers of mats.

On a piece of light aqua cardstock, I created another piece of matting by embossing a background image with white embossing powder.

Supplies used:

Kaleidoscope patterned paper by Kaisercraft
Various bits and pieces from different "Collectables" packages by Kaisercraft
Butterfly Chapter stamp by Penny Black
Doily medallion  and light bulb by Prima
Doily #4 Rose die by Prima (which was cut in half)
Leafy Branch die by Die-namics
Adirondack Paint Dabbers:  Red Pepper, Mountain Rose, Terra Cotta, Butterscotch, Stream and Cloudy Blue

Check out my second post to see Tag #2!


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Submission for the May Arts Ribbon Design Team

Hi everyone,

The folks at the May Arts Ribbon Blog are having a Design Team Call, and as I LOVE ribbon, I have decided to submit the following projects for their consideration. Please wish me luck on my application for their team!

Project #1

This first piece is a tutorial that I did for Scrapbooker's Paradise back in April.  In my opinion, the beautiful silk ribbon bow pulled this whole project together and gave it that extra "ooomph" of elegance.

I wanted to make a "panoramic" matchbox similar to the panoramic eggs you see at Easter time.  To begin, I picked my image from the beautiful Graphic 45 6'x6' paper "Sweet Sentiments".  These images  are about 2-1/2" x 4", so I needed a fairly large frame for my cut out ... Prima to the rescue!  I then figured out the size my box needed to be, working from these two main elements.

I have made a template to show you how I created the match box.  (Remember to "click' on it to make it larger.)  If you have any questions about it, feel free to enter them in the "comments" box below and I will be sure to answer.  (I'm going to be on holidays from April 3-13 though and am not sure if I will have an internet connection, so my answers might be later in the month.)

1)  First cut your match box bottom out of regular cardstock, as per the template above.
2)  Cut your outside wrap out of a heavier material, such as cereal box board.  Score & fold (both the wrap and the bottom) on the dotted lines and cut on the solid lines.  
3)  Glue the box bottom together.
4)  Score and crease the wrap as you see below.

5)  Cut a piece of patterned paper to fit the wrap and glue it down using a glue stick.  (I used a piece of G45 "Botanical Tea" patterned paper for this part.)  Important:  if you're going to add a ribbon hanger as I did, glue it in between the cardboard and the patterned paper. Go over your folds again with a bone folder and make some nice creases.

6)  Figure out where you are going to have your opening, mark it on the back.

7)  Cut it out and ink the edges and folds of the wrapper with Distress Ink (I used Vintage Photo.)  (I didn't worry about how raggy mine looked, because I knew the frame would be covering it.)

8) See .... all pretty now!!

9)  At this point I knew I was going to hang my matchbox, so it could no longer be a "sliding" matchbox.  I glued it down to the wrapper, added a piece of patterned paper that was cut to fit the back, and then figured out the placement of my image and glued it down, centered behind the frame.  

Those two "blocks" you see are pieces of packaging that I glued down to give the box more stability, so the top didn't collapse in.  You could make yourself little boxes out of leftover cereal box and glue them down to serve the same purpose.  When you have your box bottom looking the way you want it, you can fold the wrapper around it and glue the tab down.

10)  Now comes the fun part ... go to town decorating!!  I wrapped the edges of the box with some rose ribbon I had, then got busy with some Petaloo flowers and some baubles from my stash.  

For the panorama inside, I added one of G45's lovely silver/white metal key hole pieces.  The beautiful butterflies are cut from a piece of  Bo Bunny "Primrose" patterned paper.  I used VersaMagic "Pixie Dust" chalk ink to give the frame a pale pink colour.

To finish things off I added a bow from silk ribbon that I have at home.  It drapes and ties beautifully.  I have to confess though, I use my Zutter "Bow it All" to tie the bows because I am all thumbs when it comes to tying bows!  :)

So, I hope you give this project a try.  It looks so pretty hanging on the wall and reminds me that Spring really IS coming, even though it keeps snowing and snowing.

Have fun creating!

Supplies used:

A piece of cereal box board

Project #2

Click HERE to see how I created the ribbon border at the base.

Project #3

Hanging Christmas ornament
Click HERE to see how to make it.

Shadow box to hold the hanging Christmas ornament.
Click HERE for instructions on making the shadow box.

Other Projects using ribbon:

Click on the picture to be taken to the post for further information.

Entered in Swirlydoos National Scrapbooking Day 2014

Also entered in Swirlydoos National Scrapbooking Day 2014