Saturday, February 27, 2010

Not Just a Plain Old Composition Book

Don't you find it inspiring journaling a something that has a been touched with a little extra something? Not just a plain old composition book. Here are two examples of embellished composition books that I have done in the past.

This compositions book I created using "Tote-ally Tess" stamp set which was paper pieced and Alphabet Simple Letters and Numbers die cuts. I used a lot of retired product on this, but could be recreated in anything. I use this to take notes at monthly downline meetings, sketch out card layouts for my monthly card, card, card workshop that I host in my home and anything else that I find inspirational.

Every year The Crazy Stamping Ladies, but on a Stamp till you cramp event. We have raffle baskets. For this event we had a basket to acknowledge breast cancer awareness month. I donated this to the basket of goodies. I used the "Friends 24/7" stamp set and Decorative Accent #2 die. Lots of glitter and embossing went into the creations of this one.

The reason why I thought about creating a journal was because of my mother-in-law wrote down everything while going though treatment for Non-hodgkin's Lymphoma, she thought is was very important and had something she could refer to if necessary. Unfortunately she died from the disease, but lived 7 years after being diagnosed and lived to see 2 grand children be born. She lived a wonderful life and I miss her dearly.

Friday, February 26, 2010

HOORAY for Cupcakes

What I love about this set "Simple Birthday Thanks" is that it is so bold and makes a huge statement no matter what you use it on. Font size

Everything on the card and bag combo is bold and bright. I used bold and bright brads for the sprinkles. I ran the Close to Coco card stock though the paper crimper for the bottom and sponged every element around the edges, a little tone on tone to pop those colors ever further. Finally what is a cupcake without a glittery cherrie on top.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Aliens are FUN!

These Aliens are so cute. I used the Greetings Earthling Set. I think these little guys could live on an orange planet.

The challenge was to come design a card using Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Summer Sun. I freehanded the ring around the plant and transfered to a sticky sheet and applied the glitter. The star has Crystal Effects to add shine to the star.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Gift for Kayla

This is a gift that I did for my cousins daughter who was turning 18. I wanted to give her some money and I wanted to give it in a unique way. I used Sweet Centers Stamp set to create this bouquet of flowers. In each cup held a 5 dollar bill.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Welcome Friends

Hello Friends
Welcome to my blog in progress. I thought it was time to join the fun world of blogging. I hope this will be a new and exciting adventure for me. I hope to share some of my ideas and give a little back to what you have all given to me. I love the art of paper crafting, I find it relaxing and very gratifying. Check back often to see what's new.

Instructions for Paper Rose

A lot of you have been asking me for instructions on how I made my paper rose. I didn’t anticipate it being so loved by many of you. Thank you so much.

I must tell you that I can’t take full credit for this idea. I was looking around and I came across Tim Holtz blog totally by accident and saw the beautiful rose he did. I thought to myself “HEY”, I can totally do this with the Extra Large Fancy Flower punch and so I did.

Here are my instructions for my version of the rose.

Supplies I used: Card stock 2.5 x 8.5, Bone Folder, Extra Large Fancy Flower punch, Tombo glue, sponge, paper clips, scissors

Ink colors I used: Rich Razzleberry and Orchid Opulence

Step 1. Destroy Fibers in the card stock. You can do this by rubbing the card stock against a edge of a desk, back and forth until the it is easily bendable.

Step 2. Punch 3 flowers with the Extra Large Fancy Flower punch and sponge edges. I used Rich Razzleberry and speckled the whole flower and Orchid Opulence on the outer edges on both sides.

Step 3. Flower #1 make a cut in-between 2 petals half way up. Flower #2 cut one petal completely out. Flower #3 cut two petals completely out. You should have 5 pieces.

Step 4. Apply glue on right side of petal and overlap petal on the left to make a cone shape. Use paper clips to hold until glue drys. Do this to all flowers excluding the 2 pedals you cut out. What you have should look like this now.

Step 5. Roll the top edges of the smallest pedal towards the center.

Step 6. Roll the top of the left petal down. Turn the petal around to the opposite side and roll into a cone shape and glue.

Step 7. After the sections dry, carefully cut off the bottom tips of all pieces. Cutting the ends off help the pieces nest inside each other nicely.

Step 8. Curl each of the the petal pieces. If you find the paper still to stiff to work with, I used the bone folder to destroy the fibers even more to help curl the petals.

Step 9. Working from the biggest piece of the rose to the smallest. Apply glue to the inside of the 4 petal section and place the 3 petal piece inside. Repeat this with all sections and finishing by gluing the smallest petal inside.

Step 10. After the rose is dry I used my fingers to form the rose even further if needed and placed on my project.