Sunday, March 27, 2011

"Baby Boy"

Finally, I completed a new layout! The picture is of my son, William, when he was just two-days old.

This is a layout I had in mind for a while. I wanted to do a "quilt" background -- so there is lots (and lots) of machine stitching and hand stitching on the layout. The stamped images on the Quilt were made using watermark ink and Distress Embossing Powder -- I also embossed the title letters.

I made the ribbon flowers by hand (and subsequently went out to purchase a thimble - ouch!).

Materials Used: Bo Bunny Back to Basics Cardstock - Dark Denim Dot, Recollections White Cardstock, Three Bugs in a Rug Patterned Paper - Welcome to the Jungle "Animal Stackers", Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder "Faded Jeans", Versamark Watermark Ink Pad, Inkadinkado Inchie Stamps "Baby", Prima Marketing "Say it in Crystals", Basic Grey "Bling It",  DMC Embroidery Floss, Offray Ribbon, Michael's Special Value Ribbon, Old Buttons from my stash, Glue Dots - Memory Book, Memory Tape Runner XL.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Handmade Ribbon Flowers

I tried my hand at making some handmade ribbon flowers today -- and I'm pretty darned happy with how they turned out! They are for a layout I'm trying to finish - but I just had to show them off now! (Stay tuned for the full layout....)

I know that I'm going to be making a lot more of these - I just love them!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Now and Forever - French Bulletin Board Layout

This is a layout I did for our Save the Date/Wedding Invitations. I wanted it to look like a French Bulletin Board - and I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

Let me know if you'd like to see how to do the ribbon background - it involved some  careful measurements and a grid on scrap-paper - I'd be happy to post a quick tutorial for it.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Prima Canvas Flower - Copycat Tutorial

I visited my local Scrapbooking store this weekend and picked up a sheet of Prima Mistable Canvas Flowers. I just love them - but you can only get about four to six flowers out of a sheet, depending on how much you layer the pieces. So I thought, "How can I make more of these without buying more of the canvas sheets?" Here's what I came up with!

Tools Required
1 full sheet of Prima Mistable Canvas Flowers
1-2 sheets of vellum
black sharpie (fine point)
detail scissors
paper or fabric for creating your flower(s)
your adhesive of choice

1. Place a sheet of vellum over the canvas flowers and trace the shapes using your sharpie. The sharpie doesn't soak through the vellum - so don't worry about ruining the original
canvas sheet.

There are a few duplicate shapes on the canvas sheet -- you only need to trace each individual shape once. This will give you a total of 12 flowers. I was able to trace all 12 onto one sheet of vellum by shifting the paper around to fit the flowers closer together.

2. Cut out each of the vellum flowers. Now you have some traceable templates to create lots of flowers from!

3. Pick the flowers you want to use to create your final bloom. The vellum flowers are great because you can try a lot of different layering options before cutting any patterened/cardstock for your final product.

4. Using your pencil, trace your flowers onto the reverse side of the papers/fabrics you'll be using for your bloom.

5. Cut out each of your paper/fabric flowers.

6. Assemble your flower!
For the flower below, I misted the cut-out flowers with some water and gave them a good crumple before assembling the final bloom. I also created a beaded centre for the flower. I'm not 100% happy with this centre piece yet, but I'm going to work on perfecting it and maybe you'll see "Beaded Flower Centres" as another tutorial!

I'm sure I'll be making a lot more of these in the future!
I hope you found this helpful (and that it saves you a few pennies)!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Finally, a layout . . . . "together"

Okay, so this is a layout I did last year, but I'm feeling guilty that I haven't posted anything yet....

The layout is based on a sketch by Karan Gerber.
The patterned papers are from the DCWV Old World Stack. The bling is Prima. I think the smaller flowers are Prima too but I can't remember. The large flower is Bazzill Basics.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I'm a Winner!

Wow! I never win anything. I mean, not even a $3 lotto ticket. And this morning, as I was checking the blogs I follow, I found out that I WON the February Scrap That Blog Hop! I am SO excited! Of course, this means I HAVE to get scrappin'!
What a great start to the morning! Happy Thursday!