Monday, May 31, 2010

Rolled Flower Tutorial

Another fun and easy flower tutorial, though admittedly it is better for cards and altered projects than layouts due to the bulky nature of the flower.

If you have a circle punch or circle cutter you can start with a circle, if you don’t have one the appropriate size you can cut a square and round the edges with scissors. I am showing you this method so you can see how easy it is and starting with a punched circle is that much easier.

Starting with a 3 inch square of double sided pattern paper ( you may see some of the back so using double sided paper is best, but not totally necessary).

Trim off the corners, they need not be equal, exact or precise (don’t be afraid).

Draw a spiral around your newly trimmed square or punched circle. I used pen so it would show up, but you should use pencil. Again, it need not be precise, even or exact.

Cut along your spiral lines, then erase your pencil marks. You can always skip the drawing step and free hand your spiral. If you want to ink your flower edges do it now.

Starting from the outside roll up your paper spiral. You will end up with a tight little coil and a little flap left on the bottom.

Put the flower down on your work space so it unwinds and loosens up a bit.

Add a glue dot to the flap on the bottom and then gently press your flower centre into the glue dot to secure it.

Gently roll or curl back the edges of your flower to give it a softer more opened up look.

Add a gem, dew drop, button or other embellishment to the centre. I used CTMH’s liquid glass to adhere a dew drop but you can use pretty much anything that will not show or that will dry clear for you.

Here are a couple of pictures I took while making a smaller flower from a punch circle, again I used a pen to draw my spiral so it would show up better on camera.

Hope you're getting crafty with it!

Tissue paper Flower Tutorial

After I posted my Crocheted Flower Tutorial (you can see it here) I decided to post a few more how to's for flowers that I have made recently. None of these ideas are really new, but I thought it may be nice to find them in one place or maybe even introduce you to a new idea. And the best part is they are pretty simple for the most part!

This tissue paper flower is one of my favs!

Using my flower shaped Spellbinder “nesty” die in 3 sizes and my Cuttlebug, I folded the tissue paper and cut several layers of each of the three sizes of the flowers at once.

Stack the die cute tissue flowers as shown.

Pierce the centre and use a brad to attach all the layers together.

Crumple the layers to make your flower look nice and full and fluffy.

Spray a fair bit of Glimmer mist onto a scrap sheet of waxed paper or washable craft mat. Roll the flower through the mist, on it’s side. Until you have picked up a desired amount of mist

You can then mist the top of the flower until you achieve the look and colour depth you wish. You may or may not need to wipe off your brad with a baby wipe.

Use on your layout of card. These are super easy and fun to make, I love them and will be making them over and over again! They sort of remind me of a peony, which I love, minus the ants!

Hope you get some crafty time soon!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Birthday, Anita!

Okay, she's probably asleep, but it's technically Friday and today is my fun and funky friend Anita's birthday. Hope it's a great one baby and that you spoil yourself rotten! Enjoy!

I used strips of four different pattern papers and machine stitched around the edges. Then I added a scalloped strip in a stripe that co-ordinates with all the patterns. A stamped sentiment, layered flowers with a button and bling and punched leaves finishes it off.

A close up of the fancy stuff!

Lately I have been getting into decorating the inside of cards too, it's super fun, really adds to the card and hey, why not, it's not like I don't have a ton of stuff that I should be using! lol

The challenge over at Little Red Wagon this week was timely, as it is a birthday theme, so I lucked out and get to enter this card!

Hope you have some crafty fun this weekend!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Altered Tin Tooth Keeper

I made this little altered tin tooth keeper for my nephew Jake, who has his first wiggly tooth, woo hoo! Love you, Jakey! Can't wait to see your toothless face!

(Kathy, you can pick this up anytime!)

Hope you are gettin' crafty wit' it!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Put your feet up....

I squeaked out a little scrappy time last night to make a card for a neighbour friend who is under the weather. Hope you feel better soon April! Isn't this little fuzzy bunny slipper stamp the cutest!

Have a great long weekend!

Monday, May 17, 2010

And ..... a few more

... layouts from my scrappy trip!

This layout is my least favourite from the weekend, and looking at it now, it doesn't seem done. I am sure I will play with it some more before I put it into an album.

I have been waiting to play with this photo for a while, my little Timmy has the most beautiful eyes and uber long eyelashes.

I added some metal screening to this layout, I got it at the hardware store, it just seemed like it would be fun to work with. I really like the effect!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

And we have a winner!

Timmy and I just drew for my blog candy prize, congratulations Rebecca! I will get your prize to you in the next day or two.

Thanks for playing everyone!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

For the one I love...

Today is my wedding anniversary (Happy Anniversary Ian xoxo), it feels like so little time has passed since we were married and then I remember it's been 23 years and I am shocked (in a good way). I made him this card, I love the stamped sentiment, I guess it turned out a little on the feminine side, but I really wanted to use this colour scheme (it's the same as our kitchen) and I also wanted to use one of these handmade tissue paper flowers (watch for a tutorial in the next while). I'm sure he won't mind how it turned out, after all I made it with him in mind and I made it with love ;)

I also added a large pewter brad and some small yellow brads to play along with this week's challenge over at Little Red Wagon.



...............detail shot

.................another detail shot

We are celebrating by going out for dinner, just the two of us!

Hope you have a scrappy day!

Friday, May 14, 2010

More layouts from a scrappy weekend.

Thought I'd share a few more layouts from my scrappy weekend.

I think this is one of my favourite layouts from the weekend, this is Timmy last Halloween.

I am just now realizing that this layout doesn't have a title, hmm, not sure what that was about, thoughts... does it need one, suggestions? Anyway, Timmy had a pirate makeover while we were in Disney last summer and his little friends Avery and Ally had princess makeovers... aren't they cute!

As usual Timmy spent a large amount of his summer floating in his little pool!

Have a scrappy day!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Scrappy Weekend!

This past weekend my scrappy friends and I rented two apartment style 4 bedroom dorms at Wilfred Laurier University to get together to scrap. laugh, cry, eat, sing, dance, drink and just enjoy each other. If you've read my past posts about these women, you know I truly value their friendship, they are some of the most warm, caring, funny and brilliant women I have ever met. I am fortunate to have them in my life! (I love you ladies, thank you for another awesome weekend!)

The dorms were perfect for this type of event, we used one living room area to scrap and one to have our meals at. We even squeezed in a road trip to Two Scrapbook Friends.

I completed 10 single page layouts and one double pager, two of which were lifts that most of us did and do not have pics on them yet so I will post them at a later date, here are a few of my layouts.......

As you can see these pictures were taken the night Timmy chopped a block of wood in half at Karate.

This picture was taken last fall of my middle son and youngest, aren't they cute together?

Not just your ordinary apple picking pics, these were taken of the little apple tree in our back yard! Last fall was the first time they bore fruit and my little man was so excited!

Hope you have a scrappy day!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Boot Camp Celebration!

Well, I should have posted this update earlier, but better late than never! Boot Camp finished on April 30th, we had a celebration dinner for all the ladies and their spouses at a local restaurant the weekend before last. The instructor, Elaina, announced how well everyone did. I must say all 30 of us had something to be proud of, the results were incredible and Elaina gave away some pretty fabulous prizes, she is such a generous lady.

While I did not win a prize, I was pleased enough with my results. I have lost 14 inches! (Some women lost 20 inches and a lot of poundage!) I did not lose any weight which was a little surprising, but Elaina said I was too busy building muscle. So that is a good thing, I suppose. I also greatly decreased my time on the agility test and went from being able to do a couple of 'men' push ups to 25!

Elaina was running a next session, but unfortunately I can't swing it, so I am trying my best to keep up with regular exercise at home and have decided to start running. Prior to boot camp, I could only run for a few minutes at a time, now I can run 2.5km! I am trying to do this at least three times a week. I am pretty thrilled with this, but am pushing myself to achieve a goal of 5km. I still need to do some research to determine how best to do this and what kind of time frame I should be looking at (if anyone has any advice about this please leave me a comment), but for this next week or so, the immediate goal is to get to 3km (baby steps, as they say).

I am also hoping the scales will start to be on my side. But at the end of the day, if I have more strength and stamina and am healthier overall, it is a very good thing!

Sending wishes of strength and health!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Crocheted Flower Tutorial

These little cuties are super easy to make and a great way to use up yarn scraps (if you don't have any you can always grab a ball or two from your dollar store, since you are not wearing them you don't need to be really fussy about the quality of yarn). First, start with 5 chain stitches.

Then using a slip stitch, join the two ends together, making a ring.

Now, chain three.

Crochet 9 double crochets into the ring.

Join with a slip stitch to the top of the chain 3 stitch.

Chain 2, then crochet 3 double crochets into the next stitch and then chain two again.

Join with a slip stitch to next stitch.

You now have one complete petal.

Repeat, from chain 2, 3 three double crochets into next stitch, chain 2 and join with a slip stitch to next stitch - four times to create 5 petals. Fasten off. And voila you have a pretty little flower for your card or layout!

This is actually much easier than it sounds and once you do one, you'll know what I mean! Have fun you can make a ton in a short period of time!