Friday, July 13, 2012

Simple Thank You

I have an easy and elegant card to share with you today. Sometimes, all you need is one big, bold accent to make your statement - and I thought this large purple flower fit the bill.

I embossed my WorldWin cardstock with Spellbinder's Mystic M-bossablities folder. I lightly sanded the raised areas to give a different finish.  The flower was made with Donna Salazar's/ Spellbinder's Rose Creations die set.  The tag and border were cut with another of Donna's dies - Creative Book Pages Two. I added some metallic gold to the edges using Smooch Ink.  My sentiment was stamped with JustRite Stampers - Seeds of Summer clear stamp set.

JustRite - Tag You're It
Samuel Taylors - Die Cut Cards

Thursday, July 12, 2012

White on White ...Well, Cream on Cream Card

There is a new challenge up at Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge Blog - and this week it is White on White.  Now, I realize my card is more creams and ecru, but I love the vintage feel. We would love to have you play along, and have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate.

I started with a base cut of the Daisy Lace Frame.  I water and ink distressed the frame before adding it to my card. next I added the Japanese Garden Lace Oval, which really brought your eye on the lovely flowers of the Daisy Lace.

My flower cluster is made with the flowers from Manon's Wedding Garland and backed with the Laced Pine Snowflake.  This snowflake is perfect to add as "greenery" and not just for winter projects.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

May Arts Ribbon - DT Round Two

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when I saw that I had made it to the finalist round for the May Arts Ribbon Design Team.  So next came the fun part - designing my project for the final round - which is what I am sharing with you today.

You know I love making my own flowers - and making my own flowers with yummy May Arts Ribbons?!!  Ah, it just doesn't get any better.  I wanted a way to showcase a wide variety of flowers, and teach you how to make them all.  My project is a mini album, which includes tags with the Reader's Digest version of the tutorials.  (Don't worry, the full tutorials, with lots of pictures are all in this post).

But for now, I'll show you the book pages, with their how-to tags.

Are you ready to explore a little further? Then come on, and visit my Ribbon Garden!

Front Cover

 Velvet Cockscomb Flower
 Gathered Lace Flower
 Tea-dyed Sheer Frayed Flowers
Ribbon Embellished Die-cut Leaves


Gathered Lace Flower

Cut a length of lace about 18" long.  Thread a needle and tie off around the center end of the lace.

Make running stitches down the center of the lace.

Gather tightly and tie the two ends together to form your rosette.

Add buttons or paper flowers for the center. 

**The flowers on the front cover just seemed too white, so I soaked them in a strong bath of tea for a minute or so....

I also used the Sheer Frayed Flowers on the cover, and gave them the same tea treatment.  Various ribbons will respond to the tea or any other dye differently.

Ribbon Embellished Die-Cut Leaves

I used this technique throughout the book, with various ribbons.  Here I am showing you the burlap, but the 2.5" net did a fantastic job of adding texture to more intricate dies. 

Glue your ribbon onto cardstock and let dry completely.  Run through your die-cut machine as normal.

Velvet Cockscomb Flower

Take an 18" piece of 3/4" wide velvet ribbon.
Fold the ribbon in half, length-wise.  Sew a running stitch along the raw edges, forming a tube.  Gather the ribbon, and tie-off.  Form a small circle, for the center of the flower, at one end of the gathered ribbon, and stitch into place.  Reverse the direction of the ribbon, and wind around the center, and stitch into place. Continue wrapping the ribbon in a serpentine fashion, and stitching in a pleasing formation. 

Page One

Tattered Twill Flower


Tattered Twill Flower

Cut a 24" piece of 1 1/2"Twill Ribbon, and cut tabs along one edge.  Cut tabs on the opposite edge, but make sure they are off-set from the first side.

Fold the ribbon, a little less than half, so that the edges are off-set.  Sew a running stitch along the folded bottom.

Gather the ribbon, coil the ribbon into a flower and stitch into place.

Page Two

Spider Web Rose
Rolled Rosette Flower


Rolled Rosette Flower

Cut a 1 1/2" circle from a sheet of Scor-Tape.  Remove one side of the backing.

Starting in the center, roll the ribbon in a rosette pattern, until all of the tape is covered.
Remove the other side of the backing and attach to your project.

Spider Web Rose

Cut a 2" circle from cardboard, and find the center, and poke a hole.  Take a length of twine, knot one end, and thread a needle on the other.  Come up from the back of the circle, and go around the edge and back up through the hole - forming a spoke. Form a total of 9 spokes (or any odd number).  Tie the twine off in the back. 
Tie a knot in the end of your ribbon, thread the other end through a large needle, and bring the ribbon up through the center hole.

Start weaving the ribbon over and under the spokes. (I find this much easier to do if the ribbon is threaded through a needle). Continue until the entire circle is covered, and glue the end of your ribbon to the underside of the circle.

Page Three

Lollipop Flowers


Lollipop Flowers

For each flower, cut 5 concentric circles - freehand, from wide satin ribbon.

Hold each circle carefully, beside a candle flame.  This will melt and seal the satin ribbon, as well as cause the circle to cup.

Stack the circles and glue them together.  Add a decorative button to the center to finish the flower.

Page Four

Rolled Rosette Flower (also on p.2)
Gathered Lace Flower (also on cover)


Page Five

Five Petal Posy


Each flower will require 5 small, 5 medium and 5 large circles, cut from a wide satin ribbon.

Melt the edges of each of the circles, as you did for the Lollipop flowers above.
Take one of each sized circles, for each petal, and line them up with bottoms even.  Pinch the grouping together and stitch to hold.  When all five petals are completed, sew them together to form your flower.  Add a knot of Net for the center of the flower.
Page Six

Bias Cut Satin Carnations


Bias Cut Satin Carnations

Take 24" of bias cut satin ribbon, and cut fringe along the edge.  Vary the width and the depth of each cut.  Put a small section of the ribbon between your thumb and foreginger, and gently "pluck"  to remove some of the fibers.

Do this for the entire length of ribbon.  Start winding the ribbon into a rosette, and stitch into place.

I hope you have enjoyed visiting my Ribbon Garden, and hope that you will be "planting" your own ribbon flowers on many projects. And thanks for sticking with me on the longest blog post I've ever written!  If you are inspired to make any ribbon flowers, I would love to see them!

May Art Ribbons
Cheery Lynn Designs Dies
Oval Doily Stacker One
Fanciful Flourish
Judy's Blooms
Ribbon Eyelet Border
Mega Fanciful Flourish
Fiona's Magic Mirror
Dutch Scallop Square
French Lattice Large
Anastasia Border
Pair of Ferns
English Tea Party
Build a Flower One

Carta Bella
Beautiful Moments Patterned Paper

Worldwin Papers
Cardstock - ColorMates

French General tags, buttons

Epiphany Crafts
Epoxies - Bubble Caps Round 14

Paradise Chipboard Album

Creative Inspirations Paint

Distress Ink, Distress Paint

Glue Arts
 GlueGlider Pro

Monday, July 9, 2012

Build-A-Box with Scor-Pal and Really Reasonable Ribbon

Today I will be sharing my project that was featured on the Scor-pal blog as part of this week's Scor-pal and Really Reasonable Ribbon blog week. Of course, if you missed this project or any of the other great projects from the Scor-pal team you'll want to hop on over there and see what's been going on this week. Be sure to leave comments on each post from this week for a chance to win some great prizes. Entry deadline in 8am Monday, July 16, so there's still time.

This week Scor-pal has teamed up with the DT from Really Reasonable Ribbons - so I hope you will enjoy all of the inspiration we have to share! I love all of the Printer's Tray type boxes that are so popular right now, and thought I would show you how to build your own using your Scor-pal and Scor-tape.

The trick that I found for creating my Build-A-Box is to use an existing box as your template.  As you make each mini box, you will line it up using the template as your guide to keep everything squared.  This box had an inside measurement of 12.5" x 12.5" x 2".  I decided to keep the 2" depth for my boxes.

Just like working a puzzle, I planned how big I wanted each of my boxes, and arranged them in a pleasing manner.  In the example shown above, my patterned paper was 8" x 5".  I added 2" to each side of the cardstock - so it was 12" x 9".  I scored the cardstock with a 2" border all around (In other words, with the long side along the top gate, score at 2" and 10".  Turn a quarter turn and score at 2" and 7").  Cut tabs by cutting each of the horizontal folds, just even with the vertical fold.

Add patterned paper for the inside of each box, then use Score-Tape to glue the tabs and form your box.

Continue building boxes, and lining them up in the template box.  As you build the puzzle, secure the pieces together with Scor-tape. After all sections are built and connected, remove from the base box.  You are now ready to embellish.

I bought a child's flip flop and covered it with patterned paper.  I cut a circle from a Scor-Tape sheet and used that to form a rosette using May Arts Ribbon - Sheer Box Pleats (Parrot Green). I removed the paper backing and attached the ribbon in a circular pattern to form my flower.

I used the Sheer Organza Satin Center (Turquoise) to add some little banners to my Relax square.

To cover the seams of my boxes, I lined them with ribbons.  The Satin/Grosgrain Double Band Coral worked very well. because it was easy to tell where to fold the ribbon in half. The Scor-tape made it super easy to attach.

I hope you will give this a try - and have fun collecting all of your trinkets!

Summer Days

I just got back from a wonderful beach vacation, so I thought today would be the perfect time to share this very summery layout of my sweet nephew.  This picture seems like it was just taken yesterday, but this adorable little boy is getting ready to start first grade. Where does the time go?!!

I wanted to keep this layout pretty clean to accentuate the bright colors - and the hot feel of a summer day. I used the Mega Tea Party Doily to mat my pictures.  I don't know if you noticed, but I cut the doily twice, using two different papers. Then I layered it, so that it looked like the orange polka dot paper contiuned from the rectangular layer, up and over the doily.

I created flowers for the jar using Judy's Blooms and the Pair of Ferns.

What are you doing for fun this summer? How are you staying cool? You might want to stay inside and create a project for this week's challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs. Our theme is Silver and/or Gold.  Remember, you could win a $20 gift certificate!