Sunday, February 27, 2011

Make your own flowers

Make your own Flowers

I finally got off my butt and made a tutorial on how to make Organza Ribbon Rose Buds (well I did promise Anthea back in August 2010 at Scraphappy Kat's retreat that I would write it up ... but you know Rome wasn't built in a Day!)

So with the help of Lisa Webb's hands, who came to visit last week I finally have written it up and you can find it in our tutorial section (it's on page 2) ...

And these are what they look like ....

this is what a silly DT member does once we have finished photographing the instructions ....

and also that same silly DT member does when I am not looking ....

And of course I had to make something using the rose buds ....
ta da ...

First inking the paper machie flower pot (from spotlight) lightly with pink ink and then painting with Picket Fence Crackle Paint

Hung one of our pink birdcage pins with silver twist chain in the front

Large piece of chipboard with a butterfly charm on it is Scrapware Alyssa Flourish which I also painted with Picket Fence Crackle Paint

then adding the pretty Websters Snow Trim Ribbon which you probably can't see because I then added loads of pink flowers, pink stemmed flowers, pink gardenias
and charms, of course!

Birdhouse charm
Bumble Bee charm
Leaf charms
Large Daisy Charms

I tried using the wider organza ribbon for these buds but they didn't bloom as well as using the thinner organza ribbon

and while on the subject of making your own flowers ... I saw these new Websters florrets

and thought hang about ....

We have metallic cream skeleton leaves

and we have cream stamens

and I have a hot glue gun to glue it all together ....

and we have gold stamens

so I can make these ...

and then I am thinking (dangerous I know!)

Make a little cut in the middle of our yellow mulberry flowers

add some cream stamens

or use our White with Yellow Centre Flowers and our gold stamens

and you have these ...

So there you have it ... easy peasy ah?

Hope everyone's having a great weekend
see ya back here soon

Friday, February 25, 2011

Back to School Layouts ...

Back to School Layouts

Tracy sent me some The Girls Paperie-Toil & Trouble papers this month and I have to say I love them! The black and white ‘Writing on the Wall’ I used in my last project and this orange and black ‘Ghost Story’ I’ve used for this LO are SO up my alley (the boss knows me well)!

I’ve done a back to school theme ... although as the title suggests my youngest was not as happy as he might have you believe to be going back to school after 7 long weeks off!!!

I used the Echo Park Little Boy Denim Lizard for the background (both sides are fantastic boy colours and I ordered 2 sheets so I still get to use the Denim side too!) The orange papers are the two sides of TGP Toil & Trouble ‘Ghost Story’ (love the orange and white gingham pattern!) The little pieces of green paper are some leftovers I had of TGP Toil & Trouble Writing on the Wall.

My photo has been matted on Core’dinations Nightfall Cardstock and I also used it for my journaling circle and as a background for my title. The title uses AC Thickers Black Daiquiri (my favourite ‘go to’ alpha!) and a Rusty Pickle alpha that unfortunately is no longer available L.

The green oval ‘words’ are cut from a piece of Prima So Cute Growing. Thanks for looking!

Other: Space Invaders Tape & Dymo labeller.

and from me Tracy

Using the pretty Websters Pages Sweet Season Frosting I cut the lady out in frame for my photo

I just wanted something nice and simple .... I know ... no title but everything I added just didn't look right so I left it as it ... might add a small piece of journaling up the top later

I love these kraft border strips which I just added some light blue rhinestones then adhered on top of a piece of scrapware picket fence border which I just inked with Antique Linen

Added our new cute boy with cap charm and our little girl charm

Brown Stemmed flowers, brown gardenias and our new brown and gold blank pins for the date

Up the top using our new white tassels

and don't forget we have the First Day in ... and School Back pack pins available in Blue, Green and Red for a unique embellishment for your school creations


Hope you have a creative weekend everyone

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Graphic 45 layouts

Graphic 45 with Geli

I had some papers left from Graphic 45's "Once upon a springtime" collection. I was thinking it'd be fun to use it in a masculine sort of way and I had just the right photos of my grandfather.

Obviously I didn't want too many fairies on it, but the backs of the papers are really awesome too. I used Tiny Treasures, Woodland Fantasy and Pixie Post

To create the mosaic-style circle, cut 18 squares of 1 1/4 x 1 1/4" and round off 2 opposite corners.

I totally love the felt ribbon ... they're so easy to use and make an instant fancy border.

I added a bit of yellow baker's twine to break it up, a cute painted scrapware bird cage and some of the awesome family and memory pins with a few green and brown leaves and brown stemmed flowers which I sprayed with a little gold glimmer mist first

So it wouldn't look dull I took the last of my metal silver stars and scattered them around my embelly clusters.

With my leftovers I made 2 tags for friends with birthdays.

I thought they make a nice change from the normal birthday card. The Graphic 45 Woodland Fantasy paper is so cute, you really don't have to do much to it.

Just add a few flowers, like the pink and white stemmed flowers and a gardenia, with a musical charm and a Dream Rhinestone word

It's so easy, it's almost like cheating!
So I made another one, this time using up some more leftovers like the scrapware branch and a my2angels timepiece with a butterfly charm and some gold stamens

Psst, just don't tell my friends who easy that was!

and from me Tracy with Curtain Call

When I first saw the Graphic 45 Curtain Call papers, I instantly thought to cover a notebook, you know distressed black inked edges with lots of Tim Holtz embellishments, well that plan got put on hold when I found these photos of my DS pre-school graduation and his pre school mid year concert .... PERFECT papers

Using nightfall core dinations as my base that I sprayed with Black Magic Glimmer Mist ... love the gold tint in this mist!

I then cut the frame out from the Graphic 45 Curtain Call papers (see picture below) and mounted it using foam mounting tape

And cutting the film strip from Curtain Call The Cinema for the background, see ...
and I also cut out two of the pictures and used as the frame for my photos

Adding a few of the Curtain Call tags (reverse side) with Carolees Creations Tiny Etch Natural Alphas and our new black tassels

Scrapware lowercase antique mini alphas which I inked first with Tim Holtz Barn Door then while wet applied Antique Linen Crackle paint (yip I know the "n" doesn't have the red tint, couldn't find the first "n" I did, amongst all my mess so redid it but durrrh forgot to ink first! )

Adding some more colour I added a strip of red velvet ric rac since DS was wearing a red top

And lastly adding one of our camera charms

and then I did this one of my DS's preschool In the Garden concert (no matter how much I played with this it still looks orange!)

Making a frame from nightfall core dinations then adding curtains made from Curtain Call paper (this was the middle piece left from making the frame from the previous layout) and tied with a black tassels

The background for the title was using a small piece of The Cinema
the letter are making memories which we use to stock

then I made another sign attached with antique bronze jump rings
the titles are Carolees Creations Tiny Etch Natural Alphas and Carolees Creations Etched Natural Alphas

The steps at the bottom (well that was what they were suppose to look like) is from Tour de France. I also used a piece of this in the previous layout behind the photos

And lastly, keeping in with the garden theme (so DS couldn't argue with me about having flowers on his layout) added brown stemmed flowers, brown and black flowers, a spider charm, lizard charm and scrapware mini grass


Hope you are all having a fab week

Monday, February 21, 2011

Echo Park New Arrivals

Echo Park For the Record and Springtime have arrived and in store now ....

“For The Record” captures the perfect combination of beautiful colors and a sophisticated touch of style. With trendy elements and classic patterned paper, this collection is perfect for those vintage photos and memories from the past.

From birds to trees and everything in between, the new collection “Springtime” inspires you to look ahead to the warm and cheerful days of spring. With affectionate colors and beautiful, floral patterns, “Springtime” is sure to make your layouts and projects blossom

You will find them in the new arrivals section as we have had to extend our 50% off pattern paper sale till tonight at 11pm (Queensland Time) due to some technical difficulties for a few of our cutomers

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Prima So Cute

The Prima So Cute range wasn't such a popular range this time around, not sure why because as the name says it is so cute .... with double sided paper one side for the boys and other for the girls it is so versatile ... so Corrina and I had a play around with it and came up with these ...

Here is Corrina's layout using the range ...

My eyes nearly popped when I saw these funky and bright So Cute! Collection & Paisley Road Collection Prima papers in my DT box from Tracy...WOW! GORGEOUS!!! I had the perfect photo for this too (taken by the wonderful Wendy – thx hun x) – one of Sam and I on holidays.

I used one whole sheet of Prima So Cute ‘Hide and Seek’ as my background paper (now, I don’t usually use a patterned sheet as a background but I really REALLY didn’t want to cut this one up – and it was perfect for what I had in mind. I used a piece of Prima Paisley Road ‘Dandiya’ for the matting behind the photo (yep, these papers are a double-sided BONUS!!) with a bit of machine stitching and inking around the edge. I popped some loose pink rhinestones on the clouds and used thickers “Rockabye” for the title

This embellie cluster was made using some of our M2A stick on bling hearts, a lovely printed felt heart, and I adhered some of our awesome pins onto some my2angels mulberry flowers (after I lightly inked the edges of the pins). The teddy bear was hand cut from a piece of Prima So Cute ‘So Cute’.

Linkies for Materials Used:

Papers: Prima – So Cute, Hide and Seek, Dandiya

Titles: Thickers Rockabye

Embellishments: pink bling hearts, engraved felt heart, my2angels pins, mulberry flowers, loose rhinestones, tim holtz tea dye ink.

Corrina xx

And from me Tracy ...

using our new banner pins, inked the edges with Tim Holtz worn lipstick which is a great match for the pink in these papers, and the scrapware antique lowercase mini alpha were covered with the new Liquid Pearls Flamingo and of course pink and white bakers twine (have you seen in the coming soon section we are getting in 3 new colours in the next few weeks?)

Scrapware Fancy Bracket which I inked first with Tim Holtz worn lipstick then I covered with Picket Fence Crackle Paint while the ink was still damp so the ink bleed into the crackle paint

The Worn Lipstick Crackle paint was just abit too bright for the papers and gardenia

Large gardenia from the Romance Pack with a pink skeleton leaf tucked in behind, mushroom charm and I cut up a few pieces elements from the So Cute Hide and Seek

Today is our last day for our 50% off all pattern paper sale, so go grab yourself a bargin and we still have some of the So Cute range left ... if you scrap for the boys, checkout Jess's layout that we posted last week