Thursday, May 27, 2010

May Queen Crown

I made this crown for a gal (Sandy) in my Marie Antoinette Mail Art swap group.  I used the rose technique from my tutorial below.  At first I was nervous about the logistics of this 3D project, but once I began, boy was it a blast.


Below is the over-the-top amazing crown she sent me.  I simply adore it! 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Paper Rose Tutorial

Y'all ready for this?  There are quite a few photos, but I wanted my tutorial to be really detailed.  I hope you enjoy making these paper roses as much as I do.

Here is a close up of the finished project.

  • You start with 3 flower cut-outs.  (Punched, die-cut or even freehand drawn.  I die-cut mine with my Slice.  That way I could do several different size roses.) I used a 5 petal flower, but I'm sure you can modify the instructions to work with a 6 petal flower.
  • Cut a slice to the middle in the first flower.
  • Cut 1 petal out of the second flower.
  • Cut 2 petals out of the last flower.
  • Save the cut out pieces.  You'll use them as your flower center.
  • Ink the edges of all the pieces with Distress Ink.
  • Overlap and glue 2 of the petals from the first (sliced) flower.
  • A couple tips at this point:
    • Be careful not to overglue because later the glimmer mist will not stick to any glue that has seeped out and dried.
    • The pattern you want to show should be on the inside.  In  my case, the rosey pattern under my thumb.
  • Overlap and glue together 2 of the petals from the 4 petal piece of the second flower. (below)

  • Overlap and glue together 2 of the petals from the 3 petal piece of the third flower. (below) 

  • So these are what your three glued pieces should look like now.

  • For the 2 smaller pieces, I bent the bottom, pointy tip under which gives you a surface to glue them together inside of each other.
  • Depending on the project for your roses, you might also want to bend the tip of the large piece to allow you to adhere it to a flat surface.
  • **In a couple days, I will post a 3-D project in which I did not bend the large piece and you'll see why.
  • Next roll the 1 petal and the 2 petal small scraps as pictured below.  (The smaller one will be tighter.)
  • TIP:  The color you want showing will be on the outside for these two small pieces.  Notice my rosey print now.
  • Glue the smaller piece into a tight spiral.  Allow to dry.
  • Glue an edge of the 2 petal piece to the small, tight spiral.
  • Leave this 2nd piece rolled a bit looser and glue the other edge.
  • Trim about 1/3 of this glued piece off the end.  Otherwise it will stick out of the rose too much.

  • Now you glue all the pieces together to look like this.

  • Allow the flower to dry completely.
  • Then spray with water or Glimmer Mist.
  • This makes the paper more pliable and allows you to curl the edges of the roses.
  • NOTE: Instead of curling the petals under, you can also curl them into points (like a triangle) for a different looking rose.

  • Last, I added glossy accents to the edges and inside bud of the rose and sprinkled with clear glitter glass.  (Chunky clear glitter would also work.)

  • Ta Da!!  El fin!

Thanks for stopping by, I really hope this tutorial was helpful and fun.  Be sure to check back to see my 3D project using these paper roses.  Lots of love and hugs!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Good Fun

If you never did you should.  These things are fun and fun is good. ~Dr. Seuss

Just a FUN and simple layout of my sweet lil fam.  When we would wake up in the California hotel during this trip Tessa would say, "Let's go to The Land and see Tink!"  I so enjoy the time I get to spend with my girls.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sass & Class

That's what 1940's girls are made of.

Miss Bernita Carlson lived with my great-grandparents for 3 years during WWII when her mother died.  She was like their own.

This layout is Part 2 of my May project for Mystic Paper.  Isn't the Prima paper amazing?

Lot's of fun techniques here:
  • Stamping with StazOn onto clear acetate circles (Using the Hardware stamp set from Crafty Secrets)
  • Elevate the clear circles with pop dots, **cover the dots with the cute Prima chipboard journal stickers
  • Tear a "photo shaped" hole, file and grunge it up for a shabby chic look
  • Use Grungeboard hinges and rhinestone brads to hold it open
  • Scrunch and gather ribbon into place using Beacons 3in1 glue
  • Sew, Sew, Sew (seriously, once I got started, I didn't want to stop
  • The small flowers are Prima.  Two of them (the pink and brown) are glimmer misted.
  • The large flowers were HANDMADE from the gorgeous Prima papers.  Can you see the glitter glass?  I spaced out closeups!  Dern it!  :)

And guess what, soon, I will have a technique tutorial posted for you with detailed pictures on exactly how I made my roses.  Cause I love ya!!  Be sure to check out Jenna and Sheri's blogs to see their awesome layouts and cards.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Eat Cake & Buy Shoes

Here is the first part of my May project for Mystic Paper's Design Team.  The Prima papers in my kit seemed just perfect for a Marie Antoinette themed card.  The pop of the bright pink Bo Bunny cardstock gives it some 'oomph' too.

I was so excited to try this week's sketch #53 from the "priscillastyles" Midnight Madness blog.  They are having a blog "party" this week that has been tons of fun!

I started out creating this card as a Birthday card, but then I left the "Happy Birthday" off because really, you could use it more generically that way.  Like hey girlfriend, you had a hard day, "Eat cake and buy shoes!"  I know that's what I like to do.  In fact, the girls and I made a cake this week for no special reason at all.


OH my GOSH, I just realized we bought shoes too!  I totally didn't even think about that when I made this card.  Hahahahaha!  See, I follow my own advice.  Now Mommy needs new little strappy gold "gladiatorettes."


Wednesday, May 05, 2010

May Kit for Mystic Paper

Look at the Prima pretties I got in my May kit for Mystic Paper.

3 Prima papers, 1 polka-dot BoBunny paper, 12x12 Prima Chipboard Journal stickers, pale pink trim, minty green trim

The backs of the wonderful papers.

How fun is this month going to be?  Our assignment is one 12x12 layout and one card.  Right now, I am letting the beauty of the paper speak to me.  You'll see soon what it says!  :)  Be sure to check out Jenna and Sheri's blogs to see their cute kits this month.