Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Crepe Paper Flowers Tutorial

A few months ago, I ran across a fun little do it yourself project in one of my favorite scrapbooking magazines, Creating Keepsakes.  It was a tutorial for making your own flowers.  So I bought the materials and this week I gave it a shot on one of my latest scrappy projects.

You can see the flowers featured here on my "Lakeside Rose Garden" layout.

They are super easy and fun to make! Here's the steps...

You will need: crepe paper or tissue paper, your favorite color of glimmer mist, a button, needle and thread, and paper towels.

1.  Cut 6 circles out of tissue or crepe paper, 3 circles in each of 2 sizes. I used crepe paper on mine which gave it a different texture.  I also hand-cut my circles out at 2" and 2 1/2".

2. Crumple each circle up and then flatten it to add more texture and depth.

3.  Add a button in the middle and sew the layers together using white thread.

4. Lay your flower onto the paper towels and cover liberally with glimmer mist. (I used Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist in Bubblegum Pink.) Make sure you lift the petals and get the color between each layer. You can add just a light layer of mist to get a pastel colored flower or a lot of mist to get a more intense colored flower. Let dry.

5. Once the flower is dry, you can trim the circles to get a more circular look like I did or you can leave the flower as is.  Attach to your layout using glue dots and fluff the petals to give volume and shape.

6. Enjoy your completed project. I created this card using one of my flowers to give it a feminine touch.

As a bonus, I want to show you how to add color to your white fabric Thickers. They come in 3 different styles and they are great for adding your own color to. I colored the letters "Lakeside" in my layout at the top of this post and the turquoise brackets in the card above.

You will need: white fabric Thickers, glimmer mist, excess sticker backing from your glue dot roll or xyron machine or waxed paper, paper towels

1.  Choose the letters you want to use and place them onto the sticker backing sheet or waxed paper. (This is so that you can get them off and place them on your project once they are dry.)

2. Place your letters on the sheet from step one onto a piece of paper towels and cover liberally with glimmer mist. (I used Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist in Turquoise Blue.)

3. Blot off excess mist with a paper towel. I found it really helpful to get as much of the mist off of the backing sheet as possible to keep my hands clean. Repeat if needed to darken the color. Let dry.

4. Attach to your project to add your own personalized color. :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Can It Really Be November Already?

Wow, this fall is flying by at record speed. The last few weeks have been especially busy around here with Halloween, my friend Bek's birthday, and my birthday all bunched right together.  And between those events, working, and creative time the past few weeks have whooshed past me. 

My birthday was a great time and I really enjoyed hanging out with my family and friends.  My parents even got me a new Vera Bradley purse to add to my collection.  It's the Bowler bag, which I have decided is my perfect purse....just enough room for everything I need and a place for everything and everything in it's place. It's one of those things in my life that make me happy! :)

Sorry for the huge margins...I have no idea how to get rid of them. Anyways, this is the new Carnaby is gorgeous! Love the pinks, oranges, and browns in here. :)

I also have been busily working on a mini book for my friend Rebekeh's birthday that was a few weeks ago.  I normally don't make a lot of mini books but after we took all those beautiful pictures a few weeks ago and I found the perfect patterned paper from SEI to match, I knew that this would be one birthday present that would knock her socks off...and it did! :)

I used one of the BoBunny cascading albums to complete this project.  It was a great canvas to work on and just the right amount of space to add my photos and accents.  The patterned papers are all from SEI's "Windsor" line and the combo of yellows, browns, purples, and gold perfectly coordinated with my photos. I also found a ton of great leaf embellishments and used a gold leafing pen on the edges of each the elegant touch it added!

This is a layout I created a few weeks ago about my mom and her love of gardening. I am always taking pictures of her beautiful blooms and I wanted to have a layout in my albums that showed who the true gardener was behind the gorgeous flower photos. It is titled "A Gardener Lives Here" and the journaling reads,
"No it's not me. I have one of those black thumbs when it comes to plants. The true gardener in our family is my mom. Her flowers are always gorgeous and she always has some exotic plant or another around the house. She can take a plant that is dying and nurse it back to health. There was this one plnat that was just a nub of a stem and by the end of the summer Mom had transformed it into a gorgeous blooming plant full of big pink flowers. So please don't give me the credit. I only take the pictures of these gorgeous blooms. It is Mom who truly has the green thumb in our house."
I had a blast creating this little garden at the top of my page with various Prima flowers and some green paper frills from Doodlebug. 

These are pictures of my friends and I hanging out on a tank at a local park. I especially like the up close picture of the gears....the colors and contrast of the photo is just really cool!  I haven't decided if I am going to add journaling or not. The chipboard stars and "&" sign I made by heat embossing them first and then going around them with a silver leafing pen. :) I also didn't have a silver letter tag of an "R" so I transformed an "F" into an "R" with my Slickwriter.
Also hooray for using up old Making Memories metal embellishments. :)

This is one of my favorite photos of my dog Rusty. It was one of the last photos we took of him before we got our second dog. The journaling isn't written yet, but it is going to talk about how he pretty much ran the house and how much a part of our lives he was. The title piece is a Jolee's sticker and I found these great papers from Crate Paper to coordinate with it.

I absolutely love this layout for so many reasons.  The colors are so bright and bold and they compliment my mom so beautifully for her birthday. :) The papers and embellishments are all from My Mind's Eye and they are so whimsical and fun. It was a super simple page to make and it turned out perfectly!