Making use of the flower tutorials!

Just using some pretty cardstock, WorldWin metallic paper and vellum...no patterned papers here!

Last week, I put together a series of paper flower tutorials, and I thought it would be a good idea to share some projects I have created with those very flowers.  The neat thing about the flowers is that they can be used on just about any type of project, but it is nice to have a few projects to spark the imagination and get the creative juices flowing!

So today, I thought I would share with you a project I recently created using  WorldWin papers – specifically, a beautiful metallic pink cardstock and some matching pink vellum.  I used the vellum to make the rolled roses on this banner that I created to celebrate my two little girls.  The vellum gives a fantastic, soft look to the flowers and really plays up the delicate nature of these blooms.

I love my circle punch - it makes such a great and easy scalloped edge!

The other fun part of the banner project was making the scalloped edges on each of the components.  I have to admit that I do not have a huge assortment of punches so I try to make the most of the ones I do have.  And much like I used my trusty circle punch to make some flowers last week, I also used it for this project to make the edging!

So what do you think?  Is the banner as cute as the girls?

p.s. – don’t tell anyone, but I actually had my whole banner put together before I realized that I actually had the banner pieces in the wrong order.  It originally read “CUET”.  It’s a good thing I had some scissors to cut it all apart – and it’s a good thing I actually noticed!

Paper Flower Tutorial – PART 4

The repeating pattern on these lovely blooms make me want to fold little squares of paper all night!

MODIFIED JAPANESE KUSUDAMA FLOWERS

Years ago, I used to teach dance – ballet, tap and jazz.  At the end of each year, I would fold paper flowers for my students as a little congratulations for all they had accomplished that year.  I can still remember spending may nights with bright paper trying to figure out origami folds (and getting a few paper cuts too). I was always facinated to see how such geometric folding patterns could be used to create some really organic looking shapes!  So naturally, I decided to see what I could find in the world of paper folding for our floral tutorial series.

Today, I wanted to start by sharing a link with you to a great flower tutorial, and then share with you a way I modified it to use on a flat surface. This beauty,  the Japanese Kusudama flower over at Folding Trees, is a great way to create beautiful flowers for a home decor or altered item project.  But if you need something that will lay a little flatter, try this modification that I came up with:

Made with 5 -2" squares, this makes a great addition to a card or scrapbook layout.

Oh, and don’t forget to come by tomorrow for the last day of our tutorial series.  Let’s just say – it will be worth the wait!

A PDF version of this tutorial will be available soon!  Please check back for updates.

Happy Thanksgiving!

So, it is Thanksgiving here in Canada today!  The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and you can definitely tell that snow is not far away (in fact, we can already see it out on the Rockies)!  It really is a neat time to think about the things that we are thankful for.  For me, my adorable and healthy family and extended family, a beautiful home, a job I love.

In celebration this day, I thought I would just take a quick minute to share with you a layout I created recently!  I used to work in a historical village, and we would pass the time between visitors to our house by learning traditional crafts.  My favourite house was a little sandstone building where I could sit by the old piano and learn how to hand quilt!  This little layout of my second daughter was inspired by those days in the sandstone house:

This paper just reminded me of beautiful fabric!

It’s a beautiful and simple “log cabin” design inspired by the quilting world!  Using some beautiful BasicGrey Origins paper, I created a 5X5″ design that I could use on a 12X12 sheet of paper.  It’s a great pattern you can try too!

Simply start by cutting some patterned paper into 1″ strips.  Choose your centre pattern, take one of your strips of paper and cut a 1″ square.  You now need to create the following strips in different patterns:

And a beautiful flower had to find a place on this page

  • 3 – 1″X2″ strips
  • 2 – 1″X3″ strips
  • 3- 1″X4″ strips

Simply start from your center square and rotate your way around it using the next longest length.  When you finish, you will have a 5″X5″ square panel that you can add to a layout.  This could make a great pattern for a “baby” themed layout or card as well!  Hmmmm…maybe I need to check out a few more of the quilting patterns! :)

So, even if you are not celebrating Thanksgiving in your country today, remember to take some time to think about the blessings in your life!  Thanks for stopping by today and I would love to hear about the things in your life that you give thanks for!  Leave me a comment if you have a moment!

p.s. – I was playing with my circle punch and some scrap paper last night and created a bunch of different paper flowers!  Can’t wait to share them with you!  Stay tuned!

Happy Canada Day!

Welcome to our first ever CropChocolate unofficial blog hop!  What better way to celebrate Canada Day (well, besides a great BBQ)!

CC Unofficial Blog Hop - Blog Candy

Jasmine's Blog Candy - don't forget to leave a comment!

If you have arrived here after visiting all of the posts – congratulations!  You’ve made it to the end.  If you just happened to stop by this post, make sure you go back and start at the beginning of this fun hop with Jasmine’s amazing post.  Why?  Well, because I said so <she says in her mother’s voice.  ugh…scary!>.  If that isn’t enough of a reason, Jasmine has donated some great blog candy that we will give away randomly to one lucky person who takes the train for a full ride and leaves a comment at each stop!  So if you need to, visit Jasmine’s blog here!

So, now that the official business on this unofficial blog hop is taken care of, I wanted to share a little tip for you all.  Earlier this week, I posted a message about my new addiction – Glossy Accents.  I think I promised you a video with a tip on how you can use the product to make letters for titles on layouts or cards pop.  Well, due to some technical difficulties (and by technical, I mean a dead battery on the video camera ;)), the video is out for today!  But I still did want to share the tip so I pulled out my trusty camera (which also has a dying battery I might add), to take you through the steps.

Step 1  – Cut out letter

Step 1 - Letter Cutout

Step 1 - Opposites Attract letter cut out at 3/4" on Bazzill Basics "Rain" paper

Step 1 is really that easy!  Just get yourself a letter that has been cut out of paper in whatever way you can.

Step 2 – Ink Edges (optional)

Step 2 - Ink edges of letter

Step 2 - Ink edges of letter

This is an optional step, but adds a nice dimension to the letter.  Just take some water based ink (I used the Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China), and ink up the edges by either using an applicator or simply running the ink pad along the edges of the letter.  I like to use a water-based ink for this step so the ink bleeds a bit when I add the Glossy Accents.  Speaking of adding the Glossy Accents…

Step 3 – Add Glossy Accents

Step 3 - Add Glossy Accents to top surface of letter

Step 3 - Add Glossy Accents to top surface of letter

For this step, I actually start by placing the letter down on a Cricut mat.  These mats are sticky and allow me to place the letter down in one spot and apply the Glossy Accents without having to handle it with my fingers.  Having said that, it never saves me from getting the stuff on my fingers, but it does prevent me from leaving fingerprints on the letters!  Using the great applicator tip, just squeeze out the Glossy Accents and rub onto the surface of your letter (your applicator tip might get clogged, but just use a pin to get the medium flowing).  Feel free to add a thick coat – it dries pretty quickly and it will give you letter a really great domed effect.  Oh, and once it is dry, you can actually add another layer on top for even more dimension!  The GA will go on cloudy, but will dry completely clear and shiny!

Step 4 – Wait patiently for your letter to dry

The before and after shot

The before and after shot

This isn’t the greatest picture (I was trying to capture the shine and dimension for you), but you can see the difference in the two letters.  The great thing about this technique is you can use it on titles you might already have down on a page if they seem to be fading off into the background paper (minus the inking of the edges) and the letters will pop right off the page!

So that’s it for my tip today, and for our first unofficial CC blog hop today – I hope you were inspired along the way! Remember to leave a comment below – we will announce our winner on July 4th (just to add to the excitement for our Southern friends). Oh, and don’t be sad; there is more fun to be had tomorrow!  Make sure to visit again for more great projects from our CC friends, and even some more blog candy!