Thursday, 12 April 2012

Making a flower from a Border

Came across this little tidbit while surfing some favorite blogs. What a great trick to have in your back pocket, especially when you are out at a crop and can't bring all your supplies with you.  I tried it, and it really was quick and easy.  From Miss Fancy Pants:

I also formed the scalloped border piece into a flower. I started by taking some of the “sticky” off the back and then crumpling and then flattening it out again, which made it easier to form. I then added a thread button to the center for a bit of dimension."

By the way, if you don't know how to "remove the sticky" just rub some cornstarch or baby powder on the back.  I have so many paper borders though, that I don't even need to use my stickers.  Especially those borders I cut off Sassafras Lass papers that don't have an immediate need.  I must have dozens of those!

Monday, 9 April 2012

April Class 2012

Class is April 16th  and cost $15.00.  In this first layout, we'll use some Crafter's Workshop templates to add another layer of dimension to our layouts.  Bring a dark blue/purple pen!

In this second layout, we will use a "stained glass" technique, filling in the "panes" with patches of color.  For those of you with Make the cut or Sure Cuts a lot, this layout is a snap with the help of your cricut!


Hope to see you there!  Don't forget to check out the April card class where we will do 6 different cards with a rainbow theme:  


And for those looking ahead to the May 14th class, here's a sneak peak:


Monday, 2 April 2012

Framed "Tag" Art

Tags are all the rage.  I remember when we'd all wait for Tim Holtz to do his 12 tags of Christmas.  Now he's doing 12 tags of April for pete's sake.  Ha ha ha..

Pink Paislee inspired me with a beautiful project, based on essentially tags.  I decided I just had to do my own version.  Since we repainted the bathroom this weekend, and none of my old decor matches, I was faced with the perfect opportunity.  I loved working on it, and hope you enjoy the end result.

(Like this project?  Let me know if you'd like me to do it as a class!)

I started with an old gilt frame that no longer matches our house.  I removed the glass and mat, and painted the whole thing over with guess.  It took about 3 coats, but I still purposely left some of the original color showing to make it look "distressed."

Next came the tags.  Banners are all the rage right now, so I went with that.  I hand cut a template, then traced it onto an old music book back from my music school days. (trust me, I no longer care about "The Art of Counterpoint!")

Because I knew I wanted to add paint, clear Rock candy distress paint and the like, I backed each paper banner on chip board to give it some substance.  Then I started decorating!  I knew I liked the "family" tags on the Pink Paislee sample, so I made my own version of that.

Next, I added a Prima flower from the Gatsby collection.  It already had chiffon, lace and tulle.  I added a little lacey edging to the tag which I stained with some ink in broken China and Stormy sky. and it was ready to go.  The next tag was simple.  I just framed a black and white picture with white and inked the edges of the tag brown.   

This tag featured just Katelyn.  I actually made this black flower from scratch.  I punched out 3 flower shapes, stamped it with text, coated with clear rock candy distress and curled the edges. Again, some blue distress ink, paper lace trim and two banners cut from gold and blue paper.  Three rhinestones added just the right touch of bling.

This tag again utilized the same lace trim but paired with some blue ribbon and buttons.  I had the die cut heart in my stash so I added some stitching to give it character.  In hindsight, I wish I would have used white thread instead of blue.  Oh well!  This tag also has some brown distress ink added.

Now this tag was very simple.  It was the only color picture I used, so it already stood out.  A  button, some baker's twine in yellow and a Jenni Bowlin pre-made butterfly and I was good to go.

I think there's something to be said for hanging back.  Many of these tags had lots and lots of elements, so some of them, I kept simple.  The tag on the left just had the black and white picture and the Jenni Bowlin butterfly.  The tag on the right had one of my home made flowers, with the same lace trim and some stitching on the edges.  A yellow scrap of paper helped make things pop.

Finally, a left over Pink Paislee stamp shaped die cut, a flower and brad and some baker's twine help embellish this cute picture of Josh flying a kite.

I strung some simple paper coated wire from nails I hammered into the back of the frame, added a black ribbon at the top and hung the tags from clothespins.  I don't like these large ones, so i am ordering in some smaller sized ones.  Hey, I wanted them for a card class coming up anyway, so why not?!

It's a great addition to my bare bathroom wall.  I can so easily change the look and feel, maybe I can do another for my living room in different colors?  Time to hit the goodwill store for some more frames!