Monday, November 22, 2010

~Baby Girl~

This is a picture of my DD Erin taken on Mothers Day this year. I just love her in red. Like most little girls she's usually in Pink from head to toe but occasionally she'll wear another colour and it's such a treat!!
This is a lift of one of my favourite artists Robin whose work I've always admired. All the embellishments have been handmade on this LO

I used the ribbon rose tutorial for this months ribbon and fabric twist for the DIY challenge I host over at These are really quick and easy to make and although it may be tricky to get them started in the beginning, they super easy once you get the hang of it. I then placed the ribbon roses into a layered flower I made using black satin and chiffon.
I made some more of the brilliant Lisa Gregory's ribbon rose bud vines using red and black satin ribbon. I painted over the green floral tape with some Onyx Creative Imaginations paint. These paints are sooo gorgeous and the colours are beautiful and rich. The paints are also a lot thicker than shimmerz and really add a lovely finished touch to a project.
For the 3rd set of flowers I just twisted some strips of black chiffon around and the made coils with the twisted strips and then added some paper roses on top of those. I then layered the coiled blooms onto some red organza ribbon I had in my stash 
I then took some black UTEE and mixed in a little white perfect pearls which I them embossed these butterflies and the title chipboard lettering with. It has a beautiful shimmer to it IRL and a great way to revive some old dated chipboard pieces you may have in your stash.

I then thought it would be fun to play around with some modeling paste and made some distressed paper edges by randomly applying some paste and then brushing it out using a very small paint brush. I added some red acrylic paint to the paste before applying to the paper. I then randomly painted some onyx creative inspiration paint over the dried paste.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tip - Making your own 5,6 & 8 petal flowers

For those of you who don't have all the fancy die cutters and punches but really want to make your own flowers, here's a tip on how to cut your own 5, 6 & 8 petal flowers ANY size and shape you want.

Step 1 and 2 are common for all 3 variants

5 Petal Flower
Step 1
Cut a piece of CS or PP into a square. The size would depend of the size you would like your flower to be.

Step 2
Fold the square corner to corner forming a triangle

Step 3
Find the centre of the base of the triangle and then fold the right corner over to the left at a 135 degree angle as shown below
Step 4
Fold the left corner over to the centre as shown making a 90 degree angle to the base
Step 5
Draw the shape of the petal you would like. For my example I did a distressed looking petal
Step 6 - Cut around your drawn petal and open the folds............Viola, a 5 petal flower!!


Follow steps 1 & 2 as above and then move onto step 3 from here

Step 3 - Find the centre of the base of the triangle and fold your corners up at an angle to form a cone shape as shown
Step 4
Draw the shape of the petal you'd like and cut out with a scissors
Step 5
Open the fold and you have your 6 petal flower


Again, use step 1 and 2 from above and then follow from here

Step 3
fold the right corner over to meet the left corner thus forming a smaller triangle
Step 4
Take the top layer from the left corner and fold it up to meet the opposite corner
Step 5
Turn over and do the same on the other side forming a concertina fold
Step 6
Draw the shape of your petal and cut out with a scissors

Step 7
Open the folds and you have your 8 petal flower

Now how easy was that!!!!!! Hope you enjoy!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Christmas Tag ~ UTEE and Perfect Pearls

So after browsing the net for some Perfect pearls tips and techniques I was in the mood to play around with some of my own. I thought it would be fun to combine some Perfect Pearls embossing with some UTEE. I wasn't up to making a full LO so I made this Christmas tag.

 I first created the bg by applying some aged mahogany and pine needles distress ink to my non-stick craft mat. I spritzed some water onto the ink and then layed the tag over that. I dried the tag with my heat gun in between layers. This is a technique taken from Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities.
Once that was dried I embossed using my script stamp with some white perfect pearls. I then applied my Santa image over the embossed script bg and inked the edges of the image and tag with some walnut stain distress ink.
 Once all the ink was dry I added several layers of Clear UTEE over the entire tag sealing the image. After applying the third layer of UTEE I stamped into the UTEE with the same script stamp I used for the embossed image. Tip: Remember to apply some clear embossing ink to the stamp before you stamp into the UTEE to prevent it from sticking.

I used my dear friend Amarily's Pointsettia Tutorial for the bloom to add the final Christmassy touch.
The alphas are white Making Memories mini alphas which I painted one light coat of antique gold creative inspiration paint over and then outlined with some gold paint liner.

This is my first ever tag and I think I really like the idea of being able to play around with new techniques on tags instead of an entire LO.

Monday, November 1, 2010

SNR - Issue #11 now available

It's time for another issue of Scrapbook News and Review Over the next few weeks, SNR has a lot of fabulous things headed your way. In the meantime, check out the latest issue, chat on the message board, read some cool articles on the front page, and submit your artwork for our calls. You just might see your beautiful projects in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine!