Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bashful Bunny Blog Hop

Well, I am editting my post, because it didn't post as scheduled. Well, actually I goofed and scheduled it wrong, so I am fixing it to post now. This is the 2nd stop in the Bashful Bunny Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from Julie's Blog . Read on for how to win some blog candy.

I was going to make some fabulous Easter project for you, but time got away from me and I was just not very Easter inspired the last couple of weeks. I happened to talk to a friend that spents $12 on a headband for her daughter to wear with her Easter dress. Well that seemed crazy to me when she could have made some flowers and glued them to a headband. I decided to see if you could make inexpensive flowers for headbands. I have seen many of the satin flowers and have seen that there are a variety of direction on how to make them and what fabrics work best. Some people have said not to buy cheap fabrics, so it was time to experiment. I bought the cheap costume satin from Walmart ($2.48 per yard). I bought a quarter of a yard in four different colors and spent $2.48 and it was enough to make 64 flowers with scraps left over.

On to the flowers...
Step 1 Cut four sizes of circles. I used the Sizzix originals die Circles #2. I folded the fabric to the size of the die and it ended up being 16 layers of fabric. I was a little afraid that it wouldn't cut, but I wanted to see what my Vagabond could really do. It cut through the 16 layers of fabric. I was impressed.

Step 2 Heat the edges to melt the edges of the fabric. Here is where I have seen many differing directions from heat guns to candles. I used my embossing heat tool for the ones on the left and long lighter from the Dollar Tree for the ones on the right. You can see they gave different results. The open flame caused it to curl more. I tried to decide which one I like better and it depends on what I would be using them for. They both would have their uses.

Step 3 I used a piercing tool to poke a hole and insert a brad through the layers of fabric. I have seen some people say they sew them and others glue them. I didn't have the patience for either of those options. I poked and hole and used a brad....quick, easy, and no drying time.

Now, for the blog hop candy. In order to be eligible for my blog candy leave me a comment on this post and I will draw on Tuesday. I would love to hear how you would use these flowerws or what you would like to see in upcoming posts. I am offering a $10 gift code to That gives you about 65 different classes to choose from in that price range, or you caan apply it toward a more expensive class. I would love for you to become a follower. Have a super weekend and now head on over to Tiara's Blog.

Unscripted Sketches #102

It  is hard to believe it is Saturday again already. It has been a very busy week. Baseball season started and I was working on some projects. You mix in that it was high stakes testing week and internet issues it equals me not blogging in a week. Sorry girls, it will be better this week. Hope you enjoy this week's creation!

Well, I have a new love. It is called Yes Paste. It is wonderful. It used to be when I was doing an altered project I would use modge podge. I hate how it crinkles the paper though. I switched to Aleene’s Tacky Glue in the brush on bottle and watered it down a little. It was less crinkling, but still kind of messy. A wonderful friend on the Cricut Message Board mentioned Yes Paste and I thought I better try it. I tried several times, but M’s was out of it. When they finally got it in, I tried it to attach paper to a stretched canvas. It worked wonderfully, but you know me always trying to fix things that aren’t broke. I decided to try the modge podge again. I was very disappointed. The paper crinkled some. I was able to salvage it, but I definitely wasn’t as happy with the results.  Anyway….I learned from my mistakes and it is back to the Yes Paste for me.

I made this canvas using some Cosmo Cricket papers, but I really didn’t like the matte finish of the papers. This was for a little girl and even though the papers are in girly colors, I just wasn’t satisfied. I decided the paper needed some shimmer to it and I decided to try my hand at making some do it yourself glimmer glaze. I used a couple tiny spoons (like the size of the tasting spoons at Baskin Robins) of iridescent medium, a few drops of distress reinker, and water. I stirred it up really well and had this shimmery green liquid.
I used a brush and painted on all of the papers. Because I used only a few drops of the distress ink, the color was very sheer and not overbearing at all. I think this pic will show how shimmery the paper turned out. I loved the result, but didn’t think it was the same result you would get from real glimmer glaze. I was under the impression that glimmer glaze was thicker more like nail polish. I have since received a bottle as a gift and it is the same consistency. I am actually quite pleased with my glimmer glaze. 

The next technique I used was to redo this chipboard C. The C was in a pattern that wouldn’t match the canvas. I had seen a video where Tim Holtz did this to metal letters, so I thought why not chipboard. First I gave it a coat of white paint and let it dry. Next, I painted it again in white and then covered the wet paint with clear UTEE. I used the heat gun and melted the embossing powder.  I wanted a smoother thicker finish, so I pressed it into my embossing pad and covered it in UTEE again. When I melted it this time it was much smoother.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Unscripted Sketches #101

Here is this week's sketch. I hope you enjoy!
Well, it is finally here! My first official sketch as a member of the Unscripted Sketches Design Team. I had fun with this sketch. It is the perfect sketch for a quick easy layout you can't help but love. The papers are from Echo Park's For the Record collection. I used my photos to follow the sketch. This layout would have been much different if I had used patterned papers where I have the photos and then added my photos on top. If I can find the time this weekend, I am going to use this sketch again and see how different it comes out.
I actually have multiple photos of the layout, but I keep getting system errors while trying to post. Please go to the Unscripted Sketches website to see what I and my fellow designers made with this sketch.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Long Time No Post

It has been a crazy week. I just have not been on posting. Sorry everyone, I promise to be better this week. First I never posted the winner of my blog candy. With the help of a random number generator we have a winner and it is joydee1963. I sent you an email. I will get it out to you ASAP.

Tomorrow is the new sketch from Unscripted Sketches. Make sure you come back to see what I made. I will give you a hint. It uses some of my favorite papers. Can you say Echo Park?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

It's A Party!!!!

I am glad you stopped by today, as I have huge news to share. There is a party going on over at Unscripted Sketches. There is a blog hop and prizes. There is also a reveal of their newest design team members. Did you see the new gadget over on the left. Yes, that's right! I am one of the new design team members. I hope you decide to follow Unscripted Sketches and check back often to take part in the challenges and see what I am designing. Today though, go check out all the other great designers and leave them some bloggy comment love. Have a Super Sketchy Saturday!

I thought I would go ahead and share something that hasn't made its way onto the blog yet. This is a simple two page layout I did using the Echo Park For the Record collection. I LOVE ECHO PARK!!!! Can we say KathyJo's favorite papers (for now anyway). Okay these are some pictures Courtney took of herself. She is into this self portrait thing right now and for the record she took these in the bathroom. I thought this was weird, but she thinks this is normal. Like I said these are Echo Park papers which I think are very fun and lots of Primas. The little flowers brads are Making Memories and the yellow cardstock is recollections. I am trying to pay more attention to what I am using, so I can let you guys know. Have a super day!

Friday, April 1, 2011

With the Rain Comes All Things Beautiful Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the With the Rain Comes All Things Beautiful Blog Hop. If you arrived here from Amy's Blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened to stop by, you might want to start at the beginning here. Be sure to thank scraps2treasure for hosting this great hop. I hope you enjoy my project and if you would like a chance at my blog candy leave me a comment letting me know you have become a follower. If you are already a follower just leave me a comment for your chance. Now on to the project... I made this altered spring canvas for a swap I'm in on the Cricut message board. I hope you enjoy!
Purple is my favorite color, but not one I create with very often.
I included my first ever stick pin that I have made. The large flowers are some of my favorites to make. They are used dryer sheets. You simply cut four circles out of a used dryer sheet and fasten with a brad in the middle. Then spray with the glimmer mist of your choice. These are made with popsicle and cosmo.
I added a few fussy cut flowers.
A better look at the stickpin.
Now that you have seen what I made and the blog candy waiting for a new home, head on over to Jessica's Blog for yout next stop.