Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Easy Fabric Flower Tutorial

For this super easy fabric flower you will need a strip of material 2" x 12", needle, thread, scissors, button or other embellie, button thread and adhesive.

If you want the frayed look, tear your material instead of cutting it.  Make a 1" snip in one end of your fabric.  Grab both ends and pull - hard.

If you are using floss, like I did, separate the 6 threads into 3 before threading your needle.  (Check out my tip on using beading needles).

Using a running stitch (small in and out stitches about 1/2" apart) along the long side of your fabric - close to the edge.  Do not knot either end of your thread.

Gather your material strip by pushing all the fabric together tightly and tie a knot.  Adjust your circle of fabric as needed.

Using that beading needle will accomodate any size cording to "dress" your button (can't have naked buttons, now can we?). 

I don't sew my buttons down, I use Zots medium size glue dots to adhere them.

Here's the finished flower. 
Thank you MommaSaid for the suggestion!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Another layered card

The ribbon on this layered card and on the previous post is something I picked up at the Fabric Store.  They had packages of various ribbon bundled up for only $2.  Hancock Fabric Warehouse was the store.

The image was stamped twice, once on dotted swiss with black ink and once on white cardstock with colorbox chalk green ink.  Using my cutterbee scissors I trimmed just the inner circle and glued it on top of the dotted swiss.  Lime Green Stickles help hide the black ink below.

Again, I used cuttlebug embossing folders with colorbox chalk ink rubbed over the embossing.

The scalloped circles are Spellbinders Nestabilities with some pop dots for more dimension.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Layered Card

My Mom was given a huge bag of lace from another family member who knows my Mom sews.  Mom makes awesome doll clothes for all her grandkids and being the wonderful Mom that she is, she passed on the bag and said to pick some out! 

Soooooo I made some flowers by gathering one edge with a running stitch and then pulling tight.  A knot secures the flower.

In this layered card, I used some Hero Arts Stamps, a 1 1/4 circle punch, 2 sizes of the scalloped circle nestabilites, of course my favorite ink (colorbox chalk ink), cuttlebug embossing folders and stickles.  The little string bow was attached with diamond glaze.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Calming Curious George

I got this Recollection Paper at Michaels the other day and knew this was the picture for it!  I used my Gypsy to weld the letters from the Gypsy Font.  A little Glimmer Mist gave the kraft paper title some sparkle.
The loops punch around the page punches from Martha Stewart are one of my fav's for matting pictures.

The accordian flower was my first project using my newest tool from Martha (see below post).  One of those clever lever scalloped punches was the base for the other flower.  Waterfall, Lime Green and Orange Peel stickles spice up this flower.  Doodlebug Frill Stickers make up the the stems.  Finally, I journaled on a 2 inch piece of kraft paper and put down stich stickers along the sides.

As you can see in the picture, my Grandson Dominic, dumped out the towels on the floor and climbed in the laundry basket for a comfy place to watch his most favorite show - Curious George.  This is our go to "calming method" for right now.

New Tool

I was browsing through Michaels the other day and look, Martha Stewart has a new tool!  And it's almost half the price of the Score pal - only $19.99.  Plus it comes with a a triangle tool to make envelopes and and a drawer to hold the score tool.

Here's a pic of inside the little door. It has all the measurements for standard card sizes and boxes with fold lines marked also. The triangle has a lip on the other side to keep it in one of the grooves and measurements for standard size envelopes. How cool is that?

Bonus!!!!! Michaels takes the 40% coupon for this item.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Button Tips

I just adore buttons!  But...I like them to look sewn on.  A layout with buttons that aren't sewn on just makes me crazy.  We all have those little quirks and this is mine.  With that said, I have found a few ways to make sewing on buttons a little easier and thought I would share.

My first share is using beading needles.  You can find them in the bead section of the craft store. 

They are connected at the ends and the middle is open.  I put one of my favorite gems in the center to make this point.

Often, when I have more than one button, I just thread and tie them all in a row.

Afterwards I snip the ends with my favorite Tonic scissors.  These things are super sharp and cut ribbon and floss without leaving those little snags.                                     

My favorite adhesive to use to secure buttons down is Zots Medium glue dots.                               
I hope this inspires you to break out your buttons and sew them down!!!!!!  If you choose not to sew them... well....I promise not to hold it against you!  Lol  Have a great day! 

Friday, May 14, 2010

This is Mans Work

I received a box of goodies from Scrapbook.com for participating in their National Scapbooking Day Challenges. I got these fabric covered thickers; Green At Heart Dimentional stickers along with a host of other goodies. I had to bust these out to scrap these pics of Dominic and his Dad mowing.

I think this is one of the first times they mowed at their very first home! For a long time Dominic just loved to "help" mow but it seems lately the noise is a little scary.

I used the Crafters Workshop template for the 6" label and circle. I cut a 2" strip and 4 1" circles out of the striped paper and inked them with Colorbox Chalk Ink. I seem to reach for these little gems frequently! I just love the softness of the chalk ink. Signo makes the best white ink pen there is (in my opinion), it really stands out on just about any paper or photo. I used .005 black micron to doodle around the label. A layout from me just isn't complete unless I sprinkle a little bling - so for this one I used the lime green Stickles as dots around the green circle.

Aside from textured Bazzill Background paper, everything else is BG Green At Heart.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Some really old silly pics!

Yep, that's me on the left with my finger up my nose. The really silly part is Kevin has a darker mustache because I colored it with my mascara!

We were 15 and 16 here and it was fun finding these pics and even more fun scrapping them.

All products are either BG Sugar Rush or matching Bazzill.

Of course I used my gypsy, cricut and yes, lyrical letters cartridge for the title work.

And what's a layout without a little stickles? It seems I can't keep those little dots from slipping away to no where land when removing them before placing them on the page. So I usually end up with a stickles dot!
The hearts are all hand cut with those wonderful Tonic Scissors and doodled with Micron pens.

I'm sorry to those who I offend with this next statement - Buttons without fibers or something just look NAKED. Some floss and fiber completes this lo. Thanks for looking

Monday, May 10, 2010

Great On Line Scrapbooking Store

I love shopping on line for scrappy supplies but get completely bummed out when the shipping costs totally wreck my budget. www.scrapbookpal.com has free shipping on orders of $25 or more. How cool is that!!!!

Another Reason why I love my Gypsy

Did you know that with the original Cricut Personal Cutter the smallest size you can cut is 1 inch? Using the Gypsy you can resize your image/font smaller. That's just one more reason to get this Fabulous tool! The feature I love the most is Welding (or smooshing the letters together) so your letters come out as one piece for SUPER FAST Titles!!!!

Don Juan is the Cartridge I used on this layout. The black title was a little harsh against this light blue so I did a little pen work around the letters.

In the right hand corner is the smaller than 1 inch date. The title is cut at 1.5 inches and welded together.

I used the Martha Stewart Loops Punch Around the Page for the small frame. I have waited a long time to get my hands on this set! A little Cat's Eye ink and some Baby Blue Stickles, tada!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

More Lyrical Letters

I'm really loving cards with Kraft Paper and was able to whip these two out so quickly!

The Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 8 dies are perfect for cards. I cut two and then doodled around the edge.

I used the Lyrical Letters for both sentiments. Love that both were a 1 button option. By pressing the shift key I was able to get the flower/stem/leaf cut in another color. (I used Copic markers to color the stem and leaf.) A gem and a bit of Baby Blue Stickles finished off the flower. A little stamping and I'm done!

Again, I used the Lyrical letters cart for the leaves and Orange Peal Stickles for the knot in the bow.

Love those one touch cuts!!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Scrapbookpal.com Design Team Entry

I'm just loving the versatility of the Lyrical Letters Cartridge. On this lo I used the Jumbo key for Balls and Loop Dee Loo for the Galore. You can hardly tell, but I put crystal stickles all over the Galore.
Sizzix is another fav of my and I used that for the hearts across the bottom. Tim Holtz's Clear Rock Candy is on some of the hearts. My big crop o dile help put the metal grommets on.