Friday, September 30, 2011

Sketch Fun!

It is no secret that I love sketches! I made this one just for you to use this weekend or whenever you get that next chance to sit down and scrap. I added some pennants to it since they are all the rave right now! I hope you share your creations with us here, in the gallery or on our facebook page!

The sketch:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Flower Power: Rosettes

Making Different types of Rosettes

Rosettes are everywhere in the scrapbook industry right now. You can use them on all sorts of projects and make all different sizes, colors and types. I will start with a basic rosette and then show you how to add ribbons and use punches to create different edges for your flowers.

  1. Cut a strip of paper 12" long. The wider the strip the bigger your flower will be.
  2. Score your strip every 1/4 of an inch (you can change this up to make different size rosettes but this is what I would consider the standard size.)
  3. Accordion fold your strip of paper like so.
  4. On one end put alot of really sticky adhesive.
  5. Stick this end to the other end to form a cylinder. Sometimes you may have to cut off one little fold of paper to get it to line up properly.
  6. Punch different size circles or scallop circles for the front and back of your rosette.
  7. Position a large glue dot in the middle of one of the circles.
  8. Adhere this piece to the back by squishing down your flower, pushing it together and lining the glue dot up with the middle.
  9. Place another large glue dot on the middle of the top of the rosette.
  10. Adhere another punched circle over top of that or a combination of circles.
  11. Tie floss through a button and adhere on top. You can also use bling, epoxy stickers, brads, whatever you like!
To add a ribbon:
  1. Cut 2 strips of paper approximately 3.5" long by about an 1.5" width. Feel free to change this up based on the size of your rosette.
  2. Cut the bottom of each strip at a diagonal.
  3. Cut two pieces of ribbon about 3.25" in length.
  4. Adhere the paper strips and ribbons in a "V" with a small staple.
  5. Attach your rosette on top with a glue dot or two.
Making a Pointed Rosette:
  1. Follow the above steps score every 3/8 of an inch.
  2. Turn your strip the opposite way on the score board and make a light score all the way down about 1/4" in on one side.
  3. Line up your cut marks with this score. Cutting V's into your strip by lining up each cut with each score.
  4. Push down and adhere to a punched circle
  5. Glimmer mist and embellish as desired.
Making a punched edge Rosette:
  1. Follow above steps but punch one edge of your strip with a decorative edge.
  2. If using a scallop edge line up your scores in between each scallop. If it is just a decorative edge just score every 1/4" as before.
  3. Push down and embellish as desired.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Flower Power: Fabric Flowers

For Pages or as Hair Bows

Right now fabric flowers are all the rave. There is all sorts of uses for them from scrapbook pages, altered art to hair bows for your little cutie. I am going to demonstrate how make them using scraps of fabric and felt and an a clip. Feel free to alter it as you need to use up the scraps you have or for different uses.

  • hot glue gun
  • hair clip (if making a hair bow)
  • needle and embroidery floss
  • button
  • felt scraps
  • about a 12 inch by 3-4 inch scrap of fabric
  1. Start with folding your strip of fabric in half
  2. Then sew with large stitches across the bottom folded edge (if you like frayed edges you can reverse this.) Make sure you not the end before starting so you can pull it tight.
  3. Once you get all the way across the bottom of the strip pull it tight and it will curl up into a semi circle shape.
  4. Put the two raw edges together and stitch together wrapping the stitches around the edges so it won't fray. Once done tie off and you will have a circle.
  5. Then trace circles onto your felt. I used 2 different sizes of thread rolls.
  6. Cut them out and glue one onto the back side of your flower. This holds it all together and helps keep the shape of the flower nicely. If you are making a hair bow this also makes a nice pad to put your clip on. Use a big clump of hot glue and glue the circle onto your flower.
  7. Cut out some more circles in a contrasting color if you like. You can also cut little notches in them for fun.
  8. Glue one of these onto the front of your flower.
  9. Glue the other smaller circle onto the top of that.
  10. Thread a button with some floss and tie.
  11. Glue that onto your flower. Make sure not to use too much in this step or the glue will come through the button holes.
  12. Next you will want to wrap your clip to make it stick in your cutie's hair better. Do this with a scrap of fabric and wrap it around the top portion of the clip. I usually wrap it around 3 times. Once the glue is dry cut off the excess.
  13. Glue this onto your flower (fabric side of clip onto the circle pad in the back.)
  14. Walla now your little cutie is even cuter. OR decorate scrapbook pages, mini albums, cards, home decor items, bags or gifts with these. The wider the scrap of fabric the bigger the bow will be.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

TTT Cruise Pages

Last year TTT and Embellish it teamed up to put on an awesome cruise. It left on 10-10-10 and went to the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands. My sister Anna and I were lucky enough to attend. Lately I have been working on some pages of the trip and wanted to share them with you. A few pages even included the Fancy Pants Beach Babe line featured in the TTT July Kit #1. The rest I used the fun papers included in my TTT goodie bag from the cruise. I Hope to get the chance to go on another one of these great cruises and that you do too!

My Creations:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

{Use your kit scraps} Confetti ribbon!

Before I pass on the blog to Carrie, I wanted to close my series today with a fun way to use little tiny scraps:
I will show you how I made this festive confetti ribbon. All I used was a hole punch, scotch tape and small coordinating scraps of papers:
After punching a whole bunch of confettis, I lined them up loosely:
Then I adhered scotch tape on top pushing here and there to make sure that it gets covered. You can repeat until you have your desired length of tape:
And that is it! Of course the tape no longer sticks so you need to add glue on the underside in order to attach it to your wrapped present.

I hope to have inspired you to use up that box of scraps! I will be back here in October! Thank you for visiting :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

{Use your kit scraps} Make easy garlands!

To continue working on our overflowing box of kit scraps, today, I will show you an easy way to make garlands. I just made this one for Halloween but a Christmas one would look great in the tree! Or wrapped around presents! The possibilities are endless and they are fun to make!
- pile of scraps
- circle punches of different sizes
- sewing machine
- distress ink (optional)
1/ Punch a bunch of circles out of your scraps in different sizes. Ink the edges if you'd like.
2/ Select them somewhat randomly and feed them in your sewing machine. They don't even have to be glued. Don't worry about centering them either. In my opinion, the imperfections add charm to this project.
Simple as that! Have fun!