Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Flower ATC's

   I made these cards a few weeks ago for the "Spring" ATC swap. I wish that I had gotten them on my blog sooner but it's spring and there is so much to do. Not to mention that I am hosting a "Fairy and Magical Folk" ATC swap. I needed to get my own cards for that swap done and out of the way, so that I could clear my studio of all that mess before the ATC's for the swap start arriving.

   The background for this card is scrapbook paper that I scanned and then re-sized. I inked the outside edges with a shade of pink that I pulled from the background paper. I made rolled paper roses from tissue paper. Since I only had white tissue paper I used chalk to color the paper before rolling it into little roses. The buds are made by only using the knot that is used to start the paper roses. The stems were made by separating embroidery floss and then pulling it through white glue and allowing it to dry on freezer paper. I finished it by tying a tiny pink bow and attaching it to the stems.

   I used scrapbook paper for the background of this card. The less than inchies were made by resizing another piece of scrapbook paper. I then cut it into little squares. I inked the edges on the card and the inchies with a brown ink pad. Then I went to my old typewriter and typed the word "Sunflower" both vertically and horizontally. I trimmed them to fit down the side and across the top of the card. I colored them with a matching chalk and glued them into place. I mounted the inchies onto pop squares, some having two layers of pop squares so that they would be lifted more than others. Then I arranged them until I was happy with the way that they looked. Then I attached them to the card.

    For this card I selected a blue piece of card stock and then used a contrasting piece of yellow for the center of the card. I then cut a strip of the same blue card stock and cut it into an 3/4 inch strip. I fringed the outside edge and then rolled it around a piece of floral wire to create the stem of the flower. Then I cut two leaves from dark green handmade paper. I covered the stem with floral tape catching the leaves against the stem with the tape. I ran a piece of matching sheer ribbon through my Xyron. This is a wonderful way to attach ribbon because it doesn't stain or show through the ribbon like glue would. Then I tied a tiny blue ribbon to the stem.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring ATC's

   A few weeks back it was unseasonably warm in Michigan where I live. In fact, on St. Patrick's day it was 84 degrees. A few houses down children were waist deep in the lake. Did that ever give me spring fever! I wrote on the ATC's list that I had spring fever and asked if anyone could host a spring card swap. You know, flowers, baby animals, even rain. Before I knew it one of our members stepped forward with two swaps. "Spring" and "Flowers". If she was both ambitious, and gracious enough to host two swaps at one time the least that I could do was join both. These are the cards from "Spring".

    To create the background I covered white card stock with Mod Podge. I crumpled white tissue paper and then smoothed it out some and pressed it into the Mod Podge. After it was dry I painted it green with an acrylic paint. When that was dry I mixed Perfect Pearls gold into a small mister bottle and sprayed it over the green. When that was dry I used a brown ink pad and rubbed it gently over some of the higher ridges to create the illusion of branches. I thought that I could pick up a small branch and some moss from the yard for the branch and the nest. I was sadly mistaken. Both crumbled and turned to dust. So I had to figure out something else. I drew the branch with Puffy Paint onto freezer paper. When it was dry I peeled it off. Now that I had my branch it was time to make the nest. For the nest I cut twine and some yarn into two inch pieces and pulled them apart. Then I rolled them in my hand into a small ball. I pushed a pencil eraser into it to make the indention for the eggs. After spending far too much time trying to make eggs by pulling small pieces of cotton from cotton balls to make the eggs and ending up with assorted sizes and no two alike, I finally figured out the easiest way to make them was by cutting the ends from Q-tips and rolling them into little balls to use as eggs. The leaves were made by cutting three large paddle shapes from green tissue paper and then cutting into them on both sides. Then they were twisted and glued to the branch ends. For the smaller ends, smaller paddle shapes were cut from tissue paper, and glued to the branch ends. I used my old typewriter to spell out "Spring". I used a hole punch and then glued them to the page.

    I used a rubber stamp for this card. I heat embossed it with copper embossing powder. I then painted it with pearl watercolors. This is a great technique. The embossing forms a raised barrier that helps keep the paint from running or smearing. I dropped a drop of black Puffy Paint onto freezer paper and when it was dry I peeled it up and glued it to the rabbit as an eye. The flowers were loose petals that I layered, then I put a drop of glue into the center and dropped tiny glass beads into the glue.

   The background of this card was done with watercolors. The little lamb was taken from an old coloring book. I re-sized it to fit this card. I made four copies. I then used watercolors to paint it. Then I flocked the little lamb. I used Flower Soft for the flowers. The second layer was the mid section, and the front of the lamb with the bucket. At this time I added the little bird to the stump. The third layer was the front of the lamb and the bucket. Finally I painted the bucket silver and put it in front of the lamb.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tiny Togs ATC Swap

   I joined a swap called Tiny Togs. This was such a fun swap. Making the tiny little clothes made me feel like a little girl again, playing with paper dolls.

   The little dress on this card was made using a piece of ruffled ribbon about 2 inches long. Using a low temp glue gun I put a small amount of glue on the back and folded each side in to make the bottom of the little dress. I then cut the scalloped edge from another piece of the same ribbon and glued it to the front of the dress taking it over and behind to make the top of the dress. I punched a tiny flower from a shinny gift bag and put a rhinestone in the center, and set it at the waist of the dress. For the background I chose a dabbled light blue scrapbook paper. Then I selected an even lighter blue and punched the edge and laid it on top of the blue paper. I punched small balloons in assorted colors of paper and covered them with matching color glitter glue. After they were dry I dropped Glossy Accents on them. I tied silver thread to each of them for their string. Then they were glued to the card. Using an old typewriter I typed "You're Invited" on copy paper. I then colored it with blue chalk, and used a punch to make the little invitation.

   For this card I scanned an old dress pattern and then re-sized it to fit on an ATC. I made two copies. One for the background and one to be used as the paper dolls. I cut a small strip of scrapbook paper and then ran it over the edge of scissors (like curling ribbon). Then I would crumple up the paper and then smooth it out. I did these two things again and again to break down the fibers of the paper. I then gathered the paper and attached it to the paper doll for the bottom of the dress. I cut out the top and then glued it in place. I used foam dots to attach the paper doll over her image on the card.

   This card was made by cutting apart a silk flower. I cut a large petal section in half and used a low temp glue gun to fold the petals to the back to make the bottom of the dress. I used two petals for the dress top. I used a smaller petal section to create the sleeves. I glitter glued the outside edges with silver. I cut silver ribbon in half to make the belt. I cut the wings free-form from another ribbon and edged them with glitter glue the color of the dress. For the background I used green chalk on white cardstock and then embossed it with a tiny leaf pattern. I glued down the wings and then centered the dress on them. On a jewelry tag I wrote "Priceless", after all if you were to find a fairy's dress wouldn't it be priceless?

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter Basket Scrap Book Page

   Easter is coming fast. I can hardly believe that it's that time of year already. I can't help but want to show you my two favorite little bunnies, all dressed for the occasion.

    I started with scrap book paper that looked a lot like a watercolor of Easter eggs in the grass. I covered each egg with Glossy Accents. Then believe it or not, I carefully glued paper Easter grass over each painted blade of grass on the paper. I then made the Easter basket by weaving wired ribbon. The handle was made by twisting the ribbon. I used a photo editing program to re-size the photo of my little bunnies. I used the same photo program to re-size the little bunnies with the eggs. I then cut them out with my Silhouette.  I used Glossy Accents on the little rabbits. I tucked the photo of my little fur kids into the basket and surrounded them with Easter grass, and then tucked the little bunnies in the basket with them. I decorated the one side of the basket and up the handle with foam flowers. I tied three colors of ribbon together in a bow on the handle.

   On the companion page I used the same scrap book paper, and once again used Glossy Accents on the eggs, and glued Easter grass over each blade of grass. I used a photo editing program to super size the bunny on the egg to use as a frame. The frame and more little bunnies with eggs were cut out on my Silhouette. I flocked the bunny, added google eyes, and a foam nose. The pink egg is trimmed with sheer ribbon with little pink hearts on. The blue egg is trimmed with white felt trim.  I cut a yellow egg, and trimmed it with rick-rack. Happy Easter is spelled out with plastic lettering. I added matching ribbons and contrasting foam flowers. The little bunnies with eggs were the finishing touches. Happy Easter!

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