Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fabric Roses Tutorial

Many of you have asked how I did my Fabric Roses. I am hoping to do a video (my first) next week, but until then, here are some photos to help you.

Here are a couple of my projects using the Fabric Roses.

This one you can see how the "burlap" Rose adds so much texture.

I even used fabric to wrap around this bottle with a single Rose.

And here is another wreath. I wrapped fabric around the wreath and then added my Roses.
 In this tutorial I used the Floral District Fabric. You will also need:
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

I started with a piece of fabric torn, 1 1/2" x 18, folded it in half and tied the end in a knot. Because the fabric isn't the same on both sides, I folded my strip in half. If your fabric is the same on both sides you won't need to fold in half.

Start wrapping the fabric around the knot like in the photo. Add a small drop of hot glue once you've gone all the way around. When using the hot glue, remember, less is more! You only need small drops to hold your flower together.

Now you will start folding BACK the fabric. Using your thumb, flip the fabric up. It will form a triangle. Add a dot of glue. 

After you fold and add your glue, move your thumb down a 1/4 turn, then fold back again, glue, move down. Remember to keep the folds kind of even with the knot. Otherwise, your flower will be really thick. I found that as long as I didn't think too hard, just kept folding, glue, move down, my rose turned out nice. When I tried to make sure all the folds came out at a different spot, it looked terrible.

This photo is a bit blurry, but you can see the petals starting to form. Once you get your flower however big you want, just glue the ends down and then add to your project.

I made up a little chart to show you the different fabric widths. These all used 18" in length and then the width as above. You can see the flowers getting bigger as the width gets wider. 

Decorate a Daisy & More Doilies!

This card uses 2 doilies.

Here is what I used:
Crumb Cake base cut at, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", folded in half
Decorate A Daisy
Delicate Doilies
Primrose Petals & Whisper White cardstock
Raspberry Ripple & Raspberry Ripple Ink
1" Circle Punch
Raspberry Ripple 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

I just realized how easy it is to attach photos from the catalog. You would think I was living under a rock........I will be trying to add these to my blog posts from now on. You know me, computer savvy......not so much!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Postage Due & More Doilies

This is one of my all time favorite stamp sets. I knew this one would be on my first order with the new catalog. I stamped this a little different. Its a big stamp, (but not as big as the background stamps). So I stamped the first time at an angle, then inked up my stamp again and filled in the blank spaces. Added the doilies and the punched images & the button. Makes for a really simple card.

For this card I used:
Postage Due & Petite Pairs Stamp Sets
Card base in Soft Suede, cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored in half
Primrose Petals & Vanilla cardstock
Soft Suede Ink
Delicate Doilies
1" Circle & Postage Punches
Naturals Designer Buttons
Early Espresso Bakers Twine

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Three Half Doilies This Time!

For this card I used 3 doilies. They were only partially cut, so I thought they would make a great border. 

This card uses:
From My Heart & Reason To Smile Stamp Sets
Card Base is Crumb Cake cut at, 4 1/4" x 11"
Patio Party dsp
Doily Sizzlet
Apothecary Accents Framelits
Little Labels Punch Pack
Midnight Muse Ink

So fun and easy to make! Try using your Doilies in a different way. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Reason to Smile!

Some of the doilies I had cut out were only partial cuts......So here is what I did with them.

This card uses the set, Reason to Smile. This will only be available next month. Want to know how much? $5, with a $50 Stampin' Up! order. The set retails at $20.95 and has 7 stamps.
Ok, now onto my card. I used Lucky Limeade as my base, the Doilies are Midnight Muse (new In Color). I had three halves, so I cut them all to the same size and thought they would look good across my card. I first stamped the flowers with Lucky Limeade Ink, then glued the Doilies, one on each side, and then the one in the middle, added the Ruffled Ribbon in Lucky Limeade. Sending Many Thanks is from the Petite Pairs stamp set, punched out with the 1" punch and matted with the 1 1/4" circle punch in Midnight Muse. I added a couple of the Dahlias in Summer Starfruit.  Easy peasy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bootiful Rain Boot!

I should warn you.....I had a bunch of these doilies sitting on my desk. So I thought I am going to challenge myself to use them up. You will be seeing a bunch of cards with "Doilies".

This is another "favorite" stamp set.  Bootiful Occasions.  You get 4 different boots, Witches boot, Cowboy boot, Winter boot and this Rain boot. They are all so cute! This was a real simple card to put together.
Card base is 4 1/4" x 8 1/2", folded in half. I embossed the right side with one of the Delicate Designs Folders. Added the left edge using the Finishing Touches Edgelits. I have a great tip when using these Edgelits: Use two pieces of card stock, the one you want to use next to the die, and then send it through the Big Shot. I did not have to poke all those pieces out. Yeah! I took 2 of my Delicate Doilies, (the biggest one) and overlapped them to make the "mat" for the stamped image. Stamped the boot on Whisper White and die cut it out using the Labels Collection Framelits die. Sponged around the edges, done!
So I used two the doilies I had setting on my work space.

Monday, June 25, 2012

"Man" Card!

This card was for my SIL. His birthday was last week-end. I have such a hard time with "man" cards. When I saw this card on Tami White's blog, knew it was a perfect "man" card for my SIL. Tami has a video, super easy. I used Crumb Cake for my card base, next a layer of Soft Suede embossed with the Chevron embossing folder. I wanted this for a Birthday card, so I used the Saying from Curly Cute. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Betsy's Bloom Card

Isn't this card beautiful? Many thanks to Jolie Newman who purchased a retired die from me and this is the card she sent with her check. The Floral District dsp & Betsy's Bloom stamp set just makes me "Happy". I love all the layers and of course the flag. If you look back at many of my cards I have been using these flags, all different sizes, some fat, some skinny, you get the idea. I just love flags too! So thanks again to Jolie for this fabulous card! 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I'm off to Patty Bennett's Luv 2 Stamp meeting today. I'll be sharing how to make the Fabric Flowers. So excited. Patty always has such a FABULOUS day planned for us.

Secret Stamper Cards!

Last month I signed up to be a "Secret Stamper" for someone in Patty's Luv 2 Stamp group. Here are my two cards from my "Secret Stamper".

The card base is Pool Party cardstock, with a strip of Lucky Limeade cardstock, and a strip of International Bazaar dsp. The other side of the card has been put the Fancy Fan Folder (my FAVORITE new embossing folder. The Hello is from My Friend Stamp Set, die cut using the new Apothecary Accents Framelits dies with one of the gorgeous Dahlias as an accent. Its hard to tell in the photo, but she used lots of little pearls on the dsp. Not sure why when I took the photo in looks like it was in a pink box. I took the next card right after and didn't change anything......

This card has a base of Gumball Green (new In Color) and was stamped with same color using the Big Sunflower stamp (love this stamp too!). Then a strip of Summer Starfruit that was stamped with the Carry On Hostess set (that is not available right now, some kind of copy right something).
Thank you to my Secret Stamper, whoever you might be!

Friday, June 22, 2012

More Roses on a Frame

For my last project (for now anyway) using the Fabric Roses I added them to my granddaughters frame. It was so hard to get a good photo because of the glare, so sorry.

I used the Floral District Fabric for these roses and Rich Razzleberry Satin Ribbon (which is now retired....booo). I wanted to show that you don't have to have fabric to make these roses, ribbon, burlap and more.

Here is a close up of the roses. So much texture! Love it!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Check Out What I used for My "Vases"!

As I was looking through my stash of stuff, I found an International  Coffee can & one of those bottles that has the coffee already made. They come in a 4 pack. I can't remember the name. I don't drink coffee, but my husband does. Anyway, I thought they would make great "vases" for my Pin Wheels.

For the can I covered it in the Polka Dot Parade dsp (same as the Pin Wheels, just different colors) Stamped the "This Too Shall Pass" stamp (from the stamp set, From My Heart) on Whisper White with Daffodil Delight, die cut it out with the Labels Collection Framelits. I first added the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon and then the label. I made the Fabric Rose from the Essentials Designer Fabric. Cut a couple of freehand leaves, done. Pretty simple. I did attach the flower with hot glue.

Here is a close up.

Here is the "bottle" vase.  I filled both containers with dried beans. For this one, I used the Friendship stamp from the same set. Stamped it twice, Rich Razzleberry & Daffodil Delight, then cut the banner from the Daffodil and attached with dimensionals to the Razzleberry piece. Instead of wrapping ribbon around the bottle, I used the Floral District Fabric. The Fabric Rose is from the same fabric collection. Attached the rose with hot glue. Did you notice, my Pin Wheels just got a little fancier? Double Pin Wheels!

Here is a close up.
These little "vases" were really fun to make. I had them setting out on my counter where the food was for my Open House, that I didn't take any photos of.......what was I thinking?? Oh that's right, I wasn't......grumble, grumble, grumble.......

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pin Wheels - How To

For those of you who don't know how to make the Pin Wheels, here is a short tutorial.
All you need is a square piece of dsp. Any size will work as long as its square. My square is 4 x 4. Use your Diagonal Score Board and score from corner to corner. Then turn 1/4 turn and score again. Next you will cut up each line almost to the center. I think I left about 1/2" or so. Using your Pokie Tool (technical term for Paper Piercer)you will poke one hole on each of the left corners (or right, just make sure its the same for each triangle) and one in the center. Now you are ready to put it together.

This was hard to photograph. Put the brad in one corner, then pick up each corner like above.

Then put your brad in the center. On my Pin Wheels I used straws as the stick. Just poke a whole on the side and insert your brad through it after you pin up each triangle. Its a little tight, but it can be done. So they are super easy to make. 

Fancy Favor Box With Pin Wheels

Here is a cute table decoration that I used for my open house.

Here is what I used:
Fancy Favor Box Die
Flower Framelits Die
Fancy Fan Embossing Folder
Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade & Whisper White cardstock
Flower District Fabric
For the Pin Wheels I used:
Polka Dot Parade dsp
Silver Brads
Boho Flower Punch
(I cut the leaves free hand. Its the ONLY thing I can cut freehand.......ran them through the paper crimper)

Here is a close up of the flower. I love all the texture, don't you?
You can fill your box with dried peas or beans so your Pin Wheels will stay upright. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

More Roses!

Today my roses are on one of our Kraft Boxes. This whole box took me about 15 minutes to make. Perfect for a small gift. I'm all about the packaging!

Here is what I used:
Kraft Box
Everything Eleanor Stamp Set (for the stamped flower)
Tangerine Tango Ink
Floral District Fabric
Floral District dsp (belly band)

Hot Glue

Here is a better view of the Roses. Don't you love the texture the burlap gives these Roses?

And a better view of the Fabric Roses.