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Monday, September 26, 2011

Trendy Alternatives - Accordion Fold Flowers And Rosettes

Accordian Fold Flowers and Rosettes
By: Mary

A big trend right now is to make flowers. Accordion fold flowers are hot. I'm going to show you some projects I made with these accordian fold flowers. They are a perfect way to give your projects dimension.

Here are some projects you can make with the accordion fold flower and rosettes.
You can embellish cards, layouts, treat bags, banners and boxes.
The possibilities are endless and they are a beautiful addition to any project.

These are some tools that you can use to make these flowers.
I'm going to give a tutorial on how to make accordion fold flowers without a die cut.
I use paper punches to get a variety of looks for the petals.

Take a 12x12 sheet of paper and punch a border with a border punch the full length of the paper.

Trim the paper at 1-1/4" wide

Score the fold lines at each valley of the punch paper.
Some paper punch borders you will want to score the peaks and valleys.
This border punch has a small design so I scored them only on the valleys of the punched design.

Accordian fold the paper strip.

Apply adhesive at one end of the paper strip.
I prefer using Glossy Accents because it dries fast and is a strong adhesive.

Hold the two ends together and adhere.

While the accordion fold flower is drying, punch 2 circles for the center.
One center is chipboard and the other is decorative paper.

Apply adhesive on the chipboard and adhere the decorative paper on top.
This makes for a strong center to hold your flower together.

Gather your folded strip and form a flower with it.

Adhere the circle to the center of your flower.

This makes a 2-1/2" flower finished.

Look at these flowers and see how different border punches create beautiful flowers.

My favorite way to make accordion fold flowers is to use the border punches I already have.
It is a great way to use my paper punches and you're not limited to the size of flower.
You can change borders punches to create a variety of different petals.
Also with dies you limited to one petal shape.
Making these by hand is a trendy alternative to die cuts. 

I do like my sizzix dies by Tim Holtz. I think the perforated fold line makes it easy to fold and saves time on scoring the lines. I just wanted to bring you another idea for those that don't have those dies to make these fan fold flowers. On the layout in the first picture that was made with the Tim Holtz Sizzix dies. They are just as pretty. You don't get as many flowers out of a 12x12 sheet of paper but the results are fantastic also.
1- 12x12 sheet of paper makes 5 flowers and centers for those flowers when you do it by hand.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Trendy Alternatives- Twine, String And More

Twine, String And More
By: Mary

Using twine, string, floss, cord and hemp are very popular right now to use on any craft project.

Here are some projects I made using twine, floss, hemp and cord.

Anyone of these products can be substituded for the other.

You can use them on layouts and slide it through a buckle
On this layout I used cord to run through the buckle.

You can use it for banners on layouts or hang the on the wall.
On these layouts I used cord to string the banners.

For wrapping packages or tie a tag
Wrapping this package I tied on some twine.

Add to Buttons
The first button is twine, The middle button is floss, the end button is cord.

Wrap them on cards
I used floss to wrap around this card.

Use them to stitch borders and frames
I used twine to stitch a border.

Decorate your Preserves
I used twine to hold on the decorative cover for this preserve.

You can hang ornaments
I used twine to hang this ornament.

You can tie treat bags, candy and snacks
I used twine to tie this treat bag.

You can make Lollypops then wrap them and tie them with string
I used twine to make the lollypops.
I used floss to tie the wrapper around the lollypop.

The possibilties are endless.
Use your imagination and find creative ways to use the products you have.
These are all projects I made using different products.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Trendy Alternatives - Smash Books

If your on a budget and you want to get in on the Smash Book trend. I haves some Trendy Alternatives to making your own.

You can use memo books or journaling books. The pages are thinner but you can glue 2 pages together to make your pages stronger. It  is a good idea if your going to put brads on your pages to skip  pages so when you glue the two pages together the back of your brads don't show onto the next page.

Another Alternative is to make your own using your binding system or book rings.
Here's one book that I made myself to personalize the event I am documenting.
I prefer making my own with my binding system using cardstock. This makes makes your pages strong so they won't easily bend or fold.

Trendy Alternatives

If you don't have the means to invest in the lastest trends here are some Trendy Alternatives.
I have a new category on my menu bar called Trendy Alternatives. I will be putting ideas in this section to give you some alternatives if you are budgeting your crafting.

I hope you find it helpful and encourage you to use things you already have or less expensive ways to do the same thing.

Smash Book Review

I'm giving the Smash Book Line a 2 Thumbs up!

I received my Smash Books awhile ago and they are awesome. I just love the books and all the things that go with the package. I wanted to do a review on them and give you some ideas on what you can do with them. I like them so much better then the journal book I tried when these first were released. The paper is a heavy cardstock and your pages are strong. The pages are not flimsy like journaling books.

I think they are a great way to put those pieces of memorabilia into and document the event.That is how I intend to use them. Then when your ready to scrapbook the event all the informations is right there in your smash books.

They are a great size that you can bring along on your vacations and write down what you did each day. The places you went and things you did.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Updated My Blog

I have been working on my blog this morning. I have added some links to the menu items.
Under "Cards" I now have a gallary link, where you can view all the cards I made.
Under "Layouts' I now have a gallary link, where you can view all the layouts I made.

Under "Projects" I now have a gallary link where you can view all the Projects I made.
Under "News" I have added some Product Reviews that I did.

I'm trying to get all my post links in the Menu Items categories so I can eliminate some clutter with having the labels list at the side of the blog.
I'm trying to remove some clutter on my blog so everything is easy to find and pleasant to look at.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Ghost Card - Divine Twine

In my post earlier today I said I was expecting some twine in the mail and it arrived!!   I am so happy with the  colors.  Well if your like me when I get something new. I have to play with it. So I did.

Left to Right: Black Licorice, Cotton Candy, Orange, Lemon, Blueberry, Plum.

 I purchased it at  RibbonCarousel.com


Card size 4-1/4 X 5-1/2
Ghost Stamp is from Peachy Keen called Trick-Or-Treat Ghost.
I used Divine Twine to stictch a border around the frame.
I poked the stitching holes with the Stampin Up Mat pack

This is what it looks like. I much prefer making my holes by hand.
The clear plastic template works great for making your stitch holes.

Spooky Halloween Card

Spooky Halloween Card

Card Size - 4-1/4 X 5-1/2

Cricut Cartridge - Chic & Scary - Spooky Tag cut
Martha Stewart punch around the page spider set.
We R Memory Keepers Floss.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Quick And Easy Cards - Thank You Card

I want to share an easy to make Thank You Card.

I just want to thank all of my followers and visitors for your interest in my blogs.

Card Size - 4-1/4 X 5-1/2
Flower was cut out of fabric using the Art Philosphy Cartridge at 4-1/2"
Thank You tag was made using Photoshop.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Autumn Greetings Card

I made an Autumn card using my digital software My Memories Suite.
I added brads and glitter to bling it up.
Sorry about the glare from the glitter in the picture. It really is hard to take pictures of projects that have glitter on them. I love doing digital projects.

Happy Autumn Card

Well, I've been working for a few days on this next project. I was relearning how to crochet. I haven't crocheted in 15 years. I have been seeing some pretty crochet flowers on projects so I wanted to give it a try. Rather then buy the flowers. I decided to learn it and make my own custom flowers for projects.
I forgot how much I love to Crochet! I've made some pretty roses too. There are some wonderful Youtube videos on how to crochet. One of my favorite people to watch on crocheting is Crochet Geek !!
Here's a link to her blog http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/ 

Card Size - 5-1/2 X 8-1/2
Cartridges used are: Sophie - 5" doily 
 Enjoy The Seasons - pumpkins and oak leaves cut at 2.5" relative size

Happy Autumn was made with photoshop.
Fall leaves are from the Martha Stewart leaf border and corner punches.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm Hosting A Giveaway!!

I'm giving this a 2 thumbs up!

I'm excited to tell you about My Memories Suite. It is a digital Scrabooking Software and more.
I was given the opportunity to try My Memories Suite. I was given one to try and one to giveaway.
I just fell in love with this program. I love how modern the images are with this Digital Software .

I'm not giving up scrapbooking with paper the traditional way. I will let you in on my secret that I also do digital scrapbooking. I love it when I need to put together an album quickly that I have Digital Software that I can use.

Here's a couple layouts I made using this software.

To enter the giveaway I need you to :

1. Visit http://www.mymemories.com/ and chose your favorite digital paper packs.
Then leave a comment on this blog post which digital paper packs are your favorite.

2. Sign Up to follow my blog

3. When you comment make sure you leave a way I can get in contact with you if you win.

I will use Random.org to chose a winner.

 I will chose a winner on Wednesday Sept. 14, 2011

To purchase this software go to http://www.mymemories.com/software

Monday, September 5, 2011

Making Fabric Flowers With Your Die Cut Machine Tutorial

Flower Tutorial

Here's the fall fabric flowers I made.
I'm going to show you how I made them.

First I ironed on HeatnBond - Ultra Hold to the back of my fabric.

It is a 17x12 Sheet. I did have to iron the fabric first so it was nice and smooth.
You don't want any wrinkles, creases or bunched up fabric.
If that happens it won't cut right in your Die Cut Machine.

See how it makes it nice a stiff. You want your fabric stiff in order to cut it.
Some people use liquid stiffeners. I chose to use Heat n Bond.
Here you have to peel off the backing before you place it on the mat.
You can see the backing in the first picture.

Next I put my fabric on a super sticky mat.
You also want to make sure you put in a new blade in your machine.
The settings I used were pressure 5 and speed at 2 on my Imagine.

I cut the flower out at 4.5"
Here's the negative of the cut. 

Here's the spiral flower.

I just took my stylus and rolled the flower toward me.
With the front side of the fabric up.
I don't want the heat n bond side to be showing.

Now that I have it rolled. I'm going to let the flower loosen up.
Let it uncurl. You may have to fuss with it a bit to help it loosen up.

Now I have my flower loosened up to where I like it.

Hot glue the flower to the bottom circular part of the flower.

I think you can see it ok where I put the glue.

This is the finished flower

You can put what ever you want in the center of the flower.
The maroon flowers I didn't put a center in.
I think it looks great either way.