Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ruffled Ribbon Flower

Hello! If you  saw my previous blog post, I shared how to color ribbon or seam binding then make a ruffle out of it. Today I thought I would show how to make some easy ribbon flowers using the ruffled ribbon.

I also wanted to share my entry in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.
They are a great site that offers great printable quotes and scriptures. I am actually using last week's verse because I planned this but did not get to make my cards in time. (ha)
Be sure to go by their blog for more information :)

I share two different ribbon flowers in the video. On the card above, I just took the ruffled ribbon and wrapped it onto a card stock circle that I put adhesive on. Then I added a pearl.

For the base of the card, I stamped (yes, I stamped :) and inked plain white card stock with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. The middle layer was inked, embossed, then I rubbed the ink pad direct to paper. (Here is a link to a 4 minute video showing that technique) 

For the other flowers below, I gathered a short piece of seam binding and formed a circle. Then added a pearl. The leaves are the same technique but in a smaller version.

I used the same embossing & inking technique on this card.

You can check out the ruffled ribbon flower tutorial here.


I am entering the first card in the Word Art Wednesday challenge.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ruffled Ribbon

Well friends, life has interfered with my crafting. LOL...Don't you just hate it when that happens :)

Well I finally finished the video on the ruffled seam binding. You could also do this same thing to regular ribbon and fabric. You can take a look at the finished products.


First is a 4 minute video on dying seam binding.

Here is the tutorial on how to make the ruffled ribbon.

I will be showing a video on flowers made from this ruffled ribbon soon. :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pleated Paper Ruffles

Hello friends. I finally had a chance to get some videos made. (Yeah!)
First, I will show how to score and fold paper to make these ruffles.

Here is a tutorial:

I am a visual learner so here are some pictures that might help.

You can download these PDF files that show the measurements for scoring and the fold guides here:   Pleated Paper Ruffles

I will also have this located on the "fun folds" tab at the top of my blog.

I made a video for the ruffled ribbon. It still needs to be edited. I should have it posted in the next few days. I also show how to make some simple ribbon flowers :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Play Date Cafe 122

The Playdate Cafe challenge this week has a really cool color combination. Butter yellow, charcoal, and ash.

Those are not the usual colors that I work with so I enjoyed the chance to play around with them.

I used a few of my tag cut files along with my open rose handmade flowers. I colored this flower a little differently than I usually. I made the rose with plain white card stock then spritzed it with some of my homemade glimmer spray. Of course, I had to try to shape it again after I sprayed the flower.  I will play around with this technique some more to see if it is an easier way to make this open rose and let you know :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Cut and Fold Shamrocks

I have a fun little card to share today. City Crafter's Challenge Blog Week #99 is Seeing Double. They are asking to see the positive and negative sides of an image. I thought a "cut and fold" type card would be perfect. I decided to make shamrocks since I am seeing green everywhere I turn.

A "cut and fold" image is made from cutting half of a symmetrical image and and folding it over to make it look like you are seeing the whole thing.

In this case, I cut out half of the shamrock from double sided paper (K&Co) then flipped the cut-out over. I placed more of the solid green colored paper (Bazzile Swiss Dot) behind the cut piece.

I finished the card by stitching around the edges, ruffling some seem binding dyed with Bundled Sage Distress Stain, adding a thin scalloped paper strip, and making a small paper bow.

I will be making a video soon on how to ruffle the ribbon. Leave me a comment if you would also like to see how to make the paper bow. They are starting to be really popular.

Here is a link to download the cut files and PDF templates; Shamrock Cards

I am entering this card in:

City Crafter's Challenge Blog - Seeing Double (positive and negative)
Scrappy Moms - St. Patrick's Day
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Scrapbook LO with Paper Ruffles

I used to make scrapbooks for almost everyone I know. (almost) Then I got a little burned out and have just been making cards the past couple of years. Scrapbook LO have changed a lot in the last few years. I was a little eager to play around with it again. Here is my newer updated style of scrapping.

(That is one of my nieces in the picture.)

Looky, looky....I actually stamped on it! Woo hoo for me. LOL

Here is a short 4 minute video giving a few details. 

I used K&Co papers from several different collections. The brad is K& Co too. I have no idea what company the lacy edged paper is from. I bout it about  three years ago and have been hoarding it. (Aren't you proud that I am using some of my pretty papers :) LOL

I will make a video very soon on the ruffled paper as well as the ruffled ribbon I showed a while back.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tropical beach hut using Graphic 45 papers

Well friends this is the last of my Graphic 45 projects that I shared earlier. This one was so much fun. The papers really added so much to my earlier design.

Check out the lizard on top. Love him!

And when you open it up...


Here is a close up of some of the pages.

My very favorite part is the palm trees!

I do need to add a little splash of color to the island area.. I just have not made up my mind on what I will add.

Here is a quick video where you can see the whole thing.

Hope you had as much fun looking at this project as I had making it. :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Boxes and Books

I had a bad week-end pain wise so I am just now getting to explaining these boxes that look like books. (not that any one was holding their breath until I posted about it ...LOL)

I ended up making several different videos. At first I was r-e-a-l s-l-o-w , then I took pain meds and was way too fast. LOL I discarded some of those videos and made new ones. So, this is a potpourri of information on the books that look like boxes and how to make a plain gift box.
Hope I made sense.

 I used Graphic 45 papers on them along with the Graphic 45 Signature Series Core-dinations paper.

This one started out as a real box from the G45 "Staples" line. I altered it and covered it to make it look like a box.

I made the smaller boxes/books from card board and card stock.

I just love the little library card graphic that came on one of the papers from the ABC Primer line. I matted it and placed it inside the front cover.


I used some of the papers from the G45 Tropical Travelogue for the inside cover and the bottom of the front cover of this one. I added one of the "This book belongs to " tags that come on the same sheet as the library tag.

I embossed the spine of this book with a thin Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Here is a video I made on Friday to show more of the decorations. (Keep in mind that I was hurting pretty bad so my mind was just not working well. :)

Here is a short video on how to make a basic box. (i.e. gift box)

...and here are 2 videos showing how to make the book/box. It was one 17 minute video that I had to break down into 2 parts.

How to make the book/boxes

                            part 1
                        part 2 

Thanks for hanging in there!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Peek-a-boo Card Tutorial

I have been showing the peek-a-boo card I made with the Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime paper. For this peek-a-boo card tutorial I will show a simpler card.

I used some thick double sided K&Co paper for the base and some thinner K&Co patterned paper for the butterflies. (Yes I keep using the same papers that I used for the butterflies last week. I just can't quit using them. LOL)

The glue holding the micro marbles onto the yellow butterfly had not dried yet. I was just too impatient to wait to take the picture. LOL 

The frame around the opening is white card stock that I inked with Tumbled Glass and a little bit of Antique Linen just to keep it from being too harsh of a contrast next to the patterned paper. Then I embossed it for a little texture.

Here is a video tutorial for making a "Peek-a-boo" card.

Here is a link to the cut files for the card base.  Peek-a-boo Card