Hello crafters! Thank you so much for all the great comments on my last post. I APPRECIATE them so much! I feel the crafty love. :)
Since there was way too much goodness to go into details, I will be going through the projects a little slower this week. (I have not forgotten about the "ruffled ribbon" tutorial or the quilling project tutorials that I promised. I am just postponing them a little :)
I will start with the rounded corners tag that had the roses and beaded pearl spray.
Well my crafty friends, I think I have a new obsession! I finally overcame my inhibitions for cutting into my Graphic 45 paper and now I am HOOKED! LOL
I know I am not the only one to confess that I tend to hoard designer papers. I pace them in my paper stacks and take them out to look at them every once in a while. They are so pretty that I don't want to cut them. Especially the beautiful Graphic 45 papers! After months and weeks of gazing at these beautiful papers, I decided it was time to cut. I am SO glad that I did! Not only did I enjoy making these creations using the Graphic 45 papers, I also love looking at my finished projects. (I took the plunge just in time to try out for the DT too) I will show them by paper collections. There will be more pictures and information about each project during the next week. Take a look and let me know what you think. (This is a long post, but I promise you will want to see it all :)
Once Upon a Springtime 8 x 8 papers
This enchanted little fairy garden is a peek-a-boo card.
(You may recognize the archway. I used the same cut file that I made for my blog header sign :)
It is packed with whimsy and cuteness.
Of course I HAD to add some paper flowers!
This time I used my "small flowers" cut file and added gold micro beads to the center.
Then I added some of the gorgeousness Graphic 45 flowers from the Primrose Cottage paper.
I used the same small flowers in this desk calendar project.
I sent it to a friend in this lovely gift box that I topped with pearls and my handmade "open rose" and "5 point" flowers. I changed the format of my calendar pages slightly since I took those pictures. You can download the free printable here; Calendar
Then I moved on to the 12x 12...
I used my "Regal Rose" cut files for this tag. I make the cut files for the flowers, cut them out on neutral colored card stock with my Black Cat electric cutting machine, and ink them with Tim Holt Distress Ink.
You can download a PDF copy of the tag layers. You can print them out to use as a pattern.
They look like old school books, but they are really boxes. The boxes would be great to hold mini-albums, craft supplies, or school supplies. Can't you just see these on the corner of a teacher's desk?
The Core-dinations papers have a white core and look great when sanded, embossed, or inked. Of course they are the perfect colors to match the other Graphic 45 sheets.
I bound them up with a cute little belt made from an embossed sheet from the Graphic 45 Signature Series. I used the buckle cut file that I made for my Tool Belt Card. The silver is from my pain patch packaging and slightly colored with alcohol inks. The buckle actually works and the belt can be easily removed.
Tropical Travelogue Collection
Here are a couple of lovely cards using these vivid Graphic 45 papers and more of my handmade flowers. The cut files for these flowers came from Penny Duncan. (she is great!)
Love the post card look that is so popular now.
I have saved the best for last.
You may remember my Beach Explosion Box from this summer. Well look at the new improved version using Graphic 45 papers! (I am getting so addicted to this line :)
Great little hut, huh?
Let's take the lid off and take a peak inside...
LOVE these papers!
Here is a closer look at the pages.
The wave details were cut from more of the Signature Series Core-dinations paper, embossed, and sanded. The portion that was cut from the center is what I used for the corner decorations.
I used more of the S.S. paper for the island and palms.
Well thank you, friends, for sticking with me through my rantings. I also want to thank the Graphic 45 team for considering my application.
There was way too much goodness to share on this post. I will be showing more pictures and information about each of the projects throughout this week. I will also include some cut files, instructions, and even some videos. Hope you decide to come back.
Hello blogger friends. I have a card to share with you that is very special to me. I made it for my sister's birthday. She loves purple so that was my first color choice. For some reason the colors don't photograph well, but they are so pretty in person.
Check out the purple and black paper. At first I panned to use black and white D'mask paper and have purple accents. The D'mask paper is flocked and feels so luxurious. The problem was that when I started to add the black and white paper, it was too big of a contrast with all the black and purple.
So I came up with a good idea. Those are so few and far between sometimes so I decided to document it with a really quick video. LOL
You can't see the sparkle in the pictures or video but it glimmers. The flock is completely fine too.
Here is another little video showing how I arrange my handmade paper roses on cards and other projects.
After many, many, many attempts and several hours worth of useless videos, I finally came up with a way to explain how to make these flowers. I am going to call these "Regal Rose" because they are different than the "Cabbage Rose".
The video links to the Regal Rose Tutorial videos will be on my sidebar as well as my Etsy shop. Fair warning, these flowers are detailed and take several steps. (Some of us like that sort of thing and others do not) I just do not want anyone to purchase the cut files and links to the videos and then be disappointed because you decided that it was too much work or that you just don't have time to make them. I believe in knowing what you are getting :)
When I saw this week's sketch at Card Patterns Challenge Blog, I immediately thought of the butterfly card I made last week. I still had the scraps nearby but I chose to use a handy little butterfly paper punch this time.
I mounted each butterfly with a 3/4 inch square of pink cardstock. The edges of the card were inked with Antique Linen. The crinkle ribbon was dyed using TH Distress Stain; Tattered Rose. I used a simple running stitch to gather the ribbon and taped it onto the card with my ATG. The scalloped border was from my stash. My Sew Easy straight stitch made the holes and pink embroidery thread added the perfect little touch.
I even added a cute little butterfly charm that I got in a recent swap.
Look at this! Is this not one of the cutest things you have seen in a while???
It is a QUILLED CUPCAKE BOX! Yes those are 1/4 inch strips of paper! It is a very small box that could hold a Hershey's Kiss or some tiny trinket.
I think it is ADORABLE if I do say so myself. LOL It was made from a kit that I bought at Paper Wishes so it is not like I am bragging on myself for coming up with the idea. I just followed the directions.
I made two more.
A swirled chocolate cupcake with a cherry on top :)
A frilly cupcake with a heart on top.
Don't look too close because I got a lot of messy glue on this one. haha My heart is not symmetrical but at least it is "in the right place" LOL (Yes, by the way, I have taken a lot of pain medicine today :)
The $15 kit comes with paper and instructions for 6 cupcake boxes. A quilling tool, glue, curling coach, and mini mold set are also used. I tried to make one without the curling coach and mini mold but ended up with a big ugly mess so I highly recommend them unless you have a bit of experience in quilling :) (I know several of you have awesome quilling skills because I have seen your beautiful work) I did alter some of the details slightly such as making the candle taller.
I am sending the to my niece who collects anything to do with cupcakes. I know she will love them as much as I do.
I need to brush up on my quilled flowers and share those soon as well as a tutorial on how to make a quilled hummingbird using a combing technique. (which is fairly easy)
Hello there. I hope you are having a wonderful day! I had a lot of fun last night doing an online chat and project at The Crafter's Cafe'. They are a wonderful group of ladies and it was so fun to feel like I was part of a crafting group for a little while. Since I am not physically able to go be a part of a crop or craft group, this was a treat. I could not join in for very long because I was not feeling well but I was able to make this really pretty pizza box.
We got the instructions for making the box itself at Split Coast Stampers. I was able to use several of my left overs from other projects to decorate it so it went together really quickly. (That is rare for me. LOL)
I even put a little design on the inside lid.
I had a lot of fun with the group and am glad I was able to use some of my stash :)