Friday, June 25, 2010

Check out what I have done!

Hee, I told you I was going crazy with the flowers! I'm trying to fill up a plastic bin so I'll always have that flower that is "just right" for a page. Check this out, yummy yes?

I've also been using them, and get an incredible sense of satisfaction when they end up looking perfect on a page. Here's my latest example..

Do you see the awesome Bubble Border from Magistical Memories on there? It's one of my favorite shapes!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Random Romance flower tutorial..

I've been going crazy making my own flowers! This is one of my favorites, and they are SO easy. I've called them Random Romance...

You will need:

* Cardboard or chipboard pieces.
* 16-18" lengths of ribbon or fabric. Half inch width is best.
* Fabri Tac
* Buttons, brads, beads etc.

1.) Begin by making a circle of Fabri Tac on your cardboard piece..

2.) Take your ribbon/fabric strip and place one end in the center of the adhesive circle..

3.) Now fold your ribbon over and hold it down for a few seconds. Pull your ribbon over to an opposite side, and hold again. Continue doing this until you have folded the ribbon over and onto all the exposed glue. It will look messy, and totally random. No two of these flowers will ever look alike...

4.) When you have covered all the exposed glue, trim your ribbon/fabric down to a 1.5-2" strip. Apply glue to the center of your flower and pull the final strip on top of it. Hold down for several seconds.

5.) Apply your flower center, use whatever you like! Hold it down for twenty seconds or so, and then set it aside. Continue making more flowers while the glue sets up..

6.) When you have finished making a batch of these, you need to trim off the excess cardboard/chipboard. Cut right against the ribbon/fabric. You might need to slighty lift up on the material to get to the cardboard underneath. The result is amazingly cool, unique flowers for your crafting needs!

As I said before, these are amazingly quick flowers to make. I timed myself, and it takes less than a minute to make one flower once you have all the cardboard and fabric/ribbon cut! I do have a few bits of advice to offer. I have done burlap versions of these and they do take a bit longer to make. You need to hold them down longer in order for the Fabri Tac to take hold. Once you have these down and can make them quickly it is really best to get supplies ready for 12-15 flowers at a time. I promise you it will take less than thirty minutes!

Here is a page I made with some of my flowers....

I think they bring so much to the layout. These really are the perfect shabby-chic flower. They are at home on a frilly girly page, and also on a rough and tough guy page. Do you think you might like making these? If you do, I would love to see!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

By request...

I've been making quite a few flowers lately, and have had many requests for a tutorial. Soooo, here is an easy tutorial for fabric flowers!

Step 1: Gather materials. You need fabric circles, any size (Though at least 3" in diameter makes a pretty finished size I think!). You also need something for the centers (I used fancy vintage buttons), and Fabri Tac. Why Fabri Tac? I've said this before and will say it again, it is SO awesome! It has a super-quick grab too, so the flower making process is easy on your hands.

Step 2: Apply a bit of glue in the center of a fabric circle, and fold a bit of the edge in toward the glue. Continue to do this, slightly crimping/folding the fabric as you go and applying more glue where you need it. The goal here, is to pull all the sides up into the center while maintaining a circular shape. Keep going until you've completed the entire circle.

Step 3: Glue your flower center onto the cirle, hiding all the edges and glue.

Step 4: Get it on a page!!!

Now, I am making most of mine white or cream so I can custom color them to my needs. It is great to be able to grab a big bag of these and pull what I need anytime I need it! What do think, will you try these out??

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fun with fabric!

I love incorporating fun finds onto my pages! Quite some time ago, I stumbled across a frilly lace scarf at a thrift shop. I do mean a loooong time ago because I don't remember what I paid for it, but it had to have been cheap for me to pick it up, LOL!
It's been in my "texture basket" for quite some time, patiently waiting. Today the wait was over and I whipped it out for the Fun with Fabric Challenge in the Moxie Fab World!
I layered it between my photo and a piece of cardstock that I "double masked" with bleach, Maya Mist, and Tattered Angels Glimmer Screens. This was a fun page to make, and I am pleased with the results! What do you think?

I really do love my lace scarf find and am very happy that there is still quite a bit left of it for other projects!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

RAK winner!!

Oh my, I've been on vacation for five days and guess I've just stopped caring about the days of the week and the date on the calendar! I was supposed to announce this YESTERDAY! Sorry everyone! Without further ado, the winner of a Magistical Memories chippie RAK is........

"They're both wonderful - but I really love the bleaching technique and use of fabric on the 'Baptism' LO!

May 22, 2010 7:13 PM "

Email me your address and I'll get it right out to you!