Saturday, October 30, 2010

Canvas and hemp cord flower tutorial.....and RAK!

It feels like such a long time has gone by since I've posted a tutorial. I've been happily creating, but just haven't seemed to get the time to take pictures and put posts up. Well, I was determined to change that today because I have a new flower I absolutely love! They're made with canvas and hemp and are loaded with shabby chic texture. They will work with any theme, just color them to your needs..


* canvas
* hemp cord or twine
* Scissors
* paint/color sprays/ink

Step 1.) Gather your supplies. Cut your circles out of the canvas. I just trace cups and bottles I have on hand with a marker and cut them out. It's a good idea to make a big batch.

Step 2.) Use your scissors and cut slits about one third of the way into each circle. Space them about a half inch apart, depending on the size of your circle. You are making the petals, and if they are too thin, your flower will completely unravel in step three. These slits do not need to be evenly spaced.

Step 3.) Place a circle in your hand, and then crumble it between your fingers. Do this fairly gently, or again, your flower will fall apart. Unwrap the canvas ball to see that your petals have separated and frayed.

Step 4.) It's now time to color them. I used the amazing glimmery paints from Creative Inspirations. If you are painting, it works best to wet both sides of the flowers. This cuts down on the curling effect. I paint both sides, again, to help with curling. You can also use color sprays like Glimmer Mist, Maya Mist, even your own homemade mists.

Step 5.) When the flowers are dry you can add the hemp cord centers. Apply some Fabri Tac to the flower center. Roll some hemp cord into a spiral in between your fingers. Roll a piece large enough to cover your glue center, then place the hemp cord spiral onto the glue and hold down for a few moments. You can ink the edges of the flower petals for more dimension if desired.

I used yellow, turquoise, and green paints to color the batch on this page:

So what do you think of this flower? Is it one you will try? If you do like it, and would like some of these beauties, then leave me a comment. I'll RAK one lucky person a set of the above fall colored flowers. Winner will be chosen on November 6!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Old to some, yet new to me..

I have a new favorite paper collection, and it's not even a brand new release! I stumbled upon "Life's Journey" from K & Company while at Michael's last weekend. I don't ever remember seeing this paper pad in person before, and I just loved it immediately. The thing is, it was released in 2008 I think! So while this is old news to most, it is brand new to me and I dove right into the papers. Here are a few pages I've made so far. Pretty, yes?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My delightfully scary Vampiress!

Halloween is almost here, and my girl wanted to be scary this year! So, we got a dress, black hair spray, and glow in the dark press on nails for girls. She also asked me to do her makeup..YAY, fun for mommy too! Here she is, all "spookified" and ready for a friends' party last weekend....

Isn't she cute and spooky all in one? Her younger brother was actually scared of her and said he didn't like it all! I love the "mean" picture the best, and what kind of scrappy mom would I be if I didn't scrap it right away? Hmmm? :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Combining CI and MM!

I'm pretty lucky to have product from two design teams that go so very well together. My favorite chipboard pieces from Magistical Memories just beg to be painted with Creative Inspirations paints! Check out some of things I've done with them!

Friday, October 1, 2010

SNA World Card Making Day Blog Train!

Welcome to the Scrap ‘n Art World Cardmaking Day Blog Train! If you haven’t been with us since the beginning of the train, make sure you go to Angela’s blog ( to board. Our train is headed on a fantastic holiday tour and you won’t want to miss any of the ten stops. We start out at Halloween, head on over to Thanksgiving and end our journey at Christmas. Each blog along the way has a word that you will need to write down. At the end of the line, post the sentence you gathered from the various blogs and you will be entered to win an amazing prize package!

The train ride will be open until midnight Sunday (US Central Time Zone) and the winner will be announced on the Scrap ‘n Art Blog on Monday, October 4.

Welcome to Halloween! I am so happy I got to do a Halloween card for our blog train!

Halloween is my favorite holiday, yes, even before Christmas! I had fun pulling from my stash on this one. The card and cardstock are from Paper Accents and the purple patterned paper is of course from Graphic 45's Hallowe'en In Wonderland!

Thank you so much for stopping by. My word for you is HOLIDAYS! Next stop is Jennifer's blog. Have a great journey!