DIY Flowers from scraps

Flowers from scraps using punches

Flowers from scraps using punches

This is a “fiddly” project.  I am an impatient person and this took quite a long time to do.  Punching the scrap paper is quick and painless.  LOL

Flower punch 1

Flower punch 1

Flower punch 2

Flower punch 2

Flower punch 3

Flower punch 3

My steady hands for taking photos began to suffer as I progressed, so please forgive the blurred photos.

I separated each type of flower in a pan I am using as the “assembly” station for the various punched items.  I tried to shape them a bit with the stylus tool on a mouse pad.  Meh, they are no longer flat.

Punched flowers waiting for assembly

Punched flowers waiting for assembly

Using a paper piercing tool and a brad to hold the pieces together….I selected three flowers, layered them, then drove the piercing tool through the centers.  This makes the hole for a brad to complete the assembly.

Three flower pieces, a brad, and a paper piercing tool

Three flower pieces, a brad, and a paper piercing tool

Piercing the layers

Piercing the layers

I refer you back to the first photo of the assembled flowers.  Fiddly!  They look pretty good though.

I had quite a number of the smaller punched flowers left over.  Heading for the “Bling” cupboard in my room I brought out my SELDOM used half back rhinestones and pearls.  Each time I go to Michaels I stroll along their $1 and $1.50 bins.  Shiny stuff always ends up in my basket.  When I get home with it I always as myself “What the HECK were  you THINKING?!”

Hey, today I get to use up some of my half back rhinestones and pearls that have been hanging around for a number of years.

Bucket of "Bling"

Bucket of “Bling”

Red half back rhinestones

Red half back rhinestones

Blue half back rhinestones

Blue half back rhinestones

Yellow half back rhinestones

Yellow half back rhinestones

Green half back pearls and rhinestones

Green half back pearls and rhinestones

I am getting quite an assortment of coordinating embellishments to go in the Envelope Mini with photos.  I don’t know when that will be happening.  :/

Embellishment stash is growing!

Embellishment stash is growing!

Well, this is all for today.

Leslie

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Final Episode: Heat Embossing Techniques

At the request of one of my YouTube subscribers for information about heat embossing, I have created several videos on this subject.  Seems like nearly a bazillion of them 😀

When a person does a search on YouTube for heat embossing the resultant videos all show how to use rubber stamps with heat embossing powder.  Not every crafter has a stash of rubber stamps, more especially those that are just getting into this craft.

Give them six months to a year and their crafting space will look almost as bad as mine does.

This week’s set of four technique videos are all about embellishments.  Brads, plastic clear faceted items, chipboard die cuts with pre-printed sentiments and coloring, raw chipboard die cuts just waiting to be dressed up spiffily, and I even go so far as to do injustice to Mother Nature and create a hybrid flower from the plethora of leaves left on a silk flower bouquet after I’ve snipped nearly all the flowers off.

Next Wednesday a new series will begin.  What it will be about….I’m working on that one 😀

Leslie

Club Scrap’s Assembly Line Cardmaking Idea Deck.

Card making is not my forte.  This is something that I struggle with all the time.  You want to talk about “Writer’s Block”?  I get it every time I think to make a card and begin looking at my papers.

Another crazy problem I have is scrap paper.  It drives me absolutely bonkers when I have half sheets of card stock left over having used only a portion of an entire piece.  To my loopy head, card making means waste.

Several years ago I purchased Club Scrap’s Assembly Line Cardmaking Idea Deck after it first came out.  When you consider the cost of the item, after looking at their site, you will probably click yourself right out of their website.

The Cardmaking Idea Deck is fashioned after a deck of playing cards.  There are 52 cards.  Each card has a sketch on the front of what the finished cards will look like.  On the reverse are the cutting directions.  The skill levels are noted on the Idea Card by the use of stars.  One star is easy, two stars are a little bit more complicated, three stars the complication factor goes up a notch, and four stars will challenge you.

Club Scrap's Cardmaking Idea Deck

Club Scrap’s Cardmaking Idea Deck

I have chosen three (3) Idea Cards from the deck to make a total of 12 cards.  Six (6) sheets of 12 x 12 card stock and two (2) sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock will be used in total.

For one card set I have chosen two 12 x 12 pieces of card stock in a rich brown and a turquoise.  The brown card stock is a light cocoa on the reverse with a darker brown and a print on the front.  By the way, all of the card stock I’m using on these cards is from Club Scrap.  Stuff I’ve had for several years and it is high time that I use it up.

Dark brown and turquoise

Dark brown and turquoise

Once all the cuts are made – following the directions on the reverse of the Idea Card – I will have four (4) cards with an assortment of pieces to use on each card.

Four (4) cards with pieces to be used as suggested

Four (4) cards with pieces to be used as suggested

The next Idea Card will also use two (2) pieces of 12 x 12 card stock.  I have chosen a lavender and a cream.  Now the cream piece is the reverse of a light brown print.  I can used either side of the brown on the cards.

Lavender and cream

Lavender and cream

Four (4) cards and pieces to be used as suggested.  In the photo below you will see the light brown print that is the reverse of the cream card stock.

Four (4) cards with pieces to use as suggested

Four (4) cards with pieces to use as suggested

The last Idea Card calls for two (2) pieces of 12 x 12 card stock and two (2) pieces of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock.  Both the bright yellow and the deep blue have prints on the reverse side.  The yellow piece has a print and a resin type coating over the print.

Idea Card using two 12 x 12 and two 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of card stock

Idea Card using two 12 x 12 and two 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of card stock

This Idea Card creates four card bases.  You can see in the photo the print on the yellow paper.  There is a raised and embossed print on the darker blue as well.

Four card bases and pieces to be used on the card fronts

Four card bases and pieces to be used on the card fronts

The sketch suggestions shown on the front of the Idea Card are there to show you how they used the cuts of paper.  You are free to use their sketch ideas or wing it.

Use the sketches to mount the cut pieces or not

Use the sketches to mount the cut pieces or not

The other products I will be using to make these cards will all come from my stash of scrap papers, a 2004 Stampin’ Up! stamp set purchased by my neighbor from a yard sale which I bought from him :D, an unmounted rubber stamp set from Stampin’ Up! from last year or the year before (I don’t know if it is still available), and some knock off mica water colors (knock offs of Twinkling H2O’s).

2004 Stampin' Up! stamp set from a yard sale

2004 Stampin’ Up! stamp set from a yard sale

2010 or 2011 Stampin' Up! stamp set

2010 or 2011 Stampin’ Up! stamp set

Knock off mica water colors

Knock off mica water colors

Using the 2010 or 2011 Stampin’ Up! stamp set, a Spellbinder Scalloped Square die, gold embossing powder, and green glitter glue I have created this Thank You card.

Thank You card #1

Thank You card #1

Once again, using the 2010 or 2011 Stampin’ Up! stamp set I have made another Thank You card.  I’ve colored the flowers using the Knock Off mica water colors, and I dug around in my embosslets to find the butterfly embossing die from Stampin’ Up! – this is several years old and I don’t know if it is still available.  I’ve also used a Spellbinders fancy die “Labels Six” and some black brads from my stash.

Thank You card #2

Thank You card #2

This next card is one I finished today.  It is supposed to be a masculine card.  I’ve used the very same sentiment stamp but separated the “Thank You” from the sentiment.  This is the “yard sale” stamp set.  I’ve also used a Spellbinders “Curved Rectangle” die on the top part of the sentiment and a label punch from Stampin’ Up! for the “Thank You” part.  I’ve used a Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder (“Gears”) and three of the Tim Holtz gear thingys along with some black brads from my stash.

Thank You card #3

Thank You card #3

I have one more to finish from this one Idea Card using the four (4) sheets of card stock.  I’ll be working on that one tomorrow.

When I’m finished I will show you my left over scrap pieces from the cut card stock.  Maybe on the next set I will use the sketches that accompany the Idea Card instead of winging it 😀

These turned out pretty good and I would not be embarrassed to give any of these three cards to someone.  I just need more practice at making cards….and using things from my stash 😀

Hope you all will have time this weekend to get crafty.

Leslie

 

 

 

Cropping Photos Lesson

Heather came over with her boys photographs so we could finish her pages from last week.

Heather came over with photos

Heather came over with photos

She had hit a few garage sales and found a great bundle of ribbon, and the box with a photo frame to use as her “Crop Stash”.  She learned how to cut and burn the ribbon ends to keep them from fraying and how to install brads for layout embellishments.

I find it very hard to control myself in these lessons and keep them easy bite chunks instead of an overwhelming buffet 😀

Her pages are beginning to take shape and I’m proud of Heather 😀

Photos added to layout

Photos added to layout

Adding brads to ribbon

Adding brads to ribbon

Sorry about the blurry picture.  It was a last minute thing and I wanted to get a photo of the cropping process before we had the photos all chopped up.

Cropping photos

Cropping photos

I have to admit, I had a bit of trouble cutting her photos.  They are HER photos and not mine so I had to ease into this.  First I showed her what they would look like after the cropping.  To demonstrate what I was teaching her I covered the areas to be cut away with scraps of card stock.  Leaving a “frame” around the part of the photo I thought she would keep.

Once she got the concept then I cut one photo to show her what it would look like cropped.

Cropping the photo

Cropping the photo

After seeing what I had done Heather gave it a try.  It is hard to cut up photos, in the beginning, for anyone.

Heather cropping her photos

Heather cropping her photos

Once the cropping was finished those adorable boys were more the focus of the photos.  Just the way they are meant to be 😀

Cropping finished

Cropping finished

Next was to get the photos mounted on mats to really make them pop out.  I had Heather measure the width and height of each photo.  After writing the measurements down she then would calculate for the size of the mats to cut.  I was scratching my head a time or two trying to figure this Math stuff out 😀

Measuring for mats

Measuring for mats

Next was to attach the photo in the right place.  I taught her how to do this using my clear grid ruler.  Makes the fussing so much easier.  No wonky and crooked mounts as I have done so many times over.  Teach her the right way and she won’t go the wrong way 😀

Attaching the photo to the mat

Attaching the photo to the mat

Mounting to second mat layer

Mounting to second mat layer

Does that little boy have blue eyes or what?!  He’s so cute 😀

Double matted photo

Double matted photo

I “fussy” cut around some of the toys that were cropped out of the photos.  These were added to the layouts.  Heather used some of my mass of letter stickers to give the pages a title.  Placing the stickers in a wavy sort of way adds to the playfulness of this scene.

Heather has done an excellent job in creating her scrapbook 😀  The ideas are now popping around in her head.

Finished two page layout

Finished two page layout

Next week we are going on a “field trip” to Big Lots.  I’m trying to ease Heather into this.  I had the internet and television programs to egg me on to buying tons of stuff.  No one to rein me in.  I’m not going to let Heather go through that.  Frustrating and overwhelming that is!!

After our field trip we are going to spend some more time getting a few more pages done.  I have given her an assignment for this week.  Get down on the floor with her little guys and take photos of them from down at their level.

My CSS web site programming class has begun and I’m doing okay…..so far.  Time will only tell what the end result will be come the middle of February.  Joe is back out on the road and feeling better and I’ve got myself a bit overwhelmed.  This week my  mission is to get myself lined out and make a priority list and work from that.  Tim’s Poker Post-Its are the major priority right now.

See you all tomorrow 😀

3 Papers — 2 Cards

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The first Sunday in October is “National Card Making Day”, and in honor of the upcoming event I thought I’d contribute my two cents.

My card making skills are really rusty and I’m not totally happy with all that I made but the cards got better as I continued on.  The formula for these cards is fairly simple and I like the idea of making more than one card and having so little in the way of scrap left over.  My usual way of making cards leaves so much scrap behind that I forget about and it piles up.

Any technique you like doing can be done on these cards.  Just keep in mind if you will be sending these creations through the mail and they are abundantly embellished they will have to be mailed in a bubble mailer to keep all the goodies safe.

Let your creativity flow with these cards.  You can glimmer mist them, distress them, heat emboss, use texture plates, put them through whatever die cutting machine you have and use your embossing folders.  Glam them up or keep them sort of plain, use background stamps of your choosing to add pizazz, or use bitty stamps to create your background image.

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

You will need three (3) sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock.  None are recommended here.  You can use any colors you choose.

All cutting is done on the HORIZONTAL.  You will need a paper trimmer that can measure out to 10 inches or more for the cutting process of these papers.  Papers 1 & 2 will be cut EXACTLY the same way.  Paper 3 will be cut differently.  The following instructions will note which papers will be cut and the dimensions to cut them.

PAPERS 1 & 2:  Stack them together, if your paper trimmer will cut through multiples, or cut the papers separately.

Align the papers horizontally with the left edge at the 10″ mark on your paper trimmer and make your cut.  Once that is completed move the paper over to the right and align with the 7″ mark and cut once again.  You will have two large pieces (7″ x 8-1/2″), two strips that measures 1-1/2″ and, two pieces measuring 3″ x 8-1/2″.

Place both of the 3″ x 8-1/2″ papers horizontally in your paper trimmer and put the left edge on 7-1/2″ and make your cut.  You will have two pieces of 1″ x 3″ for scrap.

The angle cutting of the 3″ x 7-1/2″ papers will be done next.  TIP:  After cutting your angled pieces align them, stacked together, out of your way and in the manner you had cut them.  Do not let them pile up at the end of your trimmer, this will complicate the process of assembling if you have a mess to deal with.

With these two 3″ x 7-1/2″ papers stacked together, tilt the papers under your trimmer blade and make an angled cut.  You will do this three (3) more times until you have a total of five (5) angled cuts.  Go back up and look at the completed cards I have done to see what I mean about the angled cuts if you need to.

There is a video of this entire process being uploaded now.  A link will be added when the video is finally posted to YouTube.

PAPER 3: Once again, the paper will be oriented horizontally on your trimmer.  Align the left edge of your paper to the 8-3/4″ mark and make your first cut, then slide the left edge to the 6-1/2″ mark and make the next cut, the final cut will be at the 3-1/4″ mark.

Pick up the two pieces of 3-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ you have cut and align them on your trimmer horizontally.  You will be making a cut at 8-1/4″ on these two.  There will be a 1/4″ scrap from the two pieces.  The total scrap your will have from these papers will be two (2) 1-1/2″x 8-1/2″, two (2) 1″ x 3″, and two (2) 1/4″ by 3-1/4″ pieces.  You can use this scrap in your card creations or put them in your scrap pile.

ASSEMBLY:

Score both of the 7″ by 8-1/2″ pieces of card stock at 3-1/2″.  Half of 7″ is 3-1/2″.  You will now have two (2) card bases that measure 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Set them aside for now.

This next step is only important in the way you lay out the angled pieces.  You can alternate the colors or make it a solid front.  You will now begin your card designing process and this is where your creativity begins.

I have used Low Tack Painters Tape to hold the five (5) angled pieces butted up against each other to create the 3″ x 7-1/2″ strip.  The painters tape works really good for all EXCEPT running it through the die cutting machine with a texture plate.  The pressure really makes the tape stick to the back of the paper and there is some tearing that occurs when removing the tape.  I would suggest using a repositionable adhesive on the backs of each angled piece if you will be doing any pressure embossing or texture embossing.

Get out your favorite background stamp, bitty stamps, texture impression folders/plates, whatever you wish to use and treat all five (5) of these angled pieces in the manner you want.  Once you have completed this process and like what you have done you can distress the edges of each angled piece however you wish.  Just make sure they are lined back up and not just tossed around.  This will be like putting together a puzzle, less hunting and fitting involved the easier it will be to work with.

Now, using your favorite adhesive, adhere each of the angled pieces to one of the 3-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ PAPER 3 pieces.  Leave a gap of about 1/8″ between each of the angled pieces so the background paper peeks out.  Before you adhere this fully assembled piece to your card base, add your ribbon, brads, and other items that will need to be hidden at the back of PAPER 3.  Once you are done and happy with your work then adhere this assembled piece to the front of your card base.

The 2-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ PAPER 3 piece will be adhered on the inside of the card.  You can stamp a sentiment inside or you can leave it blank.  This will be a place to write your personal note to the recipient.

Do all of the assembly, once again, to complete the second card in this series and you now have two (2) completed cards.

Have fun with this.  Leave a comment with a link to your blog and let me see what “beautimous” creations you have made.  I’ll try to be nice when I see your creations are way more better than mine are 😉