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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New Mommy album. First time ever I saw your face.

I’m still working in the K&Co. Smash Book for the mini album I’m making for Carissa.

These two pages are immediately after the birth of her twins. She was still on the operating table when Jaime, or one of the nurses, took the photo I used on this layout.

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I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the fancy frame. A stamp from Stampin’ Up! that I’ve had for several years. The stamp sentiment is “Life is Beautiful”. I’ve heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder.

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Half backed pearls attached using Glossy Accents were added to dress up the Cuttlebug embossed piece.

On the facing page I used a pocket from a Smash Book pack that had been in a clearance bin a year ago. The title piece on this page was a snippet of a song from the 1970’s. I don’t remember who performed it, nor the actual title of the song.

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I tucked in a journal piece for Carissa to write her thoughts and memories of that eventful day. I had to hand draw the lines on the paper. As always happens, I draw a line with a ruler that has helpful markings – uphill. Actual proof that I can’t draw a straight line even with a ruler 😉

I’m finding a wealth of opportunities for candid photos of my daughter as she is venturing into the job of motherhood. So precious.

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Hope you are enjoying your Tuesday.

Leslie

More playing with blocks

Today is my last day to play in my room 😦

I’ve been playing in there all week long with an avalanche at my elbow.  Use the Big Shot and I had a cascade of product falling all over the place.  It was time to get that taken care of.  I’m not leaving as I did the last time.  All kinds of stuff piled on my table and the floor and come home to a mess.

Cleaned up my room

Cleaned up my room

I would have grounded our kids, and have done, had they left their room in such a mess.  Now I have the table top clear and the floor is clear so I can move around.  It feels so good to get all the stuff put away.  Declutters my mind as well as the table.

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to get in touch with my “feminine” side.  Flowers, ribbon, pearls, and feathers.  Even some glitter.  I am going to make a set of blocks that spell out “Create”.  The paper I’ve chosen to cover the blocks with is a set from Stampin’ Up! that I purchased at the beginning of this year.  Botanical Gazette.  Since I no longer am a Demo I have no idea if this paper is still for sale or not.

Just in case anyone is wondering.  The reason I quit being a Demo for Stampin’ Up! is because of my truck driving job and the months that I spend on the road and totally out of the loop.  I  have no idea why I thought I could be a Demo in the first place but I gave it a whack.

I have painted white acrylic paint on some chipboard letters.  They are 1-1/2 inches tall and are from the Clearance Rack at Stampin’ Up!  Again, I don’t know if they are still available or not.

White acrylic paint on chipboard letters

White acrylic paint on chipboard letters

I felt they needed a little bit of something and decided to use the background stamp that is written in French.  When I put the label on the stamp, I put it on upside down.  So the image stamped on the letters is all upside down.  Oh well, this is a trial run anyway.

French words on background stamp

French words on background stamp

I’ve used black Staz On ink to stamp over the white acrylic paint.  I’m not sure what a regular ink pad would have done but I didn’t want to chance it being rubbed off.

Black Staz On ink

Black Staz On ink

I have two blocks finished.  It is getting less scarey as I go along.  With such a small area to cover I’m using techniques on things that I’ve never done before and some of the things are pretty daunting to me.  Especially using the half back pearls.

A ribbon tied around the letter “C” and a flower at the top begins the first block.  Three turquoise glass beads in the corner to give a little contrast.

Front of first block

Front of first block

Some half back pearls and some ceramic roses are placed atop the paper covering the next side of the block.  I added some Rub and Buff to the pearls to give them a bit more of a pop.  Not sure if I like this or not.

Half back pearls and ceramic roses

Half back pearls and ceramic roses

A small metal tag is on the next side of the block.  This is a “journey” into my creative side and where it will lead is anyone’s guess.

Small metal tag

Small metal tag

A lot of the photos are out of focus, sorry.  Trying to get these little things in focus was a trial unto itself.

The last side of the first block is a giant glass bead.

Giant glass bead

Giant glass bead

The top of the block I have used an image from the Stampin’ Up! set “Bliss”.  It was a Sale-A-Bration set from last year or the year before.  I’ve used some turquoise embossing powder from Personal Stamp Exchange which I bought on eBay a long time ago.  I’ve also used a punch from Stampin’ Up!  I don’t remember the name of it.  Curly label or Designer label.  One of the two.

Stamped and heat embossed image

Stamped and heat embossed image

Next is the block with the letter “R”.  I put a couple of feathers behind the letter and a gold plastic button next to the letter.

Letter R

Letter R

I have a booklet with vintage images to be cut out.  Which I did then covered the image with VersaMark ink and poured over it with clear embossing powder.  I heated it to melt the powder, then while it was still hot I dipped it into more of the embossing powder.  I did this about four times to get a very glossy effect.  Then I adhered the image to the side of the block.

Vintage face

Vintage face

I played with some clear star bead things I have.  These things are kind of difficult to know what to do with.  They are large and just plain strange.  I don’t even know why I bought them other than the fact they are shiny.  Looney tunes I am sometimes.  I’ve used alcohol ink to change the color of the plastic star bead things then added a yellow pearl to the centers.

Clear star beads

Clear star beads

Small yellow pearls

Small yellow pearls

The result is something I’m not quite sure I like.  I do like the fact that they take the color of alcohol ink well.  It sure does make them stand out.

Alcohol ink colored star beads

Alcohol ink colored star beads

The last side of the block I played with some of my new Nestabilities purchased from Hobby Lobby the beginning of this month.  I cut out a piece of paper with the dictionary word “Believe” then cut out a dark brown scalloped edge matte from another of the Nestabilities .  The dark brown just barely peeks out from behind the front image and I find I like this.

I’ve also added some more half back pearls that were parts of a great big flourish.  I’m just not in tuned with my feminine side enough to enjoy playing with pearls.

Believe dictionary word

Believe dictionary word

The top of the second block I used a stamp I purchase from Michaels a long time ago.  I really like the face this stamp makes.  I used black Staz On ink to stamp the image.

Stamped image of a face

Stamped image of a face

Well, that is all that I have time for.  It will be a while before I can play with these blocks again.  Maybe I will be more ready to embrace this “girly girl” stuff then.  Or not.  But I do have to give it a try anyway.  Stretch my boundaries 🙂

Have fun crafting, everyone.

Leslie