Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Not the vine...but a charm for mini albums!

I'm sharing with you a charm/dangle to attach to a mini album.  I did this for a swap and the theme was winter.  I don't have a charm on it yet...just beeds and chain.  I think it is a requirement that I add a charm so I will be adding one later. 

I tried to take photos of it on several different surfaces so you could see it really well.  A couple of the bead colors are showing off color a little.  All the beads are a light blue.  2 of them are a solid bead, one is a frosted bead and the other blue one is a transparent blue bead.  The big bead is almost clear. 

Here's one more shot of the charm/dangle pinned up on my bulletin board.

I put a lobster clasp on the end to easily attach to a mini album.  I made several dangles from clear beads and a head bin that was a circle/swirl.   Then I did one dangle that has the white, silver and blue beads on it.  I also added some colored blue chain and a clear bead on the end with bead caps.  I thought it turned out nice.  This is the first one I've made!  Whenever I find a charm to attach I'll post up a new pic.  I haven't been successful in finding anything yet. 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Update on the vines

I was hoping to share with you my new vine creation today, but I still can't get it to turn out the way I see it in my head.  I guess this will just continue to be a work in progress until I get it at least close to what I am imagining.  So, I'm going to try to put together something else this week.  It is snowing here and I'm so glad that I work from home on days like today.  It is so cold!!!  I hope everyone is having a great start to their week. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Vines...a challenge

So, lastnight I worked on my handmade vine.  I am really trying to complete it before the weekend is over to get it up for you.  I have to go back to work on Monday...yay!  Not much time to craft when I go back...or blog for that matter.  Hope everyone is having a great Friday and participating in all the lovely giveaways that are going on in the scrapping community!! 

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

As I promised...

Here are the flowers that I  made lastnight with yesterdays tutorial.  You can find it here Flower Tutorial

I am also posting up the template that I used for yesterday's flowers. 

I cut out the shapes.  I did 4 pieces again so I'll have 4 layers.  I glimmer misted them and this was a trial for me.  I have the smooch spritz so I tried it first on a scrap piece.  I thought it might be too dark.  I didn't like the result so I tried my homemade version I call glimmery shimmery stuff in gold.  :-)  I sprayed all 4 layers.   Let it dry.  Then I creased down the middle of each "petal" to add some more dimension.  Then I stacked them.

I decided to try a couple different options for the center.  Both buttons...so I punched a whole through the center.  Then when I got my button through the whole, I ran a wire through the opening so it wouldn't fall out.

Then, you are done!!

I did not use the corner rounder on the tips of the "petals" because I wanted these to be pointy for the poinsetta look.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What's coming up on my blog?

I have some more really cool projects that I'm working on to share with you.  Some awesome metal accents for your scrapbook pages and cards....you can make with things you have already in your stash!  Also, I am working on perfecting a vine to share with you as well.  I have been working on this for a while.  When I get 25 followers I will be giving away some blog candy.  Lets hope I can make it there soon!!

Finally!! I got something together to post!

I've seen so many wonderful flower tutorials. Most are easy to follow and turn out a great result. So, why not share my own? This flower is really simple and you don't have to have very many tools to make it. I have a very young scrapper friend(12 years old) who's mom won't let her buy all the expensive scrapbook products. She asked me how she could make some pretty flowers with what she has. She's not too much in to stickers. This is what I came up with.

You will need:

scrap paper - anything you have
ink pad - if you like the distressed look
center for the flower - brads, bling, chipboard, button etc.
adhesive - which I left out of the photo! sorry
corner rounder or circle punch - also left out of the photo because you don't have to have this. It's just what I used to make mine.

You will see in the picture that there's a white cut out as well.  I drew this myself on a piece of scrap paper and this is what I'm using for my template.  I will add this to my blog later.  I'm sorry I forgot to add it for you!  It's a pretty simple shape.  I just drew it by  hand the first time in whatever size my little scrap buddy wanted. 

Using the template or your hand drawn shape trace around the cut out on the back of your scrap paper.  I did 4 pieces, but you can do more or less depending on how many layers you would like your flower to be.

Cut out the shapes.  You can stack them all together and cut at one time if you don't do too many layers.  It doesn't have to be perfectly even.

Now that you have all your layers cut out, crumple all the shapes. 

Unfold the cut outs and use the ink pad to distress. 

Stack the cut outs to form your flower.  If you are not adding a brad in the middle, you may want to add adhesive to the middles of the cut outs as you stack them. 

There you have your flower!  I am going to add a chipboard center to mine and use the corner rounder to shape the edges/tips of each "petal" but that is optional.  You can make this flower in different sizes and also, I think it would be wonderful in RED!  It looks like a poinsetta.  I will try to make one of these tonight and post it up for you tomorrow.  You can add stickles to this, some glimmer mist, bling, brads, buttons, leaves...anything you can think of to change the look up.  Hope you have enjoyed my first REAL post about anything on my blog.  I hope to be more active.  Thanks for looking. 

Here's my finished flower.