Friday, March 23, 2012

Ballerina Bloom Tutorial ~ Using Webster's Pages Trims & Sparklers

Spring is here! And for me, one of my favourite things is the early Spring tulips we have planted around our home.  A few years back we planted hundreds of tulips so that the girls can enjoy picking Spring blooms for our home, friends, family and teachers.    I so enjoyed having my first crack at using the new "In Love" collection papers and embellishments from Webster's Pages.  While they are just perfect for wedding photo's (and you WILL be seeing wedding photo's done with this collection come end of May.....my nephew is getting married!)...I do like this collection for other 'girly' type layouts!  I thought I would also share a fun little tutorial on how to use the Websters Pages trims that come with this collection and make some handmade blooms.

I personally love blooms that have layers of color.  So I took the pretty white fringe trim from the In Love trim kit and added a little pink tint to it with some ink.  Here is a picture of the bloom I will be showing the steps to.  Just follow the instructions in the windows to make your own! :)






You can of cours use a different ink for trim and a complementary color Sparkler for the center (the sparklers come in many colors) depending on what color bloom you want for your page. 
NOTE:  I get a lot of questions as to where to find Websters Pages products.  The best way is to let your local scrapstore owner know that you are interested in getting these products in (Check out the Websters Pages Inspire Me site for information on getting these products to your local stores ...you can earn yourself free product if you get your local store to carry WP products)  OR You can always order your product online directly from the Webster's Pages Website.....you'll notice that I try to link all the products I use on my WP pages to the website so that you can easily find the product you are looking for, just click on the product name :)

Thanks for popping in again! Happy Friday everyone, I hope you all have an amazing/creative weekend! xx 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Polymer Clay & Trinket Embellishment Tutorial (Bo Bunny DT)

A couple of years ago when I was running my Etsy shop I used to make these polymer clay embellishments for scrap pages.  I thought I'd take today to show you all how to make these unique little embellishments, they work beautifully with the Bo Bunny Metal Trinkets! 

The assignment today was to create a Signs of Spring layout with the new Alora collection.  I used a photo I took a couple of years ago in the spring of Meagan on the monkey bars at the park....to me, a sign that Spring is in the air is when the kiddies can go without coats, hat, mitts...  Although I have to say we are having crazy warm weather here for Spring, it's almost unheard of to have the kids going to school in shorts in March!  Today is another balmy 85 degrees! crazy for this time of year here in Ontario! 
Okay so for the tutorial.....You will need....
~Polymer Clay, Sculpy, Fimo or Store Brand (I used black)
~Pearlex or Perfect Pearls (Mica Powder...I bought the Pearlex Series2 12 pack ages ago and still have loads of it left....The colors I used were Turquois, Aztec Gold and Spring Green)
~Bo Bunny Metal Trinkets and Jewels
~Blade knife for trimming 
Step #1:  Soften and roll out a 1" piece of black polymer clay (I used black because I feel like the colors of Pearlex show up nicely against it).  Cut a heart shape out with a blade knife.  Now take a small piece of the black clay and roll out into a thin strip, and roll out a number of small ball shapes.  Apply to the piece with gentle pressure (when it bakes it adheres well to the base piece) 
Step #2:  Using a paint brush apply the Turquoise Pearlex (Mica Powder) to the base of the piece (I used two colours....see below).  Be sure to get the Pearlex right to the edges. 
Step #3:  You can add an additional color in and just softly blend them . 
Step #4:  Using your finger, dab it in the Pearlex and just run it along the raised design you created, this is my favourite part, the contrast of the metalic colors is just magical! ....You can add your metal accents now if you wish but don't add your jewels to it unless they are glass because they will melt in the oven when you bake off the piece.   Bake in a 275 F oven for 15 minutes (use a disposable foil tray for this, you don't want to use something that you will later cook with)
Step #5: Once my piece has cooled I spray it with a protective clear coat (I couldn't find old clear coat spray so I used some hairspray and it worked well!)  Now you can add any pearl or gem accents and glue on your metal accents if you didn't bake them with the piece.  I recomment that you spray the back of the piece with a protective coat in order to protect the scrap paper incase any residual oils come off of the polymer clay.

Experiment with different shapes, try using stamps and small and large glass beads.  Here are just a few of the designs I created using just some clay, Pearlex, stamps and glass beads. TIP:  (the trick to making a straight line with the glass beads is to string them on a piece of wire, push them into the clay and then pull out the wire strand leaving the beads behind in the clay)



I hope I've inspired you to give it a go!  Have a fun scrappy week! xx 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Welcome Spring with Pretty Bloom Clusters!!

Spring is here! And what better way to welcome it in than to share a fun little paper flower cluster tutorial!  I don't know what the weather is like where you all are but here in Cambridge, it's soooo beautiful!  It's more like summer rather than spring!  I've got my window open, listening to the birds chirping and it's a balmy 77 degrees out!...the kids actually wore shorts to school! (that's very warm for this time of year in Canada!)

So I worked on a couple of fun little flower tutorials over the weekend and I'm sharing the first one with you all today (stay tuned for another one later in the week).  I pulled out my new Websters Pages 'Everyday Poetry' collection pack, a couple new Martha Stewart punches I picked up and got started!  ...I love the cherry blossom design in the new Everyday Poetry collection so I thought I would create some 3D Cherry blossoms for my page.  Here are the simple steps to make up this design... 


I like to add the smudges of ink behind the blossoms, I find it gives a unity to the page and doesn't leave your blooms just hanging there, they seem to 'belong' to the page better.  ....In the lower part of the page I made a little Hydrangea pot another flower cluster design. 

Here is a close up of the finished Hydrangea pot..... 
I also had a little fun playing with the new Websters Pages 'In Love' collection over the weekend (my second bloom tutorial will be done using the In Love collection.....I had some pretty scraps left and wanted to make a tag with them....here is the tag I made with these scraps and the punched bloom method.... 



Thanks so much for stopping by!  And again, thank you for the sweet comments you all leave here at my blog...I read every one of them.  I did want to comment on a question I often get with regard to my work as to how to store it.  I have to admit that I'm wayyyy behind on getting my pages into albums and sometimes have them sitting in plastic storage boxes waiting for their albums.  But here are a few things you can do with your more 3D style pages.  I have 12 x 12 frames that I hang in my scrap room inwhich I like to rotate out some of my more 3D style pages.  As for albums, there are a couple of ways to store them.  If you are using the post bound style, I like to put in lots of 'spacers' (these are the cardboard strips that often come with the plastic sleeves (K&Company makes these)....this allows for room between your pages so they don't get too squished).  Another very good option is to use 3 ring binders, these allow your plastic sleeves lots of room so that again your elements down get too squashed.  Hope this helps! :)

At Websters Pages we've been celebrating shipping week!  Yep! All the newest collections are now shipping to the stores so watch for your local store to get them in!  Failing that you can also order online at the Websters Pages Website!  And while you're there, check out Brandin's cute cute video clip, it will put a smile on your face! (If you are anything like me and are stalking the mailman when you know a scrapping package is coming, you will totally 'get' this video clip! lol!)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Simply Renee & Dusty Attic Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Simply Renee and Dusty Attic Blog Hop!  We have much inspiration to share with you today!  Oh and of course... some fabulous prizes!

Simply Renee manufactures quality products that help you customize your organizational needs.  You may be familiar with their Clip it Up products.  You can view Simply Renee’s complete product line on their website.  They are having an amazing sale right now!  

For this blog hop, Simply Renee has teamed up with The Dusty Attic, an Australian owned and operated laser cutting business that designs and manufactures craft items and embellishments.  You can view some of these wonderful products as well as beautiful projects by fellow crafters on the Dusty Attic Ning site.  As you hop along with us today, you will see inspirational projects made by some of the talented Dusty Girls!  Here is the project I created for you using Dusty Attic chipboard embellishments.
I wanted to create a page with an 'overload' of Dusty Attic chippies, (I really think you can never have enough 'dusty' on a page! lol!)....I used one of the new chippies 'Birdcage #5', and the gorgeous NEW Corner Flourish #3 as well as the 'Birds on a Branch #2'
For the 'Birds on the Branch' chippie I painted the piece with Gesso, then just used chalk inks in green, brown and blue to tint the piece in the appropriate places, I added a little detailing with a brown felt tip pen. 



The papers I used here are a combination of K&Company & Prima, the fabric ribbon is Recollections.

What prizes are we giving away today?
Simply Renee is giving away a Clip it Up Base Unit, an Upper Tier and Zip Bags!
(Product Not Included)

The Dusty Attic is also giving away a prize pack filled with gorgeous chipboard elements and a few surprise goodies!  

So what do you need to do for a chance to win?
* Become a follower of the Simply Renee Blog and the Dusty Attic Blog
* Become a fan of the Simply Renee and Dusty Attic Facebook fan page
* Leave a comment on each blog of the hop

A winner will be chosen on March 22, 2012 and will be announced on both the Simply Renee and Dusty Attic blogs.

Wait!  There’s more!  Simply Renee is having another giveaway at this very moment!  
They are giving away one of these...
 (Product not included.  All-In-One accessories awarded may differ from those shown.)

An All-In-One with accessories!  The All-In-One Giveaway ends on March 20, 2012.  To enter, become a follower of their blog, a fan of their Facebook fan page and check their blog each day to find out what you need to do to receive extra entries.  Plus every item purchased on their website during the giveaway gives you an extra entry!

Now head on over to Michelle’s blog to see what my Dusty Sister has created for you!  
If you get lost along the way, you can return to the Simply Renee Blog for the full list of blogs to visit.

Good Luck!

NEW Bo Bunny Ambrosia! and NEW Dusty Attic!

I'm just crazy about the new Bo Bunny 'Ambrosia' collection!  So many beautiful florals and flourishes in this one!  Today the Bo Bunny DT girls were asked to create a page using the Noteworthy pieces.  I used a piece of Noteworthy die-cut pieces to frame one of my photos.  ....My youngest is up at my brothers place the last few days (during the March break) visiting her cousin, and I was getting all sappy looking at older pic's of 'my baby', so I just had to scrap these pic's.  Here are some close-up's of the page... 


Don't ya just love those Trinkets?!  I used some from the Ambrosia collection and one from the Smoochable collection.  I also used some of the cute new corner flourishes from Dusty Attic on this page as well. 
Supplies used:
~Patterned Paper; Ambrosia (Ambrosia Dot, Pansies)
~Cardstock; Tutu Dot
~Noteworthy; Ambrosia
~Combo Stickers; Ambrosia
~Jewels; Ambrosia
~Trinkets; Ambrosia and Smoochable
~Chipboard Flourishes: Dusty Attic
~Film Strip: Tim Holtz
~Blooms: Recollections
~Pink Stickles
~Lace (by the yard from Fabric Store)

NOTE:  Stay tuned today for another blog post!  Dusty Attic is doing a blog hop and I've got another fun project to share with you using a bunch of the newest Dusty Attic pieces (there will also be amazing prizes to be had....see you at 11:00 am! xx

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I Got Pubbed in a Russian Magazine! Plus A Shipping Party (with great Websters Pages Giveaways!)

I made this layout last summer for a Russian Magazine and it finally came out in this months issue.  I used the Websters Pages 'All About Me' collection papers, along with some Websters Pages Bloomers, Princess Petals, Whimsies, Sparklers, Designer Threads and Trims (Lace).   Here are a few close-up pic's....


Okay, so this was one of my designs from last Summer's CHA, but guess what!?  Websters Pages is now shipping all their newest collections from the Winter CHA!  So they are having a big weeklong Celebration!..
Yep! If you have a chance, make  your way over to the Websters Pages blog to see some new projects done with the new collections and have a chance at winning todays giveaway.... 


Here's how YOU can win!


Leave us a comment on the Websters Pages Blog Post HERE, telling us why you love our 6x6 paper pads and for good measure, maybe let us know how you plan to use these adorable new PERECT MOTIFS!

Then, for up to three additional entries, Facebook, Blog or Tweet about this post and our Shipping Party (each time, come back and leave another comment!) Help us spread the word because this is EXCITING!!

Be sure to tune in on the Webster's Pages Website for our brand new {exciting} commercial premiere THIS FRIDAY at 6 p.m. EST...followed by a LIVE CHAT over at Inspire Me! (Sign up to become a member so you can join in the fun!)  Websters will be giving away FREE PRODUCT all week long with a GRAND PRIZE that you won't want to miss at our live chat Premiere Launch THIS Friday at 6 p.m. EST at InspireME! You HAVE to be a member to join in on the live chat, so make sure you sign up TODAY!  Hope to chat with you all on Friday!

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