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Friday, August 20, 2010

Diva Feather Flower Tutorial

I am soooo happy to be a feature artist and contributing artist for Ideas for Scrapbookers this month. I have seen most of my scrappy idols featured on that site and still can't believe Pam Callaghan is featuring ME! To celebrate this event I have a new layout of my daughter at 6 months "beautiful" (using old MME papers from my stash)... and a brand new flower tutorial "Diva Feather Flowers" that I created for her blog post today.

This layout also features embellies from my Etsy shop NOW OPEN! My shop is listed under my full name vickyalberto at http://www.etsy.com/shop/vickyalberto. What an exciting month!

Here is a close up of the feather flower and the tutorial is described below. Don't you just love these chunky pressed wood flourishes and shabby little blue flowers too?

Design Tip: Simply use chalk ink on wood or plain chipboard to give it a rustic feel.

OK, so I was inspired to make these diva feather flowers when I was thinking back to my aunt Lucy's little feather slippers... you know the kind I mean... the ultra sexy slinky kind.

To get started you'll need 7-8 short craft feathers, one medium and one large punched paper flower (any die cut with separated petals will do), tweezers, water for misting (or color mist instead of inking the edges) and glue. My flowers are 2 and 3 inches for these. You'll also need a brad or decorative center of choice.

Step 1: As with most of my flowers, ink the edges and then slightly water mist. Using your tweezers, twist and push the petals towards the middle then give it a slight pinch into place. Let completely dry.

Step 2: Slightly unravel the petals of your flowers and glue feathers in the petal separations of the larger flower. Let dry.

Step 3: Glue the medium flower onto the large feathered flower and then also glue a few feathers to fill in blank spots. Let dry.

Finally, add your brad or decorative center and you're done!

Hope you enjoy making these fun little embellies and thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to leave me a message... I sure do appreciate it, thanks!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My wedding Night

I've been sitting on this layout idea for a while and finally stuck it down. I used mostly items from the Scrap That! July kit. This is a picture taken on my wedding night at 11 pm. We were sunburnt, tired and windblown - and it's one of my faves, LOL.

I kept it simple in terms of embellies and used traditional and water methods of distressing. I also finally had an excuse to use my new music stamp too!

Design Tip: To achieve rugged distressing, heavily use an edge distressing tool, then wet the edges of the paper with your fingers (the wetter the more distressed it will look)... then start crumpling as you wish. Once dry I add ink for a grunge look.