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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Handmade Pearl Flourishes

I had shared this technique on Ideas for Scrapbookers a while back but thought I would archive it here too. Here is a quick trick... use any flourish stamp and a watermark ink pad as a guide to follow along with pearl paint for an easy handmade bling flourish. Ranger liquid pearls or good quality fabric paint will work (the cheap stuff may bleed a little - test on a scrap first). I use the Inkadinkado Dot Flourishes set because the lines are thin and the watermark image is no wider than an adhesive strip on bought flourishes. You can GENTLY tap the back of the paper to flatten the paint dots if you want more rounded "pearls" without peaks. So fast and easy!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

One sheet of paper card w/instructions

I did this fun little project for an Ideas for Scrapbookers post about "What can you make with only one sheet of paper?".

Sometimes we only have one sheet of paper left over from a collection or we need a quick card for a last-minute gift. Here is an idea... a pre-loaded gift card holder.

This cute little self-standing purse card was made using only ONE sheet of double-sided Pion Design papers from the "fairytale of Spring" collection... including the handmade flower!

I cut a 12x12 inch sheet to have an 8x12 piece and reserved the left-over 4x12 piece for the card holder and to make the flower. I made my folds, cut the top curve and glued the gift holder (faux stitching explained below) with a stamped "happy birthday" saying. There is plenty of space below for a personal hand-written message too!

Next I glued a piece of ribbon to resemble a clutch style purse and added self-adhesive Velcro to keep closed. I also lightly scraped the paper edge with a distressing tool.

 Then, I added faux stitching by paper piercing and connecting the holes with a fine scrapbooking marker. This is a nice alternative when you don't have a sewing machine handy or if you're like me... don't ever sew anything at all!

 Lastly, with the scraps I made a lily flower using my tutorial and the reverse side of the paper (same as inside the card).  Check out all of the flower tutorials in the right sidebar of my blog - any style of flower would look nice. Tip: make your flower first and let it dry while you are making the card.

Can you believe this card only took me about half an hour to make from start to finish?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Creative Scrappers #159 & Pion Design

(For the SCRAP THAT! blog hop, please click link or scroll to next post)

Back for another Creative Scrappers reveal using the wonderful sketch #159 by Nicole Nowosad and gorgeous Pion Design Papers.

My "together" layout was created from the "Studio of Memories" collection. I tried something a little different and left a lot of negative space on this layout for a change. This is a picture of my grandfather when he met his newest great grandson (and his older brother) for the first time. My grandfather's favorite color is blue and he adores birds so this collection is a perfect reflection of him. He has fed hundreds of thousands of birds with his numerous feeders and bird houses in his yard over his lifetime.

Here is a close-up of a butterfly cut-out and the flower style used on my layout. These flowers are actually produced for bridal decor but since they are made of acid-free mulberry paper, they are safe to use for scrapbooking.

Here is the beautiful sketch that I flipped...

I also used TCR palette #50 as inspiration...

 Thanks for taking a look at my work today!