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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Always Layout - Pion Design

I've been eager to use this sheet of paper from Pion's "Studio of Memories" collection but I wanted to wait until I had the right photo in mind. Then, after looking though my wedding album for another layout (and with a little help from my Dusty Attic stash - see my Etsy shop for more available pieces of chipboard)... I finally had the right concept for this layout. The flowers are Prima and the bling is one ZVA flourish that I split into 3 (thanks to my Calgarian friend Bonnie for the bling!). I simply used white and light gray chalk inks on the DA frame.

Design Tip: Using gesso and a soft paintbrush, lightly "stipple" the edge of you picture for soft dreamy effect and to give the sanded chipboard edge a nice finish.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sugarplum Flowers

Here is my version of Prima's sweet little sugarplum flowers. I just can't justify the $5.00 price tag for 9 of these when I can so easily make them in just a few minutes, in any color I want, and at a tenth of the price! Here I used some of my Pion Design scraps from the "fairytale of spring" collection.

Materials: Three small (one-inch) punched/die cut flowers and three mini (half-inch) flowers, water to mist, glue, deco scissors, a stylus (or end of a thin paintbrush) and a foam mat (like a mouse pad). I used my EK Success retro punches but any five petal flower will do. 

Step 1: Trim the very tips of the 3 larger flowers with your deco scissors.

Step 2: Very lightly water mist all 6 flowers and crumple. Do not over wet them or they will rip.

 Step 3: Open them up while still damp.

Step 4: Glue the 3 larger flowers (off-set the petals) together and press into the foam mat to lift the petals.

Step 4: Glue 2 of the mini flowers (off-set the petals) in the middle and press again into the mat. It should look like this:

Step 5: Pinch together the last mini flower and glue into the middle.

Step 6: Slightly smash the center and let completely dry.

That's it! Super easy flowers and so cute on shabby layouts.

Here was my Prima inspiration, pretty close to the real thing don't you think? Mine are just a tiny bit smaller than theirs since I clipped off the ends of the petals.

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