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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Valentine's Display (Pion Design/Green Tara)

Kismet/Fate? Do you believe in it? Well, I was almost done this layout for Valentine's when TCR palette #95 revealed with the same colors I chose. This is the second time this has happened in the last 2 months - seriously! It is no secret that I am so IN LOVE with the Pion Design "From My Heart 2" collection. I had this layout idea with layered hearts (Royal Lace doilies from Michael's) and a lace border in my head but I couldn't find the right pictures. So... I made it into a display instead to put on my fireplace mantle for February - love month :) Oh this collection has such a glorious Romantic/Parisian feel to it! The beautiful vintage images I used are also from Pion Design and all of the embellishments are Green Tara products (flowers, lace and sprays).

Here is a close up of the flowers I made by simply layering Green Tara white petals and silk flowers (with crystal centers!). Oh I just love those crystal flowers and the pearl sprays too. Product codes are listed at the bottom of this post.
Here is the gorgeous TCR palette for this week:

I don't usually really like my own work - always find flaws but... I do love this one, LOL. It's just so me and suits my house decor perfectly. Thanks for stopping by! I will be back next week with a giveaway to celebrate my 2-year blog anniversary so stay tuned (it may just have a little Pion Design and Dusty Attic in it, wink :)

 Green Tara Products:

1cm Off White Lace

2.8cm White Lace
CODE: L2901W

3cm White Roses

2cm Rose Cream

Silk Flowers with Swarovski Crystal Centres Ivory

5cm Petals, White

6cm Petals, White
CODE: 022Wh

20cm Silver/Pearl Spray
CODE: XP0616

Friday, January 27, 2012

New Dusty Attic in my shop!

Just a head's up that last night I re-stocked and had 112 styles of chipboard my shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/vickyalberto), ranging in quantities depending on popularity. I woke up this morning and there are only 87 styles left. They are selling FAST!

Check out just a few of my favorite new pretties I added...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Giving petals soft texture (Green Tara)

Almost all plain economical scrapbooking flowers are made from mulberry paper. Green Tara's newest white petals are especially thick which makes it easy to create these flowers (click on image to see in full size):

They look like pretty fancy flowers but all I used was 4 layers of Green Tara white petals (2 of each style shown below) and a decorative centre. You can use other styles than I chose but you'll want the flower to be a big size (at least 2 inches/5 cm) with wide petals. This won't work very well with daisy style flowers.

You will need:
- 4 mulberry flowers layers
- a Q-tip
- warm water
- firm toothbrush
- decorative centre

Bottom layers (2 of these) Green Tara Code PFLP01:

Top layers (2 of these) Green Tara Code PFLP143:

Decorative center (your can use anything to match your project style!) Green Tara Code XF5034lv:


Step 1: Working with one flower at a time, take a wet Q-tip and "paint" the only the very edge of each petal with warm water. Do this to the 2 bottom layers and 1 of the top layers.

Step 2: With dry fingers, pull off the wet edge of the petals in 3-4 small tugs of each petal. Let dry without damaging the fuzzy edge you just created. HINT: I left one of the top layers plain (didn't fuzz the edge) to have contrast since my flower is all white.

Step 3: Once the 3 fuzzy layers are dry. Brush them with the firm toothbrush bristles to fuzz them even more. Stroke the bristles from the middle of the flower outwards.

Step 4: Glue your layers together and add the decorative center.

That's it! So simple yet so elegant and expensive looking. Another alternative is using your flower punches/dies to make your own petal layers too. Green Tara sells all kinds of beautiful mulberry paper in any color imaginable.

For another kind of mulberry flower, check out my Fuzzy Lollipop Flowers.

Thanks for stopping by today, let me know you were here!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hugs and Kisses (Pion Design/Green Tara)

I just couldn't wait to start playing with the new Pion Design collection "From My Heart 2" when it arrived this week. The collection is soooooo heavenly. I made this card with the 6x6 papers.

I have a confession... I don't own a die cutting machine, a sewing machine or any big fancy tools (other than a gazillion paper punches). I still even use my Creative Memories cutter for circles and ovals, LOL. Anyways, my friend Bonnie cut out a few shapes for me a while back, including this cute Tim Holtz birdcage.

I lightly crackle painted the cage and the bird, inked them and then dressed it all up with a bunch of Green Tara trims (lace, twisted pearl and tassel) and their gorgeous pink roses. I gently plucked a bit off my daughter's dress-up feather boa when she wasn't looking to adhere to the bird, shhh!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Green Tara Products Used:
20m Mini Tassel Ribbon 15mm Cream CODE: RB456c
9mm Twisted Organza PearlAntique Pink Ivory CODE: RB6715API
1cm Off White Lace  CODE: L3077OW
1 cm Roses Pale Pink CODE: FDR001PP