Saturday, September 29, 2012

Woodland Flower and Leaf Tutorial

This is the first photo that I've scrapped of our cat Spaz since she died almost 2 years ago. She lived a long 15 years, and was my husbands cat before we met. It felt good to scrap this photo of her for C.S.I. #38 and Once Upon a Sketch. I even managed to do another flower tutorial.

Here's a look at the case file and sketch.
Evidence I used:
*trees/branches which I cut with my Cricut (Serenade cartridge)
*Birds (I stamped the bird on the branch)
*Newprint pattern (I used newsprint mixed with gesso, fibers, and mists behind the photo.)
*border ( I sewed around 3 layers of papers)
*Pet accent (Photo of my pet)
*Misting (The same paper with the newsprint and gesso was misted.)

Testimony I used:
*Document a pet
*Inspiration word daily

Here's a close-up of the flower and leaves I'll be showing you how to make.

I used the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge for the Cricut to cut these out, but you can try this with almost any shape of flower or leaves. 
I started with white cardstock cutting flower #8 at 3 1/2", 3", 2 1/2", 2", 1 1/2", and 1".
Then using Distress ink (gathered twigs) and my blending tool I inked the edges front and back of all the flowers. You can use any color you'd like. 

Then quickly dip your flower in water and curl your petals up, using the heat gun to dry them.
Now just glue all your flowers together starting with the largest one on bottom.
You can use whatever you want for the middle, but I cut out the centers from the white flowers that I used on this page to give it a more natural look.
To make the leaves I cut out leaf #7 at 2 1/2" and 2 1/4".
Use your blending tool and whatever green Distress inks you'd like. I used bundled sage, peeled paint, and crushed olive.
Now turn your leaf over and use a stylus to create the vines.I started by making a straight line down the middle of the leaf using the ruler on my paper trimmer.
When you're done it should look like this.
Now use brown ink (I used gathered twigs) to ink the edges and lightly go over the vines.
Spray with water and heat with your heat gun to get the finished result. The heat gun will help curl your leaves a little.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mom's Birthday Card

I made this card for my Mom's birthday which was the 18th. Happy Birthday Mom!!!My inspiration for the colors came from sapphire, which is the birthstone for September.
I used this sketch from Cardabilities which is being sponsored by Flying Unicorn.
I cut out the perfume bottle using my Cricut (Summer in Paris cartridge). I embossed the top layer with gold. The bottom layer was cut with a clear transparency which I inked with alcohol ink. I made the blue roses using Gabrielle Pollaco's Rose Tutorial.I painted all the gold edges around the roses and pp's.The round chipboard image is an old vintage perfume label which I got from  Magic Moonlight.
Here's a close-up of the lacing and some of the misting and stamping I did on the lavender paper.
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Fall Train Ride

I'm already anticipating the start of the Fall season, which is my absolute FAVORITE time of year, as I've said many times before! So I created this Fall 2 Pager for a few challenges at
 This was based off of this sketch for the September 2 Page Sketch Challenge.
I'm also entering this into the Feeling a Fall Trip Challenge, where I used the word Fall, some acorns, cranberries, and leaves. I used a ruler and ink to make the journaling lines, and stamped the leaf border for this Stamping Challenge.
Here's a close-up of some of the embellies and stamping.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tattered and Torn Flower Tutorial

I knew as soon as I saw these adorable photos of my cousin Regina's baby girl Callaia,  that they would be perfect for these new Kaisercraft papers (Charlotte's Dream Collection) that I won last month from Flying Unicorn! Besides being a new mommy, Regina's also a professional photographer, and her little model is just too cute!
I started with this beautiful sketch by my friend Amy (Amarilys) for Scrapthat.
I used 3 different border punches for a challenge at Funtoolas hosted by another scrappy friend Anna. I masked a doily with different mists, and hand stitched around it before adding Callaia's picture to it. I also hand stitched around the whole page using 4 different colors, as an example for the Sewing Challenge that I host at, with the twist to use lacing. I'm also entering this into the ABC Challenge at for the letters J (Jewels,my pearls) K (Keepsake, I used me and Regina's late Grandma's buttons), and L (lace, under the lacing.)

The flowers I made were inspired by the flowers on the paper. To make them you'll need white cardstock, distress inks (tattered rose and spun sugar), a blending tool, Glimmer Mist (Dazzling diamonds), and glue.

Start by using your blending tool and covering your white cardstock with Distress inks in tattered rose and spun sugar. Then make a small dot with a pencil to mark the center of your flower. Now carefully tear petals around that dot. I tried to make 2 of the same size, but it's up to you how many layers you want and how big to make them.
Now spray each flower with Glimmer Mist ( I used Dazzling Diamonds), and lightly crumble them from the centers.
Open them up and shape however you want. I curled the petals of  my 2 largest flowers upwards, and the rest inwards.The smallest flower I left closed, but  curled one or two of the petals.
Now just layer and glue all of your flowers together. If you don't like the look, you can always reshape your petals until your satisfied. Here's a close-up of how I did mine. To make the cream flowers I used my blending tool and Distress inks in Antique linen and old paper.
They were a little time consuming, but I think they're worth it!  Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Spongebob Monopoly

I have to admit that when I first saw the recipe for September's recipe at the Paper Mixing Bowl, I was a little intimidated because of the main ingredient: popcorn (yellow). I'm such a color person, but yellow is definately at the bottom of my list. It's a good thing my son is such a Spongebob fan! I ended up having a lot of fun with this 2 pager I created!
Here's a look at the recipe.

Game related items or pieces- I think I got that covered. I scanned the board and cards from the game.
Splatters-It's hard to tell, but I made the yellow paper by inking 2 different yellow distress inks onto white cardstock and then splattering it with water. I wanted it to look like a sponge.
Repetitive shapes-I used squares and rectangles.
Doodling-I doodled the black wavy border.
Yellow+neutral- I used black as an accent color.
Mimic a game board-I scanned each corner of the game board and printed it out on photo paper at 4x6. Some of the edges didn't print out so I trimmed them just a bit and backed it with black cardstock. It left a small square in the center of my board, so I added my husbands picture there, since he was the winner.

I journaled about a game. Here's what it says along the bottom, since it's probably hard to tell in the photo.

We have many different editions of Monopoly, including the Spongebob one, which was a Christmas gift for Logan. No matter what version we're playing, Trey always wins, like he did here.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!