Wednesday, March 28, 2012

C.S.I. Case File #12

I was SO inspired by this case file as soon as I saw it! I just LOVE the gorgeous monochromatic color scheme, and was immediately inspired by the balloon paper that I printed from the site. I also printed the banners and journaling tag, which is hidden behind the photo of my adorable son when he was just 2 months old.

Here's a look at the case file and how I approached it.

*hot-air balloon image - I cut my balloon with my Cricut (Summer in Paris cartridge) and  hand stitched the netting with beads.
*something fluffy -I used white yarn around the border.
*stars -I made the background paper from white cardstock, masking stars, sprayed with Glimmer Mists, in Bahama Blue and Snowy Pine.

*use string on your journaling spot - I machine stitched around the journaling. 
*I used the inpsirational word magic,  using magical in my journaling seen here.

Here's a close-up of the balloon.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Nothing can compare to Paris

   Nothing can compare to Paris! That's what my French title translates to in English. I  knew that these photos that my late Uncle took in 1974, would be perfect for a couple of March challenges at The first one, Distressed in March, had some tutorials to choose from for a twist, including my Enchanted love blooms, but I chose the ruffled flower border found here. I made the flowers using my new French script stamp on the petals. The rest of the flowers I found in my stash, including the dark roses, which I made some time ago. I did a lot of water distressing and machine sewing on here.
   The second challenge, Feeling French, gave us a list of French items to include, and we had to use at least 3. 
 I chose an Eiffel tower, which I cut with my Cricut, (Summer in Paris cartridge) French word or phrase, (My title), a fleur de lis, (the pp), and lace, which I sprayed with Cranberry Glimmer Mist. I added silver hooks to my paper to create the lacing. I stamped the Can-can girls, pink flower, ticket, and french script on the flowers and pink paper behind the Eiffel tower.
Here's some close-ups.

Thanks for looking!Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

I got a really nice surprise today from a friend and fellow scrapper, Lisa Duke. She presented me with this Liebster Blog Award. I'm SO honored!! Just click on her name to check out her fabulous blog. Thanks so much Lisa!!

"Liebster" is German for "Dearest". The award is a  "Share the love arrangement", given to inspirational bloggers with less than 200 followers. Here is the to do list for any of the  "Liebster" blog award recipients. 

1. Thank your Liebster Blog award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who presented you the award.

3.Copy and paste the award on your blog.

4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.

5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

I am happy to now honor some fairly new bloggers with this award...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Serenity Blooms Tutorial

  I just couldn't wait to get my hands on this new Serenity line from Bo Bunny! I knew they'd be perfect for these photos! It's been over two months since I've done a 2 pager, and it felt good to do one again. I started by cutting the lantern pp on the ends, and cut 1/2" strips in some places which I rolled and glued.I hand cut the red scallop paper and stamped the circle design along each scallop. I also stamped the flower centers and 3 of the lanterns. I used my twisted stitch to make the circle around the photo of me and my honey.
Here's a look at the journaling.
This is one of the lanterns that I stamped and cut out.

Here's a look at one of the flowers I'll be showing you how to make.
I made these in small, medium, and large. I'll be demonstrating  how to make the large red flower, but I'll give you the sizes for all of them.

Paper, Cricut (Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge), BoBunny Serenity Stamps, black ink, and black puffy paint.

First cut flower #7 using the Mother's Day Bouquet Cricut cartridge in whatever pp you're using. For the large flower cut one at 2 1/2" and one at 1 1/2". For the medium one I cut 2" and 1 1/4", and for the small flower I cut 1 1/2" and 1".
Then I used black distress ink on all the edges.
Now to curl your flowers. I dipped my bigger flower into water and used the end of a paintbrush to curl the petals down. For the smaller flower, curl your petals towards the center, and dry with a heat gun. 

The Serenity stamps have two small flowers which I used for my centers. The larger one I used for the large and medium flowers, and the smaller one I used on all the small flowers. Using the same paper you're making your flowers from, stamp the larger flower using black ink, and cut it out leaving a little of the paper around the edges.

 Without using water, I curled up the edges of the center.

Now just layer and glue all your flowers together starting with the largest on the bottom.
To finish it off I added a drop of black puffy paint in the middle.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

C.S.I. Case File #9

Hello! I hope you're all having a great weekend! I just wanted to share my latest page for C.S.I. I was very inspired by this case file and had to go with a  pic of myself for this one.
Here's a look at Case File #9.
From the evidence I chose:
*text pattern ( I made the background from cream cardstock, gesso, mists, inks, and torn up dictionary pages.)
*bird accent (I used my Cricut (Home Accents)
*Hot air balloon accent ( I used my Cricut Summer in Paris)
*Mesh ( I stamped a mesh pattern on my background.)
*Something translucent ( I used sheer ribbon tied in bows around the border)

From the testimony I chose:
*Document a journey
*six word memoir (My title)
*Inspiration words:Wing, ( I painted the chipboard butterfly wind and attached it to myself, and I also have the definition for wing on the lower right hand side of my background paper), roam, also on the background but mainly on my title, and surround which is in the first sentence of my journaling.

Here's a closer look at my journaling.

And a closer look at a cloud and the background.
I had a lot of fun with this case file! If you haven't had a chance yet to check out C.S.I., I highly recommend it! 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lemon Flower Tutorial

Hello! Here's a page I did for C.S.I. Case File #8. I also have another flower tutorial for you.
Here's the case file. I just LOVE this color palette! 

Here's what I did with the evidence:
*Liquid mediums (I used Glimmer mist on the light blue cardstock and on my journaling, which was done on white cardstock)
*Something that sparkles (The light green bling in the center of the flowers)
*Solid background (The light blue cardstock)
*Use the composition (I positioned my flowers similar to the glasses from the scene)
*Embellishment slice (The flowers were inspired by lemon slices as well as the scallop border I made on the left)

The testimony I used was recipe, and I included a lemonade recipe.
Here's a look at the journaling.

For the lemon flowers I'll show you how to make the larger flower on the left.

Yellow and white cardstock, Cricut (Mother's Day Bouquet), ink, glue, and bling or brad for the centers.

Using your Cricut machine with the Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge, cut out 3 flowers #12 from yellow cardstock at  2", 2 1/2", and 3".
From the white cardstock cut out 3 circles at 2 1/4", 2 3/4" and 3 1/4".
Then ink the edges of the yellow flowers with whatever ink you want. I used an olive green on mine.
Now glue your yellow flowers onto the white circles.  Then distress all the edges using a distressing tool or scissors. After distressing around the whole circle, I used my nails to create creases next to the scallops. 
Next you'll need to shape your flower. I used the ends of a paintbrush along the white lines to shape it. I shaped the petals up and down holding the brush on top of the flower and then shaping the one next to it, under the flower. It will easily crease and make pleats, which is why I use the paintbrush to give it more of a curvy look.
Then glue all your layers together starting with the largest on the bottom.I used a green rhinestone for the center, but a brad or button would also look good. 
Here's your finished flower.
For the other 2 flowers I used a smaller flower center and cut it out at 1 1/2". I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thanks for stopping by!