Thursday, January 27, 2011

Making layered flowers

I came across playing with this Sizzix Flower Layers die recently.  What I especially like about this die is that each flower layer is basically the same 5 petal flower shape in different sizes.  I absolutely ((heart)) making the flowers Tim Holtz's grunge roses.  He uses grunge paper and starts with three 6 petal flowers all the same size (he uses the Sizzix Flower layer #5 die).

Using Tim's method in making his grunge roses I find using this Sizzix Flower Layers (numberless) is a tad easier to create because each layer of the flower is already sized down.  Also, making the centre part is less finicky.

I've put together a little tutorial on making these beautiful layered flowers:

1. Cut 4 flowers out, 2 large, 1 medium, 1 small.  Cut between each petal toward the centre on each layer.  Then trim out one section petal from 3 flowers as shown.

2. The flowers that have the section cut out, close and glue the flowers together.  You end up with one large base and 3 layers that have a cone shaped bottom.

3. Curl each of the petals back.  I find using the end of a water colour paint brush works really well.

4. The flowers that have a little cone shape on the bottom, it's is best to trim the tip off so that it's not so pointy.  This will make them easier to glue and form the layers of the flower.

5. Adhere the layers over to of each other.  Try to position the layers so that the petals are not all on top of each other.  Voila, enjoy this beautiful flower and use on your layouts or cards!

6. Here is an example of 2 different sizes.  The smaller flower is made by omitting the bottom layer of the larger flower.   Now you can mist your flowers with glimmer mist to give it that wet look for more dimension.

7. Just for fun here is an example of two layered flowers.  The red one is made using the steps described above and the green flower is made with just die cutting out the flowers, curling in between the petals and adhering the layers (as is) together.  The regular layer flower is still very pretty but the red flower has just that tiny ooomph of lift and fullness which is really nice.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

'Heart'ful Paper Bag Album

When I came upon these cute heart themed candy bags I started thinking of Valentines day projects Family Day (for us in Ontario).   Remember those lunch paper bag albums that were all the rage a few years ago?  I loved making paper bag albums-- they are quick and easy, and very economical as your basic lunch bag was the album itself.   To construct the album is very easy, take 3 paper bags, fold them in half and layer them alternating the end that has the bottom flap.  Staple in the middle or if you don't have a long reach stapler you can punch out holes along the middle spine and tie with ribbon or twine.

There are two ends of the album, The flap end can be covered and flipped up to reveal journaling.  The open end of the album becomes a pocket to store tags, journaling and photos.

In my example I made an album of all my favourite scrappin' projects and pages.  The photos in the album are images of  some of my favourite scrapping crafts and pages and when I look at them they take me back to a very joyful place in my heart.  The pattern paper is from W R Memory Keepers Be My Valentine collection.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy Anniversary Wishes

Still continuing with the heart theme from the paper leftover from my paper album a few days ago I created this page to wish to happy couple celebrating their 7th anniversary this year. <3

The layout above uses W R Memory Keeper's Be My Valentine collection.  I had so much fun playing with this paper collection. be sure to flip over to see the other side because most of the 'other side' was used in creating this page!