Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tim Holtz- Rosette Flowers

I attempted to make my first rosette flower during a class 2 years ago at Heidi Swapp's Creative Escape event in Arizona. We were given a strip of paper and had to make valley and mountain folds by hand- a tad on the finicky side. Was I happy with the result? Yes, have I made one since then? Nope.... UNTIL...I got my hands on Tim Holtz's rosette die. Pure genius of him to team up with Sizzix to create a die that perforates and scores at the same time to make rosettes in just a few seconds. It's so versatile, you can pretty it up or leave it plain for projects with a masculine theme. I have a few simple tips to use the same die and to make smaller and larger rosettes. My tutorial is posted over on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog, the link is here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy November

Can't believe October has come and gone. Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween night of trick or treating. So with October 31 officially behind us we can start our holiday crafting. This is a wonderful time to make mini albums and home decor pieces for your family and friends.

Here is Kaiserkraft's 'Merry Christmas' script word. It measures about 6 inches high and 15 inches long. I painted the wooden letters white and covered it with Basic Grey's Jovial pattern paper. The script word is chunky and is really easy to trace around the letters to cut the pattern paper. The reindeer (triple layered for dimension) are cut out of brown cardstock, using the Tim Holt'z Sizzix reindeer die, and are covered with warm transparent glitter. The brown cardstock shows through the warm glitter as a bronze finish. You could definitely embellish the script more with buttons, diecuts, bling etc. I think a perfect spot for this decor piece would be on a mantle, a home office or any little corner that could use some holiday cheer.