Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tim Holtz paper rosettes

The rosettes add a little flower element to your project in a neutral not so flowery kind of way.  Here I made a really quick 3D element using a mini rosette on my ATC cards.  The pattern paper is the Confetti collection by American Crafts.  The rosettes make great little badges for celebratory events - think birthday girl/boy, bride/ groom  or mommy-to-be at showers.  I think you can have a lot of fun!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A little dress-up

Here is a really fun way to make your own glitter-y party dress.  The tutorial is posted over on Scrapbook and Cards Today's blog here

I remember as a little girl playing dress-up with my Barbie collection.  I had so much fun travelling down memory lane playing dress-up with the Tim Holtz dress form die.  Here are few dress styles I made using fabric.

Remember my little video I posted on Facebook on cutting fabric, this is definitely an application where I used that technique because having the fabric weighted with cardstock really helps keep the shape when you hand cut the dress design.  The video link is here if you wanna check it out.  Warning...dress-up play will take you away for daughter and I totally lost track of the day having so much fun!

Here is a sneak peek at next month's tutorial, it's combining a shimmer sheets, glitter and and dry are gonna love it!

Have a great week!

Monday, May 2, 2011

April showers bring May flowers....

ATC card
I think it's safe to say that we will have a wonderful blooming flower season this year...I already see my tulips peeking out from my garden, yay!

My ATC (artist trading card) group's theme in April was flowers.  I missed last month's get together so I am playing a little catchup.  I wanted to hand-make my ATC flowers...often when you think hand-made you think time consuming, lots of work...not in this case.  These flowers are ...wait...yes I will say it again...'easey-peasy lemon squeezy' lol!

Here's how:

All you need are some fabric circles, needle and thread.  If you do not have a fabric cutter to cut the circles, you can definitely hand cut them...they do not have to be perfect because you will never see the edges.   So grab a cup or a pop can and trace out the circle onto cardboard for a template.

Cut out five circles from fabric.  Double thread a needle (about 18 inches long) and tie a big knot at the end.

Take one circle, fold in half and use a running stitch to close the half circle , repeat for all circles, keeping all the sewn circles on the same thread.

Once you have finished sewing the 5 circles, gently pull on the thread and you will see the petals starting to form. 

When all petals have formed, just simply stitch close the opening between the first and last petal.
Cover and embellish the centre.  See! wasn't that so e-a-s-y!!