Thursday, August 12, 2010

Flower Giveaway!

If you've seen my latest work, you probably know that I'm obsessed with Tim's grunge roses.  I've made them in a variety of materials, including leather, paper, cardstock, grungeboard, chipboard, and now, a bandanna! They're just so much fun.  I think I made too many, so I'm giving this batch away! If you are interested, leave me a comment here letting me know or follow my blog.

Monday, August 9, 2010

More card making!

I wanted to create something with a little pizzaz... if you know what I mean (wink!).  So I came up with this concept of a card in pink, black, white.  And if that was not all, the paper has a leopard print in black and white.... Now, with that said, everything is good in moderation, and I think this beautiful series of cards I have in mind and I'm calling "Glam!" have just enough flower power.  Take a peek!

Here are more close ups of the embellishments and the flowers I made. I used Maya Road stick pins to secure a ribbon sewn with silver sequins and a little angel button I had in my stash. 

But my favorite part is the inside....

Now this next card is the second on my series "Glam!" and I wanted to keep a similar color palette, but making it slightly simpler yet elegant.  So I kept textures rich and the overall presentation simple. 
The stamp is beautiful and I added a rhinestone for a sparkle effect.  The bloom is from the bloomers collection by Websters, and I only added one overlaid on top of a wired arrange of faux pearls.  There is a very slightly weathered feel to it, as I inked the edges very slightly.  

The inside is also stamped, and it is also framed in a pink foil die cut.  

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So I wanted to try out some cardmaking, just for fun to see what I could come up with.  I'm obssessed with Tim's rose tutorial, so of course I had to include roses in my creation.  I'm pretty excited about how they turned out, and have them for sale on my etsy! They are very reasonably priced for those who want a crafty creation without paying a fortune (LOL!).  

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I'm calling my style/theme for these cards "Music of the Heart."  Hopefully they can reflect a message through their creation, the loving care that went into creating it, and the unspoken words it tells the recipient... I really got inspired guys!

Here are some pictures and details of the flowers and embellishments.

 You can see the glossiness of the roses and the embellies.  I layered Mod Podge on every part of the flower to give it that nice glossy finish, but also to harden it and make sure it sticks to the cardstock (we don't want a card malfunction!).  
This is another view of the card.  You can see the stamping on the left side.  I used an old damask stamp and inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Aged Mahogany.  I then sprayed with water to let the ink fade slightly for a weathered look.  The pins are from Maya road and I used them to layer some pearlies and a really cute button from my stash.  

This is the other card I have for sale on my etsy right now.  Equally inspiring!

This card is very similar in terms of embellishments, the roses are also mod podged, but instaed of pearlies and buttons I used this really fuzzy and fun fabric and gold ribbon. TFL!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fabric Bloom Made from Flower Die Cut

Hey everyone! I finally finished summer school, so I've been able to dedicate more time to my creative projects! I love embellishing my pages with handmade flowers or blooms.  I went to my local fabric store and they had these beautiful silky fabrics in different colors and just grabbed a bunch of different colors.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the Tim Holtz alterations die to create the flower that you see on one of my pins and a premade page I have for sale on ebay.  There is some sewing involved, but I swear it is minimal and really easy. Here are the steps...

First you will need your die cutting machine. I don't know if regular paper punches work well with fabric, you may try it out. If you have neither, a stencil and sharp scissors will do the trick.


What I do is fold the fabric I'm using on top of the die so that way you get multiple die cuts at the time. This one I folded like 5-6 times.



You will get 4 sets of flower die cuts with the Tim Holtz alterations die, but I only used the biggest ones.


Then grab the die cut flower and fold it in half.


Then fold it in half again.


Now thread it on the needle and keep all of the flower die cuts on the needle until you have all of them stacked, then sew it to secure them to the base.



And you're done with the first bloom!


You can repeat the same steps with the other die cut flowers. With this die you will get three differently sized blooms.


You can either use them individually, or if you prefer, you can stack them to create a fuller bloom... and you have a beautiful tattered flower embellishment for your scrapbook pages!

Premade Scrapbook Pages Shabby Chic Style for sale on my ebay!

I have recently added some premade layouts to my ebay shop and thought I would share with you! I love them both, and to be honest I was about to keep them... I thought it would be a good idea to keep it low key and supplement my graduate student income... (and scrapbooking habit! LOL!) Take a peek at my ebay items, you can search me by my web name, lizbaas.

This one I called Purple Perfect, and I started out with the beautiful purple silk bloom. The rest just fell into place. The detailing is rich yet clean and simple.

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This one is called Shabby Chic LO, and I really liked the soft palette of the Tim Holtz papers I used.