Sunday, October 31, 2010

Chic Baby Girl Album

This is an album I created for my younger cousin, who was born this year.  I used the Teresa Collins Chic Babe Girl Album kit.  I'm officially in love with Teresa Collins' kits, they just have everything you need and wish for to make a perfect coordinated and unboring album.  

Here I made the big black flower with lace and poly satin fabric.  It's actually very easy, just sewed all the layers together.  I may be posting a tutorial, but can't promise anything... school is crazy hectic!

I added scalloped lace details, and a lot of the titles are cutouts from the kit.  Some of the letters are accented with UTEE and black enamel accents from Inkessentials. 

The papers are so gorgeous! This one has rulers all over, and I totally loved it, as it reflects how quickly little ones grow!!! Another cutout from the kit pps and added the crown ribbons, also in the kit.  The inking was done with Colorbox Ink in Black using a stencil from Crafter's workshop 6x6 orchid.  The pins on the title are "homemade."

Tip: To make your own custom pins, get the long stem pins used to make corsages available on the Bridal aisle at any crafts store.  Then get spare beads that favor your fancy.  I chose pearls here.  I applied a thin layer of glue to the pin and then slid the pearl beads.  I then added a thick layer of glue to the base of the beads and let it dry for a while.  Done! You have your own custom "trinket" pin!!


 The trim here takes the focus, and coordinating titling from pps in the kit.  I added the metal pendant rose for a personal touch. 

I kept everything really simple in this page too.  Just added a cutout journaling tag from the kit pps and some bloomers by Websters Pages.  

Here I added some "say it in crystals" corner from Prima and coordinated cutout pps with crown ribbons from the kit.  
Another set of homemade trinket pins and another simple page with just a strand of ribbon knotted across the page and the title.

I made this blooming flower from 3 layers of poly satin and black lace, ruched them and then set on a blingy brad.  I love the scalloped lace touches here too.

One of the transparencies had rulers all over, and I cut out a few and used them to frame this page.  Also added month ledgers for height and weight.  Title alphas come from the same kit. 

Here I used Enamel Opaque Accents from Inkessentials to add dimension to the title.  The metallic flower was on my stash and comes from the brand Pressed Petals.  Added some bling to frame the cutout tag from pps in the kit and my favorite scalloped lace ever!

Last but not least is my super favorite chandelier cut with the Home Decor cart for Cricut.  I layered a lot of black UTEE to add the enamel opaque dimension.  Also kept it simple with only a strip of pps for journaling. 


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Altered Gift Boxes for Sale on My Ebay!!!!

I had these paper mache mini boxes sitting on my scrap room as I had originally intended to use them for storage of my scrappy goodies.  Then I was getting organized and no longer needed them, they're so small for all my stuff and I decided to alter them!! 

I have them for sale on my ebay, you can click on my ebay widget on top of the blog to check them out.  

Here are some pictures of the first one.  I made the rose out of wired ribbon.  I have a tutorial here too, in case you want to give it a try.  The papers are from 7 gypsies Avignon collection.  

This is another box I made, the colors are so stunning... I used chiffon, beads, and a silver antiqued charm.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wired Ribbon Flower Tutorial

I am completely in love with these wired ribbon roses.  I had read about them in a scrapbooking magazine.  I can't remember the creator's name to give her credit, and cannot take sole credit for it, but I put my own spin on it and love the freestyling you can do with it.  I had made this type of flower before with regular ribbon and gotta tell you, it's much easier to make with the wired kind!!! Literally took me 5 minutes to make this one!

1.  You need wired ribbon and your preferred glue.  I ran out of my clear glue so I'm using my liquid stitch, which dries clear but looks white on the pictures, sorry.

2.  Fold across the end of the ribbon, like I show in the picture and press the wires gently.

3. Roll tightly around to get a closed rose center.

4.  Here's where it gets freestyle.  The key to getting the rose shape is twisting around the center but how you do it is completely up to you.  I twisted inward, outward, or just wrapped. Don't be afraid to experiment!!!

5.  You can add glue as you go to get the shape you want or you can add the glue later once you shape the layers.  I've done it both ways and it works the same, just make sure that you apply it to the bottom of each layer so the flower doesn't unravel.

This is a card I made with this rose for a dear girl in my life who is going through some difficult circumstances.