Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge--Boy Birthday!

Hello it's Thursday and so it's a new  Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge.  I am so excited because I have been gone for a LONG time and it feels so good to be back and I have a card to show you with a totally cool image called Wiz:

I love anything a little whimsical or with a touch of fantasy and Wiz certainly fits the category.  I colored him in  slightly non-traditional wizard colors to be a little different, who me?!?  I had this awesome Tim Holtz washi tape with the periodic table symbols on it and thought it would be perfect for this card.  I also added a Tim Holtz Destiny disc to the polka dot ribbon knot at the top of the page.  Added the wizards castle and window with vines cut with my cricut I thought symbolized the period too.  It is truly Magic, just like the young man I created the birthday card for.

I absolutely love the image and can spend hours coloring it, It can be used for so many different occasions or it can even be framed which I did with a blue one I did first :).

Be sure to stop by the Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the DT has created for their Boys Birthdays, I know they are awesome, because I peeked LOL.  Mo has also been working on tons of new images so be sure to drop by the store and grab them and I know you will browse through  and find some other images you can't live without, I always do.  Play in the challenge for a change to win a gift certificate, which are given randomly for each 25 entries in the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful creative week :)


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to make Paper Flowers with no Die Cuts

I love to make paper flowers, all kinds and all sizes.  I usually use my Cricut machine but I know a lot of people don't have the machine and or die cuts to make the flowers and it is really easy to make them by hand too. Let me show you how.   Please be for-warned this tutorial has 11 photos to show you each step :)

First I want to show you the finished flower to you know what you are working toward:

First of all you are going to need  a minimum of a  piece of card stock.  A pair of decorative edge scissors (optional), tweezers or quilling pen, clear glue, paint brush ( optional).

This is a piece of cs I cut to 3X3  for my medium sized flower.

Using my regular scissors I cut a spiral in a uniform width ending in the center as shown.

Using my decorative scissors I trim the outside edge of the spiral from the outer edge to the center.  this will be the outer edge of the flower petal you will see.  You can sponge it with color if you want at this point.

Because I wanted to soften the edge a little I used the bulb end of the paint brush to rub in a circular motion to gently break down the paper a bit and the edge of the flower may roll a little depending on how hard you press.  I used a rubber embossing mat under the  flower to help with the pressure.

The tools needed to roll the flowers are either a long needle nose tweezers ( these are from my serger sewing machine) or a quilling pen.  A regular tweezer will work as well, but this is what I have :).  You can also roll them by hand too, just remember to keep the roll tight.

You will start rolling from the end you cut to a point and this will be your flower center so try to keep it rolled fairly neatly, yeah don't look too closely at mine huh .It does not matter which way you roll, over or under,  unless you have a front and back to your paper.

As you are rolling the flower you will keep the tweezer or quill pen tight in the center and roll around it keeping the flower as tight as you can around the base without tearing the cs, It will be narrower at the bottom than the top due to the spiral design.  If the tweezer or pen comes out, you probably  won't be able to put it back in, just roll it back up the best you can and continue, keeping it as tight as you can by hand.

This is what your rolled flower will look like after you remove the pen or tweezer before you have done any shaping, which you do by releasing the spiral a little and unwinding it from the center using your fingers, practice will teach you the easiest way to do this.  You can always rewind it if it spirals out of control, don't ask me how I know.

This is the bottom of the flower that you will glue the spiral flower to so remember when you are cutting your original cut this is what you want to leave in the center.

This is what the bottom of the spirals will look when you get it all wound up and ready to attach to the base . I use a clear quick drying glue Aileens Clear Gel Tacky Glue making sure I spread a decent layer over all of the spiral layers or they will be loose and not stay firmly rolled. when dry.  Once I have glued the spirals I lay it flat on the base circle and make sure I have it in a nice flower shape, hold it at top and bottom in the center to dry for a few minutes and then set it aside for a few hours to dry completely.

The flowers here are pretty much the same, the top two are both 3 inch squares, the one on the left I made a larger spiral to have fewer layers which will make it a taller flower as well.  The one on the bottom is a 2.5 inch flower.  You do everything the same just in a smaller square.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.  I love to make my own flowers and very seldom buy them, not just am I too cheap, I always run out late at night.

I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial on how to make your own flowers without having to have any fancy stuffs.  I would love to see some flowers you have made using this tutorial :)

Have a wonderful creative day.


Friday, June 27, 2014

I'm Back

Hi Everyone, I'm back from a very long absence.  Today I have a name frame to show you that was a special request from a work friend to give to a co-worker who just lost her dear fur baby, Tucker:

Not much coloring on this, mostly cricut die-cuts but I wanted to show you what I wanted to say hi and say I am back and will be posting on a more regular basis now.

The frame is something that I make a lot of, usually for baby showers, or Wedding gifts, but this was rather special too and LaShon thinks it will be just the right remembrance.

Have a wonderful creative day...see you later with some more crafty stuff....


Friday, March 7, 2014

Another Tiddly Inks card--Green Challenge

I created another card for the Tiddly Inks Green Challenge.

Yeah I know, very green, I was practicing my folds and hair on this image, I'm getting better, but have a long ways to go LOL.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge--Anything Goes!!

First of March Challenge means the theme for the Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge is Anything Goes, always a favorite with everyone.  I used Roxy, a great tween image:

I think I am on a polka dot kick right now, but I get there every once in a while, usually in the spring, which by the way needs to hurry the heck up here in Omaha LOL.  The coloring is of course copic markers and the embellishments are from my stash.  I just love the puffy heart.  I have several tween granddaughters that this image would be perfect for, they love to do their nails and fix themselves up to enhance the beauties they already are :)

Be sure to drop by the Mo's Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the DT cards or projects and while you are there be sure to grab a Mo image to participate in the challenge and note the changes happening.  The Challenge Blog will stay around but will be changing to a new challenge every two weeks, which gives you more time to create your projects for the challenge:)  A new group will be opening up on Facebook  and here is a little bit about that:

Bronte & Bella are "building" a new CLUBHOUSE...


That's right!! Since so many Bloggers also spend time on Facebook, Bronte & Bella have decided to spend a bit of time on Facebook too! Here are the details...

On March 15th, Bronte & Bella will open their Facebook "Clubhouse"!!
*Info on how to become a member will be posted here next week!*

As a Clubhouse member, you will get to...

  1. Participate in monthly "Showcase" challenges (beginning April 1st)...with a chance to "win" a Guest Designer spot for a month!
  2. Hang out with fellow artists and crafters (card creators and non-card creators!)
  3. Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones!
  4. Learn new crafting techniques!
  5. Participate in games & contests...with prizes!
  6. Have access to surprises you won't find anywhere else!!
  7. And so much more!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful creative week.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New Tiddly Inks Challenge--Green!

Once again I had just colored an image and the challenge came out over at Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog that allowed me to use the image for that great is that!!!  I thought this image was so cute when I was over getting some others and I thought it would be perfect for some boy Birthday cards:

Kind of simple but kids don't appreciate fancy.... but I think they will think Rocket Boy is just perfect!

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my little Alien.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge--Anything Goes!!

Woo Hoo time for a new Sassy Cheryl's Challenge and because it is the first of the month it is Anything Goes!!!  Here is my card using My Favorite Kind of Weather:

Sassy Sally says the ground hog may have been wrong so she is trying to Sweet Talk Mother Nature into finally sending Spring.  It has been soooo cold in the mid-west that I for one am ready for Spring.  I used bright happy colors and pretty flowers a new die cut of circles and a sweet request from Sassy Sally and Bella to plead my case LOL.

Be sure to drop by the Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the DT have created and while you are there, run over to the Sassy Cheryl's Digi store and grab an image or two and play along in the challenge since you can now enter more than one card in the challenge, but you have to use a Sassy Cheryl's image to play.  Remember, you have two weeks to complete you projects for this Challenge.  Also, the DT adds cards or projects on their blogs on the off weeks so check them out too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful creative day.