Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Paper Quilling

Tonight was my demonstrator meeting and I brought a project for our group, paper quilling. This so fun to do. A very simple technique but adds a fun flare. To create the quilled pieces, take thin strips of paper (1/16) and wrap tightly around pin or I used a toothpick. Keep wrapping around until you have the length you want. Slide out the toothpick and you have the curled pieces. Add until all petals are covered and I used a pearl over the center. Flower can be added to anything, we added one to the bookmarker that did earlier.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Vintage design and flowers

This card has several parts that I like to do. The background is dry embossed. I then rubbed ink over it so that the embossing would show more. The green behind the large flower is embossed the same way. I also used a flower punch with a circle punch for the center and the green bud. Then the happy birthday words is cut out so it would fit the label. I have a punch that fits the stamp for the label itself. This has two labels turned cross ways to make the design. To give a aged effect, I ruffed the edges. Simple but nice card,

Monday, March 19, 2012

Moody Monday

Back to work but did finish another project this weekend. This is part of a swap over at Paper Traders group. The theme is old west and it was to be created on those coasters you get in restaurants. I chose to use the Pony Express as my design theme. The route for the Pony Express was from St Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California so a little local history for me.  I used an express rider for the focal item. Added the background trail and fence and then on the bottom added in some twisted, rusty wire. The back side is a pony express stamp and the label. I look forward to the exchange to see how others made theirs. It is fun to see the different ideas.

Hope all have a good week.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday inspirations

It was a rainy day today and for most of the weekend. Spent time working on small projects and with the family. This is a card I completed this week. The daffodil stamp is a older stamp that I love to use. I have colored it several ways. I have used chalk, markers, and this time was ink with a blender pen. It is a more watercolor type look. Sponged the thank you tag and some on the flowers too. There is a small butterfly up on the left side. Wanted the card to have a nature feel so I used a mulberry paper for the background. This is a fun spring card. I have lots to be thankful for and the top 5 today are:

1. Rain that was needed

2. Daffodils

3. Sharing art design with my sister

4. New beginnings and keeping my hope up

5. Making cards for friends

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Spring Sunday

This time of year is beautiful here. Today is a sunny day after a few windy rainy days. Spring is also a time of new beginnings and freshness. And who can not miss all the beautiful new flowers. Here is a flower we made at a demo meeting I had last week. It is made of ribbon that you cut and place on sticky paper in a spiral pattern. Then you use a heat gun and the ribbon melts and curls to make the ruffled petals. After it is cooled, we added some layers of leaves and a large brad for the center. 

The flower can be added to many things, a gift package, a card, or as I am doing this week at my open house, a bookmark. So simple yet very pretty. Such beauty does remind me of my thankfulness. My top 5 this week are:

1. Sharing art with friends

2. To always be open to learning

3. Changing weather and the beauty of spring

4. Prayers and thoughts for those affect by the tornadoes and bad weather

5. Though tough sometimes, to find a good balance in life

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What is first

Another week goes flying by. I was able to sneak in a little art though.  These are some moo cards for a swap due today. The theme for the swap was vintage fashion. These little cards are simple and I added a tiny seashell for added effect.
Well have a great TGIF tomorrow!