Sunday, May 24, 2009

Mickeys Garden

I love the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. It takes place in May so I was inspired to do a layout with some of my photos from our trip in 2005. Mickeys little farm garden is too cute.

I did some yarn embellishment for some fun texture on my layout (*tutorial below). It's always good to dress up those old Prima flowers, right?
The papers are Lily Bee and October Afternoon, with some Prima flowers and EK stickers.


Yarn embellishments tutorial

Two fun techniques that add texture to your layout using yarn. *As seen on my Mickeys Garden Layout. Its best to use a very thin yarn for both of these. The yarn I chose is 75% recycled cotton so thats an added bonus. Its calld "Almond" Eco-Cotton by Red Heart (pictured below). My crochet hook is a 2.55mm size.

For the crocheted circle, start by punching small holes around your shape, making sure the hole is large enough for your crochet hook to fit thru with yarn. For this example I double crocheted in each hole and added a chain stitch between each double crochet.














I used gluedots for the yarn flower centers. Cut a 2" length of yarn and coil it around to fill the glue dot starting with the outter edge. Once you fill the center and press the yarn down well, you just cut the excess and attach the glue dot as the flower center. Simple, but cute, right?


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Perry's mini lapCat

I expect to be using alot of Basic Grey "Ambrosia" and Cosmo Cricket "Everafter" for Figaro photos. Love the greys in these collections.




Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Adopted

Just a couple of very cute photos of Figaro on the day we adopted him. I used a technique of accordion folding for the paper flower and I have posted the tutorial below. The crackle medium is from Ranger and it is just applied over the painted chipboard letters.



Folded Paper Flowers

I love making my own flowers. Accordion folded paper flowers add dimension to your projects. They are a simple way to use up some of those paper scraps too!**Click HERE to see this flower on a finished layout.** You can make a simple circle shape to use in a design or create flower petals. Follow these steps to create your own flowers. The pattern can be used in any size but for my example, the size is about 1 ¼”.

1. Begin by using this pattern to cut out the petal shapes and use the lines for scoring and folding. You can use a tiny shaped scissors like the scallop that I use or postage stamp edge, the larger shaped edges dont work as well for the small flowers. I have used thinner papers and also cardstock weight papers for this technique. I like a bit more weight but its harder to fold. Its easiest to score your fold lines if you place the petals or paper strip on a piece of chipboard.

2. Create 5 or 6 petals to complete your flower. Assemble the flower on a small scrap of paper for the base. You can use glue dots but I have found that I like hot glue the best. Its faster and it wont move.

3. For the second layer, cut a long strip of paper and accordion fold. The length of the paper, width, and fold size depends on how thick you want it to be on your scrapbook page and what size flower you would like to make. I keep my folds between 1/8 - 1/4". Attach the ends of your strip together in a circle and flatten onto the page or onto the flower shape. I use a staple to attach the ends of the strip because it pulls apart easily.

For the example I have attached the flower with a small silk flower and brad in the center, but beads, buttons and other things work just as well.

Have fun and be sure to share your results with me!

Here are the step by step images and finished pieces.




Monday, May 18, 2009

Fun at May Mayhem!!!

If you haven't popped over to Serendipity Scrapbooks to check out May Mayhem, you really should. We are having so much fun with all of the games and challenges! I am loving that the challenges will suit anyone from beginner scrappers to advanced and I have been trying new things and even some old things that I had forgotten about! I participated in several of the games but there is a word scramble one that has me totally lost! I am just terrible at those but if you are a wiz, check it out HERE!

Anyway, today I challenged everyone to try some Do it Yourself Flowers on a layout. Here is the CHALLENGE! I created the flowers using fleece fabric and those cool Prima Center Kisses - find them HERE.

Everyone, Meet our new addition to our family, FIGARO! This is definately my husbands kitty. He is going to be a mess for awhile because he spends very little time recharging and mostly just causes trouble. Figaro just turned 6 weeks old the day I took these photos.



Monday, May 11, 2009

Have you had your Mouse Ears today *Serendipity Scrapbooks May Kit*

This is the first layout in my stack of layouts that I created with the Serendipity Scrapbooks May "I deserve it all" Kit. Of course I loved the colors and the papers. My favorite was the herringbone brown patterned paper. You would not believe how many embellishments came in this "Fabulous" pack by Chatterbox, I will have leftovers for quite awhile and I used a bunch on my pages. They are just kind of fun goodies, like cork, transparency, chipboard, and die shapes.

Supplies from kit
Blue paper – “Whimsical” The Cottage collection by Scrap within Reach
“Front Porch” The Cottage Collection by Scrap Within Reach
“Fabulous” die cut shapes – Chatterbox
Peacock Splendid Treasures – Chatterbox
“Fabulous” Chipboard Shapes - Chatterbox
Black sticker letters – Scenic Rt


Supplies not from kit
Black cardstock
White paint
Brown ink
Mini brads from the April Altered kit
Black permanent marker



Unique Imagination *Serendipity Scrapbooks May kit

Supplies from kit:
“front porch” Cottage Collection – Scrap with in Reach
“Deacon” Man about Town – Upsy Daisy Designs
“Carter” Man About Town – Upsy Daisy
“Fabulous” die cut shapes – Chatterbox
Peacock Splendid Treasures – Chatterbox
“Fabulous” Chipboard Shapes - Chatterbox
Rubons - We R Memory Keepers


Supplies not from kit:
ivory floss, brown paint, brown marker, Mickey mouse punch, brown ink



Serendipity Scrapbooks May Kit part 2

"Picture Perfect" made with the May "I deserve it all" kit from Serendipity Scrapbooks.

Supplies from kit:
“woodland” Cottage Collection – Scrap with in Reach
“Hunter” Man About Town – Upsy Daisy
“Grafton” Man About Town – Upsy Daisy
“Fabulous” die cut shapes – Chatterbox
Peacock Splendid Treasures – Chatterbox
“Fabulous” Chipboard Shapes - Chatterbox
Rubons - We R Memory Keepers
Supplies not from the kit:
thread and thin brown ribbon pieces



*Serendipity May kit* Part 3

Here are a couple more projects made with the May "I deserve it all" kit from Serendipity Scrapbooks.
"Chris"

Supplies from kit :
“Oasis”cardstock - SEI
“Front Porch” Cottage Collection – Scrap with in Reach
“Deacon” Man about Town – Upsy Daisy Designs
“Nolan” Man about Town – Upsy Daisy Designs
“Fabulous” die cut shapes – Chatterbox
Peacock Splendid Treasures – Chatterbox
“Fabulous” Chipboard Shapes - Chatterbox

Supplies not from kit:
Brown felt sticker letters – Thickers – American Crafts
http://shop.serendipityscrapbooks.com/scrapbook-supplies/Americancraftthickerslegwarmersfeltbrown.html
white cardstock
brown thread
foam squares

















"Make a Wish"

Supplies from kit :
“Oasis”cardstock - SEI (background green cardstock)
“The Loft” Cottage Collection – Scrap with in Reach
“Front Porch” Cottage Collection – Scrap with in Reach (dandelion/stripe)
“Hunter” Man About Town – Upsy Daisy Designs (stripe)
“artistic” Cottage Collection – Scrap with in Reach (dandelion backgrd/ green solid)
Black sticker letters – Scenic Rt
“Fabulous” die cut shapes – Chatterbox
Peacock Splendid Treasures – Chatterbox
“Fabulous” Chipboard Shapes - Chatterbox

Friday, May 01, 2009

Itzakadoozie

Yep, thats the name of the popsicles at Walt Disney World and its such a fun name that I had to use it for the title. This is for a daily challenge at Serendipity Scrapbooks. The challenge was to Scraplift a layout and lift elements with pop dots. I chose to lift a layout by my good friend, Kristin Fougeron. See Kristin's Oreo layout HERE.

I used Penny Lane papers by My Minds Eye and cut the coordinating Minnie with my Cricut.


Dead men tell no tales

This was for the Disney Challenge #7 and also a daily challenge at Serendipity Scrapbooks.
The papers are old Basic Grey and Rusty Pickle and I used my Cricut to create the tapestry design as well as the title.