Saturday, December 29, 2012

Graphic 45's new French Country Collection


Graphic 45's releasing a brand new French Country collection for CHA 2013. Sneak peeks begin on Monday and Graphic 45 will be giving away 4 Win it Before You Can Buy it prize packages daily. Just leave a comment on their blog or Facebook page.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Tag Video Tutorial

Merry Christmas Everyone! Here's a video tutorial on how to create a tag with a difference using May Arts ribbons.










May Arts Ribbons:
425-15-45 Striped Ribbon
RJ14 Candy Cane Rope
408-05-16 Woven Burlap

Friday, December 21, 2012

May Arts Ribbonistas Christmas Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the May Arts Ribbonistas Christmas Blog Hop.

To win some fantastic May Arts ribbons, just comment on any of the stops along the way. Here's the list of participating designers from May Arts:
    
Monday December 17th    
Nicole    www.nicolemartel.blogspot.com
Sandy    http://sandyallnock.com
Virginia    http://fynesdesigns.wordpress.com/
Erin    www.homemadecardsbyerin.blogspot.com
Jenifer    http://scrapbooking-n-more.com/default.aspx   

Tuesday, December 18th   
Jingle    www.justjingle.blogspot.com/
Karen    http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/
Kendra    www.ScrappinCricut.org
Vera    http://www.lingshappyplace.blogspot.com/
ashley    http://hearthugsdesigns.blogspot.com/
   
Wednesday December 19th   
Alexcia    www.makeandmingle.com
Candy    www.livingthealteredlife.com
Charlene    www.paperandinkplayground.com/
Johanna    http://thecraftery.blogspot.com/
Lalo    http://naniwale.blogspot.com/   

Thursday December 20th   
Christina    www.thetwistedmuse.com/
Gini    www.ginicagle.blogspot.com
Emily    http://createserendipity.blogspot.com
Marie    EthansImprints.Blogspot.Com
Montina     www.encorecreations.blogspot.com
   
Friday December 21st   
Jen    http://jenshearsdesigns.blogspot.com/
Leah    www.1alabasterowl.blogspot.com
Monica    Scraps2treasure/scraps2treasure.blogspot.com
DeeDee    http://umwowstudio.com
Susan    www.luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com


Here's my Christmas inspiration using May Arts ribbons in festive red, green and white.


To create this Christmas ornament, all you need is a foam ball, lots of May Arts ribbons in a variety of festive colours and textures, some flowers and a string of pearls.

Simply wrap your ribbons around the foam ball, securing it with strong adhesive. Attach a loop of ribbon to the top of the ball so you can hang the ornament off your Christmas tree. Attach long strands of red and green ribbons and strings of pearls to the top and bottom of the ball, allowing them to hang freely. Attach some gold flowers to the top and bottom. Done!


Happy blog hopping and Merry Christmas!


List of May Arts Ribbons:
RG44 - 1.5" red and green stripes
372-15-06 - 1.5" green velvet with trim
PV-1-25 - 3/8" red velvet
SK08 - green silk
392-58-01 - sheer / box pleat white

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Graphic 45 - Scrapbook Adhesive Blog Hop

Welcome to the Graphic 45 - Scrapbook Adhesive Blog Hop! Graphic 45 is giving away a fantastic prize on the hop as well as a couple of other prizes on their Facebook and Pinterest pages. So there's plenty of opportunities to win. Here's what you stand to win on the hop: It's a great prize that includes a Place in Time 12x12 paper pad, both sets of coordinating Place in Time chipboard die-cuts, both sets of Place in time stickers, Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys, Graphic 45 Chipboard Buttons, 3 packs of Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares and a Scrapbook Adhesives MyStik! Wow!

Here's the layout I created for the hop using Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue collection and Scrapbook Adhesive's glue tape and 3D foam adhesive.


I fussy-cut a lot of floral details from the Tropical Travelogue papers and adhered them around the photograph, building the layers using 3D foam adhesives.




List of Supplies:
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue collection - Garden Isle, Island Jewel, Seaside Holiday, Oceania, Exotic Destination
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Die Cut Chipboard
Scrapbook Adhesives MyStick and 3D Foam Adhesive

Friday, December 7, 2012

May Arts Ribbons Christmas Tree Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the May Arts Ribbons Christmas Tree Blog Hop. To win some beautiful May Arts ribbons, be sure to check out the details on the May Arts Ribbons blog.

Here's my Christmas tree. It's a little tree to brighten up your office desk top or for the side table in your home. It's really quick and easy to create and you'll have lots of fun decorating it.




Here's what you need to create the little Christmas tree:

A little Christmas tree
A poinsettia flower or any other Christmassy flower
Some small Christmas ornaments like dimensional stars
May Arts Ribbons -
RG44 - 1.5" red and green strips
412 - red and white bakers twine
BM33 - 3/16" satin/reversible stitch edge

Instructions:

1. To begin, tie your red and green striped ribbon into a generous bow with long tails. Snip a dove tail into the ends of the ribbons.



2. Take your 3/8" green ribbon and loop it  twice around your hand. Now using another strand of the green ribbon, secure the loop to the first red and green striped bow, finishing off with a generous bow. See photo below.



3. Prepare your Christmas poinsettia, arranging the flowers and leaves as desired.






4. Adhere a length of red and white bakers twine to the back of the flower cluster and use this to tie the flower to your large bow.




5. Tie bakers twine to your gold stars.



6. Tie your ribbon topper to your tree and hang up the Christmas stars. Done!


For more Christmas inspiration, be sure to check out the rest of the participating May Arts DT blogs.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Card Video Tutorial

Hello! Here's a Christmas card I created using some deep red velvet ribbons from May Arts and patterned paper and chipboard from Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet collection.




Here's the video tutorial for it:


You can also view the video on the May Arts blog: Christmas Card Tutorial

Happy scrapping!

Supplies:
May Arts Ribbons - 412-414 red & white bakers twine and PV-1-25 red velvet ribbon
Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet patterned papers and chipboards
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Flowers & Leaves from my own stash

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Graphic 45 Calendar - June

Hello! If you've been following the Graphic 45 series of Place In Time calendar tutorials, you'll know it's time for June's tutorial today. And yours truly has the pleasure of showing you my tutorial on it.

Here's the calendar page for June. As you can see, its got lots of flowers, fussy cut details and doilies. It looks detailed but really, it's not that complicated if you follow through the tutorial.




Here's what you'll need:

Graphic 45 Place In Time - June Foundation, June Cut-Aparts, Calendar Foundation
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary - A Ladies Diary, Moment In Time, Delicate Details, La Gazette, Timeless Memoir
Doilies - 1 piece 5.5 inch, 2 pieces 4.5 inch
Flowers & leaves

Instructions:

1. Cut circles out of patterned paper for your doilies, allowing the intricate edges of the doilies to show through. Adhere circles to doilies, then attach doilies to the June Foundation paper as shown.


2. Cut out two strips from the Place In Time June Cut-Aparts as shown. Fussy cut a spray of flowers from A Ladies Diary Delicate Details and a clock from Moment In Time. Place these elements on the page as depicted below.



3. Cut out the June calendar from the Calendar Foundation page and adhere it to the big doily.






4. Select and fussy cut a large flower spray from Delicate Details patterned paper. Adhere this to the Foundation page as shown.



5. I created a journalling spot which you can tuck into the doilies, allowing you to have some hidden journalling if you desire. To create the journalling spot, simply cut out the June journalling tag from the June Cut-Apart paper, then adhere a flower and leaves to it.



6. The hidden journalling tag goes in here. Pull it out to read, tuck it back in if you'd rather keep your words secret.


7. Add some flowers and leaves to the page and you're done. :)



Here are more photos of the page from different angles...



Have fun doing up your own Place In Time calendar!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mixed Media Canvas - Ride

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to take a few workshops with Anna Dabrowska-Pekocka, aka Finnabair. I've always loved Anna's work from way back when we were in the Tattered Angels design team together. She has a way with paints, mists and textures which is an inspiration to many who dabble in mixed media art.

Here's one of my favorite workshops I took with her. It's a mixed media canvas. Anna guided us through the intense layering of fabric, metal findings and applications of paints, mists and gesso. What I especially liked about her workshop was that she not only demonstrated and guided us on the methods but strongly encouraged us to do it our own way. As a result, everyone's canvas came out completely different.

Here's my canvas. I went for a midnight blue and pale lime green combo - my favourite colours to use on canvas pieces, I've come to realize.







I see more of these mixed media canvas in my future. :)