Saturday, November 3, 2007

My First Tutorial, How to Make a Bow

Last month I covered a paper mache box using Stampin' Up's! Blizzard, Designer Wrapping Paper, which can be found in the 2007 Holiday Mini Collection. I decided it needed a bow, so this is my first attempt in making one, which I will share with you as a tutorial today.

First you will start by cutting 8, 1" strips of wrapping paper 7" long. You will also need to cut 8, 1" strips of wrapping paper 6" long. You will also need 1(one), 1" strip a of wrapping paper 4" long. This gives you a total of 17 strips of paper. These bows can also be made using our Designer Series Papers.
Once you have your 16 strips of paper cut, start putting them together using Snail Adhesive. This is done by looping them together at the ends as shown. Make sure to keep your 6" pieces together and 7" pieces together. Next take two matching loops and place them opposite each other and attach with adhesive. Continue making all 16 loops and putting them together as shown. Now add the first 2 6" loops to the 2nd set of 6" loops to look like this. Basically crossing them on top of each other. Do this to the remaining loops until you have 4 sets of loops put together. When finished you should have 2 smaller sets of loops and 2 larger sets of loops. The next step explains how to do the hole in the center.

Once you have all 4 sets of loops together continue by placing a hole into the center of each set of loops. I used the 3/16" hole punch found in the Crafter's Tool Kit.

Now that you have all 4 sets completed, place the 2 smaller 6" sets together and the 2 larger 7" sets together making sure you off set them so they look like these. Make sure your holes align up.

Now place the smaller of the 2 bows into the inside of the larger bow lining up the punched holes and place a full size brad into the center to hold both bows together.

Now last but not least take the 4" strip of wrapping paper, connect ends together to make a circle and attach using your Snail Adhesive. Add a small Glue Dot to the loop and place it in the center of the bow on top of brad.

Here you have the finshed bow. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please, let me know what you think. If you have any questions I'm only an e-mail away.

Sleigh Bells Ring Christmas Card

Once again we have the Sleigh Bells Ring stamp set from Stampin' Up's! Fall & Winter 2007 Collection. This time I stamped the holly sprig into a Versamark® Pad and I then used the Clear Embossing Powder to emboss it. This was done on both pieces of the Bravo Burgundy card stock. On the Whisper White card stock I stamped the sleigh scene with the Bravo Burgundy Craft Pad. I then used the Heat & Stick Powder on it, embossed that with my Heal Tool and this left the image tacky so when you pour your Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on it, it sticks. It's very hard to see the glitter in this picture, it is much prettier in person. I also used Bordering Blue card stock in layering, along with 5/8" & 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbons. Please e-mail me with any questions you may have. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Sleigh Bells Ring, 12 X 12 Scrapbook Page

Here it is, the 12 X 12 scrapbook page I promised. I went back to the year 2000 to get these pictures. The highlight this Christmas was our 1st granddaughter. She was 1 year & 7 days old. We now have 10 grandchildren and I don't think any of them get the attention Heather did, but we love them all the same. These pictures were taken at The Roderers' annual Christmas Eve dinner at a local restaurant. As the card I posted yesterday, I used the same colors of card stock. In addition I also used the Spiral, Corner Rounder & Square Punches, The Pretties Kit & Fundamental Phrases stamp set, which I embossed using Whisper White Craft & Powder. I also pulled out my retired Just Journaling II stamp set.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Sleigh Bells Ring Christmas Card

Once again I used my markers for coloring in this beautiful stamp from the Sleigh Bells Ring stamp set. I used Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, Bravo Burgundy, Creamy Caramel & Whisper White card stock. I stamped the Fine Lace background stamp using my Bordering Blue pad on the BB CS. I used Basic Black for image & colored in with Stampin' Write Markers and a Blender Pen. I used my Ticket Corner Punch and also Daubed the edges with Bordering Blue. It may be hard to see in the photo but I also used my 2 Way Glue pen and added Dazzling Diamond Glitter. Before putting together I also added some Silver Elastic Cord. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions. Now to make a Scrapbook page using the same color combo and stamp set.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Keep Christmas Card, Cracked Glass

I am having so much fun with this Keep Christmas stamp set. Today I stamped the image with Basic Black Ink on Very Vanilla card stock and then used my Stampin' Write Markers and Blender Pens to color it in. I then covered the card stock using my Versamark® Pad, poured Glassy Glaze Enamel over the entire piece, tapped off excess and using my Heat Tool I embossed. I did this 3 times total and then placed it in the Freezer. After a few minutes I took it out and immediately crinkled it to give it cracks. I did this twice. The saying I stamped with Basic Black on Very Vanilla but this time I mounted it onto Bravo Burgundy then cleared it with Versamark® and Clear Embossing Powder. I also used Basic Black & Always Artichoke card stock for layering. The card itself is River Rock, one of Stampin' Up!'s® new In Colors. This technique is called Cracked Glass (click for a tutorial at Splitcoast) let me know what you think and give me a shout if you have any questions.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Keep Christmas, Porcelain Tree Ornament

I thought I would of had time to stamp a few cards today, but having company for Sunday dinner, my day just flew by. Having seen these porcelain blanks that I bought last year to stamp, I knew I had to use the Keep Christmas stamp set on them. I stamped the images using Jet Black Staz On® and then colored them in with the Stampin Write Markers. I also used my Blender Pen to soften the back ground and add glow to the street lamp. I also used my Zig Painty® around the edge. The Candle ornament I covered with Crystal Effects and the Tiny Tim ornament I sprayed with Krylon® Latex Enamel. As you can see from the picture, the Crystal Effects gave it a much shinier look. Thanks for looking and e-mail me with any questions.