Saturday, April 30, 2011

Easy Handmade Paper Flowers

For this flower you will need "Fill in the Blank" (D1465), scissors, removable adhesive, BTP of your choice with coordinating ink. For my flower I used Sofia and Hollyhock ink.

Cut three 2" squares and attach the squares together with removable adhesive. Stamp the flower from "Fill in the Blank" stamp set. Cut out the flowers on the stamped line.

Cut two 2" squares using a different coordinating BTP. Attach the squares together using removable adhesive. Stamp the flower image from "Fill in the Blank" and cut out 1/4" on the inside of the stamped image.

Separate the flowers, remove the adhesive and ink the edges of each flower.

Separate the flowers, remove the adhesive and in the edges. Lay the flowers on a water proof surface (I used the self healing side of my Versa Mat) and mist with water. Gently crumple the wet flowers in to a tight ball. Open each flower carefully and secure all 5 flowers together with a brad. Arrange each layer as you wish to get the shape you want and let dry.

Embellish the center as desired: Opaques, buttons, bows, dimensional elements, sparkles, filigree charm, etc.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Hats on Parade

Did you see all those "crazy" hats at William and Catherine's wedding? What's with wearing a hat on your forehead? I'm really behind the times when it comes to hats. However, I did come up with some hat cards for Mother's Day. Not too fashionable but easy to make.

My friend gave me a hat card a few years ago so I dug it out and made a few. The pattern is below in case you want to make some unfashionable hats.

CTMH Supplies:

Paper: Bliss, Sofia

Cardstock: Grey flannel, Blush, Key Lime

Ink: Grey Flannel, Blush, Pear

Stamps: In the Month of May, Fill in the Blank

Embellishments: Clear Buttons, Pink button assortment

Other: Polka dot sheer ribbon, crinkled ribbon

Monday, April 18, 2011

My Bunnies Are Haning Out With A Chick

It's A Bunny Hop At Heart 2 Heart

I made some Easter treat baskets for each member of my family. I used the large tuna cans (I recycle cans and jars) and covered with the pear polka dot paper from Sophia. I stamped a bitty flower from the Mayberry stamp set on each polka dot.

To make the bunnies punch a scallop circle for the face. The eyes are 1/2" circle punch(white), 3/8" circle punch(black), 1/2" circle cut in half(blush) for the eye lids. The nose is an upside down heart. Whiskers are waxy flax and ears are petals from a flower. Use chalk for the cheeks. To make the handle cut a 1" X 10" strip of card stock. Cover with BTP and decorate. Attach to the can with brads. I punched a hole on each side of the can with my Crop a Dile. To make the chick punch a scallop circle. Eyes are the same as the bunnies. The wings are 1/4 section of a scallop circle and fan folded. The beak and feet are cut free hand. The top hair of the chick is a punched flower attached to the back of the chick. Use chalk for the cheeks.

CTMH Supplies:

Paper: Sofia, Hooligans

Cardstock: Sunny Yellow, Gypsy, Sunset, Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy

Ink: Blush, Gypsy, Pear, Sunset, Sunny Yellow

Stamps: Mayberry, Tag the Occasion

Embellishments: Waxy Flax, Big Pinks, brads

Other: Assorted ribbon from the recycle bag, punches, mini safety pins, Easter grass, Candies

Be Sure to Hop Over to Heart 2 Heart and experience the Bunny Hop

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's Ribbon Flowers

Spring has sprung at 5-Card Night in May when we make ribbon flowers. Be sure to RSVP by May 5th to secure your spot. I promise to make the sewing easy! We will make 5 different flowers.
Pink satin ribbon flower Buttercup Grosgrain flower

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What to do? Reuse? Reduce? or Recycle?

From Trash to Treasure

This week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart is Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle. So..should I reduce my collection of tin cans and glass jars? Or should I reuse from my stash of embellishments pulled off old projects? Or should I use something already in the trash? I decided to check the trash cans. Kitchen trash had some more tin cans and jars but they were dirty. The bathroom trash yielded a silver box that used to contain the bar of soap. But the big find was in my trash can in my stamping room. Voila, an empty box of Glue Dots has been transformed!

One empty box of Glue Dots Open the box to be flat. Cut off 1" and cover with Sweetheart BTP.
Glue covered box back together and decorate. Fill with your favorite treats, 3 X 3 cards, all those packages of Opaques and sparkles,etc.

CTMH Supplies:

Paper: Sweetheart, Holligans

Cardstock: White Daisy, Sweetleaf

Ink: Cotton Candy, Pear, Gypsy

Stamps: Pennant Alphabet, Universal Background, Party Pennants

Embellishments: Sweet Leaf Ribbon, Pink Assorted buttons, Pretty Pins, White Daisy Mini Medley

Treats: Hershey Kisses, M&M Peanuts in a tube.

Be sure to visit Heart 2 Heart all week for some amazing recycling, reducing and reusing ideas!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Flower Power

Paper Flowers are the main course at 5-Card Night this month. Making paper flower with the scraps of paper is really fun and easy with the right tools.
Folded Circle Flower

Lollipop Flower ................................................................Layered Flower

Accordion Paper Flower ........................................Shabby Chic Flower

Michelle Auten shared her tutorial for her flowers Here. The paper accordion flower is from Mandy Leahy. The Layered flower is my creation with 2 different size punches.

You can view the entire cards on the Art section of my Website.

Monday, April 4, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Spring has sprung at Heart 2 Heart. Showers and flowers are in the air. Personally I'm ready for those spring flowers and lots of sunshine. Close to my Heart has some great new flower stamp sets. I decided to try the new spiral flower from the new stamp set "Spring Up." Learn how to make the spiral flower Here.

CTMH Supplies:

Paper: Miracle

Cardstock: White Daisy, Sky

Ink: Blush, Buttercup, Petal, Sweet Leaf

Stamps: Spring Up, Over the Rainbow, Springtime

Embellishments: Button Assortments, Opaques, Embroidery floss.

Be sure to visit Heart 2 Heart for all your floral inspirations.