Sunday, October 26, 2014

Quick Rosette Tricks

I love making rosettes; they're one of the easiest fastest ways to customize a scrapbook page, card or home decor item I know.  When I'm in the mood to make them, I make LOTS! The last time I did this was for a "Race for the Cure" Cancer event. I turned them into pins and sold them as a way to make money to donate at the event.  I sold out in about 15 minutes!

Last week I got in the mood and decided to create some in halloween colors so I'd have some on hand.  Cut some out in the craft room and finish them off while watching the Gators or Seminoles play, can't beat that!
I decided to kick it up a notch.  Here's how I did it.

Once you have the rosette assembled, but before you add the circle on the front, brush some quick drying glue onto the spokes of the rosette.  Turn it over and dunk it in the glitter of your choice.  Flip it back over and let it dry.  How easy is that?

Another way to add glitter is to squeeze a thick line of quick drying glue onto your craft mat, about 2-3 " long. Use your rosette as a "wheel" and roll it into the glue until you have the edges covered, then roll the edges into glitter.

Two different looks, both very professional looking with a definite WOW factor.  Finish your rosette off with the circle in the middle or add a dimensional element like a rhinestone or cabochon. Fantastic, now go create something!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Exploring Layers Part 2

I hope you can join me on Saturday, October 25 at Paper Niche as we continue to explore layers to add visual interest to your projects.  On Saturday, we'll be exploring gold leafing!  I've added it to a leaf punch on plain white paper and created a card out of it.  This is a really fun technique with lots of possibilities, especially in the Fall when you want to add a touch of gold to your projects.  The Make-N-Take starts at 10:30 and 11:30 and runs about an hour to complete.  Cost is $2.00.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Some Love for 7 Gypsies

I admit it, I'm a 7 Gypsies paper hoarder.  I have lots of it and I love using it.  It's timeless and versatile.  I wanted to create a small album, kind of like a brag book, of places I'd traveled to and this is what I came up with.  I just pulled out my 7 Gypsies pile and went through it looking for papers that were fairly neutral and went well together.  It's a combination of chipboard pages and envelopes that serve as both a place to hide journaling of ephemera, and a canvas for more photos.

A few seasons ago, 7 Gypsies produced a series of stickers based around themes.  I think they did one for every letter of the alphabet.  I think I have them all. One of my favorites is titled Gypsy. I love both the colors and the sentiments. I turn many of them into page accents which allows me to customize the album I'm creating just a little bit more. I love this tiny treasure. Enjoy!

Monday, October 13, 2014

October Make-n-Takes at Paper Niche

I'm hurrying, I'm hurrying!   Trying to get caught up on my poor neglected blog.  Busy time of year at my house, but I'm working hard to get it all done.

Coming up fast are the October Make-n-Takes at Paper Niche.  I'll be in the store for the next two Saturdays and I'd love to see you there. The focus in October is on layers and in the first session, we'll be creating a fun Halloween Card with texture and layers for interest. Along the way, we'll be talking about how to transfer that idea to your scrapbook pages and home decor items.  Come join us on  Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The cost of the Make-n-Take is $2.00.  See you Saturday!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

It's Been Awhile!

I honestly don't know where the time goes.  Poor blog feels neglected so I'm giving it some love.  We're close to the holiday season and I thought I'd show you one of the albums I created using some Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas paper, chipboard and Bazzill card stock. Yes, I know the paper is a few seasons old, but it's classic and I'm still hoarding the last of it! The album description can be read on my Etsy sight.  Enjoy!