Friday, April 29, 2011

So scrappers, last night I am sitting at my table staring at my scraps of the Bobunny Gabrielle Collection wondering what I could do with the little I had. Then I remembered the other day when I was at Walmart picking up some more blank cards that I had also bought 5 4" x 5 1/4" little gift bags. Then it hit me and here is what I did.

Aren't they just gorgeous? the little gift bad with a matching tag?

Here is a closer shot of the gift bag itself. It was so simple! I cut out 3 of the butterflied of the pages I had left over and layered them to give it a cool look. The flower is just a cheap one I bought at the Dollar Store, I think I got like 25 of them in the group of the flowers for like $2, so I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage photo on the flower. The button the the floss was just out of my stash as well as the little pearl dots. I distressed the edges of the paper in the back round and again inked it with Vintage photo. The lace, I got suck a good deal on lace, I bought like 30 meters of different colors and styles of lace and got it all for 70% off!

Here is a closer shot of the detail in the butterfly.

And again. This nicely shows the 3 layers that great this little gem.

And a few more detail shots for you all to enjoy.

Here is a close up of the little tag! Again a smaller layered butterfly, a handmade flower and a few leaved. The little key and the button eyelet was out of my stash. Now as for the hot air balloon thing (I am not sure what to call it) that distinguishes the shape of the tag, I got 8 of these at the thrift store for 50 cents. I am not sure what I will do with the other 7, but after seeing how this turned out they may be turned into tags themselves! 

A closer shot of the darling little key, I decided tying it on with floss went better with the look of the hot air balloon.

Here is my flower and the leaves, I think they look just darling.

Here shows you some of the depth of the tag.

A pretty little shot of the butterfly.

And again the depth of the tag! It turned out ever so cute I think!

I just loves them and had to share them with you all. They will be hitting my etsy store as soon as I finish some more pictures of some different items as well. I am so excited for that and to make some more gift bags and tags!

Hope you enjoyed!
Happy crafting!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mini Album Tutorial No. 1

So I have been asked for a tutorial on Aprils Mini Album and I did one up for you all.... These are ridiculously simple to make! So without anymore waiting here it is for you all!

This is the album I am speaking of. You can see it in its entirety here.

I start with a billfold envelope (I used 3 envelopes to make that album), it measures 4 1/8" by 9 1/2". I buy the ones that are self adhesive.

I then seal the envelope shut.

I cut it in half (4 3/4")

And that leaves me with 2 pages complete with a pocket!

I add adhesive all over one side of the envelope.

Then glue it down to the opposite side I want showing of my patterned paper.

Then cut around the envelope as closely as I can, that finishes one side of the page. Then complete the same process on the other side of the envelope!

That leaves me with that is pictured above.

Then I freehand cut off one of the corners. Do not throw that away it is your template for the other side, and all the other pages in the album (the they match).

I then flip that corner and line it up and cut it out so both sides match.

It then leaves me with this.

Then you decide which side is the front and fold down the front piece so that it looks like this.

I add adhesive to the front piece.

Then lay the cardstock of your choice and push it in as far as it will go, Then fold the adhesive part up and press it down.

I then cut it out and fold it back down.

Then put some adhesive under the flap and glue it down, so that it will lay flat.

I then put adhesive on the top part and press it down, then cut it out as well so when finished it looks like this.

I then embellish it however I like. and that is the finished front. (I did not decorate the back for this tutorial). I also punch 2 or 3 holes depending on how I feel on the bottom of the page and put them together with binding rings, you can use ribbon, twine, fiber anything you feel like.

The tags from the inside of my album measure 4 x 3 3/4". I use 2 pieces and glue them together and put ribbon or fiber or something in between to make them easily removable. Just remember the height is dependant on what you cut off to form the folds on top. I usually measure and cut it 1/4 of an inch larger then the height.

Happy scrapping!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Butterfly Dollars!

Hey crafty people! It is Monday, and I am at home sick as heck, I think I have a nice cold brewing, I can not seem to warm up. At least I didn't get sick till after the long weekend, which is a good thing at least. 

Now onto what I have to show you here, this is my niece on here 1st birthday showing off all of the money that she had received! All the papers in this LO including the hand cut out butterfly, and all the flowers and everything else is paper from the BoBunny Gabrielle Collection. All the flowers were handmade by me and were cut out using my Cricut and the Bloom and Mothers Day Bouquet Cartridges. 

Here it is at a slight angle to show you some of the depth on the page!

Here is the fussy cutting that I did for this page, I cut these 2 butterflies out of the patterned paper from this BoBunny line! I think curled the winds slightly and bent then upward I think they turned out amazing!

Here is another one of my handmade flowers, I may show this as my next simple flower tutorial! I think it looks so darling on the page. The button is out of my stash and the color fit perfect with this page

Another shot of the flowers on this page. The front flower and the one behind it are actually the flowers from the tutorial I posted yesterday. It is just that the back one has one large flower underneath it.

There you have it ladies some more shots of the depth and detail I have put into this page I think it turned out fabulous. I forgot to mention the boarder punch I used on the mat from the photo is from Recolections!

I hope you enjoyed this LO. 

Have a great monday!
Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Flower Tutorial No. 2

Okay scrappers a while ago I was asked about a tutorial on a flower that I had shown here in my blog. Well I have finally finished it... they are lots of things u can make variations on in this flower and I will go through that at the end. If you look closely at a lot of my projects from the past I use this particular flower on TONS of my projects... Shall we begin?

These were the flowers I was asked to do a tutorial on so here it is...

These are the items you will need for this flower. Adhesive (I used a hot glue gun), stickles (optional, and I used black diamond), and 5 flower die cuts (Mine come from the bloom light cartridge) for the flower in this tutorial the flower sizes were 1- 2 1/4" ~ 6 petal flower, 1- 2" ~ 6 petal flower, and 3- 1" ~ 6 short petaled flowers. Here is where the difference comes in the measurements I used on the originally requested flower tutorial were 2- 2 1/2" ~ 6 petaled flowers, and 3- 1" ~ 6 short petaled flowers.

Here is a closer shot of the 5 flowers I used to make this flower, the paper line is from BOBunny's Mama-razzi Collection, the specific sheet is called Mama-razzi Stripe.

First thing is to take the 2 larger flowers and curl one side of each over, make sure you curl opposite sides of the petal on each flower (curl one from the right, and one from the left)

Then I took the smaller of the two flowers and bent the petal's upward, this just creates slightly more depth on the finished flower and is an optional step.
Then I pulled and oops and missed a picture, glue the smallest flower onto the largest flower. so that the petals fit in between each other.

Now for the center of the flower, this is just a small rosette type flower. Cut all the peices as you see in the picture above, do not dispose of any, you will use all pieces in making this.

Now take the flowers and glue them together as shown, I also curl the edges over to give the flower some more prettiness to it. The 6 petaled flower leaves you with 5 petals, the 5 petaled flower with 4 petals, and the 4 petaled flower with 3. You are gluing two petals together to give it its 3-D look. 

then I take the two smaller ones and snip the point off so that they fit better inside each other.

Then glue them together, the 5 petaled piece is on the bottom, the 4 petaled piece fits inside of that, and then the 3 petaled piece. 

The single petal looks like this when you are finished shaping it, I roll the top over just like I do with all the other petals for this piece of the flower then I put a crease in the middle.

This is where things get a little tricky, this is the 2 petaled piece you have left over and what it should look like when it is finished. Now what I do is curl the petals first then I take and roll one of the petals in then glue it to the other petal then I roll what is left of the other petal in the opposite direction and glue it on.

That single petal that you have, take and glue it to the 2 petaled piece, to make it a 3 petaled center. it should look something like what is pictured above. (forgive the hot glue on my hands.)

then again I snip some of the bottom off of this piece.

Then glue it into the center of the flower. The finished product should look something like this.

Then glue that piece to the center of the other piece of the flower, and there you have it!

I do then take the stickles and trace them around the very edges of some of the petals on the center piece.

Now as for another difference in the original flower I also inked the edges of the bottom pieces of this flower and in the tutorial I didn't. Remember you can always do that as well. It all depends on what you would like and what you plan on using it for.

Hope you all enjoyed the tutorial and can make wonderful use of this flower. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment, or email me, I will be happy to help!

Happy crafting!