Monday, March 25, 2013

More Felt Flowers...

Hello Crafteroos!

I hope that you are not too mad at the lack of posts here!?  So very sorry.
I have been crafting lots and have photos to prove it!  ;-)

I decided to procrastinate from getting our tax (inside I'm screaming at the sound of that word!) info all prepped for the accountant and I made a few "different" felt flowers.  I took the advice of a friend who commented on a blog post, way back in the first couple of weeks, about trying other styles of flowers.  I admit to copping out in the past because the flowers that I had been doing were soooooo very easy.  But no more!  These new ones are just as easy and so lovely!  

Here are some video tutorials...

Rolled Rosettes with fabric... by "a girl & a glue gun"

Here are my attempts...

I just took two t-shirts that I wasn't wearing anymore and cut strips from the bottom.

The one on the left, is one that I did with just one wide strip of material.

The next links are just to picture tutorials, I am sure that if you went to You Tube and typed in felt flower tutorial, you would find hundreds! ;-)

The loopy felt flower

Over at Craftiness is not Optional, there is a great tutorial for this flower.  

Here are my versions... I tried four different ways...

 Wide and short "petals"

 Long and narrow...

Wider with angled ends...

And I decided the longer and narrow was the best looking...

Love this one!

Made a blue one with the shorter "petals" but a longer strip on felt and it was pretty cute, too! ;-)

Another easy one is a flower that I found over at "he asked. i said yes".
This link shows a few different flowers, but I only tried this one...

It is called the "Mum".

I don't think that mine looks much like a "Mum"?

The last flower to show you today is the Giant Felt Flower...

I found this beauty over at "Sewing in No Mans Land"

Her picture tutorial is pretty straight forward and it takes a little more effort and time but the end result is awesome!

Look what I did!!  

Just think what I could do with more colours!!  The left picture is a trued representation of the colours, but I wanted to show that the flower is the size of my HAND!!  I am sure that it can be made in a smaller size (I have seen many on Pinterest).

That's it for today... 
here is a preview that a friend sent of something that she is making for me and will be guest blogging about in the future!

It's a surprise for you all so you will have to wait to see...

Until next time...

ps. Pinterest Friendly Image:

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Canadian Scrapbooker giveaway!

Howdy Doodie Crafters!

Check out Why Not Win Wednesday over at Canadian Scrapbooker... you have until Friday, March 22nd at midnight to enter, so head on over!

Why Not Win Wednesday post by Jackie Ludlage

Here's what you could win...

Awesome, huh!

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I did it!

Hello crafters!

I did it, I finally did it!  

I made a pool noodle wreath!  Here are the pictures of my process... pretty simple, a no brainer, really!

OK, so I cut the Pool Noodle to the size that I wanted.  I cut with scissors and at an angle and angled the opposite end as well.  Than with the wonderful, multi-use Duct Tape, I connected the two ends and ... Ta Da!  I have my wreath base!  I purchased some "furry" yarn (ended up having to buy a second ball as there wasn't quite enough in the one... it was a pretty small ball of yarn in this case) from Michael's. (I am sure that you can find even furrier/better stuff from an actual yarn shop!?)  If not, here is a pic of the yarn and the label...

PS:  sorry for the look of the label ;)

I also had some mini lights that I purchased forever ago to use for a gingerbread village that I never did make.  I bought 5 sets!  So, I figured, wouldn't it be cool to add them to a wreath?  So I wrapped them around first and then wrapped the yarn over top.

The last two pics are not really great and I am sorry for that, but I think that you get the idea... I have yet to add anything else to it, but it still is a work in progress.

I hope that you all try this out... It really is a simple and cheap way of making a wreath!

Thanks for reading... 
until next time...

p.s. For Pinning

Monday, March 11, 2013

Embrace the Bleaching Technique

Hello Crafters!

Up first... an apology...
So sorry for my absence!  Tax season always makes we cringe and this year is no exception and it's not yet over, so I cannot promise consistent posts.  My goal today (Sunday) is to write a bunch of posts up to have ready, so I can just post them and get back to the tax grind... :(

Now, lets get down to a bit of crafting, shall we?  

I did procrastinate one day and tried the Bleach Technique which turned out pretty nice, if I do say so my self... you will see.  
One warning that I do have for you is...
bleach has a really STRONG, almost headache inducing, smell!  If you have scent issues, this is not something that you want to try.  
For all the products used in this post, you can find them through my Crack Dealer's friend, Kathy's, demonstrator page.
I had tried it ages ago with a plastic dish and a paint brush and I didn't really LOVE it, so I left it... then I found Frenchie!  She posted this tutorial and have been meaning to try it forever!  

The other warning that I have is to find yourself an Aqua Painter for doing this technique. Once you get it into the reservoir, it is so easy and CLEANER!

I purchased the same paper, Brushed Silver Paper, that she uses in the above video and went to town... here's my versions...

Other than the Aqua Painter with my bleach in it, I used the Brushed Silver Paper, an Embossing BuddyVersaMark ink pad, Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, my Heat Tool (I have the older one, but the new one has 2 heat settings!) and numerous stamps.

This is after the image is completely ready for bleaching.  Then you just "paint" away with your bleach paint brush and.... voila!...

As you can see I coloured up a storm!  For the flowers I used co-ordinating punches (Fancy Flower Punch and the 2-3/8 Inch Scallop Circle Punch) with the stamps ("Flower Fest", which is a retired stamp set from Stampin' Up!) that I used.

I hope that you all give this technique a shot, it's fun and super easy!

Thanks for reading and 
until next time...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chalkboard Technique

Hello Crafters,

Today I am talking about a technique that is all over the Internet for card making/scrap booking.

The Chalkboard Technique...

First up is the video tutorial from my favourite:

This next video tutorial is from Papertrey Ink and she used a different colour, more of a green/blue chalkboard look.

Here are my attempts....

Here's all the cards that I made

This one was made at my Card Night on the weekend.  We used the Embossing Buddy for the chalk dust marks in the background and then added some of the white ink too.  I used just the white ink.  Either way, it does the trick. 

This is my favourite that I made.  I used some red and blue watercolour pencils to add some colour to the telephone booth.

PS: the Stamp Set that I used is one of the "Sale-A-Bration" sets from Stampin' Up!  Currently, for each $60 that you spend you get one free item from the Sale-A-Bration flyer... this one is one of those free ones...

I have really enjoyed trying the Chalkboard technique and I will be making some more today, probably!  ;-)

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment, I love to hear feedback.

Until next time...