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Bows, Bows, Bows….

A long time ago I made a post that shared a link to Sherri Barron’s blog where she showed how she ties her bows.  I shared it because it’s the same way I do mine, and she was gracious enough to create a tutorial on it and thus I didn’t have to.  So, here’s the link to her tutorial.  Lately, after seeing THIS post on Nichole’s blog about tying a button to a bow, I have modified the method a tiny bit, but thought I would share her short tutorial with you and you can modify it to fit your needs as well.  Basically, I kind of do the tying backwards so that the tied part ends up on the back of the bow rather than the front.  You could even modify it further and tie the button as you want it to look, cinch the ribbon together without the button, but threading around the ribbon as it says, and then attach the two (the button and bunny-ear ribbon).  There are several different ways you can get this look, but a picture is worth a thousand words.  Check out the links and let them know I sent ya and that you love their post!!! 🙂  Several of you have asked about my bows recently.  Ask, and ye shall receive!!!!


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Paper Beads

I had the pleasure over at Go. Be Creative. to feature a tutorial and project for the month of October. I decided to create some jewelry using my scrapbook kit for the month.  I thought I would share it here on my blog too – hope you like it!!  I would LOVE to see what you create if you use the tutorial!!!

Scrapbook Paper Beads


– Scrapbook papers of choice
– ModPodge
– Paint Brush
– Cylindrical object to wind paper around – I used a plastic q-tip
– Ribbon or other thread to string beads on (any additional jewelry-making hardware you might want)
– Needle (for threading beads)

1. Cut the papers you have chosen into triangular strips (photo 1a) that you can choose to “blunt” the end of as shown (photo 1b) to make beads of different shapes. The triangular strips tend to make rounder beads while the “blunt” end triangular strips make more oblong beads. Play around with the strip shapes to discover what kinds of beads you can make!



2. Begin winding your strips of paper starting at the widest end first on some kind of cylindrical plastic object that will leave your bead with a large enough hole to pass a needle through with whatever ribbon/cord/thread you desire to use. I used a plastic q-tip because a regular white “cardboard” q-tip would stick to the bead and ModPodge you will need to use in a few steps. A paint brush or some other object like that will work too – you just want the cylinder to be of uniform width so that you paper doesn’t wind irregularly or you end up with different sized holes on each end of the bead.


3. Apply a very small amount of glue to the end of your strip to adhere it to the bead and keep it from un-winding.



4. Using a paint brush, apply ModPodge to the bead while still on the tool you used to wind it on. I used Matte ModPodge but I think that the glossy ModPodge would make some beautiful beads that would almost appear as if they were madee out of ceramic or glass. Make sure to get in the grooves of where the paper spiraled on either side.



5. Remove bead from the cylindrical object you wound it on and place it somewhere to dry. I simply placed mine on top of my scratch paper that I was working on on my table. My beads were not very sticky from ModPodge because I kept my ModPodge very thin. Be careful of what you set them on because they could stick. If you used heavy coats of ModPodge then you will want to stick them on a surface that is non-porous and will also perhaps want to move them before they are totally dry to make sure that they’re not sticking to what you placed them on.


6. After allowing the beads to dry, you can then string them to complete your bracelet.



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I had so many requests for instructions on my little envelope (see the post below) that I created a mini-tutorial really quick and I’m posting it here for you. It’s so easy, and I even had to make it without a lot of my regular stamping supplies!! You’ll see what I mean….Also, bear with the “steps” as this is only the 2nd tutorial I’ve done and I had to take the pictures with my left hand sometimes so they’re not perfect either 🙂

For starters, if you have an envelope template that’s probably the easiest and cutest. I don’t have any here with me – my template is in storage with the rest of my stuff in Delaware, so I just thought of a quick little template of my own for a box and some envelopes.

As you can see below, the first picture just shows you how I came up with my box template. After I determined the size of my card (3″ x 3″ per the SCS TLC171 guidelines) I knew that my envelopes and box had to be big enough for my cards in the envelopes with a few layers/embellishments on them to fit in it. So, I need to make sure that my box had extra space. I made my box 3.5″x3.5″x1″ and I used a scratch piece of the SU! grid paper for the template. The ghetto part of it all is that I don’t have any rulers here with me (don’t I miss my metal ruler now?!?!) so I had to use CS as a guide. If you do this – make sure your CS is straight!!!! 🙂

So, this picture shows how I made little dots (you can see them at corners) for the size template I would need. I started with the right side of the template and made a square that was 3.5″x3.5″ Next, I added on flaps that would end up on the SIDES of the box. I extended my 3.5″ square by one inch on each side of the square so now I have a rectangle that is 3.5″ x 4.5″ if that makes sense. Below my original 3.5″ square I planned for the base of my box. I wanted it to be an inch wide, so I made dots to form a 1″ x 3.5″ rectangle that attach to the original square. I SHOULD have made this rectangle extend on either side by 1/2″ so that there would have been a flap which would have not left a tiny little gap at the bottom sides of my box, but I was in a hurry with kids interfering, so I did what was easiest. Next, I just mirrored my first square and it’s additional rectangles for flaps on the other side of the base and cut it out. Then I just folded where I needed to with my bone folder and closed the flaps with some sticky tape. Clear as mud?
3.5″ x 6.5″ piece of patterned paper or CS
hobby blade
cutting mat
glue or other adhesive
1 1/4″ circle punch

1. Cut a piece of patterned paper 1/2″ wider than your card, and at least 1/2″ longer than twice the height of your card (assuming you’re using square cards – and in this case a 3×3 card – the height and width are the same) and fold it in half. My piece of paper was 3.5″ x 6.5″ I made it 6.5″ so that when folded in half it would be 3.5″ x 3 1/4″. I wanted the top of the envelope to extend a tiny bit above the card inside so I DID NOT make the strip of paper 3.5″ x 6″ which would have yielded an envelope the same height as my card. If you did, usually that makes the envelope shorter than the card once the card is inside because you’re putting something with a little dimension inside of it and it doesn’t look as nice.

2. On one end of your paper you are going to make little tiny cut marks at 1/4″ in from the right and left sides. You could use a pencil to make these marks if you would prefer.

3. Using a ruler (CS in this case) line up with your cut mark and beginning at the crease in your paper, cut to the bottom where your cut mark is. Then, remove this strip by cutting along the crease of your card to the edge. See the next two pictures.

4. Remove the strip you cut out and do the same thing on the left side of your paper. Your finished product will look like this:

5. and 6. You will fold over the edges of the bigger side of the card stock and glue them down on the backside of the other.

7. Using your 1 1/4″ circle punch, center the punch with the envelope half-way in and punch a notch into the envelope.

8. Your finished envelope should look like this, and then when embellished it can look like the 2nd picture!!

See, super easy!!! Let me know if you have any questions!!

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I've taken lots of pics lately of the projects I've found time to work on, but haven't gotten to upload them yet. My camera photo uploading program stinks.

Anyway, here's a card that I CASE'd off of a card-front that I got in a swap. Some of you may recognize it. Evie used to blog, and here's the link to her swap card. I didn't change anything – it's a very blatant CASE 🙂 I did probably go overboard with inking the cracks with my sponges – Evie's looks much better, but you'll have to take a look and let me know if you agree. I love doing cracked glass. Hopefully you like the close-up! For a tutorial on cracked glass, click here to see the SCS one.

I just love this stamp set, Natural Beauty. I wish it hadn't retired last year, it's one of my favorites!!

Well, take care!

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Something special I try to do for friends as they PCS (leave) our base is to make them an address book for us to put our info in so that they can be sure to keep in touch. If you check out my link to 3-D Projects on the right in the sidebar you should be able to see some of them.

Well, after I had already started step one of the project, I thought, “I should do a tutorial on this!” I’ve been wanting to try my hand at one, so bear with me as I learn to be better descriptive and take better pictures in the process. The picture that should have been first would have been a picture of the address book I was altering, but as I said I had already started the first step so I’ll show you the inside and back of the book so you can get an idea of what I look for. Here goes:

To do this project I look for a journal/address book that has square holes for the binding, and has a paper cover that I can sort of easily remove. I have made them before without removing the paper layer on the cover but I think that they’re sturdier if I take off the decorative paper on the chipboard cover of the book. So, here is a picture of the book that I started with – the inside and back (since I’d already removed and started working on the cover):

Step 1: Remove the cover by bending and opening the coils and flipping the cover to the back of the book and pulling it out of the coils. Remove the paper layer that covers the chipboard that makes your cover. You want to get as much of the cover off as possible so that it is as smooth of a surface as possible. See picture:

Step 2: If desired, cover the edges of the chipboard with Craft Ink or Classic Ink with a direct-to-pad method. If using Craft Ink you will need to allow a significant amount of time for the ink to dry so that you don’t accidentally get smudges on your project. **You could also use acrylic paint to cover the edges (use a paint brush to apply) and would have to again allow time for it to dry. See picture:

Step 3: This is kind of a combining of what could be 2 steps. Cut your inside sheet of patterned paper and cover piece of card stock/patterned paper to the correct size of your chipboard cover – I usually trace the cover onto the backs of my paper to ensure they’re as close as possible, or I wait to trim until later in the case of the inside piece (see step 7). Using the SU! spiral punch, punch holes along the edge where they will be needed. The spiral punch has aligned PERFECTLY for me every time so far, as long as I’ve chosen a journal/address book with square holes in its binding. Make sure to remember which side will be the bound side (I’ve messed a couple up before by putting the holes in what would have been the wrong side of the book! LOL). See picture:

Steps 4, 5, 6: Using Mod Podge (the finish doesn’t matter since it won’t show – here I used Matte) you will now cover the inside of your cover and place your piece of card stock or patterned paper on top of the Mod Podge, lining up the holes for your coil binding. You have to be careful not to apply too much because it will cause bubbling, and too little will dry before you can apply the paper. It’s a little bit tricky, but easily figured out. I always start with the inside because it doesn’t matter if it gets squashed when I’m pressing the cover flat. Sometimes your cover will have dimension to it that would get ruined by pressing the inside flat if you did it in the reverse order. I run a bone folder over the paper after I have placed it, and then flip it over and press it down to ensure that the edges are good and “stuck.” Follow this with placing your completed cover on with Mod Podge. It needs to be completed so that eyelets and wrapped ribbon, etc. are hidden between the layers. The pictures I took show adhering the inside but would be the same for adhering the cover except for flipping it over and pressing it. Here you have to be more gentle and use your finger and bone folder to ensure that it is good and flat. See pictures:

Step 7: (Optional) Sometimes I like to cut my patterned paper that I use on the INSIDE after I Mod Podge (turning that into a verb! LOL) it down. I do this to ensure it fits exactly. So in this step you will see that I trim it after the Mod Podge has dried. Note that you can’t do this with your cover since it will have elements that perhaps wrap around or are 3-D and don’t fit well into a trimmer. Your base layer of your cover has to be cut prior to Mod Podging it down. Hopefully that makes sense! Here is how I trim my paper with my hobby blade and cutting mat. See picture:

Step 8: After putting the cover back on, tie ribbon along the coils if desired to add some more glam to your project. See picture:

you are finished. I always like to make a pen to go with the book. I will either put a piece of rolled up patterned paper inside of a RSVP ball-point pen, or cover the same pen with patterned paper and roll it in some micro beads. I like to also tie some ribbon that matches on the pen’s top. In the case of this book, I didn’t have any patterned paper that I thought coordinated with my book so I put some red micro beads INSIDE of the pen (being careful not to get them in the ink tube) and I think it turned out neat. I only use patterned paper to cover my pens, or to roll for inside the pen, because it’s thinner and works more nicely than card stock does. Here is a close-up of the beads in the pen and the finished project:

I would love to know what you think of my tutorial and where I can perhaps improve. I didn’t want to have an overwhelming amount of photos so I sort of combined what perhaps could have been separate steps, but hopefully it still illustrates my process well. As for the book, I had originally envisioned it having the embossed flowers colored in with my red marker, but I decided to leave it more simple in presentation. This book was made for a friend to give to a mutual friend of ours who is leaving. I hope she likes it!

Here’s the recipe for the cover I created:
Stamps: Dots and Daisies BG, Chinese “friend” stamp from Pier1 Imports, Label stamp from the Designer Label punch box
Ink: Black StazOn, VersaMark
Paper: Certainly Celery, Basic Black and Whisper White CS, Red patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye
Accessories: Gold brads, Gold cord, Gold detail embossing powder, crimper, assorted ribbon, Label punch and Spiral punch

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SCS Sketch Challenge #28

Well, as promised I tried my hand at one of the SCS Sketch Challenges, and the first one I chose was SC28.

This picture is the basic sketch layout. I’m sorry the image is a little small – I have no idea how to save it a bigger size and not have it become too fuzzy or even not upload at all. It you click on the picture, it does enlarge it. I hope that you like this card sketch, and that you take it as a challenge for yourself when you next have time to sit down and stamp.

This first picture is how I started with my SC28 card. I wanted to use the polished stone technique as the majority if my cardfront. To get the flowers to be lighter, I first brayered creamy caramel onto my glossy white card stock (a requirement for polished stone). Then, I embossed the flower images (from the Sell-A-Bration stamp set Delight in Life) with versamark and clear embossing powder. After that, I used a cottonball, reinkers, and rubbing alcohol to create the chocolate chip, creamy caramel and gold polished stone paper you’re looking at. If you’ve never made polished stone paper before, it’s SO FUN!! Here’s the tutorial on SCS that I used to learn how to do it myself.

This image is what I did with my piece of polished stone card stock. I wish that I had some of SU!’s gold paper – I would have used that for the flower and stamped sentiment (from the Sell-A-Bration stamp set Delight in Life) on the left-hand side of the card, but I didn’t, and I learned the hard way that you can’t really just “make” it by brayering card stock with gold pigment ink 🙂

I hope that you enjoy this challenge, and I would love for you to post a link (in your comments) to the card you come up with either on your own blog, or at SCS or somewhere else. Thanks and happy stampin’!

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As Promised!

Like I told you I would, here is a card that I made today. I LOVE the color combo of Cool Caribbean, Basic Black and Whisper White. This new Big Blossom stamp is one of the Sell-A-Bration sets that you can earn for free. I love it! It works great on cards, scrapbook pages, t-shirts, walls and more!

To make this card, first I kissed the Big Blossom stamp to my Paisley BG stamp which was brayered with Cool Caribbean. Next, I simply stamped the Big Blossom onto my piece of Whisper White CS. Next I inked up the word “happy” from the Happy Everything set, which I LOVE! I stamped it in Basic Black on the card, followed by the word “Birthday,” also from the Happy Everything set. After that I tied my two colors of ribbon on. One is the black and white polka dotted ribbon found at Wal-Mart, the other is an iridescen thicker organdy-type ribbon that is Cool Caribbean in color that I found on clearance at Michaels a while back. You can’t really see the color of it in this picture, and it’s so pretty in real life! After tying the ribbons, I layered and glued my Basic Black CS to my Whisper White CS. After doing that, I used my piercing tool and grid from my SU! Tool Kit to pierce evenly spaced holes for my black brads. I put them through the two layers and gently hammered them with the black cushion pad from the Tool Kit on top of them to protect them. My reason for doing this was to get them as flat as possible so that the layers wouldn’t buckle when I adhered them to my Cool Caribbean. Sometimes brads make you get little bumps around them because they have some dimension. The last thing I did was adhere the layers to my base card which as you can see is Cool Caribbean. I hope you enjoy it!

Finally, I am ordering some blank coasters that I have to buy by the THOUSAND. Since that is far more than I need, I am offering them to you at the same price that you can get them from SCS. I figured this way I can get some of them off of my hands, and perhaps offer you another avenue for purchasing them (than by the 1000’s). You can make boxes out of them, as seen in this tutorial on SCS. You can make mini albums, calendars, picture frames, and all other kinds of things. E-mail me (see my “profile” for my address on the top right of your screen) to let me know how many you want. I will ship to anyone in the Continental US for free, here are the prices:

50 = $5.55
100 = $9.05
200 = $14.10
300 = $17.10

This is a great deal and you can make so many things with them! I can’t wait to get them. I will place the order once I have everyone’s money. I can take checks, money orders, or credit/debit cards (there is an additional small fee for credit/debit cards)

REFER A FRIEND and get 10 extra coasters if they purchase some too!! Make sure to tell them to tell me that “you” sent them.


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