Friday, October 23, 2009

{flutter by}

 Happy Friday!

I am actually working on current creations, but I need to figure out a good way to take photos of projects now that we're back to living in gray-ville.  So, here's another project from May's Dirty Dozen Gallery at Splitcoaststampers.

We began adding tutorials that were for Fan Club members only a month or so after this, but I had taken these photos for this project before I realized that I had no way to really show it at the time!  So, here's an easy-peasy little tutorial bonus :)

 For the sparkly butterfly,
start with Maya Road or other chipboard butterflies, some glitter and something like Stampin' Up!'s Crystal Effects.
It's pretty self-explanatory, so I 'm not going to walk through it :)

For the papered butterfly,
start with a chipboard butterfly, some patterned paper scraps, sharp scissors, emery board or file, glue and a marker.

Trace the butterfly onto the reverse-side of the patterned paper.

Cut out the shape with scissors, but don't worry about getting it perfect.  Anywhere close is fine :)

Cover the chipboard with a thin layer of glue.

Place the paper right side up onto the chipboard and let the glue dry for a while.

File the paper's edges as best you can, using a skinny file to get into the details of the shape.  Turning it over while you file helps to get the edges nice and spiffy.

This is the skinniest file from the Basic Grey Precision File Set.  Definitely a worthwhile tool!

The last step is to go over the edge with a coordinating marker.  It makes it pop just that little bit.

There you go!  Two fun butterflies to adorn your page.  Of course, you can do this with any chipboard shapes that you like, even alphabet letters.

And, also from the May gallery, for good measure, a card made to match!  (Looking back now, I should have done a little tutorial on coloring the flowers from the Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit.  But there are other ones out there, so no big loss!)

This was done with the sketch inspiration for the month, replacing the ovals of the sketch with flowers behind the top layer.  A very pouffy card, but I like how it turned out!

Thanks for visiting!  Please let me know if you like seeing these projects from earlier this year, or if you'd rather just see new stuff :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

simply enchanting

This is the first project that I created for Splitcoaststampers back in May.  It was a very girly-girl gallery, totally FUN and full of inspiration!

I mostly used the Sweet Nothings Simply Scrappin' kit from Stampin' Up!  The papers and die-cuts came with the cardstock that I used to layer everything.  (Now, usually I'm not a huge fan of these kits, but these colors and prints were too cute to resist.  I believe that it's retired now, though.)  The Prima flowers and pearls coordinated perfectly with it, and the wide ribbons are just so yummy!

Here's a tip for creating your own title word with stamps:
For the stamped title, I stamped the SU Chocolate Chip ink onto the SU Pink Pirouette textured cardstock, and then filled in a little bit with a marker. (The textured cardstock makes it difficult to get a crisp image.)  Then the letters are carefully and way-too-slowly cut out with very sharp, pointy scissors.  I couldn't figure out a great way to cut out the center of the "p", so I stamped the letter onto the patterned paper that would match up with the background, and paper-pieced it into the center. Make sense? Not rocket science, but it made the title look much better :)


And here's a card that I created with the materials that were left on the table: