Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Par!adise Paper Flowers - Kicked Up a Notch!

Hello, it's time for me to go to bed, but I just had to post a couple of pictures of these embellishments I put together last night. I was working on the cards for my next Scrapbooking 101 and came up with these.  In the end, I didn't use them for my cards, but they were a lot of fun to make.

Aren't they cute? I started with the Creme Brulee Blossoms in the Close To My Heart Paradise Paper Flowers and sponged the edges with Brown Bag ink to give them a little added dimension.

I had some trouble finding just the right center. I found a bag of CTMH wooden buttons that were the right size, but they just didn't have the zing I was looking for. Digging through my supplies, I found a Krylon Pale Gold Leafing Pen that I had picked up at Scrapbook Expo last fall. I colored the buttons andgot just the effect I wanted. I finished them off by threading the button with Chocolate Waxy Flax and attaching it to the flower with a glue dot.

I'm really pleased with how they turned out. Now I just need to build a project around them.

Tomorrow I'll post pictures of the cards for S101.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Lucy Banner

On February 1, Close To My Heart kicked off a brand new catalog, the 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book.  After all these years as a customer and then a consultant, I'm still thrilled to see the new paper and new products each time a catalog is released. 

This time, the design crew outdid themselves and named TWO of the new paper packs after friends of mine --- Stella and Lucy!

I haven't had a chance to try out Stella yet, but I just had to recreate the banner shown on page 26 for my friend Lucy. If you look hard, you'll see a few differences between theirs and mine, but I definitely drew inspiration from that picture.

The banner was so easy. We have a brand new chipboard banner -- 10 pieces in 4 different shapes -- and it matches shapes on the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  I also cut out scallops from the AP cartridge and followed the directions for Yo-Yo Flowers on page 27. The name is spelled out with our new chipboard letters -- I used a brayer to roll Pear ink on them, but they also coordinate with the AP cartridge.

But enough talk -- here are some pictures:

Isn't it fun?