Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Giant 4th of July double layer Rosettes--an easy DIY

Well, maybe not giant, but still quite large--about two foot across, depending on how you adjust your makings.

What I used:
regular sized construction paper in red and blue, seven pieces of each color
white cardstock
Tacky Glue
scissors and a paper cutter (paper cutter optional)
clothespins for clamps (optional, but highly recommended)
needle and thread
magazines for weights
Altered Pages collage image for center of star (optional)
hole punch and string for hanging

1.  Accordion fold 7 pieces of the background color papers along the long side of the papers--in this case, the red.  No, they don't have to be perfect, so don't stress about getting all the folds exactly the same width.  Approximately the same width is absolutely fine.
1.  Accordion fold 7 pieces of background color

2.  Snip the ends on each folded piece, while it is folded, into a point.  Again, they don't all have to be perfectly the same.
2.  Snip ends of folded papers

3.  Trip about 1 inch off the long sides of the blue papers--or whatever your top rosette color may be--and repeat with the blue pieces steps one and two.

4.  Overlap the ends of each piece of red, gluing as you go with the Tacky Glue, and clamping the glued sections together with the clothespins.  I just folded up and clamped several sections at a time.  Be careful not to use too much glue, or it will seep out and you'll end up with EVERYTHING stuck together!  You don't have to clamp, but I find it goes much faster and easier with the clothespins. 
4.  Glue sections of folded papers together, clamp with clothespins
You may need to trim any extra long edges as you glue, or clip the points where they overlap to tidy things up a bit.  There is no need to wait until the glue is completely dry.  You will eventually need to glue the two ends of the folded papers into a circle, which will result in this:

5.  Repeat Step 4 for the blues.

6.  For the red section--cut a piece of cardstock (I used white) quite a bit larger than the hole in the center of the rosette, but not so large it hangs out the sides.
Outline the edges of the square with glue, but not where it will fall through the hole.  Lay the glue side down on top of the rosette, and weight it down with magazine, like this:
White cardstock under the magazine, waiting for glue to dry somewhat.

7.  While that is drying a little, get your needle and thread, and stitch the center of the blue rosette together, like this:
7.  Step seven--stitching the center of the blue rosette
7.  Step seven, cont'd--tie the tails of the thread together
After stitching through all the folds, tie the tails of the thread together in a square knot.  Don't pull so tightly that you tear the paper!

8.  Now, repeat Step 6 (white cardstock in the center) with the blue rosette, and allow to dry for a few minutes.

9.  The white cardstock is the back section of each rosette.  Face the back of the red rosette down on your work surface.  Add a layer of glue to the cardstock on the back of the blue rosette, and lay the glue side down on top of the red rosette.  Weight this down with a magazine.

10.  (This step is completely optional)  Cut a star for the center of the blue rosette, and a collage image if desired--you can add this and allow it to dry at the same time the two rosettes are drying together.  Allow all of this to set overnight to dry thoroughly.  The dried glue on the backs of the cardstock really firm up the rosettes, making them easy to hang.

11.  After everything is dry, grasp the back of the white cardstock (the one glued on the red rosette) and let it hang loosely from your fingers, to determine where to punch the hole for hanging.  If you don't add anything to the center of the top (blue) rosette, the directionality of the hang isn't an issue.
11,  Step 11--punch a hole and add a string to the back for hanging.

See--these are almost two feet wide!  You can always make them smaller, by trimming the papers, and of course you don't have to make double layers.  Try making them with patterned papers, with diecuts in the centers, using papers from books, or even a triple layered rosette.  Oooh, I'm going to have to try that! 

Have a happy and safe Independence Day!  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ms. Doll appears as Marie Antoinette, and how to make paper ruffles

You can find her in her full glory today at Altered Pages.  If you visit there, be sure to leave a comment on that post to be included in the draw for the June goody bag, full of creative treats!

She has a full length, ruffled dress in this particular ensemble--the ruffles are made from book pages.  To create something similar, you need the following:
book pages, ruler, a bamboo skewer (or you can use the tip of your scissors, but I don't like to get them sticky), cardstock cut to the appropriate shape (in this case, a new skirt for dolly), and a glue stick.

1.  First, use the straight edge to tear strips of book pages to the desired width.

2.  Beginning at the bottom of the skirt, add a thick line of glue stick.

3.  Using the skewer, scrunch and smush a paper strip into the glue, forming a gathered ruffle.

4.  Repeat until you have all the ruffle you want!  Here, I trimmed the top of the skirt, to even out the top.  Now it's ready to spritz with spray inks for a little color, or even to leave as it is.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

mixed media articulated art doll

Here's the art doll I've been playing with--her base is an articulated chipboard body.  The face in the photo is her first mask . . .
If you are interested, there are more details at my blog share today at Altered Pages--you can find that HERE.  If you leave a comment on THAT POST, you'll also be entered in a drawing for some chipboard and other fun goodies.

Ms. Doll definitely needs more masks and outfits, so if you have any ideas, please let me know, and a Happy Thursday to you!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

throw kindness around like confetti

I really like that saying.  And why not, really--how difficult is it to be kind?  Or at least polite?
Unfortunately, I do not know who did the fun calligraphy. 
It's the center of a deco "square" created for a post today at Altered Pages.  (My imaginary friend of several years, Aimeslee, reminded me in one of her blog posts at Paper Paisley's of the deco squares, or some call them tiles, that we used to make back in the day.  Now, we might call them little canvases, or  "pieces", but back in that aforementioned day, it was deco squares.)

This particular deco square also has inchies on it--how funny is that?
 A click HERE will take you to Altered Pages for more details.

How about a challenge or two???
Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda--a splash of neon or bright color
(Congratulations to Lost Coast and Carmen's!  They are also celebrating their very first blogiversary with some fab goodies, and you're invited to join in the fun--you can find all the details for that through the linky in my sidebar!) 
The Sisterhood of Crafters--no designer paper
Everybody Art Challenge--lace and pearls (the tiny pearls around the inchies)
Try it On Tuesdays--Spots, dots and splashes

Happy Thursday to you, and thank you for stopping by! 

Thursday, May 05, 2016

a Gelli print canvas--atc sized

Today I have a Gelli printed Ecoboard canvas, with a sweet little girl from Rubber Stamp Depot. 
If you'd like to know more, details are in my post today at Altered Pages.

Is it spring where you are?  It's warming up nicely here--today I'll be out battling the poison ivy, trying to keep it from taking over.  That, and the wild blackberries, who have invaded the garden spot and want to keep me from planting tomatoes this year.  

Wish me luck, my friends--I'm going to need it!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

a tiny hand bound tag book with Sabor Papel

Ready to fill with photos and tiny mementos, a miniature sweetheart book or album--Siempre y Para Siempre, Always and Forever.  This book was created using a new line of papers, from Sabor Papel, who is partnering with Altered Pages this month.
 The inside pockets are only a little over two inches wide, so not big enough to hold even an atc.

The little books inside the book open to reveal a sentiment, and all the tags have spaces for photos or journalling.  My favorite little addition is the plum folder in THIS POST--it's just big enough to hold a wallet sized photo.

You'll find more photos and info in my post today at Altered Pages.
 ***(a little update--if you like this Always And Forever book, and wanna make your own, there is a kit full of supplies and goodies HERE.)***
Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

baby shower decorations--What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #359

Baby Shower update:  This is one of those what WAS on my workdesk--if you've been WOYWWing, you may have seen This Post with the mixed media collage animal prints.  Well, here are a few photos of those prints in action at the baby shower.

It was a woodland animal themed baby shower, which you can probably tell.  Also, at the time our daffodils were blooming like mad, so they made a nice contribution to the affair:
the little flower sprouts were for party favors
I painted eggs, too!
fabric bunting in nursery colors
Yes, that is grass growing in a vase behind the little plaque
She was very pleased with the whole event, and a good time appeared to be had by all.   

Happy WOYWW to you!  See you at Julia's

Thursday, April 14, 2016

proof of life

Yes, I'm still alive.

Here are a few pics for proof:

A peek at an upcoming project,
I'm particularly fond of that little plum folder--it's just the right size for a wallet sized photo.  And the partner tag in the pocket next to it says "Siempre y Para Siempre"--Always and Forever--so I'm thinking a wallet sized photo of one's sweetie would be perfect.  :)

AND a photo of me and the girl child--we were taking lots of silly pics in the "photo booth" at the Easter brunch at church (all the boys were still eating, go figure!)

It's a well known fact around these parts that my mother always has her camera with her and ready to go--here is one of her walking into the shot of the photographer as she's taking our pic, which we all found highly amusing!

There you have it.  Proof once again that I am, in fact, still alive. 

Happy Thursday to you!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

creating a veladora

Today at Altered Pages, I have a veladora to share, created using paper from new line from Sabor.
Not sure what a veladora is?  You can find out HERE!  
By the way, if you try making one, let me recommend the gel medium (I used DecoArt Media, Matte finish)--it adheres extremely well, and dries surprisingly clear--I mean, I know gel medium dries clear, but I can't even see any brush marks through the glass, which is kind of important in this case.

Guess what I'm doing today?  Installing two new ceiling fans.  It's amazing what you can learn on youtube.
Have a great Thursday--I'll "see" you next week, assuming I don't electrocute myself . . .


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

it's almost Easter!

It's almost Easter--please allow me to share with you some favorite Easter atcs (so they're about 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches at their largest points) of mine, made a while back for a swap:
ruffled seam binding border

this one has microbeads around the edges
the all have stamped backgrounds
yay for mini pompoms!!!
Mixed media collage backgounds, lots of Altered Pages Easter images, various embellishments, and crayon, of course!

Happy Easter!