Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Flower Power

Welcome to the Sassy Studio!

A few weeks ago, I was wanting some unique flowers for a scrap project. I found some gorgeous online made by Prima. They have an awesome selection of all types of flowers made from all types of materials. I really like using them, but they can get a bit pricey...especially when you can't find them locally and have to pay shipping too. That got me thinking though. If Prima can make them, why can't I? So I started looking for some information and ideas. I went to Etsy. Great flowers, equally expensive prices and shipping. My next stop was You Tube. They have more flower tutorials than you can imagine, with more being added daily. Here is my take on some of the ideas I found...

Lollipop Flowers:

These are so easy to make. Basically, it's just graduated sized circles of any material/media you can actually shape kinda like a circle. You can use tulle, netting, burlap, paper (both patterned and cardstock), mulberry paper, satin, organza, cardboard...well, you get the point. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.

I made these out of lime green mulberry paper. I used a water brush and "traced" a few sizes of Spellbinder circle dies. I then tore the moistened paper into these ragged circles. I glued them together with hot glue and stuck pearls, rhinestones, or other bling in the center. I then took them layer by layer and scrunched them a little with my fingers to give them some dimension. These are part of my "Oh, Lolly" Collection and the color is "Lime Fizz."

Fresh As A Daisy:

Daisies have such cute, little flower faces. I just love them. And when you layer multiple sizes, you get a cross between a ruffled daisy and petite mum. Here's my interpretation...

For these lavender beauties, I used Bazzill cardstock in a very light lavender color. To get the differing hues, I used a variety of Glimmer Mist and Sassy Shimmer Spritz (my homemade version of Glimmer Mist). For glue, I used either Scotch Quick Dry wet adhesive or hot glue, whichever was handy. To make the petals pop and look real, I bent each one while still damp from the misting and/or spritzing. After they dried, I used a rubber coaster (or a mouse pad would work too) and an embossing stylus with a very large ball. (You can find them with the clay tools in the craft department of your favorite hobby stores.) I rolled the large ball of the stylus around the middle of the flower and the petals begin to pop upwards or "cup." This technique is actually referred to as "cupping" on several videos I watched. I then finished up the flowers with some bling for the centers.

Read All About It...

I have to say THANK YOU to my friend Stacy for sharing some of her stash with me. She gifted me several sheets of this awesome dictionary/newsprint paper from Stampin Up. I totally LOVE it!!! I followed the same steps for these flowers as I did the lavender ones above. I used Glimmer Mist in Walnut Gold and Tattered Leather as well as my "Chocolatte" Sassy Shimmer Spritz. The bling used is the Mocha Opaques from CTMH.

Thanks for stopping by and visit again soon!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Technique Blog Hop - Paper Piecing With Pizazz

Welcome to the Studio!

Thank you so much for visiting today. We are demonstrating the paper piecing technique on Page 27 of current CTMH Idea Book. This blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this Debi's Blog. While there, you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way. That list is also at the end of this post. Let’s get started!

If you are coming from Judy Faye's Blog, you are on the right track! This technique is highlighted with the Sophia paper packet in the Idea Book but you will find variations for its use throughout this hop.

For my project, I decided to make a journaling tag. They are popular and come in these really cute little booklets to match your paper and embellishments. I decided to make my own to match the Wings paper. My paper pieced object on my tag is the fleur de lis. I first stamped the image in Vineyard Berry ink onto Vineyard Berry Cardstock. I then cut out the image and distressed it with Chocolate ink. Next, I stamped the image on a piece of patterned paper in Twilight ink. From that image, I cut out the center of the fleur de lis and attached it to my original stamped image. Again, I distressed it with Chocolate ink. For the last step, using Versamark, I stamped a portion of the image on black cardstock and heat embossed it using Clear Detail Embossing Powder. I then cut the center rectangle out and attached it to my original image. I then added some silver studs for a touch of bling!

If you would like to see details on the technique or my supply list, please continue reading below. If not, please continue on to Melissa's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Supply List: Wings Level 2 Paper Pack x7135B , Vineyard Berry Stamp Pad Z2157, Twilight Stamp Pad Z2160, Black Stamp Pad Z2105, Pear Stamp Pad Z2197, Chocolate Stamp Pad Z2111, Versamark Stamp Pad Z891, Clear Detail Embossing Powder Z821, Colonial White Buttons (retired), Wings Level 2 Assortment Z1398, You & Me Stamp Set CC1012 (Available this month only!)

Thanks for stopping by! Continue onto Melissa's Blog to continue the hop!

Here is the list of Hoppers in case you get lost or if you'd like to revisit a blog! Hope you enjoy!

1. Debi Barber
2. Michelle Battitori
3. Neely Dean
4. Judy Faye Garner
5. Kelly George (You Are Here!)
6. Melissa Robinson
7. Rebecca Sorge
8. Teri Baxter
9. Tonya Whitehurst
10. Sheila Wilkerson
11. Amy Kaminski

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How To Wrangle Your Ribbon, Plus Updates & Sneak Peaks

Welcome and Thanks for stopping by!

Mom and I (we share a scrap studio) have been struggling with storage woes ever since we began combining our stashes. Our ribbon has been a HUGE issue. We both love using ribbon on our projects and we can't say no to a Buy One Get One Free sale, $1 ribbon bins, etc. Well, we have LOTS of ribbon. It was stored in a eight-drawer rolly cart, four plastic divided organizers, two 36" dowels, four shelf wire rack...well, you get the idea. It was scattered everywhere, which made it really time consuming to look for a simple piece of pink grosgrain.

But there was hope (and help) around the corner. While surfing the web one morning, I found a post on Crabby Cakes Studio, http://crabbycakescrafts.blogspot.com/2011/04/ribbon-organizion-tip-by-ccs.html. It was a fantastic idea, and I just took it a step further. I used plain, old chipboard. Actually, the chipboard was separators that used to come in boxes of paychecks where Mom used to work. I got her to start saving them for me a few years before she retired, so we had quite a large stack. {Thank goodness, we needed them all!} I cut the chipboard down to 3x5 (index card size) and used the 4x6 clear zip bags from Hobby Lobby. We began the task of wrapping the ribbon onto the chipboard. We worked morning to night for two days solid and got everything on the cards and into the baggies.

We separated everything by color. This makes finding what you want really easy and these little baggies help keep the ribbon clean and on their card - and the pins used to secure the ribbon don't poke you either;) And as a added benefit, it's so easy to grab the packs of the colors you need and throw them in a crop bag. It's so simple, why didn't I think of this sooner?!?!

Since there are no spools, it save tons of space. We went from multiple storage options, including an eight drawer rolly cart, and was reduced to {drum roll please} one 3-drawer storage cube from Michaels!

This is truly a time and space saving option for those of us with tons of ribbon. We had 592 spools of ribbon (not including holiday ribbon) and look how easily and neatly it stores.

CKC-Nashville Update!
The class & activity list is updated and registration is open. There are some wonderful classes for scrappers and cardmakers no matter what your skill level. I will be taking several "how to" class on making flowers, using bling, and all things sassy;) I hope to be able to update my blog during the convention with pictures of the vendor hall, class projects, and all the goodies we purchase. Go to http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/, click on events, CK Conventions, and Nashville to see all the info. I hope to see some of you there!

Card Class Sneak Peak!
Card Class & Crop is this Saturday, May 7th, at Messiah Church, 2072 Hwy. 14, Prattville, AL. Card Class begins at 9:30. It's $5 for 5 cards. Crop space is available during and after the card class. If you're cropping, please bring a snack to share. Bottled water will be provided. Feel free to bring soda or a favorite beverage.

Here's some things we'll be working on...