Tuesday, August 27, 2013

making a fabric flower

Have you seen our new Base and Bling Jewelry line? There are lots of ways to make the fabric flowers (with fabric that matches our paper lines!) but below I have done a tutorial on making a fabric flower out of 4 circles. 

I started with the following items: The clip base, our Chantilly textiles, Base and Bling adhesive dots and strips, Base and Bling pink jewels.

For this project, I started with 3 sizes of circles: 3 inch (pink), 2 inch (yellow) and one inch (green). 4 circles of each.  I have tried multiple different ways to cut the circles.  Some suggested Wonder Under from the fabric store and then cut with the cricut.  That did not work for me.  I ended up having to cut a square a little larger than the size circle I wanted and then hand cut the circle. 

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Starting with the pink circles, I took one, folded in half and used the double sided adhesive strips. 

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Then, another piece of adhesive strip and fold in half again

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I repeated these steps with the remaining three circles. I ended up with 4 “petals" which when placed together makes a circle.

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I repeated this process with the yellow and green circles.

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I then ended up with my base, and the 3 flowers.  I placed an adhesive dot on the clip base (the part that is pink, in this picture I have not taken off the covering over the adhesive)

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I then placed the pieces of the pink flower on the base.  I lined up the 4 corners so they would meet in the middle.

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Here is the back.   I then trimmed the petals so no petals were longer than the rest.

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I repeated the process with the yellow and green petals onto an adhesive dot.  I was then able to trim those as well before layering on the clip on top of the pink flower

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After putting the green flower on, I used some Base and Bling to add to it. 

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Here is the finished clip

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Over the weekend I will do a video tutorial for a different type of fabric flower and making a headband. Come back this weekend!  If you try this out, please post a comment and let me know how it went!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Baby Mini Album

I made a mini album for a friend of mine expecting a baby. She decorated the nursery with stars and planets and I was thrilled to find I had some paper left from an old kit of ours, Stardust. 
It's mini album was made using 2 keys on the new Cricut Artbooking cartridge, this is an actual mini album on the cartridge. 
Please note there is no sound on this video. :) enjoy! 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Crop Packing List

Many of my customers state they are overwhelmed about the idea of attending a crop- when we discuss it I find out that mostly this is because they don't really know how to pack for it.  Many people just grab random paper, photos etc into a bin. Also many of my customers try to pack everything they think they *might* need.  
A little preparation before hand could make attending a crop much less stressful and fun!  
If you are attending with friends-discuss before hand what bigger supplies you would all like to have access too-and split them up so everyone brings one thing.  
I have copied the list below with items I choose to use-there is room to write you own items for anything extra you might need/want.  This is just a suggestion list, based on what I do before a crop. I hope this helps you out!  Leave a comment with items you take to crops that I left off! 

If you have any questions about any of the items on the list-just let me know!  You should be able to download the Crop Packing List with the link below! 


Crop Packing Checklist


Remember, it is important to bring specific projects to a crop- not to pack everything you own and hope you get stuff done-plan it out!  I always bring an extra project pack or two, although I find with socializing I end up not doing as much as I plan.  J
Your items you pack may also vary depending on the length of time of the crop.  The important thing is not get overwhelmed-crops are a time to join together with friends and other scrappers to get some work done but have fun while you do!

Page Kits ( items below in each kit)

   2 Cardstock for bases-typically same color
   1-2 pieces of coordinating color cardstock (can be different colors)
   2-3 coordinating patterned paper
   Project Specific pictures-not all your pictures
   Stamps you want to use on your page
   Coordinating embellishments you may want to use with the papers you choose
   If a Cricut is not going to be available, cut pieces out ahead of time and put in your pack
   I put my page kits in CTMH large 13X13 plastic bags- but the large size ziplock bags or the album protectors can be used-whatever works for you.








Tools

   Trimmer and extra blade
   Scissors
   Adhesive- I typically bring 3 refills with me and some liquid type glue as well
   Stamp pads if you have Stamps in your page kits
   If a Cricut will be available, a cartridge or two you may want to use
   Journaling pens
   Tweezers and Piercing tool
   Ruler
   Acrylix Blocks if using stamps
   Any punches or corner rounders you may want to use


Misc

   Baby Wipes, Hand Sanitizer
   Stamp Cleaner and Pad
   Band Aids
   Bottled Water/Snacks
   Gift Bag for scraps/trash
   A pillow if you need one to sit on
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

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