Friday, May 28, 2010

Kanzashi Fabric Flower

I found this flower and video on Woman's Day Here is the link to the page...
Fabric Flower
For the little flower shown this was L's and My first attempt (A tad Wonky) but Little J loves it. I attached this one to a barrette first with some tack glue then a few stitches just to make sure it was secure.

I was so very happy when I found this flower I thought NEW have not seen it on card creations before. Well after I was finished learning the fold and making my sample for this blog post I found an awesome card using a similar fold on below.
Here is a link to a card by Makiko Jones on SCS using a similar folded flower.

Don't forget to sign up for blog candy in post below.
Have a Happy Stamp Day, God Bless!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Candy Break, wrinkled seam binding...

I have to take a break today from my week of flower posts so I can get my blog candy up as a tiny treat. First I have to say when I saw Mish using this stuff I was hooked it is just so yummy! Then I asked around to see how it was made and no one would share the secret so I did it my way and it came out just as yummy! Here is how you can make it...

I recommend getting your seam binding ribbon from Sew True (linked below)...

Next you cut off the amount you want to dye and set aside.
Fill a spritz bottle 1/4 of the way with warm water
Drop in your reinker color of choice (I used a rich color around 8 drops)
A.) PTI reinkers gave a solid color dye
B.) SU reinkers gave the ribbon a tye dye appearance (click on photo to enlarge you can really see this difference in the green ribbons. The first green was with SU wasabi reinker and the second green was with PTI ripe avocado, see how the first has the beautiful tye dye look and the second is solid)
C.) Your color will be a tad different if you use the white compared to the cream seam binding
Shake well to blend the water and reinker
Fill another spritz bottle full with warm water
Spritz the ribbon with the plain water til damp
Spritz on your dye, scrunching and wadding as your spray
I did spray some of my seam binding with Tattered Angel silver mist spray for some extra sparkle
Set aside on wax paper to dry
When I past through the kitchen I did some extra scrunching and turning
A.) I used my kitchen table with the ceiling fan above it did not take long at all for the ribbon to dry
B.) If you are in a rush you can use your heat gun
Here is my SECRET and I am happy to share it with you, as it was drying I took a very small dab of hair gel and wadded up the ribbon more. I love how this look dried and yes it holds the wrinkles wonderfully. Next Sew True is a wonderful company if you are thinking of trying this I recommend ordering from Sew True.

So wanna win some of my ribbon spooled on vintage clothes pins along with some plain white and cream?(I will pack extra treats in your winning package along with the ribbon.) Leave me a comment on this post saying what you like or don't like about crafty secrets, LOL! You will have until Tuesday June first to comment, one comment will be drawn with the random number generator on Wednesday and the winner posted shortly after, one comment per person please.

Wanna hear the funny my DH made...Are you ready? "Why do you have to make more ribbon when you have so much?" ROTFLOL! My Man knows nothing about pretty ribbon and how addicting they can be. My Mother used to make some of our clothes and it was a HUGE treat to get a headband made of some extra ribbon.

Happy Stamp Day, God Bless!

"Lil Bloomer" Shredded Paper Flower Video

Edit to place my card pic 8:07 AM...

This Shredded paper flower is so darn CUTE, I like how it can be used as gift topper or smaller ones on your cards or sb pages. Have not had a chance yet to make one for the blog but will get it up as soon as I can. Enjoy the youtube video...

Happy Stamp Day, God Bless!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Lil Bloomer" Twisted Fabric Flower

This is a fun flower to make and a great way to use up fabric scraps.Here you see how I used a large one (three strips of fabric) and attached it to a headband for little J...

Here is a video tutorial from youtube...

Product list...
Fabric Scraps
Fabric Glue
E600 (if you are going to attach the flower to headband as I have done)

Have a Happy Stamp Day, God Bless!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Birthday "Lil Bloomer" Rolled Paper Rose

I am so happy to have full time access once again to the net, being unplugged is not a fun thing at all! This week I am bringing you "Lil Bloomer" week, a week full of creative flowers. Today it is a Rolled Paper Rose.

A wonderful crafty friend of mine is celebrating a birthday Today, Happy Birthday Amy! You can find her blog here...The Stamping Tree.

How to make the "Lil bloomer" rolled paper rose...

Cut a 5" square from double sided DP or card stock (The side that you roll into the center will be the side that shows up most on your flower.)
Start cutting a 1/4" spiral using a shape scissors, stop cutting the spiral when you are down to a small circle. (This becomes the bottom of the flower that you will attach the rolled paper to.)
After your spiral is cut start rolling it on the start end, pinching the bottom a bit.
Work your way to the end circle.
Place the paper on top of the circle and let the rolling relax to make the center of the flower loose.
Place glue on the circle and adhere the bloom.
You can smash and distress, place buttons or bling in the flower center.

Product list...
Sei DP
Shape scissors
PTI card stock, stamp set and bling
Ribbon Vintage (unknown)
SU felt flower
embroidery thread

Have a Happy Stamp Day, God Bless!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

There is a Season...Welcome Change

To Every Thing There is a Season
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

For our home it is a time for some welcome changes DH and the girls have been working on a nice flower garden for our front yard. I so can't wait for it to be done and get out there with a great book. (Oops, forgot need patience!)

D and DH Working on the front yard...

D has been working on her bedroom it is now lime green and purple (at first I was hesitant but thought I would make a concession with the color but I was firm on no funny splashes or hand prints. I so can't believe how fast she is growing up wanting to be so independent.

Here is D with a new haircut and threads...

Here is D's paint job, took most of the AM and two friends to get it done...

Here you see Little J and L in dresses created by L. She was really into sewing the last semester of school so we purchased some easy sew materials at walmart that called for one seam and a hem. I am proud of her she did a wonderful job, so proud in fact that when I need some stitching done on my card creations I am happy to have her complete the task.

So with that on Monday I am set to return to regular scheduled blog posts and keep an eye open for some YUMMY candy. See you then, God Bless!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Organza Flowers part 2

First a bit of news...I will be back online early next week with my daily posts so keep tuned in, I plan on some blog candy.

Okay, for today's card I have another organza flower this one is smaller and I used it on a card instead of a headband. I did not measure my circles but I would say around 1 3/4" to 1" are good size for card flowers. Remember to use caution when melting the edges! For complete directions on the flower see the Organza Headband post below.

Product list...
Organza Fabric
Candle Flame
Rusty Pickle Brad
Basic Grey DP
lace (unknown)
SU scallop border punch
PTI ink and card stock

Monday, May 10, 2010

Faith Sisters Sweet Sweet Song

Faith Sisters Sweet Sweet song challenge with free download, find out more at this link.

from Faith Sisters site...Can you think of a song that reminds you that you have a perfect Heavenly Father? Or a song that makes you think about your own children and how much you want to be the very best parent you can be for them? Maybe just a song that brings you the comfort and protection that only being embraced by Him can bring? I hope you will join us this month in creating a layout inspired by your favorite songs. Below are a few songs I thought fit this topic, but feel free to share any song that you feel drawn too.

Already Home- Thousand Foot Krutch
In My Arms- Plumb
Prodigal- Casting Crowns

To hear Come Home Running by Chris Tomlin take this link.

For my song I used Come Home Running by Chris Tomlin. Chris has been a long time fave of mine, he also sings Amazing Grace My chains are Gone. Some words to this song that remind me of the love and Grace of God are...
Oh child of God, so dearly loved...and called by name.
Isiah 43
43:1 But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine

God is forever loving we are fearfully and wonderfully made(Psalms 139:15), he has named us, counted the hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7). So Come Home Running his arms are open wide.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Organza Flower Headband

This is totally the hip and happening style right now huge flowers, in the hair, necklaces even on rings and let's not forget on our craft projects.

1) Cut various sizes of circles from Organza fabric. For this size flower 6" circle was the largest and 1" the smallest.
2) Carefully hold the edges of the circle over a candle flame (just enough to let the edges of the organza roll up, DH says at this point they resemble a small shower cap).
**Caution is needed here over heating can cause a flash flame and burnt fabric**
3) Layer your melted petals and stitch them together.
4) Place your flower center, I used a button here pearls and gems are also cute to use.
5) Stitch the flower to a headband, I did mine loose so it can be moved around. Pin backs and ring bevels can also be used.

Keep in mind the more layers you have on your flower the prettier the bloom looks. I will be back with my next project to show you using this style of bloom on a card.

Product list...
Organza in white
Headband (Hobby Lobby)