Posted in general life stuff, Scrapbooking, tagged 31 days of October, bats, chipboard, cones, craft projects, crafts, glitter, Halloween, how-to make, Just the Edges, Making Memories, may arts trim, Melissa Frances, Mussie, nosegays, paint, Petaloo, projects, Spooks Alley paper, templates, Tussie, tutorial, Victorian on October 10, 2009 |
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Here I am having another late night, and almost forgetting to post for my 31 days of October! At this rate, I’m afraid I’m going to slip up soon and blow the whole thing entirely. Thank goodness I’ve been catching myself at the last minute. ;)
I have a quick share for you tonight. A Halloween Tussie Mussie. In Victorian times, ladies carried these around filled with small bouquets of flowers. Now I think they make adorable treat holders for candies or small gifts, or look cute hanging as ornaments.
I started by drawing a circle onto the back of a sheet of patterned paper. I traced a dinner plate on mine, as that fit nicely on a 12×12 sheet. Cut out your circle and then divide the circle into quarters. Each quarter can make one cone. Round the paper until the two straight edges meet and secure the cone with strong adhesive.
Add a ribbon handle, and then embellish. I added a pinked edging around my cone with some cute bat trim from May Arts. I painted a Melissa Frances chipboard swirl black and added some glitter, and layered that with a couple of tags, a flower from Petaloo, a button, and another bat.
These are fun and easy to make and can be adapted for any holiday or occasion. And you can easily change the size by playing with different sized circle templates.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I always love to hear from you!
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Posted in Family, Scrapbooking, tagged art, August, Bazzill, clubs, Drawing, ed, emberley, free, freebie, giveaway, Halloween, how-to, kids, kit, kits 'r it, monthly, paper, playground, projects, stitching, templates on September 19, 2008 |
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Thanks to everyone who left nice comments over the last week for my Bazzill stitching templates giveaway. These templates were my favorite part of the August kit from Paper-Playground, and I am so excited to have some extras to offer up to a new home.
I’ve had some questions as to how best use these templates, and I thought I would share how I generally use them. They can shift around on you, and if you poke holes while it’s shifting, it can turn out a bit messy and frustrating. So what I tend to do is hold them firmly in place with one hand and place pencil dots inside each template hole with the other. Then I remove the template and using a needle or a piercer, poke a hole where each pencil mark is. You can then draw a faint line in pencil connecting all the dots, or just keep your template nearby to use as a guide while stitching. I use only 2 to 3 strands of embroidery floss at a time. If you use all 8 strands that make up the typical floss, you need a fairly large needle with a larger eye, and the floss is a bit harder to pull. I hope some of these tips help!
And now that I’ve got you all excited about the templates, I can announce the winner of my random drawing. Congratulations goes to Lisa Dorsey. Yeah Lisa! Woo-hoo. I can’t wait to see what cute projects you do with these templates, girl. And thanks again to everyone for playing along with me.
Not much else is going on scrappy-wise, but I have to show you all this cute book that Nik and I have fallen in love with lately. If you guys like Halloween, you are going to love this.
Are you guys familiar with Ed Emberley? I am just the biggest fan of his. He has created all sorts of step-by-step drawing books for children. I’m also in love with his fingerprint art books. I’ve used the fingerprints in art projects I’ve done at the kids’ school and even in some card classes I’ve taught. Nik and I have been having a ball with this Halloween book. Here’s a couple of our latest masterpieces.
Sorry for the lousy scans. One thing I’ve really come to realize lately is that Nik is ready for a genuine sketch book with real watercolor paper. We’re going to put that on her Christmas list. On these, we were stuck using a cheapy doodle book from back in her preschool days, but we sure still had tons of fun. For both pictures, we did sort of a round robin game where she would start the picture with one image, which I couldn’t see her draw. Then she would pass the book to me and I would add one thing to the picture that she then couldn’t see. We kept passing it back and forth until we thought we had added everything that could be added. I loved seeing the happiness on her face every time she would search for my new addition. Very fun.
So glad the weekend is almost here. Hope you all have a good one!
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Posted in Scrapbooking, tagged August, Bazzill, blog, card, clubs, Drawing, free, giveaway, Janelle, kit, kits 'r it, making, mini, montly, paper, playground, poppy, random, Richmond, SEI, sketch, sketches, stitching, templates, this, weekly, win on September 18, 2008 |
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Hi everyone! Are you all ready for another sketch over at the Sketch This site? Here is this week’s sketch.
I thought this was a fabulous sketch for a layout, and as a matter of fact, I think I’d like to go back and make a page from this soon. For my card project, however, I simplified the design just a tad by eliminating a few elements.
I removed just a few strips from the bottom and left side of the design, and used the cut-out leaf branch in place of the vertical strip down the side. A rub-on sentiment from K&Co. acts as my greeting on the journaling block, and another floral cut-out stands out as my focal point. The cardstock, patterned paper, journaling block and brads are all from the August Paper-Playground kit.
And speaking of the August kit, I still have a couple of extra Bazzill mini stitching templates that I am giving away.
These little templates were by far my most favorite items from August’s kit. If you would like to have your name entered into the drawing, just leave me a message in the comments. I will do a random drawing tomorrow and announce the winner on my blog. Good luck everyone!
Have a great day!
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