Sunday, November 29, 2009

Handmade Embellishments

I feel like I'm so weird. I'd rather spend a few hours making a handmade embellishment in place of just buying embellishments at the store. Today while making more roses, I added the roses and buds to wire and made a rose vine. It looked like something I bought. Here's a few of my favorites. They could be your favorites, too; just ask me how.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Paper Rose the Schwiet Way

You have probally made paper roses and this is just another one of those tutorials about making them, but I found a way to make them easier by using a BBQ skewer to complete the rolling step.

Here’s a layout of my DStep-D’s posing at Sea World using these paper roses. The layout itself is a lift of the very talented “2-Dogs”.

Supplies: paper, circle template (wine glass), wooden skewer (a toothpick would probably work), scissors, and glue gun.

First, I traced a circle using the wine glass as a template. My circle was just under 3 inches. The size you use will determine the rose size and number of layers.

Next, I cut out the circle and then cut the circle into a spiral shape.

Using the skewer, I rolled the paper around the skewer by starting with the outside edge of the spiral. I find this much easier than the free-handed version I have been using. I pinch the bottom of the rose making it a little tighter as I go along.

Finally, I pullout the skewer and allow the little bundle to spread open more to my liking. Using the glue gun, I dab a little glue on the flowers bottom and I fold the end (the inside of the spiral) snuggly around the rose. For my rose in the page above, I added a little touch of silver glitter glue.

Southern Comfort Close Ups

Here's my son with his family on an airboat ride.

Tag made using the tips I gave in an earlier post. I used styrofoam plates covered in aluminum tape and layered with paint. The duck was left over from a picture I cropped earlier.

The gator is made from clay.

I cut the flower using my cricut. I sprayed the flower with starch and twisted the petal. The rose is hand made and I'll post a how-to next.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

"Memories" Details and Close-ups

The girls and their cousin posing at Sea World.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Need motivation to get layouts completed? Come play Build It and Bring It Bingo with me

I will call random squares every Monday and Friday.

This is a betting/swapping challenge. So all players must be willing to fork over a scrap item if they lose. I will simply PM the winner's address to those that owe the winner, but please do not hold me responsible for the collection of prizes. Also please respect the winner and mail whatever you promise to the winner... no flaking!!!

*Your lo has to be new as of Nov. 15 of this year it can be used for other challenges. In fact I tried to make squares related to common challenges.
**Upload your lo at only AFTER the square has been called or whenever you get the square completed.
***Squares cannot be combined but two page layouts can count towards 2 different squares
****The squares will be called on Monday and Friday. I will update the front page, the title, and post within the thread at when a new square is called.
****When the challenge has been closed, I will PM the address of one of the winners to you so that you can mail the prize.
****** I will also PM the address of the blackout winner to those that want to play the bonus round.
*******You can win only ONE round, but even the winners can play for the blackout round

Be sure to share your layouts as you complete them and if you can find a few extra minutes leave love. I know you’ll want to rush and get these layouts done and won’t have much time for love, but please share it and spread it.

You will select NINE scrap items/techniques from the list and place them on a piece of paper divided into nine squares. Feel free to place the techniques any where on your square. After you have made the card, snap a picture, post it here as a reply and be sure to public embed it so I can move it to the front page.

Here's my example and card:

Here's the items:
1. Stickles or glitter
2. paper piecing
3. handmade flower
4. handmade embellishment
5. metal object
6. family picture
7. friend picture
8. Non scrap item
9. 4 plus layers list the layers
10. masking
11. stitching
12. Ribbon
13. tag
14. Distress
15. Something new

Sunday, November 8, 2009

G's First Trick or Treat
I added the googley eyes thanks for the suggestion. It looks so cool.

Iris pumpkin, brown bag vine, stitching

homemade distressed metal ribbon tag

Those are her footprints for the ghosts, puffy paint flourish, ghost spinner

The newest additions BIL's wedding:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Distressed Plague

Like most things scrap related. I cannot take credit for developing it. I noticed this plaque looking title made by LaBonita and had to try it. I took pictures as I made it in case anyone else would like to try it.

You will need:
Chipboard or thick letters or objects
Card board
Hot glue
Dry wall tape - mesh - found mine at Lowes
Aluminum tape - got mine from the local hardware store
Paints or inks to use for distressing
Wooden Skewers

Glue the letters or whatever you want an impression of onto the box. Line around the edges with the mesh.

I cut a strip off of the mesh to give it a more distressed look.

Next cover the box or plaque in aluminum tape. I used a wooden skewer to rub the aluminum down to provide more depth.

Distress and give the plaque its final colors and distressing with distressing inks and stuff. I used cherry stain and green paint.