Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Floriano Punch Flower Tutorial

Recently, someone asked what punch I used to make a flower.  I decided to make a quick tutorial, showcasing the punch and the 3D flower.

I started with the Floriano Punch from McGill.  I punched 3 flowers.


On two of the flowers, I made a cut to the center, pulled one petal over the other, and glued them together.


On the third flower, I cut one petal off completely, pulled one petal over the other, and glued them together.


This is what the three flowers should now look like:

You do not need the petal that you removed. 

Next, ink the edges of all of the flower petals.  I used the same color, but I think a contrasting color would be very pretty.



Now, curl the edges of the petals.  I used a pen that was sitting on my table.


Trim the bottom of one of your 4 petal flowers.  This will help it sit better on your project.  Once you have done that, glue (I used Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart®) your two 4-petal flowers together, one on top of the other, but off-set.  This way, you see eight petals.


Take your 3-petal piece and trim the back of it as well.  It will sit better in the flower center.  Use a little more Liquid Glass and attach this piece to the center.  Add a pearl for the center, and you are done!

Your flower is ready for your card or project!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Estate Sale Finds

Those of you that know me, know I can't pass up a good yard/garage/junk/estate sale!  Well, I dragged my darling hubby to an estate sale this weekend and got some great things!  Here is item #1:
I remember a chair like this from when I was a child - except it was painted.  I like this one SO much better.  Today I took the seat off and the cushion was turning to powder.  It will get a new cushion.  Here's a close up of the flower detail:
Isn't that just gorgeous?

Now this little beauty is going to be a bedside table after I do a little work!
As you can see, it NEEDS a little work. Now, all of those marks that look like someone hasn't dusted in months are actually part of the finish.  Here's a close-up:
Weird, huh?  Well, it's nothing my palm sander and I can't handle!

Moving on to item #3:
I just LOVE this little scale!  It's dated 1906, and, yes, it does still work.  I tested it with a pound of butter and it was accurate!

The problem with these items is that they lived in a smoker's house.  I'm planning to start cleaning them with Murphy's Oil Soap and go from there.  Getting the smoke smell out will be a challenge.  Any and all ideas are welcome!

Now, you may be asking yourself, what did her hubby get out of this deal?  Welllllllll, When we went upstairs, I found him this:


Honestly, these pictures mean nothing without this one:

Yes, it really is twelve inches high.  Have you seen the movie Beerfest?  If you have, I don't need to say anything else!  If you haven't seen it, I'm not sure you're missing much! 

And, no, he hasn't filled it ------  yet!



Friendship Card

Happy Monday, Everyone!  This card was made for the challenge over at Clean & Simple Stamping.  It is FTL #146.  I just found this blog and really like it!


It is based on this sketch:
The papers and sentiment are all Close To My Heart®.  The button punch is from Martha Stewart and the flower is made from a new punch that I just found at Michaels.  I really like the shape of it. 
It's really hot here this week, so I'll be spending time indoors.  Stop by again soon to see what else I come up with!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Black & White + One Color

It's Fabulous Friday again and the kind folks at Creative Cuts and More gave me some goodies to work with for this challenge.  Here they are:

I embellished the shoe card with a flower from the Spring Up stamp set from Close To My Heart®.  It was dressed-up with a pearl in the middle.  The coin purse card was embellished the same way, but first, I stamped the entire purse with a retired background stamp using Amethyst ink.  The clasp was embellished with purple Sparkles. 
Here are two pics for a closer look:


I hope you'll stop over at Frosted Designs to see what the rest of the Design Team has created!
Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend!



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

B-I-N-G-O Get Well Card

I know, I've been missing for awhile!  Summer Break has been busy, so far.  I even worked a couple of half-days to prepare for the new school year.  I still have a lot going on (more about that later), but, I'm back to my blog and crafting!

This week  Heart 2 Heart is having a BINGO Challenge.  Here's my card:
I used Sophia papers and the Heartfelt Treasures stamp set.  The sentiment is from a retired set called Spunky Greetings - all CTMHThe button and pearl are also Close To My Heart®, the punch, however, is from Martha Stewart.

Now the challenge was to use this board:

You had to  choose three things to use on your project so that, when finished and crossed off on the board, created a Bingo (or Tic-Tac-Toe). 

I need to get this card in the mail to my friend who just had surgery.  I hope she likes it!

Please stop back again soon.  I have much more coming your way!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fabulous Friday - Stitching!

It is Fabulous Friday again and this week it's all about stitching!  Since I wasn't motivated to drag out the sewing machine, I opted for my piercing tool.
I just love the Bliss papers from Close To My Heart®.  Everything else is also CTMH, except the lace.
My dear followers, tomorrow is my last day of school and it's been a "trying" few weeks.  I'm looking forward to a summer of creativity and blogging, so be sure to come back again soon! 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I'm "Sew" Excited!

Yes, that's the name of the challenge at  Moxie Fab World!  I think this card fits the bill:

"Sew", are you excited too? 
Don't forget you can click on the photo for a closer look.