Friday, March 8, 2013

Kat Scrappiness Design Team Challenge

Hello everyone!!

I have a cute little card to share with you. But's the story behind it. In our last design team package from Kat she gave us all a few items (four to be exact) that she wanted us to use to create something....anything...a card, a layout...whatever we wanted. All the goodies, as you will shortly see, are St. Patrick's Day themed.

Now here's my problem...believe it or not...I have actually NEVER, EVER made a card for St. Patrick's Day. Or anything else for that St. Patrick's Day nothing. And while I like the color green, it's not a "go-to" color of mine. the the green woods...with no help in site. :)

But I grabbed my big girl panties and used it as an excuse to go look for stamps...I mean...I needed St. Patrick's Day sentiments...come on. Fair is fair...I make a green card...I should get stamps. So I found a few cheapies at JoAnn's and off I went.

Luckily, one of the things Kat gave us was me some bling AND another was twine. Well, you know how I love twine! If you don' me, I do...although guess what? I didn't have any green and white twine myself!

So here's a few pics of my first St. Patrick's Day Card. The one. The only.

So what do you think?? Here's the good news...I could win a prize! See it's a contest...Kat is going to post pictures on the Kat Scrappiness blog and whoever has the most votes wins!! (And I think the prize is a stamp set!!)

So pretty please...go vote for me! I pinky-promise...I won't tell the other ladies you voted for me. It will be our little secret!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Paper Rosettes

Hi crafty peeps! Hope you are all having lots of crafty fun...I have been...making these rosettes! I love them! I can use them on cards, layouts, altered projects...all variety of crafty goodness. And the thing I like best is that I can use my scraps to make them. You can purchase the die or you can make them with out the die. Let's start with the die. 

I have the Mini Paper Rosette die from Tim Holtz.

This die creates two that is approximately 2 inches in diameter and another that is approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Once you have the paper strips cut out from the die, you fold on the perforated lines and then glue the ends together. I use Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive.

I cut out a circle using my 1 inch circle punch for the base. Then I press the folded paper down in the this...

I put Glossy Accents in the center and a little around the top of the hole...and put the decorative center on top. I hold it in place for a few seconds and then voila! There's a rosette!

If you don't have the die or you want a different size, you can easily make a paper rosette. Determine what size rosette you want and cut a strip of paper...I use a piece of paper that is 10 to 12 inches long (depending on the scraps I have) and 1/2 the width of the rosette I want to create. So if I want a rosette that is approximately 3 inches in diameter, the paper strip will be 1 1/2 inches wide. You can use a border punch to create a decorate edge. 

Then using a scoreboard, score the strip of paper at 1/4 of an inch increments width-wise...all the way down the strip of paper. (If you have a decorative edge, be extra careful not to damage the it when scoring.) Fold the strip, glue the ends and proceed as I described with the first rosette. Again...easy-peasy!

Then you can decorate and embellish them!

And yes...I went a little rosette crazy! But aren't they pretty!

Here's a close up of a couple of them...

I can't seem to get enough of these little cuties! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Happy Crafting!

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