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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tutorial | Ribbon/Twine embellishment

Today is my turn to share something over at She's A Sassy Lady!

As I was pondering on what to share today, several ideas came to mind such as sharing current and very popular trends in Scrap-booking and Card-making like "chevrons", "dove tail banners", or the color of the year "Tangerine Tango" ... I settled for a bit of most above mentioned trends and sharing how to make your own embellishment using remnants or newly cut out ribbon and twine.
After I had tried this technique successfully with twine, I came across Nichol Magouirk's blog were she had tried it with ribbon using a Sizzix die.  So I set out to try the ribbon technique using a Spellbinders die.  I must report I was successful and now I have to try using the deep cut blade on my cutting machine!
And here is the "How-to" create such an embellishment:

Step one:  Decide on die shape and ribbon or twine to use.
Step two:  Get a piece of cardstock or? a bit larger than your die (my die is a heart from Spellbinders but any metal die will do, i.e. such as Sizzix)
Step three: Trim a bit but not too much (you just don't want to waste too much adhesive or ribbon/twine.
Step four:  Add strong adhesive to piece of trimmed cardstock.
Here a close up of the piece of cardstock completely covered with adhesive.
 Below a picture of remnants or newly cut out ribbon
Step five:  Start adhering your ribbon as desired.
Step Six: Place on cutting/embossing machine (I used a Big Shot by Sizzix).
 This is how it comes out looking like after running it through back and forth 3 times.
Step Seven: Trim any left uncut areas (I could have run it through an additional couple of times, but I only had to trim a tiny bit in couple of places-the tiny polka dot ribbon was the stubborn one!).
And here you have the end product or your personally made embellishment.  Imagine the possibilities with oh so many shapes and colors!
Here is a picture of a heart using the same technique, but with twine!
(I created this around two weeks ago, but will not post/share project until Monday for my DT post over at Timeless Twine!).

The twine is a bit more tedious to work with than the ribbon because it is thin string - you have to have more patience with it.

A few more pictures---

The brown on my card is much richer in person-

And here a tiny tutorial on how to create your own dove tail banners (which to me resemble chevrons!)

1-Decide on the width of your banner
2-Make a cut in the middle of your paper from bottom up a) you have the choice of making it as high as you want, the higher the longer your tails; b) Either measure the center of your paper or "guesstimate" (love this made up word!)
3-Make a cut from one bottom corner to the center/or top of your previous cut (diagonally)
4-Repeat on other side

As for the color of the year "Tangerine Tango", here is a sample (I don't have any on my craft room) and I am glad to report that they [Pantone] are coordinating it with green!!...and other colors of course.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate your comments!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Project Life | Weeks One and Two

Today I am sharing weeks one and two of my project life...

I did not take good pictures but had previously said I would post on Wednesdays, so here I am...

 I cut a transparency as large as I could using a 12"x12" transparency as my base so that I can have a month divider (I have not yet figured out what font or die cut to use for the month dividers).  So I used a transparency with snowflakes, yes it is Winter, right?  Not here! It was in the high 80s so I added a bit of journalism about it!
All my journal cards have been printed on my printer using files I purchased from Ormolu and/or Silhouette Online store.
The week die cuts are from Kerri Bradford and the stamps are from several companies (forgot to write them down).
I am trying not to add too many 3dimensional embellishments to keep my journal/album trim or not too thick.
Below is week two - a very short week, but it's OK, all that matters is that I am documenting!
(actually I shared with my daughter about my journal entries for this week [since she did not send me any pictures of my babies! hello!!]...I think she felt sorry and immediately text/sent me some!  LOL, it worked!)
I received my first ticket in 15-20 years (need to verify) and have not figured how to scrap it yet or actually can't until I go to court and clear it.  And no, it was not for speeding! 
This picture shows how I am keeping any extra cuts or embellishments to use in future weeks.  I love it that I came across these library cards and tags on the Silhouette Online store! What can I say, once a librarian, always a librarian!  I even modified them to be green!

If you need more inspiration on Project Life, visit my friend Esther from For The Joy of Creating (we are supposed to encourage each other!... I visited her blog today to say, OK, I am posting tomorrow! only to find out she had already posted her title page and the first two weeks! She did awesome!)

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

In The Garden Layout

Today I created a layout of my Lauren in the garden using the
Fancy Pants Winterland Collection for Happy N Scrappin'

I love that I was able to use the FB Winterland for a Summer themed layout
(we do not get much [none] snow here unless we travel to it..)
I love love this picture of Lauren...
I cut two "dove tailed" banners (a popular trend) and placed 6" from top--
Machine stitched around the 10"x10" "Blustery" flower paper.
I stamped the tag with a regular date stamper that you can find at your local office supply store.
Added two of the latest additions to Timeless Twine - Aqua Delight and Strawberry Truffle in addition to Olive Green twine
I added Aqua Delight twine to my tiny tag and stapled to my layout using the Tim Holtz tiny attacher.  The butterfly is from a MS punch.
The title and flowers were cut using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.
I spritz some perfect pearls to my title.  I finished it off with some twine and buttons from the Fancy Pants St. Nick's Collection - they matched perfectly!

Supplies (just click on picture for link)

Thanks for Visiting!!  ~Gaby

Valentine's Treat Box - Timeless Twine Challenge

There is a challenge over at Timeless Twine
and the challenge is "Krafty Valentine's" with a scallop shape twist using Valentines colors.

For my Krafty Valentine's project I created a treat box

Supplies:  The self adhesive hearts and the mini clothes pin I got at my local craft store, but you can find mini clothes pins over at the Timeless Twine store

Hope you can play with us --
For more inspiration from the rest of the DT members visit the Timeless Twine Blog

Thanks for stopping by!