Sunday, April 15, 2012

Heart Punch Paper Flower Tutorial

We're going to make this flower today!

So, I saw this flower on Pinterest. But, when I clicked on it, it didn't take me to a tutorial. It looked pretty easy though, so I decided to try it out myself. And what do you know, it worked! So I decided to make my own little tutorial.
What You Need:

Heart Punch (I used my Stampin Up one, but I'm pretty sure any heart will work. You just need to adjust the size of your cirlce.
Circle Punch--size depends on size of heart your using. You can just freehand a circle if you don't have a punch. No one will see it once your flower is done. Mine is a 1-3/4" Punch from EK Success.
Cardstock--any old color will do. You won't see it once the 'petals' are glued to it
Double Sided Patterned Paper--Mine is an old Stampin UP series
Glue of some sort--I prefer the Tombow Mono permanent adhesive roller or snail adhesive from Stampin Up
Something to roll the petals with --I used an H size crochet hook because it is small in diameter. You could use any round stick like object.
Pretty Brad for Center of Flower--Mine is a Stampin Up jewel brad

Punch 8 hearts from your double sided paper. I think this qty works for all heart punches, but not sure since I've only done this once.
Fold Each Heart in half and 'curl' one side of the heart back with your stick object.
 Ewww........can you tell I've been crafting? My nails are dirty and my cuticles cracked. *Sigh*
Continue to do this to each heart punch. Once they are all done, you can see the flower beginning to take shape by setting them next to each other in 'heart shapes' as seen below.
Punch a circle out of the cardstock piece. Fold the cardstock in half twice creating a center point.
Apply some glue to the first quarter of your cardstock and begin placing the 'petals'. Continue all the way around the circle. You can see I also poked a hole for my brad. You can do this now or later.
Once you are done, push your brad through the hole in the center of your cardstock, and voila--a pretty easy heart paper flower!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

More Cards

Oi to the vey! I haven't blogged in two weeks! I have been trying to get some cards done for Mother's Day and birthdays to sell in my friend's salon. So, when I get done with that, the last thing I want to do is blog lol.
I took these up to her salon, and the Mother's Day ones sold all at once to one lady--like 5 minutes after I left--so now I have to do some more. That's good I guess, but I was thinking I might have a little time lol.
But, I do enjoy sharing my creations with people. So I'm glad I took pictures.
I also found a new picture editing sight. Yay! I was so depressed when I found out that Picnik was closing. I felt distraught lol. But then I saw that they recommended PicMonkey, and now I'm doing a happy dance. It is very similar to Picnik and does what I need, so I am thrilled.
I am not ashamed to admit that I case almost everything I do. I don't really come up with layouts easily on my own, but I like to create with paper. So I just copy everyone else's ideas. Sometimes down to the colors and everything. Others I just copy the layout. I just like to make cards. I don't think that is wrong, as long as you give credit where credit is due, right?
I made this card for a wedding my sister went to. I cased this card at SCS. I've been wanting to try that one for awhile. I like the heart punch used as the tuxedo and wedding dress. I thought that was a really cute idea.
 I cased this card from Pinterest, originally it was on SCS.
 Same here, I cased this one from Pinterest, but originally it is from SCS.
 I think I actually did this one on my own. Although, I've seen many like this. So it is just my own interpretation not totally cased from anyone lol.
I fell in love with these cards (it was probably the butterfly) on Pinterest and had to try them.
 This is a card that we made at our Stampin UP club meeting in April.
 This is a card that I cased off of this one that I found on the Clean and Simple
Sketch blog for sketch #FTL183.
 And here is yet another one I cased from SCS. You can see the original card here.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Earring Holder from Pinterest

So a few weeks ago my sister got a cool earring holder off of Etsy or somewhere. But, she wasn't really too happy with it because it was made with a cheaper picture frame than she thought it looked like in the photo on Etsy.
I really loved the idea, and I started to see them all over Pinterest. So, I decided to give it a shot. I went out and bought this old picture frame at a thrift store for $4.
Then I got a fine grit sanding block, some black spray paint, a clear coat spray paint, some screen (to repair screen doors), and some pretty fabric.
I sanded the frame, wiped it down with a dry cloth, spray painted with three coats of gloss black, sprayed it with two coats of the clear coat spray, cut the screen down to a manageable size and stapled into into the inside of the opening on the frame, cut and stapled in the fabric, then cut the excess screen and fabric away. Then I just added a pretty ribbon bow to hang it with, and voila--a pretty cute earring organizer!
I would link you to a tutorial if I had used one, but it looked pretty easy, so I just made it up as I went along. I think it turned out pretty well!
I still have a lot of earrings that can't go on  here because they are hoops or little studs that don't really hang. So I still have a jewelry box, but it isn't near as crowded. And now I can find my earring pairs without making a huge freakin mess every morning.