Thursday, March 24, 2011

Faux Glassine Flowers

I was blog surfing one night and found a blog where someone had made her own version of what I thought she called Glassine flowers.  I have been unable to find the blog since but if you know who it is, please let me know so that I can give her proper credit for this idea.  I know that Tim Holtz has come out with glassine paper.  I have not seen it yet and don't think this is exactly the same idea.  I could not find the blog to make sure I followed the steps exactly but it is pretty close if not.

I used the plastic packaging that my cricut carts come in and the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix Die to cut out the flowers. I  did the same on double-sided designer paper.  I found that sometimes it was hard to distinguish the layers so for the purple ones, I cut the flowers again on a cream paper and used Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink Pad on the edges and center.  For the blue flowers, I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad on a couple of the layers.  I also used my Cricut to cut out some leaves on a green cardstock.

Then I applied glossy accents with my finger (don't want it too thick) to the back of the plastic packaging and then put it on top of the same cut on the designer paper or the green cardstock for the flowers and lined it up.  Once it dried for a few minutes, I used my embossing heat gun to heat up the plastic until it began to adhere to the cardstock.  I then used my fingers and my paper piercer to round the petals and form the shape of the flower.  I shaped the individual flowers and then applied glossy accents between the flower layers to make them stick together.  Then I used the heat gun again to make the flowers and leaves shape around each other a little better.  Then I added a little more glossy accents to the very center flower and added a bead or pearl for the center.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Don't Eat the Grass - Scrapbookpal Design Team Post

I have another new FAVORITE Cricut Cartridge!  This time it is Nate's ABCs.  I am just loving all the new carts that Cricut is coming out with.  If you want great deals on carts (and free shipping on orders of only $25) be sure to check out ScrapbookPal's store!!!

When I saw this cute Don't Eat the Grass cut on the cartridge, I knew exactly the photos I wanted to use from our camping trip in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming in the Summer of 2009. 

Project by Tammy White

Using Nate's ABCs Cricut Cartridge, I cut the goat and layers (p. 63) at 5.5" tall and assembled and adhered all of the pieces together using Tombow Mono Aqua glue.  I did the same for the smaller goat cut at 3.5" tall using the Font 2 button.  Once assembled, I used my Signo Uni-Ball White Impact Gel Pen to doodle some dots randomly on the goats.  If you have not used the Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen, buy it now!  I have tried many white pens and this one is the BEST!

Next I trimmed my photos and matted them on a dark brown cardstock allowing 1/4" of brown showing on each side.  Then again I used my Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen to add dots to each corner of the photo mat.

I had a sheet of paper with a photo of grass that I used as my background.  I adhered this to a sheet of green cardstock to make it more sturdy.  I applied Tombow Mono Adhesive tape to the back of the 2 photos mats in the corner and placed them.  Then I applied Pop Up Glue Dots to the back of the goats and the center photo mat.  Once I placed the center photo mat, I added the goats.

This was a quick and simple layout but with the cuts from the Nate's ABCs cartridge it turned out really cute.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I'm Pulling For You - Design Team Post

I just love this new Nate's ABCs Cricut Cartridge!!  It is soooo cute!  My first idea was to do a layout of my boys and our dog but then a friend gave me the idea for what I actually created.  I hope you enjoy it!!

Project by Tammy White

I cut the shadow of Nate (Shift Phrase Button - p. 52) at 8" tall on a medium weight chipboard so that he could stand up.  Then I cut the main image on brown cardstock, trimmed off the grass and wagon and adhered it to the chipboard.  I cut the remaining layers on pattern paper and adhered them to the brown cardstock.

I cut the sides of the wagon (Layer 2) twice using Real Dial Size at 6" on red cardstock.  I trimmed off the handle.  I ran those through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  Then I made a box measuring 5.75" x 2.5" wide x 2" tall from red cardstock and adhered the wagon sides to it with foam pop dots.

To make the wheels I cut 4 circles at 1.5" on medium weight chipboard and again on black cardstock.  I cut 4 circles at .75" on silver and adhered the layers together.  You need the chipboard or the wheels will collapse when you add the candy.  You could also use large buttons for the wheels.

I used my Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite and punched a hole (1/8") on the front center of the wagon.  I used a small piece of ribbon and looped it around his hand and then used a brad to attach the ribbon to the wagon so it appears that Nate is pulling it.

I hand cut the grassy area so that I would have something in which to make Nate stand up.  I took a piece of the leftover chipboard and formed a right triangle and glued it to the back of his leg and to the grass.  I used a brad through the grass to ensure it stayed in place.  I applied some bling to the dog's collar and a blue gem as Nate's eye.

I typed the saying "I'm Pulling for You" in Word using Word Art on white cardstock.  I hand cut it out and used black ink on the edges.  I used foam pop up dots to apply the saying to the sides of the wagon and then filled it with candy.