Saturday, 18 October 2008

Ribbon Flower

Sorry I haven't posted here for quite a while! But I'm playing catch-up. I have a tutorial to share with you today and a couple more scheduled for next week.

I saw the idea for this ribbon flower on another blog while going through my feeds the other day. I just went through my bookmarks and evidently I didn't save it though. So if it was possibly YOU (or you saw it and you know where it is), pleave leave me a comment so I can give you/them credit. On that particular blog, it was an ornamental flower type image stamped in red ink on white cardstock, then the ribbon was woven through it.
Edit from Julie: Jennie has given us this link Vicki ~ Hopefully this is where you first saw it :)

Anyway, it gave me the inspiration to try this. So here is my version:

Supplies: Cardstock, Super Jumbo Flower Punch, Polo Button Brad, Crop-a-Dile (all from The Angel Company), 12" of ribbon, two glue dots.

Using the LARGER hole on the Crop-a-Dile, punch a hole directly in the center of the punched flower. You can see in my picture how I position the flower to easily line the hole up in the middle.

Now, on the SMALL hole punch side of the Crop-a-Dile, set the paper guide at the 1/4" mark. See the red arrow in the above picture.

At the center of each flower petal, punch a SMALL hole. The paper guide that you set in the last step will set your hole at the same depth on each petal.

Use a glue dot to adhere one end of the ribbon on the BOTTOM of the flower, then thread the ribbon up through the center hole.

Thread the ribbon down through one of the petal holes.

Thread the ribbon back up through the center hole.

Thread the ribbon down through the next petal hole, then back up through the center.

Continue all the way around the flower, ending with threading the ribbon down through a petal hole. I used my scissor tips to poke the ribbon through the holes.

Use another glue dot to adhere the end of the ribbon to the back of the flower, and trim off the excess ribbon. The red arrow shows the end piece.

There are many possibilities to finish off this flower, but I used a 1/2" circle punch and a Polo Button Brad.

Hope this inspires you to make your own! Don't have a flower punch? Try it with a scalloped circle! Let me know how it goes, I'd love to see it!

Check out my blog, Angel Stamper, for more inspiration!

Make it a great day, Tootles!

Blog Candy!!! Will Post Worldwide!!!

Blog Candy consists of: 5 Sheets of American Crafts THICKERS (cool alphabets I love these!!! I can't believe I'm giving them away lol), Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber, Pot of American Crafts Typehouse Numbers and last but definitely not least Ranger Perfect Pearls!!

To celebrate the fact that I am now an independant Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (UK) and to say Thank you to everyone who visits my blogs I have decided to do my very first blog candy giveaway :)

To enter you have to:

1. Type a post linking to my blog candy on your blog
2. Leave a comment HERE (on my Scrapping Away Blog) with a link to your post mentioning my blog candy

It's as simple as that ;)

I will use to pick a winner on Saturday 1st November at 10pm (UK Time) so this is open for two weeks

IMPORTANT: This blog post will appear on all of my blogs but it is very important that you leave your comment HERE otherwise you won't be in the draw

Good luck everyone

Julie x

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Map Book

Enjoy the video tutorial
More pictures at my blog.


Sunday, 12 October 2008

Christmas baubles

I know, it's only October! But if you want a handmade Christmas you have to start early.

I love how these look together. These use a mixture of Laura Ashley and Amy Butler papers.

You will need:
Polystyrene balls (I got mine from ebay, about £5 for 20)
Some 7inch florist wire
Wallpaper paste
Acrylic varnish

Step 1:
Use wallpaper paste because it stays nice and wet for ages, and you want to be able to mould the paper to shape. Make the paste quite "sloppy".
If you use quite thick paper, leave it to soak for a minute or so in the paste to soften.

Step 2

Chop up the papers randomly, into little bits.

Step 3

Bend the wire into a loop and twist the end inch together.

Step 4

Stick the end into the bauble

Step 5

This is the messy bit. Start by handing the bauble from something, then gradually cover the surface in your gluey paper.

Take your time, and allow the paper to soften if it's too stiff to work with.

Step 6
Allow to dry, it could take a whole day. When dry, apply a coat of varnish.

It also works quite well without the wire. Here are some I made using mullberry paper and some gold thread which look quite effective arranged in a bowl.


A note from Julie : Thanks for a great tutorial Anna !! For further inspiration check out Anna's Marmadaisy Blog HERE

Square around mini album

This is one of most clicked videos on my youtube page , so hope you can do one too !